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6 lovely things to do in Marlow on your May bank holiday

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Set on the Thames with excellent river views and surrounded by the stunning Chiltern Hills, Marlow makes for a great place to live, work or visit anytime. As the UK looks set to enjoy another warm summer, many of us are looking forward to a long weekend with a little bit of a summer’s promise. We can’t guarantee the weather, so we’ve had a think about six of the loveliest things you could do in Marlow, regardless of the weather this May bank holiday. Whether you’re budget conscious or feeling flush, we have some suggestions for everyone.

1. Loosen your belt!

The Hand and Flowers is the first gastropub to gain two Michelin stars, and we’re lucky to have it close by in Marlow. West Street is only a ten-minute walk from our shop, so you could easily go there to show off your new hair after you’ve been to see us! Don’t forget to be a rebel by trying a beer from our very own Rebellion Brewery, made right here in Marlow.

The Hand and Flowers is the first gastropub to gain two Michelin stars, and we’re lucky to have it close by in Marlow. West Street is only a ten-minute walk from our shop, so you could easily go there to show off your new hair after you’ve been to see us! Don’t forget to be a rebel by trying a beer from our very own Rebellion Brewery, made right here in Marlow.

2. Join us for a cup of tea

Set within an absolutely stunning old chapel, this is a salon like no other. Drop in for a cup of tea and mull over our fabulous inspiration guides to start planning your next do. Under charming stained glass, take a pew and peruse our range of hair guides or chat to one of our stylists about any ideas you have.

3. Brave a boat trip

OK, this one is a little more weather dependent! Sitting right on the Thames, Marlow is the obvious place to catch a boat and go on a short cruise on its infamous waters. Salters Steamers run regular rides to both Windsor and Henley, which offer both excellent shops and a village feel. A short cruise to Temple Lock takes in some of the most picturesque views and takes around 40 mins.

4. Play the detective

If you’re feeling energetic, you can follow a 17-mile trail, which allows you to explore various filming locations from popular TV detective series Midsomer Murders, set on the Thames Path. For some of the more adventurous, staging a fake murder and taking photos of crime scenes is enough of a day out!

5. Stroll through our award-winning Higginson Park

Languishing in 23 acres of bright lawns, Higginson Park lies beside the River Thames and Thames Path. If the weather is half decent, there are enough facilities for the whole family to enjoy. Younger children will be happy with the fun playground, teens can enjoy the skate park or the grass maze, whilst all ages enjoy the boat rides and cafes.

There are plenty of great walks along the Thames starting at Higginson Park. If you are heading upstream you can take in Temple or Hurley Lock. If your heroes are literary, there’s a litany of writers hailing from these parts and a short trek allows you to walk the same path as children’s author Enid Blyton and crime writer Edgar Wallace.

6. Have a relaxing spa

If the weather turns out to be inclement, there is a luxury spa at Cliveden House, a listed mansion. Treat yourself and someone you love to a pampering day and enjoy the sights of this manor house.

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