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VisitBritain

TREASURE HUNT
Kids search for London gold

24 APR 2019: Treasure hunters and budding buccaneers can gather their crewmates and set out on a self-guided adventure in the heart of London with two brand new self-guided “treasure hunts.”


ALL HAIL WALES
UK gem celebrating Year of Discovery in 2019

23 APR 2019: Yearly themes are nothing new in tourism as tourist boards often invoke general topics like food, art or culture, or sometimes specific events or anniversaries, in the hopes of inspiring or simply framing visitor interest.


Hole Park Gardens
The hidden gem of High Weald

22 APR 2019: Secreted away in the Weald of Kent, just beyond the picturesque white weather-boarded village of Rolvenden, lies Hole Park Gardens, a magnificent country estate, one of the best in Kent, the Garden of England.


GRAY-NICHOLLS AND THE BATMAN OF ROBERTSBRIDGE

18 APR 2019: The sleepy East Sussex town of Robertsbridge in Sussex is home to Gray-Nicolls who, since 1855 have been manufacturing cricket bats for some of the world's greatest players like David Gower, Mike Atherton, Clive Lloyd and Brian Lara.

 


THE BEST OF BLENHEIM
Winston’s world and more at Oxfordshire palace

17 APR 2019: 'At Blenheim, I took two very important decisions: to be born and to marry. I am content with the decision I took on both occasions.' – Sir Winston Churchill.


ODE TO AUTUMN IN UK
Keats classic 200 years old

16 APR 2019: Autumn can be an awesome time of the year in Britain, an observation not lost on John Keats, whose heartfelt ode “To Autumn” is regarded by many as one of the most perfect short poems in the English language. Penned 200 years ago on Sept. 19, 1819, the classic composition paints a portrayal of a season of “mists and mellow fruitfulness” and urges readers to “think not” of the songs of Spring.


HOME OF THRONES
GOT studio tour coming to Northern Ireland

15 APR 2019: It will take another year, but fans of Games of Thrones, which began its hugely anticipated final season on television last night (Sunday), will be able to be immerse themselves in the world of Westeros in a unique studio tour experience in Northern Ireland, where much of the hit HBO series has been filmed.


VISIT CORNWALL

12 APR 2019: If turquoise seas just make you think of the Caribbean, it’s time for a visit to Cornwall. Located on England’s rugged southwestern tip, it forms a peninsula of wild moorland and hundreds of sandy beaches, ending at the rugged cliffs of Land’s End. The south coast, dubbed the Cornish Riviera, is home to picturesque harbour villages such as Fowey and Falmouth. The north coast is lined with towering cliffs and seaside resorts and is a popular spot for surfers.


MRS. MARTIN MASTERMINDS A CULINARY COUP
Cumbria’s assertions to having created sticky toffee pudding are untrue. The smart money is on Lancashire, by way of Canada.

11 APR 2019: From Michelin-starred restaurants and gastro pubs, to purveyors of fine foods at farmers markets, I’ve been having an on-going love-affair with British food since I moved here 20 years ago. On a recent foodie assignment in Cumbria’s Lake District I discovered a scandal as to who made the first Sticky Toffee Pudding.


THE UNIQUE FLAVOUR OF FOLKESTONE

10 APR 2019: Just 57 minutes from London by train and so near to Europe you can see France, is Folkestone, one of Kent’s numerous coastal towns. In the Creative Quarter, along its cobbled streets, you'll find quirky stores, pastel-painted studio-galleries, bespoke clothing boutiques, chilled out bars, chic eateries and cutting-edge art studios - which affordably house over 100 artistic enterprises in buildings which are a mix of restored-historic and designer-contemporary.


COME FROM AWAY
Big winner at British Olivier Awards

09 APR 2019: “The Inheritance”, an epic drama about gay lives in New York, and musicals "Come From Away" and “Company” were the big winners at British theatre's Olivier Awards on Sunday, receiving four trophies apiece. "Come From Away," inspired by a small Canadian town that sheltered thousands of stranded airline passengers after the 9-11 attacks, was named best new musical at Britain's equivalent of Broadway's Tony Awards.


A FRIENDLY CHAT
Getting the goods on Glasgow

09 APR 2019: Many cities claim the world’s friendliest people, but in Glasgow’s case it may well be true, with residents eager to bend over backwards to help visitors make the most of their time in a destination that has long toiled in the tourism shadows of neighbouring Edinburgh and Loch Lomond.


WE ARE AMUSED
Britain celebrates Victoria bicentennial in May

08 APR 2019: May 24, 2019 marks 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria, a monarch whose reign defined an era and who oversaw a period of unparalleled industrial, cultural, scientific, political and military change in Britain. On the throne for more than 63 years at a time of great invention and innovation, the anniversary is being marked with events across Britain, and especially at locations with close ties to the monarch. This year is therefore a great chance to discover Queen Victoria’s Britain.


WHISKY NEAT
Scotland celebrates national drink in May

05 AR 2019: Produced in Scotland for centuries, whisky is widely celebrated as the country’s national drink. It’s distinct and varied flavours are heavily influenced by the regions in which it is made, a fact that is celebrated as part of national whisky month in May.


IN SEARCH OF ROMAN BRITAIN IN NORTHERN ENGLAND

04 APR 2019: The year was 55 BCE. The place was Rome. The protagonist was one Gaius Julius Caesar. And in the summer of that year, Caesar turned his gaze northwards upon an island, reported to be inhabited by barbarians. And Caesar wanted these uncivilized people to be subjugated to the rule and system of Rome. The era of Roman Britain was about to begin.


PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER
VisitEngland names top attractions

03 APR 2019: VisitEngland has announced the winners of its Attractions Accolades for 2018 recognising the quality of visitor experiences across England. The attractions are acknowledged as a result of the outstanding experiences they provide, highlighting all aspects of the visitor experience, from story-telling to food and drink and from customer service to overall winners.


PARK LIFE
Bookable experiences in England’s national parks

02 APR 2019: England’s National Parks are treasured for their tranquillity, traditions, heritage and unique natural habitats. Geographically dotted around England and making up 10 percent of the nation’s total land with an abundance of native wildlife-rich habitants, the parks are a deep part of the fabric of England’s national identity and provide free access to England’s open countryside.


Dreams of Steam

01 APR 2019: Driving on a steam train is a dream shared by many, no matter what their age. This is time travel at its best. A steam locomotive train journey opens a window into the golden age of travel. It brings with it a sense of theatre - chuff-chuffing through the Sussex Weald and stopping at old-style stations, where British Rail train guards, dressed in black uniforms of the day, blow their whistles and signal the engine driver on, with people waving as you pass.


CRUISING WITHOUT A SHIP
Discovering Britain with Trafalgar Tours

29 MAR 2019: Trafalgar Tours have tweaked their Real Britain tour to make it a better experience. Several years ago ,I did the seven-day version of Trafalgar’s Real Britain tour. We overnighted in London, Bristol, Chester, Edinburgh (2 nights), York and London.


POPPINS FRESH
A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious tour of London

28 MAR 2019: Mary Poppins Returns recently hit the big screen in Canadian (and global) theatres, adding a second chapter to the legendary Disney classic of 1964 and bringing a new cast back to the house where the magic began on Cherry Tree Lane, London.


SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Why Britain is great for Globus

27 MAR 2019: With decades of experience selling tours in Great Britain, the Globus Family of Brands is certainly an expert on one of Canadians’ favourite holiday destinations. In fact, Globus FOB offers more than 40 itinerary options across its Globus, Cosmos and Monograms brands, including several new choices for 2019. Travel Industry Today recently sat down with the company’s managing director for Canada, Stéphanie Bishop, to see just what makes Britain so great for Globus.


TASTE LANCASHIRE

26 MAR 2019: Lancashire is one of England's lesser known agricultural counties blessed not only with a picture-postcard landscape but also a natural bounty of good food found in local Michelin starred restaurants, cozy inns, or independent coffee shops serving gastro-sandwiches. Here the unspoilt working county’s food bar keeps rising, taking with it craft breweries and artisan food producers.


ABERGLASNEY
A Garden Lost in Time

25 MAR 2019: Wales is a beautiful corner of the world.  It is a land of rolling hills and roaming sheep, a land of legends and beautiful voices to tell or sing of those legends.  It boasts of more castles per square mile than any other land.  Its coastline is rugged, parts of its interior are mountainous while a variety of parks offer hiking and cycling trails, lakes and beautiful scenery.  


A UNIQUE STAY IN TORQUAY

19 MAR 2019: Torquay forms part of what’s known as the English Riviera. Thanks to its 22-mile (35 km) stretch of award-winning beaches, exotic palm trees and Mediterranean micro-climate it’s one of the UK's most popular holiday destinations.


BATH TIME
The city of natural hot springs

18 MAR 2019: Bath is a city steeped in heritage, and nowhere is this more apparent than in its namesake, The Roman Baths. Just a five minute walk from Bath station visitors can admire the remarkably preserved remains of the ancient baths that are still heated by unique thermal springs that swell beneath the city.

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