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Two Big Reasons to Visit the UK in 2012

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The summer of 2012 is to be an exciting and significant year in UK history for two main reasons, the Olympics and the Queens Jubilee. Here is why…

1. The 2012 Olympic Games

The Olympic Games will take place between 27th July and 12th August 2012. Although mainly concentrated in London, in some existing and some purpose built facilities, events are taking place right across the UK. From the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to St James Park in Newcastle, athletes from over two hundred countries will be competing to be crowned top of their game with a gold medal.

Countdown to the Olympics

If, like many, you haven’t managed to get tickets for the games, there are some free events for all to enjoy including the marathon and road cycling and if all else fails you can enjoy the games from the comfort of your sofa courtesy of the BBC.

Before the main games commence there is also a chance to see The Olympic Torch being carried around the UK in the countdown to the games between 19th May and 27th July 2012. The torch runners will all be on a specifically designed route that will bring the torch within one hour of 95% of the population so why not get out and see it!

2. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

2012 marks sixty years on the throne for Queen Elizabeth II and the UK is poised to celebrate the event. An extra bank holiday in the UK means the nation will enjoy a four day weekend from the 2nd to 5th June. Many people will be having traditional street parties or holding smaller events with family and friends to celebrate the Queens reign. This could be a great opportunity for a few days away.

The Queen

On June 4th there is also going to be a huge concert held at Buckingham Palace that will be attended by the Queen and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh. Over 10,000 tickets for this fabulous event have been allocated in a public ballot but if you aren’t one of the lucky ones then once again the whole event is to be screened on the BBC.

With so much going on, 2012 marks a great time to book a holiday to the UK.

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