Book and review 6,215 holiday parks and campsites in 19 European countries blog

  1. Back of the net! The guide to watching the World Cup

    June 6, 2014
    by | guides | offbeat | sports and outdoors

    Brasil 2014! Pic © FIFA.
    Words could not possibly express how excited we are about the start of the 2014 World Cup next week. Well, a few possibly could: they are ‘squeee’, ‘beer’ and ‘phone in sick’.

    Even better than the World Cup itself – if such a thing were so – is watching the World Cup ...

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  2. Off-grid versus tech-packed - what is 'proper' camping?

    May 23, 2014
    by | about camping

    'Don't make me leave my baby behind...'
    One of the surest (and funnest) ways to provoke debate/start a fight in camping circles is what designates ‘proper camping’. A tent in a forest in the middle of nowhere with nothing but a sleeping bag, matches and a torch – or a lodge (possibly also in a forest) with ...

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  3. Horses for courses: the best of this year's horse shows

    May 16, 2014
    by | family | festivals and events | sports and outdoors's Gillian on Felix No long faces here, neigh – has gone all horsey. We’ve been glued to the Badminton Horse Trials in Gloucestershire and the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Her Maj’s gaff last week and this – and are very proud indeed to announce we are sponsoring a class at ...

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  4. Celebrity bust-ups? sorts it

    May 9, 2014
    by | offbeat

    Celebrity Valentine
    Prince Harry is single again! (Don’t all stampede forth at once, ladies.)

    The ginger one has parted ways from girlfriend of two years Cressida Bonas

    , with the announcement made the same day brother William celebrated his wedding anniversary Down Under by glamping with Kate.

    If Harry had followed William ...

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  5. Mickey Mouse-ing about - our top French theme parks

    May 3, 2014
    by | destinations | family | guides

    Le Mickey. © The Walt Disney Company, used in low-res for illustration purposes only.
    It’s not a Mickey Mouse statement to say that France has some of the best theme parks in the world. Goofing around Disneyland Paris, geeking out at the Roman circus shows of Puy du Fou in Vendée or launching rockets at La Cité de l'espace – we say oui ...

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  6. To the ferry! Le grand guide to travelling to France

    April 29, 2014
    by | destinations

    Condor Rapide in Poole Harbour. Pic by Peter Trimming. Who ici est having a holiday in France this year? Felicitations, what a très bien choice. With events of all flavours to get stuck into , France 2014 is, in travelspeak, the place to be.

    If you haven’t yet been camping, caravanning, motorhoming or glamping in France, our handy ...

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  7. A birthday bard! Shakespeare at 450

    April 23, 2014
    by | culture | festivals and events | guides

    William Shakespeare. Handsome devil.
    Gadzooks, William Shakespeare is 450 today! Well, obviously he’s not actually 450, unless he was Nicolas Flamel and had a hidden stash of elixir, but you know what we mean. It’s the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth on 23 April, and the country – and we – are celebrating ...

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

    April 11, 2014
    by | family | festivals and events | 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 children

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

    April 4, 2014
    by | culture | family | festivals and events | 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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  10. Summer holiday ideas – the pick

    March 27, 2014
    by | destinations | family | festivals and events | seasonal | sports and outdoors

    Hot dog
    There 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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