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Extreme Sports, part II – Down by the riverside

In my first episode about Extreme sports in Britain I told you where to go to get your adrenaline rush in the air. This week I’ll take you to the waterfront or maybe even under the sea.

Surfing
There are a lot of excellent places to surf in Britain and even though it’s an old article, the Guardian’s guide to the top 10 surfing spots in the UK is a good way to start finding your way through all the great surfing spots out there.

Here are some more links to surfing in Britain:
The British Surfing Association
Surfing in Scotland
Surfing in Wales
Surfing in Cornwall
Surfing in North-East England

Diving
Diving might not be the first thing you think about when visiting Britain. But there are some really cool places to dive. You can try diving with an instructor or if you’re more advanced, try finding some of the ship wrecks on the British coast. On UK diving you’ll find everything you need to know about diving in Britain.

Canoeing, kayaking and white water rafting
Although England itself has few natural white water streams, there are still some outdoor centres that offer excellent artificially created rapids. One of them is National Water Sport Centre near Nottingham that also offers canoeing, kayaking and other water sports.

However, in both Wales and Scotland, you can find some natural white water streams where you can enjoy both white water rafting, and other water sports like the cool new sport called river bugging. Check out the video of a stag party trying out river bugging in Scotland below.

If you like extreme sports but prefer being on solid ground, read my next episode about motorsports in the UK. Until then…

– Towe

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Whisky Guide Competition Winner

We’re happy to announce the winner of our whisky guide competition. The jury with Bosse “Bildoktorn” Andersson agreed in appointing Hanna Tunberg from Malmö to be our whisky guide in Scotland this fall. Congratulations Hanna!

Hanna Tunberg

Hanna Tunberg, winner

Hanna is an educated sommelier with a Professional Certificate in Spirits, she has a vast knowledge in food and she’s also a whisky judge. The jury liked the combination of a deep knowledge in food and drink together with the fact that she’s a skilled blogger, writer and photographer. Among other projects she’s involved in the following: www.matkaravan.nu, www.smakverkstan.blogspot.com.

We had a large number of contestants in this competition and many of you wrote excellent applications, there’s really a vast knowledge of whisky amongst the Swedish population. Here are some examples:

Robert Van Hal, Malmö: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Anders Bizzozero, Ronneby: www.ronnebywhiskysallskap.se

Peter Sjögren, Västra Frölunda: www.whiskyflaskan.se

Andreas Wennblom, Huskvarna: www.studiomalt.se

Would you be interested in visit Scotland yourself, don’t hesitate to pay a visit to VisitScotland’s homepage, there’s even one in Swedish.

//Johannes

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World Pipe Band Championships 2010

Watch and listen when 16 nations pipe’s it out at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow Green on 14th of August. Have a look this video to see what you can expect.

In addition to the pipe band competition, there will also be a Drum Major contest, Highland Dancing and Glasgow Highland Games Championships. This fun filled day is a great way to learn what the real Scottish culture and heritage is all about! Please click here to see the programme.

Besides the competition, there are plenty of activities suited for families such as a children’s area, youth zone and science centre workshops. The event also offers great ticket prices for families; please click here for ticket information and how to get to Glasgow Green.You can also check out our Britain map for directions.

Be prepared for a lot of music, kilts everywhere, great food and an unforgettable Scottish experience!


Read our Glasgow travel guide for more information about the city.

/Siska

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The Open Championship returns to “The Home of Golf”

Whether you’re a golf lover or not, The Open Championship is something you don’t want to miss if you happen to be nearby St Andrews during the 12th to 18th of July.

It’s been five years since the championship was held in St Andrews and there’s no better way to mark the return of The Open than celebrating the 150th anniversary in “The Home of Golf” at the Old Course in St Andrews.

The Open Championship officially starts Thursday 15th of July. However, you can watch the players practice during the 12th –14th of July. Here you’ll find information about ticket prices and how to travel to the course. You can also find the Old Course on our Britain map.

If you’re planning to visit The Open, remember that the weather is unpredictable and be prepared for both rain and sun. So dress smart and bring your sunscreen, raincoat, good shoes, a hat, lots of water and binoculars so you can keep track on how your favourite player is doing. Moreover, come to the venue early if you want a good view and just in case you get the opportunity to ask some of the players for autographs – have a marker ready in hand! For more spectator information, please click here.

Want to know what a fellow Scandinavian thinks about St Andrews? Watch this video of Swedish singer, Måns Zelmerlöw, when he played golf at the Old Course or read about his experience here.

Join the celebration and see the greatest players tee off at what is undoubtedly the most famous and oldest golf course in the world!

Also, make sure to cheer for our Scandinavian golf players that have qualified for The Open. Good luck to:

– Thomas Bjørn (Denmark)           – Søren Kjeldsen (Denmark)
– Søren Hansen (Denmark)           – Anders Hansen (Denmark)
– Henrik Stenson (Sweden)           – Alexander Noren (Sweden)
– Richard S Johnson (Sweden)    – Robert Karlsson (Sweden)
– Peter Hanson (Sweden)               – Fredrik Andersson (Sweden)

View the full list over all the players here.

Click on the picture below to watch video highlights from the 2005 Open Championship in St Andrews. The 18th time major champion, Jack Nicklaus, said goodbye in style and Tiger Woods won The Claret Jug.

/Siska

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Travel Guide for Families – Edinburgh

If you’re travelling to Edinburgh with children there are plenty of things to see and do. Here are a couple of our recommendations for families travelling to Edinburgh.

Scottish Seabird Centre
Bring the family to the Scottish Seabird Centre and experience the wild life up close – go on a boat safari and watch the seabirds and dolphins in their natural habitat.

Traquair Maze
Find your way to the centre in one of Scotland’s biggest mazes! If you’re here during Easter, bring your kids to the annual “Easter Egg Hunt” and look for the eggs scattered around in the maze. In front of the maze is the Traquair House – the oldest inhabited house in Scotland which used to be a hunting lodge for the kings and queens.

The Adventure Centre
Don’t let the weather control your family vacation in Edinburgh. If it’s raining, visit the Adventure Centre and go family climbing or maybe try archery?

Museum of Childhood
This is definitely something for the children, as well for the parents. Best of all – the Museum of Childhood has free admission! Here you can look at toys and games from all over the world, learn about the history of childhood, listen to storytelling’s, see how children were dressed in the past and much more.

Almond Valley Heritage Centre
Say hello to the ducks, pet the rabbits, play with the piglets, jump on the trampoline and learn how they milk a cow! Enjoy a family day with different animals and other fun activities at Almond Valley Heritage Centre.

Food for the whole family
Have your family dinner at The Bridge Inn right next to the Union Canal. While the grown-ups are talking, the kids can expand their artistic skills by drawing a picture to the restaurants art wall. If they get tired of sketching they’re welcome to play in the garden!

Eat your dessert at S. Luca’s and indulge in one of the best traditional ice creams in Edinburgh.

If you want more information about Edinburgh, read our destination guide  in:
Swedish >
Danish >
Norwegian >
Finnish >

Have a nice family vacation in Edinburgh!
/Siska

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Best Beaches in UK

Bury your feet in the sand, get a tan and cool off by the waterfront at one of UK’s best beaches. Here’s our top 10 list over family friendly and award winning beaches. And don’t forget, if you’re looking for a quick getaway to the sun you can fly to Gatwick and take the first train to Brighton. For example, a journey from Stockholm to Brighton could be done within 3 hours!

Dornoch Beach, Scotland, is a long, tranquil and sandy beach. It has also been awarded the “Seaside Award” for being a clean bathing beach.

St Andrews West Sands, Scotland, is full of activity and a popular beach with a world-famous golf course and historic university town at the background. This is a perfect place if you want to do some kite surfing or windsurfing.

Bridlington North Beach located in Yorkshire has been awarded with a Blue Flag for its great environment, water quality, safety and cleanness.

Ainsdale Beach, Southport, is the ideal place for sea activities like kitesurfing, sailing and parakiting.

Blackpool Sands Beach in Devon is perfect for families. Here you’ll find safe swimming areas and a freshwater paddling pool for small children.

Central Beach in Lincolnshire a great place for everyone – offering soft golden sand, clean water and plenty of activities.

Sennen Cove Beach, Cornwall, has unspoiled golden sand and because of the swell it’s a great place to surf. Sennen Cove has also been awarded the Blue Flag for being a family friendly beach.

Brighton is only a one hour train ride from London and is best known for its long pier with lots of seaside activities such as an amusement park, water sports, beach nightlife and much more. Brighton has two Blue Flag award winning beaches, West Street Beach and Hove Lawns.

Dawlish Warren Beach in South Devon is a popular family destination, offering great facilities and free summer entertainment.

Hive Beach in Dorset is the place to visit if you’re looking for a beach that’s not packed with people. There are also plenty of other pleasant beaches for you to enjoy in Dorset.

Have a nice beach holiday!

/Siska

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Put on your beer goggles…

… and experience a real British beer festival and taste some local brewed ales, ciders and much more. Here’s a couple of upcoming beer festivals I would love to visit.

The Great British Beer Festival by Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) at Earls Court in London is your chance to taste 450 real ales, ciders and beers from around the world. This is going to be the 4th festival and are expected to get plenty of visitors from all around the world. The Great British Beer Festival starts the 3rd – 7th of august.

At the Scottish Real Ale Festival in Edinburgh, 24th – 26th of June, you can sip local Scottish beer from over 30 breweries such as Belhaven, Inveralmond and Stewart brewing. Also, you’ll get to enjoy some great music by The Diplomats of Jazz or maybe listen to the Caledonian Brewery Pipe Band.

Dentdale Music & Beer Festival, 25th – 27th of June, showcase cask ales from Cumbria, Northern England and Scotland. It’s confirmed that several artists like Sarah Gillespie, The Urban Folk Quartet and Johnny Dickinson will be performing while you’re drinking some of the finest ales.

In Sussex, there’s the Eastbourne Beer Festival during the 7th – 9th of October. There will be over 120 cask ales, wines, ciders, international bottled beers and much more. To give the festival an authentic pub atmosphere, there will be plenty of pub games and live entertainment like blues, jazz, folk music and performance by the band, Oompah Brass.

The Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival,  14th to 15th of October,  offers over 500 ales and ciders. There will also be something for everyone with lots of entertainment, great food and music. While you’re in Nottingham, make sure to experience Robin Hood’s world.

Cheers!
/Siska

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