All that St Ives has to offer

St Ives is a sea side town in Cornwall in the south of England. It is well known for its beautiful beaches, idyllic town and many attractions that surround it. It is often referred to as the closest thing to a holiday abroad within the UK as once there, you have the feeling you are a million miles away from home. There are some great eateries within St Ives and a number of accommodation choices.

Although St Ives is a relatively small town it is surround by some fantastic places that offer a wider variety in entertainment and night life. Cornwall is a short drive away and is home to one of the best beaches for surfers in the world. Fistral beach is in Fistral bay on the north coast of Cornwall and is home to the annual surf competition. This is an event not to be missed for avid surfers or just family and friends looking for a great day out.

It’s certainly not ‘Grim up North’

With beautiful places like the scenic setting of Bolton Abbey and jaw dropping views of the Yorkshire dales it’s quite hard to see where the phrase ‘It’s Grim up North’ actually came from!
Yorkshire offers some truly stunning countryside alongside the hustle and bustle of busy city life in Leeds, it really does have something for everyone.
There are plenty of things to do with the family such as visit the spectacular White Scar Caves, these underground caves really are a must see and you can’t help feeling excited as you rush down the mine-like shaft kitted out with your hard hat and torch. Crawling through low tunnels and drinking from fresh springs this really does feel like an adventure!
And if you don’t fancy grubbing around in the caves then a trip to one of the many museums in Yorkshire will certainly make your day. The national coal mining museum is fascinating with lots for children to do and learn as you go round.
So put on your walking boots and head to Yorkshire for some fresh air and beautiful scenery, you won’t regret it!

Self catering or all inclusive holidays?

When you are looking to book a holiday, you may have the option as to whether to go self catering or all inclusive. Self catering includes usually your accommodation but no food or drink whereas All inclusive is a set price which includes all your meals, certain snacks and usually unlimited drink (this is sometimes limited to local brands of wine and spirits).

There are pros and cons to either, depending on what sort of holiday you are looking for. Self catering gives you the flexibility to eat and drink where you like. You are not stuck to specific meal times and can venture away from the complex to eat should you wish to do so. Many people find that they spend a lot of money though on food and drink, so it does mean you will need to be able to budget properly to allow you to have enough to see you through the holiday. All inclusive is of course more expensive, but you do then get the peace of mind in knowing that you will not have to fork out extra for meals and drinks. You should bear in mind though that you have paid to eat at the hotel as part of the price so if the food is not very good or you fancy a change of scene you will have to pay to go elsewhere.

Why not visit Lake Ullswater

Located in the Lake District Ullswater is truly beautiful. It’s less busy with tourists than areas such as Windermere and offers a quiet retreat with great walks and nice quaint pubs for lazy lunches. It’s very close to areas such as Pooley Bridge that has nice cafés and a steamer trip that goes on the lake to Glenridding.

There is plenty to do in Ullswater such as pony trekking around the outskirts of the lake and rock climbing activities too. Most popular activities to do there include boat trips, canoeing and kayaking and there are many companies that hire out equipment on an hourly rate or alternatively where you can book an instructor and learn a new skill.

The quality of the places to eat around Ullswater really is top notch and you can find a selection of good restaurants usually within walking distance of where you stay.

Places such as ‘Inn on the lake’ have great reviews for food and also offer rooms as well so could be well worth a look.

A weekend break to the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds, situated in south central England and contains the Cotswolds hills. It is one of the most beautiful places you can visit in England and Wales and people flock to it from all over the world. The Cotswolds really is a perfect location for any holiday regardless of what time of the year it is. In the summer you can enjoy the long walks, beautiful greenery and wildlife as well as the quaint little villages within it – but in winter the Cotswolds is transformed into a winter wonderland and if you are lucky enough to be able to go when it snows, you will see how close it comes to the perfect images you see on a Christmas car.

If you are looking for a relaxing romantic weekend away or a family break where you can enjoy the natural surroundings within an idyllic cottage, then the Cotswolds is a fantastic choice.