Living near to Swansea in Southern Wales is an absolute gem of an experience. Having heard about ‘somewhere in Wales I definitely had to visit’ time and again from my Grandpa, I decided to do a bit of digging into what this place actually was.
A beautiful place of dreams and every type of ice cream you can imagine, Snugbury’s ice cream farm is not the first place you would think of when looking for a stop off point during the winter cold. Passing by on a recent trip to Beeston Castle however, we were more than tempted.
Perched on a dramatic craggy hillside overlooking the Cheshire countryside sits a mammoth feat of Medieval architecture. A windy Saturday outing took us to Beeston Castle for a weekend wandering and some bracing winds. Having been on the books for a while, its was time to tick this atmospheric ruin off our challenge checklist.
The centre of Roman living 2,000 years ago, Wroxeter was once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. Inspired by our recent trip to the forts of the north and the spectacular Hadrian’s Wall, we decided to explore some Roman sights a bit closer to home.
In the words of John Lennon, “another year over, and a new one just begun”. 2018 was a whirlwind of a year, I visited an island I had barely even heard of the year before, joined the English Heritage, and the National Trust, and finally got to visit my friend at home in Warsaw after a year of promising. With all of that ticked off my list I’m up and rearing to go for the year ahead but it is only proper that I should do a round up of my very favourite things I got up to in the last year. Read on for my top adventures of 2018.
Another weekend, another day trip. This weekend took us in and out of the Welsh border with a quick hop over for an hour or so later on in the day. Completely hidden from view from the road, we were beginning to doubt whether there really was a castle here at all. Where was the imposing fortress the guide book has promised us? Showing our cards we wandered up the bank and as we turned the corner, we suddenly realised what all of the fuss was about.
Having become members of English heritage last year (and setting ourselves a challenge), our guidebook went with us EVERYWHERE. From sitting on a car park overlooking Hadrian’s Wall thinking ‘where next?’ to stopping off at a Midlands tea room for the day’s inspiration. Being particularly precious about books there is nothing better than a crisp edition and that new-book smell. But this is no ordinary book.
Working the weekend before Christmas is always a trial so when I got the Friday off, I jumped at the chance to get out of the house and do some exploring with my mum in tow. Having neglected my English Heritage Challenge of late, I thought it was only proper that one of their historical properties should be ticked off the list. Living in Staffordshire, I had a few options to head to, but when I spotted a property that would be free for my non-English-Heritage-member Mum, it seemed like the perfect place to head off to for a wet and windy day of exploring.
It’s that time of year again, as the new year looms our resolutions have risen once again to the forefront. Making travel your goal for 2019? Check out my ultimate European travel bucket list for my top European travel experiences you should tick off in the next year.
Wander the tree-lined pathways of London’s Hyde Park this winter and you will be greeted by a mass of sparkling lights and the smells food from across the globe, all come together to celebrate on a mammoth scale. Full of oversized Christmas trees, Bavarian beer tents and all of the weird and wonderful things the world can find, this year’s Winter Wonderland event is bigger and better than ever.
Open the door to this grand mansion and you will be transported to a dream of twinkling fairy lights, cosy reading corners and cat-cushions galore. Each corner adorned with a full fir, Wightwick Manor really goes to town during the festive season.
Exploring the lovely Kinver Edge today we headed off to something we have wanted to see for quite a while. Tucked away in the wilds, these unusual abodes were inhabited until as recently as the 1960’s and are carved into the rock face that surrounds them.