November is quite possibly the best time to visit the UK. There are plenty of festivals held throughout the UK during this month so if you enjoy embracing different cultures through the medium of festivals, a holiday in the UK next month might just be what is needed to get you through your mundane 9-5, and give you something to look forward to.
November 5th (Bonfire Night)
Bonfire Night marks the anniversary of Guy Fawkes’ failed assassination of King James I. Guy Fawkes is known in English literature as a member of the provincial English Catholics who fought the Spaniards in 1605. He was tasked to blow up the House of Lords in Westminster Palace using gunpowder but he was discovered and his plot failed. As such, in his memory, he is remembered today by fireworks displays every year on November 5.
One of the best places to see an innovative firework display is in the old town of Lewes, East Sussex. The fireworks celebration there includes street parties, costume parades, music, and a straw effigy that is burned on the bonfire.
November 11th (Remembrance Day)
Every November 11 in the UK is Remembrance Day that honors the fallen heroes of the armed forces. A lot of non-government organizations support the event. The Royal British Legion charity, for one, sells poppies to raise funds for the families of departed soldiers. Remembrance Day also observes a two-minute silence at 11 AM of November 11th.
November 30th (St. Andrews Day)
St. Andrews Day is in commemoration of Scotland’s patron saint, St. Andrews. There are many fun events during this day such as poetry readings, bagpipe performances, country dancing, and the customary Scottish meals to enjoy.
This is the best day of the month to party with Scottish people while Gaelic folk music is being played. Don’t be shy; participate in dances as there are “dance callers” who are more than happy to teach beginners the required steps.
November 30th (Diwali Festival)
Diwali is the Festival of Lights for the Hindu, Jain, and Sikh communities living in London. The biggest Diwali festival is held at Leicester, which hold awe-inspiring street parties, traditional music, food, dancing, and crafts. At night, different displays of light, lanterns, and fireworks are held.
There are plenty of routes to take in order to reach the UK, and fortunately, the UK’s airports are more than accommodating to their travelers. Those who are living in Asia can find comfort in these airports so don’t worry about the long travel time, as there are now many direct routes available.
Newcastle, Edinburgh, and Heathrow are among the best airports in the UK, so if you’re trying to reach London and have the option to have your layover in any of these airports, do so. Surprisingly, Newcastle is a foodie haven as it has some of the best options for airport dining. Americans who aren’t too adventurous when it comes to food, however, can stick to Burger King and other fast food joints,as there are several located at the airport.
Edinburgh, on the other hand, has some of the best airport hotels according to this list by The Telegraph.
Heathrow is one unique airport as it offers a mixed bag of entertainment for travelers who have to endure a long layover. For one, it has its very own art gallery called T5 Gallery London Heathrow that shows technologically-advanced pieces by contemporary British artists. Heathrow is the busiest airport in the UK and as such, it began to offer a lot more entertainment, tourist services, as well as car parking options for travelers. Parking4Less lists the main services at Heathrow, which will appeal to people that live in London but want to fly to either Newcastle or Edinburgh. Due to cheap domestic flights from the aforementioned airports, it’s sometimes cheaper to park your car and get a domestic flight than it is to buy a train ticket nowadays. Also, many of these airports have on-airport hotels to consider if you have an early or late connecting flight.
Have you been to the UK and if so, enjoyed some of its festivals? Let your voice be heard in the comments section below.
***Guest Post by Jayme Whilst***