Outdoor Activities

How to make the most of the British summer

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.  


Surf Snowdonia announces first ever multi discipline race event Waves, Mud & Mountains to take place in Conwy Valley on Sunday 26 March

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Surf Snowdonia has announced that it will host its first ever multi discipline event at the end of March 2017. The multi-obstacle challenge will take place at Surf Snowdonia’s adventure parc site and around the village of Dolgarrog in the heart of the Conwy Valley, North Wales.

Waves Mud and Mountains is set to be a challenging circuit which will pit competitors against some of the abundant natural elements of the North Wales landscape, recently named by Lonely Planet as #4 on its global list of Top Regions to explore in 2017.

The distance covered by the course comes in at 5k, but organisers promise that it will test competitors’ stamina, agility and mental strength to the maximum.

Plymouth’s top refreshing winter walks with cosy pubs, cafés and hotels

Burrator Reservoir Dartmore - Credit to Gary Burge

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 commitment to living landscape receives top environmental award

Kevin Kirk - St Andrews links commitment to living landscape receives top environmental award

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.

Sustainable practices have long been recognised on the courses with the Home of Golf the first Open Championship venue to receive the Golf Environment Organisation certified ecolabel in 2011.

Five reasons to book a weekend getaway to the Brecon Beacons National Park this winter

Sinclair M Cantref Dark Skies Print Winter

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.

‘We Bought a Zoo’ author confirmed for British Tourism & Travel Show

Benhamin Mee - we bought a zoo author confirmed for british tourism travel show

Director of Dartmoor Zoo, Benjamin Mee joins Keynote line-up

Returning to the NEC Birmingham on 22-23 March, British Tourism & Travel Show will feature an exclusive Keynote from Benjamin Mee, author of the bestselling book and inspiration for the Hollywood blockbuster We Bought A Zoo.

Delivering his session at 1pm on 22 March, Benjamin Mee joins the show’s seminar line-up, which already includes TV presenter Julia Bradbury and Travelzoo’s UK MD Joel Brandon-Bravo.

Closed - Win a Family Ticket To GreenWood Forest Park!

Greenwood Forest Park, Wales

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.