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Wowcher Takes on Top Gear


There’s been no shortage of TV scandals in recent years. The Great British Bake Off had us on the edge of our seats with #bingate, and we sat with mouths agape as a violinist chucked eggs at Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent in 2013. However, no TV scandal had us in more distress than the day the bad boy of the BBC (Jezza Clarkson, of course) got himself fired.

However, after months of patient waiting, we were rewarded with some good news. Much like the Backstreet Boys, the car racing trio will be back (this time on Amazon Prime), while Top Gear will live on with the help of the entertainment pro and petrol head, Chris Evans. Hoorah! As a belated celebration of this momentous news, we’ve decided to bring you a whole array of once in a lifetime Top Gear deals that’ll satisfy any fan’s need for speed. So, what have we got in store?


‘Hot Lap with The Stig Experience

Some say that he invented December, some say that he can’t tell time. All we know is, he’s called The Stig, and with this deal, you’ll be riding right alongside him. Taking place at the Top Gear track, you will be expertly driven around all the corners you’ve seen on the TV show by the man himself and will even get a photo op with The Stig as well as an epic video of your lap. Fancy getting in the driver’s seat yourself? Then how about this next deal?


‘Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car’ Experience

Join the long list of celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Bob Geldof, who have driven around the Top Gear track in the mighty Kia Cee’d. You’ll speed around the figure-of-eight track whilst being filmed with the on-board camera, just like the celebs! How far up the leaderboard do you reckon you can get? Only one way to find out!

‘Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car’ Short Circuit Experience – GOING LIVE SOON!

You can also opt for the ‘Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car’ short circuit experience, which will see you whizzing around an edited version of the track that includes the Chicago, Hammerhead and Follow-Through! It starts with a warm-up lap in the Kia Cee’d, followed by three high-speed laps. How fast can you go?


Ariel Atom Track Experience

If you think windows and car doors are overrated, then speed around the Top Gear track in the famously fast Ariel Atom car, which accelerates from 0-60mph in just 2.6 seconds! You’ll complete approximately seven miles of driving, while your face is rearranged by the wind. You’ll be filmed with an on-board camera, just like the celebs, and will take the footage home with you on a USB stick to laugh at with all your mates!


Off-Roading Experience

Many momentous Top Gear adventures have been off-road, which is why we’re bringing you this wild deal that replicates Jeremy Clarkson’s attempt to outrun a Challenger tank. You’ll hop behind the wheel of a purpose-built 4 x 4 Land Rover, navigating your way through woodland before hiding behind caravans and over hills as a parked tank takes pot-shots at you. How many times will you get hit?

Under-17s Off-Roading Experience 

If you’re itching to get behind the wheel, but haven’t yet got your licence, then this under 17s off-roading experience is perfect. You’ll take the wheel of an automatic and dual-controlled Range Rover Evoque for approximately 30 minutes, while an expert driving instructor helps you to get to grips with the tricky twists, turns and bends.


‘Hot Lap’ Experience

Or, if you don’t have a licence but you still want to race over the Top Gear track, then take part in this ‘Hot Lap’ experience, where you sit in the passenger’s seat as an expert driver races around the famous track as fast as possible. Hold onto your hat, you’re in for quite the ride!

If one of these experiences just isn’t enough, then why not opt for a bundle deal? You can combine the ‘Hot Lap with The Stig’ with the ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ short circuit experience, the Ariel Atom with the ‘Hot Lap’ experience, the off-roading experience with the ‘Hot Lap’ experience, and last but not least (our personal fave), the ‘Hot Lap with The Stig’ with the off-roading experience.


But wait, there’s more! Each and every one of the deals listed above also includes two-hour studio access, allowing you to stand in the same spot that Clarkson, Hammond, May and many celebrity guests have previously. Wow!

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The Wowcher Guide to Christmas Markets

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To unashamedly steal the immortal words of Andy Williams, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. But it’s not just the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer that fills us with festive joy, it’s the opportunity to head to one of the many Christmas markets that the world has to offer. There’s no better way to spend the season than by shopping for loved ones at quaint market stalls, standing beneath sparkling lights while sipping on a warm mug of hot chocolate and listening to live festive music over an outside fire. The question is: should you head abroad for your annual dose of Christmas cheer, or stay in the UK? Wowcher’s here to help you decide…


Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

We’ll start with England and the fantastic Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Open daily from 10am to 10pm, Winter Wonderland is filled with a large array of attractions such as the Giant Wheel which allows you to take in the stunning views of lit-up London. You can also pop into the Magical Ice Kingdom which takes you through a fantastical world of real ice sculptures and slides, Bar Ice where hand crafted tables, walls and sculptures glisten with ice as you sip on delicious cocktails and circus shows, such as Zippos Christmas Circus for the family and Cirque Berserk for the evening crowd.

Edinburgh’s Christmas 2015


Taking place in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh’s Christmas market is a truly special place to spend the festive period. Picture the scene: you begin the day with an adrenaline rush on their Christmas tree slide and rollercoaster, before getting lost with your loved one in the Christmas tree maze and sitting on Santa’s lap at the grotto. Then you slip into some skates and whiz around the icy rink before grabbing some warm food and a nice hot chocolate from the market stalls.

Bath Christmas Market


Bath Christmas market is all about the location. Within the market you’ll find over 170 traditional wooden chalets surrounding the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey, but venture beyond the market and you’ll find a plethora of Christmas treats for the whole family. Last year Bath on Ice returned with their fab ice rink, The Holburne Museum held its spectacular lantern procession, Santa popped by to say hello to the kids and there was even a pop-up Après Ski Bar serving up steamy mulled wine. Sound good? Then check out this deal!


The Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Now let’s hop across the pond to New York for The Columbus Circle Holiday Market in Central Park. Lose yourself for hours as you wander through the market stalls that stock everything from handmade wooden puzzles to artisan chocolate, gingerbread houses and cider, before taking a carriage ride through the park with your significant other. End the day by sampling some food from the local vendors who cook right in front of you, and we think that makes for a pretty festive evening.

Vienna’s Christmas Markets


Vienna transforms into a fairytale world of romantic nostalgia and festive cheer in the run-up to Christmas, so you won’t be short of market options if you decide to head here. Taking place in front of spectacular landmarks such as Belvedere Palace, the City Hall and Imperial Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna markets provide the perfect backdrop for your Christmas shopping. With each market filled with traditional chalets selling mulled wine, delicious treats and exquisite gifts, you might find it difficult to decide which one to go to, so why not go to more than one and make the most of your trip to Austria?

Dresden Christmas Market


Traditionally called Striezelmarkt, The Dresden Christmas market is Germany’s oldest, dating back to 1434. Located on the Altmarkt Square in the historical city centre, this market is filled with romantic and festive charm and is an utter treasure trove for unique and traditional handmade gifts. While you pick up some presents for your loved ones back home, you can watch the skilled carvers, glass-blowers and bakers in action, before heading towards the world’s tallest Christmas pyramid (standing at an impressive 14m!) for a photo op. Or, with this deal you can enjoy a Christmas market break in one of Germany’s other beautiful cities from just £89pp!

So there you have it. If you want attractions head to Hyde Park or Edinburgh, if it’s all about location head to Bath, if you want a choice of markets then hop on a plane to Vienna, if you’re all about tradition go to Dresden, or if you’re a fan of The Pogues and want to experience a ‘Fairytale of New York’ then head to The Columbus Circle Holiday Market in Central Park.

Of course, the choice doesn’t end there! With this deal you can head to your choice of European Christmas market from just £89pp. What will it be? Rome? Prague? Budapest? The choice is yours…

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Wowcher’s Top 5 Winter Sun Destinations


As winter prepares to fall around us like a cold, dark shroud, there are certain aspects of the cooler months that we can’t wait for. Christmas, New Year, cosy nights in by the fire and hot dinners with the family are all prime examples of why winter is many people’s favourite season. However, if you mourn the passing of autumn and long for sunshine and longer days, then what you need is a short break away from the cold and gloom to lavish in warmer climes. Once you’ve decided that a temporary exodus from Britain is needed, then comes the next conundrum of where on earth should you go to enjoy a little sun and warmth in the depths of winter, without forking out an arm and a leg to get there? Here is Wowcher’s guide to the top destinations for getting that little bit of much needed winter sun…


Marrakesh, Morocco

Known as a hub of African, Islamic and European cultures, Marrakesh is a rare example of an inland city destination that caters perfectly to both sun-seekers and culture vultures. A thriving hub of chaotic culture, from the frenetic activity of the market souks to the laid back luxury of the hotels, restaurants and shisha bars, Marrakesh is a must-visit city for anyone in search of a unique, North African adventure. The Djemaa El-Fna, the main market square is the epicentre of the city’s cultural life, making it a compulsory visit whilst you’re in Marrakesh. Also of interest is the historical Koutoubia Mosque and the opulent and impressive Saadian Tombs, showcasing the very finest in Islamic architecture and art.

blog-marrakesh-two  Why go there?

The thrilling atmosphere of a capital city that offers everything a modern traveller needs whilst also revelling in it’s fascinating past, incredible traditions and unique culture, all with a balmy warm temperature even in the depths of winter.

January high temperature: 19°C

Flight time: 3 hours 40 mins

Wowcher have previously offered three nights in Marrakesh, including return flights, for just £99pp. Now that’s a winter sun offer you can’t ignore!

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Wowcher Reviews The Waldorf Hilton



I have been for afternoon tea before. I’ve slathered scones with jam and tipped tea into china cups. I’ve felt the excitement of tiers of treats being laid before you and playing a game of ‘guess the filling of the sandwich’. It’s an English tradition that, as a Scot, I have grown to absolutely adore over the years. So when I was asked if I would like to visit The Waldorf for afternoon tea along with my colleague Doug, I jumped at the chance. Literally, I put my hands in the air like I just didn’t care. However, as I turned the corner onto the Aldwych towards the hotel (after almost entering the staff only entrance), I could tell that none of my previous experiences had quite prepared me for this one…


The Waldorf Hilton is stunning. Grand and illuminated, it certainly makes you feel special right from the first glimpse. It’s no wonder that stars including Dame Judi Dench, Pierce Brosnan and even Pavarotti have rested here during their London visits. A kind gentleman opens the door as you enter, and the lobby, filled with marble, chandeliers and sophisticated seating areas, leaves you speechless. Places like this can normally leave me feeling a little intimidated (I’m currently questioning whether to throw my Primark jacket on the floor as if I don’t own it), but everyone who passes us is so friendly and welcoming that I can’t help but feel at ease.


It appears that I can’t stop smiling. As we are led through to the Homage Restaurant where our afternoon tea will be held, our jackets are taken to be hung up before we enter the room itself. A collection of stately pillars, accents of gold and a few dozen tables line the edge and cluster in the centre of the high ceilinged room. We get to choose our place, so we pick a round table in the centre of the room, right next to the harp. Yes, that’s right. A harp. And not just any harp. A harp that is blissfully playing Sam Smith, Adele, Ed Sheeran and Disney classics. It really is something special, and I cannot imagine a more perfect venue to enjoy a luxurious tea. A sweet sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of city living, with only the occasional gentle rumble of the underground below to remind you that you are in fact in the centre of London.


Our waiter, or more like a tea-bearing angel in human form, welcomes us. A glass of champagne each is poured, and as we take a look through the menu he carries over a box of small jars filled with tea leaves. From The Waldorf Tribute Blend to the Elderflower & Blossom infusion, we have a sniff until settling on our selections. I choose the Red Caramel Velvet (the waiter’s personal favourite), and Doug selects the Nutty Chocolate.


Upon special request we ask for all the food to be brought to the table at the same time – normally the champagne is enjoyed with a selection of finger sandwiches, then the tiers of scones and desserts are accompanied by the tea after. A deliciously delicate feast is set before us, and the waiter’s knowledge of the menu is impeccable; this is the ham and mustard on onion bread, the cheese and cucumber on carrot bread, the freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream, a pistachio macaroon, lemon meringue, chocolate and orange cake, cherry and almond bake… the list goes on and really my description won’t do it any justice. Everything is sublime.


After many photos are taken by Doug, who looks like he is just seriously upping his Instagram game, we dive into the sandwiches first. Although dainty in size, they seriously pack a punch of flavour. The variety of dough means my taste buds are not bored, nor confused, since the menu describes what the contents of each one. Next is the scones, whose freshly baked scent has been enticing me ever since the plate was set down. Plenty of clotted cream and lashings of jam, accompanied by my Red Caramel Velvet tea (which has been brewed to perfection with the tea timer), and I’m quickly drifting off into scone heaven.


Now for the desserts. All miniature sized and calling out my name, it’s the chocolate and orange cake that is the first to go. I can confidently say it is one of best chocolate cakes I have ever eaten in my life. Surely nothing else can possibly live up to this? Oh no, wait, here comes the Irish cream sponge with white chocolate curl. Once again I feel like I’ve entered pudding paradise. Doug eats one of the pistachio macaroons, and I swear I didn’t even see it hit the sides…


The conclusion? My stomach is what can only be described as entirely content. My cheeks hurt from smiling so much. And I am absolutely positive that no afternoon tea will ever beat this. One very happy foodie, over and out.

Highlight: Dedicated song from the harpist, 500 Miles by The Proclaimers

Top treat: Yummy chocolate and orange cake

If you want to delve into the astoundingly brew-tiful afternoon tea at The Waldorf Hilton, take a look at our scrumptious deal here.

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The Wowcher Guide To False Lashes



False lashes can be the perfect finishing touch to glam up your evening look – get them right like Kylie Jenner and you can propel your look to Hollywood starlet in a f-lash, get them wrong and you could end up looking like Daisy the Cow! Wowcher’s here to show you how to apply your lashes perfectly every time, without fail, in five simple steps with handy images to illustrate each stage as we go… Fabulous!


Stage 1: Once all of your makeup is applied, add a small amount of mascara to strengthen and darken your real lashes to match the falsies.


Stage 2: Carefully add a good amount of glue to the strip and wait for it to dry so the glue is more sticky than wet.


Stage 3: Starting at the centre of your eye and using tweezers if you prefer, stick the strip to your eyelid. Aim to get as close to your lash line as possible.


Stage 4: Using your tweezers (or fingers if you find it easier), press the lashes onto the outer and inner corners of your eyelids.  Hold for a few seconds to make sure they’re stuck.


Stage 5: Press with your fingers for a secure fit and to incorporate with your natural lashes – et voilà!

Get the look: We used these DVA strip lashes in ‘Diva’. They create a dramatic look with impact that’s perfect for a night on the town. Each pack contains ten pairs of hand-crafted and tied lashes and includes a pot of black glue – ideal for beginners without that perfect precision. Flutter your feathery feline peepers with dazzling results!


The Wowcher Guide To Bonfire Night



Remember, remember, the fifth of November… To be honest, as much as we may remind ourselves to bear this date in mind, it’s easy to forget how downright bizarre a holiday it is. Back in 1605, a group of fourteen English Catholics who were tired of being persecuted by the monarch decided to take a stand. Renting a cellar under the House of Lords, these conspirators began stockpiling gunpowder barrels with the intention of blowing up Parliament and, with it, the most powerful men in Britain. An anonymous letter to the authorities, however, saw that these actions never took place, leading to the men involved being hanged, drawn and quartered, as well as enduring all number of unthinkable obscenities.


Which, when it comes down to it, is an awfully strange thing to celebrate every year. Thankfully, over time, the true nature of bonfire night has gradually been eclipsed by a something altogether more pleasant. Far from thinking about religious wars and disembowelments, we tend to picture friends and family gathered together, edible delights and flashes of brilliant colour. Events pop up all over the country, from glittering gatherings outside community centres to stunning showcases in public parks, drawing in droves of spectators who want to eat, drink and be merry.

Sometimes, though, this can all get to be a bit much. The sounds, the smells and the surging crowds are a nice idea in theory, but they can often make you long for something more personal. Luckily for you, we’re on hand to show you how you can host your own bonfire night from the comfort of your own home! All you have to do is follow these simple steps, and you’ll have a fifth of November that you will certainly remember, remember…


First and foremost, if you’re going to host a bonfire night, you’re going to need a bonfire. It’s just common sense. Building a fire is pretty straightforward: gather dry leaves, paper or wood shavings to use for tinder (no, not that Tinder), stack small pieces of wood on top to kindle (no, not that Kindle) and then gradually assemble larger bits of firewood in a tepee formation so that your spark can grow. Surround the fire with rocks or logs so that it remains controlled, or even start it in that fire pit that sits wedged at the back of your garage, and don’t forget to maintain plenty of distance. Oh, and don’t throw refuse or aerosol cans in there. That’s how headlines start, people.


Come on, let your colours burst. Make ‘em go, ‘aah, aah, aah.’ You’re gonna leave ‘em all in awe, awe, awe. This is not just an inspirational little pop ditty by Katy Perry but a promise of what will happen if you do this stage correctly. Give yourself plenty of space, designate one person at a time to be Chief Firework Setter-Offer and stand back in appreciation. Be sure you’ve practiced your ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ beforehand, too. Do all of this and, baby, you’ll be a firework.


As in all situations in life, food is of utmost importance. Whether you’re bonkers for burgers, jonesing for a jacket potato or a hound for a hot dog, make sure that you’re fully stocked and fully prepared for the culinary demands of the night. Make good use of that 12-piece kitchen pan set to knock up a batch of your famous chilli. Get your money’s worth out of that griddle pan and serve a scintillating sizzling steak. Or maybe prepare a bowl of fresh salad with those cutting edge knives that you have. Whatever you plump for, you’re going to have some very happy punters.


Aside from the burning effigy of a 17th century ‘terrorist’, the most enduring image of the fifth of November is the coveted toffee apple. Symbolising the decedent delights that the night has come to represent, the sugar-coated fruit is the perfect naughty-but-nice treat. But why stop there? Put that tin of black treacle to use and knock up a batch of bonfire toffee. Dust off that long-neglected fondue set, melt some chocolate and toast some marshmallows. Or, if the kids are cosy and tucked up in bed, slice up some apples, toss in some spices and mull yourself some cider. Delightfully devilish.


Finally, what would a night among friends be without what Shakespeare called ‘the food of love’? One of the main drawbacks of public firework events is that you’re completely at the mercy of the DJ. If, like us, you just don’t have it in you to sit through Kool & the Gang’s ‘Celebration’ or James Brown’s ‘I Feel Good’ for the umpteenth time, then this is your time to shine. Give those wireless Bluetooth speakers a good workout as you soundtrack a night of explosions, raging fires and searing sparklers. Come on, show ‘em what you’re worth!

If you don’t think you have what it takes to create a successful bonfire night (although with this guide, how could you go wrong?!), just head along to Harrow Fireworks Display for just £3 with Wowcher instead!

Happy bonfire night!

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Wowcher’s Guide To Halloween Costumes


Need some last minute Halloween costume inspiration? You’ve come to the right place…

  1. Karen from ‘Mean Girls’.
    'I'm a mouse, duh!'

    ‘I’m a mouse, duh!’

    You’ll just need a pair of mouse ears, blonde wig and constant vacant stare for this one.

  2. Zombie Minnie Mouse

    If you think this is bad, you should see what happened to Mickey…

    Throw on anything polka dot and then go wild with the make up. Need a little help? Then head to a two hour Halloween SFX makeup masterclass with Wowcher!

  3. Your nana

    Complete with a GILF-mobile to carry your hard-boiled sweets and gin.

    Raid your nana’s wardrobe, put in some rollers and go nuts with some dry shampoo or talcum powder and you’ll be ready for a pensioner’s bus pass. Not that you’ll need one with your wheelbarrow/GILF-mobile…

  4. Bananas in Pyjamas

    ‘Bananas in pyjamas are running down the stairs. Bananas in pyjamas are coming down in pairs…’

    This outfit requires minimal effort. Just roll up in your jim-jams and whack on a cardboard mask!

  5. Lego

    ‘I throw my hands up in the air sometimes, singing AAA-OH, I’m a LE-GO…’

    Get creative with some cardboard and yellow paint, but don’t forget the eye holes for the love of God…

  6. Kim Possible, Ron Stoppable and the Naked Mole Rat

    A perfect way to use up all that flesh-coloured spandex we have lying around…

    You’ll need an orange wig, black crop top and combat trousers for Kim, a blonde wig and polo for Ron and some Spanx and a bald cap for the mole rat. You’ll also need some serious guts and a big pair of pumpkins to pull this one off! (But not literally and especially not in those Spanx. Some things are better left to the imagination…)

  7. Beast and Mystique from X-Men

    Be warned: This will leave you washing out ‘blue’ for WEEKS after Halloween.

    You’ll need blue paint, and some more blue paint, and then just a little more blue paint after that. Then grab some red hair spray for Mystique and some glasses and fangs for Beast and you’re done!

  8. A hat stand

    ‘They said I could be anything, so I became a hat stand.’

    Hats. You just needs hats.

  9. Dead prom King and Queen
    dead prom king and queen

    How we probably all looked after prom, am I right?

    Rip up your old prom dress, cover yourself in fake blood and make a couple of sashes. You’ll also need to stop off at Burger King for a couple of cardboard crowns and a burger (or ten) to line your stomach…

  10. A Mexican

    /the guy from the Doritos ad

    For this one you just need a Mexican hat and fake tash. Bag of Doritos is optional.

  11. Lil Wayne

    Don’t cover your face, things could be worse! You could be Lil Wayne…

    Simply requires some tin foil for grills, eye liner for tattoos and plaits for dreadlocks. Voilà!

Now you’ve got some costume inspiration, you need to figure out where you’ll spend the spooky holiday. As luck would have it, we’ve got that sorted too! All you single ladies can head on a haunted singles’ bar crawl or a ‘Lock and Key’ speed dating party, where you could meet Mr. Right or Mr. You’ll Do For Tonight while having a fright. Alternatively, pop along to the PhoboPhobia Live Halloween Show at The London Bridge Experience, winner of best year-round UK scare attraction for the past 5 years. With loads more Halloween events currently on site such as Tulleys The Howl Scream Park at Mead Open Farm and the ‘Halloween Party for Essex’ (featuring S Club!), we’ve got Halloween well and truly sorted for a fraction of the price.

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Wowcher vs Oucher: Winter Footwear



Boots are essential in this winter weather, but with all that rain and potential for snow, splashing out on a fancy pair may not be the greatest idea. While designer labels set the trends, we know that they’re certainly not the be all and end all of fashion – so with a Santa-style sack full of bargain wintery treats for your feet, today’s blog is designed with the sole purpose of showing you how we deliver style at a fraction of the price! With a variety of different trends on offer, we invite you to buckle, lace and fasten up as we walk you through a selection of the most boot-iful winter footwear trends…


Round 1: Ankle boots



A staple this season, ankle boots will see you right through from autumn to spring and are perfect whether worn at work, play or during the day. From red to animal print and sparkly to peep toe, we’ve seen them all – but if, like us, you can’t afford them all, we think a simple and elegant black pair is your safest bet for maximum wear!

Perfect with just about anything, these black platform Chelsea boots are a sure-fire winner. The chunky heel is bang on-trend and the height is perfect for giving shorter girls a little lift. Similar to the Kurt Geiger ankle boots, we just love the height, gold zip and buckle detailing.

If its everyday flats you’re looking for then these ankle Chelsea boots will certainly do the job. They come in six different styles, including faux suede and faux croc skin, which adds a fabulously luxurious touch – priced at just £14, they’re boot-ilicious!


Round 2: Sheepskin boots

Always a hit for their comfort and warmth, sheepskin boots are an easy way to keep cosy this winter. These super cool and versatile Australian Sheepskin Zippyboots can transform into four different looks, featuring a zip-off tall section and foldable tops. Alternatively, get a pair of these sheepskin and merino wool boots in one of six fabulous colours, which are perfect for tucking in jeans and can be enjoyed for a fraction of the price of luxury brand UGG®.

If your budget doesn’t stretch that far then don’t worry, as we have great faux fur options too. These winter ankle boots feature a cute buckle detail and come in gorgeous teal, and these simple fleece-lined beauties are the cheapest of the bunch at just £8. Baa-gain!


Round 3: Riding boots
A classic style that will forever be in fashion, the riding boot is a must-have that could potentially yield years of wear, providing you give them plenty of care and attention. With lots of different styles kicking about, you could easily grab a slice of this elegant look that’s a favourite of our glamorous Duchess of Cambridge.

Feast your eyes on these beautiful leather riding boots, for example – not dissimilar to those by fashion footwear favourite, Dune, they come in high quality genuine black or brown leather that will weather well and stay solid for years to come. Fantastic for maintaining a snug fit around the calf, they have an elasticated back that also provides breathing room for extra give, stretch and comfort. We think these boots are great, neigh, gorgeous!


Final round: the best of the rest!
A massive trend this year, the thigh-high boot is sexy, daring and fabulous, and we wouldn’t be doing our job right if we didn’t offer you a pair to get you strutting your stuff with the likes of the Kardashians, Rita Ora and Beyoncé!

A slightly more wearable option to the dominatrix-style celebrity showstoppers, these over the knee boots are the perfect statement shoe for the Christmas party season. Wear with a dress or skirt and show off those pins in style!

Forget those Wowcher vs Oucher comparisons for a minute, because we have the real deal with these winter warmers. From fashion brand Rocket Dog, these suede boots are lined with faux fur and come in five neutral colours. The perfect option for the cold winter weather, these casual boots are just right paired with jeans and a jumper on a blustery day. Long-lasting wear and toasty toes? Brilliant!

Finally, if we haven’t quite soled you our theory that our boots can hold their own against high-end retailers, maybe our final pair can seal the deal! Keeping warm is the aim of the coming months, and these 2-in-1 winter boots won’t disappoint! Made from genuine leather and lined with fluffy faux fur, they’re super cosy with sturdy ridged soles that are ideal for wet wintery weather and snowy, slippery streets. “Sold! To the thrifty, fashion-forward miss looking fabulous at the back there!”

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Wowcher Gets Wet and Wild @ Hot Tub Cinema


When it comes to kicking back and unwinding, there are a couple of staple indulgences on which we can always rely: A powerful cinema experience, with its ability to transport us to faraway worlds and regale us with thrilling tales of derring-do, is perfect for momentarily distracting us from our daily worries; Soaking in a hot tub is also a sure-fire winner, what with the combination of soothing, heated water and massaging bubbles making us feel, just for a moment, like everything is going to be all right.

For eons, these two disparate relaxation methods could only be enjoyed individually. The thought of combining the two was unthinkable, radical, akin to Columbus saying that the world was round. But now, in 2015, the pioneering folks at Hot Tub Cinema have done just that. They have taken an historic step in a brave new direction and, with it, revolutionised the movie watching experience.

The other week, I had the immense fortune of being able to catch Back to the Future when the Hot Tub Cinema came to Hackney. Given my blinding adoration for this movie (it’s really, probably, quite unhealthy), I’ve seen it something approaching a hundred times and in every way possible – or so I thought. As I arrived at the venue – a vast studio space lined with inflatable palm trees and underwear bunting – I could tell that this was going to be something new and wonderful.

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Once you’ve collected your tickets and donned your bathing suit, you are directed to your own personal tub. Walking into the arena is like venturing into the compound in Mad Max 2: You enter a sub-society, complete with its own laws, rules and regulations. You trade in money for chips that can be redeemed for beer, cocktails, soft drinks and snacks, enjoy waiter service direct to your watery domain and, most importantly, experience the film in a way unlike any other.

Challenging the attitude of people who loudly tut when others talk or giggle in the cinema (ahem, myself included), the governing ethos here is that of not just watching films but celebrating them. Far from being annoying, it actually unites the whole venue: You laugh louder when Biff tells Marty to ‘make like a tree and get out of here,’ cheer with more conviction when George lands that punch, and take part in a choral reciting of the film’s iconic final line.

As soon as the final credits roll, the venue transforms again. Before you can utter ‘Great Scott’, the tubs have been filled with bubble bath, the rave lights are on and the music has been turned all the way up to eleven. It’s the most hip and happening party to end a hubbly-bubbly movie-going experience, and one that we heartily recommend snapping up if you ever get the chance.

In fact, from 29th October until 7th November 2015, Bristolians will have just that. The Paintworks Event Space on Central Road will, for seven one-off nights, become home to the Hot Tub Cinema, giving you the chance to immerse yourself in your favourite movies in a way you won’t forget. So whether you want to not use the ‘z’ word, talk about scary movies, be moved by the circle of life, partake in some a-capella, sing along, come what may, reboot an old programme from the ‘80s or are just ready to paaartaaay, simply head over to Wowcher to see how you can become part of something amazing.

Cinema seats? Where we’re going, we don’t need cinema seats…

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If at first you don’t succeed…

Stock-imageWhen the Rugby World Cup began a few weeks ago, the country was overwhelmed with excitement. Would England bring home the trophy once more and this time reign in triumph on their home turf? Would Twickenham ring loudly with sounds of ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ as Chris Robshaw lifted the trophy in his (lovely) arms? No. No he wouldn’t. That chariot has sailed.

Where we had hoped to write a blog on England’s domination and the string of glorious tries, we figured the more uplifting focus is the string of glorious thighs, a little rugby (‘cause let’s not forget the other home nations are still in) and pondering the results of this weekend’s rugby madness.

Now that we’re into the quarter finals, what team do you fancy winning? Or what team do you fancy? Let’s have a look at the final eight’s best assets, shall we?

Dragons V Springboks


In times past people would have argued that Leigh Halfpenny had the most to offer from the Welsh squad but, alas, he is out injured, so what will they do? While Wales may be penniless, they are rich in many other ways. George North is arguably one of the greatest wingers in the game, with his fast pace, his quick feet and his oh-so-lovely face. Just look at that face.

George North and Sam Warburton - Welshrugbyunion/Instagram

George North and Sam Warburton – Welshrugbyunion/Instagram

Welsh Captain Sam Warburton (more like Sam What-a-bottom) is confident for their next game against South Africa, pointing out that in their most recent meeting Wales defeated the Springboks and is bringing with him a Welsh of expertise as well as, ahem, his other good qualities.

South Africa

Let’s face it, not all of us know a lot about rugby, but what we do know is that South Africa are meant to be good, and Japan are meant to be bad. Yet… in the SA v Japan meeting the score would tell a different tale. Will South Africa recover from their embarrassing defeat? Of course they will. The 2007 World Cup Champions have a lot going for them.

Firstly, and our personal favourite, Brian Habana. Holding the record number of tries scored in a World Cup (equalled with All Black legend Jonah Lomu) Habana’s speed and agility make him a serious threat. His incredible experience (playing – and scoring – for the winning SA team who brought the cup home in 2007) is a contribution the team will truly value, ‘cause let’s face it, who doesn’t love a man with experience?

Bryan Habana - prodirectrugby/Instagram

Bryan Habana and The Beast – prodirectrugby/Instagram

South Africa’s other asset (yes that is our favourite pun) is the Beast. *Beeeast*. What other man can inspire a crowd of 80,000 people to chant about his masculinity? Tendai Nihal “Beast” Mtawarira is a 6ft1, 18 stone prop who made his international debut in 2008 against Wales, and will be looking to demonstrate his dominating presence once more during Saturday’s match. Isn’t he manly?

In this battle of the brave, our money is on the Springboks (sorry George).

Bravehearts V Wallabies


The other team that play in green and the team that crushed England’s dreams. Two weeks ago, as England stepped onto the field against this testosterone-fuelled, adrenaline-powered team of bulldozers, we said ‘all we have to do is win’, but boy, we were kidding ourselves! How could we win against such a strong hold? Scotland have quite a match coming up but it is possible that Australia have some weak spots… right? Or do we just have a weak spot for some of Australia?

Star duo Israel Folau and David Pocock are set to play in the clash against Scotland despite sustaining injuries in the match against Wales (oh, rugby is a dangerous sport, isn’t it?). But we’ll tell you what, if Folau was in need of some tender love and care we’re sure there would be a line as long as Australia itself of caring people offering a hand (or two).

David Pocock and Israel Folau - davidpocock/Instagram

David Pocock and Israel Folau – davidpocock/Instagram


Scotland are the little team with the big brave hearts. With many star players putting in fantastic performances so far, it’s hard to pick out our favourites (but boy, did we enjoy trying)! Firstly, and most importantly, is Sean Lamont (Sean La Mount?). Sean won his 100th cap last weekend against Samoa and is now the second most-capped Scotsman of all time. He is unstoppable. No matter how much you want to, you can’t hold him down.

Then we have the ever lovely Sam Hidalgo-Clyne… usually we would argue that scrum halfs are not the most attractive on the team as the generally smaller and slighter, but Sam the man has given us something to think about. With such excellent skills as picking up the ball and throwing it wide, or putting the ball into the scrum Sam really does bring something special to Scotland. We only wish he would use his excellent handling skills elsewhere and bring something special to us…

Sean Lamont sflamont/Instagram

Sean Lamont – sflamont/Instagram

Who do you think will come out on top? We’re hoping for the men in blue and tartan but maybe that’s optimistic…

Le Bleu V All Black


No one wants France to win.

New Zealand

The reigning world champions have dominated the world competition for decades – holding the record number of points scored at a staggering 2012, including 272 tries. Wow. The All Blacks may be the favourites to win, but are they also the favourites elsewhere? Yes. The answer is yes. For two reasons:

  1. Sonny Bill Williams. This man literally lights up the room. With a cheeky smile and a badass tattoo sleeve Sonny Bill has it all. He is as hot as the sun and makes the ladies blush so red they look sun burnt… or Sonny burnt. Ouchy!
  2. Dan Carter. Literally the greatest thing that has ever happened to world rugby. And he will leave us soon. The sport, that is. He will remain forever in our hearts.
Sonny Bill Williams and Dan Carter -

Sonny Bill Williams and Dan Carter –

They’re the world champions for a reason, they strike fear in the hearts of all their opponents, and there is no doubt who will be entering the semi-finals from this match.

The Wolfhounds V The Pumas

While Ireland are suffering the loss of not one, not two but three and potentially four of their first team players, not all hope is lost. After suffering a devastating hamstring injury in last week’s game against France, O’Connell ends his international rugby career as one of Ireland’s longest-serving players, spanning a whopping 13 years and 250 days. As tactic planning and team re-building is happening behind the scenes, tributes to Paul O’Connell have been flooding in. So let’s take a moment to do the same.

Despite the heart-breaking loss of O’Connell and O’Mahony, Ireland (and let’s face it, everybody else) are still holding on to hope that Sexton will be fit to play this weekend. The question is whether his legs are fit enough… what do you think?

Jonny Sexton and Paul O’Connell -

Jonny Sexton and Paul O’Connell –

Yup. Definitely fit enough. …maybe just one more look to double check.

Jonny Sexton -

Jonny Sexton –

Ireland’s fly-half is pinned as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, in the game at the moment, and resting on those glorious shoulders are the hopes and dreams of Ireland rugby fans. So, ladies and gents, we must pray for a miracle.


In the last RWC, Argentina made it to the quarterfinals where they were knocked out by New Zealand. In 2007 they had made it the semi-finals winning the bronze final 34-10 against France. This year’s team will be hoping to repeat that success in the quarters and go all the way. How do you fancy their chances?

Scrum half Tomas Cubelli is the perfect demonstration of Shakespeare’s famous line ‘though [he] be but little [he] is fierce.’ If he can school the All Blacks what can’t he do? (we’d like him to be our teacher).

Tomas Cubelli -

Tomas Cubelli –

In the final battle of the brave here at Wowcher, we’re all hoping Ireland will come out winners and we’re finding ourselves prompted to perform a rendition of Ireeeeland, Ireeeland together standing tall. Our money is on the men in green!

So that’s it, folks. With a weekend of tries, thighs, scrums and bums why wouldn’t you spend it down the pub watching rugby? Whether you’re nurturing your grief through pseudo-supporting Wales, or you’re standing shoulder to shoulder with the Ireland fans, or maybe even your money is on the All Blacks, this weekend is sure to be simply divine!

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