National Trust summer holiday adventures

Looking for more ways to keep everyone entertained during these last few long summer holiday days? You don’t have to go far from home to enjoy a change of scene, and experience new adventures in nature at your local National Trust place, in and around Hampshire. Explore wild woods perfect for hide and seek or building dens at Hinton Ampner, discover bridges over rivers where you can try your hand

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Drive-in cinemas need to stay please!

Drive-in cinemas need to stay please! Drive-in cinemas in the US have been a thing since the 1930s and within thirty years there over 4000, but still there are very few here in the UK.   That was until lockdown, or rather the easing of lockdown.   With cinemas and theatres still closed, or with regular customers nervous about sitting near strangers for a few hours, drive-in cinemas have popped

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5 top tips for a day out with elderly relatives — AD

How to plan a day out with elderly relatives Now that the weather is warming up and some of the recent restrictions have been lifted you might be thinking about planning a day out as a family, so here are my 5 top tips for a day out with elderly relatives. Consider the terrain What might feel like an easy place for us to walk around can be much harder

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Outdoor Adventures to have this summer — AD

Outdoor Adventures you need to plan now! it is safe to say that 2020 has been a very strange year.  Many of us have had cancelled foreign holidays cancelled or moved to next year and so might be looking to have a break in the UK.  I am not a fan of the word staycation, but it does seem quite apt doesn’t it?  We should have been heading off to

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The garden at Mottisfont

I have been to Mottisfont at least half a dozen times now and yet I have only been in the house once.  Why?  Well because no matter the season the gardens here are stunning, and I say that as somebody who’s own garden is an expanse of grass and weeds.   These top two pics are of the kitchen garden, just outside the walled garden and they are just coming

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Cotswold House Hotel — Review

We were invited as guests of the hotel for the purpose of this review   The Cotswold House Hotel and Spa is one of those hidden gem hotels.  You know the ones.  The ones you want to talk about but at the same time you don’t want too many people to know about it because you want to keep it a secret.   It also has one of the most

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Top 6 Must-See UK Destinations!

Top 6 Must-See UK Destinations! When you live in the UK, it’s easy to assume that you know everything there is to know about it. Well, unless you’ve explored every inch of the UK, chances are you’re 100% wrong on this one!  The UK is full of bombastic, relaxing, intriguing and exciting things to do. There’s nowhere in the world that’s as diverse with what it offers – mountains or

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Alton Towers Stargazing Pods — Review

Alton Towers Stargazing Pods This weekend, to mark “Look Up at the Sky Day” Alton Towers Resort’s opened their brand new Stargazing Pods for the summer season and we were invited to see them for ourselves.  Sadly I couldn’t make it but Caity and Dan were all too happy to travel up to Derbyshire and try them out for us. How many Stargazing Pods are there at Alton Towers? There

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Gringotts Wizarding Bank

Gringotts Wizarding Bank   You would think that after visiting over a dozen times Ellie would be over visiting Warner Bros Studio Tour, but nope. Actually nothing could be further from the truth.   And you might think that having been so many times there would be nothing new to see.  Not so.  Especially this year as Gringott’s Wizarding Bank opens in its biggest expansion.   Lined by towering marble

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The Upside Down House

If somebody says to you they are off to the upside down house you would be forgiven for thinking they meant a house where the kitchen is downstairs, and the bedrooms are upstairs. Or that there has been a disaster with somebody’s caravan falling off a cliff and landing on its roof on the beach below. In Bournemouth, however, this is an actual upside down house.  Well to be fair

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The Feathers Hotel in Woodstock

The Feathers Hotel is a 21 room hotel in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, a sleep little village with a bustling high street full of independent shops and pubs.   The hotel itself sits in the heart of the village (hence the lack of a car park but there is plenty of on street parking around) and is  steeped in history: The front reception area and study was a Sanatorium in the late 18th

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#PoppiesTour

  They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. / At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them  I have written a couple of times about our family’s connection with WW1,  how my great grandfather fought and died in the war, explaining more in this post from 2015: WW1, VE Day and

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