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Glamping at Wigwam

Wigwam® Holidays – think heated cabins, great locations and a chance for you to create fabulous memories! The glamping accommodation provider has sites nationwide situated in beautiful locations: from a sun-kissed Cornish beach to the rippling edge of a mysterious, tranquil Scottish Loch, and anything in-between.

Our cabins are made in Scotland from sustainable timber and are fully insulated and heated. Each cabin also has a lockable door, comfy mattresses, Velux® windows and storage space as standard. Some cabins are also en-suite and include a kitchenette, dining area and some even have an outdoor hot tub too!

Tips to stay warm and active with your dog this winter!

Dog walking

When the air is cold, and the sun isn’t shining it can be difficult to motivate yourself to get off your comfy sofa and stay active. However, your dog still needs exercise and stimulation in the autumn and winter months, no matter how cosy they look curled up by the fire! Exercise is vital for a dog’s physical and mental wellbeing and is also a crucial part of maintaining that special bond with your pooch.

Lintbells, manufacturers of natural supplements, has put together some handy tips on how to keep yourself motivated and active with your dog during the winter seasons:

Walkies!

The weather might not be very welcoming outside, but your dog will need to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air – you’ll probably need it too.

Come & Stay In The North's Most Picturesque Hotel

Animal print bedroom in hotel

Visitors heading snout and about in County Durham can now hog the bed in the most luxurious pigsty in the world. The newly opened Impeccable Pig hotel, at Sedgefield, has converted an old coach house within its grounds into 10 luxurious bedrooms across two floors – and the most spectacular of them all is The Pigsty.

Not only does it boast a seven-foot bed, with Egyptian bedlinen and an ornate panelled headboard, but it also features a large, round freestanding copper and tin bath and walk-in drench rainforest shower.

Its own, private garden, festooned with a canopy of lights, has a four-seater hot tub and an outside sauna and those who fancy a barbecue can even hire their very own chef to do the cooking for them.

5 Great Rail Journeys to celebrate the best of Scotland

Rail Journey in Scotland

Visit Scotland's 2019 theme, year of coast and waters by rail 

With all eyes on the nation of tartan, haggis and whisky this coming St Andrew's Day (30th November), Great Rail Journeys share 5 of its best rail adventures ideal for inclusion in a planned Scotland round-up. In 'rail-line' with Visit Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters theme for 2019, these tours include train journeys hugging Scotland's dramatic coastlines and following the loch edges; awarding some of the most rewarding rail experiences in the world. 

 

1)      St Andrews and Royal Deeside

Father Christmas is coming to Victoria Leeds

Christmas Grotto at Trinity shopping Leeds

A brand new Christmas Grotto and Festive Lodge is coming this December

Victoria Leeds is set to bring the most magical Christmas celebrations yet to the city this year, as the shopping destination hosts the arrival of the magical Christmas Grotto and Festive Lodge.

The enchanting winter wonderland will be located on Sidney Street, outside the Victoria Gate entrance, and will open on 7th December right through to 23rd December. 

In the run up to Christmas, a host of entertaining and festive events will take place in the Lodge in partnership with the many stores found within Victoria Leeds. Those planning to attend should keep an eye on the website and Victoria Leeds PLUS app for more information.

A FAMILY-FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS TRADITION IS BACK!

Satnta reding a book at the Portable North Pole

The countdown to Christmas is upon us and, for most families, the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without children and loved ones receiving their very own, personalised video greeting from Santa Claus and peak into the enchanting North Pole village, now in its 11th year with more than 200 million personalised videos messages viewed worldwide,Portable North Pole is an adored, modern tradition that brings the magic of Christmas to life by letting you easily create and send adorable videos and calls online or with the free mobile app. 

LIGHTWAVES SET TO SHINE WITH NEW COMMISSIONS FOR DECEMBER 2018

Dalek Lightwaves

This winter, Quays Culture will host a free interactive light festival,at Salford Quays: Home of Media City UK. The annual festival, Lightwaves 2018 will showcase inspiring digital light art; illuminating the public spaces for an unforgettable 10 days, from Friday 7 December until Sunday 16 December 2018. #Lightwaves2018

Featuring new and exclusively commissioned digital art displays alongside emerging talent and light workshops, from local, national, and international artists. Lightwaves 2018 will bring light to those dark winter nights, as 16 FREE light experiences span across Salford Quays and Media CityUK.

Winchester - 'England's Christmas Capital'

Winchester Market

Christmas is just around the corner, and ‘England’s Christmas Capital’ of Winchester is brimming with a huge variety of festive events. While seeing the brightly decorated city is more than enough to get in the spirit, there are many can’t-miss celebrations for the all the family to enjoy.

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market & Ice Rink

A bustling atmosphere, high-quality exhibitors and festive foods make the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market one of the best in Europe. Last year, the Christmas Market attracted more than 400,000 visitors and filled them with holiday cheer.

Bowhill House hosts intimate Christmas concert

Bowhill House

The historic and picturesque surroundings of Bowhill House in Selkirk will provide the backdrop for an exclusive evening with harpist Margaret Knight as the House opens its doors for a special evening of classical Christmas music. 

The first class musician has performed all over the world including The Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican and Edinburgh Castle. She will bring her classical style to Bowhill for this intimate evening held from 7pm on Thursday 6thDecember.

Guests can enjoy an evening of classic carols and music played on the harp with which is sure to get everyone in the festive spirit. Bowhill House

Penshurst Place unveils a magical new Christmas grotto

Penshurst Place

See Santa’s secret study and workshop for a festive experience from a bygone era. A magical Christmas grotto awaits youngsters at Penshurst Place this winter, providing an opportunity to step back in time and experience festive fun from bygone years.

A world away from the commerciality of the high street, Penshurst’s new Christmas grotto will give young visitors a taste of Christmas from a more innocent time.

Cyclists are helping to save the planet in an unexpected way…

Cyclists are saving the planet

The world is producing an estimated 2.12 billion tonnes of waste each year, with future estimated expected to hit 4 billion by 2100. Legislation and government action can only get us so far, and so, there are pockets of people all around the world who are looking to take matters into their own, creative hands. 

We’re joined by Reconomy, a leading skip hire company who can aid businesses with responsible waste disposal, to take a look at the talented minds behind some of the most unique recycling initiatives around the globe.

Magic of Christmas Extended as a Farm is Transformed into a North Pole Adventure

Girl with gingerbread man cookie at the North Pole Adventure

Two local farmers are making their winter wonderland bigger and even more magical this year, as they bring back the North Pole Adventure to their Staffordshire farm.

Over 14,000 visitors experienced the North Pole Adventure in its first year at the National Forest Adventure Farm, near Burton on Trent.

To add extra sparkle to this year’s event, the owners have made a number of improvements, including extending the attraction to a huge 600m², additional opening hours and the inclusion of a new musical activity.

Highcross set to host Christmas carnival and parade

High cross Snow Globe

It’s set to be a white Christmas at Highcross in Leicester this year, as the shopping centre hosts a festive celebration like no other with the arrival of its enchanting White Christmas festival on Thursday 22nd November.  

The walk about activity will take place around St Peter’s Square and the malls. Complete with dancing snowflakes, Russian princesses, giant swans and even a winter dragon – there will be something for everyone to enjoy as this magical event takes place at Highcross, including real life snow fall…

Curling, skating and Santa – Oh My!

Lee Valley White Water Centre’s Christmas attraction

Lee Valley White Water Centre’s Christmas attraction is back for 2018. 

For the third year running the London 2012 Olympic legacy venue will host an array of seasonal activities and entertainment for families and friends to enjoy throughout the festive period.

The Christmas destination will run for just over five weeks from Saturday 1 December – Sunday 6 January 2019 and will feature an ice rink, curling sheets, a Santa’s Grotto and fun fair. 

Visitors can get into the Christmas spirit with a skate on the venue’s real ice rink.

Available from Friday to Sunday, ticket prices for ice skating start from £5pp and include a 45 minute session on the ice, skate hire and the use of a skate aid if required - perfect for experienced skaters and novices alike. 

All aboard the Santa Express!

Santa on train

Magical festive steam train rides return to Staffordshire for their 23rd year, with Churnet Valley Railway (https://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk) offering the ultimate seasonal experience for all the family on the Santa Express.  

 

The Staffordshire heritage railway’s iconic and much loved ‘Santa and Steam’ event combines a ride on a steam train through scenic countryside with seeing Santa. On a variety of dates in the run up to Christmas Day, vintage trains warmly decorated with garlands and filled with Christmas cheer, make their way through the Churnet Valley. With a puff of steam and a blow of the whistle, 124 journeys are scheduled this season; the most the heritage railway has ever run.  

Be Beautiful Swedish At The Rekorderlig Cider Lodge

Rekorderlig Cider Lodge

Rekorderlig’s Cider Lodge returns to the South Bank for its fifth year, allowing guests to immerse themselves in Scandinavian style, culture, food and drink.

The Rekorderlig Cider Lodge has become a popular and lively hotspot on the Thames, where guests can enjoy a beautifully Swedish experience.

Rekorderlig invites guests to immerse themselves in a seasonal Scandinavian setting complete with fire pits and a stunning Christmas Tree. Here you can get into the yuletide spirit with Rekorderlig’s festive favourite, Spiced Plum. Enjoy hot and cold serves of the winter warmer, perfectly served with a slice of orange.

Strictly Star Marks 20 Year Anniversary Of Queer As Folk

Faye Tozer from Queer As Folk

Strictly Star Faye Tozer has revealed she can’t wait to perform in Manchester this February, as one of the guest artists in a musical celebration of drama Queer as Folk.

The new show, STILL DOIN IT LIVE, marks the 20-year anniversary of the cult TV programme, and will see performances of the greatest anthems from Queer as Folk, by Manchester Camerata’s 28-piece orchestra and guest singers including Faye and original soundtrack artists.

Faye said: “Manchester – I hope you are ready, as it is going to be one amazing night. The majority of these tracks are hits in their own right, but to be re-working them with Manchester Camerata has been fabulous and I am really excited for everyone to see the show.”

Abbey Hotel Launch Après-Ski Bar

Après-Ski Bar

Now in its 4th year, Bath’s infamous Après-Ski Bar is back with a bang at the Abbey Hotel from 21st November – 22nd December 2018.

The pop-up bar, located next to the world-renowned Bath Christmas Market, will be open from 10am-11pm serving up Alpine appetizers, Christmassy cocktails and heaps of festive fun.

Snuggle up under blankets, sip on mulled wine and watch the world go by from this cosy snow topped cabin for a perfect winter wonderland escape.

Cocktails adorning the drinks list include creations such as Bloody Negroni and the Winter Mojito whilst sharing cocktails are served in bespoke ski boot jugs, and are guaranteed to well and truly get the party started.