What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes a unique identifier that is sent to your computer or mobile phone browser from a website’s computer and is stored on your computer’s or mobile phone’s hard drive.
Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, which the site can then access when you visit it again to track online traffic flows, for example. A website cannot access cookies sent by other websites.
Why are Cookies used?
Cookies do lots of different jobs, such as:
- remembering what items a user may have added to a shopping basket or an itinerary as the user moves between pages on a website
- saving a user's preferences to allow them to customise a website
- measuring what users do on a website to ascertain which parts of a website are popular, how long they spend on a website, how often users return, where they come from etc
What Cookies are used by this site?
Cookies are set by this website (first party cookies) but may also be set by other websites (e.g. You Tube) that run content on the website’s pages (third party cookies).
Cookies can be set to remember a visitor for the duration of their visit (session cookies) or to remember a visitor for repeat visits (persistent cookies).
- _ga, _gat - Google Analytics tracking. Anonymously measure how users interact with the website content
- Survey-101ygu5c, Survey-Started-101ygu5c – Enables the function of our contact form, through Dotmailer’s survey tool.
How to change your cookie settings
Each browser has different settings which allow a user to adjust their particular cookie permissions. You can block or remove cookies by changing the settings of your browser. These changes will apply to all websites that you visit (unless you choose to block cookies from certain sites).
To find out more, consult your browser’s help function. We’ve provided links to the relevant pages for some common browsers.
Information about cookies can be found on the ICO website.