Here at Cotton Traders there’s nothing we like more than an adventure, especially one that includes marvelling at the UK’s spectacular scenery. In a recent blog post we shared with you some of the UK’s hidden gems but this time round we’re putting our walking boots aside and eyeing up a warmer way to explore the UK’s natural beauty - by train!
Whilst train travel might not appeal to everyone – especially if your perception is a cramped commuter carriage – time it right and it can be one of the most relaxing and awe-inspiring ways to explore the UK. From Scotland to the southern corners of England – we’ve compiled our favourite places to sit back and watch as our wonderful world unfolds before our eyes.
We could almost be fooled into thinking that spring has sprung but - although it may be on the horizon - bear in mind the gale force winds, dreary drizzle and Baltic temperatures we are often bombarded with at this time of year.
Whilst wearing colours that aren't even showing in your garden yet may feel a bit premature, they are sure to make these gloomy few months far more palatable.
New year, new you, new places to discover! January is all about new beginnings so why not add these incredible and often forgotten places to your must-visit list in 2014. Whilst the likes of Devon and the Lake District attract thousands of tourists and walkers throughout the year, there are so many other places in the UK that are worth a visit.
With the contagious cheer of the festive season behind us and a long few months of wintry weather ahead, it's easy to let January leave us feeling a bit deflated. While it may start with a bang, good intentions and high hopes of a new, healthier way of life, it is often seen as a month of post-Christmas tightened belts and winter blues.
The decorating and the wrapping, the mince pies and the mulled wine, the classic films and the cosy fires... Christmas Day is just around the corner and, here at Cotton Traders, the air is alive with anticipation. However, there are those of us who - as hard as we might try - still haven't finished ticking off our shopping lists. If, like some of us, you have a tendency to leave things till the eleventh hour there will still be stocking stuffers to source, baubles to balance on the end of branches, turkeys to get hold of...the list is endless and that's before we've even had time to think about what we're going to give that distant cousin at the annual family get-together.
Whether you’re looking to save money on gifts or adorn your home with unique DIY decorations, getting crafty this Christmas is a great way to spend these dark nights. Say goodbye to overpriced decorations, generic Christmas presents and manic Christmas shopping with these easy festive ideas.
We love these ideas that are great for even the most inexperienced craft-maker and don’t require lots of expensive materials either.
Christmas is a time for family, friends, great food, exchanging gifts and, for most, taking the time to enjoy that much-needed rest and relaxation. A great way to get into the spirit of things before the big event is to head to a Christmas market or event near you, whether you’re looking for Christmas ideas or just want to soak up the atmosphere, there’s something for everyone.
If you’re not sure what’s going on in your local area, we’ve hand-picked some amazing events that are not to be missed over December. Whilst this list is in no way definitive, here are a few that we have our eye on that we’re sure yule enjoy too!
Nothing marks the arrival of winter like a cup of mulled something grasped firmly between mittened hands, slow curls of steam releasing the sharp scent of fermented fruit softened by the exotic warmth of seasonal spices.
This year, try a fresh take on a Christmas classic with our favourite mulled cider recipe. Take a full-bodied and slightly tart, traditional cider and combine it with spices like cinnamon, clove, ginger and star anise for a sweet and rich elixir that will warm you from head to toe.
We’re sorry to inform you that the dark nights, rain and cold are here to stay for a few months more. So whilst many of us will find it tempting to curl up under our duvet and hibernate for the season, it’s more important than ever that we stay active during the winter months.
Shaking off the winter blues or a case of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) can be solved by regular exercise which releases endorphins and keeps our blood pumping!
Today, services and acts of commemoration will be held up and down Britain in honour of Remembrance Day. On this day, we are joining people across the nation in donning our red poppies and pausing for a moment, in memory of those who have sacrificed their lives for us in conflict.
Here at Cotton Traders, we are proud to show our support for our brave Servicemen and women by working together to raise funds for the wonderful charity, Help for Heroes. Through fundraising events and sales of our exclusive Help for Heroes collection, we have managed to raise over £450,000 so far, taking us even closer to our £1m target.
Each walker is unique – from their preferred style of walking and the shoes they wear to what they pack in their rucksacks and who they take with them!
That’s why we not only wanted to share our favourite walking must-haves for gentle walks but we also spoke with a selection of people in the industry, all of who offer a unique outlook on walking for all abilities.
Are you ready to discover our ultimate walking essentials and some expert top tips?
Here at Cotton Traders, we like to do things a little differently. Our reputation has been built on outstanding quality, a sense of community and keeping our customers interests at heart. The Thread is just that – a space for sharing things we know our customers enjoy, whether it’s travel, eating, staying active and healthy or enjoying sneak-peeks behind-the-scenes at Cotton Traders.