Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Visiting Alton? What to Pack.

Now that Spring if fast approaching we're busy getting ready to welcome guests to our B&B The Malthouse in Alton Staffordshire. If you've stayed in Alton before you'll know what to expect but if you're not familiar with the area and are coming to visit perhaps you're wondering what to pack.

We hope that the following information will help you to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Alton and the surrounding area is quite rural, we are lucky enough to live in a very picturesque village with beautiful countryside all around us. BUT if your a city dweller and miss the hustle and bustle a 30 minute car journey will take you to the heart of the city.

Visitors staying at our guest house come from all walks of life. Some guests bring a tiny amount of luggage while others pack for every eventuality and bring the kitchen sink just in case!

Here are a few things you might want to consider bringing with you:
- changes of clothes (don't forget your hat if your coming to a wedding!)
- sturdy but comfortable walking boots/training shoes
- warm coat
- waterproof clothing (we hope the weather will be fine but we can't guarantee it!)
- if the weather forecast is on the chilly side don't forget hat, scarf & gloves
- if the weather forecast is hot hot hot don't forget shorts, sunglasses & sunscreen
- swimwear & towels (if you plan to take a dip at one of the local waterparks or swimming pools)
- toiletries
- tickets/money off vouchers for attractions you plan to visit
- map (old fashioned we know but a great help if your sat nav goes haywire!)
- and finally your teddy bear!

BUT if you come without something don't worry. We usually have a plentiful supply of toiletries etc or can help point you in the direction of local shops. The most important thing is that you have a lovely break and enjoy your stay with us!

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Save Up To 25% on Alton Towers Tickets

If you book your 2012 theme park tickets for Alton Towers in advance online you can save up to 25% off the 'on the day' price! Simply visit to see full details of the offer.

Our B&B The Malthouse is located in the village of Alton just one mile from Alton Towers. A perfect location if you need accommodation close to the theme park. To check availability telephone us on 01538 703273 or email if you prefer.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Will 2013 see a new ride at Alton Towers?

It seems that Alton Towers Theme Park are in the process of applying for planning permission for a new rollercoaster ride. If permission is granted it is thought that the new coaster would open in 2013. Great new for all you adrenaline junkies out there!

If go ahead is given the new rollercoaster would be built in the X Sector area of the Theme Park. This part of the park is very popular with visitors as the fantastic Obilvion ride is situated there. It looks as though the old Black Hole Dome would be demolished to make room for the new ride. As usual information about the new ride is being kept top secret by Alton Towers!

Sunday, 8 January 2012

75 Days Until Alton Towers Opens!

Not long to go before Alton Towers Theme Park starts it's main 2012 season and we can't wait! This year the theme park opens from Saturday 24 March 2012 until Sunday 4 November 2012.

On a visit to the park last November we saw the poster below near the Nemesis ride and wondered what it was all about.

It seems that a new attraction called Nemesis Sub-Terra is due to open for the 2012 season. As Nemisis is one of our favorite rides we're really looking forward to visiting Alton Towers this year to see the attraction.

For younger visitors (and big kids!) new for 2012 is a 4D cinema experience based on the film Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. With such such cute characters this is bound to be a big hit!

If your planning a holiday or short break in the UK during 2012 Alton Towers is well worth a visit. Guests staying at our B&B often visit the theme park, we get fantastic feedback from couples, familes and groups of friends about their days out at Alton Towers. The village of Alton in Staffordshire where we're located is a great base for a holiday. There are plenty of other attractions or more relaxing activities nearby too. If you'd like to check availability contact us at The Malthouse B&B by phone on 01538 703273 or email

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year for 2012

A very 'Happy New Year' to all our family & Friends! We hope that 2012 will be a healthy and happy year.

The weather in Alton has been pretty miserable and wet for the last day or two, so we thought you might enjoy seeing The Malthouse on a much more pleasant and sunny day. Roll on the spring eh!