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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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ABBA World in London.

Swedish pop wonder ABBA became world famous in the 1970s with hits like Waterloo, Dancing Queen and Fernando. After that, the band reaped success after success, and is still the second best-selling popular music group in the history of recorded music, with only the Beatles before them.

Now, almost 40 years later, the group back with a bang in the new exhibition ABBA World . The exhibition opened a couple of weeks ago in London, Earls Court. Since their first glory of fame with Waterloo in Liverpool 1974, London is the first city to show this multimedia experience.  Find 25 rooms filled with videos, pictures, accessories, clothes and off course music, music, music! 3D holographic illusions gives you the chance to perform together with the famous group, and there are lots of other exciting things to see and do. The exhibition is held at Earls Court, Warwick road and closes the 28. March 2010.

We have been getting a lot of question on how and where you can buy the tickets to the exhibition, so we decided to make it easier for you and blog about it. See links to the booking sites below:

Sweden
Norway
Denmark
Finland

When you book, be sure to choose London as city and leave the rest open.

Thank you for the music!

Cathrine

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Mind over Matter

Storm

Storm

Since the last Storm exhibition was already over when I last wrote about them, I wanted to get back to you readers now, when there’s a new exhibition.

In their new exhibition Mind over Matter – The images of Pink Floyd you’ll find their album cover prints of Pink Floyd; a result of over 40 years of collaboration between StormStudios and one of the World’s most successful rock bands.

The exhibition is situated in the little town of Ely, Cambridgeshire in Eastern England. Ely is a beautiful little cathedral city, just over an hour from London by train. While you’re in the city, you should take the opportunity to visit the beautiful English Medieval Cathedral, also known as ‘the ship of the Fens’, because of its shape that towers over the flat countryside. The most distinguishing feature of the Ely Cathedral is the octagon, an astonishingly beautiful tower built in the 13th century.

Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral

The exhibition ‘Mind over Matters’ is at the Babylon Gallery and continues until Sunday 19 July 2009. The gallery is open Tuesdays to Sundays 12 noon – 4pm and there is no entry fee.

Address: Babylon Gallery is at: Waterside, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4AU

On Saturday 27 June from 2pm you can also meet the artist Storm Thorgerson in person.

For those, who are going to London in July, visit this exhibition in Ely. You will not be disappointed.

– Towe –

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Taken by Storm

Dark Side of the Moon

Dark Side of the Moon

Came home after two days in London last week. We had a European Gathering for VisitBritain. The first day was cramped with meetings and teambuiding, but the second day I only had one booked meeting , so most of the day was spent walking around London, catching up with the city. I hadn’t been there for ten years, so I really enjoyed visiting all the touristy stuff like Westminister Abbey, London Eye and Tower of London etc.

And as I was walking on the South bank, between London Bridge and the Globe theatre, I accidentally saw a  familiar picture in a window.  The picture was  Pink Floyds famous album cover from “The Dark Side of the Moon” from 1973. Apparently I had bumped in to an exhibition called “Taken by Storm” by StormStudios, which is a bunch of freelancing photographers led by Rupert Truman and had been working at StormStudios for 15 years.

Rupert Truman

Rupert Truman

Rupert told me that it all started when Storm Thorgerson went to school with a couple of the members in Pink Floyd. He started designing some of their album covers, and this was the beginning of StormStudios’ success. The surreal triangle on the cover of the album “The Dark Side of the Moon” has become a symbol for Pink Floyd, and a lot more of the pictures made by StormStudios is quite famous, but few people know who made them. They have seen the pictures and connect them to a band or a famous singer. But that’s it. That is why this exhibition is rather small, and under some bridge, almost invisible to people passing by. This is a shame, since the pictures are absolutely beautiful, and really worth seeing if you’re into surealistic art or photographic craftmanship.

I’ll never forget this exhibition, and I will definitely go to another one next time I get the chance.

The exhibition I visited was calle “Taken by Storm” and was situated on OXO London Tower Wharf, South Bank between May 14th – and May 31th. But for futher information about coming exbhibitions, keep checking our blog, visit StormStudios homepage http://www.stormsight.co.uk or sign up for StormStudios newsletters by mailing your details to updates@stormsight.co.uk.

StormStudio - 3 images

-Towe-

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Come and join us at the TUR Travel Exhibition

 

MINI

MINI

As I type VisitBritain are on their way to Gothenburg to attend the annual TUR fair. This is the largest travel trade and consumer fair in the Nordic region (March 19th-22nd) and every year we challenge ourselves to come with something more exciting the previous year.  

This time around we are thrilled to be joined on the stand by MINI, who are celebrating their 50th birthday. Not only will you find helpful staff to present hints, tips and ideas to make your next trip to Britain a wonderful experience but we will have a DJ playing a set from the only Disco MINI in the world (complete with smoke machine and glitter ball).
Please pop down and say hello – we would love to see you. Details can be found at www.swefair.com 
VisitBritain Stand TUR 2009

VisitBritain Stand TUR 2009

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Henry VIII – The Tudors – and London.

Is there anyone else out there who has followed the tv-series about the Tudors? It’s rather fascinating with “sex, drugs and rock & roll” set in a Tudor-setting. Henry VIII led a ruthless life , taking 6 wives where he beheaded two of them, divorced  4 and was rather an unpleasant partner I would guess? If you are into history and Henry VIII this is the year to visit some of the palaces and places connected to the late King.

Hampton Court Palace, which he more or less stole from his lord chancellor  Cardinal Wolsey is one. The cardinal “volunteered” to give it to the former King but was still beheaded a few years later. So much for being generous! Now it’s 500 years since Henry VIII became king and at Hampton Court Palace an extensive makeover has been done to the state apartments. New furniture and decorations to really catch the lavish Tudor feeling. The celebration at Hampton Court called “Henry VIII: Heads and Hearts” is going on the whole year.

Tower of LondonFurther more, a visit to The Tower of London, where several of Henry VIII’s enemies (or people he just didn’t like) were imprisoned and beheaded, will be essential. Here the exhibition “Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill” will go on the entire year. The exhibition claims they have gathered together,     for the first time since the 16th century, the largest number of objects that belonged to Henry,- and of course, just a few yards away from the    exhibition at the Tower you’ll find the site of Ann Boleyn’s execution. 

There are several other places in London,- and other parts of England, where they will celebrate the 500 year anniversary . The British Library in London, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with Henry’s favourite warship Mary Rose, Windsor Castle and  Hever Castle in Kent will all have exhibitions and activities.  Please contact us by email for more information.

Buy your tickets to Hampton Court Palace and The Tower of London in our web shop online.

Cathrine

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