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Five top Christmas days out for new parents

Days out – Danny from McFly and his family at the launch of Enchanted Christmas Season at Disneyland Paris

New parents can’t always fit enjoyable days out into their busy schedule. So, as the festive periods arrives, be sure to make the most of your time together!

You may be unsure where to go with your babies and tots, but fear not! Here, with the help of leading UK supplier of cute cosytoes for prams and buggies, Babythingz, we’ve found the top child-friendly Christmas destinations for you to choose from. And that’s not all! We’ve also provided a selection of tips for travelling with youngsters. 

True English Gin Makers Hayman’s of London present

True English Gin Makers Hayman’s of London present

Pop-Up Opera’s La Tragédie de Carmen

On Thursday 20th September, Hayman’s of London is delighted to open its distillery doors for an immersive evening of gin and opera at The Home of English Gin. Welcoming critically acclaimed opera company, Pop-Up Opera, for the opening night of their Autumn season, the Hayman’s distillery will provide a unique setting for La Tragédie de Carmen, Peter Brook’s re-imagining of Bizet’s masterpiece Carmen. With accompanying cocktails inspired by this intense, passionate and tragic drama of unhinged love, jealousy and repercussions, the event will appeal to gin and opera fans alike.

Tech-free tourism: the rise of digital detox holidays  

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For years, experts in science and mental health have warned about the damaging effects of too much screen time. But how harmful are our smartphones, tablets, laptops, and televisions, and what can we do to reduce our reliance on technology in 2018? 

One solution that has gained momentum is the ‘digital detox holiday’. A digital detox is essentially a period where you cut yourself off from technology — no texting, emailing or social media use — with the aim to lower stress levels, take up ‘real world’ activities and concentrate on quality, physical socialisation. 

From where to go to why they’re beneficial, we explore the health advantages of the digital detox holiday and how you can get on board… 

What’s wrong with screen time? 

ROARsome T-Rex Arrives in Leeds City Centre!

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Mysterious dinosaur footprints have appeared on the streets of Leeds this week – and it can now be revealed that they belong to a huge animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex which has ventured into the city centre.

The prehistoric predator, which measures 8 metres tall and 18 metres long, was unveiled at Trinity Leeds today.

The T-Rex, which not only moves but roars, will remain at Trinity Leeds throughout the school summer holidays before becoming extinct once again on September 2nd.

Visitors can also capture a selfie of the ‘roar-some’ replica, which is the UK’s largest animatronic T-Rex.

Top tips on preventing food waste from Hotpoint and Jamie Oliver

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New Thomas & Friends movie is a summer holiday must-see!

Thomas & Friends - Peter Andre and family

by Editor Victoria Galligan

Parents across the country are gearing up for the summer holidays – and dreading keeping the little darlings entertained for six weeks.

Luckily, the creative people at the movie studios have been hard at work on this year’s summer releases and for younger children, there’s an animation due for release which will take you all over the globe.

The new Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! movie hits screens this July and we went along with our two-year-old daughter Amy to check it out.

After the initial excitement of being in a cinema with ACTUAL popcorn, Amy settled down to watch the movie. 

Stand out this festival season with a crazy coloured ‘do

Supercuts top hair tips

For festival goers, looking the part is important says Supercuts . Not only will there be endless outfits to plan, but thinking about your hairstyle is also essential. From up-dos to a tousled bed head look, finding something that will withstand unpredictable weather conditions, partying at all hours and no access to a shower can be tricky.

To really stand out from the crowd this summer, why not go for a bold statement and colour your hair in an on-trend, bright colour? This season a range of fresh new shades are available at UK hair salon chain Supercuts and from pink to purple, turquoises to vibrant blue, there’s something for every party animal.

The team at Supercuts shared some top tips on how to get the fab festival chic look this season.

The UK’s top 10 most adventurous places to toast a glass of wine

Trivento team up with Kenton Cool

To celebrate its partnership with the Discovery Channel, Trivento, the UK’s No.1 Malbec, has teamed up with global adventurer Kenton Cool to reveal their UK best micro adventures.
 
Britain is turning into a nation of adventurers according to the Discovery Channel, with 41% of adults saying they have a keen sense of adventure[1], and over 300,000 Brits taking part in activities such as mountain walking, rock climbing, and abseiling. We are watching more wilderness and wildlife expeditions than ever, and the appetite for adventure and the outdoors is soaring.  We are now seeking our very own micro adventures.
 

Where to go to see exotic wildlife and take your very first ‘UK Safari’ this summer.

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Have you always dreamed of getting up close to wild, exotic animals, but not been able to justify the costs of an expensive safari abroad now thanks to Snaptrip.com you can.
 
For those who long to see animals in the wild, we have good news! Rare animals such as orcas (killer whales), dolphins, sharks, seals, porpoises, wallabies, coatis and even wild boar, can all be found right here in the UK.
 
According to new research by last minute UK holiday rental provider, Snaptrip.com, 82% of the nation have absolutely no idea that none of the above animals can be seen in their very own country.
 

Tower of London lowers the drawbridge for school festival of music and welcomes children from across London boroughs

Water City Music

Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that cares for the Tower of London, in partnership with musical charity Water City Music, invited more than 60 schools to perform within the infamous fortresses’ walls at its Water City Music at the Tower event, which took place from 11th – 17th June 2018.  Inspired by the Tower’s rich history, more than 1600 children, from local London boroughs, entertained visitors with their lyrical and musical talent.