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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. 

 

Making Life Easier

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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.

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. 

Beside the Seaside – in Derbyshire

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.  

Blists Hill Victorian Town Holds its first Steampunk Weekend Festival

Steampunk Weekend Festival

‘The Town that Never Was’ 1st – 2nd July

Steampunks and their friends are invited to Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge over the weekend of 1st and 2nd July for its first ever Steampunk Festival. The fantastical ‘Town that Never Was’ day and evening event is part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

A neo-Victorian scientific fantasy, steampunk is all about mixing the old and new. It re-imagines today’s technology powered by 19th century steam, combined with lots of good humour, fun, games and elaborate fashions inspired by Victorian and Edwardian costumes, reinvented for the 21st century and beyond. 

Better station access among demands in new South Eastern Passenger Charter

Passenger groups across the South East are uniting behind a Charter demanding improvements to South Eastern Rail services.

Passengers are using the Charter to call for better accessibility at stations, flexible tickets for part-time commuters and more train carriages.

The Better South Eastern Charter is in response to the public consultation launched by the Government as it looks for a new train operator to run the franchise after the current contract ends in December 2018. Southeastern, who currently operate the franchise which serves south east London and parts of Kent and East Sussex, has some of the worst passenger satisfaction in the UK.

Swap veg for a veg at Franco Manca

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Neapolitan sourdough pizzeria exchanges vegetables for FREE veg pizzas to celebrate National Vegetarian Week

To celebrate National Vegetarian Week, Franco Manca is inviting guests to exchange vegetables for a complimentary veg pizza on Wednesday 17th May 2017, from 12pm – 3pm, across all its pizzerias.

 

All vegetables provided by customers will be donated to The People’s Fridge in partnership with local food banks and charities.

 

Up at The O2

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Up at The O2 is an unforgettable expedition that offers adventurous families the chance to experience urban mountaineering with an exhilarating 90-minute climb up one of London’s most iconic landmarks. Up at The O2 are also delighted to announce that children aged as young as 9 years old can now conquer The O2 (previous age was 10).

 

A wild medicine walk with a medical herbalist

medical herbalist

Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine in the world. It was just two generations ago that we were using these herbs in our homes for common complaints like colds, hayfever, coughs and headaches in the UK. 

 

Natasha Richardson is a medical herbalist who has run wild medicine walks since 2010. She wants to help people reconnect with their natural environment by educating them about the incredible value of the plants which surround us.

 

Her medicine walks last a couple of hours and happen along the forgotten in-between places across London; the canals, railway edges and the occasional farm. It’s easy to feel like there is nothing natural about London, but the plants are everywhere once you know what to look for. 

Rip Curl & Surf Snowdonia to host unique kids surf camp in half term holiday

Rip Curl & Surf Snowdonia to host unique kids surf camp in half term holiday

Fast-track course invites beginners to train with the pros

 

·         Fast-track learning for all abilities
·         Unique opportunity for kids to learn and hang out with their heroes
·         Top UK coaches and a friendly, inclusive environment
·         Two-day programme includes film night, BBQ and yoga
·         Course price includes wetsuit and board hire
·         First-class accommodation and facilities in beautiful rural North Wales

Sir Rannulph Fiennes and Ed Stafford join Campfire 2017 line-up at Home Farm Glamping

Campfire

Explorers Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Ed Stafford have joined up again to host the Transglobe Expedition Trust’s ‘Campfire’ event for the third time on June 30th at Home Farm Glamping near Elstree, Hertfordshire. 

 

Among their line-up of speakers around the fire will be ocean adventurers Olly Hicks and the Coxless Crew; explorer ‘Spike’ Reid, just back from conquering the River Ganges on a paddleboard; Ness Night, who crossed the Namib Desert solo on a fatbike; Laura Bingham, who crossed South America by bicycle and without money; and Red Bull’s Adventure Editor, Pip Stewart.

 

Let your hair down: free evening swing dance classes & performance  at Deptford market yard this May & June

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Listed as one of the Dragon’s Den’s biggest success stories, Swing Patrol is arriving in Deptford Market Yard to provide free swing dance classes and evening performances.

Arrive at 6pm sharp to kick start the evening with Swing Patrol’s fitness work out – Swing Train (a joyful cardio workout inspired by vintage vibes and street dances) followed by a spectacle of great swing tunes and swing dance performances, with dancers on hand to provide taster classes throughout the evening.

There'll be a DJ spinning vintage tunes from 5:30PM and an eclectic mix of street food, drinks and cocktails available from the Deptford Market Yard vendors throughout the evening.

Willerby’s glamping offering evolves with Hive lite

Willerby’s glamping

Willerby Innovations has expanded its boutique glamping range with the launch of the Hive Lite expanding its popular Hive Collection.

 

The Hive Collection from Willerby Lifestyle, a division of Willerby Innovations, is a range of compact accommodation pods with fully customisable design-led interiors intended to offer a new approach for the holiday home market, ideal for glampers, festival goers and families alike.

 

The Hive Lite is built to caravan specification rather than using wet trade materials, which makes it even easier to manoeuvre. 

 

Gourmet garden parties and glamping

Fish dinner

Summer supper clubs offer the chance to escape the city

 

Home Farm Glamping in Hertfordshire, which is just a tube ride from central London, is hosting its second year of the exclusive Supper Clubs during Summer 2017 in conjunction with Sainlo Events.

 

The Supper Clubs are gourmet garden parties with international chef Jean-Luc Sainlo leading a team of chefs creating the four courses of the menu in the gorgeous setting of Home Farm Glamping. 

 

The five Supper Clubs being held between May and September are a social dining experience for around 30 guests, some of whom come in groups of friends and others who simply enjoy eating exquisite cuisine in the company of fellow foodies. 

 

Brand new eat & drink festival heads to EventCity to revel in Manchester's thriving food scene

Eat and drink Festival

Brand new for 2017; Eat & Drink Festival will open in the heart of the Northern food revolution at Manchester's EventCity from 8-11 June. Experience a pioneering live spectacle, showcasing the best the country and region has to offer in the world of food & drink alongside the award-winning Ideal Home Show.

When: 8th – 11th June 2017

Where: EventCity, Manchester (co-locating with the Ideal Home Show)

Following the success of its first launch in London, the flavour some festival is sure to wet Northern appetites - celebrating the newest and most exciting trends in modern cuisine, local gastronomy and street food.

Families set to have a splashing time at UK’s Biggest Water Sports Challenge, Aqua Park Rutland

Aqua park

Back for a second year following its highly successful launch in 2016, Aqua Park Rutland is gearing up to welcome families to the waterpark with its dedicated daily family slots. From Saturday 15th July, every 10am slot will be reserved for families with children age 6 – 13, to allow kids to take over the park and run wet and wild.

The UK’s biggest water sports Aqua Park at Rutland Water this summer will more than double in size for 2017.  With huge potential for Dads to epically fail and Mums to totally wipe-out, Aqua Park Rutland will offer one of the most entertaining ways to spend time as a family, whatever the weather.

Say it with Gin!

Say it with Gin! RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington

What: Gin lovers are invited to enjoy this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a botanical-inspired afternoon tea and cocktail pairing at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington for £49per person.

When: Available from 15th – 28th May

What: The Royal Garden Hotel is offering a special afternoon tea which takes inspiration from this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show at its Park Terrace restaurant. Available from 15th – 28th May for £49 per person, the seasonal tea will include a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches and floral inspired deserts including orange blossom palmiers, elderflower posset and honey cake served with bee pollen created by Executive Head Chef Steve Munkleyand his talented team. 

Heath Week 2017

Heath Week

The 21st annual East Devon Pebblebed Heath Week will take place on 23-29 July 2017; a celebration of the beautiful heathland landscape of East Devon. Whether you enjoy wildlife, history or getting active in the outdoors, there is something here for you!

Join a week of activities, events and walks where you can learn more about the wildlife, history and conservation work that makes these heathlands so unusual, with something for all the family. 

Family Festival Day kicks off the event on 23 July, with a range of activities for all ages, including walks, talks, crafts and quizzes, celebrating all the heaths have to offer. Entry is just £5 per family group.

Real food on-the-go from The Real Food Café

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Award winning roadside diner and purveyors of the perfect fish and chips, The Real Food Café in Tyndrum, Scotland has expanded its business with a new grab and go kiosk. The café is a national park hotspot and a favourite with hikers, mountaineers, dog walkers and runners who descend on the area each year.

The convenient kiosk enables the café to serve customers who are travelling through the area and need to eat on the go and regulars who want to grab a coffee to have on the hoof. It’s set to be a sure fire hit too with visitors to the upcoming events that Tyndrum will play host to including the Highland Fling, West Highland and Devil O’ The Highlands races and Breast Way Round

A night to glow crazy – dazzle your friends & amaze yourself with the best 5km you’ll ever experience!

Glow in the Dark

At Glow in the Park, you and your friends will light up the night as you make your way round 5km – no speed needed! Whether you decide to dance, jog, run or walk around the course, it’s up to you. All you need is a bunch of friends, an urge to get your funky, messy party glow on and have the best night out you could imagine – in a park near you. Glow in the Park has been designed by fitness event experts for people of all ages and fitness levels to enjoy the ultimate workout night- out while you achieve a 5km distance. Everyone has their own reasons for giving it a go – if you are a beginner or a seasoned runner, or have an individual personal goal, it doesn’t matter. It’s also a great way to raise money for your favourite charity.