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Warwick castle - banning boredom this summer!

  • 30 June 2014

Warwick Castle has banned boredom this summer - and even offers guests the opportunity to stay overnight if they can't tear themselves away! There is even a rainy day guarantee if the Great British weather misbehaves.

The Castle's famous jousting knights return on Saturday 19 July to mark the site's 1,100th anniversary with two daredevil daily shows - until Sunday 31 August. They join swordsmen showing off their skills; characters in five Horrible Histories® Foul Fayres determined to make the most of the grim and gory aspects of British history. Rosie the Andean Condor, vast vultures and soaring eagles in the twice daily Flight of the Eagles; and the Trebuchet Fireball Spectacular which brings the heat of battle to the banks of the Rive Avon with 30-feet high jets of flame.

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Fishing is fun whatever the weather!

  • 25 June 2014

Fishing has often been described as Britain's largest participant sport. Whether that is true or not, millions of us certainly enjoy getting out by the water whether it is a river, lake or the sea to wet a line and relax (unless you are competition fishing of course!) It's a great way to soak up a bit of nature in often beautiful surroundings and if you are sea fishing or fly fishing then maybe you will also be hoping to take home your supper too.

There is a joke amongst regular anglers in that those who only go fishing when the sun shines are "fair weather fishermen" but in truth you can of course fish in any weather and be successful - the fish don't care if it's raining or not. In fact they often seem to like it as it can help bring extra food their way. Summer is a particularly good time to go fishing in Britain with many different opportunities to choose from depending on where you are and what sort of adventure you are looking for.

Young kids fishing

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Experience more at a YHA summer camp

  • 23 June 2014

The summer holidays are fast approaching, and it's about now that six weeks of keeping kids entertained begins to look a little daunting. Have no fear though, YHA Summer Camps still have places available to inspire and delight youngsters the whole summer long!

YHA Summer Camps, provide the ultimate opportunity to pursue awesome activities, make new friends and create lasting memories. More than 60,000 young people have taken part in camps so far and relished the opportunity to face new challenges, learn new skills, and, most importantly, have loads of fun.

YHA summer camp rafting

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Summer Gardening tips

  • 18 June 2014

With the start of warmer weather underway, the threat of frost recedes. TV gardener Toby Buckland advises on what we should be doing in the garden, to prepare for Summer.

In this video, Toby Buckland looks at the impact of the weather on our gardens at this time of year. He gives useful tips on which flowers and vegetables to grow, optimal watering and how to harden off young plants.

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Explore the forest safely this summer

  • 16 June 2014

Martin Summers, Forest Ranger for Forest Holidays Deerpark Cornwall gives his tips and advice on adventuring into forests and woodland this summer.

I love exploring in the forest during summer, it's a great way to spend a leisurely day, rain or shine.

Britain's woodlands provide natural shade when the skies are clear and shelter when the heavens open, so exploring them is the perfect all-weather activity. With our Great British summers being what they are - let's just say "changeable" - I always do a little forward planning when I go exploring to ensure I'm on the right side of whatever weather conditions I may encounter. I've put together a handy list to help you make the most of your own forest adventure.

Forest Holidays woodland

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