Springtime Photography Competition 2018

Spring at Astley Park

Spring is finally here - which means this year’s Springtime Photography Competition is now open! In celebration of this spectacular season, we are looking to display your favourite Springtime photographs, which will be uploaded to the competition page on our website. Readers will then be invited to vote for their favourite picture, and the photographer with the most votes will be declared the winner.

In addition to winning a £100 Amazon gift voucher, the winning photograph will also be published in this year’s Green Tourism and Heritage Guide (*terms and conditions apply).

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 –

Travelodge Comes To Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Travelodge Comes To Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Liverpool John Lennon Airport Travelodge is the company’s 14th hotel in Merseyside and its first to offer meeting rooms 

To celebrate 30 years of trading in Merseyside, Travelodge pays homage to the nation’s favourite Scousers and names the hotel’s five floors and meeting rooms after them. 

Travelodge announces Merseyside Expansion programme and is looking for four hotel sites in: Liverpool City Centre by the Empire Theatre/ University, Birkenhead, Formby and St. Helens

This expansion represents an investment of £24 million for third party investors and a job creation of 100 new jobs         

CircusFest 2018


In the 250th anniversary year of the invention of modern circus, the Roundhouse’s CircusFest 2018 focuses on the future of circus: daring and diverse, punky and poetic, subversive and socially aware. From the spectacular to the intimate, the festival showcases the point where circus collides with theatre, dance, live art, film and even virtual reality.

Shevington village fete promises to be bigger and better than ever!

Shevington Fete Sue Johnston

A village fete which has grown over the past few years promises to offer its biggest and best event in 2018! People in the local community of Shevington, Wigan, were disappointed in 2016 because the annnual Fete could not run due to lack of volunteers. Late last year, the committee saw an influx of willing volunteers and it was decided to hold the event on Saturday 30th June.

The whole community are invited to attend, whether as visitors or stallholders. The stalls don’t just offer locally, handmade crafts, goods and food but also include information stalls with representatives from local and nationwide charities and organisations including Northern Greyhound Rescue, the local branches of Women’s Institute, Butterflies Children’s Charity and The Samaritans of Wigan.

Spring & Easter Events

Spring & Easter Events

Spring is in the air! And for those who love Easter, Winchester has enough chocolate, eggs, parties and activities to keep the whole family entertained. Sneak a peek at the best events you need to know about.

Biscuit Decorating at Winchester Cathedral
26 – 28 March, 2 – 3 April
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Have some good old-fashioned family fun this Easter as the Winchester Cathedral celebrates with a drop-in biscuit decorating workshop. While kids create their edible masterpieces, mums and dads can take the rare opportunity to sit down with a cuppa!

There's no need to book. A £1 charge will be made on the day for each biscuit decorated. 

Woodside & Quarry Close Cottage

Woodside & Quarry Close Cottage

Woodside is a beautiful self catering hideaway for two. It is situated in an idyllic peaceful setting, tucked away down a pretty lane next to Cloughton woods. Cloughton is on the edge of the north York moors, not far from the coast. It is completely self contained and part of a larger house occupied by the owners.
There are numerous walks all around the cottage, and you don’t have to drive very far to get marvellous views of moorland, hills and sea. It is very close to Scarborough, and Whitby is just a short drive away. There is a good bus service to Scarborough and Whitby, about half a mile away.
The cottage has a twin bedded room, with choice of bedding - feather or polyester duvets and pillows or a blanket and sheet bed.

Keep it out and help smokers quit in Bradford District

No Smoking Day

Keep it Out, a regional campaign to crack down on illegal tobacco sales is being backed by Bradford Council as part of the run up to No Smoking Day on 14 March.

Councils across West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, the North East and Hull are linking up on No Smoking Day to tackle illegal tobacco, which include cigarettes, hand rolling tobacco and other smoker’s products that have been smuggled into Britain without tax being paid, or are counterfeit and usually available through unlicensed outlets.

Belvoir castle reveals exciting plans for the engine yard

Belvoir castle

There is a great air of anticipation at Belvoir Castle, which has revealed more details of its exciting new retail space opening in May opposite the Castle entrance. The Engine Yard will be a destination for excellence in food and drink unlike any other in the region that will champion local companies and great British brands, providing a community hub where locals and tourists can shop for excellent produce and linger over delicious light bites prepared by the Yard’s café.

Pennine Cruisers

Pennine Cruisers

Pennine Cruisers is a small family run business with the Clarke family taking ownership since 2000, although Pennine Cruisers has been running since 1968, meaning this year it is 50 years old!!!

We run all year round and have many aspect to our business from; skippered boat trips, self drive day and holiday hire along with our dry and wet dock for private boaters to have work carried out. We also have a shop which sells various chandlery and boating goods, along with lots of nice tourist/gift ware.

Clip ’n Climb Leeds – the largest in the North – opens in May

Clip n Climb Leeds interior

A year in the making, Clip ’n Climb Leeds opens in May and boasts 32 individual climbs – making it the biggest in the North.

Open just in time for May half term, the centre boasts treats for the vertically adventurous include the hair-raising, nine-metre Vertical Drop Slide, plus Stairway To Heaven and the Astro-Ball amongst many others.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018

Norfolk & Norwich Festival has today announced the full programme for its 2018 Festival (11 - 27 May). The programme, which spans performance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature, circus, outdoor and family events, includes world and UK premieres, one-off spectaculars, and a host of free events across the Festival. The Festival will showcase renowned international artists from across the globe and countries as widespread as Syria, Australia and India, alongside the best local Norfolk and UK talent presented across the county, from Norwich city centre and Great Yarmouth to Wells-next-the-Sea.

Top countryside day out - Galloway Country Fair

Save the date for a top countryside day out - Galloway Country Fair

The dates for the biggest event in Dumfriesshire’s rural calendar – Galloway Country Fair – have been confirmed as 18 and 19 August as the popular event returns this summer.

Organisers are urging people to save the date and take advantage of a 10 per cent early bird ticket discount.

The award winning weekend event takes place in the picturesque surroundings of Drumlanrig Caste and Country Estate. Showcasing the best of country pursuits, local craftsmanship, artisan food and drink as well as show-stopping entertainment, it is a not-to-be-missed celebration of rural life.

A Warm Welsh Getaway At Celtic Manor Resort

A Warm Welsh Getaway At Celtic Manor Resort

The five-star Celtic Manor Resort, awarded the UK’s Best Hotel 2017,[1] is set in more than 2,000 acres of panoramic parkland at the gateway to Wales. 

With four hotels including a 330-room luxury Resort Hotel, an historic 19th century Manor House with 70 rooms, the 148-room Coldra Court and the Newbridge on Usk country inn with six rooms, as well as a large and versatile convention centre.

The exclusive Signature Floor is perfect for an adult getaway, with lots of little luxuries and its very own lounge. There’s also plenty of family rooms in the Resort Hotel as well as the 10 deluxe Hunter Lodges. The self-catered luxury Hunter Lodges come complete with hot tub, games room and four en-suite rooms.

Albert Dock Liverpool launches 2018 event programme

Albert Dock Liverpool launches 2018 event programme

From swashbuckling pirate battles and thundering steam engines to toe-tapping folk music and a fascinating journey into the past - Albert Dock Liverpool has a packed year of free events during 2018 that will excite visitors of all ages, all year-round. And for those who want more adrenalin from their day out, Adventure Dock Co will open to the public in May for the summer - Albert Dock’s exciting new floating aqua park boasting a 92m inflatable assault course!

Glamping Site Set to Open on Edge of the Brecon Beacons

Glamping Site Set to Open on Edge of the Brecon Beacons

Wood-fired hot tubs, stellar night skies and a working farm – that’s just some of the attractions at Wigwam® Holidays Brecon, set to open Friday 30th March 2018.

This family-run concern gives visitors a flavour of farming life while staying in one of six Running Water Deluxe Wigwam® Cabins, two of which have wood fired hot tubs.

The newest addition to the Wigwam® Holidays Network, this new site is located on the border of the Brecon Beacons National Park and is perfect for stargazing as the park has been awarded the coveted and rare Dark Sky status.

Site co-owner Rebecca Watkins said: “Our family farm includes 100 acres of farm land with spectacular views, and we’re based a short distance from the town of Brecon.

Biggest inflatable adventure park in the UK is launching in Newcastle

inflatable adventure

To Inflatable and beyond! A huge inflatable adventue theme park is set to open in the North East.

InflataSpace, is an inflatable adventure and the latest the latest brainchild of the Fun Shack Group, owners of premier trampoline parks Jump 360, will be the biggest permanent indoor inflatable theme park in the UK and the first in the North East.

The park will be space themed and visitors can expect to enjoy sliding down extreme rocket drop slides, bouncing on giant inflatable planets, suiting up in inflatable sumo wrestling rings, taking on the challenge on the gladiator podium with battle sticks and more.

Countdown on to May's Chilterns Walking Festival

Walking Festival

There are just 100 days until the start of the 2018 Chilterns Walking Festival spring event, which takes place from Saturday 19 May to Sunday 03 June 2018.

The programme of over 50 guided walks, events and activities includes opportunities to try short circular walks, take the train for a walk and longer linear walks. What they all have in common is the gorgeous Chilterns landscape - with the mix of rolling farmland, woodlands and spectacular views - and a knowledgeable guide to share stories and point out places of interest.