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Recapture the spectacle of York’s medieval past

If you’re interested in history and arts and you happen to be in or near the town of York in the middle of July, take the time to see the York Mystery Plays. On two Sundays, the 11th and 18th of July 2010, twelve plays accompanied by music, will be performed on wagons at various locations in York.

These tales of sacred history was traditionally played in York on the feast day of Corpus Christi from the middle of the 14th century. In spite of the ban the plays continued a while after the English reformation, but where finally stopped in 1569. In 1951 the plays had a successful revival and became a reoccurring event.

Until September 8th you have the opportunity to see the exhibition about the history behind the plays at York Art Gallery. The exhibition also displays the last surviving original manuscript of the plays, dating from between 1463 and 1477. See more information about the exhibition on www.yorkartgallery.co.uk or find the gallery on our Britain map.

Other related events take place in York during this period. For further information, please visit www.yorkmysteryplays.co.uk

– Towe

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More Christmas fun in London! Carols and theatres!

I’m happy to see that so many read our post about Christmas Markets in London. Here you’ll get some more good ideas about what to do and what to see when visiting London in December!

For the first time ever the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London will be open during Christmas and New Year.  From the 22:nd December to 3:d January, this beautiful Victorian open theater will have a show with a mixture of music, theatre and circus – all in the spirit of Shakespeare!  The show is 2 times 30 minutes and though it’s an open air theater you can keep warm by having a nice cup of mulled wine or other warm drink or food  during the break.

A visit to England in Christmas time should always include a Christmas Carols concert! You can visit the daily concerts at Trafalgar Square with different choirs singing, and sometimes dancing, around the huge Christmas tree.

If you prefer indoor concerts, the famous church St. Martins in the Field can offer several fantastic concerts all guaranteed to get you in that special Christmas festive feeling. Especially the Glory of Christmas by candlelight concerts the 10:th and 18:Th December is worth a visit. On the 15:th there is a Family Carols by candlelight and on the 23:rd, Händels “Messiah” is on the program.

Another choice is St. Paul’s Cathedral which have wonderful carol concerts. If you visit London the 15:th of December you can attend the special atmospheric  Celebration of Christmas Concert.

Christmas pantos is a fun British tradition which I love.  You’ll find shows that the whole family will enjoy like The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre or the Life & Adventures of Santa based on the story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The traditional pantos, more suitable for adults and teenagers, are Aladdin at the New Wimbledon Theatre and Cinderella at the Catford’s Broadway Theatre. They both mix magic, comedy, adventure and romance,- truly British! Both theatres are situated in the outskirts of central London and can be reached by local trains.



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Hanna’s own London: Part 2

Let’s hear the rest of Hanna’s story:

Portobello MarketThe next day we had the best breakfast buffet ever! Lots of fresh fruit, fresh bread, fresh juices and of course all the ingredients of an English breakfast. The hotel is really to recommend, not only because of the breakfast, but also because of the friendly staff and the location. After breakfast we went out. Our London pass was for one day, and we decided to use it this day. The card gives you the opportunity to do a lot, there are about 50 attractions and discounts on theatre, restaurants and cinemas. It was a warm and sunny day, and because of this we decided only to do two things with the card, the outdoor attractions. We started with a little walk around Oxford Circus, looking at all the shops. Then we took a red London buss to Notting Hill, where we went down Penbrook Lane to the Portobello market that’s only on at Saturdays. Lots of people, clothes, food and things. I loved it!!!

från kanalbåtenThen we went for our first attraction “Jason’s canal boat trip”. It starts in Little Venice and goes through a canal down to Camden lock. It was the nicest trip! It really looks like Venice. You can hardly believe it’s in London. It is so pretty. And calm. We went off at Camden and walked around a little at the Camden Market. We bought spicy food from small stands, and had a beer at the nice canal restaurant Lock 17.

kanalbåtenThen we went to our next attraction, also a boat. “City Cruise on River Thames”, starts at Westminster, goes to Waterloo and then to The Tower and finishes at Greenwich. This was also a very nice trip. It is brilliant to see London from the water. I can really recommend both trips, but especially the canal boat! In the evening we went to see a horror play that got great reviews,” The woman in black” at Fortune theatre. It has been played for 20 years and was just great! Such brilliant actors, and both me and my mum jumped in our seats a couple of times…

Hanna at Camden LockSunday and our last day came too fast. We spent the entire day shopping, shopping, shopping. We went back to Portobello road, no market on Sundays, but nice shops and less crowded. Then we went to Marble Arch to go to Primark, a shop with really nice and cheap clothes. We finished at my favourite place – Camden Market. There I met up with my friend Jenny who lives in London, we had some beers and then ate great food again. Then we went back to the hotel with lots of clothes and bags and packed and went to the airport. It was a lovely weekend and I will return soon again! Thank you VisitBritain!

– Hanna and Marie Ullerstam –

Thanks to Hanna for sharing her story with us, and for all the great tips!

See the places Hanna visited on our Britain Map:
Notting Hill
Portobello Rd
Fortune Theatre
Camden Market

– Hanne –

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Hanna’s own London: Part 1

Our Swedish winner, Hanna Ullerstam, from the My Own London competition we had last year, tells us about her weekend in London:
Notting Hill, Portobello RoadIn the beginning of spring 2009 I was contacted by VisitBritain and told that I had won a weekend in London for two. Of course I got really excited! I got to pick a weekend whenever I wanted and so because my summer was already booked, we decided on a weekend in the beginning of September. And since the beginning of autumn in London usually is warm and pleasant this was also a good choice. My travel friend changed from my boyfriend to my mother when my boyfriend got a job offer he couldn’t refuse. And this was also good in one way, you see my mother was together with an Englishman in her youth when she was 15 to 25 so she kind of knows London inside and out. Still. Because even if time has changed, London has also changed, but yet not. A lot of things stay the same. The good stuff stays the same.

Covent Garden performanceSo it was on the morning on Friday the 18th of September when we left Stockholm for London with British Airways. The prize included the flight, an Oyster card for the subway, hotel and a London pass that gives you entrance to a lot of exciting attractions in London. We landed safely after a pleasant journey and went to our hotel. We lived in the middle of everything at the Radisson Edwardian Mountbatten Hotel which was close to Covent garden. After quickly unpacking and taking a shower we hit the city. We had a walk to Covent Garden and looked at all the street performers that crowded the streets; magicians, jugglers and comedians. The evening was sunny and warm, and life felt just great! Then we went to an English pub at “The Strand” where we enjoyed fish and chips and a large beer. Compared to the fish and chips you get at the English coasts this was nothing, but compared to the Swedish fish and chips, this was heaven! Then we decided to see a play. I work as an actress in Sweden and my mother is really interested in the theatre as well, so where should we go to see a play if not in London! We decided to see “Speaking in tongues” at the Duke of York Theatre. We decided to go directly to the theatre to try to get cheap seats, and we got lucky. Really cheap seats in the 4th row. The play was so good, with brilliant actors! After this we went back to the hotel and slept like babies…

Tomorrow you can read the rest of Hanna’s story about her trip to London.
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See the places Hanna visited on our Britain Map
Covent Garden
Duke of York’s Theatre

– Hanne –

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