Blue Peter badges and new places to explore!

Posted on: May 28th, 2015

As a child I would have loved to receive a Blue Peter Badge, a childhood dream I did not realise. However, my children have both received them. One for designing and writing instructions for Christmas decoration craft ideas to be included in a programme and the other for writing a full half hour programme content for a potential episode commemorating the centenary of the  First World War.  I was extremely proud of them both.


One of the hidden advantages of receiving a Blue Peter Badge is they receive free entry into many different attractions around the country. We have visited Edinburgh Zoo.  Which is a great place to visit, the zoo and the animals are well cared for and I am sure every visit will be different due to the activities of the different animals. If you walk right to the very top of the zoo the view is stunning. You can see right over the whole city (a personal favourite as it is where I was at University) and the hills beyond. Stunning!

We have also visited the Shakespeare Birthplace trust buildings in Stratford upon Avon. The buildings themselves are typical of the 16th century with low ceilings, small windows and creaky wooden construction. However there is a quintessentially English charm about them I cannot resist. The trust work extremely hard to ensure the visitors experience is a memorable one with highly entertaining guides in many of the rooms explaining great details on what you are viewing. A particular favourite were the actors at Shakespeare’s Birthplace who acted out scenes from his work on request. I will never forget the enthusiastic performance of a scene from Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire was another favourite. It took a long period to construct as it was begun in Norman times and completed in Tudor times. The castle has been described by architectural historian Anthony Emery as “the finest surviving example of a semi-royal palace of the later middle ages, significant for its scale, form and quality of workmanship”. It has amazing aspects to view including the tower which you can climb, the Elizabethan garden the gatehouse and stables with their own exhibition.

The children have made a long list of places they would love to go to. It is quite an eclectic mix of attractions up and down the country. I think we will be planning a few holidays around the different venues!

I love visiting different places and experiencing different types of Architecture and I know I have passed that on to my family. It is so important that we continue to learn from the past, as an Architect I never stop learning about the world I work in and that makes it exciting!