Giant dragons dancing in the street, eating lettuces and followed by loud drums and even louder firecrackers. A funfair, street food and families just out for a days' fun. All in a compact, interesting and friendly area.
In the city centre, go up Bold Street (where the WAGs shop) and follow the crowds. It's in February.
New building hosting the popular chain Malmaison, nice comfortable rooms and bar with brasserie attached. Down at the Princess Dock opposite the Liver Building.
William Jessop Way,Princes Dock,Liverpool, L3 1QZ
0151 229 5000
Liverpool Lime Street 10 minutes' walk away.
The Beatles Story on Albert Dock is a must see for any Beatles fan. The audio guide is fantastic - it's narrated by John Lennon's sister Julia and is available in 8 different languages. There are some great pieces of memorabilia including John's glasses, George's first guitar and the reconstruction of the Cavern is incredibly atmospheric. There's a brilliant gift shop too and they've recently announced a massive expansion plan.
Lime Street is about 20 mins walk away.
Liverpool is unique because you have views of the River Mersey, the Wirral Peninsular and North Wales on one side of the City and views of Lancashire/Merseyside and Cheshire around the Runcorn area on the other side including the Stanlow refinery site.
The best place to see these views is from a bus especially on the following routes - 500 from Liverpool Airport which travels by the river into town via the old festival site, 437 Liverpool to West Kirby especially when it descends Bidston Hill and you are sitting on the top deck, 75/74/78 to Halewood when they are approaching Woolton Village via Gateacre Brow and Acrefield Road and 48/48a to Southport or in this case from Southport because you can see a lot ranging from Ormskirk to North Wales Plus the wind farms in the sea as you travel along the Formby Bypass. The buses aren't always double deckers but you see quite a long way across the region including Winter Hill and the Pennines on very clear days.
You will see the Runcorn Bridge, Fiddlers Ferry Power station, Frodsham and Helsby Hill and a wonderful sunset over West Kirby on the bus routes mentioned above (all depending on the weather of course which can limit any views as well as enhancing them from various parts of Liverpool).
Another tip to get a good view of the region is to walk around Woolton Village including Woolton Woods and Speke Road which is the best place to look at the scenery which many television programmes miss when they film in Liverpool. I lived in Woolton as a child and it was wonderful to see the twinkling lights of Huyton and Prescot amongst other places as I walked home from school along Speke Road. This area of Liverpool is very hilly and can be viewed as you come in on the M62, rail or bus from the airport.
Woolton Woods is one of three woods in the area which I think is another unique feature of a city in England outside Greater London.
I enjoy looking at the scenery when travelling around and I hope that visitors will look out of buses/cars and trains when visiting Liverpool and Merseyside.
For travel information use merseytravel.gov.uk for timetables/routes and location of travel centres.
Also liverpool.gov.uk leisure and culture will give you information on parks along with other things to do with visiting liverpool.
You want drama? You got it. Dunnottar Castle in Aberdeenshire is about as dramatic as it gets. An ancient ruined castle sitting precariously on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the ragged North Sea - it has been home to some of Scotland's best history, from William Wallace to the siege of Cromwell's army.
You can explore both inside and out, and then take a run along the coastal path and a peek among the rockpools down on the little beach. A perfect day out for both boys and girls! Also a good spot for budding photographers too - you can't fail to take a great pic here.
www.dunnottarcastle.co.uk/ nearest town is Stonehaven.
50% off at 500 London restaurants for a year. Also, I picked up a leaflet that gives you £20 off the RRP, use the promotional code TASTY and it knocks the price down to £49.95, for 12 months membership.
This is a huge old house sleeping ten at the end of a lovely little road right by the sea. Its rich history adds to the charm and the wildlife is abundant.
Just watching the mood of the sea and sky changing every day was spectacular.
We spent a wonderful week on the island and would recommend a trip to Mull to anyone - a stunning island you could spend years exploring.
This small pub was build in 1720. Right on the riverfront of the Thames. Excellent views of the river - good food and beer.
76 Narrow Street Limehouse E14 8BP
When in London, a visit to Greenwich is a must. See the Observatory and take a walk at Greenwich Park, and visit the National Maritime Museum that has free admission daily 10.00 am to 17.00 pm.
If you are after a fun-filled yet educational trip for your children, this is the place to go. It's an inclusive science centre that caters to all age groups, including children under eight years old.
It refreshes exhibitions yearly and the most recent one, Fossils and Funny Bones, is specially designed for early years learners. By the end of this year, there will be even more on offer in the science centre with two new exhibitions, Inside DNA (all about human genome) and LoveSport.
The science centre is located right at the heart of Bristol harbourside, which provides the perfect setting for a great family day out!
Address: Anchor Road, Habourside, BS1 5DB
Nearest station: Bristol Temple Meads
Food and drink festival between 5 &15 October 2007. Thirty five bars, restuarants and shops around Chorlton and Whalley Range are taking part. Chorlton joins other areas of Greater Manchester for the annual Manchester Food and Drinks Festival.
All over Chorlton-cum-hardy. For more information pick up a festival brochure from outlets including - Barbakan, Pad-chorlton, Unicorn and Wild at Heart
This is the ultimate real food, real ale pub with roasts that will blow your socks off. In the middle of essentially not a lot in Lancashire, it's a cosy log fire and half of cider affair, but with exceptional food courtesy of Nigel Harworth.
Based on classic British cooking and local produce, the roasts are great, but more than that try out the local specialities, including my favourite, the Lancashire hot pot with pickled red cabbage. It's not only better than mum's, its better than any roast hands down!
Mitton Road, Mitton, near Whalley, Lancashire.
One of the most charming small museums in Birmingham with a recently added visitor centre and tea room. A real Brummy gem. The house itself is very small, but taken together this is a real treat.
Open from 31st March to 28th October
Tuesday to Sunday 11.30am - 4pm
Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays
Tel: +44 121 464 2193
This historic Grade 2-listed building is Birmingham's finest example of Victorian pub architecture, resplendent in decorative tiles and stained glass.
The pub serves Oakham's award-winning real ales, guest ales from the region and across the country and imported bottled beers from around the world. Authentic freshly cooked Thai food is served from 12 noon-2.30pm and 5.30-10pm Tuesday to Sunday.
One of Birmingham's true gems.
144 High Street
0121 333 5988
Brilliant old fashioned curry house with slow service but excellent, excellent food - subtle, restrained and delicious unlike most in-your-face curries that seem to be all the rage nowadays.
4 Argyle Street
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