We’ve hinted about it on our Facebook page and we’ve been planning it for over a year and now it’s time to reveal the details of our upcoming trip to England to cover the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
This will be our longest trip to England yet – at almost 3 weeks – and it’s something that only Anglotopia has been able to make happen. We’re so excited about this trip because it will give us an opportunity to leave London and explore some other parts of England that we haven’t seen.
We’ve been able to partner with Visit Britain, Visit Oxfordshire and Visit Bath for a amazing itinerary that sees us taking in the best the Southwest England has to offer.
So, for those that are interested, here’s a breakdown of our itinerary.
May 21st, 2012
Me, Jackie and Anglotopia Jr. will depart Chicago’s O’hare airport for a direct flight to London on British Airways (our preferred airline).
May 22nd, 2012
We arrive at London Heathrow Terminal at which point we’ll be picking up our Rental car and heading to Oxfordshire
May 22nd – May 25th, 2012
We will spend these three days exploring the Oxfordshire Cotswalds. We have a lot on our itinerary but highlights include: Blenheim Palace, Visit Villages, Cotswold Woolen Weavers, Kelmscott Manor, Bampton (where Downton Abbey is filmed!), Churchill’s Grave, Cogges Manor Farm, Canal Boat Cruise and a ton of other things.
May 25th – May 28th, 2012
We will next spend 3 days exploring the beautiful Georgian City of Bath.
Highlights of our visit will include: visit to the Roman Baths, Tea at Sally Lunn’s, Bizarre Bath Tour, Guided Walks, The Bath Spa, Bath Abbey, Royal Crescent and a ton of other things.
While in Bath we’ll be staying at the Abbey Rise Bed and Breakfast for 3 nights.
May 28th – June 1st, 2012
We’ll be spending the next 5 days exploring our favorite area in England, Dorset. This will be our longest stay in the county and we’re really excited about becoming temporary locals and seeing all the great stuff we’ve read about.
Highlights of our stay include seeing Stourhead, Shaftesbury, a flight over Dorset by a friend, Corfe Castle, Swanage Steam train, Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, Swanage among other things.
During our time in Dorset, we’ll be staying in Updown Cottage on Gold Hill in Shaftesbury. Pretty much our favorite place on earth!
From June 1st – June 7th, 2012
This is when we’ll be in London. We’re stopping off to see Stonehenge on the way to London – something I’ve always wanted to do. We’ll then pay a visit to British Airways headquarters at Heathrow where we’ve been invited for a tour. Then we drop off our rental car and get a ride into London from a driver from The London Connection.
While in London, we plan to cover as much of the Diamond Jubilee as we can but also seeing some sites that we haven’t seen before. But first on June 2nd, good friends are going to show us around the cathedral town of St. Albans in Hertfordshire.
On Sunday, June 3rd we have tickets to the Battersea Jubilee Festival which is where we’ll watch the Thames Jubilee Pagent and experience a grand British Day Out. On Tuesday, June 5th, we’ll be on the streets of London to cover the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Procession.
In between all these events, we have many business meetings planned and sleep somewhere in there.
We return to Chicago on June 7th. There will be much recuperation afterwards.
Also, something we wanted to share. Throughout all of this, we’ve rented professional video equipment and we’re going to shoot footage for a web series called Travels in Britain. Stay tuned for more details on that!
We have a ton of great articles scheduled to be published while we’re travelling and our newsletter will go out as normal. However, we won’t be updating the site with our trip Diaries until we return from our trip – we just won’t have the time while were zooming around England. However, we will post updates on our Facebook and Twitter Pages, as well as post photos (these things don’t take much time to do). When we return, we’ll write detailed diaries of each day of our trip.
We will also have a gamut of coverage of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and we plan to have Liveblogs during the major events. So stayed tuned for information on that.