Introducing VisitEngland's 101 Things To Do Before You Go Abroad
Have a favourite place that you think everybody really, really has to visit? Or maybe you're in need of inspiration for your next holiday or day out?
VisitEngland new facebook app is for you - and anyone else looking to get the best out of this beautiful country. '101 Things To Do Before You Go Abroad', the national tourist board's latest initiative is a reminder "of the fabulous range of experiences only on offer here in England."
It is true that we're often in a hurry to head abroad, where the grass is greener - or the skies are bluer, perhaps - but VisitEngland hopes to build on a newly refuelled post-Olympics enthusiasm for all things English to encourage us to get out there and experience this green and pleasant land. There is a hugely diverse range of often little-known attractions, from llama trekking in the Yorkshire countryside to Boating in the Norfolk Broads, that can only be found right here in England. However, VisitEngland doesn't want to just reel off the same old list of places to see and things to do, it wants to hear from those who know best: you.
From now until the 10th of March, it's up to you to nominate your favourite things to do in England on the VisitEngland facebook page - your suggestions will then be pinned on a map of England so that visitors to the page can vote for their favourites (in doing so, you will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a wonderful weekend away).
A selection of the nominations will then be announced during English Tourism Week (16th - 24th of March), with the definitive 101 to be unveiled on, of course, St George's Day (23rd of April). Nominations fall into a range of categories: Food and Drink; Arts and Culture; Health and Fitness; History and Heritage; Wildlife and Nature; and, for anything leftover - 'Because it’s awesome!' This means your choice could be anything from cycling around the Peak District to exploring the Caves and Gorges of the Mendip Hills, a trip to the Lake District's literary haunts or maybe just fine local food on the Suffolk Coast.
If you don't think you've got a top tip worth sharing, then this is your opportunity to see what the English think are the best places to vist, things to eat, do and see without heading abroad: use the app to your advantage and see what's on offer in your neck of the woods or further afield and be inspired to make the most of this stunning country.
As VisitEngland's Chief Executive, James Berresford, points out: "Only including 101 Things to do in England before you go abroad will be the challenge! There is so much on offer in England which is capable of taking our breath away."