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Bonfire Night 2012

Fireworks photo by Flickr User Bayasaa

Fireworks photo by Flickr User Bayasaa


It’s getting closer to Bonfire Night, so here are a few events going on around the country:

Chatsworth – Enjoy a large firework display, bonfire in the garden and lots of live entertainment. 3rd & 4th November, Adults £12, Children £8. Check out some of our holiday cottages near by and make a break of it.

Lewes Bonfire Night – with processions and many bonfires at different sites around the town, Lewes looks to be putting on a spectacular evening on 5th November. Ticket prices vary. There is also a mobile phone app you can download here. Here are some holiday cottages nearby too!

The Station Inn, Oxenholme near Kendal – Wrap up warm for the firework display, bonfire and burgers and pies from 6pm, 2nd November. There are also lots of Lake District holiday cottages to choose from!

Kendal Castle firework display – 7.30pm, 5th November. No charge for this one, but all donations go towards hosting next year’s event!

Leeds Roundhay Park – enjoy a huge bonfire with 70,000 other visitors, 7.30pm, 5th November, free admission.

Museum of East Anglican Life – enjoy a bonfire, firework display and refreshments, all alongside the sights and smells of traction engines in steam. Family ticket £12 or Adults £4.50 and children £3.50 available from the Tourist Information Centre in Stowmarket. 6.30pm, 3rd November.

Gulliver’s World Theme Park – If you book for the Mystical Mayhem Show you can get access to the rides, fireworks and dinner! 3rd November Adults £19.95, Children £17.95


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Beech Road Festival, Chorlton, this Sunday 4th July!

For anyone who lives in Manchester or is visiting this weekend, then there is the annual famous Beech Road Festival in Chorlton tomorrow (Sunday 4th July).

It is free to attend and is from noon until late in the evening and will include music and performance in the park by:


Along with:

– rides, stalls, face painting

– Unity Arts with music & art for children

– all kinds of wonderful foods & stalls along Beech Road

– the Tombola

– fantastic bars & shops open throughout

You can reach Beech Road from the centre of Manchester by catching either the 85 or 86 bus to the Chorlton Bus Station and Beech Road is just alongside this, here is a map.

Helpful Holidays donate £60,000 to charities

One of our advertisers, Helpful Holidays have just generously donated over £60,000 to charities based in the West Country. During the VAT holiday, when VAT went down to 15%, Helpful Holidays didn’t take extra profit but instead saved the 2.5% cut in order to give to local charities.

The first four charities to benefit are the Devon Air Ambulance Trust, the Marine Conservation Society, Farms for City Children and the RNLI. ShelterBox, the Cornish based charity famous for its delivery of aid boxes, has already received a donation of £1,000 for its Haiti appeal; and many other regional and national charities will also receive donations throughout the year.

Helpful Holidays General Manager, Moray Bowater, said, “The VAT reduction made such a small difference to the cost of an individual holiday but we book over 17,000 holiday cottage breaks each year so we knew those small amounts would soon add up. It seemed a golden opportunity to raise some cash for the charities being hit hard by the recession.”

Search for Helpful Holidays cottages at our main Holiday Cottages website here.