Archive for May, 2008

summer concert weekends


My good friends Dave and Sue decided they would like to make the most of the their weekends in summer 2008 by taking in some of the great outdoor concerts on offer.

What do you recommend asked Sue and can you help me with tickets and maybe  somewhere to stay close by?

Well I would say Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday bash – the 44664 Concert has to be an obvious choice on June 27th in Hyde Park, It will be so special and I expect some real celebs will turn up as surprise performances are promised.

Another option is the O2 Wireless Festival again in Hyde Park but in early July. It has some top acts including Fatboy Slim , Morrissey and Sam Sparro. Reply back and let me know of any outdoor concert events for weekends in Summer 08 you recommend

fathers day treat for dad…


I would like to treat “dad” for fathers day said the teenage daughter of some of our close friends and wondered if you could help? He would have to pay of course, but it is the thought that counts! Kids don’t you just love them! OK Becky so what do yo have in mind. We….ll she said something that he will think is really cool but that we will enjoy too. I was thinking some kind of activity break .

Easy thinks I with a wide range of Activity Breaks available throughout the UK, everything from White Water Rafting in Wales to Karting, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Rock Climbing and Abseilling to newer sports Sphereing , Coasteering and Surf Ski-ing. OK what do you fancy, where do you want to go and when…

Do you have a favourite Activity Break to share .. then post a reply.

weekend break with madonna


Some great friends of mine who have a hit list of “must see live” performers  rang me in a complete tizz…We simply must get tickets to go to one of Madonna’s shows can you get hold of some for us.We would love to go to the Cardiff gig and of course we would like to make a weekend of is and stay over too. You know how the weekends stay actually makes it so much more of an occasion.

Do you know how difficult it will be to get tickets for this I said…

If you can share your experiences of seeing concerts from top artists blog back with your top 10 “must see” performers or hints and tips to get the most from the experience.



b & b weekends for steam fans in Dorset


My pals called from Germany – Guten Tag ! We are coming to the UK for our annual pilgrimage to the Great Dorset Steam fair at Stourpaine in August and need a nice Bed & Breakfast to stay in for the weekends either side, can you help?

No problem I said where are you fancying staying, which weekends are the dates and I presume you will have “the lad” their fond description of Jake their beloved black labrador with you too – so they need to take pets

If you know of any great b & b’s near to stourpaine for the great dorset steam fair – let me know

hen party spa break


Cat called me today …desperate for help. I’ve been lumbered with organising my sisters pre-nuptial knees up weekend she stated breezily – what we need is something not too far from where we live , with a nice spa so we can have a few treatments and chill.

Money is tight ( you know how much weddings cost these days !) so nothing too over the top and ideally we would like to stay over if funds allow! Great I said happy to help – how about you stay on Sunday night then I can usually get a good deal on the room rates etc, which should make an overnight affordable, yes we’re pretty flexible -go for it she said….

How radical do your want for your treatments I said, thinking colonic irrigation and seaweed wraps! Sometimes weekends limit the range of treatments on offer. Nothing too bizarre said Cat , I think  facials. pedicures, massages etc will suffice.

De Vere Oulton Hall might be an option – nice 5* country house hotel – pretty accessible via m62 and De Vere  often do great offers at weekends. Seaham Hall again another obvious one to look at – one of the top spas in the UK, maybe a little too pricey.Aldwark Manor ,just north of York – another one definitely worth a conversation with and again likely to deal on a weekends night stay – especially a Sunday.

I am just about to hit the phones to see what I can sort out. Meanwhile -if you have some great experiences of girlie spa weekends or places you can recommend -do share them with me…