Sunshine holidays and fun days out – your guide to a sizzling summer

Hop on a yacht for a tour of the Caribbean, discover the ancient culture of Cyprus, join the world’s biggest Beatles party… there are plenty of ways to get the very best out of your summer

GETAWAYS

Discover beautiful beaches and fascinating history in Cyprus




Cyprus is known for its year-round sunshine and pristine beaches

Craving azure waters and sweeping coastlines? Cyprus has it all. Book your holiday to the mythical birthplace of Greek goddess Aphrodite with Olympic Holidays – the family-owned travel specialists have been arranging getaways to Cyprus for more than 50 years. The island is known for its year-round sunshine, Blue Flag beaches and pretty villages nestled in lush vineyards. And there’s lots to do and see. Trek in the pine-covered Troodos Mountains or dance the night away in Ayia Napa, the party capital on the southeastern coast. Ancient monuments and sites, along with museums, will tell you stories of a rich culture spanning 11,000 years. As for eating out, don’t miss the local mezes, unlocking new flavours with every bite. Book a seven-night stay in June from £265 per person, and you can also save £50 with offer code OLYMPIC50 at olympicholidays.com/cyprus (offer valid until June 30, 2022).

Sail off on a yachting adventure to amazing destinations




Sunshine holidays and fun days out – your guide to a sizzling summer

Sailing out to sea with Borrow A Boat

Why holiday in one place when you can rent a boat and sail your way around multiple exotic destinations at your leisure? Leading boat rental and yacht charter marketplace Borrow A Boat has over 45,000 boat listings across more than 65 countries, and aims to make boating more accessible. You could be sunbathing on a remote beach in Thailand or Turkey, or scuba-diving in deep-blue waters off Greece and Croatia. Vessels are available in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and the USA, in all shapes and sizes – from smaller sailing yachts to fully crewed superyachts. The Borrow A Boat team will help you find the craft that’s right for you, with free advice from yachting experts. Find out more at borrowaboat.com.

Take a relaxing staycation – and take your pet too!




Sunshine holidays and fun days out – your guide to a sizzling summer

Enjoy a relaxing stay with your pets at Days Inn by Wyndham

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly hotel for your travels in the UK, give Days Inn by Wyndham a go for a stress-free staycation. The Wyndham hotels don’t skimp on convenience – spacious and bright, the rooms provide the perfect setting for a comfortable stay and, of course, a perfect night’s sleep. Free parking is available at many of the hotels, along with electric vehicle charging. Free wi-fi is offered everywhere, if you need to stay in touch with friends back home. You can bring your four-legged friend along, too, as the hotels are pet-friendly. Days Inn is also part of the world’s largest hotel loyalty programme, Wyndham Rewards, which gives you the chance to earn points and redeem them for hotel stays around the globe. Explore Days Inn by Wyndham at wyndhamhotels.com/days-inn

Holiday safely with solid travel insurance




Sunshine holidays and fun days out – your guide to a sizzling summer

Get the right travel insurance for a carefree holiday

Two years may have passed since the start of the pandemic, but travel insurance, always vital for any well-organised trip, is even more useful when it comes with Covid cover. And Multitrip.com – part of the Blue Insurance Group – is well worth a try: the insurer has added several Covid-related benefits to its travel policies, allowing you to holiday safely and with confidence. Some of these include medical expenses should you or your insured travelling companion be diagnosed with coronavirus abroad, as well as additional travel or accommodation expenses up to £2,000 if you need to extend your stay due to a Covid-19 diagnosis. There’s also the option of cancellation cover for those diagnosed with Covid or personally instructed to isolate by the NHS or a medical professional. Learn more, and get a 10 per cent discount (using the code Summer22 until December 31, 2022) at multitrip.com.

ENTERTAINMENT

Be part of the world’s biggest Beatles celebration




Sunshine holidays and fun days out – your guide to a sizzling summer

The Beatles songs will take over the Cavern Club during International Beatleweek

From August 24 to 30, Liverpool’s Cavern Club will host International Beatleweek – with 2022 marking the 36th year the gathering of Beatles fans and musicians has taken place in the city that gave us the Fab Four. Expect fantastic live music, parties, film and theatre shows, guest speakers, and memorabilia auctions and flea markets. The music is, of course, at the forefront all week, with outdoor stages, indoor venues, three stages in The Cavern Club and a complete hotel takeover. Some of the highlights this year include three key members of John Lennon’s last studio band reuniting to perform his last two albums, a music tribute to Paul McCartney, and The Cavern’s resident Beatles tribute band, who play the city’s Philharmonic Hall. Accommodation and just-tickets packages are available. For full details visit internationalbeatleweek.com.

Witness the drama and excitement of first-class cricket




Sunshine holidays and fun days out – your guide to a sizzling summer

The Hundred combines world-class cricket with high-energy entertainment

If there’s one sporting extravaganza to attend this summer, it’s The Hundred. The cricket competition combines world-class sport with high-energy entertainment, appealing to families, cricket fans and anyone looking for a fun summer event. There are two competitions – the women’s and the men’s – involving eight teams, taking place across seven cities in five weeks. And you’ll get to see the best players in the world compete on the same stage. The Hundred rules are simple: each team gets 100 balls, and the one that scores the most runs wins. Tickets, on sale now, are £5 for under-16s, and start at £12 for adults. Buy them at thehundred.com/tickets.

Join a thrilling mission to escape a legendary pirate ship




Sunshine holidays and fun days out – your guide to a sizzling summer

Escape the world for a few hours at The Golden Hinde

Escape in Time experiences in London allow you to escape the world for a few fun-packed hours and lots of adventure. A team of storytellers, filmmakers and theatrical experts have put together two immaculately styled historical escape games: Escape From The Golden Hinde, close to London Bridge, is a live interactive adventure aboard a real ‘pirate’ ship – the reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake’s galleon, which sailed around the world in the 1570s, attacking Spanish vessels and ports. Kids under 10 enter for free (conditions apply). Then there’s Secret Studio, near Brick Lane, the number one escape room in London according to Tripadvisor, which presents a mystery set in a haunted film studio beneath the dark streets of Old London Town. Keep your wits about you and you might just escape the cutting room floor! One player can enter for free in both games, provided there are at least four paying players. This offer is valid until August 31, 2022 – visit escapeintime.co.uk/mirror and enter the special code, DAYSOUT22.

Party with pizza and cocktails in hip Hackney




Sunshine holidays and fun days out – your guide to a sizzling summer

East London’s largest summer terrace is back with DJ sets, food and drinks

Night Tales, East London’s largest summer terrace bar, offers you fabulous cocktails, DJ sets and pizza in a tropical-style setting. This 10,000 sq ft neon-lit ‘jungle’, bedecked with exotic plants, is open from 3pm on Saturdays, and is conveniently located under Hackney Central railway station – with good transport links day and night. Free table reservations are available and all group sizes are welcome. All tables, day-bed areas and booths can be booked exclusively, and come with table service. There’s also a 25 per cent discount on all drink packages, for bookings before 5pm. This offer is valid until July 1, 2022. Make a reservation via instagram.com/nighttalesldn.

DISCOVERY

Enter a world of magic with Roald Dahl




Few things taste better than a giant Wonka bar

Whether we’re young or old, we all need a bit of magic in our lives. And what better place to find it than the Roald Dahl Museum? This fantastic museum and story centre in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, where Dahl lived and wrote for 36 years, hosts a world of fun and sparkles, born out of the beloved author’s books and extraordinary characters. Pull a power pose next to Matilda, measure yourself against the BFG, test your sparkiness on the Spark-o-meter and come face to face with Fantastic Mr Fox. These are just some of the exciting things to do here, which promise to turn you into a kid again. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday throughout the summer holidays, with tickets including re-entry for a whole year. Get 10 per cent off general admission tickets with code MATILDA10 until August 31, 2022 – book online at roalddahl.com/museum.

Take a top-scoring tour of the Arsenal stadium




Backstage peek into the Emirates Stadium

Go behind the scenes at a legendary London football club with a tour of the Emirates Stadium. You’ll receive special access to the home of Arsenal, including the directors’ box, Diamond Club, players’ entrance, dressing rooms, players’ tunnel, the pitchside and home dugout, as well as the interview rooms and press conference room. Your self-guided tour comes with a state-of-the-art multimedia handset, and there’s commentary available in English from Arsenal stars Charlie George or Lee Dixon, or matchday announcer Nigel Mitchell, and in nine other languages – including BSL. You can also book the Legend Tours, a guided tour led by former Gunners players Perry Groves, Nigel Winterburn or Charlie George. Book at arsenal.com/tours.

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