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Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup Self Catering

Cheltenham Festival and Gold CupWhether you are an avid racegoer, dedicated fashionista or are just looking for a good day out, The Cheltenham Festival which features the Cheltenham Gold Cup, is one of horse racings premier events and one of the highlights of the British social calendar.

In 2014 the Festival takes place between the 11th and 14th of March and is best described as ‘four days of atmosphere, anticipation and action, played out on a beautiful sporting arena that has no equal’.

Held over 4 days there is something for everyone:

  • Tuesday is the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, Champion Day, and features the most important hurdle race of the season, the Champion Hurdle.
  • Wednesday is Ladies Day so dress to impress! The best action is on the track though with the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
  • Thursday is better known as St Patrick’s Thursday and is the perfect place to kick off the celebrations. Racing includes the World Hurdle and Chase.
  • Friday is simply Cheltenham Gold Cup day – the big one! The climax of the entire Jump racing season and the day’s programme is arguably one of the best racing days of the year.

Whether you are looking to stay over the Cheltenham Festival week or just planning a visit to this wonderful Gloucestershire region, there is a superb selection of B&B and self catering accommodation ranging from cottages and apartments to lodges and cabins:

What’s on this Weekend: 15th 16th September

Where is the time going, we are all ready approaching mid September?  It only feels like yesterday we got back from our summer holidays and yet we are about to head into the second half of the month. 

Well time is certainly running out to make the most of the mild weather and the number of major outdoor events and attractions is definitely dropping, so here are some things to look out for this weekend (15th & 16th September 2012).  If you are going out for the weekend why not tell us where by adding a comment below.

This is one of the last weekends of country and county shows in the UK and Ireland so it’s one of your last chances to get out and enjoy a fun family day out. Here are some to check out:

The cycling Tour of Britain concludes this weekend with stages from Barnstaple to Dartmouth and the concluding stage in the Guildford area.

Of course many of the UK’s holiday attractions are still open, check out our attraction list. In addition, many of the lovely British and Irish Gardens are still open to the public so if you want to see the last of the summer planting before Autumn sets in and changes the colours and views make a bee line to them this weekend.

So what are you doing, what else should be on our list?

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Reality check kindly provided by National Football Teams

After Andy Murray did so well to extend the wonderful summer of sport we wondered when it would all stop.

Could this really be the new way, British sports people routinely ruling the roost?

Erm, NO.

But thanks to the football teams of England, Scotland and Wales for doing such a great job of letting the air out of the British sporting balloon.

Oh well, I am going to pretend the football didn’t happen and focus on our successful Olympians in Strictly Come Dancing instead!

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Celebrate a Wonderful Sporting Summer with Team GB at London Victory Parade

What a wonderful sporting summer it has been in the UK, we have been truly spoilt with sporting excitement, drama and moments to fill you with pride.

The London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics have been simply AWESOME.  Not only for the outstanding performances, but for the Gamesmakers, the organisers, the crowds and the general buzz across the UK. We are hugely proud to be British and, as Lord Sebastian Coe said, London 2012 was ‘Made in Britain’.

Last night’s closing ceremony of the Paralympics was, as we have come to expect now, a polished entertaining spectacle that perfectly captured the mood and a firework ending that was jaw-dropping.

Sadly though the Closing Ceremony not only saw the end of the Paralympic Games but also the end of this wonderful summer of sport and I for one feel just a little deflated and sad this morning.  Britain being the centre of the World’s attention is something we have got to quite like!

However there is one last chance to look back and celebrate this wonderful summer of sports with all our sporting heroes in Team GB at today’s London Team GB Victory Parade.  Its starts at the Mansion House in central London from 1.30pm.

The parade of 21 floats will pass St Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square, where there’ll be a big screen at the base of Nelson’s Column along with live commentary. Each float will carry around 40 athletes arranged by sport. The parade is expected to take up to 13 minutes to pass any given point.

If you are going we would love to see some pictures.

What’s on this Weekend – 7th 8th September 2012

The skies are blue, the sun is out, and so we are all set for a lovely September weekend, so what are your plans for the weekend?  Going anywhere, doing something or just chilling at home?

This is one of the last big weekends of country and county shows in the UK and Ireland so it’s one of your last chances to get out and enjoy a fun family day out. Here are some to check out:

In addition, many of the lovely British and Irish Gardens are still open to the public so if you want to see the last of the summer planting before Autumn sets in and changes the colours and views make a bee line to them this weekend.

If you are going to be stuck at home this weekend then there are some major sporting events taking place this weekend.  The Spanish Grand Prix qualifying is on Saturday and the race is on Sunday as well as the US Open Tennis with Andy Murray in the semi-finals on Saturday.

And, of course, the wonderful London 2012 Paralympics draw to a close with the final competitions over the weekend and the closing ceremony on Sunday night.

As we are going to have to tackle our overgrown garden this weekend due to a summer of neglect, the Paralympics will be featuring high on our activities this weekend.

So what are you doing, what else should be on our list?

Olympics are ready to go for Gold

Well the wait is so nearly over and the London 2012 Olympics are almost upon us. It seems a little unreal after waiting so many years but we are now into the final countdown with just 2 days to go to the Opening Ceremony.

From the day London was chosen there were doubts about whether the UK could deliver it on time and we have to say that what a tremendous job they have done, with venues ready and test events complete.

I for one expected the British Press to hammer on about every issue to try and undermine what should be a proud moment but there has been so little for them to comment on.

One can only be impressed at the organisation and focus it has taken for us to be ready and looking forward to it. Congratulations for a job well done so far.

So let the Games begin!

Dig out the Wellies, Umbrellas, and Windproof Jackets… it’s time for the British Golf Open

British Open Golf ChampionshipThis week sees yet another major British sporting event with The Open, golf’s only major held outside of America, beginning at Lytham St Anne’s in Lancashire.

The British Open is traditionally played on links golf courses which means they are coastal, tend to be open and exposed, and are therefore subject to variable winds which will give even the world’s best players a challenge.  This year will be no exception as the Royal Lytham St Anne’s course in North West England is going to play really tough after all the wet weather in recent weeks.

However, on the bright side this could well favour the British golfers who should be more used to the ‘British Summer’!  Let’s hope so, we are due to a British winner, so come on Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and the rest.

If you are heading to The Open for a weekend break or short break then wrap up warm and have a great time.

See more details out the British Golf Open

Olympic Holiday Self Catering Accommodation – looking beyond London

The London 2012 Olympics are just a couple of weeks away and if you are lucky enough to have a ticket to one of the London events finding accommodation of any type is hard to come by, certainly at a realistic price. However, don’t despair, you have more options than the pricey London hotels who are making the most of the extra tourists.

The South East region of England has excellent public transport links via rail, coach, underground and tram which mean that it’s as easy to stay outside of London and travel in as it is to get to the venues from a London hotel.

With the main Olympic park to the east of London, East Anglian counties such as Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Peterborough are within an hour’s train ride of Stratford International.  In the south-east counties such as Essex, Kent, East Sussex, Surrey and West Sussex are also an hour outside of London by train.  To the west of London Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire also offer a quick route in to London.

What this means to you is that rather than concentrating your accommodation search on London you can find some excellent self catering accommodation ranging from cottages and apartments to lodges and caravans that are superb value for money during this Olympic period.  of course when you are not travelling to and from the Olympics they are also perfect for a short break or summer holiday where you can enjoy the countryside or British coastline.

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Another Classic British Sporting Weekend Ahead – where are you going to be watching?

Well the Summer sporting season is heating up nicely and this weekend sees two of the major British sporting events on the calendar reach their exciting finale.

First up on Saturday afternoon is the British Grand Prix qualifying from Silverstone, Northamptonshire, with the race on Sunday.  Our fingers will be crossed for the 3 British Drivers, Jensen, Lewis and Paul this weekend and we will be glued to a TV screen with our fingers crossed. With wet weather predicted it promises to be unpredictable and exciting – although so far that would be a good summary of this topsy turvy season.

On Saturday afternoon there is the Ladies final at Wimbledon, London, with Serena William looking for yet another title.  And, of course, on Sunday afternoon its the Mens final with Roger Federer going for a record win.  At the time of writing Murray hasn’t started his semi final so we don’t know whether it will be him or Tsonga playing Federer, so fingers crossed.  If Murray should make it tot he final you can rest assured that Britain will be go crazy with excitement but if not, Tsonga will make it an entertaining match.

So lots to watch and with the weather looking suspect a weekend on the sofa may not be a bad way to go.  So where will you be tuning into watch it all from…. for us it will be on a caravan park!

British Grand Prix Weekend Breaks

The summer sporting action is coming thick and fast now with yet another major British sporting event this week as the Formula One motor racing show arrives in the UK.

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone Northamptonshire promises high-speed thrills and plenty of glitz and glamour this weekend with first practice beginning on Friday morning, qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.

The 2012 Formula One Championship has been one of the most thrilling in a generation with 7 different winners in the first 7 races and a handful of points covering the top contenders. The latest round promises to be just as exciting with 3 British drivers preparing to battle it out in front of their home patriotic crowd.

If you are heading to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and are planning to stay in the Northamptonshire area then it is worth checking out some of the self catering accommodation and cottages close to the circuit.  Click here for more information on weekend breaks.  In fact, why not extend your stay in Northamptonshire or nearby Oxfordshire and have a short break or holiday.

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