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Gourmet garden parties and glamping

Fish dinner

Summer supper clubs offer the chance to escape the city

 

Home Farm Glamping in Hertfordshire, which is just a tube ride from central London, is hosting its second year of the exclusive Supper Clubs during Summer 2017 in conjunction with Sainlo Events.

 

The Supper Clubs are gourmet garden parties with international chef Jean-Luc Sainlo leading a team of chefs creating the four courses of the menu in the gorgeous setting of Home Farm Glamping. 

 

The five Supper Clubs being held between May and September are a social dining experience for around 30 guests, some of whom come in groups of friends and others who simply enjoy eating exquisite cuisine in the company of fellow foodies. 

 

Brand new eat & drink festival heads to EventCity to revel in Manchester's thriving food scene

Eat and drink Festival

Brand new for 2017; Eat & Drink Festival will open in the heart of the Northern food revolution at Manchester's EventCity from 8-11 June. Experience a pioneering live spectacle, showcasing the best the country and region has to offer in the world of food & drink alongside the award-winning Ideal Home Show.

When: 8th – 11th June 2017

Where: EventCity, Manchester (co-locating with the Ideal Home Show)

Following the success of its first launch in London, the flavour some festival is sure to wet Northern appetites - celebrating the newest and most exciting trends in modern cuisine, local gastronomy and street food.

Families set to have a splashing time at UK’s Biggest Water Sports Challenge, Aqua Park Rutland

Aqua park

Back for a second year following its highly successful launch in 2016, Aqua Park Rutland is gearing up to welcome families to the waterpark with its dedicated daily family slots. From Saturday 15th July, every 10am slot will be reserved for families with children age 6 – 13, to allow kids to take over the park and run wet and wild.

The UK’s biggest water sports Aqua Park at Rutland Water this summer will more than double in size for 2017.  With huge potential for Dads to epically fail and Mums to totally wipe-out, Aqua Park Rutland will offer one of the most entertaining ways to spend time as a family, whatever the weather.

Say it with Gin!

Say it with Gin! RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington

What: Gin lovers are invited to enjoy this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a botanical-inspired afternoon tea and cocktail pairing at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington for £49per person.

When: Available from 15th – 28th May

What: The Royal Garden Hotel is offering a special afternoon tea which takes inspiration from this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show at its Park Terrace restaurant. Available from 15th – 28th May for £49 per person, the seasonal tea will include a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches and floral inspired deserts including orange blossom palmiers, elderflower posset and honey cake served with bee pollen created by Executive Head Chef Steve Munkleyand his talented team. 

Heath Week 2017

Heath Week

The 21st annual East Devon Pebblebed Heath Week will take place on 23-29 July 2017; a celebration of the beautiful heathland landscape of East Devon. Whether you enjoy wildlife, history or getting active in the outdoors, there is something here for you!

Join a week of activities, events and walks where you can learn more about the wildlife, history and conservation work that makes these heathlands so unusual, with something for all the family. 

Family Festival Day kicks off the event on 23 July, with a range of activities for all ages, including walks, talks, crafts and quizzes, celebrating all the heaths have to offer. Entry is just £5 per family group.

Real food on-the-go from The Real Food Café

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Award winning roadside diner and purveyors of the perfect fish and chips, The Real Food Café in Tyndrum, Scotland has expanded its business with a new grab and go kiosk. The café is a national park hotspot and a favourite with hikers, mountaineers, dog walkers and runners who descend on the area each year.

The convenient kiosk enables the café to serve customers who are travelling through the area and need to eat on the go and regulars who want to grab a coffee to have on the hoof. It’s set to be a sure fire hit too with visitors to the upcoming events that Tyndrum will play host to including the Highland Fling, West Highland and Devil O’ The Highlands races and Breast Way Round

A night to glow crazy – dazzle your friends & amaze yourself with the best 5km you’ll ever experience!

Glow in the Dark

At Glow in the Park, you and your friends will light up the night as you make your way round 5km – no speed needed! Whether you decide to dance, jog, run or walk around the course, it’s up to you. All you need is a bunch of friends, an urge to get your funky, messy party glow on and have the best night out you could imagine – in a park near you. Glow in the Park has been designed by fitness event experts for people of all ages and fitness levels to enjoy the ultimate workout night- out while you achieve a 5km distance. Everyone has their own reasons for giving it a go – if you are a beginner or a seasoned runner, or have an individual personal goal, it doesn’t matter. It’s also a great way to raise money for your favourite charity. 

Make a date to discover the world of farming

world of farming

LEAF Open Farm Sunday, 11th June 2017

On Sunday 11th June 2017 hundreds of farms across the UK will throw open their gates to welcome the public and showcase the fascinating world of farming. As well as being a fun and informative day out for all the family, LEAF Open Farm Sunday also gives visitors the opportunity to see first-hand all that farmers do and the impact their work has on all our lives.

London’s truly magical dining venue

Two Mains

Just walking into TWID (That’s What I Do) is like entering another world –  an unforgettable experience!

From the first moment you first enter this most unique cocktail bar and restaurant, you’ll find yourself on a theatrical journey into a world of elegance, drama and creative genius.

The décor and furnishings are pure Victorian theatre with cosy booths downstairs or balcony tables upstairs and though this alone would delight anybody, there is so much more going on at TWID – London’s truly magical dining venue.

Ideal for couples or groups looking for more than just another lunch or dinner, for more information and table reservations, visit www.twid-restaurantbar.co.uk

Spring wildflower treats with James’ Places

Bluebells

Hospitality group James’ Places is laying claim to some of the greatest wildflower treats of the year within easy reach of its hotels.

According to the group’s marketing manager, Heidi Kettle, some of the North West’s best bluebell displays can be found near Falcon Manor at Settle, The Royal Hotel at Kirkby Lonsdale and the Shireburn Arms in Hurst Green, near Clitheroe.

Said Heidi: “We are blessed with beautiful bluebells and spring flowers on the doorsteps of our hotels.”

Carole Melling, general manager of Falcon Manor, suggested a visit to Oxenber Wood, near Austwick and Cleatop Wood, which offers a circular walk of around four miles from the door of Falcon Manor. 

National Glamping Week will soon be upon us!

Wigwam

This exciting campaign will have its inaugural ‘appearance’ 12th to 18th June 2017.

Supported by Wigwam® Holidays, whether you own a bothy or a bell tent, you can take part.

 

What’s is all about?

Here at Wigwam® Holidays, we thought a week dedicated to one of the UK’s most popular holiday types was well overdue.

 

All glamping providers are invited to get involved to help ignite the campfire flames for this popular accommodation type which has come into it’s own during the last decade.

And the timing couldn’t be better! Taking place in mid-June when the evenings are light and the school summer holidays have yet to begin, it’s a great opportunity to promote glamping across the nation.

How to make the most of the British summer

caravan

It’s been a long time coming, but summer is finally nearly here. As temperatures start to soar and the UK gets some long-awaited sunshine, it’s the perfect time to get out and about and explore the sights our beautiful country has to offer. 

To give you some ideas of how to make the most of the British summer before it’s gone, we’ve put together these top tips. So, read on to find out how you can get the very best from the UK’s most anticipated season. 

Enjoy the countrysidecountryside

London’s nearest and coolest glamping site ‘Home Farm’ opens for the season

Home Farm Glamping

Home Farm Glamping is London’s nearest luxury glamping site, located in farm land in Elstree, and on the edge of Aldenham Park Country Club, and it is opening for the 2017 season on 28 April.

 

Run by Jess Allen-Back, 32, Home Farm is described as a ‘hop, skip, and a tube ride away’ from the big smoke.  A glamorous getaway for locals and city workers from the stresses and strains of the city, Home Farm is located just five minutes from the end of the Jubilee and Northern Lines. Jess offers weekend and mid-week breaks for city workers, families, couples, and friends. The site is also a favourite for corporate events, mini festivals, hen weekends and weddings.

 

Days of Empire

Days of Empire

Food and travel writer George Shaw arrives at the Royal Harbour Hotel amid an election expenses scandal and votes the Empire Room a clear winner by a landslide.

It was with some reluctance that my first wife and I were able drag our friends, Steve and M’Julie, down to Ramsgate for the weekend.  Thanet’s recent revival in fortunes had totally passed them by and they had a vague expectation for the town to be Kent’s answer to Grimsby.  Not they had ever visited the Lincolnshire seaport either.

Small Island by Little Train

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Scattered across the country, narrow gauge trains are alive and well across the United Kingdom.

 

From stalwart little locomotives of topographic necessity, to the maverick engines of one man’s whimsy, Britain’s narrow-gauge steam trains run on tracks a world apart from its regimented mainlines. In Small Island by Little Train, eccentricity enthusiast Chris Arnot sets out to discover their stories.

 

5 tips for driving on country roads

driving on country roads

From incredibly tight bends to herds of sheep, country roads are full of hazards that you’re unlikely to find on your daily commute. In fact, on average, three people die on country roads every day. Plus, there are 10 times as many fatalities on rural roads than on motorways, according to the RAC Foundation. Therefore, if you’re looking to embark on your first drive through the countryside, it’s worth preparing for the journey in advance. 

Here you’ll find our top tips for driving on country roads, which will help to keep you, your passengers, and other drivers safe. Read on to find out more.

Adjust your speed

5 of North Yorkshire’s best family friendly cycle routes

Hamsterley Forest

With the summer quickly approaching, we at Westbrook Cycles wanted to show you our favourite family cycle routes in the North of God’s county – Yorkshire! Scroll down to take a look at what we’ve chosen.

Hamsterley Forest

Gradient - Basic routes include some shallow climbs, whereas more difficult routes feature steep downhill sections and TTFs. Graded trails.

Terrain - Off-road trailhamsterley forest

Suitability - Devoted routes suitable for families & younger cyclists, accompanied bytechnical trails for more skilled riders.

Shambala Festival returns on 24th – 27th AUGUST 2017 to a secret Northamptonshire location

Shambala Festival

Shambala, the family friendly, proudly independent and socially-conscious festival will be continuing its ‘adventures in utopia’ with another four day celebration of all things music, art, dance, poetry, comedy, workshops and theatre on 24th – 27th August.

The variety and quality of entertainment on offer is staggering for a festival of its size and as ever, participation is the name of the game. This isn’t a festival where you park your bum in front of the main stage all day – it’s a place to get your hands dirty, whether that means building your own adventure playground, honing your fine art skills in a c*ck drawing class, or learning how to build a house through open-source technology.