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fabulousplaces.co.uk etc magazine is now available!

April 21st, 2011 § 0

Great news…the etc magazine is now available for you to purchase! 74 pages of all things fabulous in Derbyshire…food, places, things to do, makers and much more!

The magazine is available to purchase online at fabulousplaces.co.uk (£3.50 delivered) or at the following places:

The Bottlekiln, West Hallam
The Loaf, Crich
Studio 61, Holloway
Hassop Station, Bakewell

More places to follow soon!

If you are interested in stocking fabulousplaces.co.uk please get in touch!

out and about in Derbyshire…

August 1st, 2010 § 3


Here are a handful of events I’ve spotted and some other things, which, if you’re looking for something to do in August, might just be your cup of tea!

fabulousplaces.co.uk Search Page!
If I’m going to promote what’s going on around Derbyshire, then of course I’m going to promote the places featured on the website! August is a great month to head out and enjoy independent shops, cafes, delis, farm shops…sounds like a perfect day out to me! Click here to visit the search page.

Summer at Chatsworth
Up until the 2nd September.
I love Chatsworth and what could be better than lots of summer activities to take part in around the Estate.
Click here for full information.

Bluebells MegaMaze
Brand new to Bluebells is the MegaMaze, a truly wonderful activity for the whole family.  I can’t wait to borrow my niece to go play and eat ice cream.
Click here for full information.

Crich Tramway Museum
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th August 2010
Like lots of others, I’m sure Crich Tramway Museum brings back lots of great childhood memories.  A visit on any day throughout Summer is perfect, but if you’re looking for an event then they have a 1940s Weekend at Crich Tramway Village Crich, Derbyshire.
Click here for full information.

Wednesday Night is Pizza Night at the Loaf
I love the Loaf in Crich and I love pizza…enough said!
Click here for full information.

Ashbourne Show
Saturday 21st August 2010
A great family day out. Click here for full information.

180th Bakewell Show

Wed 04 Aug 2010 to Thu 05 Aug 2010
Perfect family day out – champion livestock, delightful dogs, horses, mammoth vegetables, fantasic flowers, delicious specialist food. This year’s attractions include Titan the 8ft talking robot and The Flying Gunners.
Click here for full information.

Picnics and Walks in Derbyshire
We are blessed to live in a county of stunning landscape…why not pack a picnic and head off with some friends.  Some of my favourites are Black Rock, Shining Cliff Woods (links to a 6 mile walk), Carsington Water, Ladybower Reservoir and Castleton.


Hopefully there’s some inspiration here for you to head off into Derbyshire this month. Oh, and to see the absolutely gorgeous ducks in the photo above pop along to Caudwells Mill in Rowsley.

the next fabulousplaces.co.uk event!

January 25th, 2010 § 0


I am delighted to announce that the next fabulousplaces.co.uk event will be taking place on the evening of Thursday 4th March at the stunning Blackbrook House nr Belper.

Indulgence Evening
Shopping, demonstrations & indulgence
Thursday 4th March 2010
Blackbrook House nr Belper, Derbyshire
Tickets are £5 each (event is free to Derbyshire Card holders)
Click here to get your ticket

Guests will receive a drink, mini cupcake & goody bag on arrival.  There will be a selection of fabulous places and producers to browse and there will be demonstrations being held throughout the evening.  Blackbrook House will also be holding cheese and wine tasting.  With the event being so close to Mothers Day, it will be the perfect opportunity to find something special for Mum.  Even better…why not take your Mum with you for a treat.

The event will be supporting the Wirksworth Rotary Club Aquabox Scheme, which sends vital resources and water filtering units to locations of natural disasters like the recent Haiti earthquake.  Proceeds from the entry ticket and raffle will be donated to the charity.

Exhibitors include:

Quirky Cookies & Cakes
Cocomine Chocolates
Lucy Sheeran Cards
Anney Grace Jewellery
Cameo Cupcakes
Housley & Co
Blossom Tree
Jamie Oliver Home & Giftware
Hearts & Homespun
Nina Carolyn Jewellery
Carol Cummins (handmade home accessories)
Lavender grey
Jack Rabbits
Eco Eco

More fabulous businesses added daily…

Click here to get your ticket to the Indulgence Evening
Click here to get your Derbyshire Card.  If you are already a Derbyshire Card holder please click here to let us know you will be attending.

I would like to say a big thank you to the following businesses for supporting this event:
Blackbrook House, Belper
Dorset Cereals

Cameo Cupcakes
Quirky Cookies & Cakes

all the fun of the fete!

July 28th, 2009 § 1

What a day!  It began very early for me and with the early start came the rain and lots of it! Luckily it decided to move on around 10.50am just as the doors opened and the visitors arrived.  I was so surprised by the number of visitors…many more than anticipated, but how fantastic! I’m delighted that so many people came along to support Derbyshire’s most fabulous places and producers and rightly so…..I’m sure you’ll agree, they’re fabulous and together put on quite a spread of goodies for us!!

I would like to say thank you to Blackbrook House for providing such a stunning venue!  Also, a huge thank you to all the visitors and exhibitors. I would like to say a special thank you to my friend, Lucy, for helping me throughout the day…what would I have done without you!!

Below are some photos from the event, but if you would like to browse all the photos please click here.

The lovely loaf chaps from Crich…taken a few moments before completely selling out of bread!  :o)

Lots of delicious food on the Fresh Basil stall:


Lovely home accessories from the Bottlekiln:


The Summer Fete was the second event I have organised and I hope to organise many more.  I would love to receive your feedback as my aim is to make every event as enjoyable as possible and ensure there is something for everyone.  To help me when I’m planning the next event I’m asking for your feedback and in return I’m offering you the chance to WIN a tin of Best of British cookies from the fabulous Quirky Cookies & Cakes!  Click here to complete the feedback form, I promise it’s short and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes!

Well, now I’m on to planning the Christmas themed event, but that’s all I’ll say about that….afterall, we’re still in July and mentioning Christmas feels wrong!!

Bye for now! 


fabulous place of the month!

May 3rd, 2009 § 1


Each month I select one of the featured places or producers from the website and award them ‘Place of the Month’.  For May, I have chosen Eco Eco home in Hope.

Eco Eco home is a wonderful shop offering beautiful ranges of gifts and accessories for the home and garden, along with luxury bodycare made with high quality organic and fair trade ingredients.  If you’re looking for somewhere to inspire you to make a positive change, then eco eco in Hope is the place to go.  While you’re there you can also have a browse around Alison’s second shop, which is devoted to ethical clothing and jewellery for all the family.

The main reason I have chosen eco eco home for place of the month is simply because it’s so important for us to look at the way our lifestyle impacts the environment we live in and make positive changes.  eco eco is the perfect place to visit to browse a wide selection of desirable products from eco bags and stationery to paint and home textiles.  For me, Alison offers everything you need to easily become eco chic and fabulous! 

I’m delighted to announce that eco eco will be attending the fabulousplaces.co.uk Summer Fete at Blackbrook House on the 26th July, so if you can’t make the journey to Hope, you can visit their stand at the Fete.

If you’re planning a trip to eco eco why not take a look at what’s fabulous and just down the road in Hathersage: Riverside Herb Centre, The Walnut Club and Colemans Deli.

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