Friday, 27 April 2012

Fancy a Day out at the Races?

Our local racecourse is at Uttoxeter just 8 miles away from The Malthouse.  The racecourse holds race meetings and all sorts of other events throughout the year.  If your taking a break with us and are looking for something different to do a day out at the races might be just the thing!        
Take a look at to see a list of this years events.


Sunday, 22 April 2012

2 for 1 Alton Towers Voucher with Coke Zone

A great way to save money when you visit Alton Towers Theme Park is to use a 2 for 1 voucher. For each full paying adult theme park ticket you purchase you'll get a second ticket free! Coke Zone are currently offering a 2 for 1 deal for Alton Towers. All you need to do is collect 5 Coke Zone points to get a 2 for 1 voucher for Alton Towers.
See for full details of this offer.

To avoid disappointment don't forget to check the terms and conditions carefully.

Need accommodation near to Alton Towers? Our B&B The Malthouse is just one mile away! Telephone us 01538 703273 OR email to check availability.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Alton Towers Gardens NGS Open Evening

The gardens in the grounds of Alton Towers Theme Park are beautiful to say the least. Guests staying at our bed and breakfast have commented that it's a shame you can't visit the gardens without purchasing an expensive theme park ticket. So, we are delighted to say that Alton Towers will be opening their magnificent gardens to the public on Friday 1 June from 5pm to 8pm.

For just £4 visitors will be able to enjoy the splendor of the gardens at Alton Towers.
The entrance fee will be given to The National Gardens Scheme - Gardens open for Charity.
See for details regarding this event.

If you don't live locally but would like to come along and see the gardens why not telephone 01538 703273 to check accommodation availability at The Malthouse B&B. We're located in the village of Alton just one mile away from Alton Towers.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Look What We Saw on Our Lunch Break!

Today we'd had a really busy morning at our B&B so when lunchtime arrived we were ready to take a break. For a change of scene we decided to drive to our local chippy for a lunchtime treat. To get to the chip shop we drove through a few local country lanes and just look at what we saw along the way!

We stopped to speak to the farmer who was tending the donkeys. He told us that that baby donkey had been born just last night.

As you'll know if you read our blog we just love lambs. As we passed number 10 we couldn't resist getting a snap of him as he looked so cute.

What a lovely lunch break we had! The chips weren't bad either!

Rocky Biscuit Bar 2 for 1 Alton Towers Voucher

If you want to save money on your visit to Alton Towers Theme Park simply buy a promotional pack of Rocky Biscuit Bars! These special packs have a 2 for 1 Alton Towers voucher so that you'll only pay for one adult and get a second person into the theme park for free! Look out for Rocky Biscuit Bar packs with the 2 for 1 voucher in your local shops and supermarkets. Terms and conditions will apply so please check the smallprint carefully.

MALT TIP: Don't forget to bring your voucher with you!

Why not telephone 01538 703273 to check availability at our B&B, The Malthouse in Alton. Or if you prefer email us at and we'll get straight back to you.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Our visit to Buxton

The old spa town of Buxton in Derbyshire is a pleasure to visit, we can highly recommend it! We had a rare afternoon off recently and decided to drive to Buxton as we hadn't been there for quite a while. The car journey was around an hour from Alton. We had a steady drive so that we could make the most of the pretty countryside we drove through.

We mooched around the shops and then took a stroll into the Pavillion Gardens as seen below.

We were even lucky enough to find a sunny spot in the gardens to enjoy an ice cream!

The town has some interesting shops and truly beautiful buildings. There are plenty of places to get a light snack, lunch or even afternoon tea!

The Buxton Wells Dressing Festival takes place from 5 - 16 July 2012. For more details see .

Buxton even has it's own Opera House hosting a variety of theatre, music and comedy throughout the year see their site for details of what's on. The Opera House is fabulous inside and out, attending a performance there is a real treat.

There are many beautiful locations to visit that are a short distance away from our B&B Buxton is just 0ne of them!

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Scarefest 2012 at Alton Towers

Do you look forward to the thrills and chills of Halloween? If you enjoy this fun festival you should visit Alton Towers and enter into the spirit (spirit - do you get it!) of Halloween at their 'Scarefest' celebration.

The 2012 Scarefest event at Alton Towers is on 14-15 October and 19-31 October.

This years Halloween celebrations at the Theme Park promise to be the most scary yet! Their will be lots of fun for families and plenty of frights for the brave! Our guests tell us that going on the rides at Alton Towers in the dark is great!

See the Alton Towers website to get all the latest information.

To make the most of the late opening times during Scarefest local accommodation is essential. For availability/prices telephone The Malthouse B&B on 01538 703273 or email Remember we're in the village of Alton just one mile away from Alton Towers.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Lovely Lambs at Easter Time

Every season has something spectacular to offer BUT there's nothing quite like seeing tiny lambs as Spring turns to early Summer. To us watching lambs come out into the fields near our B&B is simply wonderful!

This week ewes and their lambs were let out onto the hillside opposite our orchard. It was a joy for us to watch the lambs skipping about. Here they are - they seemed to be really enjoying themselves!


Monday, 2 April 2012

A hazy afternoon at Blithfield Reservoir

Last week the weather in Alton was wonderfully warm and sunny! We took a couple of hours off to enjoy the sunshine and went for a ride out to Blithfield Reservoir. Located in the countryside between the towns of Uttoxeter and Rugely the reservoir is a lovely place to relax.

Here a a few photo's that we took. As you can see the mixture of sunshine and water made for a very hazy (I did mean hazy not lazy!) afternoon.

MALT TIP: If you plan to visit the reservoir choose a day when the weather is pleasant.

Good weather = an ice cream van at Blithfield!

Parking at the reservoir is free. There are walks to enjoy and plenty of wildlife to watch. Or you can just park up your vehicle and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Take a look at for more information.

Blithfield Reservoir is approximately 30 minutes by car from The Malthouse. If your planning to come and stay at our B&B why not extend your trip? There are a wide varitey of things to do and places to visit near to us.