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  1. Bring out the kids - top children's events this summer

    April 11, 2014
    by | guides | seasonal

    Wakeboarding wonder. Pic by Riley Bathurst.My. We are certainly being down with/kind to the kids this month, what with last week’s blog on festivals for creative childer and now a slew of more ideas on things to do with kids this summer.


    Unfortunately it’s no longer the done thing to encourage your ...

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  2. For mini bookworms – best summer book festivals for creative kids

    April 4, 2014
    by | guides | seasonal

    Roald Dahl's Matilda has the right idea... Pic © Quentin Blake; used with permission. Now that the excitement of April Fool’s Day has calmed down somewhat (teehee), we thought we’d turn our attention to another landmark event of this week – say a huge huzzah for International Children's Book Day and another excuse to stockpile (kids’) books for the summer.


    If you ...

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  3. Summer holiday ideas – the Pitchup.com pick

    March 27, 2014
    by | guides | seasonal

    Hot dogThere are certain signs that tell us summer is on the doorstep. Looking for shorts on eBay – check. Prodding one’s podge and subsequently removing the pies from the fridge so one can fit into said shorts – check. And spending happy happy hours browsing through all the activities, events and ...

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  4. Seasonal savings – spring and summer deals from £3.60 a night

    March 20, 2014
    by | seasonal

    Leaping in at Le Méditerranée The sun, he came out this week and he had his hat on. We would normally say that very quietly in mid-March in case he goeth away again, but British Summer Time starts on 30 March, we get an extra hour of sunny evening light, and we are feeling a ...

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  5. You will you will you will - Ireland for St Patrick's Day and beyond

    March 13, 2014
    by | destinations | guides

    Careful nowTis St Patrick’s Day on Monday! Possibly, the date could be shifted each year so that it always falls on a Saturday, giving a full two evenings of celebrations and a day in which to recover/sort laundry before another week begins.


    Or, one could celebrate all things Irish ...

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  6. Pawsome places – our top ten Spots for dog days out

    March 6, 2014
    by | guides

    Ready for the roadTaking your dog out and about? You’d be barking mad not to. More and more businesses are seeing the sense of courting the hound pound and making their establishments dog-friendly – so it’s easier than ever to introduce your dog to some culture and a few decent pubs (for ...

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  7. The best of Wales! Readers' Choice

    February 27, 2014
    by | destinations

    Battery Square at PortmeirionHappy St David’s Day! We’re celebrating early for Wales’s birthday on Saturday, as the daffs are out, we’ve added several more Welsh sites and well, Thursday is practically the weekend.


    ‘Go Walesward’ is our cry for the week: we asked our Facebook fans for their recommendations ...

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  8. Commemorations and celebrations: our pick of events in France for 2014

    February 21, 2014
    by | destinations | guides

    World Music DayWe’ve already looked ahead to Paris in the springtime – et now, as we are les types ambitieux (and très helpful), we bring you France 2014.


    War commemorations, film festivals, family fests, cycling and a prune festival are among hundreds of events in France this year, leaving us as ...

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  9. Garden season! Our top UK gardens and garden shows

    February 13, 2014
    by | guides

    Mud Maid at Heligan. Pic © Lost Gardens of Heligan.Plant a smile on your visage – garden season is upon us! We’re very fond of the gardens of the land, mainly because visiting them is our thyme to lapse into fantasy, dream about winning the lottery and mutter under our breath that someday an estate this size could be ...

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  10. Vinegar Valentines and more - our anti-Valentine's Day roundup

    February 7, 2014
    by | seasonal

    Is it just us...?Whether you’re single, smugly coupled-up or in that twenty-first century state known as ‘it’s complicated’, if you’re already making dark mutterings  about Valentine’s Day, we at Pitchup.com salute you. (Not that we’ve ever been known to express cynicism about an event the entire country ...

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