days out

A guide to a city break in the historic city of York

The city of York has so, so much to offer for any tourist. This hotspot, voted The Times’ best place to live in the UK in 2018, provides the setting for a beautiful getaway. The compact walled city is half the size of Leeds and less than two hours away from the northern heights of Newcastle and the capital of London. The little romantic and historical city of York is a must for any tourist – whether you currently reside in the UK or are travelling from further afield.

York Minster

The five most practical cars for travelling with dogs

When we are buying a new car, there are many aspects which we look at; fuel consumption and engine size to name but two. However, do you ever consider how they can transport your animals? After all, while the stereotypical average family has 2.4 children, almost half of UK households also include a pet. And yes, you’ve guessed it, the most popular animal in our home is a dog. Twenty-six per cent of us have a canine companion, meaning that we must pick our cars wisely, taking our furry friends into consideration when planning days out and holidays.

Travelling with dogs – a car with a white dog leaning out of the window

Amazing line-up of music planned for Coastival

Music lovers are in for a treat during this year's Coastival festival in Scarborough with soul funk band Smoove & Turrell and jazz musician Dennis Rollins with the Mark Gordon Trio, to appear.

Organisers have lined up a full and varied programme of live music and DJ sets when the festival is held from 22nd to 24th February.

Headline act will be Smoove & Turrell, the popular Newcastle soul and funk band who will top the bill at an evening of music onCoastival Saturday at Scarborough Spa's Ocean Room from 7pm.

Coastival band

Gloucestershire & Warwick Railway

Gloucestershire & Warwick Railway - The Friendly Line in the Cotswolds offers a unique opportunity to sample train travel from 50 years ago.  The world was changing rapidly and so on our 29 mile round trip you can sample the glory of steam and those “new” diesel railcars with the panoramic views – and for the children (young and old!) those seats right behind the driver to see what he sees.  Large diesel locos also haul some services.

Gloucestershire & Warwick Railway

The History of Cider

The Cider Museum is a social history museum housed in an original 1889 cidermaking factory. There’s far more to the building than first meets the eye, and no wonder – it’s designed to look at the whole cidermaking industry, from its earliest beginnings through to the mass production methods which exist today. Visitors can find out about methods – how the apples were milled and pressed and how the resulting juice was fermented to produce cider – and about Herefordshire’s history.

Cider Museum

A Day at Diggerland – The Ultimate Adventure Park Experience!

Diggerland is the UK’s most unique attraction where children and adults have the chance to ride, drive and operate REAL full size construction machinery, under the guidance of fully trained staff - no driving licence required!

With 4 sites across the UK located in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire you’re never too far away from digging to your heart's content. 

Little girl on digger at Diggerland

Dive Into The Deep With Lego Ocean Explorers

BECOME A SEA LIFE JUNIOR DIVER THIS SUMMER AND ENTER TO WIN A FAMILY TRIP TO LEGOLAND FLORIDA

WHAT: LEGO Ocean Explorers

WHERE: Various SEA LIFE locations across the country

WHEN: 21st July - 5th September, dates vary depending on centre

PRICE: From: £9.95


Dive into the deep with SEA LIFE in the new nationwide LEGO adventure, Ocean Explorers. Where you can discover new depths of the ocean whilst helping the LEGO deep sea diver track down his missing equipment. 

Malvern Autumn Show Returns For Hearty Harvest Celebration

Malvern Autumn Show, in association with Westons Cider Mill, is back for a bountiful weekend bursting with harvest fun, horticultural know-how and family entertainment on September 29-30.

More than 65,000 visitors are expected to visit the family-friendly festival at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, which celebrates the very best of the great British countryside and the autumn harvest.

Laughing Is Good For Your Health So Show Yourself Some TLC At The Crystal Maze Live

The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience has vowed to help you laugh your way to good health and have the best summer yet - that doesn’t mean counting the calories or entering a gym! 

Scientists have found that laughter can give the body a ‘mini aerobic workout’* and psychologists have long-championed the benefits of laughing to improve your mental well-being. Seize the summer and give yourself a mind and body makeover by taking on race against the clock challenges that will have you laughing your way to a happier, healthier you. 

Join the big cheeses at the Caerphilly Food Festival!

Caerphilly Food Festival is set to once again delight visitors when it returns to the town on Saturday 12th May.

Thousands are expected to descend on Caerphilly town centre – just a ten-mile hop from the capital city of Cardiff – as it plays host to 100 stall holders who will tempt taste buds with delicious aromas, sizzling sounds and mouth-watering produce. 

The streets will be transformed into a marketplace between 9am and 5pm bursting with culinary delights complemented by craft and activity stalls and the ever popular farmers market.