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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ludlow Farm Shop's Butchers Award

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

5 Must Do things in Ironbridge

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

AGTO adds four new directors to board

AGTO, the Association of Group Travel Organisers, has appointed four new directors as it moves forward to further strengthen membership and travel trade engagement.  Read more

Date decided for 2020 AGTO Showcase Weekend

AGTO, the Association of Group Travel Organisers, has announced the date for the 2020 ‘AGTO Showcase Weekend’.  Read more

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