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Destination Focus: Cornwall

Posted by Paul Lucascomment on April 25, 2014 10:16
So spring has officially arrived in the UK: but the onset of April does not always mark the start of the good weather, with the month invariably associated with its famous "showers". It's fair to say there is no guarantee of sunshine anywhere in the country: but if you're looking to increase your chances of enjoying brighter spells then Cornwall is the place to go. On average, Cornwall enjoys better weather than any other location in t... [Read Full Post]

Destination Focus: Pembrokeshire

Posted by Paul Lucascomment on March 6, 2014 15:30
March may mark the onset of spring, but it rarely leads to the start of the truly great (or should we say, ‘decent’) weather in the UK. So it might come as a surprise then, to see that we have chosen to shine the spotlight of our Destination Focus on Pembrokeshire, in Wales. A stay in Pembrokeshire would usually revolve around the area’s brilliant coastline with beaches galore. However, even if the weather in March doesn’t equate to reaching for... [Read Full Post]

Destination Focus: The Cotswolds

Posted by Paul Lucascomment on February 14, 2014 15:26
With its honey coloured limestone buildings and its magnificent rural setting, the Cotswolds has long been considered one of the ultimate romantic holiday destinations in the UK. So with February upon us: and many of us looking to celebrate with our Valentine, what could be better than to take a relaxing break together in this uniquely picturesque destination? A range of gently flowing hills in England, the Cotswolds is the largest area to have ... [Read Full Post]

Destination Focus: Nevis Range

Posted by Paul Lucascomment on January 9, 2014 22:56
January is the peak of ski season: and with the Winter Olympics about to kick off, what better motivation could there be to put your winter sports skills to the test? However, few of us can afford a trip to Sochi: so how about pushing our limits a little closer to home - at the site of Britain's highest mountain: Ben Nevis. The Nevis Range in Scotland can be found in Inverness-shire and takes in not only Ben Nevis itself (pictured top), but also... [Read Full Post]

Destination Focus: Peak District

Posted by Paul Lucascomment on December 30, 2013 09:05
Described as the home of England’s great outdoors, there are few more spectacular landscapes to enjoy during the winter season than the Peak District. Beautiful, inspiring and accessible, the area, and indeed the surrounding county of Derbyshire offer many stunning escapes for a peaceful warm winter getaway. In this month’s edition of Destination Focus we shine the spotlight on the Peak District including how to get there, what it offers and som... [Read Full Post]

Destination Focus: Inverness

Posted by Paul Lucascomment on November 6, 2013 12:00
As the gateway to Loch Ness and the Highlands, Inverness is a rapidly expanding city with tourism at its heart. While it caters to all-comers, it has not lost sight of what has made it and the surrounding area magical in the first place: namely its natural beauty and historic setting. A stay in Inverness during November means you have to wrap up warm – indeed is there anywhere in the UK in which you can escape the changing weather during the mo... [Read Full Post]

Destination Focus: Aberdeen

Posted by Paul Lucascomment on October 9, 2013 09:00
With autumn firmly on hand in the UK, there are two choices: you either let depression set in about the absence of a lengthy summer; or you embrace the beauty that the ‘fall’ season can bring. If you fit into the latter category, then a stay in Aberdeen is certainly a fantastic way to celebrate the beauty on offer. As one of Scotland’s leading cities it offers plenty of attractions to escape the elements; as well as sitting on the cusp of some b... [Read Full Post]

Destination Focus: Norwich

Posted by Paul Lucascomment on September 29, 2013 05:00
So summer has gone… what do you mean it didn’t arrive… and now with the autumn setting in, it’s time to switch our focus from beach breaks to city jaunts. However, while many of us may fantasise about Paris and Prague few of us have the budget to match: which is why it’s reassuring to know there are so many spectacular cities much closer to home. Take for example, Norwich: the centrepiece of the county of Norfolk that is steeped in atmosphere an... [Read Full Post]

Destination Focus: Llandudno

Posted by Paul Lucascomment on August 29, 2013 17:00
We’re often guilty of romanticising our childhoods: insisting that the things we did and the places we went to were “so much better back then”. Can a child of the 21st Century possibly get the same enjoyment from a family break in Benidorm with its questionable entertainment, that we once had building sandcastles and putting up wind breaks on Britain's beaches? If you grew up in the North West of England, or indeed in North Wales, then chan... [Read Full Post]

Destination Focus: Blackpool

Posted by Paul Lucascomment on July 28, 2013 20:51
With the UK in the midst of a heatwave, there’s never been a better time to enjoy our holidays on home turf with our seaside destinations finally being able to offer the same weather that we long for overseas. However, what about a stay in Blackpool? Arguably Britain’s most iconic beach venue is seen by many as a destination of the past: appearing dated with attractions like arcades, the hall of mirrors, donkey rides and Punch and Judy shows. Ye... [Read Full Post]

Destination Focus: Brighton

Posted by Paul Lucascomment on June 17, 2013 15:15
Whisper it quietly, but summer has arrived in the UK: and it appears we’re on track to enjoy a much better season when compared to last year’s record-breaking washout. As such, many of us are contemplating saving some money and capitalising on the decent weather in the UK rather than jetting off abroad: and if you want a beach break on home turf, then there are not many holidays that can match a stay in Brighton. WHERE IS BRIGHTON? Part of th... [Read Full Post]

Destination Focus: Weston-Super-Mare

Posted by Paul Lucascomment on May 1, 2013 05:00
May has finally arrived: and that means bank holidays, a school half-term and the official start of summer. So if you’re looking for something fun to do during your time off then why not try out a destination a little closer to home: such as the classic UK seaside destination that is Weston-super-Mare. With an array of attractions and one of the most popular beaches in the entire UK, Weston-super-Mare has an enduring appeal. So isn’t it about t... [Read Full Post]

Destination Focus: Manchester

Posted by Paul Lucascomment on April 5, 2013 16:00
There’s a certain amount of irony about April in the UK. After all, April is famous for its “showers”: but anyone who lives here knows that showers rarely go away. So why not do something to embrace April and head to the city in the UK that is perhaps most famous for its rain: Manchester. Manchester is famous for much more than rain of course: including two rather large football teams; many notable museums; and one of the hottest nightlife scene... [Read Full Post]

Destination Focus: Lake District

Posted by Paul Lucascomment on March 6, 2013 15:00
March has arrived and that means the nights are getting lighter and the weather is getting better… or at least, that’s the theory. Of course in the UK we can never rely on the sun so if you’re looking for a holiday getaway this month it’s good to find a location that isn’t going to be wasted by bad weather too. In this regard, a stay in the Lake District can oblige as it is truly one of Britain’s most beautiful locations whatever the weather. ... [Read Full Post]

Destination Focus: Bath

Posted by Paul Lucascomment on February 14, 2013 09:00
Ah February, the month for lovers. Whether you think that Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year; or whether you deride it as sentimental and commercial claptrap; there’s no denying it gives us an excuse (and a prompt) to show the ones we love how we feel. However, if you’re sick of flowers and chocolates then why not go to a special effort and really give your loved one a February to remember: with a stay in Bath? WHERE IS BATH? ... [Read Full Post]