A Very Potter Trip

Back in July we celebrated the girls’ birthdays with a very Harry Potter themed two night stay in London. It was pretty amazing, so good in fact that I am condensing the highlights of the trip into a one day mini trip with my sister, as my christmas present to myself. I’m so excited about the trip that I thought I would share it with you.

The main event on both trips was/will be the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, a trip behind the scenes of the Harry Potter movie series. If you’re a fan of the series, this really is a must visit. It includes exploring the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, Snape’s classroom and the Gryffindor dormitory among others. You also get to walk down Diagon Alley and along Privet Drive, and there are thousands of props and costumes on display including the Knight Bus. Read more

Yorkshire Lavender

I have been to Yorkshire Lavender twice this summer and really enjoyed it. It is a herb garden, obviously focusing mainly on lavender, but there is a huge range of other herbs too. They also have an amazing selection of herbs and plants for sale, including some rather unusual ones that I haven’t seen elsewhere.

Some of my favourite unusual herbs were those that looked like a regular herb but smelt of something totally different, such as ginger rosemary, lemon curd thyme and basil mint. There were also pineapple sage and tangerine sage, although they looked rather more like mints than sages. Read more

The Forbidden Corner

The most exciting place we visited during our crazy fortnight with my brother and sister was the Forbidden Corner in North Yorkshire. We had all been before but it hadn’t lost its charm.

The Forbidden Corner is difficult to describe. It is part garden, part fairy tale, part quest, part maze, part adventure. It is a wonderful place filled with gardens, woodland, tunnels, statues, gates, doors that only open from one side, rooms with multiple doors, some leading nowhere, and all sorts of whimsical things. Read more