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A super time at The Welcombe Golf Club

Here is a sport where you can play with others but challenge yourself and play and practice alone to better your own form.

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We’re just back from an afternoon at The Welcombe Golf Club and what a great time we had. The kids (Matthew and Noelle, both 9) and I were given a beginner’s golf lesson by Tom and Ben who showed us the basics, let us hit some balls, both on the driving range and on the putting green and gave us a tour of the beautiful course with the backdrop of the stunning Welcombe Hotel from the comfort golf buggies.

“If I don’t have fun, you owe me”

Before our visit to Welcombe Golf Club today, Matthew was not interested in golf and he was sure he wasn’t going to have a good time. We had tears, then a mini-tantrum because I didn’t back down and let him skip the experience, and “If I don’t have fun, you owe me!” (when I said I was sure he’d have a good time). 3 minutes into our lesson with Tom and Sam, he was laughing, learning and loving golf!

Fantastic golf teachers

Noelle loved the idea of golf even before we went to Welcombe Golf Club today, and she was not disappointed. She, too, loved it. Tom and Ben were great teachers, made the kids feel welcome and free to try the various clubs and holes, they made mistakes and missed the balls, but were made to feel that it was completely okay, and then encouraged to keep trying in the best way possible. Golf is hard, you don’t get it right straight away, and for kids to try a sport and fail and fail, but still want to continue and still think it’s fun, tells me that they are being taught well and that they are in good hands.

Free membership for kids

In an effort to encourage more kids to play golf and to be able to improve the offers and activities for children at The Welcombe Golf Club, the club is currently offering free membership for kids, and I immediately signed Matthew and Noelle up, of course. What a fantastic opportunity and both Matthew and Noelle are excited to be going back again and again to have fun and learn this exciting sport. Contact Thomas.Butterworth@hallmarkhotels.co.uk for information on the free membership for kids and general information about The Welcombe Golf Club.

Now, enough about the kids

I absolutely loved my golf experience this afternoon! Here is a sport where you can play with others but challenge yourself and play and practice alone to better your own form. Here is a sport that combines the sporting element with the social one. And a sport that can be played outside, whatever the weather. I am excited about having started my golf journey today… see you on the driving range!

Mette / A Taste of Warwickshire x

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Living Crafts Festival at Cirencester Park

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Living Crafts Festival comes to Cirencester Park this year for a three day arts & crafts extravaganza over the late May Bank Holiday weekend.

Saturday 29 May – Sunday 30 May – Monday 31 May 2021.

Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm. Advance Ticket Cost: adult £9, senior £8, child £5.

Venue Address: Cirencester Park. Access via Stroud Road at postcode GL7 6JT.

For nearly 50 years, Living Crafts have been celebrating British crafting excellence, and this year they will be welcoming in their newest festival to the family, Living Crafts at Cirencester Park to showcase even more designers, with many craftspeople coming from The Cotswolds and the South West of England.

Living Crafts festivals offer visitors more than just a craft show, the festivals are a celebration of the UK’s finest designer-makers, with workshops, entertainment and craft experiences that offer a fun and creative day out for all the family. Showcasing and retailing an inspiring range of design, arts and crafts, from handmade jewellery, to unique gifts and artisan home wares.

Visiting the festival gives you the opportunity to meet master craftsmen and women and a new generation of talented British designers. There will be original designed British craft to buy, you can watch master craftsmen and women demonstrating their skills or even have a go at making your own masterpiece in one of the workshops. Get creative and try everything from chocolate making and marbling to stone carving and willow weaving.

The event will be buzzing with workshops, some are drop-in sessions you can join on the day others can be pre-booked via www.livingcrafts.co.uk. All you need is a love of crafts! Whatever your skill level, everyone from the complete novice to the more creatively inclined can make a masterpiece in the have-a-go workshops. They are led by friendly experts in a fun and relaxed setting with all tools and materials supplied.

And for those just out for the day, be sure to visit the artisan food producers in the Food and Drink Pavilion. Take your pick from coffee & cakes, cream teas from the Vintage Tea Tent, wood fired hand made pizzas, or just grab a well deserved Pimms or G&T and relax with the festival vibe while you listen to jazz and swing bands in the sunshine.
For more information and to buy your tickets visit www.livingcrafts.co.uk.

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Bonds Lifestyle: Shop, Cafe and Antiques Emporium

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“On our way to Stratford-upon-Avon a few years back, we drove past a sign to a shop and cafe we had not visited before, one of these places where you’ve seen the sign a couple of times and decided to definitely pop in some time.. and today was that time.

Well, to say we didn’t know what to expect and that we were completely bowled would be the understatement of the century. Because Bonds Lifestyle is…. ‘Amazing’, ‘Fantastic’ and ‘An incredible shopping experience’? Yes, it’s all of those things, but they don’t actually quite describe Bonds Lifestyle well enough.

We just have to show you… click the video above and when you’ve watched it, if you think you’ve seen what it’s all about, you’d be closer but you still wouldn’t have seen even a fraction of the utter fabulousness that is Bonds Lifestyle”.

Mette ♡

Bonds Lifestyle are all over social media – follow them here: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

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The Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon

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“Yesterway we visited The Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon for the first time. I had heard lots about The Farm, had seen pictures and pretty good idea of what to expect… or so I thought. The Farm more than lived up to my great expectations of a wholesome food destination set in beautiful surroundings and offering ethical and sustainable culinary produce and products. The Farm is an absolutely wonderful place for shopping, eating and getting together… we all loved it, you will too”. 

Mette ♡

An experience for everyone

Set close to the town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, the aim of The Farm was to create a memorable place that can be experienced by everyone. A unique destination that promotes wholesome, ethical and sustainable food prepared by Artisan producers from the local area, Great Britain and the world.

 

Food and Wellbeing Destination

The Farm is a family run business that offers a unique food and wellbeing destination that showcases local Artisan produce and promotes ethical, wholesome and sustainable food. The Farm was once a fruit farm, home to hundreds of apple, pear, plum and cherry trees, which produced for the likes of Waitrose and Mr Kipling. The Farm was popular with South Warwickshire residence for it’s ‘pick your own’ fruit and strawberries. In recent years The Farm struggled to survive and became derelict. the current owners took on the re-development in 2017, and with a shared vision and a lot of hard work, they created a truly stunning environment for all to enjoy.

Head to The Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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