#newsin30seconds – September 16

16 September 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.



‘D is for Dodo, E is for Extinct’… and H is for Hampshire

A very rare Dodo skeleton, one of about 12 in existence and the only one privately owned, is the centrepiece of a new display at Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery. Dodos are an icon of extinction, having been wiped out by humans less than 100 years after they were first discovered. The exhibition, ’D is for Dodo, E is for Extinct’, explores the fate of several extinct species and British wildlife now threatened with extinction. It runs until spring 2021. https://bit.ly/3gS8c0L

East Yorkshire natural gem re-opens

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s spectacular Spurn Discovery Centre and Reserve is once again welcoming visitors to this truly magical coastal national nature reserve. Featuring a long sandy spit, stretching three and a half miles into the Humber Estuary from the Holderness Coast, it offers visitors the chance to experience “big skies and ever-changing wildlife”. The evocative landscape of Spurn makes it one of the Trust’s most iconic nature reserves. http://bit.ly/2KHYbUA

Oktoberfest thrills in Staffordshire

Oktoberfest is a new event at Alton Towers Theme Park (September 11 – October 4), bringing together families and thrill-seekers alike for live entertainment – plus delicious dishes paired with drinks that have a German twist, and selected late-night rides. Each afternoon the park’s front lawns will transform into a Bavarian-themed venue, with Lederhosen-clad hosts and oompah band. Booking essential. https://bit.ly/2YVmAir

Autumn is a good time to #EnjoyStaffsSafely, as well

A campaign launched during the summer, aimed at encouraging locals and visitors to “enjoy Staffordshire safely” looks set to continue attracting tourists into the autumn, as well. The #EnjoyStaffsSafely initiative follows national campaigns designed to bolster domestic tourism. It highlights some of the independent businesses which cater to doorstep visitors and tourists from further afield. https://bit.ly/3ia42mp

2020 Walking East Yorkshire Festival goes virtual

The “Walking East Yorkshire Festival” is going virtual this year. The popular annual walking festival, developed by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire, will kick-off on Monday, September 21 with the launch of a new website. Full of ideas, top tips and things to do, it will launch a new activity every day to encourage people to try something different whilst getting active and enjoying the great outdoors. (A sneak preview of the site being launched on 21st can be seen at https://bit.ly/2DFfwPH

Blue Light Card discount announced at Trentham Gardens

The Trentham Estate is saying “Thank You” to emergency workers nationwide who have worked so hard and so selflessly during the current crisis. By teaming-up with the Blue Light Card, the top Midlands attraction is now offering 25% off for Emergency Workers when using code ‘BLUELIGHT25’ on day tickets to the award-winning gardens. https://bit.ly/2FmrZZi

Cycling – the King Alfred Way

Immerse yourself in 10,000 years of history by riding a new 220-mile cycle trail around historic Wessex, the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Alfred the Great. King Alfred’s Way starts and ends in Winchester, Hampshire, where Alfred is buried, and connects iconic monuments including Stonehenge, Avebury stone circle, Iron Age hill forts, Farnham Castle, and Winchester and Salisbury Cathedrals. https://bit.ly/2GosLW7