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So you’re off on a long car journey. You’ve managed to get everybody into the car, skilfully packed the boot, picked the music and found something to occupy the kids for, oh, about 30 seconds. And of course you’ve bought a bag of your favourite travel sweets to pass round. Whether it’s your own set of wheels or a hire car on holiday, a road trip just isn’t complete without a few sweet treats close at hand. But what kind of sweets do you go for? And what is it about long journeys that speaks to our sweet tooth? Maybe sweets send us back to those epic car journeys of our childhood, the days before tablets and smart phones took over. We were closed off in the back seats and only able to get a low-angle, side-on view of the countryside as it blurred by. Whether we were heading somewhere exciting, like a theme park or the seaside, or not so exciting (sorry Great Aunt Gladys), we wanted to stop off at any opportunity, usually to stock up on more sweets. King of confectionery: which sweets came out on top? So which sweet is your personal favourite for long car journeys? We asked 3,000 people across the UK that very question and here are the top six: 1. Mints: The sensible choice at the top of the pile. Mints come in all shapes, sizes and intensities, like wrapped glaciers, bags of soft and chewy ones or those extra-strong tablets that punish your tongue. 2. Werther’s Originals: A surprise entry. These hard buttery candies come individually-wrapped in crinkly plastic and are famous for those sentimental TV ads. Drivers clearly aren’t too bothered about fiddling to unwrap each sweet. 3. Simpkins Traditional Mixed Fruit Travel Sweets: Harking back to many childhoods and stored in that trusty circular tin. They come in a variety of flavours, are dusted with sugar and there are always some broken candy shards buried in the dust at the end. 4. Wine Gums: Chewy and fruity with different flavours, from tangy lime to everyone’s favourite reds and blacks. Honestly, why don’t they just make bags of red and black ones? Oh wait, they already do! 5. Starburst: For people of a certain vintage these are Opal Fruits. Sweet and fruity, Starburst are wrapped...Read More
Wondering what to do for the upcoming bank holiday? We’ve come to the rescue with some unusual activities and attractions, ranging from a nightclub for kids to an exhibition about underwear. So, ditch the DIY and think differently over the long weekend, writes Tamara Hinson. Take your kids to London’s Ministry of Sound Yes, really. Raves are no longer adult-only events, if this knees up is anything to go by. For a family day out with a difference, head to Rave-A-Roo at London’s Ministry of Sound on May 28. Drop your charges off at the UV tattoo station, sign them up for a neon craft session or take part in a family disco ball game. There will be top DJs and spectacular light shows, along with an electro show by Nickelodeon regulars Go!Go!Go! (No, we haven’t heard of them either but we’re assured any self-respecting little person will know exactly who they are.) Find a cheap hotel in London Take part in Sheep Week at Lee Valley Park Farm, Essex Sheep Week takes place at Lee Valley Park Farm (Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 2EF; 01992 892 781) between May 28 and June 5. Although it might sound like an unusual way to spend the bank holiday, this rural attraction is the ideal destination for animal lovers. You’ll be able to check out shearing demonstrations, cheer on your woolly friends during a sheep race and help bottle feed some orphaned lambs. But there are plenty of other animals to check out too, including meerkats, llamas, guinea pigs, rabbits and even bearded dragons. Compare Essex hotels Learn about street art in Bristol Could you tell a Banksy from an Inkie? Do you know what a skinny cap is or how long it takes to create the average piece of street art? Learn all this and more on one of Where The Wall’s fascinating street art tours of Bristol’s most painted areas. You’ll check out some Banksys and will learn about the differences between street art and graffiti before finding out about the techniques used by a range of artists. If you’re feeling creative, channel your inner Banksy and sign up for one of the regular street art workshops. Compare hotels in Bristol Admire priceless underwear at V & A’s Undressed exhibition, London This exhibition,...Read More