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Spring … the time when weather becomes warmer, leaves, plants and flowers blossom and everything is generally more colourful!
Well, Spring officially starts on the 20th of March and ends on the 20th of June but why not get ready to embrace one of the best times of the year? We for sure are done with winter!
To get you in the mood, we have listed some activities for you to do this spring from Festivals to activities for the whole family. There is something for every type of person and we are sure there is also something for you!
FUN IDEAS FOR SPRING
Words by the Water Festival (3 – 12 March)
The ten-day program of literary events where writers and readers get together to share the pleasure of books, words and ideas in one of the UK’s most scenic protected areas, the Lake District. Surrounded by the lake you can enjoy visitor talks, discussions, book launches and much more.
Location: Keswick, Cumbria
Bristol International Jazz & Blues festival (16 – 19 March 2017)
You can enjoy over 40 concerts, workshops and jam sessions in Bristol in March. The line-up is on their website, but it is definitely for people who are feeling the jazz. Bristol is fast becoming the New Orleans of the UK.
London Marathon (23 April 2017)
This famous London Marathon. This has to be something that is on everyone’s to do list. Almost 40 000 runners take to the streets of the capital. The marathon is 26 miles long. There is also an EXPO. The entry is free, so you can bring your family and friends
Location: London, Greater London
Cheltenham Jazz Festival (26 April – 1 May 2017)
Swing into springtime in style. From traditional sounds to contemporary jazz, sample musical tasters in the impressive Big Top and discover the culinary delights that the Festival’s tented village in Montpellier Gardens has to offer.
Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink (29 April – 1 May)
Visitors come from far and wide to buy delicious goodies, watch top chefs live cook and to hear some live music. This festival is perfect for food and drink lover.
Exeter Castle Courtyard will be filled with hot food stalls and stand selling local beers, ales and wines. Enjoy a delicious lunch while you will be entertained by local musicians.
Location: Exeter, Devon
Downton Cuckoo Fair Welcome Spring (29 April 2017)
You will find a family-friendly atmosphere at Downton Cuckoo Fair. Traditional With Maypole and country dancing, Downton comes alive for the whole weekend. There is a wide range of entertainment and hot food during the fair. It is a all-weather event and for all ages.
Location: Downton, Wiltshire
Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Music, Theatre, Dance, Circus, Visual Art, Outdoor Events, etc.
For 17 days during May, Norwich becomes a hotbed of international art and performance creating a plethora of entertainment for all ages. Over sixteen packed days the Festival presents more than 100 performances featuring a superb line-up of companies and ensembles from all over the world. Check out: http://www.nnfestival.org.uk/ for more info.
Location: Norwich, Norfolk
Woolsack racing (29th May 2017)
Want to put your fitness to the test? Want to work those glutes? Then why not participate in the Woolsack Race? Teams are running up the steep Gumstool Hill, carrying a large sack of sheep’s clothing. Men carry a 27kg sack, women a 16kg sack. You can enter a team for £20.
Location: Tetbury, Cotwolds
Annual Bath Half Marathon
If you like running, this is the only half marathon to take place in a UNESCO World Heritage city. The Bath Half has the greatest start line the UK. Running over 13 miles is no easy feat, and a big treat is in order.
Location: Bath, Somerset
Liverpool Sound City
The UK’s largest international music, digital and film festival.
The line-up shows over 360 bands and artists are headed for the big time playing in 25 venues. It is more than just live music, they are bringing loads of exciting, interactive and engaging arts installations and performances to the festival site on both ways. It is also the 10th anniversary of the Sound City festival. So you can expect something big.
Chippenham Folk Festival (26 – 29 May 2017)
The country’s finest examples of a traditional folk festival. The Chippenham Folk Festival features the very best in English traditional music and dance with an emphasis on participation and education. The festival exists since 1972. It has a unique brand and a wide geographic draw.
Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire
So why not try some of these things to really get down and British? 😉
In 1800 the only regular visitors of Bournemouth were a few fishermen, turf cutters and gangs of smugglers. Through the years Bournemouth population rose and it quickly became a holiday-destination for affluent and invalid people. Today a lot of young students come to stay inBournemouth to learn the language or study at the University. But the town centre still reflects its olden days. Bournemouth town centre is a clutter of irregular sizes of houses, curvy streets and uneven topography.
At the moment six major construction projects are underway. Bournemouth is going to be recreated. The future dreams are to develop the town centre so that more artists have the chance to express themselves and also to make additional potential landmarks like how churches or the Camera Obscura café are, to make the skyline more vivid.
The town’s reinvention will create more space for conferences, exhibitions and corporate events, attracting small start-up businesses.
The money set aside for such projects will also be invested in the Seafront and the Universities of Bournemouth. BHlive is a well-known organisation and includes everything from food, fitness and events to experience package to visiting delegates and members of the public.
The very visible BH2 Leisure Complex was funded by the council as a motive to give tourists more incentive to come to Bournemouth. It also provides locals with more leisure activities, regardless if they are young or old. The Complex is set to open early this year (i.e. soon!!!) but construction workers are still busy getting it ready for visitors. However, some of you will have noticed that a few restaurants in the new complex are already open, like TGI Fridays. Other restaurants opening in the complex are: Nando’s, Chiquitos, Joe’s Kitchen and Handmade Burger Co., Las Iguanas, Prezzo, Coast to Coast, Bella Italia, Ask Italian and Frankie and Benny’s.
After almost 100 years of providing locals and visitors with cinematic experiences, The ODEON and ABC cinemas on Westover Road have now relocated to the BH2 Leisure Complex. The new ODEON includes 10 cinema screens and will be open from tomorrow so you can watch all the latest flicks out!
If you’re a driver, you will notice that it’s almost impossible to find a parking space in Bournemouth at the weekend. However, this Complex will also feature a 175 space parking bay to give drivers more peace of mind when it comes to parking up at the weekends.
Despite the long line-up of highstreets eateries, the BH2 Leisure Complex also promises to have a few shops! Thankfully for the ladies – it’s not all about the food but we’re definitely going to be spoilt for choice. Bournemouth will undoubtedly attract lots of foodies!
All in all it will be a perfect new place to meet people and spend your free time with friends… INDOORS, sheltered from any cold/bad weather. The Complex is also next door to our current office so we as well as our taste buds are also really excited to finally explore this £50 million project in the near future.