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Traditional Victorian Halloween

Blists Hill Victorian Town where life over 100 years ago is recreated

Experience a traditional Victorian Halloween at Blists Hill Victorian Town, during half-term 21st – 29th October 

 

Join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge as they celebrate Halloween in traditional style during the autumn half-term, 21st - 29th October. The Victorians marked All Hallows Eve with some curious customs and unusual ritualssuch as carving turnips (rather than the modern day pumpkins) into Jack-o-lanternsto frighten away evil spirits.

 

THE DOG FRIENDLY ‘DEV’ ~ A Dream Holiday in the Dales for you and your ‘best friend’

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Situated in the most idyllic of locations, ‘The Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales’, The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa is one of the North’s finest country house hotels, and is renowned for being dog-friendly, as well being champions of ‘green’ tourism (Gold Award winners ‘Green Tourism’)

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, themselves keen dog-lovers, support sustainability and a dog-friendly ethos throughout their businesses which include this superb country hotel, located in rural splendour on their Bolton Abbey estate.

Swiping right this summer? Super Break launch new travel tool

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Are you unable to keep off Instagram and spend most of your evenings pouring over travel inspiration online? A new travel tool allows you to swipe right or left, like a dating app, but instead based on your travel preferences.

Get your wanderlust fix with the new interactive created by travel brand Super Break. Discover Your Destination is designed to allow users to browse for their ideal short break through a journey of “instagramable” photographs.

Dorset County Show!

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The Dorset County Show 2017 will be held on the 2nd & 3rd September, with attendances expected to top 60,000 people.

Celebrating the best of agriculture and rural life, The Dorset County Show is run by Dorchester Agricultural Society and was established in 1840. The two-day show attracts 60,000 people and is held each year at the Dorchester Showground. Designed to promote agribusiness through traditional competitions, events, and demonstrations, the show offers the farming community the chance to exhibit the best of their wares to the public.

Eco-friendly honeymoons - the best destinations

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Begin married life in health and wellness whilst making a positive impact on the environment, as Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialists, share their best eco-friendly healthy honeymoon destinations for green-conscious couples. With a choice of award-winning eco-friendly luxury wellness retreats, travel abroad happy in the knowledge that these hand-selected wellness retreats actively support sustainable tourism.

From romantic eco-forest walks in India to nutritious organic cuisine grown onsite in New Zealand and natural therapeutic spa remedies in Africa, return home from these eco-friendly healthy honeymoons, feeling more connected to your loved one, and to nature.

Ghostly Gaslight Halloween fright night

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Ghostly Gaslight Halloween fright night at Blists Hill Victorian Town Saturday, 28th October

Dress up in your most scary costume and go along to the Ghostly Gaslight Halloween fright night at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge on Saturday evening, 28th October when the streets, shops and houses will be transformed into eerie places filled with ghosts, ghouls and monsters. The buildings will be illuminated in spectacular style and fireworks and pyrotechnic effects will light up the night sky. 

 

Award winning and family-friendly Hoburne Holidays

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Summer holidays are packed with fun and adventure at Hoburne Holiday Parks. Each of the 7 distinctive parks are dotted in stunning scenic locations, including Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Cotswolds, Cornwall and Somerset, all known for their diversity and variety. From coast to countryside, every park is a short distance from the activities and attractions that the area has to offer, keeping the whole family entertained.

ACCOMMODATION TO SUIT THE WHOLE FAMILY

Glamping redefined by ‘Secret staircase’

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An innovative new campsite which has opened in the East Midlands has redefined luxury glamping by combining community, architecture and interior design.

In the Stix was opened this Summer in Greetham, Rutland, by Darren Blackwell and Alex Cowie and is the first campsite in the country to offer glamping domes with a solid mezzanine second floor, creating a family-friendly camping experience that encourages visitors to engage with each other and local businesses during their stay.

Back in time staycation: Dimmet in Devon offers quirky 1970s time travel holiday

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Devon has a new staycation experience, and it’s all based around the 1970s.

Dimmet in Devon has launched for 2017 as the perfect staycation for couples or family, taking you back to an age of fun and family time.

Dimmet is a unique 1970s style holiday home close to the large village of Braunton (recently voted in the top 40 British beaches) and the award-winning beaches at Saunton Sands, Croyde and Woolacombe.

Owned by Andrew & Emma Warren (Emma also runs the award-winning Dimpsey shepherd’s hut on their farm in Somerset), Dimmet has had a total 70s style refurbishment and combines the best of the old with the best of the new.

Scoop up a summer scorcher with Hallmark hotels save up to 35% on your uk summer mini break & free icecream for kids

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When the temperature rises in Britain, you don’t need to jump on a plane to indulge in a summer break. With the vast array of destinations that come to life when the sun shines, it’s even more enticing when you can book a bargain for your British break! 

This summer, Hallmark Hotels across the UK are inviting you to save up to 35% on their UK short breaks across their 28 UK locations with each hotel team on hand ready to offer a friendly smile and the warmest of welcomes, and a free ice cream for every child during their stay. 

 

Hallmark Hotel Summer Break Deals include:       

Up to 35% off short breaks including bed and breakfast or dinner, bed and breakfast stays

Enjoy a full cooked breakfast each morning

Devon park's new arrivals are born winners

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It's a small world this summer at Woodlands Family Theme Park near Dartmouth where guests are thrilling to a raft of new arrivals at its popular zoo farm.

 

The baby animals were all born on the park, and one of the stars is proving to be an adorable fallow deer which is now winning the hearts of visiting families.

 

The fawn was born to one of the three female deer which have a sanctuary on the park – and the good news is that more are on the way.

 

But the fawn is not the only big small attraction at Woodlands, for the park has also welcomed two miniature Shetland foals christened Domino and Peaches.

 

Afan Valley adventure resort: this summer’s most exhilarating investment

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Just ten miles south of the Brecon Beacons, mid-way between Cardiff and Swansea, the outstanding natural beauty of Caerau Parc will be the location of the brand new Afan Valley Adventure Resort covering some 485 acres. From high octane flights down zip wires, to scaling challenging climbing towers and exploring treetop playgrounds, visitors will be offered an adventure experience like no other.

How have businesses cleaned up their act?

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In a welcome piece of good news, it recently emerged that the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by 6% in 2016. In the fight to protect the planet for future generations, such a drop is clearly cause for celebration. But, how has the UK managed to reduce its pollution, and what part have businesses played in helping to move towards a greener future?

Energy sector plays an important role

One of the key ways in which the UK has cut its emissions is in the changes seen in the energy sector. Businesses here are driving the transition away from a carbon-hungry past, weaning the nation off coal and onto alternative sources of energy.

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

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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.