WELCOME TO OUR WINTER NEWSLETTER 2019
Winter wonder and wizardry
Winter casts special spells on our magical islands. Stag headed trees sway like magic wands against the windswept, water blue sky. A cruel sea is lashed towards the seething shore where gale speeded sandsnakes rush to fill your footprints. A censored sun struggles to work white magic on black, snow-laced crags. Winter warms the supernatural imagination.Let it run free. Get out there. Marvel at the magic.
Wonder at the wintry waterscapes of The Broads, the Lake District, Lough Neagh, Loch Lomond or Lake Bala. Scan the rugged skylines of the Peaks, Dartmoor, Snowdonia, The Burren or the Cairngorms. Travel the gentle lanes of the Cotswolds, Devon, the Dales, the Borders and the soft centre of Ireland.
In Scotland, it’s the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020. Celebrate the lochs, rivers, canals and beaches…with a warming dram at the end of the day. Hogmanay is as much fun as ever, while wintry Scotland is aflame with its world famous fire festivals including the Stonehaven Fireballs. Burns Nights are even more special in the poet’s homeland. Ben Nevis is amazing in winter and the drives along the Great Glen and Glen Etive are stunning.
All aboard Wales’ Cambrian Coast Railway! This incredible feat of engineering runs between Aberystwyth and Pwllheli following the curve of Cardigan Bay. Marvel at the majesty of Snowdon in winter with a jaunt into the mountains from Snowdonia south to the Brecon Beacons. Point of Ayr, Traeth Lefan and Newport Wetlands are just a few of a treasure trove of reserves complemented by rambles on the Gower Peninsular.And don’t forget Wales’ 600 castles.
Uncover Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands…stroll the River Shannon, admire Portumna Castle, look out for Ireland’s “Nessie” in Lough Ree and explore Portlick Millennium Forest. Meanwhile, the Wild Atlantic Way, stretching from Donegal to Cork, is even wilder in winter and there’s the stunning Causeway Coastal Route, with the mysterious Giant’s Causeway. And there’s that winter craic in Dublin and Belfast.
England’s coastline is one of winter myth, mystery and history. Tintagel Castle is the birthplace of King Arthur; prehistory is the Jurassic Coast; Bamburgh Castle is living history and Brighthelmstone has a great story to tell, although we know it as Brighton. Dracula came ashore from a shipwreck at Whitby but he missed out on the spectacular Esk Valley Railway with its stunning views of the North York Moors.
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 for B&B homes self-catering.
All the B&Bs and cottages have been specially selected 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.
Some more ideas…
Hundreds of Christmas Markets
7 – Jan 19 Birds by Barge, Ipswich
12 – 15 WalmerCastle, Kent, Christmas Wonderland
21 Burning of the Clocks Parade, Brighton
26 Clovelly Boxing Day Barbecue
1 – Feb 23 Ice skating at Eden Project, Cornwall
17 – 19 Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival
22- 23 Manchester Beer and Cider Festival
25 Burns Night and Chinese New Year
25 – Feb 23 Snowdrop Valley, Exmoor
7 – 10 Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians
From 8th Snowdrop Walk, Hever Castle
9 – 10 Hurling of the Silver Ball, St Ives
14 – Mar 1 North York Moors Dark Skies Festival
21 – 23 Wakefield Rhubarb Festival
22 – Mar 1 Rye Bay Scallops Week
…and even more in our Days Out Diary
See details on how to receive our brochure – The Little Green Book
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