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Scone Palace in Top 20 most pet-friendly places in the world

Scone Palace

Scone Palace, one of Scotland's favourite visitor attractions, has been named one of the most pet-friendly places to visit in the world, and voted animal lovers' favourite in Scotland.

The historic Perthshire attraction, ancient crowning place of the Kings of Scotland and a popular events venue, came in the Top 20 favourite places for pets ina poll of more than 10,000 people in 130 countries.

Scone Palace was named in the top seven of the U.K.'s most pet-friendly places and outranked several other famous Scottish locations, making it the animal lovers' favourite in Scotland.

DELPHINA HOTELS NAMED GREEN HERO AT THE UK’S LEADING GREEN AWARDS

Delphina wins ‘P.E.A. Travel’ award

Delphina Hotels & Resorts; a collection of eight 4 and 5 star luxury destinations in northern Sardinia, has won the ‘P.E.A. Travel’ award at the 2018 P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement.) Awards – the UK’s leading green awards, which honours people and companies across the globe who are pioneering sustainable and environmentally conscious initiatives. 

Bristol Old Vic set to become international heritage attraction 

Bristol Old Vic will be redeveloped

The UK’s oldest continuously-working theatre is opening up a new chapter in its illustrious history when it throws open its brand new doors this autumn, following a multi-million-pound transformation. The world-famous Bristol Old Vic, founded over 250 years ago in 1766 and the place where Daniel Day Lewis, Kwame Kwei-Armah and Jeremy Irons once honed their craft, has a unique place in British theatre history.

From this November, as well as offering inspiring and though-provoking theatre productions, it will become a unique heritage attraction and a major social hub for the city.

Sea Life launches summer sale

SEA LIFE

SEA LIFE has launched a summer sale on its annual passes, giving fans of the underwater world unlimited access to 13 centres and sanctuaries from £40.*

And that’s not all, if you buy an annual pass before 31 August, you’ll get a free entry voucher to one of Merlin’s UK theme parks; Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Legoland Windsor Resort or Chessington World of Adventures

With 1/3 off both individual and family passes, there has never been a better time to get your hands on a SEA LIFE annual pass. SEA LIFE

Flavours of Yorkshire Celebrate Yorkshire Day at Dakota Deluxe Leeds

Flavours of Yorkshire Celebrate Yorkshire Day at Dakota Deluxe Leeds

Flavours of Yorkshire will be added to Dakota Deluxe Leeds’ ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ event to celebrate God’s own country in style. 

Harrogate-based artisan gin brand, Slingsby, will be joining Dakota on Wednesday 1st August, 1:00pm – 3:00pm to share insights with ladies about the production of its products whilst providing tasters of its famous Rhubarb Gin, sourced directly from the rhubarb triangle and local botanicals.

The ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ event is designed for ladies in business or leisure who are looking to enjoy a fantastic dining experience with a bit of networking. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of fizz upon arrival, followed by a traditional afternoon tea, featuring a range of Yorkshire petit fours, including its Rhubarb and Custard Dome. 

Southeastern launch summer tickets for just £15, £20 and £25

Southeastern launch summer tickets for just £15, £20 and £25

Southeastern has launched a Summer Offer delivering reduced-price tickets for Londoners looking to escape the city to Kent and East Sussex for as little as £15.

Running throughout the summer months, Off-Peak Day Return tickets to 13 of the most popular destinations across the South East will be slashed by around 30%[1]. And what is more, the offer can be used alongside Southeastern’s ‘Kids for £1’ – meaning a family day out is more affordable than ever before[2].

Come rain or shine, whether traveling to visit friends in the country or taking a family trip to the coast this summer, it’s never been easier or more affordable to enjoy all of the adventures that Kent and East Sussex have to offer. For example:

A Third Of Millennials Refuse To 'Slum It' At Music Festivals This Summer

A Third Of Millennials Refuse To 'Slum It' At Music Festivals This Summer

New research reveals that Millennials are reluctant to ‘slum it’ at festivals and are being put off by a lack of everyday essentials such as warm showers, clean toilets and a comfortable bed.

A poll of festival-goers aged 18 to 35 by ibis hotels found that over a third (38%) of Generation Y have avoided going to a festival because they’d miss their home comforts. More than half (59%) admitted to being less tolerant of festival conditions as they get older.

Malvern Autumn Show Returns For Hearty Harvest Celebration

Malvern Autumn Show Returns For Hearty Harvest Celebration

Malvern Autumn Show, in association with Westons Cider Mill, is back for a bountiful weekend bursting with harvest fun, horticultural know-how and family entertainment on September 29-30.

More than 65,000 visitors are expected to visit the family-friendly festival at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, which celebrates the very best of the great British countryside and the autumn harvest.

Diana Walton, Head of Shows at the Three Counties Showground, said: “The Malvern Autumn Show returns for 2018 to champion the highlights of the season, from growing and harvesting, to cooking and spending time with family. We want to celebrate all of the wonders and quirks that our great British countryside offers.

Bloomsbury announces theme for Harry Potter Book Night 2019

Harry Potter Book Night

Bloomsbury Children’s Books are pleased to announce Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as the theme for Harry Potter Book Night 2019.

So, make a date in your diary as Harry Potter Book Night returns for a fifth year on Thursday 7th February 2019.

Not everyone is lucky enough to attend a school where the staircases constantly move, portraits talk to each other and students get to study magical lessons such as Potions, Charms, Transfiguration and Herbology.

RAF Burtonwood invite you to Rock'N'Jive Night to commemorate 100 years of Royal Air Force

RAF Burtonwood invite you to Rock'N'Jive Night to commemorate 100 years of Royal Air Force

The RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre, in partnership with Gulliver's World, are hosting a dance on Saturday 15th September 2018. The Warrington-based heritage centre has organised a Rock'N'Jive Night, giving guests the opportunity to go retro and immerse themselves in the 40's and 50's.

Starts at 7:30pm - late

Held at Gulliver's World Old Hall, Warrington, WA5 9YZ

RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre will also be holding a Nostalgia Weekend on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September from 10am - 5pm, to commemorate the personal who were stationed at Burtonwood from 1940-1993.

You have to sea it to be shore! The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort unveils a giant, LEGO® themed sand sculpture to wow guests

The LEGOLAND Windsor Resort

The LEGOLAND Windsor Resort has unveiled its first ever giant sand sculpture today, depicting a family of huge LEGO® Minifigures enjoying the summer sun on the beach.

Built to celebrate the all-new ‘Summer of Fun’ event taking place at the Resort until 2 September, guests will find the six-foot tall, 20 tonne spectacle on the lawn opposite the Fire Academy ride.

Augustus John: Drawn from Life exhibition unveiled at Poole Museum

Augustus John: Drawn from Life exhibition unveiled at Poole Museum

A major new exhibition of works by one of the most important British artists of the 20th Century has been unveiled by Poole Museum, Dorset.

Augustus John (1878-1961) was a Welsh-born painter, draughtsman, and etcher, famous for his bohemianism and contribution to British post-impressionism, who lived and worked in Poole.

The new exhibition, titled ‘Augustus John: Drawn from Life’, features around 60 art works from museums and galleries such as the National Portrait Gallery and Tate, as well as from private collections around the UK. 

The stunning selection of pieces highlights Augustus John’s close association with south-west England, its landscape and those closely connected with the region, such as T.E.Lawrence and Thomas Hardy.

Can you Break the Code and beat the World’s first escape maize maze?

Can you Break the Code and beat the World’s first escape maize maze?

Top secret plans for the World’s first escape maize maze have been unveiled at the National Forest Adventure Farm, in Tatenhill.

The Agent Academy: Escape Maze design has been kept under lock and key until now. The intricate paths of the maze have been used to create a James Bond style secret agent. Other spy inspired design features include Morse code and a safe lock.

Visitors can take on the challenge of the escape maize maze by solving 10 interactive puzzles hidden within three miles of pathways to find the code and unlock the exit door.

Ivor Robinson, one of the two brothers who own the farm and the inspiration behind the design, travelled to America to explore the idea of merging an outdoor style escape room puzzle with the traditional maize maze.

Crowds Flocked To Manchester Eats Festival For One Of UK's Hottest Weekends

Crowds Flocked To Manchester Eats Festival For One Of UK's Hottest Weekends

Thousands of visitors flocked to Heaton Park in the glorious sunshine this weekend (7 – 8 July) to enjoy Manchester Eats Festival.

As part of a successful first year of the event, the new food forward festival saw celebrity chef demonstrations from the likes of Marco Pierre-White, Matt Tebbutt, Ed Baines, Adam Reid and Manchester’s very own Mary-Ellen McTague.

During the weekend, visitors had an opportunity to check out some of Manchester’s top local and independent businesses at the festival’s artisan markets. There were also free cookery workshops and masterclasses from The Vegetarian Society Cookery School and chocolatiers In Truffle We Trust.

Brand New Acts Announced For Carfest 2018 Lineup

Brand New Acts Announced For Carfest 2018 Lineup

The latest headline acts to be announced are Paloma Faith, Razorlight, Clean Bandit, The X Factor 2018 Winners Rak Su, Burt Bacharach, The Coral and Richard Ashcroft. They will appear alongside 80s icons Bananarama, Billy Ocean, The Feeling, Status Quo, Alfie Boe & Michael Ball, The Proclaimers and Madness. What’s more, this year will feature an EXCLUSIVE performance from CarFest’s Supergroup, curated by Kaiser Chief’s Ricky Wilson, including Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, with more members still to be announced.

Warm welcome for the summer shuttle bus service in Harlech

Warm welcome for the summer shuttle bus service in Harlech

The Hoppa Harlech summer shuttle bus service which will run every 30 minutes to take people from the beach, holiday parks and train station up into Harlech town centre has been welcomed as “great news for the town”.

The pilot service, which will run from July 21 to September 2, may be accompanied by a voucher scheme offering bus passengers discounts in local shops. Harlech Castle is offering to refund the cost of the bus journey if passengers visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Hoppa Harlech service will be closely monitored by Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig to gauge how many people use the shuttle bus.

Splash-tastic summer forecast as brand new Aqua Park launches at Alton Water

Aqua Park Suffolk

Summer fun in Suffolk just got bigger and wetter, with the launch of a brand-new inflatable Aqua Park at Alton Water near Ipswich.

Launching on Saturday 7 July 2018, Aqua Park Suffolk measures more than 8000 square meters and features a staggering 72 obstacles, set to make it the largest Aqua Park to splash down in the UK this summer.

Open for just nine weeks over the summer, this awesome adventure course provides an action-packed experience for all, from active kids and their families to super fitness fans. Plus, with a wide range of climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars, rockers, rollers and the UK’s biggest jumps and slides, there’s sure to be plenty of potential for epic fails and total wipeouts.

Meet a V.I.P SEA-lebrity at the National Marine Aquarium

Watch out for the paparaz-sea! Meet a V.I.P SEA-lebrity at the National Marine Aquarium

**Extended opening hours confirmed during summer period**

To celebrate the school summer holidays, the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth is hosting an unmissable programme of events and celebrating in style with a SEA-lebrities summer theme.

Taking place from 28th July - 2nd September, the National Marine Aquarium will be celebrating some amazing sea animals, showcasing what makes them special and how they are vital to the underwater eco-system. 

Book Now For Tall Ships Races Parking & Save Up To 50%

Book Now For Tall Ships Races Parking & Save Up To 50%

Visitors to The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 can slash the cost of parking by pre-booking their space. 

The Races – set to be the UK’s largest free family event in 2018– will begin on Tuesday 10 July, when a magnificent fleet of more than 50 vessels will arrive at the port of Sunderland, at the North East coast.

This will mark the start of a five-day festival of entertainment before the ships depart for Esbjerg, Denmark. The entertainment – which will include street theatre, food and refreshments, displays and live music – will be spread across four event zones.

And coaches, drivers and Blue Badge holders can make sure they enjoy everything the event has to offer – and save money - by pre-booking their parking spaces.