Where to go and what to know

Rural revival

Babington House in Somerset has updated its guest rooms, extended its Cowshed Spa and opened a new Deli Bar this year. The latest phase is the new Stable Block rooms, designed for families, with two bedrooms and a living room with a plasma television, iPad and Xbox (babingtonhouse.co.uk).

Bookish break

The Laugharne Weekend takes place 5-7 April in the Welsh village where Dylan Thomas lived. The line-up includes Sir Peter Blake; £75 (thelaugharneweekend.com).

Go green

Travel portal Greentraveller.co.uk has launched a micro-site for environmentally friendly day trips and holidays for families (greentraveller.co.uk/little-greentraveller).

10 thousand

The number of consumers who were assisted by Abta last year. The travel trade association can help resolve complaints or disputes with its members via a new helpline, 020‑3117 0599. There's also an online travel clinic: abta.com/go-travel

Going app

Gogobot, the social networking site for travellers, has launched a free app for Android. Features include searching and booking hotels, restaurants and bars, as well as Google Street View (gogobot.com).

Greek games

The Sani Resort on Greece's Kassandra peninsula has launched a new football academy for children aged 5-14, which will run between 25 May and 1 September. Two-hour sessions will cost €35 per child (saniresort.gr).

Mersey to the Med

From 31 March, tour operator Malta Direct launches a new direct service from Liverpool to the island. The charter flight, operated by Ryanair, will run three times a week and will be available on flight-only and package holidays (maltadirect.com).

Starry night

The Varsity Hotel in Cambridge is hosting astronomy masterclasses on its rooftop garden on 28 February and 28 March. After marvelling at the heavens, guests will descend to the restaurant for dinner. Tickets £45 (thevarsityhotel.co.uk).