Born in Gloucestershire, Phil grew up on a working farm in the north of the county. He has worked in the photographic industry and as a tutor in further education. After early retirement, Phil retrained as a Blue Badge Tourist Guide and now enjoys sharing his knowledge gained through his years exploring the region. Although widely travelled around the world, he has lived in the counties of Gloucestershire and Worcestershire all his life.
Phil has always taken a keen interest in history, both local and national. In England, history is all around us, a house where someone was born, an inn where a king or queen stayed, a church with a royal tomb, or a field where a battle took place.
"The Heart of England has so much for the visitor to explore. There are wonderful churches to discover, from the 9th to 20th century, including Anglo-Saxon, Norman, ornate Cotswold ‘wool churches’, and early 20th-century Arts and Crafts churches. The Cotswolds has many picturesque villages with honey coloured cottages. Cirencester was Britain’s second largest Roman city, and has an excellent Roman museum. More Roman remains can be seen at nearby Chedworth Roman Villa. In the west of the region, towards the Welsh borders there are black and white villages with timber-framed cottages"
If you are seeking a guided walk of a town or village, such as Regency Cheltenham, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, medieval Tewkesbury or Ludlow, or the cathedral cities of Gloucester, Worcester or Hereford, contact Phil. Also, he can guide on coach panoramic tours of the region, including the Cotswolds, Forest of Dean and Wye valley, Herefordshire and the Welsh borders, the Severn valley, and the English west midlands.
Phil is professionally qualified and a member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding and the British Guild of Tourist Guides
In the picture on the right I am with a group of students from Sacramento, California, at the end of a tour of Stratford-upon-Avon. A couple of days later I received a text from their tour leader to say thank you and comment:
"I just want to say thank you so much for guiding my group around Stratford, they really loved you and learnt so much! Hopefully we'll work together again!"