#NewsIn30Seconds – May 12

12 May 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.



Florence Nightingale exhibition: a virtual, online preview

The lasting legacy of ‘Lady of the Lamp’, Florence Nightingale, is being recognised globally in 2020, at a time when nursing, washing your hands and evidence based-healthcare have rarely been so important. Born in Florence, Italy, on May 12, 1820, she had close associations with Derby and Hampshire. To mark the anniversary Derby Museums planned a Florence Nightingale: Health in the Home Exhibition. While it remains closed, an online preview offers a glimpse at the world of this nursing pioneer.


Getting a taste for the perfect Stokie “G’n’Tea”

Moorland Pottery is perhaps best known for its eclectic range of “Stokie Ware” mugs. An instantly identifiable brand in the world of ceramics, it has given the company an almost unmatched local identity with the city of Stoke-on-Trent. Not to mention, an Oatcake Gin – and now, an Oatcake Tea for sale online. G&Tea has never tasted so good! Read the full story here:


Download Festival TV

The nation’s best rock festival will this year stream three daily shows with a mix of music, special interviews, unseen performances, exclusive footage and interactive content. The shows will be broadcast across the Friday to Sunday, June 12-14 – recreating the best weekend of the summer in the safety and comfort of your own home. Download Festival TV will take place via its YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels. The full line up is still to be announced, but will showcase some of the acts that were due to play Download 2020


Watch, learn, enjoy Great Pottery Throw Down, in Stoke-on-Trent

If you’re potty about pottery, crazy about ceramics and fired with enthusiasm for fine china, then Stoke-on-Trent is the place for you…and, while you’re unable to go there, at least Channel4.com might be the website you’ve been looking for. The Great Pottery Throw Down is still available online for anyone who wants to watch, and be inspired by, the show.


The 2020 Beverley Puppet Festival goes online, for two months

The biennial Beverley Puppet Festival, which would normally take place over one weekend in July, is being extended to a two-month digital spectacle. Faced with the prospect of yet more artists losing their livelihood, the Festival’s two directors, Anna Ingleby and Kerrin Tatman, have radically revised their plans and are taking a new-look and highly-innovative festival online from May 18, through to a final workshop on Sunday, July 12


Saying “Cheers” – at a safe distance

We all know that it’s a difficult time for the hospitality, drinks and tourism industries; but there are some good news stories as businesses adapt to the new normal. So, in the ‘spirit’ of believing that the glass is half full, rather than half empty, here’s a round-up of some of the ways you can still enjoy a lockdown tipple, and plan a cheery treat for when we can all start travelling again


Hundreds of thousands of people enjoying a virtual tour of a Spring Bulb Festival

A recent report about the virtual tour of the ‘Spring Bulb Festival’ at The Trentham Estate on BBC Midlands Today and BBC News UK Online, has since picked-up well over 210k views on BBC News Instagram (). Join the tour at