We'll be building up a list of places of interest local to Majors Retreat that registered users can rate. This will help visitors to the area find the best places to go and might even provide some inspiration for us locals too. If you want more information on any of these, why not pop in and see us - we might have some further literature, advice or even discount tickets for some of them.
Badminton Horse Trials
Badminton Horse Trials is one of the toughest and most exciting equestrian events – the pinnacle of the world’s 3-Day-Event calendar. As the name suggests horses and riders complete the competition over 3 days, each day consisting of a different discipline or phase. Horses and riders must complete a dressage test demonstrating Obedience, Discipline, Accuracy and Elegance. They need to be fit and athletic to complete a 4 mile cross country ride jumping solid man-made and natural obstacles within a set time. Finally they must complete a course of show-jumps designed to test their agility and accuracy at speed.
Before commencing the competition each horse is "trotted up” before an inspection panel of a vet and the Ground Jury to ensure the horse is sound and fit enough to compete (The First Inspection). A further inspection takes place the morning after the cross-country phase prior to the Jumping test. This ensures horses are still sound and fit enough to complete the competition (The Final Inspection).
International Events are graded according to level of difficulty. The higher the grade the more complex and physically demanding each phase becomes. Stars are awarded to indicate the Event’s Grade. Badminton is a 4 Star Event, the highest grade and one of only6 such events in the world. Badminton is the oldest and generally accepted as the most prestigious and toughest event.
Both riders and horses must qualify by completing other similar grade events in order to compete at Badminton. Qualification can take several years to achieve.
The Badminton Estate lies in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside and
is home to the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort. The House dates from the 17th
century and is set in a beautiful deer park which hosts the world famous
Badminton Horse Trials. The game of Badminton was invented in the house in
Whilst it remains a private family home, Badminton House and its surrounding
gardens and parkland, offers a unique and wonderful venue for weddings and
private parties. It is equally suited to corporate meetings and hospitality and with
a number of large and smaller rooms available, each with their own distinctive style,
this beautiful and historic house and its parkland can provide the perfect backdrop
for a wide range of events and occasions.
Nourished by natural hot springs, Bath
offers a unique experience with stunning architecture, great shopping and
and the surrounding area is brimming with things to see and do. Designated by
UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Bath presents some of the finest architectural
sights in Europe such as the Royal Crescent,
the Circusand Pulteney
Bridge alongside a diverse collection of museums
and attractions including the Roman
Austen Centre and Thermae
Bath Spa. Bath's compact city centre offers irresistibleshoppingand there are plenty of activities to
enjoy in the surrounding area.
Bath Race course
Castle Combe historic village
Combe historic village (and set for the War Horse film!):
Castle Combe has been called 'The Prettiest
Village in England' and with good reason; visitors have been coming to enjoy
its charms for at least a century and the small street leading from the Market
Cross down to the By Brook is as picturesque today as it ever was.
Castle Combe Race Circuit
Castle Combe Circuit opened just 18 months after Silverstone in the summer of 1950, making it one of the longest established circuits in the UK. Until 1999, the circuit followed it's original layout, around the perimeter of the old air base. In that first year, a young Stirling Moss won a race and over the next few years, names like Mike Hawthorn, Colin Chapman, Les Leston, Roy Salvadori and John Surtees thrilled huge crowds.
By the 60's, several planning constraints had seen the circuit become run down and although the old Brands Hatch company, Motor Circuit Developments tried hard to develop meetings in the early 70's with Formula 5000 and other major events, planning problems prevented long term development. However in 1976, the circuit lease was obtained by the current owners and the long road to developing the circuit as a modern national racing venue began. Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, and David Coulthard all won races in the 70's and 80's, and by the 90's, the circuit hosted rounds of most of the national championships.
Today, the circuit boasts modern facilities for competitors and spectators, and the resurfaced and now reshaped circuit providing what is generally recognised as providing the closest circuit racing in British motorsport.
Chipping Sodbury is a beautiful town with lovely ancient buildings and a wide choice of shops, pubs and restaurants.
Dyrham Park National Trust
Dyrham Park is a treasure to enjoy; set in a dramatic deer park on the edge of the stunning Cotswold escarpment, near the World Heritage Site City of Bath. Discover the beautiful late 17th-century home of William Blathwayt, a hard-working civil servant who thrived during the political upheaval of three monarchs. Explore how fashions changed over the centuries, from the original 17th-century Dutch-inspired interiors and formal gardens, to the very different style of Victorian country squire Colonel Blathwayt. The elegant garden is a more recent restoration, recreating the spirit of what had been lost.
o Manor House Golf Club: http://www.manorhousegolf.co.uk
o Chipping Sodbury Golf Club: http://www.chippingsodburygolfclub.co.uk/
o The Kendleshire Golf Club: http://www.thekendleshire.com/
o Shortwood Lodge Golf Club: http://www.shortwoodlodge.com/
o Tracy Park Golf Club:
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, is based in Gloucestershire and located three miles fromthe traditional Cotswolds market town of Tetbury.
Westonbirt is an historic, Victorian picturesque landscape and an internationally important tree and shrub collection. It is managed by the Forestry Commission and supported by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.
The 16,000 trees (3,000 different specimens) come from Britain, China, North America, Japan, Chile and other temperate climates.