Hayman’s Gin and William Curley announce gin and chocolate masterclasses

Hayman's Gin

Get ready for London Chocolate Week at the Home of English Gin with Hayman’s True English Gin and Master Chocolatier William Curley - To get you ready for London Chocolate Week 2018, Hayman’s of London is presenting two unique evenings with Master Chocolatier William Curley, to showcase the perfect synergy between handmade chocolate and true English gin.

On Tuesday 9th and Thursday 11th of October, the Home of English Gin will be opening its doors in South London to gin and chocolate devotees alike for two interactive 90-minute gin and chocolate masterclasses. During these behind-the-scenes masterclasses, guests will gain a true insight into the craftsmanship that goes into hand-making both gin and chocolate.

Vine Hotels Offer Something For Everyone This Half Term

Vine Hotels - Dolphin Hotel

October half term is on the horizon and Vine Hotels has announced fantastic offers across its hotels.  Whether it’s a time away in the Peak District and its splendid countryside offering, including Chatsworth House, that appeals.  Or if a trip to the hustle and bustle and family attractions of Sheffield or Manchester is on your agenda.  Perhaps time in the waterfront city of Southampton, with Peppa Pig World and the New Forest on its doorstep, sounds just what your family needs?  Vine Hotels has a half term holiday offer to suit.

South Yorkshire:

DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield Park has one of the most envious locations in Sheffield, right on the edge of the breath-taking Peak District. 

Annual Harvest Festival returns to Bowhill

Annual Harvest Festival returns to Bowhill

Taking on a farming and forestry theme for 2018, The Harvest Festival at Bowhill will take place on Sunday 30 September between 11am-4pm – celebrating the last day of its visitor season.

Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy a fun-packed schedule including woodturning with the onsite specialist and learn about horse logging through demonstrations.

There will also be a Bowhill Bake Off competition split into two age categories, over 12 years and 12 years and under. Budding bakers can bring along their Bowhill themed creations on the day alongside an entry form which can be found on the Bowhill website.

Call for memories from The National Wallace Monument 

Children outside The National Wallace Monument 

In the build-up to The National Wallace Monument’s 150th anniversary in 2019, Stirling District Tourism is asking the public to share their memories of the historic landmark.   
Past visitors and fans of the Monument are invited to share their own photographs and memories to The National Wallace Monument’s #Wallace150 Facebook group, and it is expected that some fascinating stories and anecdotes from the past will be discovered.  
Since opening its doors in 1869, The National Wallace Monument has been welcoming visitors from around the world and telling the story of Scotland’s national hero for 149 years.  

Festivals to Get You Inspired this Autumn from Vegan Events UK

Festivals to Get You Inspired this Autumn from Vegan Events UK

There’s an exciting array of inspiring vegan festivals happening across the UK this autumn, including Christmas Festivals, organised by Vegan Events UK. And with an estimated 3.5 million people, and rising, in the UK identifying themselves as vegan [1], there’s never been a better time to find out more about this growing lifestyle choice.

Enjoy Fast Food Guilt Free

Enjoy Fast Food Guilt Free

The idea of not being able to eat out when on a diet is a complete myth, says Terri Ann Nunns, co-founder of the Healthy Happy Mum Plan.

The mum of four believes being healthy and having fast food or enjoying a restaurant meal is actually easier than many might think and to prove it, she’s launched the Healthy Happy Mum Plan, Restaurant and Fast Food Calorie Guide, alongside Strictly Come Dancing’s latest celebrity super-mum, Katie Piper and it’s totally free to enjoy!

The celebrity pair have teamed up as part of their Healthy Happy Mum Plan venture to help mums and those trying to lead a healthier, happier lifestyle to enjoy fast food and eating out guilt free. Here’s their advice:

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Have you got what it takes to face your worst nightmare?

Have you got what it takes to face your worst nightmare?

A Staffordshire farm is calling on people to face their fears as it reveals its 13th new scare attraction which organisers say is made from the stuff of nightmares.

Screamfest, located at the National Forest Adventure Farm, near Burton upon Trent, will unveil a new nightmare themed scare attraction called Insomnia when it opens on Thursday 11th October.

Insomnia will be the farm’s biggest indoor scare maze yet and transport you into the worst kind of nightmare; one you can’t escape. Based around the real fear that nightmares can create, the attraction is set to run alongside Screamfest favourites Demonica, Freak Out, Love Hurts and maize maze-based Dia de los Muertos.

Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust To Set Pulses Racing at Henry Yates Thompson Dinner

Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust To Set Pulses Racing at  Henry Yates Thompson Fund Raising Dinner in October

The Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust, invites you to their annual Henry Yates Thompson fundraising dinner on the 13th October. Be transported into an enchanted garden, as the much-loved Grade II* listed Palm House is transformed into an avant-garde feast for the senses with breath-taking performances and the most exquisite menu, inspired by the exotic botanical collection.

With every moment you will be captivated as the event unfolds with illuminations, fire and aerial performances, as the Palm House relives the whimsy and showmanship of the 19th century, with fine wines and a culinary delight inspired by the historic journey of the plants and statues that make up this magical heritage attraction. 

True English Gin Makers Hayman’s of London present

True English Gin Makers Hayman’s of London present

Pop-Up Opera’s La Tragédie de Carmen

On Thursday 20th September, Hayman’s of London is delighted to open its distillery doors for an immersive evening of gin and opera at The Home of English Gin. Welcoming critically acclaimed opera company, Pop-Up Opera, for the opening night of their Autumn season, the Hayman’s distillery will provide a unique setting for La Tragédie de Carmen, Peter Brook’s re-imagining of Bizet’s masterpiece Carmen. With accompanying cocktails inspired by this intense, passionate and tragic drama of unhinged love, jealousy and repercussions, the event will appeal to gin and opera fans alike.

Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall officially re-opens following the devastating fire in 2015

Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall officially re-opens following the devastating fire in 2015

Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall officially re-opens, Thursday 6 September, after the devastating fire that destroyed the venue in 2015. The opening is being marked with the Phoenix Season – a five month celebration of risk-taking and renewal - across what is now one of the leading venues in the country.

The stunning Grand Hall has been beautifully restored by award-winning architects Haworth Tompkins and is now an exquisite space for private and corporate events.

Housed in a Victorian Town Hall building, Battersea Arts Centre’s rich heritage, beautiful architecture and creative flair make it an ideal location for those looking for something a little different.

Soap stars come together for a live national cinema tour

Soap stars come together for a live national cinema tour

A GALAXY of soap stars are coming together to perform an ‘Audience With’ style live show in cinemas across the UK. 

The live shows premiere in Manchester, the first show featuring Coronation Street favourites Sherrie Hewson and Brian Capron, current Emmerdale star Chris Chittell, and EastEnders legends John Altman and Sid Owen.
Tying in with the launch of this soap extravaganza, fans will have the chance to audition and star in a soap of their own, alongside some of TV’s biggest icons! 

City Cruises Celebrates Oktoberfest with Craft Beer Cruise

City Cruises Celebrates Oktoberfest with Craft Beer Cruise

Londoners and visitors to the capital city can enjoy their own taste of Oktoberfest this autumn thanks to City Cruises’ exciting new collaboration with craft beer experts Fourpure Brewing co.

For one-night only, 4th October 2018, the unique beer-themed Thames river cruise will offer a sociable evening of craft beer tasting, live music and a different view of London’s famous sights, from The London Eye to Big Ben and Tower Bridge. 

RevueLesque, City Academy’s premier burlesque company returns to Clapham Grand this November with a sizzling new show!

evueLesque, City Academy’s premier burlesque company returns to Clapham Grand this November with a sizzling new show!

Blending confident cabaret with charismatic can-can, the cast of 23 inspired women will take you on a tantalizing journey from traditional to modern burlesque.

City Academy deliver performing arts and creative classes for adults across London. They run two burlesque companies and the women across both troupes are professional executives by day and theatrical showgirls by night! The upcoming performance will represent the premier burlesque company’s fourth showcase, having also been a huge hit at The Hippodrome in the West End!

The voice fm gets behind local charity spooky cycle

The voice fm gets behind local charity spooky cycle

With the early bird ticket deadline fast approaching, Calvert Trust Exmoor is gearing up for its first Spooky Cycle night ride along the Tarka Trail on Halloween weekend, with several additional partners joining them in support of the event, including North Devon’s The Voice as official radio partner, Nationwide Building Society and Lineal Software Solutions.

Alan Brettell, Media Sales Manager at The Voice said, "Calvert Trust Exmoor is another fantastic organisation we are proud to be associated with. The work they do in our community is truly terrific, and the Spooky Cycle is a great way to raise awareness as well as funds for such a great cause. We are behind you all the way and I'm sure it will be a great success!”

Cast announced for The Wider Earth at the Natural History Museum

Cast announced for The Wider Earth at the Natural History Museum

Award-winning Darwin drama The Wider Earth has announced its cast which features War Horse actors, Ian Houghton, Andrew Bridgmont and Matt Tait. Written and directed by Dead Puppet Society’s Creative Director David Morton, The Wider Earth was initially conceived in 2013 in Cape Town during a mentorship with Handspring Puppet Company, the creative team behind War Horse. This visually spectacular production features 30 extraordinary puppets representing the tropical wildlife Darwin encountered on his voyage. The production will have its European premiere in the first performance theatre ever to be built at the Natural History Museum.

The Big Retreat Wales 

The Big Retreat Wales 

We are a feel-good festival, in every sense of the word. – for us, feel good is just as much about an icy gin and tonic as it is a yoga class, because The Big Retreat is all about balance. It’s relaxing and energizing in equal measures, a place to connect with others and with your own sense of self.

Our aim is to delight. We have a lot of fun putting on this festival and we want to make sure our Big Retreaters have fun too. We are endlessly inspired by what is really a very special place that we call home, and we want to share that with you.

Drayton Manor Park’s Adult and Toddler Day Ticket is back by popular demand

Drayton Manor Park’s Adult and Toddler Day Ticket is back by popular demand

The award-winning Drayton Manor Park is once again offering an Adult and Toddler Day Ticket* for the amazing price of £22, Monday – Friday on days the park is open** until Friday 19th October 2018.

With the end of the school holidays upon us, an adult with a toddler aged four and under can visit the Staffordshire-based theme park on a weekday during school term time*** and enjoy all the toddler-friendly attractions on offer.

Tech-free tourism: the rise of digital detox holidays  

digital detox

For years, experts in science and mental health have warned about the damaging effects of too much screen time. But how harmful are our smartphones, tablets, laptops, and televisions, and what can we do to reduce our reliance on technology in 2018? 

One solution that has gained momentum is the ‘digital detox holiday’. A digital detox is essentially a period where you cut yourself off from technology — no texting, emailing or social media use — with the aim to lower stress levels, take up ‘real world’ activities and concentrate on quality, physical socialisation. 

From where to go to why they’re beneficial, we explore the health advantages of the digital detox holiday and how you can get on board… 

What’s wrong with screen time? 

Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival ReCreation Day and free family events Saturday 22nd September

Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival  ReCreation Day and free family events Saturday 22nd September

The second day of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival, which is being held over the weekend of 21st – 23rdSeptember, features upcycling fun and family entertainment in Ironbridge with events and activities for all ages in and around the town, many of which are free of charge.

Fairmont St Andrews welcomes over 20,000 dark native Scottish honey bees

Fairmont St Andrews bees

Fairmont St Andrews has welcomed over 20,000 dark native Scottish honey bees to the five-star resort as part of their ongoing commitment to green tourism.

Over the past year, John Keating, general manager at Fairmont St Andrews and Johnny Mitchell, head gardener at the resort, have been training to be beekeepers with The Fife Beekeepers Association. The day finally arrived this month when two bee nucleus’ arrived onto the resort.