About Nutshell Guides
Nutshell Guides is a concept by Kim Riddell, a Blue Badge Guide, Tour Manager, Tour Planner & Organiser.
I have been living in Warwickshire since 1997.
I have been a Tour Guide and Tour Manager since 1991 and I work throughout Europe and the UK & Ireland. I have a Blue Badge Guide qualification for the heart of England area.
I am often asked if I have a favourite place, and I always have to think. Travel is something I wanted to do from an early age and everywhere has something that is interesting and unique so my usual answer is “wherever I happen to be”
But as I chose the Stratford Upon Avon district as my home, the real answer has to be “Here” I have guided special interest groups, and general tourist groups, of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities – I am always proud and happy to be able to deliver a successful tour which they all enjoy – especially when they say they have learned something new. Travel should always be fun and interesting.
The idea behind my concept for ‘Nutshell Tours’ is to provide an interesting and concise commentary on tours that take people to somewhere they can relax knowing everything is well organised, leaving them to enjoy the destination, with enough information to make the visit interesting and perhaps personal, to them.
My own interests are many and varied ; Literature. I love to visit the places where the writers and artists lived, the places that inspired them. Gardens – though far from green fingered myself, I love to see beautiful landscapes and planted gardens – hoping that somehow the prowess of the creators will wear off on me! Art, architecture, Movie and TV locations, and of course the history of our great country. It’s wonderful to be able to combine the realm of the imagination with the fabric of our own history and landscape, to create a fun and exciting tour.
Offering a bespoke service tailored to individual group needs is a speciality and the opportunity for raising revenue for charity is also a consideration.
The Nutshell Blog
Travel articles, notes and stories from our guides.
Weather Witch update. May 2016 - After seeing reports of storms causing devastation across Europe - the TV weather map showed dark blue and lightening bars all over except.... for a little gap just over Montreaux and the Valais in Switzerland - where we have sunshine...read more
2nd March 2016 What a thrill to be in the room where William Shakespeare learned to read and write. Where presumably he was inspired by history and (you learn something new every day) he probably saw his first theatrical performance. I live in Stratford -Upon-Avon and...read more
We have an extra day - a 'Leap day' every 4 years in order to keep the calendar straight. A solar year is actually 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds long - almost but not quite 365¼ days - so not only every 4 years do we need this adjustment but 3 times...read more