IF you haven’t finalised your holiday plans, these ten top companies are your summer superheroes.
They’re here to help with great holiday hacks and ideas, whether you’re looking for a thrill-filled family trip or a chill-out break for two.
Surprising destinations, high-tech solutions to help you capture great memories, or simply a hay fever-free holiday: whatever you need, you’ll find it here.
The world of vlogging is highly competitive, so you need to grab any chance to stand out from the crowd.
Enter the Z 30, part of Nikon’s revolutionary Z series of mirrorless cameras and compatible with all NIKKOR Z lenses.
This innovative, compact and lightweight camera is packed with features to help ramp up your creativity and produce the kind of next-level content that simply isn’t possible on a smartphone.
The Z 30 records up to 125 minutes of uninterrupted video in Full HD and approximately 35 minutes 4K UHD (ideal for tutorial vlogs) and lets you capture time-lapse movies or smooth slow motion in full HD.
The vari-angle touchscreen monitor makes shooting first-person vlogs or selfies a breeze, and exceptional vibration reduction ensures crystal-clear results every time.
There are 20 in-camera filters, all customisable in real time, and once you’ve created your content, you can upload it instantaneously, thanks to the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi functions.
Find out more about how to up your game with the impressive Z 30 at nikon.co.uk/en.
Adventure Parc Snowdonia, Wales
From a lagoon-view room at Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia, you can enjoy the unlikely sight of people surfing or paddle boarding in the north Wales mountains.
The hotel is located in the heart of Adventure Parc Snowdonia, an outdoor playground filled with nature-inspired adventures, where the whole family can share thrilling activities in the great outdoors.
As well as testing yourself on the world’s first inland surf lagoon, you can go ziplining, whizz around on a bike on the pump track, try skate-bowl, or enjoy vigorous off-site experiences such as gorge walking and coasteering.
Even on rainy days, the fun doesn’t stop: indoor adrenaline-pumping adventures include climbing walls, extreme slides, high ropes courses and caving.
There’s also a soft play zone for younger children.
After all the excitement, you can relax in the hotel, with its spa, modern, well-equipped rooms and relaxed bar/restaurant, or enjoy rustic outdoor living in a simple wooden camping pod.
Organise your family adventure now at adventureparcsnowdonia.com.
A magical family day out, this fairy tale theme park – the largest in the Netherlands and third largest in Europe – is open 365 days a year, packed with rides, attractions and shows, and surrounded by acres of natural woodland.
There’s something for every taste and age here, from high-adrenaline roller coasters such as Baron 1898 and water rides like Piraña, to a Fairytale Forest that’s filled with characters from classic children’s stories, and a spectacular show of water, light and fire – Aquanura.
This year, expect even more fun as Efteling marks its 70th anniversary.
Special celebrations include Efteling Wonderland, a temporary fairytale that takes you through a rabbit hole into a scene inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Easy to reach from the UK by ferry, train and air, the park offers a great choice of accommodation, from lakeside cabins and woodland cottages to fairy tale-themed hotel suites.
To experience a wonderful day at Efteling visit efteling.com.
If you’ve ever spent a summer suffering from hay fever, you’ll understand what a nuisance it can be.
However, there is a way that could help stop this all-too-common allergy from taking over your life: Allevia hay fever-relief tablets, now available over the counter.
Thanks to their key ingredient, fexofenadine (previously only available on prescription), Allevia has been designed to help provide relief from itchy, red, watery eyes, sneezing and a blocked or runny nose that hay fever sufferers know all too well.
Within an hour of taking a one-a-day tablet you can feel it taking effect, and the relief is reported to last for up to 24 hours.
Allevia are confident that no tablet is stronger for hay fever relief* and nothing works faster for 24-hour relief.
No wonder fexofenadine is the number one prescribed antihistamine by GPs in England*.
Live your life, not your allergy – learn more at alleviaallergy.co.uk
Disclaimer: Allevia 120mg tablets contain fexofenadine. For the symptomatic relief of hay fever. Always read the label.
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Dr Karaaltin Hair, Istanbul
Foreign travel can be a truly transformative experience. That’s certainly the case for hair loss sufferers who take a trip to Dr Karaaltin Hair Clinic in Istanbul.
This centre of excellence in hair restoration and hair transplantation treatments is in a well-equipped modern hospital and staffed by highly qualified professionals.
There are three staff anaesthesiologists and plastic surgeons who plan and manage your whole procedure, headed by plastic surgery professor Dr Mehmet Veli Karaaltin.
It claims to be the only clinic in the world that can combine hair transplantation with stem cell therapy, and provides an online lifestyle and aftercare programme of consultation.
It also invests in scientific research in its specialist field.
Treatments are carried out using the highest quality instruments and latest technology, and performed under local anaesthesia and intravenous sedation so that patients feel no discomfort.
The attention to patient comfort extends to providing VIP accommodation and transfer services.
While you’re there, take the chance to explore the fascinating city of Istanbul ¬– the clinic is located close to Taksim Square, in the heart of the city.
Find out more and book an appointment at drkaraaltinhair.com.
Wookey Hole, Somerset
If the mention of Wookey Hole conjures up images of the hairy Star Wars sidekick Chewbacca, think again.
This tiny Somerset village is famed for breathtakingly beautiful caves that were formed over millions of years.
Today, the magical world of Wookey Hole, rich in legends and adventures, is ideal for a family day out, with a host of attractions inside and out.
As well as exploring the spectacular caverns that once provided shelter for ancient hyenas, cave bears and Neanderthals, you can discover vintage penny arcades, museums, soft play zones and adventure golf, along with a cheese tunnel and dinosaur grove.
Oh, and keep an eye out for the famous witch of Wookey Hole.
There’s also a 4D cinema, the only place in the UK showing The Bear and The Squirrel, a new film from the Aardman group (Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep).
And, as the attraction is owned by the Cottle circus family you can enjoy summer performances by the Wookey Hole Circus School.
Plan your visit now at wookey.co.uk.
Herbert Woods, Norfolk
The best way to experience the Norfolk Broads National Park is by water.
So when you visit Britain’s largest protected wetland, make your first port of call Herbert Woods, a leader in the field of Norfolk Broads boat hire.
The region’s largest independent hire boat marina, it has a fleet of more than 130 cruisers, with something to suit every budget and every type of holidaymaker, from romantic couples to groups of family and friends.
The cruisers sleep between two and 12 passengers and come in a variety of layouts, but all are light, airy and luxuriously kitted out with all the home comforts.
All are pet-friendly and self-drive, so you can explore at your own pace, completely in control of where you go – maybe spotting otters and kingfishers along the River Ant, exploring the historic attractions of Norwich or venturing along the River Bure for some seaside fun in Great Yarmouth.
To book your Norfolk Broads boating holiday, visit herbertwoods.co.uk.
Bodmin Jail, Cornwall
It may be one of the newer arrivals on the Cornish tourism scene, but Bodmin Jail has already clocked up awards, including Best Themed Entertainment and Attractions Project of the Year in the 2021 National AV Awards.
After a multimillion-pound investment, this immersive visitor experience opened in October 2020, using state-of-the-art technology and theatrical effects to bring the past vividly to life.
You can take a ‘Dark Walk’ through Cornwall’s murkier history, join a paranormal tour and get a feel for what it was like to live behind bars in this 18th-century prison on the edge of Bodmin Moor.
These days, an overnight stay is far more appealing.
Part of the handsome, Grade II listed building has been transformed into a boutique hotel, with 70 luxuriously styled rooms, a champagne bar and a fine-dining restaurant in the awe-inspiring surroundings of the former prison chapel.
For tickets, accommodation and restaurant reservations, visit bodminjail.org.
Watermans Browned Off
Banish any memories of the bad old days of self-tanning.
The trick to achieving a natural-looking sun-kissed glow without actually seeing any sun is to arm yourself with a bottle of Watermans Browned Off self-tanning foam.
Made in the UK (by a company that recently won a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise), the mousse is easy to apply and quick to dry, and has a light, non-sticky formula.
There’s none of that odd biscuity smell you might associate with fake tans, just an appealingly tropical coconut scent, and it’s enriched with aloe vera and vitamin E, to aid absorption and hydration.
In just a few minutes, it delivers a flawless, streak-free finish – and the more layers you apply, the deeper the tan.
Find out more, and shop for self-tanning products, at watermanshair.com.
South Devon Railway
If you have a fondness for heritage rail rides, you’ll love South Devon Railway, with its handsomely restored vintage locomotives and coaches.
This award-winning steam railway takes visitors on regular scenic trips along the beautiful valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes, hugging the River Dart for much of the way.
If you fancy making a full day of it, take advantage of the “3 Great Attractions, 1 Amazing Day” joint ticket.
This includes not just the return train trip but also admission to two other attractions: Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies at one end of the line, and Totnes Rare Breeds Farm at the other.
Back on the tracks, there are some special attractions coming up later this year, including a Day Out With Thomas (every young child’s favourite train) from 23-25 September and, from mid-November until Christmas, the chance to take a festive ride aboard the Polar Express.
Find out more at southdevonrailway.co.uk.
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