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 –

The Colour Run - The Happiest 5K On The Planet Returns To Wembley

The Colour Run - The Happiest 5K On The Planet Returns To Wembley

The Colour Run, presented by F45, is returning to London for its sixth year on Sunday 8th July, and this year is set to be the biggest and brightest yet. 

Dubbed ‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’, the concept is simple; grab your family, friends or colleagues, dress in white and run 5km, finishing the day head-to-toe in a kaleidoscopic colour - having had endless amounts of fun along the way. 

Whilst last year’s runners enjoyed the magical ‘Dream theme’, this year is set to be ‘Marvel-lous’ as families and friends are invited to celebrate their favourite hero’s – whether that be The Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman, Mum or Dad. 

Get back to the future at Ironbridge: birthplace of the Industrial Revolution

Ironbridge

by Victoria Galligan

A visit to Ironbridge is refreshing for the soul: Great British heritage, super scenery and miles (literally) of attractions – what more could you want from a family day out?

We headed off in the car to Ironbridge on a sunny Saturday, hoping that our two and six-year-old daughters would have plenty to do in the town and its surrounding historical sites.

World Wrestling Entertainment

WWE

The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is coming to London’s most famous arena, The Royal Albert Hall, to showcase the finest talent from the United Kingdom! It would be great if you could list the event on the Lodonist page as it is an attraction that makes for a fantastic family day out.

Fan favourites such as Tyler Bate, Flash Morgan Webster and Jack Gallagher will be in action as the elite talent go head-to-head to earn a shot at the current WWE United Kingdom Champion, Pete Dunne.

The first United Kingdom Championship Tournament was held in 2017 and was broadcasted live to 180 countries around the world on the WWE Network, and the Superstars will be hoping to write their name into the history books by ending Pete Dunne’s Title reign on home soil.

Where to go to see exotic wildlife and take your very first ‘UK Safari’ this summer.

Snaptrip

Have you always dreamed of getting up close to wild, exotic animals, but not been able to justify the costs of an expensive safari abroad now thanks to Snaptrip.com you can.
 
For those who long to see animals in the wild, we have good news! Rare animals such as orcas (killer whales), dolphins, sharks, seals, porpoises, wallabies, coatis and even wild boar, can all be found right here in the UK.
 
According to new research by last minute UK holiday rental provider, Snaptrip.com, 82% of the nation have absolutely no idea that none of the above animals can be seen in their very own country.
 

Tower of London lowers the drawbridge for school festival of music and welcomes children from across London boroughs

Water City Music

Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that cares for the Tower of London, in partnership with musical charity Water City Music, invited more than 60 schools to perform within the infamous fortresses’ walls at its Water City Music at the Tower event, which took place from 11th – 17th June 2018.  Inspired by the Tower’s rich history, more than 1600 children, from local London boroughs, entertained visitors with their lyrical and musical talent. 

Bradford garden centre to hold summer BBQ food and drink event

Bradford garden centre to hold summer BBQ food and drink event

Freshly cooked meat products and Yorkshire produce including craft beer will take centre stage as a Bradford garden centre prepares to host a BBQ tasting event.

In celebration of the seasonal sunshine, Tong Garden Centre will hold a BBQ tasting event between 11am and 3pm on 30th June at its Tong Lane site.

The event will see the in house butchery team collaborating with the Food Hall Manager, Andrew Tyers and the outdoor leisure team to cook a range of Yorkshire meat and poultry on the revolutionary new Everdure Furnace BBQ, designed by leading chef Heston Blumenthal.

Yescapa: Hire a motorhome from locals across Europe

Yescapa van in Majorca, Spain

Ever feel like escaping the crowds on holiday? Yescapa makes travelling off the beaten track easier allowing you to hire a motorhome or campervan from locals across Europe.

While there's lots to look forward to this summer, nothing kills the holiday vibe more than battling crowds of other eager tourists. With Yescapa, once you've prepared your summer playlist your only worry will be finding the best spot to watch the sun set.

Battersea power station this summer

London Seafood Festival

London Seafood Festival arrives at Battersea Power Station this summer, offering an array of events including oyster shucking classes, chef collaborations and a selection of different pop-ups suitable for all the family.

The five day-long festival will be taking place on the banks of the River Thames at Circus West Village, the first chapter in the regeneration of Battersea Power Station, which is quickly becoming one of the most exciting new food and drink destinations in London. 

Restaurants will be taking part and offering special menus, chef collaborations, ticketed dinners and seafood masterclasses from some of the leading seafood specialists in London throughout the festival, which takes place from Wednesday 20th to Sunday 24th June.  

Sandown brings the jungle to Esher with The Great Brick Adventure

Sandown brings the jungle to Esher with The Great Brick Adventure

Sandown Park Racecourse’s new exhibition is quite literally being built piece by piece this summer. The Great Brick Adventure by Bright Bricks, the UK’s only LEGO certified professional business, will take over the racecourse with more than two million LEGO bricks on 17 – 19 August.  

The three-day family event will bring its wild side to Surrey with its interactive Great Brick Safari and Mythical Beast displays.

Sandown Park’s Surrey Hall will be completely unrecognisable as the transforms into a jungle with more than 80 life-size LEGO models, including lions, tigers and meerkats; some of which are interactive. Guests will be treated to an immersive experience with lighting and sound effects throughout the venue.

 Music by the Sea summer festival Aldeburgh Saturday 30th June

Music by the Sea

Enjoy some great music and get your feet tapping at the free Music by the Sea open air charity concert, which returns to Aldeburgh on Saturday, 30th June. With a fantastic line-up of local and national artists performing live in the King’s Field from 4pm until dark, children’s entertainment, a food market and bars there’s something for everyone.

Summer Is Here and Glamping Is The Family Holiday of 2018 

Summer Is Here and Glamping Is The Family Holiday of 2018 

Caalm Camp offers a beautiful glamping experience with a difference – Original Mongolian Yurts in the beautiful North Dorset countryside.  Situated just south of Shaftesbury in Dorset, our former dairy farm enjoys stunning views across the Blackmore Vale, to Duncliffe Woods, Bulbarrow and Hambledon Hill. Caalm Camp has been voted to be the best Glamping Site in the South West by campsites.co.uk

Drivers Urged To Plan Ahead For Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018

Drivers Urged To Plan Ahead For Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018

SUNDERLAND residents and visitors to The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 are being urged to take note of road closures during the five-day festival of sail.

From 11 to 14 July, the city, which is the start port for the international sailing event, will welcome up to 1.5m visitors keen to see the 55 ships taking part and enjoy a packed schedule of music, theatre, circus and dance.

And, to make sure the festival goes without a hitch, Sunderland City Council is encouraging people to plan their journeys in advance.

On Thursday 12 July, a Crew Parade of sailors and young people from around the world will start at Burdon Road and make its way to St Peter’s Campus,resulting in the closures of Burdon Road and Park Road for the afternoon.

The final countdown has begun for The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

Tall Ships Races

From 10-14 July, the city of Sunderland will host the UK’s largest, free family event: a five-day festival of beautiful ships, circus, theatre and music The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018!

And with just one month to go, organisers have revealed the scale of the event in numbers – and the economic impact it is expected to have on the city.

Fifty-five ships from 16 countries are now making final preparations before setting sail for Sunderland –  with one ship, the Tarangini, facing a 3,600-nautical mile journey.

One of the largest ships taking part is Christian Radich from Norway, at 73m long and 33.6.m high, which featured in the BBC TV drama The Onedin Line in the 1970s, while the smallest is the Wyvern at just 13m. 

10 Reasons to Visit Bury St Edmunds and Beyond

Bury St Edmunds

Visit Bury St Edmunds and admire the magnificent St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the only cathedral in Suffolk, and stand among the ruins of the 11th century Abbey of St Edmund, once one of the most important monasteries in medieval Europe. Discover the legend of St Edmund, the original Patron Saint of England, visit the final resting place of Henry VIII’s sister Mary Tudor, Queen of France, and find about the town’s important role in the Magna Carta story. There’s 1,000 years of history to explore, in Bury St Edmunds – ‘A jewel in the crown of Suffolk’.

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Giant owl sculpture trail coming to bath this summer

Owls

Minerva’s Owls of Bath 2018 will be the latest public art sculpture trail from the team that brought the city the enormously popular Lions of Bath in 2010 and King Bladud’s Pigs in 2008 – one of the first major sculpture trails of its kind in the UK.

The project takes its inspiration from the Roman Goddess Minerva, to whom the Roman Baths Temple was dedicated in the 1st century AD, and whose animal symbol was the owl of wisdom.  The colourful public art sculpture trail will also mark the 10th anniversary of the Pigs.

From brass bands to Bollywood - Sunderland welcomes the tall ships

Tall Ships Races

A RAFT of live music – from brass bands to Bollywood - has been unveiled as part of The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

Up to 1.5m people are expected to head to Sunderland from 11 to 14 July for the four-day festival, featuring 55 sailing ships from around the world.

And, along with spectacular circus acts – including a high wire crossing of the River Wear – orchestras, bands, choirs and dance companies have also been signed up to take part.

Homegrown band The Lake Poets, Sunderland Symphony Orchestra and the Young Asian Voices choir will be joined by more than 40 schools, 500 children, five brass bands and 12 choirs in a packed programme showcasing local, national and international talent.