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Things to do in Britain in Summer

Summer will be with us soon, so here are a few ideas for you to make the most of it in Britain.

Published: 11 May 2012

Fossil and dinosaur walks on the Isle of Wight

On our Southern shores lies the Isle of Wight, once home to around 15 species of dinosaur – more than anywhere else in Europe. The pterodactyl-shaped museum Dinosaur Isle (www.dinosaurisle.com) organises two-hour fossil walks for families all summer Fossil walks run throughout the school holidays. The walks are led by museum specialists at three different sites: Yaverland, Shanklin and Brook Bay. Loose fossils can be picked up and dinosaur evidence will be pointed out. Compare the findings with skeletal reconstructions, life-size reconstructions and animatronic dinosaurs inside. The excellent Dinosaur Farm Museum near Brighstone also organises daily beach fossil hunts. Dinosaur Farm Museum (740844; www.isleofwight.com/dinosaurfarmmuseum)

Scarborough Castle and Scarborough North Yorkshire

Make for Scarborough Castle a must see destination this Summer and watch the drama unfold in a magnificent setting high above the Yorkshire coast. This medieval jousting competition is all about “mounted skill at arms” – (that’s how many lances you can break) – and more entertainment is provided by a jester and musicians. Also, parents should check out English Heritage’s Time Travellers Go… series of events, interactive fun for children with dressing up and activities, which take place at its properties across the country. (www.english-heritage.org.uk)

There are also many other seasonal events are staged each year in Scarborough, with Peasholm Park and its beautiful Japanese gardens playing host to a re-enactment of a maritime battle on its boating lake, and evening fireworks throughout the summer months. Also hosted by Peasholm Park is the 'Acoustic Gathering' event - a brief one-day musical festival each September, where more than 20 consecutive acts perform on the bandstand, beneath the majestic Japanese pagoda. Other things to do each summer in Scarborough include the jazz music, classical concerts and the Beached Festival, which is held on the South Bay and has grown to become the most significant live music event on the coastline of Yorkshire.

Edinburgh is the world's Festival City.

It’s where people come together from across the globe to share their passion for arts, culture and ideas. This welcoming, inspiring and open-minded atmosphere is heightened by the approachable beauty of this breathtaking historical city. With 12 Festivals throughout the year, there’s an endless array of events, performances and spectacles to enjoy. Festivals include Edinburgh Art Festival 4th August – 4th September 2011, Fringe Festival, Book Festival and Film Festival

Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of William Shakespeare, steeped in culture and history and set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon; it is one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK with easy road, rail and airport access, it is the perfect place for a vacation or short break. Come wander through Stratford and get a taste of Olde England you can use the Stratford district as a base to enjoy the delights not only of Shakespeare's hometown, but also the nearby surrounding shire counties of Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. Enjoy Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds to the south, Worcester and the Malverns to the west, Warwick Castle and Henley in Arden to the north, and all within an hour's journey of Stratford itself.

Some UK Tourist Gems

England – London

There are many, many reasons to visit our capital city, London, from historical monuments, beautiful parks, swish shopping centres, buzzing nightclubs, leading theatres, major museums and art galleries, royal palaces, farmers markets, antique markets and walks by the river Thames. We have a great transport system and it is easy to navigate your way around using buses, tubes and river cruises. The easiest way to use our transport system is to purchase one day Travel Cards or an Oyster Card, which will allow you to travel freely throughout London.

Just some of our London Gems include;

The Tower of London & Tower Bridge
St Paul’s Cathedral
The Tate Gallery
The Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace
Leadenhall Market and Covent Garden
Westfield Shopping Centre
The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
St James’s Park and Hyde Park
London Zoo and Regents Canal
The London Eye
Thames Cruises and London Bus Tours

England – Sussex & Kent

England is a diverse country from the Garden of England in beautiful Kent which boasts amazing countryside, quaint villages, long sandy beaches and rugged cliffs at Dover together with royal castles and residences including Hever Castle, Hever Nr Edenbridge the home of Anne Boleyn is a double moated castle dating back to 1270 and sitting within 125 acres of stunning parkland, Leeds Castle in Maidstone Kent the palace of Henry VIII spanning over 900 years of history with Norman foundations and a medieval gatehouse and Arundel Castle in West Sussex which boasts some of the most beautiful and finest interiors in the World. Canterbury is home to Canterbury Cathedral one of the most famous and oldest Christian structures in England and listed as a World Heritage site. In Brighton, East Sussex you will not only find the wonderful The Palace Pier which opened in 1899 and great shopping including Brighton Lanes’ which was once the heart of the fishing town of Brighthelmstone, this historic quarter is a fabulous maze of twisting alleyways offering an extraordinary mix of antiques and jewellery shops nestling alongside specialist contemporary and designer boutique fashion you will also find the oldest aquarium in the World – Brighton Sea Life Centre.

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