Today, I had to go to the bank and because I could and it was pleasantly warm , I went on the bike accompanied by DH. After sorting out the business , we decided to continue on instead of returning directly home.
About a year ago , the local council repealed a law prohibiting cycling in Stewart Park. We haven’t been there for a long while, even though it is nearby. We know that there had been a lot of renovation work done there , so we went for a look. I have to say this was prompted a little by the Lovely Bicycle blog which had a posting about hidden gems in your area.
What a difference. Stewart Park was given to the town in 1924 and now houses the Captain Cook Museum. This was closed for a while because of the financial situation but is now open on Thursday , Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week.
We also found the newly opened Henry Bolckow Centre. He was a local philanthropic iron master and the outbuildings of the old house have been restored with heritage lottery money. They are just finishing the visitor\exhibition centre. It looks so nice now. There is also a small animal area and a lovely children’s playground.