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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 .
Theme park attractions England

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.