5 ways to make a small wedding extra-special

Need to plan for a more intimate wedding? Fewer people doesn’t mean any less of a celebration. You’ll get to spend more time with those closest to you and create an unforgettable experience for both you and your wedding party…

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1 BE MY GUEST

Celebrate your exclusive guest list with exclusive invitations. Wedding stationery can add to your budget with an extensive guest list. But, with a smaller group of friends and family, you can give people something to really look forward to with extra-special invites. Think about sending individually handwritten invitations on high-quality paper with a custom design to set the tone.

2. TAILOR YOUR TRADITIONS

If you’ve had to trim down your guest list, it doesn’t mean you can’t go big in other ways. Fill your day with all the wedding traditions you love – whether it’s the fairy tale dress and stunning flowers, or a special first dance. Simply tailor these traditions to suit your day as you please. A smaller guest list can also allow you to leave out some of the wedding traditions you aren’t so enamoured with. Grab the opportunity for the taking!

3. KEEP IT PERSONAL

The beauty of a small wedding means it’s easier to make it much more personal and make every guest feel that extra bit special. You could use your favourite photos of them as part of your theme. They can be part of your place settings, along with a personalised note, or as bunting around the venue. It will provide a great talking point!

You can also add some extra family traditions or heritage to the day to really up the special factor. Wear an item handed down the generations – a veil, brooch, or a tie, for example – or fill your venue with special family mementos. Perhaps your parents’, grandparents’ – even great grandparents’ wedding pictures – become part of the family story yourself.

4. MAKE IT MORE MEANINGFUL

An intimate ceremony can also allow you to add more meaning to the service without worrying about trying to please a larger group. Personalise your vows, involve your guests with readings and music choice. This will help to set the scene for the celebrations to come.

Intimate weddings don’t call for separate tables, either. Enjoy your wedding breakfast around a large round table to create a buzzy dinner party vibe that allows the conversation to flow freely.

5. LIGHTS, CAMERA… ACTION!

Document your day to share with your wider family and friends – the guests you would have loved to share the day in person with. A videographer alongside a photographer is a great investment to look back on your wedding and makes the perfect keepsake to look back on.

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Book a Lavender wedding

Small and intimate wedding packages are available at Lavender Hotels. We’re on hand to help you plan all aspects to help you create your perfect day. Find out more HERE.

Find your perfect summer wedding venue

Summer wedding North West

With long, light evenings and flowers in bloom, summer is the peak wedding season. In normal circumstances, to make sure you secure your perfect summer wedding venue, you’ll want to book 12-18 months in advance. This summer may look a bit different, of course, and it may not be too late to snag your dream venue. Remember, though, it’s easy to get swept up in the romance of a place, so there are several questions you need to ask yourself and staff. This way helps to make sure you’re picking your venue with both your head and your heart.

What do you want from your summer wedding venue?

Start by picking three words that sum up what you want. Do you envision your day being intimate or raucous? The venue rustic or luxurious? Is your dream theme playful or formal?

Then, only visit the venues that – at first glance – seem to set the tone you’re looking for. That’s your heart taken care of. Once inside, it’s time to let your head take over by asking about all the important little details.


What’s your budget, and what’s already included?

While talks about finances aren’t the most romantic conversations, they’re vital. Have a ballpark idea of how much you’re willing to spend – all in – before you start visiting venues.

It’s not just about how much it’ll cost to hire an empty space. Ask what’s included for your money. Are you so busy and overwhelmed by the process that you’d like the venue to provide the complete package – the ceremony, the catering, the flowers, the DJ? Or are you hoping to be a hands-on bride? In which case, find a venue that can serve as a blank canvas for you to decorate with bouquets and trinkets you’ve sourced and bought yourself.

Is there space for everyone both inside and outside?

This is a fundamental question to ask to find the perfect venue for a summer wedding. British weather can be unpredictable! If it starts to rain, is there enough space inside for your guests? If the sun is scorching hot, are there enough shaded areas outside?

Much like with your budget, have an idea of how many guests you’d like to invite before visiting a venue, as its capacity will directly affect how relaxed your loved ones feel. Small spaces are a perfect choice for intimate gatherings but will become stuffy if everyone brings a plus one. A magnificent party atmosphere can be achieved when hundreds of people fill a huge space, but the same space can feel a little cold with fewer bodies.

Is the location convenient for your guests?

It might be the absolute perfect venue for your summer wedding once you’ve stepped onto the spectacular grounds, but it’s important that your guests don’t have trouble getting there. Is there ample parking? You don’t want people tiptoeing in halfway through your vows because they had to leave the car miles away. If the ceremony and reception are in different locations, make sure they’re no further than 25 minutes away from each other as you don’t want the celebratory mood to fall flat in transit. If the whole wedding day is taking place at one venue, is there another room for guests to gather while staff turn the ceremony space into a dancefloor? Is there accommodation nearby for those who want to enjoy the bar or have travelled from afar?

Have you asked all the little questions?

It’s all too easy to forget to ask how the practicalities of the day will be implemented. You’ve chosen a DJ, but does the venue provide a sound system? If you’re taking advantage of the sunshine with drinks in the garden, can the string quartet play outside? You’re happy for the ceremony space to be transformed into a dining hall for the wedding breakfast, but how long will staff take to flip it? How will you keep guests occupied? You dream of flickering candles warming the space as dusk falls, but does the venue allow open flames? Who will be troubleshooting on the day? Make sure you meet them – you’ll want to relax safe in the knowledge that you’re in good hands.

Finally, make sure you visit your chosen venue a second time. Walkthrough your day as you wander around the venue – this is when any problems with these little practicalities will come to light.


Take a look at Lavender for your summer wedding venue

Our exclusive wedding packages include extra-special Lavender touches. Our superb wedding suites are steeped in individual charm and character, which open out onto stunning grounds creating an ideal setting for your wedding. 

Together, we’ll help you create your perfect wedding day. Take a look at all our wedding venues.

Stables Country Club Terms and Conditions

Membership Details

Members of the Stables Country Club must as a condition of their membership comply with the regulations set out below and any changes/additions to policies and procedures thereafter. These have been drawn up by the Club with a view to ensuring that all facilities are properly and safely used, and that all members are able to take full advantage of them without interfering with the enjoyment of others. The management reserve the right to vary the conditions as necessary.

  1. Membership

It is a stipulation of membership that proof of identification must be produced upon joining the Club. Suitable identification is a full UK driving licence or passport. Failure to produce proof of identification will result in the application to join the club being refused.

1.1 Gold Membership

This is offered at a rate of £49.00 per month, with a minimum contract period of 12 months and a maximum period of 24 months. Please refer to your copy of the membership agreement for full terms and conditions. The Gold Membership permits you to use the club for the full opening times. Cash method is available if 12 months is paid up front, if you pay for the full 12 months this is non-refundable

1.2 Silver Membership

This is offered at the rate of £35.00 per month, with a minimum contract period of 12 months and a maximum period of 24 months. Please refer to your copy of the membership agreement for full terms and conditions. The Silver Membership permits you to use the club during the off-peak times (Please see section 19 for these times). Cash method is available if 12 months is paid up front, if you pay for the full 12 months this is non-refundable

1.3 Monthly Membership

This is offered at the rate of £57.00 per month, you are committed to a minimum of 2 months, where after you can cancel at any time giving one months notice in writing. The Monthly Membership permits you to use the club for the full opening times. Payment must be set up as a Direct Debit.

1.4 New Born-2 Years

This is offered free of charge until the child reaches the age of 3 years, you are not committed to any contract length and can cancel at any time giving one months notice in writing. The Child Membership permits the child to use the Club’s Leisure Pool during the set times (Please see section 19 for these times).

1.5 Child 3-15 Years

This is offered at the rate of £16.00 per month, you are committed to a minimum of 3 months, where you can cancel at any time giving one months notice in writing. The Child Membership permits the child to use the Club’s Leisure Pool and selected Classes during the set times (Please see section 19 for these times). Payment must be set up as a Direct Debit. Cash method is available if 12 months is paid up front, if you pay for the full 12 months this is non-refundable

1.6 School Leavers 16-21 Years

This is offered at the rate of £33.00 per month, where you are committed to a minimum of 3 months. The School Leaver Membership permits the member to use the Club’s Leisure Pool, Classes and Gymnasium during the Gold Membership times. (Please see section 19 for these times). Parents / Grandparents must be members to be able to take up this membership. Payment must be taken via a Direct Debit. Cash method is available if 12 months is paid up front, if you pay for the full 12 months this is non-refundable

        1.12 All Memberships are payable by direct debit or upfront in yearly payments. Cash method is available if 12 months is paid up front, if you pay for the full 12 months this is non-refundable

  1. Children
  1. Membership Cards
  1. Guests
  1. Smoking
  1. Dress
  1. Behaviour
  1. Food & Alcohol
  1. Admittance
  2. Transferring/Amending Membership

10.1 Any member who wishes to upgrade/downgrade their membership will be required to give 1 month’s notice 10.2 and this will incur a £15.00 administration charge.

10.3 Any member who wishes to transfer their membership to another person can do so, however 1 month notice is is required in writing and this will incur a £20.00 administration fee. The new member will be required to fill out a new Direct Debit mandate which must be in place before the original member cancels any payment instruction

  1. Termination of Membership
    1. .
  1. Suspension of Membership

12.1 Both Gold and Silver contracted Members are permitted to put their membership on suspension for a maximum six month period.

12.2 30 days written notification is required, you may email leisure@stablescountryclub.co.uk. You must request a receipt to acknowledge your requests.

12.3 A charge of £7 is applied each month the membership is on suspension.

12.4 The length of suspension will affect the earliest date for notification of membership cancellation.

  1. Contract Offer Discounts
    1.  All contract offer discounts will be applied accordingly and when due to expiry will automatically lapse and your payment will be restored to its normal flat rate as detailed in paragraph 1. You will not receive written notification.

13.2 As written on the membership agreement form. After the Initial contract period the membership will automatically continue unless otherwise notified by the member.

  1. Gymnasium

14.1 Members are forbidden to enter the gym while wearing wet clothes.

14.2 Persons under the age of 16 are forbidden from entering the main gym and participating in any adult classes (unless stated otherwise).

14.3 Persons under the age of 16 are permitted to use the Leisure pool and selected classes.

14.4 For hygiene reasons a gym towel must be taken into the gym at all times, to wipe down equipment after use. If you do not posses one, then a gym towel can be purchased or hired at reception.

14.5 When leaving a machine ensure that it has fully come to a standstill and is switched off

14.6 When leaving a machine make sure that the sound system is switched off.

14.7 Mobile phones are not allowed to be used when in the gym.

14.8 The club will not charge members mobile phones and members are prohibited from charging their mobile phone in other areas of the club i.e. changing area.

14.9 The appropriate gym clothing must be worn at all times; this includes footwear and keeping items of clothing on at all times.

  1. Swimming Area
  2. Changing Area
  3. Car Parking
  1. Squash Courts
  1. Exercise Classes

19.1Gold/Monthly members can attend classes free of charge.

19.2 Silver members can attend classes free of charge between 9:00am-5:00pm weekdays

Silver members can attend classes outside their operating times at a rate of £3.00/£4.00

19.4 All Children’s classes are available to non-members at a rate of £4.00

19.5 Non-members can attend classes at a rate of £6.00/£8.00All classes require you to book in beforehand.

Mats must be provided by the member for hygiene purposes.

Cancellation of classes must be done with at least 24 hours notice.

  1. CCTV – Is in use throughout Stables Country Club. In the case of any potential security breach, this footage maybe used to prosecute and individual. Recordings will be kept for a period of one month.
  1. Opening Hours

Gold Membership:

Monday-Friday: 6:30am-10:00pm

Saturday-Sunday: 7:00am-10:00pm

 Bank Holidays: 7:00am-10:00pm

Silver Membership:

Monday-Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Saturday-Sunday:7:00am-10:00pm         

Bank Holidays: 7:00am-10:00pm

Leisure Club Child Members

Monday-Friday: 2:00pm-5:00pm

Saturday-Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm                                   

Bank Holidays: 9:00am-5:00pm

Times may be subject to change over the Christmas/New Year Holiday period.

Management reserve the right to vary any of these rules or conditions at any time.

All-inclusive breaks at The Oaks

Settle in and settle down for a well-earned all-inclusive break at The Oaks. Situated within four acres of landscaped gardens on the outskirts of Burnley, our refurbished Victorian mansion boasts stately home charm with home-from-home hospitality.

The Oaks grand hallway

Our beautiful old building is the former home of a local tea merchant, lovingly restored to preserve the grand feel of a bygone era. Dark wood panelling and ornate ceilings feature in the main hall and reception area, flooded with natural light from the 25ft-high stained-glass window towering over the original sweeping staircase. Outside on the terrace, you can enjoy views towards Pendle Hill and relax with your favourite tipple.

Pendle, Burnley and beyond
The Oaks is the perfect base to venture out and explore this lovely part of England. The Pendle Way – a 45-mile circular route – is a firm favourite with our guests, with plenty of flora and fauna to discover.

Singing Ringing Tree

For a magnificent view of Burnley and beyond, The Singing Ringing Tree – a unique wind-powered musical sculpture at the top of Lancashire’s Crown Point is a must-see. The metal tree made from galvanised steel pipes emit haunting, musical notes as the wind blows through it.

Nearby, Pendle Hill offers impressive views of the Forest of Bowland and even further afield out to the Irish Sea. History fans will be fascinated by evidence of a Bronze Age burial site while Pendle is infamous for the 17th-century trial of the Pendle Witches, which you can learn more about on the Pendle Sculpture Trail. Pay a visit to the Pendle Heritage Centre and discover more about this area.

Leisure Club and Spa
Our Leisure Club is dedicated to your wellbeing – reap the benefits during your short stay with us. Make use of the fully equipped gym, enjoy a swim in our 10m pool, relax in the steam room or de-stress in one of the two Jacuzzis. Don’t forget, we’re also on-hand to work our magic with a variety of soothing treatments. Total bliss!

The Oaks Hotel, Burnley

Dine in style
You’re invited to enjoy a two-course dinner at Quills Restaurant, where you’ll find home-cooked, locally sourced produce on the menu. Choose from a hearty selection of traditional favourites or lighter bites, complemented by a global selection of wines. Situated in the old house with dark wood panelling and ornate ceilings, the floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto glorious views.

After dinner drinks
Our stylish Author’s Bar offers the perfect setting to enjoy some downtime to unwind with for the evening, with various alcoholic and soft drinks included in your package from 6pm-11pm. Enjoy your tipple in the stylish surroundings with high ceilings and original features.

Enjoy quality sleep
Relaxing days call for a perfect relaxing night’s sleep. Our rooms are traditionally designed with comfy beds, crisp cotton sheets, en suite bathrooms, large flatscreen TVs, and free internet. Wake up to a hearty Full English breakfast to set you up for the day.

Stay all-inclusive at The Oaks

An overnight stay at The Oaks costs from £149 per room based on two people sharing:
• Enjoy a Full English breakfast
• Stay in a Double or Twin Room
• Tuck into a two-course evening meal
• Includes drinks served from 6pm–11pm: choose from house wine, draught beers, house spirits and soft drinks

CLICK HERE for more details and discover our other great-value EXPERIENCES HERE.

Summer of Fun

Wedding planning for your perfect day

So you’ve said yes? Congratulations! A whole new world of excitement and wedding talk awaits. Before you dive into the deep end, follow these simple tips for the start of stress-free wedding planning…

Sharing your big news

It’s no surprise you’ll want the world to know your happy news but step away from social media – at least until you’ve had a chance to tell your nearest and dearest. No one’s mum or dad wants to be told by the neighbour who’s seen it on Facebook! Telling your loved ones face-to-face (if you can) or over the phone is much more personal, and, of course, you get to see or hear how thrilled they are for you. And, when you do press that post button, show off that gorgeous ring and watch the likes flood in!

Celebrate!

Stables Country Club

Most people will want to see you and share your happiness, so try to get some close friends and family together for some celebratory drinks. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive, and it does give you a great opportunity to show off your ring in person!

Slow and steady

It’s tempting to start planning straight away but take your time – at least for the first few weeks. Don’t rush into anything! Even if you want to get married quickly, it’s still a good idea to take a few weeks to enjoy the moment and bask in your newly engaged bubble.

Listen… but don’t agree to anything

Everyone and anyone will want to give their well-intended advice and experiences on all things weddings. You may even get requests about who should be there, where it should be – even when! It can’t hurt to listen, but to avoid disappointment, don’t agree to anything yet. Remember, it’s your day!

Get inspired

When it comes to weddings, you’ll never be short of inspiration. Grab a few glossy magazines and browse Pinterest. Create your own boards, saving anything that inspires you – from themes, dresses, invites, cakes – you name it, it’s all there.

Take time out

It’s easy to get swept away in the plans and chaos that can come with even just thinking about planning a wedding. Take time out as a couple – maybe a weekend away, a spa day or a simple country walk. Check in with each other about your ideas, and make sure you’re both on the same page about what you want.

Get planning

Once you’ve given yourself time to think about all the different elements to your big day, let the real fun begin and start making some firm plans. Think about dates and take a look at some venues. Why not start by finding out more about our stunning wedding venues across the North West? From beautiful panoramic gardens and an ornate pagoda at Higher Trapp House to statement style at Stables Country Club, Lavender Hotels set the scene any time of year.

There’s plenty more to discover with weddings at Lavender Hotels. You can find out more here. 

All-inclusive breaks at Higher Trapp House

Your Summer of Fun starts here…

Higher Trapp House

We’re polishing the bar, firing up the ovens, smoothing the bedspreads – and more – as we make the final preparations to welcome you back from 17 May with an all-inclusive break.

Join us for an all-inclusive break – where breakfast, dinner and drinks are on us. Along with a spot of indulgence, you’ll get to experience the best of the North West at your leisure. Explore the area or stay in the comfort of our hotel and grounds – whatever you choose, there’s plenty to see and do.

Take time to relax
There are so many highlights here at Higher Trapp. Situated in the rolling countryside of Pendle Valley, Higher Trapp enjoys panoramic views across Lancashire. Four acres of magnificent, terraced gardens surround our charming house where the rooms are comfy and cosy, and service is second to none.

Explore your surroundings
The main house is steeped in charm, with ornate ceilings, dark panelling, enormous chandeliers and luxurious leather sofas offering a great little spot to read the papers. Our lush, manicured gardens beckon you to stroll around and enjoy your surroundings.

Discover Pendle
Higher Trapp is the perfect base for exploring the beauty of Pendle – on foot or by bike. The Pendle Way – a 45-mile circular route – is a firm favourite with our guests, thanks to rocky outcrops, deep valleys and rolling fields en route.

Pendle Hill offers impressive views of the Forest of Bowland and even further afield out to the Irish Sea. History fans will be fascinated by evidence of a Bronze Age burial site while Pendle is infamous for the 17th-century trial of the Pendle Witches, which you can learn more about on the Pendle Sculpture Trail. It’s also worth paying a visit to the Pendle Heritage Centre and discovering more about this area

Afternoon Tea

Indulgent treats
After a spot of exploring, why not book in for our authentic Afternoon Tea? A selection of savouries includes the finest finger sandwiches alongside sweet treats and delectable scones – don’t miss our delicious fruit cakes served with Lancashire crumbly cheese. For an extra treat, add a glass of prosecco or Champagne or enjoy with tea and fresh coffee. Grab a spot in the conservatory for glorious views of our lush gardens or soak up the fresh air out on the private terrace – a great way to enjoy the sunshine.

Make an evening of it
Lancashire Rag Pudding

You’re invited to dinner at Fitzy’s – our popular in-house restaurant overlooking Pendle, serving a mouth-watering menu of home-cooked food, locally sourced and lovingly prepared by our Head Chef. Your all-inclusive break includes a two-course meal. Experience one of our tasty Signature dishes and local classics, including Lancashire Rag Pudding and Lancashire Fish Pie.

After dinner drinks
Next, it’s time to settle down for drinks in The Oak Room or out on the terrace ­– perfect for watching the sunset – for a relaxing way to spend your evening. Your package includes various alcoholic and soft drinks from 6pm-11pm.

Enjoy quality sleep
Our cosy, comfortable rooms come with en suite bathrooms, large flatscreen TVs with Freeview and free internet. They’re each uniquely decorated to make you feel at home. Sink into crisp cotton sheets for a great night’s sleep.

Fuel your day
Mornings at Higher Trapp mean only one thing: a hearty Full English breakfast served at Fitzy’s. Tuck into the works over tea or coffee – be sure to ask for a window seat to enjoy more time admiring our views.

Summer Of Fun

Stay all-inclusive at Higher Trapp House… Start planning your Summer of Fun!
An overnight stay at Higher Trapp costs from £149 per room based on two people sharing:

• Enjoy a Full English breakfast
• Stay in a Double or Twin Room
• Tuck into a two-course evening meal
• Includes drinks served from 6pm–11pm: choose from house wine, draught beers, house spirits and soft drinks
CLICK HERE for more details.


Check out our other great-value SUMMER EXPERIENCES from dog-friendly breaks to longer stays.

Create your wedding website

Wedding planning

You’ve got the ring, you’ve set the date… what’s next? After the last year and all its uncertainty, many of our plans have been altered or cancelled altogether. And, whether you’re replanning your wedding or just starting, a trend that looks set to stay is creating your very own personalised wedding website. Think of it as a one-stop-shop to showcase everything about your big day to your guests.

Wedding websites are rising in popularity, and it’s not hard to see why. They are great from a practical point of view – from storing your guest list, keeping track of RSVPs and logging specific dietary needs to updating guests with necessary info on venue locations, transport details and even links to your gift registry. There’s also an all-out romantic side to them: you can include the story about how you met and even detail your all-important proposal. There’s a heap of features to take advantage of. It also means you can keep your postal invites nice and simple!

Of course, your website can be as basic or as detailed as you like – you can tailor your website in just the same way as you’re tailoring your wedding. It can be a great taster of what people can expect on the day itself.

You don’t have to be a web developer to create one, either; there are plenty of website builders offering easy-to-use templates and drag and drop features. You can easily set your theme and font and, in some instances, even match it to your invites.

Fancy setting one up and don’t know where to start? Here’s a round-up of some of the best wedding website builders to consider:

The Knot Wedding website builder

Site: The Knot

What it offers: You can choose from over 100 free professionally designed wedding website templates while matching them to your invites. You can also download The Knot Wedding Planner app to get notifications and manage your website on the go.

Best bits: It’s super simple to keep guests updated and for them to RSVP in a click. Your site also easily integrates with your guest list and gift registry so that you can keep track of everything from one single place.

Cost: Free.

Find out more: https://www.theknot.com/gs/wedding-websites

Hitched wedding website planner

Site: Getting’ Hitched Rocks

What it offers: Style and design are at the heart of these custom-made websites, personalised for you by a team of in-house designers, with themes ranging from rustic to floral.

Best bits: You can send automatic RSVP reminders, hide ceremony details from your evening guests, and see all RSVPs in an easy-to-use dashboard. You can also order your invites and save the date cards to match your website. You can even include a wedding countdown!

Cost: From £235.

More info: https://gettinhitched.rocks

Joy Wedding website planner

Site: Joy

What it offers: There are tons of styles, fonts, colours, and templates to customise with this completely free service catering for weddings of all shapes and sizes. Plus, if a section of the site doesn’t apply to your day, you can simply remove it.

Best bits: You can add your photos, story, schedule, greetings, etc, which is then beautifully represented on your website, app, emails, paperless and printed invitations… even save the dates. Guests can easily access your app, and there’s even an area for your guests to upload pictures so that you can keep everyone’s snaps!

Cost: Free.

More info: https://withjoy.com/

Minted wedding planner

Site: Minted

What it offers: With website templates designed by independent artists, there are stunning design templates to choose from, or you can also have a bespoke site made. The site also sells invites and party decorations.

Best bits: You can match invites and other stationery to your website theme, import guest lists and even familiarise your wedding party using a special introductions page.

Cost: There are free sites and paid-for versions available, which include extra features.

More info: www.minted.com/wedding-websites

Weddings with Lavender

Choosing a Lavender Hotel for your wedding means you’re in good hands and guaranteed a memorable wedding day. Our exclusive wedding packages include extra special Lavender touches, such as elegant table centres to enhance your room décor. We have a superb choice of magnificent wedding suites, each licensed for civil ceremonies and steeped in individual charm and character that open out onto their stunning grounds creating an ideal setting for a fairy tale wedding.

Together, we’ll create your perfect wedding day.

Take a look at our venues and find your perfect venue.

How big can your wedding be this year?

Higher Trapp Wedding

If you’re planning a wedding this year, we can make it memorable for a small spring celebration or a larger summer gathering. Our special venues in the North West offer bespoke packages geared to suit your budget and needs.

This year, the size of your wedding very much depends on the date – and it’s important to remember these aren’t set in stone and could change as we move further into the year.

In England, the current easing of lockdown guidelines signal that smaller weddings could be back on later this spring, with no restrictions in place from 21 June.

From 12 April, 15 people will be able to gather for ceremonies, while receptions can take place outdoors as a sit-down meal, in venues – like Lavender Hotels – that can be open at this time.

Just over a month later, from 17 May, 30 people can gather for wedding ceremonies and receptions, either indoors or outdoors, in a covid-secure venue.

The big date that we’re all looking forward to – 21 June – is when the limits on social contact will be lifted – great news for weddings!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be showing you helpful ways to celebrate your wedding this year – however big or small.

Take a look at our wedding venues and packages here, and get in touch today to talk over your plans. Together we can plan your perfect wedding.

Cycling holidays in Pendle

Research says that exercising in the great outdoors can be more beneficial than indoors – and it’s especially good for our mental health. After a long winter of lockdown, what better way to recharge, get out in the fresh air and explore the stunning countryside than cycling around Pendle and the surrounding areas, followed by a night of home comforts and good food in a Lavender hotel.

Cycle routes to explore

Gisburn Forest

There are three signposted cycle routes in the largest forest in Lancashire. Suitable for mountain bikes and takes from 1 to 2 hours, depending on the route you take. Find out more.

Salter Fell

This 3- to 4-hour Cross O’Greets circuit offers a beautiful way of experiencing the high moorland of the northern Bowland block. Find out more.

Grand Tour of Pendle

Explore the beauty of this peaceful area travelling through bustling market towns and heather-clad moorlands on this demanding 2.5- to 3.5-hour hill route. Find out more.

Foulridge

For a more family-friendly route, try heading north on the Leeds and Liverpool canal. You can stop along the way for refreshments and rest in Salterforth village. Find out more.

Pennine Cycle Way

Another family-friendly option, this route forms part of the National Cycle Network. It’s perfect for families and beginners with a 40km route following the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Along the way, pay a visit to Pendle Heritage Centre, discover the historic lime kiln and canal cruises at Foulridge, and the must-see lock at Greenberfield. Find out more.

The Lancashire Cycleway

If you’re looking for a real challenge, this 280-mile route is rated in the top 10 cycling rides in the country. It takes you around the edge of the Pennine Hills to experience the majestic countryside views. Find out more.

Bike rental is available in Pendle if required.

Stay with us and make the most of it

Lavender Hotels Summer of Fun means you can stay in one of our hotels on an all-inclusive break to make the most out of the great outdoors and refuel and recharge indoors. Enjoy a two-course dinner, evening drinks, bed and breakfast from £149, just £74.50 per person.

Find out more and book HERE.

Gym and swim with Lavender

Whether you want to grab your fitness goals by the horns, get back into it or simply start on the road to exercise, our gym and leisure clubs are a great place to start.

We all have our own way of doing things. The same goes for exercise. Adding a national lockdown into the mix has seen plenty of inventive ways people keep active at home. It’s been great to see YouTube workouts along with sales of weights and at-home equipment go through the roof. But the motivation hasn’t been there for all of us, particularly if you’re working from home or stuck for space.  

Now, as restriction ease and gyms are set to reopen from 12 April, it’s time to reclaim your lounge, take a break from family or housemates, and instead make use of the fantastic facilities at both the Stables Country Club and Oak Leisure Club to work wonders on your fitness. Here are some tips for getting back into it and what you can expect from our facilities:

Set your structure

No matter what your fitness goals are, gyms offer a secure structure and routine with their dedicated space to work on yourself with access to a variety of high-tech equipment from free weights and cardio-based machines to group classes.  Plus, our experienced PTs are on-hand to offer any tips to on technique, helping to avoid injury or get the most out of your workout.

Gently does it

Some of you will be counting down the days for the gym to reopen, while others may feel daunted by the thought of getting back into a routine. Either way, it’s good to ease yourself into the gym and not overdo it. Start at your own pace and build-up for the best results – it will help keep that motivation in check.

Plan your workout

What are your goals? Simply to keep active and move more, lose weight and tone up or reach peak fitness? Making use of all of our facilities will help keep things varied and help you see the results you want. That doesn’t mean hopping on every machine – being consistent and sticking to your plan is key. Our PTs will help with a routine and give you a refresher on all the equipment if you need it!

Group effort

The pros of group exercise go further than simply fitness – exercising with others is also beneficial for your mental health and can help keep you motivated, especially if it forms a part of your social life. Our jam-packed timetable from aerobics to Zumba is the perfect blend of fun and fitness. 

Relax and revitalise

If lockdown has taught us one thing, it’s to look after ourselves more. Both of our clubs have an indoor pool and spa facilities for you to enjoy – perfect for winding down after a workout or a long, busy day.

Book a bit of you time

We’re looking forward to welcoming you from 12 April, showing you around and getting your fitness back on track. In the meantime, take a look at all of our facilities at Stables Country Club and Oaks Leisure Club and get in touch to arrange your membership needs today.

See you soon!