Walking Alpacas on the Isle of Wight – cuteness overload

Walking alpacas on the Isle of Wight, UK

This summer I noticed a trend on my Instagram. A lot of my friends were standing next to the same animal. It was fluffy, had pointy ears, a better fringe than Marc Almond in the Soft Cell years and a lead around its neck. It seemed alpaca walking had become a thing, but not in …

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Tales of the Burley Witches (and other spooks) in Burley, New Forest

Outside of a Coven of Witches in Burley, New Forest

Thatched roofs, ambling ponies, ice cream, fudge and cider…. you’ll find them all in the small New Forest village of Burley – but we went there for some more mystical reasons. Witches, ghosts and dragons… oh my. At first glance, you wouldn’t suspect that there’s anything different about Burley from the other cute villages in …

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7 Awesome Ideas for Jellyfish Lovers

Floating jellyfish

I love jellyfish. Well, in the confines of a tank that is – I’m not so struck with the concept of sharing actual sea space with them. So, I was super excited to hear that there’s a whole new exhibit dedicated to watching them risk-free coming soon to Birmingham’s National Sea Life Centre in the …

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Spitalfields City Farm: A World of Cute Things to Do in East London

Brown and white goat peering over a fence at Spitalfield's City Farm, London

Normally when I’m in the vicinity of London’s Brick Lane I’m on the quest for curry, street art or a bagel at some unsensible hour of the morning – on this trip though I was on the quest for fur, feathers and cuteness at Spitalfields City Farm. And what I found there took it straight …

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Hidden London: 16 Cool Things You’ve Probably Walked Past Without Noticing

Building with a lighthouse on top in Kings Cross London - one of the best hidden London sights

I recently took a trip to London. Having lived there for over 10 years and just outside it for nearly seven, I wasn’t expecting much to surprise me on my visit…but boy was I wrong, and it all started when I spotted a lighthouse on a roof in Kings  Cross There I was heading back …

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There’s Hidden Art on London’s Millennium Bridge

Chewing gum painting of an ant with an umbrella on the Millenium bridge, London

A tiny St Paul’s Cathedral, an ant carrying an umbrella and what looks like a tree full of people – all things you’ve probably walked past if you’ve ever crossed London’s Millennium Bridge. See, there are a hundreds of tiny paintings stuck on London’s Millennium Bridge all painted on the chewing gum people drop there. …

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Is This London’s Most Unusual Sightseeing Tour?

Toilet seat with a British Bulldog on - the Jubiloo on the London Loo Tour

I’m standing at Waterloo station looking for a woman holding a toilet plunger up over her head. She’s my guide for the afternoon on the London Loo Tour. Yes, while most people coming to London to visit thrones are viewing gold, guilded ones in Buckingham Palace, mine are to be white porcelain and hopefully not …

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Pannage: Why The New Forest Is Suddenly Full of Pigs.

Horse grazing in the New Forest with Pannage pigs behind

If you spend much time in the UK’s New Forest you get used to seeing animals wandering around – ponies, cows, donkeys all commonly appear next to your table in the pub garden, outside ice cream shops or, often, simply standing in the middle of the road surveying which bit of grass to munch next, …

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The Little Chapel Guernsey – and Other Quirky Things To Do There.

The Little Chapel is covered in shells and other decoration on Guernsey

Its post boxes are blue, there’s a war-themed aquarium, the local gin tastes like seaweed and hidden in the middle is the Little Chapel, a church (made of china and seashells) that got knocked down when it was too small to fit a fat bishop – for an island just 65km square there’s a heck …

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