By this time lunch is calling, so head to The Apple Pie, an award-winning café and restaurant now in its 39th year. Afterwards, stroll through Ambleside's pretty streets before heading up the road to Grasmere, a gorgeous little Cumbrian village backed by dramatic scenery. Don't miss Dove Cottage, the first family home of William Wordsworth, who lived here between 1799 and 1808. Another 'must do' is the Grasmere Gingerbread shop, which has hardly changed since its beginnings in 1850. Thirsty? Pop...
Need something for someone with a sense of adventure? What could be better than sending them hurtling along zip wires over a reservoir? Go Ape! offers just that, and more adrenaline-inducing fun besides. Nestled away in the depths of the Lancashire countryside, Go Ape! is a high-octane, treetop assault course, with tightrope walks among leafy canopies and rope ladders galore. Perfect for adults (known as Gorillas) and kids (Baboons) alike, this is a day out to remember - and for those of a sensitive...
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For the unusual and one-off, head to the area around Silver Street, Saddler Street and Elvet Bridge. Tucked behind Silver Street is Fowlers Yard - a clutch of artists' and craftworkers' studios where you can pick up original jewellery, textiles and tapestry work. On Elvet Bridge you'll find designer clothes at Van Mildert or antiquarian books at John Shotton. A wander up Saddler Street, with its elaborate shop fronts - Doric columns, bow-front windows, some dating back to Tudor times - will reveal...
This tea room is almost as famous for its cups as its cakes. Enter the retro dining room and you’ll be amazed by the cornucopia of crockery. The Antique’s Roadshow team could spend days examining the mismatched china tea sets and vintage furniture. A cream tea for two costs just £8.95 and includes a pot of tea, two scones, cream and jams. What’s more, if you don’t choose a speciality tea, you can get a free refill. However, if you do want something fancier, the afternoon tea (£12.50) features Scottish...
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Since 2008, 321 fruit trees, 530 forest trees, 530 woodland shrubs and 25,505 woodland bulbs have been planted. Our £20,000 per year is being matched by FirstGroup, giving a total of £40,000 worth of grants for 2014/15.
Enjoy even better days out and breaks away with a Two Together Railcard - it'll save you money on train fares, and you'll also get access to exclusive member offers on film subscriptions, tourist attractions and restaurants, plus much more.
If you're further east, then Edinburgh is the place to head with a wealth of attractions on offer for the cash-conscious. The People's Story Museum is worth noting for the clever way oral history and written sources tell the story of everyday folks' lives, work and leisure from the late 18th century to the present day. The museum is filled with the sights, sounds and smells of the past: feel the despair of the dungeon, the convivial camaraderie of the 'pub' and the demands of political and social...
These days TV soap stars, slapstick comedy and naff jokes, deliberately written to make us groan, are all part of the fun, but panto remains an art form steeped in topsy-turvy tradition: the Principal Boy is played by a girl, Widow Twankey by a man, and the villain is always booed and hissed by the audience. And, if you're wondering where the next punchline is coming from, it's usually 'behind you!'...
Few cities offer a more romantic setting than York, all historic charm, cobbled streets and quaint old-fashioned shops. So it's a good setting for Hotel du Vin, the wine-inspired boutique hotel chain. If you're up for pushing the boat out, set sail to the Moët Vintage Suite. The open-plan suite's list of attractions mean you may never get to see the historic city outside: an eight-foot super king-size bed, twin free-standing roll-top baths, a walk-in monsoon shower, surround-sound speakers and two...
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Many people take the train to South Milford to visit the nearby Steeton Hall Gateway, a listed ancient monument that’s protected by English Heritage. And, during your trip, you can stop for a spot of lunch at The Queen o’t’owd Thatch pub on the High Street, which serves a tempting selection of Great British classics.
Away from the multiplexes of the Metrocentre and The Gate, step back in time to the last newsreel cinema still standing in the UK. A Newcastle institution, the Tyneside Cinema was built in 1937 by Dixon Scott, the great-uncle of Alien and Blade Runner director Ridley Scott. It has inspired modern film-makers, but it’s the three unique screens that cinephiles will appreciate as they take in the latest blockbusters and art-house pictures. The Classic, with its beautiful red curtain, has been restored...
Bookworms and wannabe historians can't help but hunker down and get stuck into the amazing history of a fascinating country at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.
The painting classes, run by experienced teacher Richard Meaghan, are an opportunity for total beginners to get their palettes out. You’ll get the chance to explore and investigate a broad range of traditional and contemporary painting processes and draw upon your own experiences.
This summer there are a variety of exciting events to entertain you in Manchester , including festivals, world class sporting events, never before seen exhibitions and fantastic shopping, so you can enjoy a city break like no other. With regular connections from across the North West, North East, Yorkshire and Scotland with First TransPennine Express and fantastic accommodation to suit all budgets, Manchester is the perfect place for a summer short break.
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On the Wirral side of the river, try Home at the Woodside ferry terminal for breakfast with a classic postcard view of Liverpool for company. Notice how the Pier Head's 'Three Graces' have plenty of contemporary architecture for company these days. It's the subject of much debate, and not only among locals. In mid-2012, UNESCO put the waterfront's World Heritage status on its 'in danger' list.
Why: The arrival of continental Christmas markets in UK towns and cities was relatively recent, but the German markets which inspired them go back years - and positively dwarf their British counterparts. Cologne is one of the best-known cities for the Christmas market, and hosts not one but six of the festive affairs. From the Alter Markt, situated outside the town hall and packed full of treats for little ones like a puppet theatre and Santa Claus' quarter, to Rudolfplatz where fairytales are spectacularly...
This historical building dated back to 1883, and still has original features including the grand staircase, definitely worth a visit to see the Champagne Central Bar to see its domed ceiling and marbled floors.
Gorgeous bedrooms, richly historic arts and crafts building, a wooded valley of waterfalls and rustic bridges next door and still only five minutes from the throbbing heart of the city. A haven to stay on your trip to Newcastle.
If the words ‘particle physics’ make you feel like yawning, you should think again. This is about discovering the building blocks of the universe. And although it might sound like seriously heavy, brain-boggling stuff, the exhibition does a superb job of explaining facts, figures and the fantastic. Even putting aside talk of ‘particle beams’, the exhibition is an awe-inspiring spectacle in its own right. Visitors will experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the CERN particle physics laboratory in...
It does kind of help, in that after seeing an Iron Man film, some people might want an Iron Man book. But most recently, the Guardians Of The Galaxy trailer went online and before that, no-one really knew what Guardians Of The Galaxy was. It’s really helped boost a low-profile comic. Whereas, weirdly, an Iron Man film might not have so much of an effect, because Iron Man is more well known and some may have already made their minds up. People seem willing to give something they don’t know a chance.
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Take a train to Dore & Totley to admire the period buildings and enjoy some fresh country air. The grand Totley Hall dates back to 1623, while the historic Dore More Inn, which was built in 1816, is the perfect place to stop off for a delicious Sunday lunch or a drink or two.
This new adaptation by Zosia Wand presents not only Hansel and Gretel, but an entire collection of other fantastic tales too. The stories full of hunters, forest creatures, edible houses and outwitted witches will whisk you away – literally – with the audience physically following the action, moving from one fantastic location to another within the glorious setting of this beautiful Edwardian park.
Family run department store since 1838, Jenners is an Edinburgh institution. Lavishly decorated Renaissance architecture on the outside, stylish designer clothing and irresistible gifts on the inside.
Cycle storage can be found in the station: by the lift at Platform 2 (38 spaces) Platform 3 (68 Spaces) and adjacent to Platform 19 (44 Spaces). Additional cycle spaces are available in New Street car park (32 spaces).
PJ & Duncan turned on the Christmas lights (before they were Ant and Dec).
You don’t even have to leave Waverley Station to have fun in Edinburgh, as the Waverley Market reopens for the first time for 40 years this summer. Once you’ve shopped for unique crafts and ethically-sourced gifts, walk up to The Voodoo Rooms, just off Princes Street. You may want to gawp at the stunning black and gold décor but stay cool, order a cocktail and a hot voodoo platter from the leather studded bar and relax in an intimate booth.
With its first class shopping, relaxing hotels and stylish bars, Manchester Airport is a hub of excitement and activity. Surrounded by the beautiful Cheshire countryside and a stone's throw from the vibrant city of Manchester, whether you're just passing through or stopping over for a night or two, there's plenty to see and do.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is now one of the UK's Top 10 busiest airports and has direct scheduled services operating to over 60 UK and European destinations, with a further 650 worldwide destinations now linked via regular connections through Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Over £12 million has recently been invested in expanded terminal facilities bringing a new, larger security search area and a range of new and exciting retail facilities. Flights from Liverpool John Lennon Airport are now more...
If you want a bit of action, visit Doncaster Racecourse, Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster Wildlife Park or Doncaster Dome. Have an ‘Aeroventure’ at South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum. See a show at CAST Theatre. Or shop until you drop at Frenchgate Shopping Centre. After all that, refuel and unwind in one of Doncaster’s fab restaurants. There really is something for everyone.
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After lunch, hop on one of the snazzy new trams towards the Pleasure Beach, keeping an eye out for the Central and South piers as you go. Once at the south end of the town, there are choices to be made. Will it be the famed Pleasure Beach theme park, where stomach-turning delights await? Here you'll find the brand-new Nickelodeon Land, where the kids will have the chance to meet some of their favourite characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants. Bigger kids won't be disappointed by the rides, either...
Lancaster has many attractions for people to sink their teeth into whether they are arriving for a day, weekend away or long stay. It also has a really good nightlife whatever your age, with student bars, music venues and relaxed pubs spread across the town.
The suburb of Cross Gates sits to the east of Leeds. Not only is the area popular with commuters who work in Leeds but also with those who live in York, as the area is well served by trains to both cities.
There are some great places to visit all over Europe but if you're looking for something a bit closer to home try a beach getaway and a nice Hotel. With plenty of small towns and hotels throughout the UK there are some beautiful destinations to get away for the weekend. Try a visit to Newcastle or a hotel in Llandudno , both coasts have a lot to offer and can be easily accessed by train or car.
The romantic Scarborough Castle stands guard over the sandy bays on either side and watches the ships coming into the harbour. The handsome Georgian and Victorian buildings still stand proudly on the hillside and Scarborough still holds its seaside resort appeal just as it has done for the last 360 years. Whether it be for a romantic break, a surfing holiday or family fun, this spectacular town is exactly what you're looking for.
Penrith bus station is the main station in Penrith. You can catch each one every 20 minutes. Locations of stops include Scaws, Brentfield Way, Pategill Road, Health Centre, Kilgour Street and King Street.
There are a number of bus services that serve Edinburgh Waverley station including city sightseeing buses and bus services to Edinburgh Airport. For more information visit www.traveline.org.uk or call 0871 200 2233.
Initially built as a Hunting lodge for George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I, Kiplin Hall is guaranteed to take your breath away with its four Jacobein style towers and it immaculately kept grounds. Since being built in 1625 only 4 families have ever lived in the house, and very few have ever removed their possessions from the house, meaning all the original artefacts are still in place. To make the trip even more special, Kiplin Hall is one of the only stately houses to not have any ropes...
Markets are still held in the town every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, and Chester le Street is also home to several distinctive historic landmarks including the Grade I listed Parish Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert, the 230m long Chester Burn viaduct and Lumley Castle, which now houses a four-star hotel.
Motherwell Heritage Centre is an impressive state of the art building containing all you need to know about Motherwells interesting past. Try out their 'Technopolis' audio-visual experience and time travel all the way from the days of the romans up till the days of heavy industry, including a look at how the workforce forged steel for some of the world's finest feats of engineering. As well as covering the history of industry within the area, the centre also looks at how families within the area...
Trains to Oxenholme place you right at the gateway to the Lake District, as this tiny village lies just two miles south of Kendal, one of the area's most popular tourist towns. In fact, as the boundaries of Kendal continue to expand, these two separate places have actually begun to merge into one another…
There's more than enough to keep you entertained all day long at Yorkshire's largest shopping centre, but the town of Rotherham is just a short distance away if you'd like to venture further afield; Meadowhall station is well served by local buses as well as the Sheffield Supertram, so continuing your journey couldn't be easier.
Dewsbury, a former mill town which lies just west of Wakefield, is home to one of the busiest markets in Yorkshire. There's a diverse range of 400 stalls for you to browse, while you'll also find plenty of high street names dotted in and around the old marketplace square.
If you are looking to shop during your visit to Chorley then we recommend visiting Botany Bay where you can enjoy 5 floors of shopping and eating. Chorley also has a semi professional football team, Chorley FC. They play their home games at Victory Stadium located on Duke Street which is only a short walk away from the train station.
Nowadays, Burnage is most famously known as the childhood home of Liam and Noel Gallagher. Oasis fans who take a train to Burnage will find Sifters Records (the record shop where the brothers used to buy their music and which gets a mention in their song ‘Shakermaker’) just a few seconds walk from the station.
Once the site of one of the biggest munitions filling factories in the world (if fact, it's believed that the famous bouncing bombs used in the Dambusters raid were made there), today Euxton is a popular, primarily residential area that's one of the largest urban development sites in the North West.
Barnetby - also sometimes known as Barnetby le Wold - is situated just between Scunthorpe and Grimsby. The station is popular with railway enthusiasts, so you're sure to encounter a few waiting for the freight to pass through when you step off one of our trains to Barnetby...
Once a centre for coal mining, Blackrod lies just over six miles west of Bolton. There are still lots of traditional stone cottages and farms in and around the area, as well as a pretty Norman parish church – so taking a train to Blackrod and wandering round the village is a lovely way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Visit the pretty parish church to see the ornately carved Crowle Stone, the remains of an Anglo-Saxon cross; pass by the distinctive Gothic revival market hall; take a stroll along the Stainforth and Keadby Canal, then stop off for a drink at The White Hart, the oldest pub in the Isle of Axholme.
Once world famous for coal mining, this lively town is home to a staggering 216 listed buildings, and the Museum of Wigan Life - opened in 1878 and the place where George Orwell conducted research when writing his book The Road To Wigan Pier- provides visitors with a fascinating glimpse into the past.
Malton is home to an excellent German restaurant which has become very popular for its tasty Wienerschnitzel. St. Michael's Tavern at the Mount Hotel attracts many people to Malton. Its menu has also become very popular with locals and their delicious Bratwurst sausages and wheat beer have proven to be particular favourites.
Take a train to Seamer to enjoy a peaceful day of country walks, or, if you prefer something a little more energetic, Scarborough Indoor Karting is also based here. Whatever you get up to, make sure you round off your day with a tasty meal or a drink or two at the award-winning The Copper Horse restaurant.
Conisbrough’s main attraction is Conisbrough Castle. Built in the 12 th century and now managed by English Heritage, the building is one of South Yorkshire’s most popular tourist attractions. Over 30,000 visitors a year come to wander around the impressive remains and get a unique insight into life in a medieval castle.
With a whole host of art galleries and sculptures, museums and cafes you can be sure to have interesting and inspiring days planned on your visit to Middlesbrough. If you are visiting with children there are also a number of child friendly parks with play areas as well as restaurants where children can eat free during certain hours.
Swinton is probably best known as the home of the Rockingham Pottery, a world-famous manufacturer of porcelain. Although the building closed in 1842, you can still see one of the original kilns, a gatehouse and the pottery flint millpond in the Pottery Ponds park.
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Kirkham’s Church Street was the inspiration for L.S. Lowry’s drawing ‘A Lancashire Village, 1935’. Visitors who take a train to Kirkham can still see the site today, and view Kirkham’s ‘Last Loom’ on display on Station Road too.
If you're feeling hungry or would like to end your day with a few drinks, head over to Cinnamon, a new concept in Indian tapas and fine dining bringing the flavours of the east to the heart of Bolton. Their imaginative tapas menu allows you to sample and enjoy some of your favourites in smaller portions. Cinnamon is located close to the train station so you will only have to walk a short distance to catch the train home.
And there are plenty of other pursuits to enjoy in Brough... Stroll along the water's edge in the Brough Haven area, wander through the town's charming streets, and then take a break in one of the local cafes or restaurants - all within easy walking distance of the station.
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