Why not make a weekend of…Lincoln

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Official tourist board promotional video:

Things to do and see:

  • Take advantage of the season and cut some funky yellow shapes on the ice:

http://www.visitlincolnshire.com/site/events/lincoln-on-ice-2010-p345271

Note: advanced booking required

  • Visit one of England’s finest cathedrals:

http://www.lincolncathedral.com/

  • Explore the six floors of Tattershall Hall; a rare red-brick medieval castle

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-tattershallcastle

Note: Listed as open, but check with NT nearer time due to weather conditions

  • Spook yourself silly with a Lincoln City ghost tour:

http://www.lincolnhistorywalks.co.uk/

(I was going to say, “not for those of a nervous disposition” but I forgot that you’re an Oxford fan!)

Looking for something nice to eat:

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g186336-Lincoln_Lincolnshire_England.html

I want pubs near the ground:

http://awaydays-client.salgo.net/away-ground-guide.html#lincoln-city

How do I get to the ground?:

http://www.redimps.co.uk/page/SincilBankStadium/0,,10440~1060871,00.html

I want to go on the train:

http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/en/s/timetable/times

History and stuff:

Lincoln has a well documented, eventful and indeed engaging history. Many pages have been written explaining its origins from a Roman settlement to links with William the Conqueror and some violent Civil War sackings.

Nothing to do with Lincoln

However, I would prefer to cheapen all that by talking about Lincoln biscuits. The problem (from extensive research) is that the City itself has nothing to do with the biscuits that bear its name. Disappointing really, because I had some cock and bull story made up about some z-list celebrity who invented Lincoln biscuits while living in the town.

The town’s most famous residents are of course Lincoln Park who wrote songs such as “Numb” and “Points of authority” while playing on the swings and roundabouts of the town park that inspired the band’s name (some spell it incorrectly). Limp Bizkit have nothing to do with Lincoln, but apparently are fond of Lincoln biscuits, an association that led to the name of their band.

I won’t see U’s there, but if you’re going could you bring me back a biscuit?

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Why not make a weekend of…Rotherham

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There’s nowt grim about this:

Don’t forget Rotherham temporarily play at the Don Valley, which is more Sheffield than Rotherham.  So most of this guide is pointed towards the highlights of Sheffield….

Things to do and see:  

This very handy website tells you everything you need to know about what to do in Sheffield:

http://www.creativesheffield.co.uk/VisitSheffield/Thingstodo/

Assuming you want to spend some time in our hosts home town of Rotherham, here are some highlights:

Magna Science Adventure Centre – A hands on science discovery centre.  Great for the kids.

Thybergh Country Park – A nature reserve, with 170 species of wildflower and plants, 155 species of birds, and 20 species of mammals in the area.  So, great for walks, plants and animals.

Clifton Park Museum – “One of the most modern and user-friendly Museums in the country, the twice nominated Museum of the year features famous exhibits such as Nelson the Lion and the breath-taking Rhinoceros Vase, the first ever porcelain vase cast in one piece!”  Why would you NOT want to see that?

Walking – There are some great walks to be had in the Rotherham area.  Some handy trail leaflets can be found here: http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/info/200102/walking/898/trail_leaflets/1

Looking for somewhere to stay?:

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotels-g186364-Sheffield_South_Yorkshire_England-Hotels.html#T_CAT_HOTEL_MOTEL

Looking for something nice to eat:

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g186364-Sheffield_South_Yorkshire_England.html

I want pubs near the ground:

http://awaydays-client.salgo.net/away-ground-guide.html#rotherham-united

How do I get to the ground?:

http://www.themillers.co.uk/page/DonValley/0,,10360,00.html

 I want to go on the train:

 http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/en/s/timetable/times

 History and stuff:

There is evidence of life in the Rotherham area in Iron Age times, but it was in the Medieval era when settlements either side of the River Don established it as thriving residence. 

Rotherham's Finest

It was around about then that Rotherham’s most famous sons, the Chuckle Brothers, brought the town International recognition with their hilarious “to me, to you” routine, which, allegedly is a passing routine still practiced on the training ground of the Millers to this day.

The fact that the club are called the Millers might also point to an association with flour milling?  Oh I don’t know, just look at Wikipedia would you?  What do you think this is?  Some sort of travel guide?

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Why not make (another) weekend of Burton?

They say there’s so much to do in Burton that one weekend’s NEVER enough so…..

 

 

Things to do and see: Highlights are below, but more ideas and direct links to the places below can be found here:   

 
  • Marstons Brewery – Join the Brewery Tour
  • Blithfield Reservoir at Abbots Bromley – 790 acres of water and 250 acres of woodland
  • Fradley Junction at Arlewas – Where the Trent, Mersey and Coventry canals meet
  • The National Memorial Arboretum – The Nation’s focus for remembrance in the National Forest near Lichfield
  • Barton Marina Fishery – 13 acre fishery for Rainbow Trout fly fishing
  • Branston Water Park – Woodland, Wetland and wildflower meadows supporting a variety of bird and wildlife
  • Tutbury Castle – Fantastic views from this 11th Centruy Ruin

 Looking for somewhere to stay?:

 
Looking for something nice to eat:
 
 
I want pubs near the ground: 
 
 
How do I get to the ground?: 
 

Can't get enough of the Pirelli

 
History and stuff:
  
Burton was founded around the monastery of St Bodwen, one of the few not destroyed by Henry VIII. One of the monks there, Friar Coors, had a particularly nasty habit in which he kept his hops. One day he tripped dropping his hops in a fermenting barrel, and he accidentally invented beer.  To this day the town has a strong brewing industry and this heritage has led to the club nicknaming themselves the Brewers.

The busy market town straddles the River Trent and is within the National Forest. Robin Hood was probably a famous resident of the town at one stage. His dashing green clothing gained national recognition, which ultimately led to him and his merry men founding the famous Burton’s clothing shops which he named after the town. 

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Why not make a weekend of….Bradford

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This weeks “Why not make a weekend of…” includes personal recommendations!

Bradford now.  Bradford Future?:

Things to do and see:  

There’s more to do in Bradford than you might think.  Highlights appear to be Salt’s Mill and the National Media Museum.  Take a look at this excellent website:

http://www.visitbradford.com/leisure-attractions/50thingstodoinBradfordDistrict.asp

If you don’t think there’s enough in Bradford to keep you occupied for a weekend then Leeds is a short drive away:

http://www.visitleeds.co.uk/

Still not enough for you?  Then why not head further North and explore the spectacular Dales?

http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/

Looking for somewhere to stay?:

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotels-g186408-Bradford_West_Yorkshire_England-Hotels.html#T_CAT_HOTEL_MOTEL

A personal recommendation from our OUFC Northern Correspondent @oufcmad is Kirkfield B&B. Greatly located for the Dales and only half an hour drive to the ground.

Looking for something nice to eat:

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g186408-Bradford_West_Yorkshire_England.html

Of course you’ve GOT to have a Balti? http://www.visitbradford.com/food-drink/Bradford-Curry-Guide.asp

And if you’re in Leeds this place gets a personal recommendation from our @oufcmad: http://www.artscafebar.com/

 I want pubs near the ground:

http://awaydays-client.salgo.net/away-ground-guide.html#bradford-city

If in Leeds, @oufcmad recommends the Angel Inn for “good but cheap beer” – My kind of beer!

How do I get to the ground?:

http://www.the2020group.com/cms/document/Directions_To_Bradford_City_FC.pdf

 I want to go on the train:

 http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/en/s/timetable/times

 History and stuff:

Brad "ford" Pitt (yesterday probably)

 

It won’t have escaped your attention that Bradford is another [x]Ford city.  In this case a place where the river was so shallow that it provided a convenient crossing point for Hollywood star Brad Pitt.

It was during the making of the famous Belaggio scene in Ocean’s Eleven when the director realised that Vegas was just not cutting it as a location.  A quick switch to a (then) nameless city in Yorkshire provided the perfect backdrop for this scene.  Pitt was the first of the cast to ford the river at the shoot; and in doing so gave the town its name.  Had he been half a minute later, then the City might have been named Georgeford or, worse, Mattford.  So a lucky escape there.

Pitt and his wife Angelina Jolie, well known for her fondness of Asian food, have been instrumental in establishing the City as Britain’s capital of curry.  They can often be found in one of the many local restaurants enjoying a balti with Brad’s equally famous brother; Courtney.

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Why not make a weekend of…Macclesfield

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Here’s a tour from a couple of locals:

Things to do and see:

Looking for somewhere to stay?:

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotels-g191278-Macclesfield_Peak_District_Cheshire_England-Hotels.html#T_CAT_HOTEL_MOTEL

Looking for something nice to eat:

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g191278-Macclesfield_Peak_District_Cheshire_England.html

I want pubs near the ground:

http://awaydays-client.salgo.net/away-ground-guide.html#macclesfield-town

How do I get to the ground?:

http://www.footballgroundguide.com/macclesfield_town/

I want to go on the train:

http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/en/s/timetable/times

History and stuff:

The name Macclesfield derives from the words “Michael’s Field”. It is thought that this derives from Saint Michael Jackson who frequented fields in this lovely part of Cheshire. Michael had always been keen on gloves made from silk, and found that only the quality of the silk produced here, was fit for his tender hands.

He ordered the building of the Macclesfield Canal so that he and bubbles had a direct link to his home at Neverland USA. It’s thought that he penned the song “Dirty Dianna” in memory of his girlfriend, Dianna Eckthorpe, who lived in Buxton Road, Macclesfield. She’s always had a bit of a reputation.

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Why not make a weekend of….Crewe?

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Maybe this is why?:

Things to do and see – Highlights are listed below:

Railway Age – An insight into Crewe’s locomotive industrial past

Stapelely Water Gardens – See exotic plants and animals and a really big garden centre

Beeston Castle – Only 10 miles away, it offers one of the most spectacular castle views in England

Surrounding Area – There are nice walks in the area. The towns of Congleton and Nantwich are worth a visit.

A much more comprehensive list of attractions can be found here, including links to some of the places above:

http://bit.ly/bkcX5e

 

Looking for somewhere to stay?:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g499507-Crewe_Cheshire_England-Hotels.html

 

Looking for something nice to eat:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/RestaurantSearch?geo=499507&pid=&q=Crewe%2C+United+Kingdom&cat=&src=

I want pubs near the ground:

http://awaydays-client.salgo.net/away-ground-guide.html#crewe-alexandra

How do I get to the ground?:

http://www.crewealex.net/page/Directions/0,,10414,00.html

I want to go on the train:

http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/en/s/timetable/times

History and stuff:

Alexander the Great, the famous Macedonian King founded the town of Crewe on his “Conquest of Cheshire tour 318BC”. Immediately recognising the potential of the town he decreed that trains should be invented and so it came to be that Crewe became the heart of the railroad revolution.

Soot from steam locomotives became such a problem locally that it became impossible to maintain long flowing locks. Locals therefore took the drastic step of cutting off their hair, inspiring the now wide-spread “Crewe Cut”.

I won’t SEE U’s THERE because I can’t make this one 😦

Why not make a weekend of….Hereford

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So bad, it’s GOOD:

Virtual tour of the town: http://www.visitherefordshire.co.uk/tours/hereford/hereford.htm

Things to do and see: Highlights are listed below:   

  • Hereford Cathedral – One of England’s finest Norman Cathedrals
  • Sufton Court –  Explore the park and grounds of this Palladian mansion
  • Mappa Mundi Exhibition – See the world famous medieval map of the world
  • Cider Museum and King Offa Distillery– A museum to Cider making, you can sample the stuff too
  • Forest of Dean – It has trees and other vegetation, possibly some animals too
  • Crazy golf – At “Adventure golf” –  TGS bowling: http://www.tgsbowling.co.uk/adventure.htm
  • Ross on Wye – Half an hour down the A49 is the beautiful town of Ross-On-Wye.  There is lot’s to see here and some great walks
  • Amazing Hedge Puzzle – It’s at Ross.  Allow plenty of time, best not to get lost in a maze before the game

A searchable list with links to most of the places above (and many more) can be found here:

http://www.visitherefordshire.co.uk/thedms.asp?dms=10&groupid=2&param1=1

Looking for somewhere to stay?:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g186302-Hereford_Herefordshire_England-Vacations.html

NB: I happen to know that the Premier Inn is full for the weekend so don’t bother

Looking for something nice to eat:

http://www.toptable.com/venues/?l=2215

 I want pubs near the ground: 

http://awaydays-client.salgo.net/away-ground-guide.html#hereford-united

 How do I get to the ground?: 

http://www.herefordunited.co.uk/page/Directions/0,,10835,00.html

 I want to go on the train: 

 http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/en/s/timetable/times

NB: The 9:21 and 11:21 from Oxford Station goes direct to Hereford (no changes) and arrive 2 hours 20 mins later.  The ground is walking distance from the station:

 Come out of the station and turn left and down the road towards the Safeway supermarket. Cut through the Safeway car park (heading left) and follow the pedestrian walkway out of the store out onto Commercial Road. Go left down Commercial Road, where you will pass the Merton Hotel on your right and a Wetherspoons pub on your left. At the top of the road at the traffic lights, turn right (against the direction of the traffic) into Blueschool Street. Keep walking along here until you come to a set of lights and a multi storey car park opposite and to the right (this is Widemarsh Street). Cross over and bear slightly right and cut up a walkway between the car park and Garrick House (council offices) where you come into a car park (if you head left you will find the Newmarket Pub) head right and walk out the car park. Turn left and you can’t miss the ground, it’s on your right.

 History and stuff:

 If “Oxford” means the ford where the Oxen cross, then presumably Hereford is the part of a river where the “Here” cross.  “Here”, in Saxon meaning army.  Unsurprisingly then, Hereford has seen a lot of military action with the Welsh (and even the Danish) having a go at various points throughout early history.

Hereford is famous for being the home of the “Map of Munters” which was a medieval map showing where the ugliest folk of the known world reside.   Apparently, Swindon was on it.

More recently the towns of Hereford and Worcester merged to become one massive building society, providing employment to those that had otherwise been employed in the wool trade.

As a reward for reading this far, I suggest you go to YouTube and type in Hereford Rap – click on this: “Rford n B hereford rap hereford song”.  It’s very educational but is only for a mature audience – do not do this if you are under 18.

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