#NewsIn30Seconds: March 30

30 March 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.



Enjoy views of Derby from 212 feet, without needing to climb one step

How about climbing the second-highest bell tower in the UK – without leaving the house? Check out the scenic views from the top of Derby Cathedral, thanks to this 3D virtual tour from V21 Artspace. Even better you can enjoy views across the city from 212 feet high tower, without having to climb a single one of the 189 steps! https://bit.ly/39iOqaW


Victorious Festival

“We hope to see you in sunny Southsea, in August”. That’s the message from Hampshire’s Victorious Festival, a family friendly festival for music lovers, a stone’s throw from the sea. The hope is that with the event still five months away, it will still be able to go ahead as planned on Southsea Seafront, Portsmouth, August 28-30.https://bit.ly/2QzSMno


Don’t lose your head in Staffordshire

Historic property Boscobel House – and its Royal Oak tree – are most famous as hiding places of King Charles II after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651, and a major development project is set to offer new visitor facilities. The house is expected to reopen later this year, when there will be new displays and the formal gardens will have been restored – all with a ‘hide and seek’ theme, playing on the legend of when the King hid in the oak tree. http://bit.ly/2UmyS0b


Beverley Puppet Festival adapts by promising two months of puppetry online

The award-winning, biennial Beverley Puppet Festival returns this year for its 9th edition, but not as you know it. With everyone now urged to stay at home, the usual format of indoor and outdoor performances across the town will not be possible. To avoid cancellation, to pay artists and to make sure that audiences still get their dose of high-quality puppet theatre for 2020, the Festival will now take place solely online between May and July. https://bit.ly/3br6HEl


Read all about it

A special “Stay At Home” issue of Culture, in March 22’s Sunday Times, included Arnold Bennett’s The Old Wives’ Talein the “Surefire Classics” section of a list of 50 great books to read. The 1908 novel is regarded as a great example of the author’s many books set in The Potteries of Stoke-on-Trent. https://bit.ly/2y7RZ6R


New luxury accommodation planned for Staffordshire country estate

Weston Park, a 17th century country house nestling in 1,000 acres of Capability Brown landscaped parkland, is set to offer new luxury visitor accommodation. Three floors of the East Wing of the 1767 Granary building are being transformed into 13 bedrooms for boutique accommodation, including four apart-hotel style rooms, all making the most of the historic building’s quirky features. https://bit.ly/3bdL8aq


Hampshire kitesurfing festival will return in September

Voted Best UK Kitesurfing event for three years in a row, raising over £200,000 for charity, 2020’s Kitesurfing Armada Festival has now been rescheduled to September 18-20, with all bookings automatically transferred. Staged on Hayling Island Beach, it’s a weekend filled with kitesurfing, live music, entertainment, family activities, fundraising, camping and more. https://bit.ly/2Ugy91L