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Every weekend is a holiday with Shorewood Leisure Group

Every weekend is a holiday with Shorewood Leisure Group

Are you dreaming of taking holidays all year round? Wanting to escape to your own luxury static caravan or lodge every weekend? 

You could make that dream a reality at one of our five-star premier leisure parks perfectly situated on the Yorkshire coast; Hornsea, Aldbrough or North Bay Leisure Park. These park are three of the finest, offering affordable static caravan holiday homes and luxury lodges. Our coastal parks offer a unique and tranquil experience for all the family.

Hornsea Leisure Park has a range of luxury holiday homes set in immaculate, spacious pitches that benefit from panoramic sea views. This park is cycle friendly so you can really take advantage of the scenery.  

Guided Tours Of Mann

Guided Tours Of Mann

The Isle of Man is fast becoming the destination for UK and foreign travellers.  This is because it has so much to offer in such a small space and is easily accessible from the United Kingdom and Ireland. 

With a diverse culture and fascinating heritage, the Isle of Man’s unique charm will inspire any visitor.   The Isle of Man has long been recognised as having dark night skies, due to the rural character of the island. There are 26 official dark sky sites around the island and perfect for stargazers. 

UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man is all about keeping our Island a special place to live, work and visit and we are the first entire Island Nation in the world to receive this prestigious endorsement from UNESCO.

Halo - Hello sunshine

Halo Severn Centre in Highley

There is something especially sumptuous about sunshine after rain (and we’ve had a long winter - and spring! - of rain and snow). And when sunshine arrives you want to be outside enjoying it. There’s no better way than with a visit to an outdoor pool and there’s one at Halo ’s Severn Centre in Highley.

There aren’t many of these outdoor pools around these days. Following the golden age of the lido in the 1930s (read all about them in the box below), outdoor swimming went into decline as everyone headed abroad for holidays. But there has been a revival as people across the country have discovered just how lovely it is to bathe under blue British skies.

St Margaret Holiday Accommodation near St.Austell in Quiet Wooded Valley Close to the Sea

St Margaret

St Margaret's park offers a choice of quality holiday accommodation set in the heart of Cornwall. Twenty-nine self catering holiday lodges and superbly restored 18th Century Engine House nestle in six acres of peaceful parkland with a meandering steam running through the park. Our range of detached lodges offer character accommodation in the range of sizes and prices. Our smaller lodges offer individual character with a variety of different layouts. Some are set on the slopes with a path or steps to reach them.

Easter Sunday at Highclere Castle

Easter Sunday at Highclere Castle

22nd February 2018: Highclere Castle will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday 1st  April 2018 in aid of the NSPCC, the children’s charity which helps rebuild the lives of children who have been abused and find the best ways of preventing abuse in the future.

The day starts with a trail through Highclere Castle’s gardens and woodland, finding clues en-route and culminates with each child winning an Easter Egg. Other activities on the day include an Easter Bonnet Parade, a bouncy castle as well as Easter-themed games on the lawns.

Travel Guide to Royal Family Residencies

Royal Family Residencies

Have you ever wondered what sort of places the royal family actually live in? Well, here are the first and foremost places where the Queen spends her time.

First on the list must be the official royal offices at Buckingham Palace. This magnificent building was first built in 1703 as a private family home and became the official residence of all things royal in 1873 when Queen Victoria made it her official residence. Most famous for the 'changing of the guards' and the public viewing of royalty on the balcony for state occasions, this impressive building is any historians 'must see'.

‘Sleeping with the fishes’ at sea life Blackpool

Youngsters can now Sleep with the fishes

How about this for a waterbed with a difference!

Aquarists at SEA LIFE Blackpool are inviting youngsters to come and spend the night with their pals at the popular attraction.

 

They can’t promise their young overnight visitors the chance to sleep on the actual sea bed – but it is the next best thing!

 

And, as these youngsters testing out the new offer discovered, the sleepover experience offers fantastic views of SEA LIFE Blackpool’s popular Ocean Window and Ocean Tunnel, as well as its amazing collection of underwater creatures – including its awe-inspiring sharks.

 

Mid Wales coastline excels in latest bathing waters survey

 Wales coastline

The good reputation that the Mid Wales coastline has for the standard of its bathing waters and sandy beaches has been endorsed by the latest survey results.

 

The vast majority of the beaches have achieved the highest rating of excellent or good, as 99 per cent of designated bathing water surveyed along the Welsh coast complied with strict European standards.

 

In the northern limb of the Cambrian Coast in Mid Wales, both Harlech and Llandanwg received an excellent rating and the beaches have achieved the Green Coast Award from Keep Wales Tidy.

 

The quirkiest places to stay in the UK that you never knew about!

quirkiest places to stay in the UK

Have you ever dreamt of spending the night in a stunning old castle out in the countryside? Perhaps you have always wanted to experience staying in a working farmhouse? Or what about a lighthouse by the sea? 

 

It might sound absurd, but these are just some of the quirky and unusual places available to rent thanks to UK holiday rental provider Snaptrip.com .With over 50,000 properties in all shapes and sizes, there is something for everyone from romantic retreats to larger trips for all your friends and family.

 

Snaptrip.com has put together a guide detailing just some of the weird and wonderful places you could book to stay at:

 

1.      Castles

National theatre Wales announces its 2018 season

Kully Thiarai announces her first full season as the company’s Artistic Director

It includes collaborations with female artists from across the south Asian diaspora, Migrations, Quarantine, Junoon, Oily Cart, Gruff Rhys and Elis James

Multi-artform work including new writing, contemporary dance, music, comedy, sensory theatre and visual art

Performances in hospitals, schools and theatres, on a boat, underwater and at locations across Wales

The company also welcomes its first ever Associate Artists; theatre makers Mike Pearson & Mike Brookes, digital installation artist Shanaz Gulzar and television drama executive producer Bethan Jones

Discover Whisky Galore at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Speyside Whisky Festival

Thousands of visitors from around the globe will celebrate Scotland’s national drink this spring at one of the world’s biggest whisky events – the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. The Festival is a five-day celebration comprising around 500 different events scattered across the beautiful region, which lies directly between the cities of Aberdeen and Inverness. 

Distillery tours, food pairings, whisky tastings, music and fun combine to provide a packed programme. Visitors will have the chance to take exclusive behind the scenes distillery tours, learn how to pair whisky with food, enjoy traditional music and even take a ride on a whisky themed vintage train.

Last Choir Singing Announce Song Writing Contest Shortlist

Last Choir Singing

Last Choir Singing, the premier choir competition for Lancashire Junior Schools, has announced its shortlist of nominees for their song writing award. The competition was open to anyone in the UK. 

Shortlisted applicants will have an acoustic version of their song performed live on BBC Radio Lancashire by the International Vocalist, Duncan Heather, on Friday 24th November. The songs will then be put to public vote with the winner being announced live on the radio on Monday 4th December by sponsors and competition creators and organisers, True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners.

Charity family fun run set to attract hundreds of Santas to Shrewsbury

Mini launch

Hundreds of Santas will be heading for Shrewsbury next month on a mission to raise money for the Severn Hospice with a charity fun run.

The Salop Santa Dash on Sunday, December 3 is designed to be a fun event for all the family. Runners will have the option to run one or two laps of a 2.5 kilometre course around Salop Leisure and the adjoining Love2Stay glamping and touring resort.

The £10 entry fee includes a Santa suit and all the money raised will be donated to Severn Hospice. Entries will be limited to 500 and places will be on a first come basis. For details visit www.salopsantarun.co.uk.

The best places to visit in Birmingham this Christmas

With the festive season right around the corner, this time of year presents many opportunities to spend time with loved ones. Birmingham is a hub of activity during the festive season. Whether spending time with friends, enjoying a family day out or a romantic evening with that special someone, the city has a range of events perfect for everyone this Christmas.
 
This year some of the best places to visit in Birmingham at Christmas time include:
 
Birmingham’s German Market
 

A warm welcome awaits at Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre; an all-weather heritage attraction for families and enthusiasts alike.

Heritage Centre Pembroke Dock Coming in to land

The Heritage Centre is housed in the former Royal Dockyard Chapel, in the heart of what was the only Royal Dockyard in Wales. The Heritage Centre offers modern, comfortable and fully accessible facilities – including free parking and free Wi-Fi throughout! The exhibits and displays are designed to cater for a wide audience, with a regular programme of activities for families in school holidays and a range of other events to suit local people and visitors, whether they are enthusiasts or new to the subject matter.

Top 10 spooky UK destinations to visit this October

Churchyard

Love the thrill of being scared and looking for something different to do this month? With Halloween creeping ever closer, last minute rental holiday provider, Snaptrip.com, reveals the top 10 spooky destinations to visit this October:

 

1.       The village of Prestbury 

Located in Cheshire, on the edge of the Cotswolds, Prestbury claims to be the most haunted village in England. Its spooky reputation has stuck ever since the sighting of a hooded monk known as ‘The Black Abbot’ who is said to regularly appear in the church and churchyard. Somewhere to visit before retreating to the safety of your cottage or guest house!

 

2.       Winnats Pass, Castleton 

UK’s best surfers gather inland for landlocked pro surf competition

Major event at Surf Snowdonia draws more than 1,500 surf fans to heart of Conwy Valley
 
More than 1,500 surf fans and curious onlookers made their way to the heart of the Conwy Valley at the weekend to watch the UK’s best surfers take part in a unique inland surf competition.
Against a backdrop of the Conwy Valley’s forests and mountains, the UK’s best surfers came together to battle it out on Surf Snowdonia’s land-locked man-made waves. Thirty elite UK surf athletes competed in all, travelling from all over the country to the UK’s most unlikely break.

Verdant Leisure Launches Its Unique UK Photography Competition

Verdant Leisure, the UK’s bespoke holiday park operator, is offering budding amateur photographers the chance to have their images published in the company’s 2018/2019 brochure with its unique scenic photography competition. Winners will also be awarded holidays at Verdant Leisure parks of their choice.
 
The competition launch follows Verdant Leisure’s 2017 survey showing that the UK’s coastline and countryside is so stunning, it led Brits to think they were looking at photos of exotic foreign climes!
 
The competition will be hosted for four weeks from 18th October, on Verdant Leisure’s Facebook page and entrants will be able to enter as many images as they like into the following five categories……
 
Scenic Scotland

Why Glamping Is Good for Your Health

Glamping

In 2016, 4 in 10 people went glamping or camping, and by 2020, it’s expected there will be 21 million trips of this type in the UK, totalling £3.2 billion.

 

There are many health benefits to being in the great outdoors, but lots of people are put off by the idea of camping: “roughing it” with no heat or electricity.

 

If you’re one of the many people put off by camping, then it’s time to give glamping a go.Camping with a hearty injection of glamour, glamping means you can still experience the great outdoors, but with a touch of comfort. Think actual beds and running water.

 

Leyton Cricket Pavilion to become food hub

Cricket legend Graham Gooch has spoken enthusiastically about a plan to transform a decaying Victorian cricket pavilion in Leyton into a miniature version of Borough market.

Cricket legend Graham Gooch has spoken enthusiastically about a plan to transform a decaying Victorian cricket pavilion in Leyton into a miniature version of Borough market.
 
Waltham Forest Council has just been awarded a £1.5million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to turn Leyton Cricket Pavilion into a real food hub. This funding, generated by people who play the National Lottery, comes as Waltham Forest bids to become London’s first Borough of Culture.
 
The Grade 2 listed building will house a restaurant, café and training kitchen serving locally sourced food. Meanwhile, the historic tin hut and former dining room on site will become a food market selling local produce.