Posts in the 24 hours in… category


It’s good to be a tourist in your own town, taking the time to enjoy what’s on your doorstep. I’m so lucky to have grown up in Harrogate and be able to raise my family here now. It’s changed such a lot over the years but I love how it balances history with modernity. So for all those who asked, here’s how I like to while away a few hours in my back yard.



p3221152Recently I’ve found myself in Kensington on more than one occasion. Appointments, events and opportunities have all conspired to mean I’ve somehow been drawn to this enclave of London and I’d forgotten how much I like it (at one point I lived just a bike ride away). So if you’re heading to London for business or pleasure, it’s not a bad place to base yourself, even just for a night.




With the offer of some rare overnight babysitting, me and the mister headed to York recently. We had 24 hours in which to pack eating, drinking, shopping and a little sightseeing; here’s what we got up to. 


24 hours in Manchester

Image by TAPE | Jan Dixon & Emily Dixon | www.WeAreTAPE.comAfter a whirlwind 24 hours in London last week, it made me realise how easy it is to just hop on a train and go visit another city (and how much you can do in just one day). For example, Manchester. I went to uni there but no longer have any ties to the city and despite the fact I know it’s awesome, we somehow never go there any more. Leeds or York are just that little bit closer for a day trip. But I’m making plans to take the kids for more city breaks and this is my to-do list for Manchester.

Image by TAPE | Jan Dixon & Emily Dixon | www.WeAreTAPE.comFirst we’d start the day with a delicious brunch in Fig + Sparrow. I’ve been wanting to visit this lovely lifestyle cafe and shop for ages now and I think it would be a great way to kick things off once we arrived. Plus I like a little shopping with my food and they stock such nice things.

Fig & SparrowNext, we’d take a trip to MOSI or the Museum of Science and Industry, which Greig would love and so would the kids I reckon. Personally I’d probably like to drop into the Manchester Art Gallery to check out their costume collection too.

MOSI 2Then I reckon I’d like to drag everyone over to Affleck’s Palace so I could relive my student days as well as treat us all at Ginger’s Comfort Emporium.Gingers comfort emporiumWhile we’re in the Northern Quarter, we’d have a look at some of the cool indie shops and maybe pick up something for the house. I might even get to check out a couple of vintage shops like We are Cow or Pop Boutique.

Bakerie manchesterThen we’d go for an early dinner somewhere nice like Bakerie or  Common, which has great music/art as well as food, before heading back to the hotel. I’d love to stay somewhere showy like the Great John Street hotel but we’d probably opt for one of the Travelodge hotels in Manchester, to keep costs down.

If you’re still stuck for ideas to entertain the kids during a city break, it’s worth taking a look at this website: – which has loads of family friendly attractions and you can just key in your location to find out what’s happening near you.

Can you recommend any other must-visits in Manchester?


Disclosure: this is a collaborative post. All photos taken from company websites.