The Long & Short Of Holidays At Home

Devon Coastline - Holidays in the UK

New research from outdoor accommodation specialist Pitchup.com highlights Britain’s most popular short- and long-break holidays. From a week-long break in the Channel Islands to a short sleepover in Wales, outdoor accommodation specialist Pitchup.com reveals the top destinations for holidays in the United Kingdom.  

With holidaymakers drawn to its relaxed atmosphere, excellent walks and intriguing history, the picturesque island of Jersey is favourite for those seeking a week away. Back on the mainland, Wrexham was the shortest break, closely followed by the Scottish central Lowlands county of Lanarkshire. 

Dine & Stay Offer At The Hope & Anchor

food at The Hope & Anchor

One of Lincolnshire’s leading restaurants with rooms has unveiled an exciting new dine and stay deal which will launch next month (November 2018). The Hope and Anchor at South Ferriby is offering guests the chance to enjoy a room for £99 and receive £30 towards their meal.

The award-winning 19th century pub – which is the only eatery in the area to have a prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand - is located just five minutes from the Humber Bridge and enjoys spectacular views across the Humber estuary.

As well as a popular restaurant, the Hope and Anchor has five stylish rooms – allowing visitors to enjoy the amazing cuisine and then extend the experience with an overnight stay.

Dutton Cuisine’s Brown Sugar Restaurant opens on historic Windermere site

Dutton Cuisine’s Brown Sugar Restaurant interior

Following eight months and a complete refurbishment of the site, local entrepreneur and businessman, Ian Dutton, has launched his latest venture: ‘Brown Sugar’!  The new bar and restaurant, situated on an historic site in the heart of Windermere village, opened to much-acclaim on Saturday 15th September, with both locals and visitors giving it their definite seal of approval.

Why Angus is a nature lover's paradise

Angus Corrie Fee

When it comes to nature, Angus has a natural advantage - with unspoilt beaches and rolling hills and glens. In the latest in a new series of travel blogs, Visit Angus shares why, when it comes to the outdoors, this region can't be topped.

From birdwatching to bagging a Munro, working farms to a staggering range of camping and caravanning options, it's a nature lover's paradise, says the blog, published on the website.

The county also boasts some history-making people, from Hugh Munro - who coined the name for a mountain over 3,000 feet high - to John ‘Jock' Winter, whose fight for the right to walk on an Angus estate led to the Scottish Rights of Way Act.

The Enchanted Forest 2018 gets off to a wild and wonderful start

The Enchanted Forest 2018

Hundreds of invited visitors watched in delight as The Enchanted Forest launched its much-anticipated 2018 show Of The Wild in Faskally Wood, near Pitlochry, tonight (Wednesday, October 3).

Showcasing the wild and wonderful autumnal beauty of Highland Perthshire, the sound and light spectacular has released a record 80,000 tickets for its extended five-week run from October 4 until November 4, 2018.

Ian Sim, chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, which operates the event, said:

Who's Going Where For Christmas?

Christmas at James Places

As families embark on the annual arrangements for who goes where for Christmas, a North West hospitality group is offering festive getaways perfect for those who find themselves facing a quieter time this year.

James' Places marketing manager Heidi Kettle explained: "It's a perennial issue, especially when there are young grandchildren - which grandparents to go to, host at home and invite both sets, but how about more extended families or when multiple grandparents are involved? We've got just the thing for couples who may find themselves on a family ‘bye' this year."

Gulliver's welcoming rovers and ramblers to Matlock Bath

Gulliver's welcoming rovers and ramblers to Matlock Bath

Set in the centre of sprawling hilled surroundings, overlooking Derwent Valley, Explorer's Retreat at Gulliver's Kingdom in Matlock Bath offers stunning accommodation in a prime location for rovers and ramblers needing an overnight stay.

Walking is the joint most popular activity (along with eating out) for people taking days out in England, and the most important reason for 18% of the 3.6billion trips per year* - Gulliver's have responded to the ever-increasing demand for rural but accessible accommodation for walkers in the UK through the introduction of contemporary suites at their Matlock Bath site.

Sefton Park Palm House Trust to transform into a winter wonderland

Sefton Park Palm House Trust

The Sefton Park Palm House is to transform into a magical winter wonderland this December, with no less than 25 festive events set to take place inside the historic Grade II* listed historic glass house.

 Kick-starting with a free winter concert on Sunday 2nd December, The Sefton Park Palm House will play host to various other festive-themed musicals, merry tea dances and jovial parties throughout the month, as the excitement continues to build for Christmas Day!

 Arguably the highlight of the seasonal calendar, the Palm House will be screening a host of Christmas classic film favourites from Tuesday 18th to Friday 21st; with Nightmare Before Christmas, Die Hard and Scrooge just three of the iconic films being shown under the stars.

Discover The Secret Winter Garden at Croxteth Hall

Secret Winter Garden at Croxteth Hall

Step through a magic doorway and discover The Secret Winter Garden all aglow at Croxteth Hall. A brand-new winter lights event, brought to you by the Lantern Company

Fun lovers and families are invited to step into the beautiful Victorian surroundings of Croxteth Hall and Gardens this December, where a magical, illuminated adventure awaits. Lantern Company, renowned for their extraordinary illuminated events and parades the world over, are back in town with a brand-new illuminations extravaganza called The Secret Winter Garden - created especially for Croxteth Hall. The event has been made possible by support from Liverpool City Council.

Top 10 Spookiest Spots in the UK

Top 10 Spookiest Spots in the UK

Britain is home to historic halls, creepy castles and plentiful of paranormal activity. From poltergeists to headless horsemen and everything in-between, there’s plenty of history hiding away in the UK’s dark shadows. 

With Halloween a short while away, Protection Supplies have mapped out 44 of the UK’s haunted hotspots: https://www.protectionsupplies.co.uk/blog/mapped-uks-spookiest-places/

You should also check out some of these spooky places in the UK!

Hampton Court Palace, London – Henry VIII’s ex-wives, Jane Seymour and Catherine Howard, are often seen running across the court, screaming for mercy.

Gloucestershire & Warwick Railway

Gloucestershire & Warwick Railway

Gloucestershire & Warwick Railway - The Friendly Line in the Cotswolds offers a unique opportunity to sample train travel from 50 years ago.  The world was changing rapidly and so on our 29 mile round trip you can sample the glory of steam and those “new” diesel railcars with the panoramic views – and for the children (young and old!) those seats right behind the driver to see what he sees.  Large diesel locos also haul some services.

You pass through glorious Cotswolds scenery; to the west the Vale of Evesham, the Malverns and Wales.  To the east the Cotswolds climb steeply uphill.  

The History of Cider

Cider Museum

The Cider Museum is a social history museum housed in an original 1889 cidermaking factory. There’s far more to the building than first meets the eye, and no wonder – it’s designed to look at the whole cidermaking industry, from its earliest beginnings through to the mass production methods which exist today. Visitors can find out about methods – how the apples were milled and pressed and how the resulting juice was fermented to produce cider – and about Herefordshire’s history.

A greener future for travel? 

Greener travel - an aeroplane

The British government is seeking to make the UK greener. In fact, the goal is to become a zero-emission zone by 2040. To that end, the government is looking at all areas of waste production, and in particular, the issues of fuel and waste. So, what if waste and fuel could solve each other’s problems? 

Enter biofuel – the answer to the problems with environmentally-unfriendly fuels and the rising cost of dealing with the UK’s waste. With biofuel, waste matter can be used to create a greener fuel alternative and it’s already being used on some commercial flights. So where does biofuel stand when it comes to freight transport fuel? 

A Day at Diggerland – The Ultimate Adventure Park Experience!

Little girl on digger at Diggerland

Diggerland is the UK’s most unique attraction where children and adults have the chance to ride, drive and operate REAL full size construction machinery, under the guidance of fully trained staff - no driving licence required!

With 4 sites across the UK located in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire you’re never too far away from digging to your heart's content. 

Diggerland is the perfect place to take your kids for an action packed family day out. Experience the variety of rides and drives on offer - whether it’s enjoying the view on Skyshuttle, hanging tight on Spindizzy, or digging dirt with a 6 ton digger, there is something for all ages!

An array of festive cheer as singer announces Christmas show

Anna Reay announces Christmas show

Whickham-born singer Anna Reay will be ringing in the festive season after announcing a one off Christmas show at the Sage Gateshead.

‘Anna Reay at Christmas’, will take place in Sage Two on December 6, 2018 and follows on from the success of her previous Sage Gateshead sell out show One Enchanted Evening last year, and Great Ladies of Song. 

The classically trained songstress was inspired to create the show after receiving requests from her followers to record a Christmas EP which she has completed in time for the event.

Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Step into the spotlight at Madame Tussauds Blackpool and get a selfie with your favourite stars, mingle with British TV personalities, pop royalty and even MARVEL SUPER HEROES in wax form.

Make long-lasting memories as you hang out with telly favourites; Ant and Dec, Jeremy Kyle and Paddy McGuiness. Not only that but head down to the Festival Fields area for a spot of karaoke and the chance to rub shoulders with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Olly Murs, away from the crowds.

Throughout your visit, you’ll even have the chance to walk through the Coronation Street set and sit down for a cheeky pint in the perfect recreation of the Rover’s Return pub.

The Bear Grylls Adventure Opens Its Doors To The Public For The First Time

The Bear Grylls Adventure

On Wednesday 12th September the first guests were welcomed into the £20M global first Bear Grylls Adventure attraction in Birmingham. 

Bear himself visited the attraction to give the exciting, adrenalin-filled activities the final once over. He said: “It was incredible to see this for the first time, after two years of planning. It’s all about bringing that spirit of endeavour into one place. This is the UK’s ultimate adventure destination where people can experience so many of the world’s most exciting challenges.

“You don’t have to go to the furthest mountain range or the deepest sea anymore, we’ve brought it all under one roof in Birmingham!

Meadowhall Cooks Up a Spooktacular Storm with The Witches Kitchen

 Witches’ Kitchen

Families across the region are invited to get into their gruesome gear and enter the Witches Kitchen at Meadowhall this half term, ready to enjoy some frightfully good fun.

Free to attend following registration, the Witches’ Kitchen will see monstrous mini master chefs travel through the tunnel of terror (watching out for slimy snails and wiggly worms) to the Cordon Bleurgh school. They’ll meet Scratch the Cat, sing toe-tingling songs together and help him sniff out the kitchen’s missing ingredient. Perfect for children aged 4-10 years old, the Witches Kitchen will be found on the Lower High Street in Meadowhall from 29 October – 4 November 2018. Sessions will run every 20 minutes from 10am and 2.30pm Monday – Saturday and 11am to 3.30pm on Sunday.

Tea Break Theatre present: Frankenstein

Tea Break Theatre present: Frankenstein

A spark of life, a flash... and something new is created. A scientist brings life from death, a young woman invents a new genre of literature and both will be known by the same name: Frankenstein.

This Hallowe’en, Tea Break Theatre unravel their new immersive production of Mary Shelley’stwisting tale of the perils of stretching the boundaries of nature. In the 200th year of its publication, this electric adaptation will transport you away from everything safe and familiar into a world of uncertainty, experimentation and danger.

Enter Sutton House, step into the past and be swept away into a story which seeks to answerthe ultimate question... who is the monster?