Meet two travel writers, Ben Aitken - a millennial, six coach trips, one big generation gap and Helen Moat, mum, teenage son, another generation gap!
When Ben Aitken learnt that his gran had enjoyed a four-night holiday including four three-course dinners, four cooked breakfasts, four games of bingo, a pair of excursions, sixteen pints of lager and luxury return coach travel, all for £100, he thought, that's the life, and signed himself up. Six times over - from Scarborough to St Ives, Killarney to Lake Como.
Good value aside, what Ben was really after was the company of his elders - those with more chapters under their belt, with the wisdom granted by experience, the candour gifted by time, and the hard-earned ability to live each day like it's nearly their last.
Helen, who grew up in rural Northern Island, takes off cycling across Europe to Istanbul with her 18-year-old son in tow in her new book, A Time for Birds. In her unusual travel and nature memoir/love letter to Europe/reflection on the Troubles, childhood memories and her lifelong love of birds and nature are sparked off by encounters along the way with a quirky and varied cast of characters.
Please note: Darley Abbey Village Hall is located off New Road which is a one way system accessed from Darley Street at the bottom of the village. There is a car park adjacent to the park on Darley Street and a smaller car park at the Village Hall (park to the left and not to the right as this is for the Stables' business use).