Travelling along an elevated section of the A57(M) on a Friday afternoon, the high rise buildings of Manchester appear into view. I love that sight – the first glimpse of the big city that you are about to visit. It builds a sense of anticipation about the trip and an excitement about what’s in …

I love exploring London. It’s such a vibrant city full of history and culture. I’ve never lived in London but have lived close enough to visit regularly over the years. For me, the capital has a familiarity to it,  despite it’s sprawling size. At over 600 square miles, there’s a lot of ground to …

Chester sightseeing – a perfect weekend escape You know those times where you just need to escape, even if it’s just for one night? Every now and then those moments grip me and I have the urge to get away. It’s great to have something to look forward to. The run up to Christmas …

The crisp, cold air of winter with the sun hanging low in the clear evening sky. Very few sounds apart from waves lapping gently on the beach, a single fishing boat chugging it’s way along the shore and the distant hum of conversation and laughter coming from a nearby pub. Sometimes, evenings are made …

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 …

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, …

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 …

What do you look for in a city centre hotel? I don’t know about you, but I spend far too much time pondering about city break hotel stays. More often than not, you’ll end up with an expensive hotel that doesn’t really offer great value in terms of the room rate. Recently when visiting …

How many of you have realised in a desperate attempt to see the world, you completely ignore what’s on your doorstep? I, for one, am definitely in this group. As a young twenty something I settled in the university and commuter town of Reading, Berkshire. It wasn’t planned. A work opportunity and some quick …

[AD] I enjoy living near London. It’s always great to jump on a train for 25 minutes and be in our vibrant capital city. There is just so much to explore, and with constant new developments popping up, the decisions on what do are almost endless. One part of London that I haven’t explored …