Spring is in the air at last, bringing with it longer, warmer days and the temptation to get out and about again as the gloomy winter months become a distant memory.
Whether you’re intending to explore your local countryside or head further afield on a continental road trip, it’s important to know that your Bentley has emerged from the rigours of winter in good health and ready to deliver the fantastic, refined performance you expect.
Car events for everyone, everywhere
For every weekend of the year, you can almost guarantee there’s an event in the UK either dedicated to celebrating the automobile or perfectly made for a driving visit. Be it a bespoke large-scale gathering like Salon Privé London (held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in late April) or simply a location built around cars, like Caffeine & Machine in the Midlands you’ll never be short of inspiration. We’ve rounded up just a few suggestions for Spring below:
Caffeine & Machine
Based in Ettington, this pub, coffee house and restaurant is built around the cult of the car, with themed events regularly held. Stop by to admire other visitors’ cars and grab some refreshments.
Mollie’s Motel & Diner
Brainchild of the Soho House team, Mollie’s Motel & Diner is an ideal overnight hub, or quick pitstop, in Oxfordshire for roadtrips further afield.
The British Motor Museum
Based in Gaydon, close to the H Q of Aston Martin, the British Motor Museum is the perfect visual history of the automotive industry, with ever-changing exhibits.
The Classic Motor Hub
Much more than just a classic car showroom, The Classic Motor Hub is a five-acre site free for roaming motoring enthusiasts, complete with coffee shop and live workshops.
Salon Privé London – Thur 21st –Sat 23rd April
The elegance of Salon Privé, traditionally held at Blenheim Palace, comes to London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea, for a display of fine automobiles, pop-up luxury boutiques and fine dining.
Bicester Scramble – Sat 23rd – Sun 24th April
This beautifully preserved former RAF site is transformed into a hub of classic motoring innovation. For a weekend in April, and again in June, more than 45 specialists on-site open their doors to thousands for the ‘Scramble’.
London Concours – Tue 28th – Thurs 30th June
A mainstay of London’s automotive calendar, the London Concours takes over five-acre oasis of green in the City known as the HAC HQ. A world-class line-up of classic and modern cars is surrounded by luxury shopping boutiques.
Chelsea Flower Show – Tue 24th – Sat 28th May
Hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society at Royal Hospital Chelsea, this event has established a reputation as the world’s greatest flower show, with showcase gardens and green-fingered inspiration.
Hay Festival – Thur 26 May – Sun 5 Jun
The Hay Festival of Literature & Arts, better known as the Hay Festival, is an annual literature festival held in Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales, for 10 days from May to June
Wimbledon Tennis Championships
One of the most iconic sporting events in the world returns, as the global superstars of tennis descend upon Wimbledon for weeks of glamorous world-class tennis action.