Helen Smith

Profile updated 17/10/18

Regional Qualification(s):

Heart of England

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07821 920367

Contact guide

Introduction:

I have a history background and a love of discovery about the stories of the men and women who have made their mark on our landscape and buildings.
I worked at the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford upon Avon, as a guide and also giving talks to students on Shakespeare and his time.
I have a love of drama, theatre, literature and the arts.
I live in a fascinating area here in the heart of England, rich in beautiful countryside, historic castles and houses, hidden Cotswold villages as well as the iconic towns and cities such as Oxford, Stratford upon Avon, Warwick, Worcester and Birmingham
Specialist tours include gardens, literary and film locations, Arts and Crafts Movement.
I can tailor any tours to your interests.
I have training in describer tours for visually impaired.

Testimonials:
'The best we've ever had!' Greg, US
'Great knowledge' Education First
'..your wisdom, knowledge and lovely spirit made this trip so enjoyable' Paige, US
'sincere appreciation for the lovely, brilliant, splendid guidance you gave us on our trip to the sites of John Wesley' Tom, US
'Helen’s delivery and style was perfect, particularly for those in the Group for whom English was not the first language. Without doubt this was the highlight of the activities arranged for our Group’s reunion weekend.' Iain, Birmingham

Personal Interests:

history and legend
gardens and landscapes
cathedrals, churches and historic houses
arts and literary subjects
film locations
methodism and the Wesleys
pre-raphaelites and William Morris
music of Elgar

Special Interests:

Special Needs

I am trained in describer tours for visually impaired.

Industrial Heritage

Ironbridge Gorge;the cradle of the Industrial Revolution and now a World Heritage Site.
The Potteries, perhaps a visit to the Wedgwood factory or the Gladstone museum.
Birmingham & Black Country with the story of the Industrial Revolution and the growth of a city in the Nineteenth Century, canals, and now the site of exciting Twenty First Century architectural development.
The Cotswolds with its fascinating history of the wool trade and cloth industries.

Literature

It's not just Shakespeare. George Eliot, born in Nuneaton and living in Coventry, Laurie Lee and Cider With Rosie in the Cotswolds. Tolkien in Birmingham and Oxford.
C S Lewis, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter......

Gardens

A very English obsession and a fascinating insight into the culture and fashions of our 'outdoor rooms'.
Enjoy visits to the important gardens of Rousham and Hidcote or the more unusual Sezincote, and combine with a coach tour of the Cotswolds.

Castles & Palaces

From the romantic ruins of Kenilworth to the opulence of Blenheim, these magnificent buildings have a rich and sometimes violent history.
Warwick Castle is the iconic medieval edifice, but has been a family home into the Twentieth century.

Art/Paintings & Sculpture

Whether it's Gallery tours or public art; Pre-Raphaelites or Anglo-Saxon craftsmanship, I can provide context and tailor a tour to your own interests.

Churches & Cathedrals

There are a wealth of hidden treasures in our churches which tell the story of over a thousand years of lifestyle and belief. The region is rich in cathedrals and abbey churches, from Gothic Gloucester to contemporary Coventry.

History & Prehistory

I can put together tours to cover subjects from Roman Britain, wars of the Roses and Richard III, Civil War.
The eighteenth century age of enlightenment, Lunar Society, Industrial Revolution to the post war development of Coventry and Birmingham.

Music

Elgar was born near Worcester and lived in Worcester and the Malverns most of his life.
The venues for Three Choirs Festival; Worcester, Gloucester and Hereford are fascinating cities. I can provide walking tours of the cities and join you for a coach panoramic of surrounding areas.

Countryside

Would you like to send time exploring hidden places and going off the beaten track on foot?
The best way to experience the Cotswold countryside is to find the hidden gems not accessible by coach.
I can plan a walk to suit any group.

Driver Guide:

No