Hello hello! I am now back from Berlin and am currently wading through HUNDREDS of photos as I prepare to share our adventures with you all. It was an incredible five days though and I have LOTS to tell you about.
In the meantime, however, here’s a chance for one of you to have some really amazing adventures a bit closer to home courtesy of English Heritage, who have very sweetly teamed up with me to offer a year’s membership to one lucky Madame Guillotine reader. This is an awesome prize as English Heritage have properties all over the country – over four hundred in fact and membership gives additional benefits as well, like entrance to exclusive events and so on, which is always a bonus at this time of year when all the fun Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas events are starting to happen.
Broughton Castle, an English Heritage site in Cumbria. Photos: Melanie Clegg.
Although I spend a lot of time hanging about palaces and stately homes, my children actually like nothing better than rushing about the more rough and ready ruined buildings, particularly castles like atmospheric Tintagel in Cornwall (where, incidentally, my husband sort of proposed to me!) or tranquil Old Wardour Castle in Wiltshire, where they can allow their frankly crazy imaginations to run wild as they pretend that they are knights guarding a stronghold or tyrannical kings, while my husband and I wander about and day dream about George RR Martin FINALLY finishing the Game of Thrones books. Oh, it WILL happen one day.
However, if you think that English Heritage are ONLY about ruined castles, Stonehenge and burial mounds then you’d be wrong as they actually own loads of really stunning and fascinating stately homes and palaces like Hardwick Old Hall, Audley End, Eltham Palace, Kenwood House and Apsley House so there really is something for everyone, no matter what sort of history you are into, whether it’s of the more homespun variety to massive, gilt encrusted stately homes with glamorous tales to tell.
Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall, another English Heritage property. Photo: Melanie Clegg.
Anyway, to enter this frankly superb competition, all you need to do is leave a comment telling me which English Heritage property you would visit first if you won. In my case it would have to be Osborne House as we have NEVER been, can you believe it? Nope, me neither.
BORING STUFF – this competition will end at midnight on the 22nd of October and is only open to UK residents over the age of eighteen. Membership is for twelve months and can either be for one person or for a couple, with up to six children under the age of nineteen included for free. Please use the rafflecopter to make a formal entry then scroll down and leave a comment on the blog as usual. Don’t forget to add your email address so that I can get in touch to let you know if you’ve won!
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