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Think of Snowdonia in North Wales and chances are images of high, rugged peaks – epitomised by Snowdon itself which, at over 3,500 feet, is the country’s highest – spring to mind; and quite rightly, because these majestic mountains are a major draw for tourists. But this region - designated a national park in 1951 [...]

By | November 9th, 2013|Destinations|0 Comments

Norwich, The Broads and Coast

VisitNorwich’s informative website states that the city is “steeped in atmosphere and peppered with unique architectural treasures”. Well, I visited the ancient city with my family and can confirm that the assertion is correct: Norwich has much to offer holidaymakers and should be an integral part of any itinerary if visiting this corner of the [...]

By | October 25th, 2013|Destinations|0 Comments


[nggallery id=81 template="sliderview"] Exploring Shakespeare Country   Quite rightly, Stratford lures visitors through its links with the Bard, who was born and brought up in the Warwickshire town. But beyond its literary connections, the area has much more to offer.   For starters, there is the Butterfly Farm, which promotes itself as the “UK’s largest tropical [...]

By | October 10th, 2013|Destinations|0 Comments


My recent visit to Nottinghamshire was memorable for many reasons, not least because it introduced me to the world of Segways! For the uninitiated, they’re two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicles and great fun. After the all-important tuition from the tutors at Go Ape! – the outdoor adventure company which operates at numerous sites around the [...]

By | October 3rd, 2013|Destinations|0 Comments


I’ll be honest and admit that my memories of Staffordshire before a recent visit weren’t the best. I’m a regular visitor to the Lake District which means travelling up the dreaded M6 and the area around the Stafford junctions always seemed to claim first prize for worst traffic hotspot during our six-hour journey. So when [...]

By | September 9th, 2013|Destinations|0 Comments


Having visited Brighton only once before – and that was years ago – I enjoyed arriving with my family free of any preconceived views and opinions on what to expect or what we could achieve during our short break. Our excursion to this Sussex resort, granted city status by the Queen in 2000, was a [...]

By | March 19th, 2013|Destinations|0 Comments

Faja dos Padres – Madeira

Although Madeira, save Funchal during the rush-hour, is an oasis of calm and tranquillity, there is a little spot on the southern coastline which is, believe it or not, even more peaceful and relaxing – and that’s Faja dos Padres. It’s no wonder that this place is so tranquil because it can only be reached [...]

By | February 20th, 2013|Destinations|0 Comments


Madeira has been attracting British holidaymakers for decades and it’s easy to see why. Take the weather: after one of the UK’s worst summers on record, I was in need of some reliable sunshine – and I got that during my few days on the island, dubbed the “Floating Garden in the Atlantic”, thanks to [...]

By | February 20th, 2013|Destinations|0 Comments

Porto Santo

Lying submerged up to your neck in a tub of hot sand seems a bizarre way to start a holiday on the sunny isle of Porto Santo, but as sweat trickled from every pore, the benefits of my spa treatment kicked in. Research shows that the island’s golden sand contains therapeutic properties. Rich in minerals, [...]

By | February 15th, 2013|Destinations|0 Comments


  We’d only just arrived in Montenegro and here we were sitting in a garishly-coloured motorboat heading for Hawaii! As Jovan, a rosy-faced sailor, steered his pride and joy across the short stretch of emerald water, he pointed excitedly and in pidgin English, enthused, “There’s paradise, Hawaii next-stop.” (c) Richard Webber We’d left [...]

By | February 15th, 2013|Destinations|0 Comments