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Eco-Friendly Days Out in the UK

Saturday, June 27th, 2015
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If you’re feeling green fingered, there is no reason it should be left at home! There is a growing number of eco-friendly attractions opening up across the UK and a number of already existing sites are making changes to reduce their footprints; making eco-friendly days out easier to come by. With a huge amount of choice becoming available, it can be tough to choose where to visit for an eco-friendly – and fun – day out for everyone to enjoy. So read on to discover a few of our favourite eco-friendly days out in the UK.

Greenwood Forest Park – Gwynedd

Greenwood Forest Park is a fun, eco-friendly adventure park located in North Wales that is sure to be a fun day out that all the family can enjoy. The ethos behind the company revolves around being kind to nature and as such, many of the rides and activities require human energy to make them work. Since its opening in 1993, the park has always had a focus in being environmentally friendly. With biodegradable food and drink containers, a huge number of trees planted per year and bird boxes dotted about the park, as well as a huge number of other initiatives to stay green, it is easy to see why Greenwood Forest Park has won such a huge number of awards for its eco-friendly efforts.

The Living Rainforest – Berkshire

Operated by the Trust for Sustainable Living, The Living Rainforest aims to further educate visitors on sustainable living both in the UK and abroad. The Living Rainforest is home to over 700 species of plants and animals as well as a ‘Human Impact’ space, so there is sure to be something of interest for everyone to enjoy. Choose to watch as the animals roam free in the tropical glasshouses, allow children to play in the play area or just relax in the café with a good cup of coffee. However you choose to spend your day at The Living Rainforest, you are sure to have a great time whilst also supporting the work of the Trust for Sustainable Living.

BeWILDerwood – Norfolk

If it’s a fun, eco-friendly family day out that you’re after, you really can’t go wrong with a trip to BeWILDerwood. The adventure park, which encourages parents to play alongside their children, hosts a number of fantastic attractions and activities including a zip wire, a treehouse and other magical and fun activities. Not only is the attractions list at BeWILDerwood impressive, but so is their environmental policy. From ensuring all food served on site is locally sourced where possible, helping to upgrade local footpaths, to recycling over 70% of their waste, this is one attraction with huge plans to be green!

 

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

The Best Ways to Explore a UK City

Saturday, June 20th, 2015
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Sometimes cities can be a little overwhelming, especially when you’ve never visited before. The crowds and tall buildings, mixed with everything else going on, can often leave you feeling confused and not sure where to start. Today we’re taking a look at some of the ways that you can explore a city, whether you’re a first time visitor or not!

Enjoy a Cruise Along The River

If you’re staying in one of the UK’s fabulous cities that are located beside a river, why not spend an afternoon on the water and see your chosen city from a new angle? River tours are available in cities across the UK and they are a great way to see the sights away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds on dry land. You could even go on a river tour that includes a meal and dine as you travel along the river, taking in the sights as you go.

Hop on a City Bus Tour

Sightseeing bus tours are a personal favourite of mine. Not only do they offer you an overview of the place you’re visiting and allow you to hear historic information and anecdotes from the on board tour guide but you can also ‘hop on, hop off’ at any of the designated stops along the route. This is ideal if you are short on time, as you can multi-task by travelling to your next attraction whilst also learning more about the history of the city you are visiting.

Take a Helicopter Tour

Rise above the crowds of your chosen city by booking onto a helicopter tour. This may not be the cheapest option for seeing a city, but if you have the cash to splash it is certainly worth it for the bird’s eye view you will get! Flights are usually around 15-45 minutes and as helicopters only seat 2-3 passengers, you can be sure that your helicopter experience will be a personal one.

Just Walk

One of the greatest ways to discover the hidden gems of a city is to explore it by foot. Wear comfortable shoes and utilise street maps or follow brown signs to discover the nearest attraction. Alternatively, why not forget the regular tourist trails and make your own route through the city? As long as you stay safe there’s no reason why you can’t divert from the guidebooks and the tour groups.

Book a City Break with Sykes Cottages

If you’re now inspired to go ahead and book a weekend (or longer) stay in one of the UK’s fantastic cities, why not book a self catering holiday cottage or apartment with us at Sykes? We have a range of properties available to book in York, Chester, Lincoln and beyond! Just take a look at our holiday properties in a city on our website.

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Choose a Holiday Cottage for your next Sporting Event

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
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If you participate in sports, you’ll probably be used to travelling the length and breadth of the country for various events and tournaments. Frequently, these can be far from home and finding somewhere to stay can be a bit of a nightmare! Well, we at Sykes Cottages may be able to help; read on to discover five reasons why booking a self catering holiday cottage is perfect when you’re taking part in a sporting event.

Have a Bath to Soothe those Muscles

Bathroom The Malthouse

The Malthouse in Cromford, The Peak District

Be sure that there is a bath where you can relax after your event by booking a holiday cottage with a bath. Showers are great for quick fixes before heading out, but if there’s one thing you deserve after your event it’s a relaxing bath to help soothe your muscles. Why not really treat yourself by booking one of our cottages with a spa bath?

Have Space for Your Equipment

If your sport of choice means you must carry a selection of equipment with you, then a holiday cottage is ideal. Being much larger than a standard hotel room, where space is often at a premium, there will be plenty of space for your equipment and you can rest assured that it will be safe.

Cook your Own Meals

East Gable

East Gable located in Gatehouse of Fleet, Scotland

You don’t want to ruin all that training by falling at the last hurdle on your diet. Every one of our self catering holiday cottages have a kitchen and dining space including all of the utensils and pots you could need, so you can whip up a recovery meal post-workout and keep to that regime whilst you’re away!

Enjoy your Holiday Right Away

23 Clock Tower Court

23 Clock Tower Court in Charlestown, Cornwall

You’ve been training for months; you deserve to spend some time away getting a bit of rest and relaxation! By booking a holiday cottage, you can begin your holiday straight after the sporting event without having to travel elsewhere.

Bring the Whole Family Along

Bring all the family

Beechcroft in North Molton, Devon

Every sports star needs their cheerleaders but sometimes, if an event is quite far away, it can be difficult for everyone to be able to come along due to costs and space! Luckily, when booking a holiday cottage, everyone will have somewhere to stay and be able to cheer you on. Get that for support!

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Five Cottages with Unique Gardens

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
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From modern apartments to country homes, with over 5,000 properties we have everything here at Sykes Cottages. One of our favourite things is seeing how owners decorate their holiday homes to make them perfect for guests and gardens are no exception! Whilst browsing the Sykes’ selection of holiday cottages, I have discovered some absolute hidden gems in the gardens of our properties. I’m not talking decorative shrubs or vegetable plots, oh no, I’m talking quirky statues and impressive stonework. Read on to discover five very unique aspects you can find in the gardens of five of our properties.

1. These wire statues in Northumbria

Top Ten Unique Gardens - Grey Croft

Grey Croft in Embleton, Northumbria.

2. This canon in County Wexford

Serenity in Rosslare Harbour, County Cork

Serenity in Rosslare Harbour, County Wexford

 3. This plant pot man relaxing in Yorkshire

Gilchrist House in Settle, Yorkshire Dales

Gilchrist House in Settle, Yorkshire Dales

4. This Saturday Night Fever cut out in Cumbria

Top Ten Unique Gardens - Nuthatch

Nuthatch in Ice Valley near Penrith, Cumbria

5. This stone circle in County Kerry

Top Ten Unique Gardens - Doon East

Doon East in Ballybunion, County Kerry

Book a Unique Cottage Holiday

If you’re inspired by these five unique aspects of some of our holiday cottage gardens, or would like to try and have a go at spotting an unusual ornament yourself, why not book a self catering holiday cottage with Sykes Cottages? Take a look at our selection of unique holiday cottages to ensure you have a unique stay inside and out!

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Sea View Properties on the Isle of Wight

Friday, June 5th, 2015
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With its mild climate, blue flag beaches and easy accessibility, it comes as no surprise that the Isle of Wight is one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations. It goes without saying that no matter where you find yourself on this brilliant little island, you won’t be too far from the sea so today we’re putting the Sykes’ spotlight on a few of our Isle of Wight properties that have the benefit of having sea views. Be ready to swoon…

West Sea View No 4

Isle of Wight Sea Views West Sea View no 4

With a name that includes ‘Sea View’ you’d be forgiven for expecting something spectacular when glancing out of the window of this three-person apartment. Luckily, it does not disappoint and fully lives up to its name! West Sea View No 4 has direct access to the beach as well as access to a private slipway so you can launch your own boat and having shared use of the outside patio area means that you can enjoy the views or dine al fresco.

Click here to see the full profile of West Sea View No 4

102 Gills Cliff – The Deck Studio

Isle of Wight Sea Views 102 Gills Cliff - The Deck Studio

If it’s a romantic and cosy yet luxurious coastal getaway you’re after then you need to get yourself to 102 Gills Cliff in Ventnor. The property benefits from a private south-facing decked area which is ideal for enjoying a drink and the sea views al fresco, but if you fancy a lazy morning don’t worry as you can still enjoy the views from the comfort of the property’s king size bed. This ground floor studio apartment has been given a Sykes Cottages tick rating of five so you can be sure that your holiday will be one to remember!

Click here to see the full profile of 102 Gills Cliff – The Deck Studio

Chartfield

Isle of Wight Sea Views Chartfield

Located in the popular town of Yarmouth and sleeping nine, Chartfield is the perfect base for a family holiday on the Isle of Wight. The panoramic views from the upper floor allow guests to enjoy not only coastal views but also stunning views of the Isle of Wight countryside. As this property also benefits from having a south facing garden, there’s no need for you to stay indoors to enjoy the view as on sunny days you can dine alfresco with a BBQ as you enjoy the lovely Isle of Wight weather!

Click here to see the full profile of Chartfield

Book a Self Catering Holiday on The Isle of Wight

These are just three examples of our stunning, high quality Isle of Wight holiday cottages. We currently have over 60 properties available to rent for your self catering UK holiday that you can see on the Sykes Cottages website here. If you’re having trouble narrowing down your choices, our friendly holiday advisors are on hand from 9am until 9.30pm 7 days a week to help you choose and book your perfect holiday cottage and you can speak to them by calling 01244 356695 or send us an email.

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.