Perfect UK Summer Road Trips | Fulton Umbrellas

Hit the road trips with these perfect UK summer road trips

As the road trips go, the diverse landscapes of the UK make for some of the most thrilling and breathtaking  journeys in the world.

With rugged coastlines, enchanting forests, picture-perfect peaks, and cascading waterfalls, our roads tick every box on the exploration list.

So strap in for a summer jam-packed with adventures right on your doorstep, as we hit the road with four of the United Kingdom’s ultimate journeys.

Atlantic Highway
Distance: 215 miles

Appropriately named, the Atlantic highway takes you through some of the most stunning coastlines our country has to offer.

Heading off from North Devon’s Barnstaple, the A39 takes you through the delights of Devonshire and all the way to Newquay in Cornwall. Expect sweeping beaches, jaw-dropping cliffs, and bays upon bays of beauty. Along the way, you’ll find yourself in some idyllic little villages and towns, such as Padstow and Port Isaac which both offer bag-loads of seaside charm.

Absolute must-see:

We are spoilt for choice along this route, but Dartmoor National Park definitely takes the biscuit. A half an hour detour the main stretch is absolutely worth every mile. We promise.

One of England’s most renowned areas of splendour, Dartmoor spans 368 miles and has enthralled and inspired travellers for generations. There’s so much to see you might even want to park up for a couple of days.

Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland
Distance: Around 200 miles 

Covering coastlines from Belfast through to Derry, the Causeway Coastal Route is a road trip you’ll never forget.

Wind your way north from the buzzing city of Belfast along the coastline to discover some of Northern Ireland most precious treasures. Quaint villages, castle ruins, and world-famous landmarks are just a snippet of the places you can explore. Rounding the trip in Derry, a city stepped in rich history and heritage.

Absolute must-see:

You simply cannot conclude this road trip without a visit to Northern Ireland’s one only UNESCO World Heritage site. Stand in awe as you witness over 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns cascade into the sea. Home to an array of unique birds, it’s one of nature’s most priceless gifts. According to legend, the Giant’s Causeway was built as a bridge to protect the country by the famous Irish giant Fionn. Words can’t do this place justice. Trust us: you need to go.

The Cambrian Way, Wales
Distance: 180 miles

Spanning 185 miles from north to south along the A470, the Cambrian Way is a journey that’ll take you through some of the most epic landscapes and views Wales has to offer. You  can either start your journey in the Welsh capital of Cardiff and finish up in the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno or enjoy your trip the other way round, it’s up to you. Either way, the route is among the most scenic the UK has to offer.

From the majestic mountains of The Brecon Beacons, through twisting, swooping roads taking you through the Welsh heartlands, there’s so much to see and do. But take things at your own space; you will want to take your time and savour your rural adventure. It’s important to remember, however, that Wales’ weather can be very unpredictable, so make sure you pack your sturdy sports umbrellas. That way, come rain or shine, you’ll have a great time.

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Your journey across the Cambrian Way will take you directly through Snowdonia, and while you’re there conquering the climb is a must.

The summit of Snowdon can be reached via a variety of paths, depending on your level of experience. If you struggle with hiking or are tight on time, they have a very convenient train service. Unfortunately, ongoing work means the Snowdon Mountain Railway Train won’t be travelling to the summit until 2023 but it will take you three-quarters of the way- all without lifting a toe. On the other hand, if you prefer to take the challenge head-on, you can set off on foot.

Road to the isles, Scotland
Distance: 45 miles 

Short, sweet, and packed full of stunning scenery, Scotland’s iconic Road to the Isles is a trip with a little bit of everything.

Staring at the gateway to Ben Nevis in Fort William, you’ll travel the A830 through some of the most iconic spots Scotland has to offer. From the highlands to stretches of sandy beaches, lochs, and landmarks, you can end your trip in the fascinating fishing port, Mallaig.
Or, if you’re not ready to finish the adventures, travel on to explore the mythical lands of the Inner Hebrides.

Absolute must-see:

The Glenfinnan Viaduct is probably one of the most famous viaducts in the world(wizarding and otherwise), and it takes our must-see spot along this road trip. Home to the Hogwarts Express, the viaduct offers a perfect backdrop for your photo album. Alternatively, you can pre-book for an onboard experience with the Jacobite steam train.

With so much to see and do, it’s well worth considering a staycation for your next adventure, so you can explore some of the UK’s most picturesque and delightful places. All you need to do next is pick which road trip you do first.

 

Your Wimbledon Wardrobe Based On Past Royal Outfits

Undoubtedly, the royal looks served at Wimbledon have become as iconic as the game itself.

With the championships underway, we wanted to spend some time admiring the Royal Family’s most famous outfits to inspire your Wimbledon style- whether you’re watching from home or the courts.

Tennis whites

Tennis whites are perhaps the most classic of Wimbledon fashions. Player began to wear white, believing it would keep them cooler during warm summer days.

Now, it’s become a popular choice for spectators too, with many wearing white or cream-coloured outfits. Kate Middleton, a known tennis enthusiast, has often chosen to wear ‘tennis whites’ since her Royal debut at Wimbledon in 2011, where she sported a white Temperley dress complete with a layered pleated skirt.

Since then, Kate has shown off variations of tennis whites, from the Alexander McQueen nautical-inspired knit dress in 2012 to the Suzannah white shirt dress in 2019.

Go bold

It you’d rather go for colours that match the summer season, there are plenty of examples of the royals gracing the courts with bright and bold outfits.

Queen Elizabeth chose a glorious turquoise for her first visit to Wimbledon in thirty-three years. Forty years before this, Princess Margaret stood out from the crowd in a green and crimson contrasting outfit.

Kate Middleton is also well known for adding blooms of colour to the courts- dressing head-to-toe in shades of pink, yellow, blue, and green. We’re particularly fond of her 2018 Dolce & Gabbana dress, which brought sunshine yellow and beautiful butterfly sleeves to the men’s singles final.

Stripes 

While male Royal Family members have been wearing striped suits to Wimbledon for years, the choices of stripes has been better encapsulated than by Meghan Markle.

in 2018 the Duchess of Sussex turned heads in the best way possible with her Ralph Lauren ensemble, featuring wide-legged cream trousers and a loose yet sleek blue-and-white-striped shirt. Completed with a straw fedora, Meghan’s non-traditional look turned stripes into a top summer fashion trend that we still can’t get enough of.

Then in 2019, Meghan famously went against the dress code with a more causal style, featuring denim jeans paired with a plain black top and a creamy striped blazer for a hint of formally.

Blazers

Speaking of blazers- there has been no greater of the smart-causal dress code of the Wimbledon Royal Box.

Over the years, Princess Diana stunned crowds with her blazer-clad outfits. In 1991 she brought a bold summer vibe to Wimbledon with a purple-printed blazer contrasted over a brilliant white pleated skirt. Or, if you are prefer something more muted, Diana did that in 1993 with a blush pink skirt-blazer combo highlighted with gold detailing and jewellery.

Blazers can add an instant splash of elegance toy our outfit and are versatile enough to complete any look, whether smart or causal. They can also keep you cosy when the sun decides to hide behind the clouds. However , we’d advise picking up one of our stylish sports umbrella to shelter you from the capricious British summer rainfall!

Whatever the weather, the Royal Family have been bringing statement looks to Wimbledon for nearly as long as the championships have been taking place.

What better way to celebrate the return of Wimbledon this year than by hosting parties, sipping champagne and, of course, using this style guide to make sure you’re dressing the part!

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The Perfect Al Fresco Jubilee Experience | Fulton Umbrellas

One of the simplest and loveliest ways of making the most of the summer is by gathering your family and friends to try out a bit of al fresco dining.

Since we’ll also be celebrating the Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee this June, we think there’s no better time to get prepared for your royal-themed afternoon teas and garden parties.

Whether you’ve got a large garden, a patio, or even just balcony space in a busting city, follow these 5 simple steps to create the perfect al fresco set-up for your home.

Step 1: Pick the right furniture

Even if you don’t have a large back garden or outdoor space available, that’s no reason to skip out on giving al fresco dining a go.

A small circular table and chairs can create a cosy escape on city centre balconies. A large outdoor seating area with low tables, on the other hand, can create an open dining space in your garden this is perfect for laying back and relaxing in. Choosing the right furniture is all about maximising the potential of the space you have.

When doing this, a general rule to stick by is to choose furniture that is small enough for you and your guests to move around freely without bumping into one another. If you don’t have much space to store your furniture outside. It can make for a more personal and quirkier dining experience that is more convenient for you too!

If you have some old wooden chairs or a bench taking room in your garden, bringing them back to life with a fresh coat of paint is a great way to repurpose old furniture into your new dining space. We highly recommend trying out that gorgeous shade of royal purple to match the Platinum Jubilee Emblem.

Since this is the UK, you should also remember to keep in mind those unexpected showers or windy days that can spell the end of garden gatherings. Taking shelter beneath a parasol or growing a natural roof over time with pergola are both effective and visually pleasing ways to keep the rain off.

Step 2: Dress your table

Now that you’ve got your furniture sorted, it’s time to dress the table so it’s fit for a queen, or at least a Jubilee party.

Al fresco dining is much more informal than dining inside, so it’s not a requirement to have perfectly matching sets of crockery or glassware. In fact, it can be a great opportunity to bring your personality or a little bit quirkiness into the dining experience.

Do you want your Jubilee celebration to feel modern and fresh? Or do you want to go out with bunting and fine china? Going to charity shop, car boot sales, or antique stores is an excellent way to discover vintage crockery and glassware that fits perfectly into the royal theme.

Once you’ve found everything you need, a tablecloth or runner can bring the whole thing together. Plain white will add simplicity and elegance to your dining space (and will go perfectly with purple chairs!) Or a classic gingham pattern will really add to the vintage atmosphere Finish everything off with some flowers, teapots, or even glorious cake stand to act as a centrepiece.

Although you might not be thinking about what goes underneath the table at this point, an outdoor rug shouldn’t be overlooked. They can help define the dining area, especially in larger gardens, and give your al fresco space a more comforting atmosphere.

Step 3: Get comfy

Speaking of comforting atmospheres,  bringing in soft furnishing such as cushions and blankets to your outdoor dining can make it much more inviting and is the perfect way to add pops of colour to your party. Even napkins and the outdoor rugs mentioned above are opportunities to make your table and chair feel more welcoming.

For a Jubilee party, you might choose to go bold with red, white and blue cushions. Or if you want a more quintessentially British tea party, you could instead opt for softer floral patterns.

Cushion and blankets or throws are also great to have on hand when the weather gets cooler. No one wants to interrupt the celebrations to move everything and everyone indoors. If you want to dial up that royal factor, you can always nestle under one of our stylish birdcage umbrella (as modelled by Her Majesty herself) should the wind pick up or the heaven decide to open. They’re available in all sorts of colour and patterns to go with rest of your décor!

Step 4: Turn up the atmosphere

Now that your dining area is set up, it’s time to add the finishing accessories to really bring the atmosphere to life.

Plant pots or planting troughs are a great way to add definition accessories to really bring the atmosphere to life.

Plant pots or planting troughs are great way to add definition or separate your dining space from the rest of your garden.  The greenery combined with the scents of flowers and herbs can really add the feeling of a regal private garden or country getaway.

If the day is overcast or your festivities extend after the sun has gone down, the right lighting is also essential. A chimenea or firepit can act as a central focal point for your gathering, add some much-needed warmth, and provide a great place for guests to socialise.

If you don’t want to hassle of open flames, or if there will be excitable children at your party, you can still bring in light and warmth with fairy lights and hurricane lanterns. They’re an easy and inexpensive way to make your alfresco space a little more magical and intimate in the evening.

Once everything is in place, don’t forget to round off the atmosphere with an outdoor speaker and some good music. At Fulton, we’re particularly fond of classic British hits- just make sure whatever you choose to play is quiet enough that your guests, friends, and family can comfortable hear and speak over it.

5.  Enjoy your Jubilee Party!

With your alfresco dining area ready for the party, all you need to do now is add the food, the drink, and the guests.

Popular British treats such as sparkling wine, pork pies, cucumber sandwiches, and Vitoria sponge cake are absolute musts for any Jubilee celebration! A buffet-style menu is particularly ideal for alfresco dining since you won’t have to wander back and forth to the kitchen.

Gather your family and friends, keep your umbrellas on hand just in case, and have a spectacular weekend celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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Best Places to Plan Your UK Staycation | Fulton Umbrellas

These are the Top UK destinations not to be missed on your staycation

In the last couples of years, the staycation trend has boomed. Although more travel is being allowed and restrictions are easing, the number of people choosing stay closer to home rather than a take trip continues to boom in 2022.

So while we’re feeling wistful for the summer holidays here at Fulton Umbrellas, we thought we’d dig into some research and find the best places to visit in the UK, based on average temperatures and the number of hotels and restaurants.

Cornwall 

Cornwall is a stunning spot along the southwest coast where everywhere you look, you can find gorgeous, golden beaches and quaint fishing villages.

Some places like Eden Project and the city of Newquay are popular tourist spots and receive masses of visitors  each year. While the busy spots are still amazing to see, if you’re like us and prefer somewhere quieter once in a while, you’ll find many lesser-travelled areas too. Should the mood arise, you can find serene sandy beaches to take a peaceful walk along at Trevone Bay, just outside of Padstow.

For when you’re feeling more adventurous, there’s plenty of adrenaline-fuelled fun to be had kayaking, surfing and sailing, whether you’re already a pro or a total novice.

After the fun is done and you’re looking for somewhere to sit and eat great food, there are 1,965 restaurants to choose from. Pasties, ice cream, local dishes, and some of the best seafood in the UK – when in Cornwall you’ll never be too far from a delicious meal.

From cute little B&Bs to nearly 2,500 hotels, you also won’t be short of places in Cornwall to rest your head at the end of the day.

Fulton’s highlight: Tintagel Castle, Adrenalin Quarry, The Camel Trail

Edinburgh

Between the Old Town and the New Town, the city of Edinburgh has winding streets, historical sites, and many secrets just to be uncovered.

Running through the heart of the Old Town, Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is aptly named, as it connects the two royal residences: Holyrood House and Edinburgh Castle. It’s the perfect way to experience the city’s past and present as you weave between grand architecture, modern shops, and your pick of the many amazing cafes,  and restaurants.

For the nicer days, the ancient dormant volcano known as Arthur’s Seat rises above the bustling streets and is a great afternoon getaway. Taking a picnic with you means you can also enjoy 360-degree views of the city and Lothians while you eat!

If the climb doesn’t sound appealing, there are plenty of parks, galleries and gardens to explore as well. The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is one of our favourites- featuring 72 acres of lush gardens and a stunning glass greenhouse  where you can find a peaceful hideaway from the busy streets.

Fulton’s highlight: Lauriston Castle and Gardens, Scott Monument, Scotch Whisky Experience

Kent 

Next on our list is Kent, and there’s a good reason why is has been known as the ‘garden of England’ for so long. With countless trails running though the slice of English countryside, Kent is the perfect getaway for walking and cycling enthusiasts.

Whether on foot, on two wheels or chugging along the heritage railway, visiting Kent is like taking a journey through many different eras of English history, from Dover Castle’s  900-year-old legacy to medieval Canterbury.

Kent’s average temperature is also 15 degrees, so you’ll be sure of a pleasant day out. Mostly sure, that is- best to pack one of our umbrellas in your bag just in case the Great British weather decides to live up to its reputation!

If you prefer the seaside to the rolling hills, there are many thriving towns to explore along the coastline. This includes the popular resorts of Margate, where you’ll find many family-friendly activities to keep both you and the kids entertained. There are also the iconic white cliffs of Dover, which not only offer amazing views across the Channel but are also home to families of seats that you might be lucky enough to spot!

Kent’s Heritage Coast was the only UK destinations featured in Lonely Planet’s list of the best regions to visit in the world in 2022. That alone is more than enough reason to add Kent to your staycation list. The fact that it’s also home to some of the best vineyards and wineries in the UK is a bonus if you’re partial to glass or two.

Fulton’s highlights: Canterbury Cathedral, Prison Island, Chapel Don Winery.

Lake District

The Lake District has a bit of a reputation when it comes to the weather, often cig cited as one of the rainiest places in England. However, it’s also the largest National Park in England. From soaring fells to tranquil lakes and cute villages, this is not a place you want to overlook.

There’s an almost fairy-tale-like beauty to the Luke District, with quiet forests, hidden waterfalls and moss-covered trails that are so tempting to lose yourself in. Stock Ghyll Force just outside of Ambleside is a particularly beautiful spot to sit and listen to the rush of the water.

In between these are busy towns such as Windermere, one of the hottest tourist destinations in the UK. Here you’ll find many shops to explore and activities to dive into- boat rides across the 11-mile-long lake are always a good choice.

When you’ve had enough of walking, hiking, cycling, or sailing, there are plenty of laid-back attraction to visit as well. Enter the charming world to Beatrix Potter at Hill Top Farm, wander through quaint villages, and discover amazing country pubs to grab bit in.

In case you do happen to visit when the clouds are rolling in- a rainy adventure is still an adventure in the Lake District! Just make sure to pack our adults’ and kids’ umbrellas in your backpack- they’re sturdy enough to keep you protected whatever the weather.

Fulton’s highlight: Theatre By The Lake, Tarn How’s Townend.

London

No holiday in London could be long enough to explore everything this massive, bustling city has to offer. But that’s no reason not to spend some time enjoying the countless attractions and sights you can find in one of the world’s most visited cities.

From the quirky to the cultural, London is the place where you can enter renowned museums and art galleries, admire the sweeping gothic architecture and huge skyscrapers, then hop on the Tube to go and play life-sized Monopoly with your friends.

There’s no short supply of places to eat either, According to our research, the UK capital has the most restaurants in the UK, coming in at 20,564. While you probably can’t sample all of them on your trip, London is melting pot of cuisines from across the world that your taste buds are just beginning to discover. If you’re feeling fancy, London is also home to the second most Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe next to Paris, the sixth most in the world.

The capital also gets the highest average temperature in the UK, around 17 degrees. This makes it ideal for your plans, whether that’s sightseeing on an open-top bus, wandering the famous market streets, or ducking into one of the many indoor attractions. If you do get caught out in the rain, you can just do as the Queen does grab one of our birdcage umbrellas to keep you dry and looking stylish?

Fulton’s highlight: British Museum, Leadenhall Market, Buckingham Palace

If you’re still wondering where to go on your next staycation or are planning a weekend away from the daily grind, we hope these have inspired you to get planning your next adventure closer to home! Go on, what you are waiting for?

 

Peaky Blinders – Will It End In a Storm? | Fulton Umbrellas

Peaky Blinder has amassed quite the following since its release in 2013. Now, almost a decade later, fans continue to watch the series with open hearts. We don’t know about you, but our team are sitting on the edge of our seats to see what will become of our beloved-protagonist Tommy.

Here at Fulton umbrellas, we are proud to be the official supplier of men’s and ladies’ umbrellas to BBC’s Peaky Blinders. It is also interesting to see fans speculate about how the weather is used throughout the television series. So buckle up, we’re going to explore some (spoiler-free) tantalising fan theories.

Exploring previous seasons

In recent weeks, devoted fans have been investigating the use of rain amid the sixth and final season of the television show. Pathetic fallacy, or ascribing human qualities to that which is non-human, is a common technique in television.  But has this been utilised throughout the series?

On Reddit, once user pointed out that the rain has appeared as far back as the second season. In episode two, after Michael’s friend Isaiah is racially profiled, brother Arthur and John set the Marquis of Lorne public house ablaze.

Rain is crashing down during the sequence, and Arthur even washes his bloody hands- or red right hand, according to the famous theme song- in the rainwater. If we are considering the use of pathetic fallacy, rain is used here to represent the transgression and vengeance in their arson.

The symbolic use of the weather doesn’t stop there. During the finale of season four, Laura Marling’s cover of ‘A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall’ plays over a montage of the Shelby family, where Tommy celebrate the baptism of his son and becomes the new Labour PM for Birmingham South, While the onscreen sunshine suggests a positive resolution, the music is anything but.

The song, which explores the poisoning and eventual death of a boy, is foreboding of Tommy’s future struggles. Fans will know what following seasons brought, after all. And if you haven’t seen it, we can tell you it definitely wasn’t all sunshine.

Considering the sixth season

The sixth season explores disturbing cultural shift before the second world war. So far, it has been an emotional rollercoaster. Almost a decade after the first episodes us to the Shelbys, fans are still taken aback by the actions and consequences that these character face.

Tommy, for example, hears of some heart-breaking news at the end of episode three. This is accompanied by a display of rain like no other, mirroring his current struggles and what is to come. Whether you’re a fan of Tommy Shelby or not, it will make you feel sympathy for the morally-grey protagonist.

If you ‘re not ready to say goodbye to the Shelby family, we have just the treat for you. This isn’t the end! A Peaky Blinder movie, which will continue the storyline from the end of this season, is set to begin filming in 2023. Do you think we see Tommy on the silver screen?

There you have it. The team at Fulton Umbrellas, who also provide umbrellas to The Crown, are eagerly awaiting the sixth episode. If the show ends in a storm, we know that the Shelby family will be ready.

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Half-Term Fun: Family Activities in London | Fulton Umbrellas

London is full of adventures waiting to happen. These come in all shapes and sizes, from a fairy-tale afternoon tea to an exotic zoo. So, if you’re looking for a place to visit this half term, London might be the best place for your family. Really, there is no limit to the number of fun things children can do.

Here, we will explore five family-friendly activities you can enjoy in London this half-term.

    1. Enjoy a picnic in Hype Park
      Contrary to popular belief, spending time in London with your family doesn’t need to cost a fortune. There are lots of activities you can enjoy the cost very little or nothing at all. A picnic in the park is a great choice for children of all ages, and where better to go than Hyde Park? The grassy fields span over 350 acres and include the picturesque Serpentine Lake.We all know that the weather in London can be unpredictable. To prepare for any occasion, you can pack a pair of adult’s and kid’s umbrella. Then, come rain or shine, the whole family can enjoy a picnic in the park this half-term.
    2. Discover the wonders of wildlife at ZSL London Zoo
      Children are curious at heart, The zoo is an ideal place for both young adventures and animal enthusiasts. So, where better to go this half-term than ZSL London Zoo? From ginormous giraffes to lounging lions, there are lots of wildlife waiting to discovered. This is family-friendly activity suitable for anytime of the year. including a rainy February afternoon.
    3. Explore the wizarding world of London
      Harry Potter may be a fictional universe, but that doesn’t mean we can’t experience the wizarding world for ourselves. London is teeming with magical activities for the whole family, children and adults alike. To start, you can visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour and see the familiar films sets for yourself.
      The fun doesn’t have to stop there. After a day full of chocolate frogs and butter beer, you can explore Shaftsbury Avenue and see the live production of Harry Potter and Curse Child– what could be better than that? If you’re leaving the city at King’s Cross, don’t forget to take a picture by platform 9 3/4 and buy collectables from the Harry Potter store.
    4. Dine on sweet treats at Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at Sanderson
      After a day full of family-friendly activities, you might want to settle down and have a meal at the table-rather than on a picnic blanket. Whether you’re looking for savoury dinners or sweet treats, London has an assortment of restaurant suitable for any child. After all, they may be small, but they do work up a feisty appetite.
      Every child has dreamed of attending the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Well, those wishes are sure to come true at Sanderson. The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea is perfect for those with a sweet tooth- the cakes are irresistibly good. This is also a great opportunity for adults to sit back, relax, and have a cup of English Breakfast tea.
    5. Work as a team at The Crystal Maze LIVE London Experience
      The Crystal Maze is an experience like no other. This is chance for adults and children over 13 years old to work as a team and complete challenges that aren’t a part of everyday life. Whether your child is an aspiring athlete or an expert coder, there is an activity here for everyone to enjoy.
      These are five examples, but there are lots other things you can do in London. The city is filled to the brim with family-friendly fun. It doesn’t matter if they’re a bookworm or sports star, children are able to find activities that suit them and their wonderful personalities. Which slice of fun do you fancy today?

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Romantic Cities To See This Valentine’s Day | Fulton Umbrellas

Valentine’s Day is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year. For a short time, we are given the opportunity to remind our loved ones how much they mean to us. This can come in many forms, from friendships to family relationships and romantic partners. It doesn’t matter who you’re celebrating with , Valentine’s is a chance to make memories that will last a lifetime. So, where will you go this year?

Here, we will explore five of the most romantic cities to visit the Valentine’s Day. To decide this, we have created an index that utilises data from TripAdvisor on romantic hotels and restaurants. We have combined this Google Search Data around proposals in each city, yearly and per capita. An overall score will then be given to each city.

1 . Inverness, Scotland

Overall score: 73.82

The most romantic city around to our index is none other than Inverness. A stunning city in the North of Scotland, visitors can immerse themselves in a romantic holiday in the highlands. It doesn’t matter where you’re from in the nation you’ve probably heard of the Loch Ness monster. Well, Inverness is home to so much more than the rivers Ness , including an abundance of romantic resultants and hotels.

In fact, this city scored a perfect 100 on restaurant and a respectable 58.05 on hotels. In addition to this, the average number of searches for proposals scored 63.04. Considering Inverness is home to the River Ness, this could be the ideal location to pop the question.

2  . London, England

Overall: 65.26

If the Scottish highland isn’t representative of your personality, consider escaping to London this Valentine’s day. Whether you’re planning to dine on rooftop terraces or explore the iconic streets of Notting Hill, make sure you prepare for any weather and pack a designer umbrella or two, Then, whatever the weather, you will be ready for any photo opportunity .

We’re not surprised to see London on our list of romantic cities. After all, it is the capital of England! The location scored high on each of our categories, including a perfect 100 in romantic hotels. If you’re struggle to choose between the sheer number of establishments on offer, Hotel 41 is rated the most romantic hotel on TripAdvisor.

3. Leeds, England 

Overall score: 50.17

Next on our list of romantic cities is Leeds, the heart of Yorkshire. This North-eastern city transports lovers into a concrete jungle. So, if this is your preference, Leeds might be the place for you to visit the Valentine’s Day. There will be no shortage of things to do and places to celebrate in this city.

Leeds is full of tasty treats. According to our index, this city scored 79.95 on romantic restaurants. From Mediterranean to Indian cuisine, there are lots of place to share a meal this year. As well as this, the prices are quite affordable. The average price of a 3-course meal for you and your partner is £50- even cheaper than Inverness!

4. Norwich, England

Overall score: 47.12

What this location lacks in size, it makes up for in character. The quaint city is deal is ideal for people who want to escape the city. The Saxon buildings and picturesque canals are enough to ignite any romance. So, this might be the right location for you.

Similar to Leeds, Norwich scored 82.80 on romantic restaurants. This is considerably high for a location of its size. If you’ve ever explored this city, however, this won’t come as a surprise. The winding streets are full of cosy places to dine in, including the renowned Brasted’s.

5. Dundee, Scotland

Overall score: 47.11

Last on our list romantic cities is Dundee. This beautiful city in the East of Scotland is by no means the least, however. The stunning water views and mountain ranges make Dundee a city to see this Valentine’s Day. After all, such as the mesmerising Lunan Bay and Brought Ferry.

These are the five most romantic cities in the UK. Our index, which to this conclusion using data from TripAdvisor and Good Searches, was made to inspire your romantic holiday this Valentine’s Day. It only happens once a year, so we recommend making the most out of it. Which city will you visit in 2022?

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Your Year in Sports: Seven Events in 2022 | Fulton Umbrellas

Whether you love it or hate it, sport is here to stay. From football to tennis, these events bring people together from all walks of life. What could be better?

Here, we will dive into some of the most anticipated sporting events in 2022. There are lots to look out for, and this blog is a great place to start.

The Winter Olympics ( February 2022)

The first major sporting event of the year is the Winter Olympics. This brings together 95 nations to compete in a number of athletic tasks , from figure skating to snowboarding. In 2022, the Winter Olympics will be held and celebrated in Beijing, China. And the fun doesn’t stop there- keep your eyes peeled for the Winter Paralympic Game in March.

Six Nations Rugby Championship (February- March 2022)

Next on our list of watch-worthy sporting events is the Six Nations from February to March, Scotland, Italy, France, Wales, Ireland, and England come together to battle for the rugby championship of the year. Over 8.6 millions people watched the 2021 finale, so we’re expecting Six Nations 2022 to be an absolute hit this year.

Six Nations is a monumental event to mark on your calendar. There will be five rounds, each consisting of three action-packed matches. The first begins on Saturday 5th February and the games will last until Saturday 19th March. Which team are you rooting for?

Women’s Cricket World Cup (March- April 2022)

Cricket is a cracking sport. In particular, Women’s cricket is becoming a huge sporting event to look out for.  In 2021, the Hundred attracted over 1.9 million viewers. Considering this, we can only expect the very best from the Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2022. One to remember, this tournament will be hosted by New Zealand between 4th March and 3rd April.

The Wimbledon Championships (June-July 2022)

Whether you’re a tennis enthusiast or not, you’ve probably heard of Wimbledon. In 2021, the Grand Slam was streamed over 75 million on BBC iPlayer. Some of the most high-profile celebrities and sports stars attend this event every year. And if you look through the crowd, you’re likely to see a member of the British Royal Family.

Wimbledon is an excuse to eat fresh strawberries and sip a refreshing Pimms. What could be more quintessentially British? If you’re planning doing this and relaxing in the sun, remember to pack a sport umbrella and apply sun cream. Even the English sun can leave us feeling burnt.

Tour de France ( July 2022)

The Tour de France is another major sporting event of the year. The Big Loop takes cycling fans across awe-inspiring mountain ranges, including the Vosges and the Hautacam. As picturesque as the sounds, the Tour de France is an extreme test of endurance, as cyclists race for three race for three weeks.

Considering this, we can see why the 2021 event attracted 150 million viewers in Europe.

London Marathon ( October 2022)

The London Marathon is one of the best events in England, if we do say so ourselves. Since 1981, the race has raised an astonishing £1 billion for charities such British Heart Foundation.

Professional athletes and amateur runners compete alongside each other to complete the 26.2-mile feat and reach the finish line. This encourages their loved one to donate to their chosen charity. Do you know someone competing in the 2021 London Marathon?

The FIFA World Cup (November-December 2022)

We can’t explore the best sporting events of 2022 without mentioning the FIFA Would Cup. This year, the tournament will be hosted by Qatar. As the country has extremely hot weather, we will have to wait to watch this football occasion until winter. We know this year will be one to remember, and England has automatically qualified for the tournament. So, 2022 will go out with a celebration.

There are lots of sporting events to look out for in 2022. Sports is for everyone, so there is bound to be something for you. These tournaments are an excuse to spend time with your love ones and take some time to relax this year. Which event are you most excited to watch?

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Fashion Royalty: How to Dress like the Duchess of Cambridge | Fulton Umbrellas

Fashion Royalty: How to Dress like the Duchess of Cambridge

The British royal family always dress to impress. Kate Middleton, a graceful and elegant English Rose, is the perfect example of fashion royalty in our contemporary society. Whether she attends a charitable event in tennis shoes or a cocktail soiree in stilettos, the Duchess of Cambridge is sure to make a lasting impression.

This blog will explore some of the ways you can borrow from the Duchess of Cambridge, whether it chic shoes, designer umbrellas, or divine dresses.

Chic shoes

Shoes are an integral part of any outfit. The right pair can drastically change your look from causal to formal. If anybody in the royal family understands the power of footwears, it has to be Kate. She is recognized as having an extensive shoe collection, and we can’t get enough of it! She looks stunning in everything from heels to pumps and wedges.

Who said chic can’t be comfortable?

To truly dress like the Duchess, embrace the possibilities of comfortable shoes that are kind to both your feet and the environment. Kate has been known to re-wear her favourite outfits, and she often chooses to sport sustainable trainers. Considering her philanthropic nature, we wouldn’t expect anything less from future Queen Consort of England. So, take a leaf out of the royal pamphlet and be environmentally conscious of your fashion choices.

Designer umbrellas

British weather is unpredictable. From the heights of Scotland to the coasts of Cornwall, rain can fall and soak Brits at any given moment. To prepare for the skips to open , the royal family can always be seen boasting an array of designer umbrellas. 

The Duchess of Cambridge is no exception to this.

If you want to manifest Kate’s style, there are plenty of chic umbrellas you can choose from. More than anything, remember to have fun. Try not to shy away from exuberant colour and whimsical designs. Whether she holds a rainbow umbrella at Kensington Palace or a bubble umbrella on the red carpet, Kate understands how to matches this accessory with any outfit.

Divine dresses

Dresses may be the most elegant item of clothing in our wardrobes. From the queens of antiquity to the princess we know and love today, the royal family are renowned for their lavish gowns. The contemporary dresses Kate wears may be more sleek and simple that the silk gowns of the Elizabeth era, but they’re just as exquisite.

Everyone can look as divine as Kate. To start, wear silhouettes that compliment your shape and floral design that brighten even the greyest of days. It’s  that simple!

We can’t explore Kate Middleton’s fashion sense without mentioning her famous wedding dress. A heavenly sight of white lace, this dress continues to inspire brides-to-be long after 2011. To mirror this regal style, embrace classic A-line silhouettes and a sophisticated lace shrug.

Kate Middleton is the embodiment of fashion royalty-literally. People all over the world aspire to dress as lovely as the Duchess. if you want to dress like her, opt for items that prioritise comfort, sustainability, individuality, and sophistication. How will you channel this style icon?

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Scenic Strolls and Picturesque Punting: What You Should Do in Oxford

A city with the aesthetic of a twee town, Oxford is famous across the globe. Whether you’re from the UK or visiting from abroad, you’ve probably heard of this tourist hotspot in southeast England. While Oxford is renowned for its university, there is so much to this place for you to go and see for yourself.

From scenic strolls to river rowing, here is everything you should do in Oxford. The potential for fun stretches far beyond the list, but it’s definitely a great place to start.

Explore the campus of the University of Oxford

One of the best things to do in Oxford s to take a scenic stroll. The charming city is filled with stunning architecture, including the famous campus at the University of Oxford. People from all over the world aspire to study here. If you’re eager to find out why, remember to pack a clear umbrella when you explore the campus. That way, come rain or shine, you can admire the charming historical building.

The fun doesn’t stop there! You might recognize the magical halls from the Harry Potter movies. In fact, Harry’s visit to the Hogwart’s infirmary in The Philosopher’s Stone was filmed at the Divinity School in Bodleian Library. Can you think of anything more quintessentially British?

Drink and eat like an Englishman

There can only be one thing more English than Harry Potter: drinking tea and eating scones. Visit some the finest establishments Oxford has to offer and indulge in traditional treats. The Grand Cafe’ is famous for its afternoon tea, which features a decadent of sweet  jam and clotted cream. Our tastebuds are dancing at the thought!

Row down the River Cherwell

Before you sit down to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea, you might want to build up an appetite. To do this , you can try punting down the River Cherwell, a traditional pastime in Oxford. Considering the picturesque waterways, it’s easy to see why.

Rowing down the waters on a crisp early morning is a great way to start the day. If you’d rather take part in river after lunch, you can dock beside one of the rustic pubs and enjoy Oxford in the evening. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, Oxford’s are the place to unwind.

Visit a world-class museum

Whether you’re an academic or not, you’re sure to have a great time at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Home to the skull of a Dodo, this is the only place in the world you can see the remains of this long-extinct animal. So, it will definitely be a unique visit.

Enjoy the view atop Carfax Tower

You can’t visit Oxford without seeing a panoramic view of the olde city, To see the breathtaking views for yourself, climb up to the top of Carfax Tower, which once stood as part of St. Martin’s Church (1122-1896). It’s only 99 steps, so it’s well worth making the climb to see the landscape around Oxford.

Oxford has something for everyone. If you’re an aspiring academic or a film enthusiast, the University campus is the place for you. Although, the serenity of the river Cherwell is enough to make anyone post a picture on Instagram. You can always dive into English culture and taste a proper brew alongside sweet treats too.  And, if all else fails, the museums and historical architecture offer enough history and culture to satisfy any old soul. So, what will you do in Oxford?

 

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