If you are already on the lookout for things to do this summer, we have a range of unique and fun activities to enjoy with friends, family and your other half. Who said you need to go abroad to have fun in the sun?
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Get ready for a summer in the uk like never before
1Get creative with flower workshops and watercolour painting at Gravetye Manor
Pick up flower-arranging tips from Chelsea Flower Show winner, Sue Flight, who will be hosting Flower Workshops at Gravetye Manor in Sussex on the following mornings this year – 8 May, 5 June, 3 July, 11 September, plus 3 & 30 October. Each class will use seasonal flowers and twigs to create eye-catching displays and will include a walk around the hotel’s extensive grounds. The workshop costs £75 pp including tea/coffee and a two-course lunch. Alternatively, Hazel Soan will lead a one-day watercolour painting course on Tuesday 6 June. The watercolour workshop costs from £150 pp including morning coffee/pastries, two-course lunch plus tea and cake. Stay overnight from £260 per room (two sharing), including breakfast.
2Broaden your palette with fresh lobster in Pembrokeshire
Nestling in the Pembrokeshire countryside just 20 minutes’ drive from the region’s golden coastline, Grove of Narberth is celebrating its 10th anniversary this September. Visit during the Pembrokeshire Fish Festival (24 June – 2 July), where hundreds of foodie events take place – from cookery demonstrations to fishing trips. The hotel marks the occasion with its 5th annual Fish BBQ (Thursday 29 June – £45 pp, 7pm arrival) serving up fresh local lobster and sea bass, Welsh beef, white sangria and tasty desserts all set to the sound of live acoustic musicians. Stay overnight for an additional £190 per room (two sharing), including breakfast.
3Expierence Horses galore in Suffolk
Opened by HRH The Queen in late 2016, Newmarket’s National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art (General Admission £16.50 pp) took 10 years to plan, design and build. The informative museum includes stables with racehorses, a riding school with dressage and show jumping displays and a palace once occupied by King Charles II (with many amazing pieces of art, some of which have been loaned by The Tate). Stay just five minutes away at Bedford Lodge Hotel, a four-star hotel set in three acres which was originally built as a hunting lodge for the Duke of Bedford, from £350 per night (two sharing), including breakfast and use of the spa.
4Tackle Scotland’s Munros from the Torridon
The North Coast 500 – billed as Scotland’s answer to America’s Route 66 – has made Scotland’s highlands more accessible than ever before. Set on a spectacular sea loch, complete with Rapunzel-like towers and a well-stocked whisky bar, The Torridon is the ideal base from which to explore this region of wilderness, and the North Coast 500 conveniently passes the hotel’s front door. The Torridon’s Munro Adventure Package is available from May-October and includes the services of a mountain guide to lead guests over the local Munro peaks which include Slioch, Beinn Eighe, Beinn Alligin and Liathach. An overnight stay costs from £495 per room (two sharing), including mountain guiding services for the day and full Scottish breakfast. Minimum three-night stay.
5Snare a spy on the Cornish coast this summer
It’s hard to beat the location of The Nare Hotel, which overlooks Carne Beach and Cornwall’s beautiful Roseland Peninsula. Its outdoor pool, heated to 30°C, is open to guests from May until October and there is also a hot tub, perfect for chillier days. Launching this spring, author Jon Stock has set his latest spy thriller, To Snare A Spy, in and around the hotel. Guests participating in Operation Snare this summer will receive a copy of the book and an espionage pack before arrival, then once at The Nare, they will follow in the footsteps of the plot – a deadly race across land and sea! An overnight stay costs from £365 per night (two sharing), including a full English breakfast and complimentary Cornish cream tea.
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