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Rainforest Biome, Eden Project, Cornwall, England. Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World by some, the Eden Project is a dramatic global garden

housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches. See more at

annual Chippenham Folk Festival

Weekend (May) carries over 200

separate events celebrating

traditional English music,

storytelling and dance ? including

Morris dancing, ceilidh and

maypole ceremonies.

Sunny South East

The South-East comprising Surrey,

Sussex and Kent has by tradition,

been the holiday destination for

Londoners from Victorian times

with heritage coastal towns serving

the multitudes including Brighton,

Bognor, Margate, Ramsgate and

Tunbridge Wells. Brighton is

perhaps the best known

destination and hosts a diversity of

events throughout the year, the

most notable being the Brighton

Festival in May, now recognised as

the largest festival in England.

Also noteworthy is the annual

Burning the Clocks celebration at

the winter solstice.

Nearby, Broadstairs is famed for its

Folk Festival and Dickens Festival,

while Canterbury runs a two-week

Festival of Theatre and Music in

October. Not to be missed is the

annual Whitstable Oyster Festival

in July ? its oysters have been

famed since Roman times and the

festival incorporates parades,

performances, fireworks,

oyster-eating competitions and

The Landing of the Oyster

ceremony. If scallops are more

your thing, the ancient town of Rye,

overlooking Romney Marshes,

hosts Scallop Week in February

each year.

Kent is the centre of the

now-vibrant English wine industry

with multiple tasting/tour

opportunities in one of the 400+

vineyards producing more than

four million bottles of wine per

year. Hastings is not only the site

where King Alfred lost England to

the Normans, but also the location

for the annual Jack-in-the-Green

festival with three full days of

festivities that culminate in the

Release of the Spirit of Summer.

Founded in the 1930s the

Glyndebourne Opera Festival is

recognised as the spiritual home of

English Opera with a season

running from May to August. The

opera house sits amongst rolling

green hills surrounded by luscious

gardens and the season is at the

centre of the high society calendar

and an opportunity to dress up, mix

with the gentry, listen to wonderful

music and have a lavish picnic on

the lawn.

Happy holidays!

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