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Why not head into London's Covent Garden this August to have the chance to join in a free interactive pop-up experience courtesy of  the Disney’s West End musicals Aladdin and The Lion King, Located at 25 Long Acre in the heart of Theatreland, the Pop-Up will be open every day from Tuesday 31st July until Sunday 26th August with a host of free interactive experiences and special events for Disney fans old and new, from fabulous performances from cast members of the two West End shows, puppetry demonstrations and stage makeup masterclasses to vocal and movement bite-sized workshops, these free events, will take place daily the full schedule is available to view at www.disneyonstage.co.uk and access to events is available on a first come first served basis.

Guests will have the opportunity to explore the iconic masks, puppets and costumes from the Tony-Award winning The Lion King and learn about the inspiration behind many of the show’s impressive designs. Guests will also have the opportunity to step inside a specially-created ‘Cave of Wonders’, where they will be able to take a photo with the legendary lamp from Aladdin.

Visitors to the Covent Garden’s Piazza are invited to delve into a treasure hunt to uncover four magic lamps – each offering a clue to an Aladdin themed puzzle and for those who unscramble the message, they can take home a limited edition poster as their reward.

Prince Edward Theatre
28 Old Compton St
London W1D 4HS
Aladdin plays Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm with matinee performances on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm.

Lyceum Theatre
21 Wellington Street,
London WC2E 7RQ
The Lion King plays Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm with matinee performances on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm. There is no performance on a Monday evening. 

Watermelon and Feta Salad Recipe

We have had so much amazing hot weather and here's looking forward to it lasting for the rest of summer, so why not cool off with this delicious watermelon and Feta Salad.

Serves 4

¼ Watermelon – Skin removed and diced 1 inch thick
Feta – 200g diced or crumbled
Kalamata olives – 50g pitted
Red chilli – 1 finely chopped
Olive oil – 10ml
Garlic clove – 1 clove
A sprig of thyme and rosemary
½ large lemon, remove rind and julienne (slice rind into thin strips). Juice the flesh
Basil leaves – 10g
Mint leaves – 10g

To make the dressing, slowly and carefully heat olive oil, adding the garlic, chilli, thyme and rosemary, lemon rind.
Gently heat for 3 minutes, add lemon juice, salt and pepper. It’s important to do this slowly to avoid burning any of the added elements.
Set aside to cool
To serve, spread the diced watermelon in the desired dish, sprinkle the feta on top, spoon over olives and distribute the dressing evenly.
Finish with a fine chiffonade of basil and mint – this will bring out all the flavour.

This delicious recipe is courtesy of  Gopi Chandran Executive Head Chef of Sopwell House,  for more information check out www.sopwellhouse.co.uk.

My Personality in Colours

The colours that we choose make us feel good, whether that be the clothes that we were or the decor of our homes, colours defiantly do influence the way we feel. Most experts in home decor would always recommend that you look at the available space textures, furniture that you have before deciding on a colour, as there is no point in choosing a colour that can overwhelm a small space or clash with your current furniture.

I do tend to opt for very natural to pastel colours, I like the light and airy feel, also my furniture is dark especially my large leather recliner which takes up a huge space in my living room, so its important that the walls are light, I do like accents of metallics and colour but tend to use accessories to add the clours that I like. My bedroom is in need of a new makeover and for this, I'm defiantly looking at white, greys and silver. Julain Charles has a cool downloadable pdf book (see the link to below)  which shares some really useful information on a range of colours and why we are attracted to them. Here is what Julian Charles advises on my colour palate

Grey - Grey is a reliable colour and is very versatile,  You’re reliable, but sometimes a bit scared of being the centre of attention. You’d much rather fade into the background. Grey is also the colour of compromise. It shows that you can be indecisive, and would rather sit on the fence than make any big decisions. You’re mostly a calm person who likes to be in control of a situation. Sometimes you can be a little bit too serious, but your fun side comes out when you’re with your best friends. How to style grey Don’t just stick to one grey. You should use lots of light and darks to help layer the room. Grey comes in all sorts of tones. You can have warm ones, or blue-toned ones, or even grey with a green tinge.  so play around with it. For a glamorous feel, add lots of silver accessories and crushed velvet.

Black & White - Using black and white suggests that you like the simple things in life. You enjoy sitting down with a good book, or just having dinner with loved ones. It doesn’t take much to please you. You might be a bit more cautious with your interiors too. Perhaps you’re scared of colour, but regardless, your home is still beautiful and stylish with simple monochrome colours.

The colours we're attracted to or the ones we do tend to choose repeatedly and defiantly tell something about our personality and Julian Charles really summed up my personality with the clours that I have chosen for my home, check out Colour Your Personality


15yr old Tim Edge (HARRY JARVIS) is a budding graffiti artist and an expert in selfishness. When Tim and his two best friends, Vic & Alf, bunk off from a school trip at the Natural History Museum, they stumble into a Press Conference being held by Lena Eidelhorn (SIOBHAN REDMOND), a mad scientist who is unveiling her latest invention, The Vitalitron.

The Vitalitron is capable of predicting the time of death of any living creature, and when Tim sneaks inside, he discovers he only has 2:Hrs left to live. Chased across London by tabloid journalists Tooley and Graves (SEANN WALSH and MAREK LARWOOD), Tim and his mates agree on a bucket list that will cram a lifetime into the next two hours. Meanwhile, Lena makes plans to ensure that the Vitalitron’s prophecy becomes true no matter what.

2:HRS will be available on demand from the 30th July, for more information check out www.2hrsfilm.com

Drayton Manor to bring smiles this summer

Drayton Manor Park plans its six weeks of Summer Sensation campaign from Wednesday 25th July to Monday 3rd September at the Staffordshire-based attraction. In addition to the adrenaline-pumping thrill rides, family-friendly rides and the 15-acre zoo, the attraction is organising extra events for visitors to enjoy. Make sure that your little ones don’t miss out on a special meet and greet with CatBoy and Owlette, characters from popular children’s TV show, PJ Masks. These fan favourites, guaranteed to bring a smile to your child’s face, will be having fun at the park on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August in the heart of the park near the Carousel.

For the grown-ups, there will be a scrumptious Food & Craft Festival on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August, consisting of over 30 stands to tantalise the taste buds with locally made treats and delights, including stands run by The Crab Shack, Patty Freaks and Gyro Guys to name a few plus some amazing craft stalls as well. But don’t worry if you don’t manage to make it to these events as throughout the summer there’s plenty at Drayton Manor Park to keep everyone happy. Both the young and young at heart will be entertained in Europe’s only Thomas Land™, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and is home to more than 25 rides and attractions, such as the Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster, Jeremy Jets’ Flying Academy, and brand new in 2017, James and The Red Balloon.

Thrill seekers can scream to their hearts’ content as they experience a host of adrenaline-pumping rides such as the head-turning gyro swing Maelstrom, the 54-metre drop tower Apocalypse and Shockwave, one of only two stand-up coasters in Europe. Visitors looking for a quick refresh from the occasional ‘heat wave’ we have been experiencing to date can enjoy the white-knuckle Stormforce 10 water ride! If you’re planning to extend your visit into a staycation at the onsite, four-star Drayton Manor Hotel, secure your evening’s stay in a standard family room with a deposit of just £1 and help spread the cost this summer with the park’s exclusive Stay & Play offer. Be quick though, as terms and conditions apply and these rooms sell out fast!

For families with younger children, the magical experience of Thomas Land doesn’t have to end in the park as Drayton Manor Hotel has 15 incredible Thomas & Friends themed rooms. Each child staying in a themed room also receives a complimentary Thomas & Friends goodie bag during their stay. For those without little ones, the hotel offers a well-deserved break in relaxing rooms with free Wi-Fi and an optional full English breakfast too.
William Bryan, Managing Director at Drayton Manor Park comments: “As a third-generation family run independent attraction, we understand how long the summer holidays can feel when you have nothing planned, which is why we want to shout about our Summer Sensation campaign

 “With so many events and experiences planned, you may wish to visit us on more than one occasion this summer. So why not avoid additional screen time for children and being stuck indoors this summer and plan a trip to Drayton Manor to create fun family memories that will last a lifetime!”

To book a stay at Drayton Manor Hotel, visit www.draytonmanorhotel.co.uk, call 01827 285551 or email reservations@draytonmanor.co.uk.