Profile updated 4/12/18
Heart of England
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.
'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
|history and legend|
|gardens and landscapes|
|cathedrals, churches and historic houses|
|arts and literary subjects|
|methodism and the Wesleys|
|pre-raphaelites and William Morris|
|music of Elgar|
I am trained in describer tours for visually impaired.
Ironbridge Gorge;the cradle of the Industrial Revolution and now a World Heritage Site.
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.
A very English obsession and a fascinating insight into the culture and fashions of our 'outdoor rooms'.
|Castles & Palaces||
From the romantic ruins of Kenilworth to the opulence of Blenheim, these magnificent buildings have a rich and sometimes violent history.
|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.
Elgar was born near Worcester and lived in Worcester and the Malverns most of his life.
Would you like to send time exploring hidden places and going off the beaten track on foot?