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15 travel features tagged “Cultural Activities”

Fictional Footsteps

Literary Oxford

Oxford’s contribution to literature is unparalleled, with local writers like JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Lewis Carroll and Phillip Pullman inspired by the city’s landmarks and streets.
Read more… 25 July 2012


The Passport blog

A tour of London street survival

The city’s Unseen Tours, led by trained guides who are or have been homeless, show visitors a grittier side of some of the city’s most famous neighbourhoods.
Read more… 04 July 2012


A visitor’s guide to the Diamond Jubilee

This June, a 1,000-boat flotilla, a chain of 3,000 lights and other glamorous pageants will mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne. Here is a primer for the weekend’s events.
Read more… 22 May 2012


The Passport blog

Whisky endeavours on the Isle of Islay

Raise a glass this May to the island’s famous export during the weeklong Islay Festival of Music and Malt.
Read more… 21 May 2012


Scotland’s summer festivities

From Edinburgh’s Beltane Fire Festival, which commemorates the end of winter, to the country’s famous Highland games, the warm months are full of Celtic tradition.
04 May 2012


Glasgow, Scotland’s culture capital

Ten years after becoming a European Capital of Culture, Glasgow remains an epicentre of contemporary visual and performing arts, and a leader in design and architecture.
Read more… 03 May 2012


All of Britain’s a stage

The World Shakespeare Festival, which runs from April to November 2012, will be the biggest and most varied celebration of the Bard ever attempted.
Read more… 22 March 2012


Fictional Footsteps

A walking tour of Dickens’s London

The 200th anniversary of novelist Charles Dickens’s birth is an excellent excuse for taking a walking tour of his old haunts, many of which remain today.
Read more… 07 February 2012


Worldwide Weird

Up Helly Aa, Shetland’s festival of fire

During this combustible holiday, costumed men carry nearly 1,000 torches through Lerwick, Scotland, in a procession that ends with the burning of a Viking-style ship.
Read more… 24 January 2012


The Passport blog

Wassailing the old English apple tree

Around 17 January, thousands of people in southern England descend on the local cider orchards in a bid to awaken the trees from their winter slumber and ensure a good harvest.
Read more… 16 January 2012


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