Into the woods: Family activity breaks for Telegraph Travel

Easter holidays then.

Our assignment — should we choose to accept it — was to test drive two new family activity holidays in the UK, based at holiday parks, for Telegraph Travel.

They both are, if you like, alternatives to Centre Parcs, aiming to open up the family activity break with different prices and facilities.

First up was Kingswood Camps and a visit to their facility in North Wales. The Colomendy Camp is located in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB.

We’re just back from a weekend of caving, archery and woodland laser quest [pictured above]. That and, despite the rain, some family bonding on the night walk.

Next we’re off to try out the new park in the Peak District from the Dutch-owned Landal GreenParks group.

It’s one of two new parks in the UK — the other located in Northumberland.

Will two weekends away bring out our inner Bear Grylls? Read the full feature in May in Telegraph Travel to find out.

Copywriting: Tourism brochure for the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB

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It’s great to see the results of my most recent copywriting assignment in print.

I saw a final proof this week of the brochure I wrote just before Christmas for the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB.

I partnered the Wrexham-based creative agency JPDS Creative on this, the latter handling design and translation.

The brief for this project was to keep the text focus short, pithy and newsworthy, so I worked on a series of short articles with strong news hooks.

I also tried to include lots of human-interest colour and comments as the client wanted to foster a community feel.

The magazine will be available in tourist information centres and via the Clwydians website from early spring.

Meanwhile, here are a few sample pages by way of a sneak preview.

Let me know what you think.

Liked this? Try National Forest Tourism Brochure 2014.

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