I’m not going to sugar coat it – Stoke can be a bit uhm… lacking in the attraction and activity section. Apart from the obvious places like Alton Towers and Mow Cop castle (snarf) there’s not too much to see and do apart from some nice ceramic places like Emma Bridgewater and hmm that’s about it really. There’s little towns and places to visit but don’t come here expecting a h&m or any fancy shops. Some day Stoke on Trent will catch up in the ‘shops you can literally find everywhere’ department but for now, we have to settle with what we have. One of my favourite places to go within the local area though is a small town called Leek. It’s a lovely little place with quite a lot to see considering how small it is! With a little array of independent shops and being part of Totally Locally it’s a little haven beyond the city which is nice to pop to for a lazy Saturday afternoon. Last time Victoria came up to Stoke we went for a bit and had a jolly good time in the charity shops and antique emporium. I thought I’d just share a few snaps anyway as I keep looking at them on my camera and wanted to head back really soon! It’s only 20 minutes away from where I live but it’s just finding a day to go….!
I did have loads more snaps but the files are so huuuuuuge I’ve decided to just post a few. One of the most lovely places is a little coffee shop called Spout which is a proper little retro revival in it’s own right. I love how passionate the people in Leek are about making it *their* town and constantly flying the flag for independent and awesome shops.
Speaking of quaint little places, I’m after a place to go away for a few nights in October/November (in the UK) for a cheap price!! I’m contemplating heading to Scarborough as my friend lives there and apparently she knows a hotel which is £29 a night(!!) but the trouble is getting there… The national express reckons it’s a 9hour journey and costs £40 each way! Then I was thinking I could go to London as there’s a train which is £28 return, which you can’t say fairer than, but the trouble is a place to stay once we got there. Depending on what nights we go and for how long I’m not sure if a Short Let in London or budget hotel would work best. I mean, I don’t want to break the bank (any more) for a few nights away, but I don’t go away very often so would like some kind of recommendation?! Where as a short stay apartment would be a good idea, I only want to go for like, 2 nights? Hmmm…. I’m not fussy where I go but I want to go somewhere more for the tourist stuff than the shopping really. Oh life. I am not the best at planning or actioning these things ever. I’ll probably just end up sitting in my flat with kitty for a week doing nothing instead, haha.