Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and is it just me or is time suddenly going at a gallop? If you’re looking for something a little bit different to do with your mum this weekend, or if you feel the need to give others a steer with the planning and booking process, here are some ideas. Choose from talks about the history of Mother’s Day at the Museum of Brands in London, or go for the complete clotted cream and bubbly guilt-free overload afternoon tea in an old post office, or a newly restored vineyard.Read more
The music festival season feels a long, long way off right now (although we wouldn’t say no to a pear cider if you’re offering) but these days you’ve got to book mega early if you want to be happy campers come summer. Many of the biggies sell out in a flash – we haven’t managed to score Glastonbury tickets for years – but the good news is lots of the local events still have availability and most of them are family friendly.Read more
I’ve been a fan of the Bhaker House in Chiswell Green for a while now. And there’s lots to be a fan of — which is all the more surprising given how tiny it is. Tucked away in a little row of shops, the Bhaker House is easy to miss if you’re whizzing past on your way into St Albans, but once you know it’s there you’ll never be able to drive by without stopping…Read more
Ooo… Aaaa…. Yes, it’s that time of year again. You either love ’em — or you don’t and spend the evening comforting your cowering pets. If you’re planning on bundling up and heading out to watch the skies this weekend, here’s a selection of the bigger displays around the county. Take your pick — and wave your sparklers!
The Royal Masonic School Fireworks, Rickmansworth, 4 Nov, from 6.15pm
Yes, there’s fireworks — but there’s also food, a BBQ dinner, mulled wine (yes please), glow sticks and more.Read more
I’m sorry to say that I’ve driven past The Bell in Stoke Mandeville loads of time over the years — and it was only recently that I actually stopped in and checked it out. Safe to say, I’m definitely going to be stopping there again…Read more
While Sarah from Muddy Berkshire and I would come from opposite directions, we’d both happily end up at this gorgeous little cafe near the shopping mecca that is Bicester Village. Shop ’til you drop — then head round the corner and treat yourself to lunch… then maybe a cake… or an ice cream… Anyway, I’ll leave it to Sarah to show you around properly…Read more
It’s half term — hoorah! And there’s loads on around Herts to keep the smalls occupied and happy. And what do happy smalls mean? You’re doing a fabulous job. So, bask in your own brilliance as a parent — or aunt, or uncle, godparent, grandparent, whatever — and keep ’em smiling…Read more
I’m a big fan of a little museum. The British Schools Museum in Hitchin is one of the ones I’ve driven past loads of times, but never managed to stop and have a look round. So when it was raining the other day — hello, August! — me and my youngest met some friends there for a good old nosey.
It was great watching all three kids — 10, 7 and 6 — getting stuck in with old-school wooden games.Read more
Ease on down…. Ease on down the road… Oh yeah, I’m still buzzing — and singing — after Vivo D’Arte’s production of full-on, high-energy production of The Wiz last night…Read more
90’s a good age, isn’t it? Time to pop those feet up and have a cup of tea — or, if you’re our Liz, to keep right on with doing queen stuff. Fancy helping her Maj celebrate? Here are a couple of ideas in case you do…Read more