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.
Exploring the market garden with my grandchildren always gives me great joy and is a wonderful way to teach them about where there food has come from and how it is grown. This Spring, we are inviting children of all ages to come and explore the Market Garden at the farm, from 11am until 1pm on Saturday 29th April.
I am so happy to announce the launch of an exciting new project at Bamford, which celebrates our love of natural materials, traditions and craftsmanship. Our Land to Craft competition invites artists and crafts people to apply for a six week artist-in-residence programme, during which time the winner will create six pieces inspired by nature and the Daylesford estate.
With winter almost behind us, we can begin to look forward to the joys of spring. Easter is a time of new life and there is no place quite like a farm to see this happen. New-born calves are taking their first tentative steps on spindly legs, our chicks are beginning to hatch from their protective eggs, and our lambing season is now upon us, bringing with it a harmony of tiny bleats to the farm.
The Cheltenham Festival is one of the highlights of the National Hunt Season and an event that I look forward to every year. This year we shall be celebrating with a special preview evening at the farm, in the company of an expert panel of racing personalities including Telegraph racing columnist Charlie Brooks, trainers Jonjo O’Neill and Graeme McPherson and jockeys Aidan Coleman and Paddy Brennan.
India is a country that inspires so much of what we do at Bamford and this is particularly true of our Spring Summer 2017 collection. Based on a palette of neutrals with injections of coral, the collection is almost entirely crafted by hand and inspired by the colours and shapes of the continent.
Seasonal table arrangements are one of my favourite ways to bring nature inside the home and can transform an ordinary table into something extraordinary.
Fruit liqueurs are a winter treat and a great way to make the most of foraged berries such as sloes, black currents and damsons. Join us at the farm on Saturday 25th February for a special evening to celebrate the art of the liqueur making process.
I am looking forward to the return of Collect craft fair this week at the Saatchi Gallery in London, presented each year by the Crafts Council.
Our next seasonal supper club takes place at our PImlico farm shop on Thursday 23rd February and will celebrate our theme of ‘Feed Your Body and Mind’.
I am so happy to announce the opening of our new Home and Garden Room at the farm. The new barn houses an even bigger selection of flowers and shrubs for the home and for the garden.