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It’s summer and all you need Is a sunny outlook. Summer is short. Just a few brief months. Blink and you’ll miss it. So this year, make the most of it. The centre is always buzzing in summer, and there are always a few kooky surprises. Bullring’s summer dining festival, Love Food, arrives 22nd July. Food. Summer. An edible garden. What’s not to like? Head straight to Bullring’s very own street of dining, Spiceal Street, to take a look at our Willy Wonka-style garden. Lollipops hanging from trees, fruit you can lounge on, it’ll be a kooky backdrop to a calendar of street events. Visit for more details. Use those long, gorgeous, warm evenings. Sip cocktails outside on the terrace, see if you can eat an ice cream without it melting down your fingers and turn your thoughts towards that all-important summer wardrobe. A new season needs a new look. Floral prints, bright colours and white wash chic are the summer’s key trends. And with shops like COS, Reiss and Selfridges there are plenty of places to find your style. Don’t forget accessories: a great summer look needs details like sunglasses, swimwear and, of course, shoes. There are new food trends too. The divine Jamie’s

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FASHION 10 Kate Middleton: Cover Story 16 Sun, Sea and Swimwear 18 Summer Accessories 22 Stop Press 24 Bye Bye Drab

DAYS OUT 42 Summer Events Calendar 50 Days Out In Staffordshire 56 Days Out In Shropshire 60 Days Out In Derbyshire 64 Days Out In North Wales and Chester 71 Oh We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside 73 A Great British Picnic

73 PROPERTY & INTERIORS 110 Nordic Revamped 113 Walls Get Creative 117 Window Dressing 121 Second Home 125 Green Fingered Friends 128 Let’s Take It Outside 132 Smoking Hot!


26 Golden Goddess 29 Head to Toe Beauty 30 Blondes Really Do Have More Fun 33 Dare To Bare 35 Make The Most Out Of Your Gym 39 Health & Beauty News

CONTENTS July/August


WINING AND DINING 76 Early Morning Wake-Up Call 79 Shaken, Not Stirred! 83 Dining Out In Stafford & Stone 85 Sweet Or Salted 87 Flavour Central 88 Hurrah For Local! 92 Sunny Beets


PEOPLE & PLACES 94 All Hail The Potteries 99 Is Mobile Banking Safe? 100 We’re All Going On A Summer Holiday 104 Getting Hitched? 108 VIP Pass

LEISURE 134 Staffordshire Living’s Top 5 Family Cars 138 Living Promo 141 Getting Into The Swing Of Things 143 Limelight

COMPETITIONS 49 Win Weekend Tickets To V Festival 51 Win A Free Horse Riding Lesson 64 Win A Family Ticket To Greenwood Forest Park 143 Win Tickets To A Trentham Hot Summer Date



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But that’s not all we are looking forward to as the sun will soon to be seen beaming down on a new addition to the Royal family with the arrival of Prince William and Kate’s new born. We discover how this will change the dynamics of the Royals lives along with looking at the less serious side of Kate’s stunning wardrobe!


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As for the rest of our fashion pages we tackle the holiday trends with brutal force, rather than dreading that bikini reveal we are fully embracing it this year thanks to a whole host of gorgeous swimwear that we’re weirdly dying to wear! Plus the summer accessories helpings are yet to disappoint – we especially love the candy baroque pieces for a summery twist on the party season classic. Ideal for jazzing up plain t-shirts and they’ll be dreamlike teamed with our summer maxi.


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Features Writer Justine Clegg believes the Royal Baby will only reignite our love for the Duchess rather than ‘test’ her… icking up the pace where the People’s Princess – Lady Diana – left off, Kate Middleton has fast become a national treasure, admired worldwide for both her undeniable beauty and compassionate demeanour (let alone her dress sense). General folk from all over the globe seem mesmerised by the Duchess of Cambridge, watching her every move – but surprisingly not in scrutiny, more so in awe. It’s fascinating to see.

Forming part of the modern monarchy, Kate embraces this in every sense of the word adding a fresh lease of life to the Royal family and forming a new, younger interest. Never more prominent than when we all tuned in to watch Kate marry the future heir to the throne, Prince William. Ah, THAT Alexander McQueen dress. The memories. We cheered at the first public kiss as husband and wife on the balcony and generally (in harmony) ooh’d and ahh’d during the celebrations of the day.

Dubbed as bubbly and kind in nature, of course there’s the odd sad critic who harps up every so often brandishing Kate ‘boring’, yet most of these go unheard, seemingly in one ear and straight out the other. Clearly they’re the type of sad individuals who find negatives in every recognised figure or celebrity because they are offended by the term. Am I one of those? Nah! She’s far from ‘boring’, most (including myself) would call her classic in every sense of the word - and elegantly classic at that. From her manner through to her style – the Duchess is a true Princess (Disney stereotype and all) in the making.

Now, all eyes are honed in on the Royal couple once again as Kate prepares to give birth to the new Royal Baby in the commemorative year of the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. Royal Wedding who? Instantly forgetting the same old comments on Pippa Middleton’s bum (snore), giggles over Princess Beatrice’s headpiece and general chit chat on how the Queen always looks so well presented. Iconic moment in the monarchy’s history or not, we’ve other things to focus our concentration on.


COVER STORY Becoming a first-time mother will naturally be the test of Kate. Just how will she cope? Every parental decision will be watched over with a beady eye, dauntingly not just by close friends and family like us ordinary folk though, by the whole world! And yes, all eyes on Kate…the question of how Prince William will handle being a dad…probably only a slight murmur. Kate’s story emulates that of a fantastical Disney Princess – a ‘normal’ family who build their own business and make their millions. Only to be able to send their daughter off into magical lands to meet her Prince. They fall in love and marry in front of the crowds. The End. It gives that ‘everyday girl’ the hope of falling in love with her Prince CAN actually happen, and just as with the Disney Princess, the public can’t help but show affection towards Kate! Most almost feel they can relate with the Duchess due to her ‘normal’ upbringing - yet taking a glance at our feature ‘Kate Middleton. The Years’, you’ll see it evidently wasn’t a life led by most, but that doesn’t mean we’ve fallen out of love. She’s already earned it in other ways due to her sheer nature.

“Forming part of the modern monarchy, Kate embraces this in every sense of the word adding a fresh lease of life to the Royal family”

So, with that in mind, I’m pretty certain we’ll see a large baby boom this year and a surge in women across the country becoming extremely broody whilst watching the Duke and Duchess welcome the new Royal Baby into the world and making their first public appearances as a family unit. Coupled with the recession and the time of year, midwives all over the UK are clearly going to have their hands full! As with any new parent though, the judging will commence – and non-more so than with Kate. I, however, have no doubt she will undoubtedly make it ‘appear’ effortless and a breeze. Only again increasing the broodiness. Probably the largest group who are unlikely to criticise will be the young mums around the globe - instantly relating to the Duchess by feeling a certain bond as a new mum, something any individual without children can simply not relate too. It has been vastly reported that Prince William and Kate are preparing to be hands-on parents – a factor that only reinforces and proves the shift into the modern monarchy. Full-time Royal nannies have been part of the monarchy’s history for centuries – more recently with William and Harry’s nanny ‘Tiggy’ who attended the Royal Wedding and also Prince Charles nanny, Mabel Anderson, of whom he formed a particularly close bond with. The majority are elected by recommendation from other Royal family members and begin work straight away forming a close relationship with the Royal children – typically seeing more of the child than their birth mother due to Royal duties.

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To put things into perspective, it has been told that the Prince of Wales on a typical day would have only seen his mother Queen Elizabeth for 30 minutes in the morning and then once again after tea before heading off to bed. The rest of his time would’ve been spent with his nannies, one being Mabel Anderson. Kate seemingly is looking for a much heavier involvement with her child’s upbringing, embracing duties as a parent. There is no doubt a nanny will be employed by the Royals, but more so for additional help alongside Kate’s parents rather than a fulltime position thanks to the vast amount of public appearances expected of the couple. And this in turn only reinforces everyone’s adoration for Kate, empathising with her decisions to break traditions and push the monarchy forward with a full ‘working mother’ attitude that is so present in modern life! All rise for Kate Middleton! I, myself, just can’t wait to see the little Royal’s carefully chosen outfits…


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The seemingly dubbed ‘Kate Effect’ has swept across the globe - one minute she’s seen wearing a flawless item, the next it’s sold out in the shops.


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9th Jan 1982 Michael and Carole Middleton welcome their first born into the world – Catherine Middleton May, 1984 Due to Michael Middleton’s job, the family move to Amman in Jordan September, 1986 The Middletons return to the UK, where Catherine commences education at St Andrew’s private school in Pangbourne 1996 Catherine Middleton transfers to Marlborough College in Wiltshire – costing £15,000 a year in tuition fees! September, 1998 Begins her A-levels, studying Chemistry, Biology and Art July, 2000 Catherine finishes her time at Marlborough College after completing her A-levels, it is from her time here that she became known as Kate 2000 Kate takes a gap year before starting university. She crews on Round the World Challenge boats in the Solent, studies at the British Institute in Florence and goes on a Raleigh International programme in Chile September, 2001 Begins her degree at St Andrews in Fife studying History of Art (as too does Prince William coincidently) 2002 After forming a friendship, Kate and Prince William become flatmates Christmas, 2003 Prince William starts dating Kate Middleton March, 2004 The Sun newspaper are the first to announce William and Kate’s relationship as they print images of the pair holidaying together on the Klosters ski resort, Switzerland

2005 Both Prince William and Kate Middleton graduate from St Andrews. Kate receives a 2:1 November, 2006 Kate begins working at fashion house Jigsaw as a part-time accessories buyer. December, 2006 Kate Middleton is invited to her first high-profile public event attended by the Royal family - William’s graduation as an army officer at Sandhurst. April, 2007 Prince William and Kate split – believed to be over struggles with commitments to the army life 2007 Of course, we know the pair rekindle their relationship after only a few months apart! Phew. Kate believes it made her a “stronger person” 2008 Kate leaves Jigsaw to launch a ‘First Birthdays’ range at her parents’ business – Party Pieces October, 2010 William and Kate arrive together at an event for the first time October, 2010 Prince William proposes to “Waity Katy” whilst on holiday in Kenya. November 2010 Prince William and Kate Middleton announce their engagement 29th April, 2011 The historical moment: Prince William and Kate Middleton marry in a televised ceremony at Westminister Abbey 29th April, 2011 The Queen honours their marriage, pronouncing them as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge June, 2011 William and Kate head off to Canada and America on their official world tour as a married couple

22nd July 2011 Kate’s £250,000 Alexander McQueen wedding dress goes on display at the Buckingham Palace summer opening December, 2011 The newlyweds welcome a new puppy – Lupo, a cocker spaniel January, 2012 Embracing her royal duties, Kate becomes royal patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (Each) and The Art Room, patron of the National Portrait Gallery and Action on Addiction along with a volunteer with the Scout Association March, 2012 The Duchess makes her debut public speech whilst officially opening a new hospice in Ipswich for her charity Each 5th June, 2012 Standing alongside the Queen as senior royals, William and Kate celebrate the Diamond Jubilee during the River Pageant and again on Buckingham Palace’s balcony for the flypast July, 2012 Both the Duke and Duchess, along with Prince Harry act as ambassadors for Team GB during the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics 3rd December, 2012 Just six weeks into the pregnancy, St James’s Palace publicly announce William and Kate are expecting their first child after Kate is hospitalized for acute morning sickness 23rd April, 2013 After months of hiding her bump, wearing a patterned Erdem dress the Duchess ditches her winter coat and finally reveals her bump at a primary school visit in Manchester ? July 2013 The anticipated Royal Baby is due to enter the world and will be a future heir to the throne!

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Fantastic Festival of Film is the unmissable highlight of the Shugborough Estate programme this Summer. The family favourite “Madagascar” and box office hit “Mamma Mia” are set to hit the big screen at the beautiful setting on Saturday 17th of August. Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy two spectacular movies presented in front of the magnificent 17th century Mansion House. The films are screened on a giant 40sqm LED screen with full surround sound to create the perfect Summer Cinema setting.

Advance tickets for ‘Madagascar’ are £6 per person or £20 for a Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children). Tickets also include entry to Shugborough Grounds & Gardens, so offer great value for a family day out. Advance tickets for ‘Mamma Mia’ are £10 per person, £8 for concessions and £18 for VIP Guest Tickets. Tickets also include parking.

Tickets are available to book online at or by phoning the Box Office on Gates open at midday for ‘Madagascar’ with the film screening 01785 254 653. Tickets are at 1.30pm as part of a fun-filled day out for families, which also available in person from also includes Signal Radio’s Family Roadshow, music, face- Shugborough Ticket Office, painting, fancy dress and competitions. “There’s plenty of Wednesday – Monday between space for kids to run around and play safely, if they can’t sit still long enough to watch a film” said Generate Events’ Matt 11am and 4pm. All tickets Hudson “ We know many parents can’t take kids to an indoor subject to a 10% cinema for that very reason, so this venue is perfect!” Booking Fee. In the evening, it’s time to warm up the vocal cords and get your dancing shoes on, as Shugborough gets ready to party! With an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Julie Walters, ‘Mamma Mia’ is a perennial girl’s night out favourite. “We’ve created a really fabulous event with real fun and sparkle” said Matt. The fun starts at 6pm with the film starting at 8pm. If you want the Hollywood A-lister treatment, then the VIP Guest ticket is for you, with queue jumping, preferential parking, own entrance, private drinks service, privileged viewing, even luxury loos - all included. Visitors to both films have the choice to bring their own food, drinks, picnic blankets and fold-out chairs and relax in the beautiful surroundings of Shugborough. For those who prefer, both events will also offer bars, a selection of hot food outlets, ice-cream, popcorn and coffee.




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Swimsuit, £69.95. Lands End.

Hey y’all, have you heard the 50s are back in town? Rock on down to your local diner or relax in your beach hut as 2013 steps back in time to over half a century ago. The shapes ooze sex appeal and spin us right back to the era of pinups and Betty Boop… and take note as these ladies know how to be provocative without being trashy. As for the prints – it’s a bit of a no-brainer. Polka dots and gingham patterns. Simples! But you knew that already. The emphasis lies with the cuts of the garment, subtly highlighting your curves and celebrating the female form. Swimsuits should belt at the waist, bottoms need to be high-waisted, whilst the full attention is all thrown at the bust. Hurrah for women! Secret Support Swimsuit, £29.50. M&S Buffalo Bikini, £35.

Orange Bikini, £15.98. Internacionale


Spotty Swimsuit, £12. George at Asda


Gingham Bikini, £13. F&F at Tesco



Far out man! Be at peace with yourself thanks to these psychedelic prints inspired by the 70’s hippy era. If it’s a little bit wacky and full of colour, then you’re halfway there - tie dye’s and galaxy prints are on our radar, whereas for the fun at heart look towards bright paisley prints jam-packed full of colour. As for the style, keep it simple with string bikinis so as not to over fuss and over-complicate the look.

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An all in one coloured bikini is a hell of a lot more powerful than most assume! They’re a style staple that stands the test of time and can be many a lady’s go to item thanks to their versatility and strong presence. Inspired by nature, this year’s pickings have a focus on texture and cuts whilst also using the brightest of colours – all in the name of matching the surroundings we suppose.

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Top £7.99, Bottoms £7.99. H&M

Tie dye bikini, £28. Next

The colour block trend has been seen on the catwalk for some years now, and why not? Mix and match the colours, and even pair with a patterned bikini top for a switch up – one thing is for sure you’ll find it the staple item in your holiday swimwear.

Paisley Low Front Swimsuit, £12. George at Asda

Yellow Neon Frill Bikini, £10. Primark

Petals Bikini, £31. Accessorize

Florrie Bikini, £46. French Connection



Party season for summer? Check! Last year we saw the transition of metallics into the summer months and now we’re seeing another vital and promising move – baroque jewellery. And why shouldn’t it? Surely, summer is the real party season with its sunshine, holidays and general lifted spirits, leaving winter for the much needed hibernation! So how has baroque jewellery been transformed for SS13? By using stones, jewels and crystals in colours good enough to eat. That’s how. If it’s decadent and a sure showstopper then you’re on the mark, this isn’t for the shy and understated. You want to be seen and you want to be known, therefore wear all day every day. Don’t limit these babies to strictly eveningwear – jazz up plain t-shirts, add some zing to your holiday wardrobe and dazzle all day and all night. After all, when you have jewels that fab-u-lous, why keeped them locked up? Juicy and ultimately delicious, the Staffordshire Living girls can’t get enough.

Ring, £25. Diva at Miss Selfridge

Ring, £6. F&F Tesco


Chandelier Earrings, £12.50. Daisy & Eve at Evans

Beaded Necklace, £18.50. Wallis

Stone Ring, £8.50. Wallis

Link Chain Necklace, £12.99. New Look

Earrings, £10.50. Angelica London

Pastel Diamante Earrings, £8.50. Dorothy Perkins

Jewelled Dream Necklace, £85.

Bright Stone Bracelet, £18.50. Freedom at Topshop

Chunky Necklace, £14.99. New Look


Chain and Pendant Collar, £45. Freedom at Topshop

Metal Bracelet, £15. Dorothy Perkins

Fluro Bracelet, £6.99. New Look

Chunky Stone Stretch Bracelet, £12.50. Daisy & Eve at Evans


We’ve seen the cutout trend in clothes, now high summer is calling for it in bags too. With a slight Saint Tropez styling via its luxurious feel and approach, we are absolutely head over heels in love with the white versions. Crisp, chic and classy, they’re the epitome of our summer wardrobe this season. Leather styles work best thanks to the structure, and when teamed with popping background colours that poke through it’s a match made in heaven for the summer months. Come day or night, this trend is fitting and as for teaming with cute, vivid summer dressers, it’s a complete no-brainer.

Floral Cutwork Large Clutch, £35. Accessorize

Mint Green Clutch, £12.99. New Look

Betty Jackson Bag, £55. Debenhams

Cutwork Clutch, £30. Oasis

Pale Pink Clutch, £12.99. New Look

Punch Out Bowler Bag, £35. Marks and Spencer

Handbag, £25. BHS

Heart4Heart Bag, £175. Folli Follie


After years of trying to master the art of walking in sky scrapers and platforms, the fashion goddesses have seen our pain and granted us some time off with a summer sandal that will appeal to all, suit all and most of all relieve all. They’re subtle, yet have a deceitful air of absolute elegance with discreet heels and understated opulence all thanks to their clever styling. In our opinion it’s shoe design at its very best as when any woman pops them on their feet they’ll feel one million dollars. Granted.

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Open Toe Heels, £25. BHS

Black & White Shoe, £70. River Island

Shoes, £45. Dorothy Perkins

Two Part Sandal, £25. Marks and Spencer

Red Herring Sandals, £35. Debenhams

Nanncy Sandal, £65. Steve Madden FOR THE HEEL SHY!

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The thick cuffing and open toe styles are our favourite as it updates the classic iconic design to 21st century, inspired by colour block trends and geometric prints. As for wearability and timelessness, choose the nude styles – they’ll become your essential wardrobe staple and a ‘go-to’ shoe when dressing in despair! But magically will have the power to transform your outfit from drab to fab with a simple closing of the buckle.

Sandals, £355. Marc Cain

Pointed Ankle Strap Shoes, £28. Next

Shoes, £59.99. Tamaris


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FLINTOFF FASH FLASH! ‘Flintoff by Jacamo’ is expanding its spring summer collection with an array of new, must-have summer gear. Adding to Freddie Flintoff’s hugely popular spring summer collection, the new in items will help men update their wardrobes and fill their summer suitcase. From relaxed khaki shorts and cool colour block crew neck t-shirts, to sporty crest polos, these latest items will ensure every man is ready for some fun in the sun. “It’s about clothes that look great but are comfortable and easy to wear. These new additions are all things that I would wear myself day-to-day.” – Freddie Flintoff


STOP PRESS Rediscover your man with a range of fashion forward summer collections…

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EATON HERITAGE Call it the Royal Baby, or just the fact we’ve decided to smarten ourselves up but it seems the Eaton boys are making their way into the style stakes with a relaxed and smart, rugby inspired trend shining through. Championed through Prince William and Prince Harry themselves, this trend has something of a Royal streak which surely can’t be a bad thing? Suited to those who are members of the yacht club and avid Rugby supporters, it will be most appropriate sported in the local country pub whilst sipping on a home brew! British heritage-wear at its best? We think it’s up there. So, how do you achieve the look? Look for rugby style polo shirts in rigid cotton with a structured collar, team that with smart shorts in a caramel and you’re on your way. If opting for a shirt choose short sleeves for summer in a relaxed material, whilst sticking Quarter Polo, £45. Crew Clothing

Shorts, £18. BHS


Shoes, £60. J Jeans at Debenhams


to the yachting roots with a pair of boat shoes.

The revival of the school satchel has been huge news for 2013, all generating from the incredibly gorgeous Cambridge Satchel Company. Well, what we all perhaps didn’t predict is that it’s the turn of the boys to tackle this trend! The satchel is probably one of the most stylish unisex bags around and quite frankly we’re hooked.

Skolday Leather Satchel, £199. Ted Baker

TOP 5 SWIMSHORTS! The suit is no longer resigned only to the wardrobe of the Wall Street city slicker. This season River Island explores the individuality in contemporary formal wear. Smart, sleek pieces can be put together according to taste, giving the wearer their own voice; expressing themselves in a unique way. This season the collection experiments with cashmere fabrics, lux detailing and signature sharp cuts to create authentic Savile Row inspired pieces. The Herald Sport Jacket is an otherwise traditional piece modernised in a razor slim fit. Made from lightweight navy cashmere flannel mix, signature luxury details accent this piece; with metal crested buttons, patch pockets and a rich coloured lining. Teamed with the pink candy stripe shirt this piece is reminiscent of day wear from a bygone British upper class, conjuring vivid images of croquet and afternoon tea.

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Tie, £20.

Linen Mix Suit Jacket, £120.

The three-piece Gentry suit in a grey Prince Of Wales check is an elegant example of classic formality, with a shock of paisley lining in seasonal pastel blue and pink hues. Sharp cuts and high quality fabrications are the lifeblood of the range. Dandyism is embraced in the tonic blue three-piece suit, in an opulent linen wool mix. The fabrication and relaxed yet chiselled silhouette create a Summer take on Mod sensibilities. Best worn with a low rise brown loafer and an open neck powder blue shirt for a laid back look with a considered formal edge.

Linen Mix Suit Trousers, £60.

Sharp outerwear and selvage denims offset the more traditional formal shapes in the collection. The smart navy mac is supremely fitted; dressed with the Carnaby 60’s print shirt and dark indigo jeans, immaculately pressed turn-ups completing the ensemble. A chic outfit suitable for everyday wear. The Life Of Tailor accessories add an air of sophistication to any wardrobe, in Italian leathers and pure cottons. The luxurious ties and pocket squares range from timeless paisleys to seasonal florals; and the black weekend bag in calfskin leather is perfect for the busy commuter.

1. These are smart enough to jump straight out of the pool, whack a t-shirt on and stroll around town. Forever the nautical classic in blue and white stripes, the contrast strip adds just the right amount of fun and a break from the norm. Contrast Stripe Swim Short, £12. Matalan.

2. Ok, granted these may not be the most subtle of shorts and not all of you will be highly convinced of their fashion credentials – but for the sheer daring print, we love! Leopard Camo Short, £22.

3. How does it sound having a bunch of pin ups sitting on your lap? Yes, we knew that would grab your attention. Look closely and you’ll find an intriguing design amongst the dark navy blue. Blue Harbour Swim Short, £17.50. Marks and Spencer.

Shirt, £45.

PAUL SMITH HAVE DONE IT AGAIN… …they’ve delivered a range that will soon fly off the shelves! Combining fashion and functionality for everyday style, this time round the spring/summer 13 accessories collection uses bright colours, playful patterns and innovative fabrics, complementing key elements of the mainline Paul Smith men’s collection.

Geometric Cufflinks, £55.

4. It seems yellow swim shorts are everywhere…meaning they must be in our top 5! These from highstreet giant Next are our favourites thanks to high cut and all over colour. Be bold. Swim Shorts, £10. Next.

Saffiano Leather Notebook, £79. Birdy Socks, £17.

Photographic Polka Hankerchief, £30.

Silver Coin Cufflinks, £65.

Trilby, £50. Snakeskin Billfold Wallet, £179.

5. It appears most men are a sucker for a tropical floral swim short! And yes, we’re no exception. These turquoise numbers remind us of the Caribbean beaches… ahhh. Varsity Hibiscus Swim Short, £45. Crew Clothing Co.



adies, ladies, ladies. Time to open up your exercise books and head back to school - fashion school that is! And how bliming exciting and most of all useful does that sound? A place where compiling outfits, creating your capsule wardrobe and learning to dress for your shape is all taught under one roof…after all at least that will be a lesson we will use every single day of our lives! But what is the one aspect of dressing that most seem to particularly struggle with? Yes, the dreaded workwear. I’m not here to give you a style overhaul, just a few pointers to jazz up what you already own! Hello promotion.

Jacket, £49.50. Top, £12.50. Trouser, £35. Bag, £39.50. Shoes, £25. M&S

DO: Wear your Next suit DON’T: Team with the same old ditsy blouse

Limited Collection Shirt, £35. M&S

Betty Jackson. Black Skirt, £45. Debenhams

Bag, £28. BHS

Now, I’m not one to dis the Next suit, but the same old grey version with wash out top combo just turns you into something of a wallflower. Time to sprout into a rose I say! The professional slant that most feel they are giving off is in fact quite the opposite – meaning it’s time to freshen it up a little. It can literally be a small and quick change, nothing too extreme so stop panicking! Your first step is to ditch the plain tops and ditsy blouses and add a few colour pops or statement pieces and you’re on your way. Simple? Yes it really is. Pick one item to slowly transform your suit such as hot pink heels, a statement handbag or a luscious green t-shirt. And for heaven’s sake woman, it’s summer take off that suit jacket!

DO: Wear statement necklaces for daytime DON’T: Draw attention to your cleavage! A statement necklace should never be overlooked as being restricted to eveningwear only – it’s a powerful piece that is more versatile that originally thought. Rather than sparkly jewels, try to choose a necklace that has more focus on detail and colour (see page 18) for daytime and when teamed with a simple high neck t-shirt it’s purely magical! And yes, notice I said high neck t-shirt, anything with a low neck will just draw all the attention purely to your cleavage when you place something of a show stopping necklace on! Whether big busted or not this is a no-no for the office, where as for outside of work knock your socks off.



Justine Clegg gives officewear the sack…

DO: Wear floaty skirts for the office DON’T: Think you’re off on a night out Floral Embellished Cardigan, £28. Shimmer Skirt, £32. Dorothy Perkins


Never underestimate the power of a crisp white blouse. Luckily for all, the androgynous look is never far from the elusive fashion radar and at present it seems the best way to approach the look is to have it buttoned right up to the collar. Brooches and necklaces placed underneath will provide enough interest.

WARNING: ill-fitting blouses are a fashion disaster. No ifs or buts! If it’s gaping around the bust area, uncomfortable to sit in or choking you at the neck, then sorry love you need a bigger size. I hate to upset you, but that larger dress size will actually work wonders for you – a blouse that is a size too small will in fact make you appear bigger. Take my word for it. Marks and Spencer are my go-to for white blouses; they are a wonder to the woman’s body with their complimentary tailoring and expensive finishing touches. White Jacket £35, Tee £10, Skirt £26, Bracelet £10. BHS

Top, £27.50. Autograph Skirt, £199. Shoes, £55. M&S.

Satin Court Shoe, £60. J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams

DO: Wear white blouses DON’T: Leave the house without checking the fit

I’m no superhuman fashion robot, who is? Apart from perhaps my ultimate style crush, Hollywood star Diane Kruger, but before I start gushing we’ll move on… dressing for the office when the sun is out is damn hard! How do you stay professional without having to swelter away in tailored clothing? Whereas that pretty summer dress you’re dying to wear isn’t at all appropriate. My advice? Opt for an A-line skirt - the styles with a thick band of colour at the bottom are my favourites at the moment. Channel Kate Middleton with pleated numbers, whereas those made using more of a structured material create fashionable volume. One thing’s for sure is your legs will be cool and set free without compromising on your modesty. For more office fashion advice, tweet me your questions @Justine1987.


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GOLDEN GODDESS This summer we should be looking less English Rose and more sultry bronze with shimmering bronzer, golden tans and glossy lips. Staffordshire Living’s Jemma McNicholas shows you the best bronzing products to achieve an utterly iridescent body.

EYES: Look for bronze and gold tones, then for evening intensify with metallics and smoky shades.

“This trio eyeshadow set from Barry M makes it easy to go from daytime to evening with a range of looks using the 3 colours”




“This waterproof eyeliner provides a smooth and soft texture that can easily can be toned down with a brush or applicator”


1. Collection Work the Colour Solo Eyeshadow in Gold Mine and Rosy Gold, £2.19. Superdrug and Boots. 2. Gosh Velvet Touch Eye Liner in Renaissance Gold, £4.99. Superdrug. 3. Barry M Trio Eyeshadow in Golden Goddess, £5.99. 4. Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes, RRP £16. Clinique.

ILLUMINATORS: Get supermodel legs and cheekbones by adding a touch of illuminator.


SUNCARE: Keep the sunburn at bay with some good quality sun lotions.

“Use a touch on the upper cheek bone to add definition and luminosity or add a hint to the lips to create a dewy glow”




“Wear under or mix with your foundation for a dewy finish or over your make-up to highlight the natural contours of your face”


“This illuminating skin finisher is the absolute Beauty MustHave for 2013 as fresh, bright, glowing skin becomes an essential beauty accessory”

1. Bronze Skinlights, RRP: £11.99. Revlon. 2. St. Tropez Skin Illuminator in Gold, £12. Call 0207 845 6330 for your nearest stockist. 3. Vita Liberata Capture The Light Illuminating Skin Finish Collection, RRP £29.95. Boots, Debenhams and



“the UK’s first sunscreen[designed to be applied directly to wet skin, allowing more time to enjoy the sun safely” 1. M' Invisible Light Touch Spray SPF 30 200ml, £3.50. Morrisons. 2. Piz Buin® Wet Skin Transparent Sun Spray SPF 15, £17.99. Boots, Superdrug, Sainsbury’s and Tesco’s. 3. Delph Sunblock Lotion, from £4.99. Available from independent pharmacies.

LIPS: Get kissable lips with a lip mask, then finish with a high shine gloss.

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“Pop this mask on your lips for 30 minutes for a supersoft pout” 1. Jamela’s 24k Gold Lip Masks, £32.50 for 16 masks. 2. Barry M Lip Gloss Wand, £4.49. 5.

BRONZER: Add a flush of bronzer across your t-zone for a golden glow.





“This beautiful mosaic of bronze, gold and highlighting shades make it easy and luxurious to apply this summer”

1. Fake Bake Gold, £45. 2. Me Tarzan, You Jane. We Cheaters Instant Spray Tan In A Can, £6.99. Superdrug. 3. St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, rrp from £20.43. Call 0207 845 6330 for nearest stockist. 4. LDN:SKINS Tone 3 Mousse, £28. 5. Sunkissed Gradual Tanning Lotion, RRP £4.99, 250ml. Morrisons, Primark, Tesco and Bank Fashion.

HANGBAG FAVOURITES: Handbag must haves for the finishing touches to your golden goddess look.

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“features make-up must-haves including a high-shine lipgloss, a pressed blush and pressed eyeshadow palet te. Also includes a highlighter and the bestselling Balance-n-Brighten Foundation”

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“This tantalizing collection is your ticket to a sun-warmed glow” 1. Bellapierre Compact Mineral Face & Body Bronzer, £29.99. www.bellapierre. 2. Rituals Sunglow Cheek & Eye Glow, £24. 3. Baked Blusher, £3.99. Beauty UK Cosmetics Ltd. 4. Sunkissed Bronzing Rocks, RRP £6.99. Morrisons, Primark, Tesco and Bank Fashion. 5. Laura Geller 5 Piece Fresh Brewed Baked Beauty Collection, QVC Price £42.50.

1. JLo Glow Eau De Toilette, (50ml) £17.99. The Fragrance Shop. 2. Gosh Nail Lacquer in Greed, £4.99. Superdrug. 3. Gosh BB Skin Perfecting Kit in Light – Highlight and concealer, £9.99. Superdrug. 4. Bronze Splendor 3 Piece Collection including Bronzer & Luminizer, Lip Balm & Fan Brush, £21. Bare Minerals.


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HEAD TO TOE BEAUTY Your holiday is just around the corner, you have been at that diet for the past 12 months ready to show off your bikini body but what about getting your body ready with a range of beauty treatments available at local salons in Staffordshire? We’re talking pedicures, eyelashes and spray tans... Living’s Jemma McNicholas finds out more…

HD BROWS WHAT: HD Brows® Shapers assess the face shape of a client before creating a bespoke brow. HD Brows® is a seven-step procedure that creates the ultimate ‘High Definition Brows.’ In approximately 20 minutes, brows are transformed into the perfect shape to enhance the face. The procedure uses a combination of skills that begins with a consultation to determine the best shape, followed by tinting, waxing, threading, tweezing, 'soothing' and finishing. HD Brows® excels at shape and definition because simply plucking and cleaning up strays has not given excellent results. PRICE: The HD Brows® treatment starts from £25. For more information and for the salon finder, please see the HD Brows® website: “This season’s eyebrow trend is all about the natural look – the brow fitting in the right place and following the shape of the natural brow. People are starting to go for a bolder and lighter brow, like Cara Delevingne’s but softer. Achieving the perfect eyebrows can enhance one’s natural features and facial structure.” Nilam Patel, co-founder of HD Brows

NOUVEAU LASHES WHAT: A semi-permanent eyelash extension treatment for women (and men) who want to lengthen their lashes and define their eyes.

Pictured: Kate Moss for St Tropez

St.Tropez Dark Spray Tan Treatment: The most popular salon treatment is now available in dark. With new Vegetan Premium, a patented active DHA that promotes a rich natural colour that works with your own skin tone for a totally natural finish. RRP: from £25 For more information and for the salon finder visit the website:

RESULTIME FACIALS WHAT: Resultime is a sophisticated skincare brand offering a complete salon treatment range that specialises in anti-ageing and offering their clients treatments and products that correct and maintain the skin. You will enjoy results whilst the pampering aspect of your visit will never be forgotten. Our favourite facial Resultime treatments are: The Educational Treatment: The ideal starting point to ensure your skin receives what it needs at the beginning of your journey into specialised skincare and beautiful skin for life. After which, your personal beauty prescription will be designed for you. Treatment: 1 hour From: £32.00 The High Diffusion Hydrating Professional Treatment: This treatment bathes the skin with extreme hydrating properties. The skin is visibly plumped full of vitality, suppleness and comfort is regained and dehydration lines are immediately erased, whilst the vital functions of a healthy skin are re-ignited. Recommended course of 3 (1 per week). Treatment: 1 hour From: £60.00

A Nouveau Lash technician will expertly match and fit to the clients’ specification the colour, length and thickness to create a beautiful and natural look. This all takes approximately 1½ hours. Due to the natural cycle of lashes, top ups are recommended approximately every three weeks (which normally takes about 30 minutes). Nouveau Lashes are extremely resistant and are able stand up to everyday living including exercise, swimming, sweating, showering and even tears… PRICE: Nouveau Semi-Permanent eyelashes start from £85. For more information and for the salon finder visit the website:

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As well as the nail gel product, the Bio Sculpture Gel range also includes over 150 nail varnish colours, nail care products and a range of spa products for hand and foot care, all designed to ensure the most perfect nails at all times.

WHAT: St. Tropez is the first choice of professionals and beginners the world over because every product is created to deliver a beautiful even tan, every time. There's nothing quite like a professional touch - that's why the salon treatments are as popular as ever. There are 3 types of St Tropez professional tans available: St.Tropez Original Treatment: A luxurious hour-long treat delivering smooth, rich bronze results. The treatment begins with a full body exfoliation to prepare the skin for tanning. The therapist will then custom-blend the bronzing lotion and apply to the entire body before buffing to finish. RRP: from £30

BIO SCULPTURE GEL WHAT: Bio Sculpture Gel is a nourishing manicure gel and is applied as an overlay onto natural nails by a qualified nail technician. The permanent colour gel is strong and flexible, with a glossy finish, which lasts for up to three weeks.

Bio Sculpture Gel is currently available through over 7000 beauty salons and independent technicians nationwide. Technicians must gain an official qualification before buying any professional products. PRICE: Bio Sculpture gels start from £30. For more information or to find a Bio Sculpture Gel registered salon and technician in Staffordshire visit

St.Tropez Spray Tan Treatment: The quickest way to get a professional finish. Delivered in around 15 minutes, the spray is quick drying and now features Aromaguard™ fragrance technology which eliminates the self-tan aroma by a minimum of 70%. RRP: from £25


“Take inspiration from the 60’s”

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30 © Karine Jackson Gold Collection. Hair: Karine Jackson using Organic Colour Systems. Photography: Claire Greenway. Make-up: Nadira V Persaud. Styling: Danielle Fox

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“We love this Platinum blonde crop hairstyle” Summer is all about blonde hair; Californian golden beach waves, statement platinum crops and glossy blonde bobs. As well as bringing you some hot hairstyles we also share the secrets of protecting your hair through the summer months for beach worthy tresses.

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BLONDES REALLY DO HAVE MORE FUN “Simple, sexy and sleek”

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On The Beach This Summer!

Mia Dellicompagni of Francesco Group gives us her top tips on how to keep your hair in tip top condition this summer. • Wear a hat wherever possible. The sun is the strongest bleach. • Use a water resistant UV Spray which will protect the hair from the suns rays. • Ask your hairdresser for a shampoo & conditioner that will help maintain your colour. I would recommend Wella Colour Recharge conditioners as they can boost all tones in most hair colours i.e. brunettes through to reds and blondes. • Limit the use of heat on the hair. Many summer styles look fantastic when the hair is allowed to dry naturally using a gel, scraped back into a wet look or maybe a plait inspired look taken straight from the catwalks this season. If you do need to use a hairdryer then apply a heat protection. I would recommend Thermal Image from the Wella Professionals range.


Our columnist Ian Davidson of WOW Hair & Beauty in Wolverhampton shows you how to create striking blonde locks this summer including shades to suit your skin tone. “Marilyn Monroe gave us the idea that blondes apparently have more fun, and make women feel more youthful, sexy and fashionable, but the ‘blonde’ phenomenon has come a long way since her platinum, Hollywood siren days of the 1950s. Back then one shade suited all but today’s blondes are far more discerning. Here is my advice on what shade of Blonde you should opt for whether you are in your 20’s or 50’s there is a shade of blonde for all.


20s: The summery Californian look is ideal for women in their 20’s; light beige mixed with ash blonde will brighten the complexion and dark roots make the look effortlessly natural. It’s great for women wanting to have colour but who still want to keep it 3 subtle. Keep the style mid length to long and rough blow dry or slightly tousle with straighteners to achieve this beach babe style. Celeb Inspiration: Mollie King, Blake Lively, Cara Delevingne Bu

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30s: Whilst brassy tones are definitely a blonde turn off, women in their mid-thirties can look fabulous with a more yellowy tone. Think sumptuous light golden blonde. It’s perfect for offering a youthful, yet controlled colour. Celeb Inspiration: Charlize Theron, Katherine Jenkins, Kate Bosworth, Holly Willoughby grapher:

Mark Hill Holiday Hair Beach to Bar Dry Shampoo (£5.99, 150ml). Boots. Mark Hill Holiday Hair Sun, Sea Frizz-Free Anti Humidity Spray (£5.99, 150ml). Boots.

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40s: Ladies in their 40s need more luxurious, wearable blonde shades rather than heavily bleached locks. I’d steer clear from solid, bold, blocks which can look dull on blonde hair, and I’d recommend etty Ima ges highlights to give great shimmer and depth, mixing tanned blonde lowlights with a medium caramel colour. Stick to a simple style that can be versatile with longer fringes that can be kept straight or swept off the face completely. Celeb Inspiration: Kylie, Amanda Holden, Elle Macpherson, Sarah Jessica Parker

(L-R) right: Argan Oil Detangling Leave-In Conditioner Spray, £5.49., Wholefoods & Planet Organic Stores. Macadamia Deep Repair Masque, 100ml £12.75. Moroccan Oil Glimmer Shine Spray, RRP 100ml £18.65.

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(L-R) above: milk_shake sun & more Pleasure Oil, RRP £17.99. For stockists visit Andrew Barton Miracle Frizz Tamer Styling Brush, RRP £6.50. Asda stores nationwide. Forever Blonde Dramatic Repair™ RRP £14.95 150ml Paul Mitchell. Call 0845 65 001 or visit to find your nearest salon.

“Bleach blonde Shampoo contains a purple pigment that knocks out brassy, canary yellow tones within blonde hair. Finish with the Bleach Blondes conditioner to ensure colour is locked in and stays moisturised, sleek and silky soft”. Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes Shampoo and Conditioner, £6.39 each. Boots.

50-60’s: For older women, I’d keep it as natural as possible, working with any grey hair rather than against it. Anything too bold or bright will look ageing, so go for natural pale honey ‘slices’ to break up any grey, but in a natural way that will also keep the look soft and help older women look (and feel) younger. Celeb Inspiration: Twiggy, Madonna, Jerry Hall, Lulu I hope my advice has helped you to find the perfect shade of blonde. And don’t forget you can always make an appointment at any of my salons in Wolverhampton.”

Until next time, Ian x



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This portable system uses Thermicon technology to conduct heat down the hair shaft into the follicle, disrupting the hair growth cycle and reducing future hair growth. It’s noiseless, hygienic and delivers extra control and flexibility to comfortably treat almost everywhere on your body. no!no! 8800 Face & Body Hair Removal System with Travel Case, £187. QVC.

Summer is all about legs; tanned, smooth and luscious. It’s time to ditch the trousers for skirts and flaunt those pins. However achieving the best looking legs doesn’t mean just a razor and shaving foam. Living brings you our favourite products so you will have super fine legs in no time….



Made with rich emollients and fruit extracts, this moisturising shave cream pampers and protects your skin for a luxurious, ultrasmooth shave and legs so soft, you may not need a lotion after shaving. You’ll love its silky feel and exotic tropical scent. Crème de la Shave in Pomegranate, £4.99.



A hair removal cream with unique AromaGuard technology, meaning that it is completely free from the nasty, chemical smell normally associated with hair removal creams. Available in both original and sensitive. Escentially Smooth Hair Removal Cream, £5.99. Boots.



This body scrub features a soft, shea exfoliant designed for dry and fragile skin. Treat your legs with this comfortable, easy-to-use and, above all else, luxurious exfoliator. L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Body Scrub 200ml, £22.28. QVC.




Providing wet and dry epilation, you can conveniently remove unwanted hair while you’re in the bath or shower. Use it cordless, dry or with lather for wet epilation. Panasonic ES-WD54 Wet and Dry Waterproof Epilator, £89.99.



These mess-free, ready-touse strips quickly de-fuzz in 2 easy steps, making you ready to hit the beach fast. Simply press on and zip off for smoothness that lasts all holiday long! Parissa Wax Strips for Legs & Body, £12.99. Available at Sainsbury’s and Boots.



This gloss illuminates your skin with a subtle shimmer to leave it looking radiant. People will be begging you to reveal your glowing legs secret! Palmer’s Body Gloss, RRP £4.39. Available at Superdrug, Boots, Sainsbury’s & Tesco.



These disposable triple blade razors from Superdrug have a lubricated strip with Aloe Vera and Shea Butter for a super smooth shave. Disposable Razors, £2.79. Superdrug.



Inhibitif minimises the need for hair removal at all in an incredible 8 weeks, for an enduring smooth solution that will put an end to your frequent time-consuming shaving or wax routine. All the benefits of laser hair removal, in a 250ml bottle. Inhibitif, RRP £29.99. Boots.



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MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR GYM Imagine the scenario; you’re running on the treadmill and within 10 minutes grabbing your towel then making some excuse to yourself to head straight to the changing rooms….yes we have all been guilty of slacking when it comes to exercise. But how can we make the most of our time at the gym without getting bored? If you are one of those people that isn’t easily motivated when it comes to exercises then you simply need to explore everything that your gym has to offer. Don’t just plan the same routine each time you go and instead think outside of the cardio machinery… otherwise what’s the point in paying for that membership if you simply aren’t going to benefit from it? MEMBERSHIPS Before joining a gym think of the type of membership you would like. Many clubs offer off peak memberships, pay as you go and non-contract memberships. If you are a gym fanatic then you would obviously benefit from a 12 month peak membership which yes can sometimes be pricey but if you know you will attend at least 3 times a week then it will save you lots of money in the long run. For those who have a busier lifestyle (yes we know life can be hard!), and find it difficult to keep up with a gym routine then why not try a pay as you go system where you just pay a small entrance fee each time you attend. For those who work nights or shifts, save yourself some pennies with an off peak membership which can sometimes work out cheaper. Whatever your lifestyle there will be a membership suitable for you. CLASSES Another way to make the most of your gym membership is to attend the classes available. Some gyms may charge extra for you to attend but check with your gym beforehand. Along with your usual hips, bum & tums and circuit training there are now classes such as zumba and street dance. For those who lack motivation, a class is a great way to get your heart pumping and with the instructors belting out directions you are surely going to want to impress? With classes usually lasting 45 minutes to an hour they are also great for a fast workout and a sure way to burn heaps of calories. WATERBABY Now going to the gym is not just about pumping some iron. It’s also a place you can relax (or at least try to). Some gyms have saunas and steam rooms where you can sweat away after a hard earned workout and most have pools if you wish to take a quick dip. Swimming is also another form of exercise which is great to tone and burn calories and some people find swimming to be a more relaxing form of exercise. Swimming can be great for a range of people including pregnant women and you could pay extra and take the whole family! Certainly one way to make your gym routine fun!

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SOCIAL Gyms can be a great way to meet people. Whether it’s simply chatting to someone on the next machine to you or a way to catch up with friends the gym can be an ideal social circuit. Next time you and your friends are struggling to find something to do then why not meet up at the gym for an hour? That way you can get your desired workout and have a natter. What’s not to like?



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Douglas Macmillan Hospice: Ladies Only Mini Moonlight Walk

Icelantic Adventures Event: Donna Louise Children’s Hospice: Trek Iceland 2013 Location: 4 days in the wilderness Date: Saturday 13th – Wednesday 17th July 2013 Registration Fee: £199 Probably one of world’s most diverse trekking areas is situated in the southern highlands of Iceland, the third-biggest geothermal zone in the world. There are very few places that offer such diverse landscapes and scenic views. On the trek there are colourful rhyolite mountains, huge and rugged glaciers, steaming hot springs, rivers of every shape and size, peaceful lakes, narrow ridges, immense waterfalls, deep canyons and panoramic views of the North Atlantic Ocean. Camping in the remote wilderness ensures a unique way of experiencing this stunning and diverse landscape. This trek truly has it all! Once you have paid your registration fee there are two options available to you. Option 1: you raise £1,800 approx sponsorship or Option 2: you pay £873 and raise as much sponsorship as possible. For further information on Trek Iceland 2013 visit or contact Katy Burgess-Lowe on 01782 654444.

MINI Moonlight Walk Event: Douglas Macmillan Hospice: Ladies Only Mini Moonlight Walk Location: Fenton Manor Date: Saturday 13th July 2013 Registration Fee: £10 The NEW MINI Moonlight walk will set off from Fenton Manor into the moonlight on an 8 mile walk taking in the sights and sounds of Stoke on Trent before the walkers cross the line at midnight to celebrate! With lots planned throughout the route this year’s MINI Moonlight Walk promises to be the best yet. As you cross the halfway point you will have the opportunity to light a candle and leave a message in memory of someone special for a minimum donation of £3.50 in the special light garden at the Hospice. So whether you are an individual, a group or a business taking part – put some fun into your fundraising and help the Douglas Macmillan make a huge difference and celebrate 40 years of caring for local people. To register go online at and complete the registration form.

Golf Classic Event: Donna Louise Children’s Hospice: Golf Classic Location: Trentham Golf Club Date: Friday 6th September 2013 Not only can you enjoy a fantastic day of golf, but also help to raise vital funds for your local Children’s Hospice. The day will begin with a barbeque on the patio at 11:30am. Tee-off is from 12:00pm onwards on a two tee start. Dinner and the awarding of prizes will take place in the Clubhouse at 7:30pm. The tournament requires teams of four at a cost of £280 per team. Also, why not use this opportunity to promote your company and sponsor a hole from just £100. For more information visit

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Marie Curie Cancer Care: Great Wall of China Trek

The Resolution Run! Event: The Stroke Association 5k, 10k or 15k Resolution Run! Location: Trentham Gardens, Stoke on Trent Date: Sunday 6th October 2013 Time: Starts at 10am Registration Fee: T-Shirt option £12.50/Technical Running Vest Option £15. Whether you walk, jog or run the route is a fun event. The flat course is suitable for beginners and seasoned runners. You will receive a goody bag with water/cereal bar/ banana/medal and a Stroke Association T-shirt. There are prizes for the fastest in each group and a prize for top fundraiser. For more details contact Nancy in the Events Team on 01527 903 505 or email

Trek The Historic Wall Of China Event: Marie Curie Cancer Care: Great Wall of China Trek Location: China Date: May 2014 Raise vital funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care and join a team of supporters for this challenging, exhilarating and fantastically rewarding event. The trek is suitable for anyone with a bit of grit, determination and willingness to work as part of a team. A nine day trip with 5 days trekking flying from Heathrow to Beijing, participants will explore mountain trails and local villages and take in the spectacular views from the wall itself. Discover the culture and history of this mystic land whilst trekking along parts of the wall dating back to the 15th century Ming Dynasty. The trip is topped off perfectly with a day of sightseeing and a celebration night in bustling Beijing. The event includes a trek leader, UK doctor, all meals except in free time, local transfers and accommodation. Group size will be between 30 and 40 people of all ages and backgrounds. Register today for the challenge of a lifetime and every step you take along the Great Wall of China will help the Marie Curie Nurses continue their vital work. For more information or to register visit the website or contact the events team on 0845 052 4184


Malibu Rum Presents The Malibutique

Perfect Legs Bootcamp at Moddershall Oaks

Malibu Rum Presents The Malibutique The Ultimate Place To Get Ready This Summer Location: Birmingham Bullring Date: 25th-28th July Price: Free (over 18s only) If personalised styling from ASOS, manicures by Nails inc, hairdressing by TONI&GUY and delicious Malibu cocktails are your idea of heaven, then head to the pop-up Malibutique, which hits Bullring in Birmingham this summer. Malibu, the original coconut rum, is bringing some of the hottest names in fashion and beauty together to offer the British public the ultimate place to discover summer’s freshest fashion, beauty and drinks trends. ASOS, will be offering styling tips and fashion advice whilst showcasing their bespoke Malibu inspired summer range. The UK’s leading fashion forward nail brand, Nails inc, will also be on-hand offering complimentary mini-manicures at the Malibutique Beauty Bar and the pioneers of fashion-led hairdressing, TONI&GUY, will ensure guests have their hair coiffed, preened and styled –and it’s all completely free. Once you’ve finished being pampered, the Malibu cocktail team will be on hand to teach you how to make your favourite Caribbean cocktails at the “Mix it Up Malibu Style” cocktail bar. Become a cocktail pro and learn how to create the Mali-Colada, Mali-Woo Woo, Mali-Bellini and the Malibu Cosmo cocktails. If that wasn’t enough then when you visit the Malibutique you’ll have access to a range of exclusive offers and freebies from ASOS, Nails inc and TONI&GUY as well as the chance to win one of hundreds of the new-look Malibu bottles launched this summer. To top it off ASOS will be running a summer long competition giving everyone the chance to win the four Malibutique outfits showcased during the events.

Location: At Various Nuffield Fitness & Wellbeing Centres Date: Week commencing 22nd July (please check with your local centre) Price: Free (for members & non-members) The ‘Meet Our Expert’ event at Nuffield Health Centres will offer education and advice about hydration and you can speak to the professionals to find out what is right for you. The importance of hydration and understanding the effects of dehydration can make all the difference to your day. The body is about three quarter’s water and we lose at least 2.5 litres daily. If these losses are not replaced then dehydration can occur. “The negative effects of being dehydrated should not be underestimated”, says Joleene Bleakley, Physiologist at Cannock Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Centre. Joleene says, “My top tip for people, whether they are training to lose weight, or get in shape for a competition, is to stay hydrated. This will help to control appetite and maintain high performance. One easy test to check if you are hydrated is to look at the colour of your urine. Light yellow or colourless urine indicates proper hydration, but dark yellow urine is an indicator of dehydration.” To find your local centre and for more information visit

Illamasqua Beauty School Drop-In Location: Selfridges, Birmingham Dates: Sunday 7th July 2013: Screen Sirens Sunday 4th August 2013: Bronzed Beauty

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Beauty School Drop-In is held at the Illamasqua counters on the first Sunday of every month, drop-in to discover the Illamasqua range and enjoy a complimentary lesson from the professional artists.

Perfect Legs Bootcamp Spa Package Location: Moddershall Oaks, Stone Date: Saturday 20th July Price: £109 per person or £199 for 2 people

With the opportunity to take part in a series of different sessions on the day, you can learn how to master everything from flawless skin to expressive eyes, completely free of charge.

A relaxing spa day with a fitness twist. An outdoor workout in the surrounding woodland & parkland is followed by a scrub & massage to refresh the skin & relieve achey post-workout muscles. The gold salts & honey give the skin that perfect summer holiday glow. To include arrival at 9am with a fresh fruit smoothie, a 60 minute group fitness session, 2 course lunch, use of the spa & relaxation facilities until 6pm, a 25 minute Gold Body Scrub & a 25 minute Gold Honey Massage.


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SUMMER EVENTS CALENDAR Staffordshire Living brings you the best events and days out to fill your diaries with this summer! That’s the kids school holidays sorted then! STAFFORD FESTIVAL SHAKESPEARE THURS 27TH JUNE – SAT 13TH JULY WHERE: Stafford Castle PRICE: Tickets are £10-£23.50 and can be reserved by calling the Box Office on 01785 254653 or by visiting A Midsummer Night’s Dream fuses two worlds whilst recounting the tale of two sparring couples, contending for each other’s affection. The passionate youngsters are confused in love and it soon becomes clear the objects of their affections do not marry. As the four head to the forest to clear their heads and mend their hearts they stumble upon the realm of the Fairy King and Queen. Staged in the beautiful and ancient grounds of Stafford Castle, Stafford Festival Shakespeare has become an important event in Staffordshire’s cultural calendar.

From Oblivion to Olly Murs, Ripsaw to Rizzle Kicks, Alton Towers Live will be the ultimate summer’s day out. RAF COSFORD 75TH ANNIVERSARY – PROMS IN THE PARK SAT 6TH JULY WHERE: RAF Cosford PRICE: £20 each. Children under the age of 16 free. Purchased at Take your own picnic and refreshments for this fun filled outdoor evening event which will include a variety of live musical performances from an Orchestra, Soul band, local Military Wives Choir and an Electric Violinist. In addition to the musical performances there will be a Spitfire display from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a parachute display from the RAF Falcons and a spectacular fireworks finale to conclude the event.

LICHFIELD FESTIVAL THURS 4TH – SUN 14TH JULY WHERE: Lichfield! PRICE: Various ticket prices

WOLVERHAMPTON CITY SHOW SAT 13TH & SUN 14TH JULY WHERE: West Park PRICE: £2 Adults, £1 Children. Each summer the City of Wolverhampton Show brings the flavour of the country into the city, when West Park hosts this annual family fun filled weekend.

Lichfield Festival brings the best national and international artists and performers to the West Midlands each year for a summer celebration of classical music, dance, drama, film, jazz, literature, poetry, visual arts and world music. Highlights of the 2013 event include The Philharmonia Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, comedians Chris Addison and Alan Davies and rising star Laura Mvula, tipped to be the voice of 2013.

Attractions will include a nonstop arena show hosted by Signal 107’s Dickie Dodd featuring Armour Geddon – The Car Crushing Tank!, Monster Trucks, Gerard Naprous & the Devil's Horsemen and The Bolddog Lings Freestyle Team. Also on site all weekend are Bob Hogg’s Countryside Arena, Giant Funfair, Irresistible Carnival, Acoustic Tea Room, Trade Stalls, and much more, there really is something for everybody!!

ALTON TOWERS LIVE SAT 6TH JULY WHERE: Alton Towers PRICE: from £55 at Music fans prepare for the ride of your life as AEG Live announce a stellar line up of the UK’s most exciting artists, performing at the country’s most iconic theme park, Alton Towers Resort. Olly Murs, Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth, Little Mix, Conor Maynard, James Arthur, Stooshe and Union J are set to take to the stage as Alton Towers Live presents a rollercoaster line up of the hottest acts alongside adrenalin-pumping rides on Saturday 6th July.


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UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS: BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR SUN 21ST JULY WHERE: Weston Park PRICE: £5 per person in addition to standard admission

Proms in the Park at RAF Cosford

The Upstairs, Downstairs tour gives visitors the chance to go behind the scenes at Weston Park and take a look at the fascinating parts of the House. Your knowledgeable guide will talk about the 3rd Earl's lavish House Parties, family history, how the House has evolved through the centuries and the work carried out by the Weston Park Foundation today. Tours start at 12noon and 2pm.

SUSSED MON 22ND JULY – FRI 30TH AUGUST WHERE: Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre, Codsall Leisure Centre, Penkridge Leisure Centre & Wombourne Leisure Centre South Staffordshire Council’s leisure centres will be offering 6-week long programmes at each of their leisure facilities to help entertain 5-12 year olds throughout the summer school holiday. Some of the activities on offer include the following, costing from just £3.70 for 2 hours: Supreme Science, Willow Arts, Samba Drumming, Go-Karting, Natural World Experience, Athletics, Trampolining, Cheerleading, Football, Army Bootcamp and an Interactive Games Zone.

In August of this year plans are already underway for a “Cider and Perry Festival”. The festival will be held in the Vaults over the first 3 days of August and will feature Ciders and Perrys from across the UK. A professional tutored tasting session will be on offer as well as live acoustic music! The pub already has a range of 6 ciders and perry on offer, but this festival will showcase a further 12-15 wonderful traditional drinks. Customers and staff will also have the chance to vote for their favourites; Lymestone Awards will be presented on the last day of the Festival. MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY SUN 4TH AUGUST WHERE: Dorothy Clive Gardens PRICE: £3.50 admission for adults wearing hats. Free admission for children This summer the Dorothy Clive Gardens is holding a special fundraising event and will play host to an Alice-in-Wonderland themed afternoon for all. Children can enjoy activities such as face painting, a March Hare garden trail, storytelling, a bouncy castle, colouring, giant garden games and picnics including Queen of Heart tarts. Dress code: Hats. The best hat wins a prize in both the adult and children categories.

Each of the leisure centres also offer a daytime swimming programme filled with fun time sessions and inflatable session’s right through to water zorbing. In addition to this they also run swimming crash courses for complete beginners to help build water confidence. For more information on South Staffordshire SUSSED scheme visit or call the leisure centres direct.


FREE JUNIOR SWIM VOUCHER Contact your local Leisure Centre for swim times and present this voucher at reception to claim your FREE JUNIOR SWIM. Name.............................................................................. Leisure Centre................................................................ Date................................................................................ Terms and Conditions: Valid 22.7.13 - 30.8.13. User must be aged 5-12 yrs. Children under 8 must be accompanied in the water by and adult. 1 voucher per person, per offer. Cannot be used for specialised sessions such as zorbing and the pool inflatable sessions. This voucher is non-transferable and has no cash value. Vouchers can be cancelled at any time.


CIDER AND PERRY FESTIVAL THURS 1ST – SAT 3RD AUGUST WHERE: Lymestone Vaults The Lymestone Brewery Tap known as the Lymestone Vaults, is one of Newcastle Under Lyme’s best kept secrets! Situated down Pepper Street just off the Red Lion Square in the centre of the town; the Vaults is fast becoming the place to go for a pint or two of Lymestone beer.

STATUS QUO & MUNGO JERRY AT JUNCTION 16 FRI 9TH AUGUST WHERE: Betley Court Farm PRICE: General Admission tickets cost £27.50 bought online at May 1970 and in a field full of 20,000 concert goers near Madeley, Mungo Jerry first performed “In the Summer time”. Mungo Jerry’s record having sold over a staggering thirty million units, is now officially recognised as the most played summer song of all time. 43 years later, Mungo Jerry will return to the area and support Status Quo at the Junction sixteen concert.

CRITTERISH ALLSORTS SAT 17TH – SUN 18TH AUGUST WHERE: Trentham Gardens PRICE: Included in Garden admission Visit Critterish Allsorts in the gardens for some handon animal sessions. There’ll be a variety of exotic creatures – all tame and handle-able! So go along, meet the critters and learn all about them. EMMA BRIDGEWATER BANK HOLIDAY FUN SAT 24TH – MON 26TH AUGUST WHERE: Emma Bridgewater Factory PRICE: £5 donation to the RSPB The RSPB will be at the Emma Bridgewater Factory all weekend, spending time in the garden and teaching us how we can all help to save the UK's threatened wildlife by making small changes where we live. Why not make a difference by building your own insect box to take home with you? If you'd like to take part, the cost is a suggested £5 donation to the RSPB. WILDERNESS SURVIVAL SAT 24TH – MON 26TH AUGUST WHERE: Trentham Gardens PRICE: Included in Garden admission Get active with Wilderness Survival Skills in the Wilderness Wood and learn something new every day. With practise techniques that you have been waiting to try long with all your questions answered about living in the wilderness, you will learn skills to help you survive in the wilderness straight away. LICHFIELD FOOD FESTIVAL SAT 31ST AUGUST– SUN 1ST SEPTEMBER WHERE: City Centre PRICE: Free

Used to performing in stadiums from Mexico to Berlin, Status Quo will take to the stage in the historic parkland unchanged since Florence Nightingale walked there upon her return from the Crimean War. BEACON PARK FUN DAY AND TEDDY BEAR GAMES THURS 14TH AUGUST WHERE: Beacon Park PRICE: Free! The day includes a wide variety of games, sports and outdoor activities in Beacon Park. Children can bring their teddy bears along and compete in the Teddy Bear Games to win prizes!

Chef Simon Smith The second ever Lichfield Food Festival is set to offer visitors free food demonstrations and food producers’ stalls in the Lichfield Garrick, a bigger and better Farmers’ Market over the two days, and The Best of Local Brewers event in the Guildroom of the Guildhall. There will also be cookery demonstrations at Tippers, and a cupcake baking competition. The Ale & Wine and £10 World Food trails will also be running across Lichfield and new for this year, there will be a Gala Dinner held on the Saturday. The festival is organised by Lichfield Garrick and Lichfield District Council – in association with local chef Simon Smith, Lichfield City Council and Lichfield Arts. To find out more about Lichfield Food Festival, please visit


Stone Brewed Ales since 2008

Wolverhampton City Show West Park: Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July 2013 Non stop arena show hosted by Signal 107’s Dickie Dodd featuring Armour Geddon – The Car Crushing Tank!, Monster Trucks, Gerard Naprous & the Devil’s Horsemen and The Bolddog Lings Freestyle Team. Also on site all weekend are Bob Hogg’s Countryside Arena, Giant Funfair, Irresistible Carnival, Acoustic Tea Room, Trade Stalls, and much more, there really is something for everybody!! Gates open from 11am till 6pm each day. Admission: £2 Adults, £1 Children 01902 552099

Horse Show Dog Agility & Dog Show Small Pet Show Vintage Cars & Motorbikes Children’s Entertainment Fairground Farmers Market Craft Stalls Trade Stands Licensed Bar & Hot Food Stands and lots more!

The beers are available from your local pub or direct from the brewery. Viv also stands on Stone Farmers Market every month. If you are in the Newcastle under Lyme area why not try some at the recently opened Lymestone Vaults. Based on Pepper Street in Newcastle, Staffs the brewery tap has a range of 10 hand pulls serving all the Lymestone Beers as well as Cider and Perry, and guest Ales. With a cosy lounge and real fire this gem of a bar is fast becoming the place to be! Winners of the ACES Silver Award for Pub of the Year 2012 and ACES Gold Award for ‘Stone the Crows’ Real Ale of the Year 2012. The Old Brewery Mount Rd Industrial Estate Mount Rd Stone. Staffs. ST15 8LL

The Lymestone Vaults Pepper Street Newcastle under Lyme Staffs. ST5 1PR

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Brad the brewer is producing ‘Award Winning Cask and Bottled Beers’ at his brewery in Stone, Staffs.

Held at Betley Court Farm, Saturday 3rd August 2013

Pay on the gate: Adults: £8.00 OAP: £5.00 Children: £3.00 Family Entrance: £20.00 (2 adults, 2 children)Fun

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Tour St. George’s Park The St. George’s Park tour gives you the unique chance to go behind-the-scenes at The FA’s new National Football Centre, home to all 24 England teams as they train ahead of international fixtures. The National Football Centre is set in 330 acres of beautiful Staffordshire countryside and whilst touring the facilities you will see elite outdoor pitches including an exact replica of the Wembley surface, as well as the indoor 3G pitch that has been built to a FIFA 2 star standard. You will also see other areas of the Football Centre including the indoor sports hall, elite changing room, autograph wall, areas within the hotel where the teams stay, plus much more.* Dates: • • • • • •

Sunday 30 June – 7pm Saturday 6 July – 6pm Sunday 7 July – 4pm and 6pm Saturday 3 August – 6pm Saturday 17 August - 4pm and 6pm Sunday 18 August - 4pm and 6pm

Terms and conditions: * Please note dates may be subject to change and availability. Tour and route may be subject to availability, alteration and cancellation at short notice depending on usage.

For more information or to book please call St. George’s Park reception on

01283 576200 or email

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A STELLA LINE UP AT THIS YEAR’S VIRGIN MEDIA’S V FESTIVAL Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th August 2013

WIN! WIN! WIN! A PAIR OF TICKETS TO V FESTIVAL 2013! Thanks to Virgin Media, headline sponsors of V Festival, we are offering two lucky readers the chance to win a pair of weekend camping tickets to V Festival at Weston Park, Staffordshire.

V Festival 2013, sponsored by Virgin Media, is once again leading the way with an impeccable and eclectic line up of acts. Brace yourselves for the high priestess of pop, Beyonce, who will be bringing her high octane performance and outstanding voice to headline V Festival’s Virgin Media Stage. This will be her one and only European festival appearance this year. Due to set Staffordshire on Fire, American rockers Kings Of Leon are also confirmed as headliners. V Festival takes place across the weekend of 17th & 18th August at Weston Park, Staffordshire.

The lucky winners can look forward to show-stopping performances from the likes of Beyoncé, Kings of Leon, The Script, Emeli Sandé and Calvin Harris.


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perform each year. The 2013 line-up includes: Stereophonics, The Script, Emeli Sandé, Calvin Harris, Jessie J, Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines, Basement Jaxx, Olly Murs, Paloma Faith, James, Rita Ora, Jason Mraz, FUN., Labrinth, Ellie Goulding, Of Monsters And Men, Maverick Sabre, Travis, Jessie Ware, Maximo Park, Rudimental, James Arthur, Little Mix, Ocean Colour Scene, The Fratellis and Laura Mvula.


BY WEB… Log onto the Staffordshire Living website and navigate your way to our competitions page. BY EMAIL… Email your details to stating ‘VFESTIVAL COMPETITION’ as the subject. BY MAIL… Complete the competition form below and send your details to VFESTIVAL COMPETITION, Staffordshire Media, B1 Trentham Business Quarter, Bellringer Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. ST4 8GB.

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The Coffee Cup tea rooms in Loynton Leek’s Monthly Fine Food Market

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DAYS OUT IN…STAFFORDSHIRE Why leave our beautiful county when we have so much to offer? The rise of the staycation has increased tourism and also opens up doors to opportunities. Yes, we realise you know all about Alton Towers and Waterworld, so we’ve discovered some gems. SHOPPING DESTINATION OF THE MONTH The Staffordshire Moorlands offers a fascinating number and variety of traditional indoor and outdoor markets and a unique shopping experience. On a Wednesday, start in the historic Leek Market Place, then shop down the length of Derby Street and onto the new Monument Square area and see Leek’s town centre come alive every week with a variety of local shops, boutiques and traditional markets, all offering you something different. From the monthly Fine Food outdoor market every third Saturday of the month - to the weekly 800 year-old Outdoor Charter Market on Wednesdays – to the Victorian indoor Butter Market every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and not forgetting the Antique and Collectables market every Saturday too, you’re bound to pick up a bargain in Leek! And if that’s not enough, why not also visit the historic market town of Cheadle in the Staffordshire Moorlands for more market bargains on a Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, with a Farmers Market every third Saturday of the month.


TEA BREAK Situated on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border, The Coffee Cup tea rooms in Loynton have possibly one of the most attractive views of any eatery in the county. The tea rooms are based in the former fishing lodge at Loynton Trout Fishery so customers are afforded the most picturesque view over the three magnificent fishing pools. Local attraction The Wrekin is just on the skyline and on really clear days the views extend over to the Welsh mountains in the distance. Open seven days a week from 9am until 4pm, the Loynton all-day breakfasts have proved a success - take your pick from fisherman's or farmhouse. In addition there is a good choice of homemade lunches, including fish pie, as well as a regularly changing choice of delicious homemade soups. For those just wanting to enjoy a little refreshment and a catch up with friends, the homemade cakes are hard to resist! Explore the local countryside with a number of walking trails which leave from Loynton, available free of charge to customers. Take your pick from a two, three, four or seven mile walk talking in the local Loytnon Moss nature reserve, the millennium boulders and parts of the Shropshire Union Canal tow path, a truly beautiful part of the county. If fishing is your thing, the trout pools are open throughout the year. Well stocked with trout of up to 20lb regularly being caught, the fishery has been a popular fixture for keen fisherman for over 20 years. Lessons are available for those who want to try their hand at this popular pastime too.

WIN! WIN! WIN! Jump For It Training Breaks – Kick-start your confidence. Beverly Ryan is a UKCC Level 2 coach, specialising in jumping tuition, and is also a practitioner level confidence coach. Experienced at teaching all levels of ability, from children with naughty ponies, to novice adults, riders who are regaining their confidence, student studying for equestrian exams, instructors and competitors. Jump for It is now based at Field Head Farm, Combridge Lane, near Uttoxeter. With individual lessons at £30 per session, or £90 for a whole day, the one to one training is great value for money, helping you to feel good and get the most from your riding. Riders who have regular tuition are much more likely to feel confident on their horse, work positively toward realistic targets and enjoy their riding. Research has shown that riders who participate in intensive training breaks achieve more in a shorter period of time. A modern approach to training, with clear and simple explanations, will help your understanding, whilst boosting your confidence.

R E FOARY T A D DI THE THE STAFFORDSHIRE CYCLING FESTIVAL 9TH & 10TH AUGUST After hosting a professional cycle race for the last three years, this year the whole county will go cycling mad in August as the inaugural Staffordshire Cycling Festival is launched. Over two days on 9th and 10th August, Stafford and the surrounding area will become the focus of a series of events that include opportunities to watch some of the country’s top cyclists race as well as the chance to get involved in a ride yourself. On the evening of Friday the 9th the events focus on the town centre in Stafford with an evening of racing that culminates with some of the country’s top elite cyclists racing around the streets of the town. Previous winners of the elite race include Olympic Champion Ed Clancy whilst last years winner was former National Champion Graham Briggs of Team Raleigh. On Saturday events move to Shugborough where 35m and 70m rides start and finish, offering a chance for people to enjoy some of the varied roads the county has to offer. In the evening, the professionals take to the roads once again as they race around a circuit based on the grounds of Shugborough to bring the curtain down on the two days of the cycling festival. To find out more about the event and how to register for the 35 and 70m rides head to, or follow the event on twitter @staffordgp and like on facebook at FOR MORE EVENTS HAPPENING IN AND AROUND STAFFORDSHIRE THIS SUMMER, PLEASE TURN TO OUR EVENTS LISTING ON PAGE 42.

Jump For It can offers options, to suit all riders: 1. Individual sessions (£30 per hour): Progressive training for local riders, to be held at Field Head farm. This can take place on your own horse, or on the experienced schoolmaster. Sports photography and posture analysis are available by arrangement. 2. Day Training (£90 per day): “Transform your riding”. A complete day packed with training tactics of successful riders and simple solutions to solve ridden problems. Includes two ridden sessions, question and answer, goal setting a confidence boosting, a complimentary lunch and afternoon tea. Sports photography and posture analysis are available by arrangement. 3. Rider Training Break (from £200): Available over 2 or 3 days or extended stays by arrangement. Two intensive tuition sessions per day, with question and answer sessions, goal setting and confidence boosting exercises. Available with your own horse or using our schoolmaster. Dining at the West Midland Pub Restaurant of the Year, The Tavern, in Denstone, and B&B accommodation at the delightful Windy Arbour Farm. Sessions include flatwork for control, posture analysis, and grid work, course jumping and influencing the horses pace. Call Beverly on 07758 310595 or visit for more details.

WIN A FREE RIDING LESSON Staffordshire Living magazine have teamed up with Jump For It to offer 4 lucky readers the chance to win an individual lesson. All you have to do is answer the following question: Why do you and your horse deserve to have your best summer ever? To enter visit, navigate to the competitions page and fill in the form! T&C’s: Closing date: 23rd August 2013. Competitions winners must comply with health & safety regulations as set out by Jump For It. For all t&c’s see page 8.


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We have a host of events this summer. With outdoor theatre, family crafts, woodland adventures and garden trails, there is something for everyone. Visit our website for a full listing of events at Biddulph Grange Garden, Moseley Old Hall and Wightwick Manor.

HORSE & RIDER TRAINING BREAKS At Jump For It, we understand why your relationship with your horse is important to you. That is why we strive to improve your confidence and riding ability with Beverley Ryan who is a UKCC qualified coach. • Confidence coaching and riding tuition • Bespoke packages to suit every budget • Own horses welcome, school masters available • Bed and Breakfast accommodation • We can help to exceed your expectations • Visit our website for customer testimonials

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Are you prepared for the new season? Make the most of the blue skies and sunshine by getting out and getting started on this years goals. If you are stuck in a rut with your riding, going through the same routine week after week but not making progress then coaching can inspire you into action and help you to be the best you can with your horse. Jump For It Training can boost your self confidence when you need it, with experienced and understanding tuition, simple solutions to put you back in control will help you to build your confidence. Feel the difference for yourself and put the joy back into your jumping. From pole work to competition preparation, dont delay, book your first session today to make your summer dreams a reality.

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The Coffee Cup at Loynton Lakes

Enjoy a warm welcome at The Coffee Cup Offering spectacular views over the lakes of Loynton Trout Fishery, this picturesque lodge serves delicious hot and cold food, including all day breakfasts, jacket potatoes, homemade soups and delicious home baked scones and cakes.

Loynton LAKES

Open every day, 9am to 4pm Telephone 01785 284261 Between Woodseaves and Newport, 250 yards from the Norbury crossroads on the A519



avid Austin has created what many consider to be one of the most beautiful, fragrant rose gardens in the world. At their best from mid-June through to August, these are open to the public all year round, free of charge.The three acre garden contains over 700 varieties of all types of roses.These include climbing, rambling, shrub, old roses and standard roses, but most importantly, our own collection of English Roses, bred here at the nursery by David Austin. The garden is split into four separate areas, each with their unique character and style, including our most recent creation, The Lion Garden, where roses are mixed with herbaceous plants to glorious effect.


We have an impressive range of containerised roses to take home, many of which can be seen growing in the garden, together with an excellent selection of companion shrubs, and herbaceous plants.


We have a specialist tea room and a café serving light lunches, both decorated with beautiful roses.


Our extensive garden gift shop provides a wide range of outdoor lifestyle and home décor ideas as well as great gifts. Plant lovers may like to take the opportunity to browse our collection of horticultural books. COURSES & EVENTS

We hold a series of events and courses at the Plant Centre, designed to help gardeners get more pleasure from growing their roses. Please check our website for details.


7 days a week 9am to 5pm daily. Accessible to wheelchairs.

DAVID AUSTIN® ROSES Bowling Green Lane, Albrighton, Wolverhampton WV7 3HB Telephone: 01902 376334 e-mail:

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Professional Grooming Salon

“A small and exclusive cattery offering care and accommodation of distinction” “Comfortable and Cosy Care for Cats”

Tel: 01782 791070

Boarding Kennels

Staffordshire’s leading boarding kennels for superior canine care “Where lots of fuss comes as standard”

Email: Gorsey Lane, Lower Hatton, ST21 6SH

Please visit our website for more information The owner’s Jacqui & Andy Smith would be delighted to meet you with their professional and friendly team – please call in and visit us

Join our tea party! Come for a cuppa to celebrate 150 years of Leek United

Leek Show Sat 27th July 51 Derby Street Leek ST13 6HU

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Whatever the weather this summer, the Antiques for Everyone summer fair will be well worth a visit if you’re looking for a specialist piece to round off a collection or even hoping to furnish your whole house! Around 230 specialist dealers will be showcasing and selling a vast array of quality items at the fair which runs from 25th–28th July at the NEC in Birmingham. With thousands of visitors over four colourful days, the fair continues to be the largest and one of the most popular in the UK. The fair is well known for its large number of specialist ceramics and glass dealers, making it one of the most important events in Britain for pottery and porcelain collections. There is also a huge selection of covetable furniture, textiles, silverware, jewellery, drawings, watercolours and oils, sculpture, clocks, rare books, arts and crafts, treen, dolls and bears, arms and armour, prints and maps. As usual, every item at the fair is independently vetted and authenticated by a dedicated team of experts so that visitors can buy with absolute confidence no matter what their level of experience. There is a huge variety of unique and sometimes quirky items to buy, with prices to suit every pocket, from £10 to more than £50,000.

The fair is divided into two sections so it’s a good idea to sit down with a visitor guide and an ice cream to plan your day as you won’t want to miss a thing! There are plush room sets and gallery-style displays in the middle of the halls adjacent to rows of specialist and generally smaller stands on either side, with dealers greeting returning visitors as old friends. If the sheer range and beauty of the exhibits aren’t reason enough to get yourself to Birmingham, then there’s always the chance to stop and chat to experts such as popular Antiques Roadshow specialist Mark Hill who will be holding daily short talks about his favourite items as well as offering top tips. This summer the fair is buzzing with the news that the Prince’s Regeneration Trust has come on board and will be showcasing important projects. The Trust’s main aim is to rescue and re-use historic places and develop them as active and relevant community assets. IN BRIEF • Antiques for Everyone is held three times a year at the Birmingham NEC. • Summer Fair: 25th–28th July • Winter Fair: 31st October–3rd November • Admission £15, including free car parking. Advance tickets £12 from the box office, Tel: 0844 581 0827. • Visit the website for the latest information on exhibitors and opening times.

Where our Nation remembers

ENJOY SUMMER AT THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM Set in a beautiful and evolving landscape, the National Memorial Arboretum is a place where we look forward with hope, learn through powerful stories, remember a history of service and sacrifice, and reflect. Come to the Arboretum this summer to enjoy, learn and experience this special place. Join us for:

Family activities

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The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site


Take a peek at Staffordshire Living’s highlights of our neighbouring county of Shropshire… THE ROYAL AIR FORCE MUSEUM COSFORD The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford houses one of the largest aviation collections in the UK. Over 70 historic aircraft are displayed in three wartime hangars and within the National Cold War Exhibition. A major feature of this unique exhibition is Britain’s three V-Bombers: Vulcan, Victor and Valiant. As well as the aircraft on display, which include the unique TSR2 and the world’s oldest Spitfire, the Museum is home to a number of smaller unique exhibitions such as Lucky Mascots and RAF Boy Entrants. The Museum is one day out that everyone from small children upwards will enjoy whatever the weather. Children and adults alike will be fascinated by fun ‘n’ flight. Packed with hands on excitement, it’s the easy way to answer all those questions about how aircraft stay up in the air. The Museum is open daily from 10am and admission is FREE. For more information on the Museum or details on events, please visit the Museum’s website


THE IRONBRIDGE GORGE WORLD HERITAGE SITE The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site in the heart of beautiful Shropshire was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution around 300 years ago. Here you will find the world’s first cast Iron Bridge built over the River Severn in 1779 and ten museums spread along its banks together with restaurants, shops, guest accommodation and a host of attractions. Earlier this year it even beat off stiff competition to be the most highly recommended UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UK according to the TripAdvisor® traveller community. Travel back in time and experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of life over 100 years ago at Blists Hill Victorian Town, one of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. Visitors can also marvel at magnificent china in Coalport China Museum, walk through period room settings adorned with decorative tiles at Jackfield Tile Museum, then discover how things are made playing with huge interactive exhibits at the Enginuity design and technology centre. Visit the Darby Houses, once home to the old ironmasters, and see Abraham Darby’s original furnace where the Industrial Revolution began. The Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron celebrates the early iron industry while the Museum of The Gorge explains the area’s importance. Finally cross the world’s first Iron Bridge and imagine what life was like around 300 years ago when industrial development began.

Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Bright Phoebus will pay tribute to the legend Tom Waits, and Heidi Talbot will take to the stage with special guests.

Shrewsbury Folk Festival

There’s a dance tent featuring ceilidhs and dance displays for the energetic, a superb children’s festival and circus tent that will keep the kids amused from the time they wake up until they go to bed! Refolkus - the youth programme for 12 to 25 year-olds - is the envy of many grownups with its packed timetable of arts, music and dance. You can try your hand at dozens of workshops from yoga to music throughout the day and there is a craft fair to browse featuring dozens of different stalls if shopping’s your thing.


SHREWSBURY FOLK FESTIVAL 23RD – 26TH AUGUST 2013, WEST MID SHOWGROUND Shrewsbury Folk Festival is more than just a music event – there is something for everyone including an outstanding line up of international and UK folk & roots artists across five stages. Many of this year’s headliners are acts you won’t see at any other festival – The Carolina Chocolate Drops, festival patrons John Jones (Oysterband) and Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) performing together, folk collective

HAWKSTONE PARK FOLLIES Hawkstone Park Follies are a fantasy land of cliffs, crags, narrow bridges and caves whilst enjoying a lovely walk in the woods. Celebrating their 20th year since the park was extensively and painstakingly restored and opened to the public - you can wander around and marvel at the grandeur of what was originally tagged as the countries first ‘theme park’! Enjoy the magnificent walks around the White Tower, The 100ft+ monument (which you can climb the spiral stairs and see up to 13 counties on a clear day) to exploring the caves on Grotto Hill – which are an attack on the senses with narrow dark tunnels. SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY Take a nostalgic journey on the Severn Valley Railway as steam locomotives pull vintage trains through 16 miles of stunning countryside from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster and return. Stop off at the Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley, where an exhibition tells the history of the railway; there’s also a family restaurant and play area.

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Is there far too much to pack into one day? Why not stay over with the family?

MACDONALD HILL VALLEY HOTEL Stunningly located amidst acres of peaceful gardens, yet conveniently close to motorway networks, Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa is the perfect location for a family get away, with relaxed and friendly country club ambience and stylish, modern interiors. The whole family can enjoy a leisurely swim in the pool before mums head for a massage in the Vital Health & Wellbeing Club and Dad's can take part

The onsite camping is second to none – choose your spot, save places for your friends, park up for the weekend and forget about the car. You’re never far from the action but there are specific family, quiet and late night areas to suit every camper. Organisers also put on a free shuttle bus on Saturday and Sunday and there are dance displays and music sessions taking place around the town centre. So whether you’re into folk music or not, it’s a brilliant way to spend August Bank Holiday weekend. To book tickets or to find out more visit

in a round of golf on one of 2 challenging and professionally designed courses. After a day exploring the local area or a shopping trip to the local historic market towns of near by Chester, Market Drayton and Shrewsbury, relax over a delicious meal in the elegant Borders Restaurant or enjoy a drink in the bar, before retiring to a luxurious bedroom for a great night's sleep in the comfortable beds. The hotel is one of the dedicated 'Family friendly hotels' in the Macdonald Hotels & Resorts collection offering children their very own check-in area where they will be welcomed with a fun pack of puzzles, crayons and stickers - giving parents more time to unpack and unwind. The children’s menus offer a seasonal range of delicious and healthy meals and the onsite leisure facilities are available for children to use. Room rates start from £100 a night for a Family room - 3 single beds. To make a reservation call 0844 879 9049.


Explore the magnificent Follies at Hawkstone Park

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Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Family Fun Day Out Journey on a magical walk through majestic woodlands and along cliff edges, discover tunnels, bridges and ravines and explore the caves on Grotto Hill.

ystem Folk o un d S S t l e usic M C o r Af ps o r D e t o la a C ho c >> CEILIDH BANDS >> MORRIS TEAMS Caro lin anyas >> REFOLKUS for 12-25 year olds T d o o e G >> CHILDREN’S EVENTS T he B r ea d e >> SINGAROUNDS & SESSIONS R i d d E >> WORKSHOPS >> CRAFT FAIR ba n d Oyster >> CATERERS i d’A rac id N >> REAL ALE BARS aillie ts c s r e e u p G a C >> GREAT CAMPSITE pecia l t a nd S o b l a T >> STEVE KNIGHTLEY & JOHN JONES Heidi >> BARNSTAR WITH MARK ERELLI d n a >> NIC JONES TRIO >> MARTYN JOSEPH Brien B T im O’ >> JEZ LOWE >> FAY HIELD & THE HURRICANE PARTY



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Just 3 minutes drive from Junction 3 on the M54 *See website for ticket prices and opening times

Royal Air Force Museum Cosford Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8UP T: 01902 376 200


RPS International Print 156 20 July – 8 September Annual exhibition from the Royal Photographic Society, showcasing a wide range of genres and styles of photography.

Pattern ; A Repeated Decorative Design. 20 July - 8 September Craft show of textiles, jewellery & ceramics, featuring Craig Fellows, Jane Moore & Rachel Gornall.

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© Rachel Gornall for pattern exhibition

Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford

Craft Shop stocking a wide range of contemporary crafts & greetings cards.

Shire Hall Gallery, Market Square , Stafford, ST16 2LD

Tel: 01785 278345 Open: Mon-Sat 9.30-5.00, Tues 10.00-5.00, Sun 1.00-4.00

Festival Of Fireworks Catton Hall

Saturday 7th September 2013 Gates Open: 5.00pm Displays Commence: 8.00pm Early booking ticket discounts or pay on the gate. Ticket Hotline: 01384 402266 The UK’s greatest firework spectacular Four amazing displays, all set to music, all in one night! Featuring LUSO GROUP (Portugal) PHOENIX FIREWORKS (Dartford) CLASSIC FIREWORKS (Lancashire) JUBILEE FIREWORKS (West Midlands)

Gulliver’s Kingdom

Poole’s Cavern Go Ape Buxton

Go Ape Buxton

DAYS OUT IN…DERBYSHIRE HIGHLIGHTS GULLIVER’S KINGDOM Matlock theme park, Gulliver’s Kingdom, is a day out with a difference for little thrill seekers! Set on a hillside in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales, the family-run theme park is designed especially for younger children – aged two to thirteen – and its themed areas are packed with rides, attractions, live shows and more to keep even the fussiest of children busy all day. From the Switchback Roller coaster – named after a Victorian ride of the same name – to classics like the Pirate Ship, Log Flume, Drop Tower, Carousels and Dodgems, the park boasts something to suit visitors of all ages. For those who don’t fancy the challenge of walking to the top of the park, there’s a chair lift and a travelator to provide a helping hand. And if the British weather proves unpredictable, there’s undercover fun to be had too – including lives shows and soft play in the Party House.


POOLE’S CAVERN For centuries curious visitors have explored and marvelled at the natural subterranean world that is Poole’s Cavern. Found deep in the Limestone Hills close to the historic Spa town of Buxton, the cavern once gave shelter to pre-historic cave dwellers. Legend tells of a medieval robber’s treasure hidden deep underground. Known as the ‘First Wonder of the Peak’ after an early travel guide published in 1630 Poole’s Cavern became a popular attraction for wealthy visitors and even royalty. In 1853 the cavern was ‘improved for Victorian visitors by the Duke of Devonshire with paved walkways and gas lighting. This year they are celebrating their 160th anniversary with events throughout the summer including underground Shakespeare and Victorian themed tours. See the website for details. Explore Poole’s Cavern with the expert guides and journey through the beautifully illuminated chambers to discover for yourself the magnificent underground scenery of the Peak District.

With free parking, restaurants and snack bars dotted all over the park, picnic spots a-plenty and ample toilet and baby changing facilities, the park is designed with parents’ needs in mind.

Investigate the exhibition and hands on Archaeology area or browse through the rock and gift shop with beautiful gemstones, jewellery and fossil samples from around the world. Poole’s Cavern is open every day, rain or shine underground it’s always fine.

Gulliver’s is open for all school holidays and on selected weekends throughout the year. For more information, visit

Ticket prices: £8.80 for Adults. £5.00 child. £7.80 concessions. Family ticket £25.00

Policemen and members of the Home Guard will be patrolling the period streets and visitors must always be ready to show their identity card or risk being arrested as a spy! Beware the spivs selling black market goods and watch out for unexploded bombs. However the trusty ARP will be on hand to deal with any incidents including the incendiary bombs.


Crich Tramway Village


GO APE BUXTON Spend a day at Go Ape and let everyone unleash their inner Tarzan while swinging through the trees in the Great British countryside, whatever the weather! They’ve got adventure all wrapped at Go Ape Buxton, Derbyshire. Families, friends and tribes can experience the thrill of spending 2-3 hours in the tree tops taking on the traditional Tree Top Adventure – flying through the air on epic zip wires, climbing tree-top ladders, crossing wooden bridges, tackling obstacles and leaping into giant Tarzan swings. For adventures all participants are given a full safety briefing from a Go Ape instructor before being unleashed into the forest. Once completed, those exploring can then take to the trees independently without supervision so you can have even more fun on your Tree Top adventure! Go Ape Tree Top Adventure is best enjoyed with friends so you can bring your whole tribe, it is accessible for adventurers aged 10 and over who are at least 4ft 7in (1.4m) tall and weigh under 20.5 stone (130kg). Go Ape Tree Top Adventure pricing is as follows: Gorillas (18 years +): £30-32. Baboons (10-17 years): £24. For further information visit days-out/buxton

Step back in time to 1940s Britain with Crich Tramway Village at the August 1940s Weekend. On the 10th and 11th August visitors will expect air-raid warnings and the sound of low flying aircraft and you will need your identity card for a real taste of life during the Second World War.

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Historic wartime road and military vehicles will be on show and on the move, mingling with a range of vintage trams which visitors will be able to ride on as often as they like. Whilst wartime songs will be belted out by an authentic concert party throughout the weekend with Marina Mae, Kevin Mac and George Formby, as well as traditional dancing. A big incentive for visitors to the 1940’s Weekend is that anyone dressed in 1940’s costume – civilian or military – will be admitted at a reduced price. The Village is situated near Matlock, Derbyshire, eight miles from M1 junction 28. Admission prices for the 1940s event: Adult £14.00. Senior £12.50. Child (4-15) £9.00. Family (2 adults, 3 children) £39.00.

Guests at Jurys Inn Derby can enjoy four dedicated meeting rooms, top-of-therange communication systems, Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, an on-site gym, as well as friendly, willing, efficient staff available 24 hours a day. Perfect for sightseeing, shopping and nightlife, the hotel is ideally situated for a relaxing stay with friends or a fun-filled break with family.

STAY OVER… JURY’S INN, DERBY Situated on King Street in the heart of the city, Jurys Inn Derby is offering fantastic rates from £59 including breakfast throughout the summer. Conveniently located in the prestigious Cathedral Quarter, the hotel’s 213 spacious and comfortable rooms are all en-suite and can accommodate up to three adults, or two adults and two children, in complete comfort.

In February this year the hotel was even awarded’s ‘Simply The Guest’ accolade. The award identified the ten best city centre hotels for 2012 using its huge database of genuine customer reviews and is awarded to properties across the UK with the most positive customer reviews on the site. For the best prices book direct at


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The Anderton Boat Lift

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DAYS OUT IN…NORTH WALES HIGHLIGHTS THE ANDERTON BOAT LIFT The Anderton Boat Lift at Northwich in the heart of Cheshire is one of the marvels of the canals. The massive iron framework, a masterpiece of high Victorian engineering, lifts canal boats 50ft between the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal - and the trip boat gives visitors the chance to see this from the inside. Board the special trip boat - after taking a look around the visitor centre to learn the story of the lift, of course - and the live commentary will take you into the heart of the lift and illuminate the engineering. Stay on board the boat for a unique look at the industrial heritage of Northwich, a town which has made its living on salt for 2000 years. The visitor centre, shop and café are free so immerse yourself in the waterway wonder – become absorbed in the interactive exhibition, focusing on the lives of those who designed, built and spent their working lives around this mighty structure. Browse their gift shop and admirer the view from the welcoming coffee shop while trying their handmade cakes and generous sandwiches. Or watch the mighty machinery in action from the panoramic viewing platform.



There’s stacks of fun at GreenWood Forest Park this summer and we’ve got 5 family ticket’s for 2 adults and 2 children for you to win! Voted Best Family Attraction in North Wales, GreenWood Forest Park is a ‘must visit’ day out. Jump aboard the worlds’ only people powered Roller Coaster – The Green Dragon, zoom down Wales’ longest Sledge Run or embark on a Jungle Boat Adventure. In the Forest Theatre, you’ll find extraordinary entertainment every school holiday, including Howard the Magician and Ricardo the Pirate - they can’t wait to make you laugh. Open daily at 10am with free parking, GreenWood Forest Park is situated at Y Felinheli, Gwynedd. SAT NAV – LL55 3AD. For more information visit For your chance to win simply answer the following question; GreenWood Forest Park is home to the world’s only people powered rollercoaster but what is its name? a) The Red Dragon b) The Blue Dragon c) The Green Dragon To enter visit, navigate to the competitions page and fill in the form! Closing date: 23rd August 2013. For all t&c’s see page 8.

arena tour, Magnetic Man’s new album due out this summer, hot new band Bastille, plus the 1975 storming into the itunes chart Top 5, the line-up is shaping up to be one of the best yet!



WAKESTOCK 12TH, 13TH, 14TH JULY, CARDIGAN BAY Wakestock returns to Cardigan Bay this summer and we know that you are eagerly awaiting news of the line up! Rudimental are just one of the latest additions. They have a massive year ahead of them, and the Wakestock crowds are sure to love their full live stageshow. The latest acts will join headliners Example and Magnetic Man along with Zane Lowe, Bastille and The 1975. With Example just finishing his current UK

This summer they are playing host to an atmospheric exhibition of linocut art by celebrated canal artist Eric Gaskell. The show, running to July 31st, features works looking at a variety of canal-based motifs; the lock gates, the tumbling water, townscapes and landscape, the boats. All the prints are taken from limited edition sets, printed using either multi-block or reduction methods. There are also a number of new black and white prints, some as part of the “Canal Linocut” series and other one-off editions. The official Canal & River Trust poet laureate, Jo Bell, will be showing a number of her poems alongside Eric Gaskell’s prints. For more information call 0151 355 5017 or visit Annual passes for the museum are available, please ask at reception.

As well as the standard tickets, Wakestock’s exclusive range of VIP packages are also on sale - with a fantastic selection of yurts, tipi’s, podpads and other wonderful camping options, plus VIP weekend tickets. The VIP packages all include access to the VIP lounge in the main arena which has its own exclusive bar, toilets, fantastic line up of DJ’s playing all weekend and you could find yourself hanging out with the artists and riders. Tickets are available through the website or by calling 0844 888 9991 Splendid facilities and elegant décor can be seen in all 76 bedrooms and have been recognised after being awarded the Visit Wales Gold Award for 4 years running, making them one of the best hotels in the whole of Wales.

& CHESTER THE NATIONAL WATERWAYS MUSEUM The National Waterways Museum, at Ellesmere Port, is home to the national collection of historic working boats, some of which visitors can board to explore and find out how the working boat people used to live.

They’ve got loads more bands and DJs to announce over the coming weeks and months, plus news on the mind blowing wakeboarding, their infamous warm up party and entertainments galore up on the festival site.

STAY OVER… ST GEORGES HOTEL, LLANDUDNO It was in the spring of 1854 that St George’s Hotel in Llandudno opened its doors for the first time. Built as the first luxury hotel in Llandudno, it is a tradition that continues today. In 2006 it underwent a £4 million refurbishment involving a full public area and bedroom regeneration.

The hotel offers spectacular coastal views in its sea view rooms and ultimate comfort in its premier suites which boast their own separate lounges and plush bathrooms. The hotel’s Terrace Restaurant overlooks the spectacular coastal views of Llandudno Bay and has a reputation for excellent food and interesting wines bringing its guests only the finest local foods, cooked in season when taste and quality are at their optimum. Visit or call St George’s Hotel on 01492 877544

CHESHIRE OAKS Just ten minutes outside historic Chester, McArthurGlen’s Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet is a must-visit fashion and shopping destination for all ages. Located in a beautiful outdoor village setting, the largest designer outlet in the UK is home to over 145 leading UK and international designer, fashion and home brands, including Nicole Farhi, Church’s, Lulu Guinness, OSPREY London, Gant , All Saints, Reiss, Hobbs, French Connection and Kurt Geiger, all at up to 60 per cent less! Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet is also home to a range of restaurants including Pizza Express, Wagamama, Café Rouge and Pret à Manger and with free parking and children’s play area it provides everything needed for a great day out.


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All Change for Crewe Lyceum as it starts a fabulous new season under new Management! The Lyceum in Crewe is already enjoying a successful new season under the management of HQ Theatres. The season was officially launched at a sold out Gala evening at the end of April where theatregoers enjoyed an evening of traditional variety starring comedian and all round entertainer Brian Conley, legendary double act Keith Harris and Orville and awesome singer Jane McDonald. Pictured: The wonderfully ornate auditorium

Attendees had the opportunity to inspect the extensive investment that HQ have made to the building bringing the public and front of house areas of the building in line with the beauty of the ornate auditorium hidden within. The theatre has a long history of mixed fortune and the management at HQ are looking forward to delivering a diverse range of entertainment to the people of South Cheshire and surrounding areas. The theatre has a rich and varied history which can be traced back as far as 1881 when the original Lyceum Theatre was constructed out of a disused Roman Catholic Chapel that had been built for the Irish immigrants in the town who helped to construct the railway. An old well from the chapel is still in existence under the stage. In 1906 both Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel appeared on stage at the Lyceum. In 1910 the theatre was gutted in a fire thought to have been started by a carelessly discarded cigarette. Fortunately the audience had just left the auditorium averting tragedy. The theatre was then rebuilt opening in 1911 and was the very latest in design and innovation including the installation of a ‘sunburner’, an old fashioned form of air conditioning which still remains to this day and is believed to be the only working example in the UK. Over the years that followed the Lyceum’s management changed hands many times until it was taken over by Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council in 1991. Throughout the tenure of the council’s management the venue acquired a reputation for delivering intimate dramas and feel good family pantomimes. In 2012 the council invited theatre management companies to tender for the contract to run the venue. The Gala event was held to mark the collaboration between HQ Theatres and Hospitality and Cheshire East Council and a post-show reception was attended by representatives of both organisations, as well as The Worshipful Mayor of Cheshire East, Councillor George M Walton and Mayoress Mrs Veronica Walton. Leader of Cheshire East Council, Councillor Michael Jones spoke of the Council’s enthusiasm for the partnership at the Gala, saying: ‘I am delighted with our new partners for the Lyceum and this is sure to be the beginning of a fruitful relationship. The venue is the heart of the town and central to our plans to redevelop Crewe. What I really hope is the people of Crewe and the surrounding areas recognise what a tremendous facility they have on the doorstep and continue to use the Lyceum Theatre and be part of its future.’ Nick Thomas, Chairman of Qdos Entertainment, the parent company of HQ Theatres and Hospitality, said: ‘We look forward to welcoming the people of Crewe and beyond for many years to come and encourage the local community to make the most of their unique and beautiful theatre.’ HQ Theatres core belief is that successful regional theatres are not born of standardisation or centralisation. All HQ Theatres and Hospitality Theatres are individual businesses with localised and responsible leadership, guided by the company’s senior management team based in London. All programming will continue to be done locally ensuring the needs of local people are met by the venue.

Pictured at the launch Left to right: ‘Derek Nicholls, Chairman of HQ Theatres and Hospitality, The Worshipful Mayor of Cheshire East, Councillor George M Walton, Nick Thomas Chairman of Qdos Entertainment and Leader of Cheshire East Council, Councillor Michael Jones.’

Theatre Director, Alistair Armit speaks with enthusiasm about the forthcoming programme: ‘The programming at the Lyceum is very much about variety and giving our customers old and new a choice of shows to enjoy at the newly refurbished venue. Having the buying power of a company like HQ Theatres enables us to bring in superior shows at a local level. We are to some extent still trialling the market and aim to be receptive to customer feedback.

Pictured: The newly refurbished restaurant

So far we have had a fabulous response to a range of comedians who have visited the venue. The size and layout of the auditorium makes for truly intimate performances making the theatre perfect for comedy. Variety and entertainment has also been well received as demonstrated by the response to Live at the Lyceum and other shows such as the Stars from Strictly, kids shows such as Milkshake! are also doing well.’ Alistair continued: ‘We haven’t just invested in the programme but also in the front of house areas of the venue which were a little tired and dated. We have re-decorated in opulent reds and golds, laid a fabulous new red carpet and replaced old furniture. The fronts of house areas now reflect the beauty of the auditorium. We aim to deliver a full evening’s entertainment to our customers and have also invested heavily in our kitchens and restaurant and have brought in a talented hospitality team who have been working on theme nights and pre show dining. You can choose from our competitively priced a la carte menu and eat before the show or take advantage of special offers that the team put on. Beer and a burger at our comedy shows have gone down a storm! Our first ever Murder Mystery evening was a fabulous sell out success for which we received excellent customer feedback. We are also looking forward to hosting our first Opera Soiree in June where guests will be able to enjoy a sumptuous three course meal in the circle suite whilst being serenaded with opera classics around the Bechstein grand piano.’ We are very excited that Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer is bringing Peter Pan to Crewe this Christmas! Starring, the man everyone loves to hate soapstar, Adam Woodyatt as Captain Hook this swashbuckling pantomime adventure features spectacular sets, fabulous costumes and glittering special effects. The Grumbleweeds will be bringing comedy in abundance as they star as Smee and Starkey. HQ Theatres have made massive investment in the Lyceum and are committed to bringing top quality entertainment to the venue for many years to come. We want local people to come and try us out! Call in for a coffee, see a show, and come along to one of our themed evenings. The staff, many of whom have been here for years are committed to providing top quality service at a venue they all have genuine affection for. Come and give us a try – you won’t be disappointed.’

Pictured: Brian Conley and Dancers on Stage at Live at the Lyceum

To find out more about the newly refurbished Lyceum please go the website,, call the friendly Ticket Office Team on 01270 368242 or better still next time you’re passing call in for a coffee on us* at the Lyceum Restaurant which is open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm. *Complimentary coffee can be claimed upon production of this article. One coffee per person. No photocopies accepted. Terms and condition apply.

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Candy Couture Floral Denim Shorts, £12. Matalan. T-Shirt, £6. BHS.

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Hurrah for British food! This year, instead of going all fancy pants on us and arranging a full array of canapés and nibbles that are in the aim of living the high life, why don’t you just stick to the good old classics that have stood the test of time! With the Royal Baby due to make their appearance anytime soon, we’re all fit for a celebration – and so we thought what better than to indulge in a Great British tradition of picnicking? Pull out those British flags that we’ve been flying year on year out since the Royal Wedding, Jubilee and Olympics, and have a cause of celebration for 2013. It seems our baby shower invitation was lost in the post, and we’re pretty certain we’re having our hair done or we’re very busy on the Royal Christening so we thought we could hold our own celebrations here in Staffordshire instead by pitching up next to one of our picturesque canals and relaxing in the sun with a picnic. Bliss.

Meanwhile, crumble 2 Kallo Organic Chicken Stock Cubes into a large pan, add 1 litre of hot water, mix well and bring to the boil. Turn off the heat, add the roasted tomato mixture and whizz with a hand-held electric blender until smooth (or allow to cool slightly then pour into a blender in batches to liquidise). Ladle the soup into 4 bowls then drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Scatter a few pieces of crispy bacon into each bowl and serve with crusty French bread.

COOK’S TIPS: This soup is also delicious served cold. Chill and serve with balsamic vinegar and torn Parma ham rather than crispy bacon.


ROASTED TOMATO SOUP WITH CRISPY BACON Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 20 mins Preheat the oven to 220°C, gas mark 7. Place 2 packs of quartered Waitrose English Classic Vine Tomatoes (about 950g), 2 thinly sliced red onions and 4 chopped cloves of garlic in a roasting tin and drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil. Season and roast for 20 minutes until softened and slightly charred. Put 6 rashers Waitrose Free Range Dry Cure Smoked Streaky Bacon onto a rack set over a baking sheet and place in the oven for the last 15 minutes of the tomatoes’ cooking time. Remove when crisp, leave to cool then break into pieces.

Preheat oven to 220°C/450°F/Gas Mark 7. Grab a 500g pack good quality puff pastry, roll out half and use it to line a 23cm / 9in loaf tin. Mix 3 tbsp chopped sage leaves into 450g sausage meat and season well with sea salt, black pepper and a pinch of ground nutmeg. Place half of the sausage meat over the pastry base, leaving a border around the edge. Cover with 2 large peeled, cored and thinly sliced Cox’s apples, then top with the rest of the sausage meat mixture. Roll out the rest of the pastry. Brush the border of the bottom half of the pie with a beaten egg and cover with the remaining pastry, pressing down well to seal. Crimp the edges of the pie and cut a cross in the centre for the steam to escape whilst cooking. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes. Brush the pie with the remaining beaten egg and cook in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, before turning the heat down to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and cooking for a further 30 – 40 minutes, until puffed up and golden brown. Leave for 10 minutes before serving.

PICKLED SHALLOTS WITH MIXED SPICES AND BAY Place 1kg of peeled and trimmed shallots in a large plastic glass bowl. Mix 100g sea salt into one litre of hot water, pour over the shallots and soak for two days, in the fridge. You can place a plate on the top of the shallots so they can be submerged in the salted water and cover. Next sterilise kilner jars by washing in warm soapy water, rinsing and placing in a moderate oven for 5 minutes. Place 225ml of sherry vinegar, 550ml of white wine vinegar, 8 allspice berries, 2tsp coriander seeds, 2tsp yellow mustard seeds, 3tsp of mixed peppercorns, 1 tsp white mustard seeds, 1tbsp of Demerara sugar and 4 dried bay leaves in a pan and gently bring just below the boiling point, making sure all the sugar has dissolved. Turn off the heat and leave to go completely cold. Drain the shallots from the salted water and pat dry with kitchen towel. Pack the shallots in the sterilized jars. Pour the vinegar and spices over the shallots. Seal and store in a cool dark place for one month to mature, once opened, store in the refrigerator and use within one month.

Grandma Jessie’s Sausage & Apple Roll

Roasted Tomato Soup With Crispy Bacon

Inspired by recipes and products that evoke memories of our childhoods, we’re sure you’ll be motivated to jump in the kitchen.…


STAFFORDSHIRE LIVING’S PICNIC FAVOURITES There are just some things that should be on a picnic that quite frankly is easier to buy than try and attempt to make yourself! For those we look towards our trusty supermarkets and fabulous delis. This year our baskets will be full of…

Soreen Lunchbox Loaves, rrp £1.35. All major supermarkets Turkey Club Sandwiches

Taste the Difference Piccalilli, £1.89. Sainsbury’s

TURKEY CLUB SANDWICHES Serves: 2 Prep time: 10 mins

Golden Wonder Limited Edition Tomato Ketchup, rrp 39p. All major supermarkets

Awfully Posh Snacks Anglesey Sea Salt Pork Crackling, rrp 89p. Waitrose.

Legges of Bromyard The Rambler Picnic Pie, £5.50.

Grill 4 rashers smoked streaky bacon until crisp and golden. Lightly toast 6 slices bread on both sides then spread one side of each piece of toast lightly with mayonnaise. Spread some blackberry & apple chutney over two slices of toast then top with 100g cold thinly sliced turkey and bacon. Add a second layer of toast to each stack, mayo side uppermost. Add a handful of salad leaves and crumbled Stilton then add the last two slices of toast, mayo side downwards. Press sandwiches together and cut into triangles, secure with cocktail sticks and transfer to serving plates. Serve immediately.

Stilton, Butternut Squash And Chutney Quiche

Happy Eggs Scotch Eggs, £1.49. Tesco.

Cook time: 10 mins


Tyrrells Beach Barbecue 150g, rrp £1.99. All major supermarkets


2L Pink Lemonade, 65p. Sainsbury’s

Preheat the oven to 220C. Place 1 packet short crust pastry in a tart tin, pushing the pastry well into the corners. Place a piece of baking paper on top then cover with baking beans or rice. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the pastry is pale golden and sandy to the touch. Mix 3 free-range eggs and 150ml double cream together and pour into the pastry shell. Place 220g finely chopped butternut squash in a bowl and cover with water, cook for 6 minutes in the microwave and drain or roast in the oven for 30 minutes. Sprinkle the butternut squash in the quiche along with 100g crumbled stilton and 6 tbsp English Provender Co. Apple, Pear and Fig chutney. Bake for 25 minutes, or until set. Leave to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.


EARLY MORNING WAKE-UP CALL Tired of the same old breakfast? Every morning consisting of the same options… cereal or toast, cereal or toast – with the odd yoghurt or banana thrown in to mix it up a little? Oh forgive us… but yawn! With the sun giving us a fresh bit of inspiration, us Living Girls have decided that if we had an incredibly delicious and colourful breakfast then we’d all be starting the day with a much larger smile on our faces. True? The least it will do is perk up a drab Monday morning!

MONDAY: BLUEBERRY BIRCHER MUESLI Serves: 6 Prep time: 10 minutes


500g tub Greek yogurt 200g rolled oats 40g wheat germ 40g desiccated coconut 50g hazelnuts, toasted and roughly chopped 200ml pressed (cloudy) apple juice

WEDNESDAY: MANGO AND LIME PERFECT PARFAIT Serves: 1 Prep time: under 5 minutes

To serve per portion: ½ Granny Smith apple, cored but not peeled, coarsely grated 50g Chilean blueberries 1 tsp runny honey Little ground cinnamon Few extra chopped hazelnuts, optional 1) Mix the yogurt, oats and wheat germ in a bowl then stir in the coconut, toasted hazelnuts and apple juice. Transfer to a plastic container, clip on the lid and chill overnight in the fridge. 2) When ready to serve, stir in grated apple and a few blueberries then spoon into dishes, top with extra blueberries, a drizzle of honey, a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and a few extra nuts, if liked. The remaining soaked muesli will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days, just add a little apple juice if needed, as the oats will continue to swell. THE HEALTHY OPTION

½ mango peeled and diced Zest of ½ a lime plus a squeeze of the juice A handful of nutty granola Alpro Simply Plain Pouring yogurt alternative 1) Add the zest and a squeeze of lime to half a chopped mango. 2) Spoon this mixture into the bottom of a medium sized jam jar. 3) Sprinkle with a handful of granola and top up with some Alpro Simply Plain Pouring yogurt alternative. 4) Enjoy at your desk.

TUESDAY: GINGERBREAD PORRIDGE Serves: 1 Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 4 ½ mins ½ Cup rolled porridge oats 1 cup Alpro Hazelnut drink A little lemon zest and a little orange zest A pinch of cinnamon ¼ tsp of ground ginger 1 small organic gingerbread man or other ginger biscuit crushed 1) Place the oats, zests, ground ginger and cinnamon in a bowl and pour over the Alpro Hazelnut drink. 2) Place in the microwave on full power for 2 ½ minutes, remove from the microwave and stir. 3) Place back in the microwave on one setting lower than before and continue microwaving for a further 2 minutes. 4) Remove from the microwave and sprinkle with crushed gingerbread before enjoying at your desk!



FRIDAY: SWISSSTYLE MUESLI Serves: 15 portions Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 30 mins


300g rolled oats 2 tbsp Canola or sunflower oil 2 tbsp honey 50g brazil nuts (roughly chopped) 30g whole almonds 1 tsp sesame seeds 50g apricots (chopped) 50g dates (chopped) 30g dried cranberries To serve: Provamel Almond Unsweetened drink Fresh berries such as raspberries and blueberries

1) Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4. 2) Mix the oats, nuts, seeds, honey and oil together in a large bowl. 3) Spread this oat mixture out onto a large flat baking tray, lined with parchment paper and bake for about 30 mins or until golden brown. 4) Mix the toasted oat mixture with the dried fruit and store in an airtight container until you want to use. 5) To serve, pour over Provamel Almond Unsweetened and fresh berries.

THURSDAY: BRAMBLE BREKKIE SMOOTHIE Serves: 1 Prep time: under 5 minutes TREAT DAY

½ ripe pear, peeled and core removed 70g blackberries 2 tsp maple syrup 300ml Alpro Almond Unsweetened milk alternative Dash of ginger cordial (optional)

SUNDAY: FAY RIPLEY’S WHOLEMEAL FRENCH TOAST WITH MAPLE SYRUP AND BLUEBERRIES Makes: 1 1 egg 50ml Lactofree milk 2 thick slices of Wholemeal/brown bread 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp Lactofree spreadable butter a handful blueberries 2 tbsp maple syrup

1) Add all of the ingredients into a blender 2) Blitz until a smooth mix 3) Pour into a bottle or flask with a lid 4) Enjoy at your desk

SATURDAY: FAY RIPLEY’S CHEESY WILD MUSHROOMS ON TOAST Feel free to get up early and forage bare foot in the forest for some mushrooms or ….just buy in a pack from your local supermarket. This tastes luxurious but takes just minutes to cook. 1 tsp Lactofree spreadable 100g wild mushrooms 2 sprigs thyme 1 tbsp Lactofree cream 1 tsp Dijon mustard 2 slices sourdough, toasted 30g Lactofree cheese



1) In a wide bowl, whisk together the egg, Lactofree milk and cinnamon. 2) Lay the bread in the bowl to soak up the egg mix, then flip over to soak the other side. 3) Melt the Lactofree butter in a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. Fry the bread until golden on both sides. 4) Serve with the berries and maple syrup


Using brown bread gives this romantic breakfast classic a nutty hearty flavour that sings a love song to those berries.


1) Melt the butter in a non-stick frying pan, and then throw in your thyme leaves and mushrooms to fry for 3 minutes until soft. Add a splash of cream and dollop of mustard, and mix together. 2) Divide the creamy mushrooms and pile onto your toast. Grate the cheese over to cover. 3) Pop under the grill for just a couple of minutes until it starts to brown and bubble. Serve.


Pasta Di Piazza La Favourita “Live to eat, not eat to live”

Welcome to Staffordshire’s premier Italian restaurants, situated in the heart of the Country. We aim to bring you traditional Italian home cooking and a relaxing atmosphere. Choose from our extensive menu and specially selected wine list. We are open during lunch and evening dining.

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3 Course Meal - £11.99

Weddings, Christenings, Hen Nights etc.

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Stone 12 High Street Stone Staffordshire ST15 8AW Tel: (01785) 813214

We’re all guilty of having a ‘summer drink’ that we enjoy relaxing and unwinding to whether in the back garden or in a beer garden, such as a refreshing shandy, a zingy G&T or a fruity cider. But what if we could try our dab hand at making those sensationally tasty and summery cocktails that we sampled when abroad – hailed as our ‘holiday drink’ funnily enough! The word cocktail doesn’t necessarily translate directly into one’s home life, unless of course you live a completely cosmopolitan lifestyle which we highly doubt is going to happen living in our county of Staffordshire. Yes, there may by the odd lady reading this that owns the odd cocktail glass currently collecting dust in the dresser, or at the very least has a cocktail shaker in the cupboard bought as a great Christmas present idea at the time – but has since yet to be used. We’re all guilty of loving the idea of cocktails at home, but very few of us actually go through with it. This summer though, we’re making a stand. Staffordshire Living is here to revolutionise the way you reside and drink at home. Cocktails are accessible! Brush any sweeping thoughts of expense and exotic ingredients to the side – once you have dived into a little bit of the knowhow you’ll find yourselves mixing all sorts of concoctions for you and your friends.


Luckily there are a few venues in Staffordshire now holding exciting cocktail lessons, a trend that has been seen throughout the country and maybe we’ve been a little too late to pick up on, but to throw yet another well-used phrase in the mix it’s ‘Better Late than Never!’. Mainly aimed at hen parties, you could easily use as an excuse to gather your girlfriends together, or even a ‘team building’ exercise with work buddies. They provide a decent night of fun, whilst also (providing you don’t drink too much) an education into the wonderful and mythical world of cocktails, travelling around the world and back again. The ‘science’ behind the drink is all in the balance of flavours – just as with cooking. And until you find that balance of flavours, you’ll all be pleased to hear the well-used phrase of ‘Practice makes Perfect!’ - something that perhaps hasn’t sounded so pleasing to the ear before! As for now, we’ve come up with a few recipes that will please the palate using ingredients that you’ll probably find in your cupboards or fridge, along with others that are extremely simple yet provide that sense of skill…



Garnish: Mint sprig & slices of peach


• 35ml peach schnapps • 25ml vodka • 50ml orange juice • 2 wedges of lemon • 3 slices of peach • Dash of sugar gomme • Dash of Grenadine Method: Muddle together the sugar gomme, lemon wedges and slices of peach in a rocks glass. Add crushed ice and the schnapps, vodka and orange juice. Stir thoroughly and once settled slowly add the grenadine so it drops to the bottom, giving the sunrise effect.

PINA COLADA Glass: Coconut shell or hurricane glass

Garnish: Pineapple leaf

• 35ml gold or white rum • 25ml Malibu • 50ml coconut cream • 50ml pineapple juice • 3-4 pineapple chunks • Coconut shell (optional) Method: Place the rum, Malibu, coconut cream, pineapple juice and pineapple chunks with ice into a blender. Blend until smooth and pour into your desired glass – we love the idea of drinking out of a coconut shell but this of course isn’t exactly the type of thing we tend to have in the cupboard! If you’re having a party it will be worthwhile in purchasing a few to make a wow statement!

ROYAL REGATTA Glass: Hi-ball

Garnish: Mint sprig

• 35ml gin • 35ml pressed apple juice • 4-6 mint leaves • 100ml Belvoir Elderflower & Rose Pressé Method: Build ingredients into a hi-ball glass with cubed ice and top with chilled Elderflower & Rose Pressé.





Glass: Jam jar

Garnish: Lime and strawberry wedges

• 35ml silver tequila • 15ml Crème de Frais • 3 strawberries (hulled) • 2 wedges of lime • 50ml cranberry juice • Lemonade • Sugar Method: Grab a clean jam jar and rub a slice of lime around the rim. Dip in some sugar, tap off the excess and clean any strays to create a sugar rim around the top of the glass. Place the strawberries at the bottom on the jar and crush once to release the juices, add ice and the tequila and crème de frais. Squeeze in the lime juice and add the cranberry juice, stir thoroughly and top up with lemonade.


Garnish: Fresh raspberries

• 4 raspberries • 50ml gin • 2 teaspoons honey • 20ml fresh lemon • 20ml fresh orange • Dash egg white Method: Add honey to bottom of shaker; add the gin and stir until dissolved. Add ice and the other ingredients and shake hard. Double strain into a sling glass and add a dash of soda.

SANGRIA! Glass: 2 pint jug & wine glasses Garnish: Oranges, lemons, apples and strawberries (chopped into small cubes) • 350ml red wine • 25ml Spanish brandy • 2 teaspoons sugar • Orange juice Method: Add ice to your jug and the red wine, brandy and sugar. Top up with orange juice and give it a good stir! Add plenty of chopped fruit and serve in wine glasses.




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BEER FESTIVAL 29th June – 7th July 2013 OOMPAH NIGHT JULY 6th


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To continue our round robin of options for dining out, it is now the turn of the county capital Stafford alongside it’s neighbouring town of Stone. THAI LANNA WHERE: Stone High Street CUISINE: Thai RESERVE A TABLE: 01785 819000 WEBSITE: Thai cuisine is becoming increasing popular throughout UK due to the light and fresh flavours using aromatic herbs and spices with a delicate balance of flavour, colour and texture - a refreshing alternative to other Asian or Oriental meals.

This season, The Bear Grill has introduced the Big Bear Grill Challenge – 24oz of pure Staffordshire beef burger stack, served with rashers of bacon and Monterey Jack cheese on a toasted bap. This comes with a mountain of chips, onion rings and two pints of coke or lemonade – all for £24.95. Are you brave enough? If you beat the Bear, your picture will be on the wall of fame – but if the Bear beats you then it’s the wall of shame for you!

At Thai Lanna, Stone you can chose from a wide choice of top quality traditional Thai dishes and set meals. Every dish is cooked to order, so whether you like it spicy or delicately flavoured, your tastes can be accommodated. Throughout the Thai Lanna menu you will detect exotic hints of root ginger, coriander, lemon grass and lime leaves mingling with garlic and chillies. Over 50 main course dishes are available including the famous Thai red and green curries, pad Thai noodles and some mouth-watering vegetarian dishes. Whatever you chose, you can be certain it will be cooked perfectly by professional Thai chefs. Thai Lanna Cuisine

THE BEAR GRILL WHERE: Stafford Town Centre CUISINE: Casual Grill RESERVE A TABLE: 01785 244020 WEBSITE: The Bear Grill, part of The Lewis Partnership, has something for everyone. The main menu offers a sumptuous and varied selection of beef, chicken, lamb, fish and vegetarian burgers as well as a superb choice of salads and dishes from the grill.

MODDERSHALL OAKS WHERE: Moddershall, Stone CUISINE: English & European RESERVE A TABLE: 01782 399000 WEBSITE: The Moddershall Oaks restaurant is set in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside with a magnificent lakeside view. Open to the public 7 days a week, the restaurant menu combines fresh and locally sourced organic ingredients with the creativity and enthusiasm of award-winning top chefs. No strangers to the Taste of Staffordshire Awards, Moddershall Oaks won Restaurant of the Year (European Influence) in 2009 and 2nd place in the same category in 2010. And more recently, their resident Chef de Partie Andrew Platt was a finalist for ‘Young Chef of Tomorrow’ 2013. The evening menu offers a combination of classic English dishes which have been creatively reinvented and exciting authentic European influences and exceptional grill choices. The décor of the restaurant encapsulates the countryside destination of the resort, with a contemporary twist on the rustic styling.

PASTA DI PIAZZA High Street, Stone 01785 813214 Every Friday night features guest guitarist Tony Fellini.

Pictured: Moddershall Oaks


THE WAYFARER The Fillybrooks (A34), Stone 01785 811023 Winners of the Taste of Staffordshire Contemporary Pub of the Year 2012. THE BLUE ROOMS Radford Street, Stone 01785 819988 Try George’s famous homemade pies baked fresh every day in the bakery. PIZZA EXPRESS Market Square, Stafford 01785 256276 PASTICHE BISTRO Mill Street, Stafford 01785 222241 Every Wednesday is Ladies Night! A starter and main course for only £10. THE POST HOUSE Greengate Street, Stafford 01785 231450 Every Tuesday night is Mexican Night! 2 courses and a tequila sharing board £10pp. THE SWAN Greengate Street, Stafford 01785 258142 Part of The Lewis Partnership, The Brasserie at The Swan works very closely with Staffordshire suppliers and producers.



SWEET OR SALTED The popular cinema snack has been revitalised for 2013 – making it THE choice for trendy foodies everywhere. Are you in the know? Our Features Writer and new popcorn addict, Justine Clegg discovers more…

comes hand in hand as to why it has sky rocketed into one of the top food trends of 2013. It’s a versatile product, one that can be altered to a savoury or sweet snack depending on preference, one of the ultimate blank canvasses of today.

You could say popcorn has been on my radar for some time now – mainly due to the fact I’d like to think I’ve re-invented myself from fashionista to some sort of a trendy foodie! So it’s no surprise if popping round my home you’ll be sure to grab a bag of ‘sweet and salted’ from the cupboard. I’m hooked.

With retro trends still running rife, it was bound for popcorn to make its fashionably late entrance – especially through local food festivals and being picked up in the world of weddings. The public first sat up and took notice when 3 happy chappy’s looking fresh from university popped onto our screens on BBC 1’s Dragon’s Den with their product – Love da Popcorn. Having won the Dragon Peter Jones’ over with their comical and novel presentation, the lads were not all talk and no action being backed up with punchy flavours. Presented in vintage striped bags, the UK was captured including myself.

Not necessarily one to snack on crisps, chocolate on the other hand is in another league. So, imagine my delight when I was to find a NEW love that satisfied my cravings yet supposedly doesn’t add the pounds onto my hips, tum or bum! Yes, popcorn is deemed a healthy snack yet is far more appealing (well to me anyway) than seeds, nuts and any sort of fruit bar that’s packed full of sugar anyhow. Ok, don’t be fooled any toffee or chocolate based varieties are sure to be as calorific as their counterparts, but those with little colouring or in savoury flavourings are surprisingly low on the calorie count. A confectionery goodie that you can feel less guilty about… Happy days! There’s no doubt the gourmet styles that are proving most popular with the UK public. The cinema snack no longer just comes in sweet, salted or toffee format – flavours have become experimental and that probably

And it appears we’re all willing to pay top dollar for the packaged goods too. Found in stylish delis and anywhere hailing local produce, popcorn has been deemed a luxury product. We do need to ask ourselves though – when has it not? Let’s face it, when we pop to the cinema we all complain about the extortionate prices, the difference this time being we’re willing to pay as we’re foolishly bowled over by a vintageinspired, quirky packet that evokes the sense of homemade, ethical or the feel of something seen in the original 1930s cinema’s.

If you follow me on Twitter (@Justine1987), you’ll already know my obsession with growing brand Joe & Seph’s – I literally can’t stop harping on about them... and here I am again! Discovered at the BBC Good Food Show Summer in 2012, they had me trying a whole load of different, unusual and exotic mix of flavours that have a focus layering rather than one hit of taste. For example their ever-popular Smooth Caramel, Pepper & Chilli. Sounds a deceitfully odd combination, not one to be dismissed though having won a Great Taste Gold Award in 2011. Starting off with the familiar taste of sweet toffee, it’s followed by a kick of pepper and once swallowed a warming of chilli at the back of the throat. They’re far from ones to shy away from the most unusual combinations and flavourings, having a catalogue including Madras Curry and Blue Cheese, Walnut & Celery, whereas the sweet toothed amongst us can opt for the delightful Strawberry Cheesecake or a Caramel & White Chocolate. Log onto to discover more. As for popcorn standing the test of time? Well, it’s not moving far from our cinema’s pickings anytime soon. The fact is, popcorn’s completely addictive whether in old-fashioned format or not. Sweet and salted will never move from the flavour top spot, and all be thankful it’s no longer just for cinema-goers.

My Top Ch arts!

I’m currently tending to lean on the side of savoury! Try my favourites out for size…

“As If Th e re Wa s An y Do u b t”

1. Peanut Satay (80g), £2.99. Joe & Seph’s.

2. Propercorn Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun-dried Tomato (20g), 90p. Waitrose.

3.Salt & Vinegar Popcorn (70g), £1.49. Sainsbury’s.

4. Sweet Cinnamon Spice (25g), 79p. Metcalfe’s Skinny Topcorn.

5. Mature Cheddar Cheese Proper Popcorn (75g), RRP £1.69. Tyrrell’s.


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Local producers market, home baked foods, handicrafts Childrens workshops, live and interactive food and traditional craft demonstrations* Horse & pony rides, ‘mini’ farm, face painting, bouncy castle, games, competitions and prizes! PYO strawberries and raspberries Packington Free Range hog roast and Freedom Organic beer bar (from 12pm) ...and loads of the usual farm shop goodies to tempt you

Come along and help us raise money for our favourite charities. *Please look out for workshop and demonstration timings in the farmshop and on the website. And please note the farm shop will be open as usual but the cafe will be closed.

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hh the humble herb, one of nature’s finest ingredients when it comes to sprucing up your cooking. Some are subtle and sweet whilst others look to pack a certain amount of punch, but whichever you use it is guaranteed to add that certain je ne sais quoi to your dishes. Ooh la la. Adding depth of flavour to our cooking and bringing out the best of the ingredients, herbs are a kitchen staple that any cook would be lost without - whether dried or fresh for that matter. They are the basics of any simple home cooking from England to India! We’ll all be familiar with the most popular herbs such as rosemary, basil and coriander but there seems to be some sort of unwritten handbook that has taught us all the guidelines of use, i.e. tomato dishes = basil, salmon = dill. And granted, it works. Yet what if we challenged these theories and looked to do a little experimentation? After all, we’re all looking to spice things up a little now-a-days thanks to a large variety of worldwide ingredients now ever more accessible and available from the trusty supermarket and deli shelves. It’s all in trial and error really, but some of the top chefs of the country are now starting to bring to life a range of recipes and even sweet dishes that break the conventions of herb use – such as lavender in desserts and basil in cocktails. After all mint has been used in mojitos for years, so why not!? Ease yourself in by chopping an array of fresh herbs into your salads this summer and before you know it you’ll have mastered a new art and will start baking a range of savoury muffins complete with herby sensations! Trust us. Once you start experimenting, you’ll easily start to familiarise yourself with the best use of those flavours. Some herbs are ideal for stews and slow cooking to add depth and heartiness that simply can’t be found with other ingredients. Whereas the more summery varieties of herbs tend to veer on the side of zest and punch, and are used towards the end of cooking. In our opinion, fresh herbs are best. Just saying. But that doesn’t mean our spice rack isn’t packed full of an array of dried varieties, which help to get our hands on the more exotic of herb varieties such as Marjoram and Lemon Thyme that aren’t necessarily very easy to buy in fresh format. If you do manage to get your hands on one of the fresh plants on sale it will last the season providing you care for it just as you would a house plant – pot it and keep the soil well moistened. It really is that simple. As a word of warning be careful not to bruise the herb when it comes to chopping, it’s easily done. This is why most prefer to opt for a pair of scissors rather than a knife, to create clean cuts. If you do, however, decide to chop with a knife then use quick motions and don’t go over sections vigorously – if they turn mushy you’ve gone way too far!


STAFFORDSHIRE’S 2013 MASTER CHEF AND YOUNG CHEF OF TOMORROW! Richard Cullen, from the Spot Gate Inn in Stone, and Jack Harries, from The Granary Grill, Weston Park, have been crowned Taste of Staffordshire’s Master Chef and Young Chef of Tomorrow 2013 respectively. The winners were chosen after a challenging two hour ‘cook-off ’ at Stafford College which saw 13 finalists, seven contestants in the Master Chef category and six in the Young Chef, prepare a three course meal costing under £20 and using the finest Staffordshire ingredients. Richard and Jack were announced the culinary victors and presented with their awards at a ceremony at Weston Park, attended by a host of esteemed professionals in the field and dedicated food sponsors. As this year’s Master Chef winner, Richard has not only won the coveted title, but also receives a cash prize of £700 from Staffordshire County Council, £250 from 3663, £250 of Churchill China gift vouchers, annual membership to the British Culinary Federation, a commemorative plate and a trophy. The 2013 Young Chef of Tomorrow, Jack, will enjoy a week’s work experience at Michelin star fine dining restaurant Simpsons, in Birmingham, plus accommodation sponsored by Service Science. Jack also received a commemorative plate from Churchill China, a trophy, membership to the British Culinary Federation as well as a cash prize of £250 from Staffordshire County Council and £250 from 3663. TABLE OF RESULTS: Master Chef 2013 winners 1st: Richard Cullen – Spot Gate Inn, Stone 2nd: Sean Sleigh – Burton and South Derbyshire College, Burton upon Trent 3rd: Allan Jones – The Terrace Restaurant, Keele Finalists: Jeff Thomas of Seasoned Cookery School, Burton Upon Trent. Philip Whittle of The Chase Golf Health and Club Spa, Penkridge. Jamie Lacey of The Middle Bell, Burton Upon Trent. Joe Bailey of Greenaway Hall Golf Club, Stoke on Trent.

PRE SHOW DINNER AT STAFFORD CASTLE The spring sunshine is starting to peak through, hinting at the summer months that lie just around the corner. And once again, theatre lovers can look forward to Shakespeare at the Castle as part of the Stafford Festival between June 27th July 13th 2013. This year, one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is sure to have visitors flocking to the county town. If you are thinking about booking your tickets, why not make your midsummer night’s dream come true with a delicious pre-show dinner or platter from The Lewis Partnership’s outside catering division based at The Moat House. Opt for a delicious four course dinner in the luxury marquee or choose from a number of mouth-watering platters to enjoy with family and friends.

Call The Lewis Partnership on 01785 710715 to make a reservation.


LOCAL! The latest and greatest in the world of local foodie news!

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Young Chef of Tomorrow 2013 winners 1st: Jack Harries – The Granary Grill Weston Park, Weston Under Lizard 2nd: Clarissa Darby – Alton Towers Hotel, Alton 3rd: Jade Clark – Burton and South Derbyshire College, Burton Upon Trent Finalists: Daniel Askwith of The Shropshire Inn, Stafford. Tom Renshaw of Call the Caterer, Gnosall. Andrew Platt of Moddershall Oaks, Stone

THE FOX AND GOOSE INN UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT Foxt is a beautiful village on the edge of the Peak District, and The Fox & Goose Inn and Restaurant sits comfortably in such a setting. The wonderful views can be admired from the conservatory or the patio all year round whilst the real attraction in the colder months is the lounge bar with its large open log fire. Charlie and Kathy took over recently welcoming everyone from walkers, holiday makers to families, dogs and most importantly the locals! The new owners are not the only new additions at The Fox & Goose Inn; Head Chef Rob Shaw has joined the team and taken great pride in the creation of a fine a la carte menu alongside a less formal bar menu. With locally sourced food, and a menu boasting such dishes as duck with orange sauce and pan fried venison haunch alongside more traditional choices like the Fox & Goose Burger and homemade Steak and Ale and Chicken ,Ham and Leek pies everyone will find something to relish at the Fox & Goose! (L-R) Jack Harries and Richard Cullen celebrate their win at Taste of Staffordshire 2013.


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Two local businesses have joined forces to offer their customers a unique chance to become Staffordshire’s first ‘Virtual Brewer’. The specialist online retailer, Best of British Beer from Newcastle under Lyme in Staffordshire and the neighbouring Stone based Lymestone Brewery have come up with an original concept to offer people the chance to get involved in creating a brand new beer. “There is currently a really big resurgence in the world of micro-brewed beers and this country boasts over 1000 privately owned breweries. The trend seems to be that people are turning their backs on mass produced and imported lagers in favour of more local ales with quality ingredients made in the traditional way.” Commented Will Sherwin, Managing Director at Best of British Beer.

For an initial investment of just £10, redeemable against the finished beers, all the Virtual Brewers will be able to decide exactly how the finished product will taste. Once produced, the beers will be labelled featuring the name of everybody who’s bought a share and be sold on the Best of British Beer website. “Our ultimate aim is to produce a beer than we can enter into Beer Festival competitions and hopefully be recognised as an Award Winner.” Will commented. For more information about The Virtual Brewery visit http://www.bestof

“Our Company has come a long way since we started working from our garden shed 18 months ago and we’re now looking to expand what we do. We’ve had the idea of ‘a beer brewed by the people, for the people’ bouncing around inside our heads and as soon as we knew Ian and Viv from Lymestone were keen to get involved, we simply had to get it started.” Added Will. “We’re giving people the opportunity to choose the beer’s colour, strength, style, f lavour, name and even label design and these decisions will be made weekly via our website”. “The brewing process can take up to 6 weeks and there are a number of key decisions to be made along the way to ensure the final product is true to the recipe.” Explained Ian Bradford of Lymestone Brewery. “We produce a core range of beers and a number of seasonal specials, but the possible variations on a standard glass of beer are almost limitless and this is where we need people’s input. Whether it’s a different combination of hops, the use of roasted barley or even the addition of honey and fruit to the brewing process, we need the stages all planned before brewing can commence”.


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LOCAL BUSINESS HONOURED IN NATIONAL CATERING COMPETITION The Real Pork Crackling Company, from Tamworth was delighted to receive a top award at the BPEX ‘Foodservice Pork Product of the Year’ competition 2013. The competition finale, held at London’s prestigious Butchers Hall, saw 18 finalists recognised for product excellence in the catering sector. The Real Pork Crackling Company was awarded third place in the Best Cold Eating Product category, for their ‘Golden Pork Crunch.’ The product is an innovative take on Pork Crackling, using Red Tractor approved British rind.

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TAKE OFF GIVEN FOR COSFORD’S FOOD FESTIVAL 27th – 28th July 2013 This Summer the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be giving visitors to the popular West Midlands attraction a slice of variety, as it holds the first ever Cosford Food Festival. Taking place the last weekend in July, a whole host of yummy treats and refreshing beverages will be available to purchase. This food festival with a twist will take place outdoors with the Hercules acting as a backdrop for the food market. Suppliers from across Shropshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands will be exhibiting a wide range of exquisite local, fresh and handmade produce not available from your average supermarket store. Learn fascinating techniques and tips from the experts through live talks and cooking demonstrations and sample some of the culinary delights available. With entertainment taking place over the weekend, it is sure to be a great day out for the whole family. Admission charges: £5 Adults. £4 Concessions. £2 Juniors (5-16 years). £12 Family (2 adults and up to 4 children). Under 5’s go free.


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The Fox and Goose Country Inn and Restaurant Foxt, ST10 2HN 01538 266415 UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT Charlie and Kathy welcome you to the recently revamped Fox and Goose. With good, locally brewed cask ales and an excellent new Chef, Rob Shaw who is very proud of the A La Carte menu and all home cooked bar menu he has created, the Fox and Goose is a real gem. Boasting a big open fire, great views over the valley from the terrace and conservatory and the A La Carte restaurant the Fox and Goose sits comfortably in the beautiful countryside. Everyone is welcome from walkers, holiday makers, families, dogs and most importantly the local community. Just 4 miles from Alton Towers and Cheadle, 7 miles from Leek and 12 miles from Stoke on Trent. The Fox and Goose is open 7 days a week from 12pm – 12am.

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BEETROOT RISOTTO WITH LANCASHIRE CHEESE Serves: 4 Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 30 mins

Beetroot, botanically-known as Beta vulgaris, evolved from wild seabeet, which is a native of coastlines from India to Britain and is the ancestor of all cultivated forms of beet. Sea beet was first domesticated in the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East – although it was only the leaves that were eaten at that time. In early times, the medicinal properties of the root were more important than its eating qualities and it was used to treat a range of ailments including fevers, constipation, wounds and various skin problems. At that time, the roots were long and thin like a carrot, the rounded root shape that we are familiar with today was not developed until the sixteenth century and became widely popular in Central and Eastern Europe 200 years later. Beetroots come in all shapes and sizes but the most common is round and deep red in colour. Other varieties are yellow, white, and even candy-striped (with red and white concentric circles). The humble beetroot is sweet, earthy and tender to eat and related to the turnip, swede and sugar beet.

10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT BEETROOT… 1. Hangover cure - Beta cyanin, the pigment that gives beetroot its colour, is an antioxidant so the humble beetroot could be the key to beating your hangover! Beta cyanin speeds up detoxification in your liver, which enables your body to turn the alcohol into a less harmful substance that can be excreted quicker than normal. 2. Getting in a jam - The red pigment in beetroot is used to colour strawberry jam as well as to improve the colour of tomato paste, sauces and strawberry ice cream. 3. Beware garlic - Platina recommended taking beetroot with garlic to nullify the effects of ‘garlicbreath’.


4. The commander’s code - Field Marshal Montgomery, an army commander in WWII, is reputed to have exhorted his troops to ‘take favours in the beetroot fields’, a euphemism for visiting prostitutes. 5. Rags to riches - Sir Alan Sugar of Apprentice fame demonstrated early entrepreneurial flair when, while at school, he got a job boiling beetroots for the local greengrocer. 6. Litmus test - You can use beetroot juice to measure acidity. When added to an acidic solution it turns pink, but when it is added to an alkali it turns yellow. 7. Head and shoulders - If you boil beetroots in water and then massage the water into your scalp each night, it works as an effective cure for dandruff. 8. Vanish - Beetroot is a water-soluble dye, and hot water seems to ‘fix’ the colour stain more, so use lukewarm or cold water to avoid staining. To cure the inevitable ‘pink fingers’, rub with lemon juice and salt before washing with soap and water. On fabrics, try rubbing a slice of raw pear on the stain before washing, or rinse in cold water before washing in a biological powder. 9. Beetroot burgers – In Australia, a true Oz-style burger must have a slice or two of beetroot. Even McDonalds and Burger King have had to follow in line and include it in their menus. 10. Sugar rush - Beetroot has one of the highest sugar contents of any vegetable. Up to 10% of beetroot is sugar, but it is released slowly into the body rather than the sudden rush that results from eating chocolate.

What to do: 1. Heat the butter and oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the chopped beetroot, shallots, garlic and thyme leaves. Cook gently for 3 minutes until the onion has softened, but hasn’t coloured. 2. Heat the stock to simmering point. 3. Add the rice to the pan and stir to coat all the grains in the buttery mixture. Cook, stirring for another 1-2 minutes until the grains begin to look translucent. 4. Add the vermouth to the pan and allow it to bubble up and reduce slightly. Add a ladleful of the simmering stock, and stir until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Continue adding the stock, a ladleful at a time, as the liquid is absorbed, stirring between each addition. You have to stir constantly. 5. Cook the rice until the grains are tender but still have a little bite. It will take at least 20 minutes. 6. Add the cream (optional) to make the dish richer, the pecorino and parsley. Taste and adjust the seasoning to suit, serve immediately. Beetroot Risotto With Lancashire Cheese


What you’ll need: 30g butter 2 tbsp olive oil 400g cooked beetroot, chopped into cubes 2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 sprig of fresh thyme 900ml chicken stock 250g risotto rice 125ml dry vermouth 2 tbsp double cream (optional) 110g pecorino, grated small handful fresh parsley, chopped salt and freshly ground black pepper Lancashire cheese, grated (to serve)



ALL HAIL THE POTTERIES! Showcasing their latest creations and collections, we prove as to why Stoke-on-Trent remains to be best known as ‘The Potteries’ continuing as the hub of creative talent and innovation in the ceramic industry. It’s time for a slice of gloating! PORTMEIRION

‘RHS Roses Collection’ Portmeirion.

‘RHS Roses Collection’ Portmeirion.

Based in the home of potteries, Stokeon-Trent, Portmeirion Group is a homegrown British company distinguished as a significant force within the homewares industry.


Portmeirion Group encompasses the Portmeirion, Spode, Royal Worcester and Pimpernel brands and leads the market in high quality and innovatively designed tableware, cookware, giftware, tabletop accessories and textiles. Founded in 1960 by the late pottery designer Susan WilliamsEllis and her husband Euan Cooper-Willis, Portmeirion is the foundation and roots of the Portmeirion Group tree. Always at the forefront of contemporary design, Susan Williams-Ellis was renowned for producing striking shape and pattern designs that were trend setting and had worldwide appeal – designs that are now seen as iconic.

“The 1970’s saw the birth of what is considered by many to be Portmeirion’s most recognised design, Botanic Garden” The 1970’s saw the birth of what is considered by many to be Portmeirion’s most recognised design, Botanic Garden. This pattern has since become a classic of British design and hailed as the world’s most popular casual tableware design. Continuously expanding, Portmeirion has since launched the Exotic Botanic Garden collection – a tropical twist on the traditional design, as well as other unique designs including Sophie Conran for Portmeirion.

In 2009, Portmeirion acquired the iconic British brands Spode and Royal Worcester and was subsequently renamed Portmeirion Group. Josiah Spode began a career in the pottery industry at the age of 16. After successes working for potters in the Stoke-onTrent area, Josiah set up his own pottery factory in 1760 and in 1770 established the Spode pottery company. In 1784, Josiah responded to the shortfall of Chinese blue and white porcelain, by creating a technique of transfer printing designs from hand engraved copper plates, which ultimately led to the creation of the iconic Blue Italian pattern in 1816. In the mid-1700s, eminent physician Dr John Wall, and apothecary, William Davis, began experimenting with materials and processes to produce a porcelain recipe. After their success, they secured funding from 13 local business men to open the first Worcester factory in 1751. After securing Royal Warrants the company became known as Royal Worcester in the mid-1800s. Today Portmeirion Group has four exceptional worldwide brands, each distinctly positioned to maximise the potential of the cooking, dining and gifting market. Recently launched Arthur Goodfellow, RHS Roses and Morris & Co collections illustrate Portmeirion Groups diverse designs. Encapsulating animal charm, English summertime and iconic design respectively, Portmeirion Group offers a homewares selection that is second to none.

Perfect for the Summer…The Caravan Trail Rich pastel colours and recycled patchwork designs helped inspire this eclectic collection of crafted mug and dinnerware designs. With a love for folk culture and the British Isles, let these on-trend icons take you on a journey of surprise this Summer. You will also find some of the following brands available at discounted prices in the Factory Shop with many lines made on-site at the Stoke on Trent factory: Blue Willow, Made With Love, Alex Clark, Julie Dodsworth, Disney, Dee Hardwicke, The Good Life, James Sadler, Jamie Oliver, RHS (Royal Horticultural Society).

WEDGWOOD The Wedgwood story began in 1759, when Josiah Wedgwood, aged just twenty-nine, started as an independent potter in Burslem, Staffordshire. Creative, energetic, an astute business man and patron of the arts, he quickly became Britain’s most inspired and successful ceramics pioneer. His genius led English pottery from a cottage craft to an art form and international industry. In 1762, Josiah met Thomas Bentley, a Liverpool merchant who had travelled widely on the Continent and possessed a sound knowledge of classical and Renaissance art. With Bentley, he formed an intimate friendship and partnership, which was to last until Bentley’s death.

“Josiah Wedgwood’s genius led English pottery from a cottage craft to an art form and international industry.” Today, the Wedgwood and Bentley collection celebrates this partnership and is the pinnacle of the product portfolio. It encompasses the finest Wedgwood ornamental ware and luxury tableware, with each item made in England and meticulously decorated by hand by Master Craftsmen.

‘Blue Willow’ available at Churchill Factory Shop.

COLLECTIONS: Made in the UK…Queens Blue Story Picking up on English heritage with a modern twist, this collection of traditional blues is timelessly intricate with a contemporary appeal. Many lines made in the UK at Churchill’s Stoke-on-Trent factory site.

Throughout its history, Wedgwood has collaborated with the most famous artists of the day. Today you’ll find works by Jasper Conran, one of the UK’s leading fashion designers, and Vera Wang, the acclaimed authority in bridal elegance. INTRODUCING THREE NEW COLLECTIONS FOR 2013: The Ashlar collection is an exquisitely designed range that takes inspiration from the contemporary work of Neoclassical architect, Robert Adam.

‘The Caravan Trail’, available at Churchill Factory Shop.

Churchill can trace its history back to 1795 in the heart of the world famous potteries, Stoke-on-Trent. Since then, they have developed a long history of providing ceramics to hospitality and retail markets.

Since 1940, at the Wedgwood factory at Barlaston, modern technology combines with the ancient skills of throwing, modelling and decorating. These precious skills are preserved through a solid apprenticeship program, reintroduced to meet the growing global demand for some of Wedgwood’s most exclusive signature pieces. Apprentices train for up to 10 years to become Master Craftspeople.

Ashlar’s contemporary elegance is perfectly suited to all tastes and culinary needs, with a broad offering of 33 essential tableware pieces that can be purchased as a full set or individually to update to an existing service. Iconic round, hexagonal and square shaped plates feature in the collection to create an aesthetic that perfectly encapsulates the neo-classical characteristics of Ashlar, and the distinctive style that has become Wedgwood’s signature along the years. The unique shapes mean that the mix and match plates can stand alone or be combined to create striking geometric patterns. Ashlar Range RRP from £12 to £185. Wedgwood has extended the Butterfly Bloom collection, introducing an additional range of afternoon tea essentials, table top items and decorative vases. The stunning extension continues to feature the signature pastels and vintage floral patterns that have proved popular in the original collection, with the new pieces helping complete the perfect quintessential English afternoon tea experience. Additions to the collection include a delicate fine china cake stand, vintage style teapot and sandwich tray.

‘Butterfly Bloom Collection’, Wedgwood.


Butterfly Bloom is the perfect partnership of heritage and fashion offering classical design balanced with a product offering developed for modern tastes and lifestyle; perfect for that indulgent moment at any time of the day. Butterfly Bloom Range, RRP from £16 to £90.

‘The Ashlar Collection’, Wedgwood.


Can you spare two afternoons per week to help a child, read, grow and succeed. Beanstalk is a national literacy charity that trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading.

Shipley Campus Open Evening Wednesday 29th August 5.30pm-8.00pm

You will work with three children for two 30 minute sessions a week, during term-time. Together, you will read, play and talk. With your support the child’s approach to learning and enjoying reading will be transformed. Volunteering as a Beanstalk reading helper is extremely rewarding, makes a lasting difference to children’s lives and is a great way to give something back to your local community.

– Get Advice and Guidance following GCSE results – Tour the Campus facilities – Last minute applications taken for September start – No need to book, just come along anytime between 5.30pm-8pm

For more information, please contact Gail Washington on 01782 827375 or visit Beanstalk is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Registered Charity number 296454

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Factory Shop Fantastic discounts in store

Visit the Churchill Factory Shop this Summer to discover new collections from popular brands, with many lines made on site at the Stoke-on-Trent Factory.

Tel: 01782 525203

Free Parking

Find us off the A500, Reginald Mitchell Way Churchill (UK) Ltd, Marlborough Pottery, High Street, Tunstall, Stoke On Trent, ST6 5NZ

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Foster a child, see them bloom

Like a sunflower, children need.. To look after me I will need sunlight. To encourage me to grow I will need water. To develop to my full potential I will need feeding. I may need support whilst I’m growing. Nurture me and I will flourish.

Family Options offer: • 24/7 Support • Funded Training • Generous Young Person’s Allowance (up to £11,790 p.a. plus allowances for Christmas and birthdays) • Generous Carers Payments (up to £18,200 p.a.) • Up to 28 days respite per year

If you would like more information about becoming a Foster Carer please call Family Options on 0800 630 0864 or email

IS MOBILE BANKING SAFE? Features Writer Justine Clegg investigates…

Mobile phones have come a long way since the days of playing Snake on your trusty Nokia 3310. Smartphones have taken over and it seems everyone wants a piece of the action! No longer happy with the humble mobile phone that can just make calls, send text messages and set an alarm we now appear to need the whole of our world at our fingertips with the power of internet access and apps. With this knowledge, we are evolving into an ‘instant’ nation – if we can’t do it there and then, when we need it, then we simply aren’t impressed. Are we? And as for receiving or uploading the information a day late, then I’m afraid it was clearly yesterday’s news. Quite frankly, we’ve moved on chaps. All the major brands and forward-thinking businesses have clocked onto this fact, with access being ever more accessible, so it wasn’t long until the banks clocked on. No longer happy with the service our banks have offered for decade upon decade, they listened to our needs and now have longer opening hours, 24hr call centres, online banking methods and text message alerts – yet us impatient lot still weren’t impressed. Que the mobile banking app. But are they safe? Being able to access your bank details and transfer money on a mobile device rings alarm bells for me. Face to face contact has vanished, therefore rather than having to put your trust in uniformed staff member you are instead meant to be reassured that with the use of a password all your data is safe. As with everything these days, you shouldn’t take anything at face value and put your trust in it straight away! Just as with the person sitting behind the counter at the bank I suppose. So yes, you’ve got to have your wits about you and those who are tech savvy should only begin the download. Personally, I think the text message alert service is sufficient as this is tailored to your needs (such as when you are close to your overdraft limit) but doesn’t disclose your personal details such as account number and address. However, it is all down to your needs – if you are looking for transaction info and transferring money on the go then a mobile app may be more suitable for your requirements. But it doesn’t come without the risks -using the internet opens you up to a world of opportunists such as hackers and viruses, just as with the online banking options.

The best thing to do is check your banks’ policies and guarantees – do they offer refunds on losses if you fall victim to fraud? Grill them, you need the answers. And as an obvious pointer – only download apps direct from the banks, ensuring they’re official. Luckily banking apps don’t actually store your bank details, they access it from a secure data centre – yet it’s always worth placing a lock on your phone in case you lose it or worse stolen. And my final note, turn off your Bluetooth! The internet security experts at Norton have developed the following tips to help you safeguard account details and stay secure when using internet banking services on your mobile: 1. Use Official Apps – one of the best ways to stay safe is to only use your bank’s official application. Designed for your mobile OS with ease of use and security in mind, most mobile banking apps make use of special card readers or tokens providing individual PIN codes 2. Use A Secure Connection – never use public wi-fi or insecure hotspots to make mobile banking transactions 3. Be Wary Of Unusual Texts or Emails – if it’s unusual for your bank to text or email you, then any message claiming to be from them should certainly be regarded with scepticism. SMS and email phishing are popular methods used by criminals in an attempt to gain account and login information from users. Some criminals will go to the lengths of using official looking logos and email addresses to draw people in 4. Go Offline – if you’re really not sure about something – whether it’s an email, SMS or a web page asking for confirmation of details – the best thing to do is to end your session and call direct or go into a branch 5. Regularly Check Statements and Balances – one of the benefits of mobile banking is the ability to quickly and easily check your accounts and transactions. Checking your account regularly means it’s easier to spot any potentially fraudulent activity 6. Install Security Software – criminal groups are always looking for new ways to grab users’ sensitive information. Installing a wellregarded security solution, such as Norton 360, will help to protect your device and ensure that malicious code doesn’t have a chance to make itself at home


WE’RE ALL GOING ON A SUMMER HOLIDAY There are some of us who laugh in the face of the lavish, extravagant affairs and instead favour the little luxuries in life savouring precious moments spent with family rather than savouring the last drop of their mojito! Those of us who this applies to will love these campsites and caravan parks handpicked by the Staffordshire Living team, focussing on the British staycation.


WILD ROSE HOLIDAY PARK, Appleby-in-Westmorland The perfect base, located close to the nearby Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, the Wild Rose holiday park captures the rural beauty with all the facilities and entertainment expected from a luxury holiday park. The historic town of Appleby in Westmorland makes an excellent centre for an English staycation with its old world charm and friendly locals. A walk up Boroughgate can transport visitors back to Medieval England, while the charm of the riverside walks provides an opportunity to experience the tranquillity of the countryside within five minutes of Appleby town centre. Also nearby at the end of a woodland walk is the 70 foot High Force Waterfall, one of the largest in England. The unique wigwams are popular with both couples and families for their romantic yet fun appeal. Outdoor living becomes glamorous as a stay in the wigwams captures the best of the great outdoors within luxurious, enchanting surroundings. Each wigwam comes equipped with moveable wooden beds with bespoke mattresses, making them the perfect choice for an outdoor retreat without fear of exposure to the English elements. FACT FILE: Prices for a wigwam start at £44 per couple per night, while prices for a holiday home start at £140 for eight people to stay three nights or £264 for a week. For more information visit Wild Rose Holiday Park, Appleby-in-Westmorland

Wild Rose Holiday Park, Appleby-in-Westmorland

WHITE CROSS BAY, Windermere White Cross Bay is the flagship holiday park in the South Lakeland Holidays group and is located in a prime, easily accessible location tucked off the A591 between the popular tourist towns of Windermere and Ambleside. A scenic 4-star park on the shores of Lake Windermere, White Cross Bay has a wealth of leisure facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and gymnasium.


GOLDEN SANDS HOLIDAY PARK, Rhyl Located on the North Welsh Coast just 30 minutes from Chester, the Golden Sands Holiday Park is one of very few to have its own direct access to the beach and is the perfect location to explore the beauty of North Wales. There’s so much to do in this beautiful area, Walking (through beautiful Snowdonia), Cycling (down the cycle path adjacent to the Park), taking in the local History (visiting nearby ruined castles), Shopping (in Chester or Llandudno) being the ultimate active tourist (with paintballing, go karting, boat rides) or just doing nothing but breathing the sea air – there’s something for everyone. But to be honest you needn’t ever leave the Park, the amazing team will look after you and you can make use of the great facilities which include The Entertainment Complex with full programmes for all the family, indoor heated swimming pool, indoor & outdoor play areas as well of course as the beach on the doorstep! Find out more by speaking with the Park direct. Whether you take one break or decide to purchase your very own Holiday Home enabling you to take several, they’re sure to be fun filled and provide you with many wonderful memories! For more information visit Golden Sands Holiday Park, Rhyl

With the park offering immediate access onto the lake (England’s longest lake, Windermere at 10.5 miles), watersports activities are in high demand whether its open water swimming, boating or high energy waterbased activities that float your boat. Although, if you’re not a natural water baby, the park also boasts an impressive 65 acres of woodland, which are perfect for long walks exploring the flora and fauna and spotting some of the natural wild and birdlife. FACT FILE: Special offer short breaks in June start from £259 in a 2-bed superior caravan and from £299 in a 3-bed superior caravan. Short breaks can be taken Fri-Mon (3 nights) or Mon-Fri (4 nights). More information available at 01539 897896 Golden Sands Holiday Park, Rhyl

White Cross Bay, Windermere

White Cross Bay, Windermere






Pinewoods Holiday Park is located on the beautiful North Norfolk coast making it an ideal location for a short break or family holiday. It offers a choice of caravans and lodges which are cleverly designed and extremely well fitted out.

Woodovis Park sits in 14 acres in the tranquil surrounds of the Tamar Valley on the Devon-Cornwall border, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a designated World Heritage Site. The free food foraging forays are in the company of professional ecologist and forager, Ceri Richards. During the 1-2 hour walk around the site, guests will learn how to forage safely, legally and sustainably, identify numerous edible and otherwise useful local plants and sample a range of wild foods.

Bordering the Holkham National Nature Reserve, Pinewoods Holiday Park is located at WellsNext-The-Sea and set on a beautiful stretch of North Norfolk coastline recognised as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A short path leads through a strip of mature pine trees straight on to Wells beach where pretty beach huts are available for hire and the long sandy beach is one of the best in the area.

Other family-friendly features at Woodovis Park include new outdoor table tennis area, children’s play area and games room, heated indoor swimming pool and infrared therapy sauna.

To the western side of the park is Abraham’s Bosom, a site of Special Scientific Interest thought to be one of the only land-locked salt water lagoons in the UK. It used to harbour vessels from stormy seas but can now be enjoyed as part of a wildlife project. Those staying in the lodges at the park can enjoy stunning views of this beautiful lagoon from their decked balconies. FACT FILE: Caravan holiday homes weekly rates 2/3 bed from £235 low season to £670 high season. Short breaks either Mon-Fri or Fri- Mon from £143 low to £402 high. Lodges 6 berth £393 low season to £1158 high. Short breaks from £235 to £695. Gas and electricity included with all bookings. Further information can be found on

Five-star Woodovis Park makes an ideal base for exploring attractions from Dartmoor to the Eden Project along with the West Country’s beautiful beaches. FACT FILE: A week in a luxury holiday home (sleeping 6) during August costs from £385. The super pods (sleeping 4) cost £69 per night or a camping pitch costs as little as £49 per night for a family of four (under 5s stay free). For more information visit

Woodovis Park, Tamar Valley

Woodovis Park, Tamar Valley

Woodovis Park, Tamar Valley

LYTTON LAWN ARK, New Forest Lytton Lawn Park is on the edge of the New Forest just one mile from Milford on Sea (a pretty village with quaint shops, village green, gorgeous seafront and gently shelving beach). The park is also within walking distance of the picturesque harbour of Keyhaven, and in easy reach of the Isle of Wight ferry terminal at nearby Lymington. It is set in 8 acres of lovely parkland offering a tranquil and relaxing rural retreat for all the family; a new larger reception and well stocked shop make this an outstanding, comfortable, self-sufficient park. Local tourist attractions include Paultons Park with Peppa Pig World, Beaulieu House and National Motor Museum and Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, along with plenty of other activities in and around the Forest. FACT FILE: Guests can choose hard-standing Premier pitches (hardstanding with access to hook up point, water & drainage) or serviced grass pitches (access to hook up point). There is a minimum stay of 3 nights and maximum pitch occupancy of 6 persons (excludes kids under 2 yrs). Grass: from £12.50 (low season) to £37.75 (peak season, July 19-Sept 1). Premier: from £15.25 (low season) to £41.50 high season. For more information visit or call 01590 648 331 Lytton Lawn Ark, New Forest

Lytton Lawn Ark, New Forest

Pinewoods Holiday Park, Norfolk

PERRAN SANDS, Cornwall Haven holidays Perran Sands family holiday park is set amidst Cornwall’s largest dune system and nestled amongst the dunes are a number of Glamping options - fully equipped Mongolian Yurts, Geodomes and Safari Tents. If you would prefer a static holiday home then this too is an option as they have a range of accommodation to suit all pockets. The park overlooks the long stretch of Perran Beach which is perfect for surfing - especially if you are a beginner with their own surf school. But it’s not all about the beach, being a Haven park there’s plenty of other sporting activities too including a heated indoor and outdoor pools, adventure golf, a climbing wall, archery and fencing.

Perran Sands, Cornwall

FACT FILE: 3 nights in a Standard self-catering accommodation on 19 July for up to six people costs from £378 per family (saving 30%) or 3 nights in a Geo dome self-catering accommodation for up to six people costs from £577 per family (saving £24%) Take your own tent on a basic pitch and pay just £340 per family (saving 15%) based on 7 nights on 20 July. See or call 0871 230 1900 for more information.





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10% of intake selected on Sporting Aptitude, giving pupils from further afield a chance to secure a place, especially as we have been heavily oversubscribed for the past 5 years

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Perfect peace & tranquility Stunning 19th Century Manor House opening as luxury restaurant & lounge bar - Open Summer 2013 No Holidaymakers Dog Free Park Direct access to the River Conwy

Budget Even a modest wedding costs a great deal. Build a budget based on some Internet research and your judgement of how much you are prepared to spend. As a guide, your budget should be split about 40% to catering, 10% each to venue or marquee hire, clothes, entertainment, photography and flowers with everything else coming from the remainder. Don’t assume that hosting your wedding at home will be cheaper, because the entire infrastructure needs to be brought in. Once you have set a budget, stick to it by negotiating hard with suppliers, especially if they were recommended by your venue; they will often be paying commission on your booking.

Hitched ?


Have you recently got engaged? And are looking to start planning your ‘big day’? If you answered yes to both questions then you need to read on… There may be a venue that you have always dreamt of getting married in ever since you were a little girl. But for the majority of us, we haven’t a clue on where to start - especially with so many beautiful and enchanting venues in and around Staffordshire. We’re the hub of venue talent as it were, thanks to the spectacular views and a vast amount of variety in terms of budget and property style. To offer a wealth of expert advice we’ve spoken to Weddings Planner Julia Dowling of Snapdragon Parties ( to give us her very best tips on choosing the right venue…


Choosing a venue Don’t pick a venue until you have a clear idea of the type of wedding you want. Many historic buildings impose restrictions on their use; a grade 1 listed castle full of ancient treasures is likely to prohibit use of candles, so if your vision is a candlelit wedding ceremony pick an appropriate venue. Depending on when you plan to marry think about the likely weather (always have a wet weather plan) and the availability of local accommodation.

Find ways to weave in your own personality and style There is much more to styling a wedding than copying an idea from a glossy magazine or adhering to conventional traditions. I often start by asking couples what impression they want to leave their guests with and how we can incorporate elements of their personality into the design scheme. Other considerations include the season, the exact location, the size of the guest list, favourite colours, the level of formality which is desired and the budget. In terms of dressing a venue, think macro and micro. Macro styling means lighting the outside of a building, transforming the interior space and fusing the venue’s character with the nature of your event. Micro styling means the way you dress the tables, the folding of napkins and your choice of china, glassware, place cards and favours. Really talented florists will happily interpret your concepts with flowers, candles, feathers, wood, glass or foliage.

The Orangery at Weston Park

Weston Park


For The ‘All Out’ Bride

When money is not an obstacle in the way of creating your dream wedding, there is…WESTON PARK. There is no better way to celebrate than having private use of a magnificent stately home. The House is private to you and your guests for the duration of your celebration where you can create the ultimate House party experience, with a difference. With first class accommodation, fine dining expertise, beautiful surroundings and outdoor pursuit facilities, Weston Park offer a wide range of options. Their dedicated House Events Co-ordinator will assist you in creating the perfect event; with a wealth of experience, knowledge and attention to detail. From the moment you arrive, the team of Butlers, Housekeepers and Chefs are on hand to deliver your individual requirements in a historic yet modern environment. The current rates for Weston Park are as follows: Hireage of the House: £2,600 + vat. Wedding Package Rate: 25 – 50 guests = £145 + vat per person, Over 50 guests = £125 + vat per person. Hireage of the historic Dining Room (optional): £750 + vat. This includes: Private use of the Italian Gardens for Reception drinks and Photography, Table Plan, Place Cards and Personalised Menus, Table Flowers, Champagne Reception (2 glasses of House Champagne per person), Three course set meal with coffee and petit fours in the Victorian Orangery, Half a bottle of House Wine per person, Champagne Reception for the Toast (1 glass of House Champagne per person). The prices above would also include use of the Music Room for the Wedding Ceremony, if required.

For The Bride On A Budget It’s all about the love you have for one another anyhow! So, if you’d rather splash the cash on your honeymoon there is… BEST WESTERN PLUS STOKE-ON-TRENT MOAT HOUSE. Best Western PLUS Stoke-on-Trent Moat House is offering a £2015 package for 2015! The hotel offers a choice of two rooms within Etruria Hall for your wedding breakfast and the 4 ½ acres of gardens and landscaped grounds in Etruria Vale form an idyllic backdrop for your wedding photographs.

For The Enchanted Bride

Combermere Abbey

If you grew up fantasizing about being the next Disney Princess, then look no further than… COMBERMERE ABBEY. Combermere Abbey – The Glasshouse and Walled Garden Pavilion is among the most elegant wedding locations on the Shropshire and Cheshire borders. Situated within stunning 18th Century walled gardens this beautiful fan shaped structure has 180 degree views of the world’s only fruit tree maze. The Pavilion is suitable for holding ceremonies for up to 120 with receptions of up to 150 or if you are looking for a more intimate celebration, The Glasshouse can hold up to 60 for a ceremony and 60 for dinner. Their nominated drinks provider, Gorilla Bars offer a wonderful range of options whilst their nominated caterer, Sue-Le-Bonne can create the menu of your choice. Also available to book for accommodation are Combermere Abbey’s award winning 5* cottages. Surrounding a cobbled courtyard the luxury cottages can accommodate up to 49 of your closest friends and family. Of course not forgetting the Bride and Groom they also offer the ‘Stone Lodge’ - a beautiful gothic cottage situated at the grand entrance of Combermere Estate.

For The Winter Bride Not everyone wants a summer bash - a majority would prefer a frosted and festive affair, look no further than… SWINFEN HALL HOTEL. Every wedding should be unique and memorable – no question about that, but what will give your wedding that real WOW factor? Exclusivity may be the answer. Imagine your wedding party being the only guests in a magnificent hotel set in beautiful grounds meaning you are Lord and Lady of the Manor and you can plan your day without restriction. It sounds wonderful but surely the cost must be prohibitive. Not so – Swinfen Hall Hotel, a Georgian mansion in Lichfield with 100 acres of lovely park land, only has 17 bedrooms and suites so, if you have family and friends who need accommodation, exclusive-use becomes a very viable option. With or without exclusivity, Swinfen Hall provides a wonderful setting for weddings both large and small throughout the year and this December, due to a cancellation, they have two prime Saturdays which are now available at very special rates. December is a fabulous month for weddings as the hotel is swathed in Christmas decorations and a stunning 20-foot Christmas tree, illuminated with over 500 lights, takes pride of place in the ballroom, making it a spectacular venue for a civil ceremony and the wedding breakfast. Please ring Ruth on 01543 481494 to find out more or go to

The Best Western PLUS Stoke-on-Trent Moat House has been accepted as an approved location for civil ceremonies and there are two rooms available: the Earl of Granville room and the Wells room; both are located in the historic Etruria Hall. These rooms exude elegance and are the perfect venue for the more intimate ceremonies of up to 80 guests.

Swinfen Hall Hotel

In 2015 you can get married for just £2015 and the package includes: a red carpet for all guests on arrival, a glass of Champagne for the Bride & Groom on arrival, a wedding breakfast & drinks package for 40 guests, the use of silver cake stand and knife, an evening finger buffet for 80 guests, executive bedroom for Bride & Groom, a 6 week leisure pass at the hotel for the Bride & Groom. With an exquisite choice of settings, menus and a dedicated team on hand at all times, The Best Western PLUS Stoke-on-Trent Moat House will make sure that you have a memorable day and that you enjoy it to the full!

Best Western PLUS Stoke-on-Trent Moat House


Runners up for Britain’s Best Auction House

Bentley Brook Inn Fenny Bentley, Ashbourne, DE6 1LF Tel No 01335 350278 e.mail

• Free home visits by appointment • Valuations for insurance • Valuations for probate • Free valuation days held every Monday • Antiques Weekends available Upcoming sales:

Serving food all Day Every day Sunday Carvery 12.00 – 3.00pm Lunch Specials Monday Night: Curry Nights, Friday Night: Sizzling Steak Night, Phone now to book your table Why not come along for a relaxing lunch, Afternoon Tea or an evening dinner in our award winning restaurant.Take in the stunning views from our patio or dine in our comfortable conservatory.

A huge pair of Elkington & Co cloisonné vases sold for £86,000

July 11th 2013 - Antiques & Fine Art Sale with Scientific & Musical Instruments August 15th 2013 - Antiques & Fine Art Sale September 26th 2013 - Antiques & Fine Art Sale with Militaria & Sporting The Cheshire Saleroom Withyfold Drive Macclesfield SK10 2BD 0845 835 0520 / 01625 431 788

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SWINFEN HALL HOTEL A fabulous venue inside and out

Swinfen Hall Hotel, a magnificent Georgian Manor House set in 100 acres of historic parkland, makes the perfect setting for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions. It is the only AA Inspectors Choice Red Star hotel in Staffordshire or the West Midlands. In Summer, enjoy a leisurely champagne reception on the cocktail terrace overlooking the beautiful gardens, ornamental ponds and private deer park. In Winter, relax in lovely lounges with crackling log fires, stained glass windows and glittering chandeliers.




WHERE: Henley WHEN: Wednesday 10th – Sunday 14th July PRICE: Tickets from £50 HEADLINERS: The Beach Boys, Jamie Cullum, Paloma Faith, Madness, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra CAPACITY: 5,000 per night The Henley Festival is proud to announce one of the country’s most iconic actresses, Joanna Lumley as the presenter of Shaken & Stirred. The Music of James Bond, taking place on Saturday 13th July. Throughout this gala evening, Joanna Lumley will take the 5,000 guests on an historic journey, featuring the prestigious music, exciting stunts and enthralling romance of Ian Fleming’s suave spy. At the heart of this blockbuster event will be performances by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, recreating some of the greatest film scores and theme-songs in movie history.


Don’t miss headline performances on the spectacular Floating Stage from The Beach Boys on Wednesday 10th July, Jamie Cullum on Thursday 11th July, Madness on Friday 12th July and closing the show on Sunday 14th July, is singer songwriter Paloma Faith.


WHERE: Henham Park, Suffolk WHEN: Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st July PRICE: Weekend Adult Tickets £182.50 (incl. car park & camping), Day Tickets £77.50 (incl. car park) HEADLINERS: Rudimental, Jessie Ware, Laura Mvula, The Maccabees, Sean Lock, Russell Kane, CAPACITY: 35,000 Latitude, the UK’s favourite multi-arts festival and winner of the 2012 Best Family Festival Award, recently announced that Bloc Party, Kraftwerk 3-D and Foals will headline this year’s event. Latitude sits at the heart of the summer, with its innovative programming and stunning site design creating a spectacular weekend for 35,000 people in the beautiful surroundings of Henham Park. Latitude’s star-studded Comedy line-up is expanding with the addition of Sean Lock, one of the UK’s most highly acclaimed and original comedians, best known for his regular TV appearances as team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats.



WHERE: Baldersby Park, North Yorkshire WHEN: Friday 19th – Sunday 21st July PRICE: £89 - £99 (+Booking Fees) HEADLINERS: Darwin Deez, Edwyn Collins, House of Love CAPACITY: 6,000 Deer Shed Festival is an independent festival run by a family for families. With a capacity of 6,000 the intimate and welcoming atmosphere, a strong passion for decent music, food and entertainment for all the family, ensures Deer Shed Festival is a stand out event for the discerning festival going family. With an ethos celebrating top quality in everything from music to food, eclectic entertainment to outstanding array of workshops and activities, Deer Shed Festival ensure that all the family are catered for in an exciting and engaging way whist maintaining affordability in ticket price and food and drinks onsite. Over the past three years the festival has carved out a solid reputation for putting on a fantastic show and an experience that is different from other family focused festivals on the market.


WHERE: Nr. Huntington, Cambridgeshire WHEN: Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th July PRICE: Tickets from £142.50 HEADLINERS: Nina Nesbitt, Clean Bandits, Sam Smith The Secret Garden Party is YOUR party. It is a magical gathering that exists for only four days – away from cities and schedules, brands and boundaries – founded on participation and with the potential to change your life. It is a festival of the arts… where everyone is the artist. The Secret Garden Party is thrilled to present a cornucopia of indulgent fun and games this summer, which includes everything from naked trampolining to casting spells or debating with David Icke. Acknowledge those deeply-held superstitions and myths, break free, have fun together, abandon yourself to the Garden’s offering and emerge….. liberated.


WHERE: Bromyard, Herefordshire WHEN: Friday 26th – Sunday 28th July 2013 PRICE: Adult Weekend £90, Teen Weekend £65, Car parking £10, Camper Van £30 HEADLINERS: The Strypes, Chas & Dave, Mr Scruff CAPACITY: 5,000 Nozstock, now in its 15th year started life as a party for relatives and friends and has grown organically over the years. The Hidden Valley is landscaped around a ramshackle Tudor farmhouse, it sits behind the main Orchard Stage and is set at the foot of a natural arena on the side of the gently sloping valley. Alongside the farmhouse is the Garden Stage, which provides a more eclectic line up, turning electronic by sundown whilst converted cowshed the Cubicles pushes out subthumping bass this year hosted on Saturday by the legendary drum ‘n bass label RAM Records. This year’s theme is Wild Wild West, so dust off your cowboy hats, fringed moccasins, saloon skirts and ropey John Wayne impressions for what promises to be the best Nozstock yet.


WHERE: Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire WHEN: Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th August PRICE: Adult Weekend Ticket, £95 HEADLINERS: The Stranglers, Maximo Park, The Undertones Now in its ninth year, the little festival that started life at the back of The Durham Ox in Crayke, returns in its regular August Bank Holiday slot but at a fabulous new venue, set in several hundred acres of parkland and with the backdrop of the Baroque mansion of Duncombe Park. Combining seven stages of music and cabaret, more than 100 fine beers and ciders all from Yorkshire, excellent local produce catering, loads for kids to do from film making to music workshops, and all in a beautiful rural setting … spacious grassy parkland, woodland, beautiful riverside camping and fantastic access roads all around the estate.

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Summer = festival season! Let’s celebrate with a selection of Staffordshire Living favourites…

Kährs Artisan Collection Oak Oyster wood floor, from £80.70 per m². Kährs



REVAMPED Being on our radar for some time now, the Nordic trend appears to be going nowhere fast. It’s chic and stylish with a shabby edge that seems to be appealing to all. I can see the pressing question on all of your lips though – surely the Scandanavian inspired interiors are only suitable for the winter months? How wrong you are!

Ercol Studio Couch, £2002. Furniture Village

Yes, undoubtedly the cool tones and fur throws are more associated with the months in between Sept-March, however when coordinating and decorating a living area you need staying power and versatility for all months of the year – we’re all not planning on redecorating every few months now are we. So, imagine our excitement when we stumbled upon this superb Nordic styling with bursts of much needed colour suitable for warming moods along with a seamless acquisition when the seasons change. Instantly diminishing all the connotations of a wintery outdoors, instead a much needed punch is injected into your living area with the use of flashes of sheer vibrancy. When it comes to which colours to choose – it appears everything goes! As a word of guidance, limit yourself to a select number of colours that clash to create a distinct style that offsets itself against the simple and natural effect furniture. Staffordshire Living loves this styling thanks to its fun, quirky and fresh personality. The Scandinavian design is clean and fuss-free, a long standing favourite amongst the public it’s been given a 2013 update with the use of bold colours to have an excellent contrast against the bold design.



Let your walls be the blank canvas for your chance to add colour pops for life.

Lovebird wallpaper, £38 per roll. Isak

Barcode Wallpaper from the Identity Collection, £54 per roll. Harlequin

Miami Geometric Jacquard Cushion, £8. Matalan

Orla Kiely Acorn Spot Wallpaper, £49 per roll. John Lewis


Tranquil Wallpaper from the Landscapes Collection, £50 per roll. Harlequin

Bamboo Fruit Bowl, £12. Matalan

Portland Light, £80. Next

FURNITURE IS KEY! We are all too familiar with the Scandinavian style, thanks to the popular highstreet homewares giant – IKEA. Keep the wood natural, understated and modest, with low profiles and a heavy focus on simplistic design.

BESTÅ VARA unit, £67.50. Ikea

Kährs Artisan Collection Oak Oyster wood floor, from £80.70 per m². Kährs

Bloom Chair, £235. Calligaris

Brighton Chair, £80. BHS


Scandiphone, £41.95. Wild and Wolf.

Parlane Tea Lighter Holder, £18. Debenhams

Ercol Originals Nest of Tables, £412. Furniture Village

Nola Table Lamp, £50. BHS

Driftwood Ball, £130. Next

Conran Bainbridge Chair, £699. Marks and Spencer

Mesh Locker, £390. Bowles & Bowles

Conran Tadema Floor Lamp, £199. Marks and Spencer


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FireTile’s Stoke-on-Trent showroom is now open We have a wide range of wall, floor and fireplace tiles to suit all styles and purposes, plus a selection of beautiful home accessories. Several of our tile lines are exclusively manufactured at our Stoke-on-Trent factory. Opening times: Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.30pm Saturday by appointment only (please contact us to arrange)

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We’re all familiar with feature walls, they

requirements and preferred styling thanks to

make the perfect backdrop whilst tying in with

appear to be a part of ‘everyday’ designs and

a whole load of choice – and not just in the

your furniture too. And don’t forget your dining

something of a top priority for those looking to

pattern. Homeowners are no longer limited to


redecorate their interiors. And because there

wallpaper, most are getting creative with paint

doesn’t seem to be any rules, we’ve began

whilst others are trying their hand at mosaics,

to see a trend in using a range of bold and

applying elaborate wallstickers, using large

vibrant designs for 2013.

digital graphics, effective reflective Perspex

The days of pure florals have been vanished, don’t get us wrong we’re all for the floral

and even fancying their chances using fabric. Clever sods.

showcase the decadent look. Glamorous and forever timeless, this inspired French look screams money whilst providing a look that can be created using a vast amount of materials to suit your home.

wallpaper, but there was a time when it

The decorating world is your oyster when it

appeared it was all you could buy! Now the

comes to feature walls and Staffordshire Living

range seems to be an endless supply of our

is here to help you on your way to finding the

wildest dreams… colour, pattern and most of

perfect material and effect for your interiors.

all variety. Every taste has been catered for. The wall you choose to use as the focal point From vibrant 70s designs to calming oriental

is especially important – chimney breasts

schemes, there is a design to suit your

provide an easy option, whilst behind sofas


We’ve picked a few trends out here that


Large rooms can carry off the extreme, from dark colours to over the top gold! And don’t knock it until you’ve tried it as they say. Whereas smaller rooms should look to use light reflective surfaces, such as those shown here from Graham & Brown.


Mosiac Collection Eastern Light, £96.72 per sheet. Original Style

Mirror Mirror Wallpaper, £69 per roll. Graham & Brown

Lamp Post Giant Wall Decal, £23.50. Dotty Frog Décor

Mystical Wallpaper, £44 per roll. Graham & Brown

Sophie Conran Balustrade Sapphire, £45. Arthouse

Murano mosaic Renaissance Collection, from £21.60 per 300 x 300mm sheet. Craven Dunnill

Silver Dollar Branch Giant Wall Sticker, £24.55. Dotty Frog Décor

Nanoeclectic Gold Décor, from £220 per sq.m. Tile of Spain


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WINDOW DRESSING Our experts help you out on those tricky questions surrounding windows and doors… Q: What should I consider when replacing my period windows? Even if you intend to replace what you consider to be “like for like” windows in your period home it is essential that you first establish whether you live in a Conservation Area that is subject to an Article 4 directive (an area which requires planning permission for certain works where planning permission would not normally be required, e.g. to alter windows in unlisted single dwelling houses) and/or whether your home is listed in any way, as this will influence what you can and can’t do. Just contact your local authority for guidance. In any of these cases the authorities may well insist on wood windows only and will welcome inquiries from those who want to reinstate windows in the original design. It’s important to take great care because the style and shape of a window is a fundamentally defining feature of any building and its environment. This is why period homes and their locales are, arguably, ruined when fitted with plastic windows. The authority will also be able to advise on whether double-glazing or secondary glazing will be permissible or not. Britain’s period housing stock walks a fine line between heritage and energy efficiency, and you will too. It’s worth having a debate with the authority about this; today’s traditional style wood windows can provide correct detailing – including the thinness of the glazing bars – without sacrificing energy-efficiency. – answered by Wood Window Alliance (WWA) Q: How can I bring more light into my home? Sliding, folding doors are a great way of opening up entire walls of your home to the outdoors creating uninterrupted views of gardens, terraces, decking, courtyards etc. The doors flatten to the side to enable you to enjoy the maximum amount of living space to use for entertaining or just relaxing. The doors enable you to bring the outside in, and with no visual or physical barriers, your home feels lighter and brighter all year round. Folding doors make an ideal replacement for tired-looking patio doors and they can be manufactured to fit almost any large opening. They come in a choice of colour and finish to complement interior and exterior finishes.

Centor produces the C1 range of aluminium sliding, folding doors which glide open with the lightest of touch, bringing the outside in for easy entertaining and, when the weather turns bad, their thermal insulation keeps you warm, even in the most extreme conditions. More details about Centor doors along with stockists can be found at Q: What if I want to bring in more light without having to change my windows? “A few simple changes can make a huge difference to maximising the amount of light that filters into your room. One such way is to swap traditional curtains for some stylish roman blinds. Not only do roman blinds provide clean and uncluttered lines, they are very versatile for daylight control. To invite the sunshine in, simply raise the blinds high so they are not covering so much of the window pane. When you want some privacy simply lower them back to a position that suits you. “The fabric you choose can change the feel of a room too. For example, roman blinds can be made with heavy fabric and fitted with blackout lining for total seclusion if you prefer a dark ‘womb-like’ bedroom. However, if you choose a sheer or lightweight fabric, it allows light to filter through creating a warm and inviting glow.” – answered by Kerrie Murray of Pins and Ribbons ( Q: How can you make a statement with windows? Scale, colour, shape and detail are all ways in which you can make a statement with your windows. In contemporary buildings, especially those with wonderful views, great swathes of glass are always impressive. Equally, very small windows in distinctive shapes – say round or very thin rectangular shapes – can add charm and surprise to a building while framing a particular feature outside. When it comes to detail, coloured or stained glass is an option but you need to work with a really skilled artist, designer or architect or it can just look naff! – answered by Wood Window Alliance (WWA)


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As we approach what seems to be summer at last, Sweet Little, Main Street, Barton Under Needwood, opens its doors to new displays. Featuring inspiring garden-ware and pretty linens alongside its hardware, Sweet Little aims to deliver something just a 'little' bit different. A full range of ‘The Little Greene Paint Company’ products is also available. You will receive a warm welcome if you would like to browse the range, and help will be on hand if you have any special requests or requirements.

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Come and visit our 1.5 acre sales yard stocked with NEW and RECLAIMED materials for Building, Garden & DIY. We are proud to be one of the consistently cheapest suppliers of quality products, continually checking our prices to ensure our huge range of products remain competitive against local and large suppliers. We salvage a large selection of goods from our extensive demolition work and sell these reclaimed goods direct to the public. Our stock ranges from New Garden Timber to Architectural Antiques including: New Timber: Decking, Fencing, Sleepers, Cladding, Posts, Beading, OSB and more! Reclaimed Goods: Timber, Doors, Windows, Stone, Cobbles, Bricks, Sanitary, Slate Building Materials: Roof Tiles, Staircases, Oak Beams, RSJ’s, Steel, Felt, Wooden & Metal Gates Architectural Salvage: Cast Iron Curiosities, Chimney Pots, Garden Structures, Bollards, Stoneware New Sales Shop: Decorative Items, Unusual Homeware, Hardware, Antiques, Fireplaces

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Visit our new show site displaying some of our most exquisitely designed garden buildings and log cabins. Handmade from start to finish, we have a reputation for exceptional standards of craftsmanship and design; we can offer you a wide selection of sheds, studios, summerhouses, garden offices, workshops, log cabins and timber garages, made from the highest quality timbers. Why not try our bespoke service, designing and manufacturing your garden building to your own size and specification, creating a unique new addition to your garden.

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SECOND HOME Enjoying your garden comes from many more sources than just a deckchair, patio set or pottering about. We’re talking luxury leisurely activities spent residing in your fab-u-lous new summerhouse! Enjoying a glass of wine or g&t (even champagne for that matter) in the garden has never been so glamorous. Whether you are more of a traditional lady or a glamorous chick, there is a summerhouse for all.

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GUIDE TO BUILDING A SUMMERHOUSE The UK’s leading manufacturer of decorative garden timber products, Forest, provides some handy tips on everything you need to know about building a stunning summerhouse in your garden.

1. Locating your summerhouse. Sun or shade? Most people want to locate a summerhouse is a sunny spot in the garden so always check which way your garden faces. Find a spot that is south facing, that way you will get the maximum amount of sun flooding in through the windows. Alternatively, you may want your summerhouse to be in the shade to avoid overheating in the height of summer, however, you also need to remember the risks of falling branches and rotting leaf mulch may have on your summerhouse over the years. Electrical connections? Consider whether you want to run electrics or a telephone line into the summerhouse as this may impact on where you locate it. Consider risk of flooding Never locate your summerhouse in an area that could flood with heavy rainfall. Standing water will accelerate the rotting process which may affect the stability of your summerhouse in the long run. Love thy neighbour Do not build your summerhouse too close to yours or your neighbour’s house, as this may contravene planning regulations. Handy tip: It is a good idea to ensure that you have a gap of at least 600mm around your summerhouse as this will be invaluable when you come to treat and protect it every year.

4. Roofs & Floors Any garden buildings should always be installed onto pressure treated bearers which will encourage air circulation under the summerhouse floor and prevent the floor battens from coming into direct contact with the foundation. Without them, the damp would penetrate the floor and rise through the timbers causing the wood to rot. 5. Preparation All that is required before you start to build your summerhouse is to ensure that you have a firm and level base on which to build it. This would usually be a concrete or paving slab base. If you try to build a summerhouse or any garden building on an uneven surface you will have problems aligning and closing any doors and windows. 6. Security Thefts from gardens are on the increase, so check that your summerhouse comes with locks and keys. Also, remember that if you are going to store anything valuable in your summerhouse check that it’s covered under your home insurance. C O M PL E TE WITH G RILL! P E R F EC T FOR EN T ERT AINING

2. Summerhouse Planning Permission Planning permission is not normally required for domestic outbuildings however you may require planning permission if any of the following apply: • Where you propose to erect within 5 metres of any part of your house. • If the total area of the ground covered by any buildings or other structures in the garden area (excluding the original, main house) is greater than 50% of the total garden area. • Where the height of the building is over 2.5m at the highest roof point. • If there is a condition on the original planning consent for your property which states that garden sheds/outhouses etc. cannot be erected with or without the consent of the local planning authority. • If your property is a listed building or within a conservation area or area of outstanding natural beauty, you will need to contact your local planning authority as development will be restricted. • Where you intend to run a business, store goods in connection with a business. If you are still unsure about planning permission please contact your local planning office for more information.

The Grill House available in 3 sizes with the smallest for 4-6 diners up to the largest for 12-14 diners. Complete with a deluxe blacksmith’s steel grill and chimney piece and removable glass windows. They can be constructed fully in oak, or using softwood and come supplied in kit form which can be easily erected on site either by Oakmasters or your own builder. From £10,016 + VAT. Oakmasters

3. Treatment The timber used in the traditional summerhouse shiplap construction is usually finished with a factory applied surface treatment which provides some initial protection against fungal decay. This is often referred to as a dip treatment. A summerhouse with this type of finish will need to be re-treated every year to protect the timber from rotting. There are now, however, some summerhouses being offered with a pressure treated finish. Treatment has been forced into the timber at high pressure in a vacuum chamber. As the treatment penetrates the wood this creates a more permanent barrier against insect attack and rot which means you don’t need to re-treat it every year. Regardless of the anti-rot treatment that has been applied during manufacture, your summerhouse will still change colour over time, so if you want to maintain the factory finished look you will need to re-apply a colour based timber treatment regularly. Handy tip: The best time to treat your summerhouse is usually in spring or autumn when you have a dry day. This means that the timber will not be too wet or dry ensuring you get the optimum absorption of treatment in the timber. Do not treat your timber when it’s raining as the treatment will simply be washed away.


RHS Centenary Summerhouse, from £13,495. Scotts of Thrapston


Mercia Helios 8x8 Summerhouse, £798. Tesco Direct

Crane Summerhouse, £6,795. John Lewis

Forest Burford Pavilion, RRP £2899. Trentham Garden Centre.

Lavenham Summerhouse in Ballater, from £12,228. HSP Garden Buildings

Crane Summerhouse, £6,795. John Lewis


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Heading outside to potter in the garden becomes less of a chore when the sun is constantly shining. Therefore we’ve wrapped up a selection of our favourite Garden Centres and Nurseries from all over the county to find the most established and varied selection to suit your needs.

David Austin Roses

DOBBIES GARDEN CENTRE, GAILEY Dobbies Garden World, Gailey is located on the rural edge of Staffordshire next door to a seasonal fruit farm. Set over two storeys, Gailey has a breathtaking range of plants, gifts and home wares.

REA VALLEY TRACTORS RVT are proud to offer the full range of John Deere Home Owner horticultural equipment, including pedestrian lawnmowers and ride on tractors. In every depot you will find a full range of models on display, which products to suit every budget. Their horticultural specialists are on hand to find you the right products, and arrange a demonstration if required. The product line also includes lines from powered garden equipment manufacturer Stihl, as well as Draper tools, Morris oils and lubricants, Dickies outdoor clothing, footwear and merchandise.

For those with a penchant for pets, Gailey has a specialist aquatics section with a fantastic selection fo fish and water gardening. The upper storey is home to Dobbies’ restaurant, offering seasonal delicacies and delicious home-made meals.

New John Deere Lawnmowers for 2013 - John Deere has updated four of its petrol engine walk-behind rotary lawnmower models for 2013, with a number of new features designed to improve operator comfort and cut quality.

Alongside the gardens is David Austin’s Plant Centre, which offers one of the largest collections of containerised roses in the country. The latest additions to the collection are David Austin’s four new English Roses for 2013, which were launched at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show: ‘The Lady Gardener’, ‘Thomas à Becket’, ‘Carolyn Knight’ and the repeat-flowering rambling rose, ‘The Albrighton Rambler’ – named for the village where the nursery is located.

With the finest quality flowers, plants and gardening tools to help make the most of your outdoor space this summer, Dobbies will bring your garden to life. And what better way to enjoy your flowers in full bloom than to relax outdoors with stylish garden furniture, accessories and picnic products.

All four self-propelled models have a cutting width of 47cm and are suitable for domestic use on lawns up to 1500m2 in size. They include the single speed R47S, the variable speed R47V, the variable speed R47VE with electric start and the variable speed R47KB with blade brake clutch –when released, this stops the mower blade but leaves the engine running. This useful safety feature allows the user to empty the grass bag without needing to restart the mower every time.

A trip to David Austin Roses isn’t complete without visiting their traditional tea rooms. Housed in a an attractive half-framed building with exposed oak beams, the menu offers freshly made meals, lovingly prepared to exacting standards and created using, where possible, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. For an extra- special treat, book one of their delicious afternoon teas. Served at 3.15pm each day, they are one of Staffordshire’s best kept secrets.

Stay on trend with this season’s must-have garden looks – bold, bright and beautiful. Whether you are entertaining or enjoying al-freso dining with family and friends, Dobbies has something colourful to suit your needs, and all at great value prices.

DAVID AUSTIN ROSES, WOLVERHAMPTON The home of David Austin Roses on the Staffordshire border has, what many people consider to be, one of the most beautiful rose gardens in the world. The two acre garden holds over 700 varieties of roses including the National Collection of English Roses. It is divided into smaller themed areas, designed to provide inspiration for visiting rose lovers.

The new John Deere R47 Series walk-behind lawnmowers are available from Rea Valley Tractors, with prices starting at £845 (including VAT).


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Come on folks, let’s make the most of this limited sunshine and take our lunch outdoors. We moan when it’s not here, so whilst the sun is out we should breathe in a breath of fresh air and dine alfresco style. We’ve seen a huge trend for an Olde English style, complete with rose prints and a heavy focus on nature in the use of materials and styles. Bright colours in both accessories and crockery bring the subtle vibrancy to match the sunshine, whilst the natural furniture provides a perfect starting point and blank canvas to decorate as you please!


PREPARE. PREPARE. PREPARE. If you’re planning on entertaining in your garden this year, now’s the time to get your gardening gloves on and start making your outdoor space the perfect spot for relaxing with friends. Online garden centre Plant Me Now has put together their top 10 tips to get your garden summer-ready:

Lawn gardens 1. Choose granular feed to slowly feed your lawn over the summer months, but if you have an important event, use a soluble feed a few days before for faster results. 2. Edge your lawn to give a nice, clean line between the lawn and the flowerbed – an easy way to make your garden look much tidier! 3. If moss has been a problem, use a moss killer then simply rake it out. You can then over-seed (or re-seed) to thicken the lawn and fill in any empty patches. 4. Large spaces are perfect for growing a wild flower meadow and various mixes are available to attract different kinds of wildlife (butterflies, ladybirds, bees, etc.) To ensure fresh growth next year, simply mow at the end of the season. 5. Plant perennials in your flowerbeds for beautiful colours that come back year after year; then fill in any gaps with summer bedding plants.

ALFRESCO ACCESSORIES The 2013 ditsy print has had a sharp injection of colour. Strawberry prints, flowers and pastels now pack a much needed punch, perfectly matched with your wooden and wicker patio furniture. Dark wooden furniture with the usual racing green cushions is highly traditional and therefore by using clever accessories you can bring it straight into the 21st century, ones which can easily be changed each year depending on your tastes!

Patio gardens 1. If you don’t have flowerbeds or a big space to work with, fill pots and containers with beautiful summer bedding plants in a variety of colours. 2. Give dirty patios a good scrub or blast with a pressure washer to remove moss and dirt, ready for welcoming your alfresco dining guests. 3. Make tired wooden garden furniture look as good as new by treating it with teak oil – there’s no need to splash out on a new set of chairs and tables. 4. Place solar lights around your patio for a fantastic, eco-friendly way to light up your outdoor space when the sun goes down. 5. Plant some climbers – they’re perfect for covering unsightly old fence panels or walls.


Picnic Bowl, £1.50. Dobbies Garden World Summer Sundae Chip & Dip Bowl, £3. Sainsbury’s

Strawberry tumbler £2.40, Hi-ball £2.80, Wine Glass £2.80. BHS

When it comes to dining in the outdoors, you need a set that is both sturdy and reliable whilst also looking pretty impressive too! It’s time to invest in large patio sets as dining in the garden tends to become a communal affair where friends and family are invited round for lazy lunches and bbq’s in the evening. So instead of having your guests having to eat off their laps, perhaps you should consider a 6, 8 or even 10-seater that will cater for all, with each and every person sat around a table comfortably. If you have the space, use it!

Strawberry Cake Stand, £12.80. BHS

Ascot Oval Dallas, £1499. Furniture Village

Paradise Bird Dinner Plate, £3. Marks and Spencer

Winchelsea wood table and 6 recliner chairs set, £1300. Debenhams Melamine red peony tray, £8. Debenhams


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Stainless Steel Bullet Flask, £4. Matalan

Drinks Dispenser, £12.50. Marks and Spencer

House 1L Bottle, £5. John Lewis

Stainless Steel Tongs, £4. Sainsburys

Smoker Box, £18. Sainsburys

Burger Press, £15. Sainsburys

Easy Camp Travel Cutlery, £4.75. John Lewis

Fallen Fruits BBQ Tools, £35. John Lewis

16 Piece Cutlery Set, £10. Matalan

Fleece Blanker, £15. Marks and Spencer

Gina Table and 2 Bench Set, £799. Marks and Spencer

Carry Cushion, £12. Matalan

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MAZDA 6 TOURING Why: Because it’s the most stylish, yet still holds the title of being an efficient family car. Price: from £22,545 It all comes down to relationships. This is the spirit of the all-new Mazda6, a car built to be an extension of its driver and in harmony with the road. A car that begs to be driven from the very first time one lays eyes on it.

Mazda6 Touring

Always ready to fulfil the driver’s every wish, the SKYACTIV powertrains provide unrivalled linearity and responsiveness. They’re a perfect match for the new Mazda6’s equally precise handling, founded on agile yet stable steering and suspension feedback that puts the driver in absolute control.

Mazda6 Touring

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It’s remarkably safe thanks to the SKYACTIV-Body, whose highly rigid structure absorbs impact energy and channels it away from the cabin for segment-leading crash protection. Add in the enviable range of active safety technology, and you have an environment where the driver can concentrate on the driving experience while passengers relax and enjoy the ride. And they’ll be comfortable, too. Despite its compact look, the rear-leaning cabin – an integral part of the uniquely bold KODO design – exudes strength and vitality – offering a spacious interior with a refreshingly ergonomic layout in which controls and features are cleverly positioned for the utmost in convenience and flexibility. In short, the all-new Mazda6 is a stunningly fashioned car that’s both safe and efficient, uniting a smooth, refined drive with precise, linear handling to a degree that most CDsegment models in Europe can only dream of. And it’s here, today.

NISSAN QASHQAI Why: It provides the best of both worlds: a fun-to-drive hatchback combined with the tough stance and ‘command’ seating position of an SUV. Price: from £16,895 The adventurous, five-door Qashqai shuns conventionality, offering motorists a totally different take on the concept of the compact family car. Part of Nissan’s family of crossovers, Qashqai (pronounced ‘Cash Kai’) blends the agility and comfort of a hatchback with the strength and practicality of an SUV, all in a sporty, fashionable wrapping. The strength of Qashqai’s appeal is reflected in its outstanding reception in the marketplace - since launch in March 2007, it has turned into the fastest selling model in the history of Nissan Europe and redefined Europe’s mid-sized hatchback market in the process.

Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai

The new range sees the introduction of a new Pure Drive version of the top selling Qashqai equipped with a new state-of-the-art 1.6dCi engine coupled to the Stop/Start system already introduced on the 1.6-litre petrol model. This advanced new engine lets drivers enjoy the best of both worlds - greatly reduced emissions with improved in-gear performance. The Stop/Start system automatically stops the engine and selects neutral when the car comes to a standstill, restarting it as soon as the driver presses the clutch, improving fuel economy by up to 3%. Qashqai also benefits from a number of innovative items of equipment including for the first time in its class, the Around View Monitor. Up until now this type of advanced visual parking aid has more usually been found in the luxury car class, but Nissan’s commitment to delivering the latest technology to its customers means Around View Monitor is fitted as standard to all n-tec+ and Tekna variants.


Nissan Qashqai

DACIA LOGAN MCV Why: The price:space ratio remains unrivalled whilst running costs and performance mean affordable and pleasurable motoring Price: from £6,995 After New Dacia Logan, New Sandero and New Sandero Stepway, Dacia goes from strength to strength with New Logan MCV, a large estate with a small price.

Dacia Logan MCV

This roomy five-seat estate is designed for motorists looking for a comfortable, practical, roomy car (in both passenger space and boot volume) for everyday and leisure use. Its attractive design and modern features make it a valuable addition to the latest generation of Dacia cars. New Logan MCV boasts an attractive design as well as offering class-leading loading capacity with the ability to carry items up to 2.7 m long. The interior arrangement is clever, offering no less than 16 litres of handy, accessible stowage features, such as front and rear door bins, cubbies and a storage tray on top of the dashboard.

Dacia Logan MCV

Dacia Logan MCV

KIA CEE’D Why: The best option for a small hatchback, ideal for new young families Price: from £13,500 Less than six years ago the Kia cee’d transformed the image of a company which, until then, was perceived in Europe as appealing to the logical rather than the emotional side of the brain. Now an all-new second-generation cee’d is on sale to build on its predecessor’s pioneering work. It is nothing less than a showcase for everything that Kia knows about design, quality, engineering and technology.

Electronic stability control (ESC) appears as standard, compliant with European regulations. It ensures vehicle stability under difficult conditions such as obstacle avoidance, loss of grip when cornering, and slippery road surfaces. ABS (anti-lock brake system) is enhanced by Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), which adjusts the hydraulic system automatically to apply maximum brake pressure from the onset of braking through to the trigger point at which ABS switches in.

Skoda Octavia

Available with a state-of-the-art direct-injection petrol engine for the first time and is the first Kia in the world to offer a twin-clutch automated manual gearbox. It is still one of only a handful of compact hatchbacks to have independent rear suspension, with inherent advantages for ride and handling – both of which have been honed even further for the new car. No stone has been left unturned in the quest to ensure the new cee’d is more than a match for its European rivals. Every detail of the previous model came under scrutiny. Kia Cee’d

Skoda Octavia

SKODA OCTAVIA Why: The new ŠKODA Octavia is now even safer using a host of cutting-edge safety systems Price: from £15,990

Kia Cee’d Kia Cee’d

The new ŠKODA Octavia sets standards in the compact segment. The Octavia’s third generation more than ever confirms the car’s unique position in its vehicle segment, impressing with an unrivalled space offering, new design, high functionality, innovative safety and comfort systems, low fuel consumption, wide range of ‚Simply Clever‘ solutions and a ŠKODA-typical price-value ratio. The ŠKODA Octavia in its overall package has always been about offering that little bit extra. This is down to the generous space offering, but also the fusion of an elegant saloon shape with the practical advantages of car with a large hatch, a fusion that is unique in this segment. The new generation confirms this uniqueness. ŠKODA engineers have developed a host of cutting-edge safety systems for the new Octavia including Front Assistant/emergency braking function, Lane Assistant (which keeps the car on track) and multicollision-braking/ automatic brake actuation in an accident.


The New Dacia Range from £5,995*

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Sandero shown is a Lauréate 1.2 16V 75 from £7,995. Sandero Stepway shown is a Lauréate TCe 90 from £9,795. Duster shown is a Lauréate dCi 110 4X2 from £12,995. Metalic paint optional on Sandero/Duster at £470.

Dacia at Renault Cannock 01543 602 592

Dacia at Renault Wolverhampton 01902 216 392

The official fuel consumption figures in mpg (l/100km) for the Dacia range are: Urban 27.2 (10.4) – 65.7 (4.3); Extra Urban 40.3 (7.0) – 80.7 (3.5); Combined 35.3 (8.0) – 74.3.(3.8). The official CO2 emissions for the range are 185 – 99g/km.


Up to 67.3mpg combined CO2 emissions from just 108g/km £0 road tax for the first year†

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The mpg figures quoted are sourced from official EU-regulated test results obtained through laboratory testing, are provided for comparability purposes and may not reflect your actual driving experience. *Offer available to individuals for orders received between 01.04.2013 and 31.08.2013. Figures based on Mazda Personal Contract Hire on a non-maintenance contract hire package over 36 months and 10,000 miles per year (max). Monthly payment example for all-new Mazda6 2.0.Tourer 145ps SE: an advance rental of £2,490.00, equal to 10 monthly payments, then 35 monthly rentals of £249. Rentals and excess charges are based on the current VAT rate. An excess charge of up to 11.87ppm (exc VAT) will be applied for mileage in excess of 10,000 mile p.a. Excess charges also apply if the car is not serviced and maintained in accordance with manufacturer guidelines and returned to Mazda Contract Hire in a condition commensurate with the BVRLA Fair Wear & Tear guidelines for its age and mileage. Package includes R.F.L. and Mazda Roadside Assistance. Offer subject to availability and status. UK supplied vehicles only. For full specification, details, terms and conditions contact your local retailer. Guarantee and/or indemnity may be required. Applicants must be 18 or over. Details correct at time of publication and may vary, e.g. if list price changes. Personal contract hire by ALD Automotive Ltd., trading as Mazda Contract Hire, Oakwood Park, Lodge Causeway, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 3JA. Model shown with monthly payment: all-new Mazda6 2.0 Tourer 145ps SE. OTR £21,265. Model shown features optional Soul Red Metallic paint (£660). On the road prices include 20% VAT, number plates and 3 years’ European Roadside Assistance. † On selected models only. We can introduce you to a limited number of carefully selected finance providers. We may receive a commission from them for the introduction.


The official fuel consumption figures in mpg (l/100km) for the all-new Mazda6 range: Urban 36.2 (7.8) - 55.4 (5.1). Extra Urban 57.6 (4.9) - 78.5 (3.6). Combined 47.9 (5.9) - 67.3 (4.2). CO 2 emissions (g/km) 136 - 108.

Prices includes delivery to dealer, number plates, 20% VAT, 12 months Government road fund licence and £55 first registration fee Rental stated is for Renault Lease. Comparable payment are available on our personal contract purchase product. If you choose Renault Lease they you will not own the car. When you have paid the final rental at the end of the contract, you can keep using the car and pay an annual rental equivalent to one month rental *Typical example: Dacia Sandero Access, advance rental £119 inc. VAT followed by 48 monthly payments of £119 inc. VAT, final rental £1887 inc. Finance facility fee of £149 will be payable with the advance rental. **Typical example: Dacia Duster Access, advance rental £1479 inc. VAT followed by 49 monthly payments of £139 inc. VAT, final rental £2381 inc. Finance facility fee of £149 will be payable with the advance rental. Finance is subject to status. Guarantees and indemnities may be required. You must be at least 18 and a UK resident (excluding the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) to apply for finance. Finance provided by RCI Financial Services Limited, PO Box 149, Watford WD17 1F. All prices correct at time of going to press but may be subject to change.


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*ŠKODA Octavia S 1.2 TSI 105PS starts from £15,990 OTR. .Official fuel consumption in mpg (litres/100km) for the ŠKODA Octavia range: Urban 43.5 (6.5) – 61.4 (4.6), Extra Urban 61.4 (4.6) – 85.6 (3.3), Combined 53.3 (5.3) – 74.3 (3.8). CO2 emissions 121 – 99 g/km. Standard EU Test figures for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results.

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For more information on our friendly member’s club please contact Adam via telephone or e-mail.

The award winning Manor Golf club is a par 71, 6215 yard long golf course set in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside, with picturesque views and an abundance of wildlife. The course has been laid out and is presented as a traditional English Golf course. The Manor provides a challenge for both low and high handicaps with numerous short, hazard ridden challenging par 4’s interspersed with long par 4’s and 5’s and testing par 3’s where club selection is vital. The River Blythe running through the centre of the course provides many holes with a natural hazard whilst also maintaining the habitat for the wildlife.

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Friendship, fresh air and exercise golf has it all... Golf’s winning combination of exercise, sporting skill and social interaction make it the perfect tonic for good health and happiness. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve never played golf or if you haven’t picked up a club since your school days or an almost-forgotten holiday. You can get started by taking advantage of the adult beginner courses that are available across Staffordshire, where you will receive a basic introduction to golf from PGA professional, together with information about club membership and follow-on coaching opportunities. So, all you need to do is book turn up on the day in comfortable clothing, equipment will be provided.

5 week adult golf beginner courses for £25 Barlaston Golf & Country Club Branston Golf & Country Club Drayton Park Golf Club Lichfield Golf & Country Club Onneley Golf Club

Sedgley Golf Centre The Chase Golf Club The Golf Academy Wolstanton Golf Club 3 Hammers Golf Complex

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Getting Into The Swing Of Things When the football season is over, there’s a large surge of avid sports enthusiast who decide to spend their days residing with a 9 iron in their hands. Yes, golfing season is upon us and luckily for all you Rory McIlroy wannabes, here in Staffordshire we are surrounded by a wealth of clubs that relish in the idyllic setting.

MANOR GOLF CLUB, Uttoxeter Contact: 01889 563234. Although still young, the club has already won numerous awards for the condition of the course, its ability to test all handicap ranges, the friendliness of the clubhouse and the food and drink served in the bar. The course itself has been designed in a traditional British style. The holes have been shaped to follow the contours of the land and the River Blythe, which runs through the middle of the course, providing a natural feature and hazard. With holes ranging from the monstrous 628yd 3rd to the well bunkered 128yd 13th, the course is a great test for any level. Right from the start the course will bite back if you relax your concentration. At just over 3000yds, the front 9 is as tricky as they come and mainly calls for accuracy from the tee rather than power. The back 9 is nearly 200yds longer at 3183yds but is where the golfer can make his or her lost shots up. However, there’s still no time to relax as the back 9 contains the 3 signature holes – 12, 14, 16. Finish your round and unwind in one of the most friendliest clubhouses you will find. The clubhouse which has recently been refurbished from top to bottom provides a comfortable ambience to relax in, with views over the whole course and as far as the Welsh mountains. The club caters for all golf society packages at competitive prices. Full or 5day Memberships are also available.


LICHFIELD GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, Lichfield Contact: 01543 417333 The Club is situated in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside in a tranquil setting surrounded by farmland with magnificent views. The clubhouse boasts a state of the art health club and with 27 holes of scenic parkland golf, is a club for the whole family to enjoy. 18 Holes of Championship Golf £25 Bacon Rolls & Coffee on arrival, 18 Holes of Championship Golf £28 18 Holes of Championship Golf and one course meal (pre or post play) £30 Twilight Special - 18 Holes of Championship Golf, one course Chef’s Dish £25 STAFFORD CASTLE GOLF CLUB, Stafford Contact: 01785 223821 Challenging 9 hole parkland course set in the lee of Stafford Castle. 18 different tees for different 2nd 9 holes. Tea/coffee & bacon roll, 1 round of Golf and 2 course meal £26 1 round of Golf and 2 course meal £24 2 rounds of Golf, sandwich lunch and 2 course dinner £28 THE CHASE GOLF CLUB, Penkridge Contact: 01785 712888 Set deep in the heart of beautiful Staffordshire, The Chase Golf Club is a charming parkland course in a peaceful, easily accessible location. 18 holes of Golf £20 18 holes of Golf, bacon roll and coffee £24 18 holes of Golf and full English breakfast £26.50 18 holes of Golf, bacon roll, coffee and 2 course meal £30 KEELE GOLF CLUB, Newcastle-under-Lyme Contact: 01782 627596 With scenic views of the Staffordshire Moorlands in the distance, Keele Golf Centre provides a classic test of golf. This undulating course, carved through the mature trees which once formed part of the old Keele Hall Park measures some 6396 yards, par 72 from the back tees. Carefully designed by world famous golf architect Fred Hawtree, Keele Golf Centre provides a test to all levels of golfer. 1 round of Golf (main course), breakfast roll and tea/coffee from £15 9 holes (Par 3), breakfast and 18 holes (main course) from £19 9 holes (Par 3), breakfast toll, 18 holes (main course) & buggy hire from £20 ALSAGER GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, Alsager Contact: 01270 875700 Nested on the border of Cheshire and Staffordshire, Alsager Golf and Country Club is a welcoming and challenging 18 hole golf course for golfers of all abilities. The excellent club house and catering facilities are at the heart of the club where you can enjoy a relaxing meal after your round. Independent Visitor, 18 holes £42 With a Member, 18 holes £15 Weekends & Bank Holidays with a Member only £20

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LIM ELIGH T: Theatre BILL KENWRIGHT & JOHN MILLER PRESENT SOUL SISTER REGENT THEATRE, STOKE-ON-TRENT MONDAY 8TH – SATURDAY 13TH JULY 2013 Soul Sister is inspired by the life and times of Ike and Tina Turner and features all the classic Tina Turner hits, including: What’s Love Got to Do With It, Proud Mary, Private Dancer, River Deep Mountain High and of course Simply the Best, as well as many more… The story follows the highs and lows, passions and heartbreak, of Ike and Tina as their careers soared and their marriage crumbled. Full of heart and soul, electrifying choreography, and stunning musical numbers, Soul Sister is sure to have you partying the night away. For tickets visit The Regent Theatre Box Office, call 0844 871 7649 or visit Staffordshire Living spoke to Soul Sister co-producer and co-devisor John Miller about the success of Soul Sister... SL: What can the people of Staffordshire expect from Soul Sister? First a terrific night out. The show is packed full of great songs with all the hits to have an audience singing along. But more than that, the show has a great story. It covers the time from when Tina met Ike when she was only 16 and follows their story as they became worldwide stars but their marriage crumbled. The show then climaxes with Tina’s come-back solo concert, guaranteed to have every member of the audience on their feet.

WHAT’S ON… A list of our favourite upcoming shows in Staffordshire and the surrounding areas. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre BOX OFFICE: 01902 429212 WEBSITE: STEAMING: Tuesday 2nd - Saturday 6th July THAT’LL BE THE DAY: Monday 8th July THE TROUBLE WITH OLD LOVERS: Tuesday 9th Saturday 13th July THE RAT PACK VEGAS SPECTACULAR: Sunday 14th July PLATINUM CELEBRATION CONCERT: Sunday 21st July GLEE: BORN IN THE USA: Thursday 1st August WEST END EXPERIENCE: Sunday 11th August EVITA: Monday 19th - Saturday 31st August

SL: Did you ever expect the show to have such huge success in London? We believed we had all the ingredients for a hit show: an emotional journey of a story, a wonderful catalogue of songs and a sensational company. However we were humbled by the four and five stars reviews and the astonishing audience reaction. There is nothing better than seeing an audience enjoying themselves. SL: Why did you choose Tina Turner as your inspiration? Are there certain aspects of her life or her character that you were inspired by and felt that you could build a show around? The show is really about Ike AND Tina Turner. Tina Turner would probably never have been a star if she hadn’t met Ike. My first interest was that Tina was a survivor. Let’s not forget that she started singing with Ike in 1959 and toured the world, with countless hits before her first big solo hit in 1984. She survived a gruelling life on the road and an abusive marriage. What intrigued me was why she stuck with Ike for so long - 17 years, he must have had some good points! The show explores that and how she turned to Buddhism as he turned to drugs. SL: Is there an Ike Turner or Tina Turner song title or lyric that sums up your life? My maxim is “follow your heart” so if I had to pick one song title that sums up how I feel it would be an Ike Turner song: “I think it’s gonna work out fine”.

Lichfield Garrick Theatre BOX OFFICE: 01543 412121 WEBSITE: CHRIS ADDISON: Friday 12th July THE KARPENTERS: Friday 19th July THE UPBEAT BEATLES: Saturday 27th July Oakengates Theatre BOX OFFICE: 01952 382382 WEBSITE: HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN: Thursday 18th July THE DEMON HEADMASTER: Thursday 1st - Saturday 3rd August JOE PASQUALE: Friday 9th August

New Vic Theatre BOX OFFICE: 01782 717962 WEBSITE: STONES IN HIS POCKETS: Friday 5th July - Saturday 27th July BARRY CRYER: Monday 15th July UNCLE ERIC IN DOWNTOWN ABBEY: Monday 19th August - Saturday 31st August Stafford Gatehouse Theatre BOX OFFICE: 01785 254653 WEBSITE: FOOTLOOSE (AMATEUR DRAMATICS): Wednesday 10th July - Saturday 13th July CISSIE AND ADA: Wednesday 17th July WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND (AMATEUR DRAMATICS): Wednesday 7th - Saturday 10th August Tamworth Assembly Rooms BOX OFFICE: 01827 709618 WEBSITE: VIENNA PROMS: Saturday 13th July CELEBRITY COOK OFF LIVE: Saturday 27th July WE WILL ROCK YOU MUSICAL WORKSHOP: Thursday 15th August DIE FLEDERMAUS (THE BAT) CLONTER OPERA THEATRE Saturday 20th July, Monday 22nd July (Matinee), Tuesday 23rd July, Thursday 25th July. Take a husband and wife, their cheeky maid, her sister and dancer, a hapless lawyer, a prison governor, an amorous opera singer and an eccentric Russian Prince. Mix with a large helping of fancy dress, mistaken identity and harmless indiscretion; and of course add lots of champagne! Johann Strauss’s most celebrated and dazzling comic operetta will be sung in English with orchestra, enabling audiences of all ages to enjoy the sparkling humour and lilting waltz tunes in this much-loved classic. Prices start from £15 (Matinee) and £20 (evening performances). Student prices £10 (available on selected performances only). For tickets call the box office on 01260 224 514 or visit



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Tickets allow access to the Gardens, Lake and Adventure Play all day; the Italian Garden Tearoom will be open until late, a bar and Pieminister stall will also be available. Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic (bring your own gazebo by pre-booking a pitch for just £25, spaces are limited & pre-booking is essential). Advance tickets: £13 adults, £11 concessions/children On the day prices: £16 adults, £14 concessions/ children. Group discounts available (12+). Annual Ticket Holders get a 50% discount on advance tickets. Visit the website for more info

LIMELIGHT: FILM THE INTERNSHIP Release Date: 4th July 2013 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Director: Shawn Levy Cast: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, Max Minghella Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson portray out of work and out of luck salesmen who after finagling internships at Google must compete with candidates half as old and twice as smart, for highly-coveted positions at the internet giant. It’s a brave new world for this old school duo, whose time-tested skills are pitted against their opponents’ high-tech savvy. THE WOLVERINE Release Date: 26th July 2013 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Director: James Mangold Cast: Hugh Jackman Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

WIN! WIN! WIN! Staffordshire Living have teamed up with Trentham Gardens to give 3 lucky winners a pair of tickets to ‘A Disco Inferno with Disco Chic’ Hot Summer Saturday Date on Saturday 24th August. To enter answer this simple question: Which Trentham eatery will have a stall available on the evening? Then simply visit go to the competitions page and fill in the form! For terms and conditions see page 8.

PET SHOP BOYS ALBUM NAME: ‘ELECTRIC’ RELEASE DATE: 15TH JULY 2013 Electric is the first Pet Shop Boys studio album to be produced by Stuart Price. Featuring nine tracks – eight new Pet Shop Boys’ songs plus a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The last to die’.


The Alan Partridge Movie portrays the events of the greatest low-to-high-ebb spectrum in his life to date specifically how he tries to salvage his public career while negotiating a potentially violent turn of events at North Norfolk Digital Radio.

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ALAN PARTRIDGE: ALPHA PAPA Release Date: 7th August 2013 (A Baby Cow/ STUDIOCANAL production) Director: Declan Lowney Cast: Steve Coogan Alan Partridge has had many ups and downs in his life. National television broadcaster. Responsible for killing a guest on live TV. Local radio broadcaster. A nervous breakdown in Dundee. His self-published book, ‘Bouncing Back’, subsequently remaindered and pulped.

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July 6th - Ska & The Jam tribute by local band The Rude Boys July 13th - Girls Night Out tribute to The Spice Girls and Girls Aloud July 20th - 50s Rock ‘n’ Roll with The Twist Show July 27th - Best of Brit Pop a tribute to The Beatles and Oasis August 3rd - Big Band Sounds from the Bootleg Jools Holland Orchestra August 10th - Let it Rock with local band The Bon Jovi Experience August 17th - A Night at the Musicals August 24th - A Disco Inferno with Disco Chic

WE’RE THE MILLERS Release Date: 9th August 2013 by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Cast: Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis David Burke (Sudeikis) is a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer mums, but no kids. So what could go wrong? Plenty. Whilst helping out some local teens he ends up getting jumped by a trip of gutter punks. Stealing his stash and his cash, they leave him in major debt to his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms). In order to wipe the slate clean David must now become a big-time drug smuggler by bringing Brad’s latest shipment in from Mexico. Twisting the arms of his neighbours, cynical stripper Rose (Aniston), wannabe customer Kenny (Will Poulter), and streetwise teen Casey (Emma Roberts), he devises a fool proof plan. One fake wife, two pretend kids, and a huge shiny RV later, the ‘Millers’ head South of the border for a Fourth of July weekend that is sure to end with a bang. THE LONE RANGER Release Date: 9th August 2013 by Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films Director: Gore Verbinski Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter A thrilling adventure infused with action and humour, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

LIM ELIGH T: THINGS WE NEVER SAY BY SHEILA O’FLANAGAN Out Now published by Headline Price: £13.99 Abbey Andersen is the last person to go looking for change. In San Francisco she has great friends, a steady relationship and a job she enjoys. When Abbey is contacted by Irish lawyer Ryan Gilligan she learns everything she believed about her roots is a lie. She travels to Dublin to find out more - but she’s scarcely off the plane when she’s plunged into a new crisis. One that will change everything not just for Abbey but for the family in Ireland who never knew she even existed. SAVE THE DATE BY ALLIE SPENCER Published: Out Now by Arrow Price: £7.99 Marooned in Italy for her cousin’s nuptials, Ailsa can be forgiven for thinking that this family wedding is worse than most. With the bride and groom at loggerheads and the guests in uproar, it is a million miles away from the relaxation she’d been hoping for. And then suddenly, in the middle of the mayhem, she comes face-to-face with Nick, the man she walked out on just a few months earlier. How can Ailsa help get the wedding back on track when she and Nick can’t stop arguing? But if they do, she might remember why she fell in love with him in the first place - and then there really would be trouble. HE’S THE ONE BY KATIE PRICE OUT NOW Published by Century in hardback PRICE: £16.99 Liberty dreams of making it as an actress. Living with her mother, she supports her daughter Brooke by modelling and working as a waitress. One summer, Liberty falls in love with a young American, Cory. But never feeling good enough for him, she feels it’s only fair to let him go. Heartbroken, Cory goes back to the States.

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Liberty, meanwhile, suddenly gets the break she’s been praying for. Zac, a TV director wants her to audition for a role in LA. When news of Cory’s engagement reaches her, she finally agrees to marry Zac. Years later, everything has changed. Liberty has fled LA, taking a reluctant teenage Brooke with her. But returning to her home town of Brighton reawakens painful memories. Especially as she meets Cory again. She still loves him, but he seems to hate her. Can she ever convince him to trust her again? A MAP OF NOWHERE BY MARTIN BANNISTER Published: 1st July 2013 by Legend Press Price: £7.99 David Price always wished life would blow up in his face. And then it did. His mother died. The urge to paint left him. Then Sarah came his way, followed by Pete, a psychiatric outpatient. Now David spends his time worrying about Sarah’s eating habits, visiting her terminally ill sister and working as Pete’s carer. When Pete’s odd behaviour starts to leave David fearing for his own safety, he is shocked to discover that Sarah knows the reason why but will not disclose it. What is about to happen will change everything. THE OUTLINE OF LOVE BY MORGAN MCCARTHY Published: 4th July 2013 by Tinder Press Price: £16.99 Persephone Triebold has grown up in the Scottish Highlands, raised by her anxious father and memories of her dead mother. Inexperienced in the rules of friendship, sex and love, Persephone takes the opportunity to replace uninhabited mountain ranges with city life and leaves to study for a degree in London.

SWIMMING POOL SUMMER BY REBECCA FARNWORTH Published: 18th July 2013 by Arrow Price: £6.99 Frankie hasn’t had a relationship for years. She tells everyone this is how she wants it, but secretly she’s in love with her friend Patrick. Tor didn’t think she could have a baby, but now she is pregnant by her younger lover. Could this mean the end of a romance that means more to her than she expected? Leila seems to have it all – a happy marriage, a beautiful daughter and a career. But Leila is harbouring a secret that could destroy her marriage. On an idyllic Greek island, the three women try to keep their secrets hidden. But emotions are running high, and when an unexpected guest arrives, events start to spin out of control… MUTTON BY INDIA KNIGHT Published: 1st August 2013 by Penguin Books Price: £7.99 Clara Hutt is forty-six years old, and in pretty good nick, considering. She has kick-ass underwear, a loving family, and a healthy sense of what matters in life. Until Gaby moves in. Gaby’s an old school friend of Clara’s who has just returned from LA. She may be a yoga mogul who lives off kale, but Gaby’s no stranger to cosmetic surgery. What with Gaby, and Clara’s son’s leggy girlfriend, Sky, wafting around the house in her stripy pants, Clara starts to wonder if a little Botox, a little filler, a nip and a tuck, would be so very wrong. Should she ignore the fear? Or is there another way to grow old gracefully and how far is she prepared to go to find out?

Parties and new friends fail to supply Persephone with the grand passion she wants. It’s only when she meets the literary star Leo Ford, that she finds someone she can love. Though Persephone succeeds in entering Leo’s circle of friends she finds him to be as elusive as he is sought after. And she becomes increasingly curious about the incident in his past of which no one ever speaks...


Tamworth Golf Course offers players an eighteen hole mature parkland experience The course offers a variety of holes, greens and tree lined fairways. Take a look at the fees for membership and for 'pay and play' visitors. There is no need to be a member to enjoy a round of golf at the course, as players can just turn up for a game, although booking is advisable.

Opening Hours: Summer (April-October): 6am-7pm Winter (October-March): 9am-4pm The above times are guidance only as the operational times are determined by the weather and light conditions.

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