Keeping Mentally Busy This Christmas

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Christmas. Most love it, some don’t. Make sure these five tips are followed to keep yourself busy, especially if traveling solo anytime this season.

Volunteer

There is a lot to be said for giving up your time, even more so at this time of the year. There are many charities that would love your time this fall. The Salvation Army, Oxford street run a Christmas dinner service. Or why not hand out toys to the children’s ward at the local hospitals? There are plenty of events on Facebook this December.

Buddy Up

Travelling alone can takes its toll, Christmas and being away from home is not exception. There are plenty of social events leading up to December 25th, including professional networks.

The Health & Wellbeing Hub, University of Southampton, offers you the chance to make connections and bag a mince pie in the process.

Or find out who near you is elderly and on their own this Christmas. You will make somebody’s day.

Exercise

The ‘e’ word at this time of year often gets parked into a sweaty locker until January. By taking a walk, jog or making the most of our stunning location on the south coast, thirty minutes a day is perfect for the mind and body.

Locations:

  • Southampton and Southsea Common
  • Queen Victoria Country park, Southampton
  • Port Solent marina, Portsmouth
  • Ocean Village marina, Southampton
  • The New Forest (all of it!)

Make The Most Of Your Space

Your serviced property is so spacious that guests are always welcome. Whether it’s the other half, your pet pooch or the entire family, our properties are fully equipped to take the strain.

You’ll find all the pots and pans in the cupboards, the ironing board is usually in the hallway and of course the fridge is ready to pack in the booze. Working right up until the big day? We can fill your fridge with our food packs on arrival.

Netflix and Spill

Our fast and free WiFi ensures you have the best entertainment at your finger tips this festive season. Whether you are using the finest of our in-house entertainment systems or downloading to your tablet, you will get the chance to watch Elf (December 16th, ITV BTW) whilst supping on a nice glass of something bubbly.

 

Creator:

Ben Glover

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We’ll Be There When It All Goes Wrong

You’ve spent your life’s salary on the best food, the decorations are so stunning that Oxford Street in London may as well go home and this year your Mum plus 5 have decided to turn up. But then. Disaster. The house gets a flood.

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That is just one of the stories we had from a guest in previous years. We looked after the family at a time of year than it more full on than a Little Mix concert. Yet we got the family in, the fully equipped kitchen was put to full use and everyone had a Merry Christmas in their desirable, serviced house that catered for the whole family! (The huge, widescreen smart telly was perfect for when Elf came on).

We know things in life happen. We also know that the NHS does not shut down just for December 25th. One guest in 2017 had her life turned upside down. Her partner was rushed into specialist care just before New Year, and having lived in the north of the UK, had to move to the south coast to be with their loved one during treatment. Often the treatment was cancelled which meant an extension to the the let. We can accommodate for this.

When things go wrong, we can help. (We can’t do marriage counselling but we are pretty good at prioritising you!).

Consider us if you are:

  • Relocating for work
  • Have a house build that is overrunning
  • Are at one of the major Portsmouth/Southampton hospitals for treatment
  • Business opportunities
  • Conference and networking locality
  • Water sports or water based business
  • You are visiting family but just fancy your own space!

From studio to fully serviced properties, we have it all to make home not seem so far away.

For details of what we can do for you, get in touch today and click here Town or Country.

#StayBeautiful

Ben Glover

Why Location Is Important For You

Where you stay is important. That is why we give you a selection of serviced properties in the best location for you.

Step inside HERE.

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Marina Properties

Our selection of marina properties are statically located for relaxing. For those who need a luxury abode after a tough day at the board room or simply staying for the exhibition, what better way than having your home by the sea.

With plenty of restaurants and great walks within distance, a marina property in Port Solent and Ocean Village is perfect for the one, two or more of you.

 

Studio

Set within a dedicated block, with other like minded professionals, our studio serviced apartments cater for the solo traveller…with a guest. With desk facilities, fast fibre WiFi and luxury furniture, there’s so much space within a space.

Located not far from the city centre of Southampton, each studio offers a home from home that is perfect from long term or short term lets.

 

Serviced Apartments

Each of our gorgeous serviced apartments come in all shapes and sizes. From the unique speciality of a duplex to the divine luxury in a Grade II building, your staying experience just got special.

Designed for up to four guests, a small family or working professionals, all are located within public transport links and motorway access to surrounding cities.

 

Houses

Designed with families in mind, our serviced houses cater for all your needs. If you are looking to relocate or temporary residence, this is the place to be. There is even room for your pets.

It is not just the family, our houses offer the perfect place for work colleagues who are tired of hotel hopping. And it is all easy on the budget as you pay per property.

ALL PROPERTIES CONTAIN:

  Free Wi-Fi is provided in all of our properties.

   Secure allocated parking is available in 95% of our properties at £5 per night.

  Luxury Bed Linen and Towels are provided.

 Complimentary Toiletries are supplied on arrival.

  Weekly Housekeeping Service – Bed linen will be changed and Towels will be replaced. The property will be cleaned thoroughly and bins emptied. If you require this service to be more frequent we can offer this for a small fee.

 24/7 Customer Care contact for all of our guests staying with us.

 Property Management Service on hand at all times.

Town or Country Discount card is available to all of our guests which will give exclusive discounts of 10 -20% off Southampton’s finest bars and restaurants.

 Multiple television channels.

  When away from home, if your serviced apartment is spacious enough, why not have family or friends to stay at no extra charge.

A local information pack will be provided in every apartment and house to help you familiarize yourself with the local area and amenities.

A property information pack will be provided in every accommodation with instructions on how to use the facilities.

  Town or Country welcomes people with disabilities and has developed the Access Statement to address some of the more common issues that disabled people face. Recognition has been given to include guests with an impairment, which could include: Mobility, Sight, Hearing, Learning Disabilities or any hidden impairment. Town or Country aims to ensure that all employees, guests and others who use our serviced accommodation treated equally and according to their needs.

Half Term ‘Spooky’ Stuff For The Kids!

Yep, another half term! The first few days are already over and they little ones are bored. Have some suggestions on us – you are welcome.

Itchen Valley Country Park, Southampton

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You’ve picked the pumpkin and now it is time to hit the trail! For just £2, walk one of Hampshire’s most beautiful woodland routes and find the answers to the clues! Everyone wins a spook-tacular prize at the end.

Plus join them for various spooky events this week leading up to Halloween!

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Halloween Kids, West Quay, Southampton

FREE activities for kids from 11am-4pm including games, cake making and crafts. Every day this week there is something for everyone, enough to drive you bat-ty!

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Port Solent Kids Club, Portsmouth

There is plenty of Halloween creativeness taking place this week at one of the finest marinas on the south coast. Kids entertainer Silly Scott will be on hand with his ‘ghastly’ show. Get arty, get crafty and creep home happy from ‘Pot’ Solent…

 

Whiteley Fireworks

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Just off junction 9 of the M27, Whiteley is home to some fantastic shops, restaurants and entertainment. Sunday 28th sees one of the biggest firework shows of the year. Head to Meadowside fields for a night of funfairs and big bangs…

Ticketed event, available on the gate.

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The Brickworks, Bursledon

Wonderful Wednesdays are back for Half Term and they are doing slime!

The brickmakers had to get the perfect mix of clay, water and sand to make their bricks. Can you make the perfect mixture to create a pot of slime to take home?

Add food dye and glitter to make your slime unique. No need to book , just turn up. 12.00 noon – 2.00pm

The Brickworks after Dark, 25th October 5.00 – 7.00pm

A real family focus to this Halloween event.

Listen to ghost stories after dark in Hampshire’s most haunted museum. An October half term special.

Bring your own torch – the lights will be low 🙂

The cafe will be open selling hot and cold drinks, hot dogs (including vegetarian hot dogs) and marshmallows that can be toasted on a fire pit outside.

Woooooooooo!!

From 5.00 – 7.00pm; Entrance £3 per person.

Prize for everyone who comes in costume.

Curry & Business Charity Night

On October 30th, 2018, ​Town or Country​ is proud to be host the latest Curry Business networking event at the recently-reopened Kuti’s Brasserie in Southampton.

The event, which was launched by the Waterlooville-based digital marketing agency ​Tillison Consulting​ in 2014, is dedicated to business networking with a distinction. A selection of authentic Indian dishes will be served at the event, which starts at 6.30pm, and proceeds will be donated to ​Breast Cancer Haven​.

Founded in 1985, Town or Country provide cost-effective serviced accommodation in Southampton and Portsmouth, with value for money and, most importantly, that home-from-home experience.

Sharon Wood, Business Development & Partner Relationship Manager of Town or Country, says: ‘We are delighted to be returning to Kuti’s Brasserie for our fifth time as hosts of Curry Business. We last hosted in January and can’t wait to get stuck back in, especially in the name of a charity as vital as Breast Cancer Haven.

‘As far as networking is concerned, Curry Business is a can’t-miss event for businesses in Southampton and across Hampshire. It brings something unique to the table and the atmosphere is always enjoyable!’

Food for the evening will be priced at £20 per person, and an additional £5 donation to Breast Cancer Haven will be requested.

Breast Cancer Haven is a national charity offering free emotional, physical and practical support to anyone affected by breast cancer. From their welcoming centre in Titchfield, counsellors, therapists and health professionals from the Wessex branch of Breast Cancer Haven offer patients the support they need to help them with their own personal challenges of living with breast cancer.

Mark Tillison, Managing Director at Tillison Consulting, says: ‘Breast Cancer Haven is a charity we have supported multiple times over the last year through Curry Business, and we are thrilled to continue supporting the important work that their staff carry out not just in the Wessex region, but across the UK.’

Hosted in locations across Hampshire, Curry Business has helped Tillison Consulting raise in excess of £5,500 for local charities including No Limits, The Murray Parish Trust and Smile Support & Care.

Mark adds: ‘Curry Business is a social evening with no agenda other than to enjoy the company of other businesses while supporting worthy causes. There are no subscriptions, no memberships, no commitments – if you gain some business from it, consider it a bonus.’

To reserve your place for the event, or to receive updates about future events via the Curry Business mailing list, visit ​tillison.co.uk/curry​.

For further enquiries, please contact Danny Randon: ​danny.randon@tillison.co.uk

Get A Grip On Your Group!

 

 

00-whatsapp-tips-lead_stuff-1024x768.pngFor any lovers of the game of golf you would know that Europe have regained the Ryder Cup, 2018. (The only link I have ever had to the game is that attempting to get the ball through the windmill, up the ramp and over the bumps on a crazy course near the seaside).

However, it was the way that Europe won the event that really impressed. Team Captain, Rory Mcllroy, told the press it had nothing to do with diet, discipline or who had the best golfing jumper but What’s App. Each day the team would keep in touch with updates on how they were doing and swapping tips to improve. It was, for some, a  good platform for them to vent any frustrations putting them one step ahead of the game mentally. Thus gaining one over the US team and eventually winning the event.

This got me thinking; do you utilise the app to your benefit? Does your group or do your work colleagues need one? I have returned to study academically, I missed out first time around (I really was a day dreamer at school, always wondering what was beyond the hills of Dartmoor for me). My cohort set up a What’s App group instantly. It was a good way to keep up to date with everything, especially if you are a little unorganised; you can play off those strengths of those who have other skills in your squad.

As I get older you feel you need to be more private in life but the benefits of having a support network are positive:

  1. A chance to get everything off your chest. That nightmare day selling, the customer who is constantly proving hard work or perhaps you just need a confidence boost
  2. Knowledge is power, sharing links, photos and videos is a good way of gaining. Communication is always the key!
  3. Keeping it social…and professional. Having a group that can share the good times and the bad is a gain. You become there for each other, especially if off the field things are not so great.
  4. In this together. You have one goal and you can all be apart of that using the Whats App group.
  5. Security. Most of Whats App is encrypted and often means sharing sensitive info can be done safely. However, breaches do happen – be aware of any ‘leaks’ that you might not want anyone outside of the circle to share.

If used in the correct manner, the benefits of a group will certainly out weigh the negative and improve performance. And that has got to be the best hole in one.

Ben Glover

Content Creator/Social Blogger

What You Need To Do This Autumn

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  1. Go rock climbing. Red Spider, near Fareham, Portsmouth are passionate about climbing and bouldering. There are over 250 problems set by some of the best route-setters in the country for the ultimate challenge. The kids castle & pirate ship (consisting of tunnels, slides and climbing), complete with mezzanine for parents to relax and supervise their children simultaneously prove popular and fun for the family. Plus the coffee is good!
  2. Go Walking. We are truly blessed to have some of the best of British countryside, all within distance of our serviced properties.
  3. 100 acre
    Forest of Bere

    The Hundred Acre Wood, Wickham has various tracks that the family can all take part in. On site the giant sandpit and assault course should wear them out for at least a few hours. And you may just spot a famous bear…

  4. Pick pumpkins! Our soil in Hampshire soaks up some of the sky’s goodness, giving you the chance to pick the finest fruit and veg around. October is pumpkin picking time; from Pickwell Farm, Bursledon to Romsey, you will find the ‘pumps’ in the UK.
  5. Whats SuP! Paddle boarding has boomed this summer. With its ease of storage and simplicity to blow up, from serviced property to water it is the perfect hobby, even in the autumn sun. Check out WeSUP, the stand up paddle boarding club on the river Hamble.

Ben Glover

11 Things To Do At The Southampton Boat Show ’18

The Yacht Market Southampton Boat show returns to the city this month, celebrating 50 years since it’s launch. Whilst some of the exhibits might be well out of range of our bank accounts, the event still offers something for everyone. From food, drink, to meeting celebrities, this year is proving bigger and better.

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Whats SUP

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With paddle boarding being the must have activity of 2018, this is your chance to get on top and enjoy a paddle around the marina arena.

Bubble and Chic

Enjoy the bubbles and taste of fresh sea food along at the champagne and food terrace dedicated to your taste buds. Dress to impress and don yourself some boaters for the added experience.

The Hairy Boaters?

A new, live theatre attaches itself to the champagne bar with guest chefs the Hairy Bikers (Si King and Dave Myers) riding in. They will be on hand to knock up something special in the Mariner’s Grill for the a la carte menu. Their expert knowledge of seafood is second to none and it will be well worth booking in advance for one of their demos.

Gin Up

The latest in on trend drinking now has it’s own festival. Unwind and relax with a cocktail from mixologists, the finest in live entertainment or why not even take a masterclass yourself with your own unique combo.

Subject to conditions, tickets required HERE.

Centre Stage

The boat show is a family event, and this year’s stage events make sure all have some fun. From the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles to meeting a mermaid there is plenty to entertain. Check out the timetable HERE.

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Sea Science

Too much plastic, melting ice caps and over fishing. We’ve been ploughed with how our planet is slowly being overrun by with we put in to it. The Science of the Sea experience is your chance to see how this is being combated. Visit the research teams and vessels involved and take part in the daily chat.

Let’s Rock Pool

Here is your chance to see first hand some of the sea creatures of our blue planet. From gobby fish to sea anenome, there is plenty of aquatic life to explore in the rock pool.

The Festival Green

In Mayflower park, the green is back with live entertainment, experts for your questions and the ever popular Guinness tent. This year sees a special residence The Timbers Barn, with a fine selection of food and drink, all supped from the comfort of some very funky seating.

Whatever Floats Your Boat

kaskelotAs always, there is the chance to climb aboard the various vessels and boats gracing the waters of show show. From research vessel RV Callista to the latest sailing boats, there is always fun aboard. This year see a seafaring beauty Kaskelot, a Danish clipper built in 1948 that his since found fame in many movies.

Over The Bridge

The exhibits continue over the foot bridge from Mayflower Park into the Quays car park. 100’s of displays and stalls will be ready to peruse from kayaks to clothes. Over spilling into the new West Quay III shopping complex, this year is going to be massive.

The YachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show is from the 14th-23rd of September 2019.

Ben Glover

Content Creator

Out (& About!) Southampton Pride ’18!

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Pride. It is not just a celebration of sexuality but of everyone. This colourful festival is back on the streets of Southampton and all are invited. With the extra flamboyant parade beginning at 2pm, expect big shows on wheels, dancing, party people and colourful representatives from all over the area including South Central Ambulance Service and Hampshire Constabulary (last year saw some colourful emergency vehicles!).

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Live Entertmainent from 11am

The main stage sees many acts singing, dancing and with plenty of fun for all the family to enjoy, including the Cheeky Girls!

The Stage Door, Southampton has all the doors wide open with a dedicated area for the kids and your pets! As always, superb food and drink will be in order. You can soak up the atmosphere from inside or simply enjoy Al fresco from the outdoor arena.

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The Acoustic Stage, inside the O2 Guildhall

The Acoustic Stage will be showcasing the latest talent if bands are more your thing. From some new music to the stuff we all know and love to sign along too!

The party continues at The Stage Door!

Not only will the food and drink be on flow but the Pride Village promises to offer something unique to buy and remember the day.

Each year Southampton grinds to a halt and produces the most magnificent of colours from all walks of life. Dark colours are not an option!

So, dress up, make-up, take pride and have an amazing time…whoever you are!

For more information click here.

Ben Glover

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