Center Parcs reveals the new spa, Aqua Sana Woburn Forest. Offering a truly relaxing experience with six unique, nature-inspired spas to journey through, this new spa is the first of its kind in Europe. Bookings for Luxury Spa Breaks are available for arrivals from 9th June and Spa Days are now available for arrivals from 7th July. Center Parcs short break guests are now able to book a spa session and treatments as part of their stay.
Evolved from the award-winning spas currently at Center Parcs’ other four Villages, Aqua Sana Woburn Forest is just 50 minutes from London St Pancras by train making it the perfect spa destination for Spa Day visitors and Luxury Spa Break guests alike.
Aqua Sana boasts 25 experience rooms inspired by nature and combining different approaches from many of the leading European spas with the latest innovation. Spa visitors can choose experiences from six unique and sensuous spas to create their own journey through Aqua Sana Woburn Forest. Plus, two of the experience rooms are the first of their kind in the world.
- The Fire & Ice Spa – stimulate the body and refresh the mind through the interplay of fire and ice. Juxtaposing soothing heat and invigorating ice helps to relax muscles and the mind. Experiences include the Lava-Volcano Sauna and the Rain Walk.
- The Blossom Spa – an aesthetic inspiration, this spa is designed to refresh, as layers of multi-sensory effects gently shift you into deeper relaxation. Experiences include Blossom Heat Room and Blossom Steam Room.
- The Herbal Spa – relax in a comprehensive and powerful way. The modern and beautiful rooms uplift the spirit and open the mind. Experiences include Herbal Inhalation Baths and the Herbal Sauna.
- The Sensory Spa – this space allows exploration of meditative and stimulating experiences, restoring harmony and relieving the body from stress. Experiences include Aqua Meditation Room and Sensory Experience (world first).
- The Mineral & Gemstone Spa – minerals soothe the skin, detox pores, melt stress away and calm the mind. Crystals and gemstones emanate strong yet subtle power to your entire body and soul. Experiences include Mineral Room (world first) and Mineral Relaxation Lounge.
- The Salt Spa – salt from the Himalayas soothes and invigorates. Cleanse the body and mind by soothing and invigorating your system. Experiences include Salt Inhalation Room and Salt Steam Room.
What’s more, there is also a spectacular outdoor pool with views of the forest to set the scene for an exceptional experience. There are also six beautifully designed Spa Suites with balconies overlooking the forest. A Luxury Spa Break includes overnight accommodation in a Spa Suite, access to the spa on arrival and departure days, meals and a spa treatment each.
Aqua Sana also has 22 cutting-edge treatment rooms, all of which offer expert treatments from renowned spa beauty brands, including Decléor and Elemis. With an extensive professional treatment list, spa guests can enjoy a host of beautifying and relaxing experiences, including the Decléor Bio Retinol Wrinkle Resist facial, Elemis Radiant Skin & Body Detox, Swedish Body Massage and Serail Mud Treatment, to name just a few.
Donna McKee, Aqua Sana Manager at Woburn Forest, said: “Aqua Sana is hugely popular at our other Villages and I’m really excited about the opening of the brand new Aqua Sana at Woburn Forest. I think what will strike people first is the sheer size of the spa and the amount of professional treatments we have to offer.
“The spa is truly first class. It is the biggest, most innovative spa we have ever created, a concept that has evolved from the success of our existing Aqua Sana Spas and our closest to London. Our team of 80, including more than 40 therapists, are really excited to be welcoming our first guests.” Spa Days start from £69 per person, Luxury Spa Breaks in Spa Suites start from £249 per person per night.
A brand new Bingo Brunch experience is coming to Watford’s Barrio
On 5th November, the newly opened Barrio venue will launch its bingo brunch concept, La Isla Bonita 80s Brunch, in Watford. Translating to ‘The beautiful island’, La Isla Bonita Brunch aims to recreate that perfect tropical holiday feeling, with food and cocktails galore, bingo mayhem and 80s music all afternoon-long.
Already a popular party experience at Barrio Shoreditch, the 80s themed musical brunch is scheduled to run every Saturday from 12pm, and will include a two-course brunch, welcome cocktail and a variety of bottomless drinks (prosecco, spiced rum sangria and Sol beer).
Once guests have finished tucking into a menu of delicious burgers, including Queso Libre as a vegetarian option and Saint and Sinner as the vegan burger plus Barrio Churros, the musical bingo commences, brought to life by a captivating host and nostalgic 80s tunes by Barrio’s best DJs. Brunch goers can expect witty bingo calls, group singalongs and impromptu tableside performances. Prizes for winning the brunch also include a very tasty £100 bar tab.
For £35 per person, over-21s can enjoy 90 minutes of bottomless drinks and then eat, bingo and party until 5pm.
Those interested can book the first La Isla Bonita 80s Brunch at Barrio Watford for a special launch price of £25 (valid for 5th and 12th Nov brunch dates).
More about Barrio Watford
On 20th October 2022, Barrio Familia opened its first out-of-London venue in Watford, bringing Latin-inspired cocktails, authentic Mexican eats, a killer happy hour offering, live entertainment and DJs, plus an immersive 80s Bingo Bottomless Brunch.
Following the announcement of the group’s flagship site, and world’s largest tequila bar, in Covent Garden which is set to launch in early November, Barrio Familia has opened Watford’s first Tequila bar this month.
Bringing the spirit of the Latin Quarter into Watford, the new venue will have space for up to 200 guests to enjoy a brand new, freshly crafted cocktail menu, delicious Mexican inspired food creations, including their signature tacos, and famous Latino party vibes.
The outside terrace is also being turned into Barrio’s popular tropical yard, offering the perfect space for another 80 guests to gather with like-minded ‘amigos’ and sip cocktails, enjoy a meal and experience a fiesta like never before.
Barrio Familia was acquired by Nightcap in November 2021 and has since gone from strength to strength. New venues; Barrio Watford and Barrio Covent Garden will add to their growing portfolio of sites in Shoreditch, Soho, Angel, and Brixton. After opening the first Barrio site in 2007, the group’s vision was to have a Barrio in every big party neighborhood in the UK and Watford will play a huge role in that exciting expansion.
Each of the Barrio Bars sites offer a full-colour, full-flavour experience, and of course, plenty of Tequila. The group plans to open seven days a week and be the perfect new spot in Watford for all occasions, from lunches and daytime drinks to brunches and late night partying.
Jim Robertson, Managing Director of Barrio Familia, commented:
“We are incredibly excited to be taking our Latino party outside of London for the first time. This is a fantastic venue and we can’t wait to welcome the residents of Watford into the Barrio familia and bring the party! I believe Barrio will be a fantastic addition to Watford High Street that will suit all types of occasions and bring a feel good bar that welcomes everyone. We have some amazing things planned for Barrio Watford, so watch this space and get ready for the biggest fiesta in town!”
Christmas at Hatfield Park trail opens with amazing fire garden
A beautiful Fire Garden has been revealed as one of the spectacular works in the new Christmas light trail at Hatfield Park, Hertfordshire, between 25 November and 31 December 2022.
The installation will be part of a spectacular collection of illuminations which will transform the 42 acres of gardens and parkland where Queen Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood.
Designed by Culture Creative, the Fire Garden at Hatfield Park is made up of hundreds of flame heads interspersed with Lantern Trees by Mandylights, which echo the timeless beauty of old Victorian-style street lamps. The brass-effect shades shimmer in bright gold, with electric flames inside the lanterns to inspire a feeling of warm firelight.
Matthew Findlay, Head of UK Trails for Sony Music/Raymond Gubbay Ltd, said: “We are hugely excited by the plans for this fantastic new trail, with artists creating beautiful installations which will cast an entirely different light on a beautiful, historic property.”
Visitors to Hatfield Park can look forward to some precious time with friends and family as they discover sparkling tunnels of light and walk beneath glistening trees drenched in jewel-like colour.
Hatfield Park lights are choreographed to a soundtrack of much-loved seasonal music, transforming Hatfield’s majestic park into an instant winter wonderland.
Independent street food vendors bring a delicious twist with tasty treats on offer. Complete your walk under the stars with a *spiced winter warmer or *hot chocolate shared with friends and family. Everyone loves toasting a marshmallow over an open fire and the artisan *marshmallow stall gives visitors the chance to warm their hands and enjoy this sweet outdoor tradition.
*separate charges apply
Christmas at Hatfield Park is brought to you by Sony Music. The trail is created by Culture Creative.
What is happen at Hatfield Park?
Christmas at Hatfield Park – The after-dark illuminated trail through festive gardens. Discover a Christmas illuminated trail for all the family set within the beautiful landscape of Hatfield Park
When is Christmas at Hatfield Park?
From 25 November and 31 December 2022. Open from 4.30pm, last entry 8pm and closes at 10pm. Trail closed on 28, 29, 30 Nov; 5, 6, 24, 25 Dec.
Admission: Limited capacity with timed entry, early booking advised
Advanced From: Adult £24, Child £17, Family £78 (2 adults & 2 children).
Free entry for carers and children aged 2 & under.
Parking £7 per car.
Hatfield Park Address: Great North Rd., Hatfield AL9 5HX
The Almere Milton Keynes launches Neighbourhood Hero initiative
‘All about the community’, The Almere prides themselves on making living easy for their residents. With residents set to move this month, the exciting new community boasts co-working, communal and event spaces within the building.
The ground floor ‘Gathering Place’ is bookable to the local community and to residents, whilst upstairs on the 11th floor sits an amenity space for residents, where part will be for co-working, roof terraces to hang out, barbeques and yoga classes. Additionally, there will also be a fitted kitchen and dining area which can be closed off for a private dining experience.
The Almere Neighbourhood Hero initiative
With community at its heart, The Almere aims to build relationships and work collaboratively with local businesses to guide residents to the best spots and products in town. The Almere’s new Neighbourhood Hero initiative has handpicked local, and predominantly independent businesses to connect residents with the true value of living in Milton Keynes, highlighting all that there is to offer.
With the recent COVID-19 pandemic having had such an impact on small, independent businesses it’s key to get people back out there and supporting locally. The Neighbourhood Hero initiative is a fantastic example of this, helping businesses to thrive and regain their position within the economy. Current Heroes include Bogota Coffee Co; DeRoka; Fuuudgelife; Suds; Sweat Studios; Doorstep Cocktails; Mollys Pantry; Pup Club; Headonist Hair and Beauty; and Moxy Hotel.
Benefits of the Almere led scheme include:
- Feature on The Almere website, with regular spotlights and tags on social media channels
- Exposure to over 600+ residents, and the ability to send offers and deals to them, without incurring any marketing costs
- Welcomed as a core part of the community, allowing the businesses to use the communal spaces to hold pop-up events for residents and the local community
- Include collateral in the ‘move in packs’ for new residents, for free
- Invited to all community events at The Almere, and work together on collaborative event activations
Community Manager, Holly Birmingham explains, “Community is so important to us at The Almere – it is all about meaningful connections both within our own four walls and the wider neighbourhood. At The Almere, we aren’t just a building, we are a new community in the heart of Milton Keynes. We want to support the brilliant local businesses around us, create lasting relationships and of course, show our residents the best our town has to offer.”
The new scheme offers an exciting experience for local businesses to work on an exclusive basis with the upcoming, Milton Keynes hotspot, offer discounts to residents and in turn help show the rest of the UK what Milton Keynes has to offer!
About The Almere
A pioneering new rental community for Milton Keynes, The Almere, is a collection of 294 rental apartments built across two buildings with neighbourhood and outstanding service experience at its core.