Today is an exciting day for the Bamford Grooming Department – our Bamford collection of skin and body care for men – as we open our first stand-alone store in London. The collection is a collaboration between myself and my son George so I am especially proud and delighted to be working together again for the launch of our first retail outlet.
Since launching our first Haybarn spa in the Cotswolds, my aim has always been to focus the treatments and classes we offer around healing. From soothing massages and cleansing facials to restorative pilates and meditation classes, our spas are sanctuaries of calm – places to nourish and restore your well-being holistically.
I am incredibly proud of the fact that Daylesford is one of the most sustainable farms in the country. Since the very beginning we have set out to farm, grow, produce and sell food according to sustainable principles and every year we learn new ways to work in harmony with nature and get one step closer to our ultimate goal of being 100% self sufficient.
I am incredibly proud to announce the launch of our second US Bamford Haybarn Spa, at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge – an oasis of calm in the heart of New York city. Bamford was founded on my passions for travel and wellbeing, so partnering with 1 Hotels was a natural choice, given we have a shared ethos and respect for the world around us.
There are few things more important in life than good health and wellbeing, and yet so often these areas are neglected. On Monday 11th September we shall be meeting at our Notting Hill farmshop to talk about different ways to achieve a healthy balance in life.
Autumn is traditionally a time to give thanks for our food and I always try and spend as much time outside as possible, reconnecting with the source of where so much of our food comes from. With an abundance of colourful, fragrant fruits and vegetables in season – such as plums, squashes, pumpkins, cobnuts, hedgerow berries, tomatoes, beetroot, not to mention wild game like venison, grouse and partridge and more – the traditional Harvest months of September and October bring a final glorious display of nature’s bounty before the first frosts of winter arrive.
There is something very special about coming together at the end of the summer to give thanks for what our gardens and pastures have produced and I am looking forward to our Harvest Festival on Saturday 23rd September. Good food and traditional family fun are at the heart of the festival and I am particularly excited about our Honey Show, held in honour of our bees who have been working hard all summer to pollinate the wildflowers and crops on the farm.
Animal welfare is central to everything that we do at Daylesford and I am very proud of the fact that our animals live a happy and content life on the farm– roaming freely in the fields and living of a grass based, organic diet. This summer we shall be considering the subject of meat and the conscious consumer at our Daylesford Discusses evening on Monday 24th July.
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.
I am so happy to share with you the launch of our new floristry workshop at the farm. Built next door to our new Garden shop, the workshop celebrates the art of floristry and will be home to a huge variety of floristry workshops throughout the year.
Our Summer Festival is an event that I look forward to every year – a day when the farm comes to life with stalls, workshops, debates, crafts, farm tours, dog shows and, of course, lots of delicious food. This year’s festival takes place on Saturday 20th May and will be a special celebration of bees and the vital role that they play over the summer months.