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papillon · 25/05/2004 08:08

We are going to the Mumsnet Summer party in August which is being held in a field somewhere in Somerset.

After that we have about a week to fill with leisure activities

So I would love any recommendations on good things to do in England. We like nature - so any forests with big trees are good. Good camping grounds. Good places to eat.

Oh and great places to SHOP - which dh & I love to do together - especially any funky clothes shops that aren´t difficult to get to!

Any recommendations would be great!! ( Our dd will be 10 months old.)

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melsy · 25/05/2004 10:55

Bumped for paps, whilst I do some research for her.

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NomDePlume · 25/05/2004 11:00

Will your additional week be spent in Somerset, paps ? I'm not from around there, but I'll have a scoot around for places to go and things to do.

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NomDePlume · 25/05/2004 11:05

A few potentially useful sites

Visit Britain.com

West Country Now

Somerset Gateway

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papillon · 25/05/2004 12:06

Thanks NDP - we wiould like to travel further afield than Somerset.

I went to Wales along time ago and I think that is near Somerset?

How long does it take to get to the north of England from there?

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NomDePlume · 25/05/2004 12:12

Wales is fairly close (ish) to Somerset. It'll take you around 2.5 hours to get to South Wales from Somerset (obv depending on which part you are in!).

At a guess I would say expect getting to the North (Manchester ish) from Somerset to take around 4.5 hours + in a car.

Wales has fantastic scenery and some beautiful beaches but there isn't much to do in the way of shopping, unless you plod into Cardiff (the capital). here is the Welsh Toursit Board site

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NomDePlume · 25/05/2004 12:14

Northwest England site

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NomDePlume · 25/05/2004 12:14

A handy section of visit britain.com dedicated to the North

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papillon · 25/05/2004 12:15

Thanks for the links
Really do want to shop - I am going through major withdrawl symptoms!

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NomDePlume · 25/05/2004 12:15

Hope all of this stuff helps papillion !!!

I'm off to get on with some RL/eBAY stuff

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papillon · 25/05/2004 12:16

Any special places you have visited NDP that you would personally recommend?

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Coddylicious · 25/05/2004 12:16

salisbury?

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NomDePlume · 25/05/2004 12:23

Manchester is fantastic for shopping, the city centre is a designer store mecca. Shop 'til you drop!
The Trafford Centre Can you tell I'm a campaigning Manc ?!

The new \link{http://www.bullring.co.uk/website/\Bull Ring in Birmingham is excellent too.

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NomDePlume · 25/05/2004 12:24

Bugger...

The new Bull Ring in Birmingham is excellent too

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papillon · 25/05/2004 12:25

salisbury only has a big church doesn´t it

you offering me a cuppa Coddylicious

oooh thanks NDP -- designer store mecca sounds me

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NomDePlume · 25/05/2004 12:27

Bath is a beautiful city, lots of fantastic architecture etc.

I also loved Brighton for the cafe culture, great shops, relaxed people and the seaside element.

Pembrokeshire in Wales is simply beautiful, some breath taking coastline and magnificent scenery, but beware it does get veryyyyy clogged up with tourists !

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Janh · 25/05/2004 12:32

The Lake District - lots of lovely nature up here, paps!

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tamum · 25/05/2004 18:22

Bath is pretty good for shopping too, Bristol even better (or was, quite a few years since I went). It's not England, but you could consider Edinburgh! (Glasgow's great for shopping too).

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Beetroot · 25/05/2004 18:45

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papillon · 25/05/2004 18:48

that sounds interesting Beety--- the eden project will investigate that further

cheers

tamum I would love to get up to Scotland have never been there

might need 2 weeks at this rate!!

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tamum · 25/05/2004 18:56

You can get very cheap flights from Bristol to Edinburgh with Easyjet , not that I'm pushing it or anything

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Janh · 25/05/2004 21:40

Edinburgh is gorgeous, we love it, and tamum loves to see visiting mumsnetters!

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Janh · 25/05/2004 21:42

And in fact visiting mumsnetters love to see tamum too! (mwaah!)

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papillon · 26/05/2004 08:14

we will predominately be travelling my automobile, but would love to do some offline MN meetups will have to check out the meet up board.

Have to have one at Brentcross or wagnmmans

Would quite like to get up to Northern england pretty quickly .. although the Eden project sounds interesting

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tamum · 26/05/2004 16:38

Mwah to you too, Janh! It was lovely to see you, I must say.

Papillon, if you make it this far North I will happily meet up with you. It will be the Edinburgh Festival when you're in the UK, so that's worth bearing in mind. Maybe Janh will be here aswell and we can have a proper meet-up

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Janh · 26/05/2004 16:52

What are the festival dates, tamum? DH and I were talking about this yesterday, we are definitely intending to come up, is beety's do on the middle weekend? (Hm, am assuming it lasts for 2 weeks, is it actually longer than that? I am a Festival virgin!)

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