Happy new year! Welcome to 2020! Let's have a look what's happening across Britain this month and see what weirdness I've managed to find this time. Twelfth Night I've been to the London Twelfth Night celebration so can recommend the event but there is also a Twelfth Night celebration in Guildford, Surrey, each year. Counting twelve nights on from Christmas Day, the twelfth … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in January 2020 – Twelfth Night, Chinese New Year, Burns Night, Blenheim Palace, Ballet, Wales, History, and More!
This post was sponsored by the Royal Oak Foundation, the American affiliate of the National Trust. Anglotopia Readers can get a discount on joining – details at the bottom of the post! The Cotswolds is understandably one of the most beautiful places in England. Picturesque countryside dotted with quaint villages and historical landmarks is a description that doesn’t even do … [Read more...] about Royal Oak: Top Ten National Trust Properties to Visit in the Cotswolds
And so we reach the height of the festive season. As we don't have Thanksgiving, Christmas is our major winter celebration and the lights go on across Britain often earlier than this month. Families come together for a big roast turkey dinner on Christmas Day and, generally, stay together for the following day as Boxing Day (26 December) is another public holiday. Christmas Eve … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in December 2019 – Christmas in Britain, Wales, Blenheim Palace, Stonehenge Winter Solstice, Lincoln, Puddings and More!,
On our drive from Land's End to John O'Groats last year, one of our final stops was Castle of Mey in Caithness (in fact it's what we did after going to John O'Groats). Castle of Mey was the Queen Mother's private Scottish castle, which she bought after the death of her husband King George VI. The castle is not a grand home, it’s compact but classy and it’s a very intimate … [Read more...] about 10 Interesting Facts and Figures About the Castle of Mey – The Queen Mother’s Scottish Castle
It's definitely getting cooler across Britain in November but it's never so cold we can't get out and about. The dark evenings are appreciated with pyrotechnics and light displays this month and there is a major celebration connecting England and America. River of Light River of Light 2019 is Liverpool's nine-day festival of light, colour and spectacle. It is bringing … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in November 2019 – Liverpool, Lumiere Durham, Bonfire Night, Mayflower 400, St Andrew’s Day, Winter Wonderland and Much More!
This post was sponsored by the Royal Oak Foundation, the American affiliate of the National Trust. Anglotopia Readers can get a discount on joining – details at the bottom of the post! The National Trust isn’t just manor houses and castles, you know. In addition to these historic properties, they also own and manage many of Britain’s most beautiful gardens. While some are … [Read more...] about Royal Oak Foundation: Top Ten National Trust Gardens to Visit This Autumn
Welcome to autumn in Britain. It's definitely cooler at this time of year and usually wetter too. The school children get a week-long holiday to break-up the September to Christmas term. Dates will vary, but it's usually mid to late October. RHS Gardens To start the month, the RHS offers a free entry day to enjoy the autumn colour at its gardens on 1 October. At RHS Garden … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in October 2019 – Royal Horticulture Society, Harvest Time, Hastings, Railway in Wartime, Manchester, Literary Festivals and More!
Muncaster Castle was my third destination on my final day exploring the Lake District. I’ve previously written about my visit to the Ravenglass & Eskdale railway which you can read here. I will be writing about going through the Hardknott Pass in an upcoming issue of the Anglotopia Magazine. By the time I arrived at Muncaster Castle, I was, to say the least exhausted. But … [Read more...] about Exploring Cumbria: A Visit to Muncaster Castle
As we enter summer the temperature increases across Britain so we've got lots of reasons to be outside this month. (I'm not saying it's hot here but you will find brave locals wearing t-shirts from Lands End to John O'Groats.) This is a bumper round-up of the traditional and quirky events happening across this great land so grab a cuppa and enjoy reading. St Albans Join … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in June 2019: St Albans, Dickens Festival, Yorkshire, Manchester Day, Bletchley Park and Much More!
I was brought up near to Colchester so I did visit the Castle when I was a child. I remember it as a cold shell of a Norman castle which seemed much more fun from the outside that it was when you went inside. Thankfully it's a true visitor attraction now explaining the incredible history of this Essex town. I had a great excuse to stop in Colchester recently as I spent a few … [Read more...] about Laura’s Britain: Exploring History at Colchester Castle in Essex
I arrived at the railway station having just gone through the Hardknott Pass, Britain’s steepest road and one of the most challenging and beautiful drives I’d ever taken in my life. While I generally seek out heritage steam railways, in this case, I hadn’t. I just needed the loo after the long, slow drive through the Pass. But then I heard a steam train whistle. And I was … [Read more...] about Exploring Cumbria: On the Ravenglass & Eskdale Stream Heritage Railway Through the Esk Valley – Pictures and Video!
Britain is at its warmest during the summer months, and with that rise in temperature brings a number of outdoor festivals, fairs, and other events that get people into the streets. Music, food, and fun await anyone who visits the United Kingdom from June through August, and there’s an event to suit every taste. Whatever you’re in the mood for this summer, we at Anglotopia … [Read more...] about The Brit Travel Fiver – Five Summer Festivals To Plan Your Trip Around – Musical, Medieval, Literary, Fringe
Bletchley Park is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology. It played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict. Due to its exceptional historical importance, this nineteenth-century mansion and estate in Buckinghamshire is open to visitors … [Read more...] about Bletchley Park: New Exhibition Report – D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion
I hope you enjoyed the March 2019 recommendations as I've got plenty more ideas for April. There's so much to see and do, we hope you can incorporate some of these into your upcoming trips (or plan for next year)! This month moves us properly into spring so nature is bringing us more colourful flowers and those well known 'April showers' will keep them well watered. Easter … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in April 2019 – Easter Celebrations, St George’s Day, Queen’s Birthday, Flower and Garden Shows and More!
The Bodleian Library in Oxford – the library of the prestigious University of Oxford – is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. In Britain, it is second in size only to the British Library in London. The Bodleian first opened to scholars in 1602. Its incomparable collections of books, papers and manuscripts are housed in buildings in the city center, and you can book a … [Read more...] about Laura’s Britain: Exploring the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford – An Inside Tour – Tons of Pictures Inside!
Traveling to the UK this holiday season? Be sure to visit a holiday market during your trip! Here are some National Trust homes hosting markets this year: England Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire Now until December 16 Waddesdon’s Christmas Fair features more than 80 exhibitors housed in wooden chalets in front of the spectacular manor. They’ll be selling a range of high-quality … [Read more...] about Guest Blog: Great Holiday Markets of the National Trust
For the last few years, Longleat's premiere winter attraction has been a beautiful festival of lights on the ground surrounding the classic stately home. It takes them all year to prepare and it's become a hallmark of Christmas travel across southwest England. We love Longleat house - it's beautiful and rich in history. The Safari park is also a lot of fun. So, the yearly light … [Read more...] about Exploring the Longleat Festival of Lights in Wiltshire
Blenheim Palace is one of our most favorite places in Britain and we highly recommend a visit. They recently sent us a summary of their upcoming events for 2019 - some of these are definitely planning a future trip around. I already see one or two events I want to make sure we try and see when we're in Britain in 2019. We're going to be in the general area when the Turner … [Read more...] about What’s On in 2019: Blenheim Palace Unveils 2019 Events To Look Forward To
People don’t seem to believe in magic nowadays. Personally, I blame science for dispelling lots of notions that we had about the universe such as dragons, wizards, fairies, and the like. But at any rate, despite having grown out of such superstitious beliefs, we still find ourselves entranced by the very idea of magic. It fuels our imaginations, and so we journey to places … [Read more...] about Legendary Britain: Top Ten Magical and Mystical Sites in Britain
The Harry Potter Studio Tour has become quite adept at developing new exhibitions to keep the attraction fresh and relevant so many years after the films finished. Starting at the end of this month, they're launching a new special exhibition on the all the wonderful costuming that went on during the production of the films. From Warner Brother's Studio Tour: New for 2018, … [Read more...] about Tour Alert: Harry Potter Studio Tour Launching New Exhibition Dedicated to the Costumes of Harry Potter
The British TV fan community was devastated a few years ago when tours of the Coronation Street set were stopped after they moved to the new location in Salford Quays. Plans have since been tangled up in bureaucratic red tape. I'm happy to report that set tours will now resume this month! According to the BBC: Public tours of Coronation Street's new set are to begin later … [Read more...] about Travel Alert: Plans Finally Approved for Weekend Coronation Street Set Tours
Lake District National Park is not only the most beautiful place in the North; it's most likely the most beautiful local in the entire United Kingdom. Tall peaks are juxtaposed with smooth waters that make every rambler, and outdoor enthusiast never want to leave. Of course, there are plenty of things for everyone to do in the Lake District, whether you want to get on the … [Read more...] about Top 10 Britain: Top Ten Things to See and Do in the Lake District
The Royal Collection Trust has announced their big exhibition for this summer to coincide with the annual opening of Buckingham Palace (which is only opened to the public for 2 months in the summer while the Queen is away). This year, to mark the 70th birthday of Prince Charles, there will be a display of over 100 artworks personally selected by the Prince. This will definitely … [Read more...] about Travel Alert: Buckingham Palace Summer Opening Exhibition Announced
When I visited the home of Rudyard Kipling, Bateman's, it was serendipitous. I'd had a busy day exploring Kent and my itinerary took less time than I'd allocated. Mostly because it was raining on and off during the day so I couldn't spend a lot of time outside. So, with some extra free time, I decided to direct the car SatNav to Bateman's when I discovered it was … [Read more...] about Kipling’s Rest: A Visit to Bateman’s – ‘A Good and Peaceable Place’ – The Beloved Home of Rudyard Kipling
Editor's Note: This article on Milton Abbas originally appeared in Issue #6 of the Anglotopia Print Magazine in 2017. Support great long-form writing about British Culture, History, and Travel by subscribing to the Anglotopia Print Magazine. Subscribing allows us to go on these research trips and put together these unique articles for you. You can subscribe here. Joseph Damer, … [Read more...] about Exploring Milton Abbas, Dorset – One of the First Planned Communities in England With a Fascinating Story