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Lorraine Kelly Fashion Awards

Frankie Bridge with Lorraine Kelly

          Watch it on Wednesday
                20th May on ITV1


The Saturdays' Frankie Bridge will join the fashion panel for this year's Lorraine High Street Fashion Awards.

Frankie will join Lorraine stylist Mark Heyes and Fabulous magazine fashion editor Lynne McKenna on the panel. Along with host Lorraine Kelly, they will take a look at the best in British high street fashion across eight categories such as Best Affordable Fashion.

Lorraine Kelly

For 2015, a new category, Best Maternity Wear, has been introduced to the awards to celebrate the imminent birth of the second Royal baby. And as singer Frankie is currently pregnant, the category is of special interest to her.

In the two week run-up to the star-studded event, Lorraine will show a selection of the best fashion from the British high street in each award category: Best Department Store, Best Online Retailer, Best Affordable Fashion, Best Premium Brand, Best Shoes, Best Curvy Collection, Best Trendsetter and Best Maternity Wear.

Frankie Bridge, Mark Heyes and Lorraine Kelly

Lorraine viewers will then vote to decide the winners of each category which will be revealed at the star-studded awards ceremony on 19th May in London.

Lorraine High Street Fashion Awards will be shown on Wednesday 20th May on ITV1.

 

Episodes Returns
to BBC Two for
a Fourth Season


Episodes starring Matt LeBlanc, Stephan Mangan and Tamsin Greig

Coming soon to BBC TWO

Episodes returns to BBC Two for a fourth season. The Anglo American comedy series stars Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc, a fictionalized version of himself.

In the first three seasons, Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly (Tamsin Greig) were lured to Hollywood to adapt their much-loved British boarding-school comedy Lyman’s Boys, only to have it mangled by their American network into Pucks! - a sitcom about a high school hockey coach starring the woefully miscast Matt LeBlanc. Not surprisingly, the show was met with scathing reviews and dismal ratings.

To make matters worse, when Beverly sleeps with Matt in a moment of drunken madness, her marriage is left as battered as the state of their TV show. Over time both Beverly and Matt are able to repair the damage they’ve done, and slowly win their way back into Sean’s good books. Season three ends with Sean and Beverly back together and finally back home in their beloved London.

Meanwhile, Matt has continued to create even more problems for himself with his roaming eye. He’s slept with his stalker, upset his ex-wife and his on-going affair with the blind wife of the network president Merc Lapidus (John Pankow) has landed him in all sorts of trouble.

This season, Matt’s love life continues to lead him in the wrong direction and he faces a financial crisis for the first time forcing him to make some tough decisions. Matt being Matt, he will likely make the wrong ones.

Meanwhile, Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly (Tamsin Greig) have been dragged back to LA with a reprieve for Pucks! – an unexpected order to shoot more episodes of their disastrous sitcom, that neither the writers nor the talent want anything to do with but that they’re contractually obligated to deliver. Their other project, The Opposite Of Us, refuses to go away and there’s a new network head who will, in all likelihood, make life more complicated for everyone.

Episodes starring Matt LeBlanc, Stephan Mangan and Tamsin Greig

Episodes is created and executive produced by David Crane (Friends) and Jeffrey Klarik (Mad About You), and is also executive produced by Jimmy Mulville through his Hat Trick production company.
 

Inspector George Gently VIII

Inspector George Gently with Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby

         Coming soon to BBC ONE

It's 1969: and George Gently (Martin Shaw) and Bacchus (Lee Ingleby) return to BBC One for the eighth series of the Inspector George Gently, with four new feature-length films.

This season Peter Flannery writes the first two episodes – with stories that tap into the period with all its vivid and colourful changes in perfect detail. The first landing on the moon (seen in glorious black and white on their TV screens), fluffy car dice, Pan’s People, North Sea oil and the first police in-car radios, sees the world changing at speed.

Full of warmth, humour and attack Gently and Bacchus continue their winning police partnership. Still on their team is the feisty WPC Rachel Coles (Lisa McGrillis) – who appreciates Gently’s forward thinking and gives as good as she gets from Bacchus, crushing his stereotypical male attitude towards a female PC (not without a fight or two along the way!). Both are keen to further their careers and be promoted – which for Bacchus is long overdue.

Peter Flannery says, "As the 60s draw to a close the issues facing policing seem more relevant than ever. We're looking at the way rape complaints are met by the police - and nothing much seems to have really changed there, except perhaps the terminology. And we're looking for the first time in IGG at corporate crime, which seems to be always with us. In Films 1 and 2 Gently makes it a personal task to challenge both vested interests and the traditional ways of doing things - to his cost. As I'm sure Neil Armstrong MEANT to say: one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind'."

Lee Ingleby and Martin Shaw in Inspector George Gently

Gently enjoys his boxing bouts in the ring when off duty, whilst Bacchus has moved on with a new relationship with the delightful Gemma (Annabel Scholey – Walking On Sunshine, Being Human), but nothing is ever straight forward. Gently and Bacchus are both keeping personal secrets from each other, but there is such a bond between them that they, of course, become involved in each other’s shocking secrets.

The first film, Gently With The Women, finds Gently investigating a rape of a prostitute. Unravelling how rape is handled within the force and how many recent cases had actually resulted in charges being laid, the team have to deal with animosity from their colleagues….. The cast includes: Emily Woof, Derek Riddell, Jeremy Swift and Denise Welch as the brothel madam.

In the second film, Breathe In The Air, an investigation into a GP’s suspected suicide, see Rachel Coles (McGrillis) returning to the small village community that she grew up in, which stirs up tragic memories – and the “white snow” they used to play in as children….. The cast include Downton Abbey’s Lesley Nicol and Nicholas Woodeson.

Film three, Gently Among Friends, has the Wildcat strikes as its backdrop, where rubbish is piling on the streets and a man is found dead. The victim was in a lot of debt – but who killed him and why? Jim Moir (Vic Reeves) plays a shady pawnbroker and Sherlock’s Louise Brealey is a prime suspect. Further casting includes: Emma Cunniffe, Anthony Flanagan, Adrian Bower, Paul Brennen.

Film four, Son Of A Gun, finds Gently furious that guns are so easily accessible - and following an armed robbery he seeks to find the armed gang and bring them to justice. Jody Latham (Shameless/Hollyoaks) plays skin head maniac Jonjo Burdon. Christmas Eve and a bank is hit and guns are on the street. It is a race against time for Gently to catch the gang before more people are killed.
 

The Game

The Game with Tom Hughes

       Coming soon to BBC TWO

BBC Two's The Game is a Cold War spy thriller set in the secretive world of 1970s espionage, starring Brian Cox and Tom Hughes.

It's London 1972, when a defecting KGB officer reveals the existence of a devastating Soviet plot by the name of ‘Operation Glass’, the charismatic head of MI5 must assemble a secret committee to help protect Britain. As the Soviets awaken sleeper agents to carry out the plot, the new team are faced with an unidentified, invisible threat.

The first agent reactivated is a civil servant, bullied and blackmailed into working for the KGB. As MI5 scramble to identify his role in ‘Operation Glass’ Joe Lambe becomes obsessed with the reappearance of his nemesis, the Soviet agent codenamed ‘Odin’.

Tom Hughes talks about his role as Joe Lambe

Tom Hughes as Joe Lambe

What can you tell us about the character of Joe Lambe?

"He is a honeytrapper, which means he sleeps with women for information. We meet him a year after a big event in his life where he fell madly in love with a girl called Yulia, who act as an informer for him at the Russian embassy. At the start of the first episode we see what looks like Joe offering himself up to the KGB to betray his country and to act as informer. One year on, Joe is back at MI5 and a broken man."

How much of an affect do you think the Cold War has on the character of Joe?

"I think any war would affect anyone. It affects his life on a day to day basis as we’re talking about a period where the technology isn’t at the level it is now, so espionage was very different. In terms of his emotional stability that has nothing to do with the war, it’s about the loss of love and the lack of love in his life."

What attracted you to the role of Joe and ‘The Game’ when you first saw the script?

"For quite a while I’ve been lamenting the lack of parts that have the same dexterity of conflict in the leading man compared to what we had in the 70s. During that time there seemed to be an array of characters that dealt with all the sides of what it meant to be a man, from the pressure of being perceived to be strong to also dealing with the sensitivities of emotion. I found that Joe had every single facet in one character. I couldn’t have been more excited. It’s something I desperately wanted to do."
 

Entertainment & Travel


Home Fires


Daisy Badger and Mike Noble in Home Fires


                  Coming soon to ITV1

Acclaimed British actresses Francesca Annis and Samantha Bond lead an impressive ensemble cast in new six-part drama Home Fires for ITV.

The cast also includes, Ruth Gemmell (Utopia), Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty), Claire Rushbrook (Collision), Mark Bazeley (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher), Frances Grey (The Widower) and Ed Stoppard (Cilla).
The drama follows a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community with the shadow of World War II casting a dark cloud over their lives. The isolated village couldn’t feel further away from the impending bloodshed and battlefields and yet it is not immune from the effects of war.

As the conflict takes hold, and separates the women from their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, the characters find themselves under increasing and extraordinary pressures in a rapidly fragmenting world.

By banding together as the Great Paxford Women’s Institute, they help maintain the nation’s fabric in its darkest hour, and discover inner resources that will change their lives forever.

Samantha Bond and Francesca Annis in Home Fires

  Samantha Bond and Francesca Annis

Samantha Bond and Francesca Annis talk about their roles in Home Fires.

Francesca Annis plays Joyce Cameron, who at the outset of Home Fires is President of the Great Paxford Women’s Institute.

“Joyce is the magistrate’s wife and so is very much the establishment figure in the village. People were in awe of someone like that because they were so very
powerful,” explains Francesca.

“Back in the 1930s they could influence employment and decide whether someone could work in a particular place. Very different to today.

“Joyce is old fashioned. Old conservatism. That’s what Joyce represents and what others want to change. Frances (Samantha Bond) wants to go one way and Joyce wants to go another way.

“Home Fires is about the changing face of the Women’s Institute at the start of the Second World War and my job is to represent the old guard. Before this time the WI was very much for upper middle class women who didn’t work.

“The advent of war meant there was a huge change in the role of women. Frances wants a new socialist, democratic change involving everyone. Which, as we now know with hindsight, was very necessary because then women were running the Home Front."

Samantha plays Frances Barden, an active member of the Great Paxford Women’s Institute who challenges the established order of things. With husband Peter (Anthony Calf) away running a Liverpool factory, her household includes gardener Thumbs (Jim Whelan) and his wife Cookie (Jacqueline Pilton).

“Frances is the person who would be at the front door holding the gun if the Germans invaded. It’s all very real to her.”

Samantha didn't relish having to fire a gun during the filming of Home Fires.

“I’m terrified of them. Very frightened,” says the actress whose acting CV includes Lady Rosamund in Downton Abbey and Miss Moneypenny in four James Bond films.

“I’ve used hand guns on stage a couple of times and I did a series called NCS Manhunt with David Suchet which involved a lot of gun action - and I hated doing
the scenes involving guns.”

“But for some reason it all seemed a lot calmer in Home Fires, set at a time when women feared they might be the last line of defense in the event of a Nazi invasion.”

Home Fires is created and written by Simon Block (The Eichmann Show, The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall, A.D.) with episodes co -written by Mark Burt (Coronation Street, The Dumping Ground), and Tina Pepler (Downton Abbey, Princes in the Tower), Home Fires is produced by the ITV Studios department overseen by Francis Hopkinson (Wallander, Lucan, Chasing Shadows). The drama has been developed by Catherine Oldfield (Collision, Fingersmith, Foyle’s War) who executive produces alongside Francis. Sue de Beauvoir (Shetland, Strike Back) has produced episodes 1-3 and Jeremy Gwilt (Foyle’s War, Undeniable) episodes 4-6.

Will Attenborough as David Brindsley

Home Fires is inspired by the non-fiction book ‘Jambusters’ written by Julie Summers, who is delighted she has secured an Alfred Hitchcock style role in the drama.

“I am thrilled to be appearing in a cameo role as a WI county organiser,” said Julie. “My grandmother, a life-long WI member, would undoubtedly approve of me wearing a hat.”

The series has been commissioned for ITV by Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea.

“We’re really delighted to have commissioned Home Fires,” said Steve November. “Great writing from Simon has given Julie Summers' wonderful book a fictional life. The women are real and engaging and have fantastic spirit and attitude. With World War II on the horizon, multiple strands of plot interweave to create a period drama full of jeopardy and intrigue, but also great humanity and modernity,” added Steve.

Fenella Woolgar as Alison

Executive Producer Francis Hopkinson commented: "Thanks to Simon Block's brilliant script, inspired by Julie Summers' book, this series takes a fresh look at life on the Home Front, showing both the tragedies and the triumphs, and offering some wonderful roles for Britain's top actresses. We are delighted that ITV share our enthusiasm for the project."

Episodes 1-3 have been directed by Bruce Goodison (Our World War, My Murder, 10 Days to War) with Robert Quinn (Death in Paradise, Primeval) directing the final three episodes of the series.

The drama also features Rachel Hurd-Wood (Return of Sherlock Holmes), Leila Mimmack (Law & Order: UK), Claire Price (Doctors), Daniel Ryan (Mount Pleasant), Will Attenborough (Utopia), Clare Calbraith (Vera), Chris Coghill (The Driver), Brian Fletcher (The Passing Bells), Fenella Woolgar (Case Histories), Leanne Best (Lucan), Mike Noble (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time), Jacqueline Pilton (The Royal), Mark Umbers (Eternal Law), Jodie Hamblet (My Mad Fat Diary 2), Adam Long (Happy Valley), Paul Barnhill (Foyle’s War), Anthony Calf (Upstairs Downstairs), Nicola Sloane (Dancing on the Edge), Jim Whelan and Daisy Badger.

   Eurovision Song
      Contest 2015


Electro Velvet

       Watch it on 23rd May, BBC ONE

The 60th Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Saturday 23rd May in Vienna, Austria, and will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC One HD, with commentary by Graham Norton, and live on BBC Radio 2 with commentary from Ken Bruce.

The United Kingdom will be represented by Electro Velvet and will be performing their song 'Still In Love With You'. The singers are Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas.

A total of 40 countries will compete in this year’s contest, which includes two semi-finals that will be broadcast on BBC Three and the grand final, which will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC Radio 2.

As one of the 'Big Five' countries (UK, Spain, Germany, France, Italy), the United Kingdom does not have to perform at the semi-final stage of the competition and will gain automatic access to the Saturday grand finale. Austria, as the incumbent champion, and Australia, who have been invited to perform as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations, will also not perform at the semi-final stage.

Graham Norton

Graham Norton will provide the commentary for this year's show.

Alex Larke, aged 35, from Welwyn Garden City and Bianca, aged 26, from Beckenham in Kent will be flying the flag for the United Kingdom in Vienna. Electro Velvet’s debut song ‘Still in Love With You’ was selected from hundreds of entries following an open selection process. A huge variety of amateur and professional writers and performers submitted songs and ‘Still in Love With You’, an up tempo electro-swing track written by David Mindel and Adrian Bax White was the stand out song.

Alex says, “I feel incredibly privileged and humbled to be representing the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, for this massively historic 60th anniversary event. We have a fantastic song and will work as hard as is humanly possible to bring the contest home and make our our great nation proud. It's time to get this party started! See you in Vienna!"

Bianca says, "I am so proud to have been chosen to be a part of the world’s biggest song contest. It's such an honour to represent the UK, especially in its 60th year too! I have never been to Austria before, and I can't wait to get out to Vienna and do my best, and I hope to make the UK proud!"

Electro Velvet

Alex was born in Welwyn Garden City. His passion for music began at the age of 15 when he received a copy of the Oasis album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory. From that moment on, Alex was transfixed and from then on knew that all that he wanted to do was play guitar, write and sing.

Alex is currently lead singer for tribute group The Rollin’ Clones, one of the biggest Rolling Stones tribute shows in the world. Alex has toured the UK and internationally and absolutely loves every minute of being with the band, the music and performing as Mick.He has recently worked with Big Beat pioneer Cut La Roc on his album Larger Than Life, which also featured the talents of Ice-T collaborator, Donald D and Snow Patrol frontman, Gary Lightbody.

Outside of performing, Alex has taken all the musical experience he has gained over the years and used it to educate the next generation of budding musicians, working part-time in a primary school, teaching ukulele and recorder. Last year, Alex was privileged to work in a special needs school with children and young adults with profound to severe learning difficulties. He found it to be one of the most incredible, rewarding and fun things he has done in his life.

Bianca Nicholas was born in Beckenham, Kent and from an early age was interested in the performing arts. At just five-years-old, Bianca played the lead role in the Cannes Film Festival award- winning short film, ‘Is It the Design on the Wrapper?’ and in her early teens, she appeared alongside Johnny Depp in the Hollywood blockbuster, Sleepy Hollow.

But at 15 Bianca decided she was determined to follow her true passion, music. Bianca went on to sing at a string of high-profile charity events which has seen her duet with Will Young, tour with Classical Brit winners ‘Blake’ and perform for Princes William and Harry as well as the Duchess of Cambridge. Bianca also sang at the turning on of the Regent Street Christmas lights in 2011 where she performed her debut single 'Hold On To Your Dreams' which was a top 100 single and number 1 on the iTunes Vocal Chart - a huge achievement for an unsigned artist.

The single re-entered the vocal chart at number 2 in 2013 when the Heart FM Breakfast team played the song on air as part of their ‘Have a Heart’ charity appeal and more recently, Bianca appeared on The Voice UK in 2014 and her blind audition has now amassed over 250,000 views on YouTube.

Since The Voice UK Bianca has kept busy with gigs and live session radio performances. All of which has led to her representing the UK alongside her friend Alex at the Eurovision Song Contest on 23rd May, 2015 on BBC ONE.

  Hear Electro Velvet sing
   'Still In Love With You'




     
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 Sixtyplusurfers Competition

    Win a Relaxing
Stay at Pesto at the
   Dibbinsdale Inn


Win a relaxing stay at Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough, on the Wirral


Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Pesto to offer one lucky reader the chance to to win a one night stay for two people at Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough, on the Wirral.

Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn offers all the little personal touches you’d expect from a larger hotel,
coupled with the individual charm and comfort of a cosy, independently-run inn.

A bedroom at the Dibbinsdale Inn

With traditional features and modern comforts, this inn is right in the heart of golf country with famous golf clubs on the doorstep including Hoylake (home to the 2014 Golf Open) just 15 mins away and Bromborough golf club just down the road from the hotel.

For non-golfers there’s still plenty to choose from with shopping at nearby cities Liverpool and Chester or take your pick from a huge variety of great country walks, right on the Inn’s doorstep.

Pesto Italian Restaurant offers a unique take on Italian dining

The 4 star AA rated inn, which has twelve en-suite rooms, features free car parking and is just a 10-15 minute walk from Bromborough rail station and has been awarded a special ‘Dinner’ award by the AA for the second year running for its on-site Pesto restaurant.

Pesto Italian Restaurant offers a unique take on Italian dining with its piattini menu; authentic, fresh Italian dishes served on small plates so you can enjoy more of them during one meal.

Pesto’s delicious menu features something for everyone

Pesto’s delicious menu features something for everyone, from delicious traditional Italian pizzas and pastas to fiery Tuscan beef stew and chargrilled ribs. For the calorie conscious there are a wide variety of lighter options as well as numerous vegetarian dishes and gluten-free options too.

The restaurant also has a special daytime menu with three piattini dishes for £8.95 available Monday – Friday from 12pm til 7pm and Saturday – Sunday 12 – 4pm.

Pesto offers lighter menus for the calorie conscious

To keep up to date with the latest news and special offers from Pesto, visit the website at www.pestorestaurants.co.uk

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or follow @PestoRestaurant on Twitter.

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  For Your Chance to Win

Tell us the name
of the restaurant at the Dibbinsdale Inn?

    a) Pasta
    b) Pesto
    c) Piazza
    d)
Pomodoro

 To Enter the Competition

Tell us the name of the restaurant at the Dibbinsdale Inn? Then send in your answer, together with your full name, postal address and telephone number to the Sixtyplusurfers email address as shown below:
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Competition Terms & Conditions

A bedroom at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough, on the Wirral

1. One lucky reader and a guest will win a one night stay in a double or twin room for up to two people at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough, on the Wirral.

2. The holiday must be taken from Sunday - Friday, and dates are subject to availability.

3. Please note, all bedrooms are on the first floor of the hotel.

4. Winners must book their prize direct with the hotel in advance.

5. Winners and guests must be aged 18 or over.

6. Breakfast is included within the prize but any other food or drinks must be paid for separately.

7. Travel to the hotel is not included within the prize package.

8. Sale, transfer or exchange of any part of the prize is prohibited.

9. The competition closes on 31st May 2015.

10. The winner will be selected at random from all the correct answers received.

11. The holiday must be taken by 30th November 2015.
 

         Stunning Coastal
Views at HF Holidays'
      Lulworth Lodge


Lulworth Lodge in Weymouth


HF Holidays has opened the doors of its brand new walkers’ place by the sea in Weymouth’s stunning Lulworth Cove.

Set in the heart of the spectacular Jurassic Coast, Lulworth Lodge offers magnificent sea views and is a tranquil haven for visitors to the award-winning area. Originally a mill house, Lulworth Lodge has been lovingly restored to provide a perfect sanctuary for walkers.

Guests can rest and relax in one of 12 hand-finished bedrooms, including two that are dog-friendly. White walls, the warmth of natural fabrics, rattan and wood create a real feeling of outdoors inside.

A relaxed, light and airy lounge, inviting dining space and impressive terrace - offering stunning views - provides a perfect place to unwind after a day exploring the Dorset coast.

Lulworth Village and Cove

What’s more, an old fishing boat has been transformed into a unique and quirky barbecue – a focal point for like-minded guests to gather, share stories of their walking adventures and enjoy a delicious meal.

Relaxed, friendly, social and fun, Lulworth Lodge boasts a similar feel to a ski chalet in the Alps. Walkers can enjoy all of their meals at the Lodge, even a picnic lunch to take for the day’s hike, including delicious home-made sandwiches and mouth-watering cakes. Scallops and crab from the cove are a speciality and what better way to unwind than with a well-earned pint of ale, glass of wine and locally-made cheese at the end of an adventurous day.

Jim Forward, CEO of HF Holidays, the UK’s largest walking and leisure activity holiday provider says, “The Jurassic Coast is a very special place, particularly the natural phenomenon of Lulworth Cove. We wanted to provide an equally special, inviting and comfortable place by the sea for walkers to stay as they indulge their passion for exploring. We have certainly achieved this with Lulworth Lodge and I am sure guests will be quick to agree.”

With a friendly team of staff on hand, a Discovery Point – packed with walk and cycle routes, advice on where to go and even the latest weather forecast – as well as boot and drying room to air clothing, everything at Lulworth Lodge is taken care of.

Durdledoor

To find out more and book your trip, please visit www.hfholidays.co.uk

Or call 0345 470 7558.
 

 Quench Your Thirst
      for Poldark at
 Budock Vean Hotel


Buddock Vean Hotel in Cornwall


If all that beautiful “Poldark” scenery on TV is giving you a thirst for Cornwall the Budock Vean Hotel's first “Vineyards & Brewery Break” will be the perfect way to quench it.

The luxury country house hotel on the Helford River has teamed up with world-renowned Camel Valley vineyard near Bodmin, Skinners Brewery in Truro and Polgoon vineyard and cider orchards at Penzance to combine a five day odyssey of Cornish land and seascapes with the best food and drink the county can offer.

Charles Fox at his easel

              Charles Fox at his easel

Running from Sunday 31st May – Thursday 4th June, the break is a chance to enjoy the comfort and luxury of this family run hotel set in 65 acres of the Helford “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” and to get out and about in some of Cornwall's other loveliest locations sampling award-winning Cornish sparkling wines, beers, ciders and juices.

Cornwall has long had a name for top quality food and drink and this break aims to provide a 'behind-the-scenes' taste of some of them – from the sun-drenched Camel Valley created by the Lindo family, to Skinners with its iconic Betty Stogs ale and the fragrant apple orchards and vineyards of Polgoon – with transport provided and plenty of samples to try (the Skinners ale-tasting offers a pasty and up to seven pints!)

Enjoy the views from Budock Vean

“We regularly serve these fantastic beverages at the Budock Vean as part of our commitment to supporting local producers,” says the hotel's owner Martin Barlow, “but we thought it was high time we took our guests out to where they are actually made and to hear the fascinating stories of the families who have built them from nothing to world-famous in a generation. The vineyard and brewery visits should be a lot of fun but there's plenty of time built into the five days to relax and enjoy our lovely part of Cornwall too.”

The Vineyards and Brewery Break costs  from £665 per person including the three Tasting Trips with transportation from and to the Budock Vean, five nights' accommodation at the hotel, together with four course dinners at its multiple-award-winning restaurant.

The price also includes full English breakfasts and full use of the luxury facilities including indoor pool, outdoor hot-tub, golf, tennis and access to the hotel's Natural Health Spa.


Helford River

For further details about Budock Vean Hotel click on www.budockvean.co.uk

Or call 01326 252100.