The People’s Friend 150th Anniversary Birthday Weekend


Enjoy a fun-filled 3-night break to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the “Friend” with a very special Birthday Party at Warner’s Alvaston Hall Hotel, Cheshire!

We are going back to the lovely Alvaston Hall Hotel from May 31 to June 3, 2019 to celebrate our 150th anniversary in style and with friends.  Fancy joining us?

Dear Friends, I am delighted to let you know about our 150th Birthday Party weekend at Warner’s Alvaston Hall Hotel.  This fabulous weekend break will bring people who read and love the “Friend” together in celebration, offering everyone who attends the chance to renew existing friendships and make new ones, too.  You will meet some of “The People’s Friend” team, learn about the fascinating history of the magazine, take part in interactive crafting workshops, enjoy talks from favourite contributors to the magazine.  I look forward to meeting you there to help us celebrate our 150th anniversary.

Angela Gilchrist, Editor-in-chief, The People’s Friend.

Your room awaits…

Relax in style in one of Alvaston Hall’s comfortable, well-equipped bedrooms, with en suite bathrooms and lots of thoughtful touches.  At Alvaston Hall there are 3 different types of rooms:

Standard – Fantastic-value Standard rooms are a real home from home with TV, tea and coffee making facilities, biscuits replenished daily, comfy chairs and reading lights, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, telephone and safe.

Signature – For added luxury, treat yourself to a Signature room, which has all the amenities of a Standard room and includes a pillow menu, toiletries selection and a complimentary bottle of wine.

Royale – This delightful room offers all the perks of the Signature Experience but on a slightly grander level. Beautifully furnished and with rich and sophisticated decor, the surprisingly spacious Royale room is more like a suite than a regular hotel room, and offers a touch of luxury to make your stay that little bit more special.

Half-board menu included in the price

Breakfasts: With a choice of full English and continental buffets, or dishes cooked to order, breakfast will set you up for a fun-filled day ahead.

Evening meals: Choose from the carvery, extensive buffet or Alvaston’s menu of delicious dishes served straight to your table. Make sure you leave room for dessert!

And take it from all of us at the “Friend” the food is amazing!

Let’s get this party started!

We will get the weekend started with a drinks reception on Friday evening, then we have a host of activities for you to join in with:

★ Warner Hotels are renowned for their fantastic live entertainment. Put on your dancing shoes or just sit back, relax and enjoy Friday, Saturday & Sunday night entertainment provided by the amazing Warner entertainment team

★ Craft sessions run by the “Friend” team

★ Party bag for all guests

Talk on the history of the “Friend” by Margaret Scott

★ Exclusive tour of the gardens led by one of Alvaston House’s expert gardeners

Travel writer Neil McAllister talks about 30 years of writing for the “Friend” with a focus on Cheshire

★ Tea with the “Friend” Editor

★ Short story writing workshop (places limited to 30, book on arrival) with Lucy & Alan from the fiction team

★ “Friend” themed quizzes and games

Selection of films to watch if you want to relax

★ Lots more “Friend” themed activities.

★ We know all good things need to come to an end so we will have a tea and cake session on Monday morning before you leave.

We still have time to add in some activities, so if you would like to suggest any just click here here to let us know.

Activities and Facilities

In addition, there are also all of these fantastic facilities to enjoy when you are there:

  • 9-hole golf course
  • Table tennis
  • Air-rifle shooting
  • Archery
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Bubble pool
  • Tropicarium
  • Full equipped fitness studio
  • Aqua fit sessions
  • Free WiFi in public areas

Check in is from 3pm on Friday and 10am on the Monday.


Don’t just take our word for it, click here to hear from some of our readers how much they enjoyed their previous break with The People’s Friend.  And you can read our interview with Cathy Gordon, Daytime Entertainment Host for Warner Leisure, who works at the Alvaston Hall Hotel here

How to book

Prices are per person, there is a £30 supplement for single occupancy (per night) but if you get in quick there are a limited number with no supplement:

  • Standard from £289 per person
  • Signature from £319 per person
  • Royale from £349 per person


To book call 0330 102 9952 or email

Please quote: “People’s Party”

Lines open Monday – Friday 9am-5.30pm

We look forward to seeing you there!


Offer subject to availability, new bookings only, applies to groups of under 19 and can be withdrawn without prior notice. Prices correct at time of printing, prices quoted are per person. Additional £30 supplement per night for single occupancy rooms, note first 10 rooms to be booked will not incur this charge. Holidays booked less than 10 weeks ahead of holiday start date must be paid in full at booking. Calls cost no more than calls to geographic numbers (01 or 02). Bookings must be made by 31/05/2019. Warner hotels are over 21s only. Full terms and conditions for Warner Leisure Hotel breaks can be found at (Bourne Leisure Holidays trading as Warner Leisure Hotels is a company registered in England and Wales, company number 01854900, registered office 1 Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL).

Kirsty Matthews

Kirsty heads up the marketing for all of the DCT Media magazines. Kirsty has the very exciting job of telling the right audiences about the magazine wherever they may be and on whichever channels they interact with. It is fair to say it keeps her busy, but not always out of trouble! Kirsty loves getting out in the fresh air, exploring Scotland as well as other parts of the world and speaks fluent Spanish.