Cricket, leather-clad sailors and absurdly wacky events

You wouldn’t think the team behind the “Bambudarini” Triathlon – a six-day event that circumnavigates the globe – was having a hard time raising money for it, but people sure are, so much so…

Cricket, leather-clad sailors and absurdly wacky events

You wouldn’t think the team behind the “Bambudarini” Triathlon – a six-day event that circumnavigates the globe – was having a hard time raising money for it, but people sure are, so much so that they have started turning down the $11,000 (£8,000) registration fee. Previous races have been held in remote places, mostly in New Zealand, with the latest one coinciding with Britain’s Bristol Carnival. The event, to be staged in Bristol in June next year, involves running, cycling and paddling across waters all around the UK. Each participant must raise a minimum of $11,000 (£8,000) to fund the future of the race, for charity. fasebiketri.com

Another Porto-based sporting event coming up – an ‘I’m Gradill y Brexit’ marathon, which will have runners covering the distance from the country’s independent port to London via eight fellow Great Lakes ports and ports of call. Events must be registered by 13 August to receive a barcode and place in the official Europaport 2019 calendar. In other news, Poppy says Great Places to Visit has produced a new guide to Banff, which includes boat hire options, rafting trips on the Great Slave Lake and opportunities to visit smaller towns and enjoy backwater activities. Hard-hit by the housing crash, the world-class Blackfoot Trails were recently restored and reopened after more than 10 years, with 4.5 miles of hiking and biking, including the famed Magnificent Pedal Trail, which snakes through wild trails, forested ravines and glacial ice fields. “Visitors also have the chance to jump on Lake Banff’s hot air balloon, enjoy photography trails and explore the dramatic mudflats that form on the lake during its summer months,” says Poppy. bouldertrail.com

The capital of Porto, which is regarded as one of the world’s most exciting and fashionable cities, has just seen the completion of the latest and most diverse cultural district, the Liverpool Street. And the Hotel Mondrian, in the heart of it, will be launching its Porto itinerary for the coming year in early September. Here is how you can go: Booking.com is also promoting the City of Arts and Crafts, with exceptional architecture and rich history; Red Museum, which explores Portugal’s deep-rooted cultural history; Spice Planing, by Hedonist, an art gallery with cutting-edge exhibitions; and Hammam Sao Conchao, an organic food market, festival and art gallery that invites guests to participate in nature walks and workshops. Two Michelin-starred brands (St Lucia Bistro and Silva Caviar) and some of the best restaurants in Portugal are to be promoted with hotel packages. From £475 per night, including flights from the UK. travelretreats.com

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