Profile updated 23/11/23
Heart of England, City of Oxford Green Badge
07425 179053, 024 7646 8205
Fun, friendly, but always fully professional, I aim to help visitors to the Heart of England Region get the most out of their visit.
Based in Coventry I have been pleased to welcome visitors to our city and offer public bookable walking tours of the city as well as bespoke individual and group tours throughout the region.
I am also a Green Badge guide for the city of Oxford.
As well as city tours, I am a qualified Lowland Walk Leader and offer countryside walks in the region and throughout any lowland areas of Britain.
The main areas in which I currently work are Coventry, Birmingham, Warwickshire (including Stratford upon Avon), the Cotswolds, Oxford and Shropshire, but I also work in the wider region including Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and the Wye Valley, Staffordshire and Derbyshire.
My interests are particularly history, heritage buildings, music and the countryside.
For details of my public tours, mostly in Coventry, please http://seewww.verity-touristguide.eventbrite.com
|Countryside walking (hiking). I have the Lowland Leader Award, awarded through the Mountain Training Scheme and have a Silver Award through the National Navigation Award Scheme. Also an outdoor First Aid Certificate (skills which I hope that I will not need to use)|
|Roman Britain including Hadrian's Wall: Life on the Roman Frontier.|
|History and how perceptions of historic events change over time. Following the recent discovery of his skeleton I completed the Future Learn course studying "England in the time of Richard III.|
|Detective stories in literature, TV, film and theatre.|
|European languges and culture. I have studied italian for a number of years, but rarely get the chance to put what i have learnt into practice. Buongiorno! Mi chiamo Verity, bienvenutal a coventry. Dove vorreste visitare oggi?|
I offer bespoke and pre-planned walks in both town and countryside.
Look at our countryside in a new light as I tell you about the battles fought and the stories behind some of our quirky place names such as Chipping Campden (market in the valley containing enclosures) and Ludlow (place at the hill by the noisy rapids.)
England is famous for it's gardens and our love of gardening. Follow the History of English Gardens starting with the Roman Garden at Cirencester; see the wonderfully restored and replanted Elizabethan Knot Garden at Kenilworth Castle and amazing water features such as the Grand Cascade at Chatsworth. Visit the world famous Hidcote with its Arts &Craft style "rooms" and the "Sermon on the Mount" yews at Packwood.
Warwick castle and many others can be found in the region which was fought over in our 4 civil wars. There is the Regency elegance of Cheltenham and the narrow medieval streets and alleyways in Tewkesbury.
|Churches & Cathedrals||
Take a tour of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford cathedrals home to the three choirs festival.
|Stately Homes & Country Houses||
From Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill to the Moated Manor House at Baddesley Clinton with it's catholic priestholes and everything in between, I can tailor your trip to your individual interests.
|Folklore & Traditions||
From well dressing in the Malverns (a place beloved by Elgar) to Morris dancing, discover the local traditions and food of the region.
Ironbridge in coalbrookdale, the cradle of the industrial revolution is an amazing sight, recently restored and painted in its original colours. Take a trip on a canal boat along the waterways which were once the backbone of the transport network or ride on aheritage steam train such as the Severn Valley Railway.
Stratford upon Avon with its Shakespeare properties is also home to the roya Shakespeare Company. why not combine your visit with a trip to the theatre and a behind the scenes tour to see some of the costumes and props used in past productions.
All trips can be linked to the national Curriculum, Key stages 1,2 3 & 4. Autism friendly tours can also be arranged.
Windsor & Eton