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Keep it out and help smokers quit in Bradford District

No Smoking Day

Keep it Out, a regional campaign to crack down on illegal tobacco sales is being backed by Bradford Council as part of the run up to No Smoking Day on 14 March.

Councils across West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, the North East and Hull are linking up on No Smoking Day to tackle illegal tobacco, which include cigarettes, hand rolling tobacco and other smoker’s products that have been smuggled into Britain without tax being paid, or are counterfeit and usually available through unlicensed outlets.

Belvoir castle reveals exciting plans for the engine yard

Belvoir castle

There is a great air of anticipation at Belvoir Castle, which has revealed more details of its exciting new retail space opening in May opposite the Castle entrance. The Engine Yard will be a destination for excellence in food and drink unlike any other in the region that will champion local companies and great British brands, providing a community hub where locals and tourists can shop for excellent produce and linger over delicious light bites prepared by the Yard’s café.

Biggest inflatable adventure park in the UK is launching in Newcastle

inflatable adventure

To Inflatable and beyond! A huge inflatable adventue theme park is set to open in the North East.

InflataSpace, is an inflatable adventure and the latest the latest brainchild of the Fun Shack Group, owners of premier trampoline parks Jump 360, will be the biggest permanent indoor inflatable theme park in the UK and the first in the North East.

The park will be space themed and visitors can expect to enjoy sliding down extreme rocket drop slides, bouncing on giant inflatable planets, suiting up in inflatable sumo wrestling rings, taking on the challenge on the gladiator podium with battle sticks and more.

Iconic Scottish mansion reopens to guests

For hundreds of years this beautiful Scottish mansion, Carphin House in Fife has been renowned for its hospitality and now it has opened its doors to visitors who can stay there on an exclusive-use basis.

The nine-bedroom house is beautifully decorated in light airy colours that naturally complement the original antiques, open fires and cosy atmosphere. The public rooms make the house ideal for house parties and boutique weddings with the option of in-house event planners to create the perfect event.  Guests can even rent a hot tub for the duration of their stay.

Owner, Ruth Macallan, said:

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.

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

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.

 

South East - Chocolate box beauty and cultural icons

South East - Chocolate box beauty and cultural icons

You’ll never be far from culture or coast in the sunny South East. Historic market towns, chic hotels, cosmopolitan resorts and the nation’s capital city...there isn’t much lacking in this fabulous region.
Whether it’s a peaceful romantic getaway or energetic city break you desire, you’re sure to find it here.
Many of those who flock to this region do so to see the bright lights of London.
Visitors to this spectacular city will never be short of something to do or see. From the capital’s most popular attractions, including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Big Ben, to its many fascinating museums, world famous art galleries and restaurants, it’s a city that caters for all.  

Lincolnshire - A cultural county

Lincolnshire - A cultural county

For family fun and some very interesting history lessons, Lincolnshire won’t let you down.
The coast here is home to arguably the most famous seaside resort in the UK.
It was here, in Skegness, that Billy Butlin launched his holiday park empire back in 1936. This stretch of coast is still hugely popular with families today due to miles of soft sand, beachside attractions and good old fashioned bucket and spade fun!