A Jersey jaunt

March 17, 2014 at 2:45 AM
Gorey Harbour, Jersey Photo: David Blaikie

gorey harbour, jersey photo: david blaikie

One of the warmest places in the British Isles and the most southerly of the Channel Islands – Jersey is a haven for all things good. When I think of Jersey, my thoughts turn to warm sunny days, yachts and sail boats creating pretty pictures in the St Helier marinas. And, of course, whether strolling around St Helier browsing the boutiques, sat on one of Jersey’s many beaches or exploring the green and lush countryside, there is always time to enjoy a Jersey ice cream, which I think can be included in the delicacies that are Jersey home-grown.

So what is the best way to explore Jersey? Car, cycle, boat or by foot: the answer? All are great ways to explore this beautiful island – a total land mass of 45 square miles, measuring nine miles by five miles, Jersey proves good things certainly do come in small packages! Old English charm, a sophisticated cosmopolitan vibe and good old seaside fun are a few of the things that make Jersey such a special place.

A World Away, with HomeAway – right here in the heart of England

February 2, 2014 at 7:31 AM
The Peak District Photo: Kyle Taylor

The Peak District. Photo: Kyle Taylor

I was sat the other evening watching television and a commercial caught my attention: the notion was appealing, A World Away that’s not so far away. The scenery looked wonderful – a train gliding along with fresh rolling landscapes peeling past; outdoor pursuits and cycle rides through sun-dappled woodland; warm and inviting eateries and historic spa towns all leapt through my screen reminding me that there is most definitely A World Away that is not so far away.

Pedal your way through Europe on a family cycling holiday

August 26, 2013 at 4:13 AM
Explore the countryside with your family this summer (Photo: Naviki)

Explore the countryside with your family this summer (Photo: Naviki)

A cycling holiday in Europe is a great option this summer if you’re looking for a holiday that’s great value for money, fun and good for you.  It’s a great way to explore the countryside at your own pace in an eco-friendly way. From the vineyards of France to the fishing villages of Denmark, there are cycling holidays to suit every age and skill level, so why not pedal your way through Europe on a family cycling holiday this year?

Summer in the UK: home grown festivals

August 15, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Festivals. They are a big part of summer celebrations across the world and every year many of us will jet off to what are often warmer climes to enjoy everything from famous festivals like South by South-West in Austin to what is often talked about as Europe’s best festival destination, Croatia; where you can enjoy events like the Fresh Island Festival, now in it’s second year. But as we will find out, Britain has some stellar festivals of its own. This weeks guest blogger Kirsti Banyard whisks us around the UK stopping off at this summers best festival destinations.

So pack a tent, stick on your wellies and take the family off to one of the summers best family friendly festivals.

picture by mat_walker Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival: Photo: Mat_walker

Diverse County Cork

April 24, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Cobh town harbour

Cobh town harbour

When I think of Ireland my thoughts go to luscious green landscapes, historic buildings, cosy pubs and warm and friendly people: exactly what I have found on my visits to the Emerald Isle! Of course, there are also cosmopolitan towns and great beaches too: County Cork is the largest county in Ireland, and as such, it’s wonderfully diverse. Its green farmlands and valleys provide idyllic walking, while its stunningly beautiful coastline has plenty of bays and coves to enjoy.

With so much to explore and savour in County Cork, why not book and stay in a beautiful cottage or apartment? You could explore some of the charms that make County Cork such a special place, some of which I’m about to share with you…