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What To Do In The UK – September

Posted August 26, 2010 by BookingBuddy

Blackpool-lights-tower  Summer may have left us once again, but that doesn’t mean you’ve got to spend the next few months holed up at home. Tear yourself away from the television and discover exciting events all over the UK this month.

3rd September – 7th November – Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool

The Blackpool Illuminations have delighted locals and visitors since it was first put on more than 120 years ago. If you haven’t experienced them before, why not make a trip up there to view them? Popstar Robbie Williams handle the honours at this year’s Big Switch On.


9th – 12th September – Heritage Open Days, all around the UK

Ever wanted to have a peek into the castles and grand houses around the UK? The Heritage Open Days lets you do exactly that this weekend, with free admission to hundreds of privately-owned homes, factories, temples and yes, even castles.


11th – 12th September – Thames Festival, London

This free festival takes place on the Southbank, between Westminster and Tower Bridges. Shop from up-and-coming designers at the market stalls, indulge in tasty food from all over the world and enjoy performances by choirs, musicians and artists. There will be a spectacular fireworks display to cap off the festivities. 


What To Do In The UK – August

Posted July 29, 2010 by BookingBuddy

Carnaval  With summer in full swing this month, make sure you spend some time out and about before the weather starts to cool down again. Whether you’re into sports, music, or good food and drinks, you’ll find something to enjoy this month.


1st August – Carnaval del Pueblo, Elephant and Castle, London

Brazilian flair comes to London this Sunday, with this annual South American carnival in Burgess Park, near Elephant and Castle. The carnival features a number of themed stages, including a children stage, with performances aimed at the young ones. View the Salsa Dance Championships and vote for your favourites to win. Of course, no carnival is complete without tasty food – enjoy a variety of South American favourites from the various stalls on site.


12th – 15th August – Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Bristol

You won’t see the standard helium-filled balloons here, but rather, colourful hot-air balloons. Visitors will be able to enjoy rides in these spectacular balloons, as well as enjoy the sight of the Nightglow, where over 30 balloons glow in time to music.


29th – 30th August – Mathew Street Festival, Liverpool

Liverpool is renowned as a highly musical city, and this annual free festival celebrates the city’s love for music. 95 bands from all over the world will perform on its six outdoor stages. Delicious food and drink can be bought from the city’s well-known collection of restaurants, cafes and pubs.


What To Do In The UK – July

Posted July 2, 2010 by BookingBuddy

Pride  Be sure to make the most of July’s long days and balmy nights, and spend your days outdoors. There’s lots going in the UK this month, and there will be something to suit everyone. Music fans can look forward to a plethora of festivals, while sports fans can sit back and enjoy the last few days of Wimbledon and the World Cup.


July 3rd -  Pride London, London

Throw on your most fabulous outfits and enjoy this fun party on the streets of the capital. Pride kicks off with a colourful parade that starts on Baker Street and winds up in Trafalgar Square. There will also be stages at both Trafalgar and Leicester Square, featuring a spectacular line-up of choirs, musicians and DJs to entertain everyone.


July 9th – 11thT in the Park, Kinross, Scotland

This annual pop music festival takes place this weekend in the lush green fields of Kinross. Shake your lady lumps to chart favourites The Black-eyed Peas, Muse, and Eminem. There will also be other attractions such as market stalls, a cinema and a fairground. Don’t forget to dress up in your most outrageous get-up on Fancy Dress Friday – you may even win a prize!


July 21st – 25th – Tatton Park Flower Show, Cheshire

If the crowds at Hampton Court prove too much for you, then make your way over to this smaller, but no less exciting flower show. Showcasing the best green-fingered artistry around, the Tatton Court Flower Show is a refreshing feast for the senses. You’ll be indulging not just your eyes and noses, but your taste buds too, with Fortnum and Mason providing delectable refreshments.


What To Do In The UK – June

Posted May 26, 2010 by BookingBuddy

EpsomDerby_Surrey_South  Summer is in full swing this month! The sun is out, so grab some juicy strawberries and cream, and enjoy the parks and gardens bursting with cheerful blooms. There are lots of events going on this month, and most of them are held outdoors, in order to take advantage of the glorious sunshine. Read on and see if you’ll be at any of these.

June 4th – Jul 26th – Free Range, Brick Lane, London
The year marks the 10th anniversary of this annual art and design exhibition. Free Range aims to showcase work by the freshest graduates from art and design schools around London. The show features a revolving exhibition, with new work being shown each week for eight weeks.
June 5th – Derby Day, Epsom, Surrey
One of the most famous races of the summer, the Derby is held among the lush rolling hills of Epsom. It’s a great opportunity to dress up and wear big, floral hats. Put your best foot forward and mingle with other race-goers, and indulge in a glass of champagne while cheering on your favourites.

June 11th – 13th – Download Festival, Derby

This festival may be your only chance to catch a glimpse of Goths in daylight. The acts playing are predominantly metal, punk and rock bands, so be prepared for lots of black-clad fans throwing the horns. This year’s line-up includes classic bands like Rage Against The Machine, AC/DC and Motorhead.

June 26th – 27th – Biggin Hill Air Fair, Biggin Hill Airport

This annual air show is one of the largest of its kind in Europe, and attracts both plane-spotters and day-trippers alike. Pack a picnic and some sunglasses, and spend the day gazing up at the various planes circling overhead. There will be a wide range of aircraft on display, many of them historic models such as Spitfires.


Music Festivals Without The Mud

Posted May 6, 2010 by BookingBuddy

Fuji_rock_fes_in_naeba  Summer is nearly here, and that means that music festival season is on its way too. While music and mud may go hand-in-hand, it doesn’t always have to be this way. This year, if you’d like to enjoy your favourite bands without having to be covered in a layer of mud, why not forgo the filthy pleasures of Glastonbury and make your way to some of these festivals instead?

All Tomorrow’s Parties, Butlins Minehead, UK
This intimate music festival takes place in the kitschy confines of Butlins in Minehead. Instead of roughing it out in a rain-sodden field under a flimsy tent, music fans will be able to stay in the relative luxury of a holiday resort. Your ticket price includes accommodation in a private room with friends, and even comes with a self-catering option should you want your own kitchen. Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, will curate this year’s festival.

Benicassim International Festival, Benicassim, Spain
Benicassim takes place on the beautiful Spanish beach resort of the same name, so while you may have to stay in a tent, at least it’ll be warm and sunny. Try and try yourself away from the festival stages for a little while to explore the delights of this quiet town. Cool off at the water park Aquarama, hire a go-kart and race a few friends, or bowl a few rounds at the bowling alley. This year’s festival line-up includes Lily Allen, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and The Prodigy.

Fuji Rock Festival, Naeba Ski Resort, Japan

This festival is situated in the scenic surrounds of Naeba Ski Resort, and prides itself on being ‘The cleanest festival in the world’. The festival is still called Fuji Rock, even though it is no longer held near Mount Fuji these days. Between acts, festivalgoers can also hike along some of the hilly trails, exploring lush woodland and cool, clear streams. For some truly astounding views, grab a ride on Dragondola, an aerial lift that up to the top of the mountain, and said to be the longest such lift in the world. This year’s line-up includes Air, Belle and Sebastian, and Hot Chip.


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