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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Services in the South West of England 2011

Christmas 2011 falls on a Sunday this year and a number of the South West's churches and cathedrals will be offering Midnight Communion and Christmas services.

Wells Cathedral south of Bath.
Cathedral Carol Service, Dec 23 from 6pm
Crib Services, Dec 24 2.00pm & 3.15pm
Midnight Eucharist, 11.30pm

Bath Abbey
Carol Praise 4pm
Festival of Lessons and Carols with Abbey Boys and Men's Choirs 7pm
Midnight Communion with Abbey Girls and Men's Choir 11.15pm

Wells Cathedral
Wells Cathedral. Wells, Somerset

Exeter Cathedral
12noon - Crib Service for Children sung by the Choristers
6pm - A Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday 25th December
8am - Holy Communion
9.45am - Sung Eucharist sung by the Cathedral Choir (Setting: Schubert in G)
11.30am - Choral Mattins sung by the Cathedral Choir
4pm - Choral Evensong with carols from the Minstrels' Gallery sung by the Cathedral Choir

Bristol Cathedral
Saturday 24th December Christmas Eve
3.30pm Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
11.30pm Midnight Eucharist

Sunday 25th December Christmas Day
10.00am Festal Eucharist
3.30pm Evening Prayer at the Crib

Gloucester Cathedral
Friday 23 December 6pm Christmas Carol Service
Christmas Eve 3.00pm Family Crib Service; 6.00pm Christmas Carol Service

Salisbury Cathedral
Saturday 24 December
Morning Worship 7.30am
A Family Service for Christmas Eve 4.00pm
Choral Evensong 6.00pm
Midnight Mass 11.30pm

Sunday 25 December
Holy Communion 8.00am
Sung Eucharist 10.30am
Festal Evensong 3.00pm

St Paul's Cathedral
Christmas Eve Carol Service
Sung Eucharist
25 December 2011
Festal Evensong
25 December 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Little Venice in London

Little Venice is where the waters from the Grand Union and Regent’s Canals meet and form a scenic pool. There are a number of cafes and pubs along the waterside. The visitor to Little Venice can take a boat trip or walk on the tow path as it snakes its way through the heart of London.

One recommended walk involves following the canal route north-east for 2.5 miles until you reach Camden where you can see the Lock and the markets.

Little Venice lies a short walk (11 minutes or so) north from Paddington Station just off Blomfield Road. Alternatively, Little Venice is a 7 minute walk from Warwick Avenue tube station.

Map of Little Venice

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Manchester Metrolink

The Manchester Metrolink is a light rail system that connects the center of Manchester from Piccadilly Station to outlying suburbs in the Greater Manchester area.

Metrolink presently has seven lines: running to Altrincham from Cornbrook (Altrincham - Cornbrook Line), from Bury to Droylsden (Bury - Droylsden Line), from East Didsbury to Rochdale Railway Station (East Didsbury to Rochdale Line) from Piccadilly Station to Eccles (Piccadilly - Eccles Line), from Altrincham to Bury, the Altrincham - Bury Line and the Airport Line to Manchester Airport.

There have been extensions of the Metrolink to Ashton-under-Lyne, East Didsbury, Sportcity (the venue for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and now the home stadium of Manchester City FC), the Trafford Centre, and out to Manchester Airport. There are plans for extensions to Oldham, Rochdale and possibly Stockport.

The line to Chorlton-cum-Hardy, also called the South Manchester Line opened in 2011. A South Manchester Line extension to East Didsbury was completed in 2013 with new stations at Withington, Burton Road, West Didsbury, Didsbury Village and East Didsbury.

Also in 2013 the East Manchester Line from Bury to Droylsden extended from Piccadilly to Droylsden with stations at New Islington, Holt Town​, Etihad Campus (convenient for the Etihad Stadium), Velopark​, Clayton Hall​, Edge Lane​, Cemetery Road​ and Droylsden. ​ ​

After over a decade in planning and construction the first Metrolink line opened in 1992. The driving force behind the system was to link Manchester's two main stations of Piccadilly and Victoria. Within Manchester city centre the Metrolink runs as continental-style street tram, whereas out towards the suburbs it runs on previous heavy rail tracks.

The following stations interchange with the rail system either within the same station or a short walk: Piccadilly, Deansgate-Castlefield, Victoria, Altrincham, Eccles and Navigation Road.

Metrolink tickets are issued from machines at each stop and include, single, return, all day and all weekend tickets as well as season tickets for commuters. Fares are calculated on fare zones travelled through as in the London Underground and are more expensive at peak times. Travelling without a ticket occurs a fine of £100. Presently the cheapest off peak ticket is £0.90. First trains from Piccadilly are at around 6pm with last trains on weekdays from around 11.30pm to just before midnight. Trains run later on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Metrolink is useful for getting to Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium and the adjacent Lancashire's Old Trafford Cricket Ground, The Lowry, The Imperial War Museum North, and MediaCityUK in Salford Quays. The Metrolink is also handy for King Street, the Arndale Center, Urbis, the Royal Exchange Theatre, the Wheel of Manchester and Manchester Cathedral.

Manchester Metrolink map.
Click on the Metrolink Map to enlarge; copyright www.metrolink.co.uk

Metrolink RATP Dev UK
Metrolink House
Queens Road
Tel: 0161 205 2000

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hot Air Balloons at Royal Victoria Park in Bath

As well as being a relaxing getaway location, Royal Victoria Park in Bath is a hotspot for watching hot air ballooning in the summer. Companies like Bath Balloons offer champagne rides for £115 per person if you buy online at http://www.bathballoons.co.uk/.

Royal Victoria Park is located in central Bath and visitors to the park may also want to check out the botanical garden located within the park as well as the nearby gravel walk of Jane Austen fame.

Parks and Green Spaces
Royal Victoria Park Nursery
Marlborough Lane
Bath, BA1 2LZ
Tel: 01225 394041

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

UK Slideshow

See a slideshow of images of the UK taken for the DevonVisitor blog. See images of the South West, the Cotswolds, Bristol, Dorchester, London, the North West and Scotland.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Vernon Park Stockport

Vernon Park, adjacent to Woodbank Park in Stockport is a Grade II listed Victorian public park that runs down from Turncroft Lane in Offerton to the Goyt Valley below.

Vernon Park Museum

Whereas Woodbank Park is an open-style expanse of woods and grass, Vernon Park is a more formal and carefully tended strolling park laid out in 1858 by Stockport Corporation on land donated to the town by George John Warren (Lord Vernon).

Local Stockport and Reddish mill workers helped in the construction of the park and to build some of the distinctive features of Vernon Park including the stone fountain made by the workers of Greg & Co at Albert Mill.

Vernon Park was given the early nickname of "Pinch Belly Park" due to this involvement of impoverished mill workers in its initial construction.

Vernon Park, Stockport

Vernon Park is Stockport's oldest public park and things to see in the park include the Vernon Park Museum, a rose garden, the renovated bandstand (a copy of the original Victorian/Edwardian original), a lily pond and two crown bowling greens.

Vernon Park, Stockport

Plants to be enjoyed in Vernon Park include pine trees, rhododendrons and a variety of ferns in the fernery. Fred Perry Way runs through the park, which is a short walk from the great tennis master's birthplace.

Other places of interest in and around Stockport in Greater Manchester include Stockport Town Hall, Stockport Air Raid Shelters, St Mary's Church, Bramhall Hall, Stockport Market, Fred Perry's birthplace, Woodbank Park, the Viaduct and Stockport Hat Museum.

Vernon Park Bowling Green Stockport.


Vernon Park
Turncroft lane

Map of Vernon Park

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