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Bonfire Night celebrations in England

England's best firework displays for Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the 5th of November gunpowder, treason and plot ....... If you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate Bonfire Night tomorrow complete with cracking displays, sparklers and toffee apples, then VisitEngland have put together a list of the best places to go.

James Bond, Casino Royale

Top James Bond experiences to unlock your inner 007

With the latest James Bond book written by William Boyd, about be launched next week, fans will be eager to get their fix of the much-loved British spy. To celebrate the launch, VisitEngland have released a list of the top Bond-themed activities to try out here at home on a short break.

Naked gardeners at Abbey House

Best places for nudists in England this summer

Following the announcement that Holkham Beach in Norfolk is to officially ban nudists from its shores from 1st July, here's a round up of places people can still use as a naked hangout, from designated nudist beaches to naked gardening and theatre.

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.

Easter weekend in England

2.7 million Brits to take a UK break over Easter weekend

Despite the cold weather this year 2.7 million Brits (6% of the adult population) plan to make the most of the Easter break by taking at least one overnight trip away in the UK. And of those, 2.5 million are planning to stay in England, according to VisitEngland’s latest Trip Tracker survey.

London's South Bank

England's experts reveal what tops their bucket list

A panel of experts, including Wallace & Gromit and Bill Oddie, have spent weeks looking over 800 submissions to select the top 101 things to do before you go abroad in time for English Tourism Week.

English canal boat

New app ‘101 Things To Do Before You Go Abroad’

VisitEngland, the national tourist board, has launched a new Facebook app called '101 Things To Do Before You Go Abroad', designed to inspire the nation to take more holidays in England.

St Ives in Cornwall is a popular short break destination in the UK

Cornwall attempts to boost identity with England split

In a memo to staff, Visit Cornwall boss Malcolm Bell has asked tourism literature to drop references to "county" and "England" in favour of "region" or simply the name Cornwall itself.

English staycation in 19th century hotel

Historic 19th century hotel to open in Worcestershire

The Wood Norton, a newly restored Grade II listed boutique hotel in the Vale of Evesham, is set to open this autumn following a major £4 million restoration.

How to enjoy Osborne beach on the Isle of Wight, like Queen Victoria

How to enjoy Osborne beach, like Queen Victoria did

How to enjoy the Royal beach at Osborne on the Isle of Wight, which is being made public for the very first time this July, just like Queen Victoria would have done.

The royal beach is opening to the public for the first time

Queen Victoria's beach opens to the public

Queen Victoria’s private beach at Osborne,on the Isle of Wight, is going to open to the public for the first time.

Fire garden at Stonehenge for the London 2012 festvial

Stonehenge ‘set on fire’ for festival

Stonehenge is going to be set on fire on Tuesday, for the London 2012 Festival.

Dan Snow is supporting the appeal to protect the White Cliffs of Dover

White Cliffs of Dover under threat, National Trust warns

Lack of conservation surrounding the world-famous White Cliffs of Dover, in Kent, could lead to their ruin, according to the National Trust.

Celebrate the Jubilee in Manchester with a British Tea Party

Manchester plans giant tea party to celebrate the Jubilee

A giant Vintage Tea Party is being planned in Manchester this June, to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Top places in the UK for a fishing break

Top places in the UK for a fishing break

Could there be a more relaxing short getaway than spending your days at the water's edge fishing, before returning to the UK holiday cottage you have hired for a cosy evening and tucking into your fresh catch? If so, there are a few places you may wish to visit.

Bournemouth was voted as having the best beach in the UK

Bournemouth voted best of UK beaches

Sun, sea and sand worshipers should look to Bournemouth for their next short break holiday. The UK beach destination has been crowned 'the best in the UK' this 2012, and the fourth best beach in Europe, according to a TripAdvisor poll.

Brits are encouraged to holiday in the UK this summer

One in four Brits have never been to Wales or Scotland

24 per cent of Brits have never been to Wales, and 28 per cent haven't visited Scotland - according to a survey by Hotwire.com.

Hopes to encourage UK short breaks and staycations

England’s first ever National Tourism Week, launches March

The first ever British National Tourism Week is taking place between 10th to 18th March. The celebrations include discounted tickets to the Chelsea Football Club grounds, and a number of walking, cycling, and wine tasting events.

Cornish Pasty baking competition

Cornwall celebrates with World Pasty Championships

Cornwall is celebrating St Piran’s Day, the national day of Cornwall, with a World Pasty Championship at the Eden Project.

Corporate sailing events: why choose the Solent?

Corporate sailing events: why choose the Solent?

If you're keen to get your team out of the office and into somewhere a little more inspiring, why not consider a yacht charter in the United Kingdom? Home to world-class sailing opportunities and an excellent range of facilities for corporate events, the Solent is the perfect location for this kind of trip.

The English countryside is great in summer

Feature: Eco-conscious hotels in the English countryside

Now that the summer weather is finally here, shedding a serene and balmy light over all the land, this is the best time to head out of the city for the weekend and take a break in the beautiful English countryside.

The village of Corfe with the castle behind

Feature: Dorset’s historical wonders

The quintessential English county, Dorset is a spectacularly beautiful place full of charming villages, historic ruins, green countryside and sun kissed beaches. As the whole county has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty...

Staying in a historic hotel is brilliant fun

Feature: Historic hotels for a fantastic short break

Over the past few weeks we’ve been looking high and low for some unusual hotels in Europe for a fantastic short break way. As our last feature in the series, we’ve gone one step further and found some unique hotels offering a slice of history.

glamping is the next 'in-thing'

Feature: Glamping holidays for a scenic UK short break

Glamping is the next ‘big-thing’ taking the travel industry by storm. Thanks to glamping, camping no longer has to mean dining on canned meat or waking up to a dewy field covered in crisp packets. Gone are the cold, sleepless nights...

unusual hotels are great for a holiday

Feature: Unusual hotels in Europe

Perhaps the best way to spend a short break away is to book yourself in for a few nights at one of Europe’s many unusual hotels. From train carriages to castles, and from pre-historic caves to industrial cranes, Europe is now to many unique hotels.

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Coffee with a local in 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?