We decided to celebrate Chinese New Year in Manchester this year with some friends. We brought along our children ranging from the ages of three plus to seven-years-old. They enjoyed watching the parade, lion dance and participating in the Chinese New Year activities at Central Library. As we were walking towards Chinatown where most of the event took place, there was lots of stalls selling toys and chinese decorative lanterns which was alongside stalls selling street food. Theme park style amusement rides were also aplenty, classical music lovers would have enjoyed listening to the Chinese Opera singers . Finally before we left we also experienced the familiar sounds of the chinese fireworks. All in all, it was a fabulous day. Do check out the photos and videos below.
After last year’s fabulous Santa and Steam Train ride experience at Churnet Valley Railway we could not resist to go again this year as kids and all of us had a lovely time. For those who have not been on the Santa train, read on to get more information about bookings as well as to see some images which I photographed on the day.
We have been having beautiful warm and sunny weather at this time of the year in UK, which is also know as Indian Summer even though its late into September and technically it should already be Autumn. So last weekend when we saw beautiful sunshine, we decided to pop over for a day trip to Bakewell which is in the heart of the Peak District for a picnic and to try their renowned bakewell pudding. The drive to Bakewell was lovely as it was a clear day so we could enjoy the scenic view of The Roaches which are prominent rocky ridge situated just after Leek and before Buxton. Here are some photos of our day in Bakewell, and some tips if you are heading there yourself, hope you enjoy viewing the photos and feel free to leave some comments. As usual, I will have a lot more photos on my facebook page – Asha Carlos Photography.
It has been a couple of weeks since I blogged any photos as I have been busy heading out for walks with my camera capturing some lovely late Spring and some early Summer sceneries. With lots of beautiful places to visit especially around East Cheshire and Stffordshire area, we are spoilt for choices. We even took a trip to visit North Wales one of the weekends over term break. Here are some of my favourite scenery and flower shots photographed locally, do enjoy viewing these.
I love it when the weather is fantastically sunny which means we can head out with the kids for a picnic. As members of the National Trust we try to visit as many National Trust sites as we can and this was the first time we had visited Sudbury Hall, an impressive 17th-century house with lavish interiors in Derbyshire. We also had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Childhood which is next to Sudbury Hall. This Museum which I am sure many of you may have visited during your school trips is basically a reconstruction of an old Victorian schoolroom with eight galleries celebrating various toys which you, your parents or grandparents may have played when you were young. There is also a formal garden and beautiful meadows which overlooks the lake, a perfect spot for a picnic. Children will also love the playground area with a playhouse, huge swing as well as climbing walls to keep them busy while parents have a sitdown. There is also a gift shop, a cafe and ice-cream shop in the grounds. If you have never been to Sudbury Hall, here are some photos which I photographed of our trip.
We were lucky to have some snow over the weekend, so I decided to head out with my camera to Biddulph Grange Gardens to photograph a family portrait session with a winter and snowy theme. While I was there, I could not help but photograph these scenic shots of the beautiful garden. The lovely staff at the Grange said they kept the Gardens open mainly for photo enthusiasts who wanted to take photos of the place. Although most of the area in the garden was open, some places were cordoned off for safety reasons. Nevertheless worth a visit next time it snows!
The weekend before Christmas I had the chance to visit Liverpool for a couple of hours to meet up with good friends who were there vacationing from Switzerland. I had never been to Liverpool before so taking the train for the first time on my own and heading to a new city was quite exciting for me. Due to limited time, I did not get the chance to visit a lot of places like the Maritime Museum or the Beatles Story Exhibition in Liverpool but I loved what I saw and enjoyed the buzz and vibe that they city gave me. Here are some shots taken around the city centre. The arch way into Chinatown, John Lenon’s statue in front of the Cavern Pub and an artist creating a lifelike dog statue using just sand in town.
Here’s wishing everyone a very Blessed Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Here are some photos we took during our recent trip to Alton Tower where we stayed at their Explorer themed room at the Alton Tower Resort Hotel. The Christmas decorations there was truly beautiful and the family had a fabulous holiday there especially at the waterpark.
This year we decided to take the kids on Santa and Steam train ride at Churnet Valley Railway with some friends. It was our first time on a real steam engine train which lasted about 45 minutes to an hour from Cheaddleton. The station which was built in 1849 has seen many things in its time including surviving demolition in the 1960s as well as periodic restoration and expansion. Some of the attractions and facilities there include the unique Victorian style North Staffordshire railway station, toilet facilities, picnic tables, museum room, car parking facilities as well as it is licensed for marriages. Click on to see more photos and get some tips if you are planning a visit there.