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Summer Market, 5th and 6th July 2014, The Roundhouse in Derby

June 19th, 2014 § 0

Time  is flying by and it will soon be time to open the doors of The Roundhouse for the 4th Summer Market!  I’m very excited, the event is full of fabulous food and gift exhibitors from all over Derbyshire and surrounding Counties offering you an array of handpicked goodies. Each and every exhibitor has been personally selected ensuring you’ll be spoilt for choice.

What can you expect to find at the Summer Market?

-  Over 100 handpicked food and gift exhibitors
-  Delicious hot food and drink on the Plaza
-  Prosecco & Champagne Bar
-  Pop-up Vintage Tea Room
-  VIP Tickets

Travel to the event by train, The Roundhouse couldn’t be any closer to Derby Train Station.

summer food and gift event derby roundhouse july 2014

all the fun of the Market

July 10th, 2013 § 1

Sunday saw the third Summer Market at the gorgeous Roundhouse in Derby.  The event annually brings together an array of handpicked food producers, makers, shop owners, farm shops and so much more.  Each year I am even more amazed with what can be found in and around Derbyshire.

This year the sun not only had his hat on, he was waving a flag…it was a glorious day which mean the Plaza was full of shoppers enjoying wood fired pizzas, bbq, pimms, ice cream, the list goes on!  Indoors was full to bursting with tempting gifts and delicious food… and not forgetting the ever so popular Vintage Tea Room presented by Darby and Joan.

A big thank you to all the exhibitors for displaying so creatively giving visitors a real feast for the eyes.  Thank you also to if you visited  the event, I hope you have a super time and look forward to welcoming you to the Christmas Market back at The Roundhouse later this year (16/17 Nov).

Below are a selection of photographs I’ve snapped during the day.  It’s always difficult to find time to take photographs, but I think I’ve managed to take a selection giving the overall feel of the event…if you didn’t make it along, take a look at what you missed!

Speak soon


All the fun of the fair!

July 5th, 2011 § 0

What a great weekend!
The fabulousplaces.co.uk Summer Food & Gift Fair arrived at The Roundhouse on Pride Park!  A huge thank you to all the fabulous exhibitors who made the Summer Food & Gift Fair a wonderful weekend of handpicked gifts, handmade products, delicious food and fab services.  If you were a visitor over the weekend I hope you had a wonderful time and enjoyed browsing the stands!  What I loved to see was so many visitors enjoying a champagne cocktail relaxing on the grass, perfect!

For me, each event I hold now feels like a great get together, the atmosphere is unlike any other event and I pride myself on bringing you a selection of food and gifts produced by passionate and friendly people.  I believe the events are different, they’re completely handpicked with each business being personally invited to attend.  I was delighted to work with some great new businesses this year including Grandpa Lew’s, Ginger King Campers, Lily Mosaics, Robyn Jane,  The Finesse Collection, My Little Loves, The Mouse House, Cornelius Potts & Uncle Monty, The Little Dog, Brocklebeys, The School of Artisan Food and many more!

Here are a selection of photos taken at the event:

CONGRATULATIONS to Amanda Hamilton who won the award of ‘Best in Show’ for a truly fabulous stand!

Thank you to Derby Daily Photo and Ginger King Campers for kindly letting me use the photos in the blog.  You can view more photos taken by Derby Daily Photo by clicking here.

I know it’s rather naughty of me to mention Christmas so early, but here’s an important date for your diary!!  The fabulousplaces.co.uk Christmas Market will be back for a second year at The Roundhouse on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November 2011.  Guaranteed to be the only Christmas Market you need to visit this year!

Thanks again for joining us all…see you in November!


Ice Cream Festival at Bluebells Dairy

June 12th, 2011 § 0

Bluebells Dairy are holding their first Ice Cream Festival on Sunday 19th June 2011.

Ice cream and spoon racing, blind folded ice cream tasting and ice cream target practice… these are just a few of the fun and wacky activities you will see at Bluebell’s first ever Ice Cream Festival and Summer Food Tasting.  Join the Bluebells team for this fabulous event on Father’s Day, Sunday 19th June 2011 and see what else you can do with ice cream! Which Dad will be crowned the winner of the fastest ice cream eating competition? An array of delicious and innovative flavours of Bluebells Real Dairy Ice Cream will be on offer for all the family to taste and enjoy.

Activities include: Birds of Prey display, fire engine display, farm trail, bouncy castle, face painting, beehive display, doggy show jumping, calf and goat parade, animal tent, animal quiz, rabbit petting, BBQ, strawberries & cream, RSPCA identichipping and display, food tasting and much more!

ENTRY: Adults £3.50, £2.50 children. Family ticket £10 (family of 4). Entry fee to include entry to the Play Area, Animal Patch, free participation in all ice cream games, food tastings and a fabulous owl display.

See you there!


Summer Food & Gift Fair, Derby, 2nd & 3rd July 2011

May 12th, 2011 § 1

After a wonderful Christmas Market, I’m delighted to be announcing the fabulousplaces.co.uk Food & Gift Fair at The Roundhouse on Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd July 2011!  Doors will open at 11am.

Lots of stalls offering delicious food and handpicked gifts for you and your home.  As always, the events are planned and designed around the type of events I like to visit.  There are lots of great events taking place in the area, but the fabulousplaces.co.uk events are always different and offer something for the whole family.

Polly’s List will be back again this year offering truly special crafts and fun for the little ones.
Catherdral Quarter Hotel will be cooking up some delicious food on the BBQ.
The Roundhouse will be full with stalls…all personally handpicked by me!

Click here for full information & exhibitor list.

Entry is £1 (free for under 16s)
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fabulousplaces.co.uk etc. magazine available at…

April 28th, 2011 § 2

You can now buy your copy of the fabulousplaces.co.uk etc. magazine at the following fabulous places:

Online at fabulousplaces.co.uk

The Bottlekiln, West Hallam
Bluebells Dairy, Spondon
Studio 61, Holloway
Hassop Station, Bakewell
The Loaf, Crich
Alphabet Gift Shop, Mickleover

We will also be selling the magazine at the Derbyshire Food & Drink Festival at Hardwick Hall on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2011.

The etc. magazine is a 2011 publication from fabulousplaces.co.uk with 74 pages of Derbyshire, food, places, days out, inspiration and makers.

Click here to purchase your copy online at fabulousplaces.co.uk now.

etc. magazine is brought to you by fabulousplaces.co.uk & thingswemake.wordpress.com

fabulousplaces.co.uk Christmas Market

September 29th, 2010 § 2


The next fabulousplaces.co.uk event is the Christmas Market…the event will offer everything you need for a fabulous Christmas.

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st November 2010
The Roundhouse
Pride Park, Derby
£1 entry

With over 70 stalls selling gorgeous handpicked gifts and food.  There will be a Christmas craft corner for little ones and the fabulous Jack Rabbits will be offering delicious meals in the Engine Room Restaurant.

Soak up the festive atmosphere & browse gorgeous handpicked stalls offering everything for the festive season…gifts, decorations, clothing, jewellery & delicious festive food.

Christmas shopping has never been so enjoyable for the whole family!

Full information will be available on fabulousplaces.co.uk soon!


Derby Christmas Playground, 7th December – January 6th

December 4th, 2009 § 0


As part of Derby’s seasonal celebrations, the city’s Market Place will play host to a Christmas Playground from 7th December until 6th January.

Unique to Derby the ‘Christmas Playground’ will feature giant wooden toy sculptures which will provide a play area for visitors to the city centre seeking a rest from Christmas shopping. Children will be encouraged to climb aboard the giant toys – carved by local wood sculptor Andrew Frost – and let their imagination run wild.

Click here to find out more.

Jack Rabbits publish first book!

November 4th, 2009 § 0

I was excited to get my hands on a copy of the new book from Jack Rabbits.  Written by the owner, Amelia Horne, the book, Forty Nine; A refreshing approach to everyday foods, brings together everything we love about Jack Rabbits.


Forty Nine is designed to offer a structure to the meals you eat, the ingredients you use and to simplify mealtimes.  This book is a must for your Christmas stocking list!

It’s fantastic to see a fabulous place publish a book and what I love is that it’s stylishly designed, visually pleasing to flick through, inspirational and a great addition to my cook book shelf!  The book is just £10 and you can purchase your copy of Jack Rabbits on Queen Street in Derby.  For more information about Jack Rabbits please click here.

Amelia will be selling the book at the upcoming fabulousplaces.co.uk Christmas Market at Blackbrook House (nr Belper) on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November 2009 (11am – 5pm).  For full information please click here.


fabulousplaces.co.uk on BBC Radio Derby

July 4th, 2009 § 0

To mark the website’s 1st Birthday, I was invited along to chat to Aleena Naylor on BBC Radio Derby. We chatted about all sorts of things, from the Belper Food Festival (taking place Sunday 5th July) through to what’s next for the website.  I had a great time and send a huge thank you to Aleena for a great interview!

To listen click here.
Part 1 - 1:14:00
Part 2 - 1:24:00

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