Enchanted Park Lewes brings something different to town

If you’re looking for something different to do this festive season and you live within travelling distance of East Sussex, Enchanted Park Lewes might just be something for you. It caught my eye by chance as I was scrolling through Twitter one morning this week, partly because it’s taking place at Southover Grange in Lewes,…

The Kelpies – a must see in Falkirk

Do you ever visit somewhere, search for more details online after your visit and then find out that your views are all wrong? It happened to me with the Kelpies, a striking pair of sculptures towering over the canal and motorway in Falkirk. The Kelpies were designed by renowned Scottish sculptor, Andy Scott, inspired by…

Five gorgeous Scottish drives

Scotland is home to some stunning scenic drives – many of which can also be accessed partly by public transport. Although I don’t drive, I’m lucky enough to usually visit with family members who do. Here are some of my favourite drives on the west coast of Scotland. Glen Fruin across to Garelochead Photo credit-…

The day Le Tour came to town

“Unforgettable moments? There are many. But the one that stands out is the day Le Tour came to my little village, St Martin de Landelles-Plouay . As a young boy I dreamed of seeing the Tour for real on my streets, and on that day that dream became reality.”* Daniel Mangeas, the voice of Le…

Sea lochs and sunsets: a Scottish photoblog

I’ve visited the west coast of Scotland many times in the past ten years, and I never tire of the dramatic scenery. Loch Lomond is a great area to stay, but there are also many lovely villages along the sea lochs. Thanks to the Gulf stream there are hundreds of rhodedendrons blooming in May. The…

It’s festival time in Brighton!

Colour, excitement and new discoveries – May in Brighton always delivers. I think I enjoy it even more now I’m an active part of the opening festival event, the joyful explosion of colour and sound that is the Childrens’ Parade. This year I’m planning to see Toumani Diabete and his spellbinding skills on the kora…

A quirky place to stay in Brighton

I can count on one hand the number of really memorable places I’ve stayed in. The pousada in Itacare, the place with great caipirinhas in Buenos Aires, a faded old colonial place in Asuncion. In a sea of cheap B and Bs and dull chain hotels, it’s a brave choice to fill your hotel walls…

Brighton, Traverse and a dip into the archives

This is something I originally wrote back in 2004. I’m reposting it here so it doesn’t disappear into the ether next time the servers crash. It’s maybe not the style I’d write in today (in fact the temptation to edit some of the more flowery parts is very strong), but the sentiments remain the same,…

Finding some Olympic spirit up on Box Hill

The Olympic Road Races were only a couple of hours from me and I couldn’t miss the chance to be on the roadside, seeing all those familiar peleton faces fly past along Surrey roads. On Sunday we were lucky enough to get returned tickets for the viewing area up on Box Hill, where the women…