The Savill Garden

The perfect place to spend the morning before catching a flight from Heathrow (as it’s only 15 minutes away), The Savill Garden is 35 acres of interconnected gardens dating back to the 1930s. Sitting within Windsor Great Park in West London, it certainly makes a good first impression with the striking visitor centre that opened…

Dorchester and around

One of the best things about the UK is the wealth of things to do and see in a small area, in this case that surround Dorchester, the county town of Dorset. One day included natural beauty, an historic home, gardens, heritage towns and an Iron Age fort. Hardy Cottage (National Trust) Where the writer…

Auckland Heritage – Roy Lippincott

American Roy Lippincott was one of the most influential architects in New Zealand during his thirty years here from 1922. I knew his buildings but didn’t know him as the architect until I went on a fascinating two hour walk of Auckland CBD run by Robert Ferris through the Art Deco Society, as part of the Auckland Heritage…

The Tank Museum & Clouds Hill

If you like tanks, you’ll love the Tank Museum, the national home of everything tank related. Not sure I’d agree with TripAdvisor that it’s the best thing to do in Dorset, but it is certainly the best thing to do on a rainy day. The main room told the history of the tank, with plenty…

Athelhampton House and Gardens

Dating in part from 1485, Athelhampton House is a very pleasant English country house and gardens close to Dorchester. Owned by the Martyn family for five generations, it is currently owned by the Cooke family, who have preserved it for future generations. The gardens are rather lovely, particularly on a sunny day, with plenty of…

Pleasuredome

A home grown theatrical extravaganza, Pleasuredome is an experience the likes of which has never been seen before in Auckland. A reputed $3m has been spent on developing and staging the show, a two and half hour musical (with an interval) set in New York in the early eighties. If you’re in Auckland I’d recommend…

Corfe Castle

Dating back over a thousand years in places, the remains of Corfe Castle are an evocative sight in the Dorset countryside, close to Swanage. The castle would have been hugely impressive and imposing in it’s heyday, but enough remains to give a pretty good idea of it’s size and scale. From the top there are…