Outdoor Activities

Folk Festival on the Dock, Albert Dock Liverpool, August 26-29

janice Long heads to Folk Festival on the Liverpool Docks

BBC Radio 2 DJ, Janice Long, has been announced as the host of the main stage at next month’s Folk Festival on the Dock (August 26-29). The Liverpool-born DJ, who is a patron to Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, was the first female presenter of Top of the Pops and is renowned for promoting new talent, giving the likes of Amy Winehouse, The Smiths, Primal Scream, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Adele their first big break.

Great north snowdogs

Snowdog Sculptures

VISITORS to the North East this autumn will be led on the largest public art trail of its kind ever to be held in the region – by a pack of Great North Snowdogs.

For 10 weeks, from September to November, streets, parks and open spaces across Sunderland, Gateshead and Tyneside, will become home to 60 giant Snowdog sculptures and over 100 little Snowdogs.

Snowdogs is inspired by the story The Snowman™ and The Snowdog, by Raymond Briggs and at 1.5m high, the large Snowdogs sculptures, will each have been individually decorated by professional artists.


Tourism boost expected from leading LGBT festival

Newcastle Pride and Mercure Newcastle County Hotel mark Nichols and Anna Wadcock

A popular event, which annually attracts up to 70,000 people, is expected to boost the North East’s tourism trade when it returns next month. Newcastle Pride, one of the largest free LGBT festivals in the UK, generated around 8000 bed nights in 2015, with up to 14 per cent of visitors opting to stay overnight.

This year, accommodation providers across the city are gearing up for an even bigger influx of guests, with many focussing their efforts on the event’s main music weekend beginning Friday July 15.


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.

Make Stone Food & Drink Festival 2016 a date in your ‘foodie diary’…

over 15000 visitors attended the main festival at Westbridge Park in 2015

Drawing food lovers from far and wide with its mix of artisan food stalls, talks, live cookery demonstrations, interactive cookery classes and family fun it is fast becoming a red letter day in the ‘foodie calendar’. Staffordshire’s biggest gastronomic gathering will mark its 12th year on the weekend of Friday 30th September, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October this year.

With over 15,000 visitors flocking to the main Festival site at Westbridge Park, on the edge of the North Staffordshire market town of Stone, in 2015 this year’s event is expected to be even bigger.


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. 

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.

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.


Capability Brown Festival 2016 Special exhibitions celebrate 300 years of landscaping genius

Grounds of Berrington Hall Herefordshire National Trust Images John Millar

 

This summer, the Capability Brown Festival 2016 celebrates the life, work and legacy of Royal Gardener and landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown with a range of special art exhibitions across the country.

Like an artist, Brown framed views and used perspective to create beautiful naturalistic landscapes which are still much admired today, three hundred years after his birth.  Inspired by Brown’s stunning landscapes, these exhibitions will encourage people to take a fresh, new look at his work.


Eat Dirt on Exmoor; Exciting Bank Holiday Thrills

Mountain Bike ride “Eat Dirt on Exmoor”, organised by Calvert Trust Exmoor

A group of Mountain Bike enthusiasts from across the South West and beyond took to the Exmoor hills for a new May Day bank holiday ride,  “Eat Dirt on Exmoor”, organised by Calvert Trust Exmoor.

195 cyclists took part in the ride, raising over £3,000 between them, with more sponsorship still coming in. Much of the 25 mile main route took riders through areas of Exmoor not normally open to the general public, thanks to the Hollam, New Invention and Broford Estates allowing special access for this event.

The circular route started in Dulverton following the route of the River Barle up to Tarr Steps, then up onto the moor, south east to the river Exe and then back into Dulverton for the finish line.

Chipping Steam Fair

Man eating ice cream at Chillage Village Hall

In 1997 the old Chipping Village Hall was in desperate need of replacement and the village had started fundraising for a new build. A family fun day was organised with lots of different events taking place all around the village including street stalls and a car boot sale. Mary Harrison came up with the idea of gathering together a few classic vehicles owned by some of the locals and congregating on the Talbot Public House car park.