Venturing out the front door and checking out what's on in your local area may prove troublesome depending on what events are currently ongoing. There are numerous tools and services out there, including HERE Maps and Local Scout, which are superb ways to reveal new points of interest (POI).
Spondle (www.spondle.com) is another such service, which enables you to search through local venues, events, POIs and other listings. Both Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps are readily available for deployment into the field. What's interesting about Spondle is how there's an emphasis on user-submitted content.
Regardless as to what you're after, Spondle covers gigs, events, festivals, sports, comedy, theatre, movies and even dating. There's a lot to search through and choose from, perfect for those who simply have no idea where to go in their immediate area. These services are also handy when travelling to unfamiliar locations, whether it be a relaxing holiday or simple a day outing.
Film fanatics can enjoy full listings for major UK movie theatres, including Odeon, Vue, Cineworld and Scott Cinemas. Essentially, should you have either app installed, there's no excuse for failing to head out with friends.
Here are some highlighted features of Spondle:
- Discover stuff happening in your local area
- Follow and share calendars
- Ticket your event for free
- Tell your calendar followers about kinds of stuff you put on
- Use Bing Maps to see exactly where venues are
- Search through multiple categories
There's a social element to Spondle with the ability for calendars to be followed and shared. If you have an event planned, you can add the listing to Spondle and even require attendees to purchase tickets beforehand (through the service itself, which is free for hosts to add until 2015). There's definitely scope to discover some interesting events you didn't already know about.
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