The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Cambridgeshire Edition

Harper Scout Beach

Wouldn't you though?

Planning on finding some Easter sun? I’ve spotted the perfect kaftan from new designers Harper Scout Beach that will take you from beach to bar.

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Book now: Muddy Festival guide for Cambs and beyond

12 Jan 2017
Summer Festivals

The music festival season feels a long, long way off right now (although we wouldn’t say no to a pear cider if you’re offering) but these days you’ve got to book mega early if you want to be happy campers come summer. Many dates for 2017 have already been released and the biggies sell out fast – we haven’t managed to score Glastonbury tickets for years – but the good news is lots of the local events still have availability and most of them are family friendly.

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Want to keep warm with Hotpod Yoga?

11 Jan 2017
Hotpod Yoga, Cambridge

I’m not one want to show off but, seriously, check out my moves. Oh alright, this isn’t me and no matter how many yoga classes I do in 2017 it aint ever going to be – I’m as flexible as a steel spoon. If you find exercising in this freezing weather a struggle (well that’s my excuse anyway) then maybe a hot 37° could persuade you to don the lycra. Hotpod Yoga has just launched in Cambridgeshire this month, and it’s guaranteed to make you sweat. 

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Muddy Walks: Houghton Mill and meadows walk

11 Jan 2017

You know how you have to exercise but as January moves on you can’t quite force yourself into lycra? A brisk walk along the banks of the Great River Ouse at Houghton Meadows could be exactly what you and yours need to blow away the cobwebs without having to put on your sweat bands. It’s an easy flat circular route and although much is over grass if you’ve got an off-roader buggy it will handle the ground easily.

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Top 10 books to get you through freezing Jan

8 Jan 2017
Nomad, James Swallow, reading list, book club

Bank account is empty (or is that just mine?), trousers just don’t want to do up and the weather is blinking freezing (hey I’m doing my best to cheer you up) – January’s a long month to get through. Nothing for it but to grab those fluffy socks, a warm throw, make yourself a cup of something hot and stick your nose in a good read.

If you weren’t good enough for a delivery from Santa, Rebecca Quigg from Topping & Co booksellers in Ely has kindly recommended her Top 10 reading list for you to choose from and I’ll give you a nudge when Feb is here.

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Vocal Remix: A New Modern Choir

2 Jan 2017
Vocal Remix contemporary choir Cambridge

If you love the idea of singing in a choir but find Gareth Malone-style material too twee for your tastes, this could be the tra-la-la you’ve been looking for. Cambridge has a new choral kid on the block, exciting and definitely quirky and with the name ‘Vocal Remix’- this ain’t no traditional choir.

If you can squeeze out a few Do-Re-Mi’s and are up for something new, then a good warble could be just the ticket.

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Muddy Eats: The Mermaid at Ellington

2 Jan 2017
The Mermaid Inn, Ellington, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

You know those pubs where you’ve driven past a hundred times but somehow they never entice you to try them out? That’s how I’d always felt about the unassuming The Mermaid Inn, in the quiet village of Ellington just off the A14 a few miles west of Huntingdon, but the other day I tried some of their delicious canapés at a party and couldn’t stop scoffing them. So I did what any self-respecting glutton would do – grabbed my husband and dragged him along to try out the pub.

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9 ways to hold onto January’s healthy vibe

1 Jan 2017
Healthy eating Cambridgeshire

Not sure how you can sustain this Jan fitness and health hairshirt? Me to, the first few weeks started soooo well but right now I’m this close to sinking my jaws into a Big Mac. If you’re high on intent but low on time, keep your healthy mojo going with this tip-top list of quick health fixes. Even better, some don’t involve a shred of Lycra. Come on people, we can do this!

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Poco Kids – for the mini trendsetters!

30 Dec 2016
Poco Kids, Kings Street, Cambridge

 

X marks the spot at the awesome Poco Kids store which I happily stumbled across the other day while looking for a newborn gift for my friend’s baby girl.  Let me tell you, this shop makes me almost want to have another child! (yeah, I said almost). I was so taken with this cute Tinycottons hat (£33); in a Merino blend for extra comfort and one size fits all but alas it starts at age 2-8 so that was off the gift options for the baby (though not for my daughter – I may go back!).

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The best January spa deals

30 Dec 2016
Varsity Spa, Cambridge Glassworks gym and spa

Holy moley, anyone in need of a week in a retreat to recover from the shock of being back to work in 2017? In order to help us all rebalance the yin and the yang and enjoy a well earned ‘me-moment’ here’s a lowdown on my pick of the best spas in Cambridgeshire and their latest January deals whether you’re planning a day trip, overnight treat or a week long escape. Press that jacuzzi button, I’m coming in.

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