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Gulliver's welcoming rovers and ramblers to Matlock Bath

Gulliver's welcoming rovers and ramblers to Matlock Bath

Set in the centre of sprawling hilled surroundings, overlooking Derwent Valley, Explorer's Retreat at Gulliver's Kingdom in Matlock Bath offers stunning accommodation in a prime location for rovers and ramblers needing an overnight stay.

Walking is the joint most popular activity (along with eating out) for people taking days out in England, and the most important reason for 18% of the 3.6billion trips per year* - Gulliver's have responded to the ever-increasing demand for rural but accessible accommodation for walkers in the UK through the introduction of contemporary suites at their Matlock Bath site.

Why Angus was made for families

Why Angus was made for families

It's no coincidence that Angus is the home to the boy who never grew up - Peter Pan's author J M Barrie grew up here in Kirriemuir. In the latest in a series of new travel blogs, Visit Angus shares why Angus is a region that's ageless and full of adventure and excitement - in other words, a place that keeps families coming back for more.

The blog, published on the Visit Angus website, details family-friendly places to visit, from farms and country parks to glamping and more. Every blog also features an Insider's Tip, where a local shares their favourite spots and why.

Modern facilities and traditional style proves a recipe for success at The Millstone Hare

Millstone Hare

The latest industry figures produced by The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) for 2018, say that 18 Pubs are closing their doors permanently every week. But it is not all doom and gloom in the Pub industry, with some establishments thinking outside the box to achieve continued profit and success.

The Millstone Hare is a £2.4m Olde English styled pub situated within the grounds of Dallas Burston Polo Club - the Pride of Stratford Awards Business of the Year 2018.

Verdant Kitchen's local ingredients earn Taste Our Best award

Verdant Works

The eatery at Dundee's award-winning Verdant Works has been recognised for its commitment to providing fresh locally sourced produce. The Verdant Kitchen, a café at the former jute mill turned popular visitor attraction, has been welcomed into VisitScotland's Taste Our Best quality assurance scheme. 

Taste Our Best is a scheme which aims to celebrate the very best fresh, seasonal produce by accrediting eating establishments who support Scottish provenance. The Verdant Kitchen, which serves an array of light bites interspersed with traditional Scottish dishes, has a long list of Scottish suppliers for its ingredients.

The Lovat Loch ness: an award-winning hotel and restaurant deep in the Scottish Highlands

The Lovat Loch Ness

Nestled in the heart of the Highlands on The Great Glen Way in Fort Augustus, The Lovat Loch Ness is the only 4 star hotel in the local area. A family business since 2005, it is now owned by husband and wife team Caroline Gregory and Sean Kelly. Having first been used as a hotel in 1869, The Lovat Loch Ness has long been a welcome comfort break for hikers and cyclists tackling the iconic 117km Great Glen Way that transcends Scotland.

Manuel Linan: Sinergia 7th May 2018, Lowry Theatre, Salford

Manuel Linan: Sinergia 7th May 2018, Lowry Theatre, Salford

Written by Rachel Foster - 5 stars

It was a hot sultry night, no not in Madrid, but in Manchester's Quay Theatre at the Lowry. Manuel Linan the elusive pimpernel of the flamenco world, provided the audience a delightful 75 minutes of no holes barred, toe tapping, invigorating, mood enhancing, glorious dance of the highest level.

The latest darling of the flamenco world, diminutive Linan originally hails from Granada. He stops off in Manchester for night only in the intimate setting of the Quay Theatre.

Deriving cries of ole from a British audience, you could sense he had a natural ability to pull the right chords.

Every weekend is a holiday with Shorewood Leisure Group

Every weekend is a holiday with Shorewood Leisure Group

Are you dreaming of taking holidays all year round? Wanting to escape to your own luxury static caravan or lodge every weekend? 

You could make that dream a reality at one of our five-star premier leisure parks perfectly situated on the Yorkshire coast; Hornsea, Aldbrough or North Bay Leisure Park. These park are three of the finest, offering affordable static caravan holiday homes and luxury lodges. Our coastal parks offer a unique and tranquil experience for all the family.

Hornsea Leisure Park has a range of luxury holiday homes set in immaculate, spacious pitches that benefit from panoramic sea views. This park is cycle friendly so you can really take advantage of the scenery.  

Guided Tours Of Mann

Guided Tours Of Mann

The Isle of Man is fast becoming the destination for UK and foreign travellers.  This is because it has so much to offer in such a small space and is easily accessible from the United Kingdom and Ireland. 

With a diverse culture and fascinating heritage, the Isle of Man’s unique charm will inspire any visitor.   The Isle of Man has long been recognised as having dark night skies, due to the rural character of the island. There are 26 official dark sky sites around the island and perfect for stargazers. 

UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man is all about keeping our Island a special place to live, work and visit and we are the first entire Island Nation in the world to receive this prestigious endorsement from UNESCO.

Halo - Hello sunshine

Halo Severn Centre in Highley

There is something especially sumptuous about sunshine after rain (and we’ve had a long winter - and spring! - of rain and snow). And when sunshine arrives you want to be outside enjoying it. There’s no better way than with a visit to an outdoor pool and there’s one at Halo ’s Severn Centre in Highley.

There aren’t many of these outdoor pools around these days. Following the golden age of the lido in the 1930s (read all about them in the box below), outdoor swimming went into decline as everyone headed abroad for holidays. But there has been a revival as people across the country have discovered just how lovely it is to bathe under blue British skies.

St Margaret Holiday Accommodation near St.Austell in Quiet Wooded Valley Close to the Sea

St Margaret

St Margaret's park offers a choice of quality holiday accommodation set in the heart of Cornwall. Twenty-nine self catering holiday lodges and superbly restored 18th Century Engine House nestle in six acres of peaceful parkland with a meandering steam running through the park. Our range of detached lodges offer character accommodation in the range of sizes and prices. Our smaller lodges offer individual character with a variety of different layouts. Some are set on the slopes with a path or steps to reach them.

Easter Sunday at Highclere Castle

Easter Sunday at Highclere Castle

22nd February 2018: Highclere Castle will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday 1st  April 2018 in aid of the NSPCC, the children’s charity which helps rebuild the lives of children who have been abused and find the best ways of preventing abuse in the future.

The day starts with a trail through Highclere Castle’s gardens and woodland, finding clues en-route and culminates with each child winning an Easter Egg. Other activities on the day include an Easter Bonnet Parade, a bouncy castle as well as Easter-themed games on the lawns.

Travel Guide to Royal Family Residencies

Royal Family Residencies

Have you ever wondered what sort of places the royal family actually live in? Well, here are the first and foremost places where the Queen spends her time.

First on the list must be the official royal offices at Buckingham Palace. This magnificent building was first built in 1703 as a private family home and became the official residence of all things royal in 1873 when Queen Victoria made it her official residence. Most famous for the 'changing of the guards' and the public viewing of royalty on the balcony for state occasions, this impressive building is any historians 'must see'.

‘Sleeping with the fishes’ at sea life Blackpool

Youngsters can now Sleep with the fishes

How about this for a waterbed with a difference!

Aquarists at SEA LIFE Blackpool are inviting youngsters to come and spend the night with their pals at the popular attraction.

 

They can’t promise their young overnight visitors the chance to sleep on the actual sea bed – but it is the next best thing!

 

And, as these youngsters testing out the new offer discovered, the sleepover experience offers fantastic views of SEA LIFE Blackpool’s popular Ocean Window and Ocean Tunnel, as well as its amazing collection of underwater creatures – including its awe-inspiring sharks.

 

Mid Wales coastline excels in latest bathing waters survey

 Wales coastline

The good reputation that the Mid Wales coastline has for the standard of its bathing waters and sandy beaches has been endorsed by the latest survey results.

 

The vast majority of the beaches have achieved the highest rating of excellent or good, as 99 per cent of designated bathing water surveyed along the Welsh coast complied with strict European standards.

 

In the northern limb of the Cambrian Coast in Mid Wales, both Harlech and Llandanwg received an excellent rating and the beaches have achieved the Green Coast Award from Keep Wales Tidy.

 

The quirkiest places to stay in the UK that you never knew about!

quirkiest places to stay in the UK

Have you ever dreamt of spending the night in a stunning old castle out in the countryside? Perhaps you have always wanted to experience staying in a working farmhouse? Or what about a lighthouse by the sea? 

 

It might sound absurd, but these are just some of the quirky and unusual places available to rent thanks to UK holiday rental provider Snaptrip.com .With over 50,000 properties in all shapes and sizes, there is something for everyone from romantic retreats to larger trips for all your friends and family.

 

Snaptrip.com has put together a guide detailing just some of the weird and wonderful places you could book to stay at:

 

1.      Castles

National theatre Wales announces its 2018 season

Kully Thiarai announces her first full season as the company’s Artistic Director

It includes collaborations with female artists from across the south Asian diaspora, Migrations, Quarantine, Junoon, Oily Cart, Gruff Rhys and Elis James

Multi-artform work including new writing, contemporary dance, music, comedy, sensory theatre and visual art

Performances in hospitals, schools and theatres, on a boat, underwater and at locations across Wales

The company also welcomes its first ever Associate Artists; theatre makers Mike Pearson & Mike Brookes, digital installation artist Shanaz Gulzar and television drama executive producer Bethan Jones

Discover Whisky Galore at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Speyside Whisky Festival

Thousands of visitors from around the globe will celebrate Scotland’s national drink this spring at one of the world’s biggest whisky events – the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. The Festival is a five-day celebration comprising around 500 different events scattered across the beautiful region, which lies directly between the cities of Aberdeen and Inverness. 

Distillery tours, food pairings, whisky tastings, music and fun combine to provide a packed programme. Visitors will have the chance to take exclusive behind the scenes distillery tours, learn how to pair whisky with food, enjoy traditional music and even take a ride on a whisky themed vintage train.