The Blooms with over 2000 flowers will make for a stunning sight

Magic at Merry May Day in Holywood

Monday 1st May will see Holywood transform into the magical wonderland of colourful street theatre and local delights which Merry May Day is known and loved for.

From 10am High street and Church Road will be buzzing with charity stalls, food and festivities. Come and find vintage and preloved treasures, delicious treats and handmade crafts.

Holywood District Community Council will host traditional favourites Bonnie Baby Competition, held in Queen’s Leisure Complex at 10.30am and the Fancy Dress Competition at the Maypole at 12.15pm. This year’s themes for fancy dress are Superhero’s, Princess’s, Disney character’s or a favourite character from a book.

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This year’s May Queen is Holywood native, 17 year old Leah Ross who will be crowned at 10.45 at the Maypole. Leah was a Bonny Baby competition winner and has now come full circle to be crowned May Queen.

The ever-popular Maypole Dancing will take place at 11am and 1pm. At 12 noon, McElhinney School of Dance Holywood Rhythms will perform Irish Dancing while young children can get their chance to dance around their own Maypole with Jump, Jiggle and Jive from 12 noon – 4pm.

From 12 noon there will be Spectacular Street Theatre including the UK’s first free spinning aerial hoop act La Luna. Comedy duo, Grow Your Own and stunning floral acts, In Bloom. Enjoy traditional puppet fun with Punch and Judy at 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm.

Look out for character’s from Midsummer Night’s Dream such as the King and Queen of the Faeries and the ever mischievous Puck. You may even spot a Unicorn!

Holywood’s history will come alive on the Discover Hollywood Heritage Walk from 10am-12 noon, (Tickets £4 and booked in advance)

Don’t forget if you fancy some shopping or a bite of lunch, most of Holywood’s shops and eateries will be open throughout the day.

So come on down to Holywood on Monday, 1 May from 10am – 4pm for a fun-filled day at this FREE EVENT!

For further information, check out: www.visitardsandnorthdown.com.

Rachel, Olivia and Emma

Lavazza Style Saturday Brunch

Lavazza Coffee Style Saturday brunch was held at Robinson & Cleaver on Saturday 25 March, which formed a new event as part of the West Coast Cooler Fashion Week Spring / Summer ’17 festival. The morning was caffeine fuelled and proved the ultimate fashion filter with key looks from across the fashion spectrum selected by some of the country’s top stylists including Courtney Smith and Cool FM’s Rebecca McKinney as well as London-based Jamie Russell and Lewis Cameron.

For more information, visit www.lavazza.co.uk or follow @lavazzaUK on Twitter and Instagram.

More photographs from this event are available in our May issue, on sale Friday 21st April.

From L-R Jenni Barkley, Belfast Harbour, Dearbhla Reynolds, Holywood, Holly Reynolds and Jude Reynolds pictured with Eden Project Communities volunteers at the launch of The Big Lunch 2017’s exciting competition giving young people the chance to win up to £3000 worth of prizes for their neighbourhoods.

Belfast Harbour To Unify Communities With Launch Of New Competition

The Big Lunch (an Eden Project Communities Initiative) and Belfast Harbour have teamed up to give young people a chance to make a positive change where they live. It will be celebrated across the UK from Friday 16th June to Sunday 18th June, providing neighborhoods with the opportunity to celebrate their communities.

This engaging competition encourages young people aged 8-18 to team up with a local group to strengthen community spirit where they live. All they have to do is send a short 3 minute long video message to the Big Lunch Team outlining their plan for how to improve their community.

The closing date is 24th May and the winners will be announced 18th June during Big Lunch day. The best entries are in for a chance of winning £3,000 worth of reusable materials which can be used for community spirited activity and 4 entrants will be awarded with £500 and a further 5 entrants with £200 to spend in the same way.

Jenni Barkley Communications and Corporate responsibility Manager of Belfast harbor said:

“The Big Lunch is a fantastic initiative that Belfast Harbour is proud to support. Through this, we want to create broader, supportive community networks throughout Northern Ireland.”

Grainne Mc Closkey, Northern Ireland Manager of The Big Lunch adding:

“We hope to see lots of young people across Northern Ireland taking up this simple challenge and making good and lasting local intergenerational community connections”

For more information: contact Grainne Mc Closkey – 07703189048, gmccloskey@edenproject.com.

Or visit: www.edenprojectcommunities.com/youthcompetition.

From L-R Jenni Barkley, Belfast Harbour, Dearbhla Reynolds, Holywood, Holly Reynolds and Jude Reynolds pictured with Eden Project Communities volunteers at the launch of The Big Lunch 2017’s exciting competition giving young people the chance to win up to £3000 worth of prizes for their neighbourhoods.
From L-R Jenni Barkley, Belfast Harbour, Dearbhla Reynolds, Holywood, Holly Reynolds and Jude Reynolds pictured with Eden Project Communities volunteers at the launch of The Big Lunch 2017’s exciting competition giving young people the chance to win up to £3000 worth of prizes for their neighbourhoods.

 

At the President's Dinner held  in association with nominated charity the Alzheimer's Society at Coleraine Rugby and Cricket Club are Club Chairman Nigel Handforth, Adrian Friel Alzheimer's Services Manager, Sarah Travers Alzheimer's Ambassador with President Gavin Craig.

Coleraine RFC Rresident’s Dinner

Coleraine Rugby Football and Cricket Club held a President’s Dinner in support of its chosen charity, Alzheimer’ Society. The evening was compered by Sarah Travers, ambassador for the charity, and more than 110 guests enjoyed an excellent meal, prepared by chef Sean McIlroy, before dancing to the fantastic Rattles and the Shakers. Sarah also presented a number of annual club awards and rugby Captain Mikey Poskitt was on hand to celebrate winning the Kukri Ulster Rugby Championships and promotion to Division 1 next season.

For full coverage of this event, see our May issue on sale Friday 21 April.

 

Eric Pattison, Grainne Leathem, Gillian Houston and John Nicholl

Chartered Accountants Ulster Society Annual Dinner

Chartered Accountants Ulster Society held its Annual Dinner at the Culloden Hotel. An audience of 400 members and guests were addressed by the Society’s Chair, Dawn Johnston, Director with Deloitte in Belfast. The theme of the event was Commerce Meets Culture, celebrating the ways in which business and the arts can work together. The guest speaker at the event, sponsored by Danske Bank and MCS group, was actor, musician, writer, and theatre director Simon Callow CBE.

For more coverage of this event, check out our April issue, on sale now. 

Pulling Your Hair Out Because of Your Bathroom

Win a Dream Bathroom Worth Up To £10,000

Leading bathroom company, Bassetts, has launched the first-ever ‘Northern Ireland’s Nightmare Bathroom Competition’ with the most deserving entrant winning their dream bathroom renovation worth £10,000.

With the likes of avocado bathrooms being voted as one of the biggest turn-offs in houses, the competition aims to provide householders in Northern Ireland with the chance to bring their bathroom up to date with the installation of a brand new, top-quality bathroom.

The cost of a new bathroom varies, from around £2,500 to upwards of £6,000 and householders with nightmare bathrooms are being urged to submit an image or video of their current (or not so current!) bathroom, along with a reason why they deserve a dream bathroom for a chance to win theirs for free.

Judging the entries will be an expert panel led by interior designer Philip Rodgers. Philip is the owner of Philip Rodgers Design, based in Dungannon, and has worked on projects such as The Cloud 9 Skybar in the Hilton Prague as well as the Crowne Plaza and the Hampton by Hilton in Belfast.

The entrant with the worst bathroom will be crowned the winner and awarded a brand new bathroom renovation of their choice. The four runners-up will each receive a special discount for bathrooms in any Bassetts’ store.

Competition judge and expert designer Philip Rodgers said, “A recent bathroom trends report revealed that 62% of people want their bathroom easy to clean and disinfect, 47% want their bathroom to relax them and 43% want good lighting in their bathroom. 0% said they wanted theirs to give them nightmares!

“People considering renovating their bathroom should look to recent trends such as wooden features, brass finishes, bold tiles and mixing dark colours and textures to create a modern bathroom that will add value to your house in 2017.”

Bassetts Managing Director Alan Wright said, “We recognise the impact a quality bathroom can have, not only on the overall of a house but also on the quality of someone’s life. We are looking forward to receiving floods of entries and may the worst bathroom win.”

Post your image or video entries on Bassetts’ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bassettsbathrooms/ or tweet it to @bassetts_ph using #NightmareBathrooms.

Entries to the competition are free and must be submitted by Thursday 20th April. Five finalists will be selected to go through to the final round with the winner selected by a public vote on Wednesday 10th May 2017.

To verify your entry you must email competitions@bassettsonline.com to confirm that you have read and understand the competition’s terms and conditions, which can be found atwww.bassettsonline.com/competition and provide your name, phone number and address so you can be contacted with any updates on the competition.

Catering for every need, ranging from boilers and radiators through to bathrooms, showers, tiles and everything in between, Bassetts currently employs over 100 people with branches in Bangor, Belfast, Clady, Coleraine, Downpatrick, Dungannon, Lisburn, Greencastle, L’Derry, Mallusk, Newry, Portadown and Omagh.

For further information, visit www.bassettsonline.com or telephone 028 3833 94 38.  

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Try The Spa Experience By Better First Hand

ULSTER TATLER READERS’ EVENT

If you want to try the Spa Experience By Better first hand, be sure to check out their Ulster Tatler Readers’ Event on 6th April (from 6-9pm), where guests can sample a range of free mini treatments, receive shopping discounts on retail products and future bookings (up to 30%), as well as a glass of Prosecco and canapés. Spaces are limited, so to secure your place, simply email: SpaExperience-belfast@gll.org putting ‘Ulster Tatler’ in the subject bar. 

Spa Experience by Better, Boucher Road, Belfast. Tel: 07483031864.


REVIEW

Ulster Tatler’s Kellie Burch samples pure pampering perfection at the Spa Experience By Better, located within the new Olympia Leisure Centre complex in Belfast.

When you think of Belfast’s Boucher Road, tranquil retreat does not automatically spring to mind. However, nestled within the uber modern, state-of the-art new Olympia Leisure Complex, is the Spa Experience By Better, the ultimate getaway from everyday hustle and bustle.

I was recently very lucky to be invited along to sample what delights the Spa Experience By Better has to offer. I was warmly welcomed by the professional staff at reception and provided with a robe, towel and flip flops, presented in a lovely ‘Spa Experience’ tote, then shown to the Spa’s changing area. The space is stylish with modern showers, a hair-drying station and lockers to securely leave your belongings.

Once changed, I was given a tour of the impressive Thermal Suite. I decided to alternate the different hot and cold experiences, starting with a visit to the super relaxing Sanarium, which is like a mix between a sauna and a steam room, followed by a trip to the stylish white and blue Ice Room, which has a steady supply of crushed ice to rub into your skin. It was then time to heat things up again in the Aroma Steam Room, which, with a fragrant scent, indulged all my senses. The perfect antithesis to this was the Ice Bucket Shower, which was as cold as it sounds, but was the ideal way to get my circulation pumping. My final hot experience was the sauna, which offers a lovely dry heat and left me feeling completely relaxed.

My next stop was the impeccably designed Monsoon Showers, which boast premium features including colour changing shower settings, to create an ambient atmosphere to wash away all your stress. After I worked my way through the full spectrum of the jet sprays, from warm tropical downpour to the cool water stream, it was time to try the Hydrotherapy Pool. As I got settled, the powerful jets kicked in, instantaneously pummelling any residue tension from my body; this really is heaven on earth.

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After a long soak, it was time to dry out on one of the exquisite Hamman Benches. These heated tiled loungers are the quintessential way to unwind between experiences. The Hamman Benches are window facing, allowing you to watch the clouds lazily drift across the sky as you enjoy a glass of fruit infused water. I am not ashamed to admit by this stage I was so chilled out, I could have easily drifted to sleep. It was here that Isabelle, my beauty therapist for the day, found me.

After completing a treatment card, I was shown to the treatment room. With a delightful aroma of oils, combined with a chic decor, I immediately felt at ease. As I got comfortable on the heated treatment bed, I was excited to try my first treatment: the Experience Wellbeing Massage. Upon consultation, Isabelle asked me what type of a massage I preferred (I opted for destress), as well as enquired as to where I held most of my tension (my back). The signature treatment incorporates a variety of massage techniques and is designed to alleviate tension, aches and pains. Isabelle used a fragrant oil and after enquiring if the pressure was to my liking, worked her way through the knots in my back to my neck, shoulders, arms and legs; the massage, combined with the soothing heat of the bed, left me feeling serene from my head, right down to my toes.

To complete my experience, I then got to sample the Elemis Superfood Pro Radiance facial. Again, Isabelle quizzed me about any areas of concerns I had regarding my skin. I am prone to break outs and so she tailored the facial specifically to tackle this. With an enzyme exfoliator and a balancing face mask, in addition to a plethora of superfoods, this treatment provided my skin with a nutrional boost. My skin has been feeling the effects of the winter, however once Isabelle had worked her magic my skin felt smooth, soft and plumper and was noticeably brighter. That evening, the slight break out I had around my hairline had also died down considerably.

As my time in the spa came to a close, I reluctantly returned to the changing facilities to get ready to head back to reality. I have been to a few spas in my time and I can honestly say the Spa Experience By Better was definitely up there with the best of them. The facilities are stylish, state-of-the-art and designed to perfection. The staff, from reception to the beauty therapists, were ultra professional but also welcoming, attentive and engaging. After my trip to the Spa, I could feel the effects well into the next day; I felt relaxed and energised whilst my skin felt nourished, detoxified and supple. After such an impressive first visit, I know I will definitely return to Spa Experience By Better!

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Karen Gordon Hair Relaunch

Both new and existing clients enjoyed a great night at the relaunch of Karen Gordon Hair Salon. The reputable stylist, from Ballynahinch, hosted an open night at her new-look premises which she designed and decorated herself. The demands on the salon had grown so big, Karen needed more space to accommodate her rapidly growing client base. A warm welcome awaits you at Karen Gordon Hair Salon, where the experienced team will do its upmost to create your desired look. Open five days a week, (including two late nights), it offers a wide range of hair treatments to cater for all ages and tastes. A special mention goes to her brother Kieran Gordon, and Robin Mawhinney for creating her fabulous modern salon, not to forget painter Stephen Dunn. Karen would also like to thank Jackie and Kevin Poland from the White Horse Catering Company for providing the canapés for the open night.

Full Coverage in our March Issue, out on newsstands Friday 24th.

Graham Little, Christine Corscadden, Carol Murphy and Sarah Clarke

‘George Best: All By Myself’ Premiere

Special guests joined Director Dan Gordon and producer Trevor Birney at Movie House Dublin Road, Belfast, for the exclusive premiere of the documentary George Best: All By Myself, based on the Northern Irish footballer’s life. This was followed by a screening at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival on Saturday 18th February in Cineworld Dublin.

Director Dan Gordon and producer Trevor Birney attended both screenings and will took part in post-screening Q&A’s.  The film goes on general release in Ireland and the UK on Friday 24th February.

The documentary which had its world premiere at the BFI London International Film Festival in October, was produced by Trevor Birney, John Battsek and Brendan J. Byrne for Fine Point Films, Passion Pictures, VeryMuchSo Productions and ESPN Films, with support from Northern Ireland Screen and BBC Television.

George Best remains one of the most naturally gifted footballers there has ever been. Famously called the ‘best player in the world’ by Pelé, Best galvanised Manchester United’s five-year recovery from the tragedy of the Munich air crash in 1958. His skill and exuberance inspired them to win league titles and the European Cup, even though he was little more than a teenager. Tragically, his career in the upper echelons of sport was over before he turned 29, the result of his bruising battle with alcoholism and the crushing pressure of modern fame.

The George Best biopic Best (George Best: All By Himself) was commissioned by the BBC and made by Fine Point Films, the acclaimed team behind Bobby Sands: 66 Days.

For Best (George Best: All By Himself), producer John Battsek (2016’s Oscar-nominated Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, The Imposter, Project Nim) and director Daniel Gordon re-team after their acclaimed, Emmy-nominated ESPN Films’ documentary Hillsborough to deliver a heart-breaking portrait of one of the world’s truly great sporting talents.

Check out our April issue, in shops Friday 17th March, for more coverage of this event.