Virtual Fair

Discount deals for this weekend only – shop Black Friday, High Life North style

Written by High Life North
Published 25.11.2021

Find unique gifts with UK independent businesses this Black Friday weekend with High Life North’s Virtual Fair.

We’re with you guys – most big-name chains use soulless Black Friday deals as an excuse for rampant consumerism to reign supreme. It’s not good for our high streets and it’s not good for our planet.

What is great for both, however, is shopping local. That’s why, here at High Life North, we’re jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon – but for a good cause. We’re sticking to our principles of keeping things exclusively digital and we’re bringing together a whole host of independent businesses together under one virtual roof to give you, our readers, exclusive discount codes all weekend.

How to shop:

  1. Browse all of the brands and find the unique gifts (and treats for you) that you want to buy
  2. Make a note of the discount code, then click through to the brand’s website to shop
  3. Apply the discount code at the checkout


Code: HLN15 for 15% off everything

Marehalm is the destination for Scandinavian style homeware, gifts and hand-crafted jewellery here in the North East. 

The inspiration behind all the beautiful products you can find at Marehalm has been drawn from the shores of the pair’s homeland – quite literally, in fact, as ‘Marehalm’ is the Danish for ‘lyme grass’, found in the windswept dunes of the west coast of Denmark.

You can shop online and Marehalm even offer a free gift wrapping service.

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Lily & Rabbit

Code: HLN20 for 20% off any bar. (Gift sets excluded)

Lily & Rabbit create award winning soaps, designed to look after your skin using natural ingredients and essential oils, with no added colouring.

With experience gained from using bar soap while living in Tuscany, Fiona took her interest and expertise to the UK and created a range of Goat’s milk based bar soaps.

She has formulated various types of bar for different needs, including a vegan range using coconut milk and a skin kind option for babies. HLN are all converts to Lily and Rabbit bar soaps, team favourite being the Charcoal with Teatree and Lavender.  

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Baristocracy Coffee

Code: HLN20 for 20% off everything

A firm favourite of HLN from day one, Baristocracy Coffee is a small, family-run speciality coffee roasting business based in North Shields. 

Alex and Kate started their business in 2017 after moving back to Kate’s hometown from Sydney, where Alex grew up, with the intention of bringing speciality roast coffee to the North East. This dynamic duo are keen on supporting the coffee industry across the world, only buying specialty grade green coffee, grown by fairly-paid farmers imported by companies that work directly with and in support of growers. 

Alex roasts each different bean to bring out their natural flavours and create a cup of depth and complexity. We now supply some of the best cafes, delis and venues in the North East and our coffee is available online for home use. The roastery is also open to the public for coffee by the cup and bag and for home barista training. 

Shop Now - HLN20

Trouvaille Stitch Kits

Code: HLN10 for 10% off everything

Trouvaille: something lovely discovered by chance.

Lovely these kits certainly are – born from Jennifer’s love of crafting and cross stitch, but her lack of inspiration from the kits that are widely available. Jennifer had trouble connecting with the generic stitch kits, with landmarks of cities she had no connection to.

So she created her own – looking at her beloved North East for inspiration, and painstakingly creating kits that celebrate our own landmarks. Now we can purchase kits to cross stitch the amazing Spanish City building, or Penshaw Monument.

These kits are the perfect gift for the craft lover in your life, or perhaps a family member who misses the North East. 

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The Bath House

Code: HLN10 for 10% off everything

The Bath House is an independent British sustainable brand using eco-certified, natural ingredients which can be traced back to source in all their formulations.

In the past 18 months The Bath House have reduced their use of plastic bottles and jars by over 85% and now offer refillable and reusable luxury skincare in functional aluminum and glass – created to last a lifetime.  

Shop Now - HLN10 

Sonosynthesis Macrame

Code: HLN20 for 20% off everything

Sonosynthesis Macrame is a Newcastle based, female run business, specialising on creative use of macrame.

Charlotte has created a gorgeous range of products, from magazine racks (proud to have on in HLN HQ), hanging planters, wall hangings and much more.

Not only does Charlotte make these fantastic pieces for us to buy, she also offers workshops and DIY kits, so you can make your own one-of-a-kind piece for your home.  

Shop Now - HLN20

The Little Green Candle Company

Code: HLN10 for 10% off home fragrance (excludes refills and existing offers)

The little green candle company’s range of home fragrance and homewares are made by hand in their small Monkseaton workshop.  Founded on a love for scented candles, combined with the belief that simple pleasures are an important part of life, they aim to offer more sustainable alternatives for the eco-conscious shopper, with a focus on simple but beautiful products made with carefully selected ingredients. 

A key part of their philosophy centres on reducing waste, from cutting out unnecessary presentation packaging, to selecting not just recyclable but also reusable containers, offering refills and reusing unwanted packaging.  But they are also passionate about providing beautiful home fragrance and homewares at an accessible price, and their vegan friendly products combine simple aesthetic with exceptional quality. 

 Fill your home with cosy festive fragrance this winter with the Christmas Collection. Or with ten different scents to choose from, the copper tin candle collection has something to suit all tastes and makes a perfect stocking filler – and after use the empty vessels can be returned for refilling.  The wax melt collection has been meticulously developed using a bespoke blend of wax to provide optimal, long lasting fragrance, while their reed diffusers are perfect for those looking for a more subtle background fragrance, with refill options also available.  From tealight holders to candle trays, their hand-crafted home décor accessories are designed to complement their home fragrance products and make a truly unique Christmas gift. 

Shop Now - HLN10

The Eco Stall

Code: HLN15 for 15% off everything

The Eco Stall is a local business run by triplet sister team from East Boldon, who have created an online market place encouraging sustainable living, easy swaps, and delivering natural goods to your door.

This terrific trio have put all the hard work in for us, making it easy for us to choose to reduce single use plastic, and live more consciously.

Check out their Christmas range and perhaps grab some bits for yourself while you’re at it!

You can shop from The Eco Stall online, or you’ll often find the team popping up at events across the region. 

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Quay Aesthetics

Code: HLN10 for 10% off everything

Quay Aesthetics are based in Whitley Bay, and work hard to make you look and feel like the best version of yourself with their wide range of luxury procedures. The team use a tailored approach to both aesthetics and skin care, stocking a range of professional skin care brands, as well as taking time with you to find the best options for you.  

They have some gorgeous treatments to guarantee glowing skin this winter, including Profhilo and Deluxe Dermaplaning. 

They also offer Botox, dermal fillers, Profhilo, semi permanent make up, IV drips and booster injections, PRP ‘Vampire Facial’, fat dissolving injections and plasma blast, as well as Dermalogica facials and skin care.  

Shop Now - HLN10

Ruby Friday

Code: XMAS15 for 15% off everything

Founded in the North East in 2019, Ruby Friday is an accessories and gifts brand which was created to bring simple and stylish accessories to customers.

Imagine having a friend who is always available providing you inspirational choices to help you find what is right for you – Ruby Friday is that friend! Here to provide you with those finishing touches that accentuate your look and make you feel good!

This years collection includes a range of colourful leather and non- leather bags, fun interchangeable bag straps, cosy winter hats & scarves and some new jewellery brands. All perfect to treat yourself and your loved ones this Christmas.

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Olive and Myrtle

Code: HLN20 for 20% off everything

Olive and Myrtle is an Aladdin’s Cave of treasures – sourced from all over the world, and carefully curated by founder Emily.

Based in the lovely Northumberland town of Bellingham, you can shop online with Olive and Myrtle but we recommend a visit to the shop for the full experience.

Many of the products Olive & Myrtle stock are sustainably sourced; are fair trade and each has its own story to tell.

From Indian furniture and artisan jewellery to bars from Yorkshire chocolatiers, felt decorations handcrafted in the Himalayas to bowls hand-turned on our doorstep here in the North East 

Shop Now - HLN20

The Wood Yard

Code: NWR2021 for 15% off everything

The Wood Yard is a social enterprise in Walker, Newcastle, which is going above, beyond and totally against the grain to revitalise their local community. They offer a wood recycling service to the construction industry – and anyone else who has waste wood.

Newcastle Wood Recycling – aka The Wood Yard – is a community wood recycling project based in Walker. We offer a wood recycling service to the construction sector and anyone else who has waste wood.

We’re a social enterprise with strong social and environmental aims, supporting our local community through volunteering and training opportunities and rescuing wood from the waste stream.

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DANU Studios

Code: HLN20

The lovely duo at DANU Studios are offering:

20% off all Christmas gift sets from Million Dollar and Guinot.

20% off a Million Dollar Facial

20% off a course of 3 hydradermi lifts

Book Now - HLN20


Code: HLNXSALOME for 20% off everything

Inspired by the power of natural gemstones, New Orleans native Kellie Daniels founded Salome in 2016 in her Blaydon studio in the North East.

Inspired by women and their stories, Kellie looks as far afield as California and the South Pacific to source the perfect materials for her products, with each design encapsulating a special significance – from the stones of self-confidence and ambition to designs intended to open and nurture the heart.  


House of Zana

Code: HLN25 for 25% off everything

House of Zana was born in 2018 when at the time, founder Amber, struggled to find the perfect evening dress. Living between the North East of England and Albania (her husband’s home country), she soon found a solution to this; the most amazing seamstresses and high quality fabrics in Tirana, Albania’s capital, where she was able to get bespoke dresses made. She soon noticed the amount of complements on her outfits, and that there could be a gap in the market for handmade, sustainable and ethical, high quality, unique pieces, all designed in-house. Here, House of Zana was born.

The brand started online until 2019 when they opened a fabulous concept store on Grange Road in Darlington. There, House of Zana sell amazing quality garments, all to a limited quantity so that the pieces remain exclusive.

It quickly became apparent that a passion of Amber’s is supporting other local brands, therefore now, her shops throughout the North East don’t exclusively sell House of Zana – they also stock multiple local brands from candles, to homeware and now also have a fabulous Christmas shop located in the Grange Road store where they are selling Christmas gifts from lots of other independent local brands to further support our local economy.

The newest season of Autumn/Winter 2021 garments are now also available in store and online.

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Daint Jewellery

Code: HLN15 for 15% off everything

After returning from her travels down under, Kim’s dream soon became a reality. A 12-week silversmithing course and a few lockdowns later, Kim’s talent began to grow and she fell in love with every aspect of jewellery making. Using sterling silver, gemstones and hand-picked sea glass from Northumberland beaches, Kim creates classic styles that take us from season to season. Dedicated to detail and bringing love and attention into each design, Kim makes every piece made to order – meaning every treasure is unique to each customer.

Daint Jewellery is about attention to detail and its Kim’s goal to create jewellery that’s a perfect gift for a loved one or as a special treat for yourself. She believes jewellery is a beautiful extension of yourself, and daintiness and minimalism are the key concepts behind her designs. She focuses on creating jewellery that’s high quality over high quantity and create timeless, classic designs that can be worn every day. All designs are made using sterling silver, which, unlike plated jewellery, doesn’t fade; they can survive the wear and tear of everyday life and be cherished for a lifetime. With some designs having the option to personalise, Daint Jewellery can be made even more special and personal to you.

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Mimi’s Edit

Code: HLN15 for 15% off everything

Mimi’s Edit is a well-established women’s clothing and accessories brand that started in 2018. Founder Preet had to leave her job as a teacher to look after her son who was diagnosed with Leukaemia. 

Since then the charity offering has expanded and raises money for the Children’s Cancer North Charity. Mimi’s Edit brings you individually handpicked pieces that are a little different from the usual high street offering after all- who wants to look the same as everyone else?

From sparkly trainers to gorgeous accessories and gifting for your loved ones Mimi’s Edit has a fabulous selection of gorgeous pieces that are sure to raise the question “WOW…where did you get that?” From a growing selection of animal print, newly added sequin pieces and amazing knitwear we love to take the overwhelm out of the shopping experience. 

Use code HLN15 for 15% off.

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Katie’s Design House

Code: HLN20 for 20% off everything

Katie’s Design House was founded by illustrator and print designerKatie Dyer. The artist’s work is vintage inspired with a modern, colourful twist and her illustrations are often achieved in a variety of media from various inks, paints and pastels. All designs are very much inspired by the natural world, with lots of floral, foliage and fruity elements. 

Katie uses her paintings to create designs for a variety of textile and paper products and also shares her love for painting in group workshops. The workshops are hosted both online and in person with the aim to show others the joy and relaxation that can come from putting paintbrush to paper. 

Expect to see hand painted illustrations of your favourite regional spots, vibrant floral gift wrap, notebooks, greeting cards and fine art interior prints. Some of Katie’s prints can also be personalised to add that extra special touch. 

Shop Now - HLN20

Kaleidoscope Textiles


Amy Lou is a South Shields-based contemporary textile designer and maker with sustainable practices placed at the heart of what she does. Working with high-quality, bold, bright and sustainable fabric, she creates bags and accessories that stand out from the crowd.  Her bestselling items are her vegan leather origami bags, available in an array of colours. Combining machine sewing with origami folding techniques, Amy Lou creates bags that are as visually stunning as they are practical.  In addition to her vegan leather bag collection, she also makes origami tote bags made from 100% linen as well as colourful tapestry fabric. 

Kaleidoscope Textiles by Amy Lou is design focussed, sustainable and offers something entirely original. Each product is handmade and individually finished with care and attention to detail. 

Shop Now - HIGHLIFE15

Toasty Candles

Code: HLN20 for 20% off everything

Toasty Candles is a small independent home fragrance brand started in Gosforth, Newcastle throughout the national lockdowns, where we started experimenting making scented candles. After trialling various plant-based waxes, we eventually settled on an eco and vegan-friendly natural rapeseed wax which was perfect for making scented candles whilst having the smallest possible impact on the environment. 

The rapeseed wax we use for our candles is sourced from rapeseed wax we use for our candles is sourced from rapeseed grown in both the UK and mainland Europe, meaning it doesn’t have to travel half the globe like most soy does – which is predominantly grown on the other side of the globe, with around 80% of the world’s soy being produced in the USA, Brazil and Argentina.

Our reed diffusers are made using a vegan solvent produced from renewable plant-based sources of glycerine and are supplied with high-quality rattan reeds. All our products are shipped in plastic-free cardboard boxes using kraft paper tape and shredded cardboard which can be recycled or composted.

With fragrances ranging from fruity to floral to woody and everything in between, there’s plenty to choose from. Our candles make perfect stocking fillers or even as a Secret Santa gift! Our new Christmas collection features colourful patterned labels and will have your house feeling festive in no time – why not light a Gingerbread candle, sit back and relax with a cup of hot chocolate and get Toasty this Christmas?

Shop Now - HLN20

Lauren Young Illustration

Code: HLN10 for 10% off everything in Lauren’s Etsy shop

Lauren’s work is influenced by  the County Durham and Northumberland countryside, and her illustrations are vibrant, full of colour and detail. Lauren’s cards, gifts and homeware will brighten anyone’s day. 

As a lover of the stunning British countryside Lauren knows how important it is for us to protect our environment, because of this all of her products come from British suppliers, she stays away from single use plastic, and even prints her cards on seed paper which after use you can plant and grow beautiful wildflowers.  

Shop Now - HLN10


Code: HLN20 for 20% off everything

Melluna is an independent retailer based on Park View in Whitley Bay which was set up to provide goods that can help thosetake the stress out of life and improve your wellness. 

Run by Melanie, Melluna has a great positive vibe, creating happiness and contentment when you visit. It’s the perfect place to just come in and peruse all of the magical goods it has to offer. As soon as you open the door you are hit with a wonderful array of scents and you immediately feel relaxed.

Visitors to the shop will find many products to help their mind, body and soul such as incense, aromatherapy oils,healing crystals, herbal teas, crystal facial rollers,holistic books, crystal infused reed diffusers, sleep sprays, sleep pillows, bath salts, salt lamps and more. 

Shop Now - HLN20 

Circe Flower Co

Code: HLN20 for 20% off everything

Circe Flower Co has an off-beat approach to floristry and plant styling. They love wild, natural and rule-breaking and their flowers are all hand-picked from a selection of locally grown blooms or direct from their suppliers in Holland. 

They’re very conscious of their impact on the environment, so you won’t find any floral foam used in their arrangements and they have a reuse / recycle policy wherever possible.

The flagship store on Hill Street, Corbridge is full of wonderful flowers, plants, pots, and botanical related gifts! Shop dog Cersei is also on hand to meet and greet customers with a tail wag. 

Circe Flower Co also offers a small and large-scale events service, online and in-store bespoke bouquets, workshops, and wedding flowers to Corbridge, the surrounding areas, and across the UK. The subscription packages are the perfect gift this Christmas, to keep the magic of the festive season flowing right into the new year and beyond. 

Shop Now - HLN20

WL Distillery

Code: HLN10 for 10% off festive gift sets

Nature. Aroma. Taste. WL Distillery is an award-winning Durham based independent producer of handcrafted premium spirits with a focus on the distillation of small-batch unique gins. The distillery is making quite a splash in the gin market after winning a trio of industry awards within a three-month period. Hot on the heels of the announcement that the distillery had won Silver at the prestigious 2021 London Spirits Competition, WL Distillery has also been awarded Gold at The Gin Masters, alongside Design Bronze at The World Gin Awards.

Ingredients take centre stage and WL Distillery takes great interest in nature and the beauty that it represents. Each bottle is infused with nature using handpicked, measured botanicals and natural mineral spring water to ensure the freshest, most authentic taste.

Its award-winning 1st Edition Gin is a refreshing creation boasting an indulgent aroma infused with garden botanicals, touches of apple, pear, raspberries, blackberries and those all-important juniper berries. Hot on the heels of their popular 1st Edition Gin and offering a fresh twist is Wilson’s Gin Club ‘Watermelon and Liquorice’. This premium pour embodies a refreshing gin, crafted using juniper with the cool refreshing flavours of watermelon and mint balanced with the crisp taste of lime and expertly finished with a twist of liquorice. A delicious blend and a sumptuous tipple for gin enthusiasts.

As seen in Fenwick, Vogue and GQ magazine the explosion of flavours and creations from the award-winning distillery are set to be a hit with gin connoisseurs around the globe.

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By Pelcia

Code: HLN20 for 20% off everything

By Pelcia is a local small handmade business run by Paulina.  Created out of curiosity about the creative world and boredom of the first lockdown, started as a hobby that has quickly turned into a second job for its owner.

By Pelcia work with polymer clay and jesmonite focusing on producing as little waste as possible to provide unique products for those who try to do their best for our planet.

Some of their polymer clay products are heavily inspired by nature. Using botanicals to imprint designs on clay and incorporating driftwood in wall hangings, makes their products a perfect gift for those who love to bring elements of nature into their homes. Their wide range of earrings and home decor items makes it perfect one-stop place to shop for gifts this festive season.

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The Borders Distillery

Code: TBDHLN10 for 10% off everything

The Borders Distillery began their distilling journey in 2018, and are dedicated to capturing the true spirit of the Borders, bringing whisky-making back to the region.

Their award-winning Gin and Vodka hold unique flavours that will make you think twice about what you know about spirits. They use the same spirit from their Single Malt Whisky to make their Gin and Vodka, and whilst they wait for their Whisky to mature, they’re exploring new flavours of the Scottish Borders.

The Borders Distillery is committed to building sustainability in everything they do; they use locally-grown barley, all harvested from 11 farms lying within 30 miles of the distillery, drawing water from an underground lake beneath the site. The company is a member of the Scotch Whisky Association’s Race to Zero programme, as they actively work towards moving the industry to net-zero by 2040.

Shop the full range online, including a variety of hampers and gifts perfect for the festive season. They’re also offering free delivery on orders over £50 and two free distillery tour vouchers with every online purchase until 16 December.

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Lily & Faith

Code: HLN15 for 15% off everything

Lily & Faith is a family run business with a passion for creating high quality fragrance products for your home. Husband and wife team, James and Christina hand pour all their soy wax melts, candles and diffusers here in the North East.  

The business is named after their daughter, Lily Faith, who inspires them to follow their dreams and who also likes to get involved when she can.  

They use sustainably sourced soy wax and vegetable derived diffuser bases making their products clean burning and eco-friendly. Also, they try not to use plastic packaging enabling customers to recycle as much as possible. 

There are currently ten delicious fragrances to choose from in their permanent collection from fresh and fruity to musky and intense, plus five new autumn/winter scents that are perfect for the season. Their range of wax melts, candles, diffusers and gift sets has something for everyone’s taste.  

Lily & Faith pride themselves on making quality products that you will be proud to have in your home.  

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Devon Rum Company 

Code: HLN15 for 15% off everything

Established in March 2020 by Dave Seear, the Devon Rum Company was created to share the joy of craft rums with the world! 

With an emphasis on blending unique flavours that stand out from the crowd, the Devon Rum Co team is on a mission to show spirit lovers why craft rum is amazing, what makes it so different from mass-produced spirits, and why everyone should try it – even if it does cost a few extra quid! 

The Devon Rum Company’s best-selling Premium Spiced Rum features rich aromas of charred orange peel, smooth caramel, and hints of cardamom. This is a drier spiced rum, with a warm crackle of cinnamon and tangy star anise, followed by fresh citrus zest, a touch of maple syrup and a smack of peppercorn. 

As the latest addition to the range, the Honey Spiced Rum features light floral notes, with undertones of spicy cardamom and fruity raisins. This is a sweeter rum, infused with Devon wildflower honey, twists of lemon zest, juicy raisins, and a generous pinch of allspice. 

And, just in time for Christmas, these flavoursome rums are now flanked by a selection of must-have gifts for rum fans, including a Cocktail Kit that contains everything you need to create the brand’s delicious Devon Stormy rum cocktail. 

Shop Now - HLN15

Amazing Jane

Code: HLN20 for 20% off everything

We are Amazing Jane, an active and leisure wear brand encouraging women new to exercise or who aren’t quite in a regular habit, to move a little more, show themselves some love and just “show up as you are”.  

We have created a community group on social media to support our customers and to give them a brand that they feel they can belong to. Through our Amazing Jane community we help you stay positive and valued whilst encouraging you to reach your goals, whatever they may be. You will be joining like minded women who don’t live and breathe exercise but know they need to move more for their health and wellbeing. 

Our clothes are all designed with different body shapes in mind, either to disguise areas or add shape and flatter. They are designed with the science of “Enclothed Cognition”. Simply put, the clothes you wear have the ability to directly affect how you think and therefore how you feel, and what you do. 

By designing clothes that fit and flatter, hang beautifully, and have a touch that takes you to sensory heaven; our clothes will give you the confidence and security to walk through the door to something outside your comfort zone. 

Amazing Jane is less about Body Confidence and more about Self Acceptance. ​Sometimes all it takes is that shift in your brain to help boost your confidence and help you make healthier choices. 

Shop Now - HLN20 

Dr Helen Marsden Aesthetics

Code: HLN15 for 15% of the shop and gift vouchers

Dr Helen Marsden studied medicine in London and worked as a GP for more than 15 years before specialising in medical aesthetics. 

She combines her extensive medical and aesthetic training with the finest quality products and an experienced aesthetic eye. Her clients want ‘everyone to notice, but no-one to know’ what treatments they’ve had. Subtle rejuvenation and restoration is an art form – and it’s work that she absolutely loves. 

Helen provides the full range of injectable aesthetics procedures (dermal filler, wrinkle relaxation and profhilo), as well as WOW fusion (microneedling and mesotherapy combined) and chemical peels. In addition, she offers fabulous skincare with lots of solutions for problematic skin such as pigmentation, acne, redness and ageing.

She is also trained to treat conditions such as chronic migraine, excessive sweating and teeth grinding, as well as injections to treat thread veins in the legs. Such treatments can be life-changing and often so hard for patients to access through the NHS. 

This Christmas, Helen has a new in-clinic treatment, which lasts 60mins and includes a WOW micro-needling treatment. £250 and also includes 2 free at home treatment packs worth £72 (contact us to book). Or alternatively, give the gift of wellness to a loved one with gift vouchers from £50.00.

Shop Now - HLN15

The Corbridge Larder

Code: TAKE5 for 5% off everything

Home in the heart of Northumberland village, The Corbridge Larder brings us all fresh foodie goodness from the finest producers in the North East and only serves us premium quality produce.

At The Corbridge Larder, there’s something to tickle everyone’s taste buds. So, whether you’re after an indulgent cheese hamper for her, a beer hamper for him, or the ultimate family gift hamper for everyone, you can’t go wrong with an artisan, hand-wrapped hamper from here.

Don’t forget you could design a bespoke hamper, or if you want a special treat, visit the store itself.  

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