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BRITISH EVENTS around Florida [not Miami]

Please say you saw it on britishflorida.com    

    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.    

►►► THE BRITISH--AMERICAN Chamber of Commerce Broward/Palm Beach [BACC] 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, latest calendar and membership details.   Join fellow Brits at their annual Christmas party evening of Saturday December 16, 2017 at an upscale venue in Ft. Lauderdale.  Call BACC office for an invitation.  Please say you saw it on britishflorida.com 
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►►► TAMPA British-American Business Council holds various British business and social events throughout the year. Call BABC office [813] 221-7438 and ask for Anabel.  Or email  anabel.rodriguez@ogletree.com  Ask her to email you the latest info. Their annual Christmas gathering is always early December so contact them by December 1 for details.    

►►  November 10th at 8p.m. at the Duncan Theater in Lake Worth. PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE BAND. INFO/TICKETS on  www.floydatribute.com  It is a 10 piece band with a Laser Light Show, Video Wall and sound professionally design for a true Pink Floyd experience. Questions–call manger Bobbie Strowd at Endless River Productions on [772] 342-4536

 ►► November 10, 2017….British legend JETHRO TULL at Mizner Park Amphitheatre in Boca Raton.  TICKETS/INFO on www.livenation.com

►►  NOVEMBER 7 and 8, 2017  BRITISH SUPERSTAR BEATLE RINGO STARR brings his show to the Parker Playhouse in Ft. Lauderdale.  
INFO/Tickets  see    www. parkerplayhouse.com or Box office [954] 462-0222 

►►  NOVEMBER 5, 2017  at 7p.m.   English comedy legend in his live show JOHN CLEESE LIVE.  Plus a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  Find out the air-speed of an unladen swallow when JOHN CLEESE  answers this question and more LIVE ON STAGE after a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  At the King Center in Melbourne.  INFO/TICKETS call Box Office [321] 242-2219


 SUNDAY DECEMBER 10, 2017  at 12 Noon. The Royal Society of St. George holds its annual Christmas Lunch at a private upscale Ft. Lauderdale venue.  Join fellow Brits.  Costs $30.  Must pre-book:  for an invitation send email to britishflorida@aol.com with your name + city + phone. On subject line put:  “RSSG lunch.”  


►►► JANUARY 10, 2018 at 8.p.m   LEGENDARY BRITISH BAND THE MOODY BLUES on their 50th Anniversary Tour.  At the Hard Rock in Hollywood , Florida. TICKETS/INFO:    www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com  or call BOX OFFICE [954] 797-5531

►►  Every January:   SARASOTA SCOTTISH GAMES.  See website for 2018 date and location.  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.  Each Scottish festival offers much to enjoy, so wear something tartan and go!    Details phone [941] 342-0509 or view website   www.sarasotahighlandgames.com   

►► EVERY JANUARY  DO TRY A BURNS SUPPER….Celebrate Scotland’s world-famous poet Robert Burns.     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] at a Ft. Lauderdale area location. I have been and it’s a truly convivial evening–PK.    FOR 2018 details and to attend consult www.sassf.org.  

►►   Every FEBRUARY —BRITISH CLASSIC CAR SHOW at the Royal Palm Plaza in Boca Raton.  See website www.goldcoastbritcar.com for 2018 date and location. 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 


 ►►►  Sunday February 18, 2018 DANIEL O’DONNELL at   3 p.m.   At King Center Melbourne  Daniel O’Donnell is one of the best loved artists of our time, both at home and abroad. He has had a remarkable career. The Irish singer made record-breaking chart history earlier this year by becoming the first recording artist in the history of the UK Artist Album Chart to have charted at least one new album every year since 1988, an unprecedented and unbroken 30 year span, surpassing everyone from Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Irish strongholds, U2. In total, Daniel has now reached the UK Artist Albums Chart with more than 37 albums and has amassed THIRTY ONE Top 30 albums over the course of his career. Daniel burst into superstardom in the USA & Canada back in 2002 with his first ever PBS special – The Daniel O’Donnell Show. That began a special relationship between Daniel and PBS and since then, he has recorded a further thirteen specials, with ‘Back Home Again’ being his fourteenth one in 2016. This fantastic selection of 32 / 37 songs is presented on this 2 CD / 37-track DVD set recorded and filmed in Ireland, on this new US TV Special. The concert also features Daniel’s long-term singing partner, Mary Duff. After more than 30 years in the spotlight as an engaging entertainer, he is still in love with performing and with audiences the world over!  INFO/TICKETS King Center in Melbourne BOX OFFICE [321] 242-2219 www.kingcenter.com 


►►► Thursday February 22, 2018    STAYIN’ ALIVE  is the quintessential tribute band to the Bee Gees, capturing the excitement of live performance and the tender subtleties of the human voice!     STAYIN’ ALIVE offers to their audiences the songs and sights of a full Bee Gees play list, singing blockbusters such as Night Fever,” “Jive Talkin’,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “You Should Be Dancing,” “Nights on Broadway,” and “Stayin’ Alive. In addition, they perform softer poetic ballads such as “I Started a Joke,” “Massachusetts,” “Fanny Be Tender,” “Words,” and “To Love Somebody,” among other great hits.  STAYIN’ ALIVE is the largest and most definitive production of its kind, offering big screen video clips, photos and dazzling imagery. STAYIN’ ALIVE has played intimate settings as a six piece band and huge venues with a 62 piece orchestra.  INFO/TICKETS King Center in Melbourne BOX OFFICE [321] 242-2219 www.kingcenter.com 

►► EVERY  MARCH   in Ft. Lauderdale.   The SOUTH FLORIDA SCOTTISH FESTIVAL and Games is a major all day event attended by thousands of Scots and Wannabe Scots,  English/Irish/Welsh  and American Anglophiles each year.  For the 2018 date/details/location tickets see website www.sassf.org 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!   www.SASSF.org   

►   March 22-25, 2018.  The Classic MG Club in Orlando, is hosting the 52nd annual “Gathering of the Faithful” for MG automobiles at the Hilton Hotel in Altamonte Springs.  The hotel cost for two people and one MG (optional) is $50 plus room and meals.  Carshow entry itself is free—see 100 MGs on Saturday morning March 24.  Website:  http://www.gofsouth.com  INFO:   Lonnie Cook, Show chairmam  gofsouth2018@aol.com  407-670-9679

►►►  SUNDAY MARCH ???? TBA  2018.  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   

►► 2018 June 9, 2018  British sensation Harry Styles formerly of One Direction at BBT Center in Sunrise.
TICKETS/INFO on www.livenation.com

►►   Friday February 16, 2018 ……RUMOURS  The Best Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band.  Rumours has meticulously put together a show that spares no detail. Rumours recreates Fleetwood Mac’s legendary persona, in all its youthful glory from 1975-1987.  From period accurate equipment and costumes to spot on characterizations and musical performances, Rumours takes you back to a time when music was still an unbridled cultural experience and bands weren’t afraid to put on a show.   Relive the rock and roll magic with Rumours.  VENUE:  REVOLUTION LIVE, 100 SW THIRD AVE.  FT. LAUDERDALE, FL     BOX OFFICE:  (954) 449-1025 (box office)    WEBSITE:  www.jointherevolution.net

►►  2018 WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 at  8 P.M.   British singing sensation Sam Smith comes to Orlando’s Amway Center with his  The Thrill of it All Tour 2018.  Smith has earned an Oscar, a Golden Globe, three Billboard Music Awards and three BRIT Awards, among others.

►►►  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

►►► 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 December 1 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
OR call Meg Larrabee [941] 923-2062

►►► 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   


► TIP:    TO SAVE WHEN TRANSFERRING OVER UK CURRENCY.  DON’T USE YOUR BANK!  Use Moneycorp.  The pound is shaky. That affects all expats in Florida who still have UK dealings.  But Moneycorp’s rates are currently [2017] the best.  To transfer your precious funds, we highly recommend the services of Moneycorp.  This will save you fees and grief, as we Londoners say!  What your own bank won’t do is save you the considerable exchange fees.  Moneycorp does that for you.   NOW is the most advantageous time for you to transfer any funds you have.  THE BEST WAY:  Moneycorp.   At lower rates than any bank.   Moneycorp is the only UK currency exchange company licensed to deal in 50 states.   Expat Brits here –including many personal Brit friends of mine–have used this currency service for years and report savings and satisfaction.   TO FIND OUT MORE:    Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin on  [863] 207-6616 at their USA HQ in Orlando to ask all your questions.  Or email your query to Kelly Cutchin  kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com for details.  Moneycorp has a UK office too so Kelly may set up your account in the UK—whichever suits you.   Sent by the Florida Association of British Business [FABB.  Moneycorp have been trusted members since 2005.     [2017]

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 



►►►   ARE YOU OVER 35?  DID YOU PAY INTO A UK COMPANY/PRIVATE PENSION?  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.