As the nights draw ever darker and there is a distinct chill (or be it humid chill) in the air, you can certainly believe we are in the autumn season. However being British, we look positively on to being out and about for our weekends. Here’s our pick of places to visit this weekend:
Sky Safari, Longleat is an amazing sight as over 50 hot air balloons lift in to the skies, high above the park, gardens and estate house. Always a feast for the eyes for all the family! More details here.
River Cottage farm will be buzzing with live music from some of the best known talent in the UK as well as a host of local bands which are sure to get you dancing in the fields. With fingers clicking and toes tapping you will be immersed in a symphony of song set in the beautiful surroundings of the Devon/Dorset countryside which has been the home of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s HQ for the last 10 years. For the little ones it will be a weekend of daring and discovery, from performing their very own puppet shows, building their own scrap instrument with Swedish band SKROT to mastering spectacular skills with Jitterbug circus in the baby big top. So for once, parents won’t be the ones doing the juggling…
Day tickets: £35 adults, £10 children under 12 years (babies under 2 years go free) For more details visit here.
Blenheim Palace are opening up the grounds to an Open Air Theatre, playing classic films such as Spectre, Dirty Dancing and Back to the Future. More details here.
The ever popular Moors Valley Country Park will be a wash with Steam as their Gala Steam Weekend kicks off. The weekend will see lots of action with a minimum of ten resident MVR engines in steam pulling passenger and freight trains and also four visiting locomotives from across the country. Rover Tickets will allow passengers to travel on special service trains. And visitors will also be able to view the engine and carriage sheds, goods yard and Kingsmere Station, which houses the railway’s model and gift shop. A special photographic timeline will provide a visual memory of each of the last thirty years. Moors Valley Railway engines are not toys but miniature narrow gauge locos. Apart from five engines that came from the original site in Christchurch, all have been built and are maintained in the Moors Valley workshop. The current complement includes 13 Moors Valley engines with three more under construction. The railway is also home to six privately owned engines. Such a significant operation needs a lot of effort to keep it going and over 60 people (25 staff and more than 35 volunteers ranging in age from from 13 to over 90) are involved in making the railway the success that it is. As well as the Moors Valley Railway, visitors to the Country Park can also enjoy the play trail with its unique wooden sculptures, tree top walk, play areas and Gruffalo sculptures, hire bikes and cycle up to eight miles of safe trails, swing from the trees at Go Ape, wander along tranquil tracks though the trees or take part in any one of dozens of events for children and adults throughout the year. For more information about the railway or Anniversary Gala click here.