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RAIN DAMPENS ENTHUSIASM FOR UK HOLIDAYS

A rising number of people are planning to have a foreign holiday rather than one in the UK this year, according to new research. The Holiday Trends 2014 report from BDRC Continental reveals that 78% of respondents to its survey are planning a holiday abroad, up from 73% in 2013 and 66% in 2012. The…

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LEARNING TO CLIMB TREES IN WALES

As you might have read recently in my blog post on whether kids should be taken out of school for holidays, you will know that I believe that they can, at least for short periods that do not clash with the important run-up period to exams. I cannot be alone in being the only parent…

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NEW CENTER PARCS UNVEILS FIRST LODGE

Center Parcs has revealed what the lodges will look like at its fifth park, due to open later this spring near Ampthill in Bedfordshire. The Woodland Lodge, show in the picture, is the first of 625 lodges to be opened at Center Parcs Woburn Forest, a few miles from junction 13 of the M1 and…

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THORPE PARK GETS ANGRY BIRDS ATTRACTION

A new Angry Birds-themed area will open at Surrey’s Thorpe Park this spring, its owner Merlin Entertainments has announced. A 4,000 square metre land centred on a reworked version of the park’s Detonator drop tower ride is set to open in May. The land will also include a new dodgems attraction themed on Red Bird…

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IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM TO SHUT FOR SIX MONTHS

London’s Imperial War Museum will be closed for the first six months of 2014 after building works revealed that the building’s infrastructure needed important restorative work. The museum had already been closed between January and July 2013 to allow for demolition works in preparation for the installation of new galleries to commemorate the centenary of…

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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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£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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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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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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