14/04/2014 - The Rest of April at Batsford Arboretum:
Flowering Cherries in Full Bloom! 12th – 30th April at Batsford Arboretum. We’re blossom-tastic as our beautiful National Collection of Japanese Flowering Cherries take over as the stars of the show in the arboretum. A riot of every shade of pink you can think of, they should be at their blooming best during these two weeks. Arboretum entrance fee applies. Easter Weekend at Batsford - Living Gardens Days Good Friday (April 18th) and Easter Saturday (April 19th) 11am – 3pm. Find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about attracting wildlife to your garden. Experts from the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust will be on hand with free advice and tips about the best plants to buy to provide the perfect environment for birds, insects and wildlife and there’ll also be children’s activities to keep the little ones occupied while you find out more. With fabulous new ranges of plants in the garden centre – it’s the perfect time to discover more about wildlife-friendly gardening.
Pubs and Places to Eat for responsible dog owners in Wales
There's a fabulous choice of dog friendly places to eat across the UK; we are blessed with such a wide range of marvellous eating out options. The traditional English pub, with its real ales and ciders, has always welcomed folk with their dogs but, increasingly, the value of providing quality, good value meals has become important too. Many ale houses and inns in Wales, Scotland and England will welcome you to dine with your best friend. It's common for dogs not to be allowed in restaurant areas (not so much in Europe!) but many of the best places to eat will be happy to see them in the bar or snug. And its not just pubs, you'll find dog friendly places to eat at hotels, cafes and tea rooms where you can enjoy a meal with your dog at your side.
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Dog friendly pubs are common place across the UK. It seems one man and his dog has always been welcome in an English pub, especially in the countryside. In the past it might have been the local shepherd, farmer or country gent who popped in for a pint or two of beer with his trusty companion. Maybe the ploughman really did call into his local hostelry for a drop of cider and his lunch of bread, cheese and pickles. Today these customers and their canine companions are still welcome at many dog friendly pubs but the traditional ale houses have expanded the range of their offerings and broadened their clientele. As well as real ales and ciders you are likely to find a range of continental lagers, wines from all round the world, soft drinks and freshly made coffee. The biggest change, though, is in the number of pubs offering food and the wonderful range of choice on menus. It is common to find a spot to eat with your best friend in a 'gastro pub' and many a dog friendly pub has a great chef with a varied menu and tempting specials too. As well as a ploughman's, still commonly available, you'll find sandwiches or baguettes and a range of cooked food at lunchtimes. In the evening you may be able to enjoy a three course meal with your canine companion at your feet, by your side or under the table. You'll often find a range of starters, main meals and desserts (not to mention 'proper puddings'!). Pubs aren't the only dog friendly places to eat though. We have eaten with our Airedales in hotels (sometimes in bars, sometimes in areas specially set up for us but rarely in the restaurant) and have enjoyed meals in cafes and tea rooms. Sometimes all you need is a coffee and cake or tea and a sandwich to get you through to evening meal time. If you've been visiting a heritage site, gardens or other attraction their own tea room or cafe might be just what you need; look in our dog friendly attractions directory and you might find the perfect day out with a dog friendly place to eat too.