Northumberland - Tranquil sands and vibrant cities

Northumberland - Tranquil sands and vibrant cities

For peace and tranquility, there’s nothing quite like a leisurely stroll along the Northumberland coast.


So vast are the sands here that you could walk for hours and not see a soul.
In fact, there are 30 or so miles of spectacular beaches to explore, plus more castles than any other county in England.
The coastline here is peppered with traditional seaside towns together with promenades, piers and penny arcades. Their retro chic charm plus the county’s sheer, breathtaking beauty lie behind its recent ‘holiday destination of the year’ award by BBC Countryfile Magazine.


New Forest - A Truly Magical Retreat

New Forest - A Truly Magical Retreat

The ancient landscape of the New Forest is a magical place. Untouched woodlands, heathlands and wild ponies are amongst the many things that make this national park so unique. Whether you explore on foot, by bike, or on horseback, you are sure to have a memorable experience.
The woodlands are truly captivating with a fairytale feel of romance and intrigue. Their age defies the ‘New Forest’ name, coined by William the Conqueror in 1079. He called the area his ‘new hunting forest’ and established a system to protect and manage the woodlands which is still in use today.


Yorkshire - A breathtaking landscape

Yorkshire - A breathtaking landscape

Yorkshire is wonderfullly diverse. This beautiful county is packed with heritage sites, fascinating attractions and some of the most stunning countryside the UK has to offer. Not to mention the 2017 City of Culture…
Hull is the worthy recipient of the award this time around and this lively city, on the banks of the river Humber, has plenty in the pipeline to celebrate. An exciting programme of arts and culture has been split into four seasons to showcase the unique character of Hull’s people, history and geography. Meanwhile, it’s old town, including the fabulous Ferens Art Gallery and Maritime Museum are well worth a visit as is The Deep, one of the UK’s biggest and best aquariums.

The North West - Rolling hills and industrial heritage

North West  Rolling hills and industrial heritage

From world famous lakes to industrial heritage, the North West seems to have it all.
A coastline that takes in art, entertainment and breathtaking beauty, plus cities steeped in history yet striding ahead.
It’s a region of variety, not least for walkers who can stroll on gentle hills or conquer a mountain. A visit to the Lake District never fails to impress. Old, young, fit or otherwise, you can stride out amongst the stunning landscape here or gaze in awe at the picture postcard surroundings instead.
Away from the lakes and mountains there are villages aplenty to keep visitors entertained. From sleepy Grasmere to bustling Bowness, browse the gift shops, galleries and museums at your leisure.

Outstanding success for Moors Valley Country Park at Dorset Tourism Awards

Moors Valley Country Park

Staff and volunteers at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest near Ringwood are celebrating a third year of success in the Dorset Tourism Awards having taken Gold in the Large Attraction category. The Park was also awarded Silver in the new Artistic, Cultural and Learning Experience category, and Communication Ranger Katie Davies received a personal award for Outstanding Customer Service. Go Ape, which provides tree top adventures at Moors Valley also received a Silver award in the Active and Sporting Experience category.
“To win one award is amazing, but to come away with so many is simply fantastic!” said Clare Gronow, Team Leader at the Park.

Shropshire Handmade and Vintage Christmas Fair is sold out to traders


This year’s Shropshire Handmade and Vintage Christmas Fair hosted by Shrewsbury-based caravan and motorhome dealership Salop Leisure on November 25 and 26, has been sold out to exhibitors since July.


The popular annual event is such a success that the organiser Carrie Hughes, owner of Shropshire Handmade and Vintage and Pink Pebble Events, has a waiting list of exhibitors.


Up to 60 stalls will be selling a wide range of unique handmade and vintage craft and giftware as well as food from Shropshire and the bordering counties, as the fair is set to fill Salop Leisure’s showroom and extend into sister business Love Plants’ building next door. Entry and parking are free.


‘Real Mid Wales’ marketing campaign unveiled at tourism conference

conference speakers

A fresh, modern marketing campaign focused on social media is set to put the ‘Real Mid Wales’ on the map to visitors from across the UK.


The campaign was unveiled at the sold out annual Mid Wales Tourism and Business Conference which was attended by 130 guests at The Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells on Friday.


The conference, themed ‘Marketing the Real Mid Wales: A Shared Vision”, was sponsored by NFU Mutual, Aberystwyth and organised by MWT Cymru, an independent organisation that represents around 600 tourism and hospitality businesses across Mid Wales.


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.

Staycation Ideas for New Year’s Eve

Staycation Ideas for New Year’s Eve

Why not give 2017 a send off to remember by going on a staycation to celebrate New Year’s Eve?


There are plenty of options up and down the country to suit all budgets and tastes, from celebrations steeped in tradition, to family-friendly activities and parties that pull out all the stops. Take a look at The Money Shop’s top tips for the perfect New Year’s Eve getaway, this December.




Few places in the world celebrate the New Year quite like Edinburgh.


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.