This month, we bring you news of a new day dedicated to Surrey, an edible exhibition in Peckham and the opening of new beach huts in Bournemouth. From June onwards, London-based Nest Collective will roll out their amazing Campfire Clubs, where top musicians, food and festivities come together, in both Bristol and Sheffield. Meanwhile, you can embrace the outdoors in a new cycling festival in Norwich.
Please see below for more information, plus a round-up of other news just in from around the country.
Expect street parties, music, activities and great food as the wonders of this English county is celebrated in the first ever Surrey Day. Held in association with BBC Surrey and Surrey Life magazine, the day will see venues across the county host their own special events. Among the events taking place are a street party at the mysterious beauty spot Silent Pool featuring Albury Organic Vineyard and friends; the lighting of a beacon at Priory Farm accompanied by street food and live music; a pop-up food market at The White Horse in Dorking; and a guided walk along Surrey’s special national trail- the North Downs Way. Other highlights include free entry for Surrey residents at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, in Compton and the chance to have a private visit to the remarkable ruins of the National Trust’s Clandon Park before restoration work begins in 2020.
Tender Touches, AMP Gallery London
17 May - 30 June
Taking the food-based practice of artist Inês Neto dos Santos as a starting point, Tender Touches will present an immersive installation in an unconventional space where everything – from the food to the furniture and the cutlery – is an artwork. Blurring the lines between the gallery, the studio and the dining room, Tender Touches will host a series of talks, supper clubs and performances, taking place among new commissions by a group of international emerging artists. The food menu, designed and cooked by Neto dos Santos, will be inspired by her interest in sustainable food practices such as preservation and fermentation. A further eleven artists will create new commissions that make up every element of the cafe. Taking place at AMP Gallery in Peckham, the exhibition and is one of four projects in Open Space’s 2019 programme, which explores the idea of Space without spaces. Entry is free.
New National Trust working holidays, nationwide
May – September 2019
The National Trust is introducing some new working holidays in 2019, including: river restoration at Croome, Worcestershire (19 – 25 May, £160); plant life surveying in Woolbeding, West Sussex (22 – 29 June, £170); and the chance to learn basic navigation skills as you help rangers with dry-stone walling, woodland management and footpath repair in Wasdale, Cumbria (14 – 21 September, £170).
The Carriage at Shankly Hotel, Preston
Signature Living, the company behind the already hugely successful Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, are bringing their luxury brand to the city centre. In the shadows of the Harris Museum and reviving the city’s historic Old Post Office building, this super hotel recognises Preston’s connection with footballer Sir Tom Finney. Its new restaurant, The Carriage, themed around a 1930s rail carriage, opens in May ahead of the hotel’s launch in June. Its name gives a nod to 1933 when Bill Shankly OBE physically signed his contract for Preston North End whilst travelling in a First Class rail carriage between Carlisle and Preston.
The Woodland Glade, Forest of Bowland
The Woodland Glade is a new exclusive glamping site of 10 luxury micro lodges situated in the midst of natural oak and beech woodland. Located in the heart of the Forest of Bowland on the historic Browsholme Hall Estate, these beautifully designed self-catering lodges make a perfect base to explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – whether you’re looking to a place for you to relax and unwind, be active, or indulge yourself at one of the many award winning pubs and inns nearby. Great for walkers, cyclists, for short break holidays. Prices start £72 per night.
New beach huts for Bournemouth Beach Lodges
The Bournemouth Beach Lodges have opened a further nine beach huts, meaning holiday-goers wishing to experience the excitement of being a stone’s throw from Bournemouth’s idyllic shore have 25 huts to choose from. The bright airy lodges are located only a few steps away from the soft sand and lapping waves and offer contemporary accommodation for up to four adults and two children. Each lodge features its own extensively equipped kitchen, toilet, private decking, shower room and WiFi. Furniture is light and modular with clever storage solutions, while the colour palette both inside and out is light and warm – dove greys, powder blues and olive greens. You can book to stay in the Beach Lodges for 3, 4, 7, 10 or 11 nights, starting on a Monday or Friday. Rates vary throughout the year. Prices start at £295 for a four-night stay.
The Produce Hall, Stockport
The Produce Hall is the latest addition to the food hall-style casual dining concept. Set within a Grade-II listed building, The Produce Hall opens the first week of April, with ten traders offering different specialties - largely comfort food - and plenty of character with original beams, pillars and windows exposed. It is the latest development to hit Stockport, which is now thriving on the success of some clever heritage projects and stand out food and drink at places like Where The Light Gets In.
New Campfire Clubs at The Nest Collective, Bristol and Sheffield
The Nest Collective runs gigs and ceilidhs in unusual spaces. Its Friday night Campfire Club (May-September) sees guests gather around a fire in a secret London location for outdoor unplugged folk music in off the beaten track spots such as community gardens, nature reserves and city farms. New for this year, these Campfire Clubs will also run in Bristol, Machynlleth and Sheffield. Prices £9.00 - £12.00
New Great British Cycling Festival, Norwich
27 June – 30 June
This will be a sensational new elite sports and mass participation festival where a 100 mile closed road event will start and finish in Norwich City Centre and experience the same route, on the same day – Sunday 30th June - as the pros for the HSBC UK National Road Championships. The festival has many elements to it, including: the men’s and women’s national time trial championships (27 June),which start and finish on the Sandringham Estate; the men’s and women’s road race (30 June), which finish in Norwich; as well as a mass-participation amateur event and a family fun-ride in Norwich City Centre.
New Chef’s Table experience at Freemasons at Wiswell, Ribble Valley
This proper pub – a high roller on the Top 50 Gastropubs list – is already a popular pilgrimage for foodies across the country. The Freemasons is now expanding with new luxury rooms as well as a redeveloped kitchen with new Chef’s Table experience, located inside the new state-of-the-art kitchen. The new accommodation, which includes duplex rooms, will offer luxury with views across the Ribble Valley – even from the bathtub. Freemasons chef owner Steven Smith will also be putting on guest chef nights as a part of the new Chef’s Table experience.
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