Monday, 19 May 2014

Flower Power Plant & Craft Fair

Flower Power Plant & Craft Fair

Coach Yard

Sun 25th May 2014

11:00am to 4:00pm

The annual Flower Power Plant Fair will this year also feature a handpicked selection of local craft and food stalls. The fair takes place in the Coach Yard beside the Gardens and features many RHS and other show award winning nurseries. The fair offers quality plants at realistic prices grown by the nurserymen and women based in the North. Hundreds of plants will be on sale, from shrubs to trees, to climbers, herbs, herbaceous, fruit and specialist foliage plants.
In addition to plant stalls, this year there will also be a selection of local food and craft stalls.
Special offer reduced admission prices :
Ticket Prices - Plant & Craft FairOther offers, promotions, pass cards or season tickets will not be valid for free entry.
 Adult5-15 yearsUnder 5s
Castle, Park & Gardens£9.00£2.00Free
Event, Park & Gardens only£5.00FreeFree
The Northern Echo
Saturday May 17th, 2014

The wonder of Welly's 

Alison Walton's dog became an inspiration for her to start a business making dog treats.  He's now chief taster....

Tickling canine tastebuds is something Alison Walton knows a lot about, thanks to her pet dog - Jack Russell Welly.  She hand-bakes healthy treats for dogs and now supplies local hotels and holiday cottages.  The treats, which are nutritionally approved by a veterinary laboratory, are available in three flavours,  chicken and thyme, lamb and rosemary, and beef with wheat bran.  There is also a wheat-free variety, peanut butter with spelt, because some dogs suffer from wheat intolerance. 
Alison Walton, of Barnard Castle, set up Wellybix last year and has not looked back since.  Two-year-old Welly does his bit by ensuring baking standards are met.  He is my chief tester.  He waits for each batch to come out and makes sure they are up to scratch, says Alison.
Her cottage industry now supplies pet shops and farm shops in County Durham, Cumbria, North and West Yorkshire.
Wellybix is at Raby Castle Food and Craft Fair, Staindrop, on Saturday, May 25th.

For more details see

Monday, 12 May 2014

Dog Wise dog show

10.20 - Opening address from Chief Constable Barton
10.30 - Durham Police Dogs display
11.15 - PawsUp address by Patron Mike Pannett
11.20 - Public agility. A chance for the public to have a go at our agility course under the guidance of one of our instructors... Just for fun
12.00 - K9 Pusuits display. See Gill and Andi strut their stuff and work their amazing dogs 'Tilly' and 'Goose' to music. As recently seen at Crufts !!
12.50 - Display by 'Scrappy' the Fire Brigade dog and his handler Lee Asprey
13.30 - Husky Rescue display
14.00 - TBC
14.30 - Durham Police Dogs display .. a second chance to see us make fools of ourselves !
15.30 - Public Agility
16.00 - Finish 

A selection of attendees -

PawsUp - Durham Retired Police Dogs Benevolent Fund
Durham Agency Against Crime
Police Crime Commissioner
Sherburn PACT
Tescos community champions
Hunwick Dog Parliment
Paws & Jaws
Oscar Pet Foods
Care of Police Survivors (COPS)
Dogs Trust (Including micro-chipping)
Stray Aid
K9 - Pursuits
Husky Rescue
Cake stall
Search and Rescue
Consett YMCA (climbing wall & giant zorbs)
VW Show cars
Wellybix dog treats
Butterwick hospice
Fire Brigade 
Scrappy the fire dog
Durham Police Partnerships
Luke & Learn
Farplace Rescue
Face painting
Gren Dog Walkers scheme
NESSR (Northern English Springer Spaniel Rescue)

Friday, 9 May 2014

This weekend, I'm at The Station in Richmond, North Yorkshire for an Arts and Crafts Event.    I've done lots of baking including Cheese and Apple Pupcakes, Big Peanut Butter Bone Bix along with all the usual Treat Bags.   Hope to see you there.....

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Darlington and Stockton Times Friday, April 25th 2014

Dales Festival of Food and Drink
3rd, 4th, 5th May 2014

The North's Premier Food and Drink Event including the Yorkshire Dales Real Ale Festival
At Leyburn, in the heart of Wensleydale
10.00 am to 5.00 pm each day

Each batch of biscuits is tested by terrier Welly
prior to despatch...

If there is such a thing as the best job in the world for a dog, then it probably belongs to Welly, the Jack Russell Terrier!...

He's the chief taster for Wellybix, a thriving cottage business making doggy treats run by keen baker Alison Walton, of Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle.

Her business began almost by accident after she decided to bake some biscuits for Welly shortly before Christmas of 2012.

Soon after she began supplying a local hotel and holiday cottages for guests to give their dogs - and now she supplies pet shops and farm shops around the region.

Welly does his bit by enthusiastically testing each batch to ensure quality control, as well as lending his moniker to the company name.

The biscuits come in a range of doggy-licious flavours including Chicken and Parsley or Thyme, Lamb and Fresh Mint or Rosemary, and Beef with Wheatbran.

There's even a wheat-free variety, Peanut Butter with Spelt Flour, as some dogs suffer from wheat intolerance.

For more details, check out the website at
or email