Mar
05
2018

The 5 Great Comedy Festivals of the World

By UK /

If you love a good time and a good laugh then you’re sure to love a night out at one of the world’s top comedy festivals. Across the world different events bring talented comedians together. The end result? So audiences can laugh their socks off.

One of the most famous comedy festivals is Edinburgh, which takes place in August. Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world, offering music, dance, comedy and other entertainment. Many people go to see family-friendly events on stage like Absolute Improv. There are also stand-up acts like the Amused Moose Comedy Award Grand Final.

It’s best to start preparing your trip six months in advance because this festival draws big comedians and easily sell out shows at the larger venues. Accommodation and DriveNow’s cheap car hire deals in Edinburgh can also book out well in advance!

Here are some other comedy festivals to put on your radar, if they aren’t already.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Melbourne will be turned into a barrel of laughs in March and April when Australia’s most popular comedy festival showcases some of the best Aussie stand up, film, theatre, cabaret and workshops for the world to see and hear. Come and giggle and laugh uncontrollably as the plethora of comical talent takes over every corner of Melbourne. Kicking off the festival is The Opening Night Allstars Supershow which is set to be a one-night only bonanza of comical legends and emerging talent. This will really set the tone for the rest of the month which will have the city in stitches with the most prominent performers on the Australian comedy scene and international talent to keep an eye out for, and free events for the whole family.

Doug Anthony at the MICF Allstars Supershow in 2016

Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival

For 10 days in July, Canada comes alive with comedy as some of the world’s best acts travel from across the world to Montreal. It’s the world’s largest comedy event, attracting two million fans to see the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen and Jim Carey, to name a few. You can pick from funny films and television specials, to an incredible open-air theatre on the streets of Montreal’s Quartier Latin. Here’s a fun fact for you, back in 1989 Rowan Atkinson tested out the ever-popular Mr. Bean character on the Montreal audience. Continuing with the last 34 years of showcasing the legends of the comedian world, this year will not disappoint.  Expect to see comedy greats, old and new take the stages of this side-splitting festival.

New York Comedy Festival

The New York Comedy Festival is one of the city’s milestone events in November each year. Performances for this laugh-fest are held at comedy clubs across New York, including Manhattan’s stunning Carnegie Hall and Beacon Theatre. It’s a perfect five-day showcase of local talent alongside some of the top names of comedy in the United States. The line up is yet to be released but if previous years are to go by you can expect to see the likes of Brian Regan, Grammy nominated Ron White, among hilarious female duo Corrine Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson.

Carnegie Hall, New York

Women in Comedy Festival

This is Europe’s only comedy festival that’s dedicated to boosting women’s presence on the international comedy scene. Since launching in 2013, founded by Dulcet Sounds’ Hazel O’Keefe, the profile keeps growing every October. The event features stand-up, open mics, and training events and workshops. Previous year’s festivals have taken place in Manchester featuring a tonne of female comedic talent with the likes of Jo Brand, Jayne Godley, Zoe Lyons and Andrea Barnes. Keep an eye out for this year’s line up.

Feb
08
2018

Top London spring attractions and things to do

By London / UK /

If you’re planning a London spring holiday then a self-drive itinerary is the way to go. Between March and May, the dreary winter comes to an end, leaving the city’s parks and sidewalks blooming in a sensational London spring.

Browse DriveNow’s cheap car hire deals from Heathrow Airport to begin your self-drive holiday. With a hire car you’ll have the freedom to embark on day trips outside the city and admire the beautiful countryside.

Here are some of London’s best attractions and things to do in the springtime.

Get inspired by London’s exquisite parks

Spring is the best time of year to visit London’s famous parks, where you can admire a variety of colourful flowers in full bloom. Make sure you take a walk through the tranquil Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew. Incredibly, you’ll discover more than 30,000 types of plants in the one place, with a 250-year history to go with it!

Rent a rowing boat at Hyde Park

From Easter until late October, members of the public are welcome to hire a pedalo or rowing boat on the Serpentine Lake. It’s Hyde Park’s famous recreational lake, spanning 40 hectares. Spending a peaceful afternoon on the water and you’ll leave feeling completely at ease.

Get up close with the city’s roaming wildlife 

Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve that’s famous for its roaming deer. The 1,000 hectare park is home to about 650 of them and they’ve all been roaming freely since 1637. Photographers love to spend some time here capturing the Red and Fallow deer and learning about the areas history. From May the young are born and can be spotted keeping close to their mothers.

Jump on board a Thames River boat cruise

One of the quintessential London experiences is a Thames River boat ride. The famous Thames River flows right through the heart of London. This makes it a perfect vantage point to admire the city’s skyline and major landmarks. You’ll pass the Tower of London, Big Ben and the spectacular London Bridge, to name a few.

Take a day trip to Hastings and 1066 Country

Hastings, a charming old town on England’s southeast coast, is just a two hour drive from London. Delve into local history as you visit the site of the famous Battle of Hastings and explore the stunning castles of Bodiam and Herstmonceux. Use any spare time to simple wander through 1066 country, where the beautiful landscape has inspired artists for generations.

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Sep
28
2017

Top five things to see or do in England this autumn

By UK /

As England leaves behind a lovely summer, many people are more inclined to spend the days indoors. The days may be shorter and the evenings cooler, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel around England to explore some of its best attractions.

There are still plenty of great festivals and sights to see around England in autumn. You just need to book one of DriveNow’s great car hire deals from Heathrow Airport and be prepared to get up a little earlier in the morning.

Here are our top picks for things to see or do in England this autumn.

See the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace

It doesn’t matter what month you visit, there’s the iconic Changing of the Guard outside the Queen’s palace every morning at 11.30. This colourful display of marching and music is always popular with tourists. You can also join a tour of Buckingham Palace, which includes a walk through the Queen’s Gallery, State Rooms and afternoon tea.

Check out the London Design Festival

You may not have thought about visiting this festival before, but if you’re around London in autumn then it’s worth having a look. Events for the eight-day festival are held at different locations across London. Explore some of the best and latest in craft and design as local artists show off their creative exhibits. Their talent will blow your mind.

Visit Avebury

Avebury is a two hour drive west of London and it also isn’t far from the famous ancient site of Stonehenge. The real shame is that Avery’s massive stone circle is just as interesting as Stonehenge, but so few international travellers actually know about it. Construction of these stones began around 2900 BC. There are also other mysterious monuments like Silbury Hill and an ancient tomb within walking distance.

Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival

This is possibly one of the funnest festivals you’ll ever attend! During the last weekend of September, the seaside city of Portsmouth comes alive with traditional English and American folk music. Learn about the nation’s proud history of exploring the high seas. Celebrate the local seafaring and maritime heritage throughout pubs, cafes, churches and even the streets of New Hampshire.

Explore the Museum of London

More than a million visitors decide to take a journey through London’s museums every year. Learn about the city’s history, from prehistoric to modern times. The museum particularly focuses on social history and the people who lived in this great city over the years. It boasts the world’s largest urban history collection, featuring more than six million objects.

Jul
24
2017

The best of Birmingham in the English summer

By UK /

English summer in Birmingham is absolutely glorious. The city in West Midlands is one of the greenest in all of England, with more than 3,000 hectares of green park spaces. It also has more kilometres of canals than Venice! There’s also plenty of activities to keep you busy in Birmingham during the summer months.

Snap up one of DriveNow’s great car hire deals at Birmingham Airport and add these ideas to your bucket list.

Aston Hall

Aston Hall is one of the last great architectural masterpieces from the Jacobean era. This seventeenth century red-brick mansion overlooks a gorgeous public park. Step back in time by joining a guided tour, who explains Aston Hall’s history as you walk through the detailed interiors. Learn about those who lived here and the 1637 government attack on these walls. If you want to relax and admire the site’s beauty in peace, take a stroll in Lady Holte’s Garden.

Kingsbury Water Park

Drive half an hour North East from Birmingham and you’ll find yourself at one of the region’s most exciting destinations. It boasts 15 lakes across nearly 250 hectares of parkland. You can go for a quiet stroll or along the paths, go bird watching, or take the kids on a donkey ride. There’s even a mini railway that takes you through this breathtaking landscape. There’s something for everyone at Kingsbury Water Park.

Summer Market

The Birmingham Seasonal Markets put the city’s best food, drink, arts and music on show. Birmingham’s Summer Market is held at The Bond at Digbeth, which is one of the city’s creative hubs. For one day each summer you can enjoy a family day out where you can pick up unique, hand-crafted clothes and crafts. It’s also a great place to find delicious street food and beer. You’ll be spoiled for choice!

Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival

Moseley’s famous festival attractions thousands of people every summer. Why not be part of all the fun? The Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival brings some of the world’s best musicians right to south Birmingham’s doorstep. Throw on your dancing shoes as you move to blues, funk, soul and jazz at the gorgeous Moseley Park.

Jul
20
2017

Monkey mayhem at Stoke on Trent: 5 things to do

By UK /

Stoke on Trent is one of Staffordshire’s most charming cities. It’s home to England’s pottery industry. People even famously refer to the area as ‘The Potteries’. But there’s more to Stoke on Trent than meets the eye. It’s a place full of many. Hire a car from Stoke on Trent and tick off these five things to do.

Visit the Trentham Monkey Forest

The Monkey Forest at the Trentham Estate is one of the most charming places you’ll ever visit. Walk along a path to see them swinging in the trees and interacting with each other. You’ll be able to get up close and personal with more than 140 Barbary macaques from Algeria and Morocco.

Admire Trentham Gardens

While your at Trentham make sure you also put aside the time to visit the glorious Trentham Gardens. It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit the gardens, you’ll find an intriguing landscape. Admire the Trentham Lake as you take a quiet stroll along the lakeside walk. There’s also exciting activities for kids at the children’s adventure playground, like sand pits, a zip wire and a maze.

Have fun at Alton Towers Resort

Nemesis and Galactica are some of the thrilling rollercoasters that you can hitch a ride on at this world-famous theme park. Alton Towers also has plenty of other rides that are suitable for people who aren’t chasing such an adrenaline rush. There’s plenty of options for kids too, like Nina’s Science Lab and the In the Night Garden’s magical boat ride.

Discover the Gladstone Pottery Museum

Here you’ll find one museum that shares the complete history of The Potteries. Stoke-on-Trent has become famous around the world for its pottery.  Therefore, a visit to the Gladstone Pottery Museum should be high on your priority list. Visit the workshops, watch daily demonstrations and let a guide describe the industry’s significance to the city. You can even buy some souvenirs at the end.

Step back in time at Ford Green Hall

It was home to the Ford Family for nearly two centuries. Today, you can still walk through the furnished rooms which feature old textiles and ceramics. The historic farmhouse museum takes visitors back to the 17th century and gives an interesting insight to life during this time. The award-winning museum is open Monday to Thursday from 1-4pm.

Apr
12
2017

The sun is back! 5 London day trip ideas

By UK /

Summer is the best time to go on one of many famous London day trips. The best thing about London day trips is that you get to explore the region at your own place while also taking in the impeccable scenery. Whether you prefer the rolling green hills as you journey inland, or the peaceful beach towns as you travel along the coast, take your pick from on of these great London day trips. Just hire a car from Heathrow Airport and begin your adventure. 

Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour

Any passionate Harry Potter fan will tell you this is by far one of the best London day trips. Visit Studios Leavesden where all eight Harry Potter films were produced. It’ll help you see how JK Rowling’s incredible world of magic came to life. You’ll get to step onto original sets, walk through Hogwarts and come face to face with the animatronic creatures. Best of all it’s just a 45 minute drive from London.

Bath

Drive just two hours west of London and you’ll discover this incredible and unique city. Georgian architecture is found on every corner. So are trendy cafes and restaurants. You’ll quickly understand why it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. After exploring the city, make the time to visit the Roman Baths and bathe in naturally hot spa water.

The Cotswolds

This region west of London covers nearly 200 square kilometres and it runs through five counties. Each has its own unique features. The Cotswolds is home so some of the most unspoilt and historic towns in England. The golden stone buildings in the countryside, surrounded by green fields, are so charming. There are palaces, castles, ancient woodlands and lakes to explore. Visit historical market towns like Tetbury and Cirencester. Snowshill is another famous town that you should stop by during your self drive of the region.

Oxford

This charming city is a must-visit. Oxford is home to several different types of beautiful architecture. For example, there’s the 44m high bell tower, which was completed in 1509 at Magdalen College. The English Gothic masterpiece is the tallest structure in Oxford. There’s also Baroque, Neoclassical and Palladian beauties to admire. Other great attractions include the lush Botanic Garden, which is the oldest in all of England, and the Pitt Rivers Museum, with 20,000 knick-knacks from across the world on display.

Lake District National Park

England’s Lake District is a truly magnificent region – one which you must not leave England without seeing. You can drive or take a three and a half hour train ride to get to the area. Windermere is a great place to base yourself. Join a boat tour across the gorgeous Lake Windermere. Walk up to Orrest Head to enjoy panoramic views of the Lake District. The area is also home to beaches and England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike at 978 metres tall.

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Jan
23
2017

London calling: 5 restaurants to warm you up

By UK /

Good food is the right way to anyone’s soul. In London you can savour almost every flavour known to mankind. It’s one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, with cafes and restaurants that show off the best tastes from every culture.

All you need to do is find the time to pick up a cheap car hire deal from London and travel to some of these fantastic restaurants.

Barrafina (pictured)

One of the most popular Spanish diner-style tapas bars in London is Barrafina. You’ll find three Barrafinas in London – on Adelaide Street, Drury Lane and the original is on Soho’s Frith Street. These cosy spaces offer authentic tapas from many different regions across Spain. Barrafina is also a great spot for after work drinks with the dishes served with sine Spanish sherries, wines and Cavas.

The Ledbury

Few restaurants have the friendly and welcoming vibe that you’ll get at the Ledbury. This restaurant in Notting Hill takes it to a whole new level. Chef Brett Graham serves up innovative dishes, combining British ingredients, such as Cumbrian lamb alongside delicacies from across the world, including Tokyo turnips and black truffle. Combine with great Aussie and US beers and we have a winner!

The Princess of Shoreditch

This iconic pub-restaurant is tucked away not far from Old Street on the border of the city and Shoreditch. Managers at the multi-award winning venue also proudly proclaim they offer good value for money for the charming British food. There’s a lively downstairs bar for diners and drinkers who arrive on a ‘first come’ basis. But it’s worth making a booking for the cosy dining room, which is located just upstairs.

Kaffeine

At almost any time of day Kaffeine is a popular spot among young foodies. But they don’t seek out the café for its décor. Instead it’s all about the food and the coffee full of flavour. In fact, ask the regulars and they’ll tell you it’s among the best in London. It’s also a favourite lunch spot, with delicious sandwiches and salads sure to fill you up. If you’re feeling peckish, then why not go for the tarts or a pecan pie to finish off the experience?

City Social

After dining at City Social you’ll be convinced that great food should always come with a view like this one! Take one look at the restaurant’s menu and you’ll probably struggle to pick just one meal to enjoy. There’s the incredible cheese trolley, which allows you to choose up to five gourmet cheeses. The scrumptious Côte de bœuf is also bound to please. Take in the flavours as you soak up the views of one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

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Aug
20
2016

5 great things to do within an hour from Heathrow

By UK /

Stuck at Heathrow Airport for a few hours with nothing to do? Instead of waiting in the airport for hours until your next flight, why don’t you explore some of the highlights nearby? Simply pick up your hire car from Heathrow Airport and do one of these five great things to do within an hour from Heathrow.

Windsor Castle
Drive just 15 minutes from Heathrow Airport to visit one of England’s most iconic castles. Windsor Castle still operates as a royal palace, where official ceremonies often take place. The majestic castle is surrounded by colourful gardens and a variety of old buildings, including the Chapel of Saint George with its colourful stained glass. Take a guided tour so you can learn about the history of the castle and the royals who have lived here.

London Tower Bridge
Journey 40 minutes east into central London to tour some of the city’s famous sights. Among the top of your list should be London Tower Bridge. It’s a marvellous structure which looks over the River Thames and other iconic landmarks, such as Big Ben. Since opening in 1894, millions of people have visited the 65m high structure. From the top you can also look through a glass floor and explore modern exhibits.

Denham
This picturesque village is unlike any other place you’ve ever laid eyes on! The main street of the village is full of Georgian-style houses and businesses. One of the great reasons to visit Denham is the traditional pubs – they prove to be a massive hit with the tourists and locals alike! There’s the Swan and just out of town is the Standard of England near Beaconsfield.

Hampton Court Palace
With its stunning architecture and medieval charm, Hampton Court Palace is one of the landmarks you’ll regret not seeing if you don’t make the time for a visit. The outside of the palace stands tall and proud in Tudor red brick architecture. Within these impressive walls are spiral chimneys, great paintings, fancy gardens and even a maze. Best of all, it’s only a 20 minute drive from Heathrow.

Stoke Park Spa
There’s plenty of things to do in Stoke-on-Trent. Also add the Stoke Park Spa to your list. It’s situated within a 1000-year-old estate. This retreat is the perfect place to go when you need to relax and it oozes elegance and luxury. There are Italian marble steam rooms, a deep relaxation room and other options which cater for your every need. Whether you want a facial, body wrap or cultural experience, this extensive menu has a treatment for everyone.

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Aug
19
2016

5 reasons to visit Stoke-on-Trent

By UK /

Hire a car to best explore Stoke-on-Trent. The Staffordshire city, which is widely known as ‘Stoke’, is the much-loved home of England’s pottery industry. Tick these five things off your list when you visit Stoke-on-Trent.

Gladstone Pottery Museum (pictured)
As mentioned, the city is famous for its pottery. Therefore, how could you possibly visit the city without exploring the industry’s unique history in the area? At this museum you’ll learn how ceramics have been created over the years, and what conditions were like for the workers. There are daily demonstrations before you’re offered the opportunity to have a go yourself. Even more special, this is the last complete Victorian pottery factory left in England.

Churnet Valley Railway
This rural line traverses stunning countryside, which has become known as Staffordshire’s “Little Switzerland”. The Churnet Valley Railway allows you to step back in time with this 11 mile return journey through valleys and forests. You’ll also stop at towns such as Cheddleton, which is the railway’s base of operations and motive power.

Trentham Monkey Forest
Step into a forest with more than 140 monkeys. They roam the park in complete freedom, so you’ll see them swinging from trees and walking in your path. Guides take you through the area, explaining the history of the park as well as information about how these animals live in the wild. it’s an educational and enjoyable day out, and is situated inside the Trentham Estate.

Trentham Shopping Village
This cute area is perfect for a day of shopping. With 60 timber lodges which house not only shops, but some of the best cafes and restaurants around, Trentham Shopping Village has something for everyone. We highly recommend heading into the hear of the village to try out the famous Welsh ice cream at Cadwaladers, or dine alfresco by the river. Then there are plenty of independent shops with unique gifts.

Walking
The area is home to many great walking tracks, which aren’t constantly filled with walkers. All you need are runners and for the weather to be on your side. Some of the best include the Biddulph Grange Country Park, which takes you through National Trust gardens. If you like flower fields, then you’ll also love walking through Consall Hall Gardens. Then there’s the Dane Valley Way, which takes you to stunning waterfalls and the gorgeous town of Buxton.

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Jul
23
2016

7 ways to discover Belfast

By UK /

Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast, is a destination with plenty of discoveries to be made. Hire a car from Belfast Airport and enjoy these seven great activities.

Hike through Cave Hill
Cave Hill Country Park offers magnificent panoramas of Belfast. There are walking trails suitable for all people of all fitness levels. It also has five caves on the side of its cliffs, which are full of archaeological and historical attractions, such as Belfast Castle. The most famous feature is Napoleon’s Nose, which locals say inspired Jonathan Swift’s story, Gulliver’s Travels.

Pub hopping
Spend a night hopping from pub to pub. After all, the Irish are known for their ability to drink whiskey! There’s plenty to choose from but if you’re stuck for ideas, start your pub crawl at the Crown Liquor Saloon. Then make your way to The Duke of York, which is set on one of the city’s oldest streets and decked out with original mirrors and memorabilia.

Tour Parliament Buildings
Parliament Buildings are open to the public Monday to Friday and when the Assembly is sitting there are free half hour public tours available. This will take you to the historic Senate Chamber and teach you about the story behind the incredible architecture. While here, make sure you check out the beautiful surroundings of Stormont Estate.

Go browsing at St George’s Market
It took six years to build St George’s Market from 1890. To this day it remains the city’s only surviving covered Victorian market. There are hundreds of stalls selling a variety of favourites, from seafood and specialty foods to locally made art and crafts. There’s also live music to entertain as you walk through one of the UK’s best markets.

Step back in time at Grand Opera House
The opera house opened its doors in 1895 and has been delivering world-class entertainment ever since. It regularly hosts operas, dramas, musicals and comedies, to name a few. You can discover the history behind these walls and the story of theatre architect Frank Matcham with a group tour.

Visit Crumlin Road Gaol
The Crumlin Road Gaol was one of the most advanced prisons of its time. It opened in 1845 and was designed to house 500 prisoners. However, during the height of the Troubles it housed up to 900 people. Take a tour of the prison, which includes a visit to the execution cell, the flogging room and the underground tunnel to the courthouse. There’s also a Paranormal Tour at night.

Explore the city in an old-fashioned taxi
This is a tour unlike any other. With Belfast Black Taxi Tours you get to spend an hour and a half in a traditional black cab, discovering the highlights of Belfast. Drivers pick you up from any location and take you to see the so-called Peace Walls, murals and Catholic Falls Road. The driver will also give you a good rundown of the history of these places.

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Jul
11
2016

Great day trips from London

By Europe / UK /

London is one of the world’s greatest cities. With attractions like Big Ben, London Bridge and Buckingham Palace, there’s plenty to keep you pulled into the city centre. However, time never seems to stop in London, and that brings with it a whole lot of noise, tourists and journey to England isn’t complete unless you venture out into the countryside, full of rolling green hills and quaint villages.

Book a hire car from Heathrow Airport and head out on one of these five great day trips.

Stonehenge

Drive two hours south west of London and you’ll find one of the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments. Many mysterious still remain about Stonehenge, which is more than 5000 years old. A visit to the site allows you to walk in the footsteps of our Neolithic ancestors and you can even step inside a Neolithic House to discover what everyday life was life. For the best pictures, try to book a Stone Circle Access tours, which occurs either very early morning or late evening.

Bath

This charming city is set in rolling countryside, about two hours west of London. Bath is most famous for its natural hot springs and 18th Century Georgian architecture. People have been visiting the city for thousands of years, and it’s no less spectacular today. The iconic attraction is the original Roman Baths, including the Great Bath, statues and a temple. Once finished, make sure you take a stroll through the vibrant Prior Park Landscape Gardens.

Blenheim Palace

England is full of beautiful palaces, but all are unique and nothing compares to Blenheim Palace. Drive about an hour and a half north west of London, where you’ll find one of the country’s largest houses. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was built between 1705 and 1722 and was designed in the rare English Baroque style. Much history has been witnessed inside these spectacular walls, including the birth of Sir Winston Churchill. From Monday to Saturday there are guided tours of the State Rooms and gardens.

Osea Island

Osea Island is about a two hour drive North East of London. It offers nearly 400 acres of beautiful countryside. It also has a stunning village, which is surrounded by four miles of beaches and coastline. This luxury island is worth staying overnight, but it still makes for a lovely day trip, with plenty of relaxing activities. The island also has a fascinating history which spans 5000 years. Here, you’ll discover the remains of Neolithin villages, Viking burial grounds and Roman occupation.

Mayfield Lavender Farm

Fields of gorgeous purple await about an hour south of London. At Mayfield Lavender Farm you have 25 acres to walk through and photograph. It’s a family-run farm, which is open from May until September.The best months of the year to visit are July and August, when the lavender is in full bloom, and an annual photo competition is held.

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May
18
2016

Five things to do in Liverpool and surrounds

By Europe / UK /

Liverpool in North West England proudly carries the title of the country’s most successful footballing city. Home to both Liverpool and Everton with close to 30 League championships plus many other major titles, it’s also

Hire a car from Liverpool airport and add these five great activities to your things to do in Liverpool and surrounds list.

Tour Liverpool Cathedral
At first glance, Liverpool Cathedral is impressive. Once you step inside and pay closer attention to the building’s finer details and artwork, it’ll blow you away. Just a few minutes inside and you’ll come to understand why high profile poet and writer Sir John Benjamin called it “one of the great buildings of the world.” Britain’s largest cathedral is free to enter, and hosts many events on a daily basis.

Tour the homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Massive Beatles fans take note! A guided tour takes you to Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road – the homes where Beatles stars John Lennon and Paul McCartney grew up. Learn about their childhoods and reflect on the making of one of the greatest bands in the history of music. You’ll never again have the opportunity to walk through their homes and stand in the very spot where the pair composed some of their most popular songs.

Visit the Museum of Liverpool (pictured)
This museum is completely devoted to the history of Liverpool and how it’s emerged over the centuries. There are several free fascinating exhibits featuring a total of more than 6,000 objects. Discover Liverpool’s social and historical issues, along with the city’s many triumphs since it was founded in 1207. Learn about the regional city’s rich sporting past and see the stage where music legends Paul McCartney and John Lennon first met.

Walk the Sandstone Trail
This scenic trail stretches 55km across the green countryside of Cheshire. It’s become one of England’s most popular long distance walks in North West England. The trail begins in the ancient market town of Frodsham, which is only a 40min drive from Liverpool city, to Georgian Whitchurch. You can split the walk over several days or just stroll for a few hours. Some of the best sections are where you walk past Delamere Forest and ancient Utkinton Hall.

Explore the Mersey River
Signing up to one of the daily cruises on the world-famous Mersey River takes you past many of Liverpool’s most iconic sights. Hop on board a one hour River Explorer Cruise, where you’ll take in magnificent riverside views and learn about the history and the role Mersey Ferries played in WWI. You can also organise to stop off at some of the waterfront attractions with the family.

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