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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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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 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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Wowcher at the Theatre: The Railway Children

“Try to imagine it as an adventure, all sorts of things might happen.”

E.E. Nesbitt, The Railway Children


That The Railway Children should be brought to life anywhere other than King’s Cross seems unimaginable, but even more unimaginable is how well the space at the King’s Cross Theatre plays host to the story, over a century after its initial publication. A staple of family Christmases and sick days, the charm and nostalgia of the story come together in a truly poignant production, adapted for the stage by Mike Kenny and directed by Damian Cruden.


The stage is set from the first moment you enter the theatre, right next to King’s Cross station itself, with the foyer transported back in time to the 1900s complete with platform signs and a Victorian-style sweet shop. The audience is directed to their seats on either Platform One or Two, either side of the incredible moving stage that lines the centre of the space. From the beginning it’s a truly immersive experience, with characters in the fabulous suits, top hats and smart dresses of the period wandering the space, greeting the excited audience. The exposed workings of a functional station, as well as the dangling lightbulbs casting a dusty orange glow, make you feel you’re really part of the story – somehow it even smells like smoke and oil. King’s Cross nowadays might be all cross commuters, but the magic of the railway is very much alive here.


For those unfamiliar with the story, Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis are three siblings transposed into poverty when their father disappears. At their new home in the North, Three Chimneys, they meet all sorts of new characters and predictably get up to all sorts of hijinks, mostly centred around the railway itself. Brought energetically to life by Serena Manteghi, Jack Hardwick and Louise Calf – all adult actors playing children – their naivety and innocence mean the darker elements of the story never dull the mood. The moving parts of the stage and the actual steam engine that appears, almost a character itself, keep the thrills up even when things aren’t looking so good for the family.


Complete with engaging supporting characters and some laugh-out-loud moments, this is as impressive a way to spend an afternoon as you’ll find in London. Its underlying values of kindness to strangers could melt the heart of even the most cynical person, and, well, we all know how it ends. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

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Wowcher Gets Weird @ Ripley’s Believe It or Not!



Here at Wowcher, we’re fans of the wonderfully weird, the beautifully bizarre and the just plain peculiar. We can’t wait to head down to Somerset to wander through Banksy’s ‘bemusement park’, we’re desperate to try KFC’s new pink burger buns, and hell, we were even on board with green ketchup. So, as a special end of summer treat, I was sent off to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (courtesy of Buyagift), the world’s largest Ripley’s museum, to marvel at the very best of the world’s wackiest artefacts and interactive exhibits.

Ripley’s Warehouse complete with a life size woolen Ferrari, because what warehouse is complete without a car made out of your jumper?

Ripley’s Warehouse complete with a life size woolen Ferrari. What warehouse is complete without a car made out of your jumper?

You start on the fifth floor (because starting on the first floor is for losers) where you stroll through Ripley’s Warehouse, a cluttered room filled with everything you can possibly imagine. There’s a suit made out of duct tape, a giant wooden chair, a mechanical dinosaur, a life-size woollen Ferrari, and even (what I hope was a replica of) an eight-legged Siamese calf. One thing’s for sure, if Robert Ripley was born half a century later, he’d definitely be featured on an episode of Hoarders.

Old McDonald had a farm EIEIO, and on that farm he had a roaring mechanical dinosaur and an eight-legged Siamese calf…EIEIO.

Old McDonald had a farm EIEIO, and on that farm he had a roaring mechanical dinosaur and an eight-legged Siamese calf…EIEIO.

As well as being a cartoonist, an entrepreneur and quite possibly a hoarder, Robert Ripley was also an amateur anthropologist, and this is pretty evident when you enter the Hall of Exotica. Other than your run-of-the-mill mummified Egyptian hand and a self-deformed Peruvian skull, you can also find some Amazonian shrunken heads and decorated cannibal skulls…

Would you believe me if I told you this was a really tiny person sitting on a normal sized chair?

Would you believe me if I told you this was a really tiny person sitting on a normal sized chair?

Art is also a big feature, but you won’t find any oil paintings or water colour portraits here! What you can find is a portrait of Michael Jackson made entirely out of candy, and one of Whitney Houston made out of the inside of a cassette tape, because, why not? This was something I found myself saying a lot. ‘What’s this? A coffin shaped like a giant eagle? Yeah, why not?’

Giant eagle coffin. Please note, this is how I want to be buried…

Giant eagle coffin. Please note, this is how I want to be buried…

You don’t merely stare at the artefacts at Ripley’s, there’s plenty for you to touch and get involved with, too. Pop your head and torso through a special table that makes it look like you’ve got no legs, enter into a room that makes it look as though you’ve doubled in size and see if you can make it through the Hall of Mirrors without face-planting your mirror image. The visit ends with a laser race, where you’ve got to get through a room of lasers in the fastest time possible, without touching them and setting off the alarm. I dominated this section. I don’t like to brag, but have you ever seen Entrapment? I was basically Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Getting absolutely legless…

Getting absolutely legless…

If I were to list every single thing I saw, we’d be here for a while, and I’ve got to go catch up on Bake Off, so I’ll leave you with this sentiment: the exhibits at Ripley’s were so extraordinary that, at times, I wasn’t sure if Ripley’s was playing fast and loose with the word ‘genuine’, causing me to suffer a bit of an existential crisis mid-way through my visit (‘Is this a real shrunken head? What is real? Am I real?’). But whether I was looking at the real thing or a replica, the story behind it was true, and this reminded me of one thing that no one can dispute: the world we live in is wonderfully weird and filled with extraordinarily exceptional people, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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For Ends More Split Than Chris & Gwyneth…



We know that Hollywood romances aren’t necessarily renowned for their longevity (although Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr, who are still going strong 12 years on, would probably disagree), but some recent breakups have had us reaching for the Häagen-Dazs, we must admit. Call us emotional, but the day Gwyneth and Chris consciously uncoupled was a dark, dark day for hopeless romantics everywhere, only made worse when Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner decided to call it quits just two months later. Why, Bennifer? Why?!

To get us through this difficult time, we did the only things we could: We gave up on love completely. I mean, if Gwen and Gavin can’t do it, why even bother? But, after a lot of soul searching and a short stint in a convent, we eventually found the answer to curing our vicarious heartache: A good old fashioned haircut! 2015 has seen more splits than the 2012 Olympic gymnastics tournaments, and we are certainly not going to stand about idly when it comes to the precious ones on our heads. We’re talking split ends, ladies!

Always one step ahead of us, Gwyneth is already involved with Blo, helping herself and us regular folk disguise our split ends with the ultimate Hollywood blow dry. As it stands, everyone seems to have come to terms with the sudden conscious uncoupling of the beautiful pair (if you still haven’t, get your tresses down to Blo in Covent Garden), and we can only presume this has everything to do with the blow dry bar and absolutely nothing to do with anything else. With this in mind, we’ve come up with a list of ways to help our fave celeb ex-couples, get over, and get rid of, their splits.

Blo, Covent Garden

Blo, Covent Garden

Some splits are messy, out of control and just darned unmanageable. Zayn and Perrie, for example, have been subject to cheating allegations and a whole load more drama. ‘Drama? What drama?’ Glad you asked! One of Perrie’s Little Mix bandmates, Jesy, signalled towards Perrie when singing the line ‘just to help him see what he’s been missing’ at a gig, while Jade held up a sign reading ‘Zayn is irrelevant‘ after a meet and greet. What did we tell you? Drama! Looks like they’re all in need of a Brazilian blow dry from Beauty Box, Marylebone – sure to make any split end smooth and way, way more manageable.

We can’t say that we were entirely surprised when Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick ended their relationship, but that doesn’t make it any less heart-breaking. Kourtney, it has to be said, is absolutely slaying this breakup. Not that we’re insinuating that a breakup is a competition, of course (ahem…), but if it was, Kourtney would have just won gold, and Scott would still be tying up his running shoes. We therefore think it’s Mr Disick who’s in need of a trip to the hairdressers. Scott – why not head to Exquisite Hair and Beauty in Tooting, where you can chop off those split ends (and even get a half-head of highlights should it take your fancy)? Plus, seeing as you seem to fancy a tipple of late, they’ll even throw in a glass of Pimms…

After 13 years of marriage, a simple cut and blow dry just won’t tidy up all straggly ends. Instead, we reckon Gwen Stefani’s ex-bae, Gavin Rossdale, should think about taking a trip to Parkwood Clinic for a six-month hair loss therapy treatment. We assume all these cheating allegations must be rather stressful, and just want Gavin to be prepared should it cause some premature balding. With clinics in Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow, you can thank us later, Gav.

 Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale

Gwen goes back on her word and tells Gavin she’s not ‘Just A Girl’

Perhaps the most devastating break up of 2015 was Kermit and Miss Piggy’s. We’re not for one second implying that Miss Piggy’s superficial (heaven forbid!), but we’ve heard the split could have had something to do with the fact that Kermit was looking a little thin on top. Thankfully, Kermy got wise to this notion and got himself down to FUE Hair Clinics© for a hair transplant, and now things are looking like they’re on the mend! Take note, Gavin…

There’s still one split that we just can’t get over. We’re looking at you Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck. We don’t want you to have to cut off your straggly ends, we want you to reconcile your differences and EXTEND your love affair! Sure, there have been cheating allegations, sure there’s been a story about a shady nanny, but the Paparazzi love to spin tales, and we’re hoping that’s exactly what this is. I mean, he’s freakin’ Batman! He would never be so foolish as to get involved with the babysitter, would he? So, we think Jen should get herself down to Hair Replacement Technology, Manchester for a one-day hair extension course to see if that can inspire Jen to extend their relationship. Fingers crossed…

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner (AKA Bennifer)

…Let not’s forget, Noah and Ally (from The Notebook, duh) spent years apart before finally reuniting and declaring their love for each other in a rather dramatic and very rainy climax. This reminds us of two things – firstly, Ryan Gosling looks pretty damn good in a wet t-shirt (am I right, ladies?), but secondly (and arguably, more importantly), if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. What we’re trying to say is that even faced with this rather dis-tresses-ing list of Hollywood splits, we are forever hopeful. But please, Hollywood, no more splits this year. Even with a killer haircut, our little hearts can only take so much… #TeamBennifer

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Rock n’ Roll Cricket: The NatWest T20 Blast

I tend to think that cricket is the greatest thing that God ever created on earth – certainly greater than sex, although sex isn’t too bad either” – Harold Pinter

When it comes to the UK’s favourite summer sport, we all have our preconceptions. For you, cricket might conjure up images of neatly creased and ironed white kit, dappled sunlight on freshly cut grass, a rosy red ball to match the ruddy cheeks of the players, and the familiar thud of leather on willow. You might think of a gentle summer’s day enjoyed in leisurely style, as spectators and players alike break for tea to tuck into cucumber sandwiches and real ale. Well, prepare to have your notions of sleepy, boring cricket smashed. The grand old sport has entered the 21st century with an explosive short-form game known as Twenty20. And what with Wowcher offering tickets to see the Birmingham Bears in action, we thought we’d help you swot up on just what you’re missing!

Fun for all the family
As with everything, cricket moved with the times to appeal to younger audiences. Twenty20 cricket offers an evening or afternoon (of manageable length – no three-to-five day marathons here!) that is exciting and fun for everyone aged 1-101. Certainly no longer the preserve of foppish posh boys with bouncy hair, Twenty20 matches showcase just how fun the sport can be, offering great quality entertainment for all the family at an affordable price.

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The Wowcher Guide to Live Entertainment

From the magical stories and exuberant costumes of a West End musical to epic sing-along anthems from your favourite stars, theatre, music and comedy always make for a brilliantly fun night out. At Wowcher, we’re firm believers in the power of performance to move, to provoke, to illuminate and to purely entertain people of any age and background – and you can regularly find great deals on tickets to some of the most scintillating performances out there. Here, then, is the Wowcher guide to live entertainment…

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” – William Shakespeare

A night at the theatre can bring out such a strong range of emotions in an audience – fear, excitement, tension, love, joy, anger, inspiration and more! There are a huge number of ways theatre can be enjoyed, from the latest blockbuster shows (like West End mainstay Thriller Live, the multi award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical at Victoria Palace Theatre and the Tony Ward-nominated musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) to summertime touring productions of old classics in parks up and down the country. Wowcher offers deals on them all. If you’re looking for a super night out, either for cultural value or for sheer entertainment, keep checking Wowcher for great deals on tickets to suit every taste.

Just a few theatre tickets you could have got your hands on!

Just a few theatre tickets you could have got your hands on!

For the complete package, Wowcher offers deals on luxurious overnight stays in London with tickets to some of the most spectacular shows on the West End. With recent deals including musicals such as Jersey Boys, Wicked and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, as well as terrifying play The Woman in Black. For ol’ Bill Shakespeare, we’re all players upon the stage that is our world, but if you’re not in the mood to play a part yourself, then let Wowcher offer you the best tickets to watch the professionals do it for you!

Comedy critic Brian Logan recently said that Britain has ”the world’s liveliest comedy scene”. It’s certainly true that British comedy is in rude health with everything from small clubs featuring inventive emerging acts to arena-filling comedy megastars, making UK comedy a multi-million pound industry. Wowcher regularly offers great deals on tickets to some of the UK’s most popular comedy clubs, including Jongleurs, as well as smaller independent clubs like Manchester’s Frog and Bucket. Comedy is about more than good jokes. It has the power to hold a mirror up to society, to reaffirm our sense of humanity and make us believe in the power of humour to make the world a better place. Wowcher offers great ticket deals on comedy nights and clubs so if you’re in need of a life-affirming laugh, just look out for the pink splat!


Roll up! Roll up! The circus is in town!

Roll up! Roll up! The circus is in town and Wowcher will be there to offer you great value deals on tickets. Wowcher has a long-standing relationship with some of the best touring circus troupes in the UK, such as Billy Smart’s Circus, Circus ZyairRussell’s International Circus, Zippos Circus and even the prestigious Moscow State Circus! If you’re looking for an evening of entertainment combining the best elements of theatre, music and comedy, then a night under the big top is exactly what you need! Keep checking Wowcher for the best deals on circus tickets for the whole family, as these prestigious troupes are regularly on tour across the UK.


Fancy something little different? Watch Britain’s top pro-wrestling company lay the smackdown at one of 13 UK locations!

Something a little different
None of the above float your boat? Well how about tickets to see Britains’ top pro-wrestling talents lay the smackdown at one of 13 UK locations? On the topic of buff lads in skimpy gear, perhaps an unforgettable night of male entertainment is more up your street? Well you can always count on the Forbidden Nights lads or those oh-so-lovely Dreamboys for a sizzling evening of entertainment!

So there you have it, the Wowcher guide to live entertainment, for every possible taste. For all the best entertainment deals make sure you stay with!

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