“Belton weekend arrives and what a weekend it will be!”

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Grantham Cup - “Belton weekend arrives and what a weekend it will be!”

Grantham CupIf you were wondering what to do this weekend, then wonder no more. Belton International Horse Trials has it all to offer. A quintessential country fair with over 100 trade-stands offering fine fashion, sumptuous tasty treats and retail therapy for the home and garden, Arts & Crafts Marquee, a traditional fun-fair to excite and delight the little ones and displays and entertainments that the family won’t want to miss, all wrapped up in the picturesque setting of one of the National Trusts and Lincolnshire’s prize possessions.

And, if that wasn’t enough, this all goes on amidst one of the most exciting equestrian eventing competitions of the year so far! With the competition line up confirmed, Belton can boast its strongest line up EVER! Top riders from across the globe will descend upon this beautiful estate to pit whit’s, stamina and expertise to see who will be crowned “Grantham Cup” winner 2013. 17 Nations in total will compete at Belton and with the Olympics still fresh in everybody’s minds, TeamGB’s Zara Phillips, Nichola Wilson and William Fox-Pitt along with a host of Olympians from Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Africa, France, Switzerland, Sweden and the USA will also be riding.

5 expertly designed cross country courses wind their way through this beautiful country estate with every care taken to ensure that they offer both technical challenge and atheistic delight for all concerned. Designer Captain Mark Phillips, Event Director Stuart Buntine and Peter Wilson’s team of expert course builders, working in close consultation with the National Trust, see the fruits of their labours all come together, delivering these truly magnificent feats of design and construction, all taking final shape perfectly. The ground also has been meticulously prepared; ensuring some of the best going in the country is ready for competition.

In the hospitality areas there is something for everyone on offer across the weekend. Friday sees the return of the “Ladies that Lunch” charity luncheon in aid of Anna’s Hope charity in association with Hoppers Jewellers and their fantastic Diamond Dive. Saturday is the Expert’s Eye lunch with Islay Auty & Francis Whittington, where you can enjoy a fabulous lunch and commentary from our two expert speakers and to walk off the fabulous food Francis will be taking attendees for an up close and personal tour of the course. Sunday opens its doors for a traditional Sunday Lunch with a twist. Why not bring the family and sit eating a hearty lunch whilst watching the worlds eventing elite compete in the final stages of the show jumping from the comfort of this arena siding marquee. Tickets are still available for all 3 days and can be found at www.granthampcup.co.uk. But hurry, places are limited.

Belton 2013 has it all to offer, with shopping at the likes of Joules, Urchin and Henley & Barr, sumptuous tasty treats and bargains galore. Classic car shows, Polo and Carriage driving displays, Dressage demonstrations, dog agility shows and a traditional fun-fair to name but a few of the attractions taking place. Grab a glass of your favourite tipple in the Grantham Mall Bar and fill your boots from Food Fare Corner. Further details at www.granthamcup.co.uk. Friday sees late night shopping available to everyone and entry after 3.30pm is free.

This will truly be a fun day out for all the family to savour; whether you’re interested in horses or just enjoy a perfect day out in the country. Tickets are available on the gate and range from £10 pp on Friday and £15 pp Sat/Sun, children under 14 are free!.

For a full timetable and to find out what’s happening over the entire weekend visit www.granthamcup.co.uk or call 01949 829061

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