UK Holidays

Expensive Costs and Shortages Revealed by Latest Holiday Childcare Survey

Gordon Cameron | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
Gordon Cameron

As the schools break up, children all over the country will be celebrating the start of a long summer holiday. For most of their parents however, work and other commitments carry on as normal, except now they have the additional task of finding childcare for the next six weeks.

Best value travel destinations after Brexit

Cathy Winston | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cathy Winston

A month after the referendum, the UK is still reeling from the result - quite apart from the political upheavals of the past few weeks, the value of the pound has plummeted against the Euro and dollar among other currencies. But if you don't want your holiday to cost significantly more than it would have done in June, here are six of the best value travel destinations to visit after Brexit

Summer Learning Loss: Should Parents Really Be Worried?

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Parents

What Is Summer Learning Loss? Summer learning loss, or the “summer slide” (as it is referred to in the USA) is defined as children’s loss of kno...

Catch 'Em All?

Caragh Little | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Caragh Little

Last September, rather a mischievous student at my school attempted to bemuse, outwit or irritate his teachers by making it sound as though he was exc...

Take the Fear Out of Flying

Victoria Ward | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ward

For many of us, the arrival of summer means excitedly counting the days until we down tools and set up the out-of-office before we head off to warmer shores for a fortnight in the sun. For those with a flying phobia, however, that dream holiday can become a nightmare plagued with anxiety and fear.

The Changing Face of Childhood as We Know It

Ran Berger | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Parents
Ran Berger

Summer holidays. Two words which can evoke a variety of emotions. For teachers, a giddy sense of relief. For parents, the all too common clutch of dread mixed with guilt. For kids, pure thrill - hazy days stretch out before them, 6 weeks feeling like an eternity.

Five Ways Brexit Is Going to Change Our Lives

Sasha G Brown | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Sasha G Brown

"The British vote has cut off one of our wings, as it were, but we're still flying." Juncker The Great Britain has decided to leave EU, choosing exiting over remaining. While latest polls show that a number of voters would like to change their vote if given a second chance, what's done is done.

Mysterious Ways

Caragh Little | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

So as the end-of-term rain hammers down outside, as the postman thinks up new and more outrageous insults as the Summer holidays go on, as the political leaders rip one another apart and as people try to figure out whether Article 50 will actually work in reality... weeks without bells and a timetable loom. Now what?

Seeking Spirituality: Visual Trends in Travel Imagery

Andrew Saunders | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Saunders

It's that time of year when friends and family go on holiday and social media is flooded with smart phone imagery of travel and adventures. This barrage of holiday snaps is not just limited to those from our loved ones, we're also seeing a whole range of imagery from brands and publications around particular travel themes. As travel imagery has its peak moment, our Creative Research team are exploring the visual trends happening in this space so far this summer.

10 Holidays Combining Fun And Fitness

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

What could be better than a get-away-from-it-all holiday that also helps you firm up and get fit? Add in having a laugh with new people, trying someth...

Keeping Your Child Safe Around Water This Summer

Gaby Lixton | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Parents
Gaby Lixton

Learning to swim as young as possible is just one of the elements of building confidence around water, but even long before a child can swim independently on the surface of the water there are things that they can learn to do which will greatly reduce the risk of drowning.

Dad Pays Term-Time Holiday Fine In Pennies

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Parents

A dad who was hit with a fine for taking his son on holiday during term-time decided to protest it in a unique way. Brent Catterson, from Telford, mad...

Here's Why Ibiza Should Be Your Next Relaxing Destination

Jo Carrigan | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Carrigan

While there's certainly nothing wrong with dancing 'til dawn or strutting your stuff in the sunshine at one of Ibiza's famous day clubs, it's safe to say that the hedonistic side of the "white isle" isn't for everyone. If partying's not your style, luckily the prettiest of the Balaeric islands has so much more to offer.

Five Stunning Wild Beaches In Majorca

Elena Manighetti | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Elena Manighetti

I recently came back from an amazing holiday spent in wild Majorca. Yes, I said wild. Although the island is a popular tourist destination, there are plenty of hidden wild spots to explore, if you fancy getting away from the crowds.

A Toddler's Category Five Meltdown On Board a Plane...Before Takeoff...After Peppa Pig

Andrew Robinson | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

We woke her. She appeared to be in a state of shock -- didn't have a clue what was happening, "Am I dreaming"? "Is it dinner time", were probable thoughts ringing around her head. No. It's taxi time.

How to Stop Your Mobile Phone Addiction Costing You Cash on Holiday

Sarah Willingham | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Tech
Sarah Willingham

Mobile phone addiction is a very real thing! According to a report out last year, the average Brit checks his or her mobile phone a massive 50 times a day! Now I am not judging as I can be as guilty as the next person, but when I am on holiday I try to tone it down.

7 Reasons To Take A Staycation With The Kids This Year!

Scott Taylor | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Parents
Scott Taylor

Fancy an exhilarating holiday but Santorini is just a tad out of your budget? Tenerife not really to your taste, but you still crave fun and adventure? If so, then 2016 may be the perfect time for you to take a lauded staycation. No doubt, as every beach craving Brit would, you still have your concerns over what the UK can offer so I've picked out my top 7 reasons why you should take a UK staycation with the kids in 2016.

17 Signs You Are a British Family Abroad

Emma Conway | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Conway

Most of the plane journey involves you discussing the weather, worrying about if your suitcases will be lost, how warm it is going to be when you get off the plane and if anyone ears have popped yet.

All The Story of The Night Told Over...

Caragh Little | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Caragh Little

This was a special production, too, in that the parts of Shakespeare's 'Mechanicals', the working men of Athens who stage the play-within-a-play at Theseus and Hippolyta's wedding feast, were played by actors from local amateur dramatic groups in each region visited by the tour, and the parts of fairy attendants being played by local schoolchildren.

Novels To Inspire Your Next Holiday Adventure

By Mary Common | Jackie Gallego | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

From snow-covered Moscow in Snowdrops by AD Miller to the laid-back rhythm of Botswana in Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency s...

The Best Breaks To Truly Recharge Your Batteries

By Roshina Jowaheer | Jackie Gallego | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

We've rounded up some of the best creative, detox and wellness holidays to help put a spring in your step. Whether for a pre-summer detox or to pick u...

8 Great City Stopover Ideas

By Roshina Jowaheer | Jackie Gallego | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A stopover during a long-haul trip offers time to stretch your legs but also an excellent opportunity to explore an exciting new destination without t...

The Last Resort

Caragh Little | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

It's a strange thing, living in a holiday resort: particularly strange, maybe, when you haven't always lived there and it used to be somewhere you went for a daytrip on a Summer day.

La Dolce Vita

Catherine Davies | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Davies

I worked really hard at that law firm, along with everybody else, and just scheduling in normal holidays could be challenging enough. Just before I got married and started a family, I left my law firm and moved into the public sector. While working life there was slower and gentler, long periods working from home in Italy definitely weren't on the cards.

Downtime in Cyprus

Jake Dennis | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Sport
Jake Dennis

With the world of racing being so physically and mentally demanding, it's nice to get away from it all - especially before the buzz of Le Mans kicks in. But with just under four weeks until the race, it's still crucial that I keep in shape for when I get back.