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Spring has finally sprung and it’s about time, though losing that hour’s sleep in March ‘’Spring forward; fall back’’ wasn’t fun was it? The sunshine has inspired us to get outdoors and we’re loving all things Alfresco. We have a complete guide to gardening to inspire those with the greenest of fingers and complete newbies with floral trends and garden landscapes. Grab your trowel, we’re heading out into the garden. ARTWORK CO-ORDINATOR & SUBSCRIPTIONS


We hate to even mention the F word, yes, football but it’s the World Cup in Brazil this June and we’ve taken inspiration from all things South American for an authentic summer celebration with Brazilian furnishing, food and fiestas! To see out those long summer nights, we propose a garden party, complete with tropical furnishings to add a touch of the tropics. And what’s a party without some good grub? We have rustled up some juicy BBQ recipes (p26) for an all-out Brazilian feast. If you’re watching what you eat (erm… we’re supposed to be but, well, the diet starts Monday!) then we have plenty of healthy but tempting and wonderfully colourful salad dishes to keep you satisfied at lunch at dinner and well on your way to your bikini body for when you hit the beach.


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Summer Salads

Summer conjures up the image of those long, lazy days in the garden, sipping on a refreshing drink and enjoying some tasty food. It’s barbeque season and though a juicy burger or sausage will never go a miss, lighter dishes in the summer months are great if you’re off on holiday as summer also means bikini season. We’re not talking your standard lettuce, tomato and cucumber salad combo but a medley of fresh ingredients to create some mouth-watering salads that are sure to inspire you if you’re eating healthier this summer.


Sweet Eve Strawberry, Pomegranate, Fennel, Radish and Mint with a Feta Crumble

Ready in 15 minutes Ingredients For the salad • 250g Sweet Eve strawberries • 2 heads of fennel • 100g spring onions • 250g radishes • 100g pomegranate seeds • 1 small handful of mint roughly chopped • 150g crumbled feta

1. Preheat the oven to 200oC/400oF/Gas Mark 6. Add the carrots and potatoes to a small roasting tin, sprinkle with the fennel and pumpkin seeds then drizzle over the maple syrup and oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast for 30-40 minutes, turning once or twice until tender and browned. 2. When the vegetables are almost ready, reheat the grains in the microwave as the pack directs. Tip out on to a large platter and sprinkle with the salad leaves, blueberries and feta. 3. Add the dressing ingredients to a jug and fork together. Add the roasted vegetables to the salad with any sticky pan juices then pour over the dressing to taste and serve warm.

For the dressing • 50ml olive oil • A squeeze of lemon • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses • Pinch of sea salt and pepper

Crab, Basil & Chicory Salad

Chicken & Chorizo Salad

1. Hull and dice the Sweet Eve strawberries. Then slice the fennel very thinly with a mandoline or by hand with a sharp knife. 2. Finely slice the spring onions and the radishes. Mix the diced Sweet Eve strawberries, fennel, spring onions, pomegranate seeds, and radishes together in a bowl with the mint. 3. To make the salad dressing mix together the olive oil, lemon juice and pomegranate molasses in a separate bowl. Season with salt and pepper to your taste. 4. Pour as much dressing as desired over the salad and stir well. Sprinkle the dressed salad with the crumbled feta cheese and serve.

Mixed Grain Salad with Blueberries and Maple Roasted Baby Carrots and New Potatoes Ready in 40 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients • 150g (5oz) pack baby carrots with green tops, scrubbed • 400g (14oz) baby ‘Anya’ potatoes, scrubbed • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds • 4 teaspoons pumpkin seeds • 2 tablespoons maple syrup • 2 tablespoons olive oil • Salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper • Salad • 250g (9oz) pack ‘ready to eat’ mixed grains • 100g (4oz) spinach, rocket and watercress salad • 100g (4oz) blueberries • 100g (4oz) feta cheese, crumbled into small pieces Dressing • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar • 1 teaspoon maple syrup • 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard

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Sweet Eve Strawberry, Pomegranate, Fennel, Radish and Mint with a Feta Crumble

Ready in 45 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients • 4 chicken breasts • 40g chorizo • 70g rocket • 250g cherry tomatoes • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar • 4 tablespoons tarragon • 1 clove garlic • 4 dollops Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar Mixed Grain Salad with Blueberries and Maple Roasted Baby Carrots and New Potatoes

Crab, Basil and Chicory Salad Ready in 15 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients 50g mayonnaise 1 lemon 2 x 170g cans white crab meat, drained 175g cooked, peeled prawns 1 pot fresh basil 250g pack chicory

1. Mix together the oil, vinegar, crushed garlic and tarragon. 2. Stir the chicken breast chunks and marinade for 30 minutes. 3. Preheat the BBQ or the grill. Thread the marinated chicken and chorizo slices onto pre-soaked wooden skewers and BBQ or grill for around 10 minutes, or until cooked. 4. Meanwhile, mix the rocket and tomato to form a salad. 5. Mix the mayonnaise with the vinegar and season with pepper, gently stirring through the salad. 6. Remove the chicken and chorizo from the skewers and serve scattered over the salad. Serve with bread.

1. Mix the mayonnaise with the zest from the lemon and 1 tbsp juice 2. Stir in the crab and prawns. Reserve a small handful of basil leaves and shred the rest, stirring this into the crab mixture, season to taste 3. Separate the chicory leaves and spoon the crab mixture into the bottom half of the large leaves until all mixture is used. Arrange on a large serving platter. Shred any remaining chicory and scatter over the dish Chicken & Chorizo Salad


THE TAVERN The Tavern, built in 1669, is set in the middle of the picturesque village of Denstone. We have built up a reputation for excellent food and real Ales. We pride ourselves on sourcing ingredients from local producers and suppliers with fresh fish and vegetables delivered daily. Whether it is a cosy lunch by our log fire or in our contemporary conservatory we have the perfect atmosphere and food to match! Food is served Monday - Saturday 12pm - 2pm and 6.30pm - 9pm Tuesday Saturday, our famous Wood Fired Pizzas are available to eat in or take out from 6pm till 10pm only on Fridays and Saturdays and our extremely popular Carvery and lunch menu is served Sundays 12-3pm only with our normal menu available 5.30pm-8pm. Food is not served on Mondays Evenings when we hold a popular Quiz and “the Grumpy Club”.

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The Izaak Walton Inn, Now open after extensive refurbishment A warm welcome awaits you at the Izaak Walton Inn. A lovely country pub you hope to walk into but rarely do, which is warm, comfortable and friendly. Our Head Chef has designed an eclectic menu of classic and contemporary dishes beautifully presented and freshly cooked. Why not come along and try one of our 125 ways to eat Pie! Our dog friendly bar has a range of cask ales, draught cider, delicious freshly brewed coffee (freshly ground for every cup!) and a great selection of wines – something to suit all tastes including 20cl bottles of Prosecco. We also have draught lagers including Heineken and Fosters, Guinness on tap alongside John Smiths.

Open 12pm to 11pm and serving food Monday to Friday 12.00 - 2.30 and 5-9pm Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 9pm

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Summer Dressing




Ready in 20 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients • 2 aubergines, thickly sliced • Extra virgin olive oil spray • 400g can essential Waitrose Chick Peas, drained and rinsed • 1 red onion, very thinly sliced • 140g pack Waitrose Watercress, Rocket & Spinach • 2 tsp Cypressa Tahini • 1 tsp olive oil • 1 clove garlic, crushed Juice of ½ lemon • 100g essential Waitrose Greek Light Salad Cheese, crumbled • ½ x 25g pack fresh mint, roughly chopped • 4 essential Waitrose Wholemeal Pittas, toasted 1. Arrange the aubergines on a grill pan and spray lightly with olive oil. Grill for 4–5 minutes on each side until tender and nicely browned. Quarter each slice and transfer to a serving bowl. 2. Add the chick peas, red onion and salad leaves and toss well. 3. For the dressing, mix together the tahini, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice with 1 tbsp water until well blended. 4. Scatter the cheese and mint over the salad, then drizzle with the sesame dressing. Serve with toasted pittas.

100 g cherry tomatoes, halved 1 mild red chilli, seeded and thinly sliced handful fresh mint leaves handful fresh coriander leaves small handful fresh basil leaves, torn 4 spring onions, thinly sliced 3 tbsp Thai fish sauce (nam pla) 100 g (4 oz) mixed green salad leaves salt and ground Sichuan pepper 1. Sprinkle the steak on both sides with two tablespoons of lime juice and half of the sugar, and season with salt and Sichuan pepper. Cook over a hot frying pan for 25-30 minutes, turning frequently, until browned on the outside but still rare and juicy in the centre. Transfer to a board, cover with a sheet of crumbled foil and leave to rest for 15 minutes. 2. Place the cucumber, shallots, cherry tomatoes, chilli, herbs and spring onions in a large bowl and gently toss together to combine. Dissolve the sugar in a screw-topped jar with the lime juice and fish sauce. Set aside until needed. 3. To serve, thinly slice the beef and place in a large bowl. Combine the cucumber mixture with the fish sauce dressing. Divide the salad leaves between plates and pile the beef mixture high on top to serve.

Pizza Express Griddled Sweet Potato and Prosciutto Salad, with Basil Pesto Dressing Ready in less than 15 minutes Serves 4

Chargrilled Thai Beef Salad Recipe from Modern Irish Food by Kevin Dundon

Ready in Serves 4 Ingredients 11/2lb piece sirloin or fillet steak, cut 5 cm (2 in) thick 6 tbsp freshly squeezed lime 4 tsp palm or light muscovado sugar 1 small cucumber, peeled, halved, seeded and cut into 1cm slices 4 red shallots, thinly sliced

Pizza Express Griddled Sweet Potato and Prosciutto Salad, with Basil Pesto Dressing

Watermelon, Feta and Rocket Salad Ready in 15 minutes Serves 6 Ingredients: • 200g rocket, washed and dried • 1/4 watermelon, cubed and drained for 10 minutes • 150g diced feta cheese • 75g Ocean Spray® Craisins® Original Dried Cranberries • 1 red onion, sliced

Chargrilled Thai Beef Salad

Summer Salad with Sesame Dressing

Pizza Express Basil Pesto Dressing and gently toss to coat. 4. Arrange the dressed salad on a large plate. Top with the griddled sweet potato and prosciutto slices and serve with extra Pizza Express Basil Pesto Dressing if desired.

For the dressing: • 60ml vegetable oil • 3 tbsp Ocean Spray® Cranberry & Blueberry Juice Drink • 1/2 tsp salt • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked pepper 1. Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Combine dressing ingredients in a small glass mixing bowl using a wire whisk. 2. Pour dressing over salad and toss well to coat.

Ingredients • 4 tbsp. Pizza Express Basil Pesto Dressing • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled • 8 slices prosciutto ham • 160g spinach • 8 tbsp tinned chick peas • 8 small radishes, thinly sliced • Handful of fresh basil, torn 1. Thinly slice the peeled sweet potatoes into 24 slices. Cut each slice of prosciutto ham into 3 pieces; wrap each sweet potato slice in the ham. 2. Heat a griddle pan until hot. Place the wrapped sweet potato into the pan and cook for 3 minutes on each side. 3. Meanwhile, place the spinach, chickpeas, radishes and basil into a large bowl. Add four tablespoons of

Watermelon, Feta and Rocket Salad


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new lighter pies from award winning pie maker Pieminister is known for its award winning range of classic pies and now, pie-lovers can tuck into a trio of new lighter pies, still brimming with all the flavour and delicious ingredients they expect in a Pieminister pie but only 440 calories. The three new pies are lightly baked in a cayenne pepper, poppy seed and Parmesan crust and lifting the lid on traditional pie making, Pieminister has replaced the top crust with a seed and herb crumb. Like Pieminister’s classics, the emphasis here is on top quality ingredients (Pieminister is still the only national pie brand to use 100% free range British meat) and full flavours. All three recipes contain a careful balance of ingredients selected for their low calorie content and excellent quality and flavour.

kooky chook: a free range British chicken, sweet potato, chilli and coconut pie, topped with a coconut, coriander and sesame seed crumb. chickalito: a free range British chicken and free range British dry cure ham pie with shredded courgette and celeriac topped with a pine nut, sunflower seed, basil and Parmesan crumb. light as a feta: a butternut squash, sun-dried tomato and feta cheese pie topped with a pumpkin seed and feta crumb (Vegetarian Society Approved). Trentham Gardens, Stone Road, Stoke-on-Trent. Tel: 01782 657667 53 Church Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161 819 1279

Drink in Summertime With the sun finally making an appearance we’re seeking out the best beer gardens in Staffordshire to relax with friends and family and see in those long summer nights and relaxing weekends out under the hot sun with a cold, refreshing drink. The Swan with Two Necks Nantwich Road, Blackbrook, Staffordshire, ST5 5EH Telephone 01782 680343 Situated in the heart of the countryside, in one of the county’s most iconic country pubs, the Swan with Two Necks aims to bring a fresh and vibrant eating and drinking experience to North Staffordshire. The Swan with Two Necks enjoys stunning views across the countryside, and in the warmer months you can drink or dine alfresco in the garden. With decking in the garden there is the space to enjoy a drink and get out under the sun. ‘’We take our food and drink seriously. We try to use local and sustainable suppliers to provide the freshest seasonal ingredients to our menu, combining the best of pub favourites with a modern twist.”

great atmosphere and friendly welcome makes it a fantastic place for all age groups. To accommodate all customers who smoke, there is now a smoking shelter, along with a beer garden and a children’s play area, which is a fabulous place to relax with a refreshing drink during the summer months. Disabled facilities and a car park situated on the grounds of the pub make it easily accessible for all. So why not go and visit this pub today and experience the wonderful friendly atmosphere for yourself, you definitely won’t want to leave. The Duke of Wellington have just won the Camera Staffordshire Pub of the Year 2014! Shire Horse 1 Hurricane Close, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16 1GZ Telephone 01785 270700

You’ll love the large selection of real ales, continental lagers and the interesting wine selection, bringing you some of the best bottles from around the world, at very affordable prices. ‘’You will find the atmosphere at the swan with two necks friendly and relaxed. We hope you find our attention to detail and service truly memorable, and we look forward to hosting you, your friends, and family time after time.’’ The Duke of Wellington Birmingham Rd, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9BJ Telephone 01543 256584 The Duke of Wellington is a very warm and friendly pub, situated in Staffordshire. It serves a full selection of draught beers, wines and spirits for your enjoyment along with a lovely range of soft drinks for those non-drinkers and drivers. The pubs


Perched on the A34 just 1 mile off the M6 at Junction 14, The Shire Horse in Stafford is a superb location to combine a relaxing pub lunch with a day out in the glorious Staffordshire countryside. Purposebuilt in 2002 but with all the open fires, secluded dining areas and delicious pub food favourites of a Staffordshire country pub restaurant, The Shire Horse offers a warm welcome to guests who can enjoy alfresco dining on the patio and attractive gardens in summer or relax by a cosy fire in winter.

The lovely county town of Stafford boasts the largest timber-framed town house in England, the magnificent Elizabethan Ancient High House, and the Stafford Castle and Visitor Centre. Just 6 miles north of The Shire Horse on the banks of the River Trent sits the ancient market town of Stone, once the capital of Anglo-Saxon Mercia and popular with visitors to Staffordshire. For visitors to Staffordshire exploring its glorious countryside or its historic towns and villages, The Shire Horse is the perfect location to enjoy traditional pub food, soaking up the summer sun in the outside beer garden and relaxing Sunday lunches with a great selection of fine wines and cask ales. The Mill at Worston Worston Lane, Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire ST18 9QA Telephone 01785 282710 The Mill at Worston is a charming country pub and restaurant that’s packed with history and surrounded by extensive picturesque gardens. Nestled in the heart of rural Staffordshire the building dates back to 1814. The Mill at Worston is very picturesque by a lovely river and big gardens to dine alfresco. The epitome of a summer pub with fantastic outside facilities and a large play area for the children allow all the family to soak up the sunshine while enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Perhaps you can get familiar with the locals, the ducks that live on the lake and roam around the gardens.

The Star Inn 21 Stafford Street, Stone ST15 8QW Telephone 01785 813096 The Star pub is a very attractive and quaint canal side venue with five different levels, and a mention in The Guinness Book of Records! The pub is situated on the main lock adjacent to the centre of the historic town of Stone. The pub has recently been refurbished and is full of character with real fires, oak beams and benches on the canal side. There’s also a seated patio area, conservatory, lounge, bar and snug for you to enjoy. The Star now boasts 6 excellent cask ales and quality pub food the chef’s specials are a must. Food is served 7 days a week, available Monday to Saturday 12pm until 10pm and available Sunday’s from 12pm until 9pm. Sit out on the canal with a drink and a bite to eat and take in the views and atmosphere of the friendly town and barges passing through the canal. If you’re having a long walk round the canal, this is the perfect respite to quench your thirst or pick up your energy with some good pub food.

Did You Know? The word ‘beer garden’ originates from the German word ‘Biergarten’, the country where they are are said to originate from. Beer gardens were created when in a need to keep barrels of beer cool, breweries dug out big cellars outdoors to store their beer and soon they began to serve it outside too. Soon people brought benches to sit with friends and it turned into quite the social event, and so the beer garden that we know today was born. Beer gardens date back to the 16th century. Yep, it seems that beer has long been a favourite tipple of ours and we’ve long enjoyed sitting around enjoying it with friends.

The Greyhound Inn Yarlet Bank (A34), Stone Road, Stafford, Staffordshire ST18 9SD Telephone 01889 508 480 Paul Wood welcomes customers past, present and future to his latest new and exciting venture. Paul left The Greyhound to start The Parks at Uttoxeter. Having made such a success there, he has returned to The Greyhound to continue to spread his culinary magic. Along with his son Daniel (previously a Chef at Weston Hall), he prepares fresh, home cooked food of an exceptional standard, in a friendly, welcoming environment. Situated off Yarlet Road there is outside dining options and plenty of seats to enjoy a drink outside if you’re passing by and fancy a quick refresh and some good pub grub. The Greyhound Inn is an ideal venue for any function - catering for weddings, christenings, funerals and other special occasions. Families, parties, romance or business.

Wonderful Pistachios Sweet Chilli flavour will certainly get your taste buds tingling and give an extra kick to your snacking. With the perfect mix of sweetness, crunch and tangy chilli peppers and just three calories per nut, Wonderful Pistachios Sweet Chilli is easier on the waistband than most snacks! Available from Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, £3.19 (250g).

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- a vibrant, rich raspberry sparkling drink, with a fresh and juicy aroma, followed by a subtle hint of ginger. Crabbie’s Strawberry & Lime - a pastel pink coloured sparkling drink, with a sweet strawberry aroma backed up with a hint of fresh limes, and a slightly peppery ginger finish. Available from all major Supermarkets from £2.05.

Beer And A Bite What is a refreshing drink outside in the sun without something to tuck into and have a munch on some tasty snacks whilst sipping your tipple of choice. Portlebay Popcorn is a premium popcorn brand, hand popped in Devon and a hit across many pubs in the UK gaining a few celebrity fans along the way such as Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. They come in adventurous flavours such as Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup, Wasabi & Sweet Ginger and Orchardwood Smoked Cheddar. Available from Tesco, £2.49 (125g).

To wash all those tasty snacks down which can be salty but dangerously moreish we can’t think of a more refreshing drink to quench your thirst than Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer. Fresh and punchy in flavour with crisp ginger and a delicate sparkle, this really hits the spot. As Crabbie’s has become a firm favourite as an Alfresco tipple in the summer time, they’ve created three new flavours to match the season. Crabbie’s Spiced Orange - combines the Original Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer with natural infusions of orange and delicious spices to produce a drink that delivers an appealing and sophisticated citrus taste served over ice with a slice of orange.


Our family run hotel has been owned for over 28 years. Offering something for everyone it really is a fabulous country retreat! Fancy a catch up with friends then why not try our extensive bar menu with all its freshly homemade food as well as a traditional carvery from only £4.50 or Perhaps treat yourself to a fine dining experience in our Royal Boar restaurant, which offers a mouth watering A La Carte menu and also a set 3 course Evening Menu from £17.95 and a popular Sunday Lunch for £15.95 Our Restaurant also provides the choice of a relaxing lunch time menu with 2 courses for £9.99 and 3 courses for only £11.99 Always a warm welcome at our family run hotel.

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Off To The Market It’s no secret that fresh food is much better for you than frozen or pre-prepared meals, not to mention all the more delicious. We’re all guilty of picking up a ready meal now and then when we’re rushed for time and need food fast, but at this time of year we should take full advantage of the fantastic fresh produce we have right at our doors. Come the summer months we needn’t rely on imported fruit and veg as our own fields are thriving with lots of fresh produce to tuck into. Buying locally has lots of benefits; for our health, our community and our economy. Our shopping habits have changed, go back a generation or two and we were shopping almost daily and heading to the town centre and the local market stall to pick up fresh ingredients and it would be whatever was fresh and in season which would determine what was for dinner that night. Today we’re a much fussier bunch and we like to have a variety of produce to pick from which our local farmers can’t always keep up with thanks to the British weather and general high demand so we’re looking further afield for our fresh produce. With the introduction of GM crops, a genetically modified harvest, we’re offered a larger variety of produce than ever before which we have become accustom to and our expectations may have exceeded a realistic level for local farmers to match week in and week out for each season. It certainly has its place in our culture today and with our ever growing population, GM crops have undeniable advantages with a greater resistance to certain pests, diseases, environmental conditions and a reduction of spoilage. However there is the fear of the unknown with mass production farming. It is entirely anonymous and we can never really know what we’re eating, where it has come from and how it got onto our plates. There’s a fear that we’re out of touch with our community and food is always a great tool to bring people together, so we propose you head out to your local market and get to know your green grocer. Take inspiration from all the fresh food on display to cook up some delicious dishes that are packed full of vitamins which is lost in frozen foods found at the supermarket. The health benefits alone are cause


enough to buy fresh produce locally. Buying local isn’t just good for our health but it helps within the community, buying home-grown goods at markets gives back to the local grocers and grows trade in the area for local businesses. This not only helps our purses as buying fruit and vegetables from a market tends to be cheaper than a big supermarket but it’s also putting money back into the trader’s pocket and in turn helping the local economy grow and strengthen. Buying and eating locally sourced produce brings economic, environmental and social health and a self-reliant food economy is the goal for any country, region or community. The presence of farmer’s markets into the local economy can have a direct positive impact on the lives of all citizens within the community. Foods that are minimally processed, in season and locally grown, like those available at farmers’ markets and gardens are generally the most climate-friendly. They are the most climate friendly because the energy needed to store and transport the meat is removed from the equation. There is a decrease in greenhouse gasses emitted because locally grown goods do not need to be transported across the country, or constantly cooled in large refrigerators. In factory farms, this waste is extremely concentrated, and without proper regulation and disposal, the waste pollutes the surrounding areas. Locally grown foods support free-range or pasture-grazing farming methods, decreasing the need for large factory farms. With fewer factory farms, waste will not be so concentrated and will thus not have such profound effects on the immediate surrounding areas.

The ‘’Farm-to-fork’’ culture is very appealing and what we’re all after nowadays as we know each step of our food’s journey and production and can be confident in what we’re eating and in knowing we are supporting local trade. You can see and taste the difference in the food when bought locally along with seeing a change in atmosphere in your community. Heading out to market during the week can be quite the social activity too and you’ll soon have it as part of your weekly routine which we bet you’ll look forward to, interacting with people and picking up some great deals while you’re there as you’ll have pick of the freshest ingredients. Even shopping experiences and interaction at local farmers’ markets have public benefits. In fact, farmers’ markets inspire more sociable behaviour. Studies show that 75% of shoppers at farmers’ markets arrived in groups while only 16% of shoppers at supermarkets arrive in groups. Only 9% of customers in chain supermarkets had a social interaction with another customer and 14% had an interaction with an employee, but at farmers’ markets, 63% had an interaction with a fellow shopper and 42% had an interaction with an employee or farmer report. Local food builds community vibrancy and retains local traditions while establishing a local identity through a unique sense of community. Yes, these supermarkets are catching on to the appeal of a market environment and rolling out campaigns for the ‘freshest ingredients at your local store’ but remember, the term ‘fresh’ in a supermarket environment can be used to describe food that has been part frozen whereas when you’re buying local, ‘fresh’ simply means fresh!

Living’s Points On Buying Local 1) Locally grown food tastes and looks better. The crops are picked at their peak, and farmstead products like cheeses are hand-crafted for best flavour. Livestock products are processed in nearby facilities and typically the farmer has a direct relationship with processors, overseeing quality - unlike animals processed in large industrial facilities. ’Over a decade ago, we established Cheerbrook on the simple principle of providing delicious, top quality, local food that was great value for money, and those values remain just as important to us today as they were then.

2) Local food is better for you. The shorter the time between the farm and your table, the less likely it is that nutrients will be lost from fresh food. Food imported from far away is older and has travelled on trucks or planes, and sat in warehouses before it gets to you.

From a health perspective, we can guarantee the quality and taste of our meat because we know the local farmers that produce it personally and we know that they share our standards for animal welfare and husbandry. Animals are well fed, well cared for and healthy and the supply chain is short, simple and completely transparent. Obviously, this is in stark contrast to some supermarket meat products – which, as the horse meat scandal demonstrated, may arrive at the consumer’s dinner table via a complex trail of processing plants, thus completely disguising any provenance.

3) Local food supports local families. The wholesale prices that farmers get for their products are low, often near the cost of production. Local farmers who sell direct to consumers cut out the middleman and get full retail price for their food - which helps farm families stay on the land. 4) Local food builds community. When you buy direct from a farmer, you’re engaging in a time-honoured connection between eater and grower. Knowing farmers gives you insight into the seasons, the land, and your food. In many cases, it gives you access to a place where your children and grandchildren can go to learn about nature and agriculture.

Because local produce is transported shorter distances and we don’t have the same shelf life requirements as the supermarkets, we also find that generally, it has less additives and preservatives, which for many of our customers is another bonus for health.

5) Local food preserves open space. When farmers get paid more for their products by marketing locally, they’re less likely to sell farmland for development. When you buy locally grown food, you’re doing something proactive to preserve our working landscape. That landscape is an essential ingredient to other economic activity in the area, such as tourism and recreation. 6) Local food benefits the environment and wildlife. Well-managed farms provide ecosystem services: they conserve fertile soil, protect water sources, and sequester carbon from the atmosphere. The farm environment is a patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, ponds and buildings that provide habitat for wildlife in our communities. 7) Local food is an investment in the future. By supporting local farmers today, you are helping to ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow. That is a matter of importance for food security, especially in light of an uncertain energy future and our current reliance on fossil fuels to produce, package, distribute and store food. Have we made our point?

Cheerbrook now employs 37 people, supports 50 local businesses as suppliers and we regularly contribute to local charities and community initiatives. These are the most tangible benefits that a business like ours provides for the community, but we also get a sense from our customers that simply having the choice of buying local can help them to reclaim a little bit of power and value in being a customer within their own community, which can only be a good thing.

From an economic viewpoint, buying locally obviously returns money to the local economy via the farmers and businesses who are our suppliers. Because we have quite a unique product range at Cheerbrook (like many other local producers), we find that people do travel quite some distances to visit us, which is great news as it brings people to the area who may then visit other local attractions or businesses. We are also proud to be able to support the rural economy and the British farming industry, which continues to struggle. It’s a sad fact that total income from farming has fallen by around 60% since 1996 – and yet a lot of supermarkets continue to source a high proportion of their lamb in particular from abroad.’’ Sarah Shufflebotham, owner of Cheerbrook Farm Shop in Nantwich.


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At Packington Moor we specialise in producing food at its very best: fresh and in season. Most of our meat is free range and from our own and neighbouring livestock farms and our fruit and vegetables are home-grown and local wherever possible. Our Cooks and Chefs work with care and a conscience: Pastries, bread and cakes from the Bakery. Terrines, pates and home cooked meats from the Kitchens. You can enjoy much of the farm shop produce in the comfort of the cafe. The Kitchens have created an inspired selection of homemade, home grown dishes that change with the seasons. Join us for Breakfast, Lunch or simply tea and cakes. Taste the Seasons at Packington Moor Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday 9am – 5.30pm, Saturday 9am - 5.00pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm, Closed Monday Jerry’s Lane, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9QB T: 01543 481223











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Going Gluten-Free... A gluten-free diet was once a health craze reserved only for the Hollywood elite, those with celiac disease and the odd hippie wanting a healthier gut. Today it seems we’re all jumping on the bandwagon and declaring ourselves gluten-free all across the country. But why? There are some definite health benefits to adopting a gluten-free diet and lifestyle but it can take time and effort to get your head around what’s allowed and what’s not.

The primary need for a gluten-free diet is for people diagnosed with celiac disease and those who have an intolerance to wheat and other grains in that food group. Celiac disease is a disorder in the small intestine causing poor digestion, discomfort and inflammation of the gut from the body’s reaction to wheat, barley and gluten protein mistakenly identified as an attack on the body which disrupts the happy balance in your small intestine. The only certain preventative is a lifelong gluten free diet to stop the body’s reaction to such foods from reoccurring and causing further pain and illness. Realising the benefits of going gluten-free, more and more people are opting to cut out gluten from their diet without having a known intolerance to that food group but in an effort to be healthier. It is hailed as miracle diet for weight loss and better digestion and sure, there are certain advantages in cutting out gluten form your staple diet. Many people do report a considerable weight loss when cutting out gluten from their diet, though this of course could just be down to the fact that most carb heavy foods which wouldn’t qualify on a gluten-free diet tend to be high in calories also (bread, pizza, pasta, cake, you know- all the best foods) so cutting these out, whether on a gluten-free health kick or not, you are going to lose weight. The poster girl for this diet and lifestyle is Gwyneth Paltrow, who has always been a health nut and is no stranger to most fad diets that offer a healthier, cleaner ‘you’. She is such an advocate for a glutenfree lifestyle, she has written her own book ‘‘It’s All Good’’ (available from Amazon for £20) which features all gluten-free recipes after she found herself with a slight intolerance to gluten and dairy and took it upon herself to create tasty dishes that followed her diet. With recipes for muffins, dumplings, homemade ice cream and even a roast dinner you wouldn’t know you’re on a restricted diet when you’re tucking into your lunch, thanks Gwynie!


The symptoms of gluten intolerance. If you suspect you may have a gluten intolerance, book an appointment with your GP to discuss it with a professional. Here are some symptoms to look out for. You may feel tired after eating. Because gluten intolerant individuals have to work harder to try to fight the effects in the digestive tract, they commonly feel fatigue after eating. Always have a headache after eating? While there is no specific type of headache associated with gluten intolerance, the headache pattern consistently occurs within 30 minutes to an hour after eating for many individuals. Joint aches and pains or you may experience numbness or tingling in your arms and legs. After a meal, you may experience bloating, gas, diarrhoea, constipation and stomach pain. If your stomach is constantly bloated, that is a telltale sign of your body’s reaction to what it has consumed and may not have necessarily digested easily.

Adopting this strict regime seems daunting and difficult at first but nowadays a gluten intolerance isn’t all too uncommon so there is plenty of advice out there and supermarkets have rolled out whole aisles dedicated to food allergies so we can still do our normal shop and pick up gluten-free alternatives of our favourite snacks (but yes, they unfortunately do still have all the calories in them) without having to venture out to specialist health stores for a loaf of bread.

Harissa Roasted Chicken with Quinoa Salad Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus marinating time Cook Time: 30 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients • 125g TOTAL 0% Greek Yoghurt • 3 medium chicken breasts • 1 tbsp harissa paste • 2 cloves garlic, crushed • 8 mini peppers, halved • 1 lemon, quartered • 400ml hot vegetable or chicken stock • 175g quinoa • 150g radishes, sliced • Small fennel bulb, very thinly sliced • Small bunch mint, torn • 100g pomegranate seeds Method 1. Score the chicken a few times, then put into a strong large food bag with the yoghurt, harissa paste and garlic. Seal and massage the bag to coat the chicken. Set aside for at least an hour or overnight, chilled. 2. Heat the oven to 190°C / 375°F / Gas Mark 5. Put the peppers and lemon in a 2 litre ovenproof dish. Add the chicken and bake for 30 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, bring the stock to the boil in a small pan, add quinoa and cook over a low heat, covered for about 15 minutes until the stock has been absorbed. Cool for 10 minutes. 4. Rest the chicken for 10 minutes on a board then slice thickly. Mix the peppers with the quinoa, radishes, fennel, mint and pomegranate seeds, then serve topped with the chicken and roasted lemon.

Gluten-Free Food Swaps Cutting out gluten from your diet doesn’t mean missing all your favourite foods, just a few smart swaps when you’re doing the food shop and hey presto, you’re sorted and on track to going gluten-free. • Your typical loaf of bread contains gluten but you can easily pick up a gluten-free loaf in most supermarkets today. Try Genius bread £2.89 available at all big supermarkets. • Pasta also contains gluten and like bread, lots of varieties of gluten-free pasta are widely available. • Cakes and bakery goods have gluten-free versions which can be found in the ‘freefrom’ aisle of larger supermarkets. • Though you can still stomach typical cow’s milk for your morning coffee or cereal, a lot of people on a gluten-free diet switch their milk for almond or soya milk too. • Replace foods containing gluten such as wheat, barley, rye and semolina with comparable replacements that do not contain gluten, such as arrowroot, peanut flour, quinoa, rice flour and soy flour. • If you feel limited with what you can eat remember you can eat plenty of beans, seeds, nuts, eggs, fish and poultry (though not breaded-unless marked as a glutenfree alternative) and all your fruit & veg still. Thanks to a gluten-free diet becoming a bit of a trend and the demand for more gluten-free products to be readily available, whole lines and companies have emerged to meet demands. The Soulful Food Company offers their One Pot ready meals in variety of cuisines from British Pulled Beef Chilli, Moroccan Chicken Tagine and Butternut, Lentil & Spinach Hotpot, available for £3.49 (350g), from

So we’re banging on about gluten and how to go gluten-free for health reasons related to coeliac disease or if you simply want to cut it out of your diet to see if you can benefit from cutting it out and have a healthier gut. But what exactly is gluten and what would this mean in terms of change to your day to day routine? What is gluten? Gluten is the protein found in wheat, barley, rye and related wheat species such as spelt. It helps baked goods keep their form and chewy texture and is also added to other food items more and more, both for consistency and taste purposes. What foods contain gluten? The obvious foods that contain gluten include foods made from a flour base. Wheat, barley, and rye based breads, cookies, pastries, and bagels all contain gluten. However, hidden sources of gluten are abundant in many packaged goods from soy sauce to spice mixes, to breath mints. Here’s a few to avoid if you’re gluten intolerant. • Sausages • Blue cheese • Gravy and gravy powder • Baked beans • Chocolate • Malt vinegar • Mustard • Some shop- bought Salad dressings What happens if someone with coeliac disease eats gluten by mistake? The effect of eating gluten varies from person to person and may last from a few hours to a few days. Symptoms of eating gluten include headaches, diarrhoea, stomach pains and lethargy. The reaction is not the same as an allergic reaction and does not cause anaphylactic shock.

Chocolate Banana cake Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Serves 12 Ingredients • 1 tsp espresso coffee powder • 4 large eggs , beaten • 175g golden caster sugar • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste • 100g ground rice flour • 350g dark chocolate, 150g melted for the cake, 200g melted for the chocolate covering • 2 ripe bananas, mashed • 50g salted butter, soft • 250ml double cream • 80g banana chips Method 1. Preheat the oven to 310°F, gas mark 3, 160°C 2. Butter 2x20cm (8inch) round cake tin, and line the base with parchment paper. Dissolve the coffee with 1 tsp of boiling water, set aside. Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over hot simmering water, once melted set aside to cool. 3. Beat the eggs and sugar together with an electric beater until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla bean paste and coffee mixture. Gradually add the ground rice flour to the egg mixture. 4. When the chocolate has cooled, add the mashed banana. Fold the chocolate into the egg mixture until combined. Divide the mixture equally between the two cake tins and bake on the middle shelf for 30 minutes. 5. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. To make the icing. 1. Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over simmering hot water. When the chocolate is melted and slightly cooled stir in the butter and then the double cream. 2. Using a palette knife, spread a layer of chocolate ganache on the cake, then sandwich together. 3. Leave half of your remaining mixture aside, and place the other half in a piping bag with your preference of nozzle. Cover the sides and top of the cake with half of your remaining chocolate ganache carefully with a palette knife. 4. Pipe the remaining chocolate ganache. Scatter the crushed banana chips around the sides of the cake. 5. Allow the cake to sit at room temperature for at least two hours before serving.


Cook up Summertime 1. Simply Italian Cooking at Home with the Chiappa Sisters by Michela, Romina and Emanuel Chiappa, £16 (Penguin Michael Jospeh). Out Now. The Chiappa sisters grew up in Wales in the heart of a close-knit Italian community where food was always at the centre of family and social gatherings. Whether searching for porcini in the hills, making pasta with the whole family, or sharing food at the annual Welsh-Italian summer picnic, they have been immersed in the Italian way of cooking all their lives. Here they share their cherished family recipes, including all the pasta dishes featured in their Channel 4 series. From snacks, soups and salads, to mains, side dishes and desserts, this is good, simple, fresh Italian food.



2. 2 Weeks in the Super Fast Lane by Fiona Kirk, £2.99 (Amazon Kindle). Out Now. Written and developed by nutritionist and author, Fiona Kirk - a super speedy fat loss eBook for super busy people who want to bust fat and shave inches off waists, bums and bellies in super quick time. Based around her all-new ‘seesaw strategy’ where comforting carbohydrates are included every 4 days, butter makes a welcome return and chocolate is heralded as a ‘daily essential’, the 2 Weeks in the Super Fast Lane diet focuses on calming the digestive system, banishing bloating, eliminating water retention, feeding the fat burning furnace and ensuring that hunger and cravings don’t interfere with daily fat loss. Say YES to chocolate and hot buttered toast. 3. Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, £20 (Little Brown Book Club Ltd). Out Now. Isa makes flavourful and satisfying vegan meals from scratch every day, often in 30 minutes or less. With 150 new recipes to make weeknight cooking a breeze. Mouthwatering recipes like Sweet Potato Red Curry with Rice and Kale, Bistro Beet Burgers, and Summer Seitan Saute with Coriander and Lime illustrate how simple and satisfying meat-free food can be. Recipes, tips, and strategies for easy, delicious vegan meals every day of the week. The recipes are supermarket friendly and respect how busy most readers are. From skilled vegan chefs, to those new to the vegan pantry, or just cooks looking for some fresh ideas, Isa’s unfussy recipes and quirky commentary will make everyone’s time in the kitchen fun and productive.



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5. A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones, £25 (Harper Collins). Released 19th June 2014. Anna Jones is a brilliant young cook and food writer, who worked with Jamie Oliver for many years. Her first cookbook is a totally modern take on vegetarian eating – recipes that are healthy, nourishing, truly tasty and satisfying, and simple to make. Based on how Anna likes to eat day to day, A Modern Way to Eat covers everything from a blueberry and amaranth porridge to start the day to a autumn root panzanella or avocado, butterbean and miso salad for lunch; a tomato and coconut cassoulet, pistachio and squash galette, or mint, ricotta and courgette polpette for dinner.

a modern way to eat ANNA JONES Over 200 satisfying, everyday vegetarian recipes (that will make you feel amazing)



4. Cakes In Bloom: Exquisite Sugarcraft Flowers for All Occasions by Peggy Porschen, £25 (Quadrille). Released 22nd May 2014. Cakes in Bloom is a celebration of Peggy Porschen’s skill, style and experience and the first time that she has shared her repertoire of incomparable sugar blooms with her legions of fans. Peggy reveals the secrets to making more than 30 gorgeous lifelike flowers, from roses, peonies and pansies. Peggy demonstrates a broad range of techniques with clear step by step photography – moulding, balling, veining, frilling and dusting – embracing all the basics as well as the particular skills needed to make each individual flower. As with all her creations, Peggy’s cakes are as good to eat as they are to look at, so she has included a number of signature recipes for delicious cakes and fail-safe fillings.


6. Made in India Cooked in Britain: Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen by Meera Sodha, £20 (Penguin – Fig Tree). Released 3rd July 2014 A fresh and accessible guide to making delicious authentic home-cooked Indian food. Meera Sodha grew up with her mother preparing quick, fresh, tasty Indian dishes. These are the dishes British Indians cook and eat at home on a daily basis. Home cooked Indian food is hot, fresh chapattis, made in minutes, gobbled in seconds. Fragrant curries that make your mouth water. Side dishes which refresh and delight. Inspired by her mother’s cooking, and her travels in India, Meera Sodha shows how easy, simple and delicious it is to make Indian food, combining old techniques and new ingredients to form delicious and exciting new flavours.



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Have Your Own Fiesta With A Brazilian Garden Party

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Mix 4 Fragata Piri Piri Hot Peppers finely chopped with the Juice of 2 limes, 4 green chillies seeded and finely chopped, 3 tbsp of sugar, 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tsp salt together in a large bowl until the ingredients bind together. Thoroughly coat 1kg chicken wings or thighs with the mixture by putting all of the ingredients into a polythene bag and shake hard. Marinate in the fridge for an hour. © KANKUN®


Cook the wings in a griddle pan or on the BBQ for about 20 - 30 minutes turning frequently, depending on the size (thighs will take a bit longer). Serve with a delicious salad and homemade wedges.

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To oven: Preheat the oven to 180° C. Place 400g of beef ribs meaty-side up, in large roasting pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Brush with 2 tablespoons of KANKUN® CHIPOTLE SAUCE and bake for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, mix 3 tablespoons of KANKUN® Chipotle Sauce with 3 tablespoons of honey and the juice of 1 lime.

To grill: Preheat grill to high. Place the ribs on a hot grill, meaty-side up. Cook for about 10 minutes, turning once, and then cook for a further 10 minutes, brushing with sauce occasionally. Serve with KANKUN® Chipotle Sauce.

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Set aside 1/2 cup of the mixture to serve with ribs later. Brush the ribs with the mixture and cook for further 10-15 minutes, basting occasionally, and turning a few times during baking.

Brazilian Feast

This summer we’re heading down to South America for inspiration on all things hot, hot, hot! Brazil is in our sights with the World Cup taking place in Rio this year and what a perfect excuse to have an exotic feast and get you in the mood for a fiesta! We want to introduce some Latin vibes into the kitchen, or should we say the garden as we’re firing up the barbie for some delicious BBQ recipes and exotic sides, dishes and accompaniments with the full and fiery flavours of Brazil. CHICKEN KEBABS WITH ROASTED RED ONIONS Serves 4

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Preheat the oven to 200ºC. If using wooden skewers, soak 4 in cold water for 20 minutes before using to prevent them from burning. Mix 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar with the zest and juice of 1 Waitrose lemon, together with 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic, 2 tbsp of clear honey and 7g of fresh oregano. Add 4 essential Waitrose British Chicken Breast Fillets (about 500g), cubed, and coat well in the marinade. If you have time, leave in the fridge for 20–30 minutes to marinate. Meanwhile, place 250g punnet essential Waitrose Baby Plum Tomatoes in a small roasting dish with 1 red onion cut into small wedges. Drizzle over 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, add some seasoning and another 7g of fresh oregano and toss well. Roast in the oven for 20–25 minutes until tender. Preheat the grill to high. Make the kebabs by alternating the chicken and 1 red onion cut into small wedges onto the skewers. Cook the chicken on the grill rack, turning regularly for about 18–20 minutes until the meat is thoroughly cooked and the juices run clear with no pink meat.

Cook’s tips To get ahead, why not use the prepared essential Waitrose British Chicken Breast Chunks instead? You could also cook the kebabs on the barbecue for a real taste of summer.


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Serve the kebabs with the roasted onions and tomatoes together with some essential Waitrose Easy Cook Long Grain Rice, and green salad leaves.



And how about a tropical tipple to wash all that tasty grub down? This exotic drink is packed full of mangoes, limes and ice for a refreshing beverage on those long and lazy summer days. Cocktail recipe created by the International Wine and Spirit Competition’ Make 150ml sugar syrup by dissolving sugar in water hot and cooling Blend 4 mangoes (large ripe, peeled and diced), 450ml Cana Rio Cachaca and 75ml lime together until smooth. Serve in 2 cups of ice.


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Mix 450g of beef mince, salt and freshly milled black pepper, the grated zest of 1 small lemon, 2tbsp of sun-dried tomato paste and 2tbsp Worcestershire sauce with 1-2tsp wholegrain mustard together in a large bowl. Using slightly damp hands shape the mixture into 10-12 small 5cm/2inch burgers. If time allows cover and chill for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the apple and chilli slaw; in a large bowl mix ½ white cabbage (approx. 300g) cored and shredded, 2 grated carrots, 1 small red onion finely sliced, 1 finely sliced green apple, 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped, 150g Greek yogurt with 1tsp cider or white wine vinegar and salt and freshly milled black pepper together. Cover and chill in the fridge until required.

Sauces and sides for flavour

Cook the burgers under a preheated moderate grill or on a prepared barbecue for 3-4 minutes on each side until thoroughly cooked and any meat juices run clear. Serve the burgers in buns or rolls of your choice with a salad garnish and the slaw.

Bloody Mary Ketchup, £2.99 Cheerbrook Farm Shop

Schwartz Grill Mates Brazilian BBQ, £1 All major supermakets

KANKUN® chipotle sauce, £2.99



Preheat the oven to 180 ºC. Line a baking tray with baking parchment or kitchen foil. Take 2 aubergines and halve lengthways. Using a sharp knife, cut all around the inside edge of each aubergine half. Remove the aubergine flesh and chop finely. Reserve the skins.

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GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN! It’s time to get your hats at the ready and start planning your outfits as Ladies Day is coming soon to our favourite local racecourse. Taking place on Friday 25th July, the ever popular Ladies Day will attract both ladies and gents from across the county as they all embark on one of Staffordshire’s biggest social occasions! Arrive in style to the beautiful country racecourse and then you can expect to be surrounded by a sea of frocks, fascinators and fillies. The grandstands will be full of excitement as thousands of people cheer their winning horse whilst dressed to the tens. It’s worth dusting off your favourite heels or splashing out on a new outfit to be in with a chance of winning a prize for the ‘Best Dressed Lady’ and ‘Best Hat’ competitions. If being in the limelight isn’t your thing, then sit back and relax with a glass of PIMM’s or celebrate with champagne.

Fillies package includes your hospitality ticket, fine dining and unlimited drinks for those wanting to splash out and make the occasion even more special. A range of tickets are available, with prices starting from just £10.00. For more information on tickets and hospitality on Ladies Day, call the racecourse office on 01889 562561 or visit Gates open 12 noon.

David MacDonald, Executive Director at Uttoxeter Racecourse, said “Our Ladies Day is one of our most popular fixtures and attracts guests from all over the Midlands and beyond. The atmosphere is always incredibly exciting and it’s fantastic to see so many people with extravagant hats and wonderful outfits. We’re very proud of our Ladies Day fixture and I expect 2014 to be our best yet.”


Whether you’re with family, friends, partners or even colleagues, Ladies Day promises a day of pure entertainment. With seven exciting jump races followed by live music after racing, there’s no need to leave the party early! You can enjoy racing without having to gamble too, but if you do fancy a flutter then don’t be afraid to have a go. All of the horses in each race are listed in the raceday programme, with the colours of the jockeys’ silks next to them. You can study the form, pick a name that means something to you or simply go for your favourite colour. A selection of packages are available… the Champagne & Strawberries package includes a premier ticket and champagne & strawberries, meanwhile the Fabulous

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Outdoors in The Midlands The new season brings with it some sunshine and what better an excuse to get out with the kids and get back out in the fresh air with plenty of attractions in the Midlands to keep you occupied over summer.

Go Ape at Cannock Chase!

Go Ape has polished its zip-wires and tightened its Tarzan swings, ready to kick start an action-packed adventure in the forest! Go Ape provides fun for all the family whatever the weather, so why not unleash your inner Tarzan and live life adventurously with a trip to the UK’s leading forest adventure? Surrounded by some of Britain’s most breath-taking scenery, Go Ape Cannock Chase have adventures to suit everyone. The whole family will be sure to leave with some amazing memories, guaranteeing a day they will never forget. Families, friends and tribes can spend two to three hours in the trees enjoying the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of Obstacles and Crossings and finishing on a high (literally) with wind in your face from epic zip wires. We all know how much kids love adventure and the Go Ape Tree Top Junior can be found at Cannock Chase, so that children from the age of six (or over one metre tall) can join in the fun and explore the canopy too. It’s one for the whole family to enjoy and it’s great for birthday parties too! Taking place five metres above the forest floor, young Tarzans can make their way through 20 looping obstacles including the Spiders Web, Log Balance, Jungle Crossing and, of course, finishing with an awesome Zip wire. Go Ape Cannock Chase also boasts Go Ape Forest Segways which allows visitors to spend an adventure-filled hour venturing off the beaten track and exploring the forest floor on an all terrain, self-balancing, electric Segway for a safari like no other. Courses are suitable for all, so long as riders are 10 years or above and over 7 stone (125kg). Don’t just take it from us; take a look at what one of the tribe has said about their time in the forest: “fantastic family fun, great service and value for money, much better than a theme park” Louisa, 6 November 2013. For tickets and more information visit or telephone 0843 770 3642

Victoria Park, Stafford

Victoria Park is Green Flag award winning park located on the banks of River Sow in the heart of Stafford Town Centre. Originally named the Victoria Park Pleasure Grounds the site opened in 1908 and is the Boroughs principal destination park. The park now covers an area of 4.95 acres the park is the largest formal park in the Borough. The site contains the listed structures of the Alderman Mottram shelter and the County War Memorial. The structure of the park has changed very little since the park was opened and as a result the original park layout is still in existence today.

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Amerton Farm is a great day out for all the family. The aim is to provide a relaxing, pleasant environment so that everyone can enjoy their visit.

The park has an active friends of group who are an independent voluntary group who are active in increasing the community use and ownership of the site.

Families can enjoy a visit to the Farmyard, Playbarn indoor & outdoor areas, Toy Shop and at weekends have a ride on the train. They can also visit the British Wildlife Rescue Centre, Amerton Cakes, Retro Sweet Shop, Garden Centre and Paint a Pot Studio. New to Amerton is Brookland’s Poultry, where you can see chicks hatching from eggs and watch them running around in their pens. The Blacksmith is in the farm yard, where you can watch him working at his forge.

Site Facilities • Aviary • Band Stand (available for hire) • Bowling Green (open April to September - available for hire) • Glass House • Kiosk • Play Area (with splash pad and youth area) • Riverside Walks • Sensory raised garden • Toilets

Amerton Tea Room prides itself in serving good quality, home-made fresh food using locally sourced produce. The Bakery boasts a range of delicious cakes and savoury produce. The Farm Shop has a wide range of locally produced wine, beer, meat, cheeses and eggs. Delicious Amerton Farm ice cream is available in an assortment of flavours. There’s also a well-stocked Craft Centre and Cook Shop.

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Twycross Zoo, Warwickshire

Now celebrating over 50 years of great value family fun, Twycross Zoo is famous for its world renowned primate collection and is the only place in the UK that you can see all four types of great ape – gorilla, chimpanzee, orang utan and bonobo. Set in more than 80 acres, they are also home to the most critically endangered big cat on earth, the Amur leopard, and the rare and magnificent snow leopard, as well as around 650 other animals from almost 150 species. This year there’s a whole host of new and exciting attractions! From a refurbished and expanded children’s ’Explorers Zone’, which boasts a brand new adventure playground, gift shop, pizzeria café and a magical Butterfly Forest to new and improved exhibits including ‘African Plains’ home to the newly arrived group of zebra and a new giant tortoise indoor area. Plus don’t forget the new baby elephant that was born in March! Facilities include: • Brilliant new Soft Play for children ages 0-12 • See the snow leopards in the free to enter visitor centre with 300 seat restaurant and gift shop • Kid’s Explorer’s zone with outdoor play, butterfly forest, Twycross Express train ride and Pets at Twycross • Free parking • Nature Reserve • Daily talks and animal feeds • Twycross Fish Bar, Dome Café and Indoor picnic area For tickets and more information visit or phone 0844 474 1777

Ackers Adventure Ackers Adventure is situated just 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham on a 75 acre site. There’s a wide range of facilities which offer a variety of activities for all ages and abilities. These include: Skiing, Climbing, Canoeing, Archery, Kayaking, Fan Descender, Zip Wires, Jungle Challenge Course, Adventure Trek, Bellboating, Snowboarding, Tobogganing and Team Building. Ackers is also situated right by the Grand Union Canal making it a perfect location for water activities. They run a School Holiday Programme every school holiday for 8-16 yr olds, Birthday Parties, ThrillSeeker Multi Activity Days (12th April, 21st June, 21st September), Lessons, Courses, Events, Residential Stays, Stag & Hen Packages, After School Clubs, Go Canoeing Tours & Sessions and Fundraising events. For further information visit or call on 0121 772 5111. All activities have to be pre booked in advance.

Alton Towers Alton Towers Resort is to launch the world’s first ever CBeebies Land, bringing some of the mostloved children’s characters to Britain’s number one Theme Park Resort. Opening in May 2014, the interactive and immersive Land will add to the existing portfolio of over 50 rides and attractions along with four CBeebies themed rooms at the Alton Towers Hotel. CBeebies Land will inspire learning through play. Home to a range of themed rides, attractions and live entertainment, CBeebies Land will be a completely immersive experience for children and young families. Young guests can meet the Veggies in Mr Bloom’s Allotment, make custard pies in Justin’s House Pie-O-Matic Factory, ride the Numtums Number-Go-Round and discover the Something Special Sensory Garden. CBeebies Land will also feature live shows and entertainment hosted at the Big Fun Show Time venue including shows from Mike the Knight, The Zingzillas and Nina & The Neurons. Children can meet their favourite characters from In the Night Garden, Postman Pat, Mike the Knight, and Tree Fu Tom. After an action packed day, enjoy a short break at either the Alton Towers or Splash Landings Hotel situated just a stone’s throw away from the Theme Park. Discover the fun and quirky features of the Alton Towers hotel, based around the travels of the incredible explorer Sir Algenon. Over in Splash Landings, the sun shines every day in the crazy Caribbean themed hotel. After a busy day relax in Ma Garrita’s bar, with superb views overlooking the tropical Waterpark and fabulous entertainment into the evening. Visit for more information or to book or call 0871 222 3330.

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She said: “Ticket sales for Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood initially started slowly. “The pantomime has received some extremely good reviews since it began on December 8 and ticket sales have now increased significantly, with future performances selling well and a number of shows now nearly full.” Ticket sales for the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton, which stars Linda Lusardi, are also ahead compared to this time last year. A spokesman said that before the weekend 44,000 had been sold, which is slightly ahead of the position for Aladdin this time last year, and that takings were more than £30,000 up. Aladdin opened in Shrewsbury on December 1 and runs until January 8. Tickets cost from £11 from the box office on (01743) 281281 or at Tickets for Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood in Telford, which runs until January 2, are available from (01952) 382382 or and cost from £7.50. Snow White at the Grand Theatre runs until January 22. Tickets are available from (01902) 429212.

Police community support officer Vanessa Halford has been visiting high schools in Wyre Forest as well as Hagley in the last fortnight asking students to make the pledge.

Students were pledging they would not be part of the small minority who commit domestic abuse. They made the pledge by drawing round their hands on pledge scrolls and signing. The pledge is part of an initiative to raise awareness about domestic abuse and is tied in with the West Mercia Police domestic abuse campaign and the White Ribbon Campaign 16 days of action. The event was supported by the ContinU Trust, Barnardo’s and Homebase. Students were able to find out more about what domestic abuse is so they understand if it happens to them. Details were also given out of who to report it to and who to go to for help. Information and leaflets were also available from the Home Office about teenagers’ relationships along with posters from Women’s Aid, The Hide Out and ChildLine. CSO Halford said: “It was great to see so many students offering to make the pledge. I hope that now so many more young people in Wyre Forest understand domestic abuse they will not be new victims of the crime, and for those that are suffering they will now seek help.”

A mother and daughter team has scooped first prize in Newport’s annual Christmas window decoration competition. Sue and Hannah Tranter, who run The Cook Shop in High Street, won the Kath Crewe Shield for their festive window. Sue said she was delighted, having only launched the shop in March. She said: “We put a lot of effort into it. Hannah did most of the work because she’s the one with the artistic flair.” Organiser Eva Allan said it was about encouraging more people to do their Christmas shopping in the town. Henshalls Insurance Brokers, also on High Street, won the Chamber of Commerce prize. Shropshire Heat at Chetwynd End won the Town Council shield. There were certificates for 20 other businesses, including the Shropshire Star and Newport Advertiser office on St Mary.

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Of course you can’t rely on our weather all year around so a pair of wellington boots is a must if you’re headed out into the garden despite the rain. And let’s not forget some sort of storage unit to store all of your tools and gardening gadgets. A shed can also become a feature in your garden if you paint it a colour to compliment your garden. It needn’t be a huge shed and there are plenty of designs available to suit however much space you have to spare in your garden. Pink Wellies, £18.95.

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Let’s begin with the basics now. Before we can even begin to think about flower arrangements and water features, we need a good foundation and in the garden, this means the lawn. A healthy lawn with luscious grass will allow anything planted to flourish season after season. To get your grass in its best condition, a little elbow grease will be needed to weed out any weeds and working the soil in and turning it with a gardening fork will bring old soil back to life for flower beds. Once your lawn is fresh and healthy, a bit of pruning around the edges will have everything looking very inviting for any flowers and plants you plan on planting. Make sure wherever you plant that bulbs and seeds are sown with enough distance between them to grow to their full potential and they’ll need plenty of water and sunshine so position them as best you can for optimum sun and don’t forget to go out with your watering can every other day. Grow Your Own One obvious benefit of having a well-cared for garden and healthy soil is the abundance of flowers, fruit and vegetables you can grow in your own backyard. Growing your own crops can be awfully rewarding when you first pick and taste your own wild strawberries or roast carrots straight from the garden veggie patch and that proud self-sufficient feeling never goes away. Seeing as you’re getting your garden into tip-top shape, why not make the most of that fertile ground and grow some of your own? Squashes, carrots and potatoes are a few veggies that can be harvested all year round so we’d always suggest planting some of these and growing your own to get you familiar with your plot and practice makes perfect. In the months of May and June asparagus, strawberries, rhubarb and delicious pea pods are all in season and are a real treat to harvest your own. If you’re serious about going green and want to expand your veggie patch you might want to consider investing in a greenhouse to help provide a steady supply of fruit and veg when certain vegetables are out of season or wouldn’t survive out open to the elements or take advantage of the tropical climate a greenhouse supplies to grow exotic flowers.

Flora Whether you have a penchant for poppies or you’re mad for marigolds, you can plant a multitude of flowers in your garden and let them bloom to create a bright and colourful garden which will be all the more appealing with the scents from different flowers. If you don’t know your daisy from your daffodil we have a few suggestions to get your garden blooming. Sunflowers are one of the easiest of flowers to grow as they practically do all the work for you as their brightly coloured heads follow the sun to ensure they grow. Just sow the seeds straight into the ground in a sunny, sheltered spot and watch them grow and grow and grow! Be sure to provide the stems with supports to grow the tallest sunflowers around. They’re also a great way to get the kids involved in gardening with a sunflower growing competition and you can monitor their progress with a fun chart for kids to tally up their results.


If you really do consider yourself a complete amateur at this whole gardening malarkey, Marks & Spencer have done a great deed and created these planting pots with a variety of seeds to grow all sorts of flowers and vegetables. We have our eyes on the ‘Grow Your Own Cherry Tomatoes Minibel’ (£12.) for its simplicity and who doesn’t want the sweetest cherry tomatoes to perk up a salad? Simply sow the seeds, add water and hang the tin in your garden. And here’s one for the kids. We love gardening and definitely believe it’s something the kids can get involved with. M&S’ ‘Mini Sunflower Sunspot’ (£8.) are great for kids and the miniature sizes means they can each look after their own sunflower and see how tall they can get them for a fun competition that will keep their attention. Let the race begin.

Marigolds grow in almost any soil and thrive in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. They are good insect repellents and companions in the vegetable garden. Marigolds are easy to start from seed, either in containers or in the ground. This cheerful flower’s popularity probably derives in part from its ability to bloom brightly all summer long. Achillea ‘Moonshine’ Yarrows are one of the most carefree and generous bloomers, featuring large clusters of bright canary-yellow flowers with frilly, aromatic leaves that give a wildflower look to any garden. Veronicas are a true blue shade which is striking in a garden among other flowers. They are low maintenance and are known to attract butterflies into your garden if that is something you would enjoy. Regular deadheading extends bloom time.

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I Like To Ride My Bicycle Ever since the London Olympics in the summer of 2012, there has been a buzz in the air and a new wave of budding athletes have hit the scene and isn’t this great news! Cycling in particular has experienced a boom thanks to the likes of Bradley Wiggans and Chris Froome, both proud Brits whose successes at The Olympics and the Tour de France make them ambassadors for the sport and a leading example of the benefits of getting on your bike. More of us than ever are hopping on our bikes and riding our way to a healthier lifestyle and having fun from our new hobby while turning it into quite the social occasion as cycling clubs are popping up all over Staffordshire. Stafford Road Club Established in 1942, Stafford Road Club has enjoyed over 70 years of strong support from local cyclists and membership ranges from folk who just want a good weekend and/or mid-week social ride to hard training for time trialists, road racers, track riders, tri-athletes and riders of UK and European sportives. Group rides are on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and cater for all abilities as well as more demanding training sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Kidsgrove Wheelers Cycling Club Kidsgrove Wheelers Cycling Club was originally founded in the 1930’s as a means in the community to provide a simple get together of likeminded people that had very little money to do anything else but ride bikes as a social past time when not working. Unfortunately due to the 2nd world war the club dissolved as members went off to fight in the Great War. Kidsgrove Wheelers was re-established in 2007 and has gone on to huge success in the community as it welcomes all the family to get involved in the fun. For social, club or training rides they tend to go towards the Cheshire lanes. They are also involved in Turbo training session which take place at the new Sandyford Community Fire Station, Stoke On Trent which has a great turn out for these sessions. Senior membership is £10 annually, Family (2 adults and 2 children) is £20 and a Junior membership is £5. Find out more at Lyme Racing Club The largest cycle club in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire which was established officially in 1958. Time trials, track racing, road racing and mountain bike racing are just some of the competitive cycling activities that they regularly take part in and can offer to the new member.

The club has over 140+ members who turn out in large numbers each week for cub rides and training tracks. Membership for a year (August- August) is £28 for adults, £22 for ages 16-18 and £19 for children under the age of 16 years.

With over 300 members, this club caters to all abilities and coaching takes place both on Newcastle Velodrome and other places in the North Staffordshire Area. Membership is £15 plus a £5 joining fee and there is a Family membership for 2 adults and their children (under the age of18) for £30.

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r and lots and lots of foliage. Exotic To achieve this tropic al look it’s all about colou s and the feel of a rainforest retreat plants are key in creating beautiful surrounding better when it comes to shrubbery, in your own back garden. The bigger the ng back in Brazil but the flowers we don’t know what it is those plants are drinki with large leaves with a mixture are blooming big and so you’ll want tall plants to give a tropic al, natural look. The of textures and shades of leaves and petals ng as you want them to look as if trick is to put some thought into your planti d naturally in a design of bold hues they’ve just grown into their shapes and forme a miniature rainforest of your own mixed into one another to create the look of where every thing is large, green in your garden. A tropic al garden style is one abundance. Choose plants with big and dramatic. Architectural plants are used in leaved plants add to the tropic al look. leaves or dramatic spiky leaves. Lots of shinyoverall look is very green but patches Colours tend to take second place in that the uced. A tropic al garden needs to of very bright, very dramatic colours can be introd plants. Decide which plants you are be packed with plants but use lots of the same same plants throughout the garden. going to use and plant in groups and use the

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We’re totally inspired by Brazil having heard so much about it on the lead up to the World Cup and it has left us all envious of the hot climate, the colourful landscape and all the fun taking place in the tropics. Brazil has influenced our taste in décor as we’re all trying to replicate that colourful and vibrant feel of the country and capture the energy of the famous carnivals in our own homes. The Brazilian theme can flow right the way through the home out to the garden for some al fresco fun. Think of the tropical rainforest for inspiration to turn our gardens into our own tropical paradises. Fishy Business Now we may not be able to have our very own waterfall complete with orchids and a rocky exterior for a truly tropical vibe in the back garden but this needn’t stop us from achieving this look. A pond can have all the effect of a waterfall with lily pads and tropical fish to bring it to life. If you want to keep tropical fish, we would suggest investing in a proper water heater as tropical fish such as pacu, koi and tiger fish and even the humble goldfish need warmer water to survive. You will also need a good water filter to keep the water fresh and habitable for the fish. If you’ve gone to the effort of building this tropical retreat you need to know how to care for it to maintain the look and hygiene of the pond.

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These delightful decorations from Wilk insons offer that perfect finis hing touch in your garden and add a special something to the spaces between bright plants and chunky furniture whe re a theme can get lost in translatio n amo ng statement pieces. A range of plan ts and decorative pieces in diffe rent tone s and textures dotted throughout the garden give a fun and inviting feel to the garden and extends the home trend through to the garden. Lighting in the garden is crucial to ensure you can enjoy time out in the garden in an even ing and adds a touch of decoration and is another feature in the overall look of the outside space. Pick an assortment of lanterns peppered through the décor for a really special effec t reminiscent of a beach party for your own alfresco evenings under the moonlight. The garden space will seem all the more appe aling and you’ll find yourself spending as much time as possible (weather perm itting ) out in your garden with comforta ble furnishings and plenty of char acte r and charming features. Who knew addi ng a few decorations could make a space feel so special?

What is a tropical garden without a water feature? Depending on the size you have to spare, it can be anything from an intricate bird bath to a pond full of tropical fish and complete with its own light display. Popular designs are pools, ponds and waterfalls which can be scaled to suit the garden space and landscape you have. A water feature is often the centrepiece of a garden and functions as the focus of the garden to design other features around such as the plants planted and the overall style of the garden. A water feature is appealing to a lot of gardeners and homemakers as water is commonly associated with the sea and the sound of water on a stream or waterfall offers a tranquil area away from a busy house. When we picture a tropical paradise, a waterfall always comes to mind so this feature is non-negotiable in our books.

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Club Tropicana The World Cup is taking place in Brazil this summer and while we can’t all head to Rio for the gorgeous scenery, surrounded by bamboo and exotic flowers and that intense summer heat, we can bring a bit of Brazil to us through our interiors and we’ll just have to whack up the central heating as somehow we don’t think Staffordshire will reach tropical temperatures. Spice up your life with a hint of Latin flavour and introduce colour and different textures into your home décor to transport you to South America where things are getting hot, hot, hot!

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When we picture Brazil we envision white beaches with crystal clear waters for miles dotted with bamboo parasols and exotic flowers in the most vibrant shades. And come the evenings, Brazil transforms into a vivacious carnival which explodes with colour and evokes all the senses. Translating this into your own home can sound tricky without turning your home into a beach hut blurred with colour but it can be done, and we’ll show you how.


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Hot, hot, hot! Orange instantly gives us the feeling of something hot, bright and fun. Now isn’t that exactly how you want your house to feel all year round? Like your own tropical retreat to kick back in? It is such a bold colour that it can seem daunting at first if you’re staring down at a tin of paint the same colour as hot fire and panicking at the thought of washing this all over your walls. You can introduce different hues of salmon, amber, coral and tangerine dependent on what effect you want to achieve. Orange works well in any room of the house. Try it in the kitchen to add a splash of colour and the bright, zingy orange inspire you to cook hot and spicy dishes to match your environment. You can introduce the colour through kitchen utensils like the kettle, toaster and dinner plates. It’s a cheap way of adding colour that if you bore of that colour scheme and have left the rest of the kitchen a neutral hue, you can simply switch up the utensils and pick a new colour palette. An earthy, amber tone is beautiful for the bedroom for a sultry feel, an apricot shade works great for a smaller room as a bold colour painted a across walls can make the room appear smaller than it is or you can go bold with a true orange for a splash of colour as a statement wall.

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Orange looks great with dark wood furnishings as the contrast from bright to dark compliments one another. This can be done to look ultra-modern or rustic dependant on the finish of the furniture. Pick sharp lines and minimal detail for a neat and fuss-free finish and pick cool silver tones for decoration and accent. For a rustic feel, use old wood furnishings and mismatched pieces for a shabby-chic finish. Different textures in throws, cushions or a statement can add a lot to a room and be those finishing touches to pull it all together.

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I Can See The Sea. Blue is undoubtedly one the most popular colours in every area of life, clothing, cars and there’s no exception for décor. Blue is a very versatile colour as there is a plethora of shades to pick from with different tones to match the environment. A blue décor summons up the image of the ocean and a nautical theme is a sure winner for most homes as it transfers well across any room and there are plenty of nautical themed furnishings out there to choose from. But never fear, if you haven’t got your sea legs and want your home to stay on land with its décor, blue can work brilliantly in a bold wash of colour and statement pieces can do the talking. Shades of blue range massively from royal, baby, cobalt, ocean, sky, navy and so on. Blue may be associated with boys but it is in fact a unisex colour and a popular choice for the bedroom for that very reason. Blue and white work wonderfully together to create a soft but striking look. If you’re having a total revamp of your bedroom, how about white wardrobes and bedside tables and white ornaments for a quintessentially English countryside look? Navy is a good alternative to black, which can be a tricky colour to get right when decorating your home, so we would suggest navy for a rich and warm feel which works beautifully in a big living space, paired with chunky wood and rich leather suites you can make your own cosy countryside retreat in your own home. If you’re working in a smaller space, try lighter shades of blue to make the most of the space which are the most inoffensive and don’t give the appearance of a smaller room which bolder colours can do as they draw the eye in more.


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Sunny Delight Hello Mr Sunshine! Yellow evokes the thought of summer, sun and a bright and happy atmosphere. We can certainly see the appeal for this shade with such happy connotations attached to the bright hue. Yellow is another unisex shade and for most parents their first choice when picking the colour of a nursery if they’re waiting on the big reveal of their sex of their baby. But yellow isn’t exclusive to all the babies out there, oh no. We can all have a bit of sunshine painted into our homes for that feel-good factor. The bright colour makes you feel cheery just looking at it and it can lift the whole feel of a room, and your mood. Yellow, particularly in a lemon shade is a universal colour and transfers throughout the home and works equally as well in the kitchen, living room or bedroom. It can be as subtle or in your face as you like if you pick the right shade for the feel you’re going for. We’d suggest if you want a yellow hue in the kitchen, go bold. A statement wall on the wall where most of the cooking takes place can draw your eyes into where all the action happens in the kitchen and a pale sherbet shade can get lost behind all the utensils in the kitchen. There is a wide range of yellow shades from lemon, sherbet, canary, daffodil, corn and citrine which offer an endless list of design ideas. A favourite of ours is citrine, a fresh and citrusy shade which looks like a mixture of lemon and lime, is a beautiful hue that looks so chic and sophisticated paired with grey shades and is popular for the bedroom and living rooms for a feminine but sophisticated look. It offers that pop of colour but isn’t overpowering as the darker shades of grey and cream tones balance it out to create a stunning look in your home.

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Dulux Paint in Sun Dust, 2.5 Litres, RRP £24.29

Luna Round Stoneware Vases (set of two), £29.25.

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EXCLUSIVE HOMES COMING SOON TO WHISTON GARDENS The long wait is almost over for discerning homebuyers eager to live in one of the new luxurious homes that will be built by Lioncourt Homes in the delightful village of Wheaton Aston in Staffordshire. Lioncourt is just about to commence building an exclusive collection of three and four bedroom detached homes at Whiston Gardens, within easy access of the large cities in the West Midlands as well as Stafford, Cannock, Telford and Shrewsbury. This tranquil village is the perfect location for family living and benefits from the M5 motorway being just 5 minutes away. The development will comprise of just 8 new homes and potential purchasers are urged to register their interest now to avoid disappointment.

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NEW HOMES IN GREAT WYRLEY ARE A COMMUTER HAVEN KEEPERS CHASE r further information call sales on 0845 2880 Achieving the 873 perfect work/life balance is easy in a brand new home in Great Barratt Homes West Midlands’ Keepers Chase development in Cannock is the


place Gardens to use the Government backed Help to BuyAston, scheme.Staffordshire ST19 9QR urt Homes perfect - Whiston Ivetsey Road, Wheaton Email: Help to Buy is open to any homebuyers purchasing a new build property up to the value of £600,000. All you need is a five per cent deposit, and combined with a Government funded equity loan of 20 per cent, buyers only need a mortgage of 75 per cent. The development is not far from Cannock Chase, just a short drive away, this area has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Also nearby is Cannock Town centre where all local amenities can be found including high street brands, cafes, restaurants and bars. For more information please call on 01543 572 102 or visit the Sales Centre open Thursday to Monday between 10am and 5pm.


Located within reach of the M6 and M6 toll, plus the A5 and A34, Oakwood Grange makes an excellent base for commuting to Walsall, Wolverhampton and Birmingham. There are schools and shops nearby, while Cannock town centre is handy too. Chasewater Country Park is just a short drive away offering homeowners the chance to explore the great outdoors. Pauline Turnbull, sales director for Redrow Homes (Midlands), says: “We launched Oakwood Grange three years ago and have now sold two thirds of the properties. As more homes are occupied the sense of community has blossomed. The combination of the location and our high specification has attracted a mix of

buyers, including those living in Cannock or Great Wyrley who want to stay local and people moving into the area. They all love how our homes combine traditional Arts & Crafts influenced exteriors and period-style features with modern interiors.” The final phase of two, three and four-bedroom homes at Oakwood Grange is now available. Prices start from £146,995 for a two-bedroom Evesham style property, which could be snapped up for an initial outlay of only £117,596 with the aid of a Help to Buy equity loan for 20% of the price. To find out more, visit Oakwood Grange, open daily from 10am to 5.30pm. Alternatively, call 01922 279606 or see

SECURE YOUR DREAM HOME IN STAFFORDSHIRE WITH TAYLOR WIMPEY! Discerning property-seekers looking for their ideal home in Staffordshire are being encouraged to visit one of Taylor Wimpey’s superb new developments in the county. The leading housebuilder has an impressive range of new-build houses and apartments available to buy at Sheridan Grange and Marston Grange in Stafford, as well as The Pinnacle in Stoke-on-Trent. Prospective buyers can reserve their dream home from a choice of four and five-bedroom homes at Sheridan Grange, an exclusive new development in the sought-after neighbourhood of Rowley Park. Meanwhile, Marston Grange offers a range of family-sized homes in an enviable location on the edge of Marston Gate, overlooking the green open fields of Trent Valley.

Oakwood Grange

BLOOR HOMES OFFERS THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS AT WATERSIDE Bloor Homes’ Waterside development is situated in the picturesque Staffordshire countryside, while benefiting from all the amenities of nearby Tunstall. Its range of three bedroom homes are perfect for growing families who can enjoy the area’s many walkways and beautiful views. Take for example The Bampton. This three bedroom home offers a spacious lounge, fabulous open plan kitchen/diner with French doors leading out to the patio and rear garden, a separate utility and handy cloakroom. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms, with the master suite offering a separate en suite shower room and fitted wardrobes, and a beautiful family bathroom. What’s more, The Bampton is available with the government-backed Help to Buy scheme, which makes it possible to buy a home with as little as a 5% deposit; and for new-build homes a loan of up to 20% of the cost of the property is available from the government. With Help to Buy, the Bampton is available from as little as £118,000. Tunstall has a good mixture of pubs, restaurants and a new shopping centre offering an array of retail outlets. Hanley, which is just five miles away, also has a good selection of shops, sports facilities, a cinema and Waterworld. The local area boasts excellent schools and beautiful countryside. For more information on the homes available at Waterside please contact 01782 823950.

The ‘Chatsworth’ at Sheridan Grange

Four and five-bedroom homes are priced from just £305,000 and £425,000 respectively at Sheridan Grange, while four-bedroom houses are available from only £225,000 at Marston Grange and five-bedroom properties from as little as £299,950. There are just two one-bedroom apartments remaining at The Pinnacle, priced from £69,995, so anyone looking to snap up a great value home at this popular development will need to act fast. To find out more about securing a stylish new home in Staffordshire with Taylor Wimpey, property-seekers can call 01543 496700 or visit the website

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The Ashford A two bedroom home, ideal for first time buyers looking to get on to the property ladder. The ground floor comprises of an open plan living and dining area with French doors leading to the rear garden, a fully fitted kitchen and convenient WC. The first floor boasts two double bedrooms and a bathroom.

Open plan living and dining area French doors to the rear garden Two double bedrooms 640 square feet Keepers Chase Lichfield Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 8EE 2 & 3 bedroom houses from £134,995 to £182,000

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Help to Buy† Visit us today and find out how the Government supported Help to Buy scheme can help get you moving! With Help to Buy you could afford a brand new Barratt home with just a 5% deposit. You only need to secure a 75% mortgage, the remaining 20% loan is repaid by you which is interest free for the first five years.

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Finally spring has sprung and we should have some sun in the coming months which has us wanting to throw open all the windows and doors in our homes and let in some fresh air and sunshine. Though after hibernating for what seems like the longest time, we fear there may be the odd speck of dust still lingering around the house so we propose a good old fashioned spring clean! ‘Old fashioned’ is the key and we’re looking at those old wives tales, tips from our Grandparents and the wonders of vinegar and a bit of elbow grease for a sparkling finish and a squeaky clean home. Raiding your cupboards will supply you with all the cleaning products you’ll need to tackle any mess and you’ll find them to be much more effective, often cheaper and all-natural compared to bottles of bleach and harsh chemicals we don’t want or need in our home. It is oddly satisfying getting your home spick and span with tried and true techniques passed down through the family with everyday household items. Who could imagine the magic of a bit of bicarbonate of soda? After all, Grandma knows best!



Throughout The Home • Recycle your newspaper and put it to good use, perfect for

In The Bathroomand bath tub with baking soda to lift dirt without

sink • Scrub your bathroom l. of bak ing soda scratching the ename r about one quarter cup an under the sink - pou n, then pour ctio • For keeping pipes cle rea makes a chemic al ut 1 cup of vinegar, this down the drain with abo the drain. al par ts. Pour some hot water down a and vinegar using equ mix ture of bak ing sod a n contac t upo • Unblock a loo with and into the toilet then the vinegar directly the toilet. into ter in the bak ing soda and r a ket tle of hot wa a few minutes then pou n drains the and they will fizz, leave it for nd quick suc tion sou en the toilet makes a toilet is the e sur The clog is released wh ke bowl and to ma twice to clean out the naturally. Flush once or and pour the operating as it should. held from waist height get a bucket of water away. ge • Alternatively you can cka and push the blo sible into the toilet to try around the and water as quickly as pos rs from shower doo ets to wipe away scum • Use damp laundr y she shower.

In The Garden • Make a spray bottle of vinegar with half a cup of salt added to kill weeds without strong chemicals. • Slugs can be a problem for some gardens and if they’re destroying plants you can simply sprinkle salt over them and it will kill the slugs. • A good weed control is hot water you’ve boiled your spuds in – excellent for those tricky weeds in between paving. • Don’t toss out old bananas, mush them up and plant them near rose bushes, the potassium helps flowers grow. • Regular milk is an incredible fungus and virus fighter in the garden. Start by adding a tablespoon of powdered milk to the soil around your plants early in the season BEFORE problems happen. Or make a spray that can be applied to infected leaves using leftover or spoiled milk diluted with water. • It may sound cruel, but if you have an ant problem, desperate times call for desperate measures. Put small piles of polenta where you see ants and they’ll eat it but won’t be able to digest it. Your ant problem (and the ants) will soon be dead.


cleaning glass and windows. If you’re serious about go au naturel with your spring clean, use a mixture of vinegar and water (diluted to a ratio of 1 to 8 for the water) for the cleaning agent, or your normal window spray if it works best for you. • Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda on your carpet and put a couple of drops of essential oil in and leave it for half an hour and them vacuum it up. This makes your carpet smell clean and fresh and you could use this trick on car mats, too. • Dust your television and computer screens with a used dryer sheet as this will reduce the static and prevent dust resettling. • To clean up shards of broken glass safely, put on some rubber gloves and use a piece of fresh bread, the shards of glass stick into the bread easily and safely. • Alcohol-based hair spray will help lift an ink stain off most clothing or furniture, but tends to work best on polyester blends. Spray, let it sit for 30 seconds and blot or wipe away. Further laundering with soap and water will finish the job. • 1 Alka-Seltzer tablet dropped in warm water can be used to clean jewellery (though not pearls) drop it in and leave for a few minutes for sparkling jewels.

In The Kitchen

glug of Cola will lift any grease burnt onto • Borrow some of the kids’ favourite fizzy drink; a good pots and pans. up with an old toothbrush and brush away • Toothpaste will make your silver ware sparkle, lather the tarnish. known to woman, all that scrubbing and • Cleaning the oven must be one of the worst chores in grease and dirt whilst choking over those getting down on your knees to reach every corner baked 1 box baking soda (16 ounces) and ¼ cup strong fumes of oven-cleaner, no thank you! You will need well. Wet the floor and walls of the oven (you washing powder. In a container, mix the ingredients the mixture on the surface. Repeat and can use a wet rag or paper towels) and generously sprinkle the grease away, rinsing well to remove any let sit overnight. In the morning, wipe the mixture and filmy residue. place in your kettle. Fill the kettle with water • To descale a kettle, cut a lemon into large chunks and to stand overnight. Discard the fruit and and allow it to boil then leave the lemon and water mixture your kettle. water the next day and rinse thoroughly before using sink followed by a cup of white vinegar. kitchen the down tablets ltzer Alka-Se 3 pop • To clean pipes Leave for a few minutes and then run hot water to clear.



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PRESTIGE HOMES A range of prestigious homes for sale in the region

UTTOXETER, Staffordshire

Uttoxeter, Staffordshire Lying in 1.63 acres of mature gardens, Wood Lawn Cottage boasts over 3500 sq ft of fabulous living space; all set undisputedly in one of the area’s best locations. EPC Rating D

Price Guide £795,000 Uttoxeter 01889 567444


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Ashbourne 01335 340730 Burton Upon Trent 01283 512244 Lichfield 01543 419121

Stafford 01785 236600 Uttoxeter 01889 567444 London 020 7839 0888

STONE, Staffordshire

Stone, Staffordshire An exceptionally spacious and highly individual detached country residence, occupying a delightful plot which extends to approximately 4.4 acres. The property is in a stunning location with magnificent views. EPC Rating F

Guide Price ÂŁ650,000 Stafford 01785 236600


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Elds Gorse Cottage | Minn Bank | Willoughbridge | TF9 4EU ÂŁ750,000 Elds Gorse Cottage is situated in a much sought after rural location with far reaching views. The property offers fantastic, spacious family accommodation and is set within extensive grounds of approximately five acres comprising formal landscaped and lawn gardens, floodlit tennis court and fenced paddock. The property is accessed via a long winding driveway leading to parking bays, courtyard, car port, garage and an array of outbuildings. The impressive and versatile accommodation offers the potential of an annexe if required. There are four reception rooms, five bedrooms and four bathrooms. An internal inspection is essential to appreciate the quality within.

Please contact Newcastle branch 01782 622677 email

The Old Vicarage | Doncaster Lane | Penkhull | ST4 7LE OFFERS IN EXCESS OF ÂŁ450,000 Outstanding period property located on the periphery of Penkhull village. The Old Vicarage is situated with access to village amenities, hospital complex and surrounding pottery towns. The elegant and spacious residence comprises:- Entrance Hall. Reception Hall. Study. Dining Room. Lounge. Inner Hall. Cloaks/W.C. Modern Luxury Kitchen. Utility. Morning Room. Leisure with hot tub and sauna. Cellar. Five bedrooms. Family Bathroom. Separate Shower Room. Driveway. Garage. Front forecourt. Large well screened tiered rear garden. Viewing is highly recommended and essential to fully appreciate the exceptional family accommodation with numerous original features.

Please contact Newcastle branch 01782 622677 email

Tittensor, Staffordshire

An individually designed 1930s Art Deco family home • • • • •

Substantial open plan sitting room/dining room 5 bedrooms, master en-suite Potential for building plot in grounds, subject to planning Gardens with woodland & pool, in all circa 1.5 acres EPC rating F Guide price £649,000

Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire

Immaculate village home • • • • • •

3 reception rooms Magnificent kitchen with vaulted ceiling 4 double bedrooms (2 en-suite) Detached oak frame garage About 1.32 acres in all EPC rating C

Guide price £920,000

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Woodmill, Staffordshire

Stunning family home in lovely location • • • • • • •

Magnificent breakfast kitchen 2 reception rooms, study 4 double bedrooms (2 en suite) 3 attic rooms (scope to convert) Lawned garden Planning permission for oak-framed garage EPC rating E Guide price £750,000

Newborough, Staffordshire

An excellent family home on the outskirts of the village • • • • • • •

3 reception rooms, 6 bedrooms Orangery with stunning indoor pool House about 5,759 sq ft Extensive views Well presented gardens Garaging EPC rating F

Stuart Flint

Jennifer Barton

Helena Tibbitts

Alasdair Dunne

Guide price £795,000

independent property expertise Field Place Stone


Whitmore Road Newcastle


A grand Georgian town house with beautifully preserved original features. This grade II listed gentleman’s residence is one of Stone’s most iconic buildings situated within ten minutes’ walk of the town centre. Very spacious & beautifully presented family home with extensive accommodation with 4 reception rooms, 5 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Energy Rating D

You will never miss your tee off time living here! A large family house situated in one of Newcastle’s most prestigious and sought after locations opposite the golf club. Very spacious accommodation with 5 reception rooms, 6 bedrooms, 2 en-suite & family bathroom. Set in beautiful established gardens with south facing aspect to the rear. Fabulous. Energy Rating E

Granville Terrace Stone

Keepers Cottage Stone



Number 6 Granville Terrace really is a house with hidden talents, offering substantial 4 bed accommodation within the main house and having a beautifully restored former coach house in the garden, perfect as ancillary accommodation for a dependent relative or as an office or studio away from the main house. Truly exceptional and in the best of locations. Energy Rating E.

Beautifully situated country cottage with views from every window, strolling distance from the Downs Banks and just over 1 mile from town. What more could you possibly need? 2 reception rooms, superb dining kitchen, 4 beds, 2 baths. Half an acre of gardens, large brick built workshop / garage (possible annexe) & outdoor heated swimming pool. The house of your dreams? Quite possibly -

Park Drive Trentham

Yew Trees Eccleshall


Modern family home in one of the area’s most prestigious and sought after locations, walking distance to Trentham Gardens & Trentham Park golf club. Beautifully appointed accommodation with 3 reception rooms, dining kitchen with AGA, 5 bedrooms, 2 en-suite & family bathroom. Tranquil setting with large mature gardens. Truly exceptional. Energy rating D


Yew Trees is a wonderful country property set in 10 acres of grounds with excellent equine facilities in a rural setting just two miles from Eccleshall. Very spacious and highly adaptable family home finished to the highest of standards and immaculately presented throughout. Beautiful gardens, flat well-tended paddocks & stables for 6 horses. Energy rating D

The Market House Mill Street Stone ST15 8BA Tel: 01785 811800

tinsley garner Sandy Lane Newcastle


Location, location, location! Beautifully appointed family home in a prime position off Sandy Lane. Superbly presented throughout, 3 receptions, bespoke kitchen & stunning conservatory. 4 beds, 2 en-suite & family bath. 2 car garage and a private sunny garden. Great location convenient for just about everything. Viewing essential. Rating C

The Avenue Stone


Oulton Road Stone


Victorian splendour in the heart of Stone, Woodville is without question one of the finest period houses in town. Perfectly proportioned beautifully appointed accommodation with 3 large reception rooms, dining kitchen, 5 bedrooms, luxurious en-suite & family bathroom. Large mature gardens & extensive outbuildings. Absolutely fabulous. Energy Rating D

Summerhill Farm Milwich


Stoneleigh is without doubt one of Stone’s landmark dwellings, built around the turn of the twentieth century for the owner of Joules brewery. Elegant Victorian house with an abundance of beautiful period features. 3 reception rooms, stylish kitchen, 5 double bedrooms, bathroom, shower room and a cellar. Large gardens & 3 car garage.

A traditional farmhouse with a lucrative side-line, set in 8.25 acres with views as far as the eye can see. A lovely house that offers spacious, well-appointed accommodation. What makes the property an even more exciting proposition is its well established business comprising 11 cottages and apartments that are let on short term tenancies & as holiday cottages.

Oulton Road Stone



A fine period house in arguably one of the best locations in Stone. Approached over a tree lined drive in 0.7 acre gardens on the very edge of town with fabulous country views. Beautifully appointed & many original features, extensive accommodation with 3 reception rooms, large dining kitchen, 6 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms. A once in a lifetime opportunity. Energy Rating E


Historic Georgian country house in one of the area’s most sought after locations. Dates from 1859 with later additions concealing within a very spacious 4 bed family home with tremendous potential. Garden and paddock extending to about 3.75 acres with views over the Moddershall Valley. Detached barn with consent for conversion to separate dwelling.

SUPERIOR FAMILY HOMES with countryside views

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Hill Grange, Lilleshall TF10 9HE These superb 4 bedroomed detached homes, now under construction, will offer stylish luxury living set in an idyllic village location.

Price: £475,000 - £615,000 All enquiries call

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If you wish to capture Spring home movers, then you should be looking to put your house on the market now ready for an active period close to May. The advantage of spring marketing means more natural light, in bloom gardens and longer days for viewings. Please contact Aston Knowles and allow us to provide you with a no obligation, free market appraisal of your home.



GUIDE PRICE £2,850,000

GUIDE PRICE £1,095,000

A remarkable recently built house offering extensive and luxurious accommodation. Drawing room, dining room, cinema room, study, quality fitted kitchen/breakfast/family room, utility, cloakroom. Master bedroom with dressing area and en suite, guest bedroom with dressing area and en suite, 4 further bedrooms all with en suites. Leisure complex with swimming pool, spa pool, gymnasium, changing room, shower and WC. Private gated driveway, garage, extensive gardens. Approximate gross floor area including outbuildings: 8,515 sq ft. In all about 0.68 acre. EPC Rating C.

An impressive Edwardian Farmhouse with extensive ancillary accommodation. Set in beautiful delightful grounds with panoramic rural views. The property provides an eclectic mix of period architecture and contemporary features. The main house features three reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast/family room. Master bedroom with dressing room and en suite, four further bedrooms (2 with en suite) and family bathroom. The Hayloft and Lavender Studio provide separate annexe accommodation. Double garage, stables, mature gardens and extensive driveway. In all about 1.38 acres. EPC Rating E.

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GUIDE PRICE £875,000

GUIDE PRICE £595,000

A wonderful opportunity to acquire a small holding set in a secluded position and offering ideal accommodation for equestrian enthusiasts. Drawing room, dining room, games room, study, ground floor bedroom, dressing room, bathroom. Fitted kitchen/breakfast room, open plan family room with feature spiral staircase to first floor bedroom with en suite, master bedroom with en suite, further bedroom. Private drive with electric gates opening into vast courtyard, detached stable block with 8 bays, double garage. Viewing recommended. In all about 7 acres. EPC Rating D.

A fine period family home with detached studio and countryside views. Reception hall, drawing room, dining room, sitting room, study, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, master bedroom with dressing area and en suite bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, family bathroom, double garage, studio, store and mature gardens. Approximate gross internal floor area: 261 square metres, 2,814 sq ft in main house and 348 square metres, 3,744 sq ft including all outbuildings. EPC Rating D.

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Galton Croft, Stallington

Ivy House Farm, Caverswall

Executive five bedroom family residence located on a prestigious development offering a wealth of internal accommodation. Occupying a generous plot in a prominent position.

Deceptively spacious three bedroom family residence with separate one bedroom detached bungalow located within the grounds. Ideal for multi-generational living.

Offers Over £420,000

Offers Over £400,000

Lodge Road, Alsager

Fernlea, Stockton Brook

Situated in one of Alsagers most sought after locations this exceptional four bedroom family residence has recently undergone an extensive course of modernisation.

This quintessential Victorian villa retains many original features, offering a wealth of character and charm with sizeable grounds and scope to develop further with the possibility of an annex (STPP).

Offers In Excess £375,000

Offers Over £360,000

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Travel Guide to Barbados

Travel Guides to Cyprus & Malta, Alternative Holiday Transport, Holiday Homes in the UK & Abroad, Airport Lounges & Parking, The School Holiday Debate and Holiday Gadgets

Cyprus is an island that suits everyone and any taste with a beautiful landscape mixed with mountains, sandy beaches and lush countryside, the hot beaches and clear water sea, a delectable collection of national dishes to taste, charming markets, booming nightlife and more history than one island should boast. When we think of Cyprus we of course picture Aphrodite, who as legend tells us, was born on the island and is the Goddess of love. Which if this is true, we totally get why people fall in love with the beautiful surroundings of Cyprus and we can most certainly recommend it as a hot holiday destination.

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Ktíma and waterside Káto Páfos where most resort facilities are, is more relaxed than either of its easterly neighbours, and summer temperatures can be a couple of degrees cooler thanks to offshore breezes. Coral Bay Coral Bay is becoming a more popular resort and is just a 10 - 15 minute drive from Paphos itself. This is a good base from which to explore the unspoilt, very beautiful west of the island.


Location, Location, Location Limassol Limassol is a city on the southern coast of Cyprus and apart from being a major tourist destination, it is also a principal hub for international business in Cyprus. This gives Limassol a more cosmopolitan feel compared to other district centres. Most of the hotels are east of Limassol, on the beach. Points of interest include Crusader history and the Troodos mountains some 30 minutes’ drive away. Limasol’s elegant old quarter focuses on a small covered produce market, surrounded by tavernas and bars, and an equally diminutive medieval castle sheltering a superb medieval museum, surrounded by a former carob-pod mill refitted as eating, drinking and exhibition venues by the Lanitis Foundation. Paphos In recent years Paphos has grown into a popular holiday resort. The range of shops and restaurants is very good, but what makes Paphos so different is the remarkable amount of history it has. Paphos in the far southwest of the island is in fact the most popular retreat for Brits, whose expat numbers in the district have soared into five figures. The town, divided into inland, escarpment-top



Generally, summers last about eight months, beginning in April with average temperatures of 21–23 °C during the day and 11–13 °C at night, and ending in November with average temperatures of 22–23 °C during the day and 12–14 °C at night, although in the remaining four months temperatures sometimes exceed 20 °C The middle of summer is hot – in July and August on the coast the average temperature is usually around 33 °C

Pissouri Bay Pissouri is on the other side of Paphos tucked away on the South coast in unspoilt countryside and at the centre of a quiet 2km Blue Flag beach.

Flights to Cyprus are reasonably priced and we checked with Ryanair and a return flight from Manchester to Paphos, Cyrus in July can cost around £191.

Latchi and the Akamas Peninsula Latchi is on the edge of the Akamas Peninsula, a superb nature reserve. Latchi itself is a small fishing village with a beach and is near to the Baths of Aphrodite.

The Facts

The Larnaca region of Cyprus is home to the familyfavourite resort of Protaras. Further south is Ayia Napa and Nissi Beach. Over the years, the lively town of Ayia Napa has really earned its nightlife stripes, thanks to a neon strip full of bars and nightclubs. But all-night partying is just one chapter in the Larnaca region’s story. This part of Cyprus has plenty for couples and families, as well.

When To Go Cyprus’s south coast is at its best in late spring (up to mid-June), or autumn (through early November) – high summer is too torrid for most folks to be comfortable anywhere except in the sea, or well up the mountainside. Late winter is also very fine, with the countryside at its greenest (wildflower displays peak in March) and swimming just about feasible at noon, but many beachside resort hotels close from about New Year’s to early April.

• Two international airports: Larnaca International Airport and Paphos International Airport. • Flying time varies from four-hours-15-minutes to five hours. • Time difference: +2 hours GMT • Cyprus has two official languages, Greek and Turkish. • Cyprus is home to some of the oldest water wells in the world • Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia •Cyprus has the warmest climate (and warmest winters) in the Mediterranean part of the European Union •The currency is the Euro

Over the centuries, Cyprus has had many names, but it is thought that the origin of the name is from the ancient word for Copper (Kypros) which was abundant on the island. No one knows for certain when the first inhabitants arrived on the island, but traces of settlement go back to over 8000 BC. The culture of Cyprus is divided between the two distinct cultures of Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Each community maintains its own culture, linked to the cultures of Greece and Turkey, and there is little cultural interchange between the two groups. Their food is very Mediterranean and they take full advantage of their coast for all the best fish and seafood. Squid, octopus, red mullet, and sea bass are all popular in their cusine. Cucumber and tomato are used widely in salads. Pourgouri (bulgur, cracked wheat) is the traditional source of carbohydrate other than bread, and is used to make the delicacy koubes. Halloumi cheese originated in Cyprus as is popular in Britain today. Cyprus is also well known for its desserts, including lokum (also known as Turkish Delight) and Soutzoukos.

Where To Eat Pyxida Fish Tavern Recognised as the best fish specialist in central Nicosia, Pyxida is a must visit spot for fresh fish dishes and a seafood mezé platter in a converted 1930s house.

Hotels Le Meridien Limassol Spa & Resort The Luxurious ‘residents only’ Le Meridien Limassol Spa and Resort is situated within 100.000 square metres of landscaped gardens and is Cyprus’s only

Places To Visit Tombs of the Kings Spread over a vast area, these impressive underground tombs date back to the 4th century BC. They are carved out of solid rock while some are decorated with Doric pillars. High officials rather than Kings were buried here, but the magnificence of the tombs gave the locality its name. Fasouri Watermania Water Park Fasouri Watermania is the ideal place for families, friends and children to spend a one-day outing, away from work troubles and paper loads. The Waterpark packs an impressive array of attractions, facilities and services. Dressed in a Polynesian theme, the Waterpark adds a tropical feeling to your experience.

Amphora Cave Open water (OW) qualification required. There are a number of caves, including one with an amphorae encrusted roof, and gullies to explore at a depth of five to 12 metres.

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Culture, Cuisine and History

Aphrodite Hills Intercontinental Resort, Kouklia Enjoy breathtaking sea views and experience every luxury at this Kouklia hotel and resort. Set in an area immersed in Cypriot culture and mythology, the hotel is an opulent paradise. Many suites feature private pools, and the resort boasts tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course and award-winning GrecoRoman Retreat Spa. Relax in the outdoor infinity pool or explore the local area on horseback. An incredible choice of restaurants await, including award-winning Mediterranean Mesogios.

Agios Savvas Church, Lefkosia It was built in 1850-51 on the foundations of an earlier church. The interior is richly decorated with painted walls and pillars and adorned with beautiful crystal chandeliers.

Nissi Beach

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Olympic Lagoon Resort, Ayia Napa The long established, award-winning Olympic Lagoon Resort was expanded in 2011, upgraded and renovated beyond recognition. The Olympic Lagoon Resort is an excellent holiday resort for families and couples alike and also offers guests an extensive all inclusive package. Situated in the Nissi Bay area, the golden sandy Landa beach is just 130 metres away. The centre of Ayia Napa with its nightlife and restaurants is 4 kms away.

Makronissos Beach Located to the west of Ayia Napa, Makronissos beach hosts a beach club which boasts being one of Cyprus’s top live venues for live music and festivals. There is a bar a restaurant nearby for refreshments in this top party venue.

Fasouri Watermania Water Park

Limassol Castle The fort is situated in the heart of the old town, just above the old harbour. According to tradition, this is where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre and crowned her Queen of England in 1191. The fortified walls are of considerable archaeological interest and thought to be fragments of a much larger castle. Ayia Napa and the Harbour Ayia napa harbour area is a must visit part of the town and offers something to see and do both in the daytimes and at night. It has spectacular views out towards Cape Greco and over the Mediterranean sea. Much of the resorts fresh fish is still landed here and if you’re up early enough you can purchase fresh fish straight off the boat. The harbour is pretty and generally quite peaceful and is a great place to spend a sunny day and soak up the atmosphere.

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Aiya Napa and the Harbour

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Malta is set in the very centre of the sun-soaked Mediterranean and this small island is a favoured tourist destination with its warm climate, numerous recreational areas, and architectural and historical monuments. There are a million and one things to discover. And wherever you go, the scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. The colours are striking, honey-coloured stone against the deepest of Mediterranean blues. Malta has been described as one big open-air museum. What makes it unique is that so much of the past is visible today. Delve into the island’s mysterious prehistory, retrace the footsteps of St. Paul or see where the Knights of St. John fought their most famous battles. Malta is holidaying as the mood takes you. And with near year-round sun, you can indulge in outdoor living at its best.

Sliema is situated near St. Julian’s and is worth a visit and a walk on along the promenade, the town has some very good cafes, restaurants and shops.

The Valletta Waterfront

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Location, Location, Location St Julian’s This former fishing village is now one of the main resorts on the island for Malta luxury holidays offering a huge range of restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs. The shoreline is part of the St George’s Bay and views out to sea from the hotels are lovely. St George’s Bay Is the coastal area that includes St Julian’s and Paceville. San Anton This is not a resort, it is a quiet residential area and will appeal to those looking for a good central location on their Malta luxury holidays in a place to relax and unwind. Valletta The island’s capital makes for a fascinating place to visit with a long history. The narrow, quaint streets with charming wooden balconies and its sunny squares with open air cafes encourage one to linger. But there is so much to see and do here; public gardens, the fabulous views of the Grand Harbour, the museums, churches, shops and art galleries make it a must for anyone to visit on their Malta luxury holidays.


Malta has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, humid winters - expect to enjoy sunshine even in the winter. Temperature averages from 15°C (Nov-Apr), rising to 33°C (MayOct). The sea is relatively warm by May and stays pleasant for swimming until October/November. Flights to Malta are reasonably priced and we checked with Ryanair and a return flight from Birmingham to Malta in July can cost around £155.

The Facts • The island is not large, 17 miles by nine, so you are never far from the sea. • Malta was a British Colony for over 160 years until independence in 1964. • English is spoken almost everywhere and the hospitality to visitors from the ‘old country’ is both warm and genuine. • Malta’s climate is typical of the Mediterranean and is strongly influenced by the sea. The Maltese Islands have a pleasantly sunny climate with a daily average temperature of 30ºC • The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English. • The Euro is the currency • Time difference: +1 hour GMT • It has a daily average of ten hours sunshine for most of the summer and six hours for most of the winter. • Car hire is inexpensive and the Maltese claim to drive on the left! However, bus services are excellent and very cheap if you don’t want to rent a car for your holiday and are happy to hop onto the local public transport.

Culture, Cuisine and History Local food packs in Sicilian and Middle Eastern flavours, while making use of local ingredients like rabbit and honey. Traditional Maltese food is rustic and based on the seasons. Look out for Lampuki Pie (fish pie), Rabbit Stew, Bragioli (beef olives), Kapunata, (Maltese version of ratatouille), and widow’s soup, which includes a small round of Gbejniet (sheep or goat’s cheese). On most food shop counters, you’ll see Bigilla, a thick pate of broad beans with garlic. The snacks that must be tried are ‘hobz-biz-zejt’ (round of bread dipped in olive oil, rubbed with ripe tomatoes and filled with a mix of tuna, onion, garlic, tomatoes and capers) and pastizzi (flaky pastry parcel filled with ricotta or mushy peas). Eating out in Malta is fun and there are restaurants to suit every taste. Maltese wine is inexpensive and improving every year. The Maltese Islands are like nowhere else. Here you’ll find great prehistoric temples, fossil-studded cliffs, glittering hidden coves, thrilling diving opportunities and a history of remarkable intensity. The history of Malta is a long and colourful one dating back to the dawn of civilisation. The Maltese Islands went through a golden Neolithic period, the remains of which are the mysterious temples dedicated to the goddess of fertility. Later on, the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Romans and the Byzantines, all left their traces on the Islands. The artistic and cultural lives of the Maltese Islands were injected with the presence of artists such as Caravaggio, Mattia Preti and Favray who were commissioned by the Knights to embellish churches and palaces. In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte took over Malta from the Knights on his way to Egypt. The French presence on the islands was short lived, as the English, who were requested by the Maltese to help them against the French, blockaded the islands in

The area of St. Julian’s offers a relaxed type of dining with Balluta Bay right on the sea front which offers fantastic scenery whilst dining out. A wide array of dishes are available in this area from all across the globe. Pick from Japanese cuisine at Zen, a stylish japanese restaurant that will take you to the far east with its exotic flavours and oriental atmosphere located in the Portomaso Marina or Italian with the San Giuliano restaurant which offers fine dining and fantastic views in the heart of Spinola bay.

Hotels Corinthia Hotel St. Georges Bay, St Julian’s Situated at the water’s edge, Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay is a majestic spectacle overlooking the entrance to a wide, sweeping bay. With stunning, panoramic views over the sparkling Mediterranean. Hotel Phoenicia, Valletta Hotel Phoenicia’s location at the entrance of the capital city Valletta, is second to none for clients who want to discover the hidden treasures of this fascinating city, home to various renowned places of interest including St John’s Co-Cathedral, with its famous Caravaggio paintings, the Palace of the Grand Master, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Manoel Theatre and the Valletta Waterfront amongst others. Radisson Blu Resort, St Julian’s Providing the perfect backdrop for a memorable holiday, this hotel’s location in St. Julian’s, Malta overlooks the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Choose from 252 stylish rooms and suites with thoughtful amenities like free high-speed, wireless Internet. Savour gourmet cuisine at the five eateries, and then indulge in premier services at the on-site spa.

Places To Visit On Malta, Mellieha Bay is a favourite of families with younger children, as it is one of the islands’ best sandy beaches with shallow waters and excellent nearby amenities.

Located in Valletta, Malta, the Cathedral of St. John’s was built by the Knights of Malta between 1573 and 1578. The church is considered to be one of the finest examples of high Baroque architecture in Europe and one of the world’s great cathedrals. The St. John’s CoCathedral is a one-of-a-kind experience filled with an interior of dazzling beauty and treasures such as exquisite tapestries by Rubens and Poussin and paintings by Caravaggio.

The 3 cities and Grand Harbour

Malta and Gozo are home to some of the world’s most impressive prehistoric sites, including gigantic temples set atop sea cliffs, and the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, the 5000-year-old underground necropolis carved perfectly from the living rock. A visit to any of them will stay with you long after you’ve left the island. Valletta. The beautiful fortified capital of Malta, is perched above the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. The city’s cobbled streets and sun dappled squares are steeped in history and buzzing with culture from rich military history and 16th century medieval cathedrals to fantastic shopping, café culture and cutting edge architecture. The heart of Valletta is Republic Street, Triq ir-Repubblika, from where the city’s many sights, shops and side streets can be explored. Mdina Mdina is a medieval walled town, which has barely changed in centuries. Perched on a hill, it commands breath taking views of the island. A time capsule, it boasts sublime medieval and baroque architecture, religious sights and quaint cafés and restaurants.


The Maltese love food and Valletta now has some excellent restaurants. Malta has thrown off the British colonial influence that affected it’s cooking through much of the twentieth century. It has now largely returned to its own national and regional food – with delicious results. Despite its small size, Valletta has a very good range of excellent Mediterranean restaurants, some in marvellously historic locations. Valletta is the place to eat ftira, Malta’s traditional pizza, especially if you are travelling with kids. Ftira tend to be thick crust with toppings including local specialities like capers, Gozitan cheese and olives.

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Comino is situated between Malta and Gozo and is a paradise for snorkelers, divers, windsurfers and ramblers. The island’s main attraction is the Blue Lagoon. The strong scent of wild thyme and other herbs fills the air. Comino is home to the fabulous Blue Lagoon.

Marsaxlokk Harbour

The Maltese islands are known to be the number one dive destination in the Mediterranean as well as one of the world’s top dive sites. The crystal clear waters are filled with shallow reef dive sites, an abundance of wreck dives and some newly scuttled boats. Night Life Night owls looking to experience Malta under the stars should head to Café Del Mar in St Paul’s Bay or take a trip to St Julian’s to party amongst Malta’s beautiful people - enjoying beachside cocktail bars, stylish hangouts and the hottest members clubs.

TMarsaxlokk The Marsaxlokk fish market is the perfect place to watch the colourful fish market, traditional Maltese fishing boats - Luzzu, and to observe the local way of life. The market’s restaurants offer the season’s best fish, freshly caught by local fishermen. Hagar Qim Hagar Qim and Mnajdra are ancient limestone temples set on a cliff-top in one of Malta’s most beautiful and unspoilt regions. Cycling is becoming increasingly popular in the Maltese Islands, particularly on Gozo which is small enough to cycle in a day. Cycle hire is cheap and easy to organise on any of the islands. Much like the Boris bikes in London, the Sustainable Interregional Bike Tourism (SIBIT) funded through the Italia Malta programme, aims to promote bike tourism as a sustainable form of experiencing the rural territories of Sicily and the Maltese Islands.


1800. British rule in Malta lasted until 1964 when Malta became independent. The Maltese adapted the British system of administration, education and legislation. Modern Malta became a Republic in 1974 and joined the European Union in May 2004.

Cathedral of St Johns View of Valletta from Sliema Waterfront

Mdina is a medieval walled city, ancient capital and citadel perched on a plateau and known as the Silent City.


Barbados is one of those destinations that dreams are made of; miles of white sandy beaches, impossibly clear waters and long days in a hammock, the best rum in the world and taking a refreshing dip in the sea. It’s as if you’re on your own private island and this was created entirely for you to enjoy. Barbados offers the classic Caribbean island with a familiar British twist. It’s a fantastic place to choose for the holiday of a lifetime.

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Soft white sands are a given here - think talcum powder fine and you’re going in the right direction - and the Caribbean Sea is bright blue, warm and inviting. What you’ll also find is a surprising taste of home. They love their cricket and afternoon tea in Barbados. Everything runs on ‘island time’ in Barbados, with not a care in the world. We say grab a coconut and join in the fun.

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Taking into account both the weather and price, May is a great month to travel - accommodation rates are much lower than January-April, but the weather is almost as good as in the preceding months. Failing that, go in early December.

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If you’re stuck on where to stay it’s the battle of the west and south coasts. To the south of the island you have Christ Church, where you’ll find both low key Maxwell and lively St Lawrence. To the west it’s all about St James, which boasts one of the most stunning stretches of sand on the island. In a nutshell, if you want to party, head to St Lawrence and if you want peace and tranquillity, Maxwell should be your resort of choice. If you want glamour and a gorgeous beach, St James is perfect as one of the most sophisticated spots in Barbados.

• The official language in Barbados is English. Bajan (occasionally called Barbadian Creole), is an English-based creole language spoken by locals. • Barbados has some of the purest water in the world that can be drunk straight from the tap. Cruise ship employees are often seen stocking up on their water supplies while docked at the island. • Barbados is 166 square miles • The average daytime temperature is between 2932 degrees • The time difference: - 4 hours GMT in the winter and - 5 hours in the summer. • The currency is Barbadian dollars

When To Go In terms of the weather, the best months are January through to April, as they are the driest and least humid, and usually a couple of degrees Centigrade cooler than other times of year. The official hurricane season for the region runs from June to November, with most major storms occurring August to October. However, Barbados’ easterly position in the Caribbean means that it normally escapes direct hits. Nonetheless, if you travel in the late summer or autumn, you do increase the risk of coinciding with poor weather, and you should at the very least be prepared for some rain.


Flights to Barbados are priced higher than average but can be expected when you’re headed to the tropics. We checked with Thomas Cook and a return flight from Manchester to Barbados in July can cost around £370. Flights take on average 8 hours from the UK.

Culture, Cuisine and History When English settlers first arrived in 1627, they found an island that was largely uninhabited and set about establishing a colony that would remain a part of the British Empire for the next 334 years. Because of the favourable climate and relatively flat land, this offered the best conditions to grow sugar cane which gave rise to establish sugar plantations and vast quantities of rum and sugar production. Their trade brought a lot of trade and wealth to the island but we also know this lead

to enslaving thousands of Africans. The slave trade was abolished in 1834 and in 1966 they won independence from the United Kingdom. Bajan cuisine brings together influences from Africa, the Craribbean, West Indian and Europen dished to create a unique blend of taste and authentic Bajan cooking. Fish is of course a dominant ingredient with the abundance of fresh sea food on offer in their seas but flying fish is perhaps their most famous delicacy. Rum and rum drinks are featured at every bar as it is their national drink and they expertly make the famous drink on the island. Perhaps the most famous domestic brand offered is Mount Gay Rum. Music is a major part of their culture and folk melodies, Caribbean jazz and calypso music are an integral part of the Barbadian identity and their history. The Barbadian capital city of Bridgetown was originally named ‘’Indian Bridge’’ for the crude bridge that was constructed over the river by early Indian settlers. Sometime after 1654, a new bridge was constructed and the name Bridgetown was born.

Where To Eat Pier 1 Restaurant Part of the Grand Barbados Beach Resort at Carlisle Bay, Pier 1 Restaurant offers exceptional gourmet dining with an equally impressive view. The restaurant is a buffet service to ensure you can sample all of the local delicacies and their take on eclectic cuisine. When it comes to dress code and level of service, this restaurant’s setting is informal. They are open for business during dinner only, so plan ahead to catch their brief service.

Hotels 5 bedroom holiday villa in The Garden, Barbados The Dream is a nestled haven that brings accommodation in Barbados to a whole new level of luxury. As you enter The Dream, the view from the stunning sitting room to the pool and beyond to white sandy beach and aquamarine sea will literally take your breath away. Set at the end of a private drive, The Dream is located in The Garden which is Barbados’s most desirable and completely residential neighbourhood offering the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity. The Dream is just south of Mullins Bay and north of Holetown. It is a wonderful and private retreat yet only minutes from some of the best restaurants, golf courses and shopping in the world. Book via:

Places To Visit There are the little known Seven Wonders of Barbados to explore during your Caribbean adventure. Harrison’s Cave Located in the central uplands of Barbados, is a magnificent attraction with a world class property and unmatched beauty anywhere else in the Caribbean. Harrison’s Cave is a massive underground cave stream system, with awesome caverns and crystallized formations. Enjoy an unparalleled underground experience as you journey aboard a tram, past clear streams and cascading waterfalls. This phenomenal underground attraction, is one of Barbados’ premier visitor attractions, truly a must see when on holiday.

Morgan Lewis Mill The Morgan Lewis Windmill is located in the northern parish of St. Andrew overlooking the eastern coastline of the island and the lush Scotland District. Maintained by the Barbados National Trust, the mill includes an exhibit of the equipment used to produce sugar at the time when the industry was run by windpower generated from mills such as this one. Bridgetown Jewish Synagogue There is currently one synagogue situated in Bridgetown. Built in the 17th century (1654) it was destroyed by hurricane in 1831, was rebuilt, fell into disrepair and was sold in 1929. Cannon Galore The Caribbean is still full of secrets. One recently revealed is that Barbados has the world’s rarest collection of 17th century English iron cannon and to date more than 400 have been unearthed. The reason there were so many guns on the island was that during the 17th & 18th centuries Barbados was an important military base which the British used to protect their interests in the southern Caribbean. Grapefruit Tree (Citrus Paradise) There is an old Barbadian legend telling us that the “Grapefruit” was first developed in Barbados, in the beautiful Welchman Hall Gully and was first recorded in the eighteenth century. It’s parents were Shaddock and Sweet Orange, immigrants from across the Asian Sea. A natural cross-pollination was produced between Shaddock and Sweet Orange. As a result, the “Forbidden Fruit” (as it was named many moons ago) was born for the first time! Beach On the beach, watersports are a fun way to take a break from the sunlounger. Windsurfing, jet-skiing and kayaking are all popular pastimes for those who like to get active in the water. You’ll also have amazing opportunities to snorkel, with lucky underwater explorers catching a glimpse of the majestic turtles that inhabit the Caribbean around the island. St Nicholas Abbey Plantation (246 422 5357; is worth a visit if you like your history or are partial to a drop of rum. You get to see how rum is made in beautiful surroundings.

Cricket Pitch At Barclay’s Park Stretching from the rugged Atlantic shoreline to the verdant hillside of the island’s east coast, Barclay’s Park is a 50-acre tropical sanctuary created to commemorate Barbados’ independence. Opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1966, the park has since served as a favourite destination for picnics and family gatherings, especially on weekends and public holidays. Skeete’s Bay Situated just to the north of Culpepper Island, this little bay in the south eastern corner of Barbados is as rustic as they come with its rocky outcroppings and rolling waves. Batts Rock Located on the island’s popular west coast, Batts Rock, and its clam Caribbean waters, offers visitors an ideal spot to swim, relax and enjoy the warm Barbadian sunshine. The Watering Hole Rum Shop One of the hundreds of rum shops you’ll find in Barbados. These bright and colourful outposts are the perfect place to enjoy a drink and great conversation with the locals. Six Men’s Bay Just north of Speightstown along the northeast coast of Barbados, lies the fishing village of Six Men’s Bay. Here, just 60 feet from shore, the wreck of a 165 ft. sunken freighter rests, providing an excellent spot for scuba diving.


Oistin’s Fish Fry By day, Oistins, in the parish of Christ Church, is a quiet fishing community from which local fishermen set out to ply their nets and capture the bounty of the generous waters. But come Friday and Saturday nights, Oistins transforms into a captivating and lively destination for locals and visitors alike and is hailed as a ‘must’ when exploring Barbados. Excellent fish, (tuna, swordfish, marlin, mahi-mahi, flying fish), lobster, chicken and more all cooked on the spot in front of you. A plate of fish and a beer can cost around £10.

Historic Jacobean Mansions Barbados is the home of two of the three remaining Jacobean Mansions left in the Western hemisphere. Built in the 1650’s, has pleasure in acknowledging these two architectural delights as part of our “Seven Wonders of Barbados”.

Atlantis Submarine Tours, 001-246-4368929. One of the most unusual things to do in the Caribbean is to dive down nearly 50m below sea level in a real submarine.

The Watering Hole Rum Shop Batt’s Rock


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The Baobab Tree Two magnificent baobab trees with possibly the widest tree-trunks to be found in the Caribbean grow in Barbados! The largest can be seen in our Queen’s Park in Bridgetown. To give an example of the size of this tree of great distinction, it takes 15 adults joining with outstretched arms to cover its circumference.


Birmingham Airport BHX Parking options • Birmingham Airport has three short/medium stay car parks conveniently located just a short walk away from the terminal, which is reasonably priced at just £3.70 per hour. This car park can be pre-booked online or by phone, or alternatively drivers can just turn up and park. • Drivers dropping off passengers are advised to drop off in the Drop & Go car park, located directly outside the terminal. This costs £1 for up to 10 minutes. Birmingham Airport also offers a 15 minute free drop off area in Long Stay car park 1, which is served by a complimentary bus service or just a short 5 minute walk to the terminal. • If you are travelling on holiday or for a longer period, the best value options are the long-stay surface car parks. These are located a little further from the terminal, but are still within an easy walk. A shuttle bus also links these car parks with the terminal. • There’s also a Premium Meet & Greet service, where you can drop-off your car with a dedicated team. The vehicle is then stored securely until your return date, when it will be waiting for you when you step off your flight. Lounges • Birmingham Airport has four lounges, including Aspire by Servisair, No.1 Lounge, Emirates Lounge and a Flybe Lounge. • The main departure lounge contains the majority of shops, bars and restaurants. There’s also a smaller ‘south departure lounge’, which passengers can use if they’re flying from gates 1 -20. There’s also the new bar ‘’All Bar One’’ which opened in April of this year in the south lounge.

BHX Facts Birmingham Airport is the UK’s third largest airport outside London and the UK’s seventh largest overall, hand ling over nine million passengers per year. Located in the centre of the UK, Birmingham is Britain’s best conn ected airport and is conveniently placed at the centre of the motorway netw ork. With over £300 million invested in the Airport over the past 10 years, Birmingham now boas ts worl d class facilities and state -of-th e-art infra struc ture, including a newly extended runway, which means aircr aft can fly further, bringing new long -haul destinations within direc t rang e for the first time.

Come Fly With Me When booking your summer holiday you’ve got 3 options for jetting off with minimal fuss. The 3 surrounding airports of Staffordshire are Birmingham, East Midlands and Manchester, all within an hour or so of driving for quick and convenient travel so you can get under that summer sun as soon as possible. Manchester Airport MAN Parking options • JetParks is ideal for 1 to 2 weeks’ stay and you can pre-book to guarantee their lowest rate. Airport parking also has 24/7 on-site assistance for your security and should you need any help. • JetParks Plus is just 5-10 minutes from the terminal where cancellation and amendments are allowed up to 6 hours before departure for your convenience. There is a non-stop bus service every 15 minutes from the car park to terminal if you have heavy luggage with you when you travel. Lounges Manchester Airport has 3 lounges in each of the 3 terminals. The Escape Lounge in Terminal 1 offers a stylish start to your travel. For £17.49 per person you can book for complimentary food and drink, free WiFi and to simply unwind before you fly. Terminal Two’s Escape Lounge offers a tranquil environment before you fly and you will feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of airport activity. There’s fresh food plus for business travellers they offer a separate hot desk area with a range of business facilities. These include a separate business centre with free WiFi, access to computers, landlines, printing and fax facilities. MAN Facts h Wes t with st centres of employment in the Nort Manches ter Airport is one of the large 42,50 0 jobs er furth a g ortin supp site, employed on more than 19,00 0 people direc tly in the North Wes t of England. rt outside London. Manches ter Airport is the largest Airpo UK population. hour travel time of one third of the Manches ter Airport is within a twos, more than 500 , 42 air bridges, 254 check-in desk It has two runways, three terminals toilets and 940 information screens.

EMA Facts Approximately 4 million passengers use East Midlands Airport every year. The airport serves over 80 leisure and business destina tions. East Midlands is the UK’s number one airport for pure freight, managing 300,000 tonnes a year. At 2,893 metres, the runway is the sixth longes t civilian runway in the UK. The Air Traffic Control Tower was constructed using 750 tonnes of concrete, stands at 52.3 metres high, cost £3.5 million to build and has 248 steps.

East Midlands Airport EMA Parking options There are six options for parking including the JetParks and JetParks Plus. There is also a Meet & Greet option where car park staff at East Midlands Airport will park your car for you in one of their on-site car parks and have it waiting for you upon your return. Ideal when you’re tired, short of time, have small children or heavy bags and this facility can be used for any length of stay. Lounges On the First floor there is a small children’s play area to keep the children occupied whilst you’re waiting for your flight. As the Airport is under construction the Executive Lounge is currently unavailable and the target for completion of this exciting project is by the end of 2014.






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Silvertrees is a family owned Holiday Home Park on Cannock Chase with its own Nature Reserve designated a SSSI, from which deer venture on to the holiday park and wander through the grounds so visitors can enjoy great close up views. See our website for details and to view our video and photo gallery. Hire a modern Holiday Home for short breaks or weekly holidays. Enjoy a stay in the midst of a natural landscape which is unique, peaceful and a relaxing oasis away from the stress and activity of modern life. Rates from £131 for short breaks and £289 for weekly hire. Enjoy owning a modern Double Glazed centrally Heated Holiday Home in the midst of Cannock Chase which is designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty. Our season extends from 1st March to 15th January the following year, a period in which you can enjoy the changing seasons in our unique location, which has been awarded the David Bellamy Gold Award grading for the conservation of wildlife.


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Holiday Homes If you’ve always dreamed of owning your own holiday home and making those happy holiday memories a part of your everyday life but not sure how to go about securing your own slice of paradise, we’re breaking down the details and pointing out some tips and tricks to help you buy abroad and around the coast of Britain. We can certainly see the temptation, sunny weather, long lazy days at the beach where ice cream is always on the menu and being able to pack up and take a trip whenever you fancy? Oh yes please! First things first, you’ll need to decide on where you’re buying. This might sound like an obvious thing to point out but we said we’d talk you through it. Make sure you actually visit the area you’re looking to buy in and don’t just go off what the internet says and word-of-mouth. We’d expect this is a destination you’ve holidayed in many a time before and fell in love with. Location? Check.

Do Your Homework Buying a holiday home, or any property for that matter is a big commitment and you want to make sure you’re doing things right to avoid further hiccups along the way. Get in touch with and work alongside local estate agents who can provide useful guidance and help you avoid a number of pitfalls. Professional agents typically have an obligation to see that you are properly informed about the details of the purchase. They should also make an effort to complete the deal and assure your satisfaction. Yes, the idea of having a villa in Spain sounds ideal to most people but location is key. Precisely where the property is and its surroundings will be the selling point. Is there public transport which is easily accessible and runs frequently to get around? What is the average weather for each season? If you’re in a hot climate, you’ll want air conditioning which can be pricey to install. Is the area well populated? If it’s in Britain, is it a flood risk area? Will you have many neighbours? Is it a popular tourist destination? What are the average living costs? Whether you’re buying with the intent to rent or for your own use or to relocate, all of these questions will have to


be addressed as they’re important to know and holidaymakers will want to know about the area too. • Checking the currency exchange rate and stability in the country you wish to make a purchase is essential and something you can do for free online. You could be buying somewhere with fluctuating rates and uncertainty in the property market and local economy and general living costs, if you’re planning spending long periods of time there, that might be something to consider. • Choose your estate agent carefully. Check the agent’s history and their fees upfront. Take the time to view overseas properties in person rather than getting obsessed with internet-based property hunting from the UK. • Don’t get sucked in by claims of huge capital growth and rental yields when viewing a property abroad. Before deciding whether it’s a good buy, factor in the likely costs of maintaining the place, too. • Weigh it all up and think carefully about the pros and cons of different ways of buying the property, and shop around for the best deal on mortgages and currency. Remember that you’ll be liable for taxes both in the UK and abroad.

Location, Location, Location Location can often determine whether a property will sell. A rural location can be a trickier sell than urban as for in the case of many holiday makers, they will want to be where the action is happening, in the heart of the city and where tourism is booming. However if you’re perhaps settling down in a new country, you might to experience the ‘real’ land in the rural areas,

tucked away from all the hustle and bustle. So you’ve picked your location and you’ve found ‘the’ house (or villa) to call your second home. Phew, that was a lot of hard work. What’s next?

Renting out a property to holidaymakers. You’ve bought your dream place, enjoyed many a summer’s night in your home away from home and now you’re thinking of renting out your pad to other families. There are a few things to consider. Who are you willing to rent to? Couples? Young groups? Families? All of the above? • Make sure it’s in an easily accessible location with good local amenities and in an area popular with tourists. You should also investigate the competition – find out what the going rate is for rental on similar properties to get a realistic idea of how much you could make. • Don’t forget to take into account the holiday season in the area – many tourist destinations virtually shut down when it comes to the end of the season so don’t rely on rent as an income as it can be hit and miss. • You will also need to make sure the property is up to a certain standard and factor in cleaning costs and repair or replacement costs should anything get damaged by a careless tenant. • You must pay income tax on rent you receive. You are liable for tax both in the country itself and in the UK – although there are national agreements that mean you shouldn’t have to pay the same tax twice. Visit our guide to how rental income is taxed for more information. You can deduct some expenses

from your rental income to reduce taxable profits, but only those that relate to your lettings business (not to personal use). • You will have to pay capital gains tax on the property when you sell it if it’s not your main home, although in many countries this is reduced or waived depending on how long you’ve owned the property. Inheritance tax may be payable by your heirs, though this no longer applies in some countries, such as Italy. Visit our guide to tax on property to find out more. • You might want to set a flat rate for a deposit to cover any accidental damage or cancellations so you’re not left out of pocket.

offers fine sandy beaches and quaint villages and market towns which holiday makers can indulge in. The huge patchwork of the Broads is a boater’s paradise. East Anglia can be explored from a cosy cottage or coastal property and is sure to be enjoyed as a holiday destination. A detached property has an average buying price of £270,000.

Some people understandably won’t feel comfortable letting strangers stay in their property and so word of mouth between your friends, family and colleagues work as effective advertising for your property.

Dorset: If you’re after clear air, sweeping cliff walks, breathtaking views and snug little towns brimming with restaurants and shops to explore, Dorset is for you! All over Dorset, you’ll uncover charming market towns and tiny villages tucked into tranquil surroundings. Each town has its own individuality, character and history to relate. A detached property has an average buying price of £350,000.

Up and coming destinations Abroad Balearic Islands. Ibiza has always been a hot-spot and a favourite holiday destination for us Brits, not the rave crazy city it is often identified as, Ibiza’s Old Town, Dalt Vila is a luxurious destination. Mallorca is a very up-and-coming island for the property market as it is the ideal holiday destination and more people are catching onto its popularity. Mexico. Cancun is the most known part of Mexico for a summer holiday but Puerto Vallarta is the new favourite among tourists. With the peak season being between November and March, you can escape to the tropical beaches if you’re suffering from winter blues. Greece. Because of the remaining low prices due to the ongoing economic crisis Greece is a cheap option for buying abroad but you have to consider if you’re looking to buy for a return or whether you want to spend years in your second home. Buying for profit might not be suitable in Greece with the current climate.

Up and coming destinations in the UK East Anglia: Housing a trilogy of pleasures: seaside, countryside and Broads-side. Its long coastline

York: With its rugged moors and soft voluptuous dales, Yorkshire serves up helpings of English countryside at its most iconic. Yorkshire delivers the perfect mixture of serene countryside, beautiful coastline, lively and historic cities and charming villages. A detached property has an average buying price of £300,000.

Retirement • If you’re thinking of settling down on foreign soil for your retirement, check on your pension scheme to see whether it can support your move and look at your entitlement to healthcare and what tax you’re eligible to pay both in Britain and abroad. • Get a lawyer and talk about making wills in both countries to govern what happens to the property when you die. Inheritance laws can be a tricky business at the best of times and living abroad can complicate things further. • If you retire overseas you can claim the UK state pension overseas but it will only rise annually if you’re moving within the European Economic Area (EEA) or to a country with a reciprocal agreement with the UK. • Other pensions should pay out regardless of where you’re living but some schemes will pay only into a UK bank account and many will pay only in sterling, placing the income at risk of currency fluctuations.

Money, money, money. What can you actually get for your money? Dependant on the current economic climate and the location where you want to buy your value for money can vary hugely though there are particular destinations which always seem to flourish and maintain their luxury price tags. France for example will always be a pricey place to buy as it is always popular and seems to survive any economic slumps other parts of Europe are burdened with. The price of foreign property can seem especially attractive when exchange rates favour the currency of the prospective buyer but again, keep your smart head on you and always remember currencies can change strength month by month and it isn’t just the initial cost for the property but the upkeep and local taxes you’ll be paying alongside your mortgage and daily expenses in your home in Britain if it’s a holiday home you use perhaps 3 times a year if you’re lucky.

Putting your name on the dotted line. Before signing any documents relating to a potential purchase, make sure you have them professionally translated. It’s essential you that you understand everything you’re signing your name against, in words you clearly understand.

Home or Away? If you intend to sell your property in the UK and move overseas permanently you will have to consider tax, a pension, banking and healthcare much more seriously and a lot more accurate research will be needed than if it was a holiday home. Local laws will have to be considered. For instance, did you know that if you’re buying in Spain you’ll need to make out a will in Spanish before buying, or that you can inherit debts from a previous vendor? If you live abroad for more than half of the year, your status as a UK tax resident will expire after three years, though any UK income will still be taxable here. Within the EEA you will receive free healthcare on a par with that available to local people but if you have yet to retire you will need to arrange local health insurance (through your employer, privately or both) after two years.


The Parent Trap When we were planning this feature, the topic sparked much debate in our office so we’re sure you’ll have your own opinions on this matter too. The subject of holiday prices and schools tightening their rules on term time breaks has caused an outrage across the country over the past few months and it even has Parliament talking. There are reports of parents facing fines over taking their children out of school during term time for their annual family summer holiday, all to beat the huge hike in price from one week to the next all because ‘school’s out for summer’ as the saying goes.

Until recently, taking your kids out of school for a holiday has been down to the discretion of the parent and the understanding of the school that responsible parents would naturally factor in if their child has a particularly busy calendar with exams for example before booking a holiday during term time. This was a mutual understanding between schools and parents and a rarity in any case, perhaps for a particularly special holiday or perhaps over the Christmas period but typically we go on holiday during the 6 weeks holiday and that has kept schools, holiday companies and families all relatively happy. However as the recession hit us, a holiday became more of a luxury than ever before and holiday companies began upping their prices to cover their own costs as they suffered a financial blow of their own. The peak season between the months of June to August have seen prices soar and your summer holiday will cost you a good chunk more if booked in peak season. Naturally you would try and avoid that period if you could however, and this is where debate lies; parents with children in education can’t just up root their children and book a holiday during term time. And this is something schools are now cracking down on to dissuade parents from taking their children out of school before the summer holidays officially begin. Some parents are defying their kid’s schools and ignoring the rules on unauthorised absences by booking the family holiday before term time is over to avoid paying up to £1000 more for a holiday taken just a few weeks later during the summer holidays


set by the Government and local councils. The general opinion from parents is that they feel they are put in an impossible situation if they want to take their kids on holiday. Schools are tackling the problem of absent children with the warning of a fine for taking children out of school without permission granted by the head teacher prior to the child’s absence. A maximum fine of £60 per pupil per parent can now be charged, rising to £120 if not paid within seven days. And refusal to pay can mean a fine of up to £2,500 and a possible jail sentence of up to three months.

sympathetic head teacher honouring their request for an affordable holiday. Quite frankly, they‘ve had enough. Feeling that holiday companies are cashing in on the holiday restrictions put in place by schools and knowing the lack of options in place for families wanting to have a break away together, some parents are making their own plans and taking children out of school to avoid the extra cost of booking a mere week or two later which makes all the difference in price.

The threat of the initial fine is empty to some parents as the penalty charge of £60 is relatively cheap when there is the potential of saving hundreds of pounds when paying a premium price for a holiday in the month of August. And so some are choosing to accept the fine and don’t seem at all fazed by it. However some adults are so sure that it’s an unjust system they have to work around they are challenging their schools and refusing to pay a fine as punishment. Their argument is that as a responsible parent and having their child’s best interest have decided that they can afford for the kid to miss a few weeks at the end of term as they won’t typically learn anything new right and the end of that academic year and argue if they were to abide to the school’s rules they wouldn’t be able to financially afford to take a family holiday at all. They believe that they are responsible for making decisions regarding their children and their holiday should not rely on a

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So are these parents who take their children out of school for a summer holiday wrong in what they’re doing? Surely the parent’s know what is best for their child and would make the decision with their child’s best interest at heart. Would two weeks absence really hurt their child’s learning? It is arguable that children missing the last week of school before the summer holiday won’t miss much as this typically involves a lot of movies and activities to wind the kids down for summer. Families feel they are forced into paying these prices if they want a holiday as there isn’t an alternative or at least one that doesn’t include a fine from the children’s schools or scowls on the playground from those who disagree with their choice. The current restrictions on holiday allowance and prices managed by the big holiday companies and the Government are deemed as ‘’family unfriendly’’ and things are looking to change as parents are taking action against the existing rulings. A petition was started at the end of 2013 for holiday companies to alter their steep prices during the peak season and calling for a cap on price increases in school holidays. The petition has already received more than 136,000 signatures and it is still in circulation.

‘’Some parents are defying their kid’s schools and ignoring the rules on unauthorised absences by booking the family holiday before term time is over to avoid paying up to £1000 more for a holiday’’ Richard Singer, European managing director of online travel deals company Travelzoo, began his campaign following amendments to school attendance regulations that came into force in September 2013 restricting parents from taking their children out of school for a cheaper holiday. Between Government legislation, taxes and tour operator price hikes during school holidays, Richard was frustrated with the situation all parents now face and says he felt compelled to act. His three-step action plan calls for: • A more realistic, flexible approach from the Government to restrictions around when parents can take their children out of school for family holidays. • The suspension or reduction of Air Passenger Duty during the school summer holiday weeks to help lessen the cost of flights for families. • A review by the travel industry – especially the leading tour operators – of what can be done to help households during school holidays.

‘’Refusal to pay (the fine) can mean a fine of up to £2,500 and a possible jail sentence of up to three months.’’ Parents’ finances are being squeezed and nearly a quarter don’t think they will be able to go away on holiday this summer. The Government’s current ruling on holidays along with the sharp incline in price for the summer months are proving difficult for families but the fact is that the hottest climates for many popular destinations are in the months of July and August and this is where we can expect to pay premium prices regardless of whether schools are closed at this time of year as this is where demand lies and it is holiday companies’ ‘busy season’. Business is business and we have to remember, for the holiday companies this is undoubtedly their peak season and where they will make their profit and profit may boom with their premium prices but this will need to cover their quieter months where sales will inevitably suffer a slump and summer’s profit will need to cover these months so their company can still operate when holidays are not as in demand. Details such as fuel price and accommodation are also key factors in determining prices as if holiday companies are paying a set rate to sell the holidays, they can’t go any lower than what they’re paying in the first place. The Government and parents in Britain are both calling for a reform in schools regarding school hours and holiday but it seems the Government want our children in school for even longer than they are now and with much stricter rules in place. Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education has proposed from September 2016, all state funded schools will, by law, provide 45 hours of education per week for 45 weeks of the year and holidays will have a shake up too. For example, instead of the usual two weeks off at Christmas and Easter, a six-week summer holiday and three half-term breaks of a week each, some schools might divide the school year into six short terms, separated by two week holidays.

‘’Details such as fuel price and accommodation are also key factors in determining prices as if holiday companies are paying a set rate to sell the holidays, they can’t go any lower than what they’re paying in the first place.’’

..or risk detention and whisk them away on holiday?

This would make holiday restrictions even tighter and this approach seems to be so out of touch with our society today that there is all the more validation for parents finally getting their voices heard in matters that directly concern their children and consequently, their lifestyle with regards to taking a family holiday after they’ve worked and saved up for some quality time with their family. Some are dubbing this ‘the parent trap’ as parents are torn between keeping their children in school until term time ends and holiday prices make a big jump in price to such an extent that some parents argue that they simply can’t afford a holiday during peak time or disobey their kid’s school and take a holiday before school closes and save hundreds of pounds. The phrase ‘caught between a rock and a hard place’ comes to mind. It is evident that schools need to communicate with parents to maintain a good relationship and we’ll have to wait and see if those big holiday companies will be cutting their prices for more families to enjoy a holiday together.

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Bye Bye Flying? The fear of flying is not uncommon and many people simply can’t look forward to their summer holiday until they’ve safely landed on dry land at their destination if they’re anxious about making that journey. Travelling by plane is the number one choice for international travel or even a popular and convenient one for long cross country journeys though that doesn’t mean you have to travel by that method if the thought of it puts you off taking a trip all together. There are plenty of other options available to you to ensure you still take that trip you’ve been planning. Pteromerhanophobia is the technical term for a fear of flying but by gum isn’t that a mouthful! Between you and me; let’s just call it a fear of flying. The majority of us nowadays are regular flyers with us commonly jetting off once a year for our summer holiday. Many of us though are far from happy to simply hop on a plane and we have to constantly remind ourselves of the luxurious destination on the other side to help us through the journey we dread each year. But why? Flying is a fairly common practice today and I’m sure we’ve all done it by now at least once, if not every summer but still, there is something quite unsettling about it, I’ll admit. There is nowhere to go, the space is cramped and you know what they say, ‘what goes up, must come down’. This can evoke fear in a lot of people with the worrying thought of what might happen in a worst case scenario. Many would label these fears as irrational as it is a fact that any individual is far more likely to have a car crash than be involved in a plane crash but still, you just never know. We hate to mention it but with the likes of 9/11 and more recently, the mysterious case of the Malaysian airline plane that has vanished into thin air has left people uncomfortable with the thought of flying and looking for other forms of transport other than flying as it’s getting a bit of bad press to be frank.

The fear of flying can appear quite restricting on the surface as air travel is often difficult for people to avoid—especially in professional contexts if you have a jet-setting job. A fear of flying may prevent a person from going on holiday or visiting family and friends, and it can cripple the career of a businessperson by preventing them from traveling on work-related business. There are alternative methods of transport and treatment to help to try and overcome those fears. Some passengers who struggle with air travel can use certain medication and remedies to make the flight experience more bearable. The use of anti-anxiety medications like benzodiazepines or other relaxant/ depressant drugs decreases the person’s reflective function and it offers a mild form of sedation to keep a nervous flier calm. This of course is highly debatable and medication can be tricky business so we would always suggest you discuss this with your GP before taking any type of medication. Medical professionals discourage the use of drugs for flying as it simply builds up a dependency and a tolerance which doesn’t tackle the problem of the fear of flying. Your next flight will be just as scary as this one would have been without taking any prescribed medication.

Natural remedies are hailed as some of the most effective and they are perfectly safe to take with consultation. Travel sickness is another factor which can hinder a person’s ability to travel by airplane and this too can be controlled with over-the-counter remedies.

Ahoy There! How about finding your sea legs and travelling by ferry? This method of transport has become popular in its own way, with some opting to travel on the sea as it is the start of their holiday the moment they get aboard ship. The journey will be longer but there are amenities on board to ensure you’re not bored. And thanks to cruises becoming so popular, they’re no longer the journey to a destination but a holiday in themselves, and quite the luxury too! More than 34 million passengers travel by ferry annually to and from the UK for their ease, value and flexibility of travel and ferry companies have invested millions in modern, versatile fleets and upgraded services. Travel operators added that with the addition of spas, first-class lounges and fine dining restaurants on board some ships, travelling by ferry has become a much more luxurious experience. With check-in times from just 30 minutes, you can avoid long-winded security check-in procedures we’re all too familiar with in an airport and check-in is much simpler and quicker to add ease to making your journey. Ferries are a perfect way of discovering the British Isles if you fancy staying a bit closer to home, particularly for dog-owners as pets are allowed on-board provided they have a passport which is surprisingly easy to do provided they have all their required jabs and vaccinations (we’d hope they have these anyway.) With food and facilities on tap, space for restless feet to roam, the added convenience of having the option of taking your car on holiday, and no luggage


Whether you travel by day or night, if the crossing is more than a couple of hours then a cabin is worth paying the extra for. By all means explore the ferry, but having an enclosed space in which you and any children can play or nap while you put your feet up is invaluable. It also provides a safe place to leave your bags instead of lugging them around the ferry. Plus, most cabins these days are en suite so, as well as the luxury of a private toilet, you’ve got the option of a shower and change of clothes before your onward journey. Ferries are rarely delayed which is a welcome change from a train or plane which often force us to suffer a delay and wait around in some of the busiest platforms and terminals in the world.

Full Steam Ahead If you’re staying in your own nation, train travel is the perfect choice if you don’t fancy making the big journey yourself and driving for hours on end. Trains offer a familiar from of transport although they might lack a certain luxury, they’re practical for long journeys across the country. With no weight or liquid limits on suitcases if you’re taking a break on the British coast say, this is a far more flexible option to you. If you do intend to travel by train for any journey over an hour or so, we can’t stress enough to book a seat. In no other form of transport would you stand throughout the entire journey but for some cruel reason, this is acceptable on board a train due to an unlimited amount of tickets on sale for each journey. Carriages can be crammed, especially around peak points like Birmingham and London and lugging a suitcase up and down the aisle because you have nowhere to sit is never fun. Trains have First Class facilities with inclusive reserved seating and food and drink in the price of your ticket. It could be worth paying for this extra as a bit of luxury if you’re taking a long trip. You have a larger space to accommodate any luggage you have with you, plenty of plug sockets if you want to charge up your phone or laptop and reserved ‘quite zones’ if you want a bit of peace or to catch a few z’s if you have a long journey ahead. A train is obviously suited to National travel with train lines constructed all throughout Britain to connect the furthest North, East, South and West. Train travel is very useful if you want to take an impromptu trip over a weekend perhaps, with tickets being able to be bought on the day of travel and in the station and unlimited tickets sold; yes we mentioned this already as it does have its pros and cons but if you want to make a quick trip and aren’t

fussed with having a seat, a train journey definitely has its benefits.

Bonjour Eurostar The Eurostar tunnel and transport was opened in May 1994 and the high speed rail service connects London with Paris and Brussels. This form of transport, though limited on destination boasts some impressive figures and offers to get you from London to Paris is just under 2 and a half hours, travels at an eye-watering 186 mph and has been used by more than 80 million people since its launch 20 years ago, très bien! There is something quite appealing about this form of transport and it all sounds so luxurious when you picture skipping onto the Eurostar for a quick trip over to Paris for a spot of shopping and some delicious food and to be there in a matter of hours. This all seems like something a celebrity would do but it is much more attainable today thanks to the Eurostar. Travel by Eurostar across the Channel is also becoming a popular choice of transport for business people as there is the option to book carriages and commence with work whist travelling. With a recommend check-in time of 30 minutes and 96% punctuality of arrival times, this is a timeefficient form of travel should you need to hop across the Channel. Eurostar now offer a whole host of offers and their best deal to date is a return trip between London and Paris for £59. Bargain. Each 18 car train carries up to 750 passengers double the capacity of a Boeing 747. With up to 16 departures a day, that means over 10,000 seats to Paris daily; with a time and price to suit everyone’s needs.

Coach Trip Not one for the ocean or prone to sea-sickness? Stay on the road in familiar territory and travel by coach. Once popular among the older generation and associated with day breaks to a windy beach nearby, more holidaymakers are opting for this method of transport as it is often a much cheaper option for travel than train and most certainly will save you a pretty penny against travel prices for plane or ferry. Make sure you have plenty of snacks and a good book to read as this isn’t a speedy service but the journey becomes a part of your overall trip so make it a good one.

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A great day out is not far away.... Join Jones the Boats for an exciting 45 minute boat trip across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Trips run daily at 12, 1, 2 & 3pm from Easter to the end of October.


Groups up to 50 can book longer trips.

– or – love to relax

Treat Yourself to a short Break away World Heritage Site Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Welsh Scenery Bar on board Live Commentary

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to Thoresby Hall Hotel 16 May 3 night Break from only £214pp ✓ Featuring sensational sounds from the Conmitments ✓ Simply dine with buffet breakfasts and evening meals included in your break ✓ Live entertainment every evening ✓ Use of Sport and Leisure facilities

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Tables for 2 available for Sunday Lunch Trips including a 2 course meal during a 2 hour boat trip. Booking is essential.

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Terms and conditions: Based on two people sharing a Standard room with Simply Dine. All holidays booked within 10 weeks of the chosen holiday start date will have to be paid in full at time of booking. Full terms and conditions relating to these breaks are available in our current Warner Leisure Hotels brochure. Please be advised some acts and activities are subject to alteration and can be cancelled without prior notice. All persons in your booking must be over 21 years old. Bourne Holidays Limited (trading as Warner Leisure Hotels) is a company registered in England and Wales with company number 01854900 whose registered office is 1 Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP2 4YL. 67240

Everyone has to have some sunglasses for their summer holiday and why not continue with the technology theme and get yourself some amped-up sunnies? Transitions have collaborated with Nike on a new pair of sunglasses. The glasses are scientifically tuned to reduce damaging and distracting high frequency light and minimize eye fatigue. The glasses work by the lens changing with the amount of light directly on the lens. NIKE Transitions Sunglasses, £176.

We almost don’t need a computer or laptop anymore thanks to the array of tablet computers on the market today. If you’re mixing a little business with pleasure and can’t be away from your emails or you load it with games for the kids to play to keep them occupied if there’s any dreaded delays, a tablet is great and is so small and compact you can carry it in your hand luggage. iPad Air, £399. Apple.

Sunbathing and reading go hand in hand we’d say. But surely we’ve all lost a loose page thanks to the windy beaches? A Kindle can hold over 1000 books and has over 2 million titles in its online library ready to be downloaded, so you’ll never be stuck on what to read. Kindle Paperwhite from £109.

Techs on the Beach

While you’re away on holiday sunning yourself on the beach and sipping cocktails by the pool, for you and me today, admittedly a bunch of tech addicts, it isn’t long before we ‘check in’ on social media to let everyone know what a fabulous time we’re having. If you’re not a serial gadget hoarder, then bravo- you’ve escaped the tight grip that technology has on us but it doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of all the great things on the market today that can add to the holiday experience. From the smart camera that best captures those special memories of your holiday and, travel - friendly electrics and gadgets facilitating your journey for a fuss-free holiday.

Its all good and well bringing all your gadgets on holiday with you but if their batteries run flat, well it’s just extra luggage weight you’re towing around with you. A portable charger will keep everything juiced up with no flat batteries in sight, this one from Verto has 1000 hours of use, meaning all your gadgets can keep up with you and you’ll tire before your technology. Verto Power Charge, £30.


Is your family enjoying their time at the pool or beach and you want to capture the fun? A waterproof camera is just what you need without worrying about dropping it into the water. This camera is asking to get wet! Get the kids to take some underwater pictures or take it to the beach and let them explore the sea life. FUJIFILM FinePix XP200 Waterproof Advanced Compact Digital Camera, £199.99. Currys.

Storm London have released the Trion watch that tells the time in three different time zones. The watch is perfect for the seasoned traveller and working across different time zones. The watch is made from high grade stainless steel with a multi-layer cog dial and rotating second wheel. The watch is also water resistant to 50m, perfect if you tend to keep your watch on around the pool and it is available in black, rose gold, brown and slate. Watch, £179.99.



Staffordshire’s Lifestyle Magazine


Heidi Range Stars In Happy Days At The Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

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Local Events In May & June, Latest Music Releases, Must See Films and Summer Reads

W hat’s On...

Spring has officially sprung and we have a fun-packed two months with plenty going on in Staffordshire, with Father’s Day, festivals a plenty and Miss Staffordshire, which we are proudly sponsoring, all marked up on the calendar, we don’t know how we’ll squeeze it all in this May and June.

FAMILY & KIDS 3rd May Malvern College Open Morning 10.15am - 1.45pm For more information or to reserve a place please contact the Registrar, telephone: 01684 581 515 or email 3rd-5th May MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship There is guaranteed to be plenty of excitement in store as big names battle it out on track for the title. With support races from the Superstocks, Supersports, and Motostars, there is sure to be never a dull moment, as plenty of action takes place on the track right in front of you. 9am - 6.30pm Tickets online: Weekend adult £33; Monday adult £26; Weekend camping £18; Children under 13 go free. 24th May The Trentham Fern Trips The Trentham Fern is the resident diesel engine that chuffs along the lakeside on a light gauge railway. You can catch the Trentham Fern from the Northern Jetty. Just after you’ve crossed the bridge upon entering the gardens, turn left and follow the Lakeside Walk for 5 minutes. 12pm - 4:45pm £2 for a return trip Call 01782 646646 or visit the Gardens Entrance. No need to book in advance. 28th & 29th May Staffordshire County Show Two day Agricultural Show with over 400 trade stands, horse show, dog show, livestock competitions, rabbits & cavies, poultry, country pursuits, donkey rides, punch & judy, model railway, main ring


attractions & much more. 8am - 6pm (Advance Tickets) Adult £14, Child £3.50, Family £33, OAP £12 Call 01785 258060 or visit the website 1st June Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge Join fun drop-in activities to dip your own colourful candles, build a wall with mini-bricks, discover Morse code and colour old-fashioned pictures; sessions take place from 10.15am until 1pm and 1.30pm until 4pm, activities vary day-today and some carry an extra charge. Museum entrance fee £16.50 adults; £13 for 60 plus and £11 for children (up to 18 years and in full time education), under 5’s free 10am - 5pm For details call 01952 433 424 or visit 21st June Blitz Hill Enjoy an evening on the home front as Blists Hill Victorian Town travels forward to the 1940s with World War II entertainment, music and food. Go dressed in period civilian costume and join in the activities as the blackout is lifted for the evening. Tickets must be purchased in advance; Ironbridge Gorge Museum Annual Passport Tickets are not valid for this evening. 6pm - 9pm Adult £8.50, Child £5.50 For details call 01952 433 424 or visit

21st and 22nd June The West Midlands Game Fair New for Shugborough this year, the renowned West Midlands Game Fair is celebrating their 25th year. Two action packed days for the whole family, with a variety of exhibitions and entertainment including for a fantastic day out for the whole family. With children’s Quad Bikes, Bouncy Castle, Amusements, Funfair & Pony Rides. Beagle Show, a Craft Fair and Licensed Bar & Catering plus shopping with over 150 quality trade stands 10am - 6pm Tickets: Adult £10, Child £5 For more information please visit or call 0845 459 8900 23rd June The Derbyshire County Show. A traditional County Show and one not to be missed! Derbyshire County Show, The Show Ground, Elvaston, Derby, DE72 2DF. 8am Discounted pre-show tickets available at or by telephoning 01332 793068

FOOD & DRINK 9th-11th May Ludlow Spring Festival This is a beer festival and so much more, with 190 glorious beers from more than 50 local brewers available to taste over the weekend. For those not so keen on beer, don’t worry there will also be ciders, perries, fruit flavoured liqueurs and local wines. 10am - 9pm Adult £6, Child £2 For further information please visit The festival can also be contacted on 01584 873957.

17th May Cheese and Ale Festival at Stafford Cheese makers, breweries and local food producers will fill the Market Square in Stafford with a fantastic range of cheeses, local Ales and an array of artisan food as the county town hosts its first ever Cheese and Ale festival. Supported by Taste of Staffordshire, there will be the opportunity to buy and sample the delights. All of this served up alongside free talks and cookery demonstrations. For more information visit w w w.staf /festivalsand-events 10am - 4pm Free entry 19th June Ascot Ladies’ Day Lunch Best Western Premier Moor Hall Hotel and Spa Celebrate the world’s most glamorous race at Best Western Premier Moor Hall Hotel and Spa. You’ll enjoy a superb three course lunch followed by an afternoon at the races, courtesy of big screens, plus tea and scones in the afternoon. A bookmaker will be on hand to help you place your bets and you are encouraged to dress up to the nines! £62 per person To book please call 0121 308 3751.

LIFESTYLE & ENTERTAINMENT 17th May Lichfield Craft Fair Event Lichfield Craft Fair will be held at The George Hotel Lichfield. 10am - 4pm Free Admission For more details phone 07581 179295

8th May Cannock Chase Bike Ride Get On Your Bike for Diabetes! Enjoy a great day out in beautiful Cannock Chase while raising vital funds to help all those affected by and at risk of diabetes. Our popular Big Bike Ride event includes a choice of between 1.5 and 15 mile routes, ensuring there is something for people of all ages and experience levels. 10am - 3:30pm To sign up or for more information, please call 01922 614500 or email Entry fee £10 for adults, £5 for children (under 16) 17th May Murder Mystery Dinner: Murder on the Farm Shugborough Hall Brunswick Hall Farm needs desperately to diversify to survive. Farmer Jolly’s partner and most of his employees are happy with his plans but disagree on how to implement the changes - the result is murder. 7:15pm £32.95 per person including three course dinner and a glass of wine. Call 01889 881388 to book. 24th May Specialist Plant Fair at The National Memorial Arboretum Free entry to this popular plant fair featuring many highly respected specialist nurseries with a great range of perennials, shrubs, trees, rare species and old heritage varieties. Simply something for every plant lover. Find some lovely plants for your garden, get expert advice from the enthusiastic nurserymen, and take time to enjoy the peace and tranquillity, the trees, the memorials, and the parkland walks. For more details visit the website or call 01283 792333 25th May Miss Staffordshire Uttoxeter Race Course Join us for the competition between the 20 finalists one of which will be crowned with the prestigious title of Miss Staffordshire 2014. The successful candidate will go onto the Miss England finals, and then maybe even Miss World!

For further information on the competition visit the website at 14th & 15th of June The Decorative Home & Salvage Show If you’re salvage savvy, passionate about the past, restoring a Victorian home to its former glory, or just looking for that exquisite piece to make a statement, then the Decorative Home and Salvage Show should definitely be on your 2014 to do list. Here you’ll find unusual and beautiful objects that truly are imbued with history and character to compliment both traditional and modern interiors. Tatton Park, Knutsford, WA16 6QN For more information visit

ARTS & CULTURE 22th – 24th May Morecambe at The Buxton Opera House The Olivier Award-winning drama comedy, starring Bob Golding as Eric Morecambe is coming to Buxton Opera House. Don’t miss this moving, often hilarious tale about one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers, 30 years after his sudden death in 1984. The one man play documents how Morecambe managed to affect the nation in such a positive way from his humble beginnings in Music Hall to his Christmas day special watched by millions. Tickets are priced at £16 and £18 and discounts are available. To buy tickets call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at

12pm - 10pm For more details and ticketing information contact Uttoxeter Racecourse on 01889 562561 31st May The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular Show Its fun all the way as the “Purveyors of Cool” swing into Stoke-on-Trent with a sensational show featuring the greatest music of the 20th century. Wonderful memories of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Junior in a fabulous production that continues to be successful all over the world. The great news is - it’s all totally live and every song is an absolute classic - Come Fly With Me, Under My Skin, Mr Bojangles, Lady Is A Tramp, That’s Amore, Mack The Knife plus many more of your favourites. Tickets are available from Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent or call the box office on 0844 871 7649 20th - 22nd June Lichfield Folk Festival A weekend of music, song and dance displays throughout the city and hosted at King Edward VI Leisure Centre. Dance and music workshops and display teams. Come along and see the fun.

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21st & 22nd June Living Live 2014 at Uttoxeter Race Course There really is something for everyone at Living Live 2014 as event organisers Purple Sprout PR, have taken inspiration from the well-known Uttoxeter Food and Drink Festival and created a two day Lifestyle event like no other. Whether you are looking for interior and outdoor living inspiration, want to shop for the most fabulous gifts or tuck in to the region’s finest food; Living Live 2014 is a spectacular show that you must add to your social calendar. 10am - 5pm. Tickets are priced at: adults £5, under 12’s go FREE and concessions (over 60’s) £3.50. Tickets include free parking.

23rd- 27th May Newcastle Jazz & Blues Festival - The Relaunch The partnership is now taking on the jazz and Blues Festival which was already a date for the diary, and is turning into a grander event, with the promise of quality acts coming from out of the area and a line-up which is better than before. For more information visit 30th May – 1st June Acoustic Festival of Britain The prestigious Acoustic Festival of Britain is back, with more unplugged excitement than you can shake a wooden guitar at. Situated in the grounds of Uttoxeter Racecourse, the feel and vibe of the festival works in perfect harmony with the surrounding beauty of this olde’ world racecourse.

Season tickets and Saturday tickets available in advance. Tickets are also available on the door, see the website for details. Telephone 01543 424292 or visit 29th June Theatre in the Gardens Macbeth Heartbreak Productions effect their reputation for innovative and ingenious adaptations to the full with this extraordinary interpretation of Shakespeare’s brutal and bloody tragedy, Macbeth. Gates open at 6pm for a 7pm start Advanced tickets: £11.50 For more information please visit

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King’s Summer Market

Sunday 1 June 10am to 4pm King’s Hall, Stoke

Vast array of stalls selling

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Free parking £1 admission Diary dates: 7 September - Autumn Market 23 November - Christmas Market


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Limelight: Film LIVING’S MUST SEE FILM X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST RELEASE DATE: 22nd May 2014 DIRECTOR: Bryan Singer CAST: Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Halle Berry and Peter Dinklage The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.


BAD NEIGHBOURS RELEASE DATE: 9th May 2014 DIRECTOR: Nicholas Stoller CAST: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz, Lisa Kudrow A young couple are forced to live next door to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby.



The Once In A Lifetime – The Final Tour is brought to you by Tony Denton Promotions. This unique arena tour is the very last chance to see your favourite acts together all on one stage. This tour features US sensations The Osmonds, the iconic David Essex, as well as Showaddywaddy & Les Mckeown’s Legendary Bay City Rollers.

BLENDED RELEASE DATE: 23rd May 2014 DIRECTOR: Frank Coraci CAST: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Joel McHale, Wendi McLendonCovey, Levin Nealon, Jessica Lowe, Bella Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann, Alyvia Alyn Lynd, Kyle Red Silverstein and Braxton Beckham. After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week.

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST RELEASE DATE: 30th May 2014 DIRECTOR: Seth MacFarlane CAST: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman and Liam Neeson After cowardly Albert backs out of a gunfight because he’s never fired his gun, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man-the proprietor of the town’s foremost moustache emporium. When he accidently saves the life of a mysterious and beautiful woman, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge Albert must put his newfound courage to the test.

JERSEY BOYS RELEASE DATE: 20th June 2014 DIRECTOR: Clint Eastwood CAST: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, Christopher Walken The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You,” and many more.

Limelight: Music

RELEASE DATE: 2nd May 2014 DIRECTOR: Reinhard Klooss CAST: Kellan Lutz, Spencer Locke, Anton Zetterholm, Les Bubb, Trevor St. John, Jaime Ray Newman, Mark Deklin, Brian Huskey On an expedition in the remote African jungle, John Greystoke and his wife are killed in a helicopter crash. Only their young son J.J., nicknamed Tarzan, survives. A Gorilla discovers the boy in the wreckage and brings him up as one of her own. Quickly discovering the rules of the jungle Tarzan lives as one with the apes he now calls his family. It is not until he comes into contact with another human being, the beautiful young Jane Porter, that he starts to uncover the truth of his childhood. Tarzan and Jane come together to fight to save the jungle from Greystoke Energies new CEO William Clayton, who plans to destroy the land for a new energy source and upon discovering that the true heir of Greystoke is still alive it is not just the jungle that is in danger.

Tickets are priced at £47.70 (incl admin & £0.70 renovation levy) (+ £2.50 fulfillment fee). Available from 0844 338 8000

HOT SUMMER DATES 5th July-6th September Trentham Gardens


To mark the 10th anniversary of the re-opening of the beautifully restored gardens to the public, this year Trentham will host not the usual eight events, but celebrate a decade of success with 10 party nights.

Once again living up to its billing as one of the UK’s most diverse days out, the Trentham Estate, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, will be offering a live tribute band or outdoor film at the lakeside amphitheatre within the award-winning Trentham Gardens. The line up for the Hot Summer Dates are as follows:

Saturday 5th July: Queen tribute Mercury Saturday 12th July: Bootleg Bee Gees and Abba Experience Saturday 19th July: Take That Experience Saturday 26th July: Back to the 80s Saturday 2nd August: Motown Vogue Saturday 9th August: The Rocky Horror Picture Show Film Cert 12a Saturday 16th August: The Led Zep Experience and Counterfeit Quo Saturday 23rd August: Stupid Cupids Rock ‘n’ Roll Night Saturday 30th August: Confide in Kylie and I am Beyonce Saturday 6th September: Dirty Dancing Film (Cert 12a) Advance tickets: £13.50 adults, £11.50 concessions/children On the day prices: £17 adults, £15 concessions/children. Bring 12 or more friends and get discounted tickets. Annual Ticket Holders also benefit from discounted tickets.


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Limelight: Theatre


Happy Days – A New Musical is written by Garry Marshall, the legendary creator of the popular television series. It includes 21 original songs by Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe award-winning Hall of Fame Songwriter, Paul Williams (“Bugsy Malone”, “Evergreen”, “Rainy Days and Mondays”). The show also includes the much-loved Happy Days theme tune from the TV show. Ben Freeman will be starring as ‘The Fonz’, Cheryl Baker as ‘Miss Cunningham’ alongside Heidi Range as ‘Pinky Tuscadero’. Tickets are priced from £19.50-£32.50 and are available by calling the box office on 01902 429212 or by visiting

Heidi Range stars as Pinky Tuscadero. Photo Paul Coltas

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THE LITTLE MERMAID SUNDAY 15TH JUNE BUXTON OPERA HOUSE Join Ballet Theatre UK on this dramatic re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s all-time favourite story of the Little Mermaid, who falls in love with a human Prince and gives up everything to win his love. The kind hearted Little Mermaid rescues the Prince during a storm at sea, and begins a journey that takes her far from her home beneath the waves. Determined to pursue her love on to the shore she makes a bargain with an evil Sea Witch, but it comes at a heavy price. Tickets priced from £17 (excl booking fees) and are available by calling the box office on 0845 127 2190 or by visiting the website

THE JUNGLE BOOK WEDNESDAY 28TH MAY TAMWORTH ASSEMBLY ROOMS Visit the Indian Jungle with Riverbank Productions and meet the man cub Mowgli who is brought up by a family of wolves. Follow his adventure as he encounters Baloo, the bear, who teaches him “The Law of the Jungle”, Bagheera, the panther, who teaches him how to survive. Akela, the head of the wolf pack; Kaa, the sinister snake, the naughty monkeys and Shere Khan, the tiger, who means to hunt Mowgli down and eat him! As Mowgli grows up it becomes clear that he will have to confront Shere Khan, his enemy if he wants to stay alive. Tickets priced at £10 (adults) and £8 (concessions) and are available by calling the box office on 01827 709618 or by visiting

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS MONDAY 5TH – SATURDAY 10TH MAY REGENT THEATRE, STOKE-ON-TRENT Seven Brides for Seven Brothers tells the story of Adam, the eldest of seven brothers living in the rural backwoods, who goes to town to get himself a wife. Convincing Milly to marry him that very same day, he forgets to mention he has six brothers - all living together in his cabin. Milly decides to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam has what he thinks is an inspired solution to his brothers’ loneliness - they will kidnap the women they want! Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is packed with 16 timeless classics, including Bless Your Beautiful Hide, A Woman Ought to Know Her Place and Goin’ Courtin’. Tickets priced from £12.90 (excl booking fees) and are available by calling the box office on 0844 871 7649 or by visiting


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FOLLOW ME HOME BY CATHY WOODMAN Out Now Price £10.99 (Published in Trade Paperback by Century) Life has been tough for village midwife Zara. Recently divorced and living with her grandmother, Zara is struggling to get back on track. Until one day, love walks in, in the form of an abandoned puppy. Although Zara adores her new friend, the puppy causes havoc wherever they go, so she is grateful when local shepherd Lewis offers to train her. But Lewis has an ulterior motive for helping. And though Zara may be able to trust him with her naughty dog, can she trust him with her bruised heart?

Living’s Must Read Book AFTER THE HONEYMOON BY JANEY FRASER Published: 22nd May 2014 Price: £6.99 (Arrow, Paperback & available as e-book) Two couples, one honeymoon destination, and enough secrets to end both marriages… Much as Emma loves Tom, she wouldn’t have got married if he hadn’t insisted. With Tom sick for the week and the kids at home with mum, shouldn’t she at least take advantage of the entertainment? Winston married Melissa after a whirlwind romance. As a breakfast TV fitness star, he’s anxious to keep things private. But the arrival of Melissa’s two bolshy teenagers soon puts paid to that. Rosie arrived at the Villa Rosa homeless and pregnant when she was seventeen. All these years later, she’s the co-owner. When Winston arrives, she’s shocked and scared. He might not remember her, but she has never forgotten him… By the end of the week, none of their lives will be the same. But how will they cope once the honeymoon is over? “A great read for your hols as the story is set in Greece. I loved the unexpected ups and downs of all three families. This book will have you hooked!” Jemma McNicholas, Staffordshire Living

THE HIVE BY GILL HORNBY Published: 8th May 2014 Price: £7.99 (Abacus, Paperback) It’s the start of another school year at St Ambrose. While the children are in the classroom, their mothers are learning lessons on the other side of the school gates. Lessons in friendship, betrayal, the laws of community . . . and how to get invited to lunch. Beatrice – undisputed queen bee. Ruler, by Divine Right, of all school fund-raising, this year, last year and, surely, for many years to come. Heather – desperate to volunteer, desperate to be noticed, desperate just to belong. Georgie – desperate for a fag. And Rachel – watching them all, keeping her distance. YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT BY GIOVANNA FLETCHER Published: 22nd May 2014 Price: £6.99 (Michael Joseph, Paperback) Maddy, Ben and Robert have been inseparable since they met in the school playground. They’ve stuck together through thick and thin. So when Ben falls hopelessly in love with Maddy, he decides to keep it quiet for the sake of their friendship. Until Robert swoops in and kisses Maddy - irrevocably fracturing things between the three of them, as a kiss turns to love. But when Robert and Maddy’s love turns sour, can Ben continue to say nothing? And can Maddy choose between her two best friends?

THE COUNTRY ESCAPE BY FIONA WALKER Published: 5th June 2014 Price: £7.99 (Sphere, Paperback & ebook) Eardisford is the ultimate English country retreat and it’s just been sold for the first time in its history. Romantic daredevil Kat Mason has been bequeathed the estate’s lakeside sanctuary, Lake Farm, until she dies or marries. But the new owners want her out now . . . So in rides charming playboy Dougie Everett, the man hired to sweep Kat off her feet and off the property. Dougie loves nothing more than the thrill of the chase, but does he risk losing his heart along the way? THE UNFINISHED SYMPHONY OF YOU AND ME BY LUCY ROBINSON Published: 19th June 2014 Price: £6.99 (Michael Joseph, Paperback) Sally is a woman of many (hidden) talents. She’s been working as wardrobe mistress at the Royal Opera House, not telling a soul she’s a good singer. But she’s only able to sing if she’s shut inside her wardrobe, where it’s safe. She promised her cousin Fiona that she would audition for Opera School; she can’t get out of it - even though she’d rather claw her eyes out than sing in public. But will she figure out that stage fright is about more than forgetting the words? And that perhaps her problems lie much closer to home? A GIRL WALKS INTO A WEDDING BY HELENA S.PAIGE Published: 3rd July 2014 Price: £6.99 (Sphere, Paperback) A choose-your-own-erotic-destiny novel which places the reader firmly in control. Your fantasy. Your rules. When an old friend decides to tie the knot, you’re roped in to be a bridesmaid. If you play your cards right, it won’t just be the bride coming down the aisle . . . Will you duck behind the marquee with the irresistible best man? Maybe you’ll duet in more ways than one with the dishy DJ? Or will the icing on the cake be when you discover the gorgeous wedding planner has more impressive talents than wrangling the in-laws? Whichever way you decide to go, each twist and turn you make will lead to an unforgettable encounter. The power is entirely yours.


The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Bethesda Street, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3DW Telephone 01782 232323 Email Website Friday Twilights

Introducing monthly Friday night openings at the museum until 8pm. Hoard by Torchlight Friday 16 May 6.30pm – 7.30pm As part of Museums at Night we will be exploring the Staffordshire Hoard by the light of candles and torches. We will then entertain you with hero tales that thrilled our Anglo-Saxon ancestors. Tickets £5 and includes glass of wine or soft drink. Please call 01782 232323 to book. Wander and Wonder with Wine Friday 6 June 6.30pm – 7.30pm Explore our ceramic galleries after hours with expert guide Miranda Goodby, Collections Officer for ceramics. Discover the history of the pottery industry including the famous factories of Wedgwood, Spode and Minton. Tickets £5 and includes a glass of wine. Please call 01782 232323 to book. Hidden Treasures Identification Evening Friday 4 July 5pm – 7.30pm, free. Charles Hanson of Hansons Auctioneers will be holding an Identification Evening at the museum - bring along your heirlooms, collectables and antiques to be identified and assessed.



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Celebrity chefs headline Living Live 2014! Living Live 2014 really does have something for everyone and is an event which will attract 1000’s of visitors from the region. The two day event provides a shopping experience like no-other and will keep you occupied all day long! It is a truly unforgettable event for residents of Uttoxeter and visitors from surrounding towns and counties. Living Live 2014 is being organised by Purple Sprout PR ( and is replacing the annual Uttoxeter Food and Drink Festival. The show combines five exhibition zones including Home and Garden, Fashion and Lifestyle, Health and Wellbeing, Food and Drink and Motors with live cooking demonstrations, competitions and event awards and outdoor entertainment for all the family. Signal 1 radio will be hosting the entertainment across the weekend with drive time star and host Martin Lowes and Sports Producer Jonty Sargeant playing signal radio music and entertaining the crowd. Signal will also be bringing some of their favourite live acts to perform throughout the weekend! Award winning chef’s Simon Smith and Paul Gilmore will be headlining the Living Live 2014 event to spread and share their passion for local produce with the public. Live cookery demonstrations will be given by both chefs over the weekend, with assistance from Taste of Staffordshire Young Chef of Tomorrow Award 2013 finalist Andrew Platt. Both Simon Smith and Paul have collectively appeared on numerous TV programmes such as This Morning and The One Show. Both chefs will be using locally sourced produce, some which will be available for purchase from many of the hand-picked exhibition stalls throughout the weekend. The chefs will be making culinary delights on cookers and ovens supplied by event sponsors Tippers ( ) who have showrooms for kitchens & bathrooms across Staffordshire and the West Midlands.


Living Live 2014 at Uttoxeter Racecourse on 21st & 22nd June 2014. Gates open 10am till 5pm. Adults £5, under 12’s go FREE and concessions (over 60’s) £3.50. Tickets include free parking all-day. To book your tickets visit: or Facebook: Twitter: @livinglive2014 Instagram: @livinglive2014 Pinterest:


Exhibitors can call: 0800 193 9039 or visit the Living Live 2014 website for more information! ®


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Raceday Fashion, How To Get Out Of A Style Rut and Fathers Day Gifts

Best Dressed at the Races

Grab your hats, Ladies, racing season is upon us. Whether its Uttoxeter or Ascot you’ll be attending, you need to know what to wear and how to best style and outfit and your accessories. And we have just the ticket to guarantee you on the best dressed list. A hat is a must-have at this sort of event and is often the star of the show and that finishing touch. Much like a peacock with its feathers, women parade in their outfits and exceptional hats to show off their style while out at the races. You’ll of course need a bag to carry with you on the day to place your lucky betting slips and (hopefully) your winnings. You can’t go wrong with a clutch bag as it’s a stylish piece but it also prevents you from doing what all women are guilty of, filling it to the brim with unneeded things. Trust us you’ll thank us once you’re at the race course and not lugging a heaving handbag around with you. And finally, you need some killer shoes to accompany your dress and in this instance, killer is the word. High heels can be uncomfortable worn all day so opt for a midheel to not compromise on comfort or style.


Hint of Pink

Blushing Living’s Tips for Dressing for the Races There are some unwritten rules for dressing ‘Ascotappropriate’, as they say, it’s not simply putting on your hat and new heels that we pray won’t sink into the grass and mud, oh no, there’s a certain standard at the races,

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Darling. The typical rules for a day at the races asks for knee length skirts - just above the knee and below, and no spaghetti straps, (straps have to be an inch wide), nothing sheer and nothing strapless. We’re not going for a night out, this is a formal affair and you don’t want to feel self-conscious if you have all your flesh on show. Don’t be afraid to go all out. The whole point and thrill of the Races for ladies is it’s an excuse to get all dressed up. Today when do we ever get to wear a hat? Weddings and funerals so enjoy this day and have fun with your style.

£35. Monsoon. £126. Littlewoods

£220. Jaeger.

£32. Accessorize.

£59. M&S

Keep your make-up simple. It is a daytime event after all so keep it fresh. Especially if you’re wearing a fabulous patterned dress, let that do the talking for you. Use a pink blush for a healthy flush of colour. The same can be said for tanning, keep it natural. We understand if you want a healthy glow if you’re baring your legs and want to look your best but you want a subtle hint of a tan and not to resemble an Oompa Loompa.


£17. New Look £32. Dorothy Perkins

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Dressed To The Nines Be it your ever-faithful little black dress or a statement piece in your wardrobe which is guaranteed to get you noticed, you need those finishing touches to tie the whole look together and add a certain chic edge. We will always push for a hat at the races, come on, you just have to wear one and what an excuse to get all dressed up! Then there’s the shoes, for many woman it can make or break an outfit but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these gorgeous accessories to pick from. Hard Clutch Bag with Speckled Effect, £35. ASOS

Green Block Heel Sandal, £35. Dorothy Perkins

Sandal, £19.99. New Look

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Kilian Kerner Hinton Large Tote, £299. Radley

Lulu Statement Necklace, £17. Accessorize

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£48. ASOS

Pretty in Pastel

£8.50. Diva at Miss Selfridge

£169. Hobbs

£70. Coast

£12. River Island

£29.50. M&S

£32. Accessorize

£65. Star by Julien Macdonald for Debenhams

£59. House of Fraser

£170. House of Fraser

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Retro Sunglasses, £35. ASOS

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1. Tanqueray London Dry Gin, £21.50. Waitrose. 2. Laphroaig 10 year old, RRP £35.10. Waitrose. 3. Highland Park 12 year old, RRP £34.04. Morrison’s. 4. Monin Speciality Coffee Syrup Set, £6.95. Tesco.

1. Shirt, £36.Rocha.John Rocha at Debenhams. 2. Tie, £8. Next. 3. Milano Watch, £185. Police. 4. Slippers, £125.

Father’s Day Gift Guide This Father’s day we want all the fab dads out there to feel really special and know how loved they are. You can show dad you love him in so many ways but it’s always nice to receive gifts and while the obligatory pair of socks is a fail-proof gift, we have a rundown of the best presents to gift Dad with on Father’s Day.

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1. David Beckham Instinct Fragrance set, £40. Tesco. 2. Washbag, £18. 3. Giorgio Armani Code set, £45. Tesco. 4. Wet & Dry Shaver, £160.69. Panasonic.

1. Dapper Dad Pint Glass, £2.50. Tesco. 2. Ted Baker Hip Flask, £25. 3. TechnikaDR 2121Q London Retro Digital Radio, £45. Tesco. 4. Phone and Tablet Tray, £75. 5. Leatherman Super Tool 300, £89.95.

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Kicking Your Style-Rut To The Kerb We know how easy it is to reach for those favourite pieces in your wardrobe day after day, they fit so well, they go with practically everything and you feel comfortable and ‘safe’ when you’re wearing them. But these pieces can soon become your uniform and before you know it you’re stuck in style rut. By following our tips and adding a few statement pieces to your wardrobe we’ll have you back on track in no time and feeling like a whole new you.

Suit Up, Look Sharp That old jacket you throw before you leave the house past it’s prime and looking a bit worn? Pick up a blazer jacket which instantly pulls an outfit together and smartens up even a jeans and t-shirt combo. A jacket is another great way to effortlessly add print or texture to an outfit. Hobbs Valeria Tux Jacket, £169.

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Your staple uniform of black trousers for the office can look tired and soon need an update. Inject some colour and upgrade for a pair of printed trousers which are so stylish but suitable for the office and they will take you from the desk to drinks after work. Jacquard Ankle Length Slim Trouser, £150.

Denim jeans are a classic and every woman should own their perfect pair to flatter their shape. We’re not suggesting you ditch the denim but simply shop around for the right pair for you. A dark wash is universally flattering as it slims the legs and makes them appear longer. Whitby Skinny Jeans £30.

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Living’s Jemma McNicholas tests out... FACE WIPES – A holiday bag essential. Face wipes will keep your face feeling and looking fresh especially if you face a long haul flight.


Organic Surge Kiss & Makeup Wipes, £3.49. Co-operative stores. Effectively remove make-up & impurities, whilst cleansing, refreshing and rehydrating the skin. Made from 100% woven viscose in soft fabric, which is completely bio-degradable and compostable. JEMMA: “A great environmental friendly product however I would have to get used to the texture on my face as they felt quite dry. They did remove my make-up easily.”

Nivea Face Sensitive Wipes, £3.99, Tesco. The Nivea Daily Essentials Sensitive range has been designed to reduce the three main symptoms of sensitive skin - redness, tightness and dryness - with its soothing liquorice extract, nourishing grape seed oil and protective pro vitamin B5. JEMMA: “My skin felt completely moisturised and even my eye make-up removed easily.”


HHH 3-IN-1 Facial Wipes For Mature Skin, 89p. Aldi. Designed to cleanse, tone and moisturise the eye area, face and neck. Containing vine leaf extract and panthenol, they cleanse away traces of makeup, dirt and daily impurities. JEMMA: “If like me you use two face wipes a day these are excellent value for money & removed my make-up pretty well.”

Simple Kind to Skin Radiance Brightening Wipes 25pk, £3.99. Available at all major supermarkets & chemists. These wipes instantly give your skin radiance, with vitamin goodness to ensure your skin is looking and feeling fabulous. JEMMA: “I loved the texture of these wipes and my face felt really refreshed after using.”



Jade Griffin tests out... SPF CARE - An essential holiday bag must have to protect your skin in the sun. Oil-Free Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30, £27. Combining high levels of pomegranate with broad spectrum protection to reduce the signs of ageing whilst protecting skin from both sun and free radical damage. Plus, it’s oil-free to help keep skin matte. JADE: “Perfect for protecting against those areas prone to burning!”

ChapStick® Flavours £1.22. Supermarkets, pharmacies and A range of fruity lip balms containing SPF15, ChapStick® flavours are the perfect, summer addition to your beach bag for keeping lips perfectly poutable all day long. JADE: “My lips felt instantly hydrated in the sun and the fruity flavours were an added bonus.”

HHH Anti-Ageing Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer, 30ml, £36. Leaves skin looking flawless; clinically-proven skin benefits, with broad spectrum defence against UVA and UVB rays to prevent sun damage and premature ageing. Make-up glides on effortlessly with an airbrush finish and lasts all day long. Protect, hydrate and glow. JADE: “Great to use under make-up and my foundation actually sat better when I applied this first.”

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Lancome Smoothing Protective Body Oil SPF15, £24. Boots. Soleil Bronzer’s formulas target the harmful effects of UVA/UVB rays and free radicals. Your tan is more luminous, glowing and perfectly even. JADE: “I loved the way my body looked healthy & glowing following application resulting in a beautiful golden tan.”



Living’s Rachel Jones tests out... HAIR CARE – Hair must be looked after properly in the sun to stop it from getting damaged. Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Penetrating Oil, RSP £6.99 (100ml). Tesco. An extra powerful blend of Moroccan argan oil to deeply heal, smooth and restore luster to damaged, dry and coarse hair. Rachel: ‘’Good for some extra moisture on dry, coarse ends. I used this as an all over treatment on my hair before washing to deeply nourish.’’



Naked Style Little Miracle Leave In Conditioner, £5.10. A silicone free leave-in conditioner to protect and repair hair that’s feeling a bit worn out, tackling dodgy dryness, frightful frizz and scary split ends. Rachel: ‘’This was my favourite of the bunch. Light in texture but it left my hair soft and healthy.’’


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Tints of Nature’s Seal & Shine Leave-In Conditioner, £6.99. Nourishes, moisturises and powerfully protects your hair from chlorine and contains a UV filter to protect hair from the sun. Hair looks and feels healthier, is silky-soft and bouncing with body and shine. Rachel: ‘’This felt the least conditioning but it helped to detangle wet hair straight out of the shower.’’

HHH Lee Stafford ARGANOIL from Morocco Anti-Frizz Serum Spray, £9.99. Boots. A serum spray to protect hair against harsh conditions that leave it dry, frizzy and unmanageable. Infused with argan oil, this spray will leave hair glossy and smooth, with long lasting shine. Rachel: “Sprayed onto the ends lightly on styled hair this added shine and left my hair soft to the touch.’’


Quattro for Women Travel Pack Essential for Oily Bikini, £10.89. Available & Combination Skin, £22. at all major retailers and supermarkets nationwide.

Care ItchEze Cooling Spray Gel, £3.99. Available from Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Asda and Wilkinson’s.

Soft & Gentle in Pink Grapefruit, £2.69 250ml spray, £1.29 roll on. Exclusively to Asda.

Jade Brodie tests out... WATERPROOF MASCARA - Stop those panda eyes whilst going for a swim and invest in some waterproof mascara. NEW No7 Stay Perfect Waterproof Mascara, £12.95. Available from 10th May in Boots and Ensures your lashes stay truly perfect through whatever life throws at you, this latest innovation has all the added benefits of a long lasting waterproof mascara, whilst being super-easy to remove and kind to your eyes. JB: “Made my lashes look fuller/thicker but not much longer which I felt was good for daywear but not an ideal evening mascara. There was no smudging but it did take longer to take off than the Oriflame.

Oriflame Beauty Wonderlash Waterproof Mascara, RRP £8.95. Waterproof mascara that defines, lengthens, separates and volumises without smudging, smearing or running. Flake-proof complex for flake-free lashes. JB: “Stayed on well with no smudging. You have to put on quite a few layers for it to make a visible difference to length of lashes. Really easy to take off though considering it is so waterproof which was a plus.


HHH BadGal Waterproof Mascara, £17.50. Benefit Counters and A long-lasting, smudge proof, waterproof mascara with a slimline brush that makes it easy to apply and dries fast so you can add multiple coats in a flash. JB: “So light I genuinely left the house wondering whether I had remembered to put mascara on which makes it a great mascara for the day. Similar to the No.7 in that it is a good waterproof mascara for the day but did not do much to make lashes longer and thicker.



Sumptuous Bold Volume™ Waterproof Mascara, RRP £19.50. Available at Estee Lauder counters and A waterproof, longwearing mascara that delivers immediate lift and luxurious volume and curl, all in a clump-resistant, non-brittle formula! JB: “Love this mascara! Completely waterproof and smudge free, felt light and makes lashes both thicker and longer. A bit more effort to remove later on but definitely worth it.




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2. A CELEBRITY FAN This tan has been recommended by Gywneth Paltrow in her online magazine GOOP for giving subtle, gradual tan while moisturizing. It uses canola oil, glycerine and sugarbased natural ingredients that give skin a tan, rather than an orange colour. MooGoo How Now Brown Cow, RRP £15.50.

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1. 2-4-1 This duo is great for the ultimate glow. The tanning lotion is enriched with Shea and Cocoa Butter and is divinely fragranced combining fresh pink grapefruit blends and zesty bergamot with orchid petals, amber and vanilla extracts. Finish off with a sweep of the Dust Me Mineral Shimmer Powder over legs, arms and décolletage to brighten and illuminate the skin. Naked Fake It Gotta Glow Gift, £14. Available exclusively at

4. LEGS ELEVEN Transform your legs in a flash with this leg gel from Lancôme. Makes your legs look bronzed, smoothed and iridescent. Bare legs are back! Lancôme Flash Bronzer SelfTanning Beautifying Leg Gel, £24. Boots.




For All My Eternity (F.A.M.E.) specialises in paraben-free selftanners and uses only natural extracts and organic ingredients in the quest for the most natural, flawless, and healthy-looking tan. Our favourite is the tan and tone liquid which includes added toning and firming properties. For All My Eternity Tan & Tone, £24.99 (250ml).

This is a self-tan to delight even the most discerning of Tanistas and thanks to its wonderful formulation, it will not leave you sporting a shade of orange. Phew! No More White Bits Instant Self Tan Mousse in Medium, RRP £3.99 (200ml). Asda, Topshop and

Fancy waking up instantly tanned the next day? Well now you can thanks to James Read sleep mask tan. Features a light-weight gel that helps soothe your skin while you sleep as well as leaving behind a subtle tan. James Read Sleep Mask Tan, £18.50.




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This NEW multi-tasking and decadent body lotion from luxury brand Elemis instantly moisturises and hydrates the skin, In 2-3 days the body is left with a healthy bronzed glow. Use daily to develop the desired colour or inbetween self-tan applications to maintain a healthy glow. Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion, RRP £34.50. Elemis.

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YOUR BIKINI BODY OVERHAUL HAIR: Have a haircut a couple of weeks before your holidays to ensure you banish all those dead ends. You could also try a deep conditioning treatment to ensure your locks are in tip top condition before getting dried out by the heat. Ask your hairdressers if they have any heat protect sprays or any products that you can pack in your case to keep your hair looking luscious in the sun.

HD BROWS: Did you know that a good shaped set of eyebrows instantly frames the face? HD Brows is a unique treatment in which the HD brow stylist assesses the face shape and colouring before creating a bespoke brow, tailored exclusively for the client. To find you nearest HD Brow specialist search the Salon Finder at


EYES: Worrying about runny mascara can be a thing of the past if you opt for one of these eye treatments. For those who just want a temporary touch try eyelash tinting or eyelash extensions. Eyelash tinting won’t have an overall effect on length however your eyelashes will look darker and tinting will give a more natural finish. If you are looking for something that lasts a little longer then semi-permanent make-up is becoming more popular, especially eyeliner enhancements and lip enhancements which means no more touch-ups throughout the whole of your holiday.

TEETH WHITENING: The sun immediately makes us happier and if we are happier then we smile more. That’s unless you are conscious about your teeth and one way of transforming them is through teeth whitening. There’s a variety of ways you can get those teeth sparkling with a range of costs involved. The cheaper end of the scale is teeth whitening toothpaste and home kits but if you are prepared to splash some cash then professional teeth whitening is probably the best option providing it is done by a dental professional.

Booked your summer holiday for this year? Ready to pamper yourself before you jet away to sunnier climates? Well here at Living we have devised a list of the beauty treatments and procedures you should be booking in for before your trip. From the obvious such as waxing and pedicures to the more obsecure including non-invasive fat treatements to body scrubs we have it all. By prepping your body with these treatments one thing is for certain....You will have the hottest looking bikini bod this summer!

TAN: If you are holidaying in the UK and you’re unsure of what the weather will hold then why not pop a spray tan can in your bag? There’s a range of tans that you could easily apply just in the evening on your hols then wash off the next day or there’s the gradual moisturisers you could apply every day along with some spf to help boost that golden glow. There are also tan accelerators that contain spf as well as leg shimmers ensuring your pins look lusciously golden. See our favourites on page 135.

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WAXING: One of the most essential beauty treatments before holiday is a bikini and leg wax. Waxing beforehand means you don’t have to pack razors and lady shavers and you don’t have to worry about those straddles of hair you can easily miss from shaving.

BODY SCRUBS: Body scrub treatments are great to have before a holiday as they exfoliate away all the dead skin to leave the body replenished and looking flawless.

NAILS: A manicure and pedicure is an ideal pre-holiday pamper as let’s face it who wants to be packing all those nail polishes in a suitcase! The tough decision is what colour to have? Here at Living we think you should choose a summery colour such as coral which will look fab against some tan coloured sandals.

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FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT DENTAL HYGIENE - One in four adults don’t brush twice a day - People who only brush once a day are a third more likely to develop tooth decay - One in ten people admit they regularly forget to brush their teeth - One in four people have never used mouthwash - One in three people have never flossed their teeth - Half of adults say they visit their dentist every 6 months - Visiting the dentist annually reduces the risk or tooth decay by 60% - 2% of the population have never visited a dentist - One in ten would cut oral care products from their shopping list for financial reasons - Only half of us brush our tongue when we brush our teeth - One in five of us cannot remember when we last changed our toothbrush - A smile comes top of the thing we first notice when meeting a new person - A toothbrush came top of the list of thing we could not do without when we go on holiday - If we only had five minutes to get ready in the morning, one in twenty would skip brushing our teeth - One in four think electric toothbrushes are for lazy people while a third believe they do not have to brush for as long when using one

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SPRING CLEAN YOUR LIFE Same old every day, day in day out. Yes we know the chores of everyday life can somewhat have an effect on our outlook on life. But what if you cleansed your mind and body? We have a list of tips and tricks to help give you a positive outlook on your life. As let’s face it when you think positive, you stay positive and we only get one chance at life. BODY - Why not try acupuncture? Acupuncture is great in helping you to relax. And is a type of traditional Chinese medicine. It can be used to treat a range of symptoms as well as helping with energy levels and general feelings of being unwell. - Join an exercise class such as Yoga or Pilates which will help you to feel relaxed as well as focusing on strengthening the body to improve muscle-strength, flexibility and posture. These will also boost your physical and mental wellbeing. - If you look after your body then your body will look after you! Eating a balanced diet will help you to not only keep at an ideal body weight, but will also effectively mean you will generally feel better with your body. - Full Body Massages will help to relax your whole body and not only will it help keep you calm but it’s the perfect opportunity for you to have day or weekend away. - Kick unhealthy habits to the kerb. We know you have heard it all before but smoking and excessive drinking really are no good for your body. - Extreme anxiety can affect your body by causing you to feel dizzy or sick, give you headaches and can even cause stomach disorders. If you are stressed and getting any of these symptoms take 5 minutes out to simply sit back and relax. - If your skin appears to be sluggish give yourself a body makeover by exfoliating, moisturising and even add a little tan. Glowing skin will instantly make you feel slightly better about yourself. - On your feet all day? If your feet are tired from running around give them a pamper and soak them in some hot water.

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Summer Fashion Forecast We know that most men hate shopping and it typically falls on the responsibility of their other halves to refresh their wardrobe each season but we think with a little persuasion, men can learn to love a spot of shopping and adapt their style to give a nod to the trends this summer. And for you fellas who already have the fashion bug, may we say we’re impressed, we knew that were some fashionable men out there.

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We’re more than happy to introduce the sun back into our skies and sunglasses are a must throughout the summer months. Throw on some smart accessories like a new watch or try wearing a hat to tie an outfit together. Above: Sunglasses, £16. Red Herring at Debenhams. Watch, £139. French Connection. Straw Trilby, £22. House of Fraser.

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Bottoms Up Denim can get hot and heavy in the peak of summer. In a lighter fabric and variety of colours available, a great alternative is chino trousers. Much more apt for summertime and easily styled like denim jeans. Chinos, £29.99. Zara.

Bag It Up It isn’t just women who carry a bag nowadays and this handy holdall can transfer from a gym bag, a weekend away or to simply carry around town with you and keep the essentials in tow. Leather gives a smarter finish than a canvas bag and it looks more mature. Bag, £180. Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant at Debenhams.

The Light Knit Let’s just face it, no matter what the month, we’re never 100% guaranteed a bright and dry day here in Britain so our wardrobe for each season should always include a light knit. A fine-knit cardigan is great if you don’t need a jacket but need a light layer. Roll up the sleeves for a relaxed and lived-in look. Cardigan, £70. French Connection.

A Good Sole Shoes are taking a more relaxed structure without the fuss of laces to tie and buckles to snap. A loafer is perfect to wear. Smarter than a trainer but just as comfortable and they can take you from garden to the beer garden. Label J Tassel Loafer, £45. Jacamo.


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Men’s Health Week

Men’s Health Week this year runs from the 9th to 15th of June and will focus on not only physical health as per but factors around work, unemployment and stress which can affect our mental health too. The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Following the success and recognition it has gained over the years, the annual campaign has expanded to mental health issues which is a very real condition in our society today which thanks to campaigns such as this, is spoken about in an open manner to encourage and educate people who need help or who wish to seek advice. The week is organised by the Men’s Health Forum (MHF). This is an independent charity which aims to help men and boys by tackling inequalities and issues affecting their health. Formed in 1994 the MHF aims to help by focusing on groups of men who have the worst health and seeing how they can make a difference, whether it be through physical activity, or being there to turn to for mental problems. Throughout Men’s Health Week the charity will be holding a variety of events. This year the theme is ‘Health and Work’. We all know men are the first to complain when it comes to ‘man flu,’ but when it comes to more serious health problems, men are often too shy or embarrassed to come forward and speak to a GP and brush off any health concerns they may have. Well we say speak up, gentlemen. Any concern, however great or small can be made better if you talk about it to someone and share your concerns to get to the bottom of a problem that might be bothering you.

Mental Health The subject of mental health is a bit of a taboo in itself and no-one really knows how to approach this topic of conversation and it can all appear a bit awkward to discuss with anyone or even to acknowledge your own mental health. Your physical health is much more apparent to strangers on the street and those around you than what’s happening on the inside but your mental health should be your priority for overall health and wellbeing. Good mental health is far more important than our physical health however on the surface of it, this wouldn’t appear to be the case. The more popular opinion would be that physicality trumps mentality in our list of concerns as it all seems to be about the six pack nowadays. Health and happiness starts from the inside and as this year’s campaign features; your mental health is the focus in this case. Mental health issues come in all shapes and sizes from eating disorders, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Alcoholism and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to name but just a few. This year we are looking at stress; it’s causes, possible preventions and how to manage it. There are a number of things which


can trigger stress, depression and affect our overall mood but a key factor, as pointed out by this year’s campaign is work related issues which impact our mental health. Our stress can heighten dramatically if we are over-worked and sleep deprived as a cause of it. Our job gives us a heck of a lot of responsibilities and it can be overwhelming at times and if you have a demanding job it can be difficult to strike the right work-life balance to keep all areas of your life in check. The Mental Health Foundation is concerned that a sizeable group of people are neglecting the factors in their lives that make them resistant or resilient to mental health problems. It is estimated that nearly three in every ten employees will experience a mental health problem in any one year. However the recent and dramatic rise in Britain’s working hours would suggest this is likely to increase. 13% of the UK working population work 49 hours or more per week. On the flip side of this, unemployment can cause us to feel stressed which can lead to depression. Depression can be difficult to define and The Mental health Foundation have outlined the signs and symptoms of depression: • Tiredness and loss of energy. • Sadness that doesn’t go away. • Loss of self-confidence and self-esteem. • Difficulty concentrating. • Not being able to enjoy things that are usually pleasurable or interesting. • Feeling anxious all the time. • Avoiding other people, sometimes even your close friends. • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. • Sleeping problems - difficulties in getting off to sleep or waking up much earlier than usual. • Very strong feelings of guilt or worthlessness. • Finding it hard to function at work/college/school. • Loss of appetite. • Loss of sex drive and/or sexual problems. • Physical aches and pains. • Thinking about suicide and death. • Self-harm.

Physical Health Men’s Health Week is organised annually by Men’s Health Forum and always has a focus on physical health and a specially selected health feature so if your physical health is a concern of yours Health

Week can help you. We would always promote living a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise but if your exterior is what you want to work on, then now is the time. It’s summer time and this means one thing, gents. Beach body time. This may evoke fear in a lot of people out there as let’s admit, we could probably all do with trimming down a little and when did it all of a sudden become summer? That crept upon us. There are a few work out secrets thankfully that we can all put into action to lose a few pounds and tone up before we hit the beach.

Make Your Workout Count If you’re putting in all that effort to exercise, why not make it count? Charity sports events are very popular today, thanks to the likes of Sports Relief and Davina McCall (what a woman!) taking on tough challenges to inspire and encourage everybody to get out and about and make their workout count. Sponsored sports events are everywhere and thanks to social media we can all become our own campaign managers to earn a few bob for charity. Trek Africa’s highest mountain with Marie Curie Cancer Care ‘’Join us to take on Mount Kilimanjaro in 2015 and help raise money to support the work of our Marie Curie Nurses. As you make your way along the Rongai mountain route, enjoy views across the African plains before reaching the mountain’s 5,895m summit. The Kilimanjaro Trek is a ten day trip, including six days trekking, taking in some of Tanzania’s most spectacular sights before reaching the mountain’s peak.’’ Registration for the 2015 Kilimanjaro Trek is now open.Register online at trekkilimanjaro or by contacting the events team on 0845 052 4184.

Marian Toth, 27 is a Personal Trainer from Staffordshire. He shares his expert advice for working out in the gym and how to get fit. If the arms are what you’re working on... When training arms, it’s all about giving the muscles a new stimulus and something challenging every time. Why? Our muscles are very clever and they adapt very quickly to the exercise. Then it’s up to you, to bring up something challenging again. The most basic exercises for biceps include: dumbbell biceps curls; Z bar curls; cables or suspension curls. For triceps: triceps extensions with dumbbell, barbell or rope; bodyweight or weighted dips.

If your legs are what you’re working on… Leg muscles are one of the biggest and most used muscles in our body. The king of the exercises for your quads and Glutes is a squat. Key points for perfect squats: • Stand in upright position with the feet hip width apart • Start the movement by pushing the hips backwards • Keep the weight on your heels and outside of the feet • Push the floor away from you on your way up • Keep the back flat, chest up and look up • Breathe in, hold and descend, breathe out on the way up

If your shoulders are what you’re working on… How to do the dumbbell shoulder press: • Hold a dumbbell in each hand and sit on a bench with back support. • Plant your feet firmly on the floor about hip-width apart. • Bend your elbows and raise your upper arms to shoulder height so the dumbbells are at ear level. • Pull your abdominals in so there is a slight gap between the small of your back and the bench. • Push the dumbbells up and in until the ends of the dumbbells touch lightly, directly over your head, and then lower the dumbbells back to ear level.

Fat burning… If running on a treadmill, do 45 seconds - 1 min sprints on high speed followed by 1 min jogging. Repeat 4-6 times. Circuit training – very popular in the gym time tables will also give you the right sweaty workout. It’s a combination of many exercises of high intensity with very little break.

Building muscle… Lift it. To build muscle, these are the main 3 points you need to do: Lift heavy, eat enough and rest! Body weight exercises can be fantastic for weight loss and keeping the muscle you already have. If you’re going to gym for the first time ask for professional advice to prevent injury. How to perform deadlift: • Stand with the feet shoulder width, standing with the bar a couple of inches in front of your shins. • Squat down, keeping the back straight, although lean forwards from the hips. • Before you start the lift, ensure your lower back is arched and you are holding your chest up high and looking straight ahead. • Keep your arms straight as you push up using your legs. • Do not pull using your arms or back!

Core strength… Plank it. How to do the plank: • Get in the pushup position, only put your forearms on the ground instead of your hands. Your elbows should line up directly underneath your shoulders. Toes on the ground. • Squeeze your glutes and tighten your abdominals. • Keep a neutral neck and spine. • Create a straight, strong line from head to toes – a plank. • Hold that position and repeat.

The Wind Down It’s very important that you stretch out the muscles you’ve used. This speeds up the recovery process after a hard workout. Performing stretches reduces the risk of injury and soreness. It also reduces soreness felt the next day by decreasing the build-up of lactic acid in muscles.

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Latest and Greatest Gadgets We’ve scoured the market to find the latest and greatest gadgets being released this summer that you have to get your hands on. Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, mad on music or fancy yourself as quite the explorer, there is a gadget out there that you need and we’ve picked some of the best to whet your appetite.

Emma Bridgewater Black Toast DAB+ and FM Radio View Quest, the British-based developer of innovative audio products, has teamed up with Emma Bridgewater to create a retro radio range. The Black Toast Retro radio combines a vintage inspired design with superior sound quality and is packed full of features. The user’s own library of music can be accessed via the Lightening dock for iPod or iPhone, or the 3.5mm aux input to connect to any other audio device. The View Quest Emma Bridgewater Black Toast radio is available exclusively from Apple and Emma Bridgewater and is priced at £129.99.

QDOS Q-BOPZ™ Innovative in its design, the Q-BOPZ features an integrated suction pad, enabling it to be stuck securely on to virtually any flat surface and also used as a stand when attached to the back of an iPhone, Smartphone or tablet. Small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, the fun Q-BOPZ is wrapped in a colourful silicone skin, which is splash resistant and forms a unique suction cup base. The speaker enables users to stream music from a Bluetooth enabled device including iProducts, Smartphones, MP3 players, laptops or tablets from up to 10 metres away. The Q-BOPZ is available at selected Phones 4U stores for £29.99.

De’Longhi Eletta Cappuccino The Eletta Cappuccino features an intuitive soft touch control panel and digital display to easily tailor and memorise preferred coffee serves by varying the quantity of coffee, milk and froth. The Eletta Cappuccino includes the new milk carafe as well as a ‘Milk Menu’ function. It includes a ‘Long Coffee’ button - perfect for lovers of filter coffee. Adding an elegant touch to any kitchen, the Eletta Cappuccino is available in a black metal gloss finish and the Eletta Plus comes in chic silver. Available in Debenhams from May for £799.

Misfit Shine The wireless, physical activity tracker that can be worn anywhere on the body to track all physical activity throughout the day. Wear it on the wrist, a shoe, a belt or even a swimsuit, the Shine has the ability to recognise different sporting activities and uses sensors to tell users how much they’ve moved. It also calculates calories burned and how many points have been earned towards a daily goal. The Misfit Shine is available from from John Lewis for £99.95.The Misfit Shine App is available for free in the iTunes App Store, with new builds coming every three weeks.

HDR-AS100V Action Cam Whether biking, surfing or skydiving the AS100V allows the user to record the action in PAL Full 1080/50p. The HDR-AS100V lets you bring home excellent footage under any conditions. Take on harsh, dusty and dry environments with the tough SPK-AS2 case (included), which seals out grit and dust. In addition, the white finish reflects sunlight - keeping it cool for peak performance. Transfer files and link devices with just a tap using NFC technology. High-quality HD footage is ensured and SteadyShot image stabilisation results in fast action with smooth motion. Available for £349 at

Garmin Tactix GPS Navigator The field-ready tactix is a high-sensitivity GPS navigator plus ABC watch packed with features to securely explore the great outdoors. Tactix lets you create routes, record up to 1,000 waypoints and record GPS breadcrumb trails on the move (tracklogs). Plan trips and share adventures with friends and family using BaseCamp™. Tactix is equipped with both ANT+™ capabilities and Bluetooth® to wirelessly share tracks and routes with other Garmin devices or smartphones. Available from for £399.99.


Ingestre Park Golf Club

Ingestre, Stafford ST18 0RE

Nestled in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside, a peaceful, scenic and beautifully manicured tree lined course with superb Clubhouse facilities. Tel: 01889 270845


It’s great to play golf! This increasingly popular sport is a powerhouse of all the core ingredients that doctors recommend for optimum physical and mental health and wellbeing… • It can help you lose weight (playing 18-holes can burn at least 900 calories). • It’s a great way to meet new people. • It helps combat stress and the combination of exercise, fresh air and camaraderie can help promote long term heart health!

Barlaston Golf Club is a beautiful 18 hole parkland style course designed by Peter Alliss. The course has many features, including a large lake at the centre, and provides a varied and excellent challenge for golfers of all abilities. The club is currently offering memberships in all categories with extremely competitive subscription rates. There is no joining fee and one junior can join free with one immediate adult family member. Preferential rates are available for students and 18 to 25 year olds. Celebrating a birthday? Barlaston Golf Club is now offering golf orientated children’s parties - games, competitions, fun and food.

For further details of membership, our ‘Get into Golf’ programme or children’s parties visit our website, or contact the Club Secretary on 01782 372867 We are an appointed ‘Get into Golf’ centre – first 5 lessons for £25.00!!

Getting into the swing of things. If you’re looking to pick up a new hobby may we suggest a spot of golf? Once considered an elite sport for the rich and famous, golf is now a popular activity with a growing audience and many keen golfers who are neither rich nor famous. Not too strenuous that you’ll be aching for days after but you can still work on your skill and exercise that competitive streak in you, golf is the sport that more and more people are turning to for some leisurely exercise and it can be as sociable or private as you like whether you hit the course with friends or go it alone, anyone can have a swing at golf. The average round of 18 holes for a game, which is what you’re aiming for, can take upwards of 4 hours dependant on how successfully you’re potting the balls. It’s a much longer activity than other popular sports with higher energy levels that are typically played in shorter rounds due to the intensity in some sports. How Andy Murray can play tennis for 5 hours straight we’ll never know. Golf is promoted as being a leisurely activity which you can play at your own pace, it can be a long day out on the course which many people welcome and is a huge part of the appeal for most as you can take the time to clear your head and get out in the fresh air for the day. Golf has a language of its own and you’ll want to learn the lingo for when you’re out on the course. ‘Handicap’ - A numerical representation of a golfer’s playing ability. The higher the handicap of a player, the poorer the player is. ‘Ace’ a.k.a. A hole-in-one - When you hit the ball into the hole in one stroke. “Fore!” - Shouting is merely a way of saying, “Watch out!” and it is used when golfers hit shots astray that might possibly hit another person on the golf course.

‘Par’ - Is the expected number of strokes it should take an expert golfer to complete a hole. ‘Birdie’ - A score of one less than par. A birdie is a very good score and for recreational golfers, making a birdie is a thing to celebrate. ‘Green Fee’ - The cost to play a round of golf. (This usually includes the cost of the golf cart rental and practice balls.)

Your Starter Kit Golf can be a pricey sport to get into as you’ll have to invest in some equipment and officially you’re allowed to carry as many as 14 clubs in your bag, but you won’t need nearly that many when you’re first learning. For a beginner there isn’t the need to spend the big bucks if you’re still testing the water with the sport. You’ll want 3 types of clubs to get started. Woods, Irons and a Putter. Woods can be numbered 1, 2, 3… up to 12 and these are used to hit the ball to the farthest distance. They generally have a large head and a long shaft for maximum club speed. Irons are numbered one to nine and are used for making medium distance shots to up to 200 yards. Irons are clubs with a solid, all-metal head featuring a flat angled face. The putter is used to play on the green to tap the golf ball so it rolls along the grass and into the hole.

Your Uniform Many golf courses have dress codes. Find out what the dress code is at the course you’re playing and dress appropriately. A pair of khaki shorts or slacks and a collared golf shirt will almost always meet the requirements, but it’s a good idea to check beforehand. Note that not all golf courses have a dress code; call ahead of time to check. Generally, the more expensive a course is to play, the more likely it is to have a dress code.

Golf Grounds Public courses: A public golf course is one that is open to the general public. Everyone who plays golf is welcome at a public golf course. Private courses: Open only to golfers willing to pay a membership fee to join the club. The costs associated with joining a private club vary widely.

Beginners Tips Play three holes. In a way, golf is its own kind of an endurance sport, and you need to build yourself up to playing 18 holes. Don’t forget to have fun! It’s a hobby after all. If you’re not having a good day and seem to be getting nowhere with golf that day, go away and get a drink, have a refresh or watch others play to see if you can pick up any tips and taking a short break can give you a new burst of energy to try again. Even Tiger Woods started somewhere! Darren Martin is an instructor at Barlaston Golf club and offers expert tips. ‘’Try a chip shot when you’re new on the course. You’re very close to the green and you will get used to handling the club. These are where most scores are racked up.’’ ‘’I’ve been a member for 26 years and have always played golf with all the family. It is a real family event and we like our club to be fun and sociable and everyone is welcome to play.’’


has over 50 years of motorsport history and is the fastest short oval raceway in the UK, with the speeds many cars achieve around its fearsome steeply banked turns really having to be seen to be believed. Since the 1960s Hednesford Hills Raceway has provided stunning racing and great entertainment from Stock Cars, Hot Rods and Bangers in equal measure with a huge variety of other attractions in between. Some of the biggest events in the sport of short oval racing take place at the venue, with the annual Pre-68 Classic Banger Day and 2 Litre Banger World Final seeing huge grids of cars raced to destruction, while the sky is lit up every Bonfire weekend with one of the Midlands’ biggest firework displays. This year’s May Day Bank Holiday event on Monday May 5th features some extra special crash action. We’ve all been stuck behind a slow caravan on the road at some point – well at Hednesford Hills Raceway this May Day Bank Holiday Monday, our top Banger drivers are out to gain revenge on your behalf in the annual Caravan Grand Prix. A selection of life-expired mobile homes will take to the Cannock Chase quarter mile, and it won’t be many laps before they disintegrate in a shower of wood and fibreglass – all in the name of family entertainment. Will any be left moving at the end of play? Then later in the month on Sunday 18th May the top Banger drivers in the country descend on Hednesford for the 2 Litre World Championship. Over 100 drivers will be present with over 50 on the grid for the prestigious title race – who will be going home with a gold roof on his car? The lure of a World title however will not mean any less crashes!

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The Audi A4 Saloon SE Technik. Now with £4000 dealer deposit contribution. Sometimes, it’s nice to find everything you need included as standard. Like intuitive Satellite Navigation and Audi parking system plus, with visual and audible warnings. Just two of the many advanced features you’ll find in the Audi A4 SE Technik.

Solutions representative example from Audi Finance based on 10,000 miles per annum† for the Audi A4 Saloon 2.0 TDI 163PS SE Technik Ultra manual Duration 35 monthly payments of Customer deposit Dealer Deposit Contribution Recommended on-the-road price Amount of credit Optional final payment Total amount payable Acceptance fee* Option to purchase fee** Rate of interest Representative APR

3 Years £289.00 £5,817.53 £4,000.00 £29,320.00 £19,502.47 £12,650.40 £32,642.94 £125.00 £60.00 6.6% fixed 7.1%

Stafford Audi Hurricane Close, Stafford ST16 1GZ 01785 250444 Official fuel consumption figures for the Audi A4 Saloon 2.0 TDI 163PS SE Technik Ultra manual in mpg (l/100km): Urban 56.5 (5.0), Extra Urban 74.3 (3.8), Combined 67.3 (4.2). CO2 emissions: 109g/km. Standard EU Test figures for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results. Retail sales only: *Payable within first payment. **Payable with optional final payment. †7.20p per mile excess mileage charges apply. Centre deposit contribution is only available when purchased with Solutions from Audi Finance. Further charges may be payable if vehicle is returned. Indemnities may be required. Subject to status. Available to over 18s from participating Audi Centres only (subject to availability) for vehicles ordered before 30 June 2014 and delivered by 30 September 2014. ^The price shown is the Recommended on-the-road price. The quoted ROTR prices and finance examples shown reflect the current rate of 20% VAT. Offer can be withdrawn without prior notice. Audi Finance, Freepost Audi Finance.

Range Rover Evoque

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Range Rover Evoque PRICE from £29,200 Whatever the day has in store, Range Rover Evoque’s blend of driver-friendly features and accessories means you’ll be equipped to get the most out of every day. The Evoque has all you need to explore the city with confidence. Stay on track with the HDD Premium Navigation System, and get in and out of tight parking spaces with Park Assist and Surround Cameras. The lightest 2WD 2.2 litre Diesel Engine with six speed transmission has been engineered to be quieter and more fuel-efficient. At 150PS and less than 130g/km CO2 emissions for the Coupé version.Make life a little easier with the Smartphone App. Check your fuel levels remotely, find your car in a busy car park, save your journey information and check to see if you left anything open. SOS Emergency Call and Optimised Land Rover Assistance use GPS technology to minimise delay in getting assistance to your exact location. Keyless starting lets you get in and start the engine without taking the keys from your pocket. On wintry city mornings stay warm by firing up the heated front seats, steering wheel and windscreen. Stop/Start now available on all derivatives. With a power of 150PS, torque of 380N, a maximum speed (mph) 112 and acceleration 0-60 mph in 10.6 sec.


BMW 3 Series Touring estate PRICE from £23,945 The new BMW 3 Series Touring pushes the boundaries of its category with flowing lines and incomparable handling. Whether you prefer athleticism, modernity or elegance, with the Sport, Modern or Luxury there’s a model to suit you. The high-torque, low-consumption engines all work with modern BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and BMW EfficientDynamics technologies work further to reduce fuel and lower emissions without compromising on driving dynamism. Its BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol and diesel engines offer high dynamics with markedly reduced consumption. The BMW 320d, the powerful and economical diesel engine in this estate car ensures that no distance is too far: BMW EfficientDynamics measures mean the BMW Touring goes 1,200 kilometres on just one tank of fuel. And the boot has plenty of room too: from 450 to 1,500 litres when the rear seat is folded down. The BMW 5 Series Touring shows off the elegant side of versatility. The estate car version of the BMW 5 Series Sedan presents the strong yet elegant petrol and diesel engines and a whole range of innovations – not least the technologies by BMW EfficientDynamics Its automatic transmission with eight gears that lower consumption and noise levels at high speeds. With acceleration of 0–60mph 9.4 seconds, a top speed of 130 mph. The average mpg of 47.9 and tank range 599 miles.

Peugeot 308 SW PRICE from £17,300 The New 308 SW is both stylish and spacious, making it the perfect family car. With a stunning cielo roof, its distinctive bonnet and large wheel arches give it a sporty appearance, and it comes with full LED headlights and rear lights to improve visibility and reduce energy consumption. The minimal interior feels modern and sleek, and with bags of room for all the family and anything else you need to take with you, the New 308 SW is truly a car of both style and substance. The 308 SW is packed full of technology to give you the ultimate driving experience. Electric power steering and a reversing camera, as well as clever features like modular seating and a fully integrated touch screen within the new i-Cockpit means everything is based around the central console, which puts all the controls within easy reach of the driver. The new models comes with a class-leading 660 litre boot space and is 140kg lighter than its predecessor. With best-in-class CO2 emissions of just 85g/km and fuel consumption as low as 92mpg, the 308 SW is as efficient as they come. A range of EURO 6 petrol and diesel engines and the option of BlueHDi technology mean you can pick the perfect engine to balance power and efficiency. With 17” Stratus alloy wheels, Cielo panoramic roof and tinted rear windows.

The Kia Cee’d Sportswagon PRICE from £14,995

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With up to a 1.6 engine, 67.3 MPG and 16” alloy wheels, the Kia cee’d Sportswagon VR7 is an impressive all-rounder. It’s stylish, safe and decent to drive, but also comes with a superb sevenyear warranty and the backup of dealers that offer excellent customer service. The latter’s proven by Kia’s solid seventh place in our Driver Power 2013 satisfaction survey - proving owners are a happy bunch. It’s also impressively large inside, with a 528-litre boot that rises to 1,642 litres with the rear seats folded down. Eye catching, super spacious and practical, the award-winning Kia cee’d Sportswagon is no ordinary 5-door estate. Boasting a cavernous 1,642 litres of boot storage, class leading cabin space and the famous Kia 7-year warranty, the Kia cee’d Sportswagon specification is in a class of its own. Featuring tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjust function, leather trimmings and cruise control (not applicable to all models), the interior mixes cutting-edge technology with classic design. For efficient planning, the in-built Trip Computer calculates distance to empty, fuel consumption, average speed, trip mileage and journey time elapsed. Additional touches, such as steering wheel mounted controls make journeys a breeze in the cee’d Sportswagon. With Bluetooth® with Voice Recognition & Music Streaming, Air Conditioning and Reversing Sensors

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Mazda CX-5 PRICE from £21,595 The CX-5 is Mazda’s entry in the popular and highly competitive compact crossover segment. It seeks to distinguish itself with class-leading highway fuel economy as well as the nimble and enjoyable handling dynamics that have become a hallmark of the Zoom-Zoom brand. For the latest model year, Mazda has updated the CX-5 by equipping upper-trim-level models with a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder motor. This engine provides more power - but nearly the same fuel economy - as the slightly underpowered 2.0-liter unit that was previously the crossover’s sole powerplant. The CX-5 is the first vehicle to be designed from the ground up using Mazda’s SkyActiv technology philosophy. This approach employs careful engineering to reduce weight while upping rigidity, which reaps benefits in fuel economy, performance, handling and safety.

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The available six-speed automatic transmission is a unique unit that combines the advantages of a conventional automatic, a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a dual clutch transmission. At low speeds the gearbox performs like conventional torque-converter automatic with the attendant benefits of smooth and easy operation. At higher speeds (more than five to eight mph), the torque converter locks and the transmission performs like a dual clutch - quick shifts with little power-delivery interruption and rev-matched downshifts. Upper-level CX-5 models now feature a SkyActiv 2.5-liter four-cylinder that’s good for 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. Outstanding emissions from 119g/km and fuel economy up to 61.4mpg Mazda CX-5



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The Ultimate Driving Machine

New BMW i3.

New BMW i8.

ARE YOU BOLD ENOUGH TO EXPERIENCE THE THRILL OF A NEW KIND OF DRIVING PLEASURE? BMW leads the charge when it comes to innovation but the new BMW i range is more than just innovative; it’s a new dawn in automotive history.


The BMW i3, already launched in November 2013, is the world’s first premium car to be truly born electric from ground up. This vehicle is now available at Knights North Staffordshire, so why not organise a test drive† today? Soon to arrive is the stunning new BMW i8 – a sports car reinvented. With a dynamic, sporty and aerodynamic design the i8 is more efficient, more sustainable, features highly efficient BMW eDrive technology, delivering the optimal combination of driving pleasure and sustainability. Contact the dealership for further details. Knights North Staffordshire Bede Road, Radial Park, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire ST4 4GU. Tel: 01782 572100

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Official fuel economy figures for the BMW i3: mpg N/A, CO2 emissions 0 g/km, power output (electric motor) 125/170 KW/hp, total average energy consumption per 62 miles/100 km (combined cycle) 12.9kWh, customer orientated range 80–100 miles, total range (combined cycle) 118 miles. Official fuel economy figures for the BMW i3 with Range Extender: mpg 470.8, CO2 emissions 13 g/km, power output (electric motor) 125/170 KW/hp, total average energy consumption per 62 miles/100 km (weighted combined cycle) 11.5kWh, customer orientated range 150–186 miles, total range (weighted combined cycle) 211 miles. Data subject to confirmation. The battery’s charge derives from mains electricity. The BMW i8 is a plug in hybrid electric vehicle that requires mains electricity for charging. Figures may vary depending on driving style and conditions. †Test drive subject to status and vehicle availability.




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INTRODUCING THE NEW BMW M3 AND M4 AT KNIGHTS. 2014 is an exciting year of new car launches for BMW. Arriving at Knights in June will be the new BMW M3 Saloon and new BMW M4 Coupe. The fifth-generation of the iconic high-performance sports car from BMW M. Both now include a turbocharged 3.0 litre six cylinder engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, reduced fuel consumption and emissions and maximum dynamic ability. BMW engineers have paid particular attention to the car’s aerodynamic performance by working closely with BMW Motorsport’s professional racing drivers to produce supreme performance capabilities. If you are a fan of agility, dynamism and superior performance, then make sure you are one of the first to see these new vehicles. They really are the Ultimate Driving Machines. Contact the dealership to find out more. Knights North Staffordshire Bede Road, Radial Park, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire ST4 4GU. Tel: 01782 572100

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Official fuel economy figures for the BMW Range: Urban 16.1-56.5 mpg (5.3-18.9 l/100km). Extra Urban 29.4-78.5 mpg (3.6-9.6 l/100km). Combined 21.7 - 68.9 mpg (4.1-13.0 l/100km) CO2 emissions 118-303 g/km. †Test drive subject to status and vehicle availability.


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Staffordshire living issue 59 may june 2014  
Staffordshire living issue 59 may june 2014  

Spring has finally sprung and it's about time! This issue your favourite lifestyle magazine contains all things South American for an authen...