7 reasons to take a short break in the UK this year

Last year 2.5 million Brits opted to holiday at home, rather than travel abroad and there’s a good reason for that; you’ll be able to take all your home comforts, you’re well versed to expect British downpours and with such an array of festivities in the calendar, you’re never stuck for something to do.

So, whilst we move into March as the weather is changing and giving us hope for a pleasant Sping why not take a look at our top seven reasons to take a break in the UK this year.

Dodge the tourists

Spring has officially sprung, so what better time to visit the beautiful British countryside with a walk through the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors. Why not try a spot of stargazing? The Yorkshire dales National Park has four dark sky discover sites to choose from, so grab your deckchairs, picnic basket and telescope and soak up the galaxy above, with no distraction.

 

 

No Passport required

The Isle of Wight is full of natural beauty including walks and beaches galore, but if you fancy doing something a little different why not hop across the sea to Monkey Haven? Without the faff of having to remember your passpord, it’s definitely one not to be missed, and you’ll feel like you’re in the rainforests of Costa Rica, minus the 45-degree heat and creepy crawlies.

 

Soak up the local history in your own time

Cowny Castle in North Wales is a fantastic place to take a pit stop and learn all about the history of the local area. Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Bath Abbey whilst you stay at Cricket St Thomas. The Abbey is an architectural delight that has been enjoyed by Pilgrims and visitors alike for hundreds of years.

 

No restrictions on hand luggage

With all the spare suitcase space and unlimited luggage weight, why not splurge on some retail therapy? Littlecote House Hotel is less than half an hour from the town of Newbury, where you can bag yourself a bargain at the local market every Thursday and Saturday.

 

Savour the best of British delicacies

If you fancy getting to grips with nature and sampling some organic handmade delights, then Jimmy’s Farm should definitely be on your to do list if you’re taking a trip to Gunton Hall or Corton.
Alternatively, if you’re in need of a well-earned tipple after a day of relaxation at our Holme Lacey House, then a visit to the Chase Distillery will let you sample the local vodka delights where you can even pick up a bottle to take home with you.

 

No crying children on the plane  

You don’t need to be skydiving over the Grand Canyon to release your inner wild child. A trip to the City of Caves in Nottinghamshire will allow you to discover a hidden world beneath your feet and will both educate and shock you. Or, if you’re feeling even more adventurous why not have a go at the longest and fastest zip line in the world?!

 

Free from jetlag

The beauty of staycations is that little to no recuperation time is needed when you get home. After all, what’s more relaxing than an evening stroll taking in the stunning sea views over Langstone Harbour at our Sinah Warren Hotel? Bliss!

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 Proms: Everything You Need To Know [INFOGRAPHIC]

This year marks the 120th Proms season, with highlights including Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, War Horse Prom, and performances from orchestras around the world. The theme: Wartime Composers – in commemoration of the WWI centenary. ‘What makes us so interested in the BBC Proms? ‘, we hear you ask. Well, as of 2015, Warner Leisure Hotels is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our very own Last Night of the Warner Proms, with special performances from the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Inglis.

So excited for the traditional pomp and circumstance were we, that we decided to create the below infographic, detailing everything you need to know about the Proms. Find out who had the honour of being the very first Proms conductor, as well as why it came to be hosted at the Royal Albert Hall. Want to know whose music is likely to be performed? Take a look at the Top 10 Most Played Composers. New to the Proms? We’ve compiled a list of key stats and facts, as well as a Proms etiquette guide so you can get clued up on what’s to be expected when you attend a season.

Those of you who have been following this year’s Proms will know that the Last Night of the Proms is always a truly special occasion, and this year is to be no different. With a sing along medley to mark the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins, as well as the continued Strauss-anniversary theme and the usual Rule, Britannia! Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, and Jerusalem to round off the season, 2014’s BBC Proms is sure to end on a high.

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The Isle of Wight Cheat Sheet [Infographic]

If you’re heading to the Isle of Wight this year for a holiday then we have just the thing for you – we’ve compiled a handy guide to everything you need to know before you go and made it into this rather attractive infographic (if we do say so ourselves). You can use it as your go-to reference to find out the top ten areas to visit, along with information about famous residents on the Island, its best kept secrets (discover the secret hotspots for yourself), where to eat and what’s on over the following months.

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That’s not all though – we also understand just how useful it is to know a bit more about where you’re going to be spending your holidays as well as how best to get there and what the transportation and travel is like once you’re over there. So read on to find out some facts about the Isle of Wight, as well as all you need to know about travelling to and around the Island.

 Fact file

  • The Isle of Wight boasts many rare plants and animals and is often referred to as the Garden Isle.
  • It is home to a large population of red squirrels, which have been taken over in many other areas by the grey squirrel, which is the more aggressive of the two species.
  • Bonchurch, a Victorian village on the Island, served as inspiration for many famous writers and artists, including Karl Marx and Charles Dickens.
  • It’s official – the Isle of Wight is one of the UK’s sunniest places, receiving a huge 2,018.7 hours of sunshine in 2012.
  • The Isle of Wight is the smallest county of the UK and measures just 23 miles by 13.
  • Some terms are unique to the Isle of Wight, such as Caulkheads (people born on the Island), Grockles (visitors to the Island), and Overners (residents who were not born on the Island).
  • The Island is known for having its own species of butterfly – there have been many failed attempts to introduce the Glanville Fritillary butterfly in other areas, making it unique to the Isle of Wight.

 

Travel Information

There are many options to choose from when it comes to travel, whether you’re going to and from the Island or making your way around. You’ll need to take a ferry to get to and from the Island – whether you’re travelling as a foot passenger or in a car or caravan, there are a few options to choose from. Services to the Island run from Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth.

  • Hovertravel

Hovertravel is a company which runs frequent hovercraft services between Southsea and Ryde Esplanade, seven days a week, taking just 10 minutes.

  • Red Funnel

There are two routes to and from the Island with Red Funnel: Red Jet Hi-Speed, a passenger only ferry which runs from Southampton to West Cowes every 30 minutes throughout the day. It takes around 23 minutes; Passenger/Vehicle Ferry, which operates 24 hours a day from Southampton to East Cowes, taking approximately one hour.

  • Wightlink

Wightlink runs services with a choice of three routes to and from the Isle of Wight: Fast cat passenger service – approximately 22 minutes (Portsmouth to Ryde Pier Head); Car and passenger service – approximately 40 minutes (Portsmouth to Fishbourne); Car and passenger service – approximately 30 minutes (Lymington to Yarmouth).

 

Getting around the Island

Again, there are many options available to tourists for getting around the Island. These include:

  • Public Transport

There are more than 20 standard bus routes across the Island, which also prove useful for getting to and from the ferry terminals. The Island’s bus provider is Southern Vectis.

Alternatively, there is a train service which operates between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin – ideal if you’ve come to the Island via the Wightlink Fast cat.

  • Car

The main towns on the Island can get busy during commuter times but at other times, getting around by car is fairly simple, due to the many A-roads connecting major towns.

  • Cycling

Either bring your own bicycle or hire one while you’re over here to explore the Island’s many countryside roads. If you prefer off road cycling, you’ll also find many different cycle tracks and public bridleways. If you’re tempted, there’s also a ‘Round the Island’ cycle route which is signposted for your ease, and will take you around the whole of the Isle of Wight.

  • Walking

There are many walking routes to be found on the Isle of Wight, with varying lengths of difficulty – whether you choose the 60 mile coastal path, a circular route or a short town trail. Nearly half of the Island’s coastline is known as “Heritage Coast”, designating it as the highest quality coastline with totally unspoilt nature.

Have we tempted you to visit this spectacular Island yet? Get in touch with Warner Leisure Hotels to find out more about staying on the Isle of Wight in either our Bembridge Coast Hotel or our Norton Grange Coastal Village, and make it a trip of a lifetime.

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Enjoy everything from a car show to a country fair…hosted by the Thoresby Estates, Nottinghamshire

Enjoy the events hosted by the Thoresby Estates’  whilst on your break with Warner Leisure Hotels’ Thoresby Hall in Nottinghamshire. With an array of exciting events for guests over the next few months from a car show to a country fair to visit.

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Warner reminds you of your very first date this Valentine’s Day

It’s a great time to start planning your Valentine’s Break and get yourself in the good books! Warner takes care of you and your loved one this Valentine’s Day. The best thing is it’s adults only with no kids allowed, meaning you can simply relax and enjoy your break. Warner wants you to remember what it was like when you and your partner first met, going out dancing, laughing all the time and getting dolled up and treating yourself to dinner. From dinner in award-winning restaurants, spa treatments, waking up in a cosy four-poster bed and romantic wine tasting; this year we have wrapped everything into a package that is sure to make you smile!

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