Great Days Out

September may be getting nearer but this does not mean that days out should be coming to an end, quite the opposite, so here are some ideas for wonderful family days out.


Warwick Castle has teamed up with Digbeth dining Club to offer a series called Open Arms – socially distanced street food and beer garden in the grounds. Other events include jousting. Falconry Displays, Fun in the Dungeon and tours inside one of England’s most historical castles



For a day of double treats the historic and picturesque Swanage Railway and the impressive Corfe Castle should definitely be on your list of things to do.
Situated near the delightful village of Corfe Mullen both the railway and the castle enjoy superb locations in the Dorset countryside, take the train and
you can be by the sea within minutes at the popular town of  Swanage.  


Castle Ashby Gardens, home of the 7th Marquess of Northampton is a wonderful creation from the countries greatest garden designer Capability Brown. Situated 20 minutes from Northampton and 30 minutes from junction 15 on the M1 the variety of trees and magnificent layout of the gardens with ideally located picnic spots and delightful cafe and childrens play area have undergone extensive updating, definitely not one to miss.



Alton Towers is more often associated with its fun fairs and terrifying rides than its beautiful gardens,
this September the Staffordshire theme park will be hosting its entertainment packed take on the German
beer festival Octoberfest. Tickets will be available
 from 18-20 September, 25-27th September and 2-4 October . day passes cost from £34.00 per person 

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Beautiful, yet little known llyn Clywedog


The scenery surrounding this large reservoir near Llanidloes is truly wonderful. This walk takes you along the western side of the reservoir along the Glyndwr’s Way long distance footpath. You start at the car park at south western end of the water with views of the Afon Clywedog. You then head past the spectacular dam which is the tallest concrete dam in the UK, with a height of 72 metres and a length of 230 metres. The walk continues to the north western edge of the reservoir with a mixture of lakeside sections and woodland trails. It’s a splendid area for bird watching too. Look out for red kites, buzzards and ravens on your walk.
The whole of this route is designed for walkers but cyclists can enjoy the second half of the route where there is a splendid trail along the lakeside. For the first half you can follow country lanes to the west of the lake.



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September is upon us but is it going to be easier to visit our beauty spots?

Does the schools re opening mean that finding a parking space in the country’s top beauty spots is now going to be a lot easier? This year has seen a proliferation of parking madness and over crowded beaches and countryside as a frustrated public has rushed to get outdoors, having been incarcerated  since March. The dramatic reduction in overseas holidays has been wonderful for the camping, caravanning and motorhome industries with sales of everything outdoors being eagerly snapped up by a public eager to enjoy the delights of our island home.
For many this has meant visiting places they may have only ever heard of , yes there really is beauty north of Manchester, the downside has been that residents living in some of Britain’s most beautiful places have been over run and subjected to litter and lack of consideration and common sense by visitors who have made themselves very unwelcome by ignoring what some would call common courtesy.

Many favourite organisations are still having to allow entry by prior booking due to the Coronavirus, despite needing to get things as much back to normal as possible. Thank fully this new way of doing things has been, it appears, not impacted too terribly on the country homes and parks with the public following the rules.                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Now September is upon us and the amazing and unpredictable weather is still keeping everyone guessing what to take each time they step out of the door. When all is said and done there is a positive side to this years events, more people have discovered just how stunning and diverse the British isles are and how easy it is to get to our National Parks and coasts. One can only hope that with an easing of Lockdown everyone will give more thought as to how to make their visits more enjoyable for them and their families and for the communities they visit.


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Longshaw in the Peak District

Situated on the eastern edge of the Peak District the Longshaw Estate is run by the National Trust. It is an area of ancient woodland, parkland and upland  from where it is possible to enjoy dramatic views over the surrounding valleys.

From the National Park car park there is an information centre and delightful restaurant and shop from which the visitor can enjoy un restricted views towards several of the stone outcrops and surrouding moorland and access to all the walking routes allowing you to decide just how far you want to go. The famous Stanage Edge is accessible  giving you the chance to  watch climbers on the crags above you. The free guide, available in the visitor centre,  is clear and easy to follow.

For more details simply click on the National Trust link on the Homepage.




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Being ‘Self Sufficient’ in a tent.

From Saturday 4 July Camp sites across England can open their doors, but with restrictions which will mean being ‘Self Sufficient’ in your tent will potentially be essential if you are to enjoy your stay.  It is very likely that toilet and shower blocks will be closed but chemical waste and water facilities will be available.

A toilet tent pegged up inside or outside your main canvas accommodation with a chemical loo toilet installed is the perfect solution.


The aptly named Thetford Porta Potti has a long and well tested, and proven history of providing self sufficiency in this aspect of outdoor living. Easily and cleanly emptied into the chemical waste point at camp sites it relies upon a dissolving chemical which is diluted into the empty waste tank, add water and you will have no embarrassing waste or odours to worry about. 




Showers are also a possibility with lightweight foot pump operated items from Amazon, 





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