More great UK holidays
If you loved our feature on holidays with a difference in the August issue of Candis, here are some more to inspire you!
Grow your own with the help of the Royal Horticultural Society’s experts at Harlow Carr gardens in North Yorkshire. Half and full-day workshops range from beginners’ veg growing to cultivating edible flowers. Half-day prices for non-members from around £25. Stay at the grade II listed Best Western Dower House Hotel and Spa in nearby Knaresborough. Double or twin room from £145 with breakfast.
Art of the matter
Pick up your paintbrush with an art taster day at Studio Llwyndrain in Pembrokeshire. Try drawing, painting, collage and print making for £60. Family days also available. Book one of the four cottages at nearby Valley View Cottages from £235 for a week.
Make a splash
Take to the waves with a watersports taster day at Plas Menai in North Wales. Activities include sailing catamarans or dinghies and kayaking and cost £45 for the day. Stay in an en-suite room at the centre, near Caernarfon, from £30 per person for night.
Dance hall days
Pull on your dancing shoes – or just your trainers – and get some expert tuition at a dance workshop with Warner Breaks at one of their 13 UK holiday locations. Try Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel in North Wales, where four nights mid-week in December costs around £336 per person, based on two sharing. And don’t forget to check Candis benefits where you could save more!
Join Fergus the Fungus Hunter to discover the edible mushrooms hidden in Devon’s countryside. A three-hour forage costs £20 per person. Stay at Exeter hotel The Magdalen Chapter, a former hospital, with prices starting at £125 per night.
Craft and design
Get crafty with a taster day at West Dean College in West Sussex. Subjects on offer include woodturning, garden design, digital photography and jewellery making and prices start at around £83. Stay in a double or twin room at the Millstream Hotel and Restaurant in nearby Bosham from £179 per night for B&B at the weekend.
Walk this way
Tone up in a way that’s easy on the joints with a half-day introduction to Nordic walking from £95 for up to six people at the C-N-Do centre in central Scotland. Stay at the Number 10, a Victorian guesthouse in Stirling, with B&B from £30 per person per night, based on two sharing.
Go on safari – in Norfolk! Wildlife Tours and Education offers a day’s guided tour of the county to learn more about its birds and mammals at £55 per person. Stay at Overcliff Lodge in Mundesley where a double or twin room with breakfast starts at £65.
Take a step back in time at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire at workshops focusing on floristry or textile care, with a half-day from £45. There’s a variety of hotels and self-catering accommodation on the estate. Try the 18th century coaching inn The Devonshire Arms at Beeley with dinner, bed and breakfast from £99 per person.
Birds of a feather
Take a hawk for a walk! Lake District Wildlife Park offers sessions where you can learn to fly birds of prey, starting with an owl and working up to an eagle, for £30 per person. Stay nearby on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake at Sandhills Farm, where B&B costs from £70 per room based on two sharing.
On the right track
Ever wanted to put your 4×4 through its paces? Learn how to go off road safely in the green lanes of Devon and Cornwall with Lanes, Tracks and Trails Greenlane Adventures. Full-day sessions from £95. The Old Mill House in South Newton offers B&B near Salisbury Plain from £65 per night for a double room.
Climb every mountain
Keep the kids busy with a climbing taster session at Lakeland Climbing Centre in Cumbria. Drop-in sessions run in the school holidays for £12 for children aged eight to 17. Adults welcome too, for £15. Kendal’s Sundial Guesthouse has family rooms from £60 a night.
Knead to know
Rise to the occasion with a day’s tuition in bread making at Panary in Dorset. The course, which costs £175, includes a tour of the working watermill. You can book B&B, a self-catering cottage or even a gypsy caravan nearby at The Old Forge in Compton Abbas. B&B for two from £75.