#Newsin30seconds: May 6

6 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.



Trentham Estate puts its Spring blooms online – to be seen nationwide

In National Gardening Week, BBC Midlands Todayand BBC News UK(https://bbc.in/2VNqA3F) both covered the way in which The Trentham Estate in Stoke-on-Trent has been able to give garden lovers everywhere a tiny glimpse of the magical colours of its Spring Bulb Festival – despite the lockdown. Even the 12 members of staff who planted 200,000 bulbs for the Spring Bulb Festival were unable to see the end result. But the colourful Spring blooms can be seen by all, online, instead. https://bit.ly/2KFCd6n


Enjoy Freedom at home

Hull’s flagship cultural event, the Freedom Festival, featuring street theatre, music and dance, is still planned for 4-6 September – but if that’s not possible, the event will be re-arranged for later in 2020 or early 2021. And in the meantime, organisers aim to keep families inspired and creative at home by publishing weekly online or digital activities, from learning about figures of Freedom to creating a festival at home. Tag @FreedomFestHull and #FreedomHull. https://bit.ly/2S02kZI


A Titanic story from Southampton

Discover why Titanic’s story is Southampton’s story by joining Learning Officer, Andy, for an exclusive tour of SeaCity Museum’s Titanic exhibition via YouTube. Based at the heart of Southampton in Hampshire, SeaCity Museum tells the story of the people of the city, their fascinating lives and historic connections with Titanic and the sea. https://bit.ly/2XP4BKY



The team at the British Ceramic Biennial has launched a new digital creative learning programme, under the clever strapline of #ClayAtHome. An online creative learning programme aimed at getting people to experiment and engage with clay at home, it includes video demonstrations of hands-on activities, podcast interviews with artists and social networking events. There are even recipes for salt dough if you don’t have clay! https://bit.ly/34ZUtRm


Same festival, different dates…

Since the postponement announcement of ArtWaves Festival in Bridlington, the team have been working hard behind the scenes with artists to secure new dates and have announced that they are hopeful this festival will now take place on 6 and 7 March, in 2021, with the fringe events being held across the week in advance, commencing 1 March, 2021. All information will be updated on the festival website and via the festival’s social media platforms. https://bit.ly/2ScruVe


Milestone anniversaries of note in 2020

This year marks a host of milestone anniversaries across the country. So, here’s a chance for armchair travellers to do some background reading about some of 2020’s major anniversaries – and perhaps plan a trip for when it’s safe to travel again. https://bit.ly/2KIiRNX


A new Make & Create workshop goes digital at God’s House Tower

Make & Create taster sessions at God’s House Tower in Southampton take place each Saturday. The online workshops form a new series of family-friendly art sessions launched to help you stay safe at home, and are led by Southampton-based emerging artists. Subscribe to the God’s House Tower YouTube channel so you don’t miss out. These digital workshops are a “taster” of longer sessions which will start in full when GHT reopens. https://bit.ly/3bsyCUR