There are some big things happening in the UK in 2022...
The events calendars in Britain are starting to look a little more 'full' after a couple of years of non-events and cancellations.
Now, with safety precautions, additional cleaning and appropriate distancing a standard part of our lives and wider society, it looks as though we have a good number of cultural, music, and sporting events to look forward to in Britain this year!
Not least is the “blockbuster” four day Bank Holiday weekend from 2nd - 5th June, in honour of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. After, on 4th February this year she became the first British Monarch to celebrate 70 years of service.
Lots of activities are due to take place in the UK in the months preceding the momentous weekend, including street parties, pageants, and lots of community events.
And the weekend itself is sure to be a great Time to Make Memories as the historic milestone will be celebrated with parading soldiers, horses and musicians; an RAF fly-past, following the Trooping the Colour; the traditional lighting of the beacons; the Epsom Downs Derby; Party at the Palace; and the Jubilee Lunch and Pageant concluding the festivities on Sunday.
The return of the likes of heavy-weight festivals Glastonbury and End of the Road will also be welcomed this year by music lovers, and the Notting Hill Carnival will be bringing to life the west London streets with colours, music and flavours of the Caribbean in this dazzling late summer event.
Currently, the Beijing Winter Olympics are taking place, and lots more sporting events are on the cards in Britain this year too, with the Birmingham Commonwealth Games set to happen in July and August, and the London Marathon scheduled for October.
Happily, the planned sporting events extend to equestrian eventing, the top 5 of which include Horse of the Year Show, London International Horse Show, and Royal Windsor Horse Show.
Kicking-off our events for the year, Collier & Dobson will be exhibiting our latest collections of art prints, originals, sculpture and home accessories at The Ideal Home Show next month, which promises to showcase a huge collection of unrivalled independent retailers, with innovative and on-trend products for
You will be able to visit us and browse through our collections for home décor inspiration. We have lots to choose from, and you can pick up the perfect piece to keep your home up-to-date with the latest interior trends, to create a calming sanctuary, or make a warm and welcoming social space.
Following on in May, you will find our stand at the “pinnacle of the horse trials calendar”, the Badminton Horse Trials, taking place at historic Badminton House and Estate, Gloucestershire.
Take the opportunity to see our stunning artwork up-close in the beautifully landscaped Badminton Park, with pieces by Josie Appleby, Anthony Dobson, Fred Gordon, and Becky Mair sitting perfectly at home in their equestrian and pastoral surroundings.
Next, we will be exhibiting at huge equestrian event the Royal Windsor Horse Show, held in the beautiful private grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Which, like other esteemed event 'Badminton Horse Trials', dates right back to the 1940s.
Royal Windsor actually first took place in 1943 to help raise funds for the War effort, when it was called the Windsor Horse and Dog Show. Unfortunately, dogs have been banned from the showground since 1944, reputedly after a lurcher snatched food from King George V's plate!
While canine companions can't accompany you to the show, you will be able to find plenty of beautiful depictions of our four legged friends on our stand, like Did You Say Walkies by Aaminah Snowdon, His Master's Voice by Anthony Dobson, Stop me and Buy One by Sam Toft, and Yorkie by Nicky Litchfield.
In the height of summer, we will be back at The Great Yorkshire Show “England's premier agricultural event” run by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. The event has now been extended to run over 4 days, so that attendance on each of the days can be limited to ensure that everyone can relax and enjoy their experience.
The show is set up to give first hand experience and insight into countryside practises, and rural and agricultural life and industry through a series of demonstrations and events, all staged at the 250 acre Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.
If you are passionate about the countryside and its inhabitants, this is a great show to attend, and you will find some beautiful country-themed artwork on our stand to purchase and commemorate your time there.
Pieces like Bev Davies' wonderful wildlife depiction Henry & Hattie, Nicky Litchfield's handsome highland cow Brodie, and Sophie Louise White's stunningly sculpted Harvest Mouse are great examples of our range.
Late July will see us exhibiting at The Game Fair, Warwickshire, coined the 'Festival of the Countryside' it promises to be an exciting experience for all those passionate about the Great British Countryside.
Bringing together the fieldsports community, the event attracts those with an interest in rural pursuits and beautiful countryside locations.
Ragley Hall, near Alcester, is the fair's venue and boasts “elegance and grandeur in a stunning setting” which overlooks unspoilt Warwickshire countryside.
For full details about all of our shows head over to our Shows and Events page, and remember to follow us on Facebook, and Instagram for updates and latest news.
NB Featured artwork may not be available at all show locations.