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Posts from the ‘England, Scotland, Wales’ Category


Glamping Around Europe

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Glamping (glamour camping) has made camping fashionable again. Gone are the tatty caravans, weatherworn and rusty, adjoined by a dilapidated concrete block, decorated with cobwebs and a dubious black liquid seeping from the crevices in the walls. The sign ‘Bathrooms’ balances precariously on a rusted nail on the rotting door. Read more »


Summer Festivals around Europe

Photo Credit: Camp Bestival

Photo Credit: Camp Bestival


It would be easy to move from one city to another, crossing countries and continents, taking in a festival of one kind or another every day of the year. Summer is the crest of the wave, taking advantage, no doubt, of the dry fields and grassy verges on which pagodas, tents and stages are erected in preparation of a day, weekend or even week long festivities. Read more »


Miss Potter’s World – The Lake District, Cumbria Part II


Spring slept in this year, allowing winter to rule the roost for way too long. Mid-April and the unseasonable cold and frost refused to budge. I watched the forecast daily, in the week running up to our visit to Cumbria, willing the sun to shine and the temperature to rise above 3 degrees. Read more »


Miss Potter’s World – The Lake District, Cumbria

Graywaite Estate

Graywaite Estate

It was a documentary I’d seen, some years ago, that made me want to visit the Lake District. I remember being captivated by images of sweeping views from a mountain top, across a landscape of lush green fields and forest, interspersed with a myriad of sparkling lakes. I watched wistfully as they passed through lakeside villages lined with stone cottages and quaint tea-shops, overshadowed by some towering, heather-clad mountain. Read more »


Saving Money On Holidays









Let’s face it, we’re going through a recession and things aren’t what they used to be. No longer are we able to take a long summer break in some luxurious resort abroad, then hit the slopes for the ski season and fit in a few mini-breaks in the months between. Read more »


Destinations Made Famous By Movies

Films are like books for me, sometimes I want one to be deep and thought provoking, other times I need something light, to make me laugh, and at other moments, I simply want to escape into a fantastical world filled with adventure, if only for a few hours. Read more »


Activity & Adventure Holidays

January is a time for new beginnings, when resolutions are made and people are fuelled with a determination to get fit and shed the festive pounds. Let’s face it, Christmas is over and it wasn’t just the goose that got fat. Read more


Creative Holidays – Painting, Writing, Crafts & Photography

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I speak from experience when I say our creative aspirations are often neglected. How many times have you heard people say “I’ve always wanted to write a book” or “I used to love painting, but I just don’t have the time now”?
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