2012 Media Guide: Top 12's
2012 is a big year and to welcome media to Britain we have put together a guide with our Top 12 attractions and experiences in our regions and cities around the Country.
Not only is Britain hosting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games but we have many more exciting and excellent events to celebrate, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a series of colourful Jubilee activities progressing through the year . The bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens makes this year a mustvisit to Kent, home to many of his literary inspirations. In addition, 2012 marks the centenary of the Titanic in Belfast, where the iconic ship was built with the world’s largest & greatest Titanic visitor experience.
The London 2012 Festival (21 June – 9 Sept) reaches across the entire country including free events (Britain has collections of the world’s finest art in iconic galleries – most of them free to visit); breath-taking views (pop in to the Lookout Café for the sweeping views to Portland, Dorset, while munching sandwiches made with locally-caught crab); literary highlights ( the World Shakespeare Festival in Warwickshire and around the world celebrates the bard’s influence); historical sites galore (visit the Little Chapel in Guernsey, possibly the world’s smallest consecrated church); family fun and attractions (Longleat Safari Park is in the heart of the English countryside, Wiltshire); palatial gardens (stroll through Bath’s Royal Victoria Park en route to taking tea in the Pump Room); sports to participate in (learn to play polo in Windsor), hidden gems (seek out Project Pigeon in Birmingham); bon vivants’ delights (West Sussex alone has 12 world-class vineyards); little known regional facts (visit Windsor to hear the amazing story of the 1908 Olympic marathon and why the official marathon route is 26 miles and 385 yards - legend has it that the start of the marathon was moved to the Castle’s East Terrace because the then Princess of Wales wanted her children to see the race), and much, much more.
Hopefully you will get a chance to experience some of this yourself and discover your own Top 12!
We also have the following media guides available which you may find useful:
2012 Media Guide: Faces of Britain - A guide to British spokespeople from all corners of the country that are available for media interviews on what they love about Britain
2012 Media Guide: International Faces of Britain - Britain is a diverse mix of cultures, this guide provides you with contact details for people from a vast array of different countries that have chosen to make Britain their home.
- An essential manual for all broadcasters looking to film in Britain with information on everything from permits required to the best locations to capture those iconic shots.
- A warm welcome from Britain to the visiting media in 2012, this brochure contains a huge array of offers for media from accommodation and dining to train travel and theatre tickets all complimetary or heavily discounted.
2012 Media Guide: Itineraries - You will be spoilt for choice in selecting where and what to visit. You may re-discover favourite haunts or stumble upon hidden gems, whichever is right for you – a one, two, three or four day itinerary to explore our varied regions from the graceful Cotswold’s countryside to the coast of Wales.
- 2012 is a big year and we are welcoming you to Britain with our Top 12 attractions and experiences in our regions and cities.
For more information contact:
- VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, is responsible for inspiring the world to explore Britain and for developing the UK’s visitor economy.
- Americans made 2.8 million visits to Britain in 2012 and spent $3.7 billion USD (£2.4 billion). The US remains in the top spot in terms of market value for inbound tourism and is one of the top three most important markets in terms of visitor numbers.
- Visitors traveling to Britain can find out more information from visitbritain.us plus purchase money and time saving local transport, sightseeing, attraction, theatre and tour tickets from visitbritainshop.us
- Follow us on Twitter @VisitBritain, Pinterest (VisitBritain) and Facebook: LoveGREATbritain