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All us Water Babes deserve to let our hair down sometimes, so let’s get this party started with summer cocktails that refresh the parts even water can’t reach. Shaken but not stirred? We’re also getting fired up for a season of outdoor living with family friendly BBQ recipes and ideas on how to create a stylish entertaining space by simply bringing the Inside Out. Back inside we’re feeling at one with nature. From coastal hues, to a room with a view and au nautrel to Hello Yellow, let the sunshine in with SS17’s brightest trends. Away from home we’re exploring the renaissance of caravan holidays in Caravan Cool… they’ve moved on a lot since the 70’s. Honest. There’s no veneer in here! And finally if you’re having a break ‘at work’ this summer (no one’s judging!) we show you how to get ahead, get noticed and have fun too! Whatever type of break you’re having this summer, make sure it’s a good one.
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HEALTH & WELLBEING
21 Shades of summer Sunglasses: style & substance 23 Water babe The ultimate liquid diet 25 Bring me sunshine What’ll make you smile?
WINING & DINING 27 Eating out Al fresco dining 31 Summer sips Shake up your party
FASHION & BEAUTY 8 Suits you? Every body, beach ready
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33 H ave a break 9 ways to boost your career
47 Au naturel Chairs laid bare
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51 Room with a view The ultimate tranquil bolt-hole
37 Beat the heat Surviving the office
55 I nside out Outdoor living in style
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57 Reviews June’s recommendations
11 Ship ahoy! Get ship shape
59 What’s on Entertaining the whole family
13 City slicker Chic in the city
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SUMMER No new season wardrobe is complete without statement shades. Natalie Glass from Culver and Glass Optometrists helps unravel the complexities of picking the right pair. Here’s how to get it right and look and feel fabulous…
Without doubt, protecting your eyes from the sun is the number one priority for sunglasses. Did you know 10% of all skin cancers occur on and around the eye lid areas and not protecting your eyes in the sunshine can increase your risk of macular degeneration? UV exposure also contributes to your risk of cataract and burns to the front of the eye, which can be very painful. So, choosing the right pair of sunglasses isn’t just about style, even though we want to look fabulous too!
When it goes wrong, choosing sunglasses without the right protection or fit, can not only result in a fashion faux pas but can also increase the amount of UV light entering the eye as your pupil dilates through the darkened lens and causes more damage to the eye than not wearing sunglasses at all. So when choosing sunglasses always make sure they have 100% UVA and UVB protection. Don’t be tempted to buy from an unregistered seller. Remember to make sure they fit well across your nose and don’t slip forward. For good coverage, bigger is definitely better.
Knowing how to choose the right shape frame for your face can feel like a difficult task. The general rule is to go for a shape of frame which is opposite to that of your face. Longer or angular faces need the softer shapes to help compliment their features. Rounder faces are generally more suited to an angular shape which can help create the illusion of more defined features. Miranda Kerr shows this fantastically with her choice of cat eye frames. However, rules can be broken, Victoria Beckham looks gorgeous in all shapes.
If 2016 was the year of the Wayfarer then 2017 is already proving to be all about the Aviator. Many variations of this classic trend are available with the brow line bars proving to be especially popular even on plastic frames. For those square faces, Chloé and Tom Ford have some amazing round shapes.
The colour of the tint and how dark it is, does not always reflect the level of protection your eyes are receiving. Great news for those who like to have a variable gradient tint, or who want to experiment with colour. Combining the best type of tint and depth of colour with the right coating, really will make you see better. A mirror coating is not only in vogue but is going to reduce glare. If you want the ultimate experience in comfortable vision, choose a polarised lens.
Think prescription sunglasses cannot look as good as fashion sunglasses? Think again! Many manufacturers of fashion frames now make frames which can be glazed with your prescription. It’s the perfect solution for working through those holiday novels. Got the shades, now we just need a summer full of sunshine! URBAN FOX JUNE 2017 21
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Did you know 60% of your body is made up of water? It’s in every cell in your body and is required for virtually every process and function. It’s recommended that you drink 2-3 litres of water a day to keep your body balanced. Insufficient water intake can lead to dehydration and poor functioning of our body and its processes. Even 2-3% loss (up to 2kg in weight) of water in the body can lead to noticeable effects and impact your summer body goal! As the temperatures begin hotting up, keep cool with a glass of ice cold water and start to reap the benefits. Here’s 7 reasons why water could help you achieve your summer mind and body:
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Water plays a significant role in digestion. Insufficient water intake can lead to digestive problems and constipation leading to discomfort and bloating. Water is so vital to our bodies that if it does not get enough every day, our defence mechanisms kick in and store it, leading to water retention. Once you start drinking more water, your body recognises that it’s getting a steady external supply, and it starts letting go of the water it’s been holding.
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Common dehydration symptoms include lack of energy, tiredness, fatigue and often headaches. Our cells dehydrate and don't work as well. Dehydration not only effects exercise performance but lack of energy and constant tiredness is going to make you less active and more likely to make poor food choices.
Water carries nutrients to our cells and aids absorption, making us feel healthy and happy.
Water helps keep our muscles and joints lubricated helping to prevent cramps, injuries, aches and pains, allowing us to keep active and motivated towards our goals. Drink more water to keep on moving.
Dehydration makes skin cells dry up and causes wrinkles, as well as contributing to cellulite by preventing the body from effectively ridding itself of excess fat and waste. Water also improves capillary blood flow, replenishes skin tissues, moisturises and increases elasticity. So if you really want to look fabulous on the beach this summer, it’s time to cut the coffee and fizzy drinks and start increasing your water intake instead. URBAN FOX JUNE 2017 23
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better place. So why is this? Well we all know the Schwarzenegger of the nutrient world is Vitamin D - kicking ass in all directions when it comes to major benefits on the body. From relieving aches and pains (how else could those expats justify moving to Benidorm?) and helping skin conditions (get your spotty teenagers out there), to protecting against chronic illnesses and diseases. Vitamin D is essential for bone health and can aid hormonal issues; I can vouch for this, when I’m hormonally challenged aka ‘The Old Bag’, ten minutes downtime in sunshine has the same effect as popping a Valium. It’s just clicked why my husband keeps suggesting we move to Italy! The power of the sun never ceases to amaze me and I’m not talking ‘core temperatures’ here but the influence it has on us humans. Take men for example, the sun gets it’s hat on and they take their tops off - to visit the corner shop. Unless your torso resembles that of Daniel Craig this is a big no no. And how anything (even the sun) has the power to encourage
rocking up with the socks and sandals combo is beyond me. Then they crank up the barbecue and consider themselves contenders for Masterchef after serving up medium rare charred sausages and chicken a la salmonella.
Well we all know the Schwarzenegger of the nutrient world is Vitamin D - kicking ass in all directions when it comes to major benefits on the body. Our British summer, you can’t beat it; from fantasising about Mr Whippy and snorting Piriton to sheltering behind bunting clad windbreaks and wearing ridiculous rubber shoes. The sun is fantastic and so are we! And regardless of the science - I believe it makes most of us happier. So I did go back to my book, I thought it was a load of rubbish and deleted it. I’m starting all over again but heh the sun is shining and apart from a minor limp all is good - my ‘Jake Blues’ back flip didn't go as well as anticipated.
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SMOKEY CHIPOTLE CHICKEN Cooking time: 25 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients: 4 chicken breast fillets 4 whole sweetcorn 27g pack Bart Smokey Chipotle Rub 1 tbsp clear honey For the salsa: 400g can black eyed beans, drained and rinsed 4 salad onions, sliced 1 red pepper, deseeded and diced 2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Juice 1 lime
ut the chicken and P sweetcorn in the accompanying marinade bag with the chipotle rub and honey and give it a good shake to coat. Leave to marinate for at least 20 minutes.
o make the salsa, mix all T the ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
reheat the oven to 190˚C, gas P mark 5. Put the marinade bag in a roasting tin and cook for 25 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through with no pink meat. Take care when opening the bag as the steam inside will be very hot. Serve with the salsa.
Cook’s tip: After removing from the bag, place chicken on the BBQ for a few minutes to get that charred taste.
ITALIAN-STYLE BURGERS Cooking time: 15-20 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1 shallot, finely chopped 50g Gorgonzola, crumbled 454g British beef mince 25g pack fresh basil 4 tbsp Hellmann’s with Olive Oil 4 ciabatta rolls 70g pack wild rocket 2 tomatoes, sliced
Mix the shallot and Gorgonzola into the beef and shape into 4 even-sized burgers. Cook under a medium grill (or BBQ) for 7-8 minutes on each side until cooked through with no pink meat and nicely browned on the outside.
eanwhile, pick the basil leaves from M the stalks and finely chop. Stir into the Hellmann’s.
Cut the ciabatta rolls in half and lightly toast the cut-side. Pile the rocket and tomato on the bases and top with the burgers. Spoon over the basil dressing, top with the bun and serve.
Cook’s tip: If using a barbecue, chill the burgers for an hour to ensure they hold their shape while turning.
CIDER PORK KEBABS Cooking time: 25 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients: ½ x 568ml bottle Stella Artois Cidre 4 tbsp maple syrup 4 cloves garlic, halved 8 sprigs thyme 420g British pork fillet, cubed 2 courgettes, thickly sliced 8 shallots, halved 1 red pepper, seeded and thickly sliced Olive oil spray
lace the cider in a large glass P bowl and stir in 2 tbsp of the maple syrup, the garlic cloves and half the thyme sprigs. Add the pork and leave to soak for at least an hour or overnight.
ift out the pork, discarding the L marinade. Thread the meat and vegetables alternately onto 8 skewers. Spray lightly with the oil. Then BBQ, grill or griddle the skewers for 15-20 minutes, turning regularly until cooked through.
trip the leaves from the S remaining thyme sprigs and stir into the remaining maple syrup. Brush onto the skewers and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes until shiny and nicely browned. Serve with leafy salad and a chilled glass of the remaining cider.
Cook’s tip: Metal skewers work best as it helps the meat to cook faster and they don’t burn on the grill.
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Interested in moving up the ladder or changing departments, take a well-placed colleague out to lunch in the sunshine. It’s an ideal opportunity to informally pump them for information and because it’s work-related you can get away with rolling in a few minutes late too.
Schedule a catch-up meeting with your boss. They might be enjoying a ‘summer break’ too, so it’s the perfect time to make your mark. Say you’re looking for a mentor and he/she will know that you’re ambitious and may even offer to take you under their wing.
If you haven’t yet joined a professional organisation, now’s the time. Use those elevated energy levels to attend industry events, go to a conference, on a course (you’re less likely to be missed from the
If there’s a back-burner project you’re excited about, offer to take it on as a summer assignment. Ask to work from home for a week. You’ll have the uninterrupted time to get it done and if you’re lucky, come back with a tan as well as the plaudit for delivering the project.
Choose a new work habit or activity that will make a difference. Think of it as a ‘Summer Experiment’… it’s more fun that way. From not checking your email for the first hour of work, to contributing to the company blog, it’s motivating to do something new.
Offer to plan the office summer picnic or BBQ. It’s a great way to get noticed. You’ll look like a born leader with the boss, ‘Miss Popularity’ with your colleagues, plus you’ll get out of the office for several hours on a sunny Friday afternoon.
Start a work-related book club with your colleagues. Pick one book each month (think Sheryl Sanberg’s Lean In, rather than Richard & Judy’s summer reads) then discuss it over a long lunch or post-work happy hour.
Promise yourself to leave work on time all summer. It’ll force you to be super-efficient during the day (extra brownie points) and ensure you’re not spending all your daylight hours indoors. Better still, make a pact with yourself to be happier at work and you’ll enjoy your weekends so much more.
Finally if you’re thinking of branching out, the summer can be one of the best times to find a new job. There is less competition (people on hols or sitting it out until autumn) and if you’re someone who has more energy and positivity in the summer, that vibe will serve you well in interviews.
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SEĂ‘ORITA Having made her name in Hollywood, Salma Hayek has at long last joined forces with one of her birth nationâ€™s biggest stars. Here she talks about finally speaking Spanish on-screen in America, the surprising effects of ageing, and what it really means to be a Latin lover.
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When it comes to the inevitable annual polls to find the ‘sexiest stars in showbiz’, one thing is certain: Salma Hayek’s name is going to be in there somewhere. The voluptuous Velacruz-born actress has been a mainstay of cinema on both sides of the border since her Hollywood debut as a seductive succubus in Quentin Tarantino’s 1996 cult horror hit From Dusk till Dawn, but prior to being one of Tinseltown’s most coveted leading ladies, Hayek was a well-known face in her home country of Mexico. Now Hayek’s newest project, comedy How to Be a Latin Lover, has finally brought together her dual nationalities. Appearing alongside a shining star of Latin entertainment – Eugenio Derbez – and Hollywood heavyweights such as Raquel Welch and Rob Lowe, Hayek’s latest performance sees her speaking in her native tongue throughout the film. “It is paradise,” the 50-year-old says. “I have worked for so long and have become so accustomed to acting in English, I’m used to it but it feels like coming home. It feels like returning to yourself – to be able to think in Spanish, the freedom to just flow and improvise and really feel the words and never having to hesitate. I think in Spanish but have to translate all the time, so when I first started out it was horrible. I didn’t understand what I was saying! I had to learn some words phonetically and that was scary, but it’s a challenge and you push through. It’s much easier to me now, but I still hesitate; I still have to question my conviction and my instincts. It’s a hangup I’ll always have, I think.” Hayek’s undisputed cinematic magnum opus was her Academy Awardnominated performance in 2002’s biographical drama Frida, but while she has been raising the profile of Latin stars in America, her future co-star Derbez has been busy becoming the Spanishspeaking world’s most celebrated comedic actor – and entertaining Hayek and her Hispanic family along the way.
“To work with Eugenio, who I’ve wanted to work with for so long, was a dream for me,” she smiles. “He is one of the biggest names in Latin cinema. He’s a superstar – all my family love him. I would have said yes even if I hadn’t read the script! He is like a brother to me. And this was very difficult for Ken Marino, our director, because we would be speaking in Spanish and go off on these tangents and jokes and he would say, ‘What is happening? What did you guys say? Are you talking about me?’ He learned to accept it like it was. And the result is something that I’ve never seen before on film: a brother and a sister act that is very authentically Mexican.”
“With Latins, there is a lot of emotion, always bubbling underneath the surface, ready to explode.” The chance to work with one of her heroes, however, was not the only thing that drew Hayek to the project. “I feel now, the scripts are getting better and better as I’m getting older, which is a relief because it’s supposed to happen the other way,” she explains. “The looks, the appearance, it becomes less important. It’s not as obvious a factor. My looks helped me at the beginning of my career and maybe I would not be here without that, but now it matters less and less and that is only a good thing.” Some might scoff at the idea that the stunning Salma Hayek is any less beautiful now than she was decades ago, but the star herself says that her perennial place among the most beautiful women in cinema takes a lot of unseen upkeep – something that all ladies can surely sympathise with.
“You don’t see my face in the morning!” she laughs. “Or without the magic of talented make-up artists. You don’t see the effort. It’s all a show – all you have to do is peek behind it all to see reality. Of course I am lucky. I have Latin skin; it doesn’t age so fast. But I am also 50 years old. You have to age – that’s part of life. It’s happening slowly, but when I see the pictures of when I was younger… oh my God, I see it then. My face has changed. It’s become fuller and sags, but I don’t think I’m doing so badly!” Sex symbol or not, these days Hayek is far less concerned with the superficial stuff and much more interested in family matters. Married to French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, the couple have nine-year-old daughter Valentina to keep them on their toes. When it comes to her matriarchal role, Hayek likes to keep things traditional. “I am the most embarrassing mother,” she reveals. “Everything I do – ‘Oh Mam, why did you do this? Mam, please stop! Why did you say that? Why are you wearing that?’ It’s part of life, no? The irony is I’ve become my own mother, because she was the same. She was an opera singer and she would sing all the time in front of my friends; always practising, never stopping. That for a teenager is difficult to work with! Now Valentina is lucky because I can’t sing. I have spared her that pain.” It seems despite Hayek’s perceived parental shortcomings, the only way to really make Valentina uncomfortable would be to quiz her mother on what it actually means to be “a Latin lover”. “Oh God, I don’t know!” she laughs. “I’ve been with my husband for 11 years! But I think typically, the idea is that you must be very seductive and romantic; very passionate and very fiery. With Latins, there is a lot of emotion, always bubbling underneath the surface, ready to explode. And you also have to be adventurous and full of mischief and fun – Latins, we’ve endured so much, but we always have a smile on our face.”
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It’s officially summer which means we should all be outside enjoying the sunshine, right? Unfortunately, in reality we’re much more likely to be staring out at a glorious sunny day whilst chained to our desks, says Kirsty France. Even though I work at home, I usually find that the sunniest days are the ones where I have masses of client work to finish. That means I have to be at my computer. I’ve tried hauling it outside but sunshine equals glare and I can’t see a thing! Over the years I’ve worked in every kind of office from windowless cubicles to open plan – here’s what I’ve learned so far.
Dressing for work in the summer can be a nightmare. There’s the office dress code to contend with and you still have to look professional for customers. The thought of having to wear a suit is enough to give you heat rash, so what do you do? I once worked in a cubicle in the middle of a building. There were no windows, no air conditioning and the temperature could easily top 32°C on a hot afternoon. I found that the best approach was to wear natural fabrics like cotton or linen. Keeping everything fairly loose and flowing meant that at least I could wear a sleeve without expiring. Sometimes I would just give in to the summer dress but take a light jacket to cover up when necessary.
Choosing linen has its pitfalls if you want to look professional – you could end up looking a bit crumpled by the afternoon so maybe schedule meetings for the morning.
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Sometimes even dressing for the weather isn’t enough. You just have to cope with the resources you have available. I once worked in an office where they banned fans. There was lots of computer equipment generating heat and they concluded that extra gadgets would only raise the temperature further.
Moving quickly in hot weather will only make you hotter. Unless you have to run for a train, slow down! I was tempted to invest in a ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ style hand held fan but I didn’t want to run the risk of accidentally propositioning the senior partner!
Instead, I took to lots and lots of cold drinks and ice lollies. Running my wrists under the cold tap worked a treat too – apparently there are lots of veins there which helps you to feel cooler generally. My hair’s quite short but lots of my colleagues also swore by putting their hair up.
Moving quickly in hot weather will only make you hotter. Unless you have to run for a train, slow down! I often found that it felt cooler outside the office than inside so I always went out at lunchtime. As much as jumping into the water fountain appealed to me, I wasn’t convinced my boss (or the police) would be so amenable, so I’d try instead to find somewhere to just sit and watch the world go by. I’ve decided to adopt the same approach to the school run now, especially as the local pub has a bouncy castle!
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Incoming heat is also important so check the glass’s SHGC rating which measures how quickly a room will heat up if not sufficiently ventilated. Solarcontrol glazing can prevent garden rooms from overheating even when the sun is shining.
Know what you want. The terms ‘conservatory’, ‘garden room’ and ‘orangery’ can be interchangeable but typically a structure that’s entirely glazed is a conservatory while something partially glazed is a garden room or orangery. Sun rooms which are only partially glazed offer more space in terms of hanging mirrors, artwork etc. and can also make positioning furniture more straightforward. Stick to something that’s in keeping with the architecture of your home. A decorative orangery is more suited to a Victorian house rather than a contemporary property.
Choose a structure that will create maximum light. Roof lanterns add light with the bonus of increasing space and height, while skylights offer a more discreet way to maximise light. Plan any additional lighting requirements at the design stage. That way any unsightly wires can be hidden within the architectural framework.
The most popular materials are uPVC, aluminium and timber. What you choose will depend on the look you’re after. Remember to factor in any eco requirements and maintenance costs.
Conservatories don’t usually need planning permission as they come under ‘permitted development’. However listed properties and those in conservation areas may require permission. Consult your local planning authority first.
If you opt for a heavily glassed structure, ensure you have a good U-value. This measures how effective a material is as an insulator. The lower the U-value, the better the material is as a heat insulator.
Underfloor heating is a good option for conservatories, where you don’t have solid walls for radiators. Choose hard-wearing flooring such as stone or ceramic. They’re suitable for high traffic areas and will transfer underfloor heat efficiently.
Consider the impact the sun will have on your furnishings. A special coating on the glass itself or fitting blinds to the roof and sides, can help to reduce the UV light coming through. For soft furnishings opt for neutral fabrics in materials blended with polyester, nylon and acrylic, as they’re less prone to fading. If you like bright colours then stick with small-ticket accessories which can be easily replaced if they fade.
Wooden furniture is also susceptible to sun damage, so opt for lighter timbers or painted wood. Reposition your furniture from time to time and rearrange ornaments and lamps on the surfaces, to avoid obvious colour variances in the wood. URBAN FOX JUNE 2017 51
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Dining outdoors is a must when it comes to warm-weather entertaining, so rethink how that area looks and feels by taking inspiration from your dining room. Dress the garden table as you would your indoor dining table, with a fabulous centrepiece of candles, flowers, plants or other decorative pieces. Then add beautiful crockery and glassware teamed with natural runners and napkins. Keep it glamorous; leave the plastic tableware for picnics.
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Lighting is key to bringing the inside out and there’s a huge variety to choose from. Use an uplighter to enhance a garden sculpture, add way marker spotlights along your garden path or create a touch of whimsy with strings of fairy lights through your trees and shrubs. If budget is an issue, you can make any garden look magical with some well-placed candles and lanterns. Hang lanterns from beams and bars, or simply scatter candles placed in jam jars around the garden.
Finally ensure that both your outdoor space and furnishings offer flexibility and can be used to maximum effect. Cosy Seating There’s little point spending time and Whatever your space or style preference, money on a space that is hardly ever there are so many fabulous seating used. Why not create an outdoor snug options. A stool or crate will work if with book shelves, prints, decorative short of space and tight on budget, but ornaments, and reading lights? Perfect if you really want to make a statement, for relaxing in on summer evenings. opt for wicker hanging chairs, corner Or utilise an old, dilapidated bed and sofas or rustic wooden benches. To add cover in blankets and pillows. Read on a touch of luxury and warmth, pile up it solo, sit and have a drink with friends, cushions and blankets to snuggle under Houseology or sunbathe in the summer. URBAN FOX JUNE 2017 55
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Nevill Holt Opera presents
by Benjamin Britten
Set in the stunning grounds of the Nevill Holt Estate, featuring over 100 children from Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July 2017, 2pm and 5pm To secure your tickets, visit www.nevillholtopera.co.uk Adults ÂŁ12, Children ÂŁ6 Nevill Holt, Medbourne, Market Harborough, Leicestershire
Illustration by Finlay Bent, age 8
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Gangsta Granny, Wed 28 Jun – Sun 2 Jul, De Montfort Hall
Kiss Me Kate
1940’s Baltimore and it’s opening night. Ten minutes to the curtain going up and backstage all hell has let loose! The story unfolds on and off stage as romantic entanglements, mistaken identities and hairy encounters with a pair of hilarious, foolhardy gangsters are all comically intertwined in Cole Porter’s stunning musical comedy. Full of mischief, wit and dazzling dance including hit songs Another Op’nin, Another Show, Brush Up Your Shakespeare, Too Darn Hot and So In Love, it will leave any Tom, Dick or Harry grinning from ear to ear!
The opportunity to view ‘Extraordinary Art in Ordinary Houses’, Art House is back with 60 artists across 10 venues. If you've never been before, expect to be amazed by the great variety of work on show including textiles, jewellery, ceramics, glass, sculpture, fine art, print making and photography. Plus take the opportunity to chat to the artists about their work and buy something unique for your home. Take a pleasant two-mile stroll around the venues or catch the Art House hopper bus (donations appreciated). On Sat & Sun take a break for tea, cake and live music at Tart House (71 Holmfield Road) a popup cafe which enables Art House to support two local cancer charities and MIND. Established since 2008 this community event has people returning year after year. Venues are open from 18.0020.30 on Fri and 11.00-18.00 on Sat & Sun.
Wed 31 May – Sun 16 Jul Kilworth House Theatre Tickets from £34 kilworthhousetheatre.co.uk
Art House, 9 - 11 June, Stoneygate & Clarendon Park
Fri 9 – Sun 11 Jun Stoneygate & Clarendon Park Free entry art-house.org.uk
Graeme of Thrones, 16 Jun, Uppingham Theatre
Ladies in Lavender Mon 12 – Sat 17 Jun The Little Theatre Tickets from £13 thelittletheatre.net
Based on the hit film screenplay by Charles Dance starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, and on the original short story by William J. Locke, Ladies in Lavender tells the tale of two sisters Ursula and Janet who live in a close-knit fishing village in picturesque Cornwall, in 1936. When a handsome and talented young Polish violinist bound for America is washed ashore, the Widdington sisters take him under their wing and nurse him back to health. However, the presence of the mysterious young man disrupts their peaceful lives and the community in which they live.
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Battle Proms, 8 Jul, Burghley House
Noye's Fludde 1 – 2 Jul Nevill Holt Estate Tickets from £6 nevillholtopera.co.uk
Graeme of Thrones
In this critically-acclaimed theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms, avid 'Thrones' fan Graeme just wants to recreate his favourite fantasy saga on stage. He doesn't quite have the same budget as the TV, or as many cast members, or the performance skill required, but he's sure George RR Martin would approve - and that's what matters. But when news reaches him that an influential producer is in the building, Graeme decides that this could be his big break - as long as nothing goes wrong... Having started life in London's West End, the show has since been around the world with productions in Australia, Canada and the USA. A must for any Game of Thrones fan.
The story has been told before, but never like this. An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution. Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production of Salomé, which will be broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre.
Friday 16 Jun Uppingham Theatre Tickets from £14 uppthearts.co.uk
Trainspotting Live Tue 20 – Sat 24 Curve Theatre Tickets from £18 curveonline.co.uk
This punchy production recaptures the passion and controversy of the famous novel and globally successful film, and repackages it into an immersive production – the audience are literally part of the show, including the notorious “Worst Toilet in Scotland” scene. Trainspotting is the story of Mark Renton and his friends, living through the Edinburgh heroin scene of the 80s. Harry Gibson’s original stage adaptation was instantly successful and controversial and won the Sunday Times Award for Best New Play. This is a no-holdsbarred immersive, in-yer-face theatre production: this is your ticket to a ride you won’t soon forget. Age guidance 16+.
Thu 22 Jun Phoenix Arts Tickets from £13.50 phoenix.org.uk
Gangsta Granny Wed 28 Jun – Sun 2 Jul De Montfort Hall Tickets from £12 demontforthall.co.uk
1It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny! From the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories comes this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children.
Nevill Holt Opera are creating a full-scale outdoor production of their first children's community opera, Noye's Fludde (Noah's Flood) by Benjamin Britten, as the closing highlight of their 2017 Summer Festival. With some of the UK's leading operatic professionals featuring alongside over 100 local Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire school children, Noah's Flood will be conducted by NHO's Artistic Director Nicholas Chalmers and directed by Royal Opera House Director of Opera Oliver Mears. The stunning grounds of Nevill Holt Estate will play host to the 50 minute performances at both 2pm and 5pm on Sat 1st & Sun 2nd July. The perfect introduction to opera for children, young adults and families.
Battle Proms Sat 8 Jul Burghley House Tickets £18-£38 burghley.co.uk
Since their first concert in 1997 the Battle Proms have been treating their audiences to a heady mix of sublime classical music, carefully choreographed Spitfire and cavalry displays, dramatic cannon fire and stunning firework finales. Widely regarded as the most exciting summer proms concert in the country, the Battle Proms is a firmly established favourite. Pack up a picnic, stock up on fizz and join the party. The Battle Proms is proud to support Combat Stress: the UK’s leading Veterans’ Mental Health Charity.
Salomé, 22 Jun, Phoenix
THE PIANO PORTRAITS TOUR
Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 July
Saturday 17 June
THE CAT STEVENS STORY
THE CAT STEVENS STORY
STARRING DARREN COGGAN
Tuesday 19 September
“Darren Coggan seamlessly weaves the Cat Stevens Story in song and speech in what ends with a standing ovation” Sunday Herald Sun
Wednesday 13 September
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Monday 16 – Saturday 21 October
THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD
THE BEST SIDE OF THE MOON
Tuesday 31 October
BORN TO GO WILD
Monday 23 October
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TASTER DAYS Loughborough Grammar School
Loughborough High School
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If your son is currently in Year 5, we would love to offer him the opportunity to experience what it feels like to be a Year 7 student at Loughborough Grammar School. During the Taster Day, we aim to give him a real flavour of life at our School: the lessons, the sports, the practical subjects, the campus, the food and the fun! Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are pleased to invite prospective pupils who are currently in Year 5 to visit us for a Taster Day. This is an ideal opportunity for your daughter to experience a day as a Loughborough High School student and get a taste of Senior School. She will enjoy an interactive day and participate in many fun and exciting activities. Please contact us at: email@example.com
(Boys 10-18 years)
(Girls 11-18 years)
Loughborough Endowed Schools Foundation
Exemplary Independent Education Fairfield Preparatory School
Our Lady’s Convent School
21 June 2017 9.45am 3.00pm
29 June 2017 8.55am 3.55pm
Fairfield Preparatory School would be delighted to welcome any children who are currently in Year 1 to their Taster Day in June. The day is designed to give your child the experience of a day at Fairfield and will comprise of a range of exciting and fun-packed school activities, including a visit to our wonderful Forest School. Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 5 girls are invited to join us for a day of enjoyable, stimulating, hands-on, educational activities in our warm and friendly school. Our Taster Day experience will give your daughter valuable insight into our ethos and an exciting flavour of Senior School life.
(Co-ed 3-11 years)
(Boys 4-11 years, Girls 4-18 years)
Please contact us at: email@example.com
Please contact our Admissions departments for further information and to reserve your place.
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COOL Here’s 19 reasons why…
You don’t have to worry about queues, delays and lugging your suitcase through the airport.
You can choose your own arrival and departure times and aren’t bound by other’s schedules.
It enables you to disconnect from the busy-ness of everyday life and genuinely relax.
It offers all the adventure of camping without the soggy ground sheet and furry friends sharing your sleeping bag.
The design has moved on a lot since the 70’s. There’s no veneer in here!
You can bring whatever you want from home (pillow, hairdryer, wine cooler) Keep it basic or go the full glamp!
The only person who has used the duvet is you.
With all the mods cons including Wi-Fi, TV, electric showers and central heating, it’s a home from home.
If you’re planning a hard Brexit and swapping your gîte in Nice for a summer staycation, you can’t go wrong with a touring caravan holiday.
The kids will love it! And as any parent knows if they’re happy, you’re happy.
Nothing beats waking up in the morning gazing out over a beautiful lake, beach, mountain or fields.
Who doesn’t enjoy al fresco dining? Breakfast on the fire outside. Perfect.
Being able to self-cater solves any fussy-eating & dietary issues, plus leaves money for other little treats.
If they need more stimulus, larger sites have facilities such as pools, adventure playgrounds & kids clubs. Rover can come too. Many sites are dog friendly so you won’t need to pay a pet sitter or kennel fees. You can’t beat the sense of freedom. Stay in one place or move around to discover new places.
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It’s a great way to make friends with your temporary neighbours. Invite them over for a BBQ.
You can get the kids away from digital distractions and encourage them into the great outdoors.
It allows you to re-bond as a family. From cricket tournaments and hide & seek to simply exploring…
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Spa days are my time to relax
Best for beauty
See Tosca at NHO’s summer festival
Rosenna East “Music is power!” says Rosenna East, General Manager at Nevill Holt Opera. I was brought up in a leafy suburb of London. We had a neighbour who was very enthusiastic about a music system called the ‘Suzuki’ method. It’s a Japanese philosophy that believes music is a universal language that can be taught to young children. So I got started on my tiny violin at 3 years old! I developed self-discipline, focus, strong memory and aural skills, and was playing concerts with my friends by the age of 4. Not long after that we were touring internationally as a small group. I can’t describe how much fun we had. As a teenager I didn’t want to be ‘professional’ and opted instead to do a History degree at Oxford. But after my studies I couldn’t bear the idea of giving up the violin to get a ‘proper job’, so I took a Masters at the Royal College of Music in London, and fell in love with the idea of playing in a Chamber Orchestra. Playing in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra was my perfect job. I spent 9 years living in Edinburgh and getting to know Scotland. Highlights included partnerships with conductors Sir Charles Mackerras and Robin Ticciati, and the recordings we made of the late Mozart symphonies will be something that I will be proud of my whole life. Performing with the SCO was truly exhilarating.
While still in the SCO, in 2013 I became Chair of the Board of a small opera company in Scotland called NOISE, commissioning and producing new operas. We won an Arts and Business Award for Entrepreneurship. In 2014 I heard about the GM job at Nevill Holt and I thought it sounded exciting! I was ready for a big change in my life, so I took the leap. My role includes organising and managing an opera festival at the beautiful Nevill Holt each summer. This year we are staging Puccini’s Tosca from 15 – 22 June, which will be fabulous. We’re also passionate about developing young singers, as well as contributing to the musical life of the community around us; so I am very proud that we’ll be staging our first children’s community opera – Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, on 1 & 2 July. It’ll be performed outdoors in the gorgeous gardens of Nevill Holt and will feature 130 local school children. I’ve been involved in music education my whole life! Music is power, it changes the way people feel. And if it can change the way people feel, it can change lives. If it can change lives, it can change whole communities. I’ve taught in specialised high-end music schools and schools where you’re lucky if they’ve got an egg-
No7 for every day, MAC for wild & wonderful. Most extravagant purchase
A 1920s French violin bow made by Eugene Sartory. On my nightstand
Leader-smithing by Eve Poole. Inspirational & practical. Favourite piece of all time
Mozart’s Prague Symphony. Top of your bucket list
To build a theatre…and I’m doing it! Guilty pleasure
Mariah Carey’s Christmas album. Advice to young self
Sock it to them!
shaker in the cupboard. I’ve put operas into prisons, pubs and village halls and I’ve taken my violin into post-conflict communities in Bosnia, Croatia, Sri Lanka and Palestine. For me the purpose of music is to connect people. What I enjoy most about being GM at Nevill Holt is interacting with a huge range of people, and creating moments for them to truly experience music. I hope I am a positive ambassador for our festival, and for the importance of live music in communities. I’m planning a good rest after this summer’s festival, before focussing on next year’s programme and the completion of our new theatre. We look forward to opening it to wild success in June 2018! Details on how to book tickets for Tosca and Noye’s Fludde are available at www.nevillholtopera.co.uk/booking/
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