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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.

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.

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.

It’s all go at Amerton Railway in 2018!

It’s all go at Amerton Railway in 2018!

Amerton Railway has lots of going on in the 2018 season which starts at Easter and runs till the end of October ! : Look out for Santa coming to Amerton on Saturdays and Sundays in December : Kids get a present & mum & dad get a sherry and a warm mince !

“Diana” the only Kerr Stuart ‘Sirdar’ class loco running in the UK is now based at Amerton and will run our spring Sunday trains while resident steamers “Isabel” & “Jennie” are having their 10 Year Boiler Examinations and some TLC !

It’s all go at Amerton Railway in 2018!

Continue the thrill of Goodwood’s Festival of Speed at The Grand Folly Hotel

Goodwood’s Festival of Speed

Experience the Festival of Speed differently this year. Stay at the nearby luxury Grand Folly Hotel for a truly unique adventure under the stars.

Goodwood’s Festival of Speed, the world’s greatest celebration of motorsport and car culture, will be upon us on 12-15 July 2018. And this year it’s a special one, as it’s the event’s Silver Jubilee. The Festival’s 25 years will be celebrated in style, featuring some major landmarks in its history. As well as this, you can expect to immerse yourself in the thrill of the much-loved Hillclimb, feast your eyes over super cars and Edwardian leviathans alike in the paddocks, and enjoy the aesthetics of the Style et Luxe contest entries.

Monsters! The Good, the Bad and the Cuddly exhibition

Monsters exhibition

WORLD famous monsters – from history, horror stories and Hollywood – have descended on South Shields for a special exhibition.

Monsters! The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly is the latest large-scale exhibition within the Port of Tyne Exhibition Space at The Word: National Centre for the Written Word.

Created to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror story, Frankenstein, it brings visitors up close to a vast display of creatures, from the beasts of early mythology to the modern, digital creations of Pixar and Disney.

Stage show sees Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs enthral families this Easter

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs scene

Flinn is back! Les Petits Theatre Company (famous for their production of David Walliams’s The First Hippo on the Moon) return to the high seas after the award-winning Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs rollicked the rigging and spliced the mainbrace! 

The Magic Cutlass is the hugely anticipated sequel based on the award-winning book by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto. 

Crafty Vintage host an Easter event down on the farm!

Crafty Vintage Easter event

A Crafty Vintage event is all set to take over Shores Hey Farm in Briercliffe, Burnley this Easter. The home of the charity Horses and Pony Protection Association (HAPPA) is a stunning, rural location with acres of space overlooking the Thursden Valley and a fantastic place to take the family for a fun-packed weekend. 

The huge indoor arena will host an eclectic mix of the finest creators, makers, collectors and artists in the land. 

Outside in the street food courtyard will be delicious vegetarian offerings provided by The Green Canteen and wood-fired pizza from The Travelling Pizza Company along with a gin and fizz bar plus an artisan farmers’ market.

Designer dog homes descend on London in BowWow Haus exhibition

BowWow Haus exhibition

When's the next train to Barking?! Doggy-mad designers have created a unique display of bespoke doggy dream homes designed by celebrities, renowned architects, artists and designers for a BowWow Haus installation.

Visitors to St Pancras International from 19 March 2018 will see the special BowWow Haus kennels on the upper mezzanine of the station until 26 April 2018 when they will be auctioned off in aid of Blue Cross pet charity and US based Outdoor Arts Foundation. Funds raised will help the thousands of sick, injured, homeless and unwanted pets the charity cares for each year.                

Free storytelling for kids this March on MBNA Thames Clippers

Free storytelling for kids this March on MBNA Thames Clippers

"Tales on the Thames" storytelling sessions feature children's classics from Walker Books. London's fastest and most frequent river bus service, MBNA Thames Clippers (www.mbnathamesclippers.com), has teamed up with leading children's publisher, Walker Books, for a series of weekly storytelling sessions in March. Much loved kids’ classics will be brought to life on Friday 16 and 23 March. The new "Tales on the Thames" series is aimed at pre-schoolers, and will feature titles including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury) and Owl Babies (by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson).

Spring & Easter Events

Spring & Easter Events

Spring is in the air! And for those who love Easter, Winchester has enough chocolate, eggs, parties and activities to keep the whole family entertained. Sneak a peek at the best events you need to know about.

Biscuit Decorating at Winchester Cathedral
26 – 28 March, 2 – 3 April
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Have some good old-fashioned family fun this Easter as the Winchester Cathedral celebrates with a drop-in biscuit decorating workshop. While kids create their edible masterpieces, mums and dads can take the rare opportunity to sit down with a cuppa!

There's no need to book. A £1 charge will be made on the day for each biscuit decorated. 

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018

Norfolk & Norwich Festival has today announced the full programme for its 2018 Festival (11 - 27 May). The programme, which spans performance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature, circus, outdoor and family events, includes world and UK premieres, one-off spectaculars, and a host of free events across the Festival. The Festival will showcase renowned international artists from across the globe and countries as widespread as Syria, Australia and India, alongside the best local Norfolk and UK talent presented across the county, from Norwich city centre and Great Yarmouth to Wells-next-the-Sea.

Restaurant’s new menu wages war on waste

Restaurant’s new menu wages war on waste

A PORTISHEAD restaurant has this month (February, 2018) launched a new menu designed to help combat food waste. Venga tapas bar and restaurant on the High Street is reducing the ingredients thrown away from its kitchen on a daily basis by introducing a strictly no waste policy.

Manager, Scott Pearce explained: “One of the hottest topics around at the moment is food waste and it’s fast becoming an important issue for our customers wishing to be more environmentally savvy, and to do something to help.

Exmoor – explore a royal forest & an extinct volcano

Exmoor – explore a royal forest & an extinct volcano or go on a guided walk

WALKERS who take a trip to Somerset this summer (2018) can participate in a 725-year-old perambulation, stroll over an extinct volcano or enjoy a guided walk with experts. An award-winning hotel in the heart of Exmoor is inviting ramblers of all abilities to explore the area on foot before relaxing in one of its luxury rooms.

Chef patron, John Bradley, who runs Dunkery Beacon Country House Hotel with his wife and fellow expert hotelier, Jane, explained: “Our part of the world is a bit of an undiscovered paradise for walks of all abilities. Those who are hardy, experienced ramblers could book in this June for the Exmoor Perambulation, which is a circular, long distance walk, dating back more than 725 years.

Gulliver's Easter Egg-stravaganza!

Gulliver's Easter Egg-stravaganza!

Families can look forward to a fun-filled bank-holiday weekend as Gulliver's Kingdom prepare for their Easter spectacle… with a guest appearance from someone egg-stra special.

Over the four day Easter bank holiday weekend (30 March – 2 April), Gulliver's Kingdom, Matlock Bath, will be holding some very special events for the entire family to mark this particularly fun time of year. Gulliver's Kingdom aim to fulfil all your entertainment needs this Easter under a single roof as they look forward to welcoming a very special guest - the Easter Bunny.

April's RHS Flower Show Cardiff is a must-sea!

RHS Flower Show Cardiff. Credit: RHS and Huw John

The RHS Flower Show Cardiff in April will feature eco-friendly Regeneration Gardens, which champion reusable materials, and is set to inspire with its Wales’ Year of the Sea theme.

The annually anticipated floral spectacular – partnered by wealth manager Brewin Dolphin – will highlight the sensational Welsh coastline with a host of themed gardens and related features and activities to spark the imagination as 60 nurseries from all over the UK come together in Floral Marquee and Plant Village.

As the UK’s leading gardening charity, the RHS has revealed an exciting line-up, bringing vibrant Show Gardens, floral displays, interactive activities and the brand new Regeneration Gardens to the grounds of the stunning Bute Park from 13 to 15 April. 

Keep Britain Tidy

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Create a change this spring with Keep Britain Tidy

Keep Britain Tidy is back with the UK’s biggest ever litter campaign, the Great British Spring Clean

Inspired by BBC’s Blue Planet II, the ambition is to recruit 400,000 Brits to get involved

Keep Britain Tidy has announced its first ever #LitterHero Ambassador search as they look for 99 local champions across the country
 
Keep Britain Tidy is urging Brits to sign up and join the UK’s biggest-ever litter clean up. This year the ambition is to recruit more litter pickers than ever before with 400,000 volunteers needed to help clear the streets, parks and coastlines of Britain, from 2nd – 4th March 2018.