Wandering around Wareham 

On arrival in the town we were following car park signs but managed to park on the road which was fortunate.  Leaving the car, we walked past the Town Hall and popped into the Town Museum for a little look.  Admission is free and its small galleries depict the town's history and display historic artefacts. …

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The Great Yorkshire Show

After enjoying my visit to the Great Yorkshire Show last year I was even more excited to return to Harrogate once again to attend the 161st agricultural show. This three day event is one of the biggest in the English calendar and showcases the best of British farming, food and the countryside plus lots more …

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Blandford Forum, Dorset

Blandford Forum s a market town in Dorset, 15 miles north of Poole.  I'd read the town was noted for its Georgian architecture so I was keen to take a look.   Approaching Blandford Forum we passed through pretty villages with quaint names such as Sturminster Marshall and Charlton Marshall.  Arriving in the town, we …

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Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire

The weather forecast was good so we planned a visit to Upton House and Gardens near Banbury in Warwickshire.  Arriving around 2.00 p.m. on a glorious summer's day the main car parks were already full but we were directed to an overflow parking area in a field which was only a short walk from the entrance …

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A visit to Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Abingdon is a market town in Oxfordshire nestled on the banks of the River Thames. I was long overdue a return visit as the previous occasion was more than 25 years ago when I attended a wedding in the town.  Although Abingdon does not have a railway station the nearest one is located only three …

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Day 4. Littlehampton and Petworth House

The sun was streaming through the windows as we pulled back the curtains of our hotel room. The Premier Inn Worthing had been a good choice with its seafront location and our three night stay had been very comfortable. The Coastliner 700 bus service which we had used to get to and from Brighton continues …

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Day 3. Brighton Pier and Marina

We were up early once again so that we could make the most of our day, and arrived into Brighton shortly after 9.00 a.m.  As we'd only had a coffee in the hotel room we looked for somewhere suitable for breakfast and soon found the ideal place amongst the labyrinth of narrow lanes in the …

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Day 2. British Airways i360 and Brighton Pavilion

After waking early we caught the Coastliner 700 bus service into the centre of Brighton.  Before leaving home our original plan had been to travel into Brighton by train but on noticing these buses passing along Worthing's seafront at ten minute intervals we opted for the Coastliner instead.  Despite the journey time by road taking …

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Day 3. Hull and the Humber Bridge

It was yet another bright, sunny morning as we enjoyed a final relaxing breakfast overlooking Hull's marina, if only each day could start like this! Having set ourselves up for the day with freshly prepared smoothies and full English breakfasts we gathered our things together and checked out of our room, leaving our bags to …

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Day 2. Visiting The Deep in Hull and dining at Ambiente

We woke to some lovely spring sunshine and started our day with a hearty breakfast at a window table of the hotel's restaurant overlooking the marina. As we tucked into our delicious breakfasts we watched the crew of one yacht preparing to set sail. The buffet had an excellent choice of hot and cold dishes …

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