Ulster Tatler Interiors celebrates 21 years

The Ulster Tatler Interiors Lifetime Awards recently took place in the Ulster Reform Club, Belfast.

The event was sponsored by home solution specialists, Hafele. Guests were treated to a Prosceco reception on arrival, followed by a three-course meal.

The awards ceremony was hosted by Cate Conway and entertainment was provided by Motown Sensations.

Following a speech by Ulster Tatler Group Managing Director, Chris Sherry, some of those from the interior design and building industries honoured on the night were presented with awards made by local artist Stephen Whalley.

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Rory’s Miles 2 Mayo

Former Ireland rugby captain Rory Best has embarked upon his 300km walk in aid of Cancer Fund for Children.

The 10 day walk will see Rory passing through eight different counties in an aim to raise £2m for Daisy Lodge Cong, Co.Mayo – a therapeutic and restorative short break centre for children impacted by cancer across the island of Ireland.

In September 2021, Rory raised £1m on his mammoth walking challenge from Daisy Lode, Newcastle to Co.Mayo.

Rory is an ambassador for the charity and he explains why people’s donations are so vital to this organisation.

“When they need a break, they need to be able to come to places like Daisy Lodge in Newcastle and Cong, Co. Mayo where they will be treated like the stars they are. Please support Cancer Fund for Children so they can ensure that no child across the island of Ireland faces cancer alone.”

Donations can be made on the Cancer Fund for Children website:


Fisher & Paykel Demo Day

Fisher & Paykel hosted its first-ever live ‘demo day’ at its display within the Belfast Cookery School.

With the aim to better prepare retailers and key partners in briefing their consumers on the key functions available across the appliance ranges, the event comprised of a demonstration carried out by the Cookery School’s resident chef Ian Hunter using Fisher & Paykel appliances. 

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Smeg Cookery Demo at Bodel Distributors

Bodel Distributors recently hosted a cookery demonstration in their Lisburn Showroom.

Clare and Alice from Smeg UK, along with local chef Stephen Jeffers, prepared some fantastic food using the latest Smeg appliances.

These models included the new Galileo ovens, blast chillers, stand mixers and induction hobs. 

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Home sweet home

Local property developers, Strand Homes, recently launched a new show home in their Ferndene Development. 

Ferndene is a development of four and five bedroom homes that include green energy packs.

J’Adore Décor provided the interior design for the show home, with paintings supplied by local artist Aly Harte.

Ferndene is nestled in a quiet neighbourhood on the edge of east Belfast with great views of Scrabo Tower and the surrounding countryside.


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The Social Network

The Ceco showroom in Carryduff was the venue for the first Ulster Tatler Interiors Networking Dinner of 2023. Ceco is a design-led floor and bathroom product consultancy, providing solutions for commercial and residential projects.

The event was attended by a cross section of people from the interiors and design industry.

The catering was provided by Jane’s Kitchen, owners of Magheramorne Estate in Larne.


Following an investment of £150K, the Fitzwilliam Hotel unveiled Belfast’s newest luxury private entertainment space which can be used for exclusive launches and intimate weddings, celebration dinners, corporate meetings, and a multitude of other very special occasions.

The room is versatile enough that it can be used for a boardroom meeting of up to twenty-two people, or for a private dinner for thirty-two people and sits perched above the foyer at the mezzanine level.


Cooking Up A Storm

Times and Amazon No. 1 bestselling cookbook author Nathan Anthony, aka Bored of Lunch, is cooking up a storm! Over the last two years the Belfast-based cook and author has amassed nearly two million followers across Instagram, Facebook and TikTok and last month saw the official release of his first cookbook, Bored of Lunch: The Healthy Slow Cooker Book, topping the UK and Ireland sales charts, with only Prince Harry’s memoir ahead!

See full coverage in the February Ulster Tatler – Out Tuesday 7th February!

Sophie Windebank, Nathan Anthony and Helen Hughes


Thousands of people across the UK gave up the comfort of their own beds recently as part of a national sleepout event to raise money for Action for Children.

Over 100 business leaders and teams from across Northern Ireland joined together on Friday night to support the event. MCS Group, Version 1, Civica, BT, Liberty IT were just a few of the leading tech companies who lay their sleeping bags down at Stormont Estate, to raise vital funds for vulnerable children across the province. The sleepers kicked the night off with a quiz and raffle draw before fuelling up and gathering their sleeping bags to head out to cosy up under the stars on the pitches at Stormont Pavilion.

Formerly known as Byte Night, Boycott Your Bed was celebrating its 25th anniversary, with the event having raised more than £13 million for Action for Children to date, money which has made a significant difference to vulnerable children across the UK. It helps to ensure they have what they need for a safe and happy childhood – like warm clothes, hot meals, and a proper bed, as well as mental health support and protection from neglect and abuse.

Celebrities such as film star Jenny Agutter and actress Jessica Hynes joined people of all ages and from all walks of life at “Boycott Your Bed” events in London, Leeds, Glasgow, Belfast, and at Zip World in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, with others choosing to take on the challenge of staying up for the night at home.

Board member, Lyle English, spent the night in his sleeping bag at the Pavilion at Stormont Estate.

“We’re all a bit tired this morning, but it was worth it for such an amazing cause. The cost of living crisis is affecting everyone, but for many, particularly vulnerable children, those affects are far worse. If all we had to do was lose a few hours’ sleep and it helps raise lots of money for this amazing charity, then it’s totally worth it.”

National Director Northern Ireland, Lorna Ballard, helped launch the evening’s activities at Stormont Pavilion.

“We’re so fortunate to have had so many local businesses give up their beds for the night. In our services we’re hearing of more families struggling with the increased cost of living, including the emotional impact of the stress and worry that comes with that. Due to the generous the support of everyone who spent the night out in the freezing cold under the stars we’re able to support these families and children.”

The charity’s senior staff also braved the elements for the night, with Chair of Trustees, Sarika Patel and CEO Melanie Armstrong sleeping out in London and Managing Director of children’s services, Dr Tim O’Neill, bedding down in Leeds.

Action for Children CEO, Melanie Armstrong, also spent the night in the open.

“Last night we wanted as many people as possible to take part in Boycott Your Bed and enjoy the experience of staying up and having a great time with colleagues, family, and friends. It’s a fun event with a very serious message. It helps us to highlight the devastating situation many families up and down the country are currently enduring.”

She added: “It’s tough for everyone at the moment, but the situation is worse for the vulnerable children, young people and their mums and dads in our communities. You can guarantee that Action for Children will do its utmost to ensure children everywhere have the safe and happy childhood they deserve.”

Premiere of Ken Branagh’s critically acclaimed new film Belfast

Ken Branagh pictured at Northern Ireland’s iconic Harland & Wolff cranes ’Samson and Goliath’ ahead of the Irish premiere of his critically acclaimed new film BELFAST, which will open The Belfast Film Festival at an event co-hosted by Northern Ireland Screen at The Waterfront Hall tonight. BELFAST is in cinemas from January 21st, 2022.

Ken is pictured with Ciarán Hinds, Caitriona Balfe, Jude Hill, Jamie Dornan and Lewis McAskie.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

A princess, a fairy and woodland folk transport families on a glorious adventure in the enchantment of the 5-Star Lough Erne Resort

A new magical outdoor attraction at Lough Erne Resort is sure to entice and delight the whole family as they set off on a quest to free a princess with the help of a mischievous fairy and the wise woodland animals. 

The Enchanted Trail adventure, which opened to the public on Monday 5th July begins at Princess Erin’s Welcome Centre, where young explorers receive their beautifully illustrated trail guide and puzzle book. The trail leads to clues and puzzles at various locations in woodlands with spectacular elevated views over both Lough Erne and Castle Hume Lough. Key attractions include for example the School of Magic and the Travel Camp to test the explorers’ wits against the Dummy Trees and the Tooth Factory! 

Along the way, trailblazers will meet up with countryside characters such as Blaze the Fox, Otis the Badger and Dash the Hare. Of course, Twinkle the Fairy turns up with her glittering fairy dust to help too, but beware, she’s a cheeky little fairy who just might play a trick or two! A 1.5-mile journey in wonder and escapism, the Enchanted Trail is perfectly designed to keep even little feet running all the way. 

Secluded on its own peninsula, the award-winning Lough Erne Resort, operated by TRU Hotels & Resorts, offers all the luxury of a 5-star resort hotel on a site extending to 600 acres, including its iconic championship golf courses and expanses of wilderness, green glades, and woodlands.  In a humorous nod to the golfing greats, the Enchanted Trail takes adventurers to ‘Birdie’, a steel cut-out of a golfer with butterfly wings. 

Joanne Walsh, General Manager at Lough Erne Resort, said the themed trail is one element of a wide range of new features, building on guest feedback to outdoor activities introduced in the summer of 2021.  

“Lough Erne Resort enjoys a unique location in one of Ireland’s and the UK’s most scenic areas. We are lucky to have expansive outdoor space combining untouched wilderness, woodlands, and landscaped spaces, all offering special character and opportunities. 

“We believe we have enriching experiences for people of all ages – including families – who want to swap their traditional summer continental holiday for a prolonged staycation in the stunning Fermanagh Lakelands. The Enchanted Trail is one of many experiences, available to guests and day visitors, and we believe it will be a huge success for families (especially for children aged 3-10) as well as the young at heart.  Admission prices are just £16 per family, so we want to make it as accessible as possible for everyone.” 

The themed woodland trail is part of a wide package of outdoor activities on offer at the resort. Other outdoor activities include lakeside yoga, stand up paddleboards, water bike, walking tours, archery and more. 

Lough Erne Resort also offers a range of dining experiences including the well-renowned 3-Rosette Catalina Restaurant for the ultimate family treat, Loughside Grill for a family feast, The Blaney Bar for seasonal fayre or Castle Hume for relaxed family dining.  

For more information visit www.lougherneresort.com.