The Charming Café on the Pier in Swanage
The delightful 1859 Pier Café and Bistro café and bistro occupies the Marine Villas on the restored Victorian pier at the far end of the seafront of Swanage in Dorset. It has tables inside and outside with views of the Jurassic Coast and serves delicious home-made cakes with really good coffee.
Covid-19 Confident Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst, Hampshire, UK
The Balmer Lawn Hotel has taken advantage of a long closure to effect changes to ensure the safety of their guests. Three lounges, a bar, a restaurant and a conference room on the ground floor have been laid out so that guests are able to separate themselves and stay in their own groups. Outside terraces have been extended and new areas added so there is enough room for guests to find a space where they feel comfortable.
Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire Will Host the Lunar Open-Air Cinema in July
In July Blenheim Palace will be hosting the Luna Open-Air Cinema and presenting a programme in the grounds of the palace. Tickets are on sale now. The grounds and gardens of the palace are also now open to the public. But pre-booking is necessary.
Review: Maier Sports – Summer Outdoor Clothing
I am in love – with the Maier Sports Tind functional jacket. This jacket is one of a range of weatherproof, well-fitting and attractive outdoor clothing. This clothing is ideal for walking, trekking, and hiking in all weathers.
Bembridge, the Best Village on the Isle of Wight
Bembridge, a village on the Isle of Wight, was simple a collection of wooden huts and farmhouses until the building of its first church in 1827. The next milestone in its development was the draining of Brading Hay a tidal estuary wide enough to separate this small village from the Isle of Wight. Hotels and a railway station were built on the reclaimed land and the Bembridge Sailing Club, now one of the oldest sailing clubs in the UK was founded a few years later. The club soon became the centre of a high society gatherings featuring the rich and famous. Today, Bembridge still has much to recommend it as a place to visit.
A Dozen Delights in Dorset, England
As a county Dorset has everything a visitor could wish for. A rugged coast interspersed with miles of golden, sandy beaches. Beautiful landscapes in a fertile hinterland carpeting the rolling Purbeck hills. Lovely historic towns graced with beautiful architecture, independent shops and plenty of opportunities for a Dorset cream tea.
The Fox and Anchor - A Genuine Pub with Rooms in London
At the Fox and Anchor near the famous Smithfield Market in London guests can enjoy the combination of a good old-fashioned public house and a stay in a luxurious bedroom featuring modern amenities on the three floors above it. This enchanting little pub has retained its original façade decorated with Art Nouveau tiling and grotesques. Inside, the wood panelled bar is reminiscent from a scene in a Dickens novel.
Touching, Tasting and Listening to London
Special tours for visually impaired and blind visitors to London are available at many of the major attractions in London. Especially created for them these tours are accompanied by guides trained for this purpose. In particular the Tower of London offers a descriptive tour, St Paul’s Cathedral offers a touch tour and Palace of Westminster offers an amazing tactile tour behind the scenes in the Houses of Parliament. I partook in htese excellent tours on a city break with a group of blind and sighted travellers and all fo them were wonderful - interesting, informative and fun.
Tyn Y Llwyn – an Idyllic Country Retreat Near Abergavenny in Wales
Staying at Tyn Y Llwyn is a great experience that starts with the opening of a genuine five-bar gate and driving up a track to a sixteenth century farmyard. The two storey converted stable is cosy, comfortable and enchanting. All I could see for miles around was the agricultural landscape of the Brecon Beacons – the perfect country retreat.
Exploring Abervagenny Beneath the Brecon Beacons
In this age of re-cycling the market town of Abergavenny close to the Welsh/English border is doing a good job converting its historic buildings for new uses. A nineteenth century hunting lodge is now home to a museum, the visitor centre occupies an eleventh century tithe barn and the cinema is based in a nineteenth century army drill hall. Situated in the beautiful Usk valley and a starting point for some great walks in the Brecon Beacons Abergavenny is a great place for truly getting away from it all.