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An eventful weekend

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on Thursday, 11 September 2014
And another Young Lady ventures out of town, this time to Lincolnshire for the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials – and an excuse to wear my tweed cape. It is a key highlight of the international equestrian calendar, but a carefully curated shopping village, displays including military working dogs and a contagious party atmosphere mean you needn't be horsey to enjoy it.

Eventing, a taxing combination of dressage, cross-country and show jumping, evolved from the training of cavalry horses, where speed, stamina and agility were of the essence. Today, it is a thriving international sport with a huge following – especially after Team GB's 2012 Olympic silver. And nowhere better to watch it than the magnificent surroundings of the Burghley Estate.

Out on the cross-country course on Saturday, I joined the cheering crowds lining the four-mile, four-star track. Designed by Capt. Mark Phillips and incorporating fences from the London 2012 Olympics, it is one of the world's most challenging. And visually stunning too, running over undulating parkland and woodland, with the backdrop of Burghley House.

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As I watched New Zealand's Andrew Nicholson and his home-bred grey Avebury powering over the imposing fences, I found myself in the unusual position of rooting for a foreign competitor. The pair had won Burghley twice, and I really wanted to see them make it a record-breaking three. 'I rode him like I stole him,' Nicholson said later, referring to his daring shortcuts that had the crowd gasping. Avebury thrives on this bold approach.

And that's just the world-class sport. The social scene is second to none, too. On my way back to the car, I stumbled into the Dubarry stand. Yes, the one where impossibly handsome chaps stand in a bucket of water (to show their famous country boots are really waterproof) and flirt outrageously. Filled with antiques and a well stocked bar, it felt like a particularly jolly house party in an Irish stately. Next thing I knew, I'd been kitted out in their clothes and drafted into their legendary after-party. The tipple of choice was the Galway cocktail, made by salesman-turned-mixologist Keith Kenny.

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Dangerously delectable (the cocktail, but yes Keith too), its magic ingredient is marmalade vodka. Good things happen at Burghley. Finding my car in the dark afterwards was another matter. I should have brought a torch.

Onwards and upwards for the show-jumping finale on Sunday. With only a few points between the top three competitors, it was an edge-of the seat affair. I actually yelped with joy when overnight leaders Nicholson and Avebury crossed the finish line, nailing their third consecutive Burghley victory. It was a privilege to witness eventing history in the making.

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With some of the world's best horses and riders in a beautiful setting, shopping heaven and a contagious party atmosphere, this is a truly unique event – and the most sociable of its kind. I pitched up on my own, but by the time I left I'd bumped into an old friend and made several new ones (including Capt. Phillips's yellow lab). Put it in your diary for next year –and remember to pack a torch.

Burghley Horse Trials 2015 are from 3-5 September www.burghley-horse.co.uk
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Scotch eggs and silliness

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on Friday, 05 September 2014
Is there anything better than a bit of silly food-based fun?

On Tuesday 16 September we Young Ladies will be heading to The Ship, Wandsworth to watch the pub's annual Scotch Egg Challenge. Now in it's fourth year, it promises to be more eggs-traordinary than ever.

Judged by a panel of eggs-perts (we could go on), including The Guardian’s Bob Granleese and Catherine Hanly from Hot Dinners, with journalist and author Joe Warwick compering the evening, chefs from 16 UK venues will fight to have their Scotch egg crowned the best in the country.

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The stakes are high, but the event is free for spectactors. What's more, there is even the opportunity to sample the eggy creations. If last year is anything to go by, there will be cutting-edge concoctions using everything from sausage meat to salt cod béchamel and eggs from gulls to quails.

Who will be egg-static at the end of the night and who will be left with egg on their face (we told you we could go on)?  We Young Ladies will be heading to The Ship to find out...

For more information visit www.theship.co.uk

Champagne, butlers and roller coasters...

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on Friday, 22 August 2014
Sometimes, we Young Ladies About Town like to venture out of the city (gasp!)

Last week we travelled beyond leafy Windsor to enjoy a day of delights. In fact, we opted to forgo our usual light lunches and rounds of cocktails for...wait for it...Thorpe Park. That's right, the Young Ladies went to a theme park.

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Now usually, one associates these sorts of places with screaming teenagers, a silly number of burger outlets, and the odd oversized soft toy thrown in. And of course the queues. Endless, endless queues.

We're here to tell you it doesn't have to be that way. You can go to the park, enjoy the thrill of the rides, and glide around like you're wandering through your very own kingdom. My dears, you have three options:

1) Buy fast track. This enables you to hop, skip and jump right to the front of every queue. It means a slightly pricier ticket, but there is nothing quite like the satisfaction slipping past the bored faces of those who have been waiting for HOURS.

2) Make an evening of it. Thorpe Park is putting on Summer Nights activities, which means that the park stays open extra late on Fridays and Saturdays. There are a limited number of tickets, so the queues are automatically lower. Perfect for a date (providing you and your beloved are not overly nauseous types).

3) Go VIP. If you really want to splash out, you can have your very own park host, VIP ride access, all day dining with a butler service, Champagne reception, backstage tours plus a gift bag to take home after all the excitement. We're of the firm belief that everyone should have luxury theme park experience at least once (a year).

VIPs can also climb to the top of THE SWARM (the terrific and terrifyingly high roller coaster). And do you know the best part? You can see the London from the top! You can take the girl out of the city...

Summer Nights tickets are limited and are priced at just £15 per person, or guests can buy day and night tickets for £35.99. VIP Gold Packages cost £400 per person. For more detail visit www.thorpepark.com

Krug & Krustacean

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on Tuesday, 19 August 2014
As pretentious as this probably makes me sound, seafood and champagne do make this young lady about town very happy indeed. There, I've said it. Mock me if you will but I stand by it.

With this in mind, you can imagine how excited I was to be invited to the launch of a new pop up due to open this September, Krug & Krustacean – the ultimate seafood and champagne experience.

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Held at the newly opened Beast restaurant (the pop up itself will be on the South Bank) who have collaborated with Maison Krug for the project, the evening was spent enjoying some rather amazing King Crab canapés and of course, a glass or two of champagne.

You can enjoy King Crab delights from Norway in wooden dining pods, designed in a Scandinavian style, when the pop up opens its doors from the 3-7 September, and if the canapés are anything to go by, you'll be wanting to book yourself a table now!

To book visit www.krug.com

Lights out

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on Monday, 04 August 2014
The Royal British Legion has teamed up with Marks & Spencer to encourage the nation to take part in ‘LIGHTS OUT’, a campaign to remember the soldiers who fell during the First World War.

The Legion is inviting the nation to take part in a moment of reflection, by switching off their lights and illuminating their homes with a single candle between the hour of 10pm and 11pn on 4 August, signifying the date Britain entered the Great War 100 years ago and the time the news was broadcast. Volunteers from the Legion are also organising hundreds of local remembrance events taking place across the country to mark the date.

‘LIGHTS OUT’ has been inspired by wartime Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, who famously remarked: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time”.

To support the campaign, centenary candles are now available to purchase across all Marks & Spencer stores and online here, with all profits going to the Legion in support of the charity’s vital work.


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