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Walled Garden Spring Fair

April 14th, 2014 § 0

I am delighted to be working with The Walled Garden in Beeston again.  A stunning venue located in Nottinghamshire just down the A52 from Derby.  Following a successful Winter Fair, the venue would like to open their doors again for a Spring themed event with lots of exhibitors selling gorgeous products.  Here’s a teaser of what you’ll find at the Spring Fair… each exhibitor has been carefully selected ensuring you’ll be spoilt for choice:

Gift exhibitors including home accessories, plants, flowers, jewellery, gardenware, interiors and much more.  Food exhibitors offering cheeses, cakes, chocolates, artisan bread, chutneys, jams, patisserie products, hot meat rolls, home made lemonade, ice cream, wood fired pizzas, fresh coffee & tea.

There will also be a Prosecco Bar run by the fabulous Falcon Food & Spirits offering you the opportunity to enjoy a glass of Prosecco or Champagne during your visit.

The event is free to visit and there’s plenty of free parking too!  I hope to see you there on the 27th April, doors open at 10am.  Here is a link over to the Walled Garden’s website giving full directions to help you find it with ease.

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Walled_Garden_spring Fair nottingham april 2014

Summer Market

April 12th, 2014 § 0

The Summer Market will be back for a 4th year at The Roundhouse, where has the time gone?!

I’ve been looking back through photos from past events and stumbled across some from 2009 when I held my first summer event, a Summer Fete at Blackbrook House.  It’s great to see the journey the events have taken and I can honestly say it’s been a fun packed, totally enjoyable experience for me.  Now it’s time to look forward to the 5th and 6th July when I’ll be opening the doors to The Roundhouse for another fabulous Summer Market.  Plans are well underway and I am already excited for the event!  The event will be run over two days this year, providing you with the choice of which day you would like to visit.

Here are a reminder of this year’s events presented by Fabulous Places.

food and gift events roundhouse derby 2014
Lots more information coming soon!



A fabulous day

March 28th, 2014 § 0

Sunday 23rd March saw the first Spring Market presented by Fabulous Places.  With 100 personally hand selected food and gift exhibitors all in a stunning venue, the event was a wonderful day enjoyed by many!  Thank you to all the exhibitors for joining me for the new event, there were so many gorgeous things to eat and tempting gifts to buy.  Thank you also to all the visitors, I hope you enjoyed the event!

The next event will be the Summer Market on Sat 5th and Sun 6th July 2014 at The Roundhouse in Derby. Planning has already begun and demand from exhibitors has been incredible, so I’m already excited for the next event!

A big thank you to Butterworth Photography for the gorgeous photos!


The Spring Market on Sunday 23rd March at The Roundhouse Derby

March 10th, 2014 § 0

As each day passes I’m getting more and more excited for the first ever Spring Market at The Roundhouse.  The Spring Market will be joining the established Spring and Christmas Market to offer you a fabulous day of shopping, eating and inspiration for the new season.  Spring is a wonderful time of year and what better way to spend a Sunday than to browse over 100 carefully selected exhibitors in an absolutely stunning venue. Here’s a summary of what you can expect to find at the Spring Market:

- Delicious hot food and drink on the plaza
- Over 100 exhibitors selling an array of flowers, plants, home accessories, delicious food, drink, inspiration
for home and garden, handmade and crafted products, cards, chocolates & much more!
- Prosecco Bar
- Pop-up Vintage Tea Room (presented by Darby & Joan)
- Creche Facility
- VIP Tickets
- Live Music

… and much more!  The Spring Market promises to be a real treat and a truly inspirational day out!

The Spring Market is a week before Mother’s Day providing you with the perfect opportunity to find something special.  Maybe you would like to treat someone special to a VIP Ticket… there’s no better way to experience a Fabulous Places event!

spring food and gift market roundhouse derby march 2014

Win 4 VIP Tickets and £25 to spend at the Spring Market

February 25th, 2014 § 0

How would you like to win 4 VIP Tickets for you and your friends to enjoy at the Spring Market?  That’s not all… the winner will also receive a voucher for £25 to spend with any exhibitor at the event!

Full information about our fabulous VIP Tickets can be found on the Spring Market website, click here.

To enter click on the link below and give us your feedback on our events, simple as that! It only takes a minute to complete and the information you provide will be used when planning upcoming events :o)

competition to win free vip tickets for the spring market 2014
Closing date: Midnight Friday 14th March

the Handpicked Guide to Derbyshire

February 23rd, 2014 § 0

handpicked guide to derbyshire

Planning for the late Spring/Summer edition of the Handpicked Guide to Derbyshire is well underway and it’s going to be the best yet! Brought to you by Fabulous Places, the Handpicked Guide is a 64 page booklet bursting with fabulous coffee shops, gift shops, eateries, special places, makers, services and much more.

If you would like to find out more about advertising in the next edition of the Handpicked Guide to Derbyshire please contact Deb at Fabulous Places.

The Guide is free and will be available at select places and distributed at the Derbyshire Food & Drink Fair and at the Summer Market on the 5th and 6th July at The Roundhouse.

Handpicked Spring Food and Gift Market 2014

February 22nd, 2014 § 0

This year sees a brand NEW event presented by Fabulous Places!  The Spring Market will take place on Sunday 23rd March 2014 at the gorgeous Roundhouse in Derbyshire.  The Spring Market will join the Spring and Summer Markets already being held annually at The Roundhouse.

Spring Market
Over 100 handpicked food & gift exhibitors
Sunday 23rd March 2014 (10am – 4pm)
The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby
Entry:  £1

To find out all about the event, the exhibitors and VIP Tickets please visit the Spring Market website:


The Spring Market will be a fabulous day of delicious food, handpicked goodies for you, your home and garden. What’s even more exciting is the event is just 1 week before Mother’s Day providing you with the perfect opportunity to find something special.

VIP Tickets are also available again for this event!

VIP Ticket is the perfect way to experience the Spring Market.  Whether you’re visiting with friends or treating someone special, you’ll feel spoilt with a goody bag and your own private VIP Lounge where you can relax and indulge.

A VIP Ticket for the Spring Market includes:

- a cotton shopping bag including some treats for you enjoy
- entry to the private VIP Lounge where you can relax and rest your weary shopping feet!
- a glass of prosecco and cake
- a ticket for free parking at any of The Roundhouse Car Parks
- entry to the Spring Market
- special offers with a selection of exhibitors

Tickets are just £11 and can be purchased in advance on the Spring Market website.

Weekends are precious, so with this in mind, I plan the events to make them unlike any other event. I organise events that I would be excited to attend…attention detail to is key, the venue has to be stunning and there’s absolutely no compromise on exhibitor quality.


A festive pinwheel DIY from Darby and Joan

December 10th, 2013 § 0

Hello from Darby & Joan!  We hope you are all enjoying the change in the seasons and ready for the winter festivities. To get you in the mood for Christmas we have an easy festive DIY for you today. Get your glitter and glue at the ready.

DIY Festive Pinwheel By Darby & Joan -header

Image Credits: Mirlah Thornley

What you’ll need:

  • Scrapbooking paper in a variety of patterns or colours. 12″ x 12″  (You can of course use smaller squares of paper it just depends on the size of the pinwheel you’d like to make.
  • Card in different patterns or colours
    • PVA Glue or glue stick
    • Glue Gun or stringer strength glue
    • Glitter
    • Mini Wooden Letters
    • Scissors
    • Twine

What to do:

DIY Festive Pinwheel By Darby & Joan Paper-Fold-Glue

Take a piece of square scrapbook paper and concertina fold making each fold ½ inch to an inch wide.

Once folded trim off the edges of the folded paper to just even out the edges.

Fold the concertina in half so it creates a triangle then glue the inner edges together using PVA or a glue stick. Set aside to dry and grab another sheet of paper. Repeat with matching paper and punch a small hole through the top of one of the pinwheel triangles this is where we will hang the pinwheel. Depending on how tight you wish your pinwheel folds to be you will need to create 1,2 or 3 extra triangles. (2 or 3 extra triangles will be a lot tighter than just one.) Once you have folded all of your triangles glue them all together creating your circular pinwheel. Repeat as many times as you’d like with different coloured and patterned paper to create multiple pinwheels.

DIY Festive Pinwheel By Darby & Joan Glitter-letters

To create the letters, take your chosen wooden letters, (available at most craft shops) and cover with glue and then sprinkle on your glitter. This may take a while to dry.

DIY Festive Pinwheel By Darby & Joan Glitter-Letters-Joy

To give the letters a smooth surface to be attached to, cut out circles of card and glue each letter to the card.

Take your glue gun or stronger strength glue and attached the circle card and letter to the middle of your chosen pinwheel.

DIY Festive Pinwheel By Darby & Joan J-O-Y

Allow to dry before stringing the twine through the hole and hanging in all its glory. Once dry hang your pinwheel wherever you’d like and Ta da! That’s it.

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You could use the pinwheel to spell out whatever you’d like and you don’t have to be limited to a Christmas theme. You could use these for parties, as a backdrop for a fun photobooth. Create giant ones for a wedding table plan or just use different colours and hang up all year round?

We hope you’ve enjoyed this little DIY and hope you’re now feeling positively festive.

Christmas Market 2013

November 27th, 2013 § 0

Christmas Market Roundhouse Debryshire 2013

On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November, the doors to the 4th Christmas Market opened at The Roundhouse. What a wonderful weekend with over 100 exhibitors selling an array of delicious food, handpicked gifts and much more.

Thank you to all the thousands of visitors who filled the venue making it a great success.  I’m sure you’ll agree the exhibitors displayed their products beautifully tempting lots into buying treats for family, friends and of course a little self indulgence.  It was fabulous to see so many shopping bags leaving the building… I think there were lots of gift lists ticked during the weekend!

A big thank you to…
The Roundhouse staff  and stewards, as always so helpful, supportive and professional.
Michele Gledhill for styling the VIP Area, a retreat away from the crowds.
Emma Cleveley who very kindly visited the event and took photos.
My fabulous event helpers, Lucy, Hannah, Emily, Charlotte, Edward and Molly.

I’m now in the mood for Christmas!


Christmas Market, 16th and 17th November 2013

October 13th, 2013 § 1

Hello! Well, I’m busy working away on the big Christmas Market in Derby and it’s looking to be a fabulously festive weekend! Back at The Roundhouse in Derby for a 4th year, I’m delighted to announce a bigger event this year with over 100 handpicked exhibitors offering delicious food, drink, gifts and home accessories.

Derbyshire Christmas Market 2013

The Christmas Market is full of inspiration exhibitors who have been carefully chosen ensuring you will be spoilt for choice.  This year will see over 100 exhibitors, a NEW Food and Drink Hall, VIP tickets and Workshops.

Christmas Market, The Roundhouse, Derby
Saturday 16th and sunday 17th November 2013
The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby

Open: Saturday 10am – 5pm & sunday 10am – 4pm
Christmas Market website click here

Derbyshire Christmas Market november 2013

The Christmas Market, Roundhouse, Derbyshire is brought to you by Fabulous Places.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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