With The Olympics and More, The UK Will be a Hotbed of Activity This Summer

It’s Britain’s year, no doubt about it. With the Olympics coming to London July 27-Aug. 12 and the country getting ready to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee, it’s going to be a banner year for the United Kingdom.

But there’s a lot more going on in Britain this year. The World Shakespeare Festival, for one, will showcase almost 70 productions over a six-month period. WorldPride, which promotes lesbian, gay and bisexual issues, will attract more than a million visitors to the British capital during its two-week summer run. Some of the world’s top performers will appear in the Edinburgh International Festival Aug. 9-Sept. 2.

A brand new attraction, “The Making of Harry Potter,” opened in March at the Warner Bros. studio outside London where the enormously successful movie series was shot. The tour, in addition to exhibiting memorabilia and artifacts from the movies, takes guests to many of the spectacular sets used in the film.

Two major sports events, the Wimbledon tennis tournament and the British Open golf tournament, are expected to draw thousands of spectators as well as the world’s top players.

With all that is going on in Britain this year, hotel availability is shrinking and airline fares increasing. Tickets for major events will be scarce and, in many cases, expensive.

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