What's On at Bowood: The New Plans Edit

With the shenanigans of Christmas and the New Year’s celebrations behind us, many of us will look towards health and wellness this winter, and of course, any exciting plans we’ve made for the year ahead.

Here at Bowood, we have events happening throughout the whole of winter to keep our spirits up, even if it’s a little bit dull and gloomy outside.

Whether 2020 is your year for marriage, fitness or perhaps you’ve pledged to yourself that you’ll take more time out this year for relaxing, you’ll find an exciting opportunity awaiting at Bowood.

Steam, Sauna then Swim

Soothe tired bodies and take some time out from the rush of daily life in our spa at Bowood. It’s only been a week or two of January and, no doubt, we’re already feeling an increase in tension behind our neck and building up of knots in our muscles (and that’s, in addition, to all the socialising with family and in-laws at Christmas).

Our spa days at Bowood offer you the chance to utterly relax. Enjoy our premium facilities including the infinity pool, jacuzzi, crystal steam room, rock sauna and Techno Gym, and perhaps gift yourself a pamper treatment too.

Swimming for just 30 minutes once a week is a method of reducing stress and enjoying some “you-time”. At Bowood, along with our steam and sauna facilities, you’ll no doubt want to spend much longer in our pool and health suite.

Relaxing in the spa can help you feel good. It could help reduce your blood pressure and is a great way to get moving.

If a weekend break at Bowood including time to kick back in the spa is one that tempts you, then you’ll be pleased to learn that our membership offers all of this at a discounted price.

'Veganuary'

All eateries no matter how big or how small seem to be jumping on board with the new awareness month, known as ‘Veganuary’.

With 2019 being a massive year in relation to the growth in popularity of plant-based diets, it is no surprise that this annual celebration is being adopted by so many in 2020.

Should you be making your way to Bowood this January, Vegan or not, you can have the option to chow down on our most elaborate and creative vegan menu to date in The Shelburne Restaurant.

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Bowood Quiz Night

Do you know your history? If so, our next Quiz Night in The Clubhouse Brasserie could be calling for you.

The theme for our next Bowood Quiz Night is 20th Century Events. Think WW1, the first man on the moon, women getting the right to vote to name a few…

Get your tickets here.

Burns Night at Bowood

We may well be in Wiltshire, however, that doesn’t mean we can’t join in the Scottish Burns Night celebrations.

Warm the cockles with a night of whisky, haggis and January jolliness…

Bowood will brighten the depths of winter this January with a traditional Scottish Burns Night menu in The Shelburne Restaurant.

Expect delicious Scottish traditional food and a choice of Scottish whiskies.

No diet forecast this January? Foodies this way...

Ok, so if even if you are laying off the calories this January, why not reward yourself by wrapping up the diet a day early with an end of month feasting for only £49 in The Shelburne Restaurant?

That’s right, our Two Dine for £49 is returning with a brand new menu.

This is most certainly going to fill up quickly so make sure you booking well in advance.

Valentine’s Day

We all know the day is coming. And if you want to treat that special someone in your life, then we have just the thing in our Shelburne Restaurant on 14th February 2019.

Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner, cooked by our talented Head Chef, Ed Fortune and expect a glass of fizz on your arrival.

It must be love.

Winter Golf Coaching

Get ahead of the game, ready for summer, with some winter golf coaching Bowood PGA Golf Academy.

Whether you are a complete beginner or are wanting to hone your skills, you’ll benefit from the knowledge and teaching from our PGA Golf Pro’s. And if you’re a Bowood Golf Member you’ll get a discount on your lessons too.

Should you not fancy coaching, then use the quieter winter season to get out on the course for less with 18-holes Monday to Friday from only £35 per person with 50 range balls included and 10% off in the Bowood Golf Pro Shop.

Personal Training

Have you pledged to get fit for the new year? Or do you feel a bit out of your depth at your local gym?

Bowood is a welcoming place for new gym-goers, as well as those with more experience. Our personal trainers will consider your current fitness and work on your strengths and weaknesses.

The mission? To get you in better shape for 2020.

Sign up for a run

If you are already fairly fit and want to take your fitness to the next level then why not sign up to Bowood’s 10km fun run?

It’s a perfect run if you’re thinking of taking on a half marathon or marathon in the future, the Bowood House 10km is in its 32nd year.

Luxury Wedding Open Evening

On a slightly different note, engaged couples may choose to make a booking for our Wedding Open Evening in February.

Come and visit the hotel and see if we have what you are looking for to create your perfect wedding.

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Bowood House and Garden Season Ticket Holder

With beautiful gardens and an adventure playground for children, it is well worth considering purchasing an early bird season ticket for Bowood House and Gardens.

Early-bird sale ends on 31st January 2020.

Become a Bowood Golf Member

If you want to enjoy the best winter yet, then become a member of Bowood this January. You can enjoy all these fabulous activities and more, all at a discounted price.

 

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Detox at Bowood this New Year

Make some time to rejuvenate after a busy and indulgent festive period ready for the spring…

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What does the phrase ‘New Year New Me’ have in common with Michael Bublé, tinsel… cloves?

What does the phrase ‘New Year New Me’ have in common with Michael Bublé, tinsel… cloves?

For 91.7% of our lives, the phrase is dormant. Out of sight, out of mind (in the dusty attic of the brain). But, just like clockwork, when mid-December comes around you can be sure it’ll be back.

In With The New: Why We Love NYE

We grow out of Santa and the Tooth Fairy, but if we grow out of New Year then, as of December 2019, we haven’t. Like a cringeworthy but ultimately loveable Christmas film, it wins us round every year. The reason we are so receptive to it is simple.

 

Human cultures find the possibility of re-invention compelling. We always have. The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, 4,000 years ago. Wind forward two millennia and the Romans made January the western calendar’s reset button. Roman new year celebrations honoured Janus, their god of beginnings and endings. We honour beginnings and endings to this day. They frame our lives. They divide up the profound dimensions of time and space into neat sections. Today, tomorrow, next year. It gives us control in a mysterious and often unknowable universe.

Few people make religious resolutions these days. Even fewer know who Janus is (now you’re one of them). But the first day of the year and the decade (1/1/2020 of course being both) are new beginnings to us now as much as they were to the Romans.

At the dawn of a new decade, maybe we should ask ourselves if traditional resolutions are worth the sacrifices we make for them? Think of the classics: you buy a gym membership, or vow to diet, or give up something you enjoy. Resolutions usually involve strict sacrifice and obedience. It’s small wonder we tire of them so quickly; we need wriggle room and more positive reinforcement. Forget compulsive exercise and carb vetoes. Maybe the answer lies in finding sports and healthy foods we actually enjoy, and slowly building them into our routine?

Well, What About Wellness?

So far so good, but the meteoric rise of wellness trend has changed our New Year New Me mentality. Wellness, the pursuit of optimum wellbeing in our emotional and physical lives, has changed when we seek re-invention. It needn’t be once a year. It cannot be undone by a false move. Wellness suggests that we can improve ourselves in any moment of any day. It’s as easy as breathing deeply with a calm app, and as quick as a five minute sauna session to sweat the small stuff away.

Self-Care, Not Self-Denial

Crucially, wellness is about feeling good, rather than looking good. You know the fizz-fuelled optimism of midnight on December 31st ? Wellness rides the same wave, but it doesn’t come crashing down on Jan 1st , or even Blue Monday. Wellness won’t tell you you’ve failed, or serve you a mocktail of guilt.

The best thing about focusing on wellness in 2020 over a set of narrow resolutions is that it tends to last. Traditional NY resolutions tend to be about purging ourselves after our festive indulgences. They smack of guilt and dissatisfaction. But wellness is part of a wider commitment to living a good life.

For Life, Not Just For Christmas

Maybe it’s the lack of regiment that makes it sustainable in the long-term? We might like to shake things up every now and then, but that’s the exception to the rule. We are creatures of habit. Harsh measures like giving up sugar or signing up for a 6am boot camp might last a few weeks. Making time for simple pleasures and noticing how they benefit your health can last a lifetime.

Escape the city to wander in dense greenery, spotting wildlife and breathing fresh air. Curl up before a roaring fire and read a good book. Take a reflexology class or have a massage and reconnect with your body’s signals. These behaviours are naturally rewarding, so you are far more likely to fall into the habit of repeating them.

 

Detox Spa Break

Now we’ve shown you a vision for 2020, where do you start? How about with a detox spa break? Allow the luxurious surroundings of Bowood Hotel and Spa to gently ease you into your good intentions. Cleanse and rejuvenate yourself after a hectic Christmas. At Bowood your time is your own- so spend it well: spend it on wellness. Choose crisp walks, deer-watching in the woodlands of our beautiful estate, tuck into delicious locally sourced seasonal fare, and of course make yourself at home in our health spa.

 

What’s included? 

 

  • One Nights’ Luxury Accommodation
  • Three-Course Dinner in The Shelburne Restaurant (vegan & vegetarian menus available)
  • Full Wiltshire or Continental Style Breakfast
  • Fresh Fruit Plate on Arrival
  • Light Lunch & Detoxifying Fruit Smoothie
  • 30-Minute Spa Treatment (per person)
  • Full Use of our Spa Facilities (including gym, Infinity Swimming Pool, Rock Sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and aromatherapy showers)

Prices for our Detox Spa Break start from £150 per person, per night.

Available to book between 2nd January – 31st March

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Team Building in Wiltshire

Thanks in part to TV series like The Office, team building has a bit of a bad rep. Or at least, we think of it as clichéd and pointless. That’s because sometimes it can be.

Building teams where members are close takes time. It isn’t achieved by trust falling into a colleague’s arms or blindfolded physical guidance exercises that involve personal space invasion. No one likes that.

Nor are they built by pseudo-philosophical visualisations around buzz words like integrity, dynamism, cooperation, and so on. They are not built by imagining each other as wild animals in a hierarchical system either—with a lion at the top. Exquisitely awkward.

The Problem With Team Building

The issue with team building, especially corporate is what it chooses to focus on. Too many corporate team building consultants and bosses assume team building is either forcing closeness or shoehorning in lessons around leadership. The former can do more harm than good, and the latter isn’t team building at all. It’s a veiled reinforcing of corporate culture.

In order to achieve the wholesome results desired, where your team becomes emotionally stronger and closer you must remove the work element. Even if something takes place away from the workplace, that doesn’t mean it’s not saturated by it.

Just think, how do we make friends? We don’t play contrived games and extract painstaking reductions about our “personality types”. That’s too mechanical. We make friends by connecting, human to human. Shared interests, humour, empathy, kindness, overcoming adversity together.

This can take place at work but transcends it.

The Best Type of Team Building

As you’ve gathered it’s wise to avoid the corporate stuff. It’s banal at best and doesn’t make people feel appreciated. However, once you start thinking of team building as a social it becomes easier. Suddenly there’s a wealth of options.

A social? That’s not team building. Oh, but it is. The office Christmas party is a better “team building” exercise than the dreaded customer care role play. Why?

Because it’s relaxed and facilitated by tipple. No agenda, no prescribed socialisation. People can connect in their own way. You don’t have to call it team building, but team building can be as simple as a meal out or as complex as a survival skills weekend. Of course, not every company has lots of money to spend—so it’s worth remembering it’s the thought that counts. If you’ve tried and your team enjoys themselves, that’s what matters. There should be no pressure to “professionally develop”.

Why Is Team Building So Important?

Now you’re thinking about it as socialisation its importance should be clear. At work none of us are 100% ourselves. That’s not to say we’re in an environment where we shouldn’t be ourselves—some workplaces are very relaxed. This is perfect, although, we’re still there to do a job so we’re in work mode. This isn’t as conducive a situation to make friends as outside of work.

To truly flourish, and evolve into more than professional relationships, friendships must be given time to solidify away from work—without spreadsheets, meetings, deadlines, and conference calls.

A team in which the members genuinely care for one another is a remarkable thing and has an irreplaceable worth for a business.  This happens when people get to know each other in a deeper sense, not possible when there’s work to be done. When people do bond properly, this changes the dynamic of a business.

Being friends with colleagues has profound benefits, which naturally influence how well people can do their jobs. You can’t teach this.

Surprising Benefits of Co-worker Friends

If your team develops close friendships, by default you’ll see many things improving in your business. For starters productivity will increase. If people are work acquaintances, rather than friends, they have to navigate small talk and find it difficult to move forwards with projects and activities. Once people are friends, the surface conversation dries up and interactions become meaningful.

People’s comfortableness with one another will translate into heightened productivity because less energy is expended on formalities.

If your employees are friends, they will experience greater job satisfaction. Few of us are satisfied enough with our jobs that we’d reject work friends. We’ve all experienced jobs we’d have quit sooner if it wasn’t for the fantastic people we worked with. That’s a standard in life.

True friends are also able to instinctually deal with setbacks, by naturally supporting one another. You don’t have to say, “band together”, because they already have. All in all, encouraging authentic friendships to blossom by offering thoughtful team building days and trips away massively improves your team’s effectiveness.

When pitted against a team where people are new to one another or haven’t been able to gel, a team of friends significantly outperforms on collaborative tasks. This is because they communicate fluidly and consistently give each other feedback. A solid team of friends can take on anything and anyone.

Team Building Breaks at Bowood

At Bowood, we know the value of authentic team-building experiences. Therefore, we don’t just offer space for corporate events, but also exciting social activities too.

Team building at Bowood—

  • Packages for over 200 people
  • Spacious conference areas
  • PGA golf course (with tuition available)
  • Executive spa treatments
  • Crystal maze/ Krypton factor challenges
  • Segway driving
  • Clay pigeon shooting

Your team building break at Bowood could be the perfect mix between thrilling fun and good old-fashioned relaxation. Your team will be able to let their hair down and have a fantastic time. Afterwards, existing friendships will be stronger and new friendships will have formed.

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Autumn Events at Bowood

As the Great British Summer draws in our attention is slowly drawing to autumn. Are you ready for bright crisp mornings and colourful falling leaves? Wiltshire is a great place to visit in the autumn, get cosy and enjoy a break with us.

And here at Bowood, we’re more energised than ever. We have so many events coming up, we couldn’t be more excited.

We look forward to welcoming families, couples, groups, and individuals to our luxury hotel.

If you are going to be our guest this month, then you’ll be pleased to discover what we have in store.

We have a variety of autumn events for different people- of all ages and interests. Our events include Halloween ball and enchanted autumn where Children can follow our scarecrow trial or do biscuit decorating and much more. Here is our line-up of exciting events this autumn.

BOWOOD’S ENCHANTED AUTUMN

Join us at Bowood House & Gardens this Autumn and discover the spooky goings on. Discover the spooky comings and goings between October 23rd and November 1st 2019.

An evil witch has caused mischief and mayhem, putting Bowood under a spell that is haunting the whole Estate! Help us reverse the spell and bid farewell to the Bowood ghosts and ghouls.

  • Follow the scarecrow trail through Bowood’s Arboretum, (the trail is approx a mile and a half) each child will receive a worksheet at Admissions which will have a series of challenges and autumnal activities that will lead them to discover the missing word to break the witches spell. Please be aware the trail is muddy in parts, there are no toilets on route, it is flat terrain mostly grass.
  • Biscuit Decorating – This will take place in the Treehouse cafe on Saturday 26th October, each biscuit will cost £1.00 to include the biscuit and decorations.

PRIVATE WALLED GARDEN TOUR

£35.00 – Last Couple Dates Remaining

The private walled garden is a spectacular place to visit. It is open to groups and individuals to book an exclusive tour. These tours run until early October.

Choose from the following tour options:

  • A guided tour with tea and coffee on arrival and a two-course lunch served in the Stables Restaurant. Arrival 11:00am. Cost £35.00 per person.
  • A guided tour followed by cream tea, served in the Stables Restaurant. Arrival 14:00pm. Cost £28.50 per person.

HALLOWEEN BALL

Things are getting a little eerie here on the Bowood Estate this Halloween

November 1st, 7:00 pm – 11:59 pm 

Bowood is becoming bewitchingly overcome as we play host to one of Wiltshire’s most exclusive Halloween parties sponsored by Anning’s Gin.

Guests and their acquaintances will arrive from 7:00pm donning their most terrifyingly fabulous fancy dress before a bloodcurdling buffet banquet being served from 8:00pm. Our Demon DJ will then be playing us through the evening with a few unexpected surprises along the way.

Tickets – £25 – £28

LADIES’ LUNCH WITH CAROLYN ROBERTS

Enjoy a delicious two course lunch in the company of Carolyn Roberts, survivor of the Boxing Day Tsunami in Thailand. Over 150 Britons lost their lives in the tsunami that ravaged the coasts of the Indian Ocean on Boxing Day 2004.

Carolyn and her husband were amongst the 10,000 British nationals directly affected when the tsunami hit. Join us from 12:30pm, for lunch at 1:00pm, when Carolyn will reveal her ever-fresh memories of that incomprehensible day.

BIG BOWOOD QUIZ EVENING

Join us this November for our next Bowood Quiz Night in The Brasserie…

Put your knowledge of the below topics to the test at our ‘celebration’ themed Bowood Quiz Evening. Drinks and food will be available to purchase from The Brasserie Bar.

Some of the topics to be covered in this months quiz will include:

  • Thanksgiving
  • Halloween
  • Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes
  • Christmas & Festivities
  • New Year’s Eve
  • …as well as a picture round!

Price: £5 per person (maximum of five people per team)

TWO DINE FOR £49

Join us on Saturday 23rd November for an evening of contemporary dining in our beautiful Shelburne Restaurant, where ‘Two will Dine for £49’.

Inspired by the season, our Executive Chef has crafted a bespoke three-course menu perfect for a special occasion, a date night or just for a cheeky treat!

SPA CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENING

Come along to our festive shopping evening in the Hotel Library. You should expect special offers on Christmas gifts, a pop-up nail bar, mince pies, and of course lots of mulled wine!

This is a very popular evening with limited spaces, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Today at Bowood

Changes have been afoot at Bowood too, with a re-think of our memberships and a push towards a new approach and era for the club. Identifying the barriers to play and how we can elevate the experience has been top of our agenda.

Golf is seeing tough times. But why? A recent article in Golf Monthly suggests a ‘recalibration’ within a growth and decline cycle is the reason behind some facilities closing.

But is the true nub of the problem just basic economics? Supply and demand? It’s not quite so black and white, but what we do know, is without external investment from the golf-playing public, clubs will continue to decline and courses close.

We thought it would be good timing for an update on what has been going on at Bowood so far this year. How we are building upon our latest appointment as an elite PGA member – read our Blog for what this means to Bowood, and our plans and aspirations for the club in order to secure its future.

Membership Exceeds Expectations

A recent article in Golf Monthly highlighted that the simple fundamental economic practice of matching supply and demand is the key to a successful golf club.

We recognise this fact and as a result, appointed Mark Sealey as Membership Manager in late 2018 to redress membership and its direct effect upon the club’s future and community.

He didn’t waste time, identifying the need to introduce new membership categories to increase accessibility especially for the younger golfers who were previously priced out.

If the club is to prosper, we need to look to the next generation. A fantastic course without players simply won’t survive.

With the help of our Director of Golf, Ben and the Golf Team, membership has increased by 40% in the last 6 months – a feat worthy of praise but more importantly, the right social glue to secure its future.

We are very close to having a waiting list for 7-day golf members here at Bowood with Academy and Junior Academy Membership increasing significantly over the past 12 months. Much to our delight, female members have doubled moving towards a membership equilibrium inspiring the next generation.

Challenges from the Course

Challenging times for our Head Greenkeeper, Jaey. We hope you’ve been following his monthly Course Reviews as he and his team keep us informed with what is happening on the course.

His hard work may not always be evident so it’s a great insight into how he manages the weather, plans maintenance and presents a course in tip-top condition.

So far this year Jaey and his team have been building upon last years’ extensive fairway renovation programme with the aim of improving play year-round.

The benefits of intensive overseeding with bentgrass will soon become evident as the greens show signs of seed taking root.

Keep an eye out for work due to start shortly on re-levelling selected tees too.

The Captains’ Vision

As membership has gained traction, so have our Captains Sue and Chris. They have been fundamental in making the club a more welcoming and informal golf experience for members and visitors, existing and new.

How? By adopting a fresh modern forward-thinking attitude. An attitude with ambition.

They recognise the importance of bringing golf into a new era and how younger golfers will be instrumental to the growth of golf and life of the club at Bowood.

Interesting facts…

England Golf research shows that in 2017, 67% of all young people took part in some form of golf activity. That’s about 5.35 million youngsters in England but to the backdrop of ‘traditional’ junior memberships in decline.

The ‘one size fits all’ approach to junior membership turns its back on the needs of younger players and their families. Not everyone wants to become the next Tiger Woods and what may be fun for a 6-year old won’t float-the-boat of a teenager.

You need to onboard the parent too. It takes a commitment from both parties. From the feedback we’ve received, the introduction of a comprehensive junior development programme for specific age groups has been successful.

Let’s not avoid the issue of fees. Quite frankly, younger players were priced out. The new Membership and Tuition Packages acknowledge the needs of young players and have been adjusted. Last year, as part of our Black Friday initiatives we gave our junior members and other young golfers locally free Academy Course Membership to help break that barrier to entry.

We appreciate we must compete with other sports and activities so pricing needs to be competitive and offer value for money.

Our Professionals

Our Pro golfers are PGA professionals with over 50 years’ experience. If you’ve played on our course before and experienced some coaching, you’ll know the skill level of our coaches and their ability to progress junior, beginner, intermediate and even “European Tour” players.

They do this through their in-depth knowledge of the game and coaching expertise.

Using our Trackman, TPI, Flightscope and Swing analysis services alongside custom fitting sessions and being down with the latest advances in equipment means our Pros can take your game to the next level.

Their love of golf is apparent and being on-hand and approachable, key to the experience we want to cultivate here at Bowood.

Junior Golf Director Gregg, inspires the little ones and works tirelessly to ensure coaching is fun, relaxed and informative whilst challenging in our Junior PGA Golf Academy.

Courses are specifically tailored to junior golfers of all ages. They run on week nights during term time then throughout the school holidays. Private tuition is also available to develop your child further.

Ben, our Director of Golf and one of Today’s Top 50 Golf Coaches in the UK is always on hand for inspiration, tips and the latest equipment recommendations. He’s learnt from the very best and has a great aptitude for bringing out the best in your game.

Sustainability & Eco-Friendly

Our Pro golfers are PGA professionals with over 50 years’ experience. If you’ve played on our course before and experienced some coaching, you’ll know the skill level of our coaches and their ability to progress junior, beginner, intermediate and even “European Tour” players.

They do this through their in-depth knowledge of the game and coaching expertise.

Using our Trackman, TPI, Flightscope and Swing analysis services alongside custom fitting sessions and being down with the latest advances in equipment means our Pros can take your game to the next level.

Their love of golf is apparent and being on-hand and approachable, key to the experience we want to cultivate here at Bowood.

Junior Golf Director Gregg, inspires the little ones and works tirelessly to ensure coaching is fun, relaxed and informative whilst challenging in our Junior PGA Golf Academy.

Courses are specifically tailored to junior golfers of all ages. They run on week nights during term time then throughout the school holidays. Private tuition is also available to develop your child further.

Ben, our Director of Golf and one of Today’s Top 50 Golf Coaches in the UK is always on hand for inspiration, tips and the latest equipment recommendations. He’s learnt from the very best and has a great aptitude for bringing out the best in your game.

Entering An Exciting Era

Attracting players to a course is one thing, maintaining them is another. There’s no room for those that ‘rest on their laurels’. As a result, golf is entering a transformational and exciting period.

Yes, a great course is paramount. Yes, the clubhouse needs to be welcoming, the Pros friendly, juniors thriving and fees value for money.

But golf must move forward. Open its arms, and get with the program.

We hope you will join us at Bowood for this new exciting era of golf.

Unlimited Summer Golf Day Pass

Our Unlimited Summer Golf Day Pass is just one step towards making golf more accessible, affordable and enjoyable for everyone.

Unlimited golf can be enjoyed by all as it’s valid on our 18 hole championship PGA Course and Academy Course and includes driving range balls, access to the Putting Green and handy 10% discount for our Pro Golf Shop.

Get some practice in before an upcoming tournament or better still, round up some friends for a golf social and have a few games for less Monday to Thursday. Don’t’ forget we have the Halfway House for on-course refreshments or for something a bit more substantial, our Clubhouse Brasserie so you can make the most of your day.

 

 

10 things you didn't know about Bowood

If you are a member or guest of Bowood, then you’ll be all too familiar with our efforts to really get to know those who walk through our doors.

It’s true. We share more than just our magnificent location with all who visit. We care about our guests and aim to establish long-standing relationships with all of them.

We keep no secrets.

That said, there are still lots of remarkable things to discover about Bowood that you don’t yet know about.

Here we unveil 10 facts you didn’t know about Bowood that simply add to the charm of the hotel. Read on to find out about them:

1. All of the interiors within the hotel have been designed by Lady Lansdowne.

Those guests or members who have checked in to one of our hotel bedrooms maybe already be aware that every elements of their room has been handpicked by Lady Lansdowne, an established interior designer.

Many of the patterns on the upholstery and curtains has been taken from textiles and artwork which can be found at Bowood’s Eighteenth Century Country House & Gardens in the otherside of the Estate.

2. Some of the original artwork from Bowood House & Gardens is on display in the Hotel.

Bowood is a historical and artistic gemstone. There is so much culture and heritage in our hotel, it is hard to see it all in just one visit.

The artwork is definitely a priority sight.

Our in-house curator ensures guests know all there is to discover about Bowood’s original artwork.

A couple of pieces to take a look at are:

a. The Portrait of the 5th Marquess of Lansdowne. It is a three-quarter-length image of Marquess who is seated and wearing black morning dress combined with red Academic robes.The portrait is signed, inscribed and dated ‘H Riviere 1900./ Head copied from unfinished/ portrait head by Frank Holl’ . By Henri Rivière (1864-1951). 1900.

Henry, the 5th Marquess of Lansdowne was intellectual and had an important political career. This is apparent from the painting from his academic attire. Described by Queen Victoria as “very clever and amiable”, the portrait is a reflection of his significant political posts, including Governor-General of Canada which he was appointed for in 1883 and the Secretary of State for War (1895-1900).

b. A series of paintings by James Morrison in The Library from 1990/1991 showing Tullybeagles – the Lansdowne Scottish house.

c. A modern oil copy of Kitty Fisher by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Reynolds was (still is) one of the most famous British portrait painters. Kitty Fisher was a famous mistress of famous and wealthy men. She was famous, not for talent, but for simply being a beautiful courtesan.

d. An engraving of Margaret Mercer Elphinstone, by Charles Turner. Margaret was a very close friend of Princess Charlotte and Lord Byron. Her daughter married the 4th Marquess.

e. A bronze bust of the 1st Marquess of Lansdowne by Kevin Gannon, located in the bar.

3. Bowood was opened by HRH Duchess of Cornwall

HRH Duchess of Cornwall cut the ribbon and unveiled a plaque when the hotel was opened 10 years ago. As a member of the Royal Family, wife of Prince Charles, it was a pleasure to welcome The Duchess on our opening day, only a decade ago.

4. Bowood is an eco-friendly hotel.

Bowood pride ourselves on being kind to the environment. The hotel’s central heating is powered by a biomass burner. The wood chippings used to power the burner are scrap wood sourced from the Estate Forestry.

5. A popular place for marriages.

It is not surprising with our romantic suites and beautiful setting that many couples choose to start their married life at the hotel. In fact, over 400 couples have got married at Bowood.

6. The opportunity for deer spotting

The number of wild deer roaming freely around the estate is vast. They can be seen in herds, grazing and relaxing on the Academy golf course from pretty much every window on the south-facing side of the hotel.

Visitors from the London area who spend time at Richmond Park will definitely feel at home around the Deer at our hotel.

Guests often admire these elegant creatures and feel they add to Bowood’s unique ambiance…

7. Brick Kiln

Many years ago, the Estate builders used to dig clay from a pit on the left hand side of the second golf hole to make bricks to build cottages on the estate. The woods where the builders dug this clay are now called Brick Kiln. Some of the cottages are now home to some of the hotel team members including our General Manager.

8. Brown Hares

We have a thriving population of brown hares on the golf course.If you ever pay the hotel a visit, why not follow the public footpath and go ‘form-finding’?

9. Hotel entrance - Golden Gates

In January 1841, Isambard Kingdom Brunel completed the London to Chippenham section of the Great Western Railway. From then on, the Third Marquess of Lansdowne travelled to and from London by train. Before this railway was built, the main entrance to the estate was from the east, through Pillars Lodge.

On completion of the railway, Lord Lansdowne commissioned Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament, to build a new lodge on the western perimeter of the park at the point closest to Chippenham station. In the centre of these gates, which you enter through today, are the gold crossed L’s. The name “Golden Gates” was, as a result, an obvious choice.

10. We’ve welcomed 143,809 guests to Bowood

107,857 people have stayed in a double room at the hotel and 35,952 guests have stayed in a single room. That’s 143,809 guests in total.

If you would like to join the thousands of guests who have stayed in the hotel, then book a room on our website. And we look forward to welcoming you.

5 historical insights into Mother’s Day that you may be surprised to discover

Mother’s Day is fast approaching. Sunday 31st March 2019 is the designated day in the UK to show mothers and grandmothers just how important they are with a Mother’s Day treat.

This week, bunches of flowers, boxes of chocolates and bottles of Prosecco will be whipped off the shelves by sons and daughters everywhere.

According to muchneeded.com, £50 million is spent on greetings cards, £260 million is spent on flowers and a whopping £1.4 billion is the estimated amount spent in retail stores. And that is for Mother’s Day in the UK alone.

It seems that we certainly do like to spoil mum.

And it isn’t just mothers, the site also claims that 35% of shoppers are buying gifts for their grandmothers too.

Another fun fact, according to history.com, is that the number of phone calls is higher on Mother’s Day than any other time of year- and phone traffic increases by 37%.

Whether you enjoy a long chat on the phone or send your mum a bunch of flowers, Mother’s Day is, without a doubt, a significant celebration for all generations. It is a day when the whole family often come together to thank the female relatives for all that they do.

We know that Mother’s Day provides us with the opportunity to show mums the appreciation they don’t always receive throughout the year. However, it is also important to ask; what is the meaning behind Mother’s Day and when did it originally start?

Here are five historical insights into Mother’s Day that we’ve researched here at Bowood (and we’re pretty certain you won’t have heard all of them before):

Insight #1: Mother’s Day is ancient history

A very basic form of Mother’s Day started thousands of years ago during the time of the ancient Greeks and the Romans.

Historical knowledge has unveiled that people celebrated festivals in honour of the mother goddesses – Rhea and Cybele.

Rhea and Cybele were goddesses and, most importantly, maternal figures. They were often depicted as plump women- representing female fertility, motherhood and generation.

Insight #2: Mothering Sunday existed before the official Mother’s Day

Before the official “Mother’s Day” was recognised, “Mothering Sunday” was often celebrated in the UK and was based upon Christianity.

“Mothering Sunday” generally fell on the fourth Sunday of lent, three weeks before Easter. On this day every year, families would return to their local church and attend a service with relatives and neighbours.

Insight #3: Mother’s Day originated in the USA

Mother’s Day has definitely become more “American” over the years. Slowly but surely, British people have favoured the custom of giving gifts to their mothers.

Why?

Mother’s Day as we know it was born in America.

In the 1800s, it started off as “Mother’s Day Work Clubs”, put together before the Civil War by West Virginia’s Ann Marie Jarvis.

When the civil war started, Jarvis changed these groups to “Mothers’ Friendship Day”—primarily aimed to promote peace between woman across the north south divide.

Jarvis’ good work was continued by Julia Ward Howe in 1870. Howe again called upon mothers to promote World Peace and campaigned for “World Peace Mother’s Day” to take place annually on June 2nd.

Insight #4: The lady who created the first official Mother’s Day celebration was not a mother herself

And that lady was the daughter of Ann Marie Jarvis- Anna Jarvis.

She began the official Mother’s Day in the US after her mother’s death in 1905. She wanted the day to be a celebration of how much mothers sacrificed for their children.

Jarvis was not married and did not have any children herself. Yet she campaigned for a Mother’s Day celebration for about 9 years.

She started her journey towards making Mother’s Day a public holiday through gaining financial backing from John Wanamaker.

Wanamaker owned a Philadelphia department store and was in a comfortable position.

The first-ever Mother’s Day took place in a Methodist church located in Virginia. This was, of course, attended by Jarvis herself.

On the same day, a celebration for mothers took place in Wanamaker’s department store.

For nine years following the initial Mother’s Day celebration, Jarvis worked hard to raise awareness of the occasion. She even established the “Mother’s Day International Association” to promote her idea and fund her efforts.

After a lot of hard work and campaigning by Jarvis, American President Woodrow Wilson signed a contract stating that Mother’s Day would be the second Sunday in May.

And that is when Mother’s Day was made an official public holiday in 1914.

Insight #5: International Mother’s Day was made official by President Woodrow in 1914

Since it has been made official, International Mother’s Day is celebrated annually by countries across the globe on the second Sunday in May.

Although there are many different varieties of Mother’s Day that take place globally, on different days, International Mother’s Day can be shared by all countries.

In the UK, we have the choice to celebrate two Mother’s Days. Our main celebration takes place on the third Sunday of lent, three weeks before Easter. And International Mother’s Day takes place in line with America’s public holiday (albeit on a much smaller scale).

Mother’s Day at Bowood

If you choose to celebrate Mother’s Day in March, you can indulge in our excellent gourmet Mother’s Day offer at Bowood.

Come and dine in our restaurant with the whole family.

Choose from either of our Sunday lunch options- either À la Carte or a traditional three-course carvery. Or come along for Afternoon Tea.

Dine on succulent beef, seasoned turkey, fresh salmon or vegetarian stew and dumplings if you book a table for lunchtime.

Families coming for afternoon tea will enjoy a sandwiches, scones, pâtisserie items, a glass of Prosecco, tea and coffee.

Whichever option you go for, you can be sure to receive a warm welcome and enjoy an extra-special Mother’s Day at Bowood.

10 Things You Might Not Know about the PGA

Bowood are extremely pleased to have recently become an elite member of the PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association). As a branded property of the association, we are now a PGA Golf Course and PGA Academy.

The hard and accurate work of our dedicated team across all areas of the hotel, not just on the golf course, has led to our affiliation. And that goes hand-in-hand with the loyalty of our members and guests, whose attendance and feedback has all come together to help us achieve such a prestigious status.

Despite our excitement, we understand that not all our hotel guests and members will be familiar with the PGA.

So, to clear up any uncertainties and to share this new-found success with our loyal members and guests, we’re unveiling everything we think you ought to know about the PGA.

So, what does PGA qualified mean? And how do we expect it to enhance Bowood and what we offer?

Here are 10 things you might not know about the PGA:

#1 The PGA is recognised as a global professional golfing association

Being part of the PGA gives Bowood global recognition within professional golf. Our course is now seen to be on the same level as some of the best golf courses across the world.

To put it simply: We’ve become part of world class golfing elite.

We expect that those with a keen interest in golf will want to travel to Bowood to indulge in the superior golfing opportunities we offer. No matter where they live.

The fact that other PGA accredited golf courses are based in Kenya and Spain proves the sheer prestige of this accreditation, and its rarity in the UK.

Of course, we’ve been lucky enough to be making the most of our fantastic course for a number of years. It’s not changing drastically as a result of the affiliation- but it is becoming more recognised.

So when it comes to preferred professional golfing venues, we’re very much on the map.

#2 There is a difference between a PGA Golf Course and a PGA Academy

And we’ve gained status as both.

As we’ve mentioned above, being recognised as a PGA Golf Course makes us one of the top choices for golfing facilities in the UK and worldwide.

Bowood is now regarded as a superior golfing venue, considering the course itself, as well as the hotel’s brasserie, accommodation and spa.

As a PGA Academy, we’ve demonstrated that we can enhance golf skills in our players, through high-level coaching from trained professionals.

Our Pro golfers are PGA professionals with over 50 years’ experience. If you’ve played on our course before and experienced some coaching, you’ll know the skill level of our coaches and also their ability to progress beginner, intermediate and even “expert” players.

The PGA has recognised Bowood’s facilities to cater for golfers of all ages, genders and abilities, which means that we are proven to provide an excellent hub for learning new techniques and enhancing existing skills.

Who knows…perhaps we’ll be the home golf course of the next Tiger Woods? We’ve already developed a number of international level athletes, so training an elite-level sports person is not out of the question.

The bar is set high. And all of our guests, members and visitors to our hotel can benefit from our high-standard of coaching- that is sought-after on an international scale.

#3 Bowood is not the only PGA golf course in the UK

Golf enthusiasts will, no doubt, have heard about the legendary golf course The Belfry.

The Belfry is the UK’s PGA National Course. It is well-connected and easily accessible by Birmingham Airport and Birmingham city centre.

The course is famous for its 500-acres of superior Warwickshire countryside, as well as it’s high-quality accommodation and facilities in the hotel.

For Bowood to be part of the PGA and valued on a similar level to The Belfry is an absolute honour and an exciting prospect for our hotel’s future.

Note that The Belfry has a superior partnership status with the PGA, so we’re not quite on the same level as that.

# 4 There are just 8 PGA Golf Academies to date

We may not be a partner of the PGA, however, to get to grips with how superior our accreditation really is, it is helpful to know that Bowood is now one of eight (yes that’s right, just eight) PGA golf academies to date.

We are listed as one of the best places to develop golfing skills and learn from the professionals, along with the following locations:

  • PGA Golf Academy, Carus Green
  • Laguna Golf, Phuket
  • PGA Golf Academy, Bayhood No.9
  • PGA Golf Academy, Mission Hills
  • PGA Golf Academy, Formby Hall
  • PGA Golf Academy, Close House
  • PGA Golf Academy, University Limerick

Being classed alongside the magnificent locations above is just another of the reasons why the PGA association is so beneficial for our hotel.

#5 The PGA partners the Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup is arguably one of the most famous awards in the sport. The PGA has been involved with the Ryder Cup since it began in 1927. And it still plays a part nowadays.

For those that are more familiar with Pro golf, the PGA is a partner in the European Ryder Cup LLP, as well as the European tour.

And if you’ve seen what the Ryder Cup looks like, donated to the sport by Sam Ryder himself, you’ll have noticed the 17-inch figure on the top. That figure is Abe Mitchell. One of the most famous members of the PGA and Sam Ryder’s personal coach.

#6 The PGA is affiliated with huge brands

Not only is the PGA supported by legends in golf like Abe Mitchell, it is also affiliated with massive brands.

Some of these brands are:

  • Coca Cola- soft drinks manufacturer.
  • Gleneagles- 2014 Ryder Cup venue and renowned golf resort.
  • FJ- footwear manufacturer.
  • The Belfry- hotel and golf resort. Home to PGA Headquarters.
  • Optical Express- Leading eye laser surgery provider.
  • Glenmuir 1891- club embroidery.
  • BMW- Title sponsor of the PGA Championships.
  • Prostate Cancer UK- official charity of the PGA.

Just by looking at the size and calibre of these brands, it is clear to see what a big deal it is being part of the PGA.

We hope to expand and improve our facilities at Bowood, in response to this excellent accreditation.

#7 PGA professionals are highly trained, often to degree level

In order to become a PGA affiliated professional, it takes time and hard work. Our Pros have undergone extensive training to get where they are today.

Many of the PGA Pros are educated to degree level. They are trained with the most recent expertise and skills in the sport, to ensure they provide the best and most relevant standard of golf to date.

A professional qualification with the PGA involves:

  • Full or part-time higher education
  • First aid certificate
  • Work experience in a golf environment
  • ASQ Level 1 and 2 certificates in golf coaching
  • Experience in playing professional golf events
  • Child protection certificate.

#8 The PGA runs over 700 annual tournaments

And here at Bowood we’ll be hosting the final of the PGA Championship in July 2019.

We couldn’t be more excited.

The Championship invites various golf societies to play on our hotel grounds and the course will provide a testing ground for 144 talented players.

We’re looking forward to watching and receiving feedback on their experience on the course.

Our Head GreenKeeper and his team are already working hard to ensure the course is at optimum condition in preparation for the Championship event.

If you’d like to play on this iconic course as a member, then why not join us as a member here at Bowood?

#9 The PGA works closely with golf bodies

The PGA works with golf bodies such as the UK Golf Course Owners Association and the Home Unions and Golf Club Managers’ Association, as well as various golf club committees.

This means that the credibility of the association is extremely high. If you’re looking to start your golfing career (and by that we mean amateur players too), then by choosing a PGA accredited venue like Bowood, you can be confident you’re learning in the most reliable way.

#10 #WeLoveGolf and the WPGA represent women in golf

Golf is not just a sport for men. The campaign #WeLoveGolf is the PGA’s modern campaign to get more women playing golf.

The WPGA is the section of the PGA dedicated to women. Set up by the epic female golfer Vivien Saunders in 1978, she gifted the name WPGA into the safe hands of the PGA in 1998.

So while the association is run overall by men, there is a continued effort to get more women involved in golf.

Women who join the PGA automatically become members of the WPGA.

We welcome female members here at Bowood.

Bowood and the PGA

Bowood’s new status with the PGA gives our hotel spa and golf resort global recognition on the professional golfing scene. We want to share the prestige of the PGA with our guests, members and anybody thinking about coming to stay with us.

We’re looking forward to welcoming more local golfers, as well as making continued developments to our world-class golf course.

Join us today for what is set to be one of our most exciting years in golf to date.

Wiltshire is a beautiful county at the edge of the South West Peninsula.

Wiltshire is a beautiful county at the edge of the South West Peninsula. Its landscape is contrasting, with woodlands, river valleys and clay vales – but often it’s known for having open chalk hills – known as “downland” – such as Salisbury Plain. Famously, Salisbury Plain is home to one of the most historically important places in the world. That is, of course, the World Heritage SiteStonehenge.

Wiltshire is a place of significant ancient history, and it’s worth visiting for this alone – but it’s also a modern cultural hub. There’s always lots to do, and Christmas in no exception. To save you some googling here’s a round up what’s on in Wiltshire this Christmas.

Bread Making, Devizes – 1st Dec

The aroma of bread baking is the loveliest in the known universe. Then again, are there aromas in space? There’s no air, so…

Moving on.

Bread is one of those things that defies seasonal shifts and time. This means it’s not, not Christmassy. Kneading dough and baking bread are also warming activities perfect for dark, wintry afternoons.

If you fancy learning the basics why not try this course.

Hartley Farm Christmas Market, Bradford-on-Avon – 1st Dec

Alongside producing superb quality Aberdeen Angus Beef and fruit and veg, Hartley Farm helps supply its own farm shop – with a butcher, delicatessen and a vast choice of wines and craft beers.

The Hartley Farm Christmas market is a fine way to while away a couple of hours with a glass of mulled wine, some delicious Wiltshire produce and Christmas performances.

“You bought how many artisan cheeses? 26?”

The Christmas House, Salisbury – 24th Nov to 23rd Dec

Christmas through the ages, all under one roof.

For this year’s festive season, the National Trust are decorating the rooms in Mompesson House to reflect Christmas in different eras. This brilliant idea will have you walking between a Regency Christmas in the dining room and a 1950s one in the library, as you snack on a mince pie or two.

Crop Circle Exhibition – until 31st Dec

Apologies, this isn’t festive at all. It’s intriguing, impressive and downright weird though. If you’re interested in crop circles or think you could be – this is your moment.

Are they created by farmers with planks of wood, for a laugh – or as geometric representations of the thought processes of an extra-terrestrial intelligence?

This multi-media exhibition, first created for the Wiltshire Museum is a comprehensive lowdown on crop circle history and latest news.

For more info – please click here.

 

Festival of Light, Longleat – 9th Nov to 6th Jan

The Longleat Estate made history, becoming the first place outside of Africa to have a safari park. It’s also the focus of the BBC TV series ‘Animal Park’, hosted by Ben Fogle and Kate Humble – that’s been running for almost 20 years.

Longleat’s ‘Festival of Light’ is 1,000 lanterns in the dark, illuminating parts of a fantastic journey through time and space, spread over 30 acres of parkland.

Intrepid visitors will stumble across brand new creatures, worlds and awesome structures on an epic aeronautical adventure.

For more info – please click here.

Mistletoe & Merriment, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury – From 25th Nov

This year’s exhibition at Fisherton Mill, is about giving your Christmas shopping a fresh sense of curiosity and wonder.

The exhibition will feature a range of contemporary arts and crafts, designed to be playful, make you think and baffle you – including optical illusions.

“Is the cat inside or outside the toy box and is it actually a box anyway, or a flat wall panel?”.

This is a direct quote from the website, and it sounds hilarious – in a good way.

Why not check out the website.

Twilight Tower Tours, Salisbury Cathedral – From 3rd Dec

Salisbury Cathedral is iconic, and not only has the highest spire in the country (at 123 metres) but also the most intact of the last four remaining copies of the Magna Carta.

If you’re ready to climb 322 steps to the top of the tower, with breaks, you’ll be able to look out onto the night-time city scape of Salisbury and the multi-colour illuminated art installations in cathedral close.

Look out for the neon display “I will turn darkness into light”.

A twilight tour of Salisbury Cathedral tower is a lovely way to end a day spent wandering around the Salisbury Christmas market.

For more info – please click here.

Salisbury Christmas Market – 29th Nov to 23rd Dec

Now in its sixth year, the Christmas market is a wonderfully atmospheric addition to the ancient streets of Salisbury. It follows a German lead and has 70 wooden chalets with all sorts of Christmas treats – from handmade furniture to luxury food and drink.

It’s a perfect accompaniment to a festive shopping spree in Salisbury.  Plus, everything is unique, desirable, made in Britain and intended to support our home economy.

Read more.

A Fairy tale Christmas in Wiltshire

Christmas at Bowood, in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside is a magical experience. Our boutique hotel, spa and golf resort is nestled within 100 acres of pristine, landscaped gardens – which are beautiful when tinged with winter frosts.

If you catch a chill whilst exploring our grounds, why not settle by a crackling log fire with a glass of something, or enjoy a festive afternoon tea? You could also visit our spa for a revitalising treatment. Golf warms the cockles too.

At Bowood, we love Christmas. That’s why we’ve filled our festive calendar to the rafters. Here’s a handful not to miss –

Spa Christmas Shopping Evening

Golf Pro Shop 30% Off Christmas Shopping Day

Family Christmas Carvery

Christmas Day Carvery

Up for a festive knees up? We also have party nights throughout December. In advance, we wish you a merry Christmas!

Thanks for reading.