Fun day at the Cheltenham Cricket Festival
I don’t think there’s anything more quintessentially British than a day at the cricket, in the sunshine, Pimms in hand. That said, I have lived 30 years and never had the experience – until this week. With Eddie in nursery and an entirely free day where I should have been cleaning the house, getting food shopping and working, I chose the more productive option of going to Ladies Day at Cheltenham College for Gloucestershire Cricket Club’s, Cheltenham Cricket Festival.
I went all out and wore an entirely white outfit safe in the knowledge that I would not be manhandled by tiny, sticky hands. At least until 5 o clock. We arrived at the stunning cricket grounds of Cheltenham College – it wasn’t even mid day and it was scorching. Ladies Day was hosted in a marquee featuring a style consultation by Michelle Blake and hair and makeup treatments from the likes of Bobbi Brown and Blushes.
However, since it was cricket we had come to see we went straight outside and squinted in the sunlight at an ongoing match. Having spent an entire day watching cricket – I am still none the wiser as to what is actually happening during a game but holding a scoresheet seems to mark you out as someone that is potentially there for more than the free prosecco. Ladies Day itself is a real experience – as I’m still relatively new to Cheltenham it was lovely to meet so many friendly women in business.
Everyone took advantage of the ‘beautifying’ options on offer and looked suitably glamorous. Later in the day I had my ‘colours read’ by Michelle, this involves her holding up a palate of colours not dissimilar to a paint chart and working out which colours light you up – quite literally! It’s amazing how certain colours can drain colour from your face and others seem to make you glow. Turns out I mostly stick to the palate that suits me best – cooler shades. As well as having the chance to indulge it was lovely to meet Richard Smith, Head of Fundraising from Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity.
Their Focus campaign ‘Hit Cancer For Six’ is raising funds and awareness Cheltenhams Oncology ward. He gave a fantastic speech about the important work they are doing and waited until the ladies were prosecco happy and digging deep to donate to the raffle (note to self: next year don’t drive. Prosecco happy looks fun.) We were treated to a sumptuous three course lunch and joined by Gloucestershire cricket player Phil Mustard.
I also had the pleasure of meeting the first female president of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, Marie Journeaux – I always think of Cricket as being a male dominated sport so it was wonderful to see a lady at the helm. After more cricket and a spot of afternoon tea I headed to nursery to collect Eddie. His face lit up when he saw me and he shouted “Mama, you look pretty.” I smiled and he proceeded to wrap two mucky hands around my white skirt. It was 5 o clock, after all.