It’s Ryan Lochte’s birthday today! The American swimmer and eleven time Olympic medalist will celebrate his 28th birthday in Britain, while he takes part in the Olympic Games. We’ve devised a list of some of the best Britain has to offer in birthday celebrations for this adventurous athlete.
Invented in Wales, coasteering mixes swimming, climbing, diving and rock jumping to create an adrenaline pumping experience. The Pembrokeshire Coast, Isle of Anglesey, Gower Peninsular and Llyn Peninsular provide some of the best spots to go coasteering in Wales.
Seeking some water adventure but not quite ready to take the plunge from the seaside cliffs? Britain’s coastline offers excellent surfing options fit for beginners and professionals alike. Devon and Cornwall in the South West of England are popular surfing spots, which draw surfers from across the world. Hitting the waves for the first time? The Cornwall Surf Academy in Newquay offers fun-filled lessons for all ages and abilities.
Competing in the Olympics and winning Gold takes a lot of practice, determination and skill. The Scottish Highland Games, a unique combination of culture, sport and social entertainment requires the same. Heavy weight contests like the caber toss require competitors to lift a 175 pound log that is nearly 20 feet long and toss it as far as they can. You’ll also see Scotsmen in their national dress, the Kilt, an unforgettable experience in itself.
You saw secret agent favourite James Bond escorting Her Majesty to the Opening Ceremony: now you can experience the ultimate James Bond experience for yourself! The high-speed RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) zips up the Thames to the offices of the MI5 and MI6 then down to Tower Bridge, while along the route, you’ll learn facts only known to a few and take in must-see London sights such as the Tower of London and the London Eye.
A birthday dinner for an Olympic athlete during the London 2012 Games has to be good. How about a dinner with Olympic-themed acrobatics performed high above the table? Circus, tucked away in Covent Garden, not only offers a delicious pan-Asian menu but also breath-taking entertainment, designed to be intriguing, exciting and unusual. To celebrate the Games, Circus is adding an Olympic twist to some of their entertainment, such as an incredible swimming-inspired aerial silks routine.
When it comes to gifts, London’s a rewarding place to go shopping. From high-street fashion to trendy boutiques stocked with items by cutting-edge designers. London’s famous department stores like Harrods and Liberty offer all kinds of luxuries while London’s East End, home of the Olympic Park, is full of vibrant boutiques such as The Laden Showroom, which stocks innovative designs by 50 emerging international designers..
For more ideas on how to celebrate in Britain visit www.VisitBritain.com.