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  1. Here's a gift membership idea for golfers. 

    Buyagift.co.uk have a special offer on the Open Fairways 12 Month Membership Privilege Card for one person.   The special offer saves you 56% and you can get it for £39 instead of £89.  That's a great saving.

    Open Fairways 12 Month Membership Privilege Card - Special offer

    So what do members get with the card? 

    • One Open Fairways Privilege Card membership
      - Up to 50% off green fees at 1000+ golf courses worldwide
      - 185+ courses in Ireland
      - 425+ courses in England
      - 130+ courses in Scotland
      - 50+ courses in Wales
      - 180+ international courses in Spain, Portugal, France and further afield
      - The Open Fairways Links collection boasting 100 of the finest links courses in the UK and Ireland
      - Average saving of £75 per four ball
      - Discounts apply up to 8 golfers playing together
    • Save up to 50% off the rack room rate or 10% off a special offer at over 110 partner hotels in Ireland

    Open Fairways 12 Month Membership Privilege Card - Special offer

    So what else do card holders need to know?  

    • This voucher is valid for 10 months and can be exchanged directly with the supplier for an Open Fairways Privilege Card valid for 1 year for the holder and up to 8 friends
    • The card is valid at participating golf courses only
    • Normal visitors rules will apply at the golf courses
    • A small number of courses will require a handicap. Please check before arriving
    • You must mention your Open Fairways membership at booking to qualify for the green fee savings
    • All offers are subject to availability

    Open Fairways 12 Month Membership Privilege Card - Special offer


    Head off to Buyagift.co.uk to find out more and to buy this membership

  2. The 20-23rd September 2019 is a big weekend for Britain's beaches and shorelines. 

    Every year, the Marine Conservation Society has its Beachwatch, when thousands of volunteers head to the beaches of the UK to clean them, to pick up litter and look after our beaches.

    Last year (2018), over 14,500 volunteers took part and this year again in 2019, thousands of people will be cleaning the beaches as well.

    You can find out more about the beach clean here and find one close to you.   Some 900 people are organisers (and they are always looking for more) who organise the beach cleans and then volunteers turn up and get picking up litter.

    So if you can't make a beach clean but want to help and support, a great way to get involved is to become a member of the Marine Conservation Society.

    Member benefits are:

    • A welcome pack containing an introduction to our work and how your support makes a difference
    • A cotton tote bag – helping you to ditch the plastic bag
    • An MCS pin badge
    • Four editions of our exclusive members’ magazine, Marine Conservation, showcasing our amazing marine world and the conservation work you’ll be supporting
    • 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors

    Memberships start at £3.50 a month for individuals.

    There's a junior membership scheme, too, for youngsters aged 7 to 12 years old, for £15 for a year.  

    Give a membership here and help the Marine Conservation Society protect our seas.

    An alternative gift is Adopt a Seahorse or Adopt a Turtle and help the society in that way.  Find out more here.

     

  3. I saw this on the Virgin Experience Days' website while I was having a browse, as you do.  And as a horse lover I thought, wow, this would be quite something to see and visit.

    It's a Visit to the Household Cavalry Museum for Two People for just £17.00.

    Such beautiful horses...

    What's included in your experience?

    • Entry to the Household Cavalry Museum for two
    • Complimentary audio guide available
    • Dress like a cavalryman and see behind-the-scenes of this time-honoured tradition
    • Watch troopers work with horses in the original 18th Century stables
    • See the regiment in action
    • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
    • Cancellation indemnity

    All for £17.00! 

    Please note that the minimum age is 16 (under 18s must be accompanied by a full paying adult) and that the experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary.   Virgin recommends you book at least four weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. All bookings are subject to availability.

    Canter off to Virgin Experience Days' website here to buy this experience.

     

  4. Autumn is now well on its way and many of us will remember going to Harvest Festivals as children to celebrate and give thanks for a good harvest.

    Autumn brings with it trees in wonderful colour, comforting stews, walks through woods, that feeling that the year is coming to an end. 

    It’s a time to pick damsons, gather seeds (the Tree Council has Seed Gathering Season to encourage us all to gather seeds, fruits and nuts and grow the trees of the future.)  And it’s a time to try different varieties of apples, try apple bobbing, give local cider a go and try pressing apples yourself!

    The National Trust has plenty of places where you can have a go at pressing apples, taste apple juice and try apple bobbing.  Or you can try heritage tomatoes and fruits and veg from the kitchen gardens.  There are harvest trails, wine tastings, gin tastings, orchard days, cider making, one venue even has an archery apple challenge! 

    Find events near you with the National Trust
    Find apple and harvest events near you.  


    Don’t forget the National Trust for Scotland has lots of autumn events as well, celebrating the beautiful season of autumn plus autumn food and crafts. 

    Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve is among 7 amazing autumn walks picked by the National Trust For Scotland

     Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve is among 7 amazing autumn walks
    picked by the National Trust For Scotland