In 1997, after several years as a reporter and sub-editor on my local newspaper,  the Bromsgrove and Droitwich Spa Advertiser (and a very brief stint at the Bournemouth Echo), I started work with the Birmingham Post & Mail. Most of my time there has been spent on the production of features pages for the newspapers and for the past few years I have been the print features editor.

I began accepting invitations from hotels, travel companies and tourist boards etc in 2001. The accommodation or the travel or the tickets (or a combination of these) were complimentary or part-paid for. The features on this website were all published first in the Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post or the Sunday Mercury and, since 2013,  they have also been shared with many other regional and local newspapers in the Reach group (formerly Trinity Mirror). For the majority of these features, this is the first time (2017) they have found a home online.

The early reports, apart from the website links, have not been updated and I would welcome any comments from those in the travel and hospitality industries. I would also  welcome comments from readers who have been to any of the places featured. And I would be happy to try to answer any questions readers may have regarding destinations.

Thanks for visiting.





We are  absolutely overwhelmed by your support and the coverage generated. Thank you so very very much. 

Thank you so, so much for the lovely write up – the coverage is incredible. The general manager is chuffed!

Thank you so much for such a lovely piece! It’s perfect!

Wow – what an amazing piece! Thanks Adrian (& thank you so much for sharing it too) 

Coverage has been pouring in for your St Ives piece, which is great. Thanks a lot. Everyone is delighted.

It’s a fantastic piece and thrilled to see it got picked up in so many of the regional newspapers. Paultons will be thrilled. ​

Thank you so much Adrian, this is fantastic! I am so glad you enjoyed your trip and we hope you come back to Liverpool to see us soon.

Fantastic, really great to see all the coverage off the back of the trip. Would be great to arrange another trip with you for this year.

Thanks Adrian. That’s really useful! We’d love to see you again in Cornwall soon so please let me know!

Thank you for sharing this, such a lovely review! I’m glad you had a lovely time at Riverside!

Many thanks for the amazing coverage over the weekend. Thanks for adding the piece to your own site too

Many thanks Adrian, fantastic to see that the piece has gone far and wide.