Five Top Places for a Day Out in England
Beyond the formal gardens the River Path winds its way down to the banks of the privately owned Beaulieu River. This area is a very natural contrast to the formality of the gardens around the house. Other attractions include a bog garden and a huge rock garden. The latter, spread over an area of two acres is probably the largest of its kind in Europe. A miniature train trundles around the grounds at regular intervals ...
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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.