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It’s Summer time and that means only one things – Festival season is upon us! From flowery headbands to wading through the mud in wellies, from cleaning yourself down with baby wipes each morning to trying to pee in a bush because the queues are too long – there is nothing you can’t look forward to!

As much as we pray for sun rays when we’re spending the weekend on a field in tents, this is the UK we’re talking about, so anything is possible and we can’t always bet on the blue skies. This post will outline the best festival hacks for you to take with you this summer, just to make life that much easier – especially if the weather isn’t on your side!

PACK A MAC

Probably the most important item to remember when you’re at a UK festival. I’m not saying you have to try and stuff your biggest bubble jacket into a bag ( and I would hope that you haven’t owned a bubble jacket since your pre-teen years) but packing a mac is essential. The high street have become so much more festival savvy throughout the years and now you can buy lightweight, thin macs that roll up easily into their own little bags. PERFECT. My favourites include:

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(Left to right) £28 at Next, £36 Warehouse at ASOS, £10 at Boohoo

There are also considerably cheaper options at local stores such as George as Asda and F&F at Tesco! These macs will not only leave room in the bag for your new festival clothes, but they’ll keep you dry whilst keeping you looking cool and on top of the trend.

Buy a Bum Bag!

Oh girls, these will be our saviour! They’ll make it much easier for us to hold two drinks at the same time without having to worry about getting pick pocketed! Not to mention they’re extremely retro – like every day wearing one is a Flashback Friday.

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(Left to right) £5 SALE! New Look, £35 City Fellaz at ASOS (bit pricey) £20 at River Island

As you can see, they don’t have to be the same as the originals, they can be chic and cool yet extremely practical!

Sensible Shoes!

As much as I love sandals and flimsy footwear with a cute summer dress, festival shoes need to be practical. However, that’s not to say that you can’t still look stylish. High top trainers and a pair of stone wash denim shorts can look extremely chic and your feet will stay dry, clean and bruise free from people standing all over you!

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(Left to right) ALL £45 – Daddy Cool at ASOS, River Island (hidden wedge), Topshop

So, there you have it. Festival hacks for summer 2014, whether it be for V Festival, Leeds Festival or Wireless amongst many others, these hacks are nationwide! If you enjoyed this post, leave a comment! I’d appreciate any feedback and suggestions about what else you’d like to read about. I’m sure I could provide!

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I'm 21 and a fresh graduate from LJMU with a 2:1 in Media, Culture and Communication. I'm a typical female - I love all things glam and thoroughly enjoy doing my make up and trying out new hairstyles for girly nights out on the town! Always up for a giggle, extremely confident, opinionated and not afraid to get stuck in!

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Milton Keynes Reggae Festival brings stars and sunshine to MK

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Milton Keynes Reggae Festival brings stars and sunshine to MK

Milton Keynes Reggae Festival being held in Campbell Park is set to bring some of the biggest names in reggae to Milton Keynes. Taking place on Saturday 14th August, the all day reggae festival will see performances from vintage reggae artists like Aswad, Maxi Priest and arguably the most influential reggae band, The Maytals.

Also performing on the all-day reggae festival are a selection of artists that have taken Reggae to new audiences. These include Lover’s Rock stars Carroll Thompson and Janet Kay, legendary Dub specialists Channel One Sound System (Mikey Dread and Ras Kayleb), The Marley Experience and many more acts.

Limited tickets are available online. Standard tickets are sold out.

Five reasons to attend Milton Keynes Reggae Festival

With such a good lineup, it was hard to pick our favourite artists to see at the festival but we have shortlisted our five favourite reasons to attend the Milton Keynes Reggae Festival.

1. The Maytals Band at Milton Keynes Reggae Festival

The Maytals Band also known as Toots and Maytals are one of the most influential reggae bands of all times. Some even credit the term Reggae to the bands ‘Do The Reggae’ 1968 hit written by the late Toots Hibbert who sadly passed away last September.

The Maytals Band have had numerous international hits including Pressure Drop, 54-56, Funky Kingston and Monkey Man.

2. Aswad at Milton Keynes Reggae Festival

After over fifteen albums and two decades on the music scene, Aswad remains one of Britain’s best-loved reggae bands. With hits such as Don’t Turn Around and Shine, Aswad are a large part of UK reggae history.

3. Maxi Priest at Milton Keynes Reggae Festival

UK Born Max “Maxi Priest” Elliott was born in South London in 1961 and over a ten year period from 1986 to 1996, notched up a string of UK chart hits with two of them hitting the big time in America where Reggae was relatively unknown.

Known best for his international chart hits Wild World and Close To You, Maxi Priest has gone on to have hits with Shabba Ranks (Housecall) and Shaggy (I’m Alright).

4. David Rodigan at Milton Keynes Reggae Festival

David Michael Rodigan MBE or just Rodigan needs no formal introduction. The DJ, Selector and all-around soundclash champion has established himself as a major force on the international reggae scene. His performance on stage at soundclashes across the world are legendary.

5.  Hear something different at Milton Keynes Reggae Festival

With such an incredible lineup, you will definitely get to experience something new. Many new musicals genres have come out of Reggae from SKA to rocksteady to Ragga and UK favourite, Drum & Bass. King of Drum & Bass General Levy is also on the Milton Keynes Reggae Festival lineup. Check out this Incredible video of General Levy.

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Milton Keynes Reggae Festival brings stars and sunshine to MK

Campbell Park managed by The Parks Trust is located in the heart of Milton Keynes, this central city park stretches from the theatre end of Central Milton Keynes down to the Grand Union Canal.

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Could this be the biggest clue for a Five Guys in Stevenage?

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Could this be a big clue for a Five Guys in Stevenage

Regardless of lockdowns and coronavirus, people want food. Fans of Five Guys could be getting a late Christmas present with a new Five Guys in Stevenage. A recent job post on the Five Guys recruitment page for a General Manager in the Stevenage area has got locals excited about the possible arrival of the much loved American Chain.

Could this be the biggest clue for a Five Guys in Stevenage?

Could this be the biggest clue for a Five Guys in Stevenage?

Spotted by an eagled eyed member of ‘Stevenage Chit Chat‘, the advert for a General Manager drops a few clues at a possible opening of a Five Guys in Stevenage.

Google Treasure Map highlighting a empty unit perfect for a Five Guys in Stevenage

Unit 10 appears empty on Google Maps

Clue No.1 for a Five Guys in Stevenage – The perfect scene

Nothing cements a clue in a mystery more than a location. The recruitment team have placed a X on the spot and that is 51°54’02.4″N 0°12’33.7″W. For all the normal people reading this, that is Unit 10 in Stevenage Leisure Park. This was home to Pizza Hut since late 2002 but this recent Google treasure map shows the unit is currently empty.

Clue No.2 for a Five Guys in Stevenage – A job for an ‘accomplice’

Did we mention there is a second job advert for a ‘Assistant Manager? If one job advert was not enough proof, two should be enough to convince you that plans are afoot for a Five Guys in Stevenage.

Clue No.3 for a Five Guys in Stevenage – A motive

What more motive do you need than hungry people in Stevenage in need of a good burger? A Five Guys in Stevenage is well overdue. It could even tempt Sir Lewis Hamilton back to Stevenage.

 


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Hertfordshire’s Paradise Wildlife Park sets out reopening plan

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Family run Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne is set to reopen later this month with a social distancing strategy that will see a staggered entry system put in place. Less than a week ago, the team were in despair  not knowing when they would reopen.

The good news is Paradise Wildlife Park’s official opening date is the 27th of June 2020 for the general public. As one of Hertfordshire’s top destinations, Paradise Wildlife Park’s re-opening will be a godsend to families across the Three Counties and beyond.

Hertfordshire's Paradise Wildlife Park sets out reopening plan

You can book tickets for 27th of June 2020 and onwards on their website. Please note you will need to select a time of your arrival so that staff can ensure staggered numbers of visitors entering the park, thus complying with social distancing rules.

The management team at Paradise Wildlife Park are keen to highlight they are working hard to follow all of the government’s advice to ensure social distancing and safety measures are in place to keep all visitors on site safe.

“We have implemented a one-way system, put up regular hand sanitizer stations on site and much more to give you and your family peace of mind that you are safe. We are also limiting the number of tickets available each day to allow plenty of space.”

“We are so excited to finally welcome our visitors, members and supporters back to Paradise Wildlife Park after a long 12 weeks of closure. We are truly grateful for all the support and donations we received and cannot wait to give you the family day out you have been sorely missing.”

Further details on the safety procedures that have been put in place at the park can be view here. Paradise Wildlife Park is a family run wildlife park based in Hertfordshire. It is also a fully registered charity under the Zoological Society of Hertfordshire (charity number 1108609). Paradise Wildlife Park is rated Hertfordshire’s No.1 Attraction and is Europe’s leading zoo for animal experiences. Paradise is home to over 800 animals including tigers, white lions, snow leopards, jaguars, penguins, red pandas, lemurs, monkeys and reptiles, including the largest anaconda on display in the UK.

 

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