First Equal Sex Marriage in the UK takes place in Sheffield

Love is in the air this month but next it will be thoughts of weddings, as Sheffield wins the equal marriage ‘race’. The first Equal marriage has taken place in Sheffield on 29th of March 2014.  Kyle Emerson and Richie Wood become the first same-sex couple in Sheffield to get married at a beautiful midnight ceremony. At least four gay couples have registered to become the first in Sheffield to get married, according to a leading equality campaigner.

How same-sex marriage differs from civil partnership

Civil partnership is a legal relationship exclusively for same-sex couples, distinct from marriage. It offers the same legal treatment as marriage across a range of matters, such as inheritance, life assurance and next of kin.

Up until 29 March opposite-sex couples can opt for a religious or civil marriage ceremony, whereas a same-sex partnership is an exclusively civil procedure. 

Aston Hotel Sheffield offers ideal setting for intimate wedding, to find out more & to view our wedding brochure click here


Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

Congratulations to all the winners at last night’s Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.  Also a special thank you to the BBC’s Catriona Shearer who’s opening speech complimented the quality of the Aston Hotel Dumfries and in particular our “thick white fluffy towels”!  Now that is a royal seal of approval from our national treasure!!

Discover Peter Pans Enchanted Land

Take a tour of Moat Brae, The house and garden in Dumfries that inspired Jm Barrie to create Peter Pan

Discover Moat Brae Gardens & House

The garden which was J M Barrie’s ‘enchanted land’ and famously inspired Peter Pan lies to the north and northwest of Moat Brae house. It extends down a steep slope to a retaining wall just above the river Nith.  Below the wall, and out of view from the house and garden, there is a public riverside path. The garden looks out across the river to the water meadows and beyond to the rolling hills of the southern uplands, in south west Scotland.

The original layout would have been made after the house was designed in 1823 but it is thought that the very little that now remains of the early garden design relates to Victorian times.  Perhaps this is appropriate as the period when Barrie played pirate games with the Gordon boys in the garden was in the 1870s when he was a pupil at the neighbouring Dumfries Academy.

One important garden feature remains – the sandstone plinth which once held a statue of Peter Pan.




Yorkshire Festival – 100 days of Art & Culture

Welcome to 100 days of world class music, dance, theatre, film, art, sculpture and one or two art forms there probably isn’t a name for yet. Welcoming the Grand Départ of the Tour de France – the world’s largest annual sporting event and one of the most spectacular. The festival is the first in all its long history, the tour has never seen anything like it. We want you to join us, be part of it, bring your friends and family, share as well as enjoy the experience and help us celebrate the very best of Yorkshire creativity.

47 ambitious projects, hundreds of fringe events, 6,000 square miles of world class Yorkshire talent. #BEPARTOFIT

Dates: 27th March 2014 – 6th of July 2014

Find out more, to download Yorkshire festival brochure click here

Meet Nicola – Our New Conference & Events Coordinator

They say all good things come in small packages…well the same can be said about me…Nichola…the new Conference & Events Coordinator for Aston Sheffield. I have great things planned for 2014/15 and am absolutely delighted, and excited, to announce that my new, and long awaited Wedding Brochure has arrived and is available to view online. So, it’s safe to say, that along with sunshine and daffodils…spring and love is well and truly in the air!!

Aston Hotels 2014 Wedding Brochures arrived and are available to download from here

From Field to Factory to Fork

Last Thursday Shonagh and Robin attended the ‘Support your Ambition’ event at Easterbrook Hall.  Organised by Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce the format of the day was carried though a theme of ‘From Field to Factory to Fork’ with inspirational keynote speakers from all three industries giving an insight into the routes into those industries as well as some top tips of what employers may be looking for.  The event was capped off by a series of question and answer sessions between employers and potential employees which left the employers with lots of ideas to consider on developing the future talent required to sustain the major industries in Dumfries & Galloway.

Season Opening at Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House Re-opens After Winter Closure

2014 is set to be another remarkable year at Chatsworth with so much to see and do, including exciting calendar of events and exhibitions. The house garden, farmyard and adventure playground is open every day from 16 March – 23 December 2014.

What’s on:

Michael Craig-Martin at Chatsworth

16 March – 29 June 2014

Included with house entry

A major display of contemporary sculpture in the garden with new works made specifically for this exhibition. Inside the house, Michael Craig-Martin brings his own approach to highlighting sculpture from the Devonshire Collection, and selects visually arresting portraits for the Old Master Drawings Cabinet, including drawings by Hans Holbein, Annibale Carracci and Ghirlandaio.

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