I’m Claire

Founder of Weekend Candy

I’m an award-winning writer, blogger and digital specialist living in the beautiful Cotswolds.


Although travelling is my passion, I can’t pack away my busy life and head off around the world like many other travel bloggers seem to be able to do.

Instead, the only way I can travel is by fitting travel into the gaps between my 9 – 5 life, which means long weekends, short weekends, day trips and night trips. With the occasional 2-weeker thrown in along the way, when work allows.


The start of Weekend Candy


I started Weekend Candy in June 2014 (formerly called Travel Candy) to indulge my neurotic, borderline OCD-like obsession of travel writing and travel photography – and it’s grown since then to be my all-consuming travel blogging passion, with readers, followers and likers accompanying me via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on my journeys.

Today, Weekend Candy focuses specifically on my weekend adventures. So whatever weekend getaway in the UK or Europe you’re looking for, let Weekend Candy be your guide. All the weekend breaks on here have been tried and tested by me – or by one of my Weekend Spies Team.

Have a browse and discover my uber-tasty restaurant, hotel, and B&B recommendations in the UK and Europe, as well as the best local pubs, and great towns and villages to visit. Each post, story, review and itinerary is written by me to give you an insider’s view of every place and help you decide if it’s right for your weekend away.

What they say about me

“Claire’s enthusiasm is refreshing and infectious in equal measure; it really has been an absolute joy to work with her over the past couple of years. She is full of creative beans and her fun personality shines through in her copy.”

Olivia Kempsey


“Claire’s writing has been a breath of fresh air. Her ability to put a creative spin on any given brief ensures the resulting copy is always engaging and immersive. When she writes, you feel the love she has for the subject, which makes you love it too!”

Bethany Gallacher

PR & Social Media, Northumberland Tourism

“Claire was recommended to us by a fellow PR consultant. He spoke very highly of her enthusiasm and professionalism and I would like to add to that her approachability together with a real talent in telling a great story. I would have no hesitation in working with Claire again and recommending her as someone you would be happy to introduce to your clients.”

Jane Adkins

Managing Director, A HEAD FOR PR LTD

“I am fortunate to meet interesting talented people in my job. Claire is one of the best writers I have worked with.”

Mike Sumner

Editor and Founder, Unity Films