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19 hours ago, Kopic said:

Any tips on the isle of wight? As we're in Winchester next week we thought we'd book the ferry over considering its only an hours drive to Portsmouth, fill out the holiday a bit. The missus loves nature (animals), rock pooling, swimming, and i like a nice pub. Having never been, we're looking for any tips, we have about 7 hours there with a car.

It's like a throwback to the 70's! The Needles is ok, a bit commercialised now but you can get the chair lift down to Alum Bay, and then take a boat trip out to see the light house. 

 

The Military Road is a nice drive, it might be the A3054? Runs along the the coast with plenty of stopping off points and lovely views, we went a few weeks ago and they've rebuilt the bits of it that fell in the sea! 

 

Ryde Pier is pretty unique in that you can drive your car along to the end, there used to be an aquarium but I'm not sure if it's still there, other than that there's not much to see apart from the fishermen and the hovercraft. We like Cowes too, think Joules and Boden and expensive fish and chips! 

 

If you're a National Trust member there are a couple of places of interest, and some of the coast parking belongs to them too. 

 

 

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19 hours ago, Kopic said:

Any tips on the isle of wight? 

I’d hope so mate, they would have quite an issue with rubbish if not.

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Seeing all the chaos has people rush to try and get home before quarantine made me think what I would do if I was out there or anywhere else where new measures were coming in. Pretty sure I would just carry on with the rest of my holiday and worry about the quarantine when I got back. I guess it changes if they plan to cancel future flights.

 

Already been warned by my employer that if we go abroad, no matter where it is, and quarantine measures are brought it that I would have take either unpaid leave or use future leave from next year to cover the 14 days. And I won't be able to work from home during the isolation period, even though I've been working from since March and no sign of going back into office yet lol 

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On 31/07/2020 at 15:55, Bayfox said:

I've seen loads of stories saying most people have been told to return home if from UK. Apparently unless you are on a flight by the 3rd you are stuck there.

 

Someone I know has decided he's saying **** it and rented a place till Oct and will risk staying out in ibiza until the end of the season.

 

Issue is. With no customers a lot of places are now also starting to close due to lack of trade.

Someone we do work with decided to close himself off in his second home. Drove down to Portugal, can do all his stuff remotely and will just wait it out until the time is right. Other than the occasional visit to the bar or restaurant and then a weekly shop, he’s in near isolation. 
 

Decent if you can do it 

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18 hours ago, RowlattsFox said:

Seeing all the chaos has people rush to try and get home before quarantine made me think what I would do if I was out there or anywhere else where new measures were coming in. Pretty sure I would just carry on with the rest of my holiday and worry about the quarantine when I got back. I guess it changes if they plan to cancel future flights.

 

Already been warned by my employer that if we go abroad, no matter where it is, and quarantine measures are brought it that I would have take either unpaid leave or use future leave from next year to cover the 14 days. And I won't be able to work from home during the isolation period, even though I've been working from since March and no sign of going back into office yet lol 

That's ridiculous! Anyway, very easy way around that, your employer has no business knowing where you are going on your days off.

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19 hours ago, RowlattsFox said:

Seeing all the chaos has people rush to try and get home before quarantine made me think what I would do if I was out there or anywhere else where new measures were coming in. Pretty sure I would just carry on with the rest of my holiday and worry about the quarantine when I got back. I guess it changes if they plan to cancel future flights.

 

Already been warned by my employer that if we go abroad, no matter where it is, and quarantine measures are brought it that I would have take either unpaid leave or use future leave from next year to cover the 14 days. And I won't be able to work from home during the isolation period, even though I've been working from since March and no sign of going back into office yet lol 

That must make you desperate to work hard for them... I can never understand such terrible people management. 

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Any recommendations for hotels in Sheringham? Used to go on cricket tours there but looks like the Burlington, where we used to stay, has closed. Always stayed in a trailer tent or Static round there when I was a kid so I've nowhere else to go on.

 

Also any recommendations for pubs/restaurants there and Cromer? Remember a few places from when I was younger but it's 15 years since I was in North Norfolk.

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19 minutes ago, Voll Blau said:

Any recommendations for hotels in Sheringham? Used to go on cricket tours there but looks like the Burlington, where we used to stay, has closed. Always stayed in a trailer tent or Static round there when I was a kid so I've nowhere else to go on.

 

Also any recommendations for pubs/restaurants there and Cromer? Remember a few places from when I was younger but it's 15 years since I was in North Norfolk.

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48 minutes ago, Voll Blau said:

Any recommendations for hotels in Sheringham? Used to go on cricket tours there but looks like the Burlington, where we used to stay, has closed. Always stayed in a trailer tent or Static round there when I was a kid so I've nowhere else to go on.

 

Also any recommendations for pubs/restaurants there and Cromer? Remember a few places from when I was younger but it's 15 years since I was in North Norfolk.

For a lunchtime treat try fat teds…. A little shack that does amazingly tasty street food…. Was there a couple of weeks ago and it was entirely delicious!  Pop down to the sea wall and sit down and eat 

 

i think there is a 2 rosette restaurant knocking about that do eat out the help out

 

if you’re the energetic sort do the coast walk from Sherringham to Cromer…. It’s lovey…. Get an Uber back if you’re tired…

 

 

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1 hour ago, Voll Blau said:

Any recommendations for hotels in Sheringham? Used to go on cricket tours there but looks like the Burlington, where we used to stay, has closed. Always stayed in a trailer tent or Static round there when I was a kid so I've nowhere else to go on.

 

Also any recommendations for pubs/restaurants there and Cromer? Remember a few places from when I was younger but it's 15 years since I was in North Norfolk.

 

58 minutes ago, Stadt said:

That's a bit further east than I usually get but go west from Sheringham on the coast roads and there are lots of good gastro pubs and some places selling some excellent craft beers and ales. There are quite a few posts in this thread about them and I guess some hotel mentions as well. 

 

If you fancy something a little different, that part of Norfolk has an incredible concentration of medieval churches, some with Saxon round towers that date back to about 1000 AD. Norfolk is said to have the greatest concentration of complete medieval churches anywhere on the planet, but tourists tend not to know about it for whatever reason. 

 

For me the beauty of Norfolk is just getting lost in little country lanes where it feels like life hasn't changed in a century. 

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53 minutes ago, bovril said:

 

That's a bit further east than I usually get but go west from Sheringham on the coast roads and there are lots of good gastro pubs and some places selling some excellent craft beers and ales. There are quite a few posts in this thread about them and I guess some hotel mentions as well. 

 

If you fancy something a little different, that part of Norfolk has an incredible concentration of medieval churches, some with Saxon round towers that date back to about 1000 AD. Norfolk is said to have the greatest concentration of complete medieval churches anywhere on the planet, but tourists tend not to know about it for whatever reason. 

 

For me the beauty of Norfolk is just getting lost in little country lanes where it feels like life hasn't changed in a century. 

Yes ..The British have forgotten to support & be Really proud & market  their little (hidden) gems around ALL their counties...more put of Ignorance

& backward in incompetent snobbery.....The French,Italians,Germans & Spanish have been proud,supported & kept their Province identities & small businesses.

that brought in Local /regional finances....Produce & history....Now We only try & sell our waring military history > to ourselves<

Land/Province Skills & trades,pushed aside....Other Europeans have Left us behind..!!

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9 hours ago, Wolfox said:

For a lunchtime treat try fat teds…. A little shack that does amazingly tasty street food…. Was there a couple of weeks ago and it was entirely delicious!  Pop down to the sea wall and sit down and eat 

 

i think there is a 2 rosette restaurant knocking about that do eat out the help out

 

if you’re the energetic sort do the coast walk from Sherringham to Cromer…. It’s lovey…. Get an Uber back if you’re tired…

 

 

 

Yes, Fat Ted's is incredible, so much so it's one of the food trucks that we have chosen to be at our wedding next year, really really good food. 

 

@Voll Blau Cromer I would absolutely try the Welly pub (I think it's also known as a BBQ smokehouse) or right on the sea front you have No1 Cromer which is Fish and Chips which I belive is owned by Galston Blackiston an extremely good chef who has a Michelin star out here in Norfolk at Morston Hall. 

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10 hours ago, Voll Blau said:

Any recommendations for hotels in Sheringham? Used to go on cricket tours there but looks like the Burlington, where we used to stay, has closed. Always stayed in a trailer tent or Static round there when I was a kid so I've nowhere else to go on.

 

Also any recommendations for pubs/restaurants there and Cromer? Remember a few places from when I was younger but it's 15 years since I was in North Norfolk.


As also mentioned the Wellington is worth a visit whilst in Cromer.
 

For food the Red Lion at Stiffkey is really nice so is The Kings Head in Holt. Cookie’s crab shop at Salthouse is a little gem.

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On 10/08/2020 at 23:14, Kopic said:

Any tips on the isle of wight? As we're in Winchester next week we thought we'd book the ferry over considering its only an hours drive to Portsmouth, fill out the holiday a bit. The missus loves nature (animals), rock pooling, swimming, and i like a nice pub. Having never been, we're looking for any tips, we have about 7 hours there with a car.

Winchester - then the Isle Of White, mmmm, lets just say it’s a hell of a comedown. Winchester is a lovely town, nice restaurants, nice Du Vin hotel, Isle of White just hasn’t moved forward since the 70’s. It’s dreadful.

 

The ferry over is great though, it’s a really nice little journey over there. 
 

I suppose if you are after rock pools and nature, you might be okay as I would think the island would have those somewhere. But the towns are a very poor reflection of what they would have been back then.

 

We tried it about 4 years ago. We found a really nice hotel, but I think it’s the only good one on the island. You try and get a decent restaurant outside of that hotel and you are knackered.

 

It genuinely could be great with investment and visitors. It’s just not adjusted from the 70’s as people flocked to the med for their holidays 

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Jersey - if you want quality hotels, great restaurants and fantastic little bays and beaches, Jersey is an absolute gem.

 

People dismiss it without having been, but it is a fabulous island.

 

Just 12 miles wide, one of the best things about it is the food is incredible. The bar has been set so high, if you serve average food you won’t be around for long. Even the bays where there is just one option for food are excellent, as you can easily travel 2 miles to the next bay and each very well. 
 

The beaches are amazing, St Brelades easily one of the best beaches you would ever go on.

 

Its cheap as there is no VAT. They have GST at 5% so generally it’s 10-15% cheaper than the UK.

 

Hotels are excellent, and they have a fairly standard roomed, but great family hotel called the Merton.

 

Plemont is a great beach with caves and rock pools but there must be 20 bays and beaches to explore.

 

So before you think I am a weirdo, I’ll tell you what else I like and don’t like. Love a Florida and Dubai, and got thoroughly bored of the med holidays like Tenerife, Mallorca, Marbella etc as it’s all the same in my opinion. Hotel, beach, restaurants. 
 

Jersey you have the above, but more variety and a great town centre and the history.

 

We go every year along with another holiday further afield and although we change other destinations, Jersey we have always stood by.

 

When we were there a few weeks ago there aren’t any masks in the shops, there was jyst two hotels whose staff wore them, so it was like the old days pre covid.

 

Tested on the way in, results the next day, made you feel safe.

 

Yours Sincerely

The Jersey Tourist Board.

 

Seriously - it’s quality 

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24 minutes ago, Rob1742 said:

Winchester - then the Isle Of White, mmmm, lets just say it’s a hell of a comedown. Winchester is a lovely town, nice restaurants, nice Du Vin hotel, Isle of White just hasn’t moved forward since the 70’s. It’s dreadful.

 

The ferry over is great though, it’s a really nice little journey over there. 
 

I suppose if you are after rock pools and nature, you might be okay as I would think the island would have those somewhere. But the towns are a very poor reflection of what they would have been back then.

 

We tried it about 4 years ago. We found a really nice hotel, but I think it’s the only good one on the island. You try and get a decent restaurant outside of that hotel and you are knackered.

 

It genuinely could be great with investment and visitors. It’s just not adjusted from the 70’s as people flocked to the med for their holidays 

Just thought we'd go as its somewhere we've never been. 50 quid return on the ferry, just potter about in the car for the day and come back. Visiting Winchester tomorrow which should be good (we're in a lovely little village about 10 mins out), and going to the island on Tuesday, hoping the weather picks up a bit.

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45 minutes ago, Rob1742 said:

Jersey - if you want quality hotels, great restaurants and fantastic little bays and beaches, Jersey is an absolute gem.

 

People dismiss it without having been, but it is a fabulous island.

 

Just 12 miles wide, one of the best things about it is the food is incredible. The bar has been set so high, if you serve average food you won’t be around for long. Even the bays where there is just one option for food are excellent, as you can easily travel 2 miles to the next bay and each very well. 
 

The beaches are amazing, St Brelades easily one of the best beaches you would ever go on.

 

Its cheap as there is no VAT. They have GST at 5% so generally it’s 10-15% cheaper than the UK.

 

Hotels are excellent, and they have a fairly standard roomed, but great family hotel called the Merton.

 

Plemont is a great beach with caves and rock pools but there must be 20 bays and beaches to explore.

 

So before you think I am a weirdo, I’ll tell you what else I like and don’t like. Love a Florida and Dubai, and got thoroughly bored of the med holidays like Tenerife, Mallorca, Marbella etc as it’s all the same in my opinion. Hotel, beach, restaurants. 
 

Jersey you have the above, but more variety and a great town centre and the history.

 

We go every year along with another holiday further afield and although we change other destinations, Jersey we have always stood by.

 

When we were there a few weeks ago there aren’t any masks in the shops, there was jyst two hotels whose staff wore them, so it was like the old days pre covid.

 

Tested on the way in, results the next day, made you feel safe.

 

Yours Sincerely

The Jersey Tourist Board.

 

Seriously - it’s quality 

I lived and worked there for 9 months and second this post!

 

Walk our to St Elizabeth’s when the tide is out 

 

a long walk on along 5 mile beach on the west coast is lovely

 

Go to the zoo too…(Durrel)

 

it’s a lovely spot…

 

I was 21 when I was there and met the lovely Claudia Fernandes Aubreu from Funchau….  Most people who worked there were from Madeira!

 

Bizarre how I ended up there... I was fed up of doing jobs in factories during Uni and some girl said go to Jersey…. Got a one way ticket, camped in a one man tent  and found a job within about 3 days of searching…. Full board and lodgings and £140 a week tax free…. I brought a Fiat 127 with a targa top from the chefs brother in law and had an amazing time…. Happy days!

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Going Billing Aquadrome next month for 4 nights in a caravan with my pregnant wife & 2 year old boy. 
Never been before.  Seemed an easy option with it just being down the road. 
Needed to have at least one form of holiday this year. 

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Looking for any caravan park recommendations for a week in early September? Hoping to meet my parents somewhere so ideally somewhere in reasonable access from the North West and Leicester. Maybe North Wales, Skegness coast line or something similar. Usually stay in Haven for convenience and have stayed in Prestatyn and Lakeland in recent years but with the entertainment restrictions thought I'd see what other caravan parks might be about. Doesn't necessarily have to be coast line if there are some good sites I wouldn't even had considered.

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Enquires about a holiday in November with an independent travel agent earlier, they call me back to say they aren’t doing packages with flights at the minute. I guess this would cause anyone booking issues because if it gets cancelled due to a lockdown then it’s not classed as a package.

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I've got a flight booked for a week on Saturday to Kalamata, in the Peloponnese region of Greece.  Still not sure if it is going ahead, due to the recent (small) spike in cases this last week. 

 

It will be a shame if it doesn't go ahead, as the region is really safe.  Most of the cases have been in Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu.     

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On 16/08/2020 at 09:54, Rob1742 said:

 

 

Just 12 miles wide, one of the best things about it is the food is incredible. The bar has been set so high, if you serve average food you won’t be around for long. Even the bays where there is just one option for food are excellent, as you can easily travel 2 miles to the next bay and each very well. 
 

If you get lucky, there is a fortnight there called tenner-fest. It started out when they did three courses for a tenner. Every restaurant takes part. It's now £15 for 3 three courses but it is good. 

 

I went there four days working. Strange old place in some ways. But beautiful to look at. We were put in the Radisson in St Helier, absolutely superb hotel. The Jersey War Tunnels is well worth a visit. 

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