With Hermitage Road’s first Fun Day later this month (19 August), we thought it would be great to look back at the history of Hitchin’s iconic road.
Originally, the Hermitage Road area was part of a private garden lined with box trees! Frederic Seebohm donated the land where Hermitage Road stands. ‘New Road’ first opened in 1875, offering a crucial link between Hitchin’s town centre and its railway station.
50 years later, the new name of Hermitage Road was in place and an exciting range of building projects followed. Our prestigious road has been host to The Hermitage Cinema, The Hermitage Ballroom (with an array of stars within its line-up such as Eric Clapton, Bob Monkhouse and The Searchers) and the Remix nightclub.
Fast forward to 2017 and Hermitage Road continues to boast a wide range of shops, cafes and restaurants. Best of all, the independent stores have a strong presence. “Hitchin is known for its variety,” says Helen Wilson of Charles Wilson Carpets. “Yes, we do have some chains represented, however we have a strong mix of independent stores which rely on the quality of what they offer and strong customer service.”
What’s next for Hermitage Road?
Its first Fun Day on 19 August!
The team at Charles Wilson Carpets can't wait for the big day! Lots of shops are joining in with loads of fun for all the family. We'd love to see you there!
Jilly, the CWC cat, is very involved - pop into our store and find out how!
On 19 August, enter our 'guess how many' and social media competitions. Plus we'll have a treasure hunt for the kids available from 9am - 4pm.
These fabulous prizes are up for grabs:
- Relaxing spa day (see below for terms and conditions
- Thrilling rally drive (see below for terms and conditions)
- £25 subscription voucher (redeemable at Good News)
- £15 voucher for art & crafts (redeemable at Penco)
- £1 discount for single gelatos (at Fabios)
Are you free on Sat 19th August?
Come along to the Hermitage Road Fun Day - and don't forget to call in and say hello!
Terms & Conditions for Rally and Spa Experiences:(Please note that no cash alternatives are available and that the competition is not open to members of the Charles Wilson Carpets team (staff and contractors) and their relatives.)
By entering the competition you are agreeing to be part of the Hermitage Road Day publicity on our social media pages (don’t worry your full personal details will never be used on the sites) and some photographic images may be requested.
Rally Thrill ExperienceGet behind the wheel of a spectacular car in this fast and furious Rally Thrill experience. You’ll taste what it’s like to be a professional rally driver as you head out onto a purpose-built track for an unforgettable drive. Choose from a wide selection of locations for this experience as you learn from a qualified driving instructor how to handle a rally car with precision steering and maximum fun. Take the wheel and head out onto the track for a series of exercises, such as under and over-steer techniques, skid control, and brake control. You'll rarely be driving in a straight line in this exhilarating drive of a lifetime. At the end of your drive, you’ll receive a commemorative certificate the perfect memento to a thrilling experience.
Introduction and briefing on circuit driving techniques Hands-on driving session in a rally car presentation of driving certificate experience gift pack including personalised voucher, message card and cancellation indemnity.
What happens on the day?
On arrival at the centre, you'll be greeted by your qualified driving instructor and given a briefing including safety procedures and instructions on driving techniques. Once you have been fully briefed, it’s your turn to step into the driver’s seat and take control of a rally car. This is your chance to put in the practice everything you have learnt as you whizz around the track on an exciting drive you’ll never forget. The exact duration and content of your drive will vary according to location but you can expect 10 to 15 minutes of power slides, wheel spins and more in this rally drive of a lifetime. At the end of your session, you will be presented with a certificate to take away with you – the perfect memento of your unforgettable experience.
Leicestershire - Prestwold Driving Centre Northamptonshire - Brackley Oxfordshire - Great Tew Staffordshire - Seighford Driving Centre York Participant guidelines Minimum age: 17 (under 18s need parental/guardian consent) Minimum height: 5ft (4ft 6in at York, 4ft 10in at Seighford, 5ft 2in at Loughborough Maximum height: 6ft 6in (6ft 4in at Loughborough and 6ft 7in at York) Maximum weight: 18 stone (16 stone at Great Tew, 17 stone at Loughborough, and 18 stone 7lb at Seighford) You should be in reasonable health and able to climb in and out of the car You must hold a full, valid UK or European driving licence and must be able to drive manual transmissions. Licences must be presented on the day.
This experience is available on selected dates throughout the year which vary according to location. Please contact your chosen centre when booking for updated availability. We recommend you book at least six weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher. All bookings are subject to availability.
How long should I allow for this experience?
At most locations please allow approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes on site for the whole experience. At Seighford please allow up to three hours. Actual driving time will vary according to location but will be between 10 to 15 minutes.
Can I bring spectators?
Spectators are usually welcome, however at some venues there may be small charge. Please check with your chosen centre at the time of booking for more information. Facilities vary according to location but there are usually refreshments available on site. At the Oxfordshire location all children under the age of 11 must be accompanied at all times by a non-participating adult. At the Brackley location all under 14s must be accompanied by a non-participating adult.
Catering facilities are available on-site at an extra cost. Your experience will take place on either a tarmac or mixed surface purpose built rally course depending on location chosen. The operator reserves the right to substitute any vehicle due to unforeseen circumstances such as mechanical failure. The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.
What about insurance?
The centres contracted with us hold public indemnity liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. Some driving operators require customers to complete an Indemnity/Damage waiver form on the day of the experience. This may state that the driver will be liable for a fixed amount of costs should they damage the vehicle whilst driving. Most of these suppliers are able to provide Indemnity/Damage Waiver at a small additional fee (usually £20-£45) payable on site. The purchase of this is optional and is in addition to the Public Liability Insurance held by all venues. The full details of any indemnity or damage waiver will be provided by the activity operator. We are unable to advise or comment on the content or suitability of these products. A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.
Spa Day at ChampneysTake some time out and find yourself at an impressive Champneys Resort for a delightful spa day. The relaxing surroundings will have you cool and calm in no time, escaping the stresses of daily life with full use of the spa facilities and two incredible treatments. You will receive a Champneys massage and relaxing facial that will sooth away any tension you've been experiencing in your facial muscles. After this you will also be welcome to the unique experience of a Thalassotherapy session in the pool where seawater will be used to help relieve any aches and pains you may have. The water is rich in minerals and the pool has hydrotherapy jets to stimulate and tone, other benefits include aiding with detox, restful sleeping and relieving the pain of arthritis. During your visit to Champneys you will be provided with a luxury robe, slippers and a towel and are welcome to enjoy the hot and cold buffet at lunch time.
A welcome introduction with a refreshing juice drink, a Champneys' massage and relaxing facial, a Thalassotherapy Pool Session, a hot and cold delicious buffet style lunch, unlimited use of facilities, complimentary robe hire, experience gift pack (including personalised voucher and message card), cancellation indemnity.
What happens on the day?
You will be welcomed into your chosen Champneys resort by a friendly member of the spa team and offered a welcome juice drink. You’ll be shown around the facilities and will be provided with a robe, slippers and towel for use during your visit. You will be welcome to take your 25 minute Champneys' Massage and Relaxing Facial at a mutually agreed time along with a 25 minute Thalassotherapy session in the pool. You may help yourself to the hot and cold buffet at lunchtime and are welcome to purchase extras during the day. There's no doubt you will be finishing your Champneys' Spa Day feeling refreshed and revitalised. Participant guidelines: Minimum age is 16, certain treatments are not suitable for pregnant women; please check at the time of booking.
This experience is available Monday to Friday, subject to availability. We recommend you book at least four to six weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher. All bookings are subject to availability.
How long should I allow for this experience?
Arrival is at 09.00 and you should allow a full day for this experience.
There are ramps at one entrance to enter the building for wheelchair access and there are lifts in order to access the building once inside. There are no hoist facilities for the pool. The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.
What about insurance?
The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence. A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.
Leicestershire - Ashby de la Zouche, Hertfordshire – Tring, Bedfordshire – Henlow, Hampshire – Liphook