Top Things to do in Carlisle

26 Nov Carlisle Castle

Also referred to as the Border city, Carlisle is an incredible ancient county town that is situated just 16 kilometres towards the southern Scottish border. Since it is also adjacent to the Lake District region of enchanting beauty, it is a famous area for residents living in the UK to retire or go on vacation. Below is a list of things to do in Carlisle. Continue reading

The Best Wedding Venues in Carlisle This Season

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If you are looking for a great ceremony this season, be sure that you get the best. The great wedding venues in Carlisle provides with a list of options that depict both historical and modern facilities to give your wedding event a feel of a lifetime. The venues available are certified for both civil and religious ceremonies and in such way ensure you get the right package irrespective of your affiliation. Here is a list of venues that are worth considering. Continue reading

Historic Facts of Carlisle

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Otherwise referred to as “the great Border City”, the city of Carlisle is marked historically as being a Roman settlement. However it is believed that it existed even before the arrival of the Romans who upon arrival burned down the town and transformed it into one of its strongest towns at the time. History of Carlisle dates back to the year 875 AD when the town was destroyed and rebuilt and fortified under the orders of William Rufus. It rich archaeological artifacts depict a roman historic culture. Continue reading

How to Organise the Office Christmas Party

25 Sep


Have you been assigned the task of organising the perfect office Christmas party? Don’t panic! By the end of this short article, you’ll have a clearer understanding on how to create a great event that your guests will remember for years to come. An office Christmas party can often be expensive, with research suggesting that the festivities could cost British businesses £66 million every year. However, you could save money by planning ahead…

1. Start early

It’s ever too early to start organising the Christmas party, and the sooner you start, the more time you’ll have to create an event that your employees or colleagues will love. Remember – venues can book up quickly, so plan ahead to get the best prices. Once you’ve been given a date for the party, you’ll want to find out how many people are planning to attend the event. Send out a mass email and find out how many people are going to show up.

2. Save money

You’ve probably been assigned a budget for your office Christmas party, and it’s important you stick to it. When approaching venues and booking entertainment, ask for a full and final quote before you commit to anything; if your colleagues need to chip in, make sure you book something that everyone can afford. You’ll likely get a discount on a venue if you have a large number of people attending too, so shop around. Another tip: choose a venue that is centrally located, so all your guests can get there.

3. Organising food and drink

Decide on what type of food and drink you want to serve your guests. Ask yourself the following questions: do you want guests to pay for their own alcohol or is your company willing to foot the bill? What about food? Would guests prefer a buffet or a sit-down meal? Do any of your colleagues or employees have any dietary restrictions? Finding out the answers to these questions will make it easier when it comes to party planning!

4. Organising entertainment

Office parties can sometimes be awkward – especially if your guests haven’t communicated with each other outside of the office environment. A live band or entertainer can help to break the ice and will ensure that your guests have a good night. If you’re booking a DJ, you will want to make sure that they cater to all age groups with their choice of music. You might even want to hand out special awards to employees throughout the evening, or encourage guests to make speeches. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you have a planned timetable of events so that the evening runs smoothly.

5. Decorating the venue

Some venues will provide decorations as part of the cost, but if not, you’ll have to purchase these yourself. If you’re on a budget, you won’t want to go overboard, but something like a Christmas tree or table decorations can really add to the festive atmosphere. If you want to add a special, unique touch to the event, decorate walls with photos of employees from throughout the year. A ‘photo wall’ can be a great icebreaker and initiate conversation.

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Helpful tips for a short holiday break

5 Feb

A short break holiday is one the greatest pleasures and treats for anyone to get away from all the stress of daily routine. The two or three night holiday combined with a dose of culture, great food and the discovery and exploration of somewhere new is always exhilarating. However, even if it’s only for just a brief weekend getaway, it can be hectic so here are some helpful tips.

Planning and booking the holiday early gets you better deals on travel and accommodation. It doesn’t pay to be spontaneous when taking a short break holiday. Planning ahead gives you the advantage of scheduling everything in advance so that you can go away with peace of mind.

Most people tend to forget packing certain key items so as you think of them, start collecting the things you want to take with you and put them in the bag or suitcase. For example, phone charger, glasses, magazines, books etc.

Everyone wants to travel light so it’s important to pack things which can be worn more than once. Visualise the holiday and pack clothes accordingly. It is always wise to choose outfits for both cold and hot weather just in case the weather unexpectedly turns out to be different at the holiday destination. Moreover, packing both casual and formal is essential to be ready for any type of occasion.

If travelling time to the destination will take more than one day make sure that you give yourself enough time to reach without rushing. Unexpected delays can happen and spoil the whole holiday. It is important to have a map in handy so that you don’t get lost and loss precious time locating your hotel. By giving yourself extra time, you’ll find that you are more relaxed and organised. This is guaranteed to give a positive start to your holiday.

Sometimes conversations tend to go towards work or business so avoid it as much as you can even if it’s on your mind. Remember you took the holiday to get away from it all so anything relating to work or business is best left aside.

If any plan has to change during the holiday be flexible and make the most of it. Change of plans could be not so much about travel and accommodation arrangements but making a stop halfway during your trip to see some attractions or the kids wanting to go somewhere else other than the one you’ve planned. During the holiday everyone should be able to have at least one request fulfilled to make it a fun and satisfying trip.

The UK banks now charges travel agencies quite a high fee for accepting payments by credit cards so in turn the travel agencies are forced to pass on some of these charges to customers. Hence to avoid these charges it is best to use debit cards and avoid paying these extra charges and save money.


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Christmas at Hallmark

15 Dec


If you are thinking of taking a short weekend break down to Bournemouth, we have a very special offer for a 2-night spa spectacular for only £130. This includes full use of the health club and spa facilities and a 1-hour treatment each. You can choose between a Swedish full body massage, a dermalogica facial, a luxury manicure or a luxury pedicure. Click here for full details.

There is also an array of Christmas activities happening in Bournemouth in the run up to Christmas. One event going in to its second year now is the Gardens of Light Festival. The festival won two awards last year for its lighting design and for the exhibition as a whole. This truly is something spectacular and unique to Bournemouth over the festive period. You can find out a bit more about it here.


At our Carlisle hotel, we are offering you the opportunity to do some shopping away from your usual high street and to indulge in a shopping experience with your own personal shopper. Once you return to the hotel, you get to relax and enjoy a 3-course brasserie dinner with a glass of sparkling wine.

If shopping isn’t your thing however, fear not. We also have a cultural package available for a 2-night break in Carlisle. The package gives you admission to Carlisle castle for the day on top of 2 nights accommodation a 3-course brasserie dinner each evening. For full details on how to book click here.


Christmas is always huge in London and if we were to list everything going on, well, we’d probably still be writing this after Christmas!! Anyway, the first event we have chosen is in Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park.  This festival boasts pretty much everything you could want for a family day or evening out in London. Whether that is Christmas markets, ice skating, rides or Santa’s grotto you will find what you are looking for here!


We currently have some excellent offers on at our Derby hotel. The first package that we are offering is the Derby Dine Away. Over 2 nights you will have the pleasure of eating at the award winning Anoki Indian restaurant on the first night. Here you will sample a wide variety of Indian food. On the second night you will be treated to a 3-course brasserie dinner at the hotel. A perfect way to end your stay by unwinding and being completely relaxed. Click here to book now.

We are also offering a shopping break. This package is for two nights and we will give you a £20 voucher to spend in the InTu shopping centre right here in Derby. Click here for more information.


At our Gloucester hotel we are currently offering a special 2 night pamper break. Come and enjoy a well-deserved relaxing break. You will have access to the extensive health club and spa we have here in Gloucester. You can also choose one of the following 25-minute treatments. A back, neck & shoulder massage; mini manicure; mini pedicure; bright eye rescue treatment. For full information and on how to book please click here.


Hull has plenty of stuff going on over the festive period. Lots of family fun activities, one of our favourites is “The Deep”.  This is really one the younger kids will enjoy, as they will get to see Santa and participate in making festive ornaments, calendars and badges during the day. For the adults there is also an art exhibition showcasing images and videos from the Galapagos Islands.


Manchester can boast one of the best Christmas markets in the country which food and drink from around Europe. On top of what you can usually expect from a Christmas market, Manchester has added something a little different this year. Inside the Manchester town Hall you can find a wide range of independent stalls from shops located in Afflecks palace. Here you will find a range of alternative clothing, hand crafted jewellery, retro and American confectionary and many more hidden gems.

The settle to Carlisle Railway: How to explore the wonderful countryside of Northern England without the need for Hiking Boots

3 Dec

Many of our guests use the hotel as a base from which to go exploring, but for those few the like to do their sightseeing from a warm comfy carriage, the Settle Carlisle Railway is a must. The Hotel is close to some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK and travelling by rail is one of the best ways to see it. It gives you a real sense of the journey, but from a relaxed and comfortable viewpoint. The Settle Carlisle Railway is one of the most interesting and picturesque routes in the country. It’s around 72 miles in total, and makes the basis for a great day out in the north of England.

The Settle Carlisle Railway is part of the UK’s National Rail Network, so it’s not a museum piece, but it is a national treasure. Being part of the nation’s rail infrastructure, you can access the line from anywhere. You won’t need to book in advance, but trains run just a few times every day, so be sure to check the timetables beforehand. The cost is just over £20 for an adult day-return, but there are lower fares for children and deals for families.

The line has a long history, having been opened in the late 1800s. Its route takes it through the rolling lowlands of the Eden Valley, and crosses the uplands of the Yorkshire Dales. This was no easy place to construct a railway, and it took the full might of Victorian engineering to complete. On the journey you’ll cross the majestic Ribblehead Viaduct, and pass through the long tunnel at Blea Moor, but there are many more viaducts, tunnels and impressive feats of railway engineering along the way. The Settle Carlisle Railway is a superb attraction for rail enthusiasts and historians, or those who just want to sit back and relax while they watch the beautiful English countryside go by. Kids love an exciting train ride, and there are few better than this one to keep them amused.

It depends which train you catch, but there are a number of stops along the way. If you fancy breaking your journey, there are towns like Kirkby Stephen, where the parish church is referred to as the Cathedral of the Dales; Dent, which is the highest mainline station in England; Ribblehead, where you can get a different angle on the viaduct; or Horton in Ribb, a popular destination for hikers, and the start of the Three Peaks Walk.

If you decide not to get off the train, both Carlisle and Settle have plenty to offer the visitor. Settle is a scenic market town with some fascinating attractions. These include the market itself, the Folly, and art galleries such as the Gallery on the Green, which is reputed to be the smallest in the world. In contrast, Carlisle is an ancient city, with Roman and Norman heritage. It’s also a modern city with plenty of places to shop, eat and drink. Being close to the border with Scotland, its past hasn’t always been peaceful, and it’s a great place to start if you’re looking to explore Hadrian’s Wall.

The Carlisle Settle Railway is what links all these places together. The journey itself takes a little over an hour and a half each way, and that’ll probably be the highlight of your day. But, it’ll introduce you to so many fascinating places; it’s a trip you’ll want to make again and again.

New Year 2013 Events In Carlisle UK

20 Dec

New Years Eve Party in CarlisleLooking for a new years eve party in Carlisle then we’ve put a definitive list together just for you. Living in Carlisle is tough in the winter, the cold days and nights tend to drain the enthusiasm for going out, but if you do make the effort you will have a fantastic time this year. The festive period is literally littered with great events and we’ve got them all in one handy little list. Continue reading

The Top 5 Christmas Events in Carlisle, UK 2013

29 Nov

Carlisle is a beautiful city located in Cumbria between Scotland and the Lake District. It’s full of culture and when Christmas arrives, it’s home to some amazing festive attractions. The city comes to life with groups, couples and families from all over flocking to stay in some of the best hotels in Carlisle during the festive period. This article looks at five of the must see Christmas events that will be coming to Carlisle this year. Continue reading

A Breakdown of the Top 10 Hotels in the Lake District

23 Oct

Hotels in Lake DistrictThe Lake District usually referred to as the Lakeland is found in a mountainous region located in North West England. It’s well endowed with lakes, mountains and forests. It lies within the modernised Cumbria County. It is well endowed with favourable climate, good topography and tourist attractions like national parks. It has a wide range of world class five star and four star hotels and the following is a breakdown of top ten hotels in Lake District: Continue reading


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