Settling down we were in a dream of china tea sets, beautifully-laid tables and a cake selection on show that made us drool in our seats. Discovering Whitmore Tea Rooms, Staffordshire … More Tea in Staffordshire – Whitmore Tea Rooms
With a week of annual leave falling in the UK Easter holidays this year, an unorganised me had yet again left firm travel plans to the very last minute. With a hopeful week of sun heading England’s way, where better to explore than the land of cream teas and pirates? … More Three Days in Cornwall – Exploring England’s Southern Point
As someone always on the lookout for something new, finding a local gem is the perfect way to discover something new without even having to jump on a plane. Based in Crewe and described as a ‘twisted rock n roll band’, the King’s Pistol are making their rounds of the local circuits ahead of their newest album release and I couldn’t be more excited! … More Keeping it Local – Checking out the King’s Pistol
Hiking the Peak District has to be one of my favourite things to do. But hidden up here is an absolute gem where you might find yourself taking a giant pig for a walk or petting a giant Flemish rabbit in the same day. Peak Wildlife has had a complete overhaul in recent times making it even better than ever. … More Peak Wildlife Park – Midlands Days Out
Stratford upon Avon was made for weekend wanderings and is the perfect place for Shakespeare-lovers like myself to nerd out. A shrine to all things Bard, this riverside gem is perfect for book-lovers and sight-seers alike. Read on for everything you can check out whilst exploring this midlands haven. … More Shakespeare’s Birthplace – Stratford Upon Avon
A birthday celebration saw us making the drive to Derbyshire for a day’s outing walking Alpacas paired with a delightfully bubbly afternoon tea. Here’s how we got on with our furry friends at Charnwood Forest Alpacas. … More Walking with Alpacas
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. … More Why Snugbury’s is the Perfect Outing, Even in the Winter.
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. … More Windy Days Out – Exploring Blustery Beeston Castle
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. … More Why Your English Heritage Membership Book Should Never End the Year the Way the Way it Started
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.
Visiting London recently as part of the media team for TheatreCraft 2018, we decided to make it a weekend of firsts. A night at the theatre to watch Mousetrap was one ticked off our list was one more animal-orientated. Journeying into the park we made our way to ZSL, a welcome respite after the morning’s work-based interlude. … More Exploring London – ZSL a Zoo Within a Park
With workshops on everything from costume design to crafting an online presence TheatreCraft 2018 was the biggest yet. Supplying to the biggest name drops including Royal Shakespeare Company’s Lead Producer (insert fangirl shriek here) and Tony & Olivier-award-winner Christopher Oram, this year’s event was a year of firsts. Taking over mammoth spaces including the iconic Waldorf Hotel, the Adelphi, Lyceum and Novello theatres with everything newbies (and not-so-newbies) to the industry could possibly need. And the best part? It’s completely free! Read on for what I got up to during my day there. … More A First-Timer’s Guide to TheatreCraft 2018