Reasons to Visit England This Year

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Photo courtesy of Beverley Goodwin

Now that we're well and truly in the midst of another glorious English summer, it's a good time to look ahead to check out some events that are coming up in England over the rest of the year.

Sporting Events

England has an illustrious sporting history and although the football season has finished, there are still some great sporting events to look forward to.

The Wimbledon Tennis Championships are a national institution and although they can be somewhat overshadowed by the likes of Cliff Richard and the omnipresent strawberries and cream, it's still the best place in the world to watch the current tennis greats such as Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Serena Williams aim for Wimbledon glory.

Furthermore, England will be hosting the Rugby World Cup with the first match kicking off in London at the historic Twickenham stadium in September. Whether England can upset the phenomenal form of the All Blacks remains to be seen, but it's still a great way to witness this epic sporting event.

Music Festivals

Although Glastonbury is the biggest music festival in England, there are still some other equally impressive music festivals spread out over summer to investigate.

The Reading Festival has gained an awesome reputation for showcasing the very best in contemporary music, and this year it has the likes of Metallica, Mumford and Sons and The Libertines heading the main stage over the bank holiday weekend at the end of August.

If camping out in a field isn't your thing, then keep an eye out for the iTunes festival in early September that is held at the historic Roundhouse venue in Camden, London. Last year saw an amazing collection of acts ranging from Pharrell Williams to Beck, and although this year's headliners haven't been announced yet, it's sure to sell out fast!

Cultural Events

England also has a world beating reputation for its cultural events with dozens of top class museums and galleries proudly displaying the very best in art and design.

The Tate in Liverpool looks to draw in large numbers of art fans with its Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots exhibition that takes place from the end of June until the middle of October. The exhibition promises to reveal a fascinating insight into this enigmatic and visionary painter through a series of little known examples of his work.

And finally, for film fans there's a real treat at the beautiful Somerset House in London where a series of classic films like Silence of the Lambs and Withnail and I will be shown in full surround-sound in the glorious neo-classical setting.