Weekend One: Prescott Vintage Sports Car Club Hill Climb
The Vintage Sports Car Club Hill Climb at Prescott is a great option for petrolheads to have some fun over the first weekend in August (1st – 3rd). One of the country’s most beloved motoring events, this year is the Hill Climb’s 80th anniversary and will see 260 cars competing in a race over the beautiful Bredon Hills of Gloucestershire. Set in over 60 acres of stunning countryside, the action can be viewed from various points around the 1,127 yard course and this speedy adventure is sure to get hearts racing. Whether you’re a car enthusiast or not, you’ll love spending the day viewing the tremendous examples of vintage cars, as well as the bike races and trade stands around the venue.
Travel Information: Why not make a weekend of it and book a cottage nearby? It’s great to have a base from which to explore the glorious Cotswolds countryside and make the most of the Hill Climb weekend. Stepping Stones cottage sleeps five people and is just a half hours drive from the event.
Weekend Two: The Dublin Horse Show
Equine lovers will find some of the world’s best show jumping at the Dublin Horse Show which runs over the second weekend of August. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the show and it promises to be a spectacular event, celebrating Ireland’s affinity with the horse. Hosted at the RDS Arena, the Dublin Horse Show is one of Ireland’s largest events and with 300 trade shopping stands, a kids play zone, and delicious Irish food stalls there’s something to keep everyone entertained. Find out more about the Dublin Horse Show here.
Travel Information: The RDS Arena is just 16km from Dublin’s airport; fly to Dublin with London City Airport in 1 hour 15 minutes, with up to seven flights departing every day. Nearby hotels include the Four Seasons, Bewley’s Hotel and Ballsbridge.
Weekend Three: The Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons
The Green Man Festival, running from the 14th-17th August is an independent music festival held annually in the stunning Brecon Beacons. Literature, film, theatre, all-night bonfires, comedy and secret gigs are all part of the festival's unique identity. Nine stages offer over 400 acts each year ranging from music, science, art and comedy. An activity area for young people under the age of 18 called Future Generations makes the festival a family friendly destination. Camping tickets are available from £159 at the Green Man website.
Travel Information: Add on a stay at the Breacon Beacon Cottage, just a half an hour’s drive from the Green Man Festival. With views towards the Black Mountain it’s a fantastic place to stay if you want to explore what the Brecon Beacons have to offer after the Green Man Festival ends. Prices start at £169 per person for a seven night stay.
Weekend Four: A Tasting Tour Sedlescombe’s Organic Vineyard
If you have a passion for wine, Sedlescombe’s vineyard in the heart of Sussex is a brilliant place to explore England’s growing wine industry. The vineyard has produced award winning wines including their Regent’s Red and in May they launched a 2010 vintage Premier Brut and England’s first completely organic red wine. Visit in August for a sunny weekend out in the countryside, exploring the Woodland Nature Trail and a self-guided tour of the vineyard. A tasting tour also includes a guided tour on the indoor winery, wine tasting and a ploughman’s lunch or cream tea.
Travel Information: The Sedlescombe vineyard is on the B2244 road, 1.5 miles north of Sedlescombe village. From Hastings train station take the No.349 bus or taxi.
Weekend Five: Jonathan’s Jungle Roadshow
Take your grandchildren to Jonathan’s Jungle Roadshow at the Dean Heritage Centre in the Forest of Dean from August 26-31. Former primary school teacher Jonathan Cleverly (aka Jungle Jonathan) has over 30 years’ experience of keeping and breeding reptiles and invertebrates and is now keen to offer children the opportunity to meet first-hand some of the amazing wonders of the natural world. Kids will be able to get up close and personal (dependant on how brave they are of course) with a vast array of snakes, spiders, bugs and beasts such as Rafiki, the royal python; crested geckos, rhinoceros beetles, and pink toed tarantulas!
Travel Information: Combine a visit with a family holiday at one of Forest Holidays’ Forest of Dean cabins set in a glorious stretch of ancient oak woodland. They’re currently running a summer promotion so when you book your cabin, enter the code SUMMER15 for a 15% discount.