Meet the Champion and New to Farm Retailing (26th and 27th September)


Want to learn from the best?

Join FARMA at our annual 'Meet the Champion' event, this year at Hallow Trees Shop - winner of the 2016 FARMA Large Farm Shop and Retail Champion awards. When - 26th September Where - Hollow Trees Farm Shop Planning to start a farm shop? Just opened a farm shop? Want to focus on the basics of farm retail ? Book your place now

Annual 'Meet the Champion' event, this time at Hollow Trees Farm Shop - the 2016 FARMA Retail Champion

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs Credit Graham Lewis

Pleasance Courtyard (One), 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ, Wednesday 3rd – Monday 29th August 2016 (not 16th), 10:30 

Flinn is back! Les Petits Theatre Company (Adventures in Wonderland) return to the high seas after their hugely successful and award-winning Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs rollicked the rigging and spliced the mainbrace! The Magic Cutlass is the hugely anticipated sequel based on the award-winning book by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto.

Summer doesn’t have to end in August!

Calke Abbey Activity

The holidays might be coming to an end, but there’s still plenty going on in The National Forest.

See a true English village garden

Indulge in a bout of nosiness – all totally legitimate – by having a thoroughly English afternoon and wandering around the beautifully kept gardens of Repton Village. On August 28 have a mooch in some stunningly cultivated greenery, and even pick up some tea and homemade cake at 10 Chestnut Way.

School’s out for Summer – but there’s no Summer Lovin’ in UK Cars

As thousands of UK families prepare to hit the road for summer holidays, survey reveals what really happens in UK cars 

- THREE QUARTERS of British adults say that car journeys are THE most common time to argue with loved ones out of the home

- Men checking out other women while driving is a key reason

- Kids misbehaving also causes friction amongst families

Let them eat cake!


As the temperatures rise, afternoon tea is really tempting, sitting outside in the sun, with scones and cream...  or so I thought... But I can confirm now you can have too much of a good thing – even cake!

After a visit to Turbary Woods Owl and Birds of Prey centre, in Preston, to enjoy watching the rescue and rehabilitation centre’s birds in flight, we wandered into Duxburys Garden Centre.

The owl sanctuary is just behind the garden centre and in fact you walk through it to reach the bird sanctuary.

A Sport For Everyone

Orienteering is the ultimate outdoor adventure sport, challenging the minds and bodies of explorers in all kinds of terrain around the UK.

The aim of orienteering is to navigate your way around a course marked out on a detailed orienteering map, working through a set of control points along the way. Orienteering can be played as either a competitive sport or a recreational activity, and can take place anywhere from remote forests and moorlands to inner cities, local parks and school playgrounds.


Hospitality specialists James' Places has welcomed official expansion of the Yorkshire Dales National Park by almost a quarter on Yorkshire Day (August 1) 2016.

The move will bring its Kirkby Lonsdale property - the Royal Hotel - within strolling distance of the new national park boundary.

Said marketing manager Heidi Kettle: "The Yorkshire Dales is a very special area and we are delighted that the national park is now going to include the stunning Barbon, Middleton, Casterton and Leck Fells, which are all on the doorstep of Kirkby Lonsdale.

Top tips on the best places to visit and what to see over the spring months

Carpet of Wild Daffodils at Sizergh National Trust Images C Val Corbett



Saturday was officially the first day of spring and the warm weather has brought a surge of flowers to National Trust gardens in the Lake District. Here’s some top tips on the best places to visit and what to see over the spring months. 

Known as being one of the first signs of spring, snowdrops or ‘milk flowers’ have been out in force for a few weeks. The dainty blooms are so pretty, there’s a walk dedicated to them at Sizergh near Kendal where you can see them in all their glory. 

Furry guests are as welcome as human ones

Sunset at the front of the Kings Head Inn, Llangennith on the Gower Peninsula

Lara Joslin grew up in her family’s pub, The Kings Head Inn, located in Llangennith on the Gower Peninsula. Now a Director of the business, she explains why furry guests are as welcome as human ones

Our dog, Lucy Loo, is one of the most important members of our family. She spends her days working hard greeting guests and their furry friends. We would hate to go on holiday without her, so we don’t think our guests should have to either.