Amble harbour and Warkworth Castle

Coastal walks – Amble – Fish and Ships

Amble is one of the most under-rated tourist centres on the Northumberland coast with its fish, ships and picturesque harbour. It’s a great place to stroll along the beach, watch the boats come in, and enjoy some of the best fish and chips in Britain. This unpretentious coastal town has something for every taste.  It may not […]

Monet Giverny

Monet’s Garden at Giverny

Gardens have been the source of inspiration for artists down the centuries, but for the Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, they were the lifeblood of his works. Monet cultivated gardens for much of his life, and drew creative inspiration from flowers and horticulture in his art. This summer is a great time […]

Munoz beach sculpture in South Shields

Art on the beach – Conversation Piece – South Shields

What I love most about the seaside is that there’s always something unexpected to be discovered. A weekend trip to South Shields saw me stumbling across a group of 22 strange sculptures close to Littlehaven Beach. Juan Muñoz’s Conversation Piece greets bemused visitors and families as they head down to the beach with their buckets and spades. […]

Asian otter

Otter spectacle at Washington Wetlands

Everyone loves otters. These gorgeous creatures are a delight to watch in the wild, if you’re lucky enough to spot them. But if you can’t get see these elusive animals in the countryside, why not take a trip to the Washington Wetlands’ otter enclosure, a great example of conservation […]

Christmas market fare

Britain’s boom in Christmas markets

Who doesn’t love a festive Christmas market? The great British public is going nuts for them this year but I’m not convinced that I share everybody’s enthusiasm. These days every town and city in Britain seems to have its own winter wonderland and seasonal shopping village based on traditional European markets. […]

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