The top Office Breaks of 2016 revealed

As 2017 kicks in, we look back on another year of office breaks.  From a day trip to the end of the world to bank holiday weekends in Bavaria and Bohemia; it’s been an action packed year.  We share with you a few of our favourite memories which hopefully may inspire your own breaks out of the office during 2017.

The view from Freiburg Cathedral onto the main square

Views from Freiburg Cathedral

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Top Office Breaks of 2015

With another working year whizzing by in the blink of an eye, it’s time to reflect on our top Office Breaks of 2015.  From a night in a nunnery to climbing North Africa’s highest mountain, it’s been an exciting year for forays out of the office. If you’re seeking new and memorable experiences to shake up your working weeks, read on for inspiration.

Stanbrook Abbey nun in a helmet

Office Breaks Stanbrook Abbey

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Mini break to the Beltane Fire Festival

As daylight commutes, lunch breaks al-fresco and post-work Pimms make a welcome return, we’ve finally made it through winter. But while we’re dusting off our sandals down south, in the harsher Scottish climes where winters are frequently a feat of endurance, spring is celebrated with far more pomp and ceremony.   Edinburgh’s Beltane Fire Festival is a mystical night of Pagan pageantry crammed with stirring twilight creatures, fire dancers, flame throwers and giant, glowing toadstools.

May Queen at the Beltane Festival, Edinburgh

Daniel Rannoch Beltane Fire Festival 2013

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An office worker’s guide to urban foraging

Best-loved for lunch break picnics, London’s parks provide the ideal summertime escape for sun-starved office workers.   But while we’re lolling around tucking into offerings from Itsu, we remain blissfully unaware of the vast array of sustenance sprouting up all around us. Intrigued by the current vogue for wild ingredients, I jumped on the foraging bandwagon and headed to Clissold Park to see what I could rustle up for my own lacklustre lunches.

foraging guide holding a plant

Office Breaks urban foraging

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Day trip to Bath Christmas market

Offering over one hundred and eighty stalls nestled against the spectacular backdrop of Bath Abbey, Bath Christmas market offers a huge range of locally-crafted items as well as indulgent regional delicacies and West Country tipples to mellow even the most hardened office humbug.

Bath Christmas market stalls at night

Office Breaks Bath Christmas market

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Bank holiday high-jinks at the Notting Hill Carnival

As the last bank holiday looms before the long trek to Christmas, the Notting Hill Carnival provides a welcome respite before the September return-to-work.  Now in its 48th year, the Caribbean fire-cracker is a joyous finale to summer before the chill autumn winds and dark nights come slowly creeping in.

Notting Hill Carnival

Robert Sharp Notting Hill Carnival

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Fete de la Musique in photos

On the longest day of the year, the city of light pounds to the beat of an all-day music marathon. Open to all, Fete de la Musique events are performed for free in streets, parks, public buildings, train stations and museums throughout France. From budding X-factor protegees to orchestras and operas, the event popularises music for all and has now spread to more than 100 countries worldwide.  If you’ve ever dreamt of giving up the day job, grab your guitar and book your Eurostar ticket now.

Tahitian dancers, Fete de la Musique

Jean-Pierre D\'albera Fete de la Musique

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Exploring alternative lifestyles at Rickmansworth Festival

After the hectic rush of the working week, ditching the daily commute for life on board a narrow boat has a certain romantic appeal.   Every May, more than 100 boats travel the length of the Grand Union Canal for the annual Rickmansworth Festival in Hertforshire.   Tempting land-lovers with mortgage-free independence, many seeking an alternative lifestyle, choose to take the plunge.  But what’s it really like to swap bricks and mortar for a life on the canals?

Rickmansworth Festival

Office Breaks Rickmansworth Festival

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A bank holiday mini trek to Peru

Stuck for something to do this bank holiday?  If a trek round the Incas is off the cards this year, why not pop to Somerset House for a mesmerising underground tour of Peruvian and Andean art courtesy of Barcelona-born graffiti artist Sixe Paredes.  Inspired by traditional folk art, towering tapestries vie for attention with giant totems, whimsical ceramics, knitted masks and “talking” knots.  In a surreal clash of past and future, bold colours and dazzling geometric designs entrance and entice you to a land far removed from the daily grind.

Futurismo Ancestral

Office Breaks Futurismo Ancestral

 

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Jerusalem Festival of Light in photos

Blazing across 2000 years of civilisation, the Jerusalem Festival of Light invites the world’s top light sculptors to ignite the Old City walls in a mesmerising canvas of state-of-the-art installations, sound-and-light shows and video art work.  Lighting up the city this year from the 3 -11 June 2015, the Jerusalem Festival of Light is the perfect mini-break escape, allowing you to see life in a whole new light.

Jerusalem Festival of Light

Visit Israel Jerusalem Festival of Light

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