Esoteric refreshments

A family group enjoying tea in the library-themed café.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London, the capital’s exhibition of the unusual, has created a package for groups wishing to include refreshments in their visit.

Explore the six oddity packed floors of the attraction, groups will be able to take a break in the library, where members can choose from 10 varieties of tea, coffee and enjoy a fresh scone with jam.

Available for £12.00 per person on selected weekdays only, the deal includes the entry price along with the tea for groups of 15 people or more who book in advance.

We are now offering the Afternoon Tea package with River Cruise on the Circular Cruise. Your package includes entrance to Ripley’s London, Afternoon Tea and an amazing cruise and all of these are only from £17.95.

For further information please call 020 7494 6818 or email bookings@ripleyslondon.com

New recruits for Yorkshire blue crew

The newly-qualified Blue badge guides at their graduation

The newly-qualified Blue badge guides at their graduation

Groups visiting Yorkshire now have 26 new professional tourist guides to choose from, following their graduation and receipt of the respected Blue Badge qualification from the Institute of Tourist Guiding.

All the guides have undergone 18 months of intensive study taking in the whole of Yorkshire, including key towns and cities, national parks, abbeys, churches, castles, country houses, the coast and industrial heritage as well as modern day agriculture, geography, industry and commerce.

This brings the number of members of the Yorkshire Association of Tourist Guides up to 36, all of whom are ready to bring the county to life via coach or mini-bus tours, guided walks, special interest tours and other half or full-day itineraries.

To find a guide in Yorkshire, visit The Yorkshire Association of Tourist Guides website at www.yorkshirebestguides.co.uk

Jurassic ark in Dorset

A computer rendering of the exterior of the Etches Collection

A computer rendering of the exterior of the Etches Collection

A brand new multi-million pound museum is to open in Kimmeridge, Dorset, housing a collection of Jurassic Coast fossils.

Set to showcase the life’s work of local collector Steve Etches, it will tell the story of life and death under the seas of Kimmeridge over 150 million years ago.

The museum will include an exhibition gallery, with CGI projections on the ceiling designed to give visitors the sense that they are in an underwater, glass-roofed vessel surrounded by prehistoric creatures.

The Etches Collection itself will be showcased in illuminated cabinets and a visible workshop will allow visitors to witness the preparation of local fossils first hand.

The Etches Collection is due to open late this summer. Ticket prices have yet to be decided.

For further information visit www.theetchescollection.org or email info@theetchescollection.org