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.
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?
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.
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…
Winchester Christmas market attracts over 350,000 visitors each year which speaks volumes in terms of just how splendid the market is. One of the largest Christmas markets in Europe, if you visit no other Christmas market Winchester is a must.
The cathedral was founded in 1079, it is a fusion of many different periods and architectural styles, Anglo Norman to late Gothic. The cathedral is worthy of a visit whilst in Winchester and being the spectacular back drop to the Christmas market what better time. Guided tours are available, learn the long history of the cathedral with many intriguing stories, admire the arches and stunning ceilings discover treasures from years ago. I always love looking around such deeply historical buildings and there is something extra special about the cathedral at Christmas time.