If you're in the UK and looking for some ideas and inspiration on what to do, where to go and what to see then check out our UK travel guide which has plenty of information.Cowes Week: 11 -18 August, 2012, in Cowes, Isle of Wight: One of the world's longest running regattas, Cowes Week features 40 daily races and an average of 8,500 competitors from across the globe. Held on the Solent, excitement here abounds due to the difficult double tides caused by the Isle of Wight. Interestingly, Cowes provides not only an opportunity for spectators to witness today's most efficient professional sailors, but also for amateur sailors to compete. Even sailors without a boat have are welcome, as many professionals hire extra hands for the week. Spectators can enjoy good food, shows, and shops, as well as cheap flights around the racing area. The Paralympic Games: 29 August - 9 September 2012, in Greater London: Taking place just a few short weeks after the main Olympic Games wrap up, the Paralympic Games will utilize many of the same spectacular venues. Though this summer marks London's third Olympic competition, it is the first time a Paralympic Games have been hosted there. It provides an opportunity for spectators to witness some of the most inspirational and remarkable athletes in the world perform in twenty sports such as football, volleyball, cycling, and rugby. Many British athletes are expected to compete, though qualifying doesn’t take place until later this summer. One man we do know will be in attendance is wheelchair basketball team captain John Pollock, a leader in the sport for over a decade.