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2012 Round up

Happy new year from all at Holiday Cottages! 2012 was an eventful and special year, with a successful Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee; it all came up roses for Britain. Before we start on news in 2013, here’s a round up of the main stories we covered on this blog last year.

January started positively for holiday cottage owners, as research showed that an increased number of people were planning self-catering holidays. The future of rail travel got a boost as new high speed lines got the go ahead from the government, and quicker and easier searches were made possible by and Google Maps. However, train companies did not fare very well in a customer satisfaction survey.

February started with a cold snap and the government warned that parents could be fined if they were found to be taking their children on holiday during term time.

In April we posted about some brilliantholiday properties and also gave you a list of top things to do over Easter, many of which are also applicable at other times of the year!

The Olympic torch relay began in May, as a precursor to London 2012. We also ran two great competitions, tickets to Oakwood Theme Park and to Chessington World of Adventures.

Much speculation arose regarding the impact the Olympics would have on the UK in June. Brits changed their holiday plans to fit around the Games, no one knew if the Tube would cope with the extra visitors (by and large it did), and British Airways even launched a campaign to get people to stay at home and support Team GB.

July saw record rainfall over the space of 24 hours. In August the number of ‘nightcations’ were found to be on the rise, and the Lake District got some Hollywood visitors.

Yorkshire was branded ‘not a destination’, by Visit England in September, something which has been proved otherwise after it was named best for holidays at the World Travel Awards the following month, and most recently been made the starting point for the Tour de France 2014.

A rise in demand for wi-fi in holiday cottages was revealed by a survey in December, and we gave you a list of some beautiful festive getaways, great for all year, not just for Christmas!


So, that was the year on this blog. What will 2013 bring? Bookmark us and find out! You can also keep track of us on our Facebook page.

For a rundown of travel news in and outside of the UK, see our sister site blog, Villaseek.




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Competition time! Win tickets to Chessington World of Adventures

 Madagascar Live! Prepare to Party (c) 2012 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C

Madagascar Live! Prepare to Party (c) 2012 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C


Fancy a day out at the Chessington World of Adventures resort this summer? As part of their 25th anniversary celebrations and the NEW ‘Madagascar Live! Prepare to Party’ stage show, we have two sets of family of four day tickets to give away!

Get ready to explore the jungle and find all your favourite characters from the film in the heart of the park in new land ‘Africa’. The only one of its kind in Europe, this show promises to be fun-filled and exciting. The Madagascar characters – Alex, King Julien, Gloria, Mort and The Penguins host a party with lively songs & dancing. Even when the party games are over, you can meet and greet the group, and take pictures with your new friends!

Continue the family adventure with a spin on KOBRA in the heart of Wild Asia, brave the fiery Dragon’s Fury or discover the mystery of Tomb Blaster in Forbidden Kingdom. Take a walk on the wild side in the Zoo with tigers, lions and gorillas in the Trail of the Kings or get a soaking as Rameses gets its Revenge! Get lost beneath the waves in AZTECA, an exciting SEA LIFE centre experience featuring an undersea empire full of sharks, rays, and parrot fish.

To enter the competition to win one of the sets of family tickets to Chessington World of Adventures, just get your hands on the latest copy of Holiday Villas and Cottages Magazine!

The full season park is open from 23rd March – 5th November, find full opening times and directions here.

Remember to check out Holiday Cottages for some wonderful places to stay in the area!

 Madagascar Live! Prepare to Party (c) 2012 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C

Madagascar Live! Prepare to Party (c) 2012 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C



Competition time! Win tickets to Oakwood Theme Park

Yee-Haa! Staff at Oakwood Theme Park

Yee-Haa! Staff at Oakwood Theme Park



It’s a “yee-haa!” welcome at the Oakwood Theme Park in Pembrokeshire! Staff at the Theme Park joined in the ‘cowboy’ theme to mark the official completion and opening of a newly themed Wild West area, complete with saloon, at the park recently.

The park opened 25 years ago with a ‘cowboy’ theme, so it only seems fitting that on this momentous anniversary there should be another area with this theme.

As part of the celebrations, staff donned stetsons and even took part in an impromptu line dance!

Oakwood Theme Park’s Anthony Crowdie said: “We’re all delighted with the way the new-look Wild West area has turned out. It really recreates the feel of a typical frontier US town.

“We decided to re-theme the area following requests from members of the public. It certainly seems to have gone down well with our visitors and we have had a number of people commenting on how good it looks.

“It’s also clearly got the thumbs up from our staff who didn’t take very much persuading to dress up and take part in their own version of line dancing to celebrate its unveiling!” he added.

The park is planning a series of special events and celebrations to mark the anniversary. Exciting added attractions for 2012 also include extended late-night opening in July and August with fireworks finales and the return of the hugely popular High Diving Show for the summer.

To enter the competition to win free tickets to Oakwood Theme Park, just get your hands on the latest copy of Holiday Villas and Cottages Magazine!


Staff practice their line dancing!

Staff practice their line dancing!


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