Dinosaurs at the Eden Project, the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop, and Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition: Travel agenda

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Desert dance

The inaugural edition of Beyond, a festival combining adventure and music, will take place in Morocco's Sahara desert from 26-29 February 2016. It is run by a new travel company, Fixers, and features brass bands, DJs, a Bedouin tent and belly dancing, as well as sand boarding, camel racing and quad biking. From £400. fixers.travel

Take the kids

Lonely Planet's new book Travel with Children contains all you need to know about family-friendly travel. It covers destination ideas and practical information such as first-aid and packing tips, as well as child-friendly activity suggestions. £16.99. lonelyplanet.com

House proud

The Zetter Group opens its latest boutique hotel, the Zetter Townhouse Marylebone, on 14 August. The 24-bedroom Georgian townhouse comprises 21 rooms, two suites, and a rooftop apartment, all decorated with antique furniture and rich textiles. The apartment comes with a roof terrace and outside tub. thezettergroup.com

More dinos

The Eden Project will be hosting a Dinosaur Uproar attraction from 24 July to 2 September. It will feature five times as many dinosaurs as last year's version, Dinosaurs Unleashed. As well as learning about the prehistoric beasts, visitors will be able to dig for fossils in the Dig Pit. edenproject.com

Dazzle ship

The Mersey Ferry Snowdrop has been given a makeover by Sir Peter Blake – applying his colourful pop-art style to the dazzle ship camouflage of the First World War. The brightly coloured boat will take passengers on 50-minute cruises of the Ship Canal, between Salford Quays and Liverpool, during August and September, as well as next summer. £9. merseyferries.co.uk

In the frame

The Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition is at the Royal Geographic Society in London from 24 July until 5 September. It showcases the entries that took top honours in the 2014 competition, with photos from more than 100 countries. This year's winners are announced in October. rgs.org

Gogh for it!

To commemorate the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh's death, Amsterdam's Hotel Pulitzer has a special Van Gogh Discovery package, available from 29 July. It includes two nights' B&B, two tickets to the Van Gogh Museum, a private "Paint Like Van Gogh" workshop, and unlimited travel on public transport. From €430pp. pulitzeramsterdam.com

Light'n'dry

With airline luggage size and weight restrictions as they are, it can be hard to find space for all your gadgets. T3's new compact hairdryer weighs 394g and has a foldable handle, making it easy to pack. Despite its small size, it has two heat settings. RRP £125. uk.spacenk.com

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