WIN a pair adult weekend tickets to Reggae One Love Festival 2018

Reggae One Love Festival 2018

After 10 years of great events in the Home Counties we are really excited to be taking the Reggae Festival to the UK’s spiritual home, to a mystical land engulfed in folk law, myths and legends. A place where the biggest and best Festival on Earth started “The Glastonbury Festival” 

We have always thought Reggae is so under represented at Glastonbury so we have literally taken Reggae to Glastonbury - With Glastonbury taking a year off in 2018 we thought the area needed some blessed up reggae vibes where we will introduce Reggae and Reggae Culture to a much larger audience –

Arundel Castle’s 2018 events set to be biggest yet

Arundel Castle’s 2018 events set to be biggest yet

Arundel Castle in West Sussex has announced a bumper calendar of events in time for its reopening on 30 March 2018.

The Castle, which is celebrating the 950th anniversary of its initial construction in 2018, will have a packed schedule of 13 historical events from the seasoned professionals at the Raven Tor Living History Group.

Opening the season is firm family favourite Normans and Crusaders, which takes place over the Easter Weekend, 31 March-02 April 2018. The event will be set within a tented encampment on the American lawns, giving visitors a glimpse into life in the 12th century.  With combat and falconry displays across the weekend, and have-a-go archery for the over 8s, it’s sure to be a thrilling weekend for all ages.

Celebrate The Magic Of Dal Festival

Celebrate The Magic Of Dal Festival

Full details are announced of the first British Dal Festival - a week of events across the city of Bristol between 19th and 25th March. 

The Festival will celebrate the magic of traditional dals of the Indian subcontinent alongside other pulse dishes from around the world, from the refried beans of Mexico and fava dips of Greece to Britain’s pease pudding and mushy peas. 

The Festival will promote the cultural richness, flavour, and affordability of dal as well as its contribution to health, nutrition and environmental sustainability.  Dal is any split pulse (lentil, bean or pea) or pulse stew or soup. In particular the Festival will highlight pulses grown in the UK such as fava beans and split yellow and green peas, all perfect ingredients for dal.

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce new exhibition

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce new exhibition

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce a major new exhibition, CATWALKING: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore, from July 2018.

The show will present original fashion photographs by Chris Moore, the undisputed king of catwalk photography. Moore has been at the forefront of fashion for six decades and still today he is capturing all the iconic catwalk moments - in London, Paris, Milan and New York.

Surf Snowdonia Soundwaves Festival

Surf Snowdonia Soundwaves Festival

Surf Snowdonia pulls in two of Europe’s biggest dance music brands for one-day festival. Soundwaves will showcase headline acts from Kaluki and Café Mambo Ibiza

Event details: All day event, Saturday 14th April. Over 18s only. Strictly limited tickets available at Skiddle, early bird entry £17.50. Limited VIP glamping pods available onsite from £100 per night (based on 4 people sharing).

Surf Snowdonia will host its first festival of 2018 on Saturday 14th April, and the North Wales surf hub is pulling in two of Europe’s biggest dance brands – Kaluki Musik and Café Mambo Ibiza – to kick the whole thing off.

10 Active & Adventurous Travel Ideas for Easter Holidays

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The world is the most exciting adventure playground, as the old adage goes. So, this year, why not make the most out of your Easter holidays and grab the opportunity to get away, get moving and improve your health.

The hunt is over as Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holidays specialists round up their top Easter holidays for active travel enthusiasts looking for some spring-time sunshine.

Top places to stay in the UK with clean air

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Last year, research by the World Health Organisation revealed 44 out of 511 British towns and cities were pollution hotspots. Air in these places is considered too dangerous to breathe and air pollution in the UK is now a public health emergency2.

So if you are planning a holiday somewhere in the UK, you may want to check the pollution levels before you book! Sounds complicated? Lucky for you, last minute holiday rental provider Snaptrip.com, has created an interactive clean air destination map using a new interactive postcode tool from the BBC3. Simply hover your cursor over the destination and find out the air quality in that area.

Britain's 'Sunlit Uplands' Benefit As B&B Bookings Surge

Britain's 'Sunlit Uplands' Benefit As B&B Bookings Surge

Forward bookings at inland UK B&Bs for Summer 2018 are up 10.3%

Seaside bookings up 5%, with northern seaside towns doing especially well

B&Bs, and their contribution to the UK economy, will be honoured on National B&B Day on Saturday 24th March 2018

Inland holidays at British B&Bs are set to surge this year, with forward bookings for the summer already up 10.3%, according to the quarterly National B&B Index, published today by eviivo.

Data gathered from more than 6,000 B&Bs nationwide by online booking specialists eviivo, shows that the so-called ‘sunlit uplands’ are the most popular choice for holidaymakers. 

Surf Snowdonia’s Waves, Mud and Mountains challenge is back

Surf Snowdonia’s Waves, Mud and Mountains challenge is back

Surf Snowdonia’s Waves, Mud and Mountains obstacle run is back for its second year and organisers say that this year’s course will be even longer, harder and muddier than before.

The 10km, race-against-the-elements event will take place on Saturday 24 March 2018, the first day of Surf Snowdonia’s 2018 surf season. The event is set to draw a large crowd in what is now one of the UK’s fastest growing sports: obstacle course racing. Over 250,000 people took part in similar events across the UK in 2017.

Close to 500 competitors turned out to take in the inaugural Waves, Mud and Mountains event a year ago, and Surf Snowdonia says that it has increased the capacity and the level of challenge for this year’s course after listening to feedback from last year’s competitors.

Own label gin is tonic for Rosemere appeal

Own label gin is tonic for Rosemere appeal

Charity Rosemere Cancer Foundation is to have its own fundraising locally produced gin to be sold as a tonic for its 20 Years Anniversary Appeal and launched at a fundraising evening that will celebrate the life of a supporter, who helped to come up with the idea. 

A limited run of the fruity gin will be made by Brindle Distillery, Brindle, for Copa Fizz under their label  and sell bottles at £45 each. 

Rudding Park Celebrates Success at TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards

Rudding Park Celebrates Success at TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards

Rudding Park has been voted best hotel in England outside London at the annual TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards.

Award-winning Rudding Park located in the heart of Yorkshire was recognised as one of the top 10 UK hotels, a position they have now upheld consistently for the last 15 years. The Travellers’ Choice award winners were determined based on millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide. To celebrate the awards, guests that book a stay at Rudding Park in March 2018 will receive half a bottle of Prosecco upon arrival. 

The Scotch Whisky Experience adds sign languages to its tours

The Scotch Whisky Experience adds sign languages to its tours

Five-star visitor attraction The Scotch Whisky Experience has become the first in Edinburgh to offer whisky tours in British and American Sign Language.

In a pivotal move to enhance accessibility, the Royal Mile attraction has invested over £50,000 into multi-functional audio guides which feature interpreters conducting tours in both BSL and ASL.

As 80% of visitors to The Scotch Whisky Experience come from overseas, subtitled tours in German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch and Swedish will also be launching, allowing deaf visitors from these countries to enjoy the tour in their own language.

The addition of the new BSL and ASL devices means the attraction now offers whisky tours in a total of 20 languages.

Leisure Sector acquires Marina

Marina

EXPANDING LEISURE SECTOR OPERATOR ACQUIRES MARINA FROM THE CROWN ESTATE

Lakeland Leisure Estates Limited is pleased to announce the acquisition of the freehold interest in Deganwy Marina from the Crown Estate on 18th January 2018, adding the 4th Marina to its growing leisure portfolio.

Deganwy Marina is a modern, high quality marina and forms part of a prestigious development built in 2004 on the Conwy Estuary, in North Wales. The fully equipped marina offers 165 berths, with hard standing, car parking and toilets, showers and laundry facilities in the marina building. In June 2015 it was awarded a 5 Gold Anchor rating by the Yacht Harbour Association.

Peak District park reaches the summit in David Bellamy's green awards

callow top green awards pool

Staff at a Peak District holiday park with its own acclaimed micro-brewery have been toasting their success in a major green awards scheme.

The family-owned Callow Top Holiday Park has won a top gold accolade in the David Bellamy Conservation Awards, and was praised by the world-famous botanist for its raft of green initiatives. One of rural Derbyshire's largest and most highly-rated touring parks, Callow Top was described by Professor Bellamy in his citation as "a wildlife wonderland".

Festival - ‘Play all day. Dance all night!’

Festival ‘Play all day. Dance all night!’

Chilled in a Field Festival is a feel good modern family-friendly festival. Having kids doesn’t mean you have to miss out on amazing live music and DJs until late into the night. Bring them to the party with you! Your friends without kids will love it too. 

Grown from the '90's London party scene, Chilled in a Field is a small, independent festival for grown-up party people and their fabulous kids – people just like you! 

Crystal Maze London Looks To The Future With Out-Of-This-World Upgrade

Crystal Maze

The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience London has kickstarted the new year with the launch of an iconic spinning planets game, making science fiction a reality and instantly transporting players into the belly of a spaceship.

Located within the newly-updated Futuristic Zone players can take one small step for man, journeying across spinning planets to reach the crystal in a spacewalk against time.The state-of-the-art game is sure to get players in a spin as they attempt to get their hands on the highly sought-after crystal.

John Craven OBE heads up the British Tourism & Travel Show’s 2018 Keynote line-up

British Tourism Ireland

Journalist and Countryfile presenter John Craven OBE has been confirmed to host a headline keynote session at the British Tourism & Travel Show, taking place at the NEC Birmingham on 21-22 March 2018.

One of the BBC's longest standing TV presenters, John Craven is perhaps best known for John Craven’s Newsround, which established him as a household name spanning two generations.  He now enjoys a high-profile role as presenter of BBC1's Countryfile, having spent nearly 30 years with the show. 

'Novel" B&Bs Offer Guests A Great 'Booking' In Every Sense

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  • Online booking specialist eviivo names Britain’s best book themed B&Bs. 
  • Harry Potter, Famous Five, comic book hero Batman and more celebrated by unique establishments across the country.
  • B&Bs offer a live-in fantasy experience for a fraction of the price of theme parks.

British holidaymakers are used to travelling to New York to soak up the iconic landmarks of King Kong or to Disneyland to meet Mickey Mouse and friends.  Now, thanks to the ingenuity of British B&B owners, guests can immerse themselves in amazing fantasy worlds for a fraction of the price of an international trip.