So you are going on a road trip? Make sure you have the best songs to make the journey fun.

We thought we’d put our music knowledge to good use and create the ultimate playlist for your next road trip. To make sure the song selection was varied we asked everyone in our office for some song choices.

So no matter who you are going to be in the car with, you will all be able to sing along to these songs in the playlist. We have also created a Spotify playlist so you can just press play and start driving – you’re welcome!



50 songs for your next road trip

1. Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis

2. Rocket Man – Elton John

3. Love on Top – Beyoncé

4. No Roads – The Flatliners

5. Shotgun – George Ezra

6. Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey

7. Hey Ya! – Outkast

8. Dreams – Fleetwood Mac

9. My Number – Foals

10. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

11. Cochise – Audioslave

12. How Far Will I Go – Moana Soundtrack

13. This is What You Came for – Calvin Harris

14. Redbone – Childish Gambino

15. Have a Nice Day – Stereophonics

16. Levitating – Dua Lipa

17. Young Folks – Peter Bjorn and John

18. Fluorescent Adolescent – Arctic Monkeys

19. Jungle – Tash Sultana

20. Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses

21. In Hell I’ll Be in Good Company – The Dead South

22. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

23. Float On – Modest Mouse

24. Universally Speaking – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

25. I’m Still Standin’ – Elton John

26. Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles

27. Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People

28. American Boy – Estelle ft. Kanye West

29. Long Road to Ruin – Foo Fighters

30. LA River Drive – Dilated Peoples

31. Johnny B. Goode – Check Berry

32. Pompeii – Bastille

33. Surfin’ USA – The Beach Boys

34. Mr Brightside – The Killers

35. Sweater Weather – The Neighbourhood

36. Miami – Will Smith

37. Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners

38. Summer – Calvin Harris

39. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond

40. Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

41. Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen

42. Stand By Me – Ben E. King

43. Cake By the Ocean – DNCE

44. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

45. Don’t Stop – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

46. Beat It – Michael Jackson

47. Riptide – Vance Joy

48. Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand

49. Bat Out Of Hell – Meatloaf

50. Viva la Vida – Coldplay


If you decide to go on a road trip but haven’t decided where you want to go yet, we have some incredible resorts across the UK that will be perfect for you.

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Warwickshire is known for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare along with being a great place to explore during a staycation.

Make your trip to Warwickshire one to remember and explore all the amazing areas of the county. You will be surprised with how many hidden gems you will find, and to help you out we have searched through Instagram and found some amazing images of different areas of Warwickshire. We also have a resort in Warwickshire that would make the perfect place to stay whilst you are in the area



Now that you’ve had some inspiration you can start figuring out when you want to go and start looking at booking your accommodation.

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Whether you are wanting to explore the area or find things to do that will keep the whole family entertained there are plenty of things to do in the Peak District.

The Peak District is a stunning area of England, full of incredible natural beauty and a huge list of things to see and do. Enjoy spending time around the Peak District and find famous walks, explore the countryside or find the adventure. Our exceptional resort in the Peak District can provide the perfect base to explore along with being the place you can escape to in the evening before exploring more the next day.


Peak Wildlife Park

Winkhill, Leek, ST13 7QR | 25 mins

Peak Wildlife Park - things to do in the Peak District

A zoo always makes a great family day out and the Peak Wildlife Park is an amazing one in the area. The zoo can take around 3 hours to get around and see all the animals and there are food options too so you can stay and enjoy a bite to eat and make it a full day experience. The most unique part of Peak Wildlife Park is their large walkthroughs where you can come face to face with endangered and exotic animals. Their walkthroughs are with animals like red squirrels, lemurs, penguins and wallabies.

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Treak Cliff Cavern

Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WP | 40 mins

Treak Cliff Cavern - things to do in the Peak Distirct

If history is something you like to learn more about, you’ll definitely want to make a trip to the Treak Cliff Cavern in Castleton. It’s famous all over the world because of its unique deposits of Blue John Stone and you will find some of the most beautiful cave formations in the UK here. The tour is a self-guided audio tour where you will go into the caverns and take in the views of the amazing Hope Valley. There is also a café here that you can enjoy a range of drinks, homemade cakes and ice cream.

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Gulliver’s Kingdom

Temple Walk, Matlock Bath, DE4 3PG | 22 mins

Gulliver's Kingdom - things to do in the Peak District

Gulliver’s Kingdom is perfect if you have younger kids who still love the thrill of rides and experiences. From log flumes to chair lifts, a drop tower to a crazy barrel ride there are so many different rides and attractions that are perfect for kids of all ages. And you will also find a range of places to eat and drink around the resort too which makes it a perfect place to stay all day.

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Crich Tramway Village

Crich, Matlock, DE4 5DP | 29 mins

Crich Tramway Village - things to do in the Peak District

Travel back in time to the 1800s and 1900s with the Crich Tramway Village. Inside this village there are over 60 different trams that will have been built between 1873 and 1982. Enjoy a bite to eat at Rita’s Tea Rooms or The Poulson Room or even The Red Lion Pub. You will also find a sweet shop and an ice cream parlour in the village. Find out more about the trams in the indoor exhibitions, or take a stroll through the period village scene. You will have the option to take a ride on some of the trams around the village.

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Miller’s Dale Monsal Trail

Buxton, SK17 8TD | 23 mins

Miller's Dale Monsal Trail - things to do in the Peak District

For those who are looking for somewhere to walk and enjoy being in nature in the Peak District, the Miller’s Dale Monsal Trail will be the perfect choice. The trail is perfect for cycling, horse riding and walking. The trail goes along the former Midland Railway line and the trail goes through 4 400m tunnels and 2 shorter tunnels which are all lit during the daylight hours so they are safe to use.

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Matlock Farm Park

Jaggers Ln, Matlock, DE4 5LH | 26 mins

Matlock Farm Park - things to do in the Peak District

Explore Matlock Farm Park and learn about animals like pigs, donkeys, goats, sheep and even wallabies, emus, meerkats and rhea birds! As well as the animals you can see there are also different things like a go kart track, adventure playground and jumping pillow that your kids can have fun on. The Garden Room Café is also open and offers a wide range of hot and cold food and drinks to suit everyone.

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Poole’s Cavern & Buxton Country Park

Green Ln, Buxton, SK17 9DH | 23 mins

Buxton Country Park - things to do in the Peak District

The Peak District can provide you with some pretty impressive views, especially if you take a trip to Poole’s Cavern & Buxton Country Park. Poole’s Cavern is a two-million-year-old natural limestone cave that you can explore in a guided 45 minute tour. And whilst you are there you can also enjoy woodland walks through the stunning Buxton Country Park.

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Chatsworth House

Bakewell, DE45 1PP | 27 mins

Chatsworth House - things to do in the Peak District

Chatsworth House is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has been passed on to 16 other generations of the Cavendish family ever since. During your visit you will be able to explore over 25 different rooms as well as the beautiful gardens that surround the house. There are 105 acres of Chatsworth Garden and you will find things like waterworks, sculptures, Victorian rock garden and plenty of history to learn about.

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Alton Towers

Farley Ln, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST10 4DB | 29 mins

Alton Towers - things to do in the Peak District

For the thrill seekers who want a day out full of fun and adrenaline a trip to Alton Towers might be the perfect thing. There are over 40 different rides and attractions at the theme park which means you won’t find an issue picking things that will suit everyone. And it’s perfect for the whole family with large roller coasters like The Smiler and Nemesis but then you also have a CBeebies Land perfect for younger kids too. There are also different restaurants around the resort selling burgers, pizzas, fried chicken and more!

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Mam Tor

Hope Valley, S33 8WA | 35 mins

Mam Tor - things to do in the Peak District

Another walk that is great for incredible views is Mam Tor, the popular landmark hill and hiking spot. It’s about a 517 metres high and is about a 550 metre walk from the car park. Although it is relatively steep to climb Mam Tor the views are worth it and the walk can be completes in around 2 hours so it doesn’t have to be a full day trip. The walk is also extremely doable with young kids so the whole family can enjoy this experience.

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Now that you know some of the things you can do in the Peak District you will be able to start planning your break away starting with a place to stay.

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All of us at Darwin Escapes are proud to say that every single one of our resorts across the UK are pet friendly.

That means that you never have to leave your furry friend behind when you are going off to enjoy a staycation. But we understand that sometimes it can be hard trying to remember everything you’d need to pack for the holiday. So we thought we would use our pet friendly holiday knowledge and put together the ultimate checklist of exactly what to pack for your pet friendly holiday. Have a read below and see which things you need to add to your own checklist so you have everything you need to ensure your four-legged friend has the best holiday with you.


checklist for your pet friendly holiday

  • collar & lead (short & long lead)
  • food bowls
  • their usual food
  • treats
  • bed/basket for them to sleep in
  • travelling water bowl
  • stain remover
  • waterproof jacket
  • warm jumper
  • medicine
  • toys
  • brush
  • crate or pen
  • towels
  • poo bags
  • lint roller
  • old blankets
  • rucksack to carry things in for walks
  • pet insurance
  • cool mat

our most popular pet friendly resorts

1. Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat

where? The Lake District

Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat - what to pack for your pet friendly holiday

key features:

  • walking trails and hikes nearby
  • hot tubs with selected accommodation
  • gym & spa on site
  • copper fells bistro & bar

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2. Rivendale Lodge Retreat

where? The Peak District

Rivendale Lodge Retreat - what to pack for your pet friendly holiday

key features:

  • outstanding natural area
  • bistro & bar
  • hot tubs with selected accommodation
  • discover the famous Tissington Trail

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3. Mullion Cove Coastal Retreat

where? Cornwall

Mullion Cove Coastal Retreat - what to pack for your pet friendly holiday

key features:

  • discover the Cornish countryside and coastline
  • enjoy beach walks
  • hot tubs with selected accommodation
  • right by the iconic Mullion Cove Harbour

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4. Hawkchurch Resort & Spa

where? Devon

Hawkchurch Resort & Spa - what to pack for your pet friendly holiday

key features:

  • explore the Jurassic Coast
  • spa & hydrotherapy pool
  • woodland walks through Axe Valley
  • bistro & gym

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5. Norfolk Woods Resort & Spa

where? Norfolk

Norfolk Woods Resort & Spa - what to pack for your pet friendly holiday

key features:

  • discover woodland walks nearby
  • hot tubs with selected accommodation
  • indoor heated pool & spa
  • bistro & shop on site

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Start planning your pet friendly escape today at one of our amazing resorts that are across the UK.

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The Peak District is a stunning area of England and makes the perfect place for a staycation.

But before you head out there we wanted to help give you some inspiration on things to see and do during your time in the Peak District. So we’ve searched through Instagram and found some incredible images that will make you want to go explore straight away. But before you do you’ll want to organise somewhere to stay and we have the perfect place.



Start planning your staycation in the Peak District today and book your accommodation now.

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Enjoy all that the Lake District has to offer when you are next in the area.

Although the Lake District is known for all its stunning lakes there are so many other amazing things that you can do whilst you are there. To help you out we have searched through Instagram and found some amazing sights to see and things to do whilst you are there. We also have some amazing resorts in the Lake District that will be perfect for you whilst you are on your staycation.



Why not start planning your staycation to the Lake District now by booking a lodge to stay in.

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From sandy beaches to woodland walks, there are so many things to do in Devon it can be hard to decide which to include in your trip.

So we’ve done some research and found a range of different things to do in Devon that are suitable for couples, families, groups of friends etc. And if you are looking for a place to stay whilst you’re in the area our resorts in Devon will make the perfect choice for you.


Ilfracombe Harbour

10A The Quay, Ilfracombe, EX34 9EQ

Ilfracombe Harbour - things to do in Devon

The port that is at Ilfracombe Harbour has been there since the 12th Century and has been a huge part of Devon ever since. Even today it’s still a working harbour and is extremely popular for leisure and tourism. All along the harbour and the streets around it you will find amazing cafes, restaurants, pubs and small shops selling everything from gifts to quirky goods. It’s a great place to head if you want to enjoy a summers day near the sea.

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Quince Honey Farm

Aller Cross, South Molton, EX36 3RD

Quince Honey Farm - things to do in Devon

Located at the edge of Exmoor is Quince Honey Farm, a working honey farm that offers a full family day out that everyone will enjoy. The most impressive part of this farm is their unique hexagonal themed nectar garden which displays thousands of bee friendly plants. This is where you can see some bees up close. You can also visit the Honey Factory and see what happens behind the scenes! There is also a restaurant at the farm which offers a delicious range of food for all.

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The Box

Tavistock Pl, Plymouth, PL4 8AX

The Box - things to do in Devon

If you are wanting an experience that you can learn something from then The Box in Plymouth will be perfect. This new hub has everything from a gallery, archive, museum, café, shop and a bar! When it opened in 2020 it was one of the most significant cultural events in the UK. As well as the permanent galleries they also have various exhibitions that change throughout the year.

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Canonteign Falls

Exeter, EX6 7RH

Canonteign Falls - things to do in Devon

Most famous for being one of the highest waterfalls in England sitting at 220 feet high, Canonteign Falls was formed in 1890 by a stream diverting over the edge of a cliff. It’s an amazing natural attraction that is in the heart of Devon and it makes an incredible day out for families. During your day out at the falls you will also find Canonteign Kitchen where you can enjoy some delicious homemade food.

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Babbacombe Model Village

Hampton Ave, Babbacombe, Torquay, TQ1 3LA

Babbacombe Model Village - things to do in Devon

Since opening in 1963 by Tom & Ruth Dobbins, Babbacombe Model Village is a miniature railway and village that is open 7 days a week from 10am till 2.30pm. Inside this mini village you will find 426 miniature buildings and an estimated population of 13,178 people! It’s a great experience as you will feel like a giant in the 4 acres of award winning gardens that showcase amazing model scenes, vehicles and people!

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Plymouth Gin Distillery

60 Southside St, Plymouth, PL1 2LQ

Plymouth Gin Distillery - things to do in Devon

The Plymouth Gin Distillery has been in operation since 1793 and is the oldest working distillery in England. The tour options that you can do in Plymouth Gin Distillery are amazing, you can either do a classic tour where you learn about how the gin is distilled. Or you can do an enhanced Gin Connoisseur’s Tour with tasting or you can do the Master Distillers Tour where you have the opportunity to choose your own botanicals and distil a bottle that you can take home!

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Tree Surfers

Tavistock Woodland Sawmill Ltd, Gulworthy, Tavistock, PL19 8JE

Tree Surfers - things to do in Devon

If you are wanting to find something that is adrenaline pumping in Devon that will suit everyone in the family then Tree Surfers will be ideal. The main thing on offer is the activity tree surfers where you head up into the tree tops and go through a series of ladders, rope bridges, zip wires and walkways. The tree surfer’s activity is suitable for ages 4 years and up and you can also book into doing archery here too.

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Ilfracombe Sea Safari

11 The Quay, Ilfracombe, EX34 9EQ

Ilfracombe Sea Safari - things to do in Devon

Since you are going to be right on the coast you might as well make the most of it with the Ilfracombe Sea Safari. You can do everything from fishing trips, to sea safaris where you see dolphins or seals. Even trips that include caves and waterfalls! It’s a great experience that will make an incredible day out for everyone. Tours start from 1 hour long up to 2.5 hours.

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Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park Authority, Haytor Lower, B3387, Haytor, TQ13 9XT

Dartmoor National Park - things to do in Devon

Enjoy exploring the vast moorland that is Dartmoor National Park, you will find everything from forests, rivers, wetlands, rock formations and plenty of trails to use. There are also many villages around the area so you can incorporate a visit to one or two into your day of exploring. Also make sure you keep an eye out for the Dartmoor Pony that roams the national park.

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National Marine Aquarium

Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth, PL4 0LF

National Marine Aquarium - things to do in Devon

For people who love sea life and want to see and learn all about them the National Marine Aquarium is the perfect place to go. With it being the largest aquarium in the UK and home to over 4,000 animals you will be able to immerse yourself into learning about the marine environment. There are a range of exhibits you can explore at the aquarium from the Great Barrier Reef, Eddystone Reed, Atlantic Ocean and more.

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Now you are ready to start planning your holiday in Devon, why not start by booking your accommodation.

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Each year it is becoming more and more important that we all do our bit for the environment.

Most people make choices to help care for the environment in their day to day lives but there are so many ways that you can continue to live a ‘greener’ life during your family holiday too. Not only is this amazing for the environment but finding ways to make your family holiday eco-friendly also gives you the chance to teach your kids about the importance of it. Have a read below of some of our suggestions on how you can make your family holiday as eco-friendly as possible.


1. keep it in the UK

The first and best way to make your holiday eco-friendly is by staying in the UK. We already know that staycations are here to stay and have just been getting more and more popular. But by staying in the UK you are reducing your carbon footprint with travel as you are more likely to use a car rather than a plane to get to where you are staying. And if you need some inspiration we have some amazing resorts in the UK to give you some ideas.

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2. continue doing the basics

recycling - 7 ways to make your family holiday eco-friendly light switch - 7 ways to make your family holiday eco-friendly

Sometimes the simplest things we can do are the most effective, and most of the basic ways to help the environment you will still be able to do during your family holiday. These things can be anything from recycling all your rubbish, especially if you are planning a self-catering holiday. Splitting up your plastics, cardboard and general waste and putting them in the correct bins in the area will make a huge difference. Most of our resorts hand recycle waste externally so make sure you check the information guide at the resort you are staying in to make sure you are doing the correct thing|! Other things you can do is make sure you don’t litter when you are out and about and also making sure that lights and electrical items are switched off when you aren’t using them.


3. be smart with your packing

Most of the time when you are staying in the UK for your family holiday you will be driving to the location. But it’s still important that you are mindful of what you are packing. As tempting as it is to fill your car to the brim with everything and anything you may need for the trip, the extra weight in the car will mean you will use more fuel. By being smart with your packing you will be able to reduce the carbon emissions your car lets out.


4. invest in reusable bottles/cups etc.

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Although buying things like reusable water bottles and cups does come at a cost at the start they end up being extremely cost effective and save you spending money on single-use plastic. If you make sure everyone has their own reusable bottle and if you like hot drinks get some reusable cups then you are set for your day out. You can also take this one step further and buy reusable toiletry bottles so you can just take a smaller amount of the shampoo, conditioner and body wash you already have at home.


5. explore locally

Most of the time with a staycation you will have travelled somewhere in the UK that you want to explore. So use where you are staying as your base and stay local. Once your there try to travel by foot as much as you can or take bikes with you or you will probably be able to hire some not far away from where you are staying. If you need inspiration you will be able to search the internet and find so many amazing walks and things to see and do just a stone’s throw away from you.


6. plan an inspiring green day out

Eden Project - 7 ways to make your family holiday eco-friendly Greenwood Family Park - 7 ways to make your family holiday eco-friendly

Since you are trying to make your family holiday eco-friendly a great way to learn more about the environment would be by planning an inspiring green day out! For example if you are planning a holiday in Cornwall you could add a trip to the Eden Project to your stay. Or if you are having a holiday in North Wales take the family to GreenWood Family Park. There will be so much to learn and enjoy on a green day out.


7. think about where your food comes from

One thing you may not think about is the food you eat whilst you are away. You can make sure you eat local meat and produce if you are self-catering. If you are planning on eating out just do some research before you go to make sure the restaurant/café sources all their ingredients locally. By doing this you are not only more likely to eat the freshest and most tasty food but it will also cut down on food miles.


No matter how big or small the changes are that you make to your family holiday it all helps towards looking after the environment. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your holiday today!

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Somerset has a lot to offer, from its stunning towns to amazing views.

So when you are planning to go there for a staycation you will want to make sure you make the most of exploring the area. We thought we would give you a helping hand and provide you with some inspiration from Instagram. And when it’s time to book where to stay we have our amazing resorts in Somerset that will make the perfect base.



Hopefully we have given you some inspiration and you are now ready to book your staycation in Somerset now!

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Norfolk is a stunning area in England that’s full of amazing scenery and sites to see.

But before you head down you will want to make sure you have a list of the best places to see so that you make the most of your trip. And when it comes to where to stay, we have a stunning resort in Norfolk that will make the perfect base for you.


 

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So now you’re ready to start planning your trip to Norfolk, and the best place to start is booking where to stay.

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