#Newsin30seconds: April 28

28 April 2020

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



Yorkshire’s Maritime City to bridge the centuries

A £30.2m, four-year project to transform the 2017 UK City of Culture will help transform Hull into a world-class ‘Maritime City’ destination. Part of that has already taken shape, with a long-planned (but yet-to-open) Highways England funded £12m footbridge now in place, over a busy A63 which splits the main city centre from the historic waterfront and Fruit Market. https://bit.ly/2xLy5Pi


Sail into a UNESCO World Heritage Site – in Derby

A new river boat service is still hoping to launch in Derby later this year. The Derby River Boat is currently being fitted-out, and a trailer video previews details about the boat – accessible by wheelchair users thanks to an electric lift – which will sail from Derby to Darley Abbey Mills. Once operating, audio commentary will reveal more about the historic mills of the World Heritage Site as well as future plans, including the Museum of Making. https://bit.ly/2V4im6G


Royal Academy of Arts premieres Hockney video, with a focus on the Wolds

Footage of two blockbuster Hockney exhibitions – originally released in cinemas – has been released by The Royal Academy. The EXHIBITION ON SCREEN film takes us back to two landmark exhibitions by the iconic British artist, David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and One Still-Life,  from 2016; and 2012’s A Bigger Picture, which was inspired by the stunning countryside of The Yorkshire Wolds. Premiered in mid-April, the EXHIBITION ON SCREEN film is now available at https://bit.ly/3cor05T


Take a Virtual Tour of the Spring Bulb Festival, at Trentham Gardens

To ensure that no-one misses out on the stunning annual Spring Bulb Festival, which the gardens team has been working on since last Autumn, The Trentham Estate has put together a brief virtual tour for anyone who loves visiting gardens to enjoy at home. The footage – some of it shown in time-lapse – shows all of the colours of the Spring Bulb Festival in the Upper Flower Garden. https://bit.ly/2KodL9f


“GW300” recognises world’s first ecologist

Over 250 years ago, the Hampshire village of Selborne and its surrounding landscape inspired Gilbert White’s life-long investigation of the natural world, culminating in his book The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne– which, according to some, conferred upon White the title of “the world’s first ecologist”. https://bit.ly/2VIGqve


Ten things you never knew about Staffordshire

Staffordshire, which has been able to establish a reputation in recent years as a popular visitor destination, is now readying itself for a special, online edition of “Staffordshire Day”, on May 1. In the meantime, here are 10 things you may never have known about Staffordshire… https://bit.ly/3cwXN91


How to enjoy spring gardens from the safety of your own home

Of course, it’s not the same, but for a dash of spectacular spring colour, there are still some gardens where you can “take a stroll” and boost your spirits – albeit virtually. Just kick-back in front of your desktop, tablet, smartphone or smart TV and enjoy a bit of “me time”, taking-in the dazzling floral displays, world famous horticultural collections and glorious parkland of some of the country’s top gardens… https://bit.ly/2KiD5xD