Evolution in the Gardens of Eden

A visitor views The Eden Project’s rainforest canopy from the new Cloud Bridge.

Visitors to Cornwall’s Eden Project now have the opportunity to trek across an aerial rope bridge, shelter from tropical rain and travel through clouds thanks to a unique, newly opened walkway.

The Weather Maker is the latest phase of the Rainforest Canopy Walkway. It allows people to explore the world’s largest indoor rainforest from the treetops via a Canopy Rope Bridge stretching 23 metres between two of the tallest trees in the 50 metre-high Biome and a fully-accessible Cloud Bridge, where visitors can travel through swirling rainforest clouds. Meanwhile, the Mediterranean Biome has a new area devoted to some of Australia’s extraordinary flora.

The new ‘garden within a garden’ will have three sections – one telling the story of the role of fire in maintaining habitat, another showcasing plants such as wax flowers, everlastings and kangaroo paws and a third section representing the diversity of flora in Australia’s most impoverished soil. Eden will also open a new 109-bedroom hotel on site in April 2018. Special rates of entry are available at The Eden Project for groups of 15 or more people.

For further information please call 01726 811972.

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