The amazing weather of the past few weeks has allowed everyone to attend, with confidence, a vast range of outdoor events and locations. A normal British summer is always a bit hit and miss when planning shows, festivals, celebrations and the opening up of so many locations which are moth balled throughout the winter. For those with the unenviable task of attracting the public to their historic houses, gardens and parks there is the unpredictability of the great British weather to always take into account. However, so far this year the hard work of these dedicated professionals has been justifiably rewarded with record crowds getting outdoors to all kinds of wonderful places, families enjoying picnics, historic houses over run by curious crowds eager to savour the history and delight of some of the countries finest.
As always at Bee Outdoors we are constantly looking for places and events to recommend, in doing so we also look to see if the places we go to provide value for money. Whilst doing this we have to bear in mind the pressures that some of these wonderful places are under to maintain the historic buildings and grounds, pay the hard working staff and at the same time provide a memorable experience for the visitor, not an easy thing to achieve in todays competitive market place.
Visits to the wonderful gardens of Blenheim in July was a delight, the mixed variety of plants, the amazing waterfall leading to the lake with its views up to the palace sitting splendidly on the hill above, shaded picnic spots giving respite from the heat and one of our favourites, the peace and beauty of the secret garden made this a day worth remembering. The palace and its grounds are only open for a short time throughout the year but definitely worth the effort to fit into ones itinerary.
If you are into all things historical then a visit to Nottingham for the annual Robin Hood Festival from Monday 27th August to Sunday 2 September might be the perfect answer. Organised by the RSPB this week long, fun filled festival has something for everyone. You can plan your day using the daily programme sheets or meander through the ancient woodland at your leisure enjoying what is promising to be a fantastic festival experience providing something for all ages from story telling for children to medieval music and performances throughout the day not forgetting Robins battling with the sheriff around the mighty oak.
In the Northamptonshire village of Blisworth over the weekend of Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th the annual Canal Festival takes place,
this increasingly popular event is a great family affair with the whole village becoming involved.
On the canal side there is a whole range of boats beautifully adorned in traditional style and offering everything from delicious cheeses to face painting and entertainment. In the nearby fields you will find fair ground fun including ferret racing and side shows to keep every child happy. Inside the village there is music, crafts and great food.
This year is bigger than ever and promising to be better than ever before. For those with a potential interest in life on the canals this is a great opportunity to talk to those who have first hand experience of this growing life style.
Airshows this August
With the promise of good weather there are a number of great air shows across the country featuring some of the wonderful aircraft that still today, draw the crowds.
August 16th Airbourne Eastbourne International Airshow . tel: 01323 411400
August 18th Shuttleworth Flying Proms, Biggleswade, Beds.Tel; 01767 627927
August 18-19. Biggin Hill Festival of Flight.
August 23-24. Clacton Air Show. Tel: 01255 686633
August 25-26 Wings and Wheels, Dunsfold Surrey. Tel: 01483 542226
August 25-26 Rhyl Airshow. Rhyl, Denbighshire.
August 26 Little Gransden Air and Car show. Tel: 07730 091132
August 27 Props and Pistons East Kirkby. Tel: 01790 763207
August 30- September 2 Bournemouth Air festival, Bournemouth, Dorset. One of the biggest shows of the year.
Wistow in Leicestershire, a beautiful and historic English hamlet in rolling countryside just a few miles south of Leicester and north of Market Harborough.
Famous for the Wistow Maze (with new design and quiz trail each summer), the thriving Rural Centre with its large garden centre, model village, cafe/bistro, Mediterranean deli, art gallery and wide variety of shops. There are numerous country walks around St Wistan’s Church and the Grand Union Canal, attractive cottages and flats for rental, and views of historic Wistow Hall with its scenic parkland and lake.
For more details of this delightful family day out go to www.wistow.com