Spring Bank Holiday Break in South East England
There's so much to discover in the South East of England. London is the obvious draw, yet there's plenty more to this bustling region than bright lights and city sights. From glorious open gardens to vineyards and market tows, it's all happening in England's South East. And what better way to start your voyage of discovery than a Spring Bank Holiday camping break?
Pitch up in one of our comfortable Club Sites in Graffham or Walton-on-Thames and escape the daily grind in this lovely part of the world.
As for days out, the Spring Bank Holiday weekend ties in nicely with many fantastic events, including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Goodwood's Festival of Food & Racing. We've pulled together some local highlights along with under-the-radar attractions, including guided walks and perhaps best of all, an afternoon of live jazz... in a tearoom!
Get the kettle on and allow us to stir your imagination...
Day 1 - Friday
When you're staying at Graffham or Walton-on-Thames Club Sites, Winkworth always tops the must-see list - and this 1 ½ hour guided walk is the perfect way to get acquainted with the famous Arboretum. Enjoy an informative stroll with a National Trust guide from 11.00am around its lovely hillside landscapes to explore hundreds of different species of shrubs and trees.
The vibrant market town of Guildford is just a 20-minute drive north of Winkworth Arboretum. Tour the historic town's medieval Castle Keep (climb to the top for cracking views) and the Tudor Guildhall, before dining out in one of its many restaurants. Wind up the evening with a fun walking Ghost Tour between 8.00-9.45pm, learning about the town's ghoulish side as you tiptoe around its spooky sites. Now there's something to tell the grandkids!
Day 2 - Saturday
Catch the final day of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on Saturday 27th May from 8.00am - 5.30pm. It's the pinnacle of the horticultural calendar and a bucket list favourite for green-fingered enthusiasts. Wander amongst Show Gardens, Artisan Gardens and more than 100 floral displays, and get inspired to recreate your own little bit of Chelsea back home.
If you prefer thundering hooves to horticulture, steer a course for Goodwood on Saturday for the final day of its Festival of Food and Racing. When you're not placing your bets, browse the tantalising tidbits on offer in the 'best in show' food marquee, provided by award-winning artisan producers and local suppliers.
Day 3 - Sunday
Rich in Roman heritage and packed to the pavements with modern attractions, Basingstoke ticks all the right boxes for a grand day out. Top draws include the Milestones 'living history' museum and the ancient earthworks and 16th century barn at Basing House. Tour the brand new rooftop walkway at The Vyne, a former Tudor palace, before swinging by The Tea Bar from 1.00pm for live jazz with the Mike Miller Trio -- the perfect way to wrap up your Sunday afternoon.
Day 4 - Bank Holiday Monday
There are many reasons to visit the award-winning High Clandon Estate Vineyard, including glorious views of the Surrey Hills and the chance to sample delicious English sparkling wines. Here's another one: on Bank Holiday Monday, High Clandon is throwing open its gates for NGS Open Gardens. Tour 6 acres of rolling gardens, water features and wildflower meadows, not to mention the truffière, apiary, and of course its stunning vineyard.
Whether for a full day or a cheerful afternoon, the Surrey Town & Country Show is an unmissable occasion. Held at Lloyd Park near Croydon, the two-day event features a vibrant and eclectic array of displays ranging from horse and motorbike stunts to celebrity chef cookery demonstrations, wild bird shows, rural crafts and a Living History area.
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