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VisitBritain

SHOW ME THE WAY
Touring routes a great way to wander in Wales

13 JUN 2019: Wales is a “huge nation with lots to offer,” says Visit Wales exec (and proud Welshman) Rob Jones. And there’s no better means of experiencing it, he adds, than via The Wales Way, a group of three national touring routes launched late last year that showcase the country’s most epic landscapes, fascinating history, coastlines and attractions.


PILOT PROJECT BREWING AT LGW
Starbucks testing reusable cups

11 JUN 2019: Starbucks and environmental charity Hubbub are launching a trial program to lend passengers at Britain's Gatwick Airport reusable cups while waiting for their flights in hopes of cutting down on waste.


FLAVOUR OF THE MONTH
Faint of fork no longer fear British cuisine

03 JUN 2019: VisitBritain is in the mood for food. The tourist board is eager to tout its edible delicacies and drink, and at the same time, offer the travel trade tangible opportunities to help clients match their culinary interests with a visit to Britain.


CHASE THE CHEESE
Canadian wins Coopers Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake

31 MAY 2019: It may be a surprise to know that a Double Gloucester can reach a speed of almost 115 km an hour. This information is of greater value to those who take part in the annual Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake near Gloucester in England. Every year a large round of cheese, up to 4 kg (9 lbs) is released from the top of a hill. The cheese gets a one second head start and then participants chase it to the bottom of the hill. The goal is to get there, unharmed before the dairy product. This year, the person who did so is Toronto resident Mark Kit. 


ITS TIME TO SEA SCOTLAND
2020 tunes in on coast and waters

30 MAY 2019: With over 800 islands, it’s only natural that Scottish tourism would eventually cast a line to its coastal heritage. As such, VisitScotland has declared that 2020 will be the Year of Coast and Waters. “If you look a map, you can see how close you are to the sea at pretty much all times,” observes the tourist board’s Michael McCuish.


PLYMOUTH ROCKS
U.K. city set to make most of Mayflower milestone

29 MAY 2019: It seems odd that a historic city like Plymouth is considered an “up and comer” on the UK tourism scene, but with the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to North America on the horizon next year, the southwestern city is readying for a moment in the spotlight that will give the world a chance to see a city that is clearly on the rise.


REDISCOVERING NORTH WALES
The artisan food route

28 MAY 2019: People understand that good food means local food and that the quality of the landscape has a direct bearing on the taste. Cradled within four mountain ranges and a 250-mile coastline, it’s little wonder that a wealth of award winning food producers have been born out of the diverse and picturesque landscape of North Wales.


VICTORIA DAY
Two hundred years since birth of the monarch

27 MAY 2019: Friday (May 24) was the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of Great Britain's most important monarchs, Queen Victoria, and visitors to London can explore her life and legacy with the London Pass that gives access to over 80 top attractions in the UK's capital city. The pass includes a range of sites with close connections to Victoria, allowing visitors to learn more about the iconic monarch through several of the locations that shaped her life.


ON THE FRINGE
Britain is brimming with edgy entertainment

24 MAY 2019: Whether it’s a celebration of live theatre, dance, arts or comedy, fringe festivals can be found in nearly every corner of Britain. Visitors are invited to laugh along with the nation’s finest comedians as they prepare for their major tours, take in the sounds of up-and-coming musicians and discover new takes on some of the finest theatrical works. Packed with live entertainment and clever improvisation, these are some the best Fringe Festivals to enjoy this summer:


A RARE PIECE OF BRITISH HISTORY
On display at Hampton Court Palace

23 MAY 2019: Following a three-year conservation project by Historic Royal Palaces, the stunning “Bacton Altar Cloth” will go on display at Elizabeth I’s former home, Hampton Court Palace, alongside the iconic “Rainbow” portrait in which it may once have featured. Opening on 12 October, this exhibition is included in palace admission.


BREXIT, WHAT BREXIT
British tourism keeps calm and carries on

21 MAY 2019: Tourism to Britain continues to be unaffected by Brexit, at least when it comes to long-haul visitations – including Canada – says the country’s tourist board.


QUICK AND EASY
ePassport makes entry to UK easy for Canadians

21 MAY 2019: Citizens of the US and Canada are among seven countries who can now use ePassport gates, giving easier and faster entry into the UK. The expansion of the ePassport gate eligibility is set to significantly reduce lines and improve the flow of passengers as well as the overall experience at the UK border. We had an opportunity to use the newly installed ePassport gates at Gatwick on Friday and the difference is amazing. 


ROYAL TREATMENT
VisitBritain welcomes the world at Explore GB

16 MAY 2019: It was a good week to be in Britain for ExploreGB, VisitBritain’s flagship travel trade event (May 8-10). Harry and Meghan conveniently had a baby, Brexit was on a relatively low boil, Liverpool and Tottenham both staged comebacks for the ages to qualify for the Champions League soccer final (against each other), and it didn’t snow. The locals were most excited.


SHEFFIELD PARK AND GARDEN
Acres of landscape garden bordered by historic parkland and woodland

14 MAY 2019: Sheffield Park, an informal Grade 1 listed gardens in East Sussex, lies in the valley of the River Ouse and was first sited in the 11th century Domesday Book. The ornamental gardens originally formed part of the estate of the adjacent Sheffield Park House, a privately owned neo-gothic country house that rises above the gardens. It, overlooking the panoramic lake, like a fairy-tale castle with its fine tracery window.


THE BEST PLACES FOR A CAFFEINE HIT IN LONDON

13 MAY 2019: Brits drink an estimated 95 million cups of coffee every day and across London there are a host of exceptional coffee outlets that have perfected the fine art of creating the perfect brew. From using carefully selected seasonal coffee beans from around the world to roasting them in-house, expect specialty coffee experiences.


COVENTRY CATHEDRAL

10 MAY 2019: The Cathedral Church St Michael – better known as Coventry Cathedral – is a Grade 1 listed building. It replaced the 14th century St Michael’s Cathedral, destroyed in a German air raid in 1940. Architect Basil Spence’s radical modernist design for the new building caused controversy when it was revealed in 1950. Rather than rebuilding the cathedral Spence’s design built a new structure beside the ruins of the bombed Cathedral. The juxtaposition of the two is breathtaking.


THE SPIRITUAL HOME OF BESPOKE
Savile Row. The name alone evokes images of style, tradition and refinement.

09 MAY 2019: Since the first tailor moved into Savile Row in 1785, the neighbourhood has been applauded the world over as the place for handmade suits, created from the finest fabrics, by the most skilled of craftsmen, for the most discerning gentlemen.


A TINY TOURIST ATTRACTION
Baby Sussex already credited with an expected rise in tourism

07 MAY 2019: Journalists, tourists and well-wishers had camped out for days in Windsor, about 35 kilometres (22 miles) west of London, awaiting news of the arrival of the baby of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. On Monday the royal family announced the birth of a baby boy, who is seventh in line for the British throne.


THE MILK HOUSE, SISSINGHURST
Where the pastures always greener

06 MAY 2019: The once forlorn and faded Bull Inn, a 16th-century pub and coaching inn, closed its doors and for two years waited to be rescued. In 2013 Sarah and New Zealand-born chef Dane Allchorne, saw its potential and painstakingly restored the historic building, creating a beautiful ‘The Milk House’ – recalling Sissinghurst’s former name, which changed after a local 19th-century smuggling gang brought it unwanted notoriety.


SEEING AND BELIEVING
Mack makes it worth the trip

02 MAY 2019: After decades in this industry, I like many others, have been subjected to more than my fair share of tours and tour guides usually droning on and on in monotonous monotones about some seriously uninteresting - let's call it - stuff. Regrettably over the years I have on occasion inflicted this same dull disservice on other unfortunate travellers. Only twice in all that time have I ever found a tour that offered me an experience that was truly both interesting, fun and made me not dread getting back on the coach. And both occasions had three common denominators.


RELAX AND ENJOY
Five luxurious ways to travel around Britain

02 MAY 2019: Perhaps one of the most amazing things about Britain is how extraordinarily beautiful it is. For a small industrial nation, the landscape seems vast ranging from rugged cliffs, to pristine beaches, to heather clad hills, to dales, lakes and fields with stone walled fences. There is a pastoral peace about the British countryside and there are some seriously glamorous to explore it.


BRITAIN REMEMBERS
D-Day Landings commemorated

01 MAY 2019: Seventy five years ago the forces of 13 Allied countries gathered in Britain before launching the historic operation to liberate Europe. Winston Churchill rightly said that D-Day was “undoubtedly the most complicated and difficult” operation that had ever taken place. On June 06 the date of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy, several important occasions will commemorate the anniversary of the Second World War and Britain will show its veterans that the country’s debt to them is never forgotten.


THE VIKINGS ARE COMING
Invaders enhance epic UK outdoor theatre event Kynren

30 APR 2019: Vikings are preparing to crash the UK’s biggest outdoor live theatre spectacular, Kynren – an epic tale of England, this summer. Featuring a 1,000-strong cast and crew, Kynren – an epic tale of England, takes place annually in the northeastern English county of Durham.


PALACE INTRIGUE
Spring happenings at Britains royal palaces

29 APR 2019: From a transformed castle to explore and brand-new Queen Victoria exhibitions to live performances uncovering the “Terrible Tudors” in all their gory glory, there’s a whole range of activities visitors can join in at Britain’s Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) this Spring.


SHOW ME THE WAY
Great West Way touring route a first in England

26 APR 2019: England’s The Great West Way may have been officially unveiled last November, but with the summer tourism season at hand, Canadian visitors are just now starting to roll out along the unique new touring route.

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