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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 www.thenewforest.co.uk.
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