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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.

Seven stories

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.

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. 

ASK Italian is putting a Spring in your step this April with the launch of its new menu

ASK Italian

ASK Italian, one of the UK’s leading restaurant brands, has launched its new Spring menu filled with colourful and tasty dishes to brighten up your day!

Say hello to ASK Italian’s new range of lighter pizzas; with three to choose from, their favourite Prima pizza toppings are now served on the new Prima Light base and accompanied by a colourful, veggie-packed rainbow salad. Who said healthier choices have to be boring?

James Graham’s smash-hit political drama visits Malvern theatres

House

This House, James Graham’s smash-hit political drama examining the 1974 hung parliament, visits Malvern Theatres from 15 – 19 May.

James Graham’s critically acclaimed and prescient political drama takes on a new importance in the current political climate. Are we in the midst of a political revolution? Can the country stay united? Roll back to 1974... The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and back biting as Britain’s political parties’ battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes.

The welcome impact of Scotland's Tourism sector on sustainable business

Green Tourism

Sustainable tourism business in Scotland has saved 1 million tonnes of water and ¼ million tonnes of carbon according to an impacts report published by the sustainable accreditation organisation, Green Tourism.

The report, entitled "20 years of making a difference," addresses the positive impact Green Tourism accredited businesses have had on the environment over a period of twenty years. It was released today at a Scottish Tourism Alliance reception at the Scottish Parliament attended by Fiona Hyslop MSP.

Green Tourism sustainability assessments undertaken by the organisation spanning the last twenty years have revealed carbon and water savings, habitat and biodiversity creation, waste recovery, local procurement and business savings.

Easter holiday fun at Albert Dock's Heritage on the Dock

Albert Dock history

The whole family, from young children to parents and grandparents, are invited to come and immerse themselves in a range of fun activities at the free Heritage on the Dock event during the Easter school holidays (April 5-8) - celebrating 172 years of Albert Dock history and heritage.

Keep discovering and exploring this iconic attraction with four days of walks, talks, live music, song and entertainment over the Easter break. Children can even go in search of the “Dock Ness Monster”! Join Lancashire Wildlife Trust to see what lies beneath the waters of the Dock and with your “Dock Safari” guide look for eels, jellyfish, crabs and more - and then enjoy the experience of using an aquascope for amazing underwater views.

Keep it out and help smokers quit in Bradford District

No Smoking Day

Keep it Out, a regional campaign to crack down on illegal tobacco sales is being backed by Bradford Council as part of the run up to No Smoking Day on 14 March.

Councils across West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, the North East and Hull are linking up on No Smoking Day to tackle illegal tobacco, which include cigarettes, hand rolling tobacco and other smoker’s products that have been smuggled into Britain without tax being paid, or are counterfeit and usually available through unlicensed outlets.

Belvoir castle reveals exciting plans for the engine yard

Belvoir castle

There is a great air of anticipation at Belvoir Castle, which has revealed more details of its exciting new retail space opening in May opposite the Castle entrance. The Engine Yard will be a destination for excellence in food and drink unlike any other in the region that will champion local companies and great British brands, providing a community hub where locals and tourists can shop for excellent produce and linger over delicious light bites prepared by the Yard’s café.

Biggest inflatable adventure park in the UK is launching in Newcastle

inflatable adventure

To Inflatable and beyond! A huge inflatable adventue theme park is set to open in the North East.

InflataSpace, is an inflatable adventure and the latest the latest brainchild of the Fun Shack Group, owners of premier trampoline parks Jump 360, will be the biggest permanent indoor inflatable theme park in the UK and the first in the North East.

The park will be space themed and visitors can expect to enjoy sliding down extreme rocket drop slides, bouncing on giant inflatable planets, suiting up in inflatable sumo wrestling rings, taking on the challenge on the gladiator podium with battle sticks and more.

Iconic Scottish mansion reopens to guests

For hundreds of years this beautiful Scottish mansion, Carphin House in Fife has been renowned for its hospitality and now it has opened its doors to visitors who can stay there on an exclusive-use basis.

The nine-bedroom house is beautifully decorated in light airy colours that naturally complement the original antiques, open fires and cosy atmosphere. The public rooms make the house ideal for house parties and boutique weddings with the option of in-house event planners to create the perfect event.  Guests can even rent a hot tub for the duration of their stay.

Owner, Ruth Macallan, said:

Canals & Waterways

Canals & Waterways

To journey along our vast network of canals & waterways is to see the UK from a different perspective. Some 2,000 miles of rivers and canals connect cities, towns and countryside, combining history and wildlife against a backdrop of spectacular scenery.
Easily accessible to all, our waterways provide the perfect day out for walkers, cyclists, anglers and of course, those on the water itself. There are more than 35,000 vessels on our canals and rivers at present, including pleasure cruisers, traders and houseboats.

Fed up of camping? It’s time to get glamping!

Fed up of camping? It’s time to get glamping!

A glamper will never look back once their head has been turned by a spot of glamorous camping! It’s the perfect solution for those of us who delight in the outdoors but can’t face sleeping on a cold hard mat - not to mention that dreaded trudge to the shower block in the morning…
You can pack up your rucksack and get close to nature once more now that endless options for ‘glamorous camping’ have come to the fore.
From eco pods and yurts to tipis and shepherds huts, there are so many ways to make your glamping experience a special one.

 

Norfolk - A place to relax...

Norfolk

Norfolk is so hard to beat when it comes to getting away from it all. A sprawling county with beautiful scenery, spectacular coastline and of course, some very famous waterways...
The Norfolk Broads, a network of rivers and man made lakes, covers a huge area including some 125 miles of navigable channels.
Boaters can cruise around this expanse of tranquility at their leisure taking in free flowing rivers and more than 40 broads if they so wish.
Meander through picturesque villages and bustling towns on your relaxing journey before mooring up at one of the many waterside pubs and restaurants along the way.
For those more inclined to stay on land, there are lots of lovely walking and cycling routes too.

 

South East - Chocolate box beauty and cultural icons

South East - Chocolate box beauty and cultural icons

You’ll never be far from culture or coast in the sunny South East. Historic market towns, chic hotels, cosmopolitan resorts and the nation’s capital city...there isn’t much lacking in this fabulous region.
Whether it’s a peaceful romantic getaway or energetic city break you desire, you’re sure to find it here.
Many of those who flock to this region do so to see the bright lights of London.
Visitors to this spectacular city will never be short of something to do or see. From the capital’s most popular attractions, including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Big Ben, to its many fascinating museums, world famous art galleries and restaurants, it’s a city that caters for all.  

Lincolnshire - A cultural county

Lincolnshire - A cultural county

For family fun and some very interesting history lessons, Lincolnshire won’t let you down.
The coast here is home to arguably the most famous seaside resort in the UK.
It was here, in Skegness, that Billy Butlin launched his holiday park empire back in 1936. This stretch of coast is still hugely popular with families today due to miles of soft sand, beachside attractions and good old fashioned bucket and spade fun!

 

South West - Escape to the rugged, romantic coast...

South West - Escape to the rugged, romantic coast...

Crystal clear waters, vast sandy bays and award winning restaurants with unrivalled views…you’ll find all this and more in the the holiday capital of the UK - The South West Of England.
Besides its many beautiful bays and magical secret coves, Cornwall has a wealth of industrial heritage too. At one time the county was awash with tin mines, all are now closed but visitors can venture to sites such as Botallack, to see the remnants of this once flourishing industry. Perched on the coast this dramatic scene has been used as a backdrop more than once in tv and film, most recently for BBC’s Poldark series.

Wales - A land of history, beauty and dynamic culture

Wales - A land of history, beauty and dynamic culture

Wales boasts a distinct identity, steeped in history and modern culture alike. From dynamic cities to breathtaking countryside - including three national parks - there is much to captivate the visitor here. Magnificent mountains, lush valleys and a coastline to rival that of anywhere in the world.
Snowdonia is the largest and perhaps the most famous of Wales’s three national parks. Thousands travel to this beautiful landscape to visit its lakes, mountain bike trails and stand on the summit of the country’s highest peak, Mount Snowdon. Whether travelling on foot or by train on the historic Snowdon Mountain Railway, it’s well worth the 1085m climb, offering stunning views across the sea to Ireland.