Regular readers will know I’m a keen globe-trotter with a background is travel journalism. So, I thought I’d give you a heads up on a fun holiday showcase happening in Sussex and Kent this Saturday 1 April and give you my pointers on a few of companies taking part.
Baldwins Travel have eight branches across Kent and Sussex, they’re a good independent travel agency who I’ve known about for years because they really know their stuff and are always popping up winning awards.
Have you given a thought to summer camping yet? Those yurts, lodges and cool glampy sites get booked up waaaaay in advance, so to give you the early heads up, here are the 25 best places to start your search. There are spots in Sussex, Surrey, Kent and further afield as chosen by the people in the know – us regional Muddy editors.
Hollington Park Clamping ,Woollen Hill, nr Newbury
If you love the idea of getting back to basics, but can’t quite bring yourself to sleep on a deflating air mattress, pitch up at Hollington Park Glamping near Newbury.
The first award-winning series of Broadchurch opened with a shot of distinctive honeycombed sandstone cliffs with a child’s body at the bottom. I may not have guessed who done it, even by the final episode, but I immediately recognised where.
Broadchurch is largely shot in West Bay on Dorset’s Jurassic coast, a few bays down from Lyme Regis and close to Bridport.
Lighthouses, treehouses, vintage vans, shepherd’s huts & more
Brighton’s lovely seafront Harbour Hotel and its Jetty Restaurant have been open a few months now but a couple of new additions have just made it a top place to hang out and enjoy a bit of pampering, even if you’re not staying – namely a spa in a grotto and a colourful afternoon tea.
Unusually, the hotel burrowed into its heritage basement to create its new spa which has some fun, quirky styling.
Did you catch our beach holiday cottages feature last week? How about an inland lake or river holiday as an alternative? The Muddy editors who happen go to be landlocked have scoured their counties for some stonking rental properties with their own little piece of liquid heaven to tempt you throughout spring and summer.
STAY IN… BERKSHIRE
River Arts Club, Maidenhead
Who needs the coast when you can have the mighty Thames?
One of the big benefits of Muddy tottering its way into so many counties (er, 17 since you asked!) is that we have a raft of on-the-ground experts, squirrelling out the coolest, most useful stuff for the rest of us to plunder. Case in point – beach cottages. Thought about renting one this summer? Yeah me too. So allow me to lay before you a sandy smorgasbord from the Muddy regional editors – 14 beautiful beach properties for the bucket and spade brigade.
In a dry January, when the weather has turned totally pants and summer seems an age away, we can take solace by gorging on potential holidays. Here’s a set of lovely cabins from Forest Holidays that are great for family or friends time in the UK with ingredients for a break that’s luxe but active, rural but not too holiday campish and with enough tree cover that the weather’s not going to matter too much.
The festival season feels a long, long way off right now (although we wouldn’t say no to a pear cider if you’re offering) but these days you’ve got to book mega early if you want to be happy campers come summer. Many of the biggies sell out in a flash – has anyone managed to score Glastonbury tickets in years? But the good news is lots of the local events still have availability, plus most of them are family friendly.
Ever keeled over on a settee hugging a bottle of Pinot Noir? No, me neither <cough>. Anyway, here’s a much more sophisticated way to sleep with wine. Rathfinny vineyard perched in the South Downs has some gorgeous cosy-yet-stylish accommodation in the Flint Barns on site. It’s perfect for either a house party, or a rejuvinating break with country walks. You can simply make a day of it if you prefer, building a visit round the regular Sunday roast on offer.