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Events, calendar, holidays and useful facts for your tour of England and Wales
Festivals often happen in the months you'll be there. There are so many events in England and Wales that the best thing I can do is give you a link to the Tourist Board's search facility:
|New Year's Day Holiday||3 Jan||1 Jan|
|Good Friday Bank Holiday||22 Apr||6 Apr|
|Easter Monday Bank Holiday||25 Apr||9 Apr|
|Early May Bank Holiday||2 May||7 May|
|Spring Bank Holiday||30 May||5 Jun|
|Summer Bank Holiday||29 Aug||27 Aug|
|Christmas Day||25 Dec|
|Boxing Day Bank Holiday||26 Dec||26 Dec|
|Christmas Day Holiday||27 Dec|
Visas: EU citizens may live and work free of any immigration controls. Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand are generally allowed to stay six months without a visa
UKvisas is a joint Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office unit which runs the UK's visa service through British diplomatic Posts overseas
Health risks: None (if you ignore the food)
Time: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT/UTC) or BST (British Summer Time), which is GMT/UTC +1 and lasts approximately from the end of March to the end of October.
Current UK time
Electricity: 240V, 50Hz, 3 square pin plug
Weights & measures: Metric (except beer, which is measured in pints):
More useful facts: English Weights and Measures and their equivalents
Business Hours: With many, many exceptions, business hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. In general, stores are open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5:30pm. In country towns, there is usually an early closing day (often on Wed or Thurs), when the shops close at 1pm.
Chemists: Every police station in the country has a list of emergency chemists. Dial "0" (zero) and ask the operator for the local police, who will give you the name of one nearest you.
Licensing Laws: The legal drinking age is 18. Children under 16 aren't allowed in pubs, except in certain rooms, and then only when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Don't drink and drive. Penalties are severe, with disqualification automatic if you're over the limit.
Licensed Premises Opening Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11am to 11pm, and on Sunday from noon to 10:30pm. Premises with a restaurant licence can continue serving until midnight (11:30pm Sun), provided the sale of alcohol is ancillary to a table meal. Some businesses with a Supper Hours Certificate, and which provide live entertainment for diners, can apply to the licensing justices for an extended hours order, granting a further extension of drinking hours to 1am Monday through Saturday. In hotels, liquor may be served from 11am to 11pm to both residents and non-residents; after 11pm, only residents, according to the law, may be served.
Mail: Post offices and sub-post offices are open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5:30pm and Saturday from 9:30am to noon.
Police: Dial 999 if it's an emergency. Losses, thefts, and other criminal matters should be reported to the police immediately.
Tax Refunds: There is a 17.5% national value-added tax (VAT) included in the price of many items you buy. This can be refunded if you shop at stores that participate in the RetailExport Scheme (signs are posted in the window).
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