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Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Win Nanny Complete Series 1-3 on DVD


Win Nanny Complete Series 1-3 on DVD

Available to own for the very first time from 22nd May 2017

Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Eureka Entertainment to offer two lucky readers the chance to win Nanny Complete Series 1-3 on DVD.

Eureka! is pleased to present the complete BBC TV 1981-1983 drama series on DVD for the first time in a 9-disc box set.

Wendy Craig stars as Nanny

Nanny includes a star studded cast with Wendy Craig (Butterflies) taking the lead role of Nanny, together with John Quale, Natalie Forbes and Patrick Troughton.

In the wake of a life changing divorce, Barbara Gray (Wendy Craig) has little left next to her name and begins a new life as a determined and headstrong Nanny.

Wendy Craig stars as Nanny

There's no Mary Poppins magic to be found in this story, as Barbara solves the children’s (and the parents) problems with just good old fashioned advice and a selfless resolve.

Set amongst the grand country houses of the rich, Barbara faces the struggle of society’s prejudice against a divorcee, amongst a number of ongoing dramas in both her professional and personal life.

Wendy Craig stars as Nanny

In this classic period drama of scintillating highs and crushing lows, Nanny tells the story of one woman’s driving ambition to serve others above all else.

Nanny Complete Series 1-3 is a 9 x disc set with a run time of 1500 min. (30 x 50 minute episodes). The DVDs include optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing. Certificate is 12. RRP is £59.99.

Wendy Craig stars as Nanny

Nanny Complete Series 1-3 is released on 22nd May 2017. Pre-order it from Amazon


For Your Chance to Win

Tell us which famous actress stars as Nanny?

 a) Helen Mirren
 b) Wendy Craig
 c) Felicity Kendal
 d) Imelda Staunton


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BBC Proms 2017

Katie Derham presents the Proms

 Katie Derham presents The Proms

122 years since it was founded and 90 years since the BBC took over the running, financing and broadcasting of the world’s largest classical music festival, the BBC Proms announces its 2017 season. Presenting over eight weeks of events and more than 90 concerts the festival continues its founder-conductor Henry Wood’s aim of bringing the best classical music to the widest audience.

The festival also marks major composer anniversaries in 2017, including Monteverdi at 450, Handel’s Water Music at 300 and John Williams at 85. The birthdays of two pioneers of American minimalism are celebrated - John Adams’ 70th birthday is marked throughout the festival including the first and last nights, and Philip Glass’ 80th birthday is celebrated with the first complete live performance of Passages, the 1990 studio album he created with Ravi Shankar, performed by the Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Karen Kamensek with sitar soloist Anoushka Shankar.

Anoushka Shankar

Following its launch last year, the Proms At… series returns, matching music to five different venues and travels outside London to Stage@TheDock in Hull, for a concert inspired by the 300th anniversary of the first performance of Handel’s Water Music. As well as eight Proms Chamber Music concerts at Cadogan Hall, the series presents choral music at Southwark Cathedral, music theatre at Wilton’s Music Hall, new and experimental music at the Tanks at Tate Modern, and returns to Bold Tendencies Multi-Storey Car Park in Peckham featuring The Multi-Story Orchestra and Youth Choir.

The Proms explores the ways in which politics has inspired and influenced composers across the ages through two big historical anniversaries in 2017 - one hundred years since the Russian Revolution, featuring the music of Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, and the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which is marked with a special day of concerts curated by Bach specialist John Butt.

Engaging new audiences is a vital part of the BBC Proms mission as the festival opens its doors to the first ever Relaxed Prom. Presented in collaboration with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW) and the Royal Albert Hall Education and Outreach team, the concert offers an informal environment for those with autism, sensory and communication impairments, learning disabilities and individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or partially sighted.

The festival marks 100 years since the births of Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie with a concert starring vocalist Dianne Reeves and trumpeter James Morrison. The music of jazz giant Charles Mingus is celebrated by conductor Jules Buckley and his Metropole Orkest, BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal returns with bandleaders Guy Barker and Winston Rollins for a concert celebrating big band legends including Duke Ellington, and Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra pay tribute to the Stax/Volt Revue, credited for its championing of Southern and Memphis soul music.

Daniel Barenboim is one of the conductors at The Proms

The festival brings the world’s best musicians to London, with a stellar line-up including conductors Edward Gardner, Daniel Barenboim and Bernard Haitink, and soloists Igor Levit, Lisa Batiashvili and Isabelle Faust. Visiting orchestras and conductors include two the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Manfred Honeck and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Louis Langrée. The Vienna Philharmonic appears twice conducted by Daniel Harding and Michael Tilson Thomas, and Sir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra, together for the very first time at the Proms. The BBC Orchestras and Choirs remain the backbone of the festival, appearing in 30 concerts across the season.

The UK’s first BME orchestra, Chineke!, makes its Proms debut with a Late Night concert including the world premiere of Hannah Kendall’s The Spark Catchers, conducted by Kevin John Edusei and starring BBC Young Musician 2016 Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Further Late Night offerings include a performance showcasing the classical music of India and Pakistan, in a concert curated by the culture heritage trust Darbar, Rachmaninov’s Vespers performed by the Latvian Radio Choir and Sir András Schiff performing Book One of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. Jules Buckley appears with the Heritage Orchestra, presenting the music of 1960s icon Scott Walker, featuring special guests including Jarvis Cocker and John Grant.

BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music also broadcast Proms, and there are regular television broadcasts every weekend across the summer on BBC Four. Proms Extra - a weekly magazine show hosted by Katie Derham - returns for its fifth season, every Saturday evening on BBC Two. The First Night will be on BBC Two and BBC Four and the Last Night on BBC Two and BBC One.

Buy tickets from www.bbc.co.uk/proms  or 0845 401 5040 and in person at the Royal Albert Hall as follows. General booking opens at 9am on Saturday 13th May.
 

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Grand Opera Gala


Raymond Gubbay presents Grand Opera Gala - The Great Choruses

Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Raymond Gubbay to give you the chance to see Grand Opera Gala - The Great Choruses at The Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre with a Special Saving of £15.00 on Top Price Tickets!

Standard Ticket prices are £52.50 each, our special offer brings the Ticket price down to £37.50 each.

Raymond Gubbay presents Grand Opera Gala - The Great Choruses.

The Concert Includes Favourite
Choruses and Operatic Highlights from:

Nabucco
Aida
Il Travatore
Madama Butterfly
Faust
Tosca
Tannhäuser
Cavalleria Rusticana
La Traviata
Carmen
Turandot
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The Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Philharmonia Chorus
Natasha Jouhl - Soprano
Peter Auty - Tenor
David Kempster - Baritone
Stefan Bevier - Conductor


Venue details

Saturday 3 June 2017 at 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
Tel: 0207 960 4200
www.southbankcentre.co.uk


 
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The Durrells Series 2

The Durrells Series 2

Watch it on ITV 1

Keeley Hawes reprises her role as Louisa Durrell as she and the rest of the cast of the The Durrells return for series two of the popular ITV series.

Larry (Josh O’Connor) pursues his passion for writing despite a new romance getting in the way; Leslie (Callum Woodhouse) explores his entrepreneurial spirit; Margo (Daisy Waterstone) remains boy crazy and makes a play for someone unsuitable; and Gerry (Milo Parker), who prefers animals to people, is delighted when he discovers an otter living nearby.

Keeley Hawes as Louisa Durrell and Daniel Lapaine as Hugh Jarvis

Daniel Lapaine joins the cast as Hugh Jarvis - an English gentleman who sets his sight on Louisa. But after her failed attempt at marrying Sven, will Louisa be ready for a new man in her life? Money is still tight for the Durrells and Louisa finds herself on the wrong side of their new landlady Vasilia (Errika Bigiou) when she gets behind on paying the rent.

Louisa urges the family to brainstorm ideas to make extra cash. They decide to grow food at home to sell at market. Theo (Yorgos Karamihos) tries to teach Leslie beekeeping so he can make honey, Margo plants seeds and Gerry milks goats. Spiros (Alexis Georgoulis) is also on hand to offer support, but can they make a success of their new business venture?

Keeley  Hawes  talks  about  her  role
as Louisa Durrell


Keeley Hawes as Louisa Durrell


How does it feel to be back with a second series of The Durrells?

"It’s very exciting to be back. The family and the extended family have all seen each other through the year, so it’s been amazing. I’ve never quite known a cast like it. So because we are all so close it felt very comfortable coming back. The scripts are brilliant again. As good, if not better, I think, than last series, and the scripts are what it is all about. There was a great response to series 1 of The Durrells.

What do you think makes it so special?

Keeley Hawes as Louisa Durrell and Callum Woodhouse as Leslie Durrell

"I think there’s a bit of everything really. I think people like the fact they are in their living rooms and they are transported to this world that is so appealing. Corfu is another character and it’s made to look even more beautiful because our location managers find the most amazing locations and it’s shot so beautifully. Also, Simon’s writing is fantastic. Simon has four children of his own, it’s so close to real life sometimes that it makes me laugh out loud when I read it. It’s written in a way that both children and adults can respond really well to it."

What about the animals?

Callum Woodhouse as Leslie Durrell

"People love the animals. There is a scene where I have to take a puppy off Gerry and for the rest of the scene I’m holding the puppy, and there was a discussion because the director said, ‘nobody’s going to listen to anything you’re saying,’ and I knew that! Even with the other cast, if there’s a scene and someone else is holding a really cute puppy, or hedgehog, or any animal, no one is looking at you. It’s not about you. This show is not about the actors, we’re way down the list, and that’s quite good!"

Is it difficult working with animals?

Keeley Hawes as Louisa Durrell and Callum Woodhouse as Leslie Durrell


"Yes, it is difficult, but it’s always funny. This series we have an episode where it rains endlessly, so Gerry wants to bring the animals into the house because he thinks they look depressed. So we have the donkey inside, the pelicans in the house, hedgehogs, the dog, goats and a chicken.

"Whilst filming this there was a scene with a donkey, a goat and a chicken that jumps onto the table. It’s great when you read it in the script, you think, ‘that’s going to look fantastic,’ but filming it isn’t easy – ten hours later we were still filming it. You can train an animal as much as you like, but you can’t train it to tell you when it needs the bathroom, so there’s lots of dustpan and brushes and it’s a rather smelly set! It’s always funny though."

Tell us about Hugh

Daniel Lapaine as Hugh Jarvis and Keeley Hawes as Louisa Durrell


"Louisa
has a relationship with Hugh, an Englishman. He’s descended from Greek grandparents. He owns an olive press and they meet at the market. Hugh is very keen and Louisa’s not quite as sure. Her heart’s still slightly broken about Sven. The relationship may or may not end well, but he’s a great character. He’s very charming and very British and tries to sweep her off her feet in many amusing ways. Daniel Lapaine who plays him is lovely."

Did you have much time to explore Corfu?

Alexis Georgoulis as Spiros and Keeley Hawes as Louisa Durrell

"We are in the luxurious position of having people who do that for us and taking us to all the best places! We are lucky that we have been to locations that I never would have known about if I’d come to Corfu on my holidays. It’s so beautiful and the people are so friendly and very pleased to have us there. People have been very generous."

Did you learn anything from doing the first series that was useful this time?

The Durrells Series 2


"Drink less rosé because you get dehydrated!"

 

     All Aboard for
  Bateaux Windsor


Dine on The Melody with Bateaux Windsor


A new floating restaurant has weighed anchor – to give diners spectacular views of one of the UK’s oldest and prettiest towns.

Bateaux London, the leading provider of restaurant cruises on the Thames in the capital, has added to its fleet with a new, sister company; Bateaux Windsor.

And, now residents of – and visitors to – the historic Berkshire town, can dine in luxury, within sight of Windsor Castle, on The Melody.

The glass sided, hand crafted river boat is embarking on scheduled lunch, afternoon tea, Sunday lunch and dinner cruises every weekend and can also be hired privately for celebrations and events.

Travel on The Melody with Bateaux Windsor

Scheduled cruises last between 75 minutes and two and a half hours and the lunchtime trips feature a three-course meal and an audio sightseeing commentary, while evening diners enjoy five courses.

With uninterrupted views of one of the prettiest stretches of the Thames and freshly prepared, seasonal dishes, created by Bateaux London’s award-winning chefs, The Melody looks set to become a key tourist attraction and addition to Windsor’s dining scene.

Samantha Hart, Director of Sales and Marketing, says, “Melody is giving visitors old and new the chance to view this pretty and historic town from an entirely new perspective – from the river.

“And not only can they enjoy picturesque scenery throughout their cruise but they can do so while sampling superbly cooked food created by our highly experienced chefs.

“We launched Bateaux Windsor at the beginning of April and have been overwhelmed by the interest from tourists and residents alike.

“The feedback has been fantastic and we look forward to being a key contributor to the area’s restaurant scene and to its tourism sector.”

Prices start at £35 per person for the afternoon tea and lunch cruises, £45 for the Sunday lunch cruises and £75 for the dinner cruises and diners are asked to adhere to a smart casual dress code.

Children aged under three are not allowed on board the day time cruises while the dinner cruise carries a minimum age requirement of 12 years.

Dine on The Melody with Bateaux Windsor

Cruise packages are available to buy online at www.bateauxwindsor.com
 and can also be purchased as gift vouchers.

For further information, or to book, call Telephone: 01753 202302

Or email reservations@bateauxwindsor.com

Card payment only.

 

  Stay Near Stunning
  Film Locations with
  Coastal Cottages of
      Pembrokeshire


If you're envious of the views of Pembroke Castle seen in Me Before You, then look no further than Ty Olive which boasts beautiful views of Pembroke Castle from its location just across the mill pond


Pembrokeshire has it all; award winning beaches, stunning coast path, bustling towns and striking castles. This not only makes it an idyllic holiday destination, but also sees film makers choosing Pembrokeshire as a filming location for a range of films and TV programmes.

With such films as Harry Potter filmed on Freshwater West and Me Before You around Pembroke Castle all the way to the TV adaptation of Sherlock using St Catherines Island, Tenby as a high security prison. To visit Pembrokeshire is to step inside your favourite films. Here are our pick of places to stay in amongst the magic.

If you're envious of the views of Pembroke Castle seen in Me Before You, then look no further than Ty Olive which boasts beautiful views of Pembroke Castle from its location just across the mill pond. A high standard and modern town house, Ty Olive is perfect for a couple looking for a romantic retreat.

Open the French doors onto the Juliette balcony, and enjoy a glass of wine or two whilst basking in the beauty of this historical town. No visit is complete without exploring the Castle and a stroll along the millpond, following in the footsteps of the Me Before You cast. Sleeping 4, a seven night stay at Ty Olive starts at £418 rising to £800 during summer holidays.

In the heart of Marloes, just a five minute drive from Marloes Sands where Snow White and The Huntsman shot scenes, you will find Kittiwake Cottage, a beautifully furnished modern and contemporary house with wood floors and a modern fitted kitchen.

The enclosed and sheltered landscaped garden offers a split level paved patio and a raised lawn, perfect for an evening barbecue or alfresco breakfast. Pay a visit to The Lobster Pot for a bite to eat or entertain the little ones at the play park. Sleeping 8 with room for 1 pet, a seven night stay at Kittiwake Cottage starts at £596 rising to £1515 in summer holidays.

Bangeston Farmhouse

Dobby's sandy grave (spoiler alert!) was dug in the dunes at Freshwater West, where the Weasley's Shell Cottage was erected for a time over filming of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Embrace the magic of Pembrokeshire with a visit here, and stay at Bangeston Farmhouse, a beautiful traditional house that has been modernised with quirky features and sits just a mile from Freshwater West beach.

This property is designed with environmental sustainability in mind. The hot tub is wood fired, rain water is collected for the toilet and solar panels heat water while wood pellets fuel the boiler. The handcrafted carpentry throughout the farmhouse as well as reclaimed slate floors give this property a unique feel. Sleeping 11 with room for 2 pets, a seven night stay at Bangeston Farmhouse starts at £877 rising to £2189 in summer holidays. Bangeston Barn (sleeping 6) also shares this location, and they can be booked together for larger groups.

In the latest series of Sherlock we saw the fort atop St Catherine's Island transformed into a secure unit in which to house Sherlock's sister. It is a clearly identifiable landmark for those familiar with the local landscape and Tenby's South Beach makes for a perfect viewing point of the island, so why not stay somewhere with a view of the beach where you can walk the sands imagining yourself to be the next Sherlock Holmes?

The Master Bedroom at Hayloft, just yards from Tenby's South Beach

Hayloft is set just yards from Tenby's South Beach and is a great base from which to explore Tenby. A wonderful second floor apartment full of character with its vaulted ceiling and oak beams, church style windows, roll top bath and wooden floors throughout. Ideal for a couple or small family retreat. Sleeping 4, a seven night stay at Hayloft starts at £447 rising to £1027 in summer holidays.

For further information visit the website at
www.coastalcottages.co.uk
 

Summer Early Booker
     for The Bell Inn


The Bell Inn, New Forest


The popular 18th-century coaching house, The Bell Inn, New Forest, is launching its Summer Early Booker offer featuring not one, but two complimentary gifts of bubbles, to sip and soak.

Guests looking for mid-week stays in the New Forest this summer can enjoy dinner, bed & breakfast for £149 for two, per night and receive a complimentary Bramley Body Travel Set and bottle of Prosecco.

The Special Summer Early Booker Offer includes a bottle of Prosecco and a complimentary Bramley Body Travel Set

The Special Summer Early Booker Offer includes £149 dinner, bed and breakfast per night for two, with a £25 per person dinner allowance. It also covers accommodation in one of the 28 ensuite cosy and stylish bedrooms at the Inn.

The special offer also includes a bottle of Prosecco (worth £32) and a complimentary Bramley Body Travel Set (RRP £24).

A suite at The Bell Inn, New Forest

The 4-star AA Inn now includes complimentary Bramley products in their top suites for guests to enjoy as well as to purchase and has found the British countryside inspired favourite to be very popular with guests.

Rooted in history, The Bell Inn is an authentic Grade II listed building boasting age-old rustic charm with flagstone floors, large open fireplaces and beamed reception rooms as well as 28 en-suite cosy and comfortable bedrooms, cleverly blending original features with modern-day comforts. All this, is conveniently located just one mile away from J1, M27. Proudly family-owned, visitors will enjoy the warmest of welcomes and hospitality.

Price is based on two people sharing a Classic or Snug double/twin accommodation, per night. Offer is valid for new bookings only from Sunday - Thursday until 31st August and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Full payment is required at booking. Offer is non-transferable, non-refundable and subject to availability. £25 dinner allocation per person. Upgrades available, subject to availability, for a small supplement.

For further information visit the website at www.bellinn-newforest.co.uk 
 

  Bitesize Ramblers
  Walking Holidays


The seaside town of Sidmouth


If you're thinking about a walking holiday, but would prefer to have a trial run first, Ramblers Walking Holidays, the original small-group guided walking holiday experts, have introduced a brand new range of 'Bitesize Breaks' for summer 2017.

With a choice of destinations around the UK, ranging from St Ives & The Cornish Coast to the Lake District, and from the Wye Valley to Norfolk, these bite-size holidays are the perfect opportunity to test-drive a walking holiday or perhaps just take a short break to recharge your batteries.

Kathy Cook Joint MD says, 'This range of holidays is ideal for clients who might be considering a first guided small-group walking holiday, but are not sure about committing to something of a longer duration. They cover a range of walking levels, from moderate to more challenging, and by being close to home they offer an easy way to experience a Ramblers Walking Holiday in a bitesize portion.'

The breaks include exploring the Southern Lakeland, Walking in the Wye Valley, The Best of the Peak District, Norfolk Rambling, St Ives & the Cornish Coast, and the seaside town of Sidmouth.

For further information  visit the website at www.ramblersholidays.co.uk