Okay, there are inevitably times when a piece is submitted weeks ahead of the publication date and you just have to cross everything that the eatery so enthusiastically recommended hasn’t closed its doors overnight, a heritage restoration project didn’t suffer a loss of funding or a beautiful walk isn’t suddenly blighted by fly-tippers.
Fortunately a good chef usually stays in business, audience development keeps visitor numbers growing and a cherished environment remains preserved. Whilst always on the look-out for the next scoop, more often than not as writers we give voice to those who’ve already given their silent approval and make those yet to make a discovery aware of what they’re missing.
Tweets and social media in general do a great job at getting word out instantly, but what I still love about old-fashioned print is the chance to stumble across a feature several months (or in the case of my dentist’s waiting room, perhaps years) after it’s been written, and the recommendation still holds true. You’ve not missed the boat, in fact the experience might be even better than was first reported.
This month’s recommendations
Beaulieu: not only is there a Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In this father’s day, a Vintage Village offers something for the non petrol-heads. beaulieu.co.uk
Epsom Racecourse: you might be dusting down the hats and tails for The Derby but thanks to an ancient law, The Hill is free whatever happens betwixt the rails. epsom.thejockeyclub.co.uk
Farnborough Air Sciences Museum: you don’t need to be a boffin to enjoy a visit to this once hush, hush site. Anyone who recalls Concorde will love it. airsciences.org.uk
Surrey Artist’ Open Studios: with over 300 artists throwing open their doors between 6-21 June the whole county celebrates the talent that’s on display. surreyopenstudios.org.uk