Delilah Make-Up at Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa

Delilah Cosmetics

Inspired by a multitude of quintessentially English influences and driven by the lack of boutique British brands Delilah is the creation of three strong team, Rupert Kingston, Hannah Nicholson and Juliet White.

Each of the team brings their own passion and expertise to the brand. Rupert spent many years as a make-up artist and creative director developing numerous award winning cosmetics. Hannah has had a long career as a beauty buyer specializing in product development and working with the worlds most prestigious cosmetics manufacturers. Juliet, a photographer whose work has featured in the New York Times and Rolling Stone brings her expertise in imagery, graphics and design to Delilah.

Rupert will be joining us on Monday 22nd June at 6pm to launch the Delilah range at Donnington Valley Spa. Join him and us for a glass of fizz where Rupert will be demonstrating some make-up tips and techniques to get the most professional result from this fantastic range of cosmetics.

Please call the spa to book on 01635 551188

Tickets are £5 per person which may be redeemed against purchase of Delilah cosmetics on the night.

Bored of the treadmill?

Donnington Valley Health Club

Donnington Valley Running Club

With the summer approaching and the weather, on the whole, becoming more favourable and improving running conditions its no surprise that more and more is us decide to take up running over the summer months.

Our running club takes full advantage of the improving conditions as we take in the beautiful surroundings on a variety of terrains. The running club is suitable for all levels of running ability and represents an ideal opportunity to try out something new. The routes we take can be adapted to suit your current ability with our more experienced participants able to try out longer or more challenging routes if they wish. Don’t let the term “running” put you off either, you can jog at your own pace, if you want to be pushed then the instructor can do this; however if your just looking for some general exercise then this class is perfect for you.

The class consists of a light warm up followed by a gentle jog, once you are completely warmed up the option is there to increase speed or stay at the pace, the instructor will run between groups and navigate the route. Once the run has finished, a cool down is completed followed by stretches.

If you are interested in running and you’re bored of the treadmill, want a change or fancy seeing the sights of the surrounding area then please do book into our running club class every Tuesday morning at 9.30am.

Take a look at our current class timetable on our website and also browse our membership options.

James Beldam

Senior fitness instructor

May Events in Berkshire

Wine Festival at The VineyardNewbury Open Studios 2015

2nd to 25th May

Set up in 1988, Newbury Open Studios is up and running for two weeks again this May. It is an ideal opportunity for you to visit the studios of the regions most prominent artists, see their latest works, talk to them about their processes and generally get your creative juices flowing.

Kick off the event with the flagship exhibition at the complimentary New Greenham Arts exhibition which features works from 115 artists, including 17 new artists. From glass to silk painting, jewellery to painting and drawing, the festival runs the gamut of artistic talent.

For more information, we recommend you visit the website.


Californian Wine School at The Vineyard

6th May

California wine is our specialist subject, and this event in perfect timing as our latest shipment will be on the water from the 2015 Spring releases. Join us for a vinous trip around Napa, Sonoma & Mendocino Counties, plus a trip down South to Arroyo Grande. We are a bit biased but it is one of the best events in Berkshire this May! We will explore the classic grape varieties and compare hillside and coastal fruit. Many of the wines being opened will be totally new and exclusive to The Vineyard which we are excited about.

£30 per person

Discover more about our wine schools.


Wolf Keeper Experience

7th May

Take advantage of this unique one-day experience to get up close and personal with wolves, including the new Arctic wolves.

On 7th May, the UK Wolf Conservation Trust has arranged for members of the public to learn more about these beautiful creatures. You will be able to help with aspects of care, shadow the keepers, see behind the scenes into the everyday life of wolves and their keepers, and see how the trainers encourage natural foraging behaviours. It is certainly one of the most unusual events in Berkshire this May. There will be plenty of opportunity for photographs, as well as added bonus of watching resident birds of prey such as kestrels, buzzards and kites.

For more information, we recommend you visit the website.


Peter Michael Winery Dinner

8th May

Hosted by Sir Peter Michael and family, we welcome you to the annual Peter Michael Winery dinner where you will be treated to five course dinner matched with exquisite wines from the Peter Michael Winery. Five course dinner with matching wines.

£120 per person

View menu.


Newbury Spring Festival

9th to 23rd May

Guaranteed to be the biggest and best yet, for two weeks from 9th May to 23rd May, the annual Newbury Spring Festival is taking place around the various prestigious local venues. One of the UK’s most prestigious Arts festivals, this year showcases international talent from all areas of the artistic spectrum: music, theatre, dance, literature and cabaret. Sopecifically, the large programme of work is aimed at young people and families, including the young stars award.

For more information, we recommend you visit the website.


Annual Pelican charity Golf Day

13th May

Held at the Donnington Valley Hotel and Golf Course, this annual event on 13th May is sure to be a fantastic day of sporting fun, followed by a delicious three course gourmet lunch. After a delicious breakfast of bacon baps, the starting gun is at 9am, and is all for the worthy cause of Pelican Cancer Foundation, driving innovation and development in bowel (colorectal), bladder, prostate and liver cancer treatment.

For more information, we recommend you visit the website or email events@pelicancancer.org


Award-nominated music in Newbury this May

14th May

The breathtaking and wickedly inventive music of Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin comes to Acespace in Newbury this 14th May. Playing like no-one else, the two have been nominated for Best Duo in the Radio 2 Folk Awards. Who else can you think of who are equally at home on 6 Radio (Cerys Matthews) and Radio 3 (In Tune). £10 in advance, £12 on the door, this is a great value evening, not to be missed.

We recommend you email events@acespace.org.uk or visit the website for more details.


Highclere Game and Country Fair

24th to 25th May

Set in the picturesque surrounds of the Highclere Castle, for 20 years Highclere Game and Country Fair has provided one of the UK’s finest showcases of country life. From 24th to 25th May, with world-class championship hunting and shooting events as well as the Highclere food festival, there’s something to suit all tastes, from competitive field sportsmen to those who want to relax.

Plus, for those new to country sports, you will find expert tuition and advice on how to get involved. The Highclere Game and Country Fair is also a great family day out, with live music and children’s entertainment too.

For more information, we recommend you email info@countrymanfairs.co.uk or visit the website.


Bucklebury Bushcraft and Barbecue

25th May

Set in a stunning 77-acre site, Bucklebury Farm Park has a host of attractions including deer park, farm animals, indoor play, pedal go-cart track, tractor rides, refreshments, adventure playground, a wild walk, Be a Farmer Club and den building. Join in this May Bank Holiday for some free bushcraft activities and a barbecue for a great value day out that will appeal to the whole family, school groups, senior citizens’ clubs, or just a couple of friends.

For more information, we recommend you email info@buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk or visit the website.

Australian Wines

Wines at Donnington ValleyMost people will have tried an Australian wine at some point I’m sure. This country has the reputation for producing exclusively large chardonnays and big bodied shiraz. Some may even be surprised to learn there are many different styles of wine available for you to enjoy from this wine producing country.

For example I have found one producer that I particularly like who are creating wines in a range of styles. That producer is Larry Cherubino.

Larry Cherubino’s wines have set a new style benchmark for Australian wines. These elegant, beautifully crafted, serious, yet amazingly drinkable wines are the pinnacle of cooler climate Western Australia.

James Halliday, the undisputed authority on Australian wine, has inundated the winery with honours since its inception in 2005. He named the winery as one of the country’s ‘Ten Best New Wineries’ in the 2010 Australian Wine Companion, and awarded it the prestigious ‘Winery of the Year’ title in 2011. Also in the 2013 edition Cherubino is the highest rated producer since the inception of Halliday’s annual review in 1986. All 31 wines submitted were award more than 90 points while 19 scored over 94 points – an unprecedented achievement in a country of stellar wineries!

Larry’s philosophy is simple. By spending most of the year focussing on the vineyards and in paying close attention to the management of the vines and of course picking at the right time he can ensure that only the best grapes make it to the bottle.
Allowing him to create everything from delicate whites to big reds of exceptional class and finesse.

Larry Cherubino wines available at Donnington Valley:

Whites

Larry Cherubino, Ad Hoc, Hen & Chicken, Chardonnay, Pemberton, W.Australia – £36

This wine shows delicious notes of melon, citrus and apple fruit enhanced by a refreshing streak of minerality. A generous palate with a creamy texture is balanced by a vibrant acidity, giving this wine a long, lingering finish. The Hen and Chicken refers to a natural unevenness in ripeness of the grapes called millerandage and gives this wine its fabulous balance.

Larry Cherubino, Ad Hoc, Wallflower, Riesling, Westerern Australia – £37

Vibrant lemon and lime fruit flavours with subtle notes of minerality. The wine is softly textured with a refreshing acidity and a long, persistent finish. An excellent accompaniment to shellfish or as an aperitif. A wine that marries the heady aromas of Australia with a delicacy and balance from this cool climate region.

Larry Cherubino, Cherubino, Sauvignon Blanc, Pemberton, W.Australia – £65

A complex, fruity wine with a hint of oak adding great texture to the fruit. A good intensity and balance of ripe citrus and tropical notes in the wine. It has a delicate acidity and good length. Intriguing and restrained, not your typical Sauvignon Blanc.

Reds

Larry Cherubino, Cruel Mistress, Pinot Noir, Westerern Australia – £37

A wine with a pale ruby hue and sweet clove and black cherry aromas. A light Pinot with sweet spice, smoky, leather and black plum flavours on the palate, all beautifully balanced. A delicious and superbly balanced wine- the name Cruel Mistress refers to Pinot Noir’s temperamental nature!

Larry Cherubino, The Yard, Acacia Vineyard, Shiraz, Frakland River, W.Australia – £47

A complex wine which displays all of the hallmarks of the Great Southern region of WA and in particular the Frankland River region. Aromatic spice and blueberry fruit notes carry through to the softly textured palate which has ample, soft tannins. The balance and structure of this wine make it an excellent choice with lamb and even spicy dishes.

Larry Cherubino, Margaret River, Cabernet Sauvignon, Westerern Australia – £91

Dark and inky in the glass, which leads to a lifted aromatic nose of cassis and cigar box cedar. Gentle oak support allows the fully ripe dark fruit to shine on the palate, and powerful. There is great persistence of flavour, complexity and ample fine tannins for structure. The wine – although medium bodied, has depth, power and gentleness. The finish is long and persistent.

I look forward to welcoming you this summer and hope you take the opportunity to sample one or maybe even two of these exceptional wines.

Chris Neeves

Beverages Manager

Spring Lamb at the WinePress, Donnington Valley

WinePressI know winter is coming to an end when I start seeing the first spring lambs coming up for sale at our local Thatchams Butchers, and its just starting to appear.

This beautiful seasonal meat comes from using young lamb aged between 3 and 5 months old, it is really tender and has a gentle, fresh flavour as it hasn’t had long to graze. Because it is so tender and succulent you really don’t need to do too much to get the best out of the meat. A little seasoning and keep it nice and pink when cooking and you will have a beautiful dish.

We have a new A la Carte dish on the menu soon which is a succulent 4 bone rack of spring lamb, supplied by Thatcham Butchers and sourced from lamb bred in the home counties. We season it very lightly with a little salt and pepper and then cook it in the oven for 15 minutes so it is medium rare. It will be served with a light juniper berry sauce and baby spring vegetables.

We hope to see you soon in the WinePress restaurant soon to enjoy this season’s flavours.

Book your table online or call us on 01635 551199.

Kelvin Johnson
Head Chef

The start of the main golfing season at Donnington Valley Golf Club

Donnington Valley Golf ClubGolf really only gets underway for many players from the start of April after the first major of the year, The US Masters from Augusta. Augusta National is closed for several months to ensure the course is in the best possible condition, unfortunately we do not have that luxury, but we do work on the course in more depth on certain weeks to ensure Donnington Valley is in great condition.

Course maintenance weeks take place on all golf courses generally in the early and late part of the year, where the greens are given even more attention than normal.

This April’s course maintenance work this year at Donnington Valley will involve scarifying the greens. This process removes the thatch layer and any build up of material within the sward of the grass on the greens, which may have built up over the normally wet winter period. This removal of the unwanted materials allows the main grasses to grow better and to ensure they are strong as we move in to the busier playing season.

Prior to the greens being scarified, they will be cut and after blown to remove any of the unwanted items which may not have been fully collected by the scarifying machine and collector, then a light sand dressing is applied which is dragged into the surface. The sand helps the greens in two main ways; firstly it levels out any odd surfaces to produce a truer putting surface and secondly the sand helps with the drainage of the greens and allows the roots of the grasses to grow.

Without carrying out this work to the greens, they would become weaker and could struggle with all the golf traffic throughout the year.

Within a week, the greens will have returned to return to normal and will be putting beautifully again.

You don’t need to be a member to play at Donnington Valley Golf Club. You can view our green fees and even request a tee time via our website.

If you are new to golf and are unsure about the membership level best suited to you why not take a look at our BeFORE memberships. Affording you the benefits of a full membership without the same level of financial commitment.

Here’s to a great summer of great golf.

Peter Smith
Director of Golf

Berkshire Events this April

April Events

Kennet Horse Boat Trip

Various dates in April

Call: 01488 658866
Email: info@kennet-horse-boat.co.uk
Website: www.kennet-horse-boat.co.uk

Established in 1970 this is a small family run business. Painted in a traditional style and based in Kintbury ‘Kennet Valley’ offers both public and private charter cruises.

Public trips run from Easter to the end of September, operating seven days a week following a varied timetable. Trips last either 2, 2.5 or 3 hours and you can just hop on board if there are available seats but booking in advance is highly recommended.

Prices: 2 hour trip – Adult £10, Child/Concessions 60+ £9.00 2.5 hour trip – Adult £10.50, Child/Concessions £9.50


Beautiful Bluebells

1st April – 31st May   10:00 – 16:00

Basildon Park
Lower Basildon
Berkshire
RG8 9NR

Call: 0118 984 3040
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/basildon-park

Take a stroll around the grounds of Basildon park and admire the spring Bluebells. A Georgian mansion house the building you see today was lovingly rescued by Lord and Lady Ilffe in the mid 1950’s

Booking Not Needed.

Prices
Whole Property: Adult: £12.50, Child: £6.00, Family: £30.00
Group adult: £10.80, Group child: £5.40
Grounds only: Adult: £7.20, Child: £3.60, Family: £19.00


The Betfair Lambourn Open Day

3rd April

Website: www.lambourn.info

This annual Open Day is a unique opportunity to see the racehorses in their training establishments throughout the Lambourn Valley – The Valley of the Racehorse. More than 25 yards are expected to open their doors providing visitors with a unique opportunity for a behind the scenes look at some of the country’s best racehorse training establishments. The yards will open from 8.30 am – 1pm and all money raised will go to The Lambourn Valley Housing Trust which works for the welfare of its stable staff, The Air Ambulance and other local needy causes.

2015 prices
Racing Yards and Afternoon Entertainment – £ 15 per person
Afternoon Entertainment only from 1pm – £ 7 per person
Children under 12 – free

Tickets and Programmes are available from the entrance of each yard on the day. Please take good care of your ticket since once purchased it allows you access to all the yards as well as the afternoon entertainment.


Easter Sunday Lunch

Sunday 5th April
Join us this Easter Sunday for a 3 course Sunday lunch with family and friends. We’ll have an Easter egg hunt during lunch and the Animal man will be joining us with a whole host of creatures at 11.30am.

£25 per person

Children 5 – 16 years, £18 per person
Under 5’s eat free.

Call us to book on 01635 551199

Easter Sunday Lunch Menu

Starters

Roasted Tomato, Garlic & Basil Soup (v)
Ham Hock & Caper Terrine, Beetroot Chutney
Parma Ham & Melon, Rocket Salad
Smoked Haddock Kedgeree Fish Cake, Sweet Chilli Sauce
Cauliflower, Cheddar Cheese & Spring Onion Tart, Onion Marmalade (v)

Mains

Roasted Chicken, Roasted Potatoes & Parsnips, Cabbage, Stuffing & Pigs in Blankets
Roasted Sirloin of English Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, Roasted Potatoes & Parsnips, Cabbage & Carrots
Braised Shank of Lamb, Buttered Mash, Green Cabbage & Ginger Carrots
Supreme of Salmon, Crushed Minted Peas, Pomme Royal
Yorkshire Pudding Filled with Creamy Wild Mushrooms, Roast Potatoes & Parsnips, Cabbage & Broccoli (v)

Desserts

Bread & Butter Pudding, Custard
Trio of Chocolate Mousse, Orange Syrup
Elderflower Crème Brûlée, Shortbread Biscuit
Selection of British Cheeses, Biscuits, Celery and Grapes

Call to book on 01635 551199


Easter on the farm

3rd April – 20th April

Call: 0118 971 4002
Email: info@buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk
Website: www.buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk

Head over to Bucklebury Farm Park this Easter and join in the fun feeding the lambs and enjoying an egg hunt (3rd-6th April).

Set in a 77-acre site with a host of attractions including: deer park, farm animals, indoor play, pedal go-cart track, tractor rides (included in your admission price), refreshments, adventure playground, a wild walk, Be a Farmer Club and den building.

Prices:
Adults – £9.45
Children & Seniors – £8.45 (Under 2’s are free)
Disabled – £7
Carer accompanying disabled visitor – £7
Family ticket – £32.50 (2 adults and 2 children)


High Precision Body Taster Treatment

17th April

Book in for a taster of the high precision body treatment concentrating on either the legs or abdomen. This high performance innovative treatment tackles cellulite and stubborn unwanted curves. Featuring Thalgo-exclusive Body Wrap which infuses pure oxygen into the deep skin cells to detoxify the skin and encourage the release and elimination of stored fats. A perfect start for your summer body.

High precision body taster – £25.00 redeemable against purchase on the day

Call us on 01635 551188 to book.


Aladdin

19th April   14:30 & 19:30

Call: 01635 244246
Website: http://tickets.arlingtonarts.co.uk/daily_events_list.asp

With a break-taking adaptation of the story of Aladdin Ballet Theatre UK returns to the Arlington Arts Centre. Watch as the dancers weave the story of the lonely orphan.

Prices:
Tickets £17, Concessions £15, Family £50

Spring clean your skin

Facials at Donninton Valley Hotel and SpaWe spring clean our homes at this time of year, so why not take some time to spring clean your skin. There are different reasons for wanting to do this, for example a break out on the skin, the skin feeling tired and lacklustre or just you feel your skin needs a bit of tlc.

For the body:

Body Brushing
For the body a fantastic way to stimulate the circulation and remove any winter dead skin cells is to body brush using a cactus bristle brush.

Tip tips for body brushing:

  • Always start from your feet and work in an upward direction.
  • On the abdomen brush in a circular direction.
  • Make sure you don’t apply too much pressure.
  • You can go over an area more than once if needed eg. The thighs and buttocks may benefit from this.
  • Boost your circulation by alternating water between hot and cold when showering.

Detoxifying Bath or Shower Time
Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath and Shower Oil is a great way to start off your home skin detox. Containing a blend of essentail oils including pink greapefruit, rosemary and juniper berry this oil is perfect to help awaken you for the day ahead. Aply to your bosy for a few minutes before showering or add a capful your bath water.

For the Face

Clarisonic Brushes
The Clarisonic Cleansing system uses a patented sonic frequency and is suitable for all skin types. Clarisonic can be included in your skin care routine as it is six times more effective than a manual cleanse. You can use it in conjunction with your existing skin care products, such as your favourite cleanser, serums and moisturisers for healthy looking skin. The cleanse is so thorough your other skin care products will be absorbed much better.

Plasmag Gel
The Plasmag gel is applied to the skin prior to the MMA (Micronised Marine Algae), it encourages sweating whilst symultaniously helping to replenish minerals. It helps to tone and detoxify the skin while softening and moisturising. It encourages the absorption of minerals and trace elements.

MMA (Micronised Marine Algae)
A 100% natural sea bath to enjoy a concentrate of thalassotherapy in the comfort of your own home! Ultra-rich in minerals and trace elements, these algae promote wellness and encourage figure refining. Or mix with a little warm water and apply to the face avioding the eye area for a deep cleansing and revitalising mask.

Spring Freshening Facial
To experience all of these products in one pampering treatment, we have launched a spring freshening facial. Spring Clean Your Skin with our new signature Donnington Valley Facial using the Thalgo skincare products to suit your skin. A double cleanse is carried out using Clarisonic brushes to start the purification process and thoroughly deep cleanse the skin. This is followed by an exfoliation to suit your skin type and extraction if required. The Plasmag Gel is then applied to the skin with the Marine Algae Mask, while this is on the skin a hand and arm massage is carried out to aid relaxation. The face is then massaged and the facial is completed with the moisturiser to suit your skin.

This facial throughout April is £40.00*.

Call us on 01635 551188 to book

Hannah Henley-Thrift
Spa Director

*Subject to availability Monday to Thursday excluding Bank Holidays and cannot be used in conjunction with members discounts.

Top Tips for Planning your Wedding Day

Top tips for planning your wedding day

Stay organised

Whether by using scrap books, pinterest or spreadsheets find a way that suits you to get organised. Keeping a plan of everything helps you to stick to your budget and prevent costs from spiraling out of control. Even a simple checklist will help you to keep on top of what could otherwise feel like an overwhelming list of things to do.

Keep calm and carry on

Planning your wedding should be an enjoyable experience for you both. Try not to let things beyond your control get on top of you, and remember no one can order the sun to appear on cue so just don’t worry about it.

Prioritise

Create a timeline and make sure your top priorities are in first and plan everything else around them. Things like venues, entertainment and florists can get booked up quickly so make sure you arrange the things that are most important to you first.

Listen to others.

But remember ultimately your wedding is a day to celebrate the start of the next chapter in your lives together. Trying to include everyone’s wishes can be stressful. Try to relax and listen to the ideas of family and friends as this will be appreciated especially if they are contributing financially. Listen and take on board what they are saying, but ultimately the decisions are about you as a couple. So if suggestions are being made about things that just don’t work for you both, make sure you mention this early on.

Budget, budget, budget

I really can’t say this enough. Setting a budget is a really important thing to do right at the beginning of planning for your day. You may have always known what your dream wedding will look like, or you may have only just started thinking about it since getting engaged. Either way creating a budget and planning your wedding according to what you can afford is really important. Don’t be tempted to overspend on credit cards or getting loans as this can make a stressful start to married life. Create your budget and make the decisions on where to splash out and where to economise together.

Please call us on 01635 551199 to book your VIP tour and to discuss how we can help you to plan your special day.

Find out more about weddings at Donnington Valley.

Katie Foulds
Special Events Co-ordinator.

Rosé Wine

Rosé Wines by the glass

Rosé wine

For a long time Rosé wine was associated almost exclusively with the summer months and mainly enjoyed by women. How things have changes, now rosé is widely enjoyed by both men and women alike.

Finding a good rosé can still be quite a challenge, with many being just too sweet and not well balanced at all. When I have been looking at rosé wines for the wine list here at Donnington Valley I have been careful to select well balanced wines with good fruit flavours.

As the warmer days are fast approaching, I am sure we will start to see more rosé being enjoyed, maybe even al fresco, once the weather starts to improve. I do have to admit a nice cool glass of anything on a warm day is a welcome treat.

We do have quite a large range of rosé wines on the list at the hotel. Take a look to see if any of these can tempt your taste buds and we hope to see you soon, sipping some on our patio.

Still
2013 Bodegas Santa Ana, Malbec Rosé, Mendoza, Argentina – £23.00
2013 Gérard Bertrand, Gris Blanc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France – £23.00
2012 Docetañidos Clarete, Lezcano Lacalle, Cigales, Spain – £29.00
2012 Saint Clair, Pinot Gris Rosé, Marlborough, New Zealand – £29.00
2012 Planeta, Syrah, IGT, Sicily, Italy – £27.00
2011 Viña Leyda, Pinot Noir Rosé, Loica Vineyard, Leyda Valley, Chile – £31.00
2012 Sancerre Rosé, Domaine Serge Laloue, Loire, France – £47.00

Sparkling
N.V. Pinot Grigio Rose, Mirabello, Verona, Italy – £23.00
N.V A. Laurance, Collection Privée, Sparkling Rosé, France – £25.00
2010 Schramsberg, Rose, Napa Valley, Califorina, USA – £48.00

Happy Drinking

Chris Neeves
Beverages Manager