Whether you’re an opera buff or a theatre-goer, a sports fan or an art addict, there is so much to take in on one of our culture tours. And for those looking to explore their Welsh roots or brush up on their Welsh language skills, our Chief Executive Janet Redler – a first language Welsh speaker – is ideally placed to put together the perfect itinerary for you.
Culture tours of the UK and Ireland
At Janet Redler Travel & Tourism we have a wealth of experience creating personal and tailor made culture tours of Wales and the rest of the UK and Ireland. Whether you want your whole itinerary built around your favourite cultural and sporting activities, or whether you would just like to include a West End Show in London or a tour of the cultural landmarks of Wales, for example, we can help.
Statue in Swansea of Dylan Thomas, one of Wales's greatest poets
England is of course famous for its theatre and London has perhaps the greatest concentration of performance venues in Europe. The latest West End productions often feature Hollywood stars and the quality of musicals, from Phantom of the Opera to The Lion King, are second to none. Stratford-upon-Avon in the English Midlands is well known as the birthplace of Shakespeare and performances of his work by the Royal Shakespeare Company regularly take place in the town.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London
Glasgow in Scotland was recently recognised as one of the most exciting cities in the world by National Geographic Traveler because of its vibrant music and arts scene and, in Edinburgh, the National Galleries of Scotland, which contain some of the world’s greatest art, are well worth a visit.
Manchester is a Mecca for sports fans the world over, and a seat at Old Trafford soccer stadium for one of Manchester United’s home games is highly prized!
Old Trafford in Manchester
While in Manchester, an easy detour to Salford to visit the Imperial War Museum North and the Lowry Gallery – home of the national collection of paintings by LS Lowry, England’s most popular 20th Century painter – is recommended.
For opera buffs, Glyndebourne Festival, which takes place each year in a purpose built opera house in the grounds of a stately home in the south of England is a must, and on a warm summer’s evening, a champagne picnic before the performance begins is hard to beat.
In fact, every year across the UK and Ireland, more and more festivals squeeze into the calendar and vie for our attention. From the Edinburgh International Festival to The Proms – the world’s largest classical music festival, and from Glastonbury to the Great British Gin Festival, there is something for every taste. At Janet Redler Travel & Tourism, we love visiting as many as we can, so we’ve put together a list of some of our favourites.
Hay Festival in Wales
Language and culture tours of Wales
Our Chief Executive, Janet Redler, from Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales, is a first language Welsh speaker and is passionate about the language, culture and heritage of Wales.
So, whether you are looking to rediscover your welsh roots, brush up on your Welsh in Nant Gwrtheyrn or Cardiff University or spend a week on ‘The Maes’ at the Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, Janet will plan your tour with a real personal touch.
And not forgetting each July when ‘Wales Welcomes the World’ at Llangollen International Eisteddfod, featuring the ‘Prestigious Choirs of the World’ competition.
Mae Jan yn hanu o Flaenau Ffestiniog yng Ngogledd Cymru. Cymraeg yw ei mamiaith ac mae'n frwd dros ein hiaith, ein diwylliant a'n treftadaeth unigryw. Mae wedi tywys ymwelwyr o bob cwr o'r byd sydd eisiau ailddarganfod eu gwreiddiau Cymreig — efallai yn gloywi eu Cymraeg yn Nant Gwrtheyrn neu ym Mhrifysgol Caerdydd ac yn treulio wythnos ar faes yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol.
Ond peidiwch â phoeni os yw'ch Cymraeg braidd yn fratiog — bydd y Croeso yr un mor gynnes ac ni fydd unrhyw un yn gwneud ichi deimlo'n fach. Mae llawer ohonom ni'n ddi-gymraeg ond rydym ni'r un mor frwd dros fod yn Gymry!
Mewn gwlad lle mae diwylliant yn hynod amrywiol, caiff pob un o'n celfyddydau eucynrychioli yn y Gymraeg a'r Saesneg fel ei gilydd, gyda llawer o ddigwyddiadau diwylliannol yn mynd rhagddyn nhw mewn orielau, theatrau, amgueddfeydd, llyfrgelloedd a neuaddau cyngerdd ledled Cymru.