Five Glasgow Attractions to Visit With Your Children

Posted on: August 26th, 2014 Posted by

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The city of Glasgow is one of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations and a great choice for a family break. With lots of art galleries, museums and more, there is plenty to see and do in the city, and many attractions which are designed to appeal to the younger generation as well as grown ups. In this blog, we explore five of Glasgow’s best attractions to visit with your children.

 

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Glasgow Science Centre

Located on the banks of the River Clyde, the Glasgow Science Centre offers an interesting day out for all age groups, and is an ideal option for days when the weather is less than pleasant. The extensive centre has three floors of interactive exhibits and workshops, plus a live lab, where you can see scientists at work. Other highlights include the 127m Glasgow Tower, a huge planetarium and an IMAX cinema. The Science Centre also has a café, snack bar and vending machines for refreshments.

 

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Scotland Street School Museum

Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1903 and opened in 1906, the Scotland Street School Museum was a school for over 70 years and now tells the story of Scottish education through the ages. With three reconstructed classrooms, the museum will take you and your kids on a journey into the past. The museum has activities throughout the year and the chance to dress up in old-fashioned costumes, play traditional games and more. As a bonus, the Scotland Street School Museum is free to enter, which is perfect if you are travelling on a budget.

 

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Tollcross Park

Nestled in the heart of Glasgow’s East End, Tollcross Park is a spacious public gardens with lots of fun features and well-maintained facilities. Spread over 37 hectares, the park has a magnificent rose garden, a children’s farm with friendly animals to meet, a sensory garden, an adventure play area for under 12′s, a nature walk and picnic areas. There is also an excellent leisure centre with swimming pool, gym and café.

 

 

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

As one of the United Kingdom’s most visited attractions, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a must see – and it is also free to enter. Opened in 1901, this large gallery and museum has 22 themed galleries featuring amazing artefacts, artworks and memorabilia. Highlights include a Spitfire plane, works by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and other influential Scottish artists, and a Scottish archaeology exhibit. The museum also has a café, which has a special children’s menu to cater to younger tastes.

 

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Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel

The award-winning Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel  is located on the northern banks of the River Clyde and is housed in an elegant concept building that was designed in 2004. The museum features a vast collection of transport related objects, from bicycles to cars and skateboards to locomotives. Three street scenes with reconstructed shops that you can go into add to this exciting experience.

 

What is your favourite family-friendly attraction in Glasgow?

 

 

Seven Marvellous Facts About Mustard

Posted on: August 19th, 2014 Posted by

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Probably one of the world’s most popular condiments, mustard is used in cuisines as diverse as French, Indian and African. In this blog, we investigate this hot and pungent food-stuff and discover seven marvellous facts about mustard. Along the way, you’ll learn more about its history, as well as picking up a tip or to on how to use it!

 

  1. Mustard is made from the seeds of the mustard plant, a member of the brassica family which also includes cabbages, broccoli and brussel sprouts. White, yellow, black and brown mustard seeds are harvested from three varieties of mustard plant, and prepared using different methods depending on the type of mustard being made.

 

  1.  The powerful conqueror Alexander the Great was said to have sent a sack of mustard seed to his opponent Darius, with the message “that you may taste and acknowledge the bitterness of my victory”.

 

  1. Mustard has a very low calorie count (an average of around 5 calories per teaspoon) and since you only need a little to enjoy its powerful flavour, it is a great option for anyone on a weight-loss diet who wants to add an exciting new dimension of taste to their meals.

 

  1. The word mustard is thought to have its origins in the Latin mustum ardens. Mustum means must, referring to the un-fermented grape juice that the Romans used to prepare it, and ardens meaning burning, which of course refers to the piquant flavour.

 

  1.  Mustard has long been used as a medicinal plant. For centuries, mustard plasters – a poultice of crushed mustard seeds – were prescribed as a remedy for coughs, pneumonia and chills, while mustard baths were a standard medical treatment for muscle pains, fevers and stress for centuries.  While these treatments are still used in some countries today, the risk of burns from the mustard oils means that they tend to be less popular than they once were.

 

  1. Mustard seed sprouts make an unusual and delicious addition to salads – and they are healthy too! Growing your own couldn’t be easier – simply soak a pack of mustard seeds for 12 hours then drain, rinse, and place in a large jar. Cover with a piece of muslin cloth and place in a cool, light spot. Rinse again every 8 hours or so, and within a few days, you’ll have fresh mustard sprouts, ready to use.

 

  1. Although mustard will not visibly deteriorate if stored outside the refrigerator, the volatile oils which give it its distinctive flavour can be lost. Therefore most mustard manufacturers will encourage you to keep your mustard in the fridge once opened. The exception to this is dry mustard powder, which is made up as needed, and keeps for years without losing its intensity.

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Rich in natural beauties and with a wealth of well-preserved historic sites to discover, the Historic High Country is a popular touristic region in Georgia. Comprising of 17 counties in the north-western area of the state, travellers to this area are spoilt for choice with museums and galleries to visit, outdoor activities to try and plenty of great shopping and dining options. In this blog, we take a look of some of the leading attractions within the Historic High Country, offering a short “must-see” guide for anyone visiting the area.

 

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Funk Heritage Center

Funk Heritage Center is located in the city of Waleska within the Reinhardt University Campus. As an official National Parks certified Trail of Tears interpretation center, the museum is intended to tell the story of the Native American people who were forced to move from their homelands in the south-east during the 1830s. Highlights of the exhibitions include an award-winning documentary film about the tribes of the region, dioramas which demonstrate scenes of Native American daily life, an art gallery and the Hall of the Ancients, which is dominated by an mysterious petroglyph. Outside, there are walking trails and a native garden to wander around, as well as a reconstruction of Appalachian style settler cabins and farm buildings.

 

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Bartow History Museum

Located in the city of Cartersville in Bartow County, the Bartow History Museum is dedicated to providing an insight into 200 years of local history. From the arrival of settlers, to the development of the iron and textile industries which have played a key role in the economy of the region, the museum use a unique collection of artefacts, photos and more to tell the story of the region. The museum also boasts an excellent interactive gallery, where visitors can sit at an old-fashioned school desk, try their hand at textile making and touch objects which once belong to Cherokee and settler families.

 

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Rock City, Lookout Mountain

Located near Chattanooga, Rock City is a family-friendly attraction which was first developed in the 1930s. Perched on top of Lookout Mountain, this extensive park features awe-inspiring natural rock formations, beautifully planted gardens, a waterfall and suspension bridge, as well as a lookout point where it is said you can see over seven states. A final magical touch is brought to the experience by the collection of gnomes and fairy figurines which have been part of Rock City since its early days – the Fairy Caverns at the end of the walking trail are a quirky sight which is truly unforgettable!

 

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Pine Mountain Gold Museum & Scenic Railway

Located within Stockmar Park in Villa Rica, the Pine Mountain Gold Museum and Scenic Railway is a wonderful day out for all ages. There is an extensive museum which tells the story of the Georgian gold rush and a documentary which gives a detailed history of the Villa Rica mines. Visitors can enjoy an outdoor picnic, try their hand at gold-panning and wander the trails to see the historic mill buildings and waterwheel, as well as taking a ride on the scenic railway. The site also has a charming farm animals exhibit with sheep, horses and more.

 

Are you planning a tour of Northwest Georgia or have you already visited the Historic High County. Please let us know what you think.

 

 

 

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Looking for something fun and different to do with your family this summer? You are in luck – in this week’s blog we’ve gathered a selection of the most interesting events taking place throughout England this August.

 

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Go Gaga For Garlic at The Garlic Festival

Taking place on the 16th and 17th of August in the very scenic setting of Newchurch on the Isle of Wight, The Garlic Festival is an event with a difference. Blending a love of locally produced food with top quality entertainment this annual event will appeal to foodies and music fans alike. Garlic is centre-stage during the whole weekend with cookery demonstrations and tastings offering the chances to sample some unusual treats (garlic-flavoured beer anyone?) while other highlights include a fun fair and arts/crafts stalls.

http://www.garlic-festival.co.uk/

 

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Hone Your Woodcraft Skills at The National Forest Wood Fair

On  Bank Holiday Monday (25th August) head to Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire for the tenth National Forest Wood Fair – a celebration of trees, woodlands and timber. This action-packed day out in the countryside is perfect for adults and kids of all ages. From demonstrations of chainsaw carving by expert lumberjacks, falconry shows and wood-crafts lessons, to “have a go” sessions where can try your hand at wood-working, the fair also has lots of child-friendly activities, as well as a market, displays from local businesses and eateries.

http://www.nationalforest.org/visit/woodfair/

 

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Revel in the Ambience at The Notting Hill Carnival

From 23rd to 25th August, The Notting Hill Carnival brings an irresistible party atmosphere to West London, in the colourful and vibrant Caribbean style. This unforgettable event starts off with an open air steel drum concert, with family-orientated events taking place on the 24th, and the grand finale procession on the 25th.  Music, food, dancing and creative costumes make this one of London’s biggest and most exciting events of the year.

http://www.thelondonnottinghillcarnival.com/

 

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Discover British Wartime History at the Lytham 1940s Wartime Festival

On the 16th and 17th of August, the Lancashire town of Lytham welcome visitors from all over the world to their fifth annual 1940s Wartime Festival. With many participants turning up in 1940s style costumes, this event has a unique ambience and lots of themed activities and attractions. From replica vehicles and re-enactments to a fashion show and vintage tea-room, there is something to appeal to everyone.

http://www.lytham1940s.co.uk/

 

Is there a fantastic festival going on in your area that you think everyone should know about?