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  • The Riverside of Watford in Hertfordshire

    The Riverside of Watford in Hertfordshire

    In the seventeenth century Watford had become sufficiently important to have a service of carriers to London but in those days the River Colne had to be forded on entering the town. Sometimes the water was as high as the saddles of the riders. Since then the waters of the Colne have fed breweries and paper mills. Today they flow gently through the town to be enjoyed by visitors to Hertfordshire in England.

  • A Special Staycation in York

    A Special Staycation in York

    Prolonged lockdowns in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic means we now have to change our plans for holidays. A ban on non-essential international travel means the staycation is a more attractive option. But this requires careful planning including checking of local restrictions and pre-booking attractions which is now essential for most places.

  • How Travel to the European Union will Change after 1 January 2021

    How Travel to the European Union will Change after 1 January 2021

    BREXIT is happening and from 1 January 2021 UK citizens travelling to countries within the European Union face a lot of changes. This excellent article written by Simon Calder for The Independent is a very useful guide to the changes that are coming and how to prepare for them.

  • Ignite Trail at Kingston Lacy

    Ignite Trail at Kingston Lacy

    As darkness falls on Kingston Lacy the magical Ignite Trail lights up. Mythical creatures and old favourites surrounded by dancing flames await beyond a carpet of blazing torches that light your way.

  • Shenley Village is a Great Day Out from London

    Shenley Village is a Great Day Out from London

    Shenley is a traditional English village deep in the Hertfordshire countryside. Just 16 miles from the centre of London it is a lovely place to spend a day. An old orchard, a walled garden, lovely walks in the woods and lunch in a country pub will delight its visitors.

  • Breakfast in Bed at La Fosse in Cranborne, Dorset

    Breakfast in Bed at La Fosse in Cranborne, Dorset

    We deserve a break while in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But we need to feel both comfortable and safe if we go away. La Fosse, a restaurant with rooms in the lovely village of Cranborne has an excellent system of COVID-19 safeguards in place. Guests can feel safe and well-cared for while enjoying a holiday in the Dorset countryside.

  • A Real High on the British Airways i360 in Brighton

    A Real High on the British Airways i360 in Brighton

    The British Airways i360 is a unique attraction on the seafront of Brighton on the south coast of England. A large, circular viewing platform rises up a needle-shaped tower at thirty-minute intervals. Passengers can savour the great views of the town and coast below them while sipping a local beverage from the onboard bar.

  • The Charming Café on the Pier in Swanage

    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

    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

    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.

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