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Entertainment, Media and Television for Expats in the United Kingdom

Submitted: September 2013

The United Kingdom has a wealth of cultural and historical attractions, many entertainment and leisure facilities, and vast unspoilt natural areas which are suited for sightseeing or outdoor pursuits. Throughout its many cities, you will always find numerous entertaining things to do, see and experience which cater to a wide variety of tastes.

England

England is home to one of the world’s shopping capitals – London, world-famous tourism favourites such the Buckingham Palace and Towers of London, and is also UK’s main location for many of cultural and historical events. Nightlife in England features a wide range of scenes, including some of Europe’s liveliest nightclubs to stylish-designed bars and traditional English pubs.

For children, there are also many theme parks and fairgrounds. Thorpe Park is one of my personal favourites.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is well renowned for lively pubs and bar scenes catering to a wide variety of tastes, with many serving food if you wish to combine your drinking and dining pleasures. It also serves as home for many annual festivals, shopping locations and literary legends. For more information, click here.

Scotland

Scotland is home to many natural attractions with virtually countless places to visit such as Edinburgh Castle, Zoo and Playground. It also boasts a booming nightlife which attracts a steady stream of tourists throughout year and has many different locations catering to many unique interests. If you can, do visit Inverness, home of the famous legendary Lochness Monster.

Wales

There are many interesting things to do in Wales. It is home to a thriving nightlife with many bars, clubs and exquisite restaurants. Wales also features some of Britain’s best locations for live music including the Millennium stadium which features both local and international talent, among other events. There is also a wide range of cinemas and comedy clubs across Wales.

TELEVISION & MEDIA

Free and paid television are available in the UK through numerous providers including BT TV, Freesat, Freeview, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin media, which collectively produce hundreds of channels. Many foreign programming are made available particularly by paid providers, with general programming types including sports, music, live events, children’s programming, news, documentaries, talk shows and drama. Information on channels and programmes may be obtained from each provider’s website under the television or programming guide section. Since there are numerous providers and paid package options, many online resources such as Cable.co.uk and U Switch presents a comparison of options which are available in your area, based on several factors such as the number of channels, installation and monthly costs, among others.

If you plan to carry your television set to the UK, you should check its manual to verify if it is compatible with the PAL television signal type (others are NTSC and SECAM) as this is the standard used in the UK. Additionally, there are internet television tuners such as Holersoft, which streams over a thousand channels from all over the world and make them available to users at a nominal cost. A list of channels which are available and the country from which it is streamed can be found on their website.

Many foreign newspapers are printed in the UK by companies such as Stroma hand Newspaper Abroad and are sold at newspaper stands throughout the nation, allowing you to get a copy of many types of newspaper and magazines on the same day it is released in its home country. Also, you might want to try Foreigners in UK which is an online magazine providing news and practical information for foreigners in the UK, and those thinking about moving to the UK. It is a part of a network which publishes monthlies and weeklies such as Afro News, The Polish Observer and Ziarul Romanesc, among others, which are aimed at various foreign communities in the UK. Additionally, many major newspapers have website which features contents of their daily publications.

The Radio sector of the UK is dominated by BBC which operates many international, local and foreign language stations. More information on their programming may be found on their website. With the increasing popularity of streaming over the internet and digital radio, it is almost certain that your home radio channels will be made accessible to you in the UK via the internet.

 

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