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Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Win Grantchester Complete Series
1-3 DVD Box Set


Win Grantchester Complete Series 1-3 DVD Box Set

Available as a Complete Box Set
from 12th June 2017

Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Acorn Media International to offer three lucky readers the chance to win Grantchester Complete Series 1-3 DVD Box Set.

Television’s dishiest Vicar, Sidney Chambers (James Norton – Happy Valley) returns for a third series of hit period crime drama Grantchester. Following its broadcast on ITV1 it will be released on DVD alongside the Grantchester 1–3 Complete Box Set, thanks to Acorn Media International.

The year is 1955 and the seemingly bucolic town of Grantchester is rife with crimes of passion and murderous plots. Luckily the local crime-solving duo of amateur sleuthing vicar Sidney Chambers alongside his good friend Detective Inspector Geordie Keating, played by TV favourite Robson Green (Soldier Soldier), are on the case. Grantchester Series Three arrives on DVD 12th June 2017 in a two-disc set and includes the 2016 Christmas Special, the complete box set will be released on the same date.

When dead birds start mysteriously appearing in the vicarage, followed by more feathery corpses at two separate crime scenes, Sidney is worried that someone is targeting him because of his secret romance with widow Amanda (Morven Christie – The Replacement). As cases of racial tension and factory cover-ups come to a head with the disappearance of a local child, there seems to be a dark underbelly emerging in the village.

Increasingly finding solace in his relationship with Amanda, Sidney’s faith is being seriously tested, to the dismay of his doting housekeeper Mrs Maguire (Tessa Peake-Jones – Only Fools and Horses) and fellow curate Leonard (Al Weaver – Southcliffe), who are struggling with their own crises. Caught between two lives, which will he choose?

Filmed in the picturesque village of Grantchester nestled in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside, this detective series is quintessentially British viewing. Escape to the world of Grantchester this summer.

 For Your Chance to Win

Tell us what is Sidney Chambers' profession in Grantchester?

     a) Vet
     b) Vicar
     c) Doctor
     d) Teacher


 To Enter the Competition

Tell us what is Sidney Chambers' profession in Grantchester? Then send in your answer, together with your full name, postal address and telephone number by clicking on the Sixtyplusurfers link below: sixtypluscomp@hotmail.co.uk

* Please label your entry
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The Loch

The Loch starring Siobhan Finneran and Laura Fraser

                 Watch it on ITV1

The beautiful, haunting shores of Scotland’s most iconic loch is the stunning backdrop for a new six-part drama, The Loch, which has been produced by ITV Studios.

Acclaimed actors Laura Fraser (Houdini and Doyle, The Missing, Peter & Wendy), Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley, Benidorm, Downton Abbey) and John Sessions (Upstart Crow, Florence Foster Jenkins, The Rack Pack) will take leading roles in the new series alongside Don Gilet (Brief Encounters, Holby City, EastEnders), Gray O'Brien (The Daniel Connection, Titanic: Blood and Steel, Coronation Street) and William Ash (The Tunnel, Moving On, Death in Paradise).

Gray O'Brien as Blake Albrighton

   Gray O'Brien as Blake Albrighton

In a community nourished and sustained by myth and bordered by untamed nature, the search for a serial killer becomes a matter of life and death for local detective Annie Redford who is trying to cope with her first murder case. When the body of local man Niall Swift is found at the foot of Carn Mohr Mountain and an isolated human heart on the loch shore, the town’s normality is shattered and the nightmare begins. Chillingly, the beautiful scenery, undulating Highlands and vast expansive loch becomes a character in it’s own right adding a haunting depth to the community’s plight.

Written by Stephen Brady (Fortitude, Vera, Silent Witness) and overseen by ITV Studios Creative Director for Drama and Executive Producer Tim Haines (Beowulf, Primeval, Sinbad), The Loch will introduce Annie and her family – husband Alan, a tour boat operator on the loch and their only child Evie, who at 18, is about to leave home for Australia. The Redford’s are an ordinary loving family with an ordinary set of problems, yet the pressure of a murder investigation will undermine their stability and create tensions that threaten to disrupt and destroy their lives together.

Siobhan Finneran as DCI Lauren Quigley

       Siobhan Finneran stars as
                DCI Lauren Quigley


Within the tightly knit community, several local characters will come under suspicion as the monster lurking in their midst begins to terrify and rock the village to its core. Forensic profiler, Blake Albrighton, will assist on the case offering insights borne from the last four cases he’s helped crack with his distinctive way of working.

Executive Producer Tim Haines says, “Serial killers are monsters that lie beneath the surface of normal happy communities. Where better to hunt for one than in a place that has thrived off its own monster myth for centuries - Loch Ness.”

The Loch has been commissioned by ITV’s Controller of Drama Victoria Fea and Head of Drama Series Jane Hudson.

“The Loch is a gripping, tightly-plotted drama which focuses on how a serial killer terrifies a local community,” explains Victoria. “Stephen Brady’s compelling scripts utilise the wilderness of Loch Ness perfectly.”

John Sessions as CI Frank Smilie

  John Sessions as CI Frank Smilie

Working alongside Executive Producer Tim Haines, Alan J (Willy) Wands (Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Stonemouth, The Field of Blood Whisky Galore!) will produce The Loch with Brian Kelly (Downton Abbey, Outlander, Dracula, Lewis) as lead director. Cilla Ware will also direct the series. The Loch will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Natalie Usher, Director, Screen, Creative Scotland says, “Creative Scotland is delighted to be working with ITV Studios on this thrilling murder mystery, set on the shores of Loch Ness. We can’t wait to see the results of the combined vision of writer Stephen Brady and directors Brian Kelly and Cilla Ware.

“The Production Growth Fund has allowed us to anchor another high-profile television production almost entirely in Scotland, further developing Scotland’s reputation as a key filming destination where productions can benefit from working with our world-class craft and technical talent.”
 

Entertainment & Travel

Springwatch

Springwatch with Chris Packham Michaela Strachan, Martin Hughes-Games and Gillian Burke

Watch it on BBC TWO

Springwatch returns to BBC TWO, broadcasting live from an exciting new location right in the heart of the Cotswold countryside, and smack-bang in the middle of the UK.

Presented by Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Martin Hughes-Games and Gillian Burke, this annual three-week wildlife extravaganza promises viewers fascinating and intimate encounters with some of the UK’s most loved animals.

Springwatch’s cameras will be positioned on key nature hotspots across the National Trust’s Sherborne Park Estate in rural Gloucestershire, allowing viewers to experience the behaviour and intimate moments of these animals’ lives in a crucial season for all of them.

And this year, in a break with tradition, the Watches are going to stay at the same site throughout the whole year.

This means the team will be able to study a host of wildlife families and follow them as they negotiate our ever-changing seasons over the next 12 months, capturing the drama surrounding birth, survival, courtship and death that play out among our Sherborne animal characters.

Of course the team will also be covering the length and breadth of the country throughout the year, bringing live reports from near and far, as well as making short films that cover the full season and a huge variety of the animals that make these islands their home.

Entertainment meets wildlife when Springwatch Unsprung returns at 6.30pm on BBC Two for two weeks - from 5th June to 16th June at the new Springwatch base in Gloucestershire.

Chris Packham returns as host

         Chris Packham returns as host

Chris Packham returns as host, accompanied by a host of celebrity guests, from film stars to comedians, authors to musicians, all of whom share a love for wildlife. They’ll be joining Chris on the sofa alongside renowned wildlife specialist guests who may be showing off their bugs and birds, discussing the latest use of dogs in conservation or thrilling the audience with their tales of adventure.

Lining up already are comedienne and former Bakeoff host Sue Perkins, news correspondent Frank Gardner, renowned chef Michael Caines, actress Stephanie Cole, local poet Pam Ayres, rower Helen Glover and BBC Two’s Pottery Throw down presenter Sara Cox. Joining them will be wildlife presenters Kate Humble, Simon Reeve and Steve Backshall, among others. In addition, all have taken up Chris’s 2017 wildlife challenge: to create a new species for a future United Kingdom.

Back by popular demand is Chris Packham’s wildlife masterclass, Hide Share. Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood will be on sparkling form alongside Chris in a hide in Craig’s own back garden, from where they vote on the wren’s song - but who will turn Mr Nasty? Dan Snow also throws open his garden to Chris where they discuss the meeting of military and natural history while looking out over the Solent. War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, comedian Julian Clary and five-time Paralympic Champion swimmer Ellie Simmonds are among the other hide share celebrities.

Audience interaction will remain at the heart of the programme, with Lindsey Chapman manning the digital hot desk to provide a direct connection with the audience at home via social media. She will enable Chris and his guests to take comments, questions and observations from viewers at home as they come in. There’ll be a daily quiz and the odd surprise for someone in the studio audience when Chris awards a much coveted ‘wildlife hero’ award. Whether it’s a teenager in Northern Ireland who blogs about protecting animals, an elderly couple who rescue bats and hedgehogs or someone who’s created a toad patrol, we want to recognise such dedication.

Michaela Strachan

       Michaela Strachan in Springwatch

Plus there’ll also be a sneak peak behind the scenes of Springwatch each night. What goes on as Michaela, Chris, Martin and Gillian plan and rehearse for the 8 o’clock show. And who gets most upset when the blackbird chick fledges just as the show comes off air?

Springwatch has chosen the Sherborne Park Estate as its home for the next year as it wanted to represent the heartland of the UK, and its wildlife.

Sherborne is not only situated right in the heart of the country, but it also boasts a fantastic variety of habitats and wildlife that represent the sort of animals and environments accessible to most people in the UK.

The estate has a good mix of woodland habitats, providing excellent nesting opportunities for woodland birds such as tits, finches and woodpeckers, as well as raptors such as buzzards and sparrowhawks. Meanwhile many mammals also use the woodland for cover, from the dormice in the treetops to badgers and foxes on the ground.

The historic open parkland, with its beautiful mature oaks provides excellent hunting territory for barn owls and kestrels, and the two waterways that criss-cross the estate, the Windrush Rover and the Sherborne Brook, are rich in fish life, waterfowl and mammals such as otters and water voles.

Martin Hughes-Games

                  Martin Hughes-Games

The estate is a working one, with five tenant farms providing a huge variety of habitats for farmland specialists such as hares, skylark and yellowhammer, as well as wildflower meadows full of colour and invertebrate life.

In the middle of the estate is the village of Sherborne, home to swallows and house martins, garden birds such as robins and blackbirds, and with traditional Cotswold walls providing cover for weasels and stoats, and even colonies of lesser horseshoe bats.

The area also includes an 18th-century water meadow, perfect for insects such as dragonflies and damselflies, and a disused airbase, active during the Second World War but now used for arable crops and a favourite hangout for the red-listed corn bunting.

Planned live wildlife highlights at Sherborne

· Nest Boxes: As ever the Springwatch nest boxes will provide a daily soap opera, with new surprises turning up every year - from attacks by stoats and snakes to blue tit parents bringing up great tit chicks.

· Barn Owls: Remote cameras installed months ago will hopefully bring us live images of a pair of breeding barn owls as they work tirelessly to rear their chicks.

· River Cam: With good signs of otters and water voles along the rivers on the state, cameras placed by the water will hope to reveal their night time antics.

· Swallows: A Springwatch viewers’ favourite; the shallow cup of a swallow’s nest always bring high-drama and moments to remember.

· Buzzards: With several pairs nesting on the Sherborne estate, a camera high up at buzzard-eye level will show the incredible resourcefulness of these well-known British raptor.

· Badgers and Foxes: Sherborne has many active badgers setts and fox earths - and with the help of scientists Springwatch hopes to follow their fortunes closer than ever before with special GPS tracking collars.

Gillian Burke

         Gillian Burke gives live reports

Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan will be based at Sherborne for the duration of Springwatch, with regular live reports from Gillian Burke who will also be live with Martin Hughes-Games during the three weeks.

This year Springwatch has teamed up with charitable foundation The Wellcome Trust to inspire viewers to get out doors and connect with nature through an exciting new Museum of Modern Nature exhibition, which the Trust is curating.

The physical exhibition, held in the Wellcome Foundation in London, will feature objects donated by members of the public that link their owners to the natural world in some way. This will be supported by a huge digital project to create a virtual nature table, and Springwatch will be calling on viewers to support the exhibition by entering their own ‘nature table’ favourites to be considered for the collection.

Lucy Cooke, wildlife presenter

         
Lucy Cooke, wildlife presenter

Wildlife presenter Lucy Cooke will explore these intimate stores in a series of three films for Springwatch. She will meet people with a special connection to nature thanks to a very personal belonging; a treasured item that has a personal story which unlocks a wonderful world of British nature.

    Spa and Dinner
  Break at Fishmore
       Hall, Ludlow


Fishmore Hall, Ludlow


Fishmore Hall in Shropshire is offering guests the opportunity to unwind and relax with an exclusive Spa and Dinner Break.

Prices start at £250 per couple, per room and include a three course dinner, plus bed and breakfast, use of the SPAshell facilities and a 30 minute Spa treatment for each guest. For an additional £75 per room guests can extend their stay to a second night on a bed and breakfast basis.

Fishmore Hall is a beautifully restored Georgian house, with 15 contemporary bedrooms

Fishmore Hall is a beautifully restored Georgian house, with 15 contemporary bedrooms, individually designed bathrooms and stunning rural views. Nestled in the hotel garden and overlooking the beautiful Shropshire countryside and rolling Clee Hills, the new SPAshell launched earlier this year and offers four treatment rooms complete with thermal suites.

The Spa boasts Italian-designed sauna and steam rooms, an outdoor hot tub, a giant hammock and a Cedar vitality pool with bucket and monsoon drench showers. The exclusive Spring Spa and Dinner Break includes one 30-minute Spa treatment. Guests can choose from a back, neck and shoulder massage, tranquillity scalp massage, Elemis taster facial and an intensely cleansing salt scrub.

As part of the package guests will also receive use of the spa facilities with complimentary robes, towels and slippers and a 15% discount off any additional treatments

As part of the package guests will also receive use of the spa facilities with complimentary robes, towels and slippers and a 15% discount off any additional treatments.

The package also includes an overnight stay in one of the hotel's luxury rooms, a three-course À la Carte dinner for two in the 3AA Rosette restaurant Forelles and a full English breakfast the following morning.

The package also includes an overnight stay in one of the hotel's luxury rooms, a three-course À la Carte dinner for two in the 3AA Rosette restaurant Forelles and a full English breakfast the following morning

Set amidst the rolling Shropshire hills, the hotel is the perfect base to explore both the rural Spring countryside and foodie haven of Ludlow town, which is just minutes away from Fishmore Hall. Wander through lanes of quirky artisan producers, independent delis, vintage shops and farmer's markets overflowing with local produce.

Visit the acclaimed Ludlow Food Centre and stock up on seasonal Shropshire treats or soak in the heritage of the historic market town with a trip to Ludlow Castle.

To book please contact Fishmore Hall on Telephone: 01584 875148.

Or book your stay online on the website at www.fishmorehall.co.uk

 

    CoolStays Offers
       New StarBed
 Hideaways in Devon


Stay in a Shepherd Hut with StarBed Hideaways


Look out for a new luxury glamping experience, “StarBed Hideaways”, the only glass roofed shepherds huts in the UK.

Over the last four years CoolStays have been providing travel eye candy and offering something different to other travel sites. Our portfolio consists of extraordinary, unique and well…..cool places to stay across the world. We have added a brand new and utterly unique property to our website. The owner Bryony Hancock, commissioned Blackdown Shepherds Huts to build her huts unlike any other- double huts with a glass roof over the bed.

Nestled away on the western fringes of the beautiful Dartmoor National Park sits StarBed Hideaways. Guests can enjoy a romantic break in the countryside, sleeping in a stylish, rustic and hand crafted pair of Shepherd Huts, with plenty of access to the great outdoors. Both huts offer spectacular views of the surrounding scenery, as well as chances for some great al fresco dining and romantic evenings under huge inky black, star filled skies. StarBed Hideaways offer guests luxury glamping in a picture-perfect setting.

StarBed Hideaways offer guests luxury glamping in a picture-perfect setting

The first hut, Aurora, sits perched on a rolling hillside, looking out over the ancient Buckland Abbey estate, and onward across the valley of the River Tavy. The views from this spot must be seen to be believed. Halcyon, the second of the two huts, is a true hidden gem. Tucked away beneath a beech copse on the side of a pretty hill, this spot offers a secluded romantic getaway.

Both huts offer pure luxury from super comfy King-size beds to giant deep bathtubs - the perfect spot for a relaxing soak after a day out exploring this gorgeous part of Devon. Both have quaint kitchens where you can prepare some delicious locally sourced food, before stepping outside to enjoy a meal and a glass of wine as the sun begins to set. And as night draws in, get comfy in bed and gaze up through the glass ceiling at the night's sky.

As well as there being a fully stocked larder with essentials as well as treats you can also order from the incredible menu and enjoy a range of delicious home cooked meals. If you wish to venture further afield you'll be pleased to hear that there are two pubs within walking distance and an array of lovely restaurants nearby. Guests can also head out and explore Dartmoor in all of its glory, or perhaps just spend the day at a nearby spa enjoying some relaxation. Other things to do in the area include falconry, hot air balloon rides, and more. Or explore the fabulous Dartmoor Artisan trail through many of the idyllic villages and towns nearby.

StarBed Hideaways offer guests luxury glamping in a picture-perfect setting

CoolStays.com was founded in 2012 to help find those extraordinary properties amongst a sea of beige. With over 950 unique properties on it's site, it's mission is to ensure every trip away is a memorable one.

Go to www.coolstays.com
   to browse through some truly jaw dropping places including treehouses, windmills, cool cottages, and a fabulous selection of B&B's and hotels, both in the UK and abroad.
 

Celebrate Father's Day
    in the Lake District


The Coppermines Lakes Cottage

Got a dad that can't sit still? Then get in gear and sort out the perfect Father's day get away for your restless old man.

When it comes to surprising your dad this Father's Day (June 18th) the Lake District, Cumbria, ticks all the boxes and more. Get a weekend away booked for your dear old dad, show him how much you appreciate him and pack him off to a perfect Lake District retreat.

The Coppermines Lakes Cottages have the perfect spot in mind…Mill Cottage, tucked away in the Lickle Valley, in the small hamlet of Broughton Mills. This traditional idyllic three bedroomed whitewashed cottage is the perfect place for our old man to plot up and discover his inner adventurer with 3 night weekend getaway prices starting from £494.

There are endless adventure options just waiting to be explored. There are great walks right from the front doorstep including the famous Dunnerdale Horseshoe or a wander through Wallbarrow Gorge and Seathwaite.

He could try his hand at SUP (stand up paddle boarding) with the Coniston Boating Centre, a fantastic way to get out on the water. It's a chance to see the Lake District from a completely different angle and visit places other people just can get to.

Fly through the air on GoApe's Zip Trekking adventure on the longest series of zip wires anywhere in the UK, through one of the most beautiful, dramatic forests out there Grizedale - over a total distance of 3km and for two exhilarating hours.

Enjoy some serious outdoor playtime in a wetsuit with River Deep Mountain High, gorge walking up a steep sided beck in the path of the water, scrambling over rocks, traversing above pools and climbing up waterfalls and sliding off them into not-so hot tubs en route.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery in the Lake District

If that sounds way too much like hard work then he could simply plot up in the Blacksmith's Arms, a staggering 200 metres from the cottage and work his way through a selection of the top award winning local tipples on tap…

Whatever you decide to treat him to this Father's Day pack him off to the Lake District and book him a stay with The Coppermines Lakes Cottages.

To find out more about Coppermines and Lakes Cottages visit www.coppermines.co.uk