A weekend in Warwick

If you are thinking of spending a weekend in Warwick here are some ideas of things to do. We recently decided to break up a journey from Cheshire to Hampshire halfway and stop for a few days to recharge our batteries.  A pin in the map suggested we spend the weekend in Warwick but having done the castle we decided we would concentrate on seeing what else the town had

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Wisley’s Giant Houseplant Takeover

Wisley’s giant houseplant takeover is well under way, and ends on 1st March so if you want to visit you need to do it soon! It really is a wonderful exhibition, all inside a giant glasshouse and as the name suggests the houseplants have taken over!  Here are some photographs to show what I mean: I think that bed might be my favourite of all the set ups, it is

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A trip to Blenheim Palace

Have you ever taken a trip to Blenheim Palace? Situated in the pretty town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire, Blenheim Palace is easily accessible from the A34 and makes a perfect spot for a day out. Gifted to the 1st Duke of Marlborough in 1704 by a very grateful Queen Anne as thanks for his victory at the battle of Blenheim.  With a Capability Brown landscape that took ten years to

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9 Budgeting Hacks for a Dream Family Holiday (ad)

9 Budgeting Hacks to Help You Pull Off That Dream Family Holiday Dream holidays can be ruinously expensive, but if you want to make some wonderful memories, it’s worth splurging on at least one amazing trip somewhere fantastic. In this article, we have some great tips to help you save up for a vacation of a lifetime.  Devise a Budget It’s impossible to save if you have no clue what

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Snowdrops at Welford Park

To be honest I had forgotten about the snowdrops at Welford Park until Annie mentioned it last week.  They are only there for such a short time that if we wanted to see them we would have to be quick.  Which is how we ended up there this week, for the first time in a couple of years. Welford Park is more famous these days for being the home of

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A frosty foggy Hinton Ampner

It was a frosty foggy Hinton Ampner house that greeted Annie and I this morning.  The main house is currently closed for some much needed TLC but the grounds were open, as was the cafe so Annie and I picked Hinton Ampner as our spot to meet up for a mooch, a catch up and a sausage roll.   Hinton Ampner, of course, is somewhere I have featured on here

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The Pig in the Wall, Southampton

The Pig in the Wall is a 12 room boutique hotel in the heart of Southampton.  But it’s more than that.  It’s quirky, and comfy and built into the town’s medieval walls, some of the rooms even make a feature of the wall (ask for room 10).  If you were to look at the location on Google Maps you might think “hmm, no thanks, it’s on a busy road with

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Can You Have a Luxury Holiday with Children? — AD

Can You Have a Luxury Holiday with Small Children in Tow? No-one wants to be the parent at a luxury hotel pool with the child that won’t stop screaming. While people of all walks of life go on luxury holidays, there is a certain prestige you expect from a luxury holiday. Can you still have a luxury holiday even if you have small children in tow? Let’s take a look

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Windsor and Eton Brewery Tour

We didn’t really know too much about the Windsor and Eton Brewery Tour before we did it this weekend, we had won it in an a charity auction late last year so only did a bit of research (mostly could we park.  More of which later) before we arrived. You arrive at the tour, at the end of a residential road in Windsor to be welcomed at the bar where

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7 things to do in Windsor

You can’t write a “7 things to do in Windsor” post and NOT mention Windsor Castle, but after that what else is there to do in this historic Berkshire town? Windsor Castle Of course you don’t have to visit the Castle of course (I am ashamed to say I have visited Windsor half a dozen times and have never done a tour of the castle.  That is because I only live

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Avebury Stones

It is hard to believe that the Avebury Stones date back to pre-historic times when you are standing up close to them.  Hard to imagine just what they could tell you if they could speak.  Or that you can get so close to them, that they aren’t fenced off in order to preserve them. The Avebury Stones and the Henge monument are particularly unusual, not just because it’s the largest

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The Brighton i360

Yes, British Airways i360 is a 162m observation tower on the seafront in Brighton.  Yes it holds 175 people and yes it does indeed weigh a total of 100 tons. But beyond the figures the Brighton i360 is a must see attraction if you are on the south coast of England.  It’s a venue that hosts events such as “Yoga in the Sky” and allows you enjoy a glass of

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