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The seaside town of Falmouth celebrates the annual Falmouth Oyster Festival in October.

The festival, which runs from October 13 to 16, marks the start of the traditional oyster dredging season in Falmouth, and will be opened this year by Tim Anderson, winner of MasterChef 2011.

The festival celebrates the start of the season in Falmouth, which is home to the third deepest natural port in the world. Throughout the three-day event, Events Square in the heart of Falmouth is transformed into a Cornish Cornucopia of stalls brimming with oysters, seafood, wine and other delicacies.

The programme also includes a host of cookery demonstrations by local chefs, as well as children's activities, sea shanties, oyster shucking competitions, live music, and a race of the Falmouth Working Boats. The St Michael's Hotel & Spa offers exclusive packages for visitors during the Oyster Festival weekend, including a gourmet night with the super chef. Prices start from pounds 625 per couple for a four-night stay from October 12, based on two sharing on a bed and breakfast basis. For more information and to book visit With its cosy inns, cottages and dainty properties, Cumbria is not a county normally known for offering spacious hotel accommodation. But the Castle Inn is hoping to change that perception by offering large and comfortable rooms. The luxury four-star hotel currently offers a total of 46 rooms, almost all of which are supersized. The property sits in the north of the county close to Keswick, Penrith and Cockermouth.

It's conveniently located close to towns such as Carlisle and Penrith and all that the north of the Lakes has to offer.

The large rooms are particularly ideal for families and can easily sleep up to six guests in the largest. Rooms at the Castle Inn start from pounds 50 per person, per night and include breakfast.

For more details visit One in four Brits have booked an exotic holiday after suffering from holiday envy over a friend's foreign jaunt, a study has revealed.

After viewing holiday snaps, listening to tales from the trip and even being kept updated via social networking websites, three-quarters of people admit they often get hit by the green-eyed monster. And almost a fifth of jealous Brits have even booked an identical trip, right down to the same hotel, apartment or villa.

Research was conducted by Teletext Holidays.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 20, 2011
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