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St Albans Cathedral

Roll up, roll up, time is running out for your chance to WIN free tickets to a host of attractions and activities across the Garden of England as part of this year’s Herts Big Weekend

If you’re a Hertfordshire resident, now is the perfect opportunity to take a look at some of this year’s fantastic offers and free tickets, available right on your doorstep. All you need to do to get involved is enter the online ballot before 16th March, and you and a lucky friend could be heading off for a Herts Big Weekend adventure on 4th and 5th April, as part of Visit Herts’ annual celebration of the county’s tourism industry.

Some of the county’s biggest attractions have signed up to take part in this year’s event, including Warner Bros. Studio Tour – London, Paradise Wildlife Park, Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, St Albans Cathedral, Knebworth House, Hatfield House and The Grove.

And, it doesn’t stop there with the Big Weekend also giving residents a chance to uncover a wide range of smaller, hidden gems throughout the county, including Rye House Karting, Pump House Theatre Watford, Aylett Nurseries, Weston Auditorium, Natural History Museum Tring, Hertfordshire County Show, Ware & Hertford Waterbus and Royston Cave.

In fact, over 50 Hertfordshire tourist attractions and businesses will be opening their doors or offering special gifts to lucky ticket holders this year, with experiences on offer ranging from visits to magical studio tours and stunning stately homes, to close encounters with wild animals, delicious meals, and relaxing afternoon teas for two. With hundreds of pairs of tickets up for grabs in this year’s ballot, the Herts Big Weekend is the perfect excuse to get out and discover (or rediscover) exactly what makes this charming county so special…

Herts Big Weekend

Registration for this year’s ballot opened on 20th February, and interest in the event has been brilliant so far, with a whopping 30,856 applications for tickets to date.

One of the most convenient and sustainable ways for residents to get around Hertfordshire is by train with Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern Railways all servicing the county. Book direct and you’ll pay no booking fees. Look for Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak tickets to save money when you travel outside of Peak times.

Deirdre Wells OBE, Chief executive of Visit Herts, said: “The Big Weekend marks the start of the tourist season and is a fantastic way to celebrate all that’s on offer across Hertfordshire. Over the last five years, the Herts Big Weekend has given our residents some brilliant opportunities to discover, and rediscover, what’s happening in their home county and this year is no different!

“Once again, we’ve been overwhelmed by the support from attractions and businesses across the county, and the range of visitor experiences on offer. We would encourage all of our Herts residents to get involved and discover the amazing things to see and do right on their doorstep.”

Residents can apply for as many pairs of tickets as they like at https://www.hertsbigweekend.co.uk/ until 16th March. Following this, two tickets (one pair of tickets) per household will then be allocated at random by ballot (some family tickets are available).

This year’s event will once again support The Family Holiday Association, with a range of attractions also donating tickets to the charity, giving great days out to families that are normally unable to take holidays together.

The Herts Big Weekend 2020 will also form part of the Hertfordshire Year of Culture, which sees a multitude of cultural activities, special events and experiences taking place across twelve themed months. In April the theme is ‘Go Somewhere Local’, with this celebration providing the perfect opportunity for residents to become a local Hertfordshire ambassador.

For further information inspiration on things to do in Hertfordshire, head to www.visitherts.co.uk.

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Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 car opens Silverstone’s Festive Experience

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Silverstone’s Lap of Lights Christmas experience was officially opened this evening by the World Championship winning Mercedes-AMG Petronas W10 Formula 1 car driven by Anthony Davidson. 

Silverstone’s Lap of Lights Christmas experience was officially opened this evening by the World Championship winning Mercedes-AMG Petronas W10 Formula 1 car driven by Anthony Davidson.   The Mercedes-AMG Petronas team embraced the Christmas spirit and decorated the car in festive lights which caused quite a spectacle for those fans who were lucky enough to be at the preview event and included NHS and Emergency Service employees and their families as well as staff from Silverstone.

On completion of the opening laps Anthony was delighted to meet Santa who, having given a cheery wave to the passing 2019 Formula 1 World Championship-winning Mercedes,  took a short break from his busy schedule to get a closer peek at the F1 car as it came to a  halt on Hamilton Straight.

Silverstone’s Lap of Lights Christmas experience was officially opened this evening by the World Championship winning Mercedes-AMG Petronas W10 Formula 1 car driven by Anthony Davidson. 

In addition to the spectacle of the opening laps, visitors got to experience the Lap of Lights  Ice Trak and Lodge which were open to all and bursting with festive atmosphere.  Ice Trak is the first ever skating rink to feature at the world famous motor racing circuit and many took to the ice to enjoy the novelty of skating around the Formula 1 pit lane and garages.    The Lodge was buzzing with the sound of families enjoying activities such as axe throwing, curling and musical entertainment and the children’s cinema and Santa letter corner were particularly popular.

Speaking to Sky F1 David Croft as he got out of the car Anthony Davidson said “That was really exhilarating in the dark following the lights around the circuit although it was a bit scary at times!  The team has really enjoyed getting into the Christmas spirit and putting on this very sparkling show for everyone who has joined us here this evening!”

Silverstone Managing Director, Stuart Pringle, commented “Anthony and Mercedes-AMG Petronas have put on a great show for us tonight and I could not think of a more fitting way to open Lap of Lights.    I have had to reassure Father Christmas that the rest of our nights will be run at a more subdued pace as I think he got a bit of a shock this evening when he saw the stunning W10 approach his grotto at speed!  After 11 months of planning it is great to see so many families here having fun and I look forward to welcoming many more over the festive period.”

Silverstone’s Lap of Lights Christmas experience was officially opened this evening by the World Championship winning Mercedes-AMG Petronas W10 Formula 1 car driven by Anthony Davidson. 

Lap of Lights ticket prices start at £30 per car including all occupants. Ice Trak is from £8 for adults, £6 per child. Entry to the Lodge is free with a Lap of Lights ticket.  The event opens on 26 November and runs through to 3 January (closed on 29, 30 November and 25 December).  Full details and booking at www.silverstone.co.uk

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Enjoy St Albans Food & Drink Festival returns this September

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St Albans Food & Drink Festival

The St Albans Food & Drink festival, now in its 14th year, features an exciting programme of events across September including Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park, Stars at the Bars and the Oaklands Farm to Fork.

St Albans, in Hertfordshire, has a remarkable history and reputation for food and drink and the month-long event is hugely popular with locals and visitors looking for an incredible foodie experience.

There will also be a 24-hour photography challenge, pub quizzes and iconic film nights, livestock events, street food nights, Bollywood dancing, live radio events and pop-ups a plenty – it truly is a jam-packed festival with something for everyone.

Manager of St Albans Bid, Denise Parsons, said… 

“We are delighted to sponsor the festival which celebrates our food and drink heroes who have gone above and beyond during lockdown. There is something for everyone to enjoy, including live music which is hugely welcomed and adds to the vibrancy of our outdoor events.”

St Albans Food & Drink Festival

Highlights… 

Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park event on 10th-12th September in Verulamium Park brings together special chefs, artisan products and top musicians for one big party- with live music from big names such as All Saints, Basement Jaxx, Gabrielle and the Lightening Seeds.

The awards for the district’s best food and drink businesses are one of the festival highlights but due to the pandemic have been scaled down to one prestigious award this year. Nominations for the Kate D’Arcy Award, recognising an individual who has given exceptional customer service to their community during the pandemic, are open until Monday 23rd August and the nominees will be invited to a presentation event on Monday 20th September at St Michael’s Manor Hotel.

St Albans Food & Drink Festival

The festival culminates with the incredible FEASTIVAL street event on Sunday 26th September. The central streets in the town centre will be peppered with over 100 food and drink stalls, street entertainment, bars with live music, art and crafts activities, cookery demonstrations, face painting and fun for all ages.

Just 20 miles and 20 minutes by train from London St Pancras International and excellent road connections, St Albans is easily accessible, making it the perfect day or staycation destination.

Where to stay? 

Accommodation in the city centre ranges from small and intimate bed and breakfasts to large hotels including the stunning country style Manor hotel, St Michaels Manor, the luxurious Sopwell House and the Victorian Grade II listed Torrington Hall.

Find out more details about the St Albans Food & Drink Festival and where to stay at EnjoyStAlbans.com 

*NEW* 2021/2022 official St Albans Visitor Guide out now! Click here 

Foodie Related Notes: 

  • An historic inn-keeping city, St Albans has the most pubs per square mile in the country and is home to England’s Oldest pub, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, as confirmed by The Guinness Book of Records. 
  • Did you know the hot cross bun originated in St Albans. The ‘Alban Bun’ was created by Brother Thomas Rocliffe, a 14th Century Monk at St Albans Abbey, who developed the recipe and would feed the poor on Good Friday.
  • The city is famous for its café and pub culture with a fantastic range of award-winning eating and drinking establishments.

About St Albans: 

  • St Albans is one of the best-kept secrets in UK tourism. A historic gem of an English Cathedral City just 20 miles and 20 minutes by train from London is easily accessible by road with links to the M25, M1 and A1(M).
  • The city’s colourful history and heritage can be seen in the Roman remains and the beautiful medieval architecture and picturesque buildings that look spectacular all year round.
  • A fabulous shopping destination, St Albans is home to an array of innovative independent retailers and well-known chains.
  • There are lots of green, open spaces and parks, making St Albans a family-friendly destination.   

*NEW* 2021/2022 official St Albans Visitor Guide out now! Click here. Find out more details about the St Albans Food & Drink Festival and where to stay at EnjoyStAlbans.com 

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Treat yourself this October to Halloween Town Festival tickets

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Treat yourself this October to Halloween Town Festival tickets

Look who’s coming to Bedford for Halloween Town Festival… We have no tricks but we do have this treat for those who wish to enter our exclusive competition. TrendLife Magazine are giving away a pair of tickets to Halloween Town Festival at The Great Meadow Bedford.

Halloween Town Festival or simply HTF Bedford is a three day festival taking place from Friday 29th October to Sunday 21st October. We have also got the best tickets in town for Friday’s Craig David Presents TS5.

Treat yourself this October to Halloween Town Festival tickets

It’s been a minute since the launch of HTF & everything is shaping up to be a sensational weekend of music for Bedford residents. HTF has grown from a 2 day festival into a 3 day show-stopper adding in The Levellers, Peter Hook & The Light & Dreadzone on Sunday 31st October.

Craig David heads up Friday 29th with his TS5 Party experience & on Saturday 30th welcomes a block buster lineup with ANDY C, DJ EZ, David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan & many more!

Over the coming weeks we’re going to be revealing what to expect from Halloween Town Festival, the experience inside and how you can participate with the festivities.

Treat yourself this October to Halloween Town Festival tickets

Halloween Town Festival Dates

Friday 29th October

Craig David Presents TS5

Craig David heads up Friday at Halloween Town Festival Bedford with his world renowned TS5 party experience! Expect massive old-school anthems, chart-topping house hits & garage classics from the man himself. Special guests Nathan Dawe, Majestic, Sean Harvey and DJ Wreckdown will join the event.

Purchase limited tickets –> Click here

Saturday 30th October

Andy C & DJ EZ

Andy C and DJ EZ co-headline Saturday night at Halloween Town Festival Bedford, delivering an unmissable evening of ‘Drum & Bass’ and ‘Garage’. Special guests Shy FX & Stamina MC, David Rodigan, Kings of the Rollers and Katalyst will join the lineup.

Purchase tickets –> Coming soon

Sunday 31st October

Experience The Levellers live in The Big Top at Halloween Town Festival, The Great Meadow, Bedford on Sunday 31st October 2021

Levellers are still going strong after 30 years in the game; and are celebrating the anniversary of their seminal platinum-selling album Levelling The Land with a new live performance date in Bedford. During the summer of 1991 Levelling The Land redefined the UK’s musical landscape.

Purchase tickets –> Coming soon

Halloween Town Festival tickets Competition

TrendLife Magazine are giving away a pair of tickets for two lucky friends to attend Halloween Town. For a chance to win, find our Halloween Town Festival post on Instagram and tag a friend in the comments. Make sure both you and your tagged friend are both following us.

  1. Visit our Halloween Town Festival post on instagram.
  2. Tag ONE friend in the comments section. You can tag as many friends as you want as long as you use a new comment.
  3. Ensure both you and your tagged friends are following @trendlifemagazine

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