AUTHOR Stephen Thirkill will be visiting libraries across the area to promote the launch of Chad’s new book ‘Tourist Trails - in and around Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire’.
The 80-page book has been penned by Chad journalist and first-time author Stephen Thirkill and features in-depth tours around seven prominent tourist hotspots and beauty locations across the Mansfield and Ashfield area.
During his tours, Stephen delves behind the headlines to bring you many unusual and interesting tales about the places and people who have helped create the life and soul of Hardwick Hall, Teversal Trails, Chatsworth House, Southwell Workhouse, Newstead Abbey, King’s Mill Reservoir and Clumber Park throughout the centuries.
During the book, which has been published to accompany Chad’s popular audio guide tourism CD, Stephen takes a step back in time to learn about the success of a national social experiment at Southwell Workhouse and what made the world-famous Lord Byron tick during a special behind-the-scenes visit to Newstead Abbey.
Stephen also explores the magnificent Chatsworth House to discover why the attraction is proving so popular with film-makers.
He also learns about the fascinating life of Bess of Hardwick, who became the second richest lady in the realm behind the Queen with Hardwick Hall a lasting legacy to her fame and fortune.
And nature lovers are also in for a treat as Stephen tours the picturesque King’s Mill Reservoir to discover its Royal connections, the beautiful Teversal Trails, which is playing a key role in the district’s regeneration, and Clumber Park, where he learns all about the battle to conserve, preserve and thrive.
The book, which is priced at £9.99, includes a wide range of colour images, opening times, facilities and interesting facts and timelines from each venue as well as an in-depth tour.