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The Art of Festivals


Summer is here, and people’s thoughts are turning to what they can do to amuse themselves on the long hot days. Some may want to visit the beach, have a barbeque, but many will be looking forward to what festivals are happening around the country.

There are a couple of ingredients that make a great festival for us: excellent and diverse entertainment, friendly staff and good organisation, including the facilities and food. These are all key in providing the top class amusement we expect from British outdoor entertainment.

Looking at the line-up for what’s happening over the next few months it seems to be a feast for the eyes, ears and taste buds…


You may fancy engaging your creative writing side, if so; The 2013 Stratford-Upon-Avon Poetry Festival could be the one for you. With a great line-up of headlining artists, and outdoor performers. The festival invites the public to partake in poetry readings and plays, creating an exciting programme of events will leave Stratford saturated in the spoken word!

Why not turn you’re visit into a mini break and stay at The Bell, Alderminster. Located near Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, The Bell is an Award winning country pub and restaurant with nine individual boutique B&B rooms. Situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Alderminster, surrounded by the beautiful Cotswold and Warwickshire countryside.

Moorings at Myton

Alternatively if you fancy a meal out in and around Stratford – Upon –Avon, we suggest you pay a visit to The Moorings at Myton located in Lemington Spa. It has a ‘New England’ style environment, boasting superb views onto the canal. The menu consists of Anglo-French cuisine created by their award-winning chefs Gavin Allcock and Nigel Brown. After an extensive and imaginative refurbishment, The Moorings at Myton oozes charm and sophistication – all visitors are guaranteed a wonderful, and welcoming time.

Rainbow Cafe

Another superb festival happening around the UK is The Secret Garden Party. Tucked away in the Cambridgeshire countryside, this festival boasts an eclectic music line-up, such as Faithless, 2ManyDJs, and Bastille. How about a bite to eat in Cambridge after The Secret Garden Party? Take a trip down to The Rainbow Vegetarian Café. Experience an eco-friendly, nature-loving atmosphere, at this truly unique establishment.

The Rainbow Vegetarian Café has been fully approved by the Vegetarian Society; their dishes are freshly made on the premises daily, and are all produced from natural ingredients, free from artificial additives and colourings. Wines, beers and ciders, are also organic, and suitable for vegans. 


Westfield House

If you head to Bristol in mid-August you might think you’re witnessing an invasion of giant cartoon characters, the event responsible for this extravaganza is the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. This is Europe’s biggest hot air balloon show, attracting up to 100,000 people, it takes place around the grounds of the Ashton Court Estate, close to the spectacular Clifton Suspension Bridge. The sky will be filled with all the colours of the rainbow, spectators come from far and wide to witness this special occasion. A fantastic place to stay in Bristol would be Westfield House, A Neo-Georgian style property that stands within two and a half acres of wildlife-rich gardens. A family-run Guesthouse that provides the perfect retreat for individuals who want to stay in peaceful surroundings yet within easy reach of Bristol city centre.

So, as summer reaches its peak, consider some of these festivals as great days out with friends or family. And why not make the most of the day and add a meal or drink at a Les Routiers establishment, or even better make a holiday of it!



July 26, 2013 | Les Routiers UK

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