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Fun Activities to do with Active Ramsgate

October 16, 2017

Ramsgate is a seaside town in East Kent packed with natural beauty and stunning sea views. Active Ramsgate has launched a campaign to promote fun activities around the area that will also keep you fit and healthy. For more information on Active Ramsgate click here. Below is a list of what me and my boyfriend did when we visited Ramsgate for the weekend.

Cycling

Ride Bike Hire offer a range of good quality Pashley bikes for hire so you can explore the Viking coastal trail. They offer a number of pick up points along the coastal trail so you can explore as much as you want. Hiring bikes is an excellent way to explore more of Ramsgate and to see more of the beautiful coastline.

Pickleball

Pickleball is a great new sport to try out originating from the USA it is a mixture of tennis, badminton and ping pong. This fun sport is a great way to keep active and burn some calories. Head to Spencer Square Tennis & Pickleball Centre to give it a go.

Kayaking

We visited at the beginning of October and unfortunately the weather on the Sunday was very rainy and windy so we couldn’t go kayaking. If visiting on a nice day you can kayak from Ramsgate to Broadstairs taking in the beauty of the white cliffs and you might even be able to see seals! For more info click here. If you don’t fancy kayaking you could take a boat trip for views along the Kent coastline.Food

Archive Home Store – Great place to relax with a drink and admire the views over the harbour. Serving healthy lunches, loose leaf teas and cakes. They also have a range of books, home ware and stationary for sale.

Bon Apetit – This French restaurant has beautiful views overlooking the harbour. Choose from a selection of sea food, meat and wine. I was very impressed with the friendly service, presentation of the food and the white chocolate creme brulee was a real highlight for me. Try and book in advance as the restaurant is quite small and was full when we were there.

The Empire Room – This traditional cosy restaurant serves a range of gourmet food. Serving Sunday roast, afternoon tea and a selection of meat and vegetarian dishes. I really enjoyed the scotch egg starter and the wonderful presentation of the food.

Where to stay

Glendevon Guest House

The owner Rebekah was incredibly welcoming and friendly and always there to help or suggest great places to go in the area. Our room was spacious with it’s own kitchenette, bathroom and television. Located minutes from the seafront and walking distance from shops and restaurants.

We had a brilliant weekend in Ramsgate, we were very impressed with the range of activities and would visit again to try out more of them!

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* A huge thank you to Active Ramsgate for inviting us along, all opinions remain my own*

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Harepath House Rural Retreat in Wiltshire

June 29, 2017

Harepath House Wiltshire

This beautiful accommodation is set in the heart of Wiltshire in Bishops Cannings near Devizes. The location is perfect, rural with lovely views but still walk able to the local village. We arrived on the Friday evening and the owner Claire was there to greet us and show us to the room. She was very thorough with this, from showing us how to work the heating to providing menus for the local pub. She really made the place feel like our home for the weekend. The self contained studio apartment has its own entrance so you have your own privacy and is well equipped with everything you need, there was even fresh eggs from the chickens in the village.

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  • Excellent WiFi Connection
  • Parking spaces
  • Welcome Pack – bread, jam, eggs and biscuits
  • Kitchen equipment, kettle, frying pans etc
  • Condiments, tea and coffee provided
  • Ideal location for exploring World Heritage Sites
  • En suite bathroom with shower and toiletries
  • Full Sky Package
  • BT Sports Channels
  • Radio

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We visited a local pub called the Crown Inn, it was about a 15 minute walk from the house. The pub had a very friendly atmosphere and we had a really good burger there. Overall we really enjoyed our stay here the location was excellent and the apartment was so cosy. The property was spotlessly clean and bright with a lovely view of the countryside. It’s such a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Attractions Nearby 

  • 15 miles from the iconic Stonehenge
  • 3 miles from Devizes Castle
  • 1 hour from the historic cities of Bath & Sailsbury
  • 8 miles from Lacock Abbey

Click here to check availability for Harepath House

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My stay was in collaboration with Visit Wiltshire. However, all views and opinions are my own.

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Bath, Somerset Travel Guide

February 20, 2017

 

Visiting Bath is like stepping back in time with all its beautiful Georgian architecture. There are plenty of shops, museums and galleries to visit. Here is a list of things to do in Bath.

Pulteney Bridge

Les Mis was filmed around Bath’s iconic Pulteney Bridge.

Pulteney Bridge Bath

Royal Crescent 

Royal Crescent Bath

Sally Lunns  

This is one of the oldest buildings in Bath serving a variety of sweet and savoury buns and afternoon tea. I had the light breakfast which is a pot of tea and half a bun served with cinnamon butter. The cinnamon butter is seriously amazing! They also have a small museum downstairs where you can purchase a bun to take home.

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Visit Bath Abbey

The Abbey has beautiful interior and it’s free to have a look around.

Bath Abbey

Jane Austen Museum

Ticket costs £11.00 or £8.50 for students and with your ticket you get 10% off in the shop and tea room. You get a guided tour with information about Jane and her family and her time spent in Bath. You then watch a short video and can look around the rest of the museum with a Jane Austen waxwork at the end.

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Walk past where Jane Austen used to live

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Bath Guildhall Markets

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Wander around the canals

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Victoria Art Gallery

The Gallery is free to look around but you have to pay if you want to go in an exhibition.

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Roman Baths

Whilst in Bath you have to check out the Roman Baths. Years ago I visited the Roman Baths and Thermae Bath Spa with college. The Bath spa has thermal waters and an open rooftop swimming pool.

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Accommodation

YHA Hostel

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  • 25 minute walk from centre also it is up a massive hill which is fine walking down but a bit of an effort to get back up
  • located very close to the Bath Skyline walk
  • locker and wifi included
  • all ages welcome here there was a mixed range of people staying here including families
  • parking available across the road from hostel however there’s not that many spaces and spaces lower down the hill you have to have a parking permit between 8am-6pm Mon-Sat
  • prices start from £10

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How to spend 48 hours in Manchester

December 27, 2016

Manchester is one of the most popular UK cities to visit and it’s easy to see why. With it’s iconic music scene, industrial history and superb shopping. Manchester is bustling with character with a mixture of old and new architecture. If you love quirky vintage shops then Manchester is the place for you. I recently visited Manchester for a weekend away. I have been trying to explore more of the UK and I love heading up North as the people are so friendly!

Free things to do in Manchester

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Town Hall

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John Rylands Library

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Manchester Cathedral

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People’s History Museum

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Central Library

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Manchester Art Gallery 

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Vogue temporary exhibition

Manchester Quays

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Vintage shopping

There are a lot of vintage shops to explore in Manchester most of them are found in the Northern Quarter.

Where to eat

Annie’s is owned by actress Jennie Mcalpine who plays Fiz in Corrie. I had a lovely hot choc with biscuits. They offer afternoon tea, mains and desserts. They also have a take on the Rovers staple called Annie’s hot pot.

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Federal Cafe – This is a New Zealand/Australian cafe which is a great spot for brunch, it was super busy when I went.

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Have a drink at Sinclairs’ Oyster bar

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Accommodation

Hatters Hilton Chambers 

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  • Free breakfast – toast or cereal
  • Different activities such as pub crawl, walking tours etc
  • Free Wifi
  • Communal kitchen and TV lounge – good for meeting new people
  • Prices start from £12

Information 

  • Manchester is pretty easy to get around by foot
  • There are also plenty of bus’s and trams if you don’t feel like walking
  • Parking is so cheap compared to the South I parked all day for £2.50 in Rochdale car park check out Parkopedia to find the cheapest car parks

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Oslo, Norway Travel Guide

December 8, 2016

Oslo is full of colourful old and new architecture and quirky sculptures. The main thing I loved about Oslo is how everything is Koselig (cosy). Local bars and restaurants supply outdoor heaters and wool blankets you put over your lap whilst enjoying a drink. Inside is filled with candles or warm fires and many bathrooms have heated floors to warm up chilly feet. Being one of the most expensive cities in the world Oslo is not cheap so I’ve included some free things to do.

What to do

Royal Palace

It’s free to walk around the gardens and you can purchase a tour around the Palace but it is only open from end of June to Mid August. The changing of the guards take place every day at 1.30. The Palace looked so pretty in the snow I felt like I was in Narnia!

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Go Shopping
Scandinavia is famous for its elegant and minimalist clothing and home ware. Walk along Karl Johans gate for some great shops.

Akershus Fortress

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Museums

If visiting on a Sunday some museums are free so check online before visiting.

Nobel Peace Centre

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National Gallery

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Edward Munch’s most famous piece – The Scream

Free

Go inside the City Hall

From the outside it doesn’t look that impressive but inside is full of beautiful art about Norwegian culture and history.

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Visit the Opera House

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The Vigeland Park (Sculpture Park)

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Trying out the sculpture poses obviously nailed it haha

Walk along the waterfront

Wander along the waterfront admiring the views and then get cosy in one of the bars.

Accommodation

Oslo Central Hostel

  • Free breakfast – this is the best hostel breakfast I’ve ever had. They have a wide variety of fruits, yoghurt, egg, bacon and the best herby mushrooms.
  • Lockers and towels provided
  • Good location close to the fortress and shopping streets
  • Atmosphere more of a hotel rather than a hostel

Where to Eat & Drink

Mathallen Market

This food market is outside the centre there are bus’s or trams that you can get here. We walked and its around a 20-30 minute walk. The food here is expensive but then so is everywhere in Norway. It is also closed on a Monday.

Justisen Bar

This place is a lot of fun there’s an outdoor bar with heaters and upstairs lots of different rooms. The rooms look like they have been decorated by someone’s Grandma with loads of floral wallpaper and cosy lights.

Mona Lisa – Italian

Very fancy looking restaurant you can also eat outside on the balcony.

Homan Bistro & Bar

I had the best bangers and mash here!

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Information

  • If visiting in Autumn/Winter it will be freezing pack thermals, scarves and hats
  • Oslo is super expensive so budget accordingly. Dinner or lunch will cost £20-£30 for one course and that is in the cheaper restaurants. If you visit during summer you could go to a supermarket and buy some foods for a picnic. You should also pack some snacks with you. We ended up paying £5 for a packet of crisps and chocolate bars are about £3 so its worth bringing stuff in your suitcase.
  • I would recommend getting an Oslo pass they have 24hr, 48 and 72 hour passes which will provide you with free entry to museums the fortress and public transport. 24 hr is 335NOK 48 hr is 490NOK and 72 is 620NOK you can also get student discount. The museums are quite expensive to get into so it does make the pass worth it.

*Note: Special thanks to Visit Oslo for providing me with a 72hr Oslo Pass

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Czech Republic Travel Weekend Away

Prague Travel Guide

December 4, 2016

Prague is one of my favourite cities it has the perfect mixture of culture, history, nightlife and affordability. I am in love with it’s fairy tale buildings, everywhere you go you’ll find amazing architecture. This is my second visit to Prague I also went in summer last year and I was still amazed by Prague the second time around. Here is a list of things to do in Prague.

Explore Prague’s Castle

There are so many buildings to visit, you can choose between two tickets allowing you into different attractions. Make sure you visit St Vitus Cathedral the stained glass windows are incredible.

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View of Prague Castle from Boat trip

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Beautiful view over Prague from the castle

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Changing of the guard takes place daily at 12.00

Astronomical clock

Crowds will gather here every hour to watch the clock doors open and figures moving.

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Old Town Hall 

Enter the doors to the side of the clock and you’ll be whisked up to the top of the tower for an amazing view of the Old Town Square. When I was there the lift was broken but its an easy walk to the top.

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Walk across Charles Bridge

In summer it is best to arrive here early as it gets crowded. However in November it wasn’t very busy.

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Band playing on Charles Bridge

Letna Park River Views

I went here last summer the view and beer garden are well worth the climb to the top.

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Boat tour

I went on a 50 minute boat trip my ticket was included in my holiday voucher. It would normally cost 300czk (£9.30)

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Klementinum library

This is hands down the best library I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately you aren’t allowed to take photos inside the library.

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Photo from Sean Yan

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View from top of library

Shop at Wenceslas Square

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Visit St Nicholas Church

Visit St Jilji Church

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What to Eat

Trdelniks

Hot circular pastries served hot with cinnamon and sugar you can get these with a variety of toppings and can find them on most street corners.

Mulled Wine

If visiting in Autumn or winter you can find this served everywhere. I stopped of at a cafe halfway up to the castle and had a very tasty mulled wine whilst admiring the view over Prague.

Goulash

You have to try this stew of meat and dumplings whilst in Prague.

Where to eat

Cafe Louvre

This elegant 100 year old cafe looks pretty and it’s affordable! I had the best hot chocolate its so thick and is served with whipped cream.

Lokal

This place is really cheap and offers authentic Czech food (ask for an English menu) I ordered the goulash it was pretty good.

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Gingerbread Museum

This place has so many different gingerbread treats it’s a great place to buy souvenirs.

Accommodation 

Hotel Aida

This is my first time using a Wowcher deal for a holiday and I was very impressed. I paid £100 for return flights, 2 nights accommodation and a river cruise. With it being such good value I assumed the hotel wouldn’t be nice but it was great! The staff at the hotel were friendly and the hotel has a buffet breakfast included. The hotel wasn’t in the centre but was only a 5 minute walk to the metro and then a 15 minute ride. Prices start from around £25 a night per person.

Information

  • A taxi from the airport will cost around 650czk (£20)
  • A much cheaper option would be to get the bus and metro
  • 90 min metro ticket 32czk (£1) this includes use of metro, trams and buses, you must stamp ticket in the yellow machine before entering the metro
  • If you are going to use public transport a lot you can get a 24 hr pass for 110czk (£3.40) or a 3 day pass 310czk (£9.60)
  • From the 26th Nov to 6th of January Prague has a Christmas market in the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square

Disclaimer: I received tickets to the Old Town Hall Thanks to Prague City Tourism, all opinions remain my own

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