Monthly Archives: April 2015

Picture Profile – North Yorkshire Seaside and History

North Yorkshire has a bit of everything. Seaside, historic abbeys and castles, heritage railways and much much more.

Here are just a few ideas of what the area has to offer. All the places shown are less than 90 minutes drive from each other and are in easy reach of York, Leeds and the motorway network. Each picture is linked to a website offering more details.

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Fountains Abbey – Public Domain

Whitby Abbey and Harbour Alan Fleming Creative Commons License CC BY-SA 2.0

St Nicholas Cliff Scarborough Dr Neil Clifton Creative Commons License CC BY-SA 2.0

Nunnington Hall Wikimedia (Wehha) Creative Commons License CC BY-SA 3.0

Wikimedia (Mattbuck)Creative Commons License CC BY-SA 2.0

Flamborough Head Chris Downer Commons License CC BY-SA 2.0

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See Monty Don and eat well at Allianz Garden Show Ireland

For more than 10 years, Northern Ireland’s premiere gardening event, Allianz Garden Show Ireland has championed local food producers from all over the country.

This year’s show runs from 8th – 10th May at Antrim Castle Gardens and promises to be no ordinary food experience. Throughout the weekend the Food Garden will be filled to the brim with exceptional and unusual local producers, creating tasty dishes for visitors to enjoy.

The menu will include; delicious steak sandwiches from Armagh based Forthill Farm’s Longhorn and Belted Galloway cattle and handmade sausages from the Farm’s own Saddleback pigs; seasonal wild game, Cabrito (kid goat meat) and hand harvested seaweeds from Broughgammon Farm in County Antrim.

If that’s not enough why not try lobster burgers, Dexter beef shin and Fivemiletown goats cheese fritters from Snack Shack Street Food? Or indulge in traditional breed pork with homemade apple sauce from the Fabulous Food Factory followed by handmade ice cream from the Vintage Ice Cream Bicycle.

Throughout the weekend, local chef Paula McIntyre will demonstrating how to bring the variety of local produce and flavours together in the Food Pavilion.

Local Butcher at Allianz Garden Show Ireland Photo: Allianz Garden Show Ireland

The Food Pavilion will be home to producers such as Long Meadow Cider – a recently launched brand created from 100% natural apples grown on the family farm in Portadown and Broighter Gold – a rape seed oil created by Richard and Leona Kane from Broglasco Farm on the outskirts of Limavady.

The show  promises a ‘Festival of flowers, food and fun’, bringing the fun of ‘all things garden’ to as many people as possible. Sitting alongside the traditional array of specialist plants, artisan food stalls, local craft and show gardens will be fun filled activities appealing to all age groups – live music, a dedicated kids’ zone, a garden cinema and much more.

A number of gardening and food experts, including BBC’s Monty Don will be appearing at the Show on Saturday 9th May.

The show is open daily from 10am-6pm with parking adjacent. Adult admission is £10 (concession £8) and the event is FREE for children under 16. There is a reduced rate for online booking.

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Picture Profile – The UK on Twitter

On Twitter, we follow hundreds of tourist attractions and never cease to be amazed at the variety of great things to do there are across the UK. Below are a few of the wonderful pictures we have found. Each one links to a relevant web site.

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Mourne Mountains Northern Ireland @icon ireland

Isle of Skye @visitscotland

Dover Castle @EHdovercastle

Sunset at Cromer, Norfolk @jezfrombez

London Skyline @visitlondon

Belsay Castle and Hall @visitingNEUK

The Historic City of Chester

Chester is a city with a very long history. Along with York and London, Chester (or Deva as it was then known) was one of the three most important cities in Roman Britain. 2000 years later the walls the Romans built to defend the city are largely intact and are the most complete city walls in England.

The centre of modern Chester is largely contained within the walls and entrance is through a series of arches. On one of these, in Eastgate Street, is the site of the Eastgate Clock built to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. The clock today is one of Chester’s most famous landmarks.

Visit Chester’s Norman Cathedral

History in Chester is never far away. The Cathedral dates back to Norman times with spectacular wood carvings and stained glass windows. Outside, the Cloister Garden is an oasis of peace and quiet. Much of Chester consists of timbered buildings dating back over 700 years. Shops on two levels, known as Rows, provide a range of mainly independent stores.

The Roman influences are still prevalent in Chester, The Dewa Roman Experience has a galley and a reconstructed Roman Street and The Grosvenor Museum has a collection of artefacts.Bridge Street Chester Bridge Street Chester Wikipedia (Crashlanded) Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0

There are a number of ways to see the sights of Chester. The walls provide a circular walking tour – though parts may be closed for essential maintenance. Open top buses, including a replica 1920’s style vehicle, tour the main attractions in the summer months. Chester Boat runs cruises on the River Dee past Grosvenor Park.

Just outside the city walls is the oldest racecourse in Britain. The course is built on the site of a Roman Harbour and there are race meetings on about 16 days a year. Chester Zoo, roughly 4 miles from the city centre at Upton is set in over 110 acres of land. There are over 400 species of animals including elephants, lions, tigers and monkeys.

Chester is also an ideal base for touring. The Cheshire countryside has a wealth of gardens, stately homes and historic monuments and, across the Welsh border, Llangollen and the North Wales Coast are less than an hour’s drive away.

Getting to Chester

By Road

The M53, M56 and North Wales Coast Road (A55) all run round the outskirts of Chester.

By Rail

Chester General Station is a 10 minute’s walk from the town centre. There are regular direct services to Manchester, Crewe, Llandudno, Holyhead and London.

Tourist information is available from Visit Chester

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Bridlington – The Seaside Resort for all the Family

In 2014, cycling put Yorkshire on the map. The Grand Depart for the Tour de France was such an overwhelming success that an annual Tour de Yorkshire now appears on the cycling calendar. The 2015 race starts in the seaside resort of Bridlington (or “Brid” as is affectionately known in Yorkshire). On 1 May, the eyes of the sporting world will be on Brid – but what is there once the media scrum has disappeared and normality returns?

Bridlington is an ideal destination for a family day out, or a short break by the sea. The town has two award winning blue flag beaches, separated by the harbour. Children will love bathing in the sea, building sandcastles and taking a donkey ride; while parents and grandparents reminisce.

Action Packed Rides and Old Penny Arcades

The promenade has attractions for all ages. Kiddies’ corner has rides and activities suitable for young children, while the Bayside Pleasure Park caters for teenagers with exciting rides like the Jungle River log flume and Sky Flyer. Old Penny Memories is an amusement arcade filled with machines which need old pennies to use them. Round the corner, the Beside the Seaside Museum has photographs and other exhibits of the heyday of the British seaside.

If the weather is bad, Leisure World has three indoor swimming pools with twisting slides and a wave machine. The redeveloped Spa is the place for evening entertainment, with a varied programme of events including drama, comedy and dancing.

Bridlington Promenade Photo Alan Holmes @Aliholmes3

Bridlington Promenade Photo Alan Holmes @Aliholmes3

Bridlington Harbour Photo Alan Holmes @AliHolmes3

Bridlington Harbour Photo Alan Holmes @AliHolmes3

Bridlington’s Old Town is the place for Antiques and Afternoon Tea

Away from the sea front, Bridlington’s medieval Old Town is a maze of narrow streets and alleyways. Explore galleries and antique shops selling art works ceramics and jewellery or take afternoon tea in the Georgian Tea Rooms.

Bridlington lies in a sweeping bay, with spectacular views of the cliffs at Flamborough across the North Bay. It is a pleasant two mile walk along the cliff tops to Sewerby. Sewerby Hall and Gardens is an ideal picnic spot and attractions include a children’s zoo and a pitch and putt course. A land train runs regularly along the cliff top between Bridlington Promenade and Sewerby Park.

Sail the Yorkshire Belle to Flamborough Head

The harbour offers the chance to take a trip out to sea on a pleasure cruise. The Yorkshire Belle sails daily on hour long cruises to Flamborough Head and occasionally does longer trips the the Bird Sanctuary at Bempton. For the more adventurous, Bridlington speedboats are the fastest on the East Coast , crossing the bay at speeds of up to 56mph.

Fish are still landed at the harbour and freshly caught fish can be bought at stalls around the harbour or one of the fish and chip restaurants in the town.

Bridlington Tourist Information and Accommodation

There is a wide selection of hotels, guest houses and self catering accommodation available in the town. The Bridlington Tourist Information Office, on Prince Street, can provide up to date details.

Getting to Bridlington

Bridlington is an ideal base for touring the Yorkshire Coast and North Yorks Moors National Park and is in easy reach of Hull, Scarborough, York and Leeds.

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Cardiff – a modern city with history

Cardiff is a city of contrasts. Stand at the top of the Norman Keep at the Castle and admire the modern architecture of the Millenium Stadium. Head out of town to the regenerated buzz of Cardiff Bay or to traditional Welsh life, lovingly recreated at the Welsh Folk Museum. Wander round the shopping centre, where modern malls mix with Victorian arcades, and well known high street names stand alongside locally owned speciality shops.

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View of Cardiff Centre from Cardiff Castle – John Oyston

Welsh Folk Museum St Fagans - John Oyston

Welsh Folk Museum St Fagans – John Oyston

Welcome to 100 Days Out

Welcome to 100 Days Out, a new blog covering places to visit across the UK. We cover everything and anything. From the North of Scotland to the South of England (not forgetting Wales and Northern Ireland) we will feature attractions for all ages, interests and budgets.

Large landmark attractions,like the Tower of London, will feature alongside little known places such as the Shell Museum in Glandford Norfolk.

Welsh Folk Museum, St Fagans Cardiff Photo John Oyston

If you want to pay to enjoy the thrills and spills at Alton Towers or spend a whole day at the Welsh Folk Museum for free, we will try to point you in the right direction.

Castles, parks, stately homes, museums, preserved railways, farms, zoos and much more will provide inspirational ideas for different days out – whatever the weather.

In addition to this blog, we have regional Facebook Pages covering all the UK and we regularly tweet as @100daysout .

Preparing this blog has reminded me of the great variety of attractions there are across the UK. I have discovered places I didn’t know existed and Oxburgh Hall is just one of the many additions to my “Bucket List”.

I hope you enjoy the blog and I hope you visit again soon.