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Derbyshire Makers Global, award winning wines produced right here in Derbyshire

Derbyshire is a county that produces some of the country’s greatest products and each month we feature one of Derbyshire’s best independent producers.  It’s just getting interesting again for Darley Abbey based wine maker, Kieron Atkinson. After a couple of weeks of ‘quieter’ times post-Christmas, Kieron’s gearing up for the announcement of the latest international […]

Will an Electric Bike work for you?

The electric bicycle market is changing rapidly. Only a few years ago most people wouldn’t have considered buying an electric bike. However with changes in ideas and the environmental benefits of buying an electric bike making sense, there is now a strong argument for owning one. For more information and some great deals on electric […]

An Iron Bridge

Brian Spencer visits one of the industrial revolution’s longest lasting major relics Gouged out by the last ice age over 15,000 years ago, in the Industrial Revolution the Severn Gorge became a convenient means of moving coal and iron and general commerce, downstream to the burgeoning industrial areas surrounding the river estuary.  Later on and […]

We Are Derby

Just over 50 years since the legendary Brian Clough and Peter Taylor handed in their resignations at Derby County, fans have been speculating whether the good times will ever return. The view of one Rams legend is “never say never” but a media expert isn’t so sure because these days the game is dominated by […]

Cumbria and its Ancient History

by Brian Spencer Carlisle’s Crown and Mitre Hotel was our base for our visit to Cumbria with Slacks Travel. Overlooking the town square where Bonnie Prince Charlie mustered his bedraggled troops on his retreat from Derby, it was time for a quick look round this ancient Border city where captured Scottish Reivers (cattle rustlers) were […]

Celebrity Interview – Neil Smith

Co-Founder of the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival Thirty years after the festival was first staged at Buxton Opera House it’s back at the Derbyshire town in its entirety, with professional productions, a competition for amateurs and performances by mature performers as well as youth groups. The International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival was founded in […]

Tutbury Castle

Tutbury Castle has stood guard over the Trent Valley for centuries, especially during the time of unsettled political rivalry that seemed common place until the late seventeenth century.  The only way for anyone attempting to attack the fortress had to be along a steep narrow gully rising from the town.  To do this was potentially […]

Three Cotswolds Gardens & A Country Park

By Brian Spencer Travelling south on a Slack’s Travel coach, we made a stop for our driver’s statutory break at the Georgian spa town of Royal Leamington Spa.  Wide streets lined by pure white elegant Cotswolds stone terraces built in the Regency stile, made a perfect introduction to the countryside of our destination. We were […]