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A six-week spa mem­ber­ship at Pen­ny­hill Park.

The spa where the Eng­land rugby team tend to recharge their bat­ter­ies af­ter a gru­elling match has been named Best Spa in the South East at the Good Spa Awards. To cel­e­brate, we’ve teamed up with Pen­ny­hill Park – the Ex­clu­sive ho­tel group’s lux­ury venue in Bagshot – to of­fer one lucky reader a six-week spa mem­ber­ship, worth £650! With eight in­door and out­door pools (one with un­der­wa­ter mu­sic), saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, ice-cold plunge pools and an ice igloo, not to men­tion a state-of-the-art gym, the spa at Pen­ny­hill Park will make that New Year fit­ness regime a breeze. To be in with a chance of win­ning, an­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tion: In which coun­try is the Rugby World Cup tak­ing place later this year? Send your an­swer to the ad­dress on page 9 or en­ter at Sur­reylife.co.uk/ com­pe­ti­tions. Mem­ber­ship must be taken my March 29, 2019 and is for six con­sec­u­tive weeks. Over 18s only and a tour and fit­ness in­duc­tion must be at­tended prior to start of mem­ber­ship. Usual Archant T&CS ap­ply. Clos­ing date: Mid­night Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 9, 2019. Gub­bay tour ar­rive at Wok­ing’s New Vic­to­ria The­atre with a brand new show for 2019, Waltz­ing in a Win­ter Won­der­land. Au­di­ences will be trans­ported back to the glit­ter­ing ro­mance of a 19th cen­tury Vi­en­nese ball­room, com­plete with dancers in glo­ri­ous pe­riod cos­tumes. The pro­duc­tion will in­clude ver­sions of the Strauss favourites which have en­ter­tained the­atre-go­ers for decades, in­clud­ing Blue Danube Waltz and Radet­zky March, with John Rigby as con­duc­tor and Corinne Cowl­ing as so­prano. The per­for­mance will com­mence at 3pm. Spinato. Au­di­ences will also be treated to a per­for­mance of El­gar’s pas­toral Ser­e­nade for Strings, be­fore the evening is con­cluded with Tchaikovsky’s beau­ti­ful String Ser­e­nade. The per­for­mance will be at 7.30pm, but a pre-show talk will take place at 6.30pm.

Tick­ets from £13. Web: at­gtick­ets.com/ shows/jo­hann-strauss-gala Tick­ets from £25.50, or £15 for stu­dents and un­der 16s. Web: glive.co.uk

Hit Jan­uary and there’s no doubt about it, we’re in win­ter proper. It’s that time of year when I look out at my gar­den and wish I’d planted some­thing sooner. Luck­ily the gar­den­ers at Poles­den Lacey, have this cov­ered.

One of my favourite things to do this month is wrap up in full coat and mit­tens and go along the Lime Walk, to­wards the house at Poles­den Lacey. There you’ll find thou­sands of nod­ding heads of snow­drops, in lit­tle clumps, de­fy­ing what­ever Jan­uary can throw at them. They get frosted, blown and pelted by the weather but still look adorable and flower on un­til the end of Fe­bru­ary.

The gar­den­ers, with some 60 vol­un­teers, planted an ad­di­tional 4,500 snow­drop bulbs last au­tumn.

Imag­ine wak­ing up one Jan­uary morn­ing and find­ing you live at Poles­den Lacey. Seen through the win­ter mist, Poles­den Lacey’s glo­ri­ous man­sion and green back­drop of the Sur­rey Hills are all in sor­bet colours. But wait a lit­tle longer and the view starts to sharpen and clear. Trek on, spurred by the snow­drops’ cheer­ful­ness, through the sleep­ing rose gar­den and on to the win­ter gar­den. This is a real gem, de­signed by one of the fa­thers of modern hor­ti­cul­ture, Gra­ham Stu­art Thomas.

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