English Tourism Week is running from the 5th – 13th March, with activities and attractions open all over the UK. We’ve popped together a list of our favourite tourism spots that show off the best of our fine country!
England’s largest National Park is home to Scafell Pike and Wastwater, the park’s highest mountain and deepest lake, but these aren’t the only reasons to go. Just walking around the Lake District, you’ll be overcome by the sheer beauty of the English outdoors. There are fantastic things to do all around, such as watersports sessions, local wildlife and animal attractions, adventure playgrounds and heritage and history activities. Perfect for getting back to nature and getting those hands grubby!
What’s the first thing you think of when someone mentions the word Liverpool? Of course, The Beatles! This interactive journey tells the tale of four young lads who rose to dizzying heights of fame and fortune… you know the story, but haven’t seen or heard it like this! The exhibition features rare memorabilia, replicas of the Cavern Club and you can even take an underwater trip on the Yellow Submarine! Other features of include ‘The British Invasion’ dedicated to the 60’s British groups that took over the American charts. A great day out for music fans!
The Cotswolds is so quintessentially British. It’s rolling hills, honey coloured stone walls and cobbled streets, gardens and market streets are simply stunning and exploring them almost feels like you’re in a period drama. Speaking of which, many locations in the Cotswolds were used for TV and film, such as the BBC’s recent remake of Poldark, Lark Rise to Candleford, The Libertine and, of course, Gloucester Cathedral played the part of a rather famous wizarding school from the Harry Potter films…!
For those seeking a few thrills, head to Blackpool Pleasure Beach to ride their amazing thrill seekers, witness some special shows and visit Nickelodeon Land to say hi to Spongebob Squarepants! Do you dare to ride the Big Dipper, Blackpool’s famous 235ft tall rollercoaster? Or do you prefer a gentler experience in the River Caves? Blackpool Pleasure Beach has something for everyone, and from the 7th – 20th March, online bookings are half price for adult wristbands!
Be at one with nature and learn all about the amazing plants, forest and vital elements that keep our planet spinning! You can see thousands of varieties of plants, from the tropical heat of the stunning Rainforest Biome to outdoor gardens and flowerbeds, which feature a gigantic bumblebee! Make sure you don’t miss out on WEEE, the 3.3-tonne structure made entirely of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE!).
Name-checked in David Bowie’s ‘Life On Mars’, the broads really are a sight to see. Spread over 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways set amongst the beautiful Norfolk countryside, the broads a perfect way to relax and reflect on a fabulous break on the water. The best way to explore is of course by boat and there are many hire spots to choose from, whether you go for a motorboat or kayak! You can stop off along the way to roam around the markets and towns, like Wroxham and Aylsham, where you can visit the beautiful Blickling Estate, one of the countries finest historic houses, where the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn supposedly lurks…