Holiday Cottages Competition 2012

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Great, big giveaway competition

Win a family holiday or tickets to the best attractions around the country with

With the sun finally shining down on us (well most of the time!) holidays are definitely the hot topic of conversation at the moment, with 'where you're going' and 'what you're going to do when you get there' being the main talking points. Going on a self catering holiday, particularly with your family, is all about relaxing and the fun you can have together. Choosing your accommodation to suit your needs and budget and making sure you have plenty to do to keep every member of the family smiling can be difficult.

With that in mind the team here at thought it was high time we offered you lovely readers some goodies! So we spoke to some marvellous (and incredibly generous) people who have provided some truly amazing prizes like a fantastic 4 night break and lots of fab days out at top attractions up and down the country.

Of course, we have a great selection of cottages, lodges and apartments listed for you to choose from in the areas close to the attractions if you're looking for a place to stay, in addition to some of our prize givers having accommodation available to book. You can also go online at to view our listings in the magazine and more. You can even enter the competition via the website if you prefer – please see the competition information for more details.

All you have to do is enter our competition to be in the running for some absolutely top notch prizes from some of the best, most well known attractions. Up for grabs, in no particular order we have: A 4 night, weekday break from Holiday Resort Unity, Brean, Somerset for a family (or group ) of 4

Family tickets to:

The first correct entry drawn will win our top prize of the 4 night break at Holiday Resort Unity at Brean in Somerset. The runners up will win a family ticket to one of the attractions shown above. So to grab yourself a holiday or a great day out turn the page, check out all the lovely attractions and get your thinking caps on and answer the question in our Great, Big Give Away Competition!

4 night weekday break for family (or group) of 4 at Brean, Somerset

Holiday Resort Unity is one of the most popular family holiday destinations in the UK's South West. You'll find us just outside Burnham On Sea, near Weston Super Mare in sunny Somerset. We have a variety of fantastic facilities on site that you and your group will enjoy! These include our new indoor pool complex 'Brean Splash', our on site theme park 'Fun City' and an 18 hole golf course and 9 hole family pitch and putt. You will receive discounted entry when using our facilities, and entry into our entertainment venues featuring live nightly entertainment is completely free of charge. With our luxury self catering lodges and caravans to choose from just 9 miles from lovely Weston Super Mare, stay with us and enjoy all our superb facilities for a little while longer, or explore the stunning countryside and then come back and relax in the beautifully landscaped surroundings or be entertained: the choice is yours.

For more information visit or call 01278 752100 for accommodation and or call 01278 751595 for general enquiries.

Family ticket to any of the Sea Life Centres and Sanctuaries in the UK and Ireland

With 39 attractions worldwide (11 in the UK and Ireland), Sea Life Centres are the world's biggest aquarium chain. Visitors go on a magical voyage of discovery, encountering a myriad of astonishing sea creatures. All bar the oldest – the picturesquely located Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary at Oban, and the centre in Bray, Ireland – feature walk-through underwater tunnels creating the illusion of a sea bed stroll with sharks, rays and turtles gliding by. The Centres all have ray pools teeming with these inquisitive native fish, seahorse displays, octopuses and supervised rockpools, but each has its own unique features and character, with new creatures and special exhibitions every year. For example, this year the Centre in Birmingham introduced 'Claws' – monster crabs and their cousins in tanks, looking all set to get up and walk sideways out of the building. Blackpool launched a Turtle Shelter and Brighton a new 'Behind the Scenes' tour and Jellyfish Discovery exhibit. The other UK centres are in London, Loch Lomond, Great Yarmouth, Hunstanton, Scarborough and Weymouth.

Visit to find out more about them.

Family ticket to any of The Dungeons attractions

Delve into Britain's bloodiest history at the Dungeons in London, York, Edinburgh, Warwick and Blackpool. Experience live actors, interactive shows and exciting special effects as you find yourself hurled into Britain's most terrible times… are you brave enough to face Britain's darkest past? Based on real history from infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper to legendary highwayman Dick Turpin, warrior hero William Wallace, Guy Fawkes, torture and the plague, come face to face with the most sinister characters from Britain's past on your actor led tour. Enter the world of the Dungeons and take a journey with twists, turns, screams and laughter – it is a scary fun day out unlike any other.

For more information visit

Family ticket to the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Somerset

Falklands 30. The Conflict. The People This new exhibition displays a collection of seven Falklands aircraft, including two Sea Harriers, the Westland Sea King piloted by HRH Prince Andrew and a captured Argentine Agusta109 helicopter which was later used by British Special Forces. Another helicopter is HMS Antrim's Wessex, which was instrumental in the destruction of the Argentine submarine Santé Fe and bears several shrapnel holes from the conflict. Fleet Air Arm Museum also remembers naval aviation pioneer Charles Rumney Samson, who 100 years ago made history with the first take off of an aircraft from a moving ship. The aircraft was a Short S27 and the ship was the battleship HMS Hibernia which had been modified, using a ramp mounted to its gun turrets. Samson's pioneering flights from ships led the way for the development of aircraft carriers, and the birth of air power from the sea.

To see what else is on display and for further information visit or call 01935 840565. Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset.

Family ticket to the Heritage Motor Centre, Warwickshire

With the excitement of Britain hosting the 2012 Games, the Heritage Motor Centre is in turn hosting an exciting new exhibition "Motoring Record Breakers" until the 2nd September. The exhibition presents some of the fastest British cars, together with more wacky record breakers such as the cheapest and the smallest. Free family craft days will also take place every Thursday from 11am - 3pm from the 21 July - 2 September. Families can make their own medal, stand on the winner's podium and get into the spirit of things! There is no extra charge to see the Motoring Record Breakers Exhibition as it is included in the standard Museum entry fees.

To find out more information please visit the website at or call 01926 641188 for more information.

Family ticket to Chessington World of Adventures

Go Wild and help celebrate our 25th Anniversary at the Dreamworks Madagascar Live! Prepare to Party stage show. Meet & Greet the Madagascar characters, hear The Penguins sing and dance, brave KOBRA and the fiery Dragon's Fury or discover the mystery of Tomb Blaster in Forbidden Kingdom. Walk on the wild side in the Zoo with tigers, lions and gorillas, or get soaked as Rameses gets its Revenge! Wander beneath the waves in AZTECA, the SEA LIFE centre experience featuring sharks, rays and parrot fish. Keep coming back for a season of sensational events. In July '25 days of Adventure' has limited edition tickets for just £25. In September 'Raa Raa The Noisy Lion' returns with his 'Jingly Jangly Jungle' live stage show. Halloween Hocus Pocus sees Wicked Witches, Goblins, Vampires and a Headless Horseman with a score to settle! In December enjoy Festive Zoo Days at weekends and join our festive show, meeting Father Christmas. Chessington really is Britain's Wildest Adventure!

For more information and to book visit or call 0871 663 4477 Madagascar and all related characters and properties © 2012 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C

Family ticket to Oakwood Theme Park, Pembrokeshire

Wild West style Celebrations for Oakwood Theme Park's new look. Excited staff at the Theme Park in Pembrokeshire donned Stetsons and performed an impromptu Line Dance to celebrate the official opening of a newly re-themed Wild West area – just part of several special events planned for the park's 25th anniversary celebrations this year. "We decided to re-theme the area following requests from visitors" says Oakwood Theme Park's Anthony Crowdie. "We're all delighted with the way the new-look Wild West area has turned out. It certainly seems to have gone down well with our visitors who have commented how good it looks". Exciting 2012 attractions include late-night extended opening in July and August with fireworks finales and the return of the hugely popular High Diving Show for the summer. Whatever the weather, come and enjoy the fun at Oakwood Theme Park, Canaston Bridge, Narberth, Pembrokeshire SA67 8DE.

Please visit or call Anthony Crowdie 01834 891373 for more information.

Family ticket to Madame Tussauds, London

Enjoy an audience with HM the Queen at Madame Tussauds, London, where a brand new wax figure of Queen Elizabeth II (our 23rd model of the Queen) has been created specially in honour of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee. Meet the monarch's family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Practise your bows and curtsies and get up close and personal with Her Majesty, whose portrayal mirrors the official Jubilee photograph. Guests can mingle with new figures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as the Duke of Edinburgh, HRH Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and HRH Prince Harry. There are plenty more interactive experiences to enjoy, from hitting the red carpet with Kate Winslet to standing outside Number 10 with Prime Minister David Cameron. Marvel Super Heroes 4D brings to life some of Marvel's best loved heroes with fun interactives, startlingly realistic wax figures and an awesome 4D film finale. Open seven days a week from 9.30am. Tickets start at just £15 with fast track entry and discounts for online booking.

To book, call 0871 894 3000 or go to

Family ticket to Haynes Motor Museum, Somerset

Since it opened in 1985, Haynes Motor Museum has grown from just 33 cars to an internationally renowned museum with an amazing collection of over 400 cars and bikes from around the world, plus a large conference centre, cafe, restoration and commercial workshops, MOT centre and Resource centre housing the Museum Library. The original museum building was part of a former sawmills and over 25 years it has had a series of extensions, approximately every two years, to hold the ever increasing collection. Now a sensational £4 million make-over is bringing the stunning exhibits right up to date, with work scheduled to be completed in Spring 2013. An impressive new entrance facade, outdoor patio and picnic area, restaurant and souvenir gift shop and specially designed children's section, all lead into the Museum's displays and exhibits.

For more information visit or call General enquiries on 01963 440804.

Family ticket to Blue Lagoon Waterpark, Pembrokeshire

Whatever the weather the Blue Lagoon waterpark in Pembrokeshire is the place where care-free summer days and cold winter nights come alive with breathtaking waves, rapid rivers and flumes, relaxing pools and special places just for kids. It's a fun-filled, sub-tropical waterpark that guarantees thrilling aqua-adventures for the whole family. Pembrokeshire's premier waterpark brings you an indoor pool wave machine, a rapid river slide and two enclosed flumes plus a lazy river – it literally is free-range fun for the whole family! There's also an outdoor and an indoor spa pool, as well as a sun terrace and two interactive play areas for young children. The Blue Lagoon also hosts a range of special themed events, including the well-known After Dark party in the holidays and the Exterminator night on Wednesdays – and much more.

For more information and current opening times visit or call 01834 862410.

Family ticket to Warwick Castle, Warwickshire

Imagine a totally electrifying, full day out at Britain's Ultimate Castle! Where you can immerse yourself in a thousand years of jaw-dropping history – come rain or shine. Where ancient myths and spell-binding tales will set your imagination alight and your hair on end! Where princesses are pampered and maidens are wooed! Experience the excitement of Merlin: The Dragon Tower an exhilarating and interactive experience inspired by the hit BBC One family drama where you'll be transported to the heart of Camelot to discover the secrets that are hidden deep inside the Tower before your ultimate encounter with the Great Dragon himself. New in Easter 2012, the Witches of Warwick arrived in the Castle Dungeon bringing morbid spells and the darkest witchcraft games that create an atmosphere so malevolent and chilling, even seasoned scaremongers will be terrified. It could only be Warwick Castle!

For more information go to or you can e-mail your query to: Alternatively, call the Information Line (recorded): 0871 265 2000 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras).

Family ticket to Alton Towers Resort, Staffordshire

The Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire sees two brand new attractions for 2012: Ice Age, The 4-D Experience and Nemesis Sub-Terra, located in the Cloud Cuckoo Land Theatre of the theme park. Based on the 3rd movie, the Ice Age cinema combines 3-D footage with amazing physical effects including icy blasts, snow and bubbles. Fans can also meet Sid and Scrat around the Alton Towers Resort. 2012's other newcomer, Nemesis Sub-Terra, is a psychologically and physically thrilling experience, taking place in a dark, intense underground setting which is based on the original back story to the Nemesis attraction, which opened in 1994. One of our most terrifying attractions, Nemesis Sub-Terra takes guests down into the deepest, darkest location of the theme park for the experience. The new attractions join over 50 old favourites at the UK's number 1 theme park. With something for all the family, from gentle thrills to pure adrenalin pumping experiences!

Visit for more information or to book. Bookings, information and ticket enquiries 0871 222 3330 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras).

The rules

  • Entrants must be aged 21 or over, and residents of the UK or the Irish Republic.
  • No cash alternatives are available. The prize package is not transferable, and may not be raffled.
  • If the winner is for any reason unable to take up their prize, Merricks Publishing will award it to an alternative winner. The judges' decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entries from employees of Dune Root Ltd and members of their families, will not be accepted.
  • This competition closes on 01/10/2012 and no entries received after that date will be eligible.
  • All entries must be on the official entry form (photocopies not eligible).
  • Winners will be notified by post or email.
  • Winners will be drawn at random from all correct entries.


To enter this great competition simply answer the following question, complete your details and send your entry in an envelope to:

Question: covers what areas? (Choose one from below)

  • UK
  • All over the world
  • Europe

Please send to: Holiday Villas & Cottages (Competition), Dune Root Ltd, Wessex Buildings, Somerton Business Park, Somerton, Somerset TA11 6SB