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Wowcher’s Guide To Back To University Essentials


Whether it’s your first year of university or you’re returning for another year of spaghetti hoop breakfasts and Fruit Loop dinners, we’ve got everything you need to be the ultimate student. Here is the Wowcher guide to everything UNI-d:  Read more

Wowcher Lends A Hand At SMART

Last week the Wowcher team went down to St Mary Abbots Rehabilitation and Training (SMART for short) to make ourselves useful as part of Volunteer Centre Kensington & Chelsea’s Business & Community Together initiative.

Established in 1985, SMART aims to provide a holistic approach to supporting people with mental health needs, be it through finding suitable employment opportunities, offering a place for people to come together to socialise, or organising activities and courses varying from playing in a band to learning how to garden. And that’s where we came in! With the SMART garden needing a little bit of love, we left our home at Wowcher Towers and set off to help with the garden beds and flowers…plus anything else we could get our hands on!  Read more

Wowcher Does Old Macdonald’s Farm

An on that farm he had a...HORSE
The summer holidays may be coming to a close, but there’s always time for a fun family day out! Like the children’s nursery rhyme, which no doubt is going round and round in your head as you read this, Old MacDonald sure does have a farm. It’s based in Brentwood (yes, home of TOWIE), just off the M25, so, with one excited 5-year-old, a car full of snacks and our wowchers in hand, we headed over there to see what all the fuss is about.

Unlike the nursery rhyme, however, this award-winning farm not only has cows, pigs and sheep, but a whole host of unusual animals, such as alpacas, a wallaby and even some reindeer! Much to the amusement of our little boy, the farm has a “traffic light” system, whereby a red label means you can’t touch or feed the animals, amber means you can touch with caution, and green means you can touch and feed them. Off he went, shouting out the colours excitedly as we explored the pens, pointing out the animals he recognised such as guinea pigs, rabbits and even an owl or two.

Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O

Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O

As soon as we turned the corner and saw the giant inflatable bouncy slides, trampolines, and tractor ride, his eyes widened even further and he was off again. A particular favourite was the helter-skelter, where the kids form an “orderly queue”, collect a sack and then climb the stairs to face the swirly slide at the top. Plus, he also loved the Wacky Worm Roller Coaster and the Happy Horses Pony Adventure Ride! And don’t fret – even if the weather is grey and miserable, your kids won’t be when they see the indoor Battle Barn, with a colourful soft play area full of slides, ropes and bridges, plus brilliant ball games to keep them entertained for hours. It’s right next to the restaurant, so mums and dads will be happy too.

And on that farm he had some...RIDES.

And on that farm he had some…RIDES.

Open until November, and then again for the Christmas holidays, Old MacDonald’s Farm is enjoyable for little kids, big kids (and even kids of the goat variety) and you can rest assured that the activities are well-maintained and manned where necessary for ultimate safety too.

The only way is Old MacDonald’s Farm! So look out for tickets here!

Wowcher’s KathmanDOs and KathmanDON’Ts

Nestled between the snowy peaks of the Himalaya and the fertile forests of the Indian plains, Nepal is a land of monkeys and monks, Stupas and steeds, and plenty of dos and don’ts…

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Sit on the terraced platforms of Durbar Square. Despite being engulfed by various gift shops and part-time tour guides, Durbar Square is still the heart of the old town and one of Kathmandu’s most spectacular architectural sites. Made up of three squares, this World Heritage site is a great place to sit and soak up the atmosphere like the kings of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Take at least a few days away from the city smog to visit Pokhara, the ‘jewel of the Himalaya’. Set amongst the bewitching backdrop of snowy peaks, Pokhara Valley is blessed with stunning panoramic views, serene lakes and dense forests of bamboo, rhododendrons and oak. Take advantage of our trekking deals to make sure you don’t miss anything!

Pokhara Valley is blessed with stunning panoramic views, serene lakes and dense forests of bamboo, rhododendrons and oak.

Pokhara Valley is blessed with stunning panoramic views, serene lakes and dense forests of bamboo, rhododendrons and oak.

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Wowcher’s Guide To: Cancun


Once a small fishing town, today Cancun is a worldwide phenomenon in its own right. Somewhere beyond mega-hotels and Spring Break lies palm-lined promenades, tranquil sunsets and an idyllic city with an inimitable sense of sophistication. If you’ve outgrown cavernous nightclubs and wet T-shirt contests, enjoy our guide to the hidden side of Cancun just waiting to be discovered…

Fine Dining
The best of 21st-century Mexico, Cancun offers everything one could want in a vacation – shopping, sports, spas, beaches and of course, world-class cuisine. Exquisite food isn’t an exception here, it’s to be expected. Seafood is a speciality, so try out some of the very best at Pescaditos, a relaxed restaurant serving up fish tacos and grilled shrimp aplenty. Located in the downtown bullring, La Guadalupana is the go-to for traditional Mexican food – linger over a leisurely lunch accompanied by icy cervezas and an assortment of unforgettable appetizers.

Home to the planet’s second largest barrier reef, Cancun is an ideal place to try your hand at scuba diving and snorkelling alike.

Home to the planet’s second largest barrier reef, Cancun is an ideal place to try your hand at scuba diving and snorkelling alike.

Under The Sea
Home to the planet’s second largest barrier reef, Cancun is an ideal place to try your hand at scuba diving and snorkelling alike. Arrecifes Chitales situated a stone’s throw from Punta Cancun is a shallow reef (35ft deep) that lies close to the shore. With a constant current running from the south-east almost year-round, it makes a perfect choice for both beginner and experienced divers. Just remember to pack an underwater camera – you won’t regret it! Read more

Wowcher Does Celebrity Planet’s Jack The Ripper Tour

East London hasn’t always been flooded with fixie bikes, craft ale-dipped ironic beards and vegan cafes, you know. It was once a much more sinister place…

Once upon a time the East End was in fact full of what historians now officially term ‘dodgy geezers’. Now we’re not just referring to loveable rogues in the mould of Del Boy, the Kray Twins or even Harry Redknapp. No, east London in fact has a rich and particularly fiendish history of full blown naughty goings on. None more infamous than Jack the Ripper. Undeterred by the thought of being caught by the ghoulies, we decided to check out the Celebrity Planet’s Ripper Walk to get closer to the capital’s most gory mystery… Read more

Cosy Deals, Fit For Autumn, On Long Nights In You’ll Wish You’d Bought ‘em…

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“All the leaves are brown and the sky is greyyyyy” so sang The Mamas and the Papas in reference to the coming of autumn. But whilst many fear the onslaught of those grey skies, shorter days and Simon Cowell and Cheryl does-anyone-even-know-what-her-surname-is-anymore’s inescapable TV presence, here at Wowcher we’re embracing the turn of the season. “Why?” We hear you cry, well how about these reasons to name but a few…

Cosy nights in
Sure we all love a night out on the tiles, but several stiletto accidents, pounding headaches and extortionate receipts later and we’re firmly coming round to the benefits of a night on the sofa. With homemade popcorn in hand, a hefty selection of Ryan Gosling films and a cosy duvet clad in brand new striped bedding you’ll forget why you ever saw the benefits of leaving the house to down Tequila shots and whip out your questionable dance moves.

Perfect for a night in with the girls or that special someone, the 2-Litre Fusion hot air popcorn maker brings you unbeatable flavour with minimum prep time.

Perfect for a night in with the girls or that special someone, the 2-Litre Fusion hot air popcorn maker brings you unbeatable flavour with minimum prep time.

Pampering
Whilst it might not give you the recommended daily dose of Vitamin D, a spot of pampering sure does wonders for those autumnal blues. So get rid of your other half and invite the girls round for a night of gossiping and glamour Wowcher style. Keep it simple and don face masks whilst quaffing budget bubble, or amp up the glam factor with a seriously stylish straightening session courtesy of the Amika pro-style tourmaline straighteners and heatproof styler mat and travel case. Just remember no self-respecting girl’s night in takes place without a strict onesie dress code being enforced…

As beautiful as autumn time can be, blustery winds and heavy showers can cause chaos with your hair. Set things straight with these Amika pro-style tourmaline straighteners.

As beautiful as autumn time can be, blustery winds and heavy showers can cause chaos with your hair. Set things straight with these Amika pro-style tourmaline straighteners.

Dressing like an Eskimo
Whilst Kim Kardashian and co may enjoy the stifling constraints of glamorous clothing and killer heels we’re far fonder of elasticated waists, fleece and pretty much anything that looks like it came straight from your grandma’s wardrobe. And whilst turning up to work in cosy duck down slippers and fleece-lined leggings may result in a meeting with HR, just remember that behind closed doors you’re the queen of your own sartorial destiny!

Prowl like a tiger, hop like a kangaroo or even look classic in Jurassic as a dinosaur in these soft and comfortable fleece onesies!

Prowl like a tiger, hop like a kangaroo or even look classic in Jurassic as a dinosaur in these soft and comfortable fleece onesies!

And if all else fails…
Just close your eyes, crank up the stylish flame-effect fireplace and reassure yourself with the fact that there’s only around 180 days to go until spring will have sprung!

Please note – all deals featured may not be live. But with loads of cosy autumnal deals always being added to the site, make sure you stay with Wowcher.co.uk!

Great Scot!


On the 18th September, Scotland will cast their votes on whether they want to grab Alex Salmond’s jam-covered carrot or remain in the sweaty arms of David Cameron. Here at Wowcher we don’t judge, if you sell your vote on eBay, we don’t mind. We love Scotland and we just want her to be happy.

We’re not gonna lie, when Alan Hansen left Match of the Day, we lost something we never thought we had. The word ‘diabolical’ would never be so beautifully uttered by anyone else, certainly not by Shearer or Lawrenson. In the words of Joni Mitchell, ‘you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone’ so let’s celebrate Scotland in all its tartan wonder, whether or not they decide to go independent on September 18th.

Apart from feral goats in the highlands and news stories about men with their heads stuck in bins, Scotland is to be loved for many reasons. If you’re not sure why then thistle clear things up: Read more

The Wowcher Guide To: Looking After Your Pets!


There’s no doubt about it, we’re a nation of animal lovers. On these shores, if you aren’t armed with a hilarious video or snap of a dog or cat to share with your pals at all times, then frankly, it’s a wonder you have any friends at all. Around nine million UK households are home to dogs, while cats inhabit a not unimpressive eight million. In short, us Brits are suckers for four-legged critters. But how can we be sure we’re always giving our furry friends the best they deserve? Luckily, we’re on hand to offer you our guide to keeping your feisty felines and pawesome pooches happy. It’s the dogs… well, you know.

Keep them active
Before you object, teasing your pet with the sock you’ve just peeled off after a day at work does not count as adequate exercise. If you really want to put your animals through their paces, look no further. For dogs, you could always invest in a hands-free dog lead – great if you and your pooch hanker for some serious exercise. Or for cats, (brace yourselves here) you could get an activity playhouse! With your choice of three fun designs for pussykins to roam in (a car, plane or tank), you’ll have as much fun watching as your cat will have playing. Probably more, actually. Cats are ungrateful like that.

Valid in a choice of blue, pink, red and yellow, this hands-free dog lead makes taking your pooch for his walkies a whole lot easier

Valid in a choice of blue, pink, red and yellow, this hands-free dog lead makes taking your pooch for his walkies a whole lot easier!

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Wowcher Does Coattails and Cocktails @ Good Godfrey’s, The Waldorf Hilton


Nestled on a tree-lined thoroughfare in the heart of London’s theatre district, Good Godfrey’s at The Waldorf Hilton is the perfect place to take shelter from an unexpected mid-August downpour – a fitting scene for an evening of divinely indulgent cocktails and delightful nibbles. Despite the name conjuring up images of Basil Fawlty desperately trying to decipher the ingredients of a salad, The Waldorf Hilton is not a place for flustered or frantic minds. The chirpy man wearing coattails and a bowler hat will happily take your worries off you at the door, never to be seen again.

The 1920s-inspired bar awash with marble table tops and prohibition-style furnishings is full of historic splendour, something prevalent in every fine detail, even in the delicate descriptions dotted throughout the cocktail menu.

With classic concoctions dating back as far as 1862 and names such as ‘Corpse Reviver #2’, deciding which cocktail to have may be the trickiest decision I’ve had to make since switching my broadband provider. Luckily there are snacks to keep my partner entertained. Whilst she knocks back the sundried tomatoes and nibbles on an artichoke, I stumble across Godfrey’s Cobbler…one of the most famous cocktails of the 1880s and the first cocktail served with a straw. Served with a trio of berries and a triangle of chocolate, this Byhrr wine-based aperitif mixed with Mozart Dry chocolate liqueur was nothing short of exstrawdinary. Touches of vanilla and fresh lemon made it extremely tricky not to guzzle this tasty tail down in one.

Cocktail number two was Corpse Reviver #2 – presumably Corpse Reviver #1 was not hugely successful. Created by Harry Craddock at the American Bar, he used to say “four of these taken in swift succession will revive the corpse again”. The blend of gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, fresh lemon juice and Absinthe did just that. You know what they say, ‘absinthe makes the heart grow fonder’ and my post-work corpse greatly appreciated the expertly-crafted concoction.
Other cocktails tried and tested:
Tango Essence (Martin Millers Gin, Mandarin Napoleon liqueur, home-made forest tea, fresh lemon juice, vanilla sugar and a dash of rose water)
Green Aldwych (Calvados apple brandy, vanilla and green tea syrup, fresh lemon juice and a touch of apple juice, finished with Champagne)
Red Samba – A Good Godfrey’s Special (we can’t remember what was in it but it was delicious!)

Needless to say, when we bid adieu to our bowler-hatted friend, our worries were nowhere to be seen. Perhaps they were under a pile of coats, lost down a prohibition sofa or dispatched along with the fourth cocktail. We weren’t fussed. The rain had stopped and the 1920s were drawing to a close. Thankfully the doors to the Golden Age reopen at 8am!

For your chance to experience the roaring twenties and enjoy a tipple (or two), keep your eyes peeled for deals on WowcherPlease note – all deals featured may not be live.