Day 3. Continuing the Ceramics Trail in Stoke-on-Trent

It was slightly overcast as we checked out of the Trentham Travelodge which had been an excellent base for touring The Potteries.  We drove into nearby Hanley for breakfast which we enjoyed in the Reginald Mitchell pub named after the inventor of the Spitfire.  The building was once a meat market and its glass roof …

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Day 2. Getting creative at the World of Wedgwood

After a good night's sleep, we set off after breakfast for a visit to the World of Wedgwood in nearby Barlaston. The Wedgwood estate stretches for 240 acres with ample free parking in its grounds.  The modern buildings have huge willow sculptures near the entrance in the shape of crockery.  We planned our arrival for …

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Day 1. Visiting The Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent doesn't always spring to mind for a short break in the U.K. but reading about its industrial heritage as the world capital of ceramics tempted us to spend a few days exploring the city.  Stoke is located midway between Manchester and Birmingham and has direct rail services to London taking only 90 minutes.  In …

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A visit to Thorp Perrow in the Yorkshire Dales

I've always enjoyed woodland walks and when it was suggested that we visit an arboretum I was eager to explore Thorp Perrow Arboretum, which boasts one of the largest collections of trees and shrubs in the north of England.  These include the national collection of Ash, Lime, Laburnum, Walnut and Cotinus.  The Arboretum is located …

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Day 4.  Exploring the Latvian Lakeside

On our final day in Riga we woke to clear blue skies enabling us to experience Latvia’s natural beauty outside the capital.  After enjoying our final breakfast at the Ibis Riga Centre we gathered our belongings together and left our bags at reception, as our flight home wasn’t until late in the evening giving us …

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Day 3. Majori – Riga’s seaside resort

A dry start to the day after the previous day's torrential downpours meant that we could return to our planned activities.  So, after a leisurely hotel breakfast we crossed the road to the nearby railway station and purchased return tickets to the coastal town of Majori.  Single tickets for the 30 minute journey cost €1.40 …

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Day 2.  Exploring Riga’s museums

Our hearts sank as we drew back the curtains to see torrential rain beating against the windows, causing us to rethink our plans for the day!  First though, it was off to breakfast which is served in the basement of the hotel.  The cellars have been tastefully converted into two eating areas with a third …

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Day 1.  Our first day in Riga, Latvia

Having enjoyed visiting Tallinn in Estonia on numerous occasions, we decided to explore its neighbour Latvia for the first time.   We booked flights with the low cost carrier Ryanair from Leeds Bradford airport which were very reasonably priced.   It was an early start to the day as we needed to get up at …

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A walk along the Kennet & Avon canal in Newbury

What could be nicer on a warm, sunny spring day than to enjoy a leisurely wander along a canal towpath.  With this in mind, we jumped in the car and drove to Newbury, a market town in West Berkshire.  The town is approximately 30 minutes drive from Oxford and about an hour by train from …

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Exploring the National Science & Media Museum in Bradford

After enjoying our visit to MediaCityUK in Salford we decided it was time to take a look around the National Science and Media Museum based in Bradford, West Yorkshire.   The museum is devoted to Film, Photography and Television and the science of light and sound, which is part of the National Science group. The museum is …

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