7 Travel 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 https://www.visitcornwall.com 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!
Go Go Dermo! Travel 8 Dermot Higgins is aiming to become the fastest person over 50 to cycle around the globe and he hopes to set a new Guinness World Record in the process. Dermot?s Route Start: Madrid Route: Cycle across Europe, into Asia via Russia, Kazakhstan and China. Progress along Australia?s southern coast arriving in Melbourne in time for Christmas. Cycle the length of New Zealand. Cross the United States. Fly across the Atlantic to Portugal. Finish: Madrid it?s going to take him nine months. He will spend an average of eight hours a day in the saddle. He will start his odyssey in Madrid, Spain, in June 2017 and will hopefully end there in one piece over 30,000km later on Easter Sunday 2018. Most of his sleeping will be under canvas, he will have no back-up support and he will need to cycle 160km six days a week to meet his goal on time. Is the man completely mad? ?Well yes, I suppose you do have to have a degree of madness to take on something like this,? he says. ?I know there will be a lot of energy and effort and probably pain involved, but circumnavigating the globe is something I?ve wanted to do ever since I read Around the World in 80 Days by the French author Jules Vernes when I was a child.? Dermot (55) leaves Ireland the day after he retires as a teacher after 35 years. He is doing his trip on a shoestring budget of ?20 a day with a little bit of help from a small number of sponsors including The Freebird Club which will provide him with a comfortable bed with a Freebird host on his rest day each week. As a teacher and an active environmentalist, Dermot is passionate about educating people about protecting the planet. He plans to make stops along the way to visit schools and environmental projects to spread the message of the UN?s Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a series of ambitious targets aimed at ending extreme poverty, inequality and tackling climate change. Throughout his trip Dermot will be working in partnership with the Irish aid organisation, Trocaire, a global charity which shares his interests and ideals. He is hoping his epic journey will raise ?20,000 for the organisation through donations. Dermot is no stranger to taking on tough challenges as he has always been involved in adventure sports. He runs, cycles, hikes and kayaks and says he has effectively been in training for his world trip for most of his life. Asked what aspects of the trip might test his ?Travelling around the globe , under my own power will be my life?s ambition realised.?said Dermot. ?Having the opportunity to promote the Global Goals is the icing on the cake!? resilience most he says, ?being wet, miserable and uncomfortable, having an accident, camping in the wild and coping adverse weather conditions such as headwinds.? But this ironman is not dwelling on what could go wrong. His focus is 100% positive and he can?t wait to get started. The Freebird Club proudly salutes its adventurous ambassador and adds its voice to his campaign?s slogan: GoGoDermo!