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We spent a lovely Saturday last week (September 24th) at the Derbyshire Food Fair in Bakewell.  The weather was kind and we enjoyed sampling many delights as well as attending some great presentations in the Cookery Theatre. 

My particular favourite was the Prosecco Van from Lytham Fizz Co, a three wheeler mobile Prosecco van.  I mean what's not to like?

We had excellent coffees indeed Perfect Coffees from Barista Italia.

Our favourite musical group of the day was the fab singers La Di Dah, loved the retro dresses ladies!

Francis Quinn, Great British Bake Off winner made brownie owls and we just couldn't resist some Paella and hog roast rolls too!

Best of all dogs were allowed at the Fair, as long as kept on a lead and our four-legged friend Conor had a fab time.  We couldn't pass by the Dog's Trust stall without sponsoring their oldies.

A final high of the day was when our daughter won Burtree Puddings competition, so two of us got free entry and free brownies that were AMAZING!  Oh and not forgetting the simply stunning sticky toffee pudding with extra sauce that we had that night for dessert!

We also visited Bakewell and the farmer's market that was on at the same time.  A real double whammy of a day!


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What are the most discerning of dogs longing to eat these days?  Well in some cases, I'll admit, the answer is "practically anything" but in all seriousness and in all cases, the sweet teatime cakes and bakes we ourselves devour, are simply not suitable and can be quite dangerous for our four-legged friends.

Take the traditional Bakewell Tart for instance, famed of the Derbyshire Dales and Peak District, with its almond, jam and shortcrust sponge combination it calls to you from the cake counter any time of the day, let along tea time ...... but knowing that nuts and sugar are two of the biggest "No No" ingredients in canine culinary terms, I set about creating a delight for our dogs that could rival this most traditional of treats!

And so, the Barkwell Tart was born (well, baked!) a peanut butter cookie base covered in a layer of liver parfait, and topped with mini tasty cookies!!

It's not a sweet tart but a pooch party favourite, where we can even replace the topped mini bones with a name or message, but in the dog world, it is certainly matching the popularity of it's human "name sake" the Bakewell, so perhaps they are both the perfect selections to have with you as all six legs enjoy a wonderful walk around the Derbyshire countryside!

Find us at www.charactercookies.co.uk or


Character Bakes

........our edibles are incredibles! 

Tel 07769776843 





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With so much to see and do in the Peak District you might find it useful to know where the Visitor Centres are.  They can help you find the best ways to find the activities you want, on your budget, and within your preferences. 

Bakewell. The centre is a joint venture between the Peak District National Park Authority and Derbyshire Dales District Council and is located in the atmospheric 17th century Old Market Hall.

·         Castleton. The main centre for exploring the Hope Valley. Located in the village of Castleton, the centre also houses the Castleton Village Museum, home of many local treasures, some dating from prehistoric times.

·         The Moorland Centre. The Moorland Centre’s design and interactive exhibitions reflect its setting. It has a living roof of sedum turf, intersected by a waterfall tumbling over glass panels into a pool at the entrance.

·         Upper Derwent. Situated in the middle of the Howden, Derwent and Ladybower Reservoirs complex, the centre is just 500 metres from the Derwent Dam and acts as a focus for the two million walkers, cyclists and tourists that make the journey into this beautiful valley each year.

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