Nature Inspired Gift Shop in Stratford to open

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm is delighted to announce that it is to re-open its Nature Inspired Gift Shop on 15 June in accordance with government guidelines and social distancing measures. Since 23 March when the Butterfly Farm temporarily closed, the team have worked hard to ensure best procedure is in place so that staff and visitors are protected and safe as the Farm starts to welcome them back.  Read more

Great West Way Targets Responsible Travellers

VisitWiltshire is partnering with leading Out of Home Media company Ocean Media Group, encouraging responsible visitors to explore the Great West Way as travel restrictions are lifted.  Read more

Black Sheep cask ale production to resume

Black Sheep Brewery has restarted production of cask beer in Masham, in anticipation of the proposed opening of pubs in July following a near three-month closure as a result of Covid-19.  Read more

Live online talks - exclusive to groups.

While the nine Birmingham Museums Trust sites are temporarily closed, the team have been finding innovative ways to stay in touch with visitors, including groups, who can now enjoy a live digital talk experience from the comfort of their own home.  Read more

London's River Bus to return to service

Contactless journeys, fresh air throughout, double the capacity for bikes and naturally more space.  Read more

Europa Park - Now Open for Summer 2020

After many weeks of waiting, the time has finally come: Europa-Park has begun the summer season.  Read more

We The Curious Joins UK Science Centres campaign

We The Curious, along with over 40 members of the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC), has today joined the Science Centres For Our Future campaign, which is calling on the government to set up an Emergency Resilience Fund to support the UK’s world-class network of regional Science Centres.  Read more

British Motor Museum 2020 Shows Update

The British Motor Museum is well known for its extensive and diverse range of motoring shows, gatherings and rallies that normally take place over the summer months. Unfortunately with the continuing COVID-19 restrictions, the Museum has had to make further changes to this year’s show programme.  Read more

Tatton Park to reopen its parkland on 3rd June

Tatton Park is to reopen its parkland to the public on Wednesday 3 June. The decision is part of a phased response to the latest government guidance and advice from Public Health England. The phased reopening of Tatton Park will see:  Read more

Tentative Steps to re-open Great Central Railway

We have taken our first tentative steps towards opening up the Railway and, in doing so, providing our friends and supporters with some much needed “steam” reports Michael Gough, Managing director of the Great Central Railway.  Read more

Shropshire Hills Manager to run 120 Miles in 40 hours

Following the launch of their Outstanding Natural development project, the team at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre are excited to announce that their first fundraising event will be going ahead this weekend. Since the event was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Grant will now be taking on this epic challenge this weekend, starting on the evening of Friday 5th June and finishing the afternoon of Sunday 7th June.  Read more

Dare to be Wild!

The Wildlife Trusts and University of Derby evaluate the benefits of daily nature contact with 1,000 people over five years  Read more

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane.

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Jersey Zoo will be open to all from 25th May.

Great news from Jersey Zoo as they will be open to all visitors from Monday 25th May.  Read more

Cumbria Tourism launches New Visitor Survey

As Cumbria Tourism supports hundreds of tourism businesses in their preparations to re-open this summer, the organisation has launched a new, national survey, inviting people to tell the organisation how the Covid-19 pandemic is influencing their next destination choices.  Read more

Destination Video Says Stay Safe & Save Lives

A new destination video has been released asking people to stay safe and save lives as the coronavirus lockdown begins to ease.  Read more

NGS Launch Chelsea Flower Show Special Collection

Chelsea Flower Show is the most prestigious shop window for garden design in the world. Careers are launched by gaining that elusive gold medal for a show garden. For visitors they are the big draw; fascination with the huge cost, a sense of fantasy, and admiration for the prodigious skill required to create something so accomplished in such a short time.  Read more

Enjoy Stay at Home Activities with British Motor Museum

Despite the restrictions associated with the coronavirus and having to temporarily close the Museum, the British Motor Museum has organised a range of ‘stay at home’ activities for families to enjoy in the safety of their own homes.  Read more

Enjoy Stay at Home Activities with British Motor Museum

Despite the restrictions associated with the coronavirus and having to temporarily close the Museum, the British Motor Museum has organised a range of ‘stay at home’ activities for families to enjoy in the safety of their own homes.  Read more

Covid -19 continues Prevents Llanfair Trains Running

The suspension of steam-hauled passenger trains on the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway is to continue until at least 5th June.  Read more

AGTO Moves to Srengthen Industry Relationships

AGTO, the Association of Group Travel Organisers, has moved to strengthen its relationships with the travel and tourism industry by appointing Rob Carroll, commercial director with Airedale Tours, as a main board director.  Read more

Wembley Stadium Anniunces Free Group Coach Parking

Wembley Stadium is pleased to announce a hat-trick of new visitor enhancements including free group coach parking, a new onsite photography solution and brand new changing rooms, which will all be in place when the tour reopens later this year.  Read more

Victorian Singing Policeman Humbled with Award

Discover Shropshire & Telford, the tourism board for the area, are celebrating as their nominee for Visit England Tourism Superstar 2020, Ironbridge’s iconic Victorian policeman Guy Rowlands, is named runner-up.  Read more

Events cancelled sadly in Dorset till end of August

‘Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole take difficult decision to extend the cancellation of outdoor events until end of August 2020. Major events and festivals including Bournemouth Air Festival that were due to go ahead this summer have been cancelled due to the continued impact of the coronavirus outbreak.  Read more

New Managing Director at British Motor Museum

The British Motor Museum is delighted to announce that Jeff Coope has been appointed Managing Director following the retirement of Julie Tew. Julie took planned retirement in April 2020 after 19 years of dedicated and successful service.  Read more

Stratford Literary Festival invites itself to Your House!

As one of the country's leading literary festivals that had to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Stratford Literary Festival has been busy curating activities to keep its audiences inspired and entertained.  Read more

London Sights from Home!

Digitally glide through the capital and take in the wonderful sights from home as Thames Clippers hosts a virtual river tour on its Twitter feed ( from 11am BST on Thursday 7 May.  Read more

Salisbury Museum Launch New Collection Project

The Salisbury Museum is launching its first oral history project: ‘COVID-19 Diaries for Salisbury’ in order to capture the impact that the coronavirus is having on the city and its residents.  Read more

NHS Hero's Beloved Car at Lakeland Motor Musuem

A 90 year old car formerly owned by a consultant surgeon from Birch Hill Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary will be among the latest exhibits to be put forward for inclusion in an online museums quarantine event this week by the Lakeland Motor Museum in Backbarrow, Cumbria.  Read more

Community & Engagement & Lockdown Learning

Ever since the UK was placed in lockdown on Monday 23rd March, we’ve had to acclimatise ourselves to this temporary new way of life and get accustomed to spending an increased amount of time at home and indoors. Whether working from home, home schooling the children, ticking off the ‘lockdown list’ of to-do jobs, essential shopping and caring for elderly family and neighbours, or just trying to fill our time, we have all had to adjust quickly to this new way of living.  Read more

Digital Dawn Chorus with Durham Wildlife Trust

Durham Wildlife Trust is asking people to record birdsong and submit it electronically to be added to a ‘digital dawn chorus’.  Read more

Going, Going, Gone!

Dinner with North Yorkshire Moors Railway's Piglet anyone?  Read more

Going, Going, Gone!

Dinner with North Yorkshire Moors Railway's Piglet anyone?  Read more

Windermeake Lake Cruises Helps Lancaster's ICU

Windermere Lake Cruises deliver snacks and drinks to Lancaster’s Intensive Care Unit  Read more

Windermere Webcams Prove Popular

Views of Windermere Lake Cruises’ three webcams have risen by 33% over the last four weeks, when compared to the figures for the same period last year.  Read more

Help Save Tropical Butterfly Farms

The Stratford Butterfly Farm has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds for the tropical butterfly farmers that they work with. Most of the butterflies found at the Butterfly Farm, of which there are over 250 different species and around 2,000 individual butterflies, are imported from butterfly farmers in the tropics.  Read more

New Web Hub from ETOA

ETOA have launched a New Web Hub which will provide vital business resources. It will include business support webinars and links to a range of official information from the EU.  Read more

Kiplin Hall to help Key Workers

Country retreat in rural North Yorkshire offers a place of tranquility and healing to key workers once the lockdown is lifted.  Read more

Eden Sessions Postponed until 2021

The Eden Project announced today (April 17, 2020) that the Eden Sessions series of concerts planned for June and July this year will not take place but is being rescheduled for next year.  Read more

Brand New Tatton Park Online Learning Hub

Experience the wonders of Tatton Park through its new online Learning Hub – a resource for anyone looking to support children home learning through curriculum based activities that are both fun and educational.  Read more

Hovertravel adds 24/7 Island Rescue

Hovertravel has created a new way to transport patients across the Solent at any time of the day or night . Working with the ambulance service at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Hovertravel is now able to carry stretchers to both Southsea and Southampton so patients can receive medical care at hospitals on the mainland and so expands the range of options available to the ambulance service.  Read more

Salisbury Museum Launches Online Exhibition

Pick & Mix @pickandmixtsm is an Instagram exhibition developed by the team at The Salisbury Museum to explore the last 800 years of Salisbury’s history through fascinating objects and with a range of community voices. The exhibition launches online on 23 April 2020.  Read more

Easter Fun at British Motor Museum

Despite the restrictions associated with the coronavirus and having to temporarily close the Museum, the British Motor Museum has been working hard behind the scenes to create a range of Easter activities for families to do in the safety of their own homes.  Read more

Easter Fun at British Motor Museum

Despite the restrictions associated with the coronavirus and having to temporarily close the Museum, the British Motor Museum has been working hard behind the scenes to create a range of Easter activities for families to do in the safety of their own homes.  Read more

The Royal Exchange Theatre's Elder Company - Online!

The Royal Exchange Theatre’s Elders Company have always been open to new things, to challenging themselves and to taking a trusting leap into the unknown. So, when the doors closed on theatres over two weeks ago, they were ready to embrace the idea that their regular workshops would now take place in a virtual world.  Read more

Support Our Gardens Appeal

Despite having to close its garden gates for the first time in its 93-year history under current government guidelines on Coronavirus, the National Garden Scheme today launched a new scheme that will keep its stunning gardens virtually open through the coming weeks and raise funds to replace lost income from gardens not opening.  Read more

Our First Birthday - Old Royal Naval College

To celebrate one year since re-opening the Painted Hall and launching our new visitor offer, our Head of Visitor Experience, Retail and Marketing, Sasha Greig, reflects on the last year and what we have learned.  Read more

Helping you stay Connected to Nature

Tatton’s Parkland is a beautiful space, especially in springtime, and our purpose is to share it with as many people as possible. Tatton Park may be closed for the period of the lockdown, but we’re trying to share the beauty, nature and history of Tatton Park with you in any way we can, so keep an eye on our website and social media channels for news from around the Park.  Read more

Cathedrals take Easter to the People.

Illuminated cathedrals, whole choir uphold ancient Easter Day tradition from the safety of their own homes, an online pilgrimage, a virtual egg hunt, creating miniature Easter gardens at home together, children and family activities, a musical journey, a virtual Come and Sing Stainer’s Crucifixion, and a poem for every day of Holy Week – this is how our Cathedrals are taking Easter to their communities during lockdown.  Read more

Bath on Screen

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Bath has been a backdrop for many big and small screen productions, most recently in ITV's current series Belgravia and McDonald and Dodds; now showing on newly launched Britbox.  Read more

Great West Way Launches New Magazine

This year’s Great West Way Travel Magazine is available to download now, providing the perfect inspiration for virtual travellers and future travellers  Read more

2020 Shows Update from British Motor Museum

With the British Motor Museum now closed due to COVID-19, the Museum has had to make the difficult decision to postpone or cancel some of its upcoming shows. The intention of the Museum is, where possible, to postpone rather than cancel shows, whilst consistently adhering to government advice. Shows set to take place later in June and July will be reviewed in the coming weeks.  Read more

Visit Wiltshire Supports Local Businesses

VisitWiltshire has created an Instagram story to be used on the social media platform to encourage people to tag the account of their favourite place to eat, to grab a drink, to visit and to stay, in Wiltshire. VisitWiltshire is asking people to share this image to their personal Instagram story and nominate friends to do the same.  Read more

South Devon Railway Launches Funding Video

South Devon Railway launches striking 'SOS' video appeal to raise survival funding.  Read more

My Home is My Museum

While their venues are closed and children are learning at home, National Museums Liverpool is launching an exciting new project where children get to imagine they are the curators of their very own collection of special objects and artworks.  Read more

Ready Steady Cook!

If you’re wondering what to make out of those long-forgotten items at back of the cupboard, the bottom of the freezer or the leftovers in the fridge that you can’t bear not to use; tune in to BBC Radio 4’s ‘You and Yours’ programme on Thursday 9 April this is the programme for you. Acclaimed local chef Brian Baker will entertain and inspire listeners as he explores all manner of ideas for delicious dishes which can be created using easily sourced ingredients and store cupboard staples.  Read more

Britain's Sistine Chapel goes Digital!

Although it’s not possible to visit in person at the present time, the Old Royal Naval College, part of Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site, has ensured that the public can still marvel at their iconic attraction. A free 360-degree interactive virtual tour of the magnificent Painted Hall has been launched to provide visitors with the opportunity to explore Britain’s Sistine Chapel up close, narrated by acclaimed actress Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones, HBO; Belgravia, ITV; Waking the Dead, BBC).  Read more

Virtual Shop at North Yorkshire Moors Railway

North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) has expanded its online shop to include a virtual store, which includes being able to purchase a virtual journey along the stunning heritage line, a tour of a steam locomotive’s footplate, and even a piping hot cup of Yorkshire brew or a bacon sarnie - all of which can be enjoyed whilst self-isolating on the sofa.  Read more

Digital Culture across the Dorset Coast

Although all the conurbation’s vibrant and busy theatres, museums, art galleries, cinemas and music venues are currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and a number of cultural festivals have been postponed or cancelled, there are many clever, creative and easily accessible ways of getting a rich cultural fix over the next few weeks and months.  Read more

The Big Oxfordshire Quiz

Experience Oxfordshire has launched ‘The Big Oxfordshire Quiz’ which aims to increase pride in place amongst Oxfordshire locals during the Covid-19 crisis and encourage online interaction.  Read more

Explore Tatton Park's Gardens from Home

Explore Tatton Park Garden at your own pace and without leaving home, by simply downloading an app onto your phone.  Read more

Kiplin at a Distance

Although Kiplin Hall & Gardens will be closed for the foreseeable future in response to government advice, virtual visitors can share in a wealth of fascinating historic content online.  Read more

Key Worker Travel Plan

An alliance of private British transport operators and trade bodies, including Gett and the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT), has today written to the country’s political and civic leaders to offer their support in ensuring London’s key workers can travel to work safely amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more

Virtually Explore England's 'Great West Way'

To those of us that are home right now keeping safe and keeping busy, in those moments when you're not home-schooling children, working from home or cleaning the house for the 100th time, allow yourself to let your mind wander and daydream of travelling.  Read more

Award Nomination for Windermere Lake Cruises

Windermere Lake Cruises has been nominated for a prestigious group travel award – a timely boost for morale across the whole tourism sector around the lake.  Read more

Behind the Scenes at Butterfly Farm!

Whilst the country is currently in lockdown to help stop the spread of the virus, there is plenty going on behind the scenes at the Stratford Butterfly Farm. Although the Farm is temporarily closed to the public, a core team of workers have stayed behind to look after the butterflies, birds, fish plants and other animals as well as maintaining the tropical conditions in which they live in.  Read more

Railtrail Clients Refunded in Full!

Many holidaymakers are fuming that the vast majority of holiday companies are issuing credit notes rather than cash refunds thanks to the suspension of the Package Travel Regulations.  Read more

Update from Devon's Top Attractions

With growing worries over the spread of Coronavirus across the county, the last few members of ‘Devon’s Top Attractions’ (the Devon Association of Tourist Attractions - DATA) who remained open have effectively been told to close for business from tonight (Monday 23 March) by the Prime Minister.  Read more

VisitWiltshire Hosts Leading Travel Influencers

VisitWiltshire, Great West Way and English Heritage invited leading UK travel influencers to an exclusive event in Wiltshire.  Read more

Virtual Tours at Heights of Abraham

Heights of Abraham are currently offering Virtual & Audio and Audio Tours so you can experience the stories behind the attraction safe and sound at home!  Read more

Fantastic Views from the Thames with French Brothers.

Based on the Thames at Windsor, Runnymede and Maidenhead, French Brothers luxury passenger boat operators offer a variety of boats and services specifically designed for the group organiser and tour operator.  Read more

Stratford Butterfly Farm - Covid - 19 Update

Startford Butterfly Farm is to close temporarily but will continue to look after their creatures and gardens.  Read more

Heights of Abraham to Tempoarily Close

From Saturday 21st March 2020, in line with government guidance, The Heights of Abraham will be temporarily closed. We will continue to follow official guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England and will re-open when authorised to do so.  Read more

Corona Virus & the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway

There will be no trains running in the Banwy Valley for now.  Read more

Sustainable Distillery Celebrates International Day of Forests

Cooper King Distillery is celebrating an exciting milestone in their support of environmental charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT).  Read more

St Edmundsbury Cathedral to Livestream Services

During the current COVID-19 crisis, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, is livestreaming services daily. Following guidance from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, public worship in the Cathedral and all churches is suspended. However, the Cathedral and Diocese have joined forces to offer twice daily opportunities to livestream worship. Each day, Morning Prayer will be led by the Bishops, the Right Reverend Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich or the Right Reverend Mike Harrison, Bishop of Dunwich, from the Oratory Chapel in Ipswich at 8.30 am. Evening Prayer is being livestreamed from the Cathedral at 5.00 pm on weekdays and at 3.30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. A Eucharist Service will be streamed at 12 noon from the Cathedral.  Read more

Wellington Monument Restoration Reaches Milestone

On Tuesday 17 March the National Trust’s restoration process of the Wellington Monument took a step forward, as it’s crowning stone known as the ‘Pyramidion’ was removed from the Monument. It is the pinnacle of the tallest three-sided obelisk in the world, at a height of 175 feet.  Read more

Torquay Penguins Inspire Novel!

Living Coasts, in Torquay, famous for its penguins, has helped inspire a novelist to write a book featuring penguins – published by Penguin.  Read more

Harewood House Grounds & Gardens Remain Open

From this Saturday, 21 March, Harewood House Trust will only reopen its Grounds and Gardens after the winter closing, in a move to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Harewood Bird Garden, in addition to offering the public the opportunity to explore recreational activity across uplifting open spaces, with loved ones or alone, during this challenging time.  Read more

The Great Central Railway Model Event

It is with great regret we have decided to cancel the 2020 Great Central Railway Model Event to be held from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st June.  Read more

How to tell if your Great Ape is Pregnant...

The world’s number one selling brand in home pregnancy and fertility tests has donated pregnancy kits – for orang utans.  Read more

Wild Planet Trust - Business as Usual

The three South West zoos run by regional conservation charity Wild Planet Trust have a defiant message for coronavirus: “It’s business as usual”.  Read more

Blueprint COVID 19 Update

Blueprint Here to Help the Travel Trade – COVID-19 Update  Read more

Girl's Choir to Launch at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

The choral music tradition at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, will be enriched soon with the addition of girl choristers. To date the Cathedral Choir has only been open to male voices, with boy choristers and lay clerks, the gentlemen of the choir, forming the main Cathedral choir. From May 2020, girls will be given the opportunity to join a newly formed girls ‘top line’. The Girl Choristers will sing services with the Lay Clerks and on their own, and the boys will continue to do the same. Additionally the Cathedral supports two junior choirs, a Youth Choir (the St Cecilia Chorale) and a Ladies’ Choir (the St Edmundsbury Singers).  Read more

Springing into Life at the Discovery Centre

As the weather improves and everywhere turns green again, the team at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre are celebrating Spring in their Onny Meadows as they get ready for some Easter fun. Entrance to the Centre and Meadows is free so visitors can enjoy the walks and sights for as long as they like, any day of the week.  Read more

New Owners at Award Winning Shropshire Vineyard

After more than 10 years of award-winning wine production, the Ferguson family have sold south Shropshire based Kerry Vale Vineyard.  Read more

Double Dose of Herbs at Lytes Cary Manor

Anyone going away over Easter might want to carry a supply of mugwort (artemisia) – it was reputed to prevent weariness on a journey, according to a 16th-century medical text that is the inspiration behind a new herbal border at the National Trust’s Lytes Cary Manor.  Read more

Lincolnshire Tourism Excellence Awards - 2020 Winners

The winners of the 2020 Lincolnshire Tourism Excellence Awards were announced in Lincoln at the DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln on Thursday 12th March.  Read more

Tourism Northern Ireland - Offers of the Week

Northern Ireland boasts a wonderful collection of places to stay including beautiful B&Bs, luxurious spa hotels and great value self-catering properties. Discover NI has selected the best offers of the week to help you plan a short break.  Read more

Visit South Devon Forges Ahead with Destination Partnerships

Visit South Devon’s new group travel trade campaign is getting off to a smashing start with partnerships in place with key towns and destinations in South Devon.  Read more

Amazing Insect - Eating Plants at Eden

The Eden Project has opened a new garden dedicated to the fascinating world of carnivorous pitcher plants (Nepenthes).  Read more

Apple Trees Planted in Montacute's Orchard

More than 50 apple trees have been planted at Montacute House, expanding orchards that provide vital habitat for wildlife in the south west.  Read more

Nationwide Cathedrals at Night Campaign Launched

Medieval wall paintings seen in a new light, a fire garden with flowers that burst into flame, art shows, music, lectures, fun and prayer under the Museum of the Moon, hymns and Pimms, pilgrimage, labyrinth walks, sound and light displays, and lots and lots and lots of candles.  Read more

Nine Decades Winchester Cathedral Records Goes Online

A unique research tool for historians and enthusiasts interested in Winchester Cathedral has been put online by the Friends of the Cathedral.  Read more

Last Chance to Bid for Herts Big Weekend Tickets!

Roll up, roll up, time is running out for your chance to WIN free tickets to a host of attractions and activities across the Garden of England as part of this year’s Herts Big Weekend…  Read more

Sail in the Remote Lofoten Islands this Summer

Departing on specific dates in June, July and August save from £190pp and learn to sail in the calm waters of Lofoten islands with adventure sailing experts Rubicon 3.  Read more

Last Chance to Bid for Kent Big Weekend Tickets!

Roll up, roll up, time is running out for your chance to WIN free tickets to a host of attractions and activities across the Garden of England as part of this year’s Kent Big Weekend celebrations…  Read more

TR2 Prototype Acquired by British Motor Museum

Legend of the British motorcar industry, the Triumph TR2 prototype, secured with £250K National Heritage Memorial Fund grant.   Read more

National Botanic Garden of Wales marks 20th Anniversary

National Botanic Garden of Wales to mark 20th anniversary with opening of restored Regency parkland, revamped gardens and Bank Holiday celebration  Read more

Bristol Aquarium Displays a Cute Young Pufferfish

Bristol’s city centre aquarium has a new, young pufferfish on display for visitors to see.  Read more

Adventure, Wilderness & Winter Spirit

Adventure, wilderness and winter spirt. Share the wonders of walking with ramblers walking holidays Inspiring NEW 2021 / 2021 Winter & Long Haul Brochure.  Read more

Small Ships for a Big World

‘Small ships for a big world’ – Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines unveils new-look ‘Worldwide Cruise Holidays 2021-2022’ brochure, showcasing 224 destinations in 73 countries.  Read more

Paramedics Win at Prestigious Rail Business Awards

South Western Railway’s (SWR) team of paramedics have won the 'Customer Service Excellence' award at this year's prestigious Rail Business Awards, with judges describing the team as “exceptional and game-changing with life-changing results”.  Read more

Victorian 'Policeman' in line-up for Tourism Award

A Victorian singing policeman is in the frame to be top of the cops after being named as one of 10 finalists in with a chance of winning Visit England’s annual Tourism Superstar competition, supported by The Mirror, and he needs your vote.  Read more

Giant Bunnies Herald a very Happy Easter at Eden!

The Eden Project will be going hopping mad over the Easter holidays (March 28 to April 19) with the arrival of three giant rabbits outside the famous Biomes.  Read more

AGTO Showcase Weekend Highlights Solo Travel Trend

Solo travel as part of a group is thriving, according to Debbie Marshall, managing director of Silver Travel Advisor, the website for the over 50s mature traveller.  Read more

RLSS UK Extends Partnership with UK's Largest Holiday Provider

As more and more British holidaymakers plan to take a domestic break this year, the UK’s largest provider of holidays and holiday home ownership has signed a multi-year contract with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), to ensure the safety of guests using its aquatic facilities.  Read more

Lincolnshire Launch New Cycling Holidays

New cycling holidays, which are due to launch in June 2020, have already secured hundreds of advanced accommodation bookings from travel giant TUI Holidays.  Read more

Althorp House Summer 2020 Dates

Althorp House 2020 summer opening dates are now announced, and we will be delighted to greet groups here.  Read more

Cute Arrivals will Melt Your Heart!

Hatton Adventure World will once again host its annual “Spring Spectacular” from 4 - 19 April when the family attraction welcomes an abundance of spring-born animals. Visitors can visit the Spring Arrivals Marquee and see baby chicks, ducklings, piglets, bunnies and kid goats which are settling in well on the Farm. Visitors will even get the chance to feed and handle the animals whilst some lucky visitors may be fortunate enough to witness a live birth!  Read more

Bath Inspiration with McDonald & Dodds

ITV’s new crime drama, McDonald and Dodds, debuted on Sunday 1st March. Set against the stunning and very sunny backdrop of Bath, here’s a rundown of must-see spots from the first episode of the series and some inspiration for places to stay…  Read more

Malvern Well Dressing Self-Drive Tours

Come for a day out around Malvern town and its delightful hills. Malvern is famous for its water and here we have been dressing the Wells for over 20 years. It has become a marvellous institution where locals revel in celebrating water and beautifying the wells, springs, spouts and water features with floral and arty adornments.  Read more

Sponsor a Gargoyle at Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral, in partnership with Cheltenham Racecourse, is pleased to offer this time-limited opportunity for a group of six individuals to come together to sponsor a Cheltenham themed gargoyle.  Read more

Queering the Collections

As a way of ensuring that we celebrate LGBTQ+ history outside of February’s LGBTQ+ History Month, National Museum Cardiff and Pride Cymru have teamed up to launch a new series of volunteer-led tours around the museum’s finest artwork, looking at the collection through a queer lens. The first free tour will be held on Sunday 15 March at National Museum Cardiff with sessions available in English and Welsh.  Read more

Hovertravel Shortlisted for Top Award

For the second time in two years, an Isle of Wight employee has been recognised for their outstanding work in welcoming visitors – and we’re being asked to get behind him!  Read more

Nation's Storyteller at Stratford Lit Fest

Sir Michael Morpurgo, the internationally bestselling author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, will kick off Stratford Literary Festival’s packed programme of events for young people. The multi award-winning writer will be talking about his latest book, Boy Giant, on 2 May ahead of the main festival which starts on 9 May, with nine days of activities for all ages and interests.  Read more

Volunteers Clear Up Only Meadows after Storms & Floods

The volunteer work groups at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre have been working hard over the last few weeks on a storm and flood clear up mission after Storms Ciara and Dennis caused a great deal of mess around the site.  Read more

Scafold Platform Tours at Wellington Monument

Tours to a viewing platform situated 10 metres from the ground on the Wellington Monument scaffolding are now available to book, the National Trust has announced. The tours will start from 25 April and will see visitors climbing 6 flights of stairs to the specially created platform.  Read more

Gold for Shakespeare Distillery

Shakespeare Distillery has won a Gold award in the prestigious West Midlands Tourism Awards. The independent artisan spirit producer based in Stratford-upon-Avon picked up the award in the New Tourism Business Award category at a special ceremony held on 26 February at the University of Birmingham’s Great Hall. As a gold winner, Shakespeare Distillery will automatically be entered into the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, which takes place in June.  Read more

New User Group Events at Hovertravel

Hovertravel’s User Group (HUG) is announcing two new events for 2020, planned for April and September.  Read more

Private Tours for Bond ... James Bond

Ahead of the April launch of the new James Bond film, No Time To Die, Rabbie’s has created a private tour itinerary for 007 fans. Gadgets, cars, castles and tipples will give fans the full Bond experience.  Read more

Hovertravel Chosen as Government Study

Hovertravel’s accessibility initiative, HoverCare, has been chosen by the UK Government as a case study to provide guidance on the just launched Inclusive Transport Leaders Scheme which aims to improve transport for disabled people.  Read more

Hotel Indigo - Stratford upon Avon Shortlisted

Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious Midlands Service Excellence Awards. The boutique hotel has been shortlisted as one of six finalists in the Hotel of the Year category and will find out if it has won this highly coveted award on Thursday 19 March at a black-tie dinner at Hogarths Hotel in Dorridge, Solihull.  Read more

Eden Classic Prize is a Dream Come True

A super-keen cyclist could not believe his eyes when he read a phone message telling him he had won his dream bike in a prize draw.  Read more

1000th Birthday for Bury St Edmunds Abbey

Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides have unveiled a series of special brand-new tours for 2020 to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund.  Read more

Thames Clippers Mothers Day Special

If you are searching for ways to spoil mum this Mother’s Day, Thames Clippers ( has the perfect treat with two-for-one offers on adult River Roamer tickets and wine purchased on board.  Read more

Pick up your Pilgrim Passport at Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral is delighted to announce that Pilgrim Passports are now available in the Cathedral Gift Shop. The passports are also available in every Church of England cathedral as part of the national campaign for 2020 Year of Cathedrals, Year of Pilgrimage.  Read more

Black Sheeps Transatlantic Beer

Black Sheep Brewery has created a unique transatlantic ale for its first seasonal beer of 2020, Brave New World.  Read more

Cloister Challenge Sleep Out at Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester’s annual Cloister Challenge event returns to the Cathedral on 20 March 2020 marking its fifth anniversary raising money for the homeless and vulnerable.  Read more

February Half Term at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

The team at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre had another fun filled week of popular activities during February Half Term!  Read more

Easter Motor Show Returns to Weston Park

Weston Park, the stately home on the Staffordshire/ Shropshire border is welcoming back the Easter Motor Show to the park for a second year this spring on Sunday 12th and Monday 13th April 2020.  Read more

Commemorate Battle of Britain 80

2020 is the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain (BoB) which is recognised as the country’s finest hour. This summer the Royal Air Force Museum is inviting the country to remember this significant story of bravery, international alliances and ingenuity both at the Museum and on tour.  Read more

Kent Big Weekend 2020 Ballot Opens

Roll up, roll up, your annual chance to WIN free tickets to a host of attractions and activities across the Garden of England has arrived. What are we talking about? Why, the Kent Big Weekend, of course!  Read more

Herts Big Weekend 2020 Ballot opens

Roll up, roll up, your annual chance to WIN free tickets to a host of attractions and activities across the county has arrived. What are we talking about? Why, the Herts Big Weekend of course!  Read more

Colour Colour Everywhere at Eden

Cartoon demonstrations, a giant nature art installation and a colourful trail around the Biomes are some of the vibrant activities for Colour Uncovered at Eden this February half term.  Read more

Wander in the Spirt of St Davids Day in Wales

To celebrate Saint David's Day*, why not embark on your own Welsh pilgrimage this Spring to discover more about this country’s very distinctive culture and revered Patron Saint with walking specialists Ramblers Walking Holidays.  Read more

Watercress Line was Guests with Flying Scotsman

The Watercress Line was buzzing with excitement and anticipation yesterday as guests awaited the arrival of the record-breaking Flying Scotsman into Alresford Station to kick off her three week visit at Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’, and mark the reopening of Alton Station following the Whitedown Lane bridge restoration work.  Read more

Blenheim Palace Unveils New Groups Menu

Blenheim Palace has launched a new seasonal menu for group visitors, created by its onsite catering partner Searcys.  Read more

Poignant Art Display at Gloucester Cathedral

You can dedicate a beautiful Forget Me Not in memory of a loved one to be planted in a stunning new art installation at Gloucester Cathedral.  Read more

Gloucester Cathedral to hold Chorister Auditions

Singing auditions for aspiring choristers are set to take place at Gloucester Cathedral later this month. If you know a girl or boy that loves to sing, now is the time to get in touch.  Read more

Thames Clippers Supports Mayflower Commemoration

As a local business with proud founding roots in Rotherhithe, Thames Clippers ( is supporting Rotherhithe Illuminated! – a community-led legacy lighting scheme – with a donation whilst also urging other local organisations and residents to donate if they can.  Read more

Durham's Earliest Resident Unearthed

Durham University archaeologists have discovered human remains they believe to be Durham’s earliest known resident. A team from the University’s Archaeological Services unearthed the bone fragments while excavating off Claypath, in Durham City, on a site developed and now operated by student accommodation provider Student Castle.  Read more

Wookey Hole's Wild Wookey Wins Gold

Somerset’s oldest and biggest attraction is proud to announce it has been awarded GOLD for its Wild Wookey caving experience, in the Active and Sporting Experience category in this year’s South West England Tourism Excellence Awards.  Read more

Beamish Celebrates Golden Jubilee

Beamish Museum is marking its Golden Jubilee in 2020 and is inviting groups to celebrate the milestone during a trip to the award-winning attraction.  Read more

Visit Kent Win Prestigious UKInbound Award

UKinbound, a leading travel trade association that represents over 400 of the UK’s top tourism businesses, has awarded Visit Kent the accolade of Destination Management Organisation of the Year at its annual Awards for Excellence event.  Read more

Beaulieu Searches for New Star Cast

Beaulieu is searching for a star cast of costumed characters to bring its vibrant past to life in medieval Beaulieu Abbey, Victorian Palace House, WW II’s Secret Army exhibition and the National Motor Museum.  Read more

New Members at Devon's Top Attractions

The Devon Association of Tourist Attractions, which trades as ‘Devon’s Top Attractions’, has started off 2020 with two NEW association members, plus an incoming new Chairman too.  Read more

Lion Cubs Meet the Mane Man

Seven African lion cubs at West Midland Safari Park have had a busy month, exploring their new home and meeting their father for the first time.  Read more

Have you got what it takes to be a STAAR?

The Royal Air Force Museum is offering young adults aged 14-15 years the chance to become a high-flyer in STEM, as applications for the highly commended Summer Time Advanced Aerospace Residency (STAAR) programme officially open on 10 February 2020.  Read more

The Inimitable & The Imitator

Dame Hilary Mantel, one of the world’s most acclaimed writers, and Rory Bremner, the UK’s leading impressionist, headline the stellar line up at this year’s Stratford Literary Festival which runs from 9 to 17 May.  Read more

Hovertravel Welcomes Sir David Jason

Tuesday 4th February’s episode of Sir David Jason’s current TV documentary series features the much-loved actor visiting Hovertravel at Ryde. Entitled David Jason’s Great British Inventions, the next show will be broadcast at 9pm on More4.  Read more

Explore the Polar Wilderness

For an Arctic adventure this summer head north with sailing holiday experts Rubicon 3 for a two-week voyage from northern Norway to the remote wilderness of Spitsbergen in July and August for £3,069 pp.  Read more

Wild Exbury - 2020

Exbury Gardens in the New Forest will be encouraging visitors of all ages to learn more about the natural world this year with a programme of wildlife-themed activities, and a new Dragonfly Pond education area and steam railway stop.  Read more

Winchester Cathedral New Art Installation

Winchester Cathedral hosted a ground-breaking multi-dimensional community art installation at the end of January, inspired by the theme of pilgrimage and coffee. Pausing to drink coffee echoes the rhythm of pilgrim steps and prayer.  Read more

Hovertravel's New 2020 Guide

Hovertravel’s popular Travel & Attractions Guide for Winter/Spring 2020 is now available. This handy guide has been created so that customers can enjoy the very best experiences on offer on both sides of the Solent.  Read more

In Memory of "The Few"

To commemorate 80 years since the Battle of Britain, the Royal Air Force Museum has launched the Hurricane 80K Challenge, encouraging keen runners and novices alike, to run 80K in 80 days.  Read more

Kent on Screen

Kent has long been a magnet for film crews, and the county's gorgeous castles, villages, sea and sky have had starring roles in numerous box office hits. So, in recognition of our lovely county's star quality, we've pulled together a list of our favourite filming locations in the Garden of England that you can visit for a spot of ‘set-jetting’.  Read more

New Natural Play Area at Brownsea Island

Following a winter of conservation work and improvements, Brownsea Island is once again open to visitors during weekends in February.  Read more

Save Money on London's Happiest Commute

Try cruising through rush hour and save 20% on season tickets with Thames Clippers (, London’s River Bus service.  Read more

The Hertfordshire Hall of Fame

Forget the Hollywood hills – this awards season it’s time to head for the bright lights of Hertfordshire with a list of filming locations that are sure to make you go a little starry-eyed.  Read more

From the Site of the World's First Factory ...

Derby’s rich history and heritage is going to be celebrated in 2020 on the site of the world’s first factory, when the city opens a major new £17m museum in September.  Read more

Show Stopping Snowdrops at Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy, nr Wimborne, is famous for having magnificent displays of snowdrops. The snowdrop walk stretches through the 40-acre garden for one and a half miles and is at its best throughout early February.  Read more

Exciting New Vision for Welsh Visitor Economy

First Minister Mark Drakeford and Deputy Minister for Tourism Lord Elis-Thomas will today unveil an exciting future for the visitor economy in Wales.  Read more

Jury Announced - John Moores Prize 2020

National Museums Liverpool has announced the jury for the John Moores Painting Prize 2020, ahead of the call for entries opening from 17 February until 24 March 2020. The competition, held at the Walker Art Gallery, has celebrated the very best in modern and contemporary painting for more than 60 years. This year, it is also set to launch a new Emerging Artist Prize.  Read more

The Grim Dark Just got Real

Games Workshop and Escapologic announce development of Immaterium, the world’s first live action escape room inspired by the books, games and miniatures of the world-renowned Warhammer 40,000 universe.  Read more

Thornbury Castle to be Restored

GWR 4073 Class number 7027 “Thornbury Castle” has been sold to a private buyer, the present owners JJP Holdings have announced today. Under the sale and purchase agreement, the Great Western locomotive is to be restored at the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire and will run there for the duration of its next 10-year ticket.  Read more

A Significant Year to Celebrate Flight

Fifty-year-old flamingos, the first penguins in a country house and a passion and commitment for wildlife and conservation, the Bird Garden at Harewood is an accredited zoo and first opened to the public in spring 1970, when entry cost 3/- for adults and 2/- for children and was hailed in the press as ‘one of England’s most comprehensive collections of rare and exotic birds from all parts of the world.’  Read more

Work has Begun on The Vulcan Hotel

Visitors to St Fagans National Museum of History, the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019, will now be able to see one of Cardiff’s best preserved Victorian pubs – the Vulcan Hotel - being re-erected on the site of the open air museum. The building work is planned to take place over the next three years.  Read more

Kids Love Hatton Adventure Worlds Breakfast

A hearty cooked full English breakfast was dished up to 22 school children at Hatton Adventure World on Tuesday 21 January. Children aged 6 – 7 from Ferncumbe Church of England School in Hatton were collected by tractor and open-top trailer and transported to the popular family attraction where they learnt about the benefits of eating a hearty breakfast. Now in its 15th year, this initiative is thoroughly enjoyed and supported by the school, National Farmers Union and Hatton Adventure World.  Read more

Your Passport to Bluebell Beauty

The Great Gardens of West Wales – a seven-strong group of fabulous venues in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion – are throwing open their doors in celebration of this floral favourite.  Read more

Rugby Fever hits Black Sheep Brewery

Black Sheep Brewery is looking forward to the 2020 Six Nations with the return of its rugby inspired beer, Ram Tackle.  Read more

A 9m Project to Save Finest View in England

A massive civil engineering project to help save the ‘finest view in England’ is set to get under way at Blenheim Palace later this year.  Read more

West End Comes to Durham

Durham University students are going to be performing the beloved musical ‘Oklahoma!’ this January in Durham’s very own Gala Theatre.  Read more

Coming Soon - Heritage Interpretation Centre

The RH&DR Association is very pleased that plans to open a Heritage Interpretation Centre are now moving forward, thanks to the help of the Railway in finding premises.  Read more

Storrs Hotel Launch Luxury Cabins

Storrs Hall, the luxury four-star hotel on the shores of Lake Windermere, is now taking bookings for its new wood view and lake view cabins following a £1m investment programme.  Read more

BBC & RHS Launch Design Competition

Calling all amateur gardeners and aspiring garden designers, BBC Radio Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside are joining forces with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to run an exciting garden design competition which gives three listeners the chance to design a garden at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (22-26 July).  Read more

Durrell's Birdman Is a Hero!

Durrell is delighted to announce the release of 'The Birdman', a short film that tells the inspiring story of Durrell's Chief Scientist.  Read more

Steam Fortnight at British Motor Museum

The British Motor Museum is pleased to announce a fortnight of STEAM based educational activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths) for Key Stages 2 & 3 from March 2 – 13 2020. Designed to coincide with National Science Week, the Museum will be offering a new range of interactive activities to enhance students’ learning and tackle some of the transport issues facing future generations.  Read more

Step Back in Time at Hilton Hyde Park

London, UK, 20 January, 2020 – Edwardian splendour has been given a modern twist, in a new video which shares the great history and character of Hilton London Hyde Park.  Read more

Volunteers Wanted for Coleridge Cottage

The National Trust is calling for volunteers to join the team at the former home of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and help the charity look after the place where he wrote some of his most-loved works.  Read more

Veganuary at Max Gate

This month Max Gate, the home of Thomas Hardy, is celebrating Veganuary. There will be vegan 'cream' teas and cakes available throughout January, all homemade onsite in the Max Gate kitchens by the baking volunteers.  Read more

Eden's Korea Garden takes Shape

A pair of striking totem poles are greeting visitors to the Eden Project in Cornwall as Britain’s first Korean garden takes shape.  Read more

New Faces at Visit Lincoln

Visit Lincoln has appointed two new people into the team as it gets ready to deliver its ambitious marketing plans for the city and county in 2020 and build on its 25% growth from last year.  Read more

Picture This! Life Through a Royal Lens

Opening on 15 May 2020, Kensington Palace will reveal a new exhibition exploring the British Royal Family’s enduring relationship with the camera. Included in palace admission, the exhibition will add value to group organisers and tour operator’s visits to the palace.  Read more

Gloucester Cathedral to Shine Bright

The exhibition titled ‘Where There is Light’ marks the culmination of events celebrating 20 years of Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS) and features artwork by Gloucestershire based digital arts group, Squidsoup.  Read more

Life on Board - Merseyside Maritime Museum

Merseyside Maritime Museum will open a new permanent gallery on 28 March 2020. Exploring the moving and fascinating stories of Liverpool’s seafarers and passengers, the Life on board gallery will highlight the lives of the merchant sailors who drove the city’s prosperity, as well as tales of the people who sailed aboard leisure liners.  Read more

Poetry Competition at Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House and Garden launches young people’s poetry competition This year is the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth’s birth, and to celebrate, Wordsworth House and Garden in Cockermouth has teamed up with the Words by the Water literary festival to launch the Wordsworth@250 Young People’s Poetry Competition.  Read more

RAF Museum Spitfire Engineering Award

The Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1 K9942 displayed at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford has been presented with a prestigious ‘Engineering Heritage Award’ by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). The awards, established in 1984, celebrate the contribution of mechanical engineering past and present, recognising artefacts, sites and landmarks of significant engineering importance.  Read more

Isaac Newton Space Sapling at Eden

One of eight young trees grown from pips from Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree and blasted into space with British ESA astronaut Tim Peake is to be planted at the Eden Project.  Read more

Tatton Park's Winter Wonder Offers

Book online and pay just half price vehicle entry to Tatton Park and go on to enjoy free garden admission for midweek visits from 7th Jan to 7th Feb. The adventure playground is also here for little ones to run-off steam and parkland walks, whatever the weather, help to keep those promises of being more active in 2020.  Read more

New Faces at British Motor Museum

The British Motor Museum is delighted to announce that it has made three senior appointments at the start of 2020. Stephen Laing, who was previously Curator at the Museum for 25 years, has been promoted to Head of Collections. Stephen, who has also joined the Senior Management Team, is now responsible for the Car, Museum and Archive collections, as well as exhibitions and cultural programming.  Read more

Gloucester Cathedral Receives Big Boost

The Wolfson Foundation has generously awarded an £80,000 grant to help Gloucester Cathedral secure the future of one of the oldest parts of the building, the North Ambulatory.  Read more

Pop-Up Vegan Cafe at Eden

The Eden Project has launched a pop-up café called the Vegan Kitchen to help people trying out a plant-based diet in January.  Read more

Become a Volunteer at Tatton Park

If you’re looking for new and rewarding experiences this year and would love to lend a hand helping us bring our Heritage Lottery funded ‘Field to Fork’ story to life for our visitors – then get in touch and come along to a volunteer open day, taking place down on the Farm on 18 & 19 January 2020.  Read more

Giant Snakes Slither into Hatton

Giant snakes will slither into Hatton Adventure World when the popular family attraction hosts its February Frolics activities during the half term from 15 – 23 February. For one week only visitors can get up close and personal with a mixture of Boa Constrictors, Reticulated Pythons, Burmese Pythons and a Tegu. They range in size from 5 feet to 16 feet in length! The handling sessions will take place three times a day at 10:30am, 1pm and 3pm plus visitors can enjoy an interactive talk from snake experts.  Read more

Make the Most of 2020 in Kent

Calling all the Outdoor Champions, the History Heroes, the Memory Makers, the Story Sharers and the Taste Makers, this is your year. Trust us, 2020 (or #KentyTwenty as we’re so fondly dubbing it…) is going to be a big one.  Read more

Record Breaking Christmas at Blenheim

Blenheim Palace enjoyed its busiest ever Christmas with more than a quarter of a million people visiting the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site over the festive period; an increase of more than 20% on the previous year.  Read more

Hovertravel Expands Apprenticeship Scheme

Hovertravel has announced the appointment of three new apprentices, all working within the commercial team. The new recruits will have responsibility for helping to drive enhanced customer engagement, to extend Hovertravel’s successful e-commerce activities and to support the growth of the company’s groups business.  Read more

Roar-Some New Arrivals are Pride of Park

The cat’s out of the bag at West Midland Safari Park as keepers announce the exciting arrival of two litters of incredibly cute African lion cubs.  Read more

Stourhead Welcomes Weekend Visitors

For visitors enjoying a winter walk around the garden at weekends, the National Trust team at Stourhead is offering a chance to warm up by a log fire in the house. Visitors can also spend time with the portraits of the Hoare family, which line the walls of the Entrance Hall.  Read more

Kids for a Quid at Spa Valley Railway

Affordable fun for the whole family with the ‘Kids for a Quid’ promotion on the Spa Valley Railway in Tunbridge Wells on 15th, 16th, 20th, 22nd & 23rd February 2020.  Read more

Snowdrop Festival at The Garden House

Excited snowdrop enthusiasts are set to travel across the UK to an exquisite corner of Devon to see one of the best collections of snowdrops in the world burst into fragrance and colour at The Garden House’s first ever Snowdrop Festival, which takes place January to March.  Read more

Kew Palace Reopens for 2020!

From 3 April until 27 September 2020, and included in admission to Kew Gardens, groups can explore; Kew Palace, the Royal Kitchens and at weekends and bank holidays, Queen Charlotte’s Cottage.  Read more

Giant Grouper at Bristol Aquarium

Bristol Aquarium has added a giant grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus) to their coral seas display for the first time. The giant grouper is currently a two-year-old female but is a protogynous hermaphrodite so will change sex to become a male in around three to five years when she reaches sexual maturity.  Read more

Oh I do Like to be Beside the Seaside

Lincolnshire Coastal BID release brand new Destination Guide for the Coast for 2020. For the first time in three years the Lincolnshire Coast now has an official destination guide showcasing the undiscovered elements of our stunning coastline.  Read more

New Routes for Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines is marking its one-year anniversary of flights from the North of the UK by donating a rose bush featuring the nation’s famous flowers to four botanical gardens across the North of England.  Read more

Gloucester Cathedral to Shine Bright

Spectacular Light Installation to Shine Bright for GARAS at Gloucester Cathedral. Gloucester Cathedral hosts immersive artwork to recognise Gloucestershire refugees throughout history.  Read more

Stratford Hotel Shortlisted for an Award!

Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious West Midlands Tourism Awards 2020. The boutique hotel has been shortlisted in the New Tourism Business Award category and will find out if it has won this highly coveted award at a special ceremony on 26 February at the University of Birmingham’s Great Hall.  Read more

Rachel sets out to Inspire

Durham Wildlife Trust has taken on a new member of staff to promote its recently-refurbished visitor centre at the Low Barns nature reserve.  Read more

The Arts Society Tours -- Fred Olsen

If you are looking to enjoy scenic, smaller-ship cruising in 2020, multi-award-winning Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering a series of exciting new ocean and river itineraries – in affiliation with The Arts Society Tours – featuring Accredited Lecturers of The Arts Society, who will share their expertise on a number of informative topics, as Fred. Olsen’s stylish cruise ships take you ‘closer’ to the destination.  Read more

2020 Group Tours - Paradise Silk Mill

Book Now: 2020 Group Tours of Paradise Silk Mill “A brilliant place to visit. The guide brought it to life. Excellent tour and wonderful old mill with original looms. We discovered a real treasure.”  Read more

ETOA & UKINBOUND Sign Partnership

ETOA (European Tourism Organisation) has signed a partnership agreement with UKinbound inviting UKinbound members to attend one of the biggest gatherings of the UK & Ireland travel industry in the sector’s calendar - Britain & Ireland Marketplace (BIM). Kickstarting the year, BIM 2020 takes place on 28 January at the London Hilton, just three days before the UK is expected to leave the EU.  Read more

Enter Eden Classic for Chance to Win Bike

Cornwall’s biggest annual cycling event, the Eden Classic, is now open for entries with the chance to win a fabulous new road bike.  Read more

Beethoven 250

Southbank Centre is joined by an outstanding roster of international artists to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth throughout 2020. With over 20 events in spring 2020 and more to follow in the autumn*, the season includes historical recreations, concerts and series curated by leading musicians, and a bold reinterpretation of arguably music’s most famous chorus: Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s Ninth ‘Choral’ symphony.  Read more

Supersized Brick Creatures at Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo in Hampshire will be home to dozens of new species, as it becomes the first attraction in the world to host a brand new collection of superized toy brick creatures in 2020.  Read more

Eden Hails Tour of Britain Start

The Eden Project has hailed the announcement of the official route for the start of the Tour of Britain bike race as a great moment for cycling and for Cornwall.  Read more

Plans for Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Thursday saw the 5th AGM for local charity, Grow Cook Learn at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre. And what an exciting one it was as the team of staff and trustees of the charity introduced their new development ideas for the site.  Read more

2020 Spring Breaks to Guernsey

From festivals to seasonal activities, the Islands of Guernsey awaken this spring.  Read more

Glorious Gardens for Groups at Blenheim

Group visitors can enjoy a day out at Blenheim Palace and discover over 2,000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped Parkland and Formal Gardens.  Read more

Abbey of St Edmund Celebrates 1000 Years

Groups visiting Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk during 2020 can celebrate the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund by King Canute 1000 years ago with a programme of events leading up to the weekend of St Edmund’s Day on 20 November 2020.  Read more

18 Unique Motoring Shows for 2020

The British Motor Museum has announced a schedule of 18 unique motoring shows for 2020, including the return of its Gaydon Land Rover Show and the National Metro & Mini Show which will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Metro. There’s also the opportunity to see the popular and thought-provoking exhibition ‘The Car. The Future. Me’ which runs until July 2020.  Read more

New Bus Depot at Beamish Museum

The new Northern General Transport Bus Depot has opened its doors at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North – helping to preserve transport heritage and engineering skills, along with the century-old Northern name.  Read more

Jet2Holidays Targets Millenials with VIBE.

Jet2holidays has announced the launch a brand new-product called Vibe, targeting the growing ‘millennial’ market of holidaymakers who want to experience much more than a typical ’18-30’s’ holiday overseas.  Read more

Unique and Bespoke Small Tours for 2020

The multi award winning Caerhays Castle and spring gardens has announced its new season of tour opportunities for 2020 with a focus on bespoke, guided and unique experiences for smaller groups.  Read more

200th Anniversary of King George III's Death

In 2020, Kew Palace is marking the 200th anniversary of the death of King George III with a new display.  Read more

Gloucester Cathedral - Kings School Scholarships

Gloucester Cathedral and The King’s School, Gloucester are set to make history by offering choral scholarships to girls for the first time.  Read more

New from Rabbie's Tours for 2020

In conjunction with the 32 new Western European tours, Rabbie’s will expand the UK and Ireland offering to cater for more staycations and micro-trips in 2020.  Read more

Broken Records & Splintered Lances

Arundel Castle in West Sussex celebrated its most successful season to date in 2019, drawing visitors from far and wide with a record-breaking 60,000 blooming tulips, a world-class jousting tournament and the ultimate who-would-win showdown!  Read more

New for 2020 at Blenheim Palace

2020 at Blenheim Palace sees new exhibitions, an exciting events calendar, historic restoration and conservation projects and new tours taking place at the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.   Read more

New group visits line-up at Beaulieu

Lord Montagu’s sister Mary Montagu-Scott will be giving guided tours of her mother’s exhibition as part of Beaulieu’s new line-up for groups in 2020, one of the leading destinations for group-friendly visits on the south coast. Mary will give family insight with a tour of her mother’s vibrant creations including painting, needlework, costumes and home furnishings in The Art of Belinda, Lady Montagu – her story in stitches exhibition, which recently opened in her ancestral family home of Palace House at the New Forest attraction.  Read more

5 Must Do things in Ironbridge

Top five ‘must do’ experiences for groups at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums in 2020  Read more


Playtime is coming to Beaulieu with an adventurous new feature for 2020 as Little Beaulieu brings family fun to the award-winning attraction with a £½m enchanting play area for all ages.  Read more

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