Village England :: a competition with This Is Your Kingdom

bag-3For quite some time now, I’ve had the pleasure of being part of the team of writers over at This is Your Kingdom. If you haven’t come across it yet, it’s somewhere that you can discover the very nicest things to see and do, the best places to eat and drink and the loveliest places to stay, all in the UK. This is Your Kingdom have recently re-launched with a dreamy new site, and they’ve partnered up with brilliantly British bag company, Village England to run a rather exciting competition.

Village England is committed to making beautiful bags crafted for real life, with many of their bags made right here in England. Inspired by a uniquely British sense of style, their elegant designs portray what they call ‘an urbanised view of the countryside.’

As the name suggests, Village England bags are all named after villages in England. I was sent this lovely bag, currently called the Bainton, to test out. I’m a big fan of cross-body bags, life is so much easier when your hands are free, and this one had plenty of room for all my essentials, and assorted paraphernalia belonging to the smalls. It’s made from gorgeous, quality leather that would age beautifully over time.

Village England and This is Your Kingdom have one of these lovely bags up for grabs in their competition. All you have to do is choose the bag its new name. Pick a village in England that you would name this bag after, and tell them why. The winner will get to name the bag, and will receive one of their own to keep. Head over to This is Your Kingdom to enter the competition, it ends at midnight on 8th July, so be quick!


There are so many gorgeous villages in this part of the world that I was hard pushed to choose a name, myself. In the end, though, I plumped for Amberley, a pretty village on the edge of Minchinhampton common, which holds an annual and uniquely British ‘Cow Hunt’, with the best tea tent in all the land. It seems a fitting name for a truly English bag.

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