We firmly believe that the UK has so much to offer you on a holiday – no matter what time of year it is. So to celebrate all that is great about a winter break in the UK, Farm Stay UK has launched the winter photo competition!
All you have to do is grab your camera and take a photo of your ideal winter scene in the UK and simply upload it to our Facebook page!
Whether that’s a photo of the night sky, the northern lights in Scotland, a misty meadow on a winter morning or the entire family jumping into their favourite puddle, the choice is completely yours! In fact, the more original and inspiring the better!
Farm Stay will then judge all entries and give £100 of Farm Stay UK holiday vouchers to one lucky person, which can be used for any holiday of their choice.
Our competition is all about sharing our beautiful landscape and showing the world how great the UK is as a holiday destination!
Let’s face it we’ve got such diversity in our countryside that we’re spoiled for choice really!
The competition is running now until Sunday 5th January 2014, so don’t forget to make the most of your photo opportunities to be in with a chance of winning!
Winter wonderland at Stoneleigh Park
Terms & Conditions
1. You can enter as many times as you wish
2. Photos must belong to you
3. By entering you give Farm Stay UK permission to use your photograph in marketing and promotional material and the Farm Stay UK website, including the blog.
4. The winner will receive £100 in Farm Stay UK vouchers to use at a Farm Stay property.
5. There is no cash alternative to the prize.
6. You must be 16 or over to enter the competition
7. The closing date for entries is Midnight on Sunday 5th of January 2014. Any photos entered after this date will not be included in the competition.
8. Farm Stay UK will choose a winner from all the entries and announce that winner on the Farm Stay UK Facebook wall by 10th January 2014.
9. Images must be taken in the UK
The Gloucestershire Cotswolds and the Royal Forest of Dean are famous for their picturesque Christmas markets and Santa Special’s Steam train rides! Why not book a pre-Christmas short break at one of our lovely cosy Farm Stay Holiday Cottages or B&B’s and get well and truly into the Christmas spirit!
Guests who visit Farm Stay member Hunting Hall Farm near Holy Island in North Northumberland will be able to explore a wonderful haven for wildlife. Throughout the past 25 years Tom and Karen Burn have been working to help wildlife on their 278 acre family farm. They have recently been presented with the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Farming and Land Management Award for Excellence, the second time they’ve won this category. Earlier this year they were proud to receive a ‘highly commended’ in the RSPB Nature of Farming Awards.
To help visitors explore the beautiful farm countryside, Karen and Tom worked with a teenage environmental group to create a farm trail. This lovely walk meanders through organic meadows, small woodlands, ponds and past beautiful areas of wildflowers, a haze of blue borage, sunflowers and fluttering butterflies. Karen and Tom have created an organic community orchard on the farm for the local village. Here, hard paths wind between very young heritage fruit trees, herbs and flowers, to a sheltered seating area. There is also a disabled access path at Hunting Hall leading to a pond with a bird hide and pond dipping platform, the perfect place for a quiet evening stroll or afternoon adventures with a fishing net.
Close to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the farm is a wonderful base for wildlife watchers. You’ll see wading birds, geese or grey seals sunning themselves on sandbanks around the island, or you can visit the Farnes to see the nesting sea bird colony or brightly coloured Puffins.
To complement the farm’s environmental work there are two award-winning green holiday cottages at Hunting Hall; Newt Cottage 4 star gold and The Fuffins 5 star gold. Guests can discover the luxury of deep feather duvets dressed in scrumptious organic cotton bed linen or enjoy tea and homemade cake from the generous welcome pack in front of a cosy open fire.
In the picture-postcard farmyard you’ll see Tom’s rare breed pigs, hens, geese and even a peacock. The farm’s organic sheep are sold to a butcher, George Payne, and his redcurrant & mint sausage using Hunting Hall organic lamb recently won the prestigious Smithfield Award for best English Lamb Product.
It’s been a super award-winning year for this very green farm! Find out more at www.huntinghall.co.uk or contact Karen Burn 01289 388652
The Christmas market in Market Rasen will host great local food stalls and brilliant gift ideas. The same weekend as The Lincoln Christmas fair so a brilliant time to stay in Lincolnshire for the weekend.
Well that time is upon us and the big C is just a few weeks away! If you’re already daunted at the prospect of finding space for all the extra family members that are visiting, you can still turn things around with a Christmas or New Year break with Farm Stay.
More and more people are packing up the presents and enjoying their Christmas with family on a holiday in the UK and it’s easy to see why!
Aside from more space, spending time away seems to make Christmas all the more special for everyone and allows extended family to join in with the fun, somewhere new and exciting.
Farm Stay UK has a range of great places for you to spend Christmas and New Year and it’s really not too late to book either. Whether you want a traditional festive season complete with roaring log fire, or you want a grand affair suitable for a king and queen plus their entourage, Farm Stay’s Accommodation Search will make it possible.
No one would predict that Christmas and stress free could be put into the same sentence, but being away at Christmas time on a break can really de-stress you. Somehow even cooking the Christmas dinner is more enjoyable when it’s not your kitchen. Watching the TV turns into a walk instead leaving you and your whole family feeling refreshed with a truly memorable Christmas.
Farm Stay UK’s members have all kinds of holiday accommodation all over the UK so you’re guaranteed to find something perfect if you book now!
Why not take a look today and start planning your perfect Christmas and New Year holiday with Farm Stay and enjoy something truly special in 2013!
The seals have arrived back near Theddlethorpe in Lincolnshire. Hundreds can be seen close up giving birth and caring for their pups. A popular tourist attraction well worth a visit. A brisk walk along the sea front will blow away all the cobwebs!
The seals ar now having their pups near donna nook in Lincolnshire. A popular sight and worth booking a few nights away to view them.
Derbyshire and The Peak District is home to some of the most magnificent stately homes, the most famous of all being Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
Chatsworth dinning room at Christmas
Each year Chatsworth is flooded with candle light and sumptuously decorated with a different festive theme. The team start getting ready in early November, decorating the Christmas trees with thousands of baubles and ribbons. This year visitors will be transported to the magical snow covered land of Narnia as created by CS Lewis in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”.
Stay with us in Derbyshire and enjoy this magnificent display, but don’t be tempted to rummage around in any of the wardrobes – you never know where it could take you!!
If the delights of Chatsworth have wet your appetite for Christmas, just up the road is the home of Sir Edward Manners at Haddon Hall. From the 4th to 15th of December this ancient manor will be decked out in Medieval splendour with roaring log fires, huge swags of evergreens and flickering candles. Sip mulled wine in the courtyard pavilion and exchange kisses with your loved one underneath the mistletoe. What better way to kick start your Christmas?
Still stuck for a Christmas present for a loved one? What better than a Farmstay Holiday voucher for a romantic weekend away in the New Year.
Visit http://www.farmstay.co.uk/gift-tokens.dot and do your Christmas shopping now.
In case you hadn’t noticed, Halloween is upon us and within the next week we’ll be seeing ghouls and goblins, witches and demons everywhere! However, for one lucky person there will be no tricks this Halloween (only one big treat) as Farm Stay has £100 worth of Gift Vouchers up for grabs!
To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is post a picture of your carved pumpkin on our Facebook Page and we will encourage Farm Stay Facebook likers to choose their favourite! We’ll like everyone’s picture by the way to give everyone a fair head start!
Young, old and not so old can enter and you’ll score extra points for the more original or scary carving no doubt! The winner will be the person who has gained the most likes for their carving!
The Farm Stay Gift Vouchers can be used towards hundreds and hundreds of fabulous Farm Stay properties all over the UK. Perhaps you fancy a week on a working farm? Maybe you want to woo a partner with a romantic weekend break? Whatever you dream of, it’s all possible with a Farm Stay break.
Once we have all the entries we will calculate the likes and announce one lucky winner on our Facebook page and also our blog, so do make sure you keep an eye out on our page for updates and encourage your friends to like!
The closing date for entries is Midnight on November 5th, so you’ve still got plenty of time to create a masterpiece and share it with us. So don’t delay, get pumpkin carving today and you could be booking a Farm Stay break sooner than you think!
Well it seems like we’ve only just sent the children back to school but the half-term holiday looms in only a few weeks!
For some parents, half-term in October can be a little daunting – not least because finding things to keep the children occupied that do not involve sitting in front of a TV or a games console can be a challenge.
So in today’s blog, Farm Stay looks at what kinds of things are on offer on a half-term break with Farm Stay and how you might just keep the kids happy without sight of a TV or a Playstation!
Stay on a working farm
Working farm holidays are extremely popular with families because they offer an authentic experience for anyone who wants to know how farmers live and work! It’s not just about a ‘pet petting area’ either. Some of our working farm holidays offer really engrossing experiences that include feeding pigs, grooming horses and even a ride or two on a tractor!
Tell any little boy that he is going to get a tractor ride and you might just hold his attention! Equally, tell any little girl that she’s going to meet a lamb or two and you may find her interest peaked with excitement at the prospect.
Rent a family holiday cottage
There are family holiday cottages all over the UK and Farm Stay prides itself in having members who really care about keeping you and your children happy. You will find properties have play areas, specifically to keep the children occupied, swimming pools, games rooms (games consoles – okay this one should be for a rainy night in) and even tennis courts, so if anything you’ll be spoilt for choice!
We’ve only just scratched the surface of course, because while you’re on a Farm Stay holiday you can hire a bike, get access to a golf course and even enjoy a bit of foraging or wildlife – the possibilities really are endless!
While on a Farm Stay break you can also utilise the ‘Things to Do’ search facility on our website for indoor attractions. If you want to know what’s going on near your holiday property you’ll find this a handy tool for discovering opening times, directions and a whole lot more!
Whatever kind of half-term break you want to find Farm Stay has it covered.
And remember, our members take pride in making sure their guests get the very best experience by offering things you may not find elsewhere, so don’t underestimate the Farm Stay welcome you’ll receive!
Take a look at our accommodation search or our special offers page now and find your perfect half-term break today!