Health food of the month: Chillies

a handful of chillies

Who quite came up with this is a bit of a mystery, but the fourth Thursday of February is National Chilli Day... or National Chili Day as it is known in America.

Evidently this is the day when communities celebrate chilli con carne, and this year it falls on February 27th.

But while chilli con carne might be one of the best dishes based around this spicy hot plant, today chillies are included in a wide range of very tasty recipes.


Chocolate Nutella Mice

Chocolate Nutella miceThese cute mice invoke wonderful childhood memories of pick n mix but with a twist. These chocolate mice contain a sweet suprise - a chocolate nutella ganache filling. They make a great gift to share with loved ones.


February Newsletter

February is not well-loved. When did you ever hear anyone say it was their favourite month? In February 1587, Mary Queen of Scots lost her head and in 1958 the first parking meters appeared in London. And on top of that, it is often cold, dark, dank and damp. But (thank goodness for a but) the days are getting longer, and the first hints of spring are showing.

Snowdrops and early daffodils are in bloom as are hellebores and, here in Devon, our county flower, the primrose, is cheerfully brightening the grass verges and woodland.

Further good news is that the Dobies Spring Planner 2020 catalogue is available from 19th February. With 48 pages of flower and veg seed, plants, fruit and equipment it really is all you need to plan your 2020 garden.




Reflecting on World Cancer Day

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This month has seen the celebration of World Cancer Day.

The event was aimed at uniting people, communities and entire countries across the world to raise awareness and take action against cancer.



Staycations on wheels are the way to go for 2020

Motorhome parked at the coast

The British have long been the biggest buyers of touring caravans in Europe and the UK market is second behind America.



60,000 young people are waiting to join Scouts... could you give some time to help?

A Scout

Scouting and Girlguiding is beginning to see a new lift in popularity. But volunteers are desperately needed to ensure the movement can continue and even expand. At the moment, for Scouts alone there are nearly 60,000 young people on the waiting list to join UK groups.



Silver Travel Tips:

The thought of taking a holiday by yourself might appear more than a touch brave, and you’re right! However, we are frequently told that once that first trip is under your belt, nothing could be simpler and you’ll wonder what took you so long. Here are our suggestions for getting started.   

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Balearic Outdoor Holidays - to be enjoyed not endured

Menorca Walking HolidaysBalearic Outdoor Holidays organise walking, painting, archaeology and learn Spanish holidays on the beautiful Balearic Islands of Mallorca and Menorca. 

We’ve been organising walking holidays on both islands for over 15 years and, during that time, many of our guests have returned to walk with us time after time. In fact, over 80% of our guests are repeat customers and we view them as friends. Rather than sing our own praises, here's some comments from guests who joined us during 2019.

“Thank you so much for an absolutely wonderful holiday. I can't remember when I laughed so much or ate and drank so much and the walking wasn't bad either!!!” Janet - Menorca singles walking.

"We both thoroughly enjoyed last week's "walking for softies".  Menorca is such a lovely island, the hotel was great, the group of people were lovely and, as ever, you both looked after us all with efficiency, tact and humour." Judy and Bob - Menorca easy walking.

“As always, I had a brilliant week! It's wonderful being organised and not having to think too much. Ate too much, drank too much, laughed a lot so feeling happy!” Anne -  Menorca Painting.

"One word feedback from an archaeological guinea-pig - brilliant!  You may quote me. Thanks again for usual J&C not-to-be-bettered week." Bron -  Menorca Archaeology.

Menorca Walking Holidays"I just want to say a huge thank you to you for last week. Katie was fabulous, an excellent tutor and such a lovely young lady. The bite size Spanish activities were just right (not too much to get your head round) and the walks were comfortable and interesting." Kim - Learn Spanish walking

"Thank you again for another fabulous week, can’t believe the weather yet again, plus a very nice group of fellow walkers." Roger and Penny - Menorca New Year walking.

“Many thanks for the excellent Mallorca walking holiday last week. So well organised, superb locations and so caring for all our various needs! A lasting memory until the next trip to a Balearic Walking Holiday – you even arranged great weather, marvellous for March!” Nigel and Jane - Mallorca easy walking.

"Just a quick thank you for a really wonderful holiday. We totally enjoyed the whole experience. Lovely walks, great company and probably the best restaurants and food you've treated us to." Brian and Dorothy - Best of Mallorca.

"A church, stalactites and stalagmites, classical concert on a lake, boat trip into a cave, dolphins, a converted railway line, paella, numerous stories, loads of laughs and the odd bit of walking thrown in too." Trevor and Mandy - Mallorca couples walking.

If you'd like to discover what keeps people returning to holiday with us time after time, drop us an email or if you'd like to speak with an actual human being, please call 0800 072 4832.

We look forward to looking after you.

John and Carolyn.


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We know you love travelling, and we also know that many Silver Travellers are just as passionate about books. So what could be better than combining both, and giving you the chance to win a book each month? 

Literary Editor, Andrew Morris, runs the friendly Silver Travel Book Club where each month we pick a book about a different destination and with a travel theme. We invite you to join in the conversation, and two lucky Silver Travel Book Club readers can win one of two free copies each month.


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Win tickets to see Olivier-Award winning City of Angels, in the West End, this Spring!

City of Angels Promo

The Donmar Warehouse’s Olivier Award-winning production of CITY OF ANGELS hits the Garrick Theatre in the West End this March, starring Hadley Fraser, Theo James, Rosalie Craig, Rebecca Trehearn, Jonathan Slinger with Nicola Roberts and Vanessa Williams.

Josie Rourke’s “ingenious, stupendous revival” (The Telegraph) premiered in 2014, when it was hailed as “a blissful evening” (The Stage) that’s “smart, seductive and very funny” (Evening Standard). With a swinging score by Cy Coleman and David Zippel and a brilliantly witty book by Larry Gelbart, CITY OF ANGELS is a musical love letter to the glamorous world of old Hollywood and film noir.

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Enter the February prize draw now

This month Silver Travel Advisor is offering you the opportunity to win one of two wonderful holidays, one with Eurocamp and one with Forest Holidays.  You could also be a guest blogger in March, visiting Warner Leisure Hotels’ rather lovely Nidd Hall, near Harrogate. 

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Win tickets to see Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em on tour starring Joe Pasquale

Following unprecedented response in 2018, receiving twenty one 5-star reviews, the new stage version of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em is back by popular demand and will tour the UK in 2020!

We have three pairs of tickets up for grabs

Competition closes 28th February 2020