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Is Welsh Slate The Best? We Go Behind The Scenes

August 27, 2021
Beautiful North Wales Slate Landscape which is a World Heritage Site

Here at Valley Mill we’ve been going behind the scenes of the Welsh slate business. One of the biggest questions we get asked is, is Welsh slate the best? Let’s find out!

It’s actually a well known fact within the business that Welsh slate is one of the finest quality slate in the world. Did you know that Welsh slate was quarried from North Wales from as early as the 12th century? It’s actually the toughest slate known to man. It has very few impurities and a beautiful colour and grain structure. Wesh slate doesn’t fade in the sun.

The slate itself is approximately 500 million years old and is made by the compression of clay over time. This is thanks to the movement of the tectonic plates – which helped form the Welsh Mountains.

The high quality of the slate is the result of a combination of apsect. From the quality of the clay and the precise amount of pressure & heat.

Meet A Welsh Quarryman

We met with Andrew Jonjo who has been a quarryman for 37 years. Not only is he a quarryman, but he is actually the sixth generation in the Welsh slate business.

Slate has been his, and his families life for 6 generations. ‘Jonjo’ who now works at the Welsh National Slate Museum shows us real slate cutting techniques. He also talks about why he believes Welsh slate is the best.

Valley Mill’s Welsh Slate

At Valley Mill, we only use Welsh Blue Grey Slate, although it is in fact a dark grey in appearance. The slate that we use here in our workshop in South Wales is mined at Blaenau Ffestiniog.

It is then whisked over to our Llansamlet workshop where it is hand cut, engraved and oiled.

It is then ready to be sent to directly to your home, our Valley Mill stores & to one of over 100 stores that we supply around the UK.

Pictured below is our slate cutter Josh who shows us one of the traditional ways to cut slate.

Pictured here is Mike, who is one of our slate cutters here at Valley Mill. This image shows Mike oiling and finishing our slate heart coasters.

World Heritage Status

In July 2021 UNESCO announced that the slate landscape of North Wales had won World Heritage Status. This now puts us alongside places such as the Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China and the Pyramids.

This image shows why our beautiful landscape now has World Heritage Status. Isn’t it just stunning?

The incredbile view of Dinorwig Quarry which now has World Heritage Status
The Dinorwig Quarry Copyright: RCAHMW

The landscape has become the UK’s 32nd UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the 4th in Wales,. This follows the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Blaenavon Industrial Landscape and the Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd.

The Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales became the world leader for the production and export of slate in the 1800’s.

Slate quarried in the area has been used to build parts of the Roman fort in Segontium in Caernarfon and Edward I’s castle in Conwy. However it wasn’t until the industrial revolution that demand surged as cities across the world expanded with slate from the mines at Gwynedd being widely used to roof workers’ homes, public buildings, places of worship and factories. 

Welsh Slate Industry

By the 1890s the Welsh slate industry employed approximately 17,000 workers. It produced almost 500,000 tonnes of slate a year, around a third of all roofing slate used in the world in the late 19th century.

The industry had a huge impact on global architecture. Welsh slate has been used on a number of buildings, terraces and palaces across the globe. This includes Westminster Hall in London’s Houses of Parliament, the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Australia and Copenhagen City Hall, Denmark.

In 1830, half the buildings in New York had roofs made of Welsh slate. Centuries of mining in the area transformed the landscape on a monumental scale. This reflects the important role this region played in ‘roofing the 19th century world’.

National Slate Museum

If your idea of a museum is based on glass cases and dusty exhibits, then you’re in for a pleasant surprise when you visit the National Slate Museum Llanberis

This museum-with-a-difference is based in the original Victorian Engineering Workshops at Dinorwig Slate Quarry. The quarry was in its heyday in the 1870’s and closed in 1969.  The site was opened as a Museum in 1972 – and was the world’s only national slate museum. The National Museum Wales – attracts over 140,000 visitors a year!

We met with Lowri Ifor who told us more about the museum and the amazing World Heritage Status.

All the staff at the museum are Welsh speaking so, it’s a great place to practice your Welsh.

What Is Slate?

Slate is essentially mud that has first been compressed and compacted, and then squeezed and heated by the Earth’s forces.

The main components of slate are the minerals sericite mica, quartz, chlorite, haematite and rutile.  Tiny variations in the proportion of some of these minerals can lead to a rainbow of variations in the colours of the slates themselves. From different shades of green through grey and blue to a deep, rich red.

Slate Names

Nine layers of slate run through Elidir mountain and the different slates bear such lovely names.

Green & wrinkled

Redwood

Red

Old quarry blue

New quarry blue grey

New quarry blue grey mottled

Sage green

Willow green

Bronze

Purple red

Pictured below is our blue grey Welsh slate wine rack. As you can see the appearance is more dark grey in appearance.

Blue grey Welsh slate wine rack with two bottles of wine glistening in the sunshine

How Is Slate Formed?

Dinorwig Quarry slates originated as mud deposited in the sea during the Cambrian era of the Lower Paleozoic Era. This was about 500 million years ago!

At this time much of Wales was the floor of a very large sea or lake, covered by layers thousands of feet thick made up of mud and silt deposited by rivers. 

Slowly this mud was turned to clay and was squeezed and compacted until they all faced the same direction. This is what has caused the rock to become splittable slate.  

Spectacular changes in the geological history of Wales followed:  land movements brought the sea bed upwards to become dry land, which was then squeezed and shaped by lateral forces as a result of volcanic activity.

Did You Know?

  • Welsh slate slab switchboards were used in the Engine rooms of Cunard Ships Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth.                                                                                                                                         
  • Welsh Slate Quarries inspired the construction of some of the earliest railways in Wales e.g Penrhyn Tramway (1801)                                                                                                                                      
  • Narrow gauge Steam locomotives were first used on a line built specifically to carry Welsh Slate. E.g the Ffestiniog Railway from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog.                                                                                                           
  • Slate Quarrying resulted in immense wealth – evidence can still be seen at Penrhyn Castle or at Y Faenol estate, Gwynedd.                                                                                                                                       
  • Prince Charles investiture at Caernarfon took place on a ‘dais’ made of Welsh Slate.                                                         
  • The world’s best snooker tables are made from Welsh Slate.                                                                                               
  • Llechwedd Slate Quarry saw the first commercial generation of electricity in north Wales at the beginning of the century.                                                                                                                                      
  • The North Wales Quarrymen’s Union, established in 1874, was one of the earliest working class unions in the United Kingdom.                                                                                                                            
  • The Penrhyn Strike, from November 1900 to November 1903 is one of the longest ever United Kingdom Industrial Disputes.                                                                                                                               
  • King Edward 1st’s architects used Welsh Slate as part of the construction of his chain of castles around Gwynedd.

What Is Welsh Slate Used For?

Due to the unique qualities of Welsh slate, it has become the best and only choice for many homeware products. This include placemats, coasters, cheese boards, wine racks, clocks, house signs and many others. Indeed, slate home and tableware has become increasingly popular over the last decade.

Interior designers, hotels & restaurants and of course, the everyday consumer want something a little bit more stylish and eco-friendly.

Welsh slate cheeseboard adorned with a stunnning selection of cheeses

Is Welsh Slate The Best?

Let’s take another quick look at the reasons why WE believe Welsh slate really is the best.

Why Choose Welsh Slate?

There are so many benefits of buying products made from locally mined Welsh slate.  We take a look at why.

Why Is Welsh Slate Better?

Roofing companies all over the world recommend genuine Welsh slate as the best slate.  The strength and lasting quality of Welsh slate make it one of (if not the best) slate in the world.

Welsh slate serving tray with chicken and pepper kebabs placed on top

Is Welsh Slate More Expensive?

The answer is yes it is, but there are many reasons for this.  The benefits of Welsh slate really surpass its cousins.  There are not only fewer impurities in 100% Welsh slate but, it also needs less maintenance.

Welsh slate has less fade and is stronger than other slates.  

This means that it lasts so much longer and there’s no need to continually repair and replace like many other products. So our natural slate products should cost you less in the long run.

Is Slate Environmentally Friendly?

Slate has a low carbon footprint due to the manufacturing and working processes. It’s a ‘green’ material due to its endurance so will last for longer than many other materials. 

We source our slate from Blanenau Ffestiniog which means delivery is much more eco-friendly than slates that have been imported from outside the UK. E.G. China and Spain.  Supporting us also means you are supporting the local economy.

Welsh slate heart hanging on a wall with hemp rope.

Imported Slate

As with any product, there are alternatives to Welsh Slate when it comes to homeware products.

At the lower end of the quality spectrum, Chinese slate is very hard and brittle. Even worse, it is full of unsightly impurities. This means any products made from Chinese slate will be sold pretty cheaply because of the low quality. It will be pretty obvious what you are going to get for your money. It’s not a bad option however, if quality is no real concern and you have a tight budget.

Spanish Slate Vs Welsh Slate

The other most widespread slate currently being used for homeware products is Spanish Slate. Indeed, it is very nice to look at in comparison to the Chinese Slate as it has very few impurities. It is also very flat and you can easily cut quite complex shapes from it.

It’s important to remember the reason Spanish slate cuts so well is that it is a very soft slate. This means Spanish slate is not as hardwearing as Welsh slate.

When cut, Spanish Slate leaves you with a very evenly dressed edge, which looks almost machine-cut in quality. It is also cheaper than Welsh slate and much more readily available.

Remember Welsh slate lasts longer and there’s no need to continually repair and replace like many other products. So our natural slate products should cost you less in the long run.

The Truth About Scottish Slate

Did you know that Spanish Slate is very often being passed off and sold as Scottish slate?

There are several Scottish companies that use Spanish slate to manufacture their homeware products. Their homeware products will say ‘Made in Scotland’, so we all assume that it is actually Scottish slate.

However, the last Scottish slate quarry closed in the 1950s!

The only Scottish slate still available is reclaimed slate from the old mines and quarries.

With this in mind, if you see the phrase ‘Made in Scotland’ attached to slate homeware, it is highly unlikely that it is actually Scottish slate – that is unless it has come from someone’s old roof!!

Don’t Just Take It From Us

You may think that we are biased when it comes to our slate (we TOTALLY are). However, this is the reason why we visited the experts so you could hear it from them. In fact, you are always leaving us lovely reviews when it comes to our slate. Take a look at just a few mentions.

Welsh slate review which compliments Valley Mills slate items
Welsh slate review which compliments Valley Mills slate items
Welsh slate review which compliments Valley Mills slate items

Our Slate Products

So, now we’ve whet your appetite for a Welsh slate item for your home. Let’s take a look at some of our best selling products.

Mood Maker

Set the mood for the evening for a catch up with friends and family with Valley Mill’s ranges of candles and candle holders. Not only do they look fantastic but our huge variety of scents will really set the mood too.

Welsh slate tealight holder which holds 5 tealights

Daily Reminders

Do you have a busy life? Our Welsh slate chalkboard family planner is perfect for busy homes and workplaces.

Whether it’s meal planning, tasks, a weekly planner for all of the children’s activities, a family planner or just a list of all the fun stuff you’ve got coming up. We handcraft each board from the highest quality Welsh slate.

A Gift For Your Garden

Welcome your guests with a Valley Mill Welsh slate hanging sign. We have ready made designs or you can personalise them with your very own design.

Make It Personal

If it’s a personal touch you’re looking for then look no further than our amazing personalised Welsh slate serving trays.

Why not serve up some treats on our Welsh slate trays ? These can be personalised to your design right here in our workshop.

Pictured below is Mike one of our slate cutters showing one of the many ways we cut and prep our slate.

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Pet Loss Grief & Paying Tribute

July 8, 2021
Pet Memorial Plaques for outside

The relationship between a family and their pet is strong and impenetrable.  A pet for many of us is a family member.  The grief of a loss of a pet can be similar to losing a family member or close friend and in some cases more.

We are taking a look at pet loss grief, ways to cope and how you’ve paid tribute to your pet.

Do you feel that pet loss grief is almost a ‘taboo’ subject and that people try to brush it under the carpet? Some employers now offer pet bereavement leave. One of FORTUNE’s ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ have named Kimpton Hotel & Restaurants in their list time and time again. They offer their employees a whole range of benefits including a 3 day pet bereavement leave.

Losing A Pet

We’ve been asking people how they have coped with the grief process not just for themselves but with other family members too. 

Sian who works at Valley Mill lost her cross Pug/Jack Russell just over 18 months ago.  “It was a huge loss to the family.  Oscar was just weeks away from his 17th birthday when his time came and went to the big playground in the sky.  Even to this day myself and my two boys still shed a tear.  The way we pay tribute to him and to help us with the grief is by remembering him.  We have his ashes in a box on our living room shelf with paintings of him and photos around it.  I even have Oscar’s name tattooed on my back.”

Siany’s dog Oscar loved the beach

“The boys and I talk about him and remember all of the funny and wonderful things we all did together.  As time passes the tears become less and the laughs of all the amazing times become greater.  We will always miss him but remembering him is our way of coping.”

Sian’s Memorial to Oscar

How Have You Coped?

We wanted to know how you have managed to deal with the loss of a pet.  You’ve been getting in touch with your stories.

Garath wrote to us and told us about their family dog.  “We have Spike’s ashes in a beautiful box on a shelf surrounded by memories of him. Spike was big brother to our two girls. We adopted him when he was 3. He’d been beaten and trained to fight, but was a gentle soul who was just afraid of what humans had done to him. He would wet himself when you clenched your fist near him or raise your voice when we first had him.  He was a 24kg Staffy.”

“Over the years we had some great times, from throwing a twig in Singleton Park and him bringing back half a bench, to him walking with half a breeze block in his mouth everywhere we went on foot (it seemed to make him feel safe).  Then there was the time he peed on a woman’s leg outside Verdi’s. The best one was when we thought he’d been stolen when we tied him up outside the Woodman; only to discover that he’d actually dragged the table across the beer garden to say hello to a pretty lady poodle!  Writing this has brought tears to my eyes. Tears of joy and of loss. The girls lost a brother who always looked out for them, and Em and I lost our first “child” and one of our best friends.”

Emma and Gareths dog Spike
Pictured is Garath & Emma’s dog Spike.

Photograph Engraving Tribute

Chloe who works at Valley Mill shared with us her Welsh slate photograph engraved tributes to her family dogs. Above is Gus AKA Sir Buckingham.

Sadly last month Chloe and her family lost their beautiful Jazz. As you can see in both of these pictures both Gus and Jazz were not only loved, but clearly exuberated love to all around them.

Paying Tribute

Sarah shared with us a wonderful way of paying tribute to your pet.  “I saw someone leave a bucket of tennis balls at the beach in memory of their lost pooch, asking dog owners to help themselves. I thought that was so lovely”.

Leanne got in touch and said “I still cry over mine now and I lost him 7 years ago. I have a tribute to him in the form of a tattoo and I have his ashes in my living room. They have pride of place with a glass picture of him too”.

“Sadly, the sadness never ever goes away but the memories I have of him will last forever. I also have a wall of fame where I put up all his pictures and a canvas my sister had made for me”.

A wall of rememberance for Dante the dog
Leanne’s wall of fame as a tribute to her dog Dante

“Having him all around me makes it feel like he is still here. I also kept his favourite teddy and toy his food bowl and his blanket with his name on. Some times I take them out & cuddle them, then have a good cry because he wasn’t just my dog he was my best friend”.

Pet loss tribute to Dante
Leanne’s dog Dante with pride of place in her home. A loving tribute to her furry friend.

Elise Sewell said “My little Yorkie Brutus was obsessed with corks especially champagne corks so when he passed away we used to put all our corks around a tree in the garden as a reminder of him”.

Pet Bereavement & Dealing with Your Grief

There are many places that you can visit online that give you expert advice on how to deal with your grief and also family members too.

Blue Cross offer a Pet Bereavement Supprt Service (PBSS) which is contactable by phone, email or webchat. Their service is free and confidential.

You can call their fully trained specialist team on 0800 096 6606 between 8:30am – 8.30pm.

Coping & Remembering

Jules told us about her beautiful Marnie about how she ‘coped’ with her passing in March.  “I don’t use the word cope if I’m honest, only because I don’t want to deal with the loss effectively or successfully, as the word ‘cope’ would suggest. I know it’s appropriate to feel such loss as she was a huge part of my life.  The feelings are almost a given and why wouldn’t I feel such pain? It brings to the forefront everything she gave.  Love on another level, a constant tap flowing with affection, loyalty, the softest touch, kindness, my secret keeper, my everything”.

Marnie the dog
Jules Dickersons beautiful girl Marnie

Jules continued “In some ways embracing my grief rather than stifling it was testament to all the above. I see it as a huge mark of respect to her, if I didn’t feel it and just ignored it. It’s almost discounting all she gave. Feeling grief is what happens when you lose something or someone you love so much. I always thought Marnie was so co-dependent on me, and of course she was to a certain degree; what I didn’t know until faced with life without her was the co-dependency I had for her.”

“Marnie was a constant in my life, always there, ever knowing, my one true confidant. She was the reason I got up and got out in difficult times.  She’d sense when my mood was low or upset and she’d just look at me.  How she could tell me in a look all that I needed to know at that time was truly spiritual for want of a better word. Telling me … ‘I’ve got you‘ & ‘you’re so loved’.”

Showing Tribute

To show tribute Marnie, Jules explained what her family do.  “We have her with us.  She’s still in her corner where she’d lie in an engraved box with her name and the sentiment ‘Our gorgeous girl, forever in our hearts’.  I talk to her; I have a picture in every room of her because wherever I’d go she’d be behind me.  My grandson collects white Angel Dog Feathers that he believes to be Marnie watching over him; he has 28!”

So, should there be more understanding that pet bereavement should be talked about more and not pushed under the carpet? 

Jules agrees and said that she tells her grandson that “it’s ok to cry. I talk to him about Marnie, reminding us all of what Marnie gave to us rather than focusing on the loss. Reminding myself she lived, not that she died. We are much richer because of her”.

Pet Loss Grief

It’s not just us who grieve for the loss of a pet. Your other pets will have lost a companion and their grief can manisfest in many ways. This could be through loss of appetite or over grooming.

Blue Cross have details on how you can help a grieving cat or grieving dog.

Pet Cemeteries

There are many ways to say goodbye to your furry friends. Pet cemeteries across the UK offer a wide range of services from formal pet burial, green pet burials, cremation or ashes burials. To find one near you just Google ‘Pet Cemetery Near Me’.

“Can I Bury My Pet In The Garden”?

If you are considering a home burial for your pet then you must take your local laws in to consideration.  In the UK, it isn’t legal to bury your pets in the garden of rented accommodation, a friend’s garden, public places.  Basically anywhere you don’t own.

It IS legal to bury pets in a garden that you DO own.

However, please check with your vet that their remains aren’t hazardous to health and also choose a place well away from water sources.

You can read full details of home pet burials here.

Valley Mill Pet Memorial Plaques

Here at Valley Mill we have created a range of Welsh slate memorial plaques for pets. The team understand that paying tribute to your pet is not only important but individual to each person.

Here are a couple of examples. You can view the full range here.

Valley Mill Pet Memorials
Valley Mill Pet Memorials

How Long Will I Suffer Pet Loss Grief?

Honestly, this is a question we cannot answer. This is why we’ve asked people to share their stories with us in hope that their personal experiences will help you.

Nikki shared her story of her ‘fur baby’ Murphy.  “I still have Murphy’s collar hanging on the cupboard door in my office….and it’s been 4 years.  All his photos brighten up my office. My daughter Georgie and I talk about our chocolate bear all the time. We will never have another chocolate lab, and when I knew his days were coming to an end we brought in a puppy of a different breed, not to replace Murphy before he left us, but to ease the pain when he went over the rainbow bridge”.

Pictured is Murphy the beautiful chocolate lab in rememberance and help for pet loss grief
Nikki’s beautiful chocolate lab Murphy

“The evening after I had to put him to sleep I put on my wellies, took out my then 8month old pup and walked Murphy’s favourite walk, face up to the rain to help wash away my tears. I knew Murphy wouldn’t want me to be without a doggie best pal. And I still talk to him now. I tell him about all the naughty stuff this dog does which he would never have done. The pain eases, but the memory is there to treasure”.

Don’t Suffer Pet Loss Grief Alone

Don’t forget that Blue Cross offer a Pet Bereavement Supprt Service (PBSS) which is contactable by phone, email or webchat. Their service is free and confidential.

Barry Begley got in touch and told us about Willow. “My willow passed over the bridge aged 21 and half.  Had her since she was 6 months old. Born on a farm but she was mistreated. She was rescued by a family but sadly the children didn’t bond with her. My sister bought her for a tenner and gave her to me. She was a true loyal friend and companion from that day. Saw through all good and bad times together. I still miss her like crazy, and cry everytime I think about her and sometimes out the corner of my eye feel her watching me. I know that when my day finally comes we’ll be reunited.”

Barry shared this image of Willow for our article on pet loss grief
Barry’s lovely dog Willow

More Pet Tributes – Working Through Pet Loss Grief

Maria shared with us her tattoo tribute to her dog Monty.

A wonderful tattoo tribute to Monty the dog
This ‘Monty’ Tattoo is a beautiful tribute

Sharon Latchford got in touch and told us “I found my darling Seraphina dead in her field 10 years ago last month, (crying as I type). A lot of people just don’t get how the loss of an animal can be so heartbreaking”.

Sharon with her beautiful horse Seraphina Pet Loss Grief
Sharon with her beautiful Seraphina

Shannon sadly only had her cat Hazel for a short space of time. “My neighbour gifted me my beautiful Hazel for my birthday. She was incredible. Sadly 5 months in to our time together she was knocked down on the road and died. We have kept her close and buried her in our back garden”.

Shannon’s girl Hazel

If you would like to share your stories of pet loss grief and the way you’ve paid tribute to your furry friends then please get in touch with Sian at Valley Mill.

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Father’s Day Gifts

June 4, 2021

Father’s Day is coming!  Sunday 20th June 2021 to be precise and we have some incredible Father’s Day gift ideas for you.

Now is the time to start planning that super gift for a Super Dad/Step-Dad/Grandad/Pops – because we have to agree that our father figures are out of this world.

Valley Mill Father’s Day Gift Guide

Dads, First time Dads, Dads to be, Grandads, Stepdads, Father figures … the Dad who has everything, not only do we have gifts for all your Dads and Father Figures but ideas to help you celebrate on the day too.

Father’s Day Ceramic Mugs

Dad you are really ROARSOME
Fabulous gift for a fabulous Dad because he is ROARSOME

Fancy a Brew?  Gift your AMAZING DAD with a fun, thoughtful and practical mug.  Great for dunking his digestives, sprinkling those mini marshmallows on his hot chocolate or serving up his morning wake up coffee. 

Strong, practical, stylish and a great quality mug for everyday use.  Go on, enhance his drinking experience. 

Movie Night

How does settling down on the sofa for a cwtch/cuddle with your Grandad watching a movie or reading a good book sound?  Then why not gift him one of our super comfy cushions for Father’s Day. 

Cuddle and cosy up with Grandad on Father's Day with the lovely Valleu Mill cushion
Grandad. The Man. The Myth. The Legend.

Thank him for all he does with this ideal decorative addition to your home.

We were once told “Cushions are the flowers of a living room”.  This means our cushions really must be the perfect gift.

Make it even cosier with one of Valley Mill’s Welsh woollen blankets.

Cosy up with a Valley Mill Welsh woollen blanket
Team up a cosy cushion with one of Valley Mill’s snuggly Welsh woollen blankets.

Gift A Welsh Slate Photo Frame

Who’s got the best Dad? You have of course!

Daddy and me photo frame. Welsh slate and handcrafted in Wales
Valley Mill personalised Welsh slate photo frame

Treasure your memories with our stunning Welsh slate photo frame.  Thank him for all he does with this ideal decorative addition to his home.

Daddy & Me … What a way to display that superb memory of your superhero!

‘Iechyd Da’ Dad

Our square ceramic & Welsh slate coasters are a fun and eye-catching way to serve Dads beverage in style. 

Valley Mill Square ceramic coaster
Square Ceramic Coaster – View the full range here

Coasters are a subtle addition to your home decor but have an important function.  Valley Mills eye-catching designs not only look great but protect your tables from drips and scratches.

Dad Ti'n Un Mewn Miliwn :  Dad You’re One in A Million.  Oerfect welsh slate coaster gift on Father's Day
Dad Ti’n Un Mewn Miliwn :  Dad You’re One in A Million

Backyard Picnic or BBQ?

If the way to your Dad’s heart is through his stomach then why not treat him to a backyard picnic or even fire up the BBQ. Check out our latest BBQ blog for some amazing recipes.

Serve up your Dads favourite BBQ meal on one of our Valley Mill Welsh Slate trays

Is he a cheese lover? Serve up his favourite cheeses on one of our cheese boards.

Serve up a selection of your father's favourite cheeses on one of Valley Mill's Welsh slate cheese boards.

Need a waterproof picnic blanket to serve up your Dad’s favourite treats? Made in Wales, our quilted cotton picnic rugs are ideal for park picnics and fun days out. The thoughtful combination of waterproof materials and a carry strap means they’re designed to be perfect for any adventure!

Adventure time on Father's Day. Grab a waterproof picninc blanket.
See our full range of Picnic Blankets here AND check out our June Online competition to win a ‘Picnic For Two’

Welsh Slate Father’s Day Hanging Signs

Let your Dad know how special he is to you and hang a reminder in your home to show him how much you care. 

He will love this Welsh slate sign and will be a treasured gift which will always remind him of you.  An ideal gift for all father figures young and old.  Valley Mill celebrating fatherhood and male parenting.  Show him how much you appreciate him with one of our thoughtful gifts. 

Hip, Hip, Hooray for Hip Flasks

June offer of 10% off personalised hip flasks valid until Sat 19th June 2021 17:00
Why not gift your Father figure a personalised Valley Mill hip flask

Often the perfect traditional keepsake to mark special occasions, or the ideal gift for those who enjoy long walks and campfires, our stainless-steel hip flasks have a classic design that can be personalised with your unique message. 

PLUS between now and Saturday 19th June 2021 17:00 we are offering 10% OFF personalised hip flasks online and instore in Union Street, Swansea. T&C’s apply.

Pamper Time

Does your Father Figure have a beard that is in need of fabulousness? Why not treat him to a Norse beard shampoo or beard oil.

Make that beard fabulous with our beard shampoo and oil

No beard? No problem! We’ve got some amazing shaving products from Norse.

We love these Norse shaving soaps. Perfect Father's Day Gift

Write Him A Poem

Why not write your Pops a poem? Show him ‘he’s the man’ with a fun gift written by you. You can try out this poem generator OR Here’s one we made earlier to give you some inspiration. You could even get it engraved on a hanging sign.

Write a poem for your Dad for Father's Day
Write your own poem and if you fancy, get it engraved on one of our Welsh slate hanging signs

Father’s Day Gift for Caravanners

Awaken your senses with the uplifting scent of warm cup of coffee! Hand made natural soy wax candles. Perfect gift for an adventurous caravanner.

These natural soy candles have been handmade in Wales using the finest quality soy wax, for a longer burn time and better scent throw. 

Gift your caravanner Dad a Hoffi Coffi candle handmade in Wales at Valley Mill HQ

Treasured Memories

Looking for an extra special way of giving a gift of a tresured memory? Why not give this unique gift of a solid piece of Welsh Riven Slate personally engraved with your own high resolution image, to capture any memory in a very unique way that will last forever.

PLUS between now and Saturday 19th June 2021 17:00 we are offering 10% OFF photograph engraving online and instore in Union Street, Swansea. T&C’s apply.

June offer of 10% off photograph engraving valid until Sat 19th June 2021 17:00

This Photograph Engraving can come with a solid slate rear plinth which enables it to be free standing or you can choose to have it rope hung.

ONLINE COMPETITION

It's your chance to win a Picnic for Two set from Valley Mill

This June we are giving you the chance to win a fantastic Valley Mill gift pack worth over £100!

The ‘Picnic for Two’ pack consists of:

  • Valley Mill Picnic Blanket – luxury cotton quilted waterproof with carry strap (choose from star, palm leaf or triangle design)
  • Welsh Slate Small Rope Tray – hand cut with rope handles for a rustic finish
  • 2 x Personalised Water Bottles – choose from a variety of colours and personalised for you
  • Valley Mill Mixed Berries Candle – made from natural soy wax, wooden wick & comes with a Valley Mill Welsh Slate lid that doubles up as a coaster

Everyone who makes a purchase of £50 or more* ONLINE at valleymill.co.uk AND subscribe to our newsletters will automatically be entered into the draw! T&C’s apply.

READ FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THIS COMPETITION HERE

Check out our full range of Father's Day Gifts from Valley Mill

Treat your Father Figure to a gift that he will treasure. See our FULL RANGE here.