The weekend in Warwick was conceived out of a desperate desire to see Sarah's new home, alongside the opportunity to see the Summer Proms at Warwick Castle. I headed off from work on the Friday, and, after negotiating the winding country roads my sat nav decided to take me in order to find my way out of Christchurch and onto the motorway, which resulted in me getting stuck in a traffic jam caused by a horse sticking its head out into the road, I was on my way and arrived at Sarah's around half past 6. Myself, Gem and Sarah V arrived around the same time and decided that Nando's was the order of the evening, and so we all piled into Sarah's car and headed into Leamington Spa for plates of chicken (except for me, I only order chips and halloumi).
We stayed up chatting until Char and Alex arrived around midnight - lucky for them we were so full of food from dinner that we hadn't demolished too much of Sarah's amazing spread of sweet treats. There were homemade scones, mini Victoria Sponge cakes, peanut butter cupcakes, cookies and a chocolate orange marble cake, along with sweets, popcorn and heart shaped marshmallows. Actual heaven.
We drank tea and did some more gossiping before it really was time to retire to bed for our busy Saturday of castle exploring and picknicking.
The next day we awoke to Sarah's breakfast offering of blueberry muffins and banana loaf cakes. Seriously, when can I move in? We then went to Warwick for a mooch around (I bought a vintage picnic hamper from a charity shop - to be shared at a later date!), to meet up with the lovely Roisin, and to grab a spot of lunch. We sat, sweltering in a pub beer garden, devouring salads and sandwiches and listening to the bells of St Mary's Church, before heading to M&S to buy all manner of picnick-y foods and drinks. The Summer Proms is in the grounds of Warwick Castle and you can bring your own picnic so we well and truly raided the salads, crisps, snacks and drinks aisles to prepare for the evening ahead.
Once back at Sarah's we had enough time for a spot of tea and cake and to load our wares into coolbags and picnic hampers before heading to the castle. Our tickets allowed us an afternoon explore before the proms, so we walked around the grounds and into the main hall. We were greeted by a rather impressive sandcastle of Warwick Castle, cool eh?
We walked around the great hall and the some of the other rooms and attractions before cooling off with a walk by the river and some ice creams. I haven't had a Solero for about ten years, but boy, it was good.
After a while we were all flagging in the heat and decided to head back to Sarah's for some shade and a sit down. Even though it was 5pm by then my iPhone told me it was a balmy 31 degrees! Yikes!
After a little rest we then loaded up Char's car with all of our picnic paraphernalia and headed back to the castle. As we walked into the grounds a Spitfire was zooming overhead and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra were playing Dambusters. Don't say we don't like to make an entrance! We laid out our blankets, cracked open hampers, uncorked bottles of fizz and tucked into our picnics.
It was quite a sight to behold to see everyone waving their flags at 'Land of Hope and Glory' - Sarah V gave me an excellent tip which I will now bestow upon your lucky selves, if you don't know the words you can just sing 'Land of hope and glory, land of glory and hope' throughout the song. Trust me, it fits. (Got it stuck in your head yet?)
Someone posted a video of the finale on Youtube, it's worth a watch though you may not have the dedication to watch the whole seven minutes (I didn't).