See what the team have their eye on doing this August…

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Vintage Day Compton Verney


The fabulous Compton Verney in Warwickshire plays host to a celebration of all things 50’s in August. With vintage cars on display plus clothes and homeware for sale. If you can’t make the fair you can still soak up the vintage vibe by visiting their exhibition on ‘Britain in The Fifties’ from now until October. Click through to find out more.

 Painting furniture

Furniture Painting Course

Petersfield, Hampshire

We love the hands-on approach of The Sustainability Centre. They offer a broad range of crafts to help people think differently about the way they live and work. Set in the heart of the South Downs National Park, The Sustainability Centre is an idyllic spot to learn a new skill. You can select from the wide range of classes they have on offer, but we thought that the furniture Painting would be the perfect place to start.

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Bournemouth Air Show

Bournemouth Air Festival has just been given the accolade of ‘UK Tourism Event of the Year’, so if you or any member of the family has a fascination for aviation, this is one of the premier events in the national and international calendar. Bournemouth is a classic seaside spot and well worthy of a visit in the summer months, but if you head down from the 18th August to the 21st you’ll see a spectacular display of aerial excellence from the MiG 15 and Hawk T2 Role Demo Team among other beguiling aircraft acrobatics.

Head to the Bournemouth Airshow website for more details.


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A Visit to No Mans Fort

We’re totally captivated by the amazing renovation work that’s been undertaken by the folks at No Mans, Spitbank and Horse Sand forts. This trio of forts are a testament to Victorian engineering and were built to defend Britain against Napoleonic invasion. Two have been converted into hotels and restaurants and more recently, Horse Sand Fort has been made safe but undeveloped so that visitors can see it in much the same state it was during the Victorian era.  You can stay over night at No Mans and Spitbank Forts or simply cross the water for a day visit. So why not make use of the milder August weather and get your sea legs ready for an unforgettable trip.

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Creative Bug

Ever wanted to try a creative course but can’t quite fit the classes around yours or your kid’s schedule? If you have a moment this summer, have a look at Creative Bug, they offer over 700 online creative courses for you to pick up as and when you can fit them in. You pay a small monthly fee for unlimited access to their tutorials, they also offer a free 14-day trial so you can give it a try with no obligation.

Take a look online for more details.



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  Twilight Races In the Cotswolds

If you’re a cycling fanatic or you just like a good sporting spectacle take a look at the floodlit bike races around the ancient roman town centre of Cirencester. The Via Roma Cirencester Twilight race on 28th August hosts a number of races for you to get involved with or watch. Each one resulting in a floodlit finale at dusk around the central 12th century Church. It’s a great event to get involved with and a good excuse to get over to The Cotswolds.




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