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Treat Yourself to a Slice of History this Spring Bank Holiday

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Buxton’s residents and crowds of bank holiday visitors are to be treated to a slice of history this Spring Bank Holiday Monday thanks to the Old Hall Hotel, who will be serving free samples of their popular Mary’s Cake in celebration of their most infamous guest, Mary Queen of Scots who famously stayed at the hall in the 16th century.

The Old Hall Hotel team will be offering a chance to enjoy free samples of their delicious new cake in the Pavilion Gardens from 10.30am, and everyone is invited to come along and try a piece of talented chef  Louise Padfield’s latest creation.

Since launching in March the cake has been such a firm favourite with the locals that Louise, who developed the secret recipe herself, has been struggling to keep up.

“It’s been absolutely crazy,” says Louise.  “We wanted to pay homage to our most famous resident by creating something as unique as she was, but we never envisaged that it would go down as well as it has done.  We’re looking forward to sharing the cake with even more Buxton visitors on Spring Bank Holiday.”

Mary’s Cake is akin to a Dundee Cake, however Louise says the recipe comprises an unusual combination of ingredients and is as ‘complex and colourful’ as Mary’s character.

“I was careful to consider the ingredients that were readily available in Mary’s time,” she says.  “I’d spent many hours perfecting the cake to ensure it was just right, however, there are certainly no cherries in this cake – the Queen didn’t appreciate the taste.”

The Old Hall Hotel in Buxton played host to Mary Queen of Scots from 1576 – 1578, when she was placed under house arrest upon the orders of Queen Elizabeth I.

Mary’s Cake is available now by the slice from the Old Hall Hotel’s wine bar, or during afternoon tea.

For more information or to book visit or call 01298 22841

Glossop youngsters offered chance to win Little Mix Sketch Santa competition

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

A competition has launched offering High Peak youngsters a unique opportunity to create a Christmas card design for a brand new charity card pack starring chart-toppers Little Mix….but you need to be quick as the contest closes on 14th October 2013!

The Sketch Santa competition was launched nationwide by ITV’s Daybreak and is supported by Hallmark – who have recently opened a new store on Glossop High Street – and offers children aged 6 – 16 the chance to have their drawings brought to life as a Christmas card. The winning design will be modelled by Little Mix and featured in a limited edition pack of cards. What’s more, the lucky winner will be announced on national TV.

Sold as an official product for ITV’s Text Santa appeal, the special packs will be available nationwide from and selected Hallmark stores later this year. Each pack sold will see a portion of the proceeds donated to the ‘Text Santa’ appeal, which in turn supports six worthy charities based in the UK.

To enter the art contest, children are asked to create a Santa-based design inspired by what Christmas means to them. Entries must be original, creative and drawn on A4 paper in a portrait setting.

Tamsyn Johnston Hughes, Sketch Santa Judge and Campaign Manager for Hallmark (the card and gift specialist helping to create and print the winning design), said:

“When it comes to penning that winning design, I’d concentrate on two things. Firstly, make sure you base your design on what Christmas means to you as that personal touch will show through in your artwork. Secondly, remember the critical role that Christmas cards play in our festive traditions, they’re kept in the hearts of our homes and are used to decorate mantelpieces, windowsills and walls. As such, your design will need to stand out in this setting.

The ‘Text Santa’ appeal aims to raise awareness and donations for UK charities that make a difference to people’s lives. For 2013, the six chosen charities set to benefit from funds raised include: Age UK, Barnardo’s, Beat Bullying, British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices.

Full details of the competition, entry forms and guidelines can be seen at