14th November 2016

Tips for Staying Healthy this Winter

The winter season is well and truly upon us, which can mean long battles with colds and flu symptoms. By taking extra care now, you can help boost your immune system, protect your family and avoid any drawn out illnesses. We have put together a list of tips to help you make the most of your winter:


1. Stock up on fruit and veg
Winter is a great time to get the slow-cooker out and create some hearty veg-packed stews and casseroles ready for when you return from a long Sunday ramble. Blend up vegetable soups or throw together a warm salad for office lunches and add chopped banana and apple to your porridge for a morning boost.
2. Avoid comfort eating
Poor diet choices can lead to excess weight gain and impact on the body’s immune system, making it harder for your body to fight or recover from any illnesses. It may be tempting to get through the dark evenings with a big bar of your favourite chocolate, but if you feel a craving try eating a piece of fruit instead, which should satisfy your sweet tooth.
3. Catch up on sleep
Sleep deprivation can contribute of all kinds of ailments, so make sure you get a full night’s sleep every day. Our bodies naturally want to hibernate more in the winter, so enjoy a lie-in at the weekends and stick to an early night routine during the week.
4. Take supplements
Vitamins A and B12 are great for boosting your immune system, while Echinacea and vitamin C will help to ward off colds. If your body is missing the sunlight, stock up on vitamin D to help improve your mood and energy levels.
5. Exercise
While it’s great to catch up on sleep, make sure you get moving while you are awake. Exercise helps to control weight and improve any symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder while also keeping your immune system in shape. Take long walks at the weekend or check out your local ice skating venue; Puxton Park Skating Rink in Weston-super-Mare is great for family days out!
If you are looking for new furniture this winter, get in touch with our experienced, knowledgeable staff by calling 01934 513740 or email us via the Contact Us page. You can also visit us at our furniture and carpet showroom on the High Street in Weston-super-Mare.
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1st November 2016

5 Best Piers to Visit All Year Round

One of the best things about living on an island is the sheer number of beautiful coastlines on offer. When the Victorian age brought in new railways and infrastructure, people began flocking to the coast for relaxation and recuperation, a tradition which many still uphold today. As seaside towns became tourist destinations, the Victorians also introduced piers, structures extending out into the sea so that holidaymakers could still view the sea, even when the tide was out. We love the history behind these sea-dwelling constructions so we have come up with a list of some of the best piers in Britain; 

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1. Bournemouth Pier

Along with stunning sandy beaches, Bournemouth has a beautiful Victorian Pier, first opened by the Lord Mayor of London in 1880. Surrounded by cafes, bars, restaurants and the recently refurbished Pier Approach, this pier shows no signs of slowing down in its old age. The theatre has recently been converted to an indoor activity centre, Rock Reef, which boasts climbing walls, aerial obstacle courses and the world’s first ever pier-to-shore zipwire . 

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2. Worthing Pier  

The thirteenth pier to be constructed in Britain, this structure was officially opened by Sir Robert Rawlinson in 1862 and since then has been hit by its fair share of disasters over the years.  From being battered by a heavy storm in 1913, to being ravaged by a fire in 1933, it has undergone some redevelopment, however it continues to bring enjoyment to visitors and residents alike. The Southern Pavilion has recently been converted into a café, perfect for sunny afternoons watching the tide. 

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3. Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare

Originally built in 1903, the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare has also seen a number of setbacks over the years but is now home to a state-of-the-art indoor theme park. Featuring the only laser maze in the UK, Formula 1 simulators, GoKarts, the Crystal Maze, Robocoaster, 27 bars, shops and restaurants, a 4D cinema and an Edwardian tea room, there is something to please all generations in this fantastically modern take on the traditional pier.  And with free admission, what have you got to lose?! 

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4. North Pier, Blackpool

One of 3 piers in Blackpool, the North Pier is the oldest and has a Grade II listing. Featuring an Indian Pavilion, a beautiful theatre and carousel bar and traditional amusement arcades, this pier is one not to miss. Hosting a wide range of craft beers for Oktoberfest along with comedy and pantomimes, this intricate structure continues to provide merriment for locals and tourists alike. 

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5. Llandudno Pier, Wales

Situated between Bangor and Colwyn Bay, this marvellous pier is the longest in Wales and, unusually, has two entrances. Its Edwardian good looks have landed it location slots in 2002’s The Forsyte Sage as well as a Volkswagen advert. Enjoy a drink at the café or bar, peruse the souvenirs in the gift shops or check out Leisure Island, open all year round. 

For friendly advice get in touch with our experienced, knowledgeable staff by calling 01934 513740 or email us via the Contact Us page. You can also visit us at our furniture and carpet showroom on the High Street in Weston-super-Mare.

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