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Stretching out the Summer

This is our last bank holiday until December, and this summer of Olympics madness (and for the most part seemingly endless rain) will soon be a distant memory. With that in mind, I have compiled a list of ways to cheer myself up and stretch the summer out as long as possible.

I like to try something new every once in a while, which is why zorbing in Lincolnshire caught my eye. For £19, you get two runs in a zorb (which seems to resemble a human-sized hamster ball). One of our Deal Experts who’s been said she couldn’t stop giggling all the way down the hill. So it’s got to be worth a shot.

Talking of adrenaline-fuelled fun, we’ve got a motorsports deal in Middlesbrough that is right up my street. You get to try rally driving, speedcross and madtrax driving during this 6-hour experience, which costs £99. It’s the madtrax part that particularly appeals to me -- you get to take part in a head-to-head race on the dirt track, so bring a friend and bring it on!

If you would like to do something with a mate that is a little cheaper, perhaps this 2-hour canoeing experience will float your boat. For £20 (£10 each) two people can take in the sights of Liverpool. You'll begin paddling at Queen's Dock, before travelling through Liverpool's South Docks and up towards the Albert Dock.

However, if that sounds a little taxing, you could enjoy the views of London from the River Thames for £10 -- almost half the regular £19. With this deal you can hop on and off the sightseeing boats, which depart from four different locations on the river, and glide past Big Ben, Tower Bridge and the London Eye.

Moving back to land, we also have a deal on tickets to open-air cinemas at historic sites across the country, including Lulworth Castle in Dorset and Kensington Palace, for £7 and up. The classic films on offer include two of my personal favourites: “Dirty Dancing” and “Shakespeare in Love”. I will definitely be getting the girls (and boys) together to catch one of those.

I suppose that with autumn approaching, more rain will inevitably follow, but there’s still plenty you can do indoors, like this 3-hour cupcake-making class in Stockport. One of our Travelzoo Deal Experts attended the class and she raved about the tutor's expertise, so with any luck I’ll pick up some tips for Christmas baking.

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Claire Stapleton contributed to this post.

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Deal Expert, Manchester
Thursday, 23 August 2012
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