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Surf Snowdonia’s Waves, Mud and Mountains challenge is back

Surf Snowdonia’s Waves, Mud and Mountains challenge is back

Surf Snowdonia’s Waves, Mud and Mountains obstacle run is back for its second year and organisers say that this year’s course will be even longer, harder and muddier than before.

The 10km, race-against-the-elements event will take place on Saturday 24 March 2018, the first day of Surf Snowdonia’s 2018 surf season. The event is set to draw a large crowd in what is now one of the UK’s fastest growing sports: obstacle course racing. Over 250,000 people took part in similar events across the UK in 2017.

Close to 500 competitors turned out to take in the inaugural Waves, Mud and Mountains event a year ago, and Surf Snowdonia says that it has increased the capacity and the level of challenge for this year’s course after listening to feedback from last year’s competitors.

Peak District park reaches the summit in David Bellamy's green awards

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Staff at a Peak District holiday park with its own acclaimed micro-brewery have been toasting their success in a major green awards scheme.

The family-owned Callow Top Holiday Park has won a top gold accolade in the David Bellamy Conservation Awards, and was praised by the world-famous botanist for its raft of green initiatives. One of rural Derbyshire's largest and most highly-rated touring parks, Callow Top was described by Professor Bellamy in his citation as "a wildlife wonderland".

'Novel" B&Bs Offer Guests A Great 'Booking' In Every Sense

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  • Online booking specialist eviivo names Britain’s best book themed B&Bs. 
  • Harry Potter, Famous Five, comic book hero Batman and more celebrated by unique establishments across the country.
  • B&Bs offer a live-in fantasy experience for a fraction of the price of theme parks.

British holidaymakers are used to travelling to New York to soak up the iconic landmarks of King Kong or to Disneyland to meet Mickey Mouse and friends.  Now, thanks to the ingenuity of British B&B owners, guests can immerse themselves in amazing fantasy worlds for a fraction of the price of an international trip.

Holiday parks "vital" to Scottish tourism, says minister

Scottish tourism

Scottish tourism minister Fiona Hyslop MSP told holiday park owners meeting in Edinburgh recently that their businesses are a vital component of the country's tourism industry.

The minister made her remarks at November's annual conference of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association Scotland which was held at the city's Our Dynamic Earth.

Fiona Hyslop, who is cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs, was welcomed as chief guest speaker at the conference by Scottish association chairman Colin Fraser.

The event was attended by delegates from many of Scotland's 200-plus park businesses which offer holiday options from camping and glamping to luxury lodges to rent and own.

Surf Snowdonia’s Winter Olympics hopefuls swap summer waves for a season of snow

Surf Snowdonia’s Winter Olympics

Two surf instructors from Surf Snowdonia have swapped inland waves for snow – and Snowdonia for the Alps – so that they can train for possible selection in the Winter Olympics.

Maisie Potter, a snowboarder, hopes to compete in the next Winter Olympic Games which will take place in the city of Pyeongchang, South Korea, 9-25 February 2018. Zac Pierce is an Alpine racing skier, and hopes to make selection for Beijing 2022.

The pair, who met when they started working at Surf Snowdonia two years ago, both grew up in North Wales, although Maisie spent six years of her childhood living in Chamonix. They say that the world-first inland surf facility has given them the opportunity to earn money as well as maintain their fitness levels during their summer ‘off season’.

Knoll House Hotel - Dorset’s Hidden Gem

Knoll House Hotel - Dorset’s Hidden Gem

Renowned children’s author Enid Blyton’s favourite hotel provided inspiration for the Famous Five novels and has welcomed notable guests including Sir Winston Churchill, Roald Dahl, and Sir Richard Branson.
 

Acquired by progressive resort management company Kingfisher Resorts, one of the UK’s favourite family-friendly hotels has opened its doors to non-resident hotel guests for the first time in 70 years.
 

Google to share exclusive digital insights at The British Tourism & Travel Show 2018

The British Tourism & Travel Show 2018

Google’s industry head of travel, Ruairidh Roberts, has been confirmed to host a keynote session at the British Tourism & Travel Show, taking place at the NEC Birmingham on 21-22 March 2018.

 

As the travel industry moves towards an increasingly connected future[1], Google’s digital expertise is much sought after by businesses around the world.  Roberts, the company’s industry head of travel, will take to the stage with an exclusive session discussing ‘Priorities for digital marketeers in tourism today’ –  on the show’s opening day (21 March) at 1pm.   

 

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.

Bag a bargain at the Market

Bag a bargain at the Market

A visit to the market is an unrivalled shopping experience. Whether it’s fresh, local produce or the latest fashions you’re after, there’s nothing quite like the hustle and bustle of market day.
Many markets are famed for their traditional Victorian buildings and atmosphere, such as Accrington, which offers a variety of stalls, shops and cafes.
Others, such as Bury Market ferry customers in by the coachload, a testament to their huge popularity.
In Bury’s case this could also have something to do with its reputation as seller of the best black pudding in the country…