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AT HOME AT FIRST DESTINATIONS

Swedish Crayfish Party for One. Photo © Home At First.

SEPTEMBER 9–10

ST KATHARINE'S CLASSIC BOAT FESTIVAL

LONDON

ALL OF SEPTEMBER

CRAYFISH PARTIES

THROUGHOUT SWEDEN

Highlander Dance at the Pitlochry Highland Games. Photo courtesy Pitlochry Highland Games.

OCTOBER 1–8

BALLINASLOE OCTOBER HORSE FAIR

CENTRAL IRELAND

SEPTEMBER 9

HIGHLAND GAMES

CENTRAL SCOTLAND

HARVEST FAIRS & FESTIVALS

IN THE BRITISH ISLES & SCANDINAVIA

          HARVEST TIME HAS BEEN CELEBRATED PROBABLY SINCE THE FIRST HARVEST. ACCOMPANIED BY FEASTING, DANCING, SPORTS, AND GAMES, HARVEST FESTIVALS AND FAIRS DIFFER WIDELY IN DETAIL BUT NOT IN PURPOSE. SUMMER CONCLUDES. WINTER IS COMING. STOREHOUSES ARE FULL. WEATHER AND DARKNESS PROMISE TO REDUCE TOMORROW'S TIME OUT-OF-DOORS. HARVEST FAIRS & FESTIVALS LET US CELEBRATE THE PRODUCE AND LIFESTYLE OF THE WARM, SUNNY SEASON NOW ENDING, AND CONGRATULATE US THAT WE ARE PREPARED FOR THE DARK CHILL OF THE COMING WINTER.

photos © Home At First

 

CALENDAR OF SELECTED EVENTS

SEPTEMBER &

OCTOBER 2017

 
Festivals, Holidays, Country Fairs, Sporting Events,
Theater, Cultural Gatherings, and Special Performances
Happening Near
HOME AT FIRST Lodgings throughout

BRITAIN, IRELAND, ICELAND,

 PARIS, SCANDINAVIA, BERMUDA,
NEW ZEALAND, & SWITZERLAND
Information about HOME AT FIRST’s travel program to:

LONDON  ENGLAND  SCOTLAND  WALES  IRELAND  PARIS  SWITZERLAND

SWEDEN NORWAY DENMARK ICELAND BERMUDA NEW ZEALAND


NOTE: For many of the LONDON events listed, HOME AT FIRST guests at the
Apartments at St. Katharine’s Marina and at The Brewery Apartments
will take public transportation from the Tower Hill Underground Station,
8-10 minutes walk from St. Katharine’s Marina and 10-12 minutes
walk (or a 5-minute bus ride) from The Brewery.

 

– ONGOING EVENTS OF NOTE –

 

Ongoing daily
  LONDON, ENGLAND   - THE TOWER OF LONDON: “Prisoners of the Tower”
          
HOME AT FIRST’s London guests can’t miss visiting their famous neighbors who were incarcerated and may have met their violent and often gruesome ends at the Tower of London. Special exhibitions and guided tours at the Tower focus on various elements of its 1000-year-history. These discuss some of the best-known prisoners who were incarcerated there, many of whom were beheaded, including explorer Sir Walter Raleigh, Queen Anne Boleyn, Queen Catherine Howard, Lady (& Queen for a few days) Jane Grey, Nazi leader Rudolph Hess, and terrorist traitor Guy Fawkes, among others.
 
 


THE TOWER OF LONDON AT THE TRAITOR'S GATE
Photo © Home At First

LOCATION: The Tower of London is just west of the Tower Bridge between the River Thames and Tower Hill Underground Station north of the river.
ADMISSION: £24.80/adult, £19.30/seniors & students (16 & up), £11.50/child (5-15), £44.60/family (1 adult + kids), £63/family (2 adults + kids).
OPENING TIMES MARCH through OCTOBER: Tu-Sa: 9AM-5:30PM; Su-Mo: 10AM-5:30PM. Last admission: 5PM.

OPEN TIMES NOVEMBER through FEBRUARY: Tu-Sa: 9AM-4:30PM; Su-Mo: 10AM-4:30PM. Last admission: 4PM.

GETTING THERE: walk 10 minutes traffic-free from HOME AT FIRST’S LONDON apartments at St. Katharine’s Marina or 12 minutes (with minimal traffic) across the Tower Bridge from HOME AT FIRST’s apartments at The Brewery.
MORE INFO, see:
TOWER OF LONDON 

 


Ongoing, evenings from 9:30PM-10:05PM
  LONDON, ENGLAND   - THE TOWER OF LONDON
“The Ceremony of the Keys”

           700-year-old ceremony of the locking of the main gate of the
Tower of London carried out each evening by the Chief Yeoman Warder of the Tower accompanied by an escort of guards. Passes are essential and may be obtained
ON-LINE HERE. Tickets for this ancient ceremony are available to the public, free of charge, but subject to a £1 booking charge. Book a
t least two months in advance (3-6 months or more if you hope to attend during June-August). Maximum Group Size: 6 persons April-October; 12 persons November-March. Very popular — usually sold out up to a year ahead.
LOCATION:
The Tower of London main (western) entrance.

ADMISSION: free!

NOTES: Visitors must be in possession of the original ticket issued by the Tower of London at entry. Photography not permitted. No bathrooms or refreshments available.
GETTING THERE: walk 10 minutes traffic-free from
HOME AT FIRST’S LONDON apartments at St. Katharine’s Marina or 15 minutes from HOME AT FIRST’s apartments at The Brewery.
MORE INFO, see:
CEREMONY OF THE KEYS

 

Yeoman of the Guard at The Tower of London's Main Western Gate. Photo © Home At First.
 
Yeoman of the Guard at
the Tower of London's
main western gate

Photo © Home At First


 MUSEUM OF                  LONDON

THE LORD MAYOR'S COACH, MUSEUM OF LONDON
Photo courtesy the Museum of London

Ongoing, daily from 10AM-6PM 
  LONDON, ENGLAND   - THE MUSEUM OF LONDON
9 Free Galleries Cover a Half-Million Years of London

          London’s best museum offers nine galleries with permanent exhibitions covering the human history of London chronologically from about 450,000BC through Roman times, the medieval period through the Tudor Dynasty, the Civil War, Great Fire and Bubonic Plague of the 17th century, the expansion of London during the growth of the Empire, the twentieth century World War years, up to the modern age when London became a world city.

LOCATION: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN.
ADMISSION: Free to the museum & its galleries.

GETTING THERE: From HOME AT FIRST’S LONDON apartments walk 5-12 minutes to the Tower Hill Underground Station. Take the Circle Line north 9 minutes to Barbican station, then walk 9 minutes to the museum. Total transit & walking time: 23-28 minutes.
MORE INFO, see:
MUSEUM OF LONDON
.

 


Ongoing daily from 10AM
  NORTHERN COTSWOLDS - WARWICKSHIRE, WESTERN ENGLAND 
“Events at Medieval Warwick Castle”

          England’s greatest show castle offers a variety of events, including:

Grand Castle Interiors (daily): Explore the grandly furnished public halls, state rooms, and private apartments of Warwick Castle.

The Castle Grounds (daily): Explore the conservatory & peacock garden, the original Norman
castle mound, the Victorian rose garden, the River Avon and its island menagerie.

The Trebuchet & Ballista, the Artillery Fort, and the Towers & Ramparts (daily): Warwick’s own
massive catapult is modelled on the medieval siege machines that once flung rocks, manure, and dead pigs across castle walls. Warwick’s Artillery Fort shows how cannons were used to protect the castle at the end of the Middle Ages. See the war machines in operation specific dates/times.

The Bowman Show: historic archery in action twice daily.

Flight of the Eagles daily at the Birds of Prey Arena.

Warwick Dungeon (daily): Warwick’s newest attraction recreates the medieval dungeon from the time the Great Plague ravaged Warwick in 1345. The haunting, live-action experience is not for the faint hearted. An additional charge applies.

The Princess Tower (daily): up the spiral stairs to the chambers of medieval princesses.

See WARWICK CASTLE website for complete listing of events, times & dates.

The original 11th century Norman castle hill: Ethelfled's Mound viewed from a later tower at Warwick Castle. Photo by Zach Elwell © Home At First.
THE ORIGINAL 11TH CENTURY NORMAN CASTLE HILL:
ETHELFLEDA'S MOUND VIEWED FROM A LATER TOWER AT WARWICK CASTLE.

Zach Elwell Photo © Home At First

LOCATION: in Warwick, about 45 minutes NE of HOME AT FIRST’s Northern Cotswolds cottages in an around Chipping Campden. (Hint: you may want to combine a visit to Warwick Castle with a visit to nearby Stratford-upon-Avon,
Shakespeare’s home town.)
GETTING THERE: From HOME AT FIRST’S NORTHERN COTSWOLDS cottages, drive north on the B4632 to Stratford, then follow the A439 north to the A46 and the A429 into Warwick. Watch for signs for the castle.

OPEN DAILY: From 10AM-5PM through Sept. 3; 10AM-4PM from Sept. 4-30.

CASTLE ADMISSION: £25.20/adult, £22.20/child, £21.20/senior, £84.20/family (2 adults + 2 kids), £104.20/family (2 adults + 3 kids). 
Supplemental admission charged for entrance to the Castle Dungeon and/or Merlin: The Dragon Tower. NOTE: Book on-line in advance for discounted prices.

PARKING: Car lot parking from £6-£10.
MORE INFO, see:
WARWICK CASTLE
 


WHAT'S PLAYING IN LONDON THEATRE?

 

A REDUCED-PRICE TICKET OUTLET ON LEICESTER SQUARE
Photo © Home At First

Ongoing, daily at different times

  LONDON, ENGLAND 

LONDON THEATRE: “What’s Playing?”

   “The Woman in Black":

Long-running (since June 1, 1989) thriller. Essentially a ghost story designed to make the audience scream, shocking apparitions occur throughout the theatre at any time, terrorizing the audience. Perfect for teenagers, but nearly equally frightening to adults. Performances daily at the Fortune Theatre, Russell St. WC2B 5HHU, between Temple


 
ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE IN LONDON

tube and Covent Garden tube, between Bow St. and Drury Lane, north of the Strand and NE of Covent Garden. Rating: adults with strong hearts & teens. Runs at least thru March 3, 2018. Prices from £20.

  

   “The Play that Goes Wrong”: Comedy about inept amateur thespians struggling to put on a murder mystery set in the 1920s, but what can go wrong does go wrong. Winner of the 2015 award for Best New Comedy. Performances run through February 25, 2018, at the Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Catherine St, WC2B 5LA, in the Covent Garden area, 1 block north of Somerset House. Ten minutes walk NW from Temple tube; 10 minutes walk SE from Covent Garden tube station. Rating: Family (ages 8+). Prices from £26.

  

   “Phantom of the Opera”: long running Gothic musical. Performances through at least
March 3, 2018, at Her Majesty’s Theatre, 57 Haymarket SW1Y 4QL.
Near Piccadilly Circus tube. Rating: Family (ages 10+). Prices from £30.

   “The Mousetrap”: Agatha Christie’s record-running mystery continues through at least January 6, 2018 at St. Martin’s Theatre, Drury Lane, Covent Garden WC2H 9NZ.
Leicester Square tube. Rating: Family ages 12+. Prices from £23.

   “Wicked”: musical prequel about the witches of “The Wizard of Oz”. Performances through
at least May 26, 2018, at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Rd. London S1V 1LG.

Victoria tube. Rating: Family (ages 7+). Prices from £29.

   “The Lion King”: Long-running blockbuster with spectacular staging though at least February 4, 2018, at the Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington St. WC2E 7RQ at the Strand.
Temple tube (closed Sundays) or Embankment. Rating: Family (ages 6+). Prices from £39.00.

   “Les Miserables”: Victor Hugo’s story about the tragedies of life and indomitable human
spirit continues its long run (since 1985) to continuous critical acclaim. Performances through
at least March 3, 2018, at Queen’s Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave., Soho, W1D 6BA between Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross Road.
Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus Tube. Musical.
Rating: older teens & adults. Prices from £25.

   “Matilda”: Roald Dahl’s children’s book about a little girl with a big imagination is staged
in London by the Royal Shakespeare Company as a musical hit appealing to adults and kids. Performances through May 27, 2018, at the Cambridge Theatre, 32-34 Earlham St, Soho WC2 9HU.
Piccadilly Circus Tube. Musical. Rating: Family (ages 6+).
Tickets from £26.

   “Kinky Boots”: Local guy/girl makes good. A lowly shoe factory owner teams with a cross-dressing singer/dancer in need of flash stilettos to pull himself by the bootstraps to the world of high fashion. Cindy Lauper's musical score fits like Cinderella's glass slipper. Performances through at least March 24, 2018, at the Adelphi Theatre, 409-412 Strand WC2R 0NS. Embankment tube, then north 10 minutes walk to the Strand. Rating: teens and up (due to immature themes). Prices from £19.50.

ADMISSION: Full-priced tickets from £10-£100 (not cheap, but often better than Broadway).

TICKETS: Order your tickets in advance on-line via LONDON TOWN. Pick them up at the theatre on the day of performance. Discount tickets available!

GETTING THERE: From HOME AT FIRST’S LONDON apartments walk 5-12 minutes to the Tower Hill or London Bridge Underground Station, then take the District, Circle, or Jubilee Line west.

Covent Garden and South Bank Theatres: Within 10 minutes are most of the tube stops
convenient for Covent Garden and South Bank theatres (Mansion House, Temple, Embankment, Southwark, Waterloo, Charing Cross, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus).

For West End theatres in Soho: From Tower Hill tube take the District Line 6 stops & 10 minutes
to Embankment station. From London Bridge tube take the Jubilee Line west to Waterloo. At
Embankment or Waterloo, change to the Northern Line (direction Edgeware) and travel north to
Leicester (“Lester”) Square or to Tottenham Court Road.

For West End theatres near Piccadilly Circus or Oxford Circus: From Tower Hill tube take the
District Line west 6 stops and 10 minutes to Embankment. From London Bridge tube take the
Jubilee Line west to Waterloo. At Embankment or Waterloo change to the Bakerloo Line north
to Piccadilly Circus or to Oxford Circus.

For theatres near Waterloo station: From Tower Hill tube take the District Line 6 stops and 10
minutes west to Embankment station, then change to the Northern Line south one stop to
Waterloo. From London Bridge tube take the Jubilee Line west one stop to Southwark tube or
two stops to Waterloo tube.

Total transit & walking time from Tower Hill or London Bridge Underground Stations to almost
any theatre in London’s six principal theatre regions (Barbican, South Bank/Bankside, Covent
Garden, Soho, Oxford Circus, Sloane Square): less than 30 minutes.
 


ALBERTO GIACOMETTI at the TATE MODERN

THE DOG
SCULPTURE BY ALBERTO GIACOMETTI 1951
on loan from
the FOUNDATION GIACOMETTI to the TATE MODERN exhibition

  Courtesy The Tate Modern
 

Ongoing through September 10, 2017 10AM-6PM Su-Th; 10AM-10PM Fr-Sa

 LONDON – The Tate Modern 

“Giacometti - Pure Presence”

          Special exhibition examining the painting and sculpture of Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti, whose unique compositions place him among the 20th century's greatest artists. This major exhibition includes a number of important paintings, and sculptures tracing his lengthy career.

LOCATION: Just across from St. Paul's Cathedral on the South Bank, adjacent to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, central London SE1 9TG.

ADMISSION: although admission is free to the Tate Modern collection, admission is charged to this special exhibition: £16.80/adult, £15.80/seniors/older, & £15/students and teens. Uder-12s free.

GETTING THERE: From HOME AT FIRST’S LONDON APARTMENTS AT ST. KATHARINE’S MARINA, walk 5-8 minutes to the Tower Hill Underground Station, then take the District or Circle Line west to Blackfriars Station, then walk across Blackfriars road & pedestrian bridge across the Thames, then descend to the Thames Path which you follow one block east to the Tate Modern.

          From THE BREWERY APARTMENTS south of the Tower Bridge, walk west 30 minutes to London Bridge, past Southwark Cathedral, Borough Market, the Golden Hinde II, the Clink prison museum, and the Anchor Pub to Bankside. The Tate Modern is immediately after the Globe Theatre at the Millennium footbridge. See our recommended London walk: THE ANCHOR — A PUB WORTH A CRAWL for details.

          BY BOAT: Alternatively, take a Thames Cruiser riverboat from Tower Pier or London Bridge Pier to Bankside Pier (your London transportation pass is valid on certain riverboats — check at the pier side ticket booths).
MORE INFO, see:
GIACOMETTI AT TATE MODERN.
 


 

LEAVE IT TO THE FINANCIAL CAPITAL OF LONDON TO MAKE BANKING FUN FOR KIDS!
Courtesy The Bank of England Museum

Ongoing Weekdays – 10AM-5PM.
  LONDON   – The Bank of England Museum
“The £ in Your Pocket”

          One of the fun, free, funky museums of London. It doesn’t sound like it would be, but this museum is great fun for kids of all ages. This pocket-sized museum (open Monday-Friday except holidays) features new exhibitions and permanent favorites focusing on the story of British money, past, present, and future. Doesn’t sound like a subject your kids would enjoy, right? The museum — using jigsaw puzzles, balloons, gold bars, old coins, and touch-screen computers — sees to it that they will!

LOCATION: Bank of England Museum, Bartholomew Lane, London EC2R 8AH.

GETTING THERE: From HOME AT FIRST’S LONDON

apartments walk 5-12 minutes to the Tower Hill Underground Station, then take the District or  Circle Line west 1 stop & 2 minutes to Monument station, then walk 5 minutes through the maze of tunnels following signs for Bank station. Emerge from Bank Underground, walk across the street to the Royal Exchange, with its colonnaded portico, and walk up Threadneedle Street one-half block. Cross Threadneedle Street at Bartholomew Lane. Walk up Bartholomew Lane on the left (west) side of the street. The Bank of England Museum entrance is mid-way up the block, and poorly marked on the left side. Total transit & walking time: less than 20 minutes.
ADMISSION: Free!
OPEN: Mo-Fr 10AM-5PM. Closed weekends and bank holidays (early closing Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. Closed all day Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1).

MORE INFO, see: BANK OF ENGLAND MUSEUM
 


YORK MINSTER—

one of the world's

greatest Gothic

Cathedrals

York minster — one of the places visited by YORKWALK guided walks
Photo courtesy Yorkwalk

 

Open Daily FEBRUARY thru NOVEMBER 30, 2017.
  YORK CITY - NORTH YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND   
  “Yorkwalks”
          Guided walks through interesting parts of the medieval walled city of York offer exercise, culture, and entertainment.
Standard walks offered at 10:30AM and 2:15PM (daily February–November; weekends only in December & January) from the menu of “Roman York”, “Secret York”, “Essential York”, & the popular

Don't believe in ghosts? Photo © Home At First.

“Snickleways” tours of York’s narrow back alleys. At evenings and other times Yorkwalks offer rare opportunities to see parts of York never open to the public, like their “Inaccessible & Hidden York: Graveyard, Coffin, & Crypt Tour”, “Historic Inns and Pubs Tour”, and “Choccy & Sweetie Tour”. Who wouldn’t want to wear sensible shoes on their next visit to Olde Yorke?
LOCATION: Museum Garden Gates, Museum Street, York.

GETTING THERE: HOME AT FIRST NORTH YORKSHIRE guests drive 30-60 minutes to York. Park outside the city gates (MEDIEVAL CENTRAL YORK has very little parking) and walk or take a shuttle bus into the old city.
ADMISSION: £6/adults, £5/students/kids 5-15. Supplement charged for any tours requiring entrance to York Minster.
MORE INFO & COMPLETE SCHEDULE:
YORKWALK

Just seen a ghost? Photo © Home At First.


Every Saturday starting sometime after 7PM

 Terryglass , No. Co. Tipperary, Central Ireland

“Trad Music Sessions at The Derg Inn”

          The weekly live music session is the only way to improve the music and atmosphere at The Derg Inn in Terryglass. Food available until 10PM. The traditional Irish music could last all evening.

LOCATION: The Derg Inn, on the square, Terryglass.

GETTING THERE: From Home At First’s cottages in CENTRAL IRELAND, follow the R493 to Terryglass village near the northern end of Lough Derg. Home At First guests staying at Terryglass-area cottages are just 1.5 miles from the inn.

ADMISSION: none.

MORE INFO: THE DERG INN.

Terryglass village with Paddy's Pub (left) and the Derg Inn (center). Photo © Home At First.

 

TERRYGLASS VILLAGE WITH
PADDY'S PUB AND THE DERG INN

Photo © HOME AT FIRST
 


Sundays at 2PM
  LONDON, ENGLAND   – Tower Hill Tube Meeting Point
“Guided Walking Tour of Ancient London”

          Regularly-scheduled guided walk provides Home At First London guests looking for more insight into the history –recent and distant – of their London home region. Learn about life here during medieval times: not always nasty, brutish, and short. I
f knights, damsels, and castles are your cup of tea, this walk's teaser should push your happy buttons: “A guided walk through alleyways that tourists never find, including an urban enchanted forest, a place where 13 knights performed three deeds of bravery, a centuries-old peep hole to keep nuns safe from prying eyes, a place of a Maypole and 11,000 beheaded virgins, a fountain whose waters mimic the tail feathers of an ostrich, Bedlam, a prioress, Bluebell Girls, black magic, Geoffrey Chaucer, and traitors’ heads.”
Guide: Susan Jackson, historian and registered Blue Badge Guide. Tel: +44 (0)7977 218374. Email: suejack@btinternet.com. Walks depart from Tower Hill Underground Station Meeting Point Sundays (except 23APR) at 2PM.
LOCATION: Walk begins at Tower Hill Underground Station.

Medieval London can still be found -- if you know where to look. Photo © Home At First.

Medieval London
 can still be found -
if you know
where to look.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

ADMISSION: Payable to the guide: £10/adult; £8/seniors & students; accompanied children under 15 attend free.

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS: not required.

GETTING THERE: Walk to Tower Hill Tube in 8 minutes from Home At First’s LONDON Apartments at St. Katharine’s Marina by the Tower of London and in 10 minutes from across the Thames at its Apartments at The Brewery.

MORE INFO, phone guide Susan Jackson: +44 (0)7977 218374.
MORE
LONDON WALKS

 


MAY–OCTOBER — Rotating Schedule

  BERMUDA 

“Beating of Retreats”

          Colorful historical re-enactment of military ceremony piping troops back into their forts at the World Heritage town of St. Georges on the east end of BERMUDA, the central-island city of Hamilton, and the Dockyard on the western end of the island.

LOCATIONS: Various. St. George's town, Hamilton city and at the Royal Naval Dockyard.

Beating retreat at the Royal Navy Dockyard on Bermuda's west end.

Beating retreat at the Royal Navy
Dockyard on Bermuda's west end

COST: free.

GETTING THERE: Public transport.  
 

 


 

EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER 2017

 

 

BUCKINGHAM PALACE
Photo courtesy RoyalCollection.org.uk

Daily through October 1, 2017

  LONDON, ENGLAND 

“Buckingham Palace Open to the Public”

          During these two-plus months when the Royal Family is at their Scotland residence (Balmoral Castle) and elsewhere, significant portions of their London residence, Buckingham Palace, are open to the public, for a fee. Guided tours tramp through the Royal Mews — the palace stables — and through nineteen state rooms — decorated with paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto, and fine English and French furniture — elegant spaces used to receive and entertain guests on British state and ceremonial occasions. See what it means to “live like a king” (or the Queen). For 2017, visitors also tour the palace gardens seeing highlights that include the wisteria-draped summer house and the Rose Garden. The State Rooms and "Royal Gifts" exhibition lasts three hours.

LOCATION: Buckingham Palace is in London’s West End at the intersection of Green Park, Hyde Park, and St. James’s Park.

GETTING THERE: HOME AT FIRST’S LONDON guests take the Underground to Green Park station or St. James’s Park station, then walk through the park south or west respectively to Buckingham Palace. Total journey time: 30 minutes door-to-door.

ADMISSION: £23/adults, £21/seniors & college students, £17/kids 5-16, £59/family (up to 3 children). Children under 5: free.

TICKETS: Get advance tickets here ON-LINE.

OPEN: 9:30AM-6:30PM daily through October 1 (last entrance: 4:15PM).

MORE INFO: BUCKINGHAM PALACE OPEN TO VIEW
 

 TOTALLY THAMES
   AT ST. KATHARINE'S
    MARINA SEPT. 9-10

THE ANNUAL CLASSIC BOAT FESTIVAL RETURNS TO
ST. KATHARINE'S MARINA THE WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 9-10
AS PART OF TOTALLY THAMES 2017
 
Photo courtesy Totally Thames Festival 2017

ONGOING DURING SEPTEMBER 2017
 LONDON, ENGLAND
“Totally Thames Festival”
          London’s grand, historic waterway, the River Thames, is the focus of a month-long festival that occurs on, alongside, and spanning the river between Richmond (upriver) and Greenwich (downstream) with the Tower Bridge (by
HOME AT FIRST’s London apartments at St. Katharine’s Marina and The Brewery) one of the focal points. An on-going food festival and craft market, music, dancing, a carnival, art exhibitions, parades of

Classic boats line St Katharine's Marina as part of the Mayor's Thames Festival. Free River Taxi service connects St. Katharine's Pier with Festival Pier by Waterloo Bridge 10AM-6PM during the Thames Festival. Photo by Jack Hardy courtesy The Thames Festival.
 
Classic boats line St Katharine's Marina
AS PART of the Mayor's Thames Festival.

Photo by Jack Hardy, courtesy The Thames Festival

boats, guided walks, and entertainment from schmaltzy to avante garde welcomes tens of thousands of strolling guests to both riversides and its road and foot bridges. One major weekend event easy for HOME AT FIRST guests to attend is the 8th annual Classic Boat Festival Saturday and Sunday September 9-10 from 12N-6PM at St. Katharine's Docks. Expect more than 50 historic boats, food, music, and activities for the whole family.
LOCATION:
Along the Thames River between Tower Bridge and Westminster Bridge. Most events to occur on the south side of the river.
GETTING THERE:
HOME AT FIRST LONDON guests need only walk from their apartments to the nearby riverside, then along the Thames Path (north side) or the Jubilee Walkway (south side) to see the action.
ADMISSION:
Most events are free.

PROGRAM OF EVENTS: PROGRAM.
MORE INFO, See: THAMES FESTIVAL
.

 


Ongoing through September

  SWEDEN - Swedish Traditions 

“Crayfish Parties & Sour Herring”

          As summer winds down the Swedes break out two traditional foods. Watch for these during September throughout Sweden. You may (or may not) wish to join in.

CRAYFISH PARTIES: once celebrated only by the aristocracy, outdoor crayfish parties now draw everyone to picnic tables by paper lantern light. The crayfish (like small lobsters) are consumer cold

Swedish Crayfish Party for One. Photo © Home At First.
 
SWEDISH CRAYFISH PARTY FOR ONE

Photo © Home At First

with strong cheese, beer, and schnapps.

SOUR HERRING (SÜRSTRÖMMING): Last spring’s (or last year’s) catch of Baltic small herring has been festering salted in tin cans until the cans themselves swell from the fermented fish. Dedicated connoisseurs of sour herring anticipate the late-August “premiere” of this year’s rotting crop. Most often in thin-bread sandwiches with butter, onions, and potato slices. Note: open the herring cans outdoors under water or risk ruining the indoor atmosphere with an unforgettable putrefying fish smell.

WHERE: These food traditions are practiced throughout HOME AT FIRST's SWEDEN.
 


September 1 thru October 8, 2017
  LISDOONVARNA, CO. CLARE,  
  WEST  CENTRAL IRELAND 

“Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival”

         
The biggest singles event in Europe and one of the oldest festivals in Ireland takes place annually in this little village on the northwestern edge of The Burren in County Clare, western Central Ireland. Several inspired local pubs actively encourage a receptive

Prospecting for gold at Lisdoonvarna. Photo courtesy matchmakerireland.com.
 
Prospecting for gold at Lisdoonvarna, Ireland

Photo matchmakerireland.com

atmosphere among partner-seekers with music and dancing day and night (from 11AM until late) during the month-long affair.
LOCATION: Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, about 90-120 minutes from
HOME AT FIRST’S CENTRAL IRELAND lodgings.
ADMISSION:
of course. Did you think meeting your ideal mate could happen without cost?
MORE INFO, see: MATCHMAKING FEST

 


 

PIPE BAND MASTERS MARCH EN MASSE AT THE BRAEMAR GATHERING.
Photo courtesy braemargathering.org

Saturday, September 2 2017 9:30AM-5PM
  BRAEMAR, CENTRAL SCOTLAND 
“The Braemar Gathering”

          Traditional Highland Games with numerous uniformed pipe & drum bands, light & heavy field events, running (including a hill race), tug o’ war, solo piping, Highland dancing, and craft and trade stands. Setting is close to Balmoral Castle, the Royal Family’s Scottish residence. Expect an appearance by the Queen and other Royals. Disabled access. Braemar is 85 miles east-northeast of Killin in the heart of the Cairngorm Mountains.
LOCATION: The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, Braemar, NE Central Scotland.
GETTING THERE: HOME AT FIRST’S CENTRAL SCOTLAND guests should take the A85 east from

Queen Elizabeth II receiving a gift of posies at the Braemar Gathering as Prince Charles looks on. Photo courtesy braemargathering.org.
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH II RECEIVING
POSIES AT THE BRAEMAR GATHERING
 AS PRINCE CHARLES LOOKS ON.

Photo courtesy braemargathering.org

Lochearnhead 20 miles to Crieff. In town, turn left (north) on the A822. Drive northeast to Dunkeld. From Killin, Home At First guests should take the A827 east to the A9, then drive south 8 miles to Dunkeld. At Dunkeld, take the A923 12 miles east to Blairgowrie. In Blairgowrie, turn left (north) on the A93. Follow the A93 30 miles across the high Glenshee Pass to Braemar.
ADMISSION:
£12-£45/adult, £2/children 5-13.

PARKING:
£15/on grounds; free outside of grounds. £2 bus ride ticket from outside parking areas to the Gathering grounds.
MORE INFO, see: BRAEMAR GATHERING.

 


GWR's "Black Prince" steaming at Winchcombe. Photo courtesy GWR.

GWR's "Black Prince" steaming at Winchcombe
Photo courtesy GWR

Saturday September 2  2017   7–9:00PM
  COTSWOLDS, ENGLAND    “Fish & Chips and Steam”

          Enjoy a traditional English evening meal on a traditional English steam train in the midst of traditional English countryside. Operating on a portion of an isolated 10.5 mile-long remnant of the defunct 100-year-old Birmingham-Bristol mainline route of the former Great Western Railway, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR) special train departs Toddington Station at 7PM and cruises through classic Cotswolds scenery for Cheltenham. The train returns to Toddington Station at about 9:00PM. The train will have a buffet car (diner) serving hot and cold drinks including local specialty brews: Rail Ale and Track Cider. Be sure to sign up early (before departing the US) for this popular event, which always sells out in advance.
LOCATION: Toddington station is 5 miles south of Broadway and 1.5 miles north of Winchcombe about 100 yards east of the junction of the B4632 with the B4077 where the B4077 crosses the railway.

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS MANDATORY: Use the GWR's
ON-LINE BOOKING FORM, or contact the GWR during its operating hours with your credit card information: TEL: +44 (0)1242 621405; email: fishandchips@gwsr.com.
ADMISSION: £22/person, includes train fare and fish & chips dinner. Drinks available for sale in the buffet car.
GETTING THERE: Drive about 35 minutes north from Tetbury, home to
HOME AT FIRST’S SOUTHERN COTSWOLDS cottages. From HOME AT FIRST’S NORTHERN COTSWOLDS cottages in and around Chipping Campden, drive 25 minutes south.
MORE INFO, see:
GWR RWY FISH CHIPS AND STEAM.
 


Sunday   September 3  2017    10AM-5PM
 BLAIRGOWRIE, PERTHSHIRE, CENTRAL SCOTLAND 
“Blairgowrie Highland Games”

          Bagpipes call the opening of Blairgowrie’s traditional Highland Games at 10AM. These games have all the favorites: heavy events, running (including a 4-mile hill race), tug o’ war, piping, Highland dancing, and craft and trade stands. Handicapped accessible.
LOCATION: Bogles Field, Blairgowrie, Central Scotland, 55 miles east of Killin.
GETTING THERE:
HOME AT FIRST’S CENTRAL SCOTLAND guests should take the A85 east from Lochearnhead 20 miles to Crieff. In town, turn left (north) on the A822. Drive northeast to Dunkeld. From Killin, Home At First guests should take the A827 east to the A9, then drive south 8 miles to Dunkeld. At Dunkeld, take the A923 12 miles east to Blairgowrie. In Blairgowrie, turn right on the A93, then right again on the B947 (Essendy Rd.) direction Lethendry.

Highlanders spotted at the Blairgowrie Highland Games. Photo courtesy Blairgowrie Highland Games.
 
HIGHLANDERS SPOTTED
AT THE BLAIRGOWRIE
HIGHLAND GAMES

Photo courtesy
Blairgowrie Highland Games

ADMISSION: £7/adult, £4/seniors & children 5 and up,
£18/family. Car Parking — £1.
MORE INFO, see: BLAIRGOWRIE HIGHLAND GAMES.

 


 

HIGHLANDER DANCERS LINE UP AT THE PITLOCHRY HIGHLAND GAMES.
Photo courtesy Pitlochry Highland Games

Saturday   September 9  2017    10:30AM-5PM
 PITLOCHRY, PERTHSHIRE, CENTRAL SCOTLAND 
“Pitlochry Highland Games”

          Pipers and drummers parade through the streets of Highland Pitlochry Saturday at 11:45AM, leading onlookers to the annual Pitlochry Games at the town's Recreation Ground on the River Tummel. These games have all the favorites: heavy events, running, cycling, tug o’ war, piping, Highland dancing, and craft and trade stands.
LOCATION: Recreation Ground, Ferry Road, Pitlochry, Central Scotland, 37 miles (1 hour) east of Killin.
GETTING THERE:
HOME AT FIRST’S CENTRAL SCOTLAND guests should take the A85 north from Lochearnhead to the A827 at Lixtoll, then the A827 NE to Killin and beyond along Loch Tay through Kenmore and Aberfeldy to the A9. Drive the A9 NW 5 miles to Pitlochry. Exit the A9 onto the A924 for Pitlochry. Drive into the town center, and turn left onto Ferry Rd, which leads to the Recreation Ground, Pitlochry, PH16 5DZ.

Highlander Dance at the Pitlochry Highland Games. Photo courtesy Pitlochry Highland Games.
 
HIGHLANDER DANCER AT THE
PITLOCHRY HIGHLAND GAMES.

Photo courtesy
Pitlochry Highland Games

ADMISSION: £8/adult, £2/children 5-16. Parking: £2.
MORE INFO, see: PITLOCHRY HIGHLAND GAMES.
 


 

— irish champions weekend —

HORSERACING AT THE CURRAGH PROVIDES A GLIMPSE OF IRISH CULTURAL TASTES.
PLUS YOU CAN BET ON THE PONIES.

Photo courtesy irishchampionsweekend.ie

Sunday   September 10   2017
 THE CURRAGH, CO. KILDARE, CENTRAL IRELAND 
“Horseracing at the Curragh”

          Classic end of season Irish horseracing festival featuring the classic
Irish St. Leger Stakes race Sunday (1st race: 2PM; Irish St. Leger Stakes goes off at 4:55PM). An eight-race card over four hours (with purses from €150,000 to €350,000) promises lively entertainment centered on Ireland’s passion for horses.

LOCATION: The Curragh Racecourse,
near Kildare, County Kildare. Combine with visit to the nearby Japanese Gardens and the Irish National Stud.
GETTING THERE: From
HOME AT FIRST’S CENTRAL IRELAND cottages, drive northeast approximately 90 minutes to Kildare on the N7 (M7). At Kildare, exit the highway and follow signs for The Curragh.
ADMISSION: General Admission: €30/adult; Special Hospitality Packages from €80-€135/person.

MORE INFO, see:
IRISH HORSE RACING CHAMPIONS WEEKEND

 


 

HARVEST FAIR DAY BRINGS CROWDS TO THE STALLS LINING GLENTIES' MAIN STREET
Photo courtesy Glenties.ie

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
  GLENTIES, COUNTY DONEGAL, 
NORTHWESTERN IRELAND  
Glenties Harvest Fair Day”
          Glenties’ Harvest Fair Day is a traditional event of the season in this beautiful setting in the interior mountains of County Donegal, with events all day long: animal sales, street markets, a carnival, and street entertainment, including a parade with floats and bands. Harvest Fair Day, with many street stalls and a large regional farmers market, as well as traditional Irish music and dancing. Combine with a visit to the nearby beautiful, rugged Donegal coast.
LOCATION: Glenties, County Donegal.
GETTING THERE: HOME AT FIRST NORTHWESTERN IRELAND guests drive west from Donegal on the N56 to Mountcharles, then north on the R262 to Kilrean, the east on the N56 to Glenties. Journey time: under an hour from Donegal town.

ADMISSION: Free!

MORE INFO, see: GLENTIES AUTUMN FAIR.
 


GWR's "Black Prince" steaming at Winchcombe. Photo courtesy GWR.

steaming ACROSS STANWAY VIADUCT NORTH OF TODDINGTON
Photo by Jack Boskett courtesy GWR

Saturday September 16  2017   7–9:45PM
  COTSWOLDS, ENGLAND    “Fish & Chips and Steam and Murder!”

          Enjoy a traditional English evening meal on a traditional English steam train in the midst of traditional English countryside. A special themed evening excursion occurs this night, as the railway's autumn murder mystery is acted out on board during dinner. (The GWR discourages bringing the children with you for tonight's mayhem-laced train journey.)
          Operating on a portion of an isolated 12.5-mile-long remnant of the defunct 100-year-old Birmingham-Bristol mainline route of the former Great Western Railway, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR) special train departs Toddington Station at 7PM and cruises through classic Cotswolds scenery for Cheltenham. The train returns to Toddington at about 9:30PM. The train will have a buffet car (diner) serving hot and cold drinks including local specialty brews: Rail Ale and Track Cider. Be sure to sign up early (before departing the US) for this popular event.
LOCATION: Toddington station is 5 miles south of Broadway and 1.5 miles north of Winchcombe about 100 yards east of the junction of the B4632 with the B4077 where the B4077 crosses the railway.
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS MANDATORY: Use the GWR's
ON-LINE BOOKING FORM, or contact the GWR during its operating hours with your credit card information: TEL: +44 (0)1242 621405; email: fishandchips@gwsr.com.
ADMISSION: £29/person, includes train fare and fish & chips dinner. (Due to the adult-themed murder mystery, children are discouraged from attending tonight's trip.) Drinks available for sale in the buffet car.
GETTING THERE: Drive about 35 minutes north from Tetbury, home to
HOME AT FIRST’S SOUTHERN COTSWOLDS cottages. From HOME AT FIRST’S NORTHERN COTSWOLDS cottages in and around Chipping Campden, drive 25 minutes south.
MORE INFO, see:
GWR RWY FISH CHIPS AND STEAM.
 


ABERGAVENNY FOOD FESTIVAL — SEPT. 16-17, 2017

FRESH, ORGANIC, LOCAL, & DIFFERENT — FOODS AT THE ANNUAL ABERGAVENNY FOOD FESTIVAL
Photo courtesy Abergavenny Food Festival 

Saturday & Sunday September 16-17, 2017 from 9:30AM daily
  MID-WALES    “Abergavenny Food Festival”

          This giant annual Mid-Wales food festival in the region's largest town has been called "The Glastonbury of Food Festivals" by The Observer. Lots of local Welsh food exhibitors attending together with many more from around Britain and across the seas. Stalls in the market places, up and down the streets of Abergavenny, and even in the the ancient castle ruin. A busy night market, food academy for young learners, plus lectures and demonstrations by noted chefs, producers, and restaurateurs. Some of the fresh, local delicacies on display and for sale will be: Salt Marsh Lamb, Welsh pancakes, curries, honey, garden fresh vegetables, beer, and cider.
LOCATION: central Abergavenny, within 25-45 minutes of
Home At First’s lodgings in various parts of eastern MID-WALES.
SATURDAY HOURS: Open in the streets and town market from 9:30AM to 6PM.

Night Market from 6-10PM. At the Castle from 9:30AM to 5PM. Party at the Castle from 7:30PM. Admission: Sat. Day: £8. Sat. Castle Party: £22 in advance.

SUNDAY HOURS: Open stalls in the streets and the market 9:30AM to 5PM. At the Castle from 9:30AM to 5PM. Admission: Sunday Day: £7.

MORE INFO, see: ABERGAVENNY FOOD FESTIVAL
 


Saturday Sept. 23 2017 from 2PM
 GALWAY CITY, CO. GALWAY,  
 WEST CENTRAL IRELAND  

62nd Galway Oyster Festival”
          Home of the World Oyster Opening Championships and the Galway Oyster Festival Parade. Non-stop entertainment that features the Festival Marquee at the

Spanish Arch at the harbor 2-9PM: beer, wine, oysters, and a sumptuous menu will be served. The parade winds through old Galway's ancient streets starting at noon. The World Oyster Opening Championships

Readying a tray of Galway festival oysters. Photo courtesy Galway Oyster Festival.
 
Readying Galway festival oysters

Photo courtesy Galway Oyster Festival

begin at 2PM, with non-stop entertainment,  live music, and the crowning of the World Oyster Opening Champion. A Masquerade Mardi Gras ball begins at 8PM and carries on until the wee hours.

Admission: Tickets to the World Oyster Opening Championships: €70/person. Tickets for the 8PM-?? Masquerade Mardi Gras: €100.

Proper Dress: Dressy, fashionable, trendy, hip, even over-the-top.

LOCATION: Galway city, approximately 90-120 minutes west of Home At First’s Central Ireland cottages.
GETTING THERE: From
HOME AT FIRST’S CENTRAL IRELAND cottages, drive north on the N52 from Nenagh to Borrisokane, then take the N65 northwest to the M6 north of Loughrea, then follow the M6/N6 west into Galway. Guests coming from Terryglass, drive the R493 to the N65, then northwest to the M6/N6 as above.
MORE INFO, see:
GALWAY OYSTER FEST

 


Sunday  Sept. 24  2017  1-5PM
  BUNRATTY, COUNTY CLARE, 

  WEST CENTRAL IRELAND  
“Traditional Harvest Day Bunratty Folk Park”

          Traditional 19th century harvest events occur today from 1-5PM at
Bunratty Folk Park, Ireland’s supreme open-air museum. Watch the farmers demonstrating the art of threshing with the vintage threshing machine. Also see the traditional arts of bread baking and butter making. The Bunratty village schoolmaster greets children with their customary sod of turf for the tiny schoolroom fire. Musicians and Strawboys (a scary/funny Irish tradition) will be performing around the Folk Park

Farm implement by a thatched farm building at the Bunratty Folk Park, near Shannon Airport, County Clare, Central Ireland. Photo © Home At First.
 
FARM IMPLEMENT BY THATCHED BUILDING
AT BUNRATTY FOLK PARK, COUNTY CLARE

Photo © Home At First

during the afternoon. Traditional stories will be told by Bunratty’s resident storyteller. The village policeman will see to order in his 19th century uniform.
LOCATION:
Bunratty Folk Park & Bunratty Castle are just off the N18, near Shannon Airport and about 12 miles south of Ennis, County Clare.
GETTING THERE: From HOME AT FIRST’S CENTRAL IRELAND cottages, drive from Killaloe south on the R463 through O’Briensbridge and on to Ardnacrusha and the N18 west of Limerick city. Take the N18 motorway west to the Bunratty exit. This trip is easily combined with a visit to Quin Abbey and visits to CRAGGAUNOWEN PRE-HISTORIC SITE, KNAPPOGUE CASTLE, as well as a stroll through charming central Ennis town. See details in HOME AT FIRST’s “Ireland Activity Guide”, available exclusively to HOME AT FIRST guests traveling to IRELAND.
ADMISSION: Normal Bunratty Folk Park admission rates apply — €15/adult.
MORE INFO, see:
BUNRATTY HARVEST DAY 
 

 


 

EVENTS IN October 2017

 

BALLINASLOE HORSE FAIR

Europe's Oldest!

FIND IRELAND AT BALLINASLOE EVERY OCTOBER
Photo courtesy Ballinasloe October Fair
 

Sunday to Sunday  October 1-8 2017
  BALLINASLOE, COUNTY GALWAY,  

  CENTRAL IRELAND  
“Ballinasloe Fair & Festival”

          Traditional rural Irish harvest festival and important international horse fair. Events every day for a week, but the two most interesting days are:

Saturday, October 7: Traditional Country Fair day with 140 stalls in the St. Michael's East and West parking areas. Horse fair on the Fair Green. Live music and dancing on the fair soundstage. Lasts all day.

Sunday, October 8: large craft and food market on St. Michael's Square — all day. Dog show with parade of champions — 1-5PM. Pig racing(!) on Dunlo St. at 3PM.
LOCATION: Ballinasloe is a sizeable rural market
town in County Galway about 25 miles north of Terryglass, County Tipperary.
GETTING THERE: from the nearest
HOME AT FIRST lodgings near Terryglass CENTRAL IRELAND,


ONLOOKER AT THE BALLINASLOE FAIR.
 TRADITIONAL IRELAND IS FOUND HERE.

Photo courtesy Ballinasloe October Fair.

drive northeast 3 miles on the R493 to the N65. Drive northwest on the N65 7 miles into Portumna, then take the R355 about 19 miles into Ballinasloe. Parking is available at several lots around town.

ADMISSION: ???

MORE INFO see: BALLINASLOE FAIR & FESTIVAL. 
 


 

JOHN EVERETT MILLAIS'S 1851 MARIANA USED TO PROMOTE THE UPCOMING EXHIBITION
Image courtesy the National Gallery, London

Ongoing from October 2 2017 to April 2 2018 10AM-6PM daily

  LONDON   – The National Gallery 

“Reflections — Van Eyck & the Pre-Raphaelites”

          Special exhibition examining the influence of Jan van Eyck on Pre-Raphaelite movement in European painting in the 19th century. Works from Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, and William Holman Hunt will be exhibited along with the iconic "Arnolfini Portrait" (pictured right) (often called the "Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife" or "The Arnolfini Wedding") to illustrate the investigation of symbolism in art.

LOCATION: The Sunley Room at the National Gallery on St. Martin’s Place north of Trafalgar Square, central London WC2H 0HE.

ADMISSION: free to the National Gallery, but for this special exhibition the admission is: £16/adult, £14/seniors, £8/students 12-18.

GETTING THERE: From HOME AT FIRST’S LONDON APARTMENTS AT ST. KATHARINE’S MARINA, walk 5-8 minutes to the Tower Hill Underground Station, then take the District or  

 

 

JAN VAN EYCK'S 'ARNOLFINI PORTRAIT':
NOT A WEDDING, BUT SYMBOLIC OF
RENAISSANCE MARRIAGE AND MORE,
and very influential upon the
pre-Raphaelite movement in art.

Image courtesy the National Gallery, London
 

Circle Line west to Embankment Station, then walk five minutes northwest to Trafalgar Square. From THE BREWERY APARTMENTS south of the Tower Bridge, walk 10-12 minutes (or take a bus 2-4 minutes) to London Bridge Underground Station, then take the Jubilee Line west two stops to Waterloo Station. Change to the Northern Line. Go two stops north to Charing Cross Underground Station. Walk 3 minutes north to Trafalgar Square. The National Gallery is the imposing neo-classical building on the north side of Trafalgar Square behind Nelson's Column.
MORE INFO, see:
VAN EYCK AND THE PRE-RAPHAELITES.
 



CROWDS FLOCK TO HISTORIC TAVISTOCK FOR THE ANNUAL GOOSE FAIR EVERY OCTOBER.
Photo courtesy Tavistock Town Council website. 

Wednesday October 11, 2017
  DEVONSHIRE   “Tavistock Goose Fair”

          Annual Michelmas town fair with roots dating to the 12th century when West Country farmers brought their geese to market for sale to be fattened for Christmas. The "Goosey" fair expect almost 300 stalls to line the streets of historic Tavistock.
LOCATION: Central Tavistock, on the A386 15 minutes southwest of
HOME AT FIRST’S DEVONSHIRE lodgings between Tavistock and Dartmoor National Park.
ADMISSION: free!
GETTING THERE from
HOME AT FIRST's Tavistock lodgings, walk downhill 5 minutes into central Tavistock.
PARKING: If coming from locations outside Tavistock, it's probably best to park at Harford Bridge Holiday Park Peter Tavy Road (£5) and take the park n’ ride shuttle to the fair at Tavistock.
MORE INFO, see:
TAVISTOCK GOOSE FAIR.

 



FOR 17 october days & nights HALLOWEEN TAKES OVER copenhagen's TIVOLI GARDENS.
Photo courtesy Tivoli Gardens

Ongoing Daily October 13 to November 5, 2017 10AM-11PM
  DENMARK   Copenhagen “Halloween at Tivoli Gardens”

          Wonderful Copenhagen's grand, traditional amusement park, Tivoli Gardens, is decked out to fright and delight in jack o'lanterns and and corn shocks as the park and all its rides, restaurants, and entertainment venues remains fully open. Expect witches and ghosts in addition to Tivoli's classic clowns.
LOCATION: Tivoli Gardens is 20 minutes by bus west of
Home At First’s lodgings in NYHAVN, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK.
GETTING THERE: take bus 15 from Nyhavn to the Stormgade Glyptotekik stop, then walk 3-5 minutes NW along HC Anderson Blvd to the Tivoli entrance.
ADMISSION: DKK110-120 (ages 8 and up) — covered by Home At First guests carrying the Copenhagen Card. Multi-ride amusement ticket DKK220.

MORE INFO: TIVOLI GARDENS
 


Th-Su Oct. 19-22,
2017, 11AM-6PM daily
 HARROGATE, NORTH   
 YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND

“Northern Antiques Fair”

          Art and antiques on display and for sale at this prestigious major Northern England antiques & art fair.
LOCATION: Harrogate International Centre, King’s

Matched antique dueling pistols, circa 1790. Image courtesy www.harrogateantiquefair.com.

MATCHED ANTIQUE DUELING PISTOLS, c. 1790
Courtesy Harrogate Antique Fair

Road, Harrogate, Yorkshire, HG1 5LA.
ADMISSION: £7.50 at the door.
GETTING THERE: From HOME AT FIRST’S NORTH YORKSHIRE cottages take the A61 south about 10 miles into Harrogate. When the A61 turns left and becomes a one-way street, stay left and then go straight onto King’s Road Street. The International Centre will appear quickly on your left.
MORE INFO, see: HARROGATE ANTIQUE FAIR.

 

 


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Happy Holidays from
— HOME AT FIRST —