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LIVING July | August 2018 £3.50


A two-night stay in Medieval York


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Summer Accessories Edit Inside





The Art of Countryside Living and Rediscover the Beauty of the Peak District



Visit the Paradise Islands South of the Equator


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Cover stories 16 2018 Summer Accessories Edit

Lifestyle 16 2018 Summer Accessories Edit 20 The Season’s Best Summer Dresses 23 How to Wear… Summer Sequins 24 The Finishing Touch – Guide to Jewellery 26 The Beauty Guide to Summer 29 The Scent of the Season 30 Shape Sisters: Summer Fitness 32 How to Look 10 Years Younger 35 10 Ways to have Better Sex 38 New Mum Survival Guide 41 Ask the Expert: Chronic Back Pain 45 RECIPES: The Posh Picnic 48 Take a Little Time for Tea 52 The Summer Showstopper 54 Spotlight on Breakfast

Days Out 56 The Ultimate Guide to British Summer Days Out 68 Countryside Living 72 LIVING’s Top 15 Things to do this Summer 76 Paw Patrol 82 The Days Out Survival Guide

Home 84 Improve Don’t Move 94 Style vs Steal: Life in Colour 102 Home Trends: European Flavours 110 LIVING Edit: Hanging Around

45 RECIPES: The Posh Picnic 68 Countryside Living 72 LIVING’s Top 15 Things to do this Summer 94 Life in Colour on any Budget 120 South of the Border 126 REDISCOVER: The Peak District


Prestige Homes 112 Find your Dream Home in Staffordshire

Culture 120 South of the Border 126 REDISCOVER: The Peak District 128 Escape the Ordinary 130 REVIEW: Rock the Night Away 132 The Film Club 135 LIVING’s Book Corner 136 What’s On: Events Calendar 140 What’s On: Summer Spectacle 143 INTERVIEW: Harper Starling 144 The Grey Pound 147 Divorce: Moving on 150 Inside Creative Staffordshire 154 50 Things we Love about Summer 156 ON THE ROAD: Convertible Cars

Win! 13 A Two-Night Break in Medieval York 63 A Family Season Pass to Alton Towers 141 A Pair of Tickets to Lakeside Proms at NEC Lakeside 141 A Pair of Tickets to the Big Top Venue at Telford Town Park

Regular Features 11 Getting to Know… Charlotte Salt 12 LIVING Loves… Hitting the Beach 14 LIVING it! News and Views 162 Coming Up



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And, if you are already planning for the summer school holidays, you simply must read our DAYS OUT supplement starting on page 55. It’s full of ideas, inspiration and a survival guide if you have been left with the kids for the day. Plus, we reveal our top 15 things to do this summer and you can win four season passes to Alton Towers – that’s summer sorted, right?


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This issue is packed with everything you need for a fun-filled season – from exciting holidays abroad to chilling at home or heading off on a UK staycation. But if you’ve been searching for something a little more adventurous for your time away – check out our guide to activity holidays starting on page 128 in our TRAVEL

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And if that wasn’t enough, it’s our high summer issue and we’ve been pulling it together basking in the beautiful sunshine – it has been so lovely lately, hasn’t it? Long may it continue. This summer is going to be good, we can feel it. Sunshine brings happiness, so soak up all that vitamin D and live well. We hope you have some time off over the next couple of months to really sit back and enjoy it.


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elcome to the latest edition of Staffordshire Living and a special welcome to our brand new Shropshire readers! Yes, this is the first issue where we are distributing across both Staffordshire and Shropshire reaching even more people with our lifestyle pages. How exciting!

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STEAL HER STYLE Match Charlotte’s effortless chic red-carpet style

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Catch Charlotte playing headstrong and fearless paramedic, ‘Sam Nicholls’ in Casualty on BBC1 every Saturday night. She also stars in the 2016 independent movie, Blood and Glory, playing suffragette ‘Katherine Sterndale’, set in South Africa during the 1901 Second Boer War, and opposite Johannes Kuhnke in the action-packed thriller, The Chamber.

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One lucky reader and a guest will win a stay at the boutique Hotel Indigo York, and a £50 dinner voucher for The Ivy St Helen’s Square, courtesy of Visit York. Did you know York is where Rowntree’s created Kit Kat, Smarties and Aero, and where Terry’s first produced the Chocolate Orange and the All Gold collection? There really isn’t a better place to spend an indulgent couple of days – big on culture and food! You’ll stay at Hotel Indigo York, located in the historic district of Walmgate, a luxury boutique gem with a warm and personalised service and perfectlyplaced for visiting The Shambles, York Minster and The York Chocolate Story. At Hotel Indigo York, the city’s chocolate heritage and rich history are celebrated with award-winning interior design. In some rooms, wall panels resemble chocolate squares, lampshades are antique jelly moulds and confectionary history is displayed in bright soft furnishings such as ‘Smartie’ cushion covers. In other rooms find eclectic illustrations of Walmgate in the olden days and ‘Made in Yorkshire’ oak tables and furniture. The theme of quirky design and detail can also be found at No. 88 Walmgate, the hotel’s bar and restaurant where local produce is served with a modern twist. Yorkshire Rhubarb, breads from the Haxby Bakehouse and Black Sheep Ale gravy are a few of the local ingredients used in the dishes. A hearty breakfast with neighbourhood flavours will set you up for a day exploring York. Small but perfectly formed, York is a walking city. Step out of the hotel onto historic Walmgate, central to York’s chocolate story – as it’s here where a young quaker woman, Mary Tuke, opened her grocery shop in 1725 and the legend began. The newly-opened Cocoa Works on Castlegate unwraps York’s rich chocolate heritage even further with exhibitions, workshops and masterclasses; there is even a chocolate trail through the city and York’s Chocolate Story. Tread the historic streets and marvel at the Gothic glory of York Minster, delve deep into 300 years of railway history at the National Railway Museum or ramble around the Shambles with its boutiques, bars and restaurants. A casual dining option is in The Ivy St Helen’s Square in the heart of York. This famous restaurant offers modern British cuisine served in creative-inspired

surroundings and is a fabulous place for dinner. Return to the Hotel Indigo York just a 12-minute stroll away for a night of sweet slumber. Hotel Indigo York is offering a two-night stay for two people including breakfast on both mornings, dinner on one night at No.88 Walmgate, and a £50 dinner voucher for The Ivy St Helen’s Square on the second night, courtesy of Visit York.

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Last issue we asked: ‘What motivates you the most?’ but we came to the conclusion that it It’s our news & views section. Time to catch up on what’s all depends on what is been happening in Staffordshire and what you had to say… in front of us. If we’re Getting your opinions on life’s thoughttrying to lose 10 pounds – our motivational provoking questions... tactics might be different to when we’re desperately seeking a new job. Motivation can come in many forms; we might stick a picture displaying our fitter self on the fridge to keep temptation at bay, and the idea of having a few extra pounds in the bank could be the mental persuasion Green of the Gorge Blue Planet LIVE Escape the Maize we need to finally get A new photography competition, BBC The escape room craze is coming We all need a little push The BAFTAtheaward-winning job we’ve always Green of the Gorge, is being series Blue Planet II, to Burton Trent with a twistit’s One television wanted. now upon and again, whether Whatever launched by the organisers of the Attenborough, as a farm to getpark outprepares of bed to onlaunch a frosty presented by Sir David we want out of International Garden Photographer the world’s first ever escape is being bought to life on stage at life, let’s make winter morning or jump on of the Year (IGPOTY) in ‘maize’ maze. The National Forest the NEC in Birmingham as part of of 2017 the treadmill, when all we a 13 date UK live the partnership with the Ironbridge tourstart presented Adventure Farm will be launching our motivation, really want to do is dive Gorge Museum Trust. This by BBC Studios and FKP Scorpio. the Escape Maze: Agent Academy a new of Special Award will celebrate plant Enjoy the wonders andit’s mysteries this July. Details thecovers! exact underofthe beginning life throughout the Ironbridge the planet’s oceans and wildlife and design are being kept top secret but and Gorge World Heritage Site in journey through the environment expect to find a series of mental whatever Shropshire, where the IGPOTY coral and physical problem-solving tasks from icy polar seas to pulsating exhibition is currently on display reefs, from the luminous deep sea to you want, hidden throughout the spy-themed at Jackfield Tile Museum. Entries enormous kelp forests. Blueyou Planet can game. Tickets are available at must be submitted online between II – Live In Concert tours inhave March it!


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The Sun Dress

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A classic shape from the 50s, bring some retro style to your summer. Great for a day out with friends.

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£69 Monsoon

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The Kaftan Dress

The Day Dress

So much love for the kaftan dress this season – go for a strong, statement pattern and wear it anywhere – day or night.

An ideal dress to relax at home or out shopping and to enjoy the company of your favourite people.

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One look, three ways Sequins, beads and embellishment – there’s a definite sparkle and shine to the summer that’s not coming from the sky. Yes, the sun is bringing out a trend we usually reserve for the glitzy parties of December, but we’re not complaining. This early appearance is giving us a break from the usual pastels and standard summer brights that occupy our wardrobes at this time of year and it means we get to enjoy this fun trend twice in one year. It’s Time to add a little more glamour to those long summer nights.

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From tassels to a classic diamond pendant, jewellery adds personality to any outfit, whether you’re heading to the beach or a wedding. Here’s our guide to help you accessorise with ease this season… and beyond.

JEWELLERY CODE How to choose the right pieces for you and your outfit What’s your style personality? Personal stylist Catherine Cliffe, who runs All About Style (, says it helps to know what your style personality is before you go jewellery shopping… Classic: This style personality fits you if you like to look effortlessly elegant and aren’t a direct follower of fashion. You don’t buy a lot of jewellery, and tend to go for timeless and statement pieces. Romantic: If you’re a romantic, you’ll love embellishment, colour and florals. Dramatic: If you like to make an impact, you’ll suit dramatic pieces, such as a statement necklace even if you’re wearing a bold dress. Natural: You might not be a big fan of jewellery and tend to dress naturally. You’ll probably pick up fashion accessories if you come across something while out shopping for other things. You suit sports watches, surfer style and woven bracelets layered on your arm.

“Give a girl the right jewellery and she can conquer the world” - MARILYN MONROE

Think about necklines Catherine, who is based in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, provides personal shopping, wardrobe detoxing, and style and colour advice to clients across the Midlands including Staffordshire, and she is also a make-up artist.

She says: “When choosing jewellery, your neckline comes into it. A V-neck outfit suits everyone, and if you’re fuller busted you should definitely go for this neckline. “Some trends have featured layered necklaces, which almost fill in the ‘v’ of the neckline. Another trend that works well with a V-neck is a statement necklace, and that is the one we’ll see going forward to autumn and winter.

“There’s also cubic zirconia, which has a whitish appearance. It tends to look clear and bright, and will go with anything.”

Vintage Catherine says: “Vintage is about being different, and statement necklaces and earrings fit in with this type of styling, including tassels, fabrics, florals, and bold and bright colours. “Brands such as Butler and Wilson replicate vintage in a way. And if you have your grandma’s jewellery, get it out and wear it.”

Wedding chic Whether you’re the bride, bridesmaid, bride’s mother or a wedding guest, your choice of accessories makes a big difference to your finished look. Catherine says: “If you’re the bride or one of the bridesmaids, stick with who you are but go for something classic and timeless. After all, you’ll be on pictures for years to come. And if the style of your dress is ornate, you won’t want it to be overpowered by the jewellery. “If you’re a guest, you might want to be more dramatic or romantic, perhaps with a floral necklace if you have a single-colour dress, and fabrics and tassels are in at the moment. But if you have an embellished neckline, that could be your jewellery, so remember not to overdo your accessories.”

Which watch? A classic timepiece is often bought as a gift or even as an investment to be passed down through the generations. Alex Fuller is sales and repairs adviser at Salloways Jewellers, in Lichfield. He says: “The main brand of watch we sell is Rolex. It’s iconic because of its name and the quality, and it remains as popular as ever. It’s prestigious and is also a status symbol, but it’s not a fashion brand. “You could probably get a Rolex watch for £3,750, and we sell both men’s and women’s watches. Some are bought as gifts but mainly people buy them for themselves. “Rolex is the best investment watch, but we also sell the brand Longines. Their watches have a completely different look to Rolex. Longines features a slimline case while Rolex has quite a large one. Prices for a Longines start from about £400.”

Stylish timepieces

“It’s important to dress for your frame. If you’re a bigger build you’ll be able to take bolder jewellery, but if you’re smaller you’ll probably be happy with more dainty styles that won’t overpower you.”

Invest wisely When it comes to investment pieces, gold and silver are popular. “There’s a lot of rose gold around at the moment,” says Catherine, “and it can be an easy gold for some people to wear. “Your classic, timeless style is very much about gold, silver or platinum. And if you can invest in diamonds, they will always be worth something. 24

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From hair to skin and nails, how can we achieve that perfectly polished look this summer? Summer is the time to glide like a swan effortlessly onto the beach in your newest swimwear or to a garden party wearing your favourite floral frock and sandals. Smooth golden skin, shiny protected hair, subtle and minimal make up and a colourful pedicure will all help you feel beach and party ready. But, whilst you might seem effortless and swan-like with long bronzed limbs and pretty toes, the truth is that swans do an awful lot of frantic paddling under the surface of the water to ensure they glide along. In the same way, a polished summer beauty look takes research, preparation and work behind the scenes/in your bathroom before you even set foot on the beach. And this guide is here to help ease you into the summer beauty rituals that are tried and tested and work.


Sun protection Truth be known, you really don’t have to be a high maintenance girl come warmer summer weather. Really there should only be one non-negotiable element of your summer beauty routine, one that all beauty editors and experts agree upon - and that is SPF or sun protection factor. “A good SPF is absolutely essential on holiday – though of course it should be used all year round,” agrees superfacialist and brand founder, Emma Hardie. “Exposing skin to the sun without protection will cause UVA and UVB ray damage. This will not only burn you, it will age you prematurely (at least 80% of skin ageing is caused by sun exposure); more crucially it will greatly increase your risk of skin cancer or melanoma. So, it’s sensible at the very least to make sure you slather your body with a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB and infrared SPF before hitting the beach or the garden. And ideally you should also use it on your face all year round. Skin experts and beauty companies are increasingly suggesting we use higher protection factors such as SPF 30 and SPF 50 and reapply generously every two hours to protect the skin with greater efficacy and for longer periods. If you want to tan it’s far safer to fake it from a bottle and wear an SPF over the top on the beach, because natural tanning is actually just a form of sun damage and causes ageing, dry, leathery texture skin.” Beauty editors often form something of a consensus around great products and the SPF that many swear by is the Anthelios range by La Roche Posay. Not only is it reasonably priced and available from Boots but it’s been developed in partnership with dermatologists – nine out of ten UK dermatologists would recommend the brand to their patients. The latest innovation Anthelios Pocket Protection SPF50 slips easily into a beach bag or handbag and offers not only broad UVA/UVB and infrared protection it is also extra reinforced against ageing and damaging UVA rays. Many women seek the lightest possible SPF formulation to use on their faces, especially if they’re wearing it under make up. Murad’s City Skin Age Defense SPF 50 is a thin peachy veil, extremely comfortable to wear beneath foundation/mascara/eyeshadow and protects against blue light, pollution, infrared rays and broad-spectrum UVA/UVB.

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If you’re concerned about the environment of where you’re holidaying then Green People’s Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF30 is a must. Approximately 25% of the sun cream we apply ends up in the sea and the chemicals can have a devastating impact on our sea shores, coral and marine life. Not only are Green People’s sun formulations 80% organic and offer broad-spectrum UVA and UVB coverage – crucially they avoid using chemicals that have been found to cause harm to the marine environment.


Hair needs some TLC Hair is another area where sun protection, efficacy and results really are crucial during summer and on the beach. As Anabel Kingsley, trichologist at Philip Kingsley explains: “Your hair can burn just like your skin – you simply can’t feel it. UV rays act on hair in a similar way to bleach; they degrade its protein structure, leaving strands weaker and more vulnerable to breakage and further damage. Whilst in the sun, you should apply a sun protective spray liberally to lightly coat each strand.” Philip Kingsley’s Sun Shield spray is ideal. Of course, swimming in salt water and chlorinated pools also assault the hair on holiday, leaving it dry, brittle, dull and riddled with split ends. Kingsley recommends frequent shampooing after immersion and the use of Philip Kingsley Swimcap Cream to protect from all these elements. Originally formulated for the US Olympic Synchronized Swim Team, it guards hair from UV rays, salt and pool water damage, and at the same time gives hair a hydrating treatment. Many beauty insiders and journalists also swear by Kerastase’s Soleil range, renowned for its high-tech efficacy. Products to choose include Soleil Micro Voile Protecteur - a light leave-in spray that protects against UVA and UVB rays – it is water resistant, antihumidity and anti-frizz and pops easily into your handbag. Soleil Masque UV Défense Active is also a luxurious after sun mask to repair coloured and weakened hair, leaving it strong and shiny.

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Don’t forget your nails Lastly, nails may seem like a minor detail but a paint box bright pedicure will bring toes to life and no end of glamour to summer sandals and flip flops; finishing off any outfit with a cheerful colour accent. Ideally a really thorough pedicure should last you up to six weeks, until nail growth starts to show. Celebrity manicurist, Leighton Denny has some of the most eye-catching polish hues for SS18; including Cool Rain a wonderful aquatic blue green, Fever Pink a bold cyclamen and Firecracker a bold orange red all inspired by a trip to Havana Cuba and the rainbow of tropical shades witnessed there. A home pedicure with one of these shots of vibrant colour will create magical feet, but, as Vernice Walker, Brand Manager at Leighton Denny Expert Nails points out, attention to detail when prepping your feet will pave the way for a perfect pedicure. “Filing and painting the toenails goes without saying but removing excess cuticle and dry skin is really the key to summer prep. Leighton Denny’s Remove and Rectify is easy to use and is really effective in removing any dead skin around the frame of the nail that may interfere with any nail polish application.” Vernice also advises using the brand’s Well Heeled to exfoliate the feet and soften and remove dry skin – it comes with pedicure socks for a more intensive overnight application. So, whether you opt for a minimal approach, perhaps just some SPF and a pedicure, or for high maintenance varnished and hair-protected maximalism: even the slightest of efforts will reap impressive results in termssLof summer beauty rituals. sL

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Sprit of summer Daisy Twinkle is a sparkling reinterpretation of the classic Daisy perfume. Sunny and spirited, this is a bright and playful floral green perfume with uplifting fruity notes. Marc Jacobs Limited edition Daisy Twinkle eau de toilette £55 (50ml)

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o, you’ve booked your summer getaway, your passport is up-todate and you’re counting down the days until you board that flight... now all you need to do is shape up for the beach! We’ve got 10 tips to help you get you and your body summer beach ready in time for the sun.


Last-minute fixes

OK, so your eagerly-awaited beach holiday is just weeks – or even days – away. This is no time to embark on a crash diet or punishing last-minute exercise regime (which won’t do your body any good in the long-term and could actually harm it). However, all is not lost say the experts at FoodFit UK, a group for like-minded people to share their stories and inspiration around food and fitness, with help from the group’s nutritionist and mentors. Lillie Pragnell, who runs FoodFit UK with Nicola Marshall, advises keeping sugar to a minimum. She says: “This will help with weight loss, and will also boost your energy levels and improve your skin. So, don’t add sugar to anything.”


Hydration is key

There’s a handy weight loss aid very close at hand: water. As well as being essential for life, it helps with shifting those extra pounds, too – and can even target cellulite. Nicola explains: “If you’re going on holiday soon, increasing your water intake will help to decrease cellulite. And if you’re going on the beach and being exposed, this is an area that people can feel very conscious about. We’d suggest two litres of water a day, and we encourage our members to add fresh fruit to make it more interesting.”


Get moving

The summer is an ideal time to dig out your running shoes or bike, with the longer days and warmer weather. Many people prefer to get active outdoors in the fresh air than inside a busy gym or workout studio, and it will help your pre-beach figure if you exercise as your holiday approaches. Nicola says: “It’s always beneficial to exercise, no matter when it is. If you haven’t done exercise for a while, simply walking is one of the best things you can do because it will get your heart rate going. But if you want to focus on specific areas, for me it’s things like tricep dips to tone up my arms.” Lillie agrees, adding: “Start slowly if you’re new to exercise. I’d suggest finding something you enjoy and someone you enjoy exercising with, because you’ll encourage each other.”


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Food for health

When it comes to eating, it’s time to ditch the fad diets and focus on nutritious, tasty food. You’re more likely to see lasting results, which see you through your holiday and beyond, if you stick to a healthy, balanced eating plan that doesn’t leave you hungry. Nicola says: “We’re very much against diets. Instead, we encourage a healthy lifestyle with nutritious food and a balanced diet.” She also warns that large portions can lead to overeating. She says: “Think about portion control because some diets encourage big portions and no restrictions. However, it’s better to read the labels on products to guide you as to what a proper portion should look like.”


Ditch the junk and go easy on the booze

We’re all guilty of binging on junk but a diet packed with processed food isn’t going to help in your quest to get your body poolside-ready. So, it’s time to ditch the chocolate, biscuits, ready meals, sweets, fizzy drinks and crisps. Instead, fill your trolley with proper food, such as fish, nuts, fruit, vegetables, eggs, oats and meat. And we hate to be killjoys, but the simple truth is that booze isn’t kind to the waistline. So, the less alcohol you drink, the more fat you’ll burn. Of course, we all deserve a little treat every now and again, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up. But remember: eating healthily doesn’t have to be boring.


Meal prep

If you’re determined not to be tempted in the ready meal aisle, it’s time to start planning your meals in advance and get savvy when it comes to cooking. Nicola says: “If you haven’t planned, you could resort to processed food. Instead, spend half an hour planning your meals. Batch cooking is also a good idea, especially if you’re short on time, because you can double-up when you cook a spaghetti bolognese or a chilli, for example.” And if you’re not a fan of cooking, there’s still no excuse to revert to bad habits. Nicola adds: “If you don’t enjoy cooking, keep things simple with meals such as stir fries, which are healthy and quick. It’s important to pick food that you know you can cook quickly and easily, but which is also healthy. And if you have a family, find recipes that suit the whole household, so you’re not cooking different meals for everyone.”


Charity motivation to get fit

If improving your health and tackling those love handles isn’t enough motivation to get moving, then you could always sign up for a charity event. There are loads to choose from, especially at this time of year, including Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, a series of women-only events, or the Tough Mudder mud runs, which raise money for Help for Heroes. Jaime Hibbert, of Jaime Hibbert Personal Training and Fitness Studio in Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, is a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. She says: “Don’t put yourself under pressure to sign up for an event that’s only a few weeks away. It will put pressure on you to get the training sessions in. Instead, allow yourself as much preparation time as you can. For a full marathon, give yourself eight to twelve months to prepare, depending on your fitness, or five to six months for a half-marathon. And if it’s a 5k or 10k, allow about three months.” When it comes to the training, start with small, regular sessions to get your body used to it. Jaime explains: “This is better than putting your tendons, ligaments and muscles under too much stress, which could lead to injury.”



Take a break…

You don’t need to feel guilty if you choose to leave your running shoes at home when you jet off to the sun. After all, we all deserve a rest. Jaime says: “If you’re generally fit and active dayto-day and are a regular exerciser, having a break from exercise isn’t a bad thing, to give your body a rest. Then, after your holiday, remember to graduate your programme again, so you don’t put your body under too much pressure following the break.”


…Or keep active

But for others, going on holiday is a chance to be more energetic and try different activities. Jaime says: “If you go somewhere in the UK, such as the Lake District, you could be a bit more active, with hillwalking, cycling or canoeing. Or if you go on a beach holiday, look out for boot camps or yoga sessions, and snorkelling and beach volleyball are also good.” Jaime warns, however, not to put yourself at risk of injury if you’re not a regular exerciser. And she adds: “Remember to stay hydrated. Your body will be sweating more, so you’ll be losing more fluids. And if you’re drinking more alcohol, dehydration will set in. The advice is that you should drink one small glass of water for every alcoholic drink.”


And finally…

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e’d all love to look ten years younger, but in your forties, fifties and beyond, this can take a little more work than simply applying a bit of make up and blow drying your hair. Thankfully there’s now a wealth of quick, easy and relatively painless aesthetic procedures and treatments available to make you look a decade more youthful without having to spend a small fortune – or hide away for weeks. Procedures like Botox and fillers have revolutionised middle age for many women, since they arrived in the UK around 20 years ago. Women are learning the secrets once only known to the jet set and celebrities, embracing a fresh faced, glowing and glamorous prime of life and looking just as good, if not better than they did in their twenties and early thirties. Here, a variety of experts advise on the latest noninvasive technological advances to seek out. According to cosmetic procedures expert and former Tatler Beauty Director Olivia Falcon, facial ageing issues tend to start to make their unwelcome presence felt around your mid to late thirties. “I think about the age of 35 women start to notice maybe a few fine lines or crow’s feet around the eyes and those number 11s that hang between your eyebrows. Even when you’re just resting your face they stick around a bit more. And then issues such as if you’ve been a big sunbather, gone to Ibiza on holidays in the past, you might start to notice your skin tone isn’t as even as it was in the past with brown blotches appearing.” But don’t worry help is at hand. Olivia’s website and concierge service: The Editor’s List ( is designed to steer you through the jungle of unregulated cosmetic procedures out there, her bespoke consultation will find you the best treatments and doctors for your issues and even fast track you past long waiting lists to the head of the queue. Right now, she recommends a new injectable called Profhilo, which is a hyaluronic acid that’s been crosslinked, and is a water consistency rather than a gel like fillers. It is injected at 10 points round the edges of the face – including temples, jawline and neck. “It kind of hydrates your skin in a way no moisturiser ever could,” confirms Olivia positively. “It works at stimulating collagen in the skin and it kind of thickens thin skin.” As Olivia notes skin becomes thinner as it ages and veins can show through. This treatment restores the creaminess and plumpness of youthful skin and can also help sun damaged areas with fine lines such as the neck and décolleté.


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Finally, your smile is crucial if you really want to turn back the clock. Top UK cosmetic dentist, James Russell, who works out of New Park House dental practice in Shrewsbury says: “Your teeth can play a big role in how old you look. Teeth that are worn, crowded or more yellow are often associated with older age. It’s often possible to use simple techniques to create healthier looking, brighter teeth, leading to a more confident and youthful smile.” The quickest and easiest way to anti-age teeth that are maybe just a bit discoloured, according to James, is a course of whitening treatment. This usually takes a couple of weeks of everyday treatment. “This is normally done in customised trays worn for 45 minutes a day with a 6% hydrogen peroxide solution, such as with Phillips Day White,” he explains. My own teeth were gappy at the front, somewhat uneven and slightly yellow when I went for treatment with James. What followed was more complex and expensive than mere whitening but it made an enormous difference to my smile. I had 18 months of orthodontic treatment – fixed braces on upper and lower teeth – to sort out the position of the teeth, close gaps and straighten. And then after that James’s wonderful ‘minimal prep’ veneers where he hardly needed to drill the teeth at all before fixing on gleaming white ceramic veneers on the upper teeth and whitening the lowers. Now I have a beautiful white and even smile which takes years off my appearance (I am in my mid forties). All these treatments are an investment in your looks, which may seem superficial, but they’re the first impression anyone gets of you – professionally, when dating, or even doing the weekly shop. It’s true that if you look your best, you feel your best and are at your most confident, positive and dynamic. As you head into your forties, fifties and beyond there’s absolutely no excuse or reason, these days, to let yourself go.


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Cedar House also offers skin rejuvenation with a machine called SmartXide. It’s a fractional carbon dioxide laser so “it shines lots of tiny little laser beams and it creates lots of tiny holes, perforates the skin and it heats around each of the holes and that stimulates collagen production,” says Stewart. He says that you can treat all sorts of things with this machine you can rejuvenate skin, tighten, firm and plump and you can treat scars, pigmentation and sun damage spots. All contributing to a youthful even skintone.



Stewart Good, consultant doctor and director of Shrewsbury’s Cedar House Clinic recommends two of his latest treatments to take years off. Plexr is a non-surgical method of tightening skin that was devised originally for use on the eyelid. “It’s now done as an alternative to surgical blepharoplasty where you cut skin out of the upper eyelid and stitch it,” explains Stewart. Plexr is a plasma generator which means it works by actually generating a tiny bolt of lightening which is directed at the skin via an acupuncture needle that tightens the skin at that point but leaves a little crust on the skin. “Its prime use is on eyelids,” continues Stewart, “But in fact you can use it anywhere you’ve got crepey skin.” Down time is about a week for the crusts formed to crumble off.



She also recommends the M22 laser, which has arrived in the last year, which is an IPL or intense pulsed light device designed to “zap all those little capillaries in the skin, taking the redness out of the skin, it’s very good for people who’ve got rosacea and also helping work on the brown pigment (the melanin) in the skin as well,” says Olivia. It’s combined with an ND YAG laser treatment which stimulates collagen and elastin production leaving the skin tighter and firmer. “It’s like a rubber - it rubs out all the sins of summer and it softens everything up and it gives you an amazing glow.”


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Q: What do we need to be aware of when considering cosmetic procedures and enhancements? Consultant plastic and cosmetic surgeon, Guy Sterne, says: “Carried out well by experienced fully qualified consultants, cosmetic treatments can have a powerful impact on quality of life, not only adding to physical wellbeing but improving personal confidence, making people more at ease with the way they look.” Here are Guy’s top tips to minimise your risk of developing complications and to maximise your chances of a good cosmetic outcome:

1. Obtain as much information about the options as possible to check that your expectations are realistic. 2. Is your surgeon experienced and fully trained? 3. Have you had chance to discuss any limitations to what you hoped for and have you been given time to reflect on whether you are content with that? 4. Do you know what the recovery time will be and what the stages are?

5. Has the probable result been explained and is that outcome what you are looking for?

6. Have all the costs been explained and any interest free options been offered?

7. Does the hospital where you are being treated have the necessary clinical support?

8. Have all the risks and complications been fully explained to you?

9. Does your surgeon keep up to date with the latest advances in cosmetic surgery techniques?

10. Is your surgeon a member of the relevant professional bodies – are they on the GMC Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery, a member of the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAAPS) and the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAPRAS)?

Mr Sterne joined the team at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital in 2018 to increase the provision of cosmetic services. To find out more, please ring Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital on 01902 793269 or visit: sL

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to have better sex It can be hard to keep your sex life fresh, especially if you’re in a long-term relationship. To help you out, we’ve put together our favourite 10 ways to spice things up between the sheets.

1. Be Spontaneous - There’s nothing like a change in routine to liven things up. So, if you always have sex in the bedroom on a Saturday morning, why not move the action to the kitchen on a Friday night instead? (Just remember to move your best crockery first.)

And dimmed lights and candles aren’t just great for creating a sensual mood, they’re flattering too.

Quickies, meanwhile, are a great way to make the most of some unscheduled alone time – no matter what the time of day.

6. Pay each other compliments - It may not be

2. Get in the mood - To feel aroused, it may help to create

It may also be worth talking to your partner about how you feel, so he or she can help put you at ease. an obvious form of arousal, but praising and appreciating each other will improve all aspects of your relationship.

the right mood. That could mean dimming the lights, lighting candles or putting your favourite sexy album on. And you could always have a bath or a shower together first, which could also be part of your foreplay.

By helping each other to feel more desirable, you’ll both be more eager to get intimate between the sheets. On the flip side, putting each other down will have the opposite effect.

To increase the mood further, try an erotic, sensual massage with scented oil. (But remember not to get oil on a latex condom because this can damage it.)

7. Be open about what you like - Don’t be afraid to share with each other what you like and don’t like in the bedroom. If you enjoy something, let your partner know, and if a particular technique isn’t right for you, say so. Knowing what's working (or not) can do wonders for your physical relationship.

3. Role play - With this you can indulge both your fantasies

and have some fun at the same time. But you’ll probably need to do a bit of advance planning by ordering your costume online, unless you already have a police officer’s uniform hidden in your wardrobe! And remember to get into character, although there’s no need to worry about giving it your best Oscar-winning performance. Role play works best when you both know you look silly but let your inhibitions go.

4. Explore sex toys - Sex toys can be arousing if you and

your partner both feel comfortable using them. There are lots to choose from in sex shops and online, and prices vary. A good product to start with is a vibrator, which can be introduced as part of your sex life.

5. Give your confidence a boost - If you don’t feel confident undressing in front of your partner, there are tactics you can use to increase your self-esteem. Treat yourself to some sexy and flattering lingerie that suits your figure and which you also feel comfortable in. A corset is a great choice for a fuller shape, while a body stocking is ideal for a slender frame.

8. Pick up an erotic book - And no, we’re not

necessarily talking Fifty Shades of Grey (but if it works for you, then go for it). Pick up a steamy novel and read a few paragraphs to each other before indulging in your own eroticism. Plus, there’s a wealth of books around that are packed with exercises and inspiration designed to help pep up your sex life.

9. Watch a porn film together - Choose something you’re both into, make sure you’re alone, sit back and enjoy. You might even find you don’t reach the end credits because you can’t keep your hands off each other. 10. And finally, relax - You’ve worked hard to spice

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PITTERPATTER OF TINY FEET Expecting a baby is an exciting but daunting time, and once your little one arrives then the fun really begins. We’ve compiled this useful guide to help you through the ups and downs of pregnancy, birth and life as a new mum.

Preparation is key So, you’re expecting a baby – congratulations! Once the initial excitement has calmed down, it’s time to start thinking about those essential nursery items you’ll need. After all, the last thing you’ll want to be doing when you’re heavily pregnant is dashing around making sure you’re ready for the birth. Claire Capper, of Northwich, Cheshire, who founded A Mother’s Help* and has been a nanny for nearly 24 years, says: “Get as much as possible organised beforehand. Get all the bits of clothes and nursery furniture, and rest as much as you can. You don’t want to be rushing around at the last minute.”

Shop around There’s no shortage of baby products on the market, so it can be hard to know where to start, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Claire says parents-to-be should research before they buy. She says: “Ask other parents which products they’ve found helpful. They might tell you they bought something because it was the ‘latest thing’ but then discovered it was a waste of money. With prams you can spend thousands of pounds, but you don’t have to. For certain things you can buy second-hand, such as prams, cots 38

and clothes. Babies grow out of things so quickly, especially clothes. But don’t buy a car seat second-hand, unless you know where it has come from. And don’t buy secondhand shoes. Another tip is to buy lots of muslin cloths.”

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about the experience. Michelle Bennett, of Safehands Birthing Services*, is a doula who provides antenatal and postnatal support for parents. The mum-of-five, who lives in Cannock, Staffordshire, says: “I’m a big believer in preparing for birth. Most women worry about giving birth, but if you’re well informed, you won’t be as scared. Antenatal preparation and education are key. Of course, for a lot of people giving birth is straightforward, but it can be very scary. It’s all about knowing what’s happening, using your instincts and making informed decisions.”

“Everybody feels under pressure to succeed, but if your baby goes to bed fed and clean – that’s success..”

Paula Le Flohic, of Lymm in Cheshire, runs pearlsofwisdomforparents. com, where mums and dads can share their parenting tips. Paula, a mother of teenage twins, also owns and runs the nanny agency Nanny & Co. She says: “Invest wisely in what you need. For example, a cot bed is a versatile choice because you can get more use out of it. Plus, you can make a cot bed much smaller by using pool noodles.”

Be informed Giving birth is undoubtedly daunting, especially if you’re a first-time mum. And while women have been having babies for centuries, you can take reassurance from the fact you’re not the first to feel apprehensive

Ask for help After your little one has arrived, family and friends will understandably be excited to meet him or her. You’ll take on the role of a sleepdeprived host, fetching endless cups of tea and biscuits for your well-meaning guests, when all you really want to do is put your feet up. Thankfully, Michelle has some handy advice to save you from becoming an unwilling waitress.

She says: “Say to your friends and family, ‘Of course you can come and see the baby, but can you bring me some dinner while you’re at it, maybe a shepherd’s pie?’ In other words, they’re more than welcome to cuddle your baby, as long as they bring food with them. It’s your visitors who should be coming round and helping you. And remember, don’t let them stay too long.”

Take time out There’s no shame in asking for help – and don’t be afraid to say ‘yes’ if someone offers to give you a hand. Perhaps a relative or friend is able to look after your baby while you have a nap or a longed-for soak in the bath, or maybe they could help with the washing up. Even just an hour’s break could make the world of difference to your wellbeing as a new mum. Claire admits she found it hard to ask for help as a mum, but says new parents shouldn’t be afraid to let friends and family lend a hand. “Asking for help was a big problem for me,” she says. “Being a nanny, I had it in my head that I should be able to do everything and cope with everything. But if anyone offers you help – take it. In fact, take all the help you can get.”

Do whatever comes easiest When it comes to parenting, what works for one family might not work for another. Michelle says: “People say to sleep when your baby sleeps, but that isn’t always practical, especially if you have other children around. As a mother, do whatever comes easiest for you. For instance, if it’s easier for you to put your baby in a sling, do that, but if it’s easier to use a pushchair, do that instead. Doing whatever comes easiest will help you to look after yourself, as well as your baby.”

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*To find out more about A Mother’s Help, visit:; To find out more about Michelle and Safehands Birthing Services, visit www.safehands-doula.webs. com; For more useful parenting tips, visit www.

Other useful links and organisations

The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) provides information and support in pregnancy, birth and early parenthood, and introduces parents to a network of other mums and dads in their local area.

• The NHS Choices website has information about NHS services for new parents:

A spokesman for the charity said: “As many as one in three women report some level of anxiety or depression during or after pregnancy, making the need for support, reliable information and services is vital.

• Family Lives is an organisation providing help from volunteer parent support workers, 24/7, on its helpline: 0808 800 2222.

“As many as one in three women report some level of anxiety or depression during or after pregnancy...”

“Having a baby is a life-changing event. It’s a wonderful and fulfilling experience but for many parents it’s also a challenging and exhausting emotional rollercoaster. Local support and reliable information can make a huge difference.”

• Mind is a leading mental health charity that provides information on a range of mental health topics including postnatal depression and has an information line for support: 0300 123 3393.

• Gingerbread is a national charity that offers help and advice for single parent families. It has a helpline: 0808 802 0925.

The NCT’s helpline on 0300 330 0700 offers practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. The charity runs Early Days groups, which give people the opportunity to explore different approaches to parenting issues with a qualified group leader and other new parents.

• Home-Start is a family support charity with volunteers who help families with young children deal with the challenges they face. • Netmums is a parenting website offering information, parenting advice, chat, competitions, recipes and support. • Mumsnet is a website for parents, which hosts discussion forums where users share advice and information on parenting and many other topics. sL

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News flash: nobody is a perfect parent. Of course, it may feel as if there are a few contenders for mum or dad of the year when you scroll through Facebook. You’re not alone in envying other families and their pictures of happy days out, when for you it feels like an achievement if you get out of the house before midday or even teatime. But remember that those photographs don’t always tell the full story. Paula says: “Everybody feels under pressure to succeed, but if your baby goes to bed fed and clean – that’s success; that is a great day. Don’t watch everybody else’s story. Ask for help and talk to people, such as your partner, health visitor and friends. Remember, you’re not the first person to have struggled with things like weaning and nappy rash, so don’t beat yourself up. Nobody is a perfect parent, no matter what they may put on Facebook. They’re all winging it.”


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Musculoskeletal problems including back pain, neck and upper limb problems are the second most common reason for not turning up to work, behind the common cough and cold. Registered Chiropractor, Emma Hellard explains more about how to diagnose and deal with chronic back pain.


ack ache, pain and discomfort are extremely common and something most of us have experienced at varying levels of seriousness. Most cases are termed ‘simple’ or ‘mechanical’ back pain. But how do we know when it is considered chronic and what can we do about it? At the most common level, simple back pain isn’t related to any serious underlying condition although it can involve muscles, joints and ligaments. It can be brought on by consistent poor posture or muscular tension. Wear and tear during the natural ageing process also falls into this category as the shock absorbing pads between the bones in your back naturally narrow. This can cause stiffness and affect mobility. Less commonly, nerves in your back can become irritated, compressed or trapped. This carries symptoms such as persistent pins and needles, tingling, numbness and weakness in your legs and feet. Disc bulges or wear and tear can lead to sciatica – which is pain spreading down the leg.

lifestyle we can inadvertently spend a lot of time hunched over a computer during the day and slumped on the sofa during the evenings. Good posture can be difficult to relearn but it is essential to avoid future health issues and ongoing pain. Keeping active is key; it is important to avoid prolonged periods spent sitting, you should break every 20 – 30 minutes. How we approach bending, lifting and exercise also impacts on the health of our backs. A good exercise coach will advise as you develop routines so you don’t fall into bad habits. If you have a physical job, again it’s important to take advice on how you perform any regular tasks you undertake to ensure you are not aggravating your spine. You may not notice it at first but we guarantee that any consistent irregular movements will manifest themselves in discomfort at some point. The UK government’s Health and Safety Executive ( estimated that 8.9 million work days were lost in 2017 due to musculoskeletal disorders.

“The Midlands had the highest percentage of back and neck pain sufferers under the age of 30”

All cases of back pain are at best uncomfortable and at worst debilitating. According to NHS Choices, over 28 million adults in the UK suffer with chronic back pain, a term they use to reflect a condition that has lasted for more than three months. 62% of these are aged over 75 which is not unexpected. However, recent British Chiropractic Association statistics revealed that the Midlands had the highest percentage of back and neck pain sufferers under the age of 30!

There are many things that we can do to protect our backs. Posture is key and it’s quite an eye opener when a professional corrects our position which can feel quite alien and awkward if we have developed a bad posture over many years. With today’s increasingly sedentary

If you experience back problems of any sort, at any level, we recommend you see a chiropractor for advice and treatment. A chiropractor understands the importance of gentle, non-invasive treatment to balance your body and realign your spine and joints. It also provides you with the opportunity to discuss your individual work and lifestyle circumstances and talk through your symptoms. No one is immune to back pain and our busy lifestyles mean that any early warning signs can often go unnoticed. However, with the help of a health care professional back problems can be easily managed. A good chiropractor can provide you with relief from back pain and, longer-term, can give you effective solutions and strategies to avoid future discomfort.

Emma Hellard is fully registered with the General Chiropractic Council and a member of the British Chiropractic Association and Royal College of Chiropractors. Emma is also owner of Stafford Chiropractic Clinic sL w w w. sta ffo rdsh i re l i vi n g.c o .u k


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LIFESTYLE | TASTE MINI PORK SAGE, APPLE AND CIDER PIES Makes 6-8 | Preparation time: 45 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes Ingredients • 450g (1lb) lean minced pork • 15ml (1tbsp) oil • 1 onion, roughly chopped • 1 eating apple, cored and sliced • Seasoning • 30ml (2tbsp) fresh sage, chopped • 300ml (½pt) cider or apple juice • 15-30ml (1-2tbsp) gravy granules • 500g packet pre-made shortcrust pastry • Plain flour for rolling Method



Serves 4 | Preparation time: 30 minutes Ingredients For the Hummus • 200g carrots, cut into sticks • 1 tsp cumin seeds • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil • 1 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained • 2 tbsp tahini • Juice of 1 lemon • 80g california walnuts, toasted • Splash of water • Salt and pepper to taste To Serve • A handful of green olives, roughly chopped • 2 slices of preserved lemons, thinly sliced • Small bunch coriander, roughly chopped or torn • Additional extra virgin olive oil (optional) Method


1. Preheat the oven to Gas 4-5, 180°C. 2. In a large pan, heat the oil and gently fry the mince and onion for about 3-4 minutes until browned. 3. Add the apple, seasoning, sage and cider, and bring to the boil. Add the gravy granules to thicken sauce. Cook for about 8-10 minutes. 4. Cut the pastry into 6-8 equal parts and roll out into rough circles. Place the pastry on a small piece of non-stick baking paper. Take a small ramekin/pie dish/deep muffin tin and, picking the pastry up on the paper, line the dish/tin (paper to dish). Push the pastry into the edges and corners, and roughly line. 5. Take large spoonfuls of the mince mixture and almost fill the dishes/tins. 6. Fold the pastry over to form a lid and roughly pinch the edges to seal. 7. Place onto a baking tray. Cook in a preheated oven for approximately 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly and then pull out of the pie dishes using the edges of the lining paper – simple! 8. Serve hot or warm as a snack or main dish. By

GOATS’ CHEESE CROSTINI WITH SPRING ONION & RADISH Serves 10 | Preparation time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 2 minutes Ingredients

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. 2. Place the carrots onto a small roasting tray and sprinkle over the cumin and olive oil. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until tinged golden. 3. Place the roasted carrots, chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and 50g of the California walnuts into a food processor and blitz until smooth, adding in a splash of water if you need to loosen the mixture a little. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 4. Spoon the hummus into your chosen container, then top with the olives, preserved lemon slices, coriander and leftover walnuts. Drizzle over some extra olive oil.

1. Heat the grill and lay the bread on a baking sheet and drizzle with a little olive oil. 2. Toast each side under the grill until golden. 3. Once toasted, spread each slice with goats’ cheese and top with some slices of radish and spring onion. 4. Season with a little salt and pepper and serve.

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• 10 slices of french stick or ciabatta • Drizzle of olive oil • 125g soft goats’ cheese • 4 spring onions, sliced • 10 french breakfast radishes, sliced Method

LIFESTYLE | TASTE CHESTNUT MUSHROOM & WATERCRESS SAUSAGE ROLLS WITH TOMATO CHUTNEY Makes 16 | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 45 minutes Ingredients

COURGETTE RISOTTO TORTE Serves 4 | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 35 minutes Ingredients • 20g Waitrose duchy organic butter, plus extra for greasing • 3 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs • 250g riso gallo organic arborio risotto rice • 1 Waitrose duchy organic onion, finely chopped • 2 cloves Waitrose duchy organic garlic, finely chopped • 400g Waitrose duchy organic courgettes, grated • 3 Waitrose duchy organic large free range eggs, beaten • 50g pecorino cheese, grated • 125g mozzarella, grated • 25g pack basil, chopped, plus a few leaves to garnish Method 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Grease a 23cm loose-bottomed cake tin and sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the base. 2. Place the rice in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes then drain. 3. In a large frying pan, melt the butter over a medium heat then cook the onion for a few minutes until starting to soften. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute. Add the courgettes and cook for 10 minutes until tender then transfer to a large bowl. 4. Stir in the rice, eggs, pecorino, mozzarella and chopped basil. Spoon into the prepared tin pressing the mixture down firmly and smoothing off the surface. 5. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes until set, golden and a little crispy on top. Allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes then serve garnished with basil leaves alongside a tomato and red onion salad. By Waitrose/recipes

• 2 puff pastry sheets • 1 onion, peeled and finely diced • 500g chestnut mushrooms, chopped • 85g bag watercress • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped • 2 celery stalks, finely diced • 1 tbsp english mustard • 100ml white wine • 80g fresh breadcrumbs • 1 egg • 50ml milk • Sesame seeds to finish • Olive oil • Salt and pepper For the Chutney • 250g red onions, finely sliced • 500g tomatoes roughly chopped • 1 red chilli, deseeded and diced • 75ml red wine vinegar • 140g dark brown soft sugar • Large pinch salt Method 1. First make the chutney by combining all ingredients in a large saucepan. Stir well then simmer on a low heat for 30-40 minutes before setting aside to cool. 2. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper. 3. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat, then add the diced onion and celery. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until golden. 4. Add in the chopped mushrooms and garlic, then cook until the mushrooms have softened. Add the watercress, mustard, and wine, and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low then cook for another 5-10 minutes, or until the liquid has cooked off. 5. Add the cooled mushroom mixture and breadcrumbs to a large bowl. Stir well to combine, check seasoning and adjust if necessary. 6. Lightly flour a clean work surface, then cut the puff pastry sheets in half lengthways so you have four pieces in total. Spoon a quarter of the mushroom and watercress mixture along the middle of each length of pastry, using the spoon to mould it into a sausage shape. 7. Whisk together the egg and milk, then brush it along the edges of the pastry. Carefully fold one side of pastry up and over the filling, then press down firmly on the other side to seal. Use a fork to crimp the edges, then trim for a neat finish. 8. Cut each length into four pieces, then place on the lined baking tray. Brush with the remainder of the egg and milk mixture then scatter with sesame seeds. 9. Cook in the centre of the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden. Serve warm with a generous amount of tomato chutney. By sL w w w. sta ffo rdsh i re l i vi n g.c o .u k



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In celebration of Afternoon Tea Week, which runs from the 13th to 19th August, it’s time to discover the best ways to spend this wonderful British tradition. he much-cherished British institution of “Afternoon Tea” is said to have started in 1841 when the Duchess of Bedford, forced to wait from 1pm until 8pm for dinner with her husband, asked for a small bite to eat in the late afternoon to satisfy the sinking feeling in her stomach. It did not take long for this action borne of necessity to develop into a social occasion where women, dressed in hats and long gowns, drank tea served in the best china while eating the most delicate of sandwiches and cakes. In recent years “Afternoon Tea”, fired by a seemingly insatiable surge in demand for the experience and the chance to enjoy it with friends and family, has undergone a real Renaissance. “Afternoon Tea Week” takes place this summer from the 13th-19th August and is a celebration of our love of this combination of savoury and sweet snacks enjoyed with some of the 165 million cups of tea we drink each day in the UK.

Tea around town The Ritz Hotel in London has been serving afternoon tea in the Palm Court since its opening in 1906. There is a formal dress code with no jeans, trainers or sportswear allowed, and eighteen different types of loose leaf tea are served with the sandwiches, scones and pastries to the accompaniment of a musical ensemble. Prices from £57 for adults and £35 for children.

It seems that we love the ritual so much that we want everyone to join in with afternoon tea and that includes our dogs. The Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge serves a doggy afternoon tea for man’s best friend, and for £25 they can enjoy meatloaf, biscuits and doggylicous ice-cream all washed down with a bowl of pawsecco. The Royal Shakespeare Company serves a vegan and gluten free afternoon tea in its Rooftop Restaurant in Stratford-uponAvon using soya cream and including roasted vegetable and basil pesto filo tart and smashed avocado and cherry tomato open rye sandwich.

“It seems that we love the ritual so much that we want everyone to join in with afternoon tea and that includes our dogs.”

Equally impressive is Claridge’s where there are twenty-four teas to choose from and gift vouchers available to treat family and friends for a special occasion. Prices start from £60, but as tables are filled quickly don’t delay. Afternoon tea is now very much a family affair with most venues welcoming little ones and offering reduced prices and special dishes. In London, The Langham welcomes children with jigsaw shaped sandwiches and cookie monster macarons, and the Waldorf Astoria in Edinburgh serves a £16 children’s afternoon tea that includes Oreo cheesecake and white chocolate and banana brownie. If you want to make a day of it how about afternoon tea at the races? Fontwell and Lingfield offer entry for two to the course and seats 48

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Of course, why go out for afternoon tea when, like the Duchess of Bedford, you can do it yourself. Invite friends around for a treat or get together and pool your favourites for an afternoon tea magical mystery ride. Teacup & Saucer £17 Daisy Park Organise your own “afternoon tea” for the world’s biggest coffee morning in support of Macmillan Cancer Support to be held on the 28th September and enjoy yourself while raising money for a worthwhile cause.

A do it yourself afternoon tea might be a perfect opportunity to taste some of the more unusual teas available. Fortnum & Mason serve afternoon tea in their diamond jubilee salon where there is an opportunity to taste some of their rarest teas during optional tasting sessions, but you could also become tea sommeliers for the day by ordering their rare single estate teas which start from £15 for 50g. Finally, with a booking made or the shopping done all that is left to do is consult Debretts the authority on etiquette since 1769. How should one behave in “Afternoon Tea Week”? It seems that it is always tea before milk, poured out individually and starting with the most senior guest first. Also, don’t forget to keep that little finger tucked in when you lift your cup and enjoy! sL

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“It is the meringue’s lightness and will-o’-the-wisp texture that lends itself perfectly to the summer dessert”

he British love desserts, and with the arrival of summer and an abundance of seasonal homegrown fruit they come into their own with spectacular style. Whether it is a medley of summer fruits encased in a classic summer pudding, or an unrestrained profusion of fresh berries atop a cheesecake or pavlova, summer desserts are all about celebrating the season. When the sun shines life moves outdoors, and with plenty of delicious eye-catching desserts to accompany your summer dining, maximum impact is guaranteed. Summer Pudding also known as Malvern or Hydropathic Pudding was created first as an invalid food, hence the reference to the spa town of Malvern and hydropathy, which is the treatment of disease by water, because the bread casing was thought lighter and so more palatable than pastry. Today, Summer Pudding is a tonic to be enjoyed by all with the vivid juice-soaked bread providing a delicate cover to the slightly tart berries hidden within. Dress the pudding with cascades of fresh fruit and cream swirls or serve with fresh sorbets and ice creams with flavours as rich and colourful as the pudding. Meringue is said to have been created by a Swiss pastry cook for a future Queen who met him in the town of Meiringen to congratulate him, and Marie Antionette enjoyed meringues with chantilly cream as she walked through the gardens at Versailles. It is the meringue’s lightness and will-o’-thewisp texture that lends itself perfectly to the summer dessert must haves of fruit, cream and ice cream. The first Queen Elizabeth is said to have exclaimed, “Oh, that’s like a kiss” when she bit into her first meringue.


A pavlova, named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, is a meringuebased dessert with a crisp crust and soft light inside topped with fresh fruit and cream. For a slightly more relaxed approach try Eton Mess where broken meringue is mixed with fruit and fresh cream, a dish allegedly served first in the 1930s Eton Mess Hall. While piped meringue sets off the sharpness of citrus in a lemon meringue pie or completes the lightest Queen of Puddings, the most spectacular meringue dessert must be Baked Alaska. A Baked Alaska consists of ice cream on a sponge base coated with meringue that is browned just prior to serving. The dish was created to celebrate the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867 and relies on the air in the meringue insulating the ice cream from the heat. Cheesecakes are quick and easy summer desserts that when decorated or flavoured with fresh fruit dazzle and impress. The cheesecake was a creation of the Ancient Greeks, but it was not until 1875 in America that cream cheese was added under the trademark of Philadelphia which we still see and use today. Two state side variations are the New York Cheesecake, served plain and containing extra egg yolks, and Key Lime Pie the official dessert of Key West and flavoured with lime juice. The seasonal abundance of fresh fruit can be used in a fruit “fool” which is a dessert made by blending sweetened cream with pureed slightly tart fruits such as gooseberries or rhubarb. The “fool” in its earliest form contained beaten eggs, and so is often thought of as the predecessor of our most iconic of British desserts - the trifle. The trifle divides opinions like no other dessert with variations as numerous as the families who love this national


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Pick your own - Although the supermarkets boast year-round fruit availability nothing beats picking your own. Check out the National Trust ( who hold fruit picking days at their properties, and the Woodland Trust ( offer advice on foraging for food safely and legally.


treasure. For some, setting fruit in jelly is a sin, while others shudder at shop bought trifle sponges and don’t even start on the whole hundreds and thousands thing. Whatever your favourite or family version a trifle is always a crowd pleaser. What the trifle does introduce us to is the whole range of wonderful summer desserts that require setting, whether it is a custard for a trifle, the crème anglaise for a fruit flan or a mousse. The mousse with a little creativity can have a massive impact. Try creating different flavoured mousses in striking colours and setting each one layer by layer or at a jaunty angle and then decorate with whipped cream and fresh fruit. For the ultimate dessert spread mousse and cream inside a home-baked fat free sponge before rolling to make a roulade that can be decorated with cream, fruit and fruit coulis. Some desserts, including mousses, need to be set through the addition of gelatine which is derived from animals although vegetarian alternatives such as agar are now readily available. Panna cotta is a moulded sweetened cream dessert that is set with gelatine and can be fruit flavoured. When made correctly it barely holds together and is light and understated in the mouth. Fresh fruit jellies with berries suspended within them like jewels and made with sparkling wine for extra fizz are impressive especially when creatively set in layers.

Summer is all about ice cream and sorbets. The increasing availability of competitively priced ice cream machines has made the whole process quicker and far more accessible for all with some machines claiming to make ice cream in 15-20 minutes. This is a far cry from the first ice cream frozen by a mixture of ice and salt, with the ice coming from ice houses or after 1850 by ship from colder climates. The Italians were the first to add milk to their recipes, and Italian immigrants selling ice cream from reusable glass dishes became a regular and popular site. Although the first ice cream cones were made in 1894 it was not until 1926 that these glass dishes or “licks” were made illegal on public health grounds. In the summer life takes the slow lane with the opportunity to spend time lingering over meals with family and friends or making the most of the weather by eating outdoors. In the winter the British love their classic puddings warming and cosy on dark winter evenings, but in the summer, we love desserts and the more extravagant the better.

Go on make a dessert while the sun shines and spread a smile.

Cutting the calories - If you need to watch what you eat there are options. Reduce the sugar you add to fruit by replacing some of it with lemon juice or a vanilla pod and chose fat free options or fromage frais for your cheesecake. Cream can be replaced by yogurt or sour cream, and rather than making one huge dessert make individual ones to control portion size. Grilled fruit caramelises adding sweetness and use the sweetest of fruits for sorbets to reduce the amount of added sugar.


Service with style - Maximise the impact of that show stopping dessert by splashing out and updating your tableware. Vintage themed mismatched glassware can be set off by pastels and florals, or maybe add a splash of colour with more childfriendly wipeable and unbreakable ranges great for outdoor eating.

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Ice Cream Machines - Ice cream machines are now readily available to match all budgets online and in stores. Decide how much you want to pay and then take time to read through the reviews to find one that matches your requirements best. Summer Fruits - The season is year long in the supermarket, but still try to celebrate our summer homegrown bounty by checking where your fruits are from and trying to buy British. July sees the start of the British cherry and plum seasons. Food that has been grown locally and is in season tastes better. The Co-op provide information on what fruits are in season and when. sL

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we demand ever more speciality products, machines and accessories. Even our beloved traditional cooked breakfast has not remained untouched: health concerns have meant grilling has replaced frying, the hash brown depending on your opinion is a welcome or unwelcome addition, there has been the arrival of artisan sausages and there is now a fast food alternative served at a drive thru.

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he Romans didn’t eat it, but by the Middle Ages, and linked to Monastic life, it meant literally to break the night’s fast, and by the 1740s it was popular enough for wealthy houses to have a room named after it. By the nineteenth century in aristocratic circles up to twenty-four dishes were served for it, and the Industrial Revolution with fixed working hours meant it became a necessary pre-work meal. In 1900, John Harvey Kellogg left some boiled maize out that went stale so he rolled and baked it, and it became a legend. In the 1950s we’d never had it so good with the arrival of toasters, sliced bread and sweetened cereals, and with roughly half the population beginning the day with a full fry-up; breakfast had well and truly arrived. Recent research has reinforced breakfast’s title as the most important meal of the day by showing that children who skip it struggle more with concentration and behaviour, and that there is a positive correlation between a healthy breakfast and academic achievement. Fortunately, help is out there because breakfast has gone through quite a culinary metamorphosis recently and there are more than enough tasty options out there to please everyone. With the addition of clever planning and preparation you’re on to a winner.


To make sure you don’t miss this valuable meal and fancy a change from cereal and toast there are some nutritious and delicious alternatives that you can prepare in advance. Traditional Bircher muesli developed around 1900 by a Swiss physician of the same name involves leaving oats to soak overnight in apple juice which are mixed in the morning with yogurt and fruit. If there is simply no time in the morning or you need a few extra minutes in bed, make your own muesli bars and store in an airtight container. American style pancakes are delicious but time consuming to make so mix your batter the night before (it benefits from being left to stand) and they’ll arrive quicker on your plate in the morning. Finally make sure you stock up with tinned fruit, frozen berries, peanut butter, maple syrup and a selection of speciality breads in the freezer so that there are always healthy options.

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Riding high in this breakfast revolution is porridge, once a favoured ov cipe e r i horse feed and, thanks l s mue ome! to Dickens’ Oliver Twist, at h associated with poverty and BERRY BIRCHER deprivation, but it is now the MUESLI food of the moment championed by the active and nutrition conscious. Ingredients It seems that what you put on porridge is only • 200g Quaker Oats Rolled Oats limited by your imagination, and it’s not just • 2 red apples, grated about oats it can be made with rice, pearl barley • 150g Waitrose LOVE Life Dried and a multitude of other grains or seeds. To Berry Mix save time try a no cook overnight porridge • 400ml Tropicana Creations Apple & which involves soaking oats in milk and yogurt Mango Juice with added fruit (or make your own compote • 300g Greek-style yogurt from frozen berries simmered in water, sugar • 3 tbsp honey and vanilla essence). • 50g Waitrose LOVE Life Almonds, Breakfast is now a much more eclectic mix roughly chopped which includes new favourites - quick to prepare Method avocado on toast (take care removing that stone) and eggs benedict which you can make extra 1. Place the oats, grated apple and berries speedy by topping your eggs with a dollop in a bowl. Pour over the juice, mix well of shop bought Hollandaise sauce. Fruit and together then cover and chill overnight. vegetable smoothies now share the table with a 2. Divide between 6 small bowls and much wider range of juices and summer holiday top with yogurt. Drizzle with honey and discoveries have put Greek yogurt on the table. scatter over the chopped almonds. Serve with a glass of apple & mango juice. Traditionally a nation of tea drinkers we now having a growing coffee addiction, and our taste is getting more sophisticated as

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ummer’s here, school’s out and it’s time for some fun in the sun. Sunny days, lie-ins and plenty of opportunities for days out await! The only thing is our glorious British weather doesn’t always agree. Indeed, August 2017 was the 11th wettest on record, which pretty much put paid to travelling to the seaside, picnics by the river and blowing up the paddling pool. The six-week break from school can be a daunting time for parents. You only have to look online to read the threads on parenting sites such as Mumsnet about how mums and dads nationwide are apprehensive about keeping young ones entertained, especially if it rains. Constant days out can also hit the finances hard, especially for larger families. And for parents who have to work there’s also the childcare question. But cast your worries aside as we’re here to help show you there’s really no reason why summer should be anything but as idyllic as the vision in your mind.

BOREDOM If there’s one thing that will be as dependable as the rain, it’s that at some point over summer children will moan and whine: “I’m bored”. To stop you tearing your hair out, a list of rainy day activities is vital. Get the kids to come up with ideas for things to do and put the suggestions away in a box. Then when boredom hits dive in and pick an activity. A boredom-busting project could be getting them to keep a diary of what they have been up to over summer. Make it a fun challenge and get them to collect items, take photographs and write about their favourite activities. Not only does it provide them with something to do it also saves their writing skills dipping over the break.

BUY SOME GOOD WATER-PROOFS The key to summer dressing in Britain is to be prepared for all weathers. By all means embrace the season and throw on a dress or shorts and t-shirt but don’t forget to take a hoody or cardigan and be ready for the rain with some waterproofs. Ones that fold up small are your best bet as they take up hardly any room. You can buy them in most high street stores, supermarkets and online for all ages. Alternatively, make sure you pack an umbrella. And keep some wellies or trainers handy, for as tempting as it might be to slip your feet into flip flops, a rainy walk in the park could leave you cold and miserable with frozen, wet toes.

SUMMER PLAYSCHEMES These tend to run in many places, including leisure centres, over the summer months and although they cost they at least provide peace of mind for parents that their children will be having fun while being looked after. In Staffordshire, for example, Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis brought back the Space scheme, which includes events across the county aimed at battling boredom for children aged eight to 17. There are a range of events, such as sports, dance, drama and craft activities, as well as discount offers at bowling allies and cinemas. As Mr Ellis says: “Space 2018 is aimed at increasing skills, improving health and wellbeing and creating opportunities for young people to take part in positive activities.” More information can be found at Whether you’re a working parent or not, a summer playscheme is a great way to keep kids active and interested – and tired out ready for bedtime.



This one applies to all ages, whether you’re a couple looking for fun, a more mature group of friends wanting to plan time together or parents with children or teenagers to entertain.

If your child loves their computer more than getting out and about imposing a daily limit might be the answer. It stops them being glued to screens all day long but still allows them time to play. Banning them altogether will just result in rows and arguments. Plus an hour of screen time here and there might be a welcome relief for holiday-weary parents!

Rather than spending an age trying to think up somewhere to go or do, make a list of possibilities. Collect as much information as you can, from swimming pool and leisure centre opening times to bus timetables and train travel, cinema schedules, guides on events at nearby parks, local bike routes, walks, museums and library opening times. Libraries often have craft events on over the summer, which provide free fun for youngsters, as well as encouraging children to keep their reading skills up over the six weeks.



With six whole weeks to contend with it’s no wonder childcare arrangements are the biggest headache for parents.

Set aside a budget for activities and days out so you don’t end up bankrupt by September. Get hold of as many voucher codes as you can, look out for upcoming deals and two for one offers. You often get things cheaper if you book online and in advance. Restaurants and cafes often tend to have summer deals where kids can eat cheaply, which is always worth keeping an eye on.

It might be worth asking your employer if you can work flexibly over the summer weeks just to help take the strain away. There’s no guarantee an employer will say yes and obviously it all depends on the business and how busy the period is but it’s always worth asking the question. If you work from home, you might have to consider changing your own hours to accommodate working commitments.

Train travel is less expensive if you book in advance so think ahead if you’re planning a day out and want to leave the car behind.

Grandparents can be of great assistance here. Most would probably be thrilled to look after the little darlings for at least one day a week and that’s one day less to have to worry about. Perhaps join forces with other mums where possible to see if you can help each other.

SIBLING SQUABBLES If you have more than one child, unless you’re lucky enough to have youngsters who never argue and play harmoniously every single day (this only exists in dreams) the kids will undoubtedly squabble. Loudly. Not only will your ears get sick of the onslaught you will feel like you have spent an entire summer refereeing a boxing match. The solution? Well there isn’t a guaranteed way to stop them falling out but try encouraging them to play by themselves in separate rooms for a set amount of time. In fact, a bit of alone time might just mean they appreciate playing with each other later on. Having their own friends round from time to time could also help to break the day up a bit. >

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Here at Bradshaw’s we also offer afternoon tea served on fine bone china. Customers can look forward to a selection of freshly made sandwiches followed by a selection of homemade cakes, chocolate dipped strawberries and scones with jam and clotted cream. All accompanied with tea or coffee, Prosecco or Gin, if you prefer! In themed addition to our traditional afternoon tea we also offer a Unicorn themed afternoon tea. These afternoon teas come with Unicorn cupcakes and biscuits and everything you would expect from our traditional tea. You can also look forward to a beautiful table setting complete with a candelabra, a real treat for any special occasion. Opening Hours - Mon-Fri 7:00 am-5:30 pm Sat 7:00 am-5:00 pm | Sun 9:00 am-3:00 pm Bleak House Farm, Ironstone Road, Chase Terrace, Burntwood, Staffordshire, WS7 1YL 01543 279437 | |

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You’ve planned to have some time off together and need a romantic day out. But it’s not unusual for random days off to get swallowed up by your ever-growing ‘life’ to-do list. Forget about getting odd jobs and errands done and concentrate on each other. We’re pretty sure all those must-do tasks can wait another day! And when you are deciding what to do, this might be the perfect opportunity to do something you wouldn’t normally do – yes you want romance but you also want fun, so try swapping your usual shopping and lunch date for something a little more energetic.

Solution: Adventure Throw caution to the wind and fall in love all over again doing something completely unexpected. You could hire bikes for the day, ride horses or canoe down a canal but for something even more thrilling, try your hand at gliding! The Midland Gliding Club is located at The Long Mynd, Church Stretton in Shropshire. They offer ‘First Flight’ experiences from £95 per person. Visit for more information.

WORKING PARENTS Organising child care is a struggle but there are plenty of options out there providing day care for children during the holidays, especially when it comes to sports. In fact, you’ll be doing more for your children than you think by enrolling them in these sports ‘camps’ following alarming figures released by NHS digital earlier this year. The data revealed that 34 per cent of children aged 10 - 11 are overweight or obese in the county, rising to 39 per cent in Stoke-onTrent, and introduced a new “severely obese” weight class, which included almost 4 per cent of children in Staffordshire and over 5 percent in Stoke.

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Solution: Sports Day Ministry 4 Sport, based in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, runs PE, sports and gentle exercise groups during the school holidays for children aged 4-12. The locations are: Newcastle Town FC Soccer School, Betley Multi Sports Holiday Club and a new multi sports holiday club at Congleton High School. For more information visit www.

GRANDPARENTS If you have been called in to look after the grandchildren this holiday, you might be at a complete loss of what to do for the best, especially if you’ve all been cooped up indoors for a few days previously. You can stop them from bouncing off the walls by taking them out for the day but you might be worried about what and where to take them and still be able to keep control! And you still want to be able to enjoy the day yourself too, so what is the answer?

Solution: Culture Combine the outdoors with some history and heritage, perfect to satisfy your mind and their curiosity, and we really couldn’t be better placed for this type of exploration. Staffordshire is full of stately homes, manor houses and impressive parks and gardens all geared up to receive children over the summer. Visit www. for more information.

ALONE TIME When faced with a day on your own, you need to find something that will bring you joy and empowerment. Remember, some of the greatest explorers did it all by themselves! We’re not expecting you to set sail for discovery, but it is the perfect opportunity to do something you might otherwise avoid alone, and it can give you time to reflect on life for a more positive outlook.

Solution: Be a solo traveller There’s nothing stopping you going to any of the activities we’ve mentioned but why not visit a museum and really throw yourself into the history without any distractions from companions? Or, even better, pack yourself off to your local book store or coffee shop and sit and read that novel you’ve been desperate to get through for so long. If you are feeling especially daring, there are companies which offer excursions and holidays for solo travellers – from shopping trips to walking routes. And if all else fails, you can always treat yourself to an indulgent and extremely long massage. sL

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Come and visit Bodelwyddan Castle and Park, a family friendly Museum, Country Park, and home of the WW1 Trench Experience. Set inside a beautiful and atmospheric Victorian country house, our museum has open displays with hands on children’s activities and interactive galleries for the whole family to enjoy, plus an extensive Welsh Art collection. New for 2018 is our outstanding WW1 commemorative exhibition "From Civilian to Combatant", set over three galleries and showcasing some unique items from private collections and telling individual stories of men and women who lived during the time of the Great War. Our lovely grounds include an adventure playground, woodland trails, original WW1 practice trenches and the amazing WW1 Replica Trench Experience. The Trench Experience is a guided attraction only - please call us to book your place. Our on-site café, Café Celf serves delicious home baked quality food. Assistance dogs only are allowed on site. Visit  or  for more information, opening days and times.


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The kids are looking forward to their summer holidays. Visit Trentham Gardens to tantalise your toes on the barefoot walk, spot the fairies, tackle the adventure playground or take a ride on the boat or train. Parking at Trentham is FREE so you can enjoy hours of family fun without worrying your ticket will expire!



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Saturday 1st September 2018 Gates open: 2.00pm Displays Commence: 8.00pm Early booking ticket discounts or pay on the gate. 01384 402266 The UK’s greatest firework spectacular Four amazing displays, all set to music, all in one night! Featuring DYNAMIC FIREWORKS (Colchester) G2 FIREWORKS (Middlesbrough) BRIGHT SPARKS (CLWYD) JUBILEE FIREWORKS (West Midlands)


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A FAMILY SEASON PASS TO ALTON TOWERS shows and interactive experiences featuring their favourite CBeebies friends, CBeebies Land is now bigger than ever before with the addition of Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom Ride and The Furchester Hotel Live Show, which join firm favourites including Postman Pat Parcel Post and In The Night Garden Magical Boat Ride.

To be in with a chance to enjoy Wicker Man again and again, as well as over 50 more breathtaking rides and attractions, head to the competition section of and find the Alton Towers competition page. Simply enter your answer to the below question, along with your name and address details on the form provided by the closing date, which is Friday 27th July 2018.

Q: What is the name of the new wooden rollercoaster at Alton Towers? Scan the barcode using a QR code reader on your mobile phone or tablet to go direct to the competitions area on! Didn’t win? You can buy an Alton Towers Season Pass for just £55: pay for a day, and come back for free all season (exclusion dates apply). As an added bonus, Season Pass holders will always be the first to know about the very latest news, with special offers and updates straight to their inbox. Don’t miss out on unbeatable value this year: Alton Towers Season Passes are available to purchase from seasonpass or from the Theme Park entrance on the day.

With over 50 rides and attractions, Alton Towers Resort is Britain’s Greatest Escape. Whether you’re seeking family fun or pure adrenalin-fuelled experiences, there is something for everyone to enjoy. But, imagine being able to enjoy this thrill again and again with a Season Pass giving you unlimited access to the park in 2018? Well, good news, as we’ve teamed up with Alton Towers to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a family Season Pass for 2018. That’s four tickets that can be used as many times as you like until the end of the season 2018. Brand new for 2018 is Wicker Man: the first wooden rollercoaster built in the UK for over 20 years. Wicker Man is the world’s most immersive rollercoaster experience to date, combining cutting edge special effects with classic wooden coaster technology. Alongside Wicker Man, and the iconic rollercoasters including Nemesis, The Smiler and Galactica, the Season Pass is the perfect way to escape to the colourful world of CBeebies Land. With rides,

Terms and conditions: 1. The closing date and time for entries is 9.30am on Friday 27th July 2018. 2. There is one prize consisting of four Season Passes (two adults and two children) for Alton Towers Theme Park only. 3. The Season Pass is valid until Sunday 4th November 2018. 4. Exclusion dates apply: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in August 2018; 1st and 2nd September; the Resort's Scarefest event (running on the 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th and 19th October to 2nd November 2018 inclusive; and the Resort's fireworks event (3rd and 4th November 2018). These dates are subject to change. 5. Season Pass is to be used by named holder only; each pass displays a clear photograph of the holder. 6. The prize is non-transferable and non-refundable and there is no cash alternative. 7. The prize does not include any travel costs or insurance or any other meals, beverages or incidental costs. Full Season Pass terms and conditions can be found on 8. One winner will be drawn at random from all eligible entries received by the closing date. 9. The winner will be notified by phone, post or e-mail within seven days of the closing date. 10. The editor's decision is final. 11. The competition is not open to employees of Purple Sprout, Alton Towers and their families. 12. Entrants must be aged 18 and over. Only one entry per person. 13. From time to time Purple Sprout or the competition supplier may contact you with news and information. If you would prefer not to receive further communication please tick the opt out box on the competition entry form. 14. By participating in the draw, entrants are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. 15. No responsibility will be accepted for entries lost, delayed or damaged or for any other problems with entries caused by factors outside the promoter’s control. 16. Entrants must be UK residents.

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The summertime is the perfect time to get out and visit the beautiful Dovedale Valley. Why not take the opportunity to visit us by taking advantage of one of our fantastic special offers... ‘4 NIGHTS FOR 3’ MID WEEK OFFER! Book 3 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (for 2 people) and get the 4th Night (Bed & Breakfast) absolutely FREE! This offer is valid for any Sunday to Thursday mid-week stay until 27th September 2018 (excluding Bank Holiday Sundays & Mondays). FREE SUNDAY LUNCH WITH WEEKEND STAYS! Stay Friday and Saturday Night Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and get Sunday Lunch (for 2 people) for FREE! This offer is valid on stays until 30th September 2018 (excluding Bank Holiday weekends). to qualify, simply quote SLJUL18 when booking. Please note that the above offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and to qualify your booking must be made directly with the hotel.

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Explore stalls from over 80 artisans exhibiting exquisite creations, from fine art to textiles, ceramics to jewellery, and food and drink. As well as this, ‘have-a-go’ archery will take place in the Chapel Field, and the British Legion will create a knitted poppy display along the Hall’s driveway. New for this year, a VIP evening will be held on July 26th, from 5-8pm. Entry: £5.50, tickets for VIP evening available online. Visit for more details | 01629812855

The Peacock at Rowsley The Peacock at Rowsley is a luxury boutique hotel and restaurant, located at the heart of the Peak District. Enjoy a mid-week Dinner, Bed and Breakfast break from £285 per double room, per night, with any 3 courses from the restaurant’s delicious summer menu included. And on Sundays, enjoy a dedicated lunch menu which includes Derbyshire rib of beef, from 12-2pm.

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Shirley’s 1857 Bone and Flint Mill will be in steam and operating as in Victorian times. The British Organ Grinders Association will be holding a gathering throughout the weekend. Tea room Museum Artistic Blacksmith Demonstrations Hands on Pottery

Fun and Entertainment for all the family at an interesting and attractive location in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent Entry to the Mill: Adults £4.00 or £6.00 for a guided tour. Under 16s free. Free entry to the Gathering.

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THE RAILWAY INN We are a traditional pub and B&B. We serve traditional varied pub food Tuesday to Sunday, with a Roast dinner also available on Sundays. We have Sky Sports, free Wi-Fi, a pool table, dart board, quiz machine, small function room and a large beer garden. We also have a large carpark. Opening Hours Monday - 5pm to 11.30pm Tuesday to Friday - 12pm to 11.30pm Saturday - 12pm to 12am Sunday - 12pm to 10.30pm.

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HACK GREEN SECRET NUCLEAR BUNKER Discover the secret world of nuclear government. For over 50 years this vast underground complex remained secret, hidden on the outskirts of a sleepy Cheshire town. Declassified in 1993, the 35,000 sq. ft underground bunker would have been the centre of Regional Government had nuclear war broken out. It was built in the 1950s as part of a secret radar network code-named ‘ROTOR’. The bunker today offers a warm welcome to anyone looking for a different day out. Tons of authentic equipment in original settings fire the imagination, with an exciting glimpse into England’s dramatic Cold War past.

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The Railway Inn, Froghall Road, Froghall, Stoke-on-Trent, ST10 2HA We are next to the Churnet Valley Railway.

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DAYS OUT | LIVING Your Guide to a Perfect Day Out in the Countryside Do your homework before you go. So that nothing can impact on your enjoyment take a little time to do some preparation beforehand. Check out your route and the facilities available when you get there. If you are taking children: will it be suitable, and if the family pet is coming along is the activity or trail dog friendly? Take a map, print off the route or download one of the many walking apps available for your phone or tablet. Don’t forget to take at least one fully charged mobile phone with you. Be a well-behaved countryside visitor. Take nothing away but memories and leave nothing behind but footprints. Use litter bins if provided but if not bring all your rubbish home and dispose of it sensibly. It is illegal to uproot any wild plant, and the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act protects rare and endangered varieties. Follow the Country Code closing gates and staying on footpaths. Keep dogs under control near livestock and take great care when crossing fields where cattle are present. Dress appropriately. Check the weather forecast before you go, and ensure you have a waterproof jacket with a hood for the showers or a hat and suntan cream for when it warms up. Splash out on a pair of good quality lightweight walking boots but remember to break them in with short walks before you take on a longer challenge. Keep hydrated and energised. Always take more water than you think you will need and some snacks to keep you going. A good quality waterproof rucksack is the best way to carry water, drinks, clothing and maps. Finally, and most importantly, where and what to eat! Nothing ends a good countryside walk better than refreshments at one of our wonderful country pubs. The Good Pub Guide can help you find the best regional pubs so be sure to visit its website or app. You can of course take a picnic and what better way to support the countryside than by filling your hamper with local produce from a local farm shop or market.


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he aim of the Prince’s Countryside Fund is to celebrate the countryside and the people who live and work there, while also offering support with the unique challenges of rural life. This year their annual “National Countryside Week” from Monday 30th July to Sunday 5th August is shining a light on the importance of our most isolated rural communities to generate support for their valued way of life and provide solutions for the problems they face. The Fund has commissioned a new report, “Recharging Rural” to explore what is needed to make these communities better prepared and so more able to cope with the demands made upon them. The commissioning of research is just one part of the Fund’s comprehensive support structure which also includes grants, emergency relief and a Farm Resilience Programme. The National Farmers Union (NFU) says that Government policymakers are not doing enough to address the needs and interests of the natural environment and rural communities. They continue to highlight the central role that farming plays at the heart of the countryside and rural communities delivering for the economy, public well-being and the environment.

Fauld. There are also walks including “Monks & Moorings” a 6.5-mile trail that incorporates the canal network, ancient woodland and nature reserves. The National Forest website ( contains details of all the attractions and activities within the Forest. The National Trust has some hidden countryside gems for you to enjoy in Staffordshire, and you can visit knowing that the Trust is working hard to safeguard nature for years to come. Owning 250,000 hectares of countryside The National Trust is very aware of the issues affecting rural areas and is committed to using sustainably produced local food at its properties which is better for the environment and supports rural communities. Have a day out at Downs Bank near Stone which is a wilderness of woodlands and heath, and a great spot for children young and old with a stream just asking to be discovered. Visit Hawksmoor near Cheadle in the beautiful Churnet Valley and see if you can spot the green woodpeckers in the ancient woodland. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has 27 nature reserves across the county that include open moorland, ancient woodlands, wildflower meadows and wetlands. The Wolseley Centre near Rugeley and the Westport Lake Visitor Centre at Stoke on Trent are good introductions to the Trust’s work with cafes, footpaths, play areas and family activities. The Trust’s must-see reserves are The Roaches in the Staffordshire Moorlands, Doxey Marshes at Stafford and Highgate Common near Womborne.

“Be a well-behaved countryside visitor: Take nothing away but memories and leave nothing behind but footprints…”

A rural idyll can be both a blessing and a curse. Social isolation exacerbated by remoteness is a prime cause of depression and other forms of mental illness. Groups most susceptible are the elderly living alone, those who know very few people in the area or do not work, and those who are affected by inadequate access to transport and other public services. Isolated rural communities have seen their schools, shops, post offices and pubs disappear at an alarming rate with the result that they lose their ability to attract potential new residents. The beauty and vast expanse of our countryside, where there is still plenty of affluence, means that areas of disadvantage can often go unnoticed unlike their more visible urban equivalents. “National Countryside Week” will culminate at Blenheim Palace where the BBC is staging the very popular “Countryfile Live”; the ultimate celebration of our British countryside and its contribution to our everyday life. So, what better way is there of showing your support for the Fund this summer than by getting out and about in the Staffordshire and Shropshire countryside, enjoying yourself while at the same time doing your bit to promote, celebrate and support what our own county has to offer.

Our land Covering more than 1000 square miles there is no lack of countryside to explore in Staffordshire. The county encompasses part of the Peak District National Park, as well as areas of the National Forest, Cannock Chase, nature reserves, picturesque villages and more miles of canals than any other Shire county. In Staffordshire, The National Trust has both large properties with extensive grounds to explore at Shugborough and Biddulph Grange, as well as the high sandstone ridge of Kinver Edge, secret woodlands, heaths and wilderness. The National Forest has been transforming 200 square miles of Central England for over twenty-five years, and in that time has healed many of the scars left on the landscape by the area’s proud mining heritage creating nature reserves, country parks, woodland walks and the National Forest Way. The National Forest Way is a 75-mile walking trail from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to Beacon Hill County Park in Leicestershire. Branston Water Park at Burton upon Trent is the premier wildlife site in Staffordshire with a level path running around the entire site and picnic benches dotted around the lake. Jackson’s Bank at Yoxall is a 35-hectare replanted ancient woodland with surfaced paths containing gypsum mined nearby at

Cannock Chase is an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” (AONB) because it is the largest surviving area of internationally scarce and threatened lowland in the Midlands. The millenniums old landscape is inhabited by the famous Chase deer descended from the original herd introduced by the Normans for hunting. The area is a positive model for rural sustainability maintaining a balance between our love of the great outdoors, local industry, farming and habitat conservation to ensure the continuation of a living and working environment. The Chase is a mixture of forest woodland crisscrossed with wellmaintained trails accessible on foot, bike or horseback, and designed parkland. Birches Valley Forest Centre is the perfect introduction to all that Cannock Chase has to offer. There is a café and ample parking with information on bike tails and woodland walks, as well as the opportunity to try out orienteering, horse riding, segways and treetop high ropes. The Canal & River Trust is the custodian of our canals and rivers and supports communities who live and work around our waterways. The Trust supports and celebrates the wildlife and countryside that surround our canals and waterways by providing information on places to visits and waterside hikes or strolls. At Audlem near Crewe the towpath walk alongside its famous run of fifteen locks is described as one of the finest in lowland England, and Fradley Junction at Alrewas offers maps to help you discover the history of the area with pond dipping and bird watching at the nearby Fradley Pool Nature Reserve. The Peak District National Park and its gateway the Staffordshire Moorlands crown our county in spectacular style. Although Staffordshire shares the National Park with Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Cheshire it has more than its fair share of spectacular locations to visit and enjoy. There are the Roaches, and the beautiful Manifold Valley dotted with picturesque villages including Alstonefield and traditional pubs including The Manifold Inn at Hartington. Staffordshire is blessed with some wonderful and varied countryside which is there to be enjoyed. The Prince’s Countryside Fund hope that “National Countryside Week”, while celebrating the beauty of our rural areas, will also highlight the people who live and work there and how we can all support them. sL

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The Bulls Head Alton We are a family run business set in a 17th Century coaching inn, situated in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands. We are just minutes away from Alton Towers for all you thrill seekers. We are perfectly placed for more sedate getaways with long walks in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside & the awe inspiring Peak District. For culture vultures, we are just a short drive away from The Potteries, home to many of the UK’s leading museums & theatres. Our kitchen serves up the very best Italian style gourmet pizzas with fresh ingredients. With new twists on old classics & seasonal specials, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better pizza this side of Napoli. We look forward to welcoming you to the recently refurbished Bulls Head

Opening Hours Mon – Thu: 12 am – 11 pm | Fri – Sun: 10 am – 11 pm 2 High St, Alton, ST10 4AQ | 01538 702307 |




Be there for cats in your local area... becoming a volunteer cat fosterer Across Cats Protection there are thousands of cats and kittens needing temporary homes until they find their forever families. Many of our feline friends are cared for by volunteer fosterers in their homes, or in purpose built pens in their gardens. As a volunteer cat fosterer, you will develop new skills, expand your knowledge and make a significant contribution to improving the lives of cats and kittens in need by caring for them before they find new loving homes. Training, support, food, litter and veterinary treatment is supplied, and all out of pocket expenses can be reclaimed. We just ask for your time, which makes a huge difference and gives these cats a second chance at a happy life. For further information please contact: T: 080800 191919 E: W: fb: catsprotection Reg Charity 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland)

New Acrobatic Freerunning Parkour Aerial Park to open in Stone, Staffordshire. Stone Business Park is to be the location of UKCF Academy Stoke, a Parkour, Free Running, Acrobatics, Tumbling, Freestyle Trampoline Wall, Foam Pit, Power Tumble Tracks, Aerial Trapeze, Silks, Hoop centre! The owners, from Loggerheads, explained to A Little Bit of Stone about their new venture: “In the past, we’ve both worked as acrobats, aerialists and live stunt performers. We have performed on a number of blockbuster films and TV series, including BBC Tabboo with Tom Hardy, BBC Hollow Crown with Benedict Cumberbatch and even as power rangers in a live action stunt show in Dubai! “We both regularly perform in the Middle East and on commercial/corporate projects for private engagements or product launches. We’ve even been on CBEEBIES Justin’s House as an acrobatic stunt tumble group. The couple met at Circomedia in 2011, while they were studying for Degrees in ‘Contemporary circus, aerial and acrobatics and physical performance.’ The park will have a mixture of youth and adult-focused sessions which help participants develop their skills and abilities. We asked Oli why they chose Stone for the new park: “Stone is a great central place as it offers us two target audiences of Staffordshire and Stoke. Stone was also the only area offering the size and style warehouse that we needed for our ambitious plans. There will be a mezzanine cafe and viewing area integrated into the centre which will allow participants to relax with a snack and a drink after a hard session in the park.” The new centre will open in August 2018 with a number of youth free trials scheduled in for the 5th, 19th and 31st August. There will also be an official opening day before this for adults/professionals to meet VIP celebrities in parkour, free running and acrobatics. “Our purpose-built park will include trampoline, tumble tracks and fast tracks into a foam pit, a freestyle trampoline wall, viewing area, full size sprung floor, parkour-built city stretching 20 metres in length, flying aerial apparatus such as trapeze, silks, and aerial hoop. “We will be offering a guaranteed space for the first 300 kids that sign onto our trial to go straight onto our course without the need for a waiting list. Our motto is ‘No Waiting lists. No Excuses.”

For further details check out UKCF website at or find them on Facebook at UKCF Stoke

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Shropshire Horticultural Society Charity Number: 501564

Fri 10th & Sat 11th August 2018

Entertainment to suit every taste Celebrity Gardeners

Chris Beardshaw and Penny Meadmore

Celebrity Chefs

Levi Roots* and Matt Tebbutt**

Evening Entertainment

The Abba Reunion Tribute* & Red Hot Chilli Pipers**

Stunning show gardens, floral displays, The Cavalry of Heroes performing World War I Horses and Heroes plus medieval jousting, Biddulph Male Voice Choir*, Of One Accord**, FREE childrens activities, premier showjumping and spectacular fireworks finale. *Friday only **Saturday only

Tickets: Adult Advance £25 Over 60’s Advance £23 Children aged 15 and under Free Admission (when accompanied by an adult) Membership: Adult from £46 Children £5

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Exploring heritage at Wedgwood Museum

A great way to explore a little local heritage with the children in a fun and colourful environment. With plenty of facilities and refreshments on offer, it’s a great place for families. Furthermore, the entry fee to Wedgwood Museum was waived earlier this year so you can learn about the history of Josiah Wedgwood for free. A factory tour is also available at an extra cost, although under-12s can go free. A dining hall on the site serves up meals and snacks. Wedgwood Dr, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent ST12 9ER; 01782 282986;; Open: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

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THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER Looking for places to go and activities to fill a summer of fun? Here’s our chart-topping days out in and around Staffordshire and Shropshire.



This park is good come rain or shine. Having Green Flag status, if it’s sunny there’s plenty of fun in the park with its play area, sand pit, aviary, miniature railway and gardens, and if it rains there’s the Brampton Museum to explore. Admission is free and the children’s prize trail costs just 50p, including a prize at the end. If that wasn’t enough there’s also Cheeky Monkeys soft play within the park, which at £3.50 per child, it’s another great rainy day alternative. Brampton Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 0QP; 01782 619705;; Open: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4.30pm.


Animals at Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre

Open seven days a week during school holidays, Gentleshaw is a small sanctuary for exotic animals and birds of prey. Nothing beats a day out with animals and Gentleshaw has plenty of exciting and interesting displays to see. There are reptiles, racoons and cats and often bird-flying displays including owls and buzzards. Admission is £5 for adults and £4 for children and children’s activity packs are available for £1 to keep them busy on the way round. Stone Rd, Eccleshall, Stafford ST21 6JY; 01785 850379; www.gentleshawwildlife.; Open: Monday – Sunday, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

Sporty fun at Beacon Park Set in more than 70 acres of gardens and open space within easy reach of the city centre, this could be a great sunny day out. There’s a play area, crazy golf, tennis, basketball and foot golf and additional summer activities include mini cars, inflatable fun and even donkey rides. There are organised events over the summer such as pond dipping days, and the Beacon Park fun day on Wednesday, August 8. There’s also a bistro and café if you want an alternative to a picnic. 14 Swan Rd, Lichfield WS13 6QZ; 01543 308867;; Open: Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm.


Owned by an experienced falconer, Mark Southall, the Battlefield Falconry Centre in Shrewsbury has over 30 different species of birds including owls, falcons and hawks, and exciting new additions such as a Steppe Eagle and Great Grey Owl. You can also enjoy bird handling sessions, photography sessions and a ‘Hawk Walk’, where the experts release the birds to fly in a 200-acre wood on the Albrighton Country Estate and call them back at intervals to sit on your fists as you walk through. Entry to the park for two adults and two children is £15; a birds of prey experience costs from £45 and the Hawk Walk from £35. Battlefield 1403, Shrewsbury, SY4 3DB; 01939 210204;; Open: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm. 72




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Staffordshire’s best-loved theme park is a good choice for all ages. Children love the rides of course and with plenty of white knuckle roller coasters, including the new Wicker Man ride, and Cbeebies Land for the tiny tots, there are also the beautiful gardens to stroll around for those looking for a more sedate experience. This is definitely a day out to budget for and book in advance. Booking online will help reduce the cost. Adult entry on the day is £55 but bought online five days in advance is £33. Look out for any offers and family deals as these can make it much more affordable. Farley Ln, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 4DB; 0871 222 3330; www.; Open: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm.




If the rides aren’t your thing or the unpredictable weather is a bugbear then why not try Splash Landings? Ride the slides and flumes as you enjoy a tropical climate and splash fun indoors or relax in the steaming bubbles outside. Entrance is £18 on the day but £16 per person booked online. Older guests might want to slip away from the high-jinks and enjoy some relaxation in the spa. Based within the grounds of Alton Towers Hotel it offers a range of treatments and facilities include swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room and outdoor log sauna. A number of packages are available, starting from £52. Farley Ln, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 4DB; 0871 222 3330;; Open: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm.


Seaside entertainment at Blackpool

Youngsters will be amazed at the lights along the Golden Mile, the piers, arcades, donkey rides on the beach and Blackpool Tower, not to mention fish and chips on the seafront. There’s also the Pleasure Beach, from £39 per adult but £25 online, and Sandcastle water park, which costs around £60 for a family of four. Strictly fans can watch and even take a twirl around the dancefloor at the Tower Ballroom. There are plenty of bars and restaurants, shows and fair rides to keep young and older visitors happy. Travel time is approximately 2 hours by car and 3 hours by train; find out more at



Wildlife watching at Amerton Farm

The attraction, just minutes from Stafford town centre, provides something for visitors of all ages. Children will love getting up close to the animals, including cows, pigs, horses, alpacas and sheep, as well as running free on the play equipment in Billy’s Farm Barn and enjoying a ride on the steam railway. Admission is £5.99 for children and £1.99 adults. Older visitors can stroll around the food hall, craft and gift centre, tuck into cream teas in Finney’s Tea Room and paint a pot at Amerton Pottery, as well as browsing some of the businesses, such as Wendy’s Craft Corner, Amerton Arts Studio and Painted Country Cottage Furniture. The British Wildlife Rescue Centre is also based on site. Stowe By Chartley, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST18 0LA; 01889 270294;; Open: Monday – Sunday, 9.30am – 5pm.



In the heart of the neighbouring Black Country there is a zoo and castle standing proudly over Dudley town centre – and it’s a great day out for all the family. The zoo is set around the hill which leads to the Norman castle ruins at the top, so on your journey up you’ll see lions, tigers, birds of prey, giraffes and sea lions, take a tour of the reptile house and then get up close to monkeys and meerkats. There’s plenty of history on offer within the castle grounds and you can even climb to the top of the keep. There’s also a vintage chairlift, fairground, play areas and farm. Admission is £15 adults and £9.50 children. Castle Hill, Dudley DY1 4QF; 01384 215313;; Open: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm.

Visiting the capital

Take the kids to see Buckingham Palace, the changing of the guard, paddle in the fountain at Hyde Park, or have fun on the play area at St James’s Park. There are a number of museums offering free entry, including the Natural History Museum where youngsters will love the Earthquake simulator and riding the escalator into “Mars”. Older visitors can join some of the city’s guided walks, including Ghost walks, Jack the Ripper and classic London, or take a walk around Covent Garden, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square. You can get off-peak return tickets to London on the train for as little as £41 per adult from Stoke-on-Trent and £39.50 from Stafford and it’ll take around 2 hours. Find out more about attractions in London at


Visit the Whitingham Castle

Owned and managed by the local community, Whittingham Castle near Owestry in North Shropshire is a delightful day trip the children will love. Having undergone a staggering £1.5m restoration project, the romantic ruins from Norman times are set in 12-acres of grounds in the centre of the small rural village and steeped in history and legend. There is free admission to the castle grounds and a tea shop and souvenir shop on site too. Castle Street, Whittington, Shropshire, SY11 4DF; 01691 662500;; Open: Free public access to the castle grounds all year round; Castle buildings open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm.



Journey of discovery at Iron Bridge

Historic Iron Bridge offers something for all ages, whether it’s taking a walk across the world’s first iron bridge built by Abraham Darby, or visiting one of the 10 attractions at the world heritage site. Blists Hill Victorian Town takes visitors back to life 100 years ago, there are regular activities at the Jackfield Tile Museum, the wonders of technology are on offer at Enginuity and examples of traditional ceramics can be found at Coalport China Museum. There’s also The Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Museum of the Gorge, the Darby Houses, the Tar Tunnel and Broseley Pipeworks. Tickets for the attractions can be booked online, with adults costing £25.15 and family tickets for two adults and children from £66.50. High Street, Tontine Hill, Ironbridge TF8 7JP; 01952 433424;; Open: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm.


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If you’re in need of a cheap but cultural excursion one day, pack yourself off to the Royal Air Force Museum in Cosford. It’s extra special in 2018 as it’s the Royal Air Force’s Centenary year and admission is free for all. See life-size models of RAF planes from history and hear the fascinating stories of those who served in the RAF. The aircraft are displayed in wartime hangers adding to the overall atmosphere and making it a great day out for all the family. Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8UP; 01902 376 200;; Open: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm (last admission 4pm).


Birches Valley is a great place for a day out come rain or shine. Fire up the kids’ imagination on the trail of the Gruffalo, look for the fairy houses in the trees and make music on the forest drums. There are plenty of bike trails, from beginners to more advanced, as well as the Go Ape high wires course through the trees, which is great for all ages. There’s also a kids’ adventure play area to keep the young ones entertained after a picnic. Birches Valley Forest Centre, Birches Valley, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 2UQ; 0300 067 4340; uk; Open: Monday-Sunday 7.30am – 9pm. sL w w w. s ta ffo rdsh i re l i vi n g.c o .u k


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It’s summer and that means you are going to enjoy spending time venturing out – perhaps to the seaside or to an open-air concert or hopefully a few days away with your loved ones. And as much as we’d like to take our furry (or feathered) little friends with us, sometimes it’s just not going to be possible. So, where does that leave your pets? How can you be sure that they are safe and happy at home while you are out and about?

To go on holiday If you are jetting off to a Spanish island for a week, you will probably not take your dog or cat – with pet passport procedures, hefty flight costs and vaccinations to arrange it could work out more expensive and time consuming than the holiday itself. Add to that the stress which your pet might feel with having to fly to a different country and a break in routine, it might be more cost effective and stable to look at other ways to care for your pet while you are away – whether for the day or a longer period. You could even look at it as giving your pet their very own holiday!

What are the options? 1. Doggy hotels - One of the most traditional ways of caring for pets while you are away for a holiday is to look at boarding them in a cattery or kennels or similar depending on your type of pet. These have evolved into much more luxurious accommodations creating a much happier environment for your best friend to live in while you head off on a welldeserved break. Speak to friends and colleagues for recommendations and make sure you have a visit and look around the accommodation beforehand, so you can feel good about it when you have to leave them. 2. Phone a friend - You may be lucky enough to have a family member or close friend who can look in on your pets every day to change litter trays, feed them, take them out for a walk and replenish any water or automatic feeders. They’ll be familiar with your pet and your home and they’ll be able to spend time with them without you worrying what’s going on at home. Just remember to pack them a nice bottle or gift before you fly back home. 3. Pet Sitter - If you don’t like the idea of taking your dog to a boarding establishment then why not consider a pet sitter, which can match up to your dog’s needs - whether that’s day care, at home boarding or walking. And your dog will still be covered under their insurance if you use a company such as which is in partnership with the RSPCA.

For the day While there’s lots to consider when heading off on holiday, you might just have a few days out planned or overnight escapes where you don’t need to look at such wrap-around care for your furry companions. If this is the case then you need to consider a few things, especially if you don’t normally leave them for hours at a time. Most adult dogs can be left for up to six hours but if you have a puppy then two hours is really the maximum. If you plan to be out for longer than this then you may want ask someone you know to drop in and check on them at some point during the day.


With plenty of summer days out and holidays planned be sure you’ve got everything sorted for your pets!

Things to Consider 1. Trial and error - Don’t leave your pet for hours on end by surprise, this could upset them and cause undue stress. Try and ease them into it in it especially if you have a puppy. Start with short bursts and work your way up to longer spurts. This also gives you the chance to see where any problems might arise – from barking to chewing chair legs! 2. Roam free- Or not. It’s better to keep your pet in an area where they feel most comfortable while they get used to being home alone. Being left alone can inevitably lead to bad behaviour so be sure to consider this when you decide where and what you are leaving at their disposal. It’s actually a good idea to tire your pet out before you go out too so they may just spend the day resting. 3. Entertainment - Toys! Make sure they have enough to keep them happy during their time. You can even get some exciting food release toys which are sure to keep them occupied. Your local pet store will have loads of things for you to browse over and make their lives happier! 4. Health and safety - You should always consider the weather when you are heading out for the day. Be sure that there is adequate ventilation where you are leaving your pet so that they don’t get too hot during the day. And it may sound obvious but make sure you leave plenty of food and water for your pet to get what they need throughout the day.

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 Taking them with you So, you’ve decided that the only option is to take your pet away with you on holiday or to bring them along with you when you venture out for trips and days out over the summer. In fact, a survey carried out by Direct Line Pet Insurance in 2016 found that British dogs are increasingly well travelled, with one-in-10 (10 per cent) owners taking their pet abroad and 65 per cent of pet owners claimed to have taken their animal on a UK-based staycation. The RSPCA says that many animals find the change in routine, environment and travelling stressful so you should think about whether taking your pet on holiday is better for you or for them. They recommend checking ahead to see if your destination has everything you’ll need to take care of your pet properly, and to always check in with your vet to be sure they are fit for travel and that all their treatments are up-to-date. Be sure to have your pet microchipped and to invest in a collar with an identity chip also. But if you do decide it is the right choice then here’s what you need to know.

Going abroad The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) means that dogs, cats and ferrets can travel to and from the UK without the need for quarantine. However, you will need to follow these rules: your pet must be microchipped, have a pet passport and have been vaccinated against rabies. Dogs must also usually have a tapeworm treatment. Failure to do this could mean them spending months in quarantine. 1. Pet passport - A pet passport includes ownership details, a description of the pet and a record of the treatments your pet has had and can be obtained from your vet. In order to get a pet passport, you have to take your pet along to the issuing vet along with any specific documentation. In any case always make sure you have the right cover on your insurance should you take your pet out of the UK.

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Travelling with your pet in the UK Whether you are going away for a day or longer, you need to make sure you have everything sorted for your furry friend. 1. Location - The UK is full of doggy and pet friendly accommodation, attractions, restaurants so be sure to do your homework and pick a location that caters for everyone, including your pet. Trip Advisor is a good place to start and you can read reviews too. 2. Hot dogs - Always make sure your pet is safe while travelling in the car and that they have a suitable restraint while you are moving so they are safe and secure and they won’t be able to distract you. Never leave your pet alone in the car. Jess Hulme, clinical director of Shires Vets, says that temperatures inside a car can reach 120 degrees within minutes. “Cars and conservatories can quickly become like ovens and an animal can die within 20 minutes from heatstroke – even if the windows are slightly down and there’s a bowl of water,” she said.

 Summer Safety

2. Diseases - The RSPCA warns that many diseases that occur abroad are not usually seen in the UK which can make your pet more susceptible. These can often be transmitted via biting insects or ticks so in some cases can be unavoidable. As medications for these types of diseases are not readily available in the UK, it can increase treatment time should your pet need it. Always check with your vet if you are unsure.

Jess also advises against walking dogs on hot days and throwing balls for them to chase. “It is much better they stay cool with plenty of water. Breeds such as boxers and collies will not stop playing, even though they are dangerously dehydrated, and will suddenly collapse. Others such as King Charles spaniels, Staffordshire bull-terriers and bulldogs are also particularly susceptible,” she says. Signs of dehydration include excessive panting and heaving flanks. If a dog shows signs of heat exhaustion a vet must be called immediately, and the dog hosed down, covered in wet towels or fanned.

3. When you are there - Try and find accommodation that is pet friendly and be sure that the facilities are going to keep your pet comfortable. Will they be able to handle the high temperatures of Spain for example during July and August? Even temperatures in the UK

Like humans, domestic animals are also susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer, particularly those with thin or light-coloured fur, so Jess advises owners to keep pets in the shade and even use sun cream, especially to areas such as ears, nose, lips, eyelids and tummy, which often have little to no hair on them. sL

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here’s no denying that most parents will need some help over the summer school holidays. Finding reliable childcare for an entire 6-week period is certainly challenging. And when they need a break or are simply at a loss of what to do – you might be their only option (or last resort!)

Children notoriously need a lot of things and when you go out this doesn’t change but don’t go overboard. A small backpack or handbag with some baby wipes, a carton of juice and a snack will do the trick. You probably want to take sun cream, sun hats and a lightweight jumper or cardigan in case the weather changes too. If you are planning on going out over lunch, decide whether to pack a picnic or buy some sandwiches while you are out. And some money for an ice cream always helps.

So, if you find yourself entertaining your nieces and nephews or best friends’ children at the last minute, fear not as we’ve put together a handy guide to help you navigate a day out with ease!



You open the door at 8am to an army of bored, tired and disillusioned youngsters. You could have just one or you could have three, but don’t freak out when the door slams shut. Take a minute to acclimatise – both you and the children need to get to grips with each other – and spend 5 minutes going over where everything is in the house and discuss any plans for the day.




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It’s very likely that your new little friends will have some ‘creative’ ideas for the day’s activities – probably ranging from visiting the zoo to making a spaceship. Find something that is going to be manageable for you and that you feel comfortable doing. It might be that making cupcakes you can devour inside a den is ideal for you on that day. But if you do decide to head out, find something that is fairly close to home and easy to escape from should you need it.




You’ll be lucky if you get through an entire day without some form of meltdown. If it happens (probably when you refuse that third Mr Whippy at the park) then don’t stress out. The best thing to do is let them get over it on their own. Keep a watchful eye and make sure they are safe but there’s no harm in letting them cry or sulk it out for a few minutes. They’ll soon be asking for you to push them on the swings again.

HAVE FUN Don’t forget to enjoy it! Once you get over the shock, hanging out with kids is actually a lot of fun and you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll giggle the day away. The hours will fly by and you may even request the chance to hang out again next summer!


Five emergency trips that are easy, simple and the little ones will love!

What: Cinebowl, iSkate Where: Uttoxeter About: Cinebowl provides eight lanes of bowling for people of all ages and abilities and right next door is a cinema and ice rink. Potentially, you could watch a film, tuck into lunch, bowl in the afternoon and then go ice-skating if you really want to tire them out. Bowling costs £5 for youngsters and £6 adults. Cinema prices vary. Ice-skating is around £8.80.

What: Puppets on Parade Exhibition Where: Museum of Cannock Chase About: This interactive exhibition promises plenty of fun. You can dress up as a fairy tale character, put on a Punch and Judy show and even star on screen. Best of all it’s completely free. A great rainy-day activity without breaking the bank.


What: Weston Park Where: Weston-under-Lizard, Staffordshire/Shropshire border

About: The stately home boasts culture and fun. An adventure play area will be where the kids want to stay with its many slides, zip wire, climbing challenges, trampolines and sand pit. The nearby miniature railway also provides rides for £2.50 per person and Temple Wood will fire up youngsters’ imaginations. The Stables offers pizza and ice creams, while the Granary Grill and Deli also serves meals, and there are plenty of places for picnics.

What: Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Where: Wolseley Bridge, near Rugeley About: The wildlife charity’s Wolseley Bridge visitor centre is completely free to visit and set in 26 acres of grounds. A network of footpaths weave around the grounds so the site

is accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs and takes in pools, wetlands and gardens. The play trail is ideal for youngsters, who will enjoy the welly splash bridge, musical sculptures, rocks, giant web swing, logs and trees. A sensory garden and wildlife garden add to the fun. The centre includes a gift shop, which also sells cold snacks and drinks and there are lots of picnic areas.

What: Tamworth Castle Where: Tamworth About: Here you can step back through 900 years of history, touring more than 15 furnished rooms to get a real sense of how the Normans, Tudors and Saxons lived. The tower also offers views across Tamworth. Within the grounds there is an adventure play area, crazy golf course and skate park, as well as a café. sL

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t’s no surprise that the popularity of home improvements has surged over the last 20 years but now it seems Brits are spending even more than before on turning their houses into a home. Over the last five years, homemakers have spent a massive £40 billion on home improvements, according to research by NAEA Propertymark. Rising house prices making it difficult to move up the ladder is the main reason behind home improvements, as well as adding value and appeal to a home, while the most popular updates included redecorating, garden landscaping, new flooring and refreshing the bathroom. Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark, says: “There are many reasons why homeowners are improving their property – whether it’s because they have realised the value and sale potential it can add, or they cannot afford to move and are looking to make the most of what they’ve already got. “Your house will almost certainly be more attractive to buyers with some general sprucing up and cleaning, and improvements that create a sense of space, privacy and give a great first impression will increase saleability. If you’re making improvements to add value to your home, it’s important to not over-personalise the décor so it appeals to future buyers and will allow them to adapt the property to fit their own needs.” The growth in house prices has meant more people buying a home that is smaller than what they expect to need in the future, and others find their dream location but can’t afford a ‘forever’ house. The option of home improvements can be a problem-solving way to go as well as increasing the aesthetics and comfort of your property too. But then where do you start? The world of home improvements can be quite a daunting prospect – do you ‘DIY’ it or call in a builder and decorator? Around 58% of the population has undertaken a DIY project in the last 12 months but not everyone is happy with the end result, says decorating brand Harris.

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Sonia Sanghera explains: “Those who regularly carry out DIY jobs at home usually have the tools and know-how to successfully complete home improvements and bask in the praise of those who visit to admire their handiwork. “But for many who haven’t carried out home improvements recently, if at all, even straightforward painting jobs can seem tricky to approach.” According to Harris, most of us will fit into one of seven DIY characters - from the ‘Obsessive’ to the ‘Reluctant,’ ‘Overwhelmed’, ‘Impulsive’, ‘Clumsy’, ‘Planners’ and ‘Flaky’ and it has created a comprehensive guide to decorating for each type! We’ve all heard those horror stories of families living in one room at time for months on end as home improvement projects play out – successfully or not. And while it’s great to have the skills and time to do it, sometimes it might be a better option to call in the experts. Whichever way you go, there are still things that need to be considered before taking that first step and embarking on a project of this nature?

Consider this… Why improve? The study by NAEA Propertymark also found that the majority (61 per cent) of those who have made home improvements did so to improve the look of their home and one in ten homeowners who have made improvements, did so because the cost of moving was too high. Additionally, one in eight people needed to create more space.


refresh can be just what you need to feel good about your home again. If space has become an issue in your current home, then adding an extra bedroom or extending out or up into the loft is a brilliant solution and makes your home much more appealing. And, when you are finally finished with the upgrades to your home, it can often feel like a brand new home even though you are still technically behind the same door. Improving the home can also hep you to be more energy efficient – better materials, stricter regulations and clever ways to save energy will hopefully reduce your monthly bills and save you money too! Finally, you may be looking to improve because you are getting ready to sell your property or looking to add value to the home to increase its saleability in the future.

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"If you’re making improvements to add value to your home, it’s important to not over-personalise the décor so it appeals to future buyers and will allow them to adapt the property to fit their own needs.”

It’s easy to get carried away with making changes to your home but home improvements unfortunately do not come cheap – NAEA Propertymarket says that adding a new kitchen can set you back by as much as £5,000, installing a conservatory typically costs homeowners £4,310 and extending into the loft or basement comes with a £3,244 price tag attached. You may be able to get help with home improvements from your local authority. Citizens Advice says that a local authority can provide loans and/or grants to help with repairing, updating and adapting your home. To find out if you are eligible for this type of funding, contact your local authority.

The hidden costs of moving home can make it near on impossible to up sticks and go even if you wanted to – from conveyancing fees, to estate agent fees, stamp duty tax and removal costs, if you add this on to an increase in mortgage payments for a bigger property or better location, then it can become unmanageable. Depending on the type of home improvements you need, there can be an initial outlay, but it is likely to add value on to your property and get you one step closer to your dream home.

Depending on what you are planning on doing to your home, you may need to factor in costs for things like planning permission, building regulations, as well as an labour and materials costs. It’s a good idea to draw up a budget and be sure to weigh up the costs of improvements against the value for money in the future – an estate agent should be able to advise on the potential sale value of you home with and without the upgrades.

Secondly, you can create your home to look just how you wish. Whether you are making more permanent structural changes or simply updating for a new season. Feeling comfortable and content at home is hugely important. You may have lost a connection with your home and feel that moving is the only option but sometimes investing in that kitchen you’ve always wanted or giving your bathroom a

Again, this is going to be relative to the work you are actually carrying out but you do need to think about how it will affect your daily life and work out ways to ‘carry on’ as normally as possible during it. A little disruption is inevitable when you are making big changes to your home but just remember how great it will all feel at the end! >

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Re-mortgaging Your Home Are you looking to re-mortgage your current property? We sat down with Mortgage Manager, Rob Shropshire from Stafford Railway Building Society to discuss re-mortgaging your home with the Society. How is a re-mortgage different to a new mortgage?

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A remortgage is when someone looks to move their mortgage from their current lender to Stafford Railway Building Society to get a new deal but stay in their existing property or re-mortgage and borrow extra money if they need to. A new mortgage helps a customer move home or buy their first property.

We don’t credit score customers, we do credit checks and look at every customer on an individual basis and look at the results of the credit check as part of a customer’s application.

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A lick of paint - Redecorating your home is a very simple and fairly easy way of giving it a boost and to refresh your look and it can be done at a fairly low cost. Read up on the latest colour and design trends for inspiration and ideas and match your soft furnishings to bring a completely new look and feel to any room. The illusion of space - Creating the illusion of space without actually knocking through any walls can help to add value to your home quickly, especially if you are getting ready to sell or let out your property. Reorganise your rooms and ensure you are utilising the space in the best way. Get rid of any unnecessary clutter or invest in some good storage solutions to bring a tidier look to your room.

Refurnish and accessorise - If you need a seasonal update then concentrate on the room you spend most time in and give your space a makeover. Invest in a few key pieces such as a sofa, curtains, armchair or ottoman and buy some new accessories. You don’t have to spend a lot, you can always opt to shop on preloved sites to find bargain furniture and accessories.

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Garage - If you have a connected garage on your property you can use this as additional living space too. Even if your garage is not connected, you can still renovate it into a guest room or study for example.


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Travelling that little bit further can bring you more joy than you ever imagined. And heading to the southern hemisphere is where paradise awaits. Sometimes we simply have to follow our dreams…


ne man’s paradise island is another man’s horror – said no one ever! When it comes to travelling to the destination of your dreams, it is naturally an individual ideal but you’d be hard pressed to find someone who would argue with secluded beaches, stunning lagoons and picture-perfect views. Add a gentle breeze, plenty of cocktails and a spot of water sports and it all starts falling into place. White sand, turquoise water and touches of lush greenery, island life is hard to beat – and the archipelagos on the southern side of the equator are some of the most spectacular. Where will your dreams take you? From Fiji in the South Pacific to Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, we've handpicked a bunch of must-visit, 'bucket list' worthy islands waiting to be explored.



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For luxurious relaxation and service with a smile, Bora Bora on the Tahiti Islands of French Polynesia will make your jaw drop. Think overwater bungalows on stilts with mesmerising blue water lapping beneath you, stretches of white sandy beaches and wooden jetties out from the shore, all providing a postcard-perfect private oasis. A firm favourite with honeymooners and couples thanks to its romantic charm.

If you are looking for a destination that combines the beauty of island life with plenty of fun and entertainment thrown in then Fiji in the South Pacific is the place for you. Around half a million visitors descend on its collection of tropical island beach resorts every year.

With rainforest behind you, soaring mountain peaks in the distance and infinite blue-shaded ocean ahead of you, you will certainly pinch yourself to make sure you are not dreaming. You can relax and enjoy the stunning views from the shore or add a little adventure with snorkelling, hiking and parasailing.

And when you fancy a break from sipping Fijianspiced rum cocktails you can seek a little more adventure with the plethora of activities on offer inland – from kayaking through waterfalls, to river rafting and trekking rugged terrain, as well as exploring some of the most sought-after diving spots in the world.

If you want to leave island life behind you for a short while then head up into the mountains through tropical rainforest and explore the eleven volcanoes. The most popular is said to be Mount Otemanu for its breathtaking views of Bora Bora and beyond.

But don’t worry if this sounds just a little too energetic, you can happily spend your days on a beach hammock, staring out to sea or paddling at the shore on this wonderfully chilled archipelago – a crazy 333 islands in total. Island life: At night, the islands are filled with the sounds of traditional tribal dancing and singing with locals that love to have you there. Cruise to islands, seek out wildlife and discover a natural landscape like no other, you probably will struggle to come back. Accommodation: Staying on the island is accessible for all – attracting a diverse traveller there are budget stays as well as five-star luxury. Don’t leave without: Snorkelling the coral reef. Famed for its underwater beauty, visiting Fiji without taking a dip of discovery should be illegal!

Island life: The emphasis is firmly on relaxation, and you would be forgiven for thinking you are the only one on the island. Find a spot on the beach, read a good book and enjoy the highclass, friendly service. Accommodation: Most resorts are on private islands with bungalows situated just out from the shore. It’s not unusual for these to have glass floors so you can view the sea life in the lagoon below. Don’t leave without: Taking in the sunset from Matira Beach.

Wakatobi, Indonesia If you are looking for something extraordinary for your next dive spot, then you might want to consider the simply breathtaking Indonesian island of Wakatobi on the Southeast Sulawesi. Taking diving to the next level, this dedicated ‘dive resort’ promises a five-star dive experience from the service to the actual discovery in the water all with a backdrop of Indonesian beauty and character. Surrounded by luscious palm trees with clear blue water at your fingertips, this is a totally secluded haven. With no other divers for hundreds of miles and just a small pocket of luxurious accommodation on offer, this is a paradise offering the complete package and shutting off the rest of the world. Such an exclusive resort, access to the island is only by private charter plane, three hours from Bali, which lands on a purpose-built airstrip, before a small boat ride up to the shore. If ever there was a place to forget all your troubles and reenergise, this has got to be it. Island life: Combine your diving or snorkelling expedition with fine dining, a rejuvenating spa and romantic strolls along deserted beaches. Accommodation: Luxury is an understatement, choose from a selection of villas and bungalows either on the shore or shaded by palm trees inland, all with high-class facilities and amenities. Don’t leave without: Cruise the surrounding area aboard Pelagian, a ship with accommodation that extends into the ocean for eager divers. > w w w. s ta ffo rdsh i re l i vi n g.c o .u k



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The Indian Ocean is also home to the beautiful island of Mauritius – to the east of Madagascar. A peaceful, tranquil dot in the ocean that attracts a steady stream of visitors year-round thanks to its turquoise waters and idyllic beaches. Another favourite destination for those seeking breathtaking lagoons and coral reefs to snorkel and dive. The marine life is vibrant and the colours are enchanting. As relaxing as it is luxurious, Mauritius is a dream holiday destination for anyone. If you tire of the beaches (well, you might…), you’ll find a backdrop of mountains and the Black River Gorges National Park which boasts rainforests and waterfalls further inland. There are plenty of activities to do as well – from water sports to hiking trails, exploring the wilderness and catching site of a flying fox or two. Island life: With a year-round temperature in the high 20s and similar water temperature, you’ll be right at home in this paradise. The locals are friendly and inviting and with a mix of cultures there are always exciting performances and traditions to enjoy. Accommodation: Whether you like to stay in chic boutique hotels or prefer the ease of a luxury resort, Mauritius has them all. Don’t leave without: A visit to Grand Bay - the popular tourist spot on the island with plenty of shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars.

Easter Island, Chile If it’s isolation you want, you should probably check out Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as it’s natively known. Even though it is a province of Chile in South America, it’s a massive 3700km away. And, you’d need to travel 6900km in the opposite direction to reach New Zealand. But while it might be a small and secluded spot in the South Pacific Ocean that doesn’t mean it has anything less to offer when it comes to paradise. Known as an island steeped in mystery, you’ll find it difficult to not get lost in its history and culture. From the stone carvings of human-like statues (Moai) to the prehistoric trails and legends of old, you’ll be enchanted at the sheer significance of this remote little island. And with activities such


as hiking, surfing, mountain biking and horse riding all popular past times, you’ll worry you don’t have enough time to fit it all in. Island life: There are a few distinct areas to visit from Anakena beach in the north to Rano Kau, the largest volcanic crater on the island, in the south. Check in with a guide who can tell you when and where to visit to get the most out of your stay. Accommodation: From lodges to boutique hotels, camping to all-inclusive resorts, there are many accommodation types to choose from. Don’t leave without: Visiting the Ahu Tongariki. A collection of 15 of the island’s Moai statues.

Maldives Fancy holidaying with the rich and famous? The Maldives is one of the Indian Ocean’s finest and exclusive destinations – mostly due to the hefty price tag for flights and accommodation - and its white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and friendly vibe draws an elite clientele. But we don’t blame the super-rich for trying to keep the Maldives to themselves – comprising of 26 atolls or ring-shaped coral reefs with breathtaking lagoons and underwater life to explore. Located on top of an underwater mountain range, the Maldives (over a 1000 in total) stretch across a land area of 298km2. And there are so many sides to its appeal too; from a romantic bliss that is perfect for couples celebrating a honeymoon or special anniversary; to a more thrilling and adventurous holiday, thanks to an abundance of water sports from canoeing and catamaran sailing to fishing and diving. Island life: Lively yet relaxed, the Maldives is rich in culture – from local traditions to music, dance and craftmanship. There is so much to see and the sun, sea and sand is just the beginning. Accommodation: From hotels and guest houses to resorts that encompass entire atolls, the accommodation is as luxurious as it is magnificent. Think five-star sea lodges just out

from the shore with clear glass floors so you can sit and enjoy the ocean from your room. Heaven. Don’t leave without: Snorkelling the coral reef – ideal for beginners in the water so that you can still marvel at the colourful world beneath the surface of the water.

Madagascar Still in the Indian Ocean but this time off the east coast of Africa lies Madagascar, a natural habitat of scenic wonder and unbelievable wildlife – over 90% of species are only found in Madagascar and here alone. Known for its varying landscapes, from stretches of baobab-lined dirt roads, to rainforests and beaches, there’s plenty to explore. And with waterfalls to seek out, diving hot spots and hiking trails all within easy reach; if you love adventure then this is the place to go. And of course – the lemurs. Native to Madagascar, these fascinating and full of character creatures are reason enough alone to head here. But its not all outdoor and fast-paced activities, there’s arts, heritage and an emerging gastronomy culture in the cities too. Island life: It’s a little bit of everything here and well worth challenging your limits to do something extraordinary. Look past the beach resorts and try and see as many of the attractions as possible. Accommodation: There are lots of different option available but do plan your trip before you go. Know where you’ll be staying and when, and if possible find a guide to help. Don’t leave without: Going to Lemur Island. Popular with tourists, this small reserve has a number of protected species of lemur and well worth a visit. sL

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Dovedale Visit Dovedale at Ashbourne to enjoy the country at a gentle more leisurely pace by having a picnic by the River Dove, watching the wildlife or by crossing the famous Dovedale stepping stones which are less than half a mile from the main car park. Dovedale is open countryside creating a sense of wilderness with no facilities beyond the entrance, and opportunities to explore caves, search for fossils, climb Cloud Thorpe, spot wildflowers or walk along the valley from the stepping stones to Milldale. www.nationaltrust.

The Peak District National Park welcomes 8.75 million visitors a year and they spend some 11.75 million days enjoying all that this protected area has to offer. There is a spectacular variety of scenery and routes to be explored whether you want a challenging hike or a short stroll, as well as the chance to visit quaint country villages, historic towns and stately homes. If you’ve not visited Britain’s first National Park for a while here are some suggestions for a return visit to rediscover what the Peak District has to offer.

Chatsworth House The then Princess Victoria first visited Matlock Bath in 1832 before becoming Queen while she was a guest of the Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth House. Today Chatsworth is still the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has been passed down through sixteen generations of the Cavendish family. The House has 30 rooms with a world-renowned art collection, and a 105acre garden with sculptures, waterworks and maze as well as an adventure playground and farmyard. Complete a very full day with Afternoon Tea from £21 per person


Gulliver’s Kingdom

Tourists have been visiting Buxton since the fourteenth century and it is one of the most popular destinations in the Peak District. In the eighteenth century the then Duke of Devonshire had ambitious plans to exploit the potential of Buxton’s famous thermal spring to create a spa town to rival that of Bath. Today you can see the evidence of this in the Crescent and in the architecture of the town, as well as visiting the Opera House and the beautifully landscaped Pavilion Gardens.

Close to the village of Matlock Bath is the theme park Gulliver’s Kingdom especially designed for families with children aged between 2 and 13, and it is also located overlooking a valley so there are some magnificent views. The park offers a wide range of rides and attractions, while at the same time trying to stay cost conscious with picnics allowed on the site and free parking.

Kinder Scout

Scale the Heights of Abraham

Kinder Scout is the highest point in the Peak District at 636 metres, and in April 1932 it was the sight of a peaceful mass trespass by around 400 people in support of their access rights to the land. This event was pivotal in the access movement that led to the formation of the National Parks starting with the Peaks in 1951, and today you can retrace their steps out of Hayfield or Edale where there is a National Trust Visitor Centre to cross the same heather clad moors. kinder-edale-and-the-dark-peak

Amazingly this attraction in the village of Matlock Bath opened for the first time in the 1780s when visitors used to scale the Heights on foot. Today they are catered for with a cable car that stretches across the Derwent Valley to the top of a dramatic limestone gorge where along with spectacular views are woodland trails and adventure playgrounds, as well as the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of eighteenth century lead miners in the underground caverns.


The Peak District is about beautiful places protected by statute for our enjoyment and appreciation, but it is also rich in experiences and a celebration of the senses. From the dark but heroic story of the plague village of Eyam to the world-famous Bakewell pudding from the quaint and mellow stone town that gave it its name; the Peak District once rediscovered can never be forgotten. sL


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hat do you think of when you say the word holiday? Rest, relaxation, a beach or cosy cottage in the countryside? Well, that might be the case for some of us but there’s a growing number of people who no longer want to idle away their precious time off on a sunbed. Indeed, it seems we’re becoming a nation of adrenaline junkies as according to the Association of Independent Tour Operators; the number of people taking wildlife and walking holidays in 2017 was up - and the desire to learn a new skill abroad was also gaining momentum. Thrill-seekers, from young to old, singles to families, want adventure and excitement and the opportunity to see and do something outside of the norm. And whether it’s tracking wild animals in their natural habitats, kayaking through mountains or even trekking across the Arctic, there are plenty of experiences to choose from, whether you want to disappear for a month-long adventure or simply escape for an overnight getaway.

Weird & Wonderful Ever wondered what it’s like to bounce underground in an old mine in the middle of Wales? Well, this could be your chance to find out as Zipworld offers a range of adventurous experiences so you can spend a day, a weekend or even a week fuelling your inner adrenaline junkie. Kids can also join in the fun as many of the experiences are from aged seven and up. A number of sites are on offer, including Zipworld Caverns in Balenau Ffestiniog, where you can take part in Bounce Below. The former slate mine has been transformed into a huge play world for bouncing, sliding and jumping through nets in a cavern the size of a cathedral. If you’d rather keep your head above ground Zipworld Forest in Betws y Coed offers sledging on rails through the trees. All activities range from £20 to £65 and Zipworld also offers various accommodation settings near the activities.

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Time to add a little something more to your standard holiday? Get ready for life-changing adventures with one of these awesome experiences.

Like the sound of galloping on horseback through valleys and hills? Ride in France ( offers a three-day experience riding through the Seine Valley and the William the Conqueror route - a bit of history and excitement. There are guest houses along the route, providing accommodation for riders and their horses. Prices start from £288.

tie knots, light fires and wrestling techniques. You’ll also get to stay in traditional tents. It’s certainly a holiday with difference even just for the joy of seeing the look on people’s faces when you tell them. Prices start from £3,550 with

Or perhaps you long to be an Olympic contender or love the film Cool Runnings? Why not fulfil a dream and try a bobsleigh weekend in Norway? As well as zooming down at high speed at the Olympic park in Lillehammer, you also get to try curling, airboarding - which involves riding downhill on a large air mattress - skiing and tobogganing. Four-day trips cost from £1,099 with

Plenty of holiday makers head to the Canary Island of Lanzarote for some summer sun, but what about exploring some of the 300 volcanoes for a weekend instead? You could book a guide to take you on a five-hour trek through various volcanoes in Timanfaya National Park, where you can climb to the tops and get a good look at the many craters. The following day you’ll head to the summit of La Corona volcano, then take a closer look at Los Jameos dedl Agua, a partially collapsed lava tube that has been transformed into an underground concert hall. What an experience! Prices are from £390 with including three nights in a hotel.

But for something completely obscure – ever wondered what it was like to be the fearsome Genghis Khan, famed for founding the Mongol Empire in the 13th century? Well this could be your chance to find out on a nine-day warrior training adventure in Mongolia for the ultimate holiday adventure. You’ll learn how to make a bow and arrow, how to herd, ride and lasso a horse, how to cook traditional Mongolian dishes,

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Perhaps the idea of a road trip across America, taking in some of Uncle Sam’s most famous sites, gets your heart rate going, then a 15-day adventure from San Francisco to New Orleans could be for you. Starting in the Californian city, famous for its Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, you drive into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, travel to Yosemite National Park and Death Valley, learning about traditional Navajo culture, before trying your luck in the casinos of Las Vegas. You then take Route 66 to the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, before hitting the city of Santa Fe, then it’s on to look for aliens at the infamous Roswell site. You cross the border into Texas to get a taste of cowboy life and country music and then finally head into New Orleans, the home of the Mardi Gras and jazz. Prices start from around £1,279 with However, if that’s a little too tame, why not climb a mountain for the ultimate feeling



£70. Cliff stack, rock and cave diving are also available nearby so whatever your level it’s likely to satisfy the thirst for adventure. Across the causeway from the mainland is The Creel Hotel on South Ronaldsay, which offers double rooms from £105

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of achievement? You could try an eight-day expedition to Killiminjaro in Africa or a six-day climb to the summit of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps for between £2,600 to £4,000, with www. And if you really want to test your mettle – and have a spare £23,000 – you can even climb in Antarctica!

miles per day and canoes can be hired from Backwaters ( at around £35 per day, along with tents, stoves, sleeping mats and waterproof containers. There are several start and finish points available so you can adapt your route to suit yourself, whether you want to spend a day or a long weekend in your canoe.

And, for an adventurous holiday without the high adrenaline - but plenty of wine to sample - then walking the vineyards of Burgundy could be one of the most enjoyable. Not only do you get to go on a gentle hike through world-famous vineyards, you also get to try out the wine every night. World Walks offers a variety of self-guided itineraries, including an eight-day trip from Dijon to Meursault, taking in some of the most wellknown vineyards in the region. Prices, including accommodation in three and four-star hotels, start from £975 per person with

If the River Severn whets your appetite the next step could be a kayaking trip along Estonia’s unspoilt and wild Baltic coast. Many of the 1,500 islands, used in the 1950s for Soviet military testing, are now wildlife havens, while the remains of Russian watchtowers and abandoned farmhouses provide plenty to explore. Adventure operator Reimann Retked ( offers several kayaking group trips, with hikes and camping on remote isles. The two-day Prangli and Kolga Bay Islands tour visits four islands with a stay on Prangli. Scuba diving is also on option on the trip. Two days costs from around £75 per person.

Water Baby Closer to home, you can canoe the River Severn from Welshpool to Stourport even if you’re a beginner. The 85-mile route takes in tourist hotspots Shrewsbury and Ironbridge in Shropshire for those wanting to stop off for some sightseeing. Beginners are likely to travel around 10 to 15

Divers might want to head to Scapa Flow in the Orkneys, exploring the slimy shipwrecks left over from the First World War. Seven large warships and four destroyers from a German High Seas fleet can be found deep beneath the surface. Even novices can dive sections of the wrecks, with one-to-one courses available for beginners for

Getting up close and personal to animals in their natural habitats could provide the ultimate adrenaline experience for thrill-seekers. offers plenty of opportunities, including eight days of searching for polar bears in the Arctic, as well as other wildlife such as walruses, Arctic foxes, seals and sea birds, and deep fjords boasting blue glaciers and icebergs. Gorilla watching in Borneo for 11 days is also on offer, with guests staying in traditional style longhouses on a tea plantation and the chance to scale Mount Kinabalu, South-east Asia’s highest peak. Prices start from around £1,279. Not for you? Instead you could swim with dolphins in the Azores Lava lands. This holiday would include kayaking on Sete Cidades Lake, mountain biking through its surroundings, whale watching on the Atlantic Ocean and snorkelling with dolphins. A tour around the volcanic area of Lake Furnas and Terra Nostra Botanical Garden. You could relax in a hot spring, visit the longest lava tunnel on the island and go canyoning in a natural park - and all in the space of seven days. Phew! offers this trip, with prices starting from £1,395. But for a real adrenaline hit why not go diving off South Australia’s Neptune Islands and come face to face with a great white Shark? offers expeditions from around £1,196 for a four-day trip. Enjoy! sL w w w. s ta ffo rdsh i re l i vi n g.c o .u k



ROCK THE NIGHT AWAY Whoever said your holiday accommodation had to be standard? LIVING was invited to try out a caravan holiday with a difference – with décor inspired by British rock n roll music, this stay could be as iconic as the musicians of the era. Caravans have had a serious makeover in recent years – they’ve become less tin can on wheels and more like luxurious apartment in Soho. Hot on the heels of glamping, which revolutionised the festival stay, caravans are firmly back in the game when it comes to hen party lodgings and stag do digs – and pretty much any overnight escape. So, when we heard that a top UK holiday park operator had launched a ‘Rockstar’ accommodation, we were instantly excited, especially as #Rockstar is one of our favourite hashtags ever! Of all the themes to bring to a caravan – one that screams richness, lavish design, and overthe-top expense is right up our street. We set off with high hopes to find out just how Rockstar a caravan can be…

OUT OF THIS WORLD The caravans are based at Away Resorts at Tattershall Lakes in Lincolnshire and Whitecliff Bay on the Isle of Wight. Location wise: so far so good – after all, the Isle of Wight is home to one of the biggest annual music festivals in the world… Rockstar points: Created by holiday home design experts, ABI Holiday Homes, the Rockstar is fun and unique with décor that's part country chic, part Brit-cool, and part punk. Forget about your standard caravan because these are so far removed from the traditional idea of one – this is an indulgent and extravagant place to stay, designed to be ‘British and bonkers’ and inspired by Britain’s best music. Rockstar points:

"It’s a bit like you’ve stumbled into Johnny Rotten’s private hideaway…"

Let’s start with the exterior – they are large space-like pods with a colourful and eccentric design to the outside. Quirky yet welcoming and a little futuristic at first. Each comes with its own manicured garden space, outside decking area and private hot tub. The caravans are spaced out generously too, so you don’t feel like you could watch next door’s TV if you looked through the window… The hot tub is certainly a highlight of the accommodation – positioned perfectly outside the caravan so you can enjoy a private and relaxing dip whenever you want. These are exceptionally maintained with daily checks and great for parents to enjoy some quality time together when the kids are in bed! Rockstar points: Inside is where the fun really begins – it’s glam and completely excessive but absolutely brilliant. It’s just so cool. It’s 80s punk to a tee. It’s a bit like you’ve stumbled into Johnny Rotten’s private hideaway there’s Union Jack motifs everywhere, from the splash back plate of the cooker to wall art, the coasters, place mats and sofa cushions. The master bedroom has an ultra-comfortable king-sized bed with plush furnishings in deep mauve and purple, an en suite toilet room and a free-standing bath in the corner with its own TV so you can


relax in a bubble bath with a glass of bubbles and enjoy your favourite programme… Rockstar rating: There is a large central living space with a huge corner sofa and a 55inch flat screen TV and there are even rock concert DVDs to watch to help you get in the mood, if you need it! The kitchen/diner, complete with zebra-print dining chairs and sturdy wooden table for four, is stocked with high-end accessories, a double oven and hob, microwave, small built-in dishwasher and feature retro style fridge. There’s no plastic plates and cutlery in sight, thankfully! The main bathroom is luxurious with a huge shower area that has its own rock sign motif on the wall. There are towels and complimentary toiletries for everyone. The second family room has built-in bespoke bunk beds and den and they each get their own TV so no fights over what to watch. The walls are covered in graffiti style design making it a great little hide away for children. Everything is geared up to comfort, you have everything you need with plenty of mod cons and retro accessories to add to the iconic vibe. Did I feel like Kate Moss? No, not really. More like an Oasis groupie who’d been invited back to the after party! But, these are fabulous, comfortable and exciting places to stay with the family – stylish surroundings and a super-punk feel, you’ll find it hard to leave the hot tub, let alone the caravan itself. Rockstar Status? Definitely! Rockstar rating:

Prices start from £200 for a two-night Rockstar holiday at Away resorts with private hot tub. The caravans sleep up to seven people. All bed linen and pillows are included.

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3rd August 2018

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Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, Julie Walters, Andy Garcia, and Cher Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie was released, it’s time to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. The sequel goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present. Reprising their roles from Mamma Mia! The Movie are Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep as Donna, Julie Walters as Rosie and Christine Baranski as Tanya. Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper reunite as Sophie and Sky, while Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Oscar® winner Colin Firth return to play Sophie’s three possible dads: Sam, Bill and Harry.


Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes “Ant Man and The Wasp,” a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as AntMan, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.


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10th August 2018

Jon Turteltaub

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With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer, against the wishes of his daughter Suyin, to save the crew – and the ocean itself – from this unstoppable threat:


Jason Statham, Li Bingbing






A deep-sea submersible – part of an international undersea observation program – has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer, against the wishes of his daughter Suyin, to save the crew – and the ocean itself – from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon.




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Warner Bros. Pictures

The Darkest Minds RELEASE DATE


10th August 2018

Jennifer Yuh Nelson


Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, Bradley Whitford

Sony Pictures

Hotel Transylvania 3 RELEASE DATE


13th July 2018

Genndy Tartakovsky

Twentieth Century Fox


Mission Impossible: Fallout

Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Steve Buscemi Join our favourite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.

When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-yearold Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future.



26th July 2018

Chris McQuarrie


Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong. sL

Paramount Pictures *Release dates are subject to change

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The Power of Dog By Andrew Marshall J U LY 2 0 1 8 | £ 9.9 9 | P A P E R B A C K

On the eve of the millennium, the life of therapist and best-selling self-help author Andrew Marshall was in a dark place. The counselling that he recommended to everybody else had not shifted the grief from the death of his much-loved partner. His career as journalist had reached a dead end. He was struggling with low-level depression and his polite but distant relationship with his mother had left them both tip-toeing round each other. His Solution? To get Flash, a collie cross puppy. Marshall chronicles not only the ups and downs of training an excitable puppy but how Flash brings back his childhood fear of wolves and the unresolved issues with his parents. Slowly but surely, Marshall starts to laugh again, fall in love with the Sussex countryside and heal old wounds with his mother. Flash even gives him enough confidence to take a real-life wolf for a walk. And in the final section, Flash still has one last lesson to teach him.

Around the World in 80 Days By Mark Beaumont J U LY 2 0 1 8 | £ 1 4 .9 9 | P A P E R B A C K

From the Corner of the Oval Office. By Beck Dorey-Stein J U LY 2 0 1 8 | £ 1 4 .9 9 | H A R D B A C K

The compulsively readable, behind-the-scenes memoir that takes readers inside the Obama White House. Beck Dorey-Stein was just scraping by in Washington DC when a posting on Craigslist landed her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama's stenographers. She joined the elite team who accompanied the president wherever he went, recorder and mic in hand. On whirlwind trips across time zones, Beck forged friendships with a tight group of fellow travellers - young men and women who, like her, left their real lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the president. But as she learned the ropes of protocol, Beck became romantically entangled with a colleague, and suddenly, the political became all too personal. Set against the backdrop of a White House full of glamour, drama and intrigue, this is the story of a young woman making unlikely friendships, getting her heart broken, learning what truly matters and discovering her voice in the process. (Transworld)

On Monday 18th September 2017, Mark Beaumont pedalled through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes earlier he set off from the same point, beginning his attempt to circumnavigate the world in record time. He smashed two Guinness World Records and beat the previous record by an astonishing 45 days. Around the World in 80 Days is the story of Mark’s amazing achievement - one which redefines the limits of human endurance. It is also an insight into the mind of an elite athlete and the physical limits of the human body, as well as a kaleidoscopic tour of the world from a very unique perspective; inspired by Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel, Mark begins his journey in Paris and cycles through Europe, Russia, Mongolia and China. He then crosses Australia, rides up through New Zealand True stories to inspire and across North America before the final 'sprint finish' your summer. thorough Portugal, Spain and France. (Transword)



The Choice: Embrace the Possible

By Edith Eger

A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 | £ 8 .9 9 | P A P E R B A C K

In 1944, sixteen-year-old Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. There she endured unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. Over the coming months, her bravery helped her sister to survive and led to her bunkmates rescuing her during a death march. When their camp was finally liberated, Edith was pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive. In The Choice, Edith Eger shares her life. It wasn’t easy but, as she tried to find a future for herself after the Second World War, partly by helping many others through their own versions of trauma, she discovered an honesty, strength and empowerment within herself that makes for a memorable and inspiring read. Compelling, truly remarkable, and ultimately triumphant, The Choice is the unforgettable memoir of a woman who has seen the worst and lived the best. A native of Hungary, Edith was a teenager in 1944 when she and her family were sent to Auschwitz during the Second World War. (Ebury)

The Dog Rescuers By RSPCA

J U LY 2 0 1 8 | £ 1 2 .9 9 | H A R D B A C K

As a nation, we're big fans of man's best friend. Nearly a quarter of all British homes own a dog. Sadly, not all of them receive the love and care they deserve and some dogs are neglected or, worse, abused. Enter The Dog Rescuers. Every day, these dedicated and passionate RSPCA inspectors - like Anthony Joynes - contend with dog owners' abandonment and misuse of their pets, and spring into action on behalf of dogs in trouble, returning them to health, happiness and a loving new home. This collection of heartbreaking but ultimately heartwarming tales follows the likes of puppy Clover, who suffered damage to her face and lips, and Flint, the Lurcher who’d been used for badger baiting and lost most of his tail. When all seems lost, the RSPCA’s dog rescuers are on hand, providing vital support to get Clover, Flint and friends the help they need and into forever families so that they don’t just survive, they thrive. (Transworld)

Finding My Virginity

By Richard Branson J U LY 2 0 1 8 | £ 9.9 9 PA P E R B A C K

Finding My Virginity reveals how Branson created 12 different billion-dollar businesses and hundreds more companies across dozens of sectors, whilst breaking world records on land, sea and air. It takes us behind the scenes as Sir Richard Branson creates the world's first commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic, and handles the biggest crisis he has ever faced. Join Sir Richard as he juggles working life with raising his children Holly and Sam, building a marriage with his wife Joan and creating a unique company culture. Discover how he created a new life on Necker Island, while continuing to grow the Virgin brand into all corners of the world. This is the true account of how the Virgin Founder reinvented himself and his brand for the 21st century, while continuing to push boundaries, break rules and reach for the stars in more ways than one. This is the story of the man behind the beard, the business, the bravado and the brand. (Ebury) sL

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Calendar EVENTS Fun stuff to do and see!

On the Stage Trés Trés Cabaret at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Friday 13th July An evening of cheeky decadence brought to you by Stafford's first, and only burlesque and variety show: Très Très Cabaret. Take your seat in the secluded intimacy of the MET Studio, before sampling the saucy delights that Très Très has to offer. All tickets £15.50, no concessions. Price includes a booking fee. Strictly over 18's ONLY. Read our review of Trés Trés Cabaret online now by following the QR code.

Leek Fine Food Festival

SHROPSHIRE Black Magic: The Little Mix Show at Oakengates Theatre @ The Place Saturday 25th August Fans of the girls will love this highly energetic tribute show with live vocals and dance choreography of all the most-loved hits, including Black Magic, Hair, Love Me Like You, How Ya Doin, Wings, Shoutout To My Ex and even a few covers from their time on the XFactor. Suitable for kids, tweens, teens and adults alike, this show brings the full pop concert experience to you. To find out more and book tickets, visit:

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Once Upon a Mattress at Lichfield Garrick Monday 30th July to Saturday 4th August If you thought you knew the story of Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea, you might be in for a big surprise! Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again in this hilarious, and rollicking spin on the classic tale of royal courtship and comeuppance. Starts 7.30pm (including a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday 4th August). Visit:



A musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale ‘The Princess and the Pea’

Directed By

Musical Director

Emily Summers

Angharad Sanders


Book By

Lyrics By






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SHROPSHIRE Cosford Food Festival Saturday 21st July to Sunday 22nd July 90 local producers are expected at Cosford’s annual food festival this July showcasing an array of the finest artisan food and drink from across the Midlands. There will also be cooking demonstrations from top chefs and live music from the Military Wives Choir. Kids will be entertained by cookery classes, face painting and circus skills. Tickets are priced from £6 per adult and £2 per child. For more information, visit

Saturday 21st July and Saturday 18th August Leek hosts a monthly fine food market every third Saturday in Market Place where a host of local food producers descend on the town offering cookery demonstrations and samples. Browse stalls full of homemade pies, cakes, local cheeses, speciality preserves, breads, and ice cream. As well as locally farmed meats, honey and more. Find out more at

Café International at Beacon Park Saturday 28th July Running from 10am until 9pm, Beacon Park plays host to a celebration of international cuisine and street food. There will also be a bar dedicated to gin, cocktails, Prosecco, real ale and more. More details yet to be announced at the time of going to print. Keep an eye out for details at

SHROPSHIRE Harvest and Heritage event at Battlefield 1403 Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August Battlefield 1403 is more than just a farm shop, it’s one of the best butcheries in the UK, a well-stocked deli counter, a shop full of speciality great tasting local goodies, an exhibition celebrating the Battle of Shrewsbury, a Falconry Centre—and a café full of homemade fresh food. This August it is hosting its annual Harvest & Heritage Event with local producers doing tasting and demonstrations over two days with live music, food and bars in the evening. To finds out more, visit

For the Family Family fun at Trentham Gardens Opens 9am Monday to Sunday Based within easy reach of Staffordshire, Trentham Gardens is an ideal place to enjoy some family fun this summer. Be fascinated by the fairy trail, fly down the zip-line, conquer the altitude tower, discover nature in bronze, brave the textures on the barefoot walk and take a boat or train ride. For more information, visit:

SHROPSHIRE Severn Hospital Dragon Boat Festival Saturday 7th July and Sunday 8th July The annual Severn Hospital Dragon Boat Festival returns to the River Severn in Shrewsbury with crowds watching on from the Shrewsbury Quarry Park and Pengwern Boat Club. Teams of 11 to 20 board 40ft long Viking dragon boats to race against each other. Find out more about the events at

DERBYSHIRE Calke Abbey National Trust Saturday 14th July to Sunday 2nd September Start your summer adventure in the Garden of Imagination or lose yourself in A Maze In Calke, National Trust gem, Calke Abbey is a wonderful place to enjoy a summer’s day out with the family. Located in Ticknall, South Derbyshire, it is open from 10.30am to 4pm. Please call 01332 863822 or visit: for more information.




Summer Adventure Holiday Camps at Mount Cook

Burwarton Show

Sunday 22nd to Friday 27th July & Sunday 5th to Friday 10th August Mount Cook based at Wirksworth in Derbyshire is hosting a series of Adventure Holiday Camps throughout the summer, jam-packed with exciting, adrenaline-fuelled activities that will challenge and inspire. Visitors also have a residential option, which includes up to 5 nights of accommodation, a full week of activities, full catering and evening entertainment. The Day Tripper option includes a full day of activities, with drop off at 8.30am and pick up at 4.30pm, and a tasty packed lunch included. Prices start from £140 per person for a full week and £30 per person for individual days. Residential prices start from £379 per person for the full week and £199 per person for 3 days. For a full schedule, visit:

Don't Miss Free Spinal Advisory Events at Nuffield Wolverhampton Hospital Wednesday 4th July and Thursday 5th July Join the team based at the Tettenhall hospital in Wolverhampton to hear a presentation from specialist spinal surgeons: Mr Ishaque (4th July) and Mr Saeed (5th July) and receive a mini one-to-one consultation. Starts at 6.30pm and include refreshments. Call the hospital to receive your free parking place on 01902793269.

Thursday 2nd August Head on down to the Burwarton Show at Shropshire where there will be entertainment throughout the day including the Squibb Freestyle Stunt Team performing daring motorbike acrobatics, Aldabra Giant Tortoises, The Hogg Show, Scurry Driving, Ludlow Food Centre demonstrations, and the Pentabus Theatre. Plus, livestock, horses, shearing, handicrafts, horticulture, and more. Tickets are available via www.burwartonshow. An adult ticket is £15.00 (£17.00 on the day) and a junior ticket (age 12-16 years) is £4.00 (£5.00 on the day) Children aged 11 years and under admitted to the show free of charge provided they are accompanied by a paying adult. There is also free parking.

SHROPSHIRE Dogs Trust Dog School Anytime The Dogs Trust Dog School Shropshire & Cheshire offer fiveweek long dog training courses in Shrewsbury, Nantwich and Market Drayton, giving you expert advice and practical training to help you and your dog understand each other better and form a lifelong bond. Call 01948 302 991 to book.

Wedding Open Evening at The Boat House, Aston Marina Wednesday 15th August The Boat House at Aston Marina invites you to join them for its wedding showcase from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Enjoy a tour of the venue and facilities. Parking and refreshments are free. Visit

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TrentArt A Road Less Travelled The Royal Society of British Artists An Exhibition of Paintings at Trent Art Gallery

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Spectacle SUMMER

The best outdoor and LIVE events to enjoy this summer across Staffordshire, Shropshire and Derbyshire.

Lichfield Festival Wednesday 4th July to Saturday 14th July From passionate Latin dance to glorious classical music, rib-tickling comedians to the magic of live theatre, street parades to picnics on the cathedral lawn, Lichfield Festival has it all this summer. Taking place between 4th and 14th July in the beautiful Staffordshire city, Lichfield has built a strong reputation as one of the country’s best and most vibrant multi-arts festivals. This year is set to be bigger and better than ever with specially-created shows, resident performers and new work featuring through music, dance, theatre, literature and family events. Locals can also enjoy a parade of giant animal puppets set to march through the streets of Lichfield to mark the opening weekend on Saturday 7th July. The puppets, which have been created by local groups working with professional artists, will be accompanied by music from local performers. The Festival Animal Puppetry Parade sets off at 6pm from Market Square. For the full line-up of events and for more information, visit:

Live music at Aston Marina Thursday 5th July Visit No. 26 at Aston Marina every first Thursday of the month for an evening of live music by singer Joni Talks. Joni grew up in Leek but now plays at venues in London and beyond. Table bookings recommended. Call 01785 819 702 to book your table. For more information, visit:




Let’s Rock Shrewsbury

Buxton International Music Festival – Sitwell Singers at Haddon Hall

Saturday 14th July A host of 80's pop stars take over the Quarry Park as part of the Let's Rock nationwide concerts. Performers include UB40, Marc Almond, Kim Wilde, Go West, Jason Donovan, From The Jam, Imagination, Five Star, Katrina, Midge Ure, China Crisis, Toyah, Hazell Dean, Fuzzbox, Bow Wow Wow's Annabelle, Brother Beyond, Peter Coyle ex Lotus Eaters and Black Lace's Conga Party! Tickets available www.letsrockshrewsbury. com and are priced from £42.

An evening with Faith Tucker and Allan Schiller at Sandon Hall Friday 20th July Enjoy an evening of divine music with young classical crossover artist, Faith Tucker, and acclaimed concert pianist Allan Schiller at stately Sandon Hall this summer. Faith, a junior student at Birmingham Conservatoire, has earned acclaim for her strong Soprano voice and natural stage presence that belie her years. She will be joined by accomplished concert performer, Allan Schiller. This is a strictly ticket only event, priced at £20 per person. The event runs from 7pm to 11pm. A licenced bar will operate throughout the evening. To book and for more information, visit:

Sunday 22nd July Derbyshire chamber choir, The Sitwell Singers will perform their renowned and varied repertoire - from the great choral masterpieces of European sacred music to folk, jazz and Billy Joel – at the Bakewell country house as part of its summer of live and informal musical recitals. Haddon Hall will host many regional artists and musicians this summer, carefully selected by the former Director of Music for Derbyshire, Philip King. Recitals are held at 12pm and 2pm on selected days and the price is included in the normal entry fee for visitors. The full programme of summer recitals at Haddon Hall can be found at Call 01629 812855 for more information.


We’ve got a pair of tickets to each performance to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, simply follow the QR code below or head to the competitions section of to enter before the closing date of Friday 27th July. Terms and conditions apply – see the competition page for full details.

Lakeside Proms at NEC Lakeside Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August Taking place at Birmingham’s outdoor venue - NEC Lakeside - this August is The Lakeside Proms with the internationally recognised Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. On Saturday 4th August, Symphonic Rock will see the orchestra play classic rock anthems and hit songs from musical legends like Queen, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, The Eagles and more, accompanied by a spectacular light show. On Sunday 5th August, the orchestra will celebrate the great John Williams, one of the world’s most prolific and respected film composers – and the most Oscar-nominated man alive! Hear live performances of his superb orchestrations and legendary melodies, including music from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., Harry Potter, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Hook, Fiddler on the Roof, Home Alone, War Horse and many more. Both shows will end with a finale fireworks display. Gates will open at 5pm on both evenings with a vast selection of food and drink vendors to suit all tastes, the shows are expected to end at 10pm. Tickets priced from £45. VIP tickets available. Visit: www. or call the Box Office on 0844 338 8000.

SHROPSHIRE 14 Top Shows come to Telford Town Park Saturday 4th August to Sunday 19th August Both Telford town and Oakengates Theatre are celebrating five decades in existence this year and marking this landmark 50th birthday with a Big Top venue that will seat up to 1,000 people in the QEII Fields In Trust Town Park Arena. Running over two weeks are a host of live acts and entertainment including comedy, music, dance and children’s shows. Headliners include East17, 5ive, S Club, Russell Watson, Boyzlife, Dinosaur World Live, Al Murray, Dara O Briain and Sounds of the 60s. For a full line-up and to book tickets, visit: bigtop or call the Oakengates Theatre Box Office on 01952 382 382.


Drive-in Movies at Beacon Park Friday 10th and Saturday 11th August Two films are being screened in Beacon Park this August. The all singing, all dancing spectacle, The Greatest Showman (PG), will play on Friday 10th August, followed by the romantic 90s classic, Pretty Woman (15), on Saturday 11th August. The movies will play on a giant screen and cars just need to park up and tune in their car radios to hear the fantastic soundtracks. There will be movie meals and cinema snacks on offer as well as a reserved area in front of the cars for on foot ticket holders. Gates will open at 12noon and the films will then start when it gets dark at around 9pm. Tickets cost £25 a car per movie and £5 for on foot customers. Tickets can be booked in person at the Lichfield Garrick Box Office, by calling 01543 412121, or via

The Festival of Fireworks at Catton Hall Saturday 1st September


We’ve got five pairs of tickets to give away to elected shows at the Big Top Venue. To be in with a chance of winning, simply follow the QR code below or head to the competitions section of www.staffordshireliving. to enter before the closing date of Friday 27th July. Terms and conditions apply – see the competition page for full details.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary year in 2018, the Festival of Fireworks at Catton Hall features four of the UK’s leading Fireworks Companies. Dynamic Fireworks from Colchester, G2 Fireworks from Middlesborough, Clywd-based Bright Sparks and festival organisers Jubilee Fireworks, whose outstanding displays are seen at many major UK venues, including Alton Towers. Weather permitting, visitors will also have the chance to enjoy a Steam Fayre, featuring an exhibition of working steam and traction engines. Tickets are priced from £20 per child and £25 per adult. Visit: Free parking is available next to the site.

SHROPSHIRE Shrewsbury Folk Festival Friday 24th to Monday 27th August A huge four-day event with entertainment for all age groups taking place at the West Midlands showground in Shrewsbury in August – a great way to end the summer in style. Enjoy traditional folk music and dance. To find out more and to book tickets, visit: www.shrewsburyfolkfestival. or call 01746 768813.

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Singer-song writer Harper Starling is climbing over the likes of Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris to reach the top of the charts in America, and all while facing the challenges of Tourette’s Syndrome. With her eyes firmly set on global success, she talks to LIVING about her journey so far… WHAT WAS IT LIKE GROWING UP WITH TOURETTE’S SYNDROME AND HOW DID YOUR LIFE CHANGE AFTER YOU DISCOVERED THAT MUSIC IS LITERALLY THE BEST MEDICINE? At

first it was frustrating and a little scary. I didn't have control of my body and I was behaving differently than the other kids. Singing and dancing were an outlet to escape to, but miraculously, the two things I loved most were what caused the tics to stop. After discovering this, I immersed myself in music and dance. I pretty much became a walking karaoke machine.


you feel are out of your control and won't get better. You have the strength to push past that. It may not seem like it in the moment, but everything gets better with time. As cliché as it sounds, only you have the power to decide what to make of your life and how to react to the opportunities as well as the obstacles that are thrown your way.

full-time career in music. A family friend knew Sigmund and introduced us. We initially were only going to collaborate on one or two songs, but after I played some of the songs that I had written, he wanted to work on an entire album together. Over the next year-and-a-half, I worked with him while performing at venues with him all over Wisconsin, in the USA. Ultimately, I was invited to perform at Summerfest, a major festival in Wisconsin, and opened for Sheryl Crow.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO OPEN FOR SHERYL CROW? Incredible and surreal. I grew up listening

"I pretty much became a walking karaoke machine…"


until I went to college. We would perform our recitals each year in an auditorium packed with over 800 people. While many kids were nervous about performing, it never phased me. I always looked forward to our performances. Anytime I could sing and dance for someone, I did. I was always creating songs, dances, or plays to perform for anyone who wanted to watch. I lived for performing. It was where I could be free and express myself.


college. I received my undergraduate degree in kinesiology and went to graduate school for physical therapy. I was close to earning my doctorate, but knew that music was my true passion and dropped out to pursue a

to her music. I had been going to Summerfest since I was 14. About 1,000,000 people attend each year. I saw my first concert there. It was Maroon 5. While they were singing, I turned to my best friend and said: "one day that will be me up there." Now it has come true.

YOUR NEW SINGLE, “EUPHORIA” IS A #1 BILLBOARD HIT. TELL US ABOUT THE SONG. “Euphoria” is about being comfortable

in your own skin and letting go of your fears. The idea came to me after reading an article and seeing that word. Euphoria is a powerful word, but one that isn't used much in today's music. It represents freedom and complete bliss. I took that concept and wrote the song with Kasia Livingston (Britney Spears, The Pussycat Dolls). From there, I took it to the production/DJ duo Perry Twins (Beyonce The/ Rihanna) who created the dance version that’s heard today. ONE TO WATCH! Harper

WHAT'S NEXT? I’m releasing an EP in the near future and have another single that will be released soon. I am also currently performing and touring around the West Coast of the USA. I don’t have any UK dates set in stone yet, but would love to tour the UK!

Starling reached #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart as the featured artist with The Perry Twins for their “Euphoria” single. Scan the QR code to watch the music video now!

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ou will probably have heard the terms “grey pound”, “grey gap year” and “grey globetrotters” being batted around the media lately. That’s because grey is officially the colour of money in 2018 with today’s cash rich over 55 generation soon to hold over 75% of the nation’s financial wealth. A disposable income and a lack of commitments or ties is no longer the preserve of the 21-34 age group as their elders set about rewriting the pensioner rule book. Society is having to change how it thinks as a much wealthier and healthier generation works and lives beyond the traditional retirement age. Pension deregulation has extended options further than the purchase of an annuity and the last of those fortunate enough to secure a non-contributory final salary pension are due to soon step off or slow down the employment merry go round. Both men and women are now more likely to have private pensions alongside their state entitlement and globalisation with social connectivity means expectations and demands are high.

"Grey is the colour of money in 2018 with today’s cash rich over 55 generation soon to hold over 75% of the nation’s financial wealth."

Property power The power of the “grey pound” is often strengthened by the stake that the over 55s have in higher value property. Money held in a property can be accessed by downsizing or as it is called now rightsizing, or by an equity release scheme. Equity release allows you to access some of the value tied up in your home either as a lump sum payment or a regular income stream to be repaid only when you die or go into care. How much equity you can release is calculated on your age and the value of your house with the interest accruing in proportion to your longevity or how long you continue to live independently. To control the amount of interest paid another option is a 40% plan where the lender is entitled to 40% of a house’s current value when the plan ends. The equity release company has no right to the property only to be paid out but ensure that there is a “no negative equity guarantee” to ensure the money owed never exceeds the value of the property. As always do your homework, take independent advice and ensure that the scheme provider is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) ( which regulates the financial sector and provides an appropriate degree of protection for consumers.

Retirement living Before you sell a house that may have been a home for many years and so full of memories be sure that your decision to downsize is the “right size” for you. With the decision made to sell where are you going to move too?


THE GREY POUND How the over 55s are rewriting the pensioner rule book.

CULTURE | LIVING A smaller property perhaps closer to family or in a place that has become special through visits during your working life near the coast or the countryside. Perhaps you will buy abroad or move full time to a second home, and maybe you could purchase that longed-for motorhome or caravan. Finally, do you want to be in a retirement village or even in a park home on a registered site where you buy the building and rent the land it stands on. Retirement Village living is an idea like many that has arrived here from across the Atlantic where it has become an established part of the housing market. These villages offer a unique combination of amenities and services with support provided as and when you want it. The purpose-built developments aim to create a village style community with self-contained living alongside an option to use shared dining, social and leisure facilities. For some it is an opportunity to live alongside like-minded people with the added assurance that if needed the support will be there. These “villages” often have an age qualification, but this does not mean that it is necessary to be retired or not working, and if part of a couple only one person must meet the age requirement.

return for giving up an income for life you receive a cash sum which can be redirected into a private pension with a greater number of investment opportunities. There are tax incentives with cashing in as you can avoid inheritance tax by running down your estate and leaving pension cash to your heirs, although your investments are subject to the whims of the stock market and you could be giving up a guaranteed income for a partner after your death. This is a decision which cannot be reversed so it is important to seek professional advice, and if your transfer value exceeds £30,000 you must, under rules set by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), have independent financial advice by a specially qualified pensions transfer specialist.

Grey Globetrotters So, what are the options for the “grey pound” to maximise quality of life and experiences with the finance available? “Grey Globetrotters” are a major force in the UK travel market and the evidence suggests that they are getting ever more adventurous with the “grey gapper” an increasingly popular option. Gap year specialists such as Travellers Worldwide (www.travellersworldwide. com) actively target mature volunteers or ‘gappers’ who would like to join projects across the globe in education, conservation and medicine while having a great adventure at the same time. The key to a successful “grown up gap year” is forward planning so be honest and realistic with your budget, keep up with your financial commitments at home and make sure you have appropriate and comprehensive insurance.

"With the “grey Pound” held in the hands of those not grey in attitude and expectations it is important that savings, pensions and investments are given a regular spring clean."

Retirement villages vary greatly and as there are private as well as not for profit providers it can be expensive, so it is important to draw up a list of requirements personal to you and do plenty of research. Try to decide on a short list before visiting several times to talk to residents and explore the local area. Some retirement villages are happy to allow you to stay overnight to experience life there. The Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) ( is the main body representing the retirement community sector in the UK and has 30 members from 350 retirement communities or over 50% of all housing with care schemes so is a useful and relevant source of information.

Savings and investments With the “grey pound” held in the hands of those not grey in attitude and expectations it is important that savings, pensions and investments are given a regular spring clean to ensure that they are in the best possible shape. It is important to use ISA allowances as they cannot be carried forward into the next tax year, and look out for the best interest rates as although you can only open one new cash ISA a year, you can transfer your money as often as you like because a transfer of a previous year’s allowance is not a new ISA and so does not count as paying in. Reassess your attitude to risk before reviewing stocks and shares ISAS to ensure that your investments are a mixture of equities, bonds, property and commodities that correctly reflect it. Be proactive with your pension ensuring you are as tax efficient as possible and making the most of the options now available to you. For example, while an annuity does not always meet the needs of today’s more active “grey fit” generation it is possible to buy an annuity further down the line when life may have taken on a slower pace. Always take advice with uk and both offering free and impartial advice. One option is to cash in your final salary pension as transfer values which determine the amount on offer from employers running the schemes have been increasing. In

Specialist travel companies also offer longer escorted holidays which are graded according to how strenuous they are, and which can be tailor made to your requirements. Exodus Travels (www.exodus. offer guided group holidays including walking the Amalfi Coast and Inca Trail. And, of course, the old favourite, Cruises, which offer an excellent extended holiday option - the ultimate being a world cruise, like the one on offer from P&O (, circumnavigating the globe over 99 days and visiting 92 ports. In the UK the National Trust ( offers you the chance to volunteer on a working holiday helping to care for the coast, countryside, houses and gardens owned by the Trust as well as offering overseas breaks supporting the work of associated organisations. You can download the National Trust Working Holidays Brochure from their website, as well as read accounts and watch videos of people who have taken part in the scheme. Remember when planning your holiday to save money by shopping around, travelling out of season and investigating alternative accommodation options such as Airbnb, hostels and house sitting. For those of the cash rich generation with pockets full of the “grey pound” life is spilling over with options and opportunities to grab with open arms. With careful planning, professional advice and by doing your homework life can be lived to the full on your terms with nothing off limits. This article is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Share prices and the income from them can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the full amount invested. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own situation.


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CULTURE | LIVING Separation The type of separation you have will mostly depend on your relationship with your partner and if you’re able to discuss and come to an agreement. You’ll have to agree a reason for the divorce, whether it’s due to unreasonable behaviour, adultery, partner absence or desertion. If you agree there should be no need for the case to go to court. You can find the divorce form at and fill it in online or send by post to a divorce centre. A divorce fee of £550 will also need to be paid.


Otherwise, a more formal settlement through the courts might be necessary. If your partner disagrees with the divorce, or you can’t agree on specific terms, mediation could help and solicitors can advise on this. If that doesn’t work and you do go to court a solicitor can represent you and speak to ‘the other side’ for you.


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here’s no way Know your housing rights. around it, Whether you jointly own or rent a divorce can be property or the property is owned one of the most or rented by you or your partner, stressful and find out where you stand. Make Finding your way through unenjoyable a list of your assets and what you things you can a divorce is not going to be easy think needs to be divided. experience. A quickie divorce – if but getting the right support you look online there are plenty Children and advice when you need it can of sites offering them – might Telling the children can be the seem tempting but stop and think be a big help. hardest part. Although they are before you go ahead. If things are sure to be upset, sitting them down straightforward and you and your and talking honestly will help. Try not to apportion blame, partner are in agreement about a permanent separation and offer reassurance that although things are changing they are the reasons why, it could be an option. still loved. Explain where they will be living and who with, But what if you want a divorce but your other half doesn’t? how often they will see their other parent and encourage What if you can’t bear to be in the same room as each other them to ask questions. and can’t agree on anything? You or your partner can decide between you the best There are plenty of other questions that need answering too. arrangement for your children, but always put their needs If you have children, what will happen to them and where before your own. It can be all too tempting for one partner will they live? What happens to your home? How will you to refuse to let the other see the children but consider what divide your assets? effect it will have. Try and find something that works for you all but especially the children. Fighting over them will Chris Sherwoood, chief executive at the relationships create a lot of heartache, especially if it leads to the courts charity, Relate, said: “We would encourage anybody having to make the decisions for you. experiencing relationship issues to access support such as counselling at the earliest possible stage.”

So where do you start – here’s our guide to divorce.

Advice The best advice is to seek professional advice. A solicitor specialising in family law will be able to sit down with you and talk everything through. Legal advice is expensive and it will cost, but in the long run could be well worth it and probably save you a lot of time and a major headache. A number of practices across Staffordshire offer a free noobligation initial consultation so do a bit of research or call to find out if this is on offer.


Relate, the relationships charity, or Gingerbread, which supports single parent families, can provide someone to talk to as it can be a tough time dealing with a relationship break-down. Relate can be found at and Gingerbread at The Citizens Advice Bureau also offers general divorce advice and can help fill in paper work. sL

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We all know that Staffordshire is renowned for its pottery heritage, for serving some of the best beer in the world and for being home to English poet and physician Erasmus Darwin – these are huge cultural draws to the county for tourism and for local pride. But what you might not realise is the amount of creativity still happening today in the county in a variety of forms – from contemporary arts and design to traditional craftmanship.



Some would say that to be truly creative you have to stand out from the crowd and produce something out of the ordinary, to push the boundaries of the norm and produce something unique. And Staffordshire has always been a county long associated with producing and crafting products.



What does it mean to be creative? We are all by design naturally creative but it is safe to say that we are different in what talents we possess. Some of us spend a lifetime trying to figure this out but for others it is something they instinctively know, maybe from birth.



Staffordshire is alive with creativity and it’s one man’s quest to show everyone what they are missing.



“Every sitter has been like finding a precious jewel hiding its light under a bushel."


Local potter, Andrew owns a pottery studio and gallery in Lichfield and specialises in stoneware and porcelain pieces. www.

One man has set about bringing the secrets of Staffordshire craftspeople to life in a project which has been nearly three years in the making. Derek Tamea, who has spent years working as a professional photographer, first coined the idea in early 2016 when driving home one day. He came across a green sign at the border of Cheshire which welcomed visitors to the Staffordshire county but also proclaimed it as ‘the creative county”. Derek, who lives in Newcastle-under-Lyme himself, wondered: “Is Staffordshire really the creative county and, if so, why?”

Jeongwood Choi is the Workshop Manager at Tim Toft Violins based in Stone.

Being best known for his portraits of the “rich, famous and the downright interesting” that have been displayed in galleries across the UK, this latest project was sure to be a completely new avenue for Derek to explore but he began his journey anyway – determined to bring this hidden creativity into the spotlight. Armed with just his trusty camera and a thirst for discovery, he ventured out into the county visiting local craftspeople at work and capturing their art, uncovering the true beauty of having a skill, or technique and a passion for simply making something.

David Wood, Master Thatcher based in Rugely. www.

Travelling across the county to seek these creatives out, he kept a completely open mind on who would be included in the project and photographed all those that were ‘making something’ be it useful, interesting or simply unique. Interestingly, he found a mass of fascinating people creating every day and the result was a collection of colour photographs which aims to showcase these talents but also promote the small businesses doing something different. From butchers and bakers and yes, even, candle stick makers to basket weavers, stone masons, sculptors, bee keepers and wood carvers, and everything in between. Derek had no idea how well received the initiative would be but as word started to spread, more and more people wanted to get involved. Derek, who has lived in Staffordshire for over 50 years says: “Every sitter has been like finding a precious jewel hiding its light under a bushel. There are so many fabulous and creative individuals in Staffordshire which is why we are known as the Creative County. I’m delighted to be able to showcase my 'Creative Staffordshire' collection at Brampton Museum & Art Gallery and for the first time since I started putting the exhibition on display, there will be a chance for visitors to see some samples of work provided by the sitters.”

Rachel Evans is a basketmaker based in the Staffordshire Moodlands. She makes traditional willow baskets.

The exhibition debuted in Stafford in 2017 before going on tour across the county and will culminate with a larger showcase of Derek’s work, along with exhibits from the craftsmen themselves, entitled “Creative Staffordshire”, which will show at the Brampton Museum & Art Gallery from 21st July to 15th September. The Brampton Museum based in Newcastle-under-Lyme is free to enter and is known for its interesting and varied exhibitions. Beverley Jennings of Brampton Museum said: “We’ve done a lot of work with Derek before but when he approached us with this one we were really excited. It's really nice because it's creative people living and working in Staffordshire and we thought it was such a lovely way of celebrating that. It was originally going to be just a photography showcase, but we decided to bring in some artefacts from the craftsmen themselves to add another dimension to it. We’re really excited and think it will be a great success.”

Marc Jerram is a Master Farrier based in Brewood.

Anthony Hammond is an award-winning artist, sculptor and craftsman based in North Staffordshire. www.

To keep up-to-date with Derek and the his work on Creative Staffordshire you can visit his Facebook page: derektameaphotography. Denise is a renownkned sculptor based in Staffordshire and exhibits bothe in the UK and abroad.

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CULTURE | LIVING Flip Flops There’s something wonderful about slipping your bare feet into a pair and padding around to the flip flop sound.



Nothing beats a 99 cone with a flake from the nearest ice-cream van. Just the sound of the van chimes is enough to set off nostalgia.

Whether it’s flying abroad, driving down to the coast or staying in a cottage in the Lakes, summer holidays are what we all look forward to.

It brings us all out of “hibernation” and seems to put a smile on everyone’s faces.


Days Out

Whether it’s the paddling pool, outdoor lidos, or the sea there’s something wonderful about dipping your toes in the water on a hot day.

A trip to the park can be as exciting as a road trip to the coast in summer, especially when the sun is shining, the picnic’s packed and the shades are on.


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The trees have leaves again, flowers have sprung up and suddenly the world looks greener and more alive.

The very aroma takes you straight to holiday time. Slap it on and savour the smell even if you’re only in the garden.

Summer Drinks Pimms, a Mojito, Aperol Spritz or an ice-cold beer are a welcome refreshment in beer gardens and barbecues. For those preferring the non-alcoholic variety there’s nothing better than home-made lemonade. Yum!

Festivals Summer signals festival season. There’s usually something for everyone of all ages, from music, science, arts, culture, to rock and indie.


A real symbol of summer, along with the sound of lawn mowers.

The Seaside

The feel of sand between the toes, whether at the beach, the park or the garden sand pit sums up the season.

A trip to the seaside is a must, even if it’s just for the day.

Long Days

Summer Clothes

Days seem to last longer in summer and it’s probably because they actually do. Sun rise is around 4am and it doesn’t go dark until later in the evening.

Lovely sun dresses, pretty cotton tops, shorts and linen trousers. Whatever your choice, it’s a treat to ditch the coats and to slip into something a little lighter.

Getting a Tan The pale skin of winter becomes a thing of the past as finally you get some vitamin D and a bit of colour in your cheeks.


Freshly Cut Grass

Buckets and Spades This season’s must-have accessories.


Strawberries & Cream British strawberries are in season during the summer. Throw on some cream and it’s like summer in a bowl. Around 166,000 portions of strawberries were served up at the Wimbledon tennis tournament last year alone.

Picnics Packing the picnic blanket and filling the basket with sandwiches and cake ready to be enjoyed on a grassy bank is one of the loveliest feelings in the world.

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Breakfast in the Garden

Playing your tunes in the Car

When the sun’s streaming in through the window in the morning it’s time for an alfresco breakfast on the patio.

Winding down the windows and turning the stereo up is all part of summer. As is pulling up at traffic lights and hearing the car next to you doing the same.


There’s nothing better than settling down in the sunshine and losing yourself in another world for an hour or two.

Busy Parks

Outdoor concerts & plays

Summer brings everyone out and consequently the local park is heaving. But isn’t it wonderful to see youngsters away from screens and people enjoying the sun?

There are open air shows aplenty across Staffordshire during the summer. Trentham’s summer programme includes music concerts next to the lake, there are Proms at the Arboretum in Alrewas and outdoor performances of The Importance of Being Earnest, Sense and Sensibility and Peter Pan at Shugborough.


Outdoor Games

There’s something wonderful about lying lazily in a hammock on a summer’s day. Check out our edit of hanging chairs on page 110.

Croquet on the lawn anyone? The public tennis courts are suddenly full and kids can be tempted into the garden with a game of giant skittles or swing ball.

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Sunglasses Popping a pair of sunglasses on will instantly make you feel cool.

The light, bright mornings certainly make it easier to get up in the morning and a bit of sunshine puts a spring in your step.

Collecting Sea Shells

Taking Photos We all get a bit more snap-happy in the summer, capturing those holiday moments and summer days out.

More daylight and warmer weather really does affect our mood. The NHS estimates that each winter one in 15 people suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of depression due to the dark, cold months.

Being Barefoot Throwing off your footwear is a true summer luxury. Head over to Trentham and try out the barefoot walk through grass, gravel and squelchy mud.

Inflatables From doughnut-shaped rubber rings to unicorn lilos, a must for this time of year. Just don’t forget the pump.

One of the most fun aspects of a visit to the beach has to be collecting sea shells. Get the children involved and when they get home they can paint them. Crafting fun aplenty..

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Water fights

Fairs and Fun Days

Get the water guns out, it’s time for a good oldfashioned water fight in the garden. As children we loved being blasted with a shot of water.

There’s always something going on in summer, whether it’s carnivals, fetes or fairs at nearby parks. Check out local listings to see what’s on.



Going for a bike ride in summer means you can leave the car at home, get some exercise and have an adventure at the same time.

Filling ice-cube trays and making homemade ice-lollies has to be one of summer’s biggest treats.

Paddling in Streams There’s nothing better than wading into a natural stream in summer and feeling smooth rocks under your feet.

Beer gardens At the first sign of good weather beer gardens nationwide are full. The summer really does make people more sociable.

Beach towels They’re big, they’re colourful and they only usually come out at this time of year.

Breaking up from school

Watching the world go by

School’s out and the kids are free for six whole weeks.

Taking time out to sit on a picnic blanket watching people having fun or going about their business is a great way to de-stress.

Walks in the Countryside


Strolls along country lanes, fields and picturesque villages is a perfect way to enjoy the sun and get some exercise at the same time.

Colour Summer always seems to bring an explosion of colour, from the flowers that are in full bloom to summer outfits.

The summer means you can get stuck into some gardening - and later sit out and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Weddings Not strictly a seasonal thing, but summer weddings are always a treat, especially on a beautiful day in a stunning location.

Summer Film Blockbusters

Deck Chairs Stripy deckchairs sum up British holidays. No trip to the seaside would be complete without one.

Lazy Afternoons Idling away an afternoon sunbathing, reading or listening to music on a summer’s day. What could be better?

The big movies are released in the summer, which means there’s always something to watch on a summer’s evening.

Smells The neighbour’s barbecue, flowers, cut grass and sun tan lotion among others. sL

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Mazda MX-5 Having made its UK debut at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the all-new fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 has won an array of accolades and awards including the 2016 World Car of the Year (WCOTY) and the World Car Design of the Year. With a superior power to weight ratio, rear-wheel drive, perfect 50:50 weight distribution and more comfort and technology than ever before, the Mazda MX-5 is offered with a choice of two SKYACTIV-G petrol engines. The lightest MX-5 since the iconic original, it is shorter, lower and wider with the smallest overhangs and lowest centre of gravity yet. These dynamic proportions combined with Mazda’s KODO: Soul of Motion design philosophy ensure that the all-new Mazda MX-5’s styling reflects its focus on driving pleasure in an unmistakably contemporary and dynamic way. Featuring Mazda’s award-winning SKYACTIV technology, the all-new MX-5’s ultra-efficient lightweight petrol engines deliver new levels of performance and economy. Across the range you’ll find alloy wheels, LED headlights, a leather steering wheel, plus a lightweight and sleek fabric 156

Step up to Sport trim and both the 1.5 and 2.0-litre cars feature rain sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, smart keyless entry, Premium Bose® Surround-Sound and heated leather seats. With the 1.5-litre engine, Sport trim MX-5’s come with 16-inch Gunmetal alloy wheels and piano black door mirrors. Sport models with the 2.0-litre 160ps engine benefit from a dynamic set-up that includes Sports suspension featuring Bilstein dampers, a limited slip differential and strut tower bar, while visually, they are marked out by their 17-inch Bright alloy wheels and body coloured mirrors. With its lightweight design, sleek cabin, beautifully engineered mechanicals and balanced handling the all-new Mazda MX-5 is ready to cement its place in the hearts of driving enthusiasts. On the road pricing starts from £18,995 for the Mazda MX-5. For further information, visit Mazda launched a new Z-Sport special edition range of MX-5 in March bringing a burst of colour to the range. This exclusive model will stand-out thanks to its deep cherry red fabric hood, 17-inch black BBS wheels, and free-ofcharge Machine Grey Metallic paint. Exclusive to the UK and limited to just 300 cars – the 2.0-litre 160ps Sport Nav is priced from £25,610.

The MINI Convertible features a striking design and unique features to make open-topped driving even more dynamic, stylish and practical. The fully electric roof deploys in just 18 seconds and it remains the only premium soft-top four-seater convertible in the small car segment. These cars offer a high level of standard equipment across the range, which includes MINI Visual Boost Radio with a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, MINI Connected, Bluetooth connectivity with USB audio, Rear Parking Distance Control and a Reversing Camera. Smart design and interior packaging means luggage volume is 215 litres with the roof closed and 160 litres with it folded down. Brand new features include a fully electric roof that is quieter and smoother than the previous model, a fully integrated rollover protection system and more rear space than ever before. A striking new exterior and interior design ensures the new MINI Convertible is unmistakably MINI, whilst showcasing a blend of sporting flair and elegant dynamism. The all-new MINI Cooper Convertible and Cooper D Convertible are 3,821 mm long, with the MINI Cooper S Convertible 3,850 mm and the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible 3,874 mm long. All models are 1,727 mm wide, 1,415 mm high and have a wheelbase of 2,495 mm. Those dimensions have increased compared with the outgoing model, with 98 mm extra length, 44 mm extra width and 1 mm extra height. The wheelbase is 28 mm longer and track width has also grown a further 42 mm at the front and 34 mm at the rear. The increase in dimensions has enhanced comfort levels and freedom of movement in all four seats. The two front seats have a wider range of adjustment, while rear passengers benefit from easier access, more headroom, a longer seat surface and improved lateral support. The design of the new

CULTURE | LIVING rear more clearly defines the two individual seats. Day-to-day practicality has also improved. Smart design and interior packaging means luggage volume has expanded by around 25 per cent to 215 litres with the roof closed and 160 litres with it folded down. Personalisation is once again at the heart of the new MINI Convertible. Options include an industry-first Union Jack design woven into the MINI Yours fabric roof. There are two new exterior colours – Caribbean Aqua and Melting Silver – with a new Chester leather in Malt Brown available for the interior. The new Mini Convertible currently holds the Carbuyer ‘Best Convertible 2018’ award. The judges praised its unique character, handling, interior and infotainment features. On the road pricing starts from £19,265 for the MINI Cooper Convertible. For further information, visit

The fully electric roof deploys in just 18 seconds and remains the only premium soft-top four-seater convertible in the small car segment. Audi TT Roadster The TT styling is as eye-catching as ever but one key feature makes all the difference in the Audi TT Roadster: a finely crafted soft-top roof that opens and closes in just 10 seconds. It means that the thrill of open-top driving is just the touch of a button away. This compact two-seater sets new standards in design, drive, and suspension. The Roadster fascinates with its puristic sports car character, distinctive design, excellent dynamics and groundbreaking technology. As with all of Audi’s convertibles, the Audi TT Roadster has a cloth top. Its flat, sleek line harmonizes perfectly with the sporty design. At 39 kilograms (86.0 lb), the top is very light and doesn’t compromise the 280-liter (9.9 cu ft) luggage compartment. The standard electric drive system lowers or raises it in around 10 seconds, even while driving at speeds up to around 50 km/h (31.1 mph). The soft top has a taut fit, and its excellent sound insulation has earned it the name “acoustic top.” The body of the Audi TT Roadster is very light thanks to an intelligent composite construction concept with a high percentage of aluminum. With the 1.8 TFSI, the open-top sports car has a curb weight (without driver)

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet Sportiness and driving pleasure of the two-door Coupé and Cabriolet have been enhanced with a sharper design, digital cockpit and dynamic body control suspension. The secret of the C-Class's success is partly down to the wide model range, also including two sporty two-door versions: the coupé launched at the end of 2015 and the cabriolet available since the summer of 2016 address the heart and mind in equal measure. On the cabriolet the soft top can be operated from the outside with the vehicle key and the “Open/Close” buttons. A new generation of four-cylinder petrol engines (M 264) is being launched in the new C-Class. The new petrol model is coming initially as the C 200 and C 200 4MATIC with a displacement of 1.5 litres. At the same time these models are equipped with an additional 48-volt on-board network with a belt-driven starter/alternator (EQ Boost). A 2.0-litre variant will follow later. The new-look C-Class combines emotionality with intelligence. TThe front design exudes sportiness and lifestyle at first glance. Powerful styling

elements such as the new bumper and the standardfit diamond radiator grille lend the two-door C-Class models an individual character. The sporty interior with its autonomous integrallook seats is characterised by further-enhanced perceived quality and flowing shapes and the facelift takes it into the digital era. The centre console is characterised by an elegant flowing trim element. The Keyless-Go starting function is standard. The start/stop button comes in a new turbine-look design. The vehicle key also features a new design. Customers have a choice between black with highgloss chrome surround, white with chrome surround or high-gloss white with matt chrome surround. The C-Class has touch-sensitive controls in the steering wheel. They enable the driver to control the functions of the instrument cluster and of the entire infotainment system without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. The coupé and cabriolet will go on sale in the UK in April and first deliveries will arrive in July. Prices start from £40,519 for a Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible. For more information, visit

of just 1,300 kilograms (2,866.0 lb). The body has been specially reinforced at the sills and the A-pillars. Two fixed steel roll-over bars protect the passengers in the event of a rollover. They, too, are a characteristic TT feature. Many design details of the 4.18-meter (13.7 ft) long two-seater are reminiscent of the classic original model from 1999, while some new, more angular facets have also been added. The engine line-up comprises three four-cylinder units: the 1.8 TFSI, the 2.0 TFSI and the 2.0 TDI – optionally available as ultra or with quattro all-wheel drive. The TT Roadster features sophisticated solutions such as progressive steering and a four-link rear suspension. The interior of the open two-seater is elegant with its sleek, lightweight sport seats. All displays are show in the digital Audi virtual cockpit. The knobs for the standard air conditioning are integrated into the air vents. Operation is focused entirely on the driver and follows an easy-to-understand logic. The MMI terminal on the centre console has just six buttons. In combination with MMI navigation plus, the rotary/ push-button control is equipped with a touchpad and voice control via a seat belt microphone and the multifunction steering wheel take operating comfort to an even higher level.

The line-up of driver assistance systems extends from Audi side assist to Audi active lane assist and traffic sign recognition to park assist with display of the surroundings and a rearview camera. On the road pricing starts from £30,605 for the Audi TT Roadster Sport. For further information, visit

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