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Where to go to see exotic wildlife and take your very first ‘UK Safari’ this summer.

Snaptrip

Have you always dreamed of getting up close to wild, exotic animals, but not been able to justify the costs of an expensive safari abroad now thanks to Snaptrip.com you can.
 
For those who long to see animals in the wild, we have good news! Rare animals such as orcas (killer whales), dolphins, sharks, seals, porpoises, wallabies, coatis and even wild boar, can all be found right here in the UK.
 
According to new research by last minute UK holiday rental provider, Snaptrip.com, 82% of the nation have absolutely no idea that none of the above animals can be seen in their very own country.
 

Tower of London lowers the drawbridge for school festival of music and welcomes children from across London boroughs

Water City Music

Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that cares for the Tower of London, in partnership with musical charity Water City Music, invited more than 60 schools to perform within the infamous fortresses’ walls at its Water City Music at the Tower event, which took place from 11th – 17th June 2018.  Inspired by the Tower’s rich history, more than 1600 children, from local London boroughs, entertained visitors with their lyrical and musical talent. 

Get Hands-On with History

Hands-on history

Head to the Weald & Downland Living Museum in Singleton for fantastic indoor and outdoor hands-on history fun this spring half term. From Bank Holiday Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June children of all ages can channel their energy into a range of historical tasks and challenges located around the Museum’s 40-acre downland site. Wet weather will not spoil play as there are plenty of areas under cover.

The theme for this half term is hands-on history – collect an activity card at the Museum entrance for your series of historical tasks and challenges! Tasks will vary daily but include:

ENJOY A DAY OUT WITH THOMAS!

Thomas

England’s most excellent steam railway experience, the East Lancashire Railway, is calling all little engineers to join Thomas the Tank Engine for a full day out unlike any other.

With rides behind Thomas and unlimited travel on steam and diesel trains along 12 miles of track through the stunning Irwell Valley there’s so much for families to do. They can meet The Fat Controller, see performances by Rusty and Dusty, Sodor’s cheeky station sweepers and watch re-enactments of classic Thomas stories. There will also be Thomas themed activities in the Imagination Station including table top games, colouring and Thomas films, along with magic shows, circus workshops and face painting.

Re-creating the Movie Experience with the Latest Trend: The Community Cinema

As the price of cinema tickets continues to skyrocket (not to mention the price of the popcorn), the Friday night film date is quickly becoming less frequent enter the community cinema.

The days of a trip to the local cinema being a cheap and cheerful night out are long gone, having been replaced by an experience that many people feel has become excessively expensive. According to a study by the BFI, the average price of a cinema ticket in the UK increased from £4.87 in 2006 to £7.17 in 2015 – and in major cities such as London, a single adult ticket can easily cost close to £20.

The cost of taking a family of four to see a film – which includes tickets, drinks and popcorn – can now break the £100 barrier, highlighting just how expensive the activity has become.

Dales Bluebells lead the way

Falcon Manor

Guests checking in at Settle’s Falcon Manor Hotel this spring should check out some of the finest bluebell displays in the area.

According to Jane Gara, general manager of Falcon Manor, the breakthtaking carpets of blue at nearby Oxenber and Cleatop woods are a “Must See” in May.

Jane said: 

“Cleatop Wood, near Settle, offers a lovely circular walk of around four miles from the door of Falcon Manor. A stroll along a green lane and across farmland brings guests to the woodland, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.”

It is 10 minutes in the car to the village of Austwick from where Oxenber Wood can form part of a three to four mile circuit.

A new exhibition from the National Centre for children’s books

Seven Stories

TIME to Get Up, a brand new exhibition at Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books is now open.

Children and families are invited to step into their favourite stories and explore their daily routines with all their quirks, calamities and surprises; discovering new titles and family favourites in a new and exciting way through original artwork and creative activities. From getting up, playing at home, meal times and going to nursery through to having a bath and snuggling up for bedtime, everyday life and family routine is celebrated through interactive reading and creative experiences.

Camden market welcomes London's first 100% Vegan diner

Vegan diner

Following a series of vegan firsts - the launch of the UK's first vegan pie and mash shop (Nov 17) and UK's first festive vegan deli (Dec 17) CAMDEN MARKET welcome's London's first 100% vegan diner to its North Yard this April 2018. 

Serving up all your American fast food favourites, prepared fresh to order and 100% vegan friendly - Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner is a walk-in diner, offering all day dining delights.