August 12th, 2012 §
I recently visited Baslow and immediately noticed the great row of shops adorning the first part of Calver Road. For me, it’s a little piece of heaven…gorgeous interiors shops and a little shop full to the brim with goodies for little ones!
The first stop off was Vintage Living, then Five Little Ducks and finally Avant Garde. If you’re in the area or fancy a trip out, add Baslow to your list, it’s a little gem.
Below are some photos from my visit.
Vintage Living, Baslow, Derbyshire
Avant Garde in Baslow
Five Little Ducks, Baslow, Derbyshire
August 9th, 2012 §
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…
April 18th, 2012 §
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!
March 31st, 2012 §
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 3rd, 2012 §
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!
September 28th, 2011 §
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 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.
June 7th, 2011 §
It’s that time of year when elderflowers are beginning to show themselves, so I thought it would be perfect to post a recipe for one of my favourites…elderflower cordial.
I used this recipe last year to make my first ever homemade cordial, which was delicious and extremely self satisfying to make. The recipe will make approx 3 litres (5 pints) of cordial…plenty to see you through the rest of the year.
Here’s what you’ll need:
30 elderflower heads
6 pints (approx 3 litres) of boiling water
900g of caster sugar
50g of citric acid (you’ll find this at any local chemist)
1 unwaxed lemon
2 unwaxed lime
- Gently rinse the elderflowers…this will remove any dirt and little critters!
- Using a very large bowl, carefully pour the boiling water over the caster sugar. Stir the mixture well and leave it to cool.
- Add the citric acid, sliced lemon and limes and finally the elderflowers.
- Leave the mixture to cool in a safe place for approx 24 hrs, stirring occasionally.
- The final step is to strain the mixture through muslin. Once this is done the mixture is ready to be bottled (bottles should be new and ideally sterilized). What I love about the cordial is that it keeps well and it also makes a great gift presented in a bottle with a tag. The cordial will keep for months and even longer if you freeze it (if you decide to freeze some, make sure that it’s in a plastic container or bottle).
Elderflower cordial is just one of the many inspiring recipes featured in the fabulousplaces.co.uk etc. magazine. Click here to get your copy of the 2011 Derbyshire guide.
May 30th, 2011 §
Come & say hello this Saturday…we’ll be at Wirksworth Farmers Market selling the fabulousplaces.co.uk magazine, etc. We’ll be offering the magazine at a special Farmers Market price of just £2 (rrp. £3.50). The Farmer Market can be located on the main road through Wirksworth (St Johns Street) from 9am until 2pm.
You’ll also have an opportunity to buy the I heart Derbyshire cotton shopper bag and also pick up a flyer for the upcoming fabulousplaces.co.uk Summer Food & Gift Fair at the Roundhouse on 2nd & 3rd July 2011.
Hope to see you there!
May 23rd, 2011 §
The Alphabet Gift Shop in Mickleover will be unveiling a fabulous extension to their current shop space this coming Friday, 27th May 2011, and you’re invited to their grand opening from 10am!
There’ll be lots going on and if you wear something pink you’l receive 10% off! There’ll be lots of new stock to browse, cupcakes and bubbly and a charity raffle in aid of the Lewis Mighty Fund.
Please see invite above for full information.
The Alphabet Gift Shop will also be exhibiting at the fabulousplaces.co.uk Food & Gift Fair at The Roundhouse on Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd July 2011! Click here for full information.
May 17th, 2011 §
Tineke Floral Designs, Matlock, Vintage Floral Bouquet
Yay, it’s competition time…how would you like to win a £60 bouquet of stunning flowers?
Tineke Floral Designs are offering one winner a bouquet of flowers, delivered to you…anywhere in the UK! Tineke Floral Design specialise in beautiful floral arrangements for special occasions and delivery throughout the UK.
All you have to do is follow fabulousplaces.co.uk on Twitter and answers the following question:
Q: Where in Derbyshire is Tineke Floral Designs based?
TWO stages to enter:
1. Submit your answer here.
2. Then click here to follow fabulousplaces.co.uk on Twitter…easy as that!
BOTH STAGES MUST BE COMPLETED TO ENTER!
Competition closes midnight on Thursday 26th May 2011.
To find out all about Tineke Floral Designs click here.