Summer of Celebration Issue

The C&TH Guide to Summer

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From glamping to wine tasting to pop-themed crazy golf

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Long days. Balmy evenings. Sunsets that seem to last forever. There’s nothing quite like summer… and this year we’ve got to make up for lost time. Here are 30 ways to make it one to remember.

The C&TH Summer Guide

1. Go Canoeing at Camp Elwood

Perched on the north Norfolk coast, this retro American- inspired campsite in the Holkham Hall Estate is surrounded by beautiful fields, forests, and its very own nature reserve. Hop in a canoe to explore them before settling down for campfire hot chocolates. 26 July to 9 August.

2. Eat at Cornwall’s New Zero-Waste Restaurant

Yet another reason to visit Cornwall is the arrival of a new restaurant from eco- chef Adam Handling. Ugly Butterfly, on Carbis Bay, serves up local seafood like razor clams and wagyu lobster.

3. Book a Private Sushi Tasting with a Top Japanese Chef

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Make up for months without dining out at London hotel, The Rubens at the Palace, which is offering a private 21-course omakase experience with Hakkasan-trained chef Suren complete with champagne.

4. Glamp at Ribblesdale Park

Camp in style at the Grade I-listed Gisburne Park Estate which has its own glamping site (Ribblesdale Park) complete with luxurious bell tents, a heated outdoor swimming pool and on-site restaurant Hindelinis.

5. Forage on the Scottish Coast

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The coastline surrounding the north of Scotland is prime territory for foraging. Try it alongside the experts at the eco-minded Mara restaurant, recently launched at Links House at Royal Dornoch hotel.

6. Eat Seafood in Padstow

Looking for a new foodie name to try? Pay a visit to Prawn on the Farm at Trerethern Farm near Padstow. The pop-up from fishmonger-cum restaurant, Prawn on the Lawn, it serves seafood fresh off local day boats.

7. Watch Opera at Longborough Festival

A perfect example of creativity flourishing in the pandemic, Longborough Festival Opera will be staging its productions in a circus Big Top from its base near Moreton-in-Marsh. Until 3 August.

8. Visit Home Farm’s Pop-Up Theatre

Elstree’s Home Farm is hosting a festival- style extravaganza this summer, featuring open-air theatre, music and culinary events. Go this July to see Rogue Theatre’s immersive performance of Along the Wild Path. 30 and 31 July.

9. Go on a Rewilding Retreat

Rekindle a relationship with nature at one of Thera-Sea’s Cornish rewilding retreats. Think foraging walks, moonlit kayaking tours and stargazing – plus a digital detox thrown in for good measure.

10. Sip Campfire Cocktails at the Midnight Apothecary

Hidden atop the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe is an atmospheric candlelit pop-up roof garden, covered in edible herb planters. The ingredients grown in these are then used to infuse and garnish botanical cocktails, to be enjoyed by firepits alongside toasted marsh-mallows.

11. Catch a Movie at London’s Indoor Beach

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Still waiting for your summer holiday? Have a taste of beach life without leaving the capital at Backyard Cinema, where you can enjoy immersive movie experiences for films old and new.

12. See an Open-Air Show at The Minack Theatre in Cornwall

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As theatre settings go, it doesn’t get much better than the Minack Theatre, situated on the rugged cliffs of south-west Cornwall. Performances this summer include comedy play Charlie & Stan and music from Mark Harrison.

13. Party at London’s Highest Festival

Dance to Groove Armada at Kaleidoscope, the music and arts festival set within the grounds of Alexandra Palace. Don’t miss the sure-to-be unforgettable in conversation event and DJ set from Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh. 24 July.

14. Sing Along to an Al Fresco Performance of Mama Mia

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The stage show of Mamma Mia! is always feel-good, but Dancing Queen will sound even better when performed in the open air against the backdrop of Harewood House in Yorkshire. Book a Mediterranean picnic for the full experience. 13-30 August.

15. Celebrate the Return of Bars at London’s Cocktail Festival

London bars will be descending on Bloomsbury’s Bedford Square Gardens for Cocktails in the City, which runs across three weekends. The July event has an international focus, featuring flavours from all over the world. 23-24 July and 20-21 August.

16. Wild Swim in the River Wharfe

Fancy dipping your toe in the outdoor swimming trend? Cool off in the River Wharfe in Ilkley, Yorkshire, which has become the first river in England to be designated a bathing site.

17. Immerse Yourself in Van Gogh at Kensington Gardens

Experience Van Gogh like never before in this new multi- sensory show, which transports viewers into the artist’s world through its clever use of audio, visuals and aromas to bring his works to life. Make sure to take a snap in the mirrored sunflower room – it’s Instagram gold. Until 26 Sept.

18. Drive In to a Cornish Clifftop Cinema

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The award for the most unique outdoor cinema setting goes to the Wavelength team, who have created a film screening site on a clifftop overlooking Watergate Bay beach near Newquay. 16 July to 5 Sept.

19. Play Pop-Themed Crazy Golf

Step into a world of retro boomboxes, suspended cassette tapes and neon lights at Pop Golf, the new crazy golf site at Boxpark Wembley in London that’s designed for music lovers.

20. Go Wine Tasting at Gusbourne Estate

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Book a vineyard tour and picnic at the beautiful Gusbourne Estate. Soak up the views across Romney Marsh and out to sea as you taste English wine made on site and feast on locally produced cheeses, charcuterie and bread.

21. Whizz Around Somerset House in a Bumper Car

Dodgems are given an artistic twist in the Somerset House courtyard this summer, part of a jazzy immersive installation by Yinka Ilori. Enjoy alongside street food and sundaes from Jimmy Garcia. 15 July to 22 August.

22. Take a Stroll Around RHS Garden Bridgewater

For the first time in 17 years, a new garden has been added to the RHS portfolio. Located in Salford, RHS Bridgewater has its own kitchen garden, a lake and a heritage orchard to explore.

23. Learn About Conservation in West Sussex

Den-building, wood carving and live music: just some of the activities on offer at Wild Weekends, a series of events from Wilderlands, which is a new initiative aiming to support nature in the UK.

24. See Giffords Circus in Action

Escape into a world of fairies, leprechauns and wild horses at Giffords Circus, which is touring the UK with its 2021 show The Hooley, complete with a new travelling bar. Various dates until 26 Sept.

25. Paddle to a Brewery Through London’s Oldest Canal

Earn your pint by embarking on a five-kilometre guided canoe trip from Limehouse to Crate Brewery in Hackney Wick, spotting swans and other birdlife along the way.

26. Sail for Your Supper in Henley

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Stylish Thames-side hotel Crockers has teamed up boat- hire experts Hobbs of Henley for a unique new experience. Spend a few hours on the water in one of Hobbs’s self-drive motorboats, before docking up for an impressive Chef’s Table dinner and a stay in one of Crockers’ chic guest rooms.

27. Art Meets Nature in Oxfordshire

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Albion Fields is a brand new sculpture garden in the grounds of contemporary art gallery Albion Barn in Oxfordshire. It opens this summer with twenty- six major international artists including Alicja Kwade, Richard Long, Bernar Venet and Ai Weiwei. 9 July to 25 Sept.

28. Discover Secret Cycling Routes Near London

Two-wheeled travel convert? Show off your new hobby alongside veteran British cycling coach Charlie Codrington, who runs off-road guided bike tours for all levels of experience through his new company Hidden Tracks Cycling.

29. Meet Teddy the Shetland at The Goring

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Visit The Goring this summer and you’ll be rubbing shoulders with an unusual guest: Instagram-famous pony Teddy the Shetland, who will be living in a stable in the hotel’s private garden for two weeks this August. 16-31 August,

30. Catch a Show at the World’s Oldest Surviving Grand Music Hall

Tucked away down an unassuming alley in east London sits one of the capital’s most atmospheric music venues, dating back to the mid-19th century. Its vibrant summer programme spans theatre, music and spoken word. Various dates until 4 Sept.

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