A Day At Chester Zoo

A trip to Chester Zoo in early autumn, a day of warm sunshine and blue skies – seems almost unbelievable today, a day of ice, snow and freezing temperatures. Nice to look back…… Trips to the zoo in the dim and distant past with Son were never too successful. He never seemed too keen so it…

Apple and Quince Day at Norton Priory

Apple and quince day – a celebration of all things autumnal in the grounds of a crumbling monastery set in 38 acres of woodland. That all appealed to us so on a sunny Sunday we headed to Norton Priory in Cheshire. Lots of activities on offer (that appealed to Son), I was intrigued to find…

Walking in Styal Woods

Styal Woods in Cheshire was our destination of choice on a sunny Sunday in early spring. We strolled along a riverbank, hiked through mixed woodland and passed an 18th century cotton mill – something for everyone on this walk. “A host of golden daffodils” was the icing on the cake for me. Over 200 years…

A Walk On The Edge

Alderley Edge in Cheshire on a sunny afternoon makes a really lovely day out, as we discovered. It was quite busy around the entrance (and the ice-cream van), but once we walked further into the woods, the crowds thinned, it was peaceful and quiet with just the sound of birdsong. This place has a mysterious…

Back In Time At Dunham

On a damp Sunday afternoon we went to Dunham Massey in Cheshire to visit the “Sanctuary From the Trenches” exhibition that has just opened. This lovely old Georgian house, once the seat of the Earls of Warrington and Stamford was also a military hospital during the first World War. The National Trust, to commemorate the…

Pemberley Comes to Lyme Park

Lyme Park is lovely – a huge estate, managed by the National Trust nestling on the edge of the Peak District – perfect Sunday strolling territory.  The draw for me though, being a fan of all things Jane Austen was “The Only Way is Pemberley” exhibition. I dragged Husband and Son along for the ride,…

Medieval Mayhem at Tatton Park

A sunny Saturday in June saw us head for Tatton Park in Cheshire, one of the most spacious and magnificent estates in England.  Not for us the deer park, splendid old hall or historic gardens, instead we were bound for a day of medieval shenanigans. Every year at midsummer, a medieval travelling “fayre” is recreated…