St George’s Day inspiration for group trips
Date Posted: 23/04/2015
Photo Credit: Visit England/ Diana Jarvis
St George’s day. A day dedicated to a legend whose heroism, chivalry and valour embodied everything English. Across the centuries there have been some truly great people whose contributions to the country have earned a place alongside the patron saint of England. Finding out about them makes for great group trips to English attractions.
William Shakespeare is believed to have both been born and died on St George’s Day.
Regarded as England’s leading literary figure, William Shakespeare is credited with writing 37 plays and 154 sonnets, all of which are considered masterpieces of literature.
The Globe Theatre in London and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon celebrate his legacy not only through regular productions of his plays but also through a variety of guided tours and workshops.
The Globe runs guided tours every 30 minutes and will recount stories of the Globe’s past, describe the reformation of the theatre in the ‘90s and interpret how past and present actors use the experimental theatrical space.
At the Birthplace Trust, groups can venture into the house where Shakespeare was born to receive an insight into his early life. Then they can visit the Famous Beyond Words exhibition, which features an array of Shakespeare memorabilia, contemporary artwork and even a copy of the First Folio.
The Beatles are considered to be one of the biggest bands of all time, a claim all but confirmed when front man John Lennon was declared the winner of NME’s poll for icons of rock. Also Ringo Starr was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his services to music.
The Beatles Story in Liverpool, is a museum showcasing the band’s achievements. Groups will be taken on a journey with the ‘Living History’ audio guide which charts the band’s meteoric rise to success.
Other exhibitions include Fab4D, the Beatles’ Hidden Gallery and The British Invasion – a display which examines the surge of British artists that took American music by storm in the ‘60s and ‘70s. There will also be the opportunity to visit replicas of the Casbah, Mathew Street and The Cavern, venues where the Beatle’s reputation was forged and enhanced.
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of former prime minister Winston Churchill’s death. His legacy, like his famous ‘we shall never surrender’ speech, still resonates with the British people to this day.
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, houses the Churchill Exhibition which commemorates the life and actions of one of Britain’s most influential and resilient politicians. The exhibition includes Oscar Nemon’s bronze of Churchill and his wife, a selection of his own hand written letters, a collection of Churchill themed first day covers and a variety of photographs.
Also Blenheim Palace’s host Churchill’s Destiny in its stables, a display which emphasises the parallel between the lives of Churchill and his ancestor the First Duke of Marlborough.
In 1665, Isaac Newton temporarily left Cambridge University to escape the epidemic of the bubonic plague that was savaging England. He returned to his birth place Woolsthorpe Manor and during his time in ‘exile,’ made some of the most revolutionary discoveries in modern science, most notably formulating the physics of gravity after he observed an apple falling from a tree in his garden.
Group tours visiting Woolsthrope Manor will be able to explore his house and even get to go into his study, the room where it is thought he experimented with a prism to ascertain the concept of ‘white light.’
You can also see a descendant of the famous apple tree still standing in the gardens.
Also, parties can visit the Science Discovery Centre and explore some of Newton’s innovative ideas through hands on experimenting with light, lenses and gravity.
Charles Dickens is another one of England’s most celebrated authors. Residing at 48 Doughty Street in London, Dickens wrote some of his most famous novels including Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby.
In 1925, The Dickens Museum, London was opened and now houses a large collection of Dickens’ possessions and memorabilia. The house interiors are furnished in Victorian style and each room features a number of Dickens’ personal belongings including manuscripts, letters and portraits.
Additionally, you can attend guided Dickensian Walks which start outside the museum. They take place in the morning and early evening every Wednesday in May, June and July. Groups will be transported back to Victorian London and will understand the inspiration behind Charles Dickens’ novels.