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'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…

Fed up of camping? It’s time to get glamping!

Fed up of camping? It’s time to get glamping!

A glamper will never look back once their head has been turned by a spot of glamorous camping! It’s the perfect solution for those of us who delight in the outdoors but can’t face sleeping on a cold hard mat - not to mention that dreaded trudge to the shower block in the morning…
You can pack up your rucksack and get close to nature once more now that endless options for ‘glamorous camping’ have come to the fore.
From eco pods and yurts to tipis and shepherds huts, there are so many ways to make your glamping experience a special one.

 

Norfolk - A place to relax...

Norfolk

Norfolk is so hard to beat when it comes to getting away from it all. A sprawling county with beautiful scenery, spectacular coastline and of course, some very famous waterways...
The Norfolk Broads, a network of rivers and man made lakes, covers a huge area including some 125 miles of navigable channels.
Boaters can cruise around this expanse of tranquility at their leisure taking in free flowing rivers and more than 40 broads if they so wish.
Meander through picturesque villages and bustling towns on your relaxing journey before mooring up at one of the many waterside pubs and restaurants along the way.
For those more inclined to stay on land, there are lots of lovely walking and cycling routes too.

 

South East - Chocolate box beauty and cultural icons

South East - Chocolate box beauty and cultural icons

You’ll never be far from culture or coast in the sunny South East. Historic market towns, chic hotels, cosmopolitan resorts and the nation’s capital city...there isn’t much lacking in this fabulous region.
Whether it’s a peaceful romantic getaway or energetic city break you desire, you’re sure to find it here.
Many of those who flock to this region do so to see the bright lights of London.
Visitors to this spectacular city will never be short of something to do or see. From the capital’s most popular attractions, including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Big Ben, to its many fascinating museums, world famous art galleries and restaurants, it’s a city that caters for all.