Six Must-Visit UK Food And Drink Festivals | Fulton Umbrellas

Six Must-Visit UK Food And Drink Festivals

Food And Drink Festivals
Food And Drink Festivals

Food and drink festivals are amazing opportunities to get to know regional specialities as well as dishes from all around the world – and most importantly sample some delicious food and drink.

That’s why we’ve put together six food and drink festivals happening in the UK that we’re looking forward to most this year. Before you head out, be aware that our top picks are all outdoor festivals so make sure you’ve got one of our windproof umbrellas on hand to shelter you from the unpredictable summer elements.

 

Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival – 19–21 July, Skipton

This festival is a great option if you’re looking for things to do with the kids over the summer holidays. You’ll get the chance to sample some of the best food from around the region and meet celebrity chefs including James Martin and The Hairy Bikers’ Si King.

A mixture of masterclasses, workshops and live demos, plus playgrounds, cooking classes and a kids’ stage make this an absolutely packed weekend for everyone.

 

Rock Oyster – 25–28 July, North Cornwall 

Rock Oyster is a mesmerising event that’s a cross between a food and drink, music and culture festival. Every year it’s held on the grounds of Dinham House and has beautiful views out over the Camel Estuary.

Food And Drink Festivals
Food And Drink Festivals

After you’ve had your fill of amazing food and drink and watched demos from some of Cornwall’s best chefs, you can head over to the stage and get the party started with live music. This year’s headline acts include The Human League and The Sugababes.
The Spa Morvoren area will also be offering peaceful sound baths, yoga and massages over the weekend if that’s more your speed.

 

Big Feastival – 23–25 August, Cotswolds 

The Big Feastival has been described as Glastonbury for foodies and with good reason. As well as delicious food and a brilliant line-up of celebrity chefs, this festival also boasts some huge headliners including Becky Hill, Cat Burns and Snow Patrol.

Food And Drink Festivals
Food And Drink Festivals

If you’re planning on taking your family, there are plenty of things for kids to get involved in too. From Circus School and fairground rides to meeting farm animals at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, you’ll be spoilt for choice with things to do over the weekend.

 

Foodies Festival – multiple locations and dates 

Foodies Festival is the largest food and drink festival in the UK. In all, there will be 14 Foodies Festivals taking place between May and September at various locations around the UK.

Foodies Festival
Foodies Festival

This festival is truly a celebration of local produce, and each location showcases the best the area has to offer. Or get top tips and lessons from the best as a round-up of Michelin-starred chefs, MasterChef champions and Bake-Off stars will also be in attendance.

When you’re full up, you’ll also be able to browse the stalls of local artists and traders and pick up something to take home.

 

Great British Food Festival – multiple locations and dates 

This festival also takes place at multiple locations between May and September including stately homes, castle ruins and beautiful parkland.

Food and Drink Festivals

Against the stunning scenery, the festival combines amazing food and drink along with live entertainment. There will be competitions, live demonstrations from celebrity chefs, workshops, and cooking classes for kids taking place as well as music throughout the weekend at each location. The Great British Food Festival is also dog-friendly, so it makes the perfect family day out.

 

Pub in the Park – multiple dates and locations around London

Pub in the Park was created by celebrity chef Tom Kerridge, who attends and hosts at each of the festival locations. For 2024, these include St. Albans, Marlow, Reigate and Chiswick.

Food Festival
Food Festival

As you might guess from the name, this festival is a celebration of all things to do with the Great British Pub – fantastic food, great music and plenty of drinks. While you’re there, you’ll be able to indulge in food from some of the UK’s most renowned restaurants and chefs. For kids (and big kids), there are also fairground rides and a dedicated area where kids can get stuck into games and crafts.

Food Festival
Food Festival

Now that everyone’s tummies are rumbling (ours certainly are), it’s time to start planning which one you’ll visit this summer – but maybe grab a snack first! Check out our blog for other recommendations on the best things to do and places to see in the UK, and make sure you’ve always got one of our windproof umbrellas on hand when you travel.

 

Palace Gardens You Must Visit This Spring | Fulton Umbrellas

Palace Gardens You Must Visit This Spring

Palace Gardens
Palace Gardens

What better way to take in the sights, sounds and smells of British springtime than to walk in the footsteps of royalty in a beautiful palace garden? We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite gardens for you and your family to explore this spring. Before you head out, don’t forget to check out our ladies’ umbrellas, lest your day trip be made soggy by a spring shower!

 

The Palace of Holyrood

Starting off in the city of Edinburgh, we first want to take you to the gardens that surround the Palace of Holyrood. Even before the palace was built, the gardens were looked after by the monks of Holyrood Abbey, which was founded in 1128. Visitors today can visit the ruins of the abbey, which was once one of the most magnificent medieval abbeys in all of Scotland.

Over its centuries of history, the gardens have played host to hunting, hawking, archery, tennis and other tournaments. In the 1500s, the gardens were also designated as a place of sanctuary for debtors – to the present day, this has never been repealed.

Visit this spring, and you’ll have the chance to wander through immaculate lawns, colourful borders, and gardens packed with history. In 2020, a new public garden also opened, where you can explore and learn about different phases in the palace’s history.

 

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens 

100 acres of tranquil gardens, woodland, meadows and a lake surround Hillsborough Castle, which is the official royal residence of Northern Ireland. This spring, for the second time, the gardens will be hosting Spring Spectacular, where you’ll get to see over half a million bulbs bloom into swathes of vibrant colours and scents. If that weren’t enough reason to plan a visit this spring, there’s plenty more to discover. Enjoy peaceful views over the garden from Lady Alice’s temple, which was originally a wedding gift given to Lady Alice by her brother in 1867. Or take a stroll through the trees along the enchanting Moss Walk.

Kids can also get to know the wildlife at Hillsborough with the Imaginary Menagerie, an interactive trail that winds through the castle gardens. There’s plenty to see, do and discover throughout the gardens and grounds, and when you’re finished, you can stop for a hot drink and a snack at the café in the Western Pavilion.

 

Kensington Palace Gardens 

Kensington Palace has been a private retreat for royalty for hundreds of years. It’s no surprise that the surrounding grounds and gardens have been shaped by those who lived there.

Kensington Palace Gardens
Kensington Palace Gardens

When you visit, you must see the Sunken Garden, which was first created over 100 years ago in 1908 and was a favourite spot for Princess Diana. Lawns, paved areas and beautiful flower beds surround an ornamental pond that lies in the centre of the Sunken Garden. In 2017, the garden was re-planted with white flowers in celebration of the princess’s life.

Away from the Sunken Garden, you’ll also be able to explore the Cradle Walk, the Serpentine boating lake, the Orangery, a beautiful wildflower meadow and much more.

 

Kew Gardens

With almost 2 million visitors between 2021 and 2022, Kew Gardens was the second-most visited paid attraction in England. What’s not as well-known as the gardens, however, is Kew Palace. Hidden within the gardens, this intimate palace was once home to George III and Queen Charlotte. So, technically, these are palace gardens and thus get a spot on our list.

Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to a huge collection of rare plants and pioneering horticultural research. Taking a trip to Kew is like discovering a whole world, with special gardens dedicated to Japanese, Mediterranean, and Alpine habitats, as well as stunning borders and woodland gardens.

This spring, the Great Pagoda is also reopening so you’ll get to see it all from the best view in the gardens.

 

Hampton Court Gardens

In spring, Hampton Court Gardens is home to the annual Tulip Festival, which has become famous for its brilliantly colourful displays of over 100,000 tulip bulbs. The festival runs between April and May so make sure you visit while you can!

Hampton Court Gardens
Hampton Court Gardens

Hampton Court Palace has 60 acres of formal gardens and 750 acres of surrounding parkland, so there’s plenty more to explore. Other highlights include the famous Maze, The Great Fountain Garden, the Rose Garden and the Wilderness, an area that bursts to life in springtime with over 1 million flowering bulbs.

We can smell the fragrant flowers and hear the buzzing bees already! Which one will you be visiting?

 

What To Pack in Your Hand Luggage | Fulton Umbrellas

What You Can and Can’t Pack in Your Hand Luggage

Your Hand Luggage
Your Hand Luggage

Some things you’d expect not to be allowed in your hand luggage, and some not. Thankfully, we’ve put together a handy guide on the kinds of things you can pack in your carry-on – including what types of umbrellas you’re allowed in your hand luggage and some items you may not have even considered!

 

Scissors

Scissors
Scissors

From doing arts and crafts to removing the tags off that new holiday t-shirt you just bought, scissors can be handy to have around. Thankfully, in the UK, you’re allowed a small pair of scissors in your hand luggage, as long as the blades are under 6cm long. Some airlines can have different restrictions for blades, so if you need to take scissors with you, it’s best to check before you travel.

Walking/hiking poles

Walking/hiking poles
Walking/hiking poles

If you’re going on a mountainous trek or long hikes in the countryside, you’ll probably be getting a bit of assistance from walking or hiking poles. Just remember to pack them in your hold luggage, as you won’t be able to take them on board with you.

 

Tent pegs

Tent pegs
Tent pegs

Sticking in the great outdoors, if your trip includes camping and you need to take all the equipment with you, any tent pegs will have to go in your hold luggage. That’s because they fall under the same restrictions as blades and any other sharp objects that could cause injury or damage.

Umbrellas 

Holiday umbrella

Even the sunniest of locations may get the occasional shower or in some cases a downpour. It’s good to know then that when travelling on a plane, you’re allowed to take foldable umbrellas in your carry-on luggage. One of our beautiful designer umbrellas could be just what you need to keep you protected and looking fab even in the rain.

It’s worth bearing in mind, however, that larger umbrellas will have to be checked in, mainly because of their size and the risk of accidents.

 

Soft cheese 

Soft cheese
Soft cheese

The restrictions around carrying liquids on a plane are well-known and we’re all used to making sure any liquids are in containers carrying less than 100ml. What’s lesser known is some of the semi-solid items that fall under the same rules. This can include soft cheese, chutneys, jams or sauces as well as any food items sold in liquids like olives or pickles.

Recently, new technology has been trialled that would expand the 100ml limit to 2 litres per person. The deadline for installing this technology has just been extended by 12 months, so don’t expect any rule changes this year.

 

Makeup

Makeup
Makeup

When packing your makeup bag, there are a few things to watch out for as well. Things like creams, oils, perfumes, mascara and lip gloss are classed as liquids and are thus subjected to the same rules and restrictions. However, despite also having a soft, waxy consistency, lip balms and lipsticks are considered solid.

 

Protein powder

Protein powder
Protein powder

If you like to start the day with your favourite protein shake and want to take the powder with you on your travels, you’ll be happy to know that you can take it in your carry-on. However, it might mean spending a bit longer at airport security.

This is because powders can obstruct images on the X-ray machines, so you might need to have your luggage checked manually instead.

 

Electronics 

Electronics 
Electronics

All electronics capable of holding a charge – including laptops, cameras, drones, tablets, etc. – are subject to the same rules when it comes to taking them in your carry-on. It depends on the size of the battery in the device. Anything between 100 Wh and 160 Wh is allowed for lithium-ion batteries.

If you do decide to check these kinds of devices into your hold luggage, you should make sure that they’re switched off fully and not near any aerosols or perfumes to reduce the risk of accidental damage. In the UK, you’ll also need to make sure these electrical items are charged up so that you can switch them on if requested.

Wherever you’re headed, it’s a good rule of thumb to always check with your airline about any items you’re unsure of before getting to the airport. Some countries may also have their own rules, so make sure to do your research before travelling. Save yourself the airport stress, enjoy your holiday and don’t forget to check out our range of designer umbrellas to take with you.

Britain’s Best Chocolate Box Villages | Fulton Umbrellas

Britain’s Best Chocolate Box Villages

Let’s face it, some parts of the UK look like they’ve just leapt off the pages of a storybook (or off the front of a chocolate box). These kinds of places are full of winding streets, quaint cottages and plenty of nooks and crannies to discover.

If you’re planning a staycation escape with your family, these are some of the most picturesque spots we recommend you stay in.

 

Bibury, Gloucestershire

Tucked away in the Cotswolds village of Bibury, you’ll find Arlington Row, a street of 17th-century stone cottages that are among the most photographed in the UK. Every year, thousands of visitors from all over the world come to Bibury to see the cottages and enjoy everything the village has to offer.

Bibury, Gloucestershire
Bibury, Gloucestershire

We think one of the best ways to enjoy Bibury is to take a leaf out of the River Coln’s book and go for a quiet meander through the streets of the village. There are plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafes to enjoy a comforting meal or gaze at the lazy river.

 

Painswick, Gloucestershire

A little over 30 minutes in the car will get you from Bibury to Painswick, which carries the nickname ‘Queen of the Cotswolds’. Marking the halfway point of the 100-mile-long Cotswold Way, Painswick is a historic wool town with narrow streets of famous Cotswold stone cottages. Dotted throughout, you’ll find plenty of shops, galleries and places to eat.

Painswick, Gloucestershire
Painswick, Gloucestershire

On the edges of the town, you’ll also be able to spend a peaceful afternoon in the Painswick Rococo Garden. Designed in the 1740s as a party retreat, this is the country’s only complete surviving garden of its kind and well worth a visit.

 

Haworth, West Yorkshire

Cobbled streets lined with stone terraced houses and colourful vintage shop fronts make Haworth a nostalgic village that looks like it’s barely changed since its heyday.

Haworth, West Yorkshire
Haworth, West Yorkshire

As well as this, Haworth is famous for being the home of the Brontë sisters, who created literary classics including Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and many more. While in Haworth, you can visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum or the family’s former home to learn more about their lives and history. Travel a little outside the village, and you’ll also be able to explore the surrounding moors that inspired the sisters’ work. Or take the youngsters for a scenic ride on the vintage steam railway that passes nearby.

 

Luss, Loch Lomond

Perfect for a family day out, Luss is a historic village on the shores of Loch Lomond, about 45 minutes outside of Glasgow by car. Here, you can enjoy an ice cream while wandering along the waterfront or through the cottage-lined streets of the village. If you’re heading up to Luss with the kids, make sure to equip them with one of our kids’ umbrellas to keep them dry on the more blustery and rainy days.

Luss, Loch Lomond
Luss, Loch Lomond

Or, why not kick up your adrenaline with exciting water sports for the whole family, including kayaking, water-skiing, and speed boating? If this is too much, you can also take a slightly more relaxing boat tour around Loch Lomond, the UK’s largest inland lake. These boat tours often stop off at other villages around the loch and the nature reserve on Inchcailloch Island, so there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained.

 

Cartmel, Cumbria

On the south edge of the Lake District National Park, Cartmel is a great place for a walking holiday and is also a foodie’s dream.

Cartmel, Cumbria
Cartmel, Cumbria

Outside of the cute lanes and bridges that cross the small river that winds through the village, you’ll find several walking routes. This includes the magical woodland walks in the nearby Eggerslack and Hampsfield, which become blanketed in bluebells in the spring.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, drop back into the village to sample the fantastic food and drink on offer. If you’re feeling fancy, indulge at one of the two Michelin-star restaurants or experience the delicious sticky toffee pudding Cartmel is famous for.

 

Portmeirion, Gwynedd

Portmeirion is a Mediterranean-inspired coastal village in North Wales.

Within the woodlands overlooking the Dwyryd Estuary, this vivid village was built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1926 and 1976. We say vivid because one of the things that makes Portmeirion so special are the brightly coloured buildings around every corner and the beautiful sub-tropical gardens.

Portmeirion, Gwynedd
Portmeirion, Gwynedd

Kids will love trying to uncover the secret spots around the village and gardens – and you can even experience a well-earned rest with a relaxing spa treatment! Afterwards, the family can gather to fill up at one of Portmeirion’s cute cafes and restaurants.

Have you decided which one you’re going to visit first? We certainly can’t! In the meantime, you can make sure you’re prepared for the best of the British weather during your family trip and check out our range of kids’ umbrellas.

2024’s Best British Events | Fulton Umbrellas

2024’s Best British Events To Look Forward To

Events
Events

From edge-of-your-seat sporting championships to spectacular concerts and fun family gatherings, there are a lot of events happening in the UK in 2024.

So, if you’re looking to fill up your event calendar or make some amazing memories with your family, here are some of the best events for you to look forward to.

 

Barbie: The Exhibition

Audiences laughed, cried and marvelled at the Barbie Movie last year. So much so that it became 2023’s top-grossing movie, pulling in over $1.4 billion worldwide at the box office. If you were among the audiences who flocked to the cinema and want to keep the celebration going, Barbie: The Exhibition is coming to the Design Museum in London.

Barbie: The Exhibition
Barbie: The Exhibition

In 2024, the Barbie brand will be turning 65 years old, and the exhibition celebrates the story of Barbe since her creation. On display, there’ll be many rare and unique items focusing on Barbie fashion, vehicles and architecture throughout the years.

 

National Gallery on tour
National Gallery on tour

Speaking of anniversaries, in 2024, the National Gallery is celebrating its 200th with a massive tour around the UK. Organisers describe it as a year-long festival of art and creativity with many events and exhibitions taking place, including workshops and a travelling art studio where kids who have less access to art can learn and be inspired.

The tour begins on May 10th when 12 exhibitions across the 12 regions and four nations of the UK open simultaneously with some of the National Gallery’s precious artworks.

 

Taylor Swift: The Eras tour

Arriving in the UK between June and August this year, Taylor Swift’s The Eras tour has taken the US by storm and generated a staggering $2.2 billion so far. The setlist for the tour features some of the singer-songwriter’s most well-known tracks from across her career, split into ten ‘eras’ that represent each of her albums.

Taylor Swift: The Eras tour
The tour

While tickets for the European leg of the tour are sold out, there may still be some re-sales up for grabs if you’re lucky. Or, for fans at home, why not host a Taylor Swift-themed party?

 

Spirited Away at the West End

Spirited Away is perhaps one of Studio Ghibli’s most famous films, directed by the visionary Hayao Miyazaki. For the first time, UK audiences will be able to see the stage adaptation of this magical fantasy.

Spirited Away at the West End
Spirited Away at the West End

The show features the original Japanese cast, and subtitles will be available, so it may not be appropriate for some kids. The show recommends that it’s suitable for children over the age of seven. If you want to grab tickets, act fast, as the show opens in April for a limited run at the London Coliseum.

 

The Summer Olympics and Paralympics 

In 2024, the Summer Olympics and Paralympics will be taking place in Paris, not the UK. Nevertheless, as one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar, these events are an amazing time for celebrating British athletes and cheering on Team GB.

The Summer Olympics and Paralympics 
The Summer Olympics and Paralympics

This year, for the first time, the Olympics will be adding skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing and breakdancing to the roster of events. There are sure to be plenty of local events and watch-along parties to catch the excitement from this side of the channel.

 

Wimbledon 

Every year, beginning on July 1st, the best tennis players from around the globe arrive in London for one of the most prestigious tennis competitions – Wimbledon.

Wimbledon 
Wimbledon

If you’re planning on spending an afternoon relaxing on Henman Hill with a picnic (and plenty of strawberries and cream), remember to bring along one of our designer umbrellas to keep the sun off your back – or the rain as usually happens once or twice throughout Wimbledon!

 

UEFA Champions League Final

In 2024, the final of this annual football competition will be returning to Wembley after 11 years. This will be the 8th time that the final has been hosted by Wembley Stadium in London, also known as the ‘home of football’.

UEFA Champions League Final
UEFA Champions League Final

On June 1st, after the competition has whittled down the top-division European clubs into just two teams going head-to-head, the winner will lift the trophy. Whether you’re in the stadium with your family or watching from home or a pub, this is one event you’ll probably remember in years to come (especially so if we’re lucky enough to be cheering on the home team!)

Whatever you get up to with your family in 2024, remember to check out our designer umbrellas so you can have an amazing time and stay dry in style, whatever the weather.

The UK’s Most Instagrammable Castles | Fulton Umbrellas

The UK’s Most Instagrammable Castles
The UK’s Most Instagrammable Castles

 

The UK’s Top Ten Most Instagrammable Castles

From fairytale palaces to imposing fortresses, the UK has over 4,000 castles. To help you choose where to visit next, we’ve looked at hashtag mentions of the UK’s castles to find which ones have had you reaching for your cameras to capture the perfect picture for your highlights.

10. Highclere Castle – #highclerecastle 

In tenth place on our list, we have the elegant Highclere Castle in Newbury, and it’s not difficult to see why this gorgeous Elizabethan-style home has made the list. Highclere is known by another name, one that has made it famous around the world: The real Downton Abbey.

Whether you want to relive your favourite scenes from the show or learn more about the real history behind the picturesque castle and estate, Highclere is open for around 60 days a year. Or, you can also book yourself onto a guided tour or special event.

 

9. Castle Howard – #castlehoward

The sprawling estate around Castle Howard is set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, about a 25-minute drive out of York. Beginning construction in 1699, the stately home and estate took over 100 years to complete. Today, it’s open to the public to explore its opulent halls and almost 1,000 acres of grounds.

Castle Howard
Castle Howard

With landscaped gardens, lakes, woodland and monuments to discover, you could easily spend an afternoon strolling with your family and four-legged friends. On drizzly days, don’t forget to keep one of our designer umbrellas on hand to keep you dry and looking stylish in your Instagram pics.

 

8. Bamburgh Castle – #bamburghcastle

Bamburgh Castle stands proudly on the cliffs of the Northumberland coastline. Within its walls, you’ll find over 1,000 years of history and an eclectic collection of artefacts and legends from across the centuries. And if the weather is on your side, you’re only a few moments away from soaking up the sun and sand of Bamburgh Beach.

Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle

 

7. Hever Castle – #hevercastle 

Hever Castle is a Tudor stronghold that was once Anne Boleyn’s childhood home. The castle has been a witness to turbulent periods of British history, and a priceless collection of furniture, tapestries, and antiques helps to tell its story.

Hever Castle
Hever Castle

In the surrounding 125 acres of grounds, there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you entertained, including lakeside walks, play areas and archery for adults and youngsters alike.

 

6. Corfe Castle – #corfecastle 

Over the 1,000 years of its history, Corfe Castle has seen many sieges and battles. Today, all that remains standing are the dramatic, crooked ruins atop the scenic Purbeck hills. Behind every wall lie secrets and tales of treachery that make this castle a must-visit.

Corfe Castle
Corfe Castle

 

5. Leeds Castle – #leedscastle 

This breathtaking castle is nestled on an island in the middle of a lake, surrounded by 500 acres of picturesque gardens and parkland.

Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle

And if that weren’t reason enough to visit and take gorgeous photos, the castle’s association with some of the most powerful queens in British history makes it a truly unique place to explore.

 

4. Warwick Castle – #warwickcastle  

Warwick Castle is the perfect day out if you’re after a thrilling adventure, with plenty for adults and kids to get stuck into. Archery, jousting, and historical re-enactments are just some of the exciting events that regularly take place on the castle grounds.

Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle

 

3. St Michael’s Mount – #stmichaelsmount 

On a gorgeous sunny day when the tide is low, follow in the footsteps of those who have come before and tread along the ancient cobbled causeway that leads to a small island off the Cornish coast. Past the harbour, village, and steep garden terraces, you’ll find St Michael’s Mount, a castle that has played many roles throughout its history. From priory to fortress to family home, the castle has many stories to uncover.

St Michael’s Mount
St Michael’s Mount

 

2. Hampton Court Palace – #hamptoncourtpalace

Hampton Court Palace has precedent for being a very Instagrammable castle; after all, it’s been used as a backdrop for film and TV for almost 100 years. Most recently, Bridgerton fans might recognise it as the place where the debutants arrive before being presented to Queen Charlotte.

Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace

 

1. Windsor Castle – #windsorcastle 

Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and, to this day, is used by the Royal Family. It’s an icon of British history, and nearly 1.5 million visitors come to take in the sights every year, including the famous ‘Changing the Guard’ ceremony. So it’s probably no surprise that we can officially crown Windsor Castle as our number one most Instagrammable castle.

Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle

For a fascinating day out learning about UK history, there’s perhaps no better place to be than one of our many breathtaking castles. And if you’re currently planning your next trip, remember to check out our full range of designer umbrellas to keep the rain off your head during your outdoor adventures.

 

Live Like Royalty In These Five Majestic Airbnbs | Fulton Umbrellas

Want to make your weekend break a little extra special? Why not add a touch of royalty with these five beautiful Airbnbs?
Live Like Royalty In These Five Majestic Airbnbs

Majestic Airbnbs
Majestic Airbnbs

Planning a mini break but want to make it a little more special? Well, we’ve got a treat for you with this stunning selection of Airbnbs, where you can live like royalty for the weekend and treat yourself, your family and friends to a luxurious stay.

 

A private countryside retreat in Essex

Imagine drawing up to a majestic Georgian mansion tucked away in 52 acres of private countryside in your car. Well, you can live out your ‘just arrived at the ball’ dream with this luxurious home filled with everything you could possibly want to spend the weekend like royalty. You can have your own private spa day with an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, gym and tennis courts. There’s also a decked-out games room and a grand piano for the after-dinner entertainment.

Georgian mansion

During the day, you can even promenade along the lake that sits within the grounds. One of our stylish birdcage umbrellas – a firm favourite of the royal family – is a must-have for keeping you dry if the heavens open while you’re out and about.

 

A lavish Victorian mansion 

Halfway between Bolton and Preston in the North West, you’ll find this luxurious Victorian mansion. Perfect for a large family getaway, here you’ll find a heated swimming pool, a hot tub and a cinema room for an elevated movie night with the kids.

Victorian mansion 
Victorian mansion

In the winter months, you’ll also be able to cosy around roaring fires after a day in the chilly countryside air. You may find the resident cat, named Tink, curled up beside you as the owners kindly ask that you look after her during your stay.

 

A manor modelled after Buckingham Palace 

Could you get any closer to living like royalty than this luxury villa in Hinwick modelled after Buckingham Palace itself?

Built in 1710, this Grade I listed home truly lives up to its description of having an air of historic grandeur. Filled with priceless antiques and luxury furnishings, including crystal chandeliers, Persian rugs and furniture from Princess Diana’s family home.

Surrounding this truly impressive country manor is 38 acres of wonderful parkland. Here, you can take up a spot of croquet, tennis, clay pigeon shooting, or even go for a leisurely trip in a rowboat on one of the two lakes.

 

The historical Jacobean castle

Bring the whole royal court to share the 11 bedrooms that this Grade II listed Jacobean castle in Durham boasts. The large, lavish dining room can seat up to 32, perfect for an evening soiree with your friends and family.

Jacobean castle
Jacobean castle

As well as this, you can keep the party going in the not-so-secret dungeon that spans the whole footprint of the house. With many rooms, including a private bar and games room, there’s plenty to discover. Or, if you want to step outside, a hot tub and sauna are just waiting for you to get in and relax.

Pets are allowed here too, free to roam around the 14 acres of grounds. When you need time to truly enjoy the peace and quiet, the surrounding nature reserve is a great place to get away from it all and truly makes this castle feel tucked away.

A Riverside Cornish castle

As you drive past the statue of original owner Sir John Tillie, you’ll find that this castle packs quite the first, second and third impressions. Indoors, you’ll find nothing but elegance and grandeur with many priceless antiques, as well as all the mod cons – including a games room and well-equipped kitchen.

Outdoors, the house backs onto the banks of the river Tamar, which you’ll have a beautiful view of from the three large terraces. Surrounding this, Cornish Castle is set within 55 acres of woodland gardens to explore. And, if you visit in the spring, a blooming wisteria tunnel makes a beautiful, fragrant backdrop. Or you can always dive into the solar-heated swimming pool for a refreshing dip.

We’re getting our swimming costumes ready, just thinking about staying at one of these luxurious homes (and, of course, our birdcage umbrellas should the heavens open) – how about you?

How History is Influencing Today’s Fashion | Fulton Umbrellas

Fashion is cyclical and what was popular 30, 50, or 100 years ago can eventually come back into style. Let’s look at some of those eras doing just that.

Fashion
Fashion

How History Is Influencing Today’s Fashion

Iconic styles and pieces from the past are often reshaped and reimagined for the modern era. This is true for mainstream fashion, micro-trends, and the more niche ‘aesthetic’ trends like witchcore and fairycore.

Some of these styles seem to be timeless, whereas others we think will never see the light of day again until they do (low-rise jeans anybody?). Nevertheless, let’s take a look at which historical eras are influencing fashion in 2023.

In the past few years, no era of fashion has perhaps become more popular than the early 2000s, more commonly known as Y2K. With the new millennium came a bright and poppy era, full of denim miniskirts, crop tops, butterflies, colourful accessories, and the aforementioned low-rise jeans. Icons of the era included Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.

Y2K
Y2K

Between 2021 and 2022, searches for Y2K fashion doubled and while it’s still popular in 2023, we’re starting to see mainstream trends evolve into a more toned-down, relaxed style.

 

90s minimalism 

Far from the bold, colourful and playful styles of the Y2K era, the ’90s grunge aesthetic has also been going strong in 2023. Featuring generally darker colours and baggy styles, the ’90s grunge aesthetic has a distinctly dishevelled, informal look – think baggy flannel, simple tank tops, and casual cardigans.

90s minimalism
90s minimalism

In terms of accessories, you’ve also probably seen the influence of the ’90s, with shops full of claw clips, chunky headbands, scrunchies and fanny packs.

More minimalist styles popular in the ’90s are also making a return in the 2020s, including slip dresses, boxy blazers, spaghetti straps, and mesh everything. You can also see these influences in today’s ‘witchcore’ aesthetic, which often takes inspiration from popular TV shows like Charmed and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Earlier in the year, autumn/winter 2023 runways showcased many of these ’90s-inspired pieces like chic blazers, sheer dresses, and chunky checked shirts. So, it seems like the ’90s fashion trends are going to stick around for a bit longer.

Swinging ’60s

Monumental shifts in society in the ’60s transformed UK fashion. The more formal, proper styles seen in the preceding decades made way for an era of rebellious freedom. Some of the ways we’ve seen the ’60s come back to life in the 2020s is through bold, abstract floral prints. These prints started to reappear on runways in 2021 as the trend of dopamine dressing was getting into full swing.

Swinging ’60s
Swinging ’60s

It was in this era that we first developed the PVC dome umbrella – more popularly known as the birdcage umbrella. As well as having a distinctly ’60s British flair, we like to think of the birdcage as one of those timeless styles that remained popular throughout the following decades. Since its invention, the birdcage has long been associated with royal fashion after the Queen Mother made it her go-to style.

Its versatility means it can accompany a flowing, feminine outfit as well as it can a sleek, minimalist look. Take a look at our different colours and patterns of birdcage umbrellas for some more inspiration.

Regency era

Spring and summer styles also saw the return of Regency era-inspired fashion, which has had a huge comeback in the past few years – known as regencycore.

Regency era
Regency era

The Regency era in the UK happened in the early 1800s, and part of its renewed popularity has to be credited to the wildly popular Netflix show Bridgerton. In fact, just three days after season two landed on Netflix last year, online searches for ‘regency dresses’ had increased by 84%.

The main tenet of the trend is to create a hyper-feminine look that’s less to do with historical accuracy and more to do with the sheer romance of it. Empire waistlines, long flowing skirts, delicate floral prints and even corsets have made a return to mainstream fashion.

Interestingly, some of these styles cross over with some of Y2K’s fashion trends – for example, the corset. Paired with a flowing shirt or skirt, the corset really leans into the romance of regency core. Wear it with denim or loose-fitting cargo pants and it creates a more ’90s/Y2K look.

The 2020s era of fashion is one that’s pulling from a lot of sources, both for mainstream fashion and more niche trends and aesthetics.

Second-hand and vintage
Second-hand and vintage

At a time when second-hand and vintage dressing is only getting more popular, it seems like past fashions are going to carry on popping back into the mainstream. While ’90s and 2000s styles are dominating shops and runways at the moment, it will be interesting to see which historical era will come into the forefront next year and beyond.

10 half-term holiday destinations the weather can’t spoil | Fulton Umbrellas

Get away with the kids this October half term to one of these ten outstanding staycation destinations.

The Cairngorms

Starting at the top, the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands is the ultimate destination for an adventure holiday.

The Cairngorms
The Cairngorms

With its dramatic landscape and spectacular scenery, you won’t find a better place for walking, cycling, or hiking. And if that’s not enough, the Landmark Forest Adventure Park has loads of things to do for the whole family, from hair-raising treetop escapades to the amazing Butterfly House. While over at the Loch Insh tions.

Whether you’re looking for relaxing, quality time together or action-packed activities, the UK has it all—just don’t forget your brolly.
Outdoor Centre, you’ll find skating, skiing, archery, sailing and more. Phew. We’re tired already.

Edinburgh

Just a wee short hop away is the nation’s capital, Edinburgh. Here, history is piled on history, with the dramatic Edinburgh Castle sitting proudly on top. And, if you dare, you can take a ghost walk beneath the old town and learn about Edinburgh’s dark side. As you’d expect, there’s also a wealth of museums and art galleries to explore. The National Museum of Scotland is a great place to take the kids, with interactive exhibits, workshops, and special events throughout the holidays.

Edinburgh
Edinburgh



If you’d rather be outdoors, escape the city centre and head to the Royal Botanic Garden, home to an enormous collection of flora and fauna from all over the world. When you’re done, climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat and enjoy the view.

The Lake District

Recently voted the second most beautiful national park in the world on social media (narrowly beaten by the Grand Canyon National Park), the Lake District really is one of the most spectacular and peaceful places to visit in the UK. It’s also one of the most popular. So, whether you’re going to don your hiking boots and brave a climb with a nine-year-old or stick to the easy-going, lakeside paths, you’ll find lots to see and do.

The Lake District
The Lake District


When you’ve had your fill of walking, take some tea in Windermere and stop by The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, where you’ll find Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and all Beatrix Potter’s famous characters. And, if your kids are super-fans, take a drive across Windermere to Hill Top and discover the inspiration behind the tales.

Northumberland

If you’d prefer peace and quiet and miles of sandy beaches, head over to the other side of the country to Northumberland. You can get your fill of history, from the 2000-year-old Hadrian’s Wall with the remains of forts and towns that once stood over the northwest frontier of the Roman Empire, to a fortress of castles including the imposing Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle, the second-largest inhabited castle in the UK.

 Alnwick Castle
Alnwick Castle

And with incredible sweeping dark skies at night, Northumberland is one of the best places for stargazing. Wrap up warm and head over to the Dark Skies event at the Kielder and Battlesteads Observatories to learn about the secrets of the universe. These events tend to sell out, so book well in advance to avoid disappointment.


Eryri National Park (Snowdonia)

If your kids are the adventurous type (and you can keep up with them), Eryri could be the perfect short break for you. Here, just outside Betws-y-Coed, you’ll find Zip World Forest, where you can ride the UK’s only alpine coaster of its kind, or let the kids get high 60ft off the ground in the Treetop Nets.

Eryri National Park (Snowdonia)
Eryri National Park (Snowdonia)

You can’t get much more beautiful than the stunning Yr Wyddfa (or Snowdon). But beware, the Mountain Railway doesn’t run beyond the end of October, so if you’re doing the climb, be sure to check the weather forecast and prepare yourself with the right equipment well in advance. Eryri in Gwynedd is also one of the windiest places in the UK, so be sure to pack a windproof umbrella if you’re going there.

Norfolk

Making our way down the aisle, back over to the other side, we’re going from rugged mountains to one of the flattest areas in the UK, Norfolk. Despite its low-lying land, Norfolk has its own beauty and charm. Enjoy Cromer’s miles and miles of beautiful coastline—one of the only places in the UK where you can watch the sun rise and set over the water from the same place.

Norfolk
Norfolk

Stop off in Great Yarmouth and enjoy the classic seaside experience for half-term. The kids will love the Pleasure Beach, the Hippodrome, and the Sealife Centre.

Norfolk is famous for The Waterways, a scenic park where you can stroll, relax, or take to the waters of the Boating Lake. And the coast is peppered with seaside resorts and market towns to explore.

Dorset

Nestled along the iconic Jurassic Coast, Dorset boasts a romantic landscape perfect for adventure seekers and those looking for a slower pace. Fossil hunting is an obligatory pursuit along this ancient shoreline, and you can even follow dinosaur tracks outside Langton Matravers.

 Jurassic Coast, Dorset
Jurassic Coast, Dorset

Inland, the Moors Valley Country Park is the perfect place for leisurely strolls and cycling or, for the daring, take to the trees with the Go Ape Treetop Challenge. When you come down, seek out the Moors Valley Railway, which winds its way around the park.


Devon

Heading back to the South of England, let’s explore Devon. This region is known for its expansive sandy beaches and big skies. Venturing inland, the Dartmoor National Park has plenty of B&Bs and Hotels where you’ll find the warmest welcome and the best breakfasts. For family-friendly walks, wildlife, cycling, horseback riding, and rock climbing, Devon is hard to beat.

Devon
Devon

If the kids love animals, take them to the UK’s largest National Marine Aquarium or Pennywell Farm for an up close and personal animal experience. Or, look for more exotic creatures, try Paignton Zoo, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year.

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight has it all, from scenic landscapes with long beachfront for bracing walks to coastal trails and nature reserves, where you’ll find red squirrels and even the rare and elusive wild cat, which is so similar to a domestic tabby cat that interbreeding has become a serious threat to its survival.

Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight


At just 23 miles by 13, getting around the Isle of Wight is easy using local transport, so it’s a great option if you want to leave the car at home.

And if you fancy yourself as a ghost hunter, the Isle of Wight has a reputation for spooky tales and strange goings on, earning it the name “Ghost Island”. Perfect for a trip just before Hallowe’en. Scooby-dooby-doo!

Whatever your age or interests, the UK has so much to offer for families looking for a getaway this half-term holiday. So, pack your brolly and head out somewhere you’ve never been and try something you’ve never done before. It’s all waiting to be discovered – which one is on your half-term bucket list?

The Best UK Outdoor Cinemas and Theatres | Fulton Umbrellas

Where Are The Best Outdoor Cinemas and Theatres To Catch A Show This Summer?

The weather in the UK is famous for its unpredictability. As if to prove just that, we’ve been experiencing a decidedly rainy summer so far. Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop us from hosting some amazing outdoor entertainment.

Relaxing back in a deck chair or on a picnic blanket with your favourite snacks while a great film plays in the background or watching a dramatic play beneath the stars sounds like a great way to make the most of the lighter evenings. So, grab your designer umbrellas for our top picks of outdoor cinemas and theatres to visit before the summer is over.

Rooftop Film Club, London 

The Rooftop Film Club in London is an established outdoor cinema that, as you might have guessed, is held atop various London buildings. This year, the club currently has showings at Roof East in Stratford and the Bussy Building in Peckham.

The club is currently showing various films over August, from new releases like the highly anticipated summer movies Barbie and Oppenheimer to beloved classics, including Amelie and Jurassic Park.

The Luna Cinema, various locations 

The Luna Cinema is a touring outdoor cinema that hosts films at various locations throughout the UK, so it’s great for picking somewhere that’s close to you. The locations are also often within glorious country estates, next to medieval castles or ruins, or in parkland – the perfect setting to watch some of your favourite films.

In August, you’ll be able to watch Harry Potter against the dramatic view of Lulworth Castle in Dorset or enjoy Pride and Prejudice at Chatsworth House – the same place featured as Pemberly in the film itself. Other locations include Guildford Cathedral, Chester Zoo, and Bolton Abbey.

 The Minack Theatre, Cornwall 

The Minack Theatre is a tourist attraction in its own right and is visited by over 250,000 people each year. And how could it not be? Nestled on the edges of the cliffs of Penzance, the Minack Theatre is in a stunning location that’s perfect for experiencing a show.

In August and September, you’ll be able to go and see a variety of plays, from The Scottish Play, a humorous retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, to Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire and the Tony-winning musical Evita. For families, a stage adaptation of Tom’s Midnight Garden is also shown.

The Minack Theatre is also open to the public to discover more about this amazing venue. However, we recommend booking in advance to secure a timeslot and avoid disappointment.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is Britain’s oldest professional outdoor theatre and has been putting on performances for audiences for almost 100 years.

Throughout the remaining summer season for 2023, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre will be bringing the glamour with the classic Broadway musical La Cage Aux Folles. Or for children under 12, until early September, you can also be thrilled by the lifelike puppets of Dinosaur World Live.

All seating is completely uncovered, and the theatre only cancels shows on rare occasions when the weather is particularly bad, so you’ll definitely want to pack an umbrella just in case to protect yourself from any showers.

Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton 

The Brighton Open Air Theatre, more informally known as BOAT, is set in beautiful parkland just on the edge between Brighton and Hove.

Throughout August and September, there will be a huge variety of shows to go and watch, including classic adaptations such as Robin Hood, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and Jane Austen’s Persuasion. There are also plenty of music and comedy performances to see this summer, including Cavern To Imagine by The Vox Beatles, Drag In The Park, and Stand Up Under The Stars with some of the UK’s funniest comics.

Shakespeare’s Globe, London
Last but not at all least is Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on the banks of the River Thames in London. The original theatre that opened in 1599 and became known for its performances of Shakespeare’s plays is long gone. However, the tradition continues in the new Globe Theatre that was opened in 1997 after years of campaigning.

Like the Minack, the Globe is also open for guided tours where you can learn more about the history of the area. If you’re more interested in experiencing what it might have been like to go and see a show, you’ll be able to see performances of Macbeth and As You Like It until the end of October.

The other venue on the site (which happens to be indoors should the weather turn on you) is the Sam Wannamaker Playhouse, which throughout August, is showing the family-friendly Midsummer Mechanicals, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

There’s so much to choose from, whether you’re more interested in laughing until your sides hurt, anguishing at a dramatic tragedy, or enjoying a good time with your family – just don’t forget to have an umbrella on hand, just in case! Have you decided what you’re going to see before summer is over?