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December 4, 2022

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The Best British Golfers

Golf is a well-known sport in the UK. The UK is also known to having some of the best golfers of all time. A number of British Golfers had made history by gaining a top position for worldwide leagues. The history of Golf dates way back to the 15th century, and it only became an inclusive game after three centuries where they finally created a number of rules for game competitions. Below we’ve listed some of the best English Golf players in the UK.

Lee Westwood

At a very young age, Lee Westwood won his first amateur game and was awarded the ‘Pete McEvoy Trophy’. After a few years of practising gold and joining local tournaments, Lee was able to become professional in 1993 whereafter that he won many more competitions and title. He became the fifth winner in a game tournament in the year 2000 where he also competed with some of the greatest players including Tiger Woods.

Ian Woosnam

Ian’s interest in golf started when he was a child where he attended a golf course in his local area. Later on to his adult teen, Ian joined various amateur tournaments in Wales. By 1970s he’s already started playing as a professional, and ten years later he finally won his first European championship in 1982. This was followed by numerous successful wins including the British championship game and getting a place in the World Golf Rankings.

Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie is a Scottish player who started playing as an amateur and won his first trophy in the Scottish Youths Championship in the 1980s. He was known to have won the most European titles amongst the other British players in the field. One of his greatest achievements was winning the Volvo PGA Championship for the third time!

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Best Food Festivals in the UK

The UK holds hundreds of food festivals throughout the year and all around the area. You will find different kinds of food festivals from English food to cultured cuisines! Another great thing about these festivals is that most of them are free of entrance! Most food festivals can be found in the green spaces in the UK, and that includes the national park too! So if you’re a food lover, check out some of our recommendations below.

Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival

The Loch Lomond Festival occurs during the month of September, and it is held in the Trossachs National Park. The festival consists of great local foods, and it’s free to enter. You can also join the haggis eating competition and watch some local music bands in the event.

Rothbury Food and Craft Festival

The Rothbury food and craft festival was first founded in 2008 were locals hosted a variety of food stalls open for everyone to try. A few years later on, they are now hosting, even more, food stalls than ever. Not only do they have some delicious foods but there are also plenty of crafts stalls available! The festival will be open in the summer time from April to May.

Baytown Beer Festival

For beer lovers, Baytown festival is perfect for you. The festival occurs in August and December. It is located in the beautiful village of Robin Hood’s Bay. The festival is filled with numerous types of ales and local drinks available for purchase. They also hold other small activities and events during the festival.

Chili Fiesta

Chili Fiesta is held in South Downs National Park during the month of August. 140 stalls offer different kinds of chilli foods and plants which are all locally produced! They also feature a walled glasshouse garden that showcases a large variety of chilli grown in the area!

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Quirky Adventures in National Parks

National parks are one of the most popular places in the whole of the UK. Although there are plenty of sightseeing in the parks, there’s also many adventures for you to discover. We’ve gathered the quirkiest adventures you can find in National Park. Let’s take a look at them below.

Ranworth Church Tower

Yes, there are many churches in the UK, but this church is one of the quirkiest! The church tower was first built in 1450, inside you will find a spiral stairs all the way to the top. There are about 89 steps you must take before you can see the stunning view from the top. The church is usually open during the day, and it’s free of charge for entrance.

Coniston Boating Centre

Lake District is a charming place filled with beautiful sights. You can explore the area by land or by water as they offer a hire bike or a boat ride. It is a perfect adventure if you want to experience the countryside.

Hethpool Wild Goat Walk

If you like the zoo in general or like seeing different animals, then this mini experience is pretty close. Enjoy walking through the Hethpool walk where you’ll be to see the wild cheviot goats roaming around. You’ll also be able to see the spectacular waterfall by the College Burn.

Zip World Fforest

For a wild and an extraordinary experience, Zip World Fforest offers a variety of sky riding activities including the free-fall and the sky ride experience on the zip line. Sky rides are ideal for people who seeks for the adrenaline rush.

Crab Catching

For a completely different experience, why not try the crab catching in Pembrokeshire Coast?  You’ll be able to learn about everything about crabs, and you’ll also get to experience and learn about how to bait a line for crab catching.

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Asian Wedding Business Booming In The UK

The market for Asian weddings has been huge for a long time in the UK, and so far it shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, the industry represents one of the most successful fields for Asian entrepreneurs in Britain, second only to the restaurant and takeaway industry. As of now, the industry is estimated to be worth in excess of £3 billion every year.

There are a great range of professions connected to the industry, which makes this great news for people in many different fields. Many elements may be included when planning a lavish traditional ceremony and celebration, including everything from specialised stylists and make-up artists for the bridal party to a professional Asian wedding videographer to capture every moment on film.

If you compare the average spend on different types of marriage ceremonies in the UK, it’s not hard to understand why the industry is so lucrative. The average spend on a wedding in this country is an eye-watering £21,000, while the average Asian wedding costs more than double, typically setting a couple back in excess of £50,000.…

Musical Museums and Destinations in England

For music fans there are plenty of historical venues, museums and hotspots to see first-hand while you’re on holiday in the UK. Even if you’re a full time resident you might not realise all the musical offerings tucked away in cities across the country. Here are a few of our favourite highlights.

The Hard Rock Cafe, London

Hard Rock Cafes are now in many major cities around the world, offering a great dining experience and a tour of musical history all rolled into one. There are collections of memorabilia relating to iconic musicians in each branch around and world, and London’s is no exception. The pieces on display include Madonna’s expired credit card, an extravagant coat owned by Elvis Presley, and iconic “War is over!” postcards from John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

British Music Experience, Liverpool

Although you can’t actually visit the BME at the time of writing, it’s due to be re-opened later in 2016 at its new home in the Cunard Building in Liverpool. Until 2014 it occupied The O2 in London, showcasing the history of popular music in the UK over the past century. The exhibit is made up of different galleries representing periods of time, dividing according to when significant changes in the music scene took place. High-tech interactive exhibits and an extensive collection of records, instruments, outfits and other items make this a must-see.…

Best Ways To Travel Around London

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London is a relatively compact capital city for tourists, since despite its sprawling surroundings the majority of the main attractions are fairly central. This is great news if you don’t have long to get between places and you want to see as much as possible during your visit, but you’re still likely to find yourself at the opposite end of the city to where you’d like to be a couple of times.

That’s why there are so many different ways to travel across London, and frequent visitors or local commuters might argue that various options are the best, or the quickest, or the best value for money. Here is a summary of a few options you have, whatever reason you have for visiting London.

Minicab services

Let’s start with an often-overlooked option for getting around, since you might be choosing this from the moment you arrive. If you’re coming direct to the centre of the city from a major London airport , an airport transfer minicab to or from Luton, Stansted or Gatwick might be a great option for you. This means you can be taken directly from door to door without the hassle of public transport, ideal for when you first arrive at your hotel and when you’re in a hurry to catch your flight home.…

The Rise Of British Wedding Photographers

When you’ve put in all the time and effort to plan your perfect wedding, you will want to ensure that memories of your happy day are perfectly captured, so a good photographer is essential.

Weddings in the UK can be in many different forms dependant on the religion or beliefs of the couple involved, and can vary vastly so it is important that your photographer has a knowledge of the traditions and ceremonies that are going to make up your wedding.

Historically Queen Victoria and Prince Albert was among the first people to pose for long exposure photography, at the time couples were then inspired to pose for photographs before or after their wedding.

Wedding photography, a picture of the bride and groom in their wedding attire, didn’t happen until the late 19th century. Due to the restrictions of technology there were no location shots, quite often the couple were required to pose at the photographers studio and came away with just one of two images. As photography technology advanced and became more portable, photographers were then able to take photographs at locations more convenient to the bride and groom.…

Performing Arts Crash Courses in London

Want to push yourself to the limits and find out how fast you can really learn a new skill? Maybe you’ve been waiting for the opportunity to experiment with something you’ve always loved but never had the time or skills for, such as musical theatre or screen acting. Whatever, you might be surprised at what’s on offer close by. Here are some of the best crash course classes around for various performing arts.

Film & Screen Acting Classes

Screen acting is a specific discipline that requires certain knowledge and skills. Experience is a massive advantage, but there’s a lot you can gain from even a one-week course. The International School of Screen Acting is an excellent place to try one of these affordable film acting classes and drama courses in London, designed to prepare you for auditions and developing a CV in the world of TV and film acting. This crash course is suitable whether you have experience on-screen, only in theatre acting, or none whatsoever.…

The Best Student Experiences in the UK

Students within the UK, and those from other places looking to study abroad, will find themselves spoilt for choice in most cases when looking for a place to study. Since we’re fortunate enough to have one of the most respected and popular education systems in Europe (and indeed the world), it’s no wonder that universities are constantly competing for the best students to join their ranks.

Luckily, the Times Higher Education (THE) provides one of the most trusted annual ranking systems for universities in the UK, which makes it easier for students to choose. In fact, “student experience” is now valued increasingly highly as a factor for students selecting a place of study, sometimes even above things like quality of teaching and the variety of courses available. The ranking by THE for student experience, as voted for by 15,000 current students for the benefit of prospective undergraduates, has now been released annually for over a decade.

In 2016, Loughborough University finds itself at the top of the chart. Staff and lecturers are considered exceptional on average, social life is rated highly and the modern campus facilities also help secure the top spot. Student lets and accommodation in Loughborough are also very affordable and easily available within very close reach of both the university and the town’s main attractions. It’s a small but well-connected place that’s ideal for student life.…

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England’s Favourite Leisure Activities In 2016

Do you ever feel like you’re working too hard? Well, research back in 2014 claimed that people in the UK enjoy more leisure time than almost any other country in the world, second only to Norway. We’re not entirely convinced about this news, as it feels like we’re always hard at work, but perhaps that’s just us. However, we all do our best to make the most of that leisure time, however much we are able to get each day.

In fact, in a modern, fast-paced world there is almost a sense of urgency about making the most of any leisure time one can get. In the UK people have dramatically changed their habits over the last few decades when it comes to leisure time, increasingly spending their time doing activities that didn’t even exist a few years ago. Meanwhile, traditional pastimes are generally less popular and some are fading away altogether. Having said that, some of the most popular activities of all seem to be staying around for the long haul.

For example, the most popular use of English leisure time remains going out to eat.

eating-outWell over 90% of adults surveyed recently have done this in the last six month, and nearly half of the population do it at least once every month on average. British food is well and truly in fashion, and while large chain restaurants are always growing in popularity and taking up more space in our towns and cities, smaller pubs and eateries are certainly popular too.…

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