Attractions & Events

Spot the birds with Pensthorpe’s floodlit feeds
For a fascinating insight into all the rare and colourful birds at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve this autumn and winter, come to one of the floodlit feeds taking place from 24th October 2009 to 28th February 2010.
Norway’s Fjords voted “Top Iconic Destination”
National Geographic Traveler has crowned Norway’s fjords as the top iconic travel destination in its sixth annual ‘Places Rated’ Destination Stewardship survey in conjunction with National Geographic Society’s Center for Sustainable Destinations.
Head to Holland for October festival fun
As late October approaches two of Amsterdam’s most exciting 2009 events – Halloween and Holland’s annual beer festival – are looming.
Film festival puts Sri Lanka in the spotlight
Sri Lanka will host the second Galle Film Festival from December 2-6, 2009 in the historic coastal town of Galle. Presented in association with the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Tourism the festival will open with Sri Lankan director Vimukthi Jayasundera’s "Ahasin Wetei," which was in competition at this year's Venice Film Festival.
Disney’s The Lion King heads for Singapore
The award-winning Broadway musical The Lion King will head to the Marina Bay Sands Theatre in September 2010. This extended engagement will join the seven other highly successful companies of The Lion King around the world in New York, London, Hamburg, Paris, Tokyo, Las Vegas and a US National Tour.
Half term fun in Pennine Yorkshire
This October half-term why not head to Pennine Yorkshire? Whether you want a fun-filled family break or simply an exciting day out visiting one of the many child-friendly venues, this beautiful area of West Yorkshire has something for all the family.
US travel agents deliver donation to the Holy Trinity Church
A group of 34 American travel agents visited Shakespeare Country on Tuesday 20 October to hand over a $200 donation towards the repair of the Holy Trinity Church roof.
Vampire Crabs make an appearance in Stratford this Halloween
Get into the spirit of Halloween this October Half Term with a visit to the Vampire Crabs, the latest residents at the Stratford Butterfly Farm. The crabs, also known as Geosesarma sp, are a new species and originate from South East Asia.
Marina Bay Sands brings new fashion brands to Singapore
Marina Bay Sands will bring a host of new emerging fashion brands and store concepts to Singapore’s premier integrated entertainment destination.
Get out and active in Hadrian’s Wall Country
Families are being urged to enjoy the great outdoors and stunning autumnal scenery of Hadrian’s Wall Country this October half term. Getting fit and active couldn’t be more enjoyable with dramatic walks and cycle rides and a new Go Ape aerial assault course, set against some of England’s most beautiful scenery.
Exhibition showcases Sri Lanka’s sparkling gems
The Island of Gems Exhibition featuring a selection of gems and jewellery from Sri Lanka takes place on October 24-25, 2009 from 10am to 7pm at the Mostyn Hotel, Marblel Arch, Bryanston Square, London, nearest tube Marble Arch.
Portugal cements its position as a world-class sporting host
Portugal will host four major sporting events over the course of October, highlighting the country’s international standing as a world-class sporting host.
From Art Nouveau to Art Deco in Brussels
The month of October will offer visitors to Brussels the unique opportunity to access more than 50 exceptional Art Nouveau interiors of buildings ranging from private houses and mansions to industrial buildings, schools, hotels and shops, some of which are not normally open to the public.
Stand Up Paddle Championships come to Cornwall
Exponents of the latest form of surfing will be gracing the Cornish waves this weekend (17/18 October) to decide the new British champions. In a brand new event for Watergate Bay, the Extreme Academy will host the final round of the British Stand Up Paddle Association (BSUPA)’s national championships.
Ghostly goings on in the heart of Kent
If you enjoy a chill down the spine, are sensitive to unseen spirits, or just love a good old ghost story, you’ll find plenty to intrigue you in the Heart of Kent.
Halloween tricks and treats at Chiddingstone Castle
There is plenty of Halloween fun to be had at Chiddingstone Castle on Thursday 29 October when families can enjoy a Lantern Lit Trick or Treat Halloween children’s activity afternoon between 2 and 5pm.
Warsaw welcomes Polish and international cinema
The 25th Warsaw International Film Festival gets underway next month, and this year the 10-day event will be bigger and better than ever.
Blists Hill Victorian Town to host special Halloween event
Anyone with a penchant for creepy crawlies, ghosts and ghouls and a spooky atmosphere should head for Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge, Shropshire on the evening of Saturday, 31 October where they’ll be sure to experience an exciting night out.
Fun at the Historic Dockyard for buoys and ghouls!
There’s lots going on at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this half-term with stories, sparkles and spooks! Plus, with 6 must-see attractions for 1 great price, there is guaranteed fun for all ages and what’s more the activities are free with a valid attraction ticket.
Tricks and treats from English Heritage this Halloween
Only the daring will have the nerves to uncover the dark secrets and spine-chilling stories at some of English Heritage’s oldest properties this October, with ghoulish goings-on from the Tudor to the Victorian that are anything but ordinary.
Foodies invited to get hands on in Scotland this autumn
A series of new hands-on experiences for food lovers has been launched by VisitScotland this autumn. This follows hot on the heels of a new survey which reveals Scotland as the area of the UK with most pride in its locally sourced food and dishes.
Pumpkin fun at Willows Farm Village
The countdown is on to one of the most popular times of the year at Willows Farm Village in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
The imagination generation
Once there was a golden age of childhood. Children would spend their days in fields with nothing more than their imagination for company. From fairy tales to epic battles; a world of wonder awaited and children of a certain generation were able to go wherever they liked. Sadly those days are gone - or are they?
Half term fun at the Heritage Motor Centre
The Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon, home to the world's largest collection of British cars, is organising a number of fun filled activities for families to enjoy during October half term.
Contemporary art commission to go on display at Burlington Arcade
The Royal Academy of Arts and Burlington Arcade have announced a new commission by British-based practice United Visual Artists.
The top 10 national parks worldwide
National parks offer breathtaking landscapes in remote places where travellers can view unspoiled nature in protected areas.
Lakes Aquarium offers a real hoot this Halloween
Lake District visitor attraction, Lakes Aquarium, is providing families with a real hoot this Halloween, throwing owls, bats, poisonous and venomous creatures and cryptic runes into the cauldron to create a spellbinding event.
Halloween fun at the Kent & East Sussex Railway
There is plenty of spooky fun to be had at the Kent & East Sussex Railway this October when they host their popular Halloween Fun Week which is packed full of spine tingling tricks and treats for the whole family.
Foodie heaven with MasterChef LIVE in London
Leading theatre breaks website Show and Stay present a new kind of London break with MasterChef LIVE. Running between 13 and 15 November 2009 at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in London, customers can book tickets to the event along with a hotel room from just £66.50 per person.
Enjoy the darker side of Grizedale Forest this half term
The Forestry Commission’s Grizedale Forest is set to embrace the darker autumn evenings between October and December with its first ‘Dark Grizedale’ season.
Grosvenor celebrates the ‘Story of Belgravia’
A unique exhibition celebrating people’s memories of Belgravia – one of London’s most vibrant and prestigious destinations - will conclude Grosvenor’s successful ‘Story of Belgravia’ campaign, which kicked off in 2009 with a series of events and themed walking tours.
Scary plans for York Maze
York Maze owner Tom Pearcy has announced plans to open for October half term with a week of Halloween themed family activities during the day and four nights of scary attractions aimed at adults and teenagers.
Swiss Extravaganza event returns to the capital
Emmi is one of Europe's leading providers of premium dairy products, and the brand is proud to be participating in a special Swiss themed Winter event taking place at Broadgate Circle in London on Wednesday 30th September and Thursday 1st October 2009.
Dodge City Days Festival selected as top event for 2010
The American Bus Association has named a Kansas event among North America’s 100 Best Events in 2010.
Runners and kayakers to take part in Ljubljana marathons
Entries are being accepted until 20th October 2009 for the Ljubljana Marathon, which takes place on 25th October. Local and foreign runners will take to the streets for the 14th year with the choice of three courses – a full marathon, half marathon, or a 10.5km fun run. In 2008 more than 13,000 runners took part in the event.
Ljubljana International Film Festival to take place in November
The 20th annual Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe) takes place from November 11th - 22nd 2009, offering cinema-goers a selection of contemporary films from around the world.
Jeff Koons’ giant rabbit balloon arrives in Covent Garden
To celebrate the opening of Tate Modern’s major autumn exhibition Pop Life: Art in a Material World, a giant 53 foot (16 metre) helium balloon by Jeff Koons will go on display at Covent Garden, London, from 8 – 11 October.
Brits miss out on the wonders of wildlife
Nearly one in every two Britons has not seen a wild animal in the past five years, new research shows. Despite the majority (52%) saying wildlife can provide some of the greatest and most memorable moments in life, Brits have been missing out for years.
Celebrate Halloween season in South East England
Visit South East England this October to enjoy Halloween themed events and firework spectaculars from across the region, including family days out throughout the October half term, spooky night-time ghost tours and themed firework displays.
Montserrat prepares to host a volcanic half-marathon
The Montserrat Tourist Board, in collaboration with the Montserrat Volcano Observatory and the Fittest Man Running Club, will be staging the first ever Montserrat Volcano Half-Marathon and Fun Run this December in support of three Montserrat charities.
Homecoming Scotland launches finale celebrations
The Homecoming Scotland 2009 Finale Celebrations launched last week, creating the biggest programme of events ever co-ordinated to mark St Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s National Day.
A foray into fungus at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve
Pensthorpe Nature Reserve & Gardens, near Fakenham in Norfolk, famous for hosting BBC Springwatch, is running two Fungus Foray workshops with local expert Dr. Tony Leech at 10am and 1.30pm on Thursday 29th October 2009.
Stratford-upon-Avon to host Halloween Festival
The 4th annual Halloween Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon is to take place at the award winning Creaky Cauldron museum in Henley Street from Thursday 1 October – Sunday 1 November.
Louis Vuitton to open at Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, has announced that Louis Vuitton, a world leader in luxury, will open a unique “island” store that will “float” on the water in front of the region’s premier integrated entertainment destination.
Shakespeare Country shortlisted in Tourism Oscars
Shakespeare Country has been shortlisted twice as a finalist in this year’s Heart of England Excellence in Tourism Awards.
Foodie treats in the Palmetto State
Eat your way around the Atlantic Oceanside state of South Carolina - with rich inland habitats and culinary inspirations including European, African, Caribbean, and American frontier influences, it's easy to see why food is such a big attraction for visitors to the state.
Night of Culture set to ‘Trash’ Aalborg
Not wanting to waste the opportunity to showcase the city’s diverse creativity, Denmark’s 4th largest city Aalborg has scrapped more traditional themes for this year’s ‘Night Of Culture’ on Friday 9 October by hosting an inspirational evening of events thought provokingly based around ‘Trash’.
Find your perfect Caribbean base for the Aruba Music Festival
For those looking to escape the unpredictable English weather and enjoy a sunny late autumn break, the Aruba Music Festival in early October provides the perfect solution.
Leading rock climber to launch Grizedale project
World rock climbing prodigy and Lake District lad, Leo Houlding, is to unveil the new £6 million visitor facilities on the Forestry Commission estate at Grizedale Forest, near Ambleside in Cumbria on Friday 18 September.
Dartmoor and Exmoor host Low Carbon Festival
Visitors and residents alike will have the ultimate excuse to visit Exmoor and Dartmoor this October as the South West’s National Parks host the very first Dartmoor & Exmoor Low Carbon Festival from 9-12th October.
To be or not to be at Kronborg Castle
This autumn the Danish enfant terrible, artist Thomas Kluge, is exhibiting at Kronborg Castle. Inspired hugely by the Renaissance portrait tradition it makes good sense to exhibit a major collection of his works at Kronborg Castle.
The fight against global pollution takes a dive
A volunteer team of 300,000 will be disappearing beneath the surface of the world’s oceans next month in the biggest ever clean up of the sea bed.
Experience Ulverston’s stunning rivers of white light
Experience stunning rivers of white light by visiting Ulverston in the southern Lake District on September 19 when its annual Lantern Festival will be causing more than a flicker of interest.
Gather your acorns and grow a tree for The National Forest
The oak trees of The National Forest are laden with acorns this autumn – and just ripe to collect and plant to grow your own tiny tree that can be part of The National Forest.
World-class golf club officially opens on Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island Golf Club officially opened this month and is Australia’s only 18-hole championship golf course situated on its own island.
Tenerife tees up for ladies open
Tenerife is on course to host its most spectacular Tenerife Ladies Open taking place in Costa Adeje from the 24 – 27 September 2009. Over 120 professional players representing 25 different nationalities will attend the event, with the ultimate goal of winning the grand prize of Euros 300,000.
Colorado earns gold medal for legendary train journey
Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been voted the top train journey in the USA and takes an impressive 3rd place in the world’s best train journey category.
Gourmet Central - A recipe for success
Cooking classes and food demonstrations are on the menu at Otago Polytechnic’s Cromwell campus (New Zealand) following today’s launch of Gourmet Central – a new culinary concept which focuses on hands-on learning.
Go wild with spooky fun at Bewilderwood
Keeping your children entertained as the nights draw in is always challenging, but at Bewilderwood, the curious treehouse adventure park in Norfolk, the Twiggles have come up with plenty of fantastic, spooky and entertaining fun to keep your little monsters happy over the autumn bank holiday.
Blanket Bay chef wins prestigious award
Blanket Bay chef Daniel Reynolds was awarded the prestigious New Zealand Commis Chef of the Year in Auckland recently, his third culinary success this year.
Autumn days out in Dublin
Stena Line is offering customers the chance to travel to Dublin and enjoy a great day out in September with a fantastic day trip by foot travel fare from only £27* per adult and £18* per child.
Autumn events in South East England
Those visiting South East England this autumn and winter will be spoiled for choice with a huge range of events and activities on offer. Highlights include food and drink festivals in Brighton and Chichester, as well as Christmas specials at Blenheim Palace and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Florida Keys webcam records turtle hatchings
A live streaming “turtle webcam” recorded baby loggerhead turtles emerging from their nest and crawling to the ocean on a beach in the lower Florida Keys.
Finns go crazy for Karaoke World Championships
Finland is gearing up for the Karaoke World Championships that will take place from the 11th to 12th September 2009 in the city of Lahti, Southern Finland.
Celebrate autumn in Shakespeare Country
Celebrate Halloween and a host of spectacular events and attractions with an autumnal break in Shakespeare Country.
A season of celebration awaits in Macau
This autumn, as Macau prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary as a Special Administrative Region of China, the city plans an amazing schedule of events to commemorate the occasion and to ensure that 2009 goes out with a bang.
Halloween in South East England
South East England is a great place to enjoy some family fun this October half term and Halloween. The region is packed with a number of great attractions and events that will keep the whole family entertained throughout the week long break.
Bournemouth to host world record attempt
More Bus Bournemouth Air Festival organisers have unveiled a world record attempt that is set to be a heart-pounding, roaring, glowing, explosive event like no other – the launch of 110,000 fireworks in 60-seconds or less.
Sri Lanka gets set for first Tuk-Tuk rally
The inaugural 2009 Lanka Challenge, Sri Lanka’s first official Tuk-Tuk rally will take place from 5 to 15 September, 2009.
Last chance for summer space camp in Edinburgh
This weekend marks the end of Our Dynamic Earth’s summer activities and is the last chance for budding astronauts to discover if they could apply for the coolest job in the galaxy.
Turtle watching in the Florida Keys
Environmental enthusiasts should be able to observe infant loggerhead sea turtles hatching and emerging from their nest, via a live streaming "turtle webcam" installed on a private beach on Big Pine Key in the Lower Florida Keys.
Watch otters at play at the Lakes Aquarium
Visitors heading to Lakes Aquarium, near Newby Bridge in the Lake District, can take delight from an innovative and far-sighted otter enrichment project initiated by employees.
Tenby’s got the blues
The fourth Tenby Blues Festival takes place in Pembrokeshire, South West Wales over the weekend of Friday 13 – Sunday 15 November 2009.
A double celebration at Regent Street Festival
The Regent Street Festival will be celebrating its tenth year and Absolute Radio’s 1st birthday, on Sunday 27 September 2009 between 12 noon and 8pm.
Turner and the Masters at Tate Britain
A new exhibition at Tate Britain will present a selection of magnificent paintings by JMW Turner (1775-1851) alongside related works by the old masters and contemporaries he strove to imitate, rival and surpass.
A wild day out for the holiday weekend
It’s a fine forecast for the last holiday of the summer! Make the most of a great Bank Holiday day out and get along to the National Forest Wood Fair in Leicestershire.
Explore Pensthorpe’s winter wonderland
Families looking for a fantastic day out during October Half Term and during this autumn and winter can find a whole raft of interesting and exciting things to do at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve & Gardens, near Fakenham, in Norfolk.
Make the most of the last days of summer
Even though August is drawing to a close, you can still make the most of the last few days of summer and survive the remaining days or weeks of the school holidays with help from Play and Stay.
Last chance to see The Mary Rose until 2012
Visitors to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard have less than one month to see Henry VIII’s Tudor warship, The Mary Rose, before she is withdrawn temporarily from view until 2012.
A magical Christmas journey by rail
This Christmas the Kent & East Sussex Railway will once again be offering families the chance to enjoy their popular ‘Santa Specials’ which combine a ride on a nostalgic steam train and a meeting with Santa Claus.
Dominica to host World Creole Music Festival
British born artist Maxi Priest will be amongst the performers at the 13th annual World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) which will be held from 30th October – 1st November 2009 in Dominica, West Indies.
Chill out this September
Feeling stressed, depressed, worn out or credit crunched? North East England is the perfect place to chill out this September.
Singapore to host new Chanel concept boutique
Singapore has long been known as a destination of culture, diversity and style, but now its luxury credentials have also been recognised as the announcement comes that world-renowned French fashion house Chanel will open a unique concept boutique at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, to boost its presence in Southeast Asia.
Aalborg’s new cultural centre hits the waterfront
As part of an extensive £35 million waterfront regeneration programme, Aalborg, Denmark’s third largest city, will bring the heart of the city back to the water's edge when it completes ‘phase one’ of its dynamic new cultural centre 'Nordkraft' on 1 September 2009.
Equestrian pursuits in El Jadida, Morocco
All things equestrian are set to descend on El Jadida, Morocco, at this year’s Horse Show held from 21st – 26th October 2009 at the Princesse Lalla Malika racecourse.
Swing low, sweet chariot!
The British Disabled Ski Team, currently in Queenstown for the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games, took time out of their racing schedule to play with gravity at the Shotover Canyon Swing. On Saturday (August 22) the team joined the exclusive swinging community when they experienced the pure adrenaline of a 60metre free fall before swinging through a giant arc at 150km/h, from the 109m platform (360ft) above Shotover River.
Head to Bra for a celebration of all things cheese
The biennial event Cheese – Milk in All its Shapes and Forms, organized by Slow Food and the City of Bra, is back for its seventh edition, to be held September 18-21, 2009 in Bra (Piedmont).
Taiwan hosts 10th Taroko Gorge Marathon
The Taroko International Marathon, said to be the world’s only marathon held at a gorge in a mountainous area, will take place at Taiwan’s scenic Taroko National Park this November. This year the marathon is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
The Mary Rose is a must-see this summer
A visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to see the Mary Rose – in the year of her 500th Anniversary - is a popular choice this summer.
Saga celebrates Mini’s 50th with treasure hunt
Saga Holidays, in association with Warner Leisure Hotels, has created a new Mini Adventure experience in ten UK destinations to celebrate Mini’s 50th birthday on 26th August, 2009.
Devon Walking Festival offers something for all
The third South Devon Walking Festival, 2 - 11 October, aims to offer something for every age group and walking ability, from toddlers through to seasoned hikers. There are almost 50 opportunities to explore the fantastic landscape.
Small families get together in Peterborough
Enjoy a fun social evening in Peterborough this summer with Small Families, the UK’s leading operator for single parent holidays.
Brits get ready to celebrate England’ heritage
Around one million people are expected to visit thousands of diverse heritage sites this September, from a hydro power station in Devon to a pyramid in Whitstable, for Heritage Open Days: the annual, free, four-day cultural event that celebrates England’s architecture and history.
Sheep Day at Black Swan Arts
Black Swan Arts in Frome, Somerset, are hosting a fun packed family day on Saturday 19th September from 10am to 5pm to celebrate their season of sheep related exhibitions.
Café Fresco is latest addition to Gibraltar’s Ocean Village
Every growing metropolis features businesspeople reaching for that shot of caffeine to kick-start their day and Gibraltar’s Ocean Village is no exception.
Bordeaux Wine Festival raise your glass to 10 years
The 2008 Bordeaux Wine Festival will take place from the 26th to the 29th of June on the quays of the left bank of the Garonne River, from the Pont de Pierre to the Bourse Maritime.
Bordeaux - Attractions and Events in 2008
Arguably the wine capital of the world, Bordeaux, in northern France, has even more to offer than its famous Chteaux and wines. A true tourist destination, the region is full of 18th-Century architecture and many outstanding museums.
Harbour Bridge named Sydneys major attraction
BridgeClimb Sydney was awarded the top gong for best Major Tourist Attraction at the 2007 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards last night, Friday 29th February 2008.
South and Heart of Suffolk Walking Festival
The first South and Heart of Suffolk Walking Festival will be taking place between 10 and 26 May giving visitors and local people alike the chance to explore the Suffolk countryside with the aid of local guides, historians and naturalists.
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