June 11, 2019 | Pride of Britain Hotels
Spend some quality time in the UK this summer and enjoy a spectacular array of events, from theatre and music performances to food festivals and exhibitions. Whether you’re heading for the Scottish Highlands or the quaint villages of Sussex, this splendid selection of events, suggested by Pride of Britain Hotels, has something for everybody.
Renowned for its impeccable performances each year, the Outdoor Theatre at Kilworth House is located in a beautiful wooded glade in the hotel’s grounds. This summer sees the return of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (on until 7 July) and a brand-new production of Cats (23 July – 8 September). The auditorium has a capacity of 550 comfortable seats and is covered by a magnificent sail-like canopy. Tickets cost £37 pp – or why not make a night of it with a Theatre Break, which costs from £295 per room (two sharing), including pre-theatre dinner, tickets to the show, one night’s accommodation and full English breakfast?
The exciting programme of events and performances at this year’s Chester Music Festival (23 June – 4 August) includes live jazz, world-class classical recitals, contemporary dance and the indie-folk trio Café Spice. Get involved in the music-making at the Big Storyhouse Jam-along, where musicians of all abilities are encouraged to join in the fun. Stay in the heart of the city at The Chester Grosvenor; relax in the tranquil spa, which features a herb sauna and crystal steam room, and enjoy fine dining at Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. An overnight stay costs from £165 per room (two sharing), including continental breakfast.
Located in the heart of the dramatic Sussex Downs, the grounds of South Lodge Hotel & Spa in Horsham are ideal for a cosy movie night under the stars. Dinner and a Movie events (£58 pp) include a delicious three-course meal before showings of classics such as Top Gun (7 August) and modern favourites like The Greatest Showman (12 August). Alternatively, pack your own snacks to enjoy at the Picnic and a Movie events (£16 pp), which include Mamma Mia (18 August) and Bohemian Rhapsody (1 September). South Lodge has recently opened a new 44,000 sq ft spa, featuring a natural outdoor lightly-heated swimming pond and marble-lined salt and aromatic steam rooms. An overnight stay costs from £265 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast and access to the spa facilities.
Taking place around Weymouth’s historic harbourside, the Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival returns for another celebration of the region’s bountiful produce (13 – 14 July). Taste fresh dishes from nearly 100 stalls and get involved at a number of hands-on cookery sessions and demonstrations from top chefs, all of which are free of charge. Escape to the charming riverside Priory Hotel in the picturesque market town of Wareham, which sits in four acres of gardens, with views of the delightful countryside; it boasts 17 individually-appointed bedrooms and, recently opened, its oak and glass Garden Restaurant, designed to melt into its leafy environs. An overnight stay costs from £220 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast.
There’s something for everyone at the Festival of Chichester, a four-week celebration of the city, featuring live jazz, blues, rock and classical music performances, theatre, dance shows, arts and crafts workshops, and guided walks and tours of the city (15 June – 14 July). A short drive from Chichester and five minutes from Midhurst in the village of Bepton, Park House Hotel & Spa has now opened its outdoor facilities for the summer, which include a heated pool and two grass tennis courts, perfect for guests to enjoy a friendly match, complete with views of the South Downs. An overnight stay is priced from £180 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast and use of the leisure facilities.
A tug of war, Highland dancing, track and field events and a world-class solo bagpiping competition are just some of the events to expect at the Highland Games’ Argyllshire Gathering in Oban (22 August). The exhilarating and colourful day will culminate with prizes presented by the Duke of Argyll. Airds Hotel and Restaurant is close to the action and an ideal base from which to explore the beautiful Scottish Highlands; it features a three-AA Rosette restaurant with views over Loch Linnhe and the Morvern mountains beyond. A Summer Mini Break costs from £496 pp (two sharing), including three nights’ B&B, two five-course dinners, one tasting menu dinner and a glass of prosecco on arrival. Available on midweek stays, Sunday – Thursday.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest printmakers of all time, Rembrandt’s scratchy, fine line images are remarkable for their power of expression. An exhibition of some of the artist’s most iconic images, including The Three Trees and The Hundred Guilder Print will be on display at Bath’s Holburne Museum (from 4 October).
Stay in the historic centre of Bath at the five-red-star The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, featuring an award-winning spa, the three-AA Rosette Dower House Restaurant and an acre of secluded gardens, which are home to several unusual sculptures. An overnight stay costs from £330 per room (two sharing), including unlimited use of the spa and full English breakfast. Alternatively, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa is just a short drive away yet secluded within 500 acres of tranquil parkland. Dine in the Michelin-starred Restaurant Hywel Jones, relax in the spa, explore the grounds by horseback at the hotel’s Equestrian Centre or master new culinary techniques at the Cookery School. An overnight stay costs from £295 per room (two sharing), including use of the spa and full English breakfast.
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