WIN a pair adult weekend tickets to Reggae One Love Festival 2018

Reggae One Love Festival 2018

After 10 years of great events in the Home Counties we are really excited to be taking the Reggae Festival to the UK’s spiritual home, to a mystical land engulfed in folk law, myths and legends. A place where the biggest and best Festival on Earth started “The Glastonbury Festival” 

We have always thought Reggae is so under represented at Glastonbury so we have literally taken Reggae to Glastonbury - With Glastonbury taking a year off in 2018 we thought the area needed some blessed up reggae vibes where we will introduce Reggae and Reggae Culture to a much larger audience –

Say hello to the newest addition at Drayton Manor Park

Love Your Zoo Week

May half term, Whitsun, School holidays, No matter what you call it, you can still enjoy time with the whole family at Drayton Manor Park by joining in with this year’s Love Your Zoo Week celebrations from Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June and learn about over 100 species from across the globe. Take advantage of Drayton Manor Park’s ‘4 for £80’ ticket* too by booking your tickets in advance and don’t forget May half herm includes the spring bank holiday on Monday 28th May.

Dundee's Verdant Works retains 5-star status

Verdant Works

Verdant Works, the world class visitor attraction which tells the story of Dundee's industrial textile heritage, has retained its five-star rating from VisitScotland.

The renewal of the top award secures Dundee Heritage Trust's unique position as the only independent charity in Scotland operating two five-star museums. Discovery Point and Verdant Works are currently the only two five-star attractions in Dundee.

VisitScotland's comprehensive Quality Assurance grading measures every aspect of the visitor experience and covers over 900 attractions across the country.

The House on Crutches Museum

The House on Crutches Museum

The Museum is situated in a remarkable timber framed building, possibly dating back to the twelfth century. It houses an extensive social history collection covering many aspects of community life and agriculture in Bishop's Castle and South West Shropshire from the 18th century onwards. The Museum has four rooms covering domestic life, town businesses and politics, agriculture, and leisure and childhood. Incorporating another small room, a fascinating new display tells the story of the unique Bishop’s Castle Railway, which ran from 1865 to 1935, despite being in receivership from 1867.

Darwin escapes unveils its most expensive ever holiday home

 Luxurious Lookout

A leading holiday park operator has unveiled its most expensive ever holiday home, the luxurious Lookout – a £399,000 unique retreat in North Wales.

Fast growing Darwin Escapes says the luxurious Lookout – launched today - aims to meet the demands of an increasing number of people preferring to holiday in style in the UK.

The Lookout is perched on a beach side plot in Aberconwy Resort & Spa with panoramic views across the North Wales coast.

Darwin Escapes now operates 21 holiday parks throughout the UK offering a variety of holiday styles including secluded boutique lodge retreats, luxury lodge resorts with state-of-the-art leisure facilities and family-oriented traditional holiday parks. 

Surf Snowdonia announces new initiative

Surf Snowdonia

Surf Snowdonia has announced that it will dedicate the whole of June 2018 to an initiative aimed at encouraging more women and girls to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle.

Their ‘Girls on Board’ initiative will feature a busy 30-day programme of female-focused events, activities, workshops and discounts, all designed to get more women and girls engaged in a sport or activity they love.

The world-first inland surf hub in the Conwy Valley is working with local teams, clubs and other organisations to introduce women and girls to a wide spectrum of sports and activities, suitable for all ages and ability levels.

For The Perfect Break Away Visit Felin Geri

For The Perfect Break Away Visit Felin Geri

If you’re looking to take time out of your every day busy lives; to sit back and relax, why not consider Felin Geri – the ideal location to get back to basics with both family and friends.

Set across 24 acres of beautiful pasture and woodland, with the river Ceri tumbling through, guests can sleep, walk, fish or cycle without leaving the stunning valley. 

Settle into one of our beautiful safari tents on arrival. For those concerned about camping, fear not. Yes you are under canvas, but this is glamping, not camping and our tents offer the height of luxury, with every detail lovingly thought out. From superb 400 thread count linen on comfortable beds, to your own shower and loo - with hot water, we guarantee a home from home. 

Short films released to offer insight to Crieff in Scotland

Crieff - a still from the films

An exciting series of short films commissioned to promote Crieff as one of Scotland's top tourist destinations are now available to view online.

Shot in and around Crieff by some of Scotland's top film-makers – including Crieff's own Iain Johnston (Johnston Media) – the high-quality footage showcases the area's outstanding natural beauty and impressive range of businesses. The short films are being used to promote the town to the short-stay tourism market in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the North-East of England.

Outlander series boosts Scottish castles' visitor numbers

Outlander location Linlithgow Palace

As two new series of TV hit Outlander are commissioned, fans are still clamouring to follow in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie as Scotland’s historic castles provide the backdrop to global TV phenomenon – boosting tourism by up to 227%.

Visitors have been heading to Scotland to tour the historic landmarks associated with hit television series Outlander – and the screen phenomenon has been outshining the likes of Greyfriars Bobby, Braveheart, Rob Roy, Trainspotting and even Harry Potter.

Get Hands-On with History

Hands-on history

Head to the Weald & Downland Living Museum in Singleton for fantastic indoor and outdoor hands-on history fun this spring half term. From Bank Holiday Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June children of all ages can channel their energy into a range of historical tasks and challenges located around the Museum’s 40-acre downland site. Wet weather will not spoil play as there are plenty of areas under cover.

The theme for this half term is hands-on history – collect an activity card at the Museum entrance for your series of historical tasks and challenges! Tasks will vary daily but include:

Nanny Brow hotel owner Sue Robinson is an E3 finalist

Nanny Brow in the Lake District

The owner of stunning Lake District Arts & Craft-style hotel Nanny Brow is celebrating after being shortlisted as a finalist in the Outstanding Woman category of the 2018 E3 Business Awards.  

Sue Robinson took part in a final interview with the panel of judges on May 9 and all were impressed by Sue’s extraordinary journey’  The ‘big reveal’ will take place in July at the Macron Stadium in Bolton, where 80 finalists will compete across 16 categories.

Sue has faced many challenges whilst breathing new life back into the five-star Nanny Brow.  ‘Discovering’ it in 2009, there were so many reasons to walk away.  Empty for seven years, the building was a wreck with no running water or electricity, but Sue had fallen in love. 

30 Days Wild to connect people with natural beauty                                                           

30 Days Wild - credit Nick Upton

This June’s 30 Days Wild challenge from The Wildlife Trusts will encourage thousands of people across the UK to make their neighbourhoods wilder – to help wildlife and get communities sharing the joy of the wild. Academics at the University of Derby who have monitored the challenge since it began in 2015 have discovered that spending time in nature makes us feel good. 30 Days Wild encourages people to notice nature on their doorsteps every single day and gives them a multitude of exciting and fun ways of doing it.

ENJOY A DAY OUT WITH THOMAS!

Thomas

England’s most excellent steam railway experience, the East Lancashire Railway, is calling all little engineers to join Thomas the Tank Engine for a full day out unlike any other.

With rides behind Thomas and unlimited travel on steam and diesel trains along 12 miles of track through the stunning Irwell Valley there’s so much for families to do. They can meet The Fat Controller, see performances by Rusty and Dusty, Sodor’s cheeky station sweepers and watch re-enactments of classic Thomas stories. There will also be Thomas themed activities in the Imagination Station including table top games, colouring and Thomas films, along with magic shows, circus workshops and face painting.

Queen’s Park Book Festival 2018

Book Festival

The Queen’s Park Book Festival is delighted to announce a packed weekend of literary celebration and debate in the heart of one of London’s favourite parks on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July.

Back by popular demand, the festival will bring together a mix of local, national and international writers and fresh literary talent led by the new Festival Director Thomas du Plessis. With over 40 events across the weekend there is something for everyone, with the programme covering current affairs, politics, fiction, stage and screen, sport, music, cookery, poetry and more, as well as free children’s events and family-friendly activities. The festival will also put local talent front and centre, shining a light on the extraordinary creativity of North West London.

Re-creating the Movie Experience with the Latest Trend: The Community Cinema

As the price of cinema tickets continues to skyrocket (not to mention the price of the popcorn), the Friday night film date is quickly becoming less frequent enter the community cinema.

The days of a trip to the local cinema being a cheap and cheerful night out are long gone, having been replaced by an experience that many people feel has become excessively expensive. According to a study by the BFI, the average price of a cinema ticket in the UK increased from £4.87 in 2006 to £7.17 in 2015 – and in major cities such as London, a single adult ticket can easily cost close to £20.

The cost of taking a family of four to see a film – which includes tickets, drinks and popcorn – can now break the £100 barrier, highlighting just how expensive the activity has become.

Drumlanrig Castle hopes to capture the imagination of youngsters

Drumlanrig Castle

To celebrate the Year of Young People, Drumlanrig Castle in Scotland is set to introduce a wave of initiatives aimed at capturing the imaginations of youngsters this year.

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate in Dumfries and Galloway will be focusing on bringing the Estates’ history, beautiful wildlife, scenery, and career opportunities to life for young people across Scotland.

The Estate has also partnered with the Historic Houses Association and Young Scot to offer Young Scot cardholders access for just £1. The scheme means members can visit the historic tourist attraction and explore its grand rooms as well as the vast Estate for a fraction of the entry fee.

Woodside Spa and Glamping, East Sussex

Woodside Spa and Glamping, East Sussex

Woodside Spa and Glamping, East Sussex - We offer ten luxury, themed, glamping accommodations - bell tents and yurts - to accommodate up to 56 guests.  Our Moroccan woodland yurt, aimed at romantic couples, boasts a 7ft round bed and glass dome to star gaze, whilst our giant 8m Persian and Mammoth Mongolian yurts sleep ten, perfect for the larger family or group of friends such as hens, stags or special celebration. 

Manuel Linan: Sinergia 7th May 2018, Lowry Theatre, Salford

Manuel Linan: Sinergia 7th May 2018, Lowry Theatre, Salford

Written by Rachel Foster - 5 stars

It was a hot sultry night, no not in Madrid, but in Manchester's Quay Theatre at the Lowry. Manuel Linan the elusive pimpernel of the flamenco world, provided the audience a delightful 75 minutes of no holes barred, toe tapping, invigorating, mood enhancing, glorious dance of the highest level.

The latest darling of the flamenco world, diminutive Linan originally hails from Granada. He stops off in Manchester for night only in the intimate setting of the Quay Theatre.

Deriving cries of ole from a British audience, you could sense he had a natural ability to pull the right chords.

Boost for Discovery Point as Friends of Dundee Heritage Trust make donation

Paul Jennings, executive director of Dundee Heritage Trust (left) with Alastair Scott of the Friends of Dundee Heritage Trust (right)

Discovery Point, home of the historic RRS Discovery ship, has received a £5,000 boost to its extensive refurbishment programme. The five-star visitor attraction, located at Dundee's waterfront, received a cheque from the Friends of Dundee Heritage Trust towards the recent upgrades to its visitor galleries and conference facilities. The updates include a touch-screen Antarctica map, an explorer themed gallery and a dress-up area for kids.

Steam on the Dock is back at Albert Dock Liverpool!

Steam on the Dock

Next week sees the return of Albert Dock’s popular Steam on the Dock event - one of the UK’s only inner-city steam rallies (not a muddy field in sight!), and a guaranteed weekend of free, family fun!

Powering into the Dock on May 12-13, Steam on the Dock will showcase a whole host of authentic steam engines, both land and water-based, from dinky miniatures to huge, towering lorries. See these shiny, grand machines of the industrial age up close and in full steam, speak to their friendly and devoted owners who’ve spent years restoring and caring for them, find out how they tick, and simply soak in the atmosphere of this lively celebration on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront.