Brit Book Reviews: Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show: A Centennary Celebration by Brent Elliott.

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               Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show: A Centenary Celebration by Brent Elliott is a gorgeously illustrated coffee table book celebrating 100 years of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Elliott, RHS’s librarian and … [Read more...]

Laura’s London: Exploring the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort

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LEGOLAND Windsor Resort opened in 1996 and is a children's theme park for 2 to 12 year olds. It's only a few miles from Windsor Castle and is just 8 miles from London Heathrow Airport. As it's aimed at younger children it's not all about looping … [Read more...]

Laura’s London: Family Holiday on the Isles of Scilly – A Little Known Corner of Britain

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For my summer holiday this year I wanted to find somewhere unusual, exotic and yet not too far away. The Isles of Scilly fitted the bill perfectly as did the Hell Bay Hotel which has been described as New England meets the Caribbean, meets Cornwall … [Read more...]

Laura’s London: Laura Leaves London and Explores Robin Hood Country & Nottinghamshire

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When you think of Nottinghamshire, in the heart of the England, it's very likely you will think of its legendary son Robin Hood. I went to the annual Robin Hood Festival to try archery and to see a skirmish between Robin Hood and the Sheriff of … [Read more...]

Laura’s London: Laura Visits Enid Blyton Country and Corfe Castle in Dorset

The 'Famous Five' and Corfe Castle. Yes, an excellent photo opportunity.

The children's author Enid Blyton was born in south London and holidayed in Dorset three times a year for about twenty years. These happy trips inspired the 'Famous Five' series about siblings Julian, Dick and Ann, plus George (a tomboy who refused … [Read more...]

Laura’s London: Pendle Witch Trials 400th Anniversary in Lancashire

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2012 marks the 400th anniversary of the famous Pendle Witch Trials in Lancashire. On 20 August 1612, ten people were executed on the moors above Lancaster, having been found guilty of witchcraft at Lancaster Castle. The story has many similarities … [Read more...]

Laura’s London: Exploring Windsor Castle – The Queen’s Favorite Home – London Day Trip

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Windsor Castle is The Queen's favourite weekend retreat and a perfect day trip from London as it's under an hour away by train. Highlights of a visit include The State Apartments, Changing of the Guard, Queen Mary's Dolls House – which even has … [Read more...]

Diamond Jubilee Trip Diaries: Day 1 – Leaving for London and our Arrival in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds

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It had been just over a year since I'd been to Britain for the Royal Wedding and it had seemed like a million years ago. I couldn't wait to be back again. This time, I wouldn't be going alone. My wife would be joining me as well as our 15 month old … [Read more...]

12 reasons to Visit Britain in 2012

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As London prepares to pull out all of the stops as hosts of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the rest of Britain has followed suit for what is set to be a blockbuster year of experiences only to be had in 2012. Whether you are a sports lover, a … [Read more...]

Weird Britain: Complete Guide to Britain’s Quirky Events in 2012

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Britain wouldn't be the same without it's wealth of quirky events, we've rounded up as many as we can think of, so if you fancy a spot of swamp football or perhaps think you could become the World Marble Champion then now's your … [Read more...]