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10 Amazing Walks for Winter

With stunning scenery, great pubs and warm welcomes, there are few more enjoyable times to get out and about in the UK than in the winter. Here are 10 of our favourite winter walks – from high times in the Highlands to cosy walks along the Cornish coast.

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7 Accessible Adventure Breaks in the UK

We’ve been hard at work on our Accessible Cottages collection, teaming up with leading experts and organisations to make holiday cottages available to everyone.

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Geocaching (pron: jee-o-cashing) is a form of orienteering, but instead of using maps and a compass a hand-held GPS receiver, or smartphone app, is used to locate secret hiding places or ‘caches’ where prizes can be found.

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The Perfect Serve – 9 Best Gins from the ‘Gintern’

Gin is the word on the street and it doesn’t seem to be going away… From small batch to artisan gins, distillers are popping up across the country. The best bit…some distilleries are open to the public too!

So we’ve asked our good friend Johdi, who just happens to have landed one of the best jobs as the gintern at ILoveGin to give us her top 9 gin serves!

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How to Stargaze in 7 Simple Steps

From romantic shooting stars, to fiery comets and starfields, the night sky has always fascinated us. But with hectic lifestyles it’s easy to ignore the wonders up above.

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The Best British Microadventures for Autumn

Same breakfast. Same commute. Same old TV. The day to day can get dreary. But you don’t have to wait for your annual holiday to shake things up when you can have a microadventure right now!

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Pumpkin Carving 101

Simple spooky designs, intricate carvings or maybe a pumpkin eating another pumpkin… Try carving a pumpkin.

Follow our step by step guide to carving your very own pumpkin. Download our templates to help you get started. Why not share your creation with #CottagescomPumpkin

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Nature in the UK

Some of the most beautiful animals and plants can be found in and around the shores of the UK Click an image on the Nature Map to help you know what to look for, where to go and when to see our amazing rich and diverse wildlife in their natural habitats

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Literary Location Finder

From Castle Dracula to Hogwarts, the UK is filled with iconic literary treasures, and you can find them all with our Literary Location Finder. Just click on a title to write your own tailored literary tour.

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How to Build the Perfect Sandcastle – 7 Top Tips

Say goodbye to those crumbling castles; with these 7 secrets you'll be crafting towering sea-fortresses and fairytale wonders in no time.

All you'll need is sand, water and a few tools to make some extra-special seaside memories – and if you're feeling adventurous, you can use these tricks to create epic sand sculptures too!

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Beach Bingo

Take the challenge... Get the highest score on the shore with our summer Beach Bingo Challenge

Simply download and take this sheet to the beach, complete the tasks and add up your total. Can you get a full house? Don't forget to share your efforts with #BeachBingo

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The Best Family Festivals this summer

It’s the summer holidays, the kids are running wild and you’re looking for the ultimate inclusive activity. Step up, the festival.

These days, many are as little-people loving as they are pleasing to parents. You get treated to amazing ambience, music and food; they get to learn how to ride a unicycle dressed as a sparkly lion – everyone’s a winner!

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Britain’s Best One Day Festivals for Summer 2017

Big, loud, boutique and intimate, Britain boasts an eclectic mix of festivities celebrating music, food and fun.

So, here’s our guide to this country’s greatest one day events and fantastic longer festivals with day passes. Wellies and sun hat at the ready...

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10 of Britain's Best Golf Courses

With its sensational heritage and varied landscapes, few golfing destinations offer more rewarding, challenging and authentic experiences than Britain. But with over 2,000 golf courses throughout this green and pleasant land, finding the perfect one on which to test your skills can be tricky!

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Plan the Perfect Picnic - Outdoor Eating in the UK

There is nothing more British than a family picnic in the sunshine. You could happily spend a whole day enjoying the country air, eating your fill of sandwiches and cake and playing games with your loved ones.

We’ve put together the ultimate guide to enjoying a family day out this summer – covering three key ingredients: food, location and fun.

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A Sense of Adventure – Top 10 Adrenaline Activities

If it’s excitement, adventure and a heap of fun you’re after – look no further. From rally driving in Scotland to a survival course in Dartmoor, the UK has some of the best destinations for thrill-seekers of all ages!

Here’s our selection of the top 10 adrenaline-packed locations from across the UK to inspire your next trip. Remember, some activities may need to be booked in advance.

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Best Foot Forward – Top 10 Walks

Whether you want a gentle stroll to take in the scenery or fancy something which really gets your pulse racing, walking is one of the best ways to explore your holiday destination. From mountain edges to simple, breezy coastal walks, there’s a multitude of routes to discover, whatever your preference and level of fitness. So, lace up your walking boots, pack the Kendal Mint Cake and try out one of our top 10 picks!

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Bottom’s Up - Top 10 Breweries

The United Kingdom is currently experiencing a craft beer revolution resulting in new breweries popping up all over the country. Craft beer in the UK has always had a great reputation, but now ale-lovers have a wide-range of options. Estimates suggest there are now 11,000 beers available to choose from, in almost limitless flavour combinations. Great news for holidaymakers, as wherever you might be in the UK, there’s probably a top-notch brewery a stone’s throw away.

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Grape Days Out - Top 10 Wineries

Taking a trip across the channel is usually the first port of call for a taste of fine wines, but have you ever thought of staying closer to home?

We don’t just distil well-loved spirits, the UK is home to some of the very best vineyards, many of which are taking the wine world by storm and winning awards-aplenty. We challenge your taste buds not to love these top 10 vineyards…

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London Calling - A Musical Tour of London

Since the 1960s, our tiny isles have launched musical revolutions that have changed the world, defined culture and created soundtracks to generations. From the Beatles leading the pop and rock revolution to the Madchester music scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s, to the fresh and diverse sounds still being created by UK bands today, we think it’s time to celebrate our rich musical history!

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Hit the North – A Musical Tour of Manchester

It’s ironic that a city renowned for its rain has had so many days in the sun. But Manchester has always done things a little bit differently, and nowhere is this more apparent than in its seminal music scene.

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Round the UK on Two Wheels – Top 10 Cycling Routes

The United Kingdom is blessed with picturesque coast lines, winding valleys, ancient rivers, spectacular hills and historic castles. So, what better way to explore such a beautiful varied landscape than to jump on two wheels? Whether you’re a strong, experienced cyclist or a family looking for an active holiday, there’s bound to be something for everyone.

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Say ‘Cheese’ - Top 10 Places for Cheese Lovers

Whether you prefer it with crackers, pickles, bread or simply on its own, here are our top picks of the best places in the UK to get a fromage fix.

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Seasonal UK – a 12 Month Round up of Things to See in the UK

The UK offers an incredible assortment of sights, sounds, smells and tastes. Busy schedules mean we often miss the subtleties of the seasons, but holidays offer a chance to fully relax and immerse yourself in the great outdoors. We’ve put together a month-by-month guide to our ‘must-see’ natural wonders to help you plan your next break and fully indulge yourself in the delights of this great isle.

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The Sweetest Spots – Top 10 Places for a Sweet Treat

Whether it’s a tour to rival Willy Wonka or the best sweet shops to satisfy your sugar cravings, we’ve handpicked the best places around the country for an indulgent tour.

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8 Must-Visit Sherlock Holmes Locations in the UK

Physician, writer, detective, justice reformer, sportsman and spiritualist – the only person who could give Sherlock Holmes a run for his money in the genius stakes was his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle...

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Songs of the South - Southern Britain’s Best Music Locations

With rolling hills, quant villages and miles of stunning beaches, it’s easy to see why the South of England has been romanticised by artists and immortalised in music videos...

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