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Exploring the Local Area: Where to Visit on a UK Caravan Holiday

Nostalgic and reminiscent of fond childhood memories from a bygone era of hazy, golden days, the humble caravan holiday is one of the staple British holiday traditions. From touring caravans to luxury static caravans, nowadays there is something for everyone when it comes to the caravan staycation. However, aside from taking the opportunity to relax and explore somewhere new (or a favourite part of the country) with the family, there are also plenty of exciting places to visit and things to do dotted across the UK.

If you are in the process of planning a cheap caravan holiday, make sure that you don’t miss out on your chance to make the most of the getaway. Here are some of the best places to see and attractions to visit when you’re staying in a caravan – perfect for ensuring the whole family has a great time!

Worcestershire
With a range of caravan parks, featuring both tourers and holiday homes, Worcestershire is the perfect haven for a traditional British break with Allens Caravans. Thanks to its prime location in the West Midlands, Worcestershire is also perfectly placed for those who are looking for a more centralised base from which to head out and explore.
However, if you do fancy staying a little closer to home, the county also boasts an extensive range of attractions of its own. For those who prefer a taste of city living, head into Worcester itself for plenty of shopping opportunities and a visit to the stunning Worcester Cathedral. If history is your thing, you could also visit Croome – taking in the historical splendour of Croome Court and the surrounding parkland and paying a visit to the secret wartime air base. Alternatively, the kids are sure to love a visit to the Severn Valley Railway. Spend a day travelling up and down the line and explore all the delights this charming heritage steam railway has to offer.

Warwickshire
If a quieter countryside break is more your cup of tea, then Orchard Lodge caravan park in the picturesque Warwickshire countryside is sure to make the perfect fit. With Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, just around the corner, there is always plenty to do in the county for lovers of culture, history and literature.
If you can squeeze it in, a visit to the theatre is a must – don’t miss out on seeing Anne Hathaway’s cottage for yourself, either. Aside from the Shakespeare trail, nearby Kenilworth Castle is also a great attraction. The dramatic ruins of the castle are a great way to learn about history and let the kids’ imaginations run wild! Days Out in Warwickshire

Northamptonshire
The humble East Midlands county of Northamptonshire may not exactly be top of the list when you think of holiday destinations in the UK, but contrary to popular belief, there are actually plenty of great attractions in the county. From your base at a holiday park just outside Northampton, the whole county is at your fingertips, with plenty of places to visit just awaiting your arrival.
If you fancy a trip into Northampton, one sight definitely not to be missed is 78 Derngate. The only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the beautiful architecture and style of the home is a real sight to behold. For something a little more child-friendly, how about a visit to the West Lodge Rural Centre? With walking trails, play areas and animals aplenty, this working farm attraction offers the perfect family day out.

North Wales
Heading out of England and into Wales, North Wales is the perfect holiday destination for those who prefer their family getaways with a little more action and adventure. Snowdonia National Park is one of the most awe-inspiring parts of the UK, with stunning mountainous landscapes and sea views around every corner.
With such a wealth of attractions on your doorstep, there is guaranteed to be something for every member of the family to enjoy. For stunning coastal views and a bracing seaside walk, don’t miss the Great Orme in Llandudno. Of course, if your legs aren’t feeling up to the climb, you could always just take the Great Orme Tramway up instead! From trams to trains, one of the most talked-about attractions in the area is the Ffestiniog Railway, taking visitors from Porthmadog’s picturesque harbour to the quaint slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Founded in 1832, this is the oldest railway company in the world!
Whichever part of the UK you choose to visit, picking a caravan as your home away from home is the ideal way to ensure an unforgettable, enjoyable holiday. With so much to do and so many exciting new places to explore, you’re never going to want to leave!

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5 Magical Reasons to Take a Winter Break in the UK

Colder temperatures usually send the population into hibernation mode, dreaming about when summer next rolls around. But winter needn’t be all doom and gloom, with the right bobble hat and a clear plan in mind, a holiday during the colder months can be a magical experience and you don’t need to go far to reap the benefits. The scenery changes dramatically and is beautiful in its own unique way. Not to mention that Christmas is the season’s biggest event, with festivities aplenty.

Here are five of the best reasons to take a winter break in the UK:

1. Icy scenes and Winter Wildlife


Britain is lucky to benefit from very distinguishable seasons. There is a distinctive spring, summer autumn and of course, winter. With these colder months come spectacular changes to the scenery. From snow-topped mountains to frozen lakes, the UK has a range of beautiful sights to offer. You will also find that these beauty spots are quieter during the winter. A national park may be bustling during the hotter months, full of every man, woman, child and their dog; in the winter, however, the children are back at school and many shy away from the plummeting temperatures. Throw on a pair of wellies and a scarf and enjoy the peace the British countryside has to offer.

If you are a wildlife fan you will be pleasantly surprised by the volume of critters you will see when you venture out. Birdwatchers will be pleased to spot birds such as winter wildfowl, roosting birds, visitors from colder climes and woodpeckers.

2. ‘Tis the Season


You can’t mention holidaying in winter without considering the jolliest time of the year, Christmas. The festive season has an abundance of amazing events happening up and down the country, including Christmas markets. Treat yourself to freshly baked mince pies and mulled wine while perusing stalls of handmade gifts and decorations. These markets also often offer festive entertainment such as Santa’s grotto, choirs and lights being switched on, an amazing day out, especially with excited little ones.

If the busy markets aren’t your thing you could always look for Christmas events at stately homes close to where you are staying, such as the Beaulieu Palace House if you are planning a staycation in the New Forest, or Forde Abbey if in Somerset. These events are usually ticketed meaning that attendance is limited to a manageable number.

3. Celebrate Everything British


Perhaps the biggest benefit of staying in the UK is getting to appreciate the best of what Britain has to offer. Seamlessly travel from major cities to serene countryside in less than an hour, exploring heritage sites and landmarks in between. Do not feel as if you are restricted by the mainland’s border, the UK has many islands off its coast which give the feel of a holiday abroad without the cost and having to travel too far.

The Isle of Wight, off the south coast is steeped in British history as well as amazing winter events, but a trip to it doesn’t have to be expensive. A quick ferry ride and a stay at an Isle of Wight caravan park provides a reasonably priced holiday in a place with so much to do for all the family. Whether you are a dinosaur fanatic looking to explore one of the richest places in Europe for dinosaur heritage or you fancy a ride on a hovercraft, this island will ensure you have a holiday to remember, no matter the weather.

4. Spark Romance


There is little that is more romantic than having an excuse to cosy up with a loved one in front of a log burning fire with a glass of wine, and of course winter is the time to do it. A romantic luxury lodge stay can offer the perfect excuse to get close to the one you love and enjoy time some quality time together.

Days spent having romantic walks through frosty forests ending with a soak in a hot tub under the stars can be as an idyllic getaway as a stay in the city of love itself, Paris, but with the added benefit of not having streets and restaurants that are crowded by Christmas shoppers.

Peace and quiet at its best.

5. Grab a Bargain


An obvious reason to take a short break in the UK is to save money. The cost of travelling abroad continues to rise year on year and, according The Guardian this sharp rise in the cost of holidays abroad has led to a staycation boom. The lower cost of holidays in the UK is made lower still by deciding to take it in winter, which can cost up to 50% less than it would in summer.

This means that families who otherwise would have to forgo a holiday can enjoy a getaway that is not only fun and free of crowds but is kinder on the bank balance as well.

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Bow Arrow Tag Archery

Intro

Bow Arrow Tag is a new exhilarating, safe and family friendly combat archery adrenaline sport that can be played indoors (soft play venues, gyms and halls) or outdoors (fields, parks, woods or beaches).
 

About Bow Arrow Tag

Located UK wide. Bow Arrow Tag is a combination of archery, paintball and dodge ball taking the best elements of all these great sports and combining them into one. It’s a new exhilarating, safe and family friendly combat archery adrenaline sport that can be played indoors or outdoors. Players use short bows to shoot ultra-safe foam-tipped arrows at the opposing team members on the field.

Think dodgeball, but with a bow and arrow! This fast moving, action packed game is sure to get the adrenaline pumping. Some would say it’s a bit like paintball without the pain, bruises or welts. It’s the ultimate team sport and promotes teamwork, self-confidence, communication, leadership, fitness, tactical thinking and is just outright great fun.

Bow Arrow Tag is perfect for the following events; Robin Hood or Medieval themed events, corporate events, private parties for children and adults, fairs, festivals, stag and hen events, scout groups, church groups, family functions and corporate team-building events.
 

FAQ’s

Is Bow Arrow Tag Safe? Yes, completely and absolutely. We use specially designed bows which are low power and speacialy designed soft foam tipped arrows which are completely safe and painless. (Its a bit like getting hit with a tennis ball.) We are fully insured so you have complete peace of mind.

Does it hurt? No, it can be compaired to being hit with a tennis ball. Bow Arrow Tag is designed for ages 7 years old and above so its completly safe. Nothing like paintball which is messy and leaves welts and bruses.

Do you run Bow ArrowTag for kids’ parties? Yes, we can accommodate kids’ parties from age 7 upwards.

 
 
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Into The Blue

Into the Blue

Intro

Into the Blue offers a superb selection of activity and adventure days out perfect gifts for men, women, family, friends and groups of all sizes. It is a great way to find Days Out in the UK!
 

About Into the Blue

Into The Blue has been making memories since 1996 and certainly has reason to be proud of its roots. Jim Maitland (Founder) first came to Biggin Hill, London as a small boy with his father Jock Maitland. He opened Biggin Hill as a civilian Airfield in 1958, at the time there were many semi derelict relics from its wartime days and he would spend many happy hours amongst the old pill boxes and blast pens. Later Jim joined to help run the famous Biggin Hill Air Fair.

Jim realised that many of the spectators attending the shows would actually like to ‘have a go’ themselves and so working closely with established aviation contacts the idea for Into The Blue was born. The rest is history!
 

Testimonies

William Paine – Steam & Cream Tea Cornwall “The online service was quick and easy to use”.

Karen Wharf – Segway Adventure Leeds Castle “Very helpful team as I struggled a little to understand how to book the experience”.

Linda Jenyon – Meerkat Experience for Two
“Excellent service. Vouchers arrived within 48 hours and support email after I had booked the experience. The range of experience days and events was varied and suitable for all tastes and ages. Prices were really good and affordable”.

 
 
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Family Saver Card - Great Days Out UK

Family Saver Card

Intro

The Family Saver Card offers our members the opportunity to experience an exciting range of visitor attractions, restaurants and fun activities at discounted rates for an entire year. With attractions in Staffordshire, London and more, Family Saver Card is perfect for finding days out for all the family!

About Family Saver Card

The Family Saver Card is a membership card that gives discounts on all types of leisure and entertainment activities for families or any adult that takes children under the age of 16 years old.

Over the years, children generally over the age of 12 years are being treated as adults whenever they undertake entertainment activities and are expected to pay adult prices.
These have been causing a burden on family finances, and in return means that these age group over 12 years are rarely out with parents, carers or other adults. Not only does this decrease their chances of learning social integration but also causes family divide.
This age group then also have to make or find their own entertainments most of the time leading to boredom or stuck in their bedrooms on computer games.

The Family Saver Card aim to solve most of these problems with our innovative membership card service

Testimonies

Sarah Mum of 1 “I only use my card at the Family Saver Card Partners, as my Daughter eats for free. My savings work out to be around £5.00 each time”.

Dannika, “I haven’t got any children yet; I bought a card so that I could take my younger brother out for Treats”.

Sue, “I brought a card as a gift for a close friend, who I knew would benefit from the savings she’d make over the year”.

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Carnglaze Caverns

Carnglaze Caverns

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Carnglaze Caverns is a much recommended all-weather family tourist attraction near the village of St Neot, on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, halfway between Liskeard and Bodmin just off the A38.

About Carnglaze Caverns

One of Cornwall’s premier underground experiences and days out is a family run business, with much to enjoy

  • Open All Year for self-guided tours underground (may be guided in high seasons)
  • Three large chambers with stunning Underground Lake
  • Set in Quarry Wood consisting of 6.5 acres of ancient woodland with an exceptional walk
  • The Terrace Garden and Enchanted Dell start a children’s counting game
  • The Rum Store, an underground concert and event venue ~ from Classical to Rock!
  • Licensed for weddings and civil partnerships in four different locations

Carnglaze Caverns are privately owned by Graham and Caroline Richards. Caroline, whose background is in teaching, specialising in environmental studies, is also a keen amateur geologist. Graham still works in architecture, as well as supporting Caroline in the day to day management of Carnglaze.

When they came to view Carnglaze in March 2001, having seen an advert for the cottage in Country Life magazine (yes, it does pay to daydream at the dentists!), they found not just the three-bedroomed bungalow they were interested in but the complex that is Carnglaze. The decision was taken later that year not just to live at Carnglaze but to share the Caverns and grounds with others. They see themselves as “stewards” of this small part of Cornwall’s Industrial Heritage.

 

Testimonials

Thank you for such an educational and fun day. The combination of science and geography makes an activity packed day. Dobwalls School

I thought it was going to be scary in the caverns but it wasn’t, it was great. Demelza – Age 7

If a class teacher is looking for a trip to combine science, geography, local history, fantasy and natural history then look no further. KP Toft Teacher

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Santa Pod - Great Days Out UK

Santa Pod

Intro

Santa Pod is home of the FIA European Drag Racing Championships, the fastest & loudest motorsport on Earth!

About Santa Pod

It is the most famous drag racing track outside America, attracting the best drivers and teams in European Racing. Affectionately known as the ‘POD’, Santa Pod is the place to race!

Few motorsport venues can offer such thrilling ‘close to the action’ viewing and with over 35 different events there’s a real emphasis on family entertainment.

Santa Pod has earned the reputation as the home of European Drag Racing, which features the most powerful car and bike engines in the world, yet surprisingly little is known about the sport which, has a huge and dedicated following around the world.

Enjoy VIP/corporate hospitality and fantastic family days out in the heart of England (on the border of Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire) and see Top Fuel Dragsters, Jet Cars, Rocket Bikes, Monster Trucks, Drifting, Stunt Displays and much more.

If you’re looking for a great family day out then the events highlighted on this page are the ones on the Santa Pod calendar most suited to kids and adults alike with all events featuring Monster Trucks and Stunt Displays as well as track action fun fair rides, kids entertainers and more. Best of all, Kids Go Free* at all Santa Pod events!

Testimonials

Here are what some of the educational visits have had to say below. You can find more of them from here : http://www.santapod.co.uk/educ_testimonials.php

“Corby Technical School – June 2015

Can I say a huge thank you to you for the visit on Wednesday, our students were very, very enthusiastic regarding the presentation and opportunity to see the car. Please say thank you to Dave – he was brilliant.

Very much looking forward to being able to bring a group of students across to Santa pod on the 19th September.

Thanks once again
Linda”

“Chestnuts Primary School – February 2015

We had an amazing visit by the Santa Pod team. The whole school were able to experience a talk by some very knowledgeable engineeers and look at a dragster. It was a great visit and one that we would do again. Many thanks to the Santa Pod team!

Chris Nixon
PA/Business Support Manager “

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Treasure Trails - Great Days Out UK

Treasure Trails

Intro

Treasure Trails are the perfect way for all ages to explore different areas across the UK.

About Treasure Trails

It never started out as a business idea! It started in 2005 in Cornwall when a Trail was written around the founder’s home town for a charity event.

The trails are an imaginative way to explore towns, cities & villages across the UK with a self-guided themed walk.

An easy to follow route will enable you to crack the clues whilst taking in some of the most fascinating sights along the way.

They have over 1,200 Trails across the UK, and it doesn’t matter if you’re local, or visiting somewhere new for the first time.

By solving the fiendish clues on the Trail, you’ll be discovering whodunit and finding the location of the buried treasure. Even completing the mission like a true secret agent!

They’re great for seeing a location from a new perspective, whatever age, whatever the weather!

Testimonials

We currently have over 1,100 Customer reviews to read (If you have the time!) but we thought to place one of our favourites below…

“We love treasure trails. We often have a young adult with learning disabilities stay with us and she has very limited reading skills. These trails offer a great activity that she can be included in with along with everyone else. We read the clues then explain them in a way that she may understand such as “look for a something with this number on, or see if you can find something that looks like this”. It also gets us to really look at our local towns and villages and see things we would never normally have noticed. Great fun for all ages and abilities. I have recommended them to friends who have all loved them!”

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