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they are less likely to fall off while dancing, always a concern! Also needed is a coat that will protect you from the rain: Internacionale has a bright coral parka that fits the bill perfectly and will make you stand out in a crowd, while Simply Be has a more muted parka that goes perfectly with its butterfly tunic. Little dresses in fact are a fab idea as they don't trail in the mud and will keep you cool, and can easily be layered over jeans when the cooler evenings set in – pop along to Tesco for a good selection from the F&F range. To cover your legs then turn-ups are a good call (we like Jane Norman's jeans), or if you want to flash your pins then go for Republic's hotpants. Layers of t-shirts and jumpers will give you lots of flexibility, and to personalise your look add masses of bracelets, headbands and necklaces (Accessorize is the place to forage for these). Our final tip is to take some cosy pyjamas. You'll be grateful for them when you stagger back to your tent and want a good night's sleep in dry, comfortable clothes. Rock on!

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or any cricket fan wanting to lay eyes on an international great in action, the dream ticket might appear to be an England Test Match at Lords, or perhaps a high-octane showdown in the Indian Premier League. But pop down to a Bradford Cricket League clash involving mighty East Bierley of a weekend, and you may well find a legend in action. For former Scotland captain and Yorkshire all-rounder Gavin Hamilton likes to keep his eye in as part of the East Bierley side. And despite being a man who once sent a formidable Brian Lara packing to the pavilion, and who out performed Shane Warne to hit a century when the spinner was at the very height of his powers, Hamilton insists that opponents aren’t fazed. “No one bats an eyelid when I play, because the Bradford and Yorkshire leagues are at such a high standard,” he laughs. “There’s former first-class professionals in quite a few of the teams. It’s good for local cricket and I like to think that competing against and playing alongside top-level cricketers helps the young players. It’s great fun too.” Hamilton lives in Guiseley, West Yorkshire, where only a year ago he was juggling the responsibility of being an international cricket captain with a full-time job handling Heineken beer sales in the UK. But the 36-year-old finally stepped down as Scottish skipper following a sell-out clash against England at Edinburgh in June last year, during which he impressed against the English bowling attack with an accomplished innings of 48 runs. And last August he decided to hang up his bat and pads for good, leaving international competition with a terrific record to his name. In 130 matches for Scotland, he had scored more than 3,500 runs at an average of 31.25, including five centuries and 21 half-centuries. No wonder Roddy Smith, Cricket Scotland’s chief executive, saluted him as “a remarkable player...one of the best-ever Scottish cricketers ...and a fantastic ambassador for Scottish cricket”. Hamilton admits it was tough to walk away, but has no regrets about doing so. “It was getting near-impossible to fit in the work, the travelling and the cricket, and I wanted to spend more time with my family. It was definitely time to go, but it was a little bit emotional.” Under his captaincy Scotland’s pedigree undeniably progressed, and Hamilton believes the foundations

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are in place for a brighter cricketing future north of the border. “Cricket is a big club sport in Scotland,” he says. “At local level and in private schools the popularity is huge, but it’s only in the last few years that the development side has come in. The youngsters are starting to get the facilities and the structures are being put in place. “Scotland are a far better side than our position on the world stage would suggest. The team achieved very impressive wins against Holland and Ireland recently, which is no mean feat. We’ve got some very good players and we’re heading in the right direction.” Hamilton himself made an impressive contribution as a player and is undoubtedly one of Scotland’s greatestever cricketers. In One-Day Internationals he hit 1,231

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But it was his success as a Yorkshire player that stands out as particularly impressive. The all-rounder scored nearly 3,000 runs at an average of 26.24 and took 249 wickets at an average of 25.76 during his first-class career, and as part of a golden generation of talent he helped Yorkshire to the County Championship in 2001. “I was lucky to be part of a great Yorkshire side, playing alongside people who I had come through the academy with. Craig White, Darren Lehmann, Matthew Hoggard – we all got on like a house on fire and it was a special five or six years for Yorkshire. We should have won the Championship a few times.” It was during Hamilton’s nine-year tenure at the club that he came face-to-face with, and overcame, two of the world’s greatest-ever cricketers. Dismissing formidable West Indies legend Brian Lara at a time when the prolific batsman was nigh-on unstoppable, is certainly something to write home about. “He was at his absolute peak back then,” recalls Hamilton. “It was a fantastic day at Scarborough in 1997 when I found myself facing him, and a huge, enthusiastic crowd had turned up to watch him bat. When I got him out, this great hero of the sport, I felt like a Pantomime villain! He was always very quiet though. He hardly said a word that day.” The same could not be said of the remarkably skillful and notoriously vocal Aussie spinbowler Shane Warne, who – despite throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Hamilton - could not prevent the determined Scot from crafting a magnificent century in a county match back in 2000. “Shane Warne is a tricky customer at the best of times, but when he’s bowling well and being loud and mouthy, it’s doubly tough,” laughs Hamilton. “Given how on-form he was, it meant an awful lot to me to get to a hundred in that situation. I know him quite well too, so after the match we just had a chat and he said ‘well-played’.” When asked to divulge his other career highlights, Hamilton speaks proudly of his time with Scotland, and particularly the experience of captaining them to a major World Cup. But he maintains that his achievements at Yorkshire are his most treasured. “Just being capped for Yorkshire stands out among everything else,” he insists. “Yorkshire is certainly number one.”

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pa at the Grand is set in the hotel’s atmospheric vaults where the North Eastern Railway company once stowed its millions. Today, this secluded and tranquil environment is the perfect city centre getaway and an ideal way to escape the rush and stress of everyday life. The Spa offers a stunning range of therapeutic and rejuvenating face and body care treatments. Using excellent products from top European skincare house Germaine de Capuccini, the Spa promises to bring you an unforgettable spa experience. Clients can choose from a variety of treatments which include traditional massage alongside ritualistic massage therapies from around the world. The Grand’s team of experienced therapists are on hand to offer advice and guidance, and will happily prepare a bespoke selection of treatments to meet your needs and complement your skin type. The Spa has also put together a perfect Wedding Day package which will help you relax and unwind after a hectic schedule. Relax in the serene atmosphere of the vaults of the hotel with a series of spa treatments, ease any last minute stresses in the sauna and aromatic steam room and unwind in the swimming pool and spa whirlpool. Cedar Court Grand Hotel and Spa, Station Rise, York, YO1 6HT Tel: 01904 380038

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hen Sophie Epstone decided to embark on a charity trek in aid of a cancer-suffering friend back in 2006, she had no idea just how far her journey would take her. Five years on her influential youth cancer charity Trekstock is set to break the £250,000 fundraising barrier, and is supported by an array of A-Listers including Katy Perry, Sienna Miller, Richard Branson, Jimmy Carr and Russell Brand. Sophie, who grew up in Menston near Leeds, has turned an initial brain-wave into a high-profile movement, backed by more famous-names than you could shake a red carpet at. “The great support we’ve gained from celebrities cannot be underestimated,” she says. “We were very fortunate to have Beyonce pictured with one of our badges last week!” Sophie’s inspired idea of using music to inspire cancer awareness and fundraising among young people has proven a powerful one. From humble beginnings handing out her now iconic blue Trekstock badges at Glastonbury, Sophie has gone on to secure an official launch in Downing Street while also being voted a Vogue ‘Rising Star’. “Standing up in front of a room full of people at Downing Street was pretty daunting, as was meeting the Prime Minister,” she laughs. “It’s grown very quickly and I’ve had some amazing experiences, including being the chosen charity for Richard Branson’s 30th Birthday, where he raised £120,000 for us.”

“The great support we’ve gained from celebrities cannot be underestimated, we were very fortunate to have Beyonce pictured with one of our badges last week!”

It all started five years ago when Sophie decided to hold a gig in order to raise funds for a trek to Mount Everest, in aid of her brother’s band-mate, who had cancer. Sophie came to the stark realisation that young people aren’t really aware that cancer can happen to them and their friends, so she made it her mission to educate young people and, in partnership with Cancer Research UK, raise vital funds for research into the cancers that affect this particular age group. Since then she has built Trekstock up into a household name, supported by comedians such as Jon Richardson and Alan Carr, musicians including Bloc Party, Liam Gallagher and Paloma Faith, and a whole host of Yorkshire celebrities from Jarvis Cocker to Chris Moyles. In the next few months Trekstock will be present at some of the biggest summer festivals and will also be taking a trek to the summit of Mount Kenya, culminating in a ‘Great Gig in the Sky’ at the summit. “We really are striving to positively impact upon young peoples lives through unique experiences, fantastic events and education along the way. This is in our DNA at Trekstock.” To find out more about Trekstock please visit www.trekstock.com or get in touch at hello@trekstock.com. For a simple way to donate to Trekstock, text TREK00 followed by your kind donation to 70070 (for t&c’s please see www.justgiving.com)

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any special occasions are celebrated with a piece of jewellery. However, homeowners may find that their special gifts are underinsured if they are not regularly reviewing their value. Specialist home insurer Hiscox says this is even more relevant following the increase in the values of gold and platinum over the last few years. Austyn Tusler, home insurance expert at Hiscox, says: “Whenever you receive a gift you should not only tell your friends how lucky you are, you should also notify your insurer. They can provide you with adequate cover for loss or damage of your new acquisition. “Furthermore, over time the value of jewellery you already own can increase without you necessarily realising. Special occasions are a good reminder to both notify insurers of latest purchases or gifts and to seek a valuation of current jewellery collections.” John Benjamin, an expert independent jewellery consultant adds: “Three factors have combined to create an exceptionally strong market for jewellery and watches in 2011. Firstly, the unprecedented rise in the price of gold. Secondly, the recent rise in VAT and thirdly, the flourishing global market for jewellery at international auction which has led inevitably to a rapid reassessment of retail values - most notably for diamonds, coloured gems and pearls.

“Clients who have not had their jewellery appraised in the last two to three years therefore run the serious risk of being unable to replace a loss at current retail levels; it is thus strongly recommended that an updated valuation is carried out not only on older items but also on relatively recent purchases.”

Hiscox’s insurance checklist for jewellery is to: • Notify your insurer or your broker of any significant new acquisitions • Get a professional valuation every three years to guarantee that the insured value reflects current market trends • Keep a copy of your professional valuation with your broker, bank or solicitor for safekeeping • Take major items of jewellery to a good jeweller each year to check them, ensuring for example that clasps and settings are in good condition • Have your jewellery cleaned professionally, as doing it yourself or giving it to an amateur might cause abrasions or other damage that could reduce the value of your item • Where possible, keep items that are not being worn in a suitable safe.

For further details contact

Andrew Holmes at J. M. Glendinning Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Tel 01943 883638

or email: andrew@jmgib.co.uk


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“It is a unique haven of warmth, luxury and character”

Eclectic dreams Hail books into the enchanting Crab Manor Hotel and discovers a hidden gem you’ll fall in love with.

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n my mind, the Crab & Lobster should be sailing in the same pea-green boat as the Owl and the Pussycat in the most wonderful, whimsical and slightly eccentric way. Long have I heard of the incredible food served here and the magical accommodation on offer so to say I was excited about my overnight stay at the Crab Manor Hotel and dinner at the Crab and Lobster restaurant on its doorstep, would be an understatement of poetic proportions. In fact I believed my destination to be so well known and important that, without any directions, I imagined it would just appear off the A1 like a mirage. And it nearly did with the help of a lovely lady who gave me directions with a knowing, slightly envious smile. As soon as I arrived, parked up on the gravel forecourt, glad that I’d at least washed my car, and walked through the door as though wandering into Narnia, I could see why. There’s something very other- worldly about the glamour of this setting that draws you in.

“All the hotel bedrooms at the Crab Manor are unique, exotic and sumptuous.”

On a more practical level, there was also the small point of me not being able to find the reception which drew me in further. All the hotel bedrooms at the Crab Manor are unique, exotic and sumptuous. I was transported to the set of Out of Africa in my room, Mount Nelson on the plains of the Masai Mara to be exact. All dark wooden floorboards, animal print wallpaper and antique furniture. Much more than just another luxurious hotel room, this room had soul, atmosphere, warmth and a stunning bathroom complete with freestanding bath and Molton Brown toiletries that Meryl Streep would have been more than happy in, with or without Mr Redford. A dip in the outdoor hot tub, a quick change and I made the short amble out of the hotel, teetering through the beautiful landscaped grounds and in to the ‘Crab’ restaurant. Having been given a heads up about the merits of the twice baked cheese soufflé, I was feeling quite confident, maybe even slightly smug about my starter selection and when the attentive (but not in the least bit pushy) French waiter said my choice of Stone Bass for main was a good one, I was positively buoyant. The restaurant team were knowledgeable, patient and seemed confident that I would be in for a treat but

then they obviously know the super-talented chef. And they were absolutely right. The food here is incredible and I felt truly blessed to be sampling this award-winning fare. It was one of those situations where you know everything that comes your way will be amazing, plate after plate and unusually for me, I only had eyes for my own choice rather than coveting my fellow diners’ platters. In the words of no interior designer I have ever heard of, I would describe the décor in both the hotel and the restaurant as ‘cluttered vintage’. There’s memorabilia and artefacts everywhere, from puppets on strings hanging from the ceiling to fur coats on hangers and skeletons in sleighs to busts wearing scarves. I wouldn’t want to be in charge of housekeeping but it makes for a stimulating yet cosy and relaxed atmosphere. Sauntering back from the restaurant to the hotel room, feeling happy, content, spoilt and looking forward to a night’s sleep in Africa, I realised there’s something very theatrical and jaunty about the Crab and Lobster but without any drama and pretension and with all the luxury and quality of service. There’s no wonder this is the venue for so many weddings and special occasions. I think even the people who work here feel it’s a privilege to be part of this production so there’s no need to stand to attention or for a hard sell. Tearing myself away from the breakfast table the next morning, proved even more difficult than leaving my glorious bathroom but a mushroom omelette and three pots of tea later, I definitely felt that I had milked breakfast for all it was worth and that I was in danger of bumping into the lunchtime diners. I did wonder about bobbing on one of the fur coats adorning the walls, sitting quietly in a corner and becoming part of the eclectic decor for a few hours but in my heart of hearts, I knew my time was up. So, with the Crab Manor Hotel in my rear view, I made a pact with myself to return. Apart from anything else, I still want to find the hidden panel in the hallway with the beer pump behind it. Strange but true and another little quirky treat to keep guests on their toes. It is heartening to know that in a world all too often blighted with contemporary minimalism and hi tech jiggery pokery, visitors come back time and time again to this unique haven of warmth, luxury and character to dance by the light of the moon or at least eat, drink and be very merry.


On the move with confidence At JWS Group we are dedicated to providing our customers with an unparalleled level of service. Be it specialist courier, executive chauffeur or private hire, we will ensure your journey experience is exceptional, making us the service provider of choice.


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he latest addition to the growing JWS Group is our Private Hire service which promises to revolutionise the market by bringing it into the 21st Century. Providing our customers and clients with a level of service that surpasses all their expectations, JWS is committed to changing people’s perception of an industry that hasn’t changed its fundamental operational style in several years. Incorporating all the latest technology and marketing strategies you only associate with blue chip companies, JWS Private Hire has invested for the future and brings you the

customer the use of innovative technology which will ensure we are ahead of the rest and provide the perfect service to fit around your busy lives. Operating 24 hours, seven days a week from our bases in Guiseley and Ilkley, our trained operational staff will be happy to help you and provide the highest standard of customer service. With a pool of dedicated, professional drivers, who have undergone rigorous training both on and off the road, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you will be safe and secure throughout your journey.

Our extensive range of premium vehicles, with their unique corporate image are all fitted with air conditioning and satellite navigational systems. Booking systems automatically allocate the closest vehicle to your collection point, while GPS allows us to track the vehicle, which ensures passengers are picked up on time, every time.

• Comfort, confidentiality and safety • Vehicles, generally are less than three years old • Fixed pricing • No time wasted taking your details, following pre-registration on our system • Credit Card payment facility by phone or within our vehicles • Account facility available for either corporate or private customers • Booking confirmation and updates by email or SMS • iPhone / Smart Phone apps available for ease of booking • Special requirements held on our database e.g any assistance required/disabilities/regular destinations • 24hr/365 days a year service • All drivers are CRB security checked • Hail in-car magazine • Operating out of two Metropolitan Councils - Leeds (Guiseley) & Bradford (Ilkley).


You can now book online with our new web based service...

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About

Hail takes a look at the hottest gadgets hitting the high street this summer.

Finding a tailored fit for your automotive needs…

Apple iPhone 5 The eagerly anticipated new entry in Apple’s phenomenally successful iPhone range is tipped to be even faster and slicker than its predecessor (pictured right) – continuing the company’s impressive dominance of the smartphone market.

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Philips Cinema 21:9 Gold TV An innovative new 3D television with a whopping 50 inch HD screen, Philips’ latest piece of home entertainment kit promises a superb picture for TV and movie viewing, bolstered by fresh technology the company likes to call ‘Easy 3D’.

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Revealing the new standard in Contract Hire and commercial rental

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook A high-profile collaboration between the engineering prowess of the electronics giant and the technical might of Google, this sleek new web-book boasts up to 8.5 hours of battery life, a 12.1-inch superbright display and an Intel Dualcore Processor, packaged with Google’s speedy Chrome software.

from £350.00

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Nintendo:

The Next Generation Unveiled at this year’s E3 video game show, the Wii U is the successor to Nintendo’s astonishingly popular Wii console and will be hitting the high street next year. Helen Mirren must be cartwheeling with glee. Packing a great deal of extra graphical power, the main talking point has been the nifty new touchscreen remote, which comes with its own gameplay screen – allowing you to continue playing on the handheld device while someone else uses the TV.

Range Rover Evoque 2.2 eD4 Pure 5dr Hatch Type of Rental 3 year contract hire, 10,000mpa - from £325.00 + VAT

Why the name Square Peg? Like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, we strive to meet each client’s unique vehicle requirements. With this in mind, we created a business model that will tailor make vehicle solutions for all your needs whilst maintaining customer care with a personal touch. In the midst of Britain’s struggling economic recovery, many find it difficult to get financial credit where credit is due. With our combined experience of over 25 years, we are able to assist all customers regardless of economic circumstances. With this aim Square Peg was born. We are not tied to any single funder or handful of dealerships. Our solid reputation has earned Square Peg Automotive a wide portfolio of business partners that assist with all aspects of vehicle leasing, rental and end of lease refurbishment. For customer convenience, we have created a website containing only the most relevant offers and industry news. We simply ask you to complete our enquiry form, and we will contact you to discuss the matter in more detail or schedule a meeting to sit down and analyze your vehicle and fleet costs to see where we can assist. Square Peg Automotive greatly value each and every customer and ask you for nothing more than to quote. We win business through diligence and integrity. We very much look forward to assisting you with any of your vehicle or fleet requirements. Services we provide for our customers; •Contract hire (business & personal) •Vehicle rental, light commercials (business) •Flexi rental, supplying new cars on rolling one month contracts(business & personal) •Sourcing and supply of cars and vans for the lower credit score clients(business & personal)


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Get Arty

Yorkshire Museum Come and work with a real artist to explore the museum’s summer themed activities Heaven and Earth. August 10th, 17th and 24th. www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

Family Workshops

The Hepworth Wakefield

Family

fun

Join art activities throughout the summer at the newly opened Hepworth Wakefield, including Living Landscapes, Creative Carving, Musical Sculptures and the Think Big! Art in 3D summer school. On until August 25th. www.hepworthwakefield.org

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Commando Kidz & Horses in Action

Royal Armouries

Yorkshire has some of the best attractions in the UK, creating great opportunities for fantastic days out. Enjoy a summer of science, sharks and the Wild West; come face to face with tigers, hidden gems, new art and old artifacts. Hail reports on some of the best activities on offer. The Great Garden Safari – Kids Go Free

RHS Garden Harlow Carr

National Media Museum

Script to Screen

National Media Museum Inspired by the release of the final Harry Potter film, this summer sees a celebration of iconic characters from literature that have been brought to life on screen. From the Gruffalo and Paddington Bear, to Charlie & Lola and Harry Potter, and many, many more… On throughout August www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

Borrow a pair of binoculars and explore the garden safari trail. On your way, spot exciting plants and guess which animals might like to eat them; on a weekend you can help build a safari camp in the woodland by the Logness Monster. On throughout August. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

Teddy Bear Festival

Thackray Museum

Bring a bear to the annual Teddy Bear Festival and get in free on the 13th and 14th August. Plus, join a week-long celebration with arts and teddy craft sessions. August 8th to 14th. www.thackraymuseum.org

Charge down to the Museum for summer fun. Explore, discover, play and have-a-go. The outdoor adventure zone is sure to be a big hit with both boys and girls (7-14). Don’t miss the exciting stunt-riding horse show, every Friday and Saturday throughout the holidays. Charges apply. On until September 4th. www.royalarmouries.org

A Summer of Sharks

The Deep Watch a 3D shark, find your way along a shark trail and join in with shark activities. Plus, two new additions to the Endless Oceans tank – a female grey reef shark and a wobbegong – will be settling into their new home later this summer. On until September 4th. www.thedeep.co.uk

Children and their families can learn about the Old West with Cowboy Camps, performances and craft sessions, or take part in Cherokee Challenges. On until September 4th. www.eureka.org.uk

Special Exhibition: The Great Store Explore

National Coal Mining Museum Ride Into Summer

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum Packed full of fun, with a rootin’ tootin’ Wild West showdown and an a-mazing outdoor maze to explore outdoors, blaze a trail to the Eureka! Park for exciting challenges.

Discover hidden gems and go behind the scenes at the Museum in this new exhibition. Children’s activities will run throughout the holidays. On until September 25th www.ncm.org.uk

With 21 members, Yorkshire’s Magnificent Attractions offer you and your family a wide choice of days out in Yorkshire and all the information about them is in one place: www.yorkshireattractions.org

Lightwater Valley

Wild Wednesdays

York Museum Gardens Free and fun events with lots of hands on and exciting activities for the whole family to take part in. On August 31st. www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

The Deep

Newby Hall

You can also sign up online to enter competitions, receive up to date activity information and take advantage of year-round discounts. You can also ‘like’ the organisation on Facebook, for exclusive updates and even more opportunities to win great days out.


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Businesses LARGE or Small We will help you GROW

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CINEMA Cowboys & Aliens out August 19th

MUSIC Leeds Festival - Bramham Park August 26th to 28th

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ith a rollicking rock line-up that includes Muse, Pulp, Elbow and The Strokes, another weekend of quality live sets lies in store for music fans. The wider bill takes in everything from folk heroes Noah and The Whale to dance kings 2 Many DJs, while jailbird icon Pete Doherty will be released from chokey just in time to headline the Festival Republic Stage. www.leedsfestival.com

nvading extraterrestrials have been pitted against annoying New York yuppies, medieval Vikings and even South London’s slang-spouting hoodies in recent times – so it’s no surprise that the Wild West’s gunslingers want in on the action. Directed by Iron Man’s Jon Favreau and starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, this blockbuster’s delightfully nutty premise – based on a graphic novel – involves a bunch of hard-bitten frontier folk taking on hostile alien visitors, with one scene rumoured to involve a flying saucer being taken out with a stick of dynamite. Now that sounds like fun.

THEATRE Heartbreak Productions - Sheffield Botanical Gardens From August 4th

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he innovative performance company are bringing two open-air plays to Sheffield this summer, with classic Jane Austen tale Pride and Prejudice followed by a fresh, exciting take on timeless family favourite Pinocchio. For tickets, visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk or call the Box Office on 0114 249 6000

ART The Hepworth Museum - Wakefield

Telephone: 0113 391 9990

Fax: 0113 391 9991

Ask for Craig Bannister or Jonathan White 25-29 Sandy Way, Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7EW

www.jswhite.co.uk

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aving opened amid a tidal wave of publicity in May, this extraordinary new £35m art museum overlooks the River Calder and is the largest purposebuilt exhibition space outside of London. As well as showcasing and analysing the work of Wakefield sculptor Barbara Hepworth, an exhibition featuring recent sculptures and photographs by Eva Rothschild is also on at the venue until the autumn. www.hepworthwakefield.org


Inside

out

Longer days and warmer weather are now upon us so it’s time to put a few hours into sprucing up your outdoor space and transforming it into a haven of colour, life and getting it barbecue-ready. Hail shows you how.

square green planter £60 www.next.co.uk

ceramic wine cooler £23 & cups £10 www.notonthehighstreet.com

fire pit £199 www.marksandspencer.com

hampton parasol £79 www.marksandspencer.com

magis puppy seats from £83 www.heals.co.uk

sienna outdoor dining table £399, outdoor armchair £199 www.johnlewis.co.uk

havana lights £399 www.oldfieldlighting.co.uk

cast outdoor bench £695 and side table £395 www.heals.co.uk

etagere £70 www.gardentrading.co.uk

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hot

property

Hail checks out some of the best Yorkshire properties currently on the market.

Newby Lodge, Gravelly Hill Lane, Huby, Leeds

£975,000 Occaney Grange, Copgrove Lane, Copgrove, Harrogate HG3.

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his impressive, privately situated country residence enjoys a delightful setting adjacent to open countryside on the outskirts of the village of Huby. With impressive stone elevations under a stone flagged roof, the accommodation benefits from a flexible layout and many permutations for further adaptation or extension, subject to the purchasers’ individual requirements. Complemented by landscaped gardens and woodland amounting to just over one acre, the current layout comprises an entrance hall with guest cloakroom; four separate reception rooms; a breakfast room and kitchen and a useful freezer store/wine room.

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his magnificent 5-bedroom house is a fine gentleman’s residence, offering an alternative lifestyle in a small country estate setting. Extending to approximately two acres, the property offers stylish and characterful accommodation set around a magnificent central courtyard. The extensive, versatile home has retained a wealth of character including exposed beams, beautiful galleried staircase and wine store, while the property also boasts an extensive office area and a gate house with bedroom and studio above. A block paved driveway with electric double opening gates leads to the boundary walls and courtyard, with a hand gate giving access to the main house, games room, garage and studio room. Beautifully manicured gardens adjoin open countryside with far reaching views. There is beautifully kept leylandii and beech hedging, boundary fencing, a feature pond and a gravelled driveway leading to the side of the property, with a small orchard with fruit trees and a vegetable garden in the adjoining paddock. The property is situated within easy reach of local villages, as well as Knaresborough (2.5 miles), Harrogate (4.5 miles), York (20 miles) and Leeds (30 miles). It is also within easy reach of the A1(M) and, in turn, the M1 link to Leeds and the motorway network.

On the first floor the master bedroom has its own spacious dressing room and en-suite bathroom, while a guest bedroom again has its own en-suite shower room facility. Finally, two further family bedrooms are served by a house bathroom and separate cloakroom. There is secure gated car parking on a private driveway which also gives access to a detached stone-built garage. The gardens are made up of a delightful blend of sun terraces and lawns, and mature screening woodland garden areas. Huby has excellent road links to all major West and North Yorkshire commercial centres and the additional convenience of a direct rail link to Leeds, York and Harrogate from the local Weeton railway station. Dacres Son & Hartley, 17 Albert Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 1JX. Tel: 01423 877200

Nicholls Tyreman, 9 Albert Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 1JX. Tel: 01423 503076 Scalebor House, Moor Lane, Burley-inWharfedale

£2,000,000

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n exceptional opportunity has arisen to purchase one of the area’s most significant country houses, discreetly positioned within this highly regarded Wharfedale village.

The Ellers, Park Lane, Roundhay, Leeds

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he Ellers is a substantial four-storey Victorian house set back from the road, in complete privacy, and excels as a series of exciting, attractive spaces and a welcoming family home.

The parkland grounds are a delight with garaging for three cars and an all-weather tennis court.

The lower ground floor has been developed into an entertainment space with games room, sun lounge and a stylish ‘pub’. The ground floor living space has three elegant reception rooms with high ceilings, while a large and welcoming kitchen opens to a breakfast deck which features a spectacular glazed wall. Private sun terraces are accessed from the ‘red room’ on the ground floor and from the master bedroom on the first. The lower ground floor opens to a large sunken patio area surrounded by a carefully landscaped garden, with trees and shrubs featuring discreet external illumination when required. It is a short walk from independent shops, restaurants and Leeds’s Tropical Gardens, a 10 minute drive to the city centre and there is easy access to major trunk roads and motorways: with Leeds City Station providing a direct train service into London Kings Cross in less than two hours. One of the most attractive features is the proximity of The Ellers to the famous Roundhay Park, which is directly opposite the house.

Dale Eddison, 15 The Grove, Ilkley LS29 9LW. Tel: 01943 817642

Fine & Country, 2 Shadwell Lane, Moortown, Leeds LS17 6DR. Tel: 0113 203 4939

Scalebor House cannot fail to impress those seeking a truly elegant family home, with extensive grounds and breathtaking views. Believed to date from about 1902, the property offers versatile accommodation with stone mullioned windows and incorporates a grand central hallway, four superb reception rooms, bespoke dining kitchen with Orangery leading off, six generous bedrooms, two with en suite facilities, and two house bathrooms.


Wine paradise down in

Lynne Coates tours the wine lands of Franschhoek and discovers Cape Town’s iconic landmarks on a two centre South African holiday.

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ith a row of gleaming wine glasses, containing tasting measures of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Shiraz lined up in front of me, a mountain landscape view to die for and a dazzling clear blue sky overhead, it

Dieu Donne guest farm

felt like I had just landed in  heaven!  It was my first wine tasting in Franschhoek, the renowned gastronomic town in South Africa – and I couldn’t wait to get started.      About an hour’s drive from Cape Town, this small town, or village as they refer to it in South Africa, is picture-perfect. Fine dining and wine tasting is what Franschhoek is all about and pre-selecting and reserving  tables at  restaurants is an essential part of your visit if you want to truly enjoy the gastronomy of the region. The main street, Huguenot Road, is lined with excellent restaurants, interspersed with smart boutiques, galleries, and art and craft shops. There are some forty wineries around the Franschhoek area, and maps are available locally, indicating the location of each winery, and when it is open for tasting and cellar tours.   Many of the wineries have their own restaurants, which are often surrounded by the vineyards in stunningly beautiful settings.

Choosing which wineries to visit and which restaurants to book takes some planning and it is a good idea to get recommendations.   We visited several wineries, and each had something different to offer. One of my favourites was Graham Beck, a contemporary building with bottles of award-winning wines stacked in black cabinets along the walls, like an exclusive alcohol library – fabulous!  Seated at small glass tables we sampled a selection of wines and I have to say the white wines were some of the best I tasted in Franschheok. The Cuvee Clive, an award-winning sparkling wine, was superb.  Grand Provence Winery had one of the most elegant settings with a divine outside terrace; the fine dining restaurant was outstanding.   Dieu Donne had spectacular views but the wine was disappointing. Rickety Bridge had a pretty al fresco restaurant overlooking the vineyards, where we enjoyed a picnic lunch, consisting of a selection of dishes

Franschhoek - vineyard

served decoratively on a long wooden platter.  Quite apart from the wineries, there is an excellent choice of restaurants in Franschhoek village. On advice from our hosts we tried an unassuming courtyard restaurant off Hugeunot Road, called Café des Arts. In rustic and unpretentious surroundings, the innovative and interesting dishes were sensational, followed by desserts to die for – one of our party (not me!) ordered a second helping of the heavenly chocolate pie.  Le Bon Vivant was best for fine dining, each dish a delicious artistic masterpiece.  We loved Reuben’s, voted one of the top ten restaurants in South Africa,  where lunch in the shady courtyard was perfect, and the pasta was exceptional.  For something less formal try Cal’Cacchio, at the lower end of Hugeunot, for great pizzas and salads.      Accommodation in the area is mostly in country lodges and small bed and breakfast guest houses, which are often in idyllic surroundings.   We stayed in Dieu Donne Guest Farm, a delightful cluster of six individual bungalows, each with its own character and style. Our private patio looked out over the magnificent Franschhoek mountain ranges, covered by a shroud of cloudy mist in the morning and bathed in spectacular sunset colours at night. The private gardens were abundant with flowers and citrus trees and the bijou swimming pool surrounded by shady trees, provided a tranquil sanctuary in which to sleep off the effects of a day’s wine tasting.   Aside from wining and dining there are many activities to enjoy, such as hiking, horse-riding or cycling in the valley.  The winding mountain roads provide challenging routes for cyclists and natural paths through the mountains and forests make for scenic trekking.  There are operators who offer equestrian tours with wine-tasting included, probably more suited to experienced riders! We enjoyed three nights in Franschhoek, before moving on to Cape Town for a very different experience. After days of savouring the best gastronomy and sampling the finest wines, we were definitely ready for some sightseeing and beach life, which Cape Town offers in abundance.   The iconic table mountain dominates the Cape Town landscape with the city nestling in the valley beneath it.  The coast road circles the mountain, interspersed with bays and dramatic cliff top views.   One of the most scenic routes is

Capetown - Hout Bay Mariner’s Wharf

“Many of the wineries have their own restaurants, which are often surrounded by the vineyards in stunningly beautiful settings.”

Cape Point - National Park - Proteas

Chapman’s Peak Drive, a spectacular stretch of road with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.    For a good overview of Cape Town, take one of the sight-seeing hop on – hop off bus tours. These take in most of the attractions on the Cape, together with a brief history of its development, and the opportunity to stop off at many of the places of interest along the way.   You can pick up the bus at the Victoria Wharf waterfront known as the V&A (Victoria and Alfred), a vast harbour development with shopping malls, contemporary restaurants and bars.  The area has many attractions such as the Two Oceans Aquarium, a showcase of the Cape’s unique marine life.  The Red Shed Craft Workshop brings together craft workers and artists, many from the townships, selling locally made goods - great for souvenir shopping.  /


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Capetown - Boulders beach penguins

The market square provides the arena for some impromptu musical performances and cultural events. Nearby, there are bronze statues of South African Nobel Peace Prize winners, including Nelson Mandela.  The waterfront is also the starting point for harbour cruises, deep-sea fishing, shark and seal viewing and trips to historic Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.   There are interesting museums worth visiting on the bus routes, such as the District Six Museum, a poignant illustration of the effects of apartheid on the daily lives of ordinary people; the Gold Museum, which traces Africa’s ancient gold routes and includes some important rare collections; and the South African Jewish Museum, which has some excellent installations, and the Great Synagogue which are located next to the National Gallery.  The Great Synagogue is one of Cape Town’s outstanding religious buildings and well worth a visit.  Cape Town is renowned for its glorious unspoilt beaches which are

scattered around the coastline in beautiful bays and coves.  However, due to the Atlantic currents the water is often icy cold, and with the added hazard of sharks, swimming in some areas is too risky, though that doesn’t seem to put off the local experienced surfers from riding the waves.   One of the most popular resorts is Camps Bay, directly under the distinctive Lion’s Head and Twelve Apostles sections of the Table Mountain range.  This is where the beautiful people gather on Clifton beach, one of the most expensive real estate districts in Cape Town.  Visiting celebs and the local glitterati, including  the likes of Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy, hang out and drink sun downers in the famous Café Caprice, or at the glitzy five-star Bay Hotel, overlooking the sea front. For those who prefer to gaze at unspoilt natural elements rather than bikini clad models, head for Noordhoek, where you can enjoy miles of wide untamed white sandy beaches and watch the relentless waves crashing onto shore from an incredibly blue sea.  Hout Bay is a quaint harbour in a beautiful setting and the Mariner’s Wharf, overlooking the fishing boats, is a great place to stop for lunch.  I recommend the Wharfside Grill

Capetown - Noordhoek beach

“Aside from wining and dining there are many activities to enjoy, such as hiking, horse-riding or cycling in the valley.”  for some of the best seafood - the catch of the day, straight off the boats, served with delicious chips - is simply the best! - Add a bottle of chilled white wine, sit back and enjoy the view - life doesn’t get much better! One of the must do’s is a visit to the national park at Cape Point, the southernmost tip of Africa and the place where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. From Cape Town this is a great day trip.  Our route took us past Boulders Beach penguin reserve. The African penguin, now an endangered species, is thriving in this colony. Since they are well used to people, you can get incredibly close to them.  The beach takes its name from the huge boulders that create idyllic

Capetown - Kirstenbosch

coves, perfect for picnics and safe for swimming.  This is a great place for families, as children love watching the penguins as they hop around the boulders.  We lingered for some time here watching and photographing these most intriguing and captivating creatures. En route is Simon’s Town, a very pretty old European settlement with well-preserved Victorian buildings, which is also a naval base.  It is worth stopping off for coffee and a stroll around the interesting main street.  As you drive through the national park which leads to the Cape of Good Hope, the landscape becomes more rugged with abundant natural flora and fauna.   There is a small fee to pay on entering the park,  R60  (roughly £6) for adults R10 (£1) for children, and you can collect information on walking routes, wildlife and vegetation from the visitors centre on your way in.   Cape Point is an iconic geographic landmark,  where the Atlantic and Indian oceans collide and the winds are fierce,  but the experience of being there is memorable.  From the car park you can walk or take the funicular to the lighthouse for more viewpoints.   Overlooking Cape Point, the Two Oceans

restaurant serves great seafood with awesome views. On a good day you might catch sight of baboons, wild ostrich, rhebok, zebras and a variety of rare birds as you drive through the reserve.  Walking along one of the many trails is the best way to appreciate the rich indigenous vegetation.  Another ‘must do’ is Table Mountain. Take the cable car (if you can stand the dizzying heights) from the cableway station, which is on the tour bus route, or for the more energetic you can climb the mountain on foot.  There are various guided routes up the mountain which can be tailored to your level of fitness.  Once at the top, the panoramic views over the Cape are breath-taking.   On the eastern slopes of the mountain, the internationally acclaimed

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, one of the best in the world,   are well worth a visit.  There are some fine hotels in and around Cape Town. Boutique hotels are very popular.  We stayed in an exclusive luxury  boutique hotel in the upmarket area of Upper Claremont, about fifteen minutes drive (dependent on traffic) from the city.    Beaumont House has combined contemporary glamour with the understated elegance of a country home.   With only five individual suites, each with their own private balcony, this intimate hotel is a divine oasis.  We absolutely loved the cool blue grey décor, cream fabrics, gorgeous crystal lights and huge photographic artworks in our fabulously chic suite.  The owners, Gill and Peter, formerly from England,

“There are some fine hotels in and around Cape Town. Boutique hotels are very popular.” 

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Capetown - Beaumont House

were superb hosts, on hand with advice, maps and excellent restaurant recommendations, which they booked for us every evening.  Eating out is one of the highlights of visiting Cape Town. With many outstanding restaurants from fine dining to casual bistros there is a tremendous choice. There is plenty of nightlife on offer, with bars ranging from the hip to the eccentric. Many can be found on Long Street, in the Cape Quarter and the V&A waterfront. The music scene in Cape Town is quite diverse. Jazz is very popular and an international jazz festival is held each year in March. As a holiday destination South Africa excels, and a wine lands tour together with a stay in Cape Town makes for a great combination – certainly one of my best holiday experiences.

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