Festival of Speed
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the world’s "biggest and most diverse celebration of the history of motor sport".
The event is held in the grounds of Goodwood House.
The main attraction of the event is the hillclimb competition, in which cars from all eras and types of motorsports take part.
You can also walk around the paddocks for a close up look at the cars and bikes and some of the famous owners and drivers.
Equipment: Sun screen, hat and possibly a book if you are not really that interested.....Related to:
- Family Travel
Get Your Skates On!
Nothing like a warm sunny Spring day to bring out the in-line skaters into London's parks. ALL ages indulge in this activity and some get quite carried away with it when they are plugged into their Ipods or Mp3 players and it can be quite entertaining to watch them as they turn and twirl, lost in their own world of music and movement.
Equipment: Bring your own skates and knee and elbow pads (I saw one blokey with a really horrible gashed leg!)Add to your Trip Planner
There are other ways of discharging yourself
Looking up into the dark cloudy rainy London skies, hoping to catch a glimmer of sunshine, I spotted an abseiler coming down the side of Guys Hospital (34 storeys tall!!).
Surely the hospital food wasn't that bad?? :)
Equipment: Ropes I guess....and comfy shoes??Add to your Trip Planner
This is probably one of the easier passtimes you can get up to in the parks. You don't need much space really, you're unlikely to hurt anyone too bady if you're crap, and you don't need much in the way of kit (a frisbee is both cheap and light).
About the only thing you do actually need is a partner to catch and return the frisbee to you! I can imagine it being a bit of a lonely sport if you tried doing it solo.
This was another passtime going on in London's Hyde Park, although there are numerous other parks (Kensington Gardens and Green Park both seem to be quite laid back about people doing this sort of thing) in London if you get bored with Hyde Park.
Equipment: A cheap plastic dish (a.k.a. a frisbee) and at least one other person to play with.Related to:
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For many years the concrete junglely mess on the South bank around the National Film Theatre, The National Theatre and the Shell building has proved to be a Mecca for Skateboarders.
There have been various attempts to remove them over the years, but they do little harm and are often quite willing to 'Show off' as tourists and tour buses on Waterloo Bridge pass by.
If your into it i"m sure you can turn up and join in without much of a problem.Related to:
- Family Travel
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London Circle line Drinking Game
If you count drinking as a sport then this was a winner back when I was a student, and a "wild and crazy guy".
The game consists of splitting into teams of at least 2 each (and a minimum of 2 teams)
You then select how many pints, half pints or shorts (spirits) you wish to down for the duration of the game.
An appropriate number of stops on the Circle line are then written down and each teams draws out its' stops by lucky draw.
From a central starting point (and finishing point) the winner is the team that uses the tube (circle line only) to get to all of their stations, find the nearest pub and down their drink.
I should point out that now I am older and wiser this is a throughly irresponsible thing to do - but then again you only live once!
A variation on this idea is the Monopoly pub crawl. Visit all the squares on the monopoly board in real life, find the nearest pub... can be done in order, beginning with Old Kent Road or on a route designed to reduce travelling time !
Equipment: A liver in good working order
A taste for puffy southern beer
no brainAdd to your Trip Planner
In London's Parks, it is normally pretty free to do what you like (well within reason of course). You can therefore find people engaging in all sorts of passtimes and recreations in them.
With a lot of paved paths going through Hyde Park, it is quite popular for roller-bladers to do there thing here. I have never seen skate-boarders, but I don't see why they shouldn't be here too.
In this case, the girl had been trying to weave in and out of the little bollards whilst going backwards, although in this picture she was simply going backwards!
Equipment: Bring your own gear. You'll need the normal roller-blades and protection (such as padding etc).Related to:
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Walking and Cycling on the Regent's canal
London's Regent's Canal runs from the Limehouse Basin to Paddington Basin. Once the city's major transportation artery, it fell into disuse like so many of the UK's inland waterways.
Nowadays it is now possible to cycle and walk along sections of of the canal towpaths (for cycling, a permit must be obtained first from most post offices. The permits are free of charge and cyclists must have them on display whilst cycling along the canal.) They are also downloadable from the Waterscape website (Britains official waterways guide).
Lots of really helpful info about cycling on the canal towpaths can be found on the Wesminster Cyclists website.
There seems to be some conflicting advice regarding cycling permits between the Westminster website and the Waterscape website who say that a permit is not required for cycling in London. Check first!
Free guided walks can be taken from the London Canal Museum - full details are given on the London Canal Museum website:
Equipment: A bike and (possibly!) a permitRelated to:
- Hiking and Walking
West Ham United
West Ham are the big side in East London. All their other Premiership rivals are based in North/West London. West Ham play out of Upton Park. As Liverpool's fans are famous for singing "You'll never walk alone" during matches, West Ham's supporters are famous for their team's anthem, "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles"Add to your Trip Planner
This theme park is 45 min away from central london by the train. i think it's the closest to london, quite big and needs one full good day to finish all the rides. the rides guide divide them into three main categories 'extremely dangerous', 'adrenalin booster' and 'baby rides'. and when you survive one of the extremes, treat yourself with one of the medals 'I SURVIVED THE RUSH':D that's the cool part, my friend and i have tried.
some rides have Fast Track service to have a quick access to the ride, but with different tickets from the general-admission ticket, if you like.
Burger King, KFC and Pizza Hut are the main fast food restaurants.
i enjoyed the water slides the most, my favourite ever.
be aware that rides take up to 1 hour and half of queuing, which is really rediculous but invetible!
enjoy your day.
Equipment: just bring yourself
a jacket in winter and shorts in summerRelated to:
- Family Travel
Go fly a kite!
Flying kites is a terrific way to relax. Alternatively it's a great way to get some serious exercise - it depends on the kite. Some of the big flexifoils take all your strength to keep you on your feet!
Hampstead Heath is the classic place to fly them. Kensington Gardens is good too, for gentler kites. Somebody once told me that it's considered seriously naff to fly a kite in Kensington Gardens that you haven't made yourself - but that's taking it too seriously. Just be careful of Prince Charles's personal helicopter if you go there!
Equipment: Get everything you need, including expert advice, from The Kite Store (qv)Add to your Trip Planner
Birdwatching at Isabella Plantation
If you are a keen birdwatcher then this is the place for you!
When we go to the plantation we take our English bird book and our binoculars (and camera of course!)
On Sunday past we saw the most interesting bird, which doesn’t appear in our bird book. Not only was it quite beautiful, but the scene that took place before our eyes was quite extraordinary!
The bird looks a bit like a cockatiel (sp?). It is lime green and bright yellow in colour, with a pastel orange short and rounded beak, and a long thin yellow green tail.
There were 5 of these birds, twittering away in some very tall trees. Our binoculars were trained on them for some time.
Then suddenly, they went crazy! An inquisitive squirrel had dared to venture close to them and they were scaring him off! They were flying at him, screeching and splaying their feathers and wings. The poor little squirrel got the fright of his life and dashed away as fast as he could.. but this had to be done carefully as the branches that high up are thin, and few and far between!
He did get away and all returned to calm again, but it was so amazing to watch this act of nature taking place. We can only assume the birds had young close by or are extremely territorial, to account for the behaviour.
And the irritating thing was this bird does not appear in our (supposed to be!) thorough English bird book! Grrr…
Equipment: Binoculars and a 'thorough' bird book!Related to:
- National/State Park
London triathlon, at least they give you a medal!
David sets off in the morning to go over to the ExCel Centre, you can't take the bike on the Dockland rails, so we agree that I'll come over later and I go off to do some sightseeing. OK, maybe I dallied a little bit but the hubby said "well, I'll be in the old fat men group and they always go last". I thought I had plenty of time but I had no idea how big this place is nor how many participants and I'm racing all over the place trying to find someone to tell me just precisely when the "old fat men group" was starting. I finally found a board with the starting numbers and to my horror I realize that he's already started! So I hurry over to the swim area but it's impossible to spot one person in a sea of 10,000 wetsuits so I think "well, maybe it's better to go get photos when he's on the bike". But I don't see him there either!
So now I'm panicking, we've come all the way to London for this triathlon that he's been talking about for a year, he's plunked down the exorbitant entry fee, bought a wetsuit, had it altered, endured the bicycle fiasco and I've failed to get photos! Oh crap, I briefly think about dropping my camera in the Thames but then come to my senses when I realize you can see the bikers and runners from the same place and camp out to see what I could do to redeem myself. I FINALLY see David on the run (it's hard to miss someone doing the grandpa shuffle), in fact I see him at least six times! Yea, photos at last!
A few more reasons why David will never do this triathlon again (as if the above wasn't enough):
they didn't have any water for the participant before the race, "sorry sir, those bottles of water are for after the race". Huh?
By far the most expensive triathlon he's ever done, no tshirt? Yes, they had them, for another L20 and they made sure you bought one by printing your name on it :-(
He said the sprint distance was the worst course he's ever done. Anywhere. Period.
But at least they gave you a medal and there was free beer (in thimble sized paper cups) :-)Add to your Trip Planner
my friends usually arrange for this trip once or twice a year. since i arrived in london, i missed it once because i didn't know them, the second time because i left london!
anyhow, it's really fun cool game. it's like playing a war between two teams. each team consists of 16 players, total 32. you'll be playing in an open playground where you are supposed to shoot the other team's members, technically with colours;^)
you can book the whole area and pay in advance, or play with strangers...fun though
Equipment: you'll be provided with gas guns, water guns, and balls. Number of equippment provided depends on group or individual booking and preferences. price ranges from £24-£55 per person.Related to:
- Road Trip
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Yes, I mean birds as in those winged creatures people watch with binoculars. There is just nowhere else to put it here on VT. One of the best places for birdwatching in London is along the Thames, upstream between Mortlake and Hampton Court where the river is full of little leafy islands sheltering loads of herons and other birds. At Mortlake there is also a wetlands area full of other species. To be ctd.Related to:
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