The Boxing Hare restaurant in the Cotswolds: Review

One of the most difficult things about travelling as a family with a dog is finding places to eat. Often, dog friendly restaurants are cheap and cheerful. Or the more upmarket ones don’t cater for children. It was a bit of a relief to discover The Boxing Hare at Swerford, near Chipping Norton when we visited the Cotswolds on a short break. Fabulous food in a welcoming, family friendly atmosphere. They have a lovely dog friendly area too. About The Boxing Hare It’s always refreshing to arrive somewhere I’m due to review and be greeted by someone who can’t wait…

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Dog friendly Marlborough Arms in Woodstock: Review

The Cotswolds is indisputably one of the most beautiful areas in England. Cotswold stone buildings, narrow streets in unspoilt villages and cosy country pubs make it a bit like stepping back in time. In a good way. It’s also the ideal place to visit with a dog. There are many beautiful places to go walking including the Cotswold Way, as well as shorter routes in and around the villages. That’s why it’s so useful to find a little gem of a place to stay that is more than happy to accommodate dogs as well as the rest of the family.…

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Thursday photo #285

Isn’t it amazing how much better you feel when you take time to do something for yourself? Since starting to swim in the river last year, I’ve become more capable of taking time for me. I used to think that self-care had to be about a spa day or doing something relaxing. Wild swimming has made me realise that you don’t necessarily have to relax to de-stress. Whilst I’m not averse to a spa day or massage, a swim, run, horse ride or trip to the theatre is just as good. I’m pretty sure I’ve been less stressed since getting…

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The Girl on the Train at Malvern Theatres: review

As the audience file into the theatre, a projection on the back of the stage shows a train window whizzing past the landscape outside. With the audience in and the lights dimmed, Rachel becomes visible in the window. The scene cuts to alcoholic Rachel in her grubby kitchen. Her ex-husband Tom tells her that someone called Megan has gone missing. The Girl on the Train: the story Rachel Watson longs for a different life. She takes the train each day and watches a ‘perfect’ couple through the train window, wishing herself into their lives. Whilst the novel tells the story…

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Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic: review

This year, Disney on Ice are celebrating 100 years of magic. The shows on this tour feature an incredible 50 favourite Disney characters. It felt a little more fragmented than previous shows because there are more stories than ever. However, there are so many favourite songs that this didn’t matter at all. The show was presented by Mickey and a few friends as they explored iconic Disney stories from the past 100 years. 100 Years of Magic: The Show From the moment Mickey and Minnie came on the ice to introduce Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic, the…

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