What’s hot: January 2018

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Just About Travel tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world



Look to Liverpool

2018 is set to be a big year for culture in Liverpool as the city marks 10 years since it was European Capital of Culture 2008 with a year long programme of cultural events. ‘Eighteen for 18’ will be a series of events, exhibitions, seasons and performances commissioned from some of world’s best artists, musicians and cultural organisations. First up, in February, the world famous Terracotta Warriors will arrive at the city’s World Museum – their new home until October. For details,  see www.visitliverpool.com


Best in show

Itching for an adventure, but not sure where to start? Clear your diary for 20-21 January 2018 when the Adventure Travel Show will be taking place at Olympia London. Expect a huge collection of specialist travel companies under one roof and a line up of adventurers – including the legendary Sir Ranulph Fiennnes – to give inspirational talks. What’s more, there are workshops to help you make the most out of your trip, whether that’s through travel writing, photography or filming. Find out more at www.adventureshow.com


Checking into Britain’s first six-star resort

Trelissick, Cornwall

A millionaire property developer who helped found Alton Towers is set to open Britain’s ‘first-ever’ six-star resort in Cornwall, later this year. The luxury 90 acre resort will have 236 holiday lodges, a leisure park, convention centre, exhibition space as well as shops, restaurants and a pub. Britain’s first six star resort will be set around picturesque lakes where guests will be able to stay on one of 106 villas, 46 treehouses or 84 courtyard homes.


Sumo schedule

Start the New Year by getting up close and personal with professional sumo wrestlers at the Sumo New Year Basho in Tokyo. The tournament takes place at the Ryogoku Kokugikan stadium between 14-28 January and is arguably the biggest event in the world’s weightiest sport.


Moroccan musings

The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech  – a large space dedicated to the fashion master – recently opened in the ochre city. Designed by Studio KO and located only a stone’s throw from Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle home, the museum has become a must-see on the tourist map.
For the full down on the newly opened 43,000 square foot musuem, visit www.museeyslmarrakech.com/en/


Friends in high places

Sick of skiing solo? We have the answer: step forward revamped website, ropedup.com – a service that connects with you other skiers and snowboarders enabling you to meet like minded people and, the icing on the cake, split costs. Users share profiles to ensure similar interests and abilities, while the site gives you access to top ski schools and guides in leading resorts like Chamonix, Verbier and Val d’Isere.


Heading to Hull

2017 was an amazing year for Hull, packed with spectacular events, art and performances. But it’s not over yet by a long stretch. UK City of Culture status runs though to 2020, so, there’s plenty more to come as the city sets its sights on a lasting legacy. Hull has seen a major transformation, including new-look public spaces, but thanks to its City of Culture boost, more new developments are planned. Following Stage@TheDock – a new riverside amphitheatre – Hull Venue, a £36m state-of-the-art music and events complex, opens in late 2018. Also lined up for 2018 is a new Nordic-themed winter festival and the launch of an annual major arts installation commission. Hull has revealed ambitions to make Old Town a UNESCO World Heritage site as part of its 10-year Cultural Strategy.


Celebrating 100 years of the RAF in Lincolnshire

It’s been called the spiritual home of the RAF, was at the centre of the UK’s fledgling aviation industry, home to the world’s first military air academy and known as Bomber County during the Second World War. Lincolnshire was also Dambusters country, while today its skies are home to one of the world’s greatest air display teams – the RAF Red Arrows – as well as The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
So, it’s no surprise that the county will be at the centre of centenary celebrations in 2018. New trails and tours include a digital trail ‘100 voices over 100 years’ and a re-creation of a WWI Royal Flying Corps Airfield (April – August 2018), while Lincoln’s The Collection museum tells the story of thousands of women employed in previously male-only engineering jobs to build Britain’s first fighter aircraft.


Climbing Uluru


Climbing on Australia’s Uluru is to be banned in two years in recognition of its sacredness to indigenous people.  The decision has been made by a park board made up mostly of the traditional Anangu owners of the land where the rock stands. The Anangy have always refused to climb Uluru and consider it sacred. As such, the last day of climbing will be 26th October 2019 – the anniversary of the date in 1985 when Uluru – formerly known as Ayers Rock – was handed back to its traditional owners.

Heading to America

Wondering where to start the New Year in style? Why not take advantage of the Trump Slump – which has cost the US economy billions in tourism dollars as visitor numbers continue to nosedive. “A fall in demand usually means a fall in price and, as a result, holidays to the States are as much as 35 cheaper compared with last winter,” says Emma Coulthurst of TravelSupermarket.com.


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