Longleat Koalas Offer Scientific Breakthrough

Scientists working with a group of koalas at Longleat have discovered vital genetic clues which may help to secure the long-term survival of the iconic Australian marsupial in the wild.  Read more

Creator of a European institution

70th Birthday of Europa-Park Founder Wolfgang Schäuble: Roland Mack has created a unique European institution  Read more

Gloucester Cathedral Wins Heritage Award

Gloucester Cathedral is delighted to announce that it has won the Historic Properties/Sites category at this year’s Association of Heritage Interpretation Awards.  Read more

SWR celebrates staff on Stations Day

South Western Railway (SWR) today (Tuesday 15 October) celebrates Stations Day, highlighting the real difference staff make to passengers every day.  SWR’s employee number 000001 Jeffery Fry, and Don Buckley, are award-winning legends of the railway with an impressive 123 years of combined industry service at Waterloo station. They’re role models for many colleagues, setting the highest standards and always putting customers first, and sharing their unmatched knowledge of the station anytime they can.  Read more

RHS Garden Wisley Voted Best Show

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is delighted to announce that the RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show has been awarded Best Event for Groups at the 2019.  Voted for by Group Travel Organisers. The annual Reader Awards celebrate first class destinations, attractions and providers across group travel and were held at a sparkling ceremony on Wednesday, 9th October.  Read more

CARED Project Launched

The National Botanic Garden of Wales, in partnership with Mental Health Matters Wales, has secured funding to provide a monthly carers’ group, open to loved ones living with someone with an eating disorder.  Read more

New £150m Fleet for Caledonian Sleeper

Caledonian Sleeper completes roll out of £150m new fleet of trains as service introduced on Highlander route. Serco Caledonian Sleeper has completed the roll out of its new overnight trains with the fleet now operating all services between London and Scotland.  Read more

1st New College for 14 years at Durham University

Durham University is creating its first new residential College in 14 years: South College, which is on track to open in 2020. South College is part of the University’s flagship Mount Oswald development, a project worth £80 million which will also include a new home for its existing John Snow College, a University Hub building and a multi-use games area (MUGA).  Read more

Benard smashes Eden record

An elite Kenyan runner smashed the Eden Project half-marathon course record with a stunning performance as the event celebrated its tenth birthday today (Sunday October 13).  Read more

Top 5 Haunted Haunts in the UK

Everyone loves a good ghost story, whether you believe in them or not. The UK has a deep and dark history of war, turbulence, and conflict – so it’s no wonder the country is scattered with hundreds of spooky, spine-tingling, haunted locations. Rabbie’s, the UK’s leading coach touring company, unveils its top five haunted destinations ahead of Halloween.  Read more

Royal Exhibition Receives a Royal Visitor

Winchester Cathedral’s new landmark exhibition, Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation, received a royal visitor last week.  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

Jet2 Holidays Reveal Brits Hibernate!

New research commissioned by Jet2holidays has revealed that more than half (55%) of us admit to going into ‘hibernation’ as the days draw in, the nights get longer and temperatures fall with rain, wind and even snow making the warmth of the summer sun no more than a distant memory.  Read more

Offers of the Week -- Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland boasts an irresistible 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

Ludlow Farmshop Recognised at Awards

A company from Bromfield, Ludlow has been named one of the best rural businesses in the country after being recognised at the regional Rural Business Award.  Read more

Europa Parks Founder celebrates his 70th

The founder and owner of Europa-Park in Rust, Roland Mack, celebrates his 70th birthday on 12th October 2019. Roland Mack is considered one of the most exceptional and successful family entrepreneurs in Germany, who has made millions of children and families happy with ‘his’ Europa-Park. More than 120 million people have visited Germany´s largest theme park since its opening in July 1975, with the Mack family having invested more than 900 million Euros without a penny of public subsidy. Roland Mack is the brainchild, engine and maker of Europa-Park.  Read more

cARTes Postales - Salisbury Museum

cARTes postales - Art on Postcards The creative lucky dip fast approaches!  Read more

Glaaaaawster Cathedral unveiling

Gloucester Cathedral today unveiled the maquette of ‘Glaaaawster’, the first of a set of six new gargoyles which will be installed on the North Ambulatory Roof as part of a £530,000 restoration project.  Read more

Boost for Student Numbers at Eden

Big boost in student numbers for St Austell’s Eden Project. Eden Project Learning has just welcomed its biggest student cohort, marking a steady rise in growth since the programme launched in 2014.  Read more

Stratford Butterfly Farm raise money

Stratford Butterfly Farm raise £540 at charity event  Read more

Haslemere Celebrates Triple Whammy

There was a triple whammy of good news at Haslemere station on Wednesday (1 October) with the reopening of the Information Hub, unveiling of a commemorative blue plaque to mark 160 years of the station being open, and a special fibreglass cow appearing outside the station as a nod to the area’s heritage.  Read more

Durham University - Highest Ranking

Durham University has achieved its highest-ever global ranking for Arts and Humanities in a prestigious international league table.  Read more

CAMFED Garden at Eden Project

Chelsea gold-winning CAMFED Garden to have new home at Eden. The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) African Garden, which won a prestigious gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, is now being installed at the Eden Project in Cornwall.  Read more

Lysander Restored to Former Glory

A Second World War Westland Lysander III (S.D.), the only surviving Special Duties variant of its type has been restored to its former glory at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford.    Read more

New Direct Service to Montenegro

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays launches new direct services to Tivat in Montenegro  Read more

RAF Museum aiming to be Top of the Class!

The Royal Air Force Museum has been announced as a finalist in two categories at the 2019/2020 School Travel Awards and the Museum is hopeful it will be given top marks for its educational offer.  Read more

Snow Leopard Cubs Born in the Highlands

A litter of threatened snow leopard cubs has been born at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park.  Read more

ABTA - Advice re: Thomas Cook

ABTA has had reports of members of the public being cold called and asked if they have a Thomas Cook booking and then asked for their bank details. This is a SCAM. Thomas Cook customers should follow the advice on this web page for full details of how they can make a claim.  Read more

Coles Miller Dream Machines -- Winner 2019

Coles Miller Dream Machines 2019 ended on a high with an epic season finale on Poole Quay.
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Black Sheep Brewery Preview New Gin at AGM.

Black Sheep Brewery has continued the diversification of its range revealing its first ever spirit, Black Sheep Yorkshire Dry Gin, at the Company’s Annual General Meeting today.  Read more

Tourism Northern Ireland Offers of the Week

Northern Ireland boasts an irresistible 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

South Western Railway - National Rail Awards

South Western Railway employees and stations were recognised at the prestigious National Rail Awards last night (Thursday 19 September), scooping four gongs.  Read more

Eden Proud to celebrate LGBTQ for 3rd Year

Proud Eden is returning in style to the Eden Project on Saturday September 28 for what promises to be its biggest celebration of LGBTQ culture to date.  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

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

Special Interest Holidays with HF Holidays

Here's your first look at our 2020 Special Interest Holidays. We have a fantastic selection of holidays, including many brand new ones, to cater for a wide range of interests.  Read more

Airedale launches new tours for 2020

Airedale enters a new era with 40+ new tours for 2020.  Read more

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