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Whether you are spending time with a new love you met on free dating sites or rekindling the flame with your lifelong partner, follow this quick guide to the top five romantic cities the UK has to offer.

Bath
Set in the beautiful west English county of Somerset, this quaint spa town is the top romantic city in the UK. With narrow lanes, cobbled streets and traditional charm in abundance, this small city has much to offer couples.
No trip to Bath would be complete without a visit to the famous Roman Baths. Built around natural hot springs by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago, the thermal baths are now a world heritage site. After exploring the site of the original baths, the King’s Bath and the Sacred Spring, take a dip in the UK’s only thermal spa and relax with your lover.


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London
Capital of the UK, heart of the British people, London is a busy, hectic place, but romance exudes from its nooks and crannies. Whether it’s an intimate restaurant, a picturesque walk along the Thames or a picnic in one of the city’s many parks, London is a lovers’ playground.

Hampstead Heath is one of the city’s most beautiful places and has featured in many tales of love in the past. If you’ve just met someone through dating agencies such as eHarmony UK, head to the Heath for a chilled-out first date.

Brighton
Many couples find the sea romantic, and Brighton has a long beachfront for visitors to enjoy. Take a walk down the pier and get your photo taken through an illustrated board. You can get your tarot read and look into the future or just share tasty fish and chips on the seafront.

The Laines and quirky streets of Brighton are filled with places to explore, with many cafes and bars perfect for an intimate conversation. Come summer Brighton booms, so escape the crowds by heading down to Hove and take a dip in the sea together, eat ice-cream or just laze in the sun.


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Edinburgh
This Scottish city is bursting with historical and cultural things to do, all set against the romantic setting of Edinburgh Castle. The Royal Mile is a top attraction for visitors, and with many cafes and quirky shops to duck in and out of, it’s a good way to spend an afternoon.
If you want to escape the crowds and spend some time chilling out, head out of town. You can spend time getting to know each other at Arthur’s Seat. With breathtaking views over the Salisbury Crags and a relaxed atmosphere, it is one of the most romantic spots in the city.


York
Take a boat cruise along the River Ouse through the centre of this historical city. Snuggle up, relax and enjoy the scenery, while taking in the sunset over the water – the perfect way to end a romantic day.

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BBC Weather
The BBC’s UK weather forecast

Thermae Bath Spa
The website for Britain’s only natural thermal spa

Visit Brighton
The official tourism guide to Brighton

 

Anyone interested in travelling is likely to have researched the different ways to explore the world. Most people thinking of travelling are considering taking a break from everyday life. Some people prefer creature comforts, but others like to leave these behind to explore the world in a way that will strengthen their character and throw up new experiences. Volunteering abroad is a great way to visit new places and to see life from a different point of view.

There are many different options for travellers looking to volunteer abroad, and opportunities are open to anyone aged 16 – 75 so are therefore popular with students on a gap year, graduates and those whom have recently retired. With a variety of choices of activity available, it is likely that everyone looking to volunteer abroad will find something that will make good use of their professional and educational skills and experiences and also provide a feel good factor to their travels.
Volunteer Internships Abroad

Internships abroad are a great way for anyone looking to gain work experience and boost their career to make the most of their time away. Internships are available with professional companies in most countries in Africa, South America and Asia, and the industries covered range from Journalism and Business Studies to Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Placements. An internship can last up to 3 months and could even lead to full time employment with the right companies.

Volunteer Teaching Abroad

Anyone can volunteer to teach abroad providing they are able to demonstrate a good skill set and confident presentation skills. Teaching abroad is a very rewarding experience and a range of subjects can be covered in the classroom.  Volunteers can make good use of any previous study or specialist knowledge by teaching particular subjects whilst they are abroad. There’s no need to be able to speak the language of any country that a teacher volunteers in, as the children will speak basic English and be able to communicate. Overseas volunteer teaching experiences are flexible in the amount of time the volunteer takes part, and can be anything from 2 weeks to a year.

Summer Volunteer Placements

Summer volunteer placements usually offer a more mixed experience of projects.  Summer projects are usually designed with younger volunteers in mind between the ages of 16-19, as a taster of what it might be like to take a longer time out to work abroad. Summer placements are usually around 2 weeks.  There are a variety of experiences available on short summer placements, classroom based projects to offering a helping hand at orphanages and taking part in Sports Coaching. Volunteering abroad is a fantastic experience and for anyone is highly recommended as an alternative break away.

 
English is one of the most widely-used languages in the world, but what is the lowdown on studying English in the UK, as appose to your native country? In this article we examine learning English as a second language.

The importance of English

English is arguably the most important and widely-spoken language around the world. For a start it is spoken in some of the most powerful countries, such as the US, Britain, Canada and Australia – in total 57 countries speak English as the official language. It is also the language of NATO, the European Union and the United Nations.

Although only the third most-spoken language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, English is probably most used as a second language. It is estimated that around a third of the world speak some English.

Learning in England versus learning in your native country

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You can pretty much find English courses anywhere in the world, and for many English is taught from a young age at school. Although these classes are certainly beneficial to millions, if not billions, of people around the globe, there is nowhere better to learn English than in the country it was born.

For those who are looking to better their English for career purposes, you may be tempted to take classes in your own country. Although this is certainly cheaper and more feasible with a working lifestyle, if you do get the opportunity to take classes in an English-speaking country then you should take it. Nobody can teach the English language as well as a professionally trained English native.

By living the UK, students are surrounded by the language at all times and are practically forced into speaking English. Everywhere you turn and everything you do, including shopping, public transport and the media, you must use English. Instead of switching off until your next lesson, which can be the case when studying in your own country, your brain will be switched on to English at all times.

Schools in the UK

If you are looking for an English course UK schools often vary greatly in quality. Many schools offer cheap classes, taught by unqualified teachers. It is certainly worth doing some serious research and making sure that the place you end up studying has been accredited by the appropriate bodies.

The location can make or break your trip to the UK, so it is worth thinking about what you really want from your trip. If you are want to get down and do some serious studying for an exam or foundation programme UK schools in the countryside, where it is much more peaceful and quiet, might be more suitable. But if you want to experience the social side of living in the UK, a school in a major city, such as London or Manchester, might be more appropriate.

Links:

English Grammar Guide - A useful online guide to English grammar rules

BBC World Service - A guide to learning English from the BBC World Service

British Council Teaching English - Site featuring information for students and teachers of English as a foreign language, including videos