For Jen's 30th birthday I surprised her with a weekend at Wild Northumbrian in Northumberland National Park.Read More
It was great to go home during the Christmas break and spend time with my family. During my short stay I spent a day revisiting the places my mates and I would hang out whilst growing up.
Trentham is a quiet suburb in Stoke-on-Trent that is surrounded by open space, making it feel like a village. Not much really goes on here and there isn't that much to do in terms of entertainment but that didn't limit us as kids.
It's been many years since I visited some of these places and they were almost unrecognisable. But lots of it brought back some great memories.
The remains of the Trentham Estate
Since 2000 the Trentham Estate has undergone major regeneration. Unfortunately this resulted in the demolition of the Trentham Ballroom and Hall and many of the other buildings fell into disrepair.
North Trentham Park
Beside the new landscape gardens lies North Park. My mates and I would ride our bikes here to race through the woods and down the hills. It was one of my favourite past times when I lived in Trentham but at the time I don't think I realised the beauty of the landscape.
Learn more about Trentham, it's history and plans for the future at www.trentham.co.uk
On our way back to Newcastle, Jen and I had a couple of hours to burn in London so we went to the Natural History Museum. What an awesome place!
Its been about 2 years since we last visited to see Dr. Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS: Animal Inside Out exhibition which was just incredible. But at the time we didn't have an opportunity to have a look around the permanent exhibitions.
During this visit we managed to see the birds, mammals and the breathtakingly massive whales.
We also watched a couple of short films in the lecture theatres. The first was Nature through the lens which documented key breakthroughs in wildlife film-making over the past 100 years which I really enjoyed and appreciated as a photographer. The second film was David Attenborough: Life on Camera, which covered some of Attenborough's many achievements and clips of his best bits. It is amazing to see what he has experienced and his dedication to the field is such an inspiration.