Slope off The southern ski season has begun and Australia's Mount Hotham Alpine Resort ( www.hotham.com.au ) has a range of activities planned. The L'Oreal Board Like a Girl (August 2-3 and September 6-7) programme is aimed at female boarders over 13 with some experience. There is also the Apres Festival (August 9-15), which sees the mountain come alive with DJs, wine tasting and salsa dancing. For those seeking a more traditional alpine experience, the Sled Dog Challenge takes place in the same week. Holiday horror Visitors to Britain who like being scared witless should head north to Hawkshaw Farm Park, in Lancashire, where a thrilling night-time experience has been launched. Hex in the Harvest ( www.hexintheharvest.com ) takes place near Pendle Hill, where in 1612, 12 people were accused of using witchcraft to murder others. The attraction is set up in a 2.4-hectare cornfield that has been populated with scary creatures. Hex in the Harvest will be open Thursday to Sunday until September 13 and costs GBP10.50 (HK$160) per person. Picture this Internationally recognised photographer Ken Duncan, with digital and video specialists Chris Ciantar and Rob Nisbet, will host a photography week from September 27 to October 4 on Norfolk Island, in the Pacific Ocean, where impressive colonial-era architecture (below) and a beautiful rural landscape make for stunning images. The Norfolk Island Travel Centre's Photography Week package costs from A$1,629 (HK$12,100) per person departing from Brisbane and A$1,685 per person from Sydney, including flights from Australia, accommodation, car hire, transfers and activities. Norfolk Air flies from Sydney and Brisbane three times a week and from Melbourne on Fridays. E-mail moira@ travelcentre.nf for more information or see www.norfolkisland.nf . Italian exchange A Balinese fishing village might seem an odd place to go for authentic Italian cuisine but that is what's on offer at Tanjung Benoa, five minutes from Nusa Dua. Here, at the Aston Bali Resort & Spa ( www.astonbali.com ), is Giorgio Italian, an eatery headed by acclaimed chef Saiful Effendy. The restaurant is likely to appeal to romantic couples wanting to sample a menu of traditional classics and more contemporary interpretations of Italian cuisine. It is open to non-hotel guests. Deal of the week Head to the land of lion statues, night racing and world foods with United Airlines' special summer fare to Singapore: HK$1,500 return. United offers daily non-stop services to Singapore, leaving from Hong Kong at 8pm and from Singapore at 6.40am. Tickets must be purchased before the end of the month, with travel to be completed by August 31. Other terms and conditions apply. For reservations and more information, contact your travel agent or United's customer service hotline at 2810 4888, or visit www.unitedairlines.com.hk .