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Archive for June 29, 2014

Painting the Town Red: The Wowcher Guide to La Tomatina!

You know that festival thing in Spain somewhere with the tomatoes? Well, we think it’s a festival, and we think it’s in Spain. Right? Come on, you’ve seen the pictures a hundred times. Well it actually looks like a hoot, and yes it is a festival. In fact, it might be the the most frantic, ridiculous, delicious and nutritious festival you’ll ever go to… Read more

Bloomin’ Marvellous

How green does your garden grow? Whether you have a botanical balcony, wild woodland or a manicured lawn, get inspired by our design ideas for style-conscious spaces and outdoor places…

Beauty in Bloom
Combine luscious greenery with fragrant blooms, creating your own little piece of nirvana. In fact, clever planting can turn any boring space into something rather beautiful. Take the Rattan Hanging Baskets for example, a refined way to display colourful flowers no matter how big or small your outdoor area may be. Tip: Opt for an even number of baskets – when it comes to this look, symmetry is key.  Read more

Wowcher’s Guide To: Spatial Awareness

Don’t let this happen to you – check out our guide to spatial awareness!

If you’ve ever struggled to navigate a simple door knob and have a tendency to fall, trip or bump into people, you may be suffering from poor spatial awareness. Angry commuters and involuntary bump n’ grind aside, your surroundings are also at risk of damage from a lack of spatial awareness. While you can’t control the great outdoors, it’s important to keep the space within your four walls safe and free from clutter to avoid further scrapes and collisions. So rather than worrying about elbowing that pregnant lady on the tube in the womb or causing a pile-up on the escalator, we suggest you take a glance at our guide to becoming more spatially aware.  Read more

Wowcher Does Trapeze Bar, Shoreditch

When Wowcher runs great food and drink deals at exciting venues around the UK, we really love to get to know the places personally. My mission, whether or not I chose to accept it, was to find a small group of friends and enjoy a huge sharing cocktail and food platter at the delightfully intriguing Trapeze Bar in East London. Located close to the hipster hub of Shoreditch, Trapeze Bar presents itself as an intriguing cross between a nightclub and a circus tent, with the ceiling adorned with hanging trapeze bars. It describes itself as ‘bathed in faded circus glamour’ and it’s this nod to the faded glory of the travelling circus which lends Trapeze much of its unique charm. Read more

Wowcher’s Guide To Beach Etiquette

Whether you’re snorkelling in Mauritius or enjoying a 99 Flake in Margate, the seaside can be great summer fun or a series of embarrassing mishaps. From vacations to stay-cations, we’ve rounded up the universal code of conduct when it comes to that all-important beach etiquette…

Personal Space
The music, the food, the impromptu Volleyball matches… there isn’t much of a finer time than a trip to the beach with friends. However, there’s nothing worse than when someone treats the coastline as if it’s their very own. We’re talking booming portable speakers, towels taking up too much space and sandcastles built in high traffic areas. Do you happen to be Sir Richard Branson on Neckar Island…? We thought as much, now turn it down – or just get a Mini MP3 Player instead!  Read more

Beyond the Final Whistle! Wowcher’s Guide to World Cup Nations: Croatia

The clear aquamarine waters, ancient fortifications and distinctive red-tiled roofs of the picturesque city of Dubrovnik

The clear aquamarine waters, ancient fortifications and distinctive red-tiled roofs of the picturesque city of Dubrovnik

OK, so the first thing that many of us will associate with Croatia is 1989 Eurovision Song Contest-winning pop act Riva. Whilst achieving a total of 137 points in a Eurovision final is nothing to be sniffed at, trust us when we say there is far more to Croatia than the great keyboard-led melody of Riva’s hit Rock Me.

Sitting between Slovenia and Bosnia & Herzegovina on the stunning Dalmatian coast, Croatia is a place of outstanding natural beauty with vast swathes of practically untouched landscape and the thriving cultural hubs of Zagreb and Dubrovnik. As well as being the birthplace of Real Madrid central midfielder Luka Modrić, Croatia has so much to offer as a place of history, culture and stunning scenery. Here is Wowcher’s guide to one of Southeast Europe’s most intriguing destinations… Read more

Wowcher Does Zucchero’s World Buffet

They say less is more, but with a chance to try out Leicester’s premiere buffet venue I wasn’t sure I agreed. Upon approach to the city-centre venue, I was experiencing a mix of emotions – hunger and excitement being key. I was also feeling slightly apprehensive – with Zucchero’s range of freshly cooked world cuisine, how could I physically try it all? I was unsure quite how to play things… Should I begin by dishing up a plate of cultural starters – prawn crackers, spring rolls, poppadoms, samosas, nachos, salad and more? Or serve myself according to region – an Italian plate followed by an Indian plate, and a Chinese plate to finish?  Read more

Wowcher’s Guide To: Festival Fashion

If the star-studded snaps of this year’s Coachella have left you questioning whether your go-to waterproof cagoule is as practi-cool as you think, fear not: there’s still time to salvage your festival wardrobe. Our home-grown festivals might not promise the scorching sun of the California desert, but our British spirit (not to mention our unparalleled – if at times eccentric – fashion sense) always manages to shine through instead. So whether you’re a Glastonbury goer or a V-Fest veteran, we’ve hand-picked a wish list covering all your backpack essentials to celebrate the start of the festival season!  Read more

Know Your World Cup Opponent – Italy!

Who’s ready for some international sportsball then? Phwoar! Goals! Brazilians! A trophy! Kicking! You get the idea. That’s right, the time has finally come: that magical month or so out of every four years when we all gather round our newly-purchased HD TVs to yell advice at a bunch of professional athletes, all in the name of the beautiful game. Bobby Moore, 66, Wemb-er-ly, come on you England, phwoar!

Our boys are jetting off to Brazil to play in the greatest tournament on earth – bigger than the Superbowl, more fun than the Olympics and with more gratuitous shots of bikini-clad blondes than Crufts – it’s the World Cup, of course. This time around, our brave Lions’ first test on the inevitable route to glory comes in the form of Italy. The rugged, handsome, stylish Italy – pasta, Pavarotti, the Romans, The Godfather, moustaches. Italy.

We’re in no doubt that the team’s wise owl/manager Roy Hodgson has mentally prepared his team for this tough test in the searing Brazilian heat, but we ask are you ready? It’s always important to know your enemy – know what makes them tick, what they get out of bed in the morning for, what they eat, what they drink, and some other stuff. If we really want to cheer on our lads then we owe it to them to suss out this glorious country. So, without further ado we bring you the Wowcher guide to Italy – it’s an offer you can’t refuse… Read more

Wowcher’s Guide To: Enjoying the World Cup (At Home)

Not one England supporter visible – they must be watching the final…

So you didn’t get tickets to Brazil this summer? That’s fine – neither did Zlatan Ibrahimović, Gareth Bale or Samir Nasri. There’s no point getting your knickers in a twist, Samir – just admit that you’re not quite meant for the bright lights of construction sites, and make sure you get the most out of the World Cup at home!

Rather than spending 90 minutes staring at the back of someone’s head or peering through the fabric of one of those massive flags, why not get yourself a HD TV and speaker system? Substitute vuvuzelas and tambourines with the dulcet tones of Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend in stunning HD quality.

We’re also going to need something safer and more stable than the stands of a half-built stadium. Forget clambering around the telescopic boom of a hydraulic crane to see fat Frank pile drive one into row Z, because we’ve got plenty of beanbags and sofa beds for you and the whole World Cup watching team.

With kick-off times as late as 11pm and the fact that Henderson and Jones have been included in the England squad, you might have a few heavy eyelids. That’s where the cinema sofa bed comes in handy! One crying England fan in a bed is more than enough, so make sure you’re evenly spread out around the house. You may even want to invest in an ’anti-snore’ device, as we all know lager has the potential to turn people into grunting farmyard animals.

The first step to enjoying a World Cup match is knowing who is playing, followed closely behind by knowing which team is which. For those in need, this should help!

The first step to enjoying a World Cup match is knowing who is playing, followed closely behind by knowing which team is which. For those in need, this handy kit guide should help!

Let’s imagine (bear with us…) that England qualify from Group D, or don’t all collapse from heat stroke in fixture number one – you’re going to want to celebrate! Why not have a mini carnival in your front room without the danger of fireworks and pickpockets? Alternatively, take the party outdoors, put up your parasols, and relax with the help of some Rattan garden furniture and turn your patio into a rodizio. After the recent removal of 2.6kg of food from the England hotel due to it being ‘unfit for consumption’, you would be forgiven for preferring a healthy George Foreman family grill in your kitchen to stadium hot dogs. Grill some Ricky Lamb-burgers and fill your Leighton Buns with Chiplallanas (other England-themed snacks are available). Certainly beats the out-of-date salmon offered in Rio!

And for the tidy-up, you can always rely on our 2-year supply of bin bags, a Dyson DC25 Special Edition upright vacuum cleaner and 7-in-1 steam-mop deals – if only there was a gigantic mop for the local councils in Brazil, the clean-up process might actually stand some chance of completion. Good luck peeling the sunburnt Brits off the promenade of Copacabana beach.

Finally, C’MON ENG-GER-LAND!