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LIVERPOOL:


Liverpool is 2-1/2 hours, by train, from London.  The city is home of the Beatles.  Liverpool has ghastly weather: lots of rain prevails throughout the year.  


Liverpool Landmarks

 

Worthwhile visit for its music and theatrical offerings.  Liverpool is second only to London in the number of theaters, museums and galleries.  This is an important meeting and convention city. 

 Northwest Great Britain  

 

 

The Playhouse Theatre in Williamson Square with fountain in the foreground and people enjoying the summer sunshine, 

Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK

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Aerial view of Liverpool

 

Most visitors are amazed to discover that Liverpool is not a huge city; its population is estimated at 431,100.  It has been losing residents over the past decade. 

 

TIME ON YOUR HANDS IN LIVERPOOL: 

 

Most visitors associate Liverpool and American TV host Ed Sullivan with the iconic Beatle’s music group, and rightfully so, as Liverpool became their springboard to fame, and Sullivan provide the opportunity.  There’s no shortage of Beatle tours.  

 

Beatle fanatics drool over John Lennon‘s and Paul McCartney’s homes, Strawberry Field and other Beatle sites.  Advanced purchase of admission tickets is unnecessary.  Disability friendly museum. 

 

SAVVY TRAVEL TIPIf pursuing Beatle shrines is your goal, we recommend that you select a tour company that handles small groups (8 - 10 passengers).  You’ll see more and be able to access more sites. 

 

You can visit the Beatles Story (opened in 1990) on your own.  The Beatles story provides a unique journey into the life and times of the Beatles.  It’s the Beatles version of Elvis’s Graceland, without the actual residence.  Open daily: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., summer hours vary.  Closed December 25 - 26.  Admission:  L 12.50 adults, L 4.00 children.  Family rates are available.  Allow 2-1/2 hours to tour both sites.  The Beatles Story is located at Albert Dock and also at Pier Head in the new Mersey Ferries terminal Building (a 10 minute walk from Albert Dock), along with several other worthwhile sights at Albert Dock:  

 

The International Slavery Museum

and the Merseyside Maritime Museum 

 

The International Slavery Museum and the Merseyside Maritime Museum display the history of this important port.  Open daily 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Closed December 24 -26 and January 1. 

Liverpool’s fame is also attributable to its harbor, the Titanic and the Lusitania, with both ill fated ships displayed in the Merseyside Maritime Museum. 

 

The Liverpool Cathedral is one of the five largest in the world.  It’s Gothic Towersare said to be the world’s tallest. 

 

The Mercey Ferry is a fun experience. 

 

SAVVY TRAVEL TIP:  You can save on your sightseeing expenses by purchasing a Liverpool Visitor Card.  The cost of L24.99 will cover unlimited City Center Bus Travel, entry to the Beatles Story (L 12.25), City Explorer Sightseeing Bus, Mercy Ferries River Explorer and other attractions.  Multiple Day Cards are also offered.  Available online or by phoning - 0844-870-0123. 

 IN SEARCH OF A GOOD NIGHTS REST IN LIVERPOOL:

30 James Street is the preferred choice.

 

The 110 room Hard Days Night Hotel, housed in a Cavern District historic structure, is Beatle inspired.

A NIGHT ON THE TOWN IN LIVERPOOL: 

 

The Cavern Club - the world-famous music club immortalized by the Beatles, should be considered an absolute must of any serious music fan.  The Cavern Club opened as a jazz club in 1957, with the Beatles following shortly thereafter, with some 300 performances.  The Cavern Club today hosts all types of music, including occasional Beatle’s tribute concerts.  Open daily from 11:00 a.m.  Located at 10 Mathew Street.  Telephone:  0151-236-1965. 

 

 

 

MAJOR EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN LIVERPOOL
Dunlop British Open Squash Championship 

 

 

 


Fir
st week in April: The Grand National Steeplechase Race 
 

 NOTTINGHAM:  

Mention Nottingham and one’s imagination conjurs up images of Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood, and if you’re into history, William the Conqueror and Nottingham Castle. 

 

MAJOR FESTIVALS AND EVENTS IN NOTTINGHAM: 

Summer months:  Nottingham Shakespeare Festival and the Robin Hood Pageant.

 

THE BEST TIME TO VACATION IN NOTTINGHAM:

Between July-October

 

TIME ON YOUR HANDS IN NOTTINGHAM:

Visit Nottingham Castle, now a museum, and its underground passageway.  Nearby are several caves.  The city’s historical old town center is an interesting walk.  Organized ghost tours are very popular. 

Can’t hardly visit Nottingham without checking out Sherwood Forest, can you?  Robin Hood’s retreat, The Major Oak, is there for you to explore. 

Lord Byron’s former home, Newstead Abbey can be toured. 

 

A NIGHT ON THE TOWN IN NOTTINGHAM:

The curiously named Trip to Jerusalem, is said to be England’s oldest pub.  Casual meals. 

The Malt Cross is housed in an old music hall-jazz.  Closed Sundays.  16 St. James Street. 

 

PORT ISAAC:  

This picturesque, tiny 14th century, Northern Cornwall port and fishing village is recognizable from scenes of quirky actor, Martin Clunes, and the popular British TV series Doc Martin.  The town’s name, however, may be unfamiliar to some, as the TV producers elected to re-name the town “Portwenn.” 

The terrain is rugged, but highly photogenic, thus attracting other movie and TV filming.  Tourists flock to witness live filming productions and  to re-trace  memorable movie scenes. 

 

TIME ON YOUR HANDS IN PORT ISAAC:

Attempting to navigate the narrow, windy streets of the village is not recommended.  Instead, park your vehicle at one of two designated lots on the outskirts of town, and walk the village to view its sights . A shuttle service is also available.  

Good luck finding Doc Martin’s Doctor’s Office - a highly sought after site by those seeking a memorable souvenir photos of  their visit. 

 

The town’s dramatic picturesque setting and historic and quaint white cottages are the lure. 

 

Fishing and scenic boat trips are offered during the summer months. 

 

Don’t expect a primo beach on which to sun.  The sandy beaches at  nearby Polzeath and Daymer are far superior. 

 

IN SEARCH OF A GOOD NIGHTS REST IN PORT ISAAC:

Several of the village’s iconic 18th century white cottages are available for overnight lodging.  Reserve ahead  through a local realtor or rental agency. 

 

WINDOW SHOPPING IN PORT ISAAC:

 

There are several souvenir shops and a few local art galleries to explore--nothing memorable that you cannot absolutely do without.  

MANCHESTER:


Manchester is located less than one hour from Liverpool and two hours by train from London.  The city is a lively blend of culture and entertainment.   

MAJOR EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN MANCHESTER
Late February: The Manchester International Film Festival  
April 1
3 - 20, 2008: Fina World Swimming Championships
UCI World Cyc
ling Championship 

 

The Playhouse Theatre in Williamson Square with fountains in the foreground

and people enjoying the summer sunshine, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK

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READING:

 

BEST TIME TO VACATION IN READING:
The best time to visit Reading is from April to October.



RICHMOND:


MAJOR EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN RICHMOND

 

 

 
 
     
 
 

Entire month of February: Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew 

 

 


SHEFFIELD:

 

 

Sheffield Townhall

 

 

 


MAJOR EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN SHEFFIELD:   

 

Male Cosplayer poses at the Yorkshire Cosplay Convention at Sheffield Arena. 
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First ten days of April: British Open Show Jumping Championships - equestrian event  


Sheffield general cemetery

 


SILVERSTONE:


MAJOR EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN SILVERSTONE

 

 July: Formula One Grand Prix  


SOLIHULL 

 


Solihull is an affluent town in the West Midlands of England. 


 


Solihull has a great deal of historic architecture including timber framed Tudor style houses and shops.  The parish church of St. Alphege dates from 1560.  Hobs Moat is an ancient, moated site.  Excavations were conducted in the 1980s. 


 


TIME ON YOUR HANDS IN SOLIHULL: 


 


The National Exhibition Centre is within the borough of Solihull and is near Junction 6 of the M42 motorway.  The Centre has 20 interconnected halls on 611 acres.  Yearly events include:  Autosport International, Comic Con, Crufts Dog Show, Gadget Show Live, Horse of the Year Show, The Motorhome and Caravan Show, Warley National Model Railway Exhibition and many others.  B40 1NT; Telephone:  44(0)121 780 414; www.thenec.co.uk.


 


Solihull has over 1,500 acres of parks and local nature reserves including: 


 


Alcott Wood, Moorend Avenue, Chelmsley Wood, 14 acres of semi natural ancient woodland. 


 


Babbs Mill on Fordbridge Road, Kingshurst, 59 acres of mixed grassland, lake and woodland habitats.


 


Elmdon Park at Elmdon Manor, Solihull, 11 acres of former walled garden, managed by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.   Also, a lakeside nature park with play and sports facilities including “football” pitch, tennis courts and trails. 


 


Malvern & Brueton Park on Old Warwick Road, Solihull, 74 acres of mixed grassland, woodland and marsh.  Malvern and Brueton Park is a town park and Local Nature Reserve in Solihull.  The park is formed from a comparatively narrow strip of land. 


 


The River Blythe, a headwater tributary of the River Trent, passes through parts of Solihull including Malvern and Tudor Grange Parks. 


 


Every year since early 1930s (excepting World Wars), Solihull has hosted its Carnival.  The Carnival takes place the first weekend after the June half-term and is held in Tudor Grange Park. 


 


Solihull Plant – The Plant is a car manufacturing factory on Lode Lane, Solhull owned by Jaguar Land Rover (a subsidiary of the UK’s largest automotive manufacturing business).  The Jaguar Visitor Centre, Lode Lane, +44 121 722 2424. 


 


National Motorcycle Museum – the collection is contained in five large display halls.  Large exhibition hall filled with hundreds of fully restored British motorcycles, plus a restaurant.  01675 443311, B92 OEJ.  


 


As the town’s motto states – Solihull really is a town in the country.   


 


THE UK’S HEDGEHOG SANCTUARY: 


 

 

Hedgehog


The first hedgehog sanctuary in the UK opened March 2015 in Solihull.  The sanctuary was created by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust due to the crashing hedgehog population.  The conservation area includes a nature reserve, a public park and surrounding streets.  Some Solihull residents are also now starting to create wildlife corridors by making small holes, no bigger than a CD in their garden walls or fences.  Hedgehogs need to roam to forage for worms and insects and to find shelter.  Often the paths of the hedgehogs are blocked by solid garden boundaries.  Unfortunately, in 2016, it seemed that the population had shrunk even more.  The loss again was ascribed to loss and fragmentation of habitat, death on roads, farmland that provides few good foraging or nesting sites.  Also, the number of the hedgehog’s natural enemy the badger had increased. 


 


Please help by considering the following:


 


Do not use pesticides and slug pellets.  Hedgehogs will get those slugs themselves. 


Create small holes in your garden fence no larger than a CD.


Leave out dishes of water during long, dry spells. 


Create homes with piles of logs and leaves.


Leave part of the garden wild.  


 


Interesting notes:


The hedgehog has a powerful forefoot and claws for digging for its favorite food of slugs and worms.  They can eat more than 40 slugs a night.  They also eat beetles (very crunchy), caterpillars and other insects. 


 


The hedgehog spines are actually hollow hairs stiffened with Keratin, they are not poisonous or barbed. 


 


Hedgehogs sleep a good deal of the day under bushes.  They are nocturnal. 


 


For some strange reason, it is illegal to own a hedgehog as a pet in some U.S. states. 


 


There are seventeen species of hedgehogs – none native to America or Australia. 


 


Find our more about how The Wildlife Trusts are helping hedgehogs up and down the UKat http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/hedgehogs.  


 


Local residents can get involved by visiting the Help for Hedgehogs Campaign by visiting www.helpforhedgehogs.co.uk.


 


For more information and to arrange interviews or request images, please contact


 


Anna Guthrie (Media & PR manager, The Wildlife Trusts) on 07887 754 659 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Emma Richmond (Marketing and Communications Officer, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust) on 024 7630 2912 / 024 7630 8997 *DD) / 07951 448 781 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


 


 



STONEHENGE:

 

 

Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England

     
 
 
 

 

 

The mystery of this strange landmark assembly of stones, surrounded by a ditch and earthen banks in concentric circles, has plagued both archaeologists and intrigued visitors alike for centuries.  Experts theorize that the rocks’ placement dates back to 2600 B.C.  But why here?  For what purpose?  When and Why?  In early April, 2008, some of the soil from this sacred site was excavated, in an attempt to resolve some of these unresolved mysteries.  Most recent research would indicate that the site was used as a cemetery for the ruling dynasty and their cremated remains between 2,500 - 3,000 B.C. or until the final monuments were erected.  This same ruling class is also theorized as being responsible for placement of the stones.  An estimated 240 people were buried on site.  

 


SUSSEX:


MAJOR EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN SUSSEX

 

 

 

 

 

June: Goodwood Festival of Speed - vintage racing 

 


YORKSHIRE:

 

 

Tourists taking in the beautiful College Street in York.  The Tudor

style buildings in the St. Williams College founded in 1461 and is located within

a very short distance of the York Minster.  

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Street Musician and Tourists in York.  York is a walled city in northeast England

that was founded by the ancient Romans.  

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Yorkshire is home of the National Railway Museum. 

Yorkshire is considered one of Great Britain’s best preserved medieval cities.  The city drips with history. Two hours by train from London’s King Cross Station. 

 

TIME ON YOUR HANDS IN YORK: 

 

If you are driving, be forewarned that parking is in short supply. 

 

Still standing are the city’s 13th century city walls. The city’s compactness lends itself to walking tours of the sights. 

 

Visit York Minster, England’s largest medieval castle and a prime example of Gothic architecture. Open Monday-Saturday: 9:00a.m.-5:00 p.m., and noon-3:45 p.m. on Sundays. 

 

Check out the gardens around the Yorkshire Museum. 

 

Stroll the cobblestone streets of The Shambles for its outstanding medieval atmosphere.

Home of the National Railway Museum: vast collection of engines and train carriages: Open daily 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 

 

The river excursion cruise is another excellent means of seeing the city. 

 

Day trip to highly popular Jorvik, one-time Viking Capital of England. Savvy Travel Tip: Book online and avoid the long queues. www.vikingjorvik.org 

 

Open daily during the summer: 10:00a.m.-5:00 p.m., remainder of year: close sat 4:00 p.m.  


St. Mary's ruins, next to Yorkshire Museum, York, England

 

 

River Ouse in the city of York in England

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