Document 69539

Dinner Dance event
The Dog Trouble Foundation
lavia Cacace, and her husband Jimi
Mistry, will be opening Wokingham’s
Dog Trouble Foundation Charity
Dinner Dance on Saturday,
16th August. Strictly Come Dancing’s Flavia
will also be offering dance workshops earlier
in the day, with all proceeds going to The Dog
Trouble Foundation.
Flavia commented, “I am so excited about
being involved in this event, it is going to be a
great night. I am in full support of this
worthwhile charity. The work that Jo does is
something I'm very interested in and believe
could help so many dog lovers and dogs live
the happiest lives alongside each other.”
The Black Tie event will take place at The
Dog Trouble premises in Wokingham, with all
funds raised going to the newly established
The Dog Trouble Foundation was set up by
founder, Jo Cottrell, to provide on-going
support and dog behaviour training to
rescue centre staff and volunteers, in
conjunction with behaviour rehabilitation for
dogs in rescue centres who require more
specific rehabilitation to improve their
chances of being rehomed. The Foundation
also helps to educate
young people and
Flavia will also be delivering two
adults regarding the
30 minute dance workshops
correct care and
handling of dogs to
in Jive and Argentine Tango
ensure the welfare of
on Saturday 16th August at 4pm
the dog and the safety
each workshop costs £25pp
of both the handler and
the general public. Jo
has recently delivered workshops
at Emmbrook School in Wokingham
and Wildmoor Heath in Crowthorne.
Since it was first launched, The Dog
Trouble Foundation has been raising money
through monthly Charity Pack Walks at local
venues to support the work of the foundation.
Tickets for the Dinner Dance are limited,
so early booking is advised. Price is
£100.00 per person, which includes welcome
“I am so excited
about being
involved..., it is
going to be a great
event... The work
that Jo does is
something I’m very
interested in.”
Flavia Cacace
drink, food and entertainment. Flavia and
Jimi will be dancing on the night, with
music from the Manhatten Swing
Orchestra. There will also be a raffle
and an auction – donations would be
gratefully received for both.
At 4pm on Saturday 16th August, Flavia
will also be delivering two 30-minute
dance workshops - in Jive and Argentine
Tango. Each workshop costs £25 per person.
Jo Cottrell, Founder and Owner of Dog
Trouble said, “This event is about raising funds
to help educate and support Rescue staff in
dog behaviour and rehabilitation so that
Rescue centres can provide the basic
behaviour fundamentals with dogs in their
care. Current studies have shown that of the
dogs rehomed by the RSPCA, 16% are
returned, 68% of which are returned due to
problem behaviour. Our goal through the
work of this charity is to reduce that number
by working together to ensure they have the
best chance of being permanently rehomed.
Through the charity education programme we
can also provide education for people,
particularly children on staying safe around
dogs and how to care for them, with the view
to preventing dog behaviour incidents.”
For further information about the Dog Trouble Foundation and to book tickets on-line,
please visit
ith the holiday season now in full
swing and a lot of us enjoying a little
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extra time due to the school
holidays, we hope you find our August edition
interesting and useful.
We have featured some ideas for great days
out, be sure to check online before visiting
some of these attractions as big savings can be
made for families.
Of course closer to
home their are still
beautiful walks
around Chobham
Common, Virginia
Water and Windsor Great Park, ideal for picnics
and suitable for all ages to enjoy.
This month we have included a Wedding section with a vast array of
local businesses featured within the pages.
We cannot stress enough the importance of supporting local
businesses and as we are so lucky to have such a wide variety of high
quality shops, hotels, restaurants on our doorstep, this is something we
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Macdonald Windsor Hotel
ather your friends and colleagues and book a sparkling
Christmas party at the stylish Macdonald Windsor Hotel in
the heart of the Royal town before 30th September and
receive a worthwhile 15% discount off your total food bill.
Dress to impress, enjoy a traditional four-course meal and dance
the night away with the hotel’s Dj at a Festive Bash ‘Party 2 Party’ night
held every Friday and Saturday from 5th to 20th December; festive
novelties and a glass of Prosecco will also be waiting for you at the
table. All this is just £55 per person (before discount), or party and stay
the night with full English breakfast from £105pp based on two
Book a Christmas party at Macdonald Windsor Hotel
before 30th September and receive 15% discount
If you are planning a festive party for 85 or more guests, you can
book an exclusive party night when the only people sharing your fun
are your friends, family or business colleagues. The price, menu and
early booking discount remain the same but you can add your own
special themed extras for an additional payment.
Macdonald Windsor Hotel is also offering festive dining in the
comfort of a private room – just like an extension of your own home
but without any of the hard work! Choose from a range of options and
festive treat menus such as a simple two course lunch, celebration
afternoon tea or a three course ‘All wrapped up’ meal. Pick a room to
suit your style, add a ‘drinking den’ or an iPod docking station and be
your own Dj. Prices from £25pp before discount for a Festive Feel
Afternoon Tea.
Windsor is simply magical at Christmas time with its celebrations
and 3D lit crown-decorated streets. The contemporary Macdonald
Windsor Hotel occupies a superb position opposite the Guildhall and
within two minutes walk of the Castle, which makes a stunning
backdrop with its famous 100ft Christmas tree.
For more details and to book your
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Ilda DiVico
Couture Millinery
Italian Designer Ilda Di
Vico has been operating
her own label since 2005,
gaining both national and
international acclaim. A
unique style, coupled with
high quality has produced
hats that have become a
huge commercial success.
Ilda’s philosophy on hat wearing and her millinery
creations combine’s the couture millinery tradition with
the current casual approach toward fashion suitable for
today’s minimalist clothing as well as the dressier special
Her hats are all one-of-a-kind; the lines are clean and
flattering to a woman’s face. The result is contemporary,
wearable and shamelessly feminine. Delicate hand
beading and feather adornments are also trademarks of
her hats ranging from the classic to wearable art pieces.
Ilda strikes a fine balance among colour, form, and
proportion producing some award winning hats. Always
experimenting with different materials, Ilda is able to
create hats that are custom designed to suit your needs,
whether it’s to match an outfit or a mood.
It is our mission that you will leave us feeling perfectly
dressed from top-to-toe and ready to turn heads.
Make an appointment for a one-to-one consultation or
just simply come along and see me.
Ilda Di Vico Couture Millinery
118 London Road, Sunningdale, Berkshire. SL5 0DJ
Book your appointment on 01344 874854 • [email protected]
charity Spotlight
The Dog Trouble Foundation
Editor’s letter
wining & dining
Macdonald Windsor Hotel
Inside this month’s issue
10 Business Spotlight
Piccolino La Griglia
12 event guide
Up and coming sporting events
16 True Blue
with Tom French Jewellery
18 make your Big day...
with Laithwaite’s Wine
20 La Bella Figura
with Ilda DiVico
22 Beauty & The Bride
with Suzie Coxon of Aura Spa
28 Look Hot Stay cool
with Ruth Baker
32 Family Favourites
See & do locally, come rain or shine
36 Property view
Changing the Game at Wentworth
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this summer
Piccolino La Griglia
ne of the new Hot Spots of Virginia Water this Summer
'Piccolino La Griglia' continues to be talk of the town.
Guests are welcomed from far and wide to experience a
taste of Sicily, rain or shine and undeterred by the great
British weather! Piccolino is also delighted to boast the newest member
of the team, Head Sommelier Nora Fitzgerald, to entertain guests with a
food and wine pairing experience exploring all the flavours of Italy.
Guests are welcome for group dining and events, leisurely meals with
friends and family, or simply to enjoy the great atmosphere at the bar
and check in with the latest score or match point on the terrace screen.
You won’t have to splash the cash on an expensive foreign break
this year as Piccolino La Griglia is bringing Sicily to Surrey!
The Virginia Water, Italian restaurant and bar, is offering guests the
chance to sample a little slice of Italy, with their new all-weather dining
Pop along with this article and redeem a complimentary
glass of Prosecco next time you dine with us.*
Featuring an innovative retractable roof and an outdoor wood
burning and charcoal grill, the restaurant now offers alfresco dining all
year round, providing a taste of the Mediterranean lifestyle.
Travelling to Italy to source the highest quality ingredients, from
some of the top artisans in the world, the London Road restaurant
offers guests a truly authentic experience serving the freshest Italian
cheeses, meat, seafood and seasonal produce available.
Ranging from summery Spinaci to light Spiedini, the summer
collection of Italian dishes and classics at Piccolino La Griglia are
perfect enjoyed in true ‘alfresco’ style.
Don’t forget to pop in during the week to sample the new Quick
Lunch menu, which offers time pressured guest’s one course for £10 or
two courses for £15.
At the weekend, enjoy the new Sunday lunch menu, featuring
traditional slow roasted cuts of meat, that are only £25 for two to share.
Or if you just want to enjoy a drink or two in the sunshine, the
restaurant’s new wine wall offers diners an extensive choice of Italian
favourites and there is a range of classic cocktails for every taste.
*Offer available throughout 2014, excluding 1 Dec 2014 – 1 Jan 2015. Includes one glass of Prosecco per person, redeemable with every meal booked. Maximum party size of 9 guests.
Piccolino La Griglia, London Road, Virginia Water, Surrey GU25 4QE
T: 01344 844 756. E: [email protected]
Twitter: Piccolino_VW
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Edinburgh Military Tattoo
4th ODI v’s India,
Cowes Week, Isle of Wight
Salon Prive, Syon Park,
4th Test Match v’s India,
Old Trafford
Burghley Horse Trials
Crawford Cup,
Guards Polo Club
5th ODI v. India,
Dubai Trophy Final,
Ham Polo Club
F1 Grand Prix
Monsa, Italy
Last Night of the Proms,
Royal Albert Hall
15-19 5th Test Match v’s India,
Fox & Hounds Social Cup,
Guards Polo Club
(until 7th Sept)
22-24 F1 Grand Prix –
Spa Francorchamps
Roehampton Cup Final,
Ham Polo Club
1st ODI v’s India, Bristol
Venice Film Festival
(until 6th Sept)
2nd ODI v’s India, Bristol
3rd ODI v’s India, Bristol
10-14 Chairman’s Cup,
Guards Polo Club
12-14 Goodwood Revival,
West Sussex
13-21 London Design Festival
19-21 F1 Grand Prix
Billy Walsh Tournament Finals,
Ham Polo Club
Alfred Dunhill Links
Championship, St Andrews
London to Brighton
Veteran Car Run
F1 Grand Prix
F1 Grand Prix
Sao Paulo
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe,
Lord Mayor’s Show,
The London Film Festival
Rememberance Day
10-12 F1 Grand Prix
16-19 Frieze Art Fair,
Regents Park
14-23 London Jazz Festival
21-23 F1 Grand Prix
Abu Dhabi
23-24 National Golf Club Challenge
Grand Final
F1 Grand Prix
(until 2nd Nov)
Statoil Maters Tennis,
Royal Albert Hall,
TRUE blue
with Tom French Jewellery
t’s over nine years since
Tom French opened his luxury
jewellery shop in Ascot High
Street. With the summer season
in full swing the window is
now filled with gorgeous
jewels and gifts. Many of the
jewels are designed by Tom
and are unique pieces often
with unusual and rare
a passion for gemstones
Tom has brought together his love of
design and precious materials into his
career as a Jewellery
Designer. “Gemstones
are my passion and I
have chosen some
fabulous stones this year,
Tourmalines and unusual
coloured Sapphires together with
some amazing Druzy Quartz and
Diamond designs feature heavily in
my collection. I also have some
fabulous certificated white diamonds
to suit all tastes and
should be worn
and enjoyed,
we design
jewellery to fit
in with your
busy life!”
Tom French
olD into new
Tom French Jewellery
High Street
01344 624555
If you are looking for something unique Tom will also design
to commission and can re-design your existing jewellery to
make an outdated piece into a jewel which is more
contemporary and wearable.
“Quite often I am asked to alter a family necklace or ring
which has been handed down, this may involve a simple
adjustment of the size, or a complete redesign using the
original stones in a more modern setting. Using your own
stones can save on the cost and can continue the heritage
of a family heirloom.”
If you are unsure about choosing the right stone Tom
French is a member of the National Association of Goldsmiths
and a Fellow of the Gemmological Association and will be
able to give advice and show examples. Tom ensures all of
his diamonds are conflict free, and has checks in place to
make sure his supplies are from legitimate sources.
You can make appointment to see Tom by calling 01344
624555 to discuss your requirements or alternatively visit
go with a pop!
with Laithwaite’s Wine
nybody who has got married, or
who is getting married, will know
that enjoyable as it is, it’s also very
stressful, so why not let somebody
else relieve you of a tiny bit of that headache
and help you select some delicious wines to
enjoy on your big day.
There is a whole world of wines out there
(at Laithwaites we have almost 2000 wines to
select from) so really you are spoilt for choice,
it’s just a case of trying before you buy and
letting somebody help you make the right
selection. Any good wine merchant should
have somebody to advise you on your
selection, and should offer to organise a
private wine tasting for you to try your
selections to put your mind at ease, after all it
is the most important day of your life.
Here are our top tips for some of the most
common questions we are asked when
discussing wedding wines.
Ask for a copy of our
new Wine Wedding
Service brochure or
simply book a free,
in store wine tasting
at your local branch.
prosecco or champagne?
Well this is simple in my eyes and normally
the decision comes down to budget. Prosecco
is far cheaper than shelling out for
Champagne and is incredibly fashionable at
the moment, so my top tip is get Prosecco for
the toasts and spend the savings on your
wine for the wedding breakfast instead.
is there champagne that i can
serve with weDDing cake?
Well the good news is yes in most instances,
although it does depend upon the cake so for
a sponge cake I suggest a demi-sec (slightly
sweeter style) of Champagne, and for a fruit
cake I’d pick something with a higher
proportion of Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier to
give the Champagne a little more body.
what is rose champagne?
Rose Champagne is basically Champagne that
has during the wine making process has been
pressed slightly harder the colour come from
the skin of the grapes where the juice from
the grape has had contact with the skin of
the grape after pressing. Champagne is
traditionally a blend of 1 white grape
(Chardonnay) and 2 red grape (Pinot Noir &
Pinot Meunier) varieties.
reD or white wine, what shoulD
we serve our guests on the Day?
This is where your wine merchant should
come into their own & be able to help you
with your selection, be it matching the wines
to the food that you have selected, or simply
picking out a selection of wines that will
appeal to the guests. It’s always worth
remembering that with a wedding you are
looking for a wine that will please everybody,
not just you, I always suggest that as it’s your
big day why not have a bottle of something
special just for the top table if you have a
favourite style that might not appeal to
everybody’s taste buds.
what is the correct way to open
a bottle of champagne?
Opening a bottle of any sparkling wine can
sometimes be tricky; the corks do often have
a life of their own and can quite often want to
escape prematurely. My top tip is grip the cork
in your weaker hand and keep that still
(perhaps even cover the cork with a tea towel
or napkin for added protection), and then
slowly turn the bottle by its base using your
stronger hand, with the emphasis on slowly.
Laithwaites Wine Windsor, 121 Arthur Road, Windsor, SL4 1 RU
(01753 866192 or follow us @laithwaiteswin)
Laithwaites Wine Virginia Water, Unit 1 London Road, Virginia Water, GU25 4QE
(01344 840267 or follow us @laithwaitesVW)
why is champagne serveD in flutes?
Over the years Champagne glasses have changed size and shape
according to fashion, however modern thinking is that Champagne
flutes are now preferable. The reason for this being the case is that the
flute’s shape is designed to enhance the aromas of the Champagne and
aid the flow of the bubbles, a key aspect when it comes to drinking fizz.
how many bottles of wine will i neeD for my
Well this often depend on the guests is my normal reply, however its a
safe bet to say that over dinner on average it’s half a bottle per person.
From a standard sized bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine you can
expect to get 5-6 glasses of champagne and for still wines you can
expect to get 4-5 glasses depending of course upon the size of the
glasses and the person pouring.
isn’t it more expensive to take your own wine as
you have to pay corkage?
Often this actually isn’t the case, on average a venue will charge
somewhere in the region of £10-£15 per bottle for corkage, my tip is
haggle. Always negotiate after all if you don’t ask you don’t get, and its
worth asking for a flat fee for corkage instead of paying by the bottle.
Some venues even have a free corkage policy as selecting your own
wines is becoming even more popular. House wines are generally
priced at £18-£30 per bottle depending on the venue and on occasions
can be less than thrilling, so spend £8-£15 on a great bottle of wine
from your merchant and pick something that you really enjoy &
negotiate the corkage.
At Laithwaites Wine we are happy to
help as much as you require when
selecting your wines.
• In store wedding wine tastings
bespoke to your selection, for you,
your partner and perhaps even a few
friends or family to help with the
selection process.
• Excellent discounts available
• FREE delivery in the UK
• Return up to 25% of your order
(t&c’s apply)
• FREE glass hire (t&c’s apply)
If you would like more information and a copy of
the new Laithwaites Wine Wedding Service
brochure, or if you would like to book your free,
no obligation, in store wine tasting please contact
your local store and one of our wine advisors will
be in contact to arrange a date convenient to you.
P.S. Are you stuck for ideas for your wedding list?
Why not let your friends and family pay for your
wines for the next couple of years? Ask one of our
in store wine advisors to help put together a
selection of wines for you to enjoy in the future
and simply get your guests to buy you a bottle,
it’s a great way to ensure that you are never short
of a bottle Champagne to help celebrate your
anniversary in years to come!
LA BELLA figura
with Ilda DiVico
taly is the fashion center of the world and nearly everyone dresses the part. A place of
grandeur and elegance and this is seen in the details an inherent sense of appreciation for
colour, design and form.
Italian Designer Ilda Di Vico
has been operating her own
label since 2005, gaining
both national and
international acclaim.
A unique style, coupled with
high quality has produced
hats that have become a
huge commercial success.
At Ilda Di Vico
Couture we create
the finale to your
chosen outfit
Beauty is revered in Italy, whether through
art and architecture, or more simply by the
perfect hat. Italians pay attention to details
large and small all for the sake of the “bella
figura" When the right combination of shoes,
hat, accessories and colour come together.
At Ilda Di Vico Couture you bring your
dress, shoes and bag in to us and we will style,
advise and then create the finale to your outfit
so that you will look your best for that special
Ilda Di Vico Couture Millinery
118 London Road, Sunningdale, Berkshire. SL5 0DJ
Book your appointment on 01344 874854 • [email protected]
BEAUTY & the briDe
Our Step-by-Step Guide
aving been a make-up artist for
too many years to mention, I have
done my fair share of bridal make
ups. In the early days I remember
vividly one particular bride. I was applying
her foundation and instantly knew that
something was different. I had only done the
makeup trial a couple of weeks prior to the
big day, which had gone well. The bride had
good skin; even-toned and unblemished. But
today, on her wedding day, her skin felt
different; the makeup literally glided on and
practically blended itself. When I remarked on
how amazing her skin was and the make up
was going on like a dream, she revealed that
she’d had a facial the week before.
I now tell everyone that a facial is a must
before any special occasion where you want
your makeup to look a little extra-special. It
helps the makeup appear more natural and
you, a more polished version of yourself
rather than cosmetics just sitting on your skin.
So, with this tale in mind, we have put
together a series of beauty recommendations
in preparation for that big day...
HydraFacial MD
scheDule a series of facials We recommend a facial every four weeks,
starting six months before the wedding.
Depending on the skin issues you want to
tackle before the big day, you usually have
to ‘pick a lane’ when it comes to facials or
otherwise experiment with different kinds a brightening peel one time, a rejuvenating
antioxidant facial the next, or a deep
cleansing galvanic - to see what your skin
responds to best.
But what if you could get the results of ALL
these facials from just ONE facial?
introDucing the hyDrafacial
The HydraFacial® is like no other other facial
that you’ve ever experienced!
It is a clinically proven treatment that is
designed to work in the skin, rather than just
on the skin to produce instantly visible results
that last.
Often referred to as the ‘Red Carpet Facial’
because of it’s celebrity fan base which
includes, Beyonce, Kate Winslet, Paris Hilton
and Alex Gerrard to name but a few, this
seriously special facial leaves skin super
hydrated, plumped and glowing. HydraFacial
is performed using a vacuum based
exfoliation tip that is loaded with a cocktail of
serums, including antioxidants and hyaluronic
acid to hydrate the skin and combat skin
issues. This is the only treatment that
combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction,
hydration and antioxidant protection in
5 steps:
Step 1. cleansing and exfoliation - Dead
skin cells are removed to reveal healthy new
Step 2. acid Peel - An infusion of glycolic
solution which helps to loosen impurities,
blackheads and debris from pores without
Step 3. extractions - Painless, automated
extractions use vortex suction to clean out
pores and remove blackheads.
Step 4. Hydration - Antioxidants and
Hyaluronic Acid are vortex infused to plump,
nourish and protect the skin.
Step 5. maintain - The HydraFacial Daily
Essentials help maintain, prolong and
enhance results between treatments.
The treatment can also be tailored to
individuals with ‘add on’ treatments for acne
and anti-aging. If you’re used to squirming
and wincing during a traditional steam and
extraction then you'll be pleasantly surprised.
In fact, the HydaFacial is pretty much
For skin that needs a little more attention
we recommend two treatments spaced two
weeks apart, followed by monthly
maintenance. Otherwise one a month is
suffice. With virtually no discomfort or
post-treatment downtime to get your skin
looking it’s best for your wedding
Kate Winslet
see an brow specialist
“Aim to look like
the best, not a
different, version
of yourself.”
You need lead time to sculpt brows or grow
back sparse spots. Our experts will follow the
natural line of your brows and take a
conservative approach. The most flattering
shape for brides is full with a nice arch. Book
shapings every four to six weeks leading up to
the wedding, and refrain from DIY plucking
between visits. Remember: Well shaped
brows can frame the face and your makeup.
Suzie Coxon, Aura Spa
I always say that on your wedding day you
should “aim to look like the best, not a
different, version of yourself”.
Interacting with the bride is so important.
One thing I always discuss are lashes! I always
recommend either the LVL lash lifting or
Nouveau Lash Extensions, so you aren’t
worrying whether strip lashes will end up on
your cheek by the end of your wedding day!
go in for a makeup trial
test run a spray tan
get a manicure & peDicure
You may be an old hand at applying self-tan,
but why risk streaks and orange hands on
your big day? Your best bet for a faux glow is
to leave it to the spray-tanning pros. If you
plan on getting bronzed before the big day, a
trial application is a must. Be specific about
the kind of color you're hoping for (and
remember to err on the side of sun kissed it's better to be barely bronzed than overly
orange plus you can deepen the tan with an
at home gradual self-tanner). If you're
unhappy with the results or have second
thoughts, a five-week period will allow your
tan time to fade and trial another one.
Book a manicure and pedicure for one day
before. By giving yourself a 24-hour grace
period, you won't be rushed and your nails
will have adequate time to dry and harden. To
ensure polish perfection on the big day, keep
an extra bottle of polish and a file on hand for
last-minute chip repairs. Too much of a
worrier?… Then opt for gels that are instantly
dry and won't chip or smudge.
So if you are due to get married, or have
any other special occasion you want perfect
make up for, don’t leave it till the last
minute… the secret is all in the preparation.
One of the most important parts of the trial is
the initial consultation. Getting the bride to
communicate how she envisages herself
looking is imperative.
Pictures are a great guideline so we can
get an idea of the type and strength of look,
colours and style of make-up you want to
achieve. It is important to be realistic though!
I often experience brides bringing in pictures
of a model that has a completely different
face shape or colourings. You can see the
picture has been touched up so much that
the girl in the magazine probably doesn’t even
look like the girl in the magazine!
AURA SPA ASCOT t: +44 (0) 1344 621530
The Corner House | Course Road | Ascot | Berkshire | SL5 7HL
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43 Windsor Road | Chobham | Surrey | GU24 8LD
F A S H I O N , H E A LT H & B E A U T Y
LOOK HOT stay cool
13 ways to cool down your summer workout
BY RUTH BAKER MASC (Relax), Bsya (LEnhance)
ou’ve waited all year for Summer to
arrive, dreaming of all the activities
you could do if only the weather was
better. But now that warm weather
has arrived, the extreme heat and humidity
can make it difficult to spend any time
outdoors - let alone exercising. Whilst exercising in the heat is generally safe for most
people, taking a few extra precautions will
help you stay cool and prevent problems.
illness can worsen, causing symptoms like
confusion, unconsciousness, vomiting,
breathlessness and skin that feels hot and dry
(a sign that the body isn't sweating). These are
signs of heatstroke, which is deadly and
requires immediate medical attention.
But you don't have to give up exercise just
because it's hot outside.
13 tips to help you beat the heat
get your doctor’s okay
If you are new to fitness or taking any
medications, check with your health care
professional before exercising in the heat.
Newcomers to exercise will be more sensitive
to the heat, and some medications can impair
your body’s ability to regulate temperature.
wear ‘wicking’ fabrics
While cotton is comfortable, it doesn’t
wick away moisture very well. Choose a
loose-fitting polyester/cotton blend instead,
or synthetic fibres designed especially for
wicking during exercise.
Protect your skin
Apply sunscreen with SPF15-30 (or
higher) to prevent sunburn - even on cloudy
days. Use an oil-free formula that won’t
interfere with your body’s ability to cool itself
down and select a sweat-proof variety to
prevent sunscreen from irritating your eyes.
Clothing with tight weaves, sunglasses, and a
lightweight hat with a brim can also help
block the sun’s harmful rays.
drink often
Hydrate your body before, during and
after your workout by carrying cold water and
drinking it often. Switch to a sports drink with
electrolytes if you will be exercising for more
than an hour.
Danger signs
Ruth Baker is a professional
relaxation therapist, Reiki
and Seichem practitioner,
based in Sunningdale,
07590 984915
[email protected]
Normally, your body cools off as sweat
evaporates from your skin. But when heat and
humidity rise, that sweat can't evaporate as
quickly. The combination of hot weather, high
body temperature and exercise can be
dangerous and even deadly.
Heat exhaustion can occur when your
body gets too hot, resulting in physical
symptoms like weakness, muscle cramps,
dehydration, dizziness, confusion, rapid heart
rate and headache. Staying hydrated and
getting out of the heat can help prevent and
treat heat exhaustion. If left untreated, heat
Perfect your timing
Sun, humidity and pollution levels are
most intense during the day, so you're at
greater risk for dehydration, sunburn and heat
exhaustion during this time. To minimise the
effects of the weather, work out in the early
morning (<10am) or late evening (>7pm).
check air quality
Before you head outside, get current
reports online. Lower your exertion (intensity)
level during physical activity on days with
extreme heat and high smog. This dangerous
weather warrants easy walking, relaxed
cycling or light gardening instead of vigorous
acclimate to the heat
Even the fittest people can have trouble
exercising when it's hot and humid. Start by
exercising in the heat for only a few minutes
each day and gradually increase the amount
of time you can tolerate outdoors.
Seek shade
Parks, trails and other tree-lined areas
can help you stay cooler than direct sunlight.
monitor your heart rate
If your intensity level rises above your
target range, slow down or stop to avoid
further stress.
Listen to your body
If you notice any symptoms of heat
illness (see "Danger Signs"), stop your workout.
It's not a good idea to "push yourself" in
extreme heat. If you feel bad, use common
sense and discontinue your workout.
know when to stay inside
If temperatures climb above 30oC, take
your exercise in an air-conditioned
environment, such as the gym.
avoid extreme temperate
Don’t go from blistering outdoor heat
to a shockingly cold air-conditioned
building. Try to cool yourself down
gradually before exposing your body
to cooler temperatures.
Take a dip
Water exercise is a great
alternative in hot weather. Water
keeps your body cool and reduces
how difficult you perceive your
workout to be. Be sure to drink plenty
of water even while swimming to
ensure that you are properly hydrated.
Hot weather, a high
body temperature
and exercise can be
a dangerous
even deadly.
Hot weather isn't the time to
take risks. Even healthy people
should take it easy in extremely
high temperatures and everyone
should understand how to
exercise safely and effectively at
the height of the season.
Summer brings many fun and
exhilarating opportunities to get
outside, so enjoy yourself!
SEE & DO locally
Come Rain or Shine
go ape bracknell The Look out, nine mile ride, Bracknell
Berkshire rg12 7Qw
Telephone 0845 643 9245
The UK's No.1 Tree Top Adventure! Live life
more adventurously and unleash your inner
Ape. With breath-taking scenery, epic zip
wires and hours of fun, it’s a day out you’ll
never forget!
farnborough air
sciences trust coral reef bracknells
water worlD Trenchard House, 85 Farnborough road,
Farnborough, Hampshire gu14 6TF
Telephone 01252 375050
nine mile ride, Bracknell,
Berkshire rg12 7JQ
Telephone 01344 862525
A museum dedicated to the areas proud
aviation heritage and significant contribution
to air science and research, offering an
important educational resource as well as an
entertaining and stimulating day out for
anyone interested in aviation history and
scientific progress.
Fun filled leisure pool with pirate ship, 3 giant
water slides, rapids, volcano and geysers. For
the younger kids there are shallow waters a
beach area and small slides.
There are interactive exhibitions to maintain
the interest of younger visitors plus a kids’
corner with activity sheets, colouring, quizzes
and challenges.
great cockcrow railway Hardwick Lane, Lyne, chertsey
Surrey kT16 0ad
Telephone 01932 565474
the look out Discovery centre
nine mile ride, Bracknell,
Berkshire rg12 7Qw
Telephone 01344 354400
Over 90 hands-on science and nature
activities, fun for everyone! Leave your
shadow on the wall, make a mini animation,
dam up "The Stream" and much more!
At weekends and school holidays, there are
shows on themes such as Yucky You, Fire and
Light, Slime Show and Party Science.
Take a trip behind one of our 7 0.25 scale
steam engines through woods, over bridges,
through a tunnel and perhaps even through
the Jungle. Watch out for the animals! A
choice of two routes, why not do both?
extreme motion alexandra gardens, Barry avenue, windsor
Berkshire SL4 5HZ
Telephone 01753 830220
Artfully landscaped crazy golf, wacky family
zorbing, and, if you're brave enough, the
Bungee Trampoline! Plus cycle hire, coffee
shop, and the rest of the park to enjoy.
the more renowneD local favourites
chessington worlD of aDventures | kt9 2ne | Telephone 0871 663 4477 |
hampton court palace | kt8 9au | Telephone 0844 482 7777 |
legolanD uk | sl4 4ay | Telephone 0871 222 2001 |
thorpe park | kt16 8pn | Telephone 0871 663 1673 |
winDsor castle | sl4 1nJ | Telephone 020 7766 7304 |
cliveDen garDens anD maze These include contemporary art from local
and nationally famous artists, and loans from
major museums and galleries in the UK and
As well as art and history, there is often the
chance to explore science and the natural
world? Usually with a family-friendly theme.
If you're visiting with children (or with your
parents!) you’ll find plenty to keep them
occupied. There are lots of hands-on activities
and interactive displays
cliveden road, Taplow, maidenhead
Buckinghamshire SL6 0Ja
Telephone 01628 605069
Significant collection of immaculately
landscaped themed gardens, plus boat rides,
family trail, guided tour and Gas Yard Cinema
presentation, plus the lovely Storybook Play
Den where kids can search the woods for
hand carved storybook characters!
bekonscot moDel village
warwick road, Beaconsfield,
Buckinghamshire HP9 2PL
Telephone 01494 672919
oDDs farm park The Village depicts rural England in the 1930s
and is a miniature wonderland which delights
children of all ages. Buy a quiz (over 5s and
under 5s) from the shop and enjoy answering
the questions as you wander around
woburn common, High wycombe,
Buckinghamshire HP10 0LX
Telephone 01628 520188
Odds Farm Park is an ideal family day out.
You’ll get close to all sorts of farm animals,
learn about them and have fun doing it. Plus,
every day join in with the constantly
changing, hands-on children’s farm Activities
and Demonstrations.
For poor weather days, children will love the
Giant Indoor Playbarn at Odds Farm Park
where they can whoosh down fast slides,
scramble through nets & tunnels and much
more! Plus, adults can relax with a delicious
speciality coffee from our fabulous Espresso
the roalD Dahl museum anD
story centre
81-83 High Street, great missenden,
Buckinghamshire HP16 0aL
Telephone 01494 892192
the lightbox chobham road, woking, Surrey gu21 4aa
Telephone 01483 737800
Whether you're passionate about the arts and
history, want activities and fun, or would just
like somewhere quiet to relax and think, you'll
find it all at The Lightbox.
Two spacious galleries host a huge range of
exhibitions, changing monthly.
A fun and fact-packed inspirational day out for
the whole family, situated in the village where
The Museum, aimed at 6 to 12 year olds,
features three interactive galleries. Boy gallery
looks at Roald Dahl's school days while Solo
gallery houses his original Writing Hut. The
Story Centre puts your imagination centrestage with fantabulous activities to inspire the
writer in you.
On weekends and during school holidays
there are workshops including chocolate
decorating, poetry, mask making, cooking,
animation and scientific experiments, not to
mention free, noisy story telling from the
wacky staff.
at wentworth
Crossacres, North Drive, The Wentworth Estate, GU25 4NH
and thinking chilling, there are no less than
two glass fronted wine chillers to back up the
Gaggenau full size fridge and freezer units.
An informal eating area overlooking the
garden and outdoor pool and day room with
comfortable seating and another plasma TV
complete this comprehensive ‘heart of the
home’ complex.
A further ‘secret’ family room is, accessed
through a pair of full height cupboard style
doors in the kitchen. Here, more bespoke built
sofas and another 55” plasma TV provide a
delightful refuge for residents seeking a quiet
time , out of sight of the rest of the household.
fter 34 years of building magnificent
homes, is it possible Octagon have
moved the goalposts yet again, and
created the ultimate in luxury living
with their latest property Crossacres, on the
star studded Wentworth Estate in Virginia
Water, Surrey?
The 15,000 sq ft house has three floors of
accommodation and sits in a 2.3 acre plot,
superbly landscaped with centre piece
ornamental swimming pool and retractable
fountains. Exterior design is classic, in stock
red brick with extensive Bath stone dressings
and front door portico, perfectly in harmony
with the full height custom made sash
Entering through video controlled gates,
the approach to the house is a wide bonded
resin gravel carriage driveway, encircling a
central stone fountain. Once over the
threshold, a triple length specially
commissioned Murano chandelier hangs from
the domed glass roof, gently dazzling
reflected light onto the elegant marble
flooring and gently curved staircase of the
scene stealing main entrance hall. Scalloped
cornicing is a distinctive Octagon feature in all
the main rooms, subtly lit from the fully
adjustable and programmable mood lighting
Should the curving glass panelled staircase
be slightly arduous, particularly with
shopping, luggage or a tray of drinks, a
discreetly located passenger lift in the main
entrance hall can effortlessly whisk residents
to all levels of the house. A super chic guest
cloakroom/WC, entered via a French style
mirrored built in coats room, leads off the
front of the hall.
Ground floor reception space is naturally
grand with its 3.5m ceilings and beautifully
proportioned, and includes a study with
designer freestanding cabinetry, a formal
drawing room with ample room for the baby
grand, and a contemporary marble fireplace.
Centred at the rear of the house is the formal
dining room, with wide doors opening onto
the deep terrace and impeccable rear gardens.
The kitchen, as befits all Octagon homes,
tends to draw deep intakes of breath. A
Stephen Clasper design, the high gloss
lacquered grey sycamore units with gunmetal
Shagren panels and granite worktops provide
an understated backdrop to the odeonesque
mirrored breakfast bar. Gaggenau built in
appliances include two full size ovens , one a
steamer, espresso cappuccino machine, and
highly efficient down draught extractor,
Kettles are superfluous, as is bottled water,
with the Quooker boiling/chilled water tap,
Moving up the gracious curved staircase to
the first floor, where all the main bedroom
accommodation is located. Five very
substantial double bedrooms, all with custom
built in wardrobes, en suite bathrooms, and
four with walk in dressing rooms, lead off a
pleasing light-filled landing. The Master Suite
has not one, but two walk in mirrored
dressing rooms, and a romantic ‘bookmatched
marble bathroom. Swarovski crystal lit , with
freestanding mirror facetted centre bath, twin
basins sitting on glass fronted drawer vanity
units. Opposite behind a glass screen is a
double ended open shower unit with ceiling
inset ‘Raindance’ overhead shower, body jets
and two more hand showers. Off the
bathroom is a separate room housing the WC
and bidet. A relaxing sitting area in the Master
Suite leads onto the glass panelled balcony,
which has uninterrupted views across the
outdoor pool and surrounding formal
Now to the fun level of the house, the
lower ground floor, reached by either the
curved marble staircase or hi speed lift, where
indoor 10 x 4.80metre pool awaits, with a six
person Jacuzzi spa, sauna and steam room,
two changing rooms with showers, and for
the fearless, a fully equipped gym. For the
sloths and movie buffs, a more preferable
pastime might be watching the latest releases
in the cinema room with surround sound.
Meanwhile the loyal team of in house staff can
be cooking up a storm in the seriously
equipped catering kitchen, to sate the
appetites on all levels of this ergonomically
engineered residence.
Also on this floor is a large utility/laundry
room with twin washers and dryers, and two
staff suites, both with excellent high quality en
suite shower rooms. The adjoining garage,
with alabaster bonded resin gravelled (remove)
floor, and walls panelled with large mirrors, is
also heated, so eligible to house the fleet of
Ferraris and Bentleys, each of which can swish
from the hand controlled garage doors up the
curved heated drive and onto the main front
forecourt, in readiness for family departures.
The gardens are some of the most beautiful
ever commissioned by Octagon, featuring
swathes of undulating manicured lawns, an
all-weather tennis court, surrounded by
mature trees, with the focal point of a
classical crescent of pleached beech framing
the long outdoor heated pool. When the pool
is not in use, a childproof safety cover can be
auto rolled into place. For evenings requiring
high drama, three fountains extend from the
pool floor and cascade water in synchronised
perfection, lit underwater and along the paved
SPeciFicaTion HigHLigHTS
• Interior specification by Octagon in-house designers Joe Taylor and Kerry Beckwith
• Interior decoration and furnishings by The L & C Company
• Underfloor heating throughout
• 8 person passenger lift serving all three floors
• 7.8M hand blown Murano glass custom made entrance hall chandelier by Rocco Borghese.
• Bespoke kitchen by Stephen Clasper
• Kitchen appliances by Gaggenau
• Laundry appliances by Miele
• Catering kitchen range by Brittanica
• Bathroom and cloakroom sanitaryware ranges from Kohler and Villeroy and Boch
• Shower systems by Hans Grohe
• Marble in entrance hall, kitchen, dining room and landings
• Cinema with hi-spec projection screen, dedicated ‘Triad In Wall’ cinema speakers
positioned directly behind an acoustically transparent fixed frame projector screen.
• Two swimming pools, one indoor, one outdoor, both heated.
• Jacuzzi spa, sauna and steam rooms
• Gym equipped with high performance fitness machines
• NSI approved security system
• Automatic irrigation system for the gardens
Crossacres, price guide £17.5m, is available for viewing strictly by
appointment through appointed agents Knight Frank telephone
01344 840 020 or view the website