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Cotwolds Winter Walks, Cirencester Park

Cotswolds Winter Walks

Pop by 'n say hi!Cotswolds Winter Walks While we still have a bit of time to Christmas, and also time to finalise plans for the break, we look at some Cotswolds Winter Walks you might consider for Boxing Day.  There are four listed here though there are so many nice Cotswold winter walks it was difficult to filter them down. Cotswold Way Circular Walk The Cotswold Way is an 102 mile national trail from Chipping Camden Camden to Bath.  Typically, the full trail is a seven to ten day walk. Having said that, there are also lovely walks along short sections to suit different abilities.  Here is a four-and-a-half mile circular route starting in Chipping Camden. Crickley Hill not just a lovely piece of countryside in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Crickley Hill also has archaeological importance as the site of a battle around 3600 BC. Here is a National Trust walk which starts in nearby Cranham. Stow-on-the-Wold to Bourton-on-the-Water If its postcard Cotswold village you are into then why not take a walk between these to picturesque Cotswold towns.  This walk from the Cotswold Conservation Board takes around three hours. Cirencester Park although Cirencester Park is owned […]
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London Photography Exhibitions December 2018

Pop by 'n say hi!London Photography Exhibitions December 2018 Photography Exhibitions in London this December remind us of our environment.  With topics such as single use plastics in focus at the moment, this seems a great time for these shows.   Untouched landscapes, in Ansel Adams photographs, as well as a look at ‘civilisation’ feature this week.  The Ansel Adams show is on at the Atlas Gallery in Marylebone.  Meanwhile, further East at the Flowers gallery,  there is a study of Art Photography’s fascination with the way we live.  The show is inspired, in particular, by the recent release of a new book by renowned curators.  Additionally, on a similar theme, Rosie Snell’s Outliers show runs at No 20 Arts in Islington. Michael Hoppen gallery in Chelsea show rare Bill Brandt work while in South Kensington you can catch Oli Kellet’s show.  That show, Cross Road Blues, runs at HackelBury Fine Art. There is also an interesting free display at Somerset House.  That show  features photographs as well as drawings and sculpture by South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga.   Finally, the Miles Aldridge and Todd Hido show at Huxley-Parlour gallery will end soon.  Read on for further details on these […]
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White Christmas 2018

Pop by 'n say hi!White Christmas 2018 What are the odds of a white Christmas 2018?  You have to go all the way back to 2010 for the last UK White Christmas. Will it be a white Christmas 2018, and where does it actually have to snow for it to be a white Christmas? Traditionally a snow flake had to land on the roof of the London Weather centre for it to be a white Christmas.  Going by that measure, the last white Christmas in the UK was in 2014.  However, the weather in London isn’t always representative of that across the whole country.  For the Met Office, the UK’s National Meteorological Service, there is now a broader definition.  For it to be a white Christmas 2018, at least one snow flake has to be observed falling somewhere in the UK on Christmas day. So that’s what a white Christmas is but will we have a White Christmas 2018?  Latest forecast from the Met Office is not looking promising.  Colder scenarios are currently looking less likely than mild ones.  Having said that, UK weather can be unpredictable even over the short term, so perhaps there is some hope for the […]
Petworth Park Walks, Petworth House and Park National Trust, South Downs

Petworth Park, South Downs

Pop by 'n say hi!Petworth Park Petworth Park in the South Downs, Southern England is a lovely Deer Park which, while previously owned by dukes earls, today it is in the care of the National Trust.  The park is also home to Petworth House, a 17th century, Grade I listed Manor House.  The Park in its current form dates back to the 18th century.  There were elaborate Elizabethan gardens on the site from the late 16th century though. The current pleasure gardens were extensively landscaped by the famous ‘Capability’ Brown during the 1750s and 60s.  Lancelot Brown was responsible for landscaping some of the most-loved British landscaped gardens at Stowe as well as the gardens at Blenheim Palace and Warwick Castle.  He earned the name ‘Capability’ for his frequent expression that there was great ‘capability‘ for improving the grounds he was commissioned to work on. It was Charles Wyndham who took on ‘Capability’ Brown to landscape Petworth Park.  His son, the Third Earl of Egremont was friends with the British landscape artist J M W Turner, who would spend long periods at Petworth.  Turner painted Petworth Park from the lake at around 1810.  To this day, there is still a […]
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London Photography Exhibitions December 2018

Pop by 'n say hi!London Photography Exhibitions December 2018 Although 2018 is starting to come to an end, there are still fresh exhibitions opening in London this week.  This week also sees the return of the Fix Photo to Southwark.  The festival includes the launch of Chloe Rosser’s new book.  Meanwhile in Islington Rosie Snell features at No 20 Arts.  Outliers examines our relationship with nature with Swiss and Greenlandic landscapes. Back in Central London, the free Athi-Patra Ruga show continues at Somerset House.  Further west, Michael Hoppen present rare Bill Brandt work in Chelsea.  Meanwhile, Huxley-Parlour are hosting Miles Aldridge and Todd Hido work for a couple more weeks.   That show features work from the two quite distinct artists around a suburbia theme.  Read on for more details which are given further below. Note that this is the last weekend to see the New East Photo Prize 2018. The show runs at Calvert 22 until Sunday.  Read on for further details on these as well as others. Take a look at the regularly updated London Photography Galleries list as well. That list compliments this post on London Photography Exhibitions. It contains information such as opening times and maps […]
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Petworth House, West Sussex

Pop by 'n say hi!Petworth House, West Sussex Petworth House is a 17th century,  Grade I listed country house in West Sussex.  Today Petworth House and Park are in the care of the National Trust.  Over the years they have been owned by earls, dukes and royal relatives.  The House is set in a large deer park.  There were previously elaborate Elizabethan gardens where that Capability Brown landscaped park now lies.  The manor house at that time, which predates the current Petworth House, was a gift from Henry I’s wife to her brother in 1150.  As beautiful as Petworth House is from the outside, it is inside where you will find the greatest gems.  The manor houses the National Trust’s finest art collection.  An English ‘Versailles’, Petworth is know for the collection of work by Titian, van Dyck and Reynolds as well as Flexman.   The collection will be augmented next year when Petworth House hosts an exhibition of Dutch Paintings from National Trust Houses. Although entry to Petworth House is only accessible for free to National Trust members, anyone can access Petworth Park.  There is a nice  Petworth Park circular walk, popular with families on which you can explore […]
Petworth Park Walks, Petworth House and Park National Trust

Petworth Park Walks

Pop by 'n say hi!Petworth Park Walks Petworth Park is a landscaped park in West Sussex, in the south of England.  In this Petworth Park walks post, we look at a few options for walks to explore the beautiful landscapes which the park offers.  The park, together with Petworth House is in the care of the National Trust and was redesigned by Capability Brown. There are a couple of Petworth Park walks you might consider.  The first starts from the Petworth Park car park on the A285 (not the Petworth House car park) which is managed by the National Trust.  There is a parking fee for non members but the park itself is accessible to anyone for free.   This is a circular walk, around the park, which is very popular with families.   The walk takes in the folly, lake and some decent views of Petworth House.  Best of all, there are a few points along the route where you are likely to spot deer.  See the South Downs Walking page for full details of this walk. Another of the Petworth Park walks you might consider is the Ancient Trees walk which is the National Trust recommend. Some trees in […]
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London Photography Exhibitions November 2018

Pop by 'n say hi!London Photography Exhibitions November 2018 November 2018 sees two new and equally exciting photography exhibitions added to our list.  Significantly, rare work from British photographer Bill Brandt is on display at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in Chelsea.  Meanwhile, on the Strand you can see something very different from South African Athi-Patra Ruga.   Ruga is known, in particular, for his diverse practice.  This is clear in this exhibition which features drawings, sculpture and film  together with photography.  Athi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions is on until the start of January at Somerset House.  Read on for more details which are given further below. Some of the photography exhibitions in London, like the New East Photo Prize 2018 at Calvert 22, are closing soon.   The New East Photo Prize show features work from Eastern Europe and Russia as well as Central Asia.  Another exhibition ending soon, is the Edward Burtynsky show which is at the Flowers Gallery in Soho.  In particular, Edward Burtynsky: The Human Signature explores the human impact on our planet.  The show also includes an augmented reality feature. Read on for further details on these as well as others. Take a look […]
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London Photography Exhibitions November 2018

Pop by 'n say hi!London Photography Exhibitions November 2018 Photography exhibitions in London this month include two new and equally interesting displays.  First there is Miles Aldridge and Todd Hido at Huxley-Parlour.  Meanwhile in South Kensington you can see British artist Oli Kellet’s work.  He centres, in particular, on urban crossroads for his series at HackelBury.  The Huxley-Parlour show, in contrast, explores suburbia.  That is done through the lenses of the two uniquely different artists. There is not just work from well-known photographers on show this week.  You can examine new work on topical themes too at Autograph in Shoreditch.  They host Common Ground.  That show features work from 16 to 19 year old Londoners working together with the University of the Arts, London.   Also in Shoreditch, you can see the New East Photo Prize at Calvert 22.  Another prize show is in annual Astronomy Photographer show in Greenwich.  There are some impressive shots on display including one from UK photographer Andrew Whyte. Meanwhile, some shows are about to end. These include Common Ground together with Modern Masters.    Modern Masters is at Hamiltons and features top, current and historical artists. Read on for further details on these as well as […]
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London Photography Exhibitions November 2018

Pop by 'n say hi!London Photography Exhibitions November 2018 London photography exhibitions for November 2018 importantly include two exhibitions looking back 100 years.  This seems so relevant as we mark 100 years since the signing of the Armistice this Sunday.  First there is Renewal.  That show at the Imperial War Museum looks at rebuilding cities after the Great War.  Secondly there is Another England at Now Gallery.  That show takes photographs from an Historic England study.  The study surveys 100 years of Black and Asian English heritage. Meanwhile, modern work is the focus at Calvert 22 Foundation in Shoreditch.  The gallery hosts the biennial New East Photo Prize.  The Masters have the run of central London.  At Huxley-Parlour is Masters of Photography while at Hamiltons you can see Modern Masters.  Both of those exhibitions are closing soon.  Also closing soon is Shashin: are-bure-boke at Michael Hoppen.  London Nights is another show coming to an end.  It is running further east at the Museum of London in the City.  Finally, you can see the latest Edward Burtynsky exhibition at Flowers, Cork Street. Read on for further details on these as well as others. See the regularly updated London Photography Galleries list. […]