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Things to see and do in Wimbledon

June 18th, 2013 | Comments Off | permalink

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It’s time to practice your backhand and stock up on strawberries and cream, because tennis season is here. Whether you’ll be watching The Wimbledon Championships (24 June – 7 July) from centre court or from your sofa, the London suburb of Wimbledon is well worth a visit. Take a look at our top 5 suggestions of things to see and do in the area…

Visit the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Even if you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets to the Wimbledon Championships this year, there’s always the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.  The latest exhibition Tennis on the Riviera features memorabilia depicting tennis on the French Riviera from 1890s – 1930s. The main collection boasts 15,000 tennis related objects from toys to teapots – the oldest artefact dates from 1555.

For further info visit: www.wimbledon.com

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Go horse riding

Ditch the tube and saddle up at the Wimbledon Village Stables, which has been a horse riding school for over 100 years.

While Wimbledon is only a short journey from the city, there are more than 3,000 acres of countryside in the surrounding commons and nearby Richmond Park to explore on horseback. The perfect way to make the most of the green space London has to offer.

For further info visit: www.wvstables.com

Go to the theatre

If you’re after a relaxing evening of entertainment away from the hustle and bustle of the city, check out The New Wimbledon Theatre. The Edwardian building is stunning, and it’s only a short walk from Wimbledon Station. Dreamboats and Petticoats the musical will be running from 29 July – 3 August, and promises to be a fun-filled show.

For further info visit: www.agttickets.com

 

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Visit the Windmill Museum

Wimbledon Common isn’t just a great spot for a picnic or taking the dog for a walk, it’s also home to the fascinating Windmill Museum. Built in 1871, the windmill was fully operational until 1864 and the building now houses a museum of windmills and exhibits on local history and the Scouting movement. Look out for the Womble memorabilia in the gift shop.

For further info visit: www.wimbledinwindmill.org

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Shop until you drop

If you’re after unusual gifts, explore the delights of Wimbledon Village, from eclectic homeware to unique dresses there’s something for everyone. Every Saturday from 9am-1pm you can pick up fresh fruit and veg at Wimbledon Farmers’ Market at Wimbledon Park Primary School. Also, pop into the Crabtree & Evelyn store at the Centre Court Shopping Centre to stock up on goodies. Our Strawberry & Cream biscuits are a must-try!

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What are your favourite Wimbledon hot spots? Tell us in the comments box below…

Father’s Day Adventures

June 13th, 2013 | Comments Off | permalink

3407110063_a42cc1566a_z[1] Give your dad an experience he’ll always remember by treating him to a special adventure this Father’s Day (Sunday 16 June). From zooming through the clouds on a flying lesson to reaching the leafy heights of a mighty oak on a tree climbing course, we’ve got it covered. That’s not all – we’ve also selected Crabtree & Evelyn grooming gifts to match each activity…

Climb a tree

You don’t have to be 8 years old to enjoy conquering a mighty oak. At the Basildon Park in Reading, The Great Big Tree Climbing Company will literally be showing visitors the ropes and teaching them how to reach new heights in the treetops on Sunday 16 June. Plus, there’s a zip wire to help you make your way back down to earth. After all that exhilaration a strong cup of tea will probably be in order, so treat dad to a Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea at Basildon Park.

For more info visit: www.nationaltrust.org

Gift it with: Our Gardener’s Hand Care Sampler is the perfect gift for an active and nature-loving dad. Plus, if he’s been climbing trees, his mitts may need some extra TLC.

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Take a Tutti Frutti Boat Ride at Kew Gardens
Gourmet jelly mongers Bompas & Parr have transformed Kew Garden’s Palm House Lake into a fruity spectacle as part of the IncreEdibles summer festival. Treat your Pops to the Tutti Frutti Boating Experience –it goes through a secret banana grotto, which has a fruit based weather system that enhances taste perception. The final destination is Pineapple Island, which houses fruit-inspired art installations to make you think differently about the food you eat. The event runs until September, so it’s a brilliant family activity for Father’s Day and beyond.

For more info visit: www.kew.org

Gift it with… Continue the fruit theme with our Men’s West Indian Lime Traveller Gift Set. Using the zesty fragrance in the morning is an invigorating wake-up call.

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Ride next to the waves

Is your dad a keen cyclist? If so, challenge him to the Pier to Pier Cycle Launch Event on Sunday 16 June, which opens the new cycle route between Southport and Wigan. It’s a 21-mile ride, and the route can be started at 10am from either pier. To celebrate the launch there’s a family fun day at Burscough Wharf from 11am, as well as a prize draw for the riders, and a raffle with plenty of prizes. If you’re further afield than Lancashire, you could always take the family on a bike-riding jaunt and enjoy a picnic together.
For more info visit: www.visitlancashire.com

Gift it with… After all that cycling, your dad can freshen up with our Sienna Hair and Body Wash, which blends leather, citrus and spice with a hint of fire and herbs.   

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Learn to fly
Especially for those dads who’ve always dreamed of conquering the clouds, a flying experience will surely make him leap for joy. The Aeroplane Pilot Day Course, available at intotheblue.co.uk, is on offer at £99 (was £198).  Students will be taught the first rules of flying by a pilot and enjoy a 20-minute flying lesson. If your father really takes to the experience, there’s a debriefing on how to become a pilot. Who knows, it could be a whole new career for him!

For more info visit: www.intotheblue.co.uk

Gift it with… A great shave will give your dad an air of confidence and right now you can buy a Nomad Shaving Bundle of Aftershave Balm and Shaving Cream for £23 (a saving of 20%).

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Summer Pampering Guide

June 7th, 2013 | Comments Off | permalink

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We usually change our wardrobe according to the seasons, but our beauty regimes don’t always follow suit. Even if it’s raining outside, bring a touch of sunshine to your pampering regime with Crabtree & Evelyn’s hero summer products. That way if the sun does make an appearance, you’ll be sandal ready and bikini beautiful…

Fragrance on the go

Welcome in the new season by updating your pampering regime with our new Somerset Meadow Eau de Toilette. No matter whether you’re jetting off to exotic climes, or camping under the stars on home ground, the fresh fruity-floral fragrance will refresh your senses and lift your spirits. Apply to pulse points to evoke the heady scent of a West Country meadow in bloom.

Holiday heaven

Everyone has favourite holiday smells and our Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Body Mist is even better enjoyed in the sunshine. The sweet zesty scent is refreshing on a warm summer’s day and adds moisture to the skin. Plus, the natural fragrance helps to neutralise odours – so it’s perfect to use after sports and before a shower. Why not store the spray in the fridge and apply as a cooling treat on a hot day?

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Scrubbing up well

Whatever the time of year, it’s always a good plan to exfoliate skin once or twice a week. But if you’re thinking of hitting the beach there’s all the more reason to make sure your skin is at its best. Our Citron, Honey and Coriander Body Scrub is gentle, moisturizing and has a comforting scent. It’s wonderful to use in preparation for tanning or shaving, plus exfoliation can help minimize those pesky in-growing hairs.

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Handy work

Now the evenings are lighter, keen gardeners have more time to prune those petunias and deadhead those delilahs. Watering and weeding can take its toll on your mitts, so thank Crabtree & Evelyn for the Gardeners Hand Scrub with Pumice. While the ultra-fine granules help cleanse and lift dirt from hands and nails, the formula is gentle and soothing to skin. Don’t forget to finish off by moisturing with the Gardeners Hand Therapy.

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Three feet treats

During the winter months our feet often hibernate in boots and can become neglected, so the arrival of sandal season can be a shock! Don’t panic, with our 3 for 2 offers on pedicure-friendly products your feet will soon be ready to show off.  First bathe them in La Source Effervescent Foot Soak, and then remove hard skin with a pumice stone or foot file. Dry them carefully and apply the La Source Ultra-Moisturizing Foot Remedy to soften skin. To cool and refresh feet and legs, spray on the La Source Reviving Foot & Leg Mist –it’s a hero product for using on long haul flights to perk-up tired and puffy ankles.

 

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What are your favourite Crabtree & Evelyn summer pampering treats? Share them in the comments box below or     on our Facebook page.