Stan, I got a TON of flak for going to Carlisle as my daughter was about to deliver our first grandson. As it turns out, we were 1-1/2 weeks ahead of the moment. Still got the hairy eyeball for a long time after, though.
Then, a few years later, both Chris and I got a TON of flak for going to Carlisle as my daughter-in-law was about to deliver her and Chris' first (we were a week ahead - Again!)
Still....... Carlisle is a lot closer than the UK and England will always be there, history and all. In the meantime, you can watch some of those BBC murder mysteries on the PBS channels.