What’s On in your area?

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‘The North West Times recognises that families in the UK are always looking for something new and something exciting to try. Our ‘What’s On’ Features have become increasingly popular over the years. We ask our readers; “So you’re trying to plan another day out for the whole family, but just aren’t sure where to start?” And then naturally, we give them some ideas!

Our advertisers range from smaller, more localised attractions or tourist hot spots around the North West through to the bigger, national theatres, theme-parks, castles and events.

A favorite amongst readers have always been the the more subtle atmosphere and educational aspect of the more local parks, farms, zoos and aquariums. Everyone likes a trip to the Zoo – today it’s more about conserving our world wild life and children can learn about the caring aspect, as well as have a super day out. In addition to featuring numerous zoos scattered throughout the UK – there have been plenty of specialized wild life centres specialising in small animals, birds, insects and butterflie that have benefited from their feature in the ‘North West Times’.

One successful feature we ran recently for example was;

“For those who what a change why not visit an exhibition or museum?”

We focused here on the fact that ‘Museums are no longer those stuffy places to visit you might remember when you were younger; instead they now provide hands-on experiences for even the youngest children and cater for all types of genres.’ We explained to readers that; ‘Whether its dinosaurs, a celebrity or certain time period that you and your family are interested, if you look hard enough there is certain to be a specialist exhibition in a museum somewhere to cater for your desires.’ The advertisers featured in this piece commented after the feature that the response was even better than predicted.
Below are some of our regular advertisers who have all benefited from the North West Times marketing their business and their products to the numerous couples, families and groups that pick up our publication.

Arley Hall is the stunning backdrop for our live music concert, where you can picnic in the gorgeous grounds before we bring you tributes to some of the greatest acts of all time: Cher, Blues Brothers and Abba!

With an outstanding vocal impersonation, dry wit and outrageous costumes Elly Jarmain recreates the highlights of Cher’s phenomenal career, which spans several decades. After joining the award-winning Legends show in Blackpool, Elly has continued to perform as Cher both solo and with the stunning live show ‘Believe in Cher’.

Next to the stage will be Jake and Elwood’s Blues Brothers, who will leave you with no doubt as to why they are hailed as ‘one of the best blues shows in the world’! Great music, talent and energy collide with this act, who are guaranteed to fill any dance floor.

Our headline act is Abba Re-Bjorn, the UK’s leading Abba tribute band. Made up of extremely talented singers and musicians, together they are the most authentic sounding tribute to one of the greatest and best loved acts of all time. With their tight harmonies, high energy performance, stunning replica costumes and audience participation aplenty, you can thank them for the music, be a dancing queen and lay all your love on the summer night city that is Live in the Park!

Contact Arley Hall on 01565 777353 or www.arleyhallandgardens.com or the Neuromuscular Centre (NMC) on 01606 861733 or www.nmcentre.com. Tickets are also available from ticketweb – www.ticketweb.co.uk.

There are also a limited number of 3m x 3m, available for your garden gazebos. These must be booked in advance, via Arley Hall only.

Neuromuscular Centre (NMC) is the Centre of Excellence for People and Families affected by a Neuromuscular condition and is the only charity of its kind in the UK and Europe! NMC provides vital services for people with neuromuscular conditions, which include the muscular dystrophies. These services include physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, support and advice, training and employment opportunities within our social enterprise; NMC Design+Print. These essential services are not available on the NHS, and are a vital lifeline for our community, which is over 3,000 people. The cost of running this inspirational Centre is over £1.2 million every year, and Live in the Park contributes significantly to this. Attending one of our fundraising events is just one of many ways you can support us. For more information about NMC, please visit www.nmcentre.com or follow us on facebook: facebook.com/nmcentre and twitter: @NMCentre.


Experience the Best of Wales…on rails

The Cambrian Railway spans 120 miles of unspoilt natural beauty and is one of the most scenic rail routes in Britain. From Shrewsbury in Shropshire, the Cambrian Main Line takes you over the border into Wales, through rugged mountain terrain, quaint market towns, World Heritage sites and castles, cross country towards the picturesque West coast of Wales. Here it merges into the Cambrian Coastal route offering spectacular views, coastal walks and places to visit along the length of the Gwynedd coast.

Walking distance from Aberystwyth’s main station you can take a trip down memory lane with a ride on the famous Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway a must for both the young and young at heart.

Opened in 1902, the railway is a masterpiece of engineering and has been delighting passengers young and old for generations. Although the line no longer carries lead ore from the mines it has been carrying tourists to the beauty spot of Devil’s Bridge, 12 miles up into the Cambrian Mountains for over a hundred years!

Watch the scenery passing by your window, the countryside ever changing as you travel through wide open fields, ancient woodland and stunning mountain scenery, twisting and turning, clinging to the hillside to reach Devil’s Bridge- home of the famous Mynach Falls and Devil’s Punch Bowl.

Welcome to Elaine’s Tea Rooms, Feizor.

Run by Elaine Knowles, this licenced farmhouse tea room is situated in the heart of rural North Yorkshire. Whether you travel by car, cycle or walk to Feizor on one of the many footpaths that meet there, Elaine’s is a must to visit for excellent home-made food at reasonable prices. In short, this is just excellent value for money.

See some of our recent reviews from our happy customers…

Great service and food.

We had coffee and cake here on two occasions. Lovely staff, service and unique location… well worth the short drive from Settle.
Many thanks for serving us after closing time.”


Friends recommended this place whilst we were staying at The Traddock so we scouted it out on a very windy, wet morning. We were told to have the scones! Oh my word they were delightful, massive, warm, fresh and the best I’ve had”

Never changes.

We’ve been calling at Elaine’s for years now. It’s a perfect stop on a muddy dog walk around that part of the Dales. Usually we just stop for a cappuccino which is always excellent. Hot and frothy, just how I like them.
Dogs and muddy boots welcome outside and in. It’s a right make yourself at home type of place. We love it”

A welcome oasis

We had been to see the Norber Erratics and walked along the Pennine Bridleway from Austwick before arriving, very hungry and a bit wet. The staff were welcoming and all the food was delicious, sandwiches, chips, followed by cakes. Open every day, I can’t wait to come back on a sunny day and try those tables in the garden”

A well hidden beauty in the Dales

If only I had been shown this uniquely amazing place before now! Tucked away near Settle. Wonderful place-food to die for- cakes and Yorkshire Tea. Staff extremely attentive. Also I purchased some bootees for my nephew to be- as well as some Body shop products! Thank you. I shall be returning!”


Steel Bonnets, The Lakes Distillery’s blend of English and Scotch malt whisky, has been awarded a Gold Medal in the World Whisky Ultra-Premium category (whiskies priced over £51) by the prestigious Spirits Business Awards.

The Luxury Masters competition aims to reward the finest luxury spirits on the global stage. Chaired by The Spirits Business and assessed by a panel of leading spirits specialists, Steel Bonnets was the only World Whisky in its category to secure a Gold Medal award.

Speaking following a blind-tasting, the panel of whisky experts from across the globe commented that Steel Bonnets was ‘full and warm’ with ‘green apple, slight wood smoke’ and a palate of ‘cinnamon and plum.’

Created with the highest quality malt whiskies from both sides of the border, Steel Bonnets is a combination of The Lakes Single Malt from England and some of the most respected malts from Scotland. It is the world’s first blend of English malt and Scotch malt whisky.

The name pays homage to the memory of the English and Scottish people who lived in the Border Marches from Berwick-upon-Tweed in the East to Carlisle in the West during the 13th – 17th centuries.

Paul Currie, Founder and Chief Operating Officer of The Lakes Distillery said: “I’m incredibly proud that Steel Bonnets has been recognised by some of the world’s leading whisky experts for its excellence. Our Master Whiskymaker Dhavall Gandhi has created something very special.

“This is the third year of the competition and the excellence demonstrated in our category confirms the emphasis leading whisky makers are putting on taste and quality. With the growing trend for customers to spend more and drink less this is an increasingly important award for premium spirits.

“Our ambition is to establish The Lakes Distillery as a luxury global whisky brand and this recognition is another significant step towards this. Steel Bonnets now sits alongside world brands including Sullivan’s Cove of Tasmania and Chivas Regal Ultis, both Gold award winners and I’m absolutely thrilled.”

The Lakes Distillery Master Whiskymaker, Dhavall Gandhi, said: “I’m honoured that Steel Bonnets has received a Gold Medal. It is very rewarding that the knowledgeable tasting panel appreciated this unique whisky.”

For more information, please visit: www.lakesdistillery.com

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Prenton Preparatory School

As headteacher of Prenton Prep School I have dealt with Katie Walden in her role at the North West Times on numerous occasions. She has always been well-spoken and extremely professional in her manner and has followed up conversations with the promised actions promptly. Katie is a good representative for Colston Media and PPS have, therefore, reused the service on various occasions.

Scarisbrick Hall School

This is to confirm that I have been dealing with Katie for about 3 months now and in all our communications she has been professional in her handling of the enquiry and where possible as offered the best possible rate available and space in the publications we are advertising in.

Lake District Inns & Cottages

Colston Media has really put us on a platform to North West Times readers. We have used them a number of times over the years to promote our Inns and Cottages. Early this year we decided to really push weddings at The Kings Head Inn. Katie, our representative at Colston Media, jumped on this and reached out to us every time there was an amazing chance to get our name out there. Communication between us was clear, so we always knew exactly what er were getting and for how long we would be visible. Katie was also happy to work with us and our right budgets. I provided images and our wedding pack information. From this, the team made a lovely advert that highlighted our best features. All the stress of putting something together was taken away from us. We decided to change the photos used for the earlier adverts which was no problem to the team at all. From all this work, we have started taking a number of bookings for the upcoming year. With out already at the end of March. Due to the area the North West Times is distributed and being accessible online, we really feel this has helped confirm these bookings. We look forward to continuing to work with Colston Media in the future.

Cheshire Falconry Centre

Hi, just a quick note to say thanks to Gary regarding is help in placing adverts with yourself, Gary made the whole procedure very easy and was a great point of contact.

Storthes Hall Park

Good service, great offers simple process and easy to work with!

Oasis Fostering Services

Please find below my thoughts on my experience of dealing with you.
I have always found you to be really polite and patient with me - I have a very busy workload and you have been understanding of this when I haven't managed to come back to you. I have found you to be very helpful and explanatory and have always been happy that I've understood exactly what you are proposing. I have been impressed with how speedy you have dealt with any questions I have had. I was happy with the ad and although it is difficult to always identify where our enquiries come from, we have definitely seen a rise in enquiries - so something is working for us! We would definitely consider using you again and we would definitely recommend you to others.

Holdens Solicitors

I wanted to set down in writing my views on the skill with which you have dealt with me over the last months. You are extremely business-like and always make a compelling case for Holdens to advertise. You are efficient and effective and have a no-nonsense approach which is very engaging. Without your sensible and accessible approach, we would never have advertised or thought to do so. You also have the ability to make us as the client feel special and work with us as if you are working for our success. This combination of skills is exceptional as I can testify after a long career in the corporate environment when one is bombarded with services being offered.
If there is anything, I can do to promote your high level of service to us please do not hesitate to let me know.

Livewell by Cheryl

‘ I found Dan to be very informative, understanding and professional. He was also extremely patient, as I asked a fair few questions. Thanks for your help Dan, especially as I am reasonably new to advertising.’

Gwernydd Hall Holiday Home Park

My Experience with you and Colston Media was a positive one, you came across very professional and may I say an experienced and "Good" Salesperson. You were not pushy but you did persevere to get the important points across.
Printed advertising does not work too well in this industry anymore, Online and social Media is bringing in the sales at the moment.


I often speak to Shane regarding advertising as we do a lot of advertising for our charity events. Shane is extremely polite and helpful, responds to queries very promptly, and is a friendly person to speak to. Great customer service :)