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Mother’s Day Themed Afternoon Tea

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Treat your mum and join us for a week of Mother’s Day themed Afternoon Tea at Ramada Resort Park Hall Wolverhampton.

From 25th to 29th March, you can indulge in a range of tasty pink treats within the beautiful settings of The Orangery.

You can enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, classic scones served warm with clotted cream and a fruit preserve

as well as a choice of homemade cakes.

 

Classic Afternoon Tea for 2 = £20

Park Hall Afternoon Tea for 2 (Includes a glass of Prosecco each) = £25

 

Served Monday to Friday 12noon – 4.30pm

 

To book please call The Orangery on 01902 349549.

Which season should we choose for our wedding?

Posted in General News, Weddings

When planning your wedding, choosing the best season can be a challenge if you’re based in the UK.

First and foremost, there is always going to be that risk of inclement weather whichever season you choose.

Even at the height of a summer heatwave, you may be unlucky enough to pick that one day the heavens open. It pays to be prepared with a few good-quality brollies all year round – after all, if they’re not needed to combat the rain, they may well be useful for shielding people from the sun if it is very bright and hot.

Although temperatures are usually much lower during the winter months, this is not always the case – in fact, as I write this in February, it is currently 20 degrees Celsius outside. Admittedly, this is highly unusual but, whether due to climate change or other reasons, many would agree that the seasons are becoming less clearly defined, weather-wise.

However, there are many distinct seasonal factors other than the weather that should be taken into account when deciding on which time of year to tie the knot.

For example, if you are considering either a summer or a December wedding, then it is particularly important to note that entertainment such as live music needs to be booked well in advance – 12 months or more to be on the safe side – since the festival season and the festive period are the busiest times of year for bands and other entertainers. Be aware that the best ones get booked up really fast!

Another aspect of your wedding that will be affected by the season you choose is photography. As all photographers will be aware, the best time of the day to get those all-important wedding photos taken is what is known as “the golden hour”. This takes place an hour before sunset and offers photographers the soft, warm light they crave to get the most beautiful, stunning shots. It’s when natural light is at its softest and most golden if the sun is out.

The timing of the golden hour varies greatly depending on the season. It takes place much later during the summer (around 8.30pm) and much earlier in the winter (around 3pm). However, if you intend to programme a photo shoot after your ceremony and reception but before any evening entertainment begins, then the timing is good during the Spring (around 6.30pm) and almost perfect during the Autumn (around 5pm).

Other key factors to take into account when considering seasons are: availability, cost, colours, flowers, outfits, food and travel / transport.

Take a look at our rundown below as we consider the pros and cons of how all four seasons impact differently on each of these factors.

Spring

The most romantic time of the year, Spring announces its arrival with a cacophony of colour through its vibrant floral displays and tree blossoms.

Weather

Pro: More hours of daylight and warmer temperatures.

Con: High possibility of showers and/or strong winds. Pollen can also be a nightmare for allergy sufferers.

Attendance

Pro: People tend to feel more like venturing out once the clocks go back and winter is behind us.

Con: Some people are likely to be away during the Easter holidays.

Availability

Pro: You should find it easier to book venues and other wedding services than during the summer months.

Con: Spring is still one of the most popular seasons for bookings, so it may be difficult to find your preferred options with short notice bookings.

Cost

Pro: Wedding service providers often offer Spring discounts.

Con: A robust back-up plan will be needed for any outdoor activities due to the higher risk of inclement weather. This can add to the cost if you need to provisionally book two spaces.

Colours

Pastel yellows, pinks and peaches, lavender, mint green and pale blues.

Photography

Pro: The golden hour arrives conveniently during the spring; it isn’t too late or too early so photo shoots are unlikely to clash with any of the other festivities.

Con: Spring can be challenging, with harsh afternoon light sometimes interfering with lenses and sensors.

Flowers

Pro: The gardens of your venue in full Spring bloom should provide the perfect backdrop for some stunning photographs.

Con: Windy weather or sudden Spring cold snaps can hinder outdoor floral displays.

Venue

Pro: It should be suitably warm enough by the Spring to go for a marquee and/or an outdoor ceremony. Outdoor weddings offer great scope for photo opportunities too.

Con: Inclement weather is more likely in the Spring than the Summer, so a robust back-up plan will be needed.

Outfits

Pro: Whether you want to wear sleeves or go sleeveless, both options are usually a safe bet in the Spring.

Con: Unpredictable heavy rain showers and strong winds can leave your perfect gown or suit looking soggy and dishevelled.

Food

Pro: There are many traditional seasonal dishes – such as lamb, new potatoes and spring greens – that will go down a treat with guests.

Con: Be aware that British Springs can sometimes be hotter than the summer months; temperatures frequently reached 25 degrees in April 2011, for example. Choose a wedding menu that will be suitable whatever the weather to avoid potential food spoilage.

Transport

Pro: A convertible vehicle will give you an open-top option if the weather is warm and fine. If the weather is not so fine, you can always keep the hood up!

Con: As the weather is often so unpredictable in the Spring, you will probably not feel confident enough to opt for an open-top mode of transport with no back-up cover.

 

Summer

The most leisurely time of the year, Summer appeals to our inner child and invites us outdoors to play and frolic in its long and lazy days.

Weather

Pro: The days and evenings are long and (usually) warm.

Con: Potential for major disruption to outdoor weddings should there be heavy rain on the day. Plus, warmer temperatures brings out the mosquitos and other bothersome biting insects.

Attendance

Pro: People may be less busy with work and more able to take time off to attend.

Con: People may already have holidays away booked.

Availability

Pro: More potential options when it comes to indoor vs outdoor weddings.

Con: Fewer dates to choose from for everything (over a third of all weddings take place in summer).

Cost

Pro: Taking advantage of the warm summer weather by booking your honeymoon in the UK can save money.

Con: Many service providers charge more as the summer is considered peak wedding season.

Colours

Orange, yellow, gold, fuschia, aqua, sand.

Photography

Pro: More hours of daylight to choose from for photo sessions.

Con: Squinting in bright sun can ruin photos.

Flowers

Pro: A huge range and wider variety of blooms and colours to choose from.

Con: Flowers need more water and can wilt quickly in hot weather.

Venue

Pro: Option to host the ceremony outside in beautiful gardens (more romantic than a registry office) – perhaps in a garden pagoda – if you feel that way inclined.

Con: The venues with the best gardens get booked up way in advance for summer weddings.

Outfits

Pro: A wider choice of dress options due to warmer weather – e.g. more scope for backless / strapless / sleeveless dresses and strappy shoes, etc.

Con: Brides can feel pressure to look “summer perfect” – i.e. a perfect tan and a lithe figure – and this can cause considerable stress if not easily achievable.

Food

Pro: People tend to eat lighter in summer, and dishes such as salads and finger buffet options can work out less expensive than multi-course set meals.

Con: The summer heat and creepy-crawlies can play havoc with your food if you plan to eat outside.

Transport

Pro: It is more feasible to consider open-top modes of transport, such as a horse-drawn carriage or convertible sports car.

Con: The cost of hiring many classic wedding vehicles tends to skyrocket in the summer months.

 

Autumn

The most magical time of the year, Autumn offers up a rich natural tapestry of colour and an abundance of comforting, wholesome crops – a time for gathering before retreating with loved ones.

Weather

Pro: The vibrant colours of Autumn are particularly stunning when the sun is shining and the air is crisp, and this can provide spectacular photo opportunities. We often get a bit of an “Indian Summer” in September, which can be a bonus.

Con: Although slightly more dependable than Spring, Autumn weather can still be quite difficult to predict. It is often quite chilly after sunset, even in the earlier part of the season.

Attendance

Pro: Fewer people tend to go on holiday in the Autumn.

Con: Weddings that clash with seasonal festivities such as Halloween and Bonfire Night can be stressful for families with children to prepare for.

Availability

Pro: Availability of venues and other wedding service providers increases greatly once the peak summer season is over.

Con: Autumn weddings – particularly September weddings – are becoming more popular in the UK, so you will still need to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Cost

Pro: Although not guaranteed, you might find that certain suppliers are more willing to negotiate,  and will often lower their prices a little for an autumn wedding.

Con: You may find you will need to spend more on outfits and food than in the summer months when it is easier to keep things light.

Colours

Try soft blushes and nudes against warm, classic autumn palettes of rustic oranges, bronzes, plums and burgundies.

Photography

Pro: There’s no backdrop quite like that of an autumn scene with its changing of the leaves and abundance of yellows, oranges and reds. It’s why so many stock wedding photographs have that ‘autumn glow’ to them. Plus, it’s the best season to catch that “golden hour” at the most convenient time.

Con: As the weather changes, our hair and skin tends to dry out and lose its summer shine and glow. Blemishes, spots and dry patches can suddenly appear, which can affect confidence during the photo shoot.

Flowers

Pro: When it comes to gorgeous flowers and captivating textures for a wedding venue, Autumn takes some beating with its burnt oranges, stunning reds and deep purples. You can also add some additional interest with seasonal foliage, berries, seed heads, acorns, chestnuts and wildflowers. A decent florist should be able to help you with the perfect autumn arrangement.

Con: Flowers tend to drop their petals and leaves earlier in the Autumn, so you may not be able to admire them for quite so long after the event – but they will be just fine for the day itself, so this shouldn’t put you off.

Venue

Pro: Rustic-themed weddings are a popular option for the Autumn months. The spectacular colours and foliage of the season offer tons of inspiration for some stunning DIY décor when it comes to dressing your chosen venue, whether it be a barn or a country house.

Con: You may need to discount country venues that are primarily set up for alfresco weddings, due to the risk of cold / wet / windy weather. The ground can become muddy very quickly in the Autumn, due to damper mornings and evenings and more farm vehicles driving on country lanes.

Outfits

Pro: Autumn offers the opportunity to indulge in some lush seasonal colour schemes for your bridesmaids, ushers and page boys.

Con: Heels and open-toe shoes and sandals may seem like a bad idea if the grounds around your venue become muddy – there is usually more mud around in the Autumn than in any other season.

Food

Pro: Hearty, spicy autumn dishes with comforting scents such as pumpkin soups and flavourful stews always tend to go down well with guests. Pair with root veggies and complement with a range of colourful seasonal fruits.

Con: It can be more difficult to source foods which are out of season, and this can bump up the price if you opt for salads or summer fruits, for instance.

Transport

Pro: Wedding transport bookings in off-peak seasons can be up to 50% cheaper than peak seasons.

Con: Tractors and other farm vehicles abound in rural areas during the Autumn. Getting stuck behind one for any length of time can cause seriously delays, so allow extra time if your wedding is taking place in the countryside.

 

Winter

The most enchanting time of the year, Winter is the time for roaring fires, comforting food, and cosy times with family and friends – a time to renew and reflect before the Spring rebirth.

Weather

Pro: Winter landscapes can look beautiful, especially when covered in a blanket of snow.

Con: Many wedding venues are located inside large, old, draughty buildings with high ceilings which can be beneficial during the summer, but can feel uncomfortable when winter temperatures plunge. To keep your guests warm and happy, make hot drinks readily available and come to an agreement with the venue that the heating will be maintained at an optimal temperature.

Attendance

Pro: With the exception of the Christmas period, most of your guests are unlikely to be off on holiday at this time of year.

Con: December can be a difficult month as everyone is preoccupied with Christmas. January can also present a challenge as many people are financially strapped after the festive season, meaning they may not be able to easily afford presents, wedding outfits, or drinks at the afterparty.

Availability

Pro: As winter is considered off-peak for weddings, you should find you have an excellent range of options for your chosen date when it comes to that all-important venue.

Con: The exception to this is the month of December, as most venues and caterers will be fully booked well in advance for the Christmas period.

Cost

Pro: You tend to get the most for your money in the Winter, as it is generally considered off-peak season for weddings. From photographers to venues, you should have the pick of the bunch.

Con: You may find you will spend more on outfits and food, given the need for thicker fabrics, cover-up garments, and hot dishes.

Colours

Dark, warm tones such as burgundy, red, black, gold and tartans against crisp white will add a rich feel to your big day. Try adding a hint of natural evergreen for a festive winter touch. Candles can also enhance colours with a warm, romantic glow perfect for those dark winter evenings.

Photography

Pro: The golden hour light in Winter is often spectacular.

Con: You may be restricted to an indoor photo shoot as the weather is more likely to be unsuitable for an outdoor shoot. If an outdoor shoot is possible, you will most likely need to get this in as early as possible due to fewer hours of daylight.

Flowers

Pro: The interesting textures and classic colours of Winter flowers can exude style, class and glamour.

Con: There is likely to be less choice than in the Spring or Summer, particularly when it comes to certain colours.

Venue

Pro: Many wedding venues are particularly enchanting and magical during Winter, especially those with good atmospheric lighting.

Con: You may be restricted to a venue in which you can both get married and celebrate afterwards, to avoid your guests having to travel between the two in potentially bad weather.

Outfits

Pro: Winter presents a great opportunity to indulge in fabulous accessories such as faux fur veils, chic shawls, elegant elbow-length gloves, tweed waistcoats and velvet blazers. Long-sleeved wedding gowns are also a popular choice for the winter months. And when it comes to the afterparty, bear in mind that winter is the season for sequins and glitter too!

Con: If your preference is for a short-sleeved or sleeveless outfit, or garments made from thinner, lightweight fabrics, you’re in for a challenge! To stop your teeth chattering and your body shivering consider taking along a pashmina to keep out those winter chills. Also, if you decide to opt for heels on the day, make sure you keep a pair of boots handy in case you encounter any mud during the photo shoot.

Food

Pro: A Winter wedding offers a great opportunity to serve up warming dinner dishes, complete with seasonal roasted vegetables. Your guests are bound to appreciate mulled wine, complementary Baileys and hot drinks too.

Con: If you have your heart set on a cold finger buffet, this may not warm people up enough if the weather is very cold on the day.

Transport

Pro: The roads are likely to be less busy outside of the peak holiday periods, meaning fewer potential delays.

Con: You will, however, still need to allow for extra travel time in case of difficult driving conditions and disruptions due to the winter weather. For guests who don’t have their own transport, travelling a considerable distance in the middle of winter can be a challenge. If you have a number of guests travelling from the same place, you could always suggest that they hire a minibus. In most cases, it is possible to drive a minibus with a regular car licence.


Wrapping Up

As you will no doubt already be aware, there are pros and cons for each season when it comes to deciding on that all-important wedding date. Perhaps the best place to start is to hone in on what is most important to you.

Is it that as many of your intended guests as possible will be available to attend? Do you want to maximise the chance of fine weather, first and foremost – perhaps because you have your heart set on an alfresco wedding? Are you strictly limited by cost when it comes to booking your venue? Or do you have a particular colour scheme, food menu, or dress style in mind that will only really work well in a specific season?

Once you have decided on your priorities, you will be able to weigh up the pros and cons for each season to ensure that your big day meets your expectations.

 

Mother’s Day 3-Course Meal

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Make your Mother’s Day by treating her to a delicious 3-course meal at Ramada Resort Park Hall Wolverhampton.
With a mouth-watering menu, freshly prepared by our talented chefs, this is sure to be a day to remember.

Adults = £19.95
12 & Under = £10.95
3 & Under = Free

The Menu

Starters
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup (V)
Prawn Cocktail
Caramelised Goats Cheese and Red Onion Marmalade on a Crispy Puff Pastry Base (V)
Served with beetroot and roquette salad with balsamic glaze

Main Courses
Roast Beef Topside, Yorkshire Pudding, served with Horseradish Sauce
Roast Crown of Turkey, served with Cranberry Sauce
Pan-fried Scottish Salmon, served with Saffron Sauce
Vegetarian Wellington (V)
All main dishes are served with seasonal vegetables, stuffing, roast potatoes, new potatoes, and homemade gravy

Homemade Desserts
Spiced Bramley Apple Tart with Crème Anglaise
Pavlova Meringue
Sticky Toffee Pudding

Tea, Coffee & Mints

Any other dietary requirements will be catered for.

To book call, 01902 349 549

or email, [email protected]

You’re invited! By order of the Peaky Blinders…

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If you’re a fan of the hit tv series, Peaky Blinders, then you do not want to miss this exciting event taking place at Ramada Resort Park Hall Wolverhampton on Saturday 2nd March!

Be transported back in time with the help of popular Jazz band, The Gershwin Gang who specialize in songs from as far back as the 1920s.

You can expect an atmospheric night of great music, food, and company. So dig out your flat cap or flapper dress and step into the world of the roaring 20s 🥂

✨ ONLY £25 PER PERSON (includes hot and cold buffet) ✨

Saturday 2nd March – 7pm until12am

Ramada Resort Park Hall Wolverhampton
Park Drive, Goldthorn Park,
Wolverhampton, WV4 5AJ

To book please call 01902 349 549
or email, [email protected]

History Of The English Spa

Posted in General News, Health Club & Spa

England’s fascinating spa heritage stretches back well over 2,000 years, and a number of legendary figures have perpetuated the reputation of the spa over the centuries, including Queen Elizabeth I, Florence Nightingale, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin and Jane Austen.

Archaeological evidence suggests that there was human activity around the hot springs on which the city of Bath is built at least 8,000 years B.C. According to legend, Prince Bladud was cured of leprosy after bathing in the hot muddy waters there, and to express his gratitude he founded the City of Bath around the springs in 863BC.

However, it was the Romans who first brought the widespread tradition of spa bathing to England, with the development of the Aquae Sulis resort, also in the city of Bath. The spring water bathing complex housed a temple dedicated to the Roman goddess, Sulis Minerva.

When the Roman Empire collapsed in 400 AD, the Aquae Sulis bathing complex fell into disrepair, and it wasn’t until 1088 that the baths were rebuilt, thanks to John Villula, the Bishop of Bath and Wells.

In 1138, a medieval text entitled Gesta Stephani recorded that “from all over England sick people come to wash away their infirmities in the healing waters” at the Bath bathing complex.

It was during the 1300s that natural springs began to be called ‘spas’. The name is derived from the town of Spa in Belgium where, in 1326, Collin le Loup, an ironmaster from Liège, Belgium, discovered the outstanding natural Chalybeate springs – mineral spring waters containing salts of iron.

Outside of the city of Bath, ‘taking to the waters’ in the form of public bathing was viewed as sinful by medieval church officials, government and royal officials. Tudor King, Henry VIII, banned the practice altogether, possibly because he suspected Catholic dissidents communing together at the spa baths.

However, Henry’s daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, helped to revive spa practises in Britain. After her visit to Bath in 1574, public spa bathing became the new fashion among high society figures. In 1590, Elizabeth I granted a Charter incorporating Bath as a city, declaring that “the thermal waters should be accessible to the public in perpetuity”.

Another Roman spa in the northern town of Buxton – Aqua Arnemetiae – was regenerated around this time, and Elizabeth I often requested Buxton waters to soothe her tired legs. Mary Queen of Scots also bathed in Buxton’s waters, believing that it would cure her severe rheumatism. Today, many trainee spa therapists attend the University of Buxton to study in the grade two listed Devonshire Spa.

Spa resorts continued to thrive throughout the period of the Stuarts, and around 48 spas were founded in England between 1660 and 1815. Queen Anne visited Bath regularly to take the waters, seeking a cure for her gout and dropsy. Spa resorts were one of the few places where social customs were relaxed, and so commoners would bathe alongside lords and ladies in the hot springs in the pursuit of better health.

Aristocratic figures would often make the 50-mile trip from London to the Tunbridge Wells Chalybeate Spring, which was known as the ‘courtiers’ spa. It was also rumoured that Queen Mary Henrietta was cured of her infertility there in 1629.

In 1833, King George III famously turned his back on the spa capital of Bath in favour of the little-known Cheltenham Spa in Gloucestershire. This royal endorsement changed the town’s fortunes and it became a “must-visit” attraction for many notable Georgian and Victorian figures – including Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, and Liszt.

“One would think the English were ducks, they are forever waddling to the waters.”
Horace Walpole (1717 -1797)

The popularity of the spa peaked during the Victorian era. Many Victorian physicians believed that rich mineral spring water was a cure for any disease, and so a “spa water cure” craze swept across Britain. The introduction of the railway system at the turn of the nineteenth century meant that many people were now able to travel further afield, and England’s spa towns reaped the benefits.

In 1842 two hydropathic doctors created the Malvern Water Cure, a hydrotherapy treatment designed to stimulate lymphatic drainage. It was hailed as a huge success – Queen Victoria began demanding bottled Malvern Water during her royal tours, while Florence Nightingale, Charles Dickens and Alfred Lord Tennyson all waxed lyrical about the Water Cure treatment.

During the 1900s, Bath spa water was bottled and sold as Sulis Water, promising relief from rheumatism, gout, lumbago, sciatica and neuritis.

After the First World War, thousands of wounded soldiers were rehabilitated in spa towns such as Bath, with the popular belief that its waters would aid and speed up their recovery.

When the National Health Service was founded in 1948, the health authorities of Bath began providing water-cure treatments on prescription. However, the Hot Bath closed in 1976 when the Royal Mineral Water Hospital stopped using the facility, due to a new pool being built in the hospital.

Sadly, England’s spa industry stagnated during the latter half of the 20th century, as spa visitors declined significantly. With the rapid advancement of medical science, the spa’s medicinal benefits were questioned and spa therapy was excluded from the National Health Service. Some spa resorts were damaged during the second world war, or were abandoned and became derelict. By the 1950s, the once-treasured spas of Buxton, Cheltenham, Tunbridge Wells and Malvern had closed their doors to the public.

The Spa Revival

Fast forward to the 21st century, and the spa has once again become a popular indulgence in the UK. The concept of the spa has been transformed, with the modern popularity of “wellness” exercising a huge influence on the way we spa. The spa is now believed to be an essential element of holistic wellbeing, with soothing benefits for the mind, body and spirit. Consequently, the term “spa” has broadened in definition to include other therapeutic services such as hydrotherapy, massage, saunas, steam treatments, jacuzzis, mud baths, aromatherapy treatments, and manicures.

Ramada Park Hall spa hydropool

The Good Spa Guide now lists over 900 spas across the UK. Most of these are more intimate day spas, but many of the original 25 English spa towns have also reopened their public spa facilities in recent times, making it possible once again to embrace our rich spa heritage.

In 2008, the town of Malvern opened a popular hydrotherapy pool which is filled with spring water sourced from the last remaining boreholes in the town.

The Roman Baths and Pump Room has become one of the UK’s leading tourist attractions and this helped to establish demand for the 2006 reopening of the spa facilities, which is now called Thermae Bath Spa. Today, health-seekers from all over the UK and far beyond continue to make the pilgrimage to the bathing capital, both to experience the reconstructed spa facilities, as well as to admire the beautiful Roman architecture of the city itself.

In 2017, the Warwickshire town of Royal Leamington Spa was ranked the happiest place to live in Britain, in a survey which saw several spa towns make the list. A coincidence? Perhaps. Or perhaps there really is “something in the water”.

 

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Brides on their Wedding Day

Posted in General News, Weddings

The meaning behind what brides wear on their wedding day:

Why the Bride Wears a White Dress:

Although it may not seem like it today, brides wearing a white dress on their wedding day was not always the tradition. In fact, wearing white was frowned upon as some people believed this colour symbolised mourning, not love or unity. Therefore over 150 years ago, most brides wore red wedding gowns as it symbolised roses which have connotations of love and romance. It was actually Queen Victoria who inspired the idea of wearing white wedding dresses in 1840 when she wore a lacy white gown with an orange blossom wreath. Today, whilst people may choose to wear white on their wedding day because it’s tradition and they haven’t known otherwise, many people believe that white encapsulates purity and innocence.

Why the Bride Wears Her Wedding Ring On Her Left Hand:

Just like how a bride carrying a bouquet of flowers down the aisle dates back to ancient times, so does wearing a wedding ring on the left hand. Romans, specifically, believed that the vein in the fourth finger on the left hand (ring finger) led straight through to someone’s heart. Consequently, this vein became known as the “vena amoris” which is vein of love in Latin. Therefore it only made sense to put a ring on this finger as marriage epitomised the idea of love and romance between two souls and Romans believed this idea would be most prevalent if the wedding ring was placed on the fourth finger of the left hand.

Why Brides’ Wedding Dresses Have Trains:

Wedding dress trains were important hundreds of years ago because it symbolised the bride’s families’ wealth and showed that they were able to afford more costly materials. In this case, the more extravagant and longer the train, the wealthier the family was demonstrating themselves to be and most likely the higher their position in society was. It was also a case of the longer the brides’ train was the more formal her wedding was. However today, brides choose their train based on fashion trend and whichever one best suits them and the type of wedding they are having.

Why the Bride Carries Flowers Down the Aisle:

A lot of wedding traditions we have date back to hundreds of years and therefore have deeper and much more sophisticated meaning behind them than we may believe.  An example of this is when a bride carries a bouquet of flowers down the aisle as she walks towards the altar. Dating back to Ancient Rome, these flowers used to symbolise new beginnings and hope of fertility.  Greeks and Romans believed that the smell of these flowers would hopefully keep evil spirits away from the bride which then assured happiness and loyalty in their upcoming marriage. This idea became more modernised when Queen Victoria carried a bouquet of flowers filled with moss and orange blossom.  Different types of flowers have different meanings and are viewed as an expression of their love towards one another.  For example, Cornflower exemplifies prosperity and friendship which are two examples of things people wish to carry with them throughout their marriage.

 

Written by Angelena Randhawa | Wolverhampton Girls High School Year 10 student | Work Experience

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10 things to do in Wolverhampton

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Wolverhampton is a vibrant, metropolitan borough within the West Midlands and regularly attracts tourists and people simply looking for a great day or night out.

Once considered part of Staffordshire, Wolverhampton’s roots lay principally in the industrial revolution, when it was known for steel production, lock making and the manufacture of vehicles.

Beyond it’s vibrant economy, Wolverhampton also benefits from considerable investment and on-going improvements to the city, with projects such as ‘Interchange’ promising redeveloped leisure and retail space.

If you’re heading to Wolverhampton, there’s so much you can do, but we’ve saved you some time hunting around for the best tourist spots and activities by listing our favourite ten things to do in this wonderful city.

1. Wolverhampton Speedway

Home to the Wolverhampton Wolves British Speedway team, this represents a brilliant day or night out, for motorbike fans and racing fanatics alike.

To be honest, it’s great fun for anyone, no matter how partial you are to loud, exciting motorsport (you’ll soon come around – trust us!).

With a packed fixture list that typically runs from March to October, you’ll get to see the best riders tussle with one another around the huge track, purchase merchandise and enjoy great food and refreshments.

Address: 14 Sutherland Ave, Wolverhampton WV2 2JJ

Website: http://www.wolverhamptonwolves.co/

2. Wightwick Manor and Gardens

Located in Wightwick Bank, this is a somewhat more serene day out than the time you’ll spend at Wolverhampton Speedway, but a great way to explore a beautiful piece of architectural history.

Pronounced ‘Wittick’, Wightwick Manor is a Victorian manor house that is one of only a few surviving houses built under the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement.

It’s gardens are particularly spectacular, but look deeper at this family house and you’ll spot influences from William Morris, the famed English Textile designer.

A wonderful day out and the perfect place in Wolverhampton to get some culture under your belt!

Address: Wightwick Bank, Wolverhampton WV6 8EE

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wightwick-manor-and-gardens

3. Banks’s Park Brewery

If you’re partial to a real ale or two, Banks’s Park Brewery will demonstrate the best of the vibrant brewing scene in Wolverhampton.

Open from Tuesday to Saturday every week, beer aficionados and anyone who is curious as to how Banks’s makes its popular beers can go on a brewery tour. You’ll discover the 100% natural ingredients they use and find out how the brewing process works, from mashing to fermentation.

There’s even a free drink to be had at the end of the tour to cap off a memorable trip out in Wolverhampton.

Address: Wolverhampton WV1 4JT

Website: http://www.bankssbeer.co.uk/age-gate/

4. Grand Theatre

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A grade II listed building, Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre is located conveniently on Lichfield Street.

Designed in 1894, ‘The Grand’ (as it is more commonly referred to) is a classic example of architecture from that era which is still immaculately maintained today.

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The Grand will soon be undergoing a major refurbishment (one of many throughout it’s lifetime) as part of the Black Country Growth Deal, but you can still book tickets at the time of writing to a whole host of shows, including music events, comedy gigs, panto and dance shows.

Address: Lichfield St, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE

Website: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/

5. Clockwork Escapes

If you’re yet to try out an escape game, you’re missing out on a craze that is fast sweeping the nation.

The premise is simple; you and a bunch of mates are placed in a locked room and told to escape. At Clockwork, you’re given just sixty minutes (the time flies – trust us) to work out how to open the door by assessing the strategically placed clues within the room.

This venue also houses the ‘Alleyway’, whose tagline (“One body. One killer. One hour to solve the case.”) tells you all you need to know about what is destined to be an awesome day out.

Address: 19 Clarence Rd, Wolverhampton WV1 4HZ

Website: http://www.clockworkescapes.co.uk/

6. Wild Zoological Park

Kids and adults alike will love Wolverhamptons’ Wild Zoological Park. As it states on its website, this is a small zoo, but one that makes a ‘big impact’, and we’d have to agree.

The mission of Wild is a little different to lots of zoos, because they aim to “teach, educate and conserve wildlife”, therefore a visit to this fantastic attraction will prove fascinating with both the amazing animals you’ll get to see first-hand and the brilliant insights you’re given by the team.

Within its four walls, you’ll find meerkats, lemurs, giant tortoises and even a kookaburra sanctuary.

There’s a bush-trekker-trail, too, which you’ll be glad to hear is nothing like the similarly named task on a well-known ITV show.

Wild is open most of the year round, enabling you to experience the wonders of wildlife, no matter the weather.

Address: WILD Zoological Park, Upper Whittimere Farm, Tom Ln, Halfpenny Green, , Bobbington DY7 5EP

Website: http://www.wildzoo.co.uk/

7. West Park

Fancy a quiet weekend stroll? West Park is one of Wolverhamptons prettiest locations in which to do so.

Formerly known as the ‘People’s Park’, West Park was opened in 1981 and it has been tirelessly looked after and curated ever since.

With over seventeen hectares of land to explore and a beautiful lake to wander round, West Park is the perfect place to make the most of a sunny summer day or blustery autumn stroll.

Address: West Park, Park Road West, Wolverhampton, WV1 4PH

Website: http://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/article/1875/West-Park

8. Wolverhampton Art Gallery

If Wightwick Manor doesn’t fully quench your thirst for Wolverhampton-based culture, the art gallery is definitely worth a visit.

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Originally opened in 1984, this stunning building is located conveniently in the city centre, and features a two story design sporting sculptures that represent the arts and crafts, such as painting, glassblowing, pottery and more.

There’s some stunning artwork to be admired, including the Peace and Plenty Binding the Arrows of War by Flemish Baroque painter Abraham Janssens van Nuyssen, but there are also signifiant collections of Bilston enamels and japanned ware.

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There are around 12,000 artifacts to see in total, making this a great day out for anyone who loves indulging in classic and contemporary art.

Address: Lichfield St Wolverhampton West Midlands WV1 1DU

Website: http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/

9. Wolves Museum

Football fans are advised to check out the Wolverhampton Wanderers museum for a fascinating look back at one of England’s longest-standing clubs.

Featuring interactive games, a cinema experience and selection of memorabilia from countless seasons in the English football leagues, the museum isn’t just for Wolves fans. If you have even a passing interesting the the beautiful game, you’ll love taking the journey all the way back to 1877 to see how life as a footballer was back then.

Address: Molineux Stadium, Waterloo Rd, Wolverhampton WV1 4QR

Website: https://www.wolvestickets.co.uk/en-GB/categories/museum

10. Wolverhampton Civic Hall

One of the most popular music venues in Wolverhampton, the Civic Halls plays host to countless artists (big and small) throughout the year.

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Some huge names from the music biz have graced its stage, from Morrissey to The Specials, while it’s love of comedy gigs has seen Peter Kay, Jim Davidson and Ken Dodd appear within this fabulous venue.

Those looking for something slightly different may be able to book tickets to see the Wolverhampton Youth Orchestra play or take a Friday afternoon off to see one of the largest ballroom and sequence dances in the UK.

Address: North Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 1RQ

Website: http://www.wolvescivic.co.uk/

Wrapping up

As we’ve proved above, Wolverhampton is brimming with opportunities for couples, families and anyone who is looking for an awesome day out in the West Midlands to explore one of the most vibrant, exciting cities in the UK.

Have we inspired you to get out and explore?

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10 reasons to book a UK hotel staycation this summer

Posted in General News

So, you’ve had enough. Work is manic; life is just non-stop; it feels like forever since you last properly put your feet up.

Clearly, you need to book a holiday!

But where to stay? At this point, you might be inclined to reach for your iPad, head to your favourite travel price comparison website and find a week or two’s break in a far-flung country.

But what about the UK? Why not look a little closer to home than something that requires flights, passports and the frustration of baggage reclaim?

According to reports, British holidaymakers are increasingly opting to take vacations within their own country. The rise of the staycation is happening for a reason, but if you’re still unsure about taking your holiday in these isles, here’s ten reasons it could be the best holidaying decision you make this year:

1. Traveling is so much easier

When holidaying in the UK as a UK resident, you need only one method of transport: your car.

Take a holiday abroad, and you’ll need your car to get to the airport, airport parking, a transfer bus to the airport, a flight (sometimes a long flight), and public transport (or a hire car) to your eventual destination.

Feel tired just reading that? So do we. But you won’t, if you take a staycation.

2. No need to learn a new language

There’s nothing quite like expanding your horizons and learning a new language, and, if truth be told, learning a bit of the local lingo is certainly courteous.

But you may not have the time to do that, or feel comfortable enough practising your new linguistic skills for real. And, if that’s the case, a UK staycation will remove any worries you might have about having to learn a new language.

3. No jetlag!

What’s the worst thing about a long haul flight? Jet lag!

No matter how fantastic the place might be you’re visiting, if you’re looking for real relaxation and maximising your time while on holiday, dealing with chronic jet lag removes a significant amount of fun from each day until it dissipates.

If you’re simply travelling a few hundred miles along a motorway in the same country, there’s no such thing as jet lag. And that’s a very good thing indeed.

4. You’re supporting the economy

The UK economy is still in recovery mode, and by holidaying in this country, you’re supporting the countless hospitality businesses that rely on income generated by holidaymakers.

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The hotel you stay at, restaurants you eat in, pubs in which you drink and the shops you visit all need your support, and what better way to offer it than by spending your holiday in the UK?

5. The whole family will love it

Holidays are a time for all, and whether you’re bringing your kids, grandparents or perhaps a much wider group of family members, the UK will offer something for them all.

Finding a hotel and bunch of activities to suit the whole groups is so easy, thanks to the UK’s versatility as a holiday hotspot.

6. The dog can come, too!

No one takes their dogs on foreign holidays, which means the poor pooch ends up either in kennels or with relatives.

And why should they miss out on the fun? Dogs are, after all, a part of the family, and if you decide to take a family holiday this summer, choosing the UK as your destination will mean your four-legged companion can join you.

7. You can make it a quick break, if desired

As we established at the start of this post, life in the modern world is incredibly busy, and if you can only fit in a few days’ holiday each year in one go, the UK probably offers the best option.

What’s more, you can do this several times throughout the year in order to stretch your holiday entitlement cost-effectively, and without having to book lots of flights to foreign destinations.

There’s nothing wrong with holidaying in chunks if the UK is your destination of choice.

8. The weather needn’t be an issue

Ok, so at this stage you’re probably wondering how you can make a UK holiday a fantastic time to remember if you only have the British weather to rely on.

The answer is simple: you don’t need perfect weather to have a great time. If Mother Nature decides to open the heavens during your UK holiday, you can head indoors to one of the many indoor activities designed for the whole family.

Or there’s always the pub, of course!

9. Travelling with kids is much easier

Any parent who has tried to take their kids abroad will know the challenges associated with doing so.

From the flight to the hot weather, travelling far with young children doesn’t always result in much of a holiday.

If the only method of transport you need to worry about is your own car, and the kids are accustomed to the weather and culture, you have lots of holidaying concerns removed from your shoulders, and that will make a huge difference.

10. You’re never far from home

In an ideal world, you should be able to enjoy your annual holiday without worrying about your home, but things do go wrong.

Chances are, nothing bad will happen at home when you’re not there, but if anything does go wrong at home while you’re on holiday in the UK, you’re never far from your front door, which means you can head back without too much trouble – and possibly go back on holiday once you’ve fixed whatever it is that needs fixing!

Wrapping up

The UK remains one of the best holiday destinations for people across the world, but as a resident in this country, you’d be forgiven for neglecting it as an option for your own holiday.

However, as we’ve hopefully proved in this post, there are a whole host of reasons the UK might just be the perfect destination for your next holiday.

The takeaway today is pleasingly simple, too. If you’re after a proper break, where you can put work to the back of your mind, spend quality time with the whole family and gain some much needed R&R, the UK really is hard to beat.

So, before you head immediately for those far-flung options, take some time to check out the wonderful holiday spots this country has to offer. You won’t be disappointed.

Wedding Open Day

Wedding Open Day

Posted in Announcements, General News, Weddings

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• Capacity for up to 550 guests
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• 74 Guest bedrooms
• Newly refurbished reception and lounge area
• New Mirrors Bar
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• Free parking

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