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The summer of 2018 is set to be another great season for motorbike shows and events across the UK. Whether you’re in the mood for an auto-jumble or a stunt show, some whacky races or a day ogling the finest custom-built machines, there’s something on this list for you to enjoy.

1. DirtQuake

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No motorbike event has ever taken itself less seriously than DirtQuake, and that can only be a good thing. Spread out over a weekend on the outskirts of King’s Lynn, DirtQuake is an event where just about anyone can race.
Some have-a-go racers appear on multiple bikes across multiple rounds, so there’s plenty of machinery to admire. Last year’s event, appropriately sponsored by classic, custom and multi-bike specialists Bikesure, was packed with everything from 49cc mopeds to 1200cc Harley Sportsters. The only proviso for racing is that you ride in the same kit you’d ‘normally’ wear, on a bike that has passed its MOT.
The rules can lead to some interesting sights – 2017 saw a pair of (human) crabs on Vespas receive a standing ovation in the 50cc heats, while famous face Guy Martin raced against a couple in sequinned onesies on bikes that still had their number plates attached.
There’s a ‘Barely Legal’ race for learners only, an ‘Inappropriate Roadbikes’ heat that’s usually packed with hard-handling choppers and one or two more serious dirtbike races to keep things competitive. A great family day out, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to shop for new gear and even new vehicles while you’re there.

2. Assembly Chopper Show

Running in collaboration with Dice Magazine and The Great Frog, Assembly packs some of the world’s best custom motorcycles under one roof in London at House of Vans.
A new kid on the block, 2017’s Assembly was the first of its kind and proved itself as the place to be to check out incredible works of mechanical art. Even an iconic orange chop belonging to the scene’s late hero Tom Fugle made an appearance.
Expect row upon row of painfully valuable motorbikes with mind-blowing, and often wildly impractical, customisation. After a few drinks at the bar, surrounded by a crowd as keen on motorbike style as they are on the bikes themselves, you might be tempted to come home with more than a new helmet from the stalls.

3. The Trip Out

Falling in mid-September, Suffolk’s Trip Out motorcycle festival marks the end of summer for some, and the party just getting started for others. Set over three days, when you aren’t getting distracted by the cult movies, DJs, live music and licensed bar, you’ll be lusting after row upon row of vintage custom motorbikes.
The Trip Out are particularly keen to see “Choppers, Bobbers, Lane Splitters, Bar Hoppers, Baggers, Stockers” and fully custom builds – but there’s also room here for muscle cars, hot rods, trucks and lowriders. All in all, it’s a great weekend for a petrolhead, and the weird and whacky entrants into the Bike Build-Off contest are well worth a look-in.
It’s not all go, go, go, with a chill out tent, retail stalls and retro hair and beauty parlours also on site. But all weekend long, you’re guaranteed a friendly crowd of true motorcycle enthusiasts.

4. Kickback Motorcycle Show

There are two Kickback events due to happen in 2018 – the stunt show and shed jumble in Kenilworth in April, followed by the Festival of Bikes in Cheltenham in September.
While there are all kinds of offerings from experienced professionals, Kickback’s ethos is very much built around showing the DIY, grassroots creativity found in sheds and garages around the country.
The Kenilworth event will host 2018’s National Championships for Customised Motorcycles, as well as a professional stunt show and huge indoor jumble sale. Judging categories include Freestyle, Best Young Builder, Café Racer Style and Modified classic – among others.
In smaller, but no less interesting format, Cheltenham’s Festival of Bikes is an indoor event taking over the town hall with a vast exhibition of custom-built machines.

5. Copdock Motorcycle Show
Ending the summer’s events nicely, Copdock bowls into Ipswich for the first Sunday in October and boasts a little bit of everything. Start by rummaging in an extensive outdoor motorcycle jumble sale, where you’ll find all the obscure old parts you need for those project bikes at the back of the garage.
There’s a polished exhibition show hall, stand after stand of traders and motorcycle groups, as much food and drink as you could ever need and live action from stunt shows to motorbike football to the judging of vintage showbikes.
Prices are often lower here than you’ll find them off-site, so whether you need a new set of springer forks or you fancy buying a 1980s Melody moped, you could be in luck.

Other Noteworthy Occasions
Of course, the five picks above are not the only worthwhile events in the UK for 2018. MCN’s London Motorcycle Show offers a great post-Valentine’s weekend in London, with their Scottish event taking place in Edinburgh at the start of March. Then there’s Shropshire’s Classic Dirt Bike Show, the Manchester Bike Show – the list goes on.
While the sun is shining and the cold, wet weather is at bay, what better way to enjoy it than on two wheels?

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“As your thoughts turn to holidays and getting away from it all after the excesses of the New Year, why not take our fun quiz to see which holiday would suit you best?

Whether it’s a cosy staycation at a holiday park in the New Forest or a jet setting adventure in the wilds. Knowing what you’re looking for can make the decision making process so much easier.”

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Exploring the Local Area: Where to Visit on a UK Caravan Holiday

Nostalgic and reminiscent of fond childhood memories from a bygone era of hazy, golden days, the humble caravan holiday is one of the staple British holiday traditions. From touring caravans to luxury static caravans, nowadays there is something for everyone when it comes to the caravan staycation. However, aside from taking the opportunity to relax and explore somewhere new (or a favourite part of the country) with the family, there are also plenty of exciting places to visit and things to do dotted across the UK.

If you are in the process of planning a cheap caravan holiday, make sure that you don’t miss out on your chance to make the most of the getaway. Here are some of the best places to see and attractions to visit when you’re staying in a caravan – perfect for ensuring the whole family has a great time!

Worcestershire
With a range of caravan parks, featuring both tourers and holiday homes, Worcestershire is the perfect haven for a traditional British break with Allens Caravans. Thanks to its prime location in the West Midlands, Worcestershire is also perfectly placed for those who are looking for a more centralised base from which to head out and explore.
However, if you do fancy staying a little closer to home, the county also boasts an extensive range of attractions of its own. For those who prefer a taste of city living, head into Worcester itself for plenty of shopping opportunities and a visit to the stunning Worcester Cathedral. If history is your thing, you could also visit Croome – taking in the historical splendour of Croome Court and the surrounding parkland and paying a visit to the secret wartime air base. Alternatively, the kids are sure to love a visit to the Severn Valley Railway. Spend a day travelling up and down the line and explore all the delights this charming heritage steam railway has to offer.

Warwickshire
If a quieter countryside break is more your cup of tea, then Orchard Lodge caravan park in the picturesque Warwickshire countryside is sure to make the perfect fit. With Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, just around the corner, there is always plenty to do in the county for lovers of culture, history and literature.
If you can squeeze it in, a visit to the theatre is a must – don’t miss out on seeing Anne Hathaway’s cottage for yourself, either. Aside from the Shakespeare trail, nearby Kenilworth Castle is also a great attraction. The dramatic ruins of the castle are a great way to learn about history and let the kids’ imaginations run wild! Days Out in Warwickshire

Northamptonshire
The humble East Midlands county of Northamptonshire may not exactly be top of the list when you think of holiday destinations in the UK, but contrary to popular belief, there are actually plenty of great attractions in the county. From your base at a holiday park just outside Northampton, the whole county is at your fingertips, with plenty of places to visit just awaiting your arrival.
If you fancy a trip into Northampton, one sight definitely not to be missed is 78 Derngate. The only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the beautiful architecture and style of the home is a real sight to behold. For something a little more child-friendly, how about a visit to the West Lodge Rural Centre? With walking trails, play areas and animals aplenty, this working farm attraction offers the perfect family day out.

North Wales
Heading out of England and into Wales, North Wales is the perfect holiday destination for those who prefer their family getaways with a little more action and adventure. Snowdonia National Park is one of the most awe-inspiring parts of the UK, with stunning mountainous landscapes and sea views around every corner.
With such a wealth of attractions on your doorstep, there is guaranteed to be something for every member of the family to enjoy. For stunning coastal views and a bracing seaside walk, don’t miss the Great Orme in Llandudno. Of course, if your legs aren’t feeling up to the climb, you could always just take the Great Orme Tramway up instead! From trams to trains, one of the most talked-about attractions in the area is the Ffestiniog Railway, taking visitors from Porthmadog’s picturesque harbour to the quaint slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Founded in 1832, this is the oldest railway company in the world!
Whichever part of the UK you choose to visit, picking a caravan as your home away from home is the ideal way to ensure an unforgettable, enjoyable holiday. With so much to do and so many exciting new places to explore, you’re never going to want to leave!

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5 Magical Reasons to Take a Winter Break in the UK

Colder temperatures usually send the population into hibernation mode, dreaming about when summer next rolls around. But winter needn’t be all doom and gloom, with the right bobble hat and a clear plan in mind, a holiday during the colder months can be a magical experience and you don’t need to go far to reap the benefits. The scenery changes dramatically and is beautiful in its own unique way. Not to mention that Christmas is the season’s biggest event, with festivities aplenty.

Here are five of the best reasons to take a winter break in the UK:

1. Icy scenes and Winter Wildlife


Britain is lucky to benefit from very distinguishable seasons. There is a distinctive spring, summer autumn and of course, winter. With these colder months come spectacular changes to the scenery. From snow-topped mountains to frozen lakes, the UK has a range of beautiful sights to offer. You will also find that these beauty spots are quieter during the winter. A national park may be bustling during the hotter months, full of every man, woman, child and their dog; in the winter, however, the children are back at school and many shy away from the plummeting temperatures. Throw on a pair of wellies and a scarf and enjoy the peace the British countryside has to offer.

If you are a wildlife fan you will be pleasantly surprised by the volume of critters you will see when you venture out. Birdwatchers will be pleased to spot birds such as winter wildfowl, roosting birds, visitors from colder climes and woodpeckers.

2. ‘Tis the Season


You can’t mention holidaying in winter without considering the jolliest time of the year, Christmas. The festive season has an abundance of amazing events happening up and down the country, including Christmas markets. Treat yourself to freshly baked mince pies and mulled wine while perusing stalls of handmade gifts and decorations. These markets also often offer festive entertainment such as Santa’s grotto, choirs and lights being switched on, an amazing day out, especially with excited little ones.

If the busy markets aren’t your thing you could always look for Christmas events at stately homes close to where you are staying, such as the Beaulieu Palace House if you are planning a staycation in the New Forest, or Forde Abbey if in Somerset. These events are usually ticketed meaning that attendance is limited to a manageable number.

3. Celebrate Everything British


Perhaps the biggest benefit of staying in the UK is getting to appreciate the best of what Britain has to offer. Seamlessly travel from major cities to serene countryside in less than an hour, exploring heritage sites and landmarks in between. Do not feel as if you are restricted by the mainland’s border, the UK has many islands off its coast which give the feel of a holiday abroad without the cost and having to travel too far.

The Isle of Wight, off the south coast is steeped in British history as well as amazing winter events, but a trip to it doesn’t have to be expensive. A quick ferry ride and a stay at an Isle of Wight caravan park provides a reasonably priced holiday in a place with so much to do for all the family. Whether you are a dinosaur fanatic looking to explore one of the richest places in Europe for dinosaur heritage or you fancy a ride on a hovercraft, this island will ensure you have a holiday to remember, no matter the weather.

4. Spark Romance


There is little that is more romantic than having an excuse to cosy up with a loved one in front of a log burning fire with a glass of wine, and of course winter is the time to do it. A romantic luxury lodge stay can offer the perfect excuse to get close to the one you love and enjoy time some quality time together.

Days spent having romantic walks through frosty forests ending with a soak in a hot tub under the stars can be as an idyllic getaway as a stay in the city of love itself, Paris, but with the added benefit of not having streets and restaurants that are crowded by Christmas shoppers.

Peace and quiet at its best.

5. Grab a Bargain


An obvious reason to take a short break in the UK is to save money. The cost of travelling abroad continues to rise year on year and, according The Guardian this sharp rise in the cost of holidays abroad has led to a staycation boom. The lower cost of holidays in the UK is made lower still by deciding to take it in winter, which can cost up to 50% less than it would in summer.

This means that families who otherwise would have to forgo a holiday can enjoy a getaway that is not only fun and free of crowds but is kinder on the bank balance as well.

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Bow Arrow Tag Archery

Intro

Bow Arrow Tag is a new exhilarating, safe and family friendly combat archery adrenaline sport that can be played indoors (soft play venues, gyms and halls) or outdoors (fields, parks, woods or beaches).
 

About Bow Arrow Tag

Located UK wide. Bow Arrow Tag is a combination of archery, paintball and dodge ball taking the best elements of all these great sports and combining them into one. It’s a new exhilarating, safe and family friendly combat archery adrenaline sport that can be played indoors or outdoors. Players use short bows to shoot ultra-safe foam-tipped arrows at the opposing team members on the field.

Think dodgeball, but with a bow and arrow! This fast moving, action packed game is sure to get the adrenaline pumping. Some would say it’s a bit like paintball without the pain, bruises or welts. It’s the ultimate team sport and promotes teamwork, self-confidence, communication, leadership, fitness, tactical thinking and is just outright great fun.

Bow Arrow Tag is perfect for the following events; Robin Hood or Medieval themed events, corporate events, private parties for children and adults, fairs, festivals, stag and hen events, scout groups, church groups, family functions and corporate team-building events.
 

FAQ’s

Is Bow Arrow Tag Safe? Yes, completely and absolutely. We use specially designed bows which are low power and speacialy designed soft foam tipped arrows which are completely safe and painless. (Its a bit like getting hit with a tennis ball.) We are fully insured so you have complete peace of mind.

Does it hurt? No, it can be compaired to being hit with a tennis ball. Bow Arrow Tag is designed for ages 7 years old and above so its completly safe. Nothing like paintball which is messy and leaves welts and bruses.

Do you run Bow ArrowTag for kids’ parties? Yes, we can accommodate kids’ parties from age 7 upwards.

 
 
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Into The Blue

Into the Blue

Intro

Into the Blue offers a superb selection of activity and adventure days out perfect gifts for men, women, family, friends and groups of all sizes. It is a great way to find Days Out in the UK!
 

About Into the Blue

Into The Blue has been making memories since 1996 and certainly has reason to be proud of its roots. Jim Maitland (Founder) first came to Biggin Hill, London as a small boy with his father Jock Maitland. He opened Biggin Hill as a civilian Airfield in 1958, at the time there were many semi derelict relics from its wartime days and he would spend many happy hours amongst the old pill boxes and blast pens. Later Jim joined to help run the famous Biggin Hill Air Fair.

Jim realised that many of the spectators attending the shows would actually like to ‘have a go’ themselves and so working closely with established aviation contacts the idea for Into The Blue was born. The rest is history!
 

Testimonies

William Paine – Steam & Cream Tea Cornwall “The online service was quick and easy to use”.

Karen Wharf – Segway Adventure Leeds Castle “Very helpful team as I struggled a little to understand how to book the experience”.

Linda Jenyon – Meerkat Experience for Two
“Excellent service. Vouchers arrived within 48 hours and support email after I had booked the experience. The range of experience days and events was varied and suitable for all tastes and ages. Prices were really good and affordable”.

 
 
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Family Saver Card - Great Days Out UK

Family Saver Card

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The Family Saver Card offers our members the opportunity to experience an exciting range of visitor attractions, restaurants and fun activities at discounted rates for an entire year. With attractions in Staffordshire, London and more, Family Saver Card is perfect for finding days out for all the family!

About Family Saver Card

The Family Saver Card is a membership card that gives discounts on all types of leisure and entertainment activities for families or any adult that takes children under the age of 16 years old.

Over the years, children generally over the age of 12 years are being treated as adults whenever they undertake entertainment activities and are expected to pay adult prices.
These have been causing a burden on family finances, and in return means that these age group over 12 years are rarely out with parents, carers or other adults. Not only does this decrease their chances of learning social integration but also causes family divide.
This age group then also have to make or find their own entertainments most of the time leading to boredom or stuck in their bedrooms on computer games.

The Family Saver Card aim to solve most of these problems with our innovative membership card service

Testimonies

Sarah Mum of 1 “I only use my card at the Family Saver Card Partners, as my Daughter eats for free. My savings work out to be around £5.00 each time”.

Dannika, “I haven’t got any children yet; I bought a card so that I could take my younger brother out for Treats”.

Sue, “I brought a card as a gift for a close friend, who I knew would benefit from the savings she’d make over the year”.

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Carnglaze Caverns

Carnglaze Caverns

Intro

Carnglaze Caverns is a much recommended all-weather family tourist attraction near the village of St Neot, on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, halfway between Liskeard and Bodmin just off the A38.

About Carnglaze Caverns

One of Cornwall’s premier underground experiences and days out is a family run business, with much to enjoy

  • Open All Year for self-guided tours underground (may be guided in high seasons)
  • Three large chambers with stunning Underground Lake
  • Set in Quarry Wood consisting of 6.5 acres of ancient woodland with an exceptional walk
  • The Terrace Garden and Enchanted Dell start a children’s counting game
  • The Rum Store, an underground concert and event venue ~ from Classical to Rock!
  • Licensed for weddings and civil partnerships in four different locations

Carnglaze Caverns are privately owned by Graham and Caroline Richards. Caroline, whose background is in teaching, specialising in environmental studies, is also a keen amateur geologist. Graham still works in architecture, as well as supporting Caroline in the day to day management of Carnglaze.

When they came to view Carnglaze in March 2001, having seen an advert for the cottage in Country Life magazine (yes, it does pay to daydream at the dentists!), they found not just the three-bedroomed bungalow they were interested in but the complex that is Carnglaze. The decision was taken later that year not just to live at Carnglaze but to share the Caverns and grounds with others. They see themselves as “stewards” of this small part of Cornwall’s Industrial Heritage.

 

Testimonials

Thank you for such an educational and fun day. The combination of science and geography makes an activity packed day. Dobwalls School

I thought it was going to be scary in the caverns but it wasn’t, it was great. Demelza – Age 7

If a class teacher is looking for a trip to combine science, geography, local history, fantasy and natural history then look no further. KP Toft Teacher

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