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Simple Crafts Competition

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
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Are you a crochet connoisseur? Have a penchant for papercraft? Go all silly over sewing? If any of this sounds like you you’re in the right place, as we’re holding a crafty competition right here on the Sykes Cottages blog.

You may remember last year when we worked with six incredibly talented craft bloggers to create our Simple Crafts: A Guide for Beginners which includes six simple craft tutorials that are ideal for beginner crafters to make whether at home or away.

Enter to win a £100 craft bundle

To get things a bit crafty again, we’re hosting a crafting competition right here on the Sykes Cottages blog – where you can be in with the chance of winning one of six prize bundles! All you have to do to enter is share with us a photo of a craft you have recently made using the competition form below. The six winners of this competition will each be chosen by our six very talented craft bloggers.

You can enter with a craft you made last year, or a craft you made last week – it’s entirely up to you! If you want a bit of inspiration, however, why not head over to the craft guide for some ideas.

How to enter:

Use the form below to upload a photo of a craft you have created and think our judges will love!

Don’t forget your email address so that we can get in touch with you if you win.

Good luck! 

Terms and conditions for this competition can be found here.

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Cheshire May Day Bank Holiday Days Out

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
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If you’ll be finding yourself in the glorious county of Cheshire for the bank holiday weekend, you may be wondering what to get up to. Well, if you’re on the lookout for inspiration look no further as we’ve scoured the county’s calendar and have found four ways that you can spend that extra day off you have this weekend!

Tudors on Tour – Tatton Park, Knutsford

This bank holiday weekend, the Tudors are coming to Knutsford. The grounds of the park will be transformed into a Tudor paradise full of activities suitable for any age. Whether you want to head inside the pop-up palace, watch a royal joust or visit the hands-on-history zone, there will be something for everyone at Tatton Park this weekend. You may even be able to meet Henry VIII!

British Superbike Championship – Oulton Park

This bank holiday weekend sees the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship come to Oulton Park. The action on the track takes place throughout the weekend and there will be stalls and activities available around the park, making this the perfect destination for a bank holiday day out!

Bluebell Walks – Rode Hall & Gardens

The ultimate bank holiday activity has to be going on a stroll before enjoying a cup of tea and slice of cake. You can do just this at Rode Hall & Gardens this weekend on one of their Bluebell Walks. Walk through the landscaped gardens and enjoy looking at the spring time flowers such as Lily of the Valley and Chilean Fire Bush – all of which are surrounded by a blanket of bluebells – before visiting the tearooms for a slice of delicious home-made cake!

The Crocky Trail

Be prepared to get muddy by taking on the Crocky Trail in Chester this bank holiday. Slip down steep slides, go dizzy on the spinning disc and try to keep your balance on the wobbly bridge. The Crocky Trail is one mile of fun that all the family can enjoy – the perfect way to spend a bank holiday!

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Top Three: Roman Attractions in Britain

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
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Although The Romans’ invasion ended thousands of years ago, their evidence can still be seen in Britain today with many towns and cities having a Roman site or ruin. Most of these ruins are now used as attractions, showing visitors just what life was like in Roman Britain. Monty Python raised the question ‘what did the Romans ever do for us?’ and these attractions prove that the simple answer to that question is a lot! Read on to discover just three of the best Roman attractions that we have here in the UK.

The Roman Baths, Bath

Located in the heart of the stunning city of Bath, is the Roman Baths; a well-preserved Roman Bathhouse allowing visitors to explore Roman history, how the baths were built, who used them and even try a taste of the naturally warm spring water. The main draw of the Baths is of course the bath itself, which takes pride of place in the centre of the museum and is one of the final exhibits that you come to.

Roman Amphitheatre, Chester

Chester is not only the home of Sykes Cottages, but the city is also home to the largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain. A focal point of modern Chester since being excavated in 2005, the amphitheatre – which is now used for outdoor events and is a stop off point on many tours of the city – would have been used by the Romans for military training and for entertaining. If you’re enjoying a family holiday in Chester, we recommend a visit to the Dewa Roman Experience, where tours include allowing children to experience being in the Roman military by marching through Chester city centre.

Roman Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum, Northumberland

If you find yourself around Hadrian’s Wall Country, Vindolanda is definitely worth a visit. Featuring two sites – the Roman Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum, there is plenty to see and do at this wonderful attraction. The Roman Army museum is all indoors and its exhibitions allow visitors to step into the lives of Roman soldiers. A fifteen minute drive through the beautiful Northumberland countryside from The Roman Army Museum will bring you to the Roman Vindolanda, home to the Vindolanda Writing Tablets. During summer, visitors are treated to live excavations meaning you can see the Roman history being uncovered during your visit.

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Holiday Cottages For Walking In The Lake District

Sunday, April 19th, 2015
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The Lake District is perfect for walkers of all abilities. Whether you just fancy a short stroll to the nearest pub, a wander down the river or to take on a more challenging trail, the Lake District caters to ramblers of all styles! We have a huge number of properties in the Lake District that are the perfect bases for your walking holiday and today we’re going to point the spotlight on just five of them.

Dufton Hall Cottage, Dufton

Being located close to open countryside makes this Dufton property the ideal base for a romantic rambling getaway. Couples can enjoy a walk along the river, through the countryside or wander alongside Dufton Fell. Wherever your feet take you, you’ll be glad that they will lead you back to this wonderful studio accommodation.

Jitty Cottage, Appleby-in-Westmorland

If you can bear to leave this stunning Lake District property – which holds an Appleby-in-Westmorland’s Society Award for its stunning restoration – you are only a hop, skip and a jump away from wonderful riverside walks along the River Eden. The Lakeland Fells are also just a short distance away and certainly worth spending some time exploring! At the end of a lovely day, you can get some well-deserved rest and relaxation in one of the town’s restaurants, which are located just a short walk from Jitty Cottage.

Drakes Cottage, Cartmel

For a relaxing Lake District break, Drakes Cottage is perfect. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the grounds surrounding the property, or wander a little further to the historic village of Cartmel. In summer, welcome the day with a cup of coffee on the patio and in the colder seasons warm up after a wintry walk in front of the wood-burner. If you want to travel slightly further and see more of this wonderful part of the country, Lake Windermere is just six miles away and definitely worth a visit, with more stunning views to enjoy as you wander.

Hunter’s Moon, Skelwith Bridge

With instant access to the great outdoors and plenty of walking and cycling routes, Hunter’s Moon in Skelwith Bridge is the ideal property for those wanting to get away from it all. Stay in Skelwith Bridge for a wander along the walking route that runs beside the River Brathay or head just slightly further afield to Ambleside or Grasmere and enjoy wonderful walks in some of the Lake District’s most popular areas.

Springfield Cottage, Little Clifton

As a brilliant base for hill walking, taking in the sights of the Lake District or just for relaxing, Springfield Cottage has it all! If you just want to stretch your legs, walking trails can be found right from the doorstep of this Little Clifton property, whereas more challenging routes can be easily accessed in other areas such as Buttermere or Loweswater. Whatever the difficulty of your ramble, Springfield Cottage will be a very welcome retreat at the end of a day exploring.

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Lake District

Image from Springfield Cottage in Little Clifton

These are just five of the many self catering holiday cottages that we have in the Lake District. If you’re inspired to head off on a walking holiday in the Lakes then visit the Sykes Cottages website to see what we have available for you – we’re sure that we have the perfect holiday cottage for you! Don’t fancy the Lake District right now? Don’t worry as we have a huge number of properties across the United Kingdom and Ireland that are perfect for walking holidays, you can see them all on our website here.

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Best Places to Photograph in the Lake District

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
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Wherever you are in the Lake District you are bound to be surrounded by stunning natural beauty, so it is no surprise that amateur and professional photographers alike get a bit snap happy in the area! To inspire you to do the same, I have browsed through Flickr and found ten stunning photographs of some of the Lake District’s awe-inspiring landscapes. As they say, a picture says a thousand words, so I’m going to cut this one short and let these lovely images do all the talking.

Bassenthwaite Lake

Bassenthwaite Lake

Image taken by Stacey MacNaught | CC 2.0

Brantwood Jetty

Haweswater

Tarn Hows Lake

Lake Coniston

Thirlmere

Skiddaw from Derwentwater

Ullswater

Windermere

Keswick

If you’re feeling inspired by these photographs but you’re not too sure where to start, take a look at our Beginner’s Guide to Photography for some useful tips for beginners on getting the most out of your camera!

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.