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

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page -

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.queens­gateshop­ 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 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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