Royal Shrovetide Football in Ashbourne

Did you know there is a local World famous tradition in Ashbourne, a market town, 10 minutes drive from Heywood Hall? Shrovetide football is a traditional “Football” game held annually on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, 28th February and 1st March 2017....

Treasures on Valentine’s Day

Wishing you all a happy Valentine’s day. We hope you have or will be spoiled rotten by your other half on this special day.  Being married to a Frenchman, romance comes as the norm, enjoying a glass of Cremant  from his beloved Alsace in France, some gorgeous...

Treasures in the attic

Have you ever moved to a property with lots of history and all sorts of nooks and crannies to discover? Well we did just that 4 years ago, when we moved to Heywood Hall! It was only last summer when we were inspecting the chimney that  we found a suitcase tucked away...

Pumpkins, Maize Mazes & Soul Seekers

Staffordshire has a whole host of scary activities during the second half of October. Is it the fact that we live in a wooded part of the countryside with Yew trees and old buildings, which naturally create a spooky atmosphere in the heart of the Churnet Valley? Or do...

Autumn Walks from Heywood hall

Autumn is approaching and  what better time to put on your walking boots and enjoy nature’s array of fabulous colours?  Adjacent to Heywood hall is the disused railway line which takes you all the way to Dimmingsdale . Here the Forestry commission has turned an...

Abbots Bromley Horn Dance 2016

This Monday 12th September adds a little zest to the village of Abbots Bromley, a quaint village with 5 pubs!! I happened to go to the school of St Mary and St Anne  ( known as AB) in Abbots Bromley  many years ago, and it was a highlight of the week to go and watch...