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.
Staycations in the UK: City Breaks
What a thrill it was to get up early one morning, walk and walk through the still sleeping town of Woodbridge to its Tide Mill on the River Deben. That day the mill was grinding flour, an operation that is reliant on the tide filling the mill pond. When the sluice gates are opened the water rushes out creating enough energy to grind flour between its huge mill stones. This working mill is a living museum telling the story of the mill that has been working for over eight hundred years.
Staycations in the Colourful Countryside of Britain
Deep in shady trees of ancient Sherwood Forest is the amazing Sherwood Hideaway. A variety of tracks penetrate the surrounding woodland which can also be viewed from the cosy depths of individual hot tubs on the veranda of each wooden lodge. The lodges are spread around a large grassy clearing inside the forest and each has its own parking space. I felt very close to nature wallowing in my hot tub listening to the birds tweeting in the trees around me and hoping I might hear the frantic drilling of the resident woodpecker ...
Staycations by the Seaside in Britain
King George III began visiting Weymouth in 1789 having declared on this first visit he had “never enjoyed a sight so pleasing.” During his reign fresh air and bathing in the sea became recognised as being beneficial for good health and a cure for tuberculosis. A replica of his bathing hut is displayed at the far end of the wide Esplanade …
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.