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Being inspired by Mr Portillo's wonderful railway journeys we acquired our own Bradshaw and have set up this group. We are a group of rail enthusiasts who are also devotees of Mr Maconies evocative guide to the delights of Middle England. Our group is arranging journeys on England’s most scenic railways, rides on the captivating preserved steam railways and tours of the many splendid historic towns within easy reach of London. We are also scheduling expeditions to national trust gardens; picnic walks on the North Downs; cycle rides through the Surrey & Sussex countryside inspired by HG Wells original guide Within London we plan themed walks, following Betjemans Metro- Land journey; seeking out Charles Holden’s wonderfully innovative stations, exploring the timeless legacy of Decimus Burton; finding the film locations for Poirot, Hitchcock and Crichton; discovering the art deco masterpieces hidden around London. We are also devising treasure hunts within stunning landscaped gardens; walks through vintage London quarters taking in the many independent bookshops, galleries & markets springing up. All walks will conclude at a stylish top tea shop where we can celebrate the day over tiffin. For all fans of Bradshaw, Betjeman, Brunel, Burton, Brooke and Bennett please join us for more adventures on the high teas.

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Camping & Glamping in Cotswolds

Near Winchcombe, Gloucs, Cotswolds, GL54 5SG

Camping at a very scenic campsite in the Cotswold Hills. We will have campfires and bbqs. The campsite is situated on a working fruit farm next to the Cistercian Hailes Abbey and is directly on the Cotswold Way. The site has good facilities including new shower block, farm shop and tea room. We are visiting this year as the village is now linked up with the evocative GWSR steam railway. On Saturday we take the steam train from the Hayles Halt to Cheltenham and then up to the new terminus at the historic village of Broadway. After exploring the village we walk back to site along the Cotswold Way visiting Cotswold villages including the timeless splendour of Stanton and Stanway House. Pub stop on route with stunning views over the north Cotswolds from the ridge. Walk 8 miles. Bbq and campfires On Sunday we can explore the Abbey before short walk to Winchcombe with its timeless quality, historic church and many fine pubs and tea shops. Option to also walk around Sudeley Castle (featured in many costume dramas). For those new to camping, we have spare tents & stoves etc. to lend out to people booking. There is also the glamping option as detailed below Refreshments - Self-catering on site. Site has tea room open for breakfasts. Farm shop for all fruit, apple juices, ciders, plus veg and meats. Lots of pubs and tea shops on walks. We plan barbecue on Saturday. Tea room does fish and chips on Friday evening. Travel - Nearest station Cheltenham. Buses to venue. Car share via others booked. Can also arrange lifts from station with those attending (booked in advance). Cost of event, £39 per person for 2 nights camping. Includes 2 guided walks, Cost includes full group membership for 12 months, all day walks free for all members. For all questions please mail [masked] The campsite also offers glamping option of pre erected bell tents so can just turn up with minimum equipment. Details via [masked] Please book via paypal link. Full campsite address to everyone booking.

Camping in the Malverns

Malvern Hills

Camping at a very scenic campsite surrounded by orchards in the wonderful walking country of the Malvern Hills. We will have campfires and barbecue. For those new to camping, we have spare tents and stoves etc. to lend out to people booking. On Saturday we plan a 10 mile linear walk from site along the main ridge walk of the Malvern Hills. Excellent views from British Camp hill fort and the Worcester Beacon. Return to site by train or bus. We plan a barbecue on Saturday evening. On Sunday we plan a walk around the historic spa town of Great Malvern with a short walk to some of the nearby gardens and vineyards. Also option to visit the St Ann's Wells for the famous Malvern spring water. Refreshments - Self-catering on site. Local shop for provisions. Lots of pubs and tea shops on walks. We plan barbecue on Saturday. Travel - Nearest station is Colwall, on main line from Victoria. Site is about 15 minutes walk . Car share via others booked. Cost of event, £39 per person for 2 nights camping. Includes 2 guided walks. Plus full membership of group ( all future day events are FREE). Reasonable knowledge of English history required for event. To book & for all questions please mail [masked]

Music in the Park

Band Stand Area, Cassiobury Park

As the Cassiobury Park Heritage Walk was cancelled I'm replacing it with this free concert at the bandstand. Concert starts 2pm, meet earlier to chat. You'll find me at the bandstand. [masked]. Bring the usual picnic accoutrements.

Ferry Cross the Mersey City Break

YHA London Central Hostel

We are travelling to Liverpool , just 2 hours by rail from London. We have booked own dorms at YHA central hostel in the heart of city, a few minutes walk from the waterfront. Liverpool has been transformed since winning European City of Culture in 2008 and boasts one of the finest historic waterfronts in the country centred on the Three Graces, of which the Royal Liver Building is the symbol of the city. Friday Evening: We plan a short walk to the Panoramic Hotel passing a few icons along the way. Our evening meal has been booked here where we can enjoy the magnificent Liverpool skyline from one of the UK's highest restaurants (34th floor with 360 views). Saturday: We plan a leisurely 8 mile walk taking in the historic heart of the city. We start off at St George's Hall reflecting the pride and passion of Liverpool and the Victorians who built this landmark venue. St George's Hall opened in 1854 and has been the spontaneous gathering place for the people of Liverpool in time of celebration, vigils and commemorations. We head on to the cathedrals of the city; Liverpool is the only city to have two cathedrals on the same street. We will visit both and at the Liverpool Anglican cathedral we can take advantage of the rooftop tour to the highest cathedral tower in the UK, 500 feet high with views as far as the Blackpool tower in the north. Our next stop takes us to the perfectly restored Waterfront. We will visit the Royal Liver Building, take a fabulous photo opportunity with the fab 4 Beatles statue before walking to the Victorian grandeur of the Albert Docks. These historic buildings represent 300 years of Liverpool as the primary transatlantic port and have been transformed into a collection of art galleries, museums and exhibitions with riverside restaurants for our lunch break. People have the option of visiting some of the museums before we head on the fabulous Cavern Club, the most famous music club in the world. Our evening meal will be a Liverpool treat, the traditional pan of Scouse at the legendary Bill Shankly's Hotel. Sunday: We plan a trip on the "Ferry 'cross The Mersey" with great photo opportunity of this fabulous city. Then options to visit Tate Liverpool, the Maritime Museum or the Beatles museum. People can also sign up for the Magical Mystery Tour led by the Beatles guides which takes in the locations which inspired the group. Refreshments - Hostel has a fully self-catering kitchen, also a cafe bar serving breakfast, lunch and main meals. Lots of places nearby to eat and drink. Travel - Trains from London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street. Hostel is a 5 minute walk from train station. No parking at hostel but lots of payable parking in the area. Cost of event is £10 deposit ( group membership for 1 year) then £69 balance for accommodation and guided walks. To book please rsvp & mail us on [masked] , Deadline for booking is 25th Feb as venue is very popular. ANY questions please send e mail & please do not add comments.

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Camping & Glamping in Sussex

Sheffield Park

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