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Nanny Brow hotel owner Sue Robinson is an E3 finalist

Nanny Brow in the Lake District

The owner of stunning Lake District Arts & Craft-style hotel Nanny Brow is celebrating after being shortlisted as a finalist in the Outstanding Woman category of the 2018 E3 Business Awards.  

Sue Robinson took part in a final interview with the panel of judges on May 9 and all were impressed by Sue’s extraordinary journey’  The ‘big reveal’ will take place in July at the Macron Stadium in Bolton, where 80 finalists will compete across 16 categories.

Sue has faced many challenges whilst breathing new life back into the five-star Nanny Brow.  ‘Discovering’ it in 2009, there were so many reasons to walk away.  Empty for seven years, the building was a wreck with no running water or electricity, but Sue had fallen in love. 

Drumlanrig Castle hopes to capture the imagination of youngsters

Drumlanrig Castle

To celebrate the Year of Young People, Drumlanrig Castle in Scotland is set to introduce a wave of initiatives aimed at capturing the imaginations of youngsters this year.

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate in Dumfries and Galloway will be focusing on bringing the Estates’ history, beautiful wildlife, scenery, and career opportunities to life for young people across Scotland.

The Estate has also partnered with the Historic Houses Association and Young Scot to offer Young Scot cardholders access for just £1. The scheme means members can visit the historic tourist attraction and explore its grand rooms as well as the vast Estate for a fraction of the entry fee.

A ‘flipping’ big year for the National Marine Aquarium

NMA

The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) in Plymouth will be celebrating its 20th birthday this year with a programme of events to commemorate its work and inspire new audiences about our oceans and their importance for a healthy planet.

As the largest aquarium in the UK, the NMA welcomes more than 300,000 people every year. Plymouth has been home to an aquarium since 1888. Initially housed at the Marine Biological Association, a new and much larger aquarium was built at the current site in the Barbican district of the city in 1997, designated the National Marine Aquarium. Leading the way, the NMA was the first aquarium in the UK to be run as a separate charity solely dedicated to education and conservation of the marine environment.

Aqua park Rutland is back and it’s bigger and wetter than ever!  

Aqua park

 

Back with a super soaking splash, the UK’s largest inflatable Aqua park returns to Rutland Water in Leicestershire for its third season – including the launch of the Beast II, sure to get adrenaline junkies hearts’ racing.

Open to the public from 26 May 2018 for four months of summer fun, the park is now a staggering 100m wide and features climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars, rockers, rollers and the UK’s biggest jumps and slides. The Beast, a towering five-meter-high platform returns and this year it means business. Upgraded with a six-meter-long blast bag, The Beast II will see thrill seekers launched several meters into the air and plummet towards the water to create off-the-scale splashes.

The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway signs

The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway (LWR) is situated in a beautiful part of countryside between the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Lincolnshire coast. Based at Ludborough Station, the railway is only a short distance from Grimsby, the seaside resort of Cleethorpes, and from the historic market town of Louth, making it an ideal stop-off for anyone visiting Lincolnshire.  

Celebrate the arrival of spring at Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge

Ironbridge Gorge town

For a historical take on spring celebrations, enter the Victorian town of Blists Hill, one of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums, over the Bank Holiday Weekend of 5th – 7th May. 

Families are invited to join the townsfolk on The Green and try their skills at some traditional Victorian games including quoits, walking with stilts and skipping. 

Elsewhere the townsfolk will be busy sprucing up their houses now the finer days have arrived, as well as making ‘May Baskets’, which is the art of decorating a gift basket with flowers and ribbons for friends and neighbours. They will also be arranging spring flower displays and pressing colourful blooms to keep for winter, when spring will be just a memory.

Celebrating 250 Years of Circus

Circus credit Pete Maclaine

2018 marks a very special year for acrobats, clowns, jugglers and ringmasters everywhere - it’s 250 years since the circus was first born, right here in the UK! And as World Circus Day takes place on April 21st, we take a look at how UK acts sparked a global movement.

To celebrate the special 250th anniversary, circuses are travelling up and down the country to take their acts to more people than ever before. And combining amazing vintage and contemporary-style acts, from fire-eating to laser light shows, circuses offer a family-friendly, affordable day out for everyone. 

Bateaux London sails off with top tourism award

Top tourism award

One of London’s leading visitor attractions has scooped a top tourism award. Thames dining cruise company Bateaux London saw off competition from visitor attractions, hotels, and restaurants across the UK to be named Best Dining Experience at the 2018 British Coach Tourism Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation across the multi-billion-pound coach tourism sector and were presented by television presenter Angela Rippon at a prestigious ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.

Bateaux London provides a dining experience with a difference on the river Thames; offering corporate and leisure visitors fresh food, live entertainment and spectacular views of some of London’s most historic and iconic sights.

Cosy Cottages and Pods near Ellesmere, Shropshire

Cosy Cottages and Pods near Ellesmere, Shropshire

Castle Farm Holidays Shropshire, is a small family run holiday site, offering a variety of holiday accomodation, situated in the rural hamlet odf Dudleston, Near Ellesmere, Shropshire.

Escape to the countryside to enjoy a relaxing break, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

We have two, four star holiday cottages:-

Both cottages have their own private hot tub, and are fully enclosed, with access to our field for dogs to have a run in.