Welcome to our  AUTUMN  NEWSLETTER 2017



A curtain call of blazing colour 

What a fantastic time of the year. The still warm sun burns away the morning mist lurking in valleys and hanging in the trees. Its special light brings landscapes into sharp focus, sets off gardens and woodland in their autumn glory and gives a last gasp brilliance before Mother Nature’s theatre goes dark.

Let’s give centre stage to our trees, the mirrors of the seasons. 

The Forest of Dean, at Symonds Yat, Herefordshire, has many secrets up its sleeve, including waterfalls and gorges. Look across to Snowdonia through the kaleidoscope of colour that is Bodnant Gardens, Colwyn Bay. How about a night in the garden?..try After Dark in Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden. And the Westonbirt National Arboretum, in Gloucestershire, has a treetop walkway to put you in amongst the colours. There are many more, see www.visitwoods.org.uk and www.woodlandtrust.org.uk.

So let’s get out there and put some colour in our cheeks. Let’s make the most of what’s on offer. There’s so much to see and do.

It is so easy to find first-rate places to stay and enjoy the British and Irish way of life. Use our brochure of bed and breakfast accommodation – The Little Green Book – and websites www.bedandbreakfastnationwide.com for B&B homes and www.holidaycottagesnationwide.co.uk for self-catering cottages.

All the B&Bs and cottages have been specially selected and inspected to ensure that they provide high quality accommodation. They range from country cottages to town houses, manor houses to farm houses – all offering a warm welcome and good value. The hosts are all keen to promote their part of the country and suggest fun days out and how best to get there.

How are you with spooks? Find out on a tour of England’s spookiest fortress…Eastbourne’s Redoubt. Go east, young man…and explore King’s Lynn’s 900 years of history. Yorkshire’s Elizabethan Agnes Hall glows in the autumn sunshine…see for youself. See www.visitengland.com.

As Homecoming Scotland draws to a close, marvel at the Northern Lights, in Galloway. Also making the most of the darkness is Pitlochry’s Enchanted Forest…even more special this year.Set amongst stunning autumnal scenery, the Crieff and Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst caters for walkers of all abilities…and is one of the friendliest walking festivals. See www.visitscotland.com.

They say autumn is awesome in Ireland. Try the Tour of the Tombs, at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin…the last resting place of patriots and poets, writers and musicians. Capture autumn at at Brigit’s Garden, in Rosscahill, Galway and Mount StewartGardens, in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. See www.ireland.com.

Wales is an autumn wildlife wonderland. Flocking birds are an iconic spectacle at Pwllpatti and Llanbwchlyn and the seals of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park are a real tonic. Wales’ 500 castles take on something special and the Porthcawl Elvis Festival gets you rockin’.  See www.visitwales.com.

For more ideas look at the tourist attractions around Britain

Some events to visit ………….


1st – Nov 5th – Blackpool Illuminations

2nd – 17th – Whitby Autumn Boat Festival

15th– 17th – Great Yarmouth Out There Festival

22nd – 24th – Wee Binnian Walking Festival, Northern Ireland

29th – Oct 1st – British Musical Fireworks Display, Southport

September – Kynren, An Epic Tale of England, Bishop Auckland



2nd – 8th – Warwick Words History Festival

8th – World Conker Champtionships, Oundle, Northants

13th – 21st – Two Moors Music Festival, Exmoor and Dartmoor

14th & 15th – Big Apple Harvest Time, Marcle Ridge, Herefordshire

14th – Nov 4th – Canterbury Festival

21st & 22nd – Countryside Live, Harrogate



1st – 4th – Canterbury Festival

3rd & 4th – Light Up Lancaster

5th –  Lewes Bonfire Celebrations

11th & 12th – Anglesey Winter Show

16th – 19th – Lumiere Light Festival, Durham

16th – 19th – Kendal Mountain Fest

26th – Dec 31st – Christmas Festival of Lights, Longleat Safari Park, Warminster

…and see even more in our Days Out Diary   

See our News, Features and Blogs

Obtain our 112 page Brochure – The Little Green Book


Happy travelling,

Sue Opperman

Bed and Breakfast Nationwide

PO Box 10894



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