Days Out

Summer Events 2016

Summer Events 2016

11th – 14th August, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Ashton Court Estate, Bristol: Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest hot air balloon festival with over 100 balloons gathered in the grounds of the stunning Ashton Court Estate to take off at dawn and dusk each day.

A jam packed four days of fun for the whole family, with breakfast and balloons at dawn to the night glows on Thursday and Saturday after dusk, when the balloons glow to a soundtrack of music. Over half a million people attend each year.


The Teddy Bear’s Picnic Returns to Cholmondeley Castle this August!

Teddys Bear Picnic

The very popular annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic is back at Cholmondeley Castle Gardens on Sunday 14th August. This year the event is being organised by local children’s charity The Wingate Centre, a specialist holiday centre that provides residential breaks and sports and recreation activities for children and young adults with disabilities.

The Wingate Centre, based only four miles from Cholmondeley Castle, was the chosen charity for the 2016 event and this year it promises to be even bigger and better!

Capability Brown Festival 2016 - ‘Capability’ Brown’s birthday month of August

Blenheim Palace

2016 marks the 300th anniversary of 18th century landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, whose birthday (probably) falls this August. His actual date of birth is not known but he was baptised on 30 August 1716 at a time when babies were baptised very soon after birth, so we have declared August as his Birthday Month! The nationwide Capability Brown Festival celebrates the life, work and legacy of England’s most famous gardener, often dubbed the ‘Shakespeare of gardening’ or the ‘grandfather of landscape architecture’.

Vintage on the Dock Lindy hops into Albert Dock Liverpool

Vintage on the Dock Credit Culture Liverpool

Vintage on the Dock returns to Albert Dock Liverpool on July 9 and 10, bringing a free, family weekend celebration of 20th Century vintage cool to the North West’s most visited tourist attraction.

Visitors looking for some seriously stylish eye candy can browse the vintage marketplace, with the best traders hand-selected by keen-eyed curators, Dotty’s Vintage. From vintage clothes and accessories, to mid-century modern homewares, records and music memorabilia from the 1920s through to the 1990s, the vintage marketplace is a treat to behold.

Let them eat cake!

let-them-eat-cake

As the temperatures rise, afternoon tea is really tempting, sitting outside in the sun, with scones and cream...  or so I thought... But I can confirm now you can have too much of a good thing – even cake!

After a visit to Turbary Woods Owl and Birds of Prey centre, in Preston, to enjoy watching the rescue and rehabilitation centre’s birds in flight, we wandered into Duxburys Garden Centre.

The owl sanctuary is just behind the garden centre and in fact you walk through it to reach the bird sanctuary.


Exmoor Calvert Horseshoe – “A Fantastic Day”

exmoor calvert horseshoe a fantastic-day

Calvert Trust Exmoor ran its first ever open country horse riding event, the Exmoor Calvert Horseshoe, on Bank Holiday Monday 30th May 2016.

‘The Exmoor Calvert Horseshoe’ offered two alternative rides through beautiful Exmoor countryside, a 15 kilometre leisure ride and a 25 kilometre endurance ride. Both rides started and ended at Comer’s Gate, near Withypool, taking in beautiful Exmoor scenery including the Barle River valley, Dunkery Gate,  Dunkery Hill, Cloutsham Ball and Horner Woods.

Local Rider Julie Lyons described her experience of the event; “I had a fantastic day, made some new friends, and enjoyed some beautiful scenery and lovely weather at this well organised event.  See you again next year!

Make their day with a trip to the Bay!

Cardiff Harbour Cardiff International White Water

An ideal destination for tourists, groups and families, Cardiff Bay really does provide something for everyone. The waterfront offers an exciting blend of historic landmarks and entertainment venues, nestled alongside vibrant bars and restaurants. Whether you’re looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, enjoy scenic views, or soak up the unique atmosphere of the Bay’s cultural scene, you’ll be spoilt for choice.


Enjoy a stroll along the Barrage which boasts panoramic sea views and free outdoor exhibitions, or get closer to the water and tour the Bay in style by taking a fun-filled boat ride or trip to tranquil Flat Holm Island. 

If you want go down to the woods today...why not visit the New Forest?

Less than 2 hrs rail or road journey heading South from London, Oxford or Bristol and you will be immersed in a 1000 year old Forest & Heathland area which has kept its roots steeped in tradition while coping with the inevitable onset of tourism and recreation which an area of natural beauty cannot easily resist.  Britain's smallest National Park has many organisations protecting the interests of conservation and grazing while promoting the benefits of outdoor recreation at the same time. 

Bowland Wild Boar Park - a great family day out in the Ribble Valley

Eva Raccon at Wild Board Park

Bowland Wild boar park is a Farm park set in the scenic Ribble valley with around 65 acres of woodland.

We have many animals to see and feed including

goats,lama,alpacas,meerkat's,deer,donkeys, and raccoon. During spring and early summer you can bottle feed pet lambs and we have chick stroking on all year round We have tractor rides,barrel rides, large play area for children. and many woodland walks. We cater for schools and groups, and we also have a cafe on site serving home made cooked food.


SEEDS SOWN FOR BUMPER CROP OF FLOWERPOTS

Dinosaur - Settle Flowerpot Festival

A bumper crop of creative characters is expected for this year's Settle Flowerpot Festival.

The third annual Flowerpot Festival in the North Craven market town comes hot in the tyremarks of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race and everyone is getting into the spirit of the event.

Heidi Kettle, marketing manager of Falcon Manor, Settle's luxury country house hotel, said: "We are looking forward to a fantastic display of flowerpots this summer. We can't wait to see Settle going planter potty once again."


Thrilling off-road mountain adventure launches in Snowdonia Quarry Explorer Tour opens up extreme landscape for the very first time

Thrilling off-road mountain adventure launches in Snowdonia Quarry Explorer Tour

Llechwedd Slate Caverns is set to launch a thrilling new off-road adventure which will allow members of the public to experience one of the most extreme landscapes in the UK for the very first time. The brand new Quarry Explorer Tour will take visitors to the top of Llechwedd’s man-made slate summits just outside Blaenau Ffestiniog: formidable slate mountains that – incredibly - were largely hand built by the men and boys who worked in the mine in the 19th and early 20thcentury.   Visitors will explore the fascinating 2000 acre slate site in open sided 4 x 4 military trucks.

Bournemouth's Hottest Summer Celebration

Seventa Events Beach Feast Bournemouth 2016

Beach Feast, a spectacular summer event, is coming to Bournemouth's seafront on Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 3rd July 2016.

Seventa Events, the renowned company behind some of Bournemouth's best pop-up events including the Rekorderlig beach bar & restaurant, the extremely popular Christmas Bar at Print Room & co-producers of Koh Lounge 2015 is set to host Bournemouth's hottest summer celebration. Featuring delicious street food, incredible cocktails and excellent entertainment, interest in Beach Feast 2016 has already exceeded all expectations on social media, with over 20,000 people interested in the event on Facebook so far, setting the stage for their most popular event to date.

Chelsea Flower Show: The Winning Formula For A Successful Garden

Chelsea Flower Show 2016

 

It’s that time of the year again - the wonders of the Chelsea Flower Show are upon us. Thousands of horticultural enthusiasts are about to pitch up at the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea for 5 days of green-fingered heaven - whether it’s expert workshops and shows, beautiful flowers from around the world or even the latest garden equipment, it’s a one-stop-shop for everything green and natural.

The Chelsea Flower Show is known for its fantastic presentation gardens - from the wild to the wacky to the just plain beautiful, each year’s show attracts amazing, inspiring designs from the world’s leading garden architects.

Springing into battle at Crathes Castle

Springing into battle at Crathes Castle, Scotland, May 2016

The usually tranquil grounds of the National Trust for Scotland’s Crathes Castle near Banchory are being taken over by rival troops on the weekend of 21 and 22 May. Redcoats and Jacobites are setting up camp on the historic site with its links to Robert the Bruce and there will be risky raids, fearsome attacks and daring duels, showcasing the weaponry and tactics of 18th century warfare.

Re-enactors from Alan Breck’s Regiment will be setting up camp at the castle, and visitors will be able to wander amongst the actors, gaining an insight into life as a soldier during the Jacobite rebellion.


Competition now closed - Win A Family Ticket To Visit Amberley Museum During The 2017 Season

Amberley Museum

Win A Family Ticket To Visit Amberley Museum During The 2017 Season

Amberley Museum is an amazing place tucked away in the South Downs between Storrington and Arundel, with a focus on industrial and transport history, with over 40 buildings. Most days the bus service is running as well as the narrow gauge railway which takes visitors from near the entrance right to the far end where the electricity, communications and railway exhibition halls can be found.