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Make a clay ghost at Halloween themed workshops at Coalport China Museum 21st – 29th October

clay making

Sculpt your own ghost, pumpkin or creepy bat from air-drying clay to take home at the Halloween themed ceramic workshops at Coalport China Museum, near Ironbridge.  Part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums’ 50th anniversary celebrations, the drop-in sessions will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the October school half-term holiday from Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October.

 

Every day throughout the holidays young artists can also decorate ceramic money boxes or fridge magnets and paint delicate china flowers. 

 

Tiny Tots Trail of Treats set to enchant little ones at Blists Hill Victorian Town in November and December

Santa grotto

Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge, is putting some magic into Christmas especially for their youngest visitors with an enchanting festive trail for under fives. Available on selected days leading up to Christmas, the fun, new Tiny Tots Trail of Treats will delight children and their grown-ups as they follow clues to find treats around the Town on 22-23 and 29-30 November and 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21 December.

 

Gorgeous things for Gorgeous People…

Gorgeous things for Gorgeous People…

The Gorgeous Christmas Craft & Food Fair at Enginuity, Coalbrookdale 18th and 19th November

 

The long-running Gorgeous contemporary designer craft fair returns to Enginuity in Coalbrookdale, near Ironbridge this November and, for the first time in its history, entry is free.  That means you can save your money for all the lovely things you’ll find there…

 

…and that includes exquisite and unusual jewellery, glassware, ceramics, textiles, fine furniture, prints and metal work from the regions finest designer makers.  With a wide variety of handmade designs and individual artworks on offer, you’ll find a wealth of Christmas gift ideas, from magnificent one-off designer pieces to affordable goods. 

 

World Tourism Day

World Tourism Day

Travel enriches us; it allows people to experience new places, cultures, sights, and people. It also crucially allows for people in places all over the world to have a reliable and sustainable income. In certain parts of the world, tourism is the only viable option to earn a living; people might not have access to a decent education or there might be a very poor infrastructure or there may be little to no other employment options. Tourism creates an industry where there is little but a piece of natural scenery that people wish to visit. It's no surprise therefore that that the tourism industry is literally worth billions of dollars annually. Of course tourism exists in more affluent areas also and the existence of hotels creates huge employment in densely populated areas.

‘Life-saving surfing’ helps military heroes overcome trauma and injury

Military heroes who competed in a world-first adaptive surf championship in North Wales say that surfing has helped them to overcome trauma, mental ill-health and serious physical injuries.
 
Sixteen surfers, all either serving military or veterans who have battled physical or mental injury, competed for the top spots in the Help for Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship last Saturday (23rd September 2017). The free-to-attend one-day tournament took place at inland surf lagoon Surf Snowdonia, seven miles from the sea at Conwy.
 
Winner of the open category, Yianni Karakousis, served as a Captain in the Royal Engineers. He suffered horrific injuries in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan in April 2013.
 

Rooftop Hotels With Incredible Views

Rooftop Hotels

Few things are more relaxing than having a glass of wine or enjoying a great dinner with an incredible view in front of you. This infographic from Top Grade Roofing takes you through some of the best rooftops from around the world if you’re ever lucky enough to visit any of these places. 

For example, Las Vegas is a very popular resort and if you are there to hit the tables or catch a show, be sure to check out the 55th floor of the Palms Casino Resort. See the whole city beneath you while enjoying a drink. Dubai has become a very popular destination in recent years and has a wonderful rooftop hotel on the 24th floor of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Be sure to check it out if you’re planning a holiday there.

Surf Snowdonia to host Help For Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship

FREE one-day event will take place on Saturday 23 September
 
Surf Snowdonia will host another world-first event later this month which will bring together some of the UK’s most impressive military surf athletes.
 
The Help for Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship, which is sponsored by Stance, will see adaptive surf athletes from the UK’s Army, Royal Navy and Air Force compete for top spot in a friendly one-day tournament. The emphasis of the day will be on inclusion and breaking down barriers, and it will be free for spectators to attend.
 

How individual Scottish tourist businesses can ease the crush and enrich the visitor experience

tourist businesses

Does Scotland have too many tourists? Are the numbers of people flocking to this small country from the four corners of the globe in danger of destroying the very thing they have travelled so far to see? These are questions which are exercising the minds not only of tourist businesses, but also local people in tourist areas, tourism agencies, infrastructure planning agencies and the highest levels of government.

How can these Scottish businesses address the problems developing in the country as a result of mass tourism?

Discover the history of coal mining in England

National Coal Mining Museum

The National Coal Mining Museum for England provides a great educational day out with a unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground down one of Britain's oldest working mines with an ex-miner as your guide. It’s an eye-opening and unforgettable experience. Situated in a rural setting, the Museum offers an unusual combination of exciting experiences, whilst providing a genuine insight into the hard-working lives of miners through the ages. Free entry & free parking for everyone. £4 charge for underground tour.
 
Families are invited to get ‘hands-on’ as they discover more about the lives of coal miners through the ages – join our experienced miner-guides as you explore our genuine former mine-workings at Caphouse Colliery.