Rebranded from the Upton Festival, the Sunshine Festival (28th-30th August) has been a fantastic success over the last five years and this year is going to be no exception, in fact the addition of the new Food Village is going to make it even more successful.

With food as diverse as its music, and vendors chosen for their reasonably priced fare, you can expect to feast on flavours of the Caribbean, traditional fish and chips and freshly made pizzas, but enough about the food, what a line-up of music there will be.

Internationally renowned stars along with local talent will be gracing the stages from Friday to Sunday.  On the main stage you can expect the likes of the great UB40, ABC, Bad Manners, the Real Thing and a UK favourite, Suzi Quatro who is celebrating fifty years in the music business, amazing.

Stage 2 will host bands such as Riff Raff and Blind Lemon and the Sunflower Stage will host Woo Town and Skewwhiff amongst others.  With Paul Daniels and the Chuckle Brothers on the Variety Stage this is truly a family event not to be missed.

If camping isn’t your thing then the Abbey Hotel, only twenty minutes’ drive from Upton, is the perfect base for your festival weekend.  We offer you a superb range of accommodation and cuisine at competitive prices; don’t miss our fantastic Sunday lunch, what better way to finish off your visit.

For more information take a look at our website for more details.

Bewdley, named in the 14th Century as Beau Lieu, French for “Beautiful Place”, definitely has some lovely scenery to explore, on the western side of the River Severn. At the end of July it becomes a hive of activity when one of the biggest and best attended inland river regattas takes place.

During the weekend of 25th and 26th July Bewdley Rowing club rowers of all ages come to compete in races. One of them is the ‘Sprint Eights’ event, a very fast race for teams of eight, which takes place on Saturday 25th.

Why not enjoy everything this part of the country has to offer and combine your visit to Bewdley Regatta with a Weston Cider Break at the Abbey Hotel?

Two night’s accommodation is offered along with a chance to enjoy a taste of the Three Counties with a visit to the Weston Cider Mill in Ledbury. This tasty weekend also includes dinner with wine on both nights and a full English breakfast.

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

Award winning Becketts Farm in Wythall has been providing locals and surrounding businesses with quality foods for the past 77 years. With a large farm shop and on-site bakery, along with lots of other home-made produce, there are lots to taste, purchase and see at the farm.

Most weekends provide entertainment for the family and one such event is taking place on 31st May – an Extreme Stunt show. Daredevil stuntmen will take to the air in feats that defy gravity whilst the Extreme BMX team will take pedal power to the max with mid-air tricks and stunts. With monster trucks galore and death-defying fire acts it is certain to be a larger than life event, with the Extreme Team promising their usual chaos and destruction; definitely not a show to be missed. For more information view the Extreme Stunt Show website.

From one award-winning business to another, the Abbey Hotel’s signature restaurant offers a traditional Sunday carvery lunch including a hand-carved joint of the day with all the trimmings. Vegetarian options are available and you can help yourself to cold meat and fish platters, salads, gâteaux and cheesecake. With stunning views across the Vale of Evesham it is a perfect ending to an action-packed day

Tewkesbury, renowned for the penultimate battle in the Wars of the Roses which brought the house of York to power, is also home to the beautiful 12th century Norman Abbey and offers a wide variety of antique shops and independent boutiques where many a collectors’ piece has been found! The town is also known for its mustard making and brewing, in years gone by goods were transported on its rivers thus making it a thriving market town.

It is here that the George Watson Memorial Hall is holding its Antique & Collectors Fair on 11th April. Visitors can enjoy a trip down memory lane, browsing this vintage market where home-ware, clothing and accessories are available to purchase. For those with a real passion for times gone by, there will be live entertainment, vintage hair demonstrations and makeovers; the highlight of the day is a fashion show replicating all the latest fashions of the day.

The Abbey Hotel makes a great base for nearby Tewkesbury and we always have great offers available. Booking is advisable as we are a very popular choice for visitors to the area. Take a look at our special offers page for our latest packages.

Jump racing’s biggest festival comes to Cheltenham Racecourse during the first half of March, the finest horses and jockeys will be ‘chomping at the bit’ to make racing history.

The festival commences with Champion Day, featuring the Stan James Champion Hurdle, and six further races, including the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, the International Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle trial, along with the atmosphere of first day racing; this is a must for all racing fans.

Ladies Day is on 11th March. A Milliner’s dream, hats of all sizes, shape and colour will be on show, and along with the Betway Queen Mother’s Champion Chase, will prove a colourful and fun event.

With plenty of Irish-style entertainment lined up, St. Patrick’s Thursday is definitely the party day of the week. Come along and dance the jig and bet big on St. Patrick’s Derby charity race. Jockeys will be racing to raise money for the Injured Jockeys Fund, a very worthwhile charity.

The last day of the Festival brings us Gold Cup Day with two Grade 1 events and three competitive handicaps. Who will win this year’s Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup? For more information on each of the days visit the Jockey Club website.

If you can’t decide which event to attend, why not choose to stay for two? At the Abbey Hotel we have the perfect offer to compliment your day of racing. The offer is for two nights’ accommodation, dinner on both nights including a half bottle of wine per person on the first night, full English breakfast and walking maps of the Malvern Hills should you wish to take advantage of the stunning views in the area. At only £185 per room, this is will definitely enhance your racing visit.

Find more offers on our special offers page  or call us on 01684 879193.

The Severn Hall is the location for one of the areas favourite events, the Antiques & Collectors Fairs which takes place on Sunday 8th March.

This is the perfect opportunity to buy some rare and exquisite pieces of history and with over 150 exhibitors all in one hall you can expect a wide variety of pieces on offer, perfect for that special ‘personal’ gift for a loved one, so much better than a commercial mass produced item from your local shopping centre!

The Fair has a very relaxed atmosphere, which is enhanced by the rural surroundings, where you can browse the many stalls of ceramics, glass, pictures, jewellery, militaria, clocks, silverware and vintage clothing. Entry is from 8.30am until late and only £3.00 entry fee.

You are sure to have worked up an appetite after your day’s activities, so why not join us at the Abbey Hotel. Only a short distance from the Severn Hall, we offer a traditional Sunday Carvery lunch in our Priory View Restaurant, delicious food and stunning views over the Vale of Evesham, what better way to finish your day? Booking is advisable as our carvery is very popular. Call us on 01684 879193 for more information.

If you can’t wait for the latest Classic & Vintage Commercials magazine to hit the newsagent shelves then you will definitely not want to miss the Classic Commercial Vehicles event taking place at the Three Counties Showground in Worcestershire on Saturday 7th March in Wye Hall.

Priced at a reasonable £8 per adult (under 15’s go free), tickets can be purchased on-line here. It is THE show for classic and commercial vehicle enthusiasts, glorious names from the heyday of road haulage when home-produced vehicles dominated the roads including popular names such as: Dennis, Leyland, Bristol, Jensen, and Ford.

So whether you are going to buy via auction (H.J.Pugh & Co), showcasing your own pride and joy or just going to reminisce days gone by, this show will certainly not disappoint.

If you are thinking of staying a while longer to enjoy all that Worcestershire has to offer, the Abbey Hotel offers a comfortable and peaceful night’s sleep in one of our 103 individually decorated bedrooms; we also have pet-friendly rooms so the whole family can enjoy a holiday. We look forward to welcoming you.

If your New Year’s resolution was to take up a new hobby then the Stitch and Creative Craft show at Severn Hall (entrance via Yellow Gate) between 26th and 28th February is just the place to be.

The show features all the latest in craft trends and ideas and caters for the complete beginner to experts in their fields. Crafts – such as cross stitch, card making, embroidery, knitting, patchwork, beading, painting, mosaics and decoupage – are amongst the many areas covered.

Interactive workshops and expert tuition are on hand throughout the day and there will be demonstrations for you to watch, and, who knows, perhaps be inspired to try something new. This year workshops will include: Beading and Jewellery, Textile and Mixed Media, Sit’n’Knit, Decopatch Delights, and Patchwork.

If you decide to extend your stay in the area, the Abbey Hotel is currently offering a two-night Weston Cider break, which includes a visit to the Mill, guided tour, cider tasting and a two-course lunch. This fantastic offer, reasonably priced at £185 per room per night, includes dinner on both nights (with half a bottle of wine on the first night) and a full English breakfast. What a great way to enjoy all that Worcestershire has to offer. For more information take a look at our special offers page, call us on 01684 879193 or email us at abbey@sarova.com.

Kingsholm Stadium welcomes the IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 this September. Rugby has been played here since 1900, when Billy Bancroft led Wales to a 13-3 victory over England, cementing itself as one of the most historical grounds of all time. Kingsholm Stadium has also been host to several other memorable games such as New Zealand back in 1991, scoring eight tries against the USA thanks to a hat-trick from Terry Wright, and again in 2000 against Lebanon.

The main grandstand has been developed in the last few years and now has the capacity for 16,500 spectators; it is also home to the Aviva Premiership side. Fixtures set for this year’s Rugby World Cup are: 19th September, Tonga vs Georgia; 23rd September, Scotland vs Japan; 25th September, Argentina vs Georgia; 11th October; USA vs Japan

Nearby, Villa Park, whose history goes back to 1924 when North Midlands select side were defeated by New Zealand 40-3, is also host to two of the main Rugby World Cup fixtures: 26th September, South Africa vs Samoa; and 27th September, Australia vs Uruguay.

What better reason to visit the city of Gloucester which has so much to offer. From the medieval streets and courtyards in the Westgate Quarter, to the picturesque cathedral and neighbouring spa town of Cheltenham, make the most of your visit and book yourself in at the Abbey Hotel. We have many seasonal offers available and are conveniently placed close to both Kingsholm Stadium and Villa Park. Book now to avoid disappointment; call us on 01684 879193, email us at abbey@sarova.com or book online.

Classic car and bike enthusiasts will be in their element this January with the 17th Annual show held at Three Counties Showground, Malvern Worcestershire (entrance through the brown gates).

Last year over 1500 enthusiasts assembled to view over 80 pitches full of classic cars and bikes and purchase parts. The unique aspect of this show is that you can drive around the site trading from your car, so no hiking that Zenith carburettor around the field! So not only can you delight in the vehicles on show, but you can also sell any spare parts you may have, to make way for your next project!

The show opens between 10am and 3pm. Admission is £6 for adults, £2 for children aged 7 to 14 years, and free for under 7 years. Parking is free and dogs are welcome on leads. For more information visit Classic Shows website.

After an enjoying a day of reminiscing, why not make your way back to the Abbey Hotel where we will be serving a three-course traditional Sunday Carvery. Savour our perfectly cooked roasted meat and vegetables in the relaxed atmosphere of the Priory View restaurant.

For more information call us on 01684 879193 or at abbey@sarova.com.

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