TERRIBLE DAY? Snap a selfie showing us why, write a short caption explaining what's up, then SHARE IT with us on TWITTER or FACEBOOK and be in with a chance of winning a holiday that'll wipe that sulky pout right off your face, courtesy of Sykes Cottages!

WHY? January may be the most depressing month of the year (apparently), but any time can be lousy, and we want to tackle the bad times with lols. So share your blues with the world for your chance to WIN A FAB GETAWAY.



It's not that we want to laugh at you (but do of course
feel free to take comfort in other people's disaster days
when they upload their pics!) - we want to help you BEAT
whether the dog's eaten your shoes or you've spilt coffee
down your shirt just before a meeting, get snapping then
get uploading!

All you have to do to enter is provide Sykes Cottages with a selfie of you having a bad day via TWITTER or FACEBOOK with a short caption explaining your situation (in 100 characters or less). Entrants can also enter the competition with a simple text entry. Please make sure you tag Sykes Cottages if you're submitting via Facebook, or tweet your entry @Sykescottages including the hashtag #januaryblues – otherwise your entry might not be counted - you don't want to make your day any worse, after all!

January Blues Terms & Conditions:

The promoter is: Sykes Cottages Ltd (company no. 4469189) whose registered office is at Lime Tree House, Hoole Lane, Chester, CH2 3EG.

This competition is open to persons resident in the UK who fulfil the conditions set out below, with the exception of employees of Sykes Cottages Ltd (or any of its associates) or their relatives, and persons under 18 years of age.

There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via www.sykescottages.co.uk/january-blues/.

The competition will be open for entries from 20th January 2014.

You can enter the competition by one of the following options:

  • Uploading a picture of your Bad Day to the Sykes Facebook page at https://en-gb.facebook.com/sykescottages.co.uk, along with up to 100 characters of text and tagging Sykes Cottages.
  • Posting a text entry of up to 100 characters, describing your Bad Day, on the Sykes Cottages Facebook page, and tagging Sykes Cottages.
  • Posting a picture of your Bad Day on Twitter, using the hashtag #januaryblues, along with up to 100 characters of text and tweeting your entry @Sykescottages.
  • Posting a text entry of up to 100 characters on Twitter, describing your Bad Day, using the hashtag #januaryblues and tweeting your entry @Sykescottages.

Please note that your entry must either tag Sykes Cottages if submitted via Facebook, or be tweeted @Sykescottages if submitted via Twitter, to be counted as an entry.

Entries will be moderated and only those entries considered relevant to the competition by the promoter will be entered into the competition.

By sharing your User Content via a social networking service such as Facebook or Twitter, such User Content will be shared in accordance with your privacy settings on the social networking service account.

By entering User Content into this competition you hereby grant to Sykes Cottages Ltd a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, copy, modify, create derivative works based upon, distribute, publicly display and distribute your User Content in connection with this competition.

You are solely responsible for all your User Content. You represent and warrant that you own all your User Content, or you have all rights that are necessary to grant us the license rights in your User Content under these Terms.

You also represent and warrant that your User Content will not infringe, misappropriate or violate a third party's intellectual property rights, or rights of publicity or privacy, or result in the violation of any applicable law or regulation.

Closing date for entry will be 31st January 2014. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

A voting phase will be held from 3rd February 2014 to 10th February 2014, during which a popular vote will be held via the page at www.sykescottages.co.uk/january-blues/gallery/. The results of the popular vote will serve to inform the judges' appointment of the winner but will not determine the winner of the competition.

Winners will be chosen on 10th February 2014 by a panel of judges appointed by Sykes Cottages Ltd.

The winner will be notified by message on the social networking site they used to enter the competition within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.

The promoter's decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

The prize for the winner is a gift voucher for a stay in a Sykes Cottage, to the value of £400.

This voucher may be used as payment or part payment of a cottage holiday with Sykes Cottages Ltd. It is valid for any holiday with a start date within 2 years of the voucher issue date. Where the cost of the holiday booked is less than the value of the voucher, no cash refund will be given. The voucher cannot be exchanged for cash either in full or part, or replaced if lost or damaged. Further information can be found at: http://www.sykescottages.co.uk/gift-vouchers.html

No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prize is not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant's prior consent.

The winner's name will be available 28 days after the closing date by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address: Charlotte Stamper, Sykes Cottages, Lime Tree House, Hoole Lane, Chester, CH2 3EG.

Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. The information you provide to Sykes Cottages as part of this competition will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy found at http://www.sykescottages.co.uk/privacy-policy.html.