The south-west of England is admired by visitors from all over the world for its wealth of sights, sounds and experiences, from rugged coastline to lush farmland.
It's simply a joy to explore and in summer 2021 you can experience the very best of the region thanks to Prima's exclusive break in Somerset and Dorset. Here, you'll have the chance to meet Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and experience his famous estate, River Cottage.
On this exclusive tour, you’ll get to visit some of England's top beauty spots, including the fossil-laden Jurassic Coast, as well as spend time with TV chef and food campaigner Hugh.
A day at River Cottage
You’ll spend a day at River Cottage, which has featured on Hugh's TV shows. During your time here, you’ll take part in a foraging session and wood-fired cookery demonstration. You will also enjoy a two-course lunch prepared by the River Cottage team, plus Hugh will spend teatime with you and deliver a talk and Q&A.
In keeping with the ethical food theme, there will be the chance to explore the six-and-a-half-acre Yeo Valley organic gardens and the picturesque Furleigh Estate for a tour of the vineyard, where grapes are grown for excellent still and sparkling wines.
Meet Prima's special guest
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a multi-award-winning writer and broadcaster known for his uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food and his concern for the environment.
He has earned a huge following through his River Cottage TV series and books, as well as campaigns such as Hugh’s Fish Fight, Hugh’s War on Waste, Britain’s Fat Fight and his latest, War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita.
You’ll have the chance to ask Hugh your questions when he joins you for tea during your day at River Cottage.
Magical garden visits
On what’s sure to be another memorable day, you’ll also view the current exhibition at the Hauser & Wirth gallery and gardens and explore the Piet Oudolf-designed gardens that look like impressionist paintings.
Then it’s on to magnificent Hestercombe to visit the impressive gardens and house before a welcome reception and three-course farewell dinner with wine.
Stay at a historic hotel
Parts of the four-star Castle Hotel in Taunton are more than 1,000 years old, making it one of the UK’s most historic hotels. It’s been run by the Chapman family for more than 60 years, so you’re sure of a warm welcome.
A luxurious retreat in close reach of many beautiful gardens and areas of natural beauty, the hotel has a charming 12th-century rose garden and two excellent restaurants.
Want to join us and meet Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall at River Cottage in August 2021? Prima's exclusive five-day break costs from £1,399 per person.
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