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  • 14.12.2011
  • 15:33
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Haulfryn Finlake has been named Holiday Park of the Year in the Devon Tourism Awards.

The prestigious park, occupying over 130 acres of open countryside near Newton Abbot, is ideally placed for visits to Teignmouth and Dawlish on Devon's south coast and is now on the shortlist for the South West Tourism Awards as a result of the win.

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  • 09.12.2011
  • 14:37
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Nick Harding takes a rewarding tour of four lovely Suffolk towns in just four days.

There are more pigs than people in Suffolk. That’s something the locals seem quite proud of. There are no motorways, either. Nor cities. And, while some of its coastline has become almost trendy, if you stick to touring inland you’ll uncover plenty of rural delights. So I set myself the challenge of visiting four sites in as many days.

Suffolk

Kicking off with a stop near Wickham Market, where I’d booked in for its annual Alien Encounter weekend. And yes, I did see aliens, as most of those staying there for this rather special event dressed up in costumes for Saturday night. Find out more about this supernatural event and the spaceship landings in Rendlesham Forest here .

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  • 09.12.2011
  • 13:57
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Stacie Pardoe and Mark Bigault enjoy an exhilarating exploration by bike.

It’s surprising what you discover when you go against the grain. Take the Cotswolds, for example. For most people, this region is all about picturesque hamlets, thatched cottages and warm, honeyed stonework.

Cotswolds

When Stacie and I visited we were happy to see all of this in spades but went in search of something a little different.

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  • 06.12.2011
  • 17:25
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Terry & Maureen Acreman find a beautiful area full of history, culture and charm.

Warwickshire is a beautiful county and an example of real Olde England so we set out to explore the area, taking in Warwick, Coventry and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Lord Leycester Hospital

Our first point of call was Coventry which has been a world centre for many things over the years. Almost 90 motorcycle and over 130 car manufacturers set up base here, all eager to make use of the empty workshops and the skilled labour force available after the demise of the city’s watch and ribbon industries. Firms such as Rover, Daimler, Triumph and Standard all became synonymous with the city. Sadly, most have since left.

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  • 06.12.2011
  • 16:58
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Sarah Wakely explores Nottinghamshire in search of hidden gems in this ‘Robin Hood’ county

Okay, so Sherwood Forest is not exactly a ‘hidden’ gem. Tales of Robin Hood and his green-clad posse have abounded for centuries, most of them focused on that expanse of woodland in Nottinghamshire. But what about the rest of the county? I hadn’t spent much time there in the past, so I took a few days away to discover what else the area had to offer.

Newstead Abbey - once the home of Lord Byron

My short break began at Clumber Park (National Trust), south-east of Worksop, set in 3800 acres of beautiful heath and woodland. It was a sunny morning when I arrived so I strapped on my walking boots and set out to explore.

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  • 17.11.2011
  • 17:36
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Blackpool is a pleasure from dusk until dawn, say Matt Clark, Stacie Pardoe and little Liam.

Well known as a traditionally British seaside resort, Blackpool offers tack and tastelessness in equal measures. But don’t knock it. The town attracts more visitors than any other place in Britain outside London.

Getting some practice before making a visit to Sandcastle World

Crowds flock here because it offers old-fashioned entertainment, such as the tower and piers, along with 21st century white-knuckle rides that will thrill even the most jaded funfair goer.

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  • 17.11.2011
  • 17:12
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Enjoy the rich diversity of experiences to be had in the south of the Lakes. Andrew Freeman reveal what to do.

Contrary to popular opinion about the area, Lake District is not only all about hill walking - it has quite a few brilliant family attractions that you and your kids will enjoy.

Advture Brockhole, England

It’s all too easy to see the Lake District as little more than a honey-pot destination for hardened hill walkers willing to brave wind and rain to follow in guide-writer Alfred Wainwright’s well trodden footsteps. But the region has long since realised that those walkers might not only have a caravan in tow, they are also likely to have a couple of kids in tow. And those kids need rather more than a spectacular view to keep them entertained, especially on those days when the weather is doing its best to expand the lakes. Consequently, there is now a multitude of family-orientated attractions around the south Lakeland area to cater for younger visitors, and many of them are ‘all-weather attractions’.

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  • 17.11.2011
  • 15:19
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Enjoy the rich diversity of experiences to be had in the south of the Lakes. Our experts reveal what to do

At first glance, you may think that the South Lakes lacks the drama of the northern portion of the Lake District. We urge you to look again.

The Dock Museum, England

The area around Coniston and Windermere is a fabulous combination of gentle slopes and lake shores against a backdrop of the Langdale and Scafell pikes. There’s something for people of all ages, making it just right for family holidays.

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  • 17.11.2011
  • 15:14
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Enjoy the rich diversity of experiences to be had in the south of the Lakes. Jennifer Stuart-Smith reveal what to do.

Strangely, considering its name, most people associate the Lake District with walking and mountaineering. But what about the lakes themselves? The South Lake District is dominated by Windermere while, nearby, Coniston Water nestles at the foot of the Langdale and Scafell Pikes.

South Lakes, England

Among the lesser known lakes is Esthwaite Water. Surrounded by gently sloping meadows and the occasional farmhouse, this is a favourite with anglers thanks to its stock of organic trout. So what better way, we thought, to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Lakes than to try a spot of fishing?

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  • 02.11.2011
  • 10:05
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Mark Bigault headed to Ullswater in the Lakes without a plan, and thoroughly enjoyed himself.

Mark Bigault headed to Ullswater in the Lakes without a plan, and thoroughly enjoyed himself.

Ullswater, England

My father loves his proverbs and while planning my latest trip away, to Ullswater in the northern Lake District, one of his favourites sprang to mind: “The devil is in the detail.” Thinking about this, I realised that I’ve never just upped and gone. I’ve never been spontaneous and just left, to see what awaits me. I always plan. But little details can, as dad says, hold you back later on.

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