Friday, 30 April 2021

Celebrating 150 years of London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall

The home of show-stopping entertainment since the Victorian era is celebrating 150 years of performances across 2021-22. Marking the anniversary in the digital world, the RAH’s rich history is showcased in a 95-second video - Your Room Will Be Ready - narrated by Sir Mick Jagger.

London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall is celebrating 150 years of performances in 2021, with an exciting programme of events and festivals. The home of show-stopping entertainment since the Victorian era, the anniversary season is set to include live performances from musical legends such as Patti Smith, Brian Wilson and composer David Arnold. Future visitors can get inspired with our round up of key events, with a whole host of entertainment still to be announced.

Key events and performances
A legendary history

Named in honour of the late Prince Albert, the Royal Albert Hall was officially opened on 29 March 1871 by the Prince of Wales, with Queen Victoria close by. Since then, the hall has gained a reputation as the backdrop to key moments in British cultural history, including the Great Pop Prom of 1963, which saw the Rolling Stones and the Beatles playing on the same bill for the first time, in the year that marked the start of Beatlemania in Britain.

Marking the anniversary in the digital world, this rich history is showcased in Your Room Will Be Ready. A 95-second video narrated by Sir Mick Jagger, the piece invites visitors to experience some of the venue’s most legendary performances, including those by Freddie Mercury, Jimi Hendrix and Adele, and to look forward to when we can all experience the arts together once more.

Those wanting to delve deeper into the hall’s history from home can pick which era to explore via the Royal Albert Hall’s online time machine, for an insight into the ground-breaking events held across the decades. Alternatively, they can discover more via the Hall of Fame. Brought to life with artwork by Peter Blake, the interactive experience gives visitors a taste of past performances and live events to come.

Compositions, comedians and choreography

Acclaimed composer David Arnold will celebrate the story of the Royal Albert Hall with a specially commissioned piece titled ‘A Circle of Sound’. Performed at the hall’s 150th anniversary concert, this special 10-movement piece will be played by the Tri-borough Music Hub, National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the resident Education and Outreach ensemble, Albert’s Orchestra.

A week-long festival, Journeys, will celebrate 150 years of immigration as part of the anniversary season. Curated by award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney, the festival will include panel discussions, community workshops and a newly commissioned piece of work performed by Sawhney himself.

Fans of live entertainment can look forward to an inspirational coming together of women, girls and non-binary people, with WOW – Women of the World. Now in its tenth year, WOW will feature a line-up of important activists, comedians and performers, and is set to rock the stage on 23 September.

From moving compositions to sizzling dance performances, Matthew Bourne, one of Britain’s best-loved contemporary choreographers, will bring The Car Man to the Royal Albert Hall this year. Reimagined in 1960s America and set in a run-down garage-diner, the piece is a fierce reimagining of Georges Bizet’s Carmen. Future visitors can expect spectacular stage design from award-winning artists, passionate scenes and dancers moving throughout the auditorium. Dates are yet to be confirmed.

Punk legends and soul sensations

The celebrations continue with musical highlights scheduled throughout the year. Co-founder of the Beach Boys and song-writing genius Brian Wilson will perform his greatest hits on 4 July, while the annual Proms events will grace the stage from 30 July. Patti Smith and Her Band will bring her punk-poetry anthems to the famous London stage on 4-5 October, in what will be the inimitable artist’s first ever Royal Albert Hall performance. And Grammy award-winning jazz and soul singer Gregory Porter will also perform over consecutive nights from 13-16 October, four years after he recorded his first live album in the venue’s hallowed halls.

Restrictions on travel to and around Britain are in place due to Covid-19. Visitors are encouraged to always check individual websites for the latest information, as details are subject to change.

Website: www.theholidayandtravelmagazine.blogspot.com.au

Website: www.visitbritain.com/gb/en/

Ho Chi Minh City

Give your family the royal tour of HCMC on a scooter – The foodie night out on the town.
This Saigon night tour is partly a night excursion to show off the city from the seat of a scooter, and part a street food adventure. Experience Saigon nightlife the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter.
 
COVID UPDATE
Vietnam was relatively quick with implementing rules against the Corona virus. Currently, 2,843 infections have been reported and 35 deaths have been confirmed as a result of the virus (as of 26-04-2021). This makes Vietnam one of the countries that has managed the Corona virus outbreak the best. Vietnamese media recently reported that Vietnam was considering allowing entry to foreigners who have received COVID-19 vaccine; Please go to our link here for full information.

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MCEC AWARDED FREEDOM AWARD FROM GUIDE DOGS VICTORIA

Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has been awarded the Freedom Award by Guide Dogs Victoria for their allowing access to the venue while Melbourne was in lockdown, to enable Guide Dogs and their owners/trainers to continue vital training. The Award was presented to MCEC yesterday, on International Guide Dog Day.

What is the Freedom Award?

  • The Freedom Award is an award which Guide Dogs Victoria present to an external organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to Guide Dogs Victoria.
  • Guide Dogs had their training disrupted when Stage 4 lockdown was implemented, the new restrictions meaning GDV were unable to have enough Guide Dog Trainers onsite to continue preparing the dogs for their formal Guide Dog assessments.
  • The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre caught wind of the trouble GDV were facing and contacted them to see if their facility could be of any use, resulting in a fantastic partnership between the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Guide Dogs Victoria which allowed them to access large training spaces on the expo floor, escalators, café seating, auditoriums, stairs and a variety of floor surfaces for both Clients and Guide Dogs - all in a quiet, controlled and private space close to CBD requirements.

Through this partnership:

  1. Helped around ten Clients directly either supplementing their training with a new dog or via an awareness / assessment program
  2. Utilised MCEC in the training of approximately 50 dogs; and to assess the potential of around 30 applicants for Guide Dog Trainer Cadet and Puppy Development Advisor roles.
  3. Further opportunities are now being discussed such as a peer support introduction day for parents via our Early Childhood Support team.

What is International Guide Dog Day?

International Guide Dog Day is not only about celebrating the dogs who guide their Handlers safely through life, offering companionship and independence that just can't be matched.

It's also about celebrating the many organisations, staff, volunteers and supporters who contribute to the training of these iconic dogs and the ongoing work of Guide Dogs Victoria.

This is a day to show gratitude to those whose skills, generosity and hard work gives people with low vision or blindness the choice to live active and safe lives in their community.

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Thursday, 29 April 2021

Cheese in the shape of a bread

Piemonte
Cheese, cheese, and more cheese!!

Italy is the land of cheese, but that’s not all, like France it is a land of fine wine and fine food too. No matter how you slice it, love is present in the creation of the best cheese you’ve ever tasted.

I know that for some, their appreciation of cheese ends with the fact that it is sliced in the shape of their favorite bread and fits nicely between two pieces of the same. Unless it came pre-sliced, they don't know how it can be parted. There is so much technique in doing that, it is almost like glass for wine, if you want to taste it with all of the aroma and flavor, you need the right glass. Oh, and if you happen to know the producer, then it tastes even better!

I know that my mom thinks that the olive oil that she gets from Sicily is the best she ever tasted, but this is only lately because she got to know the producer who took her on a tour of his village. And this made her fall in love with the fact that his hospitality and stories made his food even tastier and more appreciated than ever. Until you explore it personally and experience what I am describing, you really won't fully comprehend the impact this can have.

I even remember watching a video from a wine producer in Piemonte and he said on it...wine tastes better with a story and for sure friends, I would add.

This week we traveled through many cities because of the TA appointment, a virtual trade show organized by two wonderful women and a kind gentleman, who during the pandemic, came up with the idea of showcasing smaller tour operators and DMC's to the B2B public for the use of their clients.

Most times, we stop at the first bottle we find at the store or the first cheese label that looks affordable, or the food everybody knows. But we forget that sometimes, the least shiny object may be the one that provides the best experience. Research is needed to find the best-suited emotional item for us and the least expected connection usually creates the most memorable experience in the moment.

These women realized that there are so many driven "Amazon products" in the world that the smaller and maybe most suitable products are available if we are just open to trying the "stories" more than the brand names that everybody knows. And when we realized that the brand names are not one-size-fits-all, then the best olive oils, cheeses and wines, do come in different sizes, looks, and identities that make us love the "finds" of life and make us want to search more and more for the stories behind the products.

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Unexpected outdoor experiences for culture vultures

Sea sculptures in Liverpool, street art trails in Glasgow and even a treasure hunt spanning 1400 kilometres along south-east England’s coastline are just some of the ways travellers can add a hint of culture on a future trip to Britain.

Wild swimming ponds in London, modern sculptures on Liverpool’s coast, or street art trails in Glasgow are just some of the ways to experience a taste of the great outdoors on a British city break. Discover a collection of al fresco things to do, spanning Britain’s rich history, inspiring art, green spaces and fresh flavours…

Dinosaur parks and heritage walks

For an outdoor day trip loved by Londoners for more than 150 years, plan time to explore the world’s first dinosaur park at Crystal Palace. Created by fossil-obsessed Victorians, part of the park is home to more than 30 Grade-I sculptures, which are thought to have been the world’s first 3D, full-sized models of dinosaurs as imagined from their remains. Here visitors can spy marine reptiles crawling from the lake, as well as imposing Megalosaurus and Iguanodons – a mould of the latter was even split open on New Year’s Eve 1853 to host a celebratory dinner party! At weekends, visitors can also venture out on the Boating Lake and explore by pedalo (small pedal-powered boats) from spring until the end of autumn.

Those looking to discover London’s historic landmarks can don their comfiest shoes and follow one of the City of London’s self-guided walks. Covering all manner of themes, from The City on Screen to 10 Centuries in One Day, these fascinating tours reveal the secrets of the capital and its history. Fans of art and sculpture may especially enjoy the Talking Statues tour, which shares the stories of nine of the city’s statues in their own words, while history buffs will be spoilt for choice!

Sea sculptures and Scottish street art

Nestled on Liverpool’s Crosby Beach is Another Place by Anthony Gormley. Plan a trip at low tide to marvel at the army of 100 cast-iron figures spread across two miles of coastline, all modelled on the artist’s own body and staring out to sea. This stirring art installation is a short drive from the city centre and is easily accessible via public transport.

Visitors can also dream of getting under the skin of one of Britain’s most vibrant cities by wandering the Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail via a self-guided audio map. Peppering the streets of Glasgow, this eye-catching collection of murals includes a ‘Wonderwall’ celebrating the achievements of people from the University of Strathclyde and a large-scale mural of St Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow.

Harbour-side dining and city vineyards

Once a bustling meeting place for sailors and merchants, Bristol Harbourside now houses numerous market stalls, attractive bars, restaurants, shops and museums – an ideal spot to soak up the city’s atmosphere and dine al fresco. Those wanting to sample traditional fish and chips can enjoy a piping hot portion with a view at Bristol’s Salt and Malt, or for a light snack, cream tea or Boatman’s Lunch, hop aboard the Greenshanks Café Bar, housed in a converted boat.

The harbour is also home to historic and modern icons, from Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s SS Great Britain in the Great Western Docklands to Banksy’s Girl with the Pierced Eardrum. Culture lovers can also visit the renowned Arnolfini, an International Centre for Contemporary Arts complete with its own al fresco waterside café and bar. Want to learn more about Bristol’s history? Plan a trip to the M Shed museum’s outdoor exhibits, which can be visited even when the museum is closed. These include electric cranes – a landmark of Bristol since the 1950s – as well as restored trains, cargo ships and the Mayflower, thought to be the oldest surviving steam tug in the world.

Fancy discovering London’s first commercial scale vineyard since medieval times? North London’s Forty Hall Vineyard is largely volunteer-run, using organic and sustainable farming to create English still and sparkling wines, which can be enjoyed at Capel Manor College’s Forty Hall Farm throughout the year. Alternatively, visitors can head to London Cru or Renegade Urban Winery to get a taste of the capital’s fine city-made wine.

London’s wide-open spaces

Looking to explore the British countryside on a trip to the capital? Richmond Park is home to 2,500 acres of ancient woodland, vast grasslands and picturesque lakes. The biggest of all the Royal Parks and the capital’s largest enclosed space, it gives a real taste of the wilderness and is strewn with walking and cycling trails, plus the chance to spot red and fallow deer. Alternatively, those wanting to take the reins can arrange a guided horse ride around the park with a local stable, for an unforgettable way to explore this historic London location.

From trotting to paddling, some of London’s parks also offer another type of outdoor experience – wild swimming. Perhaps the best-known spot for a dip in London are the bathing ponds in Hampstead Heath, nestled among the rolling hills, trees and wildflowers of the park. Visitors can take a bracing swim in one of three different ponds, or there is also a nearby lido at Parliament Hill, an unheated swimming pool that’s open all-year round.

Visitors are encouraged to always check individual attraction websites for the latest information, as details are subject to change.

Da Nang - The most liveable city in Vietnam

From Danang you are ideally placed to enjoy a enjoy a wide choice of entertainment and fun experiences. 

Why not look at:
Water sports – Danang Beach – Paddle boarding, kite surfing, surfing, and paragliding. Easy to purchase tickets from the beach with Life Guards on hand and instructors for those wishing to learn how to surf. Affordable for the whole family. Make a day of it.

Leave enough time for a visit to Ba Na Hills – The famous Golden Hand Bridge and Fantasy Park full of exciting rides.

Do you love monkeys, then a visit to the Son Tra Nature Reserve is a must - Count members of macaques and douc langurs family and the many other wildlife.

Hoi An – The ancient Old Town

By visiting Hoi An you can almost feel like you are in a magical movie set, as the Old Town has been preserved so well and features so many delightful old shops and streets that date back to the 16th century. In addition, there are some great things to do that bring the whole family together.

Lantern Making Workshop: The Great Heritage of Hoi An. Why not try your hand at lantern making. The lanterns hold a deeper meaning for locals and are characteristic of your visit to Hoi An.

Sign up for this course and let us show you how to make an icon of Hoi An!.
 
A cooking class isn’t JUST a cooking class. It can feature a visit to the market, a ride on a boat, followed by a ride on a buffalo, a massage and then, the cooking class. You will be surprised at how much fun a family of all ages can have doing one of these. Please check with us for the best one to suit your family. 
If you wish to see a show, then you cannot go past the The Hoi An Memories show . A spectacular show with over 500 performers, set on water it has been described, with the lighting effects and choreography, like you are watching the opening of the Olympic games. A MUST TO SEE.

For something outdoors, why don’t we take you to a Fishing Village, to explore the local Culture & a Basket Boat ride. - Enjoy a fun day meandering the water coconut forests in round coracle boats. “Rock’n & rollin” in these round boats to music, is a fun test to see if you can stay afloat!
 
Vinpearl Nam Hoi An – Amusement park and Safari is like being in Disneyland. It is definitely worth a visit if your children are up for a day of amusement rides and saying hello to some safari animals, like giraffes.

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Website: www.itsvietnam.com
Address: Suite 1705 - Artex building - 172 Ngoc Khanh, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Tel : +84 24 6251 4052
Hotline : +84 9 3663 1705

The Countdown is On: 100 Days to Vivid Sydney

On Friday 6 August – 100 days from today – Vivid Sydney will make its much-anticipated return to the Harbour City, transforming Sydney into a kaleidoscope of creativity, innovation and technology.

Staged over 23 nights, the 2021 festival will fuse mesmerising art displays and 3D light projections with an eclectic line-up of musical performers, thought-provoking talks and workshops from some of the world’s greatest minds.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said Vivid Sydney will bring back elements of joy and discovery to the CBD, kicking off with the launch of two showstopping Countdown Clocks, to count down each day to the festival’s Lights On moment.

“We are so excited for Vivid Sydney to make its return in 2021, and with only 100 days to go the countdown is on.

“This is the festival for Sydneysiders and visitors from around the country – and New Zealand - to immerse themselves in our city at its creative best, to leave feeling energised and inspired about the future.

“Vivid Sydney is a bright star on Sydney’s events calendar supporting the entire ecosystem of the state’s visitor economy during winter, from our artistic industries to entertainment and hospitality venues, accommodation provides and retailers,” Mr Ayres said.

The Countdown Clocks, a first in the 12-year history of the event, were designed by Vivid Light Curator Lucy Keeler and will be located in First Fleet Park, The Rocks and Wulugul Walk, Barangaroo. Sydney visitors can check out these Insta-worthy timepieces, capture a selfie and share on social media using #vividsydney. A virtual version will also feature on vividsydney.com counting down to 6 August.

Festival Director Gill Minervini said this year’s program offers a multitude of reasons for visitors to return throughout the festival, including a number of first-time program inclusions.

“This year, Vivid Sydney will deliver fresh experiences for our festival-goers to enjoy. For the first time ever, the waters of Cockle Bay in Darling Harbour will come alive as a floating Light Walk incorporating a large-scale artwork called Ephemeral from Sydney-based design studio Atelier Sisu.

“The façade of Customs House, one of the city’s most iconic heritage buildings, will be brought to life with VORAX – an epic 3D tale of a mischievous thief's rise to greatness from Hong Kong’s Treacle Media. And in The Rocks, artist Brad Robson and Esem Projects provide fascinating insight into the journey of creating Brad's dynamic portraits through Point of View,” Ms Minervini said.

2021 Vivid Sydney Light Installations:
Ephemeral, Cockle Bay Darling Harbour

Produced by Sydney’s own Atelier Sisu design studio, Ephemeral is an immersive light and sound art-chitecture exploring the ever-changing human experience. Housed on the waters of Cockle Bay at Darling Harbour, the installation incorporates a floating walkway over 200 bubble-like spheres and larger-than-life structures that tower up to eight metres above the water. Visitors will be invited to walk underneath the bubble spheres which emanate hypnotic sea of light changing in different contrasting hues and vibrant colours, set against a reactive soundscape.

VORAX, Customs House, Circular Quay

From Hong Kong’s Treacle Media, VORAX is an epic 3D storytelling experience projected onto Customs House. Audiences will have the opportunity to watch the tale of a mischievous thief’s rise to greatness while traversing through a plethora of mind-bending and surreal environments.

Point of View, The Rocks

A collaboration between Sydney artist Brad Robson and Esem Projects, Point of View captures Brad in the process of creating his dynamic portraits and elevates the concept of mural painting into a new and beautiful form. Audiences will be left enthralled by this beautiful reimagination of traditional art.

Vivid Sydney 2021 will activate and energise the Sydney CBD, The Rocks, Circular Quay and iconic city structures such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, MCA and Customs House.

The full Vivid Sydney program will be announced in late May. Go to vividsydney.com for more information. Vivid Sydney is proudly owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency.

Website: www.theholidayandtravelmagazine.blogspot.com.au

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Celebrating Cloud 9 Comfort at The Okura Prestige Bangkok

The Okura Prestige Bangkok celebrates its 9th anniversary on 14 May 2021 and invites guests to join the festivities with a special Room-Only promotion that not only offers a special rate but also includes a choice of exclusive extra benefits with which to customize a luxurious stay.

The Room-Only rate starts from Baht 3,000++ per night for a Deluxe Room and includes the following;

- 36 hour-stay with guaranteed check in at 9:00 and check out at 21:00

- Exclusive offer to enjoy buy-1-get-1 free spa treatments from the a la carte menu at The Okura Spa

- Exclusive offer to enjoy buy-1-get-1 free set dinner or Yatai & Izakaya Night Buffet at Up & Above Restaurant & Bar

- One extra benefit during the stay: guests can choose between complimentary breakfast for 2 persons at Up & Above Restaurant or Yamazato, or Baht 1,000 hotel credit per room per night redeemable at all restaurants & bars and The Okura Spa during your stay (cannot be combined with any other special offers, discounts or vouchers), or 50% discount on room rate for 2nd consecutive night

Thai Nationals enjoy discount rate as per Travelling Together Campaign.

The 9th Anniversary Promotion is available for booking form 1 – 14 May 2021 for stays between 1 May - 31 July 2021.

For reservations, please visit www.okurabangkok.com or contact the Reservations Centre on 02 687 9000 or email reservations@okurabangkok.com.

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Shakespeare’s England - an Elizabethan-inspired itinerary

For a taste of the Elizabethan period more than 400 years on, and to celebrate the birthday of Shakespeare this month, be inspired by a wealth of period architecture, eye-catching art collections and pristine formal gardens.

From grand palaces frequented by Queen Elizabeth I to the home of William Shakespeare, reminders of the Elizabethan era can still be found across England today. For a taste of this period more than 400 years on, and to celebrate the birthday of the great Bard on 23 April, future visitors can get inspired by a wealth of period architecture, eye-catching art collections and pristine formal gardens. Several digital events will also mark Shakespeare’s birthday in 2021, including an online version of the annual ‘Cradle to Grave’ pilgrimage through Stratford-upon-Avon and a virtual lecture from the Shakespeare Institute, diving into the writer’s life and character.

Day 1: Playwrights and monarchs in London

Future visitors to London can get a taste of Elizabethan life with a trip to Shakespeare’s Globe, a reconstructed open-air theatre on the South Bank that is based on the Bard’s original 16th century playhouse. After watching a show or enjoying a guided tour, visitors can look forward to a refreshing pint in the nearby George Inn. First referenced in history in 1543, the original building is said to have been a favourite drinking spot of Shakespeare himself. Having been rebuilt in the 1670s following the Great Fire of London, today this historic venue is London’s last remaining galleried coaching inn.

Visitors wanting to explore more can join Shakespeare’s London Tour, a free walking tour taking in landmarks such as Southwark Cathedral, the site of the Rose Theatre and St Helen’s Church, in Bishopsgate, which is close to the Bard’s London residence.

Alternatively, history buffs can travel 21 miles north of London to soak up Elizabethan history at Hatfield House Old Palace and Hatfield House. Not only was the earlier palace the beloved childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I, it was also where she was told of her accession to the throne. Built around 1485, it still boasts a grand Banqueting Hall with exquisite high roof timbers, as well as romantic formal gardens. The newer Hatfield House was completed in 1611 and is another of England’s historic gems. Highlights include the Long Gallery, which now displays Queen Elizabeth I’s stockings, hat and gloves, alongside the Rainbow Portrait, one of the most colourful Tudor paintings found in Britain.

Day 2: Castles and gardens in south-east England

Garden lovers can look forward to discovering the family home of Anne Boleyn, mother of Queen Elizabeth, at Hever Castle and Gardens. Located just 30 miles south-east of the capital, in Kent, this double-moated castle dates back to 1270, and its panelled rooms host a spectacular collection of Tudor portraits and tapestries, in addition to the bed chambers of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII. Equally grand is the 125-acre garden, which is home to a giant topiary chess set, a 38-acre lake and a Water Maze, as well as a vast English Rose Garden packed with more than 4,000 rose bushes.

Another favourite for visitors’ Elizabethan bucket list is Loseley Park, a mid-16th century country house designed by Sir William More, at the command of Queen Elizabeth I. Situated 40 miles from central London, this spectacular mansion is a time capsule of British history, with opulent rooms filled with artefacts, including George IV’s coronation chair and cushions reportedly embroidered by Queen Elizabeth I herself. Packed with lush furnishings and family portraits that span centuries, it remains a living home to this day and can be explored as part of a guided tour. The sense of majesty is continued throughout the botanical gardens, with highlights including a stunning white garden, an organic vegetable plot and a mulberry tree purportedly planted by Queen Elizabeth I. Fans of the Netflix series The Crown might also recognise Loseley as the filming location of the home of Lord Mountbatten.

Day 3: Mansions and market towns in south-west England

Moving over to south-west England, Longleat House offers another glimpse into lavish Elizabethan life. This grand mansion once belonged to Sir Thomas Thynne, whose secret marriage to Maria Touchet, who was part of a rival family, is rumoured to have inspired William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Throughout the 15 majestic rooms, visitors can browse centuries-old art and tapestry work. Outside, they can retrace historic footsteps in the formal and pleasure gardens, all framed by landscaped grounds designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

Far from dramatic Elizabethan love stories, modern-day Longleat is known for being one of Britain’s top safari parks, with drive-through and safari bus options available. Here visitors can watch monkeys, wolves, tigers and a rescued elephant – among many other species – roam the impressive grounds.

For another taste of everyday Elizabethan life, visitors can plan to stop at the market town of Devizes, located a short drive from Longleat, in Wiltshire. This historic town is home to more than 500 listed buildings, including along St John’s Alley, a cobbled street lined with timber-framed houses and shops that leads to a Norman church. Tradition also lives on through the Wadworth Brewery, which continues to deliver its brews around the town by horse-drawn dray each week, while shopping fans can look forward to stepping back in time at the town’s outdoor market, a retail experience that has stood since the 12th century. As well as the main Thursday event there are different markets held each day throughout the week, including a farmers’ market, antique market and independent craft fairs.

Day 4: The home of Shakespeare in the West Midlands

Lastly, a dream Elizabethan itinerary wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the West Midlands and the heart of Shakespeare country, Stratford-upon-Avon. Home to key sites from the Bard’s life, future visitors can look forward to exploring his birthplace, which displays the ‘first folio’ published in 1623. They can also pencil in a visit to Shakespeare’s New Place, an art-filled commemorative garden standing on the foundations of his last family home, which is also where he penned many of his plays.

Another Stratford-upon-Avon essential is Anne Hathaway’s cottage, where Shakespeare would have courted his bride-to-be. Hall’s Croft, the former home of his daughter Susanna, is another shining example of Elizabethan architecture and comes complete with thatched roof and traditional timbers. Theatre fans can also plan to visit the nearby Royal Shakespeare Theatre, where the Royal Shakespeare Company put on a rich programme of modern and classic plays.

For a taste of Elizabethan romance, visitors can add a trip to Kenilworth Castle, a medieval fortress situated just twenty minutes’ drive from Shakespeare’s home. Once a hub of Elizabethan grandeur, the castle belonged to the Queen’s suitor, Robert Dudley, the First Earl of Leicester, who spent fortunes on new buildings to impress the monarch. That lavishness can still be seen today, both in the ornate ruins and opulence of the majestic Elizabethan-style garden.

Restrictions on travel to and around Britain are in place due to Covid-19. Visitors are encouraged to always check individual attraction websites for the latest information, as events and details are subject to change.

Website: www.theholidayandtravelmagazine.blogspot.com.au

Website: www.visitbritain.com/gb/en/

Ha Long Bay – The Unesco Bay of discovery

Kayaking in Ha Long Bay: This is a once in a lifetime experience offering kayaking and exploration through caves and scenery that will keep phones snapping photos the whole time.

Ninh Binh

Boating & Biking in Ninh Binh: Your whole family will have a delightful time being rowed about this magnificent area, with the unique style of rowing they do with their feet. For the energetic, there are mountains to climb and bicycles are easy to hire to ride around the area to fill a whole day.

Quang Binh and Phong Nha

Caving & Zip lining - Quang Binh is dubbed the "Kingdom of caves" with hundreds of caves of various sizes as well as incredible mountain scenery and sprawling beaches. If it is trekking and caving you think the family would love, then let’s arrange to take you to THE most famous caves.
 

Phong Nha Caves – Pure discovery 


To truly do this area justice you would need to do a tour extension. This is an adventure your children will remember forever, as they meander by water in kayaks and boats to see caves thousands of years old and in some cases only newly discovered. Depending on your skill levels and time available this suits all age levels as tours are arranged with the utmost of professional guidance and care.
 
Ideally we think it would suit a more teenage family group as the Caves are spectacular but can take up a lot of energy and require some ambitious climbing.
 

Hue – The Imperial city

Visiting some special tombs in Hue - The same as Hue Imperial Citadel, the main tombs which are Khai Dinh Tomb, Minh Mang Tomb and Tu Duc Tomb are quite extensive. They are full of all kinds of special designs and secretive garden paths that your kids will love to discover. The best place to play “Hide and seek”. For something extra unique - Thanh Tien Village: Making paper flowers. As you may or may not know , Hue Imperial City (Thua Thien Hue) is famous for various traditional artworks & craftmanship. Amongst them, paper flower handicraft in Thanh Tien Village is one of the most distinctive that offers a special feeling for any travellers especially children.


INDOCHINA TRAVEL SERVICES CO., LTD.
Website: www.itsvietnam.com
Address: Suite 1705 - Artex building - 172 Ngoc Khanh, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Tel : +84 24 6251 4052
Hotline : +84 9 3663 1705

SOUTH AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2021 PROGRAM FOR AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

The South African Film Festival (SAFF) will present an engaging program of nine documentaries, five features and two short films when it returns from 12 to 24 May. The Festival will screen online to audiences across Australia and New Zealand with special closing night in-cinema screenings in Sydney and Melbourne.  

All ticket proceeds go to supporting Education without Borders programs that assist young South Africans in some of the country’s most disadvantaged communities. The funds generated by this year’s Festival will support vulnerable groups in South Africa, of particular importance this year given the impact of COVID-19.

The films selected for the South African Film Festival (SAFF) reflect South Africa’s diverse population, rich tradition of struggle for democracy and equality, and complex political and economic reality.

Festival Director Claire Jankelson said, “South Africa produces some of the richest stories for cinema the world over. Much like the country itself, the films that come from South Africa are all at once challenging, bold, beautiful and heartwarming.”

“This year’s line-up of films presents an exciting mix of daring narratives, striking cinematography and deep explorations into South African culture and community,” said Jankelson.

The Festival films will once again premiere nationally throughout Australia and this year to viewers in New Zealand. In addition, there will be a special closing night screening at Sydney’s Event Cinemas (Bondi Junction and Castle Hill) and Melbourne’s Classic Cinema of the feature film BarakatBarakat offers a rare and insightful glimpse into the heart of the Muslim community of Cape Town, seen through the prism of one family’s travails as they grapple with the ups and downs of life, love and familial relationships.

Feature films in the Festival line-up include South Africa’s moving Oscar submission Toorbos. Based on a novel by celebrated Afrikaans author Dalene Matthee, Toorbos documents a woman blossoming against the destruction of her environment. Riding with Sugar is a zany, action-packed film about a young refugee's quest for BMX glory and the pursuit of identity, safety, happiness and love.

Raw, confronting and emotionally charged, Tess is adapted from Tracey Farren’s award-winning novel “Whiplash,” and follows a 20-year-old prostitute and addict in Cape Town whose life is turned upside-down by an unexpected pregnancy. For Love and Broken Bones is an unexpectedly tender gangster flick featuring a jazz musician debt collector who falls in love with his latest assignment, a wedding planner.

Four documentaries examine South Africa’s apartheid, its history and impacts on the future of the country. Blindside covers the 1974 boycott-breaking tour of South Africa by the British rugby team the Lions and how the sports boycott ultimately proved to be a powerful tool in helping to dismantle apartheid. Taking a sobering look at recent history, A New Country explores the aftermath of apartheid and a fractured contemporary society still battling its legacies. Winner of the Florence Film Award for Best Original Story, District Six is the film maker’s deeply personal account of her return to the ancestral community in Cape Town from which her family and thousands of others were forcibly removed during apartheid.  Good Hope is a positive look at the future, exploring what the post –apartheid “Born Free” generation are doing to create a brighter future.

Other documentaries in the Festival include Influence, a revealing look at the immoral and weaponised influence that PR firm Bell Pottinger had in South Africa and the world; Mama Africa, which tracks the life of artist and activist Miriam Makeba, whose legendary singing became a passionate message of black liberation to the world; and SanDance, which captures the importance of dance to southern Africa’s oldest tribe, the San.

Two powerful shorts feature in the Festival line-up. Sides of a Horn uses a hybrid of dramatic and documentary styles to look at rhino poaching through two fictional antagonists, a ranger and a poacher, juxtaposing their points of view of a poaching incident that puts them both at risk. Letter Reader follows a twelve-year-old boy who becomes his village’s letter reader.

The Festival program, tickets and the full line-up of films available at www.saff.org.au 

THE DETAILS
What: South African Film Festival 2021
When: Wednesday 12 May to Monday 24 May 2021
Where: online at www.saff.org.au *
Tickets: $8.00 single screening. $60.00 for full program, single person and $80 more than one person.

*Closing night screenings of Barakat will be at Cinemas in Bondi Junction and Castle Hill in Sydney and Melbourne’s Classic Cinema.

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Tuesday, 27 April 2021

'Holiday Dollars' launches for Brisbane and Whitsundays

The Queensland Government has announced the expansion of the popular ‘Holiday Dollars’ travel voucher scheme to Brisbane and the Whitsundays.

There will be 36,000 vouchers available for visitors to Brisbane and the Whitsundays, potentially driving about $25 million in visitor spend for the state’s tourism industry.

The successful Cairns Holiday Dollars campaign, launched last month, saw more than 106,000 people flock to register for a voucher, with overwhelmingly positive feedback from operators who’ve already hosted hundreds of visitors through the voucher program.

For the Brisbane region, there will be 30,000 vouchers worth $100 each for Queenslanders to have a city escape or staycation – staying in Brisbane’s wide range of new and well-known hotels and enjoying tourism experiences like climbing the Story Bridge, connecting with Indigenous culture or getting out to the Scenic Rim or Moreton Bay.

In the Whitsundays, the campaign will target people already holidaying in the region. There will be 6,000 vouchers for visitors worth $200 to spend on tourism experiences like Great Barrier Reef tours, trips to Whitehaven Beach, scenic flights and wildlife experiences.

Plans are also under way to extend the program to the Gold Coast.

The Queensland Government, together with Regional Tourism Organisations around the state, is giving Queenslanders the opportunity to explore their incredible backyard with a series of ‘Holiday Dollars’ travel vouchers to spend on tourism experiences and help boost visitor economies around the state.

The Holiday Dollars program was launched in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef in March 2021, and now extends to Brisbane and the Whitsundays. There are also plans to extend the program to the Gold Coast. The program has been designed to support those regions most impacted by the loss of international visitors.

Tourism operators in these destinations are encouraged to get involved in this major tourism campaign. Click on your region for more information.

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The Culture of the Thames

With world-famous boat races, regal palaces and large-scale art installations, the shores of the River Thames are bursting with unique activities and royal heritage.

From world-famous boat races and regal palaces to large-scale art installations, the shores of the River Thames are bursting with unique activities and royal heritage. And with major events this year including Illuminated River and Estuary 2021, there’s no time like now to start dreaming of a future trip along its banks.

Illuminated River and Estuary 2021

Illuminated River will continue to light up London’s waterways this spring, with five new bridges joining the long-term installation already in place on four of the city’s most iconic river crossings. More than three miles of orchestrated, multi-coloured lights will transform Blackfriars, Waterloo, Golden Jubilee, Westminster and Lambeth Bridges, creating the world’s longest public art commission. There will also be a number of digital extras to enjoy, including free, downloadable music scores from students of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, to enhance the experience.

Celebrating the second edition of the event, Estuary 2021 is a large-scale arts festival held along the Thames Estuary in Essex and North Kent. Running from 22 May to 13 June, the festival promises a riot of art, music, literature and film events celebrating the landscape, heritage and local communities of the river. Held online and in Covid-safe venues, and led by a partnership between Metal and Cement Fields, one highlight includes newly commissioned chapters and artists’ interpretations of Tom King’s book Thames Estuary Trail: A Walk around the End of the World. Marking its 20th anniversary this year, the book brings the entire coastline to life in glorious detail and promises to inspire any adventurers on their next trip along the Thames.

Visuals arts on the South Bank

Future visitors to London can discover a wide variety of cultural highlights at the Southbank Centre and the Royal Festival Hall. One of London’s best-known music venues, the hall promises an annual calendar of events ranging from classical masterpieces to cutting-edge modern performances. Alternatively, those seeking world-class art can get inspired at the centre’s Hayward Gallery, with 2021 set for major exhibitions from film maker Matthew Barney and artist Igshaan Adams, whose sculptures are inspired by indigenous dance.

Film buffs can explore the BFI Southbank, a hub for important cinematic work showcasing new titles, cult classics and international film across four screens. Meanwhile, art fans hungry for more can head to the Tate Modern. Considered to be one of the top contemporary art museums in the world, in 2021 it will welcome unmissable installations including Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms, abstract artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp's retrospective, and The Making of Rodin, displaying the master sculptor’s experimental works.

Just a few steps away, visitors with a thirst for theatre can dream of visiting Shakespeare’s Globe – a world-renowned replica of Shakespeare’s original open-air venue. As well as unforgettable Shakespeare plays, there are also guided tours from April until the end of October 2021, while those looking to visit from home can enjoy this online virtual tour.

Royalty by the river

Crossing London Bridge to the other side of the Thames, visitors can delve into history at the Tower of London. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has been pivotal in events that shaped Britain and has housed key figures including Anne Boleyn and Guy Fawkes. Having acted as prison, palace and fortress over its near 1,000-year history, it is now home to the Crown Jewels. Those keen to witness British tradition first hand can look forward to watching the historic Ceremony of the Keys and meeting the ‘Beefeaters’ on a future guided tour.

Heading south-west along the Thames, visitors can dream of exploring Hampton Court Palace. The former home of King Henry VIII, who would often travel the river in his royal barge, the palace is wonderfully preserved and houses the Tudor monarch’s private apartments, the Chapel Royal, kitchens and vast formal gardens.

Further along the River Thames lies Windsor Castle – a ‘working palace’ and the weekend home of HRH Queen Elizabeth II. Throughout its 900-year history it has housed countless monarchs, as well as many items from the Royal Collection Trust and major artworks kept in the baroque State Apartments.

The banks of the Thames are also home to a number of dream-worthy stately homes, from the 17th century splendour of Ham House and Garden, home to historic art and textiles, to the Bridgerton filming location, Syon House. Fans of the Arts and Crafts movement can dream of soaking up the magic of William Morris’ countryside retreat at Kelmscott Manor, which sits along the Thames Path, a National Trail that follows the entire river from the Cotswolds to central London.

Historic sporting events

Visitors can look forward to an almost 200-year-old riverside tradition at the annual Boat Race, where Oxford and Cambridge Universities’ rival rowing clubs go head-to-head. Although moved to the Great Ouse at Ely in Cambridgeshire for April 2021, this sporting tradition would usually take place on the River Thames’ four-mile Championship Course, a winding route from Putney to Mortlake.

Established in 1839, the Henley Royal Regatta is another famous Thames rowing competition. Although subject to potential changes for 2021, Henley Royal Regatta is known for being one of the biggest sporting and social events in the British calendar. With more than 300 races being held across five days, crowds gather to cheer on battling rowers, often while enjoying a traditional picnic and glass of Pimms.

Restrictions on travel to and around Britain are in place due to Covid-19. Visitors are encouraged to always check individual attraction websites for the latest information, as events and details are subject to change

Hanoi - The metropolis of history

If your starting point is Hanoi, there are many kinds of experiences a traveller with a family can do to amaze and capture the spirit of this historical city.

We would strongly suggest you see the The Vietnamese Famous Puppet show as part of a day’s activities as it is close by to the famous Hoan Kiem lake, and as it is based on water inside an airconditioned theatre it makes for a welcome reprieve from the heat on a hot day.
 
We would also suggest hiring bicycles to ride around the lake, or maybe taking in a small trip, only 13 kms away to visit the Bat Trang porcelain and pottery village. Please see more information on our blog.
There are of course famous museums around the city and the Cathedral is a main feature in the centre of the city. One museum we know will be fascinating to children and young women is the Women’s Museum , where you can see costumes and models of clothing worn by many of the minority tribes in Vietnam, still living as they did hundreds of years ago. To see these in real life, you will be overwhelmed by their colour and artistry.

For something to capture the creative spirit of your family why not look into the art of traditional mask painting as it is lots of fun and makes for a lovely souvenir to take home with you.

Your stay in Hanoi would never be complete without a walk around the Old Quarter to see and explore the local stalls, and maybe try some street food by sitting on the little red chairs that Vietnam is so famous for.

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Glass Slippers Are So Back! Cinderella Is Coming To Sydney

Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is the Tony Award® winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music that delighted Broadway audiences with its surprisingly contemporary take on the classic tale.

This lush production features incredible orchestrations, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! 

Be transported as you rediscover some of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible" and "Ten Minutes Ago" in this hilarious and romantic experience for anyone who's ever had a dream.

  • Australian Premiere
  • Opens November
  • Capitol Theatre Sydney

Website: cinderellamusical.com.au

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Monday, 26 April 2021

A CRISP AND CLEAN COLLAB GIVES BLUES ON BROADBEACH ITS OWN BEER!

Lloyd Spiegel
With the much-anticipated return of Blues on Broadbeach 2021 just four weeks away, another crucial step forward has been finalised.

The festival’s program is confirmed, promising an incredible and diverse display of performances ranging from Blues and Roots to Folk and Rock, and even some Reggae and Funk!

The icing on the cake, or rather, the froth on top of the festival, has also been locked in. Blues on Broadbeach is excited to announce a terrific new partnership with Wingman Beer! The official beer of Blues on Broadbeach 2021, they will be providing limited edition ‘Blues on Broadbeach’ Wingman Beer cans on sale at the festival, including in their pop-up bars in the festival precinct.

Will Chambers, General Manager – Wingman Beer said:
“We are thrilled to be announced as the Official Beer of Blues on Broadbeach. Like most people, we have eagerly anticipated the return of live entertainment, and to celebrate Wingman Beer’s first foray into supporting the music industry, we are excited to launch a limited edition can of the Wingman 3.5% mid-strength beer, which will be available to patrons at the Wingman Bars in Kurrawa Park and Victoria Park.

Having relocated the business from NSW to South East Queensland in mid-2020, we are keen to build partnerships and support initiatives which drive visitation to the Gold Coast, and we will be showcasing the new Blues on Broadbeach can at events in NSW in the coming weeks.”

Major Events Gold Coast GM of Marketing and Communications, Lisa Lees is just as thrilled to be teaming up with Wingman Beer:
“You don’t get better integration from a festival sponsor than the partnership we have with Wingman. Not only do we have an ‘official beer’ for the 2021 festival, but we also have collectable Blues on Broadbeach beer cans on sale, that we know our fans will want to sample and souvenir. Thank you Wingman.”

The festival program can be accessed through the Official Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival 2021 mobile app. The ultimate festival guide in your pocket, the app helps you to plan your Blues on Broadbeach experience with the official playing times, stages, and event information.

Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist Lloyd Spiegel (above) is among the first acts performing, with the first of his two shows on Thursday the 20th from 5:00pm.

He returns the next evening, along with the “Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ” Lachy Doley and The Horns of Conviction. As well as Melbourne outfit Jazz Party, and blues rock guitarist Hamish Anderson.

Saturday the 22nd vows to be a spectacular evening, with West Aussie rock juggernaut The Southern River Band performing at 5:15pm as the perfect pre-cursor to Aussie rock icons and headline act Wolfmother (frontman Andrew Stockdale pictured below), with the legends who brought you “Joker and the Thief” showcasing their electric talent at 8:45pm.

The last day of the festival on Sunday the 23rd is shaping up to be a more relaxing, yet no less riveting day in Broadbeach. Sydney Blues guitarist and vocalist Ray Beadle, fresh from his first performance the evening before, will be returning to stage at 3:30pm, followed by the idiosyncratic C.W. Stoneking, with the banjo-playing blues marvel performing at 5:15pm.

And finally, what better way to conclude a truly exceptional weekend than to spend the evening with the vibrant and gorgeous Christine Anu (below), performing the Aretha Franklin Songbook from 7:00pm.

About Blues on Broadbeach

One of the largest free music events in Australia, Blues on Broadbeach allows patrons to enjoy over 200 hours of entertainment in stunning locations throughout Broadbeach’s streets, parks, bars and restaurants.

Fly or drive and stay in the heart of Broadbeach with the festival right on your doorstep! There are many sophisticated accommodation options in the precinct from five-star hotels to self-contained apartments, satisfying all needs and budgets.

The 20th Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival will follow the necessary guidelines to ensure a COVID-safe experience for all attendees, and it will be held from Friday 20th May to Sunday 23rd May, 2021.

Blues on Broadbeach is supported by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and is a feature on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

Click here to view Blues on Broadbeach’s social media: Website, Facebook, Instagram,

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Blues on Broadbeach 2021 Spotify Playlist

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HAMILTON ISLAND RACE WEEK 2021 - 200 entries and climbing

Entries for Hamilton Island Race Week 2021 have surged past 200, leaving regatta organisers to consider placing a cap on the final fleet number.

The largest Race Week fleet to date came in 2016 when 252 yachts competed on the sparkling tropical waters of the Whitsunday region. Based on current booking pace, this year’s fleet is set to exceed that record.

Regatta organisers will consider implementing the cap to ensure that Hamilton Island Race Week delivers the same high standards as previous years. Entries are still open and any yacht owners yet to register are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

Hamilton Island Race Week 2021 is scheduled for August 21 to 28.

Hamilton Island CEO, Glenn Bourke, believes the increase in the number of entries this year is another strong endorsement for Race Week.

“Race Week is recognised as Australia’s premier regatta,” Bourke said. “It’s a reputation we work hard to retain each year, both on and off the water. Our challenge is to ensure that all participants and visitors enjoy the sailing and being on beautiful Hamilton Island.

“Even prominent international sailors will declare there is no regatta in the world to compare with Race Week, and we plan to keep it that way.”

The honour of lodging the 200th entry this year went to four Melbourne yachtsmen who bought their yacht, the Jeanneau 469 design, L’Esprit, in Sydney just four weeks ago.

L’Esprit has been registered with Southport Yacht Club on the Gold Coast.

“We’re registered with Southport because the winter weather is much better there than what we get in Melbourne”, said part-owner, Rick Rogers. “It is also easier for us to get from there to Hamilton Island for Race Week and cruising each year”.

“Race Week and cruising in the Whitsundays provide us with every sailing experience we are looking for,” Rogers said. “It’s unsurpassed pleasure”.

When it comes to large yachts the stand-out entry this year will be Marcus Blackmore’s new, 29-metre long, classically styled sloop, Ammonite.

An added incentive for many yacht owners to be at Race Week this year comes via the sport’s governing body, Australian Sailing. It has declared that the Australian Yachting Championships will be decided at Hamilton Island Race Week for the next two years.

Race Week has an impressive history. It was established following Australia’s historic victory in the America’s Cup in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1983. The inaugural regatta, staged in April 1984, attracted an impressive fleet of 92 which came from all points across Australia, including Perth.

The Notice of Race and all details relating to Hamilton Island Race Week 2021 are on the website: https://www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au/

Yacht owners sailing from southern regions to Hamilton Island for Race Week have the opportunity compete in the Yacht Sales Co. Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race. The race gets you to the Whitsundays just in time for Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island Race Weeks. It is being organised by Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

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Mother's Day Melbourne Star

We all know Mums should be celebrated every day but especially on Mother’s Day!

This year Melbourne Star has curated limited time Mother’s Day Experience Packages complete with a special surprise for Mum! All of this in just 30 minutes, 120 metres above Melbourne, spending quality time together with a view.

Mother’s Day Sky High Tea: Family members will be escorted to their own awaiting Private Cabin, complete with Peter Rowland’s sweet and savoury canapés served with beverage of choice for up to 10 guests and a surprise gift of a single pink rose for Mum! Starting price: $41 per person based on maximum cabin capacity of 10 guests or $119 per person for Private Cabin for 2 guests.

Mother’s Day Family Combo: Mum gets half-price flight with a complimentary beverage included in the Family Combo Package.

Starting price: Online price $24 (1 Mum’s ticket with beverage, 1 child ticket; onsite price $31 (1 Mum’s ticket with beverage, 1 child ticket).

Just be sure to organise your High Tea in advance. Mother’s Day Experience Packages need to be pre-booked online by Monday, 3rd May. Experiences are available on Friday, 7th, Saturday, 8th & Sunday, 9th May.

All packages are available to book online on https://melbournestar.com/experiences/mothers-day-2021/

Beverages include wines, beer, tea, coffee and soft drinks. Alcohol will only be served to guests over the age of18 years.

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel - one of the largest giant observation wheels in the world. A visit by day encapsulates views to the bay and all the way out to the Dandenong ranges, while by night, spectacular sunsets and views of the glittering city can be breathtaking – all to be enjoyed with Melbourne Star Observation Wheel’s audio commentary, revealing hidden stories of the surrounding landscape.

Choose to make the day of it at District Docklands, with food, retail and experiential offerings distributed right across the new precinct.

Open from 11am – 6.30pm Thursday – Monday (26 April – 31August 2021)

For more information or to book tickets, visit www.melbournestar.com or call (03) 8688 9688.

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