Giveaway: win a £100 John Lewis voucher with Richardson’s Boating

I always find that as soon as I return from one holiday, I start planning another.  Next year, we’re going to Brittany for a couple of weeks in the summer, and are also hoping to get away in the UK for a week.

I’ve been talking to Norfolk-based Richardson’s Boating about their fab self-drive boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads – my sister in law did this last year with her sister and family and absolutely loved it.  Richardson’s are a lovely bunch – a family-owned company, with over 50 years’ experience and over 300 Norfolk Broads cruisers in their fleet.  This means that they can provide everything from a cheerful little two bedroom boat of a big huge boat for a larger family or group of friends.

One of things I love about this sort of holiday is its low impact on the environment. Richardson’s are big on conservation and have been developing a low-wash hull, which less impact on the riverbanks, thus helping to preserve the wildlife this area is famous for. They are also introducing new, more efficient solar panels on our new boats.

So if you’re planning on a UK break, check them out – you get to go at your own pace (and yes, I asked about those of us who are slightly ‘technically challenged’ – they give you a very full and thorough demo on how to drive the boat!).

So to find out everything you need to know, check out Richardson’s Boating Norfolk Broads cruiser hire.  In the meantime, Richardson’s have given me a very tidy £100 John Lewis voucher to give away, just in time for Christmas shopping.

To enter just check out Richardson’s fleet (click link then scroll down) - I quite fancy the Ibiza – and let me know which one you’d choose!

Competition is open to anyone and everyone (vouchers can be used in store at John Lewis and Waitrose and online too). Winner will be chosen at random, no cash alternative. Competition closes at Midnight on Monday 19th November 2012.  Just call me Mrs Christmas!

*****This competition is now closed.  Well done to the winner: Emily McMillan – vouchers on their way! *****

The Harlem Globetrotters are back in business!

When I was little, my Dad used to regale us with stories of the time he went to see the Harlem Globetrotters.  If you’re not familiar with the name, they’re a basketball team – but not just any old basketball team – an exhibition basketball team who are clever, funny and really entertaining.  My Dad’s favourite was Meadowlark Lemon, the ‘Clown Prince’ of basketball, who seemed to do more messing about than actual playing… apparently he watched one game where the team the Globetrotters were playing eventually gave up trying to play by the second half and ended up just joining in the fun, which included ‘weighted’ balls, buckets of water and all sorts of other nonsense.

At some stages in their history, the team played competitively and were very good – now it’s more about the show, and they’re even more entertaining than ever.  Next year, they are about to embark on an epic world tour, so grab some Harlem Globetrotters tickets and join in with the fun!

New stars include ‘TNT’ Maddox, the first female Globetrotter since 1993, and ‘Big Easy’ Lofton, weighing in at 250lb and standing 6 feet 9 inches tall!

The Globetrotters start the UK leg of their tour on March 25th at the Birmingham NEC and then perform at various stadiums, including London, Aberdeen, Sheffield and Cardiff until 2nd April.  Buy tickets here.