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Inkerman at the Grand National
Inkerman at the Grand National

The Inkerman team head to Aintree for the 15th year to provide over 70 trophies for winning owners, trainers, jockeys and stable hands.  Our social media channels will be full of live updates from the

trophy marquee to the winners enclosure.  

 

Inkerman works with the very best British workshops, including silversmiths, engravers, glass etchers and leather makers to work with Inkerman designs and hand craft these beautiful bespoke pieces.  The

trophies are guarded by soldiers from The Royal Mercian & Lancastrian Yeomanry during the event and race-goers can see the trophies on display in the Trophy Marquee next to the parade ring throughout

the meeting.

 

The Grand National is one of the most famous and unpredictable horse races in the world, and very definitely one of the highlights in the Inkerman calendar.

It's a hugely popular event and 600 million people watch it on TV all over the globe.

Lots of people follow it at home, and you and your family might even pick your own favourite horse - often based on its name and colours.

The race is part of a three-day race meeting held in Liverpool, with usually more than 150,000 people in attendance. 

It all began at Aintree Racecourse, in Merseyside, has been the home of the famous Grand National since its first running in 1839.

A version of the race took place before this, but 1839 is accepted as the official start of the race as we know it today.

Between 1916-1918 during World War One, the race had to be moved to Gatwick Racecourse. Then, it was called off between 1941-1945 because of the Second World War. 

The race has changed a lot since it began.

 

The courses and fences have been tweaked over the years - not least to make them safer for the horses and jockeys. The starting line has also moved further away from the main stand to help the horses to

remain calmer at the beginning.

 

But throughout the years, it has always been one of the biggest jump races for horses and riders in the world - and it is currently the longest race in the UK.

 

The Course - The Grand National is held at Aintree Racecourse in Merseyside
 
 
During the three-day event, more than 20 different races will take place.  In the biggest race - the Grand National - horses have to complete two laps of the course, covering four-and-a-half miles and
 
jumping 30 fences.
 
 
The Fences - There are 16 different jumps, known as fences, on the National Course. 
 
 
All 16 are jumped during the first lap but on the second lap of the circuit the horses only jump 14 of them - so that makes 30 fences in total for the race.

The fences are different widths and heights, and some of them have different names

Horses and riders jump Canal Turn during the 2018 Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018
 

One of the most famous fences is called The Chair, which is the tallest on the course at 5 foot 3 inches.

The ground on the landing side is higher than the side the horses take off from, and there's also a six-foot ditch that horses have to jump over before the fence.

Fortunately, The Chair is one of the two fences that riders only have to go over once, rather than twice like most of the others.

Canal Turn and Becher's Brook are two other extremely difficult fences.

 

Famous winners - A horse called Red Rum is the only horse to have won the Grand National three times - in 1973, 1974 and 1977. He also came second in 1975 and 1976.

Red Rum died in 1995 at the age of 30 and was buried near the winning post at Aintree.

 

In 1993, no one won because there was a false start - some riders didn't realise and carried on so the race had to be cancelled!

George Stevens is the most successful jockey in Grand National history.

He has won the Grand National five times, but given that his final victory came back in 1870, you probably weren't around to remember this!

 
Ambush II, who won in 1900, was owned by Prince Edward VII who became King of England less than a year later
 

The fastest time ever the course has ever been completed in was by Mr Frisk in 1990, who covered the four miles and 514 yards of the race in just 8 mins 47.8 secs.

Inkerman are now in their 14th year of working with Aintree as the official trophy supplier and never before has it been run in its history behind closed doors.  Inkerman are providing over 80 trophies for

owners, trainers, trainers and stable hands.

 

The crowds and soldiers were really missed last year the Grand National 'roar' from the crowd, will be bigger and better than ever! 

 

"The race that the world stops to watch" Sir A P McCoy

 

https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/aintree/events-tickets/grand-national/

 

 

       

Mother's Day 2022 | Top 10 Gifts
Mother's Day 2022 | Top 10 Gifts

Celebrate the most important women in your life with our Mother's Day gifts.  We have handpicked a selection of gifts ideal to give this Mother's day to show how much you appreciate her.  From a classic  scented candle to something more extravagent and personalised.  We are confident we have the perfect gift. Be different this year with one of our unique and unusual Mother's Day Gifts.  Our selection of thoughtful, practical and unique presents will make her day just that little bit more special.  All our gifts come beautifully wrapped and ribboned with a hand written message and can be delivered worldwide.

Trophies | Designers and Makers
Trophies | Designers and Makers

Inkerman are proud to be the designers and makers of many of the world’s most prestigious sporting and event trophies.  

The planning, designing and making of Inkerman’s bespoke trophies is made possible by our long term and close relationships with our skilled and dedicated workshops and their teams who create silver, metal, glass and sustainable material trophies for varied sporting events and awards.  Working with our highly knowledgeable team of designers, master craftsmen and manufacturers ensures our clients vision becomes reality.

 

What it takes to custom make a trophy?

 

CONCEPT -  Client brief, what is desired and the approval of budget.

 

DESIGN -    Ensure it’s on brief and on brand – traditional sketch designs, digital designs or 3D modelling are created.

 

CREATION - Crafting of the bespoke piece takes approximately 6 – 8 weeks depending on the complexity of the design. 

 

 Trophy Picture

 Replicas and Restoration

Year after year we are asked to make replicas of many original trophies and awards.   Replica Trophies are usually made when a perpetual trophy has been won and needs to be returned the following year and the owner wants to keep a replica.   Replicas may also be made for syndicate or group wins when each member wants to keep a trophy.  Replicas can be made the same size or a smaller size than the original. 

Each year we are asked by many clients to carry out repairs and polishing to their trophies and awards;  our skilled crafstmen provide a full restoration service to ensure each trophy and award is restored to the highest standard in keeping with the original design.  With over 20 years experience we understand the importance of maintaining the authenticity of design and quality of the original manufacture and always source the same high quality material used in the making of original trophy or award. These restoration services are available across all of our trophies and awards.  

 

CONTACT US:  sales@inkerman.co.uk to discuss trophy ideas for your next event.

Trophy Gallery

 

 

Christmas Gifts for Her
Christmas Gifts for Her

If you are looking for ideas and inspiration for gifts for her this Christmas then browse the pics and links below.  A festive season which we’re looking forward to with a greater sense of anticipation than ever. After the past two years the thought of more time with family and friends, rediscovering festive traditions and the return of Christmas parties feels extra special.

To help you plan your Christmas our gift selection is more considered than ever, as we try to cater for every interest from cooking, the home, to sustainable gifts and something for that something extra special you will be able to find a perfectly matched present.  If you want to blitz the Christmas list in one go or spend time pondering that special gift we are here to steer you in the right direction.  

Top Gifts for Girls

1. Triple Rolling Bangle

2. Windsor Wine Glasses

3. Family Favourite Recipe Books

4. Gin and Tonic Glass

5. Vegan Washbag

 

Top Gifts for Girls

1. Leather Jewellery Roll

2. Recycle Ocean Storm Lantern

3. Devon Herringbone Throw

4. The Inkerman Luxury Candle

5. Mindfulness Bowls

Happy shopping!  If you have a query or need some ideas or inspiration, all our experienced and helpful team are always on hand on the phone or email to answer any queries.  We are always keen to chat to our clients to make their shopping experience a good one!  Get ahead this Christmas and shop early, all Inkerman orders over £150 will receive one of our new free Inkerman jute bags - tag us with your bag!

 

 

Christmas Gifts for Him
Christmas Gifts for Him

Christmas gifts for him?  Browse our collection below to give you lots of ideas and inspiration for him this Christmas.  Whether its for a family member or friend we have put together our top picks for you to choose from.

To help you plan your Christmas, our gifts for him selection is more considered than ever, as we try to cater for every interest from sport, games, practical and useful gifts so you will be able to find a perfectly matched present.  Take a look at our "gifts for her blog" too for some different gifts to give this Christmas.

 

Christmas Gifts for him

1. Swiss Army Knife Climber

2. Leather and Suede Travel Backgammon Board

3. Zippo Lighter

4. Wooden Handled Bottle Openers

5. Game Bird Tumblers

 

Christmas Gifts for Him

1. Eridge Wine Bucket

2. Leather Hip Flask

3. Initial Pint Tankard

4. Zippo Hand Warmer

5. Leather and Suede Cufflink Box

 

Our personalisation service is more popular than ever and available on many of our products, whether its wood, leather, glass or silver, this is sure to make a truly unique gift.  All of our gifts come wrapped and ribboned in our recyclable and sustainable red boxes delivered with a hand written gift card and delivered worldwide.  

Christmas Event, Staff, Client and Thank You Gifts
Christmas Event, Staff, Client and Thank You Gifts

What Gifts for Christmas!

Whether you are looking for client gifts, company gifts, something to reward colleagues with, hosting a Christmas party, organising an event or thanking clients; we have put together some of our favourites gift ideas to suit every budget.  Almost all of the gifts can made in corporate colours or embossed with a special message or company logo.  

Discover our wonderful selection of event gifts 

  Event Gift Ideas

1. BAMBOO BLUETOOTH SPEAKER   

2. 2021 GLOBAL CITY TUMBLERS   

3. PHONE AND TABLET HOLDER     

4. THANK YOU BOWLS

5. BLUETOOTH EARPHONES  

 

Event Gift Ideas

1. Personalised Glass Storm Lantern

2. Wooden Handled Bottle Opener

3. Fleece Blanket

4. Wireless Phone Charger

5. Rose Gold Cocktail Shaker Set

The Inkerman Ocean Project
The Inkerman Ocean Project

To celebrate our 25th year we are excited to launch our new 2021 recycled glassware range; the Inkerman Ocean Project.

Inspired by the ocean and marine life this collection celebrates diverse sealife and their habitats - with brand new designs and hand-crafted recycled glass products.

The collecti...

Venues and Events  - The Inkerman Favourites
Venues and Events - The Inkerman Favourites

With events, weddings, parties and entertaining across the board opening up; friends, familys and companies are excited about being able to hold gatherings and celebrations again.  At Inkerman we are regularly providing bespoke gifts for many different occasions, with personalisation and creative design a key part of what we offer ensuring all our gifts remain unique and individual. 

The Inkerman team have shared a few of their favourite venues and events which albeit are somewhat scattered across the country will appeal to a varied budget, number of people to be included and or occasion to be celebrated.  Being based in East Sussex on the Eridge Estate on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells they have taken the opportunity to hi-light a couple of local favourites too!

 

OUR FAVOURITE VENUES

THE NED

The Ned

Located in the heart of the City of London, every one of the spaces available boasts period features including walnut panelling and vintage chandeliers, as well as plenty of natural light. Rooms range in size from 21 square metres to 165 square metres, and can accommodate between 4 and 200 people. Food and drinks menus – ranging from cocktails and snacks to four-course dinners can be created by their team.

 

THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The magnificent gallery spaces and stunning John Madejski Garden combine to make the V&A one of London’s most unique venues for corporate entertaining. The Museum is available to hire for a range of events, from breakfasts and private views to fundraising dinners and awards ceremonies.  The V&A is an elegant and exclusive location for your private party or wedding celebration. The areas available for hire provide impressive settings for receptions, dinners and dances.

 

THE WILDERNESS RESERVE

Wilderness Reserve

Whatever the event or meeting you have in store, Wilderness have a range of spaces available. From country pursuits to intimate dinners, Wilderness Reserve is the perfect destination for your company or family retreat. Choosing a meeting and event space is easy with 5000 acres to play with. Free from the restrictions of a hotel, the exclusive-use estate is the perfect backdrop for your private event.  

Suffolk is becoming a popular destination for both business and leisure visitors making Wilderness Reserve the perfect corporate retreat within two hours from London. The unique country concept and estates are big enough to host hundreds of guests but also intimate enough for small groups.  For those planning their own or someone else's special event - whether it be a birthday, wedding anniversary, family reunion - being able to bring friends and family under one roof is one of the best ways to celebrate such a momentous occasion.

 

TILLINGHAM

Tullingham

Whether you want to hire the whole site for a special occasion or if you’d like to organise an event in the restaurant, Tillingham is a unique place.  The private dining room and the oast room studio, also make great venues for away days and seminars. 

 

THE SMALLHOLDING

THE SMALL HOLDING

Named as one of the best restaurants in Kent, The Small Holding restaurant in Kilndown is nestled in one acre of beautiful countryside.

With growing, foraging and cooking at the heart of everything they do, the kitchen maintains a unique connection between farm and table, and prides itself on being able to serve up honest food that is full of seasonal imagination and flavour.

 

 THE PIG - COMBE, DEVON

The Pig

The Folly is the largest of the private dining spaces and a unique setting for gathering together your nearest and dearest! Described as a  ‘semi-restored chic hideaway', The Folly is tucked away within the gardens and food is from the Kitchen Garden and Wood Oven.  There are other room options available we just liked this one!  

Great for when you are after something just a little different! There are 8 Pig Hotels in total so browse the link to find your nearest, The Pig Hotels

 

A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE EVENTS...

Latitude Festival

Pub in the Park

Wimbledon

Reading Festival

Goodwood

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

 

 

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