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Glamping at Wigwam

Wigwam® Holidays – think heated cabins, great locations and a chance for you to create fabulous memories! The glamping accommodation provider has sites nationwide situated in beautiful locations: from a sun-kissed Cornish beach to the rippling edge of a mysterious, tranquil Scottish Loch, and anything in-between.

Our cabins are made in Scotland from sustainable timber and are fully insulated and heated. Each cabin also has a lockable door, comfy mattresses, Velux® windows and storage space as standard. Some cabins are also en-suite and include a kitchenette, dining area and some even have an outdoor hot tub too!

Cyclists are helping to save the planet in an unexpected way…

Cyclists are saving the planet

The world is producing an estimated 2.12 billion tonnes of waste each year, with future estimated expected to hit 4 billion by 2100. Legislation and government action can only get us so far, and so, there are pockets of people all around the world who are looking to take matters into their own, creative hands. 

We’re joined by Reconomy, a leading skip hire company who can aid businesses with responsible waste disposal, to take a look at the talented minds behind some of the most unique recycling initiatives around the globe.

Magic of Christmas Extended as a Farm is Transformed into a North Pole Adventure

Girl with gingerbread man cookie at the North Pole Adventure

Two local farmers are making their winter wonderland bigger and even more magical this year, as they bring back the North Pole Adventure to their Staffordshire farm.

Over 14,000 visitors experienced the North Pole Adventure in its first year at the National Forest Adventure Farm, near Burton on Trent.

To add extra sparkle to this year’s event, the owners have made a number of improvements, including extending the attraction to a huge 600m², additional opening hours and the inclusion of a new musical activity.

Highcross set to host Christmas carnival and parade

High cross Snow Globe

It’s set to be a white Christmas at Highcross in Leicester this year, as the shopping centre hosts a festive celebration like no other with the arrival of its enchanting White Christmas festival on Thursday 22nd November.  

The walk about activity will take place around St Peter’s Square and the malls. Complete with dancing snowflakes, Russian princesses, giant swans and even a winter dragon – there will be something for everyone to enjoy as this magical event takes place at Highcross, including real life snow fall…

Curling, skating and Santa – Oh My!

Lee Valley White Water Centre’s Christmas attraction

Lee Valley White Water Centre’s Christmas attraction is back for 2018. 

For the third year running the London 2012 Olympic legacy venue will host an array of seasonal activities and entertainment for families and friends to enjoy throughout the festive period.

The Christmas destination will run for just over five weeks from Saturday 1 December – Sunday 6 January 2019 and will feature an ice rink, curling sheets, a Santa’s Grotto and fun fair. 

Visitors can get into the Christmas spirit with a skate on the venue’s real ice rink.

Available from Friday to Sunday, ticket prices for ice skating start from £5pp and include a 45 minute session on the ice, skate hire and the use of a skate aid if required - perfect for experienced skaters and novices alike. 

'Winter Waggingland' - Christmas Markets for dogs and owners

winter market

Back by popular demand, Fetch & Follow’s Christmas Market for Dogs and Their Owners will once again return to East London. Newly named Winter Wagglingland, the market is set to bring festive joy to four-legged friends and the people who love them. Bigger and better, the market promises a stellar line-up of top independent pet brands, offering dog lovers something a little different, to a squeaky Christmas cracker toy! Hosted by creative pet lifestyle brand Fetch & Follow in East London’s Netil Market, shoppers can expect stylish and on-trend dog accessories and artisan dog treats, as well as gorgeous lifestyle gifts for humans.

 

Give the Gift of travel this Christmas!

Give the Gift of travel this Christmas!

This Christmas, give your loved ones the gift of travel with a Rabbie’s tour voucher and memories to last a lifetime. A voucher is their passport to anything from a one day outing to discover Bath, Avebury and Lacock Village to a three day break around Isle of Wight and the Southern Coast, and longer tours to discover Devon & Cornwall and more.

Available at values between £10 and £500, the tour vouchers can be redeemed on any Rabbie’s trip departing from London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, and Dublin.

Winter Water Canal Festivals for all the family!

sunset over canal

Looking to plan a fun-filled Christmas? There are plenty of activities happening near you where families and friends can join together to get in the festive spirit. Some events have been running for years, like Anderton Boat Lift, whereas others are brand new, such as Sawley Marina’s Christmas Market, but they can all be found in the info graphic below. Packed out every year, Anderton Boat Lift is a popular choice for the festive season as it provides a cruise with Santa alongboats on canal the River Weaver.

Learn How To Christmas À La Francaise In Covent Garden

St Germain - Learn How To Christmas

Venturing beyond buck’s fizz, blinis and poinsettias, St-Germain – the world’s first French elderflower liqueur – will offer a refreshing new take on Christmas cocktails, nibbles, decorations and gifts at its elegant St-Germain Winter Bloom Pop Up in Covent Garden from 22nd November to 22nd December.

Fittingly located on Floral Street, the St-Germain Winter Bloom Pop Up will feature a Christmas Flower Boutique that proves beautiful blooms aren’t just for summer, as well as a series of craft workshops led by personalities including cook and food writer Anna Barnett, whimsical florist Emily Baylis of June in March and cocktail expert Camille Vidal – aka Madame St-Germain.

Bristol Old Vic launches major new Heritage experience

Bristol Old Vic : Howarth Tomkins

The final piece of Bristol Old Vic’s radical reinvention falls into place this November with the launch of its brand new interactive heritage experience. The fascinating history of Bristol Old Vic, the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world, will be brought to life in a collaboration with Bristol Archives and the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, as the theatre unveils a host of experiences and attractions, supported by the National Lottery.

Loveness Lee opens first Pop-up shop in Shoreditch

Loveness Lee opens first Pop-up shop in Shoreditch

Contemporary Jewellery designer Loveness Lee is delighted to announce the opening of her first solo pop-up store in one of London’s coolest spots, Shoreditch. Opening its doors from the 26th of November to the 2nd of December, the jewellery brand will be selling their Trans- natural, Chinese Zodiac and Premice collections offering a special 10% to 20% discount during the week on selected items. Loveness Lee jewellery is hand made in London using ancient jewellery techniques and traditions. Natural forms, vivid hues and irregular textures define the brand’s unique and statement style.

When: Monday 26th of November to Sunday 2nd of December Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm and Sunday 10 am to 6pm Where: 67 Redchurch St., London, E2 7DJ

West Wales’ most dog-friendly holiday hotspots revealed

Pack of dogs at dog-friendly holiday hotspot

11 Pembrokeshire businesses were crowned the most dog-friendly in the region at a special judging ceremony hosted by Burns Pet Nutrition and Pembrokeshire Tourism. 

The awards, now in their second year and the only of their kind to be held in the UK, celebrate and recognise the Pembrokeshire businesses that go above and beyond to welcome dogs to the area, covering a range of categories including best pub, town, beach and hotel.

The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience is on the move to London’s West End!

Crystal Maze LIVE Experience moving to London’s West End!

Get ready to start the fans as The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience is moving from Islington to the heart of London’s West End and tickets to discover the all-new maze will be available to purchase from Thursday 1st November.

The attraction will be opening its doors on Friday 29th March 2019, which you may, or may not know, is the start of Brexit. Regardless of whether you voted to ‘remain’ or ‘leave’ all will be welcome at the new venue!

Focus Hotels Management Ltd. Property named ‘Top in Scotland’ by The Sunday Times

Focus Hotels Management Ltd. Property Hotel Indigo

Hotel management company Focus Hotels Management Ltd. have celebrated the news that their property, Hotel Indigo Dundee has been named as Scotland’s best hotel in the Sunday Times’ Top 100 Great British Hotels.

The news comes only four months after the hotel’s opening this summer, which followed a multi-million pound renovation, transforming the 200-year-old former mill into a chic four-star property.

The hotel, which boasts 102 bedrooms and in-house restaurant Daisy Tasker, has been lauded for it’s chic, industrial interiors and witty nods to Dundee’s history and heritage. 

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre, Suffolk

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre at night

Located in the heart of historic Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk the cathedral town’s Christmas fayre, which runs from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th November, showcases a huge selection of traditional and contemporary arts and crafts and gifts as well as an inspired selection of food and drink from the region and around the world.

Browse and shop at around 300 stalls set out along the town’s medieval streets and gardens as well as within the historic and contemporary venues and attractions including St Edmundsbury Cathedral, The Athenaeum, historic Abbey Gate, medieval Moyse’s Hall, The Apex and the contemporary Arc shopping centre.

Experience the Magic of Europe’s Festive Markets with Park Plaza this Christmas

London at Christmas

‘Tis nearly the season to be jolly and nothing heralds the start of the Christmas period more than visiting a festive market. Since its first appearance in Germany in 1434, this charming tradition has been embraced by nearly every European city! With more choice and visitors than ever, the decision of which Christmas fair to visit can be overwhelming. To help you decide, Park Plaza Hotels® & Resorts shares its all-time favourite Christmas markets, giving you one less thing to organise yourself this festive season. 

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