10 New Things: What’s New This Week?
(26th May – 2nd June, 2017)
In the Weekly Scoop I highlight 10 new launches and deals in travel and interiors. If you scroll to the bottom, you’ll also find a selection of upcoming family events in and around the UK.
1. This week we’re loving…
This Cactus Trinket Dish. The RRP is £7.50 but Sass and Belle is selling it for £2.95.
2. My latest purchase…
I bought these ‘After Dinner Infusion’ t-bags from Homesense in the clearance aisle.
The flavour is unique – orange and licorice herbal blend and with an RRP of £7 I was delighted to pick it up for just £1.
3. Bargain spot
I came across this cute microwave cleaner and disinfectant on Groupon last week. It acts as a steam cleaner and disinfects a microwave with just vinegar and water.
It has an RRP of £19.99 and Groupon is offering it for £3.98.
4. New launch…
Interior paint brand Frenchic has launched its Al Fresco range, suitable for outdoor use.
It’s available in five pastel shades and costs £16.95 for a 750ml tin.
5. I’ve got my eye on….
You know summer is really on its way when you start seeing colourful melamine plates in supermarkets and High Street Shops.
These vibrant fruit themed plates are from the National Theatre Bookshop and cost £32 for a set of four.
6. New flight launch…
Next month WOW air is launching a new route to Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania – and get this, fares are from just £139.99!
It’s a great family destination, with popular activities including the Carnegie Science Center, which has over 250 interactive exhibits, the National Aviary, Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, perfect for wildlife lovers.
WOW air’s inaugural service to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) departs on 16 June 2017, with the service operating from London Gatwick, Bristol and Edinburgh (via KEF). The approximate total journey time from London Gatwick is 11 hours, including a stopover.
7. UK Deal…
The deal is exclusive to Travelzoo (from Omega Holidays) – and ordinarily the theatre tickets would cost £62.50, so for a stay in a four-star hotel including breakfast, this really is a bargain.
The show is based on a Gene Kelly movie on a Friday night at the Dominion Theatre in the West End.
8. Worldwide Deal…
Cosmos Tours & Cruises has re-launched as Cosmos, taking a new direction as it undergoes a full rebrand to reflect the choice of worldwide holiday adventures the company now offers.
To streamline the documentation process, Cosmos now provides e-documents and, as customers are keen to experience more of a destination, they can book an escorted tour and combine it with a river or ocean cruise and city break, all packaged with return flights, overseas transfers and a private home pick up service.
For even more value, the company has introduced a ‘Cosmos Price Promise’ which offers a more flexible approach to holiday cancellation and changes.
9. Bargain Spot
Wendy Wu Tours has launched its Big Asia Sale, which offers up to £1,000 savings per couple across its most popular tours to China, Southeast Asia, India and Japan for 2017 travel.
Holidays in the sale can be booked until 30th June and can be combined with the company’s loyalty discounts, which give customers the opportunity to save a further £250 per person.
10. What’s New?
Zip World Fforest Coaster is a new experience in Wales where visitors can control their speed as they weave, dart and speed through 1km of woodland scenery, while taking in Snowdonia’s mountain views.
The new all-weather adventure reaches speeds of up to 25mph and includes ten hair-raising bends and steep descents down mountain terrain, skirting 1.5m away from the trees. Thrill seekers are strapped into their sledge with simple controls, meaning that all visitors from the age of nine can take control of how fast they go.
The new attraction is located in Betws-y-Coed at the Zip World Fforest site, which is already home to: a treetop-based bounce adventure called ‘Treetop Nets’; a zip line ‘Zip Safari’; ‘Plummet’, the world’s highest Powerfan tree parachute simulator; and ‘Skyride’, Europe’s highest and first five-seater giant swing which hoists visitors 80ft into the air.
Family diary dates
Olympic Park Fun
Need an idea of where to visit for families over half-term? How about a visit to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park? You can explore the landscaped gardens and adventure playgrounds of the former Olympic Park, brave the heights and hair-raising thrills of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, home to the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide, entertain the kids in the iconic London 2012 sporting venues and relax, eat and drink on the waterside until late! For details see http://www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/
Alternatively, The Needles (The Isle of Wight’s landmark attraction) is hosting eight days of entertainment to keep the kids happy across the bank holiday weekend and beyond.
There will be free entertainment for visitors this month as street dance and Bollywood-style dance shows mix with balloon modellers and stilt walkers along the Needles’ main street.
There’s also music from local reggae legend Derek Sandy and performances by top magicians David Randini, Andy The Illusionist and Foxy the Funky Magic Genie.
Manchester’s treetop attraction to open for half-term
Manchester’s treetop adventure attraction, Treetop Nets, which is located at the heart of Manchester’s Heaton Park, will open its gates to the public on Saturday May 27 – ideally timed for half-term and May bank holiday family fun.
The attraction, which is suitable for everyone aged three and up, offers an aerial woodland adventure featuring a collection of giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels, all made from super bouncy netting, suspended up to 40ft off the ground – for fun high up in the treetops. Prices for two hours start from £13 per person.
Sister attraction, Treetop Trek, is also set to open in June and will feature Europe’s longest belay ropes course and more than 20 different zip wires.
For further information see treetopnets.co.uk
Kent Life Heritage Farm Park in 2017 will be hosting its Sheepstakes! Event from 27th May to 4th June (half-term).
Activities celebrate Kent Life’s sheep and include taking part in the Sheepstakes sheep show, watch sheep shearing demos and meet the sheep dog. There will also be a variety of shows in the Big Top, all included within the admission price.
The attraction will also welcome a Country Fair and Classic Vehicle Show from 17th-18th June, where visitors can get stuck into life at the farm by learning how to groom and feed the animals, watching various displays and have a go on the tractor driving course.
Hull UK City of Culture
Seasons two and three of the year-long cultural programme Hull UK City of Culture 2017 has been unveiled, revealing details of 42 new commissions and world premieres, 24 festivals and 13 new exhibitions.
The two seasons, Roots & Routes (April to June) and Freedom (July to September), will showcase cultural events from art to music, theatre to film, and dance to family friendly activities.
And one for the adults (if you escape the kids!)
Between 27th May and 4th June, the London Dungeon will be offering guests a ‘spirited’ trip back to the 18th century and the dark and desperate ‘Gin Lane’ where the Gin Craze has taken hold.
Visitors will be in for an exclusive evening Dungeon tour on Friday 19th May while sampling six different gins, while the new ‘Gin Street’ daily show will run from the 27th May to 4th June and will be included in the cost of a regular daytime ticket.
Tickets for ‘Lates Ginstory – London’s darkest gin safari’ cost £35.
A look at the past
Step back in time and experience a taste of wartime Britain at Hever Castle’s Home Front event on 24th and 25th June.
Re-enactors will be demonstrating what it would have been like to live and work in the countryside during the 1940s to mark Armed Forces Day.
Visitors can experience unique living history from the Home Front in a classic double decker bus containing reconstructions of a 1940s living room, shop, bombed out street and air raid shelter replicating the sights and sounds of the time.
Other activities include a swing dance in the tea dance tent, visiting the stalls selling vintage wares, a fancy dress competition (period costumes), with prizes for the best dressed visitors and displays of period model boats.
Prices for adults (garden only) are £14.20 and children (aged five-15) cost £9. A family ticket, as well as concessions for seniors and students, are also available.
Pssst..! This week’s interesting fact…
New research by the House & Garden Festival has found that almost three-quarters (71%) of people in the UK admit to being secretly embarrassed by their home décor and interiors.
More than one in five said that they are so embarrassed that they resort to banning guests from entering their homes at all. One in ten said that where they cannot shy away from hosting friends and family, they only entertain them outdoors in the garden, on the terrace or balcony, so guests don’t have time to ruminate on their indoor surroundings.
And one in 100 people admit that they find their décor so unbearable that they will often make up excuses not to go home at all!