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Snap away to your heart's content at iconic vistas such as Coniston Water, Windermere and the seaside town of Arnside during a photography course in the Lake District.
The Introduction to Photography break is being hosted by professional lensman Mark Carr at Number 43 (01524 762761/www.no43.org.uk), a B&B in Arnside with spectacular views over the estuary.
Mark will help you get the most out of your camera including understanding light, practical tips on shooting and how to take the perfect shot.
A two-night Introduction to Photography break on June 29 and 30 (arrival June 28) from £350pp, B&B, including dinner on the first night and tuition.
A line-up of some of the music industry's biggest stars including Liza Minnelli, Frankie Valli and Van Morrison will take to the stage at the Hampton Court Palace Festival (0208 241 9818/ www.hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com) this summer.
The historic court and gardens of the Tudor palace provide the backdrop for an open-air extravaganza of concerts taking place from June 14 to 24.
Opening night will see Broadway and screen legend Minnelli get the party started with a showstopping performance.
This year also sees the festival celebrate its 20th anniversary and to mark the milestone the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will give a gala performance on June 16. A firework display will provide a fitting end to the evening.
Tickets are priced from £37.50.
BEST FOOT FORWARD
There's nothing worse than cumbersome footwear eating up vital luggage weight and space. Usually this means electing to wear our bulkiest shoes to the airport - and quickly regretting it.
Teva (www.teva.co.uk) feels your pain, which is why the innovative footwear company has designed a new range of collapsible shoes that, remarkably, weigh less than an orange.
The canvas Mush Frios feature special soles that mould to your foot's contours, have built-in odour protection and weigh just 153g per shoe. Available in Black or Moonrock Brown from John Lewis (www.johnlewis.com). £45.
And for every pair of shoes sold this year, Teva has pledged to protect a linear foot of global waterways. Definitely a step in the right direction.
A MARRIAGE MADE IN 1952
Are you celebrating your diamond wedding anniversary this Jubilee year? Travelodge (0871 984 8484/ www.travelodge.co.uk) is offering couples who married in 1952, the year of the Queen's accession to the throne, a free two-night stay at one of more than 400 UK hotels.
If you fancy a few days by the seaside there are Travelodges in coastal locations such as Brighton, Eastbourne, Torquay and Blackpool or if you prefer a city break you could try Edinburgh or London.
To qualify for a free Diamond Anniversary stay, register details at firstname.lastname@example.org with proof you've been married for 60 years.
WRAP IT UP
After a splashing time on the beach keep little ones dry and warm in a soft hooded frog towel from Vaude (01665 510660/ www.vaude.com). Made from a Swiss fabric which dries faster than cotton, it can be used throughout the day without feeling damp.
Children will love the towel which folds up into a smiley face and is easy to carry by its loop handle. £23.