Mind the Swan Uppers on your way up the river!

England is full of quaint customs - some funny and others frankly bizarre. Some with origins lost or simply re-invigorated to suit modern tastes and bank holidays. Swan Upping is neither. Firmly routed in the 12th century, it is both necessary for conservation of mute swans and acts as a gentle reminder of just who … Continue reading Mind the Swan Uppers on your way up the river!

Just me and 250,000 at the seaside

I have lost many friends in the essential early Sunday morning break-for-the-beaches, picnic packed and flask of coffee to hand, essential in avoiding the miles of grinding traffic queuing on the coast approaches. ¬†Heading to south coast favourites,¬†Bournemouth and Poole offer seven pebble-free miles of Blue Flag beaches. The sunshine is estimated to be worth … Continue reading Just me and 250,000 at the seaside

What Next for the UK Tourism Industry?

Is ours an industry whose time has finally come? Or are we still rooted somewhere in a murky past, with odd opening hours, exhibits roped off and strange food? The past three years have not only seen huge changes in the way consumers access leisure and make their choices, but how suppliers have responded. The … Continue reading What Next for the UK Tourism Industry?