Sunday, May 23, 2010

Bank Holiday Bounty

Next weekend sees the start of another Bank Holiday break in England. Where better to spend it than in the sunshine (we can all hope) on the banks of the River Thames, at beauteous Hampton Court Palace.  Arrive by boat from Kingston or Richmond (it's a serenely scenic journey), take an extended walk along the towpath or just do the one minute hop from Hampton Court station (on SouthWest Trains, from Waterloo).

You can choose to visit the Palace (see the magnificent artworks and learn fascinating facts about the court of Henry VIII); otherwise simply enjoy the splendours of the magnificent gardens - with a picnic of your own making - or opt for a convenient pitstop at one of the caf├ęs.

If you enjoy exploring new ingredients, or upgrading your cookery skills, and you're a fan of renowned chefs (including Gary Lee from The Ivy, Giancarlo Caldesi, Paul Merrett and Jun Tanaka), treat yourself to a ticket to the Foodies Festival.  When you book online, or call 0871 230 5571, and quote foodies 241, you'll get two tickets for the price of one.  See you there!

Pic shows the glorious golden gates outside Hampton Court Palace's beautiful Privy Gardens. © amethyst

2 comments:

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Do you know, I've never been to Hampton Court! Definitely on my list next time I come over.

amethyst said...

I think you'd love it and be moved by it. It's a very special place, in a wondrous setting - with a potent sense of history, as one walks on the magnificent grounds, cobblestones and through the interior.