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Each lodge has a large open-plan, lounge/kitchen and a large outdoor deck, just the perfect spot for a sundowner.
Isle of Wight Festival (isleofwightfestival.com).
ON YOUR BIKE
Those who fancy a cycling holiday but not the long and sweaty climbs will be interested to hear that tour operator Cycling for Softies (020 7471 7787/cycling-for-softies.co. uk) has slashed the price on a number of its trips to France this summer.
Catering for all abilities, the trips have been reduced in price by up to £200 per person.
Choose from seven nights in Provence, pedalling through lavender fields to Luberon, from £1,495pp (two sharing), B&B or a week exploring the beautiful villages of Montsoreau and Candes-Saint-Martin in Loire from £925pp (two sharing), B&B.
On your bike
HEAD TO HOGWARTS
Fans of the world’s most famous wizard can put their knowledge to the test at the Harry Potter Quiz Nights in the Great Hall talking place on selected dates in July at the Warner Bros Studio Tour (0345 084 0900/wbstudiotour.co.uk/ quiz-night) near Watford, where the magical movies were made.
Fans will be treated to dinner before taking their seats in the Great Hall in the hope of achieving greatness. Tickets: £65.
GATEWAY TO INDIA
The subcontinent’s most cosmopolitan city is set to get a whole lot closer when Jet Airways (0808 101 1199/jet airways.com) launches direct flights to Mumbai from Manchester.
Taking to the skies from November 5 – in time for Diwali – the service will open up this coastal city of sweeping bays, gleaming high-rises and ancient temples.
Return fares from £400.
Forget minibars stocked with stale crisps. Travelodge (0871 984 8484/travelodge.co.uk) has teamed up with trendy Asian fast-food chain itsu to bring a new range of tasty and healthy snacks to their 558 hotels.
Guests can choose from a vegan satay dish, sweet chilli prawn crackers and even a gluten-free katsu rice noodle dish starting from £1.25.