Whether you fancy taking advantage of the 4-day weekend with a sunny staycation or celebrating with a special Jubilee afternoon tea, we have just the suggestions…
Royal afternoon tea at The Spa at Bedford Lodge, Suffolk
The Spa at Bedford Lodge is marking the Queen’s Jubilee with a handful of special celebrations in her Majesty’s honour. With its vibrant history spanning over 200 years, the hotel’s past is peppered with interesting nods to the royal family. Perhaps most notable was Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford (wife of the 7th Duke), who created the much-loved concept of afternoon tea in 1845. With the famous pastime still as popular as it was back then, throughout June, Bedford Lodge will be serving a Royal Afternoon Tea with a selection of traditional treats on offer. There will even be an Elizabeth Royal Fruit Cake, inspired by the nine-foot-tall fruit cake from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s 1947 wedding, as well as a mini–Bombe Glacée Royale, one of Her Majesty’s favourite desserts. To graciously close the country’s celebrations, Bedford Lodge will also host a commemorative Royal Afternoon Tea on the Lawn on Sunday 5th June. Here guests can sip on a Pimm’s cocktail or fragrant glass of Rose while tucking into Coronation Chicken, Cucumber & Celery Salt and Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese sandwiches. What better way to celebrate the British Monarch?
Treat yourself like royalty at Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa, Lake District
Set amongst 400 acres of deer park in the Northern Lake District, Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa offers the best of the British countryside year-round, but especially this Jubilee bank holiday. Those looking to truly indulge can opt for the limited edition ‘Treat Yourself Like Royalty’ package with four hours use of the spa, a Red-Carpet facial and a complimentary glass of champagne in the outdoor hot tub. If guests are still looking for luxury post spa day, then Armathwaite’s exclusive Queen’s Jubilee Champagne Afternoon Tea will do the trick. No ordinary afternoon tea, not only will the food pay homage to Britain (think fruit scones, bitesize salmon tarts and mouth-watering selection of sweet bites) but as will the music, with a live pianist playing royal favourite tunes all weekend.
Try a royal chef’s menu at Carden Park Estate, Cheshire
Last year, Cheshire’s luxurious Carden Park Estate opened their brand-new fine dining restaurant, The Vines, headed up by Head Chef to royalty, Graham Tinsley MBE. As a multi-award-winning chef with an impressive culinary background, Graham has created menus for events at Number 10, and the Queen, Prince Charles and other members of The Royal Family have tasted (and loved) his cuisine on multiple occasions.
Now bringing elegant and contemporary dining to the 1,000-acre luxury estate, Graham has formulated a new classic 8 course Spring Taster Menu, perfect for those looking for a meal fit for a Queen. Diners can expect traditional British cuisine complemented by Graham’s signature flare. Served in a relaxed atmosphere and refined setting, some of his creative dishes include: Asparagus and new potato, smoked confit egg yolk, Jerusalem artichoke and béarnaise sauce. Pan fried roast scallop with sugar snap puree, wilted sea herbs, lemon beurre blanc. Beef fillet with braised cheek and spring beetroot tartlet, turnip and beetroot jus.
Care for the animals at Titanic Spa, Yorkshire
The Queen is a noted animal lover (especially her corgis!) and working with charities across the globe, why not take a leaf out of her book and book onto Titanic Spa’s ‘Spa for our Planet’ Package. Collaborating with wildlife conservation charity Born Free, Titanic Spa has created its ‘Spa for Our Planet’ year-long campaign to support endangered animals and help people act in building a better future for our planet. With exclusive spa packages changing quarterly on offer, the latest animal focus is the Moon Bear, a species which is both at risk of extinction and suffering from extreme exploitation. Each purchase provides an adoption pack, educates people about the brutal practice of bear farming and supports a sanctuary for rescued bears in Vietnam. Including accommodation (with breakfast, lunch and dinner), access to the leisure club, relaxation lounger and heat & ice experiences, as well as the Born Free Adoption Pack. Not only this, but Titanic Spa is the UK’s first eco spa, so what better way to celebrate her Majesty the Queen with an eco, animal protecting spa break!
Family fun at Adventure Park Snowdonia, Wales
Nestled amongst Conwy Valley’s stunning Snowdonia scenery, Adventure Parc Snowdonia provides the perfect spot for families looking to make the most of the bank holiday weekend, outside of the city. As a nature inspired resort, Adventure Parc Snowdonia offers thrilling and adventurous activities, a relaxing spa, with a garden overlooking the mountains, plus it’s even home to the world’s first ever in land surf lagoon. Guests can kickstart the trip with a family surf lesson, before they tackle the extreme freefall jump and zip wire over the Wave Garden Spa lagoon – adult participation pending on this one, we’re sure! After a day of outdoor adventure, parents in particular will be ready to relax in the Wave Garden Spa. With an outdoor barrel sauna, open hydrotherapy pools and a jacuzzi overlooking the lagoon, they can unwind in the spa garden before laying their head in one of the simple family-friendly wooden camping pods nestled at the foothills of the mountains.
Regal afternoon tea at Moddershall Oaks, Staffordshire
Nestled on the edge of Moddershall Oaks’ private lake, The Oak House serves a beautifully crafted afternoon tea with an even more stunning backdrop. Available to both spa guests and the public, this afternoon tea is packed with flavour and diners can be sure to expect inventive twists on best-loved British classics. Sandwiches range from beef and horseradish to sundried tomato and pesto, while the sweet cakes include a mini lemon meringue pie and a tiramisu espresso cup. The Oak House also offers a vegan edition, where some of the light bites include almond cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches, banana loaf with coconut yoghurt and a vegan chocolate brownie. All ingredients are organic, locally sourced and in season and there are champagne and vegan prosecco upgrades available. For those coming with little ones, prior to the Jubilee weekend on the 29th of May, Moddershall is hosting an enchanted Prince & Princess Party. With popular fairy-tale songs, lunch in the ballroom and a palace disco, this sounds like a day fit for royalty if you ask us!