Fake (Br)it till you make it
Fake Brit till you make it
Across the length and breadth of Britain you’ll find a colourful tapestry of different landscapes, adventures and people – with amazingly diverse regional accents. Tune in to the local lingo while on a walking tour in Essex, or listen for new words while getting into Glasgow’s artsy culture to discover the many ways us Brits like to converse. Strap on your ‘boss new trabs’ (a Liverpudlian way of saying ‘lovely new sneakers’) and discover our different regions, each with their own unique sound.
A regional round up
Urban paddles in Newcastle
Poised with a kayak, paddle and twinkling fairy lights, set your sights on Newcastle’s quayside for a night-time tour like no other. Guided by your in-the-know kayak leader and dazzling neon city lights, navigate your way along the River Tyne while snapping shots on this unique urban exploration.
Britain’s beating heart of music in Liverpool
At the heart of rhymes and rock n’ roll, Liverpool dances to the beat of its own drum. Dive into decades of sounds at the British Music Experience, packed with memorabilia from the Beatles to Bowie and more. Bust your best moves at a Dancing the Decades experience or create tones for yourself in the Interactive Studio.
City secrets in Colchester
If one of Britain’s oldest settlements could talk, it would have tales of fiery pasts, Roman Emperors with elephants and battles of kings. A culture vulture’s paradise, Colchester’s history really packs a punch. Head to the county of Essex and immerse yourself in its stories on a city tour, led by knowledgeable guides who’ll reveal the secrets of this ancient location.
Dancing for good in Glasgow
Feel the creative pulse of Glasgow’s buzzing arts scene at SWG3. Raves, festivals, club nights, live gigs – there’s something amazing on the agenda almost every night of the week. Add a kinetic dancefloor that harnesses your energy to fuel the venue and you’ve got the perfect mix to keep you dancing while doing good for the planet.
Wave dodging moments in Wales
Scramble, jump, hop and traverse your way around the birthplace of coasteering itself, Pembrokeshire’s coastline. Ride the thrashing waters of Abereiddy Bay Lagoon, leap from rocky shores into the waters below, or delve through sea caves. Whatever takes your fancy, you’re sure to make a splash.
Get down with the lingo
A kaleidoscope of diversity, Britain shines when it comes to contemporary dialects, playful lingo and home-grown traditions that stand the test of time.
Tour the nation and you’ll uncover what makes our places unique, from Gaelic Scotland bursting with tartan and Scottish folk music, to tales of fierce fire breathing creatures and water-fuelled adventures in Wales. Alternatively, head to England for all-out brilliant afternoon teas, kayak tours through bustling cities and unmissable moments in nature. Each region is wonderfully different and boasts many diverse dialects within.
So grab your bags, set out on an adventure, and discover how to see Britain differently. Explore an island of three nations and packed with more than 40 unique dialects, alongside native languages including Scottish and Welsh.
Top destinations with accents to match
Slàinte (cheers in Gaelic)! Sip on the malty golden nectar of Scotland’s most notorious tipple at Edinburgh’s Johnnie Walker experience. From exploratory tastings to a flavoursome experience for the senses, you’ll find this distillery bursting with creativity and spirit. Glasgow’s Crossbill Gin celebrates the bounty of the Highlands with their botanicals foraged from the vast landscape. For the secrets of the trade, visit their gin school to learn the ins and outs of distilling and blending.
Or pick up some serious speed with Trike Tours Scotland. Whiz around Edinburgh or opt for the Loch Lomond Tour to witness the scenic Highland Boundary Fault which separates Highland and Lowland Scotland. Glaswegian delights await on a Scottish Trad Trail Tour. Discover the Merchant City alongside an authentic Scottish meal and performances from local artists, including the sounds of Scottish folk music.
Croeso i Gymru (Welcome to Wales)! It’s time to unleash your sense of adventure! Bounce, leap and jump through an extraordinary subterranean playground in Snowdonia, which features six huge trampoline nets and spiralling slides in a space that’s twice the size of London’s iconic St Paul’s Cathedral. Don’t miss Zip World’s Quarry Karts, underground via ferrata and zip-lining experiences too. In Cardiff, make a splash at Cardiff International White Water (CIWW), taking your pick from white-water rafting, stand-up paddleboarding and ‘hot-dogging’ in an inflatable kayak. Or settle down for a delectable experience at Michelin star restaurant Home by James Sommerin. Located south of Cardiff in Penarth, expect seasonal surprise menus and hands-on cookery demos.
Wye aye (Yes, of course) – you’d be amiss not to hit up this Geordie city. But did you know there’s a secret lurking beneath its streets? Delve deep below and you’ll discover the Victoria Tunnel – look out for events like the Sounds of the Underground, which brings storytelling and music from local and international artists to the uniquely acoustic space. Or listen into spine-tingling tales of notorious body snatchers, ghoulish ghosts and gangsters on a Gory Newcastle City Tour.
For an afternoon tea with a twist, Tipsy Tea at Colonel Porters Emporium, an all-in-one tavern, botanical garden and rhum bar (a type of rum originally distilled on French Caribbean islands), promises finger sandwiches, macaroons and cakes, alongside a choice of elderflower and lemon or plantation rhum infused cocktails.
2023 is set to be a boss (good) year for this northern urban hub. As the international stage gets ready for Eurovision, let your creative juices flow through the city with the Liverpool Biennial – the UK’s largest international festival of modern visual art. See more than 30 creatives come together for 14 weeks of celebrations.
Catch a showstopping performance at Shakespeare North Playhouse, newly opened in 2022 and bring the bard’s work to life in new and extraordinary ways. Alternatively, grab a drink and listen to live music at The Cavern Club, where the Beatles first performed in 1961. Or immerse yourself in the band’s story aboard a bus with the Magical Mystery Tour. Looking for something beyond Beat music? There’re heaps of ways to celebrate the sounds, with Latino vibes at Alma de Cuba and a culture fix at the city’s Bombed Out Church, now a creative arts venue. Or head into the heights at Liverpool’s iconic Royal Liver Building on a 360° tour, travelling up 15 floors you’ll take in breathtaking views of the city and beyond.
Hailed for its hidden gems, Essex has lots to be well jel (very jealous) of. The county provides an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of big city life in London. Look east to cycle in the path of Olympians at Hadleigh Farm and Country Park – the same route that formed the London 2012 Summer Olympics mountain bike cross country races. Or see the county flourish with nature, from spotting seals at Harwich to blooming flora at RHS Hyde Hall. Head to Southend, a hip seaside spot, for a labyrinth of indie stores, scrummy seafood and art, while Colchester boasts tales of Roman rule and was once the capital of Britain.
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