Surviving the World Cup

Our guide to surviving the biggest footie fest on the planet

World Cup fever has taken hold of the nation but what if you’re just a teensy-weensy bit immune to the whole thing? I mean, if you’re not following every hand of God, bone-crunching moment of this year’s tournament, what are you to do?

Tuning in to the odd game, reading up on WAG style (apparently hotter than ever) and  trying to overcome those feelings of d�j� vu every time we glance over at the male of the household who seems to have become surgically attached to the telly has only limited appeal for many of us. Hey but the upside of all this is that the next few weeks are the perfect time for indulgence on a grand scale.

A time for facials, evening cocktails, a Sex and the City shopping spree that will probably go entirely unnoticed by the footie mad other half. Maybe it’s time to open negotiations for stuff - a better sofa? New car? Marriage? A baby? A boob job? This could be time spent wisely, so all the more reason to plan your day with the same precision as the England boss will undoubtedly be planning the home team’s goal scoring strategy.

MorningThis is your chance to make the most of the mornings. Perhaps it’s time to start a thorough pampering regime at a local spa. But don’t just make it any old gym; give your relaxation genes a workout somewhere swanky. Mere Golf and Country Club has a special offer at the moment that is perfect for anyone who wants to get away from the World Cup (though it will be showing games too, just in case). AfternoonHow many times have you promised yourself a lunch out with friends? Now is the time. This is the perfect moment to leave childcare to the other half. After all, what’s he doing? Just sitting in front of the TV. Surely he can keep a lookout for smaller members of the family.Lunch in a lovely country pub like the Church Green in Lymm seems a reasonable way to while away a few hours.EveningTime to pull out all the stops in a racy little number - and that’s just the men! The evening is when World Cup fever will start to reach really annoying levels. Take the opportunity to decamp somewhere relaxing, and enjoy a meal with friends in one of fabulous local eateries. Or find a place where you can sip a sophisticated cocktail and soothe away the annoyance of overtly blokey atmospheres and predictable Radio 5 Live commentary.

Mere Golf and Country Club, Chester Road, Mere01565 830155Make the most of the World Cup this summer: leave the boys in front of the TV and treat yourself to some much needed me-time. Escape the frantic football fever to the tranquil Mere Golf and Country Club with our fabulous Leisure membership offer. Enjoy a month’s membership, a glass of Pimms, a cappuccino and a mini manicure between 7th June and 7th July for a goal-scoring �45. Church Green, Higher Lane, Lymm01925 752068While the football-mad are glued to the first game of the day, the rest of us can step out for a long, indulgent lunch. Aiden Byrne at the Church Green in Lymm cooks a storm using the finest seasonal produce. Add a few glasses of wine and you can be transported away from the World Cup into a sophisticated Euro vibe instead.W Franks & Sons, Ashley Road, Hale0161929 6656These summer afternoons are just made for shopping too, so head off to W Franks & Sons in Hale and check out the baubles you may just be able to persuade your other half to buy. Surely all those hours left free to watch the World Cup are worth a little trinket or two? This relaxed, traditional jeweller has lots of goodies to please any girl from affordabaubles, like Lovelink beads, to 18ct gold hand made jewels.Francs Restaurant, Goose Green Altrincham0800 334 5196Established 1992, with over 1,000,000 customers served you will find the atmosphere casual, buzzing and French, with a cosmopolitan themed menu with Bermudan influencesOur menus are designed to appeal to every age group, palate and pocket, whether you fancy a simple, warming bowl of soup or a full three course meal the ethos is to provide good, wholesome fresh food and sizeable portions at a very fair price.’The Venue, Rectory Lane, Lymm01925 756 393The early evening kick-off can be countered with a drink or two in a swanky bar. Dress to impress and head off for an evening at The Venue, Lymm. Catch a live act on chilled-out Tuesday, or stay up until late for the live music evenings on Thursdays, or get together with friends to celebrate Royal AscotLadies’ Day. Re-Enhance, Cecil Road, Hale0800 077 8092If you feel in the need of some rejuvenation, book in for a consultation at Re Enhance in Hale. This doctor-led aesthetic clinic offers all the latest procedures for dealing with everything from laser hair removal to microdermabrasion and dermal fillers. Cheshire celebrity Kerry Katona is currently a client.Amba, Ashley Road, Hale0161 928 2343Amba in Hale is stunning guests after a major refit with new summer menus just in, it’s never been a better time to visit.  The ‘Just Lunch’ Menu, �8.95 (mon to sat) including a glass of wine, now has a selection of healthy prawn, chicken and salmon salads and is available for the ME-TIME moment between 12 and 5pm to enjoy in Amba’s new lounge.