Stratford-upon-Avon: birthplace of William Shakespeare has so much to offer

Dorset Echo: Warwick Castle

9:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

“All the world’s a stage...” begins one of Shakespeare’s many famous quotes.

Paradise Island: A taste of Mediterranean luxury in Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca

Dorset Echo: Paradise Island: A taste of Mediterranean luxury in Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca

12:00pm Saturday 12th April 2014

I’m swimming from a boat in a turquoise sea, surrounded by a shoal of silver fish reflecting the sunlight from a bright blue sky. And it’s almost November.

Conquering Mont Ventoux - a cycling break in Provence

Dorset Echo: Conquering Mont Ventoux - a cycling break in Provence

9:00am Saturday 5th April 2014

Tucked away in a little corner of Provence on a hill above the vineyards is the perfect holiday getaway.

Scotland's best kept secret: Crieff will take your breath away

Dorset Echo: Scotland's best kept secret: Crieff will take your breath away

9:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

Faith Eckersall rediscovers skiing and relaxes at Knock Castle Hotel

Five-star luxury lodges by the sea at Gwel an Mor

Dorset Echo: Five-star luxury lodges by the sea at Gwel an Mor

9:00am Saturday 22nd March 2014

When you think cosy wooden lodge with a burning log fire, most of us would instantly think of faraway places such as the Alps.

Action-packed family adventure in the valleys of South Wales

Dorset Echo: Action-packed family adventure in the valleys of South Wales

10:00am Saturday 15th March 2014

My 12-year-old son and teenage daughter are standing at the top of what’s known locally as Loonies Leap, preparing to plunge 15ft into the crystal clear waters below.

London in style - packing in the sights and sounds of the capital

Dorset Echo: London in style - packing in the sights and sounds of the capital

10:00am Saturday 8th March 2014

London has the power to captivate, excite and allure like few other cities.

Port Grimaud: pretty town with pastel-coloured houses is ultimate place for relaxation

Dorset Echo: Port Grimaud: pretty town with pastel-coloured houses is ultimate place for relaxation

8:00am Saturday 1st March 2014

Lisa Short and family enjoy a villa break in the ‘Venice of Provence’, Port Grimaud

Center Parcs at Longleat: a place where magical memories are made

Dorset Echo: Center Parcs at Longleat: a place where magical memories are made

9:00am Saturday 22nd February 2014

Toby Granville and family take a break to Center Parcs at Longleat at a very special time of year

Remembering the fallen on a tour of Ypres battlefields

Dorset Echo: Remembering the fallen on a tour of Ypres battlefields

9:00am Saturday 15th February 2014

Graham James visits the former First World War battlefields which are gearing up for this year’s centenary commemoration – and finds a relative’s grave among the thousands of Portland stone headstones

Explore the quieter side of Spain with a trip to Almeria

Dorset Echo: Explore the quieter side of Spain with a trip to Almeria

9:00am Sunday 9th February 2014

For many people a holiday in Spain means either two weeks of beer and beaches in a sun-drenched resort like Benidorm or cramming in culture during a trip to a cosmopolitan city like Madrid or Barcelona.

Bedford: lively town rich in culture and history will surprise you

Dorset Echo: Bedford: lively town rich in culture and history will surprise you

8:00am Saturday 1st February 2014

Joanna Davis discovers plenty to do and a historical waterside hotel to come home to on a weekend break to Bedford

Sail away your troubles on a dream holiday in Antigua

Dorset Echo: Sail away your troubles on a dream holiday in Antigua

9:00am Saturday 25th January 2014

Rachael Burnett experiences the holiday of a lifetime on the beautiful island of Antigua

Culture, relaxation and food reveal Lake Garda as hidden gem of Italy

Dorset Echo: Culture, relaxation and food reveal Lake Garda as hidden gem of Italy

12:00pm Saturday 18th January 2014

Italy offers perhaps the greatest diversity of all European destinations.

The Forest of Dean: natural beauty of the forest is a real eye-opener

Dorset Echo: The Forest of Dean: lose yourself in natural beauty of the forest

8:00am Saturday 11th January 2014

Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien is said to have been inspired by the Forest of Dean and Arron Hendy and family found out why on a trip to Gloucestershire

Christmas markets: where to go to feel the festive magic

Dorset Echo: Christmas markets: where to go to feel the festive magic

9:00am Saturday 7th December 2013

There’s nothing like a Christmas market to really muster the appeal of the season – and the UK is home to some fantastic seasonal fairs. Abi Jackson rounds up some of the best

Guernsey: a hidden gem of a holiday destination

Dorset Echo: Guernsey: a hidden gem of a holiday destination

7:00am Saturday 30th November 2013

Melanie Vass discovers that tiny Guernsey is a perfect – and easy to get to – place for a family holiday

You'll have a mean time at Greenwich

Dorset Echo: Sunrise at the nearby O2

9:00am Saturday 23rd November 2013

Greenwich does mean time. It has one foot anchored in its glorious maritime past and the other firmly planted in its current, colourful, cosmopolitan present.

Norway: land of the midnight sun is an unforgettable experience

Dorset Echo: Norway: land of the midnight sun is an unforgettable experience

8:00am Saturday 16th November 2013

On the face of it, the E6 road may not sound any more glamorous or exciting than the M1 or the M25. But it is.

London: a jam-packed weekend full of top sights

Dorset Echo: London: a jam-packed weekend full of top sights

3:00pm Saturday 9th November 2013

A little taste of London life every now and then is always a good thing.

Deauville: ‘town of pleasure’ is a golfers' paradise

Dorset Echo: Deauville: ‘town of pleasure’ is a haven for golfers

7:00am Saturday 2nd November 2013

Andy Goodall tries out some of Normandy’s finest golf courses on a whistlestop tour

Whitby's Dracula connections - why you'll fall under the seaside town's spell this Halloween

Dorset Echo: Whitby's Dracula connections - why you'll fall under the seaside town's spell this Halloween

8:00am Saturday 26th October 2013

Andy Martin visits Whitby, the seaside town which gave Bram Stoker the idea for our most famous gothic novel

A whistle stop tour of the dramatic Yorkshire Dales

Dorset Echo: Buttertubs Pass

8:00am Saturday 19th October 2013

Andy Goodall explores the beauty of Yorkshire along Jeremy Clarkson’s favourite road

Souks, Sahara and Skywalker - welcome to Tunisia

Dorset Echo: Souks, Sahara and Skywalker - welcome to Tunisia

9:00am Sunday 13th October 2013

Touching down in north Africa for only the second time in my life I was excited to see for myself what Tunisia has to offer the modern tourist.

Butlin's in Bognor Regis - all the ingredients for a enjoyable family break

Dorset Echo: Butlin's in Bognor Regis - all the ingredients for a enjoyable family break

12:00pm Saturday 5th October 2013

The last time we visited Butlin’s in Bognor Regis, the eagerly-anticipated Wave Hotel was shrouded in plastic, half-built and still a mystery.

Praising Arizona - there's a lot more to the Grand Canyon state than a big hole in the ground...

Dorset Echo: Praising Arizona - there's a lot more to the Grand Canyon state than a big hole in the ground...

7:00am Tuesday 1st October 2013

So where are you going for your next holiday?

Newquay has something special for the whole family

Dorset Echo: Newquay has something special for the whole family

9:00am Sunday 29th September 2013

GROWING UP I spent many happy hours on Newquay’s Fistral Beach and often wondered what it would be like to venture inside the mysterious and imposing Headland Hotel, perched high up on the cliff above me.

Fall for the charms of Polperro hook, line and sinker

Dorset Echo: Fall for the charms of Polperro hook, line and sinker

9:00am Saturday 21st September 2013

Harry Hogger and fiancée visit a village that’s almost too idyllic to be true

You'll want to return to La Pachacaid

Dorset Echo: You'll want to return to La Pachacaid

9:00am Saturday 14th September 2013

The Cote D’Azur can feel like it’s a world away but Arron Hendy and family soon found themselves enjoying the sun after driving down through France

Sandy Balls - a perfect New Forest antidote to a busy week

Dorset Echo: Sandy Balls - a perfect New Forest antidote to a busy week

8:00am Saturday 7th September 2013

Spending time in the New Forest is the perfect antidote to any busy week.

Praising Arizona - saddle up for a truly adventurous holiday

Dorset Echo: Praising Arizona - saddle up for a truly adventurous holiday

8:00am Saturday 31st August 2013

Nick Horton finds there is a whole lot more to the Grand Canyon state than a big hole in the ground...

Chiswick Moran Hotel - an urban retreat with a large helping of 70s cool

Dorset Echo: Chiswick Moran Hotel - an urban retreat with a large helping of 70s cool

8:00am Saturday 24th August 2013

Catherine Bolado discovers unexpected peace and quiet in the heart of West London

Surf's up at the Sailing Academy

Dorset Echo: TASTE THE RAINBOW: Windsurfing at the Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy

11:00am Friday 23rd August 2013

THERE are some great family events being laid on this weekend and with the weather set fair, you have got no excuse for not making the most of what West Dorset has to offer.

El Delfin Verde: good food, great entertainment and the biggest pool in Costa Brava

Dorset Echo: El Delfin Verde: good food, great entertainment and the biggest pool in Costa Brava

10:00am Saturday 17th August 2013

When you want guaranteed good weather for a special holiday there’s nowhere better than Eurocamp in Spain, as Toby Granville discovers

You'll feel right at home at Hoburne Naish

Dorset Echo: You'll feel right at home at Hoburne Naish

11:00am Saturday 10th August 2013

Debbie Waite and family enjoy a luxury hot tub weekend break at Hoburne Naish near Highcliffe

Trevose Harbour House: a sumptuous stopover in the heart of St Ives

Dorset Echo: Trevose Harbour House: a sumptuous stopover in the heart of St Ives

10:00am Saturday 3rd August 2013

As I was going to St Ives, I met a man with... six beautiful rooms.

Fun for all the family at Devon Cliffs holiday resort

Dorset Echo: Fun for all the family at Devon Cliffs holiday resort

9:00am Saturday 27th July 2013

Paula Roberts discovers the delights of caravanning on the coast

Something for everyone in Dubai

Dorset Echo: Something for everyone in Dubai

11:00am Saturday 20th July 2013

Andy Reed discovers the delights of the Emirate city

Modern hotel with 19th century charm is perfect base for exploring Berkshire

Dorset Echo: Modern hotel with 19th century charm is perfect base for exploring Berkshire

10:00am Saturday 13th July 2013

With yet another wet and windy weekend looming, it didn’t seem like the best timing for a trip away.

Kea: enjoy a slice of Greek authenticity

Dorset Echo: Kea: enjoy a slice of Greek authenticity

9:00am Saturday 6th July 2013

GREECE has so many idyllic islands and Kea is no exception.

Peaks of perfection: an activity break in Switzerland

Dorset Echo: Early morning in Iseltwald, on the Brienzersee

10:00am Saturday 29th June 2013

Graham James tackles mountain biking, river rafting and hiking on an action-packed break in Switzerland

Catch a wave with the family in Newquay

Dorset Echo: A family surfing weekend in Newquay

10:00am Saturday 22nd June 2013

It’s described as the ‘surf capital of Europe’. But Newquay’s appeal goes far beyond the waves.

Fall for the charms of Herm

Dorset Echo: Fall for the charms of Herm

11:00am Saturday 15th June 2013

In these days of low-cost air travel it is sometime easy to ignore what is right on your doorstep.

A walking holiday with a difference in North Yorkshire

Dorset Echo: A walking holiday with a difference in North Yorkshire

10:00am Saturday 8th June 2013

The windswept splendour of the Yorkshire Dales is even more memorable when explored with a group of new-found friends.

Relaxation by the River: take a break to Kingston-upon-Thames

Dorset Echo: Relaxation by the River: take a break to Kingston-upon-Thames

11:00am Saturday 1st June 2013

Jane Reader finds history, culture and a host of great places to eat on a break in Kingston-Upon-Thames

Wave goodbye to stress at Center Parcs Longleat

Dorset Echo: Wave goodbye to stress at Center Parcs

9:00am Saturday 25th May 2013

Debbie Waite finds Center Parcs at Longleat a perfect antidote to the real world

New Hampshire: it's a shoppers' paradise

Dorset Echo: New Hampshire: it's a shoppers' paradise

7:00am Saturday 18th May 2013

Ian Murray finds the real stars of a trip to New Hampshire are the magnificent Clydesdale horses that are the trademark of the famous Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Nashua

Take the time to explore Cherbourg

Dorset Echo: Picture: Corin Messer.

8:00am Saturday 11th May 2013

Katie Clark packs in the sights – and the flavours – of Normandy on a day trip to Cherbourg aboard the Barfleur

Close to paradise at the Seaside Hotel Palm Beach in Gran Canaria

Dorset Echo: Close to paradise at the Hotel Palm Beach in Gran Canaria

8:00am Saturday 4th May 2013

Gran Canaria may once have had a cheap ’n’ cheerful reputation but Samantha Harman discovers it can offer the best in five-star luxury

Soak up the sights of Normandy

Dorset Echo: Deauville

6:00am Saturday 27th April 2013

Jane Sullivan is charmed by the romance of Deauville and a few days at Les Manoirs de Tourgeville



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