Happy places

We’ve all got them I guess, those special places that make us feel whole. Somewhere where we just feel right; the most authentic version of ourselves. Where we feel at home.

It could be the vista from a hilltop, a bench in a churchyard, your favourite beach on a summers day. Maybe it’s the view from your seat at your local sports team, the park where you met your first love, or the fields that were the background to your childhood. Whether your happy place is a well known landmark or a little known park bench I’d love to hear about it. I’m hoping to get to know what’s important to us all, what makes us all tick. It’s hard to pick a top 3 of anything but just give it a go, it’s not set it stone, you can always change your mind. You never know if I get some good ideas you might just see one of your happy places appear as a travel poster one day.

You can tell me your top 3 in the comments on Facebook or tweet me using #GeorgesHappyPlaces or leave me a comment below. I’ll then add your happy places to my super feel good map.

Love this idea! My top three happy places are: 1) The Eiffel Tower as Liam proposed to me there 2) anywhere in Cornwall but especially Polperro and 3) Borough Market in London. #GeorgesHappyPlaces

Lucy Bishop

What's on the map

1) North Beach, Tenby – love the view of the candy box houses and pretty beach, 2) Trafalgar Square for the best people watching and 3) Moray Firth near Lossiemouth for seal/dolphin spotting and memories of my step-nan.

Melissa Vamplew-Watts

9 comments on “Happy places”

Andy Westley - 5th April 2016 at 10:34 am

1) Rhossili Bay Campsite – waking up in our tent on a sunny morning and hearing the sea
2) Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence – looking down on the Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo
3) Dunstable – Looking out at the start of something brilliant

Jo Treverton - 5th April 2016 at 2:45 pm

Mine are really simple!! 1) Bedford river – a particular bench where I met my gorgeous Joe, who lit up my heart as soon as I saw him 🙂

2) Holkham Beach in Norfolk – just a great, clean landscape and happy family memories.

3) Bacton, Norfolk. Rainbows end holiday park xxxx

Georgina - 5th April 2016 at 6:46 pm

Lovely Jo, thanks! Gx

Denis Fuller - 23rd October 2017 at 5:32 pm

I used to visit Holkham Beach years ago with a friend from South Creake. I recall white sand and clean dunes
Went there today. Sand is brown; there is vegetation on the dunes and some black stuff.
What has happened?

Hayley - 11th April 2016 at 2:44 pm

1) Brancaster Beach- many happy memories love my picture which arrived this morning
2) Near Sawrey – Beatrix Potters home Hill Top
3) South Creake, Norfolk and my lovely second home cottage overlooking the green!!!

Turvey might be a good location too!

Jack Cross - 12th April 2016 at 8:59 am

1) My family’s meadow in East Rudham, Norfolk, the village we have lived in for many generations. I’m a keen shooter, and it was having the meadow which allowed me to learn my skills as I grew up both with air rifles and later shot guns. Whilst it may sound odd, it is whilst shooting the endless pigeons and rabbits that I have the best contact with other wildlife; on just our small meadow already in 2016 I have seen: Gold crests, buzzard, kingfisher, muntjac, wrens as well as the pair of barn owls which nest in the box my dad made, and countless other less notable species of birds and animals. Another joy of owning the meadow is that it provides somewhere to pitch some tents with friends and have summer get togethers with my friends when we’re all back from uni.

2) Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk. This is where my Gran has lived her entire life, and where when we were younger myself and my brother spent at least one day a week with her and my Grandad during the summer holidays; this means countless happy memories of shrimping and playing in the Creake followed by an ice cream from Juliette’s van. As I’ve got older I still go as regularly whether it’s for a walk with my girlfriend along the bank as she herself only lives 10 minutes away in South Creake (another pretty village, where the river runs along the length of her house and can be paddled in via the river gate), or more likely to take Sam’s boat out to the island and go fishing. It’s these fishing trips that really cement it as a top happy place for me, not because I’m good, I’m awful; but rather because never once has there been anyone else out there as other people just walk to the mainland beach. To couple with the unimaginable feeling of having escaped the holiday makers is the quality of the beach, untouched. And then there are the sunsets which are like no where else in this country! Then to top off the trip, there’s the ride back in using just the light of the moon and the occasional flash of a head torch.

3) Wells Beach, Norfolk. This is on here because of happy memories, it’s where I went with my girlfriend now of three years and actually kissed for the first time in the dunes. It’s an undeniably beautiful place, and with it’s beach huts and views it does draw BIG crowds of holiday makers which can detract massively from the appeal; but if you get so very very lucky you can sometimes find the beach next to empty and then you really can appreciate it, especially for my girlfriend who is a keen amateur photographer.

Lorraine Wood - 25th May 2016 at 12:16 pm

1. Ickwell Green – the most beautiful, traditional village green. It not only has a stunning oak tree, but is also home to the cricket pitch where I met my husband. It also has a lovely quiet bench – the place where I sat after my grandad died and also where I nervously perched myself to open my A level results.

2. Praslin, the Seychelles. Stunning beaches, lovely people and wonderful wildlife. Fantastic memories of a sunset cruise and seeing turtles swimming in the sea. (Seeing a turtle laying its eggs in Tobago is a close second).

3. South -west Ireland, the Beare peninsula. Gorgeous rugged landscape and coastline to blow away the cobwebs. (As well as all those lovely people with the most beautiful accents!)

Sarah Barkey - 31st December 2016 at 2:20 pm

1 The Pyramid Stage Glastonbury, in fact as soon as I first spot the top of the pyramid stage after an overnight journey form Yorkshire, I know I am there. Thank you for the beautiful travel poster my HG husband bought for me this Christmas.

2 Whitby, I have family that live there and have visited as a child and now as an adult. I was once told as an as a child by an Uncle that one of the 199 steps had been worn away, I climbed and county them twice until I realised the truth.

3 The Grand Canyon- just awe inspiringly beautiful and serene.

Georgina - 2nd January 2017 at 5:07 pm

Thanks so much for your happy places Sarah and I’m so pleased you like your print. Hope 2017 is kind to you. Enjoy. x

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