Outdoor Activities

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

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).

 

A wild medicine walk with a medical herbalist

medical herbalist

Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine in the world. It was just two generations ago that we were using these herbs in our homes for common complaints like colds, hayfever, coughs and headaches in the UK. 

 

Natasha Richardson is a medical herbalist who has run wild medicine walks since 2010. She wants to help people reconnect with their natural environment by educating them about the incredible value of the plants which surround us.

 

Her medicine walks last a couple of hours and happen along the forgotten in-between places across London; the canals, railway edges and the occasional farm. It’s easy to feel like there is nothing natural about London, but the plants are everywhere once you know what to look for. 

How to make the most of the British summer

caravan

It’s been a long time coming, but summer is finally nearly here. As temperatures start to soar and the UK gets some long-awaited sunshine, it’s the perfect time to get out and about and explore the sights our beautiful country has to offer. 

To give you some ideas of how to make the most of the British summer before it’s gone, we’ve put together these top tips. So, read on to find out how you can get the very best from the UK’s most anticipated season. 

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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.

In Celebration of Grandma’s New Superpower……Check out the latest in E-bikes in the UK!

E-Bikes

More or less all of us have been there at one time or another ….the sun’s shining, you’reenjoying a day out in the country on a Spring Bank Holiday or maybe treating yourself to a b&b break or a gorgeous glamping holiday. It’s great fun spending time with close friends and their children or a group of family members…and then someone suggests a cycling trip, taking in a spot of lunch at a lovely country pub or tea shop in a charming village some 10 miles away.

Surf Snowdonia announces headline acts for Electric Wave Festival

Surf Snowdonia announces headline acts for Electric Wave Festival

Badly Drawn Boy
Anton Powers

 
Surf Snowdonia has announced the headline acts for its first ever music and surf festival, Electric Wave.
 
Mercury Prize-winning artist Badly Drawn Boy and Capital FM DJ Anton Powers will top the bill at the three-day festival which takes place at Surf Snowdonia from 14-16 July.
 
Joining the headliners will be Bez from Happy Mondays, 25 Years of Cream, General Levy, Showhawk Duo and DJ Yoda as well as big local talent like Calfari and the The Spitting Pips. More names are set to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
 

British Asparagus Asks Everyone To “Turn the Vale Green for The Gras” Including Tom Jones

British Asparagus Asks Everyone To “Turn the Vale Green for The Gras” Including Tom Jones

The Vale of Evesham is hoping to go green from 23rd April in celebration of its venerable vegetable – the asparagus. Businesses throughout the region, which extends from the Malvern Hills to the outskirts of Stratford – have already signed up for the campaign.

Numerous iconic buildings in Evesham and the Vale are going green for the gras, including:

  • The Bell Tower
  • Broadway Tower  
  • Almonry Heritage Centre:
  • The Fleece at Bretforton:
  • Raphaels Restaurant:
  • The Asparagus Man, Gus's house in Badsey  

 

Supporting the campaign is Buzz Electrical in Evesham who are happy to advise any company on how they can go green using existing floodlights or installing them especially.

The Alresford Watercress Festival – celebrating the UK’s favourite Super Salad Leaf

Sunday 21 May 2017 is the time to visit Alresford, Hampshire, ‘the World’s Capital of Watercress’. You’ll be in for a foodie delight as this beautiful Georgian town plays host to the annual Watercress Festival with a variety of fantastic family attractions and a wide range of mouth-watering watercress treats ranging from traditional soup and cakes, to watercress ice cream and watercress beer, even watercress flavoured gin.
 

12th Annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival 29th April – 7th May 2017

12th Annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival 29th april - 7th May 2017

Now in its 12th year, the annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival, 29th April – 7th May, is offering 57 walks, making it probably the biggest in the West Midlands and one of the best in the country.

The Festival is not just for people with big rucksacks, walking poles and expensive boots but is two events in one; it offers 32 ‘themed’ walks ranging from two to 10 miles, and 25 walks which are longer and for the more experienced walker.