Category: Midlands

Billesley Manor Hotel: Pet Friendly Bliss

Amidst 11 acres of grounds. a short drive from Stratford upon Avon and Shakespeare country, this stunning Grade 2 listed hotel has a  great restaurant, health club, swimming pool, tennis courts, extensive grounds and is a lovely venue for a wedding. ..and brilliant for us as it’s Pet Friendly. The dog statues at either side of the entrance , a huge picture of what looked like a saluki and a statue of an Old English Sheepdog in reception bode well for our stay with Rusty. He was made very welcome. ” Bring Rusty in “, the receptionist said. Rusty could...

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Clumber Park, Discovering the Gems

Clumber park is a sprawling, 3,800 acres (15 km²) country park near Worksop in Nottinghamshire. The lake alone covers around 87 acres (352,000 m²) and is a popular circuit for walking, cycling or running. On route as a bonus there’s a coffee stop or an ice-cream along the way, it’s a lovely way to relax. The serpentine lake originally took 15 years to build.   I love a good stroll and I most of all like to explore and have an adventure,  at Clumber park there’s lots to see and do, there’s an enormous expanse of woodland and heathland to ramble through, the beautiful serpentine lake to stroll around to your hearts content and plenty of places to have an adventure, that is why I...

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Biddulph Grange Gardens, Staffordshire – A World of Discovery

A gorgeous setting with a world of discovery through the grade 1 listed Victorian gardens in Staffordshire, there’s lots to explore so be ready for an adventure. The first area we ventured into was the garden shop, there’s a multitude of beautiful plants outside plus some lovely unusual gifts and garden ornaments inside the cabin, they also sell ice-creams so what better way to begin than with an ice-cream! Onwards we go to explore the vast gardens which have themed areas from around the world. We wandered randomly with no particular plan, I feel this is a fun way to...

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The Workhouse – Southwell, Nottinghamshire

The workhouse at Southwell is a humbling place, somewhere to be experienced at least once, I can guarantee you’ll never forget your visit. What an eye opener, from the cradle to the grave through the eyes of a pauper in the workhouse, a time traveling experience if you will. This was our 3rd visit, we first visited in late 2003 when our daughter was 3 ½ years old and youngest son just a year old, the National Trust were still making repairs to the buildings they had only acquired in 1997 but the visit is still a very memorable...

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Newstead Abbey – Roving through the gardens in the footsteps of Lord Byron

The gardens and grounds of Newstead Abbey are a pleasure to visit, relaxing and romantic as you might expect when you’re walking in the footsteps of the renowned romantic poet, Lord Byron. Newstead Abbey never was an Abbey, in fact it was built as a priory, The Priory of St. Mary of Newstead and was founded by King Henry ll of England. After the dissolution of monasteries, King Henry Vlll of England granted Newstead Abbey to Sir John Byron of Colwick in Nottinghamshire on 26th May 1540 and began converting Newstead into a country house.  The poet, George Gordon...

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Nottingham Industrial Museum at Wollaton Hall Deer Park and Gardens

Nottingham Industrial Museum takes me back to my childhood, it brings back all the lovely memories of visiting with my mum and brother, we’d always had an interest in all things mechanical, trains, steam engines, motorbikes etc. The local industries on display at the museum range from Lace making and textiles, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, clock making, iron works, printing, railways, motorcycles, bicycles and so much more. Working examples of steam engines full sized and models plus the Basford Beam engine can be seen steaming on the last Sunday of the month. Nottingham industrial museum is run entirely by volunteers and...

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