Family Travel Guide: Swansea Bay, Gower and Mumbles, …

Hiraeth. (n.) a homesickness for a home to …

View Post

Coastal Adventures: Exploring the Stunning Yorkshire Coast

Would I like to share my favourite parts …

View Post

The Malverns: A Dog and Family Friendly Weekend …

From our ivy-framed hotel bay window Narnia style …

View Post

Tuscan Mommas: Villa Le Capanne

Sometimes Mums need to escape, to let their …

View Post

Day in the life of a Luxury Ski …

Recently I stayed in Morzine with TG Ski, …

View Post
Dinosnores at the Natural History Museum and the Airbnb Base Camp Experience, London

Dino Snores & Airbnb at the Natural History Museum

If your family has contemplated travelling down to …

View Post
A stay at Boggle Hole Youth Hostel, near Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire, UK

Ahoy Me Hearties. 21 Smuggle into Boggle Hole Youth …

Boggle Hole YHA is an absolute dream of …

View Post
Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere, England's Lake District

A Romantic Getaway: Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere, Lake District

I will never forget running straight up to …

View Post

Holidays in the UK or away? #homeoraway #win

Is there a difference between holidays in the UK and holidays abroad? Really? Reckon you can tell the difference? I challenge you, because it appears I can’t.

Parkdean have a competition to win a seven-night holiday at one of their 24 award winning holiday parks situated in some of the UK’s best coastal and country locations. It’s a really fun competition, in which you compare a series of pairs of pictures and try to guess which one is in the UK.

Enter to win a fantastic Parkdean Holiday worth up to £750

I scored only 220, the leaderboard records 990 as the top score, so perhaps it isn’t so easy to tell the UK and abroad apart after all. There are some really stunning coastal scenes to compare, see if you know your Newquay from your Nice. When you enter the quiz don’t forget to sign in with Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus to be in a chance of winning the 7 night break.

This morning on the way to school I got chatting to another mum about the pressure to take kids abroad. We laughed about how we’d both done loads of holidays in the UK as kids, me in a tent, she in a narrowboat. The childhood memories we have are priceless.

When I was about 8 one of my classmates went to Spain and brought back a fan for me. I thought it was the most amazing gift, it was black plastic with lace and pictures of flamenco dancers. I thought is was so exotic. Spain became and obsession in my mind. When I discovered the fan had cost her less than a pound I was beside myself. I complained bitterly to my parents. Why did we never go to Spain?

Now I look back I see my parents took me to some amazing places. I have magical memories of beach holidays in Dorset, Northumberland, Scotland and Wales. We did go to Spain eventually, but to some remote Northern part, it certainly didn’t sell flamenco fans. I did return as an 17 year old, to Majorca, on an 18-30s, just to check what I had been missing. I could have saved myself a fortune and gone to Newquay, for all the culture I absorbed on that trip!

As a grown up I’ve loved discovering Devon and Cornwall, where my husband holidayed as a child. Now we live in the Midlands, Norfolk has opened up to us. There is so much of the UK still to discover.

Tell me about your favourite holidays in the UK, where do you like to go?

In partnership with Parkdean.


1 Comment

  1. 15/05/2014 / 9:30 am

    When we were in Dorset/Devon by the coast last year, I remember Al saying, this really could be the Med. Palm trees, balmy evenings, glorious!

I'd love to know your thoughts!