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Qatar Airways passengers will be able to explore even more of Africa following its new partnership with Rwanda’s flag carrier, RwandAir via their hubs at Doha and Kigali. As a part of the strategic partnership, the extensive interline agreement will give customers access to the networks of both airlines, providing a seamless travel experience and enhanced customer service including in the frequent flyers programmes. 

Customers can pick and choose from over 160 destinations in the combined networks of both airlines, which are perfectly connected via their home hubs of Doha and Kigali. This latest cooperation comes hot on the heels of the airlines’ recent loyalty partnerships announcement, giving RwandAir Dream Miles and Qatar Airways Privilege Club loyalty members, access to each other’s destinations with the opportunity to ‘earn and burn’ points across their reciprocal route networks.

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has launched the Caribbean Community Tourism Network (CCTN) to provide a platform to support the continued development of CBT in the Caribbean. The network will facilitate the exchange of best practices among CTO member countries and interested tourism development partners and help identify capacity-building needs as well as challenges and opportunities for CBT development.

“Community-based tourism offers an opportunity to bridge the social and economic gap of local communities, allows community members a path to sustainable livelihoods, and is a conduit for the active participation and empowerment of local people in the tourism industry,” said Amanda Charles, the CTO’s sustainable tourism specialist. “This network provides an avenue for CTO members to share knowledge, resources, and best practices to improve community tourism experiences and economic impact.”

The UK is preparing for a bumper summer, with 33 million people expected to enjoy staycations over the next couple of months. That should provide a welcome £30 billion boom for the domestic holiday sector, according to Sykes Holiday Cottages’ 2021 Staycation Index.

In 2019, half of Britons planned to spend their main summer holiday in the UK. In 2021, that proportion has risen to 62%, with the Peak District, Bournemouth, East Anglia and Lyme Regis among the most popular destinations. For Quay Holidays, based in Poole, near Bournemouth, this certainly rings true, with Lettings Assistant Hannah Challis reporting that, “Most of our properties are solidly booked for the rest of the season”.

Packed with natural spectacles, warm locals and ritualistic cultures, those seeking their next dream getaway, should look towards southeast Asia’s Indochinese peninsula with small ship experts, Emerald Cruises.

With 2022/23 dates now bookable, Emerald Cruises’ Vietnam, Cambodia and Mekong river cruises offer a contemporary luxury cruising experience through the quintessential heart of southeast Asia.

After 17 months of paused operations, Scenic has today resumed its luxury sailings on Portugal’s Douro River.

To celebrate the return, Scenic has released a series of new short films to showcase the exceptional guest experience, on board health and safety protocols and first-hand accounts of what guests can expect when sailing in Portugal with Scenic. Scenic will operate a combination of eight and 11-day round-trip sailings from Porto on board its spacious, boutique Scenic Azure Star-Ship.

The UK is preparing for a bumper summer, with 33 million people expected to enjoy staycations over the next couple of months. That should provide a welcome £30 billion boom for the domestic holiday sector, according to Sykes Holiday Cottages’ 2021 Staycation Index.

In 2019, half of Britons planned to spend their main summer holiday in the UK. In 2021, that proportion has risen to 62%, with the Peak District, Bournemouth, East Anglia and Lyme Regis among the most popular destinations.

WTM London has announced that China Travel Online is the show’s newest buyer partner and media partner in China. China Travel Online is a leading China outbound travel portal that connects destinations, attractions, hotels and other travel suppliers around the world to Chinese operators and professionals.

The new partnership means that China Travel Online will invite up to 50 Chinese buyers to network and do business with suppliers and destinations across the globe during WTM Virtual on 8-9 November.

New research from Churchill Motor Insurance reveals the factors which make for the most stress-free driving experience during staycations this year.

With some 29 million people (55 per cent) planning a staycation this year, having as least stressful a journey as possible will be a priority for millions of families. As motorists predict their holiday will be around a 236-mile round trip, this means 9.9billion staycation miles will be driven this year.

St. Kitts and Nevis is welcoming the return of cruise tourism Thursday with the arrival of the Seabourn Odyssey.

The Seabourn Cruise Line ship will make a port call every week during the period July to October 2021. The twin-island federation planned a symbolic ship-to-ship salute, live steelpan performances, and the renowned drummers to greet the Odyssey as it docked at South Friars Bay.

That marks a number of ships increasing arrivals to St. Kitts over the summer, beginning with Celebrity Summit on July 29. Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas will arrive August 11, followed by Celebrity Summit on August 12, Celebrity Equinox on Aug. 24, and Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas on August 26. 

Currently, the minimum protocols for any cruise ship visiting in St. Kitts & Nevis include vaccination for all crew and passengers over the age of 18; all passengers, crew, and children under the age of 18 must present a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of home-port embarkation; and passengers and crew are not permitted to interact with the general population.

Additionally, only bubble-vaccinated tours and attractions will be offered to cruise passengers. All tours will leave the dispatch area within the secure perimeter and return. In conjunction with the Ministry of Health, the St. Kitts Tourism Authority has worked with stakeholders to develop fully vaccinated ‘Travel Approved’ bubble tours to showcase the island’s one-of-a-kind attractions such as UNESCO World Heritage recognized Brimstone Hill Fortress, the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, and Caribelle Batik.

St. Kitts became a Marquee Port after reaching the one million passenger mark in two cruise seasons in a row, 2017-2019 and 2018-2019. The Federation was anticipating a third consecutive year of a million arrivals before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the 2021 summer season underway, there is increasing evidence in the marketplace that pent-up demand is roaring back much earlier and at a much quicker pace than forecasters had predicted.

At the same time, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) is encouraged by the data from our member countries, who have worked tirelessly to contain the coronavirus and reopen their economies. Although on the surface, a 60 percent decline in the first quarter of 2021, compared to the same period last year, may not seem encouraging, a closer examination would suggest that the Caribbean is beginning to reverse the slide which began at the end of March 2020.

This is being demonstrated by a decrease in the levels of decline which the Caribbean has been recording for the past fifteen months. The first quarter of 2020 was the last period of regular levels of travel, when 7.3 million international overnight visitors (tourist arrivals) visited the region.

In January and February 2021, arrivals to the region declined by just over 71 per cent when compared to the same two months last year. However, the 16.5 per cent drop in March 2021 compared to March 2020 is an indication of a level of reversal of the trend of declining numbers of tourist arrivals. 

The data collected from twelve destinations reporting tourist arrivals for April 2021 shows that each of these destinations registered growth, when compared to April 2020, when tourism activity was curtailed globally.

Similarly, tourist arrivals bounced back in the destinations reporting data for May. It must be pointed out, however, that the number of stay-over visitors is still below the corresponding levels in 2019.

Recent statements made by key aviation players for whom the Caribbean is an important market, have been encouraging. During our recent series of online discussions, both the CEO of British Airways, Sean Doyle, and the VP of sales for the Caribbean at American Airlines, Christine Valls, spoke of the high levels of interest in travel to the region.

In fact, Ms. Valls indicated that the Caribbean has been booming for American Airlines, with an average 60 per cent load factor by late May 2021, and that the airline planned to have more daily flights to the region this summer than it did in 2019. American Airlines told the CTO this week that it added five new routes to the Caribbean this summer, with a sixth to be added in November – and will serve 35 destinations in the Caribbean.

Based on these indicators, the CTO is guardedly optimistic about the prospects for summer travel, and for the rest of the year into 2022. It is recognised that any optimism must be tempered by the fact that new COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly in both the UK and the US, two of the Caribbean's major source markets.

These are signs that the virus remains a major threat which can quickly reverse any progress we have made.

Island Sea Fest has just announced a partnership with the world’s leading cruise line, Royal Caribbean International, for an eleven-night cruise that features a five-night stop at the magical celebration that is Trinidad’s famous Carnival in February 2023.

The cruise departs from beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico (Wednesday Feb 15th 2023) and in addition to five nights in Trinidad during the peak of the island’s Carnival celebrations, the itinerary also offers three additional exotic stops in Tobago, Barbados, and St. Lucia, returning to San Juan (Sunday Feb 26th 2023).

This unique island excursion to the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ features an all-inclusive onboard pricing structure which includes: base cruise fare, taxes, fees, gratuities, beverages, meals, onboard parties, WIFI, and basic travel insurance.

The upcoming Trinidad Carnival cruise experience encompasses two weekends resulting in less time away from work for guests i.e. only 7 vacation days needed for an 11night extravaganza.

Island Sea Fest Itinerary:

 

WED   San Juan, Puerto Rico                                               departs 8:30 pm

THU    Cruising

FRI      Port of Spain, Trinidad            arrives 4:00 am

SAT     Port of Spain, Trinidad           

SUN    Port of Spain, Trinidad

MON   Port of Spain, Trinidad

TUE     Port of Spain, Trinidad                                                departs 12:00 am

WED   Scarborough, Tobago             arrives 8:00 am           departs 7:00 pm

THU    Bridgetown Barbados             arrives 8:00 am           departs 7:00 pm

FRI      Castries, St. Lucia                  arrives 8:00 am           departs 7:00 pm

SAT     Cruising          

SUN    San Juan, Puerto Rico           arrives 6:00 am

Starting Jul. 19th, 2021, a Hold Your Spot special offer for two easy payments of $175US per person, will be available on the Island Sea Fest website. Once the full reservations system is launched on Sept 2nd, 2021, all Hold Your Spot guests will be granted priority access for first stateroom choices and fees will be converted into credits that guests can apply towards their full reservation cost.

Should a guest not wish to proceed with a reservation, the Hold Your Spot fee is fully refundable, less a $120US administration fee, until Sept. 1st, 2021. Affordable stateroom payment plans start at $181US per month, and should guests require more time to pay after the cruise, a payment plan partner will offer a variety of flexible options.

Island Sea Fest will offer basic travel insurance, and for a small upgrade fee, guests will have the option to enhance the plan to a “cancel for any reason” coverage directly through the insurance carrier.           

On July 21, 2021, Comfort Suites Paradise Island celebrated 30 years of operation. Since welcoming its first guests in 1991, the family-friendly property has witnessed much change in The Bahamas’ tourism landscape, but the hotel has remained faithful to its vision to offer excellence in service, value and product to its guests, many of whom have returned faithfully again and again.

Comfort Suites Paradise Island is marking its Pearl Anniversary by offering its attractive “4th Night Free” promotion through November 15, 2021. In addition, there are daily specials at Crusoe’s Restaurant, the property’s poolside eatery which serves signature dishes featuring local seafood as well as international favorites. For the month of July 2021, patrons can enjoy lunch and dinner specials for $30.30, excluding VAT and gratuity, which have been created to celebrate this milestone. A specialty 30th anniversary cocktail crafted by an outstanding local mixologist is available all month at the hotel’s bars.

In addition to cementing its reputation for delivering exceptional service and remarkable value to travelers over the past three decades, the hotel, located adjacent to Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, is also noteworthy for the longevity of its ownership.

William Naughton, Senior V.P. and Managing Partner of Comfort Suites Paradise Island, is especially proud of the anniversary. “When we opened our doors in 1991 we envisioned becoming a landmark in the inventory of Paradise Island hotels by giving our guests an unforgettable experience at an affordable price point, and we have achieved that and so much more,” he noted.

“By maintaining our commitment to continuous improvement, we have been recognized repeatedly as one of the most popular and family-friendly accommodations options on Paradise Island,” said Naughton.

Naughton also attributes Comfort Suites Paradise Island’s success to an outstanding management team, comprising all Bahamians, and its stellar employees who routinely go above and beyond to anticipate and meet guests’ expectations.

Anniversary celebrations at the property have included a t-shirt day for staff where long-term employees were celebrated for 10, 20 or 30 years of dedicated service to Comfort Suites Paradise Island. Special 30-year memorabilia items are being distributed to guests staying at the hotel in July in keeping with current COVID-19 safety protocols.

Jermaine Wright, General Manager of Comfort Suites Paradise Island, echoed Mr. Naughton’s sentiments about the hotel’s staff and shared his excitement over the anniversary: “Every member of our team truly cares about the well-being and experience of each guest, and as we mark this significant milestone in our history, we look forward to welcoming many of our loyal, long-time returning guests who have become a part of our Comfort Suites Paradise Island family as well as welcoming new family members.”

The UNESCO-listed city of Ravenna, in the northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna, has released a series of events to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the death of Supreme Poet, Dante. The festive programme, which includes e-bike tours, exhibitions and the brand new ‘Dante’s Train’, will take place until January 2022, giving visitors a great reason to travel to Emilia Romagna when it is safe to do so.

Ravenna, also known as the “city of mosaics” due to its exquisite collection of Byzantine montages, is a treasure chest of art, history and culture - with eight UNESCO historic buildings. Dante found Ravenna to be the ideal place to complete the Divine Comedy and, as the home of his tombstone, the city has been preserving the poet’s memory for seven centuries after his death in 1321. Dante’s 700th anniversary programme is mainly taking place in Ravenna, located just one hour away from Emilia Romagna’s capital city of Bologna.

Cultural programme: Top 5 events

Ravenna is dedicating this year in a rich programme of events to commemorate the life of Dante, one the world’s most famous poets. This features exhibitions, readings and tours that will allow future visitors to immerse themselves in what once was the life of Dante. Some events taking place in the second half of 2021 include:

 

E-Trek The Divine Comedy trail - Running until 30th September 2021

An adventurous three-day e-bike tour following a mystical footpath of towns referred in Dante’s iconic Divine Comedy masterpiece, allowing visitors to distinctively explore between Ravenna and Faenza as-well as being able to take in some of Emilia Romagna’s stunning scenery, including; the sweeping medieval hillside village of Bertinoro and the first-fortified city of Terra del Sole, renowned to have been an ideal Renaissance destination. 

Treno Di Dante (Dante’s Train) - Running until 10th October 2021

This new historical project allows passengers to step onboard a special train to enjoy a slow yet exhilarating ride between the two cities which defined the life of Dante – Florence to Ravenna. Stopping off at several picturesque locations along the way, including Brisighella and Faenza, passengers will have the chance to freely enter an array of museums and monuments throughout the journey included within the ticket price. Tickets costs £47 (round-trip) and £25 single ticket).

Silent Play For Dante - Running until 25th December 2021

An exclusive project that transports guests on an immersive guided tour within the city of Ravenna, the location in which Dante’s symbolic remains lie. Accompanied by the screenplay by La Piccionaia, Theater Production Center, guests are offered a poetic and engaging theatrical experience whilst soaking up key memories connected to the poet, his comedy and fortune.

 

L’ora che volge il disìo - Running until 31st December 2021

The free and open to all event hosted ‘within the hour that turns the disìo’ (between 5-6pm) captures an important moment around the greatest poet of Italian literatures’ tomb. To commemorate his 700 years, a reading of the Divine Comedy which can be presented in any language, will showcase his vital works and allowing guests to gather, listen in, reflect and honour the works of Dante. 

Virtual exhibition: Un’Epopea POP - Running until 9th January 2022

For those who may want to join in on Dante’s celebrations virtually, the Ravenna Art Museum (MAR) has created an online exhibition called Un’Epopea POP. The showcase, curated by Giuseppe Antonelli, will run until 9 January 2022 and will allow viewers to be virtually transported into the MAR Museum to experience a selection of contemporary art by Giorgia Salerno, along with a mix of testimonies dedicated to the life of the Supreme Poet.

Not only does the city keep Dante Alighieri’s presence alive, Ravenna is the perfect place for travellers to explore and unwind. Nestled a few kilometres from the Adriatic Sea and boasting an array of gastronomic delights, awe-inspiring nature and a wide-range of activities to relish – Ravenna has something for everyone to admire, right in the heart of Italy’s off the beaten track gem, Emilia Romagna.

A new study has revealed that Bradford is the most profitable city in the UK to be an Airbnb host. The research by international payment experts RationalFX on 27 major British cities analysed data from AirDNA and ONS to find which UK city offers the best combination of low property prices and high revenue from renting out via Airbnb.

It revealed that it would take just nine years to pay off the median house price in Bradford (£135,000) based on the average monthly revenue of £1,229 an Airbnb in the city generates. As a result the Yorkshire city tops the list, offering the best combination of low property prices and high revenue.

Swansea came in second, with an average of £1,100 in Airbnb revenue taking 10 years to pay off the city’s median property price, which is £143,500. In addition a high occupancy rate of 62% over the past 12 months makes the popular Welsh beach city highly cost effective for hosts. 

During the pandemic there has been a sharp rise in the interest in staycations instead of overseas holidays. Research in 2020 found that 42.7% of people would rather enjoy a staycation compared to 24.7% of people voting to go abroad. 

In addition property investors could also to take advantage of the government’s stamp duty exemption for the first £250,000 of a property, which is available until September. Out of the 27 cities in the analysis, 18 have a median house price below £250,000.

Stoke-On-Trent was the third most profitable city to be an Airbnb host. With a monthly revenue rate of £1,030, it would take 12 years to pay off the city’s median property price of £151,000. 

Bradford has the highest occupancy rate per year (83%), followed by Brighton with 71%, and Bournemouth and Plymouth both on 70%.

Commenting on the study, a spokesperson for RationalFX said: “The demand for staycations has risen dramatically in the last year amid the pandemic, showing that the private holiday rental business is an area of interest for investment. With the easing of restrictions in the UK, it will be interesting to see how UK Airbnb bookings compete with the option of foreign holidays.”

Top five best cities to be an Airbnb host, by RationalFX

Overall rank

CITY

MONTHLY REVENUE (AIRDNA)

OCCUPANCY RATE PER YEAR (JUN. 2021) (AIRDNA)

MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE DEC. 2020 (ONS)

ACTIVE RENTALS (AIRDNA)

Years of Airbnb revenue required to cover property price

1

Bradford

£1,229

83%

£135,000

518

9

2

Swansea

£1,100

62%

£143,500

1,313

11

3

Stoke-on-Trent

£1,030

48%

£151,000

676

12

4

Plymouth

£1,200

70.0%

£197,000

611

14

5

Belfast

£764

57%

£128,300

875

14


The study found that Brighton ranks top for monthly revenue, with properties in the city generating an average £1,649 each month. However, it also has the third highest median house price on the list at £367,500, meaning it would take more than 18 years to cover the cost of the property. As a result, the popular staycation destination ranks 14th overall on the list.

Holiday makers can expect to pay on average £142 per night for a stay in a London Airbnb, the country’s priciest city, compared to £63 a night in Sunderland, the lowest rate in the UK. However, the capital ranks as one of the least profitable areas to be an Airbnb host. 

London has 37,000 active rentals, making it the city with the most Airbnbs in the UK. This is more than seven times higher than Edinburgh, the city with the second highest active rentals of 5,350. 

Despite the high number of rentals, London ranks 26th out of the 27 cities for profitability. It has a significantly higher median house price than the rest of the UK, coming in at £475,000, and only ranks 11th for Airbnb revenue, with the average property generating £1,011.

Leicester is the 10th largest city in the UK, but it has just 455 active rentals - the third fewest on the list, along with 33% occupancy rate per year, the lowest of all cities measured. With the lowest monthly income of £600 and a median property price of £218,000, it would take an average Airbnb host in the city 30 years to pay off a property. The East Midlands city ranks third from last on the list. 

Luton ranks as the least profitable city to buy an Airbnb in the UK. It would take a host 42 years to earn the money covering the cost of their property. The Airbnbs in the city have an occupancy rate of 48% and the median house price is £375,000 - behind only London in the study.

The analysis was conducted by RationalFX, which is one of Europe’s leading international payment providers, helping businesses and individuals to streamline their bank-to-bank transfers with smart global payment solutions. 

Top five worst cities to be an Airbnb host, by RationalFX

Overall rank

CITY

MONTHLY REVENUE (AIRDNA)

OCCUPANCY RATE PER YEAR (JUN. 2021) (AIRDNA)

MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE DEC. 2020 (ONS)

ACTIVE RENTALS (AIRDNA)

Years of Airbnb revenue required to cover property price

23

Southampton

£997

63%

£300,000

711

25

24

Coventry

£720

50.0%

£218,600

691

25

25

Leicester

£600

33%

£218,000

455

30

26

London

£1,011

48%

£475,000

37,550

39

27

Luton

£738

48%

£375,000

310

42


 

With holidays abroad off the cards for many this summer the National Trust is encouraging everyone to get back to basics and enjoy a summer filled with simple, sensory pleasures.  

The unmistakable smell of freshly cut grass, the reassuring sight of blue and sunny skies, the first glimpse of the sea, the tickle of grass between your toes. Nothing comes close to summer at home – and it’s finally here. National Trust gardens and parklands are popping with colour, woodlands are alive with chirping birds, meadows are swaying in the breeze, lakes are glistening, and brooks are babbling.  

What’s more, over 100 National Trust places, will be encouraging everyone to experience these simple, sensory pleasures with their summer activity programme ‘Get Set Go’.  Thanks to funding from Sport England, visitors will be able to have a go at over 20 different activities; such as ‘go barefoot’, ‘make a splash’, ‘work together’– to stretch those lockdown legs – to explore and get outdoors together – and to connect with nature.  

A range of downloadable activities will also be available online, for everyone to enjoy – with simple ideas for making the most of summer in the garden, the local park or even (whisper it), for rainy days spent indoors.  

Here’s the National Trust’s pick of the best places to enjoy in the West Midlands this summer:

 

Herefordshire

Berrington Hall

Your next adventure in nature is waiting for you this summer at Berrington Hall. Run wild in the natural play area, build a den in the parkland, stop for a picnic by the lake and tuck into your favourite ice cream from the Stables cafe.

Brockhampton Estate

This summer, explore woodlands, streams and orchards, taking inspiration from the National Trust’s '50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾' activities. Families can enjoy the newly planted orchards, where there’s space to run and play – rumour has it a rather magnificent tug boat will be setting sail there in August. Brockhampton is also taking part in the Summer of Play with Sport England, so families can get active and reconnect with nature in the orchards surrounding the manor house.

Croft Castle and Parkland

From the wild woodlands to picnics in the vibrant cottage gardens, your summer holiday isn’t complete without a family day out at Croft Castle. It’s the perfect backdrop on a lovely balmy summer’s day with plenty of space to play and lots to see and do. Croft is also taking part in the Summer of Play with Sport England, so families can run wild in the newly recreated natural play area which will be open once again this summer holiday.

The Weir Garden

Nothing beats a sunny day by the River Wye in the school holidays. Head to The Weir Garden to play and relax as you soak up the warm, summer sunshine. Spot birds and play hide and seek – the garden is your oyster, just waiting to be explored. The Weir is also taking part in the Summer of Play with Sport England, so families can run, jump and play throughout the garden this holiday.

 

Shropshire

Attingham

Get ready for a summer of fun and adventure at Attingham. Bring the family and enjoy being active outdoors surrounded by the sights and sounds of summer. Feel the grass beneath your feet and the sun on your face as you run free in the Field of Play, have a go at a new sport or activity, or follow the family trail. Take the opportunity to find out more about the ‘below stairs’ at Attingham with the basement of the mansion open for ‘Servants’ Home: Putting on a Country House Party’ in early summer, and from early August discover a new story in the mansion.

Benthall Hall

At Benthall you can play traditional family games outdoors, roll out your picnic blanket on the lawn and enjoy views across the parkland. How many times can you roll down the hill in the garden?

Carding Mill Valley

Dip your toes in the stream and enjoy your lunch in the great outdoors. Follow a nature themed ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ family trail to discover more about the wildlife, people and plants that call the Shropshire Hills home.

Dudmaston

Create your own adventures at Dudmaston this summer. Follow the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ summer family trail for nature themed fun in the outdoors. Roll down the hill in the garden, play pooh sticks in the dingle and watch out for wildlife on the water.  Bring your bikes and cycle the Explorer trail in Comer Woods. There's outdoor games and activities in the meadow too.

Sunnycroft

Wish you were here? Take a ‘day trip’ on a great British summer holiday day out at Sunnycroft this July and August, inspired by the Lander family’s seaside holidays in the UK during the 1900s. The team are bringing some of the best bits of being by the seaside to ‘Sunnycroft on Sea’. Take a promenade around the garden, enjoy a game of badminton, skittles or croquet and settle into a deckchair or laying out your picnic blanket on the lawn. Families will enjoy a dig in our sandpits, and taking aim with the child sized archery set.

 

Staffordshire

Biddulph Grange Garden

Get active with the Sport England partnership and enjoy games and activities on the tennis lawn this summer. Stroll through the Woodland Walk to discover the woodland play area, delight in the Dahlia display and pause to feed the fish in the lily pond.

Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses

Follow the free, self-guided family trail for summer fun on the Edge. Build dens in the woods, track wild animals and go on a nature walk at night. On a quiet, clear night you'll see a sky full of stars and maybe some nocturnal creatures too.

Shugborough Estate

Shugborough is a fabulous spot for trying out some of the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities. Roll down the hill underneath Hadrian’s Arch, find the best bridge in the Midlands for Pooh sticks or build a den in the Explorers’ Wood play area. There’s lots of space for picnics and walks to explore for two and four legs.

 

Warwickshire

Baddesley Clinton

Baddesley’s lakeside walk is a great place for families to enjoy some dappled shade and spot wildlife such as geese, ducks, moorhens and heron. Listen out for the resident woodpecker too. Around the estate you’ll also find lots of great spots for simple outdoor activities like balancing on felled logs and finding natural materials for den building. Have a look at the National Trust’s list of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ for inspiration for more outdoor activities.

Charlecote Park

Picnic on the paddock by the river this summer and take a lazy stroll through the parkland. You might even spot a young fawn in the sanctuary. Get stuck into the conservation stations over the summer holidays. Learn about how the Charlecote team look after the plant life and wildlife across the parkland. Activities will change over the summer holidays so keep popping back for more outdoor fun.

Coughton Court

Visitors to Coughton can enjoy a range of summer activities on their visit, from walks around the award-winning gardens, to enjoying a picnic with views across the parkland. Visitors can head up to Timm’s Grove and explore the wood – a great place to listen out for wildlife – or take a longer walk through the Warwickshire countryside to the 14th-century Kinwarton Dovecote.

Packwood

Visitors to Packwood can enjoy a range of summer activities on their visit, including exploring the estate with one of the walks which are great for all the family, including dogs. The lake at Packwood is a great place for spotting geese, swans and moorhens, whilst listening out for smaller birds and spying sheep in the neighbouring fields. The Welly Walk is a great trail for all weathers with felled trees and logs for balancing, materials for den building and lots of opportunities to have a go at some of the National Trust’s nature themed ‘50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ activities.

Upton House and Gardens

Take a walk through the seasons at The Seed that Grew the Tree nature poetry exhibition, showcasing the artwork of award-winning children’s book illustrator Frann Preston-Gannon. There’s an exquisite nature scene and poem for every month of the year, from foxes in winter snow to otters and oystercatchers in summer. Follow the family trail and write your own poem inspired by the nature and wildlife you can discover at Upton.

 

West Midlands

Wightwick Manor and Gardens

Wightwick’s barefoot walk will be up and running again this summer thanks to a grant from Sport England. There is a family activity pack to try and the woodland play area has fully re-opened with an ice-cream kiosk on busy days.

 

Worcestershire

Croome

Families will be able to enjoy a range of self-led activities on their explorations around the park, inspired by the National Trusts list of ‘50 Things to do before you’re 11¾’.

The Firs

Enjoy a sensory experience in the cottage garden, wander through the daisy walk, or pause for a picnic in the Sound Garden and have lunch with the birds.

Hanbury Hall and Gardens

Come and take pleasure in the 'Simple Joys' of life which start with Hanbury’s summer art exhibition, or have some 'throwback fun' by playing nostalgic children’s games like Hide and Seek, Granny's Footsteps, I Spy, Simon Says and many more. You can even have a game on the National Trust’s only bowling green.

The award-winning Comfort Suites Paradise Island hotel has extended its successful “4th Night Free” promotion through November 15, 2021, offering travellers an affordable, convenient Caribbean getaway.

On May 1, 2021, the government of The Bahamas amended travel restrictions to permit visitors traveling to the archipelago from other countries who are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period to be exempt from the COVID-19 testing requirements for entry and inter-island travel. Comfort Suites Paradise Island has also followed suit.

“All fully vaccinated guests staying at Comfort Suites Paradise Island will no longer be required to present a negative COVID-19 test, and may instead present their vaccination card,” reported Yasmine Mills-Strachan, Director of Sales of the 223-room property, while pointing out that some vaccines require two doses to be effective against the coronavirus while others require a single dose.

“As more people gain access to COVID-19 vaccinations, we look forward to a healthy and robust return of traditional summer travel patterns,” noted Mills-Strachan, who added that Comfort Suites Paradise Island continues to focus on providing exceptional value, convenience and Bahamian hospitality to every guest.

The popular, family-friendly hotel’s current “4th Night Free” promotion, which was launched in tandem with the property’s reopening at the end of 2020, offers guests a fourth night free, excluding taxes and fees, with three paid room nights.

The promotion also entitles guests to a food and beverage credit per room that can be used at Crusoe’s Restaurant, Bamboo Lobby Bar and Splash Pool Bar. A stay of three paid nights entitles guests to a $100 food and beverage credit, four or five nights entitles guests to a food and beverage credit of $150, and for a stay of six nights or more, the food and beverage credit increases to $200.

Adding to the appeal of the award-winning property, Comfort Suites Paradise Island offers many family-friendly amenities, including complimentary use of the facilities at neighboring Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, including Aquaventure and pool and beach access. A daily complimentary hot à la carte breakfast is available for all guests. Advanced booking is required to receive access to Atlantis Aquaventure.

“Comfort Suites is making it easier and more appealing than ever to visit us,” stated Mills-Strachan. “We are very excited to offer this special promotion and to welcome new and returning guests to their home away from home.”

Comfort Suites Paradise Island, which is consistently awarded high marks from users of leading travel websites such as TripAdvisor, continues to offer value-added amenities such as free Wi-Fi and free parking. A significant feature of the hotel is its Kids Stay, Play & Eat Free program. Children aged 11 and under stay free (in a room with a parent) and also eat free with a parent at Crusoe’s Restaurant, which offers signature entrées daily featuring local seafood and international favourites.