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Flower power It’s ‘blooming’ marvellous to report that several flower shows have now confirmed events for 2021. Here are five dates to add to your diary:

National Flower Show 21-23 May, Hylands House CM2 8WQ › Blenheim Palace Flower Show 25-27 June, Blenheim Palace OX20 1PP › Norfolk Garden Show 16-18 July, Norfolk Showground NR5 0TT › Newbury Garden Show 31 July - 1 August, Newbury Showground RG18 9QZ › Newark Garden Show 3-5 September, Newark Showground NG24 2NY ›



MOUNTAIN-BIKING ENTHUSIASTS will be delighted to hear that the UK’s biggest bike park, BikePark Wales, is now nearing completion on four all-new trails at its purpose-built resort near Merthyr Tydfil, at the foothills of the Brecon Beacons.

The trails are an exciting mix of blue, red and black runs, as well as a major new top-secret route designed to challenge the world’s best riders.

The bike park has also recently completed the UK’s longest descending beginners’ trail. At 5km in length, Kermit makes a perfect introduction to the sport of mountain-biking and is aimed specifically at novice cyclists. The addition of the new trails means the resort will have a total of 44 different routes for visitors to ride – significantly more than anywhere else in Britain.

With a specialist bus service to transport riders to the head of the trails, bike and equipment hire, coaching, guiding and an on-site café, BikePark Wales offers a great day out on the mountain and is suitable for all levels of cycling ability, from beginners to pro mountain-bikers.

For more information and to book tickets, visit


n Use a rubber band on your toilet roll to stop it unrolling while you’re travelling! Mike Robinson  n Twist guide ropes several times before pegging the awning, to stop the annoying flapping noise in the wind.  Lee Duffield n Bring a flask of coffee for the journey – even being stuck in a traffic jam is better with a coffee! Debbie Birch

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TOURING CAT-AVAN! Thought I’d share a photo of our caravanning cat on tour. She loves it! She had her eye on some chickens at the top of the site at Clarion Lodge

Campsite, Menston, West Yorkshire.

Tom Haworth | JUNE 2021 | 7

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