Monday, 24 June 2013

Glastonbury 2013

With last year being a fallow year, there was no Glastonbury festival last year so this year is extra special. The festival begins on 26th June and will run until Sunday 30th. In total 135,000 tickets were sold for this years festival which went in record time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.

There are some massive artists lined up to play this year including The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons, Dizzee Rascal, Jake Bugg, Example, Chase and Status and Kenny Rogers. This ever popular event will be opened each day by performances by musicians from Mali in an act of solidarity since Islamists in the North of the country have banned music.

With the weather set to be "undecided" during the event, it would make sense to pack some wellies, especially if you have weekend tickets and will be camping. Mud and rain are a staple part of the British music festival, with Glastonbury the original! With that in mind, why not arrive in one of our cars? The people carriers in our fleet can transport you and friends to Glastonbury, with all your camping kit included, you never know, with our luxurious cars, you may get mistaken for an artist and whisked backstage... Well, you can dream anyway.

To contact Chirton Grange, visit our website here

Friday, 21 June 2013

Travel to and from London

Travel to and from London

After the World War II a large airfield near Hounslow was converted into a passenger airport. 60 years later and Heathrow is the third busiest airpot in the World servicing over 60 million passengers every year.

Flying in on a long haul flight to the UK can be stressful enough, followed by negotiating the long queues at passport control and baggage. The last thing you'll want to do after this experience is travel into London by train, tube or bus. Chirton Grange offers a professional driver service from Heathrow Airport to London City Centre in one of our comfortable and luxurious executive cars.

Our airport chauffeur service is available to London from all airports including City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow and London Stansted.

London Transfers are available from all airports and is the ideal way to start and end your holiday or business trip.

Football Fixtures announced

Well we couldn't blog constantly about the summer of sport that's going on without a cursory mention of the nations most watched sport, football (soccer to the Americans among us). The football season is approximately six weeks away now and the players will soon be returning for pre-season training.

The season runs from August until May and will never end this year as the World Cup kicks off just a month after the English season ends. With new TV deals flying around, a World Cup and the Confederations Cup this summer, fans are certainly being treated to a festival of football.

So this week the fixtures were announced for the first round of the Capital One Cup, followed by full fixtures for the season ahead. So how is London affected by football, well with no less than 14 clubs in the Capital, London should certainly be a busy place come opening day. The highlight will undoubtedly be the return to the Premiership of Crystal Palace who have the honour of a London derby against high flyers Tottenham. Arsenal and Chelsea also start with home games while West Ham host new boys Cardiff in what is sure to be a fiery encounter.

The traditional Boxing Day fixtures should be one for the purists, Chelsea take on Swansea at Stamford Bridge, two teams who enjoy playing the game in the right way, followed by a London derby at the Boleyn Ground where West Ham take on Arsenal. Tottenham are also at home to West Brom.

And so to the final day of fixtures, a long way away in May 2014, Crystal Palace travel to Fulham in one of the Capital's many derby games this season, the only other game in London that day will see Spurs host Aston Villa.

With so many football games taking place in London this year, not to mention cup finals at Wembley and England games, there's no way of avoiding the beautiful game in 2013/14 and whatever games you end up attending, you can do it in style. Arrive in a beautiful chauffeur driven car, enjoy the game, then be whisked away after the game avoiding the crowds on the tube. Click here to see how

Friday, 14 June 2013

Summer in London 2013

Well we thought it was about time we blogged about something more than sporting events and plugging ourselves... Although we will obviously still be plugging Chirton Grange where possible...

Summer in London last year was nothing short of spectacular, as I'm sure anyone who was here can vouch for. Firstly, there was the Euro 2012 tournament (in Poland and Ukraine). Despite a poor performance from our own team, the support was as vibrant and patriotic as ever with the ever present St George's cross visible across England.

This was quickly followed by the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Spread from April until September, her UK wide tour even took in a visit to the Republic of Ireland and was celebrated in typical fashion with a Thames Flotilla and concert at the Palace. Throughout the whole weekend, London was a sea of mini Union Jack flags and smiling faces and in typical fashion torrential rain.

Of course, we couldn't mention last summer in London without mentioning the Olympics. Wow. That was all you can really say about it. Despite some British cynicism prior to the event, the whole country got behind the event, from the Queen to James Bond, from Jessie J to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 2012 was certainly one of the finest summers in history in this country.

So how does 2013 stack up. Weather-wise it's pretty similar, we've been flipping from heatwave to downpours and back to heatwave within a typical week...

However, in terms of events, it's really only just getting going now. Wimbledon starts in two weeks and following on from his final appearance last year, the British public will certainly be hoping that Scot Andy Murray can go one better this time. The British public have accepted this Scot into their hearts (not always the easiest relationship England and Scotland) and Henman hill has been replaced by Murray Mount (fabulous alliteration) and the cries of "COME ON ANDY" certainly last longer into the second week than "COME ON TIM" ever seemed to.

Bang in the middle of this festival of tennis comes the British Grand Prix. Not quite London but about an hour up the road at Silverstone this three day event always brings in the crowds. Not the trickiest driving circuit for drivers but certainly the fastest track on the F1 calendar it always makes for an entertaining race, especially if the famous British summer weather strikes. Although McLaren and Jenson Button have struggled for pace this year and look well out of it, British driver Lewis Hamilton is in one of the fastest cars about (a German Mercedes) and will certainly look to add to his victory here in 2008. British based teams Lotus, ForceIndia and Red Bull will all look be competitive in this grand prix and with Scot Paul Di Resta looking increasingly likely to hit podiums in his middle of the range car, he'll be eyeing a good result at Silverstone.

No summer in England would be complete without Cricket. For those of you who don't understand the appeal of cricket (most of the World), what other sport could you spend 5 solid days sitting in the sun, being polite, queuing for your turn and drinking strong ales? It is a British thing through and through and in recent years we've done rather well at it too. The Aussies rolled into town a few weeks back for the ICC Champions Trophy (World Cup) and will stick around afterwards for the Ashes. Ah, the Ashes, typically of England, we've decided that as we invented the sport, the best tournament will involve us and one other team (former colony) Australia. Unfortunately for England, Australia have spent many years as the dominant power in World cricket. That dominance has been tempered in recent years by England and with their poor start in the ICC Champions Trophy, Australia will have to quickly improve for the Ashes.

So that's what summer holds in store for Britain and London this summer, but there's plenty of other fun to be had around this magical country of ours. Why not visit the Harry Potter studios? Royal Ascot? The proms at Royal Albert Hall? Buckingham Palace? One of MANY nightclubs in London?

There's so much fun to be had in Britain and London every single year so why not get in contact with Chirton Grange, book a car and enjoy the summer. While it lasts...

Thursday, 13 June 2013

The Ashes 2013

The first Ashes series was in 1882 between England and Australia and has been played biennially since then, alternately in England and Australia. The 2013 Ashes series is a forthcoming series of Test cricket matches to be contested between England and Australia. The five venues for the series will be Lord's, Old Trafford, Trent Bridge, the Riverside Ground and The Oval. There were questions as to whether Lord's would host an Ashes match – it would have been the first time since 1882 that Lord's had not hosted an Ashes Test – but the venues were eventually confirmed to include Lord's on 22 September 2011. On 1 June 2012, it was announced that the First Test was scheduled to take place at Trent Bridge.

This years test is already surrounded in controversy after an Australian cricketer punched one of his English counterparts after a boozy night, it promises to be a firy test series this year.

The first test in the 2013 series will take place on 10th July at Nottingham's Trent Bridge ground.and will take in Lords, Chester-Le-Street, The Oval and Old Trafford. If you're thinking of taking in the sights and sounds of the test while it's in London, what better way to arrive than in your own chauffeur driven car, then relax with a few beers in the sun and get collected afterwards by your chauffeur. For more information or to book, click here

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

World Cup 2014 in Brazil

So in exactly 365 days the World Cup in Brazil will be kicking off, beginning a month long festival of football. If this month's Euro U21 Championships is anything to go by, we here in England won't be watching for long. Still, some things never change...

Although this event is a full year away, sporting events in the UK continue with no sign of slowing down; cricket, rugby and golf are all in full swing with tennis set to join them in a few weeks and before you know it, the Premiership season will be starting again.

Whatever sporting event you'll be attending this summer in the UK, make sure you travel there in style, check out your options with Chirton Grange by clicking here or ringing the office on 01634 823347.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Wimbledon 2013

Started in 1877, Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the World and one of the four major tournaments of tennis making up the Grand Slam. It has the distinction of being the only major tennis tournament still played on grass.

The tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July, culminating with the Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles Final, scheduled for the second Saturday and Sunday respectively. Each year five major events are contested, as well as four junior events and three invitational events.

The tournament is notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts. In 2009, Wimbledon's Centre Court was fitted with a retractable roof to lessen the loss of playing time due to rain, a staple part of the British summer! Wimbledon traditions include a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream by the spectators, and Royal patronage.

Travel there in style with Chirton Grange chauffeurs for around £420 for 7 people all day.

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Monday, 10 June 2013

Royal Ascot 2013

Royal Ascot 2013

Royal Ascot is probably one of the most famous horse racing meets in the World since being founded by Queen Anne in 1711. It is estimated that over 300,000 people make the visit to Berkshire each year to attend the event and press coverage brings the races into the living rooms of most of the UK.

Celebrating Royal Ascot 2013

Royal Ascot runs this year from Tuesday 18th June until Saturday 22nd June and for the first time will feature prize money of over £5m. What better way to enjoy your day out at the races than being chauffeur driven to the event. Although our drivers may not provide any winning tips, their professional service will get you to the racecourse in plenty of time to enjoy the atmosphere in the shadow of the main grandstand in the British summer, and collect you from the door to avoid a stroll through the rain to the car parks and train station.

A group of seven could enjoy the most luxurious week in the racing calendar in the most luxurious cars around from as little as £360 for the whole day. Other prices are available on request.

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Film Crew Work

Over the last few years Chirton Grange Ltd have been asked more and more to supply vehicles and drivers for television crews.

This work is varied and a departure from our usual daily duties. For instance TV crews do not require the guys to wear a suit, shirt and tie during the course of the job, it is the last thing we'd want as we help carry gear across a muddy field or scale a castle wall all in the pursuit of 'getting the shot'.

As with our executive chauffeur work Chirton Grange Ltd always go beyond the call of duty when assisting crew and experience has taught us to:

* assist where possible without getting in the way
* have comfortable WIFI enabled vehicles
* carry a supply of AA batteries
* work as part of the team and know there will always be 'one more shot'

Chirton Grange Ltd can also;
* scout potential locations prior to shoot including still photography
* route plan
* collect any hire equipment prior to crew landing
* supply talent cars

At Chirton Grange we understand the need to be flexible, an itinerary is only a guide. We understand the need for diplomacy, as the cameraman will at some point have an argument with producer/sound/grip or all three.
We can offer countless recommendations from a host of TV companies from around the world and would be happy to offer a quote for your next UK or European visit.

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Thursday, 6 June 2013

About Chirton Grange Ltd

Chirton Grange Ltd is a company specializing in a first class, bespoke chauffeur driver service across London and the UK.

Our faultless driver service and luxury vehicles are only part of a complete and professional package, which for 15 years now, have complimented our now wide range of services:

  • Chauffeur Driven cars and executive People Carrier hire
  • Airport and Seaport transfer
  • Dedicated airport Meet and Greet service
  • Restaurant, Theatre and Sports Events
  • Weddings
  • Event Co-ordinators
  • Personalised Half/Full Day Sightseeing tours
  • Bespoke UK Tours
  • Personalised Driver Service

And to compliment the chauffeur service we are able to offer:

  • Security Trained drivers
  • Close Protection Security
  • Interpreters
  • Blue Badge Guides
  • Helicopters
  • Luxury Yacht Charter
  • 16-50 Seat Coaches
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Opening Blog!

Chirton Grange chauffeurs are normally to be found resplendent attired in
suit, shirt and matching tie. But over the last 3 years we have been asked
more and more to provide transport for small to medium sized TV shoots.

Personally, I find this kind of work the most enjoyable, no suit,
comfortable shoes and when we are not driving we are loading or lugging
equipment, fetching coffee or breaking up a fight between the French camera
guy and the Canadian Producer. It is diverse.

On this current 'shoot' we have so far conquered Glasgow, Edinburgh,
Newcastle and the Lake District onwards to Liverpool and beyond.

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