Visiting Stonehenge With Kids

Visiting Stonehenge With Kids

You might believe that Stonehenge is a place unsuited to children, and better for adults-only visits. However, this is not at all the case. Indeed, there is plenty for kids to see and do both at Stonehenge itself and in the immediate area. We’ll summarise some of the best possibilities here.


Stonehenge isn’t just a circle of large stones (which, as you will learn, many children find just as mesmerising as adults anyway) – it also now houses a vast new visitor centre containing an exhibition space with over 300 archaeological finds from the area and a 360 degree audio visual tour through the ‘story of the stones’. The centre also contains a child-friendly shop and café (The Stonehenge Kitchen), as well as baby-changing facilities. The landscape around Stonehenge also provides children with what is essentially an enormous outdoor playground – great for burning of excess energy!

Other Child-friendly Attractions in the Area

There are also plenty of other things to do to occupy the kids in the vicinity of Stonehenge. There is, for instance, Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, which contains plenty of fascinating interactive displays, and which also runs regular workshops to entertain younger visitors.

Also in Salisbury is the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, which features a number of historic jets and fighter planes, including Jaguar, Harrier, and Hawk Jets. You can actually clamber into the cockpits of many of the planes, some of which even have working motors. In a similar vein, the Museum of Army Flying in Stocksbridge houses galleries devoted to all sorts of army and air force related paraphernalia, as well as a reconstructed 1940s house. The facility also contains interactive flight simulators and a cinema showing film captured during wartime, as well as a gift shop, licensed café, and children’s play area.

For some energetic fun, head down to Larkhill Space Station, an enormous, multi-levelled and vibrantly coloured indoor adventure playground in the Wacky Warehouse mould. With loopy slides, padded climbing frames, and gigantic ball pools, the facility will keep kids entertained for a couple of hours at least. There is also a separate play space dedicated to those of toddler-age.

Alternatively, visit Farmer Giles’ Farmstead to view and earn about farm animals and life on a traditional West Country farm. The site is entirely oriented towards little ones and contains an adventure playground, souvenir shop, and café. A little further afield at Ringwood is a ‘Go Ape’ facility equipped with a Go Ape Treetop Junior section. For adventurous little ones who love climbing, the site will provide an unforgettable experience.

As can be seen, there are myriad options for those with children in the Stonehenge area. Many of the attractions listed here will also provide an interesting day out for adults as well. Considering all of these factors, it would be fair to conclude that Stonehenge and its surrounds are an excellent destination for a complete all-round family holiday. Just bear in mind that due to the popularity of the area, many attractions, especially Stonehenge itself, can be busy during peak times, so plan accordingly.

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The author is a trained tour guide with who offer guided tours from London to Stonehenge and back in a day, they are extremely child friendly and offer childrens packs to help children understand the wonders of this great attraction.

SRAM Recalls Hydraulic Bicycle Brakes Due to Crash and Injury Hazards

SRAM Recalls Hydraulic Bicycle Brakes Due to Crash and Injury Hazards

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: JANUARY 14, 2014
Recall number: 14-079


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    SRAM Red 22 Hydro Brake

Recall Summary

Name of product:

SRAM Hydraulic Road Rim Brakes and Hydraulic Road Disc Brakes for bicycles


The brake systems can fail, posing a crash and injury hazard.

Consumer Contact:

SRAM at (800) 346-2928 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday CT or visit the firm’s website and click on Recall Information for more information.

Report an Incident Involving this Product

Recall Details


About 25,350


The recalled bicycle brake models include SB Red Hydraulic Road Disc, SB Red Hydraulic Road Rim, SB 700 Hydraulic Road Disc and SB 700 Hydraulic Road Rim, used as   either front or rear brakes. The SB RED brake lever is labeled “RED” on the body of the lever assembly.  The SB 700 brake lever is labeled “S-Series” on the body of the lever assembly.  The serial numbers for the recalled brakes have the digit “3” as the fourth digit of the serial number.  The serial number can be found on the bottom of the caliper body. The brakes were sold as aftermarket products and as original equipment on the following bicycle brands and models:


Brand Name Model Name
ASI Fuji Altamira CX 1.1
Cannondale Super X Hi-Mod Black Inc.
Diamondback Steilacoom RCX Carbon Pro Disc
Felt Bicycles F2xZ2 Red

Z3 Red

Jamis Supernova Team
Kona Super Jake
Norco Threshold C1Threshold SL
Orbea Avan M-LTD
Specialized Bicycles Crux Elite Carbon Disc RivalCrux Elite Evo Carbon Disc

Crux Expert Carbon Disc Red

Crux Pro Race Carbon Disc Red

Crux Sport E5 Disc Apex

Roubaix SL4 Elite Rival HRR C2

Roubaix SL4 Sport Disc SRAM C2

Ruby Elite Rival HRR

S-works Crux Carbon Disc Red

S-works Roubaix SL4 Disc Red

S-works Tarmac SL4 Red HRR X2

S-works Venge Red HRR X2

Tarmac SL4 Elite Rival HRR M2

Venge Elite Rival HRR M2

Volagi Liscio 2
Giant Bicycles Revolt 0TCX ADV 0




Trek Bicycles Crockett 7

The firm received 95 reports of brakes failing in the U.S. One minor injury was reported in the U.S. and another in Australia


:  Consumers should immediately stop using bicycles equipped with the recalled SRAM brake systems and contact any SRAM dealer to arrange for a free replacement product to be installed and to receive a $200 product voucher or cash per customer.

Sold at

Specialty bicycle retailers nationwide from May 2013 to December 2013 for between $285 and $581 for the disc or rim brakes. Bicycles sold with the SRAM disc or rim range from $2,500 to $7,500.


SRAM, LLC, of Chicago, Ill.

Manufactured in



Brighton and Hove CTC launch ‘Shed Rides’ to encourage new members

Brighton and Hove CTC launch ‘Shed Rides’ to encourage new members

With over two thirds of bicycles stuck in a garden shed and hardly ever seeing the light of day, the Brighton and Hove CTC Member Group has come up with an ingenious plan to encourage more people to cycle in the New Year.

Members of the Brighton and Hove CTC are introducing the ‘Shed Rides’ aimed at those slightly reluctant cyclists who  have a bike buried under plant pots and half empty tins of paint somewhere in the garden shed.

According to national statistics, 43% of the population have access to a bicycle, but less than 10% use them frequently. Cycling regularly will help you meet recommended physical activity guidelines, improve your sense of wellbeing and offer you a cheaper source of exercise than paying to go to the gym.

The first ‘Shed Ride’ takes place on Sunday 5 January and will be a gentle flat ride from  Hove Lawns to Worthing and back mostly on cycle paths.

Organiser Howard  Blanks from  Brighton and  Hove CTC said: “We recognise that many people are put off cycling because of lack of confidence, the amount of traffic or perhaps being worried about having to cycle too far out of their comfort zone. If you join one of our rides, you do so safe in the knowledge that a Shed Bike Ride is over a shorter distance, generally on cycle paths and at a very comfortable pace led by experienced cyclists.”

Brighton & Hove has been in the news for some of the excellent cycle initiatives that have taken place recently with new cycle paths and 20mph speed limits; as a cyclist it has never been so good to live in the city.” Howie Blanks, Brighton and Hove CTC

The group is also introducing free bicycle maintenance courses to get you through the basics. The first is on Sunday 26 January at The Giant Store in Shoreham 10am – 12 noon. To take part, please email:[email protected].

The Shed Bike Ride is free and if you find cycling is for you, there is the opportunity to join the Brighton and Hove CTC for more regular rides. It takes place on Sunday 5 January 2014. Please meet at the Hove Peace Statue at 11am  or join them  at 11.30 am at The Giant Store, Ropetackle to cycle to Worthing.

If you would like to organise a similar event with your group please contact Membership Manager Matt Mallinder.

3 Incredible Beach Holidays In Africa

3 Incredible Beach Holidays In Africa

3 Incredible Beach Holidays in Africa

Madagascar and the Seychelles might be well known, but the beaches surrounding the continent of Africa itself are dramatic and diverse. With a coastline offering everything from ancient ports, to forest fringed white sands and transparent waters, a beach holiday on the shores of Africa should not be overlooked. Here’s a guide to three of the best.

Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira, Morocco

Roughly two hours from Marrakesh, the ancient port of Essaouira on the West coast of Africa was first made popular during the sixties, when Mick Jagger and Maria Callas spent time there. Since then, Essaouira has upped its game, offering luxury hotels alongside atmospheric traditional Riad’s. The 10 kilometres of sandy beaches, water-sports, fine restaurants, a Sofitel Hotel and a Gary Player golf course mean Essaouira has joined the 21st century, but neither has it lost any of its bohemian charm. A traditional walled medina, fish shacks on the beach, the scent of spices in the air, and the maze of ancient winding streets tick all the boxes for a charming and authentic holiday experience. Known for a laid back vibe with friendly locals, even the souk is known for the lack of aggressive sales techniques commonly seen in Marrakesh.

World Bicycle Relief

With six assembly facilities, World Bicycle Relief is empowering people across Africa. So far, we’ve provided bikes in Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Where will you take us next? <a href"">World Bicycle Relief</a>

With six assembly facilities, World Bicycle Relief is empowering people across Africa. So far, we’ve provided bikes in Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Where will you take us next?

JOURNEY: 3 – 4 hours flying from London. There are no direct flights to Essaouira from the UK, so fly from Manchester, Gatwick or Heathrow to Marrakech then transfer by Bus or Train.

Tanzania and Zanzibar

Tanzania and Zanzibar

Tanzania and Zanzibar

Located on the East of Africa, here you’ll find some of the most secluded beaches in the world. The true beach lover will be able to indulge in some true me time, stretched out on the sands, or swimming in the azure Indian Ocean, beneath endless blue skies and year-round temperatures of around 30 degrees. The islands of Tanzania and Zanzibar include Unguja, Pemba, and Mafia Island, renowned as one of the best diving destinations on the East African coast. Apart from endless white sands and snorkelling and diving opportunities, Unguja boasts historic palaces and forts, while Pemba is an uninhabited island paradise popular with honeymooners, rich in spice plantations and coconut tree studded unspoilt beaches. A visit to any of these islands will have you reconsidering the rat race and dreaming of your very own hut on the beach, in true Robinson Crusoe style.

Journey: 10 – 15 hours from the UK. BA fly direct to Dar-es-Salaam, or via Amsterdam with KLM or Kenya Airways.

Tofo, Mozambique

Tofo, Mozambique

Tofo, Mozambique

Mozambique has put its troubled history to rest, and Tofo has earned a great reputation as a tourist destination largely for its beautiful sandy beaches. That said, it also boasts great nightlife, a laid back atmosphere, and good restaurants – only 20km from the historic port city and airport of Inhambane. Holiday in Tofo, and you can enjoy horse riding, deep sea fishing, and surfing, or scuba dive with the Manta Rays, whale sharks and dolphins in the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean.

Journey: No direct flights between the UK and Mozambique. Southern Mozambique is accessed from South Africa.

Bill Turner is an athlete, entrepreneur and freelance writer who specialises in guest blogging. He enjoys spending time with his dogs and family when he’s not traveling for business.

The world’s biggest bicycle themed conference 2013

The world’s biggest bicycle themed conference 2013


  •  In keeping with the motto “The Sound of Cycling”, Vienna welcomes 1,200 experts from all continents.
  •  330 speakers will make urban cycling cultures the number one topic of 400 discussions, seminars and workshops.
  •  60 outstanding, international projects to promote cycling cultures will be honoured with Cycling Visionaries Awards.
  • All of Vienna is keen on cycling and will share in the multifaceted Velo-city side events and the Vienna Cycling Week.
  • During the Year of Cycling 2013, new infrastructure-related measures promote cycling in the city.

Vienna, 11 June 2013: Vienna inaugurates Velo-city 2013, the world’s biggest bicycle-themed conference: from 11 to 14 June, this large-scale event reflecting the motto “The Sound of Cycling – Urban Cycling Cultures” will be organised by the City of Vienna in co-operation with the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF). 1,200 experts from all continents will discuss the future of cycling, and 60 outstanding, innovative projects aiming to promote cycling cultures will receive awards.

“Velo-city 2013 unites 1,200 international experts from the fields of urban planning and urban development, politics, science, health and architecture as well as from numerous advocacy groups and NGOs in Vienna. We are very happy about this extraordinary interest, as it makes Vienna the host of the world’s biggest bicycle-themed conference“, Mayor Michael Häupl welcomed the guests of Velo-city 2013.


“Vienna is one of the leading ‘smart cities’ and aims to increase the modal split share of cycling from currently six to ten percent by 2015. 2013 was declared the Vienna Year of Cycling, and we are implementing numerous infrastructure-related measures to render cycling in the city even more attractive. This calls for creative ideas and an international exchange of knowledge. We are also delighted to honour 60 outstanding, international projects that aim to promote cycling cultures with the Cycling Visionaries Awards. One thing is already certain: the conference participants and the City of Vienna share one common goal – to promote cycling all over the world. We expect an extremely interesting know-how exchange and will share our knowledge as a leading metropolis in the field of transport development with other cities”, Deputy Mayor Maria Vassilakou stated during her inauguration address.

Manfred Neun, President of the European Cyclists’ Federation, added, “For the international developments in cycling and urban mobility infrastructure, cities like Vienna are very important because they take up on new trends, promote creativity and innovative ideas and develop their own cycling cultures and communities. This boosts the popularity of cycling even further. We are especially delighted that the Velo-city conference will take place in one of Europe’s great capitals of culture.”

Austria switches to the bike

“Cycling is a booming sector – and that’s a good thing! In my capacity as Federal Minister for Transport, I believe it is high time to abandon entrenched conflicts. Rather, I place my hopes in the peaceful, equitable and respectful coexistence, as well as the maximum safety and security, of all road users. The new set of legal provisions for cycling traffic provides for more space, greater safety and clearcut rules“, was the position taken by Doris Bures, Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology.

“It is high time to switch to the bike to make sure that we will be able to change over to sustainable energy use in traffic as well. The implementation of the Austrian Cycling Master Plan has already entailed the increase of the modal split share of cycling from five to seven percent on a national scale. Courtesy of measures such as the klima:aktiv mobil counselling and subsidy programs, we are very confident about attaining our goal of a ten-percent modal split share for cycling by 2015. This makes Austria one of the fastest-growing cycling countries in Europe”, Nikolaus Berlakovich, Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, stated during the Velo-city inauguration ceremony.


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The Velo-city conference series

The Velo-city conferences serve as global communication and information platforms to provide decision-makers with ideas and impulses for the planning and implementation of cycling infrastructure in urban environments. Every year, the Velo-city conferences bring together more than 1,000 planners, architects, engineers, social marketers, businesspeople, industry representatives, academic researchers, environmental activists, executives and administrative experts in a selected metropolis to share their know-how and establish networks for the promotion of cycling worldwide. The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) is the initiator and co-organiser of the Velo-city conferences.


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German translation

Weltgrößte Fahrradkonferenz, die Velo-city 2013, ist in Wien eröffnet

  • Unter dem Motto „The Sound of Cycling“ begrüßt Wien 1.200 ExpertInnen aus allen Kontinenten.
  • 330 Speaker machen Urban Cycling Cultures in 400 Diskussionen, Seminaren und Workshops zum Thema Nummer Eins.
  • 60 herausragende, internationale Projekte rund um Fahrradkulturen werden mit den Cycling Visionaries Awards ausgezeichnet.
  • Ganz Wien begeistert sich fürs Radfahren und schaut beim facettenreichen Velo-city Rahmenprogramm und der Radwoche vorbei.
  • Im Radjahr 2013 fördern neue Infrastrukturmaßnahmen den Radverkehr in der Stadt.

Wien, 11. Juni 2013: Die weltgrößte Fahrradkonferenz, die Velo-city 2013, ist in Wien eröffnet: Von 11. bis 14. Juni wird das Großereignis unter dem Motto “The Sound of Cycling – Urban Cycling Cultures” von der Stadt Wien gemeinsam mit der European Cyclists‘ Federation (ECF) veranstaltet. 1.200 ExpertInnen aus allen Kontinenten diskutieren die Zukunft des Radfahrens und 60 herausragende, innovative Projekte rund um Fahrradkulturen werden prämiert.

„Die Velo-city 2013 versammelt 1.200 internationale ExpertInnen aus den Bereichen Städteplanung und -entwicklung, Politik, Wissenschaft, Gesundheit, Architektur sowie Interessensvertretungen und NGOs in Wien. Wir freuen uns über dieses ausordentlich große Interesse, denn damit ist Wien Gastgeber der weltgrößten Fahrradkonferenz“, begrüßte Bürgermeister Michael Häupl die Gäste der Velo-city 2013.

„Wien ist eine der führenden ‚smart cities‘ und wir streben bis 2015 eine Steigerung des Anteils der RadfahrerInnen von bisher sechs auf zehn Prozent an. Das Jahr 2013 wurde in Wien zum Radjahr ausgerufen und wir arbeiten an zahlreichen Infrastrukturmaßnahmen, um Fahrradfahren in der Stadt noch attraktiver zu machen. Dafür braucht es kreative Ideen und internationalen Wissensaustausch. Es freut uns sehr, heute 60 herausragende, internationale Projekte rund um Fahrradkulturen mit den Cycling Visionaries Awards auszuzeichnen. Eines ist heute schon sicher: Mit den Konferenzteilnehmerinnen und -teilnehmern verbindet uns ein gemeinsames Ziel: Das Radfahren weltweit zu fördern. Wir erwarten einen hoch spannenden Austausch von Know-how und werden unser Wissen als eine der Top-Städte in der Verkehrsentwicklung an andere Städte weitergeben“, sagte Vizebürgermeisterin Maria Vassilakou anlässlich der Eröffnung.

Manfred Neun, Präsident der European Cyclists‘ Federation, ergänzte: „Für die internationalen Entwicklungen im Radverkehr und in der urbanen Mobilitätsinfrastruktur sind Städte wie Wien sehr wichtig, weil sie neue Trends aufgreifen und eigene Fahrradkulturen und Communities entwickeln. Dadurch wird Radfahren noch populärer. Wir freuen uns ganz besonders, dass diese Velo-city Konferenz in einer der großen Kulturhauptstädte Europas stattfindet.“

Österreich steigt um auf’s Rad

„Der Radverkehr boomt – und das ist gut so! Als Verkehrsministerin ist es mir wichtig, dass wir von eingefahrenen Konflikten wegkommen. Mir geht es um ein friedliches, gleichberechtigtes und rücksichtsvolles Miteinander – und um die größtmögliche Sicherheit für alle Verkehrsteilnehmer. Mit dem neuen Fahrradpaket sorgen wir für mehr Raum, mehr Sicherheit und klare Regeln für den Radverkehr“, sagte Verkehrsministerin Doris Bures anlässlich der Eröffnung der Velo-city Konferenz.

„Es ist höchste Zeit umzusteigen, damit wir auch im Verkehrsbereich die Energiewende schaffen. Mit der Umsetzung des Masterplans Radfahren konnte der Radverkehrsanteil in Österreich bereits von fünf Prozent auf sieben Prozent gesteigert werden. Dank unserer Maßnahmen wie den klima:aktiv mobil Beratungs- und Förderprogrammen werden wir unser Ziel von 10 Prozent Radverkehrsanteil bis 2015 erreichen. Damit zählt Österreich europaweit zu den Aufsteigern im Radverkehr”, sagte Umweltminister Nikolaus Berlakovich abschließend.

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Die Velo-city Konferenzreihe

Die Velo-city Konferenzen sind globale Kommunikations- und Informationsplattformen mit dem Ziel, EntscheidungsträgerInnen Ideen und Impulse für die Planung und Umsetzung der Radinfrastruktur im urbanen Lebensraum zu geben. Jährlich versammeln sich in einer ausgewählten Metropole mehr als 1.000 PlanerInnen, ArchitektInnen, TechnikerInnen, Social-Marketing-ExpertInnen, VertreterInnen der Industrie und Wirtschaft, WissenschafterInnen, UmweltaktivistInnen, ManagerInnen und VerwaltungsbeamtInnen, die ihr Know-how miteinander teilen und sich vernetzen, um das Radfahren weltweit zu fördern. Die European Cyclists‘ Federation (ECF) ist Initiatorin und Auftraggeberin der Velo-city Konferenzen.



Michaela Muttenthaler und Doris Passler

Grayling Austria

International Media Relations

[email protected]

+43 664 149 24 99

Andreas Baur

Mediensprecher Vizebürgermeisterin Maria Vassilakou

[email protected]

+43 664 831 74 49

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Communications officer European Cyclists‘ Federation asbl

[email protected]

+32 2 880 92 81

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