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Devon tourism boost as outdoor accommodation bookings increase by 15%

Authored by News Desk

Europe’s largest outdoor accommodation provider Pitchup.com has revealed that Devon’s caravanning and camping sites saw a 15% increase in bookings in 2019, in comparison to 2018. Devon is now Pitchup.com ’s second best selling UK destination behind neighbouring Cornwall, with camping and caravanning bookings through the site bringing in more than £2.8 million to the local economy, equating to...

Future Make with Real Ideas

Kickstart your future with Future Make - Future Make, presented by Real Ideas, is a series of creative-techy-making clubs and activities for children aged 7 – 11.

What can I do at Future Make? - From flying drones and creating digital immersive experiences, to designing extreme structures and thinking up exciting new ideas, take the confidence, experience and insight you gain and start to shape your creative future.

Events at Future Make - We’ve got some great holiday club days coming up – book yourself onto a day of...

Plymouth is a couch potato city according to new research

Authored by Mike Page

New research has revealed just how sedentary Plymouthians are, with more than half (57 percent) admitting they spend MOST of their spare time on the sofa and do next to no exercise.

In fact, 43 percent of exhausted Plymouth adults said they love spending their weekends ‘just chilling’ after a hectic week and 56 percent admit they are a couch potato.

And while six in 10 say...

Top 10 unmissable national parks in the UK

Authored by Sarah Parker

The United Kingdom is well known for being a nation home to beautiful landscapes and breathtaking scenery. Across the UK there are 15 stunning national parks, which should be visited by every nature lover and adventurous traveller at least once in a lifetime. You can find these parks all over the nation and if you live in a city and find yourself missing the fresh air and tranquillity of the...

Madeira: Funchal and Islands experience break to launch from Exeter Airport

Authored by Mary

An exciting opportunity to experience the island paradise of Madeira is being offered to holidaymakers flying from Exeter Airport.

Super Break has announced the launch of a brand-new route to the region, on a break that includes Madeira: Funchal and the Islands.

The new chartered service by Super Break will offer a direct flight from Exeter Airport to Madeira, helping more...

South West is home to some of Brits' happiest places

Authored by News Desk

The South West of England is home to some of Brits' ultimate “happy places”, according to a new study.

New research from SACO, The Serviced Apartment Company polled UK holidaymakers to discover the places in the UK which evoke special memories and ultimately make us “happy”.

The poll of 1,500 British adults revealed that Cornwall is our top ‘go-to’ holiday destination for...

Start your week with thrilling jumps racing at Newton Abbot

Celebrate the start of a new week with an afternoon of horseracing in Devon at Newton Abbot Racecourse on Monday 25 July. Racing for the afternoon starts at 14:15 and gates open at 12:15. The last race is at 17:30. Join us as the summer holidays get underway – Children aged 16 and under plus students with a valid student ID / NUS card enjoy free entry. Tickets are available at our online ticket store until 17:00 on Sunday 24 July. There will also be tickets available at the gate on the day. Tickets are priced at £18 for the Paddock Enclosure and £12 for the Course Enclosure. For more...

Survey shows new UK holiday trend

Authored by Mary

A new survey by www.stayindevon.co.uk and www.stayincornwall.co.uk reveals the true cost of term time holiday penalties - and how families plan to save hundreds of pounds by holidaying in the UK this year.

Families across the UK say it's costing them an average of £873 more per year to take a holiday abroad, since Michael Gove introduced penalties to prevent children being taken out of...

Shearings partners with SW Coast Path to attract walkers

Authored by Mary

The Shearings Hotel Group, an award-winning UK-based hotel operator with hotels all along the South West Coast Path, has teamed up with the South West Coast Path Association to help guests enjoy the coastline and offer great breaks for walkers.

The two Shearings hotel brands, Bay Hotels and Coast & Country Hotels, specialise in leisure breaks and are found in stunning locations...

More choice for Devon’s sun-seekers

Authored by Mary

Thomson and First Choice are today announcing increased capacity at Exeter airport for their summer 2017 flying programme.

This includes new 10 and 11 night durations to Lanzarote as well as an additional seasonal flight to Tenerife which gives greater choice and flexibility to holidaymakers flying from the South West.

The move to introduce new routes is part of the holiday...

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