Gary Barlow to host BBC show I’m With The Band with a star-studded band and musical guests

He delighted fans with his crooner sessions during lockdown.  Take That star Gary Barlow, 50, is set to take the lead on his own BBC One show, I’m With The Band, mimicking the set up of his much-loved lockdown entertainment. Gary’s Crooner Sessions have seen him perform virtually with the likes of Cliff Richard, Jessie … Read more

Iron Age ‘seafood buffet’ that fed wedding or funeral guests is discovered in Scotland

Archaeologists in Scotland have dug up the remains of a rather impressive seafood feast that fed an entire Iron Age community. More than 18,000 snail shells were found in a pit at The Cairns, an ancient settlement in Orkney that was established between 400 AD and 500 AD. Scientists determined the shellfish, mostly limpets and … Read more

Academy Awards scaled back with only presenters, nominees and guests to attend live show in person

Like every other awards show this year, the Oscars are being scaled back due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. And on Monday, the president of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences, spelled out just how different the event will be. In a letter emailed to the Academy’s nearly 10,000 members, David Rubin confirmed that … Read more

From succulent roasts to wood-fired pizza, how to wow guests in your garden

On hearing the good news that outdoor gatherings will be allowed from the end of the month, my first reaction was to head to the shed to locate the barbecue. But when it comes to this year’s grand al-fresco Rawstorne ‘restaurant’ re-opening, the pressure is on to produce something a bit more, well, sophisticated. (Or, … Read more

Review: Askham Hall hotel in Cumbria transports guests back through time with a dash of Harry Potter

So grand, even the loo is listed! Inside historic Askham Hall in Cumbria, which transports guests back through time – with a dash of Harry Potter Askham Hall is located on the ancient Lowther Estate in Cumbria – it dates back to the turbulent 1200s  The stately Lonsdale is the pick of the 19 rooms, which … Read more

Pontins banned customers using a secret blacklist titled ‘undesirable guests’

Pontins banned customers with 40 common Irish surnames including Boyle, Doherty and Gallagher using a secret blacklist titled ‘undesirable guests’ in bid to stop Traveller families booking holidays at its parks No10 led condemnation today, describing policy as ‘completely unacceptable’  EHRC launched an investigation last year after an employee blew the whistle  A legally binding … Read more

Allora: AI hotel booking system says it helps guests find their perfect stay

A hotel booking engine, powered by Artificial Intelligence, says it is transforming the way travellers find their perfect stay online as well as enabling hoteliers to upsell.   Allora, created by hotel data firm, Avvio, is a system used exclusively by hotels on its websites, not travellers, to find out exactly what they want when booking stays. … Read more

Quarantine hotel ‘inmates’ told to stop smoking and buy nicotine patches – to keep guests in rooms 

Quarantine hotel ‘inmates’ are told to stop smoking and buy nicotine patches – to keep guests in their rooms Up to 15 guests gathered in a smoking area outside hotel last Wednesday night  Guests spotted drinking and sharing cigarettes, with several not wearing masks Said to be members of a WhatsApp group for ‘rebel guests’ … Read more

Finland’s Kivijarvi Resort cabin that’s raised off the ground so guests feel detached from worries

Architects have taken the concept of a cosy cabin in the woods to new heights. This chic black-painted cabin near the Salamajarvi National Park in Finland is elevated on a single column, with the idea, say the designers, to help those inside ‘feel immediately detached from everyday worries happening on the ground’. Inside there is … Read more

Moment police confront disgruntled guests at Heathrow quarantine hotel

EXCLUSIVE: Police called to Hotel Quarantine! Moment officers confront disgruntled guests who refused to return to their rooms after cigarette break and stage protest in the car park Guests at the Radisson Blu hotel at Heathrow were angry about having to stay inside on Sunday as temperatures reached 12C They are allowed two 15 minute … Read more