This recent stint of warm weather has got us thinking about fun things to book this summer. Here’s our round up of fab events & festivals happening locally. Please do comment below if you have any recommendations, or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Feast Over Flame, various dates in May
Feast over Flame is a brand new pop-up dining experience coming to Marlow this May. You’ll need to book this one quick as it starts this weekend and runs throughout May!
Make the most of summer with family and friends with a (socially distanced) dining experience in an exclusive riverside location, never seen before. Where exactly, is a closely kept secret, but starting riverside from Marlow, you’ll take a private boat to our mystery location to enjoy a five course interactive menu. Here, you move from riverside to fireside and dine alfresco with your very own Big Green Egg BBQ.
It costs £49.50 per person (the children’s menu is £29.50) and this including water taxi and welcome drink. Feast Events has worked hard to provide you with a seasonal menu and choice of drinks and cocktails in a safe environment to start making the most of summer and make wonderful memories with your tables of 6-8.
The menu includes:
Freshly baked meadow herb bread, whipped wild garlic butter
Pancetta wrapped wye valley asparagus, soft boiled quails egg and truffle mayonnaise
Apple smoked hand dived Scallops cooked in the shell, pea purée, pea shoot and apple salad, cumin espuma
Grilled fillet of beef and lobster tail, triple cooked truffle chips, watercress & shallot salad, sauce béarnaise
Griddled peach Melba Poached and grilled peaches, raspberry, vanilla cream and shortbread
And as your experience draws to an an end and the coals turn to embers, you’ll make s’mores and drink hot chocolate, before returning by boat to your riverside starting point.
Saturday 1st May – Lunch & Dinner sitting
Sunday 2nd May – Lunch Sitting
Bank holiday Monday – 3rd May Lunch sitting
Then Friday Evening, Saturday lunch & Evening, Sunday Lunch from 7th -23rd May inclusive. Contact Feast for menu and further information email@example.com
The Alfresco Theatre, 12th – 16th May
Chefs, movies, music and comedy all on tour! With food by Tom Kerridge, Rick Stein and more! Again you’ll need to book this one quick. The Friday night Carpool Comedy Club is already sold out but there is availability on the Thursday. The Dive & Dine cinema which includes films such as The Greatest Showman, Dirty Dancing and Greece sing-a-long still has availability.
The Secret Feast in the Garden, May & October
The Secret Feast, an immersive 5 course popup dining experience will take place this May in Great Missenden & October in Beaconsfield. The exact locations, which are exclusive, are kept secret until very close to the event. We are booked for he May & October events 😉
At the Spring pop up in Great Missenden (Friday 28th & Saturday 29th May) you can choose between an early family friendly sitting (6-8pm) or a later sitting (8.45 – 10.45pm).
The Beaconsfield event (every Friday & Saturday in October) also has a family friendly sitting & a later sitting, plus in addition, every Saturday in October there is a Champagne Afternoon Tea from 3-5pm.
The Secret Feast in the Garden promises to be an intimate experience that will take you on a journey into a beautiful world, deep in the forest, with guests enjoying true culinary excellence over a delicious 5-course feast befitting of the woodland setting. There is a beautiful bar area, with a full drinks menu for guests to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy some drinks together before the booking.
The wooden dining pods are nestled among the trees and guests will have a 360º view of the Gardens as they slowly comes to life, creating some fabulous surprise performances during the evening.
Adults cost £75 per person and children cost £35 (early sitting only). Booking are per pod – see the Feast website for further details.
Boodles, 22-26 June
We attended The Boodles Tennis tournament a few years ago and loved it! Stoke Park is stunning – it’s such a fabulous day out! The courts and seating are very intimate – you literally get so close to the players, so much so, you feel you are in the game. Tickets start at £79 which is really good value as it attracts the world’s top players warming-up for Wimbledon!
Following recent government announcements, the organisers are looking at various models as to how they can safely operate the event. Their approach will be to remain as responsive as possible, while leaving enough flexibility in their planning to adapt, as required by government regulations in the summer. More precise details will become available in the second half of April, as they consider the best manner to stage The Boodles, while keeping the safety of guests, competitors and staff at the forefront. Keep an eye on their website for updates.
Glamp-Ridge, Dean Farm Meadows, 9th-11th July
Outdoor events experts, Big Top Events, have announced dates for their second boutique glamping event at the stunning Dean Farm Meadows – 9th-11th July 2021.
Your experience starts at 4pm on Friday with a complimentary glass of prosecco, beer or soft drink to enjoy while unpacking in your vintage boho themed luxury bell tent.
Before the sun sets over the rolling hills, you can enjoy a light snack from the bar, followed by ‘Barn Yard Bingo’, then pull up a hay bale, top up those glasses and chill out to an acoustic set by some local talent whilst roasting your marsh-mellows on our camp fire.
Start your Saturday in leisurely style with a delicious breakfast hamper delivered to your tent then why not join in with an hour of energising yoga with Annabel from Zest Yoga (www.zest-yoga.com).
Freshen up for a day of fun with a hot indoor shower in our luxury washrooms, then either explore the area of outstanding natural beauty surrounding Dean Farm Meadows, expertly led by pipsticks walks (www.pipstickswalks.co.uk), show your competitive side with our garden games or simply chill out in your bell tent.
After working up an appetite, your Saturday evening begins with slow-proved Neapolitan dough topped pizzas from Knead Pizza (www.knead.pizza), followed by the option of experiencing our very own outdoor cinema or silent disco…The choice is yours. Prices start at £334 for the weekend.
Henley Festival’s Summer Fling, 8th-10th July
Henley Festival’s Summer Fling is a 3 night black tie summer party from 8th-10th July 2021. This is a stand alone, pop-up event for one year, only a limited number of tickets available so buy yours now! With bands and celebrity DJ sets including Martin Kemp,Jo Whiley and Trevor Nelson, there will also be a vintage fun fair, street food, bars, a Moët Champagne garden, entertainment and few surprises, this is one party you won’t want to miss! Tickets cost £50 per person.
Penn Festival, 23rd & 24th July
The picturesque village of Penn Street in Buckinghamshire is once again set to be home to a 2-day family friendly music festival with camping, as PennFest (formerly known as Penn Festival) returns. Now in its 10th year, PennFest’s line-up promises to be the best ever, with bigger names than ever before performing throughout the weekend. Camping will be available on site, there will be free hot showers in the camping area as well as a quieter family camping zone complete with fairylights. PennFest offers something for everyone. As well as an impressive array of contemporary and established performers, there will be creative workshops, a global artisan market with a selection arts based stalls to choose from, plus lots more, all lovingly crafted together to create a perfect event for the whole family. There will be a dance tent with guest DJs to continue the party once the bands have come off stage. In addition to the main stage acts, there will also be a diverse selection of exciting upcoming and popular local bands performing.
Pub in the Park, 16th -19th September
A few weeks ago I booked tickets to Chef Tom Kerridge’s Marlow Party in Park which celebrates the very best food, drink and music! Taking place 16 – 19 September at Higginson Park, it will feature amazing chefs, musicians and artisanal producers. You’ll be able to tuck into tasty dishes from The Hand & Flowers, The Coach, Atul Kochhar Restaurants, The Mariner’s by Paul Ainsworth, All’s Well and many more! Then party with your mates to live performances from Craig David, Jack Savoretti, Heather Small, Basement Jaxx DJ set, Beverley Knight, The Lightning Seeds, Gabrielle and more! If you’re thinking of going you better be quick as there were only tickets left for Thursday and Sunday when we last looked.
Henley Festival, 15th to 19th September
Henley Festival is an exclusive boutique, black tie festival, which takes place over five days from 15th to 19th September 2021. It embraces a vibrant programme from pop to world music, classical to jazz where art and gastronomy share equal billing with music. Headline acts include Sophie Elis Baxter, Madness, James Blunt and Sara Cox. Tickets can be booked here.
Thame Food Festival, 25th & 26th September
Love food…wine…music…not to mention fun? Then head along to Thame Food Festival on the 25th & 26th September. Aside from the wonderful artisan producers, street food stalls and obviously yummy foodie sampling, there will be demonstrations galore, pop-up pub, gin garden, live music and children’s activities.