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BRITISH EVENTS across Florida [not Miami]

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              NOTE:    TO FIND OTHER BRITISH EVENTS IN YOUR AREA of Florida not listed on this page:    Look at the British Clubs, British Pubs and British Shops pages on this website.  Then PHONE [not email] the ones near you to ask what British events are coming up in their area.  ALSO for Scottish Festivals see the Scottish pages on this website.     


►►►    QUEEN TRIBUTE BAND!!  Boca Show had to be rescheduled to  Friday April 14, 2017 Are you a lifelong Queen fan?  Of course you are!  I have seen this Queen Tribute band and recommend it highly —you think you are seeing and hearing the actual Freddie Mercury !  It’s  a rollicking, rousing night with the unparalleled music of Queen anthems soaring all around you—ROUND UP YOUR BRITPALS AND GO!  Announcing 3 new Florida shows for March 2017.   Our beloved British band QUEEN has an amazing Tribute band called “ God Save the Queen”,  internationally recognized by Rolling Stone magazine in 2011 as “the best band tribute of all times”.  They masterfully recreate the iconic London concert, Queen Magic Tour 1986 – Live at Wembley.   “As good as the original ones” said the real Queen’s Tour Manager.   “It’s a Kind of Magic!” said the Liverpool Echo. It features more than 20 of Queen’s greatest hits in one show. This God Save the Queen band performs using the precise set list, clothing, and stage antics that Queen was known for.  Vocalist Pablo Padin re-enacts the fabulous Freddy Mercury so realistically that you almost feel like you are actually witnessing a legendary Queen show.  Three different venues in Florida.  Special Guest  Police Tribute band Zendatta—another Brit treat for you!   VENUE:   MIZNER PARK AMPHITHEATER 327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432  TICKETS ON SALE AT EVENTBRITE.COM  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/god-save-the-queen-mizner-park-boca-raton-tickets-31145886184    Doors open at 7PM. – Friday, March 24th 2017  Doors open at 7PM Show starts at 8PM    
►►► JULY, 2017  British superstar ROD STEWART [with supporting act Cyndi Lauper] at Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida.  Info/tickets on www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com 


Need a Job in Florida?  Consult FABB’s Jobs Websites list.  For details email you name + City + contact phone
to  publisher@britishflorida.com   On Subject line put: FABB’s Jobs list 

►►►   August 31, 2017    English musical sensation Ed Sheeran returns the the Amway Center in Orlando.   Sheeran has quickly established himself as one of the world’s biggest musical artists with over 22 million albums sold and 4.7 billion Spotify streams. “÷”  follows the British singer-songwriter’s second full length album “x”(pronounced multiply) – released in 2014 – which proved to be both a critical and commercial phenomenon.  After debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 upon its release, the album has since been certified quadruple-platinum in the U.S. and earned two Grammy nominations, including the prestigious Album Of The Year. Additionally, “x” spawned four consecutive multi-platinum singles in “Sing,” “Don’t,” “Photograph,” and his global smash and biggest single to date, “Thinking Out Loud,” which marked his first number one on Top 40 radio and won a pair of Grammy Awards, including highly coveted Song Of The Year.  INFO/TICKETS  from www.amwaycenter.com


►►►  MIX WITH AUSSIES and KIWIS….our “family.”   The Aussie Kiwi Club hold gatherings usually in Ft. Lauderdale.  Annual Anzac Day party every April, usually in Broward County.  For current details see website www.southfloridaaussiekiwiclub.com   Or view their Facebook page facebook.com/aussiekiwiclub.com

►►►   YEAR-ROUND   THE BRITISH--AMERICAN Chamber of Commerce Broward/Palm Beach holds various business and social events throughout the year in Ft. Lauderdale, Boca and Palm Beach.  Non-members welcome.   Phone BACC President Roy Yates [954] 942-7330 and he’ll email you an invitation. Year-round,  call the office for latest calendar and membership details.   Their annual Christmas gathering is always early December so contact them November 30 for details.   

►►► TAMPA British-American Business Council holds various British business and social events throughout the year. Call [813] 221-77438 and ask for Anabel Rodriguez and ask her to email you the latest info. Their annual Christmas gathering is always early December so contact them November 30 for details.   

►►► ORLANDO British-American Chamber [BACC] holds business and social events throughout the year.    Non-members welcome.  For  a current calendar and/or membership information phone the BACC office [407] 226-7251 and they’ll email it.  Every year they hold  a super Christmas party—come and mingle with fellow British professionals in the area. Their annual Christmas gathering is always early December so contact them November 30 for details.    Call the office to book.    Say you  saw it on www.britishflorida.com

►►►  Northport British Club [Sarasota area] holds events throughout the year and its Christmas party in early December.  To attend or join the club,  call Barbara Bannard on  [941] 423-4483

 ►►► SARASOTA BRITISH CLUB holds events throughout the year.   The club was established years ago and has 100 + British members.   To join/details call the [941] 706-1172 and ask for Gary Lee.   Or Sandra Cherry on [941] 927-2612. Their annual Christmas gathering is always early December so contact them November 30 for details.   

►►► Gulf Coast St. David’s Welsh Society, based in Sarasota  holds various events throughout the year, including a St. David’s Day celebration. They bring over a choir from Wales most years. To get involved call Amy Ferrell [941] 349-6069 or send email to sarasotawelsh@yahoo.com 

►►► PROMOTER LIVENATION–the USA’s largest—-brings a year-round stream of top British performers and bands to its  venues across Florida.  Consult their  website  www.livenation.com  for current shows and buy tickets.  

►    Join local Irish residents at the Irish-American Ceili Club [IACC], which holds events throughout the year in South Florida only, usually Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale area.  Call or email IACC President Patrick O’Dea–a real Irishman with accent to prove it! [954]921-4325  Email:   irish32@aol.com   

flagman►  DON’T BE BATTERED BY BREXIT!  DO YOU NEED TO TRANSFER CURRENCY OVER FROM THE UK?   DON’T USE YOUR BANK!    BENEFIT FROM BREXIT!    TRANSFER UK CURRENCY SAFELY TO/FROM  the UK.   At lower rates than any bank .   For property/business transactions/pension funds transfer or other purposes.   Or transfer to/from any other  country worldwide.  FABB you help you save considerable  exchange fees via our partner Moneycorp.   WE RECOMMEND MONEYCORP of the UK with an office in Orlando, Florida.  Moneycorp is the only UK currency exchange company licenced to deal in 50 states.   Many expat Brits here have used this currency service for years and report huge savings and satisfaction.   Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin direct on her cell [863] 207-6616 to ask all your questions.  She is based at their HQ in Orlando.  Or email your query to Kelly Cutchin  kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com for details.  Moneycorp has a UK office too so she may set up your account in the UK—whichever suits you.    


Do you know whether and how you can access your lump sum and bring it over to the USA?  

For a FREE review of your UK pension contact Mark Solomons in Florida with Florin Pensions
direct on  [561] 793-1311 email  msolomons@florinpensions.com  On Subject line put:  “To Mark Solomons—UK pension query”.
Include your name + city + phone + a sentence about the type of company/private pension you paid into.
NOTE: The UK’s decision to leave the EU has resulted in Gilt yields reaching all time historic lows,  pushing up the transfer values of UK defined benefit pensions schemes.  That means your unfrozen pension is worth MORE since July 2016.  
Mark is a longtime member of the Florida Association of British Business [FABB].  As FABB’s UK pensions expert he has unfrozen many pensions for USA expats over the years.


►►  Every January SARASOTA SCOTTISH GAMES.   Always a great day out, och aye,  including bagpipers and drummers, live Scottish entertainers, highland dancing,  Scottish clans, wannabe Scots,  Scottish athletics like tossing the caber, sheepdog contests,  beer and food vendors selling Scottish baked yummies.  British expats come from miles around and I attend and sponsor the South Florida one annually.  Each Scottish festival offers much to enjoy, so wear something tartan and go!    Details phone [941] 342-0509 or view website   www.sarasotahighlandgames.com   

►►►  SUNDAY MARCH 11, 2017.  The Annual Croquet Day in Lighthouse Point presented by the BACC.  [I am attending–publisher PK].  Phone BACC President Roy Yates [954] 942-7330 and he’ll email you an invitation or send email to president@baccbroward.org .  YEAR-ROUND :    THE BRITISH--AMERICAN Chamber of Commerce Broward/Palm Beach holds various business and social events throughout the year.  Non-members welcome.   Phone BACC President Roy Yates [954] 942-7330 and he’ll email you an invitation. Year-round,  call the office for latest calendar and membership details.   Their annual Christmas gathering is always early December so contact them November 30 for details.   

►► EVERY JANUARY  DO TRY A BURNS SUPPER….Celebrate Scotland’s world-famous poet Robert Burns.  Saturday January 21, 2017.   Join fellow English/Scottish/Welsh/Irish local expats for this unique event.   People gather for Rabbie Burns suppers in all corners of the world with annually over 9000 such celebrations held.  The best in Florida is presented by the Scottish-American Society of South Florida [SASSF].  I have been and it’s a truly convivial evening–PK.   You are invited to a Dinner, Concert & Dance Commemorating the 258th Anniversary of the Burns’ Birth.  Delicious and generous Buffet Style Dinner consisting of various items with dessert, and of course………HAGGIS.  Scottish and regular dancing, with live entertainment .  Plus the traditional Ode to the Haggis impeccably recited by a Scotsman.    DRESS CODE:   Evening attire with some tartan if possible.  Kilts encouraged for men.   LOCATION:  Orangebrook Golf and Country Club [954] 894-0555 at 400 Entrada Drive, Hollywood, FL 33021 just west of 95.  Reception and Country Dancing 6 to 7.  Dinner Served at 7pm  prompt.  TICKETS $40 if purchased by January 14th, $45 thereafter.  Seating limited.  Advance booking required by mailing a cheque made out to SASSF with S. A. E. ,  to 1301 NW 99th Ave, Plantation, FL 33322. Tel. [786] 205-5350.   For more info go to  www.sassf.org.  

► January 17, 2017  BRITISH BALLADEER ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINCK  is at the Barbara Mann Arts in Ft. Meyers.  Box office [239] 481-4849 or www.bbmannpah.com   Artist info on www.engelbert.com 

►►►   Sunday FEBRUARY  19,  2017 —BRITISH CLASSIC CAR SHOW at the Royal Palm Plaza in Boca Raton.  Enter your classic British car or just come as spectators.   Got an e-type Jag or an Aston Martin? Neither do I.   But you can ogle these triumphs of British engineering, along with vintage Rolls Royces, MG’s, Triumphs, Mini Coopers, Jensens, Morris Minors and other magic motors at the annual British Classic Car Show.  It’s a hugely successful, well-organised event,  hundreds of British car owners and admirers attend and I spend the day there most years.  Part of the fun is bumping into Britpals you haven’t seen for ages, some of whom are as old as the cars they’re drooling over.  British booths and vendors, British foods etc there too. To enter your car, take a booth or an ad in their programme to promote your British business, call Brian Jenkins on [954] 581-2893.  Free entrance. Show is from 11a.m. to 4p.m.   SHOW INFO:     www.goldcoastbritcar.com 

►►► SATURDAY MARCH 4, 2017  in Ft. Lauderdale The SOUTH FLORIDA SCOTTISH FESTIVAL and Games is a major event attended by thousands of Scots and Wannabe Scots,  English/Irish/Welsh  and American Anglophiles each year.  Established by the Scottish-American Society of South Florida [SASSF] in  1983.  OCH AYE.   It’s immense fun—Tartan everywhere, bagpipers, clans, highland dancing competitions, Scottish country dancing, Scottish Heavy Athletics,  professional Scottish entertainers, Clan tents, sheepdog demonstrations, Scottish/Irish/English/Welsh merchandise,  foods and imported beers.  Wear Something Tartan and Go!   LOCATION : Heritage Park, Plantation.    EVENT TIME:    From 9a.m. to 6p.m.  Free Parking. Tickets $20 in advance ($25 on the day). For tickets and info:  www.SASSF.org