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Delve into South Devon

February 24, 2014 at 4:54 AM
The seafront at Plymouth Hoe Devon England UK

Plymouth Hoe’s seafront in Devon

I can most definitely recommend a visit to Devon: the south of the region boasts some of England’s most beautiful countryside, with a stunning coastline and quirky villages and towns. It is no surprise that Devon has been a favourite holiday location for families from across the U.K. and from further afield for many years.

When you visit this region you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to planning how to spend your time: foodie, outdoor adventurer, thrill seeker or in need of rest and relaxation – you will not be disappointed. Wet weather (which I think we have all seen enough of) or fair weather, South Devon caters for all conditions. So looking ahead, half term is already upon us, the Easter holidays are fast approaching, and to add a bit of cheery weather news to the mix: The Independent has reported that it’s likely this summer will be one of the hottest on record. With that in mind, now seems the ideal time to delve into South Devon.

Sexy football and pretty cities: watching the World Cup in Brazil

February 18, 2014 at 7:52 AM
Brazilian soccer player holding football wears 2014 shirt in Brazil colors Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian football player wears 2014 shirt

Did you hear the news? The World Cup is coming. That’s right, the greatest sporting event in the universe, a phenomenon so special it only happens every four years, and it’s coming this summer to a television near you. But why watch the world’s top footballers through a 50” screen when you could watch them in the glorious technicolour that is real life? No stupid 3D glasses, no craning your neck to glimpse the action across a crowded bar: just you and 70,000 others witnessing the action live from Brazil.

Through the lens: 20 destinations for the incurable romantic

February 14, 2014 at 12:47 AM

A gondola ride on the canals of Venice; a picnic in California’s Napa Valley; a stroll on the white sand beaches of the Seychelles – these are the romantic moments that make special memories for couples in love. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner here is a look through the lens at 20 romantic destinations for those incorrigible dreamers and incurable romantics.

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Seychelles

Postcard perfect La Digue (Photo: Didier Baertschiger)

Postcard perfect La Digue (Photo: Didier Baertschiger)

Dartmoor: prime Devonshire paradise

February 13, 2014 at 8:48 AM
The ancient clapper bridge at Postbridges in Dartmoor National Park, Devon England UK

The ancient clapper bridge at Postbridges in Dartmoor National Park, Devon England UK

Fancy a little slice of Devonshire’s prime paradise? I know I do – and once you’ve stepped foot in Dartmoor National Park, having sampled even a fraction of its myriad attractions, you’ll be surprised you hadn’t come sooner. The beauty of its landscapes, the diversity of its wildlife, and the rich heritage it harbours are all somewhat of a given; less known, perhaps, are the wealth of outdoor and water-based activities the area’s suited to, many of which can be enjoyed in groups or as a family. Whether you’ve little ones in tow or are travelling with good friends, Dartmoor’s character will leave you with more than just fond memories.

School’s out: 10 half-term holiday bargains

February 6, 2014 at 12:23 AM
Have some family fun this half-term holiday (Photo: Cia de Foto)

Have some family fun this half-term holiday (Photo: Cia de Foto)

The February half-term holiday is a great opportunity for families to escape the cold weather and jet off to sunnier climates in destinations like Lanzarote, Egypt and Majorca – or you can stay closer to home and snuggle up in Snowdonia. Here are ten of my favourite holiday spots, all great half-term bargains for the family.