Stepping back into Tudor history at Mary Arden’s Farm in Shakespeare’s England

Mary Arden was William Shakespeare’s mother, and she grew up in a farmhouse in Wilmcote, near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust now own…

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Lunch in style at The Bell, Alderminster near Stratford Upon Avon

The Bell is one of those places whose names seem to make people smile and nod. We mentioned the hotel/restaurant/pub, in Alderminster, near Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, a…

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A festive trip to Leeds Castle Christmas market

Leeds Castle, in Kent, has a history of festive indulgence. When Henry VIII visited, on his way to the opulent ‘Field of Cloth of Gold’…

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Taking children to Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Is it a good idea?

Our children have hit a bothersome age. Instead of happily trotting along with us to museums and exhibitions, it can be a struggle to persuade…

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A family afternoon at Warwick Castle, in Shakespeare’s England

Warwick Castle has changed a good deal in the twenty or so years since my last visit. Merlin Entertainments, the group behind Legoland, Thorpe Park…

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Wacky witches and wizards at Leeds Castle, in Kent, England

Leeds Castle is one of those places where you can have a different experience every time you visit. Set near the Kentish village of Leeds…

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QHotels Chesford Grange, a family friendly Warwickshire hotel

Chesford Grange, in Warwickshire, England, is a hotel that’s difficult to leave. With 17 acres of land, the quiet setting of the QHotels country house…

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London museum hop: Science Museum and V&A

The museum-side exit of London’s South Kensington tube station has a festive feel. Especially in the school holidays, the station teems with families who have…

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Places to visit in Cornwall for story-loving families

Cornwall is a great destination for families. 300 miles of dramatic coastline, as well as brooding moors and atmospheric forests, make it perfect for outdoorsy…

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