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7 Ways to Make the Most Out of Easter Season

Of all the holidays, Easter may be the most overlooked one. Christmas is one of the biggest events each year, with people making preparations months in advance. Halloween gets a lot of attention during the fall, as everyone breaks out the trick-or-treating candy and the creative costumes. It’s understandable why many people forget about Easter, as aside from the egg hunts and the rabbits, there isn’t much more that goes along with it. However, this doesn’t always have to be the case, as there are so many ways that people can enjoy easter.

While it’s true that every holiday loses some of its charm as we grow up, that doesn’t mean that we have to stop having fun celebrating it. With that said, here are seven things you can do to spice up this upcoming Easter:

    

  1. Dress up as the Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny is another gift giver that many people forget, but it’s still a great character that should be emphasised! If you want to have fun with your children, consider putting together an Easter Bunny costume and sending the little ones out to have fun on Easter morning.

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  1. Take a ham tour

Easter is the perfect time to eat all the ham you could ever hope for. That alone should be a good reason to celebrate! Take your family around the country to try out the best hams in each region. A food-motivated road trip is a great way to make the holiday more memorable!

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  1. Set up an egg hunt

Of course, we can’t mention Easter without talking about egg hunts! This is the time of year where you and your family can enjoy one of the most family-friendly activities of all time!

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  1. Give your friends and family the best gifts

When it comes to presents and gifts, Easter is as good of a time to show your loved ones that you care. Therefore, if you’re planning to surprise somebody, gifts are the best way to show your appreciation.

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  1. Find the best candies from all over the place

Although the Christmas goodies are sure to tempt you, Easter isn’t much better because of all the snacks and sweets. If you can’t beat it, why not roll with it? You can make it your mission to get all the best snacks from the country to enjoy with your family. It’s a great way to make Easter a treat!

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  1. Wear your pastel fashion

If you love fashion, Easter is the best time to whip out your favourite pastel dresses, shirts, and jackets, as these beautiful light colours will be getting plenty of attention during this time of year. Pastels are often not the most flattering of colours and chances are that you don’t break out your millennial pink pantsuit to wear very often, but you won’t have to worry about that during Easter. Wear all the pastels to your heart’s content!

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  1. Take a family trip

Easter is a sign that winter is officially over, which means that it indicates the start of the travelling season! If you’ve been craving the spring weather throughout the whole winter, Easter is the best time for you to start your journey!

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If you’re planning to book a trip this Easter season, we can provide you with the best accommodation. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help.

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Songkran Festival – Everything you need to know on Thai New Year

Songkran is the world-famous Thai Water Festival that’s held every mid-April. It marks the New Year in the Thai Calendar and attracts tens of thousands of tourists to come to Thailand every year. If you’re looking to experience this year’s Songkran Festival yourself, here are seven questions that you may be asking as well as their answers:

  1. When does the Songkran Festival take place?

Songkran Festival starts on the 13th of April, lasting all the way through the 15th. In some years, the celebration doesn’t stop until the end of the week, but the peak is typically the last official day of the festival.

  1. How is Songkran celebrated in Thailand?

People usually go back to their hometowns to visit their family during this time. The roads outbound from the capital city are packed during the beginning of the celebration, as many people in Bangkok are originally from other parts of the country. Most people will take a day or two to go to Buddhist temples to pray for good fortune for the year. There’s also a tradition of mixing a baby powder with water to make a white paste that will then be applied to the face of passersby. You can expect to see tons of parties and water trucks running around splashing water everywhere on the road, so be sure to look out for them if you’re planning to drive during Songkran.

  1. What is Wan Nao?

Wan Nao takes place on the 14th. This is the day when many Buddhists will gather to pray throughout the night for good fortune for the year to come. Many also engage in the tradition of building a small sand temple or “chedis” for good luck as well.

  1. When is the Thai New Year’s Day?

April 15th is the official New Year’s Day according to the old Thai calendar, which is why the main attractions are usually on the night of this day. In the morning, there will be a major prayer session held at every temple in the country and offerings will be given to the monks everywhere.

  1. How is Songkran celebrated in Bangkok?

Bangkok is the centre of all Songkran festivities, so you can expect to see everything from the craziest parties and the grandest events to the biggest gathering of the Buddhist crowds. The largest religious gatherings will be held in the morning of the 15th at Wat Pho (pronounced wad-po), which is one of the country’s most important temples. If you want to see how the locals celebrate Songkran, Wat Pho is the best location to do so. On the other hand, if you’re looking to experience the best parties, Khao Sarn Road or RCA is where you should be headed.

  1. Is Songkran celebrated in other parts of the country?

Songkran is a national holiday, so there will be parties and celebrations held all throughout Thailand. The festivities in Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Pattaya, in particular, are some of the best places to enjoy Songkran outside of Bangkok. If you go to Chiang Mai, you can expect to see most of the action gathering around the Old Town area. Since Chiang Mai is a historic city, there will be many temples hosting a Songkran prayer session in the morning. The same also applies to Phuket, as it has a similar culture as that of Chiang Mai’s. Bangla Road, Patong and Saphan Hin Park are the best places to enjoy the water festival action. Pattaya is a town where there’s only one main strip, so you will be able to experience water fights practically everywhere.

  1. Can foreigners participate in the Songkran Festival?

Yes, they can! Thai people are known for their welcoming nature and it has always been a part of their culture. If you dress for the occasion and come with the right mindset, you can fit in right away! Keep in mind that you need to be respectful of the people and culture, as that is to be expected when you travel anywhere in the world.

If you’re looking to book a hotel for your Songkran, we provide a central location to get in on the action. Book today!

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Best Places to Celebrate Songkran Thailand

Songkran is the most popular festival in Thailand and usually celebrate around 13-15th of April in every year. April is also the hottest month of the year, so this is probably a perfect time to have a water fight around in this month! Here’s how to have a great Songkran in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Songkran in Bangkok

Silom

This is the biggest place to head to experience Songkran in Bangkok. Where the roads is packed with thousands of people carrying water guns. The highlights of this place are the fire trucks with a powerful water spray on them!

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Khao San Road

The water fight here is mixed with one big wild and noisy party! Khao San Road is the place to go if you want to hit the crowds armed with a cocktail bucket and a water gun. This place will make sure that no one can escape from getting wet

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Siam Square

This place is more chill and suitable for kids and family. There are stages and activities in front of Central World, including music, low-key watery fun, and cultural events. Alcohol and powder are banned.

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Sanam Luang

If you want to escape from the hectic streets, I suggest you to come to Suan Luang.

Sanum Luang is a great place for cultural Songkran fun with performances and ceremonies that showcase Thai culture, heritage, and values.

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Songkran in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is where the Songkran Festival is originated from. Generally, Songkran is celebrated widely throughout the city center. Yet, the most popular places among the locals are as following:

Thapae Gate or Chiang Mai Gate

It is the major entrance into Chiang Mai city with literally intensity in swashing by the water gun fight. Apart from the water gun fight l there is a large stages set up with various performances and you’ll see plenty of people wearing traditional Thai costumes.

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The Moat

The old city of Chiang Mai is surrounded by a moat, which is often used for those to re-fill the water guns & buckets, which will only last for a few seconds, as it will get thrown to the person next to you

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Nimmanhaemin Road

Apart from getting soak, the Maya shopping mall in Nimmanhaemin road has a stage set up every day with a different artist & DJ to keep you entertained all day long.

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Schedule of Chiang Mai Songkran Festival 2019:

Activities Date Time Venue
1. Bathing Rite of Setangkhamanee Bhuddha Image and Folk Art Performance 1-3 April 09.00 – 23.00 Chiang Man Temple
2. Poy Sang Long, Bhuddha Image Bathing Rite, Sand Pile Building 4-6 April 09.00 -22.00 Pa Pao Temple
3. Bathing Rite of Phra Sapphanyu Chao Detmuang 7-9 April 09.00 – 22.00 Chiang Yuen Temple
4. Tracing Pee Mai Muang Tradition, Bathing Ritual for Buddha Image, Making of Lanna Flags 7-16 April 06.00 – 20.00 Lok Mo Lee Temple
5. Lanna Flags Decoration 9-15 April All day Around four moats
6. Sand Pile Building, Buddha Image Bath Rite, New Blessing Rite Local Folk Arts Performances 10-15 April 08.00 – 21.00 Jed Lin Temple
7. Celebration ceremony of Phra Singha Bhuddha Image, Kad Mua (Local Market) Thai Folk Singing Contest, Local Art and Cultural Performances 11-15 April 08.00 – 24.00 Phra Sing Temple
8. Worshipping Ceremony for Three Kings Monument and Worshiping Phraya Meng Rai 11-12 April All day Three Kings Monument
9. Bathing Rite of Jom Sri Puri Nam Nang Rua and the Salutation Ceremony to San Swae Buddha Image 11-16 April 09.00 – 22.00 Yang Kuang Temple
10. Alms-Giving Ceremony in the Celebration of 723rd Anniversary of the establishment of the Chiang Mai City 12 April 06.00 – 08.00 Three Kings Monument
11. Salutation and Worship Ceremony to the Head of Kabillaphrom (God of Songkran) 12 April 10.09 – 11.39 Chiang Mai Municipality
12. Bathing Rite for Buddha’s Relic 12-15 April 09.00 – 22.00 Pan On Temple
13. Alms-Giving Ceremony for Pee Mai Muang (Songkran) Festival 2019 13 April 06.00 – 08.00 Tha Pae Gate
14. Opening Ceremony for Pee Mai Muang (Songkran) Festival 2019 13 April 08.09 – 08.39 Tha Pae Gate
15. Invitation Rite for the transportation of Phra Buddha Sihing 13 April 09.09 – 09.39 Phra Sing Temple
16. Cycling Parade of the Women ride bicycle hold umbrella Contest 13 April 07.00 – 12.00 Tha Pae Gate
17. Lanna Traditional Devotion Ornaments Contest 13 April 07.00 – 11.30 Tha Pae Gate
18. Invitation Rite of Phra Buddha Sihing and Important Buddha Images Procession 13 April 13.30 – 18.00 Sanpakhoi Intersection to Phra Sing Temple
19. Miss & Mister Songkran Contest 13-14 April 19.00 – 24.00 Tha Pae Gate
20. Lanna handicraft demonstration booths & Free Workshop by TAT Chiang Mai Office 13-15 April 13.00 – 18.00 Tha Pae Gate
21.1 Tracing Lanna Culture: Cultural open space for temple fair, Local market, wisdom art performances, theatre knowledge, Cultural Art Performance 14-15 April 17.00 – 22.00 Three Kings Monument
21.2 Tracing Lanna Culture: Light & Sound presentation: Telling the story of Songkran Festival 14-15 April 17.00 – 22.00

 

Lanna Folk life Museum
21.3 Tracing Lanna Culture: Exhibition of Songkran Festival 14-15 April 17.00 – 22.00

 

Lanna Folk life Museum
22. Songkran Kids Contest 15 April 19.00 – 23.00 Tha Pae Gate
23. Alcohol-Free Activities by Health Promotion Foundation 13-15 April 09.00-18.00 Town area
24. Lanna cultural open space for Pee Mai Muang 13-16 April 13.00 – 18.00 Bhuddhasatharn
25. Procession of Holy Bodhi Tree Supportive Wood and sand offering to temple 14 April 13.30 -17.00 Iron Bridge to Temples
26. Procession of the Salutation Ornaments for the Governor of Chiang Mai 15 April 13.30 – 18.00 Klangwiang Intersection Governor’s Resident

How to Survive Songkran Festival

So, if you find yourself in Thailand during the Songkran festival, there is no way of not getting a water fight or wet. So please be prepared and take good care of your belongings keep them in the hotel or in water proof bags. Take splashing and water fight in the good humor as it is intended and if you don’t want to get wet stay indoors or in the hotel.

So plan ahead for the Songkran 2019 by booking accommodations early. Where you book for your accommodation depends on where you plan to celebrate this festival, whether Bangkok or Chiang Mai.

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Top Attractions and Things to Do Near Chao Praya River, Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city, is one of the best tourist spots in the entire world. Several people from all over the globe travel to Bangkok for everything that the city has to offer. Other than the fact that is the largest and most developed city in Thailand, Bangkok has more reasons as to why thousands of people flock over to it every year. If you are wondering why Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in the world, here are your answer.

1.A Casual stroll through the Chaopraya river at the Memorial Bridge

Memorial Bridge or commonly known for Saphan Put is a great starting point to see several “off the beaten track” sights. It is a bridge over the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. People usually go there to jog or enjoy the river view. Nearby, there’s a night market where you will find cheap clothes and delicious street food along the way.

Location: Thonburi side of the river

How to get there: Take a river taxi to Saphan Phut Pier.

2. Visit Wat Prayoon, Turtle mountain and discover the old Portuguese community

At the foot of Saphan Put, you will find Wat Prayoon. The temple is built uring King Rama III’s reign. This area is on the southern edge of the old Portuguese community. The highlight of this temple is the turtle mountain.

Location: Thonburi side of the river, at the foot of Memorial Bridge (Saphan Phut).

How to get there: Take a river taxi to Saphan Phut Pier, then walk on the bridge across the river and you will see the red iron fence at the foot of the bridge.

3. Explore the biggest flower market in Bangkok

The Bangkok flower market is known as Pak Khlong Talat in Thai. It is Thailand’s largest wholesale flower market and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will find a variety of flowers yet affordable.

Location: Thonburi

How to get there: Take a river taxi to Saphan Phut Pier.

4. Hopping into the hidden Floral café

Next, to the flower market. There is a secret café called Napasorn. The highlight of this store is that they decorated with flowers hanging everywhere and the ceiling drips with crystals and branches. Not to mention, they also serve up homemade coffees and cakes and the décor is something you would want to post on a social media.

Location: Thonburi, nearby the flower market

How to get there: Take a river taxi to Saphan Phut Pier or take a txi to Pak Khlong Talat.

5. Stop by the site of Bangkok’s original Chinese settlers at Lhong 1919

Lhong is a place where you will learn a lot about the history of Chinese people when they first set foot in the Kingdom of Siam. Apart from the history, the place is enriched with Chinese architectural style.

Location: Bank of the Chao Phraya river

How to get there: Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin.

6. Visiting all of Bangkok in one mall at Icon Siam

Icon Siam is a newly opened shopping mall in Bangkok. It is a sensational riverside mixed-use shopping destination where the best of Thailand’s retail, entertainment, hospitality, and more come together as one.

Location: Khlong San

How to get there: Take the BTS train to Saphan Taksin BTS Station. Head to Sathorn Pier via Saphan Taksin BTS Station Exit 2. Take the ICONSIAM free shuttle boat available at 9:00 am – 11:00 pm daily every 10 minutes.

7.Retreat your body with fish pedicure salon

Fish pedicure is quite popular among the tourist in Thailand as it helps to make your feet soft and callous free.

Location: Asiatique

How to get there:  The easiest and fastest way to get there is via boat. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle at the end of the pier. It only takes ten minutes, and the boat runs until 23:00. Taxis are not recommended as the traffic can be terrible in this area.

8. Reward yourself with mouthwatering Thai seafood dishes

Seafood plays a major role in Thai cuisine, and whether it’s deep-fried, steamed, curried or roasted, ocean favourites get even tastier with Thai spices. Thai seafood specialities might include salted fish on the street or a plate of steamed clams in a sit-down restaurant, but you won’t find this distinct fusion of spicy, tangy, sour and sweet flavours anywhere else on earth!

Location: Asiatique

How to get there: The easiest and fastest way to get there is via boat. Take the BTS to   Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle at the end of the pier. It only takes ten minutes, and the boat runs until 23:00. Taxis are not recommended as the traffic can be terrible in this area.

9. Enjoy a Beautiful Sunset over Bangkok’s Chao Praya River

Picturesque sunsets can be seen throughout the city, but none are as beautiful as those setting over the Chao Phraya River, which also known as the River of Kings. In addition to great sunsets, the Chao Phraya River also offers visitors a glimpse into the more serene side of the city. As soon as the sun sets, the city turns into lively and buzzing city with nightlife.

Location: Asiatique

How to get there: :  The easiest and fastest way to get there is via boat. Take the BTS to  Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle at the end of the pier. It only takes ten minutes, and the boat runs until 23:00. Taxis are not recommended as the traffic can be terrible in this area.

10. Enjoy a Ride on Thailand’s Tallest Ferris Wheel

Asiatique has combined the two shopping experience of a night bazaar and the mall with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants. You’ll have good fun browsing the boutiques, picking up gifts you are guaranteed to find something you would like to eat and if this isn’t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly: Calypso ladyboy cabaret and a Ferris wheel to enjoy the river scenery.

Location: Asiatique

How to get there: :  The easiest and fastest way to get there is via boat. Take the BTS to  Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle at the end of the pier. It only takes ten minutes, and the boat runs until 23:00. Taxis are not recommended as the traffic can be terrible in this area.

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Compass Hospitality to Manage Fifth Hotel in Scotland

Compass Hospitality has secured management for the Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness, making this the company’s second property in Inverness and its fifth overall in Scotland. The Craigmonie Hotel joins an increasingly substantial portfolio of hotels under management in the UK, whose current growth is being further supported by the growing momentum in the Scottish hospitality market. The Craigmonie Hotel Inverness is Compass Hospitality’s second hotel in partnership with The Buxani Group, with the first being the acquisition of GoGlasgow earlier this year. Official management of the Craigmonie Hotel commenced on the 7th December 2018.

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

The hotel is strategically located less than a mile away from Inverness Railway Station and serves as a popular destination for guests travelling in transit as well as for those looking to stay on in the city. The hotel itself features numerous facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna, restaurant, bar, various function rooms, and onsite carpark. Moreover, with 40 rooms in total, the hotel is well-suited for delivering a dedicated and conscientious guest experience. Guests will be able to select from single, double, superior and family room types, all of which are fitted with complimentary WiFi and flat-screen televisions.

Hotel Facilities

Situated within a leafy residential district, the hotel also offers the best of both worlds by providing a getaway experience while remaining just a five-minute drive from Inverness city centre, thereby remaining within close proximity to the increasingly popular attractions on offer in Inverness, including the River Ness, the Victorian Market, and Inverness Castle.

Inverness Castle

Matthew Welbourn, Executive Vice President of Operations in the UK, added: “The performance of this hotel over recent years has been promising, and we are excited to partner once again with the Buxani Group to expand our respective portfolios. Inverness is a rapidly growing market, and with public investments being made into infrastructure and into the economy in general, we are excited for a real opportunity here to get ahead of the market.”

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About Compass Hospitality

Compass Hospitality is one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing hospitality management companies, managing and operating a wide portfolio of over 45 hospitality properties across all market segments. Following the rapid growth in Southeast Asia, we have expanded our presence into the European market in 2015 and has since built our portfolio to numerous hotels across the UK. UK hotels operated by Compass Hospitality are located in Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Nottingham, Cheltenham, Oxford, Eastbourne, Inverness, Coventry, Dumfries, Carmarthen, Scarborough and Dundee.

With 4 distinctive brands, Compass, Citrus, Citin, Ananda, and alongside our Compass Collection which includes individually branded hotels and resorts, Compass manages and operates hotels, resorts, executive serviced apartments and spas located in Thailand, Malaysia, and the UK.

MEDIA CONTACTS

MATTHEW WELLBOURN

Executive Vice President, UK Operations

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Vice President Operations, Sales
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COMPASS HOSPITALITY THAILAND HEAD OFFICE

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10 Great Christmas Gifts for A Real Mancunian

Manchester is a city rich with history and culture. The Mancunians are proud of their heritage and the contribution their city has played in the development of the nation as a whole. They were the major hub for factories during the industrial revolution, which put pushed England towards the modern era ahead of its competitors at the time. Also, the city is the birthplace of many great artists and musicians and is home to two of the greatest football clubs in the world. There are many things that a proud Mancunian will love to get as a Christmas present. Here are the best 10 ideas for a Christmas gift that a Mancunian will love!

Cornerhouse Membership

Cornerhouse on Oxford Road is moving to Whitworth Street soon, but they still offer the same service. It’s a cinema and visual art museum. You can find anything from old, artsy, indie to blockbuster films. These are the types of films that you can’t find in a regular cinema elsewhere. Do you want Spaghetti Western? You got it. Niche movies with cult followers and Q&As with the filmmakers? No problem. This is the place where film lovers will truly appreciate, so why not give your film-nerd friend a membership card of this place?

Coronation Street: Golden Anniversary Collection

The nation’s favourite soap opera now comes in a 12-disc box set with a variety of perks inside. While Coronation Street might be in Salford, but the show was hugely popular in Manchester. The box set includes classic episodes from the past 50 years, behind the scene bloopers, Q&A with the production team, and more. For a true Coronation Street fan, this is exactly what they need for those cold, rainy winters at home.

The Haçienda: How Not to Run a Club

This is a book about how the famous club: The Haçienda, lost its prominence and became just an ordinary apartment block. It’s a story of triumph and failure, rise and fall of a great business that will captivate the reader with every page. Written by the co-owner Peter Hook, also the writer of Joy Division and New Order, it’s an unusual story and a one of a kind memoir. It’s a perfect gift for those who are looking for an interesting read about the part of the club business that you won’t get to see often.

The Little Book of Manchester

Most of the time, people who live in a certain city don’t know its history in depth, and the Mancunians aren’t immune from this fact. The aptly named The Little Book of Manchester is a pocket-sized history book that tells you all you need to know about the city. From the reign of the Roman Empire, the middle ages, the industrial revolution to the present day, it’s a full history of the region. You will find the stories of historical figures who shaped the city and the nation into what it is today. It’s a perfect gift for a Mancunian who’s looking to get in touch with their heritage and know more about where they came from. They won’t look at the city the same way after finishing this book.

L.S. Lowry Prints

Lawrence Stephen Lowry is an artist from Stretford, Manchester renowned for his depiction of the Manchester and Salford areas. His works are displayed in the Manchester Art Gallery, as well as the cinema and art museum venue that was named after him; The L.S. Lowry. The L.S. Lowry Prints features some of his most famous works, like The Football Match, Coming Home From The Mill and Head Of A Man With Red Eyes and the famous 1954’s Piccadilly Gardens. It’s like a memoir in print form, dating from his earliest works to his latest. For a Mancunian who loves art and the work of L.S. Lowry, this is the gift to get.

Manchester – A Football History

Manchester is, without a doubt, one of the most football-crazed cities in the world, and for good reason. Mancher United and Manchester City are two great clubs that have been competing at the biggest stages for decades. The book was printed in 2008, missing City’s highest point by a few years, but trace the history of the football clubs back to the 17th century. From the rise of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson to all of the clubs’ biggest stars, this book provides the most comprehensive guide to the history of the sports in the area. It’s a perfect gift to get for a football lover, especially a fan of the Manchester’s clubs.

Manchester: Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain

Sometimes, an old photograph to reminisce the good old days can be the best thing one can have. It’s the precious memories of the past that doesn’t fail to make us smile, and this collection of photos is exactly that. Taken and curated by the Manchester native Kevin Cummins, this collection of the development of Manchester is a must have. Featuring shots of The Smiths, Happy Mondays, Oasis and more, along with texts contribution from Paul Morley, Gavin Martin, John Harris and other big names. It’s a gift that true Mancunian music fans will surely love.

 Manchester Modernist – Greetings Cards

For someone who loves art, the Manchester Modernist Greeting Cards are perfect little gifts that they will surely appreciate. The set includes unique modern buildings like the Essoldo Cinema, Kendal Milne, Piccadilly Plaza and other quirky buildings around the Manchester area. Check out their website to see the full collection, along with other merchandise that a Mancunian art aficionado can’t afford to miss out on.

The Victoria Manchester is based in the centre of all the action, if you’re looking for a convenient, affordable hotel in Manchester – book your stay today!

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9 Great Things to Do in Nottingham

Nottingham is a famous tourist spot, probably one of the most famous in the UK. The city has a rich history and recreational activity centres and parks with unbelievable views. For those visiting the city and aren’t sure where to go, here are 9 things to do in Nottingham.

 

Nottingham Castle

The 17th-century ducal mansion is the Nottingham most visited landmark. Sitting atop the hill overlooking the city, you can enjoy a historical tour and the view simultaneously.  Originally built in 1067 by Norman the Conqueror and then rebuilt by a series of other kings of the past, Nottingham Castle is embedded in history. It’s a more laid back tour than some other things you can do in the city, and it’s a nice change of pace from the bustling city.

The Coat of Arms at Nottingham Castle

Flying Horse Walk Shopping Centre

Whether you’re looking for designer clothes or jewellery, the Flying Horse Walk is more than likely to have them. For those looking to spend their afternoon shopping for boutique goods, perfumes or even lingerie, be sure to stop by at this venue. Plus, they also have an art gallery for those who aren’t looking to buy anything in particular and have a taste for art.

 

Nottingham Cathedral

The Nottingham Cathedral has been around for more than 150 years, and it’s still one of the most historically important landmarks in the city, along with the castle. The cathedral is beautifully built with its intricate architectural design. Also hosting a range of choirs, concerts and events, this ancient building is the perfect place for visitors to treat as a sanctuary, and as a place of tranquillity.

 

Rushcliffe Country Park

Offering over eight kilometres of footpaths, grassland, conservation and landscaped areas for visitors, the park is ideal for joggers, dog walkers, cyclists, and those who wish to spot a bit of wildlife. It’s a beloved place among busy city-dwellers who are looking to take a breather away from the hectic city life. The park has a lake where the local swan hangout and the benches around the walking track provide the perfect spots to observe them from a safe distance.

 

Nottingham Playhouse

If you are into theatrical plays and performances, then you should look up the next event at the Nottingham Playhouse. The venue has hosted big names in all sorts of performance art. Dances, drama, comedy and concerts of all genres have been held in this storied hall. Opened in 1948, this impressive establishment is incredibly popular with tourists. Known as one of the region’s most popular landmarks due to its modern décor and sky mirror, Nottingham Playhouse is the ultimate place to visit for a night of brilliant entertainment.

Nottingham Playhouse

Adrenalin Jungle

If you are looking for an adventure, then this is the right place for you, you adrenaline junkies. Offering an impressive variety of activities such as archery, quad biking, an assault course, jungle Olympics and even treasure hunts, you won’t spend a second standing around bored. Regardless of your age, Adrenalin Jungle has something you can enjoy.

 

Nottingham Robin Hood Town Tour

The famous Robin Hood character originated here in Nottingham, and he is still the reason why people come to the city. Nottingham Robin Hood Town Tour is an immensely popular tourist attraction. Offering visitors an outstanding and detailed insight into the life of the legendary Robin Hood, the trail takes visitors on a journey of historical discovery. Take a trip with your guide to the legendary cave systems where Robin Hood and his band supposedly hid and the famous Lace Market.

Robin Hood Statue at Nottingham Castle

City of Caves

Another cave systems lined with sandstone, these ancient caves are inspiring locations for tourists who are interested in the history of Nottingham. Tours of these caves are guided by actors and it’s the perfect opportunity to freely wander around the site with a wonderful audio guide. Promising to take tourists on an archaeological journey, the City of Caves is an essential place to visit for tourists hoping to learn a great deal more about the ancient city.

 

Nottingham Arboretum

Awarded the coveted Green Flag Award, this old park is the pride and joy of the people of Nottingham. There are over 800 trees in its property, which some are speculated to be as old as 200 years, along with lush garden and unique British woodlands. This is the perfect spot to spend your afternoon. You can take your family and pet to enjoy the beautiful scenery, fresh air and amazing views. Also, the ice cream shop here is incredible, so be sure to try it out.

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NOTABLE LANDMARKS IN NOTTINGHAM

Nottingham has earned its fame mostly through legends and tales of old. However, it’s much more than a story. It is home to quite a few heritage buildings, memorials, and monuments. The most significant is definitely Nottingham Castle, though it has undergone renovation since being originally built. Even so, it’s a sight that you would hate to miss.

There are other great attractions to check out in Nottingham. The sandstone caves are a must, as is the Wollaton Hall. After you’ve seen the sights, what better to complete your trip than a bite and a drink at one of England’s most noteworthy pubs?

Let’s take a look at each of these locations in detail.

NOTTINGHAM CASTLE

This magnificent estate was originally built hundreds of years ago. Near after the Civil War, it was knocked down and a replacement built around 250 years ago. It can be described as a classical ducal mansion. Since it is built on raised ground, it’s a fantastic place to take in unforgettable views. You can visit the cafe on one side of the castle, and enjoy some treats outdoors while taking in the city view. There’s even a museum and art gallery inside where you can learn about Nottingham’s fascinating background. The grounds are well-kept, with flowers, areas for picnics, and spaces for children to play. If you choose to venture down to the dungeons, you’ll get to visit King David’s dungeon, a wine cellar, and take your pick of the tunnels and caves they have opened to explore. Mortimer’s Hole is a good choice as it leads to the Brewhouse Yard.

CAVES OF NOTTINGHAM

There are a number of sandstone caves and underground tunnels that run underneath Nottingham. People say that they have been there since medieval times. You don’t need to travel far to see these caves. In fact, all you’ve gone to do is make your way to the Broadmarch Shopping Centre, where there is an entrance to an old sandstone cave with cellars, an old air- raid shelter, a tannery, and even a representation of how old Victorian slums used to be.

WOLLATON HALL

Wollaton Hall is a mere 5 kilometers away from the heart of the city, boasting magnificent architecture from five centuries ago. There are extensive plains, landscaped gardens, and even a museum of natural history. You can also visit the Courtyard Stables, which now is an art gallery and a steam engine house. There’s also an Industrial Museum where you can enjoy taking a peek at peculiar objects and things from long ago.

YE OLDE TRIP TO JERUSALEM

This pub is lauded as one of England’s oldest and strangest establishments. It is walking distance from the Nottingham Castle, in Brewhouse Yard. In lieu of formal construction, this tavern was carved into the rock hundreds of years ago. You can enjoy ale or other English bites here, while sitting among the rock and dark wood, or should you choose, the outdoor seating. It’s a great chance to pick up souvenirs, too – they’re always being sold over the bar.
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TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN OXFORD

Everyone knows about the University of Oxford, but significantly fewer know of the wonders of the beautiful city that is its host. Oxford boasts magnificent architecture, splendid parks, and fascinating museums. It’s just an hour’s nap away from London! Here are some must-see places and things you have to do as you visit this great English city.

Stop by the University

The University of Oxford is without a doubt what the city is renowned for. You would certainly be missing out if you left without stopping by. There are 38 different colleges that together form the University, but each one has its own personality. There is amazing architecture all around that has been built over a range of eras, and you’re sure to enjoy taking it all in. If you’re a Harry Potter enthusiast, don’t miss Christ Church College, which served as sets for several scenes in the movies. Another great place you shouldn’t miss is Magdalen College, where Oscar Wilde was an alumnus.

Take a walk at Port Meadow

Port Meadow is a stretch of common land in Oxford. This means that any local can have their stock graze on that land, and people still do. Visitors probably aren’t as interested in bringing their cows here for lunch, so the other attraction is simply the fact that it’s a gorgeous place to spend a warm, breezy afternoon. The Thames runs alongside this spot of land, and even when is flooded by water, it still has a beautiful, ethereal sort of vibe.

Get to the top of the University Church’s tower

Oxford is known as “the city of dreaming spires” in honor of the beautiful architecture of the University. You shouldn’t miss the chance to get to the top of one of those spires. A great place is the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin. It sits right across the Radcliffe Camera in the middle of the city, meaning that you can enjoy unforgettable views at the top. You’ll have to get up 127 steps in an extremely narrow staircase to get to the top, but the view is definitely going to be worth it.

Get lost in the Pitt Rivers Museum

It’s easy to spend an entire afternoon in the Pitt Rivers Museum. It’s located right behind the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and has a great number of archaeological and cultural items from not only England, but all over the world. In a single afternoon, you can become an expert in Victorian artifacts, exploring the different objects organized by type. A huge portion of the collection is showcased in the museum, so although it is crowded, it gives off the vibe of a treasure trove just waiting to be explored.

Be inspired by Modern Art Oxford

Not everything in Oxford is old. For something a little bit more modern, check out Modern Art Oxford, a stunning gallery full of contemporary art. There aren’t permanent masterpieces on display here, but there are temporary ones that rotate regularly. Stop by to be inspired by people like Yoko Ono or Sol Le Witt. There are often events held too, ranging from music concerts to film screenings.

Hire a punt

You may envision cruising through canals Venice on a gondola, but I’ll bet quite a few of you have never thought of cruising down rivers in Oxford! Punts are popular here, and it’s an exciting new way to get around the city. It can be pretty challenging to steer one yourself, so we recommend hiring one. The Magdalen Bridge Boathouse and Cherwell Boathouse are both great places to hitch a ride on one of these small, flat-bottomed vessels.

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