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The Wowcher Guide to Galentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day can be pretty special. It’s the day Barack looks at Michelle and declares ‘Michelle, baby, I don’t want to be Obama-self this February 14th, will you be my Valentine?’, the day when Spongebob finally gives into the overwhelming sexual tension and tells Sandy that he’d love to visit her Bikini Bottom, Hermione tells Ron to Slytherin to bed and check out her Chamber of Secrets, and Kanye looks at Kim and tells her that he loves her almost as much as he loves himself. Kanye believe it?

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But for some of us, February 14th is one of the worst days of the year, serving only to remind us how very single we are. While some of our friends are out being wined and dined and showered in flowers and chocolates, we’re sitting at home in our Bridget Jones pants. In the words of Rachel Green, isn’t that just kick-you-in-the-crotch, spit-on-your-neck fantastic?

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Fear not, fellow singletons! Wowcher’s on hand to show you how you should really be spending the day. Forget Valentine’s Day, this February 14th it’s all about Galentine’s Day…

1) Spa Day & 3 Treatments for 2

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Grab the Tina Fey to your Amy Poehler and head down to one of 30 locations for a spa day courtesy of Activity Superstore, where you’ll be treated to a massage, facial, and eyebrow shape or nail polish each, as well as full use of the facilities. Valentine’s Day, Smalentine’s Day!

2) Meet the Animals Experience for 2

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Try something a little different with a ‘meet the animals’ experience, where you’ll be able to get up close and personal with meerkats, penguins or lemurs. You may even get the chance to wander around the farm, zoo or animal centre afterwards! ‘Look Jessica, isn’t that your ex-boyfriend rolling in his own filth?’ ‘No Jenny, for the last time, that’s a pig.’ ‘Oh, so it is. Easy mistake.’

3) Cocktails, 3-Course Dinner & Cabaret @ Privée, Knightsbridge

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Grab one or three single pringles, and head to Privée for an evening of cabaret entertainment. With a three-course gourmet meal and a Champagne cocktail each, it’s the ultimate girls’ night out, plus you can guarantee that the burlesque dancers will be a lot sexier than your ex-beau Graham, who kept his socks on in bed after performing a clumsy striptease…

4) Paintballing Day, 100 Balls & Lunch for 5 or 10

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Recruit five or ten of your pals and head on down to Blind Fire Paintball, where you can let loose with a paintball gun and 100 paintballs. You’ll fight for survival in a range of fun, challenging warfare scenarios, taking a break for a light lunch. Roses are red, violets are blue, this Wowcher costs less than a fancy dinner for two…

5) Zorb Football for 8 

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Get your squad together for a one-hour zorb football experience, where you’ll climb inside a clear, bouncy ball and then collide, rebound and roll head-over-heels for the win. Probably not the kind of ball play you were imagining this Valentine’s Day, but let’s be honest, this is a hell of a lot more fun.

So there you have it! There’s no shame in riding Han style (solo) on Valentine’s Day, but why settle for a night alone when you’ve got your very own ‘Taylor Swift’s squad ain’t got nothing on us’ crew?

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Things That Made Us Say WOW in January

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January is probably the most depressing month of the year. Christmas is over, but it’s still cold; the party season has ended, but the booze belly is here to stay; presents have been opened and discarded, but credit card bills are still to be paid; resolutions have been optimistically made but promptly forgotten. However, let’s not dwell on the January blues – after all, we’ve already made it past January 18th, the most depressing day of the year, so things can only get better! Instead, let’s take a look back at the moments that made us say WOW this month, because what else have you got to do? You’re probably doing Dry January, so we know you’re not out at the pub…

1. Justin Bieber dyed his hair purple

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That’s right, ladies, Justin Bieber ditched the platinum hair for a look that’s less rebellious rockstar and a little more granny chic. Though we can’t say the blue rinse is our favourite look of the year, if anyone can pull it off, Bieber can. Want to see it in person? Then check out this Wowcher deal to see him live in concert, or copy the look with a full head of colour.

2. Leo was nominated for an Oscar

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Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated for yet another Oscar for his role in The Revenant, and the question on everyone’s lips is whether or not 2016 will finally be his year. Poor Leo – always the bridesmaid, never the bride. He’s got some stiff competition in the ‘Best Actor’ category, including Walter White himself, Bryan Cranston and last year’s winner Eddie Redmayne, but we’re rooting for Leo. Though we can’t send you to Hollywood to watch the Oscars, we can send you off to get a Hollywood wax. That’s just as good, right?

3. Celebrity Big Brother started

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That’s right, it’s back. No matter how hard you try to avoid it, you know you’ll end up watching it and throwing Domino’s pizza crusts at your TV when your favourite gets booted out. We’ve already seen some naughty behaviour and busts ups, but our favourite moment was when Megan McKenna went legit crazy because she was #hangry. To further satisfy your reality TV cravings, we’ve got this deal for a diet plan from the queen of TOWIE herself, Sam Faiers.

4. Parliament debated whether to block Donald Trump from UK entry

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A petition to block the controversial toupeed American from entering the UK gained over half a million signatures, meaning Parliament had to sit down and debate it, and that’s exactly what happened on January 18th. During the debate, Mr Trump was called a buffoon, a wazzock, a fool and more. So all in all, he got off pretty lightly. Don’t feel bad, Donald – let this hair transplant deal cheer you up!

5. Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes

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Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes once again, and he didn’t hold back. He called Sean Penn a snitch after his rendezvous with El Chapo, he took a pop at Caitlyn Jenner’s driving, he introduced Matt Damon as ‘the only person Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to’ and he even asked Mel Gibson ‘what the f*** sugar tits even means’. Love him or hate him, you’ve got to admit, the man has cahoonas! Want more comedy? Check out this deal for pizza, cocktails and comedy for two.

6. Miley Cyrus uploaded this Insta pic

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Miley Cyrus showed that she’s a Kardashian fan with this hilarious edited photo of Khloé Kardashian’s Complex photoshoot. Maybe she wishes she was part of the clan, maybe she wishes she had her curves, or maybe she was just bored. Either way, it was hilarious. Want to be like a Kardashian, too? Then nab yourself their eau de parfum, this contour kit, or this waist trainer!

7. The biggest dinosaur ever was discovered

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If you caught David Attenborough’s most recent interview on The Graham Norton Show, you’ll know that a new species of dinosaur has been discovered, and it was HUGE. In fact, this big boy weighed approximately 70 tons and measured about 20ft from toe to shoulder, making it the largest creature to have ever walked the earth. Wow. Though we can’t send you off to walk with the dinosaurs, we can send you off to chill with the big cats

8. Adele did Carpool Karaoke

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James Corden is busy making his mark across the pond with The Late Late Show. One of his segments is ‘Carpool Karaoke’, which essentially involves James singing along to music in his car, accompanied by mega stars such as Justin Bieber, Jennifer Hudson, One Direction and most recently, Adele. During this car ride, she belts out her own hits, sings along to the Spice Girls and even raps to Nicki Minaj’s ‘Monster’. If you haven’t seen it already, watch it here. It’s bloomin’ brilliant! And you can make sure your car’s ready to chauffeur celebs with these Californian car scents.

So there you have it – all the things that made us smile during the bleakest month of the year. Let’s hope February’s got even more WOWs up its sleeve…

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Things That Made Us Say WOW in 2015

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2015 has been a year of highs and lows, like pretty much every year, but we’re not too concerned with the highs, the in-betweens or the lows at Wowcher. Instead, we’re very much concerned with the WOWs! To celebrate the end of an era and toast to the next, we’re bringing you the top WOWs of 2015 – the moments that made you (genuinely) yell “Wowcher”! In no particular order:

1. Kylie Jenner admits to lip fillers

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Kylie, the queen of the pout and a prominent member of one of our favourite families, finally admitted that her majestic mouth was, in fact, not entirely natural. Some of us were shocked, some not surprised, but we all still longed for luscious lips and tried to pucker up. For luscious lips like Kylie, why not try a bit of lip nourishment with Elizabeth Arden Lip Repair Balm?

2. Adele releases 25

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Adele says ‘Hello’ once more to the showbiz world with the release of her sensational album 25 and the record-breaking first single, Hello. We loved her at 19, we loved her at 21, and little did we know she would keep wowing us all at 25. Welcome back, Adele! Get your Adele tickets with Wowcher here.

3. Jeremy Clarkson punched a colleague and then got fired?!

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The firing seems fair enough but, boy, was there uproar! To make matters even juicier, the car-crazy threesome from BBC’s hit car TV show have signed up with Amazon to make a new, totally different show. Fancy trying your hand at some motor madness? Check out this 4×4 off road driving experience!

4. One Direction lose One of their Directions

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It was the year Zayn Malik broke a million hearts when he announced his departure from the sensational boy band One Direction. We were in shock. Some of us reckon it’ll never bring them down; others insist it doesn’t matter, as long as Harry Styles is still there with his long hair and sexy tattoos. Whatever your opinion, it certainly made history…

Don’t panic, though – One Direction aren’t the only men breaking hearts out there. Let the Dreamboys show you what they’ve got, and maybe you’ll learn to love again!

5. Saint West was born

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Some might argue that this was the most important thing that happened in 2015; some might disagree – but we love the whole Kardashian clan, and Kim and Kanye are our favourite. The birth of darling baby Saint West was a long-anticipated sensation, and we cannot wait for more photos!

Why not capture the happy moments in your family with a family photoshoot for up to 12 people?

6. We caught Bieber Fever

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Justin Bieber released his fourth album Purpose, which had us all screaming and asking ourselves: is it okay to genuinely like this? It is. Bieber is cool now, and we’re not Sorry! Just to prove it, we’ve got a deal for Bieber tickets that will make you say WOW…

7. Caitlyn poses for Vanity Fair

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Following in the footsteps of the Kardashian clan, July brought us one of the biggest WOW moments of 2015. Caitlyn Jenner posed on the front cover of Vanity Fair, revealing her new beautiful body in a cover that blew us all away.

Fancy giving yourself a cover-style makeover? Let us lend a hand with these brilliant bamboo makeup brushes!

8. Nadiya Hussain wins The Great British Bake Off

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When GBBO returned to our screen, we weren’t quite ready for the soggy-bottomed, nut-loving, firm-bunned innuendos, or the overflowing tension. One Wowcher lady exclaimed, “Mate, that was an intense GBBO”, and Nadia’s inspirational champion’s speech brought us all to tears. Some more than others.

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9. The Rugby World Cup

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It was weeks and weeks of WOWs as the exciting tournament arrived and anticipation of England recreating their 2003 victory built… sadly, the men in white didn’t manage to make it out of the group stages. The country was shocked and disappointed, but the tournament went on, packed full of WOW moments. From Japan’s epic performance to Johnny Sexton’s sex appeal, there were lots to choose from, but we’ve narrowed it down and picked our favourite. New Zealand stormed to victory (which wasn’t shocking), and when celebrations escalated, Sonny Bill Williams gave his medal to a 14-year old fan. Aww!

Don’t miss out on another exciting rugby tournament, the Six Nations in Dublin, with tickets and a hotel stay!

10. Princess Charlotte was born

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Saving the best to last, the biggest WOW moment of 2015 happened on 2nd May, when the latest member of the Royal Family was born. Princess Charlotte demonstrated early on that she is a heartbreaker, when her darling mother posted pictures of the angel posing with her teddy bear! Wills and Kate just can’t have a cuter family! If you have your own little princess, why not treat her to a princess-themed photoshoot?

And there you have it, folks. Ten WOW moments of 2015. Here’s to 2016, and may there be many more shockingly brilliant moments this year. We know we’ll certainly have at least one WOW a day here at Wowcher.co.uk…

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10 Things We’re NOT Looking Forward To This Christmas & New Year

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Here at Wowcher, we love Christmas – really, we do. But, every year those same nitty gritty things that irritate you surface once again. You may not even notice them because you’re so caught up in a whirl of Christmas spirit, but we’ve come up with a list of ten things we’re not looking forward to this Christmas and new year (bah, humbug):

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1. Last-minute shopping: Although shopping online is an absolute lifesaver, there’s always something you forget or don’t want to pay delivery for. So why not quickly pop out and grab it? Surely everyone else has done their Christmas shopping, so it’ll be a really quick trip, right? ABORT ABORT ABORT! Last-minute Christmas shopping is the worst thing you can inflict upon yourself. Trying to zip speedily through a massive crowd is almost impossible. There’s a high chance you’ll get stuck behind those slow walkers who aren’t in any hurry. Or even worse, someone with a buggy that you can’t get around. Why is this woman’s buggy so big? How many kids does she have in there? Is that a dog too? Or worse, those shoppers who get to the till and want to pay with every last penny in their purse… Hello, have you not heard of contactless? Last-minute Christmas shopping is a big no no.

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2. Present pressure: It’s all well and good wanting to buy people gifts, but what to get them is usually the biggest brain teaser. You think you know someone well…until it comes to buying them a present. You want it to be a gift they’ll like, but not something that’ll break the bank, yet you don’t want it to look cheap, so where does that leave you? Vouchers? No that’s too simple, that’s the easy route out. What if you risk it all and get something so random that they love it? Or most likely hate it – we can’t stand the pressure!

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3. Spending time with family: We mean this in the nicest way possible. Of course spending time with your family is lovely, but seeing those relatives you haven’t crossed paths with since you were six is just a bit awkward. They still pinch your cheeks like it’s cute (it’s not – please don’t touch me), they ask you about your life and what you’re up to now (I’m unemployed and broke, leave me alone) and of course they love comparing you to their own children (I don’t care if Darren won the Nobel Prize, he’s still weird).

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4. Gift face: Not only is it hard buying presents for people, it can be hard receiving them too. With an audience watching you unwrap your gift, you have to keep your facial expressions on point and in check. One false move and you can give the game away and that aunt you only see twice a year will know you hate the crochet set she bought you. #Awks.

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5. The boy did good hashtags: Okay so your amazing boyf got you a Michael Kors watch or a Louis Vuitton handbag like #woo #yay #ohmygod #bae #loveit #theboydidgood. WE GET IT. Thanks for reminding us singletons that our boy didn’t do good, because we don’t have a boy. Or it reminds those of us who have a boyfriend that the cute cats calendar and jumper (that we probably won’t ever wear) he bought us are totally subpar. #ilovecutecats.

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6. The braggers: Those who can’t be humble and happy on the inside but feel the need to share their good news on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, MySpace and Bebo. “AHHH OMG I GOT FRONT ROW SEATS AND BACKSTAGE PASSES FOR JUSTIN BEIBER!!” So what? I can watch it on TV in my unicorn onesie while eating a pepperoni pizza smothered in mushrooms, so who’s the real winner here?

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7. Snapchat stories of Christmas dinner: Okay we all love to Snapchat, but there’s a select few that take it too far. Too far to the point where you feel like you’re with them every second of their life. Christmas dinner really is a beautiful thing, but instead of letting it get cold for the perfect Snapchat or Instagram photo, just eat it please! You get one big hearty meal a year, don’t ruin it just for a Snapchat story. We definitely don’t care and are too busy stuffing our own faces.

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8. Awkward texts: Receiving “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year” texts from people you haven’t spoken to all year. Like why are you wishing my Christmas to be merry or my New Year to be happy? You didn’t text me when my fish died so why are you texting me now?

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9. Replying to those awkward texts: The tragic thing is, however bah humbug you may be you’ll always feel the need to text people back. But how friendly do you need to be? How many ‘x’s’ to put? How many Christmas emojis to employ? Just a Christmas tree and Santa or both with a present and smiley face? Being social and friendly is actually really difficult.

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10. New Year’s Eve enthusiasts: For those of us that are too disorganised to actually make any plans for New Year’s Eve, we hate those who sorted theirs in September. It all becomes too much and you feel the insane pressure to have a good night out just because everyone else is giving you FOMO. I mean, what’s really wrong with watching the fireworks on TV with a glass of Prosecco and going to bed at 12.30am? Absolutely nothing at all, in our book.

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So, there you have it! Our grouchy, grumbly list of the things we’re not looking forward to this Christmas and new year. It’s definitely got you thinking though, hasn’t it? We bet you nodded your head and smiled to each of those and thought, “Yeah, that does get on my nerves actually!” But, besides our seasonal pet hates, we really do hope you have a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Wowcher’s Guide to London’s Christmas Lights

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If, like Kanye West, you’re obsessed with all of the lights, all of the lights, right now is probably your favourite time of year! All over the country (all over the world!) Christmas lights are going on, illuminating cities with hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights, baubles, tinsels and more. Here at Wowcher, you know we love a bit of glitz and glamour, so you won’t be surprised to hear that I jumped at the chance to explore London in all its twinkly glory. Armed with a long-suffering boyfriend, who was armed with a camera, we set off on a Sunday evening in November.

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This is a vague approximation of our route… I missed out the bits where we took a wrong turn and then went round in circles. Let’s just pretend that didn’t happen.

Starting at Waterloo station (which was disappointingly unfestive), we made our way down to the river, where we got our first sign of twinkly lights. The London Eye, lit up in the tricolour, stood majestically over the ice rink, surrounded by rows of trees draped in white twinkly lights. Magical. Good start, London!

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From there, we wandered along the South Bank (dodging street performers and dawdling tourists) to the Golden Jubilee Bridges. Keeping our backs firmly turned on the train tracks, we spent a good few minutes ooooo-ing and ahhhhhh-ing at the reflections of thousands of tiny shiny lights in the river and picking which houses we wanted to live in, before heading back to dry land.

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Northumberland Avenue was disappointingly unlit, as was the Strand and Charing Cross. Trafalgar Square similarly lacked twinkles. The lack of lights made me nervous, so I consulted trusty Mr Google, who informed me that most lights in London weren’t going on until the beginning of December. Ah. More forward planning was probably required.

A little demoralised, but still pretty excited (walking around London in the dark can do that to a person) we headed up to Leicester Square, which was also not very sparkly, and, braced for disappointment, entered Chinatown. Note to self – Chinatown never disappoints. It was hard to tell whether the lights were especially for Christmas, or if it was just business as usual, but it was wonderful.

Buoyed by this injection of fabulous lighting, we continued on to Piccadilly Circus, which was also disappointingly unlit, and were about to head up Regent’s Street when we noticed that it was blocked off. What!? Why!? Long-suffering boyfriend found a street warden with a glow-in-the-dark jacket, who told us that we were just in time to see the Regent’s Street lights be switched on! To avoid the huge crowds we took a little detour up Glasshouse Street, which was beautifully decorated by huge sweeps of warm white lights (plus a man sitting on the floor singing ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ through a traffic cone).

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We ventured further up Regent’s Street, and listened to the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory sing a swathe of their repertoire. It was cold and crowded but really worth the wait, especially when the fabulous criss-cross of metallic, mirrored gold and silver fans, curls and disks burst into light.

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We moseyed up along Regent’s Street and then dived left onto Foubert’s Place, drawn like moths to a flame by the huge pink baubles we could see on Carnarby Street.

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They obviously knew Wowcher was writing a blog post, and decorated accordingly. It was stunningly pink and sparkly – there are no words.

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From there, we headed up Great Marlborough Street to Argyll Street, before hitting Oxford Street, the pièce de résistance! Hung with delicate looking filigree baubles, it was truly worth the trek, the cold and the crowds.

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Content in the success of our quest for twinkly lights, we headed home, full of the joys of Christmas, even though it was not yet December.

If you want to recreate this blog post for your own Christmas adventure, without the endless wrong turns and sore feet, we 100% suggest this fabulous open-top bus tour of London’s Christmas lights!

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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…

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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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The Wowcher Guide To Bonfire Night

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

  1. Karen from ‘Mean Girls’.
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    ‘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
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    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
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    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
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    ‘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
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    ‘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
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    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
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    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
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    ‘They said I could be anything, so I became a hat stand.’

    Hats. You just needs hats.

  9. Dead prom King and Queen
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    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
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    For this one you just need a Mexican hat and fake tash. Bag of Doritos is optional.

  11. Lil Wayne
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    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 Gets Wet and Wild @ Hot Tub Cinema

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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…

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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

Wales

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.

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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?

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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

Australia

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).

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David Pocock and Israel Folau – davidpocock/Instagram

Scotland

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…

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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

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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.
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Sonny Bill Williams and Dan Carter – world.rugby/Instagtram

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?

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Jonny Sexton and Paul O’Connell – world.rugby/Instagram

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

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Jonny Sexton – world.rugby/Instagram

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.

Argentina

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).

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Tomas Cubelli – world.rugby/Instagram

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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