Isle of Wight Cheat Sheet

When you’re visiting somewhere new you want to make sure you see the best the area has to offer. You’d hate to spend all week squashed onto a busy tourist trap beach when there’s a pretty, little-known bay just around the corner!

If you’re planning a holiday to one of our destinations on the Isle of Wight, we’ve put together a useful cheat sheet and interactive map to help you explore the island like a local. From events and festivals, to picturesque walking routes, our handy guide will help you make the most of your time on the island.

Areas to visit

Our Warner locations are either in the North-West of the island (Norton Grange Coastal Village) or on the Easterly coast (Bembridge Coast Hotel). Both allow you to enjoy being close to the sea, but if you want to explore a little further afield during your holiday the Isle of Wight has plenty to offer.

Cowes is a popular destination with tourists and well worth a visit, particularly if you’re a keen sailor. The town is actually host to the largest boat race in the world during ‘Cowes Week’ in August, when an impressive regatta of boats descend on the town.

Vetnor has all the charm of a traditional British seaside town, with a sea front walkway and houses set back into the hillside facing the coastline. On the southern coast of the Isle of Wight, the town also boasts a sunny micro-climate that rivals the Mediterranean!

Best Kept Secrets

The best holiday stories all start the same way, “We found this great little place…” and the Isle of Wight has all sorts of brilliant hidden gems just waiting for you to discover them.

Sit back and drink in the good life at Rosemary Vineyard, a local winery that produces a delicious selection of English wines, all available for you to sample and purchase. Or take a trip to the Garlic Farm. You’ll find a fragrant selection of themed foods and drinks available at the farm shop and you could stop for a delicious lunch at the restaurant.

Special Events and Festivals

It may be a small island, but there’s a lot happening on the Isle of Wight! During the summer the island is host to a diverse and lively calendar of festivals. From classic cars and music to food and wine – there’s something for everybody.

The island is famed for its music festivals, but if you’re looking for something a little gentler there’s the Real Ale Train or the local Cycling Festival to check out too.

Welcome to the Garden Isle

The island’s natural beauty is a source of great pride. The Isle of Wight has a quintessentially British landscape: rolling hills, plush greenery and dramatic cliff tops, earning it the affectionate nick-name, the ‘Garden Isle’.

It’s hard to go wrong if you’re looking for scenic places to visit during your stay. However, there are several well-kept gardens open to the public, including National Trust properties like Mottistone Gardens or the more tropical Botanic Gardens in Ventnor.

Walking and Cycling

If you ask us, one of the best ways to take in all the gorgeous scenery on the Isle of Wight is with a walk or a cycle. The island offers routes for all abilities, whether you’re looking for a gentle stroll or a longer ramble there will be a trail to suit your mood.

If you’d like to know more about a holiday on the Isle of Wight take a look at our interactive map of the island. It’ll suggest loads more places and activities for your trip and, of course, booking a stay at either our Norton Grange Coastal Village or the Bembridge Coast Hotel will place you right at the centre of the action.

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Hampshire Cheat Sheet

Situated on the southern coast of England, Hampshire is one of the best places to visit in the UK. With so much to see and do, it’s a popular area with locals and tourists alike. In fact, there’s so much on offer that you’ll find it difficult to squeeze everything into just the one trip. So whether this is your first visit to Hampshire or you’re a regular to the area, we’ve created a cheat sheet to help you tailor your trip to your tastes. From top areas to explore to spectacular gardens and historic houses, as well as local walks and hidden gems, there’s something for everyone.

Discover Hampshire

From retail therapy to award-winning restaurants and stunning countryside, Hampshire really does cater to all tastes. Put your explorer head on and take a trip to Emsworth for a wide selection of local walks. The South Downs offers numerous walking and cycling trails if you want to get lost in the countryside for the day, while New Forest boasts ancient woodland and spectacular heather-coated heaths. Whether you’re looking for a gentle stroll or a day-long hike, you’ll find all this and more in New Forest.

Annual events

Foodies will feel right at home in Hampshire as there’s not only a wide variety of delicious local produce to try, but there are also many food and drink events not to be missed. The Southampton German Beer Festival takes place in May and promises a fabulous night out with all the atmosphere of a traditional German beer festival. Boasting live oompah bands, sizzling sausages and huge steins of ale, it’s a night to remember. The Cheese & Chilli Festival is held in July and offers you a taste explosion of many different cheeses and chilli, along with cooking demonstrations from top chefs. If sport is more your thing, come along to the National Watersports Festival on Hayling Island in September. Featuring three days of windsurfing and paddle boarding, it’s open to people of all ages and experience levels. Go on, try out your skills and impress the crowds!

National Trust and historic houses

Step back in time and marvel at the splendour of Hampshire’s many National Trust properties and historic houses and gardens. Tudor House and Garden is known as Southampton’s most significant historic building, steeped in 800 years of history. Tour the house to learn how each of the rooms looked throughout history and enjoy a cream tea afterwards in the café which looks out onto the spectacular garden. The award-winning Sir Harold Hillier Gardens are famous throughout the county and boast 180 acres of changing seasonal displays to enjoy.

Best kept secrets

Hampshire is home to so many wonderful hidden gems, among which include Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, the premium retail outlet of the south. Indulge in a spot of retail therapy in more than 90 outlet stores, with discounts of up to 60 per cent. When you’re all shopped out, there’s a choice of more than 30 bars, coffee shops and restaurants in which to relax and have a bite to eat. If cars interest you, head to Beaulieu National Motor Museum to see a fantastic display of history’s greatest cars, including those featured on Top Gear and in the James Bond films.

Local walks

If you’d rather explore the area on foot, there are many local walks to enjoy. From gentle strolls along the harbour to longer trail walks, there’s something for everyone. The Billy Trail takes you along the west coast of Hayling Island for five miles while there are stunning views of the Isle of Wight from the Queen Elizabeth Country Park route.

For more information about what to do in Hampshire, check out our cheat sheet infographic. Book a stay at our Lakeside Coastal Village or Sinah Warren Hotel (on Hayling Island) to explore Hampshire for yourself.

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Somerset Cheat Sheet [INFOGRAPHIC]

Somerset is one of our favourite areas of the UK – with so much to see and do, and not forgetting the wide range of delicious local food and drink, visitors to the area are spoiled for choice. In fact, you’ll probably need to return again and again to see even half of what’s available. Whether it’s your first time in Somerset or you’re a regular here, we’ve compiled a cheat sheet to help you easily discover its hidden gems. From top areas of interest to stunning gardens, best kept secrets to not-to-be-missed annual events, there’s something to suit all tastes.

Explore Somerset

Somerset is comprised of many bustling areas, all offering plenty to tourists and residents alike. So whether you fancy a relaxing spa day in Bath, a spot of retail therapy in Taunton or a day exploring the countryside in Glastonbury, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to pay a visit to Cheddar, home to Cheddar Gorge where the famous cheese is still matured today. Fancy a daytrip to the seaside? Then head to Weston-Super-Mare for traditional seaside fun.

Events not-to-be-missed

There’s always something going on in Somerset so if you’re in the area, be sure to consult our list of annual events. From the Yeovil Beer Festival in April to Glastonbury Festival in June; Taunton Flower Show in August to the Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival every November, finding a new event is easy.

Glorious gardens

The green-fingered among you will appreciate the many spectacular gardens of Somerset. From the official Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) partner garden, The Walled Gardens of Cannington, in Bridgwater to the historic gardens of Hestercombe in Taunton, Somerset gardens are truly a sight to behold.

Where to eat

With so many local delicacies to try, knowing where to eat can be tricky – but it doesn’t have to be. Book a table at any of our recommended restaurants and be assured of top-quality, award-winning food every time. Whether you’re looking to romance a loved one or simply want a bite to eat en-route to somewhere, we’ve got you covered.

Best kept secrets

Take a trip to the Perry’s Cider orchard and factory to learn all about how this popular Somerset drink is made – don’t forget to buy a few bottles before you leave. If you’re a fan of shopping, head to Clarks Village Factory Outlet Store to save money on well-known brands including Lakeland, M&S, and of course Clarks. Fans of the TV series Broadchurch will love a visit to the seaside village of West Bay – see how much you recognise from the show.

For more information about what’s on offer in Somerset, check out our cheat sheet infographic below. If Somerset appeals to you, why not book a stay at our Cricket St. Thomas Hotel and explore the area for yourself.

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North Wessex Downs Cheat Sheet [INFOGRAPHIC]

With the spectacular North Wessex Downs right on your doorstep, our Littlecote House Hotel is the perfect base from which to discover this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Whether you’re new to the area or you’re a regular guest at our hotel, there’s so much to see and do, you’ll find yourself spoiled for choice. Looking for something different to do on your next trip? We’ve compiled the North Wessex Downs cheat sheet, packed with information about the top 10 areas, must-see National Trust properties and historic houses, haunted areas, best kept secrets and annual events.

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Get out and explore

With so many stunning areas to discover, you may find yourself coming back again and again just to see them all. For awe-inspiring architecture, head to Marlborough, Andover and Oxford. If you’re a fan of sports, Lambourn is a famous horse racing village, while Newbury plays host to the prestigious Hennessy Gold Cup. Or maybe you want to indulge in a spot of retail therapy? Then head over to Hungerford where there are antique shops a plenty.

Walk back in time

In addition to its spectacular natural beauty, the North Wessex Downs is also home to a large selection of National Trust properties and historic houses, just waiting to be explored. Steeped in history and culture, some of these properties date back as far as the 1500s such as Avebury Manor built on the site of a former priory. Others you may recognise from popular television shows such as Downton Abbey, parts of which were filmed at Basildon Park and Highclere Castle.

Between you and us…

Can you keep a secret? We’ve uncovered some of the area’s hidden gems if you want to head off the beaten track. For guests staying at Littlecote House Hotel, discovering the Orpheus Mosaic is a must. Dating back to Roman times, it’s situated in the hotel grounds. Have you spotted one of the eight chalk white horses on the hillside of Wiltshire? They make impressive photo opportunities.

Haunted North Wessex

If you’re a fan of the supernatural, you may just spot one or two ghosts during your visit. Our Littlecote House Hotel is home to 32 ghosts. Take a trip to Avebury Manor and look up into the south window where you may see the ghost of the former owner, Sir John Stawell. Walk through Savernake Forest and see if you see the ghost of a headless woman, riding on a horse through the forest.

While you’re here…

With so much going on, there’s always an event happening in the North Wessex Downs. If you’re visiting in July, be sure to head to the Marlborough Jazz Festival which plays host to many international jazz artists. Sports fans will not want to miss the Hennessy Gold Cup which takes place in November.

For more information about Littlecote House Hotel and the North Wessex Downs, get in touch and book your stay today.

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The Music of Bond [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Daniel Craig returned to cinema screens as the iconic and world-famous spy James Bond in new film ‘Spectre’ last week. If you haven’t already seen it, you’re in for a real edge-of-your-seat treat – and if you have, you’ve probably already booked tickets to see it again!

To celebrate the release of the latest 007 film, Warner Leisure Hotels is playing host to The Music of Bond – an entire night’s show devoted to the theme tunes of all of your favourite Bond films, brought to you by The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and special guest vocalists. Sit back, relax and enjoy incredible live performances featuring music from ‘Diamonds Are Forever’, ‘Goldeneye’, ‘Casino Royale’ and many more. Bond lovers are not going to want to miss this.

But before you start humming along to your favourite Bond tunes, here are 15 little-known stories behind them. Get together with a friend and test each other to see how many you know.

  1. Sam Smith is the first British male solo artist to record a Bond theme tune since Tom Jones’ 1965 ‘Thunderball’.
  1. The James Bond theme tune was originally intended to be used on stage, in musical ‘A House for Mr. Biswas’. When it wasn’t used, composer Monty Norman added electric guitars to make it into the Bond theme we know today.
  1. The first Bond song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 was Duran Duran’s ‘A View to a Kill’ in 1985.
  1. Two Shirley Bassey songs feature in the Top 10 list of most popular James Bond themes: ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ and ‘Goldfinger’.
  1. Madonna’s 2002 Bond theme ‘Die Another Day’ reached spot #8 in the UK Top 10 list. Since then, ‘Skyfall’ by Adele (#2), and Sam Smith’s ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ (the first Bond #1) are the only other Bond songs to make the list.
  1. Adele recorded ‘Skyfall’ with a 77-piece orchestra.
  1. ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ is the 24th James Bond theme tune.
  1. Madonna was the only Bond theme singer to be given a cameo role in the film, playing fencing instructor Verity in 2002’s ‘Die Another Day’.
  1. Bono and The Edge co-wrote the 1995 ‘Golden Eye’ theme tune, sung by Tina Turner.
  1. Weird Al Yankovic wrote a parody to Paul McCartney’s ‘Live and Let Die’ called ‘Chicken Pot Pie’.
  1. ‘Live and Let Die’ is the only Bond song to feature a kazoo.
  1. Johnny Cash wrote a track for the 1965 Bond film ‘Thunderball’ but it was rejected in favour of John Barry’s song.
  1. Tom Jones fainted in the recording studio while singing ‘Thunderball’ after having to hold the final syllable for too long.
  1. Kate Bush was originally asked to write and sing the theme tune for ‘Moonraker’ but she declined so Shirley Bassey took her place.
  1. The Beach Boys’ song ‘Pet Sounds’ was originally titled ‘Run James Run’ in the hopes of becoming a Bond theme tune.

If you loved these facts, check out our ultimate guide to The Music of Bond infographic, which features everything you need to know about James Bond film music, from the iconic James Bond Theme in Dr No, to the latest Sam Smith hit ‘Writing’s On The Wall’.

The Yorkshire Cheat Sheet [INFOGRAPHIC]

With the stunning Yorkshire Dales on your doorstep, our Nidd Hall Hotel is the ideal base from which to explore and discover the surrounding area. Whether you’re new to Yorkshire or you’re a frequent visitor, there’s endless opportunity for fun. Stuck for something to do? Take a look at our Yorkshire cheat sheet for information about the top 10 areas, as well as walking and hiking routes, annual events, and award-winning food recommendations.

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Why stick to just one area?

With so many fantastic areas of this county to discover, why stick to just one of them? Whether you’re taking a tour of York Minster, satisfying your sweet cravings in Halifax, or catching a Super League game in Huddersfield, there’s something to suit all tastes in Yorkshire.

 

Walking and hiking

Put your adventure hat on and experience the countryside on foot. From rollicking rambles to hearty hikes, there are plenty of routes to explore across the Yorkshire Dales, Wolds, and North York Moors. Promising spectacular scenic views to boot, it really is a walker’s paradise.

 

Go off the beaten track

Like many places, Yorkshire is home to a few prized gems – from the Abbey Road Wood Sculptures to Robin Hood’s Bay. Satisfy your curiosity by heading off the beaten track. You’ll be amazed at what you find.

 

Make it an annual tradition

Annual events such as the Jorvik Viking Festival and the York Food Festival have really helped to put our beloved Yorkshire on the map to many a tourist over the years. So come along and experience one of these fantastic events for yourself. You never know, you may find yourself making the trip year after year.

 

Whet your appetite for more

As well as having plenty to see and do, Yorkshire is also home to award-winning food. Whatever your appetite, tickle your taste buds with a wide array of local and international delicacies, then wash it all down with a good old Yorkshire pint – you know you want to.

 

For more information about holidaying at Nidd Hall Hotel, get in touch with us and kick start your summer with Warner.

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Go the Extra Mile: A Selection of Walks with Warner Leisure Hotels this Easter Break

With Spring in the air, why not put a spring in your step – with a scenic walk around our picturesque locations with Warner Leisure hotels? Enjoy an extended break this Easter with a stay at any one of our hotels, from exploring the historic grounds of Thoresby Hall Hotel and Sherwood Forest to the stunning North Wessex Downs near Littlecote House Hotel, Berkshire.

Whether you’re seeking an extended weekend break by the coast or prefer to be in the heart of the countryside, pick your perfect respite with Warner Leisure Hotels. Our award-winning facilities have been designed to make your stay as comfortable and pleasurable as possible, so after a jaunt taking in the incredible views of your nearby surroundings, you can look forward to a relaxing getaway with Warner Leisure Hotels.

For inspiration on an idyllic walk, take a look at the following Warner locations:

Nidd Yorkshire Dales

1. Nidd Hall Hotel, North Yorkshire. Delight in the Dales with a trip to Nidd Hall Hotel, North Yorkshire. With over 680 square miles of rolling dales and charming villages, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is home to some of the country’s most breath-taking panoramas. Follow the trails with one of the park’s guided walks, or take a stroll along the river on any one of the park’s short walks – from treating yourself to the views of the Settle-Carlisle Line to roaming the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, see another side to nature here in North Yorkshire.

Cricket

2. Cricket St. Thomas Hotel, Somerset. For those looking to make their Easter getaway at the regal setting of Cricket St. Thomas Hotel, be sure to explore the beauty of the South Somerset countryside. Animal lovers are recommended to take a wander to the Chard Reservoir, where sightings of a wide variety of wildlife species presents the perfect opportunity to get up close with nature – while the impressive views from Ham Hill Country Park overlooking the South Somerset Moors makes the walk across its hilly landscape worth embarking on. For equal doses of peace and quiet as well as bustling activity, be sure to visit the market towns of Yeovil at the 127 acre countryside site of Yeovil Country Park.

Gunton

3. Gunton Hall Coastal Village, Suffolk. Tempted between the woodland walk and the seaside stroll? When visiting the serene surroundings of Gunton Hall Coastal Village, be sure to discover the range of walks in the nearby valleys as well as beside the sea. Explore the easy going trails of Brandon Country Park and the family-friendly Needham Lake, while the Sailors’ Path between Snape Maltings and Aldeburgh lets you explore the marshes and quaint village of Snape. Additionally, make sure you visit the magical waterland of the Broads – England’s largest nationally protected wetland surrounded by farmland and marshes, along with the spectacular nearby coastline.

Liitlecote Silbury Hill

4. Littlecote House Hotel, Berkshire . A stay at the charming location of Littlecote House Hotel wouldn’t be complete without enjoying a ramble across an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the stunning landscape of the North Wessex Downs. We recommend the Avebury Walk, where ramblers can take in two other monuments – West Kenney Long Barrow and Silbury Hill. Walking in Wiltshire offers magnificent sights, with this unspoilt countryside providing the ideal setting for a walk filled with plenty to see and do.

Norton Ventnor Downs

5. Norton Grange Coastal Village, Isle of Wight. With the ocean on your doorstep, the seaside retreat of Norton Grange Coastal Village grants you unrivalled views over the shoreline here in the Isle of Wight. The Easy Access walk around Alverstone Mead & Youngwood Copse Nature Reserves lets you learn more about the island’s wildlife and geology, or for those yearning to discover historic relics, take a trip back in time from pre-history all the way through to the Cold War at the Ventnor Downs. Another popular walk is the route from Yarmouth to Freshwater Bay – a three mile hike that takes approximately one hour to complete.

Bodelwyddan Castle Little Orme

6. Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel, North Wales. For a sense of grandeur on your holiday, visit the grand Victorian site of Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel – where being closely situated to both Snowdonia and the coast gives walkers the opportunity to take in the fresh sea air as well as scope incredible views of the Welsh mountain range. From the wheelchair-friendly route of Little Orme where you can catch the sights of seals and birds to the circular walk of Llanfairfechan to Morfa Madryn to watch for oystercatchers, North Wales is filled with a selection of scenic summit trails for you to explore at your leisure. Alternatively, take a look at nearby Rhyl to discover attractions such as the SeaQuarium and Offa’s Dyke Path.

Alvaston

7. Alvaston Hall Hotel, Cheshire. When you’re looking for a rural retreat to unwind during your Easter break, look no further than Alvaston Hall Hotel. Consistently rated for its excellent staff and hospitality, this Cheshire venue also offers excellent scenery – where lovers of nature can revel in a guided daffodil walk near the village of Whitegate. How does a rail walk exploring Knutsford take you? Or maybe you’d enjoy a 3 mile circular route courtesy of the Nantwich Riverside Loop, where walkers can traverse across the fields to the canal beside the River Weaver?  If you’re a fan of flora and fauna, head to Alvaston Hall Hotel today.

Holme Lacy Wye Valley

8. Holme Lacy House Hotel, Herefordshire. For a secluded sanctuary filled with your creature comforts, ‘Holme’ is where the heart is – with Holme Lacy House Hotel, Herefordshire. Its stately interior matches its stately surroundings, where visitors looking to venture beyond the historic courtyards and gardens can indulge in a leisurely ramble with the popular Wye Valley Walk. Wander through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where you can wander through woodland in Whitestone or for lovers of spring time, the Craig-y-dorth ramble lets you see a spectacular bloom of wild flowers including bluebells, wood anemones, daffodils, snowdrops and primroses.

Thoresby

9. Thoresby Hall Hotel, Nottinghamshire. A magnificent venue set in the beautiful grounds of Thoresby Park, avid ramblers are spoilt for choice in this walker’s paradise of Nottinghamshire. Whatever the weather, Sherwood Forest offers a selection of gentle strolls – from the Oxton Village walks to the Pleasley Vale walks, giving walkers the chance to enjoy a change of scenery from the woodland. For a walk suitable for all seasons, take a stroll through Clumber Park – where a variety of different landscapes takes you across gentle terrain in this National Trust location.

Sinah Warren Chichester Harbour

10. Sinah Warren Hotel, Hayling Island, Hampshire. If a waterside break is on the cards this Easter, then visit the Sinah Warren Hotel – where you’re just moments away from the beach as well as some of Hayling Island’s most beautiful trails. See unspoilt beauty at its best with Chichester Harbour, an Area of Outstanding Beauty here in Southern England. With a spectacular backdrop of the South Downs complementing this coastal area, explore this expansive stretch of fields and creeks in this popular wildlife haven. Don’t miss out on the Hayling Billy trail that overlooks Langstone Harbour, and for views off the beaten track, take a trudge in the narrow lanes that connect North and South Hayling.

With a whole host of enticing breaks – and walks – to choose from, we hope we’ve given you plenty of holiday inspiration this Easter!

Your Guide To East-Anglia – Cheat Sheet (INFOGRAPHIC)

If you’ve booked a stay in one of our two Suffolk-based coastal villages (Corton and Gunton Hall) and you’re new to the area, you’ll find our East Anglia cheat sheet useful. As well as detailing information on the top 10 areas to visit, you’ll also find recommendations of places to eat, as well as a list of events running throughout the year. No trip to East Anglia is complete without hiring a boat on the Broads, while East Anglia’s best kept secrets are not to be missed.

So much to choose from:

This all-encompassing guide to East Anglia will provide you with must-know information to help make your trip a memorable one. Even if you’ve been here before, you’re sure to find some new gems to explore. That’s the great thing about East Anglia – there’s so much to do, you couldn’t possibly manage it all in just the one trip.

Events:

It doesn’t matter what time of the year you choose to visit us – there’s plenty going on throughout the year in East Anglia. From the Norfolk & Norwich Festival in May through to the Sandringham Flower Show in July and the Southwold Literature Festival in November, you may be spoiled for choice.

For those who want to explore further:

While we offer much in the way of fine dining and entertainment at each of our hotels and coastal villages, many of our guests enjoy exploring the surrounding area – and with the beautiful East Anglia on your doorstep, we can’t blame you for wanting to do so. Whether you choose to explore the history on offer at Bury St. Edmunds, prefer to get up close and personal with rare birds at Thetford Forest, or hire a day boat and discover the beautiful Broads, there’s something for all tastes.

For more information about holidaying at Corton or Gunton Hall coastal village, get in touch with us today and say goodbye winter, hello Warner.

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The North Wales Cheat Sheet [INFOGRAPHIC]

North Wales is a beautiful part of the country to visit – whether you’re interested in exploring the local surrounding area or want to soak up some history and culture, there’s something for everyone. Our Bodelwyddan Castle country hotel always proves popular with our guests on account of the stunning location. Aside from the beauty of the landscape however, you may not know much else about North Wales. So we’ve put together an infographic cheat sheet to the region so you can easily discover the top 10 areas, North Wales’ best kept secrets, where to eat the best fish and chips and any events running throughout the year.

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Where to go:

We’ve rounded up the top 10 places to visit in North Wales to ensure that you get the most from your trip. For history buffs, a trip to Caernarfon Castle is a must, while those interested in trying watersports will find a great choice of activities on offer in Abersoch. Swallow Falls in Betws-y-Coed provides breath taking views, while Llandudno is the largest seaside resort in Wales.

What to do:

Some of North Wales’ best kept secrets include Ewloe Castle – a secret castle hidden in Wepre Park woods, Cregennan Lake – ideal for picnics, and the Natterjack toads – found in the sand dunes of Talacre. If you’re visiting during the spring, there’s the Conwy Seed Fair and the Anglesey Walking and Cycling festival. The summer plays host to several music festivals and the famous Abersoch Regatta, while autumn gives way to the Denbigh Plum Festival and the Anglesey Oyster Festival.

Of course, you don’t have to leave the hotel. Why not really get into the spirit of all things welsh by coming along to one of our popular tribute act nights? Our Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey tributes will keep you entertained all night long – in fact, it’s not unusual for guests to return to Bodelwyddan Castle hotel time and time again just to relive the fantastic atmosphere.

What to eat:

North Wales has become famous for its delicious fish and chips – and what better way to enjoy a trip to the seaside than with a bag of the best fish and chips? Many of our fish and chip restaurants have won awards so you’ll really find no better.

Find out more about holidaying at Bodelwyddan Castle and book our early bird offer today – you’ll soon see why life begins at Warner.

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Guest Post: An Insider’s Guide to Suffolk

When you come to Suffolk you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do and see. Both Gunton Hall and the Corton Holiday Village are right on the edge of Lowestoft, the UK’s most easterly town. As you might expect, the town has fine stretches of sandy beaches to enjoy – the south beach is where you’ll find the colourful huts, ice-cream stalls and tourist attractions, while the north beach with its dunes and rocks is great for long walks and exploring nature.

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Southwold Pier

 

Another coastal town you must visit can be found just half an hour’s drive from Lowestoft. Southwold is possibly the most quintessential seaside resort in the country, with sandy beaches, a wonderful pier, and plenty of high quality pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy a good meal. And don’t forget to sample a pint of Adnams while you’re there, it’s brewed in the town and drunk worldwide. They also do a mean gin and excellent vodka, both of which have won numerous international awards.

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Pleasurewood Hills

 

If you’re looking for a thrilling day out then Pleasurewood Hills – the region’s number one theme park – is literally just down the road from the two Warner Resorts. A bit further south is Africa Alive, a 100 acre wildlife park that allows you to get up close and personal with a host of animals, including lions, giraffes, rhinos and meerkats.

 

Alternatively you can head further along the coast to Minsmere, the RSPB’s flagship reserve and current home to the BBC’s Springwatch. Widely acknowledged as one of the most important sites for wildlife in the world, the variety of habitats means that over three hundred species of birds have been recorded there, including the famous avocet and bittern. It’s also home to non-feathered creatures – Konik horses and Exmoor ponies roam the reserve, as does the largest herd of red deer in the country – and the rutting season in October and November remains one of the great sights of nature.

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Somerleyton Hall

 

A more cultivated day out can be taken at the magnificent Somerleyton Hall, just a few miles away in the Suffolk countryside. This country house has been a part of the landscape since the thirteenth century in various forms. Built by John Wentworth as a Jacobean mansion, it was extensively remodelled by local architect Samuel Morton Peto in the 1840s. Now it’s open to the public between April and September and you can look around this fine stately home and take a trip around the exquisite gardens on the 5,000 acre estate.

 

And while it’s neighbouring Norfolk that is famous for the Broads, you are actually very close to the southern gateway – Suffolk’s Oulton Broad – just five miles away. It’s a great place to spend some relaxing time on the water, discovering a side of Suffolk you could never see otherwise. During the summer months it also plays host to powerboat racing on most Thursday evenings, a thrilling sport to watch.

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Aldeburgh Beach

 

Suffolk is also a great place for a festival. The big one is Latitude, held every July on the Henham Estate, about half an hour’s drive away. Its eclectic mix of top music, comedy and literary acts has pushed it into the top three festivals in the UK. But there are also many smaller festivals worth visiting throughout the year, all within an hour’s drive. Aldeburgh Music Festival draws classical music fans and performers from across the globe, while Maverick is the area’s premier roots and Americana festival. Southwold plays host to top names from the world of literature at Ways With Words every November and the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival is one of the top food festivals in the country and a great way to discover exactly why Suffolk is known as the foodie county.

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Latitude Festival

 

And this is just scratching the surface of what Suffolk has to offer. For lots more information visit us at www.VisitSuffolk.com