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6 Ways to Spice up your Bank Holiday

HOORAY! It’s finally here, the first Bank Holiday of the year. For two glorious weekends you get to skip the Sunday night feeling or Monday morning dread, and live the good life of a 3 day weekend. Here are 6 things to help you make the most of the first Bank Holiday of the year.

1. Stuff yourself

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 09.43.58 The ultimate street food party returns to Dalston this May Bank Holiday. Try the Korean Burritos washed down with a tipple from the Gin Store. 

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2. Burn it off, rave and run.

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 09.44.23 After Street Feast, you’ve probably gained a few pounds… Fear not! Electric Run is back in London this Bank Holiday. You run your way through a series of electric-themed landscapes and cross a finish line where live DJ’s help you dance off any energy you have left. There are also Electric runs happening in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow. 

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Electric Run, London. May 2nd

3. Anchors away

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 09.44.29 ALERT: Serious Instagram opportunity approaching! As if immersing yourself in a beautiful and poetic woodland wasn’t enough, Leigh woods in Bristol have installed a flotilla of abandoned fishing boats for you to climb on and explore. #nofilter Moments ahoy!

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Withdrawn at Leigh Woods, Bristol. Until 31 Oct.

4. Football fanatic fun

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 09.43.53 This one is a must for any lovers of the beautiful game. The National Football Museum in Manchester is fun for all ages, with interactive installations for kids and everything you need to know about the history of football. There’s also a great exhibition on the role of football in World War One. Definitely one to check out. 

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National Football Museum, Manchester. The Greater Game Exhibition. Until 6th Dec.

5. Get Contemporary 

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 09.44.15 Birmingham’s internationally acclaimed Ikon contemporary art gallery is celebrating 50 years of displaying some of the most thought provoking, contemporary art there is. If that wasn’t enough, it’s also totally free! A great space to spend a couple of hours exploring.

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Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

6. A Bucket-load of bunting

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 09.44.08 The lovely canals of Little Venice are a buzz with activity this May Bank Holiday with the annual gathering of the Inland Waterways Association of canal boats. All the boats will be dressed up and ready to party British style: food, Morris dancing, real ale and canal craziness. What’s not to love?

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Street Feast, London. 1-2nd May.

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6 Ways to Spring into action

Rejoice! The sun has started to come out! The flip-flops and pasty legs are already appearing, and we haven’t even hit 20 degrees yet! Here at trainline towers, we thought we would give you the low down on some of the coolest things to do this spring time. You can thank us later.

1. Boating or Goating?

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Timeout

Yes, it’s that time again for the Boat Race! Head down to Putney and watch the Oxford and Cambridge teams row for glory. Alternatively, goats running for glory in East London will also suffice. Bring on the Prosecco! 

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The Boat Race: The Thames, Apr 11 http://theboatraces.org
The Goat Race: Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, E1 5AR, Apr 11

2. Udderly Brilliant

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 South Bank Centre

The big purple cow is back for its 6th year at London’s South Bank Centre. Watch your favourite comedians, some new faces and loads of other awesome performances. Moooooo-arvellous!

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Udderbelly: Thursday 10 April 2014 – Sunday 13 July 2014: South Bank Centre

3. Medieval Mayhem

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Warwick Castle

Got little ones to entertain this spring? Nothing keeps kids interested like a court jester and some good old historical gore! Popular series ‘Horrible Histories’ is pitching up at Warwick Castle throughout the spring. Something brilliant for the kids (and the big kids). 

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Medieval Mayhem: Warwick Castle, Warwick
28th March – 12th April
2nd May – 4th May
23rd May – 31st May
18th July – 6th September

4. Meat and musical madness in Manchester

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Grillstock

Europe’s largest BBQ and music festival returns to Manchester next month! Expect mouth-watering meat, two music stages with bands and DJ’s and competitive eating competitions! Hot Wing Challenge, anyone?

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Grillstock Festival: Albert Square, Manchester 30th-31st of May

5. Deep Sea Diving

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Natural History Museum

Head down to London’s Natural History Museum and discover ‘Secret Cities of the Sea’. An awe-inspiring exhibition on coral reefs. A great day out for all ages! (Snorkel and flippers not required) 

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Coral Reefs, Secret Cities of the Sea: Natural History Museum, until Sunday 13th September

6. Big Bugs!

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Visit Bristol

Perhaps this isn’t one for the Entomophobes out there. 

For the next 6 months, 13 huge animatronic bugs are making Bristol Zoo Gardens their home. It’s great fun for all the family, but don’t get too close. They move, hiss and even spray water.

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Big Bugs at Bristol Zoo: Bristol Zoo Gardens Until 6th September

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8 Top Train Movie Moments

This weekend’s MTV Movie Awards got us thinking about great movie moments on trains (we literally love train stuff). We asked our team at Trainline Towers to give us their favourite train movie moments. All aboard!

8. Stand by Me (1986)

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 13.49.57The classic coming of age story about a group of friends that make a gruesome discovery. The moment they boys are chased by an oncoming train always makes us jump.

7. Brief Encounter (1945)

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 13.54.31 No line-up would be complete without a classic from the golden age of cinema. Brief encounter is a classic love story filmed at Carnforth station, Lancashire. Can you really find love on the platform? We’ll have to start hanging around Euston a bit more…

6. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 14.00.59 Robert Downey Jr, dressed as a lady, on a train. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows lands in our line-up at number 6. This movie teaches us many things. One of those things is not to throw your friend’s fiancé off a moving train into a river, because she will be super annoyed about it. 

5. Spiderman 2 (2004)

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 14.05.44 Okay, there seems to be a new Spiderman movie coming out every week these days, but our favourite has to be this one. The scene where Spidey saves a load of commuters on a train is a classic (plus he came third in the World Gurning Championships that year).

4. The Polar Express (2004)

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 14.08.52 We don’t currently sell Polar Express tickets, and we haven’t had a reply to any of our letters to the North Pole… We still love this story of a boy who rides all the way to the North Pole to meet Santa. Essential festive viewing for all the family! 

3. Strangers on a Train (1951)

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 14.12.37 It’s another classic at number 3! A psychotic socialite, a pro tennis star, and murder all combine on the train in this Alfred Hitchcock thriller.

2. Skyfall (2012)

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 14.18.58 “No Mister Bond, I expect you to book in advance”. Daniel Craig’s fight on top of a train in Skyfall is our second train favourite moment. Don’t try this yourself, we doubt it would look as cool on the 12:32 from Tring.

1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 14.42.50 It’s official, we love Potter! Coming in at number 1 are the Dementors on the Hogwarts Express. We’re also big fans of the lady who runs the tea trolley. Chocolate Frog, anyone?

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3 Ways to smash January (NSFJ)

WARNING: This blog is NSFJ (not safe for January)

Struggling to stick to those lofty new year’s resolutions? Moaning through a month on mineral water. We’re here for you! We think its time for you to break those New Year’s resolutions, and break them in style.

1. Don’t go dry, head to a beer festival!

No Alcohol? All January? That sounds awfully difficult. If you’re about to cave in, be civilised about it! January boasts some marvellous drinking events to wet even the thirstiest whistle. Why not try Manchester’s Beer & Cider Festival, featuring over 300 cask ales along with traditional ciders and perries, real ale in a bottle and both bottled and draught foreign beers. Check out trains to Manchester.beer flight

2. Don’t go to the gym, head outdoors!

Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 13.02.02 Forget that pricey gym membership, changing room awks and protein shakes (you know it’s not going to last). So what if its cold! Man-up, grab your duffel coat head to the Lake District for your exercise fix. Who needs central heating and talcum powder anyway? Take a look at trains to the Lake District.

3. Don’t save money (except on train travel) Its time to treat yourself!

Eat

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Down with the Detox! Its time to chomp your way to victory with some serious pig outs!

Shop

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Blow your first pay cheque in style!

Treat yourself to a West End Weekend

There’s no business like show business. Catch a show in London and make a night of it with a free hotel stay when booking through thetrainline.com, with awesome shows including from ‘Thriller’ to ‘The 39 Steps’.

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