When it comes to the United Kingdom, what is it that people think? Whether it’s the history of the country or the stereotypical bad teeth that get banded around about the British, there is always more to the sovereign state than meets the eye.
But, why should you visit the UK in 2012? There are many reasons but we’ve been able to narrow it down to five of the best for the tourist.
Brighton Japan Festival
Taking place in the Brighton Dome and Pavilion Theatre among others in 2011, this has grown to become the largest Japanese cultural festival that can be found in the United Kingdom. With Japan growing as a world power, you can enjoy the “matsuri” street festivals that happen between June 23rd and July 1st.
Bringing the culture and art of Japan to the city, there is food and music for everybody to enjoy, and the length of time that it is on for means that you could even find one of the many coastal cottages in this region for the perfect base.
This event brings a buzz to every country and city that hosts it, and while it’s unlikely that there will be any tickets on offer this is the perfect chance to soak up the excitement of the games. There are likely to be whole host of activities on offer that allow you to enjoy the atmosphere that will come to London with the Olympics.
The rise of Birmingham
England’s second city has never really done anything to make its mark on the country, or the world. This has changed recently as gourmet ‘experts’ earmarked Birmingham as the United Kingdom’s “foodiest town”. Some achievement that is ahead of the likes of Edinburgh and London, so is it time that you got yourself there to enjoy not only the city’s attractions but also its food.
Wales Coast Path
When it comes to a relaxing holiday, it’s all about the location and the property. Using holiday cottages as a base for your trips is a perfect way to enjoy the cosiness of home whilst being away from home. With this pathway to cover the entire coastline of Wales, this has been named the great region on Earth to visit in 2012 while also being home to some beautiful cottages to enjoy.
Check out: Ysgubor Hen, Cilan – Finding the right cottage in North Wales and Snowdonia can be difficult, but this spot near to Abersoch is a beautiful farmhouse in a lovely harbour village. With amazing scenery as standard, up to six people can sleep here and if you go at colder times there is an open fire to enjoy. What more could you want?
Welcome in the New Year in style by heading to the Scottish capital and taking in the torchlight procession, concert in the gardens and the loony dook for fun and games between 30th December 2011 and 1st January 2012. Edinburgh is a city that charms every visitor no matter what time of year, but by taking in the excitement and atmosphere at this time is the perfect way to party in Scotland.
And to finish off, if you like music and are a fan of the Beatles especially, why not visit Liverpool and the north-west of England, rich in pop music history and innovation.