WHILE all eyes may be turned towards Japan and Korea, the North West Tourist Board is reminding people there is plenty to see on their own doorsteps.

For whether you are a football widow or widower in search of a break from the TV, or a fan who needs to fill in time between games, tourism chiefs reckon there is something for everyone in the North West.

From shopping to fine restaurants, music festivals to Star Trek exhibitions, gardening to maritime festivals, it's all here in the North West.

Dorothy Naylor, Chief Executive of the North West Tourist Board, said: "You don't need to turn to Japan for breath-taking action - it's available here in the North West! With its beautiful countryside, vibrant cities, popular seaside resorts, heritage and culture, there is something here for everyone to enjoy.

"But if anyone is struggling for ideas on how to avoid the World Cup or how to fill those empty hours between matches, help is on hand by calling the England's Northwest Call Team on 0845 600 6040, going to the website www.visitnorthwest.com HERE or popping into a Tourist Information Centre."

Among the events on offer across the Region are:

The Mersey River Festival at the Albert Dock in Liverpool from June 14-17 - one of the country's premier maritime celebrations set against the world's most famous skyline

Cheshire County Show at Tabley from June 18-19 - annual agricultural and horticultural show with entertainment for all the family

Last Night of the Leighton Proms at Leighton Hall, Carnforth on June 22 - nationally-acclaimed open-air concert of classical music and fireworks

The Arley Garden Festival, Northwich, from June 29-30 - a specialist garden festival featuring exhibitors from all over the country

Fighting knights and medieval fun can be had at Beeston Castle, Cheshire from June 22-23 - a recreation of life during the reign of Edward 1 in the 13th century

Africa Oye, Merseyside from June 15-23 - live arts, dance and music festival

Le Petit Blanc Brasserie in Manchester is offering 'world cup widows' (parties of eight or more dining during a match) a free glass of wine

Take a last look at the dinosaur exhibition before it moves over for the Star Trek exhibition (June 28) at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Take a behind-the-scenes look at one of Bolton's Commonwealth Games cycling venues on June 26 - tour of the competition area in the comfort of a luxury coach with Blue Badge guides

Do a spot of shopping at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, Cheshire Oaks (open seven days a week)

Enjoy the Ribchester Festival from June 26-30 - internationally renowned music event with performances taking place around this pretty and historic Roman village in the Ribble Valley.

For further information on these or any other event across the Region telephone 0845 600 6040, visit a Tourist Information Centre or check out the North West Tourist Board's website www.visitnorthwest.com HERE