Family Holiday

New Year holidays with a view

See in the New Year with something special to see - these holiday cottages have views to feast your eyes on.

News & Offers Katie Chown

School Holiday Dates

Whether you are looking for a small, quiet bolt hole during the holidays or a place for an extended family get-together, we have lots of lovely places in the South and West to choose from.

News & Offers Kayleigh Hardy

October events in Cornwall

Wild food walks in the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the county’s best brews at Falmouth Beer Festival, feast nights to tantalise the tastebuds and some frighteningly good Halloween events – it’s all happening in Cornwall this October.

Things to do Sadie Phillips

Top tips for a UK beach holiday

We know beach holidays pretty well so we’ve gathered together some of our best hints and tips and put them in one handy blog for you.

Places to Go Kayleigh Hardy

Family Day Out at Paultons Park

Now theme parks may fill some families with dread – the queues, the food, the prices. But Paultons Park is a great fun day out for the whole family packed full of pleasant surprises.

Places to Go Kylie Barton

Things to do in Porthleven

Once a quiet harbour village on the south coast of Cornwall, Porthleven is a growing hotspot for visitors to the county who have a zest for all things food and the Great Outdoors.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

July events in Devon

If you’ve been on holiday to Devon before but have never checked out the local shows or celebrations, or even if you’re new to the area, why not get involved this July?

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

July events in Dorset

Festivals and celebrations in Dorset bring together both the local community and guests alike, and are brilliant for showcasing local produce, goods and traditions.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

July events in Somerset

From the seaside to the city, a summer in Somerset is packed full of culture, food and drink, entertainment and something to suit everyone.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

How to take great holiday photos

Follow our simple hints and tips on how to capture your holiday memories. Including composition ideas, group photos and how to snap that all important sunset shot, we’ve got you covered on it all.

Visitors' Book Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Seaview

On the east of the Isle of Wight, Seaview is a great spot for family holidays on the beach, romantic ocean vistas and maybe even an ice cream or two.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Lymington

Quite simply, Lymington is an enchanting town for all seasons, for all the family. Situated on the southern edge of the New Forest, it offers the perfect springboard from which to explore the stunning national park.

Things to do Jonathan C

Things to do in Newquay

One of the nation’s favourite seaside towns, Newquay is a fantastic place for a holiday. With a different beach for every day of the week, an emerging foodie scene and a packed calendar of events for the year it’s a must see location if you’re in the area.

Things to do Abby D

Are we there yet: Design a surfboard

Use the templates to design your own custom surfboards in a quiet moment in your holiday cottage or on the drive down.

Visitors' Book Katie Chown

Are we there yet: A trip to the beach

Tell your own story with our helpful starting points - get really creative and you can tell your story to your teacher when you get back to school.

Visitors' Book Katie Chown

Child friendly recipes for self catering holidays

Unless you eat out every time, one or two meals are going to be cooked in the holiday cottage kitchen. Get the little ones involved with these child friendly food ideas as voted for by Classic staff.

Classic Fodder Katie Chown

Best 3 National Trust properties in Devon

There are many great National Trust places to visit in Devon and I go regularly with my three children aged 5, 7 and 9. This is a list of our personal favourites and a quick explanation of why we love them.

Places to Go Philip Eley

Top 5 best things to do in the New Forest

We know because we've been there, but we're also backed up by our guests and Owners - here's some of the best things to do in the New Forest.

Things to do Katie Chown

Moors Valley Country Park

I cannot recommend Moors Valley Country Park highly enough, in fact I've already sent a number of friends and family along and hope to go back again myself soon.

Things to do Faye

Out to eat in Lymington

Charlotte and I decided to see if we could find a takeaway for dinner. Yes, there was a fully equipped kitchen to cater to our self-catering needs, but being so close to the sea, our hearts (and stomachs) were set on a fresh fish supper. So fish and chips it was to be.

Classic Fodder Faye

Our holiday in the New Forest

Do I really only get to stay here for the weekend? Perhaps I will call in sick on Monday and stay just a little longer.

Visitors' Book Faye

Den building at Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre is a hidden gem. It’s been one of my family’s top ten favourite day’s out for years and it’s just got a whole lot better...

Things to do Philip Eley

10 reasons to Christmas in Cornwall

With temperature dropping and the nights drawing in, it’s easy to lust after summer. But our sights are set firmly on the good stuff: a return to decent telly, wintry comfort food (hello Shepherd’s Pie, we’ve missed you) and most exciting of all - Christmas!

Things to do Abby D

The Blue Pool

The Blue Pool in Wareham, Dorset is allegedly home to the Wareham Bears... So make sure you take a picnic!

Visitors' Book Philip Eley

Becky Falls family day out

I read on the leaflet that Becky Falls has been open to the public since 1903. A lot of small feet must have walked its trails in that time but my children really did feel like explorers discovering a strange and magical land for the first time.

Visitors' Book Philip Eley

Rip Currents

It’s best to familiarise yourself with the dangers that come with swimming in the sea so that you can stay safe and happy - how to spot a rip current is important.

Visitors' Book Lizzie H

Family friendly Things To Do for Free in Devon

We are quite a frugal family so the more free things that we can fill our days with, the better. Since we have lived in the West Country we have discovered all sorts of new, free, places to visit and I thought I would share a few of them with you.

Places to Go Gina Caro

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

Family Holidays: Crabbing at Stoke Gabriel

On most crabbing adventures at other sites we feel the familiar tug on the line and gingerly start to pull the string up, but halfway up the wall the crab wisely lets go of the bag and jumps back into the water. Not so at Stoke Gabriel.

Things to do Philip Eley

The best family friendly beach in south Devon

I hesitate to write this because I don’t want too many people to know about THE perfect family friendly beach, but just between you and me, I think I’ve found it.

Visitors' Book Philip Eley

WIN goodies for the kiddies this summer

NOW CLOSED Great summers make great childhood memories and our Great Little Trading Company competition gives you the chance to win the toys to play with.

News & Offers Katie Chown

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

Things to do at Easter

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

Things to do Katie Chown