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Calling all Chocoholics

Do you have a sweet tooth for dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate filled with caramel, chocolate cake or chocolate biscuits? No matter which chocolate you prefer, one thing is for certain – chocolate always taste like a little piece of heaven! Well, for me it does.

If you fall under the same category as me – you’re a chocoholic, you’ll love this! The Chocolate Festival returns to London for one weekend in December and has free admission! During 10 – 12 December you can go around the stalls and taste some of the best chocolates you’ve never thought existed. Also, there will be several activities for the whole family and award-winning chocolatiers such as Paul Wayne Gregory, William Curley and Damian Allsop will be at the festival.  More information about the chocolate festival can be found here.

Find your way to this sweet festival with our Britain Map

/Siska

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Harry Potter – Film Locations Map

It’s the film of the year all muggles have been waiting for – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 1″ will be in theatres 17 Nov (Denmark and Sweden) and 19 Nov (Norway and  Finland). This film picks up where Harry and his friends left the audience in suspense when they decided to take matters into their own hands and start their dangerous adventure… to take down Voldemort. What a cliff-hanger!

The film begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out to track down the Horcruxes while being chased by the Death Eaters. This is the seventh and final film, but it will be told in two parts and we have to wait until next summer before we get to see Part 2.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 1″, as well as the former Harry Potter films has been shot in Britain. One of the most memorable scenes in the new movie takes place at Piccadilly Circus, one of London’s most famous landmarks. Since we in the office are huge Harry Potter fans we’ve gathered the top Harry Potter film locations in Britain. Check out the map and see where you can visit the Platform 9-3/4, Hagrid’s Hut, Hogwarts and much more.
Click here to see Harry Potter’s world map

If you are travelling to UK and looking for the full Harry Potter experience I recommend you read the following blog post for inspiration and useful tips before you go:
> The Harry Potter Sensation
> Harry Potter’s England
> The Mysteries of Potter’s England

/Siska

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Vintage Cars at Historic Car Run

On Sunday it is time for the 77th running of the world famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (LBVCR).

The first run was held in 1896 and is the oldest still running motoring event. The next run was held in 1927 as a re-enactment of the 1896 Run and after that the run has been held every November, with exception for the year 1947 (because of the petrol rationing) and the war years. The run is not a race, but an endurance event and as the name suggests it goes along the 60 mile long historic route from London to Brighton.

This year 567 vehicles, representing 23 nations from all over the world participate in the run. The run features 166 different marques, covering one of the most important periods of motor car development, from the 2 cylinder 2 h.p. 1895 Peugeot to the 4 cylinder 20 h.p. 1904 Renault.

The run starts at the Hyde Park Start line in London at 7.04pm on Sunday the 7th of November and then leave in pairs until approximately 8.40am. All vehicles travel at approximately 20mph (32km/h) and will start to arrive at Preston Park in Brighton from 10.05am (see detailed entry list on LBVCR’s website). The spectating of the run is free and can be viewed from the roadside along the 60-mile route.

Except for the run on Sunday, the whole weekend is full of activities, starting on Friday the 5th of November with LBVCR Auction by Bonhams and continues with the LBVCR International Concours on Saturday. So find your binoculars and prepare for a weekend full of beautiful veteran cars.

Find your way to the start line in London or the finish line in Brighton on our Britain Map or read more about the run on LBVCR’s website: http://www.lbvcr.com.

Enjoy!
– Towe

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Aberdeen – friendly and tasty

Remember the competition we had together with VisitScotland last year for our Norwegian bloggers? The two lucky winners Asbjørn Wille and Liv Brekkenes won a 3 day trip to Aberdeen City and Shire. A couple of weeks ago, we posted Asbjørns trip to Aberdeen and now it’s Livs turn. She brought her friend Mona Myhran along and here’s their story.

“Aberdeen is mainly known for its agriculture and oil industry, and not exactly for being a typical tourist destination. It was therefore quite a surprise to discover that this city has a lot to offer. You just have to give it a chance.

What impressed us most were the friendly and welcoming people we met everywhere, and the beautiful and stunning architecture. The churches and cathedrals were magnificent, and the small brick houses with the pipes on the outside walls and the chimneys on the roofs are really something else from our houses in Norway.

We had a great Indian meal in Cinnamon restaurant on Union Street and some tasty whiskys in the Grill Bar, also on Union Street. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to visit the city beach nor the Maritime Museum. That’s on the list for our next visit!

Stonehaven – Lush and green

Our first stop driving south of Aberdeen was Stonehaven. Famous for being the birth city of Robert William Thomson who invented the rubber pneumatic tyre, the little fossil Pneumodesmus Newmani and an art deco swimming pool. An outdoor swimming pool in Scotland may seem bizarre, but it is heated to 27 degrees and was great.  We visited in rain and beside the impressive design, watching the safety guard under her umbrella made us remember that we actually were in Scotland.

Fortunately the weather changes quickly, and walking at the beach in sunshine is fantastic. Surrounded by green, steep cliffs, blue ocean and gardens filled up with colourful flowers. The lush and green landscape was one of the things that amazed us, but as one of the locals we talked to said, with typical Scottish humour – the only positive outcome of all the rain.

Spectacular view

We also recommend a visit to Dunnottar Castle. It’s a really impressive ruined fortress with a great historical story. The history tells that this has been the hiding place for the Scottish crown jewels after they had been smuggled out from Edinburgh when the English invaded. The crown jewels are back in Edinburgh, but the remains of the castle is well worth the visit.  The view is spectacular and with a location on a cliff 50m above the sea, it is obvious that the fortress has been difficult to access. The castle has a story going back to 400’s and with more than 1300 years of history it is one of the most fascinating castles in Scotland. Dunnottar Castle was also the setting for the movie Hamlet from the 1990’s, starring Mel Gibson.

For visitors information and opening hours, please visit www.dunnottarcastle.co.uk

Our wonderful days in Scotland were finally set in Edinburgh where we enjoyed the Edinburgh Castle, the Modern Museum and the last day of the annual International Festival. Theatre groups, musicians and artists from all over the world filled the streets with their performances. It was a lovely atmosphere.

Want to visit the places Liv and Mona went to? Check out the links below to find them on our Britain Map:
Stonehaven
Dunnottar Castle
The Cinnamon restaurant
The Grill bar
Edinburgh Castle

/Towe

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Extreme sports, part IV – Discovering the Mountains

Now that autumn is closing in on us, it’s time to slow down the pace, and find our way up to a higher altitude where the wind is crispy and the views are fantastic. In my fourth and final part of Extreme Sports in Britain we’ll find out what you can do in the British mountains.

Walking
Britain has plenty of beautiful mountains and on our website you’ll find a few good ideas on how and where to explore them. Why not take a 5 hour walk through the beautiful Ben Nevis in Scotland, visit the mountains in Snowdonia in Wales or stroll around in the Cumbria and the Lake District in England.

Mountain biking
Mountain biking is a great way to enjoy an extreme sport while seeing a lot of beautiful scenery. There are usually both guided tours and cycles to hire and you can find both easy and advanced routes. Read more about cycling in Siskas blog post Pedal your way through the UK.

Climbing
One of the fastest growing outdoor activities in the UK is climbing, so it’s easy to find operators where you can hire your gear or get a guide to help you get started. Climb up a steep hillside in Wales or hang loose under a cliff in Scotland or Cumbria.

Caving and potholing
Head underground and find a whole new world, beneath ours. Containing some of England’s finest limestone scenery and Britain’s longest and most complex cave system, Yorkshire is a perfect way to explore some great caves and potholes. You can also weasel your way through narrow tunnels underground in Scotland or find yourself in an unspoilt cavern in Wales.

The four headlines above are the most popular mountains sports, but there are so many other cool mountain sports like coasteering, absailing, scrambling or winter sports like skiing or ice climbing etc. Find out which one is your own favourite.

This was my final part of my Extreme Sports guide. Hope you liked it and enjoy your adrenaline filled vacation in Britain. Read my previous guides by clicking the links below:

Part I – Britain by Air
Part II – Down by the riverside
Part III – Motorsport

To find more extreme sports in Britain visit our website or Enjoy England, Visit Wales or Visit Scotland.  You can also watch our film about extreme sports in Britain below and get inspired.


– Towe

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Stand on the Meridian Line in Greenwich

Last year my mom and I went to London over the weekend and one of the many things we did was visiting Greenwich to see the Meridian Line and stroll in the beautiful Greenwich park.

Just like us, people mainly come to Greenwich to stand on the famous Prime Meridian Line where the official time of the world starts. But there is so much more to see on the World Heritage Site on the hill in beautiful Greenwich park. The Meridian Line is located on the courtyard of The Royal Observatory, Britain’s first purpose-built scientific facility.

The Observatory was built in 1675 by King Charles II and designed by famous architect Christopher Wren, who also refurbished St. Paul’s Cathedral after the Great Fire in 1666. Here you can see magnificent shows about the Universe in the Planetarium or learn more about the solar system or the Universe in one of the many exhibitions in the Astronomy Galleries. And while you’re up there, take the time to visit London’s only public camera obscura situated in the summerhouse on the Observatory courtyard. And don’t forget to stroll in the beautiful Greenwich park before you go home.

You don’t have to pay entrance fees to anything except for the Planetarium Shows and the museums are open 10.00 – 17.00. For prices and other information about The Royal Observatory and the other museums, please visit http://www.nmm.ac.uk or find out more about Greenwich on http://www.visitgreenwich.org.uk/

How to get there
Greenwich is just 20 minutes from Central London and the easiest way to get there is by Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Cutty Sark station. Buy Oyster Card or other public transport tickets in London here. You can also find your way to Greenwich with our Britain Map.

Have a great time in Greenwich!

– Towe

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Quirky Event of the Week – World Gravy Wrestling Championships

If you’re in Britain today and like food festivals and wrestling, the Pennine Lancashire Festival of Food & Culture might be the perfect place for you.

Since the festival started 5 years ago, the Pennine Lancashire Festival of Food & Culture has become one of Britain’s most popular food festivals with over 50,000 visitors. The festival offers gourmet food from all over the world. At the festival people can try pony trekking picnics, culinary canal cruises, champagne balloon flights, ale trails, see local singers, comedians, traditional Lancashire dancers and and watch the Knights of the kitchen Charity Cricket Match. But that’s not all. The festival is also home to the World Gravy Wrestling Championships where people dress up in funny clothing and wrestle each other of a pool filled with Lancashire Gravy. This year’s dress code is ‘Fancy’ and ‘Entertaining’ and Everyone can apply on a first come first served basis.

Tickets £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for children (£6 for family of 4) and can be bought at the entrance. So if you don’t have anything better to do today, head down to the Rose N Bowl in Rossendale, Lancashire for a full day of family fun. Click here to find the place on a map. But hurry, the games begin at 12 noon!

For further information, please visit their website: www.worldgravywrestling.com

– Towe

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