I’ve not clocked it, claim Brits


-              1 in 8 Britons have not visited Big Ben

-              St Paul’s, Land’s End and Cheddar Gorge among other landmarks still on the bucket list for Brits

-              Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts launches London Revealed to keep the capital in the spotlight


June 2017: A new survey by contemporary hotel brand Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts has revealed that we are a nation of home-bodies – with one in eight UK residents claiming they have never visited the iconic Big Ben clock tower.

Astoundingly, a quarter of Brits have never laid eyes on St Paul’s Cathedral, with one in ten admitting they’ve never even stepped foot in London.

The evolution of water play

This summer sees the UK’s largest outdoor aqua park, New Forest Water Sports Park, launch ‘Kids Zone’ providing exclusive on-water activities for the 6-14 year old age range. 

The Park is situate in 50 acres of stunning New Forest countryside and embraces fitness with a fun element.   Inspired by a passion for water sports, the Park installed their first ‘Wibit’ apparatus two years ago and has since extended the activities available.

The on-water modules include inflatable hurdles, stepping stones, slide, balance beam and an innovative roundabout in the centre of the fun-filled figure of eight layout.  Kids Zone accommodates up to 30 children an hour and can be booked out exclusively at weekends for parties and events. 

Langley Castle Hotel and Restaurant

Langley Castle Hotel and Restaurant

Stunning, four-star Langley Castle Hotel and Restaurant, in Langley-on-Tyne, strives to excel at everything it does within its seven-foot thick, 14th century walls, whilst focused on pride, passion and a penchant for doing things in Northumberland’s own inimitable way.


The castle, built in 1350, oozes sense of place no matter which century you wish to focus upon, being far more than just a façade and having the true depth and identity that emanates from authenticity, rather than fake features and an unconvincing historic veneer. 


Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village

There’s so much to learn and enjoy for all the family – including your dog!


Come and experience a trip back in time, to the home of the National Tramway Museum.  Vintage trams transport you along the period street into open countryside with breathtaking views of the Derwent Valley, and you can take as many rides as you wish during the day.


New for this season is the Arms to Armistice exhibition, which reflects the challenges women faced to be treated as equals on the tramways during the First World War, as well as their quick dismissal when the men returned from War.


Making Life Easier


IDS Group integrate with Anytime Booking for seamless access control

We are pleased to announce that our ANPR solution is now integrated with Anytime Booking software. Working with multi-award winning Padstow Touring Park and the Anytime Booking team, we can now offer a simple access control solution for Holiday Parks and Campsites.

Win a short break to Darwin Forest

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There is no better place than the Derbyshire Peak District to enjoy a short break or a family holiday. Located in the Heart of England it is the perfect place for meeting up with friends or celebrating a special occasion.

Darwin Forest is situated between Matlock and Bakewell and is one of the UK’s top holiday parks having won a Visit England Award for Excellence in 2016 and awarded the coveted Gold Award for excelling in hospitality and service. Darwin Forest combines luxury self-catering holiday accommodation with fantastic onsite facilities.

Highgate Farm Caravan Park and Campsite is the perfect place for that summer getaway

summer getaway

Summer is nearly here, and as we head into the final term of the school calendar, panicked parents up and down the country begin to wonder how they will fill the long summer break?

One caravan park and campsite might just have the perfect solution. 

Nestled deep into the lush Norfolk countryside, Highgate Farm Caravan Park and Campsite is the perfect place to go for a quiet, rural retreat. 

The park has been run by dream team Lesley and Mike Smith for the past 16 years, but the site itself boasts an incredible history spanning more than 300 years. 

This hidden hotspot has approximately 10,000 trees on site, making it a real haven for nesting birds and wildlife. 

Top Outdoor Activities for Stag and Hen Weekends

Stag and Hen Weekends

Your stag or hen weekend is a once in a lifetime opportunity – and you’ve got to embrace the great outdoors. Gone are the days of drinking in a pub and heading out in inflatables (save those for the night, instead…), and replaced by action-packed activities. Stag and hen specialists, ( Last Night of Freedom, are rounding up their top outdoor activities to sweep you up in an exciting whirlwind. 


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Beside the Seaside – in Derbyshire



With the school holidays and summer on the horizon, you may be wondering what to do with the children.The good news is that you don’t need to travel far this half-term holiday to find seaside fun in rural Derbyshire.

Crich Tramway Village, near Matlock, is hosting a Beside the Seaside event from Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June.

The Village will be transformed into a family themed seaside resort with a beach area, deck chairs and buckets and spades.

There will be a fun-fair featuring steam gallopers and Gavioli organ and visitors will get the chance to see Punch and Judy and play bingo.