1. Amsterdam in the spring

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    One of the most beautiful places to visit at this time of year has to be the tulip fields of Amsterdam. Blocks of bright colours fill the view for miles and miles and can be seen when you’re coming into land at Schiphol airport.   Source If you’re staying in Amsterdam itself then you must take time out to visit the flower market, Bloemenmarkt. These are floating market stalls that hold the most beautiful flowers and bulbs. Best not to visit if you’re allergic to flowers though, the fragrance is immense.   Source If you’re going to be in Holland on the 26th April then you’re in for a treat. It’s Kings Day (Koningsdag), which is a national public holiday to celebrate the Kings birthday. The whole of the country come together to celebrate. They hold street parties, the parks hold live music events, there is orange everywhere (the national colour) and don’t think you’ll Read more…

  2. Easter Break Ideas


        With the Easter holidays coming up, it’s time to think of some things to do. Not just for the little ones but for us big ones too! Obviously it all depends on our eventful weather behaving but we’ll all want to get out and have some fun, as cheaply as possible! Here are a few ideas.     Without doubt the cheapest option for a great day out is your local park, take a picnic and let the kids run off all that energy. Yes you have to watch the weather forecast and plan ahead, but its free!  Your local newspapers usually advertise plenty of local attractions for the coming week aswell or ask your friends on facebook if they have heard of anything going on.   If you shop at Tesco and save your vouchers, these can be exchanged at plenty of attractions around the country for up to 4 times their Read more…

  3. Easter Egg Competition

    April 4, 2014 by
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      We have a great competition starting on the 4th April! For your chance to win a Thornton’s Easter Egg all you have to do is upload an Easter themed photo to our Facebook page, simple!! We have 10 eggs to give away.     We want to see your snaps of anything that can be connected to Easter. Lambs frolicking in the field? The kids on an Easter egg hunt? A display of daffodils? The list is endless, just use your imagination.     Once you have your photo ready, go to our Facebook page and follow the instructions. The competition finishes on the 13th April and will be judged by us here at Ten lucky winners will be picked on the 14th so we can hopefully get your eggs out to you in time for Easter Day.   You have to be over 18 and a UK resident to enter our competition. Read more…

  4. Skiing Challenge for Ski 4 Cancer


      I had decided a while ago that I was going to help raise awareness of Ski 4 Cancer, a wonderful charity for an amazing cause, and if I could do this whilst doing something I love then all the better. The challenge? Ski 29,029 feet, or 8,848 metres, (the vertical height of Mount Everest), within 24 hours, at the Austrian ski resort of Saalbach-Hinterglem.     A few of us had planned to do the challenge but unfortunately I had to go on alone as one of the guys had to go home early and injury had taken out two of the others!  An auspicious start to my Everest challenge I thought. So with beautiful blue sky and an almost empty piste I skied my butt off.  Lunch was a quick beer and a schnitzel, then off to hit it hard again.  Sadly time and the iPhone battery conspired against me and at 4 Read more…

  5. Drive Safely When Travelling Around Europe

    road trip family car

    The Foreign and Commonweath Office have just launched a new campaign to help raise awareness of the different laws and regulations that motorists will encounter when travelling around Europe. As part of their campaign, they’ve released this great video that gives tourists some great advice on do’s and don’ts:     Many motorists make the same mistakes every year by simply not researching their travel destination thoroughly, so we want to help the FCO in their mission to let you all know what requirements you should meet when you cross that border!   Compulsory Equipment If you’re a UK licence holder and rarely venture across a border in your car, it can be very easy to get confused about what is and isn’t required by law in the country your are visiting. UK licence holders are not required by law to have an International Driving Permit; however you must display a GB sticker on the back Read more…

  6. Research your holiday destination

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      One of the biggest decisions made each year is where you’re going to take your well-earned holiday but many people don’t research the area before they fly! So we’ve put together a guide that you might find helpful and stop you getting into too much trouble.   There is a brilliant page on the website that links you to most countries. This tells you things like when the typhoon and hurricane seasons are; that could really ruin your holiday! The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have an up to date website aswell. This announces press releases from around the world. A lot of countries now need you to always carry a copy of your passport for ID purposes. Others warn of what to wear and how to behave, due to religious beliefs. You should always respect local customs, laws, traditions and religions. Some countries don’t allow public shows of affection if you’re not married Read more…

  7. Win a Spa day for 2 in our Mother’s Day Competition

    March 17, 2014 by

    To help pamper your mum this Mother’s Day we are giving you a chance to win a relaxing day for 2 at a lovely health spa. The winner will be announced on Friday 28th March in time to show your mum just how much you care!   How you can enter You can either fill in the form below or switch to our Facebook page and enter through there. If you enter the competition on Facebook, you will have the chance to share the competition with your friends and earn bonus entries! All you have to do is like our page…   Good luck!   This competition has now closed. However, please check out our competitions page to find our latest competition.   What will be included? Choice of 18 spa’s around the UK Enjoy full use of the spa facilities on site Most spa’s include a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and fitness classes Some spa’s Read more…

  8. Heading to Melbourne for the Grand Prix? Here’s some fun things to do!

    grand prix f1 racing car

    If you plan to visit Melbourne, Australia this year, maybe for the opening of the F1 Grand Prix then you should spare some time to visit parts of the city that you might not have heard about.   How about the Hangman’s Night Tours of Melbourne Gaol, this is where notorious bushranger Ned Kelly was hanged. You can even view his death mask! Or maybe the Ghost Tour if the Hangman’s Tour is too much. The prison was built in the 1800’s so will be full of eerie tales to get your pulse racing!   If ghosts are your thing then the Daylesford’s Convent is a must. They lead you on a lamp lit tour of the building where the former residents let you know they’re still there. They start the tour with a glass of wine, maybe they should finish it with a glass of whiskey!  If that’s not enough then there’s also the Read more…