By: Condor Ferries on 08/05/2013

Top Ten Experiences in the UK

1. Sightseeing
Explore one of Britain's many famous sightseeing attractions located within an easy
drive of Poole or Portsmouth Harbour.
There's a host of attractions to be seen, ranging from magnificent cathedrals to romantic
country houses and beautifully landscaped gardens.
Winchester Cathedral is one of England's largest cathedrals and has impressive
architectural styles resonating with some of Europe's most popular Gothic structures.
Visitors can expect regular exhibitions such as the Jane Austin Story, organ recitals and
"Tours & Tea" for £10.
Perched in the Purbeck Hills, the striking ruins of Corfe Castle are there to be explored and
appreciated by all. The 11th Century castle's interesting features and the surrounding
English countryside make an ideal family day trip.
2. Music & Theatre
Experience the diverse range of contemporary music and entertainment on offer in
some of England's most prominent live venues.
With a capacity of over 6,500, the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) is a fantastic
location for live events including gigs, plays, ballets, operas and ballroom dancing.
Upcoming acts include Dire Straits’ front man Mark Knopfler, TV illusionist Derren Brown
and the hugely talented percussion and dance group, STOMP! With sell-out US tours and
an impressive live appearance at London's Olympic closing ceremony, they are an act not
to be missed!
3. Family
Take the children on an unforgettable trip to one of Britain's many wonderful family
attractions. Ranging from safari parks to adventure parks and museums, there is
something for the whole family.
Longleat is the UK's number one Safari and Adventure Park. Located in Wiltshire with a beautiful interior, the park showcases a variety of wild animals and fabulous family
attractions including the recently opened and eagerly anticipated Jungle Kingdom.
The stately home hosts the BBC Animal Park TV show.
Legoland Windsor boasts a wealth of delightful rides and attractions to suit children of all
ages. Set in 150 acres of parkland, Legoland has over 55 interactive rides including
Knight's Kingdom and the Imagination Centre, which provides daily 4D experiences for all
to enjoy!
4. Local attractions
Discover the immense natural beauty of the New Forest, located a mere stone's
throw away from Portsmouth Harbour.
Here, wild ponies blend seamlessly with the surrounding natural woodland. It is a haven for
walkers, cyclists, photographers and families wishing to explore the great outdoors.
With over 143 miles of open heath land, trailblazing on one of the New Forest's many
circular and linear routes is a fantastic way of exploring the array of natural flora and fauna
on offer. There are also a number of award winning traditional English pubs and
restaurants to relax and dine in.
5. Shopping
Go big brand shopping at one of Britain's premiere indoor shopping centres, or get
an alternative experience at one of the south's quirky flea markets.
Located in Southampton's vibrant city centre, West Quay shopping centre is home to a
number of excellent department stores, quality brands and chain restaurants. Popular
stores include John Lewis, Gap and Hollister.
For a more unique experience, take a trip to Lewes Flea Market in Sussex where dealers
and collectors line up in a converted church to sell retro-design furniture and a host of
interesting antique knick-knacks.
6. Dining
Bombard your taste buds with a fantastic variety of local and international cuisine at
one of England's famous culinary hotspots.
Poole is home to a fantastic source of fresh fish and seafood, fusing contemporary food
with a great atmosphere.
Opened in 1999, Storm Fish is one of Poole's flagship seafood restaurants, boasting an
extensive range of fresh and sustainable produce. As well as the fantastic selection of
marine delights on offer, Storm also provides an exclusive selection of West Country
cheeses, pickles and chutneys.
7. Health & Beauty
Indulge yourself at one of many sumptuous spa and treatment facilities scattered
across southern England and beyond.
Treat yourself to a massage therapy or relax with friends at one of Britain's finest luxury
Situated in the heart of the South Downs National Park, Champneys Forest Mere Spa
provides a number of glamorous health and beauty packages, fitness classes and
therapies for individual and group sessions. Manicures, pedicures and body wraps give
some idea of what's available at this beautiful location.
8. History
Investigate Britain's interesting and colourful history with a visit to one of the many
protected sites and museums around the country.
From magnificent ruins and castles to beautiful country estates, there is much to see and
do! In Portsmouth alone, there is the HMS Victory at Portsmouth's historic Dockyard to
step aboard, or explore the history of a famous sunken Tudor warship at the Mary Rose
9. Entertainment
Britain is famous for its superb pub culture, with many venues offering a huge
selection of local and international ales, bitters, wines and spirits.
Winchester is a prime location for an authentic pub experience, with its old and narrow
cobbled streets and Anglo-Saxon heritage. Savour a pint of Hopback Brewery Summer
Lightning at the Black Boy, or share a glass or two of Sauvignon Blanc with friends at one
of the many bars and pubs dotted around the city centre.
10. Sport
Join the exhilarating action of a live sports event at one of southern England's
fantastic venues.
From the fast-paced adrenaline fuelled fun of Formula 1 and horseracing to a relaxing
summer excursion to a regional cricket match, there is something for sports enthusiasts
and novices of all ages.
Have a flutter at Goodwood racecourse in Sussex, or take in a cricket match at
Southampton's splendid Rose Bowl cricket ground. Failing that, have a round of golf at
one of the hundreds of professional courses in a number of stunning locations around
Hampshire and beyond.


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