Annette’s Websites of the Week 24th-28th October 2011

October 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Annette's websites of the week

give an hour bbcBBC’s Give an Hour Getting the nation online is becoming a huge initiative and lots of corporate companies are doing their bit to help out.

Having spent time on the official ‘GO ON Give an Hour’ website last week I decided to look into other sites which are encouraging people to go digital.  Unsurprisingly the BBC has dedicated lots of time and effort into Give an Hour, creating a great site specifically for the scheme.

BBC’s Give an Hour is packed full with ways to get people interested. Most impressively featuring a host of celebrity videos, which feature celebrities from all different areas discussing why they benefit from the internet.

These celebrity broadcasts from the likes of Stephen Fry and Bill Oddie highlight the many different ways which the internet can improve your life from enhancing hobbies such as gardening, cooking and sports. To more practical matters of staying in touch with loved ones and managing finances.

Overall the site is really well thought out tackling the excuses which people use to stay away from the internet. For example they’ve come up with a great ‘Staying safe online’ feature highlighting does and don’t, and with links to other portals such as ‘First Click’ I think it’s a great site to help encourage a digital future.


Merlin Entertainment- Finding Half-Term activities can be a struggle so this week I’ve shared a few of my own ideas including local events and days out which really are a special treat.

Merlin Entertainment the home to Alton Towers, Warwick Castle, LegoLand, Chessington World of Adventure and more offer something for everyone. With attractions up and down the country no one is too far away from one of their entertainment parks.

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If you’re planning on visiting a Merlin attraction, or just looking for ideas, I’d certainly recommend searching their official site. As it has links to all parks and attractions alongside essential help and advice. Most importantly the site includes a ‘Price & Saving’ section which will help make your day out as affordable as possible.

Currently Merlin Entertainment is offering 25% off annual passes, which entitle pass holders into all attractions year around- great value for money and with some much on offer you’ll never struggle for Half Term ideas again.  


good to know recipe logoGood to Know Recipes The Good to Know website reminds me very much of a lifestyle magazine. With different section ranging from money tips, health and relationships visitors can read at their own paces depending on how they feel.

I generally like to browse the recipes as the collection includes thousands from exclusive celebrity chef specials to classics from good home cooks. During special occasions the site featured huge varieties of recipes fit for the occasion and this week I’ve been inspired by some of Good to Know’s quirky Halloween specials.

It’s a great site if you’re looking for a little inspiration and with over 7,000 recipes in their archive you are guaranteed to find something which will please everyone around the dinner table- enjoy!

Halloween with Merlin Entertainment

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A special treat to an amusement park can be a great way to finish half-term and with lots of brilliant offers and promotional vouchers available online a family treat can be great fun at a reasonable price.

Many of Britain’s best amusement parks are brought to us by Merlin Entertainment, who put on great entertainment and events across the country. With something for everyone this Halloween here are my favourite…

Alton Towers A local attraction here in Staffordshire Alton Towers is one of Britain’s favourite theme parks and never seems to fail at a Halloween spectacular. The ‘Scarefest’ has become iconic with Alton Towers’ fans who visit from all over the country to see the park in all its Scarefest glory.

Scarefest logoOffering family friendly fun which everyone is sure to enjoy expect the park to be decorated for the occasion with costumed characters roaming around to scare you when you least expect it.

Daredevils can tour the Terror of the Towers to discover what lies beneath whilst those who love rollercoasters can ride them into the dark evening. For family entertainment I’ve been told that live shows are great addition to a Scarefest day at Alton Towers.

All and all a great way to celebrate Halloween- most visitors dress up so vampire teeth may be required.

Top Tip: I receive lots of promotional e-mails and often Alton Towers discount are featured. Search the web to find a deal which will make your day extra special.


warwick-castleWarwick Castle – An attraction with huge historical value a trip is Warwick Castle is quite spectacular especially for youngsters who get to take in all of the ancient myths and historical storytelling.

I’ve had some wonderful times exploring Britain’s Ultimate Castle and find that visiting with children is a fantastic way for them to become interested in history and heritage as they are such memorable days out.

At Halloween those old age myths and castle characters come to life as families can enjoy a tour around the castle and, for those brave enough tour The Castle Dungeons where the dark and most frightening historic events took place. Visit the Owl Show or take a ghost tour. Whatever your choice there is plenty of scary treats for Halloween visitors.

Top Tip: Give yourself plenty of time to explore the grounds as there really is lots to see.


The Dungeons- Expect to be scared as the Dungeons’ pride themselves on offering terrifying experiences to their brave guests. Undoubtedly Halloween will offer more screams than normal. 

The London Dungeons have become even more gruesome in perfect time for Hallows Eve as  ‘Stringy Jack’ will be roaming the dungeons dark corridors ready to petrify you at any moment- you’ve been warned.

london_dungeon_sMy visit to The London Dungeon a couple of years ago was brilliant- so much so that I’d highly recommend it to friends and family. Featuring live actors who make the dungeons as authentic as possible the London Dungeons fantastically bring gruesome pastimes to life. Re-enacting the terror of the plague, Jack the Ripper and the great folklore of Bloody Mary, the Dungeons enter deep into horrible history.

Accompanied by rides, special effects and fantastic acting the Dungeons really are a great day out and extremely fitting for a Halloween treat.

Top Tip: The Dungeons are situated throughout UK and Europe including London, Edinburgh, York, Blackpool, Hamburg and Amsterdam. So there is plenty of places to capture the Dungeon experience.

Current Deal for Merlin Entertainment: 25% off Annual Pass to Merlin entertainment

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