Travel: Peace and quiet reigns in border country where battles once raged

The first clue that we were going to enjoy our stay in the borderlands of rural Shropshire was the discovery of a farm’s cheese vending machine en-route to our self-catering cottage near Ellesmere.
The Grand Light Parade

The Alnwick Garden unveils its magical Christmas celebrations

Skating rinks, fairy lights, carols and Father Christmas himself – there’s nowhere more majestic to get into the Christmas spirit than The Alnwick Garden.

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Morecambe Sailing Club.

Travel: Morecambe on comeback trail to reclaim title as ‘Naples of North’

There was a time when Morecambe was known as the Naples of the North.

Picturesque views of Boston.

Travel: Boston – home of ball games, seafood and lots of boiled treats!

There are three things that I love about Boston and Massachusetts – the sport, the history and the food.

Center Parcs

Travel: Escaping the madness at Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

Flat out at work, caught-up in the school-run mayhem and after-school club madness - sometimes townies like me have just got to kick back and head for the hills .
Isle of Eriska Hotel frontage.

Travel: Tasty cuisine amid glorious scenery served up on the little Isle of Eriska

Natalie Walker and her family enjoy five-star Michelin dining in picturesque surroundings at this Scottish Baronial style mansion

An aerial view of the park.

Travel: Caravanning in style

Rob Hollingworth and his family take in the history, heritage and tranquility amid a backdrop of stunning hills and countryside

Swinton Spa & Country Club

Travel: Unwinding at Swinton Estate’s new £8million spa in North Yorkshire

Auburn leaves crunched beneath our feet as we made our way up the sweeping entrance to Swinton Park Hotel, whilst the distinctive red hues of Virginia creeper hugged the tower of the stately home – this was a postcard of autumn come to life.

Witches and warlocks welcome

Enjoy a creepy Halloween outing for the whole family

The gorgeous, idyllic Alnwick Garden is getting a ghostly makeover – are you brave enough to discover a spooktacular day out?

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The Black Swan Hotel

Travel: Delightful dog friendly hotel in Yorkshire

Daniel Bailey takes his pampered pet pooch to the delightful town of Helmsley for a weekend of walking, relaxation and fabulous food.


Travel: Why you should pay Helsinki a visit...

Helsinki’s 18th century sea fortress is built upon six islands – Kustaanmiekka, Susisaari, Iso-Mustasaari, Pikku-Mustasaari, Länsi-Mustasaari and Långören

Strolling across the beach to Perranporth.

Travel: Exploring the idyllic hidden gems of the South-West

The sun was out, the surf was up and the scene was set for an unforgettable family holiday packed with action, adventure and the adrenaline rush of the Atlantic Ocean.

The pool to Xanadu Resort, in Belek, Antalya, reflects the regions ancient history.

Travel: Get immersed in history with visit to ancient ruins in city of Perge

The sun-baked pillars rise from the ground, silhouetted against the bluest of skies, as the morning heat starts to rise in intensity.

What you need to know if you have booked a Monarch holiday

Work is under way to bring home 110,000 Monarch Airline customers, while advice has been issued to the 300,000 people already booked up on breaks.
Monarch Airlines has gone into administration.

Thousands of holidays cancelled after Monarch Airlines goes bust

Around 300,000 holiday bookings have been cancelled after the collapse of Monarch Airlines.
Ryanair passengers whose flights have been cancelled may be entitled to compensation.

How can I claim a refund for my cancelled Ryanair flight?

Ryanair passengers whose flights have been cancelled may be entitled to compensation.
People with real food poisoning dont go sunbathing while they recover.

Why fake food poisoning claims are a pain for real victims

There are few things worse than food poisoning. You feel wretched – and it’s even worse if you’re stuck in a hotel room away from home when it happens.

Picturesque Porto.

Travel: Raising a glass to Porto, the city break that’s slightly off the beaten track

It’s tempting sometimes to think of Portugal as Spain’s poor relation, writes Martin Wells.
Black Watch sailing through Scotland.

Sailing the Scottish Highlands with Fred.Olsen

Sitting in a hot tub in the pouring rain may seem a bit odd - but when you are on a ship’s deck sailing through the highlands of Scotland it’s an experience not to be missed.

The view from the Hotel Zum Stadttor.

Travel: Austrian hills are alive with sound of great adventure...

There are two things that have made me fall in love with Austria over the years – the jaw-dropping scenery and the friendly people.
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