Days Out

5 of North Yorkshire’s best family friendly cycle routes

Hamsterley Forest

With the summer quickly approaching, we at Westbrook Cycles wanted to show you our favourite family cycle routes in the North of God’s county – Yorkshire! Scroll down to take a look at what we’ve chosen.

Hamsterley Forest

Gradient - Basic routes include some shallow climbs, whereas more difficult routes feature steep downhill sections and TTFs. Graded trails.

Terrain - Off-road trailhamsterley forest

Suitability - Devoted routes suitable for families & younger cyclists, accompanied bytechnical trails for more skilled riders.

Surf Snowdonia announces headline acts for Electric Wave Festival

Surf Snowdonia announces headline acts for Electric Wave Festival

Badly Drawn Boy
Anton Powers

Surf Snowdonia has announced the headline acts for its first ever music and surf festival, Electric Wave.
Mercury Prize-winning artist Badly Drawn Boy and Capital FM DJ Anton Powers will top the bill at the three-day festival which takes place at Surf Snowdonia from 14-16 July.
Joining the headliners will be Bez from Happy Mondays, 25 Years of Cream, General Levy, Showhawk Duo and DJ Yoda as well as big local talent like Calfari and the The Spitting Pips. More names are set to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

British Asparagus Asks Everyone To “Turn the Vale Green for The Gras” Including Tom Jones

British Asparagus Asks Everyone To “Turn the Vale Green for The Gras” Including Tom Jones

The Vale of Evesham is hoping to go green from 23rd April in celebration of its venerable vegetable – the asparagus. Businesses throughout the region, which extends from the Malvern Hills to the outskirts of Stratford – have already signed up for the campaign.

Numerous iconic buildings in Evesham and the Vale are going green for the gras, including:

  • The Bell Tower
  • Broadway Tower  
  • Almonry Heritage Centre:
  • The Fleece at Bretforton:
  • Raphaels Restaurant:
  • The Asparagus Man, Gus's house in Badsey  


Supporting the campaign is Buzz Electrical in Evesham who are happy to advise any company on how they can go green using existing floodlights or installing them especially.

Dr Bronner’s Host Events in Planet Organic Stores to Raise Awareness for World Fair Trade Day

Dr Bronner’s Host Events in Planet Organic Stores to Raise Awareness for World Fair Trade Day

On May 13th, Dr. Bronner’s, family-owned maker of the top-selling natural brand of soap in North America, will celebrate World Fair Trade Day in London as well as over 10 of its distributing countries. Dr Bronner’s will be hosting educational events, in-store demonstrations, promotions and giveaways in various Planet Organic stores, a London hotspot for all things green and eco-friendly. Dr Bronner’s will be using these retail spaces to educate and inspire the public on the benefits of fair trade, the importance of how people in the supply chain are treated and how to make informed, ethical choices in our everyday lives.

Buckingham Literary Festival 2017 Returns with Stellar Line Up

Buckingham Literary Festival 2017 Returns with Stellar Line Up

Following the success of the 2016 Buckingham Literary Festival, the line-up for 2017 has been announced and boasts some of the biggest names in literature, politics and entertainment.

The three day event, which takes place from Friday 30 June to Sunday 2 July, brings an exciting mix of talks, discussions, poetry, film and theatre to the beautiful market town of Buckingham.


Authors including Louise Doughty, whose novel Apple Tree Yard was recently adapted by the BBC, children’s author Jacqueline Wilson, poet Roger McGough and Peter James, international best-selling crime and thriller writer will be speaking. There will also be the opportunity for the audience to question the authors, meet them in person and get their books signed.

Graeae's Cult Hit Musical "Reasons To Be Cheerful" To Embark On UK Tour From September 2017

Part gig, part play, Reasons to be Cheerful celebrates the infectious music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads in this bold and jubilant coming of age tale.

Fully accessible punk production is directed by Jenny Sealey MBE, Artistic Director of Graeae, and written by Paul Sirett
Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ seminal album ‘New Boots and Panties!!’, the musical features a catalogue of the band’s hits.

Visit the Nation’s favourite beauty spots during English Tourism Week

druridge Bay

This Saturday (25th March) marks the start of English Tourism Week, celebrating the very best in the country’s visitor experiences and attractions.

So to celebrate the week, why not visit some of the country’s favourite beauty spots, as voted for by the nation.

Pork Farms, the UK’s leading pork pie maker ran a campaign to find England’s “Hidden Gems,” beauty spots and attractions which are our favourite places to visit.

The locations which received the most votes were:

Four childhood activities you forgot were fun

Jump 360

Many of us wish we could turn back time to the good old days when we were young and carefree. So we’ve come up with a list of four things that will take you right back to childhood.


Climbing is great fun and you can challenge yourself to be as adventurous as you want to be. Test out your problem solving skills by planning your route and challenge a friend to reach the top of the wall.


Calling all board game enthusiasts, your nation needs you!

Games Championships

The award winning Board Games Championships is back after its success last year to reinforce the traditional pastime in a technology-led Britain. 

Despite the growth of modern gaming technology such as consoles and tablets, board games have seen a new lease of life in recent times with statistics revealing almost a 40% rise in purchases of traditional games.

The 2017 National Board Games Championship is the brain child of the UK’s leading pork pie manufacturer Pork Farms.  Pork Farms  is running the championship in partnership with the Micropub Association, the organisation which promotes small independent pubs who offer a ‘back-to-basics’ ethos that encourages good conversation and no technology in its venues.

Arundel Castle Celebrates 950th Anniversary

Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle Packed 2017 Events Calendar

Arundel Castle in West Sussex will celebrate the 950th anniversary of its initial construction this year.  To celebrate, the Castle has arranged a bumper calendar of events from dazzling displays of flowers in its gardens to thrilling historical interpretations including a week-long jousting and medieval tournament. Reopening to visitors on 01 April, the Castle’s calendar boasts two brand new events as well as the return of several visitor favourites.

Kicking off the open season and new for 2017, the Warriors of Arundel Castle (8-9 April 2017 and 17 September 2017) will explore 1,000 years the Castle’s tumultuous history with costume, crafts, weapons and thrilling combat displays.

An Armoured Invasion Hits Sea Life Brighton!

Mantis Shrimp

Aquarium reveals brand new installation, Claws

Pincers at the ready for an armoured invasion at Sea Life Brighton this April, as the aquarium unveils its latest captivating installation, Claws.

A must-visit attraction for young and old alike, Claws will open to the public on 22 April 2017. The installation welcomes a host of fascinating new shell-dwelling creatures to the world’s oldest operating aquarium. 

The undisputed stars of the show will be two statuesque Japanese Spider Crabs. The largest of the crabs, which were previously housed at Sea Life Helsinki, has a leg span of a whopping 1.3 metres and can grow to the size of a car!

Extraordinary Everyday - Wardown House reopens!

Extraordinary Everyday - Wardown House reopens!

Wardown House, Museum and Gallery will be officially reopened by Luton’s Mayor Cllr Tahir Khan on Saturday 8 April at 12pm.
Since closing its doors in March 2016, the museum has been undergoing a magnificent transformation; and the reopening has been eagerly anticipated by many; gone are the traditional exhibition spaces and museum displays, now visitors can get hands-on and up close with Luton’s history.