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Derby at White Hart Lane

Tottenham fans, White Hart Lane

Going to a football match in Britain is something else. It is not just a football match – it is a unique experience.

I have been at White Hart Lane, the home of Tottenham Hotspur, in North East London a few times now and every time I go there I get blown away by the atmosphere. The cheers from the crowd roaring inside the stadium can be almost deafening and people are singing during the entire match. What is different with Barclays Premier League from many other football leagues is that it is not only the biggest matches between the biggest teams that attract big audiences. Almost every match is packed with people and the atmosphere can be just as intense – if not more intense – in a smaller stadium than in the major ones.

Chelsea - Cole & Drogba

Chelsea stars Drogba and Cole

I recently visited a friend in London and went to the derby match between Tottenham and Chelsea. We started off by having lunch (classic football food: burgers and chips) close to the stadium with some other fans, discussing possible starting lineups, goal scorers and final score. The match ended 1-1 with Chelsea missing a penalty late in the game – to my great relief.

After the match we walked with the rest of the crowd (most of them still singing) to the bus stop and took a bus to Angel where my friend lives. We ended the day with a really nice dinner at a the local gastropub around the corner, called The Alma. London really is packed with great pubs!

The Alma

The Alma, a great gastropub in Islington

So, even if you are not that much into football, I can definitely recommend you to go to a football match in Britain. Tickets vary in price but doesn’t necessarily have to cost more than they do in the Nordics – but the entertainment is so much better!

Read more about the league and how to see a match at our football website.
See where White Hart Lane is located on our Britain Map.
Find The Alma on our Britain Map.

Come on you Spurs!
/Carl

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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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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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Extreme sports, part III – Motorsports

In the previous episodes of Extreme sports in Britain we’ve been up in the air, and below sea level. Now it’s finally time for my own favourite extreme sport, and we’ll start off with my favourite vehicle – the dirt bike.

Motocross & Enduro
Britain’s shifting terrain is perfect for those who like to get an exhilarating experience in the dirt. There are a lot of MX tracks to practice your skills on throughout the UK like the 30 year old motocross circuit in Chippenham.

If you want to see Britain’s beautiful landscape and still feel the exhilarating speed on the back of a two-wheeled monster, Ride Adventure offers great off road tours in Wales.

To find more enduro tracks in Britain, click here.

Quadbikes
Quadbike is much like a motorcycle but with four wheels instead of two. It’s much easier to manoeuvre and you only need a normal drivers licence to drive it. Try driving through tough terrain in Scotland’s wild-back country or in South West England.

4×4 – Offroad vehicles
Another great activity for off road enthusiast in Britain is 4×4 vehicles like jeeps and land rovers. There are many places around Britain where you can rent a Land Rover or jeep to go on organized tours with guides and different difficulty levels.

Read my first two parts of this guide, by clicking on the links below
Part I – Britain by Air
Part II – Down by the Riverside

Next week, I’ll be guiding you through the British mountains in my final episode of Extreme Sports in Britain so stay tuned!

– Towe

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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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Extreme sports, part I – Britain by air

I am a real outdoor person. I love doing things that gives me a huge adrenaline boost like riding my motocross. So it’s not hard to figure out that I am a huge fan of other extreme sports as well and because of the diversity in the British landscape, there are millions of possibilities for a holiday filled with extreme sports. In the following weeks I will give you my holiday ideas for those who like living on the edge, starting with extreme sports in the air.

There are many ways to experience Britain from above. My own personal favourite is skydiving that I tried myself for the first time in July this year!

Skydiving
Try skydiving, while safely attached to your instructor. Target SkySports arranges skydives in North Lincolnshire for both beginners and advanced divers.

Paragliding
When paragliding, the “pilot” is suspended in a harness below the wings and in comparison to skydiving, the paraglider starts by foot, usually from a height. But a paraglider can also start from a flat surface or by being towed behind a vehicle. Try paragliding in beautiful Wales or check out our list of places to paraglide in the UK here.

Helicopter
If you want to experience some of Britain’s beautiful Castles or other attractions throughout the UK, but you’re tired of doing the old sightseeing bus routine, maybe a Helicopter Tour is something for you. If you’d rather try flying the helicopter yourself, Active-8 in Cornwall offers training flights.

Hot air ballooning
If you get a kick out of being on high altitudes, but maybe don’t like the speed, hot air ballooning is the perfect thing. The balloon moves in a slow pace and let you feel the freedom and serenity on high altitude and let you see beautiful parts of Britain from above at the same time.

Next week, I’ll guide you through the jungle of water sports that you can try in Britain!

-Towe

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Premier League predictions, part 2

Is this where the trophy will end up, again?

Is this where the trophy will end up, again?

On Saturday it begins, the 2010/11 Premier League season. Day before yesterday, I wrote my predictions for the 8:th to 5:th spot finishes, here are my predictions for the top four spots:

4. Arsenal
I think Gunners supporters all over the world are still holding their breaths that Cesc Fabregas won’t make that seemingly inevitable switch to Barcelona just yet. He must be the single most important player to a team in the Premier League. With him they are always title contenders. Without him… I can’t even imagine where they would finish.  But I suppose Wenger would as always have a trick up his sleeve and buy a young French or Dutch guy that noone has even heard of and turn him into one of the best in the league in no-time. Still, with or without Fabregas, they will be surpassed by three teams this season.

3. Manchester City
With City’s mad spending they have to be considered title contenders but I don’t think they will win the league just yet, Buying top players is easy if you got the money, but to make those players into a team is harder and takes a bit of time. However, they already have a team that can beat any side in the world now and new boys David Silva and Yaya Toure are quality signings in my opinion.

Wayne Rooney, Man Utd

Wayne Rooney, Man Utd

2. Manchester United
Last season’s predictions focused on how United would cope without Ronaldo. Rather well it turned out with old boys Giggs and Scholes still playing important roles and Rooney having his best season so far. But at the end of the day, they did not manage to go all the way. I can’t see Giggs and Scholes performing to their highest levels any longer and as promising and talented as players like Hernandez, Obertan and Macheda are,  I dont’ think it is enough to bring the trophy to Old Trafford this season either.

1. Chelsea
Last season, the title race was wide open until the last day when Chelsea managed to win by one single point. This year, I can see the Blues clinch the title earlier than that. Finally there is some consistency at Stamford Bridge without players coming and going all the time. I think this plays to their advantage and if players like Essien, Drogba and Cech can stay injury free then Ancellotti certainly has a team strong, technical and organised enough to not just win the Premier League but also finally conquer Europe in the Champions League.

What do you think? Do you think Chelsea will win once again? Or will City or United bring the title to Manchester? Feel free to comment and discuss below!

/Carl

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