步走英倫 Rambling in UK
Last time I recommended some of my favourite music related events, Music in UK. Today I’m going to talk about some totally different, Rambling in UK. Hopefully you will like them as well.
How does cycling in a world class velodrome sound? If you are an avid cyclist, cycling on the London Olympic Velodrome will undoubtedly be an unique experience. This is the fastest track in the world where Team GB won a hoard of 9 medals in the 2012 Olympics including 8 gold.
The velodrome is now open to the public and taster sessions are available at £40 per hour which includes bike and helmet rental. You are taught the basics of track cycling on this 250m world class track by professionals, and can experience what it feels like to cycle on a champion track. Outside the velodrome, there is a BMX track, the mountain track and a road circuit to cater for different types of cyclists. The veledrome is open to the public all year round, not just summer so it doesn’t matter if you’re not in London during the summer. This link has more information on the different types of circuits, prices and how to get there.
2-2.倫敦每年9月中旬有一個London Open House。活動的目的是要讓公眾多了解及欣賞都市中的建築設計及空間。這項活動從1992年開始時就非常成功，現在已經發展到世界其他30個城市也在舉辦。開放日(週末)最吸引之處是公眾可以有機會參觀一些平時不對外開放的地方。過去曾經開放的房子包括英國首相府唐寧街10號，和多幢設計獨特的辦公大樓，一些歷史悠久大宅，及私人擁有的房子。相片中可以見到兩家以往曾經開放過，設計獨特的建築物。這項活動是全免費的，而且絕大部分都可以隨便參觀，不用預先登記。但有小部分像首相府就要預先登記並要抽籤才可以參觀。
Architecture buffs will love London Open House held in mid September each year. The purpose of the event is to ‘promote public awareness and appreciation of the capital’s building design and architecture. ‘ London Open House has become so successful since it started in 1992 that it is now held in 30 cities around the world. The event gives visitors a rare chance to visit many iconic buildings and spaces in central London that are not normally open to the public. In 2016 there were over 700 properties that took part, such as 10 Downing Street (the UK Prime Minister’s official residence), iconic traditional buildings, commercial offices, and architecture designed private residences. Some examples which can be seen in the photos below. Entrance is free for all the properties but a few of them such as 10 Downing Street needs to be booked in advance via a ballot.
My favourite event in UK without a doubt is the Red Arrows display. They are part of the British Royal Air Force specialising in aerial acrobatics, probably one of the the best if not the best in the world.. You may have seen their fly past ~ the red white and blue arrow made up of 9 aircrafts ~ in special events such as the London Olympics opening ceremony and Royal events. Their entire performance consists of around 20 acrobatics displays, my favorite ones being the hurricane and the heart.
You can see the Red Arrows perform at various air shows and festivals over the summer, and their performance is often considered the highlight of the day. When I went to an air show in 2015, I was absolutely gobsmacked by their skills, their precision and coordination in mid air. Many of Red Arrows performance are at events located at different locations around UK. Details can be found here. They all make a fantastic family day out particularly if you want to get out from London and enjoy a weekend like the locals does.
連續兩篇文章跟大家推薦我口袋裡的至愛活動 ~ 古典逍遙音樂會，嘉年華會，露天野餐古典音樂會，騎腳踏車，欣賞都市空間及紅箭特技飛行表演 ~ 你最喜歡的會是那一樣呢?
This concludes my two part personal recommendations of things to do in UK ~ Proms, carnival, picnic, cycling, architecture, Red Arrows. I know which is my favorite, what about you?