UK Holidays

Making the Most of Time Off Work

John Coldicutt | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John Coldicutt

As Stanley Kubrick's classic The Shining tells us "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" and this still rings true today; employees that spend too much time at work will find their social lives suffer.

Being Disabled Won't Stop Me Having Fun in a Wetsuit

Simon Stevens | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

This will be my third time and I am really looking forward to it. Not just the week, but the travel experience since I am simply 2 trains away from Brussels, traveling on the Eurostar. It is a little known fact that wheelchair users always travel first class on the Eurostar, which is always a nice start and finish to my week.

Why São Paulo Is Worth the Stop

Abby Morgan | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Abby Morgan

When we asked people to give us advice about going to Brazil, everyone always mentioned Rio de Janeiro. Rio this, Rio that, just go to Rio. But no one really said much about São Paulo. It seemed like people didn't really go there much. As our cab weaved through traffic in São Paulo's city center, our virgin eyeballs take in the first impressions of this rarely recommended city.

Family Friendly Greek Retreats: Daios Cove, Crete

The Spa Spy | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Sure enough, as I step foot inside Daios Cove the wow factor hits. Nestled in a tranquil private sandy bay, a short ride from the bustling town of Agios Nikolaos, a wall of floor to ceiling windows creates a stunning elevated panoramic of the crystal clear turquoise waters and rugged cliffs that don the bay.

Five British Castles You Can Stay In

Good Hotel Guide | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Good Hotel Guide

Sometimes a trip away needs to have that extra magical touch to make you feel like a prince or princess in a fairytale. So why not stay in a castle? ...

9 Rules For Having A Great Summer Holiday

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Comedy

Off on your summer hols? Follow these nine rules make sure you have a great one... (Video for HuffPost UK Comedy by Amanda Wilkie and Handface) ...

The Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold - Review

Beth Brookfield | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Brookfield

With a long main street lined with shops, restaurants, pubs and boutiques, we were excited to arrive in Stow-on-the-Wold and were looking forward to a wander around before the rain arrived and dampened our plans. Fortunately we were checking into England's Oldest Inn, The Porch House, for the night and despite being early, they had our room ready for us to check in to.

If God Doesn't Destroy Magaluf He Owes Sodom and Gomorrah an Apology!

Rob Blakeman | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Blakeman

Why do people choose to do the things they do as a collective? There must be a reason. Why is morality a lost priority amongst the masses these days? Perhaps the bigger question is why our institutions and religions are crumbling?

Five Things I Haven't Learnt at All About Holidaying With Kids

Andrea Mara | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

Every year, bright-eyed and innocent, I look forward to going on holidays with my kids. And every year, I am taken by surprise to find that the holiday isn't quite the restful experience I expected. Here's what I have, in theory, learned this year - but will forget all over again by next year.

Sail Away With Me...

Jamie Oliver's Food Tube | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Oliver's Food Tube

It's hot outside AND in the kitchen, as Food Tube turn up the heat and take you to paradise with this week's lip-smacking, tummy-teasing, joy-bubbling recipes.

How to Survive the Summer Holidays: 10 Simple Steps

Jeff Brazier | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

Now how on earth am I going to juggle my work, the mountain of life coaching coursework AND entertain the children for the next six weeks?! As I pondered the enormity of the situation it struck me that I knew exactly how to cope.

How to Handle a Holiday - Before, During and After

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Start to slow down a week before and tie up as many loose ends as you can. Make a note not to start major new projects even a fortnight ahead, because complications cause delay, and you can't afford to be late. Either with your client, or for your flight.

Are Healthy Holidays the UK's New Fitness Trend?

Hilary Wardle | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Wardle

We've all been there: you diet for months before a trip so that you don't scare any locals at the beach, then spend your longed for holiday drinking cream-based cocktails, eating kebabs and lying down.

The Mate Escape

William Higham | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

From festivals to social media, we're spending more time with our friends. A growing number of us enjoy a close group of mates that we consider to be a surrogate family: a friendship-family or 'Framily'. In some cases, this is taking over from where the traditional family unit may have left off: either in distance, as people move away from home, or emotionally.

Meet the Mindful Traveller

Andy Puddicombe | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Puddicombe

Travel is such a rich area for mindfulness. It's driven partly by curiosity, an interest in what's out there, and partly the essential need to take time out from routine. In a sense it's a bit like the practice of meditation... Here are a few tips we've put together to help you be a more mindful traveller.

Extreme and Dangerous

Caragh Little | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

You'd think a book would be the least dangerous thing you could send to your friend who's just begun their summer holiday. Nothing could be much safer, it might seem, than relaxing on a deckchair, in a peaceful garden or hotel poolside terrace, with a book and a cool drink. But this is Northern Ireland, and when we send parcels, we have to risk assess.

Butlins to Berlin: A Glimpse at the Future of Affordable Family Entertainment and Travel‏

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tetteh

Butlins in Bognor Regis I have to say kept us on our toes and our little man was skipping his naps to get in as much as possible of the entertainment. With family budgets not being what they were, less people are going abroad and are now enjoying a holiday in the UK.

Easy Rye, Spelt and White Blend Loaf

Holly Bell | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

We're back from our summer hols. We went to Suffolk. Southwold to be precise. We always holiday in Suffolk; it's my attempt at creating childhood memories the boys can bore their own kids with. I regularly irritate them with rose tinted tales of crabbing in Cornwall. It's only right I allow them the same pleasurable adult pastime.

Five Ways to Have a Productive Summer: Start a Side Project

Andrew Phillips | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Phillips

We all know that feeling of elation and excitement in the days, weeks or even months leading up to a well earnt and long overdue holiday. But when it comes to it, do you ever find yourself wondering if perhaps you should try to be more productive with what precious time you have to yourself?

A Guide to Porto and the Douro Valley

Zahra Razavi | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

Porto's historic city centre has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and for good reason. Undoubtedly, one of the best things you can get up to during a stay in Porto is simply to wander and wonder; to engage in the well-established art of flânerie - to walk around idly and aimlessly. Here are some things to look out for on your strolls around the city.

Glasgow 2014: A Summer Escape for Disadvantaged Youngsters

Jane Ashworth | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Sport
Jane Ashworth

Over two million British children live in families who can't afford a trip to the seaside... we like to run day trips and camps to classy events and venues that disadvantaged teenagers are otherwise very unlikely to get near. The latest of these is the residential camp we've set up in Glasgow across the Commonwealth Games.

Summertime Sadness For UK parents

Ellen Broomé | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellen Broomé

The summer holidays are meant to be idyllic days spent with family having ice cream on sunny beaches. Unfortunately, for many parents the long summer holidays are a source of worry and stress. As schools break up, this is the last week that many parents will know what to do for childcare.

48 Hours in Dubrovnik

Victoria Ferran | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ferran

Renowned for its enchanting architecture, translucent azure waters and dazzling sunshine, it's little wonder that Dubrovnik has been a top Mediterranean tourist destination for several centuries.

Europe's Best National Days and Celebrations

Adam Bown | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Bown

Tooday is Bastille Day, France's national day commemorating the famous storming of the Bastille prison and the start of the French Revolution. Throughout France, le Quatorze Juillet is celebrated with parades, fireworks and parties.

Kicking Back on the Island of St Kitts

Zahra Razavi | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

Experience the thrill of zip-lining through gorgeous, untouched rainforest terrain on the hidden away Wingfield Estate. Lush vegetation, beautiful flowers, mango trees and mischievous moneys await in this lively, tropical paradise.