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The Great Things You’ll Discover on a Walking Tour in Liverpool

I confess I’d never done an official walking tour, having shunned them in favour of my own walking itineraries based on research before visiting a place and suggestions from guide books. When you do your own walks you can go at your own pace and detour off the route when you see anything that intrigues, something you cannot do…

Visit The Best Farm Shop in Cheshire: The Hollies

The Hollies… the Hollies…the Hollies! I’d heard of this famed place from the lips of several friends over the years, but not living that close to it although in the same county, I’d never been. Then this year I ended up driving past the original Hollies at Little Budworth twice when I went to explore…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Autumn at Craig-y-nos Country Park

Autumn at Craig-y-nos Country Park   October arrived and the trees where I live were refusing to change colour. I wondered if autumn proper would ever arrive. Then the temperatures suddenly plummeted and the leaves decided to start changing very quickly and in lots of cases just fell off the branches missing that stage completely. I was very…

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…

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…