Here at Newmarket Holidays, we offer escorted tours to many locations around the world. However, we’re also extremely proud to offer a wide range of holidays and tours here in the UK and Ireland, from the astonishing landscapes of the Giant’s Causeway and the Hebridean Islands, to favourite destinations like Belfast, Bath and Blackpool.
To celebrate all of the wonders that Britain has to offer, we’re going to be looking at some of our favourite British events and locations in more detail, bringing you key tips for your holiday from our well-travelled team along the way.
So let’s get started! We’re beginning our ‘Best of British’ theme with a real treat, the Edinburgh Tattoo, to which we’ve been taking guests for over 30 years.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a unique and popular traditional event, featuring the British Armed Forces and military bands from around the world. The event takes place in the magical setting of Edinburgh Castle, with the great oak castle gates sweeping open to the esplanade and inviting you in to experience a show unlike any other. Preparations are currently underway for the 66th annual show, taking place this August during the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival.
The show has a traditional feel and international appeal, with an annual television audience of over 100 million worldwide. Performers from more than 46 countries have participated in the show and 2015 is no exception, with this year’s theme being ‘East meets West’. Brigadier David Allfrey, the Tattoo’s producer, had this to say of this year’s event:
‘The cast for 2015 looks rather special with five major international contributions in the mix’.
Notable contributors announced so far include the 70-piece Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes from Charleston in South Carolina, the Top Secret Drum Corps featuring 30 percussionists from Switzerland and the Crossed Swords Pipe Band from Berlin.
Another special focus of the show this year will be an appearance from the Royal Air Force, set to observe the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. To mark this occasion, which holds a special significance for many people in Britain, the RAF Pipes and Drums, the RAF Squadronaires and the Queen’s Colour Squadron will present an inspired mix of dance band classics and precision drill. Representatives of The Central Band of the Royal Air Force, The Band of the Royal Air Force College, The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment and The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will also be contributing to the musical celebration, under the combined title of the RAF Massed Bands.
This vibrant and colourful spectacular will be concluded in the traditional manner, with a lone piper on the battlements above Edinburgh Castle and a wonderful fireworks display. Teresa, our Product Manager for the Edinburgh Tattoo, noted this as one of her favourite parts of the event:
‘This close to the proceedings is truly atmospheric and the absolute highlight of the show for many of our guests.’