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

January Joy in the Garden

Amazing walks, fascinating talks, great events, cracking courses and FREE entry every weekday in January – that’s what’s on offer at the National Botanic Garden of Wales this month.  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

Jet 2 give War Veteran early Christmas Gift

The leading leisure airline makes Eddie Morrison’s Christmas by treating him to a tour of Leeds Bradford Airport and to see the inside of an aircraft for the first time. Special visit also included the opportunity to meet with Captain and sit in the flight deck of an aircraft.  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

Grant 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 their first fundraising event.  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

National Award Win for Beamish Museum

Delighted staff and volunteers at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North are celebrating after winning a national award.  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

Hovertravel announces HoverRewards winners

Hovertravel has announced the winners of its internal awards scheme at a prizegiving ceremony at their Ryde headquarters. Thanks to the efforts of its staff, Hovertravel’s customer service has been recognised externally through independent reviews and awards schemes.  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

Wildlife Trust brings people closer to wildlife

Durham Wildlife Trust has launched a new initiative to bring people closer to wildlife in their area.  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

Children Rap up Stratford Literary

Last week, Thomas Jolyffe Primary School enjoyed a visit from author Steve Cole, and surprised him with a very special performance.  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

Jura Says Hello to New Rare Whiskys

Jura Single Malt Whisky welcomes the latest additions to its collection of rare and limited releases – the Jura Rare vintage 1989 and the Jura Rare Vintage 1988 mark 2 – 2019 bottling. The two exceptional aged whiskies showcase Jura’s rich whisky-making heritage and dedication to creating the finest whiskies over generations.  Read more

Enhanced river services during rail strike

In preparation for the planned South Western Railway strike, between 2-20 December Thames Clippers will be bolstering its RB6 capacity during the peak morning commute enabling South West London commuters to take the River Bus into the capital. The frequent RB1 service also serves Battersea Power Station with departures every 20 minutes.  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

Horn Player at God's House Tower

Stunning images have been released of a performance on top of one of the South Coast's most important scheduled ancient monuments.   Read more

Aerial Gardeners Plant Orchids at Eden

Gardeners at the Eden Project have taken to the treetops to relocate Eden’s orchid collection into the Rainforest Biome canopy.  Read more

Alison Takes on a New Challenge

Durham Wildlife Trust has taken on a new Volunteer Conservation Trainee, based at its Low Barns Nature Reserve near Witton Le Wear and funded by the Prince’s Countryside Fund.  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

Doggy lifejackets outsell human ones!

Doggy lifejackets outsell human ones in new chandlery pet range at Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour  Read more

Gloucester Cathedral Awarded £40,000

The Cathedral has been awarded generous grants from Allchurches Trust (£25,000) and the Garfield Weston Foundation (£15,000) to continue its stonemason training programme for talented craftspeople.  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

Wookey Hole Celebrates Award win 

Somerset’s oldest and biggest attraction is thrilled to announce it has been awarded the Best Activity Day Out in the South West Award in this year’s Family Favourites Awards, via the “Day Out With The Kids” community website.  Read more

Jet2.com Inn-troduces New Summer Destination

31st October 2019: Leading leisure airline Jet2.com has announced summer flights to Innsbruck for the first time, with services on sale from Birmingham and Manchester Airports for Summer 20.  Read more

Ludlow Farm Shop's Butchers Award

Shropshire butcher crowned runner up competing for England at Five Nations International Butchery Championship  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

National Botanic Garden -Cardiff Partnership

National Botanic Garden announces Cardiff partnership making world-leading scientific research, top-quality horticultural training and quality Welsh produce accessible to all.  Read more

NYC -- Jet2.com & Jet2CityBreaks

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks has put its phenomenally successful New York trips on sale today for Winter 20, with more trips from more UK airports, alongside the re-introduction of direct flights and trips from Birmingham Airport.  Read more

Koala Flies in from Japan

A male koala has been flown from Osaka in Japan to join Longleat’s koala programme. The 12-year-old was flown from Osaka Tennoji Zoo and accompanied on the flight by his Japanese keepers and vet who are helping him settle in to his new home.    Read more

Stratford Literary Festival Initiative

Over the next few months, Stratford Literary Festival will be engaging with young people across Stratford to get everyone reading, and loving words and books.  Read more

Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2020

Dates are confirmed for the eighth annual Blenheim Palace Flower Show from Friday 26th – Sunday 28th June 2020.More than 24,000 people attended the seventh annual show, which was opened by TV presenter George Clarke who also took part in Garden Talks and Q&As during the event.  Read more

Newcastle Gallery has been Transformed

Lothar Götz is an artist best known for his large-scale, site-specific wall paintings, transforming spaces with vibrant colours and shapes. His new commission at Newcastle University’s Hatton Gallery is no exception.  Read more

Hollywood comes to National Botanic Gardens

A TV drama starring Demi Moore has brought a touch of Hollywood glamour to the National Botanic Garden of Wales.  Read more

BIG FUN AT LITTLE BEAULIEU

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

Ramblers Walking Holidays Introduces 2020 Programme

Walking holidays and adventures in Armenia, Everest, Ethiopia and Iran are just some of the 55 exciting new itineraries that have been added to the Ramblers Walking Holidays’ (www.ramblersholidays.co.uk) Summer 2020 brochure, which launches today.  Read more

Save the Date - Excursions 2020

Excursions 2020™ - one of the leading one-day group travel shows - will take place at Alexandra Palace, London on Saturday 25th January 2020.  Read more

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