Here are just a few of the many interesting things happening at or near Pride of Britain Hotels this year…
APRIL – There are lots of opportunities for short stays over the Easter period which starts with Good Friday on April 22nd. Families are well catered for at most Pride of Britain member hotels – choose the “children welcome” symbol on the “Find and book” page on our web site for the whole selection. Bodysgallen Hall celebrates its 30th anniversary with a series of cultural lunches and evenings, including a talk by Elizabeth Green of the National Trust on properties in North Wales. And don’t forget the Royal Wedding takes place on April 29th which has been declared a public holiday. For racegoers Saturday 9th is the big one, The John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree.
MAY – Over 3,500 gardens open their gates to the rest of us for the National Gardens Scheme which raises at least £2m a year for charitable causes. Visit one or two when you stay at any Pride of Britain Hotel in England or Wales. Also in May (19th – 22nd) is the BMW PGA golf championship played on the legendary Wentworth Course in Surrey.
JUNE – The famous Cotswold Air Show which takes place at Kemble Airfield on June 18th & 19th might appeal to someone in need of a Father’s Day treat (June 19th) and is surrounded by a great choice of Pride of Britain hotels. June is also the month for Royal Ascot (14th – 18th) and if you can’t be there try Le Talbooth in Essex for a wonderful “Ascot” day of racing, music, river trips, champagne and great food. To see horse action of a different kind visit the Coutts International Polo at Chester Racecourse on the 3rd & 4th. June is also synonymous with the Wimbledon Tennis Championships starting at the Queens Club on June 20th and reaching their climax at the finlas on July 2nd & 3rd. If that doesn’t float your boat how about ther Henley Royal Regatta (14th – 18th June) and an overnight at the outstanding French Horn at Sonning.
JULY – A magnificent sight if you are in Scotland this July (21st – 24th) is the Tall Ships Race, closely folowed by the Callander World Highland Games (30th July & 1st August). And if you have been put off flying abroad there are plenty of beautiful locations in Britain for a holiday – no airport queues, no lost luggage and every cup of tea is made perfectly! In the South of England from July 5th – 10th we strongly recommend the Hampton Court Palace flower show and, in the North, the equally superb Tatton Park flower show (July 20th – 24th) both organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.
AUGUST – The opera season at Glynbourn in Sussex runs until August 28th and is immediately followed by a public holiday on Monday 29th. Edinburgh has festivals through the summer including its International Festival (Aug 12th – Sept 4th). And throughout the year the National Trust has hundreds of amazing places to visit, all within striking distance of a Pride of Britain hotel, see http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ More to come. Watch this space!