Pressing flowers – a quintessential Victorian pastime

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Flower Pressing

The Victorians loved flowers! Not only did they adore fresh flowers in their homes, flowers were also depicted in paintings, carvings, embroidery and clothing. Pressed flowers were a simple art form the Victorians enjoyed and can easily be traced back to ancient Egypt. In the 1500’s Oshibana (the art of pressing flowers in a way to create a whole picture) … Read More

10 Facts About Alliums

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Alliums, including garlic, onions, and leeks, are versatile plants known for their culinary uses and health benefits. 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 … Read More

The Art of Champagne Sabrage

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Sabrage demonstration

A Champagne bottle, cavalry sword and a celebration in full swing – what could be more ceremonial or flamboyant! Champagne sabrage is a wonderful sign of celebration and victory, but when did this type of celebration first start? And, as many people would like to know – is it easy for you to do? The Origins of Champagne Sabrage The … Read More

Picnics – The Traditional Victorian Way

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Picnics, are the ideal opportunity to meet up with friends and family. A chance to 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. And it was the Victorians who brought picnics to the … Read More

The Kitchen Garden in May

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Summer is only around the corner and for the gardeners among us, May is one of the busiest months for the kitchen garden! The plant growth increases and the weather keeps us on our toes! Sunny warm days inevitably bring on rapid growth in the kitchen garden, just as with other gardens and lawns. However, the warmer weather also encourages … Read More

Nature Walks Around Grim’s Dyke

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Nature Walks

For the nature walk lovers and walkers staying in the Harrow Weald area, Grim’s Dyke is a perfect location. Not only do you have our own grounds to discover, but there’s also a few well-known nature walks around for you to explore the local flora and fauna. No matter what your walking abilities and experience, you can enjoy a pleasant … Read More

Your Corporate Event – Organising in 10 Steps

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Corporate Event

Your corporate event needs to run smoothly and look effortless. But, if you’re looking to organise a corporate function for your company, you’ll know – they take a lot of effort and time to arrange! Whether you’re looking to organise one for your staff, clients or the general public, here are our top 10 steps to making your corporate event … Read More

Your Wedding Venue – 5 Things To Consider


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Which wedding venue? With so much choice available, it can be really difficult to narrow your choice down. The initial request would be to check they have your preferred wedding date available – but what next? How can you then narrow down your choices, so you find the perfect wedding venue for you? 1: Know what type of day you … Read More

How to choose a venue for your corporate event


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Whether you’re planning a team-building day for staff, a larger meeting for shareholders or a product launch with prospective clients, a corporate event must be carefully managed. Choosing an appropriate venue is the key to getting your corporate event off to a good start. It’s important to ensure you’ve considered every detail. How many people will be attending? The number … Read More