Kent is one of England’s most popular tourist hotspots with its wealth of castles, country houses, historic towns and seaside resorts. With the boom in staycations, I decided to take a road trip to discover some of its more unusual attractions, from miniature railways to a submarine adventure […]
Cheeseburn is a remarkable sculpture garden which showcases art by contemporary artists in the great outdoors.
They were nicknamed ‘fart lamps’ in Edwardian times and caused quite a stink in their day. The gas sewer lamps of North Tyneside were unusual engineering wonders.
Does anyone send holiday postcards any more? One of my old holiday rituals was to pick the perfect postcards for friends and loved ones. For years, I even held a competition with my friend Dave to see who could send the tackiest! Today, social media is king, and […]
The British Museum’s major exhibition featuring the work of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch is nothing less than sensational. It’s arguably London’s best art show of the year. Edvard Munch: Love and Angst focuses on Munch’s prints which have an incredible raw power and immediacy. It’s the largest exhibition […]
If you ask the average man or woman in the street to name a famous painter, they’d probably pick Vincent Van Gogh. He’s one of the most memorable artists who ever lived with his vibrant paintings which strike a powerful emotional chord. Van Gogh has been immortalised in […]
Nothing is quite what it seems at Cheeseburn… from the moment you stroll into the gardens of this beautiful Northumberland country house. There’s a surprise around every corner. Expect the unexpected wherever you venture – from the lush manicured lawns to the potting shed, and even the old […]
North Shields is the town where I started my first job 30 years ago… it seems like the Stone Age when I look back. Back then, much of North Shields’ waterfront was derelict or rotting away and the town was looking grim. Since then, there has been a […]
Standing on top of Edinburgh’s Calton Hill is an exhilarating experience. It’s by far the best place to get a sweeping panoramic view of Scotland’s capital city. There are fabulous bird’s-eye views of Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns, the Firth of Forth and the city’s docks in the far […]
Breaking down in the motor home on a lonely country lane with diesel streaming onto the road was not the best start to my holiday in rural Wales. We were miles from the nearest garage, it was a Sunday morning and everything in Cardigan Bay was shut. Worse still, […]