Winter wellbeing giveaway launch

Ross-on-Wye is the perfect getaway for a winter wellbeing break – with endless countryside walks, fresh air, beautiful scenery, stunning wildlife and lots of daytrips to surrounding market towns and the Forest of Dean, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Each year the Ross-on-Wye Town Council runs its Winter Wellbeing Giveaway to showcase what we have on offer in our lovely town. This year, launching tomorrow (1 November) one lucky winner will win one night’s accommodation in a river view room at The Hope and Anchor plus dinner at Yaks and Yetis Gurkha Restaurant and spa treatments for two at a local salon. The prize giveaway, worth up to £300, must be taken in January or February 2024.

Aerial photo of The Hope and Anchor pub

Last year’s winner, Teresa Ruddle from Berkshire, enjoyed a pamper weekend with her best friend Sue who lives in Bridgend. The ladies extended their stay an extra night to enjoy a mini break, visiting lots of our local independent shops and cafés and taking in the beautiful riverside. Teresa said that it was just what they both needed to recharge their batteries and she promised that they would definitely return for another visit as they’d enjoyed themselves so much.

Winner of our Winter Wellbeing Giveaway 2022, Teresa Ruddle, with friend Sue pictured on the High Street in Ross-on-Wye

Entries to this year’s giveaway can be made on Ross-on-Wye Town Council’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) by liking and sharing the Winter Wellbeing Giveaway post and tagging a friend. Entries can also be made by sending a valid email address to (one entry per email address). Full details and terms & conditions can be found on the town council website here.

Even if you don’t win and are looking for ideas for pamper weekends including yoga, pilates, massage therapy, spa days or fitness classes, try the following, all either in or close to the town centre:

  • Sarah Mills provides one-to-one yoga and natural movement tuition in the heart of Ross-on-Wye. Her approach combines alignment principles, mobility exercises and embodiment practices, focusingon cultivating awareness, self-compassion, and resilience. Contact Sarah on 07833283617 or email
  • EnerG Ross-on-Wye Yoga with Helen – local yogi, Helen, holds a wide range of yoga classes for all abilities including ashtanga, vinyasa flow and yin as well as workshops throughout the year.
People practicing yoga
  • Plantation Villa at Ruxton Hall, just 6 miles from Ross-on-Wye, promises peace and tranquility on their 14-acre farmland where yogis, instructors and wellbeing practitioners offer Ayurveda, yoga, workshops, talks, cooking lessons, meditation and bird watching. Email for details.
Plantation Villa with trees and grass in the forefront
  • Karen at Paddleboarding Adventures runs yoga classes along the River Wye either on the paddleboard or riverbank. With bases in both Ross-on-Wye and at Mallard’s Pike in the Forest of Dean, it’s the perfect way to unwind – email
A group paddle boarding on the River Wye
  • Wye Valley Massage Therapies, located in the centre of town on the High Street, offers a range of treatments including lymph drainage, deep tissue massages, scrubs, reflexology and spa treatments to rebalance and rejuvenate. Therapist, Sarah, is fully qualified in Holistic and Sports Massage therapies and recently gained the Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) practitioner Diploma – call 07584 879680 or email
  • Darlisa Thai Massage located on Broad Street in the centre of town has four therapy rooms and provides traditional treatments, foot massage, aromatherapy, hot stone, deep tissue and hand massages as well as waxing treatments. Contact the salon on 07385 766209.
  • Beauty treatments and therapies are widely available in the town centre – from facials to lash extensions, microdermabrasion to waxing. Contact The Ross Health and Beauty Centre for facials, leg and back massages and non-invasive skin treatments; Perfect Measure behind the King’s Head Hotel on High Street is popular for manicures, pedicures, hairstyling and tanning; The Beauty Bar on Hill Street has a hair salon plus lash, brow and facial treatments; Heavenly Health & Beauty and Inspirations Hair & Beauty, both on Brookend Street, have a wide range of pamper packages including traditional massage, threading, microdermabrasion, gel manicures, pedicures and waxing to more technical treatments like skin tightening and LED light therapy.
  • Finally, if you fancy combining some healthy fitness classes with your pamper weekend, contact local instructor, Tasha, to book a class. She provides a wide range of pilates sessions plus workout, dance fitness and weights for all abilities to tone up and improve flexibility. Classes take place online or at The Larruperz Centre in Grammar School Close. Contact Tasha at or click on Workout With Tasha for more details.