The summer holidays are nearly upon us and thousands of Brits across the country will flock abroad for a much-needed vacation.
With a holiday abroad providing an opportunity to live more extravagantly compared to when at home (e.g. taking longer showers, getting fresh towels every day etc.), it can blur the lines between indulgence and wastage. Given the alarming environmental issues facing the world, how concerned are Brits about the environmental impact they leave behind when they go on holiday overseas?
Fascinating history, award winning cuisine and world-famous mountainous countryside are just a snippet of what’s on offer in the North West.
The high profile cities of Manchester and Liverpool dominate the region’s urban scene, each boasting their own unique brand of lifestyle and fun.
Stoke Park, the luxury 5 AA Red Star Country Club, Spa and Hotel, are delighted to announce the addition of two Padel courts to their award-winning sports facilities which are due to open in April.
In doing so Stoke Park will become the first 5 Star Hotel to have Padel courts in the UK and is the only club in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire to have this facility.
Yorkshire is set for a stellar year of cycling with the UCI World Championships and the Tour de Yorkshire expected to attract the very best riders from all over the globe.
As the county prepares to welcome professional riders such as Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome to its roads, Jane Gara, manager of Settle's country house hotel, Falcon Manor, has some tips for guests booking in to watch the action.
Plan your viewing
The village of Highcliffe sits on the border of the New Forest National Park and enjoys a picturesque stretch of the Solent coastline.
It has its own Grade 1 listed Castle, which was built in the early 1800’s and was leased out by retail magnate Harry Selfridge between 1916 and 1922 as his family home. Harry is buried in the local graveyard at St. Marks Church, together with his wife Rose and his Mother. Highcliffe Castle is often mistaken for the magnificent country house of Highclere Castle, where the popular TV series of Downton Abbey was filmed.