Tea in Staffordshire – Whitmore Tea Rooms

A catch up with an old friend and a spare few hours called for a more-than-your-average cuppa. Stomachs hungry for cakey-goodness we headed out to a place that had been recommended to us time again in the tiny village of Whitmore, Newcastle-under-Lyme.

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Taking on the Stars – The National Space Centre

A sunny Easter holiday saw us making the drive across to Leicester to visit somewhere i have had my sights set on for a while. Boasting space suits, astronaut training (ish) and a glorious domed screen, the space centre is a trip around the moon and more.

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Why Snugbury’s is the Perfect Outing, Even in the Winter.

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.

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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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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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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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Top Independent Book Shops in the Midlands

As a book-addict extraordinaire, a good book shop is my idea of heaven, but if you want to shy away from the massive chains dominating the high street, here are a few of my favourite independent bookshops in the Midlands just waiting for you to explore.

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Down the Rabbit Hole – Stoke’s Intriguing Tea Room

Looking for a multi-generational afternoon out is a difficult affair in these parts so when the Rabbit Hole Tea Room was recommended to me, I jumped at the chance to sip tea and gorge on cakes in the quirkiest of surroundings. Just a short walk from the train station, this place blew us away with mouth-wateringly delicious food and a host who couldn’t be more welcoming.

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The Inhabitants of the Unconventional Menagerie

A drizzly day in Stoke-on-Trent called for an afternoon escape to one of its hidden wonders, a stop off at the Unconventional Menagerie was just the ticket to combat the mammoth downpour going on outside.

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Getliffe’s Yard: Leek’s Hidden Gem

Driving through Leek to get to many of our weekend Peak District walks we have frequently had the discussion that we ‘really should have a walk around Leek one of these days’ so what better opportunity than a stop off on our way up north?

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