Tag: Jodrell Bank

Half term travel articles around Cheshire and Wales

Another half-term holiday then.

This year, swamped by a sudden upsurge in freelance work, we stayed close to home with commissions for articles around Cheshire and Wales.

First up was a trip to the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Cheshire [pictured], for a story in The Guardian.

Read the whole story, Take the Kids to … Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.

Second was an overnight stay in Aberystwyth and a ride on the Vale of Rheidol steam railway for Best Loved Hotels’ customer magazine.

The final version is out in the new year but here’s a sneak preview:

The craggy, stone-cut tunnel appeared to close in around us as we approached the final stop at Devil’s Bridge, a foreboding darkness briefly engulfing the carriage.

This is Hinterland country, the backdrop to the S4C Welsh-noir detective series, and home to generation-spanning folk legends.

I’m now back on the hunt for new family-travel ideas. Got a story? Please get in touch.


Video of the day: Flaming Lips at Jodrell Bank


Time for the last in a series of video blogs.

And this time it’s not even a travel piece per se. Yet is has the largest number of hits on my YouTube channel.

Maybe that should tell me something.

Anyway, I was back in rural east Cheshire this week for an interview with the author Alan Garner – more of that soon.

His house is in the shadow of the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank and that’s exactly where this footage was shot, the first in the now regular series of summer gigs at the Northwest’s leading science attraction.

Watch the Flaming Lips at Jodrell Bank.

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