Profile updated 26/11/23
English, French, BSL
I have been a guide for 35 years - 15 years as a European Tour Manager, escorting tourists by coach and on river cruises throughout Northern Europe, and then 21 years as a Blue Badge guide (qualified in 2001). I live in Marlow and spend my time guiding in the Thames and Chilterns.
I'm bilingual in English/French and am qualified up to Level 3.2 in British Sign Language (BSL). I'm about to take my exams in German so hope to be able to guide in German too in 2023. I also speak (but don't guide in) Italian, Dutch and Spanish.
I am cheerful, caring and sympathetic, and love making my passengers' experience memorable and fun. I like a bit of banter and to get to know my clients and am especially happy when I see them laughing.
I am the co-author of the book 'Windsor, A History And Celebration' (published by Ottakar/Frith).
I have written the scripts of and performed many open-air costumed light-hearted guided tours and ghost walks in Windsor and Henley over the years.
I am a devotee of the TV series "Midsomer Murders" (known as "Barnaby" overseas) and "Downton Abbey" and enjoy guiding guests around "Midsomer" villages in the Chilterns. I am about to launch a series of Midsomer themed walks which finish with a murder/mystery game so if you like playing detective, look at my website!
I am also a volunteer speaker for the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and if I receive bookings from groups wishing the use of BSL, I will provide the tour for free.
|Windsor & Castle|
|Humorous Historical Stories|
|British Sign Language|
|Oxford & Colleges|
|Thames and Chilterns|
|Ghosts, Murders & Mysteries||
Many years of enjoyment of the TV drama "Midsomer Murders" has led me to devise themed tours around the filming venues in the Thames and Chilterns.
|Folklore & Traditions||
How traditions developed, costumes and music, food and pageantry. Order of the Garter is a favourite.
|Churches & Cathedrals||
Design, symbolism, the lives of saints and other significant characters. I like to look at the people who commissioned, designed and constructed the buildings, in addition to the architecture.
Windsor and its castle, Eton, BSL tours, tours of Henley, Marlow, Dorchester-on-Thames and Oxford.
|Conferences & Incentives||
Walks and coach tours in the Thames Valley - themed, costumed, humorous. Boat trip commentaries on the Thames at Henley. Midsomer Murders themed tours in the Thames and Chilterns.
|Interpreting & Translating||
I am fluent in French, with knowledge of German, Dutch, Italian and Spanish. I am currently studying BSL Level 3.
Windsor Castle, 2012 Venues
NVQ Level 4 Blue Badge