“Regular monitoring and assessment of bathing water are essential for ensuring that we maintain the already very high quality across Europe and, where needed, we take effective measures to address water pollution,” said Hans Bruyninckx, the executive director of the EEA. “Cleaner bathing waters do not only benefit our own health and wellbeing, but also the health of the environment.” … [Read more...] about Only two-thirds of UK bathing waters rated excellent in EU survey
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Busy streets in Paris and Toulouse have made face masks mandatory, while only disposable, surgical masks are allowed on flights. … [Read more...] about Will France be put on the UK quarantine list?
Two nights in Blackpool hotel with breakfast with Wowcher - £69 Three nights in UK hotel with Booking.com - from £75 Three nights in one-bedroom flat in Coventry with Snaptrip - £154 Three nights in converted farm cottage in Glasgow with Snaptrip - £239 Three nights in one-bedroom flat in Barnard Castle with Snaptrip - £239 Three nights at Bembridge Coast Hotel, Isle of Wight including breakfast and three-course dinner with Warner Leisure Hotels - from £264pp Three nights at Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel, North Wales including breakfast and three-course dinner with Warner Leisure Hotels - from £279pp Five nights in Cornwall hotel with breakfast and cream tea with Wowcher - £299 Parkdean Resorts has seen a 140 per cent rise in bookings to its Devon parks year-on-year, while Center Parcs, Haven, Butlin’s and Hoseasons have been swamped with bookings. … [Read more...] about What are the best cheap UK holiday destinations for a last minute bank holiday break?
The grand grounds of stately homes or exotic botanical displays may hog the limelight but gardens in accessible-to-all public spaces are just as important for our wellbeing. This week we’d like to hear about beautiful gardens that are open to the public – and free to enter; perhaps you volunteer at one or simply enjoy visiting. Examples range from south London’s Brockwell Park Walled Garden and Community Greenhouses to Sheffield Botanical Gardens to smaller community-run havens such as Nightingale Garden in Cambridge. There’s also the plethora of spectacular seaside and city centre gardens to enjoy. … [Read more...] about Send a tip on a free-to-enter garden in the UK for the chance to win a £200 holiday voucher
The High Weald area has plenty to explore in less-than-perfect weather. English sparkling wine is currently enjoying international acclaim as the industry matures to compete with France (Taittinger and Pommery have started growing in Kent and Sussex.) Oxney Organic wine, down the lane from Swallowtail, uses no pesticides and generates the heat it needs for production using woodchips. On a rainy day we took a socially distanced tour of the vines and bottling barns, hearing about the specific challenges of English wine production – including how a grape-guzzling badger dented the numbers of its award-winning 2018 chardonnay – and to sample some of its creations. Visitors can book a picnic lunch of cheeses, chutneys and crackers, which we did before walking in the drizzle back to Swallowtail and sleeping off the afternoon (and our hangovers). … [Read more...] about Idyllic English pastoral: an off-grid cottage holiday in East Sussex