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Summer Day Trips – Food Festivals

Summer Day Trips – Food Festivals

Get into the spirit of summer on our day trips to some of the country’s ever-popular food festivals. In recent years, they’ve become a staple to the culinary calendar during the summer months with the bustling events taking place all over the UK. If you want to indulge in a range of cuisines, from delicious local delicacies to tempting food from all over the world, enjoy fantastic live entertainment and line-ups of expert chefs – these have all the ingredients for a fantastic day out…

Gloucester Quays Food Festival – Saturday 29th July
Promising to be bigger and better than ever before, expand your food horizons at this eagerly anticipated festival. Unwind on the Quays lawn, soak up the atmosphere and revel in the star quality demonstrations, unmissable entertainment, and food and drink stalls galore.           

Foodies Festival at South Parks, Oxford – Saturday 2nd September
The UK’s largest celebration of food and drink, feast your eyes on an array of culinary activities at one of the ultimate social events of the summer which captures the buzzing foodie scene. It won’t take long to hunt down fine foods and tempting treats, and highlights include top chefs featuring in the Chef’s Theatre, a Cake and Bake Theatre, Street Food and more.

Ludlow Food Festival – Saturday 9th September
Ludlow has a reputation for amazing food and drink so it’s no surprise the food festival is held every year, winning the accolade ‘Best Food Festival in the Midlands’. With most events taking place within the castle grounds, it’s the stage for plenty of local food and drink producers, talks, demonstrations and more, guaranteed to provide you with new culinary ideas.

Guernsey – Saturday 16th September
Guernsey enjoyed record numbers of day trip visitors last year and visits for its International Food Festival are no exception. Now in its third year, the island will be celebrating with markets, shows, demonstrations. On our day trip you can treat yourself to some Duty Free shopping on board Condor’s ferry before your arrival at St Peter Port, home to stunning bays, cobbled streets and quaint shops. Approximately 3½ hours free time will be given.

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Day Trip to Countryfile Live

Day Trip to Countryfile Live

BBC Countryfile Live is returning once again to the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace. Last year was a huge success, celebrating all things rural – and this year looks set to play host to another amazing day out with something for everyone. 

The major outdoor event brings award-winning elements of the popular Sunday evening programme to a live audience featuring the Countryfile team, Adam’s Farm livestock displays and rare breed displays, plus a series of hands-on activities and talks for everyone who loves the great British countryside.

Highlights include…
- Adam’s Farm – Countryfile presenter Adam Henson is bringing his farm to the event. Meet the friendly and rare animals, learn about how farmer’s care for their livestock, and hear the story of British farming through the ages.
- The Wildlife Zone – a pop-up nature reserve, for anyone who wants to care for the wildlife on our doorsteps.
- A chance to learn from the experts, watch demonstrations and be inspired by chefs and culinary experts.
- Hundreds of exhibitors to browse and buy from, including food, drink, artisan design and craft, country clothing and gardening, or stroll around the grassy avenues of the Shopping Village. 

Woods Tours have a day trip to Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace on Sunday 6 August 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.


A visit to one of the Royals’ private gardens

A visit to one of the Royals’ private gardens

Gloucestershire has a wealth of historic attractions, heritage and celebrated gardens. But arguably nothing more special than the Royal country house which stands in Tetbury, exclusively enjoyed by HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall – Highgrove. Join us on our day trip for a look at the private gardens…

HRH The Prince of Wales acquired Highgrove in 1980 who has since ceaselessly worked to transform the once bleak landscape, and has captured his environmental philosophy throughout the gardens. Testament to his creativity and imagination, today it is billed as one of the most innovative gardens of our time in the UK.

The Garden Tours invite you through a series of highly individual gardens led by one of the expert guides. The eclectic grounds include a Kitchen Garden, Woodland Garden, Walled Garden, Cottage Garden and a wild flower meadow.

There will also be time to visit the Estate Shop and take home a souvenir or browse the carefully chosen products influenced by the interests of HRH The Prince of Wales. 

What’s included?
A garden tour which lasts approximately two hours and is a walk of about 2 miles. Visitors with walking difficulties should be aware that some paths are unmade. We suggest you wear stout shoes and suitable clothing as the tours continue during wet weather. Includes admission with all proceeds paid to the Prince’s Charities Foundation.

Whether it’s a special gift or unique day out for yourself, it’s an inspiring ‘must-see’ experience for gardening enthusiasts. 

Woods Tours have a day trip to Highgrove Garden Tour on Tuesday 1 August 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.