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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. 

Top tips on preventing food waste from Hotpoint and Jamie Oliver

Hotpoint

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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.

Snaptrip

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. 

Get Hands-On with History

Hands-on history

Head to the Weald & Downland Living Museum in Singleton for fantastic indoor and outdoor hands-on history fun this spring half term. From Bank Holiday Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June children of all ages can channel their energy into a range of historical tasks and challenges located around the Museum’s 40-acre downland site. Wet weather will not spoil play as there are plenty of areas under cover.

The theme for this half term is hands-on history – collect an activity card at the Museum entrance for your series of historical tasks and challenges! Tasks will vary daily but include:

ENJOY A DAY OUT WITH THOMAS!

Thomas

England’s most excellent steam railway experience, the East Lancashire Railway, is calling all little engineers to join Thomas the Tank Engine for a full day out unlike any other.

With rides behind Thomas and unlimited travel on steam and diesel trains along 12 miles of track through the stunning Irwell Valley there’s so much for families to do. They can meet The Fat Controller, see performances by Rusty and Dusty, Sodor’s cheeky station sweepers and watch re-enactments of classic Thomas stories. There will also be Thomas themed activities in the Imagination Station including table top games, colouring and Thomas films, along with magic shows, circus workshops and face painting.

Re-creating the Movie Experience with the Latest Trend: The Community Cinema

As the price of cinema tickets continues to skyrocket (not to mention the price of the popcorn), the Friday night film date is quickly becoming less frequent enter the community cinema.

The days of a trip to the local cinema being a cheap and cheerful night out are long gone, having been replaced by an experience that many people feel has become excessively expensive. According to a study by the BFI, the average price of a cinema ticket in the UK increased from £4.87 in 2006 to £7.17 in 2015 – and in major cities such as London, a single adult ticket can easily cost close to £20.

The cost of taking a family of four to see a film – which includes tickets, drinks and popcorn – can now break the £100 barrier, highlighting just how expensive the activity has become.

Dales Bluebells lead the way

Falcon Manor

Guests checking in at Settle’s Falcon Manor Hotel this spring should check out some of the finest bluebell displays in the area.

According to Jane Gara, general manager of Falcon Manor, the breakthtaking carpets of blue at nearby Oxenber and Cleatop woods are a “Must See” in May.

Jane said: 

“Cleatop Wood, near Settle, offers a lovely circular walk of around four miles from the door of Falcon Manor. A stroll along a green lane and across farmland brings guests to the woodland, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.”

It is 10 minutes in the car to the village of Austwick from where Oxenber Wood can form part of a three to four mile circuit.

A new exhibition from the National Centre for children’s books

Seven Stories

TIME to Get Up, a brand new exhibition at Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books is now open.

Children and families are invited to step into their favourite stories and explore their daily routines with all their quirks, calamities and surprises; discovering new titles and family favourites in a new and exciting way through original artwork and creative activities. From getting up, playing at home, meal times and going to nursery through to having a bath and snuggling up for bedtime, everyday life and family routine is celebrated through interactive reading and creative experiences.

Camden market welcomes London's first 100% Vegan diner

Vegan diner

Following a series of vegan firsts - the launch of the UK's first vegan pie and mash shop (Nov 17) and UK's first festive vegan deli (Dec 17) CAMDEN MARKET welcome's London's first 100% vegan diner to its North Yard this April 2018. 

Serving up all your American fast food favourites, prepared fresh to order and 100% vegan friendly - Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner is a walk-in diner, offering all day dining delights.

To Boldly Go Boating

GoBoat

Back for a second season, Londoners and tourists alike can once again charter their own electric boat without the need for a license, the activity is proving to be so popular that GoBoat is already taking advance bookings online for the summer ahead.

Moored at Paddington Basin, the favoured route is to go along Regent’s Canal to Little Venice, past London Zoo and on to Camden Lock where skippers can about turn and head back to the pontoon at Paddington Basin. 

ASK Italian is putting a Spring in your step this April with the launch of its new menu

ASK Italian

ASK Italian, one of the UK’s leading restaurant brands, has launched its new Spring menu filled with colourful and tasty dishes to brighten up your day!

Say hello to ASK Italian’s new range of lighter pizzas; with three to choose from, their favourite Prima pizza toppings are now served on the new Prima Light base and accompanied by a colourful, veggie-packed rainbow salad. Who said healthier choices have to be boring?

James Graham’s smash-hit political drama visits Malvern theatres

House

This House, James Graham’s smash-hit political drama examining the 1974 hung parliament, visits Malvern Theatres from 15 – 19 May.

James Graham’s critically acclaimed and prescient political drama takes on a new importance in the current political climate. Are we in the midst of a political revolution? Can the country stay united? Roll back to 1974... The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and back biting as Britain’s political parties’ battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes.

The welcome impact of Scotland's Tourism sector on sustainable business

Green Tourism

Sustainable tourism business in Scotland has saved 1 million tonnes of water and ¼ million tonnes of carbon according to an impacts report published by the sustainable accreditation organisation, Green Tourism.

The report, entitled "20 years of making a difference," addresses the positive impact Green Tourism accredited businesses have had on the environment over a period of twenty years. It was released today at a Scottish Tourism Alliance reception at the Scottish Parliament attended by Fiona Hyslop MSP.

Green Tourism sustainability assessments undertaken by the organisation spanning the last twenty years have revealed carbon and water savings, habitat and biodiversity creation, waste recovery, local procurement and business savings.

Easter holiday fun at Albert Dock's Heritage on the Dock

Albert Dock history

The whole family, from young children to parents and grandparents, are invited to come and immerse themselves in a range of fun activities at the free Heritage on the Dock event during the Easter school holidays (April 5-8) - celebrating 172 years of Albert Dock history and heritage.

Keep discovering and exploring this iconic attraction with four days of walks, talks, live music, song and entertainment over the Easter break. Children can even go in search of the “Dock Ness Monster”! Join Lancashire Wildlife Trust to see what lies beneath the waters of the Dock and with your “Dock Safari” guide look for eels, jellyfish, crabs and more - and then enjoy the experience of using an aquascope for amazing underwater views.