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With 18 days left until Christmas day (where has 2016 gone?), if you are still looking for a special gift, why not buy tickets for the sensational Cirque du Soleil production, Amaluna at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

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If you want to cast a jelly-brain jinx to render your enemies helpless or convulse them into hysterics by hurling a tickle charm their way, Hogwarts in the Snow, London will fulfil all of your Harry Potter dreams.

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Christmas Decorations
Christmas markets originated in Germany and their history dates back to the Late Middle Ages. Dresden’s Strietzelmarkt was first held in 1434, and the Munich market in 1310.

Nowadays you will find Christmas markets all over Europe. Towns and cities are transformed into winter wonderlands, full of colourful stalls selling gingerbread, German sausages, decorations, hand-made gifts and mulled wine. Read the rest of this entry »


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Whether you are the ‘bah humbug’ type of person at Christmas who would rather stay in bed until it’s all over or, on the other hand, you embrace the festive season with a frenzy of gift-buying, partying and general over-indulgence, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is one of the best annual events in London.

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Halloween party with children having fun wearing fancy dress costumes

Halloween has emerged as one of the top children’s events in the UK, when spooky goings-on, frightening zombie themes and terrifying treats feature at parties up and down the country.

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Girl in plaid dress with sunglasses and camera

Struggling for inspiration when choosing your weekend wardrobe? Whether you’re considering a weekend city break or a country escape, one thing you need to plan in advance is your holiday wardrobe. So we’ve put together a few simple, comfortable looks that will take you through your weekend. Read the rest of this entry »


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Henley Royal Regatta is one of the most prestigious events in the UK boating calendar, but if you are planning a ‘maiden voyage’ to Henley, there some useful tips to take on board.

Every well-heeled visitor’s favourite event to be ‘seen at’, Henley hosts 200 races over 5 days with some of the world’s top rowers and sailors taking part from all over the world.

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Anyone who has visited Disneyland Paris with a fidgety child will know that avoiding the queues is a priority.

Disneyland Paris is for most people, the trip of a lifetime. Who wants to be stuck in a long queue when you could be spending valuable time on the rides and amusements?

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Days out for toddlers

Wondering where to go on a family friendly adventure? Here’s our pick of the finest festivals, attractions and days out the UK has to offer. Read the rest of this entry »


Haunted forest

Headless horsemen, agonising screams, witches curses, plague islands and more await in our round up of the scariest places to spend Halloween.  Read the rest of this entry »