The brand spanking new year is the perfect time to set some goals for the next 365 days, whether you want to improve your fitness, work on your wellbeing, indulge in some ‘me’ time, or pick up a new skill.
From award-winning gyms, energising fitness classes and relaxing beauty treatments to inspiring courses, healthy eating and more – start 2017 with a fresh outlook on life with SoGlos’s Gloucestershire New Year, New You guide.
Venue: Leisure at Cheltenham
The perfect chance to: Get fit and stay fit with the whole family
The lowdown: This vibrant leisure centre offers some of the most affordable health and fitness facilities in Cheltenham, conveniently located just outside of the town centre. Aiming to inspire and help locals get active and exercise in a friendly and safe environment, Leisure at Cheltenham is home to award-winning facilities, with services delivered by trained professionals. And what’s more, there are plenty of sports and fitness classes, courses and activities aimed at children, adults and grandparents alike, both indoor and outdoor, and suitable for all abilities and interests.
What’s on offer: As well as three swimming pools, there’s a health spa complete with sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, an impressively kitted out fitness suite containing all the latest gym equipment, a spin studio, exercise studio and eight-court sports hall, as well as more than 60 exercise classes per week.
SoGlos loves: The choice of paying-per-visit for the majority of facilities and classes, or opting for the purse-friendly monthly and annual memberships, which start from £29 a month and include full access to the gym, health spa and classes.
Find out more: Call (01242) 528764, email email@example.com or visit leisureatcheltenham.com directly.
Venue: Whole Foods Market Cheltenham
The perfect chance to: Stock up on healthy staples and organic produce.
The lowdown: Whether you want to cut out sugar, go vegan, make the switch to organic, or just give your diet an overhaul, Whole Foods Market Cheltenham, which specialises in offering natural, organic and artisan food and drink, along with stocking over 300 Gloucestershire-sourced products, is the perfect place to make a healthy start to 2017.
What’s on offer: Shoppers can head to Whole Foods’ juice bar where you can get a vitamin hit from one of the freshly prepared fruit and vegetable drinks that are ideal for a January health boost. Fill your fridge with the colourful array of produce that’s perfect for overhauling your menu planning come the new year, while its extensive range of healthy store cupboard essentials, spanning beans, wholegrains, nuts, and teas will keep you on the straight and narrow throughout January and beyond. Pick up good-for-you on-the-go snacks, including a tempting selection of hand-rolled sushi, freshly made soups and a salad bar, while there is also a wide choice of supplements on offer.
SoGlos loves: On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 January 2017, Whole Foods will be hosting a Health Fair, offering the chance to sample healthy snacks and pick up tips from local fitness experts.
Find out more: Call (01242) 542950, or visit wholefoodsmarket.com directly.
Venue: Hawkwood College
The perfect chance to: Pick up a new skill or relax and unwind on one of the college’s many courses.
The lowdown: Located in a beautiful rural setting on the outskirts of Stroud, Hawkwood College is an independent adult education centre offering a year-round programme of events and courses focusing on a creative and spiritual approach to teaching a range of subjects spanning art, music, health, wellbeing, dance and spirituality. Surrounded by 42 acres of land and situated in a grade II-listed country house, Hawkwood provides a peaceful backdrop for getting your new year off to a positive start. The college also benefits from space to accommodate up to 50, for those taking part in residential weekend courses.
What’s on offer: Hawkwood is hosting a range of courses designed to kick off your 2017 with a positive outlook, including A Mindful New Year from Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 January 2017, offering the chance to start the year with a clear and calm mind. There’s also a three-day Rest & Restore Retreat taking place from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 January 2017 – perfect for recovering after the excesses of the festive season.
SoGlos loves: The gardens are equally as impressive as the house, with an award-winning pond and wetlands system, imposing sycamore trees, and a Victoria half-walled garden where you’ll find fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers used in Hawkwood’s home-cooked dishes. There’s also a secluded Woodland Sanctuary where you can enjoy the chance for some quiet time.
Find out more: Call (01453) 759034, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit hawkwoodcollege.co.uk directly.
Venue: One Grove
The perfect chance to: Tone up and improve your overall health and wellbeing.
The lowdown: One Grove is a brand new specialist Reformer and Equipment Pilates studio located near Cheltenham’s Waitrose. The team of elite instructors is headed up by founder Lucy Whitehead, an advanced Stott Pilates and BootyBarre teacher, who also specialises in rehabilitation and physio. The studio caters for all ages, genders and abilities, and aims to inspire clients to benefit from better movement and health through the combination of yoga and Pilates classes on offer.
What’s on offer: One Grove has a jam-packed timetable of classes led by experienced instructors who offer guidance to help you reach your fitness goals in a positive and uplifting environment. Pilates fans can enjoy a choice of floor-based mat classes that use a range of balls, bands, rollers to help you achieve a strong, supple and balance body, while the standing Barre classes, which combine Pilates with a hardcore workout to the soundtrack of upbeat tunes, offer a fun way to get fit. The machine-based Pilates Reformer and Equipment classes are designed to give profound results, and with a maximum of three others with you during the session, you can benefit from truly personalised training. There are also a variety of different yoga classes, from relaxing slow flow and Vinyasa that’s designed to combine strength and flexibility, to de-stressing teen sessions and those catered for older clients. The studio offers the chance to purchase blocks of classes that can be used interchangeably on the schedule of yoga and Pilates sessions – perfect for flexible fitness training.
SoGlos loves: In addition to its classes, One Grove has a range of complementary services spanning experienced psychologists who will offer counselling; massages to help alleviate muscular pain; and nutrition guidance for those needing a helping hand.
Find out more: Call (01242) 255111, email email@example.com or visit onegrove.co.uk directly.
Venue: Spa 6 and Leisure Club
The perfect chance to: Workout in the gym and then unwind in the spa.
The lowdown: Spa 6 is a luxurious and relaxing spa located at the four-star De Vere Cotswold Water Park, near Cirencester. Offering a tranquil setting in which to enjoy the bevy of beauty treatments on offer, Spa 6 also provides a range of spa and fitness facilities to help you rebalance your body and mind. Some of the many membership benefits include access to the gym, spa and leisure facilities, as well as a full health consultation to create a personalised fitness plan. Plus, members can also enjoy a 10 per cent discount on food in the hotel’s Brasserie and Old Boathouse Pub, and 20 per cent off treatments from Monday to Thursday.
What's on offer: If you want to kick-start your fitness regime then head to the state-of-the-art gym which offers a full range of equipment including running machines, exercise bikes and cross trainers, along with a free weight training area. The on-site fitness team can help tailor a personal fitness programme, while the 11-metre hydrotherapy pool is ideal if swimming is more you thing. And, if it’s relaxation you’re after then step inside the sauna or steam room to melt away tension. Beauty treatments range from massages and facials to manicures and pedicures, with lavish Spa 6 signature treatments including the rejuvenating Exotic Orange Blossom Ritual.
SoGlos loves: Spa 6’s packages offer the ultimate indulgence, with the Simply Spa Break including a dinner, bed and breakfast for two, a 25-minute treatment, from facials to back massages, per person, and use of the spa facilities – perfect for starting 2017 as you mean to go on!
Find out more: Call (01285) 864071, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit phcompany.com directly.
Venue: Airborne Trampoline Park
The perfect chance to: Get fit and have fun
The lowdown: Located on Cheltenham’s Tewkesbury Road, Airborne Trampoline Park is a thrilling activity centre benefitting from 35 trampolines and an array of activities for all ages.
What's on offer: If you’re not a fan of the gym or detest running then Airborne is the perfect fitness solution, with the chance to burn calories, have fun and pick up a new skill. The hour-long Air Fitness classes, led by a qualified instructor, will incorporate a range of moves utilising the trampolines and other equipment such as giant tennis balls to help sculpt and tone your body. Burning as many calories as an hour of running, the classes cater for all levels and the team will help you to achieve your fitness goals. Starting from Tuesday 10 January 2017, the classes will run every Tuesday from 7-8pm, with the aim to host a Thursday evening class as well.
SoGlos loves: If you want to encourage your little ones to get active then Airborne is just the ticket, with everything from Battle Beams, a Ninja Run, and Toddler Time sessions for younger jumpers.
Find out more: Call (01242) 255551 or visit airbornetrampolinepark.com directly.
Venue: Claydon Dental
The perfect chance to: Improve your smile and dental hygiene
The lowdown: A newly opened award-winning private practice in Cheltenham, Claydon Dental provides patients with a quality service, whether you’re attending a routine visit, planning a smile makeover, or giving your oral health an overhaul at the hygienist.
What's on offer: The award-winning dental practice, which focuses on preventative dentistry, tailors treatments to suit each patient in order to help you have stronger, healthier teeth, now and in the future. The general dentistry services include check-ups, white fillings, bridges and crowns, while the cosmetic treatments span teeth whitening, same-day dental implants and Invisalign, a discreet removable orthodontic system. Invisalign, one of the most popular brace treatments in the world, can take as little as six months to see a difference. The practice, a platinum Invisalign provider, offers complimentary consultations when you can learn more about the invisible teeth aligners and see how you can expect your smile to look after the treatment.
SoGlos loves: Claydon Dental offers interest-free payment plans to help spread the cost of Invisalign, with treatment starting from as little as £22 a month.
Find out more: Call (01242) 242366, email email@example.com or visit claydoncheltenham.co.uk directly.
Venue: Laura Leigh
The perfect chance to: Refresh your hair with a new cut and colour or spoil yourself with a beauty treatment.
The lowdown: Laura Leigh, a contemporary hair and beauty located in the heart of Cheltenham, provides clients with an array of services from its highly trained and award-winning team of stylists and beauticians.
What's on offer: If you want to update your hair for 2017, Laura Leigh is definitely the place to go, with the experienced hairdressers offering everything from complete restyles and cuts to extensions from the specialist technicians. If you’re craving a new look, make an appointment with one of the salon’s creative colour technicians who can give tailored advice during complimentary consultations. Laura Leigh’s beauty services span Essie manicures, a lash and brow bar, waxing, tanning and CACI facials, while there’s also the option to treat yourself to a makeover from the dedicated make-up artists.
SoGlos loves: The team can also offer advice on hair health, with a choice of treatments designed to improve the condition of colour treated, weakened and thinning hair. And, with Laura Leigh stocking Kérastase and Loréal products, you can easily recreate a salon experience at home.
Find out more: Call (01242) 530598, email firstname.lastname@example.org visit lauraleighhairdressing.co.uk directly.
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