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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.

A summer escape with the family to Oxford Castle unlocked

As part of a summer holiday staycation I visited Oxford Castle Unlocked for a day out with my sister and two nieces, both aged 8. We were keen to make the most of a day in Oxford and this opportunity to explore the history of the castle.

Built in 1071 by Richard d’Orilly, a Norman baron and close ally of William the Conqueror, Oxford Castle has had a constant presence in key historic moments of Oxford’s evolution. Most of the castle was destroyed in the English Civil War and by the 18th century the remaining buildings had become Oxford’s local prison. This later became HM Prison Oxford, which closed in 1996. Continue reading A summer escape with the family to Oxford Castle unlocked

Lux dining at Dolce by Ferrero Rocher, a Covent Garden pop-up

Located in St Martin’s Courtyard, Dolce by Ferrero Rocher represents Covent Garden’s latest pop-up, multi-layered dining experience. For just 10 days visitors in London will have the opportunity to experience an exquisite and unique dining experience, celebrating the tastes and textures of the much-loved, Ferrero Rocher. Continue reading Lux dining at Dolce by Ferrero Rocher, a Covent Garden pop-up

Celebrate the season at Winter Wonderland, London

2016-2017 opening dates: 18th November 2016 to 2nd January 2017.

Every year from November to January, Hyde Park in London transforms into a Winter Wonderland extravaganza open daily from 10am until 10pm (except Christmas day).

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Top five things to do in Sydney, Australia

Earlier this year I took a two week solo trip to Australia – a long distance getaway to explore a few sites without breaking the bank. I spent a week in Sydney and participated in two tours with Zepher Tours to Hunter Valley and the Blue Mountains as well as taking some time to explore attractions around the city with friends both old and new. Here are a few of my highlights and top five things to do in Sydney.
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