Afternoon Tea at Wynyard Hall, County Durham

One of my first go-to plans for celebrating a birthday is afternoon tea! So when it comes to a joint celebration of my own and my mother-in-law’s (just a couple of weeks apart) it calls for something special. At some point around our birthdays I usually end up in Hartlepool (where my husband’s family lives…

A Stroll Through St James’s Park, London

Of all the parks in central London, I think St James’s is my favourite. Often on one of my walking routes round the city, I find myself walking through St James’s Park, (probably every other time I visit London.) In fact I don’t think I’ve ever walked up the Mall due to the park enticing me…

Those Little Specks of Red in the Maltese Landscape

Walking round anywhere in Malta and you’ll see constant reminders of the fact the country was once ruled by the British for a considerable period of history. When you come to plug in your phone charger or hair dryer, and realise you don’t need that European travel adaptor… you know – that one you rather annoyingly forgot so…

Impressions of Malta

Cast from your mind the image of sun-seeking beach holidays. I’m here to create a different impression of this sun-trap in the Mediterranean. Historic pride with a mix of cultures and beautiful cities – this is the Malta I found back in January. Despite the puzzled looks on friends’ faces querying why you’d visit Malta at this…

Visiting the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm

Set deep in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, you’ll find a children’s paradise, not just because of the ice cream on offer, but because the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm is actually one massive play zone, no scrap that, it’s practically a theme park! As a bid to explore more of the county in which I live…

Bat Out Of Hell, The Musical: Review

Rev that engine, kick back and prepare for an epic ‘edge-of-your-seat’ spectacular! Bat Out Of Hell has swooped in to Manchester for 6 weeks of gripping high octane adventure! And I got to partake on opening night! Now half way through the run, there’s still several weeks for you to catch this epic show (as due…

Tarporley: The Heart of Rural Cheshire

Last month I announced that I wanted to see more of the county in which I live in the UK. As a group, travel bloggers generally ignore what’s on our doorsteps in favour of foreign climbs and bucket list entries, when there’s bound to be some special places closer to home, if we just explored more in our…

A Relaxing Winter’s Stay at The Welcombe Hotel & Spa, Warwickshire

I can’t think of a better way to spend a few days in January than relaxing on a spa break. The cold miserable weather and infamous post-Christmas blues is not conducive to continuing great spirit, so what better way to banish the doldrums than curling up in front of a roaring fire with a good book at one…

Relax at The Welcombe Spa

  I can’t think of a better way to beat the January post-Christmas blues than to head to a spa for a treatment or two and a day of pure relaxation! So, on a recent 3 day stay at The Welcombe, a Hallmark Hotel just north of Stratford-upon-Avon, my Mum and I spent a day in…

24 Hours in Brussels, Belgium

After spending many days in this wonderful city, I’ve come up with the ideal single day itinerary for those who only have 24 hours to explore the Belgian capital of Brussels! There are so many things to do and see in and around Brussels but with limited time, this itinerary concentrates on the historic centre. I’ve detailed my…

Travel Plans for 2017

First of all, I’d like to say Happy New Year to everyone and thank you all for finding and following my blog and engaging with what I’ve written. I’ve certainly enjoyed the writing! Since starting my blog in July 2016, I’ve been travelling all over the UK and to various European cities, exploring some great places…

Christmas at Gordon Rigg Garden Centre

Garden Centres are great places aren’t they? Cream teas and coffee catch-ups, gifts, local artisan products, chutneys galore (if you weren’t aware – I have a bit of a thing for chutney!) I never go to buy compost or plants or anything like that, perish the thought… (I am clearly not a gardener!) Not since I lived…