The Walled Garden at Calke Abbey (Derbyshire)

This summer the gardens at Calke Abbey are alive with colour and activity! The Calke Abbey Estate is one of our favourite National Trust estates and we visit often, particularly in the summer!  The gardens at Calke are testament to the hard work that has gone into restoring this once neglected estate. The original walled garden which is made up of 350,000 bricks is …

Stone the Crows!! Heather Scarecrow Festival (Leicestershire) 

Every summer the sleepy Leicestershire village of Heather goes a little bit haywire!!! Now in its 19th year the Heather Scarecrow Festival has become a major event in the North West Leicestershire calendar. Local residents, schools and nurseries create scarecrow masterpieces that are displayed throughout the village. We went along on the last day of the festival, which is usually on for …

(REVIEW) Alton Towers Hotel 

Recently we needed one nights accommodation as a stop gap before moving into our new house. We always tend to book hotels through Booking.com and on this occasion it just so happened that the Alton Towers Hotel was the cheapest on the day! Now this is because the park was closed the next day. Splash Landings, Alton Towers famous water park was open although …

Ruins and Waterfalls – Lumsdale Falls (Derbysbire) 

We are always on the look out for exciting new places to visit. Whilst googling things to do and see in Derbyshire I came across Lumsdale Falls! Located just outside Matlock on the very edge of the Peak District we couldn’t resist a visit as it’s only an hour’s drive!  Lumsdale Falls is located in the Lumsdale Valley. The valley is …

Calke Explore – Hidden Treasures at Calke Abbey (Derbyshire)

Last weekend we decided to make the most of the beautiful sunny weather!! We headed for one of our favourite National Trust estates. Calke Abbey estate is located in Derbyshire (near Ashby de la Zouch) and it offers a wealth of different experiences for the whole family! We have taken National Trust membership this year so will definitely be making the most of it!  …

Ashby de la Zouch -Festival of Transport  

We are a family of car lovers!! Mr B designs them for a living so you could say we eat and breathe automobiles in our house! Last week we were lucky enough to attend Ashby DLZ’s (de la Zouch….that is way to much to type every time) first annual Festival of Transport. This is the sister festival of the Swadlincote Festival …

Food Gusto Food & Drink Festival (Ashby de la Zouch) 

We have settled back into life in Leicestershire and that means visting the annual Ashby de la Zouch Food Gusto Food & Drink Festival. The festival runs over two days (generally over the late May bank holiday weekend). We are self confessed foodies and we love to support local businesses so this festival is a perfect mix of both for us. …

Wandering in Whitby 

We have spent the last two days exploring the picturesque Yorkshire town of Whitby.  Whitby is famous for being a vibrant fishing village and it does not disappoint. Yesterday was bank holiday Monday and typically everywhere was absolutely jammed packed! Parking is a premium on days like this, it’s also quite expensive at £5 for 4 hours.  Eventually we found …

Exploring Robin Hoods Bay (Yorkshire) 

We are currently in the gorgeous Yorkshire town of Whitby, it’s been years since we’ve been up in this part of England and we couldn’t wait to show Lochlan some of the beautiful coast line. Yesterday we drove the 5 miles from Whitby to Robin Hoods Bay. This sleepy sea side town in known for its lovely family friendly beaches, …