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At Your Leisure: Seaham Hall Hotel

At Your Leisure: Seaham Hall Hotel

EDB editor Leanne Fawcett popped along to Seaham Hall Hotel and Serenity Spa for her first solo spa experience, giving her the chance to recharge the batteries after having a baby boy seven months ago. Here’s what she thought… I LOVE spa days. They’re the perfect way...

At Your Leisure: The Festive Gift That Keeps On Giving

At Your Leisure: The Festive Gift That Keeps On Giving

A story written more than twenty-five years ago has been given new life by a regional gifts retailer. On New Year’s Eve 1994, author Christopher Goulding told a story to his friend’s children. That story was Tinseltoon - about the fairy from the clock on Newcastle’s...

At Your Leisure: Inn You Come

At Your Leisure: Inn You Come

'Inn' You Come The Seaton Lane Inn has long been a firm favourite on the East Durham food scene, with it’s modern, zen-like interior and luxury rooms which make it a popular choice for national and international visitors to the North East. Keen to keep up with the...

At Your Leisure: The Hearty Hedgehog

At Your Leisure: The Hearty Hedgehog

A Hearty Affair Hallgarth, The Manor House, in Pittington has long been a firm favourite for happy couples tying the knot. But recently, thanks to a six-figure investment committed by its new owners, the venue is branching out. EDB editor Leanne Fawcett went along to...

At Your Leisure: By Royal Invitation at the Royal George

At Your Leisure: By Royal Invitation at the Royal George

The Royal George at Old Shotton has long been a firm favourite among the East Durham food scene so when we were given the chance the visit the popular eatery to sample a two-course lunch, we were more than happy to accept. EDB editor Leanne Fawcett shares her...

Welcome back… spa days

Welcome back… spa days

Nearly two years after my last visit to the wonderful Seaham Hall Hotel – a real gem in the North East’s crown - because of the coronavirus pandemic, it was with open arms and ready-to-be-pampered muscles that I returned for a much needed spa day. Anyone who knows me...

New venture is no scary business

New venture is no scary business

EDB designer Alan Sawyers talks about his new ecommerce project and turning leisure into business. People have been turning personal interests into businesses for a long time. It’s nothing new. But for East Durham Business’s resident magazine designer, it’s becoming a...

At Your Leisure: A Treat During Lockdown

At Your Leisure: A Treat During Lockdown

Gateshead-based family business Beckleberry’s has diversified its business in response to the challenges it faced during lockdown. Prior to the pandemic, Beckleberry’s was quite literally a high-flying ice cream, sorbet, flan, tart, and patisserie provider - an...

At Your Leisure: Things We’ve Missed

At Your Leisure: Things We’ve Missed

As life begins to return to normal, it means at long last we’re finally able to see our friends and families, dine out at our favourite pubs and restaurants and have a haircut (if we have hair to cut). Usually, this feature is dedicated to places we’ve been since the...

At Your Leisure: Codrophenia is music to our ears

At Your Leisure: Codrophenia is music to our ears

East Durham Business editor Leanne Fawcett visited Dalton Park’s only independent food outlet, Codrophenia, to see whether the fish and chip shop was worthy of a five-star review – or more Rotten Tomato. Fish and chips are about as quintessentially English as things...

At Your Leisure: Luciano Peterlee

At Your Leisure: Luciano Peterlee

The Oaklands was once the ‘go to’ pub in Peterlee. In fact, it wasn’t unusual for people to queue up to get in, such was its popularity. Unfortunately, like many such venues, the pub sadly declined and from its status as a real hub of the community, it quickly became...