Springtime Photography Competition 2018

Spring at Astley Park

Spring is finally here - which means this year’s Springtime Photography Competition is now open! In celebration of this spectacular season, we are looking to display your favourite Springtime photographs, which will be uploaded to the competition page on our website. Readers will then be invited to vote for their favourite picture, and the photographer with the most votes will be declared the winner.

In addition to winning a £100 Amazon gift voucher, the winning photograph will also be published in this year’s Green Tourism and Heritage Guide (*terms and conditions apply).

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 –

Celebrating 250 Years of Circus

Circus credit Pete Maclaine

2018 marks a very special year for acrobats, clowns, jugglers and ringmasters everywhere - it’s 250 years since the circus was first born, right here in the UK! And as World Circus Day takes place on April 21st, we take a look at how UK acts sparked a global movement.

To celebrate the special 250th anniversary, circuses are travelling up and down the country to take their acts to more people than ever before. And combining amazing vintage and contemporary-style acts, from fire-eating to laser light shows, circuses offer a family-friendly, affordable day out for everyone. 

MALTON FOOD LOVERS FESTIVAL – SATURDAY 26TH & SUNDAY 27TH MAY 2018

Malton Food Lovers Festival

Yorkshire’s Food Capital, Malton, will celebrate the 10th annual Malton Food Lovers Festival on the 26th – 27th May 2018. Attracting tens of thousands of hungry visitors each year, the Festival is well regarded as one of the UK’s most prestigious food events.
 
The Malton Food Lovers Festival has attracted some of the finest food talent in the country and will this year welcome an all-star line-up with three of Yorkshire’s born and bred Michelin Star guest chefs confirmed to attend.
 

Studio 338 announce Summertime Pool Party

Summertime Pool Party

Summertime is well and truly arriving in Greenwich over the coming months as game changing London venue Studio 338 sets out plans for yet another unique and irresistible Summertime Pool Party series. Based on three corner stone musical genres, each party will get a unique production set, suitably selected street foods, special cocktail menus and of course a breathtaking line up of DJs and live acts. All to be enjoyed in your swim suit (if you're that way inclined) at pool side.

The parties will take place in the beautiful open air garden as well as the brand new glass atrium Terrace. Upping the anti on last year's sell out pool parties, 338 will be shipping in another high spec pool this summer to double the chance of getting wet and wild.

Mortonhall Caravan & Camping Park

Mortonhall Caravan & Camping Park

“Mortonhall Caravan & Camping Park is a 4 star Thistle graded park situated in a historic 200 acre country estate conveniently located on the south side of the City of Edinburgh and just 4 miles from Princes Street and just minutes from the Edinburgh ring road (A720). The park has a relaxed country feel with a backdrop of the beautiful Pentland Hills on one side and Arthurs Seat and the city on the other.

The park primarily caters for touring and tents with a large variety of pitches available to suit all sizes of vehicle and also offers Caravan Holiday Homes, Wigwams and even ‘bijou’ Shepherd Huts to hire with a minimum 2 night stay and is ideal for city breaks or just passing through. Pets and groups are also welcome. 

A new exhibition from the National Centre for children’s books

Seven Stories

TIME to Get Up, a brand new exhibition at Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books is now open.

Children and families are invited to step into their favourite stories and explore their daily routines with all their quirks, calamities and surprises; discovering new titles and family favourites in a new and exciting way through original artwork and creative activities. From getting up, playing at home, meal times and going to nursery through to having a bath and snuggling up for bedtime, everyday life and family routine is celebrated through interactive reading and creative experiences.

Camden market welcomes London's first 100% Vegan diner

Vegan diner

Following a series of vegan firsts - the launch of the UK's first vegan pie and mash shop (Nov 17) and UK's first festive vegan deli (Dec 17) CAMDEN MARKET welcome's London's first 100% vegan diner to its North Yard this April 2018. 

Serving up all your American fast food favourites, prepared fresh to order and 100% vegan friendly - Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner is a walk-in diner, offering all day dining delights.

Bateaux London sails off with top tourism award

Top tourism award

One of London’s leading visitor attractions has scooped a top tourism award. Thames dining cruise company Bateaux London saw off competition from visitor attractions, hotels, and restaurants across the UK to be named Best Dining Experience at the 2018 British Coach Tourism Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation across the multi-billion-pound coach tourism sector and were presented by television presenter Angela Rippon at a prestigious ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.

Bateaux London provides a dining experience with a difference on the river Thames; offering corporate and leisure visitors fresh food, live entertainment and spectacular views of some of London’s most historic and iconic sights.

The Llanberis Lake Railway

The Llanberis Lake Railway

The Llanberis Lake Railway is one of several great attractions in Llanberis, the lakeside village at the foot of Snowdon. There’s so much to see and do, and something for everyone. The new Ropes and Ladders high wire course for the more adventurous; an ancient Castle, a Power Station hidden deep inside a mountain, and reminders of the once thriving slate industry in the Old Quarry Hospital and National Slate Museum. Then there’s the picturesque Padarn Country Park with its waymarked woodland and lakeside walks, and various activities including boat trips and rowing boats on Lake Padarn. And of course the best way to get from one to another is aboard our little train. 

Cosy Cottages and Pods near Ellesmere, Shropshire

Cosy Cottages and Pods near Ellesmere, Shropshire

Castle Farm Holidays Shropshire, is a small family run holiday site, offering a variety of holiday accomodation, situated in the rural hamlet odf Dudleston, Near Ellesmere, Shropshire.

Escape to the countryside to enjoy a relaxing break, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

We have two, four star holiday cottages:-

Both cottages have their own private hot tub, and are fully enclosed, with access to our field for dogs to have a run in.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway - 150 Years Of Steaming To The Cumbrian Hills

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway - 150 Years Of Steaming To The Cumbrian Hills

On the west coast of the Lake District, 25 miles north of Barrow-in-Furness and 50 miles south of Carlisle, lies the tiny village of Ravenglass. Once a Roman port, part of a chain of defence and supply for north-west Britain, Ravenglass is now chiefly known for the almost unique distinction of laying within two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District National Park – and, of course, its railway.

Royal Three Counties Show celebrating 60 years at Malvern

Three Counties Show

The Royal Three Counties Show returns for its 60th year at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern - and it’s the biggest celebration of the great British countryside yet.

With more than 90,000 visitors expected to join the landmark event in the agricultural calendar, it’s set to be a hearty feast of farming, fine food and family entertainment.

Diana Walton, Head of Shows at the Three Counties, said:

“We’re incredibly proud to mark the 60th year of our namesake show. Our roots stretch back over 220 years but this year we’re celebrating our ‘diamond’ anniversary at the showground with a sparkling line up. We’ve some wonderful new additions including our Gardening Hub, Ask the Groom and the much-loved actors from the Archers.”

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is the perfect place to start your exploration of the Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visit the new and improved exhibition where you can meet the Condover Mammoth and dip into the stories of some of the people, places and products within this special landscape.

The refurbished rotunda area offers outstanding footage with the new panoramic film in high definition, soaring over the hills, towns and rivers of the surrounding landscape on a bigger screen than ever before. Carrying on his dad, Pete’s legacy, professional actor, Billy Postlethwaite narrates the journey where, from the height of Clee Hill to the valley of Clun, you’ll see the local landscape like you’ve never seen it before.

Come and enjoy traditional sailing on the Broads… even if you can’t sail!

Come and enjoy traditional sailing on the Broads… even if you can’t sail!

Enjoy a skippered sail in a beautiful 1930s sailing yacht on the Norfolk Broads this season.  Here at Hunter’s Yard we not only offer boats for hire to sailors, but we can provide non-sailors with a wonderful experience on the Broads too.  Up to four people can enjoy a skippered sail starting at £74 for a 2 hour sail (that’s for the boat, not per person) where you can either sit back and let the Skipper take the helm, or you can help out as much or as little as you like.  Your skipper will gladly ‘teach you the ropes’ if you’re keen to learn.  Longer sails are available too… 3 hours, 4 hours, or whole days.

The Albany Theatre - Proud of what we do

The Albany Theatre - Proud of what we do

... and those who help us do it 

The Albany is home to a beautiful Art Deco theatre in the heart of Coventry and a brand-new studio space staging in-house and professional touring dance, drama, music and comedy productions.  

From exquisite professional ballet companies to fun-packed tribute acts, local community shows to spectacular Off-Broadway hits, The Albany’s two theatres play host to dance, drama, music and comedy events both large and small. 

True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum: Celebrating the fishing community of King's Lynn

True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum: Celebrating the fishing community of King's Lynn

True’s Yard is a heritage site and town museum celebrating the fishing community of the North End which made a significant contribution to Lynn’s economic and social life for 900 years. The local fishing industry remains important today! The Museum complex has been enlarged and developed through two Heritage Lottery Funded extensions (1998 & 2010); it has become a premier Lynn tourist attraction and education centre as well as a community venue. The Museum holds lunchtime talks, an engaging exhibition programme, family history classes and tours of the North End. There is also a gift shop and pleasant tearoom with Georgian panelling, which are run by the Museum’s team of friendly and enthusiastic volunteers.

To Boldly Go Boating

GoBoat

Back for a second season, Londoners and tourists alike can once again charter their own electric boat without the need for a license, the activity is proving to be so popular that GoBoat is already taking advance bookings online for the summer ahead.

Moored at Paddington Basin, the favoured route is to go along Regent’s Canal to Little Venice, past London Zoo and on to Camden Lock where skippers can about turn and head back to the pontoon at Paddington Basin.