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Want to get into Alton Towers for free? You’ll need a strong stomach...

Ever fancied a free day out at Alton Towers? Well here’s how - but only if you’re brave enough!

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Kids get bored after just ten days of the summer holidays

Kids get bored after just ten days of the summer holidays

Parents beware - the average child will utter their first ‘I’m bored …’ just TEN DAYS into the summer holidays.

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Summer holiday fun? Waddesdon Manor has it licked!

Don’t worry parents Waddesdon Manor has the summer holidays licked

With the six week summer holidays looming parents will be pleased to know Waddesdon Manor has it covered with all welcome to join the Estate’s feathered mascot Mimi the Mynah for a family fun European tour.

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Family trip to museum costs almost as much as weekly food shop

Family trip to museum costs almost as much as weekly food shop

A family of four will cough up almost as much as the cost of a weekly food shop to visit some of the country’s leading museums, according to new research.

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Mecca Bingo, Skimpot Road

REVIEW: Mecca Bingo restaurant, Skimpot Rd

The Mecca Bingo Club in Skimpot Road is re-positioning itself as a leisure destination, in addition to being a popular bingo venue, and so our intrepid reviewers Bev Creagh and Stewart Carr went along to suss out what’s on offer.

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Star Wars Land not so far (far) away

Star Wars Land not so far (far) away

It may legendarily exist in a galaxy far far away, but it could be that fans of Star Wars could soon visit the Unknown Regions.

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Signs of success include being happy... and having well-behaved kids

Signs of success include being happy... and having well-behaved kids

Being happy, healthy and having well-behaved children are the true signs of success - far ahead of being rich, according to new research.

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Your chance to name cute new Squirrel monkey. Picture Credit: Woburn Safari Park /Bridget Davey

CUTE PICTURES ALERT: Readers invited to name tiny new-born Squirrel monkey at Woburn Safari Park

Four adorable baby Squirrel monkeys have been born at Woburn Safari Park and animal lovers are invited to enter a competition to give one of them a very special name.

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VIDEO: Luton gets sweet treats – but would you eat Fluff!

A colourful American sweet shop has opened in Luton Mall, offering the best US candy brands to hungry shoppers.

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Center Parcs has announced that it is launching a nationwide search for The UKs Top Treehouse, led by wildlife presenter and adventurer Steve Backshall.

Most children would prefer a treehouse over a new game console

Center Parcs has launched a nationwide search for The UK’s Top Treehouse, led by wildlife presenter and adventurer Steve Backshall.

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T-Rex is about to take over at Whipsnade

Dinosaurs set to take over zoo and you could see it first

We’ve teamed up with Whipsnade Zoo to give away a family ticket to the VIP preview of Zoorassic Park.

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VIDEO: Baby dwarf crocodiles hatch at zoo for first time in nearly two decades

Four West African dwarf crocodiles have redefined cute after hatching at nearby Whipsnade Zoo for the first time in 18 years.

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Woburn Safari Park is celebrating Father's Day

Father’s Day fun at Woburn Safari Park

Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire will be putting fathers’ first with an array of special events and activities this Father’s Day including a hearty dad’s BBQ, giant games, wild adventures on the Road Safari and the chance to win a family VIP Up Close Encounter worth over £325.

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Now that's a mammoth tooth

VIDEO: Zoo releases close-up footage of elephant tooth operation

Zookeepers at Whipsnade have been busy tackling a mammoth toothache and they’ve captured it all on camera.

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SLIDESHOW: First sighting of fuzzy baby red panda twins at zoo

Warning: the following pictures are ridiculously cute as zoo reveals images of baby red panda twins after they emerged from their nesting box for the first time this week.

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Spread the love with food this Valentine’s

Valentine’s day is either that time of year that brings some much needed joy after a cold, long January or it is the holiday made up by card stores to force more money out of people.

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Be inspired to get healthy

Active Luton has launched a campaign which aims to inspire residents to become fit and healthy in 2015.

The #BeInspired campaign uses seven stories of Lutonians who have transformed their lives as a result of using Active Luton’s facilities.

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Get composting!

Autumn has very definitely come in the garden, with the trees surrounding the walls turning colour and shedding their leaves. Most of the borders have been cut back except a few such as the beautiful Salvia border which is in full bloom. There are a huge array of salvia varieties, perhaps surprising for a plant whose most common variety is sage, such a well-known culinary herb. Some are tender and take more expertise, indoor space and time to care for them over the seasons.

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Legoland Windsor entrance

Fun builds during a great day out at Legoland Windsor

When I told my two children I was planning to take them to Legoland Windsor on Sunday, it was fair to say the excitement was building as we got nearer our day out.

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