Holiday review: Stamford, Lincolnshire

Spending five hours in stationary traffic with an over-excited Cocker Spaniel in the car is not the best way start to the weekend. I think we can all agree on that. And yet that was the beginning of my short break to Stamford, Lincolnshire.

The Cape Town Affair

Safari and a city break, what could be better? I enjoyed the best of both worlds during a whirlwind trip to Cape Town and the surrounding area.

Holidays: The Lake District


The Lake District, with its soaring peaks and sheltered valleys, is synonymous with walking. We set out for a weekend in the lakes intent on doing just that with boots, waterproofs and rucksacks packed away in the car – and that’s where they stayed.

A taste of the exotic


There’s no shortage of impressive beaches and stunning scenery in the Caribbean, famous for its warm waters and laid-back way of life. But for spectacular views, awe-inducing landscapes and gourmet food St Lucia has the upper hand.

Holiday review: Berlin


Locals call Berlin ‘The Big Village’. With 3.5 million people living within the sprawling city confines, this is easily Germany’s biggest in population terms but everyone knows each other.

A city full of art and soul


Bicycles jingle and clatter across red-brick bridges – some carrying "wheelbarrows" filled with children, others with passengers riding side-saddle on the back.

My Mersey Magical Tour

Holiday season is approaching and you want to get a break – but it looks set to be a typical grey British ‘summertime’. You want to treat the children and find plenty to do – but you don’t want to spend a fortune. You want a bit of culture – without travelling too far.

Holiday review: Golden Sands, Bulgaria


Walking along the seafront enjoying an ice cream for one lev (40p) or relaxing in a bar with a beer at just two levs (80p), it's easy to see why Bulgaria stands out in the battle of the bargain holiday hotspots.

Holidays: The play’s the thing . . .


Shakespeare’s finest, a romantic dinner out or a lazy stroll by the river, Stratford-Upon-Avon is the perfect place for a relaxing weekend away, says Elizabeth Joyce.

Living like royalty on Anglesey

Ye Olde Bull’s Head is a superb location to celebrate any special occasion

Beaumaris is just a stone’s throw from the home of William and Kate – aka the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, writes Paul Naylor.

Sweet Serenade of the high seas

Cruise in style – the Serenade can cater for 2,490 passengers

Catherine Ferris steps aboard a Royal Caribbean liner, travelling to chic cities and ancient ruins – and all amid the lap of luxury.