June 21, 2017 | Pride of Britain Hotels
Kilworth House is a beautiful Grade II-listed country house in South Leicestershire and is the only UK hotel to have built its own outdoor theatre. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the theatre is set in a beautiful wooded glade with canopies that protect against the elements, so performances are never cancelled. This summer’s West-End-standard productions include Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate (running until 16 July) and Top Hat (16 August – 17 September) – one of the greatest dance musicals of all time.
Theatre breaks start from £299 per room/ £150 pp (two sharing), including a night’s B&B, pre-theatre dinner and theatre tickets.
Gifford’s Circus is a magical, traditional-style circus that tours the UK’s village greens and country houses every summer. This season’s performance, ‘Any port in a storm’, will take place towards the start of the summer holidays at The Fox Inn, Barrington (20-31 July). Expect a thrilling candlelit gymnastic show with dancing horses, a live band and a starring role from Tweedy the clown. Tickets from £10 pp. Base yourself at family-friendly Ellenborough Park, beside Cheltenham Racecourse. The award-winning historic five-star Cotswold manor house hotel has an outdoor pool, ideal for children.
A one-night stay costs from £230 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast.
Overlooking Dedham Vale in Essex, 12-bedroom Maison Talbooth is situated in the heart of Constable Country and has a heated outdoor pool and hot tub (open year-round), plus a tennis court and riverside fine-dining restaurant. Just a few minutes’ drive from the hotel, National Trust-owned Flatford Mill will be putting on outdoor theatre productions of Midsummer Night’s Dream (28th July) and The Wind in the Willows (26th August).
Prices for Midsummer Night’s Dream are £249.50 per person, including B&B at Maison Talbooth, a luxury picnic, a bottle of Taittinger Champagne and two show tickets. The Wind in the Willows is £598 per family (two adults, two children), including B&B at Maison Talbooth, the picnic for four, a bottle of rosé, softs drinks and four show tickets. Both packages include transfers to/from the event in the hotel’s Range Rover.
Dance to hits from the ’70s’, ’80s and ’90s at Rockingham Castle’s Flashpoint Music Festival in Market Harborough (14-16 July). Headline acts include Deacon Blue, Marc Almond, Gabrielle, OMD, ABC, The Lightning Seeds and The Christians. Adult weekend tickets are £85 pp; day tickets from £46 pp. Stay nearby at Hambleton Hall, an impressive Victorian country house hotel overlooking Rutland Water with 17 individually-designed bedrooms and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
An overnight stay costs from £300 per room (two sharing), including use of the outdoor pool (open until September) and a morning newspaper with a full Hambleton breakfast.
Quirky and entertaining, the Oban Games take place annually on the fourth Thursday of August (24th August 2017). This entertaining clash of kilts comprises track, field and hill events plus piping and Scottish dancing competitions. Stay nearby at The Airds – an intimate 11-bedroom luxury boutique hotel with two self-catering cottages overlooking Loch Linnhe in Port Appin on Scotland’s unspoilt west coast. The restaurant serves delectable fresh seafood such as Ravioli of Crab, Shellfish Sauce, Wild Garlic & Lemon Gel followed by West Coast Halibut, Smokes Mussel, Oyster, Chard & Gnocchi and Coffee Soufflé with Cinnamon Doughnut & Milk Ice Cream.
Prices start from £295 per room per night (two sharing), including full Scottish breakfast and five-course dinner.
Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire is a grand, five-star mansion with Capability Brown-designed grounds and a 50-acre lake. The hotel has featured in many box office blockbusters including Four Weddings and a Funeral and James Bond’s The World is Not Enough. This year’s outdoor cinema line-up includes classics such as Mamma Mia (25th August), Grease (28th August), Footloose (31st August) and La La Land (9th September). Cinema tickets are priced £13 pp.
Stay overnight from £87.50 pp (two sharing), including B&B, or book a pre-cinema BBQ in the courtyard of Adam’s Brasserie for £27.50 pp.
To book any of the above summer breaks please call Pride of Britain Hotels on 0800 089 3929 (www.prideofbritainhotels.com).