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Win Tickets to the Keswick Beer Festival – Sykes’ Beer Buddy Competition

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
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On the 6th and 7th of June, the Lake District gets ready to welcome a crowd of nearly 6,000 beer enthusiasts to the 18th annual Keswick Beer Festival! This year’s sold out festival is expected to be the best yet with live entertainment, delicious food and of course a wonderful selection of local and national beers.

If you missed out on a pair of passes to this year’s sold out event then don’t worry, as here at Sykes Cottages, we’ve managed to get our hands on a pair of passes for each day of the festival and we want to share them with you. All you need to do is tell us know the name of the famous person you’d most like to go for a beer with and you could be in with a chance of winning passes to this prestigious event!


How to Enter

Twitter: To enter through twitter you must first be following Sykes Cottages (@SykesCottages). Once you’re following our account, you simply need to tweet us the name of your favourite famous person along with the hashtag #BeerBuddy and your name will be automatically entered into the competition.

Facebook: If you’d like to enter through Facebook, you must be following the Sykes Cottages Page. Once you’ve followed our page, you then need to comment on the Beer Buddy Competition post with the name of your chosen beer buddy – it’s as simple as that!

Terms and Conditions

As with any competition, we do have a few terms and conditions which you must agree to before entering. Please take the time to read though our terms and conditions below before submitting your entry.


  1. All entrants MUST be over the age of 18 at the time of entering and be a resident of Great Britain; proof of identity and age may be required. Failure to comply with these rules will lead to the entry being disqualified.
  2. The promoter and host of this competition is Sykes Cottages and can be reached via email at
  3. The competition is not open to employees of Sykes Cottages or any agencies or group companies related to Sykes Cottages.
  4. Using a false name or address for this competition will lead to the entry being disqualified.


  1. Entry to the competition can be obtained through Facebook or Twitter
  2. All Twitter entrants must follow @sykescottages and include our handle @sykescottages and the competition hashtag ‘#BeerBuddy’ in their tweet. Eg. “I would like to go for a beer with Tom Cruise! @SykesCottages #BeerBudy”
  3. All Facebook entrants much follow the Sykes Cottages Facebook Page and comment on the Beer Buddy Competition post.
  4. Only one entry per person per platform, (eg you can enter once on Facebook and once on Twitter) multiple entries will not be counted.
  5. Entries made using methods generated by a script, macro or the use of automated devices will  be disqualified.

The Prize

  1. There will be two winners; one who will win two tickets to attend the festival on Friday the 6th June 2014 and one who will win two tickets to attend the festival on Saturday the 7th. The date of the tickets that the winners receive will be chosen at random by the Sykes Cottages judging panel, and the final decision is non-negotiable.
  2. The competition is for tickets only and will not include any travel or accommodation. Entrants must be able to travel to Keswick on the dates of the festival.
  3. Prizes are non-transferable, non-refundable and there is no cash alternative available.
  4. The tickets will be sent via post, and Sykes Cottages or The Keswick Beer Festival do not claim responsibility for tickets damaged in the post.


  1. Competition opens at 12 noon GMT on the 21st of May 2014.
  2. Competition closes at midnight GMT on the 26th May 2014, any entries sent after this time will be disqualified.

The Winner

  1. The winners of the competition will be chosen by a panel of judges at Sykes Cottages and this decision is final.
  2. The winners will be chosen and notified on May 27th.
  3. Winners must contact Sykes Cottages within 24 hours of being announced due to the time restraints of the prize. If we have not heard from the winner within those 24 hours, another winner will be chosen.
  4. Once we have heard back from the winners we will then post their names on the Sykes Cottages facebook and twitter account.
  5. Winners MUST drink responsibly. Sykes Cottages and its associated agencies and companies will not be liable for any loss, expense or damage which is suffered or sustained in connection with the competition. Except for liability that cannot be lawfully excluded in which case that liability will be the minimum allowable by law.
  6. Details of the winner can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address; Sykes Cottages, Lime Tree House, Hoole Lane, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 3EG
  7. The winner may be required for promotional activities and by entering the competition accepts that their name may be provided or published as per the terms and conditions.

Data protection and privacy

  1. Any personal data relating to entrants will not be disclosed to a third party without the individual’s consent (other than the winning entry). Data relating to entrants will be retained by the Promoter and Competition host for a reasonable period after the Competition closes to assist in operating competitions in a consistent manner and to deal with any queries on the Competition.
  2. Information provided to enter the competition may be used, shared or published or used for publicity in a digital format and includes your name, your location and/or profile picture.
  3. By providing the Competition host with your personal data you consent to the Competition host sending you marketing emails.
  4. If an Entrant does not wish for their personal information to be used for marketing purposes, a request to remove consent for personal information to be used for marketing purposes should be submitted in writing to the Competition host.


  1. Nothing in these terms and conditions shall exclude the liability of the Promoter or the Competition host for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence.
  2. The Promoter reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Competition with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of the Promoter in all matters under its control is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.
  3. The Promoter shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to, weather conditions, fire, flood, hurricane, strike, industrial dispute, war, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, inevitable accidents, supervening legislation or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure.
  4. The Promoter and Competition host accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Competition or accepting the prize. The Promoter further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to your or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the Competition.
  5. The entrant completely releases Facebook from any involvement in this competition.
  6. The competition is not sponsored, associated, organised, endorsed or administered in any way by Facebook.
  7. Information provided as part of the competition is not provided to Facebook.
  8. The Competition will be governed by English law.

All Done? Then what are you waiting for? Head over to our Twitter and Facebook page now for your chance to win tickets to the sold out Keswick Beer Festival!


By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Hidden Cornwall- Win a National Trust Family Membership!

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
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Fancy getting your hands on a National Trust family membership? Then enter our Hidden Cornwall competition today! We’re giving away three annual family memberships (two adults and their children or grandchildren) for the National Trust, worth £98.

Hidden Cornwall

Watch & Win!

To be in with a chance of winning this great prize, simply watch our Hidden Cornwall short film, answer the questions and submit your responses. Three winners will be selected at random from the correct answers we receive. To enter the competition, visit our Hidden Cornwall page or click the banner above.

For full competition terms and conditions, please visit our Hidden Cornwall Facebook page by clicking here.

Good Luck & enjoy the the video!


Jonathan Tuplin

By Jonathan Tuplin

Jonathan is a lover of books, music and good food. Originally from Yorkshire, there's nothing he likes more than a cycle in the country. One of his favourite spots in the UK is Tenby, where he spent many a happy holiday as a child.

January Blues- Vote for your favourite!

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
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Over the past couple of weeks, you’ve been sending in snaps of the misfortunes, calamities and hardships that have left you feeling blue this January. We’ve had everything from bruised knees and trumpet wielding children, to encounters with rat’s nests, floods and the odd close shave. Now however, it’s time to choose a winner- a person whose tough luck really deserves recognition.

January Blues Compertition

Simply visit to choose your favourite and vote by tweeting or sharing their entry. Voting is open until Monday 10th February, so you’ve plenty of time to cherry-pick your favourite catastrophe from our bunch of grouchy misfortunates. When voting closes, the wretches who received the most votes will be passed to a panel of judges, and the winner chosen. So go on, cheer yourself up by having a good old chuckle at the hardships of others, and give a little back to the plucky folk who entered by voting for your favourite case of the January Blues. Oh and feel free to have a good laugh at some of the entries- after all, your sympathy and mirth is all that stands between them and a fantastic holiday giveaway!

Jonathan Tuplin

By Jonathan Tuplin

Jonathan is a lover of books, music and good food. Originally from Yorkshire, there's nothing he likes more than a cycle in the country. One of his favourite spots in the UK is Tenby, where he spent many a happy holiday as a child.

January Blues Competition

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
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As arguably the most depressing month of the year, January has seen its fair share of negativity from the British public. So here at Sykes Cottages, we want to help turn your frown upside-down by giving you the chance to swap your January misfortunes for a wonderful cottage holiday!

January Blues Compertition

How to enter

We are offering you the chance to win £400.00 worth of Sykes Cottages vouchers simply by sharing a picture of your bad day. To enter the competition take a picture that best illustrates the horrible day you’re having, write a caption to go alongside it and then share it with us on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #januaryblues- it’s that easy! Your entry can be anything from standing in dog poo, to an accidental encounter with an angry squirrel; let us know about it and you could be in with the chance of winning a fantastic holiday cottage that will hopefully make your bad day worthwhile.

For more details on how to enter this amazing competition visit the January Blues competition page, good luck!



By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Sykes Cottages’ Gingerbread House Building Competition

Monday, December 23rd, 2013
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You might have noticed that not long ago Sykes Cottages welcomed a group of extra special fairy-tale cottages into the fold, including our very own Gingerbread House. As you might expect we have been inundated with requests about staying there and we just can’t keep up. Therefore we created this handy little infographic that would give people all the information that they would need to build their very own life-sized gingerbread house from scratch. However, we weren’t too sure about how these delicious dwellings should be decorated and so we turned to some extremely friendly bloggers, and their little assistants, for a touch of inspiration.

The Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House, property reference no. GNGBRD

We ran a competition where we sent out a few build your own gingerbread house kits for them to put together and then decorate to their heart’s content; needless to say, the creativity certainly flowed. We then had the difficult job of choosing a winner from the various creations, something that proved to be quite a task.

The Runner Ups

Our first entry was the gingerbread house created by our helpers at Here Come the Girls. This turned out to be one of the more creative entries as rather than making a traditional gingerbread house they went all out and recreated one of their favourite fairy-tales with a model of Rapunzel’s tower that included an evil witch and Rapunzel’s hair. The lovely people over at Crummy Mummy also entered a wonderfully creative gingerbread house roofed with fruit gum tiles that are colourful to make any house stand out from the crowd.

Our friends over at Domestic Goddesque pushed the boat out with a real winter wonderland complete with a snow covered garden and Christmas tree. Also going for the festive approach, the family at Here We Are Together sent over a Christmassy cottage that included an extra Christmas tree, not to mention a snowman constructed from marshmallows and chocolate buttons.

Here We Are Together's gingerbread house

The Gingerbread House created by Here We Are Together

Unfortunately the kit that we sent out to the family at Mum In The Mad House was slightly damaged in the post, however thanks to some handy work with a bit of tin foil, not to mention a fantastic array of Christmassy decorations, the situation was rescued. The Gingerbread House that our friends from Bakes, Books And My Boys also featured a touch of DIY, albeit in the form of a hand-crafted candy cane door frame which added a lovely finishing touch.

Although there may have been an unfortunate incident involving the gingerbread Hansel the entry from Simply Being Mum proved to be a delightfully festive house that even came with a couple of sugar model snowmen in the garden.

Simply Being Mum's Gingerbread House

The Gingerbread House made by Simply Being Mum

The lovely people over at Modern Mummy certainly let their artistic side out with some fantastic Christmas decorations, especially the white icing around the window and door, whereas Deep In Mummy Matters went for the location, location, location approach with a prime spot of lakeside real estate for their gingerbread house.

The Winner

Ultimately we settled on The Brick Castle as our winner. This was mainly down to the addition of a little nativity scene, not to mention the very impressive Brick Castle! We also liked the fact that they included a little gingerbread recipe so that their readers could break out the baking trays and give it a go themselves.

The Brick Castle Gingerbread House

Our Winner: The Gingerbread House from The Brick Castle

Finally we would just like to pass on a massive thank you to all of the bloggers that took part in the competition, and of course their little assistants, and we hope that they enjoyed their culinary crafting.

Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.