Firework Night at Sherborne Castle

I hope you all had a lovely firework weekend and are starting to feel truly festive – cue the Christmas tunes!

To celebrate bonfire night we decided to head 40 miles into the countryside and spend the day and evening in Sherborne, Dorset.

Whatever the season, there’s something magical about getting into a car, driving into the countryside and taking in the beautiful views as they roll over the horizon.

Once we arrived in Sherborne we found that we were so lucky with the weather (although it was very, VERY chilly) and enjoyed a stroll around the town and wander in the Abbey.

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Costa Christmas Cup

After resting our legs with an obligatory Costa (I recommend the honeycomb latte (ohemgeeee)!), we went for a walk in the fields just outside the castle…

Sherborne Countryside

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As the sun set we made our way into the grounds of Sherborne Castle where we met our friends for an evening of live music, fireworks and a bonfire.

The grounds were stunning and before even a single fuse had been lit, I just knew that the lake would be a magical addition to the overall firework display. While the lake reflected the colours of the fireworks, the bonfire created breathtaking silhouettes of the trees with its mighty orange glow.

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Sherborne Fireworks

Sherborne Castle

There was so much to do, including fair ground rides, hook a duck (we won a super cute monkey teddy!) and plenty to choose from when it came to food! I had a delicious Nutella crepe, a classic combo, but there were SOO many different options including Tia Maria and butterscotch!

Overall we were really impressed by the whole event, especially as the firework display itself lasted more than 20 minutes! So if you live in or near Dorset and fancy going somewhere different to your local display, we can definitely recommend the beautiful location, Sherborne Castle.

We love exploring new places up and down the country, let me know in the comments if you recommend anywhere special!

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Spring has Sprung!

Hi friends!

I hope you’ve all had a beautiful weekend enjoying the sunshine and lighter evenings!

You may have noticed that on my new site I have an “adventures” tab which includes fun days out in and around where I live, long weekends away, city breaks and trips abroad (or it will do when I write up my Paris post (stay tuned!)).

This is partly so that I have a place to look back on the amazing things which I have done with my boyfriend, friends and family, but also so that I can share these places and activities with you guys…

It was two of my friends’ birthday weekend and so we thought we’d make the most of the sunshine and went on a little day trip to Wareham in Dorset. Being the summer-time optimist that I am, I wore a summer dress and sandals, ready to embrace the long awaited warmth of the sun. Although, while it was blue skies all round, I did have to wrap up extra warm ready to hit Wareham Boat Hire for some water sport action!

Some of you might remember that last September I tried paddle boarding for the first time which you can read all about in this post, and I couldn’t wait to try it again, however yesterday it was just too cold for me, but some of the others braved the river!

The rest of us chose to give our arms a work out with the kayaks.

While heading out on the water is so much fun at the beach, there was something so relaxing about drifting along the river, watching the rest of the world go by.

What’s more, we were completely amazed at the prices down at Wareham Boat Hire and will definitely be going back as the months get warmer. For half an hour’s paddle boarding it was just £7.50 and Kat and I both paid just £5 each to rent our double kayak for the same time.

The team were lovely and provided a dry bag so that I could take my phone out on the boat (risky I know!) to snap these photos.

Being out on the water made us rather peckish and there was so much choice on the quay! We went to The Old Granary for lunch, although next time I would love to check out the pizzeria! Plus, for those with an extra sweet tooth, there’s a gorgeous ice-cream shop too!

What did you get up to this weekend? Let me know in the comments box! 🙂

Finally, if you didn’t know, I have a blog Facebook page (yay!) feel free to come and say hi here.

 

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Stonehenge: A Timeless Beauty

I didn’t take History G.C.S.E, I don’t particularly have a keen interest in the subject, but every now and again, I like to immerse myself in learning something new about our ancestors.

On a really quick side note, before I start explaining our trip to the wonder that is Stonehenge…Am I the only one who “thinks” in black and white when it comes to the past? It’s difficult to explain, because thanks to archaeologists and historians, we are able to envisage the past, and create our own visions of perhaps what it was like to walk the earth, thousands, even millions of years ago. But one thing which really blows my mind, is the concept of time…stonehenge photography

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument. We know that as fact, however, I had no idea just how vast the time frame was over which the stones were erected in Wiltshire. The whole site, which includes burial mounds, carefully landscaped earth banks and ditches, The Avenue, which was a parallel pair of ditches and banks leading 2 miles down to the River Avon, and more incredible features, were created across THOUSANDS OF YEARS…BC might I add.

This might help put it into perspective:

-Before the Stonehenge monument itself, archaeologists have found evidence of the site being used for ritual purposes dating back to 8000 BC! (Just think about it, that’s over TEN THOUSAND years ago!).

-The main construction of the stones commenced in 3100 BC

-The Parthenon in Greece was finished in 432BC

-The Colosseum in Italy was constructed around 70-80AD

-Machu Picchu, Peru was built in the 15th Century.

-William Shakespeare died in 1616

And obviously the Tudors, Victorians etc you know the rest…

After driving up from the South Coast, we actually caught our first glimpse of Stonehenge from the road which was pretty amazing, we could already see a small crowd, however for obvious reasons you cannot park close to the English Heritage Site. Instead, we headed to the visitor centre, to buy our tickets and hop on the bus to the main attraction.

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At just over £17 per ticket (including gift aid) this is a little pricey to “look at some stones” which is what some people might say, but it is 100% worth it. Plus save yourself £2 by bringing some earphones with you, so that you can download the audio guide for free instead of renting one.

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Alex and I had a mini debate about whether we were fortunate or unfortunate with the weather. Yes it would have been lovely to have witnessed Stonehenge in warmer temperatures, without the rain and with a gorgeous blue sky backdrop for our photos, however, the rainy day added to the air of mystery and emphasised the harsh conditions that people back then, would have had to have endured during the depths of Winter.

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While no one knows the true reason behind Stonehenge, or why it was built across many centuries, and despite having to accept the fact that we will probably never actually get to the bottom of it, it is left to your personal interpretation. 

I listened to the audio guide from beginning to end (this is a rarity, I normally switch off and ask my family all my questions), but on this occasion, every single clip fascinated me.

As you are probably well aware, many campers head down to Wiltshire during the summer solstice to watch the arrangement of the stones align with the sunrise – a vision which I imagine to be an awe-inspiring moment. Plus, in the colder months, the stones align with the sunset during the winter solstice, which suggests to me that the Neolithic people built this monument to worship the changing seasons, upon which they so greatly depended for the rearing of their of their livestock and sheer existence.

Looking around and seeing and listening to people from all over the world, it just brought home how lucky we are to live near such a magical monument and the whole experience of walking in the footsteps of those who worshipped the Earth, in all its beauty, long, long before us, was surreal.

I will leave the exhibition centre as a surprise, just in case you do decide to go, because it really does make you stop, think and wonder…

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Well children, that concludes today’s history lesson… haha no seriously, when I posted on Twitter that we were off to Stonehenge for the day, so many lovely bloggers were saying how much they’d like to visit too! So if you do pop down to the South of England for a weekend break, or maybe like us, Stonehenge is really only down the road, make sure you spend a day immersing yourself in all its glory!

If you like going on an adventure in the countryside or forest, you’ll love this post and if you live in the Midlands, you HAVE to explore this beauty.

 

 

Have you been to Stonehenge before? What did you think? Let me know in the comment box!

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Sunday Funday: The New Forest

Oh what a joy it was to wake up to sunshine, blue skies and the birds singing this morning. I’ve been waiting for days like these for a long, long time! I live for the warm summer months, so if it wasn’t for bare branches and a slight nip in the air, I could have been forgiven for thinking it was the middle of spring! Naturally, this called for some fun in the Great Outdoors and of course, if you know the New Forest, there’s no better place to play in the mud and make the most of the fresh air, than Linford Bottom!

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What did you get up to this weekend? Did you embrace the sunshine? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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