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Yes it is in fact now SUMMER, hurrah! We hope you’ve all been enjoying this glorious weather as much as we have. We’ve even debated with the idea of some al fresco writing as the sun has been ‘oh so tempting’ whilst we’ve been getting this fabulous edition together. And speaking of our fabulous July/August edition, haven’t we got a jam-packed one for you.



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All in the aid of summer and looming thoughts of hitting the beach we have compiled the best stomach flattening foods to help us all in our efforts to get bikini-body ready. What we love about summer is the fashion, hello skirts and sandals! Our fashion pages cover everything from the latest trends to sorting what to pack dependant on the type of holiday you’ve planned- a beach break, off to explore the city or a countryside retreat? Call us your new fashion guru, we have tips a plenty to have you looking effortlessly stylish. STUDIO MANAGER


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If you haven’t booked your summer holiday yet, we propose you stay right here at home in the UK. Yes, with caravan holidays, canal cruises and camping becoming the new ‘in’ thing we show you how to holiday at home (p116). And if the weather stays as glorious as it has been for us these past few weeks, a UK break will definitely fit the bill. July kicks off the kids’ 6 weeks summer holidays and we know what you’re thinking; ‘’How on earth am I going to keep my kids entertained Every. Single. Day? Don’t sweat it, Staffordshire Living has had a dig around and found a ton of fun activities to keep you and your little ones happy. From days out enjoying the great outdoors to the best attractions in and around Staffordshire, we’re sure we’ve found the best of the bunch.


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Summertime allows us to let our hair down and embrace everything that is fresh and fun. This translates over to our wardrobes too and tight, restricting clothing is out and instead we’re channelling a Bohemia Chic feel. We’re talking fringe tassels, soft, flowing pieces and embroidered everything. Kimonos Kimonos have emigrated from the Far East all the way over to the West where it has become a statement trend that we’re seeing all across the high-street. Sadly, being British we’re accustomed to a spot of wind and rain and so braving the day without a single layer is a rarity. The addition of a kimono is perfect for that extra protection should our weather be it’s typical self and we’re still rocking the must-have trend for the season. Aren’t we the practical but fashionable bunch?

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Floral Fringe Kimono, £42. Accessorize

Jacket, £225. Topshop

Fringe Waistcoat, £17. New Look


Kimono, £19.95. H&M

Embellished Kimono, £50. F & F at Tesco.

Fringe Benefits Rucksack, £65. Topshop

If you’re shopping around for a few pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe to nail this look, we have one word for you- fringe. Fringe detailing is an obvious nod to the Boho Chic look and it can be styled into your clothing or accessories. It adds texture to an outfit that without could sit flat and this Folk trend is all about movement after all so let them tassels shake.

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Even when you’re ‘’off-duty’’ and relaxing at a weekend you still want your clothes to reflect your personality and show off your style. They say pain is beauty but haven’t we shown you here that this outfit is comfortable; a loose flowing skirt (very forgiving if you’re having a big lunch) and flat shoes. A beautiful look with the striking orange colour. Earrings, £6.50. Dorothy Perkins Bracelets, £7.99. H&M

When you’re out and about in a busy city you always want to make an impression and dressing up in stylish attire lets others know you’re bang on trend. Silly we know as you’ll probably be out buying even more clothes but you have a reputation to uphold and being so stylish is a full time job!

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Look 3 - Flirty Friday Night After a hard week make sure you set aside your Friday night for date night with that special someone. It’s an excuse to get all dressed up and indulge in a little romance. Time to pull out some killer heels and a statement clutch bag- just big enough to fit in your lipstick as we imagine it will need lots of reapplying if your date goes well.

Yellow Necklace, £19.99. Zara

Fringe Top, £32. Debenhams Denim Jacket, £39.99. Zara

Shorts, £34. Topshop

Lace Ivory Dress, £150. Topshop Skirt, £9.99. H&M

Sandal, £39.99. New Look

Thin Rose Gold Quote Bangle, £9.95.

Leather Fringe Clutch, £99.99. Zara

Sandals, £25. ASOS

Straw Clutch, £25. Topshop

Wedge, £24.99. New Look Duffle Bag, £35. ASOS




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LITTLE RASCALS Move aside Mum and Dad, the kids are making their way up the style stakes. This season sees lots of new trends for your little ones that we’re sure both you and the kids will love. Straw Multi Weave Trilby, £9. Monsoon

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Boys Will Be Boys Try and get a little boy to sit still for 5 minutes and you will see the struggle we’re faced with when convincing them to try stuff on. Little boys are made to be mucky, it’s a matter of life and so prizing them from their favourite (but dirt-stained) top can be tricky. You’ll have to be offering them something pretty phenomenal in exchange for their precious time if you’re dragging them to the shops. Well, we can’t promise anything but we’ve whipped together all the latest trends for boys to aide you in your mission to kit out the little man’s wardrobe in time for summer. Let them be like Dad and rock the same shoes. Converse are a big fashion statement but these are a fraction of the price for their little feet. Blue High Tops, £10. Tu at Sainsbury’s

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World Cup Fever If your little man is footie mad and has a serious case of World Cup fever, these cool pieces will be sure to impress. He might not quite be ready for his own World Cup debut (one day) but if he is the next Rooney in the making, this kit will delight him.

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Mirrored Flamingo Top, £22. Baker by Ted Baker at Debenhams

Broderie Shorts, from £10. M&S Embroidered Top, £14. Monsoon Floral Swimsuit, £25. Baker by Ted Baker at Debenhams


Here Come The Girls Typically girls enjoy trying things on and playing dress up and basically copying Mum. Can’t we all remember watching our mums getting ready and tottering around in high heels with lipstick up to our eyebrows in an early attempt to master a red lip? The same goes for shopping and we’re sure your little girl will love shopping with Mummy for some new summer essentials. Even at a young age girls are fashion conscious and won’t wear any old thing, oh no, it has to be fabulous! Well we’re sure this season’s trends won’t disappoint your little lady.

Strappy Sandals, £10. Tu at Sainsbury’s

Denim Shorts, £9. Tu at Sainsbury’s

Straw Brim Floppy Hat, £10. Monsoon

Dress, £34. Baker by Ted Baker at Debenhams

Let her dress up like you and carry her own little bag- you have your essentials you have to carry around and she has hers; sweets, crayons, you know all the important things. Satchel, £16. M&S Girl’s Pink Denim Jacket, £10. TU at Sainsburys

Girl’s Floral Ruffle Skirt, £9. TU at Sainsburys

Fruity Fashion They do say you need your 5-a-day and these sweet clothes are sure to impress. The fun sequins add something special to a simple top and all little girls love a pretty dress.

Cherry Sequin Shirt, £8. Bluezoo at Debenhams

Watermelon T-Shirt, from £8. M&S

Strawberry Dress, £5. Tu at Sainsbury’s

Sequin Pineapple T-Shirt, £6.50. Tu at Sainsbury’s


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PACKING PRETTY Whether you’re heading for a city break, a beach holiday or a countryside retreat this summer, have you thought about what you’re going to pack? We’re putting together the essentials you need to dig out from your wardrobe and perhaps some new pieces to buy and bung into your case with you so you’re never stuck on what to wear.

The Beach Break So technically you won’t need to pack an awful lot if you’re off to a hot and sunny destination where you fully intend to do nothing but lounge on the beach the entire time (and quite frankly who could blame you)? So what you pack might be a little minimal but with maximum style.

Gold Trim Sunglasses, £12.50. Next

Yellow Bikini Top, £16. Briefs, £12. Next

Neon Paisley Sarong, £19. Accessorize

Angelika Maxi Dress, £34.99. Miss Guided

F and F at Tesco Hat, £6. Matalan Welcome Back The One Piece Who says a one-piece is frumpy? If you’re not feeling particularly confident in parading around the pool in a bikini, a swimsuit offers just that little more cover up if you don’t want all your white bits out on display but still want to tan your limbs.

Playsuit, £12. Matalan.

Khloe Sandal, £59. Dune Cora Embellished Kaftan, £65. Monsoon

Swimsuit, £30. River Island

Swimsuit, £38. Debenhams

Denim Shorts, £12. F & F at Tesco. Harbour Sandals, £45. Office


Beach Bag, £29. Accessorize

Exploring The City A city break or perhaps just a long weekend away in some glamorous location calls for a wardrobe that will leave you looking effortlessly chic and attire that can easily take you from a day exploring the city to an evening out on the town.

Jumpsuit, £35. Dorothy Perkins Tassel Kimono, £32. Next


Multi-Functional Fashion

Leather Ankle Gladiator Black, £19.50. F & F at Tesco

White Jeans, £32. ASOS

The co-ord trend is still going strong for summer and is the perfect look for a city break; it takes you from chic sightseeing in the day to fun and flirty for a night on the tiles. Plus, when you’re packing light, this gives limitless options for outfits when worn with other pieces.

Shirt Dress, £65. Wallis Fringed Bag, £55. Topshop

Tropical Scuba Skirt, £48. Topshop.

Bangle Set, £3. Primark

Tropical Bralet, £20. Topshop.

Cut Out Mules, £34.99. Missguided


A Countryside Retreat If you fancy yourself as a bit of a naturist (not the naked type, cheeky!) and your idea for a perfect break is getting outdoors then we understand you probably won’t be needing a bikini packed in your suitcase but instead for you it’s all about comfort and practicality. This shouldn’t mean you can’t have a running in the style stakes, mind. Think English Countryside attire; check print, florals and perhaps even a petticoat, this is a very lady-like look.

Peony Cowl Neck Dress, £45. BHS

Sophia Cutwork Dress, £69. Monsoon


Gingham Style The epitome of countryside-chic, gingham print is making a comeback from the picnic table to your wardrobe.

Flower Cutwork Handbag, £50. Lipsy

Top, £10. Primark Limited Edition Spot Colour Top, £29.50. M & S.

Ballet Shoes, £8. George at Asda Indigo Cut Out Lace Skirt, £39.50. M&S

Gingham Full Skirt, £16. Matalan

Best Of British Printed Shell Top, £69. M & S.

Floral Printed Skirt, £12. George at Asda Clutch, £8. Primark.




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The festival season has finally arrived and here at Living we are forgetting about the wellies and focusing more on keeping your hair and make-up looking primed throughout the weekend.

ARTDECO Mineral Baked Blusher in Noble Silk Rose, RRP £16.25. Selected Debenhams Stores Nationwide, and Kiss Eyelashes in Pretty, £4.49. Boots.

Kiehl’s Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream, RRP £23.50.

Nail Polish in Rustic Rose, Pink You’ve Had Enough and Pretty In Pink, £2.99. Beauty UK Cosmetics.

COLLECTION Cosmetics Lasting Perfection Powder, £4.19. Boots and Superdrug

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This season it’s all about the pretty festival look. Think floral accessories, soft waves and candy floss pink make-up.

Sleek Make-up I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette Au Naturel, £7.99. Tesco.

Lee Stafford Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray, £7.49. Boots.

Blistex Lip Brilliance, £2.49. Boots, Superdrug & Tesco. Pro Longwear Brow Set in Bold Brunette, £13. MAC Cosmetics. St Moriz Instant Shimmer Tan, £4.99. Available at all major supermarkets and Boots.

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Nicky Clarke Multistyler, £59.99. Debenhams, Littlewoods and Next.

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ANTI-AGEING TREATMENTS If it is something more permanent you are looking for then we look at some of the anti-ageing treatments currently on the market. Botox: Developed in the 1970’s this is probably one of the most original anti-ageing cosmetic treatments that we are all ‘oh so’ familiar with. Botox involves tiny injections that are injected into the facial muscles. It works by blocking signals from the nerve to the muscle resulting in a temporary paralysis of the muscle which reduces wrinkles. The results are not permanent however treatments may not need redoing until up to 6 months after. Hand Rejuvenation: One of the biggest signs of ageing is the hands and hand rejuvenation is quite a new treatment that involves restoring volume into the dorsum of the hands. Like botox the treatment is injected into the back of your hands and dark looking veins become reduced, giving your hands a fuller, youthful appearance. Again the treatment isn’t permanent however is long lasting and can last up to 2 years. Bingo Wing Treatments: Arm Lift surgery reduces the loose skin under your arms often referred to as ‘Bingo Wings’. Incisions are made on the inner and under parts of your arm, the remaining skin is stretched and stitched back together. With this treatment there may be visible scarring. Definitely not for the faint hearted! Brazilian Blow Dry: Not often associated with anti-ageing however our hair can be the first sign of ageing. Spotting a grey hair can cause the majority of us to freak out! The Brazilian blow dry transforms the hair by using natural sources of Keratin which repairs damage. The results last for 2 to 4 months (depending on your hair type and how often you wash it) and the treatment takes around 2 to 4 hours. It is excellent for any type of hair, even those with curly hair who want to get rid of any frizz.




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FOR A GOOD CAUSE Do you find yourself wanting to do something fun and worthwhile? Want to help make changes to people’s lives? Well why not do something for a good cause? Getting involved with fundraising and charities can help you to not only feel good about yourself but can help make changes to somebody’s life. Charities in the area are often crying out for volunteers and many of us may already have a charity that is close to our heart. If you feel you can’t commit the time then giving a monthly donation can be equally as satisfying. Whether it is a couple of pounds or thousands of pounds you will be making a difference. Here are our favourite ideas of how you can make some money for your local charity of choice. FACE YOUR FEARS That’s right it’s time to face that dreaded fear you have had for all those years. Whether it’s jumping out of a plane or holding a snake for 20 minutes we urge you to be brave and get sponsored. You never know you just might enjoy it! AFTERNOON TEA PARTY As it’s the height of summer why not organise a garden tea party. Invite neighbours and people from your community. You can also add little extras such as a tombola which won’t cost any money if you ask around family friends to donate any unopened unwanted gifts.

DOUGLAS MACMILLAN HOSPICE 2014 ‘LITTLE LUNCH’ SUMMER 2014 Join the ‘Little Lunch’ and get together for food and drink whilst supporting your local hospice. It’s a great opportunity to invite your friends, family or work colleagues to a social gathering. A ‘Little Lunch’ can be anything from a few neighbours getting together in the garden to an office picnic or a full blown street party with food, music and decorations. So choose the event you’d like to host, pick a date and a venue – home, village hall, school, restaurant or pub – and decide the suggested donation for your guests to join the party. To help you plan a brilliant event, the Douglas Macmillan have some great downloadable fundraising materials for you including posters, recipes, place settings & invitations. You could also hold a raffle or an auction so why not invite local business to sponsor the event or donate prizes.

CYCLING BRITAIN Are you a keen cyclist? Set yourself a target, grab some friends and cycle Britain. You can visit some sights along the way, stop in some B & B’s and have some fun along the way.

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PAMPER PARTY Hold a girls evening in with a pamper party. Raid Boots and Superdrug for treatment masks and nail polishes or ask around if any local salons would like to get involved. You can never underestimate the generosity of people when it comes to charities.

DONNA LOUISE CHILDRENS HOSPICE VIVA LA FIESTA SUMMER BALL 7TH JULY 2014 MOAT HOUSE, ETRURIA Join the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice for their Viva La Fiesta Summer Ball which includes a reception and an exclusive 5 course meal.

TALENT SHOW One for the kids! Why don’t you hold your own community talent show for a bit of fun. With the entertainment sorted all you will need to think about is food and drink for an evening to remember.

The evening will also include a Live Performance from ‘Britains Got Talent’ Dance Duo AJ & Chloe, live music to get us into that fiesta mood, as well as a disco to finish the night.

However you decide to raise money you will make a change. If you are stuck for ideas then visit your local charities website where there’s usually a host of fundraising ideas along with fundraising packs and registration forms. If you don’t want to hold your own event then join in one of the runs, cycles or swims that happen each year in and around Staffordshire and raise money for your chosen charity.


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ARCH NORTH STAFFS RYDER CUP STYLE GOLF DAY 11TH JULY 2014 1.00PM-3.30PM NEWCASTLE GOLF CLUB This year sees D&H Services as the main sponsor of the day. The structure of the day is different from the normal 4 in a Team format, this is to accommodate Ryder Cup rules. It is believed that this is the first time such a competition has been held in North Staffordshire. As a result D & H Services are looking forward to even more people taking part and helping to raise much need funds for the Arch “Steeping Stones Appeal” which specifically supports children who have been victims of Domestic Violence. Entry fee £55 per person. Includes bacon rolls and coffee on arrival followed by 3 course dinner and prize giving. For further information or to register to take part or support the event please contact: Yvette Leese on 07984 273491 or email: Ray Elks on 07990 588639 or email: DOUGLAS MACMILLAN HOSPICE THE MINI MOONLIGHT WALK SATURDAY 12TH JULY 2014 ST PETERS ACADEMY FROM 7PM Join hundreds of women when they set off on an 8 mile walk all dressed in their pink t-shirts around Stoke-on-Trent, starting and finishing at St Peters Academy from 7pm. Whether you’re an individual, part of a group or just wanting something to aim for, the MINI moonlight walk is a great excuse to have as much fun as you can on a Saturday night! On the night you will be able to dedicate a candle and handwrite your own personal message once you have gone through registration. This means this year your candle and message will be able to make the walk with you along the way before being lit for you at the Dougie Mac Hospice to remember. You can reserve your candle when you enter.

Walk with friends, family, a group from the office or on your own, whatever your reason, sign up today! Your support will help to change the world for people affected by stroke. Entry is £5 which includes a Step out for Stroke t-shirt and fundraising pack. To register visit DONNA LOUISE CHILDRENS HOSPICE ANNUAL GOLF DAY 26TH SEPTEMBER 2014 TRENTHAM GOLF CLUB The 10th Annual Charity Golf Day is set to be a great day of golfing at the magnificent Trentham Golf Club. Entries are now open for teams of four, any combination of ladies, men or mixed, for a Stableford Competition with the best two scores to count. The handicap limit for ladies is 36 and, 28 for men, with a three-quarter handicap allowance. There are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed teams, nearest the pin and the longest drive. Entry fee includes a bacon roll before teeing off and an evening dinner. For more information, please contact Katy Burgess-Lowe on 01782 654444 or email STROKE ASSOCIATION RESOLUTION RUN SUNDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2014 TRENTHAM GARDENS, STOKE-ON-TRENT You choose your distance (5k,10k,15k) and you set your challenge! So come on race your work colleagues, set yourself a new challenge or beat a personal best all while supporting a fabulous cause. Your support will help to change the world for people affected by Stroke so why not sign up today! To sign up or To find out more call 01527 903 501, email or visit

To enter visit MARIE CURIE CARE WALK TEN 19TH JULY 2014 5.30PM-10PM SHUGBOROUGH ESTATE Enjoy an evening 10k walk with views of the fine Georgian mansion house and the riverside garden terraces. The estate’s 900-acre classical landscape is peppered with unusual monuments, creating a magical atmosphere as the sun sets. Dogs are welcome so bring along your four-legged friends. After completing the walk, settle down with your picnic and enjoy the festival-like celebrations with live music, entertainment and spectacular fireworks at 10pm. These fireworks coincide with the time many Marie Curie Nurses start their night shift, providing care to people with terminal illnesses and their families in their own homes.

STAFFORDSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE CHARITY BALL SATURDAY 11TH OCTOBER FROM 7.30PM INGESTRE SUITE, STAFFORD COUNTY SHOWGROUND Taking place at the Staffordshire County Show Ground, the Staffs Air Ambulance Ball offers a great chance for groups of friends and colleagues to get together for a really good party, while helping raise funds for a charity that touches thousands of lives every year. In addition to a fabulous three course meal guests will enjoy live music, dancing, a high profile auction and a raffle with some great prizes – not to mention the chance to dress up in black tie and ballgowns! Tickets priced at £35pp. To book tickets call 07989 018646 or 07876 472722 or email

Registration fee: Adult – pre-registration - £10/ Adult - on the night - £20. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. To register visit STROKE ASSOCIATION STEP OUT FOR STROKE SUNDAY 20TH JULY 2014 AT 11AM CONGLETON PARK Step out for Stroke is an event that everyone can be part of, and you can set your own challenge depending on your own abilities. Each Step out for Stroke event has a course, starting and finishing in the same location. Most are around 1 mile in length. Depending on your own ability you can set your own distance, 10 steps, 2100 meters, 1 mile or 10 laps.


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GET FIT THE FUN WAY Now that the summer season is here exercising in a gym just doesn’t seem appealing anymore and so here at Living we are all getting fit the fun way…by being outdoors. Not only are you burning those calories but you’re also inhaling all that fresh air and being outdoors certainly makes us feel happy. So this summer don’t sweat it out indoors, get out and get fit. Here are our 3 favourite sports and exercises you can tackle outside.

RUNNING Whether you are a keen runner or not, the best thing about running is it’s totally free. So if you are clutching at the purse strings this summer then grab some friends and go for a jog. Obviously if you are new to running then you will need to build up your exercise regime over the forthcoming months and with any exercise always remember to warm up and do stretching exercises afterwards. Running is also a great social catch up and an excuse to see your friends whilst also being proactive at the same time. You can spend as little or as long time as you like whether it’s a quick jog around your local lake or you want to push yourself and go on a 10k run, you can pretty much find the time to squeeze a running regime into your lifestyle. If you find that you are really enjoying your weekly runs then why not sign up to a local charity and partake in one of their charity runs? This way you are not only keeping fit but also raising money for a good cause which will hopefully give you even more motivation when it comes to training.

YOGA Yoga is a body, mind and spirit practice which is aimed at not only transforming the body but the mind too. It is an ancient practice that has been around hundreds of years and by taking part in yoga you should not only see health benefits but mental benefits too. It’s an effective way to increase strength, flexibility and balance. A yoga class would usually consist of a set of postures to increase your strength and flexibility and breathing techniques. People can often be afraid that they aren’t flexible enough for yoga but remember it is a class that is designed to improve your flexibility. There are many types of yoga classes including Bikram, Ashtanga and Lyengar which all have different techniques to each other. Here at Living we love yoga because it’s designed for all ages and isn’t necessarily designed to help you lose weight but to help your posture, become leaner and more flexible.

BOOTCAMPS Bootcamps were huge last year and they still seem to be going strong. Designed to give your whole body a workout and to ultimately help you to lose and maintain weight as well as building your strength and fitness through a variety of intense interval exercises. It’s a fun way of keeping fit outdoors!


Paul Wilson of Fat Burner Bootcamps tells us about how his bootcamps have helped people in the local area: “Fat Burner Bootcamps in Walsall, Cannock and Sutton Coldfield help people lose up to one stone and one to two clothes sizes in as little as 28 days, without the diet sabotaging cravings or low carbohydrate moods. We ensure that regardless of your current fitness levels you will achieve ‘beat the weight loss war’ and overcome the obstacles standing in your way by using a diet and customised meal plans, unique to your body type and food preferences. This diet will also be accompanied by a minimum of three workouts per week where you will be guided every step of the week. The camps provide a social community where people come together whatever the weather and take part in fat loss specific workouts filled with fun and camaraderie that last no more than 45 minutes. The bootcamps allow for a quality personal training service, affordable at a fraction of the cost, and with the benefit of providing a social enjoyment factor where people make friends and encourage and support each other through the journey. Paul, who has studied under some of the world’s leading strength and conditioning specialists, nutritionists and naturopathic physicians, specialises in female specific fat loss such as: fat loss for Polycystic Ovary Sufferers, fat loss for post-pregnancy and breast feeding, fat loss for fertility, fat loss for menopause, fat loss for the lower body and fat loss for thyroid dysfunction”.

BOOTCAMP FITNESS - EXPERT ADVICE Staffordshire Living’s Jemma McNicholas speaks to Paul Wilson of Fat Burner Bootcamps about how they have helped people in the local area as well as how bootcamps even cater for those with busy lifestyles.... This year, Fat Burner Bootcamp won the award for the UK’s Most Loved Personal Trainer 2014, courtesy of the ‘Best Of’ and those that voted. Over the years, Paul and Fat Burner Bootcamp have made television appearances on BBC Inside Out, Channel 4’s ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ and Sky News, sharing the fat loss success they have been achieving with people. What do bootcamps offer that other outdoor activity’s don’t? Other outdoor activities, such as running, walking, and cycling, focus on cardiovascular exercise as a means to burn calories. Unfortunately this leads to sugar cravings and sugar binges post exercise due to the drop in blood sugar that these forms of exercise often cause, resulting in weight gain. Running can be a great activity to include in a healthy lifestyle, but if having spare time to exercise is a luxury for you, you need a workout that gives you most amount of fat loss while investing the least amount of time. If you’ve only got 3 hours to workout in a week, the bootcamp workouts that focus on increasing metabolism will result in more fat loss without consuming time you don’t have to give up, and without the sugar cravings post workout that test your willpower. How do bootcamps cater for those with a busy lifestyle? i.e. those with young children, full time jobs etc? Many of our members are busy parents or single parents with little time on their hands. In a typical day after being a taxi service for the children, to completing all the house duties and a long day’s work, time is a luxury for many people. That’s why my Fat Burner Boot Camps focus on turning up, working out, then getting back home after a 45 minute workout that focuses purely on fat loss and increasing the afterburn effect to keep you burning fat after your workouts. Bootcamps will get you out of your chair away from artificial lighting and out into stimulating fresh air that the outdoors provides. People often get the impression that bootcamps can be an expensive exercise to take up. Is it really that expensive and what benefits will we see for our money? Our members actually discover that they end up saving money when they sign up to our bootcamps because we teach them how to prepare their meals and provide them with a shopping list so they only buy what they need instead of buying fruit and veg that you “intend” to use, but never do. Instead of wasting money on food that never gets used, our members become better shoppers and spend less.

Our members also find they save money that they would have spent on takeaways and nights out drinking alcohol at the weekend, which can easily equal to £150-300+ per month when you sit down and jot it up. Trusted bootcamps will always offer a full money back guarantee on results. At Fat Burner Boot Camp we guarantee our members will lose up to 1 stone in 28 days following our plan or double their money back! And if you can find one near you, attending a quality trusted bootcamp will provide you with personal training results, at a fraction of the price. Are there different types of bootcamps for people with different fitness levels? A good bootcamp will have a start date. In fact, a “bootcamp” without a start date is just an exercise class. The whole idea about a bootcamp is a period of time, where you commit yourself to a program to achieve a result. There are too many ‘pay as you go, turn up when you like’ bootcamps around, that lead to people having a bad experience with bootcamps. An instructor can drop a new member into the deep end without first teaching them the basic movements which is impossible to teach if the instructor is also teaching advanced movements to his longer attending members which the new member is not ready for. This is why it is essential to have a start date, where you can track and progress each members fitness level. A bootcamp without a start date is simply a glorified exercise class that is likely to result in a bad experience or injury for the new member. What would you say to those who are scared of attending a bootcamp as they simply don’t feel fit enough? Ensure the bootcamp you attend is a set program, and not just a ‘turn up when you like’ class. This way, regardless of your fitness level, the bootcamp will be able to progress you from start to finish. At Fat Burner Boot Camp we care if you miss a workout, and hold you accountable if you’re not there. This is what the gyms and exercise classes fail to achieve - they don’t the break bad habits that have been stopping you from achieving the results you want like skipping workouts after a long day.

If you are someone that has lost your shape, you need someone who will put you back on track, and this experience can sometimes make you feel uncomfortable. There is never a lonely day of feeling sad, or sore, or struggling with your diet when you have a camp around you supporting you inside the workout, and online in our members area. Wilson’s Top 5 tips to achieve the afterburn effect 1) Get breathless - To achieve the EPOC you must push yourself into breathlessness. Many people avoid pushing themselves because they have been told they need to stay in the aerobic zone to burn fat and that’s true if you have 10-20 hours to perform steady state cardio each week, but if you want to achieve the afterburn and burn more calories post workout that will save you time, you must push yourself until your are breathless, then rest before pushing yourself again. 2) Get burning - Lactate is that burning feeling you get when your perform repetitions of an exercise. This burning will increase the hormones testosterone and growth hormone which will respectively elevate metabolism for days after the workout has stopped. 3) Go heavy - Same as burning, by lifting heavy you will also increase testosterone and growth hormone that will increase fat burning. 4) Use all the muscles - Isolating muscle groups like biceps curls, and leg extensions are out, big compound movements like squats and pushups are in. Exercises that use multiple joints and muscles will result in the biggest afterburn effect. 5) Avoid simple sugar before you exercise and during exercise - Avoid sports drinks and sweet foods before and during exercise to prevent hindering the afterburn effect. Likewise avoid consuming foods high in starch, sweet foods or alcohol after a workout to prevent turning off the afterburn effect. A little starch mixed with protein is a good combination to help post workout recovery, just don’t overdo the carbs if fat loss is your goal.

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Discover Britain

On first inspection you might think that Britain is a wet and grey country with little else going on outside of the capital but oh no, you are mistaken! Across the UK there are hundreds of hidden gems that deserve their turn in the spotlight and that we would most certainly recommend for a fun day out with friends and family. Discover more of the great country that we live in and get exploring all the nooks and crannies of towns and cities across Britain, move aside London! Bakewell

THE GREAT OUTDOORS Bakewell Set in an enviable location on the banks of the Wye, with the river meandering gently through the centre, this beautiful old market town is in the heart of the Peak District, surrounded by stunning countryside views. Famous for its Puddings, Annual events and for receiving royal charter as a market town in 1330, markets are still held every Monday in the town centre and there is a thriving livestock market. Bakewell grew up around a cluster of thermal springs and wells that attracted Iron Age settlers and, in Anglo-Saxon times, gave the place its name. The town has a long and fascinating history; mentioned in the Domes Day Book of 1085,`Badequella’ meaning Bath-well. Less than 200 years ago, Bakewell presented a completely different picture with narrow streets and timber framed properties, many of which had thatched roofs. The modern layout of the town only came about in the 19th century. Visitors flock to shop and explore the town’s nooks and crannies, to admire the fine stone Derbyshire buildings, or just to relax in by the clear, sparkling waters of the River Wye. Modern Bakewell has something for everyone and everything for someone, from its many historic buildings and its wonderful riverside walks along the banks of the Wye, to its award-winning newly designed and recently revamped town centre with shopping arcades and numerous emporiums of excellence.


And of course, a trip to Bakewell would be wasted without sampling their local dish, the Bakewell tart! Delicious and a favourite treat among those with a sweet tooth, the cake is sure to taste even better as the real deal baked in the town that it was created in. One of those tarts alone is almost worth making the trip itself to Bakewell. The Peak District Just down the road from Staffordshire sits one of the most serene and beautiful lands in Britain which is sat ready and waiting to be explored. The Peak District National Park is one of Britain’s most accessible national parks, with 16.1 million people living within 40 miles or approximately an hour’s drive of the national park boundary. The Peak District National Park was designated as a national park for its very special qualities. These qualities include a rich diversity of natural and cultural heritage, which is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. The Peak District National Park offers a wide range of things to see and do, with excellent options for accommodation, and a reputation for great local food and drink. The Peak District National Park is particularly renowned for its opportunities for outdoor recreation with national and local long distance trails for walking, cycling and horse riding with some great locations for climbing.

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Buxton Now I’m pretty sure in saying that we’ve all had a bottle of Buxton water at one time or another, but something we seem to forget is that Buxton is an actual place where the water is collected and bottled and distributed all across the UK. As famous as it is for it’s water, Buxton also holds a lot of history and is home to some incredible architecture. The Buxton Opera House is over 100 years old and practically bursting at the seams with around 400 performances each year. The Opera House is a mustsee for those of you who love the theatre and who enjoy experiencing a spot of the local culture when you’re out and about in a new town. The exquisite Edwardian design is worth paying a visit to if only to admire the tremendous building. If theatre really isn’t your thing, fear not as Buxton has fantastic gardens to spend all day getting lost in and cafés to sit down and soak in all of the beautiful grounds. The Pavilion Gardens is a wonderful historic venue situated in the heart of Buxton. Nestled within 23 acres of beautiful gardens, it is a natural hub for the many tourists that visit the town and a popular destination for members of the local community. As a family friendly destination, they pride themselves on offering every visitor a thoroughly enjoyable experience. There is the Pavilion Café which serves from a menu offering a delicious range of dishes to suit any appetite with locally sourced produce daily. Above the Pavilion Café, you’ll find the mezzanine Art Café which boasts some of the best views of the gardens. The Art Café is also wonderfully decorated by beautiful artwork from friends at Gallery in the Gardens and artwork is available for purchase. The Pavilion Gardens also hosts over a hundred events annually which range from farmers markets and bazaars, to dances and fetes which are held in the grand Octagon hall and along the Promenade. When you explore the beautiful gardens, you’ll find two parks full of fun possibilities, as well as a miniature train.

HERITAGE & HISTORY Cambridge As famous for its bicycles as it is the satchel bag, Cambridge is a charming city situated in the heart of East Anglia. Arguably the academic hotspot of Britain, homing Cambridge University, the top University in the country for more than three years in a row according The Guardian’s official league table Cambridge’s academic history goes back to 1284 when the first college was established. There’s something for everyone when it comes to entertainment in Cambridge. A choice of galleries showcases an impressive range of art, from the

contemporary to the classic, a buzzing theatre and performance scene presents drama, dance and family shows. You can enjoy all kinds of live music from internationally acclaimed orchestras and ensembles to touring pop stars, pub gigs and the world-famous Folk Festival. You can go punting on the River Cam, enjoy a picnic in the park, join a walking tour of the city or explore further afield from the seat of a bicycle following the excellent network of cycle paths in and around the city. Chester The town of Chester is perfect if you want a run out in the car one day to take in the atmosphere, do a spot of shopping and have a bite to eat; Chester pretty much has it all. The old high street is very picturesque with their distinctive black and white buildings dotted through the high street and the Town Hall, a grade ll listed building is magnificent to see. We’d recommend you take a walk around the medieval town and enjoy the hustle and bustle before finding a good spot to grab lunch in before walking along Chester’s City Walls which form virtually a complete 2 mile circuit around the city centre. They provide an enjoyable route to see many of the city’s key heritage sites. Make sure to get a snap of the second most photographed clock after Big Ben; the decorative Victorian Eastgate Clock. Don’t Miss: Chester Zoo With 11,000 animals made up of 400 different species, in 110 acres of wild gardens and 1.4 million people who come to visit every year, Chester Zoo is the UK’s number one wildlife attraction and something you certainly shouldn’t miss. Fun for all the family, you can enjoy visiting some of the world’s most interesting and amazing creatures and learn about Chester Zoo’s conservation and protection for engendered animals. Durham Durham sits at the heart of an extraordinary county where breathtaking countryside and dramatic coastline are dotted with cultural treasures. Step back in time and discover Durham’s fascinating history and heritage at award-winning attractions including Beamish Museum where the working life of a Georgian is brought to life. And if you crave culture, you can’t get much better than the incredible collections and contemporary exhibitions at The Bowes Museum. Discover the cobbled streets of the city, where stylish boutiques and quirky craft shops jostle for attention alongside big name brands, whilst the lovely market towns offer their own unique shopping experiences. Take some time out in a cosy pub next to the open fire, or blow the cobwebs away on a walk through the changing landscape.

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If you’re making the journey to Durham be sure to pay a visit to Durham Castle, built in the 11th Century under William the Conqueror the Castle overlooks the medieval City of Durham with its fascinating narrow streets. Stratford-upon-Avon Well if it’s good enough for Shakespeare, it’s good enough for us. Stratford is the small and historic town internationally renowned as the birthplace of William Shakespeare and absolutely steeped in history. Stratford-upon-Avon is full of both literary and cultural heritage. You can quite literally walk the streets that Shakespeare walked and explore the five Shakespeare Houses linked to the famous Bard, each offering a different insight into his life and times. Step back in time to the 1570s and experience what life was like for a farming household in Shakespeare’s time at neighbouring Palmer’s Farm. Watch the period interpreters, dressed in replica Tudor clothing, perform a wide range of activities from hand-milking sheep, cooking over an open fire, baking bread, dipping tallow candles…and much more.


Llangollen Horsedrawn Boat Centre Boat trips along the Dee Valley World Heritage Site Horsedrawn Boat Trips Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of a horsedrawn boat trip on the upper reaches of the Llangollen Canal, pulled by one of our gorgeous heavy horses. Boats are covered for all weather trips. 2 hour and 45 minute trips are available.

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CITY LIFE Liverpool Perhaps one of the best destinations for shopping, dining and night-life, Liverpool is always a popular destination among those who love the city life and it’s not uncommon to see local girls shopping on a Saturday with a head full of rollers ahead of their night on the town, yes that really does happen. Families will also have a great time in Liverpool with lots of attractions suitable for all ages. The museums, libraries and galleries all have regular family-friendly events and exhibitions on. It’s a city packed full of history and one spot in particular is a hotspot for getting your culture fix. The Albert Dock is a major tourist attraction in the city and the most visited multi-use attraction in the Britain, outside of London. Amongst the many attractions at the Albert Dock are the Merseyside Maritime Museum and Tate Liverpool. If you’re a Beatles fan then this is most definitely the place for you. The birth place of John, Paul, George and Ringo, Liverpool is home to the Beatles Story, a museum documenting The Beatles’ story and rise to fame. Edinburgh, Scotland Boasting one of the most beautiful and culturally exciting cities in the world, miles of unspoilt countryside and a picturesque coastline, Edinburgh offers visitors an irresistible blend of history, natural beauty and adventure. As the capital of Scotland, you can of course expect some excellent spots for dining and shopping too. The New Town is the bustling hub of the city’s professional, commercial and business life, dominated by shops, banks and offices and the place you want to hit if you want a shopping spree. Don’t Miss: This time of year is perfect to visit Edinburgh as The Edinburgh Festival takes place in August. The Arts and Culture festival is a compilation of multiple events all taking place at once and though the festivals are put on by various organisations unrelated to each other, and so are officially separate events, they are regarded by many visitors as part of the same event; and together they form the largest annual cultural festival in the world.

Cardiff, Wales Now this spot had to make the list as it is a personal favourite of mine. So much so that I would go as far to say that Cardiff trumps London, yes I said it; Cardiff really is the perfect city and there’s good reason why. Cardiff is the capital of Wales so you’re getting all the thrill of being in a capital city without all the hustle and bustle and constant shoving of elbows as you’re trying to walk down the street like you get in London. The capital city of Wales not only has all the best restaurants and shops that you’d expect to find but it also has a beautiful coastline and wonderful beaches that you can escape to if city life gets too much. © Iain Lewis

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Head down to Cardiff Bay, where there is always something going on. Live music most days from someone bustling, a pub to sit back and relax, there is a handful of restaurants which cater for any taste, and of course, you have to finish your day with an ice cream on the pier. Birmingham Birmingham is considered as the heart of England. Sitting right in the middle of the UK, Birmingham is big on culture and offers a taste of city life, being the biggest city in the UK, under London. The biggest attraction Birmingham has to offer is the Bullring shopping centre which has pulled in over 400 million shoppers since its opening in 2003 and it doesn’t look to be slowing down. With one of only four exclusive Selfridges & Co stores in the whole country in the Bullring, it is a shopaholic’s dream. By night Birmingham comes alive with an explosion of culture from the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Birmingham Hippodrome, Symphony Hall and Symphony Orchestra to name but just a few of the fantastic array experiences Birmingham offers. Newcastle Why aye man! Land of the Geordies, Newcastle-UponTyne has so many different areas each offering new sights, sounds and experiences, you’ll be amazed at how much is on offer whatever your tastes. Worldclass culture, vibrant nightlife, award-winning dining, inspiring heritage, fantastic shopping and acclaimed architecture are linked here, as nowhere else, by the famous Geordie spirit.

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Now we’re not suggesting you travel all that way up North and simply go the cinema but this is not your typical cinema, right in the heart of the city is the Tyneside Cinema which was built in 1937 and is still up and running today. It oozes old-school glamour with red velvet curtains and plush seats; you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into 1950’s Hollywood.


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It always seems to be some child’s birthday from school and when it comes around to your turn to host the party, you’ll want to sort out food, games, decorations, possibly fancy dress or theme and a whole bunch of activities to keep those little ones happy. Phew, thank god birthdays come just once a year!

atmosphere. The biggest tip concerning all the party ‘extras’ such as these is ‘buy disposable’. Children create a lot of mess and throw 20 or so of them together in your home and you’re in for an afternoon of bin bags filled with burst balloons post-party that you can throw out and don’t have to worry about too much clearing up.

A party without music just isn’t a party! Get some fun tunes for the kids to add background noise and give an instantly fun atmosphere upon arrival. Music comes in handy for playing games and getting all the kids up and having a dance with the music pumping. We’re sure the kids will soon manage volume levels themselves with all their playing but music is a good place to start.

On the face of it, throwing a birthday party in your own home is the cheaper option to hiring out a venue and putting down a lot of money upfront but there are hidden costs in hosting your own party you have to consider and weigh up your options. Supplying goodie bags for the kids to take away, prizes for games such as ‘pass-the-parcel’, hiring an entertainer like a magician or a clown and a birthday cake can be expensive when it’s all added up.

Balloons, streamers, banners, themed paper tablecloths, paper plates and cups, spray streamers, party hats and so on all help create an instant party

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Balloon Honeycomb Garland, £3.95. Dot Com Gift Shop

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Bunting, £4.99.

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Pick a theme and run with it through to whole of your party. From dress code, food, drinks, games and activities. If your child has a particular favourite TV show or film, this is an obvious choice to excite the kids in getting all dressed up as their favourite character. Pirates, animals in the jungle and anything to with magic are always winners for a theme and inspire the children with their costumes. Most children’s parties won’t run past 3 hours long as believe us, those kids will go full charge at an activity with bags of energy and they won’t stop until their batteries have run flat so 3 hours is plenty of time for them to eat cake and play before they run out of steam. If the weather is good, take advantage of that sunshine and get the kids outside in the garden. A treasure hunt will always go down well with the kids and much like at Easter, if you dot wrapped chocolate or sweets around the garden for the kids to find they will enjoy hunting for them. Having a plan of the day’s events is the key to the party running smoothly. Allocate a time for the children to sit down and eat as they might forget amongst all the fun. Put a mixture of sandwiches; you can’t go wrong with ham, cheese or chicken but check with parents for any allergies or dietary restrictions and have bowls of crisps, cupcakes and sticks of different fruit and veg all on the buffet. If the fruit and veg are cut up they are more likely to pick at it than if an apple was put in front of them.

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‘Cheese Burger’ Cupcakes Makes 9 Ingredients 2 tbsp of semi skimmed milk ½ quantity of Victoria sponge mixture

Plan a few games and activities and have balloons for decoration as kids will enjoy playing with them too. If you have any toys or equipment such as balls, hoola hoops and garden toys, have them out and the kids will happily play between themselves and that will keep them entertained between the traditional games such as ‘Sleeping Lions’ and ‘Musical Statues’.

1 tbsp of cocoa powder ½ quantity of vanilla buttercream To Decorate 1 tsp of apricot glaze by Sainsbur y’s 3 tsp of white, orange and yellow sprinkles by Sainsbur y’s Icing sugar, for dusting 100g of ready to roll yellow icing 100g of ready to roll green icing y’s) Red writing icing pen (from 76g pack colour writing icing by Sainsbur

Fox’s Party Rings, £1.09. Available at all major supermarkets.

You Will Also Need • 12 paper cupcake cases • 6.5cm round cutter • 1 cocktail stick Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4. 2. Place the paper cupcake cases in a 12-hole muffin tin. arters 3. Stir the milk into the Victoria sponge mixture, then divide three-qu

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of it equally between 9 muffin cases. into the 4. Stir the cocoa powder into the rest of the mixture, then spoon last 3 paper cases. off the 5. Bake all the cakes for 25 mins. Cool on a wire rack then peel cupcake cases. and cut 6. Halve the Victoria sponge cakes horizontally for the burger buns burgers. 9 each of the chocolate muffins into 3 horizontally to make glaze, 7. Brush the domed tops of the Victoria muffin halves with apricot then scatter the coloured sprinkles out 9 8. Roll out the yellow and green icings to 3mm thick each and stamp circles from each colour. to 9. Roll the end of a cocktail stick around the edges of the green circles create a crinkled effect for the lettuce. 10. Spread a little buttercream between each layer to assemble the ‘burger’. with the 11. Pipe red ‘ketchup’ on each, using the writing icing pen, finish

Maynards Myths & Monsters Sweets, £1.52. Available at all major supermarkets

Ceramic Mr Chef Chocolate Foundue Set, £19.95.

Victoria sponge ‘bun’ tops and serve.


Ceramic Summer at Middleport Pottery Middleport Pottery will be fully open as a major visitor destination from 1 July. Enjoy exploring the mould store, historic collections, bottle kiln and Victorian offices, and learn about the people and events which have shaped this remarkable Pottery. There are factory tours (booking required) where you can see pottery being made using the same handcraft techniques as in the 1880s. We are also running an exciting and varied programme of events and activities throughout the year. Keep the children entertained by joining us this July and August for a summer packed with family fun. Drop in anytime Monday-Sunday, between 10am and 4.30pm, from 21 July until 31 August. There will be free trails around Middleport Pottery, plus craft activities (£1 – paper and colouring crafts) and clay craft activities (£2.50 – available Tues-Thurs, 11am-4pm only). Staff will be waiting in the Middleport Pottery reception to start you off on your free trail and will direct you to the activity space where you can start the craft activities. Afterwards, why not relax in our new café which overlooks the Trent and Mersey Canal and serves good quality, wholesome food (open 1 July) or browse the range of pottery available in the Burleigh shop.

For more details about events and activities at Middleport Pottery, please contact us or visit the website.


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Ice Cream Dream

Ice Cream Windmill

Beside the Sea Paint a ceramic seaside decoration

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Bird Parade

Spiral Sun Hat

Squawk! Make a clay seabird model

4–10 August

Weather Wherever

Seaside Scratch Art

Sunny Days Decorate a sun catcher for your garden

11–17 August

Bug Picnic

Bug on a Stick!

Lovely Lollies Make a sparkly dough lolly

18–24 August

Flying Fancies

Bird Glider

Funky Frisbee Decorate your own frisbee to play with

25–31 August

Seaside Secrets

Butterfly Fan

Beach in a Box Make your own seaside world in miniature

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in Stoke-on-Trent and Uttoxeter For 4-18 year olds In Uttoxeter (Oldfields Hall Middle School) 28th July - 1st August 2014 Musical Theatre Workshop £100 per week Call Lucy 01782 395386 In Stoke-on-Trent (Ash Green Primary School, Trentham) 4th August - 8th August 2014 Bugsy Malone Workshop £110 per week Both workshops run from 10.00am-4.00pm (Mon-Fri) Alice In wonderland For 4-6 year olds 9.30am – 12.00pm (Mon-Fri) Only £65 per week Call Laura 01782 412239

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A unique shopping experience in the heart of rural Staffordshire. Set in beautiful rural surroundings and consisting of an exclusive range of 18 Independent retailers and eateries, Heart of the Country Shopping Village offers visitors a truly unique shopping experience.

Come and enjoy a wonderful experience in any of our Individual Outlets • Allen Brown Jewellery• • BoutiqueEleven Eleven••The TheBridal BridalRooms Rooms Allen Brown Jewellery Boutique • Seasalt Sale Shop • Cooks at Heart • Heart Galleries • Seasalt at Chadwick’s • Cooks at Heart • Heart Galleries LaBelle BelleCuisine Cuisine • La Maison Maison Bleue Magical Story Story ••La • La Bleue ••Magical BeautyQuest••Anthony AnthonyJohn John Salons Salons • Paul Martyn ••BeautyQuest • Paul Martyn Furniture Furniture Rohan••The TheBarn BarnRestaurant Restaurant ••The ThePear Pear Tree Tree Creperie Creperie ••Rohan • Velvet Stag Log • Lazy Day Cupcakes • Knitique • The Chilli Barn • Midland Cabins • Lazy Day Cupcakes • Knitique

Heart of the Country Shopping Village, Swinfen, Nr Lichfield, Staffs WS14 9QR (next to Swinfen Hall).

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Kids Club - No Parents Allowed The kids can be very demanding over summer when school is out and keeping them entertained can be tricky. Outdoor activities, local social clubs and the occasional day out at a big attraction allow the kids to get outside and create their own fun whilst practicing a little independence.

Young At ‘Art Stagecoach Stagecoach Theatre Arts Stoke-on-Trent and Uttoxeter are theatre arts schools which run every Saturday during term time by cousins Laura-Ann Smith and Lucinda Stevenson. At Stagecoach they focus on developing skills in the Arts as well as nurturing talent with a huge emphasis on confidence building. During the Saturday term time sessions the children enjoy an hour of dance, an hour of Drama and an hour singing with professionals tutors.


They often put together musicals and shows to perform at theatres and festivals as well as offering optional examinations. This summer at Stoke-on-Trent and Uttoxeter they are holding weeklong summer camps (Uttoxeter 28th July - 1st August / Stoke-on-Trent 4th-8th August). The children will experience a full week of Stagecoach sessions and get a chance to shine in the showcase at the end of the week. Not only does this keep your little ones entertained throughout the holidays, it is a great alternative to childcare and allows you to do that last minute holiday shopping & packing. These Musical Theatre workshops are from as little as £65 and they take children from 4 years - 18 years. To book your places call Laura 01782 412239 (Stoke-on-Trent) or Lucinda (Uttoxeter) 01782 395386 Funsters Funsters is an amazing play Centre which is bound to make the kids say WOW. With one of the biggest play frames in the UK it’s a real play challenge for all children. Featuring 5 different slides including 2 giant Astra slides and a huge under 4’s area just for the little ones, the play centre is designed to keep all ages jumping, sliding, hopping, laughing, crawling, skipping and having fun. This is a brilliant way to let children interact with one another to build their confidence and get in a bit of exercise too without them ever knowing. Admission: Hours Play – £3.95 Unlimited Play – £4.50 For more information visit



Get your Children SUSSED this Summer with South Staffordshire Council’s Leisure Centres This Summer South Staffordshire Council’s Leisure Centres are offering 6 weeks of action packed and fun filled sessions to entertain children aged 5-12 years throughout the Summer school holiday. A huge range of activities are on offer every weekday and cost from as little as £3.80 for 2 hours of activities. Some of the activities available this Summer are trampolining, Go-karting, Fizz Pop Science, Diddi Cars and many more! Each of South Staffordshire’s leisure centres which include Cheslyn Hay, Codsall, Penkridge and Wombourne also offer a great pool programme of activities from crash course swimming lessons and parent & toddler’s to fun time with floats and inflatable sessions.

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The great thing about SUSSED is that no block booking is required! Children can come as little or as often as they like and parents can either stay and watch or drop the children off and leave them in the leisure centres hands. For more information about what’s on offer visit

The Big Day Out Yorkshire and the Peak District Activity Days with Lost Earth Adventures York based company Lost Earth Adventures has a host of exciting activity days throughout Yorkshire and the Peak District running this summer. Over school holidays and half term they are offering a series of Open Group Events which run throughout the week and at weekends and include mountain biking, rock climbing and Yorkshire Three Peaks challenges. These cost £40 per person for a half day (with the mountain biking courses at £40-£50 plus bike hire). Lost Earth Adventures are also offering a midweek special on half and full day private rock climbing and abseiling courses with a half day for up to four people for £100, saving £20, plus £20 per Lost Earth Adventures additional person saving £10pp (max six per instructor). For a full day they are offering a special price of £150, saving £20pp for up to four people, plus £30 per additional person, saving £10pp. Legoland For information visit or call 01904 500094 Legoland No matter what their age, all children enjoy a visit to an attraction park. There is something so exciting about everything going on, spoilt for choice on what to do and see first, oh it really is like being a kid in a candy shop. With over 55 interactive rides, live shows, building workshops, driving schools and attractions, all set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland, LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is a unique family theme park and sure to be a hit with all the kids. Prepare for a soaking on the wet and wild water rides. Follow a pirate trail that’ll leave you wetter than walking the plank or join a Viking fleet where you’ll battle sea monsters and rough waters. Tiny feet will also love making a splash in DUPLO® Valley. The many interactive rides put you, quite literally, in the driving seat. Young and old alike will be fascinated by the incredible LEGO models throughout the park. From comical camels to fearsome fire-breathing dragons, world landmarks to musical pirates, it’s amazing what can be built with LEGO bricks - nearly 55 million of them!

Trentham Monkey Forest

For further information visit Trentham Monkey Forest Take a walk on the wild side with 140 free-roaming Barbary macaques! You can walk amongst the monkeys in their beautiful Staffordshire woodland home, an amazing experience like no other. See the monkeys up close and get an insight into their fascinating behaviour. Once you have immersed yourself in the monkey fun, why not see what other fun stuff is on at Monkey Forest this summer. There will be wildlife displays from both The Deer Study Centre and The Owl Experience during July. You can help to give nature a home and make your very own nest boxes with the RSPB in August. And you can even take part in a Monkey Forest quiz! To find out more information about the upcoming events please visit the website


Wolverhampton & Black Country Show 2014

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Bolddog Ling’s Freestyle Motorcross Team

Monster trucks

Gerrard Naprous & The Devil’s Horsemen

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

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


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Held at Betley Court Farm, Saturday 2nd August 2014

Entertainment from local performers along with music videos from all the biggest stars.

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Banks’s Beer Festival

16 of their top branded real ales on tap throughout the weekend.


The BBC World War One At Home Tour

Tel: 01270 820229

Explore your relatives’ links to the war. Family-friendly hands-on activities, performances and interactive sessions for everyone from eight to 80.

Betley Court Farm, Main Road, Betley, Crewe, CW3 9BH

26-27 July 2014 A bustling market with 75 independent food and drink retailers. All this plus: Cookery demonstrations, Music, FREE programme, Children’s Activities*, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Flypast (weather permitting) Access to the RAF Museum with over 70 historical aircraft on display

Admission charges apply, tickets can be purchased in advance or on the gate. See website for details Save time and beat the queues by purchasing your ticket in advance**. Tickets on sale now via the website or pay on the day, gates open 10.00am.

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Fancy getting your hands on some of the most coveted tickets in the whole of the UK this summer? V Festival is returning to Weston Park, Staffordshire and we are giving away two pairs of tickets to experience the amazing atmosphere of one of the world’s best known festivals thanks to headline sponsors Virgin Media. This year’s festival takes place on the 16th and 17th August in Hylands Park, Chelmsford and right here at Weston Park in Staffordshire. Virgin Media’s V Festival will be THE place to be this summer to catch a huge array of first-class musical acts such as Justin Timberlake, The Killers, Tinie Tempah, Childish Gambino, Ceelo Green, Pixie Lott, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Vance Joy, Chloe Howl, Josh Record, Icona Pop, Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini, Example, Lily Allen, Elbow, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Bastille, Rudimental, Chase & Status, Alesso, Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers, Above & Beyond, Tom Odell, Sub Focus, Train, Blondie, Jason Derulo, Rizzle Kicks, John Newman, Sam Smith, Katy B, Embrace, Janelle Monae, Kodaline, Miles Kane, The Human League, Newton Faulkner, Starsailor, Aloe Blacc, Alex Clare, Nina Nesbitt, The Strypes, Birdy, Foxes, Ella Eyre, The Stranglers and many more.

Thanks to Virgin Media, two lucky readers of Staffordshire Living magazine can win a pair of tickets each for weekend camping tickets to the festival in Weston Park, Staffordshire on 16th-17th August. The lucky winners will see a jam-packed weekend of amazing artists including Justin Timberlake and The Killers, plus Tinie Tempah, Lily Allen and Bastille to name a few. For further details about Virgin Media’s V Festival visit


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Virgin Media’s V Festival is now in its 19th year and is renowned for bringing the very best eclectic music together for one mind-blowing weekend. Last year saw incredible sets from headliners Beyonce and Kings of Leon, with other show stopping performances from the likes of Jessie J, The Script and Ellie Goulding. This summer looks to be a scorcher with a huge line-up announced and plenty more to come!

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No Umbrella Necessary If the weather lets us down over summer and we do have a spot of rain (typical), be like a Brit and ‘’Keep Calm and Carry On’’. Rest assured we’re well prepared for bad weather and there is a plethora of activities to do indoors and plenty of attractions to keep us all entertained come rain or shine.

For centuries curious visitors to Buxton have explored and marvelled at the natural subterranean world that is Poole’s Cavern.

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Known as the ‘First Wonder of the Peak’ after an early travel guide published in 1630, Poole’s Cavern became a popular attraction for wealthy visitors and even royalty. Explore Poole’s Cavern today with the expert guides and journey through the beautifully illuminated chambers to discover for yourself the magnificent underground scenery of the Peak District. With paved walkways and only 28 steps throughout the tour is suitable for all ages. Back above ground take a stroll through Buxton Country Park woodlands to the hilltop viewpoint of Solomon’s Temple with spectacular peak land views. The Visitor centre includes the Café @ the Cavern with a wide range of delicious produce including daily specials, light snacks and fair trade coffee. The visitor centre and cafe is dog friendly with canine treats available too. Their Rock and gem shop has a superb collection of gifts, books and local produce. Poole’s Cavern is open all year every day, rain or shine underground it’s always fine. Call 01298 26978 or visit Entry is just £9.00 for Adults, £5.00 for Children and £25 for a family.

ience the sights, sounds and tastes Swap the raincoat for a beer jacket and exper brewery in the North West of England. of Robinsons Brewery; the larges t family run a guided tour across a working stateMarvel at 175 years of brewing herita ge with a quintessential British company that at of-the -art brewhouse and an in-depth look has spanned across six generations. sons delicious cask ale, grabbing So whether you are stopping by to sample Robin to their award winning Shire Horses, a bite to eat in the Unicorn Bar or saying hello England accredited Robinsons Visitors there is always something brewing at the Visit Centre. or call 0161 612 For more information visit: www.robinsonsv 4100.


a get to being Charlie and visiting Mr Wonk This is as close as we’re ever going the olate thing is chocolate, chocolate, choc at his Chocolate Factory where every olate factory in Bournville makes choc now isn’t that the dream? The Cadbury ng and history of Cadbury chocolate. maki come to life. Experience the magic, all you can shop to your heart s content for With the world’s largest Cadbury shop much bra ride, explore the factory and your favourite choccy treats. Ride the Cada s day out. Their ‘joy-o -meter’ is off ptiou more, you couldn’t ask for a more scrum out. the scales and they promise the best day or call 0844 880 7667 For more information visit www.cadb

The Ander ton Boat Lift in Northwich in the heart of Cheshire is one of the seven wonders of the water ways and where histor y comes alive. The massive iron framework, a masterpiece of high Victorian engineering , lifts canal boats 50ft between the River Weave r and the Trent & Mersey Canal – and the trip boat gives visitors the chanc e to see this from the inside. Board the special trip boat – after taking a look around the visitor centre to learn the story of the lift – and live commentary will take you into the heart of the lift and illuminate the engineering. Stay on board the boat for a unique look at the indus trial herita ge of North wich, a town which has made its living on salt for 2,000 years. For more information visit www.canalrivert

Families looking for an aquatic adventure this summer should visit The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham. Visitors will be transported to an amazing underwater world and see incredible sea life from all over the planet, from the coast of Britain and the chilly Antarctic, to the tropical waters of the Caribbean. The aquarium is home to over 2,000 creatures, such as sharks, including the UK’s only hammerhead sharks, as well as a rescued Giant Green Sea Turtle, a family of Asian Short Clawed otters, bioluminescent jellyfish, piranha, octopus and rays.

and starfish. You’ll also be able to see daily feeding sessions for otters, sharks and rays. The centre is committed to conservation and SEA LIFE aims to breed, rescue and protect every part of our oceans and the sea life that lives within it. Discounts are available for pre-booked tickets. Visit to purchase tickets, or for further information. The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham is located in Brindley Place. Opening times are 10am-5pm on Monday to Friday and 10am-6pm at weekends.

New for 2014 is Penguin Ice Adventure –a waddling, honking colony of Gentoo penguins. Penguin enthusiasts are able to get up close to these cheeky birds as well as touch the frozen ice wall and see the colony from multiple viewing platforms to ensure a really interactive experience. Families can also explore the 15 themed zones and more than 60 displays, including Nemo’s Kingdom, the Otter Sanctuary, Coral Cave and the incredible underwater Ocean Tunnel, which gives a 360 degree view of the 850,000-litre tank and get nose-to-nose with sharks. If you want to get hands on, then the daily Interactive Rock Pool Experience is definitely for you. Visitors can marvel at all the creatures in the pool and touch crabs

£9million restoration of Middleport The Prince’s Regeneration Trust has just completed a three year, when it fully opens to the public Pottery the visit to first the of one Pottery in Burslem, Stoke-on -Trent. Be on 1st July. rt Pottery, home of Burleigh, as Enjoy a fascinating day out, whatever the weather. Learn all about Middlepo years displayed in the Victorian the you explore its unique visitor experience. Admire pottery produced over inside the impressive bottle Walk offices, and historic moulds from the largest mould collection in Europe. have shaped the Pottery. which kiln where pottery was once fired and learn about the people and events 21st July - 31st August - with trails, Summer activities include A Ceramic Summer which runs from events and family activities at are There ages. all for s modelling, crafts, make-and-take activitie www.middlepor details for website the see year, Middleport Pottery throughout the 5:00pm Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00am


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Moorcroft, a hidden gem of the applied arts Est. 1897

Reader Offer Moorcroft invite you to a perfect parade of Art Pottery at the Moorcroft Heritage Visitor Centre & Museum in Burslem where you will be given a Peacock Parade vase (height: 2 inches) if you spend over £200 on a single purchase within the month of August 2014. This offer is redeemable against non-sale/best quality pieces only.

In the colourful world of Moorcroft, some designs are timeless. One such design is the original Peacock Feather. Certainly its line-work and colour has mutated over the decades, but its very existence as one of the foundation designs on which the Moorcroft design castle stands today, suggests that it has almost become part of Moorcroft itself. In this design, we see not only the gloriouslycelebrated tail feathers, but also the delightful head and neck of the beautiful bird itself, painted in striking neon green, turquoise blue and splashes of purple.

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Step inside the Alton Towers Spa and find Bring a friend for free this summer! yourself in a blissful oasis of luxurious Throughout July and August, we are offering tranquillity. Staffordshire Living readers the chance to bring Nestled in the beautiful grounds of the Alton Towers Hotel, discover our beautiful Aqua Relaxation Rooms providing a unique mix of environments to relax and awaken your senses. Unwind and ease tension in the calming environment of the luxurious aqua and thermal rooms designed to create pure relaxation and indulgence.

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Picnic Basket A summer isn’t summer without a picnic or two out in the garden or a local park snacking on some delicious treats while taking in the beautiful scenery and basking in the sun. We can’t think of a better way to spend a sunny day outdoors. Picnics are all about having fun and being spontaneous. If you have a sunny day and no plans, we’d suggest packing up a picnic basket full of treats and heading outdoors for a delightful afternoon that the whole family can enjoy. What you eat is completely up to you and you can pack in all your favourite bites to eat but we’d always say a slice of cake won’t go a miss. Disposable plates and cups are a must for a picnic. There is no need to bring out your best china for a picnic, disposable versions will do the job and you needn’t worry about breaking anything and you can just put them in the bin when you’re done with them and forget about having to wash up after. There are so many elegant designs for picnic crockery available now that you’ll love the pretty patterns which easily and cheaply add a bit of character to your picnic basket.


Soda Glasses (set of 4), £9.50. M&S

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Method 1. Preheat the oven to 220°C, Gas Mark 7. Place the pastry on a lightly floured surface & unroll. Divide the pastry in half lengthways, so you have 2 long pieces. Spoon the chutney over the base of each,

Creamy Tuna & Courgette Pasta Pots Serves 4 Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes Ingredients 200g Total 0% Greek Yoghurt 2 medium courgettes, sliced lengthways 5mm thick 250g macaroni or small pasta shapes 2 x 200g cans tuna steak in brine or oil, drained 100g baby spinach or watercress leaves 1 lemon, juice 2 tsp Dijon mustard ½ tsp caster sugar

Method 1. Heat a large griddle pan or non-stick frying pan, add the courgettes in 2 batches, and cook over a medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes per side until cooked through. Cool slightly and cut into 3cm chunks. 2. Cook the pasta according to the pack instructions, drain and cool for 10 minutes. 3. Add courgettes, tuna and spinach and mix gently. 4. Whisk together the remaining ingredients, season well and add to the pasta. Stir briefly and serve, or pack into lunch boxes. 5. Chill and use within 2 days.

leaving a border of about 2.5cm. Sprinkle over 75g of cheese. 2. Place the sausage meat in a large mixing bowl with the sage & mix well. Halve the mixture & using slightly wet hands, gently form each into a long skinny sausage the same length as the pastry. 3. Place a long sausage in the middle of one of the pastry pieces & brush one of its long edges with some of the egg. Roll into a long cylinder, making sure the pastry overlaps where it meets. Place seam-side down & cut into 6 rolls. Gently squeeze the cut ends of each to neaten them if necessary. Repeat with the other half. 4. Transfer the rolls to a non-stick baking sheet. Brush with egg & sprinkle with poppy seeds & remaining cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked & golden brown.

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Caramelised Red Onion Chutney & Goats’ Cheese Sausage Rolls Serves 12 Preparation time 15 minutes Cooking time 20 minutes Ingredients 375g ready-rolled all butter puff pastry Plain flour, for dusting 450g pork sausage meat 2 tablespoons freshly chopped sage 175g The English Provender Co. Caramelised Red Onion Chutney 100g hard goats’ cheese, finely grated 1 egg, beaten 2 teaspoons poppy seeds

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Pub Grub Recipes, Afternoon Tea, Breakfast Bites, Stomach Flattening Foods and The Chance To Win A £200 Bullring Foodie Gift Card

Summer Pub Grub Recipes Don’t we all love some good pub grub? Our favourite fish & chips and pies might seem like a big ‘no-no’ with bikini season on the horizon but we say you can tuck into all your favourite pub dishes with a summer spin on the classics.



Serves 4 Preparation time 15 minutes Cooking time 10 minutes Ingredients 400g pack of essential Waitrose British Chicken Breast Chunks 70g pack of Cooks’ Ingredients Diced Pancetta 1 small onion, very finely chopped 1 tbsp rosemary, finely chopped 1 essential Waitrose Baby Avocado, halved and stoned 2 tbsp of mayonnaise 4 Waitrose Ciabatta Rolls, split 50g bag of Waitrose Wild Rocket 150g bag of Waitrose Sea Salt Hand Cooked Crisps Method 1. Place the chicken in a food processor and whizz until finely minced. Add the pancetta, onion and rosemary and pulse once or twice until well mixed but not minced. 2. Shape the mixture into four even-sized cakes. Cook under a medium grill for 6–7 minutes each side or in a griddle or frying pan for 5 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through with no pink meat. 3. Mash together the avocado and mayonnaise. Transfer the burgers to a warm plate and quickly toast the inside of the ciabatta rolls. 4. Pile some rocket on the base of each toasted bun and sit a burger on top. Spoon over the avocado mayonnaise and position the lid on top. Serve swiftly with a handful of crunchy crisps on the side. CHARGRILLED SIRLOIN STEAK WITH JAZZY POTATO, RADISH, ASPARAGUS AND DORSET BLUE VINNEY SALAD Steak is always a tasty meal and popular as a pubclassic and is a healthy choice but the sides are where things can get calorific. A fresh salad packed with flavour substitutes that portion of chips and dollop of sugary sauce on the side. Serves 4 Preparation time 10 mins Cooking time 20 mins Ingredients 4 20-30 day aged Aberdeen Angus sirloin steak 1kg Jazzy Potatoes 2 bunches of British asparagus (if possible) 10g of toasted hazelnuts 2 head of baby gem lettuce 200g Dorset Blue Vinney cheese 4 medium sized radishes 4 tbsp of good quality sherry vinegar 4 tbsp of British rapeseed oil Method 1. Remove the steak from the refrigerator 10 minutes before cooking. Season both sides well with sea salt and cracked black pepper.

2. Steam the Jazzy Potatoes until tender, remove from steamer and cut in half. 3. Remove the bottom inch of the asparagus and lightly dress in olive oil. 4. Place asparagus spears and hazelnuts on a nonstick oven tray and roast in a hot oven until asparagus starts to lightly colour. 5. Prep the baby gem lettuce by removing and washing the leaves from the inner core, keeping leaves intact, and spin dry. You only need half for the salad. 6. Crumble Dorset Blue Vinney cheese into a mixing bowl. 7. Finely slice the radish on a mandolin, or with a sharp knife to give wafer-thin pieces. 8. For the vinaigrette, lightly whisk the rapeseed oil with the sherry vinegar to emulsify. 9. Char grill the steak to required doneness. 10. In a mixing bowl gently combine all ingredients then lightly dress with vinaigrette before serving.

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SPRING LAMB WITH FRESH MINT SAUCE LOWER-CALORIE CHICKEN PIE Pie is always a comforting dish and a classic to serve as a big dinner for all the family but it can be heavy with all that pastry and rich fillings. This low-cal version is just as satisfying and you won’t compromise on taste for calories. Serves 4 Preparation time 25 minutes Cooking time 35 minutes


Chargrilled Sirloin Steak With Jazzy Potato, Radish, Asparagus And Dorset Blue Vinney Salad SPRING LAMB WITH FRESH MINT SAUCE A Sunday roast is a favourite for many but in the summer months it can seem heavy so this lighter version has all the delicious flavour, and of course, we can’t forget the mint sauce. Serves 4 Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes Ingredients 2 leeks, cut into 3cm pieces (450g) 1 bunch spring onions, cut into 5cm pieces 2 tbsp of olive oil 2 racks of lamb, approx, 550g 1 pot of fresh mint 2 tsp of caster sugar 2 tbsp of white wine vinegar Method 1. Preheat the oven to 200oC, gas mark 6. 2. Place the leeks and spring onions in a roasting tin and toss in 1 tbsp oil. Roast for 10 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, season the lamb. Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan and cook the lamb for 1-2 minutes to seal on both sides until browned, then place on top of the vegetables and roast for 15-20 minutes for medium rare. 4. Cut into cutlets. 5. Finely chop the mint and add the sugar, pour over 1 tbsp of boiling water and stir until sugar has dissolved. Add the vinegar and season to taste. 6. Serve with salad potatoes.

Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 414g pack chicken breast, cut into chunks 150g chestnut mushrooms, roughly chopped 1 leek, thinly sliced 2 tbsp half-fat crème fraîche 500ml chicken stock, made from a cube 2 tbsp of corn flour 25g butter, melted 270g pack filo pastry Method 1. Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/Gas 6. Heat the oil in a pan and cook the chicken until it turns white. Add the mushrooms and leek and cook for 5 minutes until soft. 2. Stir the crème fraîche into the stock then pour into the pan. Bring to a simmer. Mix the corn flour with 2 tbsp of cold water to form a paste. Stir in, season and continue to simmer. 3. Meanwhile, lightly brush one sheet of filo with the melted butter then lay another buttered sheet on top. Repeat until the whole pack has been divided into two-layer sheets. 4. Ladle the filling into a pie dish. Gently scrunch up the filo pairs and place on the pie. Bake for 25 minutes until piping hot, no pink meat remains and the filo is crisp and golden. Credit: Morrisons

CHICKEN BURGERS WITH AVOCADO MAYO A burger is always a good call and to make it a little healthier you can substitute beef for chicken to get lots of healthy protein and whack on some avocado which is packed full of good fats.

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Rural Food & Craft Fayre First Sunday every month 10am-2pm in the hall The Local Fayre for the Madeley Rural Area Contact:



AUGUST 16th & 17th, 2014

Enjoy a weekend of fun family activities while showing your support for local community groups and charities.

Games • Stalls • Rides • Music • Dancing • Food

Medieval Banquet Saturday October 25th

Multi-function rooms for hire to fit every occasion. New Road, Madeley CW3 9DN. Tel 01782 751808

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Packington Moor Farm and Food Festival 2014 SUNDAY 13TH JULY 10AM – 3PM FREE ENTRY Local producers market, home baked foods, handicrafts Childrens workshops, live and interactive food and traditional craft demonstrations Horse & pony rides, ‘mini’ farm, face painting, bouncy castle, games, competitions and prizes! PYO strawberries and raspberries Packington Free Range hog roast and Local Craft Beer Bar (from 12pm) ...and loads of the usual farm shop goodies to tempt you

Come along and help us raise money for our favourite charities. And please note the farm shop will be open as usual but the cafe will be closed.

Jerry’s Lane, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9QB Telephone 01543 481223

Ingredients 450g freshly shelled broad beans 10g basil leaves, torn into pieces 50g finely grated pecorino 2 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp of lemon juice Salt and freshly ground black pepper To serve 1 x 250g buffalo mozzarella (drained weight) 16 small pieces of bread 1 large garlic clove, peeled and halved 25g wild rocket leaves Lemon-infused extra-virgin olive oil Sea salt flakes

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Method 1. Drop the broad beans into a pan of well-salted boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes until just tender. 2. Put the skinned beans and torn basil leaves into the bowl of a food processor and briefly blitz into a coarse paste. 3. Stir in the grated cheese, olive oil and lemon juice and season to taste. 4. Tear the mozzarella into small chunks and drain on kitchen paper. 5. Toast the bread slices on both sides and, while they are still warm, rub one cut face lightly with the peeled garlic clove. 6. Spread generously with some of the broad bean pâté and top with the mozzarella pieces. 7. Drizzle with some of the lemon olive oil, scatter with a few sea salt flakes and serve straight away.

Broad Bean Pâté On Toast With Torn Mozzarella, Basil, & Lemon Oil WHOLE ROAST JAZZY POTATOES WITH SEA BASS, TOMATOES AND THYME Rather than the greasy battered cod we have a light sea bass and oven-roasted potatoes in a fresh and fragrant marinade.

Ingredients 300g Jazzy potatoes 4 large tomatoes, halved (or 12 cherry tomatoes) 4 garlic cloves, skin on small bunch of lemon thyme to garnish 6 shallots, peeled 2 tbsp olive oil 2 - 4 sea bass fillets, 1 lemon Method 1. Heat the oven to 200°C. Put the potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, shallots, and thyme in an oven tray. 2. Drizzle over 1.5tbsp olive oil, season and toss everything well. Roast on the top shelf for 20 minutes. 3. Pat the fish dry and season with a little black pepper. 4. Reduce the heat to 180°C and cook for 10 minutes until the fish is cooked through and flaky. 5. Squeeze over some lemon juice, garnish with the thyme and serve.

Whole Roast Jazzy Potatoes With Sea Bass, Tomatoes And Thyme CHEAT’S PIZZA Our favourite food has turned healthy thanks to all the veggies packed onto this pizza. Serves 4 Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 10-12 minutes Ingredients 225g bag of spinach 4 tortilla wraps 4 tbsp passata 12 cherry tomatoes, halved 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced 2 spring onions, finely sliced 2 x 64g packs of soft goat’s cheese, roughly chopped 1 tbsp olive oil Method 1. Preheat the oven to 220oC. 2. Lightly steam the spinach for a couple of minutes. 3. Places the tortilla wraps on 2 large greased baking sheets and put 1 tbsp passata on each one, spreading it out to the edges. Top with the cooked spinach, then the cherry tomatoes, red pepper, spring onions and goat’s cheese. Drizzle over olive oil. 4. Cook for 8-10 minutes, until the wraps are golden in colour and the cheese has melted and serve.

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Cheat’s Pizza CAULIFOWER CURRY Curry is a popular dish we all love now and again. But with rich ingredients it isn’t friendly on the waistline and this recipe is a great way to incorporate more vegetables into your meals. Serves 6 Preparation time 5 minutes Cooking time 25 minutes Veggie Ingredients 3 cm piece ginger, peeled and chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped 1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced 1 tbsp of vegetable oil 3 tbsp of balti paste 1.2 litres of vegetable stock, made from 2 cubes 200g red split lentils 4 tbsp of desiccated coconut 1 small head of cauliflower, broken into florets To Serve 250g basmati rice, steamed A handful fresh coriander 1 green chilli, thinly sliced Method 1. Season and sauté the ginger, garlic and onion in the oil for 6-7 minutes, until soft. 2. Add the balti paste and cook for another minute. 3. Add the stock, lentils and 3 tbsp of the coconut. 4. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes. 5. Add the cauliflower and cook for 5 minutes, until tender. 6. Serve over the rice, sprinkled with coriander, chilli and coconut. Credit: Morrisons

Serves 8 Preparation time 5 minutes Cooking time 5 minutes

Serves 2 Preparation time 5 minutes Cooking time 35 minutes


BROAD BEAN PÂTÉ ON TOAST WITH TORN MOZZARELLA, BASIL, & LEMON OIL This is a super-spruced up beans on toast. With the addition of fresh basil and zingy lemon oil to give it that summery kick.

Caulifower Curry


Pin's Kitchen The Robin Hood, Lower Road, Ashley, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 4NL

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Authentic Thai cuisine in a traditional English country pub Opening Evenings: Wednesday to Sunday (Sunday reservation only) Bookings for other evenings are available with a minimum of 12 people

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The Railway Inn is situated in beautiful surroundings adjacent to the stunning Churnet Valley Steam Railway Station Froghall. With a fast growing reputation for superb home cooked foods and a friendly welcome you can be assured of a very pleasant stay. With five well appointed en suite rooms which feature four poster beds and flat screen tv’s we can accommodate both couples and families. Ideally situated for walkers and we are a mere 3 miles from Alton Towers. We also have a lovely beer garden and serve real ales. We are very close to Whiston Hall Golf club, also the falconry centre is aprox 200yrds away.

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Country pub, Tapas bar and Restaurant Set in the idyllic countryside village of Hilderstone, The Roebuck Inn is the perfect location to relax, unwind and dine in style. Boasting a wide range of authentic tapas and a wonderful selection of refreshments, real ales and wines, it can be enjoyed sat by open fires for those colder days, or al fresco in the fantastic sun trap gardens for the warmer ones. Open all day, everyday, with food served throughout, why not take one of the many beautiful walks on offer around the village before settling down for a glass of Rioja and a selection of our tapas dishes. Muddy boots and families are welcome, and a children's menu is available too.

WHAT’S ON WEDNESDAY PIE AND QUIZ NIGHT Selection of pies served with a choice of potatoes and veg £7:95


SAMPLE TAPAS MENU Roasted Mini Chorizos in red wine served with crusty bread Gambas Pil Pil king prawns cooked in chilli and garlic served with breads Albondigas pork and beef meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce Garbanzos con Espinacas spiced chickpeas with spinach and feta (v) Jalapeno Poppers red jalapeño's with cream cheese, breaded and lightly fried (v) Staffordshire oatcake with manchego and chorizo Croquetas jamon or chicken Padron Peppers small Spanish green peppers lightly fried in olive oil (v) Sourdough Melts baked bread topped with caramelised onions, cheese and wild rocket (v) Quesadillas cheese, chicken and salsa toasted between flour tortillas


Calamares crispy pieces of squid, sprinkled in sea salt with and alioli dip


Boletas Mushroom Bites Spanish mushrooms with cheese breaded and lightly fried (v)

Bring an instrument or just have a listen SATURDAY LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC Starts 8:30pm SUNDAY ROAST BEEF OR TURKEY with all the trimmings Served 12-3pm

Iberico Ham Bites cured ham and cheese breaded and lightly fried Tortilla Espanola traditional Spanish omelette (v) Manchego Cheese drizzled in honey (v) Patatas Bravas fried cubed potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce (v) Patatas Alioli fried cubed potatoes with a garlic mayonnaise dip (v) Paprika Fries fried chips dusted with paprika (v) Breads a selection of breads served with oils, balsamic and olives (v)


Any 2 tapas and patatas or fries, plus a drink ONLY £11 12-5pm Monday - Saturday


£12.50 ALL DAY Monday - Saturday

The Roebuck Inn, Sandon Road, Hilderstone, ST15 8SF t. 01889 505255

MORE TEA MADAM? The sun is shining in Staffordshire and what better way to spend a sunny afternoon than enjoying the quintessentially English tradition of Afternoon Tea? Afternoon tea. It’s a little bit fancy isn’t it? Oh what a glamorous thing it is, with dainty sandwiches and delicate pastries, afternoon tea is a real treat and so you should make it an occasion. Dig out your finest china to add a touch of elegance and upgrade your typical builder’s brew to a cup and saucer affair. This can be a special affair between Mum and you, or enjoyed with a group of friends. With fine decorations and cutlery and speciality cakes, this is a moment to indulge in the atmosphere and the food. Everything about this is delicate and graceful, so as tempting as it is to cram in as much cake into our mouths when we’re faced with the dreamy situation of having a tray full of cake and delicious delicacies, we have to resist the urge to scoff it all down in one. Handy it is then that all the nibbles come in bite-sized treats. How lady-like! Debenhams

High Tea at Home Time For Tea Netherstowe House Netherstowe House Hotel offers the widest range of afternoon teas in Staffordshire and they have lovingly-designed their menu to ensure there’s a tea for every taste! They also have the perfect setting – an enchanting Grade II listed Country House with pretty gardens and brimming with old English charm, so the magic begins as soon as you travel down their tree-lined driveway, leaving the hubbub of everyday life behind… Choose from Netherstowe House’s exquisite afternoon tea menu to enjoy a selection of speciality loose-leaf teas, elegant finger sandwiches, freshly baked sweet delicacies and warm scones served with Devonshire clotted cream and preserves. Traditional Afternoon Tea: £18.95 per person with a flute of Laurent Perrier Champagne: £29.45 per person For reservations call a member of Netherstowe House Hotel’s friendly Hospitality Team on 01543 254 270 of email Crewe Hall Relax in the Sheridan Lounge and enjoy Crewe Hall’s famous afternoon tea. The Sheridan Lounge in the old hall was once Lord Crewe’s dining room where he entertained King George V and Queen Mary during their visit in 1913, amongst other notable guests. Rich and opulent, one of the room’s main features is an ornately carved oak screen, which gives the room the look of an old college hall. Afternoon tea is served throughout the week 12noon - 5.00pm and is available from £20.50 per person. Booking is advisable. The Little Vintage Tea Room at Grace & Favours The Little Vintage Tea Room is open for bookings & popping in for coffee, tea & cake every Friday. They also offer ‘Afternoon Tea by Appointment’ on most days and evenings which comprises of freshly made sandwiches, cherry scones & a selection of homemade cakes with refillable tea or coffee for £7.50 per person. The tea room is also available for private hire for parties of 10-14. The Little Vintage Tea Room prides itself on quality food, tasty cakes & excellent service in their friendly, cosy little tea room. You can find The Little Vintage Tea Room at Grace & Favours, 160 Werrington Road, Bucknall, ST2 9AW. Telephone 01782 499086.

Mini Cupcake Teapot Stand, £4.25

Classic Champagne Truffles, £11. Hotel Chocolat Tetley Green Tea and Mint Teabags, £1.15 for 20 bags. Tesco

Vintage China Rose Tea Cup & Saucer, £9.95. Dot Com Gift Shop

Vintage Glass Scalloped Cake Stand, £16.95. Dot Com Gift Shop


Cake Stand, £42. Butterfly by Matthew Williamson at Debenhams

Leigh Tucker Willow, Spotty Napkins, £4. Dunnes Stores

Rodda’s Clotted Cream, £1.98. Tesco

Blueberry & Lavender Cake

Raspberry Madeleines

Serves 12 Preparation time 1 ½hr Cooking time 25 minutes

Makes: 12 Preparation time 15 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes

Ingredients • 175g of unsalted butter, room temperature • 175g of caster sugar • 3 eggs • 1 tsp of vanilla extract • 225g of self-raising flour, sieved • 150g of Rachel’s Greek Style low fat natural yogurt • 150g of fresh blueberries

Lavender & Blueberry Icing • 250g of unsalted butter, room temperature • 750g of icing sugar, sieved • 75g of Rachel’s fat free blueberry yogurt • Drop of milk • 10g of food colouring (violet food gel)


Method 1. Grease three 6” round loose bottom cake tins and line with parchment paper. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C. 2. Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and continue to whisk after each addition. Add the vanilla extract followed by the flour. 3. Fold in the yogurt and blueberries ensuring good distribution. 4. Pour the mixture into the cake tins evenly and bake until risen, golden brown and springy to touch. 5. To make the lavender syrup, take a small pan and add all the ingredients, simmer on high heat for 5 minutes. 6. To make the lavender and blueberry icing, beat the butter with the icing sugar until a paste is formed. Add the yogurt and food colouring and mix in. 7. To assemble,dizzle with 1 tablespoon of lavender syrup, allow to soak into the cake then spread a quarter of the icing onto the cake, spreading it to the edges, Repeat this process with the second and third cake, layering with syrup and then icing. 8. Decorate with fresh lavender sprigs.

Credit: The English Provender Co

Lavender Syrup • 60g of caster sugar • 40ml of water • 3 sprigs of fresh lavender including flowers

You will need: 1 x 12-shell Madeleine tin, lightly greased and dusted with flour

Blueberry & Lemon Scones Serves 10 Preparation time 5 minutes Cooking time 12 minutes Ingredients • 300g of self- raising flour • 1 tsp of baking powder • 75g of butter, cut into small squares • 50g of caster sugar • 100g of blueberries • 3 tablespoons of The English Provender Co. Luxury Lemon Curd • 150ml of milk, plus extra for brushing To serve: Clotted cream • The English Provender Co. Luxury Lemon Curd Method 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, Gas Mark 6. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl then rub in the butter, until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. 2. Stir in the sugar and blueberries and mix well. Whisk together the milk and lemon curd and gently stir into the breadcrumb mixture, with a rounded knife until the mixture is a soft dough and comes together in a ball. 3. Gently knead on a lightly floured surface to remove any cracks. Roll out to 2cm thickness, then using a 6cm fluted pastry cutter, cut into rounds. Gather up any spare bits of dough and knead lightly, roll out and make more scones 4. Place on a baking tray, spacing them a little apart, brush the tops with milk and cook for 10-12 minutes, until risen and golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack.

Ingredients • 50g of unsalted butter, softened • 50g of golden caster sugar • 1/2 tsp of Nielsen-Massey Rose Water • Grated zest of 1 orange • 1 large egg, lightly whisked • 50g of self-raising flour • 1 tbsp of whole milk • 12 small raspberries • A few mint leaves • Golden icing sugar, for dusting For the Nielsen-Massey Rose Water Cream • 400ml of double cream • 1 tsp of NielsenMassey Rose Water • Grated zest of 1 orange • 1 heaped tbsp of golden icing sugar, sifted. Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C, fan 160 ˚C, gas mark 4. Using either an electric mixer or mixing bowl and whisk, cream the butter, sugar, NielsenMassey Rose Water and orange zest together for a few minutes until pale and fluffy. Reduce the whisk speed and add the egg and milk. 2. Once combined, fold in the flour until well mixed. When you are ready to bake, place a heaped tablespoon of batter into each Madeleine shell and press a raspberry into the centre of each one. Cook in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until they are a pale golden brown and springy to the touch. 3. Leave the Madeleine’s to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack. 4. Meanwhile, make the Nielsen-Massey Rose Water Cream. Whisk the double cream, icing sugar, orange zest and Nielsen-Massey Rose Water until slightly thickened and store in the fridge until needed. 5. Once the Madeleines are cool, dust with icing sugar. Serve with a few fresh mint leaves and the Nielsen-Massey Rose Water Cream on the side.

Credit: Nielsen-Massey.


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Join us at The Cock Inn @ Hanbury on Saturday 5th July 2014 from 12:00pm to 12:00am for the welcome home party for TEAM COCK. The cyclists and crew will be returning home around 4.00pm after their 3 day, 250 mile trip to the Isle of Man to raise money for their chosen charity AIR AMBULANCE.

With traditional, old fashioned and contemporary sweets and confectionary including all your favourites from Cherry Lips, Coldsfoot Rock, Uncles Joe’s Mintballs, Pear Drops to our Specialist Liquorice, a huge range of Sugar free sweets and chocolate there is something for everyone.

To celebrate in style, join us for a family fun day suitable for all ages including:

We also stock the increasingly popular American Candy, root beer, soda and cereals and now have a varied gift range to choose from.

• 180 foot Bungee Jump from 12pm – 6pm (min deposit £30.00, booking advisable) • Live Music from 6.00pm • Great Food • Face Painting • Bucking Broncho • Magician

Visit our quaint Victorian style store in Stafford to see for yourself the fantastic selection we have to offer!

The Cock Inn, Hanbury Hill, Hanbury, Burton, DE13 8TD

Tel: 01283 813263 Find us on

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Longdon, WS15 4PN 01543 391570

Open Mic on Wednesdays from 8.30pm

Great Cask Ales & Home Made Food Stone-baked Pizza, Steaks, Fish & More! Walkers with muddy boots and well behaved dogs welcome in the bar area

New From July New menu with an Italian influence

Beer Garden Dogs Welcome

New Chef Claudio joins the Team!


There are new scrumptious menus to explore at Jamie’s Italian and Browns Bar and Brasserie, tastebud-tantalising dishes at handmade burger Co. and divine fine Thai dining at Chaophraya Thai Restaurant. And of course there’s nothing better than a celebratory glass of Prosecco on the terrace following a successful shopping trip. And for those with a sweet tooth be sure to visit on Saturday 26th July to take advantage of complimentary candyfloss and popcorn as the SummerDine team roll into Birmingham. You’ll also be able to pick up discount cards that will give you exclusive food offers all summer long. It’s all about the dining sprees this summer so Bullring have teamed up with Staffordshire Living to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a £200 Bullring gift card to spend on dining out this summer. Spend it how you wish whether it be an intimate dinner at Jamie’s Italian, a well-needed catch-up with friends at handmade burger Co. or an after work cocktail with colleagues. For your chance to win please answer the following question…

Q: What’s the name of Jamie’s Oliver’s restaurant at Bullring? For more information about summer at Bullring visit summerdining.

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It’s one of Bullring’s favourite times of the year; warm lazy evenings, cocktail in hand on the Spiceal Street terrace overlooking St Martin’s Square. Welcome to summer at Bullring.

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SHAKEN OR STIRRED? During the colder months we have to admit that a glass of wine goes down a treat but now it’s summer time and it’s all about those long, refreshing drinks; full of fruity flavours that can are made to be enjoyed out in the sun. PG Tips Tea Cup Cocktail Ingredients 6 British strawberries with the core removed A handful of fresh mint leaves, ripped 100ml of freshly boiled water 1 PG tips The Rich One teabag 75g sugar 50ml freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 ½ lemons) ½ an unwaxed lemon’s rind, peeled and chopped 15ml elderflower cordial 100ml English apple juice 200-400ml gin 350ml soda water or sparkling water 350ml English sparkling wine (or cava) For non-alcoholic punch: Omit the gin and sparkling wine and use 150ml apple juice and 550ml soda water instead. Method • In a pestle and mortar, roughly crush the strawberries and mint leaves together. • Mix the crushed mint and strawberries with the hot water, PG tips The Rich One teabag, sugar, lemon juice and rind then stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Leave to stand for 8-10 minutes, then strain, reserving the syrup. • In a large bowl or jug, mix the syrup with the elderflower, apple juice and gin to taste. (The mix can be chilled for a few hours at this point until ready to serve.) • When ready to serve, add large blocks of ice, the soda water and sparkling wine. Stir gently to combine. • To serve, line teacups with a sliver of cucumber skin, shaved using a potato peeler, then fill the cup with fresh ice. • Garnish with a red rose petal and a slice of strawberry in the shape of a heart. PG Tips Tea Cup Cocktail Credit: PG Tips

Cherry and Elderflower Sundae Ingredients 35ml Smirnoff No. 21® Vodka 100ml of Cherry Juice 10ml of Elderflower Syrup / Coridal 10ml of Lime Juice 4 pieces of Strawberry Sprig of Elderflower Method • Throw three strawberries into a jam jar. Squash the strawberries with the back of a teaspoon to extract the juices and flavour. • Add the Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka, cherry juice, elderflower syrup or cordial and lime juice – add some ice and put the top to the jar on. • Shake until you can’t shake anymore… or until the jar is chilled. • Pour through a strainer over ice into a tall glass or sundae glass. • Garnish with a strawberry cut into slices.


Cherry and Elderflower Sundae Credit:Smirnoff

Raspberry Blush


Ingredients 50ml Hendricks Gin 5 Raspberries 3 Lime Wedges 15ml Raspberry & Rose Cordial 75ml Lychee Juice

Picques Cocktail Bar, Cannock The bar has recently undergone a full refurbishment and boasts eclectic style and comfort that competes with any modern cocktail bar. Picques is a family run business that takes pride in its high standards, whether it be making a delicious cocktail, seeking out the best music and dj’s or simply serving a tasty beer over the bar! Picques is quite simply one the most diverse drinks collection outside of London, whether it be Vodka, Gin, Rum, Scotch, Bourbon, Tequilla, Piques has a fine selection of all.

Method • Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake with plenty of ice. • Strain into a hiball glass over fresh cubed ice and garnish with a lychee and raspberry on a stick.

The Post House, Stafford Quilted gold walls, soft cushions and ambient lighting create a comfortable and sophisticated atmosphere for guests to unwind and enjoy high quality beverages. Unique to Stafford, the cocktail lounge offers warmth, comfort and luxury where fabulous cocktails are mixed with flair and passion. They take drinks seriously; whether creating them, making them or consuming them, they know how important it is to get it right. Whether it’s the first drink of the night, an after-dinner tipple or the best cocktail of the party, the quality of their cocktails is precise and designed to delight your palate. So, whether you’re a cocktail aficionado or think that a mixed drink is a vodka and coke, they have a cocktail for you. Their bartenders are always happy to guide you through the cocktail menu, or create a bespoke beverage unique to your desires.

West Country Fizz Credit:Ocado

West Country Fizz Ingredients 25ml of Chase Marmalade Vodka 40ml of Orange Juice 10ml of Teisseire Sirop Lemon Squeeze of half a lime Splash of Teisseire Sirop Grenadine

DIY Cocktail

Method • Mix all of the ingredients and serve in a jam jar with a straw.

If you fancy a tipple at home and having a go at making your own cocktail concoctions, you’ll need the right equipment to pull off the perfect summer pitcher.

Raspberry Blush Credit:Belvoir Fruit Farms Cordials

Strawberry Dream Daiquiri Ingredients 200g essential Waitrose British Strawberries, halved 2 tbsp Waitrose Cooks’ Homebaking FreezeDried Strawberries, plus extra for serving 2 tbsp Golden Caster Sugar 60ml of White Rum 4 small scoops of Antonio Federici Panna Cotta Gelato Tumbler of crushed ice

Classic Cocktails Tea Towel, £10.

Banded Cocktail Glass, £9.50. M&S

Method • Place both fresh and freeze dried strawberries in a blender with the sugar, white rum, gelato and crushed ice. • Whizz until smooth and thick. • Pour into 2 straight glasses, sprinkle with freeze dried strawberries and serve with straws. Set Of 24 Rambling Rose Cocktail Umbrellas, £4.95. Dot Com Gift Shop

Strawberry Dream Daiquiri Credit: Waitrose

Summer Cocktail Shaker, £7.50. M&S


Special Offers 10% off the Specials Menu for all of our 60 plus residents All day every Monday Langans Tea Rooms, part of the O’Connor Gateway Charitable Trust is a Social Enterprise based in Burton on Trent, Staffordshire. All revenue is re-invested, giving our volunteers who have been through a Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Programme at the BAC O’Connor Centre a second chance in life, offering education, training and employment. Enjoy traditional, home cooked food in the graceful settings of Langan’s Tea Rooms. Choose from traditional Afternoon Tea or Cream Tea, or bring the family for a traditional Sunday Lunch.

To Celebrate the World Cup, we are introducing 10% off All Breakfasts inc Full English Breakfasts 9am until 12pm Starts 12th June ~ Ends 13th July

Events Arts and Crafts Fair (FREE ADMISSION)

starts 11am - 4pm Saturday 21st June 2014 Saturday 26th July 2014 Saturday 23rd August 2014 Saturday 27th September 2014 Saturday 25th October 2014 Saturday 22nd November 2014 Knit and Knatter every other Monday Starts 16th June Reduced price of Cream Tea

Since launching our new Menu, we have a variety of different meals, from all day breakfasts, lunches or choose from our weekly Specials Menu. We also offer packages for private functions, so give us a call to discuss your requirements for your special day. Langans Tea Rooms, Burton House, George Street, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 1DP Tel: 01283 500141

Nico’s Italian Restaurant

Nico’s is a warm and welcoming family run Italian restaurant, where our Head Chef David Stannard brings his own take on good Italian food. At great value, all our food is made to order with fresh ingredients and cooked exactly how you like it. Not only do we serve the finest Italian food, we also offer an extensive choice from Steaks to Mexican food. Make sure you leave room for one of our delicious homemade desserts!

New desserts every week Book your table in advance to avoid disappointment! Open Tuesday - Saturday 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Nicos Italian Restaurant 12 Brick Street, Derby, DE1 1DU

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Children’s Activities 5th August Children’s Buffet & 10am Screening of Walt Disney’s Film Alice in Wonderland 19th August Children’s Buffet & 10am Screening of Walt Disney’s Film Frozen 2nd September Children’s Buffet & 10am Screening of Despicable Me 2 9.30am - 12.30pm £6.95 per Child Parents, why not treat yourself to a Cream Tea at the reduced price of £3.50 for this event?

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

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

Party Bookings:

Lunch Menu

Our restaurants are ideal for any occasion:

3 Course Meal - £11.99

Weddings, Christenings, Hen Nights etc.

No room hire fee - free of charge. We welcome parties and will be pleased to discuss all the requirements you may have.

2 Course Meal – £9.99 Main Course - £7.99 Starter or Dessert Only - £4.59

JOIN US every TUESDAY in Newcastle or SUNDAY – THURSDAY in Stone for PASTA or PIZZA at only £6.99!

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Pasta Di Piazza

Pasta Di Piazza

Open 7 days Monday to Saturday 12.00-15.00 Lunch 17.00-22.00 Evenings Sunday 12.00-21.00

Open 7 days Monday to Saturday 12.00-15.00 Lunch 18.00-23.00 Evenings Sunday 12.00-22.00

Newcastle 125 High Street Newcastle-u-Lyme Staffordshire ST5 1PS Tel: (01782) 617610

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

Breakfast Bites Super Berry Breakfast Pots Serves 4 Preparation time: 15 minutes Suitable for vegetarians Ingredients 8 tablespoons Jordans Super Berry Granola 200g (7oz) raspberries 100g (4oz) strawberries, sliced 100g (4oz) blueberries 200g (7oz) natural yogurt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 teaspoons clear honey

Method 1. Put half the raspberries into a bowl and crush them with a fork. Mix the remainder with the strawberries and blueberries, then share them between 4 serving glasses. 2. Mix the yogurt and vanilla extract together, then spoon into the glasses. Top each serving with the crushed raspberries and 2 tablespoons of Jordans Super Berry Granola. 3. Finish off each portion with 1 teaspoon of honey. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Credit: Jordans Cereal

The best dishes to kick start your morning.

Cook’s tips: Vary the fruit according to your preferences. For a change, try sliced peaches with raspberries and banana for a healthy breakfast idea.


Super Berry Breakfast Pots Gluten Free Bacon Asparagus Egg Soldiers Serves 4 Ready in 20 minutes Ingredients 8 large asparagus spears – trimmed to about 5 inches long 4 slices bacon 4 eggs Method 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 2. Soft boil the eggs in a pan of boiling water. 3. Cut bacon slices in half and wrap half on the stalk of each asparagus spear working up until you get to the bud of the asparagus. 4. Place bacon wrapped asparagus spears on a foil lined baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes or until bacon is browned and crispy. 5. Place briefly on a piece of paper towel to soak up the excess grease. 6. Crack the tops off the eggs ready for dipping.

Breakfast Bars Serves 10 Preperation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Ingredients 100g butter 200g clear honey 200g rolled oats 150g mixed seeds 100g toasted flaked almonds 100g sultanas 50g ground almonds 2 tsp sesame seeds


Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180 oC, Gas Mark 4 2. Heat the butter and honey in a saucepan until the butter has melted. 3. Stir in the remaining ingredients except the sesame seeds and press into a 22cm square baking tin. 4. Sprinkle over the sesame seeds. 5. Bake for 15 minutes until golden. 6. Allow to cool slightly before cutting into 12 bars. 7. Leave in the tin to cool completely before removing.


Gluten Free Bacon Asparagus Egg Soldiers

Breakfast Bars

Pancakes with Fresh Strawberries, Low Fat Greek Yoghurt, Honey and Pistachios Serves 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 2 minutes

Banana Blueberry Porridge


Ingredients 4 pancakes 240g Jubilee strawberries, hulled and sliced into quarters 4 figs, quartered 100g low fat Greek yoghurt 50ml runny honey 25g pistachios, roughly chopped A handful of mint leaves Method 1. Heat the pancakes as per the packet instructions. 2. Place the warm pancakes onto four separate plates and divide the strawberries and figs between the plates. 3. Serve with a spoonful of Greek yoghurt and a squeeze of honey. Finish with the chopped pistachios and a few mint leaves.

Banana Blueberry Porridge Serves 1 Preperation time: 2 minutes Cooking time: 5 minutes Ingredients 50g porridge oats 350ml semi-skimmed milk 1 banana, mashed 75g blueberries Credit: Driscoll Jubilee Strawberries

Method 1. Place the oats, milk and banana in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. 2. Simmer for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. 3. Stir in the blueberries and serve.

Fruity Breakfast Muffins

Pancakes with Fresh Strawberries, Low Fat Greek Yoghurt, Honey and Pistachios

Fruity Breakfast Muffins

Credit: Nielsen-Massey and Eric Lanlard

Serves 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Baking time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 200g raspberries 100g blueberries 300g plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 150g golden caster sugar 1 egg 2 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste 225ml milk 50g unsalted butter melted 100g white chocolate chips

Method 1. Heat oven to 180oC. 2. Line a muffin tray with paper cases. Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl and stir in sugar. 3. In a separate bowl whisk together egg, Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste, milk and melted butter. 4. Stir the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and beat until smooth. Fold in half the fruit and white chocolate chips. 5. Fill each muffin case with the mixture. 6. Bake for 30 minutes until golden. 7. Leave to cool. Using a fork smash the rest of the berries roughly and spoon them on top of the warm muffin. 8. Serve with Greek yogurt or fromage-frais.



Eat Yourself Slim With us getting ready to hit the beach, we don’t know what to eat for fear of bloating and giving off that ‘beached whale’ look. We have sorted through the store cupboards for the best foods to snack on to ensure our metabolism has a kick and we can eat ourselves skinny.

Almonds Almonds are packed full of protein and their high fibre content stops you feeling hungry. Despite the fact they are relatively high in calories – almonds themselves do not contribute to belly fat. Swap out your usual mid-morning snack for a handful and see if it makes a difference. Leafy Greens The quickest way to flatten a stubborn stomach? Include a portion of leafy green vegetables at every meal. Kale, spinach and romaine lettuce are all extremely low in calories, full of fibre and offer several vital vitamins and minerals that help to ease water retention. Beans Each tiny bean is packed with nutrients, including protein and fibre, while remaining low in calories and full of slow-release energy. This means you’ll feel fuller, while the high protein content will help firm up your muscles and keep you toned. Peppermint Peppermint is known as a calming herb and helps digestion, so if you’re looking to slim down your stomach, it makes sense to start including it in your diet. The easiest way to do this is to drink it in tea form, so pick up a box from your local supermarket and try drinking three cups a day. Green Tea We know you can’t beat a builder’s brew but swapping to green tea has been found to assist the body in flushing out excess fluids, helping to calm bloating around the stomach caused by water retention. What’s more, it has been found to speed up the metabolism, which can aid the burning of excess fat in the body. Cranberry Juice As well as high levels of anti-oxidising vitamin C, cranberry juice has fantastic diuretic properties. This means that it encourages the body to get rid of excess fluids and your stomach will be properly emptied and left flat. Asparagus Asparagus is often considered a luxury vegetable, and not without good reason. Each spear is packed full of vitamins A, B-complex, C and E, as well as containing high levels of potassium, which assists the removal of excess fluids from the body. Tomatoes Tomatoes are definitely among our favourite fat-fighting foods. Tomatoes have been found to reduce inflammation and water retention in the body, as well as reversing leptin resistance. Leptin is a type of protein which helps to regulate metabolic rate and appetite, so our bodies rely on it to shed those extra pounds.


Chilli Adding chilli to your food is a great way to boost your metabolism, which helps you to burn fat faster. Melon Just half a melon contains ample potassium and it is a low-calorie, highantioxidant snack that can aid the removal of excess fluids around the body. Cucumber Believe it or not, cucumbers are actually a member of the melon family, and therefore have very similar slimming properties. It is a natural diuretic, which means consuming it eases water retention and bloating in the body. Fennel This liquorice-flavoured root vegetable is packed with vitamin C, potassium, and manganese and has long been used as a remedy for digestive problems. Thanks in part to its high dietary fibre content, it promotes healthy digestion, reducing swelling in the body, flushing out toxins and excess fluids. Fennel tea can also help to stave off hunger pangs, so pick up a box from your local health food shop and sip away for a slim lined waist. Artichoke Artichokes are rich in fibre, thus helping to speed the digestive process up and relieve bloating in the abdomen, while containing relatively few calories. Artichokes are often recommended by nutritionists for the treatment of digestive disorders, like IBS, too. Mackerel Eating plenty of oily fish is a good idea if you want to tone up your tummy, because it is high in protein and low in ‘bad’ saturated animal fats. Papaya Papaya contains a naturally-occurring enzyme called papain, which aids the digestion of protein. It can also help to break down food faster, easing bloating and flattening out your belly in no time. Black Pepper Add a bit of freshly ground pepper to your meal. It’s a natural digestive aid, and helps to relieve bloating at the same time. Leeks High in potassium and vitamin C, eating leeks is a quick and easy way to relief excess weight around the stomach caused by water retention.



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

BIRCH CROSS, Staffordshire

Birch Cross, Nr Uttoxeter, Staffordshire A Traditional Staffordshire Farmhouse providing a wonderful family home with stables and land enjoying lovely views in a small rural hamlet yet conveniently located about 2½ miles from the market town of Uttoxeter. EPC Rating E.

Guide Price ÂŁ800,000 Uttoxeter 01889 567444


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Needwood, Staffordshire A substantial and quite exceptional property standing in delightful mature garden and grounds of approximately two acres, adjoining open fields and splendid views. EPC Rating D.

Guide Price ÂŁ850,000 Burton Upon Trent 01283 512244


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Top Farm is a wonderful family home close to village amenities all set in a generous plot. Jennifer Barton, Fisher German

Top Farm, Barlaston Staffordshire Top Farm is a spacious character farmhouse which formerly belonged to the Wedgwood Estate, dating back, it is believed, to the 1800’s. It is understood, that during the mid 1970’s Wedgwood converted the farmhouse and associated buildings to create a substantial family home. The property comprises breakfast kitchen, 3 reception rooms, garden room, 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. There is also an attached garage. The property is set within beautiful mature grounds and is accessed via a sweeping gravel drive. The grounds extend to approximately 1.73 acres and include a tennis court, wildlife pool and timber cabin suitable for use for ancillary purposes.

Guide price £695,000

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5 reception rooms, breakfast kitchen Billiard room, extensive cellars 9 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms Range of outbuildings Office building Further development potential In all about 19.1 acres

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An exceptional period house set in a mature 0.6 acre plot. The property incorporates the Coach House & has substantial accommodation comprising: reception hallway, cellar, 3 reception rooms, breakfast kitchen, utility & study, 4 bedrooms, bathroom & shower room. The Coach House comprises a spacious family room, study & two additional double bedrooms to the first floor. Beautifully landscaped grounds with sweeping driveway. Energy Rating F

The White House Caverswall


Large country house with development potential in a delightful setting on the edge of Caverswall village. Comfortable, spacious family accommodation with 3 reception rooms, large kitchen, 4 beds & 2 bathrooms, In addition to the main house there is a large brick and tile outbuilding that would be perfect for stables, running a business from home, conversion to a granny annex or possibly even a separate dwelling (subject to planning). Energy Rating D

Chase Lane Tittensor


Beautifully restored 1930s family home with a host of original features in a peaceful woodland setting close to Stone. Spacious open plan living areas with 3 reception rooms, lovely breakfast kitchen, 4 beds, 2 en-suite & family bathroom. Large beautifully kept private gardens, extensive parking and detached double garage. Very desirable location on the edge of Tittensor Chase and very convenient for Stone & The Potteries. Energy rating D

Rock Cottage Eccleshall


Quintessential English country cottage set in large private gardens in a rural location just a couple of miles from Eccleshall. Beautifully appointed throughout and retains many original features - 3 reception rooms, stunning oak framed garden room, breakfast kitchen with AGA range, 4 beds, 2 baths, 3 car garage with mower store and fully converted games room / office over. Tranquil mature gardens extending to about 1.15 acres with farmland to rear. Viewing essential. Energy rating E

The Rock Fulford


This delightful village house in an elevated position with views over Fulford village green, has a host of village amenities quite literally on the doorstep and is strolling distance to some lovely countryside. Comfortable, spacious & characterful accommodation with 2 reception rooms, study, breakfast kitchen 4 double bedrooms, en-suite & family bathroom. Large private sunny gardens & 2 car garage Energy Rating D

Lightwood Road Lightwood


Individual detached property dating from the 1950s set in mature gardens commanding views as far as the eye can see. Exceptionally spacious living areas with 3 reception rooms, kitchen & separate utility, 5 beds, en-suite & Family Bathroom. Extensive internal & external storage & large detached garage with further storage below. Upvc double glazed windows. A great family house in a beautiful setting Rating C

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Eastfields Meir Heath


Lightwood Road Lightwood


Beautifully appointed detached family home in a 0.92 acre plot & offering luxury accommodation to the highest spec. Extended & upgraded with: 4 reception rooms, stunning kitchen with open plan family area, utility, guest cloakroom, 5 double beds, 3 en-suite & family bathroom. Double garage, far reaching views, large rear garden. Seeing is believing – you really must view this fabulous modern house to fully appreciate. Energy rating B

Ravenswood Meir Heath


Striking contemporary family home that needs to be viewed to be fully appreciated - for what lies within is a beautifully appointed and exceptionally spacious property that has room for all the family. Spacious living areas with 3 large reception rooms, breakfast kitchen, 5 bedrooms, 2 en-suite, family bathroom and a self-contained studio annexe. Set large private gardens enjoying open views to the rear. Energy Rating D

Ravenswood is a lovely family house in the most delightful of settings - in a quiet private location on the edge of Meir Heath – seemingly far from the madding crowd and yet just moments from civilisation. Comfortable accommodation with spacious living areas, large dining kitchen, family room / occasional bedroom, 3 beds, luxurious bathroom, shower room, games rooms / office Large private garden, 3 car garage. Energy rating E

Beech House Barlaston

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Beech House is fine period house in a leafy and very private setting on the edge of Barlaston village. A lovely family home with a wealth of original features & exceptionally spacious accommodation with 4 reception rooms, breakfast kitchen, 5 bedrooms, dressing room, ensuite & family bathroom. Glorious setting with large private mature gardens & extensive outdoor entertaining areas. Energy rating G


Charming Grade II listed half-timbered cottage in a village location close to Stone, strolling distance to the marina and in the midst of pretty countryside. Set in half an acre of garden with farmland to the rear, 4 reception rooms, orangery, 4 bedrooms, bathroom & shower room. Private gardens, parking for a number of cars and a large double garage. A fabulous country cottage that simply oozes charm & character - totally unique. Energy Rating E

Boardmans Bank, Brown Edge, Staffordshire

A delightful three bedroom semi-detached character property providing spacious family living accommodation along with an abundance of outside space. With a wide range of outbuildings well suited to equestrian purposes and the benefit of an enclosed ménage and ring fenced paddock to the rear of the property extending to approximately 2.2 acres or thereabouts. Further land available by separate negotiation. EPC Ratingà E

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High Street, Newchapel, Stoke-on-Trent

An excellent opportunity to purchase a three bedroom detached family home with a range of mainly brick built stables, yard area and land extending to 17 acres or thereabouts, ménage, one bedroom brick built cottage within the farm yard. The property offers a pleasant rural location whilst still being close to local amenities. Inspection essential to appreciate the potential on offer. EPC Ratingà TBC Offers in the region of £585,000

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Galton Croft, Stallington

A truly unique four bedroom Grade II Listed family residence located within 1.8 acres of formal gardens & grounds with garages, stables and paddock.

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Copper Beeches, Caverswall

Fernlea, Stockton Brook

An all too rare opportunity to acquire a secluded detached family residence situated in a sought after village location. Currently comprising a one bedroom annex suited to multi-generational living.

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Improving Your Exteriors, Conservatories & Extensions, Garden Disaster Tips and Oasis Luxe Trend

Oasis Luxe It seems we’re becoming much more creative with our interior design as of late and we’re really amping up the style stakes when we choose a trend to feature in our homes. It’s no longer just about a colour scheme or a statement 3-piece suite but it’s the whole room that is taking on a new identity. The trend which has really caught our attention this season is a mix of a beach oasis haven and the ultra-cool luxe trend. Occa Home

It is very clean look that needn’t be over complicated with too many accessories but where accessories and decorative pieces are used, they are very unique in design and set the tone against cool-toned backdrops and clean walls. What we love most about this trend is that now is the perfect time to embrace this look, with the height of summer on the horizon and while we’re not suggesting you turn your front room into your own beach hut, a hint of that laid-back beach life is a welcome change when you’re run off your feet all day. We love the striking pop of metallic running through the natural sandy hues in the room for that touch of luxury.

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Wood Works This look needs strong and stable furniture and statement pieces; here is not the place to throw in a chaise longue or anything too dainty looking. Strong wooden structures in features such as the coffee table or an individual chair offer the perfect balance between the relaxed design with a neutral colour palette and the sharp and trend-lead accessories displayed.


Kinetic Dazzle Stripe Wallpaper in Black and Gold with a Vinyl finish by Muriva, £18.98 per roll. B&Q

Lucia Wallpaper in Gold with a Textured Vinyl finish by Statement £24.98 per roll. B&Q

Novara Taupe Wallpaper by Vintage, £15.98 per roll. B&Q

Formations Wallpaper, £22 per roll. John Lewis

Karla Grey Canvas, £299.

Oasis Luxe: The Style This look is inspired by the beach and careful selection of your accessories can easily take it from a tired beach hut to a luxury oasis. It’s the finishing touches in décor that really bring the room to life.

Medium Log Basket, £39.50. M&S. Candle Sticks, £18. Debenhams


Contour Cushion, £40. John Lewis

Silver RJR. John Rocha Vase, £20. Debenhams


Colours Carvillon Pendant Light, £29.98. B&Q

Round Mirror, £10. Sainsbury’s

Maui Armchair, £649. M&S

Dhurry Runner, £65. The White Company Lamp, £39.98. B&Q

General Store Coffee Table, £179. Sainsbury’s

Artificial Mini Cactus, £7. John Lewis

Karlsson Bold Engraved Numbers Wall Clock, £20. Tesco


FREE UNDERFLOOR HEATING FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING BATHROOM RETAILER IN STAFFORDSHIRE This summer Norton Bathrooms & Stafford Bathrooms are turning up the heat with fantastic limited time offers as part of their first ever Summer Sale. From July 1st to August 31st, customers who order their entire wall and floor tiles from Norton or Stafford Bathrooms as part of their full bathroom refurbishment will be able to add free underfloor heating to the list of luxury products included on their order*. Michael Broadbent, Sales & Warehousing Manager, told us why he chose this offer to be the flagship product of the summer sale. “For many, underfloor heating is a luxury that everyone wants in their new bathroom. After all, nobody wants to step out of the bath or shower on to cold tiles. Unfortunately most customers have to prioritise other practicalities of their refurbishment and don’t allow themselves the luxury of specifying an underfloor heating kit. This summer, we want to treat you by throwing it in for free, so that now you really can have the complete dream bathroom that you’ve always wanted”. In addition to their inaugural summer sale, Norton Bathrooms & Stafford Bathrooms has had an exciting 2014 so far. Managing Director Alison Mennell was recently delighted to win a ‘Highly Commended Award’ in ‘The Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Future Faces’ category. The award was presented to the MD of the family business, established since 1975, for the work the company is doing in ensuring its success and growth within the local community. As part of their commitment to the local community, in particular the youth of the area, Alison has recently appointed an apprenticeDerrick Randall. Following an 8 week work experience programme Derrick is now looking forward to becoming a full-time member of staff and being fully trained in all of the warehouse operations and trade aspects of the

business. Alison commented “Over the last two years we have taken big steps to play a part in our community. As well as our work experience and apprenticeship programmes we were privileged enough to be one of the first businesses to support local teenager Stephen Sutton with our staff hosting a charity ball and completing a 10K run in his name. I was delighted to see his unbelievable success in achieving his fundraising goals and was very touched to be personally invited to attend his vigil at Lichfield Cathedral”.

An Innovative Showroom As well as the hard work that has been happening outside of their showrooms, Norton & Stafford Bathrooms have been working on renovating their new displays, giving their customers the very best luxury designer bathroom products on the market. Having recently become a main dealer for VitrA designer bathroom products, Norton & Stafford bathrooms are proud to offer products created by some of the worlds leading designers including Matteo Thun. The ethos of VitrA as a business can be seen in its product ranges. Striking designs and innovative solutions to everyday sanitary needs are coupled with high quality manufacturing processes to ensure that every customer is able to find a bathroom product that will suit even the most meticulous and discerning tastes. Alison told us “We work very hard to ensure that none of our products are cheap imitations and our partnership with VitrA is testimony to our desire to offer products with longevity”. To find out more about the range of products on display at Norton & Stafford Bathrooms or to book a free, no obligation survey and design appointment call Norton on 01543 270 800 or Stafford on 01785 254 377. Alternatively visit them online at *Terms & Conditions apply, ask staff for details.

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If your kitchen is in need of a revamp, we propose the latest trends and look at how to achieve these looks in your own kitchen with accessories, kitchen utensils and tiling designs. Copper Tones This look is a ‘Rustic meets sleek’ hybrid with old features mixed with shiny, new appliances in a copper material. The warm copper tone adds a depth to blend all the features together and edges away from the brash, stainless steel and chrome colder metals than have longed lead the trends for kitchen design. Peppered through the décor with utensils or big and bold with fitted features, copper compliments both a minimalist design and a kitchen packed with period features and heavy iron pots with thick wooden benches and work surfaces. The introduction of copper through utensils and kitchen accessories can instantly update the whole look of your kitchen and it works well with almost any colour palette you’re working with if you don’t fancy giving the walls a lick of paint straight away. Copper lends well to a traditional or eclectic look and can be worked into the interior design of a kitchen through a number of ways.

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Traditionally copper would be used for ovens, taps and even sinks and we are seeing this design reappear for that desired homely, country feel. This trend works particularly well in older properties for an authentic feel but it can easily be achieved in any property through the introduction of just a few utensils. COLOUR MATCHES

African Adventure Matt Emulsion, (2.5L) £24.29. Dulux.

Cocoa Blush Matt Emulsion, (2.5L) £24.29. Dulux.


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LSA Remi Espresso Coffee Cup & Saucer - Set Of 2, £25.

Dime Industrial Copper Lacquered Bar Stool, £120. Alexander & Pearl


Cook’s Collection Copper Triply 18cm Saucepan, £50. Sainsbury’s

Copper Kettle, £30. Sainsbury’s Home.

Merle Copper and Wood Pendant Light – Medium, £129.

Clean Contemporary This simplistic design gives a tranquil feel to the one room in the house that never seems to get a rest; with cooking being an ever ongoing task when you have a hungry family to feed. It’s minimal in design but not in the kitchen’s content. This look lends itself well to small and large kitchens as it offers good organisation if you’re short for space but also helps in the functionality of the whole room. Closed cabinets are on their way out and swapped with plenty of display units and open shelves because they are less conducive to the open entertaining space today’s homeowners want. Anything exposed obviously needs more organisation and a good declutter will be in need. Have your plates and utensils on display. Why hide away those eye catching kitchen accessories and crockery behind closed doors? These have design and appeal too. A light shade is preferable for this look, with block colours of white and cream being favoured for their simplicity and they won’t conflict with any other accents in the room.

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Stove Top Kettle, £15. M&S

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Memory Lane They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and so why not give it some love with a homely, vintage feel? The kitsch trend is a firm favourite throughout the home and often is found in the bedroom but can work equally well in the kitchen. It can carry the connotations of tacky and common but instead, we have seen it rebranded into a homely, sweet trend which has a huge following thanks to the likes of mega-brand Cath Kidston. Everything about this look is fun, colourful and comforting and this needs to be represented through the chosen colour palette and accessories. It’s admittedly a little feminine and nostalgic and one that you have to commit to throughout the whole room to really pull it off. This brings all the bits and bobs every kitchen has and celebrates their uniqueness. This is a dream design for a busy household as the more colour and clutter, the better. No one need never know how hectic your day has been when your whipping up something to eat among pots and pans in the kitchen.

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even spare bedrooms. Conservatories come in a variety of shapes, styles and sizes depending on your needs. You should make sure that you have sufficient space and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need planning permission before you set about purchasing a conservatory as it is a major expense, but will eventually add value to your property. Along with the immediate bonuses that come with having a conservatory; all the extra space you now have, the extension of your home and how it ties your garden and the house closer together or simply having your own little quiet corner to curl up with a book and get some peace and quiet, the benefits are clear and very much desired. However, have you thought of the long term effects it has? Adding what is essentially another room onto your house will add considerable value to your home and if you were ever to sell. A conservatory is a coveted feature and could potentially help your house to secure a sale as it could just be that selling point. In most cases a conservatory becomes a second living room, not only with comfortable seating, but also a table and chairs for meal-times or somewhere for children to play but you can use it however it works best in your home.

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It is becoming more and more plausible to have an all-year round conservatory. It need not be a hot house in the summer or arctic cold in the winter. You can speak to your conservatory designer about the types of glazing available that help to regulate the temperatures. This way you will get full and proper usage of the extra room your conservatory offers throughout the months from season to season. If a conservatory isn’t really your thing and you’re more of a bricks and mortar kind of person then an extension on your home can be anything from extending your existing kitchen by a few feet for more space or adding a garage onto your property. Extensions can really ‘spruce up’ a tired property and again, add value. Porches are a popular and fairly simple way to increase the size of a house. As long as the porch is separated from the house by an internal door, and it is not heated, then it will not require building regulations certification.

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plus it clears up your front drive as it won’t be taken up by a car parked there at all times. Equally, having the kitchen extended is useful as a lot goes on in this part of the home. You can utilise the extra space by adding a large dining table, a kitchen island or generally updating the whole room with more storage. Extending upstairs is slightly trickier, especially if you’re building on top on an existing first-floor extension. Building on a single storey side extension with a single skin may not work as the likelihood is that it’s not structurally strong enough to support a second storey. You would have to have the foundations checked before venturing into the project and be prepared financially, a second-storey extension is quite pricey. If you’re planning to extend your home you should always check prior to drawing up any plans if you need planning permission. The Government regulates property developments and must be approved before you start your build. You can check if you need planning permission by visiting

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Tidy Up Outdoors So, you’ve given the interior of your home a refresh and the house has been redecorated from top to bottom and you finally feel proud to have friends around and show off your plush decoration skills, what’s next? What about the exterior of your home? That is what people will first see when they arrive at your house. If the outdoors is looking a little sorry for itself, what you’ve crafted inside will somehow sparkle less if your guests face an overgrown lawn and shabby exteriors. First impressions count for everything after all. If the exteriors of the home are in need of a spruce up you’ll be amazed at what just a few changes and updates can make to the overall look of your house. But where to start? This all depends on your own house and the layout of your garden, driveway and what space you’re working with.

Think About Why You’re Doing This? Paying careful attention to the exterior of a property is just as important as the interior and it can help in retaining and, in some cases, increasing your home’s market value.

Cracked pavements or a worn driveway can drastically age your property and make it look a bit rough around the edges. You can replace individual slabs on your drive if one is past repair and this will make a tired and worn out properly look much better and in shape.

If your aim is to change the entire look of your house and even the style of your property you need to pay close attention to any features which instantly suggest the period that your house was built in. Original features have a warmth and charm that is unmistakable. They set a period property in context but can also be found in contemporary homes as a focal point of the house’s exterior. Gables on the front of a house for example give that period-look style and can be worked into nearly any house to give your exteriors a switch up in style. Additionally, if you want to swap your period property for a modern style without moving house there are changes you can make for the exteriors of the property such as window frames, changing the front door and door knob and changing any outdoor lighting. Period homes are often painted and bricks are rarely left displayed. Paint is irreversible once painted over the entirety of the property other than simply painting it a more suitable colour to try and match the theme you’re going for, there isn’t much else you can do about this. Stripping back all the niceties of the exterior can bring the property to a modern, minimalist look and away from a period-style.

You really have to work with what you’ve got. By cladding the exterior, changing the windows, adding a porch or dormer windows, you can transform an ill-proportioned dump into something more alluring. And these changes while significant, will cost a fraction of the price for a quick tidy-up.

‘’When you’re updating the exteriors of your home think of it as applying a bit of makeup rather than going the full whack with a face lift.’’ Tackling an overgrown garden will instantly ‘lift’ the whole look of the property and what is genius about a well-kept garden is that if you’re putting in all the effort to get the property looking as good as new AND maintaining the garden, you can actually see this beautiful property of yours that you’ve out some TLC into. Plus, a beautiful garden and a beautiful home complement each other making the whole look of your land and property all the more wonderful! If you’re fed up with the appearance of your home and your aim is to simply scrub the house up and make it look sparkly and new this can be easily achieved with a bit of elbow grease. Jet spraying any wooden or stone surfaces will lift off any stubborn marks and make them look brand new once again.


Revamping your exteriors can be relatively cheap and so effective. It’s certainly much cheaper than if you were debating moving homes. Think of it as applying a bit of make-up rather than going the full whack with a face lift.

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With just a lick of paint you can revive tired exteriors and introduce a new element to your property. If you are considering painting outdoors, have you considered a bright colour? Painting a part of the house a bold statement colour really makes an impact and will look fresh and wakens the whole house up. The perfect feature to accentuate is your front door. A colourful door can really perk up the look of your house and you can pick a colour to reflect your home. Pastel shades such as sage green and a powder blue are especially popular for the summer months and if you really want to make a statement, go bold with canary yellow or a true red.

• If you’re spending all your time and money on your property to renovate the exterior, really think about what you’re doing. Consider the properties original style and its proportions before placing any old feature in any old place.

“If the outdoors of your home is looking a little sorry for itself, whatever you’ve crafted inside will somehow sparkle less if your guests face an overgrown lawn and shabby exteriors. First impression count for everything after all”. Clearing out the bulging garage is always recommended when you’re revamping the exterior of the property. Let’s admit it- we all use the garage as bit of an overflow for all those things we neither want to get rid of but don’t want in the house either. Gutting out the garage will give you a fresh start on your new and improved property. If you do happen to find some new items that you can’t get rid of just yet they can be stored away in the garage after you’ve cleared out all of the old items you’ve been holding onto. Old habits die hard, we know.

• If you’re doing a job do it right and do it once. Don’t just leave gutters or downpipes in place and then work around them while rendering or adding external cladding. Remove them first and it will leave a much more professional looking finish. • Prioritise your budget. Don’t simply concentrate on the one feature that you dislike the most and hope that alone improved will change the entire look of your house. Small changes across the entire property are more effective than one big change. • Upcycling any quality materials will help in the overall cost of the job. It’s really quite satisfying finding a new use for something that has sat there gathering dust. If you really can’t get something to work and find yourself tempted to toss it out, stop! If you can’t recycle something for a use in your property, sell it on and use the profit, however big or small on something you need to buy for the renovation. • Investing in design costs may seem an extravagant spend but it can save you money in the long run. A well-thought-out design will make the most of your property and can last the property’s lifetime. • If you want a thorough redesign of the exterior you could work on making your home’s energy-efficiency better. Roofing materials, windows and doors are all energy-efficient graded today. • This renovation might be the time to seriously consider an extension or any other permanent home renovation. These can add value to your home and opens up your home’s potential. • Be consistent with materials used. Mis-matching new and old features can be charming if done extremely well and purposefully. Sloppy work due to laziness and cutting corners will only make the exteriors look worse and any money invested elsewhere on any other features will lose their appeal with a mis-matched building as the canvas. • Consider the size and situation of your home. A large, detached build can take more changes than a terraced or semi-detached house, where any changes you make will be striking in comparison to neighbouring properties. • Before you go ahead with the work, consult an established local estate agent to see if your plans will improve your home’s value and future saleability – or even possibly have a negative impact. • Pick a colour scheme for your outside design. You can run a colour through the outside of your property much the same as you would indoors. This can be reflected through the flowers planted, any garden furniture you have and you can paint window frames and the front door to match. • Get pretty. Flowers can recover any amount of damage done when renovating exteriors. Hanging baskets and window boxes will draw the eye to your home and compliment the whole look of your house. • Don’t be too soon to judge what you’re working with. If your house has a wall of ivy and your first instinct is to tear it down, you might want to consider keeping it. These types of features add character to a property and can quite charming. • Your home serves a vital function to house you and your family but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a few pleasing aesthetics to enjoy. If you enjoy spending time in your garden, invest in the design. Water features and well-designed flooring features such as decking can make your garden inviting. • The windows of a house make up a significant proportion of its façade and so have a huge effect on its appearance — changing them makes a massive difference. • Stylish new fences, railing and gates will all help in making a house stand out for all the right reasons.

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So you’ve got the basics down and you’ve checked you’re doing these right but you’re still not having much success with your garden? If you think you may have bitten off more than you can chew it might be the time to either call it a day or call in a pro. Calling it a day won’t mean that you entirely give up on your garden and scrap all of the work and effort you’ve already put in but maybe take more of a realistic approach for what you can do and maintain in your own garden. This might mean pulling out certain plants that are particularly high maintenance or something that you just can’t seem to get along with. It might also be that you haven’t picked the right plant for your garden and the climate that your garden grows in. There’s a reason we don’t see many palm trees in Staffordshire after all. If you’re determined to keep up on your garden but it’s too big of a job for yourself, you can hire a gardener for pretty much any concern you have. Whether its regular maintenance of your garden with a monthly visit to tame any pesky bushes or you go the whole hog and contract a landscape gardener to makeover your garden into the garden you’ve long dreamed of.




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THE GREAT BRITISH BREAK If you don’t fancy jetting off this summer but still want a relaxing break how about a British ‘’Staycation’’? We have the three ‘C’s’; canals, caravans and camping. Holidays aboard a canal boat, pitching up a tent in the countryside or piling into a caravan and taking a tour around the country are all good fun and we’re sure you can find something to suit you with the abundance that is on offer across the UK.

C a mping makes us think of If you’re really into ‘roughing it’ Camping y being just a little bit and letting your inner Bear Grylls constantl and eating dinners of out, camping is the one for you! It damp beans as there isn’t much can get cold, wet and windy but baked can cook on a gas ring for those who are avid campers; else you isn’t that all part of the that’s all part of the fun. It’s all in but that A campfire is prac tically the aim of getting outdoors and appeal? tion when camping and getting back to nature and you a tradi marshmallows over the couldn’t get much closer than in toasting fire is a rite of passage when a tent. you’re camping.

We’ve moved on from the stereotypical triangle tent or those pop up versions where you throw it up in the air ‘et voila’, you have yourself a home for the night. There are some serious new designs on the market that you can pay serious money for. These tents are like miniature homes with different rooms and compartments so there’s no more of this ‘cooking your dinner on a single camping gas ring right next to where you brush your teeth’. Though admittedly, both are done outdoors when you’re camping. If you’re not the type to pitch a tent, ‘glamping’ has fast become a favourite way to enjoy camping while still having a few home comforts. ‘Snugs’ and ‘huts’ are the new thing for a nature retreat. This is slightly pushing the ‘camping’ boundaries; some are so luxe you’d think you’d checked yourself into a hotel!

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Your days will consist of cruising the canal and taking in all the surroundings. When you pass another narrowboat you’ll be greeted with some sort of helloit seems that everyone in the canal ‘community’ make up a really friendly bunch and, laugh if you wish but it’s like one large family. You can spend as long or as short a time aboard a canal boat; whether you simply want a day to get to grips with cruising or spend weeks at a time, you can even live on your boat. Canal life is relaxed and you won’t get anywhere fast- you’ll generally travel at 3 mph which is about an average walking pace – after all, why hurry? You’re out on the waterways to enjoy yourself! The best thing about a canal holiday is that you’re never far from a pub! Dotted miles between there is always a pub on the canal where you can make a pit-stop for a cheeky afternoon tipple or grab yourself a pub lunch. But be prepared to put in some elbow grease too. Canal trips are really a labour of love. Changing locks requires some serious muscle and you’ll be hopping on and off the boat to change locks every so often. Now steering one of these things- that’s where things get interesting. You have to bear in mind that boats react more slowly than cars do on the road, so you need to think ahead more on the water. Narrowboats are steered from the rear by a tiller. Unlike a car’s steering wheel the tiller operates in the opposite direction to the way you want to go; push it to the right to make the boat swing to the left and vice versa. That really does sound like a lot to take in but we’re certain you’ll have fun and speaking from experience, you’ll be ready for bed for 9pm, all that fresh air really does take it out of you.

Canal Cruising Canal Cruising has been in Stone for over 60 years and being situated in the heart of England, Stone is almost at the centre of the Trent and Mersey Canal and here is the ideal starting point for a different type

of holiday. They offer Day Hire, Shortbreaks 3 and 4 night, Weekly or multi week holidays. Canal Boating in the slow lane or off for an adventure, you’ll see England from a different view point. They also offer taster days where you can either travel to Sandon and have a quick lunch at the Dog and Doublet (2.1/2 hrs by boat one way) or just down to Aston Marina for lunch (1 hour one way by boat from stone). For more information please visit Drifters Waterway Holidays

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Drifters Waterway Holidays Drifters Waterway Holidays offers over 500 high quality self-drive boats from 37 locations across England, Wales and Scotland. It’s easy to learn how to steer a canal boat and all Drifters members are trained and accredited by the British Marine Federation for hire boat instruction.

Marine Cruises is a family run business which was started by the late Arthur Rudland in the 80’s and is a successful and well established Canal Holiday company with people travelling from all over the world & UK to cruise from one of their bases. The current owner Hayley, Arthur’s eldest daughter runs the business from three bases covering canal routes all over the UK’s canal in Scotland, England and Wales. Their bases to cruise from are in Staffordshire, Scotland and Cheshire enabling you to cruise through breathtaking countryside to city sightseeing and the jaw dropping 35 metre tall Falkirk wheel to the Llangollen’s famous world heritage Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and much, much more. Web: Twitter: @MarineCruises Tel: (01244) 373911

2014 hire prices start at £385 for a short break (three or four nights) on a boat for four, and £535 for a week. Drifters also offers day boat hire from ten of its bases, including Great Haywood near Stafford. Day boat hire starts at £99 for a boat for up to 10 people. For more information visit or call 0844 984 0322. Marine Cruises



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C a R AVA N you’re With a caravan holiday rlds for getting the best of both wo a hybrid holidaying in the UK. It’s in your of camping and being pletely own home; you’re not com as you stripped back to basics t. You are with camping in a ten s sleep know you’ll get a dry night’ ’re still if the rain comes but you have to on camp mode which we admit can be really fun.

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A caravan holiday is particularly good for when you have little ones as it can be difficult to go abroad with small children. A caravan gives you all the freedom to holiday all across the UK for just the price of the petrol for the journey and payment for the pitch you’re using, plus of course a budget for the obligatory ice cream the kids will want, they’re on holiday after all. You can buy or rent a caravan tailored to your needs; do you have a big family? Get an 8 birth caravan. Haven’t got a suitable car to tow your own touring caravan? Rent a static caravan. If you do have your own touring caravan then this can come in handy when packing as you won’t have to pile everything in the back of your car as you can have everything ready and waiting plus, if it’s a long journey to the site it can come in super handy for loo breaks! A static caravan does tip the edge of luxury over a touring van as the advantage of it being at the site is that it has more facilities and it saves you having to pack everything from cutlery to the kettle.

Haven Holiday’s Hafan Y Mor in North Wales is an awarding winning site, as this year they have been awarded the AA Holiday Centre of the Year. The criteria for this award includes well maintained touring pitches, quality of customer case, recent improvements and much more. What’s more on selected touring pitches you can even have the view of Snowdonia! Haven offer five different pitches ranging from a basic grass pitch for tents, up to the Luxury of a Euro Pitch or a Premier Electric pitch. A Euro pitch gives you a TV point, drinking water, Electric hook-up and waste water disposal, while the Premier Pitch may not give you a TV point you can enjoy up 20% more space. Parking next to the pitch is also available at most parks. Haven also have 24hour security and touring wardens on all parks. Pets are welcomed on all Haven parks excluding Burnham on Sea, Riviere Sands and Lydstep Beach. For more info visit

Caravan sites often have parks and activities for all the family such as biking and land that is just waiting to be explored with bike paths. It’s also quite common now to find swimming pools on big caravan sites as even when you’re on the coast, often just a quick paddle in the sea reminds you that while you’re on holiday you are most certainly still in the UK. Brrr.

All of Parkdean’s 24 holiday parks also hold the David Bellamy wildlife conservation awards, recognising holiday parks that are working to protect and enhance Britain’s environment. Each of Parkdean’s holiday parks offer a unique choice of facilities ranging from adventure play areas and amusements to scuba diving and surfing. Whether holidaymakers fancy splashing around in the heated pools, getting active at the Snowflex Snowsport Centre or want to try something new like fishing at the lakes, there’s something for everyone. What’s more, holidaymakers can look forward to an award-winning Showtime Entertainment Programme*, delivered by the Parkdean Troupers. The Parkdean Troupers deliver award-winning live shows with amazing choreography, special effects and musical tributes in the West End style performed by the great stars of tomorrow. *available at selected parks.

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Haven Holidays Haven Holidays have 35 family parks dotted all around the UK coastline, with 22 parks offering caravan camping. All parks offer a wide range of facilities and activities, heated indoor/outdoor pools with many separate SplashZones for little ones, as well as day and night time entertainment – all included in the cost.

The 24 award winning holiday parks are situated in some of the best coastal, country and woodland locations across England, Scotland and Wales, with many being on or near to Blue Flag beaches. A significant multi-million pound investment programme over the past three years has seen the company further improve its parks, with many being upgraded to include new leisure facilities and the introduction of luxurious caravans – ensuring customers have a British break to remember!

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Parkdean Parkdean is one of the UK’s largest holiday park operators, formed in 1999. Their 24 award winning holiday parks consist of 8 in Cornwall, 3 in Devon, 3 in Dorset, 1 in Hampshire, 1 in Norfolk, 2 in Wales and 6 in Scotland. Parkdean


Travel Insurance – Do We Really Need It? We hate to be the bearer of bad news and bum you down with all the boring stuff like insurance when you’re making excited plans for a summer holiday, but unfortunately it’s a topic you can’t avoid and one that inevitably crops up when we discuss booking a holiday. Travel insurance is considered as an essential; it has our backs covered if the worst were to happen whilst we’re on holiday. Many wouldn’t even consider travelling without it but there are some ‘daredevils’ out there travelling without insurance and who chance their luck in not needing an insurance policy when they’re away on holiday. Travel insurance is perceived as an additional cost to an already pricey purchase when you’re booking a trip away so do we grin and bear it or dodge the extra cost of insurance? Opting out of taking travel insurance does help scrimp on costs if you’re really strapped for cash but nowadays you can get comprehensive policy for under £50 which can cover any issues ranging from medical bills, flight delays, hotel cancellations and any failures in travel should you need to rearrange your plans when you’re away. Strictly speaking, buying travel insurance is the sensible approach to take when you’re planning a trip and it is reassuring to know that you have that policy to rescue you if you were to find yourself in some trouble and facing steep bills after something has gone wrong. Medical bills work much differently overseas and an unforeseen accident requiring medical attention can cost a small fortune in different countries so research the country you are headed to and assess if you would benefit in taking out a premium insurance policy as some polices cap what you can claim and a medical bill could really make your purse wince if you didn’t have the proper insurance. Insurance policies vary and are never exactly what a customer would expect with certain limitations in place for each specific policy.


Some policies have exclusions and limits, including one that invariably excludes cover if you have consumed alcohol – not an unknown phenomenon among holidaymakers and travellers. The Foreign Office travel advice pages ( are explicit in advising us not to travel without insurance, and the examples it uses to explain why are the potentially high cost of hospital treatment, and medical repatriation. It quotes £35-45,000 for air ambulance to return to the UK from the US east coast, £12-16,000 for an air ambulance from the Canary Islands, and £15-20,000 for a scheduled flight, stretcher and doctor escort from Australia. The chances of having to use these services are minuscule, but the costs are so substantial that they would be a significant issue for most of us and not one we would like to have to deal with in such circumstances. What some might consider when buying insurance, however, is buying a cheaper, more basic policy – one that covers medical treatment, cancellation costs and personal liability, for example – but not less crucial events, such as lost luggage or airport delays. Many insurers offer cheaper premiums for such policies and they are a good option for less risk-averse travellers If you do risk it and travel without insurance- remember; Maybe this trip isn’t the one where you’ll finally try your hand at extreme sports back away from the jet-ski! Depending on whether you’re holidaying in the UK, you might not always need insurance as you can be treated in any hospital in the UK as a resident yourself and think of it this way; you’re no more likely to have an accident while in a caravan in Cornwall that you are in your own living room. Living’s Tips: • Shopping around when looking at insurance deals is key in bagging yourself a bargain. Never simply buy the first offer you see but get online and visit comparison sights to fish out the best deal for your needs. This can take a matter of minutes and you can save yourself serious ££. • A lot of banks and credit cards come with travel insurance nowadays so it might be worth swapping banks if you’re one for wanderlust and tend to hop on a plane regularly. • You can customise travel insurance policies to cater to your own needs. The more you pay upfront for the insurance policy will correlate to how much you are covered for and to what you are covered for. If you have extra luggage allowances, you can expand your policy to cover additional luggage for example. • If you have a re-existing medical condition the likelihood is that you will not be covered for this on your insurance policy so it might be worth looking at different policies as a lot of people’s main concern is medical bills which can sky-rocket in different countries compared the UK.

Euro Trip

How could we possibly put together our top 3 suggestions of a Euro Trip without mentioning Paris? The world capital for romance and a city everyone should experience at least once, not to mention those lucky 3 million city dwellers who call Paris ‘home’. A few nights in Paris are all it takes to fall in love with the city that really does have it all.

Sights To See The most iconic building in the entire of France and one of the most photographed objects in the world is the Eiffel Tower. Definitely something to tick off your check list when visiting Paris and make sure to take a stroll around in the evening to see the twinkling lights every hour, on the hour. It is really magical. The Notre-Dame cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and among the largest and most wellknown church buildings in the world. The cathedral has 10 bells which ring out to mark the hours of each day and celebrations and occasions throughout the year.

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The instantly recognisable statue that is the Arc de Triomph sits in the centre of Paris and honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolution.


The Champs- Élysées is the beautiful street under the Arc De Triomph which is bursting with boutiques, cinemas, cafés, and perfectly trimmed horsechestnut trees. The Champs-Élysées is arguably one of the world’s most famous streets, and is one of the most expensive strips of real estate in the world. The Louvre is one of the world’s greatest and largest museums with the famous Mona Lisa painting housed under the glass pyramid which is visited by

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Wander through the Jardin des Plantes. The Paris botanical garden contains more than 10,000 species and includes tropical greenhouses and rose, winter and Alpine gardens. The formal garden which was opened to the public in 1640, which runs between two dead-straight avenues of trees parallel to rue Buffon, is like something out of Alice in Wonderland. There’s also the Ménagerie (a small zoo) to enjoy.

France as a whole is famous for its cheese, wine and bread, a trio that is the most delicious combination and something that we all indulge in. France also specialises in patisserie shops and Paris produces la crème de la crème with delicate bakery goods such as macaroons and tartlets. France is also famous for some of its less conventional dishes such as escargot and frog’s legs. If you’re one for really experiencing a country’s culture, take a bite of some of local dishes, supposedly it all tastes like chicken! The Eiffel Tower was originally erected as a temporary exhibit for a World Fair. Thank god it wasn’t pulled down! It provides heart-stopping views over Paris and is visible from most vantage points across the city. There’s also a panoramic champagne bar on the 3rd floor, a brasserie, and a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Transport The French seem to be a beautiful nation and the Parisian lifestyle probably helps them keep so fit and healthy. Cycling is popular as a mode of transport in Paris and the Vélib’ bike hire scheme was introduced in the middle of 2007 with over 20,000 bicycles available at hire points throughout the city. It is not uncommon to take a long leisurely stroll and wander the beautiful streets and sights rather than grabbing a taxi when walking around Paris is so enjoyable. Saying that, Paris is still a capital city and never sleeps and so their Métro which connects 14 lines in the city makes transport much quicker if you’re in a rush.

What To Do The ‘Wedding Cake’, as the Palais Garnier is nicknamed, wows a highbrow crowd with some of the world’s best ballet and the occasional opera. The building is an ode to opulence, dripping in marble and gold leaf. It’s also rather fascinating, with the underground lake that inspired Gaston Leroux to write Phantom of the Opera, and beehives on the roof which produce the honey on sale in the Boutique de l’Opéra. Float along the Canal Saint-Martin with their canal trips which start at the Port de l’Arsenal at Bastille, then float gently northwards for two and a half hours towards Bassin de la Villette at Stalingrad, past Paris’s revamped industrial quarters, old locks and elegant

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footbridges. When you get to Bassin de la Villette two MK2 cinemas, linked together by a tiny boat, show both blockbuster and art-house films.

Notre Dame

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Eiffel Tower


almost 10 million visitors each year. The Louvre has galleries and wings so vast you could easily spend a day feasting your eyes on all its treasures.

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A city break can be much more fun than two weeks lying out under the sun and allows your adventurous side to come out and play. Given just a few days, you can explore an entire city and familiarise yourself with all the local delights.

The Louvre

Buen Retiro Park

Madrid Plaza Mayor

Spain is such a popular destination among us Brits for a summer break, though we tend to stick to the coastlines of the Costa Del Sol and Costa Brava but inland there is the Spanish capital, Madrid, which offers the perfect location for a city break. Famed for its architecture and rich history and with around 5.3 million inhabitants, Madrid’s buzzing city offers a real taste of the Madrileño life.

Sights To See Gran Vía is essentially Spain’s answer to Times Square in New York. This is where the city comes to life with some of the best bars, shops and streets overflowing with entertainment for a feel of the cosmopolitan lifestyle in the central zone of Madrid. Buen Retiro Park is the city’s largest public park, covering an amazing 350 acres with miles and miles ahead of you to go off and explore. We would definitely recommend visiting the man-made lake in the centre of the park which sits below the monument of Alfonso Xll. You are able to rent a rowing boat and head out onto the lake or you can watch the street performers dotted all around the park. The park’s most extraordinary building is the Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace) and when the gorgeous Spanish sun shines into the glass palace, it creates the most magical rainbow that fills the entire room. Something you will never forget, and that you don’t want to miss. The Prado Museum houses infamous art collections by the famous Goya and Velazquez and is one of the city’s top attractions that simply must be visited in one of the world’s culture capitals. Plaza Mayor is the buzzing square where there is always something going on with charming cafes to sit and rest with a drink and tapas. Since its creation, the Plaza Mayor has been the centre of festivities, bull fights, royal coronations and even executions. And it is still used today for public celebrations.

Puerta del Sol is one of Madrid’s more lively neighbourhoods and is best known for the fun and busy atmosphere. Madrid hosts the largest Plaza de Toros (bullring) in Spain, Las Ventas, established in 1929. Las Ventas is considered by many to be the world centre of bullfighting and has a seating capacity of almost 25,000. Madrid’s bullfighting season begins in March and ends in October. While still controversial, it is such a Spanish tradition and a part of their culture and history. Chueca’s streets are a great place for anyone looking for fun, fashion and lots of atmosphere. This is a neighbourhood where you can enjoy fashion in all kinds of different shops: everything from the most avant-garde designs to top labels, including establishments dedicated to practically all the urban tribes. These streets are also ideal for strolling with friends by night, as there are a large number of clubs where you can either enjoy a quiet drink or dance until dawn. In addition you’ll find numerous gastronomic options with designer eateries and traditional restaurants, and others serving international cuisine. The stunning Palacio Real (Royal Palace) typifies Madrid’s 17th-century exuberance. The vast palace was the home of the Royal Family right up until the 1930’s. The main attractions include the painted ceilings of the opulent Dining Room and the lavish Throne Room.

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El Rastro

Transport Like London’s Underground, Madrid has the Metro. This is cheap and easy to use and connects the entire city for easy transportation. There are also regular bus services and Spain’s train system is excellent.

What To Do Madrid’s luscious botanical gardens – Jardín Botanico – are right by the Prado museum, but once you’re inside, among more than 30,000 plants from around the world, you feel as if city life has been put on hold. Culture vulture? Buy yourself an art passport. For only €15 or so this hot ticket is your key to what is known as Madrid’s Golden Triangle – made up of the city’s three art palaces – the Prado, the Thyssen and the Reina Sofía. Dotted around town the various branches of the Museo del Jamón are a sight to behold, with dozens of hams dangling from the ceiling. You can sample their goods at the bar or in their restaurants. El Rastro is the city’s most famous open-air market, dating back nearly five centuries and is popular with tourists and locals alike. You can find anything from furniture, textiles and freshly baked goods. For more upmarket and designer shopping try the Salamanca District. Here you’ll also come across upscale restaurants, bars and designer shops.

Spain is famous for its tapas; small dishes with a single portion of food served with a drink. These are often bread and olive oil, olives, Spanish omelette (tortilla) or their famous Iberico ham (jamón).

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Ok so wine is always popular and when in Spain, do like the Spanish and drink sangria- the chilled wine.


Hej Stockholm! Stockholm is a city like no other. Comprised of 14 small islands and connected by 57 bridges, it is a beautiful green city with just over 2 million inhabitants. As the capital of Sweden, Stockholm is historically and culturally rich. Stockholm is a small city which can easily be enjoyed on foot in just a few days and so we’d say it is pretty perfect for a city break.

Sights To See We have Buckingham Palace for The Queen and Stockholm has The Drottningholm Palace which is the official Royal House for Sweden’s Royal family. The palace’s gardens and park areas surrounding the castle and its buildings are one of the main attractions for the tourists that visit the palace each year.

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It might appear odd that we’re suggesting you visit a graveyard but The Woodland Cemetery isn’t scary or haunted but a beautiful landscape specially created to celebrate nature and life as a whole. This is a very popular attraction which pulls in visitors all year round while it is still a functioning grave yard where funerals take place. The Moderna Museet introduced Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Niki de Saint Phalle to an astonished Swedish audience. Today visitors go for its collection of 20th century art, featuring works by Picasso, Dali, Pollock and De Chirico. The grand Ostermalm Food Hall, dating back to the 1880’s is the best place for traditional delicacies such as pickled herring, smoked reindeer and meatballs. Also stop for a ‘fika’ at a café on your travels, it’s the Swedish term for a coffee and cake break.

What To Do As the name suggests, the historic Old Town (Gamla Stan) is the oldest part of the Swedish Capital. Walking through the narrow streets of this colourful medieval neighbourhood, you can’t help but be struck by its picturesque charm. Here you’ll find some interesting museums, galleries, churches, antique shops and boutiques.

The Nobel museum

The baroque style Royal Palace is the largest attraction in the area, and with over 600 rooms it is one of the largest palaces in Europe. Check out the soldier’s parade and daily changing of the guard. The Stadshuset (City Hall), Stockholm’s most prominent landmark, plays host to some of the world’s most esteemed people at its Nobel Prize banquet, held annual in the building’s Blue Hall. For those of us not lucky enough to ever be nominated for such an honour we can take a guided tour of the building. Gamla Stan is oldest part of Stockholm with settlers dating back to the 13th century. You can take a historic tour through its maze of winding medieval alleyways, small squares, ancient churches and Royal Palace. One of Stockholm’s greenest and most interesting islands is Djurgarden, an oasis of calm close to the city centre. It is a great place for a wander on foot or bike ride. It is home to popular family attractions such as the Vasa Museum, Skansen museum and zoo, and Gröna Lund amusement park. Allow a few hours to visit and consider hiring a bike for great cycle routes by the canals and through the parks. The Skansen, the world’s first open-air museum founded in late 18th-century, is a charming trip down Swedish memory lane with authentic 18th and 19th-century houses, farm houses, artefacts and characters dressed in traditional attire telling stories about the past. The zoo and aquarium at this site add to the experience and are great for families.

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Sergels Torg

Stockholm has one of the most expensive public transport systems in the entire world with the Stockholm Metro, two urban rail systems, a tramway, a huge bus line and even the inner-city boat line. There is the option of a single pass ticket or a ‘travel card’ which enables you to travel on any form of public transport between the Stockholm County with ease.

Sunset at The Royal Palace

Stockholm City Hall

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Due to immigration, the city has plenty of restaurants with all kinds of food from all over the world such as American fast food, Asian, Italian, Turkish, French, Greek, Scandinavian, Spanish, and Middle Eastern cuisine. The of course, we have IKEA to thank for introducing us to their traditional meatballs.

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A Taste Of The High Life When I was invited along to spend an evening at London’s The Halkin by COMO Hotel I jumped at the chance and brought along my Fiancé, Aaron to get a taste of the highlife with me. As we have only been engaged for a few months and so still on cloud nine I couldn’t help but think what an extra treat it was to be able to toast our engagement once again in such a fabulous location. Ametsa Dining

We made our way down to London bright and early on the Saturday morning to make the most of the weekend and found the hotel right near Hyde Park. We were welcomed and promptly shown to our room, the Belgravia Suite on the top floor. Before I was able to sink in what an amazing room we would be spending the night in, the doorbell rang and our ‘butler’ arrived with drinks and a platter of fresh fruit and truffles to enjoy as we freshened up before we went out to explore London for the day.

Though it was a set menu we chose our own fish and meat dish. I went for the Cod with Mushrooms and Seaweed while Aaron plumped for the Sea Bass with Leek. As for the main, we were spoilt for choice with suckling pig and lamb on the menu but we went with our gut instinct, literally and both picked the fillet of beef. This was the standout dish for my Fiancé Aaron. The beef was the most flavoursome we had ever tasted and Aaron commented that there was no steak knife set on the table but it didn’t need one - the expression ‘cut like butter’ couldn’t be more apt. I’m still salivating over it now. Our twelve course feast was accompanied with several wines and their finest Cava each paired with a dish to complement the flavours. Our host for the evening, Xabier, talked us through the menu, explaining how to eat each dish for optimum enjoyment and to really taste each flavour. We were delighted to hear the story behind each dish and history for each glass of wine. Who knew there was an art to fine dining?

The Halkin Lobby

With tired feet from exploring as much of London as we could possibly squeeze in before our dinner reservation we returned to the hotel and got dressed up for the night ahead. The hotel’s adjoining restaurant ‘Ametsa’ is the one Michelin star restaurant with Basque cuisine and we were lucky enough to experience the tasting menu ‘’Ametsa with Arzak Instruction’’. The dining experience was around 3 hours and consisted of four appetisers, three starters, a fish course, a main meal from a selection of meat dishes, three desserts and (somehow) we even managed to squeeze in coffee and petit fours We feasted on Parsley Meringue with Duck, crisp green meringues with a rich duck mousse filling, Scorpion Fish Cakes, presented as crispy, savoury lollipops and fat scallops ‘’Scallops at Home’’ with a langoustine jelly and seaweed.

Each dish had its own characters and there were some surprises along the way which I won’t spoil for you in case you ever dine here yourself, let’s just say it was magical. The detail in which these dishes were created is amazing. What skill there must be in that kitchen!

The Halkin Belgravia Suite

The desserts were phenomenal and the dish which won the gastro battle for me was the Pineapple Ice Cream with Toasted Milk, yes, you read that correctly, toasted milk. I will now forever be on the hunt for pineapple ice cream. Full to the brim we retreated back to our room for the night and fell into a food-coma on the comfiest bed which can only be described as a giant marshmallow. In the morning we returned to the Ametsa for breakfast, still full from the night before having eaten how I imagine a King or Queen would. I almost couldn’t stomach breakfast but after looking at their Breakfast menu my stomach soon began to rumble. Aaron had Eggs Royale and I indulged my sweet tooth with Belgium Waffles, Berries and Maple Syrup all washed down with fresh juices and tea. The service was like nothing we have experienced before and we were made to feel like royalty. It felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity and I would like to say a sincere thank you to The Halkin and all the staff at Ametsa, it was truly one of the best nights of our lives.

Ametsa Cuisine

We enjoyed talking to the staff throughout the evening and they were friendly and entertaining which made us feel extra special. We were presented with our own personal menu which was a special touch and we used this to keep track on what we were eating.

Rachel Jones For more information on the Halkin by COMO London visit The Ametsa Experience is from £399 per night exclusive of VAT for two people sharing a King Double Room and includes overnight accomodation, welcome drink on arrival, tasting menu for 2 at Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, full a la carte breakfast for 2 and guaranteed late check-out until 3pm.


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Bride In Bloom So you’re getting married? Congratulations! And you want a summer wedding? Perfect. Now we know a garden wedding might seem a little ambitious for us Brits but in the summer months, we’re more than certain you can have a wedding in a garden venue. Not convinced? Read away and we’re sure we can sway you to say ‘I Do’ to a garden wedding.

Advice From A Pro is the UK’s number one wedding planning website and contains helpful planning information to help you get from engagement, all the way through to your honeymoon with ease. There is a full inspiration gallery dedicated to Country Garden Weddings on the site, but to get you started, we’ve enrolled Francesca Cribb, editor of, to pull together her top ten ideas when it comes to planning a garden wedding.

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• If you’re getting married outside, make sure that your guests will be able to hear your vows. Your venue may be able to arrange a microphone for you. • Be sure to have a wet wedding back up plan, just in case you’re unlucky with the weather. • Strawberries and cream could be the perfect garden wedding dessert. • Or, a full dessert table could be fun for your guests to choose from, as opposed to a single wedding cake. • Bring the outside in; if you’re having a marquee wedding then fill your reception with beautiful floral arrangements and plants from outside. • Name your tables with wonderful or famous gardens from around the UK. • Have garden games such as croquet or boules set up for your guests to play whilst you’re having your photographs taken. • Consider decorating the trees with hanging lanterns or pom poms. • Give your guests living wedding favours to take home at the end of the evening such as a mini plant or a sachet of seeds to plant and remember your day forever. • If you plan to party outside into the evening, consider hiring outdoor heaters to ensure that your guests stay comfortable.

Jodi Pearl Necklace, £29. Phase Eight

White Faux Pearl and Crystal Cluster Fashion Earrings, £14.95.

Rosanna Bridal Dress, £299. Monsoon

Jewel Trim Pleated Shoes, £99. Phase Eight Imperial Beauty Tiara, £165.


Garden Décor Concentrate on the décor to really set the mood and feel of your wedding that you want to portray. Charming little features and personal touches are a lovely addition to add character and all the guests will remember and associate certain aspects of the big day with you. Being outdoors you are heavily relying on your chosen décor to set the atmosphere as you’re obviously lacking the décor of the building your ceremony is taking place in so don’t be afraid to go big on flower arrangements, ribbons and any other touches to portray the effect you want. You should take full advantage of your surroundings and let nature run its course, literally, through your wedding ceremony. Introducing the garden features into your overall theme adds a nice touch and this can be done through careful selection of flowers in your ceremony, using lots of natural wooden features such as chairs for the guests and an archway to stand under while saying your vows.

A Venue To Say ‘I Do’ Consall Hall Gardens. The hidden gem of the Staffordshire Moorlands is the perfect venue for your special occasion if you’ve always dreamed of a beautiful garden wedding. Consall Hall Landscape Gardens are set amidst the beautiful scenery of the Churnet Valley, in the village of Consall near Wetley Rocks. This dream venue consists of 70 acres of picturesque garden with breathtaking views, six lakes, pack-horse bridges, numerous follies and summer houses creating a series of enchanting vistas to provide that perfect photographic opportunity for your dream wedding. The Pool Terrace is the perfect venue to hold your open air civil ceremony and is also the ideal place to serve your guests welcome drinks while a string quartet can add to the mood. It was voted #1 for “outdoor wedding ideas” (Perfect wedding magazine June 2010). Consall Gardens gives you the perfect location for those who have always dreamed of an “open air” ceremony.

Flowers always make a beautiful addition to the wedding cake for decoration and for a garden wedding, this is most definitely true. Even the cake can follow the garden theme and be topped with fresh or sugar flowers. Embrace the outdoors and picking floral decorations or pretty features such as butterflies makes an obvious statement of your garden theme. Choosing delicate textures such as lace and cotton, or even paper adds softness and gives it that shabby-chic feel. A wedding is such a special event and a day you’ll never want to forget so to make the most of it and see your wedding celebrations well into the night, use candlelight to not only set the ambience for an ultra-romantic feel but it will make all the features out in the garden twinkle and maybe some eyes too. And remember, any wedding isn’t 100% safe from a spell of showers and there might be some rain on your big day but a spot of rain shouldn’t dampen your spirits. Consall Hall Gardens

Mercure Burton Upon Trent Newton Park Hotel A 4 star, Grade 11 listed, 18th century country house set in 8 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, the Hotel has the perfect backdrop for wedding photographs. The William Morris Suite with its original panelling and large south facing windows is the ideal setting for a wedding breakfast. The experienced and professional wedding team at the Hotel aim to exceed all guests’ expectations and make every wedding truly memorable, and the best possible start to married life.

Butterfly Place Cards in Ivory, £3.99. Ginger Ray

Butterfly Paper Bunting, £7.99. Ginger Ray

All the wedding packages have been carefully designed to cater for a variety of styles and personal tastes; however, one size does not fit all, and can be tailored to suit all needs. Whether planning a Civil Ceremony, a traditional church service or a Civil Partnership, the Hotel can accommodate an intimate gathering or a more extravagant affair with friends and family. To ensure your dreams become reality, the Mercure Burton Upon Trent Newton Park Hotel is dedicated to making your special day perfect and, as individual as you are. The Ashes The Ashes is a magnificent Grade II* listed family home, this unique setting with its listed barns is available for exclusive private hire. The formal gardens and lake overlook the parkland setting where the tree lined drive can be seen meandering up to the property over an 18th Century stone bridge. The Ashes is available for your wedding on an exclusive basis. The booking fee guarantees that you will have the venue entirely to yourselves and includes: The West Barn and The East Barn, The Old Dairy, the garden and grounds, use of chairs and tables, off street parking, with no hidden charges.

Talking Tables Something in the Air Paper Lantern Bags, White, Pack of 5 £5. John Lewis

Mr & Mrs Tealight Holder, £5.50.

The unique and individual photograph opportunities are endless around the property providing the perfect setting for any occasion from formal lawns, gardens and ponds to secret paths through the wildflower meadow down to the wildlife lower lake.




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Saturday 6th September 2014 Gates Open: 5.00pm Displays Commence: 8.00pm Early booking ticket discounts or pay on the gate. Ticket Hotline: 01384 402266 The UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest firework spectacular Four amazing displays, all set to music, all in one night! Featuring THAILAND FIREWORKS (Bangkok) FOYLE FIREWORKS (London) KIMBOLTON FIREWORKS (Cambridgeshire) JUBILEE FIREWORKS (West Midlands)

Come rain or shine Peckforton Castle provides stunning backdrops for your wedding photographs, you will experience not just a warm welcome by our staff but also cosy central heating and log burning stoves (even in the chapel). Packages for 60 adults available for £9600.00 and packages for 85 adults available for £12,225.00. This includes everything you need for your fairytale wedding: •• Use of our magnificent function rooms for the whole day •• A drinks package, wedding breakfast and evening buffet for you and all your guests •• The bridal chamber

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BACK TO SCHOOL C OUNTDOWN This edition coincides with the school’s summer holidays which means you’ll have your kids at home with you for the coming weeks and this can instill fear in some parents who worry over keeping their little ones happy and occupied as we imagine they can get a little restless pretty early on into the holidays. It can be stressful for parents having a full house at all times. When you have children, you have to have a plan of action as things can soon go off track. a few ideas up your sleeve and some fun activities will ensure the countdown back to school runs smoothly.

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Aaaand relax. It’s the beginning of the summer holidays and we all deserve our well-earned break. Enjoy this first week off and let the kids chill out. We’re sure a lot of children will be happy to play outdoors, play on their computer games and generally be couch-potatoes and catch up on their favourite TV shows. This is alright for the first week and they won’t turn their minds into a vegetated state from only one week of doing nothing. Trust us, children letting their hair down and doing practically nothing soon wears thin and boredom will eventually kick in where every waking moment they will need to be entertained- cherish this week and let them entertain themselves.

If you’re particularly concerned with your child getting out of the habit of homework and learning exercises there are ways you can keep your children in their routine and their minds fresh.

5 Weeks To Go That boredom we mentioned? We’re betting it kicks in around the second week and the novelty of being off school soon wears off. As much as children and teens complain about going to school each morning, it is actually the hub for the majority of their social activities and they’ll miss that interaction each day with their friends. You can arrange play dates with friends and this can also come in handy for us parents. If you share play dates with friends who have children of a similar age, this actually gives you a bit of free time if your friend has the kids one day and you take responsibility for the next date. It might be a good idea to join a club so your child has an activity booked each week and gives them something to look forward to and have a plan in the diary. This can be Scouts or Brownies for example, which plan lots of activities on week nights and over the weekend as well as overnight trips which may be really fun for your child and they will love making even more friends along with their peers at school.

4 Weeks To Go So you’re almost halfway through the summer holidays and boredom is really starting to kick in now we’d imagine? Having a few ideas up your sleeve for days out to break up the week will be invaluable when you have restless children who are bored and moping around the house. There are a million and one ways that you can entertain your children without it costing you a small fortune. Take them out to the park, swimming, a bike ride, a picnic or be savvy when it comes to looking for deals and offers for local attractions such as the cinema or a theme park.


We’re not saying you enrol your children into some sort of military routine with homework but simply getting them to read can keep their minds active. Let them pick up a new book of their choice and encourage them to read it before bed or take them to a museum or a zoo for example where they can have fun but its educational too and you can test what they learnt on the car journey home as a fun quiz. This way you’re secretly educating your children without them even knowing as they’ll be having so much fun.

2 Weeks To Go With just a fortnight to go, it’s time to get organised and look to sorting out things for the new academic year. Buy the new school uniform and some brand new shoes (which we always hope will last past Christmas- what it is with little boys and destroying their school shoes?) Kit your kids out with new stationary and have them pick out their new backpack. Sew their name labels into their shirts and check they haven’t got any reading lists or projects they need to complete for the new term. You’ll want to organise if they’ll be taking packed lunches and double-check your transportation plans for the year.

1 Week To Go So it’s the final week before the new term and reality is kicking in that its back to those early morning starts in just a week’s time so really cherish this last week of having a total relax; well, for the children at least- parents will forever be running around like headless chickens whatever time of the year. Get the children back into a bedtime routine so they’re bright eyed and bushy tailed for the new school year.



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Rock Of Ages Comes To The Regent Theatre

Rock of Ages

Local Events In July & August, Latest Music Releases, Must See Films and Summer Reads

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Limelight: Film LIVING’S MUST SEE FILM DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES RELEASE DATE: 17th July 2014 DIRECTOR: Matt Reeves CAST: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Toby Kebbell, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-Mcphee A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

TAMMY RELEASE DATE: 2nd July 2014 DIRECTOR: Ben Falcone CAST: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates, Sandra Oh, Toni Colette and Nat Faxon Tammy is having a bad day. She’s totalled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job and instead of finding comfort at home, finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbour. It’s time to take her boom box and book it. The bad news is she’s broke and without wheels. The worse news is her grandma, Pearl, is her only option—with a car, cash, and an itch to see Niagara Falls. Not exactly the escape Tammy had in mind. But, it may be just what Tammy needs.

JUPITER ASCENDING RELEASE DATE: 18th July 2014 DIRECTOR: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski CAST: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, James D’Arcy and Tim Pigott-Smith Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along - her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. HERCULES 3D RELEASE DATE: 25th July 2014 DIRECTOR: Brett Ratner CAST: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Berdal, Reece Ritchie, Tobias Santelmann, Rebecca Ferguson, Isaac Andrews Both man and myth, Hercules leads a band of mercenaries to help end a bloody civil war in the land of Thrace and return the rightful king to his throne. A tormented soul from birth, Hercules has the strength of a God but feels the suffering of a human. Unimaginable villains will test the mythical power of Hercules in Director Brett Ratner’s gritty take on one of the most epic action heroes of the ages. STEP UP ALL IN RELEASE DATE: 1st August 2014 DIRECTOR: Trish Sie CAST: Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Stephen “Twitch” Boss, Misha Gabriel, Izabella Miko, Alyson Stoner And Adam Sevani In the next exciting chapter of the international phenomenon STEP UP, all-stars from previous installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers. THE CAPTIVE RELEASE DATE: 21st August 2014 DIRECTOR: Atom Egoyan CAST: Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson 8 years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing indications seem to indicate that she’s still alive. Police, parents and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.

V FESTIVAL 2014 16th and 17th August 2014 Weston Park, Staffordshire V Festival 2014 is set to be one of the biggest yet with Justin Timberlake and The Killers set to headline this years event. Not only that but there are many more acts performing across the 4 stages including Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini, Example, Lily Allen, Elbow, Bastille, Rudimental, Chase & Status, Tom Odell, Sub Focus, Blondie, John Newman, Sam Smith, Katy B, Embrace, Kodaline, Miles Kane, The Human League, Newton Faulker, Aloe Blacc, Alex Clare, Nina Nesbitt, The Strypes, Birdy, Foxes, Ella Eyre, The Stranglers, George Ezra, M People, All Saints, The Rifles And Very Special Guests Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers.

Limelight: Music

BEGIN AGAIN RELEASE DATE: 11th July 2014 DIRECTOR: John Carney CAST: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, James Corden, Ceelo Green and Catherine Keener Gretta and her long-time boyfriend move to New York to pursue their passion for music. Heartbroken when he rejects her for the fame of a big solo contract, Gretta finds herself alone. Just when she’s decided to move back to London, life begins to look up when a down-on-his-luck record producer Dan stumbles upon her singing during an open mic night. Captivated by her raw talent Dan persuades Gretta to take a fresh approach to making music and together they transform the streets of New York in to their recording studio, giving their careers one final shot.

V Festival is the hottest date on the UK music calendar. From the moment the gates open, the festival vibe comes alive and a truly remarkable weekend of music and enjoyment ensues. The hugely successful V Style camping is set to return this year giving festival fans the chance to get the best of both worlds. They can dance the days away with their favourite artists and then chill out in luxury in ready built accommodation in beautiful surroundings. If you are not lucky enough to have tickets for this years event then don’t forget we are running a fantastic competition on page 47 where two lucky winners will receive a pair of tickets to Weston Park. For all the latest news on V Festival visit

ROBBIE WILLIAMS Swing Both Ways Tour Saturday 5th and 6th July 2014 LG Arena, Birmingham Stoke-on-Trent’s very own Robbie Williams will be playing songs from his incredible new album ‘Swings Both Ways’ on this special arena tour. This is a diary date you don’t want to miss! For tickets visit or telephone 0844 338 8000.





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Limelight: Theatre

Regent Theatre Rock of Ages Monday 14th July – Saturday 19th July Rock Of Ages The Musical is the ultimate rock mix-tape musical, an hilarious story of dreams, love and - of course - rock. A celebration of classic 80s rock culture, the show tells the story of a small town girl and a big city rocker falling in love to the greatest songs of the decade. Featuring memorable tunes such as ‘We Built This City’, ‘The Final Countdown’, ‘I Wanna Know What Love Is’ and ‘Don’t Stop Believin’, the show brings its wild celebration of Los Angeles rock culture to the UK. Warning: this show may unleash your inner rock god, and have you reaching for your air guitar in the aisles. Tickets are priced from £12.90. Tickets are available in person from The Regent Theatre Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or by visiting the website

Steve shot to fame on last year’s BGT, winning over the public vote to become the Wild Card Finalist in the show. Now Steve and his cast of zany characters, along with international award winning illusionist Richard Griffin, take a brand new and spectacular family show on the road to delight and amaze you. Don’t miss TV’s top comedy ventriloquist, Little Simon, Little Sinitta and the legendary Arthur Lager in Crewe! Tickets are £18.50 / £16.50 concessions, with a £1.50 booking fee per ticket. Call the Box Office on 01270 368 242 or book online at

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre The Gruffalo Live on Stage! Tuesday 22nd July (1.30pm & 4.30pm) – Wednesday 23rd July (10.30am & 1.30pm) Don’t miss Tall Stories’ hit musical stage adaptation of the award winning picture book, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Meet a wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old Owl and a maraca-shaking, party mad Snake! Mouse can scare these hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined...? The Gruffalo is the perfect family treat with plenty of songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups. Tickets are priced at £11pp with a group offer of buy 10 tickets get 1 free (available over the phone or in person at box office). For tickets call the box office on 01785 254653 or visit

New Vic Theatre A History of Falling Things Friday 11th – Saturday 26th July A truly original play. Funny, touching, thoughtprovoking and hugely entertaining, it’s a 21st century love story from one of the country’s finest writers. Robin writes children’s books. And he hasn’t left the house since he was seven. Jacqui’s something important in The City. But these days she’s power-dressing at home. Then they find each other online and fall in love. It must have been written in the stars – their houses are just five minutes apart. Only there’s a problem: neither is able to walk through their front door. But, if they can’t find the courage to confront their fear and embrace what’s real, how are they ever going to stay together? Tickets are priced from £12pp (Concessions and group tickets are available). For tickets call the box office on 01782 717962 or visit the

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Limelight: Books

THE PERFECT MATCH BY KATIE FFORDE OUT NOW Price: £16.99 (Century, Hardback) Three years ago Bella Castle left her home town nursing a broken heart over Dominic Thane, the man she fell in love with but couldn’t have…

JENNY ALONE BY KATIE FLYNN Published 17th July 2014 Price: £7.99 (Arrow, Paperback) After the sudden breakdown of her marriage, Jenny finds herself alone for the first time in her life when she leaves her home with her four-year-old daughter.

Now she’s made a new life for herself in the country, working as an estate agent. Bella loves her job and she loves her boyfriend Nevil. But recently he’s been preoccupied, and she’s starting to question if his future hopes and dreams are a perfect match for hers.

Taking refuge in a seaside town in North Wales, Jenny finds a room in a boarding house. As she gets to know her fellow residents, she begins to see that life has much more to offer than she could ever have dreamed.

And when Dominic turns up unexpectedly in search of his dream house, she begins to wonder if home is really where the heart is. But she’s over him, isn’t she?

Living’s Must Read Book

THE GIRLS FROM CORONA DEL MAR BY RUFI THORPE Published 14th August 2014 Price: £14.99 (Hutchinson, Hardback) Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hardhearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers she loves but can’t quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family, immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend’s life. Until a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy: things fall apart, and then fall apart further – and there is nothing Mia can do to help. And as good, kind, brave Lorrie Ann stops being so good, Mia begins to question just who this woman is and what that question means about them both. A staggeringly arresting, honest novel of love, motherhood, loyalty, and the myth of the perfect friendship that moves us to ask ourselves just how well we know those we love, what we owe our children, and who we are without our friends.

THE DESTINY OF VIOLET AND LUKE BY JESSICA SORENSEN Published 3rd July 2014 Price: £7.99 (Sphere, Paperback) Luke Price’s life has always been about acting tough on the outside. He uses meaningless relationships as a way to banish the twisted memories of his childhood. Violet Hayes has had a rough life, surrounded by drugs, neglect, and irresponsible parents. She thought she could escape when she went to college, but her past soon catches up with her. But then she meets Luke. The two of them clash, yet they can’t stay away from each other. The more they get to know each other, the more they realise that maybe the perfection they’ve always been looking for lies in each other. MY HUSBAND NEXT DOOR BY CATHERINE ELLIOT Published 3rd July 2014 Price: £7.99 (MJ Penguin paperbacks) When Ella married celebrated artist Sebastian Montclair at just nineteen she was madly in love. Now, those blissful years of marriage have turned into an unconventional set-up. Separated in every way but distance, Sebastian resides in an outhouse across the lawn from Ella’s ramshackle farmhouse. Then out of the blue Sebastian decides he must move away. How much longer can she hide from what really destroyed her marriage... and the secret she continues to keep?

When she meets Ben, the owner of the local coffee bar, she finally understands that she is far happier now, living on her own, than she was when she was married. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS BY SUSAN LEWIS Published 14th August 2014 Price: £9.99 (Century, Hardback) When fourteen-year-old Sophie Monroe suddenly vanishes one night it looks at first as though she’s run away from home. Her mobile phone has gone, and she’s taken a bag full of clothes. However, as the police investigation unfolds a wealth of secrets from the surrounding community start coming to light. And it seems everyone has something to hide. For Detective Sergeant Andrea Lawrence, the case is a reminder of the tragedy that tore her family apart over twenty years ago. She is convinced there’s more to Sophie’s disappearance than teenage rebellion. LOVESTRUCK BY JULIA LLEWELLYN Published 14th August 2014 Price: £7.99 (Michael Joseph) Rosie is used to being in the background whenever she’s out with Jake, it’s a given when you are married to a famous actor. But she didn’t expect to be second best to him with her best friend Christy - even if she is his agent. The higher Jake’s profile rises the further away Rosie finds him and Christy to be. And when she discovers something in Jake’s past she never knew, she begins to wonder how well she knows the man she’s married to and if her best friend really is someone she can trust.


Miss Staffordshire 2014.

We Have Ourselves A Winner! This year was our first year as lead sponsor of Miss Staffordshire and we are very excited to announce that the winner was crowned on Sunday 25th May at Uttoxeter Racecourse after a fantastic day where we saw 17 beautiful girls battle it out to become our winner. The lucky lady in question? Drumroll please… Jade Williams, a 23 year old Law graduate from the Westlands, Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Winner of Miss Staffordshire 2014 All Images: © Mark Dudley

Name: Jade Williams Age: 23 Lives: Westlands

in their Regional Office in Occupation: Graduate Scheme with the Royal Bank of Scotland Birmingham. Height: 5 4’’ Dress Size: 6- 8 law degree and managing Achievements: Graduating from Keele Universit y in 2012 with a 2:1 lasted around 5 years which surgery dental of lot a had Jade to get onto a Graduate scheme. Smile Award in 2010. National the win to on went and issues ce and has overcome her confiden Ambitions: Jade hopes to persue a legal career. Talents: Jade can play the flute and is a self-taught pianist.

Staffordshire Living’s Features Writer and Miss Staffordshire judge, Rachel Jones sat down with Jade to find out more about our newly crowned winner. Staffordshire Living: Hi Jade. Congratulations. We have to ask, what made you enter Miss Staffordshire? Was there a family member that gave you the nudge? Jade: Hi, thank you so much! No it was all me. I saw the Miss Staffordshire application page advertised on Facebook and people had said to me last year that I should enter it so I thought I would just go for it. The fact that this is the first year that I’ve entered and I’ve actually won it too. I’m shocked! SL: What have you enjoyed most about the whole experience and being involved in Miss Staffordshire? J: It’s just all so different. I really feel like I have made friends with all the other contestants, you get to meet a lot of different people along the way. It was probably about 2 months since I applied until today, and we go along for interviews and it’s whittled down to the final 17 for today. I was in fact number 17 on my sash. SL: It’s as if they saved the best until last. How does it feel to have won? J: I am still in shock; I can’t believe I’ve won it to be honest. Especially after my sash fell to the floor in the first round, how typical! I think I recovered from it, I just had to make a joke about it, these things happen. When I was in the first round my sash wasn’t pinned on to my dress and it completely fell down onto the floor. I just had to carry on walking, but at least it wasn’t the dress that fell down! Can you imagine? SL: You recovered from it well. We love how you were able to laugh it off. What plans do you have for the year ahead following your win?

J: I’ll be taking part in Miss England in June which is quite soon so there will be a lot of prepping going on from now as we obviously get a shorter amount of time with it being so soon from now until the competition. I suppose it is a good thing because with it being in the next few weeks and Staffordshire being one of the final regions, there is little time between the two events and I’m still excited and have that adrenaline and drive. It’s all busy, busy, busy now. I would absolutely love if I won it. Fingers crossed! SL: What would you say to any young girl thinking about entering something like Miss Staffordshire? J: I would say do it because I didn’t think anything would come from it when I entered on a whim. I filled the application form in and thought oh well, who knows? I actually sent it in the evening before the deadline and the next morning I got the call to go for an interview. So even if you’re contemplating doing it and it is a last minute thing, still do it, I mean look at me now. I had no idea this could happen. SL: And now look at you. You’re in the running for Miss England 2014! J: I feel really proud that I will represent Staffordshire in the Miss England competition later in the year because I live here, I’ve always lived here. I went to Keele Uni, I didn’t want to move away for Uni. I work in Birmingham now but I commute each day. This is my home and I’m very happy here. I’m a real homebird. I like it here; I have all my friends and family. The commute isn’t fun everyday but everything that I care about is here in Staffordshire. To represent the place that I come from will make me very proud.

Second Place Name: Zoe Nicholls Age: 23 Lives: Coven, Stafford Occupation: Third year Student Nurse Height: 5 6’’ Dress Size: 6 Talents: Zoe has danced from a young age and is trained in Latin and Ballroom dancing.

Third Place Name: Emma Hunt Age: 24 Lives: Little Haywood Occupation: Bar maid/ Entertainer Height: 5 5’’ Dress Size: 6 Talents: Emma is trained in fire breathing and stilt walking.


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So it’s the height of Summer and you want to get out and about and spend as much time filling in as much as possible. We can’t say we blame you! July and August has a bevy of activities on offer so read away to get your calendars out. This summer is looking to be a scorcher.

5th & 6th July The Great British Food Festival Shugborough Estate A wonderful food and drink festival with a traditional British summer party feel. There’ll be games and activities for the kids, a balloon race, bake-offs, bunting aplenty, excellent live music and of course a fantastic array of food and drink from the exhibitors!! There’ll be the traditional British favourite’s and stalls embracing our modern, culturally diverse Britain (think British but with a funky, modern twist!). For further details visit the website shugborough.asp 13th July Packington Moor Farm and Food Festival This is the 3rd year running for the Packington Moor Farm and Food Festival, held at the farm on Sunday 13th July. With loads of things to do and see for both children and grownups it’s a brilliant family day out. Local producers will be there in force and fill up on all of the usual farm shop goodies. Do not miss the infamous Packington Free Range Hog Roast with all the trimmings, washed down with some Craft beers. Open from 10am until 3pm, Free Entry!

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26th July Farmers Market Eccleshall Meet local producers who are more than happy to tell you about their products including handmade sausages from Brocton Farm, fresh flowers & homemade jams all on sale. Free Entry. For further details see 7th August Farmers’ Market Lichfield City Farmers Markets are held every month selling wholesome locally-produced food and other goods, including an excellent choice of hand-made arts and crafts. 9am – 3pm

LIFESTYLE & ENTERTAINMENT 2nd July National Garden Scheme Garden Tour Trentham Gardens A chance to discover the story behind a remarkable restoration of Trentham Gardens. This tour will take in all elements of the gardens as they were introduced and tell the ten year tale, of what The Telegraph gardening section described as ‘the makeover of the decade’, with Michael Walker their Head of Gardens and Estate. 6:30pm. £4.50 - includes evening garden entry purchased from 5pm with all proceeds going to the National Garden Scheme. Call 01782 646646 or visit the Gardens Entrance. 11th-13th July Midland Motorhome Show Staffordshire Showground Warners Exhibitions are very pleased to announce their brand new day visitor show, the Midland Motorhome

Sale, held on 11-13 July at Staffordshire Showground. Whether you’re looking at upgrading or trading in your current motorhome, or considering buying your first ‘van, this show will not only provide a wide range of both new and pre-owned models, but also intends to cater to all budgets with exclusive show deals and offers being available across the weekend.

outdoor spectacle expected to attract an audience of around 3,000 people. The Bell features dynamic action, mobile structures, pyrotechnics, stilts, aerial performance and soaring music to explore timeless themes of war and peace in a spectacle of fire, light and humanity re-born from the ashes. For more information please contact, email or call 01782 454404

FREE parking. Save £1.50 per person when you book in advance and children attend the show for FREE. Book your tickets via the website or telephone 01778 391123 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). 12th & 13th July The Wolverhampton and Black Country Show, West Park Events include The BBC World War One At Home Tour, Banks’s Beer Festival serving 16 real ales on tap throughout the weekend and a Ride-on Miniature Steam Railway - chugging its way around the park all weekend. Firm favourites include Bolddog Lings Free Style Motorcross Team (as seen on Britain’s Got Talent 2014!), Monster Trucks, Gerrard Naprous & the Devil’s Horsemen, Elaine Hill Sheepdog Display, Fun Fair, Trade Stalls, Puppet Marquee and Black Country Fuchsia & Craft Marquee. Open from 11am. Adult Ticket: £3.00 per day. Child Ticket: £2.00 per day. Contact Nicole Birch, Events & Training Officer: 01902 556706 2nd & 3rd August Appetite presents The Bell by Periplum Central Forest Park The Bell by Periplum is a gripping, fiery

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9th & 10th August The Retro Stop Over Uttoxeter Racecourse The Retro Stop Over returns with all things 50’s-90’s from cars, campers, scooters, BMX, Choppers, motorbikes plus quality live music, trade stalls, display, kids entertainment & Saturday night camping. 12pm Saturday – 4pm Sunday Details & advanced tickets can be found at 25th August Bank Holiday Farm Fair at Shugborough Estate The whole day promises to be filled with good old-fashioned entertainment from apple bobbing to husband and wife hunting. The holiday theme continues right across the estate, with quizzes, trails and garden games for all to enjoy. Open at 11am. For further details see

30th August Confide in Kylie and I am Beyonce The Trentham Estate The Trentham Estate’s award-winning Hot Summer Saturday Dates are back! Calling all ‘Single Ladies’! Join in the fun on Saturday 30th August for a tribute to Aussie Kylie and all-American Queen B, who will have you ‘Spinning Around’ on the dance floor and ‘Crazy in Love’ by the end of the night. 7:30pm - 10pm Tickets £13.50 For tickets visit or call 01782 646646.

visual arts exhibitions, music in country churches and education at the Lichfield Garrick; a vibrant festival market. For further details visit the website 1st & 2nd August Staffordshire Cycling Festival Sportive Cycling fever is stronger than ever this year as the popularity of the sport following the 2012 Games continues to gather momentum. The Summer of Cycling is a brilliant opportunity for everyone to get on their bike and get involved. Cycling’s good for both the head and the heart – as well as the very best way to get around. For full details, visit the website

to compliment both traditional and modern interiors. Open 10am to 5pm, £5 per person per day, under 16s free. For more information visit or call 01298 27493.

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22nd – 25th August Shrewsbury Folk Festival Iconic folk band Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman, Lau and BBC folk singer of the year Bella Hardy are just a few of the top names signed to perform at this year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Whether you’re into folk music or not, have children or are visiting alone,

We have teamed up with The Trentham Estate to offer two winners a pair of tickets to the Kylie Minogue and Beyoncé Tribute Show on Saturday 30th August. To enter answer the following question: Q: What nationality is Kylie Minogue? To enter visit and fill in the form. Alternatively email with your answer, name, address & tel number. Closing date is Friday 15th August. No cash alternative. Entrants must be aged 18 and over. For more T’s & C’s see page 6.

ARTS & CULTURE 1st July An Evening with Ray Mears Ludlow Arts Festival Ray Mears is perhaps the most recognised authority in the world on bushcraft, survival and the wilderness, and without doubt the most welltravelled. His adventures have taken him to some of the planet’s most uninhabitable and harshest environments. This summer he brings his brand-new theatre show, An Evening with Ray Mears - The Outdoor Life! to the Ludlow Arts Festival. You can book tickets by telephone on 0844 248 5165 or go online at 3rd – 13th July Lichfield Festival Highlights includes twenty lunchtime, evening and late-night concerts at the cathedral; a rich programme of music, drama, dance and spoken word, plus

Pictured Above: Staffs Cycling Festival Sportive

11th- 13th August Golf Tuition Breaks Carden Park Learn new golfing skills, hints and tips at Carden Park Golf Resort with a three night golf tuition break. Head Professional, Steve Priest will provide guidance and golf skills lessons during your stay.

there is a vast array of activities to keep everyone busy. There’s five music stages, a craft fair, good food, real ale bars & superb onsite camping where you can pitch up next to your tent or caravan and step into another world for a few relaxing music and fun filled days. Tickets start from £32.50. For a full line up and more information go to

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Your stay includes breakfast each morning and a three course dinner each evening. Conveniently located just 20 minutes from Chester you will complete a four day golfing skills programme that has been created to cover all the necessary golfing skills you need to help improve your long term golf game. Book your place by calling their Head Professional, Steve Priest on 07743641902. 16th & 17th August The Decorative Home & Salvage Show Cheshire Showground, Knutsford, WA16 OJE If you have an eye for style and don’t wish to simply furnish your home with new mass produced furniture, 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

Pictured Above: Shrewsbury Folk Festival

FAMILY & KIDS 3rd August and every Sunday onwards Childrens Gardening Club at Biddulph Grange Garden Are you aged between 8 and 12 years old? Do you love growing your own fruit and vegetables? Or simply want to find out more? Then why not join a gardening club! Learn to grow an array of different fruit and vegetables from seed. Find out how to care for them and then take all of the produce you grow home! £3 per child. For further details see

9th & 10th August Sherlock Holmes Weekend Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge Budding amateur sleuths and wouldbe private detectives have the chance to help Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve a mysterious crime. Entrance fee £16.50 adults; £13 for 60 plus and £11 for children (up to 18 years and in full time education), under 5s free. Open 10am - 5pm daily For details call 01952 433 424 or visit 12th & 13th August Scooby-Doo at The Regent Theatre Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne journey in Egypt in their brightly coloured mystery machine, on a mission to solve the Mystery of the Pyramid. Easy you say? Not if the gang has to deal with mysterious mummies, plus the wrath of the Pharaoh who will transform anyone who dares to approach the pyramid into stone! Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or by visiting 17th August Summer at the Centre The Madeley Centre The Madeley Centre will be holding its ‘Summer at the Centre’ annual fayre on Sunday August 17th, 10am to 4pm. Enjoy a fun filled day of activities while showing your support for their local community groups, volunteers and charities. To book a stall or for further information please call the centre on 01782 751808. 25th August Wildlife Fun Day Chasewater Country Park Have a fun filled day with the rangers and see some wildlife up close and personal. Have your face painted, do some colouring in & make a bird box. 10:30am-4pm 25th-26th August Teddy Bears Picnic Foxfield Steam Railway Bring your favourite teddy out for a lovely day and not only will you be able to enjoy the steam-hauled train rides, but lots of fun activities for you and your best friend. There’s plenty to keep you entertained including activity packs, competitions and a free gift! Make sure you bring your teddy bears! For further details visit the website


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Summer fun for all ages! Longton Beer Festival Friday 4, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July Live music and a huge range of beers and ciders to choose from in the courtyard at Gladstone Pottery Museum. From 7.30pm on Friday and Saturday (last orders 10.30pm) and 12 noon until 4pm on Sunday. £5 per person, includes a souvenir glass, strictly over 18s only.

Wish You Were Here Sunday 6 July A History Wardrobe presentation looking at seaside clothes and swimwear from the bracing bathing of the 18th century to knitted costumes and kiss-me-quick hats. Please call 01782 232323 to book, tickets £6, concessions £5, 2pm. Mr Whippy and the Conettes Wednesday 6 August Meet Mr Whippy and his conettes as they entertain you with a tasty combination of 1950’s Hollywood musicals and the great British holiday experience. Free, 10.30 – 4pm.

Summer Fun Day Wednesday 23 July Start the school holidays in style with our special fun day. Children’s entertainment, facepainting and balloon modelling – all FREE with normal admission, 11am – 4pm. Gladstone Pottery Museum is open 10am – 5pm Tuesday – Saturday and Bank Holidays. You can try your hand at throwing a pot, making a bone china flower or painting pottery and make a unique souvenir to take home. Tel 01782 237777 Email

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Dashing around on a city break, long and lazy days out at the beach or a getting back to your roots with a countryside retreat? Wherever you’re holidaying this summer, we have the right gear to kit you out with your ultimate summer wardrobe.

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Jason Manford The Nice guy not finishing last

So far 2014 has seen Jason Manford star on the small screen in IT V ’s Tommy Cooper drama ‘Not Like That, Like This’ who Jason himself cites as one of his favourite comedians, as well as becoming the unlikely champion of #StephensStory campaign after meeting the inspirational Stephen Sutton and supporting his campaign for charity Teenage Cancer Trust which has gone on to raise over £4million.


Despite his fame, the 33 year old Mancunian has not forgotten his standup roots AND Jason Manford has announced an extra 22 shows to his ‘First World Problems’ tour, due to overwhelming demand for tickets. The tour has taken him to all corners of the British Isles since May last year and in July, we will see Jason venture to our neck of the woods and bring his show to Oakengates Theatre in Telford on the 15th July.

“Overall TV is much, much easier. A lot of the time it’s just professional reading. It’s reading while trying to make it look like you’re not reading.”

‘First World Problems’ covers all of life’s small annoyances that we all have and Manford expertly explores these everyday frustrations and delivers them in his comical style whilst also inviting the audience to share their own ‘First World Problems’.

Jason now has a very wide fan base. He observes that, “By now, people know that we share a sense of humour. They are aware of what they’re getting, and I’m aware of what makes them laugh. The weirdest thing is fans who remember jokes that I’ve forgotten. Sometimes I say to them, ‘I don’t remember that one. I must put it back in the act – it’s a good gag!’

Jason Manford is riding high from all his success and has captured the nation’s heart as the comedian with heart, he reportedly picked up a hefty drinks bill after turning up late for a gig as a way of apologising and has gained the reputation as the ‘nice guy’ with his family-friendly routines and frequent Facebook updates telling funny stories about his 3 daughters. Contrary to how the saying goes, this nice guy, with his ample and ongoing success shows that nice guys don’t always finish last! Jason said; “I’ve been really enjoying this show; I have fun with the audience, it’s very friendly and relaxed and I never get bored of it – it’s an absolute joy. I love being on stage and I want to say a huge thank you to the brilliant crowds for their loyal support!” Jason’s charismatic style strikes up a natural rapport with his audiences and generates rare warmth on stage. He cleverly lays on his own warm-up for each show and encourages audience participation which leads to hilarious exchanges, with fans providing their own ‘First World Problems’. The Evening Standard calls him, “Effortlessly entertaining”. The Guardian praises, “What Manford does best: classic, chirpy-chappie stand-up”. The Daily Telegraph says that he is, “Blessed with the sort of laid-back charm and sharp turn of phrase you can’t manufacture”. Meanwhile, The Times states that, “Manford’s relaxed, self-mocking persona and his effortless gift for mimicry make a potent combination” In person Jason manifests the same likeable magnetism that draws thousands of fans to his live shows. His winning friendliness is no act. With this particular comic, what you see is what you get.

Stand-up, on the other hand, is much more demanding. “On stage, you’re everything,” Jason continues. “You’re the boss. You’re the performer, writer, editor, director. You’re even Ofcom. You decide what to say. It’s brilliant.”

The stand-up, who was a team captain on 6 series of 8 Out of 10 Cats as well as appearing on QI, Big Fat Quiz of the Year, League of Their Own and Would I Lie to You, adds that, “It’s also really interesting to see the demographic of my audience. I get grannies, their kids and their kids. It’s great to see.” Jason explains the title of his show, “First World Problems”. “I’d seen the phrase online and liked it; it just sums up so much I think the phrase emphasises those times when we moan about the most trivial things. It’s as if we invent problems so we have something to moan about. I imagine someone in the third world just thinking that we were all complete idiots!” Jason reveals that his material is constantly evolving. “I only tour every couple of years, and the good thing is that over that time your life and the people who surround you are constantly changing. Also, as you get older, you get more opinionated.” As Jason departs the dressing room we are in, I return to the subject of his sheer likability. Jason smiles that, “I’m the same on stage as I am in real life – which can be incredibly annoying at home! Jimmy Carr says that because he is quite rude on stage, if he says ‘hello’ to a fan in the street, that will make their day. “By contrast, because I’m nice on stage, unless I ask a fan if they fancy a brew, they’ll say, ‘He’s a bit rude’. I’m a victim of my own niceness. Sometimes I wish I’d gone down the Jack Dee misery route!” Don’t go changing, Jason. We love you just the way you are.

Jason, who has also performed stand-up on BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and multiple Royal Variety Performances, could not contain his excitement about returning to live comedy. The performer; a first-rate observational comic who describes his show as “essentially moaning about everyday life, but with punchlines” says the buzz you get from live comedy is unrivalled. “You can’t give it up!” he beams.

Written by James Rampton First World Problem tours the UK until the 30th July. To see Jason in Staffordshire, he will be performing on the 15th July in Oakengates Theatre, Telford. For more information visit

“People who haven’t done stand-up focus on the negatives – ‘what’s it like to die on stage?’ I always say, ‘It’s horrendous, the worst feeling in the world’. But the lows are so low because the highs are so high.” The stand-up, who has also hosted Show Me the Funny and Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford for ITV1, carries on “It’s a huge risk, but when it goes right, there is nothing better. It creates a communal feeling that you just can’t beat. You get all these people laughing and you think, ‘I did that!’ If you make one person laugh in a day, that’s great. Imagine multiplying that by 10,000!” Jason underlines that stand-up remains his overwhelming passion. “TV is simpler. You can do re-takes. But you’re not getting an immediate response. You don’t know if something is funny till weeks later.


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If you’re sports mad we have a rundown of the sporting events taking place over summer across Britain (and the odd international event we just couldn’t ignore) to ensure you don’t miss a minute of the action. 23rd June-6th July Tennis: Wimbledon The green grasses of SW18 offer an easy excuse for a city break in the capital. Henman Hill has long morphed into Murray Mound and for the first time in decades, Britain will have a defending champion to cheer on. The ballot for tickets has now closed, so you’ll need to get up very early and join “The Queue” on the morning of the day in question, or purchase a package through official tour operators Sports World or Keith Prowse. 5th-27th July Cycling: Tour de France The 101st edition of the Tour de France, cycling’s most famous stage race, will see Chris Froome attempting to defend his title. The race begins in Britain, with stages finishing in Harrogate, Sheffield and London. See for information on the race. 6th July F1: British Grand Prix, Silverstone Britain’s noisiest sporting event takes place on July 6th. Tickets for the race cost from £150 per person at weekend passes are also available. 9th-13th July Cricket: England v India, 1st Test, Trent Bridge Trent Bridge will host England’s first Investec Test Match against India from Wednesday 9th July 2014. 11th-12th July A thletics: Diamond League, Glasgow For the first time since 1968, Glasgow will host Grand Prix athletics as the prestigious IAAF Diamond League visits the Scottish city. 13th July Football: World Cup Final, Rio de Janeiro Yes, so not technically taking place in Britain, but this is perhaps the event of the year with the World Cup taking place in Brazil in the summer of 2014. Fingers crossed we’re still in the game and make it to the finals. 17th-20th July The Open Golf Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Course The R&A has announced that Royal Liverpool Golf Club will host The Open Championship in 2014. It will be the 12th time the Hoylake links has hosted golf’s oldest Major. 23rd July-3rd Aug A thletics: Commonwealth Games, Glasgow This summer, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will bring together thousands of elite athletes, friendly volunteers and excited spectators to join an incredible festival of sport and culture. 27th-31st July Cricket: England v India 3rd Test, Southampton

Can Andy Murray keep his crown as Wimbledon champion? 7th-11th August Cricket: England v India, 4th Test, Old Trafford 10th August Football: FA Community Shield, Wembley Organised by the Football Association, proceeds from the game are distributed to community-based initiatives and charities around the country. 12th August Football: UEFA Super Cup, Cardiff 16th August The Premier League Football Season Starts 23rd August Rugby League: Challenge Cup Final, Wembley 23rd August Cricket: Twenty20 Finals Day, Edgbaston 24th August A thletics: Diamond League, Birmingham The star-studded Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix returns to the Birmingham Alexander Stadium. Now in its fourth year, the prestigious IAAF Diamond League meet will welcome a world-class line up to the West Midlands as the best athletes in the world take to the track and field. 25th August-8th September Tennis: US Open, New York Again, not an event taking place in the UK but one that is sure to have a huge British audience. We’ll be cheering Murray on and hoping for a repeat of his Wimbledon win last summer across the pond. 31st August MotoGP: British GP, Silverstone Get ready for this year’s 2014 Hertz British Grand Prix (MotoGP™) which is sure to be packed with fun-filled activities, music and displays for all the family to enjoy.


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.

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Official range fuel economy figures for the BMW M3 Saloon and M4 Coupé: Urban 23.5-25.4mpg (12.0-11.1 l/100km). Extra Urban 40.9-42.2mpg (6.9-6.7 l/100km). Combined 32.1-34.0mpg (8.8-8.3 l/100km). CO2 emissions 204-194g/km. For model specific figures please contact your nearest Knights dealership or visit Figures may vary depending on driving style and conditions. BMW EfficientDynamics reduces emissions without compromising performance developments and is standard across the model range. †Test drive subject to status and vehicle availability.

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The Mercedes E-class Cabriolet has been treated to the same refresh that the saloon was treated to, yet the convertible is an old car compared to the saloon and estate models. Like the coupe, it’s based on the W204 C-class that’s just been replaced by the fine new Mercedes C-class, meaning that the AMG-trimline soft-top we’re driving is also older than the current-gen W212 E-class that arrived in 2011.

Designed, engineered and built as a pure driving machine, the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C is an uncompromised thoroughbred that marks the return to the world of lightweight sports coupés for the Alfa Romeo brand. Its natural beauty is defined by function; the need to wrap the engine and chassis in a compact, aerodynamically-efficient shape, making it a worthy descendent of one of the most beautiful coupés of all time: the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale.

All soft-top E-class models get the new one-piece headlamps instead of the quartet previously, and both the coupe and convertible have a more angular front than the saloon and estate. There are three diesel and two petrol E-class cabs to choose from, and the E250 CDI is the mid-spec diesel. The E350 Cabriolet costs £1500 more than the E250, and while it cuts a whole second from the 0-62 time, it weighs more and is thirstier, too.

Designed and engineered by Alfa Romeo and built at the Maserati plant in Modena, the mid-engined Alfa Romeo 4C employs the latest technologies of Alfa Romeo’s newest models: The new, all-aluminium 1750 Turbo Petrol engine; the latest-generation ALFA TCT dry twin clutch semi-automatic transmission and the Alfa D.N.A. driving mode selector - now with a new “Race” mode.

The 204bhp 2.1-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel is newer than the rest of the E250 Cab. It’s a superb engine: all-alloy, common-rail injection and does a commendable job in a relatively large car here in the E-class (albeit a C-class platform, as mentioned). Its strength is in its 368lb ft of torque, as well as the claimed 57.7mpg and 128g/km of C02 figure. What the on-paper stats don’t show just how malleable and talented this engine is at shifting 1845kg. The claimed 7.7sec 0-62mph time won’t have you arrested, yet the diesel’s flexibility makes this a handy convertible. You can muster your way through traffic and enjoy a B-road more than you might expect – this is not a bloated show-pony. That 368lb ft of torque is on tap from low revs, and while it lacks low-speed refinement, the seven-speed auto is smooth so on the motorway it’s a relaxed cruiser. The brakes are a little bitey: at first, they feel like a light switch, with little progression, but get used to them and they still have a hard grab as you smoothly apply the pedal. Available for £45,000.


Carbon-fibre was chosen for the one-piece monocoque due its high levels of structural rigidity and exceptionally low weight – just 65kg – and is built using sophisticated Formula 1-derived technologies, evolved especially for Alfa Romeo. SMC (Sheet Moulding Compound), which is lighter than both steel and aluminium, is used for the bodywork while even the thickness of the glass has been slimmed down by 15% to help reduce the Alfa Romeo 4C’s overall weight. Less than 4m in length and with a wheelbase of 2.38m, the Alfa Romeo 4C’s compact shape accentuates its remarkable agility: With a dry weight of 895kg and a 40:60 front-to-rear weight distribution, the Alfa Romeo 4C is capable of generating 1.1g of lateral acceleration and in excess of 1.2g of deceleration force. Priced from £45,000

Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet The Mégane Coupé Cabriolet is a 2 door cabriolet with a panoramic glass roof for ultimate freedom, roof up or top down. With expressive design, a range of eco-friendly, efficient yet powerful engines and innovative technology the new Renault has a large spec. 16” ‘Eptius’ alloys, R-Link multimedia system, 4x20W radio CD fingertip remote control and AUX input, Rear Parking Sensors, Automatic dual zone climate control and LED daytime running lights Price from £21,245

Mazda MX-5 Sport Venture The Mazda MX-5 is the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car with good reason. This multi-award winning MX-5 delivers the true roadster elements — outstanding agility and driving dynamics, optimal power-to-weight ratio and thrilling rear-wheel drive. And of course a soft-top roof that takes up no space in the boot and in seconds can go from a stunning roadster to a sleek and stylish convertible.

Alfa Romeo 4C

Typifying Mazda’s unconventional approach this sports car is inspired by the Japanese notion of Jinba Ittai – ‘horse and rider as one’. And it’s this special bond between car and driver that makes the Mazda MX-5 feel so responsive, sprightly and fun to drive. From the brushed aluminium dashboard to the chunky centre console that wraps around you this two-seater car combines roadster driving with touches of luxury. You don’t want to stop for longer than necessary, which is why this lightweight soft-top can go up or down with one hand in a matter of seconds. And it stores between the cabin and boot, which means your full boot capacity is always available, roof up or down. 167g/km¹ CO2 emissions From £18,495

Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet

Nissan MY14 GT-R The 2014 Nissan GT-R offers smoother ride comfort, more refinement and benchmark fit and finish, in the spirit of a great “GT”, while delivering breathtaking performance and roadholding. Its “multi-dimensional performance” means the driver can enjoy the full depth of the GT-R’s capabilities, whether navigating corners of a winding mountain road, cruising on the highway or even in an urban environment. Adding premium appeal to the exterior and interior design, the 2014 Nissan GT-R delivers sophisticated driving pleasure and is the ultimate embodiment of Nissan’s brand philosophy: “innovation that excites.” The 2014 Nissan GT-R sports new efficient, high-intensity, multi-LED headlights that create a distinctive “lightning” motif, generating a striking exterior visual signature. With such a unique visual reference, the GT-R’s road presence is enhanced, particularly in low-light and at night - while the fitment of the new headlights gives the driver increased visibility. From £78,020

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Jaguar F-TYPE V8 S With towering performance, F-TYPE V8 S offers outstanding levels of dynamic ability and control. Its 5.0 Litre V8 engine produces 495PS, accelerating from 0-60mph in just 4.2 seconds. F-TYPE V8 S features an Electronic Active Differential and Jaguar Super Performance Braking System with Sports Suspension and Adaptive Dynamics. • Acceleration: 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds • Top Speed: 186mph • CO2 Emissions: 259g/km • Jaguar Super Performance Braking System with Red brake calipers • Sports Suspension with Adaptive Dynamics • Quad exhaust pipes • 20” Turbine Silver alloy wheels • Electronic Active Differential • Sports seats with leather facings • 3-spoke leather steering wheel with Ignis gear shift paddles • Dark Hex Aluminium console finisher with ‘S’ graphic • Configurable Ambient Interior Lighting with selectable palette From £79,995

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The official fuel consumption figures in mpg (l/100km) for the Mazda MX-5 range: Urban 25.4 (11.1) - 28.8 (9.8). Extra Urban 45.6 (6.2) - 50.4 (5.6). Combined 35.3 (8.0) - 39.8 (7.1). CO2 emissions (g/km) 188 - 167. The mpg figures quoted are sourced from official EU-regulated test results obtained through laboratory testing. These are provided for comparability purposes only and may not reflect your actual driving results. Retail sales only, subject to vehicle availability for vehicles registered between 01.04.2014 and 30.06.2014 at participating dealers. T&C apply. *0% finance available on all Mazda MX-5 models. Example shown: Mazda MX-5 1.8i Sport Venture, £286 per month with Optional Final Payment of £5,729 is based on 9,000 miles per annum over 42 months on Mazda Personal Contract Purchase and includes dealer contribution. At the end of the agreement there are 3 options: (i) Renew: Part exchange the vehicle, where equity is available, (ii) Retain: Pay the Optional Final Payment to own the vehicle or (iii) Return the vehicle. Further charges may be made subject to the condition of the vehicle. Finance subject to status, 18s or over. Guarantee/indemnity may be required. Mazda Financial Services RH1 1SR. We can introduce you to a limited number of carefully selected finance providers. We may receive a commission from them for the introduction. Model shown: Mazda MX-5 1.8i Sport Venture, OTR from £18,995. OTR price includes VAT, number plates, delivery, 12 months’ road fund licence, first registration fee, 3 year or 60,000 mile warranty and 3 years’ European Roadside Assistance. Test drives subject to applicant status and availability. Details correct at time of going to print. Not available in conjunction with any other offer unless specified.

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