WIN a pair adult weekend tickets to Reggae One Love Festival 2018

Reggae One Love Festival 2018

After 10 years of great events in the Home Counties we are really excited to be taking the Reggae Festival to the UK’s spiritual home, to a mystical land engulfed in folk law, myths and legends. A place where the biggest and best Festival on Earth started “The Glastonbury Festival” 

We have always thought Reggae is so under represented at Glastonbury so we have literally taken Reggae to Glastonbury - With Glastonbury taking a year off in 2018 we thought the area needed some blessed up reggae vibes where we will introduce Reggae and Reggae Culture to a much larger audience –

Meghan ‘Marvel’: Royal Wedding sees UK tourism boom

Meghan ‘Marvel’: Royal Wedding sees UK tourism boom

Few events worldwide can claim to rival royal weddings for global interest, and the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is no exception with a boost to British tourism expected in May. 

According to data* revealed by Best Western Great Britain, the largest collection of independent hotels in GB, suggests that this year’s celebration has particularly caught the attention of those across the Atlantic. For the two weeks surrounding the 19th May (the date of the wedding), Best Western has seen an 11% increase in bookings from the USA, with royal fans flocking to see their fellow American marry Prince Harry.

This has been accompanied by a 27% year-on-year increase in the number of searches on bestwestern.com for UK destinations.

Gulliver's Easter Egg-stravaganza!

Gulliver's Easter Egg-stravaganza!

Families can look forward to a fun-filled bank-holiday weekend as Gulliver's Kingdom prepare for their Easter spectacle… with a guest appearance from someone egg-stra special.

Over the four day Easter bank holiday weekend (30 March – 2 April), Gulliver's Kingdom, Matlock Bath, will be holding some very special events for the entire family to mark this particularly fun time of year. Gulliver's Kingdom aim to fulfil all your entertainment needs this Easter under a single roof as they look forward to welcoming a very special guest - the Easter Bunny.

Festival No.6 Announce Headliners

Franz Ferdinand & Friendly Fires Join The The To Headline Festival No.6

Having previously revealed The The as the top of the bill for Saturday night, multi-award winning Festival No.6 (6-9 September ‘18) is proud to announce Franz Ferdinand and Friendly Fires as the remaining headliners for this year’s highly anticipated seventh edition – the highlight of the UK festival season.

Following a brief hiatus, indie rockers Friendly Fires are back with a vengeance and headlining the Friday evening at No.6. Promising to “herald in a new era”, the band will be showcasing brand new tracks and an incendiary live show for which they are rightfully renowned. 

World’s largest gathering of Shire horses returns

World’s largest gathering of Shire horses returns

Public invited to help celebrate as world’s largest gathering of Shire horses returns to Staffordshire

The world’s largest gathering of Shire horses returns to Staffordshire from 16th to 18th March – and people from throughout the UK are being invited to join organiser the Shire Horse Society as the charity celebrates its 140th anniversary.

Around 250 pedigree Shires from across Europe are expected to attend the three-day indoor event at Bingley Hall, Staffordshire Showground.

Taste of Grampian

Taste of Grampian

Following the success of last year’s Taste of Grampian with James Martin, the team behind Scotland’s largest one-day festival have announced that he will return for 2018.

Now in its 19th year, the big reveal was made today at Thainstone Centre, by Taste of Grampian Chairman John Gregor.   He commented; “I’m absolutely delighted to be welcoming James Martin back to Thainstone Centre this year for the 3rd time in its history on June 2nd.  He was a major draw and crowd-pleaser to the event last year and went out of his way to meet stand holders and visitors to the show.  The breadth of local food and drink on offer at the festival this year will highlight our continued commitment to showcasing new and established producers.  It’s always a great day out for all the family.”

Eat & Drink Festival - Tickets On Sale Now!

Eat & Drink Festival

The Eat & Drink Festival 2018 is back for its second year at Olympia London from 17 March to 2 April. Advance ticket prices start from as little as £14 for weekday adult tickets and children aged 15 and under go free.

Celebrating the best of food and drink, the Eat & Drink Festival 2018 brings together street food vendors, artisan food producers, top food brands as well as experts in cuisines from around the world and mixologists. From late night dining to shopping for fresh produce, there’s something to everyone’s taste.

Renowned chefs, food experts and TV chefs from some of the countries’ best restaurants will cook up a storm on The Foodie Stage with live demonstrations, sharing creative tips and culinary secrets.

Arundel Castle’s 2018 events set to be biggest yet

Arundel Castle’s 2018 events set to be biggest yet

Arundel Castle in West Sussex has announced a bumper calendar of events in time for its reopening on 30 March 2018.

The Castle, which is celebrating the 950th anniversary of its initial construction in 2018, will have a packed schedule of 13 historical events from the seasoned professionals at the Raven Tor Living History Group.

Opening the season is firm family favourite Normans and Crusaders, which takes place over the Easter Weekend, 31 March-02 April 2018. The event will be set within a tented encampment on the American lawns, giving visitors a glimpse into life in the 12th century.  With combat and falconry displays across the weekend, and have-a-go archery for the over 8s, it’s sure to be a thrilling weekend for all ages.

Celebrate The Magic Of Dal Festival

Celebrate The Magic Of Dal Festival

Full details are announced of the first British Dal Festival - a week of events across the city of Bristol between 19th and 25th March. 

The Festival will celebrate the magic of traditional dals of the Indian subcontinent alongside other pulse dishes from around the world, from the refried beans of Mexico and fava dips of Greece to Britain’s pease pudding and mushy peas. 

The Festival will promote the cultural richness, flavour, and affordability of dal as well as its contribution to health, nutrition and environmental sustainability.  Dal is any split pulse (lentil, bean or pea) or pulse stew or soup. In particular the Festival will highlight pulses grown in the UK such as fava beans and split yellow and green peas, all perfect ingredients for dal.

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce new exhibition

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce new exhibition

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce a major new exhibition, CATWALKING: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore, from July 2018.

The show will present original fashion photographs by Chris Moore, the undisputed king of catwalk photography. Moore has been at the forefront of fashion for six decades and still today he is capturing all the iconic catwalk moments - in London, Paris, Milan and New York.

April's RHS Flower Show Cardiff is a must-sea!

RHS Flower Show Cardiff. Credit: RHS and Huw John

The RHS Flower Show Cardiff in April will feature eco-friendly Regeneration Gardens, which champion reusable materials, and is set to inspire with its Wales’ Year of the Sea theme.

The annually anticipated floral spectacular – partnered by wealth manager Brewin Dolphin – will highlight the sensational Welsh coastline with a host of themed gardens and related features and activities to spark the imagination as 60 nurseries from all over the UK come together in Floral Marquee and Plant Village.

As the UK’s leading gardening charity, the RHS has revealed an exciting line-up, bringing vibrant Show Gardens, floral displays, interactive activities and the brand new Regeneration Gardens to the grounds of the stunning Bute Park from 13 to 15 April. 

Keep Britain Tidy

tidy

Create a change this spring with Keep Britain Tidy

Keep Britain Tidy is back with the UK’s biggest ever litter campaign, the Great British Spring Clean

Inspired by BBC’s Blue Planet II, the ambition is to recruit 400,000 Brits to get involved

Keep Britain Tidy has announced its first ever #LitterHero Ambassador search as they look for 99 local champions across the country
 
Keep Britain Tidy is urging Brits to sign up and join the UK’s biggest-ever litter clean up. This year the ambition is to recruit more litter pickers than ever before with 400,000 volunteers needed to help clear the streets, parks and coastlines of Britain, from 2nd – 4th March 2018.

Surf Snowdonia Soundwaves Festival

Surf Snowdonia Soundwaves Festival

Surf Snowdonia pulls in two of Europe’s biggest dance music brands for one-day festival. Soundwaves will showcase headline acts from Kaluki and Café Mambo Ibiza

Event details: All day event, Saturday 14th April. Over 18s only. Strictly limited tickets available at Skiddle, early bird entry £17.50. Limited VIP glamping pods available onsite from £100 per night (based on 4 people sharing).

Surf Snowdonia will host its first festival of 2018 on Saturday 14th April, and the North Wales surf hub is pulling in two of Europe’s biggest dance brands – Kaluki Musik and Café Mambo Ibiza – to kick the whole thing off.

10 Active & Adventurous Travel Ideas for Easter Holidays

Travel holidays

The world is the most exciting adventure playground, as the old adage goes. So, this year, why not make the most out of your Easter holidays and grab the opportunity to get away, get moving and improve your health.

The hunt is over as Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holidays specialists round up their top Easter holidays for active travel enthusiasts looking for some spring-time sunshine.

Top places to stay in the UK with clean air

clean air

Last year, research by the World Health Organisation revealed 44 out of 511 British towns and cities were pollution hotspots. Air in these places is considered too dangerous to breathe and air pollution in the UK is now a public health emergency2.

So if you are planning a holiday somewhere in the UK, you may want to check the pollution levels before you book! Sounds complicated? Lucky for you, last minute holiday rental provider Snaptrip.com, has created an interactive clean air destination map using a new interactive postcode tool from the BBC3. Simply hover your cursor over the destination and find out the air quality in that area.

Britain's 'Sunlit Uplands' Benefit As B&B Bookings Surge

Britain's 'Sunlit Uplands' Benefit As B&B Bookings Surge

Forward bookings at inland UK B&Bs for Summer 2018 are up 10.3%

Seaside bookings up 5%, with northern seaside towns doing especially well

B&Bs, and their contribution to the UK economy, will be honoured on National B&B Day on Saturday 24th March 2018

Inland holidays at British B&Bs are set to surge this year, with forward bookings for the summer already up 10.3%, according to the quarterly National B&B Index, published today by eviivo.

Data gathered from more than 6,000 B&Bs nationwide by online booking specialists eviivo, shows that the so-called ‘sunlit uplands’ are the most popular choice for holidaymakers. 

Surf Snowdonia’s Waves, Mud and Mountains challenge is back

Surf Snowdonia’s Waves, Mud and Mountains challenge is back

Surf Snowdonia’s Waves, Mud and Mountains obstacle run is back for its second year and organisers say that this year’s course will be even longer, harder and muddier than before.

The 10km, race-against-the-elements event will take place on Saturday 24 March 2018, the first day of Surf Snowdonia’s 2018 surf season. The event is set to draw a large crowd in what is now one of the UK’s fastest growing sports: obstacle course racing. Over 250,000 people took part in similar events across the UK in 2017.

Close to 500 competitors turned out to take in the inaugural Waves, Mud and Mountains event a year ago, and Surf Snowdonia says that it has increased the capacity and the level of challenge for this year’s course after listening to feedback from last year’s competitors.

Own label gin is tonic for Rosemere appeal

Own label gin is tonic for Rosemere appeal

Charity Rosemere Cancer Foundation is to have its own fundraising locally produced gin to be sold as a tonic for its 20 Years Anniversary Appeal and launched at a fundraising evening that will celebrate the life of a supporter, who helped to come up with the idea. 

A limited run of the fruity gin will be made by Brindle Distillery, Brindle, for Copa Fizz under their label  and sell bottles at £45 each.