Tuesday, March 06, 2018

A Celebration of England’s Diverse Adventures

*collaborative post

First thing’s first: any talk about the virtues of England has to make some mention of the weather. So yes, all in all, the weather here can be rough sometimes. But if you can look past those drizzly days and overcast skies, you’ll find there’s much to keep visitors and natives alike entertained for, well, forever! With the abundance of cheap flights operating to Europe and across the globe, it’s not hard to see why so many people opt to leave these shores when it comes to having fun. But let’s take a look at what’s on offer; you might just rediscover why so many people across the world love good old blighty.

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Quiet Sunday Mornings

OK, so this might not be the most rock and roll entry on the list, but it’s still something worth cherishing. Of all the times of the week that can be described as quintessentially English, then this might just be it. There’s nothing better than waking up to the sound of the radio, having a hearty breakfast, and then going for a walk in England’s beautiful countryside (ideally with a dog by your side). It gets even better if it’s a sunny spring day or when the autumn leaves are on the ground. It’s something that some other countries don’t get to enjoy, and which many of us take for granted.

On the Weekend

Of course, you’ll only be able to fully enjoy the freshness of a Sunday morning if you’ve gone without one of the staples of English life: heading to the pub on a Friday or Saturday evening with a group of friends. There is nothing more English than a pub; indeed, the best way to describe it came from an American tourist, who said a pub is “a community living room.” Doesn’t that just fit the bill nicely? If you’re lucky enough to live close by to a pub that dates back hundreds of years (and there are quite a lot of them), then you’ll know just how cosy they can be - especially when the weather outside is anything but cheery.

Into the Cities

There are cities in every country of the world, but not many can match England when it comes to having so many different cities with their own atmosphere, located so close to one another. Liverpool and Manchester, for example, are both fantastic, but in their own unique way - yet you can drive from one to the other in 35 minutes or so. And we can’t not talk about London, which might just be the “world’s city”; you can do anything and everything there, usually at any time of the day. From some of the world’s best museums to shows, it’s a city that can match any city in the world.

Rural Life

We like to think of England as being pretty industrial, or built-up - but in fact, only a small percentage of the land has been built on, and that includes all buildings, roads, and everything else man-made. That means that there’s a lot of green space out there, and dotted along those green spaces are beautiful small villages and towns. Most people in England never even think to visit them, but it’s well worth making an effort. If you’re looking for an easily accessible entryway to this kind of life, head to the Lake District. It has stunning walks and many a picturesque town that is perfect for enjoying a Sunday roast dinner.

Group Adventures

Cities and towns are something that you go to see, or which you contribute to the atmosphere just by being there. But England also offers a lot by way of fun adventures, and especially so if you’re part of a group. There are rounds of golf everywhere, and there’s some pretty amazing surfing located on the west coast, too. If you’re looking for something a bit more competitive, then you can try paintballing or go-karting. There’s never any shortage of fun outings to have with your friends and family, no matter which corner of the country it is that you call home.

The Music Scene

If you travel overseas, you’ll quickly discover something that the rest of the world has known for a long time: England’s music scene is amazing! Whatever music you like, you’ll find the very best of it represented in concert halls up and down the country. Of course, everyone knows the massive bands that England have given to the world, but it goes beyond The Beatles, Rolling Stones, et al. From pop to electronic to hip-hop, England’s latest generation are doing some pretty amazing things. Check it out!

Getting Involved

England is a privileged place, and this we know because there are so many activities that you can do. If you like singing, then you can get involved in a local choir. If you like acting, then you can join the local theatrical troupe. If you like hiking, then join a hiking group and explore the great outdoors. The English are a sociable bunch, and they like to share their passions with others. Whatever activity you have a vague interest in, you’ll find it well represented.

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Sporting Matches

Here’s another thing about England: the English are crazy about sports. Rugby, tennis, golf, athletics - they’re all part of life for millions of people. But the big one is, of course, football. Each week, hundreds of thousands of people set off from home to watch twenty-two men try to kick a ball into a net. It sounds a bit silly when it’s broken down so much, but just go and see a match - the atmosphere can, at times, make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Just don’t talk to the fans if their team doesn’t win. 

That’s just a small selection of the fun activities to be found in England, so get out there and explore what’s on offer - you won’t be disappointed!

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