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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.

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.

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.

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.

All Bar One unveils a new collection of environmentally friendly wines

All Bar One unveils a new collection of environmentally friendly wines

A sip towards sustainability, as All Bar One unveils a new collection of environmentally friendly wines

Sustainable sipping just became a reality, as your next glass of wine with friends will help the planet too.

Pioneering a movement called One for All & All for Wine, All Bar One is unveiling one of the biggest collections of sustainable wines on the high street that are set to deliver minimum impact on the environment and maximum impact on your taste buds.

The Albert Dock receives royal approval to be renamed The Royal Albert Dock Liverpool

 The Albert Dock receives royal approval to be renamed The Royal Albert Dock Liverpool

Albert Dock Liverpool has been granted the prestigious title Royal in recognition of the pivotal role it continues to play in the city's fortunes.

The iconic destination attraction - which is located on Liverpool's UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront, and home to the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in the country - changes its name from today (June 6, 2018) to The Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. This honour acknowledges the high standards represented by Albert Dock and highlights the numerous current and former sovereigns who have recognised the importance of the Dock both for its historical and architectural significance and its place within Liverpool.

Enter A Summer of Spritz with Carluccio’s

Enter A Summer of Spritz with Carluccio’s

Embrace the most enviable of Italian rituals this June by pulling up a seat on a sun-drenched terrace and sipping on a refreshing spritz – for free! To celebrate the launch of its vibrant new spring/summer menu and spritz range, Carluccio’s is offering a free Aperol Spritz to everyone buying an antipasto dish, every day until 7pm throughout June. Perfect foraperitivo hour, the Italian way to ease into a meal. New for summer is Crab Bruschetta with Devon crab, frisée lettuce and tomato on grilled ciabatta - or try the burrata and 14-month aged prosciutto served with pane carasau – a traditional Sardinian flatbread.

UB40, The Gipsy Kings, Katherine Jenkins and Jools Holland headline in Sussex and Wiltshire

UB40, The Gipsy Kings, Katherine Jenkins and Jools Holland headline in Sussex and Wiltshire

A Boundless Summer is a spectacular series of open-air concerts this July, organised by Boundless, an events and experiences company with a 94-year heritage, in collaboration with Neil O’Brien Entertainment. The concerts will take place at two of England’s most magnificent country gardens, Borde Hill Garden in Sussex and Bowood House in Wiltshire. 

UB40 will perform with support from ASWAD on Saturday 07 July and The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonnino Baliardo will take the stage Sunday 08 July. This first leg of concerts will take place in front of the lakes and Elizabethan mansion house of Borde Hill Garden in West Sussex, a gorgeous setting for a fabulous event.

Sunday Escapes - the most sociable way for singles to get fit

Sunday Escapes - the most sociable way for singles to get fit

London Fitness Tour's Sunday Escapes are a fun new way for professionals in London to switch off,  get fit, relax, meet new people and immerse themselves in some of London's coolest music while discovering interesting cultural hotspots all over the capital.  

The Sunday Escapes concept  is not like anything available elsewhere in London.  The fun buzzy, workout sessions are perfect for Londoners who would rather exercise outdoor rather than in secluded gyms and want to discover some of London's hidden gems.  Participants become part of a growing community of cultural fitness explorers where they can also make plenty of new friends..

Plastic-free shopping range launched in Glasgow

Zero Waste Scotland

Everything from locally-made herbal shampoo, to a dazzling array of herbs for cooking is available at Locavore, an innovative new ‘super’ market in Glasgow’s Southside, thanks to Zero Waste Scotland, the difference is customers can come in and buy these items without also picking up the guilt of getting single-use packaging.

The wide range of ‘fill your own’ plastic-free shopping – even including milk for sale in refillable glass bottles – is now available in the brand-new store in Victoria Road, thanks to £100,000 funding from Zero Waste Scotland – supported by the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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.

Landal GreenParks unveils fourth UK Park

Landal GreenParks

Surrounded by breath-taking views, situated on the southern tip of the Peak District National Park, Landal Sandybrook is the fourth location to join Landal GreenParks’ impressive portfolio of UK resorts.

The introduction of the park follows swiftly on from the recent addition of Landal Gwel an Mor to the group in February 2018, taking the total UK parks for the much loved European brand to four. Having enjoyed tremendous success over two decades and gaining a coveted reputation for offering the very best in peace, relaxation, and nature-focussed holidays Landal Sandybrook is a perfect fit for the Landal GreenParks brand.

See Water Power in Action!

See Water Power in Action!

See us in action milling, taste great food, or learn a new baking or craft skill – at Talgarth Mill traditional water power is creating award winning flour and supporting a fascinating visitor experience. With 5 Great Taste Awards for our flour, Gold World Bread Awards for our bread, and 5* ratings on Trip Advisor and Facebook, there are lots of ways to enjoy a visit to the Mill.

Highlights for a Visit:

World’s First Escape Maize Maze Planned at Staffordshire Farm

Escape Maze

The escape room craze is coming to Burton on Trent with a twist as a farm park prepares to launch the world’s first ever escape maze.

The National Forest Adventure Farm will be launching the Escape Maze: Agent Academy in July.

Details of the exact design and content are being kept top secret. However, expect to find a series of mental and physical problem-solving tasks hidden throughout the game.

Tom Robinson, one of the two brothers who own the farm and the brainchild behind the idea, said: 

Why you should treat your Pearly Whites to an eco-friendly toothbrush

Toothbrushes - Pearly White Club

The Pearly White Club created the UK’s first bamboo toothbrush subscription service to address the 300 plastic toothbrushes we will EACH throw away on average over our lifetime. And there is no more wasteful time than when you’re on holiday: think of the amount of toothbrushes and toiletries in plastic bottles which hotels alone go through worldwide. Here, founders Jenny and Dave Hutchings discuss the motivation behind getting their new product on the market….

 

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It's Official - F1H20 World Championship Will Return To London

It's Official - F1H20 World Championship Will Return To London

The prestigious UIM F1H2O World Championship will return to London for the first time in more than 30 years next month, and fans can now secure their places with tickets released today.

The UIM F1H2O World Championship is the world's foremost international series of single-seater inshore circuit powerboat racing and following last weekend’s spectacular launch of the 2018 season in Portugal, fans have the rare chance to experience the event in the UK.

The British leg of the flagship series takes place on the weekend of June 15-17, at east London’s historic Royal Victoria Dock.  It promises to be an unpredictable battle between the world’s elite pilots and teams, which offers spectators a breathtakingly up close race experience.

The Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre

The Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre

The Isle of Man's entertainment history reached a milestone in 2004 with the opening of the newly refurbished Villa Marina and Gardens. Featuring an arena, intimate concert halls, cinema and a children’s play area, it's the ultimate entertainment experience.             

The centrepiece of the Villa Marina is the Royal Hall. A spectacular auditorium that combines Edwardian grandeur and comfort with the latest sound and lighting systems, to create an amazing atmosphere at every show. Hosting some of the biggest names in music and comedy, it promises a great night every time you visit. 

The Villa Marina is home to the Broadway Cinema, showing the latest movie releases 7 days a week.