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Mid Wales coastline excels in latest bathing waters survey

 Wales coastline

The good reputation that the Mid Wales coastline has for the standard of its bathing waters and sandy beaches has been endorsed by the latest survey results.

 

The vast majority of the beaches have achieved the highest rating of excellent or good, as 99 per cent of designated bathing water surveyed along the Welsh coast complied with strict European standards.

 

In the northern limb of the Cambrian Coast in Mid Wales, both Harlech and Llandanwg received an excellent rating and the beaches have achieved the Green Coast Award from Keep Wales Tidy.

 

National theatre Wales announces its 2018 season

Kully Thiarai announces her first full season as the company’s Artistic Director

It includes collaborations with female artists from across the south Asian diaspora, Migrations, Quarantine, Junoon, Oily Cart, Gruff Rhys and Elis James

Multi-artform work including new writing, contemporary dance, music, comedy, sensory theatre and visual art

Performances in hospitals, schools and theatres, on a boat, underwater and at locations across Wales

The company also welcomes its first ever Associate Artists; theatre makers Mike Pearson & Mike Brookes, digital installation artist Shanaz Gulzar and television drama executive producer Bethan Jones

Staycation Ideas for New Year’s Eve

Staycation Ideas for New Year’s Eve

Why not give 2017 a send off to remember by going on a staycation to celebrate New Year’s Eve?

 

There are plenty of options up and down the country to suit all budgets and tastes, from celebrations steeped in tradition, to family-friendly activities and parties that pull out all the stops. Take a look at The Money Shop’s top tips for the perfect New Year’s Eve getaway, this December.

 

Edinburgh

 

Few places in the world celebrate the New Year quite like Edinburgh.

 

Charity family fun run set to attract hundreds of Santas to Shrewsbury

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Hundreds of Santas will be heading for Shrewsbury next month on a mission to raise money for the Severn Hospice with a charity fun run.

The Salop Santa Dash on Sunday, December 3 is designed to be a fun event for all the family. Runners will have the option to run one or two laps of a 2.5 kilometre course around Salop Leisure and the adjoining Love2Stay glamping and touring resort.

The £10 entry fee includes a Santa suit and all the money raised will be donated to Severn Hospice. Entries will be limited to 500 and places will be on a first come basis. For details visit www.salopsantarun.co.uk.

The best places to visit in Birmingham this Christmas

With the festive season right around the corner, this time of year presents many opportunities to spend time with loved ones. Birmingham is a hub of activity during the festive season. Whether spending time with friends, enjoying a family day out or a romantic evening with that special someone, the city has a range of events perfect for everyone this Christmas.
 
This year some of the best places to visit in Birmingham at Christmas time include:
 
Birmingham’s German Market
 

Top 10 spooky UK destinations to visit this October

Churchyard

Love the thrill of being scared and looking for something different to do this month? With Halloween creeping ever closer, last minute rental holiday provider, Snaptrip.com, reveals the top 10 spooky destinations to visit this October:

 

1.       The village of Prestbury 

Located in Cheshire, on the edge of the Cotswolds, Prestbury claims to be the most haunted village in England. Its spooky reputation has stuck ever since the sighting of a hooded monk known as ‘The Black Abbot’ who is said to regularly appear in the church and churchyard. Somewhere to visit before retreating to the safety of your cottage or guest house!

 

2.       Winnats Pass, Castleton 

UK’s best surfers gather inland for landlocked pro surf competition

Major event at Surf Snowdonia draws more than 1,500 surf fans to heart of Conwy Valley
 
More than 1,500 surf fans and curious onlookers made their way to the heart of the Conwy Valley at the weekend to watch the UK’s best surfers take part in a unique inland surf competition.
Against a backdrop of the Conwy Valley’s forests and mountains, the UK’s best surfers came together to battle it out on Surf Snowdonia’s land-locked man-made waves. Thirty elite UK surf athletes competed in all, travelling from all over the country to the UK’s most unlikely break.

Surf Snowdonia hosts international summit on inland surfing

Surf Park Summit takes place 24-25 October 2017
 
Investors, developers, and suppliers from around the globe will converge on North Wales later this week for the first ever European Surf Park Summit.

Around 75 delegates from 19 countries are expected to attend the two-day conference, which takes place at Surf Snowdonia – a world-first inland surf lagoon which lies seven miles from the sea in the Conwy Valley.

The summit’s agenda will showcase Surf Snowdonia’s world-first Wavegarden technology and give industry stakeholders the opportunity to meet the parc’s senior management. The Surf Snowdonia team will share insights from their build and development experience and first two years of operation.

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.