This June’s 30 Days Wild challenge from The Wildlife Trusts will encourage thousands of people across the UK to make their neighbourhoods wilder – to help wildlife and get communities sharing the joy of the wild. Academics at the University of Derby who have monitored the challenge since it began in 2015 have discovered that spending time in nature makes us feel good. 30 Days Wild encourages people to notice nature on their doorsteps every single day and gives them a multitude of exciting and fun ways of doing it.
Forecasting the next big trends in wellness travel for 2018, Health and Fitness Travel live up to their reputation as the wellness holiday specialists. From mindful movement holidays, to happiness retreats and architectural wellness, discover the hottest new trends that will influence the wellness world in 2018.
FREE one-day event will take place on Saturday 23 September
Surf Snowdonia will host another world-first event later this month which will bring together some of the UK’s most impressive military surf athletes.
The Help for Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship, which is sponsored by Stance, will see adaptive surf athletes from the UK’s Army, Royal Navy and Air Force compete for top spot in a friendly one-day tournament. The emphasis of the day will be on inclusion and breaking down barriers, and it will be free for spectators to attend.
County Durham is a hotspot of accessible attractions, making it the perfect place to visit for a day trip or a staycation.
The area is chock-a-block with things to do, but we've narrowed down the five very best accessible attractions it has to offer. Read on to find your next day out.
Magic Light Pictures and Forestry Commission England bring The Gruffalo characters to life in the forest through a new augmented reality app.
The Gruffalo Spotter has been designed for exclusive use at twenty six forests across the country where visitors can join the adventure through the deep dark wood.
Families will follow clues on an interactive trail and track signs of their favourite characters based on The Gruffalo, best-selling picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
If you’re looking for the best stretch of unspoiled Cornish coastline, an uninterrupted view of the ocean and hidden coves filled with glittering waters, then Tolcarne Beach, a stone’s skim away from Newquay’s buzzy town centre, is the answer. This is why we’re packing our bags for Tolcarne this summer:
The Dorset County Show 2017 will be held on the 2nd & 3rd September, with attendances expected to top 60,000 people.
Celebrating the best of agriculture and rural life, The Dorset County Show is run by Dorchester Agricultural Society and was established in 1840. The two-day show attracts 60,000 people and is held each year at the Dorchester Showground. Designed to promote agribusiness through traditional competitions, events, and demonstrations, the show offers the farming community the chance to exhibit the best of their wares to the public.
Just ten miles south of the Brecon Beacons, mid-way between Cardiff and Swansea, the outstanding natural beauty of Caerau Parc will be the location of the brand new Afan Valley Adventure Resort covering some 485 acres. From high octane flights down zip wires, to scaling challenging climbing towers and exploring treetop playgrounds, visitors will be offered an adventure experience like no other.
There’s so much to learn and enjoy for all the family – including your dog!
Come and experience a trip back in time, to the home of the National Tramway Museum. Vintage trams transport you along the period street into open countryside with breathtaking views of the Derwent Valley, and you can take as many rides as you wish during the day.
New for this season is the Arms to Armistice exhibition, which reflects the challenges women faced to be treated as equals on the tramways during the First World War, as well as their quick dismissal when the men returned from War.
The 26.2-mile London Marathon Walk, with challenge specialist Discover Adventure, is a special one-day event taking place on 23 September – and provides the perfect chance to tackle your very own marathon event.
Taking in famous landmarks and lesser-known corners of the historic capital, this entertaining walk will be Cockney-themed and there will be the chance to learn some fun rhyming slang along the way. The route includes the church of St Mary-le-Bow, centre of London's Cockney heritage, so pull on your ‘daisy roots’ for a fantastic ‘ball of chalk’ this September!
Visitors invited to write their own legend into heart of slate mountain
The Llechwedd Deep Mine Tour is said to make an unforgettable impression on all those who experience it. Now, for the first time, visitors will be able to return the favour – by ‘making their mark’ in the enormous underground caverns at the heart of the slate mountain.
The Slate Caverns, operators of the Llechwedd Deep Mine tour, say they have launched the feature to echo a long-standing tradition of the mine’s Victorian slate workers, who used to carve their names and initials into the rock as a testament to their subterranean endeavours.
Your stag or hen weekend is a once in a lifetime opportunity – and you’ve got to embrace the great outdoors. Gone are the days of drinking in a pub and heading out in inflatables (save those for the night, instead…), and replaced by action-packed activities. Stag and hen specialists, (https://www.lastnightoffreedom.co.uk/) Last Night of Freedom, are rounding up their top outdoor activities to sweep you up in an exciting whirlwind.
Up at The O2 is an unforgettable expedition that offers adventurous families the chance to experience urban mountaineering with an exhilarating 90-minute climb up one of London’s most iconic landmarks. Up at The O2 are also delighted to announce that children aged as young as 9 years old can now conquer The O2 (previous age was 10).
Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine in the world. It was just two generations ago that we were using these herbs in our homes for common complaints like colds, hayfever, coughs and headaches in the UK.
Natasha Richardson is a medical herbalist who has run wild medicine walks since 2010. She wants to help people reconnect with their natural environment by educating them about the incredible value of the plants which surround us.
Her medicine walks last a couple of hours and happen along the forgotten in-between places across London; the canals, railway edges and the occasional farm. It’s easy to feel like there is nothing natural about London, but the plants are everywhere once you know what to look for.
It’s been a long time coming, but summer is finally nearly here. As temperatures start to soar and the UK gets some long-awaited sunshine, it’s the perfect time to get out and about and explore the sights our beautiful country has to offer.
To give you some ideas of how to make the most of the British summer before it’s gone, we’ve put together these top tips. So, read on to find out how you can get the very best from the UK’s most anticipated season.
Enjoy the countryside