Holidays

Langley Castle Hotel and Restaurant

Langley Castle Hotel and Restaurant

Stunning, four-star Langley Castle Hotel and Restaurant, in Langley-on-Tyne, strives to excel at everything it does within its seven-foot thick, 14th century walls, whilst focused on pride, passion and a penchant for doing things in Northumberland’s own inimitable way.

 

The castle, built in 1350, oozes sense of place no matter which century you wish to focus upon, being far more than just a façade and having the true depth and identity that emanates from authenticity, rather than fake features and an unconvincing historic veneer. 

 

South West holiday parks set to open for busiest season ever on 01 April 

sea view

While some people will be riding unicorns and playing pranks on their friends, on 01 April the South West Holiday Parks team will be welcoming the first of thousands of guests through their doors as the 2017 season gets underway.

Over the past three years, the growing family business has invested over £2 million pounds to update their parks and now offer the very best in self-catering holidays on home soil.

Hidden secrets of Yorkshire

Weir Holiday Park

Nestled in the foothills of the Yorkshire Wolds in the sleepy village of Stamford Bridge , some 7 miles from York, Weir Holiday Park is ideally positioned for accessing the hidden secrets of Yorkshire. 

Situated on an inland island – cushioned by the River Derwent on either side – this quiet holiday park could be mistaken for a nature retreat. Frequently visited by kingfishers, herons and of course ducks and geese, Weir Holiday Park has consistently won the David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation. Last year they were also recognised as being a Bee-Friendly Holiday Park; and won a Gold Award from Yorkshire In Bloom.

Welcome to Lowther Holiday Park

Lowther Holiday Park in Penrith, Cumbria is the perfect location for a holiday, set in 50 acres of natural woodland on the banks of the river Lowther.

It is an ideal base for your touring caravan, motorhome or tent. There is also the option to stay in one of our timber lodges or camping pods.

The park boasts a five star rated campsite from the British Graded Holiday Parks, is AA five-pennant rated and holds the David Bellamy Gold Award. Lowther is also a member of the BH&HPA and The Penrith and District Red Squirrel Group.

Ideally placed, the park is easily accessed from the M6, A66 and the Scottish borders, with Ullswater, the finest of all the lakes, just five miles away.

Eco-Friendly Luxury in the Lake District

Oak Tree Studio - Eco Friendly Luxury in the Lake District

Close your eyes and imagine a romantic break for two surrounded by green fields, towering fells, and glittering lakes.

Oak Tree Studio is a beautifully modern, self-catering cottage set in the beautiful Eden Valley, just outside of the Lake District. This charming cottage has eco friendly features, including underfloor heating provided by a biomass boiler.

The lounge of the property is a bright and airy space, surrounded as it is by floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides, offering lovely views over the countryside and towards the fells of the Lake District. In warmer weather, step outside onto the patio and enjoy a bottle of champagne in the pretty garden.

Accessibility accolade for Moors Valley Country Park in Tourism Awards

Moors Valley Country Park and Forest near Ringwood, has been officially recognised for the excellence of its efforts to break down barriers to inclusion by being awarded Gold in the Access and Inclusivity category of the 2016 Dorset Tourism Awards.

The award recognises a business that can demonstrate exceptional customer service to all, particularly those with impairments and other access needs, including mobility, auditory, sensory or dietary.


Green Glamping - a sustainable and fun holiday option

The Secret Yurts

Glamping is a truly sustainable experience - the carbon footprint is minimal and getting back to nature makes for a memorable experience.

The UK has a number of high quality destinations in beautiful locations and this guide from Green Tourism - the go-to standard in sustainability working with tourist destinations across the UK - gives you top tips on choosing a truly green glamping site.

 

School’s out for Summer – but there’s no Summer Lovin’ in UK Cars

As thousands of UK families prepare to hit the road for summer holidays, survey reveals what really happens in UK cars 

- THREE QUARTERS of British adults say that car journeys are THE most common time to argue with loved ones out of the home

- Men checking out other women while driving is a key reason

- Kids misbehaving also causes friction amongst families

Alice in Wonderland, the Great Outdoors and More in Eastbourne this Half Term!

Rock Pooling at Holywell beach Eastbourne

 

Eastbourne is providing some great family days out this May half term, with literary themed activities weaved into the Redoubt Fortress’s offering, many visits from some much-loved characters at Drusillas Park and free tennis to watch at the Aegon Eastbourne Trophy.

The Redoubt Fortress which houses Lewis Carroll’s bed desk from when he regularly holidayed in Eastbourne is borrowing inspiration from the Alice in Wonderland writer in its ‘Secret World of Words’ activity week.


Iomevents

iomevents events

Situated at the heart of the British Isles, the Isle of Man is a nation proudly steeped in rich cultural and natural heritage, at only 32 x 14 miles and with a population of around 80,000 people the Isle of Man is a tranquil haven ready to be explored.

The unique and varied heritage is as evident today as it was many thousands of years ago, the story of Mann trail uncovers the islands fascinating past and will guide you around ancient castles and monuments


A home from home – with added castle

Conservation charity, the National Trust for Scotland has opened up a historic holiday home for the first time in 25 years.

Ardlochan Lodge, in the grounds of the renowned Culzean Castle and Country Park near Maybole in Ayrshire, was built around 1830 but has lain empty and uninhabitable since 1991.

Now, as part of an ongoing ‘masterplan’ to enhance the wider property, significant works were undertaken at the Lodge over 16 weeks to bring it back into use as a holiday cottage.


The perfect English countryside retreat – La Fosse at Cranborne

La Fosse at Cranborne

La Fosse at Cranborne is an award-winning restaurant and boutique B&B situated in the heart of the countryside on the Dorset/Wiltshire border in the UK.  With this beautiful location La Fosse attracts avid walkers and cyclists from all over the UK, Europe and further afield, visiting for short breaks or longer holidays.  Guests are charmed by the history of the small Cranborne village and the Cranborne Manor Estate to which it once belonged.    

Guests can enjoy a range of well-appointed rooms and suites as well as sitting rooms, an English country Garden, outside dining area and barbeque hut.  With a selection of onsite bikes and walking guides, the team are always on hand to help guests explore the Dorset countryside.