After a long spell of lockdown where the only form of exercise permitted was going for a walk, you’d think the last thing I would want to do was more walking. Not so!

Blenheim Palace

However, a change of scenery was much needed which is why I used my Cultural Expansion Grant to visit beautiful Blenheim Palace. 

On a crisp autumn morning we started our tour of the grounds – over 2,000 acres of stunning views, peaceful landscape and stunning architecture. As we walked we spied lots of sheep, herons and a famous tree from one of the many Harry Potter films. We were even able to brush up on a bit of history through the Churchill walkway. 

Once we finished exploring the estate, we went on a tour of the Palace itself where we were able to find out about the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, gaze over lots of antique furniture (said to be some of the finest in all of Europe) and also see the Cecily Brown exhibition. 

All in all, a really lovely day and a great use of our Cultural Expansion Grant, with the lovely touch of knowing the cost of the tickets goes towards charity too.