Strand Palace hotel interior

Strand Palace has recently joined Green Tourism, the largest and most established sustainable certification programme in the world, with the aim of achieving one of their respected Awards. 

A Green Tourism Award means that a business works responsibly, ethically and sustainably, contributes to their community, is reducing their impact on the environment and aims to be accessible and inclusive to all visitors and staff. Businesses that meet the required standard receive a Bronze, Silver or Gold award based on their level of achievement. 

Grove Hotel exterior

The Green Apple Environment Awards, are an annual international campaign to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world, and this year The Grove Hotel is proud to have received silver based on Recycling Initiative & Environmental Best Practise within the Sports/Leisure & Hospitality Category.

David Bellamy

As the news of David Bellamy’s sad death reaches us, we at Green Tourism take a look at how the environmentalist and botanist laid the foundations for a greener attitude to travel.

David Bellamy OBE was a regular face on TV since the late 60s, when he was interviewed after the Torrey Canyon disaster struck – an oil tanker ran aground between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and David, then an ecology lecturer at Durham University, was on hand to discuss the impact of the spillage with John Craven.

Mcarthurglen Designer Outlet

Europe’s leading designer outlet McArthurGlen welcomes over 90 million visitors each year across the 24 outlets in nine countries, offering guests year-round savings of up to 60% off premium fashion and homeware brands. This autumn, McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford will unveil the much-anticipated expansion, welcoming up to 50 new leading brands and restaurants.

Marble centaurs at York Gallery

Two marble centaurs, currently on display at York Art Gallery, could be formally added to York’s museum collection if members agree to proposals at a meeting later this month.

The pair of statues, Young Centaur (tempted by love) and Old Centaur (bound by love), both probably carved by Bartolomeo Cavaceppi (1716-1799) in Rome in around 1755, were bought by the city council in the 1940s from Wentworth Woodhouse when the estate was split up, specifically to be displayed in the Assembly Rooms.

eco-friendly Druidstone beach

Summer is just around the corner, and people are booking holidays left, right and centre. But instead of going abroad this year, why not make the most of the amazing destinations right here in the UK?

As well as often being cheaper, it also means less travel time – which is always an added benefit when it comes to going away.

Arundel Castle jousting competitors

Lances will shatter and tilt-rail tensions will run high at Arundel Castle on 23-28 July as Medieval Jousting Week returns for a six-day international tournament.  A true sporting tournament, rather than a showcase, the jousting week at Arundel Castle is regarded by competitors as a true test of skill.

Set beneath the ancient Castle, it is the longest jousting tournament of its kind in the world, and one of the biggest!   

North Devon named as ‘England’s Adventure Coast’

Northern Devon has been officially rebranded as ‘England’s Adventure Coast’ as part of an ambitious new campaign to boost tourism, encouraging visitors to discover, explore and enjoy the area.

Set to launch during English Tourism Week (30 March - 7 April) the new campaign will be promoted across the country in a bid to promote North Devon like never before.

England’s Adventure Coast, which stretches from the Cornish border into Exmoor, features in a beautiful new video telling the story of North Devon and encouraging people of all ages to have adventures. 

Fewer Than Half Of Brits "Content and Satisfied" Finds Travelzoo

Research commissioned by Travelzoo to mark the UN’s International Day of Happiness on 20 March has revealed that fewer than half of Brits are “content and satisfied” with life or “happy most of the time”.

The leading publisher of travel and experience offers for members surveyed more than 1,000 British travellers, finding that those aged 35-54 (often referred to as Generation X) were the least content and satisfied (39%), compared to both younger and older generations (both 47%). 

Historic bust at the Monument

A bust depicting Scottish missionary David Livingstone donated to The National Wallace Monument in 1889 is believed to have been created by female sculptor Amelia Hill, and not by David Watson Stevenson as previously thought.

The discovery was brought to the attention of Stirling District Tourism, the charity that operates the Stirling visitor attraction, by sculptor Graciela Ainsworth who was conducting research into the history of female influence at the well-known Hall of Heroes.