Tourism ‘Oscars’?

That’s right, you heard correctly. York held its annual tourism ‘Oscars’ on the 3rd June, handing out awards to its top attractions.

The Visit York tourism awards have now approached their 18th year and continue to celebrate those that put in that extra effort in the city’s tourism industry. Over 500 businesses went to the awards held at Grand Station Hall, National Railway Museum.

From those that scooped awards, it was York Maze that scored a hat-trick, including a new category, Best Family Friendly Experience – a public vote. Of the awards, York Maze claimed the award for Best Visitor Attractions drawing in over 50,000 visits.

Birmingham Jewellery Quarter StrEAT Market

One for the foodies out there!

If you happen to be in Birmingham this Thursday 25th, pop down to the Jewellery Quarter for food and arts & crafts! The JQBID have joined up with Brum Yum Yum and Three Thinking Collective to allow this wonderful food and craft’s fayre to come to light.

From 12-8pm, local grub will be served at the Quarter’s Golden Square, along with a variety of other food. From 4-8pm, arts and crafts will be available for public consumption also!

A number of local food sellers and independent businesses from the Jewellery Quarter district will be participating in the market.

The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter is situated in the Hockley area playing host to is over 800 businesses! The area holds its title of being the go-to place for jewellery within the UK.

UK vintage fairground and seaside attractions

The weather is due to pick up next month and with the summer holidays not far away, we’re taking a look at three of the UK’s top vintage attractions!

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Of course, Blackpool’s iconic pleasure beach would be featured. Shadowed by the glorified attractions are equally glamorous vintage rides. The Flying Machines go back to 1904, approximately eight years after the Pleasure Beach was unveiled to the public by the Thompson family who are currently still maintaining and operating it. Along with the Flying Machines, the popular seaside resort has other fairground attractions that date a few years back: the Wild Mouse was built in 1958; the Derby Racer was built a year later in 1959; and the Ghost Train, that was actually the first ride to adopt that name across the globe in 1930.

Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, Devon

Even though the attraction is situated in the centre of Devon, it is a depository of seaside attractions. Dingles is home to dodgems, one of the most popular rides, that we made in 1932. There is also a vintage arcade dating back to the 60s, along with Brett’s Ghost Train which has four of its original cars. The oldest of the rides is unoperational, built in 1880, and is perhaps the oldest in the country.

Blackgang Chine, Isle of Wight

The oldest theme park in the UK, owned by the Dabell family was built in 1843. Blackgang Chine can be found hidden in a ravine on the south coast of the Isle. It boasts quite an aesthetically pleasing site with glimpses of animatronic dinosaurs in the foliage, a rollercoaster making a beeline towards a cliff, and spotting fairies that are hiding out in the woods. The Crooked House had been built in 1968 and mostly remains unchanged.

Banksy’s Dismaland at Weston-super-Mare

Banksy has taken his notorious artistry to the next level with the creation of Disneylands’ younger, rebellious sibling: Dismaland.

Weston-super-Mare has a rather unpleasant addition – and it’s not the British weather. Instead, it’s Banksy’s theme park, dubbed a ‘bemusement’ park and ‘his biggest project yet’; it’s a collaboration of sort that showcases ‘the best artists’ he could imagine, including many weird, wonderful and truly extraordinary pieces of artwork expected from such a feat.

The park opened on Friday 21st August, at 11am following a sell-out of online tickets. Eager fans queued in the rain opposite the Dismaland castle, unaffected by the miserable conditions as they awaited to tour the theme park and take a look at the likes of the Grim Reaper riding the dodgems, an unfortunate crash involving Cinderella – we guess she shan’t be going to the ball, and even check in through cardboard airport security.

Weston-super-Mare is seeing an incredible surge in tourists with thanks to the art show, as they flock to its lido that opened in 1937 and closed in 2000. It seems locals were led to believe the installations for the theme park were a part of a Hollywood crime thriller film set.

Dismaland will be open until 27th September, offering up 4,000 tickets daily up for grabs online on the bemusement park’s website for £3 each. The park is set to hold musical performances from a variety of music artists including Run the Jewels, Kate Tempest, DJ Yoda, a comedy night and much more.

Banksy himself, whose identity has eluded us since the appearance of his street art, is set to possibly be wandering amongst the crowds at the theme park. Good luck on your search and let us know if you spot him!