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Verdant Leisure Launches Its Unique UK Photography Competition

Verdant Leisure, the UK’s bespoke holiday park operator, is offering budding amateur photographers the chance to have their images published in the company’s 2018/2019 brochure with its unique scenic photography competition. Winners will also be awarded holidays at Verdant Leisure parks of their choice.
 
The competition launch follows Verdant Leisure’s 2017 survey showing that the UK’s coastline and countryside is so stunning, it led Brits to think they were looking at photos of exotic foreign climes!
 
The competition will be hosted for four weeks from 18th October, on Verdant Leisure’s Facebook page and entrants will be able to enter as many images as they like into the following five categories……
 
Scenic Scotland

Great Rail Journeys Offers a Great Selection of Tours for Single Travellers

Great Rail Journeys Offers a Great Selection of Tours for Single Travellers

With their new Europe, UK and Cruising by Rail Brochure, award-winning Great Rail Journeys (www.greatrail.com / 01904 527 180 / 0800 240 4470) has over 15 tours with No Single Supplement. From Cornwall to Italy, there is a huge variety of tours for customers to choose from, so solo travellers don’t have to miss out on incredible adventures.

Swiping right this summer? Super Break launch new travel tool

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Are you unable to keep off Instagram and spend most of your evenings pouring over travel inspiration online? A new travel tool allows you to swipe right or left, like a dating app, but instead based on your travel preferences.

Get your wanderlust fix with the new interactive created by travel brand Super Break. Discover Your Destination is designed to allow users to browse for their ideal short break through a journey of “instagramable” photographs.

Eco-friendly honeymoons - the best destinations

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Begin married life in health and wellness whilst making a positive impact on the environment, as Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialists, share their best eco-friendly healthy honeymoon destinations for green-conscious couples. With a choice of award-winning eco-friendly luxury wellness retreats, travel abroad happy in the knowledge that these hand-selected wellness retreats actively support sustainable tourism.

From romantic eco-forest walks in India to nutritious organic cuisine grown onsite in New Zealand and natural therapeutic spa remedies in Africa, return home from these eco-friendly healthy honeymoons, feeling more connected to your loved one, and to nature.

Better station access among demands in new South Eastern Passenger Charter

Passenger groups across the South East are uniting behind a Charter demanding improvements to South Eastern Rail services.

Passengers are using the Charter to call for better accessibility at stations, flexible tickets for part-time commuters and more train carriages.

The Better South Eastern Charter is in response to the public consultation launched by the Government as it looks for a new train operator to run the franchise after the current contract ends in December 2018. Southeastern, who currently operate the franchise which serves south east London and parts of Kent and East Sussex, has some of the worst passenger satisfaction in the UK.

Retreat west and discover the spirit of Ardnamurchan

Retreat west and discover the spirit of Ardnamurchan

A remote peninsula of wild and unforgettable beauty, jutting out of the west highlands into the ocean, the British mainland's most westerly point.

 

Whether you're looking for a romantic break, a family holiday, or an unforgettable adventure, we have the ideal spot for you. Stay in a beautiful country home, a cosy hillside cabin, a remote bothy on the shore, or even the original lighthouse keeper's cottage, nestled below the mighty Ardnamurchan Lighthouse. All our cottages enjoy spectacular sea views and are set to the majestic backdrop of western Ardnamurchan, where we started our family-run business, Steading Holidays, over forty years ago.

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.

 

Extraordinary Everyday - Wardown House reopens!

Extraordinary Everyday - Wardown House reopens!

Wardown House, Museum and Gallery will be officially reopened by Luton’s Mayor Cllr Tahir Khan on Saturday 8 April at 12pm.
 
Since closing its doors in March 2016, the museum has been undergoing a magnificent transformation; and the reopening has been eagerly anticipated by many; gone are the traditional exhibition spaces and museum displays, now visitors can get hands-on and up close with Luton’s history.
 

Mercure Hull Grange Park invests in comprehensive refurbishment

Mercure Hull Grange Park invests in comprehensive refurbishment

The Mercure Hull Grange Park is coming to the final phase of an extensive investment and renovation programme. Work on the renovation is well underway and is set to be complete by April 2017, including the transformation of all 100 bedrooms.

The first phase of the four-star hotel’s comprehensive refurbishment saw the redesign of its International Suite, cementing the property as the main events hotel in the area. The renovation of the International Suite, capable of hosting up to 550 guests, is bespoke and locally inspired, demonstrating the best the local area has to offer and offering one of the largest spaces available within a hotel in Yorkshire.

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.  


20% off Family & Friends Railcard this half term

Family & Friends Railcard

National Rail has announced 20% off its Family & Friends one year Railcard from 3-20 February – perfect for fun trips this February half term.

The sale means that the Railcard, which saves a third off most adult rail fares and 60% off kids’ fares, will be available for just £24, for a year’s unlimited usage – helping family and friends enjoy fun-filled trips, without breaking the bank.

To take advantage of the sale visit: familyandfriends-railcard.co.uk/sale and use code: FEB17

For cash-strapped parents needing inspiration this half term, Family & Friends Railcard has compiled five exciting trips for families:

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Pick A Spot And Stay Awhile When Traveling In Ireland

Travel expert, Ian Leaf, offers some advice while traveling in Ireland.

Many tourists that come to visit Ireland believe since it's such a little island they can quickly travel about and see all the sites in a very short time frame. The thing is, there is so much to see, one must plan their trip wisely to see the best sites, and not wear themselves out. The best plan is to find lodgings in places where you can stay put for a few days, yet still be able to manage several day trips to see the sites nearby.

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

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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.