A beginner’s guide to skiing

As a skiing novice, my first attempt at skiing was a bit of a jump in at the deep end. I went on a ski trip with a group of friends who were all already seasoned skiers. Rather than be stuck on my own (and spend more money) with some kids having some lessons, I just went for it to try and have as good a time with the gang as I could. Although, in retrospect, after a lot of scrapes and bumps, I’d advise you to have the lessons at least to begin with, here’s my survivor’s guide to skiing 101 for those of you brave enough to slide out alone. Continue reading A beginner’s guide to skiing

What to do in Bath on a Winter Weekend Break

It’s no surprise that Bath is a popular destination for a weekend break, as this historic city is bursting with culture and atmosphere. Small enough to explore on foot, Bath’s cobbled streets are full of hidden delights whether you are a history buff, art aficionado, shopaholic or a food and drink connoisseur. Here are our favourite must-dos in Bath this winter. Continue reading What to do in Bath on a Winter Weekend Break

Predicted Brexit Tourism Boost Has not Materialized

It was hoped that the United Kingdom would see a significant rise in tourism due to the slumping of Sterling as a result of the Brexit vote. However, online UK travel agency Sunshine has revealed that this rise has not materialized. Rather, there has been a 2% increase, which was in line with the overall long term growth expected in the industry. Continue reading Predicted Brexit Tourism Boost Has not Materialized

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Sampling York’s Nightlife Scene

When they said York was a fun destination for the entire family to enjoy, whether together or individually, they really meant it! When the sun goes down and the big kids come out to play, they have a lot of fun in the dark to take their pick from with an assortment of some of the most happening nightclubs, live music spots, comedy clubs and bars to indulge in.

Nightclubs

If you haven’t heard of Kuda then you really aren’t a nightclub sort of person, are you? This is the biggest of York’s nightclubs, with the premises covering three floors of the Clifford Street old York Institute building. Even if you think you’re not a nightclub sort of person, there is something here to enjoy for everyone as all tastes in music are catered to. So whether you want to strut your stuff on the dance floor to some House Music, Club and Dance or if you want to enjoy a little more of chilled-out vibe while you kick it to some R&B tunes, Kuda is the place to be. Hey, I’m forgetting the Hip-Hop lovers, which I really shouldn’t be… You can also book the venue for a stag or hen do, or for any serious private partying complete with a VIP booth if required.

Comedy

If you’re up for some up-and-coming as well as well-established comics to leave you in stitches, York’s fine selection of comedy clubs won’t disappoint. The Monkbar Hotel plays host to the Sitting Room Comedy Club, while The Basement houses the Wozzon Comedy Club. The Duke of York (King’s Square) hosts a free monthly gig (The Duke’s Comedy Night), while The Black Swan makes for the venue for the Burning Duck Comedy Club.

Two of York’s largest venues in the Grand Opera House and the Barbican host equally big names sometimes in the likes of Dara O’Brian and Jimmy Carr, to name but just two, so go out and get your laughs.

Live Music

Some of the big bands which roll into town and local ones entertain fans at the Barbican, while Fibbers makes for the scene of some of the gigs which go out live more regularly, including local acts and touring bands. The live music vibe in York is more intimate and personal with smaller capacity venues such as the 1900-seater Barbican, while the Fulford Arms, the Crescent and the Spread Eagle make for the scene for niche acts carving out a market for themselves as well as some of the more established local bands.

Bars

I sort of left this for last to sort of simulate how the typical sequence of enjoying a night out-and-about follows, so after painting the town red from club hopping, enjoying some live music or recovering from a comedy event, you can take your pick from the many bars littered all across York for your nightcap. The likes of Kennedy’s, Bobo Lobo, Sotano, 1331 and The Biltmore come to mind as just a tiny sample of what’s on offer, otherwise, you really don’t have to walk too far to find the next bar.

If you want more information on the best way to experience York, check out this really cool article that tells you everything you need to know about planning a trip to York:

http://www.iknow-uk.com/article/ultimate_guide_to_york

How to Organise an Awesome Fly and Drive Holiday in America.

Not so long ago a friend of mine did a fly and drive to Europe trip. The system is run by Peugeot and Renault and consists of you buying a brand new car from them. Well, you lease it actually. You pick the car up in the city of your choice although a Paris pick-up is the one that costs you nothing. The other cities all have a delivery charge. Then, for a reasonable amount, about €30 a day, which also includes complete 100% insurance and roadside assistance, you can tour the continent to your heart’s content for a maximum of 6 months. Continue reading How to Organise an Awesome Fly and Drive Holiday in America.