Royal Leamington Spa

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Tulips and hyacinths in a park

My birth town of Leamington (as it is known locally) has a very interesting history. Originally recorded as Lamintone, and later called Leamington Priors (after the River Leam and Kenilworth Priory) it begun life as a small village, with one very valuable commodity – a mineral spring. Spa waters and their benefits had been known about for hundreds of years … Read More

Redwings – Oxhill

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The entrance to Redwings Horse and Donkey sanctuary in Oxhill

Nestled in the Warwickshire countryside is this friendly horse, pony and donkey sanctuary. A haven for nearly 90 of these wonderful equines, it makes for a special family trip out. Surrounded by the gentle landscape Redwings is both accessible and peaceful. Entrance is free, although donations are welcomed. Along with the stars of the centre, there is a gift shop … Read More

Ryton Pools Country Park

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Swans and ducks at Ryton Pools, Warwickshire

We are so lucky in Warwickshire to have an abundance of parks and open spaces around us to explore. One of our favourite spots is Ryton Pools Country Park. Located on the edge of Ryton on Dunsmore, and run by the council, you can easily lose an entire day here for just a small car parking fee (currently £3.50 as … Read More

Mary Arden’s Farm

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Mary Arden's farm, Wilmcote, near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Spring time is the perfect time for a trip to the farm, and our top choice in the Midlands is Mary Arden’s Farm*. Located in Wilmcote and the former home of Mary Arden (Shakespeare’s mother) and her family, the farm has acres of land beautifully laid out for children and adults to explore. There is so much to do and … Read More

New Zealand – South Island Adventures

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Wildlife Park, Christchurch, New Zealand

This is a longer post than most, so you may want to settle down with a cuppa! Back in November 2008 my husband and I took a trip across the globe to visit family in New Zealand. It was the first time that I had been to the beautiful country, although my husband visited his family semi-regularly throughout his childhood and early … Read More