Woolbeding Garden

Woolbeding Garden is managed by the National Trust, though the house that sits within it is let by them to a private family (Lord Sainsbury and his partner who remains resident there following Lord Sainsbury’s death in 2006). To say the garden is a hidden gem would be an understatement. My parent live locally and even worship in Woolbeding Church yet they were unaware that such a spectacular garden lay

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Our top places to eat in Amsterdam

Before we travelled to Amsterdam over the Jubilee weekend I had done my research on top places to eat in Amsterdam, made a short list and booked at least one restaurant for each day. Bruce thought I was mad but knowing how busy it would be, with many places also still struggling with staffing levels I wanted to know we were in the places we wanted to be in. Leaving

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Whipsnade Zoo #AroundTheWorldIn30Days

Whipsnade Zoo recently invited us to spend the day at the Zoo as part of their #RoundTheWorldIn30Days campaign. The campaign is aiming to encourage us to walk 40,075km in the month of June, the circumference of the globe, and to raise money whilst doing it to help endangered animals. The zoo invited us along to see how many kilometres we could clock up by wandering around the zoo for the

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Motorpoint makes buying a car easy, we find out just how easy — AD

My dad once drove from London to Sydney.  Obviously he didn’t just wake up one morning and decide he wanted to see the Opera House up close, it took months if not a year of planning.  He did it with friends and in his 1950s Jaguar XK140.   The drive took three months and, not content with putting his feet up and saying he had done that, he then set

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A weekend in Winchester

Winchester was the first and former capital city of England so when it comes to history Winchester is full of it. More than though it is also full of fabulous things to do over a weekend (though we are lucky enough to live less than an hour away so often pop down for the day) so here my top things to do if you ever fancy a weekend in Winchester

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Holiday Inn Winchester — A review (AD)

The Holiday Inn Winchester recently underwent a £2.5 million Pound refurbishment and Mr B and I were invited to stay in one of the 131 bedrooms this week to see for ourselves how fabulous they are. We received a complimentary stay with dinner, bed and breakfast in exchange for our honest review. Where to start though? The hotel sits just five minutes outside Winchester with easy access to major roads

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Netley Abbey

Netley Abbey sits in the village named after it just outside Southampton in Southern England. In fact Netley Abbey is is the most complete surviving abbey built by the Cistercian monks in southern England and is now looked after by English Heritage. It is free to visit and is open year round (do check the website as times change). In fact it is so in tact it is hard to

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Titchfield Abbey

Titchfield Abbey sits just outside Fareham in Hampshire and was once a medieval Abbey before then becoming a Country House. It is looked after English Heritage and is free to visit, though there is a small fee for the car park (although we had lunch in the pub opposite and they were happy for us to leave our car there whilst we wandered across the road). There is no gift

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Autumn family fun with the National Trust in and around Hampshire — October 2021

Come on an autumn adventure at National Trust places in and around Hampshire. It’s a treat for the senses, introducing children to the tangy smells of rich earth, fallen leaves and apples ready to harvest. Sounds change in autumn too, with the rustle and swish of crunchy foliage, and the plop of falling conkers in our woodlands. From an eco time travelling sound adventure at Mottisfont, to harvest fun and

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Top five places to eat in Guernsey

You might think for such a small island it wouldnt be very easy to write a top five places to eat in Guernsey post but you couldn’t be more wrong. You might also be surprised to hear that there is a distinct lack of fast food places too. No McDonalds, Pizza Express or Dominos. Not a whiff of KFC or Burger King. They don’t want the rubbish that fast food

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The Little Chapel, Guernsey

Blink and you will miss the turning into the lane that leads you to The Little Chapel, Guernsey. And you can’t see it from the road so you need to trust the signpost. Follow the lane down to the gift shop and you will find ample parking, and a good opportunity to buy some local souvenirs and grab a cup of tea. There is no entry fee for The Little

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Fishers Farm Park — A review

I will be honest, we only found Fishers Farm Park because I googled “days out near Midhurst”, where my parents live. We were looking for something to do with my parents, and with Lily and this sounded perfect but we knew nothing about it, and they hadn’t heard of it either. Part of me actually wants to keep it a secret because it really is the perfect family day out,

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