May means one thing throughout the West Country - May Day celebrations. Originally a way to get outside and welcome the start of spring, Cornwall still sets about embracing this traditional event with gusto - and everyone's welcome to join the fun. Now, the exact festivities will vary depending on where you choose to experience May Day, but they all include parties in the street, processions and of course - the all important maypole.
Over in Devon the May Bank Holiday's all about having a swashbuckler of a time thanks to the Brixham Pirate Festival. The fun centres around Brixham's...
From diving Easter bunnies in Torquay to castle quests in Scarborough, It's all happening this April and we've rounded up our favourite family events to help you pick the perfect destination for your break.
Those of you who know little people who would be delighted to bump in Peppa Pig or Titan the Robot may want to visit Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park, as the pair will be out and about greeting visitors during the Easter period, and Queen Victoria's Osborne House will be embracing traditional games with gusto!
If you're planning an escape for two this month then look...
What's not to love about March? More and more of the UK's family attractions thrust open their doors, the weather's getting warmer and best of all - there are bounding lambs almost everywhere you look (especially if you visit Pennywell Farm...).
If you're happiest when you're hiking this is the perfect time of year to explore the countryside on foot, before the crowds of summer and the heatwaves start simmering, and with the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall open every day and Dartmoor beckoning you'll be spoilt for choice.
This is the month to wander the National Trust's properties...
We're feeling excited about February, as not only is it half term but it's also that time of the year that's all about days out for two. With that in mind, we've sorted our favourite half term events and family attractions for those of you keen to spend some time with your family, as well as the more romantic things to do that are perfect for those of you dreaming of a cosy escape for two.
Let's start with the lovebirds. We've rounded up the welcoming spas, foodie restaurants and endless beaches that we think will have you saying...
Now we may all be asking ourselves just where the year’s gone but Christmas is just around the corner and 'tis the season to be jolly…and jolly you shall be. We’ve found the best places to catch up with the man in red, the coolest Christmas markets and the family events that will make this December one to remember.
Remember remember the fifth of November…as if we could forget! The skies are set to light up the night across the country this month as some of our favourite destinations celebrate Bonfire Night in style. We’ve included displays set to take place in some of the country’s most beautiful settings, so wrap up and join the fun.
If you fancy seeing a spectacle like no other then it’s got to be the famous Tar Barrels event at Ottery St Mary in Devon. Locals arm themselves with flaming barrels of tar and make their way through the streets of the town’s...
It’s time for things to get creepy across the country, and that means lots of suitably spooky half term events to help make it one to remember for the whole family. So, to help you get into the spirit (sorry!) of things, we’ve picked out a selection of the eeriest events to make planning your break easy…
From a ghostly tour of Torquay’s Kents Cavern that’ll have you jumping out of your skin to more family friendly Halloween trails, we’ve got something for every age group.
October isn’t all about the fear factor though, and it sees some of the...
Just what is it about September that has everyone feeling energetic? Those crisp sunny mornings when the leaves are just starting to fall have us all planning late breaks and days out in the fresh air, and there are festivals everywhere.
The Newquay Fish Festival serves up the finest flavours of the season, Torquay celebrates the life and works of one of world’s most successful authors ever with the Agatha Christie Festival and it’s into the saddle for thousands at the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival.
August is one of the busiest months of the year down here in the scorching South West. The Red Arrows take to the skies to show off their skills at regatta after regatta, Plymouth's famous hoe hosts the spectacular British Firework Championships and the eyes of the surfing world fall to Newquay as Relentless Boardmasters hits the waves.
Things tend to take a glamorous turn as July comes around, and our guests can expect to find everything from the British Polo on the Beach Championships to Merlin Rocket Week right on their doorsteps. There's plenty of opportunity to enjoy the sunshine in style with sailing events, the Westcountry Balloon Fiesta and the Padstow Vintage Rally...and one or two resorts beat the regatta rush and hold them this month too.
Good old June - it's the month when summer starts to nudge its way in and we can start to take advantage of the light evenings and longer days. The Royal Cornwall Show celebrates everything we love about Cornwall, we're all invited to raise our voices and join in at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival and South Devon showcases the taste of the countryside at the Occombe Beer Festival.Don't be fooled into thinking it's all peace and quiet up in the Yorkshire Dales either, as the hills really do come alive with the sound of music as the Grassington...
As communities take to the streets to celebrate May Day across the South West festival fever grips the whole nation during May. You name it there's a festival for it, and the best part is that everyone's welcome at these friendly events.
Spring is now in full flow - sunny days are here, and with the Easter holidays happening late in the month it's a great time for a fun family break.
Spring has finally arrrived! The daffodils are looking beatiful, sunny days on the beach have started and family attractions are starting to reopen.
February is a fantastic time to visit the South West, especially if you are looking to take a loved one on a special break (and that includes those with four paws!). The beaches are quiet and pets are allowed, the towns are starting to come to life and there are some fantastic Michelin Starred restaurants to sample.