If you live a fair distance from a theme park or attraction, it’s likely that you will want to make the most of your trip. I find that for many theme parks it’s worth spending a couple of days exploring, especially if it’s not a park you can visit regularly. Alton Towers, deep in the Staffordshire countryside, is one of the those theme parks that you will want to spend some time exploring without being rushed. With a large number of attractions, spread across a large area with beautiful scenery, I always like to spend two days there when I visit. For this reason, I choose to stay at one of the resort accommodation options to make life easier. In this post, I’ll run through some tips on how to make the most of your Alton Towers overnight stay.

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Do you like gin? If so, you’re in the right place. There has been a huge rise in the popularity of gin over the past few years, with craft gins and local distilleries popping up everywhere. You can’t seem to go into a bar without a huge display of gin on the back counter, or a novel sized gin menu. Gin is big right now. There are a few of the big brand names still dominating the market though – Bombay Sapphire being one of those. After talking about visiting their distillery for what seemed like years, we eventually decided to take the plunge and spent an afternoon at the Bombay Sapphire Distillery Tour.

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Live music is one of my main passions. The buzz of seeing a band or artist that you love perform live is exciting, exhilarating and can leave long lasting memories. In terms of value for money, music festivals are a great way to catch lots of bands play. Whether you are familiar with a band or not, it can be a great opportunity to discover new artists or see bands you love. I’ve recently noticed there has been an upsurge of smaller festivals in the UK, so this year we decided to go and check out the family friendly Deer Shed Festival in North Yorkshire.

I visited my first music festival in 1998 – V98 in Leeds in case you were wondering. Mildly obsessed with Stereophonics at the time, and having watched footage of them at a very muddy Glastonbury that summer, I felt the need to experience a festival. I made a phone call to the ticket line (internet booking wasn’t really a thing back then) and bagged one of the last tickets available. Come August, myself and a friend jumped on a train to Leeds, camped up and saw the likes of The Verve, Charlatans, PJ Harvey, Catatonia and Stereophonics. I was hooked.

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