Articles by Fiona Horan

Coaches respond to Covid-19

As gardens, museums, restaurants and other places of interest open again across Britain, it has become possible for coach operators to start up their day trips and holidays once more. Fiona Horan looks at the post-Covid landscape. The reduction of the two-metre rule to one-metre-plus, and the re-opening of attractions, hotels and restaurants, means that

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Interview: Jason Edwards from Edwards Coaches

Fiona Horan interviewed Jason Edwards, Managing Director of Edwards Coaches at the end of June to gain a greater insight into the effect of coronavirus on the coach industry. How was the company initially affected when the virus arrived in Europe and the UK? Did you have to cancel holidays at short notice and retrieve

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Drive-in cinema, theatre and music

As reported previously (see Spend summer at the drive-in), 2020 looks set to be the summer of the drive-in movie. Fiona Horan follows up with a look at some more cinema drive-ins around the country, as well as a few drive-in live performances to enjoy. Celluloid sensations Edinburgh International Film Festival and Unique Events, the team

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Theatre news

A round-up of some of the latest developments in the world of British theatre in response to Covid-19. The impact of the coronavirus, lockdown and social distancing has clearly been an utter disaster for live theatre and music venues around the world. It is difficult to see how they can adapt to social distancing whilst

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Full steam ahead!

North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) will be firing up its engines and inviting passengers aboard once more when it finally opens for the 2020 season, on Yorkshire Day (1st August).  Steam journeys will be running seven days per week, with four departures daily.  Tickets must be pre-booked for a specific time slot before visiting, and

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Save Hackney Empire campaign launched

Olivier award-winning actor and West End musical star Clive Rowe has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help London’s Hackney Empire survive the impact Covid-19 lockdown has had on its finances. Famed dame Clive Rowe has starred in over 14 of Hackney Empire’s pantomimes and is supported in the campaign by Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville, award-winning actor Richard

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Hampton Court and Hillsborough Castle gardens re-open

Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) has just re-opened the gardens at Hampton Court Palace, near London and Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. The self-funded charity has also appealed for public support due to a £95 million shortfall in finances this year. The organisation is facing an income reduction of over 85% in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic,

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National Trust acquires part of Lorna Doone’s Exmoor

The National Trust has just announced its acquisition of a slice of Exmoor associated with fictional heroine Lorna Doone.   The nine acre site near the Devon/Somerset border includes Lorna Doone Farm and the nearby Cloud Farm campsite. Both are situated in the heart of the wild Exmoor coastal landscape which inspired the much-loved novel by

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Zoos and safari parks re-open their gates

The Government is allowing zoos and safari parks to re-open from Monday 15th June. The news is a great relief to a sector that has had severe continuing expenses and no revenue. They will not be allowed to open indoor exhibits such as reptile houses. Catering outlets will be takeaway only, to comply with distancing

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