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2013 round up

Happy New Year from all of us at Holiday Cottages! Before we start on the news and reviews for 2014, here’s a some highlights of what we covered on the blog in 2013:

We started the year with a report that we Brits are creatures of habit with our holiday choices, often returning to a previous destination and holiday cottage when we’ve had one good holiday there before. Last year was the Year of Natural Scotland, and was launched with an advert featuring Shetland ponies wearing onesies!

In February we found that 50% of Londoners prefer holidays in the sunshine, with many also stating that their holidays in the UK were some of the happiest they have had. We also gave you a run down of some of our most splendid cottages with pools, which are all still available now and could be great for a summer holiday vibe in winter!

Flybe announced flights from Manchester to Scotland in March, making for a quick and relatively cost effective way of taking a short break in Scotland. The Easter holidays were blighted by bad weather sweeping across the country. It didn’t affect Cheshire, though, as I shared my photography adventure in Tatton Park over the Easter weekend.

Our friends at Helpful Holidays swept the board at the Which? Travel magazine member survey in April. Meanwhile, in May, Blackpool was named the most popular British seaside resort at the TripAdvisor Choice Awards.

In June, research by VisitBritain found that more overseas visitors to the UK prefer visiting open green spaces such as parks and gardens than they do museums and galleries.

July started with the news that a change in the law in 2015, which means schools will decide their own term dates, will very likely drive up the prices of holidays year round. There was a rise in visits to UK attractions, helping to bolster domestic tourism.

We gave our top tips for festivals and activities over the August Bank Holiday; we also reported on the large number of UK piers under threat of coming under a state of disrepair if funding isn’t found.

September was a time for activities such as the Devon Open Studios, Frome Cheese and Agricultural Show, and pickling at Powderham.

In October, inbound tourism was on the up, and also Yorkshire was voted one of the top 10 places to visit in the world!

In November we recommended the North Devon Clovelly Herring Festival and reviewed the light fantastic Lumiere Festival, Durham. There was good news for Hull, as it was named the next UK City of Culture 2017.

Finally, in December, we found that we Brits are flavour of the month with Americans, as tourists from across the Pond have been increasing in number year on year. Christmas was also a great time for UK tourism as the number of overnight stays and short trips increased substantially over the festive period.

So, that’s it for 2013! Keep up to date with news and reviews in 2014 by following the blog, or you can like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter


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Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Hull picture by Flickr user Martin Greybeard

Hull picture by Flickr user Martin Greybeard

Hull has been named the 2017 UK City of Culture, beating off competition from Dundee, Swansea Bay and Leicester. 

Every four years the Government chooses a new destination to hold the title with the aim of developing tourism and boosting the economy of the area. Hull will take over the title from current City of Culture, Derry-Londonderry.

Hull council leader Stephen Brady said winning was “a real game-changer” and “It will give Hull a platform to tell the world what this great city has to offer, transform perceptions and accelerate our journey to make Hull a prime visitor destination.”

The city was praised by the judges for its campaign video which emphasised the city’s ‘golden rules’: “Don’t go thinking you’re something you’re not; don’t go thinking that you’re better than anybody else, or that anybody else is better than you, and don’t shout about it, get on with it.”

Best known as the home of poet Philip Larkin but also more recently in the press for its high levels of unemployment, Hull has already started planning an ambitious opening ceremony to kick-start this positive step in its future. The ceremony will involve 3,000 volunteers, a light show and the planting of thousands of trees.

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a good laugh


More and more people are planning their holidays around festivals, be they book festivals, music and arts festivals, walking festivals or – increasingly popular – comedy festivals.

If you believe laughter is good for you, and you’re happy to drive from your holiday cottage into the usually urban setting of a comedy festival, then you’ll be keen to visit a new website linked to enjoyEngland (England’s tourism council). Go to for a list of  up and coming comedy festivals – I’ve included some below.

The website has a section on comedy-linked places to visit, too. You enjoyed the Bridget Jones films? Find her flat near Borough Market. Fawlty Towers? That was set in Torquay. Dad’s Army fan? – examine mementoes at Bressingham Museum in Norfolk. Another section lists comedy clubs and also tells you where to find blue plaques marking birthplaces and venues linked to our most famous comedians.

Interested in comedy festivals? We have cottages to hire within driving distance of each of these festivals:


Sheffield Comedy Festival

27 Sep – 12 Oct  


Birmingham Comedy Festival

3 Oct – 12 Oct


Newcastle Gateshead Comedy Festival

3 Oct – 9 Oct 


Magners Paramount, Brighton

4 Oct – 20 Oct 


Hull Comedy Festival

23 Oct – 7 Nov