Friday, 29 September 2017

Autumn officially arrives at Stowe



Pull on your walking boots and get outdoors for an autumn ramble as bright displays of amber, red and burnt orange appear on the trees in the gardens at Stowe.

Until 5 November, discover a variety of leaf-crunching walks and use your imagination to view the landscapes and visualise where some of the ‘Missing Monuments’ once stood in the magnificent gardens at Stowe. Find the lost Village of Lamport and ponder some of the famous literary links with past writers and poets that once visited. Choose from a variety of routes starting at New Inn visitor welcome centre when you visit or download one from our website before you leave home.

'Misty mornings followed by bright sunshine glittering through the trees as they develop rich autumn hues are one of my favourite things to see throughout the seasons.' says Patrick Green – Assistant Head Gardener

'You can’t beat that refreshing feeling of a morning walk followed by a scrummy hot chocolate and piece of cake. I’d recommend heading along The Path of Liberty to see bright colourful displays in the Grecian Valley.'

At weekends families can borrow a free explorer guide to spot autumn leaves and have a go at the some of the ‘50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾’. Here are some of the top activities to do this autumn at Stowe:


  • No.1 Go bird watching – spot Swans, Robins, Lapwings, Mallard ducks, Greylag geese and Blue tits sweeping across the lakes
  • No.2 Catch a falling leaf – with thousands of trees, you're spoilt for choice. Just pick a day with a little breeze, wait patiently and watch the leaves tumble. Pegg's Terrace is a great place to try
  • No.3 Pick blackberries growing in the wild – Turn right at Bell Gate and follow the Ha-ha walls along the outside perimeter of the gardens to find brambles and blackberries
  • No.4 Play conkers – Head down Bell Gate Drive or to Hawkwell Mead next to the Temple of Friendship where you'll find the best haul of fallen conkers to set up a game
  • No.5 Eat an apple straight from a tree - Head into the parkland, turning right at Bell Gate to find the old Sheep’s nose apple tree behind the Temple of Friendship


The gardens and New Inn visitor welcome centre at National Trust Stowe are open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm for you to make the most of these moments of autumn sun before winter descends. Don’t forget to share your favourite pictures and #autumncolour hotspots at Stowe with us via Twitter and Facebook - just search for National Trust Stowe.

Normal admission applies. For more information about Stowe visit nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Petworth set for literary weekend



Sir Vincent Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, BBC Radio Two Presenter Jeremy Vine, mountaineer Chris Bonington, Strictly Come Dancing stars (past and future!) Ann Widdecombe and the Reverend Richard Coles, along with celebrated historical author Kate Williams are just some of leading authors and writers presenting at this year’s seventh annual Petworth Literary Festival.

Since its early establishment as a Literary Weekend, seven years ago, the Festival has now expanded to a week-long programme, establishing its presence as an important feature of the annual Petworth diary for audiences and speakers from across the UK and beyond. It is an opportunity to celebrate the written word with renowned authors, keen to visit this beautiful part of the world to take part in a festival that now has a considerable pedigree and reputation. This year’s Festival runs from the 31st October – 5th November in Petworth, West Sussex.

Chris Bonington


Stewart Collins, Artistic Director said of the Festival:

'I couldn’t possibly pick out individual highlights as literally every event is potentially just that, but as an overall comment I would have to say that we really do seem to be building momentum as a literary festival of both significance and also variety. Much as with our summer festival these are two qualities that are clearly loved in our part of the world, and I have absolutely no doubt our ever growing audience will snap up the tickets for this November’s week given the range of events on offer.'

The programme includes a broad range of subjects from politics, through history and current affairs, to biography, food, music, local walks and acts of derring-do. There’s also a Schools Poetry Event with Rachel Long, presented in partnership with the West Sussex branch of The Arts Society and the opportunity for young readers to meet Kieran Larwood, writer of the Blue Peter Book Award winning novel The Legend of Podkin One Ear and hear the first chapters of the eagerly anticipated sequel.

In addition, each performance includes a book-signing, organised and managed by Petworth Bookshop, giving ticket-holders the opportunity to purchase the latest published work, signed by the authors themselves; a brilliant souvenir to take home with them.

Chiddingstone Castle set for Christmas Fair


Chiddingstone Castle’s annual Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday 25 November 2017 between 10am and 4pm. Admission £5.

Choose your ideal festive gifts from over 70 beautifully laid out stalls in the Castle’s historic rooms and marquee. Mulled wine and mince pies will add to the seasonal cheer!

The beautiful countryside location of this lovely Castle is perfect for a relaxed shopping opportunity with many stalls selling unique products that are not found in the High Street. Both the Castle and marquee will be brimming with Christmas gifts ideas including home accessories, vintage wares, jewellery, books, cards, slate and lacquer goods, bags, children’s clothes, locally-produced food and drink, soaps, candles, cards and much more.

For a restorative tea or coffee, visitors can visit the cosy Tea Rooms which will also be serving homemade soup, sausage rolls and cakes. The grounds of the Castle will be open for a peaceful stroll to the Victorian Orangery or around the lake.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Blenheim Palace Charity Ball Raises £12,000 for Maggie's Oxford


A Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed ball at Blenheim Palace has raised more than £12,000 for their staff-nominated charity – Maggie’s Oxford Centre.

The ball, which was held in the Palace’s Orangery on September 7th, featured live music and an auction; with lots including a signed Radiohead album, a private tour of Westminster Abbey and tickets for Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace.

Throughout 2017 staff from the UNESCO World Heritage Site have been taking on challenges and organising events to fundraise for the Maggie’s, which is their official charity of the year.

“Maggie’s is a charity which is extremely important to our staff and they really went the extra mile to ensure this was a hugely successful and enjoyable event,” said Sarah Morris, Head of Human Resources at Blenheim Palace.

Maggie's Oxford offers free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends at its purpose-built centre in the grounds of the Churchill Hospital in Headington.

Pip Dingle, Centre Fundraising Manager at Maggie’s Oxford said:

'We would like to thank everyone at Blenheim Palace who helped organise this great event.

'The amount raised could cover the cost of our relaxation sessions for a whole year – these sessions are designed to help people find some peace and calmness as well as manage stress and improve well-being.

'The sessions run every Monday from 2pm to 3pm and can make a world of difference for someone going through a cancer diagnosis,' she added.

Founded on the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks, the centre provides a warm and welcoming place where anyone affected by cancer can access friendly and professional support on a drop-in basis, completely free of charge.

On average the Maggie’s Oxford Centre is used by 50 people every day, with 99% of people reporting they find the support helpful.

The centre is funded entirely by voluntary donations and does not receive any government or NHS funding.

The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and since then Maggie’s has continued to grow, with 19 Centres at major NHS cancer hospitals in the UK, online and abroad.

Las Iguanas Reveals New Menu



The new Autumn menu bursting with boldly spiced flavours launches today (26th September 2017), introducing 15 delicious additions, offering vibrant new colours and tastes of Latin America alongside old favourites.

What's on the Menu?

The menu at Las Iguanas is carefully developed and served up by a team of skilled chefs who love cooking from scratch; discovering unique flavours and inspiring recipes from across Latin America and bringing them to life through high quality, fresh ingredients. The new menu additions are no exception. Luscious new Ipanema Mussels – cooked in a lightly spiced lime, coriander and coconut sauce and served with ciabatta will tantalise those taste buds whilst the Seco de Cordero - Peruvian style slow cooked lamb shank in a golden ale, red wine and Amarillo chilli sauce, served with roasted sweet potato mash and crispy chilli and onions is a meat lover’s dream. If meat isn’t your thing, Las Iguanas are Vegetarian Society approved and a new attraction is the Cauliflower and Corn Quinotto, a perfectly cooked Peruvian-style quinoa risotto with smoked cheese, roasted cauliflower and charred baby corn, topped with puffed quinoa and crispy chilli.

If there’s room for dessert, you can continue your journey through the Latin continent with a Banana Empanada, where traditional pastry is hand- filled with banana, sweet plantain and delectable dulce de leche. Served with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of rum-flavoured syrup, this is relaxed dining at its best. If truly tropical is your thing, the Piña Colada Mess will energise your taste buds; Piña Colada ice cream is served with caramelised pineapple salsa, crispy pineapple pieces and toasted coconut chips… definitely a dessert that will have you daydreaming of Copacabana.



So on to the cocktails… Las Iguanas have turned Happy Hour in to ‘Happy Days’ for Autumn, with all cocktails now available 2 for 1 ALL day, EVERY day*. It’s a game changer. Las Iguanas commit to using premium spirits, including their own award-winning artisan Magnifica cachaça distilled by the de Faria family near Rio, and there is something for everyone, with 14 newbies on the list. Try Mezcal Watermelon Smash, a winning combination of Olmeca Tequila, Bru-Xo Mezcal, watermelon, mint, cucumber and lime or the Latin American take on the classic; a ‘Golden’ Porn Star Martini, compromising Gosling’s Gold Rum, apricot, Funkin passion fruit, vanilla and pineapple with a shot of cava. Celebrate spending time with people you like with a host of new sharing drinks. Alpaca Punch will bowl you over; El Dorado 3 year old Rum, falernum, passion fruit, lime and cranberry, topped up at the table with a showy bottle of Freixenet cava for 4-6 to share. Or dive in with the new Tropical Fishbowl; Beefeater gin, Sauvignon Blanc, passionfruit, elderflower, Ting and a few finned friends swimming around for 3-4. Barrel o’ Caips is a giant version of the signature Caipirinha cocktail made with Las Iguanas Magnifica cachaça and fresh limes, perfect for 3-4 to enjoy this Brazilian classic.

* Cocktails available 2 for 1 all day every day apart from Royal Festival Hall and Stratford where times vary and in Scotland where they are priced differently in line with local licensing law.

Top 8 Autumn Activities at Blenheim Palace this Autumn


Enjoy a day out at Blenheim Palace this autumn. The events calendar is packed with fun activities and new exhibitions with something on the schedule for everyone to enjoy.

1 Free Evening Projections at the Palace
Experience an immersive illuminated art experience this autumn as renowned US contemporary artist Jenny Holzer lights up the Palace with a series of large scale projections. Visitors can also download a bespoke mobile app which has been developed especially for the exhibition. The app will allow visitors of all ages to superimpose digital artworks onto their surroundings creating a virtual space for the exhibition.

This rare chance to see Blenheim Palace illuminated at night is free not to be missed.

Selected evenings from 28 Sept – 10 Oct, free entry

2 Art Exhibition ‘Softer’ Jenny Holzer at Blenheim Palace
Discover a new exhibition Softer: Jenny Holzer as she transforms the Palace using light projections and augmented reality. Her works have been inspired by Blenheim Palace’s military and political history which will inspire and challenge visitors during the temporary showcase. There will also be more meditative areas to explore which will feature examples of Holzer’s best-known work.

28 Sept – 31 Dec, Adult £24.90, Child £13.90 Palace, Park & Gardens Ticket

3 Art on Conflict
Step outside the Palace Gates during your visit and discover this fantastic exhibition in Woodstock. Echoing the theme of Jenny Holzer’s work, the exhibition will be showing pieces from 12 international and local artists, all of whom have produced works based around this theme. Artists include Mark Neville, Graham Dean, David Freud and Pete Sherrard. The exhibition will be held in the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum on Woodstock High Street so that visitors to the free evening light projections at Blenheim Palace will be able to see the show.

Until 7pm, 28 Sept – 29 October

4 Festival of Literature, Film & Music

 Don’t miss the best boutique festival in the country as the Festival of Literature, Film & Music returns this autumn. Book to see an array of talks, debates, dinners and entertainment as part of this unrivalled offering. The four day festival will see acclaimed speakers gather from a range of creative fields including literature, fashion, food, film and music, and promises visitors an enriching, diverse and unique experience. 12 – 15 October, Tickets require for individual talks

5 Halloween Entertainment
Dare to discover a bigger and better Halloween experience this October Half Term! Hop on board the ghost train to go through a creepy tunnel to the Pleasure Gardens where a bone-anza of activities are to be found. Families can lurk around the Labyrinth or take the Mini-beasts Trail, and there will be a whole host of treats on offer in the Pleasure Gardens Deli including ice-scream and toffee apples, with pumpkin carving too! Head to the cinema in the Stables Courtyard for classic Halloween storytelling, and there will be Spooky Tours running throughout the week with eery candlelit tours on selected dates...

21- 29 October, Adult £15.90 Child £7.10 Park & Gardens Ticket



6 State Rooms Tour

Stay indoors this autumn for a tour of the impressive State Rooms at Blenheim Palace. A tour guide will talk passionately about stunning portraits, tapestries and furniture which is set against the scale and ambition of the interior architecture. Enjoy over 300 year of history and heritage.

Daily – guided tours at regular intervals, Adult £24.90 Child £13.90 Palace, Park & Gardens ticket

7 Autumn Walks

Head outdoors this autumn and see the Park burst to life with colour whilst exploring the 2000-acre ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped Parkland. Enjoy the ‘finest view in England’ in all its autumnal glory and discover a landscape that is full of historical significance, and contributed to Blenheim Palace and Estate becoming a World Heritage Site in 1987.


Adult £15.90 Child £7.10 Park & Gardens ticket




8 British Heart Foundation Half Marathon
There is something for everyone this year at the BHF running festival. Get fit and help save lives by raising vital funds to beat heart disease! Choose from the Blenheim Palace Half Marathon, 10k Run or a shorter family-friendly 2k Run. Each distance has a beautiful route planned through the ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland.

1 October, Adult £15.30 Child £7.10 (Park & Gardens ticket)

Monday, 25 September 2017

Celebrate 25 years of the Austin Counties Annual Car Rally


There will be a display of around 30 Classic Cars at Tenterden’s Steam Railway on Saturday 14 October and 60 vehicles on Sunday 15 October 2017.

The club, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary at the Kent and East Sussex Railway this year, will put on an interesting display of its members vehicles and guests - some of which date back to 1915! Models on show may include Austin 7’s and an impressive Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.

The vehicles will be positioned all around Tenterden Station including outside the Colonel Stephens Railway Museum.

The event is open to visitors to the railway and members of the Austin Countries Car Club.

Trains will be running all weekend and tickets booked online in advance will benefit from a 10% discount.

The Station Refreshment Rooms at Tenterden Station will be open for breakfast from 10.00am with a range of hot and cold meals served throughout the day.

The award winning Colonel Stephens Railway Museum will be open throughout the weekend, with free entry to ticket holders and tells the story of Colonel Stephens the founder of the Kent & East Sussex Railway and the promoter of light railways across the country, through a collection of railwayana.

Admission including an all-day Travel Card: Adult £18, Child (3 - 15 years inc.) £12 and Family (2 adults + up to 3 children or 1 adult and up to 4 children) £38.

Please see the timetable on the website for times of steam train operation. A 10% saving applies when pre-booking tickets on the website Tenterden and Northiam are situated on the A28 between Ashford and Hastings. Free parking at Tenterden Station.

For more details telephone 01580 765155 or email enquiries@kesr.org.uk

The Grand Brighton mark UK Event Wellbeing Week with Wellbeing Kits for organisers



In celebration of UK #EventWell17 week that took place last week, The Grand Brighton and Richmond Hill Hotel launched their own campaign to promote wellbeing within the events industry. The ‘little box of calm’ contains a selection of wellbeing goodies. From relaxing bath essence from Noble Isle and soothing foot balm from Temple Spa, to the hotels’ very own ‘Conference Cool Down’ playlist on Spotify, all items aim to promote calm and offer organisers some light relief from everyday work pressures. Following recent statistics on the stresses of the role of an Event Organiser, both properties understand that they can play an essential part in helping to eliminate some of the pressures associated with organising events. From the enquiry stage to the co-ordination of the event, their experienced teams can offer a guiding hand. From working closely with the client on seamless event set up and flow to imparting their knowledge on event enhancements and delegate activities, taking advantage of the venues’ unique locations. Despite Eventwell17 being only a week long campaign, the hotel's own campaign will extend into late September and October.

Alison Edwards, Director of Sales comments 'our people and our locations are what make both venues so special, from a Sussex vineyard or beach team build in Brighton to an afternoon in the Royal Park or on the Thames in Richmond, both destinations offer an array of very unique off-site delegate activities. The invigorating sea air and green open spaces breathe new life into events bringing a fresh approach towards improving physical and mental wellbeing.

'The uniqueness of Richmond and Brighton, fantastic transport links and experience of the team onsite help create a pressure free event for organisers and productive environment for delegates. We hope we can inspire organisers to try something new for their next event.'

Both properties place event food high on the agenda with menus available to stimulate, motivate and excite, keeping the audience focused throughout, incorporating locally sourced seafood, known to benefit from essential Omega-3, the perfect brain food, fresh vegetables, grains, pulses and other energy boosting cuisine, can all be incorporated to promote wellbeing.

Andrew Mosley, General Manager at The Grand Brighton said: 'Following news coverage about work life pressure, it is great to see the events industry come together to introduce a positive approach to wellbeing, something we are proud to champion. We want to encourage professionals in the industry to take time for themselves and we hope they enjoy the pampering elements of the wellbeing kits'.

'Both The Grand Brighton and Richmond Hill Hotel are proud to provide plenty of options for delegates to not only be able to work collaboratively, but also to fully refresh and embrace being in a unique and productive environment away from the daily rush.'

Monday, 18 September 2017

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard set hold Dementia Awareness Day



Those living with dementia are invited to attend a special Dementia Awareness Day at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on 22nd September.

The day-long programme, which costs £3 per person, includes a guided tour of First World War ship HMS M.33, museum gallery activities, a drop-in tour of HMS Victory plus a well-being workshop.

Learning and engagement officer Rachel Goodall, is the National Museum’s Dementia Friends champion. This year she has been training colleagues on how to help those living with dementia get the best from their visits and is she attends a nationwide Dementia Friendly Heritage Resource group.

Rachel said: 'It is well known that more and more people are living with dementia. We are working hard creating a dementia-friendly visitor experience for all those living with dementia and their carers.

'We want our community, including our veterans, to know we are here as a place to visit, with staff who understand. In a world that is forever changing and sometimes confusing, we offer a safe environment to remember our culture and national identity.'

To reserve a space please telephone Rachel Goodall on 023 9254 5031

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Stamner House announces monthly Car Meet


Proud Country House Stanmer is delighted to announce a new monthly Car Meet event, ‘Classics at Stanmer’. Every Sunday of each month the house will be inviting classic car owners and enthusiasts alike to get together in the sprawling grounds of our country pile and spend a perfect Sunday admiring the remarkable motors on display.

This will be a free family-friendly event, open to all. Whether you own a 60’s E-type, a pristine Triumph motorcycle, or a modern classic, Stamner House will be embracing the full diversity of wonderfully-crafted machines in their grounds. Of course, non-car owners are also welcome to come along and join in the fun and talk all things motors with like-minded people. There will also be car rides on offer in exchange for a small charity donation where you can hop into one of the classic cars on display and be taken for a spin around the estate. This will be a very relaxed and social event so you are more than welcome to turn up on your own and dive straight into our friendly car community.



As with any social gathering, eating and drinking will play a central part, so there will be fantastic freshly-made food served straight from their kitchen, alongside teas and coffees to keep you fully fuelled for the day. The house will also be offering 20 % off the price of dining in their restaurant for all classic car owners. At every meeting, the owners of our favourite 3 cars will be offered dinner for free as a thank you for gracing their grounds with their fabulous motors and letting them in on the action.

The first car meet of the season will take place on Sunday 8th October, and the second on 5th November from 11.30 to 2.30pm. Free Entry

Friday, 8 September 2017

Kick-start the festive season at the Victorian Festival of Christmas


The largest Christmas festival on the south coast is set to return this December when Portsmouth Historic Dockyard welcomes back the ever-popular Victorian Festival of Christmas. Open 10am to 6pm between 1 – 3rd December, the festival is the perfect way to kick off seasonal celebrations.

The Victorian Festival of Christmas transports visitors to a bygone era where a cast of colourful characters roam the snow-covered cobbled streets, rub shoulders with a medley of street entertainers, enjoy seasonal refreshments and over 150 stalls for perfect gift ideas.

Taking centre stage this year, will be a new, soon-to-be unveiled regiment of 12 life-size naval-inspired figures. Currently still in Santa’s workshop, these specially created artistic installations by selected artists will bring an entirely new look to the famous 12 Days of Christmas' ditty.

Visitors can encounter the ever-popular traditional Father Christmas dressed in green, see Scrooge in his hand-drawn carriage, bump into young chimney sweeps, and enjoy street performances from Victorian magicians and musicians. To top off proceedings, there will be a 35-foot Christmas tree alongside HMS Victory.

Historic parts of the dockyard will be transformed into a Victorian-style street, complete with coffin measurers, ladies of the night, street urchins, market sellers and many more. This year there is a brand new family trail with Vice Admiral Lord Nelson’s favourite jewel at the centre of an intriguing Sherlock Holmes-inspired whodunnit.

The lively real-ale Fagin’s Tavern returns with plenty of merriment this year as performances by The Edelweiss Bavarian Oompah Band, Old Sea Dogs, and Shep Woolley & the Ansome Sea Buoys, light up the stage.

Those planning ahead can take advantage of special online Earlybird rates that offer cracking discounts on all ticket prices: adult tickets (16-59) £14.50; child tickets (5-15, under 5s free) £12.50; senior and student tickets £14.00; family tickets (2 adults and up to 3 children) £46.00; disabled and carer tickets £12.50.

What’s more, event tickets include entry to all the attractions within the Historic Dockyard, including the new-look Mary Rose, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860, HMS M.33, The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Boathouse 4 and Action Stations.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Cliveden earns prestigious award



Cliveden, the iconic 17th century stately home, and now one of the world’s finest luxury hotels, has been named at the UK’s top Holiday Hotel in the Condé Nast Traveller ‘Readers’ Travel Awards 2017’, the announcement was made on Monday 4th September at the prestigious awards ceremony held at the Ham Yard Hotel in London.

With a winning score of 83.86, Cliveden overtook rivals, including Soho Farmhouse, Coworth Park, Gleneagles, Babington House, Limewood and The Pig, and nudged ahead of its sister property, Chewton Glen, who was runner-up in the UK Hotel Spas category and who came in third-place with a fabulous score of 83.67 in the listed for the best UK Holiday Hotel.

Hosted by Editor, Melinda Stevens and Publishing Director Simon Leadsford the Condé Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Travel Awards 2017, celebrate the most incredible travel experiences, as voted for by people who go to the ends of the earth to find them. Readers were asked to vote for things they loved most about travel: their favourite cities, islands, ski resorts, top hotels and spas, cruise lines and tour operators and their ratings were then analysed to provide the very best travel experiences in the world.

Commenting on the award, Andrew Stembridge, Executive Director of Iconic Luxury Hotels, which includes in its current portfolio, Cliveden House in Berkshire, Chewton Glen in the New Forest, The Lygon Arms in the heart of The Cotswolds and London’s 11 Cadogan Gardens, said:

'This is a fabulous achievement, I am not only immensely proud of the team at Cliveden, but acknowledge that this award is testament to the vision and generosity of our owners, whose tremendous energy and enthusiasm has enabled this restoration project to have been undertaken bringing this remarkable property back to its former splendour.

'Historically, Cliveden was probably the most renowned hotel outside London and to have achieved this wonderful award from Condé Nast Traveller, reinforces the message that Cliveden is well and truly back on the map. Other recent accolades include being placed on The Platinum List 2017, as one of the Best Country House Hotels; being voted the most ‘Romantic Hotel’ in the 2017 Good Hotel Guide; the eponymous André Garrett Restaurant being included in the Top 20 restaurants in the latest Waitrose Good Food Guide 2018; and Cliveden being voted the Best Newcomer in the Condé Nast Johansens 2016 Awards for Excellence.

'The opening last month of The Cliveden Spa, marks the completion of the remarkable multi-million pound restoration of Cliveden House, which has seen the total transformation of this iconic luxury country house hotel over the past five years. Honouring the illustrious 350-year history of this remarkable house, The Cliveden Spa has been revamped and has re-opened alongside a brand new state-of-the-art building which links the house to the spa within the walled garden'.

Hungerford set for food festival

Aston's Bakery 


Hungerford Food Festival is set to take place on 8th October at Hungerford Town Hall & High Street with entry being only £1 and under 16s free!

What's on at Hungerford Food Festival


A full day of local foodie fun with over 40 stalls, sizzling street food, live cooking demonstrations, Cook-Off competition, pumpkin challenge, apple quiz and lots more – kindly sponsored by Doves Farm, Blandy's at Inglewood and the newly re-opened Three Swans Hotel in Hungerford.

Come hungry as there will be plenty of stone baked pizza, Thai curry, burgers, sausages, paella, veggie specials and lots more. Local producers will range from charcuterie to chillis, beef to bread - with local lamb, rapeseed oil, beer, mead, confectionary, liqueurs, cheese, cakes, honey in between.

Live demos will include The Perfect Risotto by Blandy's at Inglewood Head Chef Gert Pienaar, How to Pickle by Masterchef Semi-finalist Ollie Hunter from The Wheatsheaf and Hungerford’s very own Nicholas Lumley aka The Old Trout Smoker!

One of the UK’s top organic and sustainable food experts, Lawrence Woodward, will talk about where our food comes from and the choices we all face in the supermarket. Newbury & District Beekeepers will demonstrate where honey comes from and The Naked Grape will be running a bar with local beers, ciders & other tipples.




Hungerford Allotments will inspire people to grow their own and My Apple Juice will be happy to turn your surplus apples into fresh, delicious juice. Teas and cakes will be provided by Hungerford Scouts and there will be hands-on foodie activities for children.

There is a chance for everyone to get their pinnies on and get involved: to enter this year's Hungerford Cook-Off. If you have a prize pumpkin bring it along to enter the Pumpkin Challenge. Or test your apple knowledge on My Apple Juice's Apple Quiz. For more details email hungerfordfoodfestival@gmail.com

This year for the first time there will also be a special Hungerford Food Festival Cream Tea trip on The Rose of Hungerford starting at 2.30pm from Hungerford Wharf. Pre-booking essential at Fare Wise Travel on Hungerford High Street or on 01380 721279.

And there will be a special Food Festival service at St. Lawrence’s Church at 6.30pm on the day. Everyone is invited to a relaxed celebration with harvest hymns and a collection for the Food Bank.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Take a Spine Tingling ride at the Kent & East Sussex Railway this Halloween


Kent & East Sussex Railway are holding some frightful Halloween events this year starting from 24th October. See below what's on at the railway over the spooky period.

Halloween High Jinx event Tuesday 24 October to Thursday 26 October 2017 

Have a fun day out at Tenterden’s Steam Railway this Halloween with a relaxing return train journey between Tenterden and Bodiam stations hauled by a heritage steam or diesel engine and enjoy all the free family-friendly events including ‘Mr Mystery’ magic show and pumpkin carving. Why not arrive in fancy dress and visit our face painters to complete your scary look! At Bodiam station passengers can alight to see the exhilarating birds of prey flying demonstrations where birds dive and swoop over the station with Bodiam Castle in the background. There will be two flying demonstrations each day lasting approx. 30 minutes. Train travel and events are all included with the purchase of a Travelcard. When purchased in advance online TravelCards are: Family £36.20, Adult £16.20, Child (3-15) £10.80. When purchased on the day TravelCards are: Family £38, Adult £18, Child (3-15) £12. The green timetable will be in operation during October half term with both steam trains and the heritage diesel observation train.

On Friday 27 October ride the Fright Night Express if you dare! Fireworks at Northiam 

Visit the railway from 4:30pm for a Fright Night workshop including pumpkin modelling and facepainting. Families are encouraged to come in fancy dress, the scarier the better! Spooky music and an amazing live Firebreather will add to the atmosphere before everyone boards the Fright Night Express in time for a 6:30pm departure. Children will receive a Munchbox during the journey. Hotdogs or hot snacks will be available to purchase from the licensed restaurant to eat in or take on the train. Upon arrival at Northiam station enjoy a firework display before the return journey to Tenterden which will see the train arrive back at the station for approximately 8:15pm. Fright Night fares: Adults and Children 3-15 inclusive £18.00. Booking for Fright Nights essential.