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Festive days out for the whole family

Around The UK

From magical winter wonderlands and candlelit evenings to visits from Father Christmas, VisitEngland rounds up 12 of the top places to get into the Christmas spirit.

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Upgrade your packing skills

Travel

Packing suitcases is an art form but with these simple tips, you can avoid the stress and struggle of fitting in those essential travel...

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River cruise on Fred. Olsen’s Braemar

Cruising

50connect Travel Editor, David Powell, takes a French river cruise from the UK...

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5-star luxury on the west coast of Ireland

Around The UK

Mars Webb visits Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa and enjoys five-star luxury, relaxation and the tranquility of Donegal.

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A weekend at Thoresby Hall

Around The UK

Get away this autumn for an activity filled and pampering break at Thoresby Hall, a stunning Warner Leisure resort. ...

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Autumn cottage escapes

Around The UK

Take a budget break this autumn and escape to a cosy cottage in the country. ...

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Swansea Bay

Around The UK

Escape to Swansea’s 5-mile sandy shoreline. Offering cultural activities, beautiful coastal walks and great food – this city has it all!

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Forever young in Geneva

Europe

An Easy Pass, targeting the grey market, offers astounding value as Michael Edwards discovered on a 48 hour Geneva break...

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Walk through a landscape of colour this autumn

Around The UK

National Trust share their most colourful walks to inspire you this autumn to get back outdoors with a selection of beautiful hikes around...

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The George Townhouse

Around The UK

In need of a countryside retreat? The George Townhouse, in the picturesque Cotswolds, provides the comforting mix of nature and luxury.

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Take the plunge of travelling alone and enjoy a new adventure

Travel

Single supplements present a huge cost barrier to those seeking to explore solo. But there are now more options for budding single...

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Post-summer travel escapes

Travel

Experiencing post-summer blues? 50connect brings you a guide to the best end of season travel escapes that will leave you refueled and...

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Discovering empowerment through empowering others

World Wide

Diane Priestley heads to Senegal for a training course in international development, she reports back to 50connect about her uplifting journey

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Discover the real Brittany

Europe

Great escapes just across the Channel...

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From culture to cheesesteaks – soak up the streets of Philadelphia

World Wide

As the fifth-largest US city - rich in historical gravitas, world-class art exhibitions, major league sports and a wide-ranging restaurant...

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Thomas Land

Around The UK

Travel editor, David Powell, takes the family to Staffordshire to visit Thomas Land and the little blue engine

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River cruise – Ama Serena

Cruising

Travel editor, David Powell, cruises through the waterways of Holland and Belgium in sheer luxury on AmaSerena, one of the AmaWaterways...

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Rural Dorset: England’s forgotten gem

Around The UK

Michael Edwards savours a gourmet break at La Fosse, Cranborne...

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Discovering the endless pleasures of Cruising

Travel

Diane Priestley takes a luxurious Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona to Naples aboard the majestic Norwegian Epic.

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The Levin Hotel London

Travel

Planning a break in London? Try the luxurious boutique Levin Hotel in Knightsbridge....

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Switzerland: Europe’s art gallery

Europe

Taking the tilting train from Basel to Geneva, Michael Edwards discovers why Switzerland is an art and culture lovers' paradise....

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Best UK camping holiday destinations for 2016

Around The UK

With summer on the way, Peter Cue offers his pick of the best campsites in the UK.

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The allure of Alicante

Europe

Michael Edwards flies off to the Costa Blanca and finds Alicante is just too good for a weekend break....

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Chocs away

Cruising

Travel editor David Powell takes a short cruise break on P&O's Ventura with London-based chocolatier Paul A Young onboard!...

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New Forest – a break for all seasons

Around The UK

Travel editor, David Powell, visits the New Forest on a short break and reports for 50connect.

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Perfect winter sun destination

Europe

David Powell discovers an alternative side to Benidorm and it's nothing like the ITV sitcom. ...

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Six reasons to visit Provence

Europe

Charlotte Carlton offers six reasons why Provence should top your list of places to visit in 2016...

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Abu Dhabi: sunshine and serenity just 7 hours away

World Wide

Traditional Arabic architecture and impeccable contemporary service coalesce in a quiet corner of Abu Dhabi for a perfect escape to a winter paradise writes Michael Edwards.

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Balmoral heads Nordfjord

Cruising

50connect Travel Editor, David Powell, takes a Norwegian Fjord cruise on Fred Olsen's cruise ship MV Balmoral...

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Captivating Crete

Europe

50connect travel editor David Powell finds excellent faciliites and a world class spa at Aldemar Knossos Royal on Crete....

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Rule Britannia

Cruising

50connect travel editor, David Powell, takes a mini cruise on the fabulous new P&O cruise ship MV Britannia …

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Dolomites and Bressanone

Europe

Diane Priestley experiences one of Europe's best-kept secrets; the blissful mountain retreat at Adler Spa Resort in Val Gardena....

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It’s a capital break!

Around The UK

Travel Editor, David Powell reviews The Capital Hotel, London ......

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Foreign fare

World Wide

Jetting off to somewhere nice this summer? Healthspan Head of Nutrition Rob Hobson shows you how to make the most of healthy eating while you’re abroad

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Enchanted forest holiday

Around The UK

Michael Hawes escapes work, commuting and stress with a luxury cabin break at Thorpe Forest....

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Discover big seas and open skies this May half-term

Around The UK

National Trust provides a cornucopia of day treats for beach-loving grandchildren to enjoy over half-term. ...

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Explore Europe this Bank Holiday

Europe

With the May bank holiday fast approaching, reinvigorate your summer wardrobes at jet off on a short break.

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Hammet House

Around The UK

Travel editor, David Powell, visits Hammet House an ideal country house getaway in Pembrokeshire and reports for 50connect readers...

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Portmeirion and Snowdonia

Around The UK

Spectacular scenery from the mountains to the coast and an abundance of things to see and do. Travel Editor David Powell takes a short...

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Perfect places for a short break this spring

Europe

Days are getting longer and warmer. So it’s the perfect time to pack your bags and book a weekend away. Katie Cosstick of Cox & Kings has some suggestions for where to go.

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Chamonix – gateway to the European Cascades

Europe

Jennie Carr explores the stunning landscape around the French alpine resort of Chamonix...

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Top 10 adult only luxury wellness breaks

Travel

Paul Joseph reveals his top 10 luxury escapes for adults seeking a tailor-made peace and relaxation holiday...

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Local markets around the world

Travel

Local markets are like a magnet for tourists but aside from the cheap souveniers you’ll also find quality goods and the authentic taste of the region, as Jennie Carr discovers.

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A year in the life of Downton Abbey at Blenheim Palace

Around The UK

Enjoy a fascinating talk with Jessica Fellowes and a delicious lunch in Blenheim Palace's Orangery....

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Brand new route for cyclists In Northumberland

Around The UK

2015 is an exciting time to experience Northumberland on two wheels with the opening of the 120-mile Sandstone Way....

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Muirfield voted UK’s favourite golf course

Travel

Take an aerial tour of Scotland’s golf coast and it’s historic, award-winning courses.

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Top 5 countries to visit now

Travel

The post-Christmas slump has arrived. Katie Cosstick of Cox & Kings gives her recommendations for escaping the British winter....

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South Korea travel guide

World Wide

Rachael Hannan travels to South Korea and finds UNESCO world heritage sites, discovers the delights of gogi-jib and optimism for future...

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First time cruisers

Cruising

Quick tips for first time cruise customers that will save you money, stress and help you to enjoy a trip of a lifetime

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Spiritual peace on Antarctic cruise

Cruising

Travel writer, journalist and broadcaster Sarah Tucker finds her antarctic cruise to be an emotional and spiritual experience....

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Buoyant 50somethings dominate cruise holidays

Cruising

Research shows how younger older people are now the biggest buyers of cruise holidays....

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Cruising in style

Cruising

Cruises are back in vogue, so here we take a look at the luxurious floating hotels of Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess and P&O

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Sormland: Discovering a food and wine paradise

Europe

Diane Priestley continues her tour of the culinary rich Sormland region of Sweden ...

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Sublime Sweden is full of surprises

Europe

Diane Priestley is dazzled by Swedish culture and history and the captivating charm of Sormland....

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MSC’s fabulous Preziosa

Cruising

Travel journalist, David Powell, has a fantastic time on MSC’s luxurious cruise ship Preziosa .. he reports for 50connect

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Explore South America

World Wide

Jennie Carr feasts on the beauty and culture of South America and finds something for all tastes on her travels ...

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Luxury cruising on a barge

Cruising

Travel editor David Powell goes barging through the canals of Holland on Le Panache operated by European Waterways. He reports on his...

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Ensure your holiday isn’t a saga

Travel

Boarding pass, hotel confirmation, travel insurance policy – check! Sun protection, mosquito repellent – check! Passport … er?

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The seven wonders are closer than you think!

Around The UK

Retired or semi-retired couples can enjoy interesting day trips through the week instead of being chained to the desk, as Diane Priestley...

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Stanwell House Hotel in Lymington – A perfect escape!

Around The UK

Travel editor David Powell continues his series of inspirational breaks in the UK with a visit to Lymington situated right by the Solent...

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Golfing breaks and Roman gems in Antalya

Travel

Turkey’s Mediterranean coast resort of Belek, near Antalya, harbours excellent golfing facilities and an immensely rich historical landscape.

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Following the paths of remembrance evokes powerful emotions

Europe

Diane Priestley joins a weekend tour in Nord and Pas de Calais in Northern France tour some of the landmarks of the First World War....

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Exotic locations for independent travellers

World Wide

Jennie Carr looks at interesting places to consider for a holiday with a difference....

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Exploring Emilia-Romagna

Europe

Foodie heaven: travel guide to the Emilia-Romagna region, the gastronomic heart of Italy.

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A Country House Hotel in Hereford, it’s perfect for a short country break

Around The UK

Travel editor David Powell takes a short country break near Hereford and reports for 50connect ...

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Postcards from Russia

Travel

An extraordinary train journey, full of remarkable happenings....

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Last-minute Valentine’s escapes

Travel

This Valentine’s Day treat yourself and your partner to an impulsive last minute break.

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Walking holidays in Italy, with wine too!

Europe

Jennie Carr discovers the recipe for a great holiday walking in Italy while feasting on the rich history and culinary delights....

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Great British winter days out

Around The UK

If you're not content with hibernating through the chilly winter months, take a look at our ideas for Great British winter days out brought...

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Bryan Webb’s Tyddyn Llan delivers taste of Snowdonia

Around The UK

David Powell visits Tyddyn Llan on the edge of Snowdonia, a hotel and restaurant with a fine reputation in North Wales.

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Riviera dreams

Travel

The SeaDream Mega-Yacht! What's it like sailing on her? ... Our travel journalist David Powell takes a voyage along the French Riviera...

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Yoga: Flexible feats in Southern Spain

Europe

Diane Priestley visits Kaliyoga Retreat in southern Spain with a fit and feisty group of people in their 50s and realises age is really...

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Providence, Rhode Island

Travel

Ben Whitmarsh visits the birthplace of the diner & The Triple Murder Burger

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Switzerland summer breaks – Lucerne and Interlaken. Part 2

Travel

Diane Priestley continues her tour of the picturesque lake and mountain region of Switzerland....

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Top 10 reasons to visit Larnaca, Cyprus

Travel

Travel journalist, David Powell, visits Cyprus for 50connect and with the assistance of the local Tourist Board, finds many reasons to stay...

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Switzerland summer breaks – Lucerne and Interlaken

Europe

Diane Priestley enjoys the picturesque lake and mountain region of Switzerland in the gentle summer months.

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Beautiful harbour holidays in Europe

Travel

Matthew Payne finds there's much more on the coast than beach holidays in this guide to some of Europe's most beautiful harbours. ...

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Shorefield Country Park

Around The UK

50 Connect travel writer, David Powell, visits Milford on Sea to experience a long weekend at a peaceful and relaxing Country Park with...

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5 Star Bed & Breakfast stays

Around The UK

Geanina Rusu samples the high end B&B appeal of Wolsey Lodges

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Dunkirk – Regional capital of culture 2013

Europe

David Powell takes the short hop across the English Channel to explore Regional Capital of Culture, Dunkerque. ...

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Geotourism in The Azores

Europe

Ben Whitmarsh explores the spectacular volcanic landscapes of the Atlantic archipelago, The Azores ...

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Beginners guide to Italian food

Europe

Planning a spring getaway? Why not dust off your phrase book and discover the rich food heritage of Italy

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Short breaks in France: Driving to Lille

Europe

Some of Europe's finest cities can be found within a few hours of the Channel ports. 50connect enjoys the Flemish influence on Lille in...

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5-star New Forest escape

Around The UK

David Powell visits the New Forest on a short break for 50connect and discovers Bond cars, Brockenhurst and Cottage Lodge, a superb 5 star...

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Cotswolds: Motoring for pleasure

Around The UK

John Carter reveals the romance of the Cotswolds

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Shopping in Malaga: the ultimate winter blues antidote

Europe

Malaga's mild climate makes it the ideal place for a relaxed city break....

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Valentine’s Day breaks and treats

Around The UK

A medieval walk, a cruise along the Thames and a star in your own name are three of the possibilities for romance in Britain this...

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Tylney Hall Spa Weekend

Around The UK

Il Pagliacci, gourmet dining and luxurious spa facilities. Cat Paddock enjoys a stay at Tylney Hall

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Hilton London Metropole – review

Around The UK

David Powell enjoys a city break stay at the Hilton London Metropole....

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The Northern Lights in Yellowknife, Canada

World Wide

Ben Whitmarsh travels to Canada stunning North West Territories to see the Aurora Borealis....

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Gibraltar rocks

Europe

The Rock of Gibraltar, located at the tip of the Iberian peninsula is a great holiday and short break destination reports David Powell.

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The magic of Bruges promises to beat the winter blues

Europe

The Historic Flemish city of Bruges is ideal for pre Christmas short breaks or shopping - as Diane Priestley finds out....

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Wildlife photography competition

Travel

Win a spectacular self-drive tailor-made holiday for two to South Africa, which includes a safari, courtesy of Kwande Private Game Reserve,...

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Paris for the weekend

Europe

We show you how to spend two great days in the French capital.

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Top 10 health and fitness retreats

Travel

Improve your health and wellbeing in just seven days on one of these healthy holidays....

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Win a trip to France for each UK Olympic Gold

Travel

50connect's resident bon viveur, Tony Page, enjoys the cultural highlights of Paris and brings news of a fantastic competition! ...

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Review: Radisson Edwardian New Providence Wharf Hotel

Around The UK

David Powell goes undercover for a stay in ‘The City’ just a short stroll from Canary Wharf.

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Antwerp – an ideal Easter break

Travel

Antwerp: Museums, art, chocolates and good food - what more could you want for a three day break....

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Hotel Review – Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes, London, UK

Travel

A luxurious night on Baker Street, plus breakfast!...

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Hidden secrets of Puglia

Travel

Explore the fantastic coastline, historic towns and villages of the Puglia region.

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