We had a flying visit to my parents last weekend - a 600 mile round trip! But lets not dwell on the joys of the A1......
Whilst nothing much of note happened other than my father celebrating his 83rd birthday, we did have a visit to Hardwick Park near Sedgefield in County Durham. It's only a 15 minute or so drive from their house, but I've never been there before - it obviously never entered the radar as a possible trip when I was growing up - though to be fair I don't think there was anything much to see until relatively recently.
The sun shone, the daffodils looked beautiful - as did the cakes in the cafe , but we resisted (sadly it was too close to lunchtime).
Entry is free, and if you're in the area it's well worth a visit for an hour or two.