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SEEING BLUE Virginia’s Skyline Drive

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Versatile actor Lee Ingleby, best known for his roles as detective sergeant John Bacchus in the BBC drama Inspector George Gently and Stan Shunpike in Harry Potter, talks to Andrew Peters about his varied career.

14 | Travel | THE SKYLINE DRIVE

Travel and food writer Nick Harman gets his motor running on the Skyline Drive, 105 miles of scenic beauty in the mountains of Virginia, USA.

20 | Music interview | KATE RUSBY

Known as the Barnsley Nightingale, Kate talks to essence about her career ahead of her appearance at G Live for her annual and now traditional Christmas concert.

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26 | Garden design | ALLADIO SIMS

Emanuela Alladio of Alladio Sims Garden Design reminds readers not to ignore the garden in winter, but to take the opportunity to enjoy the subtle beauty of winter plants.

28 | Motoring | ASTON MARTIN

Aston Martin has come up with a V8 version of the classic DB11. Euan Johns finds it has its own charisma and possesses a punchier character than its big brother, the V12.

32 | Seasonal break | GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Just as the British pub can’t be reproduced abroad, nothing beats the real thing as essence rounds up some of the best Christmas markets in Germany.

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34 | Fashion design | MYSTIC MAGIC

Finding inspiration from Alexander McQueen, Ashley Pearce is a young couture mask and headwear designer at Mystic Magic. In a short space of time he has become one of the industry’s visionary talents.

44 | Fitness | HOLLIE PEARNE-WEBB

2016 Olympic gold medallist and GB hockey player Hollie Pearne-Webb MBE shares her top tips for keeping in shape.

46 | Food review | STEPHANIE BROOKES

Stephanie Brookes, foodie expert and BBC Radio London contributor, offers her pick of an eating establishment for this month: P.F. Chang’s Asian Table in Great Newport Street.

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50 | Artisan food | EAT SURREY

Shirlee Posner introduces essence readers to Etherley Farm, nestled deep in the Surrey Hills, just in time for the festive season.

54 | Legal | MUNDAYS

Beth Bell, a solicitor in Mundays LLP’s Family team, offers advice on how best to protect children’s interests following a relationship breakdown.

56 | Finance | PMW

Simon Lewis, CEO at Partridge Muir & Warren Ltd, discusses how a confident attitude will provide the perfect Christmas cheer.

58 | Racing bloodstock | TATTERSALLS

Tom Peacock explores the world of Tattersalls, Europe’s leading bloodstock auctioneer.

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66 | Events | SURREY

Linda Seward’s diary of the best of what’s on in theatre, music, exhibitions, arts and the countryside.

76 | Interiors interview | BELLA FREUD

With an enviable artistic lineage, Bella Freud recently launched a home design lifestyle collection and talks to Jane Pople about her inspirations, being a female entrepreneur and her penchant for rich minimalism. Follow us on Facebook

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Confidence, please Santa If, by now, you’re one who feels Brexited, if not quite shopped out, and if the recent Royal wedding announcement has not provided extra cheer, then there is plenty in this issue of essence to do the trick. In an increasingly competitive world, confidence is key: sports’ managers talk endlessly about the need for this elusive state of mind. Our interviewee, actor Lee Ingleby, currently starring in BBC’s The A Word, certainly has it as he tackles the varied roles so successfully portrayed during his career. Our festive issue also follows Nick Harman as he takes the lonesome high road in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and Euan Johns examines Aston Martin’s new DB11, the V8, and how it rivals its bigger brother, the V12. Thoroughbreds of a different type are the focus at leading bloodstock auctioneer Tattersalls, as Tom Peacock finds out. Pushing the boundaries of fashion is innovative designer Ashley Pearce whose inspired designs have rapidly gained an international following. Foodie expert Stephanie Brookes visits P.F. Chang’s Asian Table in Great Newport Street, whilst Etherley Farm in the stunning Surrey Hills provides a local solution to finding the perfect festive bird. As the weather turns colder – and don’t we know it – Emanuela Alladio urges readers to enjoy the subtle beauty of winter plants. This seasonal issue of essence has a mix of health and beauty, legal and financial advice in which Simon Lewis encourages us to have a confident attitude. Finally, don’t miss our selection of events and places to visit over the festive season, one of the highlights being folk singer Kate Rusby’s Christmas concert at G Live. Season’s greetings and a Happy New Year. The essence team

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A WORD WITH LEE Burnley-born actor Lee Ingleby hasn’t been out of work since his first major breakthrough in the 2000 BBC miniseries Nature Boy. He is perhaps best known for his roles as detective sergeant John Bacchus in the BBC drama Inspector George Gently and as Stan Shunpike in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Here he talks to Andrew Peters about the future without George Gently. >>> PHOTOGRAPHER: JOSEPH SINCLAIR. GROOMING: GLORIA PEÑARANDA

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Q Lee, your drama teacher at school was your inspiration for a career as an actor. What was it in particular that ignited the flame? A At 15 I wasn’t particularly good at sitting still and I found I was easily distracted in lessons such as maths and English. It was only art and drama that really grabbed my interest and my teacher Mr Wellock taught both. Drama wasn’t really part of GCSE curriculum then and if you wanted to get involved it was an after school club. The play that year was Kes, it was my favourite film so I leapt at the chance. I got the lead role. After the final show, Mr Wellock gave me a prospectus for a performing arts course at a college and told me I should go there. So I did. Q Would you like to pass on your love of acting and knowledge to youngsters? A I remember when an actor came to the college I was studying at to take part in a Q and A with us. He sat and chatted about the highs and lows of becoming an actor for an hour or two and it was so helpful and inspiring. A few years later I got the chance to reciprocate at the same college, it was a real honour. It’s important to do that. Q What has been your career highlight to date? A I’ve been very lucky, I’ve been involved in all sorts of fun projects. Filming with Dan Radcliffe on Harry Potter was a lot of fun, and being involved in Master And Commander: The Far Side of the World with Russell Crowe was also a highlight, especially filming out at sea near the Gallapagos Islands. But for me, my first lead role was very special: it was a BBC2 drama called Nature Boy. A very special job in so many ways. Paul Hughes (LEE INGLEBY), Alison Hughes (MORVEN CHRISTIE) in The A Word PHOTO COPYRIGHT: BBC | FIFTY FATHOMS

"I’m greedy, I’d like to do all genres if I could. I love comedy as well and I hope I’ll get to do more of it in the near future." Lee Ingleby

Profile: Lee Ingleby

Lee Ingleby as Slade in The Five PHOTO COPYRIGHT: BSKYB.COM

Actor Lee Ingleby, 41, is renowned for his versatility having won acclaim for his roles in some of our best-loved and most successful dramas. Lee was last seen in the BAFTAnominated crime thriller Line of Duty playing the role of Thandie Newton’s corporate lawyer husband. He also returned for the eighth and last ever series of BBC One’s much loved Inspector George Gently in which he stars as Inspector John Bacchus, the brilliant but flawed police officer who doesn’t always play by the rules. Most recently, Lee was announced as lead in the new ITV drama Innocent, starring alongside Hermione Norris. The four-part drama series tells the compelling story of his character, David Collier, who, convicted of murdering his wife, is living a nightmare. The series is due to transmit in early 2018. Next year, Lee will join the all-star voice cast of a new TV mini-series adaptation of Watership Down along with John Boyega, James McAvoy, Mackenzie Crook and Nicholas Hoult. Last month Lee returned to the second series of BBC One and Sundance TV’s The A Word.

Q Your roles have been many and varied, sometimes tackling serious issues such as autism (in The A Word). Do you prefer playing serious roles? A I’m greedy, I’d like to do all genres if I could. I love comedy as well and I hope I’ll get to do more of it in the near future.

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Lee’s previous credits include BBC’s Nature Boy, acclaimed turns in White Heat and Jimmy McGovern’s The Street, a serial killer in Luther and the inspiring founder of Chester Zoo in the BBC’s Our Zoo. Lee was also seen in the principal cast in Sky1’s The Five alongside Tom Cullen, Sarah Solemani and O-T Fagbenle that “fizzed along at a fascinatingly compelling pace” according to The Guardian. For film, his credits include a nervous midshipman in the Oscarwinning Master and Commander, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban and Ever After: A Cinderalla Story opposite Drew Barrymore.


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Q What’s the most difficult thing you find to do as an actor? A Auditioning is the thing I find most difficult. You spend an awful lot of work preparing and rehearsing for a role that you sometimes don’t always get. Q Martin Shaw, with whom you co-star in Inspector George Gently, described stage work as a ‘reconnection’. You haven’t done much theatre work, so would you like to do more? A I love theatre. It’s a place to explore and breathe as an actor. Rehearsals are intense and rewarding. Allowing the time to create is just fantastic: I’d love to do more theatre for sure.

John Bacchus (LEE INGLEBY), George Gently (MARTIN SHAW), Rachel Coles (LISA MCGRILLS) in Inspector George Gently PHOTO COPYRIGHT: BBC | COMPANY PICTURES | MARK MAINZ

Q Despite mainly ‘edgy’ roles, you appear to like to inject humour into situations. Who are your comic heroes? A My comic heroes are many. I loved Blackadder and The Young Ones as a youngster, I still enjoy watching them today. Also, you can’t go wrong with The Two Ronnies. Brilliant. Q Would you consider doing comedy, as it appears to be a thread that runs through your persona? A Absolutely. Q Obviously co-starring in the very popular TV drama Inspector George Gently as Gently’s (Martin Shaw) rule-breaking sidekick John Bacchus has been a huge part of your acting life for the past 10 years. Martin thought it was time to move on, did you? A I did. It was sad to see the partnership go. Both Martin and I loved every minute of Gently and we have become firm friends as a result. But yes, things can’t go on forever.

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Q Over that time how did you try to develop the character of John Bacchus? A I loved John’s complexity, he was an old fashioned man really and it was Gently who was the modern forward thinker. I always got the impression that John wanted to be like Sean Connery in Dr No, but it never panned out that way. >>>

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Quick five Q Coffee or tea? A Both Q Favourite current TV programme? A Blue Planet II Q Guilty pleasure? A Sleeping in Q Main inspiration? A Life Q Glass half full or half empty? A Half full

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Q The series spans the sixties and all the changes during that decade. Would you like to have experienced that era? A Who wouldn’t: the music, the fashion the changing times. Q Is it true you have kept some clothes from the series? A I kept a suit from the earlier series, but sadly it no longer fits. Q What would have been the worst thing about the sixties for you – the haircuts? A I don’t think they were that bad. The eighties on the other hand... Q You obviously got on very well with Martin Shaw. Did you learn a great deal from him? A I did, he’s a gent and a great guy to work with. It was always teamwork with Martin, a real collaboration with everyone. Q The next series of the BAFTA-nominated The Line of Duty series in which you play Thandie Newton’s corporate lawyer husband Nick Huntley is Lee Ingleby in Line of Duty with delayed. Are you looking Thandie Newton PHOTO COPYRIGHT: WORLD PRODUCTIONS | BBC forward to this role again? A It was lovely to play someone who had outward status and authority, but a quivering wreck underneath it all. Jed Mercurio is a brilliant writer, always pulling the rug from under the audience’s feet when they least expect it. Q Do you fancy following your A Word fellow actor Christopher Eccleston and becoming a Doctor Who at some time in the future? A Now wouldn’t that be fun?

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One to watch Joe Bannister PHOTO COPYRIGHT: BY PIP

Joe Bannister’s first acting experience was performing in the National Youth Theatre’s production of James Graham’s debut Tory Boyz, at the Soho Theatre.

Joe went on to study Theology at Cambridge University where, in amongst his studies, he spent his time performing plays and developing his comedic skills as a member of the worldfamous Footlights Comedy Club. While still a student, he played Hamlet at Elsinore Castle for the British Shakespeare Association. It was whilst performing this role that Sir Trevor Nunn spotted him and gave him his first professional job, in The Lion in Winter – sharing the stage with Robert Lindsay and Joanna Lumley at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Subsequent to this, Joe was nominated for Best Actor at the Off West End Awards for his portrayal of Percy Bysshe Shelley in Howard Brenton’s Bloody Poetry. He then continued his work in the West End in the critically acclaimed stage version of Chariots of Fire, before spending two seasons at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). There Joe performed in five plays ending with the lead in Sean Foley’s production of A Mad World My Masters at the Barbican. During this time he also appeared in ITV’s Endeavour opposite Shaun Evans. Then followed more Shakespeare, reunited with Sir Trevor Nunn for King John at the Rose Theatre in Kingston and then playing the lead, Orlando, in As You Like It at the National Theatre – which was beamed to cinemas around the world for the NT Live series. A return to the West End for Hobson’s Choice alongside Martin Shaw preceded performing in the great Howard Davies’ last production, Wild Honey at the Hampstead Theatre. Having recently starred in fantastically well reviewed new play Romona Tells Jim by Sophie Wu, at the Bush Theatre, Joe finished filming his first feature film The Isle alongside Conleth Hill and is currently starring opposite Hayley Atwell and Matthew Macfadyen in the BBC and Starz’s new adaptation (by Manchester By The Sea writer/director Kenneth Lonergan) of E.M Forster’s Howards End. This is a very exciting time for rising star Joe Bannister.

Charles Wilcox (JOE BANNISTER) and Aunt Juley (TRACEY ULLMAN) in Howards End PHOTO COPYRIGHT: BBC | PLAYGROUND TELEVISION UK LIMITED 2017 | LAURIE SPARHAM


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Fairytale

IN NEW YORK

Unofficially starting with the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree on November 30, the Big Apple gets a festive makeover for the holiday season with bright lights, bustling Christmas markets and twinkling shopfront displays. For those looking for their own fairytale in New York this Christmas, Aimee Connolly has rounded up some favourite places to stay.

The Carlyle

Situated on New York’s stylish Madison Avenue, The Carlyle is within walking distance of some of the best designer boutiques in the city. With a strong Art Deco influence introduced by the hotel’s first decorator Dorothy Draper, it has been meticulously maintained. Offering aristocratic elegance and ultimate comfort, the 124 guest rooms are furnished in classic Louis XVI style and the 64 suites are lavishly appointed and distinctively furnished. Blocks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Whitney and the Frick, The Carlyle is within easy reach of what is commonly referred to as ‘Museum Mile’ as well as one of New York’s most visited landmarks: Central Park. From romantic horse-drawn carriage rides to long winter walks, Central Park transforms from a lush green picnic space to a winter wonderland in December. With a considerable drop in temperature at this time of year, the crisp winter air and frostbitten trees make a walk through the park the perfect way to escape Christmas shoppers in the city. For a typical New York Christmas activity, scope out Wollman Rink located just a fifteen minute walk from The Carlyle in Central Park. Considered to be one of the best ice skating rinks in the city, Wollman Rink welcomes New Yorkers and tourists alike who lace up their skates for a picture-perfect winter experience. Website: www.thecarlyle.grandluxuryhotels.com

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Bryant Park Hotel

With a Santa-red interior and a distinct boutique vibe, the Bryant Park Hotel is located on the southern edge of Bryant Park at 40 West 40th Street, moments away from arguably the best Christmas market in the whole of New York: Bryant Park Winter Village. Described as Midtown Manhattan’s very own winter wonderland, Bryant Park’s green area transforms for the holidays housing a Christmas market, pop up eatery and New York’s only free admission ice skating rink. Offering the ultimate festive shopping experience right on the Bryant Park Hotel’s doorstep, the Winter Village Christmas market is home to a wide range of artisanal boutiques selling everything from decorative goods and apparel to delicious eats and more. After spending an evening on the ice, or working through many of the Winter Village food vendors, retire to a room at the Bryant Park Hotel to find 400 thread count Egyptian cotton linens, a marble bathroom with deep soaking tub or shower, luxury bathrobes, slippers and a leather panelled queen bed. If in the mood for a nightcap, the in-house Célon cocktail bar and lounge, designed for a mature, sophisticated audience, offers an extensive cocktail and Champagne menu. Taking inspiration from the warm hospitality of Morocco, this Mediterraneanstyle lounge provides the same level of service expected in a fine dining restaurant and offers the perfect desert oasis in a cold, wintry city. Website: www.bryantparkhotel.com

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Leisure breaks | NEW YORK HOTELS

Lotte New York Palace

New York City’s largest luxury hotel sits in the heart of Midtown, just minutes from some of the city’s most prominent restaurants and attractions, as it gracefully blends the landmark Villard Mansion with a contemporary 55-storey tower. Combining old world elegance with modern day luxury, the hotel offers 909 rooms and suites, each outfitted to reflect an upscale residential feel. Following a renovation in 2013, the hotel introduced four distinct food and beverage venues, from a high-end drinking salon that houses some of the world’s finest wines and spirits, to a Parisian-inspired twist on a classic New York bakery. This focus on fine food extends to the holiday season where guests can make the most of a weekend by indulging in a long, leisurely brunch at Villard. Featuring such menu items as lemon mascarpone pancakes, seasonal fruit plates, eggs benedict and banana and bacon beignets, brunch is complemented by a number of signature cocktails to start the day with a festive flair. With a host of Christmas activities available throughout the hotel, from readings of holiday classics around the hotel’s gingerbread house, to cookie decorating and seasonal spa packages, Lotte New York Palace is the perfect escape for couples and families alike. Website: www.lottenypalace.com

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The Plaza Hotel

Setting the standard for luxury and high quality service since it first opened its doors in 1907, The Plaza Hotel is ideally situated on Fifth Avenue at Central Park South boasting an extraordinary portfolio of refined experiences, including a world-class retail collection and medical and fitness centre. Each of the 282 guest rooms are timelessly elegant and extremely spacious: they are the perfect sanctuary in which to unwind after a day exploring. For a touch of true luxury, the hotel also offers 102 suites, including the legendary One of a Kind suites, which deliver unrivalled grandeur and comfort. For over 100 years, The Plaza has been the New York hotel to see and be seen in. Welcoming a number of notable guests from John Lennon to Jackie Onassis, it has also served as a film set for such notable films as Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, Sleepless in Seattle and The Great Gatsby. Website: www.theplazany.com

Experience... For December 2017 The Plaza Hotel has partnered with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, one of the best-loved films set at The Plaza. Available until 31 January 2018, the Home Alone 2: Lost in New York anniversary experience gives film fans the chance to live like Kevin McCallister, witnessing some of the film’s most memorable moments come to life. Website: www.theplazany.com/homealone2

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SNOW ON

THE SKYLINE Travel and food writer Nick Harman gets his motor running on the Skyline Drive, 105 miles of scenic beauty in Virginia, USA.

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n the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, on the trail of the lonesome pine’, I’ve had that tune in my head since catching sight of the eponymous mountains far across the Virginia countryside. I occasionally burst out singing it, drowning out the robotic American woman on my Satnav who keeps warning me of ‘impending severe winter storm at your location!’ I think she’s crazy; the sky is clear blue in all directions, even through the tinted glass of my rented car. The car’s basso profundo V8 rumble is reassuring too; even though it’s Japanese, it speaks of American confidence and excess as it gulps down fuel at a rate that would be alarming in any other country. I’ve driven out from Washington DC to take a very special drive, the Skyline Drive. A road in the National Park Service’s Shenandoah National Park, it follows the crest, or ridge, of the Blue Ridge Mountains for around 105 miles. It has only three access points and >>>

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Sunset over the Appalachian mountains and Shenandoah Valley from Crescent Rock overlook on the Skyline Drive PHOTO COPYRIGHT: JON BILOUS | 123RF.COM

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The Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park Virginia PHOTO COPYRIGHT: JON BILOUS | 123RF.COM

it can be travelled north/south or south/north. I’ve chosen the latter so as to be back close to Washington and my flight home the next day should this winter storm become a reality, as the increasingly hysterical newsreaders on the radio seem convinced it will. The storm preys on my mind because I don’t want to be up on that ridge in a car manifestly unsuitable for anything but flat tarmac and dry weather. It’s a private road and it’s out of season so no one is around. Will they just find me in the spring with an enormous beard and the remains of foraged animals all around me? ‘Man appearing to be a hipster chef found in mountains, ignored all weather warnings,’ the news will read. I swing off the I64 near Waynesboro and head for the Rockfish Gap, the most southerly entrance, stopping at a hiker and hunter store to get some vital supplies – chocolate and water. The burly owner in his ‘Hunting is Life’ baseball cap seems bemused that I am going up the Drive: it’s bitterly cold outside, despite the sun, and the season has nowhere near started yet. “That’s the point,” I explain, “I want it all to myself”, but he’s gone back to counting ammunition, so I quietly leave. My ears begin to pop as I rise higher and higher before suddenly arriving at the Drive entrance. Normally there are park rangers wearing those funny hats here eager to take the $25 entrance fee, but it’s eerily deserted. Rejoicing at the money saved, I floor the throttle and zoom up to 35mph. Blue Ridge Mountains from Hawksbill Summit, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia PHOTO COPYRIGHT: APPALACHIANVIEWS | 123RF.COM

Yes, 35mph because that’s the speed limit on the Drive and it is strictly enforced. You really don’t want to go any faster anyway because you’d miss the magnificent views, as well as endanger the deer, black bears and wild turkeys that often dash out of nowhere. The trees at this time of year are mostly bare of leaves, except for some evergreen pines. Nearly all are coated in lichen that glows with a metallic blue colour, although the Blue Ridge Mountains get their name

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because from a distance the isoprene released into the atmosphere from the trees gives a blue haze. I get tantalising glimpses east and west through the trees, but the road requires full attention as it winds around. Then comes the first legal stopping point, the McCormick Gap, and I can park and get out. The wind almost tears the car door off its hinges and I dive back in American black bear PHOTO COPYRIGHT: DONYANEDOMAM | 123RF.COM for more scarves and a hat. Then properly kitted out I head to the edge and the view from 2,455 feet. Viewing spots like this, called Overlooks, number around seventy five along the way and alternate between east and west sides of the ridge with the occasional 360 view. The Shenandoah Valley is to the west and the rolling Piedmont is to the east.


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“To many who travel the Drive, the highway itself is a park, complete with numerous deer sightings along the way.” National Geographic

This one looks west and is straightaway spectacular, an airplane view of countryside, rocks, rivers and roads. I stand amazed, while being buffeted by the wind, before moving on. In season, the Drive isn’t just for driving, there are spots where it is possible to park up and walk to viewpoints unreachable by car. Some people I notice are doing it today, unless the cars are all that remain of previous foolhardy visitors. Off the Drive are places to see: powerful, impressive waterfalls as well as the campgrounds, eateries and visitor centres that are dotted along its length On the west side of the road are mile markers, counting down north from 105. It helps orient with maps that show landmarks and things to do and see. And while the best time to drive the Drive is autumn when the leaf colours of the spruce and firs, oak and pine forests and mixed hardwood trees are stupendous, out of season like this means avoiding what can be very heavy numbers of cars and people. I fall into a dreamy rhythm, gently rolling around the curves looking left and right, nibbling my Snickers’ bars and stopping at every Overlook to get out. A sudden oncoming car is such a rare occurrence it startles me, but apart from that I could be the last man on earth. Some leisurely hours later, the storm warnings are becoming persistent and passing a point called Bacon Hollow Overlook makes me rather hungry, so I leave the Drive midway at Swift Run Gap and descend to the small town of Stanardsville to find a burger and a cheap motel for the night. The next day I wake up to find the car buried under two feet of snow. The moral here is: always listen to your satnav. v essence INFO

Visit the Skyline Drive website to find out more: www.visitskylinedrive.org Thanks to www.capitalregionusa.co.uk

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Music interview | KATE RUSBY

CHRISTMAS STAR Folk singer Kate Rusby has notched up 25 years in music this year, not bad for someone whose career wasn’t really planned. Known as the Barnsley Nightingale, Kate talks to essence about her career ahead of her appearance at G Live for her annual and now traditional Christmas concert. Q Kate, was your career as a folk singer planned? A My upbringing was full of music. My parents both play and sing: mum plays the piano and accordion and my dad plays string instruments like banjo, mandolin and guitar. They actually met through music at the folk clubs too. They had a ceilidh band when we were young which myself and my sister joined when we were old enough. I have an older sister, Emma, and a younger brother, Joe; we all started playing the fiddle when we were about five or six and Joe was a chorister at Wakefield Cathedral for a good few years too. There was always music in our home, there would be instruments around the place that we were allowed to play if we fancied. My parents found early on that if they sung to us and taught us songs while we were in the car it stopped us from arguing amongst ourselves: we were singing harmonies before we even knew what the word meant. We were taken along to a lot of festivals through summer as back then my dad was a sound engineer at a great deal of them so, again, we were surrounded by music and gigs. Of course, we thought this was normal, I think I only realised it wasn’t at the age of thirteenish. So not so much planned, I just fell into it. Q What were your earliest inspirations and influences? A Firstly my parents. They were always playing and singing around the house and in the car, so me, my brother and sister were picking up songs from the word go. Then my two other main influences are Dave Burland and Nic Jones. Dave is from Barnsley and I saw him play a lot as I was growing up, he’s fantastic. My dad used to be a sound engineer at festivals and gigs and it was at Barnsley Folk Festival that I sat listening to Dave and decided that I might like to be professional singer. And Nic, I never got to see him play live, but his records were always on in the house, he was absolutely amazing. I still never leave home without a CD of his in my car. Q What is it that interests you about folk music? A Without doubt it’s the stories that appeal to me the most and the simplicity. Folk music is the music of the common man and the themes that run the strongest through the tradition are everyday thoughts and lives. It addresses human emotions like no other genre of music: love, loss, happiness and on it goes. The songs are as relevant now as they were when they were written, however long ago

that was, we still have the same emotions running through our lives and can relate to them. The tunes are some of the prettiest I have ever heard. Some of the songs are like mini films, with characters set up at the beginning with descriptions of what happens to them so that by the end the listener can be on the edge of their seat waiting to hear what happens! However we arrange a song, I always try to make sure the story can be heard first and foremost: if anything gets in the way of that then there’s no point singing it. As I grew up surrounded by these songs, I used to love hearing them and would ask for certain songs just to hear the story again, similar to children watching the same DVD over again: even though they know the story, it doesn’t lose anything seeing/hearing it again and again. Q Is it true that the first record you bought was by Bon Jovi? A Yes it is! It was the first album I bought with my own money. We had a houseful of music at home, of course, but that was the first I bought myself. I went into Barnsley on the bus every week to a little record shop called Casa Disco to pay a little more towards it with my pocket money. I can remember the moment walking out of the shop with it the day it was all paid for, utter delight! >>>

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“I adore Christmas, I’m sure it’s a lot to do with me being a Christmas baby, and even more to do with the lovely family Christmases we had when we were young. They weren’t over the top and lavish as we didn’t have much money, but they were magical and luminous!" Kate Rusby

Q Folk stalwart Mike Harding named you the Barnsley Nightingale. Are you happy with this? A Of course, he said it so long ago now, but it seems to have stuck! I’m quite tiny, I sing and I’m from Barnsley, so it’s quite accurate really. Q Despite the many offers that followed the Mercury Music Prize nomination following your first album, Sleepless, you’ve always stayed true to your beliefs and close to your roots. Has that been difficult? A Noooo! I’ve been at it for so long now and with each album the audience grows, outside the folk scene as well as in it, so we are going in the right direction. The only thing the ‘commercial’ market offers these days is a very very slim chance to be famous for a year or so. There are not many artists in that scene who are still there year after year, you can count them on one hand. Hopefully, because we have been steadily building over the years, I can keep playing this music I love for years to come. Besides, I am not someone who craves that type of ‘success’, fame, fortune, and bright lights. I have never strived for that and will never achieve it playing this kind of music. I am not under any false impressions at all. So, basically, it will never be a ‘commercial success’, but luckily, the music does seem to appeal to a wide audience. Steady away!

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Q First and foremost a folk singer, you’ve occasionally crossed into the mainstream (notably with Ronan Keating). What tempted you to do this? A It’s always lovely when different opportunities come along and so far they have all been very enjoyable. I have been very lucky in that sense and been able to make the music I want to make, with every now and again being asked to be part of really exciting things, such as Jennifer Saunders’ television show Jam & Jerusalem, or the film Heartlands. I was asked to write a couple of songs for a children’s animation called Jack Frost and, of course, to do the song with Ronan Keating, and lots of other things beside. They are all such lovely people to work with and I am very honoured to be asked. It doesn’t detract from what I do: it’s a lovely change without having to alter my own music. Q Do you think folk music still has a rather quirky image? A I think it’s more acceptable to the everyday person now definitely, but I think it has maintained its quirky ‘anything goes’ type attitude. The music has shifted and evolved over time, and not just in the last 10 years when it has had more of a look in with the mainstream media. The music has always remoulded itself by the very nature of the songs being passed on by ear, the songs have changed from singer to singer. We have more technology at our fingertips these days, so anything is possible. It’s a really exciting time for the genre I feel. >>>


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Q This year marks 25 years in the music business for you. What have been your most enjoyable moments? A I have very fond memories of playing at the Royal Festival Hall in London for one of my 20 Years’ celebration gigs. I had so many amazing singers and musicians on stage too; there were Dick Gaughan, Eddi Reader, Ron Block, Sarah Jarosz, Donald Shaw, Declan O’Rourke, Michael McGoldrick, John Doyle, Jim Causley etc. I remember looking down the line at the end as we were bowing with overwhelming happiness to be on stage with all these incredible, lovely people.

“Kate Rusby remains Britain’s most popular female folk singer in part because she has mastered the art of Christmas songs.” Robin Denselow, The Guardian

Q A Barnsley-bred university friend of mine never stopped singing the town’s praises. Kate, you were born, bred and still live there. What is its greatest attraction for you? A The people. They are the kindest, most honest, most resilient bunch of people you will ever meet. The town has been through hell and back over the years with the decline of the coal pits, but yet it has climbed out of the ashes with a gleeful, cheeky grin, as if to say: “You’ll have to try harder than that to beat us down!” It’s where I belong, it’s beautiful, and it’s the perfect place to be a touring musician, just off the M1, half way up the country! Q Amongst your many awards, you are one of only seven people (and two local army regiments!) to be awarded the Honorary Freedom of Barnsley. How do you handle fame? A I’m actually very shy, so when I do get recognised, I usually blush! People are so lovely, they share their stories about how they came to my music and how my music has been with them to mark key moments in their lives through births, weddings, funerals, birthdays etc. I feel honoured to be part of their families and to know my music has helped people through lows and highs. Music is really amazing, isn’t it?

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Q Your Christmas tours are much anticipated – what makes them so special for you? A I adore sharing these songs with the rest of the country! Apart from south Yorkshire, the only other place that has this tradition is Cornwall, so most people up and down the country have never heard these songs. I love going back to a town too  where we sung the songs previously because the audience all pile in to the choruses! It’s one of my guilty pleasures to hear people singing these amazing songs back to us as we travel around, what an honour! We always have a brass quintet with us too at Christmas so that’s just gorgeous too, being a Yorkshire lass from a mining background, I find the sound of brass instruments so moving. Sometimes I cry when they are just tuning up! It’s great to stand there singing with them playing away with us, they are mighty, it must be like surfing a huge wave! Q So what next for team Rusby, further expansion? A Well, back in the studio next year, this time for a ‘normal’ album, I seem to alternate between Christmas and ‘normal’ at the moment. We will also be hosting our fifth Underneath The Stars Festival here in our little bit of paradise! We grew up at festivals as our dad used to be a sound engineer: my little brother has done my sound for 20 years or so now. Growing up, most weekends through summer we would be at some festival or other having a whale of a time. We wanted to create a similar feeling to those festivals to pass on the song and dance, with, of course, fab beer and tea, amazing food and the most gorgeous, brilliant music! Touring around the world for 25 years we have met stunning musicians and bands and now we get to invite them to Yorkshire for our own festival, just amazing! So, if you are free 20 to 22 July 2018, come along, you’ll love it! v essence INFO

Kate Rusby at Christmas, G Live, on Sunday 17 December: see page 66 of essence events. Kate’s band of merry musicians (including the fabulous brass quintet) this December will comprise of Damien O’Kane on guitar, tenor guitar and banjo, Aaron Jones on bouzouki, Nick Cooke on diatonic accordion, Duncan Lyall on double bass and Josh Clark on percussion. Website: www. www.purerecords.net Twitter: https://twitter.com/katerusby Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialkaterusby Instagram: www.instagram.com/katerusby YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCKMaYGDyyYZMbLowVdYf8TA


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WINTER

sparkle Emanuela Alladio of Alladio Sims Garden Design reminds readers not to ignore the garden in winter, but to take the opportunity to fill in gaps and enjoy the subtle beauty of winter plants.

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ood gardens evolve with time and through the seasons, and they become much more open and transparent in winter, once leaves have fallen and been replaced by bare stems and empty gaps. At this time of year a garden really needs its backbone of shrubs and trees – from coloured stems and bark to the reassuring presence of evergreen ‘cushions’. But now is also a good time to take stock of what is there, to savour those often hidden sparkling treasures, and also to establish whether the gaps that have emerged are not too big, leaving the garden too bare and exposed in winter months. Amongst the surprises that the garden brings at this time of year are the minute frosty crystals sparkling on leaves and stems that shine gloriously on early frosty December mornings. Dissected and whole leaves catch the frost better than anything else, trapping sparkling crystals in the multitude of tiny nooks and crannies on their surface. Plants such as Alchemilla Mollis, Salvia Argentea or Melianthus Major will undoubtedly steal the show for a few magic days before finally dying down or becoming less prominent for the rest of winter. Winter gardens bring unexpected surprises for the other senses too, scent in particular being key among winter flowering plants and so well worth a place in any good garden design plan. One of the joys of visiting RHS Garden Wisley on an early winter morning has always been the walk up Battleston Hill and the sensation of suddenly being hit by the heady sweet perfume of a distant Daphne, tucked away in a sheltered and shady spot sometimes a good few metres away. Sarcococcas (Sweet Box) is another great shrub for this time of the year, with aromatic honeyed cream flowers creating a cloud of perfume each time someone passes. One would not want to be without them and so we always encourage clients to find a sheltered and shady space for at least one specimen, or better still, we position them by an entrance or a gate, perfect for that welcome back home.

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Seedheads and fluffy grasses are wonderfully architectural in the frosted winter garden. IMAGE COURTESY OF ALLADIO SIMS GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN LTD, SURREY PRIVATE GARDEN, 2017

Below: Subtle leaf forms and textures are key in winter, when most flowers are long gone. IMAGE COURTESY OF ALLADIO SIMS GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN LTD, SURREY PRIVATE GARDEN, 2016


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Profile: Alladio Sims

Alladio Sims Garden Landscape Design Ltd was established in 2015 after Jon Sims and Emanuela Alladio collaborated on a Silver Gilt winning show garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The two directors continue their collaborative approach throughout their practice with Jon’s background in interior architecture giving distinctive spaces and Emanuela’s passion for plants and photographic eye adding great texture and contrast. Jon and Emanuela in the show garden they created for the Istanbul Flower Festival in 2016

Another fond memory from RHS Garden Wisley is the Paper Bush – Edgeworthia Chrysantha – a truly spectacular sight in the midst of winter, this is a shrub covered in clusters of wholly white and yellow flowers, much like a string of Christmas lights, that light up even the darkest of days. An added bonus is its leaves too, very exotic and architectural once the flowers have disappeared. Adding to the list of sparkling beauties in the winter garden are Mahonias, despite the love-hate relationship they have always seemed to spark. But how could one resist their yellow plume of early December flowers followed by a cascade of long lasting damson-coloured berries? And if the spiky large specimen is simply too much, then why not settle for its new, smaller cousins, such as Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’, with pretty dissected leaves surprisingly thorn free. This is a wonderfully architectural plant with a strong presence that should be worthy of any garden. In the open gaps under the bare canopies of deciduous summer shrubs and among dormant leafy perennials now is the time to discover the little

The long lasting subtle spent flowers of Hydrangea Macrophylla provide perfect winter skeletons in the garden. IMAGE COURTESY OF ALLADIO SIMS GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN LTD, 2016

unsung heroes of the winter garden – candid Cyclamen Hederifolium flowers and the clear, pale blue flowers of Iris Unguicularis, reminiscent of a winter’s sky, the recumbent and discreet flowers of hellebores, the frothy leaves of evergreen ferns and heucheras, the heart shaped leaves of epimediums... so many small treasures! Without these winter garden beauties a garden would risk becoming too static, and not such an interesting space after all, incapable of evolving and changing its character throughout the seasons. The true mark of a successful garden should therefore also be its ability to stand out in winter, and to create an architecturally interesting space in the dormant season too. This is the perfect time to take stock of the garden, so go out and take a good look, make a note of any gaps that seem too big, but above all don’t forget to enjoy the subtle beauty of winter plants. v essence INFO

Alladio Sims Garden Landscape Design Limited Regional office: Lower Bourne (Farnham), Surrey Website: www.alladiosims.co.uk Email: Hello@alladiosims.co.uk

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RIVALLING

BIG BROTHER Aston Martin launched the DB11 with a V12 engine last year to much acclaim. Perhaps with environmental issues in mind and aiming to appeal to a wider market, Aston has now come up with a V8 version that doesn’t disappoint. Euan Johns finds it a charismatic car to drive and one that possesses a punchier character to its big brother. >>>

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“Now, with this new V8 engine option, we have broadened appeal. Having driven the car during its development phase, it’s not just the engine that has changed the character of the car, but also the dynamic changes to create a remarkable GT car with its own distinct personality.”   Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and CEO

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fter its successful introduction in 2016, Aston Martin’s definitive GT, the revered DB11, recently became available with a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 power source. This new engine is provided by Aston’s technical partner Mercedes-AMG, and complements the current 5.2-litre V12 version. Driving the vehicle, you’d never think the engine came from further afield than Aston’s headquarters in Gaydon as the car’s behaviour lives up to its esteemed pedigree. Aston’s engineering team has done a great job with the new engine to reveal more of the car’s sporting nature and performance, coupled with some improved efficiency. All of that apart, the added bonus is that the V8 is around £13,000 less than its big brother, which is not bad and might pay for a few extras from the option pack to add a personal stamp. On top of that obvious benefit is the fact that the V8 really has a distinct character from its elder. This originates from its increased lightness as the power available is pretty much the same as the V12. Not only lighter, the suspension, stability control and steering have all been tweaked and consequently the result is that the V12 has been transformed from the well-mannered, calm car it was into a true sports car that arrives with the brute force associated with classic Astons. Indeed, at low revs, drivers will have to restrain the right foot to avoid risking sending the car into overdrive. The V8’s potency is beyond question, propelling the DB11 from 0-62 mph in just over 4.0 seconds (just slightly shy of the V12) and on to a top speed of over 185 mph. This exceptional performance

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is matched by impressive CO2 emissions of 230g/km and an EU combined fuel economy figure of 28.5 mpg. This V8 will bring the manufacturer significant benefits in markets where car taxation is structured around engine capacity, so this is a definitive thrust at the Chinese market, amongst others. There are subtle visual differences between the two variants that include a unique alloy wheel finish, dark headlamp bezels and a pair of bonnet vents instead of the quartet featured on the V12. These vents come in a choice of black or titanium-finish mesh, again different from that fitted to the twelve-cylinder variant. Inside both the V8 and V12 there’s the same standard equipment levels and the same extensive choice of colour and trim options. If required, drivers can also elect to enhance the specification of the car using the same Option Packs and Designer Specification packages, plus a suite of Q by Aston Martin – Collection options. This is truly a great car to drive: it rides well, looks sumptuous and is powerful to boot. All of that and throw in some serious charisma – what’s not to like? Come on Santa, it will fit down the chimney, with a push... v essence INFO

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THE REAL THING

Sizzling sausages, Glühwein (mulled wine) and gingerbread means it’s Christmas market time, and so across Britain dozens of German-themed markets are open. But just as the British pub can’t be reproduced abroad, so British versions of the markets are rather underwhelming. Nothing beats the real thing, and happily a dose of Gemütlichkeit (winter cheer) is only a short flight away. essence rounds up some of the best Christmas markets in Germany.

Bavaria region

Bavaria’s cities, towns and villages are filled with Christmas magic. The Christmas market season runs from the end of November to the third week of December with markets mostly held in town squares and generally open seven days a week and well into the evenings. Ammergau Alps: Charity Christmas market in Bad Kohlgrub On Sunday 10 December, from 3.30 to 6pm, this is a must-go event for locals and one which has been taking place for more than four decades. The market has a special atmosphere with every Euro given to charitable causes. Berchtesgadener Advent Travellers visiting the Berchtesgadener Advent, a Christmas market in the historical part of town, are sometimes surprised by its Christmas traditions. A week before Christmas Eve, starting on 17 December, the Christkind ‘Christ-child’ is ‘rung in’ by church bells and heralded to the sound of large saluting guns every day at 3pm. On Christmas Eve the shooting increases in volume between 11.30pm and midnight, reminding inhabitants that it’s time to go to midnight mass. Berchtesgadener Advent to 31 December. Getting there: Flight and rail from Munich or Salzburg

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Füssen Advent Market This atmospheric Bavarian Christmas market takes place in the baroque courtyard of the Abbey of St. Mang which lies close to the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein. The highlight is the Christmas tree auction for a good cause on the last evening of the market. Füssen Advent between 8–10 and 15–17 December. Getting there: Flight and rail from Munich or Friedrichshafen

Black Forest and Baden-Württemberg regions

Nowhere has more romantic Christmas markets than BadenWürttemberg, with medieval and Baroque palaces and houses providing the backdrop for dozens of beautifully-decorated wooden stalls. Towns such as Baden-Baden (to 30 December), Freiburg (to 23 December), Heidelberg and Gengenbach (to 23 December) are highlights. Don’t miss the 130-metre-high stone viaduct route of the legendary train journey that runs through the Black Forest via the Ravenna Gorge or ‘Germany’s tallest waterfalls’ in Triberg. Between 25 and 30 December, around one million candles and lights illuminate icicles and snowdrifts over the gurgling mountain stream. Getting there: Flight and rail from Stuttgart, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden or Basel


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City of Celle Experience a winter’s fairytale in front of the historic backdrop of half-timbered houses in Celle until 27 December. Celle’s Old Town turns into a festive Christmas illumination with more than 80 stalls, one of Germany’s highest Christmas traditional wooden towers and a specially constructed Christmas ‘wood’ of artisan craftspeople to explore, with daily demonstrations. Getting there: Flight and rail from Bremen, Hamburg or (quickest) Hanover City of Duisburg Every year the warmth of thousands of light strings, festive music and the appearance of surrounding shops in the city of Duisburg create one of the most beautiful Christmas markets which lasts for more than five weeks and is open until 30 December. Getting there: Flight and rail from Düsseldorf

Harz Mountains

The enchanting markets across the Harz Mountains transform small mountain towns into sparkling winter wonderlands. During December, a unique Christmas ‘forest’ of 50 Christmas trees in the historic centre of Goslar is a highlight of its market. In the UNESCO town of Quedlinburg, 20 half-timbered houses open their courtyards – otherwise closed to the public – on the first, second and third Advent weekends to artisans and craftsmen. Above the picturesque town of Wernigerode, the impressive Wernigerode Castle hosts a market in its inner courtyard where fairytales are read and a local speciality ‘bread-on-a-stick’ can be sampled (25 December to 3 January). Getting there: Flight and rail from Frankfurt or Berlin

North Rhine-Westphalia region

Christmas Market highlights in the North Rhine-Westphalia region include: w Hattingen in the Ruhr Area, a market in a sweet little town with halftimbered houses. w Schloss Dyck, a picturesque and charming market in the grounds of an historic castle, with stands selling handmade, specialist goods. w The cathedral city of Aachen, a Christmas market with perhaps the most visitors with typical culinary specialities such as Printen biscuits. Getting there: Flight and rail from Cologne or Düsseldorf

Rhineland-Palatinate region

Rhineland-Palatinate’s Christmas markets have a long tradition. At almost all the markets delicious mulled wine can be enjoyed straight from the wine grower, as well as a local specialty, white mulled wine, made from the famous Riesling of the Mosel Region. The region’s four best markets are: w Bernkastel-Kues which has spectacular lights, a mesmerising torchlit swimming event on the icy Mosel and a super-size advent calendar. w Cochem (at night) on the banks of the Mosel and in the shadow of the Reichsburg which has wonderful lights and a play that recounts the tale of Mary and Joseph, as well as many activities for children. w Trier, Germany’s oldest city, where there are over 100 stalls with decorations and craftsmanship embedded in the magically decorated old city around the dome and a beautiful Santa Claus event for children. w Traben-Trarbach (to 1 January) with Christmas wine tastings and culinary events at night in underground wine cellars, which is as exceptional as it is unique in Germany. Getting there: Flight and rail from Frankfurt, Cologne or Stuttgart

Saxony region

Saxony is a Christmas wonderland. It’s home to the oldest Christmas market in Germany, the Dresden Striezelmarkt, but that magical, authentic Christmas atmosphere is found all over the region. Explore towns such as Görlitz, Meissen or Freiberg and the area’s romantic castles and palaces. Centuries-old traditions thrive in Saxony, in a density unique in Germany. Try the mouthwatering gingerbread, the ‘Herrnhut’ Advent stars and, of course, the world-famous Dresden Christmas stollen. Visit the Ore Mountains, home to unique traditions of woodwork, where visitors can view artisan craftspeople and find out how the famous angel and miner, nutcracker and rotating Christmas wooden towers (‘pyramids’) are hand made. Special seasonal events include the miner’s parades, performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and the Stollen Festival in Dresden. Getting there: Flight and rail from Frankfurt or Berlin

Schleswig-Holstein region

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Famous for its vast Christmas market is the beautiful port city of Flensburg in Schleswig-Holstein. Flensburg is very close to the Danish border and that country’s influence can been seen everywhere. Part of the market is the famous ‘Red Street’ (Rote Straße) known for its historical merchant houses, such as the Wein und Rumhaus Braasch, where rum is still distilled the old fashioned way and a famous Christmas Braasch Punch can be enjoyed. Another good place to stop is the ‘smallest bar in the world’ where visitors can experience the legendary Tallinn Punch or a traditional mulled wine. Getting there: Flight and rail from Hamburg

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Fashion design | MYSTIC MAGIC

Visionary style Ashley Pearce, 24-year-old couture mask and headwear designer at Mystic Magic in Norfolk, is one of the industry’s visionary talents. Based in the wilds of Norfolk, designer Ashley Pearce of Mystic Magic specialises in the creation of masks, headwear and full look couture, creating some of the most unique and spectacular designs for clients internationally within the fashion, entertainment and media industries. ​ ​Ashley’s creative ambitions were honed from an early age, touring craft fairs with his parents, where cast off jewellery, clothing and fabrics were salvaged and transformed into everything from puppets and masks to intricately designed hats and costumes. With his young innate eye for ‘creating magical carriages from pumpkins’ and his later flair for enabling a stylist’s brief to come to mystical fruition, the name Mystic Magic remains as apt as when Ashley created it in 2005.

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Inspired by his idol, designer Alexander McQueen, Ashley’s out of the box style and ambitions were first ignited at high school with his desire for memorable headwear creating his own sense of happiness, helping in some way to combat the severe bullying he was subjected to throughout his school years. So, by the time he left education, Ashley had already designed many pieces which the young entrepreneur then started to sell for parties and weddings whilst setting up his own fashion business, Mystic Magic. Wishing to publicise his brand, an ambitious Ashley designed and built his own website and social media platforms from scratch: www.mysticmagiconline.co.uk. With the launch of his online shop, magazine and media exposure soon followed with sales and commissions arriving from across the UK and eventually further afield: Australia, USA, Europe and even Hawaii! 

Ashley’s work was recognised last year when he was nominated and became a finalist for Designer of The Year 2016.

Ashley’s designs were soon in demand with top stylists, photographers and fashion editors, appearing in Vogue, Tatler and Schön, along with commissions including on the catwalk for Paloma Faith’s stylist at The Clothes Show Live, BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing and European fashion spectacular, Zurich Energy Fashion Night.

​ ummer 2017 saw the launch of Mystic Magic’s first formal millinery headwear S collection with many Mystic Magic couture pieces adorning a variety of prestigious summer events, including a hat design worn to the Ascot Dubai Cup. The latest chapter in Ashley’s ever-evolving professional journey has seen Mystic Magic designs feature in a big budget science fiction film, The Arc of Nirvana, to be released next year. Whilst for top photographer Rankin, in his latest Hunger magazine fashion shoot, Ashley’s headwear is being modelled by ballet superstar Sergei Polunin.

​ erhaps it was thanks to the celebrity performers on Strictly Come Dancing P showcasing such spectacular headwear that Mystic Magic was also to receive a letter of interest from Kensington Palace!

To complement his mask and headwear designs, and at the request of many clients, Ashley has this autumn launched his label’s first full look collection: unique, extravagant, edgy and with, of course, the Mystic Magic twist!

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essence INFO For details of Mystic Magic’s bespoke design, commission and hire services, contact: Website: www.mysticmagiconline.co.uk Email: mysticmagicdesign@yahoo.co.uk Facebook: Mystic Magic Masquerade Twitter: @MysticMagicMask Instagram: @mysticmagicmask Google+: +Mystic Magic Blogger: Mystic Magic YouTube: Mystic Magic Pinterest: Mystic Magic STYLIST AND DESIGNER: ASHLEY PEARCE, MYSTIC MAGIC PHOTOGRAPHER AND MAKEUP: ARTLOOK4U BY PATRICE HAIRSTYLIST: JEAHAN TUDDENHAM, MODEL: SHANNON HARWOOD LOCATION: SOMERLEYTON HALL, SUFFOLK DIVINE DALMATIAN DRESS AND LIQUID SILVER DRESS: MYSTIC MAGIC – CREATED BY MONIKA R FASHION

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Baleno have been protecting the most demanding of countryside enthusiasts from all weather as well as wrapping style around their innovation in Fabric and design. Stylish, warm and made to last, Baleno fuses technology with classic country fashion in addition to controlling the entire manufacturing and design process, an undeniable guarantee of quality.

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BRITISH SPIRIT Emma Gushlow and Katrina Cole make beautiful shearling garments and accessories. The South London born designers met at school aged four and have worked creatively together since graduating from The London College of Fashion. Their debut collection in 2003 was sold at a stall in Spitalfields Market and led to showing a collection at London Fashion Week. In 2004, the pair showed a full garment and accessory collection at Paris Fashion Week, establishing Gushlow & Cole internationally. The Gushlow & Cole brand was born out of many years’ experience working with traditional English manufacturing methods of shearling within the highly respected Cole family business giving them unrivalled specialist knowledge and understanding of their chosen materials. Emma and Katrina found their unique style was of great interest to buyers looking for a brand with a strong British identity. With the whole range made in England, and the quirky Englishness of design, their individual look is instantly recognisable. Taking care to use ethical tanneries, all skins used are a byproduct and every item is handmade in England. The Gushlow & Cole label has attracted high profile celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, and can be found in many prestigious stores around the world.

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Party perfect

Naomi Diamond of Epsom Skin Clinics offers advice on how to look fabulous throughout the party season.

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ith Christmas and New Year looming, it’s time to be radiant and add a little sparkle to the step. Start by planning ahead. Many treatments can help us look our best by smoothing out uneven texture and tone, dealing with problematic skin and plumping fine lines and wrinkles, but they may need time to offer the best results, and choosing the right one is very important. With summer out of the way, for some it is hard to keep active. Exercise is important for health, body and mind: keeping active boosts metabolism, encourages circulation, stimulates the immune system and aids sleep. Avoid hot showers or baths as these can break down the skin’s natural barrier allowing dryness to wreak havoc. Use a dry body brush every other day and an anti cellulite cream to help stimulate and smooth over fatty deposits. Alternatively, Accent is a radio frequency treatment that targets water molecules and introduces heat, targeting different levels. It allows for the improvement of skin elasticity and firming, but also smoothes and shapes specific areas. At this time of year, minimise exfoliating to once a week for both face and body. For a polished look with a warm glow, try a Microdermabrasion to help smooth the skin surface and bring fresh nutrients to the skin by promoting circulation: feel invigorated and revived while imperfections and blemishes clear away. Follow this with a nourishing mask to leave skin velvety and dewy. I have discussed the Clinics’ Enerpeels in previous articles and how innovative the treatment in its delivery to the skin. The encapsulated acid travels through until it hits water content before releasing. The newest treatments allow us to create bespoke peeling for individual clients. Layering different Enerpeels, one on top of the


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other, means we can treat different conditions, for example Acne Rosacea, by calming the Rosacea, sensitivity and redness whilst slowing down over production of oil and clearing away spots. All this is done with minimal irritation to the skin surface and little peeling is involved, revealing a fresh complexion that is party ready! Who would like a boost in their skin’s volume and hydration? Dermal Fillers are popular at the Clinics all year round, however, particularly so at this seasonal time and can now last up to eighteen months. To be fully party prepared, a primer will quench the skin, allow make up to be more easily applied and hold it in place. It will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and open pores whilst making skin luminous. We recommend Jane Iredale’s Smooth Affair as it contains extract of apple, grapefruit and green tea, which are antioxidants, to maintain skin elasticity. The popular strobing make up technique allows the face to appear more youthful and dewy by highlighting certain areas, selecting highlighters carefully according to skin tone. Fair skin should use champagne tones, olive skins golden tones and dark skin should look for terracotta or bronze tones. Keep other face powders matte and allow the highlighter to let the skin shimmer. Emphasise brow bones, temples, cheekbones, nose and Cupid’s bow. Don’t forget to finish with a hydrating setting spray for extra hold and hydration!

As a predominately online skincare brand, we realise you may not have previously seen our products. We therefore encourage new customers to try products by using our Skincare Sample Pack Service.

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A Little Lift 30ml £31.00 Plumping and firming face serum pumpkin, frankincense and electric daisy Botanical super ingredient electric daisies are mixed with frankincense, pumpkin seed, argan and hyaluronic acid to nourish, refine and hydrate the skin. Angela says... “This is your recipe if your skin is losing elasticity or tone, in need of plumping or firming.” Thirsty Work 50ml £37.50 Ultra-hydrating anti-ageing moisturiser raspberry, rosehip and Q10 Rosehip, raspberry and chia seed protect skin from future damage. Vitamins A and C are blended with Q10 and arctic blackcurrants to repel wrinkles, whilst hyaluronic acid keeps skin hydrated. Angela says.... “A hero product, this is perfect for dry, dehydrated or mature skin. This is your recipe for improved hydration and elasticity.” Bloom & Glow 15ml £20.50 Radiance restoring face oil chia seed and sea buckthorn Chia seed and sea buckthorn are blended together to deliver high levels of essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants. This oil improves skin’s elasticity, calms inflammation and restores radiance. Angela says... “Perfect for sensitive, easily inflamed or generally out of kilter skin. This is your recipe for gorgeous, glowing, radiant skin.”

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Women’s hockey and the World Cup in 2018 The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where GB won Olympic Bronze at London 2012, will play host to the world’s best hockey players during July and August 2018. The indications are that all of England’s pool matches, potential quarter-final, semi-final and final are going to sell out months before the event. This demand reflects hockey’s growing popularity which has seen double the number of girls playing the sport and an additional 10,000 people join clubs since 2012. With children’s tickets from just £1, 24 per cent of the tickets applied for are for the under 18s age group. With the biggest Fan Zone that England Hockey has ever staged featuring at the event, it aims to be London’s most inclusive and family-friendly sporting event of 2018.

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Fitness | HOLLIE PEARNE-WEBB MBE

Hollie’s hard work pays off

Olympic gold medallist and GB hockey player, Hollie Pearne-Webb, shares her top tips for keeping in shape.

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ver nine million BBC viewers were glued to their screens as 26-year-old Hollie Pearne-Webb coolly struck the winning penalty to defeat the Dutch in the 2016 Olympic women’s hockey final in Rio de Janeiro. What for many was ‘their moment’ of the Rio Olympics was the culmination of years of hard work and dedication from this GB hockey star. Hollie joined Surbiton Hockey Club in 2013. Her arrival has coincided with the team’s most successful ever period, winning the Investec League title earlier this year for the fourth straight occasion. She lives with her husband Tom Pearne-Webb in Buckinghamshire and balances her hockey career with her work at DEFRA, where she is completing her Chartered Institute of Management Accountancy (CIMA) qualification. Here Hollie shares her top exercise and diet tips for keeping in shape this festive season and beyond. Tips on exercise

w Preparation is key, but don’t worry about the odd slip up. It’s really important to know when you’re going to exercise and how much. Writing down fitness goals, even small ones, really helps and if you don’t manage to do everything on the plan, don’t beat yourself up, just get back to it the next day. w Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Too often we compare ourselves to our peers and it’s not helpful. Do your best and don’t worry about what anybody else is doing. w Do something you enjoy. Netball, dance classes, cricket, cycling…it doesn’t matter. So often people think of staying in shape and being fit as slogging it out in the gym, but it doesn’t have to be. Indeed, if it’s an activity you actually enjoy, you’re more likely to stay with it. w Rest. Rest and recovery is hugely important for elite athletes, but also for general life. I know if I don’t get a quality night’s sleep (eight to nine hours), I feel the affects for days afterwards,

both physically and mentally. It doesn’t matter if I’m in the office or out on the pitch, sleep is still one of the great unknowns in science, but important to live a healthy balanced life. w Work hard for less time. I know we all have time pressures and exercise doesn’t have to take hours. It’s not necessary to sit on a treadmill for thirty minutes getting bored: intensify the workout to extract much of the same benefit in a far shorter amount of time. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) sessions are very good. Tips on diet

1 Never food shop when hungry. 2 Write a shopping list and stick to it based on meals you plan to cook that week. Prepare. I always like to batch cook on a Sunday afternoon/ evening for the week ahead as I know the week will be busy and I won’t want to be spending ages cooking. Breakfast is key. If you know, like me, that you will be short of time in the morning as you try and sneak the extra minute in bed, then prepare the night before.

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MY MONTH IN FOOD Stephanie Brookes, foodie expert and BBC Radio London contributor, offers her pick of an eating establishment for this month: P.F. Chang’s Asian Table in Great Newport Street. Kung Pao Chicken PHOTO COPYRIGHT: STEPHANIE BROOKES

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s we fast approach the end of the year, I often find my culinary appetite changes with the season, and on those cold, wintry days, I’m all about comfort food. I’m even looking for the kind of food I can share with family and friends, which I admit, in the past, has not always been my strongest point. I’ve mentioned in a previous column my aversion for sharing plates, however, exceptions can be made, especially in the case of the newly-arrived US import, P.F. Chang’s Asian Table in Great Newport Street. In the US, P.F. Chang’s is an already wellestablished and beloved chain for its unique take on Asian food, combining traditional dishes with a modern, street food influence. This is what would be called relaxed dining, with an emphasis on comforting, familiar classics, yet there is a genuine dedication to the finer details, with locally-sourced

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produce and all components of the menu being freshly made on-site. As you dine, you can even observe as some of the chefs carefully prepare the dumplings, egg rolls and wontons. On the basement level of the restaurant, head pastry chef, Helen Clark, creates a tempting array of desserts right before your eyes, which is more than enough to encourage diners to save a little room for after the main feasting. This devotion to quality is what instantly makes this particular chain stand out, not forgetting head chef, Deepak Kotian, who previously worked at the perennially popular Nobu. This is a restaurant with its attention focused on all the right elements, while never forgetting its roots in relaxed, casual dining. For those more organised than myself who book ahead of time, request a table towards the back of the


Food review | STEPHANIE BROOKES Chilli Aubergine PHOTO COPYRIGHT: STEPHANIE BROOKES

restaurant – close to the open kitchen – as it offers a more social, energetic atmosphere, perfect for larger gatherings. If popping by for drinks and nibbles, have a seat at the bar which is a much more intimate affair, and order the FIZU cocktail: a fresh concoction of sparkling Sake, cucumber and lemon oil. The menu is a head-spinning offering of small and larger plates, however, the knowledgeable staff can assist on choosing the right food ratio for a table. As is the case with a greedy food writer, I ordered with abandon, first requesting one of their most popular dishes, The Original Dynamite Shrimp. This ‘starter’, if you could call it that, is a generously stacked dish of golden-hued tempura battered shrimp, glazed with a spicy, Sriracha aioli. The fleshy, moist shrimp encased in the lightest, crisp coating left us all in an increasingly heated debate as to who should have the last piece. To save any food related quarrels, just order an extra portion...or two. Another great addition to the small sharing plates was the arrival of the Pan-seared Pork Dumplings. These sticky parcels wrapped a tender pork filling, which was made all the more gratifying with the seared, slightly chewy outer layer. A generous, tumbling mound of Kung Pao Chicken was the centrepiece of the meal. This classic Sichuan dish has long been a favourite of mine for its wok-fried crispy outer layer, matched with the fiery hit of fresh, red chilli and the buttery crunch of peanuts. The chicken was unanimously crowned dish of the day, but only by a small margin. The side dish of Chilli Aubergine was a triumph, not least for our bafflement on how this cooked aubergine still retained its vibrant purple outer skin.

The sweetness of the aubergine combined with the gentle heat of the Fresno peppers and the herbal hit of Thai basil was the most perfect celebration of the humble aubergine – a thoroughly exceptional side dish. As my nana used to say: “Your eyes are bigger than your belly” rang through my ears as we endeavoured to conquer every last dish on our table. I didn’t think I could have eaten another morsel, but then the glorious dessert menu was swiftly placed on the table, despite our faux protestations. Our server had told us at the start of the meal that should a little room be spared after the savoury element, the Apple Dumpling was the perfect way to end. Well, I suppose it would be rude not to... A delicately crisp filo parcel encased the softest poached apple, spiced with warming cinnamon and fragrant vanilla. A sticky toffee sauce laced the entire plate, with a final accompaniment of pillowsoft vanilla ice cream. Dining over the festive period can often be a minefield with so many culinary persuasions from which to choose. It’s safe to say that P.F. Chang’s extensive menu kept my particular party happy. Just a word of caution though to save on any potential food quarrels, always order that extra portion. It is Christmas, after all. essence INFO

Websites: www.pfchangs.co.uk and www.stephaniebrookes.com Telephone: 01923 555161 P.F. Chang’s, 10 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA Twitter: @stephbrookes PHOTO COPYRIGHT: STEPHANIE BROOKES

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Seasonal and local food offers taste, health and even economic benefits. Each month Crates Local Produce highlight the best on offer in our region.

At their best right now Crates Local Produce is located centrally within the historic market town of Horsham and bursts with fresh, seasonal food sourced directly from local producers. For more details see www.crateslocal.co.uk. Follow on Twitter @crateslocal or Facebook page Crates Local. PHOTO COPYRIGHT: MIKHAIL KOKHANCHIKOV | 123RF.COM

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Brussels sprouts

A member of the Brassica family, sprouts are believed to have been cultivated in Ancient Rome, but get their name from being grown extensively in Belgium. High in vitamins A, C and K, these neat little cabbages also contain folic acid and are a great source of fibre. Interestingly, our genetic make-up dictates whether we love or hate sprouts with some people possessing a gene causing a reaction to the bitterness. These vegetables can be braised, fried, roasted, sautĂŠed, shredded raw in a salad and are wonderful with additions such as maple syrup, honey, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, mustard, bacon, pancetta or chestnuts. Contrary to belief, sprouts do not need a cross cut into their bottoms for boiling as it can water log them.

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Duck and goose

The tradition for a large, stuffed fowl at Christmas goes back hundreds of years and today the turkey is by far the most popular. However, like many foods, intensive farming has resulted in much of the meat being somewhat bland. A return to a much older tradition of goose or duck is a sure way to bring taste back to a Christmas table. The meat is richer and more textured with the fat content keeping it far juicier. For those who want a bird with hardly any fat, however, opt for wild duck. So, for less cooking stress, tons of taste and the knowledge that the animal has probably been reared in far better conditions, a festive water bird cannot be beaten.


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Roast goose SERVES SIX

Ingredients: Free range goose of between 4–6kg Five lemons and/or limes Sprigs of herbs to include parsley, thyme and sage Quarter of a teaspoon each of ground ginger, cinnamon, star anise, pepper and cloves One tablespoon of olive or rapeseed oil Three tablespoons of runny honey Two teaspoons salt Method: w Remove any giblets and fat pads from inside the bird and loosen up any trussing if pre-strung. Using just the tip of a sharp knife, score the skin of the breast and legs in crosses. Pre-heat the oven to 240˚C. w Zest the lemons and limes and mix with the ground spices. Rub well onto the skin of the bird. Season the cavity with some of the mix and salt and insert the lemons, limes and sprigs of herbs, after removing some of the leaves. Leave the bird for around 10 minutes or overnight in the fridge. w To give the bird a golden skin, brown off in large pan in hot oil by holding it breast down and then place in a large roasting tin. w Pour over the honey and sprinkle with the herb leaves. Put in the oven and turn down to 190˚C after 10 minutes. Roast for a further 25 minutes per kilo for medium or 30 minutes per kilo for well done. Both duck and goose are at their best, however, cooked medium-rare or medium. w Baste every half hour with the fat from the bird. Pour this off also half way through the cooking and use for roasted potatoes and vegetables. w After roasting, leave to rest for around half an hour, covered loosely with foil. Use the juices for the base of a delicious gravy.

Superb simple sprouts SERVES SIX

Ingredients: 700g fresh Brussels sprouts Ten rashers of streaky bacon or pancetta One tablespoon vegetable or rapeseed oil 25g butter Two tablespoons honey Two tablespoons balsamic vinegar Method: w Preheat the oven to 240˚C and heat the oil and butter in a roasting dish. w Chop each sprout in half and remove any yellow outer leaves or very woody bottoms. w Cut up roughly the bacon or pancetta, add to the hot oil and butter and cook for around ten minutes or just as the cured meat begins to crisp. w Add in the halved sprouts and mix all in well with the bacon and fat. Return to the oven and turn down to 200˚C. w After fifteen minutes, add the honey and vinegar, mix well and roast for another ten to fifteen minutes, or just as the sprouts start to brown and the outer leaves crisp. w Serve hot with the Christmas meal or, as Brussels are great at any time in the winter, with any meal.

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Local provenance

Shirlee Posner introduces essence readers to Etherley Farm, deep in the Surrey Hills, just in time for the festive season.

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turkey or goose for Christmas? Why not order from a free-range poultry and sheep farm nestled in the heart of the Surrey Hills: Etherley Farm. Driving to Etherley Farm, near Dorking in the Surrey Hills, is an adventure through some of the most beautiful countryside this county has to offer. The farm’s open fields are home to chicken, ducks, geese, turkey and sheep. There is nothing fancy here, just a good old-fashioned farm slowly raising its stock in a healthy, natural environment. Sheep are a newer addition and the only animals not slaughtered on site for the butchery. Lamb, hogget and mutton are all available in season and much loved by a growing band of customers who appreciate the quality and provenance.

I discovered Etherley Farm through my friends over at Village Greens Farm Shop in Ockley. Just around the corner from the Coles Lane shop, they directed me to Charlie (who heads the team at Etherley) who not only sells direct to the public from a small butchery and produce shop, but also via a few retail outlets and farmers’ markets, including Ockley, in the county too. In addition, Etherley also supplies some of the top restaurants in Surrey: at the time of writing, Etherley Farm duck is on the menu at Michelin star chef Steve Drake’s new venture, Sorrel in Dorking. Etherley Farm started life as a dairy farm in 1958 and continued to produce milk up until 2001, but like many dairy farms, it decided to pull out of milk

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production when it became unviable. In preceding years, Charlie’s husband, Richard, had already started farming poultry to supplement the dwindling income. It was around this time that Charlie and Richard married and while he looks after the livestock, Charlie runs the shop and visits the markets. Year round, the farm contains chickens, ducks, geese and sheep with laying birds for eggs and fowl destined for the table. In July, 10,000 young turkeys arrive to live outside at Etherley in a massive field to slowly mature for Thanksgiving and Christmas. My first visit to Etherley Farm was around five years ago. At that time the farm shop was a shed with a couple of freezers. Not very appealing, but because I had already sampled Etherley chicken from Village Greens, I knew it was great quality with a depth of flavour and texture. Thanks to a grant from Rural Surrey Leader Grant Programme, the farm has been able to convert a derelict farm building into a new toilet and shower block for a campsite and add a new farm shop and on site butchery. This has allowed the farm to grow its core business and expand its range of products offered to the public. In addition to whole and jointed birds, it offers a lovely range of prepared products such as duck sausages, chicken, duck and turkey burgers. The duck sausages are apparently delicious with mash and sweet and sour red cabbage. I have a pack with my name on it in the freezer ready to try. Etherley’s ethos is one of simplicity, with low intensity, low stocking rates and the minimal amount of additives to ensure healthy stock. Ducks (including laying ducks), turkeys and geese arrive as day old chicks and spend the first few weeks in a brooder and airy barns until strong enough to go outside. Both types of chickens (laying and eating) arrive when they are a bit older. However, all the animals have the opportunity to roam the fields. Turkey, geese and ducks here are really top end and it’s no wonder the farm supplies many local award winning butchers and restaurants. The newest additions are sheep, a flock of 61 North of England Mules and two rams. Grass fed, they are outside all year round, apart from a short period during the lambing season. The aim is to finish the lambs


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Roast spiced chicken with rosemary and garlic sweet potatoes served with chilli jam This dish is raised a level when it’s made with really top-notch, free-range chicken. Use any chilli jam, but I love one with a Thai influence. My recipe for chilli jam was published in the September 2016 issue of essence which can be found on my blog. The chicken: One tablespoon olive oil One dessertspoon smoked or sweet paprika Two chicken breast portions, bone in and skin on Smoked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Two red peppers, roasted for 20 minutes in a hot oven (see below) Two dessertspoons of chilli jam For the wedges: 600g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into thick wedges or chips One tablespoon extra virgin olive oil One to two cloves crushed garlic One dessertspoon fresh chopped rosemary Smoked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Method w Place the potato wedges in a mixing bowl with the olive oil, garlic, rosemary and seasoning. Mix to coat the potatoes thoroughly then tip into a roasting pan. wPlace the chicken portions on a chopping board and score diagonally three times across the top with a sharp knife. Combine

the olive oil and paprika and rub over the entire surface of the chicken breasts and season. wPlace the chicken breasts in a roasting pan over the potatoes and place in a hot oven for 35–40 minutes with the red peppers. Remove the peppers after 15–20 minutes and place in a sealed bag to cool. w When the chicken is golden and thoroughly cooked, remove from the roasting pan with potatoes and keep warm. wMake some gravy by adding water to the base of the roasting dish to release the juices. Thicken with a little cornflour (mix to a paste with water) and stir into the juices until cooked through. wRemove the peppers from the bag, peel, discard the seeds and cut into thick strips. Place a heap of potatoes on each plate and top with the red pepper. Place a chicken breast on top with a dollop of chilli jam. Pour over some gravy and serve immediately. A lightly steamed stack of tender stem broccoli is a great partner to this dish. Shirlee Posner, eatsurrey.co.uk

on grass only, which is always perceived to be the optimum process, however, sometimes the farm may feed the lambs for a short period of time to ensure a quality finish to the meat. Some of the animals are kept beyond one year to produce hogget and mutton which has seen a revival in the last few years. Cooked a little slower, the meat is delicious and full flavoured. All slaughter of poultry is done on the farm, which means the animals only have a short distance to travel, reducing the stress on the bird. All butchery, plucking, preparation, making of sausages and burgers and packaging is also carried out on site. Sheep, however, are taken to a local abattoir and then returned to be butchered. One of the quality aspects of the farm’s turkeys, Charlie explained, is that they dry pluck the birds which takes longer, but extends shelf life allowing the birds to be hung (like beef) for flavour and texture to develop. Battery turkeys will be wet plucked (quicker) reducing shelf life and increasing water content making the meat drier once cooked. Turkeys, Charlie says, make great pets, as they are very sweet and inquisitive birds. I asked her if she became attached to them and she laughed and said they have a built in death wish! Apparently, turkeys will eat anything they see, which could be a bit of plastic, string or fabric which often get blown onto the farm. The team has to diligently remove all items on a daily basis or run the risk of a fatality as the birds have an inability to deal with anything getting caught in their throats. So, when it comes to doing the deed and getting them ready for Christmas orders, it’s a sigh of relief all round. Etherley Farm’s Christmas order book is now open and customers can order online, by phone or in person (I recommend this) or via Village Greens’ farm shops (Ockley and Denbies Vineyard). Charlie will bone and roll turkeys to order and also stuff using the customer’s own stuffing if delivered to them: perfect if oven space in an issue. The farm offers mixed bird roasts too if preferred. In addition to Village Greens, it is possible to buy Etherley Farm birds from several award winning butchers in Surrey too, see the list on the farm’s website (details below). So why not support a local independent producer this Christmas by buying the main attraction of the celebration dinner directly from it? It’s a decision that has winners at both ends of the transaction. essence INFO

Etherley Farm, Leith Hill Lane, Ockley, Surrey RH5 5PA Telephone: 01306 621500 Email: enquiries@etherleyfarm.co.uk Website: www.etherleyfarm.co.uk Shirlee Posner is a food writer and blogger at www.eatsurrey.co.uk and provides social media management, web copywriting and food photography.

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Baking | JEN’S CUPCAKERY

Christmas tree cake pops Make these festive trees from Christmas cake if you wish, but for those chocolate log lovers out there this recipe might be more for you. The seasonal shape is easy to achieve with a Christmas tree cutter and makes a lovely centrepiece or, enclosed in a cellophane bag with bow, a fun festive gift. Happy Christmas from Jen’s Cupcakery!

Ingredients 225g unsalted butter 350g caster sugar Three eggs One and a half teaspoons vanilla extract 350ml milk 300g plain flour Six tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder One and a half teaspoons bicarbonate of soda Half teaspoon salt Chocolate frosting 230g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 420g confectioners’ sugar 45g unsweetened cocoa powder 45ml milk Quarter teaspoon salt Two teaspoons vanilla extract Finishing touches Green candy melts (Wilson or PME) and cake pop sticks can be found online or in some cook shops. Christmas sprinkles, little stars etc. TOP TIP: If the candy melts are a little thick, add a small amount of vegetable oil to loosen a little – it won't affect the taste.

Method w Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade. Grease and line a 12 inch x 9 inch tray bake tin. w Cream the butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Beat the eggs in one at a time, followed by the vanilla. w Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cocoa into a bowl and add into the mix, alternating with the milk. Spoon into the tin and bake for about 35–40 minutes depending on the oven or until a toothpick comes out clean. w Leave for five minutes on a cooling rack before turning out of tin. Leave to cool completely. w Make the frosting by creaming the butter, adding in the cocoa and the vanilla extract, icing sugar and milk and beating for about three minutes. w When the cake is cold, crumble and mix with a spoonful of frosting. Flatten some of the mix and push into the tree mould, popping it out gently onto a piece of greaseproof paper. Insert the cake pop sticks into the bottom of the cakes and then cover and put in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes. w Melt the candy melts in the microwave (30 seconds at a time) until liquid and then dip each tree until there is a lovely green covering. Tap gently on the side of the bowl to get rid of the excess and then push into a piece of styrofoam and add decoration of choice. Decorate straight after dipping as the covering hardens quickly!

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Since its opening two years ago, the much raved-about South Kensington-based Maître Choux (@maitrechoux), has sold out almost every single day. The world’s first choux pastry specialist patisserie has amassed a cult following among locals and celebrities alike who have been queuing in front of the rainbow-coloured display. From private celebrations through to A-lister events by way of iconic institutions such as Fortnum & Mason, Chiltern Firehouse, and Blakes, the freshly-made wondrous eclairs, choux and chouquettes have surprised and delighted all who sample them. In a move set to delight the fans, Joakim Prat, the three Michelin star-experienced chef behind Maître Choux, is opening a second location on Soho’s Dean Street this October. A bigger site than South Kensington, Maître Choux Soho will also have a more spacious seating area, allowing additional guests to accompany their confection with a cup of the finest quality tea and coffee, or a thick hot chocolate made from a legendary Basque recipe provided by Joakim’s grandmother. Maître Choux Soho will offer the same core range of hand-crafted, MAÎTRE CHOUX – THE WORLD’S FIRST CHOUX PASTRY SPECIALIST PATISSERIE decadent, one-of-a-kind designs featuring show-stopping eclairs 15 HARRINGTON ROAD • SOUTH KENSINGTON • LONDON SW7 3ES like lemon meringue & bergamot, Spanish raspberry and hazelnut & MAÎTRE CHOUX SOHO milk chocolate treasure, as well as 60 DEAN STREET • SOHO • LONDON W1D 6AW Orders taken for bespoke designs, both corporate and private.

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went to Gloucester Beth Bell, a solicitor in Mundays LLP’s Family team, discusses how best to protect children’s interests following a relationship breakdown. Beth Bell is a solicitor in Munday’s Family team who advises on all areas of family law, with a particular focus on the financial aspects of relationship breakdown and private children matters. Beth appreciates that the law can be daunting for her clients, and has a professional but sensitive approach. She is mindful that when acting in the best interests of her clients there are often wider family relationships to consider, and adopts a constructive approach to resolution where possible. Beth is a member of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers committed to the non-confrontational resolution of family disputes. Beth can be contacted on 01932 590618 or bethan.bell@mundays.co.uk.

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ver seven million viewers tuned in to watch the recent series finale of BBC One’s gripping production Doctor Foster. Series one focuses largely on GP Gemma Foster’s desire for revenge after discovering that her husband is having an affair, and in that infamous dinner party scene, viewers revelled as cheating husband Simon got his comeuppance. However, in series two, Gemma and Simon’s bitter feud makes for increasingly uncomfortable viewing, as it becomes clear that the couple’s young teenage son is being caught in the crossfire. Sadly it is often the case that the child is overlooked in the midst of relationship breakdown and their best interests ignored. Divorce can be a hugely stressful and upsetting time for the adults involved, however, it is important that regardless of any ill-feeling between them, parents are able to put on a united front for their child and remember that their role as co-parents continues. It is also important for parents to be mindful of the central role that they each have to play in their child’s life. This is firmly reflected in legislation and case law. When a court is asked to determine issues concerning the upbringing of a child, such as with whom they are to live or otherwise spend time, there is a strong presumption that both parents should be involved. The presumption is rebuttable if a court is persuaded that it would be contrary to the child’s best interests, however, an extremely high threshold is set in that regard. It does not automatically follow, for example, that a parent who has been violent towards the other should no longer spend time with their child (though a court will carefully

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consider whether appropriate safeguards need to be put in place in those circumstances). A family solicitor will encourage their client to put their own emotions to one side and focus, objectively, on the needs of the child following a relationship breakdown. Parents should speak positively of each other, and the child should feel able to discuss the other parent and time spent with them without fear that this will upset the other parent, or cause them to become angry or jealous. It goes without saying that parents should not involve their child in ‘adult conversations’ such as those in relation to the divorce or financial matters. If the family is still living together in one house then such discussions should take place between parents at appropriate times and not in front of the child. It is likely to be in the whole family’s interests if communications can be kept constructive and civil.


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Top tips for the festive period A young child, in particular, may find the relationship breakdown scary and confusing, and it is important to reassure them that although day-to-day life may change, moving forward they remain loved by both parents and both parents will always be there for them. If a child (of any age) is displaying signs of struggling to cope then it may be helpful to seek professional support, for example, from a GP or child counsellor, and it can also be useful to speak to the child’s school and make them aware of the situation so that they can help put appropriate support in place. Many parents assume that the court will automatically make an order in relation to their child as part of the divorce, however, that is not the case. Divorce and finance proceedings are entirely separate from proceedings concerning a child and matters are not heard by the court ‘as a package’. Also it is not always necessary for solicitors to be instructed in relation to arrangements for a child. Though many people will choose to have a solicitor represent them in relation to the divorce and financial matters, it does not necessarily follow that discussions with the other parent regarding the child need to take place through solicitors as well. If both parties agree on where the child is to live and when the other parent will see them then there is no need for third parties such as solicitors or the court to be involved. Equally, even if both parties are not in agreement, it may not be the case that solicitors are needed, and family solicitors will encourage parents to endeavour to resolve issues between themselves and agree a mutually acceptable (and child-centric) way forward. Mediation can be a helpful alternative forum for reaching an agreement. In the unfortunate event that an agreement cannot be reached then the Family team at Mundays is here to help. v

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If you are divorcing, then the festive period is likely to be an especially difficult time, for you and your child, and also for the wider family. Whether you are continuing to live together under the same roof or one of you has recently moved out of the family home, the situation can be incredibly hard.

w As hard as it may be, try to put aside your own emotions and animosity. Bear in mind that your child wants to spend quality time with both parents and it is important that they feel comfortable about doing so without fear of causing either parent upset.

w If you are living apart then endeavour to agree arrangements for your child, such as where they are to spend key days over the festive period, and with whom, as early as possible. If difficult discussions are left to the last minute then it is likely to make matters more stressful, and possibly lead to confrontation and upset which could otherwise be avoided.

w You don’t have to make grand plans or do anything out of the ordinary over the festive period – your child just wants to celebrate with the ones they love, and to feel secure.

w The old adage, ‘the more the merrier’ is worth bearing in mind at this time of year. Consider inviting family and friends round to provide support (and a busy and noisy distraction) for both you and your child.

w Resist the urge to compete with each other when it comes to buying presents. A good strategy is to inform each other of your intentions to avoid duplication. Ideally, a shared gift from both of you will send positive and reassuring signals that you are on talking terms.

w Change can be a good thing – don’t feel beholden to old family traditions or be afraid to find fresh ways of doing things. If you are no longer living together then position the idea of having individual celebrations with each of you as a fun and exciting extension of the festivities.

w Make plans for when your child is not with you. It’s important for them to feel assured that you are ok, and still having a nice time over the festive period, when they are with the other parent.

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Confidence is the ultimate stocking filler this year Simon Lewis, CEO at Partridge Muir & Warren, discusses how a confident attitude will provide the perfect Christmas cheer.

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can’t remember approaching Christmas with such a depressing backdrop. We have an apparently dysfunctional government that appears to be making a hash of the Brexit negotiations and an opposition party enthusiastically promoting Marxist economic policies. Not to mention, scandal after scandal, ranging from personal misconduct to tax avoidance on a grand scale by very wealthy individuals and corporations. To make matters worse, inflation is rising and wage growth is stagnant. Retailers are hiding their heads under their pillows in anticipation of dismal Christmas sales figures. Every day there seems to be another depressing news story. The problem is, if you believe the media, then it would be easy to believe we are always in a perpetual state of crisis. Every day we seem to be encouraged to believe we are sitting on the edge of the abyss and an unfortunate aspect of human nature is that such negative news is often more appealing than positive stories.

When you leap off a high object the worst thing to think about is whether you should have jumped in the first place. It’s too late for that indulgence and the priority now should be to focus on preparing for a smooth landing.

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If I were sitting on Santa’s knee (I appreciate that this type of behaviour is no longer encouraged) I would be telling him that the best gift of all for me would be to put something in everyone else’s stocking. That something would be a healthy dose of confidence. If we were all a little bit more confident about our future, our future would as a proven economic consequence, be brighter. Of course lots of bad things are happening and have happened, but I can’t think of a single point in human history when that wasn’t the case. Reality check The reality is more positive than we might think. The UK economy is ticking along quite nicely thank you very much. Admittedly, we are not currently growing as quickly as the Eurozone, but they are at a different point in the economic cycle, so comparisons are misleading. Cumulative economic growth over the last 10 years has been much higher in the UK. And, yes, Brexit is here to stay and we have to get on with it. The most important thing for us, given that we are now heading for a pathway that will make us engage more directly with the rest of the world, is to acknowledge that the rest of the world is starting to do a lot better when it comes to economic growth. When you leap off a high object the worst thing to think about is whether you should


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have jumped in the first place. It’s too late for that indulgence and the priority now should be to focus on preparing for a smooth landing. The problem at the moment is everyone is spending too much time wondering if it was right to leave, whereas now we need to put all the effort into landing well and making the best of it. What the future might hold The global economic outlook has improved dramatically throughout the year and what is particularly encouraging is that all the main contributors to the world economy are benefiting from an upswing in fortunes at the same time. It seems this trend will continue in to 2018, which means that the markets where we can sell our goods and services are likely to be buoyant. And this represents a unique opportunity for this country’s economy to get a real shot in the arm. Let’s not forget that a recovering Eurozone economy will be good news for the UK, because the Eurozone will remain our largest trading partner for the foreseeable future. So rather than looking back, we have to move on and look forward to a bright future.

Great trading nation The UK has always been a great trading nation – we have always seen the world as one great opportunity to buy and sell. And there is no reason why we cannot continue to trade with the world and make some money whilst we do it. And what’s more, mainland Europe will play a big part in that. No matter what the politicians decide, we will still have France, Germany, Ireland and Spain etc as key trading partners. Once March 2019 comes around, trading with Europe won’t just stop. There may be some additional paperwork, but life will go on and we can flourish because business usually finds a way to navigate around the impediments created by politicians. Investment often comes down to looking for the opportunities in a given situation. The great investors are those people who say, ‘Okay this has happened, what is the outcome and how can I utilise it?’. Here we have Brexit, one of the biggest opportunities we are ever likely to face, and we are so blinded by the shock of the outcome that it is becoming almost impossible for us to move forward. It is time we realised that we cannot change the past, but we can utilise the opportunities

this may present and make this a great period for our generation and future generations. The simple fact is we need to be more positive as a nation and the media need to start reporting on the positive things that are happening around us. You don’t have to look far to see the positives that have happened in 2017. Consider the unexpected record highs achieved by many stock markets around the world which have provided some superb investor returns; the rise in global trade; resilient UK GDP, UK and US unemployment continuing its downward trend; the improving fiscal position of the UK Government’s finances. All in all, things could be a lot worse. The best way for us to make the UK a better place is for us all is to ignore negativity from the media and focus on the positives. If we are all positive in how we think, we will be more positive in the way we behave and everyone will benefit. The economy is most influenced by us, not politicians. If we spend and save in the correct proportions, everything will turn out OK. So altogether now, what do we want for Christmas? We want Confidence! And lots of it. v

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Pot luck? Tom Peacock explores the world of Tattersalls, Europe’s leading bloodstock auctioneer.

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little racehorse being led around the ring at Tattersalls’ auction house two years ago had not even been given a name, let alone the chance to prove his ability. He was simply Lot 954 of the December Foal Sale, an eight-month-old colt with a faint white stripe down his forehead whose father was the 2002 Derby winner High Chaparral. Champions in ‘the sport of kings’ come in many varieties, but surely no-one had an inkling that it would be this fledgling individual when he changed hands for £60,000, a modest enough sum for a well-bred thoroughbred. Had it been foreseen that the foal would grow up to become Rekindling, conqueror of the £3.5 million Melbourne Cup in Australia, the price would have been exponentially higher. This is why people come to the oldest bloodstock auctioneers in the world, founded near Hyde Park Corner in 1766, but now firmly established in Britain’s racing centre of Newmarket. It has not only tradition, but a proud reputation for producing elite performers, selecting thousands of racehorses to go under the hammer each year. Anyone is allowed to view this unusual piece of human and equine theatre, and even register to buy, still in the quaint currency of a guinea or £1.05. As a racing career does not Investec Derby at Epsom begin until a horse is two, some of PHOTO COPYRIGHT: EPSOM RACECOURSE the foals will require patient new owners. Others will be speculative purchases by ‘pinhookers’, who nurture them on farms and possibly attempt to resell them for a profit at Tattersalls the following autumn when they are yearlings. This is where the even more serious money is. The three days of Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale, purveyor of premier league talent, was the highest grossing in European history and totalled an incredible 102,290,000 guineas. Seventeen individual yearlings fetched over a million.

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Racing bloodstock | TATTERSALLS

The sales ring at Tattersalls PHOTO COPYRIGHT: TREVOR JONE

An introduction to

Tattersalls

Founded in 1766 by Richard Tattersall, Tattersalls is the oldest bloodstock auctioneers in the world and the largest in Europe. Today, Tattersalls is an international firm offering 10,000 thoroughbred horses each year at 15 sales at either its Newmarket headquarters in England, or at Fairyhouse outside Dublin, in Ireland. Tattersalls have a commitment based on more than 200 years of service to offer the best thoroughbreds to be found anywhere in the world. Whether seeking Classic winners, Champion two year olds, legendary foundation mares or Champion National Hunt performers, buyers from more than fifty countries and every continent can find the right sale.

“It’s truly international. In any different year we’ll sell to 30 or 40 different countries from every continent – South America, Africa, Australasia, absolutely everywhere,” says Tattersalls’ marketing director, Jimmy George. The figures can be ludicrous, within reach of only the sheikhs and oligarchs. Outlay, of course, is no guarantee of success and many better resemble James Corden than Usain Bolt once they finally reach the track. It is a combination of luck and judgement, with the more affordable lots sometimes being the ones which float to the top. The dream is always to discover a winner of the Investec Derby at Epsom, not only because it is flat racing’s flagship event, but because that horse could become the most coveted of future breeding stallions, commanding six figure sums for its service. Whilst the majority of these potential stars are raised at the immaculate studs of the recognised breeding hotbeds in Ireland, France and the land outside Newmarket before being retained or sent to the sales, it is not unknown for them to hail from elsewhere. >>>

Tattersalls holds nine sales each year at Newmarket, including market leaders in every category. Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale is Europe’s premier yearling sale with more than 700 yearlings and unrivalled as a source of European Classic and Group winners. In the past decade there have been four Derby winners sold at the October Yearling Sale and all yearlings offered in Book 1 are eligible for the Tattersalls’ Millions, Europe’s most extensive sales race series. Books 2 and 3 of the October Yearling Sale follow four days later, followed by the Autumn Horses in Training Sale, the largest sale of its kind in the world. The sales season culminates with the two week long December Sale of breeding stock, foals and yearlings, widely regarded as the world’s most international thoroughbred sale. Completing the sales portfolio are: w February Sale, established as Europe’s premier midwinter sale. w The Craven Breeze Up Sale in April, which sets the standard for European two year olds in training sales. wThe Guineas Breeze Up and Horses in Training Sale in May. wThe July Sale, which combines breeding stock with quality horses in training.

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Edmond Mahony, chairman, Tattersalls PHOTO COPYRIGHT: TATTERSALLS

Frankie Dettori and Golden Horn, winners of the 2015 Investec Derby PHOTO COPYRIGHT: EPSOM RACECOURSE

Surrey even produced its own superstar in Kingston Hill, who was second in the Derby four years ago and went on to claim the St Leger, the oldest of the five great Classic races. He is now a stallion himself and was delivered almost within shouting distance of Epsom’s grandstand at Woodcote Stud, where manager Barry Reilly and his wife Fiona have been working their magic for a quarter of a century. “It’s make or break at the sales and it can be quite daunting for a horse,” explains Barry. “I think you know the best ones quite soon. Obviously you want them to look correct, but there’s a school of thought that foals that get up quickly after they are born will be good. “It’s like children on their first day of school; there will be some that pick things up early on and go to the top of the class. Kingston Hill, who we called ‘Milo’, was like that. He wasn’t a show-off, just a complete pro.” The latest Woodcote high-flyer is Poet’s Word, sold to Emirati businessman Saeed Suhail for a princely 300,000 guineas at Tattersalls and regarded as one to watch in 2018 after second places in the prestigious British and Irish Champion Stakes. “We usually have a dozen mares about the place and we’ve only got 67 acres here, but we’ve had eight Group One (top-level) winners and hopefully plenty more,” Barry says. “It’s still a lot of work – even the grass in our fields has to be kept between five and six inches as that’s the optimum for energy and sugar.” So how do you pick a Kingston Hill or a Rekindling from the scores of horses stabled at the sales complex waiting to be bought? Essentially by attempting to marry up the most auspicious breeding (or pedigree) with the correct physique. “It isn’t easy,” admits Harry Herbert, who runs Highclere Thoroughbred Racing which brings people together to have shares in horses. The wellknown syndicate is named after Highclere Castle, the setting for Downton Abbey and Harrys’ family seat. You narrow them down, looking at their temperament, athleticism and what you can afford. I think some of the professionals are surprised we do find quality horses for between 40 and 240,000 guineas, but it’s down to an almost forensic process.” Facing scrutiny by the experts through the first week of December will be a full catalogue of unknown prospects, including a half-sister to Rekindling and another to Derby runner-up Jack Hobbs. As the outlay shows, the gambling is not only restricted to the racecourse. v

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“I think some of the professionals are surprised we do find quality horses for between 40 and 240,000 guineas, but it’s down to an almost forensic process.” Harry Herbert, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing

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ACS International Schools is offering means-tested bursaries, ranging from 20-100% of fees, for the start of the 2018 academic year. If you are looking to become a confident, independent, thinker, find out more at acs-schools.com/bursaries You can also join us at an Open Morning. To register, go to acs-schools.com/opendays Co-educational | International curriculum including the IB Diploma | Extensive busing

‘Achievement is excellent’ ISI Report

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All About Yves

Only Connect

All about Yves offers a rare and exciting insight into the creative process and the life of Yves Saint Laurent. The influence of YSL on and off the catwalk changed the way women dressed. From the Beatnik to Le Smoking, to his homage to contemporary artists, theatre costumes and his famous LOVE collages, Yves Saint Laurent was a creative genius who still continues to inspire and be referenced today. This multi-faceted book features rarely seen sketches, polaroids and editorial cuttings, exploring the career of France’s celebrated couturier with a compilation of archive material and insights from his studio. It is also the story of an extraordinary couple: a creator of genius and a humanist, visionary businessman who together transformed the name Yves Saint Laurent into an haute couture, Pret-a-Porter, perfume and cosmetics empire, as well as amassing an incredible collection of works of art from all eras and continents. Originally released in French, this is the first and only English translation and is essential reading for fashion fans. Yves Saint Laurent museums recently opened in Paris and Marrakech, crowning the achievements of this artist whose work is a central part of twentieth-century history.

Can you find the connection between Jezebel, Chopin’s piano, Jan Masaryk and The Burghers of Prague? Only Connect is the ultimate test of knowledge and lateral thinking. Since 2008 the fiendishly difficult quiz show has been challenging contestants to find connections between apparently unrelated clues. The Only Connect Quiz Book collects over 200 of the most entertaining and perplexing challenges from the team behind the BBC’s hugely popular quiz show, including many new (never broadcast) questions.  Covering each of the show’s four rounds – Connections, Sequences, the Connecting Wall and Missing Vowels – and with an introduction from presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell, here’s a chance to put sleuthing and quizzical knowledge to the Only Connect test.  With games to play solo or in teams, The Only Connect Quiz Book will take a reader’s quizzing achievements to a new level. Edited by Jack Waley-Cohen RRP: £14.99 464 pages • Hardback ISBN: 9781785942839  Published by Ebury Publishing www.eburypublishing.co.uk

By Catherine Ormen RRP: £35.00 128 pages • Hardback ISBN: 9781786271242 Published by Laurence King Publishing  www.laurenceking.com

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Gordon Brown My Life, Our Times

As former Prime Minister and our longest-serving Chancellor, Gordon Brown has been a guiding force for Britain and the world over three decades. This is his candid, poignant and deeply relevant story. In describing his upbringing in Scotland as the son of a minister, the near loss of his eyesight as a student and the death of his daughter within days of her birth, he shares the passionately held principles that have shaped and driven him, reminding us that politics can and should be a calling to serve.  Reflecting on the personal and ideological tensions within Labour and its achievements – the minimum wage, tax credits, Bank of England independence and the refinancing of the National Health Service – he describes how to meet the challenge of pursuing a radical agenda within a credible party of government.  From the invasion of Iraq to the tragedy of Afghanistan, from the coalition negotiations of 2010 to the referendums on Scottish independence and Europe, Gordon Brown draws on his unique experiences to explain Britain’s current fractured condition. By Gordon Brown RRP: £25.00 512 pages • Hardback ISBN: 9781847924971  Published by Vintage Publishing www.penguin.co.uk

Artemis Ever had a bad day? Try having one on the moon... Welcome to Artemis. The first city on the moon. Population 2,000. Mostly tourists. Some criminals.  Jazz Bashara is a criminal. She lives in a poor area of Artemis and subsidises her work as a porter with smuggling contraband on to the moon. But it’s not enough. So when she’s offered the chance to make a lot of money she jumps at it. But though planning a crime in 1/6th gravity may be more fun, it’s a lot more dangerous... “Artemis does for the moon what The Martian did for Mars. His (Andy Weir’s) second novel concerns a likeable protagonist in peril, saved by her own resourcefulness, in a tale that leaves readers better informed about science than they were before they read it...Plus the narrator has real charm. There’s no question that this novel is going to be a hit.” Guardian By Andy Weir RRP: £12.99 320 pages • Hardback ISBN: 9780091956943  Published by Ebury Publishing www.eburypublishing.co.uk


Literature | REVIEW

Blue Planet II A New World of Hidden Depths

Sixteen years ago, the BBC television series The Blue Planet forever raised the bar for natural history broadcasting, introducing a bold, cinematic view of our world and bringing the viewer closer to nature’s grandeur than ever before. The accompanying book beautifully mirrored the programme’s power and was a much-yearned-for bestseller of that year. Now the spectacle returns with  Blue Planet II, the magnificent new volume to accompany the BBC’s extraordinary successor to the original series. Cutting edge technology and unparalleled field experience combine to deliver an astonishing panorama of a hidden world. Sporting a foreword by David Attenborough, Blue Planet II brims with behind-the-scenes accounts from both scientists and crew, drawn from five years of extraordinary film-making. By James Honeyborne and Mark Brownlow RRP: £25.00 312 pages • Hardback ISBN: 9781849909679  Published by Ebury Publishing www.eburypublishing.co.uk

The Book of Seeds

A Lifesize Guide to Six Hundred Species from Around the World This handsomely illustrated book is a lifesize guide to 600 species from around the world and is part of Ivy Press’s bestselling Book of... series. It shines a light on 600 seeds, each shown life size and in exquisite detail. Included are the commonplace and the rare, the gigantic and the minute, the exquisite and the extraordinary, listed with details of their economic and ecological significance, and their genetic value to the entire biosphere. As time capsules of life, seeds are precious parcels of hope and promise, the most complex organs plants ever produce. Alongside their vital role as the genetic package for the next generation, seeds have sustained life for as long as insects, birds and animals have been on earth. Consultant editor Paul Smith is secretary general of Botanic Gardens Conservation International and former head of the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank – the largest and most diverse seed bank in the world. By Paul Smith RRP: £30.00 656 pages • Hardback ISBN: 9781782405207  Published by Ivy Press (February 2018) www.ivypress.co.uk

The Flexible Body

Move better anywhere in 10 minutes a day Just 10 minutes of training per day can help work towards unlocking the body’s full potential. Beginning with a basic squat (which children do naturally, but adults struggle to perform), The Flexible Body: Move better anywhere, anytime in 10 minutes a day guides the reader through a series of positions, stretches, rolls and balances that re-train the body to move like it once could. Forget everything you think you know about exercise. International model and fitness expert Roger Frampton has developed a revolutionary new approach to movement. Inspired by advanced yoga practitioners and Olympic gymnasts, and in consultation with leading figures from both fields, Roger has devised a simple but highly effective set of exercises known as the Frampton Method, designed to de-restrict the body and help it reach optimum strength and flexibility with no need for any kind of equipment, weights or gym membership. By Roger Frampton RRP: £14.99 Paperback ISBN: 9781911216940 Published by Pavillion (January 2018) www.pavilionbooks.com

The Cadle Will Rock Two sports; Two careers; Two continents; One amazing journey. Kevin Cadle (1955–2017) was the most successful coach in British basketball and longtime NFL and NBA broadcaster with Sky Sports. He became the most successful coach in British basketball history during a 13-year career from 1984 to 1997, during which he won 30 titles and eight Coach of the Year awards with teams in Glasgow, Kingston, Guildford and London Towers. He became the only coach to lead a UK team to the final eight in European basketball competition. The Cadle Will Rock is the inside story of Kevin’s exploits winning countless trophies, painting the town red in Moscow in the company of the KGB, dodging bombs and bullets in the Golan Heights and his encounters with some of the very biggest names in the worlds of sport and showbiz such as Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and William ‘Refrigerator’ Perry, not forgetting Stevie Wonder... This book traces Kevin’s life, from growing up in Buffalo and his trials and tribulations at college, his move to the UK and his record-breaking coaching career. By Paul New and Kevin Cadle RRP: £10.95/£9.99 388/496 pages • Paperback/Kindle Published by Superguild Sports Promotions (March 2016) www.kevincadle.com

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spotlight on... Kate Rusby at Christmas G Live, Guildford Sunday 17 December, 7.30pm Mercury Prize nominee, Folk Singer of the Year, Best Live Act, Best Album and Best Original Song winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Yorkshireborn Kate Rusby is one of the most talented musicians around. Known for her down-to-earth style, Kate’s engaging personality and sharp wit have combined to endear her to a legion of fans. Her enchanting vocals make her one of the finest interpreters of traditional folk songs and a unique songwriter as she blends old and new styles. Kate’s Christmas tour has become one of the traditions of the season as she showcases material from her newly-released Christmas album of Yorkshire festive songs and carols, together with old favourites. See our interview with Kate on page 20.

Tickets: glive.co.uk

theatre Richmond Theatre Richmond Saturday 9 December to Sunday 14 January Aladdin Starring panto-legend Christopher Biggins and Count Arthur Strong. Wednesday 17 to Sunday 21 January Moscow City Ballet Presents Two of Tchaikovsky’s stunning ballets: The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, with full orchestra. Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 February The Jungle Book A new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s much-loved tale.

Monday 29 January to Saturday 3 February Hedda Gabler A new production of Ibsen’s masterpiece tours the UK. Tickets: atgtickets.com/woking

New Wimbledon Theatre Wimbledon Saturday 9 December to Sunday 14 January Jack and the Beanstalk This year’s extravaganza stars Pub Landlord Al Murray. Tuesday 6 February Banff Mountain Film Festival 2018 Extraordinary short films from talented adventure film-makers. Tickets: atgtickets.com/wimbledon

Tickets: atgtickets.com/richmond

Cranleigh Arts Centre New Victoria Theatre

High Street, Cranleigh

Woking

Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 December Dick Whittington Traditional pantomime packed with slapstick, silliness and special effects.

Saturday 9 December to Sunday 7 January Robin Hood Shane Richie stars in this pantomime adventure. Thursday 11 January Circus of Horrors: Voodoo Bizarre and fantastic circus acts. Monday 22 to Saturday 27 January Sunset Boulevard Award-winning musical.

Tickets: cranleighartscentre.org

Dorking Halls Dorking Saturday 16 to Thursday 28 December Sleeping Beauty A treat for all the family. Tickets: dorkinghalls.co.uk

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Harlequin Theatre

Epsom

Redhill

Friday 15 December to Sunday 7 January Cinderella Fabulous pantomime.

Friday 8 to Sunday 31 December Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan The story of Peter and the Lost Boys. Tickets: harlequintheatre.co.uk

Tickets: epsomplayhouse.co.uk

Rose Theatre Farnham Maltings

High Street, Kingston

Farnham

Thursday 7 December to Sunday 7 January Alice in Winterland A new stage production of Lewis Carroll’s wonderful books. Sunday 21 January Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert Comic artistry at its best. Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 January Noggin the Nog Silly vikings, puppets and live music based on the popular TV series.

Tuesday 12 December The Book of Darkness and Light Three chilling tales. Friday 22 to Saturday 23 December Lost and Found Little Blue Monster Theatre Company returns with a classic children’s story. Tickets: farnhammaltings.com

G Live Guildford Wednesday 13 December Jon Richardson: Old Man Talented comedian performs. Friday 8 to Sunday 24 December Santa Claus and the Magical Christmas Journey Festive treat for ages two and over. Sunday 17 December Kate Rusby at Christmas See Spotlight on previous page. Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 December The Nutcracker and Giselle Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet. Thursday 18 January The Transports: A Tale of Exile and Migration A timely re-telling of Peter Bellamy’s folk ballad opera The Transports. Saturday 20 January Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room Stand-up for ages sixteen and over. Tickets: glive.co.uk

Guildford Gag House

Tickets: rosetheatrekingston.org Roy Wood, G Live

The Electric Theatre Guildford Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 December A Christmas Carol A magical retelling of the classic tale. Tickets: electric.theatre

The Wintershall Nativity Wintershall Estate, Bramley Wednesday 13 to Sunday 17 December Enjoy the real Christmas story. Tickets: wintershall-estate.com

The Woodfield Entertainers Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall

Shane Richie (centre) and the cast of Robin Hood, New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 December Hansel and Gretel Jokes, songs, audience participation and lots more. Tickets: woodfieldentertainers.co.uk

The Star Inn, Guildford Friday 15 December Gag House Christmas Special Festive comedic cheer.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford

Friday 15 to Sunday 17 December Aladdin Pantomime on Ice Panto with a Bollywood twist.

Friday 8 December to Sunday 7 January Dick Whittington Starring Judy Cornwell. Wednesday 24 January to Saturday 3 February The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde’s most famous play.

Tickets: guildfordspectrum.co.uk

Tickets: yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Tickets: gaghousecomedy.com

Guildford Spectrum Guildford

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spotlight on... The Art of Opportunity: DSWF Affordable Art Fair David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, Shalford To Wednesday 20 December Anyone who saw the heartbreaking recent image of the last male northern white rhino, Sudan, as he lay in the dust of his home in a Kenyan wildlife conservancy will want to support the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) as it holds an Art Fair, both online and at its newly refurbished gallery at Saba House, Shalford. Supporters have the chance to purchase a selection of stunning prints at reduced prices from the charity’s online catalogue, along with a selection of art donated from private collections. In addition, there will be items from painters such as William Russell Flint and Terence Cuneo. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Foundation, enabling it to continue to fund the fight against wildlife crime in Africa and Asia and protect some of the world’s most endangered animals, such as the Black Rhino pictured here, left.

Information: davidshepherd.org

music Age UK Surrey Guildford Cathedral Thursday 21 December, 11am Christmas Carol Concert 2017 Traditional Christmas carols and readings in aid of Age UK Surrey. Information: ageuksurrey.org.uk

Boileroom Guildford Throughout the year A creative community hub for music, the arts and events. Information: theboileroom.net

Epworth Choir Christ Church, Woking Monday 11 December, 7.30pm Family Christmas Carol Concert Uplifting carols and music from the Epworth Choir joined by St Andrew’s School Choir.

G Live

Southern Pro Musica

Guildford

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Wednesday 20 December, 7.30pm Roy Wood & His Band What better way to celebrate the festive season than a visit to G Live to see Mr Christmas himself, Roy Wood?

Sunday 14 January, 7.30pm New Year Celebration An evening of superb music from opera and ballet.

H.G. Wells Conference & Events Centre, Woking Saturday 20 January, 3.30pm Family Concert: Pictures at an Exhibition Visit and try the instruments.

Tickets: glive.co.uk

Tickets: southernpromusica.org

Guildford Cathedral Choir

Surrey Mozart Players

Guildford Cathedral

St Teresa’s School, Effingham

Vivace Chorus

Saturday 16 December, 7pm Handel’s Messiah With Southern Pro Musica and guests.

Holy Trinity Church, Guildford

Guildford Choral

Saturday 2 December, 7.30pm Including Rossini’s Overture – The Thieving Magpie, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Symphony No.6, with violin soloist Chloë Hanslip.

Guildford Cathedral

Tickets: surreymozartplayers.com

Tickets: vivacechorus.org

Saturday 9 December, 7.30pm St Nicolas Britten’s St Nicolas and more.

Tenors Unlimited

Vivaldi Singers

St Andrew’s Church, Cobham

South Farnham School, Menin Way

Tickets: wokingso.org.uk

Tickets: guildford-cathedral.org

Tickets: guildfordchoral.org

Mane Chance Sanctuary Christmas Carols

Saturday 16 December, 7pm Local, internationally-acclaimed operatic trio perform a charity concert in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Tickets: epworthchoir.org

Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, Godalming

Tickets: tenorsunlimited.com/tickets

Farnham Maltings

The Holly Lodge Centre

Friday 8 December, 7.30pm Clare Teal: Festive Fiesta A cocktail of seasonal music from this award-winning singer.

Sunday 10 December, 5pm Join Martin Shaw, Sara Crowe, Jenny Seagrove, St. Hilary’s School Junior Choir and many more, including the Shetland ponies, in aid of this fantastic cause.

Tickets: farnhammaltings.com

Tickets: manechancesanctuary.org

Farnham

Woking Symphony Orchestra

Sunday 10 December, 7pm Carol Concert Seasonal mix of carols and Christmas music in support of the Mayor of Guildford’s charity.

Saturday 16 December, 5pm The Christmas Story Music and readings in support of Challengers. Tickets: vivaldisingers.com

Wednesday 6 December, 7pm

Young Epilepsy Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert

Guildford Cathedral

An evening of song and readings with choirs from local schools.

Wednesday 20 December, 7.30pm An evening of festive music.

Tickets: thehollylodgecentre.org.uk

Tickets: guildford-cathedral.org

Christ Church, East Sheen

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cinemas Cranleigh Arts Centre 01483 278000 or cranleighartscentre.org Farnham Maltings 01252 745444 or farnhammaltings.com Odeon Esher 0871 2244007 or odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_times/s89/esher Odeon Epsom 0871 2244007 or odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_times/s88/epsom Odeon Guildford 0871 2244007 or odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_times/s92/guildford The Screen Walton 01932 252825 or screencinemas.co.uk The Ambassadors Cinema, Woking 0844 871 6743 or ambassadortickets.com/cinema

exhibitions

New Ashgate Gallery

Saturday 2 December Art for Christmas A one-day event from Surrey Artists’ Open Studio members.

To Saturday 6 January Winter exhibition Artworks by more than 50 makers. Saturday 13 January to Saturday 24 February Sarah Shaw: Animus Talented, prize-winning painter.

Information:

Information: newashgate.org.uk

Cranleigh Arts Centre Cranleigh

Helen Allingham, Harvest Moon, 1879, watercolour, Private Collection, Watts Gallery

Farnham

surreyopenstudios.org.uk

The Art Agency Guildford House Gallery

Esher

Guildford

To Tuesday 30 January Winter show Featuring various artworks.

Information: guildford.gov.uk/guildfordhouse

McAllister Thomas Godalming To Wednesday 20 December The Autumn Collection A changing exhibition by gallery artists.

Information: theartagency.co.uk

The Lightbox Gallery and Museum To Sunday 7 January The Lightbox Photographic Open Celebration and anniversary themed. To Sunday 4 March Turner in Surrey Explores J.M.W. Turner’s work produced on his travels locally. Information: thelightbox.org.uk

Information:

Watts Gallery

mcallisterthomasfineart.co.uk

Compton, Guildford

Information:

To Sunday 18 February Helen Allingham The UK’s first major public art gallery exhibition devoted to Helen Allingham (1848-1926), the first woman to be admitted to full membership of the Royal Watercolour Society.

farnhammaltings.com/museum

Information: wattsgallery.org.uk

Museum of Farnham West Street, Farnham To Saturday 20 January Resonance A hands-on exhibition exploring the multitudinous world of sound.

Sarah Shaw, Rorschach series, Selfie, Diptych, oil on canvas, New Ashgate Gallery

Woking

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Saturday 2 to Saturday 23 December Gifted In Guildford The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen’s pop-up shop with plenty of gifts to tempt all buyers this Christmas, including beautiful jewellery, textiles, leather, wood and ceramics.

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national trust

out & about

National Trust properties offer

Brooklands Museum

perfect venues to explore this

Weybridge

Christmas and New Year.

Weekends in December Santa on the VC10 Popular event, so booking essential. Monday 1 January New Year’s Day Classic Gathering Over 1,000 classic vehicles are expected, with live music and a winter barbecue.

We list a few here, but visit nationaltrust.org.uk for more.

Clandon Park Guildford Saturday 16 December, 7.30pm Carols for Clandon at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford Readings and carols in aid of the Clandon Park Appeal. Tickets: 01483 444333

Tickets: brooklandsmuseum.com

West End, Esher To Sunday 24 December

Claremont Landscape Garden Esher Saturday 9 to Saturday 23 December, 10am–3pm Claremont’s Christmas trails Follow a Georgian family trail. Information: 01372 467806

Reindeer visit to Garsons A pair of reindeer take up residence to help raise monies for Fabian’s Childhood Cancer Trust. Information: garsons.co.uk

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink East Molesey

Hatchlands Park East Clandon 2, 3, 9, 10, 21 and 22 December, 11am–3pm

Robin at West Hanger, Surrey Wildlife Trust

RHS Garden Wisley Woking

Garsons Garden Centre

To Sunday 7 January Don’t miss a festive treat on the ice.

To Saturday 23 December Stories and songs with Santa Meet Santa and have a magical day at Wisley. To Wednesday 3 January Christmas Glow An installation of giant illuminated flowers around the garden. Saturday 13 January to Sunday 4 March Butterflies in the Glasshouse Featuring more than 50 species of exotic, free-flying butterflies.

hamptoncourtpalaceicerink.co.uk

Meet Father Christmas.

Haslemere Museum

Information: 01483 222482

Haslemere

Polesden Lacey

Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 December, 10.30am–4.30pm

Great Bookham, near Dorking

Santa’s Victorian Parlour

To Saturday 23 December

Visit Santa in his parlour for a gift.

A 1930s Christmas

Information: haslemeremuseum.co.uk

The Edwardian party house is ready to celebrate the season.

Mane Chance Sanctuary

Information: 01372 452048

Compton

Tuesday 16 January, 10am–3pm Willow making and yoga at Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, Leatherhead A combination of craft (am) and then a relaxing yoga session (pm). Information: surreywildlifetrust.org/events

sport Sandown Park Esher

Surrey Wildlife Trust

Friday 8 and Saturday 9 December Betfair Tingle Creek Christmas Festival Quality jump racing.

Various locations

Tickets: sandown.co.uk

Tickets: rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

Tickets:

Hatchlands Christmas

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Thursday 21 December, 1–3pm Wander through winter at Staple Hill, East Clandon A festive Christmas walk to explore the surroundings of West Hanger. Saturday 13 January, 11am–3pm Shiver and shake at Ashtead Park Explore the Park and learn about the habitats that make it such a haven for wildlife.

Kempton Park Sunbury Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 December 32Red Winter Festival High class racing, entertainment, atmosphere and plenty of festive cheer for all the family. Tickets: kempton.co.uk

Monday 1 January, 10am–12 noon

Surrey Hills

New Year’s Day walk

Box Hill Self-guided walks

See the horses, ponies, chickens and countryside with bacon butties and hot chocolate available.

Download 12 walks from the website.

Information:

Information: 01372 220644

manechancesanctuary.org

Winkworth Arboretum

Painshill Park

Godalming

Portsmouth Road, Cobham

Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 December

Saturday 2 to Sunday 24 December

Meet Santa Paws

Father Christmas in the Grotto

Take a four legged friend for a treat. Information: 01483 208477

See Santa in the Painshill Grotto. Booking essential.

nationaltrust.org.uk

Tickets: painshill.co.uk

Throughout the year

farmers’ markets Camberley Saturday 16 December & 20 January, 10am–3pm Cranleigh Every Friday, 9.30–11am Epsom Sunday 3 December & 7 January, 9.30am–1.30pm Farnham Sunday 24 December & 28 January, 10am–1.30pm Guildford Tuesday 5 December & 2 January, 10.30am–3.30pm Haslemere Sunday 3 December & 7 January, 10am–1.30pm Milford Sunday 17 December & 21 January, 10am–1.30pm Ripley Saturday 9 December & 13 January, 9am–1pm Walton-on-Thames Saturday 2 December & 6 January, 9.30am–2pm Woking Thursday 7 December & 4 January, 9am–2pm

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Events | THE LISTED PROPERTY OWNERS’ CLUB

The Listed Property Show 2018 The Listed Property Show 2018, organised by The Listed Property Owners’ Club, takes place at Olympia London on 24 and 25 February – a must attend event for all owners of listed property.

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or those maintaining, altering or renovating a listed home – or even looking to buy one – don’t miss The Listed Property Show at London’s Olympia in February. The two-day event takes place over Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February where owners can gather more information and expert advice in one weekend than through months of personal research. The show brings together the industry’s best, all under one roof.

Visitors can expect to find:

w Independent conservation officers available for stress-free, one-toone conversations. w Over 150 of the country’s leading suppliers and products for listed buildings. w Advice on hypothetical plans to alter a listed building. w Meet with The Listed Property Owners’ Club experts. w Exclusive ‘Ask the Experts Panel’ of leading industry professionals. w Practical demonstrations, including plaster and lead work, window restoration, lime mortar, master carvers, brickwork and paint. w Feature display of buildings in need of repair and for sale, in association with Historic England and SAVE Britain’s Heritage. w A full interactive talk programme, including subjects such as damp, surveys, house history, energy efficiency and historic garden design. essence INFO

The Listed Property Show 2018 Olympia London Saturday 24 to Sunday 25 February Opening times: Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 10am–4pm Telephone ticket hotline: 0844 871 8809 Website: www.lpoc.co.uk/property-show

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Profile Established in 1993, The Listed Property Owners’ Club was created specifically to provide owners of Britain’s protected buildings with information and advice on the maintenance, responsibilities and obligations of ownership. Additionally, it provides a voice in Parliament to represent the views of its members. Members benefit from a bi-monthly magazine, a dedicated telephone helpline where owners can speak to experts on conservation, VAT, law, planning and insurance, plus a Suppliers’ Directory of professionals, builders and tradesmen which is the first port of call for many listed building owners across the country.

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The Gentleman collection offers individual and personalised pieces that are the true reflection of your personality. All the furniture is handmade by expert, artisan craftsmen creating stunning and personal interior pieces for the home. www.aparattus.pt


Style and inspiration With an enviable artistic lineage – Bella Freud is the grandchild of Sigmund Freud and her father was artist Lucian Freud – it’s no surprise her creativity is boundless, spanning fashion to filmmaking and most recently home design with the launch of a lifestyle collection. Here Bella talks to Jane Pople about her inspirations, being a female entrepreneur and her penchant for rich minimalism.

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ella Freud’s fashion designs have been a stalwart of British cool for over a decade, with her iconic jumpers adored by the likes of Kate Moss and Alexa Chung, her signature style epitomises effortless chic. Launching her own label in 1990, she won Most Innovative Designer at the London Fashion Awards just a year later. Q Bella, what first inspired you to create a home accessories line and is it something you have always wanted to do? A I think my interest in home wear began with my obsession with sheets. My grandmother ran a small country hotel during the summer months in Co Cork, Eire and she allowed me, aged eight, to help her prepare the rooms, and crucially showed me how to do hospital corners on the beds. In my teens I stayed at the grand house of a friend of my father’s and became entranced by the exquisite nature of the pale blue linen sheets in these much grander bedrooms. That’s where it all started. Q Do you think fashion for the home is becoming more important to the consumer and how do you see the industry changing over the next decade? A I think this area is a huge area for growth and creativity. People are really interested in expressing themselves through the style in their homes, not just clothing. I see fashion brands automatically including home accessories into fashion collections rather than waiting to launch as a separate medium. What needs to evolve is the buying approach so that lines aren’t so segregated: it’s good to see things as a story rather than just themes. Q An interest in film is evident throughout your career, from your producing of short films to collaborating with John Malkovich. What is it that draws you to film as a medium and do you have further plans to work in the field again? A I find I can access and suggest my ideas using film, I can tell the story better. I have a short film idea that I’m working on now and I’m hoping to shoot it soon. >>>

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Q As a leading British fashion designer and female entrepreneur, what advice would you give to young women looking to follow in your footsteps? Do you think it’s still harder for women to make their mark in the industry? A The business of fashion is hard generally, but it seems particularly difficult for women to protect their interests. Most of the people in power financially are men and being ‘tough’ as a woman is not respected the way it is with men. It is generally admired as a strength when a man is adamant and demanding, yet when a woman is the same it is met with resistance and often distaste.

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Q What is your favourite part of the working week and do you have a particular product you like to work on most, e.g. fragrance or fashion? A I particularly like designing the match boxes, I love making the design work in a square shape. It is so simple yet it looks strong and immediate. I enjoy trying to bring a new product into my world. I tend to think of what I long for and then design for it and watch it spring into life. Q If you could create a home or fashion collection with anyone from the past or present who would it be and why? A Ohhh! So tantalising... Maybe from the past it would have been fun to collaborate with Biba or Coco Chanel on some bed linen and towels. Now it would be with the Vampire’s Wife: we could have a brilliant time creating. Q How would you describe your own interior style and what is your favourite room in your home and why? A I like playing with colour combinations and using deep colours against a muddy grey to let it glow. I like a rich minimalism which doesn’t even make sense, but it sounds right. It is minimal in that it’s not elaborate and the unlikely colour combinations make it luxurious. I am just building my home so I have yet to see which will be my favourite room. PHOTO COPYRIGHT: CAPTURE ONE CATALOGUE

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Q What is your favourite way to waste time? A I don’t really waste time if I can help it, even sleeping is incredibly useful and rewarding. Putting things off is my most common way of wasting time: I don’t enjoy it as I know I’m doing it and know it’s destructive. Q You’ve just discovered a time machine that can take you to either the past or the future. What year do you go to and why? A I wouldn’t mind going back to 1900 in Vienna, a time of great creativity in the world of music and art. I’d only stay for a short time though as for a woman it was ten times more difficult to be free to be a creator. Q What’s next for you and your brand – do you have any exciting projects for 2018 that you can share with us? A I am working on some really luxurious pieces, one off specials made in beautifully coloured heavy cashmere. And I’m developing my bed linen collection so that when I find the ideal partner I am ready to press go immediately. v essence INFO

Website: www.amara.com This article first appeared in The Lux Pad, www.amara.com/luxpad.

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Interior accessories | DIFFUSERS AND CANDLES

Festive fragrance guide

The aromas of winter are one of the best parts of this time of year and there is an ever-growing market for home fragrance options in the scents we love to be surrounded with over the Christmas season. Traditional cinnamon and pine are now blended with more tantalising notes to create new and inviting scents as Emily Bird offers her Christmas fragrance guide. Christmas spice

Perhaps the most classic of festive fragrances. Traditionally cinnamon and clove have ruled the roost, however, as the industry has grown, fragrances have evolved for more discerning tastes. Cinnamon and clove are still keynotes, with more spices such as ginger, cardamom and the ancient Christmas elements of frankincense and myrrh now seen more frequently. These notes are frequently paired with woods or musk to create a rich, refined fragrance full of winter warmth. Festive forest

Fresh and frosty

Woody notes of pine or spruce have long been firm Christmas favourites thanks to their link to the smell of fresh Christmas trees, either crisp and light or hearty and rich depending on the wood. Pine, spruce and fir tend to offer that classic Christmas tree scent with its crisp undertones, however, log fire inspired scents which are gaining in popularity tend to have rich base notes of cedar, sandalwood and rosewood. Woody notes are excellent as standalone scents or are often used as warm bases to ground other notes. They can be perfectly paired with fruity, spicy or sweet notes to add a sumptuous, sophisticated air to any fragrance.

In response to a need for fresh festive scents for those that dislike the classic spicy, woody aromas, there has been an influx of fragrances best described as frosty. Reminiscent of freshly fallen snow that glitters in pale winter sunlight, these frost-filled fragrances are often infused with notes of Scandinavian wood, fresh citrus and cool mint. Also becoming increasingly popular are notes of white wine and prosecco which add a sparkling edge to these Christmas scents making them ideal for parties and gatherings. Delicate florals can also be utilised to achieve the desired frosty effect and are perfect for floral fragrance lovers to transition into the winter months.

Sparkling fruits

Fruit and Christmas go hand in hand, from the orange in stockings on Christmas morning, to the candied fruits in Christmas puddings and mince pies. The key fruit is orange as it has long been a symbol of the season and gives any scent a seductive tang. Often found alongside festive spices, fruits add a fresh, juicy hint to traditional seasonal scents, which can be overbearing. Other popular fruits such as berries and citrus fruits such as lemons and mandarins all offer tartness, which is again refreshing rather than overly sweet. A perfect choice for those that love invigorating scents year round, but still want a festive touch for a home fragrance as winter sets in.

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Sugary sweet

For every person that loathes sugary sweet home fragrances, there is another who simply can’t get enough of them. To cater for those of us with a sweet tooth, there are numerous sweet fragrances to fill the home with scents reminiscent of our favourite puddings and pastries. From classic vanilla notes to warm caramel, these scents are delightfully buttery at the base and many notes are combined with spices to form fragrant representations of favourite sweet treats. Fabulous for kitchens or dining rooms as the dessert course is served, they will infuse the home with sumptuous sweetness this Christmas.

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