We hope that you’ve been enjoying watching our 48 hour guides as much as we’ve enjoyed filming them! Today we’ve brought you a round up of all of our guides so far: South Wales, Kent, Lincolnshire, Scotland, Dorset, North Wales, Devon, Northumberland and Lancashire -- see below for the best bits of each area!
South Wales is a lovely part of the country full of stunning beaches and home to Barafundle Bay which is often voted one of the best beaches in the world! One of our favourite activities was meeting some dolphins on the New Quay Dolphin Spotting Boat Trip! Tenby is also a top place to visit, with it’s 13th century medieval wall surrounding the quaint town, the views are not one to miss! To see South Wales from a different view a boat trip to Caldey Island is perfect for spotting some marine life and some stunning views! Helen also enjoyed learning all about how to make honey at the New Quay Honey Farm!
I think the biggest highlight for us was the spectacular views from 5 1/2 thousand feet across the Kentish countryside from a hot-air balloon! We enjoyed visiting the llamas, meercats, falcons and racoon dogs at Hoppers Animal World and watching the shows and demonstrations! We also enjoyed visits to Britains oldest brewer, the Shepherd Neame brewery, tasted some local specialities in Tims Tiny Tearoom, learned the history of the Chatham Dockyard and visited the Canterbury Tales, Reculver Towers and the beautiful green flag gardens of Whitsable Castle.
A trip to Lincolnshire wouldn’t be complete without taking a visit to the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral. The stunning building stands tall at above Lincoln and can be seen for miles! Wander through Lincoln’s high street and see if you can tackle steep hill to visit Lincoln Castle which is next-door to the Cathedral. If you fancy a drink, a trip to The Signal Box Inn by Cleethorpes Coast Railway is definitely worth a visit as it is one the the world’s smallest pubs at just 8ftx8ft! Enjoy some fish and chips on Cleethorpes Pier a favourite destination after its multimillion pound refurbishment! Natureland Seal Sanctuary, Fantasy Island, the National Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby, Louth Museum are also definitely not ones to miss!
Johnny had a great time in Scotland learning about the history and heritage of the area. The top places we visited whilst in Scotland have got to be the fantastic Sea Bird Centre which is a 5* rated visitor attraction! Here you can spot all sorts of wildlife including Puffins, Seals, Dolphins and the world’s largest Ganet colony! After a speedy boat trip round the Islands Johnny enjoyed some lovely food at the Lobster Shack! The spectacular Culzean Castle and the Burns Cottage Museum were also top highlights!
Dorset is a beautiful part of the country with stunning beaches and breathtaking views across the countryside full of rolling hills and water meadows. Durdle Door is a coastal landmark near Lulworth Cove; it is a spectacular sight to see and definitely not one to be missed! See what famous faces you can spot in the sand creations at Sand World, from One Direction to Harry Potter, they really do have it all! You can make a wish in the hidden gem that is Upwey Wishing Well before enjoying some home-made cakes in the cafe! If plants and nature are your thing, the Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens home to over 4 1/2 thousand spices of tropical plants is definitely one to visit!
No trip to North Wales would be the same if you don’t visit Snowdonia! We were lucky enough to enjoy the breathtaking views from the top of Snowdonia, and also delve deep beneath the mountain to King Arthur’s Labyrinth, an old slate mine from 1836! Bounce Below & Zip World was a definite favourite of the trip, with largest zip zone in Europe and an underground cave full of extreme trampolines and slides! If you’re in North Wales you have to take a trip to some of the idyllic villages in the area. Porthmadog is a quaint harbour town, full of private independent businesses; Portmerrion is an Italian style picturesque village, a popular film destination and a must see destination and Llandudno has a traditional seaside pier and is said to be home to the traditional Alice and Wonderland!
This time we’re in the beautiful county of Devon. Their award winning beach and famous coast line is just a couple of reasons why Devon is the perfect place to visit. Whilst visiting the historic Jurassic Coast why not walk with llamas at Peak Hill Farm and enjoy those breathtaking views as you gaze across forty miles of English countryside. After, why not enjoy Devon’s very own Sandy Bay beach? There you can work up an appetite wakeboarding at EXE Wake water sports, and then relax at South Beach Cafe whilst appreciating the stunning coast line.
Once upon a time there was a magical county called Northumberland, full of heavenly views and charming landmarks it really is England’s finest. The fairytale continues as you visit Alnwick Gardens, their interactive games and ‘Poison Garden’ makes these beautiful grounds great for a family day out. Adventure on land with Wooler Cycle Hub as you cycle round the picturesque Cheviot Hills, or on sea as Billy takes you around the Farne Islands on his renowned boat trip (which has been running since 1930!) However, if that isn’t historic enough for you then why not try the Dirty Bottles pub which has been open for over two centuries!
We had a great time visiting Lancashire. Not only is it the home of the Blackpool tower but also a number of other exciting and famous attractions like, the Ashton Memorial – rumoured to be a tribute by Lord Ashton to his late wife. However, it wouldn’t be a holiday if you didn’t visit the beach, take a trip down to St Anne’s and watch as the sun sets over that amazing coastline. Now here’s the big ticket, enter the heart of Blackpool and be surrounded by famous attractions such as: Blackpool tower & illuminations; Madame Tussards; The Sea life centre; and Blackpool dungeons – a sure winner for a fun packed family day out.
We hope that these 48 hour guides have given you a good idea on what you can expect to find in the areas around our parks! If you know of any other hidden gems in these areas, let us know in the comment section below!