There's so much happening in England in 2013 that the events calendar is quite busy! Plan your year ahead and make sure you don't miss out on an event of your interest. And, for your England trip, why not travel by ferry, enjoying the magnificent views of the iconic White Cliffs as you arrive at Dover? You can check out Myferrylink, the new operator on the English Channel operating on the Calais Dover ferry route for an exciting ferry trip.
Now, from Regency balls, week-long walks and ground-breaking hotels here's what's in store for people to enjoy around the country in 2013.
Jane Austen Anniversary
The year 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's classic novel "Pride and Prejudice" and where better to celebrate than Hampshire, the author's birthplace and childhood home? There's plenty planned to celebrate this special anniversary including tours, talks, costume exhibitions and a Regency ball. There's even a brand new Hampshire trail dedicated to the much loved writer which maps out key stages of her life in the county.
Literature enthusiasts can start the tour at Jane Austen's House Museum to see the original table at which her novels were painstakingly written by quill, and the bookcase which houses many first editions of her novels. The trail continues to Steventon where Jane was born, down to Portsmouth, onto the city walls of Southampton and finally back to Winchester Cathedral, her final resting place.
Stonehenge Visitor Centre
Finally! Stonehenge has been getting some much needed tender love and care, and will be ready for visitors in October. The entire area is being transformed to make way for a world-class visitor centre to give the Stone Circle the museum-quality interpretation that it deserves.
An archaeological gallery will feature important objects on loan from local museums and outside there will be three Neolithic houses, recreated using extremely rare evidence of domestic buildings from prehistoric England recently unearthed near Stonehenge.
The year 2013 sees some fantastic places for your head to hit the pillow. Set in 330 acres of farmland, Heckfield Place in Hampshire opens after much refurbishment. Built in the Georgian period and expanded in Victorian times, the manor house hotel boasts 60 individually designed bedrooms, an historic walled garden of flowers, herbs and fruit trees, a delicious restaurant and a working farm with livestock and vegetables.
Shangri-La The Shard in London recently opened its doors. Occupying floors 34 to 52, the hotel's 200 rooms are luxuriously appointed and will look out across the capital's skyline - talk about a room with a view!
The Pig on the Beach, the beautiful 18th century Manor House, which is a National Trust property, opened in Studland Bay in Dorset in June.
I can do it!
On 12th and 13th October 2013 the "I Can Do It" conference returns to London. This highly recommended annual conference provides you with the opportunity to listen to some of the most inspiring authors in the world during a weekend that will expand your mind, nourish your soul, energize your spirit and help you reconnect with your true self.
This year's "I Can Do It" London conference line-up features: Neale Donald Walsch, Bruce Lipton, Doreen Virtue, Robert Holden, Vianna Stibal, Sonia Choquette, Cheryl Richardson, David Hamilton, John C. Parkin, Becky Walsh and, for the first time ever in the UK, Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz!
A host of dynamic speakers will entertain and educate you on a wide range of enlightening topics. There will be book signing events with the authors after each session. An on-site bookstore with a variety of books, CDs, DVDs and other products from your favourite authors will be available at discounted rates for attendees.
This should be on everybody's summer to-do list. Bestival in September is our pick for a crazy weekend of fancy dress fun - the theme this year is nautical, while Download and Green Man will suit those with heavier and folky tastes respectively. There are of course plenty of brilliant festivals lying beneath the mainstream radar that are well worth exploring. Check out some of the UK festivals, including the likes of world music festival Rhythmtree and philosophy/music extravaganza "How the Light Gets In".
Remember, to get to any of these events you'll find great ferry deals on the Calais Dover ferry.