Article Archive for May 2010
Now here is a different day out for you to consider. Visit a tea plantation. But how can you visit it in a day you might ask? The answer is because you don’t have to go to India, Sri Lanka, China or Kenya to see a tea plantation. Go to Pembrokeshire instead.
Now I am not deceiving you. There is a tea plantation based in Pembroke Dock. Obviously not the plantation but the company. Called the obvious, the Pembrokeshire Tea Company, the plan is that by 2015 all their tea will be locally grown. They’re not quite there yet as they have to blend their tea within tea from other countries but in a few years time it will be totally Welsh leaves that go into the tea.
Last week, the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence were given out. From more than 100 regional winners across the 9 regions of England, judges sat down and decided who the 46 awards should go to. There were 15 different categories and you can see a list of all the winners, national and regional at http://www.enjoyengland.com/corporate/corporate-information/excellence-awards/2010-awards.aspx.
There was also another appealing award called the “Where Else But England ” and this proclaims the quirky, the different and the odd. These were voted for by the readers of “The Sun” and people who voted on the Enjoy England website. The winner was the World Egg Throwing Championships. How voters decided this over the annual nettle eating contest, the Dwyle Flonking dance or the Bird man Festival held in Worthing is beyond me but you might be able to find out by going to Swaton Vintage Day (near Sleaford in Lincs.) on June 27th when this years championships will be held.
Today is supposed to become the hottest day of the year for much of England. Unseasonally warm said the BBC this morning as it will be about 9 degrees warmer than average for the time of year. Spring flowers abound in my garden, the daffodils are still in flower as are the tulips. Birds are collecting moss from my lawn to build nests and I’ve seen the first spring arrival, a baby squirrel. May day is only a few days away with all the outdoor events that usually herald that it is a safer time of the year to venture out without a jumper.
And what have I been fortunate enough to receive? Information about pantomimes. Now pantomime is a great tourist attraction drawing people in to fill theatres all over our countries. I am very partial to them myself despite the views of the family. But in April?
Bank holidays are made for children. But you do ever get tired of taking them to the same thing? At Caldicot Castle in Monmouthshire there is something different set against a stunnning backdrop of the castle.
Visitors to Caldicot Castle on the weekend of Sunday 2nd and Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May can experience the drama and tension as they travel back in time to 1674 and meet the famous buccaneer, Sir Henry Morgan and a crew of his most ferocious comrades from his notorious pirate vessel The Dolphin, newly returned from the pirate haunts of the Caribbean.
[ May 2, 2010 11:00 am to May 3, 2010 5:00 pm. May 2, 2010 11:00 am to May 3, 2010 5:00 pm. May 2, 2010 11:00 am to May 3, 2010 5:00 pm. ]
Caldicot Castle, Caldicot, Monmouthshire
The castle provides a backdrop to the recreation of a Sir Henry Morgan, the pirate turned Kings man, talking of returning to the Caribbean whilst visitors (and especially children) overhear tales of piracy in the Spanish Main
family ticket £12
In the travel press there are always stories about loyalty. There are loyalty cards for airlines, hotels, car hire companies which the average person probably doesn’t bother with. The loyalty cards that mean most to us are those that come from Tesco, Sainsbury and Boots because those are places that we use a lot. There isn’t anything from tour operators, surprisingly, because we may only use them once or twice a year. No, the National Trust membership or something like that has more appeal.
But what about trains?
We use them for getting to work, days out, weekends away and even for getting to summer holiday destinations. Eurostar operates a loyalty scheme but what of mainline domestic railway companies? Apart from youth passes, over 55 tickets at slack times of the year and senior passes that just reward age, is there anything else?
Meet “Escape” from East Coast railways, described as the exclusive rewards programme for their customers that travel the most.