May sees the return of some of the best food festivals in Hampshire and a chance to get those taste buds going, particularly as we come into the Summer season of fresh British produce.
The Alresford Watercress Festival takes place on 17 May 2015 and brings together the local community and food lovers from far and wide to celebrate watercress – the superb locally grown, delicious and versatile crop. The entire centre of New Alresford becomes a huge street festival with a large food market. One of the highlights of the festival is the street cavalcade with jazz musicians, Morris dancers and local school children accompanying the Watercress King and Queen who sit on top of a horse and cart. The children will be distributing the first of the season’s watercress harvest to festival-goers. In the Cookery Demo Unit you can watch well-known award-winning chefs and food writers including Jack Stein, son of Rick Stein, demonstrate their skills and some mouth-watering recipes and even cheer on those in the World Watercress Eating Championships. Entry to the festival is free and if travelling by car you can take advantage of the park and ride service from Ropley to Alresford with either a free ride on the Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ or, during peak times, a free coach ride into Alresford.
The Fleet Food Festival is a week later on 24 May and promises to be a flavourful array of fantastic food, tasty talks and demonstrations, workshops, family activities and an appetising menu of live music. Highlights include a tantalising range of fresh and regional produce in the Food Market, prestigious regional chefs and master classes in the Cookery Theatre, inspirational food and wine talks and Q&A with the experts, family fun in the hands-on children’s area, speciality real ale and refreshing drinks in the Pint ‘n’ Pimms Tent and an exciting line-up of live music in the picnic area. Entrance is just £1 and under 5s go free. Special, discounted parking is available in Fleet to support the event with parking just £1 all day in the main town centre car parks and free in Hart Shopping Centre.
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With Easter just a few days away here’s our round up of some of the top Easter events in our area, providing lots of great reasons to get out and about in the towns and countryside of Hampshire and Surrey.
Camberley are hosting an Alive and Wonderland Themed adventure on Saturday 4th April from 10am-4pm with fun for all the family including 8ft mushrooms, giant tea cups and a huge ‘Drink Me’ bottle, with free face painting too.
There’s 2 days of Easter fun in Aldershot town centre with a bunny hop competition starting on Friday 3 April, where children can search the town looking for pictures of Easter eggs hidden in shop windows and uncover the hidden word. Saturday 4 April will see the return of the very popular children’s farm in Aldershot Town Centre. Children will be able to meet springtime favourites including lambs, chicks, goats, rabbits – all for free.
Those looking to stretch their legs might enjoy the Easter Walk at Fleet Pond on Friday 10th April and Saturday 11th April from 10am-2pm. You can join the Countryside Rangers on a self-guided walk which is suitable for all ages and dogs are welcome. Meet the Rangers in the picnic area to get your Easter pack, find the clues, answer the questions, return to the picnic area and collect your Easter egg. No need to book – just drop in anytime between 10am – 2pm.
On Sunday 5th and Monday 6th April you can bring some Cadbury magic to your family by joining in at one of the Easter Egg Trails at the Easter Eggstravangaza at The Vyne near Basingstoke or Winkworth Arboretum near Godalming. For opening times and visitor prices please check www.nationaltrust.org.uk
If you prefer to put your feet up and watch the world go by then how about a ride on the miniature train at the Viables Craft Centre in Basingstoke on Easter Monday?
Whatever activity you end up deciding upon, we hope you all enjoy a very Happy Easter.
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At Check 4 Houses we are passionate about supporting our local community and wanted to wish the brave runners in the Surrey and Fleet Half marathons coming up the best of luck.
The Surrey Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 8th March, starting and finishing at the Woking Leisure Centre. The event is the biggest half marathon in Surrey and is great training for any local people taking part in the London Marathon this year – as well as an amazing achievement in itself. The event also includes a Kids Race of 2km for children aged 6-16 years. If you fancy going along to support the runners you can enjoy the range of live bands along the route, as well as cafe and food stalls, shops and kids activities in the Event Village.
The Fleet Half Marathon is a few weeks later on 22nd March. In its 34th year, the long established Fleet Half Marathon is open to over 2,500 runners and features a traffic-free course which is gently undulating. The route is well marshalled and benefits from professional medical support. Designed to be completed in under 3 hours, the course also offers an ideal build-up to the London Marathon or a fantastic achievement in itself.
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There are a number of Home and Property exhibitions and shows coming up over the next few months which may be of interest if you are thinking about a project for your existing or your next home.
Ecobuild takes place from 3rd– 5th March in Excel in London and is the sustainable design, construction and energy event for new build, refurb, commercial and domestic buildings. The exhibition features a wide range of suppliers offering thousands of new and innovative products and services and the comprehensive conference and seminar programme is designed to inspire and educate. The seven seminar streams alone cover the key topics of Green Energy, Design, Building Performance, BIM, Water, Refurbishment and Solar.
The National Homebuilding and Renovating show is based in the NEC in Birmingham and runs from 26th-29th March. It claims to be UK’s biggest self-build and renovation event with over 500 exhibitors and unbeatable expert advice to help you achieve your dream home. The seminar programme covers a huge variety of homebuilding topics including automation for the home, loft conversions, rainwater harvesting and how to finance your project.
The Ideal Home show has been running for over 100 years and this year returns to its original home of London Olympia from 20th March right up until Easter on 6th April. From kitchens and bathrooms to bedrooms and basements, from fixtures and fittings to fine food, gardens and the latest gadgets, plus fashion, beauty and gifts, you’ll find it all under one roof at this award-winning show. Whether you are planning a substantial home project or just wanting to add some finishing touches, the Ideal Home Show has everything you need.
Finally the Property Investor and Homebuyer Show takes place on 17th & 18th April and claims to be a must attend event for anyone serious about making money from property investment. Catering for all levels of property experience – from the novice to the seasoned investor, the show is an ideal place for obtaining reliable and up to date property market information and investment property to buy, both in the UK and overseas.
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Fleet Fashion Week takes place from 27th October – 1st November and features a host of events to showcase the amazing shopping that we have locally in Fleet. The town’s fashion, hair and beauty business are joining together to include a range of activities including free pampering sessions, family sewing sessions, an ‘in store fashion fix’ and a 10% discount throughout Fleet Fashion Week across participating stores.
The highlight of the week will be the actual Fleet Fashion Show which takes place at the Harlington on Wednesday 29th October. This exclusive event will showcase the very best of this season’s trends to ensure your Autumn Winter wardrobe is bang up to date.
The Wardrobe Workout High Tea takes place at the delightful Lismoyne Hotel on Friday 31st October and offers guests the chance to munch their way through a scrumptious traditional afternoon tea including some of their yummy cakes whilst finding out how you can transform your existing wardrobe into new looks and revamp your old clothes to ensure you are on trend for the Autumn Winter season.
Children are also being encouraged to get creative and enter the free Young Designer competition with prizes available for children in Year 3 through to students in Year 11. For the older students the prize includes the opportunity to work with a seamstress to create the outfit they have designed and have it displayed in the town – giving them the chance to see what it feels like to be a real designer.
More information on all the events and tickets can be found at www.fleetfashionweek.co.uk
Fleet is a thriving community and we are sure the event will be a big success, following on from the first ever Fleet Food Festival held earlier this year.
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