‘Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before’ said the Dalai Lama. With flights available at discounted prices, we might fly abroad several times a year, but we then forget about the incredible tourist attractions that we have on our doorstep, with many places in England that we have never visited before.
English Tourism Week runs from 17th – 25th March this year and celebrates England’s world-renowned tourist attractions, giving us the inspiration to make an effort to see what England has to offer.
England is rich in history and has some stunning natural beauty to explore, resulting in an abundance of tourist attractions for everyone to enjoy. From those visiting from afar to locals who want to enjoy the attractions in their community, there is something for everyone and many special offers to take advantage of during English Tourism Week.
Check out a list of ideas below to inspire you this English Tourism Week:
Luxury in London
This is an ideal week to take a break in London, with many hotels offering special offers and discounts for some affordable luxury.
Take a break with 30% off The Arch hotel, a luxury boutique hotel right in the centre of London. The rate includes a Nespresso coffee machine in your room, complimentary soft drinks from the minibar plus a full Sky HD package.
Why not coincide your stay with a special distillery tour, spirit tasting and Italian food platters at the East London Liquor Company, running at 4pm from 20th – 23rd March?
For the perfect finale, take a private helicopter tour of London where you can truly celebrate the pinnacle of a city tour, seen at its from this angle. Soaring above all of London’s famous landmarks, you will feel on top of the world – surely the ultimate celebration of English Tourism Week.
Excitement in Brighton
On 17th March 2018, English Tourism Week will be launched in style in Brighton with people launching themselves off of British Airways i360 – the world’s tallest moving observation tower – then abseiling down in aid of the iDrop Charity Abseil for children’s charity Rockinghorse. This is set to be a breathtaking event to watch as it is the first time people have been allowed to abseil from the tower. The brave participants will be abseiling down a drop of 450ft of open space rather than a wall – an awe-inspiring challenge!
If you need a drink to calm your nerves, you can sip a G&T at the top of the British Airways i360 tower as to celebrate English Tourism Week they are offering two glasses of Brighton Gin and Folkington’s Tonic in the Sky Bar for just £12. The views are stunning , looking across the Sussex coastline and South Downs National Park.
Culture in Oxford
You can discover the culture and history of the City of Dreaming Spires with an Oxford Official Walking Tour. You will learn all about the Oxford University traditions and hear the stories behind the majestic stone walls. Just call 01865 686442 to book your tickets and quote ETW20 when making the booking over the phone to get 20% off your tickets.
You can also enjoy an Oxford river cruise. You can choose from a range of luxury boat trip – with many including a picnic – or you can relax in No.1 Folly Bridge, a riverside restaurant right next to where your boat will depart from.
Gin tasting in Manchester
The UK’s first gin festival is coming to Manchester during English Tourism Week from 23rd March – 25th March 2018.
As well as gin tasting, there will be live music, delicious food and a cocktail bar- with gin cocktails of course! There will also be masterclasses and a chance to learn about how gin is made.
Marketing Manchester is also previewing its new bookable walking tour at the British Travel and Tourism show during English Tourism Week. Visit their stand at the show and learn how you can see the city by land or water.
Celebrate the history of England’s strong women in Cumbria
Discover more about England’s national treasure Beatrix Potter at the Beatrix Potter Gallery in the ‘The Right Sort of Woman’ exhibition. It features Beatrix Potter’s original artwork, personal items and handwritten letters and you can find out more about how she was also a businesswoman and landlady as well as author and illustrator. Enjoy the rare opportunity and privilege of seeing them up close.
In addition, there is an exhibition called the ‘Women of Wray Castle’ at Wray Castle in Cumbra. This exhibition also features Beatrix Potter along with other strong Cumbrian women. A series of artistic installations will unravel their stories.
Spring clean in Devon
English Tourism Week is about celebrating our heritage and what better way to do that than by contributing to its protection? You can help clean up England’s coast at the Warren National Nature Reserve beach on 18th March 2018. It’s free, but you must call in advance to book.
Discover hidden gems in the Cotswolds
Not many people know that Cogges Manor Farm was featured in Downton Abbey (known as Yew Tree Farm in the TV series). Discover the history of this special farm over 1,000 years,going back as far back as the Domesday Book.
Twist and shout in Liverpool
What better way to celebrate this week with the most famous English band – The Beatles. Come together and see the new exhibition at The Beatles Story in Liverpool which is celebrating 50 years since The Beatles travelled to India with ‘Beatles in India’. You will have the privilege of seeing never seen before memorabilia – a must for any Beatles fan.
Discover more about the Gurkhas in Hampshire
The Gurkha Connection Project in Hampshire celebrates over 200 years of the relationship between the Gurkhas and the British Army. Many people in the local community have helped research and contribute towards this project, including local young people.
Enjoy traditional English afternoon tea in Buckinghamshire
The Bell in Winslow are offering an afternoon tea for just £12.99 per person. Enjoy cakes, scones and homemade sandwiches along with a pot of tea of your choice. You must pre-book and this offer runs from Tuesday to Saturday.
Discover the grandeur of the favorite royal residence of Henry VIII
You can enjoy a two night stay at the historical hotel The Mitre in Surrey which was built in 1665. Their package includes Hampton Court Palace tickets and a fresh continental breakfast. Make sure that you take a look at the dazzling re-creation of Henry VIII’s crown on display in the Royal Pew.