There's one good thing about the leaves turning orange and October rolling around again, and that's all those spooky half term Halloween events. Or for those of you who prefer your events to be a little less creepy, we've thrown in some brilliant ways to get out and about and enjoy the colours of the season.
First thing's first, it's the month of the Royal Cornwall Show, and that means we get to oooh and aaaah at all kinds of entertainment, demonstrations and of course, animals competing. Over at the beach in Croyde it's all about the surf and music at GoldCoast Oceanfest, and we've included a few of our favourites for those of you visiting sunny Devon too.
This month's all about foodie festivals, traditional May Day celebrations and getting active. The Tour de Yorkshire returns to the Dales, and if you're feeling energetic the Isle of Wight Festival's going to see walkers getting their boots on and discovering the Wight.
We're feeling quite excited about April showing its face, as not only does it mean it's time to get the bikes out of storage and scelebrate the Tour de Yorkshire, but some of our favourite family attractions are open, ready and raring to go for a new season of fun...hurray!
March is going to be a busy one, and we can't wait. We've included some of our favourite restaurants for those of you who fancy treating mum this Mother's Day on 6th, and we've got plenty to get you out and about with the kids during those Easter breaks. And then there's the fact the the National Trust properties up and down the country fling open their doors once more and welcome us back inside, so we've popped in a few of our faves to help you choose.
This month's all about spending time with your favourite people, and whether that's on a family break to make the most of half term or a Valentine's escape for two, we've picked out the best places to spend your holiday. We've included some of the most romantic restaurants for that romantic meal, the family attractions that always make half term extra special for the kids and a few of our favourite ways to enjoy time out.
Not for us a long January holed up in the house, oh no. There are some cracking events going on to help you start making new memories for the new year, and we've even thrown a few of our favourite walks in for those of you keen to get out and about and walk off all those Christmas treats.
It's definitely the season to be jolly with all the events we've got lined up for you, from Christmas markets to chances to meet Santa in all kinds of places - it's officially Christmas!
And you guys know the rest...but did you know that in Yorkshire they've been building a huge wooden fishing boat for weeks now just to set alight for a Bonfire Night spectacle on the beach? Or that in Devon the tradition of rolling flaming barrels of tar through the streets of Ottery St Mary attracts people in their thousands from all over the world? Stick with us to make sure your November break goes with a bang.
Things are about to get spooky as Halloween creeps towards us, so it's time to dust off your costumes, pick a pumpkin to carve and start thinking about where you'd like to be scared witless over the half term break.
The entire Isle of Wight will be going all out as it transforms into the Isle of Fright for the week, South Devon's usually family-friendly attractions will be taking on a slightly more sinister feel to make things exciting for your own little monsters, and up in Yorkshire Whitby comes into its own as it celebrates in true gothic style....
September's set to be a busy one, as Torquay celebrates its most famous resident with the world-renowned Agatha Christie Festival, the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival gets visitors exploring on two wheels, and over at the Newquay Fish Festival there's plenty of opportunity to sample the flavours of the local waters.
Up in Yorkshire it's all about the Grassington 1940s Festival, and if you fancy embracing tradition for a few days then the St Ives September Festival welcomes visitors in true West Country style...warmly.
Good old August, not only does the weather heat up for us but some of the best events of the year take place and get us all excited. It's officially air show season in the West Country, as Bournemouth, Dartmouth, Dawlish and Torbay will all be welcoming roaring engines to their skies...and over in Newquay it's time to grab your surfboard and join the fun at Relentless Boardmasters.
Did someone say summer? July's events are all about spending as much time as possible outside, on the sand and having a great time, and there's some serious sailing action to enjoy too. Merlin Rocket Week will be gracing Salcombe from 5th to the 10th July, and Dorset's glamorous Sandbanks Beach will host the British Polo Beach Championships on the 10th and 11th.
It’s all happening this month, the sands of Watergate Bay will be trampled by hooves as some of the world’s finest polo players take to the beach and battle it out in the surf at Polo on the Beach. Music lovers will descend on the Wight for the annual Isle of Wight Festival, and it’s all about live music and the surf at Croyde’s Gold Coast Oceanfest.
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.