Great sporting moments of The British Masters

Samantha PillingEntertainment, Latest News

The British Masters

Originally founded in 1946 and entitled ‘The Dunlop Masters’, The British Masters will be coming to The Grove in Hertfordshire, this year. As we, at the Grim’s Dyke Hotel, are only a short distance away (under ten miles away), we thought we’d celebrate some of the great sporting moments it has seen so far. Great sporting moments of The British Masters The original great … Read More

Bring your Little Ones on a Magical Adventure

Samantha PillingEntertainment, The Gardens

magical adventure

Bring your Little Ones to Grim’s Dyke for a spellbinding adventure Join Claudia for a magical family storywalk around the grounds of Grims Dyke hotel and gardens on Bank Holiday Monday May 30th at 10.30 am. Stopping at different features in the grounds, local storyteller, Claudia Mernick will entertain both children and adults with tales of fairies, giants, trolls, animals, and … Read More

Life of a Victorian writer

Samantha PillingHistory, Latest News

Victorian Writers

The Victorian era has bought us some of the most famous writers in history – Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, the Bronte sisters, W.S. Gilbert, Robert Browning and George Bernard Shaw. These playwrights, poets and authors created works that continued to delight us, long after their deaths – but what was it really like for the Victorian writers? Victorian Literature and Overnight Celebrity It was … Read More

The British Masters: Great sporting doubles

Samantha PillingEntertainment, Latest News

British Masters

The British Masters has a history going back 70 years. Originally the Dunlop-Metropolitan Tournament, which then continued as The Dunlop Masters, The British Masters is a prestigious and professional golfing tournament that has had many sponsors – from the original Dunlop, right through to present day Sky Sports. For 2016 The Masters is returning to The Grove in Hertfordshire. It’s the … Read More

The Victorian British Parlour – A Room with Status

Samantha PillingHistory, Latest News

victorian parlour

When it came to selecting the most ornate room in a Victorian house, chances are it was always going to be the Parlour. It was the only room in a traditional Victorian house that was created predominantly to illustrate your wealth and status in society. And this made it the ideal place to entertain your guests. The word ‘parlour’ originated from the Latin … Read More

What would a Victorian Wedding have been like?

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Victorian Wedding

A Victorian wedding was a most important celebration. The day was an important one, not only for the bride and groom, but also the bride’s mother – as she’d been preparing and planning for this day since her daughter first arrived in the world. When it came to Victorian weddings, EVERYTHING was important! The attire of the bride and groom … Read More

Murder mysteries – why we love them!

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Murder Mystery

One of the most popular entertainment nights we host at Grim’s Dyke hotel, is our comedy Murder Mystery evenings. You get to enjoy a 3-course meal with wine, whilst also turning amateur sleuth, as you watch a full performance from a cast of 6 or 7 professional actors. But why do we British love a good murder mystery – especially as we didn’t even invent them? … Read More

The tradition of wedding favours

Samantha PillingLatest News, Weddings

wedding favours

When it comes to cutting back on the expense of a wedding, the favours you give away to guests could be considered a ‘nice to have’ extra that can easily be cut out altogether – but that would be a huge mistake! The History of Wedding Favours Wedding favours have a long history and a significant one at that. You’re not … Read More

Plant your own herb garden

Samantha PillingLatest News, The Gardens

herb garden

Man has been using herbs, in the kitchen and for health-related reasons, for as long as history has been recorded. The Victorians in particular, loved to use herbs and flowers in their everyday lives – and no Victorian home was complete, without its own herb garden. Herbs such as Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme were the staple herbs of any Victorian kitchen, as is the case … Read More