Spring & Easter Events

Spring & Easter Events

Spring is in the air! And for those who love Easter, Winchester has enough chocolate, eggs, parties and activities to keep the whole family entertained. Sneak a peek at the best events you need to know about.

Biscuit Decorating at Winchester Cathedral
26 – 28 March, 2 – 3 April
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Have some good old-fashioned family fun this Easter as the Winchester Cathedral celebrates with a drop-in biscuit decorating workshop. While kids create their edible masterpieces, mums and dads can take the rare opportunity to sit down with a cuppa!

There's no need to book. A £1 charge will be made on the day for each biscuit decorated. 

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018

Norfolk & Norwich Festival has today announced the full programme for its 2018 Festival (11 - 27 May). The programme, which spans performance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature, circus, outdoor and family events, includes world and UK premieres, one-off spectaculars, and a host of free events across the Festival. The Festival will showcase renowned international artists from across the globe and countries as widespread as Syria, Australia and India, alongside the best local Norfolk and UK talent presented across the county, from Norwich city centre and Great Yarmouth to Wells-next-the-Sea.

Restaurant’s new menu wages war on waste

Restaurant’s new menu wages war on waste

A PORTISHEAD restaurant has this month (February, 2018) launched a new menu designed to help combat food waste. Venga tapas bar and restaurant on the High Street is reducing the ingredients thrown away from its kitchen on a daily basis by introducing a strictly no waste policy.

Manager, Scott Pearce explained: “One of the hottest topics around at the moment is food waste and it’s fast becoming an important issue for our customers wishing to be more environmentally savvy, and to do something to help.

Exmoor – explore a royal forest & an extinct volcano

Exmoor – explore a royal forest & an extinct volcano or go on a guided walk

WALKERS who take a trip to Somerset this summer (2018) can participate in a 725-year-old perambulation, stroll over an extinct volcano or enjoy a guided walk with experts. An award-winning hotel in the heart of Exmoor is inviting ramblers of all abilities to explore the area on foot before relaxing in one of its luxury rooms.

Chef patron, John Bradley, who runs Dunkery Beacon Country House Hotel with his wife and fellow expert hotelier, Jane, explained: “Our part of the world is a bit of an undiscovered paradise for walks of all abilities. Those who are hardy, experienced ramblers could book in this June for the Exmoor Perambulation, which is a circular, long distance walk, dating back more than 725 years.

Gulliver's Easter Egg-stravaganza!

Gulliver's Easter Egg-stravaganza!

Families can look forward to a fun-filled bank-holiday weekend as Gulliver's Kingdom prepare for their Easter spectacle… with a guest appearance from someone egg-stra special.

Over the four day Easter bank holiday weekend (30 March – 2 April), Gulliver's Kingdom, Matlock Bath, will be holding some very special events for the entire family to mark this particularly fun time of year. Gulliver's Kingdom aim to fulfil all your entertainment needs this Easter under a single roof as they look forward to welcoming a very special guest - the Easter Bunny.

April's RHS Flower Show Cardiff is a must-sea!

RHS Flower Show Cardiff. Credit: RHS and Huw John

The RHS Flower Show Cardiff in April will feature eco-friendly Regeneration Gardens, which champion reusable materials, and is set to inspire with its Wales’ Year of the Sea theme.

The annually anticipated floral spectacular – partnered by wealth manager Brewin Dolphin – will highlight the sensational Welsh coastline with a host of themed gardens and related features and activities to spark the imagination as 60 nurseries from all over the UK come together in Floral Marquee and Plant Village.

As the UK’s leading gardening charity, the RHS has revealed an exciting line-up, bringing vibrant Show Gardens, floral displays, interactive activities and the brand new Regeneration Gardens to the grounds of the stunning Bute Park from 13 to 15 April. 

Keep Britain Tidy


Create a change this spring with Keep Britain Tidy

Keep Britain Tidy is back with the UK’s biggest ever litter campaign, the Great British Spring Clean

Inspired by BBC’s Blue Planet II, the ambition is to recruit 400,000 Brits to get involved

Keep Britain Tidy has announced its first ever #LitterHero Ambassador search as they look for 99 local champions across the country
Keep Britain Tidy is urging Brits to sign up and join the UK’s biggest-ever litter clean up. This year the ambition is to recruit more litter pickers than ever before with 400,000 volunteers needed to help clear the streets, parks and coastlines of Britain, from 2nd – 4th March 2018.

Surf Snowdonia’s Waves, Mud and Mountains challenge is back

Surf Snowdonia’s Waves, Mud and Mountains challenge is back

Surf Snowdonia’s Waves, Mud and Mountains obstacle run is back for its second year and organisers say that this year’s course will be even longer, harder and muddier than before.

The 10km, race-against-the-elements event will take place on Saturday 24 March 2018, the first day of Surf Snowdonia’s 2018 surf season. The event is set to draw a large crowd in what is now one of the UK’s fastest growing sports: obstacle course racing. Over 250,000 people took part in similar events across the UK in 2017.

Close to 500 competitors turned out to take in the inaugural Waves, Mud and Mountains event a year ago, and Surf Snowdonia says that it has increased the capacity and the level of challenge for this year’s course after listening to feedback from last year’s competitors.

Peak District park reaches the summit in David Bellamy's green awards

callow top green awards pool

Staff at a Peak District holiday park with its own acclaimed micro-brewery have been toasting their success in a major green awards scheme.

The family-owned Callow Top Holiday Park has won a top gold accolade in the David Bellamy Conservation Awards, and was praised by the world-famous botanist for its raft of green initiatives. One of rural Derbyshire's largest and most highly-rated touring parks, Callow Top was described by Professor Bellamy in his citation as "a wildlife wonderland".

'Novel" B&Bs Offer Guests A Great 'Booking' In Every Sense

  • Online booking specialist eviivo names Britain’s best book themed B&Bs. 
  • Harry Potter, Famous Five, comic book hero Batman and more celebrated by unique establishments across the country.
  • B&Bs offer a live-in fantasy experience for a fraction of the price of theme parks.

British holidaymakers are used to travelling to New York to soak up the iconic landmarks of King Kong or to Disneyland to meet Mickey Mouse and friends.  Now, thanks to the ingenuity of British B&B owners, guests can immerse themselves in amazing fantasy worlds for a fraction of the price of an international trip.

Holiday parks "vital" to Scottish tourism, says minister

Scottish tourism

Scottish tourism minister Fiona Hyslop MSP told holiday park owners meeting in Edinburgh recently that their businesses are a vital component of the country's tourism industry.

The minister made her remarks at November's annual conference of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association Scotland which was held at the city's Our Dynamic Earth.

Fiona Hyslop, who is cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs, was welcomed as chief guest speaker at the conference by Scottish association chairman Colin Fraser.

The event was attended by delegates from many of Scotland's 200-plus park businesses which offer holiday options from camping and glamping to luxury lodges to rent and own.

Surf Snowdonia’s Winter Olympics hopefuls swap summer waves for a season of snow

Surf Snowdonia’s Winter Olympics

Two surf instructors from Surf Snowdonia have swapped inland waves for snow – and Snowdonia for the Alps – so that they can train for possible selection in the Winter Olympics.

Maisie Potter, a snowboarder, hopes to compete in the next Winter Olympic Games which will take place in the city of Pyeongchang, South Korea, 9-25 February 2018. Zac Pierce is an Alpine racing skier, and hopes to make selection for Beijing 2022.

The pair, who met when they started working at Surf Snowdonia two years ago, both grew up in North Wales, although Maisie spent six years of her childhood living in Chamonix. They say that the world-first inland surf facility has given them the opportunity to earn money as well as maintain their fitness levels during their summer ‘off season’.

Knoll House Hotel - Dorset’s Hidden Gem

Knoll House Hotel - Dorset’s Hidden Gem

Renowned children’s author Enid Blyton’s favourite hotel provided inspiration for the Famous Five novels and has welcomed notable guests including Sir Winston Churchill, Roald Dahl, and Sir Richard Branson.

Acquired by progressive resort management company Kingfisher Resorts, one of the UK’s favourite family-friendly hotels has opened its doors to non-resident hotel guests for the first time in 70 years.

Google to share exclusive digital insights at The British Tourism & Travel Show 2018

The British Tourism & Travel Show 2018

Google’s industry head of travel, Ruairidh Roberts, has been confirmed to host a keynote session at the British Tourism & Travel Show, taking place at the NEC Birmingham on 21-22 March 2018.


As the travel industry moves towards an increasingly connected future[1], Google’s digital expertise is much sought after by businesses around the world.  Roberts, the company’s industry head of travel, will take to the stage with an exclusive session discussing ‘Priorities for digital marketeers in tourism today’ –  on the show’s opening day (21 March) at 1pm.   


Canals & Waterways

Canals & Waterways

To journey along our vast network of canals & waterways is to see the UK from a different perspective. Some 2,000 miles of rivers and canals connect cities, towns and countryside, combining history and wildlife against a backdrop of spectacular scenery.
Easily accessible to all, our waterways provide the perfect day out for walkers, cyclists, anglers and of course, those on the water itself. There are more than 35,000 vessels on our canals and rivers at present, including pleasure cruisers, traders and houseboats.

Bag a bargain at the Market

Bag a bargain at the Market

A visit to the market is an unrivalled shopping experience. Whether it’s fresh, local produce or the latest fashions you’re after, there’s nothing quite like the hustle and bustle of market day.
Many markets are famed for their traditional Victorian buildings and atmosphere, such as Accrington, which offers a variety of stalls, shops and cafes.
Others, such as Bury Market ferry customers in by the coachload, a testament to their huge popularity.
In Bury’s case this could also have something to do with its reputation as seller of the best black pudding in the country…

Fed up of camping? It’s time to get glamping!

Fed up of camping? It’s time to get glamping!

A glamper will never look back once their head has been turned by a spot of glamorous camping! It’s the perfect solution for those of us who delight in the outdoors but can’t face sleeping on a cold hard mat - not to mention that dreaded trudge to the shower block in the morning…
You can pack up your rucksack and get close to nature once more now that endless options for ‘glamorous camping’ have come to the fore.
From eco pods and yurts to tipis and shepherds huts, there are so many ways to make your glamping experience a special one.


Norfolk - A place to relax...


Norfolk is so hard to beat when it comes to getting away from it all. A sprawling county with beautiful scenery, spectacular coastline and of course, some very famous waterways...
The Norfolk Broads, a network of rivers and man made lakes, covers a huge area including some 125 miles of navigable channels.
Boaters can cruise around this expanse of tranquility at their leisure taking in free flowing rivers and more than 40 broads if they so wish.
Meander through picturesque villages and bustling towns on your relaxing journey before mooring up at one of the many waterside pubs and restaurants along the way.
For those more inclined to stay on land, there are lots of lovely walking and cycling routes too.