March 23, 2018 | Eden Hotel Collection
Choose from a plethora of exciting events and activities across the UK, including photography workshops, music festivals, wellness retreats and canoe safaris
Plus, gin cocktails for everyone…
Celebrate the arrival of spring with the Eden Hotel Collection, a privately-owned portfolio of nine beautiful properties in the UK. The collection’s Step into Spring offer runs from March to May, with prices from £109 per room per night (two sharing), including full English breakfast and a gin cocktail.
Learn the basics of watercolour and pastel painting in the inspiring surroundings of Worcester’s beautiful Bevere Gallery. Led by artist Valerie Briggs, who has 30 years’ experience of documenting the British countryside, the workshops focus on landscapes, animals and birds. The workshops run throughout March (£50 pp). Stay nearby at Brockencote Hall Hotel from £145 per room per night (two sharing), including full English breakfast and a gin cocktail. Contact Brockencote Hall Hotel (01562 777 876; www.brockencotehall.com).
See the beautiful South Devon surroundings from the water on a leisurely canoe paddle along Bowcombe Creek. Look out for wildlife and learn about the area’s diverse history on a two-hour canoe safari through the countryside. Available throughout March and April on selected dates; £25 pp. Stay nearby at Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel, a beautiful 17th century manor house, from £109 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast and a gin cocktail. Contact Buckland Tout-Saints (01548 853 055; www.tout-saints.co.uk).
Taunton’s Hestercombe Gardens, complete with an Edwardian garden, lakes, temples, woodland and a restored watermill, are the perfect setting to get creative. Join expert willow weaver Sarah Webb for a Willow Workshop and learn how to create a beautiful conical plant climber (16 April; £45 pp). Stay nearby at The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa from £145 per room per night (two sharing), including full English breakfast, a gin cocktail and access to the spa. Contact The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa (01823 442 500; www.themountsomersethotelandspa.com).
The Elan Spa at Mallory Court, Warwickshire’s newest spa, has launched a new wellness retreat. Learn how to live in the moment, nurturing awareness of your body, mind and emotions through the practice of mindfulness. Experience mindful eating, guided breathing, meditation and walks to lift your spirits. The Mindfulness and Wellness Day Retreat (18 April) costs £185 pp, including welcome drinks (smoothies, fruit juice, herbal tea), spa orientation, mindfulness introduction and discussion, mindful walk guided by a Life Coach, two-course lunch, spa time, contemplation and 55-minute spa treatment, group discussion and support pack. Contact Mallory Court (01926 330214; www.mallory.co.uk).
Literary lovers should head to the waterside town of Stratford-upon-Avon in April. The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival attracts best-selling and award-winning authors and illustrators for a mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops, quizzes and open mic events. This year’s line-up includes Jeremy Vine, Alastair Sawday and Jon McGregor. Taking place from 22 to 29 April, see the website for the full programme and tickets. Stay nearby at The Arden Hotel from £149 per room (two sharing) or Arden House from £135 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast and a gin cocktail. Contact The Arden Hotel and Arden House (01789 298 682; (www.theardenhotelstratford.com; www.ardenhousestratford.com).
Hone your photography skills in the grounds of dramatic Castle Drogo, which overlooks the Teign Gorge. Learn the basics of photography and composition on this spring-focused workshop. Local photographer, John Howells, will lead the course in the gardens or by the river, seeking out interesting landscapes and wildlife. The photography workshop (1 May) costs £37 pp. Stay nearby at Bovey Castle from £199 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast, a gin cocktail and access to the spa. Contact Bovey Castle (01647 445 007; www.boveycastle.com).
The Cheltenham International Jazz Festival (2-7 May) showcases the best classic and contemporary jazz, soul, blues, and pop via a mix of international jazz icons, up-and-coming new artists and unique festival performances. The impressive line-up includes visionary singer-songwriter Van Morrison, neo-soul frontrunner Jordan Rakei and DJ and broadcaster Gilles Peterson. There will be free outdoor music in Montpelier Gardens as well as ticketed concerts at various venues. Stay nearby at The Greenway Hotel & Spa from £135 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast, a gin cocktail and access to the spa. Contact The Greenway Hotel & Spa (01242 862 352; www.thegreenwayhotelandspa.com).
The Chipping Campden International Music Festival (12-26 May) draws visitors from Europe, America and Australia to enjoy great music in the glorious setting of St James’s Church. The world-renowned Jerusalem Quartet and pianist Stephen Hough will also make their festival debuts. Tickets cost from £23 pp. Stay nearby at The Kings Hotel, a Cotswold-stone townhouse, from £135 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast and a gin cocktail. Contact The Kings Hotel (01386 840 256; www.kingscampden.co.uk).
The Step into Spring offer is available for overnight stays from 26 March to 31 May, 2018. For more details, or to book, visit www.edenhotelcollection.com.