Although international was very much the buzzword of summer 2012, with nothing less than the Olympic games drawing the world’s attention to the UK, 2013 has a much more local feel.
But that doesn’t mean the party’s over, oh no! Celebrations of food and drink, alongside carnivals and other such extravaganzas will still be taking place all around the UK this September, with live music events outside the Bermondsey Square Hotel taking place across the last few weekends. Dubbed Bring it to Bermondsey, this event has been a tremendous success so far, with talent from the borough and across London joining with the local community to dance, sing, and fill their bellies. So why not take advantage before it’s all over and treat yourself to an overnight stay right in the heart of the action at Bermondsey Square Hotel.
But where do all these festivals come from?
There are many different types of festivals both in the UK and around the world, with notable examples including Halloween, Saturnalia, and Christmas. The word “fest” actually derives from the Middle English, from the Middle French word festivus, which in turn grew out of the Latin word festivus. Festival was first recorded as a noun in 1589. Before that it had been used as an verb from the fourteenth century, meaning the act of celebrating a church holiday. The etymology of feast is very similar to that of festival. The word “feste” comes from Middle English, in turn from Middle French, and prior to that from the Latin word festa. The term first came into usage as a noun circa 1200, and feast started to be used as a verb around a century later. A festival is a special occasion of feasting or celebration, which is usually religious.
Festivals of many types serve to meet specific needs, as well as to provide entertainment. These times of celebration offer a sense of belonging for religious, social, or geographical groups. Modern festivals that focus on cultural or ethnic topics seek to inform members of their traditions and bring enjoyment to attendees, whereas in past times festivals were occasions when the elderly shared stories and provided a sense of unity among families. And what better than to combine one with an Autumn break at one of Bespoke’s boutique hotels.
Other Festivals near Bespoke Hotels
If you can’t make it to the capital to enjoy Bring it to Bermondsey, never fear! miniBite Weekends are taking place throughout October at Bespoke properties in the Cotswolds. These special weekends feature Artisan Food Fairs, special dinners and breakfasts, cookery schools, fungal forays, Christmas markets and much, much more.
It all takes place in the North Cotswolds around the picturesque village of Chipping Camden, which is coincidentally right where you’ll find two of the best-loved Bespoke luxury hotels, Cotswold House Hotel and The Noel Arms. It’s shaping up to be a truly great way to spend an Autumn weekend!
Furthermore, if you’re planning a break in Scotland and feeling romantic in early October, why not visit the Scottish Wedding Show in Glasgow as well as staying in one of the 22 hotels Bespoke has to offer across the region?
Whatever type of hotel you like, small or large, boutique, family, city or country you can find one to give you a great offer this Autumn, as Bespoke Hotels get prepared for the Winter season with typical exuberance.