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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.

Easy Elderflower Cordial

June 7th, 2011 § 0


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.


fabulousplaces.co.uk on the road this summer

May 8th, 2011 § 0

fabulousplaces.co.uk will be out about over the Summer at the following events…we’ll be promoting all things fabulous and also selling the magazine:

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May 2011
Derbyshire Food & Drink Fair
For full information about the event please click here.  This year’s event will be held at Hardwick Hall.

Saturday 4th June 2011,  9am – 2pm
Wirksworth Farmers Market

Saturday 26th June 2011, 1pm onwards
Duffield Carnival
Eyes Meadow, Duffield
Click here for a location map.

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July 2011
fabulousplaces.co.uk Food & Gift Fair
The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derbyshire
Click here for full information.

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

it’s all about upcycling

February 25th, 2011 § 0

Upcycling is becoming an increasingly popular way of taking an item that you would otherwise throw out and finding a way to make it into something else or changing it’s appearance to suit your home.  A couple of years ago it was second nature for many of us to discard items we no longer wanted in our homes, but over time gorgeous little shops and makers have joined the market selling upcycled items.  This has inspired many of us to rethink what we do with items in our home and also offered us an alternative to buying something brand new.

Lyn from The Painted Chest takes vintage french fabrics and items and turns them into bags and home accessories including lamps, cushions and bunting.

Amanda Hamilton takes vintage deckchairs and turns them into desirable seating for the garden using a carefully selection range of striped fabrics.

Susanna from Bow Boutique says “upcycling is all about breathing new life into an object once treasured by another decade”. At Bow you’ll find an array of goodies all of which have been given a new lease of life, for e.g. furniture carefully restored and painted in beautiful shades from Farrow & Ball.

All the featured makers above are passionate about turning old items into gorgeous things for your home and what I love the most is that they all offer you the opportunity to choose how you would like the item to look, even down to the colour of the pom poms on Amanda’s deckchairs!

Just over a year ago I purchased an old church pew, I gave it some tlc and painted it in my favourite colour of farrow and ball paint.  I now have a chunky wooden table with wooden chairs and my beloved pew.  It’s surprising how many people ask where it’s from…it was a bargain and I customised it to fit in with my colour scheme and if I change the colour of my kitchen I can paint the bench again.  Since then I’ve found a few other pieces at antique shops and markets.  I didn’t think I would ever enjoy routing through old things, but I can thoroughly recommend it.

If you’ve ever fancied having a go at upcycling something for your own home, great places to search out bargains are local markets and antiques shops (Heanor Antique Centre is one of my faves).  Alternatively, if you would prefer to buy items that have already been given a new look then places to try are the Bow Boutique in Cromford (soon to move to Matlock) and The Vintage Rooms in Wirksworth.

The Prince of Wales visits Bluebells

February 19th, 2011 § 1

The Prince of Wales visited Bluebells in Spondon as part of his visit to Derbyshire on Friday February 18th.

The Prince of Wales met the Brown family at the ceremony for the BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards in 2009, where Bluebells were runners up in the Farmer of the Year category. The Prince of Wales expressed an interest in Bluebells Dairy Ice Cream, Café and Farm Shop and followed this up with a visit to the Farm yesterday.  During his visit, The Prince of Wales joined The Brown family for tea and cake, followed by a tour of the farm and cafe.

I’m sure you will all join me in sending congratulations to The Brown Family for the success they have achieved with Bluebells.

To find out more about Bluebells please visit fabuoulsplaces.co.uk.

Cream Interior Design, Melbourne

January 1st, 2011 § 0


I would like to give a huge welcome to a new service added to fabulousplaces.co.ukCream Interior Design offer full interior design in addition to a gorgeous showroom based in the lovely town of Melbourne in Derbyshire.  Visit their page on fabulousplaces.co.uk for full information.

Merry Christmas!

December 22nd, 2010 § 0

Thank you all so much for supporting fabulousplaces.co.uk…I feel incredibly lucky to be able to turn my passion into a career and I can’t wait for next year…I’m looking forward to bringing you lots more fabulous places and makers in addition to more events!

Wishing you all a truly wonderful Christmas…eat, drink & be merry!



December 16th, 2010 § 0


The lovely people at Seasoned are offering one lucky person the opportunity to win a £99 cookery voucher!  What better way to start 2011 than with a hands on course learning something you can take home and thoroughly impress your friends.

Seasoned provides cookery courses for everyone inspiring you to get hands on and learn something new. Seasoned have a range of dedicated chef’s who each teach their own speciality so you will learn from a true expert who is passionate about their sphere.  Courses include, Perfect Puddings, Bread Making, Indian Entertaining, Fish & Seafood and Flavours from around the world.

For your chance to win this fabulous prize all you have to do is answer this simple question…

Q:  What would you like to learn to cook/bake in 2011?

Click here to send your answer through to Deb at fabulousplaces.co.uk.

For more information about Seasoned visit their page on fabulousplaces.co.uk.  You can also follow them on Twitter.

The competition will close at midnight on Friday 7th January 2011.  The winner will be chosen at random and notified on Monday 11th January. Good luck!

Hire your Christmas tree!

November 28th, 2010 § 0

If you visited the fabulousplaces.co.uk Christmas Market you probably spotted the gorgeous real Christmas trees at the entrance and in the foyer.  These were from the wonderful and local The Little Tree Company who offer a great opportunity to hire a real tree for Christmas.

This got me thinking…I love real Christmas trees and we used to have one each year, but after a while I felt it was such a waste so we invested in an artificial tree which looked as close to ‘real’ as possible.  After being surrounded by real trees at the event I decided to hire our tree from The Little Tree Company this year…it makes so much sense and means I can enjoy the wonderful aroma of a real tree again, I missed that!!  The tree is delivered when I want it and collected after Christmas to be replanted.

If you like the idea of hiring a Christmas tree this year click here for more information.

My tree is scheduled to arrive on the 1st December…I’ll post a photo of it when it’s decorated!

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