Category: Midlands

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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Café in the Courtyard & The Potting Shed at Wollaton Park Nottingham

Located inside one of Nottingham’s prime parks with something for everyone, Wollaton Hall and Deer Park…  If you only manage a couple of hours, I would recommend you make time to relax at the Café in the Courtyard and enjoy a range of extremely tempting refreshments. My eldest son, my daughter and I set out for a stroll around the park on a very mild day, perfect weather for sitting outside the Café in the Courtyard with our refreshments, taking time out in such a lovely sheltered location and through the archway the Potting Shed and Nottingham Industrial Museum....

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Wollaton Hall and Gardens – The Home of Batman, Nottingham

Wollaton Hall and park in the suburbs of Nottingham is a whole manner of interests rolled into one, A grand Elizabethan mansion built in 1580 – 1588 by Sir Francis Willoughby, it’s a sprawling five-hundred-acre deer park with beautiful tree lined lake, an industrial museum with examples of the local industries and a steam pump that can be seen working on occasions. Wollaton Hall is currently the Nottingham Natural History Museum and has a wide range of educational and interactive natural history displays.  From the 1st July to 29th Oct 2017 the hall will also be hosting the Dinosaurs...

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Chapel St Leonards and Six Marshes Beach Walk, Lincolnshire

A part of unspoiled east coast, the fresh air and peaceful location combined with soft sandy beaches to wander and recharge the batteries, Chapel six marches, is my favourite Lincolnshire beach. Close to the Lincolnshire Wolds, this area is a haven for wildlife. Chapel Point, which is just a mile from the centre of the village is a favourite spot for birdwatches too, great for sightings of migrant birds such as the Mediterranean gull and occasionally a chance of spotting seals, I know this first hand, many years ago, and with the assistance of the R.S.P.C.A we rescued a...

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Green’s Windmill and Science Centre, Sneinton, Nottinghamshire

Once one of Nottingham’s largest, most powerful windmills, built in 1807. Throughout it’s successful and turbulent times and a devastating fire, Green’s mill has been a big part of Nottingham’s history. The mill is now a Science Centre and a fully restored working windmill once again, it is dedicated to it’s former owner, the renowned scientist and mathematician, George Green. Green’s windmill is a fantastic place where children and adults can take part in fun, educational activities and tour the mill. (Maybe you will see the mill working if the sails are turning during your visit.) You can buy...

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