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Monday, 29 August 2011

'September Morn'

'September Morn' by Neil Diamond is one of my favourite songs and September is one of my favourite months. The evenings are drawing in and there is a calm and peace about September which I always enjoy. That's not to say the hotel has quietened down, now the school summer holidays are over the more mature customers take advantage of the warm days and take a break before winter sets in. The heather is in full bloom bringing colour to the New Forest and the blackberries are ready to pick, my six year old Granddaughter helped me to gather enough blackberries last week for the chef to make apple and blackberry crumble, it went down a treat especially when served with custard!

There is still plenty of activity in the New Forest National Park during September.

The Romsey Show takes place on Saturday 10th September at Broadlands, Romsey. This is a great day out for the whole family. A real agricultural show that has been held annually since 1842. You can enjoy traditional countryside activities with displays of falconry, gun dog training and the ever popular parade of hounds to name just a few of the attractions. Hundreds of horses are entered in a huge number of equine events. There's the family dog show, marching bands and an exciting programme in the main ring.

The International Autojumble takes place at Beaulieu on September 10th-11th. It is the largest outdoor sale of motoring items this side of the Atlantic with well over 2000 stands.

Following that is the Southampton Boat Show at Mayflower Park from September 16th-25th. It is the UK's leading outdoor Boat Show and is a wonderful day out. Full details can be found at

On September 19th a revised edition of my book Delighting Your Customers will be published by Bloomsbury as part of Business on a Shoestring series. I hope some of you will enjoy reading it.

The main event at The Cloud Hotel this month is The World's Biggest Coffee Morning on September 30th from 10-30am until 11-45am. All proceeds raised go to Macmillan Cancer Support.  Do come and support us and enjoy our famous chocolate brownies made by our chefs. We aim to raise a lot of money for this worthwhile cause as well as have some fun on the day.

Every September commoners let their pigs out on to the New Forest to eat the acorns that are poisonous to the horses and cattle. This ancient right is known as the pannage season and I understand they are going to be let out in early September this year. Sometimes they can be spotted on the Cloud Hotel car park.

Let's keep our fingers crossed for some warm days in September!


Thursday, 4 August 2011

Come and Enjoy the New Forest National Park

Well it's August already and the New Forest Show is over for another year. The weather was kind to the Show this year although the heavens opened for about an hour just as the Show opened but then the sun shone and the visitors poured in to New Park to enjoy the annual event that seems to get bigger and better every year.

The weather has continued to be warm and sunny and the guests at The Cloud Hotel have at last been able to relax in our secluded garden and even eat alfresco. Being able to start the day with a freshly cooked full English breakfast on the Hotel Patio in the sunshine is what some of our guests have been able to enjoy.

Because we only welcome children over the age of 12 years the Cloud Hotel is quieter than usual in August due to the fact that our clientele come to the Cloud hotel to unwind and relax so are inclined to avoid the school holidays. If you feel like a last minute break there are still rooms available. Don't leave it too late if you want to book for September as it is getting very busy and we only have a few rooms left.

There are plenty of interesting events happening in the area during August. If you are interested in Art, 2011 sees the relaunch of the Hampshire Open Studios from Saturday 20th to Monday 29th of August. There are some very gifted artists, potters and sculptures in Hampshire showing their work at different venues and if you would like a copy of the guide contact Pete Gilbert email There are also many crafts on show.

On Saturday 13th August the Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley Agricultural Show takes place in the beautiful setting of Somerley Park, Somerley, Ringwood. There are many craft and Antique fairs in the area and for full details of all the events see

The Open Top Bus Tour of the New Forest National Park is very popular this year . It's a great way to see more and explore more of the area and enjoy the magnificent heath and forest landscape. You can hop on and off where you like and catch another bus later on. You can visit Beaulieu Motor Museum and Palace House as well as Exbury Gardens. You can leave your car behind and even take a cycle and put it inside the bus.

The Wessex Women had an enjoyable evening on Tuesday August 2nd when they met at the Cloud Hotel to hear Hazel Wilson give a very entertaining and interesting talk. The title of the talk "An undercover agent" surprised the ladies when they thought they were coming to hear stories of a spy but instead heard about Hazel's career as a corsetiere!

Here's to the next time