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Wowcher Does Deena Kakaya’s Vegetarian Cookery Class

Give us a fancy food gadget and something strange happens: optimism bubbles, eyes glaze and suddenly even the most challenging of culinary creations seems nothing more than child’s play. Blanching? No problem. Fricassee? Idiot-proof. Steep? Hit me. And yet before you can say al dente, you’ve flambéed your worktop, blitzed your apron and swapped sugar for salt in your gluten-free, vegan-friendly, zero carb cake mix. So this week we decided to ditch the space-age processors for a back-to-basics cookery class…  Read more

Keep The Kids Busy This Summer!

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Back in our day (sigh), you could give kids a bucket and a stick and they’d happily spend hours re-enacting a jousting competition in the street. These days, if you give them a bucket and a stick, they’ll either cry or work themselves in a frenzy looking for the ‘ON’ button. Hopscotch and British Bulldog have been replaced by Playstations and iPads, and with such a surplus of interactive entertainment, there’s even more pressure on adults to be creative and amuse their little ones this summer holiday. One solution is to lock them in their bedroom with a laptop, give them the Wi-Fi password, slide snacks under the door every few hours and only open the bedroom door at the start of September when term begins. Although tempting, we think we’ve come up with a series of slightly more humane ways to entertain the kids this summer… Read more

Wowcher versus Tyson Fury Fight Night

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Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.” – George Foreman

I have to agree with the lean, mean fat-griller-endorsing machine on this. Boxing to me is very much like jazz – I haven’t got a clue how it works, real fans of it seem near enough mythical and I would definitely not be all that interested in having a go. Aside from the knowledge I have gathered from the Rocky movies (i.e. none whatsoever), I was and still sort of am a virgin when it comes to this, brutal, cinematic spectacle. It doesn’t strike me as a contest for gentlemen like days of old, it’s more like a contest for modern men – not just men, but manly men. Men who like to hit each other in the face. Men who buy tigers and keep them in their homes, men with a penchant for shiny suits, fast cars and going bankrupt. Men.

But I figured a slightly gentler introduction to the sport would appear in the form of the Tyson Fury charity fight night – taking place in the famous Clapham Grand. A night where people would have a few drinks, watch some dedicated sportsmen respectfully do what they do best to each other, and have the proceeds go to a good cause. While it certainly wasn’t exactly gentle, it offered an altogether more charming side to boxing to which I hadn’t really ever been exposed. Read more

HOLI ONE Super-Colourful Saturday Batman!

No we’re not talking about a Saturday spent inside Frankie Dettori’s wardrobe, we’re talking about HOLI ONE Festival of Colour which is taking place all around the UK this summer.

Originally a Hindu celebration of harvests and fertile land, now an alcohol-fuelled rave in a UK park. Whatever the origin of this Holi festival, the spirit of bringing people together and revelling in the mid-afternoon sun is very much alive. Last summer we were lucky enough to get in amongst the powders at the iconic Battersea Power Station.

We arrived at the abandoned car park in Battersea dressed in our crispest white linens ready for our celebration of human togetherness. Once inside, we headed straight to the counter to stock up on bags of paint and then we were ready for battle. At 2pm sharp, the first countdown begun, everyone crouched down clutching their bags of blue, green, orange, yellow…3, 2, 1 and AAAAGH! Absolute chaos. Clouds of colour churned though the crowds attacking clothes and any open mouths or wide eyes. You just had to develop a taste for it as it was impossible not to smile. This process repeated itself every hour and as a result everyone became more and more indistinguishable. There was a short interlude for some traditional Indian dancing, then another countdown. People slowly realised the fun could be magnified if you mixed the paint with water and as the afternoon tired, so did the public. The regimented countdowns gradually degenerated into private paint pelting parties, big kids chasing each other around the concrete confines of Battersea car park with bottles of liquid paint. The day ended with Instagram absolutely saturated and most of Battersea looking like the crash site of two Dulux cargo trucks. A vibrant success. Battersea never looked so beautiful.

For your chance to throw bags of paint around with lots of strangers why not get your ticket to the 2014 HOLI ONE festival here!

Wowcher’s Dating Do’s & Dont’s!

Waiting at a ‘trendy bar’ in High Street Kensington, cosmopolitan in hand, I check my face in the mirrored ash tray. The ‘sultry effect’ I was aiming for looks more bedbound rat than bedhead vixen. ‘Can I really do this?’ I ask myself. What if I get something down my top? Or God forbid, in my teeth?

As you may have guessed, I’m about to endure a meet-and-greet with a complete stranger. Something that Wikipedia calls, ‘a form of courtship done by two people,’ and an act which American psychologist Debby Herbenick warns may cause ‘anxiety-induced stress levels.’ Whichever way you wish to spin it, I’m basically preparing myself for an ‘awks’ blind date. And I’m absolutely bricking it.

Ten minutes in, and I’m already blabbering. “I’m a big, err, fish person,” I hear myself spouting. Clammy hands, flushed cheeks, and a mouth that just keeps on going. I’ve got it all, and it’s not a good look…

So if, like me, you need some tips on how to stay cool, calm and effortlessly collected in the dating game, we’ve compiled a list of dating etiquette rules. Listen, and learn… Read more

Cracking Easter Bank Holiday Ideas…

Somewhere between hangovers and hot cross buns, Easter leaves little to the imagination for anything but cocoa-induced comas. Yet with four heaven sent days off, it’s official: the first bank holiday weekend of the year is finally on the horizon! That’s 96 hours to do whatever you like, we’ll have you know. So before you eat so much chocolate your blood type becomes Nutella, check out our egg-cellent ideas of how else you can release some endorphins this Easter! Let’s get cracking…

Head to the big top

Roll up, roll up! Why not trade your Sunday best for an outfit of the showgirl variety? Perhaps not, but this spring there’s only one way to be entertained – by tightrope, of course. Forget evenings at the Odeon and head to the big top to give yourself something other than Gosling to gawp at. Marvel at aerial stunts, be astounded by daredevils and enjoy an array of acrobats. With a variety of travelling circuses amazing audiences across the country, there’s no excuse for clowning around. Cracking stuff! Read more

Astrologist Marjorie Orr Answers Your Questions

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She accurately predicted Prince William’s wedding date and Liz Hurley’s marriage split, and this week renowned astrologist Marjorie Orr joined us on Facebook to answer your questions!

Here’s a roundup of what we can all expect in the coming months, based on her answers from the Q&A:

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Marjorie Orr shares her astrological expertise

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She accurately predicted Prince William’s wedding date and Liz Hurley’s marriage split, and last week renowned astrologist Marjorie Orr joined us on Facebook to answer your questions! (She was even kind enough to stay for a second hour to answer even more questions.)

Here’s a roundup of what we can all expect in the coming months, based on her answers from the Q&A:

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A night to (big) top all others…

 

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Most Friday nights tend to revolve around a few glasses of wine, but last week we put down the bottle and opted for an evening of back flips, bikes and a whole lot of nail-biting. Any guesses? Yep – the circus was in town and thanks to Wowcher, we rocked up eager for entertainment – and we certainly weren’t disappointed. Gerry Cottle’s circus boasts an impressive 50 acts in just 100 minutes, meaning the talented performers barely grabbed a breather in between high energy routines. From limbos of fire to impressive bungee aerobics, there was no end of variety on show, plus plenty of cringing from behind our hands as a single slip would have surely resulted in catastrophe. Our money was certainly well spent on an adrenaline-filled evening we won’t forget soon. Is it too late to re-train and run away with the circus?

The Wowcher Guide to Outdoor Fun

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The temperature has finally started to rise and here at Wowcher we’re merrily stripping off our winter coats and scarves ready to embrace the season of festivals, ice cream and endless weather watching! So in hopeful optimism of a great British summer we urge you to get off the sofa, put down the box-set and get outside to take part in any of these outdoorsy activities:

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