Why The Grim’s Dyke is the perfect venue for your next party

Samantha PillingUncategorised

Wedding Canapés

Grim’s Dyke Hotel is the perfect venue for all manner of special occasion. Nestled among beautifully landscaped gardens and providing a perfect hideaway location, it also has easy access to London and the surrounding area – making it the perfect venue for your next party. The right location for your needs Choosing the right location is key to the success … Read More

The benefits of honouring the natural growing seasons

Samantha PillingUncategorised

Autumn seasonal  cooking ingredients with harvest vegetables, gr

The traditional way of honouring the natural growing seasons is something many of us have forgotten. With so much choice available to us throughout the year, it’s understandable that many no longer remember what is and isn’t in season. The only time you get an indication that your fruit and veg is out of season is by its latest price … 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

10 Tips for hiring the right wedding DJ for you

Samantha PillingWeddings

Wedding DJ

Planning your perfect wedding can be exciting, but it can also be a little overwhelming. When it comes to the music on your big day, having the right DJ is important. When you’re deciding who to hire to create the soundtrack to your day, keep these top 10 tips in mind. #1: Choose an experienced DJ Being a DJ may … Read More

10 Reasons Why We Love Tulips

Samantha PillingThe Gardens

Tulips: 10 Reasons we love them

Take a look outside your window. Summer is well and truly here! And that means balmy evenings in beer gardens, gathering round the barbecue with friends and giving our gardens the TLC they’ve been sorely missing in the colder, wetter months. And if you’re looking to inject some quintessential summer cheer into your garden, you could do much worse than … Read More

The bed of kings: the four poster bed

Samantha PillingHistory

The bed has long been used as a symbol of money and power. The better a style and quality of bed, the wealthier its owner was. In Saxon and Norman times, most people slept on the floor around the fire. It was only the wealthy or those with a higher status, that slept off the floor, on beds created from … Read More

10 facts about Alliums

Samantha PillingThe Gardens

10 facts about Alliums

Bees and butterflies love alliums, as do many gardeners. Deer and rabbit, however, tend to shy away from them – and that could be due to the rather pungent aroma they can give off if the stems are broken! Alliums look stunning when planted in borders, beds and pots. However, they look their most spectacular when planted in groups. They’re … Read More

A brief history of Victorian herbalism

Samantha PillingHistory, The Gardens

herbalism

Herbalism or botanical medicine is one of the oldest traditions around. The Egyptians used herbs for medicine, as did indigenous healers around the world. In Britain, herbalism can be traced back thousands of years. The British Library has a copy of a ‘leech book’ – thought to date back as far as the 800s CE! Medieval lay healers used herbs, … Read More

Traditional picnics – the Victorian way

Samantha PillingFood and Drink, History, The Gardens

Picnics the Vitorian Way

Picnics, the ideal opportunity to meet up with friends and family, enjoy an informal yet tasty meal, whilst having fun in the great outdoors. Wealthy landowners loved a good picnic, as it gave them the chance to sit and enjoy the scenery their estates gave them. However, it was the Victorians who brought picnics to the masses. Their popularity was, … Read More