We know that Christmas is upon us when two of our favourite seasonal events return: this Friday 25th November 2011 sees the opening of Jack and the Beanstalk at The Everyman and the switching on of the magical lights at Westonbirt Arboretum’s Enchanted Christmas.
The Everyman’s annual traditional panto runs from Friday 25th November 2011 until 8th January 2012 and this year sees Dynasty actress Emma Samms taking to the stage in the family-friendly production of Jack and the Beanstalk, which promises the usual array of songs, laughter, slapstick, a giant and a comedy cow! Why not take advantage of one of our Christmas Special Offers here at Hilden House and Hilden Lodge and enjoy mulled wine and festive nibbles prior to the show?
Another firm favourite of ours is the Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury. This spectacular annual event impresses children and adults alike and runs from Friday 25th November 2011 until 18th December 2011 between 5.00 pm and 8.30 pm. This year not only will you be able to walk along the stunning illuminated trail of towering trees, but children will also be able to enjoy the delights of a new winter wonderland of crafts being held at their education centre.
Last month we blogged about the endless walking possibilities amongst the outstanding countryside here on our doorstep in Cheltenham and Hilden Lodge’s Walkers’ Weekend offer of two nights accommodation, breakfast and packed lunches for two people all for £155. We are pleased to say that this has proved to be one of the more popular offers we have run, as many keen ramblers have taken advantage of our mild Autumn and come and stayed with us. This particular package even got picked up in last week’s edition of My Weekly Magazine who featured it in their Travel News section.
Watch out for more tempting seasonal offers for both Hilden Lodge and Hilden House coming very soon.
Whilst Cheltenham is bracing itself for another three days of fantastic racing at The Open this coming weekend, we’d also like to draw your attention to another popular event at the Racecourse this month. Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will be entertaining music-loving crowds at The Centaur again this year on Friday 18th November 2011 as part of his new national tour. The music legend shall be performing his unique brand of blues and boogie-woogie alongside guests including Sandie Shaw and Shane Macgowan at an event which has proved highly popular with audiences in the past.
The Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland 2012 has just been released and three nearby Gloucestershire restaurants have been awarded the coveted stars.
The latest edition of this world famous gastronomic guide sees Cheltenham’s Le Champignon Sauvage retain its two-star rating yet again and is just one of 17 restaurants throughout Great Britain and Ireland to be awarded two stars which signify ‘’excellent cooking / worth making a detour’’. The modern French cooking of Le Champignon Sauvage, which serves such delights as seared scallops with cauliflower puree, cumin veloute and ras-el-hanout caramel, has long been a firm favourite of both local and travelling foodies alike. This gastronomic sensation is located in The Suffolks within walking distance of Hilden House, making us the ideal place to stay after sampling its delights. A combination truly worth making the detour!
Elsewhere in the area 5 North Street in nearby Winchcombe and the Lords of the Manor restaurant in Upper Slaughter have again been awarded one Michelin star.
To see a full list of our recommended places to eat out in Cheltenham, please click here.
Who would think that you could be rambling amongst picturesque hills and autumnal woodlands during the day and then sipping cocktails in an exciting bar or enjoying the theatre that same evening? A weekend of walking amidst the outstanding Cotswold countryside does not mean you have to spend your evenings with a pint of beer and droopy chips in a sleepy remote pub. At least not if you choose to take advantage of Hilden Lodge’s Walkers’ Weekend offer of two nights accommodation, breakfast and packed lunches for two people all for £155 (not including Bank Holidays and subject to availability). Our award-winning breakfasts and our personally tailored packed lunches will sustain you through your day’s walking; and for the evening you can enjoy Cheltenham’s array of fine dining and multicultural cuisines. Alternatively, many of our rooms have ensuite baths, which the more exhausted walkers can enjoy before selecting a free DVD from our library.
Hilden Lodge’s location on the outskirts of Cheltenham makes it an ideal base for a walking break to explore the picturesque northern part of the Cotswolds. Hilden Lodge is situated within walking distance of the Cotswold Way, the famous walk which starts in the market town of Chipping Campden and stretches along the Cotswolds escarpment all the way to Bath. One of the most eye-catching stretches of the Cotswold Way is the ‘Leckhampton Loop’, which is just an eight minute drive from Hilden Lodge.
We have been welcoming walkers at Hilden Lodge for many years and are listed on the Ramblers website.
It’s time for another Cheltenham Festival …. The Times Literature Festival takes place 7th – 16th October 2011 and promises to be bigger and better than ever with 500 events and 600 speakers. An impressive array of famous names will be appearing – including Joanna Lumley, David Walliams, Melvyn Bragg, Jeffrey Archer, Julian Fellowes, Robert Lindsay, Sebastian Faulks, Pamela Stephenson, Sue Johnston, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Ed Balls, Terry Wogan who will all be talking about their latest works.
The festival has outgrown its traditional venues and so this year a new ‘literary quarter’ will be added in Montpellier Gardens just two minutes walk from the tented village on Imperial Square. You’ll also find a huge Waterstone’s book tent and two brand new, unique dining experiences, Spiegeltent Bistro and the Feastfest Food Hall. Click here for venue maps & visitor information.
Hilden House looks forward to welcoming all book worms and celebrity-spotters alike!
The school summer holidays are already upon us again and we can think of no better place than Cheltenham to keep your little ones entertained during a perfect summer break. There are numerous events and activites being held at The Brewery in Cheltenham over the holiday period from magic shows and science experiments to a 24 feet climbing wall and free mini fun fair. When the sun is shining then the Sandford Parks Lido is a children’s paradise of water fun and when the weather is not so good, why not indulge your children’s creative side at The Paint it Yourself Pottery Co?
Further afield, we would highly recommend a trip to the Slimbridge Wetland Centre, where throughout the summer holidays you can explore the vast nature reserve via a Land Rover safari out on to the Severn Estuary. Another firm favourite of ours is the Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury which has an action-packed schedule of events including nature trails, ‘Life beneath our Feet’ and ‘Growing Green’ workshops and their annual Treefest being held Friday 26th August – Monday 29th August 2011. Furthermore, during the school summer holidays, families have even more reason to visit the spectacular Arboretum, as children go free from Saturday 23rd July to Wednesday 31st August 2011!
The Royal International Air Tattoo 2011 at RAF Fairford (30 minutes from Cheltenham) is the world’s largest military airshow and one of the country’s top outdoor family events. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, this year’s spectacular event is being held on 16th and 17th July with more than 300 aircraft on display. This celebration of all things aviation will include fast jets, giant transporters, classic warbirds, helicopters and topping the bill will be the legendary Red Arrows performing one of their exciting aerobatic displays. Other entertainment will include a stunt car driving demonstration, a parachute tower, children’s quad bikes, a motorbike display team and a range of aircraft simulators. On top of all that, visitors on Sunday 17th July will be treated to a lunchtime concert from Alexandra Burke ensuring that this year’s event well and truly has the X Factor!
The Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival returns to Montpellier Gardens on 17th, 18th and 19th June 2011 and promises to offer its usual celebration of all things gastronomic! Various marquees will house over 150 exhibitors including food producers, brewers, winemakers and restaurants.
In the Chef’s Kitchen celebrity chefs such as Galton Blackiston and chefs from leading restaurants in the area, will be giving masterclasses showcasing their culinary creativity; and for those who prefer their pleasures to be more of a liquid nature there will be several talks and informal tutored tastings given by the experts on wine, sherry and real ale too.
Running alongside such gastronomic delights will be a variety of live music and street theatre performances, which all promises to make Montpellier Gardens the perfect destination for a summer weekend break of eating and drinking.