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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 their…

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…

Walk: Southport to Ainsdale Sands

If you’re not lucky enough to live by the sea, I can imagine that you’d want to save your precious days off to visiting a coastal destination during the warmer summer months. But why should the summer months claim all our visits? On a beautifully bright winters day the coast can be at its most alluring with fabulous…

Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibition at London’s Tate Modern

Georgia O’Keeffe at Tate Modern   Anticipation gives way to excitement before going to see any exhibition as all sorts of thoughts rush through my head. Which artworks are going to be on display? Just how big are my favourite paintings? Will they be as impressive as the images in my head? How will they be displayed? Will each…

Go Herdwick (Part 2): Keswick & Grasmere

Go Herdwick: Keswick & Grasmere I had such a ball on my first day sheep spotting in Lake District that it wasn’t long before I returned for round 2. By the end of both days, I’d found all the ewes on the trail bar those located on Windermere ferries: MV Teal and MV Swan and a couple that…

Ingleton Waterfalls Walk

The Ingleton Waterfalls Trail For many years, I’d heard people talk about the impressive waterfalls at Ingleton, and like many things in life once I’d finally experienced them for myself, I couldn’t believe I’d not walked the trail sooner. There is a well known trail to take in all the waterfalls in Ingleton. It is a…

Millennium Galleries: Sheffield

Millennium Galleries The Millennium Galleries in Sheffield are one of the three galleries that make up the Museums Sheffield Charity and a must on any Sheffield itinerary. On my visit last week, I spent a fair bit of time exploring the many small galleries that make up the museum and was impressed with the variety of exhibitions on and their…

A Sheffield Summer

Summer in Sheffield Sheffield in the summer is alive with fun and entertainment! I recently spent a day in the city and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Sheffield by the Seaside For those who cannot get to the seaside, the seaside comes to the city! Taking over the Peace Gardens next to the Town Hall, Sheffield By the Seaside is on over…

Go Herdwick (Part 1): Windermere, Bowness & Ambleside

Go Herdwick: Windermere, Bowness & Ambleside Manchester had their cow parade in 2004… The pigs came to Bath in 2008… London had their buses in 2014/5…. And Sheffield is currently under invasion by a herd of elephants… But the best for me are the Lakeland Sheep! Welcome to Go Herdwick, a fun public art trail…

Haigh Hall and Country Park

Haigh Hall and Country Park When I visited Haigh Country Park in Wigan, Lancashire last week, I have to say I was a bit perturbed by all the disruption currently happening at the site. For regular visitors this wouldn’t be off-putting as they would have been aware of the undergoing work, but for newbies like myself: please look…