Days Out

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!
 

Llechwedd launches ‘make your mark’ feature at The Deep Mine

Visitors invited to write their own legend into heart of slate mountain
 
The Llechwedd Deep Mine Tour is said to make an unforgettable impression on all those who experience it. Now, for the first time, visitors will be able to return the favour – by ‘making their mark’ in the enormous underground caverns at the heart of the slate mountain.
 
The Slate Caverns, operators of the Llechwedd Deep Mine tour, say they have launched the feature to echo a long-standing tradition of the mine’s Victorian slate workers, who used to carve their names and initials into the rock as a testament to their subterranean endeavours.
 

Top Outdoor Activities for Stag and Hen Weekends

Stag and Hen Weekends

Your stag or hen weekend is a once in a lifetime opportunity – and you’ve got to embrace the great outdoors. Gone are the days of drinking in a pub and heading out in inflatables (save those for the night, instead…), and replaced by action-packed activities. Stag and hen specialists, (https://www.lastnightoffreedom.co.uk/) Last Night of Freedom, are rounding up their top outdoor activities to sweep you up in an exciting whirlwind. 

 

Racing Hovercraft

Beside the Seaside – in Derbyshire

Derbyshire

 

With the school holidays and summer on the horizon, you may be wondering what to do with the children.The good news is that you don’t need to travel far this half-term holiday to find seaside fun in rural Derbyshire.

Crich Tramway Village, near Matlock, is hosting a Beside the Seaside event from Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June.

The Village will be transformed into a family themed seaside resort with a beach area, deck chairs and buckets and spades.

There will be a fun-fair featuring steam gallopers and Gavioli organ and visitors will get the chance to see Punch and Judy and play bingo.  

Up at The O2

climbing the O2

Up at The O2 is an unforgettable expedition that offers adventurous families the chance to experience urban mountaineering with an exhilarating 90-minute climb up one of London’s most iconic landmarks. Up at The O2 are also delighted to announce that children aged as young as 9 years old can now conquer The O2 (previous age was 10).

 

Rip Curl & Surf Snowdonia to host unique kids surf camp in half term holiday

Rip Curl & Surf Snowdonia to host unique kids surf camp in half term holiday

Fast-track course invites beginners to train with the pros

 

·         Fast-track learning for all abilities
·         Unique opportunity for kids to learn and hang out with their heroes
·         Top UK coaches and a friendly, inclusive environment
·         Two-day programme includes film night, BBQ and yoga
·         Course price includes wetsuit and board hire
·         First-class accommodation and facilities in beautiful rural North Wales

Let your hair down: free evening swing dance classes & performance  at Deptford market yard this May & June

dance

Listed as one of the Dragon’s Den’s biggest success stories, Swing Patrol is arriving in Deptford Market Yard to provide free swing dance classes and evening performances.

Arrive at 6pm sharp to kick start the evening with Swing Patrol’s fitness work out – Swing Train (a joyful cardio workout inspired by vintage vibes and street dances) followed by a spectacle of great swing tunes and swing dance performances, with dancers on hand to provide taster classes throughout the evening.

There'll be a DJ spinning vintage tunes from 5:30PM and an eclectic mix of street food, drinks and cocktails available from the Deptford Market Yard vendors throughout the evening.

Families set to have a splashing time at UK’s Biggest Water Sports Challenge, Aqua Park Rutland

Aqua park

Back for a second year following its highly successful launch in 2016, Aqua Park Rutland is gearing up to welcome families to the waterpark with its dedicated daily family slots. From Saturday 15th July, every 10am slot will be reserved for families with children age 6 – 13, to allow kids to take over the park and run wet and wild.

The UK’s biggest water sports Aqua Park at Rutland Water this summer will more than double in size for 2017.  With huge potential for Dads to epically fail and Mums to totally wipe-out, Aqua Park Rutland will offer one of the most entertaining ways to spend time as a family, whatever the weather.

A night to glow crazy – dazzle your friends & amaze yourself with the best 5km you’ll ever experience!

Glow in the Dark

At Glow in the Park, you and your friends will light up the night as you make your way round 5km – no speed needed! Whether you decide to dance, jog, run or walk around the course, it’s up to you. All you need is a bunch of friends, an urge to get your funky, messy party glow on and have the best night out you could imagine – in a park near you. Glow in the Park has been designed by fitness event experts for people of all ages and fitness levels to enjoy the ultimate workout night- out while you achieve a 5km distance. Everyone has their own reasons for giving it a go – if you are a beginner or a seasoned runner, or have an individual personal goal, it doesn’t matter. It’s also a great way to raise money for your favourite charity. 

Dog friendly Daisy Meadows offers glamping and doggy day care in Devon

Dog friendly Daisy Meadows offers glamping and doggy day care in Devon

Dog lovers are aware that dogs aren’t always welcome on family holidays, but Daisy Meadows Glamping in Devon is different, welcoming dogs as special guests with its Happy Hounds Doggy Day Crèche.

 

Tina Walters, who has run Daisy Meadows since 2013, is a dog lover who knows how difficult it can be for dog owners to get away on a break. That’s why she set up her doggy day crèche at Daisy Meadows, a safari tent glamping site near the Blackdown Hill’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Devon.

 

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.