10 steps to birthday party success

Samantha PillingEntertainment, Food and Drink

Colorful cupcakes with sparklers

Organising a birthday party can be stressful. There’s a lot of things to consider and different people to speak with if you want the end result to be a success. However, if you want to reduce that stress and make your birthday party run smoothly, you need to have a plan. The sooner you start organising it, the less you’ll … Read More

Christmas at Grim’s Dyke

Samantha PillingEntertainment, Food and Drink

Christmas At The Grims Dyke

Now the summer holidays are out of the way, it’s time to think about the next big event in your calendar – Christmas. Here at Grim’s Dyke, we’re here to help you celebrate the Christmas period in style. Whether you’re looking for fine dining, traditional merriment or good ole knees up, we have something to help you celebrate in style! … Read More

Whisky or Whiskey: Does it really matter?

Samantha PillingEntertainment, Food and Drink

Whisky or Whisky, and does it really matter?

It’s the topic many a whisky-lover gets worked up about. Is it correct to spell whisky with or without an ‘e’? And more to the point, does it really matter? Unfortunately, it isn’t a simple yes or no answer – both spellings are correct! The introduction of a new spelling – for the Irish distillers Until the late 19th Century, … Read More

Incredible cutlery of the Victorian era

Samantha PillingEntertainment, Food and Drink, History

Victorian Era Cutlery

We all know that the Victorian era was an age of incredible ingenuity. The industrial revolution was changing the way in which materials were produced. The first photographs were taken. The world got its first taste of ice cream and people were, for the first time, getting on their bikes – although they were called ‘velocipedes’ at first. The Victorian … Read More

How to choose a venue for your corporate event

Samantha PillingEntertainment

Picture of people at Conference Buffet

Whether you’re planning a team-building day for in-house staff, an Annual General Meeting for shareholders or a product launch with prospective clients, a corporate event needs to be carefully managed. Choosing an appropriate venue is the key to getting your corporate event off to a good start, so it’s important to ensure you’ve considered every detail. How many people will … Read More

Top 10 things to see in London’s West End this summer 2019

Samantha PillingEntertainment

Blog West end shows

You cannot book a stay in or around London, without treating yourself to a West End show. The entertainment district around Leicester Square and Covent Garden is known for being a buzzing hive of colour, sound and top West End theatres. Here’s our rundown of the top 10 things to see this summer, in London’s West End. Mamma Mia! This … Read More

Grim’s Dyke and it’s Outlander connection

Samantha PillingEntertainment, History

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Whether it’s for period dramas or modern soaps, films or popular TV series, Grim’s Dyke has long been used as the perfect backdrop and location. It’s also had an influence on popular TV drama series Outlander – but that connection is not one you may initially think it to be! Author Diana Gabaldon, the writer of the Outlander historical time … Read More

Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks

Samantha PillingEntertainment, History

Emperor

Known for being one of the lost episodes of Doctor Who, The Evil of the Daleks was the season finale for series four of the popular TV series. Consisting of 7 episodes, each only 25 minutes long, filming took place during the month of April.The Evil of the Daleks was then broadcast on 20th May 1967 – with the remaining … Read More

Top 10 Gilbert & Sullivan facts

Samantha PillingEntertainment, History

GILBERT & SULLIVAN. Sir Arthur Sullivan (left) and Sir William S

The theatrical partnership of Gilbert & Sullivan produced some of the most memorable comic operas. Although the partnership wasn’t always smooth sailing, it stayed as a form of friendship, right until the end. The partnership also had a massive impact on boosting the career of both men and helped shape the future of musical theatre.  Here are ten top facts … Read More

Where to stay when you visit Harry Potter

Samantha PillingEntertainment

Visiting Harry

The award-winning tour ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ is an experience not to be missed. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, have created an experience that delights old and young alike. If you want to enhance that experience further, why not bring your children to stay at Grim’s Dyke – it’s architecture will have them thinking they’ve arrived at their own … Read More