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Things to do in Britain when you’re stuck

Stuck in Britain because of an ash cloud? Don’t despair – Britain is probably the best place to get stuck in, since it’s full of great things to do all year round. So read this blog post and get inspired!

LONDON

Musicals
Phantom of the Opera, Buddy, La Bohème, Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys or The Lion King – There is simply no better place to catch a musical than in London. And even if you don’t have tickets, there’s always a good chance to find tickets last minute at Leicester Square.

Find out which musical you want to see and if it’s running this weekend on Time Out London.

Storm Exhibition – Right but Wrong
See the highly recommended exhibition “Right but Wrong – The Extended Album Art of Storm Studios and Hipgnosis” at Idea Generation Gallery. The exhibition is open until 2nd of May 2010.

Idea Generation Gallery
11 Chance Street
London E2 7JB
Web: Idea Generation Gallery

London Architecture Walks
If your interested in architecture but not sure what to visit or how, then a guided walk might be the answer. With London Architecture Walks, you can choose a theme like “London Churches”, “Financial London” or “River Thames”. Take your pick and start walking.

Web: London Architecture Walks

Have a pint at a local pub
Relax – there’s nothing you can do about the cloud anyway. So why not have a pint and just let the hours go by for a while? With the Good Pub Guide you can find the best places to find a good pint throughout Britain.

Web: The Good Pub Guide

ENGLAND

Fine Food Market in Nottingham
With almost 40 stallholders from across the East Midlands – selling everything from meat, cheese and pickles, to fudge, cakes, beer and wine – there is going to be plenty of choice for food and drink lovers everywhere. So take yourself down to Old Market Square between 16th and 17th of April and eat your way through British food culture this weekend.

Find more things to do in Nottingham on Visit Nottinghams homepage.

See a Premier League football game
Take the opportunity to see a Premier League football game this weekend. There are still some great matches that aren’t sold out like the derby between Manchester City and Manchester United or Liverpool – Westham and Blackburn – Everton.

Buy tickets on Premier Leagues homepage.

Hadrian’s Wall in Newcastle
You can’t visit Newcastle without walking along designated World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall. This famous 2,000-year-old Roman defence wall stretches from Carlisle in Cumbria to Wallsend in Newcastle going right through the city.

Find more things to do in Newcastle on VisitNewcastleGatesheads homepage.

Shopping in Manchester
Manchester is a real shopping Mecca, and if you’re stranded here – take the time to do some serious shopping. Some good places to shop is The Lowry Outlet Mall at The Quays, the bohemian area Northern Quarter where you’ll find famous Afflecks, or Kings Street with its fashionable shops.

Stuck in Manchester, but don’t have any shopping cravings? Then visit VisitManchesters homepage for more inspiration.

The Harry Potter Sensation
All over Britain you’ll find places to visit if you’re a Harry Potter buff. Take the Hogwarts Express through Harry Potters London & Oxford, find the filming locations for Hogwarts Dining Hall, Hogsmead Station or Diagon Alley and lot’s of other exiting places throughout Britain.

Read the first part of our three part guide to Harry Potters Britain here.

The Beatles Story in Liverpool
While in Liverpool you don’t want to miss The Beatles Story, an interactive museum located at the historic Albert Dock in Liverpool. Join the four lads in their journey from unknown boys to world famous.

The museum is open seven days a week, all year round (excluding December 25th/26th) Opening hours are 9am – 7pm. For information about current exhibitions, admission fees etc, please visit The Beatles Story homepage.

WALES

Millenium Centre
Cardiff’s showpiece arts centre features everything from ballet and opera to hip hop shows and comedy. Known locally as the ‘Golden Armadillo‘, its gigantic bronze-coloured façade inscribed with poetry has made the building an iconic UK landmark.

Historic Pubs
If you like beer and history, Cardiff is the place to go. Many of the ancient pubs of Cardiff actually existed before the city itself. So find a pub, have a pint and take in the historic atmosphere of Cardiff.

SCOTLAND

Glasgow International Festival Of Visual Art
Have you been stuck in Glasgow and love art? Lucky you. Between16 April-3 May you have the chance to see Glasgow International Festival Of Visual Art. Packed with events, talks and tours as well as major world-class exhibitions, some by artists living in the city and others by leading international figures, the Festival is Glasgow’s art scene at its liveliest and best.

The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh
If your fond of whisky and happen to be stuck in Edinburgh, I suggest you walk down to The Scotch Whisky Museum. Apparently they just started a thrilling new guided tour where you can take a barrel ride through a replica distillery, hear stories about the craftsmanship of whisky making and get some inside hints on how to improve your palate and lead you to your favourite Single Malt Whisky.

The Scotch Whisky Experience
354 Castlehill, The Royal Mile,
Edinburgh, EH1 2NE

For more information about the opening hours or ongoing events, please visit The Scotch Whisky Museums homepage.

I hope you got some ideas on what to do in Britain when you’re stuck. For further information or inspiration, please visit our homepages:

Sweden: http://www.visitbritain.se
Denmark: http://www.visitbritain.dk
Finland (ENG): http://www.visitbritain.fi
Norway: http://www.visitbritain.no

Enjoy!

– Towe –

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British culture online

In a time where subjects such as file sharing, copyright laws and illegal downloading are being discussed in every other street corner, it is quite refreshing to see British artists and musicians getting their works out in new fun ways. We previously wrote about the Beatles Official Widget, that allows you to put a customizable application with your favourite Beatles songs on your blog, Facebook or MySpace page.

Now, the lads in Monty Python have entered the stage. Instead of trying to get illegal recordings of their work removed from the Internet, they have decided to create their own section on YouTube. With high quality videos with links to where to read more and buy their TV shows and movies, I think this is a great example of how to use and take advantage of new technology. Instead of working against it.

Good on you lads – I’ll buy your DVD box next time I am at Heathrow!

/Carl

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In The Beatles footsteps

Abbey Road
August 2009 is the month you should go in the footsteps of The Beatles. This year both the Beatles week in Liverpool and the 40 year anniversary of the Abbey Road crossing is in August and what better way to celebrate this then visiting England?

On Saturday August 8th 2009 it is exactly 40 years ago that The Beatles crossed Abbey Road in London for their famous Abbey Road album. To celebrate this, The Celebrity Planet invites everyone to cross Abbey Road at 11 am on August 8th. So, why not dress up as John, Paul, Ringo or George, and come to the famous Abbey Road crossing where you can sing famous Beatles songs with other Beatles fans. An event you don’t want to miss, and it’s all for free! Just don’t forget to bring your iPod!

The Beatle Week in Liverpool
A few weeks later, between August 26th and September 1st, the annual Beatle Week takes place in Liverpool. In over 20 years, fans from all over the world have come to visit the city to celebrate music during Beatle Week. Here you’ll experience live entertainment, art exhibitions, flea markets, guest appearances, autograph sessions, Beatles auctions and bands from all over the world participating in Liverpool’s best event of the year.

For those who doesn’t want to organize a trip to Liverpool by themselves this week, there are tours from both Denmark and Sweden. Travel art in Denmark has an organized trip where you don’t have to do anything. Events, hotel and dinner is all booked on their trip. And for the real Beatle-junkie there’s a possibility to up the price and stay at the famous ‘Hard day’s night hotel’. For more information about this please check out their programme here.

For Swedes the ‘Beatles information Center’ arranges a trip to Liverpool during Beatle Week. People joining this trip gets to travel with the famous cover band Pepperland(former Lenny Pane), who are performing with the famous Lennon impersonator Mark McGann at Beatle Week. For more information about the Swedish tour, please click on this link.

The Beatles Story
Also, while in Liverpool you don’t want to miss The Beatles Story, an interactive museum located at the historic Albert Dock in Liverpool. Join the four lads in their journey from unknown boys to world famous superstars in a “Living History” audio guide narrated by John Lennon’s sister, Julia. On your walk you’ll visit the places they lived, ate, sang and performed and you’ll also see some rare Beatles artefacts along the way.

At the museum there’s also a special exhibition that changes from time to time. Between June 17th and December 31st, there’s an exhibition called “White Feather: The Spirit of Lennon”, an exhibition that “tells the emotional and intimate personal story of the life of the Lennon family; for the first time presented as an exclusive exhibition. It gives a unique and emotive insight into life with John Lennon that only Cynthia (John’s first wife) and Julian (John’s eldest son) can give.” As it says on the homepage.

The museum is open seven days a week, all year round (excluding December 25th/26th) Opening hours are 9am – 7pm. For information about current exhibitions, admission fees etc, please visit The Beatles Story homepage.

Enjoy!
– Towe –

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Thomas Hinderssons trip to England, Part VII: Liverpool in 24h

Ladies and Gentlemen yet another day have passed and our vagabond Thomas has now been exploring another famous English town. Here’s Liverpool in 24 hours, boiled down to 10 minutes!

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