Latest News: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Sussex

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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