Entries by Kathy

Explore the Past

Visit Skipton Castle, a 900 year old medieval castle and one of the best preserved in England, and discover every nook and cranny from the privy to the banqueting hall. There is plenty to keep you busy here. You can also enjoy special events such as live theatre in the grounds to fighting displays of the famous War of the Roses.

Opening Times: Daily from 10am (Sunday 12 noon), except for 25 December. Last admission is at 6pm (October – February 4pm).

Green’s Mill

Learn about this 200 Year Old Iconic Mill in Sneinton, Nottingham.

Built in 1807 and home to famous mathematician George Green, the mill is still producing organic, award winning flour whenever the wind allows. Discover the contribution George Green made to the science of today and how flour is produced by the power of the wind. The science centre has hands on exhibits for children to enjoy while the adults can read about the 200 year history of this iconic mill.

A Quirky Day

Have a quirky family day out at Crosby’s non-bathing beach.

Be in awe with Anthony Gormley’s modern sculpture, ‘Another Place’, which consists of 100 cast iron, life-size figures standing along three kilometres of foreshore and stretching one kilometre out to sea. All of the figures were casts of the artist’s body and each figure looks out to sea and stares at the horizon as though in silent expectation.

According to Gormley, ‘Another Place’, with its cast-iron figures standing in the ebb and flow of the tide explores man’s relationship with nature.

Dancing Raisins

Ever thought Raisins could dance? With the help of some kitchen ingredients you’ll be able to see them boogey!

Our Wildlife Spot

The Robin is one of the UK’s favourite birds and they can be seen throughout the year and you may even hear them singing in the garden on Christmas Day.

Males and females look identical, and young birds have no red breast. Even though these birds look very cute they can be aggressive if their territories are invaded and have no problem at all in driving away intruders. 

Our Lovely Heritage

Visit one of English Heritage’s sites this Summer! Take in the vista of the Wiltshire countryside at Old Sarum, originally an Iron Age settlement which was occupied by the Romans, Normans and Saxons. It also once held a cathedral on the hilltop. Learn about the history of the site and how it would have looked […]

Thackray Museum

Have a great day out at the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds. This beautiful 150 year old grade 2 listed building was formerly the Leeds Union Workhouse. With nine interactive galleries, the fascinating exhibitions and collections tell a story that affects us all. Hear and smell what it was like to walk the grimy streets […]

Mappi Mundi

Hereford Cathedral is fortunate to care for two important historical treasures. The Mappa Mundi is a late 13th Century map of the world and is a pictorial encyclopaedia, adorned by strange beasts and other characters that tell stories from the bible and classical myth. With Jerusalem at the centre, it provides a unique insight into […]

Tea Clipper

Cutty Sark, London is the world’s sole surviving tea clipper, the speed machine of her time and living testimony to the bygone, glorious days of sail. Built in 1869 to carry tea back from China, she visited nearly every major port in the world and gained fame for her record-breaking passages through the wildest oceans around […]

Elgar Birthplace Museum

Visit Elgar Birthplace, the Museum provides a fascinating insight into the life and music of Sir Edward Elgar, one of England’s greatest composers. The Museum has two buildings, the modern Elgar Centre and the atmospheric Birthplace Cottage. Together they reveal the great man behind the music.

Bird World

With many of us distracted by our busy lifestyles, we rarely have time to look up and appreciate the beauty of the world around us. By venturing outside on a blustery spring day in the UK, you can spot a ‘wild’ variety of wildlife that is often overlooked and unappreciated. Notice the squirrels chasing each […]

Flower Power

Whether you have a couple of acres in the countryside or a small back yard, you probably have room for a few flowers. A huge number of insects depend on flowers for nectar and pollen, so growing them in your garden – in borders, window boxes or pots – is a great way to attract a huge variety of insect visitors. 

Pollinators such as bees, hover flies and butterflies are perhaps the best known of the flower-feeding insects, but even predatory insects like ladybirds will enjoy a feast of floral food if they can find one. Many flower-feeding insects have struggled in recent years, however, as wild-flowers have become less abundant in the countryside and exotic and highly cultivated varieties have become more common in our gardens. Whilst the latter may appear pleasing to the eye and hard to resist when browsing at your local garden centre, all too often they offer little or no accessible food for flower feeding insects. 

1st Grade Pier

Visit the only Grade 1 pier in England at Clevedon, North Somerset, which has stood the test of time.

Enjoy stunning views of the West Country and the Severn Estuary, then afterwards spend time in the Pier’s Art Gallery and then in the shop. For those of you who prefer the outdoors you can do some fishing from the pier and take a boat ride too.

Did you know?

The Moon Jellyfish is transparent and grows up to 40cm wide. It is shaped like an umbrella and has short hair-like tentacles around the edges, and four rings towards centre. They are mostly harmless to humans, though may sting sensitive skin.