English Heritage and the National Trust – Winter Openings 2018/19

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Once the school summer and autumn holidays are over, you can visit all your favourite heritage sites without being assailed by noisy children and chastising parents. And, as a retired or semi-retired senior, you may well wish to visit on …

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Why Don’t More Come to Morecambe?

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Written by Helen Rhodes (A Highly Commended entry in the Off the Beaten Track Writing Competition.) I am standing on a windy promenade in Lancashire, looking out across Morecambe Bay, towards the Lake District. The view is breath-taking. Across the …

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Guide to English Heritage and the National Trust in Lincolnshire

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The traditional county of Lincolnshire is the second largest in size after Yorkshire, but has only eight English Heritage and six National Trust properties – far, far fewer than in Yorkshire or the third largest county, Devon. However some of these …

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The Great Escape: From Tunbridge Wells to Cancun!

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Written by Carolyn Ward (A Runner-up entry in the Travel for Seniors Writing Competition, which included fictional as well as factual articles.) The Lofton Home for the Elderly in Tunbridge Wells was a dank, grey building, with small dirty windows …

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The Merry Widow Goes by Coach

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Written by Deryn van der Tang (A Runner-up entry in the Travel for Seniors Writing Competition.) “Everybody out and go to the toilet before we head down the Inversnaid Highway,” said Eddie our coach driver as we arrived in Aberfoyle. …

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Llandudno: Land of My Grandfathers?

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Written by Julia Thorley (A Runner-up entry in the Travel for Seniors Writing Competition.) ‘When were you last in Llandudno?’ the hotel receptionist asked. ‘Probably in the sixties,’ we replied, ‘though we didn’t know each other then, of course. We …

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