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Spain says when UK tourists will be allowed back after lockdown

Big news for holidaymakers…

Alex Watson



The Spanish Government has set a rough date for reopening the borders to UK tourists with no quarantine period. 

As it currently stands, anyone arriving in Spain faces a 14-day quarantine, which has made holidays virtually impossible. 

The government has now announced that it aims to reopen borders to visitors around the end of June, as part of unwinding the lockdown.

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Different regions of Spain are easing restrictions in different phases. Last week Madrid imposed a two-week quarantine on all overseas travellers to avoid importing a second wave of Covid-19. 

Madrid’s move is supposedly temporary, and will eventually phase out in parallel with travel within Spain. 

Spain has been one of the worst hit nations by coronavirus with more than 213,000 cases and 27,600 deaths. However, the country reported last Sunday the lowest daily number of deaths, 87,  since March 16th.

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Other European countries have begun to reopen their borders, including Austria and Germany who plan to have them fully open by June 15th.

Switzerland, Lichtenstein and some eastern European nations have begun trialling staggered reopening. 

Greece has phased reopenings of ancient sites, high schools, shopping centres and mainland travel. The country has a 14-day quarantine for arrivals still in place.

In other countries, Ireland has begun to reopen stores and Italy and the Vatican have resumed public masses. 


Harry Potter fans can now stay in a Gryffindor common room-inspired cottage

This looks magical!

Alex Watson



North Shire

Potterheads will be pleased to hear about a Gryffindor common room-inspired cottage that you can now stay in.

Live out your wildest wizarding dreams at this new UK cottage inspired by the Gryffindor Common Room.

Guests will stay in four-poster beds in a room decked out in the red and gold Gryffindor colours. Each bed also comes with curtains for that little sprinkling of privacy.

The dorm room, tucked away in The North Shire in Liverton, also has a cosy living room and a fireplace so you can easily get in touch with Sirius. 

North Shire

North Shire

The large plush red sofas are perfect for sinking into, Harry Potter book in hand and the fire crackling in the background. 

There’s also huge stain glass windows specially commissioned to depict the blonde mermaid that mesmerises Harry in the Goblet of Fire in the bathroom. plus you’ll also find large gold shell-shaped sinks to really bring home the mermaid theme from the scene.

The cottage can comfortably sleep six people in the single beds and there’s also a kitchen for you to whip up Cornish Pasties and snack on Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans.

North Shire

North Shire

You won’t even need a Bellatrix-sized vault at Gringotts to stay here with prices starting at just £50pp per night.

North Shire is also home to the Grounds Keepers Cottage so you can stay in a Hagrid inspired cottage. 

Complete with cosy beds and living rooms, a huge (not quite big enough for Hagrid) copper bath plus loads of other magical features. 

You can find out more here

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You can now stay in a chocolate-themed hotel with choc fountains, wine and plenty of free truffles


Alex Watson



There’s a chocolate-themed hotel where you can get chocolate hampers in your room and learn the art of chocolate making. 

The Chocolate Boutique Hotel in Bournemouth offers guests a unique experience in a chocolate themed hotel, with stays from £34 a night.

You can add on extras to your room for the ultimate chocolate experience, including chocolate hampers, fountains and even cooking classes. 

You might recognise the hotel from the BBC’s Interior Design Master last year where it was renovated.

There are 15 bedrooms all decorated in browns and creams to really drive home that brown chocolate theme. 

Instead of breakfast, guests can opt for a ‘Grab and Go’ breakfast bag that includes a croissant, yoghurt and chocolate brownies, as well as some orange juice. 

You can have a chocolate fountain in your room or a chocolate hamper filled with seven kinds of snacks and sweets for £35 each.

If you want to go all out you can add on the Romantic Package that includes the whole shebang – a chocolate fountain, bottle of Cava, two small bottles of chocolate wine and a chocolate love heart.

If you fancy learning some chocolate skills, you can opt for a 90-minute truffle making class (£45) or go for chocolate portrait painting, chocolate shoe making or chocolate and wine tasting. 

Their newest addition to courses includes a minute chocolate cheesecake making class for £59 where you’ll go home – or back to your chocolate themed room – with three mini cheesecakes in your paws. 

If you fancy it you can book here.

Or if you want to go a little further afield (all the way to Switzerland), Lindt just launched a MASSIVE chocolate museum and it has a huuuuuuuge chocolate fountain.

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New geothermal heated sea pool like Iceland’s Blue Lagoon has opened in Cornwall

Perfect for a staycation!

Alex Watson



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The UK’s first geothermal sea pool has now opened up in Cornwall and we need to go asap!

The pool is set at a lovely warm 35C and will be heated all year round making it a perfect destination for a weekend away in winter.

The pool has opened up in the old art deco Jubilee Pool in Penzance, and is giving Iceland’s Blue Lagoons a run for their money.

The warm water is heated through a geothermal well which transfers the cooler water back into the ground and the warm water into the pool.

The pool also offers fantastic sea views, including a glimpse of St Michael’s Mount across the water. 

Around 50 people will fit into the pool at once, making it the UK’s largest lido. Currently, due to social distancing measures, only 15 are allowed to visit at a time. 

Ryan Law, managing director of Geothermal Engineering Limited, told local media: “The system we have drilled and installed is one of the lowest forms of carbon heating available and is part of the growing movement to use sustainable heating sources across the UK.

“I’m delighted that the geothermal pool at Jubilee Pool, Penzance, is now open. It’s the first geothermally-heated lido in the UK and is a flagship for geothermal energy in general.”

The pool is part of a wider project worth £1.8m, which was supported partly by the local community which provided £540,000.

First to swim in the pool were the family of local swimmer and project supporter, Joyce Cooper. Joyce was at the opening of the original lido 85 years ago but sadly died before she got the chance to see the project completed. 

All ages are welcome to visit the pool during the afternoon, with kids under four going free. An adult ticket will start from £11.75. 

There are also dedicated adults-only spots for the pool between 10am and 12:30pm, and select evenings after 5:30pm. 

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