England became a unified state in AD 927 and, since the 15th century, has had a significant impact on the wider world, developing the English language, the Anglican Church, and English law – the basis for the common law legal systems of many other countries around the world. Its beautiful and varied countryside is interspersed with quaint villages and cosmopolitan cities including the capital, London.
The name "England" is derived from the Old English name Engla land, which means "land of the Angles". The Angles were one of the Germanic tribes that settled in Great Britain during the Early Middle Ages.
Cowes Week returns to the Isle of Wight
On 6 August, the famous Cowes week will descend upon the Isle of Wight. This key event on the British sailing calendar will have racing at the forefront, but with Sail-In Cinemas, Red Arrow Displays and Extreme catamaran racing, there will be something for everyone.
HMS Victory undergoes restoration
The first restoration work of the mast and rigging began on HMS Victory on 12 July 2011 ready for an exhibition next year.
The work will see 26 miles of associated rigging and 768 wooden clocks removed, some of which are 100 years old.
Derby Feste: carnival fever returns
On the 23rd September 2011, the annual Derby Festé returns to the Midlands. This two-day festival brings world-class performance, film, live music and more for a weekend of fun for all the family to enjoy and Peixosreturns for an underwater spectacular!
On the 23rd and 24th September 2011, the annual Derby Festé returns to the streets of Derby. This two-day festival brings world-class performance, film, live music and more for a weekend of fun for all the family to enjoy.
A variety of entertainment includes giant fire-breathing dragons, aerial acrobatics performing death-defying stunts, pyrotechnics, live bands, street parties and much more.
One of the most popular acts is back in 2011, the Spanish-based Sarruga, who transforms the city street into an underwater world with the performance of Peixos.
Giant illuminated fish and creatures of the deep transform the street into 30metres of spectacular seabed. Vivid colours and special effects as well as music, sound and light immerse the crowd into the ocean, with sharks and jellyfish moving overhead.
The festival will end with the finale in the recently transformed Cathedral Green, the city’s natural amphitheatre.
Derby Festé brings a carnival atmosphere to the Midland city for two days and nights and has a reputation of bringing a host of internationally acclaimed and local talents to liven up the streets for this festival celebration.
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011
Once a year, classic racecars descend upon the West Sussex countryside for the exhilarating Goodwood Festival of Speed. Chloe Collyer visited to find out why people return year after year to this iconic event.
What a way to spend a Sunday! In the glorious sunshine, I experience my first Goodwood Festival of Speed where, once a year, the usually peaceful countryside of West Sussex is rocked by the sound of racecars old and new tearing up the infamous hill climb.
The excitement starts while I am still queuing for the car park, as Aston Martin after Aston Martin shoots past me. As I enter the ground I see a 28-metre sculpture of a Jaguar E-type soaring above the trees in front of Goodwood House, the work of artist Gerry Judah to mark the festival’s 50th anniversary. Using the sculpture as my guide, I happily stumble across a champagne tent for some lunch, and find myself a spot at the side of the track in preparation to see famous drivers – including Lewis Hamilton -roaring past.
It’s not only about the cars. The only remaining flying Vulcan bomber circles low overhead before pulling up vertically, becoming the only machine capable of drowning out the roar of the racecar engines.
After wandering around the old cars in the Cartier enclosure, and spotting Chris Evans’s collection of Ferraris, I cross the track to try out a few cars for size myself (sitting in rather than driving them, sadly). Feeling quite exhausted after all this entertainment, I move on to the Audi pitch halfway up the hill, where Audi owners are treated to refreshments and some very British strawberries. As I listen to Brian May playing live from the main house, I realise there is so much to take in here, I’m barely off the start line.
Report & images by Chloe Collyer
Visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this summer
With 800 years of naval history, visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this summer and take advantage of the Big Ticket offer. Receive entry to all attractions, including the world’s most famous historic ships and The National Museum of the Royal Navy.
Visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard from 11th July – 4th September and receive entry to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower for just £2 more.
The historic dockyard in Portsmouth is a fantastic place to visit 800 years of naval history and visitors purchasing the Big Ticket can experience exceptional value for money with the vast array of attractions included.
Some of the world’s most famous historic ships can be toured, including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and discover the Mary Rose Museum with over 1,000 original Tudor artefacts. Waterbus transfers are also included in the ticket as well as informative harbour tours.
The National Museum of the Royal Navy is fun for all the family, with interactive Action Stations where visitors can fly a helicopter or climb the UK’s tallest indoor climbing tower. The museum also features the Dockyard Apprentice and the Trafalgar Sail exhibitions.
Another main attraction is the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. Explore on board the only surviving WWII era submarine HMS Alliance to hear stories about living beneath the waves, as well as discovering some of the Royal Navy’s most powerful and secret weapons.
Come up close with mines, massive guns, missiles and explosives from the past and present at Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower, the MOD’s formerly
secret weapon’s store.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard embraces the history and bravery of the Royal Navy and visitors will hear stories of the heroism of generations of serving personnel, from tales of Lord Nelson to the enthralling history of Henry VIII’s Mary Rose. With all this and more, take advantage of The Big Tickets limited offer and come and visit the Dockyard this summer!
Tickets are available from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s visitor centre, the RN Submarine Museum and Explosion and are valid for a year. Full Terms and Conditions and visiting information is available on www.historicdockyard.co.uk/bigticketor call 023 9283 9766