Just ten miles south of the Brecon Beacons, mid-way between Cardiff and Swansea, the outstanding natural beauty of Caerau Parc will be the location of the brand new Afan Valley Adventure Resort covering some 485 acres. From high octane flights down zip wires, to scaling challenging climbing towers and exploring treetop playgrounds, visitors will be offered an adventure experience like no other.
In a welcome piece of good news, it recently emerged that the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by 6% in 2016. In the fight to protect the planet for future generations, such a drop is clearly cause for celebration. But, how has the UK managed to reduce its pollution, and what part have businesses played in helping to move towards a greener future?
Energy sector plays an important role
One of the key ways in which the UK has cut its emissions is in the changes seen in the energy sector. Businesses here are driving the transition away from a carbon-hungry past, weaning the nation off coal and onto alternative sources of energy.
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.
Close your eyes and imagine a romantic break for two surrounded by green fields, towering fells, and glittering lakes.
Oak Tree Studio is a beautifully modern, self-catering cottage set in the beautiful Eden Valley, just outside of the Lake District. This charming cottage has eco friendly features, including underfloor heating provided by a biomass boiler.
The lounge of the property is a bright and airy space, surrounded as it is by floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides, offering lovely views over the countryside and towards the fells of the Lake District. In warmer weather, step outside onto the patio and enjoy a bottle of champagne in the pretty garden.
With the festive season drawing to a close, Great Britain is looking for a virtuous start to 2017 and what better way to begin the year than with a revitalising country or coastal winter walk. Visit Plymouth (www.visitplymouth.co.uk) has highlighted its top walking trails with accompanying cosy pubs, cafes and hotels – as no ramble would be complete without a hot chocolate, refreshing pint or comfortable bed on the horizon!
St Andrews Links, the Home of Golf, has received a top award for its commitment to developing sustainable practices across its world famous living landscape.
The world’s largest sustainable certification programme of its kind Green Tourism, whose mission is to encourage and enable people to make sustainable choices that reduce their impact on the planet, awarded St Andrews Links the GOLD award for the wide and diverse range of sustainable practices.
The Brecon Beacons National Park, located in South Wales, is a treasure trove for visitors. From adrenaline-fueled abseiling and mountain biking activities to scenic walks and lazy pub lunches, visitors can do as much or as little as they like in the beautiful surroundings of the Brecon Beacons.
Here are five things to do in the Brecon Beacons this winter: Stargazing The Brecon Beacons National Park is an International Dark Sky Reserve and offers visitors the chance to see the Milky Way, major constellations, bright nebulas and even meteor showers on clear nights. With some of the highest quality dark skies in the UK, the Park makes for an idyllic retreat for stargazers.
There’s stacks of fun at GreenWood Forest Park and we’ve got a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children for you to win!
Voted Best Family Attraction in North Wales for six years running, days out don’t get much better than this! GreenWood Forest Park is set in 27 magical acres, and it’s easy to see why it’s a full day out - discovering woodland adventure, awesome attractions and forest family fun.
Manchester United's Museum and Tour Centre at Old Trafford has been recognised for its commitment to ‘green business' with a recent award from not-for-profit sustainability accreditation programme, Green Tourism.
Achieving the highest standard GOLD accolade the award winning tourist attraction has worked to increase sustainability across the business - from the kitchen to the stadium.
Every aspect of the building and management has implemented new practices to ensure savings are met on energy usage, wastage costs and bills.
How a chartered surveyor turned private gardens into the UK's most popular tourist attraction, as recognised by TripAdvisor
Recognising the extensive rejuvenation and refurbishments efforts made by current owners Bernard and Kaye Merna, Compton Acres has beenannounced as the UK's top tourist attraction by TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site. Topping a list of prestigious UK tourist attractions, the popularity rating of Compton Acres is based on search activity to their website which has increased by 150% in the last 12 months.
One of the UK’s top BMX demo teams is dropping in to the National Trust for Scotland’s Culzean Castle and Country Park on Sunday 18 September as part of a celebration of pedal power.
The 3SIXTY bicycle stunt team will be amongst the attractions at the historic estate’s first ever cycling festival. They’ll be performing amazing tricks in the beautiful grounds of Culzean Castle.
Bikes, trikes and unicycles are all welcome at the event which is intended to encourage visitors to discover a new dimension to the historic Ayrshire estate’s heritage. Visitors can pick up a map and get going on their own adventure, or head out on a guided Cycle Safari using fabulous electric bikes supplied by 'The Hub'.
Event organiser Hannah Teasdale said:
Glamping is a truly sustainable experience - the carbon footprint is minimal and getting back to nature makes for a memorable experience.
The UK has a number of high quality destinations in beautiful locations and this guide from Green Tourism - the go-to standard in sustainability working with tourist destinations across the UK - gives you top tips on choosing a truly green glamping site.
Calvert Trust Exmoor ran its first ever open country horse riding event, the Exmoor Calvert Horseshoe, on Bank Holiday Monday 30th May 2016.
‘The Exmoor Calvert Horseshoe’ offered two alternative rides through beautiful Exmoor countryside, a 15 kilometre leisure ride and a 25 kilometre endurance ride. Both rides started and ended at Comer’s Gate, near Withypool, taking in beautiful Exmoor scenery including the Barle River valley, Dunkery Gate, Dunkery Hill, Cloutsham Ball and Horner Woods.
Local Rider Julie Lyons described her experience of the event; “I had a fantastic day, made some new friends, and enjoyed some beautiful scenery and lovely weather at this well organised event. See you again next year!”
Less than 2 hrs rail or road journey heading South from London, Oxford or Bristol and you will be immersed in a 1000 year old Forest & Heathland area which has kept its roots steeped in tradition while coping with the inevitable onset of tourism and recreation which an area of natural beauty cannot easily resist. Britain's smallest National Park has many organisations protecting the interests of conservation and grazing while promoting the benefits of outdoor recreation at the same time.