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Our exclusive event series #lunchNbloggers is back this summer



The TrendLife Magazine team are excited to announce that #lunchNbloggers is back. Like many of our business partners and stockists, the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to make some difficult business choices. One of these was the unfortunate postponement of a number of #lunchNbloggers events.

Never heard of #lunchNbloggers?

We will excuse you. As you maybe aware, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire are home to some of the finest bars, restaurants, cafes, gaestro pubs and street food vendors in the UK.

The #lunchNbloggers experience has three core components that are unique at every event. Tasting, networking and last but not least, the #lunchNbloggers masterclass.

Tasting – To promote the finest eateries across the three counties, you have to do a lot of tasting. We sample everything from breakfast menus to desert menus from Watford to Northampton. The #lunchNbloggers experience will introduce you to new tastes and a unique culinary experience you will not forget.

Networking – The key ingredient to the unique culinary experience is the people around you. Your fellow #lunchNbloggers. The event is all about networking. We only invite bloggers who like to and understand the benefits of networking. We work with fashion bloggers, beauty bloggers, lifestyle bloggers and foodies too. We can’t forget our food bloggers. We organise this event as a thank you to wonderful people who contribute to TrendLife Magazine.

Masterclass – Each #lunchNbloggers is based on a unique theme. That theme is tied to a masterclass that happens live on the day. You could be learning to knit the perfect scarf or gift wrap an important present like a pro. You could even learn about the importance of wine geology. Check out this video from Must Wine in St Albans.

What’s up next for #lunchNbloggers?

We are currently working on a series of Summer #lunchNblogger events that will include midweek, afternoon/evening and weekend events. These will take place across Beds, Bucks and Herts from May/June when groups can meet outside. When the social distancing rules are relaxed and we can dine indoors, further events will be added to the schedule.

The #lunchNbloggers Team at Harben House

How to register for #lunchNbloggers?

#lunchNbloggers has always been and will remain FREE to attend. We occasionally ask for a small deposit to ensure those who are selected attend or notify us in advance so we can offer this exclusive opportunity to another member of the #lunchNbloggers team. To register for future events, please complete the form below and remember to follow us on instagram for updates on locations.



Never full or satisfied, I am always willing to try new things and visit new places. Lover of food and all things FAST - Not necessarily fast food. If I am not in the office, you can find me near a track or under a car. I also work with great people in TrendLife's Editorial team.

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Father’s Day With A Twist at Hertfordshire’s Sopwell House



Sunday Roast with Beer or Wine Flight at Sopwell House

Deciding on a great Father’s Day experience can be challenging, but this year, why not treat Dad to an escape to the Hertfordshire countryside at Sopwell House? The hotel and spa are pulling out all the stops for Dad, from a sumptuous Sunday roast with beer pairings to a savoury afternoon tea.

Sunday Roast with Beer or Wine Flight

Elevate Dad’s Sunday roast with an optional craft beer from Tring Brewery. From a punchy Raven King IPA to Tring’s smooth Tea Kettle stout, savour every bite with a carefully selected beer to match each course. For those who aren’t as keen on beer, there is also a wine flight option available.

Start as you mean to go on with Spring shaved courgettes or spicy lamb croquettes, followed by the star of the show – a roast with your choice of chicken, beef, or pork, served with fluffy roasties, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire puddings, and lashings of gravy. End on a sweet note with a choice of summery desserts – think Strawberry bakewell tart and Raspberry crème brûlée – plus an additional cheese course for those opting for the paired menu.

Price: £42 per person for Sunday lunch (£67 per adult including drinks pairing and cheese course).

Sunday Roast with Beer or Wine Flight at Sopwell House



Father’s Day Afternoon Tea

Adding a savoury twist to the quintessentially British pastime, treat Dad to an afternoon tea with a choice of bubbles or a pint of Pale Ale to complement the experience. Expect bites including quail scotch eggs and roast beef-filled mini-Yorkshire puddings, alongside sandwiches and freshly baked scones.

There is also a selection of sweet treats including a hazelnut praline and chocolate sable, and a coconut, yuzu, and lime macaron, all served with a glass of Taittinger Champagne or a pint of Tring Pale Four beer from the award-winning brewery. A punchy, West Coast IPA style beer, the Tring Pale Four beer is as at home with meats and fish as it is paired alongside sweet treats, making it the perfect accompaniment to Afternoon Tea!

Price: £57 per adult.

Available exclusively on Sunday 16th June, make your Father’s Day one to remember at Sopwell House, with bookings now available at

Top 5 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

To complement your luxurious day out at Sopwell House, here are the top 5 Father’s Day gift ideas that will surely impress any dad:

  1. Personalised Gifts
    • Engraved Wallet: A high-quality leather wallet with a personalised message or initials engraved.
    • Custom Photo Book: A photo book filled with cherished memories, perfect for sentimental dads.
  2. Tech Gadgets
    • Smart Home Devices: Smart speakers like the Amazon Echo or Google Nest Hub to help around the house.
    • Noise-Cancelling Headphones: Great for dads who enjoy music, podcasts, or need some quiet time.
  3. Experience Gifts
    • Driving Experience: A track day or driving experience with high-performance cars.
    • Cooking Class: For foodie dads, a cooking class with a professional chef can be a memorable experience.
  4. Eating Out Experience
    • Restaurant Voucher: A voucher for a meal at a top-rated restaurant or a local favourite.
    • Afternoon Tea: A classic British experience, perfect for a relaxing afternoon with a variety of teas and delicious treats.
  5. Outdoor Gear
    • Camping Equipment: High-quality tents, sleeping bags, or portable grills for adventurous dads.
    • Garden Tools: For dads who love gardening, new tools or a garden gadget like a robot lawnmower.

Make this Father’s Day unforgettable with a delightful experience at Sopwell House and a thoughtful gift from our top picks!


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Film & Theatre

Winner of Best New Musical Bonnie & Clyde comes to Milton Keynes



Winner of Best New Musical (What’sOnStage Awards 2023), Bonnie & Clyde comes to Milton Keynes from Tue 18 – Sat 22 Jun as part of its first-ever UK & Ireland Tour.

“Bonnie & Clyde The Musical” is set to captivate audiences across the UK and Ireland following its spectacular run in London’s West End. The show tells the thrilling tale of two small-town kids, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who rose to become legendary folk heroes in America, their story a dazzling mix of love, adventure, and crime.

Leading the cast as Clyde Barrow is Alex James-Hatton, known for his roles in “Heathers” and “Newsies”. He brings his charismatic presence to the stage alongside Katie Tonkinson, starring as Bonnie Parker. Tonkinson, who previously impressed audiences in “Bat Out of Hell”, is set to deliver another unforgettable performance. Adding to the dynamic lineup, Daisy Wood-Davis, recognized for her work in “Hollyoaks” and “Holby City”, will portray Blanche Barrow.

Supporting them, Sam Ferriday, with his extensive musical theater background including “The Cher Show” and “Jersey Boys”, takes on the role of Marvin “Buck” Barrow. Jaz Ellington, an R&B and soul talent known for his appearances on The Voice UK, will enchant as The Preacher. Additionally, Nate Landskroner, who has delighted audiences in “Waitress” and “Heathers”, will alternate the role of Clyde during midweek matinee performances.

The musical boasts an impressive creative team. The score is the work of Tony-nominated composer Frank Wildhorn, with lyrics by Tony and Oscar winner Don Black, and a book by Emmy nominee Ivan Menchell. Nick Winston directs and choreographs, ensuring a vibrant staging of the lovers’ escapades.

Behind the scenes, the set and costumes are crafted by Philip Witcomb, with musical supervision by Katy Richardson. The team also includes notable talents such as Nick Barstow in associate musical supervision and John McDaniel handling original arrangements and orchestrations, among others. Each design element, from lighting by Zoe Spurr to sound by Tom Marshall and wigs by Darren Ware, is meticulously curated to enhance this gripping narrative.

Produced by the Olivier Award-winning DLAP Group, “Bonnie & Clyde The Musical” is more than just a musical; it’s an immersive experience into the lives of America’s most famous outlaws. Whether you’re a fan of action-packed historical tales or poignant love stories, this production promises to be an electrifying adventure. Don’t miss your chance to experience this exceptional blend of storytelling and theatrical innovation!

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Stevenage Wagamama launches Palentine’s Day encouraging pals to get together



Stevenage Wagamama launches Palentine’s Day encouraging pals to get together

Stevenage wagamama has launched its first ever Palentine’s Day campaign encouraging friends to get together during the season of romance, to tackle loneliness and share their favourite bowls across the bench. It is widely believed that the time around St Valentine’s Day can be very lonely for so many people.

So wagamama has decided to launch Palentine’s Day, a campaign which celebrates your mates and encourages building bonds with your friends over some food. it is hoped this will provide a more inclusive experience for guests who may not want to celebrate Valentine’s Day traditionally.

Available at Stevenage Wagamama and other selected locations across the UK (24 restaurants in total), when guests quote ‘Palentine’s’ to their host, they will receive a sharing menu with their group and a Palentine’s gift from us for one free drink on the purchase of a main.

The sharing menu features our most shareable dishes to recommend our most loved and iconic dishes, for the full wagamama experience.

Stevenage Wagamama launches Palentine’s Day encouraging pals to get together

The free drink options are 330ml bottle of Asahi, 125ml glass of prosecco, or any regular juice with the purchase of a main.

Regional marketing manager Sita Dobbs said: “We are really excited to launch our Palentine’s Day campaign for the first time this year. We know valentine’s day and the season of romance can be a lonely time for some people so instead, why not round up your Pals and spend this time celebrating your friendships.

“Our long benches and communal seating arrangements at wagamama were built to bring people together, no matter the time of year. When wagamama first opened in 1992, the concept was to bring people together on our egalitarian benches, everyone equal and sharing their favourite bowls. We can’t wait to welcome our guests in to celebrate palentines this year.”

The offer is available at Stevenage Wagamama and 23 other wagamama restaurants across the country until Monday February 14 and there are only 20 free items to redeem per day so be quick to claim!

Stevenage Wagamama Address

Stevenage Leisure Park

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