Heart of England
|The Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon & Shakespeare, Cricket (and all sports in general), Walking tours - both town and countryside, History, Churches, Cathedrals, Castle & Stately Homes, Peak District, Cosy pubs & Good food!|
I'm a qualified History teacher with current experience of teaching the subject at secondary level at all stages up to and including A-Levels. Happy to tailor my tours, whether on foot or in a coach to all levels from KS1-4.
|Castles & Palaces||
Kenilworth, Warwick, Ludlow, Goodrich.
My favourite way to explore the region:
The Ironbridge Gorge, The Potteries, The Forest of Dean. Canals & railways. Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.
In particular the hilly and mountainous areas of the region - the moors, hills and dales of the Peak District National Park. The Cotswolds, The Malverns, the Welsh borders and Shropshire Hills.
|Churches & Cathedrals||
The Heart of England is blessed with many magnificent religious buildings. From great churches like Gloucester or Lichfield Cathedrals, Tewkesbury Abbey to hidden gems such as the carvings at Kilpeck or the fantastic frescos at Kempsey. As well as explaining their architecture and stained glass, I enjoy telling the stories of those who built and worshipped in them.
William Shakespeare, JRR Tolkien, Jane Austen or Laurie Lee.
|History & Prehistory||
A historian by training I enjoy exploring all aspects of the region's history. From the prehistoric Rollright Stones, the Romans in Gloucestershire, the Wars of The Roses, Gunpowder Plot, Civil War, Industrial Revolution to Coventry's Blitz.
|Sports & Pastimes||
The Heart of England has great sporting heritage with sporting venues like Villa Park or Edgbaston. Rich history - the origins of tennis in Leamington Spa or great sporting figures e.g. Stanley Mathews, Randolph Turpin to Phil 'the power' Taylor!
|Art/Paintings & Sculpture||
Arts and Crafts in the Cotswolds - William Morris at Kelmscott, CR Ashbee at Chipping Camden and Ernest Gimson and the Barnsley brothers at Sapperton.