What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers which we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information, which is transferred to the computer’s hard drive.
How you consent to us placing cookies and how to control them
When you visit our site, you will see a pop-up, which invites users to accept the cookies on our site. You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting or all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
We use website cookies for a number of different reasons as listed below.
- To enable a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information again
- To recognise that you have already given a username and password so you don’t need to enter it for every web page requested
- To measure how many people are using our services, so they can be made easier to use and so that there is enough capacity to ensure a speedy service
We use the following categories of cookies on our site:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies, which are essential for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies which enable you to log into secure areas of our website or make use of online booking forms;
- Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily;
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you and remember your preferences, for example the Accessibility Options cookie helps to recognise your desired viewing settings; and
Cookies we use
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purpose for which we use them in the table below:
We use ShareThis on our website so that you can share our content across email and social networks. These cookies allow us to anonymously track how many users recommend our web pages on social media We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use our website. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better. Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.
This is a list of data stored by Google Analytics cookies:
_utma stores each user’s number of visits, time of the first visit, the previous visit and the current visit
_utmb and _utmc checks how long a visitor stays on the site: when a visit starts and ends
_utmz tracks where a visitor came from (search engine, search keyword, link)
_utmv and _utmd track visitor journeys through the site and classifies them into groups
These cookies each last different amounts of times:
_utma expires two years after your last visit to this site
_utmb expires 30 minutes after your visit, or after 30 minutes of inactivity
_utmc expires at the end of a session (when you close your browser)
_utmz expires six months after it was last set
_utmv (not set) expires immediately
_utmd (not set) expires immediately