EXPERIENCE QUIRKY BRITAIN THIS SUMMER WITH HISTORICBRITAIN.COM
Great Britain is known for its eccentricities, which is no better demonstrated than in the plethora of unusual festivals that take place up and down the country each year, including pea shooting, snail racing and bog snorkeling.
For those looking to experience first-hand some of these unusual events, HistoricBritain.com is the ideal choice for booking accommodation, with over 500 charming independent hotels and B&Bs, many hiding quirky historic stories themselves.
Spend a weekend in the historic city of Cambridge and combine with a trip to watch the WORLD PEA SHOOTING CHAMPIONSHIPS on 13 July, which take place a 30 minute drive away in the village of Witcham in Cambridgeshire. Now in its 42nd year, the competition started as a means of fund raising for the village but has progressed to receive international recognition with contenders coming from as far afield as the USA.
Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Founded in 1596 Sidney Sussex is a very well-kept secret - whether it is Elizabethan brickwork, charming Cloister Court, the haunting Chapel, exquisite Rococo Hall, medieval cellars or beautiful ancient gardens, Sidney's history is an even better-kept secret including the precise point at which Oliver Cromwell's head is buried. The College offers clean, simple accommodation with rooms costing between £45 and £67 including breakfast.
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Lynwood House is a recently renovated Victorian house situated in an attractive part of Cambridge, just north of the River Cam. The seven spacious rooms have been refurbished providing all the modern facilities with a contemporary feel but still retaining the warmth and character of an older building. The luxury en-suites are tiled in marble, most with under floor heating and high pressure showers. Double rooms start from £70 per night and include breakfast.
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On 20 July the WORLD SNAIL RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS take place in Congham, Nr Kings Lynn, Norfolk. Ideally located, the Stuart House Hotel is a small, friendly independently owned hotel, bar and restaurant, hidden in the centre of King's Lynn. The original building dates back to Victorian times when it was the private residence of a prominent King's Lynn businessman. The hotel still retains many original features. Rooms are between £85 and £135 per night and include breakfast.
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The WORTHING INTERNATIONAL BIRDMAN FESTIVAL takes place on 10 and 11 August and is a competition for human powered flying machines that take off from a special ramp constructed on Worthing Pier. Combine a visit to Worthing to watch this event, with a weekend in the popular coastal town of Brighton, which is just a 25 minute drive along the coast.
The Cavalaire Guest House in an award winning deluxe four star guest house one of Brighton's premier B&B's, The Cavalaire was built in 1888 and is set in a terrace of classic Victorian townhouses. Recently refurbished and redecorated in ‘boutique hotel' style, with a new contemporary interior blending with the elegance and charm of the original architecture. Rooms are between £99 and £165 per night and include breakfast.
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On 24 August the WORLD BOG SNORKELLING CHAMPIONSHIPS take place in Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, in Mid Wales. Fans of extreme, not to mention extremely dirty, sports flock to Britain's smallest town to compete or just spectate. Two 60 yard long trenches are cut in the bog and participants have to swim 120 yards. No recognized swimming strokes are allowed and swimmers can only lift their heads from the dark waters for orientation.
Three Wells Guest House in Howey is a lovey place to be based for the bog snorkelling; it is located 20 minutes drive away. Once a working farm, Three Wells is now a unique small hotel nestled in the heart of Wales, set amidst the rolling Welsh countryside with views over the lake and sleepy, sheep-filled meadows. Rooms are between £90 and £120 per night.
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The Yat B&B is an ancient country house, dating from the 15th century, or earlier. Having undergone extensive restoration it is now a grade three star (Welsh Tourist Board grading) family-run guest house that prides itself in being eco-friendly. The Yat is a 25 minute drive from Llanwrtyd. Rooms here are £85 per night and include an organic breakfast.
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