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National Picnic Week

Top five UK picnic spots for National Picnic Week

In celebration of National Picnic Week from June 17 - 23, the National Picnic Week team have revealed their top UK spots for a picnic. To choose the spots the National Picnic Week Team travelled the length and breadth of the UK, sampling culinary delights and exploring the countryside.

Wallace and Gromit star in new tourism campaign

Wallace and Gromit star in new tourism campaign

A new TV advert has launched last weekend, staring Aardman double-act Wallace and Gromit, to encourage Britons to holiday at home this summer.

Gromit Unleashed trail in Bristol

Wallace and Gromit to be unleashed on Bristol

This summer, one of the country’s most iconic characters will be unleashed on the streets of Bristol. Gromit the famous plasticine dog created by Nick Park of Bristol-based Aardman animations and silent sidekick of cheese-loving Wallace, is set to decorate the streets of the city for ten weeks in a major new public art trail named Gromit Unleashed.

Family holidaying in the UK

7.8 million Brits to snub the sun for holidays closer to home

Whilst English tourism suffered during the Easter weekend as Brits escaped the cold spell for sunnier shores, a new survey from localpeople.co.uk reveals that there is still hope, as nearly 8 million holidaymakers plan to stay in the UK for their holiday in 2013.

The largest elephant sanctuary in Europe

Europe’s largest elephant sanctuary begins construction

Construction work has begun on a major new elephant sanctuary in Bristol, which is expected to be the largest elephant sanctuary in Europe.

Hot air baloon flight and British tea party

Virgin launch British tea party in hot air balloon

Virgin Balloon Flights will be celebrating the Great British summer by hosting a unique tea party in the sky, and are offering one lucky winner the chance to be a guest.

Coffee with a local in Bristol

Coffee with a local in Bristol

IdealShortBreaks.co.uk travels to the south-western UK city of Bristol to discuss organic Farmers’ markets, traditional pubs and famous street artists, with local, Alaina Henderson.

Enjoy the bank holiday in a UK city

UK towns set for Royal Wedding celebrations

If you live in London, you may well be considering escaping during the Royal Wedding bank holiday weekend. Even the most ardent royalist may want to avoid the traffic chaos and influx of tourist for the nuptials of Prince William.

Discover a range of couple's treats in Bristol

Couple's ideas for a Bristol Valentine's break

Take your partner on a West Country city break this February and discover a range of romantic activities and attractions for couples in Bristol on Valentine's Day, from outdoor ice-skating and local artisan chocolates to an indulgent spa treatment.

Christmas at Four Pillars comes with all the trimmings

Treat yourself to a relaxing Christmas break

Sometimes it pays to let someone else do the hard work at Christmas and Four Pillars has something for every taste at a choice of six delightful properties in Oxfordshire, the Cotswolds and Bristol.

FlyBe is offering Bristol getaways this winter

Winter escapes from Bristol Airport

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline and the UK's Number One Domestic carrier, has started a new 2010/11 winter programme from Bristol Airport, offering travellers a choice of up to 74 flights a week on four routes.

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Coffee with a local in Amsterdam

Amsterdam

This week IdealShortBreaks.co.uk is in Amsterdam drinking strong black coffee with local Machteld Ligtvoet, who gives us tips on some of his favourite local haunts – including where you can go to find one of the best views of the city.

Top five alternative Christmas markets

Alternative Christmas markets

Forget the likes of Germany and Eastern European favourites, Budapest, Krakow and Prague this year and why not head to some alternative Christmas market destinations for something a little different this festive season?