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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 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.

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?

A Taste For Waste - Fresh Thinking Café opens

Fresh Thinking Café opens

An unusual pop-up café is opening in East London this October, where diners will be able to enjoy a tasting menu of delicious dishes, inspired by the most commonly wasted ingredients in the UK.

Every dish on the Fresh Thinking Café menu is based on suggestions from the public, and uses surplus food from local suppliers, wherever possible. The tasting menu features a variety of imaginative dishes incorporating bread, bagged salad and fresh veg – just some of the nation’s most wasted foods.

The café will be run by home appliance experts Hotpoint and opened by Jamie Oliver. It marks the finale of Hotpoint’s Fresh Thinking for Forgotten Food campaign, which encourages everyone to think differently about ‘forgotten food’ in the kitchens.

Terrifyingly great day out at Safari Park

Safari Park lions

Blair Drummond Safari Park is dialling up the fright-factor this year with a brand-new Halloween event which offers a full day of frights and fun for the whole family, HalloWild. 

A number of Alice in Wonderland-inspired Fright Rooms will be the biggest installation at the park during the event. Visitors will be immersed in a world of special effects and spooky illusions which will make pulses race.  The rooms have been created with the support of a designer in the US who has previously worked on movies such as ‘Hellraiser’. Organisers warn these Hollywood inspired fright rooms are no place for scaredy cats! 

Sea Life Launches Spooktacular In-Tank Trail For Halloween

Sealife Centre Logo

WHAT: Immersive in-tank trail at Sea Life, celebrating the creepy creatures of the deep – help the Sea Witch find the magic potion ingredients and claim your treasure

WHERE: SEA LIFE centres across the UK*

WHEN: 20 October – 4 November**

PRICE: From £9.95

Take a step into the creepy deep at SEA LIFE this Halloween and navigate the Ascarium; an immersive trail which takes you past some of the scariest sea creatures.

For a limited time only, five potion ingredients will be hidden in various tanks throughout the Ascarium, and guests will need to find them before making their way to the Sea Witch’s lair.

Scofflaw Brewing Co. Set to Storm London, Manchester, Leeds

Scofflaw Brewing Co logo

Widely known in the United States as Southern American hooligans, Scofflaw Brewing Co’s co-founders Matt Shirah and Travis Herman, are bringing their craft beer elixirs to the United Kingdom come late September/early October. Emerging from meager beginnings, Scofflaw’sknown for having built a full-on bootlegged brewing operation in an Atlanta, Georgia cellar. After acquiring the proper licensing, the brewery has become one of the fastest growing craft beer brands in the US and maybe the world, all in just two years’ time. Combine this growth with the unique partnership between Scofflaw CEO Matt Shirah and BrewDog CEO James Watt, and you have the driving force behind their desire to bring beer Scofflaw’s independent brews to Europe.  

The Light House by The London Essence Company for London Cocktail Week

The Light House by The London Essence Company for London Cocktail Week

To celebrate London Cocktail Week (1st October – 6th October), The London Essence Company announces the launch of The Light House – an immersive journey exploring the essence of light where light installation meets low-calorie cocktails crafted using London Essences’ fine mixers and created by some of the world’s most influential bartenders.

Vine Hotels Offer Something For Everyone This Half Term

Vine Hotels - Dolphin Hotel

October half term is on the horizon and Vine Hotels has announced fantastic offers across its hotels.  Whether it’s a time away in the Peak District and its splendid countryside offering, including Chatsworth House, that appeals.  Or if a trip to the hustle and bustle and family attractions of Sheffield or Manchester is on your agenda.  Perhaps time in the waterfront city of Southampton, with Peppa Pig World and the New Forest on its doorstep, sounds just what your family needs?  Vine Hotels has a half term holiday offer to suit.

South Yorkshire:

DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield Park has one of the most envious locations in Sheffield, right on the edge of the breath-taking Peak District. 

Annual Harvest Festival returns to Bowhill

Annual Harvest Festival returns to Bowhill

Taking on a farming and forestry theme for 2018, The Harvest Festival at Bowhill will take place on Sunday 30 September between 11am-4pm – celebrating the last day of its visitor season.

Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy a fun-packed schedule including woodturning with the onsite specialist and learn about horse logging through demonstrations.

There will also be a Bowhill Bake Off competition split into two age categories, over 12 years and 12 years and under. Budding bakers can bring along their Bowhill themed creations on the day alongside an entry form which can be found on the Bowhill website.

Call for memories from The National Wallace Monument 

Children outside The National Wallace Monument 

In the build-up to The National Wallace Monument’s 150th anniversary in 2019, Stirling District Tourism is asking the public to share their memories of the historic landmark.   
Past visitors and fans of the Monument are invited to share their own photographs and memories to The National Wallace Monument’s #Wallace150 Facebook group, and it is expected that some fascinating stories and anecdotes from the past will be discovered.  
Since opening its doors in 1869, The National Wallace Monument has been welcoming visitors from around the world and telling the story of Scotland’s national hero for 149 years.  

Festivals to Get You Inspired this Autumn from Vegan Events UK

Festivals to Get You Inspired this Autumn from Vegan Events UK

There’s an exciting array of inspiring vegan festivals happening across the UK this autumn, including Christmas Festivals, organised by Vegan Events UK. And with an estimated 3.5 million people, and rising, in the UK identifying themselves as vegan [1], there’s never been a better time to find out more about this growing lifestyle choice.

Enjoy Fast Food Guilt Free

Enjoy Fast Food Guilt Free

The idea of not being able to eat out when on a diet is a complete myth, says Terri Ann Nunns, co-founder of the Healthy Happy Mum Plan.

The mum of four believes being healthy and having fast food or enjoying a restaurant meal is actually easier than many might think and to prove it, she’s launched the Healthy Happy Mum Plan, Restaurant and Fast Food Calorie Guide, alongside Strictly Come Dancing’s latest celebrity super-mum, Katie Piper and it’s totally free to enjoy!

The celebrity pair have teamed up as part of their Healthy Happy Mum Plan venture to help mums and those trying to lead a healthier, happier lifestyle to enjoy fast food and eating out guilt free. Here’s their advice:

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Have you got what it takes to face your worst nightmare?

Have you got what it takes to face your worst nightmare?

A Staffordshire farm is calling on people to face their fears as it reveals its 13th new scare attraction which organisers say is made from the stuff of nightmares.

Screamfest, located at the National Forest Adventure Farm, near Burton upon Trent, will unveil a new nightmare themed scare attraction called Insomnia when it opens on Thursday 11th October.

Insomnia will be the farm’s biggest indoor scare maze yet and transport you into the worst kind of nightmare; one you can’t escape. Based around the real fear that nightmares can create, the attraction is set to run alongside Screamfest favourites Demonica, Freak Out, Love Hurts and maize maze-based Dia de los Muertos.

Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust To Set Pulses Racing at Henry Yates Thompson Dinner

Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust To Set Pulses Racing at  Henry Yates Thompson Fund Raising Dinner in October

The Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust, invites you to their annual Henry Yates Thompson fundraising dinner on the 13th October. Be transported into an enchanted garden, as the much-loved Grade II* listed Palm House is transformed into an avant-garde feast for the senses with breath-taking performances and the most exquisite menu, inspired by the exotic botanical collection.

With every moment you will be captivated as the event unfolds with illuminations, fire and aerial performances, as the Palm House relives the whimsy and showmanship of the 19th century, with fine wines and a culinary delight inspired by the historic journey of the plants and statues that make up this magical heritage attraction. 

Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall officially re-opens following the devastating fire in 2015

Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall officially re-opens following the devastating fire in 2015

Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall officially re-opens, Thursday 6 September, after the devastating fire that destroyed the venue in 2015. The opening is being marked with the Phoenix Season – a five month celebration of risk-taking and renewal - across what is now one of the leading venues in the country.

The stunning Grand Hall has been beautifully restored by award-winning architects Haworth Tompkins and is now an exquisite space for private and corporate events.

Housed in a Victorian Town Hall building, Battersea Arts Centre’s rich heritage, beautiful architecture and creative flair make it an ideal location for those looking for something a little different.

Soap stars come together for a live national cinema tour

Soap stars come together for a live national cinema tour

A GALAXY of soap stars are coming together to perform an ‘Audience With’ style live show in cinemas across the UK. 

The live shows premiere in Manchester, the first show featuring Coronation Street favourites Sherrie Hewson and Brian Capron, current Emmerdale star Chris Chittell, and EastEnders legends John Altman and Sid Owen.
Tying in with the launch of this soap extravaganza, fans will have the chance to audition and star in a soap of their own, alongside some of TV’s biggest icons!