After last year’s cancelled Badminton Horse Trials everyone at Joules HQ are super excited for this year’s event. With only a few days to go here’s our quick guide to Badminton:
Be sure to do your research, click here to visit their website where you will find everything from directions to timetables.
Decide which day to go…. Thursday through to Saturday there is a lot to see, from grass roots eventing to the top riders performing their dressage tests. Sunday is cross country and undoubtedly the busiest day with over 100,000 people walking through the gates. Despite the hustle and bustle of spectators (and their many dogs) it is definitely worth going to see both horse and rider have the courageously taking on the huge fences in this spectacular setting (the lake is a prime viewing spot for splashtastic falls.) Finally Monday is the deciding day with all the remaining riders Show Jumping in reverse order with the hope of winning.
Wellies are also highly recommended as even a small shower can turn the grounds into a swamp.
To save queuing at the numerous food vans why not take along you own picnic of yummy homemade sandwiches. Our picnic rucksack and rug are perfect for this so you can have a well-earned rest half way around the Cross Country course.
When you set off for Badminton be sure to leave plenty of time, especially if you are going on Sunday as there can be very long queues to get into the event.
Finally shop, shop, shop! Don’t miss the Official Badminton Collection from stand 108 on the day or shop now > The Official Badminton Collection The full Joules collection will be at stand 214, where Mary King will be signing on Saturday at noon. Click here to see a site map.
To celebrate the Great British Summertime and the impending May Bank holidays we have listed our top 5 beaches from across the country.
Watergate Bay, Newquay, Cornwall
Watergate Bay runs for 1.5 miles and is full of rock pools and caves to explore. This beach picks up swells from the Atlantic so is hugely popular with surfers, be sure to keep an eye out for some spectacular wipe-outs There are many events held on this beach throughout the summer season, one of our favourites is Polo on the Beach where surfers make way for polo ponies and this event is completely free to attend. If you are planning on staying for a couple of days the Watergate Bay Hotel is set right on the beach with spectacular views from the bedrooms and when you get hungry Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and the Beach Hut cafe are definitely worth a visit.
West Bay, Dorset
With the golden glow of the sandstone cliffs, West Bay, Dorset, is the golden gate to the Jurassic coast – perfect for the fossil hunter in you. Once you have uncovered some historic treasures make sure you pop along to the cafe in the old West bay railway station, the Joules sheep say the cream tea is not to be missed.
Rhossilli Bay, Swansea
Recently voted the 3rd best beach in Europe Rhossilli Bay is a must if you are ever visiting Wales. This beach is three miles long and is backed onto by huge sand dunes, the locals call this beach Llangennith Sands. A popular place for bird watching as many varieties nest in the cliffs surrounding the bay. Just be warned that there is a very steep walk down to this beach so may not be suitable for everyone to get to but if you can’t quite make it down the views from the cliffs are still beautiful.
Brancaster Beach, Norfolk
Situated between Hunstanton and Wells-on-the-sea, this dog-friendly beach is one of North Norfolk’s best kept secrets. Be sure to pop into Joules of Burnham Market, click here for directions.
Longsands Beach, Newcastle
This mile long sandy beach has it all – rocks, cliffs and dunes. A blue flag award winning beach which is popular with families all year round and provides the perfect place to play games, Newcastle United have even been spotted training here.