Days Out

Leyton Cricket Pavilion to become food hub

Cricket legend Graham Gooch has spoken enthusiastically about a plan to transform a decaying Victorian cricket pavilion in Leyton into a miniature version of Borough market.

Cricket legend Graham Gooch has spoken enthusiastically about a plan to transform a decaying Victorian cricket pavilion in Leyton into a miniature version of Borough market.
 
Waltham Forest Council has just been awarded a £1.5million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to turn Leyton Cricket Pavilion into a real food hub. This funding, generated by people who play the National Lottery, comes as Waltham Forest bids to become London’s first Borough of Culture.
 
The Grade 2 listed building will house a restaurant, café and training kitchen serving locally sourced food. Meanwhile, the historic tin hut and former dining room on site will become a food market selling local produce.
 

Last chance to ride Britain’s steepest cable railway ahead of refurbishment

Llechwedd’s original cable train will make its last trip underground on 5 November
 
 
Visitors to one of North Wales’s most popular family attractions have just a few more weeks to take a ride on the UK’s steepest cable railway before it is dismantled for refurbishment.
 
The cable railway at Llechwedd – which made its first journey underground in 1979 – has transported over a million visitors to a depth of 500 feet, right into the heart of the slate mountain.  
 
Its train, which is named ‘Wil Cribau’ after one of the mine’s former rock men (Wil Jones) and a local mountain, descends at a gradient of 1 in 1.8, or 30 degrees, and marks a dramatic start to the attraction’s Deep Mine Tour.
 

The colossal engineering miracle ‘Man Engine’ will be coming to Blists Hill Victorian Town on 14th April 2018

Man Engine

After recent news of the win of the ‘Best Arts Project’ in the prestigious National Lottery Awards, it has today (Friday, 13th October), been announced that the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain will rise again next Easter in an ultimate ‘Resurrection Tour’ and visit a number of sites around the UK including Blists Hill Victorian Town, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire.

 

‘Life-saving surfing’ helps military heroes overcome trauma and injury

Military heroes who competed in a world-first adaptive surf championship in North Wales say that surfing has helped them to overcome trauma, mental ill-health and serious physical injuries.
 
Sixteen surfers, all either serving military or veterans who have battled physical or mental injury, competed for the top spots in the Help for Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship last Saturday (23rd September 2017). The free-to-attend one-day tournament took place at inland surf lagoon Surf Snowdonia, seven miles from the sea at Conwy.
 
Winner of the open category, Yianni Karakousis, served as a Captain in the Royal Engineers. He suffered horrific injuries in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan in April 2013.
 

Surf Snowdonia to host Help For Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship

FREE one-day event will take place on Saturday 23 September
 
Surf Snowdonia will host another world-first event later this month which will bring together some of the UK’s most impressive military surf athletes.
 
The Help for Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship, which is sponsored by Stance, will see adaptive surf athletes from the UK’s Army, Royal Navy and Air Force compete for top spot in a friendly one-day tournament. The emphasis of the day will be on inclusion and breaking down barriers, and it will be free for spectators to attend.
 

Discover the history of coal mining in England

National Coal Mining Museum

The National Coal Mining Museum for England provides a great educational day out with a unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground down one of Britain's oldest working mines with an ex-miner as your guide. It’s an eye-opening and unforgettable experience. Situated in a rural setting, the Museum offers an unusual combination of exciting experiences, whilst providing a genuine insight into the hard-working lives of miners through the ages. Free entry & free parking for everyone. £4 charge for underground tour.
 
Families are invited to get ‘hands-on’ as they discover more about the lives of coal miners through the ages – join our experienced miner-guides as you explore our genuine former mine-workings at Caphouse Colliery.
 

‘Dogs Aloud’ at Deptford Market Yard

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For London dog owners who still want a social life and visitors to the capital that can’t bear to be parted from their dogs, the search for new dog-friendly drinking and dining destinations is over. 

Deptford Market Yard is proud to announce its ‘ Dogs Aloud ’ status in time for this year’s National Dog Day (Saturday 26th Aug). ​Built within Deptford's renovated historical railway arches and Grade II listed carriage ramp (​London's oldest railway structure) Deptford Market Yard is London's latest food and lifestyle hub waiting to be discovered. 

The Gruffalo Spotter!

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Magic Light Pictures and Forestry Commission England bring The Gruffalo characters to life in the forest through a new augmented reality app.

The Gruffalo Spotter has been designed for exclusive use at twenty six forests across the country where visitors can join the adventure through the deep dark wood.

Families will follow clues on an interactive trail and track signs of their favourite characters based on The Gruffalo, best-selling picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Great Rail Journeys Offers a Great Selection of Tours for Single Travellers

Great Rail Journeys Offers a Great Selection of Tours for Single Travellers

With their new Europe, UK and Cruising by Rail Brochure, award-winning Great Rail Journeys (www.greatrail.com / 01904 527 180 / 0800 240 4470) has over 15 tours with No Single Supplement. From Cornwall to Italy, there is a huge variety of tours for customers to choose from, so solo travellers don’t have to miss out on incredible adventures.

SPAM® CAN Tour Returns To Blackpool Air Show!

SPAM® Can Tour Returns To Blackpool Air Show!

Following the success and fun of last year’s tour we have decided to do it all over again and show the British public what SPAM® products CAN really do! This year’s tour sees a return visit to Blackpool. We will be showing Blackpool Air Show crowds the versatility and great taste of SPAM® Products and giving away free samples of cubed SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham paired with classic cheese or pineapple.

Devon park's new arrivals are born winners

Devon park

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.

 

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. 

 

Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village

There’s so much to learn and enjoy for all the family – including your dog!

 

Come and experience a trip back in time, to the home of the National Tramway Museum.  Vintage trams transport you along the period street into open countryside with breathtaking views of the Derwent Valley, and you can take as many rides as you wish during the day.

 

New for this season is the Arms to Armistice exhibition, which reflects the challenges women faced to be treated as equals on the tramways during the First World War, as well as their quick dismissal when the men returned from War.

 

Missed out on a place in this weekend’s London Marathon? Book now to take part in the ‘London Marathon Walk’ instead!

Missed out on a place in this weekend’s London Marathon? Book now to take part in the ‘London Marathon Walk’ instead!

The 26.2-mile London Marathon Walk, with challenge specialist Discover Adventure, is a special one-day event taking place on 23 September – and provides the perfect chance to tackle your very own marathon event.
 
Taking in famous landmarks and lesser-known corners of the historic capital, this entertaining walk will be Cockney-themed and there will be the chance to learn some fun rhyming slang along the way. The route includes the church of St Mary-le-Bow, centre of London's Cockney heritage, so pull on your ‘daisy roots’ for a fantastic ‘ball of chalk’ this September!