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Monthly Archives: April 2012

RSH Book Club: 5 royal reads to take on the train

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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations begin this month, with the Diamond Jubilee Pageant – so get in the mood for a right royal knees-up with the redspottedhanky.com book club.

Read on to discover our top five royal train reads. And, if you’re planning to head off for some Jubilee fun this summer, check out our journey planner for cheap train tickets before you travel.

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Your top 10 days out in Manchester – #RSH Guides

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In our weekly competition, 10 train-goers win £10′s worth of redspottedhanky.com loyalty points by tweeting their tips about a set destination to #RSH Guides, for us to share through foursquare. This week, we asked you to tweet us with your favourite days out in Manchester.

Read on for this week’s winning tips and to find out where to go and what to do when you’re in Manchester. And don’t forget to share your tips with us via Twitter – you could win loyalty points to put towards cheap train tickets, hotel stays or car hire.

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Run for charity at the Sunderland City 10k and the Marathon of the North

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It’s nearly time to get your running gear on and race to the platform. The Sunderland City 10K takes place on 6 May 2012. This year, it’s got a companion too – the first ever Marathon of the North – and Redspottedhanky.com is sponsoring both events.

Read on to find out more – and if you’re heading up north for the big day, make sure you hot-foot it to our journey planner first for cheap train tickets.

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Best Western’s guide to pet-friendly holiday spots …

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Holidaying in Britain by rail can really take the hassle out of travelling for you and your pet, as there are no pet passports or immunisation jabs needed and your favourite feline or pooch can sit alongside you on the train.

But, as some hotels don’t accept animal guests, it can be tricky to know where to go for a pet-friendly break. There’s no need to worry though, as Donna Wilkinson from Best Western Hotels – a hotel group with 109 pet-friendly properties in the UK – has shared her tips with us on where to take your pet on holiday. Just remember to check our journey planner for cheap tickets before you and your pet hop on board, holiday-bound …

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Take the train to…Sci-Fi-London

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Take the train to London for the May Bank Holiday weekend and you can enjoy a fantastical journey into the world of science fiction.

Read on to find out more about the 2012 Sci-Fi-London Festival. And make sure you check out our journey planner for cheap train tickets too.

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Take the train … to Edinburgh for Beltane

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Head to Edinburgh by train on 30 April 2012 and celebrate spring at the spectacular Beltane Fire Festival.

Read on to find out more about how this traditional pagan event was revived in the Scottish capital. And don’t forget to check our journey planner for cheap train tickets before you travel – the savings you could make are sure to put a spring in your step.

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Your top bars in Manchester – #RSH Guides

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In our weekly competition, 10 savvy train travellers win £10′s worth of redspottedhanky.com loyalty points by tweeting their tips about a set destination to #RSH Guides, for us to share through foursquare. This week, we asked you to tweet us and tell us about your favourite Manchester bars.

Read on to see who won this week and find out more about Manchester’s top watering-holes. And don’t forget to share your tips with us using Twitter – you could win loyalty points to put towards cheap train tickets, hotel stays or car hire.

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The royals and trains … Queen Victoria

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The royals have had a love affair with the railway since the 19th century, when Queen Victoria – the first English Queen to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee – headed off on the first ever regal train journey.

Read on to find out more about ‘the grandmother of Europe” and her railway connections. And check our journey planner for cheap train tickets before you next head off somewhere by train.

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Take the train to … to World Photo London

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World Photo London (27 – 29 April 2012) is a must-attend event for all photographers, whether you’re a professional or just starting out. And, if you head to London for the event, you’ll also be able to enjoy seeing some stunning images in the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition too.

Read on to find out more. And make sure you check out our journey planner for cheap train tickets to London first – you could get to see great snaps for a snip.

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The Bard’s birthday – 5 must-dos for Shakespeare lovers in Stratford-upon-Avon

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Although nobody really knows the date on which Shakespeare was born, it’s officially celebrated on 23 April. That’s St. George’s Day too, so it’s the perfect time for patriotic play-lovers to party, by taking the train to one of England’s most famous son’s birthday celebrations.

Read on for our top five must-do activities for Shakespeare fans – and check our journey planner for cheap train tickets before you head off.

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