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5th Birthday Celebrations for Anju’s Indian Restaurant!

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On the evening of Thursday 27th June 2019, we welcomed over 100 guests to Ramada Resort Park Hall Wolverhampton, in order to celebrate the 5th Birthday of Anju’s Indian Restaurant.

Guests were greeted in Anju’s Restaurant where pianist Nick Wiley performed and delicious cocktails and canapes were enjoyed. The celebrations then moved into The Orangery where a flavoursome 3-course meal was served.

As we were also sharing a preview of Anju’s new menu, guests were given the exclusive opportunity to enjoy a range of new dishes including the mouthwatering Murgh Reshami Kebab and Tawa Fish Fillet, appetizing Soya Tikki and Chilli Baby Corn, as well as the Dal Chawal Aranchini. All were a big hit amongst guests!

Outstanding Menu @RamadaParkHall as an Ex- Chef I know my onions!

The starter is 10/10 lamb is incredible @RamadaParkHall it’s a must try menu - a definite winner

Great food, fantastic hospitality and overall a really enjoyable evening.

We’d like to thank all of our guests for attending what was a fantastic night. If you’d like to be amongst the first people to try Anju’s new menu then be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

See below for all of the images from the night

Summer Shape Up Offer

Posted in General News, Health Club & Spa, Special Offers

Summer Shape Up Offer

Summer Shape Up – Half Price Offer 💥

Work out for less with this exclusive offer for new Park Hall Health Club & Spa members. Join us on a 3-month unlimited membership and pay just £35 per month. If you renew after the 3 months, you’ll also receive membership renewal benefits.

Offer needs to be redeemed by 31st August 2019.

 

Half Price 3 Month Unlimited Membership

Only £35pm • No Joining Fee

Full Use of Spa Facilities

Membership Renewal Benefits

 

To book or for more information please call 01902 349531 or email [email protected]

Terms and Conditions: Offer is non-transferable, has no cash value and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers and are subject to availability. New members only. If member decides to continue their membership after the 3 month special offer period, the normal membership tariff will apply. Renewal benefits valid on 6 month contract: 2 free Personal Training sessions per month. Offer valid until 31.08.2019. Over 18s only.

Ramada Resort Park Hall Wolverhampton thank Health Club members with a Summer BBQ!

Posted in General News, Health Club & Spa

The sun was shining for us on Friday 21st June, as we welcomed our Health Club & Spa members to an evening of food and fun at Ramada Resort Park Hall Wolverhampton.

As a special thanks to our wonderful members, everyone enjoyed a delicious BBQ and assortment of tasty treats, as well as entertainment from pianist Nick Wiley, and an exciting performance from authentic Arabic Belly Dancer, Nadia.

Our Membership Relations Manager, Andy Kent, said about the event “It was important for us to organise an event, specifically for our valued Health Club members. We are lucky to have such loyal members and we wanted to thank them with a Summer BBQ, where they could relax within the stunning setting of The Orangery whilst eating delicious food and getting to know their fellow members… the event was a huge success!”.

Take a look at pictures from the night below:

If you would like to become a member of our Health Club & Spa then speak to Andy about our range of packages. Call him on, 01902 349531.

Late Availability Wedding Package

Late Availability Dates 2019

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Late Availability Packages available from just £25pp*

Get married in 2019 for even less by taking advantage of our late availability offer! We have available dates in The Orangery, Ballroom and Park and Dudley so no matter how small or big your wedding will be, we can deliver your dream wedding at Ramada Resort Park Hall Wolverhampton.

See some of our available dates below.
If your desired date isn’t listed please feel free to call us on 01902 349549 and we can let you know if we have availability.

 

July:

Monday 1st July

Tuesday 2nd July

Sunday 7th July

Friday 19th July

Monday 22nd July

Tuesday 23rd July

Tuesday 30th July

 

August:

Thursday 1st August

Saturday 3rd August

Wednesday 7th August

Thursday 8th August

Tuesday 13th August

Friday 16th August

Saturday 24th August

Thursday 29th August

 

September:

Sunday 1st September

Friday 6th September

Friday 13th September

Saturday 21st September

Sunday 22nd September

Saturday 28th September

 

October:

Tuesday 1st October

Thursday 10th October

Friday 11th October

Wednesday 16th October

Thursday 17th October

Monday 21st October

Sunday 27th October

 

November:

Monday 4th November

Tuesday 12th November

Friday 15th November

Saturday 16th November

Sunday 24th November

Wednesday 27th November

 

December:

The Ballroom will be decorated in our Enchanted Forest themed decor and will provide a unique and beautiful backdrop for your special day.

Sunday 1st December

Thursday 5th December

Monday 9th December

Wednesday 11th December

Saturday 14th December

Thursday 19th December

Friday 20th December

Sunday 22nd December

Monday 30th December

 

For all dates please call us on 01902 349549.

Please note that this offer applies to new bookings only.
It can’t be applied to existing wedding bookings made prior to 12th June 2019 or transfers of date.

 

For more information, please call our wedding co-ordinators on 01902 349549 (option 2) or email [email protected]

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