Previous speaker events
Talking all things weddings
Described as the ‘Queen of Weddings’, Brides Magazine editor Jade Beer is an expert in the world of wedding planning. We’re delighted to welcome Jade as she reads an extract of her highly anticipated debut novel, The Almost Wife, due to be published on June 20. She’ll talk about her experience writing and discuss the latest trends inspired by the royal wedding.
Learn to master the latest millinery styles
The social season is finally here, which means it’s time to don your finest hat for the best summer events of the year. To help you master the latest hairstyles for hats, we welcome the talented team from Carol Joy London hairdressing, including creative director Nico Noviello, salon manager Carlos Rodrigues and hair-up specialist Vivienne Romani, who will demonstrate four stunning styles for weddings, special occasions and, of course, Royal Ascot.
The royal treatment for English sparkling wine
Following a special invitation from Royal Farms in 2011, Laithwaite’s Wine began an exciting new project creating a private vineyard on the royal Windsor estate, which now thrives with 19,000 vines. We’re delighted to welcome general manager Anne Linder to host our next speaker event, as she shares the story of the project and gives you a chance to taste the award-winning English Quality sparkling wine.
Sarah Barclay - Transform your home with colour
Ascot-based Barclay Interiors is a design company with a difference. Founded by Sarah Barclay in 1998, the team is renowned for creating beautifully timeless interiors, inspired by Sarah’s many travels around the globe. Returning from the US and Far East furnished with fresh inspiration, Sarah now shares her practical trips for transforming your home, giving you an insight to the latest trends and designs.
Adam Smith - Masterclass and Lunch
Masterclass and lunch from our Executive Chef at Coworth Park, Adam Smith.
Adam Smith and Lavender Green Flowers
We’re delighted to host a very special speaker event this season as we welcome Lavender Green Flowers and our own executive chef, Adam Smith.
We are delighted to introduce London-based fashion designer Suzannah Crabb, whose bespoke, vintage-inspired pieces are coveted by royalty and celebrity style icons. Her label has become a renowned luxury brand for ready-to-wear and couture pieces, from tailored work outfits to beautiful wedding dresses.
Jane Means - Masterclass with the Gift Wrap Guru
Learn the art of beautiful gift wrapping with a fun speaker event and masterclass, hosted by Jane Means, popularly known as the ‘Gift Wrap Guru’.
Caroline Feraday -
There are seemingly no ends to the talents of Caroline Feraday, who is a TV personality, radio DJ, journalist, writer and comic. Join us for our latest speaker event as Caroline shares her fascinating story of success, from a starry-eyed teenager on Capital radio, to anchorwoman interviewing some of Hollywood’s biggest stars for Sky News and BBC.
Kerry Lemon - Artistic inspiration from the artist du jour
With clients including Coutts, Liberty London, Harvey Nichols, Harrods, De Beers, Smythson, Jo Malone and Fortnum and Mason, Virginia Water based artist and illustrator Kerry Lemon, is the artist du jour when it comes to bringing her unique style of art to enhance public spaces.
Mitchell and Peach
Join Jod Mitchell, founder of one of the UK’s most prestigious fine fragrance companies, as he takes us through the creation of ‘English Leaf’, a natural, green floral cologne created with ingredients from the Mitchell plantations. He’ll share an insight to how the scents are created for lotions and fragrances.
Carol Joy London
Carol Joy Hatton is the founder of luxury skincare, haircare and spa brand Carol Joy London. Her beauty products are inspired by expertise from across the globe, combining leading Swiss manufacturing techniques with a quintessentially British approach to beauty and wellness.
Country Life Magazine and OKA
OKA is renowned for their vast and incredibly lifelike collection of faux flowers. In 2016 OKA partnered with Willow Crossley, unveiling multiple faux bunches under the name ‘Willow Crossley for OKA’. Willow has built a reputation for her relaxed, rustic approach to flowers. Her refreshing signature style has attracted commissions from a wide range of clients, including Mulberry and Jo Malone, and a number of high-profile individuals.
Monique Lee Milliner - Exclusive Launch of Hat Collection
Monique Lee is a London based award winning MA Fashion Womenswear Design graduate from London College of Fashion. As the designer of stunning hand-created hats, Monique’s collections have appeared in many fashion editorials including Vogue, Tatler and The Daily Telegraph and been exhibited at prestigious events such as London Fashion Week and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Her creations have been worn by fashionistas, celebrities and private clients to events such as Royal Ascot in the Royal Enclosure.
Lucy Jones - Chocolate Afternoon Tea
Discover all things chocolate over a special afternoon tea hosted by Coworth Park’s executive pastry chef, Lucy Jones. Sample her delicious creations while learning more about chocolate and how to create memorable dishes. Additionally, if you were ever curious about what happens behind the scenes, Lucy will share an insight into a day in our pastry kitchen over the busy Easter period. Lucy brings with her extensive experience from some of London’s most luxurious hotels.
Joa Studholme - Colour in the Home
An illustrated, informal talk by Farrow & Ball’s renowned international colour consultant Joa Studholme. Following Joa’s inspirational guide to using colour, guests will enjoy a champagne reception and three-course lunch in Restaurant Coworth Park, where executive chef Adam Smith creates delicious seasonal food.
Jersey Pearl -
At the end of the Five Mile Road in Jersey’s coastal parish of St. Ouen, you will find Jersey Pearl. It’s here that the Taylor family spend much of their time studying their favourite organic gems. They’ve discovered incredible stories from the invention of pearl farming, to the development of new culturing techniques and pearl types. Countless trips to far-flung waters have introduced them to the farmers, stringers, biologists and historians who share their dedication to pearls. Jersey Pearl recently opened their first UK store in Market Cross House, the ‘Crooked House’ of Windsor.
Sue Barns - The Best Festive Arrangements
Sue Barnes returned to share her in-depth floristry knowledge with guests and gave tips on creating the most spectacular flower arrangements for the festive season. Sue has an enviable reputation as being one of the very best florists in London, with more than two decades experience in the industry.
Adam Smith - Christmas Made Easy
Coworth Park’s new executive chef Adam Smith gave some great tips for making your Christmas preparations easier this year. This lunch included a gift of one of Adam’s famous Christmas puds. As a former Observer Food Monthly Young Chef of the Year, Craft Guild of Chefs Restaurant Chef of the Year and Roux Scholarship Winner, Chef Adam Smith is rightly considered ‘one to watch’ by the UK’s leading chefs including Michel Roux. With a mantra throughout his career that ‘taste is king’ Adam began working at The Ritz rising from 2nd commis to executive sous chef before moving to The Devonshire Arms. During this time The Burlington Restaurant was the only new restaurant to be awarded a coveted four AA rosettes in the January 2015 guide.
Carol Peace -
Carol Peace is an award-winning sculptor whose work can be found in the tranquil grounds of Coworth Park’s estate. Her successful career has involved exhibitions across the UK and abroad, numerous public and private commissions, and her own solo shows in London, Athens, Zurich and beyond. Using disciplines and observation skills derived from life drawing, Carol sculpts in clay before casting in bronze or iron resin. Carol has recently added five new bronze sculptures which have been excellently received by our guests.
Sophie Conran -
Sophie Conran is an English interior designer, cook and author, as well as a working mother of two. She has turned her love of cooking and home in to her work, inspired by her father, Sir Terence Conran, and her mother, Caroline Conran. Sophie spoke about her life and her career; how she has got to where she is now, what influenced her whilst she was growing up as well as what inspires her now, and how she has developed and grown her business.
HRH Princess Michael of Kent
Alongside being a member of the British Royal Family, Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent is a writer, historian, interior designer and art consultant. Since focusing her efforts upon writing, The Princess has become a best-selling author, releasing several royal-inspired books, including The Queen Of Four Kingdoms and The Serpent and the Moon: Two Rivals for the Love of a Renaissance King.
Martin Hulbert is one of the UK’s top interior designers and the creator of the stunning interiors at Coworth Park, which won the 2011 House & Garden Pineapple Award for hotel design, described by the magazine as ‘a glorious combination of comfort, elegance, slight eccentricity, originality and appropriateness to its setting’. Martin is also responsible for the glamorous Dorchester Spa and many other extraordinary hotels and private homes around the world.
One of London’s favourite chefs, David McIntyre, hosted our first speaker event of 2016. As executive chef for Wolfgang Puck’s London restaurant, CUT at 45 Park Lane, David talked about his career and life at the top of his game. McIntyre began his career at the Culinary Institute of America where he took classes in cooking principles and flavour dynamics. He moved to Spago in 1997 where he met Wolfgang Puck marking the beginning of a strong culinary relationship. Eventually, he relocated from the United States to London with his family in 2011 to launch CUT at 45 Park Lane, Wolfgang Puck’s first European restaurant which opened to critical acclaim.
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