The Guide

Go wild in the country

Oxford Mail: Old Thorns Manor Hotel

10:07am Thursday 10th April 2014

Katherine Macalister and family enjoyed an action-packed adventurous weekend in Hampshire

Visiting a paradise with a dark past

Oxford Mail: Island fortress: Fort Grey

12:33pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

An intriguing mix of military history and sunny beaches gives Tim Hughes plenty to do on the island of Guernsey

For a short, sharp blast of snow, Ski Weekends are an Alpine winner

Oxford Mail: Snowy scene in the Three Valleys

1:10pm Thursday 20th March 2014

Ski fan Tim Hughes heads for the Alps for some five-star recreation at prices that you can afford on this whistle-stop break for that all-important fix of snow

Hobourne Parks - The very best of British

Oxford Mail: Alex and Dylan Collie play in the waves at Paignton, with Torquay in the background

11:00am Thursday 27th February 2014

There was plenty of talk about trying staycations rather than holidaying abroad last year, so Jason Collie and family decided to say au revoir to France and try out Devon

When life's a beach - Roscoff, Northern France

Oxford Mail: Villa 'An Ti Gwer' in Roscoff

1:45pm Thursday 6th February 2014

A last-minute escape to a tranquil village in Northern France is the perfect tonic for Katherine MacAlister and family

High society: Klosters is the peak of perfection for skiing

Oxford Mail: Fresh snow and sunshine on Madrissa

2:32pm Thursday 30th January 2014

With world-class skiing but none of the glitz, it’s little wonder Klosters has a royal following, as Tim Hughes discovered on a trip to this rarefied corner of Switzerland

Olympic deal to get skiers ready for the piste - in Reading!

Oxford Mail: Get ready for the piste - in Reading!

4:56pm Thursday 30th January 2014

Skiplex offer is great news for skiers hoping to improve technique

Skiplex - Take flying carpet to ski mastery

Oxford Mail: Skiplex - Take flying carpet to ski mastery

2:19pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

Before heading out onto the white stuff, Jason Collie and sons find the perfect place to practice

Ten tempting travel trends

Oxford Mail: Ten tempting travel trends

11:56am Thursday 16th January 2014

Beat the January blues by planning a holiday. Sarah Marshall provides some inspiration with a look at this year’s top 10 trending destinations

Dipping into spa's delights at Bluestone National Park Resort

Oxford Mail: Dipping into spa's delights at Bluestone National Park Resort

3:16pm Thursday 9th January 2014

A leisurely trip along the M4 and Lucy Silver leaves the stresses of everyday life behind to sample the joys of a spa in one of Britain’s most beautiful destinations

WIN! a luxury New Year break in beautiful Pembrokeshire

Oxford Mail: WIN! a luxury New Year break in beautiful Pembrokeshire

We are giving away 10 January breaks to the Bluestone National Park Resort in Wales. Here's how to win one...

Irresistible - a visit to London

Oxford Mail: Tower Bridge taken from the Millenium Bridge by Alister Henderson

11:44am Thursday 19th December 2013

With its blend of the old (the Tower) and the new (the Shard) KATHERINE MACALISTER finds London irresistible

Travel review - Bluestone in Pembrokeshire

Oxford Mail: The adventure playground

2:44pm Friday 6th December 2013

UNDER WELSH SKIES: Sun, hail and sideways rain aside, LIZ NICHOLLS finds true paradise in Pembrokeshire at a resort that can keep the whole family happy

Birmingham: Join the scrum in Brum!

Oxford Mail: The Bull Ring

11:30am Thursday 28th November 2013

KATHERINE MACALISTER battles the crowds and gets a glimpse of what Birmingham will be like once its transformation is complete

Win a festive break at Bluestone National Park resort in Wales

Oxford Mail: Luxurious: A lodge at Bluestone

6:01pm Wednesday 27th November 2013

Enjoy the magic of The Kingdom of the Elves in the beautiful Pembrokeshire National Park

In perfect elf at Christmassy Bluestone in Pembrokeshire

Oxford Mail: Edoc's Emaginarium

3:21pm Wednesday 27th November 2013

We're in a brilliant blue room, little fluffy clouds dangling from the ceiling, while a rainbow-haired Edoc coaxes us into inventing fairies under the beady eye of a mammoth Mr Potatohead.

Getting the surf BORED blues on the Isle of Wight

Oxford Mail: Camp Beaumont

5:29pm Thursday 21st November 2013

An action-packed stay at Camp Beaumont fails to live up to its promise for ALISTAIR HENDERSON, 15

Ski in Val D'Isere: it's all downhill from here...

Oxford Mail: Head for heights; Ed and Tim take the chair lift

6:36pm Thursday 24th October 2013

TIM HUGHES takes novice skier Ed Nix to Val D’Isere in the French Alps for a ‘crash’ course

First-class food on the move

Oxford Mail: Chef Mitch Tonks at London's Paddington station

5:00pm Friday 18th October 2013

William Crossley takes a break from Cotswold Line commuting to sample a different kind of travel with First Great Western

Derry-Londonderry: What's in a name for UK City of Culture?

Oxford Mail: Arms across the Foyle: The Peace Bridge

2:37pm Friday 4th October 2013

A traumatic past fails to dim the beauty of Derry-Londonderry as Tim Hughes discovers a city of culture and peace

Man! This island's a cool place for an active break

Oxford Mail: Inthe drink: Coasteering

6:29pm Thursday 5th September 2013

Tim Hughes explores the natural charms of the Isle of Man on an adrenaline-soaked trip

Out & about: Rally of Giants at Blenheim Palace

Oxford Mail: Cool: Nick Kenny from The Long Insiders

5:50pm Thursday 1st August 2013

Marc West finds himself revved up by some gleaming giants of motoring

Sea Life Weymouth: A fishy feeding frenzy... and that’s just the keepers!

Oxford Mail: Something fishy: Eddie, 10, feeds the penguins

4:00pm Thursday 1st August 2013

Tim Hughes joins young shark feeders for some wild fun on the Dorset coast

Miami Nice

Oxford Mail: AT PLAY IN MIAMI: "There's no snobbery here..."

5:00pm Friday 5th July 2013

Despite drag queens with dollar bills in their bras, Miami is cool not crass, finds KAREN BOWERMAN

GLOBETROTTER: Villa People

Oxford Mail: Lake Garda, Malcesine

4:00pm Saturday 29th June 2013

AS A culture vulture seeking a short break somewhere in Europe, Italy is always a safe bet, and the Veneto offers something special.

Pretty Special

Oxford Mail: YNYSHIR HALL: "made me one pretty happy woman!"

4:00pm Thursday 20th June 2013

A luxurious weekend in Wales leaves ELLIE SIMMONDS with stars in her eyes

GLOBETROTTER: Basque in its glory

Oxford Mail: San Sebastian

4:00pm Saturday 15th June 2013

THE throb of Spanish guitars and the frantic click of castanets provided thrilling accompaniment as I was swept by coach into the Basque country.

Scenic Route

Oxford Mail: LETTING THE TRAIN TAKE THE STRAIN: 'the biggest luxury for me wasn’t the interior, service, views or speed, it was the time itself, time not spent peering at the SatNav, shouting at the children or searching for a service station...'

4:00pm Thursday 13th June 2013

We’d been walking for several hours, but I could have carried on all day, such was the utter splendour of our surroundings as we navigated our way along the South West Coastal path. Alone.

Snow Business

Oxford Mail: THE SNOW CENTRE: 'as a form of family entertainment, it can’t be beaten'

4:00pm Thursday 6th June 2013

KATHERINE MacALISTER and family head off to Hemel Hempstead to discover the joys of indoor skiing

Devon sent: family fun at Woolacombe Bay

Oxford Mail: The beach and signs to coastal path

5:53pm Wednesday 5th June 2013

JUST browsing the list of activities beckoning from the brochure had me craving a lie down.

The Ultimate house party

Oxford Mail: Lyme Regis harbour in Dorset

7:00pm Saturday 1st June 2013

Emily Shelley finds a stylish lodge has taken the place of the Somerset house once linked to Mr Blobby

Home on the range

Oxford Mail: Home on the range

4:00pm Saturday 1st June 2013

I am having a one-to-one with Elvis. He is a wild beast – an absolute stallion.

Racy Adventure

Oxford Mail: FAST AND FURIOUS: 'It was enormously liberating, ferociously exciting, and utterly terrifying all at the same time...'

4:00pm Thursday 23rd May 2013

Speed fiend KATHERINE MACALISTER goes from car to spa on a unique break for the girls

A mini adventure in Legoland, Denmark

Oxford Mail: BRICK-TASTIC: The Danish Viking town of Ribe – close to the ferry port at Esbjerg – is just one of dozens of places to be given the Lego treatment in painstaking detail

3:00pm Saturday 18th May 2013

Tim Hughes enjoys a trip to the wonderful - if slightly surreal - world of Legoland in the place it all began - Denmark

GLOBETROTTER: Roman shadows around Italy's Amalfi coast

Oxford Mail: The Amalfi coast in Italy

10:00am Saturday 11th May 2013

Kate Whiting explores fascinating archaeological sites in southern italy and takes in the amalfi coast

Vienne: history, culture and all that jazz...

Oxford Mail: Musical gladiators: the amphitheatre

3:00pm Saturday 4th May 2013

Tim Hughes soaks up the sounds of Jazz à Vienne: one of the world's great music festivals in a spectacular setting

FRANCE: The height of adventure

Oxford Mail: Dylan, left, and Alex Collie with Patch the Parrot at Siblu’s Les Charmettes park

3:00pm Saturday 13th April 2013

IT was only a little moment but for a parent it was massively reassuring.

Vietnamese vitality

Oxford Mail: Ho Chi Minh City

3:00pm Saturday 6th April 2013

Rural villages, floating markets and top class tailors are all highlights of a holiday to vietnam, contends Tori Mayo

Hampshire: Forest of dreams

Oxford Mail: Hampshire: Forest of dreams

3:00pm Saturday 30th March 2013

HELEN WERIN VENTURES OFF THE MOTORWAY AND FINDS TRANQUILITY IN THE NEW FOREST

Chocs Away

Oxford Mail: CADBURY WORLD: 'There are no Oompa Loompas, but, hours after leaving with bags of factory goodies, the kids' eyes were still as round as Augustus Gloop’s'

4:00pm Thursday 28th March 2013

WILLY Wonka has a lot to answer for. I told my four-year-old we were going to Cadbury World.. if she was good (yes, I admit it, the bribery potential was too good to miss) and two weeks later she was still greedy for details.

Lapping up the real Santa land

Oxford Mail: MUSH MUSH: A husky safari

10:30am Saturday 23rd March 2013

It was little more than a week after Christmas and the tinsel and fairy lights had been consigned to the attic for another year.

The Peak District: Bottom's up

Oxford Mail: In a hole: The Devil's Arse

5:25pm Thursday 21st March 2013

Helen Werin and her family get to the ‘bottom’ of the spectacular caverns of the Peak District

John O' Groats is the start of the road for adventure

Oxford Mail: JOHN O'GROATS: "For us this is the start of the road!”

4:00pm Thursday 14th March 2013

The wild beauty of John O’Groats is being given a makeover as TIM HUGHES discovers

Rocking it out in Brittany's Armorique Park

Oxford Mail: Chateaulin

12:20pm Saturday 9th March 2013

Fellow Brit Tony tells us he’s been coming to Camping Ty Provost in Armorique Regional Park for 10 years, purely for that view. He’s pointing at the river Aulne far below. The highest points in Brittany, the Monts d’Arrée, are the backdrop. It’s all very romantic.

Portuguese paradise

Oxford Mail: Aqueduct of Elvas

2:00pm Saturday 2nd March 2013

IN South Portugal, residents run on two speeds: slow, and still. This is what our guide José tells us as we board our ride from Lisbon Airport.

Gower Surge

Oxford Mail: GOWER: "It was a great challenge for the kids and they really enjoyed the experience"

4:00pm Thursday 21st February 2013

RICHARD CAVE and family enjoy an action-packed trip to The Gower region of Wales

GLOBETROTTER: Breaking barriers in disabled-friendly Germany

Oxford Mail: No barriers in the woodland

12:00pm Saturday 16th February 2013

I’M a yes man…and although it often gets me into trouble, it is ALWAYS fun.

KOS: All at sea in the Aegean

Oxford Mail: KOS: All at sea in the Aegean

12:00pm Saturday 9th February 2013

TIM HUGHES resists the temptation to sink into a sunbed by heading out under sail from Mark Warner's Lakitira resort, on the Greek island of Kos

UTAH: The Salt of the Earth

Oxford Mail: The unending landscape of Utah

4:00pm Saturday 2nd February 2013

JEREMY SMITH EXPLORES THE UTAH BEYOND SALT LAKE CITY AND FINDS WEST IS BEST

Treasure Quest

Oxford Mail: CARMARTHENSHIRE: "We were greeted by rolling green hills laden with sheep against a blue sky..."

4:00pm Thursday 31st January 2013

Heading west into the wilds of Wales ESTHER BROWNING strikes holiday gold in the rolling hills of Carmarthenshire






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