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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.


Tewkesbury Medieval festival

An historic battle field will be brought  to vivid life as around 2000 enthusiasts re-enact the last battle of the wars of the Wars of the Roses, which took place just outside the small market town of Tewkesbury in 1471.

The battle is only a small part of a huge and colourful Medieval Festival, which takes place on July 9-10th.

There will also be  a big and bustling market - where you can  watch potters, metal, wood and leather workers, dress makers, and many more all demonstrating their skills, along with a wide range of items of interest to re-enactors and the the modern visitor alike.


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.   

Dogs leave wagging their tails after a stay at Macdonald Swan Hotel

Macdonald Swan Hotel, Lake District National Park

Set in the heart of the Lake District National Park, the cosy and inviting Macdonald Swan Hotel offers an excellent break for furry friends and their humans alike. 

Pups and people looking for a place to rest their weary paws after a day’s exploring in the Lake District National Park need look no further. Mentioned in William Wordsworth’spoem "The Waggoner", Macdonald Swan Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the Lake District and has welcomed dogs and owners as far back as 1650.

The relaxing rural retreat is nestled in the Cumbrian countryside, with views across the Fells.


Castleton Caravan Club Site

Castleton Caravan Club Site is set within the heart of Peak National Park and is an ideal location for a family holiday to unplug and rediscover the great outdoors, get lost on nature trails and to get your wellies dirty with the whole family. The site has breath-taking views of the local countryside and boosts, toilet and shower facilities as well as wi-fi and laundry services so campers and caravanners have a comfortable visit.

The site is ideally located for lots of family fun actives such as cycling around the peak district, seeing how high you can climb on the rock climbing walls and discovering the underground rock formations in the local potholes.

Blists Hill Victorian Town travels forward to the 1940s

Blitz Hill 1940's evening at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Summer evening on the Home Front, Saturday 18th June

Enjoy a summer evening on the home front as Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge, travels forwards to the 1940s with vintage entertainment, activities and characters from the World War II era at ‘Blitz Hill’ on Saturday, 18th June.

The blackout has been lifted for this one night only. Dress up in your finest 1940s civilian costume, pencil-on your stocking seams, grab your ration book and get ready to ‘make do and mend’ at this fantastic fun event.

The Headland Hotel

Dog and Hotel reflection in the sea

The dog friendly Headland Hotel, in Newquay, Cornwall, is in the prime location for family holidays. For those with teenage adrenaline junkies, The Headland’s own surfing club, The Surf Sanctuary, offers coaching for activities such as Coasteering (ages 12+) and Kite Surfing (ages 15+). And, located just a stone’s throw away from Newquay’s famous Fistral Beach, you certainly won’t hear any calls of “I’m bored” from the kids. There are also paddle boarding and surfing activities suitable for younger guests.

Tregenna Castle Resort

Tregenna Castle Hotel, St Ives, Cornwall

Tregenna Castle Resort is set in 72 beautiful acres of land, is full of activities for all ages, and even better, it’s just a ten-minute walk from the stunning beaches of St Ives. From an outdoor play area and family movie nights to the hotel’s own dedicated creche ‘Castle Kids’, this resort is the ultimate destination for family holidays near the coast. 

Put a spring in your step with Arboretum visit

From late March and throughout April, the Arboretum will be celebrating the arrival of Spring, and it is running Easter holiday activities for children, hosting a plant fair and vintage handmade gift market, and serving up delicious homemade meals.

A variety of activities will be available for younger visitors throughout the Easter holidays. They include a free Easter trail, available from the 25 - 28 March, which will encourage children to explore the Arboretum’s extensive grounds to hunt for hidden clues. All participating children will receive a chocolate treat.

Continuing on the spring theme, little green fingers can get busy at the ‘Children’s Potting Shed’, where they can decorate their own pots and plant seeds to take home, from 25 March – 8 April.