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Clarks Village celebrates 25 years

Clarks Village

1993 was the year that 50,000 visitors flocked to Clarks Village on 14th August for the opening of the first UK outlet shopping centre and the thrill of high street and designer brands offering up to 60% off RRP all in one location. Original brands included Clarks, Benetton and Pierre Cardin.

 Today, it is home to more than 90 designer, homeware and high street brands including Jack Wills, Superdry, Original Penguin, Ben Sherman, Joules, Wonderbra, Hobbs, Molton Brown, Yankee Candle, Radley, Osprey London, Hotel Chocolat and Lindt. The largest Clarks Factory Outlet store in Europe is still at the Village too!

Outdoor summer fun for all the family

Drumlanrig Castle

Hands on Ranger activities at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate have proven popular this summer, and with just a few weeks left of the school holidays families are encouraged to explore the great outdoors. 

Junior Ranger workshops, heritage tours, nature walks, outdoor theatre and yoga classes are just some of the activities on offer for visitors of all ages to the Dumfriesshire Estate.

START: Discovering tomorrow’s art today.

START Art Fair

START Art Fair today announces its return to London’s iconic Saatchi Gallery for its fifth edition, as it continues to provide a vital platform in London for emerging artists and young galleries from around the world showing exciting new art. Taking place from 13th-16th September 2018, the fair will present over 50 artists from more than 25 countries to collectors, investors and art lovers on a global stage in central London.

The fair promises to kick off London’s autumn art season with exhibitors’ presentations and curated projects, featuring some of the most talented emerging contemporary artists from the United Kingdom and internationally.

Lane7 announces date for Birmingham site launch

Lane7 announces date for Birmingham site launch

Lane7, the popular boutique bowling firm, has announced it is set to open its new Birmingham site on August 3rd. The venue will be located in The Cube and will feature a host of cool features for the city’s socialites. 
The firm has promised the site will be unlike any other in the UK and will bring a unique vibe to Birmingham’s city centre nightlife. 
Bowling remains the trademark feature for the venue, with nine state-of-the-art lanes, split into three different sections on a single level. Lane7 first opened four years ago in Newcastle and has since expanded with sites in Aberdeen and Middlesbrough.

Family Activities Under £20 In Manchester This Summer

Family Activities Under £20 In Manchester This Summer

Fun and adrenaline-filled days out for all the family at Chill Factore

Finding a day out which can satisfy all family members can be tricky at times. This summer the Manchester visitor attraction, Chill Factore, has launched a series of activities for under £20 per person to keep the family entertained.

From snowboarding and skiing for all abilities, to extreme snow fun activities and interactive adventure on real snow, you can keep the family entertained with a day out which does not break the bank.

The faster you slide, the higher you go at Altitude! 

£12.50 pp for 1 hour 30-minute session (including 45-minutes activity on the snow, and 45-minutes to get kitted up as well as listening in on the team brief and debrief)

Stroud Brewery hosts Beer Festival at first ever Go Organic Festival

Stroud Brewery hosts Beer Festival at first ever Go Organic Festival

“A festival without great beer is a really bad idea…”

Stroud Brewery is proud to have teamed up with fellow organic fans and festival organisers to host the GO! Organic Beer Festival taking place in Battersea Park, London on the 8th and 9th of September 2018, as part of the first ever GO! Organic Festival.

Featuring over 40 of the best organic beers from UK organic breweries, the beer festival will have something for everyone from refreshing IPAs to malty rich stouts, showcasing the number of quality, multi-award winning, organic beers in cask, keg, bottles and cans available.  

Dive Into The Deep With Lego Ocean Explorers

Dive Into The Deep With Lego Ocean Explorers

BECOME A SEA LIFE JUNIOR DIVER THIS SUMMER AND ENTER TO WIN A FAMILY TRIP TO LEGOLAND FLORIDA

WHAT: LEGO Ocean Explorers

WHERE: Various SEA LIFE locations across the country

WHEN: 21st July - 5th September, dates vary depending on centre

PRICE: From: £9.95


Dive into the deep with SEA LIFE in the new nationwide LEGO adventure, Ocean Explorers. Where you can discover new depths of the ocean whilst helping the LEGO deep sea diver track down his missing equipment. 

The Great Northern Launches Giant Summer Sandpit

The Great Northern Launches Giant Summer Sandpit

School’s out for another summer, and as the good weather continues the Great Northern has launched a huge family-friendly sandpit to keep the kids entertained over the holidays.

Housed in the basin of the iconic amphitheater, the fun and free community sandpit is open for six weeks with 50 tonnes of beach-washed sand and logs to enjoy.

As the epicenter of the city’s world-famous industrial heritage, the Great Northern’s sandpit will revive the city’s historic tradition of creating free and safe play areas for children to play outdoors.

Whether shaped into castles, dug, sifted, or buried, sand offers endless opportunities for fun and learning.

Forget Fornite its all about Plantlife!

Plantlife

By Justina Simpson
When children burst through the door with more excitement more energy and more mess than usual, it can only mean one thing! School is finally out and the long summer holidays have begun! The quiet serenity that was once your home during the school week, is now more like a rowdy soft play centre or teenage hangout. We all want our kids to enjoy these long awaited holidays but what about us parents? It can leave many feeling, well quite frankly stressed out of their minds and exhausted at just the thought of how they will entertain their little cherubs for SIX LONG WEEKS! Yes SIX!!

When the house has already taken a battering, and a sense of cabin fever begins to set it, (even though it’s only day1), then it’s simple.

Penshurst Place Summer Maize Maze

Penshurst Place

Penshurst Place Summer Maize Maze - www.penshurstplace.com/whats-on/events-and-activities/2018-07 

14th Jul – 2nd Sep, 11.00am – 6.00pm (last entry at 5pm)

Summer at Penshurst Place just wouldn’t be the same without the ever-popular Maize Maze. The theme this year is time travel and it includes an optional new third shorter route to travel. The maze has been expertly designed to resemble a clock face, and you’ll discover new codes to collect as you navigate route! 

Lightwater Valley Now Open Daily for Summer!

Lightwater Express train ride

Lightwater Valley in Ripon, North Yorkshire, is now open daily until the 3rd September so visitors can enjoy over 35 rides and attractions all week long! With rides suitable for thrill seekers of all ages, there are adventures for all the family.

Ride The Ultimate rollercoaster, Lightwater Valley’s signature ride that provides a thrilling 1.5 mile cocktail of speed, cornering and airtime.  

Laughing Is Good For Your Health So Show Yourself Some TLC At The Crystal Maze Live

Laughing Is Good For Your Health So Show Yourself Some TLC At The Crystal Maze Live

The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience has vowed to help you laugh your way to good health and have the best summer yet - that doesn’t mean counting the calories or entering a gym! 

Scientists have found that laughter can give the body a ‘mini aerobic workout’* and psychologists have long-championed the benefits of laughing to improve your mental well-being. Seize the summer and give yourself a mind and body makeover by taking on race against the clock challenges that will have you laughing your way to a happier, healthier you. 

Instead of being focused on getting ‘beach body ready’ this summer, cancel that spin class and hunt down crystals at the immersive experience instead. 

Creative fun all summer long Ironbridge Gorge Museums

Little boy enjoying his time at Ironbridge Gorge Museums

Fire your imagination with a summer of creative fun at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums and make your choice from the huge array of family friendly activities running over the school holidays from 21st July to 2nd September. Take part in themed workshops, follow family trails and see inspiring free exhibitions, all in Shropshire’s fascinating World Heritage Site.  

Head to Blists Hill Victorian Town where you can get hands-on and have a go at various activities on different days of the week. Some days you can make mini-bricks, on others build a tiny steam engine or dip candles. Talk to the Townsfolk and find out how the Victorians lived and worked in their shops and homes.

THERE’S SNOW MUCH FUN TO BE HAD AT BEYOND THIS SUMMER

This month sees the much-anticipated return of the Subvert Summer Sessions, offering snowboard fanatics the opportunity to trial brand new kit and equipment at Beyond, the home of Chill Factore.

The sessions which have proved very popular in the past, will be running on the Chill Factore ski slope throughout the Summer months. The events, run by Subvert, a snowboarding retailer at Beyond, offer a unique opportunity for snowboarders to test new season kit and products for free, if they present their Chill Factore lift pass.  

Arundel Castle braces for medieval mayhem!

Arundel Castle’s Four Nations Medieval Tournament

Arundel Castle’s Four Nations Medieval Tournament takes place 23-24 June
 
The clashing of swords will ring out in the grounds of Arundel Castle, West Sussex, on the weekend of 23 – 24 June as the Four Nations Medieval Tournament sees four great kingdoms meet in fearsome foot combat.
 
Beneath the ancient Castle, this 15th century style contest between England, France, Poland and Denmark promises awe-inspiring feats of skill and immersive activities for all ages.
 

Introducing the Champions of Champions

International Jousting and Medieval Tournament: Champion of Champions edition

Arundel Castle’s International Jousting and Medieval Tournament takes place on 24-29 July

Some of the world’s finest jousters will die for glory on 24-29 July at Arundel Castle’s International Jousting and Medieval Tournament: Champion of Champions edition.

The unique six-day spectacular promises more tilt-rail drama than ever before as the tournament celebrates its tenth outing.

The competitors will be made up of the highest scoring individual jousters from years gone by - meaning there will be no team competition this year - but with solo glory on the line, visitors can expect the fiercest competition to date!

Get back to the future at Ironbridge: birthplace of the Industrial Revolution

Ironbridge

by Victoria Galligan

A visit to Ironbridge is refreshing for the soul: Great British heritage, super scenery and miles (literally) of attractions – what more could you want from a family day out?

We headed off in the car to Ironbridge on a sunny Saturday, hoping that our two and six-year-old daughters would have plenty to do in the town and its surrounding historical sites.

Bradford garden centre to hold summer BBQ food and drink event

Bradford garden centre to hold summer BBQ food and drink event

Freshly cooked meat products and Yorkshire produce including craft beer will take centre stage as a Bradford garden centre prepares to host a BBQ tasting event.

In celebration of the seasonal sunshine, Tong Garden Centre will hold a BBQ tasting event between 11am and 3pm on 30th June at its Tong Lane site.

The event will see the in house butchery team collaborating with the Food Hall Manager, Andrew Tyers and the outdoor leisure team to cook a range of Yorkshire meat and poultry on the revolutionary new Everdure Furnace BBQ, designed by leading chef Heston Blumenthal.

The final countdown has begun for The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

Tall Ships Races

From 10-14 July, the city of Sunderland will host the UK’s largest, free family event: a five-day festival of beautiful ships, circus, theatre and music The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018!

And with just one month to go, organisers have revealed the scale of the event in numbers – and the economic impact it is expected to have on the city.

Fifty-five ships from 16 countries are now making final preparations before setting sail for Sunderland –  with one ship, the Tarangini, facing a 3,600-nautical mile journey.

One of the largest ships taking part is Christian Radich from Norway, at 73m long and 33.6.m high, which featured in the BBC TV drama The Onedin Line in the 1970s, while the smallest is the Wyvern at just 13m.