As we’re all stuck at home for the moment, I thought it would be nice to take some virtual tours of lovely places. It might lift our spirits momentarily, and give you some ideas of new places to visit when we are free to wander once more.

In September 2018, Ryan and I spent a week in Northumberland with my parents. Casting around for things to do, we happened across Howick Hall Gardens. It had been raining, but as we arrived the weather began to improve. A large part of the gardens is an arboretum, a managed woodland that is lovely to walk through.

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We didn’t realise it, but in 2018 the National Autistic Society had just set up a new Sensory Garden at Howick. The aim of the garden is to give children and adults with autism a “safe and stimulating environment to explore their senses”. It is home to a labyrinth, interactive water feature, willow dome circle and a tumbled glass pond with a wooden bridge and a wooden swing seat. Just as we arrived at this part of the garden, the sun came out and it was a truly magical visit!

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Howick Hall Gardens is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Have you been? Let me know in the comments!

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