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Place Your Bets: Watch Out for the Cheltenham Festival Results

Do you have plans over St. Patrick’s Day weekend?

Why not enjoy a sports event? The Cheltenham Festival, one of the biggest events in racing, is happening from March 10 to March 13. That’s a long weekend where everyone can enjoy a healthy competition amongst the English, the Irish, and everybody in between!

Cheltenham Festival Results
Cheltenham Festival Results

Dozens of events await racegoers and first timers alike. Every year, this big racing event doesn’t disappoint. It looks like this year won’t be any different. In fact, it’s definitely shaping up to be just as interesting and fun as the last! Continue Reading

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Fun things to do in Devon with the kids

When you think of going on holiday to Devon images of beautiful beaches, coastal walks and time by the sea or on quiet estuaries come to mind.

Devon Tourist Destinations
Devon Tourist Destinations

However, while that’s true, there are plenty of other things to do in this beautiful south western county. Here we’ve a few examples of places to spend a day with the kids away from the beach while you’re on holiday in one of the most picturesque counties in England. Continue Reading

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Finding the Right London Home

Choosing the right style of home for your personal tastes can be a tough decision. Before you start to meet with estate agents in London, however, it would be ideal to have an idea of what you’re looking for. Britain has a rich architectural history that can be seen in the residential streets of London and the surrounding area. If you’re interested in nestling up in an old world home, consider these three styles.

New Home in London
New Home in London

Ranch Style

In London you’ll find the European style ranch homes that are large enough for a growing, or already large family. With an open floor plan, there is plenty of room for running around and creating comfortable living spaces. And, as a newer style home, you don’t have to be too worried about age as with some other styles. Often these houses are built with stone, stucco or brick, and give the outside an old-world kind of feeling, making it seem rustic and vintage. Continue Reading

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Golden Backpack Awards UK Finalists Announced

The finalists for the Golden Backpack Awards UK have now been announced and the countdown begins to the inaugural London gala awards dinner and presentation.

Taking place on Wednesday 12 October 2011, at the spectacular Shaka Zulu in London, the gala evening event will recognise tour operators, airlines, accommodation and transport providers who have shown outstanding commitment to the adventure and youth travel market. Continue Reading

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Best Holiday Villas in Cornwall

Sometimes a guy just has to get away from the places he is traveling and go back to square one. For me, that means heading back to Cornwall and renting a holiday villa by the seaside. Sure, it might sound boring and old hat to a lot of people, but I can’t think of any better way to charge my batteries than with a holiday villa in Cornwall.

In fact, there are more than a few villa holidays option if you want to do the same. The best holiday villas in Cornwall are those that cater to the activities you enjoy the most.

For example, if you love bach combing or simply strolling on the sands before the sun becomes too hot, you probably should consider something like the quiet cottages away from the bustle of town.

However, if you are bringing the family for a full beach vacation, you should probably look at the executive suites. These often have three bedrooms or more and provide your family with plenty of options for fun in the sun.

One option that many people overlook is renting a caravan. The caravan’s of today are quite posh and give you an affordable option for your seaside holiday.

One thing is for sure, when you decide to rent cottages in Cornwall, you are going to have a wonderful time. If you want to see the broad range of options available, the best place to start is on the internet.

From there you can find the best companies and the best holiday villas in Cornwall.

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New Hotels Across England Offer Visitors Unrivaled Luxury From Which to Explore the Country’s Most Unique Attractions

Throughout England, significant new hotel openings, situated by some of the country’s most iconic attractions, are set to make the destination even more appealing for visitors looking to enjoy luxurious accommodation while exploring England’s unique history, heritage, culture and countryside. From the historical city of York’s first five-star hotel and spa, to the first boutique style hotel in Shakespeare’s Country, to London’s largest hotel opening in a generation with more than 1,000 rooms, travelers to England can benefit from an abundance of options to meet every accommodation need. Including chic and contemporary urban hotels, sophisticated countryside estates and manor houses featuring imaginative golf courses and spas, properties across England are being created to cater to the most discerning traveler’s tastes.


Cedar Court – Bedroom

Following the £20 million conversion of the city’s old North Eastern Railways Headquarters, Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa, which opened in May, 2010, is York’s first five-star hotel. Retaining the original features and beauty of the building, the hotel was designed to restore the feel of the Golden Age of travel, while providing visitors with modern and state-of-the-art amenities. In addition to providing guests with electrical outlets that accept British, European or North American plugs, the hotel receives television channels from around the world and when a customer checks in with their credit card, the TV in their room is activated to receive channels from their home country. Furthermore, for guests staying in one of the hotel’s four lavish suites, a 24-hour butler service is provided, offering an unparalleled level of personal service. At The Grand restaurant, Head Chef David Sharp sources as many ingredients as possible from local suppliers in Yorkshire ensuring guests enjoy a fresh, local menu. Complete with107 rooms, the hotel will include a swimming pool, gym and Jacuzzi as well as an open-air roof garden that will open later this summer. www.cedarcourthotels.co.uk Continue Reading

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Spring Into Summer And Enjoy Great Savings With Mallorca Farmhouses

Where better to escape this May and June than to a private luxury farmhouse in Mallorca?

With temperatures averaging 25C and accommodation to suit all budgets, it’s the perfect excuse to take an early summer holiday with self-catering specialists, Mallorca Farmhouses.

Choose from an extensive selection of luxury villas, country houses and charming cottages, which all come with a swimming pool, maid service and starter pack.

Car hire, babysitting and a gourmet chef service are also available in order to make the holiday as stress-free as possible. What’s more, visiting Mallorca has never been easier with many low-cost airlines flying daily into Palma. Property suggestions include:


Finca sa Cavea

Finca Sa Cavea, a four-bedroom traditional farmhouse, ideal for families has up to 20% off and is available for:
£789 per week in May (saving £197)
£1031 per week in June (saving £258) Continue Reading

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Enjoy A Long and Hot Summer With Coast & Country Cottages In South Devon

With the Met Office predicting that 2010 will be a ‘barbecue year’, where better to spend a long hot summer than the beautiful coastline of South Devon, which offers the mildest year-round climate on mainland Britain, unspoilt sandy beaches, miles of open-countryside and many great attractions.

For a place to stay look no further than self-catering specialist, Coast & Country Cottages who promise the finest collection of holiday homes to suit every taste and budget, whether for a short break or a longer stay.

With accommodation throughout Dartmouth, Salcombe, Kingsbridge and the South Hams, the southernmost tip of South Devon, visitors will never find themselves far from a beach, scenic walk or a picturesque village with a pub serving delicious local cuisine.


Country Cottages Hillfield In South Devon

There are so many reasons to visit South Devon, but those needing extra enticement will find a plethora of events taking place this summer including the Dartmouth Music Festival (7-9 May); Salcombe Music Festival (11-13 June); Kingsbridge Music Festival (25-27 June); Dartmouth Shakespeare Week (3–7 August) and the Dartmouth Royal Regatta (26-28 August). Continue Reading

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Go Traditional With Mallorca Farmhouses

Mallorca boasts more than simply sun, sea, sand and sangria. Head into the island’s interior and visitors will discover picturesque cobbled villages, thriving local markets, wild pine-clad hills teeming with birds and butterflies and undulating countryside with fields of almond, olive and lemon groves.

And for a truly authentic Mallorcan holiday, what better way to experience this Balearic beauty than by staying in a traditional finca with Mallorca Farmhouses?


Mallorca Farmhouses

As accommodation specialists with over 20 years expertise, Mallorca Farmhouses offer a wide range of traditional fincas, country cottages and rustic retreats. Far from the madding crowd, many properties are located within or near rural villages where guests can enjoy peace, privacy and complete relaxation – it’s the Mallorcan way! Plus each home comes with a private pool, maid service and a starter pack. Continue Reading

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Enjoy Dog-Friendly Holidays With Coast & Country Cottages In South Devon

In celebration of National Pet Month, 3 April – 3 May, South Devon self-catering specialist, Coast & Country Cottages, are showcasing their dog-friendly properties, perfect for a fun-filled family holiday where four-legged friends can also enjoy some canine capers.

Coast & Country Cottages offer a choice of 90 dog-friendly holiday properties across the South Hams, including Dartmouth and Salcombe and throughout the beautiful coast and countryside in between.


Dog playing on South Devon beach – Nick Shepherd

With miles of fantastic coastline to walk on and many beaches and pubs that welcome dogs, the South Hams is the perfect destination for a short break or longer holiday that the whole family – and the dog – can enjoy. Continue Reading

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Rock The Festivals With Wicked Campers

It’s that time of year … the festival frenzy has kicked in and music lovers everywhere are now gearing up to this summer’s hottest music events across the UK and Europe.

For those who haven’t yet decided how to get there or what to camp in, then Wicked Campers is on hand to help!

With funky accommodation and wheels all rolled in to one wicked campervan, it’s the perfect option for gig-goers to travel to a festival and to camp in style, comfort and on a budget.

With unpredictable weather, camping in tents is often an unappealing option to some. Visions of pools of mud, drenched clothes and washed away tents might spring to mind! So to avoid this muddy mayhem, opt for a Wicked Camper. It provides more space, better security and, crucially, it’s waterproof!

Wicked Campers is a bargain campervan company based in the UK. They provide a choice of two and five-seater Toyota vans which come equipped with an all-important bed for two, table, basic built-in kitchen, camping chairs, CD player and plenty of storage space – so festival goers are better equipped to stash their valuables. For larger groups, Wicked Campers can provide additional tents. Continue Reading

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VisitEngland Highlights 2010 Calendar of Quirky Events

Encompassing the charmingly quirky to absolute eccentric, England offers visitors an abundance of one-of-a-kind events, ensuring unique entertainment and an unforgettable experience for participants and observers alike.

From the Isle of White Garlic Festival and annual Nettle-Eating Contest, to the World Toe Wrestling Championship and the Biggest Liar in the World Competition, VisitEngland, the official tourism body for England – comprised of the capital city London and its further eight regions, has compiled a list of some of the most unusual events taking place throughout the country in 2010.

“England boasts an exciting and extraordinary calendar of events which visitors wouldn’t necessarily stumble upon,” said James Berresford, CEO of VisitEngland.

In addition to taking in the picturesque landscapes, vibrant arts and cultural offerings and rich heritage for which England is renowned, we encourage visitors to also discover the abundance of diverse events that add to the country’s unique array of attractions.”

World Coal Carrying Championships, April 5

Held annually on Easter Monday in the village of Gawthorpe in West Yorkshire, the World Coal Carrying Contest is a test of stamina and muscle. The race involves men carrying 50kg of coal over an uphill course close to a mile long, while the ladies race sees ladies carry 20kg of coal. The World Coal Carrying Contest dates back to 1963 when a local coal merchant and the president of the Maypole Committee were enjoying a pint of beer together. A friend is said to have burst into the pub and bet that he could race the two with a bag of coal on their backs. Not wanting to let a good idea go to waste, the secretary of the Maypole Committee who was listening to the challenge, decided to set the race for Easter Monday. Continue Reading

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