Uber-modern and looking like they've landed in from the future, Geodomes are one of the newer forms of camping that are becoming very popular. With more and more people wanting to explore the Great Outdoors, and not everyone fully embracing the good old fashioned tent for the night, glamping is now often on everyones wish list for an exciting and original holiday. Geodomes are magnificent. They offer a huge amount of luxury, comfort and warmth. Otherworldly looking, but blending beautifully into whatever backdrop they fill - whether it be lakeside, beachside or mountainside - the design means they often have stunning panoramic views - great for stargazing or watching the sun rise. Choose a Geodome for your next holiday in one of these fantastic locations.
Bell Tents, with their recognisable shape featuring one pole in the middle and billowing canvas making up a mini circus tent style affair, are one of the prettiest and most recognisable tent styles around. They are increasingly popular now among campers who want a stylish yet resilient abode for their camping trip, and the large size means you can get a whole family in without anyone squashing or crouching. Many campsites now offer Bell Tents as a glamping option which are set up for you, meaning a whole lot less hassle and a whole more time to get your bunting and fairy lights attached. These pre-erected tents can range from empty - you bring all your own garb, blow up mattress and all - to fully furnished, often including wood-burner, a gloriously comfy bed and sofas. It's up to you how 'back to basics' you want to go, and this is the joy of the Bell Tent. You are certainly still camping....but for those who like a few home comforts, then there are some incredible tents to choose from with comforts that aren't too far off those of a luxury hotel. All hail the Great Outdoors!
Enjoy a wonderful holiday at one of the many guest houses offering bed and breakfast accommodation for holiday makers all over the UK. From the Scottish Highlands to the beaches of Cornwall, there are so many wonderful hosts in wonderful houses - ranging from lavish to quirky! - who want to throw open their doors and provide a fantastic bed and breakfast experience for their guests. For a stress free break in someone else's lovely home, explore the places offering Bed and Breakfast accommodation in a place you would like to discover.
A stay in a Yurt provides a seriously unique holiday experience like no other. These beautiful round timber framed houses are cool in the summer and cosy in the winter, meaning you can have an outdoor adventure at anytime of the year. Yurts are a really popular choice of accommodation because they provide much more space and warmth than regular camping, but are still very much a back to nature experience. Originally used as nomadic houses in 12th century Mongolia, yurts in recent years have had a huge revival, and more and more people are choosing them over hotels and self catering cottages. They are hugely fun, incredibly peaceful to sleep in and blend seamlessly into whatever surroundings they are in - whether it is the wilds of Dartmoor or the sandy beaches of Norfolk. Choose from the huge selection of yurts available in the UK and make sure your holiday this year is one with a difference!
These days, you don't have to be bedding down on the Kenyan Plains to spend the night in a luxury Safari tent. These wonderfully spacious and cosy glamping tents are now becoming very popular in the UK, so when you are thinking about booking a holiday with a bit of a difference - have a look at one of these. Often sleeping 6 people or more, Safari Tents have proper double beds, wood-burners, indoor and outdoor seating areas and kitchens. And they are fun! They have bags of room, so are a brilliant option for large families who all want to be under one (canvas) roof, and they give a regular holiday a bit of extra adventure. Safari tents are often located in rural campsites with wonderful far reaching views and tranquil surroundings, so you can be back to nature and under the stars.....without the hassle of tent pegs and head torches!
Glamping is a marvellous invention. It is for those of us who want all the benefits of a wonderful outdoor experience, but don't want the palava of dragging a tent across a field, playing cats cradle with ropes and poles and bringing their own saucepans from home. Glamping is genius: you are camping, but everything is already set up - and you get some insulation from the chilly weather. Glamping pods are great; you are still very much living outdoors, but in the evening you have a warm place to lay your head without the flapping canvas. Most pods are small, cosy and wooden, and often domed - like the top half of an old fashioned gypsy wagon, without the wheels. They're awesome, functional and well equipped, and depending on high end you go, you might end up with a hot tub, a king sized bed and allsorts. Choose the right one to suit your holiday and enjoy a luxury version of camping!
Treehouses being built these days - in this incredible era of glamping 2.0 - are no ordinary treehouses. Cedar clad walls, outdoor copper baths, floor to ceiling windows, wood-burners, stargazing decks in the treetops and indoor slides transporting you to hidden dens. In fact, they are so beautiful that even lovers of luxury hotels and fancy holiday homes are becoming converts to camping and glamping. It is the holiday no one dreamed was possible. You are living indoors but outdoors, surrounded by nature and wildlife; your foundations are roots and your walls are branches. Wake up enveloped by nature and start exploring the different tree houses popping up all over the UK.
If you want to treat yourself to a luxurious break, choose to stay at one of the many boutique hotels in the UK. Boutique hotels aim to be one of a kind, so whether it is a small hotel with a few rooms, or part of a larger luxury hotel brand, you can be sure of an upscale, individual and very fashionable bed for the night. For a one night treat or a longer holiday, you can find the right boutique hotel for you in all locations across the country.
Whatever the season, a cabin stay is the perfect way to get away from it all; no one else clunking around in the next hotel room, just a peaceful, relaxing break - often tucked away on their own and miles from the stresses of everyday life. Booking a cabin is the perfect way to recharge your batteries and reconnect with nature - whether you stay in the woods, by a beach or on the side of a lake - there are so many gorgeous cabins to choose from all over the UK. They can be rustic or luxurious, but all of these charming properties are a real change from staying in a regular house or hotel and offer a truly unique experience.
Choose from one of the many beautiful cottages available for your next holiday or weekend break. Instead of staying in a hotel, why not enjoy a cottage with all the comfort and space you need for a relaxing holiday - it means that you have lots of room for all the family under one roof.
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A leisure cycle is a great way to get the whole family out and exercising! It allows you to travel further whilst still getting to experience the local area. Why not take your family along the Camel Trail in Cornwall? Or Maybe go and hunt a Gruffolo in Delamere Forest, Cheshire, the possibilities are endless!
Stretch, relax and find your centre. Try out the ancient art of yoga
These days you need to really hunt for a Lido. They are out there but you need to know where to look. And when you find one they really are worth it. From Devon to Aberdeen to Yorkshire you can find magnificent outdoor swimming pools across the UK, and they combine exercise, mental wellbeing and the wonders of fresh air. Don't believe me? Give it a try. The feeling of outdoor swimming really does wonders for the soul. Plus some of them have really amazing views too.
Printmaking sounds more mystical than it is. In fact I had to google it before I realised that actually, it is something I've (sort of ) done with my kids a few times before, in novice format. A class or course would be much more fun here, with someone who has all the right printing bits and pieces and you can leer at other peoples work. Most importantly, the mess is in someone else's place.
Aside from roving funfairs which can pop up in towns and cities for a week before travelling on and are a great bonus if you find one, the UK has many, many fantastic Theme Parks that are open all year round and provide a great day out for everyone in the family. Even the faint-hearted members who don't want to scream themselves hoarse on Oblivion or the like can take a gentle boat trip or something serene around quite often attractive grounds.
We all know that running is good for us. In fact it's great for us. It makes you feel good, live longer, keeps you fitter, healthier and happier. You can also eat more ice cream on holiday because you burn off the calories. How can it get any better?
There are a huge number of zoos, wildlife and safari parks all over the UK and most are well worth a visit and provide a really exciting and unique day out. The broad difference between them is that Zoos tend to keep animals with their own species in smaller enclosures for a real up-close encounter, whereas a visit to a Safari Park usually involves driving around much larger enclosures to see groups of animals - maybe rhino, giraffe and gazelle all in one setting. Some are self-drive (for a monkey snapping off your wing mirror type affair) or in others you are guided round in a truck, spotting lions and elephants from afar - similar to an African safari, just without the plus-size sunset, hot weather and flamboyant tribespeople (although lets not get too picky about this; most UK safari parks are just a couple of hours from home and do not involve remortgaging the house to go).
If you decide to take a holiday in the UK to an area you don't know (or maybe you do but want to know more), an excellent way of seeing around and actually getting to see the "best bits" is by taking a tour with a local guide or someone in the know.
Art and crafting are wonderful pastimes and something the whole family can be involved in, whatever age and whatever skill! Both children and adults can enjoy the wide range of things this relaxing (mostly!) hobby offers, from finger painting and clay modelling to sewing, woodcarving or basket making.
Camping in the winter is not quite as strange as it sounds. In fact, once you've been camping in the chillier months, you might realise that there is nothing more brilliant to get you into the festive spirit than sleeping in the great outdoors. And I'll tell you why all you naysayers. Glamping in the UK has recently levelled up to completely epic proportions, and there are now winter glamping sites so wonderful and so magical you'll wonder why you didn't do it years ago. I'm not talking frozen tent poles and arctic grade sleeping bags here. I'm talking wooden huts deep in the forest with handmade kingsized beds, wood-burners and outdoor saunas. I'm talking geodomes with underfloor heating, star gazing windows and copper roll top baths. I'm talking treehouses with wood fired hot tubs, log fires and a private balconies with views out across the frosty wilderness. Can this Narnia exist in the UK? Well yes it can actually, turkish delight, hot chocolate and all if you want to go the whole hog. When you've woken up completely immersed in nature, cooked breakfast on an open fire, walked through crisp woodland and then returned to your hideaway to stargaze from a hot tub, life might not ever be quite the same again. Make this festive season one to remember and book a winter camping break you will never forget.
London is a great place for family days out, it's packed with various fun activities for children and adults too. I always get the urge to jump at every opportunity for an outing in London, whether I'm with kids or not - I know it'll most certainty be a blast. Fortunately, I've tried and tested most of these landmarks and even racked up a few praises for my recommendations. You can expect to see a man dressed up with a chainsaw, indulge and shop in a well-known and thriving market place, get mucky with animals all while exploring London's hidden gems packaged up within a commutable distance. These hotspots will be so good the kids will be begging you to go back – or you'll even end up begging them.
It’s quite easy to fall into a routine and forget about taking time to improve our quality of life; even in the smallest ways. There are an abundant amount of ways in which camping can help, not only with our mind and body but also environmentally. The type of camping isn’t too important either—as long as you’re outdoors and at one with nature, the benefits will be impossible to ignore.
Llama walking is the new activity that is getting more and more popular these days, so what better place to find out what all the fuss is about and give it a go than in the absolutely glorious countryside of Cornwall. While we were camping at Porthtowan on the north Cornish coast, I found an intriguing looking place nearby called Llama Land, offering a llama walk, a good lunch and a morning on the farm. So I shot off with my two daughters to find out more.
Animals are not only cute and soft to touch (well, at least some of them), but can also help in raising the levels of oxytocin or the so-called happy hormone in our bodies. Interacting with animals can be particularly beneficial for children in developing certain skills such as empathy, responsibility and sociability. It can similarly help grown-ups, of course, but you may not need much help from animals at this point. :) Whatever your age, you will surely come back home happier after meeting with any of the animals in the places we are listing here.
There is nothing quite like a road trip to really explore a country and get to know it like a native. Wonderful Wales, the stunning and mighty country of myth and folklore, coastal paths and snow-capped peaks, stunning castles and world-class National Parks, pristine sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, is a road-trippers dream. Plus it is home to Tom Jones, 10 million sheep and Uncle Bryn and Nessa, which in my mind, makes it a winner already. Wales takes life at a slow pace and has a laid back, old fashioned atmosphere; the people are some of the friendliest in the world, and whether you are in one of the cosmopolitan cities like Cardiff or Swansea or on a remote hill in the Brecon Beacons, you can be sure of a warm welcome. A road trip across this fascinating country will reward you with an extraordinary array of sightseeing opportunities, including an abundance of wildlife - puffins, seals, dolphins - a glorious network of heritage steam railways, jaw-dropping scenery, hundreds (and I mean this literally) of medieval castles and fortifications, rugged mountains, vast lakes and a neverending coastal road with secluded bays and turquoise waters around every corner. It is a well-visited country, but a lot of Wales is totally unspoiled and often very quiet, so you can find empty beaches and little-known hiking routes should you wish for a peaceful escape. Wales is brimming with B&Bs and hotels, but for off-the-beaten-track living and some of the best views on offer, staying at a Welsh campsite can make your road trip truly epic. Imagine sitting back with views across Mount Snowdon and a campfire burning or watching the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean with dolphins playing in the waves. Wales is a land of adventure, beauty and culture and it is just waiting to be discovered.
Home may be where the heart is, but most of us still need a physical place to live a convenient and practical life. Or at least we think we do. However, some people have an outside the box approach to the concept of home (literally and metaphorically), which allows them to find creative, more fulfilling ways to live their lives. These 'alternative lifestyles' can give a person so much freedom and endless opportunities to travel, plus a chance to create a special bond with nature. From van dwelling to canal boats, there are several 'unconventional' housing options, and they can be as permanent or temporary as you would like them to be.
There are many reasons why campers are happy people, and this has been
Deciding to go on holiday in the UK is not only safer anymore, but also simply more likely to happen. Uncertainty about travel is still very much part of the daily news, so it just seems easier and more practical to book a staycation (have a read at this if you need convincing
Are you looking for sandy beaches, lush palm trees and colourful sites to visit this summer? No need to travel abroad. The UK has many places where you can pick up an international vibe. Plan a visit to some of the locations listed here, and you'll feel well-travelled without leaving the country's borders. These places in the UK are both fantastic and have their look-alikes somewhere else in the world.
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