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During the Easter holidays we were stuck for somewhere to go, as it seemed that everywhere was closed due to the foot & mouth crisis. I did an internet search and found this very useful site.
Days Out UK calls itself a “unique search engine – a comprehensive guidebook and a live database search engine which is constantly updated.”
They list thousands of attractions. I have had fun searching for little attractions to try to catch them out, but they list even minor ones (yes, I know I am sad).
It is simple to search for a particular place – I wanted to check whether or not Chester Zoo was open – and get the details. There are also other search facilities, though. You can look up a particular area and see what attractions there are locally (very useful when going on holiday), and check if they are open.
On the site you will find :
HOME PAGE - The home page is simple and attractive – without jazzy animations and annoying pop-ups. They display current tourism-related news too. There is a foot & mouth appeal to ask people to be careful. They also have regular features. Recent ones include the Eden Project in Cornwall and the closure of Granada Studios. Apparently Granada have permanently closed their studio tour and have requested that people don’t contact them regarding it. The mind boggles! There is a banner ad near the top of the home page, but it is small and unobtrusive. The ads are relevant to the site – Alton Towers were advertising today. There is another banner next to the ad, listing the day’s top 10 events and offers.
USER GUIDE - The site has a helpful User Guide – which is written in plain English without being condescending.
ORDER A GUIDE – They publish a book, at £9.99, which you can order through the site.
DISCOUNT COUPONS – Now this really interested me. On clicking the ‘Discount Coupons’ button, a map of the UK is displayed. You click on the region you are interested in and a table appears with a list of attractions, locations and their star ratings. You click on a location and up pops that attraction’s details. On the top there are a row of buttons – How to get there, Events, Comments, etc. One of the buttons is COUPON. Click on that and print out the result. You have your own, security-coded coupon to hand in at the attraction. We got lots of free child places through this facility. This is such a good idea. I have lost count of the number of times we have been queueing for attractions, enviously looking at other people’s money-off coupons and wondering where they got them.
TRADE SECTION – This is for the people who own the attractions. They register as trade users and can then update the details of their own attractions and events. This is a good way of ensuring that the site stays up-to-date. In the trade section they can edit their information, book an advert, submit a picture, add a money-off coupon, etc. Very good idea.
CONTACT US – A standard page of email addresses to let them know what you think of the site and report any problems.
I continue to be impressed by this site – by the idea and by the team who run it. It is continually updated and provides a very useful resource. I hope they got government backing for this, they certainly deserve it, they are providing a valuable community service.