HAVE A FIELD DAY An event that takes the big orchestra out of the stuffy concert hall and into the great outdoors is taking place in the Somerset countryside this month.
Orchestra In A Field (01749 813025/www.orchestrainafield.com) is held in the parklands of Glastonbury Abbey, right, on the weekend of June 30 to July 1.
This year's main concerts will be Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition on the Saturday, and Bizet's Carmen the following day.
The inspiration of Somerset-based conductor Charles Hazlewood, the event also features a performance of Mike Oldfield's Seventies classic Tubular Bells. Weekend ticket (including camping) from £65 (£40 under-18); day tickets from £36/£20.
Look fabulous on your holiday in a swimsuit that flatters and smoothes your figure. Seaspray (0844 567 7070/www.simplybeach.com) has a fabulous range offering support panelling which complements your natural shape.
The Just Black collection's beach to bar dress, pictured left, is a must-have.
Wear around the pool as swimwear then simply undo the ties on the side and unruffle into a stylish halter-neck dress. £76.
HEAR ME OUT
Whether it's engine noise, screaming babies or pressure changes, flights can be a real earache. Cirrus Healthcare (01304 620642/www.cirrushealthcare.co.uk) has devised innovative ear-care products to help you cope.
EarPlanes is the world's first pressure-regulating earplug. Made from silicone with a ceramic regulator, they prevent painful popping and filter out high frequency noise.
Soft Foam Earplugs, meanwhile, place a premium on comfort and are available in a range of colours.
EarPlanes, £5.10 (two pairs); Soft Foam Earplugs, £2.04 (five pairs).
CYCLE OF LIFE
We all dream of escaping the daily grind. Few put it into practice.
Writer Mike Carter pondered what it would be like to cycle to the office and just keep on pedalling. Five thousand miles later, he'd completed a circumnavigation of Britain, from Margate to the Moray Firth, Cape Wrath to Cardiff.
His experiences have been distilled into One Man And His Bike (Ebury Press, £7.99), a humorous and life-affirming account that showcases our island's rich diversity and eccentricities.
Toast London 2012 with Olympic-themed cocktails and mocktails at Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts' (0844 415 6708/www.parkplaza.com/sport-events) five London hotels.
The range of tipples, above right, includes the refreshing Bolt Out Of The Blue, fruity Finishing Line and spicy Roadrunner, and all are priced from £4.95.
The cocktails are available at The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, County Hall, Victoria London, Sherlock Holmes and Riverbank.
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge offers doubles from £109 per night (two sharing), room only.