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Forget Fornite its all about 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 - 

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. 


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


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. 

10 Reasons to Visit Bury St Edmunds and Beyond

Bury St Edmunds

Visit Bury St Edmunds and admire the magnificent St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the only cathedral in Suffolk, and stand among the ruins of the 11th century Abbey of St Edmund, once one of the most important monasteries in medieval Europe. Discover the legend of St Edmund, the original Patron Saint of England, visit the final resting place of Henry VIII’s sister Mary Tudor, Queen of France, and find about the town’s important role in the Magna Carta story. There’s 1,000 years of history to explore, in Bury St Edmunds – ‘A jewel in the crown of Suffolk’.

The food

Dads go free to Gulliver’s World this Father’s Day weekend!

Fathers Day

On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June, Gulliver's World, Warrington, will be letting all dads gain free entry to the park. This is inclusive of all dads and grandads – step-dads, adoptive dads, foster dads …

This special offer means dads can save up to £19.95 - and have a wonderful day out with the family!

Julie Dalton, Managing Director of Gulliver's Theme Parks and whose own father established Gulliver’s, said:

“We are looking forward to giving free entry to dads and grandads this Fathers Day weekend. As a mum, I understand the importance of spending time with loved ones on special days like Father’s Day, and it’s always a bonus when it can be done without breaking the bank. Dads can be treated to an action-packed day out that is absolutely free of charge!”

Speedway Grand Prix comes of age at Principality Stadium

Speedway celebrations

Fast and furious family fun, The Adrian Flux British FIM Speedway Grand Prix is set to return to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday July 21, celebrating its 18th year at the Welsh capital!

The biggest event on the Speedway calendar, the GP was first held at the former Millennium Stadium in 2001 in front of over 30,000 fans. Now the longest-standing third party event in the stadium’s calendar, crowds regularly top 40,000 with visitors drawn to the capital for the activity-packed Fanzone alone. 

Sixteen riders – 15 permanent and 1 wild card – will compete over 23 heats; four riders over four laps on 500cc bikes with no brakes!

Leontia Gallery Explores The Significance Of Painting

Leontia Gallery Explores The Significance Of Painting


The Leontia Gallery presents Figure It Out, an exhibition exploring contemporary figurative painting, from 10th of May until 31st May. 

In an era of digital culture where every artist is the master of their own publicity, the Figure It Out exhibition aims to explore the significance of painting and the numerous possibilities painting has to offer. 

For the first time in London, leading contemporary artists from across the world have come together to discuss, through their artistic practice, the past, present and the future of painting. 

The House on Crutches Museum

The House on Crutches Museum

The Museum is situated in a remarkable timber framed building, possibly dating back to the twelfth century. It houses an extensive social history collection covering many aspects of community life and agriculture in Bishop's Castle and South West Shropshire from the 18th century onwards. The Museum has four rooms covering domestic life, town businesses and politics, agriculture, and leisure and childhood. Incorporating another small room, a fascinating new display tells the story of the unique Bishop’s Castle Railway, which ran from 1865 to 1935, despite being in receivership from 1867.

True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum: Celebrating the fishing community of King's Lynn

True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum: Celebrating the fishing community of King's Lynn

True’s Yard is a heritage site and town museum celebrating the fishing community of the North End which made a significant contribution to Lynn’s economic and social life for 900 years. The local fishing industry remains important today! The Museum complex has been enlarged and developed through two Heritage Lottery Funded extensions (1998 & 2010); it has become a premier Lynn tourist attraction and education centre as well as a community venue. The Museum holds lunchtime talks, an engaging exhibition programme, family history classes and tours of the North End. There is also a gift shop and pleasant tearoom with Georgian panelling, which are run by the Museum’s team of friendly and enthusiastic volunteers.

Tudor treats at Lumley Castle…

Tudor treats

One of the North East’s best loved venues has unveiled a programme of Tudor treats for the coming weeks.

On Friday 13 and 27 April and 10, 11 and 26 May, four-star Lumley Castle Hotel, Chester-le-Street, is turning back the clock to 1595, with its famous banquets - giving diners and partygoers a fun-filled night, Elizabethan-style.

On arrival at the castle guests are led to the dungeons before being piped into the opulent Baron’s Hall and seated on benches for dinner, which is served by Ladies of the Court and eaten with a dagger instead of cutlery.

Gulliver's Land Dinosaur and Farm Park welcomes three new fluffy residents

Gulliver's Land Dinosaur and Farm Park - dino

It's been an exciting few weeks for staff at Gulliver's Land, Milton Keynes, as they have welcomed two new alpacas and a llama to the team!

The popular Dinosaur and Farm Park, situated next to the Theme Park, opens for 2018 on Saturday the 24th March. Visitors will be able to meet the three new animals who are settling in and showing off their personalities already.

Gulliver's Land Dinosaur and Farm Park - jasper and buddyGareth Jones, Dino and Farm Park Manager, is looking forward to the new residents meeting Gulliver's guests this Easter:

The Great Orme Tramway

The Great Orme Tramway

The Great Orme Tramway - Delighting visitors since 1902, you can’t miss Llandudno’s premier heritage attraction and Britain’s only cable-hauled road tram. The Tram takes you on a picturesque, breath-taking one-mile journey to the summit of the Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve, where on a clear day, views stretch as far as the Isle of Man, Blackpool and the Lake District.

Your journey begins at Victoria Station, located a short distance from Llandudno’s North Shore and pier. Board one of the beautifully restored Victorian tramcars and begin your ascent through the winding roads of the Great Orme with stunning views of Llandudno’s sweeping bay.

Brymor Ice Cream

Brymor Ice Cream

Brymor Ice Cream is based just a few miles down the road from the market town of Masham in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire. We produce award-winning quality Dairy Ice Cream using milk only from our very own herd of pedigree Guernsey cows. To make our ice cream we take the whole milk from our Guernsey cows and mix it with double cream; we then add the very finest ingredients imaginable to create a truly indulgent finished taste. The way we do things may cost a little more but it’s vital to remain true to our unique taste. We don’t add extra air into the mix ensuring that we get a thicker texture and more intense flavours. Our ingredients are wholesome and natural, from chunky pieces of Chinese stem ginger to big fat Italian Amarena Cherries - which make for very happy taste buds!