York – the UK’s Number 1 Christmas Shopping Destination

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In 2016, York City Centre will once again be transformed into a winter wonderland thanks to the York Christmas Festival. The dates, November 17 to December 23 is when the festivities begin with everything from pantos at York Theatre Royal and the Grand Opera House, the Christmas Music Festival, decorations and lights galore and the St Nicholas Fair.

The fair will line the streets with trimmings and chalets filled with food, craft and gift retailers as well as the aromas of Christmas of mince pies, chestnuts (quite possibly roasting on an open fire….!) and mulled wine. In keeping with York as a whole, a large emphasis and presence will be on locally sourced food and locally made and created items for sale.

For the ultimate way to start Christmas and to purchase the most perfect gifts then cosmopolitan York can’t be beaten. The city is steeped in history with cobbled streets and all the UK’s favourite shops as well as independent retailers. York is also famous for its food with some of Yorkshire’s finest restaurants, much needed after a long day shopping.

Make a weekend or short break out of it and stay in one of the hotels in York. Hedley House Hotel has a choice of hotel rooms or self catering apartment accommodation with a relaxing lounge bar and restaurant and is just a 10 minute walk from the city centre. For more information and to book visit, http://www.hedleyhouse.com/

Langdale is #theplacetobe for adventure in the Lake District

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Adventure comes in many forms and is perceived as being very different from one person to the next. Everyone has different interest, limits, capabilities and challenges but for anyone wanting to be adventurous in the UK, the Langdale Valley can serve every level.

The Langdale Valley has tarns and waters, fells both gradual for leisurely walking through to crag filled some of the best rock climbing routes in the National Park and a quintessentially Lake District village, Elterwater. Langdale is just a short distance from Ambleside, Grasmere and Coniston yet is the gateway to the Western Lake District over the famous, or some may say, infamous Wrynose and Hardnott passes. Couple this with a high concentration of woodland areas and the peaceful location means off road activities such as mountain biking and even 4×4 adventures are popular and achievable pursuits in the valley.

But walking is really where the best of this area can be enjoyed and the ability to view 360 degree landscapes of the Lake District to look down on the busy village of Ambleside or across to the west for views of the Irish Sea and England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike.

So where to stay, well we ‘d say no other than the Langdale 4 Star Lake District Hotel. The staff there know the area like the back of their hand giving helpful tips and advice on routes and most definitely on how to enjoy the are car free. Saying that, there’s the choice to hire a Renault Twizy if relaxing is too much of a pull. Head back to the full, onsite leisure facilities and fine at the new Stove Restaurant for the complete package. Rooms start from just £120 including breakfast so a great deal. Visit http://www.langdale.co.uk for more details.

Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro wins Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction Award

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The recent 2016 World Travel Awards Africa have crowned this giant, Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction.

Mount Kilimanjaro, located in East Africa and the mountain to climb and achieve for so many walkers and enthusiasts. This iconic peak is Africa’s highest mountain but also the highest free standing mountain in the world. Whether it’s as a part of a trek, an item on a bucket list or as so many do, tackle this monster for charity, the look, the terrain and the beauty sets this wondrous geographical feature apart from the rest.

The area surrounding Kilimanjaro is what ultimately adds to the appeal being located in North East Tanzania, one of Africa’s most popular countries for safari tours and breaks but also a coast lined with idealistic, white sand beaches.

Post taking on Mount Kilimanjaro, relax and unwind on one of the many safari tours in Tanzania. After witnessing a landscape like no other, experience wildlife in natural habitats like no other. Let the tour guides transport, feed and delight, resting those weary legs and feet. Afterwards, chose to jump on a short plane ride to the ultra stunning island of Zanzibar with its miles of beaches and a town steeped in history.
This award is great news for Tanzania as a whole and fully confirms this country as a must go destination for travellers far and wide.

For Tanzania safari tours in and around the Serengetti, Saadani and Selous National parks and games reserves post trekking, visit http://www.tentwithaview.com. The new Bush Rover accommodation will be the perfect way to relax whilst being part of the land.