Outstanding success for Moors Valley Country Park at Dorset Tourism Awards

Moors Valley Country Park

Staff and volunteers at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest near Ringwood are celebrating a third year of success in the Dorset Tourism Awards having taken Gold in the Large Attraction category. The Park was also awarded Silver in the new Artistic, Cultural and Learning Experience category, and Communication Ranger Katie Davies received a personal award for Outstanding Customer Service. Go Ape, which provides tree top adventures at Moors Valley also received a Silver award in the Active and Sporting Experience category.
 
“To win one award is amazing, but to come away with so many is simply fantastic!” said Clare Gronow, Team Leader at the Park.
 

Shropshire Handmade and Vintage Christmas Fair is sold out to traders

Christmas

This year’s Shropshire Handmade and Vintage Christmas Fair hosted by Shrewsbury-based caravan and motorhome dealership Salop Leisure on November 25 and 26, has been sold out to exhibitors since July.

 

The popular annual event is such a success that the organiser Carrie Hughes, owner of Shropshire Handmade and Vintage and Pink Pebble Events, has a waiting list of exhibitors.

 

Up to 60 stalls will be selling a wide range of unique handmade and vintage craft and giftware as well as food from Shropshire and the bordering counties, as the fair is set to fill Salop Leisure’s showroom and extend into sister business Love Plants’ building next door. Entry and parking are free.

 

‘Real Mid Wales’ marketing campaign unveiled at tourism conference

conference speakers

A fresh, modern marketing campaign focused on social media is set to put the ‘Real Mid Wales’ on the map to visitors from across the UK.

 

The campaign was unveiled at the sold out annual Mid Wales Tourism and Business Conference which was attended by 130 guests at The Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells on Friday.

 

The conference, themed ‘Marketing the Real Mid Wales: A Shared Vision”, was sponsored by NFU Mutual, Aberystwyth and organised by MWT Cymru, an independent organisation that represents around 600 tourism and hospitality businesses across Mid Wales.

 

Discover Whisky Galore at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Speyside Whisky Festival

Thousands of visitors from around the globe will celebrate Scotland’s national drink this spring at one of the world’s biggest whisky events – the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. The Festival is a five-day celebration comprising around 500 different events scattered across the beautiful region, which lies directly between the cities of Aberdeen and Inverness. 

Distillery tours, food pairings, whisky tastings, music and fun combine to provide a packed programme. Visitors will have the chance to take exclusive behind the scenes distillery tours, learn how to pair whisky with food, enjoy traditional music and even take a ride on a whisky themed vintage train.

Staycation Ideas for New Year’s Eve

Staycation Ideas for New Year’s Eve

Why not give 2017 a send off to remember by going on a staycation to celebrate New Year’s Eve?

 

There are plenty of options up and down the country to suit all budgets and tastes, from celebrations steeped in tradition, to family-friendly activities and parties that pull out all the stops. Take a look at The Money Shop’s top tips for the perfect New Year’s Eve getaway, this December.

 

Edinburgh

 

Few places in the world celebrate the New Year quite like Edinburgh.

 

Last Choir Singing Announce Song Writing Contest Shortlist

Last Choir Singing

Last Choir Singing, the premier choir competition for Lancashire Junior Schools, has announced its shortlist of nominees for their song writing award. The competition was open to anyone in the UK. 

Shortlisted applicants will have an acoustic version of their song performed live on BBC Radio Lancashire by the International Vocalist, Duncan Heather, on Friday 24th November. The songs will then be put to public vote with the winner being announced live on the radio on Monday 4th December by sponsors and competition creators and organisers, True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners.

Charity family fun run set to attract hundreds of Santas to Shrewsbury

Mini launch

Hundreds of Santas will be heading for Shrewsbury next month on a mission to raise money for the Severn Hospice with a charity fun run.

The Salop Santa Dash on Sunday, December 3 is designed to be a fun event for all the family. Runners will have the option to run one or two laps of a 2.5 kilometre course around Salop Leisure and the adjoining Love2Stay glamping and touring resort.

The £10 entry fee includes a Santa suit and all the money raised will be donated to Severn Hospice. Entries will be limited to 500 and places will be on a first come basis. For details visit www.salopsantarun.co.uk.

Emirates holidays partners with the university of surrey on groundbreaking paper project set to revolutionise travel industry

next generation

‘Next generation paper’ aims to create a new form of interactive paper with hyperlinks to the web

 

Emirates Holidays has announced they will be partnering with the University of Surrey on Next generation paper which launches today; an exciting new academic research project which aims to revolutionise paper to become an interactive interface that connects to the internet.

 

The best places to visit in Birmingham this Christmas

With the festive season right around the corner, this time of year presents many opportunities to spend time with loved ones. Birmingham is a hub of activity during the festive season. Whether spending time with friends, enjoying a family day out or a romantic evening with that special someone, the city has a range of events perfect for everyone this Christmas.
 
This year some of the best places to visit in Birmingham at Christmas time include:
 
Birmingham’s German Market
 

A warm welcome awaits at Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre; an all-weather heritage attraction for families and enthusiasts alike.

Heritage Centre Pembroke Dock Coming in to land

The Heritage Centre is housed in the former Royal Dockyard Chapel, in the heart of what was the only Royal Dockyard in Wales. The Heritage Centre offers modern, comfortable and fully accessible facilities – including free parking and free Wi-Fi throughout! The exhibits and displays are designed to cater for a wide audience, with a regular programme of activities for families in school holidays and a range of other events to suit local people and visitors, whether they are enthusiasts or new to the subject matter.

Top 10 spooky UK destinations to visit this October

Churchyard

Love the thrill of being scared and looking for something different to do this month? With Halloween creeping ever closer, last minute rental holiday provider, Snaptrip.com, reveals the top 10 spooky destinations to visit this October:

 

1.       The village of Prestbury 

Located in Cheshire, on the edge of the Cotswolds, Prestbury claims to be the most haunted village in England. Its spooky reputation has stuck ever since the sighting of a hooded monk known as ‘The Black Abbot’ who is said to regularly appear in the church and churchyard. Somewhere to visit before retreating to the safety of your cottage or guest house!

 

2.       Winnats Pass, Castleton 

UK’s best surfers gather inland for landlocked pro surf competition

Major event at Surf Snowdonia draws more than 1,500 surf fans to heart of Conwy Valley
 
More than 1,500 surf fans and curious onlookers made their way to the heart of the Conwy Valley at the weekend to watch the UK’s best surfers take part in a unique inland surf competition.
Against a backdrop of the Conwy Valley’s forests and mountains, the UK’s best surfers came together to battle it out on Surf Snowdonia’s land-locked man-made waves. Thirty elite UK surf athletes competed in all, travelling from all over the country to the UK’s most unlikely break.

Surf Snowdonia hosts international summit on inland surfing

Surf Park Summit takes place 24-25 October 2017
 
Investors, developers, and suppliers from around the globe will converge on North Wales later this week for the first ever European Surf Park Summit.

Around 75 delegates from 19 countries are expected to attend the two-day conference, which takes place at Surf Snowdonia – a world-first inland surf lagoon which lies seven miles from the sea in the Conwy Valley.

The summit’s agenda will showcase Surf Snowdonia’s world-first Wavegarden technology and give industry stakeholders the opportunity to meet the parc’s senior management. The Surf Snowdonia team will share insights from their build and development experience and first two years of operation.

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

camping

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