Secret Cinema Takes On the Zombie Apocalypse!

Secret Cinema 28 days laterThe innovative, interactive cinema company, Secret Cinema, are hosting their very first horror themed event and their first nationalised event. Their latest cinema experience will be taking place in London and another secret city from the 14th of April to the 29th of May, and is going to be the cinema event of the year

But which film is receiving the Secret Cinema treatment this year, after the immense success of last summer’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back event? Well, expect plenty of abandoned buildings, scares, and hordes of the undead as you prepare your mind and your body for the full-on experience of Danny Boyle’s 2002 cult classic 28 Days Later. Set in a post-apocalyptic London, the film sees Cillian Muprhy’s Jim awake from a coma to a world where a literal hate plague has taken over Britain. After Jim escapes, plastic bag of soda cans in hand, he runs into survivors who are searching for an escape – or a cure. But the promised land they are searching for soon turns into another nightmare…

While 28 Days Later avoids using the word ‘zombie’, it’s the definite inspiration for the latest trends in zombie media. The rage virus of 28 Days Later, which turns the infected into fast-moving, mindlessly violent killers, has been replicated and copied in films, books, and TV shows ever since. This is the first time the rage virus will be brought to life through interactive cinema and, knowing Secret Cinema, there are going to be a few twists and turns along the way that’ll make your blood pump and your adrenaline rush.

The reveal of the chosen film has broken Secret Cinema’s usual practice of not revealing the selected film beforehand, and has led the original creators to come forward and voice their support. Danny Boyle and original screenwriter Alex Garland have both been positive about the upcoming event, and the producer, Andrew Macdonald, has said that “Secret Cinema never fails to amaze with their experiences, and it’s exciting to see them tackle their first ever horror. London prepare”.

Thrilling, chilling, and exhilarating, you can expect to be immersed in a world that will bring 28 Days Later to life in ways you never imagined. With previous events creating the whole of Hill Valley, putting on live music, pyrotechnics, and live performances, there’s no way to predict how the fiendish minds behind Secret Cinema will bring the world of the rage virus into ours. If you can brave it, tickets are available now. Beware though, you’re going to be in for some serious scares.

Raise Money For Brain Tumour Reseach On Wear A Hat Day 2016

Wear a Hat DayJoin us for Wear A Hat Day 2016 on Thursday the 24th of March! You may not have heard of this charity day before, but you’re going to fall in love with it. Running since 2010, Wear A Hat Day is the number one brain tumour awareness event in the UK, providing support and funding for long-term life-saving research that moves us closer to a cure. Some 20% of all cancers eventually spread to the brain and more people under 40 die of brain tumours than any other cancer, but brain tumour research gets less than 1% of all national cancer spending on research. Through the efforts of Wear A Hat Day, we’re getting closer to the day where all brain tumours can be cured.




Register for a fundraising pack on the official website and you can start planning your fundraising efforts. Each pack contains leaflets, balloons, posters, and special merchandise order forms so you can have plenty of badges and wristbands available to max out your fundraising achievements! Get your thinking cap on – there are so many ways you, your workplace, school, or club can get involved and raise funds for this worthy cause.


If you’re struggling to think up ways to raise money, don’t worry. We’ve come up with a few ideas that should hopefully get the ball rolling, and get you having some fun in the process! You could host a coffee morning or an afternoon tea, where everyone has to wear their favourite hat. There’s Hat Hoopla, where you have to try to win some tempting prizes with the drop (well, the throw) of a hat. Or, you could try passing a hat round the office, getting everyone to fill it to the brim with donations. Get one of the #hattastic photobooth kits from the Wear A Hat Day website and pose for some amazing #hatselfies while texting HAT to 70660 to donate. Try out a hat walkabout with your friends and family, with every step bringing us all closer to a cure. In school, get your class to be creative and make their own hatterific creations. Celebrate the iconic hats of cinema – such as those worn by Sherlock Holmes, Indiana Jones, or Darth Vader – by hosting a film night with your friends, and asking for donations. And there’s always the classic bake sale – try out a hat-shaped baking competition!


However you choose to take part in Wear A Hat Day this March, join in the party on the charity’s social media pages. Every time you mention Brain Tumour Research or Wear A Hat Day, you’re letting other people know about the cause and getting new people to donate. Use the official hashtags #FundingTheFight, #WearAHatDay, or #CloserToACure to tell everyone what you’re planning and share images of your be-hatted head with the world. A picture is worth a thousand words, and raising awareness for this vital cause only increases its impact. Wear your silliest hat with pride and help us come ever closer to a cure.

Top 10 Easter Events London 2016

Easter bunnies, Easter egg hunts, Easter chocolate – why, it must be Easter in good old London town! Here are ten cracking ways to make the most of 2016’s Easter holidays with the whole family.

1. Easter Weekend Small Films Marathon, V&A Museum of Childhood, 25th – 27th March

Catch back-to-back screenings of animated classics created by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate. Reminisce watching the Clangers, Bagpuss, Noggin the Nog, and Ivor the Engine, before checking out the accompanying exhibition which features sets, storyboards, photos, and more.

2. Easter Country Fair, River Lee Country Park, 27th – 28th March

Go wild in the country at this two-day fair featuring heaps of traditional entertainment and outdoor fun. You can enjoy jousting performances, flying displays from birds of prey, miniature pony displays, plenty of arts and crafts stalls, and the chance to bottle feed lambs.

3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Theatre Royal Drury Lane

If you like to spend your Easter in the company of plenty of chocolate, this is the perfect stage show for you! Sam Mendes’s stage version of Roald Dahl’s adored children’s book is still as entertaining as ever, and the perfect West End treat for families.

4. Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake, and Bad Things, Discover Children’s Story Centre

Children and families can dive into a classic book at this wonderful exhibition. Go on a bear hunt, feel the swishy-swashy grass, and meet the furry family of bears. Older children can write a mad meals poem in a chocolate cake kitchen, or play with word tiles in a recreation of Rosen’s childhood classroom – complete with the terrifyingly big cane his teacher used! This is a great exhibition for young minds to explore stories and words.

5. Giant Easter Duck Hunt, WWT London Wetland Centre, 25th March – 10th April

Go on a hunt for lost ducklings at the London Wetland Centre, with the chance to win a prize for those who spot them all. See how many ducklings you can find in the nature reserve before getting involved in Easter arts and crafts activities or building your own LEGO duckling to take home.

6. Easter Fair on the Green, Hampton Court Palace, 25th – 29th March

The Easter Fair has taken place on the Hampton Court Palace Green for over 150 years, but you’ve got no excuse to skip it this year! Go on the rides, eat until you’re sick, and donate money to charity while having lots of fun.

7. Chocolate Sensations, Kew Gardens, 19th March – 10th April

Have some seriously chocolately fun at Kew Gardens this year! Enjoy a series of fun-filled family days out with crafts, activities, and more. Follow the Flavour Trail and win a Gold Bunny, make your own chocolate, and discover how plants have been used to improve the taste of chocolate over the years.

8. Easter Egg Hunt, Cutty Sark, 25th – 28th March

The Cutty Sark is hosting its annual Easter egg hunt again this year – how many can you find? There’s a family ticket to Camp Bestival up for grabs, so get hunting!

9. Sensational Butterflies, Natural History Museum

From chomping caterpillars to beautiful butterflies, the Natural History Museum is coming alive with all sorts of creepy crawlies! Take on butterfly challenges, try out games and activities, and experience the magic of walking around hundreds of free-flying tropical butterflies.

10. Superhero Takeover!, London Designer Outlet, 25th – 28th March

Over the Easter weekend, children of all ages are invited to release their inner superhero and meet characters from their favourite comics. Kids can have their picture taken on a superhero set, show off their powers, get their faces painted, and all for free – and there are super on the spot prize giveaways!

Top 20 Easter Events UK 2016

No sooner is the Christmas season over when the shops are packed with chocolate eggs and bunnies to tempt us. It can only mean one thing – Easter. Here are the top twenty Easter events happening across the UK this year.

1. Easter Events, Stockeld Park, Yorkshire, 28th March – 19th April

There are so many Easter events taking place in Stockeld Park – a giant egg hunt, the chance to meet Bo Peep and the Easter Bunny, an Easter maze mystery, the chance to make your own chocolate, crafts, fashion shows, egg and spoon challenges – that you won’t be able to pick just one!

2. Pandamonium!, Chessington World of Adventures, Surrey

Opening for the Easter holidays, this new show features life-size and life-like animatronic pandas, so your family will have the chance to see what it would be like to get up close with these endangered animals. You will not believe your eyes!

3. Easter Adventure Quest, Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire, 15th – 28th March

Adventurers wanted! You’ll meet characters from the past with stories from times gone by, happy to help you on your epic quest to explore Bolsover Castle and crack the clues. Rise to the challenge and win your chocolate reward.

4. Easter Egg Hunt Trail, Croome, Worchester, 24th March – 7th April

Take Croome’s Cadbury Easter egg hunt this half term and follow the clues to help unravel the curious mystery of the lost eggs.

5. Osborne Easter fun, Osborne House, Isle of Wight, 25th – 28th March

Take part in a Victorian adventure! Try out some fun mini-dramas and play traditional giant games. Follow the Easter trail amid the daffodils and claim a chocolate prize.

6. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, 26th March

Join us for an Easter weekend breakfast with the Easter Bunny himself! Families will receive a full cooked breakfast with a drink, get the chance to meet the Easter Bunny, and receive a chocolate Easter egg.

7. Easter at Chatsworth, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, 19th March – 10th April

Head down to Chatsworth House and take part in their Easter events. Take the Easter egg trail and hunt for decorated eggs, get creative in the farmyard with special Easter crafts, see newly hatched chicks, meet new-born lambs, and cuddle some guinea pigs!

Easter at Chatsworth

8. Eggs-ellent Easter, Drayton Manor, Staffordshire, 25th March – 6th April

Create fun family memories and enjoy Easter fun at Drayton Manor theme park. Try out the brand new Tamarin Trail, explore the Isle of Sodor, Flynn’s Fire and Rescue, Captain’s Seas Adventure, Toby’s Tram Express, and much, much more.

9. Shake, Rattle, and Roll Easter Party, Band On The Wall, Manchester, 26th March

Spring along for a fun session of music and dance for babies, toddlers, and their parents. It’s party time with bunnies, blossom, Easter eggs, and more. All tickets include a special present and a free CD!

10. Easter Fun, Gwili Steam Railway, Carmarthen, 25th – 28th March

Take a trip back in time on the steam railway and join in the Easter trail. Visit the Easter Bunny, get your face painted, try some vintage games, and enjoy some free Easter eggs!

11. Easter Eggsplore, RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve, Machynlleth, 27th March

Spend the day exploring the Nature Reserve and try out the special Easter trail. There’s a prize at the end for all those who complete it!

12. Easter Quest, National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, 29th March – 8th April

Join in our Mini Miners Quest around Big Pit. What will you find out? Follow the clues and find all the answers to win an Easter treat.

13. Easter Egg Scramble, Elan Visitor Centre, Powys, 25th – 28th March

This is a special Easter treasure hunt for the whole family around Cnwch Wood – work together for your chance to win Easter prizes!

14. Easter Duck Race, Leith Hall, Aberdeenshire, 26th March

Head to Leith Hall for a fantastic Easter duck race. Ducks will be released from the bridge at 3pm, so come along and cheer your duck to see if it reaches the finish line first!

15. Easter Sunday Fun Day, National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride, 27th March

Meet chicks, rabbits, and all of our new spring arrivals at the farm, and try out some Easter craft activities. Follow our Easter egg trail and see if you can find the Easter Bunny…

Easter Sunday Fun Day

16. Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, Village Church Farm, Skegness, 27th – 28th March

Pop down to sunny Skegness for an eggciting weekend, packed full of egg hunts, craft stalls, chicks, a dog show, archery, a museum, a bonnet competition, and falconry events!

17. Easter Lambing, Whirlow Hall Farm, Sheffield, 30th – 31st March

With newborn lambs, baby calves, and lots of adorable piglets, this is the perfect place for children to get in touch with nature. Pony rides, face painting, and Easter egg hunts are all available too!

18. An Enchanted Evening, The Festival Suite, Blackpool, 3rd April

Treat your little ones to a special fairy tale evening where they can meet fairy tale princesses, superheroes, and get to chat with their favourite characters. They’ll have a magical evening and receive special presents from the Fairy Godmother and the Easter Bunny.

19. Pirate Easter Egg Treasure Hunt, The Tall Ship at Riverside, Glasgow, 25th – 28th March

Enjoy an Easter trail with a difference! Captain Scallywag has hidden Easter eggs amongst his treasure. Come and join our pirate crew as they try to find his hidden booty!

20. The Wizard of Oz, The Sands Centre, Carlisle, 10th April

The classic story of Dorothy Gale takes a comedy pantomime turn, starring well-known actress Dani Harmer from CBBC’s Tracy Beaker and Dani’s House.

Get Involved In Sport Relief 2016

sport reliefSport Relief is returning for 2016! This biennial charity event, run jointly by Comic Relief and BBC Sport, brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and abroad. Running since 2002, Sport Relief has raised over £70,000,000 to provide for initiatives and charitable schemes all around the world. Sport Relief 2016 is taking place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March, with a live telethon on the Friday, so we’re encouraging everyone to get involved!

At the heart of the campaign is the Sport Relief Mile, which returns this year. Conceived originally to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Sir Roger Bannister’s four minute mile, the Sport Relief Mile challenges anyone to run, walk, jog, wheel, swim, or crawl at least a mile, regardless of ability or age. Take part in one of the thousands of Sport Relief Mile events taking place across the UK – check out what’s happening in your area and get sweaty to raise money!

Run, walk, or jog the Sport Relief Mile

If you feel like planning your own fundraising events, then the official Sports Relief website has loads of ideas for you to try out. You can have fundraising events at work or at your school, running quizzes, treadmill races, or even a delicious bake sale for those who aren’t especially sporty. Try out a sponsored walk, a sponsored silence, or a sponsored swimathon! Get a whole group of friends together and throw a sponsored fancy dress bash for the evening. Whatever you decide to do to raise money, make sure you’ve got an official fundraising kit, or set up a Giving Page so that people can sponsor you instantly.

When you’re fundraising, you’re going to want to look the part. Head down to shops like Sainsbury’s, T K Maxx, or Oxfam to pick up official Sports Relief merchandise, or visit the Sports Relief online store (although it’d certainly be more sporty to walk to the shops!). There are plenty of stylish t-shirts for adults and children, wristbands, totally chic deely boppers, mugs, pens, trolley tokens, and much, much more!

And the general public aren’t the only ones getting involved. There are lots of famous personalities competing and raising money in interesting ways. Broadcasting on the BBC on Sundays, Let’s Play Darts for Sports Relief sees the biggest names in the world of darts team up with celebrities to battle it out in a winner takes all tournament – and if you’re particularly inspired, you can hold your own darts tournament!

Eddie Izzard will be running twenty-seven marathons for Sport Relief

Eddie Izzard is running again for 2016. In 2009, Izzard ran seven weeks of back-to-back marathons (with Sundays off), running forty-three marathons in fifty-one days, covering at least twenty-seven miles per day, and running a total of one thousand one hundred miles. He’s donning his running shoes once again this year and attempting to run twenty-seven marathons in twenty-seven days across South Africa. That’s over seven hundred miles in temperatures of up to thirty degrees. You can follow his progress every day on BBC Three and sponsor him through the Sports Relief website.

Of all the money raised by the public through Sport Relief, half is used to make a difference right here in the UK and half goes towards transforming lives in the world’s poorest communities. In the past two years, the money raised for Sport Relief has helped almost two hundred thousand children attend school, over sixteen thousand people get the support they need to improve their mental health, over seven hundred thousand children get life-saving vaccines, and provided funding for more than twenty projects that support people living with dementia. Who knows what your money could be used for this time – so don’t delay, get involved today!

Top 10 St Patrick’s Day Events London 2016

Singing, dancing, a parade, and a pint or two – if anyone in this world knows how to party, it’s the Irish. London’s Irish population will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day on March 17th, and on that day the capital will be going green, with plenty of dancing, singing, and Irish food on offer. So don’t miss one of the year’s biggest celebrations; check out these St Patrick’s Day events taking place in London this year.

1. St Patrick’s Day Parade, 13th March

Every year sees a fantastic St Patrick’s Day Parade take place in London, arranged on the Sunday closest to the day itself. It features spectacular pageantry, wonderful floats, marching bands, sports clubs, and Irish dancing schools. The parade, beginning at midday on the 13th of March, will start in Piccadilly and then pass some of London’s most iconic landmarks on the mile and a half long route.

2. St Patrick’s Day at Mr Fogg’s Tavern, St Martin’s Lane, 17th March

Head down to the mystical world of Mr Fogg’s Tavern. His Irish cousin, Seamus, is in town and he’s throwing an old-fashion hooley. He’ll bring his favourite Irish band along to the party, and a very special Irish stew and whisky cocktails will be on the menu for you to enjoy.

3. Last Libations, Bourne & Hollingsworth, 14th March – 9th May

Last Libations is about asking a very deep and serious question – what would your last ever cocktail be? Cocktail aficionados will be offering you four cocktails to tempt you into the afterlife. Dave Mulligan will celebrate St Patrick’s Day with Poitin, the oft-overlooked Irish drink that was once thought to cause blindness.

4. The Elmore Jam, Secret Location, 17th March

A father and daughter team present this supper-club which offers live musical accompaniment from a three-piece jazz band. Each event is themed around a different cuisine, and for St Paddy’s Day, Irish chef Úna Donohoe will be providing a four-course meal using traditional Irish ingredients. She will also be joined by a traditional Irish band.

5. St Patrick’s Day at the Hard Rock Café, Mayfair, 13th March

Fuel up before the big parade with the All You Can Eat American breakfast – with an Irish twist – at the Hard Rock Café. Starting at 10am, you’ve got two hours to eat to your heart’s content, and best of all kids eat for free.

6. St Patrick’s Day with the Pogue Traders, The Water Rats, 17th March

Celebrate the wearing of green in the company of the world’s greatest Pogues tribute band, The Pogue Traders. As The Pogues no longer perform live, this is the second best thing – taking place live at the venue where The Pogues had their first ever gig! They’re joined by The Homing, Anto Morra, and Mr Greenford Bhoy for extra blues, Celtic-punk, and folk-rock tunes!

7. St Patrick’s Day celebration, The Guild Church of St. Andrew, 17th March

The Ireland Fund of Great Britain is delighted to be bringing back its St Patrick’s Day celebration after last year’s success. Join well-known faces from stage and screen, celebrated Irish performers, ambassador Dan Mulhall, and many more for an entertaining evening filled with the very best of Irish culture. All proceeds go to the Ireland Fund of Great Britain, a charity dedicated to helping out the less fortunate members of the Irish community.

8. St Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, Zoo Bar and Club, 17th March

Sold out the last three years, this epic pub crawl to end all pub crawls will have over three hundred people partying hard across five venues, downing Guinness, and raising a glass to St Paddy. Tickets for the crawl include five free pints of Guinness, Baby Guinness, shots, drunks deals, and special crawl t-shirts. Don’t delay, get a ticket today!

9. Hunter & The Bear, Boston Music Rooms, 19th March

Adjacent to the popular and raucous Irish pub the Boston Arms, Boston Music Room are putting on Hunter & The Bear over the St Patrick’s Day weekend. A four piece band that specialises in melodic Celtic folk rock, they’ve supported Eric Clapton and have played Wychwood, London Folk, Larmer Tree, and the Reading and Leeds Festivals.

10. Music at the Porterhouse, Covent Garden

This Covent Garden outpost of the Dublin brewery has an impressive selection of own-brewed ales and local music talent performing every night. It’s not a place to be missed on St Paddy’s Day!

Leonardo Finally Lands His Oscar!

So, the Oscars are over for another year, and this year’s ceremony did not disappoint. It was a predictable night in many ways, but there were a few surprises thrown in.

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant

After six Oscar nominations, Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first long-awaited Oscar statuette on Sunday. Best Actor was probably the most predictable win of the evening, but DiCaprio was undoubtedly a deserving winner when you consider how he suffered for the role. The Revenant was filmed in some of the toughest conditions ever faced on a film set, which for DiCaprio included enduring sub-zero temperatures and eating raw bison liver!

Brie Larson in Room

Brie Larson picked up the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a kidnapped woman living in a shed with her young son in the film Room, an adaptation of the best-selling novel by Emma Donoghue.

The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor went to Mark Rylance for his role in the Steven Spielberg film Bridge of Spies and Best Supporting Actress to Alicia Vikander for her performance in The Danish Girl, two films Angels Costumes provided the costumes for. Sylvester Stallone (Creed) was the clear favourite for Best Supporting Actor so Rylance’s win came as a bit of a surprise.

Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl

The Revenant director Alejandro González Iñárritu became the first person in 65 years to win the Oscar for Best Director two years in a row. He won Best Director in 2015 for Birdman.

Best Picture winner Spotlight

Although The Revenant was hotly tipped to take the Academy Award for Best Picture, it was Spotlight, a dramatisation of The Boston Globe’s investigation into child abuse in the Catholic Church staring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel McAdams, which triumphed on the night. Spotlight also won Best Original Screenplay

Other winners included The Big Short for Best Adapted Screenplay, Inside Out for Best Animated Film, Amy for Best Documentary, and Writing’s On the Wall (Spectre) for Best Original Song.

10 Ideas For the Perfect Oscar Night Party

The Oscars, the ultimate in movie making awards ceremonies, takes place this Sunday, February 28th, and it’s going to be the usual glitzy and glamorous affair. Being hosted by Chris Rock for the second time, the cream of Hollywood will be gathered together in one building, and some (Leo) will be waiting eagerly to find out if they’re going to take home that little gold man. For all you movie buffs out there, why not take part in the fun by hosting a totally movie-tastic Oscar night party. Here we show you how!

1. Set the Mood

If you’re hosting an incredibly and amazingly glamorous LA-inspired evening do, then you’ve got to set the right mood. Draw up your guest list (and make sure that you’re inviting the right friends – that is, people who are going to spend the evening talking movies!) and create some glitzy invitations that will turn their heads.

2. Get Red Carpet Ready

You can slob around and watch footage of impossibly glamorous celebrities in your pyjamas any day of the week. Take this opportunity to spend the day being fancy! Dress to impress and make a request that all your guests arrive in award-winning attire. Hit up charity shops and discount shops for affordable evening wear, or channel your inner fashion designer by recreating some famous Oscar looks – like Bjork’s infamous swan dress.

3. Create a Memorable Entrance

Your honoured guests will be expecting the ultimate star treatment, so you’ll need to prepare a red carpet worthy entrance. Create an actual red carpet cheaply with red felt (or old tablecloths), and get those paparazzi cameras flashing as your guests arrive.

4. Dazzling Décor

Lots of twinkle lights, block off and black out the living room, lots of pillows and constellations.:

Once the fantastic entrance to your home has wowed your guests, you better keep up appearances! Go for a star theme with decorative stars and white lights, or go all-out with a cinema style feel – make some fake movie tickets and rolls of film to hang up!

5. Create a Comfy Viewing Area

If you don’t have the sofa space in your living room for all your movie mad friends, get some pillows and rugs, a couple of low coffee tables, and take your party to the floor. Set your TV up or project your ceremony on the wall and let your guests settle down and enjoy themselves.

6. Make an Amazing Music Mix

Set the mood while you’re waiting for the ceremony and keep everyone feeling like a superstar. Create a mix based on the award-winning soundtracks of Oscar-nominated films, past and present (check out the entire history of Best Original Score and get picking!) or make a Hollywood-inspired playlist, similar to this one featured in the Huffington Post.

7. Five-Star Snacks

Oscar Cookies

It’s not a proper party without a few fancy finger foods. You can make some super fancy appetizers simply and easily (check out these Oscar-inspired snacks for some ideas) or you can go cinema-inspired by making up some collections of sweets and treats you might find at the local Odeon! And, of course, you’ll be thrown out the house if you don’t offer popcorn.

8. Award-Winning Drinks

Oscar Recipes Throw your own Academy Awards party with these stargazing recipes.:

To go with your delicious snacks, make sure you serve some fantastic drinks! Your guests will be buzzing (and maybe get a little buzzed) with your creative cocktails. Try out these red carpet inspired creations or these celebrity cocktails – and, of course, champagne is going to be a must.

9. A Game or Two

Who doesn’t enjoy a little bit of friendly gambling? Keep the night interesting with a betting pool. Have your guests chip in some money and draw up ballots predicting the winners. Then, at the end of the night, tally up the ballots and give out the winnings to the best guessers. You could also create some bingo cards to play throughout the evening, where guest win simple prizes like sweets or DVDs.

10. Don’t Forget the Swag Bag

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The Oscar swag bags are legendary, so hand out your own version to your guests to cap off the night. It doesn’t have to include diamonds or a Rolex, but magazines, sweets, microwave popcorn, and beauty products will make your friends feel like VIPs.

Top 10 World Book Day Events UK 2016

World Book Day, March 3rd, is the world’s biggest celebration of authors, illustrators, books, and most importantly, reading! Designated by UNESCO as the ultimate worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over a hundred countries all over the world, this year’s will be the nineteenth World Book Day. Here are the best events happening across the UK, where you and others can come together to appreciate reading – very loudly and very happily!

1. Where’s Wally? Fun Run for Charity, Clapham Common, London, 20th March

The Literary Trust is bringing their Where’s Wally? fun run back for another year! Walk, jog, or run your way around Clapham Common with your family or friends, and help raise funds to give disadvantaged children across the UK the literary skills they need to succeed. The sponsorship money you raise will help families in deprived communities, provide books and supplies, support schools in their literacy programmes, and you get to dress as Wally!

2. World Book Day at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, 3rd March

World Book Day at the Dylan Thomas Centre is celebrating writers past and present. There are special family drop in events that include stories, crafts, face painting, celebrations of favourite children’s book characters, and a special book release of Do Not Go Gentle by Phil Carradice, which explores the life of the Welsh poet.

3. Michael Rosen’s The Big Write Children’s Literature Festival 2016, Discover Children’s Story Centre, London, 3rd March

Write, draw, sing, and dance your way through the best and most loved children’s stories at The Big Write Children’s Literature Festival. You can meet and talk with some of the best artists and writers, including Michael Rosen, Chris Riddell, Joseph Coelho, Sam Lloyd, Tony De Saulles, and Cerrie Burnell.

4. Swashbuckling Stories and Pirate Fun, The Tall Ship at Riverside, Glasgow, 5th March

Pirates Bonny Anne and Scary Mary have taken over the Tall Ship at Riverside to join in on the World Book Day fun! They’ll be spending the day reading a selection of their favourite books, singing a pirate song or two, and having lots of fun with face painting!

5. Story Time Wonderland!, Demelza Boutique, Rochester, Kent, 5th March

The Demelza Boutique is a specialist charity shop that helps raise funds for a children’s hospice charity, which provides care and support for life-limited children and their families. This specialist vintage shop is holding a day of vintage stories and rhymes – so you can have a browse and listen to some great tales at the same time!

6. Mister Maker and the Shapes Live, Blackpool Grand Theatre, 12th – 13th March

Come and bring all your family down to see your ultimate arts and crafts hero Mister Maker for his first ever live theatre tour. Packed full of arty adventures, there’ll be a big make to take part in, super songs to sing, a fabulous supporting cast, and Mister Maker’s friends Circle, Square, Rectangle, and Triangle will be there too. This is an amazing interactive arty adventure for all the family.

7. Book Signing with Christina Gabbitas, Sheffield Meadowhall, 19th March

Christina Gabbitas, the author and creator of the charming children’s book series Felicity Fly and Friends, will be signing and reading from her books. Come on down and meet Felicity Fly and her sixteen different friends!

8. Alice in Wonderland, Millfield Theatre, London, 29th March

This is an all-new and exciting adaptation of the classic children’s favourite, featuring catchy sing along songs, fabulous puppets, and lots of surprises. From the time Alice falls down the rabbit hole to the hilarious and curious ending, adults and children alike will be spellbound by this theatrical adventure.

9. Oxford Literary Festival: David Baddiel – The Person Controller, Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre, 2nd April

Bestselling children’s author David Baddiel invites you to get a taste of his comedic tale of brother and sister twins who make an astonishing discovery that turns their lives upside down. Come and watch David perform his way through the fantastical world of the Person Controller – don’t miss if you like video games, adventure stories, or laughing!

10. Horrible Histories; Groovy Greeks Live on Stage, Grand Opera House York, 14th June

Prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage! Using actors and 3D special effects, this theatre event is guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips.

Cinema’s 10 Greatest Antiheroes

Deadpool is not like any other superhero you’ve seen before. Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, is a mutant with an incredibly accelerated healing ability – so, naturally, he underwent procedures that inadvertently turned him into a disfigured and unstable mercenary who can’t quite keep his mouth shut. To mark the release of Deadpool in cinemas this February, we’re taking a look at some of film’s other greatest antiheroes.

1. Wolverine

Well, Deadpool did technically get his silver screen debut in a Wolverine film, so let’s talk about his mutant pal first. Wolverine – known as Logan – also has the ability to heal at an accelerated rate. He has giant metal blades hidden inside his arms and an extremely short temper, and he’s the best at what he does – although what he does isn’t all that nice and usually involves stabbing, slashing, and slicing people with said metal blades.

2. Mad Max

The mumbling and reluctant action star of George Miller’s apocalyptic four-film series isn’t quite a hero, but he isn’t quite an anti-hero either. His roaring rampage of revenge in the first film is a bit, well, roaring, but it’s rather justified. He’s just about the only good-ish person after the end of the world – even if he has to murder a few people to achieve any good.

3. Seth Gecko

Played by George Clooney before he was a massive movie star, Seth Gecko is a cool and suave sociopath with a bit of a short temper. He’s committed several murders, bank robberies, and a few kidnappings with his younger brother, Richie – but he does have a code of honour, and he does fight off a horde of ancient vampires, so that balances out his bad side, a bit.

4. Léon Montana

Léon is a brutal assassin. He’s cold, silent, and deadly, but he also takes a twelve-year-old orphan girl under his wing after her entire family is murdered, only drinks milk, and loves to care for his plant. Gentle and shy, yet one of the most notorious hitmen around, Léon is almost childlike in his wonder of the world.

5. Hannibal Lecter

Yes, he’s a cannibal. Yes, he’s a brutal and sadistic killer who can run rings around the police, the FBI, and other criminals, but he has a very strict code of conduct and generally only kills those who deserve it. Usually.

6. Captain Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow is one of the most popular action and adventure characters from the last fifteen years, despite his often less than heroic behaviour. His actions are largely only undertaken to benefit himself, as is befitting a pirate, and most of his time is spent in the pursuit of money, rum, or women – or a combination of the three.

7. Carrie White

Yes, Carrie did burn down her entire high school, trapping every student inside the gymnasium at a disastrous prom so they could suffer a terrible, burning fate. That’s pretty bad, but the character of Carrie is so sympathetic you can’t really hate her for doing it. If the students had just been a little kinder, then there would have been no need for them to all go down in flames.

8. Jeffrey ‘The Dude’ Lebowski

The Dude – as he prefers to be known – is a lazy, jobless, good-for-nothing who doesn’t really do anything heroic at all. He only involves himself in a kidnapping to get his rug back. But, like, that’s just our opinion.

9. Randle Patrick McMurphy

One of the greatest performances of Jack Nicholson’s career, McMurphy is the societal rebel who shakes up the cruel regime of Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He’s disobedient, hedonistic, and breaks the rules to try and make the lives of the other inmates better – although he got himself institutionalised to avoid serving time, so he’s not that heroic.

10. Michael Corleone

The Godfather Trilogy is considered to be one of the greatest movie series of all time, and Michael Corleone’s character arc is as fascinating as it is tragic. Starting out as a decorated war hero wanting nothing to do with the family business, Michael slowly becomes more and more involved in his family’s criminal activities until he’s in so deep, he can never escape.

Who’s your favourite movie antihero? Let us know in the comments section below.