Review of Dreamland in Margate

A couple of weeks ago my friend Shelley and I explored Margate in Kent and had a fabulous time. We were kindly given complimentary wristbands to visit Dreamland, Margate’s amusement park which dates back to 1870! It was, at one time, listed as one of the top 10 attractions in the UK. In 2003 locals campaigned to save the much loved amusement park and £18 million was awarded to restore it to its former glory and in 2013, Thanet District Council purchased the site and work began in 2014 to restore it. There are still a few rides that weren’t…

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Exploring Margate in Kent

On Friday my friend Shelley and I set off for a day and night out in Margate in Kent. Apart from Brighton and a few hours in Bournemouth, I’ve never really experienced a British seaside town so I was excited. Our train got in at about 12:30 so we headed off to our Airbnb to drop off our bags, which was a lovely walk along the beachfront, and then headed out to lunch. What struck me instantly was just how big the beach is! And it’s a sandy beach, not pebbles like Brighton. For lunch we ate at Hantverk &…

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Ten happy things – May 18

In this monthly blog post, I look back on the month past and choose ten things that made me happy and that I’m thankful for. Here are my Ten Happy Things for May. Two Bank holidays! Who doesn’t love a Bank holiday? And when there are two in one month? BLISS. For the first Bank holiday, my friend Shelley and I explored Emsworth and ate ice-cream on the beach. For the second Bank holiday, I was challenged by Hotels.com to explore Euston and King’s Cross with my friend Kaye – it’s not just train stations, you know! The Big Spritz…

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Exploring King’s Cross and Euston

As a tourist or a Londoner, when you think of London neighbourhoods to explore you very rarely think of King’s Cross St Pancras and Euston. However, as a tourist it’s a great place to stay with loads of hotels in King’s Cross, which is in zone 1. And then there’s the great transport links, including trains to all parts of the UK and the Eurostar to France and Belgium. But it’s not an area to explore, right? Wrong. Over the last few years, the area has undergone a huge transformation and had lots of investment. Even Google and YouTube have…

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Wine, spirit and beer tasting with Waitrose

Last week I was invited along to Waitrose’s Spring wine, spirits and beer tasting event at their cookery school in Finchley Road. They hold these tasting events twice a year and this one was over two days. I went along on the afternoon of the second day, excited to try a host of wines from around the world. As soon as I arrived, I spotted William Sitwell (editor of Waitrose Food and food critic, often seen on Masterchef) at the end of the room. Although I was tempted, I resisted the urge to get a selfie or an autograph! It…

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