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Uh-oh you’ve realised your bank account is in the red and you’ve nearly maxed out your credit card. How are you going to afford to get ready for your holiday to the Costa del Sol in a few weeks? What about the beer tokens? Instead of selling off your new holiday clothes on eBay or looking for change down the back of your sofa do not worry, it’s not as bad as you think…

Everyone gets a holiday haircut and wants to look their best at the airline check-in desk. Instead of paying astronomical prices for a ‘technical hair director’ in a High Street salon, there are many deals and treatments available to achieve perfect tresses.

Online discount vouchers

Search online for local salon deals in your area. Hairdressing salons love a bit of competition and many of them have listed discounts and offers on various treatments and styling services. These can range from up to 75% off salon prices or include an additional service such as conditioning lotion or highlights. Don’t forget some sites also show reviews from customers who have visited the salon previously. It’s really easy to buy and download your voucher – simply take it to the salon with you on the day of your appointment. Get searching today!

Use your local college

Hair and beauty training colleges are always looking for models and students to practise on. You may have alarm bells ringing at the thought of unqualified trainees in their teens chopping at your precious locks but don’t write them off just yet – students are always supervised when working on models and a full consultation will be discussed with you before you put on the cloak.  Treatments at colleges are usually very cheap or even free!

Do you really need a Technical Hair Director?

You are guaranteed to pay up to three times more for an experienced stylist in the hierarchy of a hairdressing salon. Titled staff members are pigeon-holed in terms of their experience and expertise in specific areas such as colour, cutting, styling etc. However, remember all hairdressers no matter their expertise have all passed the necessary qualifications to work in a salon and wash, cut and blow dry customers hair. Ask yourself, is the extra expense really worth booking a hairdresser with a few more years’ experience when you only need a trim and blow dry? For the strict holiday budget opt for a junior next time.

Wash’n’go

Let’s be honest, when you get a wash and blow dry at a salon no one is ever 100% happy with the end result. You may even wash and dry it again yourself when you get home! Cut back on the cost of your salon visit and ask for a dry cut – you’ll still have the same result except the stylist will lightly spray your hair with water to dampen it before lifting the scissors and you can have it when you get home.

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The city of London is a place that is known for its diversity when it comes to culture. This is a city that is a melting pot of different ethnicities and cultures, so it comes as no surprise that it is also a place that hosts a huge variety of exciting festivals and events on an annual basis.

If you are eager to soak up some culture, excitement, and fun while you are in London, it is well worth timing your trip to coincide with the festivals that you are interested in. Attending one of these events will enable you to enjoy London from a whole new perspective as well as enabling you to sample new experiences.

Popular annual festivals held in London 

The range of annual festivals and events that are held in London is huge, so you will find events that cater for all tastes and preferences. Some of the popular annual festivals you can look forward to in the English capital include:

  • Notting Hill Carnival: Amongst the best known and most vibrant of the annual festivals held in London, the Notting Hill Carnival is truly a sight to behold. This is a festival that attracts around a million people and has become hugely popular with many visitors attending in order to immerse themselves in the multicultural vibe that this part of London is so well known for.

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  • Chelsea Flower Show: Anyone with an interest in horticulture or natural beauty should head to this incredibly popular annual event, which also attracts huge numbers of people. Taking place in late May, this is also a historic show that has been running since the 1860s and has now become one of the most popular events held each year in London.

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  • The Great British Beer Festival: Taking place in August each year, this is a festival that is a must for beer lovers and those who simply want to sample new beverages. The festival has been running since the 1970s and takes place over the course of five days. You can try hundreds of beers and ciders when you attend this festival with a range of breweries setting up bars for the event.
  • London Restaurant Festival: As a result of its cultural and ethnic diversity, London is also home to restaurants that serve up a huge array of cuisine from all around the world. London Restaurant Festival is an event that takes place in October each year and last for a week, with hundreds of restaurants taking part in the event. This is a celebration of the culinary diversity that London offers and is a great event for foodies to attend.
  • Regent Street Festival: Held every September, the Regent Street Festival is a very popular event that is attended by thousands of locals and visitors. One of the unique things about this event is that the theme changes each year, which means that the type of entertainment and attractions also change in line with the theme. This is a great way to spend a day, as it enables you to enjoy fun, excitement, and mingle with people from all walks of life.

There are, of course, many other festivals that take place over the course of the year in London, from literary and film festivals to food, drink, and even design festivals. So if you are visiting London don’t just take one of the many discount tours of London,  spend some time seeing one of the great festivals London has to offer too.

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If you are planning for a family holiday in Britain this summer, you would be keen to make out the most of your vacation. And to assist you in that part, here is a list of undeniably wonderful family attractions in UK you would love to visit.

Dairyland Farm World

Located in Cornwall, this place is a famous spot for family caravan holidays, known for its nature-friendly ambiance. It’s an ideal location for anyone who loves animals and especially children, for whom there is a separate indoor play area. You can also play around with the farm animals or even milk a cow or two, if you wish to.

Knights Quest at Alnwick Castle

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Who doesn’t like adventure and that too when you are with your family. This famous ancient castle located in Northumberland is one of its own kinds and its credibility lies in the fact that it has been a favourite spot for many Hollywood films including the famous Harry Potter series. Here, you can dress yourself up with the Knight’s wardrobe and hold a sword. Sounds like a good enough pose for a photo! Isn’t it?

Landmark forest theme park

If you want to experience a roller coaster ride, a sky dive or a flume ride that takes the route of a virtual forest, then this is the place to be in. Get to witness the Bamboozeleum, single piece in the world and explore the covert behind the medieval pine forests.

National Space centre

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Being one of most interactive and educative spot for a family, the national space center in Leicester offers almost real demonstrations of the space round the earth. Right from satellites to rockets, the interactive sessions are meant to educate the public in the easiest manner possible.

Deep Sea World

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This place is famous for its humongous collection of marine organisms and especially the sharks. You get to experience the deep sea life by going through the world’s longest submarine tunnel. The stunning live theatres inject a leash of life into the sea creatures, the sight of which is a perfect treat to the eye.

Longleat Safari Park

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A family trip to Britain is incomplete without a visit to this wonderfully wildlife-packed safari park. With Giraffes, tigers, lions, zebras, rhinos etc, there is simply nothing that you’ll miss out here. You can also assist the staffs in their work and get to acquire priceless knowledge, something you will never find in any book

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Many know Christmas time in Great Britain from its vast literary tradition with such stories as Peter Pan and A Christmas Carol, but what is it really like as a place to visit during the festive season? There are plenty of exciting options when looking for cheap Christmas family holidays in the UK. Exploring this winter wonderland could never be more satisfying.

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There’s nothing cosier than visiting an old fashioned British pub for your Christmas dinner as this can really give you a feel for the country. You don’t need to go to a gastronomic high-end London restaurant as there’s a number of smaller rural establishments that can offer a more authentic experience as you eat your meal by an old fashioned log-fire. The south-coast is great for this with such places as Dorset and Cornwall that can really take you back to a traditional British Christmas. You can even take a ride in a genuine Christmas steam-train with the Santa Express special in the Dorset seaside town of Swanage for some of that extra British authenticity. Chugging past the snow covered trees whilst sipping cream teas as Father Christmas hands out presents to the children, really helps to give you a taste of the British family Christmas.
If you want something a bit more exciting after that for the kids, then there’s always the fun of the theme-parks as well. With locations such as Alton Towers you have the Santa’s Sleepover whereby you get to stay overnight at the resort with a visit from Father Christmas before heading into the park the next day. All the big and exciting rides are there too such as Oblivion, which all manage to keep the excitement levels up. There are plenty of options for cheaper tickets as well with their two-for-one deals which you can also use there.
New Year’s Eve is an essential component of any cheap Christmas family holidays in the UK as well. For many, spending it in London watching the fireworks from London Bridge is a great way to end the year. This can get extremely busy though which can especially be a problem if you have children with you. Scotland can be a great place to spend this time of year with its infamous Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations, as the city really comes alive with fireworks and street-parties throughout. Everywhere you go you will find something available to keep you entertained here as people dance in the street to the early hours, and sometime the later ones as well. With fancy dress there’s colour wherever you look as everyone gets involved in a friendly and vibrant atmosphere.
With this collection of assorted tips and advice, you should never be short of something to do over the Christmas season whilst visiting the British Isles. With plenty of options for cheap Christmas family holidays in the UK you can always keep an eye on that budget too. So visit the United Kingdom to find out what Christmas is really like there.