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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.

Places to stay in Derbyshire

February 22nd, 2014 § 0

A recent addition to the Fabulous Places selection of handpicked places is ‘Places to Stay’, so if you’re planning a trip to Derbyshire or live in the County and fancy a relaxing break away locally then I am delighted to introduce you to Chevin Green Farm Bed & Breakfast and Hayeswood Lodge Boutique Bed & Breakfast.

Chevin Green Farm Bed & Breakfast
Click here to view their feature on Fabulous Places
Chevin Road, Belper, DE56 2UN.  Tel: 01773 822328

chevin green farm derbyshire

A peaceful and friendly place with stylish bedrooms, contemporary bathrooms and delicious breakfasts. Located near Belper, it is set in the rolling Derbyshire countryside with views over the Derwent Valley.

The Bed and Breakfast is perfect for those visiting the County, but also a special place for a short break in a gorgeous environment.  Chevin Green Farm B&B is owned by Sarah and David, the fourth generation of their family to live and work the farm since 1929. Sarah and David have taken their passion for tea and tastefully reflected this in the newly refurbished interior and decor from the moment you walk in.

Hayeswood Lodge Boutique Bed & Breakfast
Common Lane, Stanley Common, DE7 6GG.  Tel:  0115 9440338
Click here to view their feature on Fabulous Places

hayeswood lodge derbyshire

Hayeswood Lodge Boutique Bed and Breakfast has 4 stunning en-suite rooms with kitchenettes, located in converted barns adjoining the main house. All have their own private entrance from the courtyard. Set in 16 acres of beautiful Derbyshire countryside, it’s the perfect spot for a romantic weekend away or a weekday business stay. Conference facilities are available for up to 8 people. Stylish. Relaxed. Comfortable.

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.


Fabulous Places in 2014

January 4th, 2014 § 0

Happy New Year!

2013 has been a wonderful year for Fabulous Places. Handpicked food & gift events, Workshops, Derbyshire Guides, Huddle… the list goes on and it’s all been amazingly enjoyable for me.

I would like to say a huge thank you to all website members, the exhibitors, website followers, workshop attendees and visitors to the events… you have all made this year truly fabulous.

Fabulous Places started in 2009 on a Sunday morning over brunch… looking back it is amazing to see how it has grown into a full time job for me. Juggling the website, events, publishing the Derbyshire Guide and holding Workshops with being a mum, wife and homemaker certainly makes life interesting and sometimes a little manic, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I love my job and feel extremely lucky to be doing something I feel so passionate about.

Here’s a schedule of some of the things you can expect from Fabulous Places in 2014:

Creative Business Workshop – Tuesday 21st January
Creative Business Workshop – Tuesday 4th March
Spring Market – Sunday 23rd March
Handpicked Guide to Derbyshire – May 2014
Summer Market – Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th July
Handpicked Guide to Derbyshire – October 2014
Christmas Market – Sat 15th & Sun 16th Nov

Hmmm, I need to get cracking, lots to work to do!  Have a fabulous new year and I hope 2014 brings you lots of happiness!

Thanks again


Fabulous Places Spring Food & Gift Market Roundhouse Derby March 2014


Creative Business Workshops are back for 2014

December 12th, 2013 § 0

We were bowled over by the feedback received from over 90 fabulous attendees of our Creative Business Workshops in 2013, so we’re delighted to be continuing them for 2014.

Our first dates will be Tuesday 21st January and Tuesday 4th March 2014.  To find out more and to book your place please visit the Creative Business Workshop page on Fabulous Places.

Creative Business Workshops midlands


The Creative Business Workshops are presented by Deb Kendall from Fabulous Places, Becky Butterworth from Butterworth Photography and Samantha Field from Miss Sammie Designs.

Spring Market 23rd March 2014

December 11th, 2013 § 0

Very exciting news!! I am over the moon to announce that I will be holding an additional event for 2014… a Spring Market to sit alongside the already established Summer Market and Christmas Market.

The Spring Market will take place at my favourite venue, The Roundhouse on Sunday 23rd March 2014.  Doors will open at 10am and close at 4pm.  Entry will be £1.

The Spring Market will be all about flowers, plants, gifts for Mother’s Day, delicious food and drink and lots of fabulous inspiration for home and garden.  VIP tickets will be back for the Spring Market too… enjoy a Spring inspired VIP Lounge, goody bag and lots more.

It’s all very exciting and planning is well underway!

Spring Food and Gift Market Derby March 2014

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.

DIY Festive Pinwheel By Darby & Joan 5

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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