Penguins and tigers at Marwell

My other half knows I have a passion for both pandas and penguins, so this year’s Valentine’s treat was a trip to Marwell Zoo in Hampshire. Marwell Wildlife is an awesome charity, world renowned for its conservation programmes in the UK and Africa. The 140-acre Marwell Zoo is a showcase of that work with more than 1200 animals and 135 species. It’s also a genuinely … Continue reading Penguins and tigers at Marwell

Mother and son trip to Monkey World

There are few days outs that have mass appeal to all age groups, but Monkey World sits in that category. Where else can you get within feet of our closest living relatives? There’s no experience with primates in the south of England that has quite this kind of ambiance, where great apes almost feel within touching distance. My mum and I have been venturing to … Continue reading Mother and son trip to Monkey World

HH&Co Backstage cookery school at Lime Wood

There can be only one winner in the MasterChef kitchen, and, as Greg Wallace rather menacingly asserts, that type of cooking doesn’t get much tougher. But being in the kitchen needn’t always be about panic and fluster, and plates don’t always need to be adorned with molecular this and sous vide that. The best cooking is about love, leisure and fun, and the HH@&Co Backstage cookery school at the luxurious Lime Wood hotel … Continue reading HH&Co Backstage cookery school at Lime Wood

Saturday market spree at Lymington

One of the many beauties of The New Forest is its accessibility. On the train it’s just 90 minutes from London and in the car,  just a few minutes after you leave the motorway  you cross a cattle grid and enter another world. That makes it a perfect spot for a short break, but equally great for a Saturday spree. Why not Sunday?  Well because … Continue reading Saturday market spree at Lymington