Do It Yourself

Best places to fish in Hampshire

Fishing can be a great day out for families, couples, parent and child, or even solo. Whether you are new to the activity, or you have brought all your gear on holiday with you, there is something for everyone here in Hampshire.

Places to Go Kylie Barton

Murder Mystery family activity in Totnes

Explore a new town and find things to do with children in Totnes - as we eliminated suspects and weapons we explored places with great names like Warland and Ticklemore Street.

Things to do Philip Eley

Crabbing in West Bay

We swooped in and took over a vast expanse of sea wall with multiple seawater buckets, miles of tangled string, and a stinking bag of bacon, dried whitebait and squid. West Bay is a family favourite for crabbing competitions.

Things to do Emma L

How to eat al fresco

There are probably only four rules for eating outdoors: 1) keep it simple; 2) prepare as much as you can in advance; 3) add a little twist to a classic, or make use of an unusual cooking technique and finally 4) tin foil is your best friend.

Classic Fodder Rachel Wilson-Couch

Top 5 places in Devon for artistic inspiration

Painting outdoors can be both calming and exhilarating at the same time, making it good for the soul. But where are the best spots for artistic inspiration in Devon?

Places to Go Philip Eley

Somerset Walks and Unusual Discoveries

Walking along and picking out the pieces that catch my eye has become a ritual. Imagining where they came from, who used them and why they were cast out is addictive and helps paint vivid pictures of times gone by.

Things to do Anna H

All things eating in Dorset

Whatever your idea of holiday bliss, there is an endless supply of things to see and do, and thanks to the mass of locally produced and sourced delicacies, there is also plenty to get your teeth into.

Classic Fodder Lizzie H

Paddle Boarding with SUP in a Bag

Favoured with glassy waters, calm enveloped the morning and as we looked out to sea our excitement grew – this was a perfect day to go paddle boarding.

Things to do Lizzie H

Blood Moons and Dark Sky Tourism

When on holiday, consider a slightly different point of view. Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine and come and check out the latest in night-time activities.

Things to do Lizzie H

Baby friendly holidays

We’ve come up with reasons explaining why Classic holidays are perfect for you and your family to set your mind at ease

Visitors' Book Lizzie H

An American in Cornwall: A Cornish bus ride

I read a good deal more books in a year than I previously thought possible. I did a lot of walking. I learned how to slow down and wait. I learned the hard way that buses in rural places don't stop unless you hail them.

Visitors' Book Danielle Charles-Davies

A cold sea swim with a giant

Pete braved the freezing waters and went for a dip - it was definitely a dip and not a swim... Still, bravo.

Pub Philosophy Katie Chown

Relax in Cornwall with Yoga in Newquay

For the first time in a long time I was able to fully shut out all those niggling worries and racing thoughts swirling around my mind. It was total bliss.

Things to do Sadie Phillips

Classic Cornish Beach Clean

A random assortment of rubbish - the things you find! Not to mention the boss in a pinny...

News & Offers Katie Chown

Origin Coffee brewed by you

Learn how to make a proper coffee at home (or in your holiday cottage!) with Origin

Things to do Rachel Wilson-Couch

Wild swimming in Cornwall

Here are my recommendations on where to get away from the crowds and take a really wild Cornish dip

Things to do Sian Pickles

Wild Swimming in Devon

Swimming – it's the most natural of activities, yet so many people only ever do it in the most unnatural of locations.

Things to do Pat Kinsella

Fossil hunting in Lyme Regis

Even my twelve-year-old son was soon bashing away at rocks with his hammer and proudly announcing his discovery of belemnites, crinoid stems and an ammonite

Things to do Amanda Tomlin

9 Great Games for Next to Nothing

3 Games... to spice up a dull car journey 3 Games...your grandparents might teach you 3 Games...to play after a bottle or two of wine

Things to do Katie Chown

The Magical Mystery Tour of far west Cornwall

We went at the wrong time of day to stumble across the locals. But we still picked up a few tips that sparked a Magical Mystery Tour of the Penwith peninsula.

Pub Philosophy Katie Chown

The Great Cornish Coast Path Run

Classic Property Owner, Andy Jukes, is taking on 290 miles of coastal path running over just ten days to raise money for Children's Hospice South West.

News & Offers Katie Chown

Picnic on the Quay

A mid-July, mid-week, mid-afternoon picnic on Tremayne quay off the Helford River. We picked our way through the best bits of the local farm shops on our Tour of the Lizard to create an enviable hamper full of goodies.

Pub Philosophy Katie Chown

Farm shops and Delis on the Lizard, West Cornwall

We start our journey in Helston and go a little out of our way in the first instance, but it’s worth it – Porthleven Corner Deli is full of tempting treats. We then head out of Helston, past Culdrose for the start of our loop of the Lizard.

Pub Philosophy Katie Chown

Tregonning Hill Barefoot walk

Inspired by our encounter with Steve Bloor and the Godolphin House Barefoot Trail, we decided to try out our own walk with naked feet, so we hot-footed it over to nearby Tregonning Hill.

Pub Philosophy Katie Chown

A Barefoot Pub Philosophy in the Blue

In the summer of 2013, we walked up the road to our local, to see where the stories would take us and whether we knew as much about the area as we think we do.

Pub Philosophy Katie Chown

Rubbish Beach Art

Clean up our beaches and create a gallery of artistic leftovers.

Stories & Characters Katie Chown

Loe Bar Beach Clean

A few of the Classic team set out along the coast near Porthleven to clean up the shoreline and help protect our marine environment.

News & Offers Katie Chown

Places to Picnic

A quintessential summertime tradition, a picnic is a must for any West Country holiday 'To Do' list!

Classic Fodder Katie Chown

Top Walks in the West Country

Whether to wear out the kids, or to rediscover alone time together, here are a few of our favourite walks in the South West.

Places to Go Katie Chown

Spring Recipes for Easter

Things we like to eat around Easter time - staff recipes for blown eggs and boiled cake.

Classic Fodder Katie Chown

Charades-on-Sea

Create your own cultural scene...

Stories & Characters Peter Kirby

Sand Summit 2011/12

How one long walk sparked a dream to collect an eggcup’s worth of every beach from Minehead to Swanage.

Stories & Characters Peter Kirby

Conversations with rocks

Rock features heavily in our landscape from cliff to moor, so stop just looking and go play on them.

Things to do Peter Kirby

Cinema Paradiso

Don't bother climbing into the car to go to the cinema. On a warm balmy summer's evening why not just set yourself up in your garden.

Stories & Characters Peter Kirby

Surfing without waves

Surfers get grumpy down here when there are no waves so we have come up with some ideas to chase their blues away.

Things to do Peter Kirby

Nature Fashion

As the multi-billion dollar fashion industry goes in search of its next big look, we simply venture into the woods and the wilderness to find out what’s really ‘in’.

Stories & Characters Peter Kirby

Take a Breather

Exactly what a holiday is for. And we believe the West Country is one of the best places to stop and take a breather, or experience a view that will take your breath away.

Stories & Characters Peter Kirby

Things to do at Easter

New fangled ideas and old school fun for Easter in the South West

Things to do Katie Chown