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NEW VISITOR CENTRE OPENS AT STONEHENGE

A new visitor centre has opened at Stonehenge, which promises to make the experience of visiting one of Britain’s best loved monuments much more pleasant for visiting families. The centre, pictured above, is situated one and a half miles away from the standing stones and includes a 360 degree virtual exhibit which will allow visitors…

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DISNEY AND NEW YORK IN INSTAGRAM TOP 10

Photo sharing community Instagram has released its list of the places around the world that have been most tagged in posts by its users and Disney has two places in the top ten. Disneyland in California is at number three while Florida’s Walt Disney World sits at number five. Other locations that are popular with…

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£2.5m PENGUIN CENTRE FOR BIRMINGHAM SEA LIFE

Penguins are coming to Birmingham but it is nothing to do with a worsening climate. A £2.5 million Penguin Ice Adventure will open at the city’s National Sea Life Centre by Easter 2014 which will allow visitors to see Gentoo penguins face-to-face in a Antarctic-themed icy environment with platforms and plunge pools. Visitors will be…

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THOMSON OPENS HI-TECH LIVERPOOL HOLIDAY DESIGN STORE

Thomson has opened a new “holiday design store” on Lord Street in Liverpool. It is the second such store for the company and follows the success of its branch in the Bluewater Shopping Centre. The Lord Street branch has been open since 1988 but has now been completely revamped with the company’s new concept, which…

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THE BEST ALL-INCLUSIVES IN THE WORLD?

The world’s top all-inclusive resorts are all in Central America or the Caribbean – if this year’s rankings by users of travel review site TripAdvisor are to be believed. The network – which has more than 260 million unique monthly visitors and more than 125 million reviews and opinions covering more than 3.1 million places…

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KEW GARDENS TO CELEBRATE CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY’S 50TH

Kew Gardens in west London will run Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed art and craft workshops in the 2014 Easter holidays to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Roald Dahl’s children’s favourite. The Gardens will open up four workshops based around the Chocolate Factory rooms in the book between 5 and 21 April…

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ORLANDO HOTEL OPENS DESPICABLE ME SUITES

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RIVER RIDE TO OPEN AT CHESTER ZOO

Chester Zoo is to open a new river attraction in 2015. The Lazy Boat Journey will allow visitors to take a 15-minute boat trip through a forest where they will be able to view Sumatran orang-utans, tigers and banteng (Asian wild cattle). The ride will stretch for nearly half a kilometre, including a four metre…

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NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM ICE RINK OPENS

This week seeks the opening of the Natural History Museum’s Ice Rink for the ninth Christmas season until 5 January. The setting for the rink is one of the capital’s most beautiful. The rink measures 1,000 square metres and stretches out in front of Alfred Waterhouse’s architectural masterpiece in South Kensington. Some 76,000 fairy lights…

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FACE TO FACE WITH WHIPSNADE’S RESIDENTS

Which is the world’s tallest mammal? The answer, if you head to Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable in Befordshire this half term, should quickly become clear. The zoo has installed a nine-foot high viewing platform which lets people visitors come face-to-face with some of its best loved residents, the giraffes. The platform opens to the public…

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