Win! Guildford Beer Festival tickets

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With more than 100 beers to choose from not to mention ciders, wines & spirits, Guildford Beer Festival is a must with 4 pairs of tickets to be won.

The 2022 Guildford Beer Festival, now in its 12th year, is a celebration of local drink producers on Friday 29th and Saturday, 30th July.

You can enjoy more than 100 cask ales and keg craft beers from independent breweries, all located within 30 miles of Guildford. It’s not just beer on offer though. At the festival you’ll also find a number of local gin and rum producers, still and sparkling wine from Surrey and West Sussex plus a fantastic collection of cider – you’ve guessed it from local cider makers.

Music is also an important part of the festival, with live music in the Andertons Music Tent at all three sessions – Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening. There’s a wide range of acts at each session, many coming from the vibrant Guildford music scene. And for when you get hungry a number of local food stalls will be on hand!

The festival is held at Guildford Cricket Club, located a few minutes walk from the town centre. This allows the 2,000 plus crowd to make the most of the space, with seating on the cricket pitch as well as in marquees. Tickets, which cost £10 per session, can be bought online at www.guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk.

The website also contains many more details on the event.

Guildford Beer Festival are offering four pairs of entry tickets for a session of the winner’s choice.

To enter, fill in the form below before 12pm on Wednesday 20th July

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Win! A Lola & Mawu basket

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Lola & Mawu is a boutique of ethical home décor bringing you the most beautiful authentic products which celebrate natural materials and organic shapes.

The Lola & Mawu team look all over West Africa for unique vintage pieces and in collaboration with artisans create objects for your home that combine time-honoured techniques with modern tastes. Their products are full of warmth, joy and African spirit and many are one-of-a-kind pieces which you’ll feel proud to own and want to keep forever.

Lola & Mawu strongly feel that the story behind each product should be as appealing as its looks, that’s why all their products are ethically handcrafted and fairly traded. The brand value traditional skills and will do everything we can to help artisanal communities to thrive. Every purchase at Lola & Mawu generates meaningful income for the makers and their families.

The team believe that diversity, the blending of traditions and the partnership between peoples of different cultures is the way to a better world. The name Lola & Mawu is a symbol of that partnership between Lola, the Founder, and Mawu, the African goddess of creation, embodied by the incredibly talented artisans we work with.

We’ve teamed up with Lola & Mawu to offer one lucky winner a Berenika basket, RRP £65.

Visit the Lola & Mawu website to see their whole range of amazing products.

To enter, fill in the form below before 12pm on Wednesday 3rd August

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Win! £500 Grand UK Holiday voucher!

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Win! A £500 Grand UK Holidays voucher!

Grand UK Holidays offer fully escorted UK and European coach tours and river cruises, exclusively for adults. The company has more than 300 free departure points across the south, south east and central England where a coach will pick you up and your holiday begins…

To celebrate the launch of the brand new 2022 festive holidays collection, one lucky winner can win a £500 gift voucher which you can use on a holiday of your choice! Enter as above.

Call 01603 61 99 33 for a free holiday brochure or visit Grand UK Holidays

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Win! Two Opera South tickets

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Win! A pair of tickets to enjoy Bastien et Bastienne & An Incomplete Education in a beautiful outdoor setting in Alton or Fernhurst, thanks to Opera South.

“Opera is one of the most important art forms. It should be listened to and appreciated by everyone…” So said the late, great Luciano Pavarotti.

Opera South is returning to the open air!

On 16th & 17th & 24th July the team will bring you an outdoor production of Bastien & Bastienne  by W. A. Mozart and An Incomplete Education by Chabrier.

This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a riotous double-bill of rarely performed one-act comedies by two of opera’s most witty and inventive composers. Mozart wrote Bastien when he was just 12 years old but his charming pastoral about a young couple who doubt the sincerity of each other’s feelings displays much of the comic and vocal flair which would flourish in his later works.

Chabrier’s An Incomplete Education is a lively and intimate operetta about a pair of inexperienced newlyweds and their awkward first night together, packed with the French composer’s signature fizz and fun.

Starring some of the UK’s most exciting emerging singers, the performances will be staged at Lower House Farm in Fernhurst (16th & 17th July) and Privett Station near Alton (24th July), directed from the keyboard by Opera South’s musical director, Mark Austin.

Both locations are wonderful: Lower House Farm’s intimate walled garden in the long-standing home of the ex-chairman of Opera South and Privett is a historic former railway station, situated within the beauty of the South Downs National Park.

Tickets for each special evening are £50, with picnics encouraged and a dress code of smart casual.

To book, please visit thelittleboxoffice.com/operasouth.

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Eastbury Hotel & Spa review

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Lazing in the bubbling jacuzzi, gazing up at the round ceiling window, where concentric circles of rain pulse outwards… this is about as close to Zen as I can remember feeling.

I have entered the round, inviting, Hobbit-like door to the bijou spa at the bottom of the walled garden at The Eastbury in Sherbourne. Inside is a nurturing safe haven that feels a million miles from the daily hubbub, with a luxury wet spa, hydrotherapy tub, sauna and treatment room where even the most frazzled can feel their cares melt away.

Treatments on offer from healing hands include nourishing facials, stone therapy and deep tissue massage, using the premier cru of wellness brands Caudalie. There is also an outdoor jacuzzi for good measure, and you can book exclusive use of the spa suite or perhaps treat yourself to a nourishing body wrap or tub and scrub.

If you are worn out by your own life and need a restorative change of scene, I can think of few places more suited than The Eastbury. The recently refurbished 26-bedroom country house hotel is the winner of the “best value experience” in the prestigious Conde Nast 2022 awards for Excellence.

Sherborne – the ancient capital of Dorset – is a sleepy market town with many local gardens (Stourhead, Minterne, Tintinhill), fly fishing, hot air ballooning, Sherborne Castle and Abbey. The area is surrounded by National Trust and English Heritage Sites and is a great base from which to explore the Dorset coast including Chesil Beach, Durdle Door, West Bay and Brownsea Island (a drive away of less than 45 minutes).

The five Victorian Garden Potting Shed Suites are beautifully appointed, snuggly warm and cosy, thanks to their underfloor heating. Each one has its own entrance and tri-folding rear doors so you can enjoy the private terrace and gaze at the stars, alongside the fire pit. These get-away suites are nestled in the award-winning gardens of the 17th century stone period property, where the outdoor seating, croquet, badminton, table tennis and large chess set add to the quirky charm of this luxury getaway. The newly refurbished Eastbury Cottage is has three generous bedrooms, if you’re looking for a group stay.

There are some dog-friendly rooms with comfy canine beds, bowls, treats, a squeaky dog toy and even a welcome letter from the owner’s chihuahua Monty. Each beautiful room offers a walks guide so that you can venture out to make the most of the local scenery, including Badbury Rings, Glastonbury Tor and the River Yeo.

Whatever your stress levels, a stay promises to top up your mojo levels and leave you feeling pampered, refreshed and ready to face the world anew. Aaaaaaand relax!

Doubles from £206 B&B per night. Eastbury Cottage price based on two people is £625 per night or £4,375 for seven nights. Price based on four people or more is £850 per night or £5,950 for seven nights on a self-catering basis. Includes a private garden, six-seater outdoor table, barbecue and a classic garden hot tub (available from the end of September). Minimum two-night stay. For more info or to book a stay visit theeastburyhotel.co.uk or call 01935 813131.

We have a five-star overnight stay with spa & dinner for two people at The Eastbury to give away! Click here to enter

Bill’s Newbury

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It’s time to take a fresh look at a familiar face with the grand re-opening of Bill’s in Newbury today (23rd September).

The popular restaurant and bar in Market Place is staying true to its roots but adding a touch of glamour with modern décor, luxurious velvet seating and sparkling chandeliers.

It’s the ideal spot for lunch, after work cocktails or dinner and to celebrate the relaunch they are offering you the chance to win dinner for six people. Anyone booking a table online during the opening week (23rd to 29th September) will automatically be entered into the prize draw.

And for the first two weeks after the relaunch, diners will be asked to vote for their chosen charity – West Berkshire Mencap, Helen & Douglas House and The Samaritans – to support for the next three months. The successful charity will be revealed on 7th October.

The management team in Newbury have been working to build relationships with the local community and the restaurant will be making a 50p contribution for each ‘burger of the week’ sold with the money going to the chosen charity.

Founder of the restaurant chain, which started in Lewes, Sussex in 2000, Bill Collison said: “Good quality food in a welcoming environment has always been at the core of Bill’s. We have loved being in our current spot in Newbury for the past five years and we felt the time was right for a fresh new look for the restaurant.

“We are proud to create restaurants that are full of vibrant colour and vintage trinkets. I believe that the new look transcends all dining times which will only enhance our diners’ experience and showcase our vibrant food and drinks.”

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Book your table online to enter the prize-draw or to find out more head to Bill’s website