Outdoor Activities

Alice in Wonderland, the Great Outdoors and More in Eastbourne this Half Term!

Rock Pooling at Holywell beach Eastbourne

 

Eastbourne is providing some great family days out this May half term, with literary themed activities weaved into the Redoubt Fortress’s offering, many visits from some much-loved characters at Drusillas Park and free tennis to watch at the Aegon Eastbourne Trophy.

The Redoubt Fortress which houses Lewis Carroll’s bed desk from when he regularly holidayed in Eastbourne is borrowing inspiration from the Alice in Wonderland writer in its ‘Secret World of Words’ activity week.


Iomevents

iomevents events

Situated at the heart of the British Isles, the Isle of Man is a nation proudly steeped in rich cultural and natural heritage, at only 32 x 14 miles and with a population of around 80,000 people the Isle of Man is a tranquil haven ready to be explored.

The unique and varied heritage is as evident today as it was many thousands of years ago, the story of Mann trail uncovers the islands fascinating past and will guide you around ancient castles and monuments


Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy celebrated with vibrant mix of pageantry and performance

Shakespears 400 year legacy celebrated with a vibrant mixx of pageantry and performance, photo of parade

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on 23 April 2016, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has planned an extra special programme of celebrations in honour of William Shakespeare - Stratford’s most famous son and the world’s greatest playwright with a vibrant mix of music, performance and family fun. From Shakespeare-inspired opera and sonnets performed hip-hop style, to an exclusive BBC Radio 3 workshop and creative doodling on a giant Art Cube, there’s plenty to celebrate this special anniversary year.

Top tips on the best places to visit and what to see over the spring months

Carpet of Wild Daffodils at Sizergh National Trust Images C Val Corbett

 

 

Saturday was officially the first day of spring and the warm weather has brought a surge of flowers to National Trust gardens in the Lake District. Here’s some top tips on the best places to visit and what to see over the spring months. 

Known as being one of the first signs of spring, snowdrops or ‘milk flowers’ have been out in force for a few weeks. The dainty blooms are so pretty, there’s a walk dedicated to them at Sizergh near Kendal where you can see them in all their glory. 


A YEAR OF INSPIRATIONAL EVENTS AT DARTINGTON HALL

Dartington Hall

Set within a 1200 acre estate, Dartington Hall, a Grade I listed venue in the tranquil Devon countryside, is hosting a spectacular line up of events, inspirational courses and festivals throughout the year.  Utterly unique in the area, Dartington Hall is a social enterprise venue, whereby society not the business profits, and has a long history of using its land and activities to provide learning opportunities and entertainment for all ages and interests.

NEW FOREST AQUA PARK DOUBLES IN SIZE FOR INFLATABLE WATER SPORTS EXPERIENCE

Following the unprecedented success of the debut launch of the UK’s first outdoor Aqua Park in the New Forest last year, 2016 promises to be even bigger and better, as the Park is doubling in size.

New Forest Aqua Park’s floating playground was fully booked during its first season, so this year’s summer of fun will see the arrival of 20 new modules, which will comfortably accommodate up to 100 people per hour.

Fans of ITV’s hit series Ninja Warrior will relish the exciting challenges the Aqua Park provides, from demonstrating athletic prowess dangling from the Park’s new monkey bars to maintaining balance on the high roller bridge.


May Bank Holiday Fun-Filled to the Brim with Beer and Cider by the Sea Festival 2016!

Beer Cider marquees 2014 Credit Visit Eastbourne

Eastbourne’s spring beer festival, Beer and Cider by the Sea makes for the perfect bank-holiday coastal escape from 27-29 May, as it returns to Eastbourne’s Western Lawns, serving up more than 60 scrumptious real ales, a wide variety of mouth-watering ciders and perries and an abundance of delightful cocktails, wine and more.

With tickets already on sale, beer and cider enthusiast are encouraged to head to the coast this May, for a weekend which promises to offer four festival sessions full of live music, plenty of beer and cider tasting and delectable food to help wash down all the ale.


Taking tea on the Thames

Afternoon Tea on the River Thames, London

LONDON visitors keen to escape the city’s hustle and bustle are invited to take tea on the Thames this spring.

Leading Thames river cruise company Bateaux London, at river cruise has announced the return of its afternoon tea cruises on the largest and most sophisticated boat on the river.

From 2 April, on Wednesdays through to Saturdays, Bateaux London’s flagship, Harmony, will weigh anchor to take guests on a 75-minute cruise, taking in some of the city’s most iconic landmarks.


Hunt for Easter fun is on with National Trust for Scotland and Cadbury

Culzean Castle and Country Park in Ayrshire

Dozens and dozens of Easter hunts take place at the National Trust for Scotland’s historic houses, glorious gardens and cracking countryside over the Easter weekend.

For the ninth consecutive year, the conservation charity has teamed up with Cadbury to host Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts all over the country from Friday 25 to Monday 28 March, from Dumfries and Galloway to Wester Ross.