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.

Travel Guide to Royal Family Residencies

Royal Family Residencies

Have you ever wondered what sort of places the royal family actually live in? Well, here are the first and foremost places where the Queen spends her time.

First on the list must be the official royal offices at Buckingham Palace. This magnificent building was first built in 1703 as a private family home and became the official residence of all things royal in 1873 when Queen Victoria made it her official residence. Most famous for the 'changing of the guards' and the public viewing of royalty on the balcony for state occasions, this impressive building is any historians 'must see'.

Holiday parks "vital" to Scottish tourism, says minister

Scottish tourism

Scottish tourism minister Fiona Hyslop MSP told holiday park owners meeting in Edinburgh recently that their businesses are a vital component of the country's tourism industry.

The minister made her remarks at November's annual conference of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association Scotland which was held at the city's Our Dynamic Earth.

Fiona Hyslop, who is cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs, was welcomed as chief guest speaker at the conference by Scottish association chairman Colin Fraser.

The event was attended by delegates from many of Scotland's 200-plus park businesses which offer holiday options from camping and glamping to luxury lodges to rent and own.

‘Sleeping with the fishes’ at sea life Blackpool

Youngsters can now Sleep with the fishes

How about this for a waterbed with a difference!

Aquarists at SEA LIFE Blackpool are inviting youngsters to come and spend the night with their pals at the popular attraction.

 

They can’t promise their young overnight visitors the chance to sleep on the actual sea bed – but it is the next best thing!

 

And, as these youngsters testing out the new offer discovered, the sleepover experience offers fantastic views of SEA LIFE Blackpool’s popular Ocean Window and Ocean Tunnel, as well as its amazing collection of underwater creatures – including its awe-inspiring sharks.

 

Surf Snowdonia’s Winter Olympics hopefuls swap summer waves for a season of snow

Surf Snowdonia’s Winter Olympics

Two surf instructors from Surf Snowdonia have swapped inland waves for snow – and Snowdonia for the Alps – so that they can train for possible selection in the Winter Olympics.

Maisie Potter, a snowboarder, hopes to compete in the next Winter Olympic Games which will take place in the city of Pyeongchang, South Korea, 9-25 February 2018. Zac Pierce is an Alpine racing skier, and hopes to make selection for Beijing 2022.

The pair, who met when they started working at Surf Snowdonia two years ago, both grew up in North Wales, although Maisie spent six years of her childhood living in Chamonix. They say that the world-first inland surf facility has given them the opportunity to earn money as well as maintain their fitness levels during their summer ‘off season’.

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 –

Knoll House Hotel - Dorset’s Hidden Gem

Knoll House Hotel - Dorset’s Hidden Gem

Renowned children’s author Enid Blyton’s favourite hotel provided inspiration for the Famous Five novels and has welcomed notable guests including Sir Winston Churchill, Roald Dahl, and Sir Richard Branson.
 

Acquired by progressive resort management company Kingfisher Resorts, one of the UK’s favourite family-friendly hotels has opened its doors to non-resident hotel guests for the first time in 70 years.
 

Google to share exclusive digital insights at The British Tourism & Travel Show 2018

The British Tourism & Travel Show 2018

Google’s industry head of travel, Ruairidh Roberts, has been confirmed to host a keynote session at the British Tourism & Travel Show, taking place at the NEC Birmingham on 21-22 March 2018.

 

As the travel industry moves towards an increasingly connected future[1], Google’s digital expertise is much sought after by businesses around the world.  Roberts, the company’s industry head of travel, will take to the stage with an exclusive session discussing ‘Priorities for digital marketeers in tourism today’ –  on the show’s opening day (21 March) at 1pm.   

 

Mid Wales coastline excels in latest bathing waters survey

 Wales coastline

The good reputation that the Mid Wales coastline has for the standard of its bathing waters and sandy beaches has been endorsed by the latest survey results.

 

The vast majority of the beaches have achieved the highest rating of excellent or good, as 99 per cent of designated bathing water surveyed along the Welsh coast complied with strict European standards.

 

In the northern limb of the Cambrian Coast in Mid Wales, both Harlech and Llandanwg received an excellent rating and the beaches have achieved the Green Coast Award from Keep Wales Tidy.

 

The quirkiest places to stay in the UK that you never knew about!

quirkiest places to stay in the UK

Have you ever dreamt of spending the night in a stunning old castle out in the countryside? Perhaps you have always wanted to experience staying in a working farmhouse? Or what about a lighthouse by the sea? 

 

It might sound absurd, but these are just some of the quirky and unusual places available to rent thanks to UK holiday rental provider Snaptrip.com .With over 50,000 properties in all shapes and sizes, there is something for everyone from romantic retreats to larger trips for all your friends and family.

 

Snaptrip.com has put together a guide detailing just some of the weird and wonderful places you could book to stay at:

 

1.      Castles

National theatre Wales announces its 2018 season

Kully Thiarai announces her first full season as the company’s Artistic Director

It includes collaborations with female artists from across the south Asian diaspora, Migrations, Quarantine, Junoon, Oily Cart, Gruff Rhys and Elis James

Multi-artform work including new writing, contemporary dance, music, comedy, sensory theatre and visual art

Performances in hospitals, schools and theatres, on a boat, underwater and at locations across Wales

The company also welcomes its first ever Associate Artists; theatre makers Mike Pearson & Mike Brookes, digital installation artist Shanaz Gulzar and television drama executive producer Bethan Jones

Canals & Waterways

Canals & Waterways

To journey along our vast network of canals & waterways is to see the UK from a different perspective. Some 2,000 miles of rivers and canals connect cities, towns and countryside, combining history and wildlife against a backdrop of spectacular scenery.
Easily accessible to all, our waterways provide the perfect day out for walkers, cyclists, anglers and of course, those on the water itself. There are more than 35,000 vessels on our canals and rivers at present, including pleasure cruisers, traders and houseboats.

Bag a bargain at the Market

Bag a bargain at the Market

A visit to the market is an unrivalled shopping experience. Whether it’s fresh, local produce or the latest fashions you’re after, there’s nothing quite like the hustle and bustle of market day.
Many markets are famed for their traditional Victorian buildings and atmosphere, such as Accrington, which offers a variety of stalls, shops and cafes.
Others, such as Bury Market ferry customers in by the coachload, a testament to their huge popularity.
In Bury’s case this could also have something to do with its reputation as seller of the best black pudding in the country…

 

Fed up of camping? It’s time to get glamping!

Fed up of camping? It’s time to get glamping!

A glamper will never look back once their head has been turned by a spot of glamorous camping! It’s the perfect solution for those of us who delight in the outdoors but can’t face sleeping on a cold hard mat - not to mention that dreaded trudge to the shower block in the morning…
You can pack up your rucksack and get close to nature once more now that endless options for ‘glamorous camping’ have come to the fore.
From eco pods and yurts to tipis and shepherds huts, there are so many ways to make your glamping experience a special one.

 

Norfolk - A place to relax...

Norfolk

Norfolk is so hard to beat when it comes to getting away from it all. A sprawling county with beautiful scenery, spectacular coastline and of course, some very famous waterways...
The Norfolk Broads, a network of rivers and man made lakes, covers a huge area including some 125 miles of navigable channels.
Boaters can cruise around this expanse of tranquility at their leisure taking in free flowing rivers and more than 40 broads if they so wish.
Meander through picturesque villages and bustling towns on your relaxing journey before mooring up at one of the many waterside pubs and restaurants along the way.
For those more inclined to stay on land, there are lots of lovely walking and cycling routes too.

 

South East - Chocolate box beauty and cultural icons

South East - Chocolate box beauty and cultural icons

You’ll never be far from culture or coast in the sunny South East. Historic market towns, chic hotels, cosmopolitan resorts and the nation’s capital city...there isn’t much lacking in this fabulous region.
Whether it’s a peaceful romantic getaway or energetic city break you desire, you’re sure to find it here.
Many of those who flock to this region do so to see the bright lights of London.
Visitors to this spectacular city will never be short of something to do or see. From the capital’s most popular attractions, including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Big Ben, to its many fascinating museums, world famous art galleries and restaurants, it’s a city that caters for all.  

Lincolnshire - A cultural county

Lincolnshire - A cultural county

For family fun and some very interesting history lessons, Lincolnshire won’t let you down.
The coast here is home to arguably the most famous seaside resort in the UK.
It was here, in Skegness, that Billy Butlin launched his holiday park empire back in 1936. This stretch of coast is still hugely popular with families today due to miles of soft sand, beachside attractions and good old fashioned bucket and spade fun!

 

South West - Escape to the rugged, romantic coast...

South West - Escape to the rugged, romantic coast...

Crystal clear waters, vast sandy bays and award winning restaurants with unrivalled views…you’ll find all this and more in the the holiday capital of the UK - The South West Of England.
Besides its many beautiful bays and magical secret coves, Cornwall has a wealth of industrial heritage too. At one time the county was awash with tin mines, all are now closed but visitors can venture to sites such as Botallack, to see the remnants of this once flourishing industry. Perched on the coast this dramatic scene has been used as a backdrop more than once in tv and film, most recently for BBC’s Poldark series.

Wales - A land of history, beauty and dynamic culture

Wales - A land of history, beauty and dynamic culture

Wales boasts a distinct identity, steeped in history and modern culture alike. From dynamic cities to breathtaking countryside - including three national parks - there is much to captivate the visitor here. Magnificent mountains, lush valleys and a coastline to rival that of anywhere in the world.
Snowdonia is the largest and perhaps the most famous of Wales’s three national parks. Thousands travel to this beautiful landscape to visit its lakes, mountain bike trails and stand on the summit of the country’s highest peak, Mount Snowdon. Whether travelling on foot or by train on the historic Snowdon Mountain Railway, it’s well worth the 1085m climb, offering stunning views across the sea to Ireland.