Cookies policy

A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded onto your device (your computer, smartphone or tablet) when you use certain websites.

It allows the website to recognise your device and store some information about your preferences or past actions.

Why we use cookies

We use cookies to give you the best experience on our website.

A cookie doesn't give us access to your device or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

The table below explains the cookies we use and why. It also shows which cookies are third party cookies. These are cookies that are set by a domain other than the one being visited by the user.

Read Google's overview of privacy and safeguarding data.




Squiz matrix session SQ_SYSTEM_SESSION

These session cookies allow the site to identify a unique user visit. These do not contain any human readable personal data and are used for website functionality. They expire after a browser session.

Google Analytics  Google Analytics _ga

This third party cookie helps us count how many people visit the website by tracking if you've visited the site before. It expires after 2 years.

Google Analytics Google Analytics _gat

This third party cookie is used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made. It expires after 10 minutes.

Google Maps Google Maps APISID, GMAIL_RTT, HSID, NID, PREF, SAPISID, SID, SSID These cookies are used by Google wherever Google Maps is embeded on our website.

Do we need to get your permission to download cookies?

Yes, we must get your active consent to download cookies to your user device.  

We do not control the download of third party cookies from other websites.  

However, we must give you information on any third party cookies which can be set when you visit our site and give you advice on what to do if you are concerned about them.

What if I am unhappy about the use of cookies?

If you have any concerns about the way in which cookies are being used on this website, or the arrangements we have put in place to help you manage cookies, please let us know by emailing