Tuesday, 21 May 2013

May Bank Holiday Weekend in Torquay

Well, its Tuesday and we're hurtling towards the busiest weekend in the year for our bed and breakfast business, www.buckinghamlodge.co.uk packed to the rafters after Friday so praying for some sunshine for our guests to enjoy

Theres quite a bit happening in Torquay over the Bank Holiday.  Take a look at the following and see if anything is there to tempt you down to our lovely English Riviera.

Torbay Classic Powerboat Race
Will take place in Torquay on 25th and 26th May 2013.  Meet the teams and view the raceboats from Friday 24th May on Haldon Pier. First race is Saturday 25th May at 3.00pm. Sunday racing starts at 12.30pm.

English Riviera Geopark Festival 25/5/2013 - 2/6/2013
During the annual festival, there’s fun for all the family with music, entertainment, arts and crafts in celebration of our incredible geology, landscape, culture and heritage. The annual festival really brings the Geopark to life, with an amazing range of activities to enjoy, from walks and talks, to arts and educational events, and even Geopark Cruises to experience our stunning natural heritage from the best vantage point - the sea

Torbay Sail Past - Monday 27th May
A large flotilla of sailing and motor craft will be forming a sailpast in the Bay to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Torbay Royal Regatta and the 150th anniversary of the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. Good vantage points around Haldon Pier and Beacon Quay

Of course, as well as these annual events there is so much more to do such as visiting Paignton Zoo, Babbacombe Model Village, Kents Cavern or mooching around the beautiful towns of Dartmouth and Totnes, taking a boat trip across the bay or a ride of the mini London eye wheel which has fantastic views over Torquay.

After all that activity you may need another holiday!

Monday, 13 May 2013

Devon County Show 2013

The Devon County Show takes place on 16th, 17th and 18th May at Westpoint Exeter.

Livestock and animals, stunts, JCB Dancing Diggers, beer tent, honey, stalls clothes, Falconer, Food and drink, horses, sheep shearing, steam engines, vintage cars, and crafts to name just a few of the attractions taking place.  A fantastic day out for all the family.

We have accommodation available at the Buckingham Lodge www.buckinghamlodge.co.uk so why not combine a visit to the show with a stay on the beautiful Riviera in Torquay.  Contact us direct and let us know you are going to the County Show to receive a discount on accommodation. 01803 293538 or stay@buckinghamlodge.co.uk

For more information about the show follow this link www.http://www.devoncountyshow.co.uk/attractions

Tariff

Adults£19.00£17.00
Family (Saturday - 3 children per adult
enter FOC)
£45.00£40.00
Children (Saturday - 3 children per adult
enter FOC)
£7.00£6.50
Senior Citizens£17.00
(per person)
£17.00
Buy 1 Get 1 Free

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Ten Tors Challenge

Dartmoor can be a most inhospitable place when the weather is bad and this weekend its not the best for the 2,400 youngsters undertaking the Ten Tors Challenge.

The event is organised by the British Army and is mainly attended by teenagers aged 14 to 19 from schools, colleges, scout groups and army cadets, although entrants have been limited this year from the South West due to increasing numbers interested in undertaking the challenge.

The event will see the participants trekking in teams of six up to 55 miles (89km).

The teams will camp overnight in what could be very wet and windy conditions this weekend and should arrive back at the starting point at 9am tomorrow Sunday 12th May. .

Almost 300 youngsters with special physical or educational needs will also take part in the Jubilee Challenge, completing routes of up to 15 miles (24km).

Troops involved in the event include members of the Army, the Territorial Army and the Royal Navy.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Pearl Izumi Cycle Race May 2013

One of  Britain’s leading televised cycle race series will return to Torquay on 28th May as the country’s leading professional cycling teams battle it out on the English Riviera in Round Six of the Series.

This event was very well attended last year with Over 12,500 spectators lining the streets of Torquay and this year numbers are expected to increase. The Pearl Izumi Tour Series taking place in the southwest event will be televised on ITV4 on at 10pm on Wednesday 29th May.

The Tour Series celebrates its fifth season of competition in 2013.  Past winners of the unique competition include Team Halfords Bikehut (2009), Motorpoint Marshalls Pasta (2010), Rapha Condor Sharp (2011) and Endura Racing (2012).

The itinerary for the event are as follows:

Details
11:00 to 12:30
British Cycling Go Ride Children’s Races for under 16s.  No experience necessary.
Events can be entered on the day. Between Kings Drive Traffic lights and Belgrave Road.

12:30 to 13:30
Sarah’s Unicycles on Torre Abbey Meadows

13:00 to 14:15
Youth A&B Circuit Races for experienced regional cyclists – ages 12-16 years old.  Pre-entry via British Cycling website or on the day. Riders should be licence holders.
Same section of road as Go Ride races but using both sections of road and with a 10ft slot left to turn at traffic light end.

14:30 to 15:30
MDCC Go Ride Bike handling skills on Torre Abbey Meadows

14:30 to 16:00
Community Fun Race – Teams of 3 from local businesses and interest groups
15:30 to 16:00
Lee Musslewhite BMX Flatland champion
16:00 to 17:00
Sarah’s Unicycles on Torre Abbey Meadows
16:15 to 17:30
Regional A Race for South West Riders.  Pre-entry via British Cycling Website or on the day.  Riders should be licence holders.

17:00 to 18:30
Bikeability Level 1 sessions on Torre Abbey Meadows
19:00 to 20:15
Tour Series race starts (one hour + five laps)

20:30
Podium ceremony and presentations

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Ceramics Festival

Cockington Ceramic Festival

10th and 11th May 2013

The beautiful village of Cockington is only a mile away from our bed and breakfast www.buckinghamlodge.co.uk and taking place this week is the Ceramic Festival.

This two day festival will showcase local talent and will re-enforce Cockington Court’s growing reputation as cultural centre of excellence. Cockington’s Kitchen Gallery is known in the arts world as a contemporary gallery space of regional significance, having exhibited work by artists of international acclaim as well as emerging local talent.

The festival will offer yet another high quality, accessible event, and will include an interactive and informative programme, designed to encourage the engagement of both amateurs and professionals involved in art and crafts.

The programme and festival will celebrate all aspects of clay, and there will be outreach sessions for local schools and community groups in the run up to the event, as well as workshops and demonstrations led by leading potters and ceramicists during the event.
Tickets £4 from the English Riviera Visitor Information Centre on Torquay harbour.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Diary Writing

Feeling very nostalgic today. Think its because I have been reading a friend's blog on how she has set about writing her first novel based on her grandmother's journey from India to start a new life in England. My friend (Jane) is blogging about the whole process of writing the book, how she has gathered her research and what inspires her to write. She has also invited other guest writers to be interviewed on how they go about their writing too. One guest writer (Dean) talks about how he is  keen on keeping diaries and this got me thinking about all the diaries I have stashed in my attic from my teenage years. I would religiously set out in January down to WH Smiths or Woolworths to purchase the nicest diary my meagre pocket money would buy. I didnt write in it every day and looking back over the entries made me realise how simplistic life was back then. The months of the summer holidays were filled with entries such as "got up (obviously) went round to Janes, listened to Genesis, Stevie Wonder or Pink Floyd and played a game of Mousetrap". Sometimes we donned our afghan coats, sprayed on the petouli oil and headed off to Boots corner to loiter with friends, flirt with boys and possibly even buy something. Holidays were taken up with caravanning and camping, which even today makes up some of my favourite childhood memories. Other memories came flooding back to me whilst reading the diaries, some very poignant and sad like the passing of my dear old Grandad who we all adored.

My diaries are filled with school mementoes too, things that happened whilst in the confines of the classroom - gossip about who was dating whom, who had "done it" and what everyone was wearing to the next youth club or school disco. I would note who I fancied that week, had he looked at me or talked to me or asked me out? Only problem now is the diaries have their own code, thought up by me at the time, but damned if I can understand them years later. This coding was totally necessary  because with 3 sisters and 1 brother nothing remained secret in our house for long. So who the heck is DL? Probably the love of my life at the time but now just an entry written in a diary 30 years ago. What happened to him, wonder if I can find out from Facebook, Friends Reunited, Linkedin or any of the other myriads of social networking.

I admire Dean for the upkeep of his diaries, I wish I had. Especially when my two children were small but who has the time when you have little ones running around? And to be honest, is it good to detail what has happened during the day, on the negative side it might make you feel how regulated, and dull your life might be? Who can honestly say they go from day to day experiencing wonderful exciting events, meeting famous people, jetting around on planes and fulfilling their life's dreams? Or is a case of "got up, fed the kids, took them to school, went to work, picked up kids, fed the kids, put them to bed?"

I think the secret to keeping a good diary is to note things you see not necessarily what you did, perhaps even how you felt at the time rather than what you were doing at the time. That way I think it is truly a cathartic experience, off-loading any stresses, strains and problem solving an issue in your life. And lets me honest they are a brilliant snap-shot of a particular time within your own personal history.

I think Dean summed it up brilliant "Writing a diary is therapeutic. It helps me dissect my worries and challenges and reach an objective conclusion. I always feel better. I feel very proud to have created such a large volume. I love looking back at them"

Here here!
PS unfortunately the only diary I keep now, is to detail when guests are arriving, but after 6 years of running a guest house, I now also have a snapshot of how and who made up my business, I'm sure when I'm in my 80's I'll look back on them and try and put faces to all those names!

If you would like to read Jane's blog check it out here http://janespentopaper.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/my-first-guest-writer-dean-drew-reveals-why-he-writes/

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Accommodation for Conference Delegates

The Buckingham Lodge guest house is a 5 minute walk from the Riviera Conference Centre which means no need to pay for parking if travelling to Torquay for a conference this year.

If you are attending any of the following conferences please free feel to get in touch to find out our special rate, we offer a breakfast to suit delegates schedules, free wi-fi, free fax or printing service, collection service to and from the railway or coach station and as mentioned earlier free parking.

Forthcoming Conferences at the Riviera Centre

1st and 2nd March
Rotary International District 1100.  www.rotary1100.org

9th and 10th March
West of England Brass Band Contest.  http://www.webba.org.uk/2013.html
7th - 9th May
Independant Schools' Bursar Association.  www.theisba.org.uk

10th - 12th May
Toastmasters International Conference.  www.toastmasters.org

13th - 17th June
Miss England. 

27th July to 10th August
The 100th Chess Championship of the British Isles.  www.englishchess.org.uk

For more indepth information on each conference please visit the Riviera Centre website www.rivieracentre.co.uk/events/conferences

 

 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Forthcoming Events - Princess Theatre

If you love the small theatre experience attending a show at the Princess Theatre Torquay will be right up your street and with only a 10 minute stroll from our guest house the Buckingham Lodge www.buckinghamlodge.co.uk makes it a must do activity whilst visting Torbay.

Here's a flavour of whats on in the next few months to enable you to plan your stay with us at our Bed and Breakfast on the English Riviera.  For more information on dates and prices http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/princess-theatre-torquay/

February 2013
Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" show 
The Rise and Fal of Little Voice

March 2013
Moscow State Circus
Harry Bikers Larger Than Life
Milton Jones On the Road
Carmen
Vienna Festival Ballet - Sleeping Beauty
Showstopper - The Imrovished Musical
Mother Africa
Joe Brown in Concert
That'll Be The Day

April 2013
Derren Brown Infamous
The Solid Silver 60's Show
Bill Bailey Qualmpeddler
Priscilla Queen of the Desert

May 2013
Swan Lake on Ice
Jack Dee
Save The Last Dance for Me

June 2013
The Dreamboys Fit and Famous Tour
Halfway to Paradise, the Billy Fury Story
Annie Get Your Gun

Friday, 11 January 2013

Making marmalade


The Seville orange season is upon us which means its time to make the very popular and tasty homemade marmalade to serve with our scrummy breakfasts.  The recipe is simple, the hardest part is actually cutting up the orange peel which is quite labour intensive but the resulting taste is well worth it.  This time, instead of just making plain orange marmalade I am also going to make a batch of ginger and whiskey marmalade, will let you know how I get on.

Recipe for Seville Orange Marmalade or Three Fruit Maramalade makes about 12 x 450 g
jars This traditional marmalade can only be made in season- usually
January to early February.

Wash and cut in half :
1.4 kg (3lb) Seville oranges (or 1 grapefruit and 3 large oranges)
2 large lemons
Cover a plate or small bowl with a piece of muslin. Squeeze out the juice
then strain the pips and any membrane or pulp you can remove from the skin
in your muslin. Tie up the pips and pulp and put in your pot.
Using a sharp knife slice the peel thinly and add to the fruit juices
3.4 litres (6 pints) water
Bring to the boil then simmer gently for about two hours. The peel should
be soft enough to disintegrate if you rub it between your fingers and the
liquid reduced by about half.
Remove the muslin bag and put it to one side to cool. When it is cool
enough to handle, squeeze the bag well to extract as much of the gluey
pectin as possible. Stir it into the orange liquid along with
2.7 kg (6 lb) sugar
Bring up to heat slowly, stirring occasionally until the sugar has
completely dissolved.
Put a small saucer into the freezer.
Then turn the heat up to the highest setting and boil rapidly for about 15
minutes.
Check for a set: drop a small amount on a frozen saucer. After 1 minute,
push it with your fingertip. If a skin forms and crinkles when you push
it, it is set. If it is not set, boil for another 5 minutes and check
again.
(add 5tbsp whiskey per 1.5kg fruit at this point
Leave to stand for half an hour then pot in sterilised jars and cover in the usual way.
Leave a comment for any questions or just to let me know how you got on making the marmalade.

Friday, 4 January 2013

News Update for 2013

Happy New Year to all our guests past and hopefully future!

2012 seems to have flown by, cant quite believe we are now in 2013, where has the time gone?  We've enjoyed the Queen's Jubilee with celebrations here in Torquay, and of course the Olympics with all the success that this has bought to our small country in the way of tourism, prestige and rejuvenation.

On a smaller scale we are always looking at ways to improve our accommodation, service and overall experience here at the Buckingham Lodge Bed and Breakfast. Whilst we are closed at the moment, this doesnt mean we are resting on our laurels.  Scaffolding has gone up at the rear of the property with new rendering completed, double glazing going in next week.  This means our family room, superior room and kingsize double will now be snug and warm in the winter helping the environment and of course our fuel bills!

Added to that we are decorating/carpeting our twin room which makes up part of our suite, a family favourite during the summer months.  Mum and dad enjoy a superkingsize bed with small kitchen area whilst kiddies are comfortable next door with their own tv and bathroom.  Own access to the suite ensures total privacy.  Decorating has become necessary due to a leak in our roof, total inconvenience but nothing compare to a lot of our population experiencing severe flooding.

The suite has proved so popular that we have created another one - our Junior Suite.  Again this is a suite of two rooms, one with double bed and ensuite shower with a single room next door with shower and bath.  The rooms are accessible via a separate door from the corridor, again creating total privacy for a family of 3.

Theres a lot to look forward to this year in Torquay, something I will personally be going to is the Hairy Bikers event who are appearing at the Princess Theatre in March, a 10 minute walk from our guest house.  Then of course Easter will be appearing earlier this year, the Beer Festival at Occombe Farm, Powerboat racing, Agatha Christie Festival, the Red Arrows display and of course the Regatta in the beautiful town of Dartmouth.  There's no shortage of things to do in Torquay if you are considering a holiday or short break here, Paignton Zoo is a must along with Kents Cavern, Babbacombe Model Village, Living Coasts and Bygones.

We look forward to hopefully seeing some of you again this year and of course will enjoy meeting our new guests as well.
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