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Take the train … and hang out with the stars

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Fancy a bit of celebrity-spotting? Take the train in 2012 and see the stars. And, if you check our journey planner for cheap train tickets first, you can get a taste of the red carpet without needing an A-lister’s bank balance.

There are a whole host of star-studded events happening in Blighty this year, and many of them are open to the public. Fans of everything from the latest chart hits to West End musicals and from soaps to the silver screen can get the chance to hob-nob with their heroes – so jump on aboard a train and make sure you don’t miss out.

Take the train … to the UK’s awards ceremonies

We’d all love to be sipping champagne at a glitzy awards ceremony – and you can do just that if you plan in advance.

Many of the UK’s biggest events offer tickets to the public, but they go quickly, so make sure you’re at the head of the queue. Most of the major awards ceremonies take place in the Big Smoke – so take the train to London and spend a night with the stars.

TV addicts can get their celeb fix at the National Television Awards at the o2 Arena on 25 January 2012 or the BAFTA Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall on 27 May 2012. And theatre-goers can see their favourite shows rewarded at the WhatsonStage Awards at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 19 February.

Music lovers are spoiled for choice too. The 2012 Brit Awards take place at London’s o2 Arena on 21 February, while the dates for many other award ceremonies, like the MOBO Awards (which were held in Glasgow last year) and the Q Awards have yet to be announced – so keep checking their websites to be first in line for tickets.

And if you can’t get tickets for the event itself, don’t despair – you can still get a glimpse of some famous faces outside on the red carpet. Some events are ticketed, but others are open to anyone, so contact the organisers to see what the score is.

Take the train … to London film premieres and celeb signings

London’s the place to be seen – and celebs will be showing up at everything from film premieres to book signing sessions throughout 2012, so make sure you find out where your favourites will be appearing.

One of the best sources of insider info is markmeets.com, a blog by TV & radio showbiz reporter and promoter Mark Boardman. Check it out for the latest confirmed movie premiere dates and much, much more to boost your chances of meeting the stars.

Take the train to … see TV show recordings

Whether you fancy seeing your favourite comedians on shows like Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI, or want to get an early peek at the stars of the future at televised talent shows like Britain’s Got Talent, apply for tickets and you could be in the audience.

One of the best places to go for free TV show tickets is applausestore.com, where you can apply for tickets for everything from Big Brother eviction nights to Top Gear recordings. And not all of them are filmed in the capital, either – some of them take place in cities across the country, so if you don’t fancy a trip to London, you can take the train to Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester or Cardiff for some celeb-spotting fun.

Some of Britain’s most popular TV talent shows, including X-Factor and Dancing on Ice, also have touring versions after each series finishes, so they celebs will do most of the travelling for you – you can just hop on a train and head to the closest venue.

And if you book your tickets with redspottedhanky.com, you’ll be able to pick up cheap train tickets so you can treat yourself to a post-show meal as well. How’s that for an A-list night out?

Do you have any tips for star-spotting in the UK? Which celebrity events will you be going to by train in 2012?

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