19 reasons to visit England in 2019

From exciting new hotels in Brighton and Cornwall to big sporting events, there’s heaps going on in England in 2019. Take a look at our highlights of the events, anniversaries and launches happening in the next twelve months.

1

Wine, dine and snooze piggy style

The Pig Hotel, Kent

Gorgeous rooms meet gorgeous food at Pig Hotels and two new locations are joining the litter in 2019; the 17th century Bridge Place in Kent and 15th century Harlyn House near Padstow in Cornwall.

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2

Bring out your fancy side in Brighton

Soho House, Brighton

Soho House is branching out to the English coast, adding a Brighton location to its portfolio of upmarket hotels around the world.

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3

Rock out in a deluxe hotel suite

Hard Rock Hotel, London

Hard Rock International returns to its roots with the launch of a Hard Rock Hotel in London. There’ll be an incredible music memorabilia collection and luxe bedrooms and suites with views of Hyde Park and Oxford St that will leave you feeling like a rock star.

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4

Relax in the new Standard for hotels

The Standard, London

Hip American hotel brand The Standard will bring plenty of wow factor when it opens in 2019. Instantly recognisable with its upside down logo, its first international hotel will sit directly opposite St. Pancras Station.

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5

Stay in a brand new vineyard hotel

Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey

Around an hour from London, Denbies in Surrey is opening a 17-bedroom vineyard hotel, the first of its kind in the UK. Expect sublime views of the countryside and even a wine dispensing machine.

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6

Visit a renovated icon in Whitby

Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire

Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire will reopen in Spring 2019 with an improved museum, a re-designed courtyard, and a brand new coffee shop. Explore the dramatic abbey ruins, and discover more of its vast history than ever before.

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7

Turn up for the Turner Prize in Margate

Turner Contemporary, Kent

Margate’s thriving art scene will be bolstered even further when it hosts the world-famous Turner Prize. See a portfolio of work from each nominee from October 2019 to Jan 2020.

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8

"'Cause you're going to Strawberry Fields"

Strawberry Fields, Liverpool

Immortalised in The Beatles song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, Strawberry Field will be opening to the public for the first time ever in 2019. Exhibitions at the former Salvation Army property will celebrate its history and John Lennon’s childhood.

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9

Discover a secret sculpture garden in West Yorkshire

The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Award-winning sculpture gallery The Hepworth Wakefield is expanding in 2019, thanks to a new riverside sculpture garden. Designed by acclaimed landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, the garden will be free to all.

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10

Flip through Greenwich's Magazine

Magazine, London

A new 3,000 capacity music and events venue called Magazine London will be opening in summer 2019. Designed by the creators of super-club Printworks in Canada Water, Magazine will also host a 7,000 capacity outdoor space for festivals.

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11

Explore a hip gallery in East London

Fotografiska, London

Swedish-born Fotografiska is a brand new space for photography, set to put Whitechapel on the map in spring 2019. Discover established and cutting-edge photographers from across the globe as well as a buzzing restaurant and bar at what’s promising to be one of the newest and best London attractions.

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12

Explore Bury St Edmund's coffee scene

FOLK Cafe, Suffolk

Bury St Edmunds’ coffee scene will be even more tempting in 2019 with the addition of FOLK. Housed in a converted barn, FOLK will serve freshly-made bread and Butterworth and Son coffee in a relaxing setting.

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13

Meet renowned chefs at a new food festival

Rockliffe Hall, County Durham

Set over eight days in February 2019, the Festival of Food at the luxurious Rockliffe Hall in Durham gives food lovers the chance to be wined and dined by professional chefs.

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14

Go all out at the Cricket World Cup

Lord's Cricket Ground, London

For the first time in 20 years, England will be hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup. Hosted in cities up and down the country, 10 international teams will battle it out over a two-month span to become world champions at London's iconic Lord's.

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15

Get lit at Lumiere in Durham

Lumiere, Durham

Lumiere Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary in Durham with its most ambitious light show to date. Popular installations from previous years will appear alongside new artworks.

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16

See unique performances from international superstars

Manchester International Festival, Manchester

Manchester International Festival returns in 2019 and begins with a unique bell-ringing event created and led by Yoko Ono. Other highlights at the 2019 festival include performances from Idris Elba and Skepta’s DYSTOPIA987.

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17

Watch a British icon break a World Record

British Motor Museum, Warwickshire

An undisputed British icon, the Mini Cooper will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2019 at the British Motor Museum. Visit from 4 August for a series of events, including a World Record attempt for the longest line of Minis.

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18

Celebrate 70 years of National Parks

Exmoor National Park, Devon

First established in 1949, National Parks across the country will be celebrating their 70th anniversary with a variety of exciting events. Get your walking boots on and explore some of England’s most iconic outdoor locations.

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19

Raise a teacup at Betty's

Betty's Cafe, Yorkshire

Much has changed since Yorkshire icon Bettys first opened in Harrogate in 1919, but this cosy tea room continues to serve afternoon tea to this day. Visit the charming spa town in 2019 and see why this English tradition is still so revered 100 years on.

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17 Dec 2018(last updated)
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    The Pig Hotel, Kent

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    Soho House, Brighton

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    Hard Rock Hotel, London

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    The Standard, London

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    Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey

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    Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire

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    Turner Contemporary, Kent

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    Strawberry Fields, Liverpool

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    The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire

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    Magazine, London

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    Fotografiska, London

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    FOLK Cafe, Suffolk

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    Rockliffe Hall, County Durham

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    Lord's Cricket Ground, London

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    Lumiere, Durham

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    Manchester International Festival, Manchester

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    British Motor Museum, Warwickshire

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    Exmoor National Park, Devon

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    Betty's Cafe, Yorkshire

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