Reflections of Fabulous Places!

The Fabulous Places Summer Food & Gift fair has now finished and we had a wonderful time! The weather was fabulous and the venue (Derby’s Roundhouse) was amazing!

My highlights had to be BitterSweet Handmade Chocolates from Melbourne in Derbyshire. I could have spent all day sampling the wonders on this particular stall.

Another recommendation has to be Brockleby’s – Specialist suppliers of Rare and Minority Breed meats. We bought a Wild Beaver Pie, which isn’t made from Beavers, rather beef from the Vale of Belvoir. It was absolutely delicious and I’d recommend it to anyone.

It was a busy weekend so there’s wasn’t that much time to take photos but here’s a few of our fellow stallholders.

My children adored the Squeak Gift & Party stall which sold a range of practical products such as baking supplies, mini kits, books, card making and present wrapping.


Next to our stall was Helen of Big Green Tree who sells luxury handmade bath, body and beauty care items.

Finally a stall I really liked HWR Designs, again another Helen who makes teddies, small birds and ducks out of fabric as well as a range of kitchen and home accessories.

So a fun (and tiring) weekend was had by all!

Fabulous Places Summer Food & Gift Fair!

As I’m sure you’re all aware I love attending Creative Events of all kinds. Whether they offer the chance to learn a new skill, or introduce you to artists you might otherwise have never been aware of, they are a creative person’s dream. So I am particularly excited at the moment as the upcoming Fabulous Places Summer Food & Gift Fair is fast approaching. Not only is it offering over 50 retail stalls to excite and entice, there’s also loads of children’s activities and events. Plus so many fabulous food retailers as to threaten to expand your waistband at the sheer sight of them.

But best of all…….

We’ll Be There!

Bit of shameless self promotion there (sometimes you just have to). But it really will be a fantastic event for all the family. With tickets priced at only £1 and under 16s going free, it’s the perfect day out for everyone.

Tis the season to hold a Fair!

With the festive season rapidly approaching fairs of every creative nature seem to have sprung up. Just last weekend I visited Lustre at Lakeside Arts in Nottingham. I’ve been for the past couple of years and it’s always a wonderful mix of new and old talent. Although I think my favourite has always been Steve Handley and his wonderful cupboards and hooks. This year seemed a little overrun with jewellery designers, which I appreciate may sound a little strange coming from a jewellery business myself, it just felt a little lacking in variety in comparison to previous years.

This weekend Anne is busy working away at Banks Mill winter open studios. I would have liked to have been there too, but I’m a bit bruised after a jolt earlier in the week, so decided I was better sitting at home eating chocolate pudding (oh the hardship!)

But that’s not the end of the weekends offerings. In Derby there is also the Fabulous Places Christmas Market which promises to be an amazing shopping experience in the run up to Christmas. We were truly quite gutted not to be able to attend as we were already booked at the mill.

But if you think that means a restful few weeks will follow you’d be mistaken. We are also attending the Christmas Craft fair at Kedleston Hall next weekend.

Then we have a smaller fair coming up the week after. Not exactly sure when we Santa will fit in all our his Christmas shopping in amongst all this, perhaps we can rope in a husband elf or two with a very specific list.