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20

Aug

Trend to holiday at home continues as 5.1 Million Brits plan a UK trip this August bank holiday

VisitEngland’s Bank Holiday Trip Tracker Survey reveals today that 5.1million Brits (10% of the adult population) are planning an overnight holiday trip in the UK this August Bank Holiday weekend, with 4 million people (8%) planning on taking an overnight trip in England. This is likely to generate some £1.2billion in tourism spend for the UK economy, £940 million of which will be spent in England.

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18

Aug

Visits to England’s attractions up 5% in 2013

Visits to attractions in England increased by 5% in 2013 according to VisitEngland’s Annual Attractions Survey released today. This demonstrates the important contribution England’s attractions make to the UK economy and the potential for future growth in the tourism sector.

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12

Aug

Local marketing campaigns deliver jobs and growth boost for England

VisitEngland, the national tourist board, today reveals the latest results of the three-year project, ‘Growing Tourism Locally’, which in its second year has to date generated a total of £416 million additional tourism spend and created 7,744 additional jobs for the sector.   

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08

Aug

VisitEngland star ratings to appear on TripAdvisor as part of new partnership

In a new partnership with TripAdvisor, VisitEngland’s official star ratings will now be displayed on the TripAdvisor property pages of participating accommodation providers in England. VisitEngland now joins organisations such as the AA as providers of official star ratings for TripAdvisor.

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07

Aug

New figures show domestic tourism boosted by strong Easter

Results of the Great British Tourism Survey (GBTS) released by VisitEngland today reveal 3.8 million domestic holiday trips were taken in England in April 2014, a 10% increase on the same period last year, with tourism spend up 5% for the month.

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10

Jul

VisitEngland champions tourism in Somerset during Royal Visit

VisitEngland Chairman, Penelope, Viscountess Cobham CBE was in Somerset on Tuesday 8th July as part of a visit by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales. The purpose of the visit – a follow up to The Prince of Wales's visit to the Somerset Levels in February this year - was to meet with tourism businesses and local communities affected by the floods and to champion the tourism industry.

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04

Jul

VisitEngland TV ad to promote cycling holidays in England

A VisitEngland cycling themed national marketing campaign, aimed to inspire Britons to take a cycling holiday in England this year, will be featured in a Television advertisement which will air on Channel 5 on 11 July.  It will highlight the wide range of cycling related tourism products and experiences on offer throughout the year and aims to build on the increased enthusiasm for the sport following the London 2012 Games and the arrival of the Grand Départ in Yorkshire this weekend.

Liverpool Biennial

24

Jun

England’s Art Renaissance

From the opening of Hauser & Wirth’s new gallery to the Liverpool Biennial, England is claiming its stake in the art world this year.  With treetop galleries, alfresco art and book-shaped-benches, VisitEngland rounds up the best events and attractions bringing a breath of fresh air to contemporary art.
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16

Jun

VISITENGLAND CHAIRMAN PENELOPE VISCOUNTESS COBHAM RECEIVES CBE

Chairman of VisitEngland, Lady Cobham has been awarded a CBE for services to Tourism it was announced at the weekend.
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10

Jun

Tourism Industry tackles the regional tourism divide at the International Festival for Business (IFB) 2014

VisitEngland, the national tourist board and industry experts will today tackle challenges around the widening gap between the growth of tourism in London and the rest of the country at a high profile conference, Mind the Gap: Addressing the Tourism Divide, as part of this year’s International Festival for Business 2014. 
Tour de France

02

Jun

TOUR DE FRANCE; BEST PLACES TO STAY ALONG THE ROUTE

In just a month’s time (4 - 7 July) England will go cycling crazy as the world's largest annual sporting event arrives in Yorkshire. The Grand Départ 2014 will feature two stages of the Tour de France, taking riders from Leeds to Harrogate, then York to Sheffield, before the Tour moves south for a third stage from Cambridge to London. Here VisitEngland handpicks the best places to stay along the route that will guarantee a piece of the action.
Fathers Day

28

May

Daddy’s Girls Vs Dad’s Lads: Top Tips for Father’s Day

With the ‘golden child’ spot up for grabs, sibling rivalry is never more heated than on Father’s Day. The competition will be fierce so here are VisitEngland’s suggestions to deliver an unforgettable day with an experience to boast about for years to come.
Bee experiences

ENGLAND’S HONEYPOT HOTSPOTS – THE PLACE TO ‘BEE’ SEEN THIS SUMMER

As The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel unveils an afternoon tea inspired by the hotel's resident bees, it appears that England is all a buzz, offering a swarm of experiences over the summer months featuring the pollinators. Below, VisitEngland rounds up the country’s best honeypot hotspots, from beekeeping workshops in luxury hotels to honey infused spa treatments…
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22

May

VISITENGLAND GEARS UP TO WELCOME RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015 WITH ANIMATED FILM

VisitEngland, the national tourist board, has launched a series of animated destination films to mark the start the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour. ‘Tourist Tactics’ gives viewers an irreverent, colourful yet informative preview of the sights, sounds and tastes of Rugby World Cup 2015 and England’s host destinations.
Quirky events

12

May

CHEESE ROLLING, SHIN-KICKING AND GRAVY WRESTLING – ENGLAND’S QUIRKY EVENTS

Cheese rolling in Gloucestershire, shin-kicking in the Cotswolds and gravy wrestling in Lancashire are just some of the quirkiest traditions that continue to thrive in England today. Famous for their eccentricity, the English regularly find time to race snails, throw eggs and jump off piers in amusing outfits! England’s season of quirky events ‘shin-kicks’ off with a spot of mud racing on 25 May. Below, VisitEngland rounds up some of the other wacky customs and pastimes taking place throughout the summer.

 

Quirky Museums

07

May

NEW MUSEUM OF MENTAL HEALTH ADDS TO ENGLAND’S ECLECTIC COLLECTION OF MUSEUMS

The Museum of Mental Health re-opens in Wakefield this month, coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Week. England has a vast array of museums and attractions to satisfy each and every one of us. From pencil collections and teapot islands to a dog collar and lawnmower museum, VisitEngland rounds up some of the more unusual places to be discovered.
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23

Apr

SHAKESPEARE PROVES TO BE THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AS REVEALED IN VISITENGLAND’S HALL OF FAME TO MARK ST GEORGE’S DAY – AND IT’S HIS BIRTHDAY

Shakespeare, the most quoted writer in the history of the English-speaking world, has been voted England’s ultimate claim to fame in VisitEngland’s Hall of Fame exhibition launched this morning. The nation’s bard has won The People’s Choice in England’s Hall of Fame with 50% more votes than any other claim.  

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23

Apr

BANKSY, GLASTONBURY AND THE SANDWICH STAR IN ENGLAND’S HALL OF FAME

VisitEngland creates the country’s ultimate Hall of Fame to go on display in a one-off exhibition to mark St George’s Day (23rd April)
English coast, quirky hotels, quirky accomodation

14

Apr

YOUR (HOLIDAY) HOME IS YOUR CASTLE

With design led hotels popping up all over the place, the demand for ‘A Room With A View’ has quickly changed to a demand for views with a room. With iconic places to stay sweeping across England’s stunning coastline, VisitEngland shares its top accommodation by the sea. 
English Countryside

10

Apr

GREAT ADVENTURES IN THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE

England’s countryside offers a tranquil retreat with an unmatched abundance of sights and experiences to suit all ages and budgets. Whether you fancy exploring one of England’s finest castles, taking a break from the modern world with a stay in a quaint woodland lodge, or exploring the winding waterways of The Broads, VisitEngland presents a host of great adventures currently on offer.
Three Generation Holidays, British Seaside, Seaside England

07

Apr

BEYOND THE BUCKET AND SPADE - THE ENGLISH SEASIDE FOR THREE GENERATIONS

Family holidays are coming back in a big way. According to VisitEngland’s travel trends report, England’s baby boom and ageing population will see more three-generation family holidays booked in the next 10 years than ever before. With birth rates expected to reach 1.90 in the UK between 2015 and 2020 (up from 1.66 during 2000-2005), and a rise in the average age of society (the over 80s will grow by 19% by 2020), the national tourist board predicts we’ll see a greater emphasis on the intergenerational family holiday.
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19

May

VisitEngland reveals new look Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme

VisitEngland’s Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme has undergone a complete refresh following an in-depth review and industry consultation. The changes aim to reflect the diverse attractions on offer in England and to support them to deliver the best possible visitor experience.

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31

May

VisitEngland Reveals winners of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014

‘The Travel Agent’ has won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014.  This prestigious accolade was one of 17 awards presented at a ceremony held at The Jockey Club, Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham on 12 May.

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17

Apr

3.4 Million Brits to take a UK break over Easter Weekend

3.4 million Brits (7% per cent of the adult population) plan to make the most of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend by taking at least one overnight holiday trip in the UK, with 3 million people (6% per cent) planning to take that trip in England, according to VisitEngland’s latest Trip Tracker survey.

sHAKESPEARE ANNIVERSARY

02

Apr

A BARD WAS BORN

William Shakespeare, England’s most renowned playwright, is said to have been born on the 23rd April 1564, making 2014 the 450th anniversary of his birth. 
 
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02

Apr

Finalists for 2014 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence revealed

Today, during English Tourism Week, VisitEngland announces the finalists for the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014.
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31

Mar

Tourism the Dominant Driver of Jobs since the Recession

New employment analysis released during English Tourism Week shows tourism to be the major driver of jobs in this country since the recession. 

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31

Mar

VisitEngland Announces Tourism Superstar 2014 Winner

As English Tourism Week gets underway, VisitEngland is delighted to announce that the winner of its Tourism Superstar 2014 competition is Buzby Allen, from Potters Resort in Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk.
VisitEngland's Hall of Fame

31

Mar

ENGLAND’S HALL OF FAME TO GO ON PUBLIC DISPLAY

National Tourist Board announces landmark exhibition to mark St George’s Day
Irish President to visit UK

26

Mar

HOLIDAY LIKE AN IRISH PRESIDENT

As Ireland’s President, Michael D Higgins, prepares to be the first Irish Head of State invited by HM The Queen on an official State visit to England (7th – 11th April 2014), VisitEngland gives holidaymakers a sneak peak how to holiday like the Irish President .
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25

Mar

Character-‘full’ attractions make GREAT days out

With Angry Birds flocking to Thorpe Park, the CBeebies gang heading to Alton Towers and Wallace & Gromit getting behind VisitEngland’s ‘Holidays at Home are GREAT’ campaign, there’s plenty for families to do this spring.
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27

Mar

Tourism industry gears up for English Tourism Week 2014

English Tourism Week 2014 will officially launch today (27 March) at the annual Tourism Society dinner at the House of Commons, which will be attended by Tourism Minister Helen Grant MP. The launch will kick start a week long programme of events from 29 March – 6 April to celebrate tourism in England.

EASTER

20

Mar

ENJOY ENGLAND THIS EASTER

Whether you prefer to holiday like a royal, discover the wonders of the underwater world or have a penchant for all things arty, there’s plenty to keep families, couples, singles and our four legged friends occupied this Easter. And with some great offers across the country, it doesn’t have to break the bank.
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17

Mar

#WELLINEVER – VISITENGLAND’S HALL OF FAME IS LAYING CLAIM

Since launching the search to establish England’s Hall of Fame, VisitEngland has received a host of nominations laying claim to a number of inventions and discoveries… There’s still one week left for the public to submit their favourite claim to fame, but in the meantime, here are some of the cheekier (or #wellinever, if you will) claims vying for a spot in England’s Hall of Fame.
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19

Mar

VisitEngland launches Flood Recovery Campaign with backing from Government

VisitEngland, the national tourist board is today launching a £2 million government funded campaign to support businesses affected by the recent severe weather and to drive holiday bookings in England ahead of the Easter break.
Cocktails English Cities

18

Mar

ENGLAND’S CITIES RAISE A TOAST TO ENGLISH TOURISM WEEK

To celebrate English Tourism Week (29th March – 6th April), cities across England have created limited-edition cocktails inspired by their city. From Maynards wine gums (Newcastle) to Cardamom spice (Birmingham), the cocktails - available to sample during English Tourism Week - use unique ingredients to tell the story of their city.
Social Season

12

Mar

CELEBRATE THE ENGLISH SOCIAL SEASON

Exotic flowers in full bloom at the Chelsea Flower Show, dapper gentlemen in bowties quaffing champagne along the banks of Henley, and ladies crowned with lavish hats cheering on their favourite horses, it can only mean one thing – the English social season is in full swing. Kicking-off with the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on 5 April 2014, this year is packed with landmark anniversaries, including 200 years of Lords, 175 years of the Henley Royal Regatta, 160 years of the Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race and 80 years of Glyndebourne.
Mother's Day

13

Mar

MAMMA MIA: MOST MEMORABLE MOTHER’S DAY EXPERIENCES

This Mother’s Day, swap a bottle of wine for a vineyard tour and a box-of chocolates for a cupcake class to give mum an unforgettable experience.
Afternoon tea

06

Mar

‘TEA-RRIFIC’ ENGLAND: CELEBRATE THE 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHARLES EARL GREY

There’s nothing more quintessentially English than a cup of Earl Grey tea and 13 March 2014 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of its creator, Charles Earl Grey. In celebration of Grey’s lasting legacy, VisitEngland rounds up some of the best ‘tea-rrific’ experiences to be had across the country…

VeloPark

03

Mar

ENGLAND SETS ITS WHEELS IN MOTION FOR A CYCLING REVOLUTION

It’s official. England has gone cycling crazy. This month not only sees the Lee Valley VeloPark - of London2012 fame - open its doors to the public but the Grand Départ Cultural Festival also gets underway. Whether you’ve a wardrobe full of lycra or prefer to take a back seat, VisitEngland handpicks the best of the country’s cycling for 2014.
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04

Mar

VisitEngland launches national marketing campaign to promote Accessible Tourism

In the spirit of Olympic and Paralympic legacy, VisitEngland today launches a national marketing campaign aimed at championing and improving accessible tourism in England, a sector worth over £2billion a year* to the domestic tourism industry, with strong growth potential. The national tourist board has worked with a number of destinations and the Disabled Persons Railcard to develop exciting guides highlighting fantastic and accessible tourism experiences across the country. The Access for All Campaign aims to position England as a leading destination for accessible tourism.
England's Hall of Fame, English World Records

28

Feb

ENGLAND’S WORLD RECORDS

Since launching the search to establish England’s Hall of Fame, VisitEngland has had a flood of global claims to fame. Over the past three weeks, submissions have included everything from the world’s first public museum and smallest cinema to the world’s first chocolate bar and largest royal home. There’s still three weeks left for the public to submit their favourite claim to fame, but in the meantime, here are some of the global claims vying for a place in England’s Hall of Fame.

 

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Government to support Tourism businesses affected by floods

Tourism businesses affected by the floods – from bed and breakfasts and hotels to local attractions – will get help from a new £2 million support fund, Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced today.

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10

Feb

VISITENGLAND’S HALL OF FAME

VisitEngland has launched a search to establish England’s ultimate Hall of Fame.  From Harry Potter to James Bond, the mini skirt to the tuxedo, The Beatles to punk music and the Magna Carta to the World Wide Web, the Hall of Fame will celebrate what England has brought to the world and what makes the country such a diverse and fascinating place to visit and explore. 
Nordic England, Viking England

21

Jan

THE VIKINGS ARE COMING!

From March 2014, the British Museum will enable modern-day visitors to discover the Viking world in its new major exhibition, Vikings: life and legend. This year also marks another significant landmark in England’s Viking story, with the JORVIK Viking Festival celebrating its ‘pearl’ anniversary year in February.
In celebration of all things Norse, VisitEngland rounds up the year’s best exhibitions, events and activities that that best illustrate Viking culture on English soil.
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30

Jan

Tourism businesses encouraged to take the lead on access

VisitEngland and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have produced a new guide for tourism businesses on welcoming customers with assistance dogs.
Romantic England, Stratford Upon Avon

28

Jan

VALENTINE’S DAY FOR OLD AND NEW ROMANTICS

Take inspiration from England’s greatest lovers this Valentine’s Day, from the historic to the fabled, the literary to the royal. Or indulge in something altogether more modern with an indulgent hotel stay, spa break or a candlelit meal. Whether you’re an old or a new romantic, VisitEngland has plenty of inspiration for loved-up breaks this Valentine’s.    
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20

Jan

VisitEngland Announces Tourism Superstar 2014 Shortlist

VisitEngland, the national tourist board has announced the shortlist for Tourism Superstar 2014.  The tourism accolade was launched 2 years ago as part of English Tourism Week (this year running 29 March – 6 April). 
Arts Council England

16

Jan

Cultural Destinations programme successful applicants

Arts Council England and VisitEngland announced the ten successful applicants to the Cultural Destinations programme. 

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10

Jan

The New Year Brings Two New Board Members for VisitEngland

Culture Secretary Maria Miller has appointed two new Members to the Board of VisitEngland, chaired by Penelope, Viscountess Cobham.
equestrian holidays, pet friendly, bring your own horse, horse friendly, year of the horse

09

Jan

Horsing Around England

As the world prepares to celebrate Chinese New Year, VisitEngland grabs 2014 by the reins and gets ready to ride into The Year of The Horse. From Bring Your Horse breaks to the finest riding schools, here are some of the top equine holidays on offer across England.