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Eco-friendly days out in the UK

Go green this spring

With the evenings getting slightly lighter (don’t believe us? It really is getting closer to spring!) and half term fast approaching, thinking of eco friendly days out to enjoy whilst on holiday can be tricky to say the least.

Here’s out pick of the best green adventures, sure to keep everyone entertained.

The Eden Project

Go green-fingered

There’s a reason the Eden Project is one of Cornwall’s most popular year-round tourist destinations. We can’t decide whether it’s the largest rainforest in captivity compete with steaming waterfalls, a Mediterranean biome home to lemon groves and vines or the adrenaline activities including the UK’s longest zip wire but the combination of attractions is certainly a winning one.

Sustainability and responsibility are the buzzwords at Eden with a real emphasis on reducing their impact on the environment and promoting a green way of life to younger visitors.

Sykes Cottages have a great selection of eco-friendly properties across the country enabling you to enjoy a holiday whilst reducing your carbon footprint.

Bath image by Art History Images Holly Hayes

Explore on foot

There’s no better way of getting to know a brand new place than by foot; explore at your own pace and go wherever the mood takes you. If you’re spending your holiday not too far from a town or city, consider a guided walk to give you a real flavour of its history.

A themed walk like the Comedy Walk in Bath or Ghost Walk in Chester is not only a thoroughly enjoyable evening out but will give you a unique perspective into your holiday destination.


Wild flowers image by Canon Chris

An upmarket, green adventure

HRH Prince Charles was into farming organically long before it was cool and there’s no clearer example of this than at the garden of his Gloucestershire home, Highgrove. The garden tour is a paradise for nature lovers with a wildflower meadow boasting 30 native varieties, English songbirds, dragonflies and butterflies.

In addition, all green waste is used for compost with natural predators acting as pest control allowing flora and fauna to thrive. While the tour is relatively pricy you can certainly justify it as part of a holiday especially as profits are ploughed back into the Prince’s charitable foundation.

Treehouses at Bewilderwood image by Leighton Cinders

One for budding eco-warriors

If you’re looking for a day out which is both eco-friendly and suitable for the whole family, Bewilderwood in Norwich is a great day out during a holiday in East Anglia.

Children of all ages, yes that includes Mum and Dad too, can look forward to a forest full of treehouses, zip lines and wobbly walkways not forgetting boat trips and storytelling too. Green credentials are impressive with locally-sourced food the order of the day, sustainable bike access and recycling actively encouraged on site. Best of all, a day out here is seriously fun no matter how old you are!

For information on any of  the 3,500 personally inspected holiday cottages in UK and Ireland’s most beautiful places visit Sykes Cottages online.

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Suzanne Whelan

Happy and sassy and definitely sustainable.
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