Family holidays at home save on airport hell but they can be expensive and very weather dependent. We all want a weak in the sun, right?
But, with Brexit chaos ensuring that sterling continues to plummet faster than Theresa May’s credibility, families are looking to UK holiday parks for a non-Euro alternative closer to home.
So which to choose? Well, the Atkinsons [pictured above] have been test driving some of the alternatives to Centre Parcs over the last couple of months.
Our assignment took us from rural North Wales via a wooded Peak District to Butlins in Bognor Regis.
Here’s a flavour:
We spent a morning on the stony beach, skimming stones and collecting shells. A walk along the promenade revealed little shops with buckets and spades and cafes for candy floss and coffee. For someone brought up on seaside holidays in a North Wales, it felt gloriously nostalgic.
The three articles were published this week by Telegraph Travel and you can read all three in full here:
That’s why my first assignment of the new year took me to Bala Lake — that’s Llyn Tegid in Welsh.
The lake is allegedly home to Teggie, Wales’ answer to the Loch Ness Monster. And I took to a canoe on a cold January morning [pictured above] to go in search of the camera-shy beastie.
The feature is for Rough Guides and will be published March 1st — St David’s Day in Wales.
Here’s a preview of what to expect:
They regale me with kind of folk tales familiar to all Welsh schoolchildren. The cast of characters would put Game of Thrones to shame — evil kings, brave knights and mischievous elves. These stories, I learn, are passed down through the generations and integral to preserving the Welsh language and culture.
“Every place name has an old story attached to it. hese legends ground us,” explains Llinos Jones-Williams. “Based around universal themes of love, life and death, they can still teach us something about the way we live today.”
I’m interested in other ideas around Welsh folklore and have a possible assignment around the summer solstice. Watch this space for more.