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Hardy’s Cottage

Hardy’s Cottage

Thomas Hardy’s legacy still lives on today. He was a Victorian realist and as an English student, I’ve always been curious about Dorset and the rural environment where he grew up and lived that runs so clearly through his work. Cass…

The North Face Mens’ Borealis Backpack

The North Face Mens’ Borealis Backpack

I’ve spent the last week wandering around London. Cass is old enough to be wanting a bit of variety in her holidays and this translated to a day spent at The New Forest Wildlife Park followed by five days exploring London over half…

Parkdean’s Warmwell Holiday Park

Parkdean’s Warmwell Holiday Park

Lodges, lakes, trees… and skis! is printed boldly on Warmwell Holiday Park’s Homepage. We love woodland lodges, walks around lakes and Chris’, having fond memories of ski holidays growing up, hoped this would be a good place to test the waters…

Corfe Castle: A thousand years of history

Corfe Castle: A thousand years of history

Corfe Castle is an impressive sight. Situated at the top of a hill on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, it towers over the surrounding landscape. It’s witnessed a thousand years of history and today living history events are popular and bring the…

Stonebarrow Hill Shop

Stonebarrow Hill Shop

The Stonebarrow Hill Shop is teeny tiny, tucked away in an unassuming building at the top of the National Trust’s Golden Cap Estate. It’s a pit stop rather than a meal stop, selling drinks and snacks daily from Spring to Autumn…

West Bay Holiday Park

West Bay Holiday Park

West Bay is a quaint harbour village in Dorset, famous as the primary filming location for British hit crime series ‘Broadchurch’. It’s an idyllic get away spot filled with apartments to rent and places to eat. It has a pebble beach…

Nomatic Travel Bag

Nomatic Travel Bag

The minimalist philosophy of travel light and simple has gone from strength to strength for the last decade and it’s been boosted by airlines gradually reducing checked luggage or adding on costs. The quickest and cheapest way to fly is often with only…

Bournemouth Oceanarium

Bournemouth Oceanarium

Bournemouth Oceanarium is a compact, quirky space in a prime location next to Bournemouth Pier. We arrived early on a sunny day and were greeted by a quiet lobby with more staff than visitors. The building lets in lots of light and little noise and…

Farleigh Road Farm Shop & Cafè

Farleigh Road Farm Shop & Cafè

We regularly drive north from Wiltshire on the A36 and Farleigh Road Farm Shop is our regular road side stop. It opens at 9 am even on a Sunday and serves delicious breakfasts, light lunches and afternoon tea. It has the added bonus of selling…

@Bristol Review

@Bristol Review

At-Bristol Science Centre is one of the Southwest England’s top visitors attractions and houses the UK’s only 3D Planetarium. It has a diverse collection of interactive exhibits, shows, workshops, talks and regular theme days throughout the year. We spent a…

Belkin Slimline Laptop Backpack Review

Belkin Slimline Laptop Backpack Review

Over the years IT people I’ve met seem to fall into two camps. The completionists who try to carry everything they might need and the minimalists who bring a laptop, maybe a couple of cables and nothing else. A couple of months ago…

Salisbury Cathedral Review

Salisbury Cathedral Review

The medieval cathedrals of England are known for their individualistic styles. Built and re-built over multiple centuries, the architectural style changed over time and the result has been that the cathedrals now reflect various building styles of many different periods. Salisbury Cathedral is the…

Riutbag Go Review

Riutbag Go Review

Ever been pickpocketed or had something stolen out of your bag? It’s something that happens to a lot of people and the inspiration for the Riut series of bags. Most bags have the zips or latches down the outside for easy access and…

Acorns Guest House Bristol Airport

Acorns Guest House Bristol Airport

Acorns Guest House is an attractive airport hotel excellently situated one minute away from Bristol Airport. We had an early flight out and arrived around 5 p.m. where we were checked-in, our car parking arranged and our airport transfer booked for 4 a…

Mottisfont House and Gardens Review

Mottisfont House and Gardens Review

Mottisfont Abbey offers a rare commodity – it’s a hidden hide-out for peace and tranquility. The beautiful large lawns gently slope into the river and under massive trees there are many places to sit, walk and play. It changes personality with each…

Wenger Swissgear SYNERGY 16″ Laptop Backpack Review

Wenger Swissgear SYNERGY 16″ Laptop Backpack Review

Over the last 10 years I’ve worked with and met a lot of IT professionals. They tend to fall into two camps – those who carry around the smallest possible bag with the smallest possible (usually Apple) laptop and those who carry every…

The Dorset Hideaway Campsite and Spa Review

The Dorset Hideaway Campsite and Spa Review

With the summer here we’re all thinking about escaping to the beach or countryside and camping is a potentially great way to do so – but how does a campsite that also has a spa attached sound? The Dorset Hideaway has a combination…

Koolertron Canvas Cross-body Bag Review

Koolertron Canvas Cross-body Bag Review

Koolertron’s canvas cross-body bag is a compact bag ideal for carrying a number of essentials on a regular basis. It is lightweight, made from a durable, understated lined fabric with zipped pockets and an adjustable shoulder strap. It has a generous central…

Stourhead Review

Stourhead Review

Stourhead is a world-famous landscape garden created about 275 years ago. The garden was designed around an artificially created lake and a circular sunken path leads the way around with spectacular views, sculpted to look like paintings, emerging along the route. It’s…

Manor Farm Campsite Review

Manor Farm Campsite Review

Camping trips for most are about getting away from the minor pressures of every day life to unwind and recharge. Manor Farm makes this ridiculously easy. Set in beautiful countryside between Bath and Bristol, both cities are within easy reach yet the farm has that…