June is upon us and here’s our guide to some of the events happening near Hatfield. Make your summer stay at The Comet a real adventure and be sure to get out and about this June.
Hatfield House is in full swing now, with the house and parkland open to visitors, plus a packed events schedule.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee sees Lord and Lady Salisbury invite all to join them in a short, traditional service of prayer in thanksgiving on June 3rd. June 4th see things take a much louder turn with Slam Dunk Festival. Join the UK’s biggest independent Rock Festival and enjoy a day of turbo charged rock, punk and more!
The remainder of the month sees a return to calm and quiet, including the return of Tudor Legacies on June 11th. A living history group of Tudor enthusiasts, it’s like stepping back in time. June 12th and 26th offers guests a Beekeeping Experience. Get suited and booted to discover the secrets of one of the most important and fascinating creatures on the planet, followed by a honey-tasting session. Educational and delicious, this could be the ultimate day out! There are also popular tours with added champagne, taking in the gardens on June 16th, Blooming Bubbles with Head Gardener Andrew Turvey, and the Exclusive House & Garden Experience on June 29th. Both are wonderful ways to enjoy this amazing historic gem.
For full details, ticketing and more info on this local highlight, see HERE.
RAF Museum Hendon
Named for a famous De Havilland racing aeroplane, it’s no secret that we’re aeronautically inclined here at The Comet. The RAF Museum Hendon is well worth a visit of those of a similar passion, housing an incredible fleet of aircraft ancient and modern, telling the story of the Royal Air Force.
June 2nd-4th The RAF Museum Hendon Pageant take place. This free family festival will bring the charm and wonder of historic air pageants back to the Museum. There will be a vintage fairground, living history, messy play, face painting, music, aircraft access, Airfix models and much more! We will also be celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee, making for an exceptional family day out. Visitors will also be able to attend the RAF Jet Warriors Experience. Sit in the cockpit of a Gulf War veteran Buccaneer and a Cold War Phantom! The expert guides will walk you through their history and cock-pit setup.
On June 8th there’s a free after hours talk, Typhoon. Wing Commander Mike ‘Sooty’ Sutton commanded the RAF’s top Typhoon squadron across Iraq and Syria in the war against ISIS. He will tell his dramatic story of an air-combat squadron in action, putting you in the cockpit, hands gripping the controls, the sounds of battle crackling in your ears.
For Armed Forces Day on June 25th, The RAF Museum will be hosting the annual Armed Forces Parade. There will also be a screening of the film ‘Lancaster’. After the screening there will be a Q&A with producers Keith Haviland and Trevor Beattie, and co-director David Fairhead.
More details, and more on the permanent collections at The RAF Museum Hendon can be found HERE.
Bentley Priory Museum
Bentley Priory is another place of great interest that we’d recommend for a day out. Bentley Priory was Headquarters Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. The Museum explores how technology, leadership and courage forged victory, enabling Britain’s darkest hour to also be her finest hour. The Museum also explores the wider history of Bentley Priory, before the Air Ministry bought it in 1926. Bentley Priory, a Grade II listed mansion, was once home to a hotel, a girls’ school, and John James Hamilton, the 1st Marquess of Abercorn. He commissioned architect Sir John Soane to add to Bentley Priory’s architectural splendour in the 1780s. Queen Adelaide, the wife of William IV and aunt to Queen Victoria, also resided at Bentley Priory in 1849, the last year of her life.
Events at Bentley Priory for June include: Every Monday, Friday and Saturday you can see the temporary exhibit, Memoirs of the Blitz. Exploring stories of the Blitz, from those who experienced it in 1940-41 in Britain as children, through a new multi-sensory exhibition. May Half-Term, June 1st, 3rd and 4th brings Yes, we have no bananas! Learn about rationing during WWII with a new trail of the galleries and ‘Grow Your Own’ themed craft activity. Moreover, June 3rd sees The Queen’s Jubilee Bank Holiday with themed family activities & games, and a special performance by Harrow Apollo Male Choir.
For more details on this fascinating site, and more on their calendar of events and talks, see HERE.
We hope you have fun exploring the area and enjoy a wonderful stay with us at The Comet this June. Do please get in touch if we can help with any further info.