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    Did you know that it's Afternoon Tea Week from Monday 8th August through to Sunday 14th August? 

    What an opportunity to celebrate this great event by simply having afternoon tea!  You could create your own and invite friends round, get the kids to do one or you could treat yourself to an Afternoon Tea out!  These aren't membership experiences or subscription gifts, but they give your loved one the chance to get away from it all and the routine of life and just relax for a couple of hours. 

    Visit to Kew Gardens with Prosecco Afternoon Tea at The Botanical for Two

    Visit to Kew Gardens with Prosecco Afternoon Tea
    at The Botanical for Two

    Well, Virgin Experience Days loves Afternoon Tea experiences and they have a huge number to choose from, starting at £24.00.  (That's a Chilli Afternoon Tea for Two with Gourmet Tasting in Bedfordshire, normally £50). 

    In fact, you can choose from Afternoon Tea in London, Champagne Afternoon Tea, Traditional Cream Tea, Luxury Afternoon Tea, Unique and Themed Afternoon Tea, (including Peppa Pig tea experiences and also a Kitty Cafe  - you can stroke and talk to cats while having your Afternoon Tea).  For gin lovers, there's Gin Afternoon Teas, or maybe the vegan in you wants to have a Vegan Afternoon Tea?

    How about Fortnum & Mason Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two in The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon?
    How about Fortnum & Mason Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two in The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon?
    (Was £172.50, now £120 at the time of writing)

    You can combine Afternoon Tea with Doing Something or visiting somewhere, such as having a spa day.  You could go for a walk with an Alpaca, visit a birds of prey centre, trot off to see the animals at the Port Lympne visit sites such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Spinaker Tower in Portsmouth, the Palace of Holyroodhoue in Edinburgh or Windsor Castle.  Maybe you'd like to visit Bletchley Park or get a tour of the Kia Oval Cricket Ground, or head off to The View from the Shard or the London Eye.  Car enthusiasts could take in a Motor Morgan Company Factory Tour, but if you prefer the train, there's the chance to enjoy a tea on a steam train.  There are possibilities around the country!

    Visit to Port Lympne Reserve and Afternoon Tea for Two

    Visit to Port Lympne Reserve and Afternoon Tea for Two
    (Was £90, now £60 at the time of writing)


    Anyway, enough of me rambling on!  Head off to Virgin Experience Days and have a look at their range.  And don't forget to have a look at their special offers! 



    I love flower shows, so I'm thrilled to just remind you that the RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show takes place from 3rd August to 7th August 2022.

    Enjoy a stroll around the RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show!Dig deep for more information here

    There are over 60 trade and nursery exhibits to look at, talks and demonstrations in The Potting Shed theatre and plant displays of plants such as cactus and bonsai.  And of course, you can keep yourself well watered and fed as you stroll round enjoying everything.

    Don't miss The Secured Garden, created in partnership with the Essex Police.

    You can shop for quality plants and get lots of tips and advice from expert nurseries as you take in their displays.  There's even a plant creche to look after your plants!

    There are all sorts of beautiful displays to enjoy

    Craft lovers can be inspired by a mine of designs in the Craft in Focus pop-up marquee.  There are about 25 exhibitors, who constitute a selection fo the UK's finest craftspeople and artists.   If you're a craft lover, you could also pop along to the Craft & Design Fair at RHS Hyde Hall from 26th to 29th August 2022 

    Normal garden admission applies if you want to go to the RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show, and you don't need to book to access the show, according to the website.  It's free to RHS members and a guest.

    You can buy tickets here - why not treat a loved one to a great day out?  

    Become an RHS member here


  3. There's a great news from English Heritage, the charity which looks after many of England's historic places.

    They run a gift membership scheme, and if you use the code EH2022 you can enjoy 15% off  Gift and Annual Memberships!  This code is valid until 31 August 2022 and it applies to new gift and annual memberships only.

    Give a Gift or Annual Membership to English Heritage

    Member benefits include:

    Unlimited access to over 400 historic places

    Free entry for up to six children (Membership includes six accompanying children per adult Member, under 18 and within the family group)

    Free parking where the car park is owned by English Heritage

    Free Members' Handbook

    Exclusive Members' Magazine

    Free or reduced price entry to hundreds of events

    Members' rewards 

    Give a gift membership to English Heritage

    This is a wonderful chance to give the history lover in your life the opportunity to immerse themselves in the past.  

    There are tons of events taking place at English Heritage properties this summer, with something for all the family - and they are even starting to plan for Halloween in October, so there's plenty going on even after the summer comes to an end. 

    Don't forget, use the code "EH2022" at checkout to get your 15% off Gift and Annual Memberships. The code will expire 31 August 2022 and it's only valid on new membership purchases.

    Give a Gift Membership to English Heritage today!



    ZSL Whipsnade Zoo has The Ultimate Animal Challenge for you this summer – the chance to go head to head with family members or friends! 

    It runs from 23 July to 4 September 2022 and you can test your skills against the best on the Ultimate Animal Challenge Trail around ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. 

    Head to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo for the Ultimate Animal Challenge

    There are also face painting stands and food and drink (additional charges apply for these) and there are also unique animal talks about the different species’ special skills.  And there’s a games station to play animal board games – you have the option to make your own playing piece from clay!

    ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s websites says that the Ultimate Animal Challenge actiivties are included in your Zoo entry ticket and many of these activities are fully accessible to people with additional needs – there’s more information on their website.

    Swing over to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo's website to find out more!

    Activities in the Ultimate Animal Challenge* include:

    • The Ultimate Elephant Challenge: Memory – can you remember where the elephant food is hidden?
    • The Ultimate Tiger Challenge: Stealth – can you be as stealthy as a tiger?
    • The Ultimate Meerkat Challenge: Foraging – complete against friends and family to find as much food as you can in the sandpit before the timer runs out
    • The Ultimate Chimp Challenge: LogicCan you complete the puzzles in the fastest time.
    • The Ultimate Showdown** Combine your tracking and foraging skills in this exciting finale. Go head-to-head with your family to see who comes out top in our giant inflatable challenge!
    • The Ultimate Face-Off Challenge - Play as individuals or set up a relay team on this course. Compete against the other coloured teams to build your jigsaw the fastest and steal all the glory!

    Find out more about it here

    *Please check on the information on ZSL's page in case these change.

    **Age, height or weight restrictions may be in place for this activity and weather conditions may affect availability.