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Holiday in October

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Holiday in October


Just booked my October holiday

We have never been to this area before - any ideas for things to do/places to visit???

We have an 11 year old boy & my husband is quite partial to real ale

Any suggestions would be welcome

Thank you

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11. Re: Holiday in October

Some ideas for places to visit with your 11 year old:

Ironbridge Gorge Museums have something for everyone, but the Enginuity Museum would be spot on for anyone with a young person in tow. There are lots of hands on science and technology activities, eg There is a real locomotive to move.

There are 10 museums in the group. You can buy individual tickets or an annual passport ticket. ironbridge.org.uk/plan-your-visit/…

In Shrewsbury, the Castle houses a wonderful collection of regimental artifacts including uniforms and weapons. shrewsburymuseum.org.uk/visit-shrewsbury/…

Sabrina boat trips on the river Severn offer daytime trips and evening trips, eg Monday nights Ghost cruise and Tuesday nights Music cruises. That ought to suit most agegroups.

Moving into Wales perhaps for a day out, maybe on the way to the beach at Borth, Aberdovey or Aberystwyth, a good pit stop en route would be Machinations at Llanbrynmair. It has a fine collection of automata in a permanent exhibition; products to buy to make your own models and an excellent cafeteria, where homemade soups, cakes etc make a welcome break to the journey. It's about halfway to the Welsh coast from Bishop's Castle, via Newtown. http://www.machinationswales.co.uk/

The Centre for Alternative Technology at Machynlleth is a very interesting place to visit. You won't leave without a million ideas buzzing around in your head. http://visit.cat.org.uk/whats-to-see . It is set in a former slate quarry. There are benefits if you arrive without a car, eg by train from Newtown, or by bike. There is a water-balanced cliff railway, which would be an unusual experience for your 11 year old to report back to his mates at school. CAT is great for demonstrating how we can all make a difference and live more sustainably. Visit the earth closet loo! There's a beautiful pool and gardens.

The train from Newtown is also a good way to get to Aberystwyth or Borth for the day, or change at Dovey Junction to travel on up the coast to Harlech castle. As you ride past the Dovey estuary, the railway line seems to cling to the edge by its nails, but you can usually observe a lot of birdlife, which is really interesting.

That covers you for a whole day. OR two. If you want little half day outings and have your car, visit Hopton Castle. It was the site of a Civil War siege. It is a very small fortified tower house, recently renovated by English Heritage. The information at the site is well illustrated in just the right amounts to be able to digest on a short visit. There is a good car park, but no public loos there. It's not far from Brampton Bryan, the site of another famous Civil War siege, this time by a Royalist lady, Brilliana Harley, but that castle is not open to the public. However, Aardvark Book Barn IS. It is a vast agricultural barn, full of books with plenty of comfy chairs dotted about.

At Welshpool, Powis Castle is a good port of call for a rainy day. The gardens are famous, especially the clipped yews. A couple of miles away, on the same trip, do visit Dingle Nurseries. For a small charge, you can wander around their wonderful dingle garden, with its mature trees, shrubs and pool. Take your camera though. They have an honesty box for cups of tea and coffee in their conservatory/sales area. The informality is like a breath of fresh air. We also love their plants. The quality is consistently excellent. Horticultural heaven.

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12. Re: Holiday in October

<<Churchstoke is interesting (to trivia bores like me, anyway) as it the only place in Wales where, if you drive west, the next country you arrive in is...England. >>

That's a cracking bit of trivia. I had to google it and have a look.

Paula - What an introduction post. Well done.

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13. Re: Holiday in October

I would agree with GingerChimp, Paula that was an amazing post welcome aboard.

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14. Re: Holiday in October

Thank you all the responses and ideas for days out have been amazing...roll on October!

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