Don't let the storms and floods of February and the disruption in rail services to the West of England put you off. Cornwall is just fine and ready for visitors. This time of year the weather in Cornwall is milder than in most of Britain - it's the perfect time for a short spring break. And with the UK's great dog show, Crufts, on in Birmingham - and the telly - right now, it seems only appropriate to mention that dogs love Cornwall.
To bring home the point, Visit Cornwall has appointed surfer dude Baxter, pictured here, to welcome his fellow canines to the county and has launched a website jam packed with information about vacationing in Cornwall with your family pet.† Find out all about about it here and start planning a dog-friendly beach vacation to Cornwall.
photo courtesy of Visit Cornwall
If you are planning a trip to England, Scotland or Wales this spring and summer, now would be a good time to stock up on your UK point-to-point train tickets and BritRail passes. Rail Europe is offering North American customers 20% off on British train tickets until March 25. You have to get in quickly though, as there are only 2,000 tickets being offered for this promotion
To search and buy tickets direct from the USA click here, and to buy tickets from Canada, click here.
Does the whole British train system have you confused? Have a look at my British Rail Travel Overview to find out everything you need to know about getting around the UK by train.
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Crufts, the world's biggest dog show runs from Thursday to Sunday this week at the NEC in Birmingham, with 22,000 dogs and 200 breeds competing for Best in Show 2014. Go to see rescue dogs and mixed breeds as well as they compete with the pedigreed crew in agility, obedience, dog dancing and more. Lots of advice for dog owners and breeders; plenty of dog stuff to buy and kids under 12 go free. Which breed will stand out as Best in Show this year?
Also on around the UK this week:
Dancin' Oxford, the Oxford Dance Festival is on all over Oxford until next Monday. The city's spring dance extravaganza includes performances, workshops and taster sessions, an interactive dance experience, dancing in the dark on your own and a festival night club.
Agatha Christie's Black Coffee runs from Tuesday to Saturday at the New Theatre in Cardiff. Robert Powell, who counts† Jesus in Zefferelli's Jesus of Nazareth as one of his most iconic roles, takes on another almost equally iconic character for this production, Hercule Poirot.
Beethoven's 9th Symphony is the highlight of a choral and symphonic concert at Exeter Cathedral in Devon on Saturday. The Exeter Philharmonic Choir and Exeter Symphony Orchestra will also perform the overture to Wagner's Die Meistersinger and Blest Pair of Sirens by Parry. Tickets from the Cathedral Box Office start at £12.
Comedy Night at the Custard Factory, Birmingham's trendy shopping, media, creative and entertainment venue, launches on Wednesday with the opening of The Comedy Hut, a monthly event scheduled for the first Wednesday of every month.The event will feature established comedy acts for the bargain ticket price of £8. Joe Lycett, the opening act, is known to UK audiences from 8 out of 10 Cats, Mock the Week, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. There are only 100 tickets per event so you need to book fast.
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Maybe you've been thinking of a trip to Britain for a couple of years now but one thing or another put you off. This year is the one to go for if you really need a reason to come to the UK. We've got some beauts in 2014.
Glasgow will be pushing the boat out for the Commonwealth Games. The Tour de France is opening with a few hundred miles of England, both Shakespeare and Dylan Thomas mark important milestones, and, on the eve of its historic vote about whether to stay in or opt out of† the United Kingdom, Scotland remembers the 700th anniversary of its most famous battle for independence. Oh and did I mention the Ryder Cup? And the Downton Abbey Trail? And some really delicious food festivals? And the new-look Stonehenge?
What are you waiting for? Read about the 10 Best Reasons to Visit the UK in 2014. Then stop dithering and book your ticket for heaven's sake.