Berwick upon Tweed

Too often overlooked but worth the drive up the A1. Lowry loved this place for a reason: if you were to take a typical worktown and dress it up in idealised clothing, it would probably look something like Berwick upon Tweed. Handsome, hard-working pubs and eateries, wonderfull stonework and harbour to explore, and a masterpiece […]

Dunstanburgh Castle

 Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle …(or better still, carry on walking and have a pint in The Ship at Newton by the Sea). If you are expecting a picture-perfect postcard village, Craster might be a disappointment because it isn’t that picturesque: no architecture of note, the only place to park (unless you’ve been allocated a slot […]

Bamburgh

A Walk Along the Beach at Bamburgh Bamburgh Castle is a spectacular sight by day but it fizzles out come night time, when it should be at its finest. I’ve no doubt it can be expensive lighting up a full castle at night, especially out of season when there’s few folk around to enjoy the […]

Holy Island Lindisfarne

Wonderful sights often require effort on the viewer’s part – sometimes a lot, at other times not so much – and one of the most spectacular sights in Britain is a perfect sunrise over the Holy Island that is Lindisfarne. In summer, this might require some serious sleep deprivation (and a room at a local […]

Beadnell

If you didn’t know about it beforehand (as many watersporters do), Beadnell can throw you somewhat on arrival. OK, so the Craster Arms looks like a decent place for a pint and a butty, and the church is cute. But is that it? Mmm. A stroll towards the coast reveals a collection of nondescript houses […]

Warkworth Northumberland

For some, Warkworth is Northumberland’s Jewel. Warkworth Castle lords it over the wonderfully preserved Castle main street and the short riverside walk is perfect for a daily stroll at either end of the day. Great base for a family holiday and there’s much to appeal to the imagination of children of all ages.  

Haworth

One of the wonders of literature is how the Brontë Sisters managed to unearth such marvels from relatively shallow lives. But the life of the imagination is a back-tale unto itself, and – with the right quill and under the right gaze – the lines on one solitary face can be made to outlive those […]

Royal Exchange Theatre

One of my favourite places is the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, though not entirely for the theatricals. I find it at its best in the mornings, especially when the music has been muted so as not to interrupt rehearsals. The silence is somehow embellished by distant voices ricocheting around the theatre round, and the […]

Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter has always been there…it just ddn’t go by the name ‘Northern Quarter‘ until it was thus branded in the early 1990s. Started its rise to fashion-nobility with Afflecks Palace, circa 1981, and Factory-owned Dry Bar aided Manchester’s shift in focus over to Oldham Street. Thomas Street, Tib Street and Dale Street – […]

The Britons Protection

The Britons Protection is one of those places in Manchester that have always been there and which we take for granted. But as swathes of Manchester City Center is  turned into soulless gated communities, the Britons Protection and its ilk is starting to take on a whole new meaning.   A Manchester Print Gallery   […]