Nestled in the mid-Wales countryside on the outskirts of Welshpool, Powis Castle & Gardens is another fabulous property in the National Trust’s portfolio. Powis Castle was originally built in the thirteenth century by a Welsh Prince named Gruffydd ap Gwenwynwyn (try pronouncing that if your not Welsh). One of the Prince’s descendants sold the castle to Sir Edward Herbert in 1579 where it remained in the family until 1644 when it was captured… Read More

If you are looking for a day out in Surrey, you need something to do with the kids to keep them amused, or just fancy some fresh air and a stroll outside you could do a lot worse than calling in to Birdworld on the outskirts of Farnborough. I’d never heard of Birdworld until a few weeks ago. A friend suggested meeting up somewhere between London and Reading for an afternoon out,… Read More

You know those times when you flick through holiday brochures looking at photos of stunning tropical beaches drenched in sunshine and palm trees seemingly swaying in the breeze, how often have you then compared them with photos from Trip Advisor to see how heavily photo-shopped they are? Never? Maybe it’s just me then. Well, searching for my very first Caribbean all inclusive holiday, I spent the usual hours upon hours looking at… Read More

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir  When you think about California, what springs to mind? Sunshine. Los Angeles, San Francisco, the Pacific Coast Highway, deserts and Yosemite National Park are a few places that I’m sure that some of you think of. They are all superb and wonderful destinations. Anyone planning a California or West Coast USA road trip may be considering taking in the… Read More