Travel

Pensthorpe Natural Park

Huge wooden spider

Almost 40 minute’s drive from Cromer, Pensthorpe Natural Park is situated in the heart of Norfolk. It has plenty to offer from nature trails to endangered British species. As we walked towards the entrance from the parking area, my 4-year old ogled the WildRootz play structures peeking over the fence and that was pretty much […]

Old Manor Hotel

Old Manor Hotel Sunset

Little more than a year ago new owners, Tudor and Lucy Hopkins, took over Old Manor Hotel and transformed it into a foodie hotspot in the Wiltshire countryside. The actual Manor House, based near Bradford-upon-Avon and Bath Spa, is written about in the Domesday Book and formed part of the Abbess of Glastonbury’s estate. It […]

Longleat Safari & Adventure Park

Feeding Giraffe

Longleat is an animal adventure attraction in Wiltshire (UK), just outside Bath. As someone who was born and bred in South Africa who has gone on many real safaris, Longleat’s is somewhat sterile. For one, the scenery is wrong with its lush, green rolling hills. How it really is: bone dry earth with a flat […]

Matilda The Musical – A Relaxed Performance

Roald Dahl's Matilda

In mid-June, Gabriel paid his first visit to the theatre, a relaxed session of Matilda The Musical. When I was younger, the thought that I would one day have a child with special needs never even crossed my mind. That’s the kind of thing happens to other people, not me. Surely I would be far […]

Fox & Anchor Accommodation

Fox & Anchor's Exterior

In May I paid a second visit to the Fox & Anchor and this time round I can put my finger on as to why I like it so much. As much as I like staying at hotels it sometimes proves to be hard work. For one, I feel obliged to greet and smile at […]

Isles of Scilly

Land's End Shore

Explore the idyllic Isles of Scilly flung off the west coast of England. To be honest, it’s a pain in the ass to get there. We had to take a train, taxi, plane, taxi, boat and another taxi to arrive at our final destination. Next time, I think I’ll fly from London Southend airport to […]

Hell Bay Hotel

Hell Bay Hotel's Exterior

In big cities by the sea, it is not uncommon for hotels to be skyscrapers but in a place such as Bryher in the Isles of Scilly, this would have been a big eyesore. Instead Hell Bay is sprawled in the shape of small buildings over a considerable area. Depending on which direction you’re coming […]

Sofitel London St James

Fresh fruit juices

Admittedly, seven years ago when my first child was born my travel life came to a sudden halt and only recently resurrected very stutteringly. In February, I reviewed a four star hotel and couldn’t help but wonder what the difference was between a four and a five star hotel. Both their facilities and quality would […]

New Duplo Range 2014

Duplo Creative Picnic

After a tough few months of moving house, going on a course, setting up new businesses and starting the divorce process, I literally jumped at the opportunity when we got invited to Legoland for a day. Who best to share the experience with than my three year old daughter, Robyn? Even better, she was asked […]

Lancaster London

Lancaster Hotel's Exterior

After a tough few years and working hard doing a photo shoot all day I was very much looking forward to staying over at Lancaster London. The transition from mother – read chauffeur, personal assistant, gamer, pooey nappy changer, cook, dishwasher, launderer, picking up toyser, neatifier – to being treated like royalty was an easy […]