Warmer seaside swims, a new puffin trail and an old spa – where to go in UK in 2022

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With so many delays over the past two years, postponements and cancellations have become commonplace. But despite Omicron’s best efforts to stop our winter plans, there are still plenty of reasons to be optimistic and look forward to better times ahead in 2022.

New events, attractions, venues and exhibits are expected to launch in the coming months, giving more people more reasons to vacation closer to home next year.

There will be opportunities to step back in time by exploring historic sites or to get a taste of the future with high tech laser shows. Here are some highlights to anticipate and plan for.

Shedding new light on old Bath spas

The Roman Baths, Bath, Somerset, England (Visit England / PA)

Loved by the Romans, one of England’s greatest historic attractions has been given a new lease of life with an ambitious project slated for completion in the spring.

Free entry, a World Heritage Center on York Street will offer tourists an introduction to Bath, while a light and sound show recreates the old spa experience in a revived ‘gym’ and ‘laconicum’, now open to visitors.

Later this year, restoration work on Bath Abbey will be unveiled. Along with a multi-million dollar investment to save the historic building floor from collapse, work focused on launching a new Discovery Center to educate visitors about the former Benedictine monastery.

Visit bathworldheritage.org.uk and bathabbey.org.

The story of the world’s saddest cruise

An exhibit from the Titanic exhibit (Visit England / PA)

The mystery of the Titanic’s last voyage is arguably one of the most tragic and unexplained tales in the world. Departing from England for New York in April 1912, the liner sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic.

The stories of those who lost their lives are told through photographs, handwritten letters and personal memories, presented as part of the Titanic exhibition. Held at Dock X in Canada Water in London, the show features life-size recreations of the ship’s interior – including a luxurious First-Class Suite – and 200 never-before-seen artifacts.

Tickets start at £ 27.90. Visit titanicexhibitionlondon.com.

Cover of the greatest pop hits

Abba Voyage (Visit England / PA)

Demonstrating why they truly are the Super Troupers of pop music, iconic Swedish band ABBA stunned the world by announcing a reunion after a 40-year gap.

Suitable for modern times, their 2022 reunion is virtual, giving fans multiple opportunities to enjoy the show. Presented in a custom-built arena with a capacity of 3,000 people in Queen Elizabeth’s Olympic Park in London, digital projections by Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid will perform 10 new songs, accompanied by a digital group of 10 musicians.

Tickets for travel, opening late May, can be booked now. From £ 31.95. Visit abbavoyage.com.

Easier access to sea bathing

Sealanes Brighton (Visit England / PA)

With overseas travel banned for so long, Britain’s seaside has seen a revival during the pandemic. Although some hardy souls have continued with their daily dives in the sea, not everyone is ready to brave the chilly temperatures.

Open in summer 2022, the new Sea Lanes in Brighton will offer a happy compromise, allowing swimmers to enjoy coastline views from a 50-meter heated swimming pool.

Convenient entry point for anyone looking to test the open waters, the site – the first of its kind in the UK – will offer open water swimming, triathlon, sea safety and lifeguard lessons.

Visit sealanesbrighton.co.uk.

In the footsteps of emblematic birds

MR4MEG puffins nesting on the high chalk cliffs at Bempton in East Yorkshire, UK.

Declared a puffin paradise, thanks to its cliff-side nesting birds, East Yorkshire celebrates one of the most charismatic winged wonders in the world with a course of 40 giant puffin sculptures.

Launched in May 2022, the Puffins Galore! a public footpath will cross Bridlington and Hornsea.

Anyone wishing to see the species in its feathery form should head to Bempton Cliffs Nature Reserve and Flamborough Headland, considered one of the best places to see puffins in the UK during the breeding season (from April to July).

Go to visiteastyorkshire.co.uk.

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