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Welcome to the July Hot List.

July is the month to get outside, enjoy the summer and enjoy yourself!  As always, we are here with some great suggestions to help you plan a fun filled month. 


Discover our top 5 UK beaches, find an outdoor 'Summer Nights' cinema near you, and head to Bristol for lots of laughs at the Comedy Garden festival. Come rain or shine, the Street Feast in Dalston, London will be sure to whet your appetite and for something a little more thought-provoking, the Dennis Hopper 'Lost Album' Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art is highly acclaimed.

Also this month, get creative in the kitchen with a delicious new cookbook by the lovely Pip McCormac, experience the best street food in London, PLUS you could win a luxury hamper from the lovely people at Gousto that will take the hassle out of planning those mid-week evening meals and impress the family with delicious recipes.

 
Have a great July
with love

& the Rockett St George Team
01444 253391

www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk


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WIN: A LUXURY GOUSTO HAMPER
There's no secret that we at Rockett St George are massive foodies, we talk about food as much as we do interiors. That said, planning the weekly meals can become tedious and just a little boring! So, in true RSG style, we have found a super solution! 

Founded in 2011, friends Timo & James set up Gousto with the aim to deliver high quality ingredients for a selection of delicious recipes, right to your door every week. Simply choose your favourite recipes online, and Gousto will deliver your box filled to the brim with fresh, local, organic produce. Already portioned, all that is left for you to do is follow the chef-developed recipes and rustle up something tasty!
We are very excited to have discovered Gousto, and are thrilled to have teamed up with them to offer this foodilicious prize!

Gousto are offering the chance to win a gourmet recipe prize for a family of 4-5. The very lucky winner will receive a Gousto box containing 3 of Gousto's customer favourite recipes, all the ingredients required, plus a few extra tasters for you to try such as Chocolate and Organic Cereal.

Now all that is left to do it enter the competition by following the details below, and invite us round for dinner! Wink Wink.

 
Enter here for your chance to WIN
Terms & Conditions Apply, please see here for details.

DO: RSG's 5 BEST UK BEACHES
Beach season is upon us! British water may be fairly 'fresh' shall we say, but oh so inviting on a lazy, sunny afternoon. Glistening, cool waters, an air of smoky BBQ drifting past, the scent of coconut sun cream, and the distant sound of laughter. Here's the RSG office pick of some of Britain's best beaches...

Shell Island Beach - North Wales, Llanbedr
Shell Island is a campsite that nestles on a peninsula in North Wales. The stretch of beach that runs along this part of the coast boasts stunning views of Cardigan Bay and the Snowdonia National Park. The sand is super fine, the dunes are tall - brilliant for dune jumping, boarding, and general exploring. There is an endless beach to fly kites, perfect places for rock pooling, and enough shell collecting to keep you and the little ones occupied for hours. If salt water is not for you, take a 30 minute drive to Golwern Quarry and experience the mysterious blue plunge pool that awaits you. Not for the faint hearted, it is seriously cold!

Robin Hood's Bay, Nr Whitby, Yorkshire
A little South of Whitby, in the North York Moors National Park, this ancient bay has a sleepy and serene beach that clings to the edge of the rolling green of Yorkshire's beautiful countryside. During the rugged windswept winters, there are plenty of lovely cafes and restaurants in the village that can be tucked in to.
Just an hour from London, this small strip of soft sand sits next to Folkestone's harbour, with wonderful views out towards France under the brilliant blue skies of summer. The annual Folkestone Sand Castle Contest is a must-see, as is artist Cornelia Parker's Folkestone Mermaid, a sculpture commissioned for the 2011 Folkestone Triennial that gazes wistfully out to sea.
 
Watergate Bay Beach, Newquay, Cornwall
Watergate Bay is one of our favourite beaches in the UK. This long golden sandy beach is a cool hangout for all surfer dudes and beach babes. Throughout the year there are lots of activities taking place including concerts, polo and surfing. If you don't want to join in, the beach cafe is a great spot watch all the action (serving delicious food too!)
The gorgeous Watergate Bay hotel is situated right on the beach to complete your holiday, if you plan to stay a few days.

 
Strolling along the beach in Mallaig, Scotland, with clear blue waters and white sands, you could be forgiven for thinking you'd landed in the Caribbean. This spectacularly isolated beach offers views across to Skye and feels a world away from the stresses of modern life.  Pick a hidden spot, take a book and escape into bliss!

FILM: SUMMER NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
There's nothing quite like watching a film on the big screen outdoors, munching your popcorn on a balmy summer's eve.
Returning for its fourth year, the Summer Night Outdoor Film Festival returns to Derbyshire, with screenings taking place at a variety of spectacular locations across the county. This year's event also branches out to include showings in Nottingham, Lincolnshire and Buckinghamshire. There are some classic films such as The Wicker Man, Some Like it Hot and Grease to be enjoyed alongside recent favourites like Gravity and Skyfall. Sit back and enjoy the films in the magnificent surroundings of locations like Kedlestone Hall and Calke Abbey.
 

EAT: STREET FEAST // DALSTON YARD

Thanks to a top tip from Abigail Ahern we are all heading to Street Feast which has returned to Dalston Yard this year, running every Friday and Saturday until 27th September. ‘Dalston Yard Diners’ features a rotating line up of the best street food traders, with covered rain-proof areas so that you’ll be able to enjoy Street Feast come rain or shine!

With so many mouth-watering menus to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice and will have food-envy no matter what you go for! Expect everything from authentic wood-fire pizzas served with home-made Limoncello, to twisted Indian street food and a clam shack - with everything else in between. Check out the full list of traders here.

Four brilliant bars are also on offer, so there will be no risk of an empty glass either. The Rotary Bar serves giant festival-sized cocktails and London craft beers, The Gin Store offers a selection of over 30 gins, Tequila Bareto serves the the best Frozen Margaritas, and finally former fashion model Ruth Spivey’s wine bar, Street Vin will be serving a 'proper list' of delicious wines.

Watch the Street Feast video here.

DALSTON YARD // HARTWELL STREET, E8  3DU
Friday & Saturday 5pm till Midnight // Free before 7pm £3 after 
www.streetfeastlondon.com


SEE: BRISTOL COMEDY GARDEN
Bristol has a particularly vibrant stand-up comedy scene, and this year the Bristol Comedy Garden takes over Queen Square in the city centre, with an impressive roster of comedians taking to the stage in the Big Top.

There's a brilliant lineup including established comedy heavyweights Reginald D Hunter, Milton Jones, Shappi Khorsandi and Ardal O'Hanlon as well as rising stars like Rob Beckett and Andrew Maxwell.

The event is also known for its great selection of delicious foods from the South West's best street vendors and an abundance of bars, including offerings from the legendary Bristol Cider Shop.

2nd-6th July, Queen Square, Bristol.
www.bristolcomedygarden.co.uk

BOOK: THE HERB & FLOWER COOKBOOK
Many of us love to fill our plates with delicious and interesting flavours, but its not always easy to know which herbs and combinations to use. This beautiful new book from Pip McCormac, best known as Interiors Editor at Red Magazine, will inspire you to experiment with a variety of herbs and culinary flowers, taking you from the plant pot to the plate and showing you how to grow your herbs in the home and add them to your dishes.

The Herb & Flower Cookbook is available to buy now, please see Pip's website for details:
www.pipmccormac.com

GO: DENNIS HOPPER 'THE LOST ALBUM'

Best known for his acting career in classic films such as Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, True Romance and Easy Rider - Dennis Hopper also worked as a photographer. 'The Lost Album' exhibition brings together over 400 of Hopper's iconic images taken during the 1960's when huge social and political changes were taking place. Images of the biggest stars of that time, such as Andy Warhol and Paul Newman appear alongside urban landscapes of East and West coast America, the Civil Rights Movement and street life in Harlem, illustrating a type of 'personal diary' for the 1960's in America.

"From Hell’s Angels and hippies to the streets of Harlem, Hopper's photography powerfully captures American culture and life in the 1960s, a decade of progress, violence and enormous upheaval." - Royal Academy of Arts

Until 19 October 2014 // Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm // Friday 10am – 10pm
6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ET.
www.royalacademy.org.uk


QUOTE OF THE MONTH:


“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


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