Paul and Sarah Woodward (Bondholders since 2007), owners of East Kent Vineyard Tours Ltd, have put together a bespoke trip that includes a visit to the Battle of Britain Memorial – the National Memorial to the Few, followed by a short drive to Terlingham Vineyard, which sits under the skies in which the Battle of Britain was fought between 10th July and 31st October 1940.
Stop 1 – The Battle of Britain Memorial
Guests will be picked up in a luxury minibus from Sibton Park HPB and driven to the Memorial for a guided tour of the site. This will include visiting the Memorial Wall, where the names of the Few are forever engraved, and the Memorial itself, in the shape of a lone airman looking out to sea. The site also features a replica Spitfire and Hurricane.
Also included is entry to the Scramble Experience – an immersive audio-visual room where you will hear from the Few, read in-depth accounts of the Battle and get hands-on with several interactive displays.
The Memorial is an extraordinary place – and can best be summed up by the welcoming words of Richard Hunting, Chairman, Battle of Britain Memorial Trust who run the site :
“I hope that, like me, you will feel the special atmosphere of this Memorial and its surroundings high on the White Cliffs in an area where some of the most intense aerial fighting took place in 1940. Here we remember not only the aircrew who fought for us in the sky over England, but all the men and women who supported them in so many capacities and were equally willing to give their lives to preserve the freedom we continue to enjoy so many years later.”
Stop 2 – Terlingham Vineyard Tour
A short drive will then take guests to Terlingham Vineyard to be greeted by Jackie and Caroline, the proprietors of this outstanding family-run organic vineyard. There is a short walk to the vineyard, which is situated on a gorgeous south-facing slope on the Kent North Downs, with fabulous views over the Channel to France.
Jackie and Caroline will give you a wonderfully insightful explanation of the viticulture process – and in particular how they use natural farming methods to grow their grapes. And then you will have a chance to taste a selection of their fabulous still and sparkling wines. This will be complemented by a cheese board, a selection of crusty bread and finished off with a slice of their cake of the day. This final indulgence will take place in the barn overlooking the vineyard.
Take a look here at what Terlingham are all about: https://youtu.be/ImG4_3zGOH0
Tours run every Tuesday at £55 per person.
If you would like to join us on The Battle of Britain Tour, please book your place by contacting Paul on email@example.com or call on 07473 878733