Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Fantastic Fireworks This Weekend at Alton Towers

From experience we can tell you that the fireworks displays at Alton Towers are fantastic!
We are sure that their fireworks event this weekend 6, 7 & 8 November 2015 will be wonderful.

The fireworks at the theme park are spectacular and as we live so close to Alton Towers we can see the high level part of the display from our house. 
However, to get the best view you really need to be at the theme park so that you can see all the fireworks and listen to the music that accompanies them.

Above is a photo that we took a couple of years ago when we had chance to go to Alton Towers and watch the fireworks ourselves.  All being well we hope to go along to the theme park to see this years display.  If you've got nothing planned this weekend why not come along yourselves!

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Trick OR Treat?

Even if Halloween is not your cup of tea, we thought you would like to see this picture of our dog Poppy wearing her Trick or Treat bandana.  

We know we are biased but are sure that if there was a competition for cutest Trick and Treater Poppy would win.

Poppy loves treats and will be hoping for a biscuit (or two!) if anyone sees her out and about in her bandana.  From experience we know that she can produce some pretty smelly tricks, let's hope no one gets one of these!


Sunday, 27 September 2015

Half Term & Halloween Events in North Staffordshire

In just 4 weeks most schools will start their October Half Term Holidays, followed by Halloween on Saturday 31 October 2015.  

If you're looking for a short break why not come and stay with us at The Malthouse B&B

Here are a few of the Halloween events taking place near us:
- Scarefest, Alton Towers (starts 17 October)
- Hallowe'en Creepy Crafts, Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood 
- Ghost Train Express, Churnet Valley Railway
- More Treat than Trick, Drayton Manor (starts 17 October)
- Halloween Spooktacular, Shugborough Estate
- Halloween Ghost Tours, The National Brewery Museum
To check our bed and breakfast availability email, telephone 01538 703273 or visit our website where you can book online.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Summer at The Malthouse

The Summer months always seem to go by really quickly.  In between doing B&B there are lawns to mow, plants to water and a million other jobs to do!
We're really pleased with our bedding plants this year.  Here is a picture of the planter that's near our back door.  

We wonder if the cooler weather that we've sometimes been having might be suiting the plants.
We've had plenty of bright days but also a few days when the skies over Alton have looked very odd as you'll see in this picture that we took of our pond.

Hope you're making the most of any fine weather you're getting this Summer. 

Friday, 24 July 2015

Poppy is a Top Dog

Most Monday evenings we take our dog Poppy along to Waggietails Dog Club.  If you've looked at our blog before you'll know that we've been taking Poppy to the clubs training sessions since she was a small puppy.  Poppy loves to see the other dogs (especially Hamish the love of her life and Ruby another little girl dog that she adores!) and seems to really enjoy the training sessions as do we.  Each week at home we go over what we've learned at the club and try to put the training into practice, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't!   Over the last couple of years Poppy has been presented with a Bronze and Silver Award and has been working towards getting Gold.  To be honest Poppy is pretty good but not infallible so we were surprised and absolutely delighted when Waggietails gave her a Gold Award last week.  To prove it, here it is.    

Here is a snap of the "Top Dog" herself with one of her favourite toys Foxy - not a very original name we know!