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Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

What’s on in Chester: an insider’s guide

August 14, 2016 Comments Off on What’s on in Chester: an insider’s guide

For a city famous across the globe for its rich past, Chester is very much focused on the present and the future when it comes to its diverse cultural offering.

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Legoland

Review: Legoland, Manchester

July 9, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Legoland, Manchester

It is testament to the longevity and all-round brilliance of Lego that, after a day spent in a pricey Lego wonderland, a four-year-old’s best memory is “playing with the Lego”.

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Carving stone in the shadow of Henry Moore at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

July 7, 2016 Comments Off on Carving stone in the shadow of Henry Moore at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

I’m standing in woodland near Wakefield, mallet in hand, looking at a piece of stone and wondering what on earth I’m supposed to do with it. It’s not your average Saturday: I’m on a stone-carving course at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Game, set, match in Manchester’s Didsbury

June 1, 2016 Comments Off on Game, set, match in Manchester’s Didsbury

For the next few weeks, the sound of racquets thwacking yellow balls and the aroma of barley water will be everywhere.

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Preview: Manchester Histories Festival 2016

May 23, 2016 Comments Off on Preview: Manchester Histories Festival 2016

When you think of a history festival, what comes to mind? Simon Schama waxing lyrical on 17th century Dutch culture? A walking tour of medieval churches? Or an exhibition showcasing Roman Empire pottery shards?

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A Day At The Lake

Review: A Day At The Lake, Staffordshire

May 1, 2016 Comments Off on Review: A Day At The Lake, Staffordshire

Northern Soul is on board Honey, a diesel-powered cutter launch boat first built during World War II.

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Ten marathons in ten days? The Brathay challenge

April 12, 2016 Comments Off on Ten marathons in ten days? The Brathay challenge

You have to be a running nutter to do the Brathay challenge (aren’t all runners nutters, I hear you say – fair point).

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Archway overlooking the reservoirs

The Magic of Rivington

April 12, 2016 Comments Off on The Magic of Rivington

Rivington Pike and the surrounding landscape of the West Pennine Moors have been a feature of my life for as long as I can recall.

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Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival

Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival: nom, nom, nom…

March 28, 2016 Comments Off on Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival: nom, nom, nom…

Ramsbottom certainly knows how to appeal to the masses: chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate.

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Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows: heaven on earth

March 10, 2016 Comments Off on Tarn Hows: heaven on earth

It’s Summer 1980 and Bodie and Doyle of Professionals fame are stalking out potential bandits.

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