Halloween Happenings here in Stoke-on-Trent

October 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I’ve been looking into half term events in my surround area of Stoke-on-Trent and I’m delighted by the huge variety of things to do- all local, all offering something beneficial and all sound largely enjoyable for both myself and grandchildren.

Emma Bridgewater Factory-


Famous for her polka dot designs and kitch finishes Emma Bridgewater creates her pottery master pieces right here in the city. Attracting visitors from all over the Emma Bridgewater factory is open to explore and this half term has a special Halloween theme.

pumpkin archBoasting lots of creative activities children are encouraged to get into the spirit of Halloween with fancy dress as those in costumes are welcomed to enjoy time in one of the Emma Bridgewater decorating studios free of charge.

Additionally, the Emma Bridgewater team have created a rather spectacular pumpkin arch –the perfect place to pose for a family photo- and are willing all guests to guess the weight of the pumpkins.

With face painting and mask making facilities this really is a creative day out for the children. If you’re interested in learning more about how the factory works then I’d recommend the factory tour– a wonderful half term afternoon here in Stoke-on-Trent.

trentham estateTrentham GardensA huge local attraction Trentham Gardens offers lots to its visitors. A walk around the beautiful lake in the crisp autumn is a particularly nice way to spend time with loved ones.

Right in time for Halloween Trentham Gardens’ are hosting a ‘Wild Weekend’ complete with scary street performers, pumpkins carving and Halloween treats at the Monkey Forest, which children will undoubtedly adore.

The Potteries MuseumFor most the local museum is a brilliant place to retreat to during school holidays and The Potteries Museum is no different. Located here in Stoke-on-Trent the museum is a local hub for arts and culture and is currently in the midst of British Ceramics Biennial 2011 exhibition.

For half term, and not forgetting Halloween the museum is hosting ‘Who’s Afraid of…’ which will see children’s favourite baddies from Captain Hook to Cruella De Ville roaming around the museum. Children can also get their faces painted and take part in Halloween craft workshops during half term.  


In additionally this Saturday The Potteries Museum is taking part in The Big Draw, a campaign which gets people drawing, thinking and creating wonderful ideas which will be displayed on a Halloween inspired giant spider web at the museum.

I think all of these local events are brilliant ways to keep children entertained during half term. For me a visit to the local museum is a great way to keep heritage facilities in your local area alive. Admission is generally free so why not go alone and see what’s on.

Websites of the Week 25th-29th July 2011

July 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Annette's websites of the week

Slimming WorldIn an attempt to get a little healthier I’ve joined Slimming World and what a fabulous success I have had.

Over the past three weeks I’ve worked on the ‘Extra Easy Plan’- by far Slimming World’s easiest and most effective yet- and managed to lose 10 pound, which I am really happy with.

The Slimming World website is a great place for members to visit, or potential recruits to find out where their nearest club is. I really like the online recipes for inspiration on what to make for dinner and the online advice is a great to keep the plan on track in between meetings.

If you’re looking to find a healthier approach to eating, or just in search of  delicious and healthy meal ideas it worthwhile paying www.slimmingworld.com a visit.

Earlier this week I blogged about the Southwark Circle, a social care scheme which helps members socialise and get practical help whilst growing older.

I’m really taken with the schemes credentials as so many people appear to be benefiting from the simplicity and effectiveness of the organisation.

southwark  circle

With a simple design, easy navigation and plenty of ways to inform potential members on how to get involved the websites does its job very well.

My favourite aspect is the monthly social calendar. Mainly because it includes so many fantastic opportunities for its members; with everything from social events, sporting events, teaching sessions providing the opportunity to learn a new skill and a variety of Q & A sessions.

In my opinion a website (and organisation) which really is worth looking into.

john_lewis_logoI was thrilled earlier to discover that John Lewis online stock so many great names from Bath-Knight’s local town Stoke-On-Trent with collections from Emma Bridgewater, Wedgewood and Royal Doulton featured.  

The latest to join John Lewis is the BTC Teapot Pendant, which was featured on The Apprentice and is manufactured here in Stoke-on-Trent. It’s a great boost to know that local products are such a hit with huge retailer.

Of course, there is more to www.johnlewis.com than ceramics from the potteries, as the site offers a huge selection with ranges of clothing and home ware, electrical goods and beauty products. A one stop site for everything you need. Perfect!

The best buy Royal Wedding commemerative memorabilia

April 21, 2011 at 12:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Treat yourself to one of my favourite Royal Wedding memorabilia pieces in celebration of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Best Buy royal wedding memorabilia

‘Love is in the Heir’ tea towelwww.hunkydoryhome.co.uk
Royal Wedding Prince William & Kate Middleton PlateEmma Bridgewater

‘Will & Kate’ Royal Wedding tea towelCath Kidston
Catherine Close & William Road’ MugJohn Lewis

Bride & Groom Gingerbread biscuitsWaitrose
William & Kate Dress up Doll bookPenguin Books
Union Jack FlaskSainsbury’s
The Royal Wedding for Dummies bookAmazon.co.uk

‘Kate & Wills Pie’pieminster
Knit your own Royal Wedding by Fiona GobleJohn Lewis
Party BoxTesco Direct
‘It Should Have Been Me’ ladies t-shirtwww.mycrownjewels.co.uk

Crown & Union Jack Cupcake set Accessorize
‘We heart a Royal Wedding’ Key ringCath Kidston
William and Kate novelty tea bagsDonkey-Products

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