I've done lots of posts in the past about our visits to Lotherton Hall, a nearby Edwardian house and country estate. We used to have annual membership, giving us unlimited entry to the whole estate including the bird garden, the house and the extensive grounds, but we let this lapse two years ago.
We've been considering taking out membership again just recently, mainly because it's a lovely place, not too far away, to take Archie for a good walk. Mick was supposed to be playing cricket yesterday but the match was called off due to a waterlogged pitch so we took the opportunity to head off and get it sorted out.
As it happens, the Lotherton Hall Food & Drink Festival is being held in the grounds this weekend so we decided to have a look around whilst we were there. The admission charge for this is included in the normal entry fee, so it was included in the price we paid for our annual membership.
There were local producer and craft stalls selling all manner of delicious goodies to take home and most of the stalls were offering tasters. I was very tempted by the cupcakes but I was good, I resisted, though I doubt I'd have managed it had Eleanor been with us.
The festival bar was serving locally brewed beers as well as Pimms, Prosecco and cocktails, and live music was being played on various stages around the site.
Coffee and other non alcoholic beverages were available for those not wishing to partake.
There were lots of activities for children including kids cookery classes as well as a marquee offering free craft sessions, and even a funfair for all to enjoy.
We headed over to the Hot Food Court where street food dishes from all around the world were on offer, however, just look at the sky as we approached. We had a quick look round taking in the wonderful aromas, but decided to head back to the car sooner rather than later and just as we got there, the heavens opened.
I feel so sorry that events such as these are often caught out by the weather. The festival continues today and tomorrow, it's been rather drizzly this morning but if it dries up, we may just head back to have another look and to give Archie a nice walk. Eleanor missed out yesterday as she was at her boyfriend's, but I'm sure she'd like to come with us too. I doubt I'll resist the cupcakes this time!