Onwards through Madingley, nestled between the Cambridge villages of Dry Drayton and Caldecote, lies the 11th century settlement of Childerley. Its Elizabethan hall and chapel, enclosed by extensive gardens, orchards and golden wheat fields, are guarded by majestic topiary peacocks, frolicking lambs and, occasionally, Winston the Bull.

This quiet haven will dance The Bamboleo once again as it welcomes the return of Siesta Fiesta, a Mediterranean feast for the senses, on Sunday 17 May as part of the Eat Cambridge festival 2015.

Palate pleasures are abundant in forms both liquid, solid, and, if you don’t gobble up that gelato quickly enough, somewhere in between. Street food heroes Steak & Honour and Guerrilla Kitchen put their unique spin on the theme, (last year’s El Toro burger was bully marvellous!) alongside fine artisan Spanish cured meats and cheeses by Pata Negra. You’ll be needing something to wash that down….

A small sherry, or four, perhaps? How about Cava? Or a deep and sumptuous glass of Rioja? A beer? I know. A refreshing G&T.

Whatever your tipple, a delicious range of refreshments are on hand to buy-as-you-go, courtesy of event partners Cambridge Wine Merchants. You can whet your whistle, chat to some producers, or, if you want to learn more, sign up to one of the excellent masterclass tastings happening throughout the day in the Estate’s charming chapel. Introduce yourself to the infinite joys of Sherry with Gonzalez Byass, immerse yourself (not literally, though that would be fun) in New Wave Spanish wines with Peter McCrombie MW, or resurrect your passion for the wines of Rioja. Heaven.

The green-fingered amongst you are invited to join Childerley’s head gardener for a tour of the breathtaking grounds, or join the little ones for a tractor tour of the farm.

Everyone is encouraged to join with the band in a spot of singing and dancing, but, however you choose to exhaust yourself, be sure to relax in the shade with one of Jack’s exquisite gelatos, or a cone of hot sugary Churros.

Still not convinced? Our top three reasons to book your ticket immediately:

1. Gin Palace

2. Competitive Sherry-Wanging

3. Tim Hayward talks food DIY.

Can I get an ‘Ole!’?

YES. All this in just 6 hours. And you can be home in time for an early night.

Tickets and info: childerleyevents.com

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*Written by the fabulous Lyndsey Spellman for Eat Cambridge

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