ANTHEA TURNER EXCLUSIVE: Star enjoys cute date at Winter Wonderland with new fiance Mark Armstrong

They got engaged in September after just five months of dating. 

And Anthea Turner, 59, and her businessman fiancé Mark Armstrong, 55, giggled like a pair of teens as they hit the rides at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland on Thursday. 

The loved-up pair were joined by a young boy and another woman and were seen enjoying a variety of rides in the West London fare. 

A thumbs up: Anthea Turner, 59, and her businessman fiancé Mark Armstrong, 55, looked loved up as they enjoyed Hyde Park Winter Wonderland on Boxing Day

A thumbs up: Anthea Turner, 59, and her businessman fiancé Mark Armstrong, 55, looked loved up as they enjoyed Hyde Park Winter Wonderland on Boxing Day

Scared: Mark looked a little terrified as one of the rides took off, but Anthea had a big smile on her face

Scared: Mark looked a little terrified as one of the rides took off, but Anthea had a big smile on her face 

Mark flashed a thumbs up to the camera as Anthea braved the winter chill in stylish fashion.  

The former Blue Peter and GMTV presenter sported a faux fur trimmed black coat with matching leather gloves. 

The star completed her outfit with a pair of velvet tracksuit bottoms and a pair of leather boots. 

Anthea pulled her hair back into a casual up do and sported a splash of make up. 

Let's go round again: The former Blue Peter and GMTV presenter sported a faux fur trimmed black coat with matching leather gloves and looked eager for the roller coaster to start

Let’s go round again: The former Blue Peter and GMTV presenter sported a faux fur trimmed black coat with matching leather gloves and looked eager for the roller coaster to start

She announced her engagement to Mark in September after just five months of dating. 

The twice-married presenter gushed: ‘When you get a little bit older you certainly know what you don’t want and I’m very happy.’

The legendary host added that Mark was definitely ‘The One’, and has already picked out Lily to serve as one of the bridesmaids at the wedding.

Fun: The loved-up pair were joined by a young boy and another woman and were seen enjoying a variety of rides in the West London fare

Fun: The loved-up pair were joined by a young boy and another woman and were seen enjoying a variety of rides in the West London fare

Smiles: Despite his confident demeanor, Mark looked nervous before the rides started

Smiles: Despite his confident demeanor, Mark looked nervous before the rides started

High: The four of them swung high into the air on one ride, with Mark's hair blowing in the wind

High: The four of them swung high into the air on one ride, with Mark’s hair blowing in the wind

Scared: While Anthea seemed to enjoy the ride, the other three - especially Mark - looked terrified

Scared: While Anthea seemed to enjoy the ride, the other three – especially Mark – looked terrified

Weeeee: Mark flung his legs out while enjoying the ride alongside the youngster and his fiancee

Weeeee: Mark flung his legs out while enjoying the ride alongside the youngster and his fiancee

The businessman swept her off her feet with a romantic proposal in Rome. 

It later emerged the pair were set up by her best friend Lizzie Cundy almost five months ago – and despite being nervous to meet face-to-face, the connection was instant. 

Lizzie told MailOnline: ‘Mark is smitten. He’s a very funny, jolly guy from a very rich Italian family.’

Proposal: The businessman swept her off her feet with a romantic proposal in Rome in September

Proposal: The businessman swept her off her feet with a romantic proposal in Rome in September

Ouch: Mark looked in pain, and decidedly less enthusiastic than Anthea, as he crawled off one of the rides

Ouch: Mark looked in pain, and decidedly less enthusiastic than Anthea, as he crawled off one of the rides 

Loving it: Anthea smiled the whole evening as she enjoyed the rides at Winter Wonderland

Loving it: Anthea smiled the whole evening as she enjoyed the rides at Winter Wonderland 

Anthea shared a collage of snaps from their romantic getaway, confessing Mark has taken her ‘breath away’ and she is ‘bursting with happiness’ after the engagement.

She posted on Facebook: ‘Our Roman adventure continues…. Happy Birthday today Mark Armstrong.

‘It’s a total joy to be with you, especially as I was able to call Scala Radio ‘Sunday Brunch’ (where I should be) live from The Vatican and share with listeners and my, brother from another mother, Chris Rogers the news we’re getting married.

And again: Mark and Anthea looked bedraggled after one of the quicker rides

And again: Mark and Anthea looked bedraggled after one of the quicker rides 

Extreme fun: The pair looked enthralled by the rides in the West London park

Extreme fun: The pair looked enthralled by the rides in the West London park 

Change of roles: But his spirits soon lifted as he was seen enjoying a rollercoaster ride, when Anthea took a turn at looking frightened

Change of roles: But his spirits soon lifted as he was seen enjoying a rollercoaster ride, when Anthea took a turn at looking frightened 

Aww: 'You're a total unique bag of thoughts, passion, emotion and love. "Always the Sun" & thank you Lizzie Cundy my lucky charm for everything,' posted online when they got together

Aww: ‘You’re a total unique bag of thoughts, passion, emotion and love. “Always the Sun” & thank you Lizzie Cundy my lucky charm for everything,’ posted online when they got together 

‘When you know, you know….. (Thank you Lawrence Whitaker for that ) Mr A you’ve taken my breath away, love you so much bursting with happiness.

‘You’re a total unique bag of thoughts, passion, emotion and love. “Always the Sun” & thank you Lizzie Cundy my lucky charm for everything.’

The couple look head-over-heels for each other in the collage of pictures from their romantic Italian getaway.

Deserves it: The happy news comes seven years on from her split from ex-husband Grant Bovey in 2013 - after he cheated on her with a woman half her age

Deserves it: The happy news comes seven years on from her split from ex-husband Grant Bovey in 2013 – after he cheated on her with a woman half her age

Love: The couple look head-over-heels for each other in the collage of pictures from their romantic Italian getaway and their trip to Winter Wonderland was no different

Love: The couple look head-over-heels for each other in the collage of pictures from their romantic Italian getaway and their trip to Winter Wonderland was no different

The happy news comes seven years on from her split from ex-husband Grant Bovey in 2013 – after he cheated on her with a woman half her age.

Anthea reportedly moved on from her doomed marriage earlier this year by embarking on a new romance with business tycoon Mark.

An insider said: It’s a very happy time.’

Moving on: Anthea reportedly moved on from her doomed marriage earlier this year by embarking on a new romance with business tycoon Mark

Moving on: Anthea reportedly moved on from her doomed marriage earlier this year by embarking on a new romance with business tycoon Mark

According to reports earlier this year, the TV personality is ‘smitten’ with her new man.

The Sun On Sunday reported that the ex-GMTV star met Mark at private members’ club in March, with the two hitting it off straight away.

A source told the publication: ‘Anthea has had a rocky few years, and had almost given up on finding love again.

Green around the gills? According to reports earlier this year, the TV personality is 'smitten' with her new man, seen here looking defeated by a ride

Green around the gills? According to reports earlier this year, the TV personality is ‘smitten’ with her new man, seen here looking defeated by a ride

‘But she met Mark at London's Wellington club and they hit it off straight away. He's half-Italian, very charismatic and good looking – plus a few years younger, which is a boon.

‘He fancied her straight away and they swapped details – Mark immediately asked her out, and it went from there.’

They added that while it’s ‘early days’, the couple are ‘smitten’ with each other, with Mark thinking they have a ‘future’ together.

Insider: 'She met him at London's Wellington club and they hit it off straight away. He's half-Italian, very charismatic and good looking - plus a few years younger,' a source said

Insider: ‘She met him at London's Wellington club and they hit it off straight away. He's half-Italian, very charismatic and good looking – plus a few years younger,’ a source said

Finally: In May this year, Anthea told how she hasn't given up on love and is looking for a man to share 'great sex' with following the 'tough' divorce.

Finally: In May this year, Anthea told how she hasn’t given up on love and is looking for a man to share ‘great sex’ with following the ‘tough’ divorce.

In May this year, Anthea told how she hasn’t given up on love and is looking for a man to share ‘great sex’ with following the ‘tough’ divorce.

Speaking to Best magazine, she said: ‘Getting divorced from [ex-husband] Grant [Bovey] was very, very tough. But I have not given up on love’.

‘I am dating, I am holding auditions. It sounds very Whitney Houston, but you have to make yourself the greatest love – learn to accept yourself, and then you can bring someone else into your life.’

The one: 'I am dating, I am holding auditions. It sounds very Whitney Houston, but you have to make yourself the greatest love,' she said before finding Mark

The one: ‘I am dating, I am holding auditions. It sounds very Whitney Houston, but you have to make yourself the greatest love,’ she said before finding Mark

‘I don’t need someone to have kids with or help me buy a house. But I do want someone who’s got my back, to moan with, laugh with, to have adventures and great sex with. And I know that person will come into my life.’

Anthea’s newfound happiness comes after she was left heartbroken as her relationship with ex Grant broke down.

Anthea and Grant married in 2000 after first meeting in 1998, with them both leaving their respective partners.

Whirlwind romance: Anthea Turner was set up on a blind date with her fiance Mark Armstrong just a few months ago

Whirlwind romance: Anthea Turner was set up on a blind date with her fiance Mark Armstrong just a few months ago

They first split in 2012 and briefly reconciled before separating for good in 2013, and were divorced in 2015 on the grounds of his adultery.

The marriage ended after she discovered that Grant, then 52, was having an affair with interior designer Zoe de Mallet Morgan – 24 at the time.

In the her therapeutic book, How To Survive Divorce, she describes how she read his text messages, checked his sat-nav and even tracked his bike rides in order to expose his lies.

Match made in heaven: Despite being nervous to meet face-to-face, the connection was instant when Lizzie (pictured right) introduced them

Match made in heaven: Despite being nervous to meet face-to-face, the connection was instant when Lizzie (pictured right) introduced them 

Her discovery came less than a year after she had forgiven him for an indiscretion with another woman.

The bubbly broadcaster gave advice in her book about seeking help from a therapist, after feeling that she was somehow to blame for the marriage ending.

The former Blue Peter presenter appeared on Channel 5’s In Therapy in 2017 where she spoke about the heart-wrenching moment she discovered her husband was having an affair with a woman half her age.

Happy couple: 'You're a total unique bag of thoughts, passion, emotion and love', she said

Happy couple: ‘You’re a total unique bag of thoughts, passion, emotion and love’, she said

Overcome with emotion, she said: ‘What happened was the flag went up and I found out what was really going on and I was an emotional mess – a wreck – and we decided not to throw it all away.’

‘My goodness me, I thought we had done absolutely everything to look at this, to put it right, hours and hours of conversations.

‘Nobody tried harder to save their marriage, I know I did my best.’

Anthea then admitted that she didn’t realise her husband was still continuing the affair behind her back: ‘What I didn’t realise was that Grant was doing slight of hand.’

She heartbreakingly admitted: ‘I think it was worse the second time.’

She was married to Peter Powell from 1990-1998.  

Moving on: The happy news comes seven years after her split from ex-husband Grant Bovey in 2013 after he cheated on her with a woman half her age (pictured in 2012)

 Moving on: The happy news comes seven years after her split from ex-husband Grant Bovey in 2013 after he cheated on her with a woman half her age (pictured in 2012)

 

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