Your Ideas

During the course of Simon’s journey around England members of the public were invited to post ideas of events and leisure pursuits that he could photograph, thereby positioning him alongside his fellow countrymen and attempting to involve the ‘English', to a certain degree, in their own representation. The ideas that were posted provide an interesting snapshot of the country in 2008 and work alongside Simon’s photographs. They illustrate what's important to people and explore their own thoughts on notions of Englishness.

You can read all the ideas below or download a pdf here

Your Ideas

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Mishka Henner
  yhenner@ntlworld.com

April 18, 2008 - 10:38 AM
 
Just came across these medieval treats:

"Sat 14th June & Sun 15th June
Medieval Fayre at the Old Hall, Tatton Park

To celebrate the 10th Medieval Fayre at Tatton in association with Plantagenet events each day will end with an even bigger and better battle. Men at arms, archers, gunners and a ragtag army of hangers-on promises an exciting and atmospheric event. Over 40 authentic merchants and skilled artisans complete a bustling travelling fair."

And how about a Viking Sunday:

Sun 10th August
Viking Sunday at the Old Hall

Vikings are coming....! Cestrescire Living History invade and take over Tatton's Old hall. Experience battle and domestic life. Try on armour, have a go at archery (small charge). 12pm - 5pm (last entry 4pm).
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Timothy Crum
  timothy.crum@finearchitecture.co.uk

April 18, 2008 - 03:14 AM
 
Simon,

Sounds like an interesting trip. One book that you might want to refer to is "Bollox to Alton Towers" that has a lot of interesting events. The daylight item is tricky.
Cheese Rolling race in Gloucestershire (people injure themselves running down the hill!)
Green man procession in Hastings (a lot of greened up people!)
Bonfire procession in Battle and /or Lewes (this does start in daylight almost) - truly a Sussex phenomenon with all the fancy dress attire.
The beer tent at Cowes week (I know the girl that runs one of the champagne tents if you want a different camera angle)
The Chap Olympics (refer to the Chap magazine) - interesting games dressed in plus fours and trilbys, often in Bedford Square.

I hope that one of these might be helpful.

Cheers,

Timothy Crum
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Big Nige
  nigel.smith@bmw.co.uk

April 18, 2008 - 12:39 AM
 
Can't you include Wales!!

Pembrokshire and the South Wales Coast is some of the most beautiful and peaceful places I have visited in the UK and used to go there with my family as a youngster every year for about 5 summers.

Nolton Bay is a lovely typcially english cove and really reminds me of my childhood. I went back there recently and it was just the same. I don't know the name of other beaches round there but there is a long sandy beach with sand dunes which is very popular with surfers nearby which is also a must.

We used to go Pony Treklking ion the hills and fields near the sea and its a special place. A small village near Haverfordwest is where we stayed.

It won't surpsise you to know Scarborough and Whitby Bay were also places i went with my family. Crazy golf and donkey rides together with the slot machines are the things we used to do. prob all normal stuff but a real english place neverthe less.

Otley Chevin (overlooks Otley) is a lovely place and you can watch the planes take off from Leeds Bradford Airport with a pint at the pub over the road.

Skipton Castle is probably the best castle I have been too and of course the Yorkshire Dales take some beating with Leyburn, Hawes and Ingleton all offering something for the visitor. Take the road from Leyburn over the top of the Dales and moors for some of the best views in the whole of the UK. The Tan Hill pub is also the highest pub in the UK and worth a visit. Last time I was there there was a sheep drinking at the bar!

Anyway that's enough from me.
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Kate
  kate.gallop@yahoo.co.uk

April 17, 2008 - 05:57 PM
 
English going on their package holidays - Heathrow at it's busiest/worst in July!

North Sea fishermen in North Shields, Newcastle. Have been fishing cod etc for good old British fish and chips for many years. Sadly fisheries have declined but there are still some staunch old fellas who go out every day in hideous weather conditions.

Butlins

Birdwatchers

Church fetes

Easter egg hunts

Good luck Si, am sure you will have a fantastic adventure with your girls :) xx
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