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Unusual Holidays In The UK

by on Mar.30, 2012, under Vacations

The United Kingdom is famous for its haunted castles and standing stone circles. There are many things to see and do which will satisfy the cravings of those who seek the strange and the unusual. Instead of thinking about the lovely little seaside villages and all the gorgeous scenery in Britain, let’s take a moment to think about the weird things to see during vacations in the UK.

Forget Stonehenge. It’s boring, it’s mostly closed off to the public, and there is nothing particularly amusing about having to try to take photographs without getting any of these modern day “druids” in the frame.

Straddling the county border between Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, the Rollright Stones are one of England’s more interesting megalithic structures. Three separate and chronologically distinct rings of stone have been placed here over the millennia. Local lore asserts that the stones in the rings cannot be counted, and that every attempt made to tally them will result in a different number from the previous attempts.

For those who look to the skies instead of the earth, there is a particularly important site in Suffolk worth visiting. For those among us who like the idea of alien visitors and UFOs, this may be one of the highlights of their trip. Outside of RAF Woodbridge lies Rendlesham Forest.

The Rendlesham Forest Incident occurred in December of 1980, and it may have been the most important and famous UFO event in Britain’s history. Sometimes referred to as “Britain’s Roswell” this incident involved military personnel from both American and British forces. Many eyewitness reports over a multiple day period have managed to pique the curiosity of alien hunters for over thirty years now. The event remains a mystery even today, and those witnesses who swore statements saying that there was something strange on those nights now wonder if things have been deliberately covered up by the military.

England is hardly the only country in Britain to have experienced weird things. Ireland, Wales, and Scotland are similarly replete with fantastic stories. Many of the most popular ones involve supernatural animals, often roaming the moors hungrily. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used these myths as the vague basis of one of his most popular Sherlock Holmes mysteries, The Hound Of The Baskervilles.

No discussion of weird Britain would be complete without at least a mention of the nation’s most famous monster. The world famous Loch Ness with its deep, black water has been said to be the home of the Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie, since medieval times. Many attempts have been made over the years to capture some kind of photographic evidence of this creature. To date there have been none that were conclusive enough to warrant any sort of serious scientific investigation.

There are so many strange things to see and weird places to be in Britain. Instead of taking the usual week of seaside scenery, why not make one of your next vacations in the UK different? If you enjoy the supernatural, the British Isles will not disappoint.

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    Holiday Celebrations In Britain

    by on Mar.25, 2012, under Vacations

    Just as North America celebrates many religious holidays such as Christmas and Good Friday, Britain does as well. There are special holidays in Britain that come from historic events as well as some other traditions that allow for a long weekend in the spring and summer months.

    The United Kingdom refers to their main holidays as Bank Holidays. Bank Holidays are a day off for most of the working population and students. When a Bank Holiday falls on a weekend, when many are off work already, the day will be celebrated on the Monday. Several cities also host games of Cricket on these days.

    The Battle of Boyne took place on July 12th in 1690. This day is also recognized as Orangeman’s Day. The Battle of Boyne marks a day in history that William II of England conquered the catholic King James II. Annually on July 12th, Birmingham and Liverpool host Orange Day marches. Men and women who participate in the march wear black suits or dresses with orange sashes.

    Orangeman’s Day is a main holiday within the UK, with Northern Ireland declaring it a Banking Holiday. Leading up to the marches and parades that take place on July 12th, groups reflect around bonfires the night before.

    July 29th was a holiday in 1981 when Prince Charles married Lady Diana. Since Royal Weddings are given a holiday, the same will happen on April 29th of 2011 for the nuptials of Prince William to Kate Middleton. Many citizens of Britain will use this holiday to watch the wedding ceremony.

    On the last Monday in May, there is a Spring Bank Holiday for Britain. Once again on a long weekend, many plan small vacations given that most are off work and out of school. There are many local festivities that take place, including a cheese race in Gloucestershire. People compete by running down a hill, chasing a large rolling ball of cheese. The first to complete the race wins an eight pound Double Gloucester cheese.

    The Holocaust Remembrance Day called Yom HaShoah is also celebrated in the UK. This day is to remember the Jewish people who were victims of the Holocaust in World War II. Ceremonies across the UK take place including services in the local Synagogues. Ancestors of survivors and living survivors tell their stories. Educators in schools teach Jewish history and about the Holocaust.

    Though Scotland celebrates the Summer Bank Holiday the first Monday of August, the rest of the UK takes their break on the last Monday. The last Monday of August honors the ending of summer and the beginning of autumn. Banks, schools and businesses close to take part in the celebrations. Exuberant costumes are displayed in the second largest street parade in the world in Notting Hill.

    The UK has many special days throughout the year. Some are considered Bank Holidays and others are days marked on the calendar. Holidays in Britain range from religious, historical and vacation days. These holidays allow all citizens of the UK to celebrate traditions and reflect on times past.

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      Holidays In Cornwall – Touring Can Be Fun And Exciting

      by on Jan.30, 2011, under Vacations

      Taking a break from daily monotony of life is as significant as visiting Cornwall. Holidays in Cornwall, a city located south of England can offer complete respite. Visits to cliffs, hills, valleys and estuaries can allow visitors to enjoy real pleasures of life.

      Located in South England, the town is best known for its beaches. Around 300 beaches cater to the visitors for their tastes and pleasures. Visitors can visit the small, almost untouched villages and towns located near the shorelines.

      Cornish food is something tourist would like to taste. Marine dishes made from mussel and crabs are commonly served. But, it’s Cornish pastry that is mostly eaten and preferred by visitors for its originality and taste. Usually served with tea and gravy, it has become a lunch item.

      History comes alive by visiting St. Michel’s Mount, Lanhydrock House, Hurlers and Chysauster. These sites are worth visiting to know about the things that might have happened hundreds of years back. Nothing can be missed as many ruins and castles still have marks untouched by modernization.

      Golfing is one sport that can be enjoyed while vacationing. A number of well-trimmed and beautiful golf courses divide the greenery of the county. Courses like Nicklaus, St. Mellion, Kernow and Lanhydrock offer the best tree lines and abundant space to enjoy the game.

      Staying in caravans can bring delight with St Ives Holiday Park dedicated completely for such stays. These modern cottage type homes are equipped with a complete set of necessaries with additional facilities like swimming pool, gym or terrace garden in some of them. The stay can be made pleasurable with tours to nearby coves and beaches.

      Fowey, St Ives and Padstow are a must visit while on vacations. These towns house some of the best sea-facing restaurants, narrow streets and art galleries. Some of the sheltered coves offer great enthusiasm and tranquil with complete access to surfing and swimming during any part of the day.

      The author is a vacation professional and advises you book incredible fun St Ives Holidays and amazing camping in Cornwall today

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