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Movers, groovers and gossipers I have news (and there's absolutely no mention of the C-word). We're talking parks reopening, new foodie hotspots and cocktails delivered to your door.


Step away from the gloomy economic forecast, because Muddy award-winning B The Lifestyle Shop has relocated to bigger premises on Bartholomew Street in Newbury. In between online orders, owner Emma Bee has been fitting out her new boutique – Scandi simplicity is still very much its calling card, but now with a hint of dusky pink. Shop womenswear, home and gifts online for delivery or click and collect.

Just down the road, another brilliant brick and mortar fashion boutique, Fifi & Moose, has finally launched its website. Fifi & Moose stock collections from lesser-known designers and cool brands like Essentiel Antwerp, Ottod’ame, Mos Mosh, Velvet and Suncoo.


Sick of cooking yet another meal or all your celebrations are becoming a blur? Good news! Heston’s Michelin starred Hind’s Head in Bray has launched its takeaway ToGo menu. The dishes will change weekly and is available to order online. Simply choose your courses, add your sides, a bottle of vino from the Fat Duck cellar and book your time slot to collect.

The Blackbird in Bagnor – another Michelin starred gaff – is also offering a takeaway menu.


Pink green and purple balls above the crowd at Wilderness Festival Cornbury Oxon
Pic: Andrew Whitton

Gah, nooooo! Reading Festival, Countryfile Live at Windsor Great Park and Wilderness Festival have all announced that this year’s August weekenders have been cancelled, adding to the list of local shindigs that have unfortunately fallen off the events schedule this year (Royal Ascot (to the public anyway), Readipop, Are You Listening? Let’s Rock The Moor, Red Kite, Henley – the list goes on). Roll on 2021 when you’ll find me face down in a field double parking my G&Ts.


Cookham and cock marsh NT wildflowers

Good news if you’re running out of locations to stretch your legs now we have unlimited exercise privileges, may of Berkshire’s parks have reopened – Greenham Common, Snelsmore, Dinton Pastures, Windsor Great Park and Swinley Forest – are now all open to the public for walks, runs and picnics (with members of your household). Meanwhile, the National Trust is following suit with the announcement that most of its car parks in England will be open by 21 May for visitors.


No need to miss out on quarantini time. If you’re scraping the bottom of the drinks cabinet to mix a martini, leave it to the pros. The Redan in Wokingham has just launched its Lockdown Libations drinks delivery service – including one or two-litre pouches of your favourite cocktails and bottles of wine. Pornstar martini, come to mama.

We thrilled to hear, Muddy award-winning florist Willow and Blooms has reopened for contactless deliveries. And for anyone missing a takeaway cafe and cake made by the pro, The Pantry in Yattendon has all opened its doors for takeaways. Well, it’s actually a window. Gotta keep that 2m gap between us all, folks.

The Pantry reopens


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