Wightwick Manor and the Cosiest Narnia-Esque Christmas you Will Find.

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.

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My Favourite Spot in the Peak District – The Roaches

Perfectly placed among the Peak District National Park’s dramatic craggy heights is the Roaches. Home to the famous Winking Man formation and a former wallaby herd. This spot possess not only movie-worthy scenes, but also something that all great walks should have.

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Sunday Snippets – Hidden Hidey-Holes & Royal Wanderings

A safe haven for Catholics escaping persecution and the site of a famous royal visit, Boscobel House & The Royal Oak is packed full of hidey-holes to discover and a ruined priory just a short walk through the charming field is the perfect spot for an autumn wandering. Step across the courtyard and a dedicated 1940’s tearoom greets you in quirky style for a sit down after your walk. Check out what we go up to in the next instalment of our English Heritage Challenge.

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Exploring Witley Court

Our English Heritage Challenge this week saw us hopping in the car off to Worcestershire to the beautiful Witley Court & Gardens to make the most of that lovely autumn sun among Witley’s jaw-dropping grounds. Check out how we got on below, and be sure to check out our challenge so far here.

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Stokesay Castle and Beyond – Our Most Colourful Castle Yet

Travel into the Shropshire hills and a surprising sight will greet you. Perched on top of an impressive stone base is a colourful yellow timber building, a cheery contrast to the quaint churchyard that accompanies it and an unusual sight to say the least. Our English Heritage Challenge took us to the fantastic Stokesay Castle this week, read on for everything we got up to along the way and be sure to check up on our challenge here.

 

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Taking Tea in the Potteries

With its distinctive cultural heritage as the home of pottery, the Potteries offer an abundance of places to take tea using authentic locally-made pottery. Inspired by my weekend of pottery-based past-times I’ve rounded up my favourite places to take tea in Staffordshire.

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Sunday Snippets: Ashby de la Zouch Castle

This week, we decided to continue our English Heritage Challenge with a visit to Ashby de la Zouch Castle in Derbyshire. With a rainy morning on the cards we set out for our Sunday outing eqipped with coats and umbrellas and came back with ever-so-slightly soggy feet from walking the grassed castle grounds.

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Introducing, The English Heritage Challenge

As lovers of all things history and castle-related, England and Wales are a treasure trove of days out and out-of-the-blue nerdy visits. That’s why, when visiting the lovely Kenilworth Castle recently we were more than taken in by the genius salesman that was the membership stand man. However, we also love a good bargain, so jumping on a year’s membership we decided to set ourselves a challenge.

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Top 5 Things to Do Around Stoke on Trent

From throwing pots, to theme parks, there are tons of things to do in and around Stoke on Trent. So, if you’re looking for something to do in the area, check out some of my favourite out-of-the-box things to do in the Potteries in helpful infographic form.

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Sunday Snippets – Castle-Hopping at Kenilworth

Built in the 12th century, Kenilworth has gone through some pretty big changes, most notably when the resident Dudley was wooing Elizabeth I, with its beautiful gardens and charming aviary it really was the perfect place to set off to on a crisp Autumn day. Leaves crunching underfoot, the low sun offsetting the castle ruins and building to dramatic effect and a Lord of the Rings ceremony taking place in the gatehouse, this day trip turned out to be the perfect setting.

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The Great Pottery Throwdown – Throwing Pots in the Potteries

By some chance or moracle it just so happened that this week my mother and I had the same week day holiday. By that same chance however, it also happened to be the same day we were experiencing some of the worst rain OF THE YEAR. Safe to say our plans of walkies went straight out of the window so we decided to do something that every potter should do at least once in their lives. We headed to the Wedgewood factory to throw down some clay and make our very own pot.

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