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What is Remembrance Day?

What is Remembrance Day?  Remembrance Day, or Poppy Day, is held in Commonwealth countries to remember members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty, as well as all those who have been involved with and affected by war and conflict. Originally declared a special day in 1919 by King George V to remember the soldiers killed in the First World War, now we... Read more

St. George's Day in the United Kingdom

St. George's Day in the United Kingdom St George's Day in England remembers St George, England's patron saint. The anniversary of his death, which is on April 23, is seen as England's national day. According to legend, he was a soldier in the Roman army who killed a dragon and saved a princess. According to legend, St George slayed a dragon. Many Christians observe... Read more

The Queen's birthday

The Queen's birthday home royal family The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on (usually) the second Saturday in June. Official celebrations to mark Sovereigns' birthday have often been held on a day other than the actual birthday, particularly when the actual birthday has not been in the summer.... Read more

Happy Birthday Charles Dickens!

Happy Birthday Charles Dickens! Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is one of the most prolific writers of all time and possibly the most famous author of Victorian Britain.  AboutRenowned 19th-century English author whose best known works include Oliver Twist, Bleak House, and A Christmas Carol. He created some of the most memorable characters in fiction, became known for his acute... Read more

Bonfire Night - children handcraft ideas

Bonfire Night - children handcraft ideas Bonfire Night is a uniquely British event when we "celebrate" the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot against the King and Parliament in the early 17th Century. You can read all about the actual events, find out about Guy Fawkes and discover why we have a bonfire, fireworks and a "guy" for 5th November on our Guy Fawkes page.  We've also got advice... Read more

Public Holidays in the UK

Public Holidays in the UK Public holidays in the UK Public holidays, observed throughout the United Kingdom, are required holidays when most businesses and non-essential services close down. These holidays were first officially observed when the 1871 Bank Holidays Act designated specific public holidays in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. Today, the main statute that... Read more

The Queen's 90th Birthday

The Queen's 90th Birthday Did you know that the Queen has two birthdays - her actual birthday and an official one, on which the country celebrates? Either way, this is the year that Her Majesty will be 90, and it's a great excuse for a celebration, or two, or a few more! Many people will be marking this special landmark birthday in the UK and all around the Commonwealth, as... Read more

Welcome to Shakespeare Week

Welcome to Shakespeare Week William Shakespeare Learn about William Shakespeare, the world's most famous playwright, and enjoy our colouring pages and printable activities, puzzles and worksheets. Who Was William Shakespeare? William Shakespeare was an English playwright and poet, widely regarded as one of the greatest ever English writers. Some of Shakespeare’s better... Read more

History of the Union Jack

History of the Union Jack The British flag, like the flag of any country, is an instantly recognisable symbol of a nation. All flags tell a story, and the Union Jack tells us about the history of the United Kingdom (the UK). The flag has quite an unusual design. In fact, it is a combination of three flags – the flags of England, Scotland and Ireland. But when and why were... Read more

Is Au Pair Program Abroad Right for You?

Not sure if becoming an au pair abroad is right for you? Test yourself and good luck!