A Christmas-themed spa has opened up just outside Manchester and you can bathe in a hot tub filled with mulled wine.
Yes, you heard that right.
There are few things more perfect on a chilly winter’s evening than the distinctive sweet, cinnamon scent of warm mulled wine, so now imagine you’re sitting in a hot tub filled with the stuff.
As odd as it sounds, this is the reality at Shringley Hall in Cheshire.
The unique Christmas spa – which is a world-first and just a short distance from Manchester – will have you, quite literally, soaking up the spice and warmth of mulled wine, as guests at Shringley Hall have the opportunity to indulge in a winter wonderland-themed treatment that is actually supposed to be beneficial.
According to SpaSeekers, the hot tub-warmed mulled wine opens your pores to release toxins and allow your skin to embrace the tannins in the festive beverage.
But why exactly is the hot tub is filled with the tipple though?
Well, apparently, mulled wine helps to “fight viruses and fungi, whilst also improving cardiac health and increasing blood flow”, and some also say that the polyphenols found in grapes and citrus fruits help improve circulation.
And if you’re looking for a proper detox, it will also do that too.
The orange, cinnamon and star anise found in mulled wine have a naturally “high level of antioxidants”, so it does more than just add a little festive merriment to the season. If you were banking on being able to enjoy a sip while you were at it too, you’ll even get a nice mug of the delicious festive drink while you soak in it.
It’ll be from a fresh bottle though, not the bath.
Indulging in this festive spa break doesn’t just end with the headline-grabbing mulled wine hot tub either, as you can also enjoy these other luxurious treatments that are perfectly-tailored for Christmas.
Brown Sugar, Cinnamon and Orange Body Scrub
45-minute Frankincense Massage
These treatments are designed to bring blood flow back to the skin and “leave you glowing”.
The Mulled Wine Spa Day at the newly-refurbished Bazaar Spa & Silk Garden at Shrigley Hall starts at £60 per person, and you can find more information – as well as COVID-safety measures – and book your stay via the SpaSeekers website here.
Cheadle care home asks locals to take their dogs to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to cheer up residents
A Greater Manchester care home is calling on locals to take their dogs down to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to help cheer up the residents.
After recent studies have shown that introducing dogs into care home settings can help lift people’s mood and increase social interaction among the community, Abney Court Care Home in the Trafford town of Cheadle – which sits within the picturesque grounds of Abney Hall Park – has decided to host its very-own ‘Canine Café’ next week.
But in a bid to make sure there’s enough canine cuddles for all the residents, staff at the home are asking the public to bring their own four-legged friends down to the party.
Abney Court created the canine-themed event after being inspired by the positive impact previous animal visits have had on residents’ wellbeing in the past, and after hearing how much they missed the company of their own pets from their younger years.
Taking place next Friday 8 March from 11am-12pm, Abney Court’s ‘Canine Café’ gives attendees the chance to enjoy loads of tasty puppy-themed treats and drinks, all while being in the company of furry friends.
Of course, all four-legged guests will be taken good care of too.
Not only will the pups be able to enjoy plenty of fuss from the home’s residents, but they’ll also get the opportunity to play with the other pooches, and be treated to their very-own ‘pup cake’ too.
There’ll also be lots of garden games and a raffle too, so everyone has a shot a winning a whole host of goodies to take home.
Inviting the Greater Manchester public down to the party next week, Amcia Hara, who is the Home Manager at Abney Court, said: “We are looking forward to inviting the local community to our Canine Café, as atudies have shown that introducing dogs into care homes can help lift people’s mood and increase social interaction.
“The human-animal bond is powerful in promoting self-esteem and wellbeing, which is exactly why we feel our Canine Café is set to be a brilliant event.
“Whether you have your own dog or simply an animal lover, we’d encourage you to come along to our event.”
Abney Court Care Home’s Canine Café is happening next Friday 8 March from 11am-12pm.
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Jason Manford is joining the cast of Waterloo Road as the new headteacher
The BBC has announced that Jason Manford will be joining the cast of Waterloo Road, and he’s got himself a starring role in it too.
The famous Manc may be more known for his stand-up comedy, screen presenting work, and on-stage musicaltheatre gigs – but now, he’s giving TV acting a go, and will be stepping into the role of the fictional school’s new headteacher in the next series of the show that’s set to air later this year.
Manford will play Steve Savage – or Mr Savage, to the kids – who goes on to have a big impact on the staff and pupils at Waterloo Road, but not before he ruffles a few feathers along the way.
While the BBC has teased that Manford’s new role as headteacher will leave people questioning how the future looks for current headteacher Kim Campbell, viewers will apparently just have to “wait and see” how the storyline plays out.
Manford has admitted it’s an “absolute treat” to have joined the cast of the popular show.
Speaking on his new role as the casting was announced on the official BBC social media platforms yesterday, Manford said: “What an absolute treat it is to join the cast and crew of Waterloo Road, right here in my home city of Manchester.
“My kids and I binged the show during lockdown.
“It’s such a brilliant and iconic show, so I’m dead proud to now be part of its history. Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher, and now becoming a headteacher, I know I would have been terrible.”
Alongside Manford in his new role, the BBC has also announced that a whole host of other new characters are being thrown into the mix for the next series too – including Saira Choudhry as Nisha Chandra, the school’s newest maths teacher, and a gaggle of new students played by Olly Rhodes, Nathan Wood, Sonya Nisa, Miya Ocego, Danny Murphy, and Matthew Khan.
Jason Manford is joining the cast of Waterloo Road as the new headteacher / Credit: BBC
Fellow famous Mancs Adam Thomas and Kym Marsh are also set to return, alongside the rest of the current teaching staff and plenty of the same students.
Waterloo Road has continued to remain as popular as ever since its long-awaited return to TV screens last year, with the latest reboot series having been watched weekly on BBC One by audiences in their millions.
It’s also cemented its position as one of the top shows on BBC iPlayer for viewers under 35 too.