School Summer Holidays 2013!

Posted on July 23rd, 2013

Looking for ideas to entertain the kids over the summer holidays? Why not have a day out to one of the many UK theme parks? Here are a few of our suggestions:


  • Lightwater Valley – Ripon, North Yorkshire
  • Flamingo Land – Malton, North Yorkshire
  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach – Lancashire
  • Alton Towers – Staffordshire
  • Thorpe Park – Surrey
  • Legoland – Berkshire


Alton Towers


What to do in the Dales

Posted on July 16th, 2013

The Yorkshire Dales has much to offer and here are just a few ideas of things to see and do in the Dales.

Skipton – Well preserved Mediaeval Castle. The Lady Anne Clifford Trail. Open air markets. Swimming Pool & leisure centre. Boat trips on the Leeds/Liverpool Canal.

Embsay – Steam Railway. A choice of country pubs.

Haworth – Bronte Parsonage Museum. Worth Valley Railway.

Wycoller – Ancient hamlet with Bronte connections.

Malham – Malham Cove with its impressive limestone cliff. Gordale Scar. Janet’s Foss. Malham Tarn.

Grassington – Upper Wharfedale Museum. Annual festivals.

Kilnsey – Kilnsey Park and Trout Farm. Kilnsey Crag.

Bolton Abbey – Impressive ruined priory on the banks of the River Wharfe.

Three Peaks – Yorkshire’s famous mountains; Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside.

Settle – Open air markets. Settle to Carlisle Railway.

Ribblehead – Magnificent 24 arch viaduct.

Ingleton – White Scar Cave. Waterfall Walk.

Clapham – Ingleborough show cave.

Harrogate – The Great Yorkshire Show held in July. Valley Gardens. Theatre.

Knaresborough – Mother Shipton’s Cave. Dropping Well and Park. Ruined Castle. Boating on the river.

Brimham Rocks – Amazing collection of rocks worn over the years into fantastic shapes.

Aysgarth – Spectacular waterfalls.

Hardraw – Hardraw Force is claimed to be England’s highest single drop waterfall.

Semerwater – Yorkshire’s largest natural lake.

Hawes – Open air markets. Wensleydale Creamery.

Masham – Open air markets. Brewery and visitor centre. Annual Fairs.

Ripon – Open air markets. Horse racing. Impressive Cathedral. Newby Hall and Gardens. Lightwater Valley Theme Park.


Countdown to Yorkshire’s Tour de France

Posted on July 5th, 2013

The year-long countdown to the opening of the 101st Tour de France in Yorkshire has been marked by 100 schoolchildren on bikes.

Leeds will host the start of the race on 5th July 2014 with riders setting off from The Headrow in the city centre.

Children from schools in Harrogate, Hull and Leeds were on bikes to launch the official countdown.

Yorkshire-based cyclists Dean Downing and Brian Robinson took part in the event.

Downing, who rides for team Madison Genesis and is from Rotherham, said: “Yorkshire will have experienced nothing like the Tour de France before. It will be an amazing moment for everyone in the county and I am sure the whole of Yorkshire will get behind the Grand Depart.”

Robinson, 82, from Mirfield, was the first British rider to finish the race and the first to complete a stage of the Tour in 1958.

The event will spend two days in Yorkshire.

The race last visited the UK in 2007, when London hosted the prologue and the opening stage.



This story is taken from BBC News.

Holidays in Wales

Posted on July 2nd, 2013

Whatever you want from your self-catering holiday, you’ll find it in Wales – mountainous peaks, green valleys, mirror glass lakes and breath-taking ruins. Then there are countless castles, chapels, remote hill farms and wonderful beaches – not to mention romantic steam railways, cosy pubs, buzzing arts festivals and vibrant cities.

In fact Wales offers its visitors limitless possibilities plus a wide range of holiday home accommodation to suit your time, budget and personal preferences.

Wales has a great passion for sport, and one sport in particular is a Welsh favourite – Rugby! The shrine of what amounts to the ‘Rugby religion’ is at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, opened in 1999 to host the Rugby World Cup.

Wales’ reputation as the small country with the Great Outdoors is well founded. There are many activities: tackle challenging mountains, meander through leafy forest trails, tee off at the Nefyn Golf Course with the sea below and the Snowdonia peaks above, sail the clean, blue waters of West Wales, horse ride along empty beaches and coastal paths and fish pure lakes and rivers. In such a stunning, varied and unique land, keeping active has never been such a pleasure.

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