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Following the huge success of its new water park in Vernier last year, Yatouland is returning again this summer with even more bouncy castles!

To mark this special occasion, they are offering knowitall.ch readers the chance to win 15 free invitations to the park, which will open this year from 23 June to 26 August.

With 2000m2 of outdoor space packed with water castles and water slides, as well as a huge trampoline, pedalos and aquaballs, the park is destined to be the place for children aged 3 to 13 to hang out this summer!

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Family games such as table tennis, badminton and Swedish skittles, as well as the option to learn paddle boarding, will ensure there is something for everyone at the park. The laser game activity will be back again this year, providing endless fun for larger groups of kids. The food truck will also make a reappearance with its shaded terrace, ideal for those who want to take a break from the sun and enjoy a tasty snack!

Like the indoor area (which will be shut during the summer), the aquatic park will also have dedicated birthday areas, which can be reserved in advance.  With more than 2000 birthday parties booked each year at their indoor fun park, Yatouland knows exactly what kids are looking for when it comes to celebrating their birthdays! Visit the website (details below) for more information.

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Famous for its annual iris festival, the Château de Vullierens opens its gardens to the public every year in spring to showcase the largest collection of irises in Europe.

With over 400 different varieties of irises on show this year, not to mention 13,500 daylilies, and a plethora of roses, tulips, peonies and rhodedendrons, visitors can expect to be overwhelmed by a sumptuous display of flowers in all shapes, sizes, and colours – not to mention the aromas! At the 63rd Floralies there are 7 themed gardens and 3 new walks: one devoted to medieval architecture and heritage, the second to trees and the third to roses. Click here for more detailed information in English on each of these walks.

But its not just flowers that attract visitors to the chateau. Hidden among the 40 hectares of gardens you will find numerous contemporary artworks. With 17 new pieces and 5 new artists showcasing their work this year, there are now 72 works of art in the grounds, making it the largest collection of its kind in Switzerland!  Click here to find out more about the artists who will displaying their work this year.

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The British Residents’ Association (BRA) of Switzerland has invited all citizens of Commonwealth countries to join them at a Garden Party to celebrate HM The Queen’s 92nd birthday!

Organized by the Romandie West Region of the BRA, this special event will take place in the magnificent grounds of the Geneva English School in Genthod at 18h30 on Thursday, 21 June.

In addition to BRA members, the Garden Party is expected to include many guests from the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce Geneva Chapter, Brits in Business, Executives International, the Royal British Legion, the Royal Air Forces Association, the Royal Over-Seas League, the Victoria British Aid Fund and the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts’ Club.  Now is your chance to join the party too!

The Guest of Honour will be Ambassador Miriam Shearman, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, who will formally toast the Queen and the Swiss Federal Parliament. The dress code for the occasion will be `smart casual´ or national dress, and decorations may be worn.

Participants will be greeted with a glass of Pimms before proceeding to the spacious lawns backing on to the school and overlooking the lake and mountains where drinks, finger food and entertainment will be provided.

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Having tested the water in Yverdon-les-Bains last year, Second World has just opened a new virtual reality gaming center in Ecublens, near to Lausanne.

The largest of its kind in Suisse Romande, the new center has 5 VR cabins and will cater for large groups of people keen to experience multiplayer games.  So, whether you’re looking to organize a birthday party, team building event or just want to have fun with your friends, Second World is the hip new place to be!  Let your imagination take you to the virtual world of escape rooms, laser games or paintball as if you were there in person!

The ultimate multiplayer experience

Whilst the center has a special focus on groups, you can have just as much fun if you simply want to come with a friend and try out some of the experiences for yourself.  However, for all bookings, you do need to reserve a place in advance.

Alimentarium 11 Annual theme 2018 Alimentarium Pic Anne Laure Lechat
Annual theme 2018, Alimentarium © Anne-Laure Lechat

From fruit picking to a master chef’s prowess, humans intervene on every level to make, combine and enhance the food we eat. Directly reflecting the growing collective awareness of issues related to food, the Alimentarium’s new annual theme, The faces behind food, showcases expertise in food professions. By choosing to throw the spotlight on the people themselves and the skills they use to give food an extra special touch, the Vevey-based Museum is celebrating their talents and quest for a whole palette of different flavors. Through a variety of exhibits and activities, food becomes the axis of a human and social adventure, from the most basic flavors to a sophisticated art form.

Theme throughout the Museum

With this new theme focusing on professions, the Alimentarium invites visitors to think about the people who work to make our food ‘good’ in every sense. The theme features interactive experiments extending across the Museum’s three sectors – Food, Society and the Body – supplemented by various presentations and events, its digital content and the columns of its online magazine (www.alimentarium.org/en/magazine).