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What To Do In The UK – March

Posted February 24, 2011 by BookingBuddy


19624qorqdmu08l Now that the days are getting longer and the air is warming up, there’s hardly any excuse for you to stay cooped up inside all the time! There’s no shortage of events this month that will entice you to come out and enjoy some sun.


6th March – Maslenitsa Festival, London

Kickstart Spring with a dose of Russian flavour at this festival in Trafalgar Square. The Maslenitsa event will feature live bands and choirs performing traditional Russian music on stage. There will be a range of kiosks and food stalls around Trafalgar Square, serving up an array of Russian delicacies such as blinis and borscht.


17th – 20th March – Antiques For Everyone Fair, Birmingham NEC

Ever dreamt of making a fortune from a dusty little ceramic vase – like those folks on the Antiques Roadshow? Visit the Antiques for Everyone fair and you may just pick up a few tips and some valuable antiques at the same time. The fair is crammed with over 400 dealers and millions of pounds worth of items ranging from teddy bears and textiles to kettles.


25th – 17th March – Hawick Reivers Festival, Hawick

The Scottish town of Hawick steps back in time this weekend, to commemorate the town’s turbulent and colourful history. A concert kicks off the proceedings, followed by a parade through town. Actors dressed in 16th century costumes will re-enact a series of trials on Saturday, with workshops, lectures and performances taking place throughout the weekend. 

(Photo: Rob Wiltshire)


What To Do In The UK – February

Posted January 27, 2011 by BookingBuddy

Scallop+race+002 With lengthening days ahead, there’s plenty to keep you entertained this month. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so make sure you get some chocolates and roses ready for your loved one. Of course, if you find the lovey-dovey stuff a little sickly, just focus on football or rugby matches instead, or head to York and pretend you’re a Viking!


6th February – Clown Service, Holy Trinity Church, London

The annual Clown Service takes place in the Holy Trinity Church today, in honour of Joseph Grimaldi. Grimaldi was one of the most famous English clowns in the 18th-19th century, and is buried in nearby Joseph Grimaldi Park. Stay around after the service, as attending clowns often put on performances for the public. Those of you with a case of coulrophobia – that’s a fear of clowns – may want to stay away from the place.


12th – 20th February – Rye Bay Scallop Festival, Rye

The pretty seaside town of Rye is awash with scallops this month, as the Rye Bay Scallop Festival gets underway. Restaurants throughout town will be offering mouth-watering scallop-based dishes, and there will be scallop cooking demonstrations throughout the week. Cap off the week with a scallop race – roll up your sleeves, grab a wheelbarrow and join in the ‘What A Load of Scallops’ race for a chance to win the coveted plaque!


26th February – 6th March – Bath Literature Festival, Bath

The Bath Literature Festival returns to the historic cobblestoned streets of Bath. There will be a series of free poetry readings and storytelling sessions around the city, a ‘Writer’s Surgery’ for those who are stuck on their latest projects, as well as a poetry pub crawl! Writers appearing at the festival include Dr. David Starkey, Polly Toynbee, Kazuo Ishiguro and Jane Shilling.




Stressed Out? Head To Gatwick To Unwind

Posted January 20, 2011 by BookingBuddy

Gatwick-north It’s no surprise that many of us find travelling a highly stressful experience. All those security checks and scans, never-ending queues and other passengers – it’s enough to make you give up and just stay home instead! However, at least one airport is trying to improve the experience for their passengers.


The airport will be opening a 10000 square feet lounge at its North Terminal this summer, just in time for the holiday crowds. The lounge will include a spa, a mini-cinema, games areas and even a business centre. Passengers will have to pay a £20 entry fee to make use of the lounge. They will also have access to complimentary goodies suck as snacks, magazines and WIFI. Those will like to arrive at their destination looking their best will probably want to go for a manicure or even a haircut.


‘At Gatwick, we want our passengers to feel as if their holiday starts right here at the airport,’ said Robin Longden, the airport’s chief commercial officer. Sounds good to me! I may even forgo my overseas holiday and just spend a couple of days at Gatwick this summer.



What To Do In The UK – December

Posted November 26, 2010 by BookingBuddy

SantaSkate The cold, dark nights are starting to look magical at this time of year, with festive twinkling lights brightening up many homes and High Streets in December. Finding your clothes a little tight after indulging in mince pies and Christmas pudding (topped with brandy butter)? Work off the calories with a few rounds in the ice-skating rinks.

25th November – 2nd January 2011 – Lincoln on Ice, Lincoln

Lincoln is transformed into a winter wonderland with the addition of an ice rink in the centre of town. Get your skates on and enjoy a day around the rink, and warm up with a panto performance afterwards, at the Lincoln Drill Hall. Tickets can be bought online, or at the ticket off.


3rd – 8th December – Clothes Show Live, NEC Birmingham

Not quite sure what to wear to your office Christmas party? Get some inspiration from this popular fashion extravaganza. Fashion gurus Caryn Franklin and Gok Wan will be appearing at the show, while boyband Inju5tice provides the entertainment. Pick up some fancy footwork at the Dance Show, and enjoy spectacular performances by talented dancers.


18th December – Santa Skate, London

Think Santa only gets about using his sleigh and a team of reindeers? Well, think again, as Santa has found an alternative mode of transport. Santa Skate sees up to 500 people dressed as up as Santas of all shapes and sizes skating their way through Central London. The fun starts at Hyde Park Corner, and goes through some of London’s most popular sights, with a break at Trafalgar Square. 



Christmas Markets Around The UK

Posted November 11, 2010 by BookingBuddy

Christmas-market With just over a month left until Christmas, it may want to get a start on your Christmas shopping, (unless you fancy getting into a fistfight over the last PSP left in Curry’s). Sites like eBay and Amazon may make Christmas shopping easy, but they take all the fun out of actually choosing the perfect gift. This year, if you’d like to get a gift that’s just right for that special someone, why not visit check out these Christmas markets and fairs instead? Enjoy some Christmas treats, have fun and search for that perfect gift while you’re there.


12th November – 19th December - Christkindelmarkt, Leeds

This hugely popular Christmas market takes place in Millenium Square, which is transformed into a German-style market for the duration. The wooden chalet house stalls selling products from German traders – jewellery, handmade toys and cards, as well as Christmas decorations. Feast on gluhwein, bratwurst, stolen and warming soups.


19th November – 4th January - Winter Wonderland, London

Hyde Park is transformed into a – you guessed it – winter wonderland for this Christmas extravaganza. There will be over 100 craft stalls here, as well as food and drink stalls and cafes. Take a break from shopping and show off your skills on the ice-skating rink, or enjoy a ride in the huge Ferris wheel. You’ll also find a number of rides here, from hair-raising thrill rides to more sedate carousels. Don’t forget to visit Father Christmas in his grotto before you leave!


3rd – 19th December - Dickens Christmas Market, Rochester

Immerse yourself in a Victorian-style Christmas market on Rochester’s High Street. Actors dressed in period costumes stroll through the streets, while carollers entertain passersby outside the market. The market stalls offer a variety of unusual items such as candy bouquets, juggling equipment, stuffed toys and handmade candles. Treat yourself to goodies like waffles, roast chestnuts, hot chocolate and mulled wine.




Haunts Around The UK

Posted November 3, 2010 by BookingBuddy

Avebury Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean the spine-tingling chills have to stop. If the popularity of horror films is anything to go by, then it seems most people love a good scare. If you love to be frightened, why not get your shivers for real instead of sitting through an onscreen shock? Here are some ghastly, ghoulish spots where you can experience some real life chills and thrills.


The Red Lion, Avebury, Wiltshire

The standing stones of Avebury are shrouded in myth and mystery, so it’s no surprise that the Red Lion pub – inside the stone circle – lays claim to being the most haunted pub in the UK. Florrie is perhaps the pub’s most famous spectral resident. The story goes that she was killed by her husband after he caught her with her lover, and then dumped her body into a well. Other apparitions include ghostly children and strange orbs of light.


Glamis Castle, Angus

With over 600 years of history behind it, Glamis Castle has more than a couple of ghouls to its name. The Monster of Glamis Castle is name given to a deformed child said to be born to the family in the 19th century, whose rooms were sealed after his death. There’s also Earl Beardie, rumoured to have lost his soul to the devil in a game of cards, and the famous Grey Lady, Janet Douglas, burnt at the stake on false charges of witchcraft. The castle is also said to have a host of secret rooms and passages.


Tower of London, London

Imprisonment, torture, and royal deaths – it’s no wonder the Tower of London is said to be one of the most haunted spots in the UK. The Tower’s most well-known apparitions are the Princes in the Tower, rumoured to have been murdered by their uncle Richard III. You may also spot the spectre of Anne Boleyn walking around, with her head held under her arm. Other ghosts include Lady Jane Grey, Henry IV, the White Lady, as well as that of a huge bear.



What To Do In The UK – November

Posted October 27, 2010 by BookingBuddy

Car race The temperature’s fallen, but don’t let that be an excuse. Dress up in your warmest coat, and get out there! With so much happening in November, it’s a shame to just stay in and miss it all.  Christmas lights and festive fireworks light up the skies this month – why not get together with some friends and enjoy the spectacle?

5th November – Bonfire Night, across the UK

‘Remember, remember the 5th of November’ this year with a spectacular fireworks show. Warm up with some spiced cider or mulled wine, indulge in a toffee apple, and watch the show. There will be fireworks in various parks around London through the weekend, so you’re sure to catch at least one.


7th November – London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

It’s not just any race, as the cars featured in this London to Brighton run are oldies but goodies. The 400 cars taking part are over a century old, with none of your modern gadgetry on board. If the 7 a.m. start from Hyde Park doesn’t sound too attractive, pop over to Regent Street the day before to view some of the cars in stationery mode.


19th November – Children In Need, across the UK

Join Pudsey Bear and friends to raise funds for children’s charities. Show your support by donating, getting together with schools for fundraising events, or simply by buying a headband, keyring or pen. This is one time you won’t feel bad about staying in, as a host of stars joins the yellow bear on BBC to raise some money.


25th November – 12th December – Bath Christmas Markets, Bath

It’s a month to Christmas, so check out these markets if you’re keen to avoid the last minute rush. Stalls are housed in cute wooden chalets, and offer unique items you’re unlikely to find in the high street shops. Get into the Christmas spirit with some tasty offerings – mulled wine, bratwurst, mince pies and other goodies are all on offer too. 



What To Do In The UK – October

Posted September 24, 2010 by BookingBuddy

Oysters The onset of autumn doesn’t mean you should stay indoors all the time. Relive your childhood by having a spontaneous game of conkers, or go for a stroll and admire the vibrant red and orange shades of falling leaves. Put on a warm coat and a scarf, and enjoy the various events happening this month.

13th – 28th October – London Film Festival, London

Film-lovers can enjoy previews of new works before they are shown to a wider audience, courtesy of the British Film Institute (BFI). The films include experimental works, animations, short films as well as old black and white favourites.


14th – 17th October – Falmouth Oyster Festival, Falmouth

Autumn is a great time for plump, juicy oysters, so head to Falmouth to enjoy this week to enjoy this tasty shellfish. The festival celebrates the start of oyster season, and there will be lots of oysters (as well as other seafood) on offer here. Watch the cooking demonstrations, or enjoy performances of traditional sea shanties, and maybe even take part in the oyster shucking competitions!


24th October – October Plenty, Southbank, London

Celebrate harvest customs in the capital. October Plenty is a free festival which takes place in front of Shakespeare’s Globe on the Southbank. Highlights include an effigy of the Corn Queene, laden down with grains, fruits and vegetables to symbolise the harvest. The procession moves through Borough Market, in order to enjoy seasonal delights on offer there, such as cider, biscuits and soul cakes.




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.


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