South East England

Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, E & W Sussex

Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival

13 July 2014 - 12:00pm - 4:30pm

Could Hampshire be the next hotspot for great English wine? This is your chance to find out. Six award-winning vineyards are getting together at the picturesque Jenkyn Place Vineyard, near Farnham on Sunday 13 July. Taste and meet the people behind Hambledon, Hattingley Valley, Meonhill, Danebury, Cottonworth and – of course Jenkyn Place.

Take a tour with Jenkyn Place founder Simon Bladon and his daughter Camilla around the gently sloping vineyards.

Sussex Wine Bus Tours

28 June 2014 - 27 September 2014

Forget the Busman’s Holiday, this is his nibs's Big Day Out.

Travel around some of Sussex’ finest vineyards amidst the charm of a vintage Routemaster bus.

You'll visit leading wine producers, including the likes of Ridgeview and Bolney Estate. There's a stop for a pub lunch or a Sussex-inspired buffet.

Greyfriars Open Day

28 June 2014 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday sees the flinging open of field gates and winery doors as Hogs Back’s latest major drinks player, Greyfriars Vineyard, holds its Summer open day.

Fresh from their success at the Sommelier Wine Awards – winning Silver for its 2011 Sparkling Rosé – and Decanter World Wine Awards too, Greyfriars is offering free tours and tastes of its news wine. So, as well as a chance to try the medal-winners, you'll be among the first to sample the 2011 Blanc de Blanc and the 2012 Rosé Reserve.

Albury Organic Vineyard Open Day

26 May 2014

To celebrate English Wine Week Albury Organic Vineyard is holding a day of tours and tastings on Monday 26th May. Nestled in the Surrey Hills, check out one of England's newest vineyards, the home of rosé served to royalty back in the Jubilee year.

Sessions are available at 10am, 1pm and 3.30pm. Admission is £5 per person which will be refunded against the price of any wine you buy on the day. Booking is essential...

Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival

4 September 2014 - 14 September 2014

Not long now until Brighton & Hove kick off their Autumnal celebrations of all that's fun in food and drink. And you can join in. Whether it's fab ales, tasty ciders, new age gin or serious sparklers, the Festival helps you get to taste some of the region's finest produce. 

Always fun, always tasty, below are a few of my highlights. To catch up with all the events, head to the comprehensive Brighton & Hove Food Festival website to see what takes your fancy.

And follow the action on twitter, @brightonfood, and facebook - Brighton Food Festival

Festive Afternoon Tea in the Mayor's Parlour

14 December 2013 - 2:00pm

Head to the glamour of Brighton's Mayor's Parlour for a tea with a difference. The Mayor of Brighton, Councillor Denise Cobb, is opening the doors of the room normally reserved for receiving dignitaries, for a festive tea to raise money for her chosen charities in 2013, including the Argus Appeal, Age UK, The Martlets Hospice, Off The Fence, and Rockinghorse Children’s Charity.

Festive Fizz Weekends at Hush Heath Estate

Hush Heath Estate
6 December 2013 - 15 December 2013

Forget the sherry, Santa at Hush Heath is opening up the Balfour Brut for whoever makes it to their Festive Fizz weekends.

For two long weekends, the tours will be free – see times below – and there's a glass of pink fizz to sip with your mince pie.

Canterbury Lager

Cracking lager, Gromit (to paraphrase a certain Mr Wallace). And this is a cracking beer from the charming Foundry Brewpub. What a lovely pub, tucked down the little White Horse Lane alleyway off Canterbury's pleasantly pedestrianised high street.

Landlord Jon has had a specially built brewkit put behind glass, so it's all visible from the comfort of your bar stool. And he and his crew brew plenty of styles, from Belgian Saison to bitters, from stouts to lagers.

Hattingley Valley Charity Open Day

31 August 2013 - 11:00am - 4:30pm

What better way to celebrate the arrival of a much-cherished newcomer than with an Open Day? How about one which is in aid of MOVE, the charity dedicated to Hampshire's critically disabled youngters. 

Hattingley Valley is launched its long awaited 2011 vintage – a tasty, elegant number – with wine tours, vintage car displays, sheep races and much more.

The White Swan

Perhaps it's because of its seafaring nature, Portsmouth isn't short of a fine pub or two. So The White Swan in its previous Wetherspoon guise was one of several fine hostelries.

Now it's gone one step better though – it's installed a gleaming brewkit, centre-stage, right by the door as you go in.

What's more, not only can you watch the brewers at work, headed by talented Mark Wainwright, you can join in. Next time you are in, ask about the B&K Brewery Day Experience.

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