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Exploring the outdoors with Slow Ways

Like many of us, I used the UK lockdown and working from home as an opportunity to focus on my mental and physical wellbeing. For me, this involved getting out for regular walks in my local area and venturing further afield whenever possible.

I often found myself struggling to find new routes close to home and to remain inspired with my goal to be active. The Slow Ways website offered some alternative options that I was able to try.

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Preview night: Celebrating 250 years of legacy with Zippos Circus

Zippos Circus is celebrating 250 years of the circus and they’re going to tour to commemorate it. I was pleased to see that the Birmingham show was taking place just a short walk away from my home in the city. Continue reading Preview night: Celebrating 250 years of legacy with Zippos Circus

The Clink, Brixton: A unique dining experience in a category C prison

Led by The Clink Charity, this restaurant located inside HMP Brixton, a men’s prison, is offering a dining experience that promises to demonstrate change. Continue reading The Clink, Brixton: A unique dining experience in a category C prison

Christmas at The Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

This evening I had the pleasure of joining a group of bloggers in Birmingham, to enjoy the Christmas Lights Trail at the city’s Botanical Gardens.
Located in Edgbaston, Birmingham, the Brum Bloggers event was an exciting opportunity to enjoy the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, in all of its festive glamour.
It may not be December yet, but visitors to the Botanical Gardens can enjoy following a well-lit path around the outdoor gardens, a perfect introduction to the festive season.

Visitors can also enjoy fairground rides along the way, including a Victorian carousel and steam boat swing. 
From glittering trees, decorated reindeer and colourful lights that dance to the appropriate and much-loved Christmas musical classics, visitors can explore the trail in around 45 minutes.

Along the way, there’s a selection of stalls providing mulled wine, hot chocolate and an array of other hot drinks to keep you warm during the winter weather. Hot food is also on sale, as well as other sweet treats, like smores.
Suitable for visitors of all age groups, the Christmas Lights Trail is Birmingham’s newest Christmas attraction. Tickets are currently on sale via the Botanical Gardens website, with prices starting from £10 for children above the age of 4, £16 per adult.

Wrapping up a British summer in Haslemere, Surrey

This weekend my friend and I took a drive to Haslemere, Surrey for a delicious lunch at The White Horse, before taking a walk along one of the nearby trails.

The weather may not have been great this weekend but fortunately, I had good company to make the most of the dismal rain.

Located on the High Street, the pub is a neighbourly and relaxing place, with a selection of quality food and extensive drinks menu available. We enjoyed a camembert starter, sausage and mash as a main course and hot chocolate, to put some warmth back into our bodies.

Camembert starter at The White Horse, Haslemere, Surrey

Hot chocolate at The White Horse, Haslemere, Surrey

Sausage and mash at The White Horse, Haslemere, Surrey

The White Horse, Haslemere, Surrey

After enjoying a delicious and filling meal, we sought advice from the staff about the options for taking a walk. We opted for Longmoor Wood and Swan Barn Farm, a woodland and meadow walk that’s part of the National Trust trail.

The walk is scenic and not too difficult. It’s relatively flat along this route and would be suitable for all abilities.

Haslemere, Surrey

Swan Barn Farm, Haslemere, Surrey

Swan Barn Farm, Haslemere, Surrey

Swan Barn Farm, Haslemere, Surrey

Swan Barn Farm, Haslemere, Surrey

Longmoor Wood, Haslemere, Surrey

Haslemere is a quaint and charming market town, with excellent access to the city of London. My friend and I enjoyed taking the unbeaten path as we walked around the area.

For a day trip from nearby cities, it’s an ideal getaway for a refreshing connection to the British countryside.