A look at the Leeds Gin Festival

Are you a fan of gin? If so, you’re in for a real treat this summer as the Leeds Gin Festival is coming to town. From 18th to 19th July, the festival hits Leeds Town Hall for a gin extravaganza!

A celebration of juniper!

The Leeds Gin Festival is the largest of its kind in the UK, showcasing over 100 gins. Unless you’re a gin aficionado, you may not have even known that there were that many varieties to choose from! It’s a unique chance to sample gins in all its forms, on its own and in delicious summer cocktails, as well as adding to your knowledge of your favourite tipple and how it’s made.

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Summer holidays in the UK vs abroad

When thinking of summer holidays, some people think of soaking up sun, sea and sand on foreign shores, but this isn’t the only backdrop for a fun and relaxing break. With household budgets squeezed in recent years, there has been an increase in ‘staycations’ – where people choose to explore the culture, history and stunning natural beauty of their very own country.

How much could you save with UK breaks?

There are lots of reasons why a UK holiday may be the right choice for you and your family this year. First and foremost, the cost. For a foreign holiday, you need to pay for everything from flights and transfers to accommodation, travel insurance and many other small costs that all add up. Overall, it can be very expensive. By holidaying in the UK, all you really need to pay for is somewhere to stay and transport there and back. This can be a huge saving, one that you can even put towards next year’s holidays.

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Weetwood Hall’s Julie Abbott is hosting A Blooming Great Tea Party to raise money for Marie Curie











This Saturday, Julie Abbott, Assistant Financial Controller at Weetwood Hall, is hosting A Blooming Great Tea Party, in support of Marie Curie. Julie will be joined by hundreds of other fundraisers throughout Britain who will be hosting their own tea parties this June to raise money Marie Curie cancer care.

In 2014 the Great Blooming Tea Party event raised £667,000 across the UK, money that will fund 33,350 hours of crucial nursing care for the terminally ill.

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How to plan for a summer wedding

A summer wedding is what many engaged couples dream of, with blue skies and gloriously sunny weather providing the perfect backdrop to their big day. However, a summer wedding can be just as tricky to plan, especially as you can’t always rely on the British weather to play along.

Here are 5 very useful tips to help you plan the perfect summer wedding:

Be prepared for bad weather. Unfortunately, holding your wedding in summer doesn’t guarantee good weather, so you’ll need to prepare for wind, rain and cold just in case. Have a Plan B or two in place, from erecting temporary shelter to handing out umbrellas and blankets.

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In Celebration of the Great British Countryside: Why we should be getting excited for the CLA Game Fair 2015

If you fancy a taste of nature, heaps of good family fun and lungfuls of healthy fresh air this summer, the place to be is most definitely Leeds. The city is host to the CLA Game Fair, one of the most popular and well attended events in Yorkshire, which is back for another year at the resplendent Harewood House.

The CLA Game Fair 2015, held from 31st July to 2nd August, truly is a celebration of the Great British Countryside, with everything from field sports and outdoor pursuits to the Totally Food Show and absolutely loads of activities for children and families. Here are just a few of the many highlights:

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