Great days out
Our leisure time seems to be getting more and more precious and having a day out, or a day away from our hectic routine, can sometimes be just what we need to keep the things that are important to us in perspective.
We'd love to hear of the places you like to go, when you do manage to escape for a while. Let us know your great day out and we'll add it to our suggestions list below, and hopefully it will inspire someone else.
The London Eye has become, quite literally, the way the world sees London . It is one of the most spectacular and popular attractions in the world, drawing visitors from far and wide. Its success is unquestionable, as is its popularity with tourists and Londoners alike.
The Eden Project was created to promote the understanding and responsible management of the vital relationship between plants, people and resources leading to a sustainable future for all. Nestled in South-West of England, it has quickly become one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions.
The Lake District National Park in the north-west of England is the largest of England ’s National Parks. Its 2,292 square kilometres cover high fells, lush green dales, still lakes, vibrant villages and quiet hamlets. The National Park also includes part of the West Coast, with sandy beaches and rocky tidepools.
This most English of forests continues to be a living and working community where ponies and cattle still have the right of way as they freely graze the land. Deeper in the forest wild deer browse beneath the canopies of mighty oak and beech - natural scenes unchanged by the modern world.
The Cotswolds is an area of England which is popular with visitors from all over the world. The Cotswolds are well-known for gentle hillsides (‘wolds’), sleepy villages and for being so ‘typically English’. There are famous cities such as Bath , well-known beautiful towns like Cheltenham and hundreds of delightful villages such as Burford and Castle Combe.
Stonehenge and Avebury were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1986 for their outstanding prehistoric monuments. At Stonehenge , the unparalleled stone circle (3000 BC-1600 BC) is surrounded by a ceremonial landscape comprising more than 300 burial mounds and many other prehistoric remains.
Historic houses & National trust
Historic Royal Palaces - www.hrp.org.uk
National Portrait Gallery - www.npg.org.uk
Festivals and concerts
Proms in the Park - www.bbc.co.uk/proms/pitp
Edinburgh Festival - www.eif.co.uk
London Film Festival - www.lff.org.uk
Guildford Festival - www.guilfest.co.uk
Arundel Festival - www.arundelfestival.co.uk
Eastbourne Tennis Championships - http://eastbourne.lta.org.uk
England Rugby Union - www.rfu.com
Scottish Rugby Union – www.scottishrugby.org
Welsh Rugby Union – www.wru.co.uk
St Andrews Golf - www.standrews.org.uk
Goodwood Festival of Speed - www.goodwood.co.uk/fos