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.