Verdant Leisure Launches Its Unique UK Photography Competition

Verdant Leisure, the UK’s bespoke holiday park operator, is offering budding amateur photographers the chance to have their images published in the company’s 2018/2019 brochure with its unique scenic photography competition. Winners will also be awarded holidays at Verdant Leisure parks of their choice.
 
The competition launch follows Verdant Leisure’s 2017 survey showing that the UK’s coastline and countryside is so stunning, it led Brits to think they were looking at photos of exotic foreign climes!
 
The competition will be hosted for four weeks from 18th October, on Verdant Leisure’s Facebook page and entrants will be able to enter as many images as they like into the following five categories……
 
Scenic Scotland

Why Glamping Is Good for Your Health

Glamping

In 2016, 4 in 10 people went glamping or camping, and by 2020, it’s expected there will be 21 million trips of this type in the UK, totalling £3.2 billion.

 

There are many health benefits to being in the great outdoors, but lots of people are put off by the idea of camping: “roughing it” with no heat or electricity.

 

If you’re one of the many people put off by camping, then it’s time to give glamping a go.Camping with a hearty injection of glamour, glamping means you can still experience the great outdoors, but with a touch of comfort. Think actual beds and running water.

 

Leyton Cricket Pavilion to become food hub

Cricket legend Graham Gooch has spoken enthusiastically about a plan to transform a decaying Victorian cricket pavilion in Leyton into a miniature version of Borough market.

Cricket legend Graham Gooch has spoken enthusiastically about a plan to transform a decaying Victorian cricket pavilion in Leyton into a miniature version of Borough market.
 
Waltham Forest Council has just been awarded a £1.5million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to turn Leyton Cricket Pavilion into a real food hub. This funding, generated by people who play the National Lottery, comes as Waltham Forest bids to become London’s first Borough of Culture.
 
The Grade 2 listed building will house a restaurant, café and training kitchen serving locally sourced food. Meanwhile, the historic tin hut and former dining room on site will become a food market selling local produce.
 

Last chance to ride Britain’s steepest cable railway ahead of refurbishment

Llechwedd’s original cable train will make its last trip underground on 5 November
 
 
Visitors to one of North Wales’s most popular family attractions have just a few more weeks to take a ride on the UK’s steepest cable railway before it is dismantled for refurbishment.
 
The cable railway at Llechwedd – which made its first journey underground in 1979 – has transported over a million visitors to a depth of 500 feet, right into the heart of the slate mountain.  
 
Its train, which is named ‘Wil Cribau’ after one of the mine’s former rock men (Wil Jones) and a local mountain, descends at a gradient of 1 in 1.8, or 30 degrees, and marks a dramatic start to the attraction’s Deep Mine Tour.
 

The colossal engineering miracle ‘Man Engine’ will be coming to Blists Hill Victorian Town on 14th April 2018

Man Engine

After recent news of the win of the ‘Best Arts Project’ in the prestigious National Lottery Awards, it has today (Friday, 13th October), been announced that the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain will rise again next Easter in an ultimate ‘Resurrection Tour’ and visit a number of sites around the UK including Blists Hill Victorian Town, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire.

 

4 worthwhile investments for camping holiday enthusiasts

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It's official, camping is a British obsession: in 2016 we made a total of 14.94 million trips, making up a sizeable 12% of all excursions in the UK (Visit Britain). This just goes to show that we're a country of camping enthusiasts who like to keep in touch with nature.

If you're one of the millions who enjoy regular camping trips, you're probably always on the lookout for ways you can make your next trip even better. To give you a helping hand, we've rounded up four worthwhile investments you can make that are sure to enhance future camping holidays. Read on to find out more.

Self-inflating camping mat

Make a clay ghost at Halloween themed workshops at Coalport China Museum 21st – 29th October

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Sculpt your own ghost, pumpkin or creepy bat from air-drying clay to take home at the Halloween themed ceramic workshops at Coalport China Museum, near Ironbridge.  Part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums’ 50th anniversary celebrations, the drop-in sessions will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the October school half-term holiday from Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October.

 

Every day throughout the holidays young artists can also decorate ceramic money boxes or fridge magnets and paint delicate china flowers. 

 

Tiny Tots Trail of Treats set to enchant little ones at Blists Hill Victorian Town in November and December

Santa grotto

Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge, is putting some magic into Christmas especially for their youngest visitors with an enchanting festive trail for under fives. Available on selected days leading up to Christmas, the fun, new Tiny Tots Trail of Treats will delight children and their grown-ups as they follow clues to find treats around the Town on 22-23 and 29-30 November and 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21 December.

 

Gorgeous things for Gorgeous People…

Gorgeous things for Gorgeous People…

The Gorgeous Christmas Craft & Food Fair at Enginuity, Coalbrookdale 18th and 19th November

 

The long-running Gorgeous contemporary designer craft fair returns to Enginuity in Coalbrookdale, near Ironbridge this November and, for the first time in its history, entry is free.  That means you can save your money for all the lovely things you’ll find there…

 

…and that includes exquisite and unusual jewellery, glassware, ceramics, textiles, fine furniture, prints and metal work from the regions finest designer makers.  With a wide variety of handmade designs and individual artworks on offer, you’ll find a wealth of Christmas gift ideas, from magnificent one-off designer pieces to affordable goods. 

 

World Tourism Day

World Tourism Day

Travel enriches us; it allows people to experience new places, cultures, sights, and people. It also crucially allows for people in places all over the world to have a reliable and sustainable income. In certain parts of the world, tourism is the only viable option to earn a living; people might not have access to a decent education or there might be a very poor infrastructure or there may be little to no other employment options. Tourism creates an industry where there is little but a piece of natural scenery that people wish to visit. It's no surprise therefore that that the tourism industry is literally worth billions of dollars annually. Of course tourism exists in more affluent areas also and the existence of hotels creates huge employment in densely populated areas.

‘Life-saving surfing’ helps military heroes overcome trauma and injury

Military heroes who competed in a world-first adaptive surf championship in North Wales say that surfing has helped them to overcome trauma, mental ill-health and serious physical injuries.
 
Sixteen surfers, all either serving military or veterans who have battled physical or mental injury, competed for the top spots in the Help for Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship last Saturday (23rd September 2017). The free-to-attend one-day tournament took place at inland surf lagoon Surf Snowdonia, seven miles from the sea at Conwy.
 
Winner of the open category, Yianni Karakousis, served as a Captain in the Royal Engineers. He suffered horrific injuries in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan in April 2013.
 

Rooftop Hotels With Incredible Views

Rooftop Hotels

Few things are more relaxing than having a glass of wine or enjoying a great dinner with an incredible view in front of you. This infographic from Top Grade Roofing takes you through some of the best rooftops from around the world if you’re ever lucky enough to visit any of these places. 

For example, Las Vegas is a very popular resort and if you are there to hit the tables or catch a show, be sure to check out the 55th floor of the Palms Casino Resort. See the whole city beneath you while enjoying a drink. Dubai has become a very popular destination in recent years and has a wonderful rooftop hotel on the 24th floor of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Be sure to check it out if you’re planning a holiday there.

Surf Snowdonia to host Help For Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship

FREE one-day event will take place on Saturday 23 September
 
Surf Snowdonia will host another world-first event later this month which will bring together some of the UK’s most impressive military surf athletes.
 
The Help for Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship, which is sponsored by Stance, will see adaptive surf athletes from the UK’s Army, Royal Navy and Air Force compete for top spot in a friendly one-day tournament. The emphasis of the day will be on inclusion and breaking down barriers, and it will be free for spectators to attend.
 

How individual Scottish tourist businesses can ease the crush and enrich the visitor experience

tourist businesses

Does Scotland have too many tourists? Are the numbers of people flocking to this small country from the four corners of the globe in danger of destroying the very thing they have travelled so far to see? These are questions which are exercising the minds not only of tourist businesses, but also local people in tourist areas, tourism agencies, infrastructure planning agencies and the highest levels of government.

How can these Scottish businesses address the problems developing in the country as a result of mass tourism?

Cheapest and most expensive cities to visit

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Whether you like to spend your holidays lounging on a sunbed, or you prefer something more active, cost is bound to be a factor when deciding where to go. Prices for destinations, particularly large cities, can vary hugely as demonstrated by the results of a number of surveys on holiday costs.

 

We looked at reports such as the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Cost of Living Survey and The Backpacker Index to find the cheapest and most expensive cities. Here’s what we at The Money Shop found out:

Discover the history of coal mining in England

National Coal Mining Museum

The National Coal Mining Museum for England provides a great educational day out with a unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground down one of Britain's oldest working mines with an ex-miner as your guide. It’s an eye-opening and unforgettable experience. Situated in a rural setting, the Museum offers an unusual combination of exciting experiences, whilst providing a genuine insight into the hard-working lives of miners through the ages. Free entry & free parking for everyone. £4 charge for underground tour.
 
Families are invited to get ‘hands-on’ as they discover more about the lives of coal miners through the ages – join our experienced miner-guides as you explore our genuine former mine-workings at Caphouse Colliery.
 

‘Dogs Aloud’ at Deptford Market Yard

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For London dog owners who still want a social life and visitors to the capital that can’t bear to be parted from their dogs, the search for new dog-friendly drinking and dining destinations is over. 

Deptford Market Yard is proud to announce its ‘ Dogs Aloud ’ status in time for this year’s National Dog Day (Saturday 26th Aug). ​Built within Deptford's renovated historical railway arches and Grade II listed carriage ramp (​London's oldest railway structure) Deptford Market Yard is London's latest food and lifestyle hub waiting to be discovered. 

The Gruffalo Spotter!

gruffalo spotter

Magic Light Pictures and Forestry Commission England bring The Gruffalo characters to life in the forest through a new augmented reality app.

The Gruffalo Spotter has been designed for exclusive use at twenty six forests across the country where visitors can join the adventure through the deep dark wood.

Families will follow clues on an interactive trail and track signs of their favourite characters based on The Gruffalo, best-selling picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.