Kynren – A Really Epic Tale of England

Kynren was the main reason I wanted to visit County Durham in the summer. Having read about this spectacle with a cast of 1,500 re-enacting 2,000 years of history in 90 minutes I was hooked. They call it “an Epic Tale of England”, it takes place on weekend nights in August and September and as…

Exploring Durham’s Cathedral

A short drive from our hotel and we were in the small and very beautiful city of Durham. We didn’t have too much on the agenda for this visit, see the cathedral and just wander a bit was my plan. This place is made for that – lovely old cobbled streets, a city that is…

Back in Time At Beamish – Part 3

We waited for the tram in the town area of Beamish and then jumped off again at the next stop – Pockerley. A short stroll from here to the Waggonway where you get the chance to ride a replica of the world’s oldest surviving steam locomotive – Puffing Billy. The original hauled coal wagons from…

Back In Time At Beamish – Part 2

I loved Beamish and everything about it but my favourite part was undoubtedly the town – set in the 1900’s there is so much to see, do and explore. You could spend the whole day here without going anywhere else. Before our visit Son had read about the old fashioned sweet shop. The moment we…

Back In Time At Beamish – Part 1

We awoke to pouring rain on our first day in Co Durham but set out undeterred to visit Beamish, the famed open-air museum. It was just half an hour’s drive from our hotel, a good journey and best of all that rain eased off. Plenty of cars in the car park was no surprise but…

Staying at the Redworth Hall

An hour’s drive from the waterfall and we arrived at our hotel for the next three nights – the Redworth Hall Hotel in Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham. I had stayed here years ago on one of my very first work trips. More familiar then with youth hostels and backpacker places, I remember being blown away…

High Force Waterfall

School holidays started (yippee), not for Husband but it was the best of both worlds when Son and I tagged along on his work trip to Co. Durham. A few meetings en route, we opted to break up the journey a little more with a stop at High Force waterfall in Teesdale. Husband (in another…

Manchester

  Keep watch dear Lord With those who wake or watch or weep, And give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, give rest to the weary, Sustain the dying, calm the suffering and pity the distressed; All for your love’s sake O Christ our Redeemer.

Music And More At Ordsall Hall

Ordsall Hall is a bit of a gem. Right in the middle of a housing estate, it is an unlikely location for a Grade 1 listed Tudor manor house that dates back to 1177. However it harks back to a time when there was nothing but countryside in this urban sprawl¬†and is a lovely place…

Mexican Food And People’s History

A weekend trip into Manchester, we headed to the Corn Exchange, one time posh shopping area it saw a downturn in fortunes for a few years but has now been transformed into an eating mecca. Spoilt for choice, we eventually opted for Mexican food at Wahaca. Our last experience at this restaurant was in Covent…