www.buckinghamlodge.co.uk 9 tastefully decorated, comfortable bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, some with both a bath and shower. Free wi-fi, tea and coffee making facilities, fresh milk, complimentary shower products. Flatscreen T.V. and thermastically controlled heating. Short walk to Riveria Conference Centre, Torre Abbey, train station and the seafront. Dietary requirements catered for.
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A day at the Zoo
Invited to a trade day for hoteliers yesterday at Paignton Zoo. Great opportunity to have an tour so we can pass on information to our guests when visiting. Paington Zoo is a fantastic day out for all the family and has certainly grown from its hubble opening in 1923. Today it is home to thousands of animals living across 80 acres and is dedicated to education and conservation of our wildlife. Anyone visiting our guest house can pick up discount vouchers for this attraction and also Living Coasts6 ,a small coastal zoo in Torquay housing seals, penguins and other various sea birds.
For more information visit http://www.livingcoasts.org.uk/ and http://www.paingtonzoo.org.uk/
There has been an increasing awareness of the amount of plastics in our oceans and on our beaches and this awareness has recently been highlighted by the great Sir David Attenborough.
The shocking images of the 5 mile radius of floating plastic litter in the Caribbean Sea both saddened and maddened me whilst making me feel guilty about what mankind is doing to our lovely planet.
As I live near the sea and have a crazy Labrador cross Springer Spaniel I am often found on the beach - not starring out to sea but head bent either picking up litter or picking up beautiful sea glass. The sea glass I keep and recycle into art; the rubbish goes straight into the nearest council bin or recycling container.
Manufacturers are slowly adjusting their practices which means reducing their use of plastic packaging which is good news but it did make me think hotels/guest houses/b&b's should also get their act together to be more environmentally friendly.
Christmas is coming and what could be nicer than to spend a day
creating a beautiful Christmas wreath to decorate your front door and
a table decoration to compliment your Christmas meal.
You will use fresh seasonal foliage which will be provided on
the day – no previous knowledge is required just a love of nature
and a few essential items. Please wear practical clothes and bring
an apron, any Christmas decorations you may want to use and a pair of
secateurs if you own them.
With guidance from a qualified florist to lead you through every
step your home will be beautifully decorated for the festive season.
The course tutor will provide
instruction on how to make a traditional base using a wire frame and
by securing natural moss on which to build using the natural foliage
for greening up. Pine cones, ribbon and Christmas baubles can also
be used to personalise your wreath.
After a break for lunch prepared at the venue there will be the
opportunity to create a seasonal…
Dartmoor can be a most inhospitable place when the weather is bad and this weekend its not the best for the 2,400 youngsters undertaking the Ten Tors Challenge.
The event is organised by the British Army and is mainly attended by teenagers aged 14 to 19 from schools, colleges, scout groups and army cadets, although entrants have been limited this year from the South West due to increasing numbers interested in undertaking the challenge.
The event will see the participants trekking in teams of six up to 55 miles (89km).
The teams will camp overnight in what could be very wet and windy conditions this weekend and should arrive back at the starting point at 9am tomorrow Sunday 12th May. .
Almost 300 youngsters with special physical or educational needs will also
take part in the Jubilee Challenge, completing routes of up to 15 miles
Troops involved in the event include members of the Army, the Territorial
Army and the Royal Navy.