Van Gogh Day – for all the family

Local historian, writer and artist Edward Mayor invites you to a day at the Petwood Hotel dedicated to the art of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the world’s most loved painters. You can discover his life and work in the Garden Room, against the background of the hotel’s restored Peto gardens, and view five painted copies of Van Gogh’s great paintings in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, copied by Edward. The date for your diary is July 22, and the event runs from 11am to 4.30pm

At 2pm Edward will give an informal talk about the paintings he has copied and examine the myths which cling to the artist. Also on offer, a sumptuous collection of books and catalogues featuring every surviving Van Gogh painting, print and drawing, and even a chance to win a set of prints and a Petwood voucher by doing your own copy of a Van Gogh drawing.           Continue reading

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Ride the Tiger Moth trail

The Petwood Hotel is the proud sponsor of this 55-mile cycling and walking trail, just one of eight on offer around the city of Lincoln and surrounding countryside commemorating 100 years of the RAF and the close association that Lincoln and Lincolnshire has with aviation. It’s part of Visit Lincoln’s 100 Voices initiative, which tells the story of the RAF through the people who have experienced it, both men and women, in military and civilian roles. The 100 Voices are presented on “Wings” placed in a hundred Lincoln and Lincolnshire locations that have an association with the RAF.

This circular trail starts in Lincoln and brings you via the Water Rail Way to the Woodhall Spa wing near the war memorial, only a short ride or walk to The Petwood, where you can experience the famous “Dambusters” 617 Squadron Officers’ Mess.         Continue reading

Petwood Cours D’Elegance

The Petwood Concours D’Elegance returns on Sunday 12th August with Jazz entertainment on the Terrace.

Gates open at 10am. Admission is free for visitors. Entrant charges on the day of £10 cars/£7 motorcycles.

Enjoy a Hog Roast £7.50 or Sunday Lunch available in the Restaurant (booking required).

Jazz from Andrew Wood Jazz Trio on the Terrace from 12pm. Continue reading

Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival and Thorpe Camp 1940s weekend: plan ahead!

“The second weekend in July 2018 will see the very best of our region, as two highly successful events that celebrate Lincolnshire’s unique role in World War II will take place in partnership. Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival and Thorpe Camp 1940s Weekend will – for one year only – take place on the same weekend, 7-8 July 2018. The “Blitz spirit” partnership forged between the two volunteer committees means huge opportunity for visitors to attend two of Lincolnshire’s best summer events in one fantastic weekend.”

Whether or not you have been to this highly successful and popular annual time-warp event before, it’s a very good idea to visit the official festival website, especially if you want to make the most of the wide range of events on offer, contact the organisers or find out where to park. You can also check out feedback from previous years and browse the gallery of photos from last year’s festival – and much besides.

If you do social media, you can also track the latest notices and responses on Twitter and Facebook: Continue reading

Petwood resident pianist on the internet

If you have ever had Sunday lunch at the Petwood, you most your dining experience will have been accompanied on the piano by the talented Helen Clarke, resident pianist since 1997. She tells us that you can now preview her recording of “Unchained Melody” on Apple Music and download the classic via her home page.

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Dams Raid 75th Anniversary

From the Dambusters Blog:

Preparations are now in hand for events next summer to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Dams Raid. The first dates have now been announced:

 

 

Saturday 12 May 2018. The 617 Squadron Association Annual Dams Dinner will be held at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, for members of the Association and invited guests.

Sunday 13 May 2018, 10.00am. 617 Squadron Association Annual Wreath-laying Ceremony and Service, 617 Squadron War Memorial, Woodhall Spa. Members of the public welcome. Continue reading

Comedy at the Petwood: “The Wedding Reception”

Packing 5-star reviews from London’s West End and Edinburgh Fringe, this bonkers immersive comedy from Interactive Theatre International, the makers of Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, promises to love, honour and disarray…

The Wedding Reception sees Kate and Will expecting a small party to celebrate their wedding – but Kate’s mum had other plans! Cue uninvited guests, misbehaving family and secrets better left in the closet…

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