South East England
I am a prize-winning South Eastern Blue Badge Guide who specialises in the historic counties of Kent, Sussex and Surrey as well as Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace.
I am a history graduate, lifelong Southerner and for the past ten years have also had the fortune to work at the stunning Hever Castle and Gardens; home to Anne Boleyn, the ill-fated second wife of King Henry VIII. As a result I am very well versed in group work having given numerous tours to children, adults and the occasional celebrity. I have also given a few television and radio interviews.
I am passionate about history, from ancient Britain right the way through Tudor and up to the modern day. I particularly enjoy teasing out those stories and facts that highlight how quirky and entertaining local history, landscapes and traditions can be.
In a field with so many highly trained professionals, I like to think that my age and background offer something a little different whilst still maintaining those crucial Blue Badge tenets of professionalism, organisation and delivery.
From the first kings right through to Queen Elizabeth II with a particular leaning towards the Tudors and King Henry VIII; he of the six unfortunate wives!
|Stately Homes & Country Houses||
Sandwiched between London and the coast the South East of England is a prime location and, as a result, is home to an astonishing number of stately homes and country houses. Get a feel for what life was like above stairs and revel in the (often scandalous) lifestyles of the rich and the famous!
|Castles & Palaces||
Here in the beautiful South East of England we are awash with defensive castles and Royal Palaces. I also have the privilege of having worked at Hever Castle (home to Queen Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII) for the past nine years.
Many of the most famed and well regarded English authors lived and worked in the South East of England including Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer, Rudyard Kipling and A. A. Milne. As a literary buff myself, this couldn't not be a speciality subject.
South East England Blue Badge