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11 Jun 2019
Everyone knows of a little place that they think of as a hidden gem. We asked our Social Media Followers to share their hidden gems with us and we got lots of great responses! From the most beautiful beaches to the best place for a fry up, from idyllic countryside walks to amazing entertainment in the city, there are so many wonderful places to add to your list this summer.
Don’t just take our word for it. Find out more from the people who love them the most:
"Loch Ken is a beautifully tranquil loch that meanders down towards Castle Douglas, and Loch Ken Holiday Park is perfect for camping in a beautiful part of the world and makes a great base for exploring the Galloway Forest, Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright."
- Elaine C - Facebook
"My hidden gem is Charlie Bears at The Bearhouse Gallery in Launceston. Amazing place for all ages. It is free to go in and lots to see and do. You can sit and have a drink and complete quizzes. All the bears are displayed in scenes like old fashioned shops. Charlie Morris and William Morris have created an enchanted attraction."
- Amanda J - Facebook
"Me, my parents and my kids at Eastbourne Air Show. We go every year, using Stagecoach buses to get us there and back from Hastings where we live. Super great day out."
- Lisa M - Facebook
"The Old Firestation in Tonbridge; it's a coffee shop/gastropub, gallery...it's all this and more and it's hidden just behind Tonbridge Castle...it's amazing!"
- Jim R - Facebook
"My hidden gem is Hilbre Island. The 38 route into West Kirby (run by Stagecoach) stops at the library. From here, take the family and the dog down to the beach. Don walking boots or wellies, take a picnic, a rug, waterproofs (in case of spontaneous rain), binoculars, pen, paper, paints, a good camera and a book. Walk over to Hilbre Island at low tide (check timetables) and relax on the 11.5 acres of the uninhabited nature reserve. Enjoy the tranquility, the beautiful scenery, the views over the Estuary, the smell and taste of the salty sea air as well as watching over 200 species of birds, seals sunning themselves on the rocks and occasionally dolphins and whales splash past.
The history of the area is fascinating, too, with monks, a brewery and smugglers enjoying the island also. It only takes an hour to cross leisurely to the island. Once been never forgotten!!!"
-Claire G - Facebook
"King John’s House is tucked away in a quiet corner of Romsey, Hampshire. It’s an early medieval half-timbered building dating to the 13th century. It’s a short walk away from Romsey Abbey and it was thought King John used this house as his hunting lodge as he was known to have a lodge built in Romsey in 1206. Many of the original architecture can still be seen, including an unusual bone door and there’s even evidence of medieval graffiti.
Next door is a Tudor cottage which has been restored to it’s original condition. There is also a Victorian and Edwardian museum showcasing life in Romsey in that period. There is a popular tearoom on the ground floor and the area behind has been restored as a period garden full of traditional plants and herbs."
- Kazweedon – Instagram
"My hidden gem is Castle Park in Frodsham, Cheshire. We reach Frodsham using the X2 Stagecoach bus. The park itself is vast, and has many areas to explore. We’ve spotted quite a few squirrels in the woodlands during our visits! There's plenty of room to let the dogs run free or for the kids to kick a ball. There’s a playground for all ages, which includes a sandpit, and a further area in the top field which includes a fabulous zipwire for older children.
The park also has a bowling green, tennis courts and beautiful landscaped gardens. Within those gardens stands Castle Park House and outbuildings which now homes an Arts Centre, showcasing local talent, all free for the public to enjoy! If, after all that, you need to relax, there’s a little cafe serving snacks, drinks and of course ice cream!
Castle Park is a firm family favourite of ours and an absolute gem! "
- Janib – Instagram
"My vote is for Clifton Nurseries, an oasis in the city, hidden down an alleyway within Warwick Avenue."
- Juliaphots – Instagram
"Nestled in Grasmere, Lake District , Sarah Nelson gingerbread shop the most AMAZING find."
Sarahjanehorseman - Instagram
"Salford Quays is still a hidden gem but if you hop on the Stagecoach 50 from Manchester you can visit it for a great day out. Just don't tell everyone please!"
- Justin S - Facebook
"Cheddar Gorge is an amazing place to unwind and relax for the weekend with amazing views and deep cultural history."
- World_Travel75 - Instagram
"The back beach in Teignmouth, accessible by Stagecoach Bus. The perfect place to watch the sun go down with chips on the beach!"
- Laura M - Facebook
Thanks to everyone who shared their hidden gem with us - we can't wait to plan our next journey and get out and about this summer to discover these gems and many more!
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