The scenic cycle route that runs from Newcastle to Berwick-upon-Tweed makes a great weekend break, passing beautiful beaches, pretty villages and dramatic castles as it winds along the coast
Lancaster offers the visitor masses of history and a little bit of mystery, plus great modern food, drink and shopping, all in some of England’s best urban landscapes
They have welcomed travellers for thousands of years, but behind the famous white cliffs of Dover lies the beautiful Kent countryside, with a lot more to offer
Take a tour of the historic castles and wine estates of Tuscany's Chianti country and you could find yourself on the trail of otherworldly beings as well
A fishing trip off Beaumaris, in Anglesey, can turn a nice weekend into a must-do-it-again experience that will connect with even the offest of offspring
Great food and intriguing history, glorious scenery and hidden coves, arts, crafts and festivals – you'll find the lot when you explore the town of Kinsale and its surrounding countryside
Closer to France than it is to the UK, but belonging to neither, Jersey is an ideal weekend break even if you’re not a tax exile
Check out just what the people of Harbin, in northern China, can do with truckloads of giant ice cubes and mountains of imagination
Transylvania: it's not all about Dracula, darkness and danger, you know! Visit during any season for a cultural and historical heaven - with some amazing scenery thrown in.
by Johanna Bradley
A mighty castle,a huge cobbled market place,an original Georgian theatre where you can appear onstage,walks beside the tumbling brown River Swale- fine ingredients for a special break,don't you think?