Join in with England this July as we celebrate a new tree-top wild camping ‘hideout’ in Cornwall; the world’s largest bike-share scheme that’s launched in Manchester and Salford; a thrilling opportunity to sleep among the animals in new Camp Baboon glamping pods; and new Black Beauty-themed short breaks in Norwich. See below for further information, plus a roundup of more news just in from around the country.
Zip World London
14 July – 1 October
The biggest, fastest city zipwire in the world will thrill visitors to London’s Southbank this summer. Zip World London will offer thrillseekers a never-seen-before view of London’s skyline, including Big Ben, the Shard and the London Eye, as they launch from a tower 35 metres above Archbishop’s Park. Riders will reach speeds of around 50mph as they zip along the 225-metre wire in just over 30 seconds. An adult ticket costs £22.50 per person.
Kudhva tree-top accommodation, Cornwall
Kudhva, which means ‘hideout’ in Cornish, is a new tree-top wild camping experience in Tintagel. Elevated architect-designed wooden capsules and tensile tree tents make the most of the coastal views. The striking asymmetrical capsules are set on three legs, eight feet above the ground, while the tree tents can be suspended where you choose, including dizzyingly high over a reservoir. Onsite activities include climbing, wild swimming and a cinema club, while top surfing, walking and foraging spots are nearby. There’s even a vintage American truck to take surfers to the waves. Prices cost from £45.60 per night for the Tree Tent and £114 for the Kudhva.
Black Beauty-themed short breaks, Norwich
25 July – 25 November
The Maids Head Hotel has partnered with Visit Norwich to celebrate the 140th anniversary of Anna Sewell’s hugely popular book with three Black Beauty-themed packages for couples and families. The packages include accommodation at the hotel and entry to the ‘Cecil Aldin: The Art of Black Beauty’ exhibition at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell. Couples can enjoy a Black Beauty-themed afternoon tea, while the family package includes a picnic lunch in Redwings Horse Sanctuary and a year’s sponsorship of Maya, Redwing’s real-life Black Beauty.
The Wild Place Project launches Camp Baboon, Gloucestershire
Visitors can now sleep among the animals at Wild Place Project, a family attraction with themed trails, an adventure park and animals from around the world. Camp Baboon’s 10 luxury glamping pods are just a stone’s throw from the Gelada baboons, and other neighbours include cheetahs, wolves, zebras and lemurs. The cabin-style pods sleep up to four people and come with a double bed, bunk beds, cosy soft furnishings and a private shower pod. Guests can take part in a range of after-hours animal encounters, exclusive twilight and sunrise tours, bushcraft activities and breakfast with the giraffes. Prices start from £87 per person and the package also includes two days of free entry to Wild Place Project and free entry to Bristol Zoo Gardens on the day of departure.
Mobike launches in Manchester
The world’s first and largest bike-share scheme has launched in Manchester and Salford. Mobike has launched with 1,000 bikes, but will increase that number as demand grows. The launch marks Mobike’s official expansion into Europe. Manchester and Salford are the 100th cities to host the service, which is already widespread across Asia. Each high-tech Mobike is equipped with unique smart-lock technology and built-in GPS connected via the Mobike IoT network.
Foulridge Tunnel opens to canoes, Lancashire
The mile-long Foulridge Tunnel has opened to canoes, allowing canoeists to paddle underneath the Pennines for the first time. It’s the longest tunnel for canoes in Britain. The paddle takes 10 to 25 minutes, depending on ability, and is controlled by a traffic-light system that ensures canal boats and canoes are admitted separately. The tunnel, on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, was completed in 1796 and forms a key part of the 162-mile-long coast-to-coast Desmond Family Canoe Trail, due to open in 2020.
News just in
New ‘Experience Poldark’ app, Cornwall
Visit Cornwall has launched a free new app that directs visitors straight to the heart of Poldark’s Cornwall. It’s an essential companion for Poldark fans, with suggested self-guided tours, Poldark-related places to stay, Poldark-inspired activities and things to do, a public transport guide to Poldark’s Cornwall, and guides to key filming spots and the places that fired Winston Graham’s imagination for the original Poldark books. The app also reveals filming secrets and gossip and has the lowdown from Poldark cast and crew on their favourite bits of Cornwall. And the “proper job” Poldark lingo decoder means you’ll always know “wasson”!
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