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With Kat Farmer
The social season never ends. So each month we're bringing you all kinds of looks for the many, many occasions currently filling up your calendar.
19th and 22nd September
Set in the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace, this prestigious equestrian event attracts some of the world's best horses and riders. Alongside eventing classes, displays and competitions, expect an abundance of delicious food and drink, shopping and entertainment. Our timeless trenches have you covered.
14th of September
What better way to celebrate Classical Music Month than with the Last Night of the Proms? If you're lucky enough to get your hands on a ticket, you'll be treated to a spectacular evening of music lead by mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and conductor Sakari Oramo. From orchestral dances to operatic tragedies, world premieres to traditional favourites, rise to the occasion with our event wear.
28th and 29th September
Now in its 14th year, Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival is a two day celebration of Suffolk's thriving gastronomical reputation. Fine food and local brews set against the beautiful backdrop of Snape Maltings by the River Alde make the perfect ingredients for a delicious weekend away. Opt for jeans with a little stretch.
12th and 15th September
Investigate Agatha Christie's English Riviera at her namesake festival in Torquay, Devon. Literary fans can enjoy a programme of guest author talks from leading crime writers, murder mystery dinners, tea parties and more. Walk the Agatha Christie mile, which takes you to some of the places that were inspirational in her life and works, in a comfy pair of boots.
Celebrate Diwali, Festival of Light, at the National Maritime Museum. There'll be music and dance, as well as lantern-making sessions, storytelling and a rangoli pattern art workshop, before a light parade to Greenwich Park rounds off the day. Catch the light in something sparkly.
1st - 31st October
A delicious celebration of dining out. Now in its 11th year, London Restaurant Festival is a chance to discover the capital's diverse range of restaurants. From restaurant-hopping tours to tasting menus and masterclasses, there are so many ways to tickle your tastebuds. Opt for one of our stylish evening tops.
Get into the Halloween spirit at the annual Hauser & Wirth Pumpkin Festival. Among a variety of activities for adults and children, the day will centre around The Grand Pumpkin & Squash Competition, which will be judged by local resident and renowned gardener Charles Dowding. Wear a comfy pair of boots.
In autumn, the British countryside is alive with a rich palette of colours. So dust off your hiking boots and head out to one of the UK's beautiful national parks where an array of woodlands, lakes and wildlife are waiting to be discovered. Our cosy coats will keep you warm.
2nd - 21st November
A month-long celebration of music and words in three beautiful venues. Head to Hampstead Arts Festival this November for an exciting programme of jazz, chamber music, literature and more from international and emerging artists, as well as local talent. We've dresses to match every event on the agenda.
1st - 2nd November
Remember, remember the 5th November at London's biggest firework festival. There'll be live music, a German beer festival, cult films and, of course, a breathtaking fireworks display against the iconic backdrop of the capital's skyline. Wrap up warm in our timeless coats.
14th - 17th November
Be dazzled by the UK's largest light festival. Returning to its birthplace in Durham for its 10th anniversary, Lumiere festival invites artists to create works that reimagine buildings and public spaces, changing the way we experience dark, winter nights. Take it all in wearing a comfy pair of boots.
9th - 30th November
A celebration of all things literary. Now in its 30th year, Chester Literature Festival is one of the UK's largest of its kind. Over 100 events will take place throughout November with performance and discussion from major authors, storytellers, broadcasters and poets. Layer up in our softer-than-soft knitwear.
Until December 29th
Back for its third year, Christmas at the Botanics is the perfect festive evening out. Take a stroll along the one mile walking route which meanders around the gardens and includes a magical tunnel of light within the seventy-metre long famous Beech hedge, festooned with thousands of fairy lights. Bundle up in our cosy coats.
Adorn your door with your very own Christmas wreath. Throughout the UK, garden centres, florists and more will play host to wreath making masterclasses. A wonderful way to get creative and ease yourself into the festive season, wear something jolly.
Enjoy a spot of Christmas shopping in Brussels. Stroll through cobbled streets to discover pretty squares brimming with wintry wonders. Peruse snow-dusted market stalls for stocking fillers, while the sweet, spicy scent of waffles and glühwein fills the air. Wrap up in one of our soft-than-soft scarves.
Wherever you are celebrating this New Year's Eve, use it as an excuse to sashay around in your finest. From an opulent black-tie event to an intimate dinner with friends, our beautiful occasionwear will ensure you welcome 2020 in decadent style.
Head to London's West End for a spectacular New Year's Day Parade. With over 8,000 performers representing the London boroughs and countries from across the globe, this vibrant event sees Pearly Kings and Queens, marching bands, cheerleaders and more celebrate in the heart of the capital. Beat the chill in our cosy knits.
22nd - 26th January
Showcasing both museum-quality modern and contemporary art, the London Art Fair is an unmissable opening to the international art calendar. As well as the chance to discover sculptures, paintings, photographs and ceramics by internationally renowned artists, there'll be a range of talks, tours and screenings to see. A comfy pair of flats is recommended.
Partake in the centuries-old Scottish ritual of Burns Night. An annual event to celebrate the life of Scotland's national Bard, Robert Burns, the night traditionally centres around a hearty supper of haggis, neeps and tatties with a dash of whiskey, followed by recitals of Burns' poetry. Whether you're Scottish or not, it's the perfect excuse for a post-Christmas party!
The best way to beat the January blues? A rejuvenating weekend away is top of our wishlist. From serene hotels to yoga breaks and creative writing workshops, Cornwall makes for the perfect post-Christmas destination - whether you'd like to pursue your passions, get fit and healthy for the new year or simply take some time out to relax.
8th February - 8th March
A carnival of colour, Kew's annual festival of orchids is the perfect way to escape the winter gloom. Enjoy a dazzling, orchid-laden display, inspired by the breathtaking biodiversity of Indonesia as well as Indonesian music, dance and food during after-hours events. Wear something colourful.
17th - 23rd February
Embrace rhubarb season at the Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb. Each year, the city celebrates the Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb, which is grown locally and is so prized that it has European Protected Designation of Origin status. As well as rhubarb farm tours, expect cookery demonstrations, a food market, street entertainment and heritage walks. Wear a comfy pair of trainers.
Raise a toast to Valentine's day. Acres of rolling hills laden with ripe fruits may be a sight more typical of Tuscany, but you don't have to travel far to enjoy award-winning wine and beautiful scenery. There are many wonderful vineyards here in the UK, where you can learn about wine and spend a night in a hotel or cottage. Wear a chic blouse.
6nd - 8th March
2020 marks the tenth anniversary of WOW festival, a global movement celebrating women and girls, while highlighting the obstacles they face and the state of gender equality. Coinciding with International Women's Day, expect a packed programme of discussion, debate and conversation from the world's leading speakers, activists and performers.
10nd - 13th March
Head to the rolling Cotswolds countryside to soak up the electric atmosphere of Cheltenham Festival. Showcasing four days of jump racing, the event is a highlight of the annual sporting calendar. Master the Ladies Day dress code with our exquisite occasionwear collection ‒ don't forget a fascinator!
19th - 28th March
Celebrate the written and spoken word in the historic city of York. Bringing together authors, critics and authorities on the arts and culture, the annual festival sees over 50 events take place over 10 days. Budding poets will also have the chance to share their words in an attempt to win the York prize for poetry. Wear a comfy pair of trainers.
Don't just send flowers; learn the art of floristry this Mother's Day. A wonderful way to spend quality time together, treat her to a flower arranging class (there are an array available throughout the UK), where you'll learn how to create your very own hand-tied masterpiece with guidance from a professional florist. Wear a floral dress.
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