A year in cottages

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To help travellers map in their 2024 travel, Sykes Holiday Cottages has selected 12 staycations – one for each month of the year – tying into events happening across the UK, such as Burns Night and Brighton Pride. From a … Read More

Meet Scrooge among the ruins

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The London Touring Players are returning to Beaulieu this festive season, bringing the timeless classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ to life in an open-air performances at the spectacular Beaulieu Abbey ruins and cloister. From 14th December to 24th December, audiences will … Read More

Doctor Who on wheels

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The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu is set to transport visitors through time and space with the unveiling of a new temporary display featuring the most iconic vehicles from the beloved British sci-fi series, Doctor Who. From the sleek and stylish Bessie … Read More

Motorbike News – National Motor Museum

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A Greek police motorcycle ridden by Matt Damon as Jason Bourne in Paul Greengrass’ action-thriller sequel Jason Bourne is now at the National Motor Museum Beaulieu. In the film Bourne rode this motorcycle through a riot in Athens, after stealing … Read More

An otter in Milton Keynes!

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I live in the new city of Milton Keynes, the much-maligned concrete jungle, famed for placing concrete cow sculptures in the fields adjoining the railway line, thus ensuring that a reputation for (shall we say a lack of authenticity) spread … Read More


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When visiting Shrewsbury last Spring we were intrigued to see some of the little paved streets leading down to the market square full of activity with men hauling giant lights around and scattering grit on the roads. Other personnel fussing … Read More

Pembrokeshire Day 4

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Our last day in Pembrokeshire staying at the peaceful luxurious Old Dairy Cottage near Fishguard was bracing and breezy but also a great showcase for the striking coastal scenery. We motored up the long and winding road to Strumble Head … Read More

Pembrokeshire Day 3

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With the weather much improved we ventured out from Old Dairy Cottage in the lovely Pembrokeshire countryside between Haverfordwest and Fishguard. There’s such a lot to see less than an hour away. We visited the little town of Narberth famous … Read More

Pembrokeshire Day 2

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When you open the door of a holiday cottage you are always a bit apprehensive as to whether it will measure up to the description on the website (or less and less these days on the brochure). This is what … Read More

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