The North East holds a special place in my heart. My parents took us on holidays here in my childhood, right up until my angsty teenage years. I spent a lot of holidays on the North East coast and in cities like Newcastle and Durham.
Hello chums, how’s your September shaping up so far? Feeling positive about the new season ahead? Think about all that new stationery (not just for school kids) and autumnal awesomeness to come! Can you tell I’m excited?
We’ve returned from our annual summer trip to End of the Road Festival and I’m feeling partially human again. We booked time off after the festival you see, so I’m still in holiday mode until next week and appreciating every second of it. There’s been lots of lie-ins and lazy breakfasts watching re-runs of Frasier. Living the dream.
Hello there! We decided to go on an impromptu day trip to Lytham St Annes with family at the Bank Holiday weekend for a touch of sea air and to introduce Polly to the seaside, now that she is a fully fledged member of the Aquaphile club. Now I know I’m supposed to document a week of walks in this post (not that you care I’m sure) but for a change I though it would be nice to share a spot of sea, sunshine and coastal loveliness to cheer up the week.
I’d always dreamt of taking Polly to Bamburgh in Northumberland (my favourite beach) for her first seaside visit but instead we opted for somewhere closer to home just over an hour away. I was so impressed with St Annes beach! Once the tide went out the beach went on for miles and in the dog friendly area, Polly could spend lots of time off lead chasing us and the waves. It was one of those perfect sunny days where only ice cream and beach pottering would do. Polly had a blast!
We didn’t see much of the area but can highly recommend the beaches for quiet and calm, and the promenade, although a little more touristy, wasn’t too busy at all to be honest. I’d like to explore a bit more next time and maybe try more beaches south of the seaside resort.
I’m so pleased we found a decent beach that’s close to home that’s dog and human friendly too. I grew up going to practically empty beaches in Northumberland and Scotland (I think I’m more similar to my mum than I think) so I’m always on the lookout for the quieter spots with only seagulls for company – Lytham was perfect for this.
If you’ve never been I’d recommend parking by the Beach Cafe (inner promenade) if only to sample their ice cream (Polly had dog friendly frozen yoghurt!).
Tell me you Lytham St Annes must-do tips for our next visit. Do you have a favourite beach in the UK?
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As much as I love to travel and discover new places, I’m also a bonafide homebody. Weekends come by and all I want to do is explore my home turf, eat good food and see my favourite people.
When I do get away though, if only for a day or weekend, l always come home inspired. Packing in a day of culture when you’ve only the hills and cobbles for company throughout the week is sometimes a much needed tonic. And it doesn’t need to cost a fortune either.
To kick off this new blog series, here’s my Edinburgh whistle-stop suggestions from a trip in January; I can’t wait to explore again in the warmer months.
People watch at the National Museum of Scotland I love museums not only for the exhibits (and gift shops) but the open space; serving a little respite from the bustling city. One of my favourite things to do once I’ve had my culture fix (this museum has the best natural world exhibtion) is to sit and people-watch. The Grand Gallery at the National Museum of Scotland is the perfect place just for that, the atrium rises over 4 floors and is filled with light; a stunning interior space and a great place to start your trip.
Shop the independent galleries and shops (you can shop the high street any time back at home). Some of my favourites included The Red Door Gallery, The Fruitmarket Gallery, and Hannah Zakari. Oh and there’s a great vintage shop at the bottom of Victoria Street (very famous Street in Edinburgh) that is filled to the brim with treasures, called Armstrong’s Vintage. Not to be missed!
Lose a couple of hours in the Royal Botanic Garden It might sound silly to go somewhere to escape the city when you’re only visiting for the day but with one of the world’s largest plant collections, I cannot recommend a visit to the Glasshouses (£5.50 entry) at the Royal Botanic Garden enough. It’s roughly a 30 minute walk from the north end of Princess Street or you could grab an Uber if you’re struggling for time, and walk back to the city instead. P.S They have really good coffee too!
Walk back to the city via the village of Stockbridge If you’re going to the Botanical Gardens make sure you walk via the area of Stockbridge and The Water of Leith. It’s a beautiful suburb with classical architecture, independent cafes, restaurants and shops and is worthy of a day trip in itself.
Visit Calton Hill during golden hour I’ve been to Edinburgh a few times prior to our trip in January but have never visited Carlton Hill before. Located only 10 mins from Waverley train station, it’s a great place to visit at the end of your trip with panoramic views of the city and Arthur’s Seat.
What would you add in your itinerary to a day trip to Edinburgh? Any favourite restaurants and cafes?