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Sightseers at Lowther Castle~ with Picnic Cinema.

So I have a 25 Before 45 Bucket List , which I have been neglecting recently. Still lots to do on there and not very much time left to do it ! Oh well C’est la Vie. Something I listed was ‘ Watch a film outdoors’ and the other weekend I did manage to cross this off my Bucket list, when I dragged Wil up to Lowther Castle in Cumbria, for an open-air cinema event.

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Lowther Castle.

Picnic Cinema specialises in bringing ‘cinema parties’ to some of the most scenic and iconic locations in the North, including castles, forests and in the case of cult classic ‘Withnail & I’ , a remote farmhouse that was used as a location in the movie.

It turned out that a favourite film of both mine and Wils ‘ Sightseers’ was showing at Lowther Castle, a once grand residence now in ruins, but still majestic all the same. Even though Lowther is only a couple of miles from where my Mum lives, I decided to book us camping tickets, as the lovely weather was perfect for an evening under canvas.

The weekend before,the Lowther estate had played host to the ‘Kendal Calling’ music festival, but this was the first time anyone had been allowed to camp so close to the castle , so we felt quite privileged. The fairy tale turrets certainly made for a magical backdrop.

It also happened that a Crafty Vintage fair was underway in the castle courtyard, so there was plenty to keep us entertained after we had pitched the tent.


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Being the rubbish picnickers that we were, we actually forgot to pack a picnic! Couldn’t get enough of this delicious pizza though. 😁

The Picnic Cinema entertainment commenced at around 8pm. We wrapped up warm and took camping chairs, blankets, wine, snacks, and a torch up to where the film screen was situated.



We were each given a cute goodie bag containing love-heart sweets, a sherbert dib dab, a pencil, a badge and a jigsaw puzzle piece! While we were waiting for the sun to go down, the Picnic Cinema team entertained us with a sightseeing themed quiz, filmed interviews with some obliging campers and various fun and games.



At around 10.15pm it was dark enough for the movie to begin!

If you have never seen Sightseers, then you have missed a treat. Its a British Black Horror Comedy about a couple who go on a touring caravan holiday, visiting various tourist attractions on the way….and leaving a few dead bodies in their wake….. Filmed in the North ( Derbyshire, Yorkshire & The Lake District) , Sightseers is pretty macabre and totally bonkers! It was great to see it on The Big Screen. 😁

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I think I would definitely go again to a Picnic Cinema event. I love that the films are screened in such gorgeous settings, the staff were enthusiastic, helpful and friendly and the movies shown are usually quirky and different.

Still to show this Summer.

Saturday 11th August ~ The Big Lebowski at Muncaster Castle, Cumbria.

Saturday 18th August ~ 24 Hour Party People at Kirklinton Hall, Carlisle.

Saturday 22nd September ~ Moulin Rouge at The Festival of Thrift, Redcar.

Whilst in the Lowther area we decided to do our own spot of sightseeing. ‘Long Meg and Her Daughters’ at Hunsonby is a druid stone circle that was used as one of the locations in the film.

Have you ever watched a film outdoors? Are you tempted?

Now, back to that Bucket List!


Crafty Vintage at Holmes Mill.

Well Phew!  I have managed to finish off my Christmas shopping. And how better to complete my Christmas present purchases, than by browsing a lovely Christmassy Craft Fair. The venue was Holmes Mill , a former textile Mill in Clitheroe which has been transformed into a contemporary yet rustic food, drink and leisure space. Crafty Vintage Fairs are renowned for their quirky crafts and collectables and the stall-holders did not disappoint.  Here are only a small selection of the gorgeous wares that I came across.


I couldn’t resist buying a pretty pocket mirror from Kat pearson Designs . Purrfect gifts for the crazy cat ladies amongst us. 🙂


Cacti make wonderful Christmas gifts don’t you think. I love these festive succulents and the stall looks so fetching. For more information on Chris and Judith’s bespoke vintage planters, email  them at info@gardendesigner.co.uk


I had never seen Typewriter Art before so I was surprised that these quirky illustrations were actually done on a typewriter !  This stall is called Oi Doris.  🙂


Ida & Ruby make these darling Top Knot Baby Hats and I couldn’t resist picking one up for a friend. Look out for them on facebook and instagram.


I love the Golden Syrup Tin Candles on this cute stall. Little Tree Crafts  make lots of cute and quirky bits & pieces that are ideal stocking fillers.

.And  Golly Goshingtons ( I love that name) sold ‘Just Gorgeous Stuff’. I found an unusual candle in the shape of a white stags  head. 🙂 Their email is gollygoshingtons@yahoo.com

Hmmmm What should I call him?

Have you been to a Christmas Craft fair this year?

Teacups, Ruby Red Shoes and Vintage Frocks.

This evening I have mostly been making a few  teacup candles, purchasing a pair of  red Ruby Shoo shoes off Amazon and deciding which dress I should wear to my upcoming birthday Vintage Tea Party. Its been a rather pleasant way to spend a few hours. 🙂

A few Teacup candles sitting and setting.

At the weekend I went on the hunt for something to wear for my birthday celebrations . Having booked my fave vintage tea rooms Callooh ! Callay! and sent out invites with a rather broad dress code ~ tea dress, vintage ( any era) or Alice In Wonderland inspired, I realised I didn’t actually have anything to wear myself. Oooops!

One of my Invites. 🙂

My first port of call was as luck would have it , a Crafty Vintage Fair in my local town. I was quickly drawn to this pretty purple tea dress at the Psychotic Monkey stall which was a bargain at only £12-50. I had to snap it up !


I had more shopping plans however. Aranged to catch the train into Darwen with my friend Becky and our other halves as Becky had discovered a wonderful little vintage clothes shop there the previous weekend called My Vintage Having deposited the boys at the pub we spent a good hour perusing the rails at this excellent little boutique. I must have tried on over ten different dresses ! The store owner was very helpful and didn’t mind at all. In the end I decided i would really go for it and bought a black and white polka dot 1950’s style Wiggle dress. 🙂

Wiggle dress.

I had also really loved a very quirky vintage inspired dress covered in ……….cats!  It had a bit of an Alice In Wonderland feel about it i thought. Think the lady at the shop was most delighted when i went back for it. My lovely boyfriend having discovered how cheap pints are in Darwen decided to pay for both dresses as a birthday present. Hurrah !

Quirky Cat Face dress.

You can probably guess that the dress I have actually decided to wear to my birthday tea party is………… the polka dot wiggle dress! Im going to be brave and attempt to look a bit glam. The red Ruby Shoo shoes I have ordered should hopefully look perfect with it. I shall take a photo for you when they arrive. 🙂

I am sure I will get lots of wear out of the other fab frocks I bought too. Have already got plans to wear the quirky cat creation at my next craft fair. Miaow!

Crafty Vintage at Backridge Farm.

On Saturday I spent a good few hours perusing the treasures at a Crafty Vintage event at the lovely Backridge Farm near Waddington in the rural ribble valley. The farm  has its own cozy restaurant and numerous local independant shops housed in its outbuildings. An old barn brimmed full of vintage and home made delights complimented the atmosphere perfectly.







Llamas grazing in one of the fields at Backridge. 🙂


I actually got organised this wknd and started my Christmas Present Shopping. I know its early but……..what better place to start!!
I found gorgeous gifts from Little Owl by Hazel Lyon,   Nancys Craft Boutique and Realicoul who all had delightful stalls at the fair.:)

So I rescued these kittens ~ purrfect prezzies from Nancys Craft Boutique.

And of course I had to treat myself a little bit too. Two very chic  little handbags for £5…….. just made to dance round. Tee Hee 🙂


Have you made a start on your Xmas shopping yet ? X

Crafty Vintage Fair.

Today I took my tea cups along to the Crafty Vintage fair at the st Marys centre in my home town of Clitheroe. Crafty Vintage fairs are held here on the last saturday of every month. Here are a few snaps I took of some treasures on sale. I ended up buying several birthday gifts and some treats for myself. Couldn’t resist. 😀









Love these kitsch coasters by tile productions.


I definitely recommend buying presents from craft fairs as there are so many talented people creating unique and beautiful gifts.:-D
This post represents day 25 in the Rosalilium Blog Every Day In May Challenge.x

Craft Fair Finds. :)

Theres nothing like a craft fair for finding unusual and pretty gifts. Today I have been to a Crafty Vintage fair in Clitheroe and here are my gorgeous finds.


Do you like my cute Owl rattle ? ( a gift for a friends new baby boy ), he can also be found on the nellabees website http://www.nellabees.co.uk

The pretty pink teacup & saucer is so elegant but i reckon I wont be able to resist turning it into a sweet smelling teacup candle. 🙂

My favourite purchase today has got to be this glistening vintage cat broach ( a 30th bday present for a friend) which actually has a moving tail.


The Crafty Vintage fairs are held on the last saturday of every month in the st Marys centre in Clitheroe.Lots of beautiful stalls selling everything from homemade jewellry to vintage clothing, quirky vinyl clocks and cakestands to gorgeous golly doorstops. Pop up tearooms too. 🙂 Drop by the next one and see what loveliness you can find. :))


For event information go to http://www.craftyvintage.com/events