St Patrick’s Day 2014 in photos

With Easter arriving late this year and beach holidays still a distant glimmer on the outlook calendar, spring-time cheer may be in short supply in your office. If you’re struggling with the trauma of end-of-year reports and performance appraisals, take a five minute break to sit back and enjoy the frothy fun of St Patrick’s Day, the UK’s best-loved festival and a growing global green phenomenon.

St Patrick's Day Parade

Miguel Mendez St Patrick’s Day Parade

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Jorvik Viking Festival Weekend Adventure

With more than 40,000 warriors abandoning their desks to invade York’s cobbled streets, Europe’s largest Viking Festival is back in town.  Celebrating its 32nd year, this year’s highlights include a Viking banquet, a candle-lit Beowulf performance and the hotly-contested Strongest Viking competition.  From live combat to shield wrestling and tug-of-war contests, the festival puts a whole new spin on corporate team bonding weekends.  Never has paintballing looked so tame.

Jorvik Viking Festival

Kippa Matthews Jorvik Viking Festival

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Discover Dublin’s Bram Stoker Festival

Plunged back into pitch black evenings, the working weeks leading up to Christmas can feel like the gloomiest of the year.  If this week’s biggest thrill consists of being the last to switch off the lights in a deserted office, it may be time to shake out the gothic glad-rags and escape instead to a supernatural land brimming with screaming banshees, ghastly ghouls and dark princes.

skeleton walking through the streets

Bram Stoker Festival

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Open the doors to a new career at London Open House

Ever wondered what life would be like if you’d taken a completely different career path?  If you’ve ever harbored a secret desire to wander the corridors of power or perhaps produce award-winning documentaries for Channel 4, London Open House gives you the chance to indulge your wildest work-place fantasies.

Foreign and Commonweath Office ceiling

Office Breaks Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Last tango in Regent’s Park

As the long, dark nights slowly creep in, hibernation mode beckons once more. While it’s all too tempting to sink into the sofa straight from work, there’s a whole other clandestine world taking place in shady venues across London. Thanks to the “Strictly” effect, dance is taking the capital by storm. Whether you fancy sashaying, rock and rolling, jiving or cerocing, there’s a class out there to indulge every whim. Keen to get in on the action, I drag my two left feet along to Regent’s Park to try out some alfresco tango.

close up of dancers in Regent's Park

Dance lesson

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Weekend escape to the Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Seeking a creative escape from work-place stress? What could be more liberating than drifting towards the heavens in a wicker basket under a wisp of nylon.  Now in its 35th year, the Bristol Balloon Fiesta brings together some of the world’s most skilful balloon pilots in a four-day show-stopping spectacle as part of Europe’s largest hot air balloon event.

Bristol balloon Fiesta

Andy Powe 11 Bristol Balloon Fiesta

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Easter celebrations around the world

I would like to wish all my office-break followers a fun-filled, well-earned break from work this Easter Bank Holiday.  To get you in the holiday spirit, I have put together a selection of my favourite Easter celebrations around the world.  Whether you choose to knock your eggs in Romania or parade your Easter bonnet in NYC,  a very happy and peaceful Easter to you.

Easter Cross

tjblackwell Easter Cross

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5 ways to swap your boss for your partner this Valentine’s day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and work pre-occupations taking centre stage, it’s hard to find a minute to plan that romantic day out or weekend away.  With the working week continually expanding, it’s hardly surprising that a third of us now spend more time with our boss than with our partner.    If you are looking for a little more passion and a little less powerpoint this week, here’s my top recommendations for a non-cliched celebration to fit even the most demanding work schedule.

Somerset House

Somerset House

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