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Leisure & Tourism

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Visitors flock to sun soaked Cheshire County Show

This year’s Cheshire County Show has welcomed one of its largest crowds ever over the sun-soaked two-day event.

Total visitor numbers are still being counted up but they have comfortably beaten last year’s 80,000-strong crowd.

The agricultural show, at the Tabley Showground, near Knutsford, is this year celebrating its 175th anniversary and has done it in style with fantastic weather and a special visit from HRH The Princess Royal.

HRH The Princess Royal, who is also this year’s president of the Cheshire County Show, was given a tour of the showground and stopped to chat with members of Cheshire NAFAS and WI, as well as enjoying the horse section.

Nigel Evans, Executive Director of the Cheshire County Show, said: "This has been an outstanding year for the Cheshire County Show. We know it has been a success when we see so many smiling faces enjoying the event.

"We have been rewarded with wonderful weather and we have also been very proud this year to welcome HRH The Princess Royal, both of which have helped to attract our bumper crowds.

"Well done to everyone involved and a big ‘thank you’ to the crowds who have once again made the Cheshire County Show one of the biggest and best shows in the North West.”

Tony Garnett, Chairman of the Cheshire County Show, said: "It has been a real honour to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to the show to help us celebrate this special anniversary year.

"She particularly enjoyed talking to exhibitors in the horse section, which we know is one of her passions.

"The show is always a great celebration of our farming heritage and so much more – and this year has been no exception. It continues to grow and be one of the best-enjoyed agricultural and family days out in the region.”

For more information visit www.cheshirecountyshow.org.uk

Two weeks to go...

Cattle at the ready! The countdown is on to 2013’s Cheshire Show on the 18th and 19th of June at Tabley Showground, in Knutsford.

This year’s spectacular includes the celebration of the show’s 175th anniversary and a visit from HRH Princess Royal.

It’s going to be a busy few weeks for us at Profile as we prepare for the event but we’ve already had some fantastic coverage and the new billboards have been placed at The Trafford Centre, in Liverpool and in Didsbury.

We’re currently in the process of organising the press passes for the media and you can also find our PR Lead Rob Tickle’s story in this month’s issue of Cheshire Life.

It’s packed with information about what to expect at this year’s Cheshire Show, from tasty treats in the Robert’s Speciality Food Hall, to an amazing motorcycle stunt performance from Matt Courier AKA ‘The Kangaroo Kid’.

Catch up with all our tweets about the Cheshire Show by following us on Twitter (@ProfileComm), and you can also enter our Cheshire Show competition with a chance to win a pair of tickets to this year’s show.

Email your name and address to Sarah@profilecommunication.com before the 10th of June.

Win Valentine's break at luxury hotel

COUPLES are being offered the chance to indulge in a truly romantic Valentine’s Day with a hotel competition.

The Macdonald Hill Valley Spa, Hotel and Golf in Whitchurch, Shropshire is offering one couple the chance to enjoy their Valentine’s Break package for free.

The package is available from February 14 – February 16 and includes an overnight stay in a classic room, a glass of bubbly on arrival, romantic four-course candlelit dinner and full English breakfast.

"Valentine’s Day is a chance to go all out and wow that special person in your life – and what better way than with an overnight break in a four star hotel set in acres of private grounds,” said Terence Southwad, General Manager.

"Hill Valley is a popular wedding venue because of the sumptuous surroundings inside and outside, this is a fantastic chance for one lucky couple to indulge for free…and who knows perhaps the winners may end up getting married here in the future.”

To be in with a chance of winning this Valentine’s package simply email your name, address and phone number with the subject Hill Valley Valentine to kathryn@profilecommunication.com before February 10.

Christmas in the Forest

The Forestry Commission’s  Delamere Forest is set to be transformed into an enchanted winter wonderland this Christmas.

The Forest, which is Cheshire’s largest area of woodland, will be buzzing with festive cheer throughout December with a number of yuletide events for the whole family to enjoy.

And this year for the first time Santa’s Grotto will be open every weekday from 3-5pm from 28th November to 18th December, so everyone can enjoy the magical experience.

The Christmas extravaganza will be held every day in the run up to Christmas at the Whitefield site, featuring a magical Victorian street fair, real Christmas tree sale, Santa’s Grotto and land train.

Visitors can also keep warm with a selection of local culinary delights including burgers, pork and crackling, fresh donuts and a licensed bar.

Land trains will operate from 3pm daily and throughout the weekend taking families on a trip through the ancient woodlands.

Two late night events will also take place on 7th and 14th December with activities running until 8pm, including visits to Santa’s Grotto.

Rachael Clayton of the Forestry Commission said: "This year promises to be the best yet with lots of festive activities taking place throughout the week.

"For the first time ever Santa will be here every afternoon throughout the week so everyone will get the chance to meet him.

"We are also really looking forward to hosting two late night events giving families the chance to collect their tree and enjoy the forest in the evening when it is even more magical.”

Trees will be available to buy every day from 28th November to 19th December, 9am to 5pm, with a wide selection of sizes in pine, spruce and fir along with wreaths, holly and mistletoe.

Schools nurseries and pre-schools can book to see Santa in his grotto during the week. For more information visit: www.delamere-forest.co.uk

Celebrate Christmas at Cotebrook for free

A FREE festive weekend is being held at Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre with the chance to meet Santa and the animals up close.

The Christmas celebratory weekend will be held on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 at the centre which is home to Shire horses, otters, polecats, pigs, chickens and more.

As winter is setting in, the weekend offers the chance to get even closer to the Shire horses as they will be keeping warm in the indoor stables.

"We held this event for the first time last year and it proved very popular so we are delighted to be inviting people once again to start their festive celebrations with us for free,” said Janet King, who runs the centre on the A49 with husband Alistair.

There will also be a range of other activities including:

  • Breakfast with Santa (pre-booking essential)
  • Pony grooming
  • Carron’s Christmas Quiz
  • Pin the rosette on the Shire horse competition
  • ‘Meet My Shires’, a personal introduction to the horses from Alistair King
  • Shire horse grooming and farrier work
  • Mulled wine and mince pies
  • ‘Make a Wish’ Christmas tree
  • Winter walk around the Nature Trail

For more information call: 01829 760506 or visit: www.cotebrookshirehorses.co.uk

Forestry Commission launches north west photo competition

NATURE lovers are being asked to capture the beauty of community woodlands run by the Forestry Commission in the North West.

The organisation's 2012 Photo Competition aimed at encouraging budding photographers to get creative and capture the region’s natural beauty at its best has already featured in the Wigan Evening Post.

Twelve winning photos will be selected to feature in a 2013 calendar, while the overall winning shot will be used as the front cover.

All entries must be sent via email to Katie Durose at katiedurose@profilecommunication.com before November 1, 2012.

File sizes should be between 1 and 4 MG.

Please include your name, address and a contact number and details of where and when the photograph was taken.

To find places to visit in your area simply visit www.forestry.gov.uk

Families invited to free fun day to celebrate hotel's fifth birthday

A FREE family fun day is being held this weekend as part of the birthday celebrations for a luxury four star hotel.

Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa in Tarporley is inviting local families to help it celebrate its fifth birthday on Sunday, September 16.

From 2pm to 4pm there will be free fun for all ages with a bouncy castle, archery, penalty shoot-out, putting competition, lawn games and a raffle.

For those who want to treat themselves there will be a barbecue for £5.

For more information contact: 0844 879 9082.

Las Vegas glamour comes to Hill Valley

LAS Vegas glamour is coming to Whitchurch with a special summer party complete with showgirls and casino tables.

On Saturday, August 11, the Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Spa and Golf will host its first Summer Las Vegas Party.

The party starts at 7pm and includes arrival cocktails, live music, a four course meal, casino tables and DJ.

"This party brings all the excitement and extravagance of Las Vegas to Hill Valley and will be a night to remember,” said Kelly Lowe, Sales Manager at Hill Valley,

Tickets are £29.50 per adult, with a 25 per cent discount for members, and for those wanting to stay the night hotel bedrooms are reduced for a limited amount of time.

For more information or to book call: 0844 8799 049.

Top chef puts local produce at the heart of a special sandwich to mark Roberts Bakery’s 125th birthday

FOOD lovers attending the Cheshire County Show will see a true taste of Cheshire with a celebratory sandwich to mark Roberts Bakery’s 125thbirthday designed by Brian Mellor.


The award winning Master Chef of Great Britain and former Head Chef at the BBC and Executive Chef at Granada TV will produce a specially designed open sandwich in the Roberts Bakery Food Live Theatre on June 19 and 20.


"Roberts Bakery is one of Cheshire’s biggest and longest established food producers so I wanted to make sure that all the ingredients for the sandwich are sourced right here in the county,” said Brian Mellor.


"I will useRoberts Bakery Farmhouse white bread with a Guinea fowl egg to create a bread base which will be flavoured with smoked crabtree cheese.


"This will then be layered with an apple, rosemary and garlic preserve and topped with golden brie, introduced briefly to the oven then finished with micro herbs.”


Brian took inspiration for the sandwich from some historicsales ledgers and documents from the Roberts Bakery archives. Back in the early days of the original bakery and grocery business eggs, cheese, apples and of course Roberts bread, were a staple food purchase for many customers. Brian has taken these ingredients and brought them up to date with a Cheshire twist in this delicious recipe, perfect for a lunchtime snack.


Roberts Bakery is proudly supporting the show for a seventh consecutive year and will be the principal sponsor of the popular Food Hall and Food Live Theatre.


"Brian’s sandwich is a mouth watering blend of our delicious bread and some of the best produce Cheshire has to offer,” said Sarah Tipton, from Roberts Bakery.


"As a family run Cheshire bakery we are delighted that Brian’s design has focused on locally sourced ingredients and I’m delighted that visitors to the Cheshire County Show will get to see it being made.”


Brian will be amongst a list of top food experts from across the North West giving live cookery demonstrations showing how to produce a range of delicious dishes in this area. 


Over a hundred food producers from Cheshire and across the UK are also expected to display tasty treats for the public to enjoy.


Executive director of the Cheshire Show Nigel Evans said: "The special live demonstration by Brian Mellor to unveil the Roberts Bakery anniversary sandwich is a fitting way to mark this important milestone for the company at this year’s Cheshire County Show.


"The show is a celebration of all that is great about the county including leading food producers such as Robert’s Bakery and we are delighted to be working in partnership with them again this year.”


Follow the Cheshire Show on Twitter at @cheshireshow


The Cheshire County Show takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday June 19 and 20.  Advanced tickets are available by calling 0845 124 9822 or for more information visitwww.cheshirecountyshow.org.uk

Ladies enjoy tasty treats and raise ‘dough’

More than 40 budding bakers tried their hand at making scrumptious treats and raised some ‘dough’ for a local charity.


Debra Cummins, who runs Pampered Chefs food demos and hands-on workshops, organised the fundraising cooking show in Hartfordwhich has raised more than £250 for the One in Eleven Appeal, to create a new neonatal unit at Leighton Hospital, near Crewe.


People were able to pick up some recipes and cooking tips and have a go themselves, enjoyed coffee and a home made cake with a Diamond Jubilee theme and browsed the stalls offering jewellery, organic makeup, bags, shabby chic giftware and more.


The Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity One in Eleven Appeal aims to raise £1million over the next two years to expand the neonatal unit and enhance facilities, providing more space and comfort for families during such an emotional time.


Around 3,000 babies are born at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust every year and one in eleven need additional support – ranging from a few hours of special care to a few weeks in an intensive care unit.


To find out how you can support the One in Eleven Appeal call Fundraising Manager Laura Bailey on 01270 273248.


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