A taste of luxury with guest chefs and fine wines
Can’t wait until the end of Lent to indulge? Head to the Tasting Room at the Rathfinny Wine Estate in East Sussex next month. From April 12 to 14, Martin Carabott (below), senior sous chef at Michelin-starred restaurant Hide, will host the first guest chef takeover weekend at the restaurant, showing off his dazzling contemporary European cooking against a glorious vineyard panorama.
The restaurant, which is usually full of seasonal British wonders from Chris Bailey, is worth a visit in its own right, of course, and tasting its Sussex Sparkling range (the blanc de blancs, with its notes of apricot, and the delicate rosé) is practically compulsory.
On-site accommodation and the nearby South Downs Way are the perfect tonic for sore heads. Carabott takeover, £45 (lunch), £65 (dinner). Tour, tasting and three-course lunch, May to Sep, £55 per person, rathfinnyestate.com
Get in a flap for an Easter spectacular
Warwick Castle will be echoing to the sound of beating wings when the UK’s largest birds of prey show, The Falconer’s Quest, swoops in just in time for Easter. It starts on April 6 and will feature over 70 birds, all taking part in a dazzling aerial display. Twitchers will be able to spot a variety of types, from Eddie the bald eagle to red kites, bearded vultures and peregrine falcons, as well as the star of the show, Rosie the Andean condor, who weighs around 15kg and has a wingspan of 3.2m. That’s something to get in a flap about! Tickets from £14, warwick-castle.com
Now, here’s summit to do for charity
Inspired by Red Nose Day’s epic project to scale Kilimanjaro — all 19,340ft of it? Think that anything Dani Dyer, Anita Rani and Ed Balls can do, you can do better? Well, adventure operator Charity Challenge has launched a new Kilimanjaro route taking climbers up the north face of the mountain, so you reach the summit in daylight rather than darkness. You’d be raising money for the charity of your choice and the minimum registration fee is £725. Like we said, if Ed has the Balls to do it… charitychallenge.com
A hearty southern welcome to Charleston
Time to order up a hearty dose of southern charm thanks to new direct flights from London to Charleston with British Airways, which launch on April 4. This elegant South Carolina city is brimful of colourful colonial architecture, quaint cobblestone streets and museums addressing its sometimes chequered history. Return flights from £538, ba.com
The purrfect ski adventure
For those who don’t have a head for heights, cat-skiing, where you travel to deep powder areas by snowcat rather than helicopter, could be ideal. Try it in Colorado, where Ski Safari is offering a new ten-night cat-ski trip, with delicious food and wine, and access to some of the world’s best ski terrain. It’s for strong intermediate to advanced snowboarders and skiers, and you can also try a range of off-piste experiences at the resorts of Aspen Snowmass and Steamboat. From £3,995pp, including accommodation, direct flights, SUV hire and two days cat-skiing or snowboarding, skisafari.com