Alan Stock

Alan Stock

Traveller and photographer from the UK. I love travel and sharing my experiences! I tend to travel budget or mid-range - or backpacking for longer trips. I have been around some of Europe, much of SE Asia and the Pacific and various other random places. Always somewhere new to see and I love learning about new cultures!

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No visit to England is complete without a day at the races. This is a standard racecourse, with no special bells or whistles - just turn up, pay your entrance fee and then enjoy the races. Check in advance for race days, almost always at the weekend, but not every one. Of course if you bet on the horses its a lot more fun it's easy and you can bet as much or little as you like (maybe just a pound if you're feeling frugal!) - just head to bookie stand which are all around the spectator area and get a slip, make a bet - if they aren't busy they'll usually be happy to explain but it's pretty simple. You can buy alcohol and food there although it's a little pricey. No special dress sense required, the races attracts people of all backgrounds and you'll see families here too. A fun afternoon out (if you're betting)

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One of Britain's best preserved castles, this is a must-visit for anyone going to this part of the country. It's huge and has plenty of good information including a good audio tour. But best of all is the excellent and regular event days (usually at weekends) where they do stuff like jousting, sword fighting, and even a giant catpault, along with people in costume and traditional market stalls. Also hosts a great Nov 5th firework display - if you go for that event then get down there an hour or two early as the traffic is horrendous.

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A large and attractive green riverside park easy to reach from any part of Warwick. Feed ducks and swans, enjoy the playground with kids. Has plenty of flowerbeds and is a popular spot any time of the year. Cycle down by the river. In summer find ice cream stalls, shows and buskers here. Nice place to relax and enjoy a bit of nature in this quiet village.

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Small and cosy, this little theatre and stage shows all of Shakespeare's famous works. You can usually buy tickets on the day from either the site, online or from tourist information in Stratford, and it fills up quickly due to its size. We saw Midsummers Night Dream and it was excellent with great acting and music. It's also pretty cheap for what you get, especially compared to London prices.

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Lovely little gardens in Didsbury on the outskirts of Manchester that are nice all the year round. You can also do nice river walks from here. There's a nice little coffee and gift shop in the centre where you can get ice cream on sunny days and there's lots of benches to enjoy as you explore the rock gardens, ponds. Short walking distance from Didsbury village centre which is full of nice shops, cafes and restaurants.

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