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Here we are again with our latest edition!

The Gravitas team are extremely proud to showcase this Summer issue, as it is brimming with news, fabulous articles on local businesses and events throughout Greater Peterborough. We have some amazing features for the fashionista’s and health conscious, as well as a review of some of the best Spas in the area. For the foodies out there, we look at vegan options when dining out, talk to the head chef at the Blue Bell in Glinton and the delicious offerings at Stapleford Park Hotel.


Our home section inspires indoor and outdoor design ideas with chic accessories to create a tranquil space. If your pet peeve is cutting the lawn, did you know you can get a robotic mower? We feature the latest product on the market.

Our business pages offer entrepreneurs, business owners and ambitious, aspiring young adults all manner of help, tips and advice on how to be more successful. We interview the ‘Secret Millionaire’ to hear his views on business today, and we feature a local iconic business name, Sycamores, to go back in time when they started over 46 years ago. I could keep going on about what is inside this issue, but why not open it up and read it for yourself.

Heidi & The Gravitas Team

Models - Megan Stewart & Ben Guillet Photography – Adrian Dewey

Heidi Semple - Publisher

Each issue of Gravitas is brought to you with pleasure and sincerity by a dedicated team of local professionals. Do follow us on our social media platforms for updates and details on local news and events

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The Gravitas Team Below is the reason that Gravitas reads and looks so fabulous…

07-11 Entrées

Something to get you started.

13-21 Fashion


Adrian Dewey

Summer style taking fashion from day to evening, perfect for weddings and garden parties.

Creative Director/ Photography

Dee Kennedy Sales & Events Director

22-39 Health & beauty

Spa reviews, well-being, male grooming and the latest products and tips to promote healthy skin.

Jenny Garford

Jess Lamb

Feature Writer

Feature Writer

36-44 Escape

Stunning Sardinia has it all – plus character cottages by the river and by the sea.


45-51 Driven

Freya Pell

History of local brand Sycamores and the ultimate in luxury travel.


52-65 Homestyle

The latest home trends and accessories for indoor and outdoor living.


66-79 Taste explosion


We review Stapleford Park Hotel and show off some of the region’s best places to eat without meat. How to make the best the cocktails and where you can drink them.

80-96 Down to business

Business interviews and advice from our local experts.


97-106 Out & about What’s on, where and when.


Zoe Phillips

Business Manager

Louise Dennington | Sub Editor mb creative | Graphic Design

Editorial contributors Freya Pell – Beauty Lisa Claypole – Beauty PKai – Male Grooming Trends Nathan Horne, Hybrid Training – Fitness Jez Rose – Health Susanne Peck – Health Liz Clare - Health More Travel – Travel Kim Coley – Vegan Food Jenny Garford – Food & Home Jess Lamb - Cocktails Buckles – Inheritance Taylor Rose – Business Jess Lamb – Business Interviews Guy Porter – Business Networking

With special thanks to Features Stapleford Park | Wyboston Lakes Grange Spa | Kwoklyn Wan Prevost | Stamford Stoves Sycamore | Octane Ultimate Travel Peterborough Cathedral | Key Theatre



Feature Writer

@gravitas_mag @gravitas_magazine @gravitasmagazine

Fashion Shoot Alexandra Mount, Dana Vagolova & Paul Gethin – Models Adi Dewey - Photography Pkai – Hair John Lewis – Women’s Outfits Anna Couture – Women’s Outfits Maysons – Men’s Outfits Octane Ultimate Travel – Cars


Let’s get started The latest news and updates from the Greater Peterborough area.

Get in the spirit!

Male grooming at its best

Getaway and Hideaway

With over 60 gins and 60 rums on hand to try, Peterborough’s Gin and Rum Festival at the Cathedral is set to be a fantastic event.

With men taking considerable care of themselves in today’s, image-conscious, world, male grooming is bigger than ever.

Relaxing luxury glamping stays, on a family run farm in the heart of the stunning Leicestershire countryside.

The festival will take place over two days - Friday 24 and Saturday 25 August. The festival is split into three sessions, Friday 6:30pm till 11pm, Saturday 12:30pm till 5pm then later that day to conclude the festival with the last session 6:30pm till 11pm.

Antony James Hair are excited to offer a new Male Grooming service.

The Hidden Hideaway glamping site is surrounded by footpaths and bridleways with several country pubs on the doorstep. With only a short drive to nearby Market Harborough and Uppingham, it is in a perfect location for you to unwind. Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway or a horsey holiday you can do it here.

Sponsored by Schweppes, the festival offers people the chance to discover over 60 different Gins and 60 different Rums with dedicated and highly skilled members of staff on hand to guide guests through the many different blends and tastes. Street food and live entertainment will be showcased at the festival to give guests the ultimate hospitality experience in a spirit festival. The founder of the Gin and Rum Festival, organiser Bobby Nanua explained: ‘I am delighted to have launched the UKs very first Gin and Rum Festival. We have an exciting year ahead hosting the festival in over 20 cities. It is with great pleasure to bring our Gin and Rum Festival to the great city of Peterborough.’ Tickets cost £10.00 and can be booked via Eventbrite. For further information, please visit

Based in the heart of Peterborough city centre, Antony James Hair offer 30 minute, 45 minute and 1 hour male grooming appointments. Personally tailored to your needs, your appointment gives you the chance to relax, unwind, and enjoy your service in a vibrant salon setting. Master Barber, John, has over 15 years experience in all aspects of male grooming. Sleek, stylish, executive cuts, crazy colours and patterns, beard trims and wet shaves. John’s expertise will leave you feeling relaxed, fresh and confident. Antony James Hair 3 Cross Street, Peterborough PE1 1XA 01733 311231

Antony James are delighted to offer a 10% price reduction, on production of this article or mention Gravitas

Hidden Hideaway is set amongst 400acres of rolling Leicestershire countryside. They have a pedigree herd of Lincoln Red cattle as well as a few sheep with lambs. Mainly an arable farm, in the summer months you will see lots of tractors and trailers and the combine in the fields near the site. Going into autumn the hedgerows around the farm are full with blackberries so if you fancy making a blackberry pie when you get home or trying your hand at blackberry gin, there is ample to go around. Hidden Hideaway, Othorpe House Farm Langton Road, Slawston, Market Harborough LE16 7FA 01858 555220 07718 780538

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Minding your people while you mind business After having first-hand experience of establishing effective company cultures, Liberty Mind was created to help businesses and professionals bring humanity back into the workplace. Bringing well-being into the workplace, Liberty Mind is providing businesses with 121 workplace mentoring and workshops that aim to help businesses looking to support their employees. Created by Stamford local, Lizzie Benton, the company has already secured clients in Cambridge, London, and Milton Keynes, and aims to help businesses who want to establish an effective company culture. Talking about the impact of workplace mentoring Lizzie

comments, “It is my passion to help businesses implement true work-life harmony. When people feel supported and valued they bring their best work to the table. It’s rare that people get to talk at work about the things that are really impacting their lives. Unfortunately, 121’s are often only results driven appraisals void of human empathy. This is why Liberty Mind was established, to make the workplace more human.” 07526 473854

Let’s work together to build a meaningful workplace

It’s time to put yourself first Tired of coming last on your list? Lose weight, feel good, relax, re-charge and get the perfect ‘kick start’ to a new you.

Homefield Grange is a dedicated health and wellness venue offering 7 day, 5 day, 3 day or 24 hour stays designed to restore your mind and body and yoga weekend breaks. Homefield retreats run 50 weeks of the year and the packages are designed to help residents with weight loss, quality ‘me time’ (without temptation or distractions), provide motivation for healthier living, rest and relaxation. Guests are supported by a dedicated team of professionals including personal trainers, yoga and meditation instructors, holistic therapists, nutritionists and naturopaths. An extensive range of diagnostic, holistic and spa treatments are also available at the venue. Resident chefs prepare fresh food (gluten, wheat, dairy and refined sugar free), foods to help heal the gut, balance blood sugar levels and nourish mind and body. There is also the opportunity to undertake a juice cleanse programme. Health talks and food demonstrations help to provide guests with the necessary tools to continue with healthier diets and routines when they leave the retreat. Homefield Grange, Manor Road, Rushton NN14 1RH 01536 712219


We’re in good hands So many people work to make Peterborough better. Here, we acknowledge just two of the many of those who make a difference.

John Holdich has been the leader of Peterborough City Council since 2015 and a councillor since 1979 and was awarded an OBE for public service in 1996. John is a Director of Opportunity Peterborough and the recently formed Peterborough Investment Partnership. He is also Deputy Mayor of the new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. He is Chair of Governors at the City College Peterborough, Chair of Glinton Parish Council, as well as a Co-opted Member of Cross Keys Homes Development Committee. A bit from John… It’s difficult not to be impressed by the new Fletton Quays development. The site will soon be home to apartments, a Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, offices - including one for council staff - as well as retail and leisure outlets, and a whiskey and gin distillery. It’s great to see a site derelict since the 1970s transformed in this way for the good of the city. Fletton Quays would not have succeeded without the Peterborough Investment Partnership (PIP), which has city council involvement. I was thrilled to see it scoop the Partnership Working prize at the National Planning Awards – proof we are all pulling in the right direction. We all know there’s fantastic talent and achievement here in Peterborough. I don’t have space to mention everyone by name, but well done to all recipients of the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The city is all the greater thanks to your efforts. 07920 160291

Simon Hinchliffe was successful in his application to be seconded to HRH Prince of Wales’s Business in the Community, part of the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, back in July 2017 as a Business Connector (Peterborough) Working for the City. His role is that of a Senior Manager seconded from the Public and Private sectors to connect local businesses, voluntary organisations and educational establishments together for mutual benefit. A bit from Simon… During the last ten months or so, I have had the privilege of meeting so many amazing people. Ranging from chief executives to volunteers to teachers… every single one of them have shown passion for what they do. I hope, in a small way, I have been able to make a difference to Peterborough by using my own business skills to help those people I have engaged with. I have seen some really strong collaborations developing as a result of me connecting people and organisations together, that probably wouldn’t have normally come into contact with each other. Several weeks ago, I received an email from Business in the Community HQ, telling me that I had been selected – “as a result of the work I had been carrying out in Peterborough” – to attend The Prince of Wales 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration at Buckingham Palace. To say I nearly fell off my chair was an understatement! Even the Postie remarked that you don’t get an envelope from Buckingham Palace everyday… Simon Hinchliffe Business Connector In partnership with Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services 07503 153514 @Simon_Connects

Creating a better city and a brighter future for Peterborough

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Bringing the big screen to Queensgate Empire cinemas form part of £60m Queensgate extension.

Lendlease and Invesco Real Estate have announced that Empire Cinemas is to anchor the £60m extension of Queensgate, with the leading entertainment brand opening a ten-screen cinema, complete with IMAX® and Empire’s own large format IMPACT® screens. The new cinema will boast the biggest screens, ultimate sound, a choice of luxury seating, including ‘comfort boosting’ double sofas or individual electric recliners. The ultimate way to enjoy blockbuster movies. Empire Cinemas’ cater for all; from Empire JNRS, which offers families the chance to see a family favourite every weekend for pocket money prices to classic films for over 60s every Wednesday. Empire Cinemas also welcome parents with babies through their Empire Parent & Baby screenings, providing a relaxing environment for parents/guardians to enjoy the latest releases with the lights up and sound down. In addition to the very latest film releases, there will also be a variety of Empire Extra screenings, where customers can experience big stage productions and events on the big screen from the comfort of their local cinema - be it theatre, opera, ballet, music or sport, customers can sit back and enjoy the experience in high definition, where you’re always guaranteed the best seat in the house at a fraction of the theatre ticket price. The 77,000 sq ft extension of Queensgate will include new leisure, retail and restaurant space. The extension will also create 200 jobs once complete.

The new cinema will boast the biggest screen, ultimate sound, a choice of luxury seating

A rural retreat

Leave behind the stresses of the week and book a stunning weekend break with River Nene Cottages. Gravitas were invited to a fabulous Gin & Jazz event at the stunning Nene River Cottages in Water Newton, Peterborough. The event was to raise funds for The Nene Valley Care Trust and offered a gorgeous setting to listen to some amazing Jazz combined with three different distillers offering their flavoured Gins; Burleigh’s Gin, The Ely Gin Company and Whitley Neill. Music was provided by The Nassington Brass Band and The Gershwin Jazz Band. A great evening where over 180 guests (although the venue can accommodate up to 300 guests) enjoyed both Gin, Jazz and a fabulous buffet of delicious finger food, supplied by the venue itself. There are three cottages on the property all available to rent, namely Barley, Yew Tree and Coach Cottage. Whether you want to take long walks in the countryside

or practice painting in a beautiful riverside setting, the countryside cottage breaks offer something for everyone. Guests also have access and use of an outdoor swimming pool and riverside gardens. The tranquil setting is ideal for family meet-ups, travellers, photographers, walkers and explorers, and those who just want a quiet, romantic break. Also available for Wedding Receptions, and with Alwalton Hall nearby, why not include a Spa Break too! (see page 40 for more information) Water Newton, Peterborough PE8 6LY 01733 230628 | 07778 625166

Stunning location and character cottages


Pushing the boundaries Serpentine Green boss swaps shops for Snowdon, Scafell Pike and the Sahara, all in aid of charity. David Wait is used to the challenge of running one of Peterborough’s largest and busiest shopping centres, but that’s a walk in the park compared to the tests and trials that await him over the next ten months. David has decided to take on eight incredible challenges, all over the world, in an effort to raise £10,000 for local charity, Disability Peterborough. Amongst other things, he will be jumping from a plane, running across the Sahara desert, climbing mountains in Peru and undertaking a bit of SAS selection! What’s more, he will be doing it all to the soundtrack of ACDC! This is such a massive commitment and these challenges push the boundaries of the average man’s fitness and determination, proving that David Wait is by no means average. It is also for a really good cause and all donations will be gratefully received. There are also potential sponsorship opportunities, please email david.wait@ for details. To donate, visit waitysmonsterchallenges

Disability Peterborough provides a range of services that assist people with physical disabilities to achieve their potential and have maximum choice and control over their lives

Have a bite of the biscuit The Peterborough Biscuit is back, for a third incredible year and it doesn’t look like it is slowing any time soon!

at just £99 + vat which is the cheapest exhibition around, and you gain a phenomenal amount of return.

With over 100 stands sold already and only 4 sponsorships left out of 11, the third Peterborough Biscuit is looking set to be the best yet.

If you want to know more, contact The Biscuit Team on 01733 286070 or go to and be sure to book your place and become a biscuiteer!

What is the biscuit?

The Peterborough Biscuit Business Event, 6th February 2019, 9am – 4pm, East of England Arena and Events Centre

Well it’s the largest local B2B and B2C business event in the business calendar for East Anglia - if you haven’t booked yet why haven’t you?! If you need more business contacts, business leads or just more business, then you need to take a stand. Oh and did we mention, stand prices start

With the achievement of our inaugural event and the colossal success of our second event, The Peterborough Biscuit is back for another serving.

Want an extreme adventure? Just a stone’s throw from Peterborough lies the pretty market town of Oundle, the perfect place for some outdoor fun in the sun! Oundle Wharf on the banks of the River Nene is home to Nene Extreme Adventures, an activities centre offering all kinds of adventures and experiences from canoeing and kayaking to climbing and kids’ clubs. Hire a boat for a gentle paddle upstream, or maybe a longer voyage. It’s possible to reach other lovely locations such as Wadenhoe and Fotheringhay if you’ve got the time!

All equipment and safety jackets are provided, with prices starting at £10 per hour for a kayak or £20 for a canoe. Extreme Adventures also offer summer holiday clubs for intrepid youngsters between July and September – get in touch for more details.


Beautiful style SS18 fashion comes in many forms with pretty floral prints dominating. Outfits come in cool cotton and luxurious silks and best of all you can choose from the flattering Maxi dress that is still very popular to the shorter skater dress that show off those killer heels. Not sure what suits your style and shape? John Lewis, Queensgate have personal shoppers available to guide you to perfect outfit. If you are looking for something a little different or even bespoke? Anna Couture in Stamford has a select range of day and evening dresses, as well as a made to measure service and alterations.

Dress - Anna Couture Forever Unique £179 Clutch - Anna Couture £40

Location - Peterborough Cathedral | Photography – Adrian Dewey | Hair – p•kai



Male outfit - Maysons, Westgate Arcade, Peterborough

Location - Key Theatre Peterborough | Photography – Adrian Dewey | Hair – p•kai

Shirt - Vivienne Westwood £112 Chinos - Lacoste £66

Range Rover Convertibles available to hire from Octane Ultimate Travel


Female outfit - John Lewis, Queensgate, Peterborough Dress - Coast £119 Clutch Bag - John Lewis £30



Leaf Dress - Damsel in a Dress, John Lewis, Queensgate was £139 now £79 Dress - Anna Couture £209 Fascinator – Anna Couture £89

Location - Key Theatre Peterborough | Photography – Adrian Dewey | Hair – p•kai




Location - Peterborough cathedral | Photography – Adrian Dewey | Hair – p•kai

Dress – Forever Unique Anna Couture £349 Fascinator – Anna Couture £79 Clutch bag – Anna Couture £40

Unit 5a Serpentine Green Hampton Peterborough PE7 8BE 01733 358835 The Arcade Westage Peterborough PE1 1PY 01733 358825 10-12 Market Place Market Deeping PE6 8EA 01778 300558 Book online:

Location - Peterborough cathedral | Photography – Adrian Dewey | Hair – p•kai



Range Rover Convertible available to hire from Octane Ultimate Travel Suit – Hugo Boss £499 T-Shirt - Vivienne Westwood £110

Cool cottons and luxury linens are the order of the day and you can look and feel amazing in these outfits from Maysons Designer Wear in Westgate Arcade

Shirt - Vivienne Westwood £123 Shorts - Boss Orange £56

Location - Key Theatre Peterborough | Photography – Adrian Dewey | Hair – p•kai


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The Waterfront Hotel, Golf & Spa, Great North Road, Wyboston, Bedfordshire, MK44 3AL

Time for some R&R? There are many great reasons we choose to go to a spa are we are very fortunate to have numerous excellent spa’s in our area that are perfect for some well earnt ‘me time’. It is a proven fact that taking time out for yourself to relax with friends away from it all, or even better, spend some quality R&R with your partner, will improve relationships and your state of mind. Gravitas had the fortunate opportunity to spend some time in a few chosen spa’s that place a high priority on creating a beautiful space to deliver excellent customer experience and offer a menu of specialised treatments delivered by professional therapists.

Wyboston Spa Page 24

The Grange Spa Page 25

Stapleford Park Page 26

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Y Spa,Wyboston By Heidi Semple

Y Spa, located at Wyboston Lakes Resort just off the A1, pretty much has it all. The spa was built 4 years ago and the layout, design and facilities were the outcome of many years of research and visiting some of the best spa’s in the world. The £3million investment ensures the user high quality, relaxing surroundings, experienced therapists with extensive knowledge and a fabulous menu of treatments to suit everyone. The 40ft outdoor pool is consistently heated to 40 degrees and offers in pool loungers and hydrotherapy jets. Around the pool are deck chairs, rattan sofa’s and a fire place for when its cooler. The spa includes two saunas plus two steam rooms, all large enough to accommodate the number of limited visitors allowed at any one time. The snooze time area has a number of comfortable, warm beds as well as heated water beds that will have you nodding off in no time at all. The spa specialise in treatments using Elemis, Murad and OPI and have now introduced Bee Good products, which compliments the range perfectly. Bee Good products have won awards and acclaim within the blogging community and is also a firm favourite with the clients at Y Spa. All of

the products are cruelty free and only honey, beeswax and propolis are used in the formulations. The range is designed to enhance your natural beauty and work intelligently and in harmony with your skin to rejuvenate, tone and calm the complexion. Their hero product, Necta Perfecta is renowned for restoring youth and vitality to ageing skin and a natural glow to tired, dull or stressed skin. After using this amazing product, my face felt toned and vibrant! Y Spa has various options to consider - there is the sunrise spa, sunset spa, couples spa, and even stayover & spa! With luxurious accommodation, lakeside restaurant serving delicious food and even theme nights to entice you to stay and really take advantage of the whole package available at this stunning venue. Wyboston Lakes Resort , Great North Road, Wyboston, Bedfordshire, MK44 3AL 0333 7007 667

Want to make a day of it ‘Bee-cause You’re Worth it’? Book now to receive a full days spa use including a two course lunch and a 25 minute Honey Glow Facial all for only £69 per person.


The Grange Spa By Jenny Garford

Just 25 minutes from the bustling centre of Peterborough, the multi-award winning Grange Spa offers guests a peaceful, tranquil retreat full of rustic charm in the Lincolnshire countryside. Upon arrival, expect a warm welcome from the team and the opportunity to sit and enjoy a welcome drink maybe a cheeky glass of Prosecco? A short tour will help you familiarise yourself with the facilities, which include a modern gym, 12m indoor heated pool, herbal aroma bath, delicately scented gem stone steam bath and intensely hot steam room; delicate tropical and refreshing mint experience showers and an ice dipping bowl to refresh yourself post sauna. Outdoor seating allows you a few blissful moments of countryside quietude. There are plenty of places to hide away and relax, including the large snug, with comfy sofas and chairs, perfect for curling up in your fluffy white robe with a glossy magazine or a book from the well-lined library. Be sure to try the aromatherapy chair - a futuristic looking contraption that vibrates, plays soothing sounds and emits relaxing aromas. The Grange’s lunch menu includes super-food salads, quiches and a Lincolnshire ploughman’s, as well as sweet chilli salmon served with sweet potato and cous cous, and spicy jerk chicken with wild rice and peas - beautifully presented, absolutely delicious and wholesome to boot! All dishes are prepared and delivered on the day to the spa by Nanny’s Hamper, a local business based just a couple of minutes down the road from The Grange.

Exclusivity Dee and I were also invited to experience a spa treatment, using Pink Boutique’s certified-organic products. I had the Pinks Power Massage (£80) - a heavenly 90-minute full body massage, which focuses on meridian energy channels and pressure points to ‘relax muscles, balance your being, and cleanse your body and soul’. I have to say, I came out of the treatment room feeling positively buoyant! Dee had the Pink Boutique Eco Chic Facial (£60) which combines a relaxing face, neck and shoulder massage, with a deep cleanse and mask. The treatment lasted for an hour, and Laura, who performed the facial, was incredibly professional and the treatment was superbly relaxing. As far as spas go, The Grange is on the boutique side, which allows for the feeling of exclusivity; in fact, The Grange pride themselves on being able to offer a ‘crowd-free’ spa experience, and even with other guests using the facilities, it certainly was blissfully quiet and there was a real sense that the spa was ours for the day. The perfect place for those precious hours of ‘me’ time. The Grange Spa, Millthorpe Road, Pointon NG34 0NF 01778 440511

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Stapleford Spa By Adrian Dewey

I have been to the stunning Stapleford Park many times, mostly when photographing weddings or doing fashion photoshoots but have never had the pleasure of using the facilities as a guest. I know it has the golf course, but I’ll be honest, I’m not very good at golf. I know it has an excellent reputation for food and I know it has the spa... but I’m a man… and we don’t really use spas, do we? Well when Gravitas magazine asked me if I’d like to go and review the Spa, I thought, finally I will get to see why spa days are becoming more and more popular. Men are increasingly looking after themselves, their skin, their bodies and most importantly, their state of mind. My man bag has all manner of things in it to make this slightly rotund, older-than-i’d-like-to-be photographer feel better and look younger. From anti-wrinkle gels and moisturiser, to face wipes and after-shave, but I’d still never considered a spa day.


Myself and my friend arrived at Stapleford Spa that is located on the Hotel estate in the converted stables. We were immediately greeted by the friendly staff and shown upstairs to a comfortable lounge and offered tea and coffee. After a few minutes the therapist came out and talked through the treatments we would be having and then shown to our very large and plush changing rooms, white robe and slippers on and then it was back up to the lounge to relax prior to our treatments. What followed was a wonderfully relaxing hour, from picking the essential oils used for their specific aromas to the deep tissue massage and luxury facial treatment. Once we had both had our treatments it was time to get changed and have lunch at the Pavillion restaurant overlooking the golf course. With a glass of Prosecco and a tremendous burger with hand cut chips, all served with charm and a smile from our waiter, it was the perfect end to the morning. So much so that I didn’t want to go back to work. Must have a full day next time and make use of the fully equipped gym, the indoor heated swimming pool and beautiful gardens designed by Capability Brown. Stapleford have special offers on spa days and spa breaks, both of which include access to all of the leisure facilities. I am now a complete convert and truly believe more men should treat themselves to this experience. It’s amazing how the tension and stresses of the day to day grind leaves you, and with a selection of carefully chosen treatments that guarantee to restore, renew and revive your body and mind, I will definitely be back - and for a full day next time! Stapleford Park Country House Hotel & Sporting Estate Nr. Melton Mowbray LE14 2EF 01572 787000 |








Health & Beauty

Be beautiful

Your skin and concerns aren’t like everyone else’s so your treatment shouldn’t be either. Visit ELYSIA for your bespoke treatment.

Aesthetician Lisa Claypole of ELYSIA Beauty, Aesthetics and Laser Clinic has dedicated the last 17 years to understanding skin, especially how to improve problem skin and anti-aging techniques, thus perfecting her knowledge and expertise in this area. Her range of treatments are designed to work harder and provide more dramatic results than traditional spa or salon treatments. ELYSIA is based in the village of Tansor, near Oundle, just 20 minutes from Peterborough, Stamford, Oakham and Uppingham.

Skin is the only thing you will wear for the for the rest of your life… look after it well!

Lisa explains “My clients are driven by visible results and how they feel after a treatment and I am too. That’s why I thoroughly research everything we offer to ensure we have the best and most advanced treatments and technology.” The main skincare brand available here is ZO Skin Health and Medical by Dr Obagi. A world-renowned Dermatologist whose mission is to create healthy skin. They can

effectively treat pigmentation, ageing, acne and rosacea with amazing results. Technology ranges from CACI – an award winning non-surgical face lift, LIPOFIRM PRO and EXILIS providing non-surgical inch loss, cellulite reduction and advanced skin tightening. Laser treatments include VENUS VIVA advanced skin rejuvenation and PEELS. There is also an Aesthetic Nurse offering a range of injectables, fillers and mesotherapy. Alongside their advanced face and body treatments, Elysia offer outstanding beauty treatments too such as HD brows, Russian lashes, nails, waxing and massage. With a fabulous team of experienced therapists around her, that have a proven track record and genuinely love what they do, Lisa has been able to establish herself and her business as one of the best salons in the area. Elysia Health & Beauty, Tansor, Oundle, PE8 5HP FB elysiahealthandbeauty Visit for more details about the services on offer or call and speak to Lisa directly on: 01832 226328 | 07879 620196

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Freshen your face! Our beauty consultant, Freya Pell recommends her top spritzers, moisturisers and concealers for the hot summer weather when your normal foundation might feel a little too heavy but you still want a fresh-faced look.

Face spritzers Add one of these cooling face spritzers to your handbag this summer to ensure you keep cool and hydrated throughout the season.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir - £32.00

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray - £22

La Mer The Mist - £60.00

This mini treatment smoothes features, tightens pores and gives your complexion a burst of radiance.

This immediately hydrates your skin and binds moisture to the skin within a portable, on-the-go spray.

This refreshing mist helps hydrate and rebalance even the driest complexions to energise and revive your skin.

Space NK Stamford


John Lewis / Space NK Stamford


Tinted Moisturisers If your foundation is feeling a little heavy on your skin then swop it for a tinted moisturiser with SPF which will be lighter on your skin and more comfortable in the heat.

Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20 - £34.00 This sheer, lightweight foundation with SPF 20 sun protection for sensitive or acne prone skin. Space NK Stamford

Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint SPF 15 - £50.00

Clarins Hydra Quench Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15 - £25.50

This exquisite hydrating and firming foundation has a luminous finish that evens out skin tone, softens imperfections and boosts moisture levels in your skin.

This moisturises your skin continuously, leaving the skin supple, soft and comfortable whilst reviving your skin and giving your complexion radiance.

Space NK Stamford

John Lewis

Concealers If a tinted moisturiser doesn’t quite cover those imperfections and blemishes then use a light textured concealer on the areas where you’d like slightly more coverage.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Waterproof All Day Extreme Wear Concealer - £20.40

Dior DiorSkin Forever Undercover Concealer - £21.00

This is a hydrating and comfortable creme formula that creates the perfected look of flawless skin which lasts from day to night.

This high-pigmented, waterproof concealer hides and neutralises imperfections all day long.


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By Terry Touche Veloutee Concealer £38.50

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How nature can improve our health and wellbeing A bee farmer from Lincolnshire wants to shine a light on the important relationship between nature and our health and happiness. By Jez Rose, Founder of Bees for Business. Jez Rose founded Bees for Business after escaping the rat race and buying a small run-down farm with his wife so that he could test his theories on the impact of nature on health, well-being and behaviour. As part of that, he installed a single beehive, but as he learnt more about the critical yet totally underrepresented role the honeybee plays and the tragic decline in their numbers, he installed more hives and has now committed to installing 250 over the next 5 years. Here Jez talks about the importance that connecting with nature has on well-being: “As a bee farmer who spends a lot of time outdoors, I know first-hand the remarkable impact that nature has on people. We know from studies that happy people are productive people and that nature is hugely beneficial to well-being. Shockingly, however, according to research conducted by Persil, 75% of children in the UK spend less time outside than prison inmates do. Our starting point at Bees for Business is that reduction in stress and anxiety and increase in well-being, happiness and confidence from seeing nature, is caused by nature’s ability to stimulate feel-good neurotransmitters such as dopamine and oxytocin. People who adopt one of our hives, quite rightly feel proud to be a part of creating positive results for honeybees, humans and the

environment. We also work with local stroke rehabilitation teams, special educational needs organisations and mental health charities to provide paid, volunteer and work experience opportunities because we understand the benefits of working in, around and with nature. Benefitting from nature is simple: encourage your children to play in the garden, make sure you take a walk each day and enjoy the beautiful countryside that surrounds us. Not only does it keep you physically active but the benefits on your general health and wellbeing cannot be argued with. You can find out more about Bees for Business at

Our clients enjoy all of the many benefits of beekeeping but without any of the hard work!


Get summer ready! Quick tips for losing weight...

Summer is definitely here and traditionally it’s the time of year when you want to lose a few pounds to get bikini ready. However, losing weight can be frustrating and confusing. I’m often asked how to do it quickly and effectively so here are some suggestions:

Take a probiotic daily. Sugar cravings are often connected to poor levels of good bacteria in the gut - taking a probiotic will restore good levels of flora and make it easier to say no to that choccy bar.

Look at your levels of fibre. Fibre fills you up and keeps your blood sugar levels stable - this is a must if you want to avoid overeating.

Eat your food slowly. Receptor sites that signal to the brain about being full take 20 mins to activate so you’ll fill up quicker on less food if you slow down.

Ensure there’s a little protein in each meal. Protein prevents sugar cravings, generally takes longer to eat and sustains your energy levels.

Move! Make it easier on yourself to get success - you must move if you want to burn fat - it’s so much harder to lose weight by dieting alone.

Examine how you talk to yourself. It’s so important for success. Lose weight because you love and value yourself, not because you hate the way your thighs wobble.

Look at your mindset regarding weight loss. Think about eating healthily, not about calories and think about all the other positives you will gain by losing weight to keep you motivated - more energy, clearer skin, more confidence.

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A summer of sport – be injury free! Are you an active gym member or someone who participates in a regular sport? Take these injury prevention tips on board.

Sport is all around us this summer – the world cup, Wimbledon, cricket, golf majors. Whether we participate or not, we can all empathise towards pain and injury. No-one wants to see their favourite sports star injured and neither do we want pain and hurt for ourselves. From all professional athletes, physiotherapists and strength and conditioning coaches I know, let me share some injury prevention tips: • • • •

Be in good physical condition! If you’re not used to playing sport or exercising regularly, take it easy and build up slowly. Know the rules and correct techniques – this will decrease the risk of injury massively. Wear the appropriate gear and equipment – it’s there for a reason! Sleep and rest is an extremely important part of recovery. Day two after exercise and sport can bring out the pain in our muscles. Take it easy and allow yourself to recover.

• •

Protein should be taken within an hour after exercise. Remember your carbohydrates, refuel healthily and drink plenty of water. Warm up and cool down before and after exercise. Stretching, slowly building your heart rate and slowly lowering your heart rate is effective and wise! If you have a history of injury or you have pain, consult a physiotherapist or a specialist in sports injuries/musculoskeletal pain.

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Changing trends Pkai owner Kai Wan talks about the latest trends for male hair styles.

A faded hairstyle is still the most popular cut, clippered from short to longer on top. We also do skin fades where there is no grade on the clippers and grading up the head. We have seen an increase in doing these fades and perming the top, making it very curly.


Did you know, 25% of our clients are male

I think as we see this really short trend move out we’ll see slightly longer and maybe more textured looks come in, perhaps even some variation of a mullet (for the younger readers, this was a very popular style in the early eighties!). Beards are most certainly still out there and looking really cool. Guys are looking after them with the array of different beard oils available on the market, giving them a glossy look and much softer feel. However, the beard trend has been slowly disappearing over the last few months but will be around for a while yet. When looking at face shapes and suitability, think about proportions. If you have a longer, thinner face then perhaps having clippered short sides and lots of height on top would

not be right, as this look would exaggerate the shape. If you have a rounder face, the opposite applies - by having it short or close in at the side and height on the top will effectively lengthen the face shape. The male grooming market, in general, is very healthy both in terms of services and products. Hairstyling pastes such as System Professional Defined Structure and Craft Clay by Sebastian are our most popular. We also have an amazing range called Nioxin which is designed to promote thicker, fuller hair. This is fantastic for guys fearing hair loss and can reduce the effects. Follow us on Instagram to see the latest new styles and be inspired to change.

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Strong is the new FIT Challenge yourself with these set of simple but extremely effective exercises that you can do at home or at your local gym. | Instagram: hptcrossfitpeterborough

Nathan Horne, owner of Hybrid Training, is a qualified instructor and Personal Trainer, sports massage therapist and CrossFit coach. He strongly believes that everyone can achieve the fitness they desire with just a little time, patience and focus. Why not give these a try:

Achieve the fitness you desire with just a little time, patience and focus


Goblet squat Benefits: Glutes, hamstrings, quads, core, arms and upper back. Execution: Take a shoulder-width stance with toes and knees in line. Hold the kettlebell at chest height with elbows tucked in. Slowly descend back and down with the hips until they are below the crease of your hips. Drive the knees out throughout until you have stood back up tall with the glutes tight and upper body straight. Try 2x 15 reps.



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Wall climb

Note: Please consult a medical professional before starting a new exercise regime.

Benefits: Strengthen and develop your upper body. Execution: Start off in a press-up position on the floor and place one leg against the wall firmly. From this point aim to hold the hollow body hold through the exercise. The other leg should now be placed against the wall before you slowly begin to walk the feet up the wall and the hands back. Track progress with markers or tape on the floor until you reach a point that your nose can touch the wall for 60 seconds. Slowly lower back down to start position.

Wall squat Benefits: Strengthen lower limbs and improve posture in the thoracic spine. Execution: Take a shoulder-width stance with toes and knees in line, hands placed up against the wall and head up. Slowly descend back and down with the hips until the hip crease becomes lower than your knees, heels down throughout. Use a box or step to check depth and then slowly stand back up straight. Have a go at 2 x 15 reps.

You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.

90/90 breathing Benefits: Used to teach diaphragmatic breathing, midsection bracing may improve stress levels, state of relaxation and midsection awareness. Execution: Knees and hips bent to a 90-degree angle with your back flat against the floor. Neck and spine should be neutral and comfortable. Place one hand on the upper chest and one on the lower abdomen. Take a slow deep nasal inhalation and exhalation.


Inverted handstand press Benefits: Strengthen and develop your upper body. Execution: Place your hands on the floor slightly wider than shoulder width. Raise the hips so that they are the highest point of your body. Weight should be transferred into the upper body. From this position bend your elbows and allow the upper torso and head to slowly touch the target area. Have a brief pause and push back to starting position. Aim for 15 reps before advancing to a box or elevated step.

Banded lateral walk Benefits: Activate the gluteus, strengthen the muscles of the lower body. Execution: With the band placed just below the kneecap and the body lowered into a partial squat, take a side step whilst applying maximum tension against the band. Focus on using the glutes and keeping the toes and knees in alignment with the chest up. Try 15 steps in both directions (Thor hip band from strength shop).

Hollow body hold Benefits: Increased strength and endurance in the mid-section. Good progression towards gymnastic holds on the rings and floor. Execution: Lay on your back in the hollow hold position, arms extended by the ears, legs straight, and begin to rock back and forth whilst maintaining a tight frame. Try 20-60 seconds rocking.

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The emerald coast With swathes of white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, Sardinia is often dubbed the Caribbean of the Med, but no part of the island deserves that epithet more than the exquisite Costa Smerelda. fill with yachts, as the glitterati descends on their summer playground. If it’s glamour you’re seeking, then your needs will be met here, with designer boutiques, restaurants and exclusive nightclubs aplenty, not to mention the not-so-unusual spotting of bona fide A-list celebrities. The natural beauty of Sardinia’s emerald coast can still be enjoyed by those with more modest funds. Budget airlines regularly fly to Olbia, just a 40-minute drive to the Porto Cervo, and there are plenty of mid-range resorts, most of which boast private beaches and stunning views of the

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Tyrrenhian Sea, and offer an equally enchanting experience of the island.

Boasting over 20km of paradisiac coastline

Hiring a car is a great way to see more of the

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Sardinian culture in San Pantaleo, or climb to the

Costa Smeralda is a favourite holiday destination

top of Roccia dell’Orso (Bear Rock) which stands

of the world’s super-rich. Come high-summer,

120 metres above sea level and offers unrivalled

the marinas of Porto Cervo and Porto Rotunda

views of the Maddalena archipelago.

Discover breath-taking Sardinia, a place of natural beauty that you won’t want to leave


Book your trip! For more details contact More Travel on 01780 433333 or visit There are regular ferries from Palau to Maddalena and Caprera, but the best way to navigate the turquoise waters of the archipelago, which was declared a National Park in 1994, is by chartering a yacht or sailing boat. Cheap? No. Worth it? Absolutely. For scattered around the islands (there are seven main islands and 55 islets or isolotti) are a number of beaches which are so perfect, so pristine, so unspoilt, that you would believe you had discovered paradise, and they are only accessible by boat.

Set Sail You can charter yachts and speedboats to sail you around the islands but then you’ll get a real taste of the seafarer’s life on board a period sailing ship, like the Pulcinella, which navigates the waters with the power of the wind behind its huge red sails. Anchoring at Budelli, guests on the Pulcinella are treated to a leisurely lunch, with a table laden with staple Sardinian fare - octopus salad, local cured meats, huge dishes of pasta with succulent prawns, and mussels galore, all enjoyed while taking in the view of the world-famous Spiaggia Rosa, an impossibly pretty pink-sand beach. Another stop at an idyllic beach on the island of Spiargi will have you question why you would ever return home. Sailing across the high seas with the sun on your face and the wind blowing through your hair, discovering barely-explored beaches, will have you feeling like a Phonecian- a must-do for those wanting an immersive experience. Sardinia is the perfect holiday destination for those who want to be seduced, and it would be hard not to be enamoured by the jewel in its crown, the Costa Smeralda. For more details about Sardinia and any other holidays call in to More Travel.

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46 Driven Octane have several highly professional chauffeur drivers available to drive you to that special event, meeting or airport. Just imagine how you would feel if you were to be driven and arrive in one of these gleaming, stunning, top of the range vehicles: •

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an important meeting, a day at the races or that special night out. No matter how long or short your chauffeur experience needs to be, they will ensure the very best service to guarantee an unforgettable experience. Arfan says “It is the quality of the vehicles we use, the personal touches and the eye for detail that separates us from all other chauffeur driven car hire companies.” He adds, “our customer care team are dedicated

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to ensuring your every wish is catered for and as such we openly invite anyone to view our cars and even be taken for a test drive prior to booking.” Octane Ultimate Travel take care of the worry of parking, trying to find a taxi or drink driving limits, so you can enjoy the occasion. Octane Ultimate Travel cater for weddings no matter how small or large, and if you require several vehicles to take a number

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WHAT COULD YOU DO WITH 48 HOURS? The MINI 48-hour test drive† available across the range. Choose your favourite model and put it to the test. Who’s in? To find out more and book your test drive† call 01733 707074.

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Combined 47.9-80.7 mpg (5.9-3.5 l/100km). CO2 Emissions 136-92 g/km. *Figures are obtained in a standardised test cycle. They are intended for comparisons between vehicles and may not be representative of what a user achieves under usual driving conditions. †Test drive is subject to applicant status and availability.


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Sycamore is synonymous with BMW – a local dealership with history, heart and passion. It is often said that BMW stands for ‘Best Motors in the World’ and it would be difficult to argue with this. So, when did the Sycamore BMW partnership start? Peter Hamblin and his father, Bob, made the decision in 1972 that they wanted to sell sophisticated and exceptionally engineered cars. The Hamblins already owned the successful Central Garage (Uppingham) Ltd (CGU) when the Sycamore Group came up for sale. “The Sycamore Group matched our existing business profile, and the sale came about at a time when we were looking to expand,” says Bob. “We loved the marque. A chance to sell a German model that exuded power, presence and enviable engineering,” says Peter.

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The Sycamore Group was made up of three subbusinesses: the headquarters in Ramsey with a large depot, workshops for cars and trucks, body


shop and lorry bodybuilding shop; Sycamore in Cowgate, which held Wolsely and Morris commercial franchises; and Sycamore in Stamford that focused on Morris and Riley retail and was also a Wolsely distributor. Funding was arranged by Tony Prince, who was the Managing Director of CGU, which held the BMW brand, which he subsequently moved from CGU to Sycamore (Peterborough) in Cowgate. In a further shake-up, Sycamore (Stamford) took on the Saab franchise, and CGU sold the truckorientated business at Ramsey, so the Sycamore focus became purely car retail and servicing. However, back then just a BMW franchise wasn’t singularly financially viable, so the company also took on the unusual bedfellow Skoda. Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t long before BMW insisted on the removal of Skoda. The Sycamore Cowgate site consisted of parts, sales and service departments with around 10 staff. The core business was selling new and used BMWs with after-sales support. It ran as an independent company, although the parent company was Central Garage (Uppingham) Ltd.


Peter and Bob remember that the famous comedian, Ernie Wise, who lived in Peterborough and was a regular customer of Sycamores in Cowgate, used to fill up his Rolls Royce with petrol and then park his car there while he went about his day! In the eighties, the Cowgate business relocated to Glinton – a move instigated by the development of Queensgate and was steered by BMW itself as it wanted to situate outside of Peterborough. BMW executives viewed and approved the Glinton site by helicopter! “It was an exciting time for the company. The new site was built to BMW’s expensive corporate standards. It was, and still is, a stylish base” says Bob. Following the continuous success, the company developed a purposebuilt dealership on a green-field site on Papyrus Road where it quickly developed, and volume increased at a pace with the marque nationwide. There followed a sales centre in response to increased customer demand. The company then had to refurbish the original Papyrus Road dealership to accommodate the iconic Mini with a solus showroom. “The arrival of the Mini has boosted our business exponentially and introduced us to a more diverse customer base. It appeals to the new generation as much as it delights the purchasers of the original Mini, which was launched in 1959,” says Peter. Back in the day, when it all started for Peter and Bob, The BMW model of the day was the popular BMW 2002 range of light but powerful compact two-door cars. This was a trend-setting, iconic car that captured the market at that time and retailed at around £2,299. If you are lucky enough to be the owner of one of these now and it is in excellent condition, you could be looking at resale of around £50,000! Equally back in 1972 when the cost of a loaf of bread was around 9p and the average weekly wage was £32, a new mini would set you back £600. Now there is such a broad range of BMW models available, to suit every taste and budget, from the BMW 1 Series to the BMW M. You can choose from the iconic Mini 3-door hatch to the Clubman, Countryman or a Convertible. Whatever your style, Sycamore believe that if you try a BMW or Mini for 24 hours, you will not want to give it back! So you can put this to the test by calling Sycamore now to book your test drive.

What a difference a day makes! After 24 hours with a new BMW you won’t want to give it back.

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Keep it hot all year Outdoor HEAT range comes to Barnack. Stamford Stoves in Barnack have ensured that they can provide a source of heat to their customers all year round by launching an outdoor range to compliment their indoor range.

The superbly designed Delivita Pizza Oven (which can also be used to cook joints of meat and fish) starts at £1,200. For the oven, there is also a huge array of bespoke and branded accessories which can be bought individually or in ‘bundles’ where there is then a saving to be had.

Showcasing the various products from Chesneys of London, Delivita

The Jotul Patio Fireplaces are also a vision of beauty, starting at £349.00 and with four designs to choose from you are bound to be able to keep warm next to one of these and eat well from either a Delivita pizza oven or from the Chesneys HEAT range.

and Jotul, they are displaying a range of styles and cooking facilities to choose from. Stamford Stoves are delighted to announce that they are now the premier dealer in this area for the HEAT Range from Chesneys of London where a fantastic BBQ heater transforms into an Words by Zoe Noyes

incredible outdoor wood burning stove.

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Smooth operator! Keep your gardens and lawns looking stunning with Fentons of Bourne. The Husqvarna Automower mows your lawn to robotic perfection. With its advanced navigation tools, including GPS, it ensures that it covers your entire lawn, even in complex gardens.

You hardly notice it as it rolls around your garden doing its job quickly, quietly and efficiently. No noise, no fuss, just a great looking lawn. It gives great cutting results in any type of weather, as its vital parts are safely protected from rain, as well as dust and grass clippings.

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Lastly, when mowing, it varies its route, back to the charger in order to avoid damage and ugly tracks. Mowing in a seemingly random pattern gives a carpet-like lawn throughout your garden.

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When the sun starts to set, encourage a relaxed, breezy, evening vibe by lighting lots of votive

chevron design from Missoni.

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No summer get-together would be complete

a range of fragrances inspired by summer gardens

without an expertly made G&T, which we suggest

such as Rose Absolute, a heady, evocative blend of

serving in one of these fabulous pearlescent LSA

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Set the scene for a laid-back summer soiree with this collection of gorgeous outdoor accessories in a rainbow of dreamy pastels

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Quintessentially English Stapleford Park Country House Hotel & Sporting Estate.

Words by Heidi Semple

Located around 35 minutes from Peterborough and set within 500 acres of Capability Brown parkland, Stapleford Park is a Grade 1 listed stately home and is one of England’s finest examples of Georgian architecture with the home and grounds brimming with history, grace and elegance. Saying that a hotel has it all is a bold statement; however, Stapleford Park comes very close. With 55 opulent rooms (double rooms starting from £180 including breakfast), all with stunning views over the outstanding countryside, you feel immediately at ease in your surroundings. The attentive staff go beyond the expected, making sure that each guest has a truly exceptional stay whether it is for business or pleasure.


With many leisure pursuits on site such as tennis, croquet, a fully equipped gym and a 22m indoor pool, there are many options to choose for your relaxation. Additionally, you can book a private session of archery or clay pigeon shooting to enhance your stay, as well as there being a championship golf course on site and their very own Falconry centre. After all of these activities what better way to unwind than a treatment in the Spa located on the Estate in a converted Victorian stable block, offering a menu of extensive treatments including facials, massages, manicures and pedicures. Another great reason to visit Stapleford Park is the awardwinning food. Head Chef Anthony Fitt has an abundance of experience with brands such as The Dorchesterm Sheraton

and other high-class London restaurants on his resume. The culinary team on the Estate focus on delivering stunning food throughout the day, offering private dining experiences, corporate events, business meetings or romantic escapes. The dishes have all been specially selected to make the best use of local produce as well as seasonal ingredients. The menu is updated to ensure that only the tastiest and freshest elements are used to create each plate. Every dish is a feast for the eyes and Stapleford Park has the perfect surroundings for a quintessential Afternoon Tea. There is also a 2 AA Rosette restaurant serving dishes for the most discerning palette, plus less formal dining options such as the Pavillion, overlooking the golf course as well as lounges, drawing rooms and terraces where you can choose to eat. The function room and orangery present a stunning backdrop for larger events, especially weddings, and can accommodate up to 180 guests. They also offer exclusive use of the hotel if you prefer a more bespoke event. Stapleford Park really does have it all – and if you wanted to become a member, you can enjoy all of the facilities and receive discounts and invites to events and special occasions. Stapleford Park Hotel & Spa Nr. Melton Mowbray, LE14 2EF 01572 787000

Escape to one of England’s finest country house hotels this summer

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Dining at it’s best

Grab a great offer at one of these fine dining venues

Gravitas has collaborated with some of the finest dining venues in the region to showcase their food and to give our readers a unique dining invitation.

The Country Lounge Wansford celebrates the opening of a fabulous new café - Country Lounge Café Bar. This new café/wine bar offers delicious breakfasts, morning coffee and a selection of home-made cakes, lunches and evening meals. The Country Lounge is licensed to serve fine wines, beers, spirits and much more. Open seven-days-a-week from 9am-4pm and Thursday to Saturday, it’s also open in the evenings whereby the atmosphere changes to a more intimate setting of a wine bar until 10pm. Sundays are made even more special by offering an amazing traditional Sunday Lunch with a choice of meats served with all of the trimmings. The Country Lounge also provides private functions. You are all welcome to come and say hello to see what we are about.

OFFER As part of the Gravitas Fine Dining Club you will receive 10% off your evening meals until the end of September 2018. Wansford Country Lounge Cafe Bar 12 London Road, Wansford PE8 6JB 07712 266382

The Blue Bell The Blue Bell in Glinton, just north of Peterborough, is set in an 18thcentury English country pub and offers real ales, oak beams and cosy open fires. The dining experience, recognised in the Michelin Guide, offers modern cuisine in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. And the new garden room allows diners extensive views of the grounds while enjoying their meals. This venue also offers the options of private dining and professional lunches and is childfriendly. Head chef, Will Frankgate and his team use only the freshest ingredients supplied by local producers, ensuring the perfect dish every time.

OFFER Summer Early Doors Offer - Any Two Courses and a bottle of Prosecco to share for £24.95 per person. Available between 6pm-7pm Monday to Friday. T&C (minimum of 2 people, maximum 8 people) Valid throughout July, August and September. Booking is essential. Please quote Gravitas when making a booking to validate offer. The Blue Bell, 10 High Street, Glinton, Peterborough PE6 7LS 01733 252285

The Millstone Inn Traditional, fresh and oh so tasty. The Millstone Inn, Barnack is celebrating its 5th anniversary under the management of Oliver & Amie Dawkins. Located within the centre of this attractive village, the Grade II Listed stone public house offers different dining areas for both casual and formal dining as well as catering for parties of differing sizes. The extensive menu will get your taste buds watering whilst you pour over the generous list of dishes and specials board. From nibbles and lighter dishes to a hearty steak & ale pie, as well as some exemplary fine dining and delicious home-made desserts, there is something for everyone. All ingredients are locally sourced where possible and all dishes are freshly made on the premises by Oliver and his team.

OFFER Autumn early doors offer! When you are dining with us, buy 2 large glasses of wine and get the rest of the bottle free. Available Monday - Friday between 5.30pm and 7pm, please quote GRAVITAS when booking your table. Applies to Prosecco, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. The Millstone Inn, Millstone Lane, Barnack, PE9 3ET 01780 740296


Sunday Lunch


Afternoon Tea

Spa Treatments


Golf Membership

Overnight Stays


Email or call 01572 787000 Stapleford Park, Stapleford, Nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2EF.

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Made with love

An idyllic village pub with a great atmosphere dating back to the 18th century serving delicious food, real ales and fine wine

With 26 years’ experience as a Chef, Mark Tomeo, recent head chef at The Blue Bell, has worked in some of the best and toughest London kitchens, training under Roger Evans at The Institute of Directors in London’s Pall Mall, before working under Michelin starred Bruno Loubet at The Chelsea Hotel, and under Darren Roberts at the glittering Atlantic Bar. Mark then made the decision to move out of London, settling in Norfolk, where he worked the kitchens of The Old Lodge in Old Hunstanton, and Heacham Manor Hotel, before moving to Peterborough.


Words and pictures by Jenny Garford


Looking for some delicious food where every dish is made with the utmost care? Look no further than The Blue Bell at Glinton.

Growing up in a large Italian family, eating great food was the norm; Mark shared his childhood memories of tucking into fresh pasta and melanzane parmigiana - a simple Italian dish of layered aubergine with tomato and

parmesan. He also loved to watch his mother, a professional cake maker, at work and he accredits his love of being in the kitchen (and his fondness of cake) to her. Away from the kitchen, family is still very important to Mark, who loves nothing more than watching a good film with his daughter or popping back to his parent’s house to eat. Much like The Blue Bell’s proprietor, Will Frankgate, and his food-hero, Raymond Blanc, Mark finds great joy in taking simple ingredients and transforming them into something spectacular, making him the perfect fit for the Michelin-guide-listed pub. The Blue Bell source their ingredients ‘on the doorstep’, building dishes around great seasonal produce from local producers. Mark’s aim is to continue building The Blue Bell’s reputation for serving unpretentious, honest food, cooked with love, care and attention. The Blue Bell Glinton, Peterborough PE6 7LS 01733 252285

Classic Village Pub with a twist of Fine Dining

BOOK ONLINE OR CALL 01733 252285 10 High Street, Glinton, Peterborough PE6 7LS

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Stamford’s finest KNEAD Pubs has been born out of a love for really good pubs offering real ale, great wines and delicious food.

The Tobie Norris The Tobie Norris is one of Stamford’s most popular and characterful pubs; built in the 13th century, the former bell foundry is a warren of quirky rooms, with uneven floors, gnarled beams and open fires. Delight in the architectural and vintage treasures as you enjoy a pint of real ale and tuck into traditional, hearty fare or one of their famous stonebaked pizzas; even the largest of appetites will be satisfied here. If you like to eat alfresco, you can enjoy the secret garden, weather permitting. The Tobie Norris is a dog and family friendly free house. 12 St Paul’s St, Stamford PE9 2BE | 01780 753800

Paten & Co Paten & Co (formerly Periwig) opened last November having taken on a completely new stance, drawing on its history as a wine and spirits merchants. With Victorian tiles aplenty, exposed metalwork and vintage pendant lights, Paten & Co has the industrial look nailed. Situated next to The Crown Hotel and set over 3 floors, watch the chefs in an open kitchen and look out at fabulous views over the market square. Choose from succulent meat dishes cooked in the charcoal oven, with small dishes on the side, or order from the menu like you would mezze or tapas and share the little plates of joy between the table. Paten & Co’s extensive gin list, craft beers and cocktails draw in a fun crowd, making it a lively addition to Stamford. 7 All Saints’ Place, Stamford, PE9 2AG | 01780 408647

The Crown Hotel The Crown Hotel is a handsome hotel, proudly overlooking All Saints’ Place and oozing with charm and character. The former coaching inn has two beautiful dining areas; a cosy lounge with low ceilings, quiet corners and a roaring log fire come winter; plus a spacious bar with a magnificent bay window, through which, one can enjoy spectacular views of the church. The pretty courtyard garden is a particularly lovely place to enjoy a drink and attracts a sophisticated crowd at the weekend. The Crown is also a popular place to dine on Sundays, when roast lamb and beef from the owner’s farm are served! 6 All Saints’ Place, Stamford PE9 2AG | 01780 763136

Food = Love Cook up a storm in the kitchen with local chef Kwoklyn Wan and #JoinTheJourney. Written by Kwoklyn Wan

When asked to sum up my love of food in just a few words, it’s probably easier to tell you what I don’t love… the fact that there’s just never enough of it! Food is so much more than just a necessity to live, it’s the crunch of fresh vegetables, the squelch of juicy king prawns, the aroma of that perfect spice combination, the soft chew of sticky rice and the slurp of long noodles! I grew up loved and well fed, therefore the two have always gone hand in hand for me; Food = Love and with love, you share food simple! Spending so much time writing about food, I so often crave the flavours I describe and find myself rushing out to the local Chinese supermarket for extra supplies to whip up a tasty treat to satisfy my literary induced hunger. Having spent a few years away from commercial kitchens, using my lifelong training to teach martial arts in both the UK and US, it has been a real highlight for me to come back to my first passion and find such overwhelming support from the people I meet. It’s a heart-warming feeling to receive such genuine interest from others for the love I have for something so simple, and it gives me great pleasure to be able to share my knowledge and skills with those that wish to join me on my journey to create and enjoy ever more deliciously mouth-watering dishes.

Sharing a passion for all things delicious


With a huge and very exciting project now almost complete, the next few months will see me taking up residence in my new ‘Kwok On Kitchen’ to start filming my online cookery school and lifestyle programme which we plan to launch later this year. Throughout the course, I’ll be teaching basic skills, from knife handling and how to cook perfect steamed rice every time, through to wok tossing and banquet preparations. I’ve also lined up some exciting celebrity guest cooking sessions as well as offering a lucky winner the chance to join us in the kitchen during filming. Visit me at and subscribe to #JoinTheJourney to receive regular recipes and kitchen tips as well as the opportunity to share your opinion on course content and format. The first 500 subscribers will become our sounding board during production and be privy to behind the scenes footage as well as special offers and loyalty rewards. Kwoklyn x



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Where to eat when you don’t eat meat? The plant-based lifestyle is on an upward surge, but who can honour our appetite? Kim Coley (Peterborough’s Vegan Group leader) shares some of her favourite vegan eats!

Argo Lounge

Pizza Parlour & Music Café

Resist Vegan Kitchen

Whether you would like a beaming superfood salad, the new popular pulled jackfruit burger or just afternoon tea and cake, the Argo lounge in the city centre has its own vegan menu with 5 brunch, 7 mains, 3 tapas, 2 cakes and 6 side options!

The first Pizza restaurant in Peterborough (that I know of) to offer dairy-free cheese pizzas! You can convert any veggie pizza option into a vegan delight.

This mobile vegan eatery is regularly serving food at the Ostrich Pub (North Street). Get in early to enjoy their famous vegan seitan ribs, chips and salad, or their new ‘Buffalo Wangs’.


Words by Kim Coley

Gone are the days that the only dishes a herbivore could order at your average restaurant was chips and a side salad. With a whopping 700% increase in veganism in the last 2 years alone, we are finally evolving towards a lifestyle that is lighter on the planet, better for our health and less harmful to animals. But where do you go locally if you want someone else to cook? I have created my top list of places that can cater for you AND still inspire and satisfy your meateating friends too!

There are many ways to embrace vegan living. Yet one thing all vegans have in common is a plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods



Sundays (Broadway Theatre)

The Banyan Tree

When Polly Met Fergie

At the new Broadway caterers, open on Wednesdays and Sundays, there are vegan and veggie roast dinner options! Most of their veg is sourced locally too!

With a wide variety of vegetarian dishes, all can be veganised on request.

This new vegan restaurant is opening in August in the city centre, is the talk of the city for vegans. With healthy fresh produce on the menu.

The Good Stuff

Bell Inn – Stilton

The Lean Pantry – Stamford

This small but mighty venue is really health oriented. You can order soups, protein pots, burritos, wraps and more, and choose your own vegan proteins to go with your dishes.

From a vegetable curry, lentil bolognaise, or a delightful chocolate orange cheesecake, this establishment has plenty of choice with 4 starters, 5 mains, and 3 desserts on its own vegan menu.

Amongst many vegan options, this leading edge venue has artisan breads, Vegan Waffles, and Booja Booja ice cream, need I say more?

Want to socialise? Anyone can join our Peterborough Vegan and Veggie Group. The main vegan food share and social being the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7pm at Soul Happy. Find out about this event and more through our Facebook (@PeterboroughVeg) or Instagram pages or email

Fancy a vegan drink? The Ostrich Inn and Stoneworks have plenty of vegan ales, gins and more.

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A Cocktail Concoction There’s no better way to while away a sunny summer afternoon than with a delicious cocktail or two!

Words and pictures by Jess Lamb

Stephen Miskell and Alex Way, resident mixologists at Twelve All Saints (Stamford’s super stylish answer to a classy cocktail bar) gave Gravitas the lowdown on the best drinks to be found behind their bar this summer – and even shared a couple of secret recipes for you to try at home.

The Classic Margarita

Porn Star Martini

A Perfect Pisco Sour

The margaritas alone (the name means ‘daisy’ in Spanish) are reason enough to prop up the All Saints bar for an hour or two. The precise origins of this delicious drink are more than a little murky, but it’s widely believed that it first came to popularity during Prohibition, when booze-deprived Americans ventured across the Mexican border in search of a drink – and enterprising bartenders were more than happy to oblige.

A relative newcomer to the cocktail scene, this pretty peach drink is the ultimate in style, sexiness and sophistication, and it’s not unusual to see a host of them lining the Twelve All Saints bar on a Friday and Saturday evening! Created by Douglas Ankrah – a bartending legend – the Porn Star is a delightful blend of vanilla vodka, Passoã passionfruit liquor and passionfruit syrup … all accompanied by a shot glass brimming with Prosecco!

We all know and love the traditional Whisky Sour, a blend of whisky and lemon juice with a cherry and orange garnish. However, if you’ve never tried the pisco alternative, you’ve been missing out. The Pisco Sour has been appearing in cocktail recipe books since as early as 1903 and was made famous by a rather excellent gentleman named Victor Morris, who perfected the drink as we know it today in his bar in Lima, Peru.

The All Saints team use their definitive recipe of tequila, Cointreau orange liqueur and fresh lime juice, with a dash of sugar syrup to taste, all served splendidly in a chilled glass with a salt rim. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not ask for your margarita with a twist… we thoroughly recommend the chilli option!

This drink epitomises everything that’s great about Stamford’s top cocktail bar, it’s fun and fabulousness and is definitely the Gravitas team’s go-to on a night out.

The alcoholic base of this blend is the hugely underrated pisco, a Peruvian brandy distilled from fermented grape juice. Twelve All Saints expertly blend this South American spirit with egg white, lime juice and sugar syrup, finished with just a dash of bitters and a dried orange garnish, in order to create the perfect blend of sour and ever so slightly sweet in one delectable short drink!


A Dash of History ‘Cocktails have an amazing heritage’ says Stephen as he pours a healthy measure of tequila into a shaker, ‘wherever humans have appeared through the ages, alcohol has never been far behind!’ Never a truer word was spoken, and it’s highly likely that blended drinks developed as a means of making unrefined forms of alcohol a little more palatable. Luckily for us, this ritual has evolved slightly over the years, and now most bartenders worth their salt follow a basic recipe that calls for three parts spirits (my favourite, tequila, for example) to two parts citrus and one-part sweetener, which can be anything from honey or sugar to agave syrup.

Have these creative concoctions caught your interest? Twelve All Saints also run fabulous cocktail masterclasses which are the perfect way to learn more, celebrate a special occasion or simply have a night out to remember! Contact the bar for more details and pricing. 01780 765335

However, if your summer is less about big nights out and more about balmy evenings in the garden with good friends, Stephen’s secret recipes are guaranteed to tickle your guests’ tastebuds!

Cucumber and Mint Gin Fizz

Chilli & Basil Crush

50ml gin

50ml vodka

25ml lemon or lime juice

25ml lime juice

5ml Sugar syrup

Basil leaves


Brown sugar


One small red chilli


Soda water


Muddle together the lime juice, brown sugar and chilli (sliced) in the bottom of a glass. Add the vodka and shake/stir with some ice for 8-10 seconds. Strain the mixture into a glass of fresh ice, discarding the muddled ingredients. If you’re feeling really fancy, then strain again through a tea strainer to remove any stray chilli seeds trying to get involved with the party! Top with soda and garnish with a fresh basil leaf and a slice of lime.

(all measurements per person)

This simple, refreshing recipe is an instant crowd pleaser. Simply muddle together sliced cucumber, mint and a dash of sugar syrup at the bottom of the glass or pitcher, add the gin and lemon/lime juice and give everything a good old mix! Finish by topping up with Prosecco and a sliced lemon garnish. (Remember - the better the gin, the better the drink!)

(all measurements per person)

If mixing isn’t your thing, why not try a twist on the classic English gin & tonic and get creative with your garnishes. From fresh tastes such as cucumber and rosemary to spicy cinnamon or quintessentially English rhubarb, there’s a whole host of fabulous flavours out there to discover. Simply add the garnish prior to lacing your glass with gin and follow with premium tonic water for a glass bursting with flavour. The team at Twelve All Saints recommend any quality gin for best results - their top picks are Sipsmith London Dry Gin or Warner Edwards Dry gin (a local favourite!) For best results, finish with Fever Tree tonic water or Schweppes’ new range, ‘1783’.



Only the best

The Gravitas Fine Dining Club take to Peterborough for their first event Words by Zoe Phillips Pictures by Dean Lynn

It was the first Gravitas Fine Dining Club event, which was held at Prevost in Peterborough. Prevost is set in a 16th century historic Priestgate. The restaurant is the culmination of Lee Clarke’s two decades in cooking in some of the finest kitchens. Offering a modern British fine dining experience, without the formality, bold flavours and boundaries. The three, five and nine-course menus are crafted from the finest homegrown and locally sourced ingredients. Prevost’s menus were selected to reflect their commitment to serving farm fresh, seasonal food at its best.


The five-course taster menu was complimented with selected wines for each course so the experience of having a true fine dining experience with each dish and

Fine food, exemplary wine and fantastic networking


wine being explained to the guests was a tremendous experience. Prevost was able to cater for our vegan and gluten-free diners, with each dish meeting their dietary requirements plus keeping the high flavours and standards. We thank Lee Clark and his team at Prevost for hosting and facilitating our first fine dining experience, which was a great opportunity for our advertisers and collaborators to meet and chat at a beautiful relaxed and informal event. We are seeking suitable venues that feel they are able to facilitate a large group and provide a high standard of fayre for our next event. We look forward to another fine dining experience.

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Failure Breeds Success

Jess Lamb interviews Mike Greene - serial entrepreneur, Secret Millionaire, author and passionate advocate for Peterborough.

Mike Greene is a true Peterborough success story. An early childhood spent in a council care home, with a family constantly struggling to make ends meet gave him the grit and determination to establish his first business in his twenties. However, his first venture failed and Mike found himself back at square one. In true entrepreneurial style, Mike did not give up but worked hard to learn from his mistakes and went on to rebuild his empire, bigger and better than before! Now a hugely successful businessman and entrepreneur, as well as a former star of Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire, Mike spent some time with Gravitas sharing his thoughts on life, success and why failure is so important.

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Your childhood was very different to your life now. Has this influenced the person that you are today? Absolutely. I moved to Peterborough (Mike lived in Bretton and attended Bretton Woods School) with my mum and four siblings when I was 11 - that’s 43 years ago now! We had almost nothing, but my mum worked incredibly hard to support us and taught me that even if you don’t have much, you can still work hard and do well. She was an amazing swimmer and used to teach severely disabled children to swim. That really instilled in us how important it is to give as

that was a paper round or other jobs – I realised early on that ambition required knowledge and was hungry to learn and work hard. It wasn’t until my early twenties that I first saw an opportunity, but when I did, I seized it with both hands.

Your first business was a big learning curve… Yes, by my mid-twenties I had already gone bust! We’d achieved fast growth but not properly understood cash flow and went bankrupt. The only thing I had left was a house in Peterborough, where we returned

much as you can, no matter what you have.

to find smoke damage so bad from the

Were you always entrepreneurial?

nothing. So, my wife and I went to a friend’s

tenants that the house was worth virtually

I used to tell my mum that one day I’d be a

in Hertfordshire where we delivered pizzas

millionaire! We always did our bit, whether

on mopeds to earn money.

Since then, you’ve rebuilt and have had a whole host of successful business ventures. Looking back, would you do anything differently? I would fail faster. It was only the utter failure of my first business that challenged me to assess what I had done wrong and what I needed to do differently to ensure that I didn’t repeat my mistakes – now, I believe that being accepting of failure is vital in order to achieve success. I found myself penniless and virtually homeless in my mid-twenties, but instead of giving up, I embraced it and started looking at what I could learn from the experience. Failure is an event, not a destination - that’s a belief that I have tried to pass onto my children and is also the reason that the book I published in 2013 is entitled ‘Failure Breeds Success’.


Is there anything else that you attribute your success to? Well, as I said, embracing failure has made me much more comfortable with the business process. However, I have a lot to thank my mum for. She was an incredibly strong mother and woman with huge conviction, and I channelled a lot of strength from her. I’m also very spiritual. Spiritualism gives me a lot of peace and helps me to understand myself and others; I’ve even walked across burning coals! Finally, I think that I had to learn to focus on myself as well as others. We as a society have learned to try and not be selfish, which I think can be a negative thing, because if I don’t spend time making me the best me, for me, then I can’t give the best of myself to anyone else, and I think that’s really important. Selfish can be selfless!

After your appearance on The Secret Millionaire, you went on to sell your business. Why was that? The Secret Millionaire was a true life-changing experience. I thought it would be really interesting to return to the same kind of challenging environment that I’d grown up in but underestimated how much impact it would have on me. It made me feel that it’s very easy to sign a cheque, but so much more selfless to actually work to make a difference.

What did you do differently? I decided to step off the ‘hamster wheel’ and now spend an enormous amount of time on philanthropy; we have a family foundation (my daughters help us choose the charities we support), I donate a minimum of ten percent of my yearly earnings to charity, and also spend a lot of time with young entrepreneurs. I spend time talking in schools and run a regular clinic at the Allia Future Business Centre in Peterborough where I advise people on their ventures – I like to think that there’s not much I can’t have a perspective on!

What’s your vision for the future? I now spend a lot of time mentoring others. I really feel that nothing feeds your soul like helping those around you, and I try and focus on that as much as possible. Work aside, my main aim is to keep challenging myself! I like to do something that really pushes my boundaries every year – I’ve climbed Kilimanjaro, run marathons, and even participated in the Clipper Round the World yacht race. That time away really helps me recharge and focus on the bigger picture. I also spend as much time as I can with my wife and two daughters.

I believe that being accepting of failure is vital in order to achieve success



Money doesn’t grow on trees, but it can come from outside your business

Everyone knows money doesn’t grow on trees, and if your business is looking to grow, improve their financial position, invest in new technology or bring in new staff, it is almost certain you will need additional finance to do so.

In 2017 as a whole, according to data provided by SME Finance Monitor, 38% of SMEs were using external finance, increasing to 73% of those with 50-249 employees. In 2018, this figure is a little lower at 33% in the 3 months up to April 2018. Peterborough based law firm Taylor Rose TTKW offers a wide range of services to help

both borrowers and lenders. Before seeking or providing external funding, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of your business. This includes being clear on the terms of a loan or investment, security and the implications of selling company shares. Loans often require some form of security to be given to the lender to guarantee repayment, so far as possible, should any difficulties occur. Investors will usually seek a return on their investment and any sale of shares needs to be looked at carefully to ensure that the company does not end up being taken over by a third party or even a competitor. For borrowers, we review documentation received from lenders and investors, advise on security documentation (including personal guarantees by directors), draw up investment agreements (including


If you don’t have sufficient internal resources, outside finance may be an alternative worth considering. External financing is, in short, any kind of funding acquired from sources outside your business such as loans, crowdfunding initiatives, investments, grants or the proceeds of selling company shares.

shareholder agreements) and assist with preparing the paperwork for issuing or selling company shares. Whilst the banks and financial institutions are generally the first point of call, we are seeing an increase in private lenders and investors coming forward to provide funding and make investments in SMEs, especially when there is a potential higher ROI than current interest rates. For lenders and investors, we produce a variety of agreements to document loan/ investment terms and advise on possible security requirements, including reviewing property titles being offered as security, to ensure you’re protected.

If you have any questions relating to this article, call Stephanie Creasey on 01733 796809 or email Visit our website for more information about the range of services we offer.


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Experiential learning and your business

Your business in safe hands

Advancement Training can provide the solution you need to boost staff performance

Stephanie Creasey is an Associate Solicitor based at the Taylor Rose TTKW’s Peterborough office, providing advice on a wide range of corporate & commercial matters.

People are the most important resource in any business. Your staff have the power to exponentially drive the growth of your business. However, misconceptions of how to nurture that power can affect both the reach and speed of growth. Staff development is an integral cog in the nurturing machine, so any learning offered must be efficient and focused to ensure the best outcome for both staff skills and your business. Learning by ‘doing’ is the way in which we best connect theory, practice and application. So why does experiential learning boost staff performance? • • •

It replicates the real It requires involvement It creates predictable outcomes

Creating a staff training program that incorporates an understanding of your peoples’ current skill set and experiential learning offers higher rates of staff performance, development and retention. Advancement Training specialises in Learning; offering consultancy services, staff training courses and qualifications for trainers within your organisation. No matter your size, we can help you to support your most important resource. Your people. Ria Steventon, Director 01733 294526

Stephanie acts on behalf of a range of organisations including charities, sole traders, partnerships and SMEs and her clients extend from small local businesses to larger national and international companies. She provides expert advice to start-up businesses and assisting more established clients with their growth projects, setting up joint ventures and preparing shareholder and partnership agreements. Stephanie acts on behalf of key shareholders seeking to exit their business, companies undertaking group restructuring and reorganisation projects through to dealing non-transactional business affairs such as advising on contracts, drafting terms of business, trademark registrations and corporate governance issues. Stephanie also has experience of corporate finance transactions, advising businesses seeking to raise funds through external finance or carrying re-financing projects, providing advice on loan/facility agreements together with appropriate security and giving guidance on the risks involved should security need to be enforced. Stephanie Creasey 01733 796809

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Trust the professionals Whether your business is a new start up or well-established and expanding, expert advice can be invaluable to ascertain the correct ways to focus your time, energy and resources for a solid foundation or growth plan. Our wealth of industry experts explain how, with up-to-date information and insights. For further guidance contact our professionals directly.

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Over the last few weeks a I’ve spent time with some keen, eager, newly promoted, young leaders. They asked me what I think they should focus on in the first few months. I thought I’d share my suggestions!

One of the most popular services the centre offers is that of a Virtual Office; this provides new and growing businesses with a flexible and a cost-effective solution to support their operations, delivering the prestige of a prime Peterborough business address, administrative support and post forwarding. In addition, businesses have access to a variety of well-appointed meeting rooms for those times when you need a physical work location, be it for meetings, presentations or simply for a change of environment.

Identify your strengths and development areas. Think about the behaviours and approaches that come naturally to you, and the impact these have on others (positively or negatively), 360-feedback can be really beneficial too.

Many businesses receive payment before delivering their product or service to their customers, however for a range of reasons there are many who can’t do this. This results in giving credit i.e. raising an invoice for payment later. Giving credit in business isn’t a new thing, and raising an invoice is a common practice. An invoice is a legal document which means it needs to be issued correctly. Not only to ensure you meet your legal obligations but to give you the best chance of getting paid too! There are a few common mistakes, but the two I’m most interested in you getting right are your clients business name and address. Without these key details being right, how can you chase for payment or even take them to court should you need to? So, if you do nothing else, please take the time to ensure you know your customers ‘real’ business name and address prior to providing your product or service. If you’d like a copy of my Invoicing tips, please email Julie P Randall, Incrementi Ltd 01223 782708


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A report published by the Resolution Foundation predicts that leaving an inheritance will become commonplace during the next 20 years, with ‘millennials’ born between 1981 and 2000 identified as the main beneficiaries. Historically, living standards rise with each generation but millennials are currently falling behind their predecessors, particularly in relation to climbing the property ladder, savings and pensions. They are half as likely to own their own home at age 30 as members of the post-war ‘baby boomer’ generation.

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However, the report finds that the passing down of assets held by the baby boomers (born 1946-1965) to younger family members through inheritances and gifts is likely to increase significantly, thereby improving the living standards of millennials and some of ‘generation X’ (born 19661980). It also predicts that the total value of inheritances will double during the next 20 years, peaking in 2035. At present, most people are likely to inherit during their 50s. The report estimates that the most common age at which those currently aged 20-35 are due to inherit will

increase to 61. Receipt of inheritances at this age may assist in retirement planning or helping the children of millennials to access property ownership. However, factors such as increased life expectancy and the funding of future social care costs may impinge significantly on the amount of wealth bequeathed. The findings of the report may lead to further consideration of ways to engineer intergenerational wealth transfer at an earlier stage, possibly by facilitating downsizing or equity release. Inheritance Tax reforms, due to be fully implemented by 2020, will introduce a new housing allowance which means that up to £500,000 per adult can be bequeathed tax-free. The report found that this could lead to the average tax burden being halved for 20-35 year-olds in relation to inherited property. Overall, finance can be an essential part of growing a business, and taking into account the points above can help you benefit from the best rates. If you would like any advice and guidance, the team at Pilot Fish are happy to talk things through with you. If you would like to discuss passing on wealth - whether by using Wills, trusts or gifts - then please contact us. 01733 888888

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Recognising Outstanding Women Women Leaders UK is a registered charity established to promote and strengthen women’s leadership. Here, the Awards that recognise women of Peterborough. Nominations are now open for the second Women Leaders Awards, an event that recognises and rewards women living or working within Greater Peterborough who have contributed to the growth of their own particular sector and the ongoing success of the city. There are a number of ways to get involved: •

Nominate a female colleague, friend, employer or yourself

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Book your place at the Gala Dinner (2nd November)

The awards are the brainchild of Jan Flawn CBE, founder of specialist neurological care provider, PJ Care, based in Bretton. She sought to set up the awards after winning the national CBI First Women of Business Services award in 2013 and wanted to recreate something in

the city to showcase talented, inspiring and successful women. This year’s Women Leaders awards will once again have the support of some of Peterborough’s top employers including Peterborough City Council. Judges are now looking for nominations and all the information on how to nominate and the categories can be found at: Nominees who are successfully shortlisted will be invited to attend a judging day on 12 September 2018. Funds raised from the awards will be donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance, an organisation that brings trauma doctors, critical care paramedics and advanced medical equipment to victims of road accidents or medical emergencies in the region.

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Will & Probate Services

Words by Jess Lamb | Pictures by Adrian Dewey

Gravitas interview Nick Ash, founder of one of the UK’s leading independent estate planning firms.

Established by managing director Nick Ash in 2005, Will and Probate Services has gone from strength to strength and recently took the highly innovative step of establishing a franchise model, enabling aspiring paralegals across the UK to take on what Nick and the team describe as ‘The Most Interesting Job in the World’. How did the business first get started? I’ve always been entrepreneurial and had noticed that a really outstanding wills and probate service didn’t seem to exist and I’ve worked hard since 2005 to build my specialist expertise and provide the best service possible. This has led to me being named the most respected estate planner in the UK – an accolade of which I’m very proud.

Around two-thirds of people in the UK haven’t made a will. Why is this?

I think that for a lot of people, it’s an extremely difficult subject to consider. That’s why we put our clients first and make sure that the services we provide are straightforward, compassionate and reassuring.

Why is making a will so important? 50% of people die without a will. Probate can be a hugely complex procedure without a will and can cause even more stress to loved ones. We want to make a difficult time as simple as we can, and a clear, well-written will makes things much more straightforward for loved ones.

Why did you decide to create a franchise model for Will and Probate Services? The franchise model is unusual for the legal services industry, which is what I believe makes it so special and the model enables us to bring on board talented, motivated people that want be their own boss and achieve that all important, work-life balance.


We believe that there’s no other business that’s as varied, interesting and gives the opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. So many of our cases are absolutely fascinating and give such a unique insight into client’s lives, and of course, it’s also great to be able to help make things better for clients during difficult times. The backgrounds of our franchisees reflect this diversity – from former teachers to those with experience of professional industries such as finance and law, we work with people from all walks of life and each and every one is able to give a unique and valuable perspective.

You were recently named as a finalist in the Most Impressive Growth Category at the National Entrepreneur Awards 2017. How are you feeling about this impressive achievement?! We were so proud to be recognised in such a prestigious award! It really is a testament to the hard work and success of the whole team, and just proves what a great business model we’ve found. However, of course, we’re not just content to be finalists! We are constantly working to become bigger and better, and this nomination has given us the motivation to aim for the winning spot at next year’s awards. Watch this space…

And finally… as you previously mentioned, work-life balance is very important to you. What do you enjoy


Why have you dubbed the model ‘The Most Interesting Franchise’?

outside work and how do you unwind at the end of a working day? Yes, I believe that as a business owner it’s very important that you are still able to switch off. Family time matters hugely and I spend as much time as I can with my wife (we’ve now been married for 33 years!) and two sons. I’m also a very keen cyclist and try to undertake a new challenge every year. I’ve completed London to Paris and love combining the sport with travel – we’ve undertaken several challenging long-distance trips through parts of Europe such as Spain and Italy, with Croatia next on the list! Eventus Business Centre, Sunderland Road, Market Deeping PE6 8FD 01778 752861


We all need to put our affairs in order and the feeling of relief when you have done it is fantastic. If making your will is on your to do list, phone us today and we will help

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Time to network

A number of opportunities for you to network with like-minded business professionals.

Connect Business Networking

The Unique Mumpreneur Networking Event

At Connect Business Networking you will have the opportunity to meet new business contacts, leads, clients and customers; and promote your services and products. Business networking can provide a lifeline of support and business generation; and is a powerful, costeffective way of growing your business.

The Unique Mumpreneur Networking Group is for women who run their own business and want to grow it or want to start their own business with support, all whilst raising a family.

Fortnightly on a Thursday 7:15am & Monthly ‘Let’s do lunch’ Holiday Inn Peterborough West Jason & Tracy Yearwood 07944 664554

Peterborough Jelly An informal co-working event where freelancers, home workers and people running small businesses can connect. Feel free to pop along for the whole day, or half an hour, it’s up to you! Monthly on 2nd Friday of the month Allia Future Business Centre Gareth Jones

Link4 Growth Link4 Coffee – Every Four Weeks Lakeside Kitchen & Bar, Ferry Meadows, 9:30am-11am Link4 Drinks - 1st Tuesday of the month The Granary, Nene Park, 6pm-8pm Nikki Pepper 07887 747820

2nd Monday of the month alternating between morning & evening Holiday Inn Peterborough West Jo Bevilacqua 07434 142793

Rutland & Stamford Business Network This local network aims to encourage local businesses to get together and prosper. It’s a great way to make new business contacts and gain the advantages of belonging to a larger enterprise. Every four weeks on a Friday Barnsdale Lodge, Oakham Ben Callaghan 01572 770352

The Business Network Attracting senior decision-makers to the monthly events, the unique, professional format offers an effective environment for building close working links and establishing that invaluable ‘support network’ of business contacts. Monthly on the 4th Thursday 12pm-2pm July & Aug – Haycock Hotel Sept & Oct – Marriott Hotel Peterborough

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We have {grav-i-tas} do you? Our magazines and social media coverage attract aspiring young professionals with a ‘work hard – play hard’ approach to life. Affluent people in the Greater Peterborough area with ambition and who aspire to succeed and to make a difference. An alliance with {grav-i-tas} gives your business so much more than just product/ service exposure and brand awareness - we dedicate ourselves to being a part of your business and help you to achieve your goals. The Gravitas team integrate themselves with local businesses by attending many local events and business awards, and celebrating new openings, new launches

and progression. We encourage businesses to collaborate and work together as much as we want to work with them. Gravitas organise and orchestrate the perfect platform for busy business owners to socialise and connect in an informal, more relaxed environment. Events such as our Fine Dining Club (see p79), our exclusive ladies afternoon tea, Spa experiences and our magazine launch events (save the date 17th October), are just a few examples! We love the city vibe and are excited about the future of Peterborough. We appreciate the diversity and vibrancy of each and every town and village in the area and celebrate the amazing independent shops and places to eat and drink. To be a part of all this and more contact

And there’s AMORE…! We are also extremely excited to announce the relaunch and total total redesign of our already successful Wedding Scene magazine.

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It even has a new name {a.mor.e}, and with it comes a more glamorous feel and with even even more quality written features and photography. We will continue to work with the best bridal boutiques, venues and wedding suppliers in the Greater Peterborough area. Now we can offer them so much more. This enables us to give the brides to be a quality and stylish magazine showcasing everything the local area has to offer them, to assist in making their special day day truly perfect and unique. Look out for the new look (and feel) magazine coming out in September. For more details about photoshoots and features, please call Heidi on 07966 964520 or email Adding romance to your special day…!



The Broadway Theatre Modern, comfortable and clean with a light and airy decor, The Broadway Theatre is a fabulous building with fantastic shows and events.

Tassels Taking the world by storm – enter the titillating world of Tassels… Burlesque, but not as you know it. Leave your inhibitions at the door and experience the UK’s biggest burlesque extravaganza. With a bevvy of beautiful stars, speciality variety artists and fabulous costumes, Tassels brings this classic variety art form into the 21st Century with a glamorous new show filled with the glamour and artistic spectacle that has enraptured audiences for centuries. Tassels creates the perfect blend of danger and delight… Naughty has never been so nice! 28th September 7.30pm. Tickets priced from £16.00. Over 18s only.

Creating superb memories for audiences and artists alike Groove Cartell and Guests play live in The Broadway Suite

Derek Acorah Following his captivating appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, which saw a phenomenal run to the final, 2018 sees Britain’s best-loved, and most entertaining, medium Derek Acorah take to the stage across the UK and Europe with his all-new ‘Love, Life, Laughter Tour’. 21st September 7.30pm. Tickets priced from £19.50

Funk and Soul evening, with live bands and DJ’s! Eight piece Groove Cartell need little introduction, having played just about all the major events in Peterborough and many top-flight shows across the UK. Guaranteed to get you up on your feet and strutting your funky stuff. 25th August, doors open 8pm. Free Entry. DJ’s from 8pm and throughout the evening. Guest artists from 8.30pm, Groove Cartell 10pm. Fair price bar. Spirits £4.50 or double up for just £1.00. Beers & ciders £3.50.

Visit the Broadway website for a comprehensive list of what shows are on, where you can also book your tickets and chose your seats. Book via or call 01733 306071

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Upcoming Shows

Big Girl’s Don’t Cry 5th October

The Hypnotist 6th October

Flawless Chase the Dream 18th October

London life


London – a super cool, trendy and buzzing city offering you a change of atmosphere and bars galore... We all know that one of the great things about Peterborough is its transport links – you can be in London in just 45 short minutes for a day of sightseeing or a whirlwind weekend getaway. So whether you’re shopping, socialising or simply looking for an after-work drink before you catch the train home, Gravitas has picked three of the best bars in the capital that we think you’ll love!

Nightjar -129 City Road, Hoxton Nightjar is a true institution on the London cocktail scene, regularly featuring in shortlists of the UK and the world’s best bars. This basement bar tucked away on an unassuming street in Hoxton has everything – astoundingly creative drinks (you’re likely to find everything from Islay peat and savoury sand to seaweed air on the menu) passionate staff and über-cool, speakeasy style surroundings with regular live music. It’s a heady mixture that is guaranteed to enchant you. This place is just as popular as you might expect, so make sure you reserve a table in advance. Cocktails start from £12 and there’s also a selection of tapas available. 020 7253 4101

The Experimental Cocktail Club -13A Gerrard Street, Chinatown If the thrill of finding a secret bar is your thing, then The Experimental Cocktail Club is for you. Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, the ECC has long been a fun-seekers mecca thanks to its innovative drinks menu and dimly-lit, achingly cool atmosphere. Its three floors are almost always heaving with people, although sometimes you’ll catch a little more peace earlier in the week… assuming you find it first! Look out for an unassuming black door and you’ll be on the right track (the bouncer with a clipboard in hand is also somewhat of a giveaway).

St Pancras by Searcys -The Grand Terrace, Upper Concourse, St Not only does the St Pancras Champagne Bar by Searcys boast the longest champagne bar in Europe, it’s also the perfect location for those catching the last train back to Peterborough, thanks to its prime location just a 5-minute walk from Kings Cross Station. The setting is truly impressive – visitors can take in the spectacular architecture of the iconic St Pancras terminal whilst sampling the carefully chosen champagnes gracing the menu. Searcys proudly serve their own private label range, alongside household names such as Taittinger and Veuve Clicquot. It’s the perfect place to start or end your visit to the capital city. 020 7870 9900

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102 Out & About

What’s on Shakespeare at Tolethorpe House

30 July - 5 August | Queensgate brings medieval Peterborough to life!

June - August | Shakespeare

Each year from June to August, the Stamford Shakespeare Company brings three plays to life in the grand setting of the Rutland Open Air Theatre at historic Tolethorpe House, known for being one of the finest open-air theatres in Europe. The 2018 season sees William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and The Merry Wives of Windsor on the bill, as well as Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The School for Scandal. Pack a picnic and relax in the beautiful grounds of the hall before taking your seat in the auditorium for one of the best evenings of theatrical entertainment you’ll ever have! Book tickets early to avoid disappointment. Where: Tolethorpe House, Stamford How to book: | 01780 756133

4 - 5 August | Festival Charlotte

Prepare to be taken back in time, back to Medeshamstede, when Peterborough was born, as Queensgate Shopping Centre puts on a week-long celebration and festivities to mark the 900th anniversary of the city. Step into a medieval village, complete with a castle and turrets; walk across the drawbridge into the courtyard where real knights, villagers and churchmen go about their daily lives; watch knights of the round table battle with incredible sword skills; listen to traditional harps and folk music, and for those that have been naughty, it’s off to the village stocks! There’s also the chance to find the king or queen of Peterborough as shoppers are invited to pull the sword from the stone. Where: Queensgate Peterborough Tickets: Free An exciting young music festival launches in Peterborough. Held at the Solstice in Peterborough from 11am to 11pm on Saturday with music from bands such as Carpark Rendezvous and Headliners Skeleton Crew. There will be stalls and activities for children. On the Sunday, it will be a family themed day, with more music from Rob Bull, Children of the revolution, plus an acoustic lounge. From 5pm there is a battle of the bands for children aged 7 – 21 (email

divisionofeclecticsound@gmail. com if interested. A fabulous opportunity to win a live radio broadcast with Peterborough’s most wanted, DJ’s Dave and James from PMW radio who will also be helping to host the event. Where: Solstice, Peterborough Tickets: £5 for the entire weekend, children 12 and under go free! How to book: festivalcharlotte.

103 21 - 25 August | The 41st Peterborough Beer Festival Now in its 41st year, the CAMRA Peterborough Beer Festival is back! Head down to the banks of the River Nene from for one of the greatest beer festival experiences in the country. You’ll be treated to a whole host of old favourites including Adnams, Batemans and a selection of delicious independent beers that are guaranteed to tickle your taste buds, not to mention the impressive selection of food vendors, with everything from pickled eggs to classic fish n’ chips making an appearance.

26 August | Water Newton Music Festival From 12pm – 7.30pm you can listen to Jazz, Folk & Rock n Roll on the village green. Bands include Pennyless, Latino Sound, the Gangsters and the amazing Hound Dogs! There will be a licensed bar and street food available.

The Gin Bar also returns for the second year running thanks to its huge success in 2017. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s live music every evening, with doors open for partygoers until 11:30 on Friday and Saturday night. Why not showcase your hidden talents with Stacey at the Open Mic session on Tuesday night? Where: The Embankment, Peterborough Tickets: £6 on the door

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26 – August |Burghley Fine Food Market at Burghley House

From playing pubs in the East End docks as a teenage greaser to leading his rhythm and blues orchestra and selling millions of records, it is his passion for music that has made him a doyen of the music scene. Special guest for the evening will be Chris Difford formerly of Squeeze. Where: Water Newton Village How to book: 01733 237500

All Summer | Wet and Wild at Rutland Water

Food markets with a difference! Come and meet around 30 local suppliers in a celebration of local produce with handmade cheeses, artisan breads, organic vegetables, luxury sweet treats and rare breed meats at one of our seasonal Fine Food Markets.

We all know Rutland Water for its gorgeous scenery and waterside walks, but there’s a whole other side to this beautiful water park with a whole lot more adrenaline!

Where: Burghley House, Stamford When: 10am – 4pm Tickets: Free

There’s every kind of watersport imaginable, from sailing and windsurfing to stand up paddle boarding and even the biggest and best inflatable Aqua Park in the UK (well worth a visit but advisable to book well in advance).


You can opt for tuition if you’ve got dreams of becoming a sailing pro, or simply use your own equipment and set your own pace.


No matter what you’re looking for, Rutland Water is an unforgettable day in the great outdoors for the whole family.



104 Out & About 30 August - 2 September | Burghley Horse Trials

A renowned event, not to be missed

Jumping for joy There is lots of fun to be had at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, returning to Stamford in late August.

A profile of what’s on for visitors to the event: B - Beautiful House This annual event takes place at Burghley House from 30 August to 2 September. The gardens and parkland were designed by Capability Brown in the 18th Century.

U - Ultimate Shopping

The iconic cross country phase of the competition takes place on Saturday 1 September.

Each year, more than 600 carefully selected exhibitors offer everything from local produce to luxury goods such as diamond jewellery, vintage champagne, cutting-edge fashion and stunning safaris.

R - Riders One of only six events held at CCI4* level in the World, Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials regularly attracts elite riders from across the globe. This year, spectators are likely to see Team GB riders taking their last run before the World Equestrian Games in Tryon (USA) alongside top young talent tackling what is considered to be the toughest cross country course in equestrian sport.

G - Gorgeous Food Browse over 600 trade stands at Burghley.

From cupcakes to cheeses and salmon to sausages, it’s a gourmand’s paradise.

H - High Octane Competition The horse trials start with the elegance of dressage in the main arena (Thursday and Friday). Saturday offers the adrenalin high of cross country, then the competition comes to a climax with show jumping on Sunday.

L - Land Rover Land Rover’s association with the worldrenowned eventing competition has been established for many years, being the official vehicle supplier since the early 90’s and becoming title sponsor in 2005.

E - Entertainment A wide range of activities and demonstrations are on offer across the fourday event.

Y - Young People Children’s activities at Burghley include face painting and the chance to drive remote control ‘mini Land Rovers’ as part of the Land Rover Experience. For further information and to book tickets, visit:

105 30 August | Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment. Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. Where: The Cresset, Peterborough Tickets: £29 How to book:

8 - 9 September | Peterborough Italian Festival

15 - 16 September | Land Rover Owner International Show Fancy a weekend surrounded by 100’s of drool-worthy Land Rovers, 1000’s of Land Rover parts to buy, and the best Land Rover entertainment on the planet? The LRO Peterborough Show is the biggest Land Rover celebration of the year, so put it in your diary now! Where: East of England Showground, Peterborough Tickets: £14.00 How to book: | 01733 363500

Peterborough’s annual celebration of all things Italian continues to grow in popularity and 2018 marks its 10th successive year. The two-day festival is the longest running event of its kind in the UK. Organised by Peterborough’s Italian Community Association and supported by the city council, this Mediterranean extravaganza features an Italian market, confectionery, ice-cream, pasta, football and boxing demonstrations, classic Italian cars, motorcycles, scooters and lots more. Where: Peterborough City Centre Tickets: Free entry from 10am More info:

Huntingdon Racecourse Events Saturday 25th August - EACH Festival Saturday 15th September - EACH Open Air Cinema Saturday 22nd September - Summer Racing, Arab Racing Organisation Thursday 4th October - Huntingdon Season Opener Race Meeting Anna’s Hope Fun Run or the Wheelchair Race. Where: Huntingdon Racecourse, Brampton, Huntingdon PE28 4NL Contact: 01480 453373

14 Oct | Perkins Great Eastern Run The Perkins Great Eastern Run in Peterborough is growing in reputation. It’s one of the fastest growing half marathons in the country and in 2016, the race attracted record participants against a backdrop of several races reporting a decrease in entry numbers or static take-up at best. Take part in the Half Marathon, Anna’s Hope Fun Run or the Wheelchair Race. Where: The Embankment, Peterborough How to enter: 03301 593878

19 September | Wannabe From the chart stomping ‘Spice Up Your Life’ through to the hip-shaking ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, WANNABE takes you on a Spice World journey through the Spice Girls group and solo careers that will make you Zig-A-Zig-Ahhhh. Come and join the exceptionally talented WANNABE cast as they pay homage to Ginger, Scary, Posh, Sporty & Baby on the smash hit touring sensation not to be missed! Costumes, groups and families all welcome for the biggest 90s party in town. Where: The Cresset, Peterborough Tickets: £19 How to book:

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