Flash, Bang, Wallop, Half a Sixpence Transfers to the West End

Flash, Bang, Wallop, Half a Sixpence Transfers to the West End

As the first few notes of the banjo rang out across the auditorium, a grin began to spread across face. My mum leant over and whispered, “I already know I’m going to love it!”, mirroring my own thoughts precisely. Over the next few hours I sat...
A room with a view at the harbourside Greenbank Hotel in Cornwall

A room with a view at the harbourside Greenbank Hotel in Cornwall

I arrived in Falmouth, a lovely Cornish seaside town, ready for a little luxury. I had spent a couple of nights in a cosy but basic, YHA Snoozebox (a snug bedroom converted from a shipping container). While it was perfect for a budget short break, if you are staying...
Video: The longest zip wire in England

Video: The longest zip wire in England

My day started with a very wet and blustery walk to see if the Eden Zip Wire was running. I was booked in at 10am and was gutted when I found out the wind speeds were too high for it to be safe. There would be no hurling myself from a tall tower today....
The Songs of the Baka in the Rainforest of Eden

The Songs of the Baka in the Rainforest of Eden

As I made my way through the lush greenery of giant ferns and towering palm trees I could hear the sweet sound of Baka songs floating through the air. Interlocking, polyphonic rhythms and melodies woven together. Songs that prepared the tribe and the animals of...
Review: Snoozebox at the YHA Eden Project

Review: Snoozebox at the YHA Eden Project

Sheets of rain pour down as I walk up to a row of shipping containers. In the dim light I search for the number 108. It’s not long before I find it and as I peep inside I think yes, this will suit me just fine for the next couple of nights. My...
Happy New Year from London’s Winter Wonderland

Happy New Year from London’s Winter Wonderland

Four years ago I spent a lovely New Year’s Eve exploring Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. As well as numerous scream-inducing fun fair rides it included (and still does) a magical Christmas market, the first one I’d ever visited. Since...
Photographing the Red Squirrels of Brownsea Island

Photographing the Red Squirrels of Brownsea Island

Sitting on a log in the dappled sunshine I catch a glimpse of rust dashing passed out the corner of my eye. The next moment he’s right there beside me, just a foot or so away. It’s such a joy to finally see one of the many red squirrels that Brownsea Island is famous for.

Journey back in time on a steam train to Bodiam Castle

Journey back in time on a steam train to Bodiam Castle

Standing on the platform I can’t yet see the train but I can hear it. Images of Casey Jones (a-steaming and a-rollin’) pop into my head. As I hear the first ‘Woo Woo’ a beautiful Victorian steam locomotive comes chugging around the corner. This fabulous old train on the Tenterden Steam Railway is taking me to a fairytale castle where knights once woed fair maidens and, no doubt slew the odd dragon or two.

Brighton Street Art

Brighton Street Art

With Phil Lynott and Elvis looking over my shoulder I tried out Periscope, the live streaming phone app, for the first time in Brighton earlier this week. This colourful seaside town on the south coast of England is well known for its street art and not least for Banksy’s Kissing Policemen which is where I started my mini tour of the murals in the Trafalgar Street area near the train station.

Road tripping in Europe (and the birth of the AA)

Road tripping in Europe (and the birth of the AA)

While I’m not a big fan of driving, I’d much rather be behind the map than the wheel, and it is not the most eco-friendly mode of transport by a long shot, sometimes travelling by car really is the best way to explore a new destination, giving you the...
Spring comes to Kew Gardens in London

Spring comes to Kew Gardens in London

Daffodils, blossoms and magnolia trees greet me as I pass through the gates into Kew Gardens. It’s a little early for bluebells but soon the woodlands here will be carpeted with them too, a favourite subject of many a photographer. At last the sun is...
Amberley Castle, the best afternoon tea in Sussex

Amberley Castle, the best afternoon tea in Sussex

Walking down a country lane, I turn a corner and catch my first sight of the 12th century, Amberley Castle, in the South Downs National Park in the south of England. I have lived all my life just 15 miles away yet had never visited before. When my mother asked me what I would like for my 50th birthday I knew straight away – afternoon tea at Amberley Castle, now an elegant hotel and restaurant.

The Cotswolds in Black and White

The Cotswolds in Black and White

When I recently visited the Cotswolds, a particularly lovely region of England famous for its honey-hued limestone cottages and the most charming of villages, I was very disappointed that the weather forecast predicted rain. A clear blue sky and sunlight really...
The Secret Cottage Tour of the Cotswolds

The Secret Cottage Tour of the Cotswolds

Peeping through the windows of this pretty chocolate-box, thatched cottage, I see a welcoming sight. A large refectory table is laid with blue and white crockery and fancy pastries abound. As I step inside the heat from the cooking range adds to the warm and inviting...
A bird’s eye view of London from St Paul’s

A bird’s eye view of London from St Paul’s

528 steps to climb, 280 feet off the ground, or in metric, 85.4 metres up, a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral in London would not be complete without seeing the view from the Golden Gallery.

Beheadings, ravens and whopping great diamonds!

Beheadings, ravens and whopping great diamonds!

As I walk through the one foot deep, steel doors, that would have looked more at home protecting a high-tech bank vault in the latest blockbuster, I catch my breath and gaze at the bejewelled sword and scabbard suspended in the air before...
From the finest curries to the best fish ‘n’ chips in London

From the finest curries to the best fish ‘n’ chips in London

With more Indian Restaurants in London than in the whole of Mumbai and Delhi combined, it’s no surprise that you can find some damn fine curries in the capital of what is, after all, a nation of curry lovers. As I stroll up Brick Lane, a street well-known for...
Hoovering Hogwarts (The Making of Harry Potter)

Hoovering Hogwarts (The Making of Harry Potter)

I was surprisingly, unsurprised when I received a text one afternoon simply saying “I’m hoovering Hogwarts”. The sender of the text was indeed referring to the school of witchcraft and wizardry from the magical world of Harry Potter, brought to life...

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