Beauty of a Greek island

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 26th September 2014

Hoping to transform herself into an Aphrodite, Nicole Gallagher visits the Greek goddess’s stomping ground

A tale of the grail in Wales

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 12th September 2014

Angela Swann enters a peaceful haven to find luxury, fine food and a great line in legends

My dancing fleet on themed cruise

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 5th September 2014

In preparation for the new series of Strictly which returns to TV screens on Sunday, Catherine Wylie joins a dance cruise

Falling for the Finns

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 29th August 2014

Annette Cunningham steps out of her comfort zone, ditches the posh frocks and finds she actually enjoys the great outdoors

Spoilt for choice at spa break

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 15th August 2014

Jaine Blackman wanders through a world of spas to emerge relaxed and rejuvenated

Pools that rock

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 1st August 2014

In 1914 the best most families could hope for by way of a holiday was a seaside day trip. Erin Murton of Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust tells of the joys of exploring rock pools

A vicious cycle

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 25th July 2014

‘Fat-bottomed’ mum Liz Nicholls finds it hard to keep up on an active family break

Knights fever at Warwick Castle

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 18th July 2014

With jousting contests, magic shows and knights in shimmering armour, camping in the grounds of Warwick Castle is an adventure for Emily Shelley’s family

Lady of the lake

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 11th July 2014

Janie Hampton revels in life around an inland “sea” in the small, peaceful country of Malawi

Time for a fiesta

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 4th July 2014

Jaine Blackman drags herself away from the tapas to enjoy one of Sitges' many festivals

Rooms with a phew

Oxford Mail: Bedroom of the Malmaison Manchester

11:00am Friday 27th June 2014

Jaine Blackman soaks up the atmosphere in a Manchester hotel with an opulent style and a vibe that encourages a ‘romantic’ visit

A Cornish manor from heaven

Oxford Mail: A Cornish manor from heaven

11:00am Friday 20th June 2014

A warm welcome for guests - and their pets - at a Cornish hotel turns Angela Swann's rain-soaked weekend in St. Austell into a refreshing break

Tresco is an island of calm

Oxford Mail: Tresco

11:00am Friday 13th June 2014

Jaine Blackman kicks back and enjoys a slower pace of life on Tresco where travel is by bicycle or on foot... and no one nicks your cycle

Rooms with a view at Cornish village

Oxford Mail: Rooms with a view at Cornish village

11:00am Friday 6th June 2014

Jaine Blackman takes a look at a Cornish hotel on the coast and likes what she sees

Styrso, where life is swede

Oxford Mail: The city's harbour

11:00am Friday 30th May 2014

Boat rides, cafe crawls and even a spot of guerrilla gardening are all in order for Nicole Gallagher on a weekend break to Sweden's second city

Monaco is a little bit racy

Oxford Mail: Lewis Hamilton during the Monaco F1 Grand Prix, at the Monaco racetrack, last year

11:00am Friday 23rd May 2014

As Monte Carlo revs up for the Formula 1 Grand Prix on Sunday, David Mercer visits Monaco

It's divine in the vines of South France

Oxford Mail: It's divine in the vines of South France

11:00am Friday 16th May 2014

Jaine Blackman savours a taste of the good life in a restored wine chateau in the South of France

Mud, glorious mud at Ischia

Oxford Mail: A view of Ischia

11:00am Friday 9th May 2014

Looking for a quick getaway? Lauren Taylor discovers some hidden coves, beautiful beaches and therapeutic thermal waters on Italian island Ischia

Foodie heaven found in southern Italy

Oxford Mail: Polinano A Mare, near the capital Bari in Puglia

11:00am Friday 2nd May 2014

Italy is well-known as a foodie's paradise but if you want a taste of the really good stuff, head to Puglia, says Chris Wiltshire

Romance and splendour in the footsteps of Anne Boleyn

Oxford Mail: Thornbury Castle in all its splendour

9:31am Friday 25th April 2014

Lucy Silver follows in the footsteps of Anne Boleyn to Thornbury Castle in South Gloucestershire - and finds regal luxury needn't cost a king's ransom

A night at the pub and hotel The Fleece in Witney

Oxford Mail: A night at the pub and hotel The Fleece in Witney

11:00am Friday 4th April 2014

Jaine Blackman enjoys pub grub and a refreshing rest at The Fleece in Witney

Why Barbados is the place to be for a perfect party holiday

Oxford Mail: Barbados sunset

11:00am Friday 4th April 2014

Bars, beaches and Bruno Mars songs are attracting a young party crowd to the Caribbean isle, says Lauren Turner

Top of the line

Oxford Mail: St. Pancras

11:00am Friday 21st March 2014

Jaine Blackman soaks up the atmosphere in a hotel full of character, history and indulgences

Locked on to luxury for Oxford Fashion Week

Oxford Mail: One of the cell bedrooms

11:00am Friday 14th March 2014

Anusha Couttigane books into a hotel in Oxford’s iconic Castle Quarter for Fashion Week

All aboard the Disney Magic - it's Mickey ahoy!

Oxford Mail: Captain Mickey!

11:00am Friday 7th March 2014

Holidays don’t come more dream-like than this. Josie Clarke and her two lucky children hop aboard the Disney Magic for a fantastical cruise

London's East End - It's not a hoax

Oxford Mail: London's East End - It's not a hoax

12:00pm Friday 28th February 2014

Katherine MacAlister gets away from the inertia of soggy Oxfordshire and blends in with the beautiful people in London’s East End

A grand time in York

Oxford Mail: Cedar Court Grand with the Minster in the background and the city walls

11:00am Friday 14th February 2014

Jaine Blackman enjoys historic hotels and gets all steamed up over the railway museum

Night Riveria - Dream of a journey

Oxford Mail: Night Riveria - Dream of a journey

11:00am Friday 31st January 2014

William Crossley spends a comfortable night slumbering aboard the Night Riveria to Plymouth

Step back in time in Cartagena, Spain

Oxford Mail: Members of a re-enactment society at their festival headquarters

11:00am Friday 24th January 2014

Jaine Blackman enjoys life with the Romans as history is brought back to life Gandam-style

Heroes of World War One: Females with front

Oxford Mail: A woman examines an exhibit at Flanders Field Museum

11:00am Friday 17th January 2014

Nel Staveley takes a trip to Flanders to look at World War One’s lesser known heroes: women

Champneys Tring - Luxury way to chill

Oxford Mail: The house and grounds at Champneys Tring

11:00am Friday 10th January 2014

Jaine Blackman and her daughter enjoy some quality time and icy horseplay at Champneys

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...

Top ten festive getaways

Oxford Mail: Routes to a perfect package

11:00am Friday 20th December 2013

If you’re looking to impress, the best things come in small packages. Travel editor Jeremy Smith rounds up the top 10 quick festive getaways

A visit to an unexpected Island near Malta

Oxford Mail: The Azure Window

11:00am Friday 13th December 2013

Geographically-challenged Jaine Blackman enjoys opera, spa treatments and plenty more on Malta’s little sister

Frome: a wonderfully weird market town

Oxford Mail: Mary Kilvert in Frome

1:02pm Friday 6th December 2013

LIZ NICHOLLS discovers a market town with a taste for the arty and unusual

Ladies of the lake (district)

Oxford Mail: Low Wood Bay Hotel

11:00am Friday 29th November 2013

Behind every great man, there's an even greater woman. Isn’t that how the saying goes?

Away with the witches at a grand hotel in Cornwall

Oxford Mail: Holly paddles in front of The Headland

5:00pm Friday 15th November 2013

HOLLY NIX visits the hotel at the root of her childhood nightmares and enjoys every moment of it

A site for sore eyes at Magdalen Chapter

Oxford Mail: Magdalen Chapter

5:00pm Friday 15th November 2013

Jaine Blackman enjoys a chic city break and swimming in the rain at a former eye hospital in Exeter

Lest we forget: remembering the Holocaust

Oxford Mail: The rotunda filled with files giving details of the lives of those who died in the Holocaust

5:00pm Friday 8th November 2013

KAREN BOWERMAN visits a moving and powerful memorial to Holocaust victims

Pot luck keeps us stoked

Oxford Mail: Sophie gets help from John Reeves

5:00pm Friday 1st November 2013

HELEN Werin and family throw themselves at the ‘have-a-go’ fun of Wedgwood Visitor Centre in Stoke on Trent

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

Blackpool rocks

Oxford Mail: A swirling shelter

5:00pm Friday 18th October 2013

HELEN WERIN finds the town has smartened up its act, but the glitz and the glamour is still there

Bed and full bard

Oxford Mail: Gill Oliver, right, and her best friend Gill

5:00pm Friday 4th October 2013

A weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon has plenty of historical delights on offer for GILL OLIVER – if only she can tear herself away from the spa pool

Topsham is TOPS

Oxford Mail: Annette in Topsham

5:00pm Friday 27th September 2013

After a relaxing train ride from Oxford, ANNETTE CUNNINGHAM samples the character and charm of an estuary town just four miles from Exeter

Llamas on the loose

Oxford Mail: Feeding the llamas

5:00pm Friday 20th September 2013

HELEN WERIN takes an trek in the National Forest and is delighted to find her ‘companions’ don’t live up to their big spitting reputation

Remember to breathe

Oxford Mail: Karen paddles her own canoe

5:00pm Friday 13th September 2013

Forget end-of-summer-back-to-normal stress and join KAREN BOWERMAN on a whistle-stop tour of... where else, the Canadian resort of Whistler

SEAL of approval

Oxford Mail: SEAL of approval

5:00pm Friday 6th September 2013

A boat trip off Northumberland’s coast reveals the cutest wildlife as HELEN WERIN discovers

Northern delights

Oxford Mail: Northern delights

5:00pm Friday 30th August 2013

Never mind the fog, eccentric costumes and costly pints. KAREN BOWERMAN has some fun in the fjords...

Gotta love that wood

Oxford Mail: Gotta love that wood

5:00pm Friday 23rd August 2013

As we enter the Forest of Dean my daughter Sophie is highly amused by the place names. There’s Green Bottom, The Pludds and Shortstanding. She can’t wait to find Leg Tump and Wallsprings Wood, which she’s spotted on our map. She’s also keen to spot deer and wild boar – the latter preferably from a distance. There’s plenty of evidence of the grumpy boar in the churned-up roadsides. It’s reassuring to learn that they avoid humans.

Having bags of fun in Amsterdam

Oxford Mail: Karen Bowerman

5:00pm Friday 16th August 2013

You can never have too many memories . . . well that’s what one of my friends says. However, I prefer, “you can never have too many handbags” and it seems, given recent headlines, that Oprah Winfrey would also agree.






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