Race for Life Cancer Research UK at Trentham Gardens

June 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Each year Race for Life events sweep across the country encouraging women and girls to run, jog or walk 5km to raise awareness of cancer and tonight Race for Life arrives in Stoke-on-Trent.

Here in Stoke-on-Trent Trentham Gardens are hosting the annual event where runners, joggers and walkers get to enjoy the gardens and run around the lake as part of the Race for Life 5km route. Hundreds of local ladies are expected to join in the fun and relish the chance to remember loved ones who have suffered from cancer, celebrate those who have recovered and support possible cures and preventions of the disease.

race for life

Race for Life is a fantastic chance to support Cancer Research and always proves to be great fun. I know that lots of ladies chose to do their Race for Life with a group of friends for extra support and to ensure they have a wonderful time.

The Bath-Knight team and I would like to wish fellow colleague, Beth Ackley, all the very best as she’s taking part in tonight’s Race for Life and the Race for Life in Stafford next month- a fantastic effort. And of course, our very best wishes go out to all the local ladies joining the Race for Life this evening. Enjoy yourself and raise lots of money for a brilliant cause!

Family days out over Easter

April 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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As the long Easter weekend is nearly upon us I thought it would be nice to share my favourite Easter family days out. When you’re planning a family outing remember to look online for discounts and offers and go early to make the most of your day!

National Trust- I’m a huge advocate of National Trust and often turn to their properties and gardens for family days out. This Easter National Trust have teamed up with Cadbury who will be hosting various different Easter Egg Trails in National Trust sites- find you’re closest here. Along with Easter Egg Hunts in the most beautiful surrounds, children will also be able to take part in Easter themed quizzes and challenges, run the egg and spoon race and get their faces painted!

National Trust Easter

Explore a National Trust site this Easter

Check out the National Trust website for specific information about events near you and special membership offers with the National Trust. I recently received a 3 month free voucher which would be worth looking into if you’re not already a member.

Cadbury World- For most children Easter is all about chocolate so a trip to Cadbury World is the perfect treat for Easter. Located in Birmingham, Cadbury World is easily accessible and offers visitors an in depth tour of Cadbury’s and how they make their legendary chocolate. During the Easter period they will be hosting an Easter Eggstravaganza with a world class Easter Egg Hunt and some of the biggest and best Easter eggs you’ll ever see. Definitely worth visiting!

Easter at Cadbury World

Go chocolate mad at Cadbury World

Local Museums Local Museums are brilliant places to visit during seasonal periods because they will both entertain and educate children. The majority of museums have a timetable of schedules activities; my local museum, The Potteries Museum, is hosting Easter craft sessions but you do need to book in advance so consider this before going along.

If you visit a museum over Easter check out which other exhibitions they are holding on the same day. Chances are it will be something which you will really enjoy and it’s a great way of making the most of your day out.

Easter craft making

Visit your local museum for Easter crafts

Local Attractions- Spring has sprung, even if we had a blip yesterday, so get out and about and enjoy your local attractions. Here in Staffordshire the Trentham Estate is a great option with an outdoor shopping village, garden centre and beautiful lakes which are a real treat especially over a Bank Holiday weekend.  And I’d imagine that the Easter bunny will be wondering around the gardens to keep children entertained too!

If all else fails check out my alterative Easter craft indoor activities from earlier this week. Enjoy!

St Patrick’s Day Party Food- Fruity Soda Bread & Irish Cheese

March 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Fruity Soda Bread-

Soda bread is traditional Irish grub perfect for St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Instead of serving plain soda bread treat your guests to a fruity version. Use any sort of dried fruit, a mix selection is usually a good option, and simply add it to the soda bread dough.

I like to serve my fruity soda bread with butter and or a sweet jam which is a good choice if you’re catering for children too.

Irish Cheese Board-

Whatever the occasion, a cheese board is undoubtedly the best way to end an evening of food and drink. For St Patrick’s Day I’ll be using a selection of Irish Chesses from my local deli “Brown and Green”, located in Trentham Gardens, as it specialises in all sorts of seasonal treats.

If like me you’re going for Irish cheeses I’d recommend using Coolea an Gouda style cheese, Adrahan which is soft with a rind and Coolea a traditional Gouda cheese; all Irish and all delicious.

Annette’s Websites of the Week 12th-16th December 2011

December 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Annette's websites of the week

www.radiotimes.com – Around Christmas time I always buy a Radio Times magazine to check the television listings. This way I can look forward to Christmas films and TV specials which make for extra special festive entertainment.

Radio-Times-2011-ChristmasIn addition to the magazine I’ve also been using the Radio Times website, which is very convenient when the magazine isn’t to hand. Featuring TV listings, recommendations and entertainment news it’s the perfect place to find out what’s on the box, if there wasn’t a better expression.

Seeing as Christmas is getting so closer I’m sure the ‘Christmas’ section will be a huge hit. Here you can find out about those TV Christmas specials- I can’t wait for Downtown Abbey but I know Doctor Who is a big one for many- look at exclusive photo gallery specials and watch behind the scenes footage from your favourite shows including Strictly Come Dancing, which sees its series finale this weekend.

Visit The Radio Times online – here.

www.mysupermarket.co.uk – After watching SuperScrimpers I wanted to investigate how supermarket comparison sites worked and if they prove to be successful when purchasing food which is often priced according to season, weight and brand.

mysupermarketUpon logging onto MySupermarket I was greeted with a short tutorial which I would recommend watching as it simply guides you around the site explaining all of the features and how to make the most out of such.

Working in conjunction with leading supermarkets including Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose the site has good credentials. What I like most is that the site is designed to help you save money, there is not false motive.

It’s important to use the tool featured such as Saving Centre to view offers and the Basket tool to see you’re shopping bill total. Additionally, and most importantly, you can see how much your shopping would be if you’d have shopped at another supermarket.

Best of all if another supermarket is cheaper you can simply transfer you’re shopping to the most cost effective retailer in one click without having to redo your shopping.

Overall the site offers a savvy way to shop without having to sacrifice the product which they want to buy. Definitely worth checking out- even to see the offers which supermarkets are currently offering to customers online.

Douglas MacMillan– This weekend local charity Douglas McMillan is holding a Christmas Sing-a-longa at Trentham Gardens.

christmas sing a longThe open air concert featuring local choirs, Audley Male Voice Choir and Keele Bach Choir, along a local brass brand, is set to be a brilliant event which will really set the mood for festive fun in the lead up to Christmas.

I can honestly say I don’t think that you’ll find a better or more worthwhile carol concert this year and if today’s wintery scatters of snow continue the garden will look beautifully picturesque for the event. Tickets are only £2.50 making it’s a day out which the whole family can enjoy- buy tickets here

Race for Life Stoke-On-Trent 7th June 2011

June 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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 Race for life

The Race for Life is here in Stoke-on-Trent this evening. Held at the beautiful Trentham Gardens, hundreds of local women will be taking part in the event where they can run, jog or walk 5km to help raise awareness of cancer.

I know that the event is a favourite amongst many women as it is a chance to commemorate loved ones who have suffered from cancer, for others it’s a brilliant opportunity to celebrate recovery or just simply support the hard work of Cancer Research UK.

As cancer affects so many people, it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t had some connection with the illness through family and friends; it is great to see Race for Life here in Stoke again. I know that the event has become an annual event at Trentham over the years, and something that the community looks forward too.

race for life

On that note I would like to send my very best wishes to all of women who are participating this evening. Have a fabulous time, raise lots of money and most importantly enjoy your ‘Race for Life’!

For more information about Cancer Research UK and Race for Life, including events near you visit the official website. Tesco is also a partner of the Race for Life visit stores for official merchandise.

BBC Radio Stoke at Trentham Garden with Digital Switchover advice.

April 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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BBC Radio Stoke Trentham Gardens Digital Switchover

The Bath-Knight Marketing team have just popped out to local shopping village and garden centre ‘Trentham Gardens’, where BBC Radio Stoke are broadcasting their afternoon show from today.

The BBC Radio Stoke team are joined by the Digital Switchover team who are out and about in Trentham Gardens offering help and advice about the switchover.

For more information about the digital switchover including how to become part of the ‘Help Scheme’, which offers installation services for the elderly and disabled check out the Help Scheme website or call 0800 40 85 900.

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