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May 20th, 2015 § 0

I can’t quite believe the first Summer Market was held at The Roundhouse in Derby 5 years ago… time sure does fly by!

Great news is that the events are secured at The Roundhouse for the next 2 years which is fantastic news for Fabulous Places and the Spring, Summer and Christmas Markets! Still 100% independently run and all about gorgeous food, drink and gifts.

5 years on and the Summer Market is back on Sunday 5th July for a day of hand selected gifts, delicious food and drink at a gorgeous venue. There will also be the popular Vintage Tea Room (presented by The Apple Tree Gift Shop & Tea House) and a Prosecco Bar (presented by Falcon Food & Spirits). Hot food and drink will be available on the outside plaza and indoors will be an array of goodies.


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!



the last Creative Business Workshop of 2013

September 22nd, 2013 § 0

This coming Wednesday sees the final Creative Business Workshop of 2013.  We’ve had a wonderful time meeting so many great business owners since the first Workshop back in April this year. The venue, sessions, food and company have been fabulous and we’ve had a ball!

The final Creative Business Workshop will have a festive twist offering lots of inspiration for making the most of the run up to Christmas.

If you would like to join us for a day of inspiration click here to book your place.

Hope to see you there!


Derbyshire Creative Business Workshop

handpicked guide to Derbyshire 2012

March 31st, 2012 § 0

I’m a busy bee working on the new fabulousplaces.co.uk publication, the handpicked guide to Derbyshire!  Following on from the wonderful success, fun and great feedback received for of last year’s etc magazine I’ve decided to bring the publication back for 2012.  This year the publication will be different…it will be a smaller, pocket size version and will focus on places to visit and the wonderful makers in Derbyshire.

The handpicked guide will be free and available for you to collect from cafes, eateries, galleries, tourist information and many more places.  You’ll also be able to pick it up a copy at the fabulousplaces.co.uk Summer Market at the Roundhouse on Saturday 7th July. The guide will be about all things fabulous in Derbyshire…cafes, coffee shops, gift shops and makers.  They are all handpicked ensuring that you will love them just as much as I do!

There are a very small amount of spaces remaining, if you are interested in finding out more about the 2012 handpicked guide to Derbyshire please click here to contact me.

More information coming soon!



January 25th, 2012 § 0

If you haven’t come across Pinterest yet, let me introduce you!  This website is a fabulous way to store all the great things you come across online.  By adding a ‘Pin It’ button to your browser you can pin images from websites as you browse ensuring you never forget anything you’ve spotted!  Not only can you Pin things directly from a website, you can also Repin things that other people have Pinned…I hope I’m not making this sound more complicated than it is!  I like to think of it as a modern day way to store cuttings from magazines…you Pin online instead of keeping endless pieces of paper.  Each Pin is placed onto a board of your choice, for example Home Decor, Party Ideas, Clothes, Design etc.

We all need inspiration at one time or another.   I use Pinterest as a way to store ideas for events, decorating, parties, design, the list goes on!  I found some great ideas for decor at the recent Christmas Market and I’m now browsing Pinterest for ideas for the Summer Market on the 7th July.

You currently need an invitation to join Pinterest so if you know someone already using it, ask them to invite you! Alternatively, you can request an invitation on the Pinterest homepage.

Click here to visit my page on Pinterest.

Happy pinning!


Happy New Year!

January 3rd, 2012 § 1

Happy New Year everyone!

I thought I would look back over 2011.  It was a fantastic year for me and fabulousplaces.co.uk so I thought I would share it with you.

I started the year working on the website and also searching for fabulous places and makers.  This is a grueling job which involves visiting lovely shops, drinking lots of coffee and eating cake…it’s all vital research!!  At the same time I was fanalising the website’s etc magazine, getting it ready to go to print.  Working with the super Claire Sutton, we brought together our passions to produce a Derbyshire magazine.  The magazine was about great photography (by Claire) and lots of great articles covering delicious food, getting out and about in the County and the essential directory of handpicked places and makers in Derbyshire.

In April I got married at the gorgeous Blackbrook House near Belper in Derbyshire.  It turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year, which made it truly wonderful.  After a few years of running fabulousplaces.co.uk I knew exactly where to go when planning my wedding…the venue was a simple choice after holding a handful of fabulousplaces.co.uk events there I had fallen in love with Blackbrook House.  Our photos were taken by the lovely Becky at Red Square Photography.  Wedding stationery was   by the super talented Lucy Sheeran, accessories came from Bow Boutique in Matlock, Delightful Living and Lavender grey in Belper. Flowers were by Kerry at Tineke Floral Designs in Matlock, they were stunningly perfect.  A truly wonderful day followed by a honeymoon in Paris.

In July 2011 the fabulousplaces.co.uk Summer Food & Gift Fair took place at the Roundhouse in Derby.  The event ran over two days and offered visitors an array of  handpicked food and gifts. The weekend was a great success and if you visited I hope you had a fantastic time.  The event will be back for one day this year on Saturday 7th July 2012 at the Roundhouse in Derby.

In September I gave birth to a gorgeous little girl, Lily.  I’m sure in years to come Lily will have her ‘event team’ tshirt on helping mummy at the events!

November was a great month…Christmas Market time!  I absolutely love organising this event!  This was the second year the event was held at the Roundhouse in Derby.  What a great success…with even more food and gift stalls, workshops, demonstrations and Santa’s Grotto, I can’t wait for the next one!

Thank you to everyone who visited the event, I hope you had a great time.  A huge thank you has to go to the wonderful businesses who attended the event making it visually amazing!

The year finished with a great email from Mumpreneur UK awarding fabulousplaces.co.uk a Gold Website Award.  Mumpreneur UK is a support network for mums in business, offering advice, resources, articles and events to parents who run their own business.  A great ending to 2011 for fabulousplaces.co.uk!

fabulousplaces.co.uk is my passion, the places are where I visit in my spare time and the events are put together from a plan of the type of event I love to visit.  The website was born from a Sunday morning brunch conversation with my husband…”why isn’t there anywhere online where I can find little shops and coffee shops”.  From that point fabulousplaces.co.uk was quickly born and this year will see the 4th anniversary for the website that has become my job, I consider myself very lucky.  I’m working on lots of great things for 2012…two more big events, a printed Derbyshire guide and lots more handpicked places and makers on the website for you to enjoy!

Thank you for supporting the website either by browsing the online directory and then visiting the places or purchasing from the independent makers and also visiting the events!

Wishing you a wonderful 2012 and I hope to see you all soon!


look what I’ve got…!!

December 13th, 2011 § 2

A wonderful email arrived in my inbox recently from Mumpreneur UK awarding fabulousplaces.co.uk a Gold Website Award.  Mumpreneur UK is a support network for mums in business, offering advice, resources, articles and events to parents who run their own business.

As a new mummy this was a great surprise and has inspired me for 2012.  Becoming a mummy is a truly special gift and juggling a newborn baby with being self employed has been challenging and crazy at times, but I have finished the year achieving what I hoped I would be able to…a successful fabulousplaces.co.uk Christmas Market.  Enjoyed by thousands, the event brought together everything the website is passionate about.  I loved every minute of it and I’m already thinking about next year’s!

I’m now in mummy mode and looking forward to Christmas with my little one.  Come 2012, I have lots of plans for fabulousplaces.co.uk and other ventures…very exciting.


The Christmas Market is almost here!

November 7th, 2011 § 0

The Christmas Market is just around the corner!  This year’s event has more handpicked food and gift exhibitors, 3 demonstrations, 2 workshops and a Santa’s Grotto.

fabulousplaces.co.uk Christmas Market
10am – 4pm, Sat 19th & Sun 20th November 2011
The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby

If you would like to attend any of the demonstrations or workshops we’re advising that bookings are made before the event to avoid disappointment.


1.  Baking Gift Inspiration (Sat/Sun 11.00am)
Lots of inspiration for baking your own gift creations. Presented by Quirky Cookies & Cakes.
2.  Chocolate Indulgence (Sat/Sun 12.00pm)
A must for all chocolate lovers!Presented by Barry Colenso, Master Chocolatier
3.  Christmas Gift Wrapping (Sat/Sun 1.00pm)
Inspirational ideas to give your gifts the perfect finishing touches.  Presented by Housley & Co.

Entry plus demonstrations is £3.  Click here to book your ticket.





11.00am  Duration approx 2 hours
Booking in advance essential
You’ll be taken through the steps to produceyour own wreath. Select yourfoliages to make a festive masterpiece totake home. Presented by Kerry Brown fromThe Blossom Tree, Melbourne, Derbyshire. Tickets are £40.00.  Click here to book your place.

11.00am  Duration approx. 2 hours
You’ll be guided through the craft ofcupcake decorating. You’ll leave with abox of 6 magical cupcakes of your owncreation. All ingredients provided.Presented by Blue Lavender CakeDecorating School.
Tickets are £20.00  Click here to book your place.

Here’s a sneak peak at the event map…

Click here for full information about this year’s Christmas Market.

Christmas Fayre at Blackbrook House

November 7th, 2011 § 0

One of my most loved venues is Blackbrook House for two reasons…it’s where I got married and it’s also where I held the first fabulousplaces.co.uk Christmas Market!  I’m delighted to announce that they are holding a Christmas Fayre on Sunday 27th November from 11am to 5pm.

The event will bring together a wonderful selection of food and gift stalls and much more.  The perfect way to spend a winter’s day.

Click here to read about the Christmas Market I held there in 2009 to give you an idea of what to expect!

For full information about the venue and finding your way there please click here.

Win tickets to the Wedding Event with a Difference!

September 28th, 2011 § 0

The lovely ladies from Save The Date Magazine are offering fabulousplaces.co.uk users the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the Wedding Event with a Difference.  The event brings together a carefully selected array of inspirational wedding services from vintage finishing touches to stunning venues.

Save The Date Wedding Event with a Difference
Sunday 16th October 2011
The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby
Click here for full event information.

For your chance to get your hands on a pair of FREE tickets to the event, just send over the name of ONE of the exhibitors who will be there at the wedding event with a difference.  Head to www.savethedatemagazine.co.uk and take a look for the answer and submit your answer below.  Good luck!

Click here to submit your answer.

Competition closes at midnight on Wednesday 5th October 2011.

Competition Conditions
Competition closes at midnight on Wednesday 5th October 2011.  The prize is non transferable and cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative.  The winner will be required to collect their tickets on the day of the event.  The winner will be notified by email after the closing date.
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