An escape day for two at Ragdale Hall:
ROONEY and co will be heading out onto the pitch this Saturday for England’s first World Cup game. And while most of the nation is gripped by football fever, not everyone is a fan. So HANNAH GRAY and CARLY LEWTHWAITE have been looking into things you can
WE have yet to kick off and already some of us are sick of Spain, bored of Brazil, irritated by Italy and harassed by Holland.
That’s right, there are some of us who, despite being patriotic at heart, don’t wish to indulge in the beautiful game that is due to dominate our summer.
With so many of our everyday products being given a World Cup makeover - including chocolate bars, ice cream, cakes, drinks and crisps - it can feel impossible to get away.
But it is possible to do things over the next month that are not linked to football, and for men and women alike to enjoy themselves with not a red and white flag in sight.
Here is what we suggest... HIT THE SHOPS NOT that us ladies (and some men!) need an excuse, but why not indulge in a spot of retail therapy?
Now that all the footie fans have bought their T-shirts, car flags, matching socks and face paints, you could enjoy a very different shopping experience.
With all the England supporters at home or down the pub, non-football fans will be free to shop until they drop.
Marketing manager at Queensgate Phil Drinkwater said: “When World Cup fever hits next week, we expect to see a lot more shoppers flocking to the centre when there’s a match on, escaping football in favour of retail therapy.
“Right in the very heart of Peterborough, Queensgate offers anyone looking to get away from the footie frenzy, a safe haven.
“With 90 stores of fashion, beauty, home and technology, there’s something to suit every shopper’s taste.
“Many of our retailers are selling World Cup-themed products, so shoppers can treat their partners to a little something while out and about. “Thorntons are selling a special chocolate football boot, England face paints can be found in John Lewis and Accessorize offer England-themed knickers for the ladies wishing to impress their men.”
For a full list of stores www.queensgateshopping.co.uk LEARN A NEW SKILL IF you feel the need to escape, the World Cup could be the perfect prompt to learn a new skill.
Peterborough College of Adult Education has something for everyone, from short courses to their very popular one-day Saturday schools.
Running on June 19 and July 10, there are a multitude of subjects on offer at the Saturday schools, including family cookery, summer skin and make-up, rag rug making, Reiki for beginners, basket weaving and basic German.
Whether you want a career change, new hobby or simply to add new skills to your repertoire, the college will have something to suit.
Prices vary depending on the subject and duration, for example the First Steps into Counselling is £50 for the one-day course.
Don’t worry if you can’t make a Saturday, as courses are also held on weekday evenings and days as well, meaning that you never have to miss out.
To find out more, visit www.pals.ac.uk or call 01733 761361. PAMPER YOURSELF If your other half is going to be indulging himself, you should most definitely get in on the action. No, we don’t mean snacks, alcohol and rowdy football fans – more like pampering and peace and quiet.
If you fancy a little “me time” rather than “half time”, get down to the Queensgate Hotel, in Fletton Avenue.
Centrally located, the hotel has just undergone a £1.5 million expansion and renovation programme, and has a luxurious spa.
Packages start from £40 for a back, neck and shoulder massage, followed by mini facial.
If you fancy a full day of luxury, the full day relaxing pamper package costs £125 and includes a manicure, pedicure, Decleor facial, luxury massage, flotation session and lunch in the hotel restaurant.
The spa offers a range of single treatments, from facials, makeovers and peels to Indian head massage, reflexology and a range of Ayurvedic therapies involving ancient Indian techniques and oils.
Vladka Varhanikova, of the beauty centre, said: “For ladies wanting to get away from it all, I would recommend the massages. We have an extensive range, from Swedish to head, neck and back and full body. They are great for relaxing your body and mind, you can feel the tension drift away.”
The hotel could be the perfect place for you and your footie fan partner to spend match days, as matches being shown in its bar lounge. However, as the rest of the hotel is football free, it will be an oasis of peace and tranquillity for someone wanting to get away from it.
Post-match and post-pampering, the two of you could meet up for a meal in the hotel’s restaurant, Sweet Olives.
The hotel is offering a 20 per cent discount at Sweet Olives, and on all spa and beauty treatments for the duration of the World Cup, if you take
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