Ladies What Travel at Download Festival

Life Lately June 2017 – Stories from the Ladies What Travel

Rock gigs, scarecrow festivals, weekend breaks and visiting family in Asia – find out what the Ladies What Travel have been up to recently!


It’s really been business as usual in the Keri camp – there’s been a lot of writing at my desk whilst looking out my home office window at the grey, rainy view, and then a few crazy days of writing in the garden, basking in those short delightful moments of sunny UK days!

Both extremes don’t do much for my productivity at all though; if its grey and miserable so is my mood, and if I’m working in the garden I easily get sidetracked watching the blackbirds hopping around or being visited by our squirrel neighbours. I do so love living in the country!

Speaking of which, the family’s been super busy preparing for our village scarecrow festival. An annual tradition, at its heart is a scarecrow trail around the village, where visitors try and name the scarecrows for a chance of winning a cash prize. For us, the locals, it’s a competition to make the best scarecrow – complete with rosettes and prize cups. We’re a competitive bunch and we’re working hard to retain our rosette!

scarecrow Bill and ben

Some of the competition from earlier years…

I’ll be doing Instagram stories throughout the Scarecrows Festival (June 17-18th) so be sure to follow us on Instagram to see my family’s creation (and yeah, I’ll show you some of the competitors *huff*).

Since we run a travel blog, I’ll finish my update with news on my latest travels. Justin and I are not long back from a weekend break to Oslo and the city totally blew me away. I just posted my first of several upcoming Oslo posts on Monday: Four things that surprised me about Oslo.

Next month I’m taking my mum away for a mini break to Lublin, Poland and then the following month J, the kids and I are heading to Tallinn, Estonia for a week. We’re even planning to squeeze in a ferry day trip to Helsinki, Finland – we’re SO excited!

Keri and Justin in Oslo | Ladies What Tracel

Selfie time in the heart of the Norwegian parliament!


The past month has gone by in a bit of a flash – with so much going on, it’s been hard to keep up! I kicked off the month with an incredible visit to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, taking in a whole new park of the UK and effectively jumping in a time machine to see how our country used to run in the late Victorian times. As a past History student, it was a treat. But on the way back, Joe and I headed to Bekonscot Model Village. We promise ourselves every time we drive up to Manchester that we’ll pop in on the way back but we’re always too tired, so this time we actually did! It was everything I hoped it would be – it’s perfect for a day out and picnic with children as they have a railway too. Of course, I had to try it out.

I had the, erm, pleasure of seeing KISS live at the O2. I had bought it for Joe as a Christmas present and the time had come for me to cast aside my previous judgement and become one of the KISS army. What I can tell you is that it was an eye-opener. Watching older men jump about a stage in full on theatric get-up and faces full of make-up was something else. Seeing their fans having the time of their lives, singing along to every last word was actually what was needed, following the Manchester attacks. It’s good to see that this country isn’t afraid and they’re still coming out in their thousands to rock. KISS still aren’t one of my top 10 bands but I would listen to them occasionally.

I also got the chance to spend a weekend down in Brighton celebrating my oldest friend’s hen do. It was something else. There were the usual willie ornaments and bubbles but it was good to see some of my friends from school/college to catch up on their lives since. It’s amazing how over time you drift but once you meet up again, you slot back into the same chatter you could have back then. Needless to say, we ended up in Kemptown’s Dreamboys and the rest is history!

Bar that, I’ve been working super hard at work as we have lots of client campaigns on at present in the agency. To balance this, I’ve been indulging in laid-back brunches at my favourite Chalk Hills Bakery in Reigate and enjoying dinners with friends at Turtle Bay and Croydon’s new Boxpark. I finally got to try a delicious Sri Lankan roti from Kothu Kothu – it was just as tasty as I’d heard it would be. Try not to drool on the below…

Any time I’ve had after that has gone into watching good quality TV or films, whether that’s Wonder Woman, Ru Paul’s Drag Race, The Handmaid’s Tale, Twin Peaks or new crime-thriller on Netflix, The Keepers.


I’m having one of those moments where I sit down to write an update and I can’t think at all about what I’ve been up to. The most exciting thing was a trip to Hong Kong and Koh Samui at the start of May – I’ve been to both place a few times before (including getting married in Koh Samui a few years ago) as Patrick’s family live there.

Flying to Hong Kong

I must confess that on this trip, we didn’t do a huge amount of exploring. Most of our time in Thailand was spent relaxing by the pool (although we did go off for drives around the island in the hire car quite a lot) and in Hong Kong we mostly did everyday-type stuff rather than tourist-type stuff. This mostly involved hanging out with the family’s new puppy and taking her on her daily jaunt to the puppy park.

Tea by the pool in Thailand

Other than that, I’ve had a few day trips – we went with friends to Bath’s American Museum. I’ve been before but it’s one of my favourites so I was happy to head round again, especially as their new exhibition on 1920s fashion was super. I *may* have forced Patrick to dress up as a flapper but he would kill me if I published the photo so I’ll leave it to your imagination.

I also visited the ‘Skeletons: Our Buried Bodies’ exhibition at Bristol’s M-Shed which is well worth a visit if you’re in the city (it’s on until the start of September) and went on a super quick visit to Winchester. We didn’t stay the whole day so there’s a few more things I want to do there, meaning we’re planning on heading back there again soon.


My life lately has been very hectic but extremely fun!

It was my birthday a few days ago and I was lucky enough to spend it at Download festival at Donington Park. I went with some friends and saw some incredible bands over the three days we were there, Good Charlotte, Sum 41 and Steel Panther being some of the best!

Oh, and I can now say that I saw Aerosmith play live on my birthday, which not many people can say!


Ladies What Travel at Download Festival
Ladies What Travel at Download Festival

One Comment

  • Ania

    It’s always fun to read about what you’ve all been up to. Keri – I saw that you’d won a prize at the Scarecrow Festival – well done!!

    Lou – I went to Bekonscot Model Village over 30 years ago, and it’s great to hear that it’s still going strong! I don’t have very vivid memories of it, except that it was a great day out in the school holidays 🙂

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