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So There’s A Ginger Pride Festival Happening In England Next Summer

July 9, 2015 at 3:05 PM | by | ()

Author’s Note: I have brunette privilege.

"Gingerism” really is a thing. It’s certainly been discussed and debated to a red-hot death. Here where it was pondered as a hate crime; here where gingers took to the streets; here where redhead men were turned away from sperm banks; here where the devastating effects of gingerism were discussed in tragic detail (no really, it’s honestly sad); and here and here and there. And also here, where Flora tells us how to make a delicious sticky ginger cake. (Oh, wait. Whoops.)

Anyway. Things have progressed. Next summer, the fiery folks at the Facebook page Gingers: The Gathering are putting on a Ginger Pride celebration. And by folks, I mean a 43-year-old pizza delivery driver named Stuart Parry. And by Ginger Pride, I mean we don't really know what's happening yet. (Though you can find a bit more about the conception of the event via The Mirror.)

The event is tentatively scheduled for summer 2016, however no firm date or date range has been released to the public yet. But Stuart held an open meeting about it in a pub he frequents, and five people came to collaborate: Parry, his wife, and three other people, presumably all redheaded but we have not confirmed that. So the strategic planning is in a pretty serious stage right now.

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Want to Sleep in a Church? 'Champing' Answers Your Prayers

June 18, 2015 at 4:05 PM | by | ()

Okay, so first there was glamping. Or glamorous camping. Now there’s champing – the concept of camping in a church. Go figure.

According to Apartment Therapy, churches across England are offering beds to rent for the 2015 camping season. Rates start at £60 per person per night, including breakfast. Consider it the most sanctimonious of Airbnb-esque situations.

The Churches Conservation Trust lists three champing locations:

Church of St Cyriac and St Julitta at Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire
All Saints’ Church in Aldwincle, Northamptonshire
Church of St Mary the Virgin in Fordwich, Kent

I’m all for firsthand historic experiences, and yes, Britain has splendid old churches in spades. Still the idea of shacking up with God for the night is a bit unsettling. At the end of the day, I’d much rather have amenities. Religion doesn’t help me sleep at night.

Read the entire article on Apartment Therapy here.

[Photo: anguskirk/Flickr]

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Gazing at Gowns at the Fashionable Fashion Museum in Bath

Where: Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, United Kingdom, BA1 2QH
May 29, 2015 at 11:00 AM | by | ()

We’ve decided to make it our life’s work to unearth pockets of hip in cities that are not necessarily known to be hip. Bath is a prime example of this. Before we went, we knew it had Roman ruins, quaint houses and medieval churches. What we did not expect to find was plenty of stylin’ boutique hotels, a modern thermal spa and, of all things, one of the top-ten fashion museums on the planet, as gauged by CNN.

The Bath Fashion Museum displays both regular collections and special rotating exhibitions pulled the museum's archives and other sources. Below is a run-down of what you'll find until January 2016.

Georgians – Dress for Polite Society, appropriate since much of Bath was built during this 18th-century time period, is a collection of clothes that run the gamut from very, very full-hipped frocks to modern interpretations of the Georgian era by names like Vivienne Westwood (in the form of a bodacious purple gown) and Alexander McQueen.

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Bathing in Bath: Check Out These Amazing Options at Thermae Bath Spa

Where: Hot Bath Street, Bath, United Kingdom, BA1 1SJ
May 21, 2015 at 4:00 PM | by | ()

We’re open to a debate about this, but we think most people trek to Bath to see the (admittedly impressive) Roman Baths. But if you’re one who prefers to take the waters instead of merely see the waters, Thermae Bath Spa might be for you.

The Spa is actually not one big building but a combination of five restored buildings and one new build that uses the façade of a listed townhouse clad in Bath stone. This main building – the newbie – is the New Royal Bath and it is all glass and LED lighting, full of curves and cubes that complement the architecture of the original buildings. This is the spot where you’ll primarily check in, change, soak and sweat. There’s also a laid-back café here.

New Royal Bath Minerva Pool

After you’ve changed and psyched yourself up to be seen in public roaming around in a bathing suit, you have a decision to face: Do you head first to the Minerva Pool – a large temperate-temperature swimming pool with whirlpools and a lazy river feature; the four kitted-out Aroma Steam Rooms in varying degrees of degrees and with a huge fiber-optic-lit rainfall shower that mists and then storms; or the open-air Rooftop Pool (pictured at page top) that looks out over Bath whether it’s day or dusk? Tough call.

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Is This The Worst Safety Video of All Time? Quite Possibly

April 6, 2015 at 12:24 PM | by | ()

It seems airlines and cruises continually compete for the coolest safety videos. Air New Zealand created a hobbit-themed epic, even going so far as convincing Elijah Wood to recreate his role.

But British cruiser Condor Ferries, who operate between mainland England, France and the Channel Islands, has gone a different route with a two-and-a-half-minute cringe-worthy rap, complete with British-accented gangsterisms.

Set to the tune of Sugarhill Gang’s "Rapper’s Delight," the video stars three "staffers" from the ferry firm, with the trio showcasing their hip-hop candor while busting dance moves only ever used by that weird uncle at family weddings.

The safety video quickly sets the tone—deafly—in the first line, “I’m the C-A-P-T to the A-I-N”—because we weren’t sure how to spell captain. From there, the instructions only get sexist better with the captain, later, urging, “now, ladies, hey ladies, sharp objects can’t go on our slides, so leave those heels behind,” and the safety inspector female telling passengers not to “act the fool” in her delightfully posh accent.

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No TP in the Toilet? Virgin Trains Has You Covered

January 7, 2015 at 2:15 PM | by | ()

Man boards train. Man gets bathroom urge. Man races to train bathroom to relieve self… Man realizes there’s no toilet paper.

Such was the predicament of 16-year-old Adam Greenwood who was making the long haul from London Euston to Glasgow on Virgin Trains last month.

But instead of flushing himself down the toilet in shame, as the rest of us would, being a millennial he tweeted his situation to the company.

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Where Travel Writers Want to Go in 2015: Part 5

December 19, 2014 at 11:19 AM | by | ()

Ullswater in the Lake District

As 2014 quickly comes to a close, there's no better time than now to think through exactly where we want the next 12 months to take us. Forget trend pieces trumpeting generic destination hotspots; over the next week, we'll share with you where our own Jaunted contributors personally want to go in 2015.

Next up is Julia, Assistant Editor at our sister site HotelChatter. Great buildings, beautiful landscapes and friendly people are musts for her travels:

I’m UK-based, and though I love traveling further afield, I never fail to be overwhelmed when I come back to Europe. So as much as I want to go to other places next year (Taiwan! Dallas! Detroit!), I’ll stick closer to home for this list:

1: Salamanca. I never traveled to Spain when I was younger because I studied Italian and spend all my Med time there. Over the past couple of years I’ve been visiting and realizing how much I’ve missed out on. This year I have promised myself to make it to Salamanca, which I’ve been obsessed with the idea of visiting since watching Denzel Washington in Vantage Point, way back in 2008. Loads of frilly old buildings and a vast university mean two of my holiday musts – architecture and cocktails – should be well catered for.

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Forget London; UK Looks to Scotland for Possible Spaceport

July 22, 2014 at 10:28 AM | by | ()

We usually turn our attention towards New Mexico when it comes to space travel and space tourism, as that’s where Virgin Galactic has been preparing and planning for the last few years. However, there’s another spot to add to your space race map; the United Kingdom have their own sky-high dreams and they're focusing them on Scotland.

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Help Unearth The Secrets Of The Roman Empire In Northern England This Summer

January 15, 2014 at 3:10 PM | by | ()

Earthwatch.org is giving would-be anthropologists a chance to unearth the Roman Empire in an unlikely location.

More than 2,000 years ago the Roman Empire stretched to northern England and one of its busiest forts in that area, the Arbeia, still stands today.

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The UK's Orient-Express Train is Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express for a Limited Time

July 30, 2013 at 1:55 PM | by | ()

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios Orlando may be working on building a full-scale Hogwarts Express train, but little do they know one already exists.

Over in the UK, the famously opulent Orient-Express "Northern Belle" train attempts to recreate the Hogwarts Express experience on special kid-friendly departures that include more than just a choo-choo ride; the train actually transports its passengers to and from Hogwarts or, well, the Harry Potter Studio Tour experience outside London, where the movies were filmed.

Curious to see what exactly goes down in the Studio Tour? What a coincidence! We recently visited it ourselves.

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London's New $2.5 Billion Airport Terminal Will Be Royally Eco-Friendly

June 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM | by | ()

This summer hasn't even officially begun and we're already looking forward to a European trip in 2014, thanks to the opening of the newest and flashiest new airport: Heathrow's Terminal 2. Besides the fresh new airport smell, the building will walk through the halls of The Queen's Terminal, the official name of the modern building.

The countdown is officially on for The Queen's Terminal as we are just under 12 months until the ribbon cutting, with the first passengers arriving on a United flight June 4, 2014. The terminal will hearken back to the airport's history; Queen Elizabeth opened the original building in 1955, just 3 years after she took the throne. Since then, that structure was demolished to make way for a sustainable airport that will grow with the amount of tourists planning to head to the UK and transit through the mega-hub.

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It's the End of the Line for Virgin Trains

August 15, 2012 at 9:42 AM | by | ()

Forgive the obvious train headline pun.

You wake up and inevitably roll over to check your phone. Emails, Twitter replies (none), and finally Facebook. Based on what you see there, you're going to have your first instinct on calling it a good day or a bad day.

Well, my friends, today's already one of those bad days as the first bit of news we caught was the end of Britain's Virgin Trains. You can read all the details behind the line's impending closure at BusinessWeek, but essentially Virgin Trains rebid to continue running their services on the privatized west coast lines—lines they've been running for 15 years at currently 30 million passengers per year—and LOST.

Virgin will continue running until December, when the switch will take place to see Virgin out and UK rail company FirstGroup in. This means the end of slick, red-painted tilting Virgin Pendolinos on routes including London to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, and Liverpool (our favorite).

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