10 New Things: The Weekly Scoop
(For w/c 21 April)
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…
I had to laugh when I saw this remote control mop from Flying Tiger; I had to double check the date to make sure it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke when it came in! It costs £20 and is available nationwide from April.
2. My latest purchase…
The Range has been doing some great mugs lately. I picked this one up for £1.99.
3. Bargain spot
This Tattoo Lady tote bag from Homesense had an RRP of £8.99 but was in clearance for £2.
4. New launch…
If you’re looking for glitz and glamour, you can’t get sparklier than the new Capri homeware range from Caprice.
Leading stockists include Very and prices start from £19 for the cushions and from £49 for a duvet cover.
5. I’ve got my eye on….
The Painted Furniture Company has got a lovely handmade range called Oxford Living which offers a nice balance of contemporary style with plenty of nods towards classic design, meaning it fits in with all types of interiors.
Price examples include £429 for the Oxford Medium Half Panel Bookcase, £579 for the 4ft Storage Coffee Table and £449 for the Large Console Table.
6. New flight launch…
Georgian Airways is introducing direct flights from Gatwick to Tbilisi in Georgia from 15th May – the first direct flights from the UK for four years.
The flights will operate twice-weekly on Monday and Saturday to the pretty Georgian capital.
If you’re looking for a package deal, Regent Holidays offers a choice of holidays including city breaks in Tbilisi starting from £770 for a five-night stay on bed-and-breakfast including direct flights and airport transfers.
7. UK Deal…
You can save up to £100 off seven-night River Thames cruises this month (April) with Le Boat.
Guests can travel by river to famous sites such as Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace and Cliveden House on a Le Boat Majestic Cruise. After visiting the regal buildings, there’s also time to explore Kew Palace and the Botanical Gardens before dining at some of England’s best restaurants, located along the Thames.
There’s also £50 off short breaks departing this month. For both offers, quote APRIL at the checkout. Prices are from £786 per boat (saving £322) for a seven-night self-catered stay from 21 April 2017 on Countess, which sleeps up to six people.
8. Worldwide Deal…
My Caribbean Holiday has launched an April sale, running to the end of this month, where travellers can save up to 50% on all-inclusive packages to the Caribbean and Mexico.
Deals include Antigua from £1,149, Bahamas from £1,289, Mexico from £1,419 and St Lucia from £979.
In the Bahamas (£1,289) guests can stay seven nights on all-inclusive at Breeze Bahamas for £1,289 in September, saving 45%.
The price is based on two adults sharing a twin room and includes British Airways flights from London Heathrow on 14th September 2017.
9. Bargain Spot
National Rail is offering £5 off its 16-25 and Family & Friends one-year Railcards.
Railcard owners save an average of £142.80 a year, more than four times its cost at standard price – and up to six times as much at the discount price.
As well as a third off fares, exclusive discounts are also available to Railcard holders on top attractions, entertainment and UK holiday destinations, including discounts on Virgin Experience Days and theatre tickets.
10. What’s New?
Last year, travel site momondo launched The DNA Journey an award-winning film and project that garnered over 300 million views across different platforms worldwide.
momondo invited 67 participants from around the world to take part in the project. The participants were offered a DNA test to find out more about their ancestry, after discussing their heritage and prejudices. Later, the participants were invited back and the results were revealed in an emotional and surprising video.
After the release of the film, more than 175,000 people globally participated in the original competition associated to the video. The prize for the first round of winners was a DNA kit, and the grand prize was a DNA Journey to some of the countries or regions found in the participant’s DNA.
Now the company is offering Brits another chance to uncover their own ancestry and discover their DNA origins.
Until the end of this month, momondo is running a competition to win one of 30 DNA kits, and participants can enter by writing a short brief about how they will open up the world through travel. One lucky Brit will win a DNA Journey worth £1,300 to visit countries or regions found in their DNA.
Family diary dates
On 29th & 30th April (10am-8pm), Extreme Festival is arriving in Kent, the garden of England, along with The Beast, live music, great food and of course beer.
The Beast, the world’s biggest inflatable obstacle course, is coming to Groombridge Place in Tunbridge Wells for the Extreme Festival on April 29th and 30th – and tickets are now on sale.
Measuring in at a whopping 893ft, the course is made up of 32 inflatables and has been designed specifically to give adults the chance to be “a kid again”, with inflatable walls, rings and huge bouncy balls.
Under 5’s go free with paying adults and tickets cost £22 (plus a booking fee of £1.70 per ticket). Tickets include unlimited entry to ‘THE BEAST’ and access to the festival area, but not Groombridge Place the attraction.
May Day, May Day!
Why not celebrate May Day at historic Hever Castle & Gardens over the early May Bank Holiday?
The May Day Festival runs from 29 April – 1 May with a host of customs and activities for all the family to enjoy.
Families can join the Lord and Lady of the May on the Castle forecourt and see the crowning of the May Queen.
Visitors are invited to dance around the Maypole with brightly coloured ribbons intertwined. This age old custom is followed by demonstrations of May Day Dancing accompanied by 16th century music.
Meet the mythical Jack-in-the-Green and follow the Green Man from folklore in a customary May Day procession through the gardens as he wakes up the plants for summer with the help of children and their magical May bells. There’s also a May Day trail through the Castle.
Pssst..! This week’s interesting fact…
Online travel agency Kiwi.com has produced a study comparing the distances superstar footballers travel during their playing careers, highlighting which players are most clinical (goals), which get in the most trouble (bookings) and which get paid the most for the miles they travel.
The key findings include:
– Wayne Rooney is England’s ultimate journeyman – travelling 243,959 miles during his playing career – over 16k per year.
– The United legend has scored an impressive 13.12 goals per 10,000 miles travelled – that’s more than the two best players in the world Ronaldo (10.64) and Messi (10.58).
– Robert Lewandowski is the most lethal traveller, scoring an incredible 21.13 goals per 10,000 miles travelled.
– Carlos Tevez, currently plying his trade in China, is the most expensive traveller, paid £1,339 per mile travelled based on current salary.
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