Sailing on a Tall Ship on the high seas is right up there with the greatest travel adventures in the world. When I was offered the chance to join a historic ship, I leapt at the opportunity. My journey would be on the Williams II, an impressive vessel […]
Whatever the time of year, Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum provides a different experience with changing colours, blooms and flowers. Throughout the seasons, it’s an unmissable attraction for gardeners and horticulture lovers. Howick is special because there’s always discover something new to discover in its vast grounds. But […]
A giant ‘silver’ spoon sticking out of the ground isn’t something you stumble upon every day on a quiet country walk. But there it was standing right in front of me – a dessert spoon 18 feet tall, glittering in the spring sunshine. What was even more surprising […]
Enjoy a beach walk and discover hidden history lost in the sands of time in Alnmouth, Northumberland.
Bamburgh Castle is built on a dramatic volcanic basalt perch overlooking the North Sea with impressive views along the coast as far as Holy Island to the north and Dunstanburgh Castle to the south. The small village of Bamburgh tucks in neatly behind the castle with its long main […]
Cheeseburn is a remarkable sculpture garden which showcases art by contemporary artists in the great outdoors.
Starlight Castle is an intriguing name. It sounds like a Romantic castle or a Gothic house perched high on a hill in a novel by Mary Shelley or Bram Stoker. But what’s the story behind this mysterious castle not far from where I live in North East England? […]
Northumberland is one of Britain’s most beautiful counties, but this wild and wonderful place is also one of the least visited. It’s on my doorstep so no surprise that I’m its biggest fan. With fabulous beaches, historic castles and a stunning coastline, it’s a shame that more people haven’t discovered its […]
‘Fred’s Shed’ is a remarkable hidden gem on the River Tyne. Tucked away down a back street with unexpectedly dramatic views down the riverfront, this is the last traditional boatyard in North East England. ‘Fred’s’, as it is affectionately known, is not your average shed. Once inside, 300 […]
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 […]