10 New Things: What’s New This Week?
(21st – 28th July, 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.
Please note that I have not received any payment to feature these products and services – I do so because I like them and/or they offer genuine value for money!
1. This week we’re loving…
This Mermaid bookend from Flying Tiger! It’s unique, quirky and fun – and costs just £2.
2. My latest purchase…
This Turbie Towel was just £1.69 from B&M!
3. Bargain spot
This ‘House Rules’ house sign was found in M&Co and was reduced to £3.
4. New launch…
Harris has launched a new decorating brush range called BLADE™, which offers an easier, cleaner and more precise way to paint! The carefully selected, synthetic bristles are at the optimum length, making them easier to control, which means that you can paint effortlessly and get the job done quicker.
It’s cleaner because the slim brush head picks up and lays off a more manageable amount of paint, reducing paint drips, so you not only get a neater finish but spend less time cleaning up afterwards.
Finally, it’s more precise because it’s been designed with BLADE™ technology, which tapers the brush head and guides the bristles to form a blade like tip, so that you can achieve outstanding precision along even the tiniest edge.
The brushes come in 1”, 1.5”, 2” and as a 3 pack (containing one of each size) making them perfect for cutting in along edges and all of those other tricky bits. The range starts from £2.50 and is available to purchase from independent retailers nationwide, Bunnings and Homebase stores.
5. I’ve got my eye on….
Made-to-measure wall mural company, Wallsauce.com, has partnered with the Natural History Museum to produce a collection of new murals.
The 21 piece collection features content from dinosaur exhibitions dating back as far as the 1800’s to present day. It includes imagery from the famous Hintze Hall, dinosaur pattern prints and photography of Dippy the Diplodocus which will go on national tour in early 2018. The wall murals look to bring a sense of culture, history and education to any room in the home and cater for all age groups and tastes.
6. New flight launch…
WOW air, Iceland’s only low-cost airline, has today announced the return of £139.99* fares to celebrate the commencement of its new service from the UK to Chicago.
The fares are on sale now, to coincide with the airline’s inaugural flight. Travellers from London Gatwick can snap up a flight for £139.99 (valid for the travel period September to March), with the same fares from Edinburgh and Bristol.
7. UK Deal…
Families can save £100 on July bookings at six of Verdant Leisure’s parks based in Scotland and the north of England.
Guests can enjoy a three-night stay along the stunning East Lothian coastline at Thurston Manor Leisure Park.
As an example, families can spend days at the region’s eight award-winning beaches, relaxing and exploring the magnificent views before returning to their Deluxe Caravan. A three-night stay, based on two adults and two children in a Deluxe Caravan, at Thurston Manor Leisure Park starts from just £319, arriving on 28th July.
8. Worldwide Deal…
Mark Warner is offering a week’s stay in Corsica at the San Lucianu Beach Resort from 22nd July with prices from £929 for adults and £829 for kids.
The resort is great for cycling and watersport enthusiasts, with activities offered free of charge. How do I know? I’ve stayed there!
9. Bargain Spot
What a great idea this Splash Proof Beach Bag is. When you’re off to the beach on holiday and you need something to put your wet swimsuits in so it doesn’t get everything else wet, this is it.
It’s just £1 from Poundland. At that price – silly not to really.
10. What’s New?
Premier Holidays has joined forces with Condor Ferries to promote the benefits of travelling by car to the Channel Islands.
The new campaign, which runs until the end of August, highlights the convenience of travelling by car to Jersey and Guernsey. Several tactical offers, including accommodation and travel, are available offering people a £30 discount on travelling with Condor Ferries from Poole, based on two people sharing and taking their own vehicle.
Family diary dates
Visit Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax this summer for a boredom-busting festival of tech, science, performance and play, including digiPlaySpace a new exhibition all the way from Canada!
From Saturday 22nd July to Sunday 3rd September Eureka! is open daily from 10am to 5pm, offering a packed programme of activities perfect for family fun.
War is coming to Warwick Castle from 22nd July – 3rd September with an all-new horseback jousting spectacle.
Families must pledge allegiance to either the House of York or the House of Lancaster and join a 2,000-strong cheering crowd in the jousting arena as the pummeling of horses’ hooves and the splintering of lances reverberates throughout Wars of the Roses LIVE. The spectacle is included in castle admission at no extra cost.
A jousting jolly!
Jousting tournaments take place throughout the summer at Hever Castle on July 15 & 16; 22 & 23; 29 & 30, August 12 & 13; 19 & 20; 25 – 28.
Throughout the summer spectators will be treated to exhilarating displays of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena complete with Royal Box.
Surrounded by award-winning gardens and dating back to the 13th century, historic Hever Castle provides a picturesque setting for a fantastic day of jousting.
Bring a blanket or watch the joust in style from the medieval spectator stands, available for a small cost on a first-come, first-served basis. Then choose which knights you support and cheer them to glory.
Admission Prices (gardens only) are £14.20 for adults and £9 for kids or a family ticket is £38.90.
Strutting It Street Style
Take a walk down Summer Streets on Regent Street to enjoy a range of entertainment and activities, as well as delicious food and drink.
The annual traffic-free event takes place on the first four Sundays in July and transforms the bustling street into one big summer party. The next events are on 16th and 23rd July.
Zip World London
The biggest, fastest city zipwire in the world will thrill visitors to London’s Southbank this summer (from 14th July to 1st October).
Zip World London will offer thrillseekers a never-seen-before view of London’s skyline, including Big Ben, the Shard and the London Eye, as they launch from a tower 35 metres above Archbishop’s Park.
Riders will reach speeds of around 50mph as they zip along the 225-metre wire in just over 30 seconds. An adult ticket costs £22.50 per person.
Put your sleuthing skills to the test this summer at The London Dungeon, as you’re transported back to 1888 and the night of Jack the Ripper’s double murder.
Guests will need to keep their eyes sharp and their wits about them as they enter Dutfield’s Yard, the scene of Elizabeth Stride’s murder.
Alongside the terrifying tale, the experience brings to life 1,000 years of London’s dark history with ample amounts of jumps and scares thrown in. The event runs from 17th July until 3rd September.
On the door prices for adults are £30 and child prices are £24 (ages 3-15). If you book online you’ll receive up to 30% off.
Come Fly With Me
Stratford Butterfly Farm is inviting visitors to come along and get up close to a number of insects including the tailless whip Scorpion Damon diadema this summer! The Scorpion originates from Central Africa where it lives in caves and crevices.
However these creatures are completely harmless and have no venomous tail. A whip scorpion was used in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie and had the unforgiveable killing curse used on it! The ever-popular Meet the Mini-Beast handling sessions will take place daily from 22 July – 3 September when the Education Team will be inviting visitors to hold a variety of stick insects, African land snails, giant millipedes, hermit crabs and even Madagascan cockroaches!
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 remaining season, Freedom (July to September), will showcase cultural events from art to music, theatre to film, and dance to family friendly activities.
Deal at the Dell
During the summer month weekends, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s outdoor theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, ‘The Dell’, will play host to a range of student, community and semi-professional productions.
Performances have already kicked off and run until 27th August. The Dell is situated on the banks of the River Avon in Avonbank Gardens and entrance is free.
For more information visit www.shakespeares-england.co.uk
Pssst..! This week’s interesting fact…
A survey by travel money specialists Caxton found that today’s children go on twice as many foreign holidays as their parents did.
Other findings from the survey included: travel to destinations outside Europe has increased 70% since 1997; a fifth (19%) of parents prefer to take their children ‘travelling’ rather than just going on holiday; and the pound has fallen 19% against the Euro over the last two years and so European holidays are not as good value as they used to be.