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PUBLISHED: 16:04 22 June 2009 | UPDATED: 15:37 20 February 2013

Santa At Park Hall

Santa At Park Hall

The winter nights are drawing in and I'm starting to feel the cold a bit; and my flimsy old excuse of a duvet just doesn't cut the mustard. On a mission to find a duvet set that can be used all year round, I stumbled upon Silksleep.

Don't miss this month

Santa begins his magical wonder at Park Hall, Oswestry on December 1 and will be in residence until December 24 when he gets on his sleigh for a long night's work. Christmas at Park Hall is always special; visitors can take a cart ride that drops them off at Santa's Grotto and then wander through Christmas scenes to see him. For more information, visit

Discount of the month

Sleep well with Silksleep
The winter nights are drawing in and I'm starting to feel the cold a bit; and my flimsy old excuse of a duvet just doesn't cut the mustard. On a mission to find a duvet set that can be used all year round, I stumbled upon Silksleep.
Suppliers of luxurious silk filled duvets and silk bedding, Silksleep is my new favourite find. Its combination silk duvets are made to keep you warm when it's cool and cool when it's warm. And with silk sheets all the rage, get your mitts on Silksleep's gorgeous bedding, made from 100 per cent long fiber mulberry silk, naturally hypoallergenic and great for your skin. Readers are in for a treat as Silksleep is offering a 15 per cent discount on its entire range: from silk filled duvets and silk bedding to silk pillows, mattress toppers, blankets and silk filled cot duvets. With free delivery and returns as standard, just visit and enter Telnov08 at the checkout before December 31. Call 01603 300 888 for more information.

Offer of the month
Treat your home for Christmas

It is approaching the time of year where Christmas wish lists start materialising. So don't be left wanting - treat your home in the form of Shaftesburys shutters. Not only do they win hands down in the originality stakes, in these testing times, they actually add value to your home - making them a perfect Christmas gift if you ask me.
Shaftesburys has a huge range of affordable shutter styles to choose from in a range of designs and finishes. Take its new Boston range for example; high quality white shade basswood shutters for only £235 per square metre.
And in the run up to the festive period, as a special offer to readers, Shaftesburys is offering 10 per cent off on all its shutter orders over £600, plus free fitting (usually £45 per sq metre). Just call 0845 165 8333 mentioning this offer before December 24. Visit for further information.

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The Diary

There's always a first for everything - and this year for many of us, it'll be having all the relatives round for a 'Big Christmas'. If you're struggling to fit Auntie Mabel and Grandpa Jack round the table, or don't have enough forks to go round, fear not. Help is at hand:

• has come to my rescue on more than one occasion - the festive period being no exception. Manufacturing cutlery of the highest quality since 1901, and with a wealth of offers to help the bank balance, Viners really does come under the title 'luxury for less'.

• Courtesy of Majestic wines, you needed worry about your lack of glassware over Christmas. Come the Queen's speech at three o'clock every relative or guest is sure to be holding a drink to toast her Majesty. Visit to find out more about the free hire, and for bargains on wine too.

• Lastly, you need your bit of X-factor to guarantee Christmas hosted by you will always be remembered with glee. For just under £70 from, you can get this beautiful punchbowl, ladle and glasses - perfect for mulled wine in front of a warm fire.

Freebie of the month

The Plantation Rug Company has launched a dedicated consumer website; which showcases its entire collection of contemporary, traditional, hand-knotted and boldly abstract rugs. An online rug bible, the website has dedicated pages for limited editions, new products and a guide on how to care for your rug. To celebrate the launch, is offering one rug-loving winner the chance to win £1000 worth of rugs from its website. Text LAUNCH followed by your name to 87233 (50p plus your standard network rate). Log on to, to view the collection and make a note of your favourite rugs.

Your turn to recommend

Readers have recommended...

• Kitchens & Interiors Ltd, SY1 1EB, professional installation of kitchens and interiors. Tel: 01743 359 518

• Eden Floor Store, SY1 1UX, wooden floor professionals. Call 01743 340 077

• Shropshire Blinds and Awnings, SY1 1XF, specialists in outside awnings and sunblinds.
Tel: 01743 850 111 or visit

• Treetech Services, SY1 2EU, professional tree surgeon. Tel: 01743 341 180

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