Tips and deals: 22/02/2009

The kit

Want more from your travel footwear? Then get the new Mammut Obelisk DLX Urban Climbing Shoe that comes with Spider-Man like grips perfect for buildering (bouldering over buildings). Available from Cotswold Outdoor (

The destination

Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean are the (self-titled) British Rural Capital of Culture ( This cheeky pitch has a serious point: to highlight rural culture, from Cheltenham’s Literature Festival to Damien Hirst’s Stroud Studios.

The deal

Take a budget last-minute break to the sun. Departing this Friday, a 14-night holiday in Goa and/or Kerala costs £499 per person including flights, transfers and beach-front guesthouse accommodation. Goaway (020-7258 7800;