The Antiques Roadshow

We were fortunate enough to recently be given passes to the Antiques Roadshow.  We decided to attend the Tewskesbury show and we happened to pick a belter of a day!  This photo was taken at 8.30am and there was hardly a cloud in the sky.

The setting was idyllic.  The show is set in the grounds of Tewkesbury Abbey, beside a brook.  The set up is so British – the stewards wear boater hats and sashes, whilst the experts sit on garden furniture underneath sun umbrellas.  There is also a tea tent for refreshments.

Our passes meant that we didn’t have to queue to be seen by an expert.  This was a huge bonus – the queue was enormous and could take up to 3 hours!

Our favourite expert was Henry Sandon.  He sat at a table with his son and we spent most of the day watching them.  He has such a passion for ceramics and was overjoyed with everything that was brought to him!

After we had had our fill of the Roadshow, we headed to the nearby Royal Oak at Gretton for lunch in the beer garden.  I have eaten here a lot with my family in the past and it never disappoints.

The trees in the beer garden were in full blossom.  They were so dreamy! I’m desperate for a tree like this in my own garden.

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The pub also has its own tennis courts.  Blossom, sunshine and tennis – the perfect ingredients for a quintessential British summer!

Such a beauty of a day out – I’m feeling ready for summer now!

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