Sonja Mawdsley

Regional Qualification(s):

Southern England

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07521 583456

Contact guide

Introduction:

Hello, my name is Sonja and I would love to guide you in my beautiful area of England. I am a Blue Badge Guide for Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire, including the Isle of Wight.

I have lived, studied and worked in this area most of my life, so I am aware of how much it has to offer. We have the historical cities of Winchester and Salisbury, with their magnificent cathedrals, and Portsmouth with all its naval history.

Come and see the ponies, deer, cows, donkeys - and even pigs in the autumn - as they roam around the New Forest National Park. Walk along the dramatic Jurassic coast. See the lighthouse on Portland Bill.

Explore our beautiful gardens, see thatched cottages, historic houses, abbeys and castles. Stand in awe of the large sarsen stones at Avebury and Stonehenge, and discover their landscapes.

I have lived in China and Germany, where I loved learning about their countries and cultures. Now, I have the opportunity to share my love of this area in the south of England with visitors from home and abroad.

I do coach tours and can arrange small group and family tours, so please get in contact with me.

Personal Interests:

Special Interests:

Art/Paintings & Sculpture

Art at Mottisfont
John Constable and J M W Turner's work of Salisbury and Stonehenge
Public sculptures
Art in Salisbury
Southampton Art Gallery

Castles & Palaces

Old Sarum, Corfe Castle
Carisbroke castle on the Isle of Wight

Churches & Cathedrals

St Thomas's church, Salisbury
Romsey Abbey
Salisbury Cathedral and the Magna Carta
Winchester Cathedral

Countryside

The New Forest National Park
Portland

Education

I was a teacher so I am very happy to take families around.

Gardens

Exbury Gardens, New Forest - famous for rhododendrons, azaleas, acres
Mottisfont - famous for the roses
Stourhead - famous for the landscape, lake and autumn tree colour
Sir Harold Hillier's garden - arboretum and long herbaceous border
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

History & Prehistory

Stonehenge, Avebury and their landscapes

Stately Homes & Country Houses

Beaulieu, New Forest
Kingston Lacy in Dorset

Street Art

Murals and art in Salisbury

Walking Tours

Salisbury, Winchester, Southampton, Portsmouth, Dorchester
Salisbury Close and water meadows

Driver Guide:

No