Festive ideas in Buckinghamshire for Christmas Grinches
PUBLISHED: 11:24 22 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:23 22 November 2016
From Moaning Minnies to Christmas Grinches, there are those who grump at the seasonal build-up. Claire Pitcher waves a wand
They Say: ‘It’s too cold’
How about a warming day of luxury at a spa? Don’t just send the Moaning Minnie there, insist on accompanying them and you’ll get all the benefits as well!
At Stoke Park a Retreat Day includes full use of the spa, tennis and health facilities, a two course lunch and choice of two from a great list of indulgent Thalgo treats, massages and detox treatments. That comes in at £165 (£115 if one treatment), and for those new to spas there’s an excellent Discovery Retreat with lunch and use of facilities for just £55, see stokepark.com for a host of choices.
At the Spa Illuminata, Danesfield House Hotel near Marlow you can ease yourself into the beautiful 20-metre swimming pool, framed by Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. Then it is into the pool; with a continuous temperature of 31 degrees. The pool is surrounded by comfortable loungers, with views of the beautiful Chiltern Hills. Their Lava Spa Day includes a 50-minute Lava Rescue Massage, two-course lunch and use of the facilities from 9am to 5pm. It costs £150 per person. Find out more online at danesfieldhouse.co.uk or call 01628 891010.
Hartwell House on the outskirts of Aylesbury offers Indulgence Days with use of all the spa facilities including sauna and steam room – that should warm you up – plus an 85 minutes treatment and two course lunch from a host of choices for £125 Mon-Thurs, £135 Fri-Sat. Half day spa experiences start from £80. Perhaps treat Mr Grinch to a Hartwell Men’s Day from £215, see hartwell-house.com.
They Say: ‘Turkey and brussels… Yuk!’
If staying in to cook for friends and family is your thing, then what about suggestions on how to avoid the usual dishes and create that element of surprise for your guests?
Inspired Gourmet Cookery School operates from Broughton in north Bucks and runs a plethora of courses to choose from that will help you impress a house of grumps. There’s the half day ‘A Vegetarian Christmas’, ‘An Evening of Christmas Desserts’, a full (or half) day of ‘Christmas Baking’, an evening course on how to create a ‘Christmas Dinner Party’, plus a parent and child Christmas Cookery Course. The courses start at £75 per person and can be booked online at www.inspiredgourmet.co.uk.
They Say: ‘I Hate Pantomimes’
Fans of the late David Bowie won’t want to miss a great concert at Milton Keynes Theatre on Monday 28 November, 7.30pm. Featuring a host of Bowie hits, the show celebrates the music of the late pop icon. Bowie Experience is the world’s favourite and most authentic tribute to the thin white duke and continues to amaze audiences with an astounding attention to detail.
The show songs include Space Oddity, Starman, Fashion, Life on Mars, China Girl, Rebel Rebel, Golden Years, Modern Love, All the Young Dudes, Lets Dance, Heroes and Absolute Beginners.
Tickets cost from £27.50 and are available online at www.atgtickets.com.
They Say: ‘I want to escape the crowds!’
We are surrounded by countryside and the glorious Chiltern Hills. Head to one of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust reserves such as fascinating College Lake, where the birdlife is always up to something, Bacombe Hill at Wendover for great views and red kites, or Finemere Wood at Quainton for a family wildlife hunt. See bbowt.org.uk.