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Make a date to discover the world of farming

world of farming

LEAF Open Farm Sunday, 11th June 2017

On Sunday 11th June 2017 hundreds of farms across the UK will throw open their gates to welcome the public and showcase the fascinating world of farming. As well as being a fun and informative day out for all the family, LEAF Open Farm Sunday also gives visitors the opportunity to see first-hand all that farmers do and the impact their work has on all our lives.

London’s truly magical dining venue

Two Mains

Just walking into TWID (That’s What I Do) is like entering another world –  an unforgettable experience!

From the first moment you first enter this most unique cocktail bar and restaurant, you’ll find yourself on a theatrical journey into a world of elegance, drama and creative genius.

The décor and furnishings are pure Victorian theatre with cosy booths downstairs or balcony tables upstairs and though this alone would delight anybody, there is so much more going on at TWID – London’s truly magical dining venue.

Ideal for couples or groups looking for more than just another lunch or dinner, for more information and table reservations, visit www.twid-restaurantbar.co.uk

Spring wildflower treats with James’ Places

Bluebells

Hospitality group James’ Places is laying claim to some of the greatest wildflower treats of the year within easy reach of its hotels.

According to the group’s marketing manager, Heidi Kettle, some of the North West’s best bluebell displays can be found near Falcon Manor at Settle, The Royal Hotel at Kirkby Lonsdale and the Shireburn Arms in Hurst Green, near Clitheroe.

Said Heidi: “We are blessed with beautiful bluebells and spring flowers on the doorsteps of our hotels.”

Carole Melling, general manager of Falcon Manor, suggested a visit to Oxenber Wood, near Austwick and Cleatop Wood, which offers a circular walk of around four miles from the door of Falcon Manor. 

National Glamping Week will soon be upon us!

Wigwam

This exciting campaign will have its inaugural ‘appearance’ 12th to 18th June 2017.

Supported by Wigwam® Holidays, whether you own a bothy or a bell tent, you can take part.

 

What’s is all about?

Here at Wigwam® Holidays, we thought a week dedicated to one of the UK’s most popular holiday types was well overdue.

 

All glamping providers are invited to get involved to help ignite the campfire flames for this popular accommodation type which has come into it’s own during the last decade.

And the timing couldn’t be better! Taking place in mid-June when the evenings are light and the school summer holidays have yet to begin, it’s a great opportunity to promote glamping across the nation.

How to make the most of the British summer

caravan

It’s been a long time coming, but summer is finally nearly here. As temperatures start to soar and the UK gets some long-awaited sunshine, it’s the perfect time to get out and about and explore the sights our beautiful country has to offer. 

To give you some ideas of how to make the most of the British summer before it’s gone, we’ve put together these top tips. So, read on to find out how you can get the very best from the UK’s most anticipated season. 

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London’s nearest and coolest glamping site ‘Home Farm’ opens for the season

Home Farm Glamping

Home Farm Glamping is London’s nearest luxury glamping site, located in farm land in Elstree, and on the edge of Aldenham Park Country Club, and it is opening for the 2017 season on 28 April.

 

Run by Jess Allen-Back, 32, Home Farm is described as a ‘hop, skip, and a tube ride away’ from the big smoke.  A glamorous getaway for locals and city workers from the stresses and strains of the city, Home Farm is located just five minutes from the end of the Jubilee and Northern Lines. Jess offers weekend and mid-week breaks for city workers, families, couples, and friends. The site is also a favourite for corporate events, mini festivals, hen weekends and weddings.

 

Days of Empire

Days of Empire

Food and travel writer George Shaw arrives at the Royal Harbour Hotel amid an election expenses scandal and votes the Empire Room a clear winner by a landslide.

It was with some reluctance that my first wife and I were able drag our friends, Steve and M’Julie, down to Ramsgate for the weekend.  Thanet’s recent revival in fortunes had totally passed them by and they had a vague expectation for the town to be Kent’s answer to Grimsby.  Not they had ever visited the Lincolnshire seaport either.

Small Island by Little Train

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Scattered across the country, narrow gauge trains are alive and well across the United Kingdom.

 

From stalwart little locomotives of topographic necessity, to the maverick engines of one man’s whimsy, Britain’s narrow-gauge steam trains run on tracks a world apart from its regimented mainlines. In Small Island by Little Train, eccentricity enthusiast Chris Arnot sets out to discover their stories.

 

5 tips for driving on country roads

driving on country roads

From incredibly tight bends to herds of sheep, country roads are full of hazards that you’re unlikely to find on your daily commute. In fact, on average, three people die on country roads every day. Plus, there are 10 times as many fatalities on rural roads than on motorways, according to the RAC Foundation. Therefore, if you’re looking to embark on your first drive through the countryside, it’s worth preparing for the journey in advance. 

Here you’ll find our top tips for driving on country roads, which will help to keep you, your passengers, and other drivers safe. Read on to find out more.

Adjust your speed

5 of North Yorkshire’s best family friendly cycle routes

Hamsterley Forest

With the summer quickly approaching, we at Westbrook Cycles wanted to show you our favourite family cycle routes in the North of God’s county – Yorkshire! Scroll down to take a look at what we’ve chosen.

Hamsterley Forest

Gradient - Basic routes include some shallow climbs, whereas more difficult routes feature steep downhill sections and TTFs. Graded trails.

Terrain - Off-road trailhamsterley forest

Suitability - Devoted routes suitable for families & younger cyclists, accompanied bytechnical trails for more skilled riders.

Shambala Festival returns on 24th – 27th AUGUST 2017 to a secret Northamptonshire location

Shambala Festival

Shambala, the family friendly, proudly independent and socially-conscious festival will be continuing its ‘adventures in utopia’ with another four day celebration of all things music, art, dance, poetry, comedy, workshops and theatre on 24th – 27th August.

The variety and quality of entertainment on offer is staggering for a festival of its size and as ever, participation is the name of the game. This isn’t a festival where you park your bum in front of the main stage all day – it’s a place to get your hands dirty, whether that means building your own adventure playground, honing your fine art skills in a c*ck drawing class, or learning how to build a house through open-source technology.

In Celebration of Grandma’s New Superpower……Check out the latest in E-bikes in the UK!

E-Bikes

More or less all of us have been there at one time or another ….the sun’s shining, you’reenjoying a day out in the country on a Spring Bank Holiday or maybe treating yourself to a b&b break or a gorgeous glamping holiday. It’s great fun spending time with close friends and their children or a group of family members…and then someone suggests a cycling trip, taking in a spot of lunch at a lovely country pub or tea shop in a charming village some 10 miles away.

4 essentials you need for your glamping trip

campfire

 

Have you ever fancied going on a camping trip, but have been put off by the rain, insects, and general lack of facilities? If this sounds familiar, a glamping trip could be just what you need.

With this pastime, you can say goodbye to the hassle of having to set up a complicated tent or having an uncomfortable night’s sleep on the cold, hard ground. There are plenty of locations up and down the country that offer a more comfortable experience if you want to enjoy the great outdoors. 

However, just because a glamping trip is a bit more civilised than regular camping doesn’t mean you can go under-equipped. Take a look at our suggestions below to discover four essential items you need for a glamping holiday.

The Alresford Watercress Festival – celebrating the UK’s favourite Super Salad Leaf

Sunday 21 May 2017 is the time to visit Alresford, Hampshire, ‘the World’s Capital of Watercress’. You’ll be in for a foodie delight as this beautiful Georgian town plays host to the annual Watercress Festival with a variety of fantastic family attractions and a wide range of mouth-watering watercress treats ranging from traditional soup and cakes, to watercress ice cream and watercress beer, even watercress flavoured gin.
 

Pendle Leisure Trust

Pendle Leisure Trust swimming pool

Whether you are visiting Pendle for a day, a weekend or a week, Pendle Leisure Trust has a whole host of sports, arts and entertainment options to keep the whole family occupied while visiting this beautiful part of East Lancashire – whatever the weather!

Pendle Leisure Trust has eight facilities scattered throughout Nelson, Colne and Barnoldswick. 

Swim at Pendle Leisure Centre in Colne, West Craven Sports Centre in Barnoldswick or Pendle Wavelengths in Nelson, which also offers fun for all the family with a roof-high waterslide and a wave machine which operates at regular intervals.

Wire & Sky – the Urban Aerial Adventure company

Wire & Sky

Mountaineer and former soldier, Andy Broad, the founder of Wire & Sky, had an idea back in 2010 that he wanted to use city rooftops for adventure activities.  He wanted to share his love of the challenge of mountaineering, with the adrenalin and sense of achievement that goes with it.  And where better than in capital cities and on iconic buildings, where the cityscapes are truly incredible?

UK kids camp opens doors to thrill-seeking adults after 35 years

Family on camp

MUMs and dads across the country can now join their children on an adrenaline-fuelled break in breath-taking surroundings.

For the first time in 35 years, Kingswood Camps are giving big and little kids the chance to experience a range of activities together - from zip wiring and archery to abseiling and obstacle challenges.

Families can forget costly flights and school holiday budgets and enjoy an adventure nearer to home at five new camps; Colomendy in North Wales, Dearne Valley and Peak Venture in South Yorkshire, Overstrand Hall in North Norfolk and Isle of White.

Just a hop, skip and a tube ride….meet London’s nearest glamping site

Home Farm Glamping is London's nearest glamping site, located in farm land in Elstree just five minutes from the end of the Jubilee and Northern Lines, and is offering mid-week relaxation breaks for city workers.

Glamping is fast becoming more than just a weekend trend and Home Farm is working its magic for busy city workers who want a bit of a mid-week boost and some downtime.  Jess, who runs Home Farm, is offering her tents and yurts to help Londoners get essential reflective time and to experience the great outdoors during April and September at her luxury glamping site.