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The Hidden Secrets of Gloucester Prison

The Hidden Secrets of Gloucester Prison

Gloucester Prison will reveal its secrets of hidden bodies and unknown medieval structures to anyone who dares to witness the incarceration dating over 200 years. Where on earth is Gloucester? A funny little city that most haven’t heard of – unless you’re a Potterhead of course. Despite it’s closeness to Bristol and links with its horse racing cousin – Cheltenham – Gloucester remains fairly unseen even by those who reside in England. Steeped in history, the Gloucester Cathedral and Dock area has…

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Liberating Stories Hidden Beneath The Waves

Liberating Stories Hidden Beneath The Waves

“It utterly changed the way I look at our planet.” The words of Orla Doherty, Producer of Blue Planet II and a witness of a never-seen-before and will-never-see-again underwater methane volcano (episode two).  No truer words have been spoken for the result this ground breaking production will have on the nation. A warming cup of tea in hand, whilst aimlessly scrolling through the sometimes monotonous Twitter feed, I stumbled upon what is set to be the biggest opportunity the city of…

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Find Your Superhero

Find Your Superhero

“I love movement!” The words of Jamie McDonald, a syringomyelia survivor – so rare even Microsoft Word red underlines it – who defeated all odds to run 200 marathons across Canada in -40 conditions to raise charitable donations for the hospitals who treated him as a child. Dressed like a Stag on his wedding eve in his defining green superhero costume, Jamie counts down 3, 2, 1… the stampede of fast moving feet thumps through the marquee interlaced with laughter,…

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Climbing The O2 Arena

Climbing The O2 Arena

In the words of Tim Daly, I feel the need to endanger myself every so often. So when Michelle found out about Up at the O2 – the answer was of course a resounding yes! The Climb You have the option for an Original Climb during the day or a Twilight Climb which is a night time expedition, we chose the original climb as we were only taking a Daycation. They do also offer celebration climbs completed with Lanson Champagne, or…

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Top Tips for Visiting Reading Festival

Top Tips for Visiting Reading Festival

As a 26 year old grandma, I visited Reading Festival on a day ticket and then stayed in a hotel. The original plan was to travel to and from Reading via train – that was until they released the set times four days before the festival and our return train time meant we missed Muse completely – so we went for plan b. Here’s my top tips for visiting the festival as a day ticket holder. Plan Your Transport in…

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How to Find Bath’s Umbrella Street

How to Find Bath’s Umbrella Street

First popularised by Portugal’s Ágitagueda Urban Art and Music Festival, the Umbrella Sky Project has been a worldwide phenomenon with hundreds of umbrellas being suspended in all corners of the globe. Back for it’s second year, Bath once again hosts the installation with a thousand umbrellas gracing St Lawrence Street mirrored by artificial lawns and flowering telephone boxes. Visitors departing Bath Spa Train Station need only walk a few paces before the spectacle appears before them. Visitors should head in…

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Top Tips for Visiting Stonehenge

Top Tips for Visiting Stonehenge

It’s all too easy to ignore the wonders that lie at your doorstep, wonders that people cross oceans to visit. So I’ve launched a ‘It’s Not All Tea and Scones’ series as I seek to explore my English country of residence. I was a little apprehensive about visiting Stonehenge after a polite warning from a fellow blogger over the sheer volume of tourists, but only living an hour or so away means it was past time to visit. The first thing…

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Cornwall’s Secret Garden

Cornwall’s Secret Garden

It’s all too easy to ignore the wonders that lie at your doorstep, wonders that people cross oceans to visit. So I’ve launched a ‘It’s Not All Tea and Scones’ series as I seek to explore my English country of residence. Nestled by the quaint little town of Mevagissey,  The Lost Gardens of Heligan offer a fantastic day of exploration hardly believing your in the South of England. These 200 acres of garden, history and romance were only discovered some twenty-five…

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