Staywatch : looking out for the UK's best events and accommodation

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If you are looking for unusual attractions in the UK, away from the tourist hordes, here are 5 of the best.

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The eternal city may boast some of the most famous historical attractions in the world, but Rome is also home to plenty of lesser known, but equally interesting hidden gems.

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As Ernest Hemingway quoted in 1950: “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you may go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for all of Paris is a moveable feast.”

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If you decide to visit Rome in winter, you may feel as though you have the whole city to yourself, but don’t despair! Many of the major attractions are open all year round and what better way to beat the queues?

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Notre Dame de paris in night with fireworks

‘Oooo la la’ …. If you are looking for stunning entertainment and all night jollies, there is nowhere better than Paris to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

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The online shopping revolution continues to dominate the retail industry at Christmas. Clothes shoppers can now even ‘try before they buy’ online with virtual mannequins that allow them to look how items will look on their body shape.

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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 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 »


Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

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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