Jurassic Coast Wines

For centuries the West Country has been synonymous with cider, and orchards are such a part of the historic patchwork of landscape there are many efforts to preserve or replace them, for both our benefit and the incredible wildlife value. However, when those wily Romans came, they brought not only edible snails and lettuce (thanks,…

Toby’s Garden Festival at Forde Abbey

Nowadays, anybody who’s anybody can be found bedecked in flowers, henna tattoos and artisan cider, ‘doing’ one of Britain’s many amazing festivals. Not to be outdone, I’m joining in – not quite as rock’n’roll as Glastonbury (although I have been there, done it, got the juggling balls), Bestival or Download, I’m taking my mum (who…

The Melplash Show

Much to my daughter’s dismay, I absolutely LOVE country shows, and in my opinion, some of the smaller ones are some of the best. As a teenager I had a friend whose dad was into beagling, so we used to used to go to the Royal Bath & West and do what all cool teenagers…

Escot – a Wild Day Out

We used to go to Escot quite a lot when the children were smaller, as they loved the freedom to roam around the woods, climb the giant trees and explore the fantastic woodland playground, but to be honest I assumed they’d outgrown it, so when the opportunity arose to go and see the recent developments…

Open Farm Sunday

It’s that time of year again when farmers are frantically clearing out unkempt corners of the yard, digging out the hand sanitiser and polishing tractors, as this Sunday 5th June is Open Farm Sunday 2016. Now in its 10th year, Open Farm Sunday has built to a hugely successful, national event, with over 290,000 visitors…

Half Term Highlights

When I was little, half term used to be a week of kicking around at home – don’t get me wrong, we’d have a picnic, go to a beach, go for nice dog walks etc, but it was always up to my mum to amuse us, or for us to amuse ourselves. Nowadays, everywhere you…

Dorset Art Weeks

It’s time again for one of my favourite times in the Dorset calendar – Dorset Art Weeks. The county seems to be crammed with painters, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers and artists of all flavours, and the next two weeks are when we, the general public, get a little window on their world. Officially it’s an ‘open…

Forde Abbey

In the name of full disclosure, I have to admit that when it comes to Forde Abbey, I am biased. Having lived just up the road, it has been the location for many of the iconic events in my children’s early childhoods; crawling on the lawns, rolling down the grassy banks, playgroup Easter Egg Hunts…

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Anyone who has ever found their first ammonite curled up on the beach knows the buzz of a fossil find – the combination of holding something millions of years old in your hand, and the thrill of finding buried treasure brings thousands of people to the Jurassic Coast every year. This weekend Lyme Regis is…