Burton on Trent Landmarks #12 – Market Hall

Burton on Trent’s Market Hall has been in the local news a lot recently, because of controversial plans to relocate the library into the hall at a cost of over £7million, to free up the existing library site for regeneration. Burton on Trent was first granted a charter to hold a weekly market on a…… Continue reading Burton on Trent Landmarks #12 – Market Hall

Scalpcliffe Woods, Stapenhill

One of the local places in Burton on Trent (Stapenhill, to be exact) on my long list of places to visit was Scalpcliffe Woods, a nature reserve located near Stapenhill Cemetery. So, on the last day of April 2021, I set out on the journey there. I was expecting a nice, leisurely stroll around some…… Continue reading Scalpcliffe Woods, Stapenhill

Burton on Trent Landmarks #11 – Even More Sculptures

Following on from the popular blog posts looking at artworks and sculptures around Burton upon Trent’s Washlands and elsewhere in the town, I present to you the third and possibly final part. The Burton Cooper by James Walter Butler The Burton Cooper is probably the most well-known and one of the oldest pieces of artwork…… Continue reading Burton on Trent Landmarks #11 – Even More Sculptures

Branston Water Park

Most of England has been enjoying record-breaking temperatures for the end of March, so I took advantage of the weather and the partial relaxation of lockdown rules to take a trip to Branston Water Park, a place I had never been to before. The site of Branston Water Park was originally a gravel pit from…… Continue reading Branston Water Park

Burton on Trent Landmarks #10 – Coltman VC Peace Wood, Winshill

On this sunny but cold Saturday morning (27th March 2021), I walked from my home up to Winshill to have a look around the Coltman VC Peace Wood, just off Mill Hill Lane. I have been up Mill Hill Lane many times whilst out walking, but never ventured into the Peace Wood until now. William…… Continue reading Burton on Trent Landmarks #10 – Coltman VC Peace Wood, Winshill


Welcome to the first new travel post of 2021. Even though lockdown restrictions are still in force, and non-essential travel is not permitted, we are still allowed to go outside for exercise in the local area. When I originally planned this trip last year, the plan involved saving a bit of time by catching a…… Continue reading Rolleston-on-Dove

Burton on Trent Landmarks #9 – Football Grounds

The town of Burton upon Trent has a long sporting history. One of the world’s oldest rugby union clubs, Burton RFC, was established in October 1870. Cricket was played professionally in the town at Burton Cricket Ground from 1840, and league association football arrived in the town in 1892, when Burton Swifts joined the Football…… Continue reading Burton on Trent Landmarks #9 – Football Grounds

Tutbury and Hatton 2018

In the absence of any new content (I’m sure I don’t have to remind you why), I’ve decided to delve back in time and talk about that time I went to Tutbury and Hatton (in Staffordshire and Derbyshire respectively), back in those glorious pre-Covid days in 2018. Coincidentally, it was on 30th January 2018, exactly…… Continue reading Tutbury and Hatton 2018