South Devon

A little piece of south Devon is leading the fight back against the modern day scourge of computer games, phones and Netflix. Self-catering destination Beyond Escapes is harking back to a simpler time when the biggest thrill a child could have was building a den in the great outdoors. Den-making kits, including ropes, groundsheet, camouflage…

Alton Towers, Staffordshire

It’s always a bit of a balancing act for parents of young children in early autumn. You want them to join in the Halloween fun but you don’t want them so scared that they climb into your bed complaining of nightmares. Scarefest at Staffordshire theme park Alton Towers has always been the go-to attraction for…

Pembrokeshire, Wales

Moving the mosquito net to one side, we rolled out of the four-poster bed in our safari tent, excited about the animal adventures that lay ahead. Later, just a ten-minute drive away, we got up close to some of the area’s magnificent wildlife – giraffes, lions, rhinos, zebras and those lovable meerkats. But rather than…

Ilfracombe, Devon

It’s a view that could inspire the artist Damien Hirst and put a spring in the step of triple jumper Jonathan Edwards. But more of those two later… We were staying on the fourth floor of Granville Point, an imposing, castellated former Victorian hotel in the centre of Ilfracombe. The views from our apartment, called…

16 amazing places to wake up

Here are 16 places with the wow factor when you draw back the curtains or open the front door… WHERE: Platform Three,  Malvern Link Railway Station, Worcestershire WHY: It’s a brilliant renovation of the former station master’s home. Click here for review WHERE: The Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, Dubai WHY: Luxury, secluded, Bedouin-style ‘tents’ in…

Filey, Yorkshire

Do you remember the awful weather that swept the country at Easter time? Well, we were among those poor unfortunates who had booked a family ‘staycation’ during the school holidays. But as I drove past snow-covered fields and through flooded roads there was no fear that the weather would stop us having an action-packed break.…

Bodmin, Cornwall

”Look, Daddy,” said my three-year-old son during our visit to Bodmin Jail, ”that man is ironing that lady’s hair.” He was starring at life-size models recreating the moment a certain James Holman killed his wife by striking her a blow with a smoothing iron. Holman was hanged for the crime at the jail in 1854. ”He’s straightening…