There is little more refreshing in the summer months than the cool clinking of ice cubes in a jugful of homemade elderflower cordial. The hedgerows and verges are brimming with their cloud-like heads at the moment and when picked on a sunny afternoon their sweet, floral fragrance is a reminder of quite how idyllic the English summertime can be.
On Saturday 20th May we threw open the gates to our Cotswolds farm for our annual Summer Festival. And whilst the weather was a little wet, our spirits were not dampened, as we all came together to celebrate farm life and the Great British Summer. This year’s festival was all about bees and we welcomed a number of experts to the farm, from beekeepers to craftsmen, gardeners and farmers, all of whom share our passion for protecting these vital pollinators.
This Sunday 18th June, we shall be bringing a taste of the Cotswolds to central London at the Marylebone Summer Fayre. From 11am to 5:30pm, the streets of Marylebone will be transformed with live music, dancing, food stalls and fun activities for children.
Charred Wrapped Vegetable And Cheese Parcel A simple, yet impressive dish that makes the most of new season chard, leaks and carrots.
Artisan skills lie at the heart of Bamford and we are incredibly proud of the craftsmen who we work with across the world, from Scotland to Italy, Nepal and India. On Saturday 25th June we shall be offering a behind the scenes look at Bamford and sharing the incredible journey that each beautiful product takes from conception through to finished article.
Throughout the year at Daylesford, we make sure that our bees and other pollinators have a plentiful supply of plants upon which to forage. In early spring, snowdrops, crocuses and of course blossoming fruit trees offer sought after sweet nectar while in the summer wildflower meadows and pastures rich in sainfoin and clover provide a feast for the bees.
Earlier this year we launched an exciting new competition entitled From Land to Craft in celebration of our love for natural materials, traditions and craftsmanship. The competition was unveiled by Bamford in March and invited artists and craftsmen to apply for an artist-in-residence program, during which time they could create a collection of works inspired by the Daylesford estate.