How to spend a weekend in the Cheshire town of Macclesfield, home of Joy Division

To east Cheshire for a travel guide to Macclesfield, the market town with a musical heritage. My favourite part of my journey was a tour of sites associated with the singer and lyricist, Ian Curtis, of the band Joy Division. Read this extract as a taster of the feature: Macclesfield has become a pilgrimage for …

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How to spend a weekend in North Shropshire’s Oswestry and Ironbridge

I spent a couple of days recently in the North Shropshire region, visiting the town of Oswestry with its deli-cafe Niche [pictured above] and the nearby World Heritage Site at Ironbridge. The story appeared in this weekend’s iNewspaper travel section. Read an extract here: This border market town is a good base for exploring North …

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The best places to celebrate Cheshire Day across my home region

To mark Cheshire Day, I was commissioned by Marketing Cheshire to write a guest blog post for their public-facing website for visitors. The blog includes references to some of the attractions across the region from Chester via Crewe to Macclesfield with its former Art Deco cinema turned food court [pictured above]. Here’s a taster of …

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How to mark the bicentenary of the death of Lord Byron in Nottinghamshire

My Lord Byron feature appeared in print in the Daily Mail travel section last week. The story was based around a visit to Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire [pictured above]. The original copy was edited for space, so here’s my first draft of the article below. He was notorious for drinking from a cup crafted from …

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