#newsin30seconds – August 26

26 August 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.



Stoke-on-Sea celebrates the Great British Holiday

There’s an opportunity for us all to be inspired by summer time, and the Great British Holiday, at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. “Stoke-on-Sea” is celebrating the traditional summer holiday online via collections, photographs, art and blogs, along with a range of suitably themed crafts and activities. bit.ly/3gZw3MI.

It’s Fryday, September 4

From fish & chip shops, pub chains, restaurants, retailers and hotels, to the fishermen and farmers who provide the ingredients used to create it, the nation will be enjoying this iconic family favourite on Fryday September 4. National Fish and Chip Day this year will be even more special as a ‘thank you’ tribute to an industry at the centre of every community. https://bit.ly/2FsDu16

Dandelion ready to blossom in Derby

Dandelion is an exhibition of new paintings by artist Ed Burkes, winner of the eighth Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award. Based at the University of Derby’s Banks Mill Studios, Burkes has produced a body of new work for solo exhibitions at Derby Museum and Art Gallery and the Mall Galleries in London. His work in Derbyshire has been inspired by everyday observations, hidden history and the poetics of language, and the tradition of Well Dressing. The exhibition is on show at Derby Museum & Art Gallery from September 11 to February 21. https://bit.ly/324yc3p

Hull’s iconic Fish Trail goes digital

Hull’s popular Fish Trail is going digital, thanks to a free app that can turn a mobile ‘phone into a virtual time machine. The What Was Here? App has been developed by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (VHEY) alongside Hull tour guide Paul Schofield. Simply find a fish and the nearby yellow sticker to see what that street, building or area used to look like. The app can be downloaded now from Google Play and the App Store. https://bit.ly/3i6p4BZ

Craft in Focus at Trentham Gardens

A four-day contemporary craft fair is set to be staged at Trentham Gardens, in Staffordshire, from September 24 to 27. The fair will feature around 100 of the UK’s finest contemporary craftmakers and artists exhibiting within marquees in the gardens. Further information about the Craft in Focus event, and details on how they are making your visit safe, can be found at https://bit.ly/31VRF6s

Glamping in Hampshire

VisitHampshire has produced a ‘guide’ to everything you need to know about glamping in the county, and has posted full details on its website. Hampshire has a stunning range of glamping sites and options, ranging from yurts and Mongolian tents, through to shepherds huts, wooden cabins, safari tents, and tree houses: providing more than enough choice for couples, families and groups of friends. https://bit.ly/2FriKXw

Illuminated Lincolnshire

This winter visitors will be able to wander through the glistening gardens of the National Trust’s Belton House, near Grantham, when its winter lights trail returns (November 27 – January 3). The outdoor walking trail, with social distancing measures, is set to transform the grounds of the country house estate into a mile-long light show. Booking essential. https://bit.ly/2QjncKp