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The Queen is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee this year, which means she has been on the throne for an astonishing 70 years! This is the first time a British monarch has reached this milestone. There will be celebrations up and down the country to mark the occasion, including parades, concerts and, of course, lots of street parties.

After the last few years spent in varyious levels of lockdown and social bubbles, most of us will welcome this opportunity for a good, old-fashioned party! Whether you’re throwing a street party or just having a few friends and family round, we’ve came up with some ways to make your Platinum Jubilee party extra special. After all, events like this don’t roll around very often!

Set The Scene

We’re of the belief that more is more here at The Hub (have you seen our cut-out Queen at Cappuccino’s?), so we’re thinking red, white and blue everything! Union Jack bunting, Union Jack plates, Union Jack cups – you get the idea. But if you want to be a little more subtle, you could opt for a regal purple decor; a colour which has long been associated with the royals.

A Feast Fit For A Queen

A party is only as good as its buffet table. Whether you want to go all out with a grand three-course meal, or stick to traditional party food, we’ve got some great ideas for your Platinum Jubilee party food.

Nostalgic Party Food

Sausage rolls, pork pies, scotch eggs – does it get any more British than that? Proper, traditional British party food. You can make your own or pick some up from your local butchers or supermarket. If you’re looking for something more substantial, then go for the classic pie and peas – the landmark of any British do. The pudding table should include a Victoria sponge, trifle and jelly and ice cream. You could even put a Colin Caterpillar cake on there for old time’s sake. 

Afternoon Tea

If you’re planning a more refined Platinum Jubilee party, why not host an afternoon tea? Lay out a lace tablecloth and your finest china. Brew up a piping hot kettle of tea, served in a traditional teapot and teacups – plus a few glasses of Prosecco on the side. Then, serve your guests the finest finger food to nibble on. Cucumber sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, voulevants – the fancier the better. Or, if you don’t want to make your own, join us at Cappuccino’s for a delicious afternoon tea with none of the effort and all of the Prosecco!

Commonwealth Delicacies

Enjoy a feast from around the world, as you cook delicacies from throughout the Commonwealth. You could try jerk chicken from Jamaica, a Murgh Dal from Pakistan, or jollof rice from Nigeria. If you’re having a street party, you could get everyone to pick a Commonwealth nation out of a hat and cook their national dish – that way you get to try a bit of everything.

A Royal Tipple

All good food needs a good drink to wash it down with. Whilst we all love a classic G&T, these Platinum Jubilee cocktails will make your party that little bit more special.

Dubbonet Cocktail

The Queen’s favourite drink (or so we’ve heard) is a Dubbonet cocktail, so it only makes sense to have one at your Jubilee party. This is a relatively easy cocktail to make; you’ll just need a bottle of Dubbonet Rouge, a dry gin and ice cubes. Simply add 2 parts Dubbonet and 1 part gin to a cocktail shaker, give it a good shake and serve over ice.

Cranberry Pimm’s

Pimms is a classic British drink and this fruity twist makes it even better! Add 375ml of Pimm’s No 1, 100ml of gin, 200ml of cranberry juice and 1 litre of lemonade into a jug and stir. Garnish with some fresh berries, lemon and mint and voila! See the full recipe here.

Bramble

Bramble is another classic gin cocktail which should go down well with guests. For 1 glass, mix 50ml of gin, 25ml of lemon juice and ¾ tablespoons of sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a glass of ice, before adding ¾ tablespoons of creme de mure.

British Bangers

Now that you’re nearly ready for your Platinum Jubilee party, all that’s left to do is set the mood with some music! Create an all-British playlist to celebrate the Jubilee – after all, we have created some of the world’s biggest stars over the years! Keep all generations of guests happy by picking a good mix of artists throughout the decades, like The Beatles, a bit of Elton John, Oasis and so on.

So there you have it: how to throw a royal Platinum Jubilee party! We hope you’ve found these tips useful, but if it all sounds like a bit too much fuss, remember that Cappuccino’s will be open all weekend! Come down and try our special Jubilee menu, including afternoon tea and Jubilee pizza.

Easter is one of our favourite times of year. Blue skies, sunshine and lots of chocolate – what’s not to love? It also means two weeks off school for the kids, so we’ve came up with some of our favourite Easter activities for kids to keep them entertained this Easter.

Get Out of The House

You don’t want to be cooped up in the house with the kids all Easter! Get out for the day and let them blow off some steam (and save yourself some tidying up). There are some great events on over Easter, including right here at The Hub, or you could simply head out on your own adventure for the day.

Cappuccino’s Host Punch and Judy

We love being part of the Buckshaw community here at The Hub, which is why we try to put on a range of events all year round. This Easter, Cappuccino’s will be hosting a free Punch and Judy show on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Monday. There will also be balloon making between shows, so kids can take home a balloon bunny! Make sure you visit us over the Easter weekend and take advantage of the free entertainment for the kids, whilst you enjoy one of our delicious homemade pizzas. It’s a win-win!

Farm Visit

Here in Buckshaw, we’re lucky to be relatively close to the countryside and so many wonderful farms that we can go and visit, like Bowland Wild Boar Park, Mrs Dowson’s Farm and Animal Quackers. Easter is the perfect time to pay a visit to the farm, as kids will love getting to see the baby animals and learning about them! Bowland Wild Boar Park has all sorts of farm animals, chick petting and a free Easter egg hunt over Easter. Mrs Dowson’s have a lambing live event, where children can see and pet the baby lambs as they run around our maternity unit. Animal Quackers are another great farm, which teach children all about the animals and let them pet and feed them too.

Picnic and Play

Sometimes, the best memories come from simply packing up a picnic and heading out for the day. Prepare the kids’ favourite sandwiches, sausage rolls, snacks and sweets and hit the road. You could just nip down the road to your local park or go further afield: anywhere where there’s fresh air and plenty of space for the kids to run around. Give them a football or a bat and ball and watch them play for hours!

Easter Games

We’re supposed to get some nice weather over Easter this year (fingers crossed), so why not make the most of the sunshine and get outside with the kids! Here are some outdoor Easter games you could play.

Easter Egg Hunt

Okay, this is hardly a new idea, but an Easter egg hunt is just too fun to miss off the list – plus, we’ve got some ideas to mix it up. If a competitive child is likely to hoover up all the chocolates before anyone else has a chance, you could tie a different coloured ribbons around the bags and assign each child a colour before they start. That should save an argument or two!

You could also put a new spin on the Easter egg hunt as well! If you have a ball pit, you could hide plastic eggs filled with chocolate in the ball pit and challenge the children to see how many eggs they can find in a set amount of time. Just don’t expect the balls to stay in the ball pit! Another good idea could be to hide clues inside the Easter eggs, turning it into a scavenger hunt for one big chocolate egg, not lots of little ones.

500

We hadn’t heard of this game before, but now we’re desperate to play it! All you need is some plastic eggs and Easter baskets for each player. The person who’s ‘it’ stands at the front with their back to the catchers, who all stand in a line further back with baskets ready to catch. When they throw the egg they shout a number between 100 and 500, and the catchers all scramble to catch it in their basket. If they catch the egg, they win that number of points. The first catcher to get to 500 wins and becomes ‘it’. This one’s sure to bring out the competitive side in both kids and adults.

Spoon Full of Sugar

Fill a big bowl full of jelly beans and give each child a paper cup and spoon. The kids have got to try and fill their cup full of jelly beans first using the spoon, but here’s the catch; they have to have the spoon in their mouth. The first to fill their cup wins and gets to eat the jelly beans.

Sweet Easter Treats

Let’s face it, Easter is all about the food! We can’t wait to eat Easter eggs all day, everyday, for the next week (if they last that long)! Here are some easy Easter recipes you can try with the kids.

Easter Nests

Everybody loved making Rice Krispie cakes when they were younger! Give it an Easter twist with this easy Easter Nest recipe. First, melt your chocolate in a heatproof bowl with 100g of butter and 4 tablespoons of golden syrup. Once that’s melted, pour in around 100g of Rice Krispies and give it a good stir. Split the mixture between bun cases and leave to harden in the fridge for over an hour. Once the buns have set, melt some more chocolate and use it to stick mini eggs to the top of the buns. The kids will love making it and you’ll love eating it!

S’More Bunny Burrows

This is a simple recipe that only needs a few ingredients, but looks so cute! You’ll need oreos, chocolate custard, marshmallows of different sizes, an edible marker and a transparent plastic cup or glass jar. First, crush your oreos to make the soil. Sprinkle some into the cup, add a couple of marshmallows and then a layer of chocolate custard. Keep layering like this up to the top of the cup. Then, once you’ve reached the top, add a final layer of oreo crumbs and stick a large marshmallow in to look like the bunny’s bum. Then add two smaller marshmallows and draw paw prints on the bottom of them.

Creme Egg Characters

This is another fun and easy Easter activity for kids, which doesn’t require much supervision. Simply pick up some Cadbury’s Creme Eggs, some icing and some edible eyes and other face decorations. Let the kids stick on their decorations and make their own character before eating them.

Arts and Crafts

We’re hoping for sunshine over Easter, but let’s face it, it’s Britain – we can have sun one day and snow the next. That’s why it’s good to have some indoor Easter activities for kids up your sleeve. We’ve got some great Easter arts and crafts ideas below, so they can let their imagination run wild.

Paint Easter Eggs

We used to love painting hard-boiled eggs for Easter when we were younger. The beauty of this activity is they can really do whatever they want! If they want to paint patterns on their egg, they can. If they want to turn their egg into the Easter bunny, they can. If they want to create a whole stage full of circus themed eggs, they can. It’s the perfect Easter activity to show off their creativity!

Bunny Ears

It’s not Easter without a pair of bunny ears! To make your own bunny ears you’ll need some white and pink construction paper, a pair of scissors, glue and a stapler. First, you’ll need to measure the kids heads and use a long piece of construction paper and both ends together to make the headband. Then, cut a large bunny ear shape out of the white card and a smaller bunny ear shape out of the pink card. Glue these together and then glue onto the headband and you’ve got a pair of bunny ears!

Egg Carton Bunny

This is such fun to make and you probably already have everything you need lying around your house: an egg carton, paint, masking tape (or cellotape), googly eyes, pom poms, white card and a black marker. First, cut two egg compartments out and trim off any excess cardboard so you have a flat top. Then, use one piece of masking tape to stick the two together at the back. Next, paint it in your favourite colours and draw a bunny face on with the black marker. Cut some bunny ears out of the white card and stick it to the top, adding on googly eyes and a pom pom tail. Finally put some mini eggs inside the carton bunny and you’ve got the perfect place to hide your Easter sweets.

Mums are always there to support us, look after us, clean up after us – even well into adulthood! Mother’s Day is our chance to show them quite how much they mean to us, and after spending the last two Mother’s Days in lockdown, we’d like to make this year extra special. But we know mums can be hard to buy for – what do you buy the woman who seems to have everything? That’s why we’ve come up with a list of some of our favourite thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts, which will show just how much you appreciate her.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at The Hub

Sometimes the best gift you can give is your time – even better when it comes with good food and a bottle of bubbly. Spend some quality time together as you dine from Cappuccino’s special Mother’s Day menu, with a choice of food available to eat in or takeaway.

Afternoon Tea for Two (£35)

Treat your mum to a sophisticated afternoon tea at Cappuccino’s. There’s a selection of fancy finger food including open sliders topped with tasty fillings like roasted chicken, bacon and mayo, or roasted ham and mature cheddar cheese. Plus, there’s soups, scones, salad and other sweet treats to enjoy as well. Choose from a small bottle of Prosecco or San Miguel to wash it down.

Mixed Platter for Two (£30)

Perfect for an adventurous eater who likes to try a bit of everything. Our mixed platter for two is a pick and mix of continental meats, rich cheeses, stuffed peppers, sun dried tomatoes and a variety of bread, dips and pates to sample. Plus, choose from a small bottle of Prosecco or San Miguel to drink.

Pizza Deal for Two (£20)

Sometimes, the simplest meals are the best. Enjoy a 12” pizza of your choice, with garlic bread, fries and slaw on the side, and a small bottle of Prosecco, wine or beer to drink. You can’t complain at that.

Call us on 01772 454287 to book a table or reserve to takeaway.

Personalised Presents

There’s nothing more thoughtful or heartwarming than a personalised present that you can treasure forever. Personalised can often translate to ‘expensive’, but you don’t have to break the bank with these personalised Mother’s Day gifts.

Pet Portrait

Get her a pawtrait (sorry, we had to) of her favourite fur baby. There are lots of different styles of portrait to choose from, including hand painted, digital portraits or even funny portraits of your pet as an 18th century general. Whatever you choose, your mum’s sure to love it, just don’t be too offended if your picture gets taken down from the mantelpiece to make room for it.

Personalised Make Up Bag

This one’s more for mum’s with young children, as you can get them to draw a special picture and message, which is then printed onto a make up bag! This really is such a special gift, which means that every time she comes to put her makeup on, she’s already got a smile on her face.

Personalised Print

This one’s sure to make the wall. Buy your mum a chic personalised print, with the dates of birth for your parents, you, and all your siblings. You can find these relatively inexpensive prints on Etsy and frame them, ready to hang.

A Few of Her Favourite Things

Sometimes, one present just isn’t enough. If you don’t want to blow your budget on just one present and then it’s gone, why don’t you go for a pick and mix present? Picking out some of her favourite bits will show just how well you know her.

Hamper

Hampers are always a great choice of present, which you can cater to your budget. If you’ve got a £20 budget for example, you might include her favourite chocolate bar, a facemask, lip balm, a scented candle and some fluffy socks. On the other hand, if you’ve got a bigger budget to run with, you might include her favourite perfume, skincare, some silky pjs, a bottle of bubbly and some luxury Belgian chocolates. And, of course, you always have the option to buy a premade one from a range of stores, including Lookfantasic for the beauty fan or Marks and Spencer’s for the foodie.

Cocktail connoisseur

If your mum’s got a signature cocktail that you can guarantee she’ll order on every night out, then why don’t you put together her very own cocktail making kit. Pick up a cocktail shaker, a stirrer and a couple of fancy glasses, as well as all the alcohol, syrups and fruits to make her favourite cocktail. Here’s hoping for some nice weather so you can sit out in the garden and enjoy drinking them together.

Keepsakes

Sometimes it’s nice to get something you can treasure for a long time, especially if it’s a special occasion like her first Mother’s Day. Whilst keepsake gifts are normally more expensive, there are some budget options that we’ll include here too.

Jewelry

It wouldn’t be a Mother’s Day gift guide if jewelry wasn’t somewhere on this list. There’s really all sorts you could get, rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, but if you want to get her something really special, it’ll have to be a bit more personal. For example, you might buy her a locket or a watch engraved with your date of birth. Alternatively, you might get her a necklace, bracelet or ring with your birthstone. Or perhaps a charm bracelet which you can keep adding to for years to come. When choosing jewelry, make sure you pay attention to the metal she wears the most – gold, silver or rose gold?

Memory Box

Whether she’s just became a mum or she’s been doing it for decades, every mum needs somewhere to store her precious memories. Choose a sizable box for her to keep all those photos, paper clippings and trinkets that you love to look back on together. Try to choose a box that fits in with her decor, so she can keep it on hand to show every visitor all your embarrassing childhood photos.

We hope this Mother’s Day gift guide has given you some ideas to treat your mum this Mother’s Day. If you’d like to book a meal at Cappuccino’s, please call us on 01772 454287 to book a table, available to eat in or take out.

We’re all about self-love here at The Hub, but we know that it can be hard to do at first. That’s why we thought we’d come up with some tips on how to practice self-love this Valentine’s Day and beyond.

Make More Me-Time

Society’s obsession with success can often leave us feeling that spare time not put towards pursuing our goals is a waste of time, but this simply isn’t true. As our lives are becoming busier than ever, it’s important that we reserve time to relax, just for the sake of relaxing. Set aside 30 minutes every day just for yourself. This isn’t time that you have to earn, it’s time that you deserve whether you worked hard all day or not. It’s just 30 minutes. It could be in the morning, straight after work, or at night just before bed – it doesn’t matter when, it just matters that you do it.

What you do in this time is up to you – after all, it’s your time. Meditation can be a great way to clear your mind and help you feel more connected to your inner-self, but it’s not for everyone. Some people like to move their bodies, to feel every muscle and get that rush of endorphins in reward. Whether it’s yoga or a killer set of crunches; whatever makes you feel good. And some people (like me) might just like to draw themselves a piping hot bath and enjoy a nice long soak. 

Reserving time for relaxation each day gives us chance to press the reset button. It allows us to de-stress and reflect on ourselves and the day, so that we can improve as people. This is an important part of self-love because we’re recognising that we are worthy of this time and spend it doing something that makes us feel good.

Cut Screen Time

This one’s especially important for young people. Social media can be a brilliant place to connect with friends, family and the community, but it can also be incredibly toxic. It’s easy to look at someone’s perfectly airbrushed Instagram stream and come to the conclusion that their life is a lot better than yours. Spoiler alert: it’s not.

Social media is a highlight reel, showing people only what we want them to see. Think about your own social media: you only post the 1 photo that you like, not the 100 others that you deleted. That photo of that person you knew from school who looks like they were having the time of their lives… probably wasn’t. 

Unfortunately, we’ve been socialised to be competitive and compare ourselves to others, and social media has only heightened this. This is a difficult habit to break, but limiting our time on social media limits the time we spend comparing ourselves to other people, analysing where we meet or fail to meet their standards.

Limiting your time on social media can also help you feel more productive. TikTok, Instagram, Facebook can all be like a wormhole, we scroll and scroll until suddenly we realise that it’s been an hour and that pile of laundry still isn’t folded. We rarely gain anything positive from social media, so putting those hours spent on your phone into something productive like reading, writing or making something will leave you feeling a lot more fulfilled when you get into bed that night.

Accept That You’re Not Perfect

Now this tip might strike you as counterintuitive – it seems to contradict the whole notion of self-love. Doesn’t self-love mean we’re supposed to adore ourselves? Doesn’t self-love mean we’re supposed to walk past mirrors and think wow, we’re the finest specimen to ever walk this earth? Well no, it doesn’t.

We’re all human. We’re all going to have insecurities and we’re all going to make mistakes. Accepting our “flaws” is  part of self-love. It’s unlikely that living in an age of tabloids and social media we’re ever going to love every part of ourselves. But self-love allows us to not really like our knobbly knees, and yet still accept them and know that they don’t impact our worth. Self-love also means that when we mess up, we show ourselves compassion and forgive ourselves, not that we pig-headedly deny that we did something wrong at all.

Treat Yourself

We’re not saying that the instant gratification you get from buying a new pair of shoes is the route to happiness – in fact, it’s the route to an empty bank account! However, you are allowed to treat yourself every now and then! You’re deserving of nice things and you shouldn’t feel guilty about indulging yourself.

Valentine’s Day can be especially hard for some people, as we’re faced with never-ending images of perfect couples showering each other with presents and love. But there’s no reason you should have to be in a relationship to receive nice things, you can get them for yourself!

We’ve got some great ideas for treats to suit every budget:

  • Pamper yourself at the salon – our salon here at The Hub is doing some truly amazing deals throughout February, the perfect way to show yourself some love.
     
    • Be My Valentine (£50) – the ultimate in relaxation, enjoy a full back, neck and shoulder massage, followed by a 30 minute facial. 
    • Secret to Beauty (£50) – this has to be the best way to get ready for a night out, as you’ll get a wash and blow dry by Emily and a full set of acrylics by Georgia. It’s true what they say, when you look good, you feel good.
  • Skincare – sheet masks, mud masks, clay masks – pick your favourite! Having soft skin is a surefire way to increase your confidence without spending much money.
  • Home decor – make your home a cosy cocoon which you look forward to returning to everyday. Doing up the whole house is expensive, so just focus on the room you spend the most time in. That might mean layering the living room in soft blankets, or getting a wax-melt to fill your bedroom with delicious scents – it doesn’t have to be expensive.
     
  • A wishlist item – get that thing that you’ve wanted for the longest time, but could never justify buying. It could be a collectible, a nice going-out outfit or even a designer handbag – just make sure you can afford it first.

So those are our top tips for showing yourself some love this Valentine’s Day and everyday! We hope these tips have resonated with you and have a positive impact on your journey to self-love.

You’ve probably seen the word Veganuary a lot over the last couple of weeks, as thousands of people are taking on the challenge – but what is Veganuary and why should you consider giving it a go?

What is Veganuary?

Veganuary is a registered charity which encourages people to try a vegan diet throughout January. A vegan diet benefits health, the environment and animal welfare, but people are often scared to make the switch. Veganuary seems much more manageable, as you’re only doing it for a month – easy! Many people then end up becoming vegan full time, as they see that their fears were wrong.

Veganuary had humble beginnings 8 years ago in a kitchen in York, where vegan couple Jane Land and Matthew Glover wanted to find a way to encourage more people to become vegan. They came up with the idea of Veganuary.They created a simple website and spent £100 on a Facebook ad, expecting only around a hundred people to sign up. Instead, over 3,000 people pledged to go vegan in January. 

Over the years, more people joined their team and helped them grow the movement. In 2016, they officially registered Veganuary as a charity and continued working to make it the phenomenon you see today. In 2021 580,000 people signed up for Veganuary (and thousands more took part unofficially) – so you could say it’s doing pretty well! 

A big roadblock for a lot of people from becoming vegan is the lack of vegan options available. This meant cooking meals from scratch, which is too time-consuming for most people. Part of Veganuary’s mission is to work with shops, restaurants and other businesses to help them cater to vegans. Over the last few years there seems to have been an explosion in the vegan products available, making veganism much more accessible, with everything from ready meals to sweets and chocolate. During Veganuary 2021 alone, 825 new vegan products launched!

Here at The Hub, Cappuccino’s have an extensive vegan menu available, as well as vegetarian options too. This includes a vegan Full English, with vegan sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, hash browns and toast. There’s also a selection of vegan burgers, salads, sandwiches and homemade soups to choose from. Plus, we’ve got some truly delicious vegan cakes, so you can still pop in for your cake and a coffee. Check out our full menu here.

What are the benefits of going vegan?

People are motivated to sign up for Veganuary for all sorts of reasons, including animal welfare, health consciousness and concerns about the environment. We’ll take a look at some of the benefits of a vegan diet below.

  • Vegan food is rich in certain nutrients – as there’s no meat and dairy, you’ll eat more whole grains, fruits, nuts and beans, which are rich in antioxidants, fibre and vitamins A, C and E. 
  • Weight management – vegan diets cut out fatty dairy and meat products, and vegan foods are often low in calories. This means it’s easier to maintain a healthy BMI on a vegan diet.
  • Lower risk of some serious illnesses – scientific studies have linked a vegan diet to lower risk of diabetes type 2, heart disease and various cancers. You can read more about these studies here.
  • Healthier skin – did you know that dairy is often the culprit behind those pimples? We all want glowing skin and switching to a vegan diet could be the way to banish those blemishes once and for all.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint – animal agriculture is a leading contributor to global warming, as forests are cut down to create grazing land and the animals themselves produce gas. Removing meat and dairy from your diet therefore reduces your carbon footprint.
  • Animal welfare – perhaps the most obvious benefit of a vegan diet is for the animals who avoid slaughter for meat. It also prevents cruel practices like factory farming, overfeeding and growth hormones.

So a vegan diet is good for animals, good for you and good for the environment – it’s a win-win!

Maybe Try Meat Free Monday?

If going vegan sounds a bit too daunting to you, there’s always the option to try Meat Free Monday instead. After all, even the smallest change is better than nothing!

Meat Free Monday is pretty much what it says on the tin – you don’t eat meat on Mondays! This should be easy for most of us, as it’s only one day of veggie meals to plan. And if you can’t be bothered cooking, Cappuccino’s have an amazing vegetarian menu available! This includes delicious homemade pizzas with a variety of toppings to choose from, cooked in a traditional stone pizza oven.

Even cutting out meat for one day a week can have tremendous benefits for your health and for the environment, as it lowers your overall meat consumption. You can find out more about the Meat Free Monday here

We hope this has helped you understand what Veganuary is and why so many people are choosing to take part. There are so many varied benefits of a vegan diet, and even the smallest change to our diet can make a big difference to our health and to the planet!

Christmas just seems to have crept up on us this year. Last week it was Halloween and then POOF it’s the week before Christmas! That means we’re not quite as organised as we’d like to be with our Christmas gifts this year. But fear not, we’ve got some great last minute gift ideas for everyone below. Take a look!

Last Minute Gifts for Her

Whether it’s your mum, sister, best friend or girlfriend, we all have a woman in our life who deserves spoiling this Christmas. Here are some of our ideas for last minute gifts, which still show you care.

Stocking Fillers

  • The Essentials – fill their stocking with all those little bits that they need, but can be a pain to go and buy themselves. Get them some makeup wipes, a big tub of body butter, their favourite fake tan and a mitt, some scented shower gel, Vaseline or Caramex for dry lips, an extra long charger cable or portable charger, some fluffy socks – and, of course, lots of chocolate. It shouldn’t be too pricey, but shows how well you know them.
  • A Few of Their Favourite Things – step things up a bit by filling their stocking with some of their favourite luxe treats, which they rarely indulge in for themselves. Buy them some luxury hot chocolate and a cute Christmassy mug. If they prefer coffee or tea, you could buy them a selection box of different flavours to try or some flavoured syrups. A silk pillowcase is another luxurious gift which will stop her waking up with bed head every morning. And finally, we all love a Yankee Candle but they can be a bit pricey, so treat her to her favourite scent or buy her a few little ones to try.
  • Hair and Beauty Vouchers – this one’s sure to be a winner. Get them a voucher to get their hair, nails or another beauty treatment done in January when they might be a little strapped for cash. Depending on how much you spend, it could be a stocking filler or a main present. Our salon has vouchers on sale now, call them on 01772 453435 or pop in store and pick some up.

Main Presents

  • A Treat For the Feet – UGG slippers are a lovely gift that are practical too. The soft wool lining will keep her feet warm and comfortable on even the coldest days, plus they look good too! Choose the Scuffette II for a more traditional look, or Fluff Yeah for something a bit younger and trendier.
  • All That Glitters – Jewelry is always a beautiful gift to receive. Make it more personal by buying a necklace with her zodiac sign engraved into it, or her initials, or the initials of loved ones. Missoma is many people’s go-to for personal jewelry, but you can find cheaper alternatives online too.
  • Make Some Memories – sometimes the best gift is doing something together. Concert tickets, a night away or a fancy meal are all great options. Cappuccino’s also host a great afternoon tea with sandwiches, soup, savouries and cakes to nibble at whilst you enjoy a cup of tea or – even better – a bottle of Prosecco. This would make a lovely little trip out together, and you can book in by calling 01772 454287.

Last Minute Gifts For Him

Men can be hard to buy for at the best of times, especially when you’ve not got a lot of time to pick it! So we’ve put our heads together to come up with some great last minute gifts for the men in your life, that aren’t just boxers and socks.

Stocking Fillers

  • Self-Care Stocking – get him all those self-care essentials that he loves, but will never buy for himself. Start with a gentle cleanser and moisturiser, to keep his skin clean and soft in the winter months. If he has some beard, get him a beard comb and some beard shampoo. Alternatively, if he likes to keep it trim, get him some new shaving cream and shaving balm to soothe his skin. Another little gift that’s sure to help him unwind is a head and scalp massager, which he can run up and down his head for hours. Then, pack his stocking with his favourite chocolates and some teas or hot chocolate.
  • Sporty Stocking – if he loves the gym, there are some great stocking filler gifts that you can easily pick up for him. I know we said no socks, but if he’s into fitness, he’s sure to appreciate some new Nike socks or some thick walking socks for hikers. A new large water bottle, his favourite protein powder, a massage ball or roller, and a phone holder for their arm or chest are all great options.
  • Gaming Stocking – if the man in your life is a big gamer, you could fill his stocking with gaming themed bits and bobs that he’ll love. Firstly, if he’s still using AA batteries in his Xbox controller, you can replace it with their rechargeable battery option instead. A personalised controller holder will also stop him losing his controller every time he puts it down. Some blue light glasses could also take some of the strain off his eyes whilst he games. Other than that, fill his stocking with his favourite gaming snacks and drinks.

Main Presents

  • For the Music Man – depending on what he already has and when he likes to listen to his music, you could get him a few different music themed main presents. If he likes to listen to his tunes whilst he’s out and about, you could buy him some wireless earphones and headphones. A lot of people immediately think of Beats, but there are some cheaper alternatives that still perform well. On the other hand, if he likes to have his music blasting out around the home, you could buy him a portable speaker. The more powerful, the better. Finally, for the purist, you could invest in a record player and some of his favourite artists on vinyl.
  • Massage Gun – you’ve likely seen these everywhere at the minute and there’s a reason – they’re amazing! A massage gun reaches deep into your muscles to ease pain and aid recovery, which makes it a great gift for men who love the gym or have a manual job.
  • Flying High – this is pretty pricey and not very practical, but sometimes those are the best presents! A drone is sure to make him smile when he opens it on Christmas Day, and by Boxing Day he’s sure to be dragging you out to the nearest field to try it out.

We hope this has given you some inspiration for some last minute gifts so good they’ll never know it was last minute! And remember, Christmas is about the people you’re with, not the gifts you get.

Merry Christmas from everyone at The Hub, we’ll see you in 2022!

We love Christmas here at The Hub – the decorations, the presents, the food! That’s why we’re excited to say we’ve taken Christmas up a notch this year, as we’re hosting our very own Christmas markets!

It’s taken months of planning and a lot of hard work, but we can finally announce the lineup of 16 amazing local businesses who will have a stall at our markets. With everything from handcrafted jewellery to personalised Christmas baubles, you’re sure to find the perfect, unique Christmas gift or why not treat yourself – it is Christmas after all!

Take a look at some of the amazing local businesses who are coming!

Pickup A Gift

Pickup A Gift will be selling a whole range of Christmas banners, placenames and bespoke baubles, as well as gorgeous, personalised gifts which can be pre-ordered and delivered in time for Christmas. Take a look at their Instagram @pickup_a_gift and you’re sure to be as impressed as us.

Needle and Yarn

Needle and Yarn are combining the traditional and the trendy, as they take knitting into the 21st century! Their hand embroidered pieces (from clothes to bags) are both beautiful and sustainable, and would make an amazing gift for anyone who likes something a bit different! Have a look at their Instagram @needleandyarn_ and you’ll see just what we mean.

Cubbyhole Gift Shop

Cubbyhole Gift Shop will have their own stall selling a range of homeware and gifts. This includes scented candles, hanging signs for around the home and some incredibly cute Christmas decor, which we might just have to pick up ourselves! Check out their Instagram @thecubbyholegiftshop to see some of their bits!

The Little Free From Bakery

A regular feature on the Cappuccino’s counter – we can attest to just how good these vegan and gluten free cakes are! This lovely bakery cater to all, whether you’re vegan, gluten-free or diary-free, everyone should be able to enjoy a tasty treat! Especially at Christmas! Check out their Instagram @thelittlefreefrombakery and your tummy’s bound to start rumbling.

Tropic Skincare

As the weather gets colder, I’m sure a lot of us are suffering with dry skin. That’s why you might want to treat yourself – or someone else – to some tropical skincare. Soft, buttery body creams that leave your skin feeling healthy and hydrated – just what the doctor ordered!

Handmade Accessories and Baubles

You’ll find a range of beautiful accessories at this stall like handmade silk scrunchies (the perfect stocking filler for teen girls), and Christmas bobbles, as well as beautiful personalised baubles to hang on the tree. So if you’re looking for something luxe on a budget, this is the stall for you.

Krystyna Michelle Photography

Krystyna will be doing Christmas photoshoots on the day, which will make the most amazing gifts for grandparents and other faraway family to treasure, or to keep yourself and hang around the home. You can see her work on her Facebook page.

Official Luxe Bakery

Another Cappuccino’s regular, the Official Luxe Bakery are bringing the goods to our Christmas Markets! Their stall will be packed with cakes and biscuits that almost look too good to eat – and we stress almost! Their Instagram will have you drooling @officialluxebakery.

Buckshaw Fidget Shop

The kids are sure to find their way to this stall which is selling all their favourite toys! Fidget poppers, plushies and lots of other bits and bobs. There will also be small soft toys on sale with proceeds going to Derian House. Make sure they bring their spending money!

FM Perfumes

It isn’t Christmas without a new perfume! There’s a whole range of different scents available at this stall, male, female, unisex and home. So if you’re struggling to come up with a Christmas gift – this has to be a failsafe!

Homemade Jams and Christmas Cakes

You can’t beat homemade jam – especially when it’s also gin-infused! There will also be some traditional fondant decorated Christmas cakes on sale, the perfect festive treat for family gatherings.

Kimberley’s Creations and Enchanted Wishes

This might be our most magical stall, as you can find fairy doors and fairy houses to hide around your garden and wait for little visitors. Kimberley’s Creations will also be selling a beautiful range of hand painted and engraved glassware, which make great keepsake gifts.

Handmade by Hetti, Charlieroo Knits and Mrs Bee Felts

This stall will be selling a whole range of handmade goods, which will make truly unique gifts. Handmade by Hetti will be selling her own handcrafted jewelry and gifts, whilst Mrs Bee Felts is a talented needle felt artist who will be selling a whole range of adorable figures. And we all know it’s not Christmas without a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, so now you can buy a knitted Chocolate Orange cover from Charlieroo Knits to make it even more festive!

Trinity PFA

Another one for the kids, Trinity PFA will be selling a whole range of stocking fillers and pocket money toys. There will be lots of kids’ Christmas books, Christmas stationery and Christmas craft packs, which are sure to build the excitement throughout December.

And lots more!

There will be other stalls open on the day and we’ll be posting teaser pics of what you can expect on the day, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled! Cappuccino’s will also be open on the day serving delicious food and mulled wine which you can take out with you in takeaway cups – what could be more Christmassy!

So put the 5th of December in your calendars and make sure you get down to our Christmas Markets where you can find some truly unique, heartfelt Christmas presents, whilst also supporting local businesses! We’ll be open from 9 till 4!

How to Decorate Your Home this Halloween!

Decorations are the best way to set the mood for Halloween, whether you’re hosting a party or having a horror film marathon on the couch. We like to think of ourselves as Halloween-aficionados here at The Hub, so we’ve come up with a bunch of different Halloween decorations to suit everyone’s needs.

Cute and Cosy Halloween Decorations

Not everyone wants to have their home covered in spider webs and that’s fair enough. You’ve spent a long time getting your home just right and you like to come home to a relaxing haven, not a house of horrors.

We’ve got the perfect solution with decorations that give a subtle nod to the day, without becoming overwhelmed by cackling witches and severed hands.

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

These cute little pumpkin statues are discrete enough to easily fit in with your decor, whilst also giving that cosy autumnal feeling. We’ve seen similar to these in our local Next and TK Maxx too.

Halloween Throw

Halloween Throw

Baby it’s cold outside- okay, we’re not quite there yet, but the temperature is certainly starting to drop at this time of year. A Halloween throw blanket is the perfect low-effort way to bring Halloween spirit into your home, and will keep you nice and warm as you have the wits scared out of you by a horror film fest. And once the day is done- just fold it away until next year.

Fill the Air with Autumn Scents

Fill the Air with Autumn Scents

You know it’s autumn when the scented candles come out. Fill the air with the smell of pumpkin spice and other autumnal scents like cinnamon or vanilla, which make you want to lie on the couch and listen to the rain fall for hours. Bonus points if they’re pumpkin shaped like these little gems that we found.

Quick, Easy and Effective Halloween Decorations

If you love Halloween, but simply don’t have the time to spend hours decorating your house and even worse, cleaning it up after. Well we’ve found these Halloween decorations that are no-fuss, without being boring.

Halloween Paper Garlands

Halloween Paper Garlands

Paper garlands are an easy way to deck out your house in Halloween spirit. Buy it, Blu Tac it, done. Even better, you could get the kids to make their own paper chains from black and orange craft paper. That’s sure to keep them busy for an hour!

Drink Up from a Skull Goblet

Drink Up from a Skull Goblet

Let your guests be your decorations! Having plenty of people over, walking round in full costume with a skull goblet in hand is sure to up the fear factor when trick-or-treaters come to the door.

Bodies on the Buffet Table

Bodies on the Buffet Table

All you need for your decorations to have a big impact on Halloween is a centrepiece. We recommend focusing on the buffet table. Lay out your snacks and treats on top of a halloween table cloth and scatter a bag of bones and a skull around it, sure to leave your guests wondering whose they might be…

Getting Creepy at Cappuccino’s

Getting Creepy at Cappuccino’s

If you’re looking for more inspiration for easy but effective Halloween decorations, just check out the decorations at our very own Cappuccino’s. They’ve smashed it this year!

All out decorations

Move over Jack Skellington, there’s a new Pumpkin King in Halloweentown!

You’re not just willing to settle for a pumpkin and some paper garlands, you want to take Halloween to new heights… Well we have some ideas that will raise heartbeats.

A Walk Through the Graveyard

A Walk Through the Graveyard

Leave trick-or-treaters trembling at the bottom of the path, as you turn your front garden into a haunted graveyard! Place a few tombstones into the ground and stream spider webs around to make for an eerie entrance.

Gothic Candlesticks

Gothic Candlesticks

Here’s a DIY-job that shouldn’t take too long, but will leave your home looking like a haunted Gothic mansion. Just take an empty bottle of wine, paint it black, and stick a candlestick in it. Classy and creepy; trust us, it’s a small thing that makes a big difference.

Add a Little Mist

Add a Little Mist

The piece-de-resistance at any top-tier Halloween party is a fog machine. There’s nothing spookier than walking through the mist, in the dark, wondering what you’re going to encounter.

Don’t forget to head down to The Hub this Halloween. If your roots are truly terrifying, book in at our salon. Or if your kids need some practice to dress up as a mermaid, book a session at Splash. And if you find yourself fancying more treats than tricks, pop into Cappuccino’s for a coffee and a cake.

Our salon is hiring! Here at the Hair & Beauty at The Hub, we are looking for some experienced hairstylist's to join our team.

Are you a hairstylist looking for work? We’re hiring!

Here at the Hair & Beauty at The Hub, we are looking for some experienced hairstylist’s to join our team.
We are a busy salon and are ready to take on more team members, starting as soon as the current lockdown is over. We’re looking for passionate, friendly and experienced individuals that will fit in well with our current team of stylists and beauticians.

We currently have two positions available, that are full-time or part-time, with excellent rates of pay and commission.

Benefits: salon discounts, uniform provided, training courses etc.
Experience: 2 years of experience preferred.


If this job sounds perfect for you, please contact our salon manager, Helen Del-Pinto via email : salon@thehub-buckshaw.co.uk

Secret Santa Gift Ideas

December is officially here which means Christmas is just around the corner – yay! But that means it’s probably time to start thinking about what you’re going the get your Secret Santa. 

Choosing a present to give your co-workers, friends, or family might not always be the easiest task, especially if you don’t know them all that well.

Thank goodness it’s all secret, eh? Even though you spend a lot of time with them, most of the time you end up stuck trying to figure out exactly what they will want that’s also in your price range.

If the mild panic is already setting in and you’re stumped on what to get your Secret Santa, we’ve put some ideas together to help you surprise them with original present ideas that’ll suit all budgets and personality types.

1. A Personalised Print

A Personalised Print

Nothing says thoughtful like a personalised gift! A quick search on Etsy will show you just how many variations of personalised prints there are, from pet prints to family portraits and themes signs. 

They’d make a lovely addition to anyone’s home and a perfect present for any recipient. Plus you’ll be supporting small businesses, which is great in these challenging times. They range from as little as £6 to around £25, so you can spend as little or as much as you like.

Pet Prints 

If you’re secret Santa has a pet they adore, get them a digital drawing of their beloved cat, dog or other pet! All you have to do is send in a photo of their furry friend, choose the background colour and text you’d like on the print, and a talented artist will draw it up for you.

Take a look at all the shops selling pet prints.

Friend & Family Prints

Are you lucky enough to have your bestie as your Secret Santa? Or your Sister perhaps? Then these friend & family prints will make the perfect present! You can add as many people as you like, personalise their gender, hair, skin tone, outfit and stance and write their names and a lovely quote on their too. 

View all friend and family printing on Etsy:

2. Funky Socks 

Funky Socks

Not much beats a great pair of socks, and anyone who says otherwise is lying! Everyone needs them, and there’s also such a wide variety of prints, colours and styles available that you’re bound to find a pair for any personality.

Here are some great sites for printed and funky socks:

3. A Fun Mug 

A Fun Mug

Who doesn’t love a good brew? If you work in an office and your Secret Santa doesn’t have their own work mug, then this is a must! After all, it’s likely you all basically run on tea and coffee.

Mugs can have everything from cute animals to personalised text or even be in the shape of movie characters and games. Have a look for cool ones on Amazon or Firebox.

4. Games

Games

Give the gift of entertainment this Christmas! With not much else to do at the moment, puzzles and games would make a great present for your Secret Santa to play over the festive period.

We love this card game for couples, ‘In The Dog House’, and it’s only £12.49 on Amazon! It contains 100  brutal, hilarious and revealing couples questions, think of it like Mr & Mrs on steroids. 

For The Girls’ is a great present if you’re buying for a girlfriend as you can get it out at your next girls night! 

Soundiculous on the other hand, is family-friendly. It is the gloriously silly game of ridiculous sounds. The aim of the game is simple – get the most points by making and guessing ridiculous sounds!

5. Personalised Mouse Mat

Personalised Mouse Mat

Another great one for office pal, a personalised mouse mat is both useful and fun! Bring a bit of cheer to your co-workers average day by giving them something they can look down at and smile.

This dog photo mat from Prezzybox is great for pet lovers, whereas this one from Vistaprint is best for photos. 

Hopefully, you’ve found some good inspiration for your Secret Santa here. Try to remember the key to a great present is to be as personal and creative as you can – think outside the box.