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Monthly Archives: March 2016
Whether you are old or young, going to a Theme Park always brings a lot of fun and excitement. The UK are lucky enough to have several parks full of amazing rides which everyone visits year after year. They are great to visit for birthdays with your family or with a group of friends. Even the celebrities love going with singer Peter Andre spotted at Alton Towers last year with his family. Everybody wants to go on the big roller coasters which causes thrills for everyone. Here are the top 10 roller coasters you need to try if you have the guts.
Alton Towers in Staffordshire may have had a knock after the Smiler Crash in 2014, but they are back up and running. The ride recently reopened, but you will have to have nerves of steel to go on that one. However, the Park still have some of the most popular rides in the UK. Nemesis is often named the most popular ride, and it is one of the first inverted roller coasters in the world. It has several loops, a corkscrew and is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Another favourite at Alton Towers, Thirteen is one of the newest rides that everyone loves. The steel rollercoaster is the world’s first freefall drop roller coaster. The drop is unexpected, and the ride is very creepy. The ride is situated in the woodland and is worth a try if you are at the park.
Thorpe Park in London is one of the UK’s favourite theme parks and boasts a vast array of scary rides. Stealth is arguably the most frightening on our list. The steel roller coaster is one of the most terrifying on our list as you are launched at 80mph up a 200ft incline. It’s an extreme thrill that is over in seconds but will be unforgettable.
Saw- The Ride
Another top favourite at Thorpe Park, Saw- The Ride is based on the horror films, and is the first in the world to do this. It’s truly terrifying like the films with a drop of 100 degrees. It’s definitely thrilling for roller coaster lovers.
The Big One
Blackpool is a fantastic place to visit. The town is full of fun and trips to Blackpool can not be complete without a trip to Pleasure Beach. The rides are great, and one of the top favourites is The Big One, which was formally called The Big Dipper. The steel roller coaster is a scary rollercoaster which overlooks the sea and is a must-visit.
Drayton Manor in Tamworth is another popular Theme Park in the UK that you need to visit. Shockwave is their most popular ride at the park and opened in the 1990’s. It’s one of two stand up roller coasters in Europe, and you must try it. As explained here, Shockwave takes people through four inversions.
Another favourite at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Avalanche is a steel roller coaster which needs to be tried. It’s unique as it’s the first in the UK with an unusual bobsled typed carriage which is commonly seen on water rides.
One of Alton Tower’s most iconic rides is Oblivion. The ride was the first dive rollercoasters, and the huge drop is super scary. It stops at the top for a couple of minutes so that you are staring into the black hole beneath you. You can see more about this frightening rollercoaster here.
At Thorpe Park, there is another ride which should not be missed if you are visiting the park this summer. One of the newest on this list, The Swarm is the world’s second steel wing roller coaster. It has a scary inclined loop and corkscrew to keep people screaming. It’s based on an end of the world scene which makes it extra scary.
You might not have heard of Lightwater Valley Theme Park, but it is situated in Ripon and boasts the World’s second Largest Rollercoaster. The Ultimate was created in 1991 and takes its riders on a wildly long 7 and a half minute journey on a steel track. It was the world’s longest for a period of time until that position was taken by Steel Dragon 2000 in Japan. If you have a stomach of steel, you could try this ride today.
If you are after a big thrill, the rides above at parks in the UK will definitely fulfill your excitement needs. For all the best rollercoasters in the UK, visit here to decide where you want to try next.
You’ve been friends for years and the countdown to a landmark birthday is on. Now is the time to step up to mark and prove your best pal credentials. If you’re planning a night to remember for your best buddy, here are some tips to make it extra special.
Keep everything a surprise
Surprises make everything so much more exciting, so give your best friend the basic details and let everything else be unveiled on the night. Tell her where she needs to be at what time and give her an idea of the dress code. If you have a theme, but you don’t want her to guess it, choose an outfit for her yourself.
Get the party started early
If you’re hitting the town, get everyone over for a drink beforehand. Blow up some balloons, exchange gifts and get ready to serenade the birthday girl and present her with a cake. Put some music on and enjoy getting ready together. Now is the time to let your buddy in on a few secrets and hand over her get-up for the evening. For party planning tips, head over to http://www.instyle.com/celebrity/instyles-20-best-party-throwing-tips-ever for inspiration.
Book a luxury ride
Nothing starts the night in style like a ride in a limo from fl-limousine.com Get your girls outside and wait for it to pull up. Arrange for a celebratory glass of bubbly to be provided in the back and get some snaps outside the car before you leave. Get the tunes on and enjoy a mini road trip.
Organise a booth
Standing around waiting for a table and having drinks spilled all over you is bound to get people aggravated, so book a booth or table. Often, it works out cheaper to buy a VIP package and split it between you. You’ll get your own area for the night and you won’t have to worry about jostling your way to the bar. Get in touch with the club beforehand and arrange to go in and put some balloons and banners up in the area. Ask the waiters to stick sparklers in your cocktails and see if they’ll invent a special one for the birthday girl.
Arrange a sleepover
After you’ve danced, get ready to drop. Arrange for hotel rooms or stay at somebody’s house, but make sure you’re all together. When you wake up you can share stories from the night before and look through the photos. Once you’ve all showered and got ready, head out for a birthday brunch. Book a table in advance, especially if there’s a large group of you. Ask the rest of the group to send you their photos and make an album. Give it to your best friend so that they will remember your night out for years to come.
Landmark birthdays don’t come around too often, so it’s important to make an effort to spoil your best friend. Get everyone involved, split the costs and plan ahead. Contact the limo company and the bar and ask to add some personal touches to make the experience unique and memorable.
How tough is it to be a woman? On the one side, there is pressure to be stylish, beautiful and fashionable. On the other, you’re expected to carry, give birth to and bring up kids. And even if you don’t currently have kids, you know what it does to you. Your own mother will probably have told you a few things, often with an accusatory note in their voice.
The good news is that by and large (mostly large), people give you a pass on a lot of that stuff. You’ll gain weight, inevitably. You’ll begin to, shall we say, glow. Sometimes, on the glamour front, you will fall down. But is that a reason to give up trying? And miss out on the clothes and things that make you feel good? Right in the middle of the morning sickness and increased toilet breaks? I don’t think so.
Do: Make The Most Of Accessories
Some of your favorite outfits are going to have to take a back seat, it’s inevitable. You can get away with them, maybe, in the first trimester. But as you start to fill out, anything more figure hugging is going to look … wrong. But you can accessorize. Long necklaces, pendants and lockets still work beautifully. You can even let them accentuate the bump – because there is no point acting like it’s not there.
Don’t: Assume That Stretchy Fabrics Are Your Friend
“Oh, this one has some give in it”, you might tell yourself as you go through the closet for things that will still work and things that won’t. You may add that to the “still in rotation” pile. But don’t think for one second that stretchy fabrics will work just as well when the pounds start to arrive. They won’t. Just going up a size is a much smarter move, and the clothes keep their stylish cut and shape.
Do: Wear Empire Lines
For someone who is not pregnant, clothes that fit tight over the stomach can show you’ve been working out, or that you’re lucky. For someone who is pregnant, they’re uncomfortable and they don’t look good. An Empire line cut – with the waistband below the breasts – will look much better and feel just right. And they were a big deal in the British Regency, so you can pretend you’re in Pride and Prejudice.
Don’t: Try To Modify Your Existing Clothes
Idly, over lunch one day, a friend who has never been pregnant will tell you about a thing she read. There’s this device that allows you to still wear your not-pregnant jeans, and no-one will even know! Oh, they’ll know. Believe me; they will know. Sure, it may hold your jeans closed. But you’ll be in tremendous discomfort, and it won’t last out the pregnancy either.
All you will do is draw attention to the fact you’re wearing clothes that don’t fit. Go up a size or two. No-one will judge you. Pinky promise.
Being pregnant means changes are a-comin’. Some wonderful, some not so much. How you react to those changes is the key here. And the most important lesson is that you don’t need to act like you aren’t carrying another human being inside. Neither do you have to abandon all pretence of style. You’re still you, so embrace it!