The Ultimate Reading & Leeds Festival Guide

It’s usually one of the last festivals in the UK calendar, but it’s one of the longest-running and most popular. It’s a rite of passage for many teenagers at either end of the country. If you’re planning to attend Reading & Leeds this year, here’s everything you need to know – from how to get there, to what to wear and everything in between.

When Is It?

The festival takes place on 24-26th August. The Reading festival is held at Richfield Avenue, whilst the Leeds festival takes place at Bramham Park.

Who’s On?

The lineup alternates, and is enormous, but here are some of the highlights:

Reading:

Friday – Fall Out Boy, Travis Scott, The Kooks, Post Malone, Wolf Alice, Annie Mac, Harry Hill.

Saturday – Kendrick Lamar, Panic! At the Disco, Dua Lipa, Pendulum, Alan Walker, Papa Roach, Chris Ramsey.

Sunday – Kings of Leon, Courteeners, J Hus, Diplo, Jax Jones, Tom Grennan, Joel Dommett.

Leeds:

Friday – Kings of Leon, Courteeners, The Vaccines, Slaves, Charlie Sloth, Hollywood Undead.

Saturday – Fall Out Boy, Travis Scott, The Wombats, Nothing But Thieves, Underoath, Seann Walsh

Sunday – Panic! At the Disco, Kendrick Lamar, Sum 41, Deaf Havana, Danny Howard, Kate Nash, Wretch 31.

There are many different stages such as the main stage, the Radio 1 Dance stage and the alternative stage. 

There are also artists performing on Thursday night for full weekend ticket holders.

Can I Still Get Tickets?

You can still get weekend tickets for Leeds, as well as day tickets for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Weekend tickets remain for Reading, but the Saturday tickets are sold out. You can still go for the day on the Friday and Sunday.

Weekend tickets are £205 plus booking fee, whilst day tickets are £69.50 plus booking fee. You can purchase them via Ticketmaster.

Getting to Reading

There are multiple ways to get to the Reading festival.

By Coach – You can get an official coach, provided by Big Green Coaches, from 41 locations around the UK including Basingstoke, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, London, Norwich and Southampton.

There are also shuttle buses from Reading town centre and Reading train station to the site.

By Car – There are two car parks available but you must buy car park passes before you arrive. If you’re going for the day, day car park passes are £20.

By Train – Reading’s train station is approximately a 15-20 minute walk from the festival site. You can reach Reading from many stations in the UK, including London Victoria. However, you should be aware that the trains don’t run late, so if you’re planning to use these to get home, you’ll need to leave early. You can buy tickets online through the National Rail website.

By Taxi – There will be a taxi drop off point by the Red Gate.

Getting to Leeds

There are many different ways to get to Leeds festival.

By Train – The closest train station is Leeds train station, which is accessible from many major stations such as Manchester, Liverpool and London. You can get a bus directly from the station to the festival site.

By Coach – The official coach provider for Leeds is Big Green Coaches. They will pick up from 39 locations around the UK including Birkenhead, Blackburn, Liverpool, Llandudno, Sheffield, Hull and Warrington. There are options for weekend coaches and day coaches.

By Car – For Leeds ticket holders, parking is included.

By Taxi – There will be an official Hackney taxi rank by the Red Gate.

Where Should I Buy my Camping Stuff? 

If you haven’t yet bought your tent, sleeping bag or other camping equipment, don’t worry, it’s not too late!

If you’d rather just pitch your tent and get on with the drinking, partying and music, you’ll need a pop-up tent. Argos has a great selection, from just £24.99 for a two man pop-up tent.

If you’re looking for something that will last for many festivals to come, you can find a great quality tent for a reasonable price at Go Outdoors. A 3-4 person tent with a little porch and windows is £59.99.

Now that you have your tent sorted, you might need other equipment like your sleeping bag, camping stove, a chair or coolbox. A great place to look for these is Aldi, who always have high-quality products at a low price. You can even buy Special Buys online through the Aldi website.

How much money should I take?

The expense of festivals doesn’t just stop at the cost of the ticket or the equipment. You’ll need money when you’re there – for food, for drinks and for souvenirs. However, you can do it on a budget. You have to be prepared to take in your own food and alcohol. Stock up on cereal bars, bottles of water, cans and tins of food. If you’re not worried about the budget, you’ll probably need a few hundred pounds. Food is expensive (expect to pay about £6 for a burger!) and drinks are too, with a pint of beer probably costing around a fiver. You’re not allowed your own drinks in the arena, so if you want to get drunk, do this at your tent and stick to soft drinks in the arena.

You’ll need to be careful with your money, so keep it safe!

What should I pack?

Festivals can be dirty, but that’s part of the fun. When packing, you’ll want to remember:

  • Baby wipes
  • Moist toilet roll
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Deodorant
  • Mouthwash
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Crossbody bag
  • Hat
  • Rain Jacket
  • Suncream
  • Towel
  • First aid kit
  • Torch
  • Ear plugs/eye mask
  • Portable charger
  • Reusable water bottle
  • A warm jumper
  • ID

What should I wear?

Be creative with your festival wardrobe! It’s time to express yourself! Go crazy with gems, make wellies part of your everyday wardrobe and enjoy.

Here’s a few staple items to pack:

A Khaki Shacket

Utility is a timeless trend for festivals, and you can’t go wrong with a khaki shacket. It goes well with denim, it goes well with black – what more could you ask for? This one is from New Look.

Wellies

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Hunters are the classic festival wellie that never goes out of style. You can get them in different colours and styles, but classic black is best. You can buy from Schuh.

Denim Shorts

Denim shorts are another festival staple. If you buy two pairs, I guarantee you won’t wear anything else for the whole time you’re there! Go to a high-quality retailer like Next – these high waisted shorts are just £22.

Rain Mac

British festivals have unpredictable weather, but you don’t have to compromise on style. This red rain jacket from ASOS is a bargain at £22.

Hoodie

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It gets cold at night at festivals, so a good hoodie is a must. It’s always best to shop in the men’s section too for oversized comfort. This hoodie is from H&M for just £17.99.

Gems and Glitter

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The Gypsy Shrine is the number one place to shop for festival glitter and gems.

 

How to Get The Most Out of Groupon This Summer

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Summer is a great time to get together with friends and family to spend some quality time with each other and experience new things. Usually one of the only problems with this is that spending some quality time together and experiencing new things in 2018 means it’s going to cost you. As summer can become really expensive when you want to travel and go on days out here’s a list of things you can find on Groupon to help cut the costs, not the experience.

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Days out with the kids/family

Premium Tours

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You can visit Stonehenge and Bath with this amazing deal. On Groupon, they have both adult and child tickets available for half price! Child tickets used to be £69 they’re now £34.50 and adult tickets used to be £79 they’re now £39.50. This tour will be a great summer day out, rated 4.5 stars make sure you don’t miss out on this limited time only offer.

ZAPspace

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If you are from or visiting the Stratfor area why not take your little ones to ZAPspace. With this offer, you a have 1-hour little zapper toddler and parent session and it’s 38% off! Instead of being £16 you can have some great jumping fun for £10.

Walking With Dinosaurs – Arena Spectacular

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This amazing arena dinosaur spectacular is available in 8 different locations and it is running from the 31 of July to the 30th of December. If your little ones are fascinated by dinosaurs or you want to give them a proper introduction to the largest extinct beats the world ever saw, walking with dinosaurs is the experience to give them. The tickets are discounted by 50% and they start from £20.

Days out with friends

Boat Hire at Finsbury Park

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If you’re in the London area or you’re planning a trip to London, this offer would make a great day out. With this offer, you can hire a lake boat for 30 minutes with a bag of duck feed for four in Finsbury Park. The 30-minute boat hire is usually £9 but with this offer, you can get it for £4.

The Old Scool Yard

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With this deal, you can get a 2-hour private karaoke booth with a jug of rum punch and a pizza for up to 15 people. The pizza is 12″ and the maximum number of people who can be in the booth is 15. Normally this would cost £227 but with this deal, you get 87% off making the cost only £29.90!

City Mazes

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There are 5 locations for City Mazes meaning that if you don’t live near one you could probably incorporate your visit to a maze into a trip. The mazes are a live escape game and you can book for 4, 6 or 8 people. There is a 51% discount and the prices start at £49.

Spa days/Treatments

Depilex Health and Beauty

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With this Groupon deal, you can get a Brazilian or Hollywood wax at Depilex on Wigmore Street in London.  There are a few options available with this deal: Brazilian or Hollywood was (was £40, now just £10), Brazilian or Hollywood wax plus underarm wax (was £59, now £14) or Brazilain or Hollywood wax plus leg wax (was £62, now only £25). These treatments are perfect to get if you are going on holiday and don’t want to worry about shaving.

Wonder Smile

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Have one or two discounted laser teeth whitening sessions at Wonder Smile in London. One session of one-hour laser teeth whitening for 1 was £299 and is not just £59 with 80% discount or one session of one-hour laser teeth whitening for two was £598 and is now only £89 with an 85% discount. Unfortunately, the two other offers for two sessions have all sold out so make sure you grab the chance to save an amazing amount of money.

Crystal Palace Spa

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This amazing spa is located in Marylebone and is definitely worth travelling for! You can get a two-hour Turkish hammam or Moroccan bath with a full body mask for one or two people, for one the treatment used to cost £120 and now it only costs £45, for two the treatment was £240 and now it is £85.

Classes

City Salsa

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Why not learn how to dance this summer! With this deal, you can get 4 or 8 90-minute beginner salsa classes with City Salsa. The four 90-minute classes were £32 but now with 72% off you can get them for £8.95, the eight 90-minute classes were £64 and now with 70% off they are only £18.95.

Hasina Belly Dance

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If salsa isn’t really your style why not try belly dancing instead! You can get one belly dance class for £5 with 56% off it used to be £11.25. Three belly dance classes were £33.75 and now are £12 with 64% off. Finally, you can get five belly dancing classes for £18 it used to be £56.25 and has 68% off.

New Skills Academy

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If dancing really isn’t your thing, you might enjoy this online floristry course from New Skills Academy to help you keep your garden and floral decorations in pristine condition. This course was £299 but now is only £19 with 94% off. The content is available for 12 months. There’s no better time to learn about flowers and flower arranging than in the summertime!

Estée Lauder’s Best Selling Foundation Now Has 56 Shades

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Estee Lauder’s best selling foundation is the Double Wear stay-in-place foundation. The foundation gives a natural and matte finish to the skin. Estee Lauder is kick-starting the beauty industry into having a larger and inclusive range of products on the way to making it a beauty norm.

Throughout the year’s people of colour have been ignored and not listened to when beauty companies bring out a range of foundation or makeup. Many companies bring out 15 shades of a foundation with 10 of those shades being lighter and medium tones with little darker shades and even when there are darker shades, people of colour often struggle to find a shade that matches their undertone or skin colour altogether.

This ‘controversial topic’ was really highlighted when makeup brand Tarte released their much-anticipated shape tape foundation. They released a photo onto their social media of an arm with swatches from all the shades they had on offer. Many people were expecting the company to release another photo including more shades but unfortunately, the photo they posted was of all of the existing shades. The shade range includes 15 shades, 11/12 of which appeared to be for those with a light or medium skin tone and 3 or 4 of which were for those of a darker skin tone.

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The original Tarte shape tape foundation swatches

This release was almost laughed at with Youtube beauty gurus saying that they may have well of just not released it as many of them would be boycotting the company for being so uninclusive towards the POC community. Luckily Tarte had backlash from this release but unfortunately, so many companies are allowed to get away with having a predominantly white accommodating shade range and barely catering for POC or not catering for them at all.

You would expect beauty companies in 2018 to be the most inclusive they could be as our world seems to be becoming more inclusive to all types of communities and people but it seems some of the beauty industry is stuck in 1918. Estee Lauder, however, has made it their mission to be as inclusive as possible. They have a shade range of 56 with cool, neutral and warm undertones.

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At the moment only 54 shades are available in the UK and shade availability varies from country to country but hopefully, they will be making it an international standard for all of their foundations soon.

Hopefully, other beauty companies will follow Estee Lauder’s lead and start releasing more shades, especially Tarte!

Lush have made a ‘God Is A Woman’ inspired bath bomb

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Last week Ariana Grande released her new single ‘God Is a Woman’ from her much anticipated upcoming album ‘Sweetener’. The music video for the single released at noon on the song’s release date, the release of this video brought many critics and all of Ariana’s fans to their knees as the video has such strong cinematography and features many references to mythology and history. It was quickly considered one of Ariana’s best music videos along with ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ which was released earlier in the year after her almost year-long hiatus from creating music after the Manchester arena bombing.

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In the music video, there is a shot in which Ariana appears to be in an ocean of paint and pastel colours. This shot is shown multiple times in the video and many have speculated that she is in the middle of a vulva or a womb and that she is moving as a fetus would inside of the womb and that this shot represents pregnancy and the creation of life. This has not been confirmed so far by Ariana or the music video director Dave Meyers.

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On July 14th one of Ariana’s fans tweeted out ‘@lushcosmetics make a bath bomb that looks like this & call it god is a woman so I can bathe feeling like a goddess’. The fans name is Eisha, she later posted a screenshot of a message she had direct messaged to Lush North America and a member of their team messaging back to let her know they decided to pass it on to their creative teams at Lush Labs America.

A member of the Lush Labs team called Jack replied to Eisha’s tweet letting her know that he would start working on the bath bomb that day. From there everyone had their eyes glued to Jack’s Instagram story as he was documenting himself in the process of creating a prototype of the GIAW bath bomb.

Ariana’s fans watched as Jack created a few prototypes and through trial and error finished the bath bomb on Friday the 20th of July. A few photos of the bath bomb were posted on social media and now the bath bomb has been sent to both Ariana and Eisha. So far there has not been a confirmation of public release date or whether it will be released in stores at all but Ariana’s fans are hoping the bath bomb if released will be released worldwide not just in the USA.

The final prototype turns the water into a beautiful paint like lilac and the bath bomb itself appears to turn into a crescent moon as it is dissolving in the water, which is another symbol Ariana has used a lot throughout her music career.

Let’s hope that the God Is A Woman bath bomb will be stocked in stores worldwide soon!

Aldi Insider Reveals the REAL Reason Why It is So Cheap

Aldi is one of the cheapest supermarkets in the UK, known for its rock-bottom prices and the efficient way that the store is run. You might be wondering how the chain keeps their prices so low, and now, a member of the senior management team has revealed all.

Smaller Choice = Bigger Discounts

For the majority of products, Aldi only stocks one brand. Most stores will have 2,000 items which have been carefully chosen, depending on the time of the year. At most other supermarkets, you will find around 40,000 products. The difference allows Aldi to be efficient in their buying process and build a good relationship with their suppliers.

Fast Check-Out

Most of us struggle to keep up with the pace of the check-out at Aldi (my best tactic is to just shove everything in the basket/trolley and pack at the shelf! – don’t try and pack as you go, or before you know it, you’ll be a few items in and it’ll be time to pay) however, this is for good reason – it saves time and money. Products in Aldi have multiple barcodes so this means that the staff don’t need to spend ages searching for the code to scan.

Staff are Trained in All Jobs

Most supermarkets have over 100 employees, but Aldi stores usually have 30-40. Everyone is trained in how to replenish and look after areas of the store, so there is no need to have managers for different aspects. A member of staff may be serving on the till when it’s busy, then jumping off and cleaning when it is quiet.

Packaging is Shelf-Ready

Large products like toilet roll and dog food go to the shop floor on a pallet. It takes 30 seconds to change a pallet of 180 products. This means that the store needs fewer members of staff on the shop floor.

No Loyalty Cards/ Buy One Get One Free Deals

As Aldi is committed to offering low prices every day, there is no need to provide a loyalty card incentive or push BOGOF deals. Instead of this, Aldi stocks Special Buys every Thursday and Sunday – these are usually seasonal products, electrical items and beauty products. There is also a Super 6 deal on fruit and vegetables which alternates depending on season.

Organised Lorries

Deliveries to Aldi stores are just as organised as the store itself. Everything is ordered to go into certain sections of the store to save time. The layout of the distribution centre is the same as the stores, so everything goes on to the lorry in the same order. Simple but effective!

Own Label Stock

The majority of what is sold at Aldi is 95% of the company’s own stock. Aldi works with suppliers to put their branding on products which are just as good, if not better, than some of the biggest brands on the market. This allows Aldi to set their own price for a product, rather than having to set it at a level that a third-party brand would be happy with. Aldi does sell some brands, such as Coca-Cola and Marmite, but they also make their own versions. Even the twice-weekly special buys are specifically made for Aldi so that the price is flexible.

Limited Space

Every store has a warehouse for storing items but it is only small, as the retailer wants all of its stock on the shop floor, rather than in the back.

No Clearance Section

One of Aldi’s key performance indicators is to limit waste, so you will never see a section of items close to their best-by date for a reduced price. Aldi sees wastage as a loss for both suppliers and the store, so they do everything that they can to limit this. The company is currently trialling reduced stickers on fresh products, but these will be located in their usual sections rather than in a specific area for reduced items.

No Mega Stores

Whilst some supermarkets have ‘megastores’, you won’t see an Aldi megastore. The company’s business plan is all about keeping stores small with less staff, to reduce costs and pass savings on to the customers.

No Staff Discounts

Aldi doesn’t offer discounts to its staff as this would directly impact prices for customers. Instead, they offer great pay and benefits. Store assistants get a basic rate of £9 an hour, compared to £7 an hour for a similar role at Tesco. Some other benefits of working at Aldi include good pensions, training programmes and discounts at cinemas/gyms. There is also a great apprenticeship programme where you can go from being a store assistant to a manager.

No Home Deliveries

Aldi is one of the few supermarkets which don’t offer home delivery on their products and there are no plans to. You can order the Special Buys and wine online and have them delivered, but anything else you must buy in the store. This is because home delivery isn’t actually very cost-effective for supermarkets.

 

Lush Launches Vegan Foundation Sticks

Eco-friendly, animal activist brand Lush is known more for their skincare and bath bombs than their makeup products, but that could soon change. The latest product to be launched by Lush is a vegan foundation stick.

The new foundation product is called Slap Sticks. Following in the footsteps of other brands such as Makeup Revolution and Fenty Beauty, the foundation is suitable for many different skin tones with 40 colours available. The coverage will be medium but buildable, and a range of warm, cool and neutral undertones will be on sale.

What makes the Lush Slap Sticks stand out is the ingredients. Thanks to the retailer’s knowledge of skincare and the best ingredients for your skin, the formula is designed to be hydrating. The sticks are 45% coconut oil, argan oil and Peruvian jojoba oil. Only 14% of the product is pigment, giving you a natural finish that won’t damage your skin. The sticks are extremely easy to use, you can simply apply them straight to your face and use a brush or beauty blender to blend the product in. The sticks are also vegan and cruelty-free, in keeping with the brand’s ethos.

Every Slap Stick is partially dipped in wax and will arrive in a recyclable cardboard box. Proceeds from the product will support women in work and children in education. None of the sticks has been tested on animals.

The foundation is available exclusively through Lush Labs and it will be limited edition for one month only. The product will cost £16.95.

 

 

Easyjet Relaunches Flying Libraries

Easyjet has relaunched their ‘flybraries’ scheme for 2018, with more titles on offer than ever. The initiative will give children the opportunity to read for free whilst they fly. The campaign was launched in response to calls from parents who were worried about their children’s literacy skills. The flybraries will be stocked with over 17,500 books with a mixture of classics and new titles. The books have been translated into seven different languages.

Some of the titles that children can enjoy in-flight include Peter Pan, Kid Normal, the Jungle Book, Dr Dolittle, Alice in Wonderland and The Secret Garden. Easyjet has partnered with Bloomsbury Books and Alma Books for the project which is also supported by the National Literary Trust. The books will be distributed across Easyjet’s fleet of 300 aircraft.

The initiative follows a study into children’s reading habits. The study was conducted with 2,000 parents with children aged 6-12. The study found that most children had less than 10 books at home, and over 75% of parents were concerned that their child’s vocabulary may suffer as a result of reading fewer books.

When the survey looked into the children’s habits, it found that almost half (42.5%) of the participants admitted that they rarely read outside of the classroom.

Easyjet’s Director of Cabin Crew said of the scheme:

“Reading is so important for fuelling development, imagination and vocabulary. A flight gives children the perfect opportunity to get stuck into a book. Easyjet is passionate about creating family-friendly initiatives”

BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James and his writing partner, Chris Smith, are ambassadors for the campaign as their book, Kid Normal, is one of the titles available. They wrote the book to show that becoming an author doesn’t mean you have to be serious and that reading and writing are ‘amazing ways’ to use your imagination.

The Director of the National Literacy Trust said that books ‘have the power to change lives’ so getting books into the hands of children can set them on the path to a better future. He said that Easyjet’s Flybrary initiative is a great way of getting thousands of children into reading over their summer break.

Children will be able to read the books in-flight and download a sample when they land, for free. Easyjet will also host a summer writing competition to encourage kids to start creative writing.

 

How to Stay Cool in a UK Heatwave

How to Stay Cool in a UK Heatwave

Another heatwave has been hitting the UK this week, with many places experiencing the hottest days of the year so far. The Met Office issued a warning for the hot weather, as it is a health risk for vulnerable people like the elderly. Be sure to check on family members and neighbours on hot days. Across the UK temperatures are in the high twenties, with some places even passing the 30°C mark. With a high pollen count and a very high risk from UV, it is important to look after yourself. While temperatures will decrease, the hot weather is likely to continue into next week. Make sure that you and everyone around you are staying safe in the sun. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep cool so that you can handle the heatwave, and the hot weather all summer.

Heatwave Dos and Don’ts

Some methods of keeping cool might seem obvious. However, people sometimes mistakenly assume that something will help when they are actually just making themselves hotter. Follow these tips and you should be as cool as a cucumber day and night.

1) Use Fans

Trying to fan yourself with your hand will only warm you up from the exertion. Get a portable battery-powered fan to keep your face cool on the go instead. This is a good choice for the commute to work. Whether you work in an office environment or from home, you should have electric fans. Even just a small USB fan plugged into your computer can be a big help. Lots of electric fans all going at once can be noisy, but improving the air circulation will keep everyone cooler. At home, putting a pan, bowl, or large cup of ice cubes in front of a fan is a great tip. The fan will blow air across the ice cubes, which cools it and creates a cold breeze.

2) Stay Hydrated

When you are sweating in the heat, you run the risk of becoming dehydrated. This can make you more vulnerable to heatstroke or heat exhaustion. Drink more water than usual when the weather is hot to prevent dehydration. You might also want to drink electrolyte-replacement drinks. Make sure to regularly have a cold drink to stay cool and hydrated. Keep drinks in the fridge or add ice from the freezer if possible. Avoid drinking alcohol or drinks containing caffeine, because these are diuretics which can contribute to dehydration. This includes coffee, tea, and soft drinks like Coca Cola. Avoid drinks which are high in sugar as well.

3) Wear Loose Clothing

When the sun is out, most people tend to strip down. However, wearing tiny shorts and vests isn’t the best idea if you are going to be out in the heat. It can be tempting to make the most of it if you want to get a tan, but your health should come first. It is advisable to wear loose clothing which doesn’t cling to your skin. Avoid synthetic fabrics, and try to wear clothes made of cotton in light colours. Cotton absorbs perspiration and lighter colours reflect sunlight and heat, helping to keep you cool. Wearing a hat keeps the sun out of your eyes and provides some shade for your face, ears, neck, and shoulders as well if it has a wide brim.

How to Stay Cool in a UK Heatwave

4) Close Curtains and Windows

Hot weather can lead to rooms feeling stuffy. Your immediate response might be to throw the windows wide open and let some air in. When the sun is rising and earlier in the day, it is better to keep doors and windows closed. Make sure blinds are down or curtains are closed as well. This will keep the indoors cooler for as long as possible, blocking the light and heat from outside. In the evening it should get cooler, so you can open the windows to allow the air to circulate. Leave your windows shut and curtains or blinds drawn if you are out at work all day. It will make a big difference to the temperature inside when you come home later.

5) Freeze Your Sheets

Seriously. Fold your sheets up into a plastic bag and put them in your freezer. The chill won’t last all night, but it will keep you cool for long enough to get to sleep. Sweaty, sleepless nights are common in this weather and can affect your work and health. You probably shouldn’t freeze your actual clothes, but you can leave them in a bag in the fridge for a while. Or instead of chilling them, simply wet them with cold water. Putting on cold, damp socks or shirts can cool you right down. Whatever you do, don’t take an ice-cold shower. Your body will react to the cold by actually trying to preserve heat, so take a lukewarm shower instead.

6) Eat Small Portions

When your metabolism works on processing what you eat, your body warms up. This is why eating large meals, especially food that is high in protein, is a bad idea in a heatwave. Eat small portions and try to stick to cold or raw foods, like fruit and salad. These light foods will be refreshing while making sure you get the nutrients you need. And let’s be honest, the heat is a great excuse to treat yourself to ice cream. You can save money and calories by buying cheap packs of ice lollies for instantly cooling snacks. As a bonus, kids tend to love these, too. If you avoid cooking hot food, this will also keep the temperature down indoors.

How to Stay Cool in a UK Heatwave

7) Take Care of Your Skin

The Met Office warns of high UV levels during a heatwave, so protect your skin. It is vital to wear suncream if you are going to be out in the sun at all. Factor 15 should do the job as long as you apply it properly. If you are not sure that you apply enough for it to work, use suncream with a higher SPF instead. On average, you should go for an SPF 30. Reapply it throughout the day and make sure you are covering all exposed areas of skin. Don’t forget behind your ears! It is especially important to apply suncream appropriately for children and babies. Protecting your skin reduces the risk of sunburn, long-term skin damage, and skin cancer. As an extra tip, you should use an aloe vera or after-sun cooling gel, and store your moisturizers and face masks in the fridge.

8) Check On Vulnerable People

Heatwaves increase the risk of dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. Overheating can make symptoms even worse for people with chronic illnesses, especially heart or breathing problems. Babies and young children, elderly people, anyone with health or mobility problems, labourers, and people on certain medications or substances are all vulnerable. Check on them for signs such as breathlessness, dizziness, weakness, thirst, chest pain, and cramps. If you do notice these signs, take the person somewhere cool and give them cold fluids. Call the NHS if these symptoms worsen, or call 999 if the situation is an emergency.

9) Look After Your Pets

Just as you should never leave a person in an enclosed space like a vehicle in hot weather, do not do this to animals. It doesn’t matter if you are just popping into a shop for a few minutes, do not leave your pet in the car. If you have to walk your dog, do so in the early morning or evening when it is cooler. In the middle of the day, the sun will cause the pavement to be too hot for their paws. It is best to bring animals inside or move cages into the shade. You can also drape wet towels over cages to keep animals cool. Put multiple water bowls around the house and garden if you have one. Call a vet immediately if you notice symptoms of heatstroke in an animal, such as excessive drooling, vomiting, lethargic movement, and collapsing. If you are out and about and see an animal locked in a hot car, do not wait for the owner to return. Call 999 or the RSPCA so that they can rescue the animal.

Tesco Direct Closing Down Sales

Tesco Direct Closing Down Sale

In the digital age, we may have taken for granted additional delivery services like Tesco Direct. Launched in 2006, Tesco’s answer to Argos and Amazon is closing down for good on 9th July 2018. Company executive Charles Wilson explained that Tesco Direct was a financial loss and there is no way for Tesco to make it profitable. They are going to close Tesco Direct and focus on their primary Tesco website for groceries. This means that their distribution centre in Milton Keynes will also be closing in August. The closure of Tesco Direct puts 500 jobs at risk. The company has not explained what will happen for Tesco Direct employees once the service is scrapped. Customers should make the most of Tesco Direct until 9th July. After that, you may have to go to Argos.

Tesco Direct Price Drops

The good news for some is that many items from Tesco Direct are now on sale. Tesco is discounting various product ranges in an attempt to shift the remaining stock before the shutdown. There are items of furniture or exercise equipment whose prices have dropped more than half. The best deals available on Tesco Direct at the moment include 50% off children’s bikes, suitcases, and garden items. Unfortunately, these major sales do not apply to technology, home appliances, clothes, or beauty products. Some selected items do have discounts, but only small ones. Even if you can’t make great savings on a new TV, you can invest in getting your garden ready for summer. The discounts also exclude items sold through Tesco Partners, which will not be shutting down.

If you want to shop with Tesco Direct before it’s gone for good, you had better be quick. Customers will be taking advantage of the deals, and once items sell out that’s it. Tesco will not be restocking anything on Tesco Direct. However, Tesco has said that they will be adding more lines to the sales. It is worth keeping an eye on the website to check for further discounts. There may be even more drastic price drops the closer it gets to the deadline on 9th July. Next day delivery has not been available since 22nd May, as all Tesco Direct orders will take 2-5 days to deliver. This includes Click & Collect orders. If you have a pre-order due to arrive after 9th July, unfortunately, Tesco will be cancelling your order. They should contact you by e-mail regarding refunds.

What Will Happen to Tesco Direct?

Rather than having a separate website making a loss, Tesco wants customers to be able to buy groceries and non-food products in the same place. This means that the Tesco grocery website could introduce more non-food products over time. Tesco Mobile products are still available to buy through the main Tesco site, as is their Uniform Embroidery Service. However, F&F clothing will only be available in selected stores after 9th July. Electricals, toys, gifts, and homewares will still be available instore. There may be more of these on the website in the future. At the moment, there are around 2,000 non-food products sold online along with Tesco groceries. These currently include kitchenware items, stationery, CDs, toys and games, bed sheets, and home fragrances.

Large items like sofas, mattresses, and bikes will no longer be sold online and will not be available in stores either. If you have a Tesco coupon, voucher, or gift card, you can use it at Tesco stores instead of on Tesco Direct. If you have a Delivery Saver plan, the perk of free delivery with Tesco Direct will obviously not continue. There is no replacement perk or lowering in price to cover this change. If you wish to cancel your Delivery Saver plan from 9th July, call Tesco to sort this out. The 30-day returns policy still applies, but after 9th July you will have to take your item to a Tesco store and check their stock availability. It is likely that there will be no option for repairs or replacements, so you can only get a refund. You have just over a month left to use Tesco Direct.

 

Summer Trends and Where to Buy Them

With summer here, it’s time to start developing your wardrobe to incorporate some new season trends.  The good news is, you don’t have to spend a fortune to look good. Here’s some of the best summer trends and where to shop for them.

Pastel Colours

Sugary sweet shades are the hue of the season, with lilac, pink, blue and green becoming a firm favourite on the catwalks. Lilac, in particular, is set for a major comeback.

Where to Shop: Boohoo. This online giant has a section entirely dedicated to pastels. You’ll find flared trousers, bodycon dresses and crop tops galore.

Power Shorts

Channel your inner sass with a pair of power shorts. They’re perfectly tailored and look like they belong with a suit jacket. Team them with a slogan tee or dress them for the evening with a cami top.

Where to Shop: Zara. This Spanish retailer has the best selection of shorts, whether you’re looking for plain or a print.

Sequins

Summer is the festival season, and this year it’s all about the sequins. Sequin dresses, sequin shorts, sequin tops – be creative!

Where to Shop: Pretty Little Thing. The brand is known for their affordable clothing and they’re currently killing it with their sequin selection!

Fringing

Cowboy vibes are in. Fringing is being added to everything – skirts, trousers, jackets. You can make it as wearable or as bold as you’d like.

Where to Shop: Missguided. Whether you’re embracing the Western trend or just want something a bit different for a night out, they have the fringing for you.

Checks

Checks aren’t going anywhere. Checked trousers have been all over Instagram for the majority of Spring and now it’s all about check shorts. Or check anything!

Where to Shop: Topshop. Our fave high-street hero has a check print for every occasion.

Bold Colours

Go bold this season with the brightest colours you can find. Think pink trouser suits, green jackets and yellow dresses.

Where to Shop: ASOS. With a pick of all the best brands, this is our go-to spot for any major trend.