Wagon to hire!


Calling all entrepreneurs, small businesses, crafts persons etc if you are looking for a beautiful, quirky space with plenty of draw, then we may have exactly what you need! Situated in a bustling rural retail village and already attracting a steady stream of admirers is our lovely wagon. Yes it might be bijou, but what it lacks in space it certainly makes up for in sheer charm. Gorgeous inside and out, the wagon is suited to many therapies e.g massages, talking therapies and small meditation groups. It is equipped with a top quality treatment couch, traditional styled electric heater, fold down bench seats and an attractive wooden unit, with work top and drawer space.

For other users the couch can be removed and the custom built table installed for a meeting space which would suit many small groups (max 6-8 people). Small workshop events could take place here and pop up ventures would work really well in this enticing, fun space.


Pop up shops are quite the rage now, very trendy, giving those wishing to showcase their wares an opportunity to hire space without the commitment of ongoing rent. In this particular instance, the chance to be part of an upmarket retail village. A good opportunity to test the water at a relatively low outlay.


Outside space is available around the wagon to set up stall. I can see this suiting vintage clothes sellers, antique stalls to name a couple of examples. Marketing support will be offered through our social media channels.

Please get in touch if this sounds interesting to you. Please contact myself, Victoria on 07791533424 or email victoriaemward@hotmail.co.uk or through any of usual social media.

A Visit to the ‘Wellness Wagon’……


If you have visited the Engine Yard Retail Village you cannot have failed to spot the ‘Wellness Wagon’ stood in all its glory occupying a prominent position overlooking the site. It’s not something you would expect to find in any old retail park, but the Engine Yard is not your run of the mill shopping destination, its awash with charm and character and just a tad quirky.

The theme of whimsicality led to the creation of this unusual therapy space, but do not underestimate the underlying commitment to ‘wellness’ that myself and the other therapists who work from the wagon possess.

What the wagon offers is a charming and intimate space in which you can enjoy your chosen treatment, whether that be the start of addressing a particular health concern orĀ  the indulgence in a bit of pampering.

Once inside the wagon, you really can escape from the outside world, the particular design is beautiful with some exceptional artistry commissioned by the Duchess of Rutland. The fabric covered interior creates a sense of being cocooned within something rather sumptuous, combine that with the warmth that collects from the fire, the aromas that fill the space, soft lighting and ambient sounds and you have the most beguiling and relaxing environment in which to relax and heal.

We have already had children visit our lovely wagon and it is such a welcoming space for them compared with some conventional medical settings which may look very clinical and feel quite intimidating. A visit to the wagon is something they can look forward to enhancing the therapeutic outcome.

Keep following the social media pages to keep up to date with offerings at the Wellness Wagon and why not book a treatment or even hire this special space to host your own event or pop up shop!






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What Does ‘Wellness’ mean to you?

This is my first blog post and I thought exploring the term ‘wellness’ and what it means would be a great introduction to the exciting venture I am involved with at ‘The Engine Yard’. The picture above is of our lovely ‘Wellness Wagon’, this inviting space has been created  by the Duchess of Rutland and all began with the discovery of an old cart deep in the dooms of Belvoir Castle. The Duchess had a vision to transform the sorry old cart into what you see today, a traditional Romany caravan which would provide a most enticing and unique venue from which a range of holistic therapists could deliver their treatments.

As you can see from the pictures below, the very individual interior, inspired by life at Belvoir Castle, creates a very special, luxurious and cosy treatment space.

The Engine Yard retail village has already become a thriving community hub where a constant stream of visitors come to experience the beauty of the location and eat, drink and shop in the sympathetically restored buildings. What has been created here showcases talented craftsmanship and historical buildings in harmony with a beautiful landscape. Its all about quality goods, local food and luxury items but also about bringing people together to enjoy whats on offer whether that be live musicians or farmers markets.

A venture such as this would not be complete without a quiet little space, slightly out of the way, where healing and relaxation can be found. Every community needs to embrace the buzz word that keeps cropping up in the media, favoured by celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and the inspiration behind sites such as ‘Goop’, that concept being ‘wellness’.

What does the term ‘wellness’ mean to you? We are often asked “How are you? Are you well?” which may cause us to ponder our response for a second or two,  usually resulting in “Not too bad” or “as well as can be expected”, we may reply “I can’t complain”. What all these answers suggest is that as long as we are not actually unwell with a illness as perhaps diagnosed by our doctor then we are reluctant to be seen to complain about more minor health worries such as ongoing tiredness, stress or aches and pains etc. These chronic health worries take their toll and slowly undermine that ideal state of ‘wellness’.

The term ‘wellness’ as defined by the Word Health Organisation is as follows-

“an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life” {which is}”a dynamic process of change and growth”


“a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”

‘Wellness’ is an ongoing, life long process in which we learn the ways in which we can maintain and improve our health. It is multifaceted and holistic, it takes into account every aspect of our lives from our diet and exercise to our emotional well-being, the quality of our relationships and our work life.

The NHS is, in my opinion, a wonderful organisation which we are blessed to have free, life long access too. I worked in community nursing for a number of years and got to experience what an amazing service is provided for those in very poor health and often in dire need. Our NHS is overstretched, often working at full capacity and  frequently facing crisis. I believe by investing in our health and taking  responsibility for making the right choices around our ‘wellness’ we benefit our society as a whole and reduce the burden on the NHS. If and when the times comes, I will gladly put my life in the hands of the NHS, but i’d like to delay that for as long as possible!

When we visit our local GP’s we are aware of the time constraints they have, sometimes we are disappointed by their response to our chronic conditions. Often we have concerns about the drugs they prescribe and have to weigh up benefits versus side effects. I feel we can stay well for longer by visiting holistic practitioners who will give us more time, they will pay attention to all aspects of our well-being and have the tools and training to advise upon changes. These services may cost but the investment in ‘wellness’ is beneficial to the individual and society as a whole.

Come a visit the ‘Wellness Wagon’ and have a look at the treatments we offer and improve your ‘wellness’!

In my next blog I will be discussing the treatments on offer at the ‘Wellness Wagon’ and how to access them.

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