This July, the Olympic Games will draw visitors to London in their millions – and fix the attention of the world’s media firmly on the city. With all the action taking place in and around the capital, it’s not surprising that many people are developing Olympic-fatigue – and searching for ways to spend their summer far from the hustle and bustle accompanying the games.
If youíre looking for a way to get away from it all, grab yourself some Train tickets, check out our list of Olympic-alternatives to help make your summer of 2012 memorable, and get going!
Airbourne Eastbourne, Eastbourne, Sussex
In August, thousands of fans will gather to watch the spectacular aerial display taking place above Eastbourne’s historic seafront promenade. Airbourne Eastbourne promises an impressive variety of planes and helicopters, from Second World War Spitfires, Messerschmittís and Mustangs – to modern RAF Tornados, Hawks and Sea Kings. There’s plenty to do on the seafront with events for children and other special attractions – there are even luxurious hospitality packages for anyone wanting to watch the action above in style.
Off-Roading – Gleneagles, Perthshire
The historic Gleneagles Hotel sits amid 850 acres of beautiful Perthshire countryside and offers a variety of exciting outdoor activities – available all year round. One of its most popular attractions is the off road 4×4 driving course, which takes you away from the manicured lawns of the luxury hotelís grounds – and into the rugged terrain of the surrounding countryside. As one of Scotland’s best off-road locations, Gleneagles’ off-road courses presents a formidable challenge for even experienced motorsports fans!
International & Fringe Festivals – Edinburgh
The famous Edinburgh festivals are some of the most colourful, diverse and exciting events of the UK summertime. When performers descend on Scotland’s capital this August, a detailed programme of theatrical performances, comedy and music promises to cater for every taste and interest. The International Festival offers intriguing, challenging artwork from across the globe – while the edgier Fringe Festival brings the worldís most exciting comedians to hundreds of venues in and around the city.
England vs South Africa Test Cricket – Leeds
Sports fans looking for the perfect antidote to the non-stop pace of the Olympic schedule have the chance to watch one of the year’s most anticipated cricket matches this August, when England take on South Africa at Headingley. High-level cricket is always action-packed but part of the appeal of the test match is the fun and friendly atmosphere of the crowds. Whether youíre a loyal cricket enthusiast or just a casual fan, the opportunity to watch a top game, and the world’s best players, is a great day out.
Anyone trying to escape the Olympics this summer won’t have to look far. Britain offers a wealth of exciting destinations, events and leisure activities. Even if you’re not sure what to expect, discovering what’s out there can be a real adventure – and presents the perfect excuse to explore parts of the country youíve never seen before!