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Britain Calling February: Love is in the Air

February 8, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

The VisitBritain media team has kicked off the year with plenty of story ideas to get 2014 going.

566072With Valentine’s Day coming up, we bring you ideas for making a romantic gesture in Britain, or even emulating everyone’s favourite period drama as you do it. We’ve also put together a series of purse-friendly short-break ideas, for some good-value and fun city breaks. Our Music guide for media is out next month, but you can get a sneak preview of it here.

Romance in Britain
Cupid’s bow is poised to strike the hearts of many next month, and for suggestions of where to get down on one knee, read our tips on proposing in Britain here. With series 4 of Downton Abbey about to commence screening in Australia, we’ve decided to imagine dating, Downton-style – read it here.

Fancy a tour of Coronation Street?

The set of Coronation Street in Quay Street, Manchester, will see a unique visitor attraction open in spring 2014 for a limited time only. If you’re a fan of the British soap, it’s your chance to visit for real. Read more here

Glasgow 2014 adds more to projects to cultural celebration

The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, running alongside Scotland’s hosting of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, has been boosted by a further 42 projects. Read more here

London launches Year of the Bus

London’s bus network – the most accessible and one of the most extensive anywhere in the world – has, throughout its history, played a central role in keeping the city moving and maintaining London’s role as the engine-room of the UK economy. This year sees a number of important anniversaries, including 60 years since the creation of the original and iconic Routemaster, 75 years since the launch of its predecessor the RT-Type bus, and 100 years since hundreds of London buses were sent to the Western Front to play a crucial role during the First World War. On Jan 27, the Mayor of London launched a year of events to celebrate the London Bus network. Click here for more

Purse-friendly 48 Hour Breaks
Value is a key factor in choosing a holiday destination, and we’ve put together a series of stories with ideas for where to sleep, eat, shop and visit in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle + Gateshead, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff.

Wine and whisky – raise a glass to British tipples
Enhance the enjoyment of your favourite British tipple – whether it’s the cooling sensation of chilled white wine or the heat of a dram of whisky – with a stay on a vineyard or a unique whisky tasting. With English and Welsh Wine Week at the end of May, and Whisky Month running the whole of May, this is a good long lead story about discovering these very British drinks and learning something new. Cheers to that! Read it here.

VisitBritain guide to Music – a sneak peek. Discover your soundtrack to Britain
Planning a trip to Britain, or maybe you’re already booked? We’ve put together a playlist to get you in the mood, with Brit hits aplenty and suggestions for the perfect backdrop to hear them at. Load up your iPod: from The Beatles to The Clash, Van Morrisson to Vaughn Williams, the soundtrack to your journey is here.

The updated guide to Music will be available on the VisitBritain media centre next month. Packed full of story ideas, it will give media information and inspiration for writing about the unrivalled British music scene, and the key destinations for music lovers not to miss. We’ll also be bringing you our quarterly accommodation update, and plenty more story ideas.

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