With love from The Chilterns this Valentine’s
You’ve probably noticed the displays of hearts, teddy bears and cards already on show in local shops? Tired of cheesy Valentines gifts? Show your loved one just how much they mean to you; give something really special this Valentine’s Day and organise an experience they’ll never forget in the Chilterns. Enjoy time out together and discover new shared interests.
There’s nothing like discovering new tastes…
The REAL Fermentery
The REAL Fermentery is located on the Waddesden Estate. Started in 2017, founder David has created the real non-alcoholic alternative to champagne and sparkling wine. His naturally fermented sparkling teas are now offered at Michelin restaurants such as the Fat Duck and Le Gavroche. For a tour of REAL’s state-of-the-art fermentery, and a unique tea tasting experience, book here.
Gin Distillery Tour
Griffiths Brothers offers both a Gin Distillery Tour (£20) and a Rum Tales and Tasting experience (£25). Learn about Griffiths’ cold distillation process; taste their unique gins made with the freshest botannicals, many sourced locally and organically. Find out about the history of rum, how it’s produced, different styles and serving suggestions.
Henley Distillery Tour
At the Henley Distillery, a Head Distiller will share their knowledge and experience with you as you discover the processes which create hand-crafted gins. Tours and tastings are held most Saturdays and last 45 minutes in groups of maximum 12, costing £15 per person.
Loddon Brewery Tour
If beer is more to your liking, book a tour with Head Brewer Tara at the Loddon Brewery near Dunsden, Reading. There’s a tour on 16th February from 7pm – 10pm. Tickets cost £17.50 per person and include two free pints.
Work up your appetite with a dip into some culture…
The Barber of Seville at Aylesbury Waterside
Rossini’s comic opera, the Barber of Seville, is being screened live at Aylesbury Waterside Wednesday 15th Expect heart-melting serenades and a fairytale ending just out of reach!
Chiltern Arts Festival 2023
Chiltern Arts Festival 2023: Explore love, loss and the passage of time through a season of the highest quality music and literature events. The festival kicks off with its Winter Warmer programme of folk music, string quartets, new music and a concert of stunning choral works 2nd – 4th
Spread the love – on a budget
Don’t forget there are some stunning local farm shops and cafes across our region. For something special around Valentine’s Day, why not arrange a romantic country walk, followed by lunch or afternoon tea? Be aware pubs and cafes can be busy around Valentine’s Day, so be sure to book ahead.
With half-term just around the corner, check out what the Chilterns AONB has to offer!
Over 70 people gathered on Coombe Hill, Buckinghamshire, on Friday, 29 September, to celebrate 50 years since The Ridgeway National Trail officially opened.