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Nicole Lockhead Anderson at Bolesworth
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Bolesworth Champs at FEI World Breeding Championships

The FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championships for Young Horses, hosted by Domain Zangersheide, are underway at Lanaken in Belgium.

An highlight on the showjumping calendar, the 27th edition of the event will see the best five, six and seven-year-old young horses compete for prestigious world titles. It also showcases the connection between sport, breeding and trade to a worldwide audience.

The competition starts today, the 22nd of September, with first qualifying for the three young horse classes and culminates with the finals this Sunday the 27th of September.

Thirty-one British athletes are contesting the championships, with 48 horses between them. Several horses and riders took part in the Al Shira’aa Bolesworth Young Horse Championships back in August, with the winners of the 6yo and 7yo final classes, namely Nicole Lockhead Anderson on Chac Boys Centura Ps and Olivia Gent with Brownheath Bodacious, earning their passage to Lanaken directly from Bolesworth.

Lockhead Anderson has six horses out in Belgium and Gent has two, in addition to their 6yo and 7yo horses, they also have horses in the 5yo class. Other showjumpers who competed at Bolesworth, and are representing Great Britain at the FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championships, include – amongst many – Leo Lamb on 6yo Gmail, Louise Saywell with 7yo Pheline Van ‘T Hageland, Nicole Pavitt and 7yo Noble Lord, John Crippen on 6yo Bennys Kelly, and Christopher Smith with One Gem.

When Lockhead Anderson won the Windmill Farm Estate 6yo final at Bolesworth, she said, “I went as fast as I could. Tom (Williams) said just go for it but make sure you’re clear. Luckily it paid off. I’ve been with Chac Boys since April she is so careful; she jumps every fence the same she’s got a very bright future and keeps stepping up. I’m very excited for Lanaken as I’ve never been.”

Gent with her own British bred gelding Brownheath Bodacious in the Al Shira’aa 7yo final said, “It’s a fantastic feeling, the stuff dreams are made of. I just hoped I was fast enough. I’m very excited to be heading to Lanaken, especially with my own British bred horse. It will be a lot of pressure, but it will be a great experience.”

In addition to the British riders competing over in Belgium, Al Shira’aa, title partner of the Bolesworth Young Horse Championships, has two horses entered who qualified at the August event. Abdullah Mohd Al Marri will jump with Casallcina Z in the 5yo class and Lucardo O in the 6yo.

Bolesworth’s managing director Nina Barbour added, “We are delighted that our Al Shira’aa Bolesworth Young Horse Championships played an instrumental role in helping so many top-class British and UAE riders and horses make the journey to this huge event at Lanaken. We’re following their progress and wish each and every one of them the very best of luck – we look forward to seeing the medals!”

More information is available at www.lanaken.zangersheide.com

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Al Shira’aa Bolesworth Young Horse Championship Ends on a High Note

The 2022 edition of the Al Shira’aa Bolesworth Young Horse Championships delivered five phenomenal days of showjumping at its very best.

While the headline acts were the official British Showjumping Young Horse Championships, with qualifiers for the World Breeding Championships at Lanaken in September, the event culminated in an incredibly intense 2* Grand Prix, sponsored by Old Lodge Stud.

The final day hosted the Windmill Farm Estate 6yo and Al Shira’aa Farms 7yo Young Horse classes, which were won in tremendous style by Nicole Lockhead Anderson on Thomas Williams’ mare Chac Boys Centura Ps, and Olivia Gent on her own British bred gelding Brownheath Bodacious.

Then, saving the best ‘til last, Carmen Edwards on 10-year-old Happy Valerie, a mare owned jointly by his parents and Ian and Maddie Kellett, had a sensational last round in the Grand Prix to take the win ahead of Jack Whitaker by just half a second.

The Windmill Farm Estate 6yo final was the first big class of the day. Ninteen British-bred horses went through to the Jump-off, and Lockhead Anderson had three horses in the class, but it was Chac Boys Centura Ps who put her out front. “I went as fast as I could. Tom (Williams) said just go for it but make sure you’re clear. Luckily it paid off. I’ve been with Chac Boys since April she is so careful; she jumps every fence the same she’s got a very bright future and keeps stepping up. I’m very excited for Lanaken as I’ve never been.  Tom said we are going!”

The top British bred 6yo was Billy Mufsa, a mare from the Billy Stud ridden by Lottie Tutt.

Top four qualifiers:

1.Nicole Lockhead Anderson, GBR, Chac Boys Centura Ps (foreign)

2. Leo Lamb, GBR, Gmail (foreign)

3. John Crippen, GBR, Bennys Kelly (foreign)

4. Lottie Tutt, GBR, Billy Mufsa (British)

Olivia Gent with her own British bred gelding Brownheath Bodacious won the Al Shira’aa Farms 7yo final a stylish and strong performance. Just four British bred horses were through to the jump off and Gent was out front early in the round. “It’s a fantastic feeling, the stuff dreams are made of. I just hoped I was fast enough. I’m very excited to be heading to Lanaken, especially with my own British bred horse. It will be a lot of pressure, but it will be a great experience.

Top four qualifiers

1. Olivia Gent, GBR, Brownheath Bodacious (British)

2. Jake Saywell, GBR, Kabaya Lady (foreign)

3. Nicole Pavitt, GBR, Noble Lord (British)

4. Damien Charles, GBR, Presley OL (foreign)         

A jubilant Carmen Edwards with Happy Valerie took no prisoners as he edged Jack Whitaker on Scenletha and stormed out front in the final class of the day to be held in the Bolesworth International Arnea, namely, the Old Lodge Stud CSI2* Grand Prix.

Fifteen riders returned to the ring to ride against the clock. Four on four-faults, two on single time faults and nine on clears. Whitaker, on his dad’s mare, was the fourth of the clears to ride in the final round. He looked uber-smooth and, with a time of just 38.16 seconds, looked like a cert for the win. However, it was not to be as the partnership of Edwards and Happy Valerie was sensational. They made every line, every turn work and cleared the last fence with a Grand Prix-winning time of 37.47 sceonds. This was the first-ever 2* win for Edwards, from Dudleston Heath, and it clearly meant the world to him and his family.

“It’s the most marvellous feeling. I’m struggling for words. It’s what I’ve always wanted. The atmosphere was great. The arena’s great. The jumps were fantastic. It was just so extra special as we had family and friends here.

“We produce horses for a living so to be able to keep her, and now achieve something like this today, it means that all that hard work has paid off and I’ve accomplished something big. She’s a very sensitive mare and we just understand each other. I know what ticks and what works for her.

“I can’t thank my mum and dad enough and, finally, I’d love to say thank you to Nina Barbour, because it is a home show, and also all my sponsors and everything, but we couldn’t live our lives if it wasn’t for her. She does a marvellous job.”

Top three results:      

1. Carmen Edwards, GBR, Happy Valerie

2. Jack Whitaker, GBR, Scenletha

3. Yazmin Davis, GBR, Zanbowa Z

EVetDrug Ltd CSI2* 1.35m

1. Jessica Burke, IRL, Inpulss

2. Ali Hamad Al Kirbi, UAE, Dubai de Vie

3. Jude Burgess, GBR, Dreams of Don

Cheval Liberté UK CSI1* 1.05m

1. Sinead Cox, GBR, Valtaire

2. Elisha Simmons, GBR, Avalon du Carpont

3. Ciara Miller, GBR, Finishing Touch

Horseware CSI1* 1.15m

1. Arianna Kuligowski, GBR, Ivascalle

2. Abbie Bevan, GBR, Genius Contender

3. Holly Johnstone, GBR, Carquois du Ceve

Windmill Farm Estate 6 YO Consolation

1. Gemma Tattersall, GBR, Cinsey Blue PS

2. Christopher Burton, Aus, Chedington Azzurra

3. Angela Thompson, GBR, Billy Tropicana

Al Shira’aa Farms 7 YO Consolation

1. Phillip Spivey, GBR, NBE Jenny don’t be hasty

2. Yazmin Davis, GBR, Kate Natasja

3. Grace Shudall-Hughes, GBR, Firefly

For further information on all events at Bolesworth, visit www.bolesworth.com/events

Grease Movies at Bolesworth
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Grease is the Word at Bolesworth

Bolesworth is hosting a special showing of the pop-culture phenomenon movie Grease next Friday, the 19th of August.

This open-air big-screen movie night is being brought to the world-class Cheshire venue thanks to popular demand, and to celebrate the life of star Dame Olivia Newton-John, who sadly passed away earlier this week.

The block-buster movie, which needs little by way of introduction, is one of the most successful musical romantic comedies of all time. It’s a timeless family-pleaser and has a cheerfully corny clean-cut approach. It follows the journey of wholesome exchange student Sandy Olsson meeting leather-clad ‘greaser’ Danny Zuko, before falling in love and ultimately donning black shiny spandex leggings an performing the classic ‘You’re the One That I Want’… The film also stars John Travolta, Stockard Channing, Eve Arden and Frankie Avalon.

To keep the good-feel party vibe flowing, a DJ will be playing the decks from 6pm, before and after the movie, right up until midnight on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Tickets, which are anticipated to sell out quickly, are priced at £16.50 per adult, £7.70 child (12 and under), with great-value food and drink packages available from just £19.50 per adult. 

Gates open at 6pm, allowing everyone to grab refreshments, take their places and get settled in the huge Bolesworth arena, prior to the start of the film at 7.30pm.

Other brilliant movies such as The Greatest Showroom, Encanto, Mama Mia!, Encanto and Bohemian Rapsody will be screened over the weekend.

Located just eight miles south of Chester off the A41, Bolesworth is renowned for hosting international equestrian as well as family events guaranteed to surprise, excite and thrill.

For further information and to book tickets, visit www.bolesworth.com/movies

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Bolesworth Announces Summer Events

Bolesworth estate is hosting a series of fun-packed events for all the family to enjoy over the summer holidays.

Set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, Bolesworth promises its most exciting summer to date, offering affordable days out and the perfect spot to enjoy quality time together, in a beautiful location which is just eight miles south of Chester off the main A41.

Outdoor Movies 19 – 21 August

It’s lights, camera, action as tickets went on sale this week for a long weekend of outdoor Movies at Bolesworth from 19 to 21 August. Guests are invited to sit moat-side and enjoy a day or night out full of drinks, snacks and the latest motion pictures, including The Greatest Showman, Encanto, Mamma Mia, Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman.

For those looking for an extra treat, there is a VIP dome in prime location to enjoy a film and the company of family and loved ones, all whilst soaking up the breath-taking scenery.

Summer Maze 20 August – 4 September

Bolesworth also holds its first Aladdin themed Maze and Sunflower Picking Patch from 20 August to 4 September, which is set to offer stunning photo opportunities and a fantastic experience. Whilst exploring and navigating the maze, there will also be an opportunity to pick one of the beautiful varieties of sunflowers growing on the estate to take home with you.

Stroll through the bee-friendly wildflower collection and get stuck into crafts, with the opportunity to make wish catchers and bubble wands.  There will be ice creams and refreshments on site, and there is also a picnic area in a picturesque spot to relax and have your lunch or a tasty treat after completing the maze.

Spectators go FREE to Horse Show at Bolesworth 10 – 14 August

In another Bolesworth first, the world-renowned Al Shira’aa Young Horse Show will be free to attend next month. Taking place from 10 – 14 August, the event will showcase the best of British Showjumping with both top names competing in International classes, and a selection of Britain’s best young horses qualifying for their place at the World Breeding Championships. Free tickets are now available to the public via registration with a car parking fee (£5.50 per car) 

The five-day show will take place against the stunning backdrop of Bolesworth Castle, with undercover seating to watch the action, equestrian and lifestyle shopping, as well as extensive food and drink options, fully licensed bars and family activities over the weekend.

The venue is also dog friendly, with a Have a Go Dog Agility course and a family dog show on both Saturday and Sunday, with professionals in attendance, too.

Nina Barbour, managing director at Bolesworth, said: “We understand that times are hard and we would like to take this opportunity to open our doors to our existing customers, and also welcome new faces to our beautiful venue. It’s certainly going to be a summer to remember.”

Last month, visitors flocked to the Dodson & Horrell International Horse Show at Bolesworth, which saw VIP appearances from former footballer turned racehorse breeder Michael Owen and retired jockey Sir AP McCoy for a thrilling Ride & Drive performance.

The estate is currently ramping up preparations for CarFest North which takes place 22 – 24 July. Those attending can expect a full-throttle festival weekend featuring performances from Steps, Richard Ashcroft, Melanie C and Sister Sledge as well as workshops, experiences and activities.

Bolesworth also has a series of treats in store during the autumn months with a spooktacular maze full of pumpkins to pick, whilst Gandeys Halloween Circus will also see a cast of 30 international artists thrill visitors with live entertainment.

Ending with a bang, Bolesworth will then be lighting up the Cheshire sky with bright and flamboyant fireworks on 30 October in a stunning display not to be missed.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.bolesworth.com/events or email Natalie Collins if you would like Corporate tickets

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Day Four: Crowds Flock to the Dodson & Horrell Bolesworth International Horse Show

Day 4 Results Roundup:
 
Bloomfields Horseboxes CSI3* 1.40m: 1st James Smith, Holly, 2nd Anthony Condon, Creevyquinn Pearl, 3rd Oliver Fletcher, Garande
 
Horseware Ireland CSI1* 1.35m: Anna Power, Oxford V/D Witte Driesenddijk
Bolesworth CSI1* 1.30m: 1st Red Morgan, True Blue III
Windmill Farm Estate CSI 6-year-old: 1st Leo Lamb, Gmail
Equitop CSI1* 1.25m: 1st Tillie Davies, Croft C.V
Hunter Woodshaving CSI-Amateur 1.15m: 1st Rachel Gredley, Jalanna
Blossom Home Care CSI P 1.15m: 1st Eve McCoy, Moores Pride
Recycling Lives CSI-Amateur 1.05m: 1st Louise Mcdonald, Fanta-Astic

Elite A-List Auction

The Bolesworth Science Supplements Elite A-List Auction was presented to an enthusiastic audience last night. The superb line-up of Ridden and Yearling Lots attracted intense bidding.
 
In the Ridden horses, the top Lot was Amazing Luck Z. An Aganix gelding out of the full sister to Cian O’Connor’s top ride Good Luck. She was sold to Ireland for £105,000. The top Lot on the Yearling front was Chacornwall JHH Z, a stunning Chacco Blue colt who turned heads at the Auction. Out of 1.50m GP-winning mare Muna Van Den Bisschop (Cornet Obolensky x Nabab de Reve). The hammer dropped at £36,000. Sold in the UK.
 
For the full details visit www.boleswortheliteauctions.com

Family Fun

Today’s event featured dog shows, dog agility, pony rides and a Dressage horse simulator among the non-equestrian activities. More of the same tomorrow…

Ladies Day

It was Ladies Day at Bolesworth today and many guests took the opportunity to put on the glam rags. The sun shone brightly, and we hear that a good time was had by all!

Dodson & Horrell at Bolesworth

Title partner Dodson & Horrell is a firm supporter of Bolesworth. Managing Director Sam Horrell said; “It has been a great day here at Bolesworth, and we’re looking forward to the action tomorrow, especially the Dodson & Horrell CSI 3*Grand Prix. It looks like we are in for some top-class competition. Bolesworth provides a unique backdrop for this special event, and we are extremely proud to be a part of it.”
 
The Dodson and Horrell team will be on hand all day tomorrow to meet visitors and discuss their horses’ nutritional needs. For more information visit www.dodsonandhorrell.com

Events at Bolesworth

Halloween Spooktacular, 8 – 30 October

The Halloween adventure gets underway on the 8th of October in the Bolesworth grounds when the Picking Patch Aladdin Maze opens to the public during the day. Brave the maze and discover its secrets…

Keep an eye on our website for more information at bolesworth.com/events!

Last Day Tomorrow

The final day of the Dodson & Horrell Bolesworth International Horse Show opens at 8am tomorrow, Sunday 3 July. Champions will be crowned!

www.bolesworthinternational.com

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Day 3: Dodson & Horell Bolesworth International Horse Show

Day 3 (Friday) Sports Results – Top Three 

Paul Sims, riding Dream Roller, won this evening’s Dorrell & Hodson 1.50m Grand Prix qualifier in a tense jump-off when he pipped Carmen Edwards to the post by a nano second. “That was a really incredible round,” said Sims who, along with Edwards are local to Bolesworth and even play football together. 

The top 50 showjumpers from both qualifiers held yesterday and today will now go through to the Grand Finale of the week, namely, the Dodson & Horrell 1.50m Grand Prix on Sunday.  

Dodson & Horrell CSI3* 1.50m GP Qualifier: 1. Paul Sims, Dream Roller, 2. Carmen Edwards, Happy Valerie, 3. Yazmin Davis, Zanbowa Z. 

Bloomfields Horseboxes CSI3* – FT – 1.40m: 1. Guy Williams, Crispina Z 

1. Guy Williams, Crispina Z, 2. Jessica Burke, Inpulss, 3. Jude Burgess, Dreams of Don 

Hunter Woodshaving CSI Amateur 1.15m: 1. Arianna Kuligowski , Ivascalle. Bolesworth CSI* 1.30m: 1. Red Morgan, GTrue. Röwer & Rüb – UK CSI Amateur 1.25m: 1. Tony Pearson, Berlin. Beaverbrooks CSI YH 5yo: Christopher Burton, Chacoon’s Nevo PS. Recycling Lives CSI Amateur 1.05m: 1. Louise McDonald. Al Shira’aa CSI YH 7yo: 1. James Smith. Horseware Ireland CSI 1* 1.35m: 1. Joanne McGlory. JCL Insurance CSI P 1.25m: 1. Phoebe Farman. Blossom Home Care CSI P 1.10m: 1. Alice Crowley, Access Bill. 

A-List Auction

Excitement has been building towards the Bolesworth Science Supplements A-List Auction with a superb line-up of Ridden lots and elite Yearlings on site.

We’ll confirm the winning bids tomorrow – keep an eye out for the results! 

Business at Bolesworth

Iceland’s CEO Richard Walker spoke at a well-attended business lunch today at Bolesworth. He talked of his company’s pioneering measures to remove artificial colouring in the 1980s, and the introduction of its own-label GM-free foods in the 1990s. He also covered topical issues important to the firm such as its plastic-free pledge, tackling global climate change and reducing in-store food waste.

Events at Bolesworth

Aladdin Maze & Sunflower Picking Patch: 20 August – 4 September 

Flower power is the theme for mid-August through to early September when Bolesworth will stage its very first Aladdin Maize Maze, providing a day out to remember. In partnership with Maize Maze experts Picking Patch, daytime activities will delight all ages as the glorious sunflowers provide a happy picking-place and a lovely backdrop to Bolesworth’s bee-friendly wildflower collection.

Tickets will go on sale soon, keep an eye on our website for more information.

It’s the Weekend, See You Tomorrow

The competition hots up in the International Arena with four Showjumping classes followed by the exciting eVetDrug CSI3* Puissance; get ringside to see just how high can the wall go before it defeats all competitors! 
 
It’s Ladies Day in hospitality with Best Dressed Awards and prizes for the top three – the lucky winner will be presented with a luxurious and high-value VIP package courtesy of Liverpool One. Into the evening and Disco Classical Presents Classic Decks takes to the stage.  
 
Hospitality packages are still available, click here

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Ride & Drive Thrills Bolesworth Crowd

The Ride & Drive relay held at the Dodson & Horrell Bolesworth International Horse Show last night, kept the crowd on their feel hollering and cheering as the riders and drivers charged around the Bolesworth International arena.

The Showjumpers completed a 1.25m course, quickly dismounted and then hurdled over to their driving partners to go for a superfast spin.

Ride & Drive Relay 1.25m sponsored by Lexus Chester
1. William Fletcher (rider)/John Walton (driver)
2. Guy Williams (rider)/Matt Bates (Bolesworth driver)
3. Carlos Eduardo Mota Ribas (rider)/Laurens Meynaerts (driver) – Brazil
4. Jake Ward (rider)/Jack Whitaker (driver)
5. Jay Halim (rider)/Alistair Scott (driver)
6. Mark Edwards (rider)/Danny Jackson (driver)
7. Nina Barbour (Bolesworth rider)/Michael Owen (driver)
8. Gemma Tattersall (rider)/Sam Horrell (driver)
9. Robert Murphy (rider)/Alex Li (driver)
10. Izac Ketteridge (rider)/Roy Shelton (driver)

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Day Two: Dodson & Horrell Bolesworth International Horse Show Results

The 2022 Dodson & Horrell Bolesworth International Horse Show enjoyed an action-packed Speed & Style Day with more showjumping from highly-skilled riders across nine classes. The event also welcomed former England football legend Michael Owen to the arena …

Day 2 Sports Results – Top Three:

Dodson & Horrell CSI3* 1.45m (GP Qualifier): 1. Anthony Condon, Creevyquinn Pearl 2. Jay Halim, Aragon Z 3. Adrian Speight, Millfield Baloney.

Recycling Lives CSIAm-A 1.05m: 1. Grace Wallace, Eau Claire V, 2. Grace Wallace, IIena Vd Bisschop, 3. Holly Gair, Top Line Bellini.

Bolesworth CSI1* 1.30m: 1. Corinne Collins, Dolores P, 2. Red Morgan, True Blue III, 3. Marnie Darcy Green, Ice Cold Z.

Hunter Woodshavings CSIAm-A 1.15m: 1. Arianna Kuligowski, Ivascalle, 2. Rachel Gredley, Alicante Z, 3. Abdalla Hamad Ali Al Kirbi, Emirats De Vie.

Röwer & Rüb – UK Ltd CSIAm-A 1.25: 1. Vicky Lovegrove, Babel, 2. Tony Pearson, Berlin, 3. Maisy Williams, Contella.

Cavago CSI3* 1.35m: 1. Kerry Brennan, Wellington M, 2. Louise Saywell, Sharp Image, 3. Jay Halim, Winning Moon.

Bloomfields Horseboxes CSI3* 1.40m: 1. Jay Halim, Gentle, 2. Jude Burgess, Dreams Of Don, 3. Annabel Shields, Creevagh Carisma.

Equitop CSI1* 1.25m: 1. Jennifer Billington, Honfleur, 2. Charley Hamilton, Horatio Van Ter Hulst, 3. Georgia Taylor-Jones, Carlargo Star.

Windmill Farm Estate CSIYH1* 6yo 1.25m: 1. Maisy Williams, Gold Rush 2. Phillip Spivey, Billy Foxtrot 3. Gemma Tattersall, Cinsey Blue PS. 

At Home With Michael Owen

A number of Hospitality guests enjoyed an exclusive trip to Manor House Stables with the afore-mentioned former England football ace.

After a welcome by the man himself, they were treated to a Champagne breakfast and then taken on a privileged tour of the stables located in Malpas, just down the road from Bolesworth. Watch this space for future Owen/Bolesworth initiatives!

Hospitality at Bolesworth

You may have missed getting in on the act with hospitality today, but there are plenty more chances over the next three days to kick back, enjoy the Bolesworth Castle setting, while enjoying Michelin-styled food and sipping a glass or two in the Bolesworth ringside VIP marquee.

Find out more about our hospitality packages by clicking here

Future Events at Bolesworth

There are a host of Events and Experiences still to be enjoyed at Bolesworth. Movies at Bolesworth will be held from 19 to 21 August when BIG movies will be shown on BIG screens within the Bolesworth grounds. The films include Rocketman, The Greatest Showman, Mamma Mia!, Encanto and Bohemian Rhapsody. Tickets are on sale now with hospitality packages also on offer.

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See You Tomorrow

The action gets underway at 8am with 13 packed classes of International Showjumping scheduled for the day.

Hospitality packages will provide guests with the chance to carry out a spot of lunchtime networking and listen to words of advice from acclaimed guest speak Richard Walker, CEO of Iceland.

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Bolesworth to Make 2022 a Year to Remember

A series of exciting, thrilling and inclusive events await audiences at Cheshire’s Bolesworth Estate this summer – and beyond!

Bolesworth has unveiled a diverse and carefully curated Season of Events for 2022, which promises to be its largest to date, with affordable entertainment for all.

The grand estate, set against the backdrop of Bolesworth Castle and rolling countryside of Cheshire, plays host to a long weekend of outdoor cinema, a summer maze, a music festival, spooktaculaor Halloween activities and a magical Christmas lights trail for the family – with a champagne island for grown-ups!

In July, CarFest North returns to the Festival Field, featuring Richard Ashcroft, Ronan Keating and Sister Sledge, all in aid of multiple Children’s Charities including Bolesworth’s charity partner, Hope House. To date, Bolesworth has raised £1.3m for charity through events held at the estate.

It’s not too early to think about the festive season either, as Christmas at Bolesworth promises a spectacular lights trail, where the stunning lake-side parkland will be transformed into an illuminated winter wonderland from November 25 until January 1.

This year’s new route features a stunning light projection on Bolesworth Castle itself and a unique water display on its beautiful lake. You can also look forward to a fairground, Christmas markets with food, shopping and winter warmers, Santa’s magical grotto, reindeer encounters and exclusive champagne experiences. Tickets are on sale now.

Bolesworth is traditionally world-renowned for its equestrian events, with this year’s Dodson & Horrell Bolesworth International Horse Show (30th June – 3rd July) kicking things off.

As well as world-class showjumping, events include a celebrity ride and drive, incorporating showjumping and car racing, a shopping village, shire horses, covered seating, champagne bars, dog agility, family dog shows and fair rides.

Equestrian events at Bolesworth combine the glamour and excitement of a day at the races with Olympic standard facilities and exceptional sport and has gained an enviable reputation as a prestigious catalyst for luxury VIP hospitality and opportunities to make invaluable connections.

And the spotlight isn’t just on the horses. At the Al Shira’aa Young Horse Show in August, Bolesworth will also host both professional and ‘Have a Go’ dog agility courses over the weekend, as well as a Family Dog Show.

The 6,500-acre Bolesworth estate neighbours major towns and cities in Merseyside, Manchester and North Wales and attracts visitors far and wide for its stunning views and accessibility.

With more than 150,000 visitors to events each year, its popularity helps to employ more than one thousand people in the Cheshire region and there will be employment opportunities throughout the year.

Nina Barbour, managing director of Bolesworth, said: “We are thrilled to reveal our plans for this year and are excited to welcome visitors, both new and familiar.

“We have put a lot of time into creating a Season of Events which is both great value for money and highly entertaining, helping others create lasting memories as we expand our incredible season of events.

“This year will see a re-designed Christmas lights trail and the introduction of a summer outdoor cinema which we expect to be very popular due to our beautiful surroundings.

“My father, Anthony Barbour, loved the diversity of life at Bolesworth and the opportunities it created, and it continues to be a truly inspiring place through the events we hold.”

Matt Bates, managing director of events at Bolesworth, said: “As with many businesses, the pandemic provided us with many challenges but also gave us time to think about our future plans for a sustainable events calendar that aligns with our visitors’ needs.

“Our entertainment and events calendar for 2022 pays testament to our commitment to offer exciting and diverse events all-year round and we are really excited to welcome you all to events at Bolesworth.”

To find out more about Bolesworth and its events, click here.