#newsin30seconds – 7 October

7 October 2020

While COVID-19 is still having an impact on UK tourism, there is plenty of positive news to be found too. We’ll do our best to keep you updated, via various means, about some of the best examples of how tourism businesses in the destinations we represent are rising to the challenge.


Watercress Line announces new Steam Illuminations event

The Watercress Line has announced a new event for this winter. ‘Steam Illuminations’ is a world-first: a digital LED train which creates an incredible light show both on and in the steam train, consisting of thousands of fully controllable colour mixing lights and wristbands. The event starts November 14 and run through to January 3. Round trips start from either Alresford or Alton and. Tickets must be booked in advance. https://bit.ly/35WWoIR

Blow the cobwebs away in Lincolnshire

Beaches for getting away from it all… Visit Lincolnshire has come up with a handy list of its top five hidden beaches on the Lincolnshire coast to “Escape the Everyday”. Anderby Creek and Theddlethorpe Dunes are among the top tips for a quieter day out by the sea, away from the hustle and bustle, and with a chance to discover plenty of nature too. https://bit.ly/33GrEJm

Chawton House Wins 2020 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award

Based on outstanding 2019 reviews, Chawton House – which tells a major part of the story of Jane Austen’s life in Hampshire – has been recognized as a 2020 Travelers’ Choice award-winner for Visitor Attractions, placing it in the top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe. The house will be open to visitors seven days a week for the entire month of October. https://bit.ly/3j8DSkA

Enjoy the ‘Autumn Sessions’ at Derby Market Place

The seasons are changing, and so is Derby Market Place. Building on its successful launch as an outdoor dining space, more will be on offer during October and November as the area hosts “sessions” of outdoor entertainment, a celebration of local Derby breweries, and its first outdoor market since restrictions were introduced. Derby’s reputation for locally-produced beer and cider, for example, can be celebrated at The Beer Sessions from October 15 to 18. https://bit.ly/342B4PC

Something to get your teeth into, in Hull

Hull’s dinosaur experience is now back open, with social distancing measures in place to ensure a fun, but safe experience. Based within Hull’s Fruit Market, Dinostar offers visitors a chance to take a step back in time to the Jurassic period. Highlights include a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull, Triceratops bones you can touch and an interactive sandbox where you can build a volcano. https://bit.ly/2EMFWQf

Here’s “To Autumn”, in Hampshire

Hampshire is again set to become a focal point of the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”. Keats’ Ode To Autumn – inspired by the scenery the poet saw each day during a stay in Winchester, in 1819 – has helped make Hampshire synonymous with the season of falling leaves, spectacular colours, harvest festivals, cooling climate and darker nights. https://bit.ly/34bRO77

Marriott-brand new hotel opening in Staffordshire

“Opening soon” – Courtyard by Marriott Keele Staffordshire. Located on Keele University’s ultra-modern and world-renowned Science & Innovation Park, it is surrounded by stunning countryside but still just a few minutes away from Stoke-on-Trent. this stylish and comfortable 150 roomed hotel will feature all of the quality amenities you would expect – including dining options at Scholars Restaurant and bar, and a well-equipped fitness centre. https://bit.ly/33TFqZc