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Why study in Bournemouth?

With seven miles of golden sands and sparkling sea, the vibrant cosmopolitan town of Bournemouth has it all – a vast variety of shops, restaurants, a buzzing nightlife and endless countryside with beautiful award winning gardens and water sports galore. As a result of the Gulf Stream which results in mild and breezy winters, Bournemouth enjoys a climate that is not “typical English weather,” but rather a moderate environment with an above average number of sunny days. July and August usually provide the most sunshine and hottest temperatures in Bournemouth, which may even reach 30°C on occasion.

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Bournemouth has seven miles of golden sands and sparkling sea, the vibrant cosmopolitan town of Bournemouth has it all. Bournemouth has lots of shops, restaurants and fantastic nightlife. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside and the world famous Jurassic coast. There is certainly no shortage of things to do in Bournemouth.

Bournemouth has been voted the “happiest town” in the UK and the beaches are often voted the best in the UK and in Europe. In the summer Bournemouth hosts the International Air Festival, attracting over 1 million visitors and in the winter you can enjoy the outdoor markets in the town square. Bournemouth also enjoys excellent transport links to London and the rest of the country and also has its own international airport.

Bournemouth is also home to famous people such as the writer of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, who is buried in St Peter’s Church. The Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum is a fascinating place which benefits from stunning views of the sea, and where you can admire paintings, sculptures and objects collected by Sir Merton Russell Cotes and his wife during their trips all around the world.

You can also visit the Oceanarium, located on the beach front, which shows a wide variety of undersea creatures, or have a good time in the indoor climbing activity centre located on the pier. For an incredible sensory experience, discover the award-winning parks and gardens running through the heart of Bournemouth.


Linguaenglish is located in the centre of Bournemouth and accredited by the British Council. Learning English can help you find a better job in a globalised world. Or maybe you want to experience a new culture and further your studies. Our school is here to help. When you arrive at our school you will be given a placement test, and receive an interview with either the school director or senior teacher to establish your level. We also provide an induction pack, with information on Bournemouth and a student card. We monitor your progress during your course and provide a certificate when you leave. Our school in Bournemouth accepts students from the age of 16 and has no upper limit on age, the majority of our students are adults.

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Throughout the year Linguaenglish Bournemouth offers a range of activities and trips. These activities are important as it’s a great opportunity to meet new people and visit beautiful places in the UK. The Bright School employs activity organisers, and they will be introduced to you, to make sure you have a great time in evenings and weekends. It is also a great way to meet fellow students from other levels and classes, and improve your English outside the classroom.

These include trips to local museums and school beach days. We also arrange regular social evenings outside the school so that students can meet new friends and develop their English outside the classroom. Linguaenglish also works with local companies that arrange national and international trips and excursions. These trips include coach travel and a guide, so it is an excellent way to explore the UK. All tickets can be purchased from the school office.

Our school also offers famous Beach Barbecues! All students join the staff and enjoy a beach BBQ and game of volleyball on Bournemouth’s beautiful beach. In the summer period we also watch the weekly fireworks that take place from Bournemouth pier. Other local activities include weekly coffee evenings, local walks and quiz nights. For adult students Bournemouth has a fantastic range of bars and nightclubs, and regular party nights are arranged by the school.


Courses

Below is a summary of courses offered by Linguaenglish in Bournemouth. We offer a variety of professional courses to suit all levels to guarantee a fast and effective learn approach:

  • General English: We offer a progressive course in General English designed to suit students of all levels, from elementary to advanced. At each level we aim to improve all aspects of your English, including grammar, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, listening and importantly to build confidence. At the end of the course, students will be given an end of course certificate. Each level typically takes 12 weeks, but if a student improves quickly a higher level can be achieved in a shorter time period. English courses are available from 15 hours to 30 hours per week. Students can join the course every Monday all year around (except school closed dates). There is no minimum stay period.
  • Cambridge Courses – FCE: Our school offers First Certificate of English preparation courses. The FCE is an internationally recognised qualification and is aimed around upper intermediate students. The FCE course is run by Cambridge University and Exams are booked through the school. The FCE certificate is also recognised by educational institutions and employers throughout the world.
  • Business English: For students at intermediate level and above, we offer a further 5 hours per week, on top of the general English course in which to study Business English. This includes the teaching of the vocabulary and grammar required for professional business communication.
  • University Access Course – IELTS Preparation: For students at upper-intermediate level and above, we offer a further 5 hours per week, on top of the general English course, in which to study IELTS exam preparation. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.
  • Career English: The Career English course is suited to those who may want to work in a professional English speaking environment. With globalisation, English is used in most companies that have an international outlook. This course will help students gain a huge advantage, some examples include, customer service, presenting and professional document creation. We offer a further 5 hours per week, on top of the general English course, so students can gain that advantage in a competitive global world.
  • Individual Lessons or One to One Lessons: The Bright School offers the opportunity of Individual or One to One Lessons. These lessons can be tailored for the individual student, maximising your learning experience. With individual lessons the Bright School will plan and identify areas where improvements can be made. The lessons are usually 1 to 2 hours long, and multiple lessons can be booked each week. These lessons are available on request.
  • Oil and Gas (Energy) English: Our school offers a specialist Oil and Gas English course, using General English methodology, but with vocabulary and specialist course material from the Energy industry. Linguaenglish is able to undertake this course anywhere in the world. The school has a set syllabus for the Oil and Gas course, but also creates individual courses subject to the company and individual needs.
  • Aviation English: Linguaenglish offers a tailored Aviation course. This course is aimed at all personnel within the aviation industry, with tailored courses for Air Traffic Controllers and Pilots. English is the standard international language in Aviation, and our school in Bournemouth can assist with the ICAO’s Aviation English Language Test Service (AELTS) exam. This course is offered on request only.

Linguaenglish Totnes is located in the centre of Totnes town in the iconic Gate House building, offering an amazing view of the trendy high-street. Totnes is a market town and civil parish at the head of the estuary of the River Dart in Devon, England within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.The town is a thriving centre for music, art, theatre and natural health. It has a sizeable alternative and “New Age” community, and is known as a place where one can live a bohemian lifestyle.

Linguaenglish Totnes is a medium-sized school in a very special building in the city center and we pride ourselves on our friendly personal approach and flexibility. At our school in Totnes we have a brought mixture of different cultures from all over the world and 75 % of the students are between 16 and 40 years. Here you find a exact breakdown with information about the nationality and age of our students in Totnes. Totnes-ages-and-nationalities


Totnes is ten minutes away from the beautiful South Devon coast line, with miles of beautiful, award winning beaches with lots of adventure sports. From National Trust houses and gardens to beautiful coastal walks and picturesque seaside towns to shop in, South Devon has something for everyone. There is even a local vineyard! Totnes also boasts many eco buildings as well as an eclectic mix of architecture, including The Butterwalk – a Tudor covered walk way, and of course our school building, the Gate House, built in the early 16th Centure and rebuilt after the great Totnes fire of 1990.

Totnes was the first Transition Town, aiming to be a community that works together to increase economic stability and reduce climate destruction. Lots of local cafés and restaurants support this by sourcing local produce to reduce the miles food travels to reach our plates. Totnes is not just a typical small English town. As well as the fantastic, friendly people, the history and the relaxed atmosphere it has a vibrant restaurant and pub culture, is the centre of the Transition Town movement and is the home to many dynamic young creative people. Language in Totnes is a perfect example of this blend of modern and traditional, situated in the centre of the town in the old clock tower, but with the most modern classrooms available. This atmosphere will help you reach your English goals more quickly as you can engage with, talk to and share ideas with these local people as well as making friends for life from the town as well as the school. Totnes is also the perfect starting point to explore the rest of Devon, with excellent transport links to the cities of Exeter and Plymouth, local towns and villages. Dartmoor national park is just ten minutes away and is the size of London, with a breath taking green landscape, stone Tors, wild ponies, beautiful scenery and great outdoor activities like “Letter Boxing“.

At Linguaenglish Totnes you will get lots of personal attention from both our experienced teachers and our friendly support team. We are here to ensure you make the most of your time studying and increase your confidence speaking in English. You will find that shop keepers and locals will help you too, it’s a very friendly place to be. In addition our school also offers Cambridge or IELTS exams (100 – 150 GBP) and is an exam centre for Trinity.

Linguaenglish Totnes offers English courses that run from Monday to Friday, in various levels all year round. You can book a course for a length of 1 to 52 weeks and you can start your English course on any Monday of the year (except for holidays). Here are the following courses:

  • 20 lessons General English per week in a group
  • 30 lessons Intensive English per week in a group
  • 20 lessons General English + 10 lessons exam preparation in a group

Totnes is full of excitement. There is a bustling weekly market, which offers a mixture of alternative and traditional products. On the busy High Street you find an array of small, independent shops, art studios, natural health centres, funky clothes shops and organic food shops instead of the usual chain stores. Less then 20 kilometers away you can find the most beautiful beaches of South England. Therefore, Totnes is the perfect place for students, who want to spend time in the nature combined with art and culture in a small town close to the capital of England.

Here you find a short introduction to Linguaenglish, the city and the surroundings of Totnes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linguaenglish Oxford is situated in the center of the historic city, close to shops, cafes, theaters, bus and train stations, as well as the famous Oxford University colleges.

The school is well known for its dynamic teachers, friendly atmosphere and successful students. It is a member of ENGLISH UK and QUALITY ENGLISH. Quality English is a group of established, independent schools who are carefully selected for their commitment to excellence in English language teaching and the exceptional service they offer to their students. They offer a choice of general and specialized courses in contrasting locations.

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Learning a language is about understanding, context expression and many other elements that bring a language to life. At Linguaenglish in Oxford, we have over 30 years’ experience of providing a friendly, relaxed learning environment, where students make real progress in their English. The main goal of our school is a professional, dynamic approach to teaching English in a well-established, independent school in the center of Oxford.


In 2014, we taught hundreds of students from 52 different countries. In school, at any one time, we usually have at least 25 different nationalities.

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The minimum age at the Linguaenglish Oxford is 16. The average age is mid 20s, but we always have some younger and older students here too. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its students, especially those aged under 18. However, students aged 16 and 17 must bring a Consent to Travel and Study form, completed by their parent or guardian.

Based on our British Council accreditation statement in April 2013; the Linguaenglish Oxford has been featured in the EL Gazette 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 as a ‘Centre of Excellence’. This makes the school to one of the top 5 British Council accredited schools in the UK.el-gazette_0x0

Our experienced and dynamic staff really enjoy teaching. They carefully plan your classes to make sure that they are interesting and enjoyable, interactive and beneficial. They support you in your learning, so you can make the most of your time here in Oxford. There is an average of 8 students in our international classes so you get personal attention, gain confidence, make progress and feel encouraged to communicate effectively in English.


During your time at Linguaenglish Oxford you can join a cultural talk, visit or an activity. Guest speakers give talks on a variety of topics. Visits include guided tours of Oxford, museums and local places of interest. Activities include punting, ice skating and cinema visits. We also organise regular football games and zumba after school. Every week, there is a least one social evening, such as going to the pub, evensong at an Oxford University college,  a quiz or party at school. These activities are included in your course fees. Everyone is invited to join in and take part!

In your Welcome Pack, we will also give you a programme of social activities and weekend excursions on your first day. You can sign up for the activities and book the tours with our social organiser in school.

If there is something special you want to do, an interest that you’d like to continue or a sport you want to play, just ask and we can help you to find out information. Our school courses are for adults. Parents of students aged 16 or 17 should note that students are accompanied during these weekly social and cultural activities but only on a 1:15-20 basis.

Linguaenglish in York is a English language school that excels in teaching General and Business English for all levels of ability, and in preparing students for the IELTS exam.

Our school in York recognizes the individuality of every student and we have developed courses to suit a range of requirements. We test the language level of all students prior to the start of their course. You will be placed in a class with other students of a similar language level.


A good knowledge of English is essential today. Whether you travel for business or pleasure, or want to study in an English-speaking university, you need to be able to communicate effectively in English. We have a range of general, academic and business English courses to meet your requirements and to give you a confident command of English – both spoken and written.

We know that learning English does not just happen in the classroom. Therefore, we offer an exclusive social programme that includes day trips to different English cities, coasts and countrysides and a range of fun evening activities like cinema, bowling, salsa, football, theater, music nights and many more.

The majority of our students are young adults, although we do accept students aged 16+ with parental consent. There are usually between six and eight students in a class as our courses are mainly focused on interaction.

 

Although London is the capital city, living here doesn’t have to break the bank. That’s why we want to tell you what’s good in the hood, whether you’re feeling flush or feeling the pinch.

Our language school in London is in NW5 which Kentish Town, Tufnell Park, Chalk Farm, some of Camden and Hampstead, and like most of London you’ll find almost anything you want and need. Here are some of the places you might catch me at the beginning of the month when you’re minted, or at the end of the month when you’re skinted!


Restaurants

Minted: The Bengal Lancer

Curry is Britain’s best-loved dish, you can’t leave the country without sampling it. If you have a bit of spare cash, or someone else is footing the bill, try out this place. It is exceptional. Turks especially, will love Liver Hazri.

Skinted: Dirty Burger

Who doesn’t love a burger? This is a spit and sawdust, cheap and cheerful kind of place. £6 for flesh and bun. It’s a bit tucked away, but worth searching for. If you go in winter, wrap up warm because you’re literally dining in a corrugated iron shed!

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Food shopping Minted: Independent shops on the high street There’s loads of independent traders in NW5; greengrocers, fishmongers, butchers, bakers. They may be more expensive than the local supermarket, but the produce is fresh, locally sourced and you know you’re supporting a local business. Like Tti! For the best cuts, freshest veg and fish, head to Harry’s, The Fruitbowl or Meat NW5 all on the long stretch of road between Camden and Tufnell Park tube stations.

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Bars

Minted: Ladies and Gents

Fancy cocktails with a fancy price-tag. Impress your visitors with this well-kept secret bar that is in a disused underground public toilet! Some of the original features are still part of the décor…

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Skinted: The Southampton Arms

The cheapest pints of beer and cider you’ll find in a pub in NW5, a pub that you wouldn’t mind spending an hour or two in anyway. This is a typical old boozer with locally brewed beers on the taps and a friendly local atmosphere. If you can stretch to it, try a roast pork roll with apple sauce and English mustard to accompany your pint. The perfect Saturday afternoon.

 


Shopping shopping

Minted: SK Vintage

All I can afford is window shopping. But it’s worth a browse to see fashion through the ages finest. This is one you can check out even if you’re skint.

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Skinted: Mary’s Living and Giving Shop

Shopping for a great cause! This charity shop supports Save the Children, so you know your precious pennies are being well-spent. Placed in Primrose Hill, you can find designerbargains at rock-bottom prices. I once got a Zadig and Voltaire blouse for a fiver!

No matter how long your stay in London, or what your budget, these are ten of the best whether you’re a princess or a pauper!

 


Glossary

feeling flush (adj) Well-supplied (with money); affluent; prosperous
feeling the pinch (verb phrase) To feel the effects of not having enough money
minted (adj) Rich; affluent
skinted (adj) Poor
footing the bill (verb phrase) To pay the bill
spit-and-sawdust (adj) Dirty and untidy and is not modern or attractive
cheap and cheerful (adj) Costing little money but attractive, pleasant, or enjoyable
tightest budget (colloc. adj+noun) A limited stock or supply of something
pricey (adj) Expensive
splash out (phrasal verb) To spend money freely or extravagantly
priceless (adj) Having a value beyond all price; invaluable
for nothing (idiom) Free of charge
stretch to it (phrasal verb) To pay an amount larger than expected
afford (verb) To be able to meet the expense of
bargain (n) An advantageous purchase
well-spent (adj) Usefully or profitably spent or expended
rock-bottom prices (colloc. adj+noun) At the lowest possible price limit or level
a fiver (noun) A five-pound note
a princess or a pauper (expression) A very rich or very poor person

Brighton is one of the more vibrant, colourful and creative cities in the UK. Cosmopolitan, compact, energetic, unique, fun, lively, historic, young, exotic and free-spirited, it’s a city like no other. Nestling between the South Downs & the sea on the stunning south coast, Brighton offers everything from Regency heritage to beachfront cool. A nice mix of iconic attractions, famed nightlife, award winning restaurants, funky arts, culture & year round festivals & events Brighton really does have it all.

Our school in Brighton is a family run, British Council accredited school in the heart of Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom. Just 50 minutes away from London but based on the seaside, it makes a perfect location both for studies and holiday. A 20 minute walk will take you to the centre of Brighton and award winning beaches are just down the road. Our friendly English language school has about 150 students of all ages from 18 to 74, from over 30 different countries.

We pride ourselves on our friendly and supportive environment as well as highly qualified, native speaking teachers. Interactive English is very close to all local amenities and we are working closely with some tourism agencies and can offer our students great weekend trips all around Europe and the United Kingdom at fantastic prices.

We offer both General English and Exam Preparation courses such as IELTS, FCE, CAE and BEC. Even though we are running general English course at all levels, they are still preparing students towards exam preparation courses or exams themselves. Furthermore our exam courses are very popular and we have a very high rate of students passing their exams with great scores. We also help our students with all applications, references and the search for the right Universities, colleges and further education courses.

Linguaenglish Brighton has a number of welcoming and supportive Host Families who have been fully inspected and have been working with us for a number of years. We can accommodate students on a single or sharing basis and self catering, half board or full board basis. We choose our families carefully and inform them of any special requirements students might have, and we are always on call in case either the student or family needs help or advice with anything. But depending on your requirements for certain students we can also organise accommodation in student houses, and hotels.

Our schools is an adults-only school (18+) and we have students from all over the world.

Every week we invite a guest speaker to join our 30+ course for a presentation and group discussion at our school in London.

Last week it was James Herbertson who came to visit us! James is the director of London Nest, a company which helps students to find the best accommodation in London! He has strong family roots in Zimbabwe and has swam the Channel to raise money for his charity which helps build communities there! Read more about him below!

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Zimbabwe Rural School Development Programme helps  build communities in rural Zimbabwe. Our aim is to improve educational opportunities in rural Zimbabwe and to provide new facilities and resources, by working in partnership with schools and other institutions. You can read more about our work here on our site – ZRSDP.

In 2011 six of us swam the Channel and raised over £30,000 to build a classroom block and teacher’s accommodation. It was a day none of us will ever forget and we were proud to win the award for the Fastest Mixed Relay and the Fastest Relay overall: You can view pictures and more information on the Channel Swim Association’s website here – CSA.

Here’s an hour by hour account by Dan Earthquake on board! 

Thank you James for volunteering to speak with our Aged 30 + group. We hope you enjoyed the tea and cakes as well! We enjoyed having you here at Tti to give such an inspiring talk and hearing about your experience swimming the Channel!

 

 

Pub crawl (sometimes called a bar tour, bar crawl or bar-hopping) is the act of one or more people drinking in multiple pubs or bars in a single night, normally travelling by foot or public transport to each destination and occasionally by cycle.

Many European cities have public pub crawls that act as social gatherings for the local expatriate communities and tourists. These crawls focus on the social aspect of meeting new friends and being introduced to new bars in a strange city.

In the UK, pub crawls are generally unstructured and spontaneous nights-out, in which the participants arrange to meet in a particular location and decide over drinks on where to drink next. Structured routes with regular stops are rare. Most drinking sessions based around a special occasion such as a birthday or a leaving celebration will involve a pub-crawl, often with the group splitting up but agreeing on meeting at the next location. It is a common sight in UK towns to see several groups orbiting the various drinking locations with little apparent coherence or structure.

 


 

Nuts Pub Crawl organizes Pub Crawls in London every Wednesday till Sunday at 8.50pm that present the best way to get the most of London’s nightlife, meet people and have a great night without breaking the bank. With Nuts Pub Crawl you get the best value:

  • Free entry to 4 clubs in one night
  • A Free shot in each venue
  • Half Price on the Bottle of beer or Vodka lemonade
  • Professional pictures

The crew of Nuts Pub Crawl is a team of young Londoners who know the city very well. Their friendly guides will show you the best venues, share the hidden treasures and just do their best for you to have a good time. Doesn’t matter If you are single, couple or with a group, the team will show you how to enjoy the nightlife that London is famous for. All the clubs are located in the West End area, between Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, which is known as London’s main clubbing scene. They are all located a few minutes walking distance, so you don’t have to worry about transport, just need to follow their guides.

If you are interested in experience London in the most fun and entertaining side, check out here their event calendar and buy your tickets now.

 

 

 

All the football slang you need for a brilliant football evening or weekend in the UK.

Football is a national obsession in Britain and it’s full of weird and wonderful phrases. Here are the most common football expressions explained to help you understand locals when watching a match in the UK. One important rule at the beginning to avoid making a gaffe at the beginning; NEVER EVER call it soccer!

 


What a howler!

If you find yourself watching the English national team play- this phrase will likely come in handy. This expression is used after someone has made a comical mistake. It is usually attributed to red-faced goalkeepers after failing to stop a shot and sullen-looking players who’ve scored an own goal.

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REF!!! 

Who’d be a referee?! Almost every decision is met with unrelenting cries of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing,’ and ‘get your eyes tested.’ Disagreeing with the officials is constant in most sports across the world and simply shouting ‘ref’ in disbelief at a dubious decision is commonplace in football.

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What a screamer / What a beauty / What a cracker! 

These terms are usually reserved for “snipers” like Gerrard, Messi or Ronaldo, who sometimes score a goal from a long distance that creates pandemonium in the stadium.


That was a sitter / he should have buried that 

A phrase that is used to show shock, sadness and anger as a player misses the simplest of chances to score a goal. Mostly used by really fanatic fans.


We need a clean sheet! 

This phrase doesn’t have anything to do with a basic article of bedding. It football it is often said in hope that the goalkeeper doesn’t concede a goal. Keeping a clean sheet certainly makes it easier to win a game!

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It’s time to park the bus

This is an ultra-defensive style of football where teams do anything to preserve their clean sheet. By putting all 11 players behind the ball to thwart the opponent’s attacking threat, and then rarely attacking yourself, is considered to be equivalent of parking a bus in front of your goal.

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He was caught ball watching 

These expression is directed to players who are normally technically savvy but just watched the ball and got caught out of position, which will be taken advantage of by the opposition.

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The wall did its job 

It takes a brave person to stand in a wall. When players stand in a line, 10-yards from a free kick, this is known as the wall. If the wall stands firm and blocks or deflects the ball, they are said to have done their job.

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He’s a dead ball specialist

Dead ball situations are when the ball is stationary after a stoppage in the game. A dead ball specialist refers to a player who is able to score from free kicks and penalties or can whip a corner into the penalty box with pinpoint accuracy.

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Stay on your feet 

A strange phrase for a sport played on your feet, but fans shout this in 1 against 1 situations when they hope that their player won’t be tackled to the ground.

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England is in north-west Europe and is in the southern part of Great Britain. It is an island country and also part of the United Kingdom (UK). The country has a size of 129,720 sq km and a population of nearly 50 million people.

England is the largest country in Great Britain and the UK. It is sometimes, wrongly, used in reference to the whole United Kingdom, the entire island of Great Britain, or indeed the British Isles. This is not only incorrect but can cause offence to people from other parts of the UK. ( Nationality of the British people).

Nearly 84% of the population of the UK lives in England, mainly in the major cities and metropolitan areas.

 


Yorkshire

Visitors flock to Yorkshire because there is no place on earth like God’s Own County. It considers its food and drink reputation as now the best in Britain. Yorkshire boasts more Michelin-starred restaurants than anywhere else in the country (apart from the clogged streets of London and who wants to go there?). The sheer beauty of the county, sometimes as unexpected as a dilapidated mill chimney stabbing up through a leaden sky, has inspired generations of painters: from John Atkinson Grimshaw’s moonscapes to the Victorian artists of the Staithes Group to David Hockney’s Yorkshire Wolds.

The only downside for visitors is the secret is out. Some 40 million visitors now travel here every year for heritage-related tourism alone. Good job its grand old cities and sweeping moors and Dales are large enough to soak them all up.

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Bath

With sweeping, honey-stone Georgian crescents and terraces spread over a green and hilly bowl, Bath is a strong contender for England’s most beautiful small city. It has a fascinating and easily accessible history, from the Roman Baths to the life and times of one-time resident Jane Austen. Interesting, digestible galleries and museums – including the recently revamped Holburne and One Royal Crescent – are many and varied, while shopping is also a major draw. Bath’s Achilles heel used to be used to be a surprising dearth of good, affordable places to eat. But that is no longer the case. The foodie transformation of a number of the city’s pubs over the past decade has been the most significant improvement.

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© David Skinner

York

York is a historic walled city at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England, and is the traditional county town of Yorkshire to which it gives its name. The city has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events in England throughout much of its two millennia of existence. The city offers a wealth of historic attractions, of which York Minster is the most prominent, and a variety of cultural and sporting activities making it a popular tourist destination for millions. Rich in ancient history, romantic ambiance and fun activities, York is the perfect holiday destination for couples, families and groups. Renowned for its exquisite architecture, tangle of quaint cobbled streets, iconic York Minster and wealth of visitor attractions, York is a flourishing city, just two hours by train from London.

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© John Morgan

Cotswolds

The glorious, honey-coloured towns and villages of the Cotswolds look as if they have strayed into the 21st century from another era. The area is characterised by gentle dynamism, with lively galleries, vibrant festivals and a liberal endowment of intriguing museums. Covering nearly 800 square miles across five counties (Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire), this region of “wolds”, or rolling hills, is the biggest of the 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in England and Wales.

Every season has intrinsic appeal. Crowd-free winters are ideal for bracing walks, fire-side pub sessions – and lower hotel prices.Come in spring to see lambs and wild daffodils. Visit in summer (inevitably with many others) for magical light, particularly in the long evenings. Or make an autumn excursion for a quieter atmosphere and wonderful leaf colour, especially at the two great arboreta, Westonbirt and Batsford.

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© Richard Walker

Oxford

Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town. Still with its ancient University, but home also to a growing hi-tech community. Many businesses are located in and around the town, whether on one of the Science and Business Parks or within one of a number of residential areas. With its mix of ancient and modern, there is plenty for both the tourist and resident to do. Whether its visiting one of the many historic buildings, colleges or museums, going out for a drink or a meal, taking in a show or shopping till you drop.

Follow the footsteps of the world’s favourite wizard through Oxford’s most spectacular College. Many of the scenes in the Harry Potter feature films are shot in various locations of the College and as you walk around the cloisters and quadrangles it is easy to see why. This continues Christ Church’s long association with children’s literature – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland were inspired and written here by Lewis Carroll. If you enjoyed the film or the books, come and soak in the atmosphere of a real Hogwarts.

© Kurtis Garbutt
© Kurtis Garbutt

 


Totnes

The city has a reputation for having an alternative vibe, with organic, ethical and fair trade the norm, not the exception. Totnes in Devon might be the most forward-thinking eco settlement in the world and it is an ancient market town on the mouth of the river Dart in Devon. The city has the well-preserved shell of a motte-and-bailey castle, an Elizabethan butterwalk and a steep high street featuring many charming gift shops. It’s the home of the Transition Town movement and is proud to be a little different. A visit here mixes two of life’s loveliest pleasures: good food and the great outdoors. The city in the Devon region makes the most of the rich larder of food on their doorstep. Lamb, venison, pheasant, pork and seafood are staples, and the county’s farmers’ markets are full of artisan producers selling delicious cider, apple juice, cheese and ice cream.

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Lake District

Visit the Lake District for Britain’s finest scenery, greenest countryside and grandest views. Its picturesque patchwork of lakes, valleys, woodlands and fells make it one of the best places in Britain to get out and experience the great outdoors, whether it’s on a leisurely bike ride down country lanes or a day-long hike across the hills.

The Lake District also has numerous artistic and literary connections, most famously William Wordsworth, who was born in Cockermouth in 1770 and drew much of his poetic inspiration from the surrounding landscape. And while the weather is notoriously unpredictable (locals will tell you that it’s not unusual to experience all four seasons in a single day), showers and racing clouds only emphasise the grandeur of the magnificent scenery.

© John Mcsporran
© John Mcsporran

Brighton

Visit Brighton because you need never get bored in this loveably eccentric city. There’s always something unexpected to enjoy – the secret is to roam freely and keep your eyes peeled. Head to the boho North Laine, and you find offbeat designers and dingy flea markets happily melding with sleek restaurants and bars. Throw in gentrified Regency squares, oddball museums, and a clutch of well upholstered parks with traditional cafés attached – and you have a city that truly caters for all tastes.

Brighton is a fiercely all-season city. Of course it can be packed on a hot summer’s day – but come September, the crowds thin and the locals take back their town.

 

© Florian Scholz
© Florian Scholz

Cornwall

Cornwall is defined by its magnificent coastline with 300 miles of dunes and cliffs, medieval harbours and oak-forested creeks – and every mile accessible on foot. Such an unspoilt coastline inspires Enid Blyton-style adventures: take a picnic and the dog through fields fringed in wildflowers to a remote beach; clamber down stepping-stone cliffs to rock pools that are works of marine art; swim with seals and harmless basking sharks. Surfing is big draw, for all ages – bodyboarding too – and lessons are available on most north-coast beaches. Cornwall is also known for its artistic heritage. Painters, sculptors and potters of international renown come for the big skies, the rugged beauty of the boulder-strewn moorland, and the intense light that turns the sea cerulean blue even in mid-winter.

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© JackPeasePhotography

Suffolk

The beaches fringing the curved Norfolk and Suffolk coastline are the chief draw for visitors to the region. Even on the busiest summer’s day, there is always space for games, kite-flying or a quiet family picnic in the dunes. It’s also a wild landscape of dense pine forest, open heathland and great expanses of salt marsh. Bird life is astonishingly rich and coastal wild flowers include yellow-horned poppies and purple-flowering sea pea, while the unique wetlands of the Broads, one of England’s 10 designated National Parks, is home to more than 400 rare species, including butterflies, dragonflies, moths and snails.

Wherever you are, you’re never far from a cosy, pamment-floored pub serving local ales or an excellent delicatessen selling the region’s specialities – pungent cheeses, smoked fish or honey.

© John Fielding
© John Fielding

London

There can be few more cosmopolitan cities on earth. People pour in from across the world to visit, work or live. Londoners are used to hoardings marking the progress of colossal infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and the revitalisation of King’s Cross-St Pancras, and new skyscrapers, even entire new areas, such as the Embassy Quarter and Battersea Power Station south of the river, are transforming the skyline. Restaurants, bars and theatres are buzzing and the range of events on offer – from sport to food pop-ups, from music festivals to theatre – is unbeatable.

© August Brill
© August Brill

Bournemouth

With seven miles of golden sands and sparkling sea, the vibrant cosmopolitan town of Bournemouth has it all – a vast variety of shops, restaurants and holiday accommodation, seafront hotels, a buzzing nightlife and endless countryside with beautiful award winning gardens and water sports galore. Bournemouth is becoming known worldwide for its free festivals and events all year round – they are definitely not to be missed, so why not bring the whole family along to one of our world class events.

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