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a new look for Fabulous Places

August 19th, 2014 § 0

I decided it was time to make a little change to Fabulous Places logo.  I knew exactly what I wanted so I went to Miss Sammie Designs who took my squiggles into something gorgeous.

Here it is… i hope you like it!

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Six years of Fabulous Places!

August 2nd, 2014 § 0

Fabulous Places Derbyshire

Six years ago I launched Fabulous Places and little did I know that it would turn into my career.  The website originally launched as an online resource of all my favourite places to visit in Derbyshire.  It was something I couldn’t find online at the time so decided, with the help of my hubby who is a web developer, to launch the website and share my fabulous finds with everyone.

I’ve never been one for planning so it’s been great to see where the journey has taken me.  I wonder what will happen over the next 12 months!

Here’s a date for your diary… Wednesday 10th September sees the first Big Business Day.  Click here for full information.

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!


My week in pictures

May 4th, 2013 § 0

What a week!

This week has been fabulously busy and full of exciting new things!

Monday – the Spring/Summer Handpicked Guide to Derbyshire arrived
Tuesday – the first Creative Business Workshop took place
Wednesday – my first visit to the gorgeous new The Cosy Cup at Bow in Matlock
Thursday – the first evening walk with sunshine and my family
Friday – a visit to Southwell in Nottinghamshire
Saturday – a much needed office Spring clean!

If you like the look of the Creative Business Workshop you can find out more information here.  The Workshop is perfect for you if you have a business or thinking about setting up your own business.

The Handpicked Guide to Derbyshire is being distributed at the moment.  If you would like to receive your own copy via Royal Mail  (£2 p&p) please click here.

An afternoon at Bluebells

August 9th, 2012 § 0

The weather today has been amazing and I made the right decision to head to Bluebells to meet a friend.  With the sun comes ice cream and at Bluebells they have amazing ice cream all made on the farm.  I’m sure many of you reading this have tried Bluebells ice cream, whether it was on the farm or at a Fabulous Places event.  I’m not sure what my preferred flavour is…chocolate  is amazing, strawberry is delicious, but then the lemon meringue hits the spot, but then I tried mint choc chip, hmmm.

Bluebells isn’t just about ice cream, it’s a working farm and the Brown Family are passionate about making their home a place for families to visit and enjoy.  There’s a farm shop, cafe, outdoor play area and an area where you can feed the animals…pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, the list goes on.  It’s a great way to introduce little ones to a farm environment.

The weather looks great for tomorrow…get yourself to Bluebells!

Here are some photos from our day…

Speak soon


Children’s Boutique Gift Fair

August 8th, 2012 § 0

I’m excited about the next event at The Roundhouse, it will be slightly different to the usual Fabulous Places event…it’s for mums and little ones!

I’m joining forces with Derby based directory magazine, Polly’s List, to off a handpicked event full of all the gorgeous things that make being pregnant and a mummy even more special.  I decided to organise this event after visiting so many baby and bump events over the past 2 years and coming away feeling a little deflated.  This event will be a treat for all expectant mummies and littles ones up to the age of around 5.

The event will be held at the fabulous Roundhouse in Derby on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 2012 from 10am to 4pm.  Exhibitors include everything from nursery accessories, clothing, food and learning.  It’s all very exciting and I can’t wait! Here’s a little preview of the floorplan:

Full information can be found at: www.childrensboutiquefair.co.uk

If you have any questions do get in touch!

Speak soon


a sneaky look at the Derbyshire guide!

April 18th, 2012 § 0

I’m busy finalising the website’s Derbyshire guide for 2012…it’s going to be full of fabulous places and makers around the County and will be free for you to pick up a copy as you’re out and about!  The guide will also be available at the next fabulousplaces.co.uk event (click here for details).  The pocket guide will be perfect to keep with you, so wherever you are in Derbyshire you can check where the nearest fabulous place is!

I thought I would give preview of a handful of the pages…

As soon as the guide is out there and available I will let you know where you can collect your free copy!

Speak soon


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!

courgette soup

April 8th, 2010 § 0

Recipe time…FP Club member, Claire, has very kindly donated another recipe for you to try.  This time is courgette soup and I’ve had the pleasure of trying it during the week were taking part in the BBC Radio Derby’s Ed to Head Challenge…which we won!  Claire grows her own veggies and the courgettes are from her own garden, along with many of the other ingredients.

Courgette Soup is a very simple recipe, which makes a pretty, creamy pale green soup:

  • Slice and gently sauté an onion, a stick of celery, 2 cloves of garlic
  • Slice and add 5, or more, courgettes of the 6” or so size
  • When all are softened and starting to brown add a pint or so of chicken or vegetable stock
  • Simmer for 20 minutes until the courgettes squash easily on the side of the pan
  • Take off the heat and blitz up with a hand blender
  • Add a handful or two of freshly grated parmesan and a glug of garlic olive oil
  • Add plenty of salt and pepper to taste and blitz up again

We serve it with crispy pancetta on top and a drizzle of garlic olive oil and some parmesan shavings.

To speed this up even more use a few shallots which are quick to slice and cook, a stock cube instead of fresh stock and a big slice from a fresh green garlic head instead of cloves.  Here’s a link through to the recipe on Claire’s blog, Things We Make.  Here is a link through to the post where Claire shows you how to make the bread bowls.


Growing your own courgettes is pretty easy and this weekend is ideal to plant seeds.  Here’s a link to the BBC website where there is some useful information about growing courgettes.

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