Announcing The Cycling Route Winner!

Recently we ran a competition to give away some top of the range cycling equipment. All you had to do to be in with a chance of winning was send us a Google Map of your favourite cycling route.  That’s it! Up for grabs were a Suunto Ambit2 Sapphire GPS Watch (worth £450), a Dogcam [...]

Young Story Writer entry, ‘Dogs Go Crazy’ by Megan Scragg, age 9

We all know a dog that has acted a bit loopy at one time or another, but in Megan’s entry for our Young Story Writer competition, all of the dogs start to act very strange indeed… Dogs are known as gentle, fun and sometimes calm. But something strange happened on February 22nd. It all started [...]


As part of this year’s Young Story Writer competition, children’s author, Jeremy Strong, has penned his very own short story to encourage kids to get creative and write their own. Why not try your hand at story telling to be in with the chance of winning a family holiday of a lifetime! Read Jeremy’s exclusive [...]

Al Fresco Holiday’s Easter Competition winner reviews La Rive

Tim Bryant won a holiday with his family to our La Rive parc in June with our Easter competition. Check out what he got up to and what he thought of the parc in his review below: We left for La Rive on 1st June 2012 for the half term break. Having picked the children [...]

Marina de Venezia day trip to Venice, Murano and Burano

This week I was lucky enough to join the Marco Polo cruise to Venice and it certainly lived up to my expectations! Venice is a city like no other on Earth; replace roads with canals, high street shops for designer boutiques and fish and chips for Italian gelato. During the 30 minute boat trip, the [...]

Union Lido Top Ten

Union Lido’s Top Ten 1. Animations Union Lido has an amazing animations team. The animators are trained in dance, sport and music and will guide you through lots of different activities, whether its midnight yoga, street dance or an evening show. No matter what age or what ability, the animation team will entertain you! Read about the [...]

Where was your first holiday memory formed?

I remember vividly the first time I saw Spain. It was July 1972. That moment we crossed the top of the Pyrenees in our red VW Beetle from Southern France and this wide-eyed five-year-old caught sight of the lights of my first Spanish town, is as fresh in the memory today as it was exciting [...]

“Hunt Me” Around Château des Ormes As Part of The Summer Games

Late afternoon and everything was in place for the Summer Games “Hunt Me” at Château des Ormes. Clues had been hidden and tasks had been set to see who could earn the most points. The “Hunt Me” session was based on ideas Emma-Louise Bell shared with the Al Fresco activity team about what she was [...]

Cobac Parc in Northern Brittany

On a beautifully warm day in Northern Brittany a couple of reps decided to spend the day planning the Al Fresco summer excursion from Chateau des Ormes… We took the half an hour drive to the Grand Aquarium in St Malo where we spoke to staff about tickets for the excursion. Whilst speaking to the staff we [...]

“Al Fresco Tour de France” Bike Ride #1 – Château des Ormes

With all of our jobs completed it was late afternoon and some of the Al Fresco reps at the Château des Ormes decided to take advantage of the bike hire at Chateau des Ormes and head out on a bike ride to explore the surrounding villages. The sun was shining down as we headed off to St Leonards in [...]