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Are you feeling exceptionally brave this Halloween?  If so, then an overnight ghost hunt is a must at Britain’s most haunted location, The Commandery.

This Saxon chapel, located beside Sidbury gate, is steeped in history having served as a hospital for over 500 years.  The headquarters for Charles II during the Battle of Worcester, it was also the place where his Royal Commander in Chief, the Duke of Hamilton and his men died from wounds suffered in the conflict.  It is said that the Duke’s spirit now haunts the Solar room according to a recent event where a visitor, arriving early for a meeting, entered the Solar room only to run out again a few minutes later in terror, too terrified to explain what he had experienced, but vowing never to go into the room again!

Join the paranormal investigators and clairvoyant medium in a ghost hunting workshop and vigil using specialised hunting equipment to hopefully catch a glimpse of the many spectres haunting the building. Don’t forget to bring your camera and camcorders, as you may be lucky enough to capture the paranormal entities such as the crying woman in the Preacher Room, the ghostly monk walking across the Minstrel’s Gallery or hear the clattering of armour and swords outside of the Great Hall!

As this is a very popular event, you will need to make bookings in advance here.

From lost souls to our ‘Body & Sole’ package; two nights of pampering, accommodation, dinner, wine and full English breakfast will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to explore the historic towns of Worcester, Hereford and Ledbury, whilst taking in the spectacular views of the Malvern Hills.  For more information visit our special offers page.

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At the Abbey Hotel in Malvern   not only do we have beautiful grounds for your special day, but also a dedicated wedding co-ordinator to put you at ease throughout the whole process. Planning a wedding can be stressful, and with years of experience in the hotel industry we’ve seen a lot of weddings. We’ve compiled a list of our top tips to make the day go smoother for you. These tips are not only for brides-to-be, but also for all those helping with the wedding; as they take on just as much of the stress as the bride and groom.

Enjoy all the handy tips. There’s more to come, so keep your eyes peeled.

  1. Don’t forget to steal some time with your husband on the day. Your family and friends will keep you busy and you will be amazed how little time you spend together on your wedding day.
  2. Looking for something different? Have an afternoon wedding followed by buffet and straight into dancing. Our Twilight package is perfect for this.
  3. Don’t try and take on too much in one go; arrange a to-do list and tick off one thing at a time. If you have any questions, your wedding co-ordinator will be on hand to answer.
  4. Collect old flower pots, glass fish bowls, old jam jars to use as decorations for your tables. These are brilliant for getting a vintage feel for your wedding.
  5. Whether you have booked a church ceremony or civil ceremony, remember to take a deep breath before walking down the aisle and slow down.
  6. Have a look on websites for flower arrangements or for ideas on how to make your own stationary. You could learn a lot of things, save some money as well as add a quirky touch.
  7. Make sure you have at least 8 hours sleep the night before your wedding.
  8. Have you invited children? Why not make up a goody bag with crayons and colouring books for them. You could even have a children’s table with activities for them to do during the wedding breakfast.
  9. You can involve your guests in your wedding preparations! When you send out the wedding invites, include seeds to grow into buttonholes and wear on the day.
  10. Your wedding day should be for you and your love for one another. Make it personal to you both and have fun.
  11. Practice walking in your killer heels around the house; by the big day you’ll be able to run in them.
  12.  Add some personal touches like  bowls of fresheners and sample perfume to go in the toilets.
  13. Rather than the normal guest book, have a wedding tree guest book, where the messages are hung from the branches. This also doubles up as a great centre piece for your cocktail reception.
  14. Auction your flowers and center pieces for charity, if there’s a charity close to your heart.
  15. Rather than throwing your whole bouquet, ask the florist to tie a single flower in the bouquet that you can then loosen. This way you get to keep the bouquet and dry the flowers as a keepsake.

Our wedding packages at the Abbey are ideal for those not wanting to compromise on anything. Our in house wedding specialist will help tailor your chosen wedding, or civil ceremony, package to meet your needs and budget. Knowing that everything will run smoothly, you can relax and enjoy the big day. You can also call us on +44 1684 892332 or email abbey@sarova.com to discuss which package is right for you.

 

 

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Malvern, known for its truly magnificent countryside has another treasure to offer tourists and enthusiasts alike, The Morgan Motor Company.

Henry Fredrick Stanley Morgan, affectionately known as HFS to his friends, began by opening a garage business before going on to design the Morgan Three-Wheeler, which he put into production.  To improve sales, HFS entered his car into the MCC London to Exeter trial, won a Gold medal and thus the Morgan Car began its popularity.

Over the last 100 years, Morgan cars have developed from the iconic 4-4 to the famous Morgan Plus 8 progressing on to the new Aero Supersport, depicting the very best in technology and environmental sustainability whilst maintaining the highest standards of craftsmanship.  I am sure that HFS would be pleased with the progression that his company has made especially as they have remained independently owned by the family, one of the last remaining companies to be so.

The Morgan museum will give an insight into this remarkable man’s life and achievements and give you an opportunity to see these remarkable cars up close, transporting you through the motoring ages.  A visit to the factory is a must; visitors can see how a bespoke Morgan is built and the 177 strong workforce in action.

At the Abbey Hotel, closely situated to the Morgan Motor Company, we currently have a great offer available; two nights’ accommodation with dinner on both nights (including half a bottle of wine each on the first night), full English breakfast, entry to the Morgan Motor museum and a tour of the Morgan Motor factory.

For more information or to make a booking visit our special offers page or call us on 01684 879193.

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“Literature is one of the most interesting and significant expressions of humanity.”  Whether your literary interests are for curiosities of P.T. Barnum or the classics of Shakespeare, The Times Cheltenham Literary Festival is an oasis for all.

Shami Chakrabarti, Amit Chaudhur and Sophie Hannah are amongst the Guest Directors of the festival, which runs from 3rd October till 12th.  The Satanic Verses author, Salman Rushdie, and Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, will be attending as will David Mitchell who, just ahead of the Festival, will be releasing his new book The Bone Clocks; let’s hope this leads to another hit film!

Ian Rankin will be presenting his short story collection featuring Inspector Rebus and John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, will be a guest on one of the many discussion panels, as will Heston Blumenthal, Alan Titchmarsh, Nicholas Parsons and Helen McCrory amongst many others.  Family Guest Director Michael Rosen will be introducing Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman and Henry Winkler for our younger readers, along with the mini festival Book It!  With over 500 debates, interviews and workshops, this really is a must-see festival for bookworms everywhere.

According to George Sayer, C.S. Lewis’ auto biographer, the Malvern Hills were where J.R.R. Tolkien found inspiration for the White Mountains in his literary epics The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring. According to Sayer, Tolkien would make recordings whilst taking long walks in the Hills accompanied by C.S. Lewis; so where better to base yourself than the Abbey Hotel.

You can explore the trails of these great authors with either self-guided tours written by local author Carl Steven Flint – you can pick a local guide at the Tourist Information Centre – or a guided tour led by the Malvern Civic Society guides.

Enjoy these beautiful tours and indulge yourself with our Body & Sole package.  This two-day offer includes accommodation, dinner on both nights (plus wine on the first night), full English breakfast and a Body & Sole package to help you unwind after your explorations.

For more information or to make a booking call us on 01684 879193.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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Visit Chedworth’s famous Roman Villa in Yanworth, Gloucestershire, and discover how a then thousand-year-old villa was discovered in 1864 by a Victorian gamekeeper and how he unearthed the first clues that would eventually lead to the spectacular find underground.

Experience how the Romans, some of the wealthiest of that time, lived, worked and socialised at this 4th Century Villa.  Wonder at the intact, brilliantly coloured mosaic floors, the bath houses and under-floor heating – all inventions brought to Britain by the Romans. And with a further dig just having taken place, find out first-hand just what new discoveries have been made.

During the weekend you can watch and participate in Roman re-enactments and browse through market stalls offering many different locally produced food and crafts, such as: glass beads, pottery, jewellery, candles, cheese and honey.  With a family ticket costing just £24, it’s affordable fun for everyone.  For more information visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk.

Here at the Abbey we are also keen on giving value for money. Our Executive Family rooms are spacious and modern, with comfortable seating areas and spectacular views over the Vale of Evesham or Malvern Hills.  Gilchrist & Soames amenities, Wi-Fi and a full English buffet breakfast are all included in the price, so get yourselves a fantastic deal and book on line with us now.

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For all you bird lovers and twitchers out there, the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Newent is holding its fourth Falconry Weekend, two fantastic days of displays, competitions, activities and seminars.

The ICBP are known for being the centre of excellence when it comes to training and breeding birds of prey.  They care deeply for the conservation of species and rehabilitation of birds brought to them for their expertise; and is also home to one of the world’s largest private collection of birds of prey!

Amongst the exhibitors are: The World of Falconry who will be giving talks on trapping in the America’s; Carl Bass will be displaying his fantastic wildlife art; Imperial Bird of Prey Academy will be returning to give a display with three different birds of prey; the British Eagle Hawking Club will be back to give talks about their experiences and display their Eagles. Falconry equipment and gifts will also be available to purchase from Predator Logistics.

If you’d love to fly a bird of prey, don’t miss out on the Lure Swinging competition at 9.30 a.m, as that is the prize on offer; what an incentive to join in!  For more information and to buy tickets visit the Falconry Weekend 2014 website.

Whilst you are in the area, take advantage of the beautiful walks in the Malvern Hills.  At the Abbey Hotel, right in the heart of Malvern, we have the perfect offer to compliment the two day Falconry Weekend.  Two night’s accommodation, dinner on both nights including half a bottle of wine per person on the first night, full English breakfast and walking maps of the Malvern Hills.  For more information on our offers or to make a booking, check out our special offers page.

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Worcester Cathedral, built on the banks of the River Severn, is an imposing structure reflecting every type of English architecture from Norman to Gothic styles.  Built between 1084 and 1504, its famous Norman crypt contains the body of King John, and if the building looks vaguely familiar to you, that is because the west façade can be seen on the back of our £20 notes alongside Sir Edward Elgar.

Worcester Cathedral is the base for the three-day Three Choirs Festival, which claims to be Europe’s oldest; suggestions are that the first festival took place in 1709!  Thousands of visitors from around the world will visit to experience some of the finest music performed at one of our greatest structures.

The renowned Philharmonic Orchestra will join The King’s Sisters, The Royal Marines Association Concert Band and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, along with other great guest artists in performing classics such as: The Spirit of England, Britten War Requiem, Mahler Symphony No. 2, and The Lark Ascending.  A truly fabulous day out.  Full details can be found at www.3choirs.org and www.worcestercathedral.co.uk.

Not far from Worcester is the stunning Vale of Evesham; the views are spectacular and can be seen from our very own Priory View Restaurant. What better way to enjoy a traditional three-course Sunday carvery lunch.  For more information take a look at our website.

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What a feast of Blues Upton has to offer from the 18th to the 20th of July.  The Upton Blues Festival increases in popularity each year.  Now in its 14th year, Upton is swamped with Jazz enthusiasts from all over the world who come to enjoy over a hundred gigs, playing music from the Best of British Blues to New Orleans acoustic, and all of it for free!

The festival has become so well known that major international acts travel from far and wide to perform alongside our favourite UK bands.  Some of the acts which will be performing include: The Larry Miller Band, Will Wilde, David Midgen and the Twisted Roots, Stomp & Holler, Rosco Levee & the Southern Slide, and Mitch Laddie, to name but a few.

As well as great music, there will be a variety of music workshops where visitors can try out different instruments and music styles from the experts. Definitely a date to put in your diary!

The Abbey Hotel, only a 20-minute drive from Upton, is the perfect base for your visit.  We offer you a superb range of accommodation and cuisine at competitive prices and whilst you are here, why not take in the unspoilt beauty of the Victorian spa village of Great Malvern?  Popular for its therapeutic water qualities, there are also many historic places of interest and theatres to visit.  For more information take a look at our website, call us on 01684 879193 or email us at abbey@sarova.com.

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If you love animals, then this year’s Cotswold Show at Cirencester Park is a must for your family. See the Shetland Pony National, where these miniatures of the equine world jump scaled-down steeplechase fences in the hope to be taken forward to the London International Horse Show at Olympia later this year.

Our canine friends aren’t missed out either, there are sheepdog displays, gundog training, and even a fun dog show where you can enter your own dog in to competitions such as: Most Handsome Dog, Prettiest Bitch, Waggiest Tail and “the Dog that the judges would most like to take home”! See Hawkeye Falconry’s stunning birds of prey in an incredible demonstration of their aerobatic abilities, definitely not to be missed.

Foodies will be enthralled with this year’s Food Festival with over one hundred stallholders offering sumptuous delicacies. Children will be enthralled by Big Pete’s Monster Truck display, as trucks leap 20ft into the air and vehicles are pulled apart in a ‘Tug of War’ display.

After such an exciting day, we will be waiting to welcome you back at the Abbey Hotel for a family dinner where children aged 12 and under can order from a special menu or eat a children-sized portion from the adult menu for half price. Toddlers aged four and under eat free!

For more information take a look at our website or contact us on 01684 892332 or at abbey@sarova.com

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Cotswold Show
®Kevin Mullins Photography
Source: kevinmullinsphotography.co.uk
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Guests at the Abbey Hotel are never short of artistic diversions to enjoy. For example, the rhythms of New Orleans will be transported to Upton from the 27th to the 29th June, where you can enjoy over sixty concerts covering a plethora of music genres, such as Gypsy/Classical Jazz, Dance, Street, Gospel and Swing, to create a festival full of experience and atmosphere.  The New Orleans Jazz Band, Alan Barnes and Craig Milverton & his Trio are but a few of our best-loved musicians who will be performing over the three days, from midday until late.

That’s not all; festival-goers can enjoy the lively jazz parades featuring Wonderbrass and Brass Volcanoes, who make their debut this year.  There will be stalls alongside the riverside for you to peruse, and for those avid dancers amongst you, dedicated dance marquees with dance bands – don’t worry if you are a little rusty on the dance floor, as there will be dance classes for you to attend too!

More information and a full schedule of events can be found at www.uptonjazz.co.uk, and after all that soul music, why not make your way back to the Abbey Hotel where we are offering our own ‘Body & Sole’ two-day package.  From just £185 per room per night, you can set your own mood music with this hit attraction:-

  • Two nights accommodation
  • Dinner on both nights with half a bottle of wine per person on the first night
  • Full English breakfast
  • Map of the Malvern Hills
  • Comfy bathrobes and slippers
  • Your very own ‘Body & Sole’ pack to soak away the stress

For more information go to our website or contact us on 01684 892 332 or at abbey@sarova.com.

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