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BLOG - New Year, new you! How Five Valleys can help you to reinvigorate yourself in 2024

By Dransfield Properties PR Department

A new year brings with it fresh feelings of optimism for many of us as we look inwardly at self-improvement, self-fulfilment and how to hopefully lead happier, healthier lives.

However, research also shows that for many of us New Year’s resolutions become a distant memory and are ditched by as early as February.

Thankfully, help is at hand in the form of Five Valleys shopping centre in Stroud, which has a number of shops, business and market stalls that can help you to sustain your New Year resolutions throughout 2024.

In this blog post, we explore how these fantastic businesses and traders can help you to lead a healthier, happier lifestyle this year.

Get juicy with the Cotswold Grocer

After all of that turkey, stuffing, chocolates and merriment over the festive season, many of us are looking forward to a health kick. Fruit and veg smoothies have become the go to drink of choice for many of us looking for something to consume that’s quick and healthy.

Whether you need a grab-and-go breakfast, or crave something to help get you through that run or gym session, a smoothie can certainly provide that welcome boost. With that in mind, The Cotswold Grocer can cater for all of your fruit and veg needs if you want to make your own energy-boosting smoothies at home.

Here’s one recipe you could blend up using fruit and veg from The Cotswold Grocer.

Vitamin booster

Many of us now take a multivitamin tablet in a morning to help give us that extra get up and go. This smoothie does all of that – but is also a delicious drink in its own right. This one strikes the perfect balance between fruit and veg, combining carrot, celery, mango and orange.

The veg provides the fibre boost, while the fruit gives you that sweet taste.


  • 1 orange, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 50g of mango, roughly chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 sticks of celery, roughly chopped
  • 200ml water

Go vegan

After piling the meat on the plate over Christmas, why not mix up your diet in January and try going vegan? Vegan and vegetarian food has become increasingly popular in recent years and so Veganuary – the annual campaign pushing non-meat options each January – could be the perfect time to try something new.

Thankfully, there are plenty of options at Five Valleys if you want to ‘go vegan’ for the month or even longer. Curio Lounge offers more than 30 vegan dishes to suit breakfast, lunch, dinner, tapas and dessert. Located on King Street in the heart of Stroud, with a lovely little terrace and full height windows across the front, it is the perfect spot for watching the world go by.

One of the most popular among Stroud residents is the Vegan Lebanese Falafel Flatbread consisting of toasted mezze-style pitta, topped with falafel pieces, hummus, tomato and red pepper salsa, pickled red onion, mint and pomegranate seeds.

There are a range of other top vegan and vegetarian options in the food market, including Thai2Go.

Getting fit with Anytime Fitness

Once you’ve had your ‘vit hit’ with a healthy meal under your belt – then maybe it’s time for a workout? You can make that gym session work for you around your schedule with Anytime Fitness – which is open 24/7. The facility offers top of the range equipment, private changing and showering facilities, a multitude of member benefits and most importantly, a supportive community. You can also benefit from personalised training plans and a personal trainer to help you to get that extra 10 per cent out of your workout.

After your gym session, time for a lie down….

After all that activity, it could be time to take it easy – and why not top up your tan at the same time? You’ll feel the difference the moment you enter The Tanning Room. Spotlessly clean rooms, highly trained staff and an extensive collection of indoor lotions and enhancers are just some of the things that will make your visit to their salon a fabulous experience. Whether you’re new to indoor tanning or a regular, you’ll love their premium and VIP solariums that use some of the latest tanning technologies.

Home to custom-made luxury sunbeds using innovative light technology to help customers tan quickly and safely, as well as offering collagen light therapy to help with skin repair. The Tanning Room’s sunbeds also include multiple features such as surround sound, Bluetooth and climate control.

Feel refreshed after a meet-up with friends and family

Whatever your circumstances in life, a meet-up with friends and family will always leave you feeling refreshed and in a good frame of mind. The indoor food market can provide the perfect place to meet your loved ones for a bite to eat and a drink. The food stalls offer a rich tapestry of British and International cuisine, and is open seven days a week and late on Friday nights, often with live music. Sourcing the best local produce they can, Five Valleys traders ensure shoppers can purchase all of their staple goods in one place from a knowledgeable and friendly group of traders.

Retail therapy

Sometimes we all need a bit of retail therapy to help us feel better about ourselves. Why not welcome in the New Year with a new outfit or two?

Sandersons Boutique Store has a number of curated collections that showcase a blend of timeless elegance and current trends, ensuring you'll find pieces that resonate with your personal style. Dive into a myriad of designs, fabrics, and hues, and elevate your wardrobe with the finest selections of the season. The new range includes a ladies’ basket weave jumper in caramel by Holland Cooper, currently being offered at 40 per cent off. New arrivals in the men’s section includes an Aiden wool coat by Remus Uomo.

Take up a new hobby

A great way of reinvigorating your life is to take up a new hobby. Visit Victoria R – a shop which celebrates all of Gloucestershire’s fantastic makers – to get some art and craft ideas. The store sells everything from lampshades to artwork – mostly made by local artisans.

With all of this on your doorstep at Five Valleys, there’s plenty of reasons to be cheerful and optimistic as 2024 starts to get into full swing.

Shop & Eat

Whether it's household products, beauty, fashion or gifts you need, Five Valleys has a wide range of unique independent retailers - as well as a number of national, well-loved brands to choose from. You'll find everything from everyday essentials to something just that little bit special. We're also home to good food, a range of key services and we provide a choice of venues to entertain the family - including a Vue cinema and bowling.

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