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Even before you choose to move into one of our luxury retirement villages, when you are at the start of your journey looking at retirement flats for sale chances are, the first person you will meet when you visit our retirement apartments, is Pamela. 

Pamela is our Senior Property Consultant and with over 18 years of experience in the new homes and retirement living sector, she is on hand to help make your journey as smooth and simple as possible. 


We asked her about her experience in retirement living and found out a little bit more about her. 

Who was your favourite ever client and why? 

Many years ago, when a colleague of mine was retiring I took over their post at a retirement living development and I have a memory that will stay with me forever, the pleasure of meeting Joan. 

Each morning I would see a lady walking past the development to visit the nearby shops, she would always stop and look at the entrance however, would never come in. After some time had passed I mentioned it to my colleague who told me she had been stopping and looking at the development on her way to the shops for over year but had never come in.  

I knew that sometimes finding the courage to take that extra step can be daunting, so the following morning when she was walking past I popped outside to greet her and invited her in for a cup of tea and a biscuit. She gladly accepted but was keen to point out that she wasn’t ready for a “care home”, and, at 89 felt like she was far too old to move. 

I found her spark and strong independent nature refreshing, we instantly clicked and had a long chat over tea and biscuits. As I grew to know Joan, she told me that she had lived on her own for over 36 years, and quite often didn’t see a soul for weeks. I asked her if she had heard of “retirement living” as it was the perfect solution for her to keep her independence, whilst not feeling lonely and missing out on socialising. 

Joan had assumed that she had been walking past a “care home” and didn’t realise the thriving vibrant community and the independence that “retirement living” offered. 

Once she realised that the retirement living development was not a “care home”, she instantly asked to be shown around the apartments and to see the communal homeowners lounge.  

It was wonderful to see how amazed Joan was at the size of the apartments and the facilities they contained and I could see how delighted she was when we bumped into a couple in the homeowner’s lounge who were keen to stop to chat with Joan.  

At the end of the tour, Joan told me that she thought the development was “fantastic!” and that she didn’t really know what “retirement living” was all about, until now. She was very excited about the idea of living in one of the apartments and making new friends but, she was unsure if she could move as she didn’t think her daughter would want her to move out of their family home. We said our goodbyes, but Joan was insistent that she would be back to visit again. 

A short two weeks later Joan, and her daughter popped in for a cuppa and a chat. We took a tour of the apartments and after a few friendly waves and “hello’s” from other homeowners Joan was adamant that she wanted this to be her new home.  

Her daughter was in full agreement and they reserved a 1-bed ground floor apartment on the spot. 

Whilst we left Joan to take another look at her apartment, her daughter quietly thanked me for inviting Joan in to see the development. She admitted that she worried that her Mum was lonely and said that she found it hard to juggle her own busy family life and to spend as much time with her as she would have liked.  

One of the things that did surprise Joan’s daughter was the modern facilities; “I’d like to move in here myself” she quipped, and she was impressed by the security because she said it would “give her peace of mind that Mum was safe when she wasn’t around.” 

A few weeks later we arranged to sell Joan’s property using the assisted move scheme and helped her find a trusted solicitor to do the conveyancing for selling her current home and buying her new apartment. We also organised the removals to make things easy and quick for Joan and just like that,10 weeks later, Joan and her little dog Marty were living in their retirement apartment. 

This is a standout story for me because it gave me immense satisfaction to know the part that I had played in enriching Joan’s life, enabling her to make new friends and attend social events with like-minded people, in a safe and secure environment, whilst retaining her independence. 

 What is the most frequently asked question about Alderman Lodge?  

People are always asking me “How much are the luxury retirement apartments?”. The quick answer is “They start from £194,950”, however, it’s always best to get in touch with me and we can chat through your exact requirements as each flat is unique and we have a range of different orientations and layouts available to choose from. For example, all of the ground floor apartments include a patio area and the first and second-floor retirement living apartments have fabulous balconies!   

What is your favourite part of the Alderman Lodge development? 

I love where it is in Brighouse! It’s so close to everything you need, situated just off Elmwood Drive in a quiet area but just a short walk from the town centre  where you can enjoy the lovely Brighouse community. 

What are your top tips for moving into an over 55s apartment? 

My top tip is always the same, enquire early to ensure that you get the apartment that you want! If your heart is set on a south-facing apartment with a balcony, the earlier you get in touch, the better. Plus, long term, I’ve found that you always benefit from buying off-plan as it means you have the option to choose some of the apartment features and personalise your home before you move in. 

What is your favourite place to spend time in Brighouse? 

I love to wander down into the town whenever I get a chance, it’s a great place for a walk and there are a lot of choices if you fancy a bite to eat at one of the many excellent coffee shops. 


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National Walking Month is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to take advantage of the health benefits that walking can offer, especially for those over 55. Walking is not just a simple way to stay active, but it is also an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, it not only boosts your mood but it can improve your overall health and wellbeing.  


Let’s start with the benefits of walking.  

If you’re not a regular at the local tennis courts or an avid marathon runner, low-impact walking is going to be one of the easiest ways to get back into exercise. 

Walking can provide a range of health benefits for those over 55, and getting outdoors near your retirement living apartment is free and easy to do. If the feeling of the sun on your face and the fresh air in your lungs still doesn’t entice you to start this healthy habit, we have pulled together 3 of the key benefits of walking that might just motivate you to head out on a walk this May. 

  1. Improved Heart Health: Walking regularly can help lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease, and improve cardiovascular health.
  2. Increased Mobility: Walking can help improve mobility and flexibility, which can be especially beneficial for older adults who may experience stiffness or joint pain. 
  3. Better Mood: Walking can help reduce stress, improve mood, and boost overall mental health and well-being.


3 Easy Walks to Try Out 

Our retirement living villages in Brighouse, Derby and Thornton Cleveleys are perfectly positioned for enjoying a variety of interesting walks. We have picked our favourite walks near each retirement living location. 

1) Alderman Lodge, Brighouse  

The Brighouse Canal Walk is a scenic route that showcases beautiful views of the Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal and the surrounding countryside. The walk begins at Brighouse Basin, which is a picturesque starting point in itself. If you fancy something light to eat before you walk, we recommend stopping at Jeremy’s at the Boathouse for some tapas and sitting on one of the outside tables. It’s a great place to people-watch as the basin is a popular spot for boaters and visitors alike, and it offers a peaceful and tranquil environment to start your walk. 

A view of the lock gates at the entrance to Brighouse canal basin and moorings on the calder and hebble navigation canal in calderdale West Yorkshire

This is an easy walk (we estimate that it will take around 1.5 hours to complete) and can be cut short by simply turning around or cutting across one of the locks. To complete our full recommended walk, you need to follow the canal path towards Cooper Bridge and cross several locks before turning around and heading back the way you came. The locks offer a glimpse into the history of the canal and the industrial heritage of the area and are an impressive feat of engineering that are still used today by boats navigating the canal. 

As you walk along, you’ll be guaranteed to be entertained, there is a healthy mixture of countryside and urban landscapes, with sections passing through woodland areas and others through the more built-up areas of Brighouse. If you are lucky, you might even spot a duck, swan, or one of the other waterfowl that live on the canal! 

One of the highlights of the walk is entering the edge of the charming town of Mirfield at Cooper Bridge, which provides a handy pitstop! This area is home to several pubs and cafes, where you can stop for a coffee or a bite to eat and take a break from your walk. 

Once you have had your pitstop, you can either cross to the other side of the canal to walk back to Brighouse Basin or turn around and use the same path. The marina (at Brighouse Basin) flanks the beginning and end of the walk and is a bustling hub of activity, with boats coming and going, it offers a great place to stop and watch the world go by. 

This is an easy walk suitable for all ages and abilities, and it’s a great way to get some fresh air and exercise in a beautiful and peaceful setting. 

2) Albany Lodge, Derby 

Markeaton Park Walk – This easy walk is a great way to explore the beautiful Markeaton Park in Derby. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles long and takes around 1 hour to complete. The walk offers stunning views of the park’s gardens, lake, and woodland areas and is perfect for those looking for a leisurely stroll. 

Markeaton Park Lake

Just a 5 minute drive from Albany Lodge retirement living village sits Markeaton Park. The Markeaton Park walk is a delightful stroll that is particularly beautiful in springtime, when the trees are starting to bud, and the flowers are blooming, making it an excellent time to take in nature. 

The walk begins at the Markeaton Park car park (where you can park your car for free) and is signposted at the car park entrance. From here, the walk takes you through the park’s stunning gardens, which are in full bloom during the spring months. You’ll see a variety of colourful flowers, including tulips, daffodils, and crocuses, as well as blossoming trees such as cherry blossom and apple trees. 

If you are a nature lover, the walk is perfect for you as it takes you to the park’s lake, which is home to a variety of waterfowl, including ducks and swans (perfect to bring the Grandchildren to feed the ducks over long May bank holiday weekends). If you have some extra time, we suggest a slight detour of walking around the lake, taking in the serene and tranquil surroundings and admiring the views of the park. 

If you follow the trail, you’ll be guided to the woodland area of the park which is particularly enchanting in the spring months, with the trees starting to grow and snowdrops shooting up from the earth. The woodland area is also home to confident squirrels (who often sit on the path) so you’ll be sure to spot one. 

Whilst this walk is very short (around an hour long), if you did want to take a break during your walk, there’s a lovely café located in the park’s courtyard, which offers a range of hot and cold drinks and snacks. Alternatively, there are several picnic areas in the park where you can stop and enjoy a packed lunch or a cup of tea. 

We love this walk as it changes with the seasons, it is particularly nice to enjoy nature on weekday mornings to beat the lunch crowd and enjoy the tranquillity of the area. 

3) Royles Lodge, Thornton Cleveleys  

Thornton Cleveleys Coastal Walk – We couldn’t recommend a walk in Thornton Cleveleys that didn’t have sea views! Whilst there are many inland options (including King George’s Playing Fields that are steps away from our retirement living apartments at Royles Lodge) nothing clears out the cobwebs like fresh sea air! 

Thornton Cleveleys Coastal Walk

The Thornton Cleveleys Coastal Walk is a beautiful and scenic route that takes you along the Fylde Coast and offers breath-taking views of the sea and the surrounding countryside. The walk starts at Cleveleys Promenade and ends at Rossell Beach Promenade, and it is approximately 3 miles long. 

The walk is best enjoyed during low tide when you can see the vast expanse of the beach and the sea creatures that call it home. You might spot some sea birds, crabs, and other marine life in the tidal pools and exposed rocks. 

One of the highlights of the walk is the picturesque Cleveleys Beach, a beautiful stretch of golden sand that is perfect for relaxing and taking in the stunning views of the Irish Sea. The beach is a great spot for a picnic, sunbathing, or, if you could even bring your cossie for a refreshing dip in the sea during the warmer months. 

As you walk along the coast, you’ll also see the art installation, Mary’s Shell, and the iconic seafront shelters, which are a popular spot for taking a break and enjoying the view. You’ll pass through the beautiful Jubilee Gardens, where we recommend taking a moment to relax and appreciate the beautiful floral displays and the sea views. 

If you need a refreshment break during your walk, there are several cafes and pubs along the route where you can stop for a coffee, tea, or a bite to eat. Locals favourites include, The Venue, which is located on the seafront or The Queensway, which is situated just off the coastal path. 

The Thornton Cleveleys Coastal Walk is a wonderful way to get some exercise and take in the views of the Fylde Coast. With plenty of highlights along the way, it’s a great way to spend a few hours exploring this beautiful part of the country.


When you come to live with us in a luxury retirement living apartment, you are never too far away from a scenic walk. Walking is a simple and enjoyable way for those over 55 to stay active, boost their mood, and improve their overall health and well-being. So, why not take advantage of National Walking Month and try out these easy walks in Brighouse, Derby, and Thornton Cleveleys? You won’t regret it! 

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As we get older, the needs and requirements for our living space in our homes change. After retirement, many people find themselves rattling around large family homes with extra rooms that are no longer needed, not to mention high maintenance and running costs. Downsizing to a new build retirement living apartment can offer a more comfortable and more convenient option for many retirees.  

According to the Home Builders Federation’s October 2022 report, there are few reasons why retirees should consider the benefits of making the move into a new build retirement living apartment. 

In the wake of the cost of living crisis, the report outlines a trend towards prioritising energy efficiency in new homes; this is also becoming increasingly important for those considering retirement living options. According to a recent survey by the Home Builders Federation, around a quarter of respondents (24%) stated that the energy efficiency of their next home move would be “crucial”. This highlights the growing awareness and importance of energy efficiency among consumers, especially as they enter their retirement years. 

Retirement living apartments that are built to meet high energy efficiency standards can provide a range of benefits for over 55s.  

An energy-efficient retirement living apartment can provide peace of mind for seniors who may be on a fixed income. With rising energy costs, having a home that is designed to minimise energy usage can help to reduce the financial burden of high energy bills.  

A new build retirement living apartment is typically smaller than a family home, which means lower maintenance costs. With fewer rooms, there are fewer things that need to be cleaned and maintained, which can significantly reduce the cost of upkeep (and of course, give you more time to have fun and enjoy life!). New retirement living apartments are designed with modern materials and appliances that are energy-efficient, which in turn will save money on utility bills. According to a report by the Home Builders Federation, new build houses can save homeowners up to £2,600 per year on energy bills compared to older homes. 

Not only do newly built retirement apartments offer significant savings on energy bills, but they can also help to reduce the carbon footprint of the home. This can be an important consideration for those who are environmentally conscious and wish to live in a home that aligns with their values. 

At Burghley Retirement Living, our apartments in Thornton-Cleveleys and Derby are now available to buy or rent and we will be launching a new retirement village location later this year. Moving into one of our new build communities with energy efficiency can provide greater stability in retirement and each community comes with additional amenities and benefits that can further reduce living costs and enhance overall wellbeing. These include communal spaces for socialising, such as our luxurious communal lounges and maintained outdoor gardens. These spaces give residents the opportunity to make new friends, socialise and form clubs without having to pay a penny! 

If you are thinking about viewing one of our retirement living communities, give our friendly team a call on 0800 999 1989. 

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Thornton Primary School - Word Book Day Celebration 2023

The team at Burghley Retirement enjoyed the magic of World Book Day this year, thanks to the pupils at Thornton Primary School.

Pupils in Beech Class were invited to put pen to paper and write their own original stories, which were entered into a short story competition run by Burghley Retirement. Their stories were shared with the team at Royles Lodge to read and enjoy, as well as select three winners.

Ellie May Turner was crowned as the winner thanks to a fantastic story entitled ‘Why Babies Don’t Make Sense!’. Poppy Hill and Skyla Rose were chosen as the runners up with stories entitled ‘This One Girl’ and ‘The Girl Who’s Mind Went Boom!’. All three pupils were awarded a National Book Token to help them continue to enjoy their love of reading.

Declan Fishwick, Marketing Manager for Burghley Retirement Living, said “The enthusiasm and confidence from the children in telling their stories has been great fun to witness. We thoroughly enjoyed reading through each entry. We have some very talented young writers in Thornton-Cleveleys, it was hard to pick just one.”

“We want to say a big thank you to the pupils and teachers at Thornton Primary School for being so thoughtful, kind and making us part of their World Book Day celebrations. Hopefully next year we can invite them all to Royles Lodge to read to us in person!”.

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Retirement is the perfect time to explore and experience new things, and Derby is a great city to base yourself in while you do so. Located in the heart of England, Derby is easy to get to from many parts of the country, and if you choose to live in our Albany Lodge Retirement village, there are a number of fantastic day trips that can be taken from your base in your luxury retirement apartment. Here are our top five picks for spring 2023:

  1. Peak District National Park: Just a short drive from Derby, the Peak District National Park is a beautiful area of rolling hills, quaint villages, and stunning natural beauty. There are numerous walking and cycling trails to explore, as well as attractions such as Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. The park is easily accessible by car, and there are also a number of public transportation options available, making it a convenient and enjoyable day trip for retirees.
  2. Nottingham: Located about 20 miles from Derby, Nottingham is a city with a rich history and a number of interesting attractions. Highlights include Nottingham Castle, the City of Caves, and for the more creative types, the Nottingham Contemporary art gallery is a must. The city is easily accessible by bus or train, and there are a number of accommodation options available if you want to extend your stay.
  3. Lincoln: Lincoln is a city with a rich history, and is home to a number of interesting landmarks and attractions. These include the Lincoln Cathedral, the Lincoln Castle, and the Lincolnshire Wolds, an area of rolling hills and pretty villages. The area is a popular destination for walkers and cyclists, and offers a peaceful and scenic escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
  4. Alton Towers: Alton Towers is a popular theme park located about an hour’s drive from Derby. It’s a great destination for families, with a range of thrilling rides, a water park, and a variety of other attractions, perfect to entertain the grandchildren during the school holidays. While the park may be more geared towards younger visitors, there are still plenty of things for retirees to enjoy, such as the gardens and the more relaxing rides.
  5. Birmingham: Located about an hour’s drive from Derby, Birmingham is a vibrant and diverse city with a range of cultural attractions, shopping, and dining options. Highlights include the Bullring shopping centre, the National Sea Life Centre, and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Close enough to enjoy several trips from your base at Albany Lodge retirement living, Birmingham will never be boring, there are a number of things to do in the city, including some more unusual activities including: visiting the Coffin Works museum, which is dedicated to the history of coffin-making; touring the City of Caves, a network of underground sandstone quarries; and exploring the Selly Manor Museum, a historic house filled with period furniture and artifacts. Other offbeat attractions include the Pen Museum, which celebrates the history of pen-making, and the Back to Backs, a collection of historic courtyard houses that have been preserved as a museum.

Living in Derby offers a range of great day trip options for retirees, whether you’re interested in exploring the outdoors, experiencing culture and history, or just having fun. Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find something that appeals to you within easy reach of the city. Just remember to plan your trip in advance and make sure you have all the necessary arrangements in place, such as transportation and accommodation, to ensure a smooth and enjoyable day out.

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As you approach retirement, it’s natural to start thinking about downsizing and simplifying your living situation. One option that may appeal to you is a retirement living development, which typically offers a range of amenities and social activities designed specifically for seniors.

Moving into a retirement living development can be a big decision, and it’s natural to want to make sure you’re making the right choice. One important step in the process is viewing a show flat, which is a fully furnished model apartment that gives you an idea of what the units in the development look like and how they are laid out. Here are a few reasons why viewing a show flat is a crucial step in the decision-making process:

Get a feel for the space: Seeing a show flat in person will give you a much better sense of the size and layout of the units than you’ll get from looking at floor plans or photos online. You’ll be able to walk through the space and get a feel for the flow of the apartment, which can be helpful in determining if it will meet your needs. You’ll also be able to see how your furniture and belongings would fit in the space, which can be especially important if you have a lot of larger pieces.

Check out the finishes and features: A show flat will also give you the chance to see the finishes and features of the units up close. You’ll be able to see the quality of the appliances, countertops, and fixtures, and get a sense of the overall design aesthetic. This can be particularly useful if you have specific preferences or requirements, such as needing a walk-in shower or wanting stainless steel appliances

Imagine yourself living there: Finally, viewing a show flat will help you picture yourself living in the development. You’ll be able to see how you might use the common areas, such as the outside space or community room, and get a feel for the overall vibe of the retirement living community. This can be especially important if you’re planning on being an active member of the senior living community and want to make sure it feels like a good fit.

In addition to these benefits, viewing a show flat can also give you the opportunity to ask questions and get more information about the development. You can ask about the types of homes available, the amenities offered, and the policies and procedures in place. You can also inquire about any additional fees or costs associated with living in the development, such as monthly maintenance fees or fees for use of certain amenities.

Overall, viewing a show flat is an essential step in deciding whether a retirement living development is right for you. It will give you a much better sense of what you can expect from the units and the community, and help you make an informed decision. It’s a small investment of time and effort that can pay off in the long run by giving you peace of mind and helping you find the perfect place to call home in retirement.

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If you’re approaching retirement, you’ve likely given some thought to the next chapter of your life. Will you travel? Volunteer part-time? Move closer to family?

The type of home that you choose to live in makes up a large part of that conversation.

You could remain in your current house or, for example, move to a “granny flat” at your son’s or daughter’s home. You could also move to a bungalow, decide to rent, buy a campervan or retirement community.

Where you choose to live during your retirement years is a personal choice. Many people want to live somewhere that lets them continue their lifestyle, but near all the people and activities that make life enjoyable. If that sounds like you, living in a retirement community could be just the home you seek.

A retirement community is a far cry from a nursing home, its purpose build living for over 55’s who want to live in a luxury apartment, within a safe and vibrant community. It’s the best of both worlds, not only do you own your own home and have the freedom to come and go as you please, but you also have the option of getting involved with social events with like-minded individuals.

Holidays away from home

If you plan to spend your retirement visiting exciting new places or simply booking relaxing weeks by the beach, living with us at Burghley Retirement Living could be perfect for you.

If you know that you won’t be home 365 days of the year but are mindful of security, a retirement living apartment could be the perfect solution.

Each of our retirement living communities include:

· A House Manager who is on site 5 days per week

· A personal intruder alarm

· Buildings insurance

· Electricity, heating and lighting of the communal areas

· Maintenance and management of the building and its external areas

Meaning that you can enjoy travelling without stress and worry, knowing that your home is being looked after.

Volunteering and community activities

Age UK has reported that 1.4m older adults in the UK are ‘chronically lonely’ with some people not seeing anyone from one week to the next. Living in a vibrant retirement community will mean that if you choose to take an active role in the retirement community, you will be surrounded by new friends and enjoy community activities together.

If you have a particular hobby that you would like to share with others, you can volunteer to run your own club in the community lounge. Are you a fan of Richard Osman? You could even find your own Joyce, Ibrahim, Elizabeth and Ron and set up a Thursday Night Murder club, working as sleuths to solve unsolved mysteries.

If you are used to working 9 – 5, retirement can be a shock, so clubs and volunteering can help re-establish a daily routine and ensure that you are a useful member of your community.

Family visits

If you choose to live in one of our one or two bed apartments and don’t feel that you have enough space for guests to stay, we have got you covered!

We know that downsizing can feel daunting, especially if you’re used to having lots of people over for big occasions, however, living with us means that you still can (without having to clean up after them)!

Guest suites are available if you have people coming to stay. The suites are bookable through the House Manager for a small nightly charge and it means that you don’t have to worry about the stress of having loved ones come to stay, we take care of them for you and give them a warm welcome!

Each room has an en-suite bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities, fresh towels and clean bedlinen.

If you would like to find out more about our retirement living communities and how your new apartment could fit around your lifestyle, head to our “how it works” to find out more about making your next move. https://burghleyretirement.co.uk/how-it-works/

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It’s natural to have a lot of questions about retirement.

When can I retire? What is retirement? When can I access my pension?

After all, you have been planning for retirement since your first day of work.

But when it comes to retirement living, for many lucky retirees, this is a brand new concept. The biggest question we get asked is: “Is Retirement Living right for me?”

It’s understandable that you may have some questions and some uncertainty about what retirement living is and whether it is the right option for you. At Burghley Retirement Living, we believe retirement is all about having the freedom to enjoy the things you love the most.

Our retirement living villages are exclusively for the over 55s and are designed with you in mind. Burghley luxury retirement apartments have maintenance included so you can free up your time and lead an independent lifestyle, plus we provide a safe and secure environment providing peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

What Is Retirement Living?

Our retirement villages are built especially for “people over 55” who wish to live independently in a safe and comfortable environment.


When it comes to location, we know how important it is to find the right home in the right area. We have thoughtfully chosen excellent locations across our retirement living properties that give residents everything they need on their doorstep.

– Our Thornton-Cleveleys retirement living village is perfectly positioned by the famous Marsh Mill, which means that residents can nip out for a coffee in one of the many bustling cafes or enjoy a spot of shopping. Plus, the village is just a 15-minute walk from the seaside, perfect for strolls along the promenade and watching the waves; this retirement village really does have the best of both worlds.

– Our Derby retirement living village is nestled within the ready-made community of Kingsway in Derby. This charming development has the choice of one or two-bedroom apartments set within extensive landscaped grounds. The location is perfect for city life, in ten-minutes you can drive into Derby city centre with its huge range of high street stores, culture and restaurants.

If you prefer to stay at home, our retirement villages promote a luxury lifestyle, offering the opportunity to enjoy onsite social activities within a community of people of a similar age.

Enjoyment and security.

We believe retirement is about having the time and freedom to enjoy the things you love the most. All of our developments are designed exclusively for the over 55s. Your home gives you privacy when you want it, but a communal resident lounge opens up a whole new social life with like-minded neighbours when you wish.

Living in our retirement apartments means that you can say goodbye to maintenance. The communal upkeep (including the gardens and guttering) is taken care of as part of your service charge. We believe life is to enjoy and when everything is taken by us, you can forget about all those irritating, time-consuming jobs when you move in.

Our team will always be on hand as safety and security of paramount importance to us, plus during the week your House Manager will be around every day from 9am – 5pm if you have any questions or concerns.

Find out more about our retirement living community by giving us a call on 0800 999 1989.

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This November, Derby is bustling with activities to help get you into the winter spirit! There is truly something for everyone, from big events like Bonfire Night and Lights Switch to smaller more intimate events such as wreath making!

Bonfire night

On the 4th November, Derby’s biggest Fireworks Night is back! This event has all of the classic Bonfire Night food, plus, what promises to be the biggest and best display ever, complete with a brand-new laser show! Plus, it’s only an 15 minute drive away from Albany Lodge, Kingsway.

The Derby Christmas light Switch on

Derby is the perfect city to get into the Christmas spirit! Why not ask your friends from your retirement living village to wrap up warm and head to the city centre on the 12th of November. Once there, the festivities begin at 3.30pm you will enjoy a variety of entertainment on the stage leading up to the big switch-on at 6pm to get you in the Festive spirit.


Let’s make Christmas

If you love crafts, Derby Museum, the Art Gallery and the Museum of Making are featuring beautiful handmade gifts from local makers in their shops, including prints, ceramics, jewellery and textiles.

“Let’s make Christmas” is a seasonal celebration of contemporary making. This event is throughout November and will feature handcrafted pieces from over 50 local makers.


Christmas at Chatsworth

Just an hour away from your retirement living apartment is, Chatsworth house, this fantastic day out is especially magical at Christmas. This November, step inside Chatsworth House and be magically transported to the mystical frozen realms of the far north.

At dusk, experience the ‘northern lights’ over the Canal Pond and let magical colour guide you along the Broad Walk into a glade of glowing lights, plus there will even be a historic Maze lit with wands of light and filled with festive music.


Wreath Making Workshop

If you want to adorn the door of your retirement living apartment with a festive wreath, why not make one yourself?

Head to Kedleston Country House on the 28th, 29th, 30th November or 1st December land join a wreath making workshop!

Get creative and make your own Christmas door wreath. With expert guidance, an abundance of foliage and decorations included in the price, all you need to do is relax, be merry, enjoy a glass of mulled wine and mince pies whilst making your own festive decoration.

Derby has so much to offer this November and attending these events will make you feel not only at home in your retirement living apartment but also in the wider city of Derby. After working all your

life, you deserve to dedicate your time to going out and enjoying yourself whilst living at Albany Lodge Retirement village.

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A lot of thought goes into the design of our retirement living apartments, to ensure that they offer everything you need for an enjoyable and comfortable home. Each retirement apartment is built to last and finished to a high standard, with quality fixtures and fittings and thoughtful design touches.

We ensure that we are on the pulse with design trends which means that our over 55s living developments are of a high standard and provide a welcoming and contemporary home for you to enjoy later life.

Here are a few of the interior design trends that are inspiring us this autumn.

70’s style

A key trend is the slow and laidback styling of the 70’s. The use of natural materials teamed with earthy tones is making a comeback this autumn.

Style your retirement living apartment with these 70’s touches such as animal prints, furry shag pile rugs, velvet furnishings and handcrafted ceramics. Or simply nod to the trend with a houseplant or two.

Lots of texture

Textures help your home look cosy and comfortable. This autumn a combination of rattan, velvet, natural pine and antique rugs are all the rage with interior designers. You can transform the look of your retirement living apartment with layered rugs and textured wall hangings.

Let the light in

This autumn, warm neutrals are back in trend. You can paint your neutral retirement living apartment in light browns and soft oranges, these will be bright during the day and warm during the evening. If you fancy a pop of colour, bright cushions and fun mirrors will compliment this trend.


Filling your home with plants and flowers will never go out of fashion. House plants not only look fantastic but they have benefits ranging from improving your mood and reducing stress levels to reducing breathing problems.


According to the research, we will be welcoming an injection of print and pattern into the home after a summer of minimalism. The resurgence of bold patterns will add fun and vibrance to your retirement living apartment. You can pair a geometric wallpaper or a striped rug with neutral walls to embrace the trend.

Our retirement living apartments in Thornton-Cleveleys and Derby will be ready to move into this autumn. To book a show flat viewing call us on 0800 999 1989 to speak with Pamela and find out more.


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As the weather starts to turn, you will soon discover that the Fylde coast is more than just endless golden beaches and picturesque views. There is a lot more to explore, from events to local attractions, everything we have listed below is less than 30 minutes away from your luxury retirement flat at Royles Lodge.

Retail Therapy

Just a 30-minute bus ride away from Royles Lodge retirement living is a shopping destination you won’t want to miss if you’re planning to get some new cosy winter outfits – Affinity Outlet Shopping. It’s the perfect place for those looking to find a bargain. From Pavers to Craghoppers, Regatta to Next, there is a store for everyone.


ACU British Sand Racing Championship

On the 2nd of October, the British Sand Racing Championship will take place on St Annes Beach. This afternoon of racing will see motorbikes, sidecars and quad bikes compete against one another to be the British champion. This adrenaline-filled event is just a half an hour drive away from your over 55s apartment and is sure to be a Sunday of jam-packed fun.


Visit a tearoom

There is nothing better than discovering a new place to enjoy a brew with friends. Why not take some of your new pals from your retirement living village to one of the top-rated cafes near Royles Lodge? Tiffins Tea Room is a stones through away in Marsh Mill Village and has a variety of homemade cakes to enjoy. Or you could pop into the fabulous Linden Tea Room if you fancy trying the ever-changing soup of the day.

A Tribute to the Armed Forces – “We Will Meet Again” – Stage show

On the 13th of November enjoy a celebration of wartime entertainment in Lytham St Annes.  The 1940s variety show is a light-hearted, yet respectful look at wartime entertainment. Your host is renowned 40’s vocalist Mervyn Francis, who will be joined by a comedy multi-instrumentalist, a ukulele player and of course your very own forces sweetheart.


Fleetwood Music and Arts Festival 2022

When you live in your retirement apartment, there will be a vibrant community around you, but if you’re naturally outgoing, why not take your chance to be part of the wider town? Get involved with the arts scene and put a date in your diary for the Fleetwood Music and Arts Festival. This annual celebration of the Arts takes place on the 19th November and involves fun competitions for amateur actors, instrumentalists and singers.


Why wait to live in such a convenient and friendly place? Book an appointment to find your perfect apartment in Thornton-Cleveleys today.


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Do you find the sea air irresistible and look forward to trips to the Fylde Coast every summer? 18 million of us do and for good reason! This quaint seaside destination has plenty of great choices of places to stay from full-service hotels, to welcoming country inns and cosy holiday cottages as well as friendly caravan parks and glamping sites for those who enjoy the great outdoors.

With a great mixture of beaches, quaint seaside towns and sprawling countryside, it’s little wonder why this coastline was the destination of choice for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert when they visited in the summer of 1874.

If you enjoy holidays on the Fylde coast, why not look beyond just staying in a cosy B&B and tucking into ice creams for two weeks in the summer and instead, think about living in Thornton Cleveleys full time?

What makes Thornton-Cleveleys the perfect home?

It’s flat!

You can walk in any direction, without ending up out of breath because this terrific seaside town isn’t plagued with hills! This smooth and level town is ideal for anyone and accessible to all, making it the idea place to retire too if you plan on enjoying a quieter pace of life.

The easy terrain is also fantastic for bike rides. You can cycle to the Ribble Estuary at Lytham or to Fleetwood in Wyre using the scenic coastal path. Plus, if you’re feeling adventurous, at Wyre you can hop on the ferry to Knott End and carry on your exploits.

The glorious promenade

This award-winning promenade has been recently renovated in a sea defence project and includes steps leading down to the beach for easy access. The promenade doesn’t just boast fabulous views, it is also clean, attractive and has plenty of built-in seating which is perfect for those all-important ice cream pit stops.


If you are a fan of retail therapy, there are some excellent shops along Cleveleys bustling high street, with well known stores and independent shops side by side.

From well-loved local brands such as “Elegant Clothing” (a ladies boutique) to popular big-name shops such as M&Co, Bonmarche and Home Bargains; Cleveleys high street has something for everyone.

It’s easy to get around

 When moving to an area, it’s important to have great transport options. The town has a well-connected bus and tram network and handily has a plethora of buses running across town and further afield starting at the bus station which is located next to the main shopping street.

The trams are frequent and the main stops run along the promenade, which is a beautiful route to take at sunset.

The people are really nice

No, it’s not just a holiday glow, people are nice all year around! There is a strong sense of community spirit in Thornton Cleveleys with groups and events galore! There are clubs for everything you can think of, from gardening to music! If you’re not one for organised activities and just fancy a night out, there is great evening entertainment in Marine Hall and Thornton Little Theatre and of course, lots of trendy new cocktail bars popping up along the coastline.

The local area

With its neat hedgerows, golf courses and upmarket restaurants, the elegant Lytham St Annes has all the trappings of a wealthy Cheshire town. If you’re a golf fan, this town is just half an hour away from Thornton Cleveleys and is home to 4 golf clubs including, the “Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club” which one of the premier links courses in the World.

Just 15 minutes away from the heart of Thonton-Cleveleys is trendy Blackpool. Famed for its nightlife, with theatres and entertainment galore! From the notorious Grand Theatre, to the renowned Winter Gardens and of course the Opera House, Blackpool provides ample opportunity to enjoy musicals, plays, operas, pantomimes, stand-up comedy and concerts!

The Lakes are only an hour away from Thornton-Cleveleys, the area is well known for its fantastic trails and mountains and offers everything from short walks that are perfect for beginners to more demanding trails that are ideal for those seeking a challenge.

Royles Lodge is in the heart of Thornton-Cleveleys, near the famous Marsh Mill. This luxury retirement village could be your new home if you choose to extend your seaside holiday… permanently! Find out more about our retirement living community by giving us a call on 0800 999 1989.

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By Maggie Wilkinson


Do you sometimes long to have a go at drawing and painting, but find the sight of a blank, white page daunting – with negative thoughts of not wanting to make a mess? Sometimes, we need to make a start in a small, gentle, and easy way, to get our creativity flowing again and to restore our confidence. Think back to when you were a child; do you remember those cold, wet playtimes when you couldn’t go out, and how cosy and enjoyable it felt to be cosseted up indoors in the warm and colouring in?


Colouring is now a really popular hobby, with fabulous books designed especially for the adult market. Grown-ups are finding immense pleasure in this relaxing craft: the contemplative peace of sitting at the table at your retirement village living and setting out the supplies; then, the simple comfort of laying down the colours, bringing the picture to life with your own handiwork. What a delightful way to spend an afternoon, perhaps with your grandchild or craft group, working on your pages together, side by side.

Before you take the plunge and buy expensive books, why not click on the links below and print yourself off a selection of free images that appeal to you?


Supplies you can use:

  • Pencil crayons – these are a great medium to start with, and they vary enormously in price and quality. All the “colourists” have their favourites, and the serious devotees often have several sets. Pencil crayons are more forgiving and subtle than felt pens, with less chance of bleeding through and spoiling the drawing on the other side of the page. The Staedtler 157 SB24 Ergosoft Triangular Colouring Pencils are good, and come highly recommended by the creator of one of the loveliest series of colouring books, Johanna Basford. These are brilliant, relatively cheap, and a perfect place to start. The colours lay down very softly and are easy to layer and blend. Always lay a sheet of clean white paper under the page you’re working on, to prevent marking the underneath design.

Pencil Crayons


  • Fineliners  – These are very posh felt-tip pens, brilliant for complimenting, enhancing, and highlighting your pencil work. The tips really are very fine and work well for tiny shapes, adding decorative dots, lines, and flourishes.



  • Colouring Books – Johanna Basford has designed and produced a series of beautifully drawn colouring books. She has even drawn a very sweet and free colouring book, which you can download and print as a pdf—see the links below. Johanna offers inspiring, free online tutorials, and there’s a very friendly Facebook community who generously share their work, tips, recommendations, and ideas.

Free colouring downloads

Johanna’s Free Book, “Flourish”


Another way you can ease yourself into creating with colour is to start a journal— a small book to fill with doodles and sketches, inspired from little things you see around you whilst at your retirement community near the sea or out and about, or your thoughts. It’s fun to collect ephemera from places you visit and stick them in, embellishing by hand.


It’s truly rewarding to give yourself the time to be creative, and everyone is creative - we just forget to use it! So, why not check out these links and inspire yourself?

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When choosing to live at Royles Lodge you will have a vast number of beaches and seaside experiences at your disposal all of which are practically on your doorstep! Leaving by the coast means that there are plenty of opportunities to take the grandchildren out for the day and enjoy the summer sun. From Blackpool Pier to hidden beaches on the Fylde coast, there’s something for every occasion! 

Blackpool with the Grandchildren 

Thornton Cleveleys is an idyllic location for those who crave the sea air, there are so many seaside locations to choose to visit and we know that you’ll be spoilt for choice!  

If you have the day with the grandchildren we recommend that you take them to Blackpool for the day as it’s only a 20-minute bus ride away from the retirement community living. Blackpool has arcades, rides and a beach, so there is plenty to keep the kids entertained before heading back to your retirement apartment and watching them fall asleep happily on the sofa. Pleasure Beach theme park on the pier has so much to offer with small to giant roller coasters so there is a thrill factor for everyone to enjoy. If that’s not your family’s kind of thing there’s also a huge choice of fish and chip shops to choose lunch from and you could always just get a bucket and spade for the grandkids to pass the time whilst you relax reading a book next to them.  

Ferry To Knott End  

If you want to spend some quality time with your new neighbours and are looking for a quiet seaside day out then we would recommend visiting the Fleetwood Esplanade and catching the ferry from Ferry Beach over to Knott End (which is just over the other side of the River Wyre). Knott End is a quiet area where you can take leisurely walks and look out for local wildlife on the north-western coast! This would be a great place to get away from it all and have a peaceful afternoon just soaking up your surroundings.  

Beach Cleaning  

If you are looking to do some volunteering why not get involved in a beach clean, it’s a brilliant way to meet new people and get involved in the wider community. There are monthly beach clean-ups along Cleveleys beach, including one run by the beach-clean and brew society. After a long morning of cleaning, the group gets a coffee at The Venue Cafe across the street, meaning it’s even easier to make friends and chat! If you feel nervous about going alone why not ask a neighbour from your over 55s community at Royles Lodge to join you? It’s a very rewarding feeling and being a part of a group aiming for the same result will give you extra motivation you need to clean up the beautiful beaches of the northwest!  

Trip to the Park  

Anchorsholme Park is an idyllic location to take your four-legged friends on a walk- being just a 3-minute walk from Royles Lodge. The park is very open and vast and boasts views across the water giving. Your furry friend will love a wander around on a warm summer’s evening and you don’t have to go far to take them to what we’re sure will be their new favourite park!  

There is always something to do around the Thornton-Cleveleys area but it is just made even better in the summer sun. Royles Lodge becomes like your own slice of paradise once the sun comes out. This is the perfect retirement location as the area is packed with beautiful beaches on your doorstep and the opportunity to make wonderful memories. Your retirement living community will be there for you all year round, but whilst the weather is nice make use of it to get out and explore. This is the way retirement living is supposed to be done.  

Blackpool Tower on the beach

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Wimbledon is coming up and there are a few things you might find surprising about the legendary competition!

This is a perfect opportunity to arrange a get together with your friends and family and entertain them in your luxury retirement living apartment.

We have pulled together some fun facts form the foundations the great tournament’s traditions.  

Playing with your palm? 

According to tennis legend the game used to be played using the palm of the hand instead of rackets. Up until the 16th century these were the rules of the game, but we’re sure every modern player is happy about the introduction of rackets! Without them the record for fastest serve would have never been recorded. John Isner holds the ATP’s official record for the fastest serve at 253 km/h or 157.2 mph hit during the 2016 Davis Cup. 

What a lot of Balls  

Throughout the Wimbledon tournament around 54,000 balls are used with every 7 to 9 balls being inspected and replaced. When the balls aren’t in use, they are stored in a refrigerated container to keep them absolutely spotless! 

All in white 

As we all know the Wimbledon players have always played in white, but the tradition runs so deep that it is actually written into the rules of competition for every player to be in all white (including underwear!). Andre Agassi, known for his outlandish and colourful outfits (and jean shorts), refused to adhere to these rules and thus didn’t play at Wimbledon until he turned 21. Luckily watching the games from the comfort of your luxury retirement living you will get to decide your own dress code.  

Keeping a Beady Eye out  

There is an integral member of the security in the two weeks of Wimbledon, Rufus the Hawk is the security on hand to scare away the pigeons away from the courts. Rufus keeps a watchful eye on intruding mess making pigeons so the grounds remain pristine. We all know how pesky pigeons can be and it’s important that there is no mess at the legendary tournament of Wimbledon.  

Great British Treats 

It wouldn’t be Wimbledon without all of the treats that come with the big event over the two weeks. Whether you fancy a jug of Pimm’s or some strawberries and cream, it’s the best time to treat yourself. With the sun (hopefully) beaming down and a refreshing cool drink of Pimm’s with cucumber and oranges we couldn’t think of a better way to spend a lovely day at Burghley Retirement Living. Bringing the retirement community together over the summer will be a great way to get to know your neighbours and have fun celebrating everything that is great about this British tennis institution! 

Champagne, Strawberries and Cream by a Tennis Racquet

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When you move into Royles Lodge in the seaside town of Thornton-Cleveleys you may be thinking of ways to make your brand-new apartment feel homely. We have pulled together some brilliant interior design ideas to make your fully integrated apartment feel like home from the moment that you arrive.


Storage: Each apartment comes with fitted wardrobes and a fully integrated kitchen as standard, which is extremely handy when moving in and means you have plenty of space for storage and this design maximises floor space for you to put your own spin on the retirement living apartment.


Upcycling: This is a very popular trend that is not only fun but, if you’re environmentally aware, it’s a great way to be eco-friendly. So, grab a paintbrush and give old bits of furniture a new lease of life and create something which is authentically yours.


As wardrobes are already integrated into your apartment, we would suggest upcycling a nightstand or a coffee table. Second-hand tables can be found on most marketplace websites and usually under £100. Depending on the piece you might need to simply sand away the rough edges and re-varnish the wood, or it might need an entire makeover, so why not grab a colour of your choice and make it your own? Doing this on a couple of pieces of wooden furniture can really set your apartment apart and make your home unique.


Displays: Gone are the days of displaying plates and vases, but displays can still be very on trend if you know what to display and where. For example, if you are a gin connoisseur your new over 55’s apartment could be the perfect place to display the beautiful bottles. Similar to Del Boy’s globe drinks bar (but far more classy), mini home bars are coming back in fashion. There is a wide variety of bar trolleys available at the moment and they can give your apartment a unique feel.


Drinks trolleys are not just stylish but practical too, you can place your bottles and glasses on it and put it in the open plan living space, which is perfect if you are entertaining guests. Another stylish hack is to gather some empty red wine bottles and put candlesticks in the top of them to create your very own holders, once again this is a sustainable display and that will always look great. When you entertain guests, they will be thrilled that they have the opportunity to use your own private bar!


Personal touches: When looking for retirement flats for sale in Thornton-Cleveleys you will see that all of our properties at Royles Lodge are all fully fitted with amenities, including an en-suite in the bedroom. Our modest and minimalist approach to styling means you can add exactly want to your retirement apartment make it a home. Hang personal photographs and pictures throughout your apartment to add a touch of colour and remind you of fond memories. If you want to keep your home looking minimal and sleek, we recommend using mounting tape to hang your pictures, so that they are snug to the wall’s, it is quick, easy and completely mess-free!


Jazzy flooring: Layered rugs are all the rage at the moment! Now, we know that the humble rug has always been a staple in any home, but these days you can get a rug any size with just about any pattern or picture on it so you will easily find several rug options that which will suit your aesthetic and make your retirement living apartment feel even more comfortable and cosy.


Having all of the essentials already fitted into your brand-new retirement home means that there is no need to worry about the overall layout or styling. Instead you can focus on personalisation and the little touches that will make your over 55’s apartment a peaceful haven.

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It is Jubilee year! We are looking forward to this summer when communities come together to celebrate the longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. What better way to get to know your retirement living community than bringing everyone together for such a memorable event! We have some tips and ideas on how to make the celebrations one you won’t forget!  

Jubilee Cakes  

Tea is an obvious choice when it comes to celebrating everything that is great about Great Britain, but nothing goes better with a nice cuppa than a good bit of cake! Put your baking skills to the test and wow your new neighbours with some excellent decorative tips. We suggest finding a classic Victoria Sponge recipe and getting creative when it comes to icing – we recommend the BBC Good Food website for this!  

Thanks to your fully integrated kitchen in your luxury retirement apartment, you will have all the amenities to practice for a perfect Jubilee cake. Decorating the cake using some white buttercream icing will create a solid layer to create a Union Jack flag using blueberries and raspberries. This is a simple but really effective way of making a delicious treat for the day!  


It wouldn’t be a Jubilee without bringing out the bunting, and decorating your home with some will really brighten up your over 55s apartment ready for the big day! Making your own bunting can be a fun thing to do with neighbours in preparation for the event especially if you and your friends have organised at the retirement community party. Popping down to your local haberdashery you’ll find all the things you need to make your own bunting. Decorate them with red white and blue to really show your patriotism and celebrate the queen’s life in a new community.  

 The ‘Street’ Party 

Getting the retirement community together for the big day will make the event special and will remind you of Jubilee celebrations of the past and help you make new memories and friends within the community. The outside communal areas would be the perfect place to set up some tables and have to opportunity to bond and make friends! Getting all the colours of the Union Jack for table decorations will really show off your love of Queen and Country – nothing is too over the top!  

Burghley Retirement Living is all about making friends and celebrating big events like the Jubilee whilst feeling a part of a community. Moving to a new area can sometimes be daunting but communal events and getting creative, be it baking or making bunting with a neighbour you should feel more comfortable in your new retirement living community. 


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With the days getting brighter and Easter fast approaching, you may be looking forward to spending time with your Grandchildren over the Easter holidays in your over 55 community. Now, we all love going to granny and grandpa’s for time-honored Easter egg hunt in the garden of your luxury retirement village, but if you wanted to spice things up this year we’ve got some great craft ideas to keep the grandkids busy and entertained.  

 Plant Pot Bunny Rabbits 

 This is a quick and easy craft that you can enjoy from the comfort of your luxury retirement flat. The “plant pot bunny rabbits” just require some paint, two small clay pots, googly eyes, a pen and some pipe cleaners to come to life!  

All you have to do is take your two pots glue them together (with the top one upside down and let the little ones decide what fun colour they want their bunny to be.  

Next, after they have gotten paint all over the wipe-clean table cloth, leave it to dry before sticking your googly eyes on the top half of the bunny.  

Whilst you wait for the eyes to dry, under your supervision, let the grandchildren cut some ears out of cardboard, for a classic look white and pink is always a hit. After that, take the card and cut a mouth so your bunny can eat all the carrots and, of course, a nose for the bunny to smell out any chocolate nearby! 

All bunnies need whiskers so take the pipe cleaners and bend them to look like some whiskers for your Grandchild’s new little friend! Finally, stick the whiskers nose, and mouth together and the bunny ears on top and you’ll see him come to life.  

This simple table top craft would be perfect to enjoy on a wet day from the comfort of your retirement apartment. 

Painted Eggs 

 …this might sound like a disaster waiting to happen but we promise that the last thing we want is for your retirement living apartment to be covered in egg yolk. Therefore, we would suggest buying some small plastic eggs for the grandchildren to play around with and paint with any persona they choose. All you’ll need are small plastic eggs and some acrylic paint in colours of your choice. Pick two fine brushes and get painting your little egg people making up stories about them along the way!  

Chocolate Cornflake Cakes  

Would Easter really be Easter without a mini-egg Cornflake cake? It absolutely wouldn’t and with fully integrated kitchens in all of our retirement living apartments, there is no better place to bake!  

So grab your oven gloves and make Easter snacks that the whole family will love! 


 225g/8oz plain chocolate, broken into pieces 

2 tbsp golden syrup 

50g/2oz butter 

75g/2¾oz cornflakes 

36 mini chocolate eggs 

Line a 12-hole fairy cake tin with paper cases. 

Melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering  

water (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Stir the mixture until smooth. 

Remove the bowl from the heat and gently stir in the cornflakes until all of the cereal is coated in the chocolate. 

Divide the mixture between the paper cases and press 3 chocolate eggs into the centre of each nest. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour, or until completely set.  

(Recipe from BBC Good Food)  


From food to crafts we hope we have given you some useful ideas to keep grandchildren entertained this Easter. At Burghley Retirement Living we believe life should be about doing the things you love without the stress of the small things and our maintenance and groundwork service means that you’ll have plenty of time to entertain little ones in your retirement living apartment all year round! 

Grandmother with bunny ears entertaining grandaughter at Easter in retirement apartment



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If you love the buzz of innovation, relocate to the historic city of Derby!

Famed for having the worlds first factory, Derby has always been home to change. With augmented reality town trails and the revered “Museum of Making” on your doorstep, you’ll never fall short of finding new interesting things to see and do; living in this vibrant city will provide excitement and intrigue.  

 Albany Lodge is just a 10 minute bus journey from this interesting city centre.  

 But the location of our retirement living apartments means there so much more than the city centre to explore, Derby is also home to some of the most beautiful National Trust parks, cosy cafes and clubs.  

For great days out to visit with new neighbours, friends and family, there is plenty to explore.  

 Here are some of our favourite places to discover just a short journey from your retirement living apartment.  

 National Trust Days Out 

 Derby has some lovely National Trust estates with history around every corner.  

 Kedleston Hall is a good place to start to get more familiar with Derby and it’s history. A short 20 minute drive from Albany Lodge, Kedleston offers 800 acres of parkland an exquisite garden, perfect for an afternoon stroll. The Curzon family has lived at Kedleston since the 12th century and continues to live in the hall. The house is full of artefacts from Lord Curzon’s travels to India in the early 1900s as well as extensive artworks gifted to the family. For more information click the link below.  


 Cafes around Town  

 If you fancy popping out for a couple of hours, Derby is the perfect place to find a new local coffee shop with a neighbour from your retirement living village. Derby has a number of independent coffee shops if you fancy a natter with your friends or just sit back and enjoy a good book.  

 Speaking of, the Book Cafe in Derby city centre has brilliant reviews, and it is a perfect place to pick up a book that takes your fancy, have a fresh cup of tea and enjoy time to yourself. For more independent cafes nearby see the tripadvisor’s top ten and see which ones take your fancy! 


 Group activities 

 Retiring can seem daunting at first, but we promise you, there will never be a dull moment. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet like minded individuals, at large number of group activities you can get involved in around the city.  

 University for the Third Age is a brilliant way to keep the brain active, there is a broad range of part-time courses in Derby that you can register for, ranging from from learning a new language to finding a new passion for art.  


If academia isn’t your thing, why not find out what is happening at the Mickleover Community Centre. The community center allows had a broad range of activities to try, from a energetic dance classes to enjoying a knitting session with a new group of friends.  

 Finding the right activities and balance in your retirement living

 community may seem like a big task, but the good news is that, plenty of people have managed it, and for them, retirement has become the happiest time of their life. 


An Aviva study found that 62% of retired people consider themselves truly happy, compared to 42% of people in work. Similarly, some 62% of people said their retirement was better than they had ever imagined. 

 So, getting it right means it could be everything you are looking forward to and more. 


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Burghley Retirement is committed to helping you improve your everyday life, out with the mundane tasks of the past and in with taking a relaxing retirement, where everything is looked after for you.  

The service charge that every resident pays, prioritises you and your ability to live without the stresses of maintaining your home. We know that you deserve to spend your retirement free from the worries of home maintenance and in this blog we’ll outline the purpose of the service charge and its benefits to you.  

Independent living is having a life with fewer responsibilities, our communities are built for you to discover the freedom of retirement living, not the trappings of ground and property repairs. Choosing to live at Burghley Retirement Living is about having the balance between luxury and the time to pursue your hobbies, such as gardening, cooking and travel. Gone are the days of cleaning the windows, scraping out the gutters or sweeping the patio, all of this is done for you at Burghley Retirement Living. 

Service Charges

If you are someone who enjoys looking after a garden, you have the best of both worlds. We run a scheme at each retirement living accommodation which allows you to choose an area to take care of and nurture but the wider landscaping is taken care of meaning you don’t have to fret about the housekeeping of the grounds. At Burghley, we discreetly get on with these tasks as we want you to be taken care of as much as we can without you feeling dependent on us.  

We are building communities of like-minded retirees who see the importance of togetherness and socialising. A wide selection of refreshments are provided in the communal area (included in your service charge), which allows you to get to know your neighbours in a neutral setting without having to bring your own mugs, milk and tea bags!  

Whilst you relax in the communal lounge, our house management team will be using your service charge to work behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly for you and the rest of your community. Having fewer responsibilities about the house means more time to enjoy those days out with newfound friends. If you don’t fancy traveling far but want to stay active why not join your neighbours with one of the many social events that we organise or go for a walk together in the grounds. All of this is at your disposal when you choose Burghley Retirement.  

Having quality time to spend with Grandchildren is very important to our residents which is why we take care of household management, this allows you more time for days out at the park, beach or a local market. By simply paying the service charge, you know you are in safe hands, we take care of everything from buildings insurance to a 24-hour call out service, meaning that there won’t be the strain of worrying about jobs to be done at home meaning you can enjoy your time with family with no household stresses, worries or burdens.  


Frequently Asked Questions

Life at Burghley is all about you and having the time to indulge in the time and luxuries retirement offers. The constraints of menial tasks shouldn’t drag you down at this stage in your life which is why we charge a small service charge and do the hard work for you.  

However, we do understand the desire not to feel wholly dependent which is why we offer the chance to tend to your own garden or carry out creative activities with your new community. Your retirement is about finding new passions and friends whilst keeping active and staying happy, so let us take care of the rest.  

What is included in the service charge? 

To ensure the grounds and communal areas are maintained and taken care of, our residents pay an annual service charge. The service charge is reviewed each year and is managed on a transparent open book basis, controlled by you, the residents. Your service charge includes the costs of the following: 

  •  A House Manager who is on site 5 days per week 
  • Tea and coffee in the communal lounge 
  • A 24-hour emergency remote call service available to all residents 
  • Your own personal intruder alarm 
  • Buildings insurance 
  • Electricity, heating and lighting of the communal areas 
  • Maintenance and management of the building and its external areas including: 
    • Gardening 
    • Cleaning 
    • Servicing 
    • Window Cleaning 
    • Repairs and redecoration in communal areas 
    • Annual safety testing 

 Find out more about the service charge costs here: https://burghleyretirement.co.uk/how-it-works/ 


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Many people dream of living by the sea their whole lives, yet only 5% of UK residents actually take the leap. At Royles Lodge, we believe that the time is now! Our brand new 

retirement village is situated in the craft village of Marsh Mills near Thornton-Cleveleys, meaning that you too could be breathing in coastal air. 

 Val and Brian D’Arcy are uprooting from Leicestershire to move to Royles Lodge and feel that living by the coast is an adventure they are excitedly anticipating. Not only will they be by the sea, but they will be lucky enough to be closer to their family. Having long distance family relationships can be difficult for more mature family members with 61% of them saying they don’t see family enough, with this in mind, the pull of relatives is an important reason for Val and Brian’s move. 

 They are looking forward to being closer to family but also excited by the prospect of their friends and neighbours from Leicestershire coming to stay in their spare room or in the guest suite at Royles Lodge. The two equal-sized ensuite bedrooms with walk-in wardrobes was part of the appeal of the development when Val and Brian were considering where to live. “The large bedrooms as well as the generous lounge with space for a dining table was a real find for us. As we are downsizing, we still do need the space and the second bedroom can double up as a second TV room as well as a guest room.” 

 One of the things they are most looking forward to is being part of a new community and they have worked with Ruth from Unique Estate Agency pouring over the floorplans to ensure they get the perfect plot. They decided on a corner apartment overlooking the carpark so they can see the comings and goings of their new neighbours. The communal lounge is also a great place to meet new friends and Val is looking forward to lending her skills as a former florist and different crafts to her new community in some of their organised events. 

 Martin Hudson, Managing Director of Torsion Care says “Burghley Retirement is the result of years of research and planning to get the right homes to the right people, in the right places. We are delighted to bring a new standard of living to the market and look forward to seeing the difference it makes to our customers.” 

 When the apartments are ready to move into in 2022, Val and Brian will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary and they cannot wait for their friends and family – old and new to be part of the festivities. 

Find out how you can make the move like Val and Brian here

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By Maggie Wilkinson 


It’s always useful to have a little project up your sleeve for when the little ones come to visit and need some relaxing indoor entertainment in your retirement flat.   

Children love to do creative things, so here’s something to do on a rainy day from the comfort of your lifestyle village, without making too much mess in your lovely apartment – meet Cressida the cress head and her friends! 

Children as young as four can enjoy this project, stick-on eyes can be fun, and older children love to get creative with the detailing and character of the faces… 

To make this project, it’s good to get the preparation done ahead of time so the kids can get stuck in straight away and everything is to hand. 

Requirements: – 

  • Save some eggshells, and when you crack them open, cut as neatly as you can close to the top or the bottom of the egg. Your choice will influence the shape of the final face. Wash them and let them dry out. 
  • An ordinary pencil for each child and coloured pencils, or fine liner pens, felt tips; an assortment provides choice. 
  • Some plastic sheeting or newspaper to protect your work surface 
  • A small bowl of compost 
  • A packet of cress seeds and a small saucer 
  • A teaspoon for each child  
  • An egg cup for each “Cress head” 
  • A square of kitchen roll for each, or scraps of fabric 
  • Water to moisten the compost. 
  • Egg boxes if taking home 



Method: – 

Get each child to draw a face on their eggshell. It’s companionable to work alongside, as it gets them going and gives them confidence. 

When they’re happy with the features, and have doodled a bit of hair maybe, let them colour in with the pencils, or whatever they choose. 

When the colouring is dry, put half an inch of water into the shell, and show them how to nearly fill it with compost, using a teaspoon. 

 Show them how to drip water in slowly, so the compost doesn’t spill out, then firm it in carefully so as not to break the shell or spoil the art work. 

Get the kids to open the cress packet and tip the seeds onto the saucer. 

Show them how to sprinkle the seeds onto the soil virtually covering it for a thick head of hair! 

Tap another teaspoon of compost to cover the seeds, and drip on more water. 

Fold the kitchen paper or scrap of fabric into four and tuck it into the egg cup to make a decorative neckerchief. 

Park the eggshell into the egg cup, or if they are going to take them home, place them into an empty egg box for transport. 

The cress will need a careful water each day, and after four or five days on a sunny windowsill, the cress “hair” will start to grow, and the longer it gets, the more characterful and quirky the head will be. 

It’s good to use real soil because it teaches them about seeds, growing food and when it comes to hair cut time, there’s another opportunity for a secondary activity…lunch! 

How about boiling some fresh eggs to mash with a bit of mayo, and an egg and cress sandwich could be on the menu! 

Have Fun! 

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By Simon Oakley 


The Thornton-Cleveleys area is an ideal place for senior living communities as you can access nature within a short distance, whether it be nature reserves, long walks or just admiring plant and animal life. Here are some locations that showcase the best of nature in the area. 


Marton Mere Local Nature Reserve 

The first location worth exploring is the Marton Mere Nature Reserve in Ormskirk because of the rich diversity it offers and the native plant life. Managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, you can find plants such as the endangered whorled caraway, golden dock, tubular water dropwort, early marsh orchids, the large-flowered hemp nettle and purple ramping fumitory, all native to the nature reserve. 

This offers a paradise for wildlife throughout the year as different species settle in the area. For example, in the spring you can see wildflowers and birds nesting whilst during summers your see insects such as butterflies and dragonflies appear. 

If you have the spare time, then why not get up and personal with the wildlife in the area. You can get involved in activities such as a canoe safari and pond dipping giving people the opportunity to see nature and wildlife up close. 

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Wyre Estuary Country Park 

The Wyre Estuary County Park is another good place to visit as you can experience nature in a relaxed setting. Walks and picnics are a great way to just sit and enjoy your surroundings or you can sign up with local rangers at the park to go on fun tours and gain an insight into what makes the park special.  

The country park is ideal if you enjoy watching birds in a natural environment or if you admire different tree varieties. It’s a great place to visit to just explore your environment outside of your independent living communities. 

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Rossall Beach 

Living at Royles Lodge means you are only minutes from the Lancashire Coast. Rossall Beach situated a mile from the Cleveleys Beach is worth a mention because of the natural landscape that allows nature to thrive. If you walk along the beach, you will experience birds flocking along the sandy beaches and marine life along the coast. There has been rumours that even seals can be seen occasionally.  

In many ways, it is perfect for a late evening walk as you can watch the sun descend along the coast at sunset.  

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All of these places are a great change of scenery for those living in luxury retirement villages, when friends or family come to visit why not take them for a little trip outside of your senior living communities. 

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Burghley retirement living is a brilliant opportunity to take full advantage of your retirement. It gives you countless opportunities to enjoy your well earned retirement the way that it should be.

At Burghley we believe that the time you spend after retiring should be stress free with no worries hanging over your head, so with that being the case, why wait to move into your own independent living?

Burghley Retirement Living provides an environment in which you are able to stay active physically and mentally (there are even tennis courts to enjoy with your new neighbours).  


We understand that your home is a place where memories have been made throughout your life and it will be understandably hard to let go, but Burghley’s retirement apartments are fantastic places to make new memories in during this exciting next chapter of your life.

The chance to downsize and be free of the burdens of house owning makes buying your own luxury apartment a no brainer.

Having more time and money to enjoy trips is just one of the many things you’ll find you have after downsizing. Not having to deal with maintenance of a house or worrying about cutting the lawn every week will mean you’ll find that the time you have really is your time!

If you are a fan of gardening, Burghley will also offer areas that green fingered residents are able to care for, meaning that you won’t miss out on doing the things you love doing, but without the pressure.  


Burghley are offering a new type of retirement living in which you can thrive independently within beautiful surroundings close to our luxury complexes.

We have situated our luxury retirement apartments near to areas of interest because we know the importance of spending time with your loved ones and taking the grandchildren on day trips.

The freedom of using your leisure time to do activities of your choice, whilst fulfilling and rewarding may be a new concept to you, meaning the idea of being a retiree will be far from how you see yourself.

However, surrounding yourself with others who are also enjoying life after work will help you thrive in an environment where Burghley takes care of any mundane issues and worries that you may have had before life at Burghley retirement living.  


Buying a retirement living apartment can sound daunting at first, maybe even lonely to some.

However, at Burghley Retirement Living we make sure that you are given much more than a luxury retirement apartment, by creating a community with others with similar interests and attitudes to life in retirement.

Having your own private independent apartment allows you to host dinner parties for your new neighbours in your fully equipped kitchen and entertain friends and family in your luxury living areas.

Having fully accessible living designs means that your guests will be able to visit your apartment comfortably, and of course allows you to move around without any difficulty in your own home.  


So the question stands: why wait to move into your retirement living apartment?

The answer is simple, don’t wait, you deserve to experience retirement in the way you’ve always pictured. After years of working it’s time to take time for yourself and be proud of what you have achieved.

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By Kirsti Randazzo


Keeping yourself busy in the colder months can be a struggle, especially if you live alone.

With the days being shorter and the cold weather keeping you inside, finding activities that bring you joy is key to beating the winter blues.

There is a hobby that is easy to start, and you probably have most of what you need available.

That hobby is scrapbooking. Not only is this a nice way to spend a chilly winter night, but the memories it brings up are priceless.


To get started with scrapbooking, you need to choose a theme.

Obviously, the theme has to go with the photos you choose. If you are doing it for yourself, maybe do your childhood, your teens, your wedding, or any period of your life you want to spend some time thinking about.


If you are doing this as a gift to a loved one, try to tell them a story with your scrapbook. Maybe you could do the journey that led you to have them in your life.


A scrapbook makes such a meaningful and special gift that can be shared for generations.

Make sure to not overwhelm yourself by starting with too many photos. Start small when it comes to scrapbooking. You can start with 30 photos for your first book.

Pick out a scrapbook at a craft store and get some fun stickers. Having a nice variety of coloured pens adds a lot of personality to your scrapbook.

If you are making a book for a family member, consider writing stories for them next to each meaningful picture. A picture is worth 1000 words on its own, but knowing the back story is extra special.


Scrapbooking your favourite trips you’ve taken can be just as good as going on one!

There are stickers on the internet for just about every place you can imagine, so don’t be afraid to get extra creative with your pages!

If you are very crafty, using paint to make headings on each page is a beautiful touch.

Layering paper under the photos looks so elegant – especially if you purchase scissors that leave a design as they cut. The more detail you use, the more fancy your book looks.


However you decide to scrapbook, make it your own and have fun with it.

If you have a group of friends nearby, host a scrapbook party!

You can have all your supplies and accessories set up and invite your friends to bring theirs over as well.

It can be a lot of fun to share paper, stickers, and memories with your friends. Make some hot chocolate for everyone and have a cosy winter scrapbook party! You could even suggest you all follow the same theme for the book you’re making.

Everything is better with friends and loved ones, scrapbooking included!

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Burghley retirement living at Thornton-Cleveleys is a unique and luxurious place to spend your retirement years. Being situated on the Fylde Coast you will be able to take advantage of the beautiful scenery and take long walks along the beautiful beaches the north has to offer.


Having your own luxury apartment in Thornton Cleveleys gives you privacy but also allows you to be a part of the welcoming community at Burghley Retirement Living 


Moving to Thornton-Cleveleys is not just a choice of your apartment, but the opportunity for a relaxed change in lifestyle. A lifestyle for you to enjoy with your new friends and neighbours. What’s more, it is the perfect place for grandchildren to visit with a range of activities on offer to do with them at the weekend. 


Entertaining the Grandchildren   

At Burghley Retirement Living we understand the importance of being a grandparent, which is why having a space to entertain grandchildren is just as important as your own comfort. Being just a short drive away from the stunning Yorkshire Dales means that you and your family can go on rural adventures before heading back to your luxury apartment to relax at the end of the day. Your new apartment is the perfect place to host guests and enjoy an evening with friends and family.  


Plus, with a fully equipped flat you will be able to enjoy baking with the grandchildren when they come to visit to keep them busy. This lifestyle choice will allow you to make the most of your senior independent living apartment. 


Staying Active  

The location of Thornton-Cleveleys means there are endless opportunities to go for a chilly winter’s morning walk, or maybe even a dip in the summer months. 


Time to relax  

Our easy to move policy makes moving stress free and easy, you are encouraged to take time for yourself at Thornton-Cleveleys. The privacy at Thornton-Cleveleys means that after a busy day of tennis or long walks you are free to have a quiet evening in your apartment or sit out on your own balcony on a summer evening. Thornton-Cleveleys is in one of the UK’s most picturesque spots meaning that you can enjoy your retirement in the way retirement is supposed to be enjoyed.  

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By Kirsti Randazzo


It can be tough to bond with your grandchildren in a time when technology is their main form of entertainment.

Have you ever considered using technology to bond with your grandchildren?

This game used to be done without assistance from technology but, by asking your grandchild to set up their phone to record this on video, you accomplish both getting the phone out of their hand and capturing a cherished memory of you that they will have forever.


To start this game, grab a large bowl and two sheets of blank paper.


Cut the paper into strips that you can write questions on.


Take half the strips for yourself and give the other half to your grandchild – or grandchildren.


Tell them to write down any question they might want to know about you or your life. The questions can be as simple as what is your favourite colour or as deep as what is your best childhood memory?


When you have all finished writing your questions, fold the pieces of paper and put them in the bowl.


This is when it is time to start recording. Have your grandchild prop the phone against something and make sure you are both in view. Now the fun can begin!


Take turns drawing questions from the bowl.

When you draw, make sure to answer with as much detail as possible. Even if the question seems mundane, your answer might stick with your grandchild for life.

Really listen to your grandchild’s answers too!


This is such an easy way to make memories that will last a lifetime.

It is also a great way for your children and grandchildren to learn who you were before they were around!

We often forget that people lived full lives before we knew them. Your children mostly know you as their parent. Your grandchildren mostly know you as their grandparent.


This is a great game to play with your children as well. If your grandchildren are too young to play this game, you could also spend your free time answering your prompts on your own.

Purchase a beautiful notebook and write a question at the top of each page. Whenever you are feeling bored or lonely, turn to your notebook and write your answers.

When you fill the book, it can make an amazing birthday or holiday gift for your loved ones.

In the fast-paced world we live in, it can be hard to connect with loved ones. Don’t be afraid to get creative in the ways you bond with your family. It’s never too late to share you story or ask others to share theirs. In the winter months when you are stuck inside anyways, don’t be afraid to ask your family to play this game.

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As the festive season is fast approaching, why not decorate the front of your luxury retirement apartment door with a homemade wreath?

The steps are easier than you might think with just a few tools and some festive materials you’ll be set for success!

This year could be the perfect  opportunity to practice making a wreath before teaching your Derby Retirement Living neighbours next Christmas.

We are going to give you everything you need to know about making a wire wreath to hang in your new luxury retirement living apartment.


To make a beautiful wreath you will no doubt need some beautiful materials, whether these be foraged or bought from a local florist we have all the guidance you will need to make your wreath stand out from the rest (especially the shop bought ones). 

If you’re already local to the Derby area, you can take a short trip into Derby City Centre to “Boutique Florist” to choose your greenery for your wreath, or if you fancy doing it all yourself, why not make a day of it and go to your local park with the grandchildren to collect shrubbery and flowers to create a unique wreath that will stand out.

You may want to add some dried orange slices to your wreath so why not go to a local Derby greengrocers “A. Woodhouse” in the Markethall to get the best quality fruit? To dry these out and fill your luxury retirement apartment with festive aromas, simply slice your oranges thinly, placing them onto greaseproof paper bake at 50 degrees celsius for up to 5 hours. This will make your new home feel very festive with the smells of Christmas. 

You might also decide that you want to add crystals, gold leaf stickers or maybe some wired ribbon. 

Essentials You will Need 

  • Wire or a wire frame
  • Floral Wire
  • Work Gloves- so to not hurt yourself whilst you’re getting creative 
  • Wire Cutters- to bend and cut your frame


Below is everything you need to know about making a wire wreath at Christmas time this year to hang in your new luxury retirement living apartment next Christmas.

Now you have all your supplies, you’re ready to get started along with grandchildren on a wintery Sunday afternoon.

Step 1: Firstly get your wire and bend it to suit your preferred shape safely using the wire cutters to do so (shaped wire is also available if you don’t feel comfortable bending the wire yourself). 

Step 2: Now take your greenery, this could be evergreen shrubbery or any greenery shrubs of your choice, and place it on a part of the main wire frame. Using your floral wire wrap the wire around the shrubbery to attach it to the frame of your wreath and do not cut the wire. Continue to do this until the frame is fully covered and tie the floral wire to the frame and cut it off when you are happy. 

Step 3: Once you have covered the wire frame it is time to add your festive dried fruits to the magnificent display which will light up your luxury retirement apartment with festive cheer. Go as wild as you like, this is all about you taking the time to try something new and works as a great activity to keep your mind creatively active. Finally to hang your wreath without making any holes you can use command strips to hang your creation up on your door or inside your apartment!

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By Maggie Wilkinson


Retirement communities are a relatively new phenomenon in England, having  popped up in America, about 35 years ago. They are an absolutely marvellous new way of life for people who are retired, or thinking about retiring. 

The only criteria is that most developments have planning permission to meet the needs of over 55’s. 

The luxury retirement villages are a brilliant concept offering tremendous advantages for those who choose to live in one. They offer you a very liberating and empowering new life… 


The Benefits: 

  • The immediate joy is that you no longer have to do all the costly, hard work chores of household and garden maintenance. You can forget gutter clearing, mowing, window cleaning, it’s all taken care of. You will own your own home, and pay an annual service charge which covers the cost of the maintenance of the gardens and all the resources onsite. Your time now is entirely for you to enjoy – a true reward for the hard working part of your life. 


  • You will have more disposable income because won’t be paying to heat and decorate rooms you no longer need; your living space will be tailored to your exact personal requirements. Don’t think of it as downsizing – smartly think of it as choosing a property that’s an exact fit for you. 


  • Over time, you can take the pleasure of making your home just how you like it, but rather than re-decorating and renovation, re-vamping and making good, it will feel more like painting a beautiful new picture, because your canvas is so fresh and brand new for you. 


  • Enjoy booking the guest suite for your visiting friends and family who wish to visit you at your retirement flat, or alternatively, you may choose an apartment with an extra room for when you want to spoil your visitors. The communal lounge and coffee area, as well as the verdant grounds give you lots of airy spaces for you to entertain your guests. 


  • When you move in, to your over 55 community, you will really have fine-tuned your life, including All The Stuff. All the things we accumulate, that creep in and clog up a home will be sorted and moved on, that in itself is quite a relief. The things you bring will be the special things, just what you’ve selected. De-cluttering brings calm and clarity, and you might think, hmm, now’s the time to travel perhaps, go out and see some different parts of the world. Now is your time without worrying about the garden needing watering whilst you’re away. 


  • You can bring your furry friend – Burghley Retirement welcomes well-behaved pets, just drop them a note to let them know before you move in. 


  • Retirement village homes are so safe, because the security is excellent. You can rest easy knowing that the House Manager is onsite all week, and that the only entry to the apartments is with a key fob. 


retirement community, or village, works so well on many levels for people who are getting older who have much left to discover, do and enjoy, and the best thing is that this new life can be exactly what you choose. 

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By Maggie Wilkinson. 


Retirement is a such a golden time, a time to reflect on not only what you want to do, but also, realising just how much you have to give. 

Grannies and Grandpas are the superheroes of this stressful world - the most wonderful asset a family can have, and now you have settled into your amazing retirement village, the grandchildren can come for days, mornings, maybe afternoons – on a regular basis, and you will be giving them the most precious gift there is. Your time.   


It’s very special for children with siblings to revel in one-to-one time with a grandparent, and now, you can offer that, and perhaps they can take turns. 

When an older person has a close relationship with a youngster, a marvellous exchange can take place; you get to see the world through their eyes, and they see it through yours! 

Both sides will love the talking, you’ll learn so much.  


Your stories and memories will make them smile, they won’t believe the way things were, back in the day, and how you got through somehow, and went on to have happy families. 

They would love to look through your photograph albums! And you will enjoy hearing them chatter about their friends and their schools, you will have a revolutionary insight into their world.  


You are an incredible gift for busy, young parents, who are probably juggling a house, jobs, pets and the children. 

You remember how that was… what a joy for them to know that they can bring the children over to you at your senior living home and know that their little one is going to be nurtured in a peaceful happy oasis with unique you.

And, the gift is returned in several ways.

They will help to keep you healthy – the germs young children come into contact with, playing, eating and touching, will actually give your immune system a boost, and help you to stay well.   


Research has also shown that spending time with grandchildren is truly rewarding, because it makes you happy, and that’s the best antidote to depression there is. 

The time you share will fill the odd gaps children experience these days, you can teach them the little life skills that schools no longer have time for, and things parents find hard to fit in.  

Little things are big things: Empower them!  

Depending on your grandchildren’s age, these can be great examples of bonding activities: 


  • Teaching them how to tie their shoe-laces 


  • Showing them how to lay the table (make a little posy to pretty it up) 


  • Cooking, baking, preparing a salad, hulling strawberries 


  • Button pictures, sew on a button, showing them how to thread buttons on string 


  • Drawing and painting, colouring – always a pleasure 


  • Stories, songs & poems  


  • Taking photographs 


  • Teaching a musical instrument 


Children naturally want to help, to be part of things, but at home there isn’t always time to indulge that, and parents often take for speed.

But you are time-rich and can enjoy showing them all sorts of things, at your leisure within your independent senior living. 


You don’t need to buy lots of expensive toys, they will be happy just to play. This is the importance of Grandparents! Lastly, don’t forget to laugh, and be daft, they really love that!

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There are many breathtaking beaches on the Cleveleys seafront that are perfect to spend the day at, either exploring or on a family day.


  1. Cleveleys beach

At Royles Lodge, this beach is right on your doorstep! A walk down to the beach front in Cleveleys and you will be at the beach front with many cafes in the area for you to easily spend the day there.

  1. Fleetwood beach

This sandy beach is dog friendly which is good news if you’re planning a day trip with your family and pets. This beach is a go to for families, water sport enthusiast and nature lovers to enjoy.

  1. Ainsdale beach

A blue flag awarded beach which also holds a quality coast award, which ensures clean water and plenty of facilities to make a beach day a happy and comfortable one.

  1. Bispham beach

Known locally as ‘The Cliffs’, Bispham has extensive man-made sea defences and views along the coast and out towards the Irish sea, this beach is a place to peacefully sit and watch as the scenery will change every day.

  1. Formby beach and Nature Reserve

Formby has miles of sandy beach and acres of woodland to explore and spend the day at. There is a lot to see and explore at Formby as well as a calming and peaceful beach.

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A New Beginning – and different ways to think about gardening!

It takes great courage and imagination to choose a completely new lifestyle for yourself, and our luxury retirement villages are the perfect place to make a change.

Sometimes adjusting to a new lifestyle can feel quite emotionally daunting, and if you’ve enjoyed a garden previously, you might be wondering how you’ll cope without one.

An Allotment:

When you stay with us at our luxury retirement villages, why not sign up for a local allotment? The advantages are brilliant. You’ll be able to get that wonderful feeling from growing and nurturing plants and being outside in the fresh air and sunshine, on a scale you can choose and manage.

  • A half plot – or share a plot with a friend. You’ll be able to share the work, your ideas, skills and resources, and when one of you is away, the other can keep it ticking over.
  • Community plots – many sites offer these, where you can just have a raised bed for yourself, on a plot with like-minded people. It’s amazing how much you can grow in a small place and you will enjoy meeting others on the same plot, swapping ideas, seeds, and probably sharing a pot of tea!
  • Allotment Committees love people like you! It may be that you can offer them a bit of much-needed help from time to time, that amazing gift of time which enables them to run annual events like plant sales, annual shows etc. It’s really good fun helping out, from making tea and sandwiches, sowing seeds, arranging the displays, to baking cakes and so on. There are so many jobs to do if you like helping out. And as a volunteer, you can choose what and when you can offer, making the best of your particular skills and preferences.

House plants:

You can bring your garden indoors! While you stay with us as part of our senior living communities why not make your room feel more like home with some fresh house plants. They require just a little bit of maintenance, and that splash of green is so uplifting and worthwhile! Here are some ideas: –

  • Spider plants – easy and graceful.
  • Mint – lush and fragrant and you can enjoy a glass of fresh mint tea!
  • Aloe Vera – dramatic and easy, enjoying light and a little water.
  • Succulents – love a nice warm sunny spot. They need very little water, and just a shallow container for three or four plants. The variety available is amazing, and your collection will surely grow.
  • Seasonal displays – you can change with the seasons in your apartment and grow beautiful spring bulbs, little potted roses, geraniums, so many plants are readily available that are happy to grow indoors. Think of that joyful splash of colour, the wonderful scents from things growing, and the pleasure in looking after them. No heavy tools needed, just some sharp fine snips, a long spouted light little watering can, and take your pick!
  • Flower arrangements – such a lovely way of introducing growing beauty and colour inside, and if you do it regularly you’ll enjoy a selection of different shaped vases and containers. Your tools will tidy away in a drawer, and you can do it when you feel like it. Bad weather no problem!

So, let’s get growing!

Author – Maggie Wilkinson

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A New Beginning – and different ways to think about gardening!

It takes great courage and imagination to choose a completely new lifestyle for yourself, and our luxury retirement villages are the perfect place to make a change.

Sometimes adjusting to a new lifestyle can feel quite emotionally daunting, and if you’ve enjoyed a garden previously, you might be wondering how you’ll cope without one.

An Allotment:

When you stay with us at our luxury retirement villages, why not sign up for a local allotment? The advantages are brilliant. You’ll be able to get that wonderful feeling from growing and nurturing plants and being outside in the fresh air and sunshine, on a scale you can choose and manage.

  • A half plot – or share a plot with a friend. You’ll be able to share the work, your ideas, skills and resources, and when one of you is away, the other can keep it ticking over.
  • Community plots – many sites offer these, where you can just have a raised bed for yourself, on a plot with like-minded people. It’s amazing how much you can grow in a small place and you will enjoy meeting others on the same plot, swapping ideas, seeds, and probably sharing a pot of tea!
  • Allotment Committees love people like you! It may be that you can offer them a bit of much-needed help from time to time, that amazing gift of time which enables them to run annual events like plant sales, annual shows etc. It’s really good fun helping out, from making tea and sandwiches, sowing seeds, arranging the displays, to baking cakes and so on. There are so many jobs to do if you like helping out. And as a volunteer, you can choose what and when you can offer, making the best of your particular skills and preferences.

House plants:

You can bring your garden indoors! While you stay with us as part of our senior living communities why not make your room feel more like home with some fresh house plants. They require just a little bit of maintenance, and that splash of green is so uplifting and worthwhile! Here are some ideas: –

  • Spider plants – easy and graceful.
  • Mint – lush and fragrant and you can enjoy a glass of fresh mint tea!
  • Aloe Vera – dramatic and easy, enjoying light and a little water.
  • Succulents – love a nice warm sunny spot. They need very little water, and just a shallow container for three or four plants. The variety available is amazing, and your collection will surely grow.
  • Seasonal displays – you can change with the seasons in your apartment and grow beautiful spring bulbs, little potted roses, geraniums, so many plants are readily available that are happy to grow indoors. Think of that joyful splash of colour, the wonderful scents from things growing, and the pleasure in looking after them. No heavy tools needed, just some sharp fine snips, a long spouted light little watering can, and take your pick!
  • Flower arrangements – such a lovely way of introducing growing beauty and colour inside, and if you do it regularly you’ll enjoy a selection of different shaped vases and containers. Your tools will tidy away in a drawer, and you can do it when you feel like it. Bad weather no problem!

So, let’s get growing!

Author – Maggie Wilkinson

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A New Beginning – and different ways to think about gardening!

It takes great courage and imagination to choose a completely new lifestyle for yourself, and our luxury retirement villages are the perfect place to make a change.

Sometimes adjusting to a new lifestyle can feel quite emotionally daunting, and if you’ve enjoyed a garden previously, you might be wondering how you’ll cope without one.

An Allotment:

When you stay with us at our luxury retirement villages, why not sign up for a local allotment? The advantages are brilliant. You’ll be able to get that wonderful feeling from growing and nurturing plants and being outside in the fresh air and sunshine, on a scale you can choose and manage.

  • A half plot – or share a plot with a friend. You’ll be able to share the work, your ideas, skills and resources, and when one of you is away, the other can keep it ticking over.
  • Community plots – many sites offer these, where you can just have a raised bed for yourself, on a plot with like-minded people. It’s amazing how much you can grow in a small place and you will enjoy meeting others on the same plot, swapping ideas, seeds, and probably sharing a pot of tea!
  • Allotment Committees love people like you! It may be that you can offer them a bit of much-needed help from time to time, that amazing gift of time which enables them to run annual events like plant sales, annual shows etc. It’s really good fun helping out, from making tea and sandwiches, sowing seeds, arranging the displays, to baking cakes and so on. There are so many jobs to do if you like helping out. And as a volunteer, you can choose what and when you can offer, making the best of your particular skills and preferences.

House plants:

You can bring your garden indoors! While you stay with us as part of our senior living communities why not make your room feel more like home with some fresh house plants. They require just a little bit of maintenance, and that splash of green is so uplifting and worthwhile! Here are some ideas: –

  • Spider plants – easy and graceful.
  • Mint – lush and fragrant and you can enjoy a glass of fresh mint tea!
  • Aloe Vera – dramatic and easy, enjoying light and a little water.
  • Succulents – love a nice warm sunny spot. They need very little water, and just a shallow container for three or four plants. The variety available is amazing, and your collection will surely grow.
  • Seasonal displays – you can change with the seasons in your apartment and grow beautiful spring bulbs, little potted roses, geraniums, so many plants are readily available that are happy to grow indoors. Think of that joyful splash of colour, the wonderful scents from things growing, and the pleasure in looking after them. No heavy tools needed, just some sharp fine snips, a long spouted light little watering can, and take your pick!
  • Flower arrangements – such a lovely way of introducing growing beauty and colour inside, and if you do it regularly you’ll enjoy a selection of different shaped vases and containers. Your tools will tidy away in a drawer, and you can do it when you feel like it. Bad weather no problem!

So, let’s get growing!

Author – Maggie Wilkinson

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