Successful tip: Pigging out, HuddersfieldTop of my household’s checklist for a half-term outing is Pigs within the Wooden – a non-profit sanctuary for rescue pigs close to Huddersfield in West Yorkshire set in 10 acres of woodland. We are able to see the pigs roaming freely and even cuddle them. The sanctuary is at present caring for 20 pigs with fantastic names akin to William, Charlotte, Dougal, George, Fred, Plum and Hugo. There’s a minimal donation of £5pp to go to, which is used for his or her meals, water, straw, shelter repairs and upkeep. We’re additionally going to sponsor a pig for £20 a yr. Can’t wait! 10.30-1.30pm Saturday and Sunday, reserving important, pigsinthewood.comMarc NealAt residence with Agatha Christie, DevonThe Boathouse of Agatha Christie’s residence Greenway Home is the scene of the crime in Poirot’s Lifeless Man’s Folly. {Photograph}: Edward Westmacott/AlamyI’m going to Torquay with my household for recent air, good coastal walks and a long-awaited journey to Agatha Christie’s home, Greenway. We’ll do the round stroll from Torquay, previous Galmpton windmill and creek to Greenway, then again to Broadsands Seaside. Agatha Christie referred to as Greenway “the loveliest place on the earth” and treasured it as a vacation residence for her and her household. Lots of the first readings of her crime manuscripts have been held right here and the locality impressed Lifeless Man’s Folly. We might all do with visiting a beautiful place on Earth in the meanwhile! Timed entry visits, nationaltrust.org.ukElizabethProfileReaders’ ideas: ship a tip for an opportunity to win a £200 voucher for a Sawday’s stayShow Guardian Journey readers’ tipsEvery week we ask our readers for suggestions from their travels. A collection of ideas will likely be featured on-line and will seem in print. To enter the newest competitors go to the readers’ ideas homepage-Thanks in your suggestions.Away with the fairies, ShropshireHawkstone Park Follies in Shropshire. {Photograph}: MH Nation/AlamyDare to enterprise into Dragon’s Wooden, journey via rhododendron jungles and look out for trolls whereas crossing Swiss Bridge. Only a style of the options on the Grade I listed-landscape, Hawkstone Park Follies, set in 40 hectares (100 acres) of parkland within the crimson sandstone hills of Shropshire. With its caves, towers and gullies, it’s a spot to fireplace the imaginations of youngsters and grown-ups alike. Make sure to don appropriate footwear, take a torch for the grotto and luxuriate in feeling a part of a fairytale world. Escapism for all ages. Advance reserving important, hawkstoneparkfollies.co.ukSharon PinnerEasy using alongside the South Downs WayCycling alongside South Downs Approach. {Photograph}: Paul Biggins/AlamyOur household of 4 is pondering of difficult ourselves to a mini journey – biking the South Downs Approach and sleeping out underneath the celebs (hopefully!) en route. 4 years in the past we cycled and hostelled alongside the Sustrans Hadrian’s Wall route and liked the journey of staying in a distinct bunkhouse every evening. Touching the ocean on the east coast gave us an incredible sense of accomplishment. Our sons, Benjamin and Sam, are actually 10 and 13 and prepared for his or her subsequent journey. Will probably be fantastic to create extra reminiscences biking alongside the chalk escarpment and historical woodland of the South Downs. southdowns.gov.ukJoanne BowltRoaming free, North YorkshireStewart Park wooden and parkland close to Middlesbrough accommodates Captain Cook dinner’s birthplace. {Photograph}: Topseee/AlamyDuring the vacation I’ll be taking my 5 grandchildren to Stewart Park in Middlesbrough, to discover its 50 hectares of woodland and arboretum. We are able to additionally go to the Captain Cook dinner Birthplace Museum, near the spot he was born. On different days we are able to go to Redcar by the ocean, and our stunning North Yorkshire moors the place we are able to run over the river stepping stones within the village of Lealholm. My tip is to get the youngsters baking truffles and biscuits the day earlier than as a result of they’re at all times completely happy to eat what they make. We’ll additionally take sandwiches (with do-it-yourself fillings) and ample bottles of juice. Good instances, with many reminiscences for all of them. middlesbrough.gov.ukChris RooneySandcastles and stylish truffles, north DevonThe expansive sandy seashore at Westward Ho!, North Devon. {Photograph}: Terry Mathews/AlamyWe’ll be making our common (or what was) half-term journey to Westward Ho!, the place we are able to take pleasure in seashore time when the tide is out, constructing sandcastles, rock pooling, taking part in within the waves or taking a dip within the sea pool. On the best way residence, we’ll pattern among the distinctive truffles from Tea on the Inexperienced. For the wet days (assured!) we’ll take a brief journey to Bideford to have a look at the newest providing on the Burton gallery and have a scrumptious crepe on the adjoining Cafe du Parc. Then we’ll pop into Walter Henry’s Bookshop to make additions to our ladies’ studying assortment. One other bonus is dad will get to sneak off to do his favorite run alongside the coast. visitdevon.co.ukDarren AtkinsonSteaming via the Highlands with Harry PotterThe Jacobite Steam Practice. {Photograph}: Peter Mundy/AlamyWe’re planning a visit to Fort William in Scotland as the kids are eager to take the Jacobite Steam Practice (AKA the Hogwarts Specific) via the Highlands to Mallaig. The youngsters are large Harry Potter followers, so going over the Glenfinnan viaduct on a steam practice is the proper half-term journey. No complaints from me as I like Scotland, its magnificent lochs and the remoted fantastic thing about the Highlands. We’ll eat recent seafood and watch the boats heading for scattered islands. We’ll see Neptune’s Staircase at Banavie and take a ship journey on Loch Linnhe the place Ben Nevis dominates the skyline. Seals pop as much as say hi there there and previous croft cottages perch on the hillsides. visitfortwilliam.co.ukChristine ReidPedalling previous Victorian marvels, mid-WalesCaban Coch Dam in Elan Valley, Wales. {Photograph}: Loop Pictures/AlamyThree generations of our household will likely be hiring bikes from Elan Valley customer centre by the attractive Caban Coch Dam in distant mid-Wales. The in depth cycle trails comply with tracks and quiet roads round a community of reservoirs, stone bridges and different marvels of Victorian engineering. We’ll discover a quiet spot on the Elan waterfall path for a picnic of bread and Welsh cheeses. Then again for a wander across the Waterworks Museum and occasional and truffles on the customer centre – or onwards to the pub! elanvalley.org.ukSteve KShingle racing in east KentA shingle seashore in Dungeness. {Photograph}: Suzanne Plunkett/AlamyWe’ll be heading to the shingles banks at Dungeness, outfitted with our do-it-yourself sledges. The most effective adventures have a buildup, and we construct our sledges from any junk that’s been discarded, from laundry baskets to damaged workplace chairs. With applicable package – bike helmets and knee pads – our shingle races can start. In hotter climate at excessive tide we even have a splash-about. Who wants a theme park once we can convey our personal! theromneymarsh.netTracey BelcherDeep-fried Mars bars all spherical, EdinburghEdinburgh Citadel and the Ross Fountain. {Photograph}: Joe Daniel Worth/Getty ImagesWe’ve booked the practice from Birmingham to Edinburgh with our three youngsters, a picnic and enough snacks to endure the cries of “are we practically there but?” After dishing out with our baggage at our city-centre Airbnb flat, we’ll try to stroll the Royal Mile, with the piece de resistance being a tour of Edinburgh Citadel. To replenish the energy burned, we will likely be making an attempt a battered Mars bar at Cafe Piccante. thetrainline.comShaf