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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Londoners needn’t invest in wellies or a tent, they can enjoy some of the best live music in outdoor settings often just a tube ride from home. Bridget Galton rounds up the festivals around north London

Emma Bartholomew takes her three children to the Algarve’s Vila Monte boho chic resort, where they try out a goat herding “experience”, wood fire pizza making, as well as full-on out-and-out relaxing.

Emma Bartholomew visits the Hotel Britannia Excelsior on the banks of Lake Como in Cadenabbia with her family, where they enjoy their most relaxing holiday in years basking in the sun on the lido

Zoe Paskett tries out an aerial circus hoop class - who hasn’t dreamed about flying? But who ever said flying was going to be easy? (Spoiler: it isn’t)

Leah Donaldson talks to Eckhard Thiemann, artistic director of Shubbak Festival, a city-wide biennial celebration of Arab culture and history

A round up of events around Islington and Hackney celebrating Pride Festival

From June 19 to 25, Refugee Week is back with arts and educational events around the country to raise awareness and hope for a better way of dealing with the ongoing crisis, and Islington and Hackney are no exceptions

There’s music, art, dance, food, sports, workshops and a parade throughout the day, celebrating the community’s contributions

If you’ve got a small city garden, balcony or just a windowsill, Carolyn Dunster knows how to make the most out of every inch of space

Emma Bartholomew travels down to Shoreditch for a night in an old magistrate’s court, where the Kray brothers were once held in the cells

Fold in Newington Green was started last year by two Hackney instructors and comes with a clear message: to promote wellness, inclusivity and rein back on some of modern yoga’s more aerobics-based aesthetics

EMMA BARTHOLOMEW stays a night at M By Montcalm hotel, off Old Street’s Silicon Roundabout and finds it as high tech as expected

EMMA BARTHOLOMEW tries out Fish and Pips’ hassle-free ready meals whilst skiing with her family, at a luxury chalet in Meribel Village

Emma Bartholomew finds plenty to keep all ages entertained in Alpe d’Huez, with horse riding, mountain biking, bob sleigh and ice skating.

EMMA BARTHOLOMEW and her family find the picture-perfect Arc 1950 has a wealth of activity going on during the summer, meaning you’ll never be stuck for things to do

Zoe Paskett tries out a new exercise class that combines swing dance and aerobics, finding that the exhaustion is outweighed by enjoyment and great music

Set up by Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur Venetia Archer, the service usually exists as an app to make the process of booking an appointment with salons, spas or beauty therapists easier and quicker

Whether you’re feeling romantic or distinctly the opposite, we’ve rounded up a few options for how to spend this Valentine’s Day

Marrakech is at its best off season with mild temperatures and fewer crowds but the same great tagine, finds Zoe Paskett, who stayed at the newly refurbished Movenpick Hotel

The core of the Parkhotel regime is the seven day programme, with three medical assessments, daily treatments, a diet plan, use of swimming pool, sauna and panoramic gym

With signings, workshops and live drawing sessions, the festival on December 17 sees appearances from publishers, authors and illustrators.

Expert Parkour traceur speaks about the benefits of an all year round activity that trains the mind as much as the body

Where will you spend Halloween weekend? Here are a few options in case you’re stuck

Whether it’s to give your dinner parties the edge or just to add pleasure to a simple supper, new tableware is a relatively cheap update for your home. Here are five of our favourite places to buy plates, bowls and serveware.

Le Mas Candille on the French Riviera offers a five star experience with ultra-relaxing massages and refreshing pilates.

If it’s good enough for Justin Bieber, it’s good enough for Zoe Paskett, who finds a Parenie treatement and honey and salt body scrub invigorating

Get back to school (or your desk) in style with the best in covetable office ware from these north London outlets. Whether a brand new notebook, resplendent with possibility, or a set of freshly sharpened pencils arranged just so, there’s something super satisfying about new stationery.

The delights of Mottram Hall’s luxury hotel and spa are just a two hour train ride away from London.

Disney’s theme park in Paris is in a league of its own, taking less than three hours to reach from London.

With Faro just over two hours away by plane, the Algarve’s Vila Vita Parc is the perfect ‘heat retreat’ away from London where you can discover contemporary Portuguese hospitality.

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