Liverpool at Christmas - a fantastic festive weekend break

When you imagine a city break your brain most likely conjures up the likes of Paris, Rome, Amsterdam or even New York.

Christmas decorations

Where are the best Christmas shops?

From Christmas trees and wreaths to baubles and snow machines - we all like to get in the festive spirit.

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Manchester German Christmas Markets on Albert Square in front of the landmark Town Hall


The glamour of Manchester at Christmas

One ordinary Saturday, 20 years ago, IRA terrorists ignited a bomb in Manchester.

Cottages at Moness Resort, Aberfeldy

Relaxation or an adventure?

Aberfeldy is described as the adventure capital of Scotland, and to be fair, it is not far wrong.

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The famous standing stones. Picture by Colin Keldie.

Travel review: Orkney, Scotland

Island life is like whisky – an acquired taste. But being real connoisseurs we took on the challenge with gusto as we felt sure we had a vintage on our hands.

Enjoying the water park at Yelloh L'Ocean Breton

Magnifique French adventure

I’m not a camper.
Sergeant Major Georgia Gunn from lancashire Army Cadet Force after taking part in a sky dive at the Black Knights Parachute Centre in Cockerham

County Cadet force offers military disciplines with adventure and fun

It’s a voluntary youth organisation promoting fun, friendship, adventure and action.

Catherine's Palace St. Petersburg - Russia

Travel review: Best of both worlds

We had almost decided on a city holiday to Sweden and Denmark when we saw a Fred Olsen cruise which included those 2 countries, plus the bonus of Baltic Sea countries Estonia, Latvia and Russia - with St Petersburg as the highlight. The itinerary immediately appealed, and with the help and knowledge from the tour staff, we booked a series of excursions well within our budget, proving to be an invaluable decision.
Carlisle Castle. Photo courtesy of English Heritage

Travel review: The Lake District

It is amazing how dismissive young children can be of nostalgia. Mention old-fashioned stories and jobs of yester-year and the response (in our household anyway!) is usually – BORING!
The Villa, Wrea Green won the wedding venue category at the 2015 Lancashire Tourism Awards

Finalists announced for 2016 Lancashire Tourism Awards

Between them they bring millions of visitors to the Red Rose county.

Fireworks championships

Top 10 things to do in Lancashire at the weekend

Here is a list of exciting events coming up this weekend.
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The Laxey Wheel, the largest working waterwheel in the world

TRAVEL: Friendly seals, dramatic coastlines and zooming zipwires on the Isle of Man

As the Ben My Chree afternoon ferry set sail from Heysham harbour we settled in for the three and a half hour journey to the Isle of Man.

Dave Nichols, Simon Wilson, Craig Fishwick and Gareth Hirst complete a muddy running challenge at Born Survivor

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Dave prepares to trek one of the Wonders of the World

Wading through mud and trekking along the Great Wall of China are just a few ways fund-raiser Dave Nichols is helping a hospice which cared for his friend.

Ryan Owen at Mount Snowdon summit

A long trek through the UK for Ryan

Residents may have spotted lone hiker Ryan Owen making his way through Lancashire’s canals in his quest to raise funds for the hospice which cared for his terminally ill dad.
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Kate Middleton

Americans flock to the UK thanks to Kate Middleton and Fish & Chips

As the pound continues to go in the dollars favour 42% of Americans say they are more likely to visit the UK for a holiday, according to new data* from™.

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Tynemouth Castle and Priory

Travel review: North East of England

It was the battle of the conservationists. In the red corner English Heritage proudly prepared its frontlines ready for the onslaught of the mighty National Trust limbering up in the purple corner.
Culzean Castle

TRAVEL: Culzean Castle and the Isle of Arran, Scotland

A recent short trip to Ayrshire in Scotland revealed stunning sunsets, dramatic coastlines, and a quiet and unspoilt holiday retreat.

The Pheasant

Review: The Pheasant in the Lake District

Hikes up rugged fells for majestic views revered the world over. Most are well-versed in the Lake District’s unrivalled beauty.
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