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Bournemouth and Poole Seafront Transformed into Wonderful Outdoor Art Exhibition!

Bournemouth and Poole Seafront Transformed into Wonderful Outdoor Art Exhibition!

Thanks to local gallery Ambassadeur Art and Bournemouth and Poole Tourism, a variety of artists, many based in or from the area, have created a series of murals that make fun, vibrant and colourful backdrops for people’s pictures. The Selfie Wall Trail stretches from Sandbanks to Southbourne – taking in Branksome Chine, Alum Chine, Bournemouth Pier, Pier Approach, Boscombe Beach and Fisherman’s Walk. So, wherever you are on the seafront, the perfect photo opportunity may arise.  

There is also the chance of winning a fantastic prize in a competition that will run throughout the summer. Click here to find out more.

Say hello to the newest addition at Drayton Manor Park

Love Your Zoo Week

May half term, Whitsun, School holidays, No matter what you call it, you can still enjoy time with the whole family at Drayton Manor Park by joining in with this year’s Love Your Zoo Week celebrations from Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June and learn about over 100 species from across the globe. Take advantage of Drayton Manor Park’s ‘4 for £80’ ticket* too by booking your tickets in advance and don’t forget May half herm includes the spring bank holiday on Monday 28th May.

Dundee's Verdant Works retains 5-star status

Verdant Works

Verdant Works, the world class visitor attraction which tells the story of Dundee's industrial textile heritage, has retained its five-star rating from VisitScotland.

The renewal of the top award secures Dundee Heritage Trust's unique position as the only independent charity in Scotland operating two five-star museums. Discovery Point and Verdant Works are currently the only two five-star attractions in Dundee.

VisitScotland's comprehensive Quality Assurance grading measures every aspect of the visitor experience and covers over 900 attractions across the country.

Darwin escapes unveils its most expensive ever holiday home

 Luxurious Lookout

A leading holiday park operator has unveiled its most expensive ever holiday home, the luxurious Lookout – a £399,000 unique retreat in North Wales.

Fast growing Darwin Escapes says the luxurious Lookout – launched today - aims to meet the demands of an increasing number of people preferring to holiday in style in the UK.

The Lookout is perched on a beach side plot in Aberconwy Resort & Spa with panoramic views across the North Wales coast.

Darwin Escapes now operates 21 holiday parks throughout the UK offering a variety of holiday styles including secluded boutique lodge retreats, luxury lodge resorts with state-of-the-art leisure facilities and family-oriented traditional holiday parks. 

Short films released to offer insight to Crieff in Scotland

Crieff - a still from the films

An exciting series of short films commissioned to promote Crieff as one of Scotland's top tourist destinations are now available to view online.

Shot in and around Crieff by some of Scotland's top film-makers – including Crieff's own Iain Johnston (Johnston Media) – the high-quality footage showcases the area's outstanding natural beauty and impressive range of businesses. The short films are being used to promote the town to the short-stay tourism market in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the North-East of England.

Outlander series boosts Scottish castles' visitor numbers

Outlander location Linlithgow Palace

As two new series of TV hit Outlander are commissioned, fans are still clamouring to follow in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie as Scotland’s historic castles provide the backdrop to global TV phenomenon – boosting tourism by up to 227%.

Visitors have been heading to Scotland to tour the historic landmarks associated with hit television series Outlander – and the screen phenomenon has been outshining the likes of Greyfriars Bobby, Braveheart, Rob Roy, Trainspotting and even Harry Potter.

Nanny Brow hotel owner Sue Robinson is an E3 finalist

Nanny Brow in the Lake District

The owner of stunning Lake District Arts & Craft-style hotel Nanny Brow is celebrating after being shortlisted as a finalist in the Outstanding Woman category of the 2018 E3 Business Awards.  

Sue Robinson took part in a final interview with the panel of judges on May 9 and all were impressed by Sue’s extraordinary journey’  The ‘big reveal’ will take place in July at the Macron Stadium in Bolton, where 80 finalists will compete across 16 categories.

Sue has faced many challenges whilst breathing new life back into the five-star Nanny Brow.  ‘Discovering’ it in 2009, there were so many reasons to walk away.  Empty for seven years, the building was a wreck with no running water or electricity, but Sue had fallen in love. 

Drumlanrig Castle hopes to capture the imagination of youngsters

Drumlanrig Castle

To celebrate the Year of Young People, Drumlanrig Castle in Scotland is set to introduce a wave of initiatives aimed at capturing the imaginations of youngsters this year.

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate in Dumfries and Galloway will be focusing on bringing the Estates’ history, beautiful wildlife, scenery, and career opportunities to life for young people across Scotland.

The Estate has also partnered with the Historic Houses Association and Young Scot to offer Young Scot cardholders access for just £1. The scheme means members can visit the historic tourist attraction and explore its grand rooms as well as the vast Estate for a fraction of the entry fee.

A ‘flipping’ big year for the National Marine Aquarium

NMA

The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) in Plymouth will be celebrating its 20th birthday this year with a programme of events to commemorate its work and inspire new audiences about our oceans and their importance for a healthy planet.

As the largest aquarium in the UK, the NMA welcomes more than 300,000 people every year. Plymouth has been home to an aquarium since 1888. Initially housed at the Marine Biological Association, a new and much larger aquarium was built at the current site in the Barbican district of the city in 1997, designated the National Marine Aquarium. Leading the way, the NMA was the first aquarium in the UK to be run as a separate charity solely dedicated to education and conservation of the marine environment.

Aqua park Rutland is back and it’s bigger and wetter than ever!  

Aqua park

 

Back with a super soaking splash, the UK’s largest inflatable Aqua park returns to Rutland Water in Leicestershire for its third season – including the launch of the Beast II, sure to get adrenaline junkies hearts’ racing.

Open to the public from 26 May 2018 for four months of summer fun, the park is now a staggering 100m wide and features climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars, rockers, rollers and the UK’s biggest jumps and slides. The Beast, a towering five-meter-high platform returns and this year it means business. Upgraded with a six-meter-long blast bag, The Beast II will see thrill seekers launched several meters into the air and plummet towards the water to create off-the-scale splashes.