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It’s 2020 and a new era for Thornbury Castle

With a fascinating history and a fabulous future ahead, another chapter in the Thornbury Castle story begins. 2020 heralds the start of an exciting new era for Thornbury Castle, as we embark on a multimillion-pound refurbishment programme. This will result in a luxurious and sophisticated castle hotel experience, with reference to the history and traditions […]

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Work starts on new Sandy Park Hotel

Work has today officially begun on the new multi-million pound Sandy Park Hotel. The state-of-the-art hotel is the next stage in the development plans of Exeter’s award-winning Sandy Park complex, which is home to Gallagher Premiership Rugby club Exeter Chiefs, and the region’s premier Conference & Banqueting venue.

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Celebrity chefs announced for Longleat’s summer Food & Music Festival

The Hairy Bikers and James Martin will be gracing the culinary stage during the July weekend, at Longleat’s fourth annual food festival. The celebrity chefs will be cooking culinary delights before your very eyes, answering questions and providing tips to help at home. You’re likely to work up an appetite, so there’s plenty of delicious […]

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Longleat Koala Keepers Fly to Australia to Help with Bushfire Rescue

Koala keepers from Longleat are on their way to Australia to help with the ongoing wildlife emergency caused by the devastating bushfires. Two specialist keepers from the Wiltshire safari park with experience of working with koalas and wombats are flying to South Australia to assist with the wildlife rescue operation. Longleat is the only zoological […]

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3,500 Partygoers In 8 Nights – A Sixways Record!

As we delve further into January, Christmas almost seems like a distant memory, but for our events team Christmas 2019 is one that won’t be forgotten in a hurry! Catering for almost 3,500 people across eight nights, 2019 proved to be a record-breaking year for us in terms of Christmas parties, and we’re hoping that […]

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Royal Horticultural Halls Welcomes New Venue Sales Manager

The Royal Horticultural Halls in the heart of Westminster, welcomes Rhiân Pressley to its in-house team, as Venue Sales Manager. Pressley takes over the coveted position this month from previous incumbent, Lorraine Thorne. Rhiân is no stranger to the RHH, having worked on the Sales Team from December 2016 to June 2018, latterly alongside Lorraine. […]

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Longleat Welcomes Millionth Visitor

Longleat officially welcomed its millionth visitor this week (Monday, 30th December). The 2019 milestone was achieved with the arrival of Dave and Katrina Jackson and their sons Bodhie, aged five, and Lachlan, aged three, from Watchet in Somerset to the Wiltshire visitor attraction.

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Fantastic ‘Niffler’ Porcupines Bring Festive Cheer to Keepers

A pair of cute porcupines, which bear an uncanny resemblance to the niffler from ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, are captivating keepers at Longleat with their amusing antics. Female prehensile-tailed porcupines, Pumpkin and Squash, are both less than a year old. They recently arrived at the Wiltshire Safari Park from separate collections in […]

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Keepers Overwhelmed by Response to Chipmunks’ Christmas Socks Appeal

An appeal for odd socks to help keep a family of chipmunks warm over Christmas has left keepers at Longleat overwhelmed by people’s generosity. Keepers at the Wiltshire wildlife attraction had issued a request for old socks for their chipmunks who use them as sleeping quarters and places to store their food.

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Tiger Cubs Enjoy Leaf Encounter

Longleat’s newest arrivals made the most of a break in the winter weather to explore their outdoor enclosure – complete with mounds of leaves filled with tasty treats created by their keepers. The endangered Amur tiger cubs – the world’s largest big cats – have been exploring their main enclosure for the first time at […]

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