Category Archives: South of England

Luxury Cottages and Apartments in South West England, Isle of Wight and Wales with Blue Chip Holidays 0844 704 4966. Save 15% in October

Blue Chip Holidays 0844 704 4966If you are looking for a fantastic luxury break in October then you should check out our selection of holiday accommodation in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset, the Isle of Wight and Wales.

In association with travel partners Blue Chip Holidays you can choose from traditional cottages to luxury town houses, or how about converted Victorian villas and modern apartments.  Characterised by luxury fittings, sea, river or countryside views, en-suite bathrooms and excellent locations, it will come as no surprise that most of this self catering accommodation is 4 star or 5 star.

If you are not sure where to head take a look at our luxury holiday selection for some great ideas and then you can check availability and book online.  If you are looking for something last-minute simply call for the latest availability and some great last-minute deals on 0844 704 4966.

What’s even better news is that Blue Chip are currently offering 15% off selected October holidays, call to find out more.

Hot Weather Predicted for Weekend across England

Much of England is poised to be sun-soaked this weekend according to the weather forecasts so why not book a last-minute weekend break or short break in a cottage, apartment or holiday flat to make the most of the last days of summer.

It can hardly come as a surprise that the minute the school holidays are over the weather takes a turn for the better, it’s the frustrating British weather we all know and love.  However, if you still have some holiday left or just want to take advantage of this exceptionally warm weekend then it is worth checking out our September holiday self catering cottages, many available at some excellent prices.

The best of the weather appears to be in the south-east of England and the Eastern side of the country particularly on Sunday.  But pretty much all of England will see plenty of Sunshine this weekend.

Sadly for Scotland and parts of Wales things don’t look quite so bright but the temperatures look good (and who can trust weather forecasts anyway?).

You are in for a great holiday in England this weekend whether you head to a country cottage or a coastal get-away.  If you are heading to the South West of England it is a great time to dig out the body boards and surf boards as there tends to be good waves at this time of year and, if not, there is plenty of time to lay on the golden sandy beach!

We are also pleased that the good weather will last over the last few days of the London 2012 Paralympic Games including the closing ceremony, so hopefully no need for the umbrellas!

If you aren’t able to get away this weekend the good news is that you should be able to enjoy a spot of sunshine in the garden.

Thorpe Park Breaks Sun Scream August 2012. Days Out in Surrey

 

This August 2012, get ready for a summer of jaw-dropping stunts, stomach-churning rides and festival vibes at the nation’s Thrill Capital!

Join THORPE PARK in Surrey between 17th and 26th August for extreme heat as Sun SCREAM returns this summer.

Brave Europe’s tallest winged rollercoaster THE SWARM, with its 127ft head-first inverted drop and terrifying near-misses as you rip through the apocalyptic annihilation, swooping beneath the wings of plane wreckage.

Prepare for the twisted horror-coaster SAW — The Ride, or take the ‘Unholy Trinity’ challenge: Stealth’s full-throttle launch from 0-80mph in under 2 seconds, the ten-looped Colossus and the inverted hell ride on Nemesis Inferno.

Thorpe Park is one of the South East of England’s top attractions and is perfect for a short break or a visit on your holiday. You can find some excellent self catering cottages and apartments close by to make the most of your stay in Surrey.

Find out more about Thorpe Park and where to stay

 

Worthing International Birdman Rally, Fun Day Out in West Sussex

If you are looking for a bit of fun this coming weekend then watching a lot of people throwing themselves off a pier might be just the thing!

On Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th you can witness the latest attempts of man to fly with wings and other dubious devices in Worthing, West Sussex at the annual International Birdman Rally. There are prizes for the furthest distances managed but of course for most its for pride and fun.

Flying starts at 12.15am on the Saturday and will be for the serious flyers only.

On Sunday flying also starts at 12.15pm and will be for the fun flyers and serious flyers.

There is also a full program of events and entertainment on the day on the stage until 3.30pm Saturday and 4.30 Sunday subject to weather. Entertainment includes Jet-Ski displays by the Xtreme Action display team, entertainment, local singers, Bands and more.

Saturday at approx 1.50pm there will be the family movie ‘Toy Story’ on the big screen on the beach by the Lido.

NCP are also offering a special Birdman rate of £5 for all day parking in the High Street, Buckingham Road and Grafton Car parks on Saturday 13th August. You must park after 10am to qualify for the deal. Please contact NCP for further details and full terms and conditions. On Sunday NCP Multi-storey are £1 an hour, with a max £3 charge. Civic Centre carpark is free. All on street parking is free but vehicles must be parked in an appropriate bay.

The best place to view the event will be on the beach between the Pier and the Lido, please do not sit below the taped water line or under the Pier or Lido as these areas will be submerged during the event.

There is limited disabled viewing for wheelchairs on the Lido please speak to steward for access.

Worthing International Birdman
Worthing International Birdman

Family Day Out in Surrey – Edenbridge and Oxted Show, 26-27 August 2012

Perfect for a family day out, the Edenbridge and Oxted Show is being this August Bank Holiday weekend (26/27 August).

Celebrating it’s 175th Anniversary there is plenty to see and do for the whole family, whatever your age. With activities for everyone to take part in even the family dog can turn up and enter Monday’s Dog Show!

There are free children’s cookery classes, crafts to make, hobby horse racing, animals large and small to see close-up, the Red Barn Victorian Village Square with typical food and games of the early Shows including a Hog Roast and Punch and Judy, a Victorian carousel, non-stop main ring entertainment including international show jumping and the amazing Bolddog Lings, the UK’s top motorcycle display team, watch them fly 35 in the air!
So plenty to get stuck in to – check out our Edenbridge and Oxted Show page to find out more.
Good luck to our friends at Edenbridge and Oxted Show – we can’t wait to hear about your great days.

Olympic Holiday Self Catering Accommodation – looking beyond London

The London 2012 Olympics are just a couple of weeks away and if you are lucky enough to have a ticket to one of the London events finding accommodation of any type is hard to come by, certainly at a realistic price. However, don’t despair, you have more options than the pricey London hotels who are making the most of the extra tourists.

The South East region of England has excellent public transport links via rail, coach, underground and tram which mean that it’s as easy to stay outside of London and travel in as it is to get to the venues from a London hotel.

With the main Olympic park to the east of London, East Anglian counties such as Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Peterborough are within an hour’s train ride of Stratford International.  In the south-east counties such as Essex, Kent, East Sussex, Surrey and West Sussex are also an hour outside of London by train.  To the west of London Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire also offer a quick route in to London.

What this means to you is that rather than concentrating your accommodation search on London you can find some excellent self catering accommodation ranging from cottages and apartments to lodges and caravans that are superb value for money during this Olympic period.  of course when you are not travelling to and from the Olympics they are also perfect for a short break or summer holiday where you can enjoy the countryside or British coastline.

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What A Brilliant Day at Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex

What a wonderful day out Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex is, so much to see and do for young and old, simply packed full of entertainment whether you are a petrol head or just having a passing interest in motor sport.

We were newbies to the Festival so when we arrived early on Friday morning, when to be fair the weather was a little damp, we weren’t sure what to expect. The first thing that hits you is the sheer scale of the event, its huge… the car parks alone stretch for miles (do make sure you make a note of where you parked because finding it later is a challenge).

Once inside you are straight in to manufacturer display areas that are located near the start line of the Hillclimb.  Here you will find lots of sparkly new and exhibition cars from some of the world’s top car manufacturers.  While making your way through the stands you can’t help but hear the cars roaring away from the start line, its amazing how exciting the noise is, and so you quickly move on to see some of the action.

The Hillclimb circuit is the centre piece of the Festival of Speed, weaving its way from the entrance/start line past Goodwood House and up to the forest finish line 300 feet higher on the chalky South Downs.  The straw bale lined circuit lets you be safely close to the action so you can not only hear but smell the rubber being burnt!  There are grandstands along the track but you can also just walk and find a good spot to watch the action.

There is a full programme on the Hillclimb throughout the day including vintage cars, grand prix motor cycles, Formula 1 cars, rally and touring cars and supercars… some racing, some doughnutting, some simply out on show!

Walk through all the paddocks and see all the cars up close, when they are not performing of course.  From the Grand Prix cars who seem to have teams of people working on them with all the electronic gadgetry to the vintage cars where you can simple appreciate their beautiful designs and admire the nerve it must have required to drive them at fall speed with so little protection.

However there is so much more than the Hillclimb.

I was not expecting the air display to be so awesome, but the Red Arrows performing dare-devil stunts across the bright blue sky was pretty special.  And as for the Eurofighter performing high-speed manoeuvres, wow!

The off-road activity centre looked great fun, and great to get some pictures of vehicles being pushed to their limits.

At the very top of the estate you will find the rally stage, see cars navigate this professionally laid out 1.5 mile circuit through the forest against the clock.

As we headed back down we discovered the huge display areas where there is everything from ‘cars of the future’ to the awe-inspiring prototype of the car that hopes to break the 1,000 mile an hour land speed.  Just as we were wandering around this area we saw the amazing Moto X display with motorbikes quite literally flying through the air in every direction – definitely wish we had got their earlier as it was quite a sight.

If you are going over the weekend have a fantastic time… a couple of tips:

  • take some good walking shoes, there is a lot of walking and standing
  • prepare for all-weather – we had glorious sunshine (requiring shades and sunscreen), wind (jumper/coat needed) and rain (umbrella/waterproof) during the day
  • take quite a lot of cash as most stands for food, programmes etc don’t do credit cards
  • take some food along with you, no food is cheap… burgers are £6 ish

However, don’t let this put you off, it is a spectacularly good day and we would highly recommend it.

Click to see our pictures of the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Facebook or here to find out more about how to get there and where to stay when visiting.

 

Source: Find Cottage Holidays

Top 5 Things to Do in the Last Week of June

Can you believe we are already at the end of June, what has happened to this month? So with just a few days left what can we possibly still squeeze in to this month… where can we go, what can we do??  We have put our thinking cap on and come up with a few things to do over the last few days of June…. feel free to add some more.

  • Henley Royal Regatta. One of the great british sporting traditions the Henley Royal Regatta in Oxfordshire is a fantastic day out on the river bank with glass of champagne in hand!  Find out more about Henley Royal Regatta
  • Goodwood Festival of Speed. Not just for motor racing enthusiasts, the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex is a fun family day out with the famous hillclimb, rallying in the forest, Grand Prix bikes, supercars, Le Mans winners and Formula One cars. Find out more about Goodwood Festival of Speed
  • Royal Norfolk Show. Today is the 2nd day of the country’s largest 2-day agricultural show in Norfolk near Norwich.  The Royal Norfolk Show is a super family day out with so much to do and see… animals of course, but also The Household Cavalry Musical Ride, The RAF Falcons Freefall Parachute Team, The British Military Band and Double Harness Scurry Driving to name just a few. Find out more about the Royal Norfolk Show or see more County Shows
  • Visit Bide-A-Wee Garden. This is a great time of year to visit British Gardens that are open to the public.  Perfect for a relaxing afternoon in the sun and we are lucky that there are so many to visit.  We have picked out one, Bide-A-Wee Gardens in Northumberland, a wonderful secret garden well worth seeing.  More about Bide-A-Wee or see more British Gardens
  • Wimbledon. It is difficult to turn on the TV without seeing Wimbledon highlights but why not go there and see it for yourself.  Certainly in the first week there is more opportunity to get in so why not?  More about Wimbledon

So what do you think of this list?  So what else should we be doing in the next few days?  Why not tell us via our Facebook, Twitter or post on our Blog below.

Source: Find Cottage Holidays

Royal Ascot Starts Today – take a last minute short break

It’s great to see that the sun is out for the first day of Royal Ascot.  With big, resplendently dressed, crowds expected and some excellent racing to look forward Royal Ascot is a wonderful social and sporting event.

The first race of the day is the Queen Anne’s Stakes with the unbeaten Frankel among the favourites.  We have to admit that we don’t know much about horse racing form so our betting is largely restricted to looks and the name, anyone got any tips for Royal Ascot?

Are you going to Royal Ascot this year?  If you are, have a brilliant day.  We would love to see some of your pictures of the day, please post them here or on our Facebook page.  As you can see we struggle with finding good pictures to use on our website for Ascot so we really do need your help!

You will find  Ascot in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.  If you are looking for a short break or weekend break in the area, Berkshire and Surrey offers some excellent self catering, ranging from apartments to cottages, accommodation for couples, families or groups. More about Royal Ascot and Accommodation

Last Day of South of England Show 2012

Today is your last chance to visit the South of England Show in 2012 and by the looks of the weather it will also be the best day to go along!

We went along to the Show yesterday and despite it being a bit blustery it was a brilliant day out for the whole family.  There was lots to see and do and you can certainly spend all day visiting the many tents, stands and getting up close with animals big and small.

Highlights of the day included the horses in the main arena, the superb Young Craftsman of the Year exhibits, the flower show, the craft stalls and (don’t tell anyone we said so) but the WI Tent for tea/cake and the competition winners. We also spent time with the goats, sheep and pigs!

Not surprisingly we spent quite a lot of time at the Food stalls.  We did end up having lunch at the Show to but beware that eating at the South of England Show is not cheap – most things start at £3-£4 so it can be expensive if with a family.  We suggest you take a picnic and some snacks with you and then enjoy some of the Shows cake and doughnut stands!!

We highly recommend the South of England Show – we are already planning to return next year!

Finally, if you are going today, don’t forget your wellies! There are plenty of decent paths but the car park and some of the food village are a little more challenging mud wise, so some wellies or sensible outdoor shoes are a must.