After visiting the south of England many times, we have been invited to visit family in Winchester and the Hat Fair. This traditional street theatre festival attracts thousands of people every year.
One of the best acts were the Lords of Strut. Two Irish lads performed some silly stunts. Their show took probably an hour or so, and in the end they didn't do much, however, the comedy value was brilliant! (more)
As I've been living in the centre of the UK for about five years, it was about time to go and visit this specific UNESCO World Heritage site. Especially as it's close to Telford, which is only a 40 minute train ride from Birmingham. I've been basically living around the corner for a long time! (more)
In Derbyshire, between Glossop and Sheffield, a magnificent piece of engineering shapes the countryside. Three large reservoirs are separated by the Howden Dam at the north and the Derwent Dam at the south. (more)
On Boxing Day, the central green square of Great Bowden (Leicestershire) is filled with horses and hounds. The traditional Fernie Hunt is an off-shoot formed in 1856, when the Quorn Hunt (est. 1696) divided, and meets there every boxing day at 11am, regardless of the weather conditions.
Since the Hunting Act 2004, foxes are no longer to be hunted, so nowadays they use a scent trail for the hounds to chase. The horse master leads the horses and hounds, and the riders are linked through modern technology, some look like secret agents of some kind (yeshh mish Moneypenny…!). (more)
The world famous Farnborough Airshow is held every other year, hosting two events, a trade fair for the global aerospace industry, and a public air show. Hundreds of aircraft are on the static ground display, and many take part in the demonstrations.
Being a Dutchman living in the UK, I almost feel the Red Arrows are mine too. They use my national flag’s colours (it's not different to the Union Jack's as it happens), and have a magnificent display. Massive cheers when they crossed the crowds. The show is visited by young and very old, and all share a certain geeky-ness towards aircraft. (more)
(Series of photographs taken in 2012. Check July 2014 for the Red Arrows and further narrative). (more)