Europe Travel and Vacations
Europe's wealth of culture, history and gastronomy offers almost infinite holiday possibilities. As well as some of the world's most captivating cities, travel south and the warm waters of the Mediterranean beckon you to enjoy sophisticated, sun-drenched beach resorts, in locations such as Spain and Cyprus.
Britain is already known by many as one of the worlds leading gay and lesbian travel destinations, with a lively cultural scene, buzzing cities, and a friendly welcome. Taking place in London from June 16 through July 1, EuroPride will be one of the largest gay and lesbian events ever staged in the world. More...
Events & Festivals
London events highlights: Japanese crafts, ‘Pop Art’ and gardening all feature in London’s cultural events calendar this summer and beyond.
Royal wedding dress at Buckingham Palace: A special exhibition at Buckingham Palace this summer will recreate the day in 1947 when Princess Elizabeth - now Queen Elizabeth II - married the Duke of Edinburgh in a glittering ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey.
‘World’s smallest railway’ marks 80 years in Kent: A rather unusual railway, running through a unique stretch of English countryside, is 80 years old in 2007. Sometimes called the world’s smallest public railway, the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch traverses 13½ miles of Kent coast, using one-third full size steam engines dating from the 1920s, which gallop along at high speed.
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Ceramics Festival in The Potteries: Designers, studio potters, experts and collectors will be making their way to The Potteries this autumn for the Stoke-on-Trent Ceramics Festival 2007 (Oct.5-7).
Macdonald Hotels transforms Cheshire golf venue: Three championship golf courses and the largest indoor golf academy in Europe at The Portal Golf Club venue are to be part of the new four star Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa in Cheshire when it opens in July.
Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2007: The best accommodation, visitor attractions, customer service and so on, right across England’s tourism scene, have been recognised at the tourism equivalent of the Oscars.
Climate change boosts English wine in Surrey: England’s vineyards produced 50 per cent more wine last year to cope with high demand and have tripled in size to 1,880 acres. Climate change seems to be working in the growers’ favour, encouraging the buds to burst earlier and ripen an ever increasing grape crop.
British Food Fortnight: The biggest national celebration of Britain’s best food is taking place this autumn. British Food Fortnight (Sept. 23-Oct.8) is marking its fifth year with the theme “Are you cooking it?” which examines whether the British are able to cook national dishes such as shepherd’s pie or apple crumble.
Cycling North-East England: Cycle North East England provides advice on hundreds of miles of cycle routes taking in some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery including Heritage Coastline, National Parks and the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Hotels & Resorts
New hotels in London, Richmond and Harrogate: The Balmoral Hotel is the spa town of Harrogate’s first independently owned and run boutique hotel and is housed in an Edwardian-Victorian building 10 minutes walk from the town centre.
Britain’s top places for tea: The Dorchester Hotel in London has been awarded The Tea Guild’s Top London Afternoon Tea 2007 award. Its tea includes a selection of sandwiches, scones and pastries as well as a choice of teas from around the world (£29.50).
Ghost hunting at Surrey hotel: A four-star hotel in the Surrey hills south of London is taking advantage of its haunted reputation by offering its customers a ‘spook-buster’ upgrade.