November 1 2014 Latest news:

Dundee Science Festival

Dundee Science Festival, 1-16 November, Dundee

For anyone with a passion for lab coats, safety goggles and Bunsen burners, Dundee is the place to be this November.

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Birmingham Library. Photo Christian Richters

Birmingham celebrates science!

Birmingham Year of Science 2014 ( sees a wide range of activities and scientific events, ranging from conferences to state of the art shows and festivals, all aiming to inspire, engage and entertain visitors, students, businesses and academics alike.

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Blists Hill Fireworks

Fireworks Night, 1 November, Shropshire

Enjoy a spectacular family fireworks extravaganza at this Victorian town attraction where visitors will be able to see the streets lit by gaslight as they would have been in the 19th century.

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From Limited Edition Roger Vivier Rendez-Vous Collection Fall Winter 2012-2013

Birds of Paradise: Plumes & Feathers in Fashion, 25 October – 19 April 2015, County Durham

Those with a passion for fashion are bound to get all aflutter over the extravagant catwalk creations on display.

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Alarm clock, 1840 – 1900. Science Museum, London © Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Curator Q&A: British Library’s Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination exhibition

As the British Library’s Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination exhibition captivates and chills its audience, we caught up with curator Greg Buzwell to find out just what went into producing this major show, which opened in early October to mark the 250th anniversary since the publication of the first Gothic novel (The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole) and to find out which of the spine-chilling items scare him silly...

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Halloween at Hever Castle

Halloween, 25 October – 2 November, Kent

There are plenty of ghostly goings-on to keep the children entertained at Hever Castle this Halloween.

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Walkers near summit of Snowdon. © Crown copyright (2009) Visit Wales, all rights reserved

Snowdonia Walking Festival, 25-26 October, North Wales

Stamp the mud off your walking boots and take part in a range of guided treks with local experts.

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Star gazing is becoming a popular pastime in Northumberland

Enjoy Northumberland’s starry, starry nights

Visit Northumberland this autumn and winter to experience unforgettable nights under the stars in Northumberland International Dark Sky Park – the largest in Europe!

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Silent Partners, 14 October – 25 January 2015, Cambridge

Follow the curious history of the artist’s mannequin, from an inconspicuous studio tool to artists’ fetish.

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Richard Pikesley, Dog Roses, oil on board

West Country Meanderings, 18 October – 5 November, Dorset

This one-man show of oils and watercolours highlights the latest body of work from President of the distinguished New English Art Club, Richard Pikesley.

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Robert Dover's Cotswold Olimpicks. Photo: Betty Stocker (

Start planning next year’s diary around...Britain’s weird events

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy some of Britain’s most eccentric events, where bog snorkelling, celebrity scarecrows and gruesome gurning are all part of the entertainment

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Geraldo de Barros b.1923 Granada, Spain 1951. © Fabiana de Barros

The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate Collection, 14 October – 10 May 2015, Cornwall

The work of pioneering artists from across Europe, the Americas and Japan will be on show at the largest display of photographic works ever to be exhibited at the gallery.

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All the Sea. Courtesy The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh 2014. Ruth Clark

Oceans, 11 October – 9 January 2015, Somerset

This unique exhibition allows visitors to view the world’s oceans and seas showcased in 365 glass bottles!

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Cheltenham Literatue Festival

Cheltenham Literature Festival, 3-12 October, Gloucestershire

From Judi Dench and John Cleese to Margaret Atwood and Nick Hornby, Cheltenham hosts a range of author talks making it the place to be for all bookworms this October.

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Ghost Fest

Ghost Fest, 1 October – 30 November, Oxford

Scare yourself silly at this year’s Ghost Fest where all manner of spooky delights will be taking place.

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The Arrival - National Fairground Archive - the artwork is part of the treasure trove of fairground and circus memorabilia

Artists celebrate a world of carnival, fantasy and make-believe inspired by Sheffield’s National Fairground Archive

Six prominent artists whose colourful creations were inspired by the enchanting National Fairground Archive will showcase their work at a new exhibition which is now open to the public.

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Susan Richardson, MCS poet-in-residence. Book tickets  to her workshop in Hereford taking place on 11 October

It’s ‘Poetry in Ocean’ as Marine Conservation Society’s poet-in-residence hopes to inspire new writers

The Ross-on-Wye based Marine Conservation Society (MCS) hopes its poet-in-residence will inspire some powerful poetry based around its latest campaign to save 30 threatened marine species.

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Visitors can enjoy a guided walk around Banavie’s Neptune’s Staircase – the iconic flight of eight locks. Photo: John G Moore

Doors Open Day unlocks secrets of Scotland’s canals

Scottish Canals and the Scottish Waterways Trust are inviting the public to have a rare glimpse into some of the many secrets of the Forth & Clyde and Caledonian Canals. Featuring everything from water taxi tours and floating exhibitions to guided walks of Neptune’s Staircase, the events are part of the Scottish Civic Trust’s Doors Open Day – an annual festival that celebrates Scotland’s architecture and history with a programme of walks, tours, talks, events and hundreds of buildings open for anyone to visit.

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Alfred Wallis, The Blue Ship circa 1934. ©Tate

British Folk Art, 27 September – 14 December, Warwickshire

Discover the energy, variety and inventiveness of some of Britain’s unsung artists in this first major exhibition of British Folk Art, drawn together from collections across the UK.

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Swan and Otters by Colin See-Paynton

Nocturnal Encounters, 27th September – 8th November, Lymington

A mix of new and earlier atmospheric prints of the natural world by wood engraver Colin See-Paynton demonstrates the skill of the artist who was entirely self-taught.

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Ruins Between Bernafay Wood and Maricourt. Adrian Hill 1918. © Imperial War Museums

Screaming Steel: Art, War and Trauma 1914-18, 20 September – 13 December, Newcastle upon Tyne

The horrors endured by soldiers during the First World War and their creative responses to the war are examined within this exhibition.

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Throw another one on... it's the Great Cornish Food Festival

The Great Cornish Food Festival set to transform Truro this September

On 26, 27 and 28 September 2014, the 11th incarnation of the hugely popular Cornwall Food & Drink Festival on Truro’s Lemon Quay will re-launch with a new name and a new look that embodies the serious skill, diversity and vibrancy of the Cornish food and drink industry.

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Usamba bush viper copyright Michael D Kern

Sssnakes Alive, 19 September – 22 February 2015, World Museum, Liverpool

Come face to face with boa constrictors and royal pythons as you discover the secret life of snakes.

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Fred A Farrell

Fred A. Farrell – Glasgow’s War Artist, until 23 November, Glasgow

View stirring images of the Western Front created by Fred A. Farrell.

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Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), SELF-PORTRAIT. British Museum

Rembrandt the printmaker, until 26 October, Suffolk

A selection of extraordinary etchings by Rembrandt van Rijn demonstrates the Dutch master’s remarkable achievements in the medium that would go on to inspire Gainsborough.

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Ride+Stride is organised by local church trusts with the support of The National Churches Trust

Get on your bike or grab your walking boots in aid of England’s historic churches on 13 September

Adventurer and TV presenter Bear Grylls is backing cyclists and walkers taking part in the ‘Ride+Stride’ open churches day on 13 September 2014 which helps safeguard the future of England’s historic churches, chapels and meeting houses.

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Embroidered wedding dress designed by Norman Hartnell. Image courtesy of V&A

Wedding Dresses, until 15 March 2015, V&A

Lace and ruffles are in abundance at this exhibition which takes a look at the history of wedding dress designs.

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Kentish Town Station. Edwin Smith, RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith, September 10 – 6 December, London

Over 100 black and white photographs will be on display in the first major retrospective of Edwin Smith, one of Britain’s foremost 20th century photographers.

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Richard Phethean, Oval bottle dark honey glaze 2013

Richard Phethean: Solo Ceramic Showcase, until 25th October, Leeds

Discover a range of earthenware designed by Richard Phethean

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The Adoration of the Kings. © The National Gallery, London

Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting, until 21 September, The National Gallery

Gain a better understanding of some of the most beautiful paintings by Italian masters.

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Etched water bottle from Frith Hill Camp. © James Gordon-Cumming, photograph by Catherine Travis

From Ammunition to Art: Trench Art from the First World War, until 14 December, Warwickshire

Featuring objects from a local private collection, see items of 20th and 21st-century warfare, cleverly crafted into works of art.

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Sailing Regatta Series

Marina Regatta Series, until 27 September, Windermere

If you’re planning to enjoy the peace and tranquillity along the banks of Lake Windermere this summer, why not time your visit to coincide with this year’s sailing regatta?

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Entertainment goes airborne in Derby for the September Derby Feste. Image: Sergio Balanos

Festival fever begins as Derby Festé returns on 26-27 September

Firmly established as one of the top events of its kind in the UK, as well as one of the biggest in the whole of the Midlands, the eighth annual Derby Festé will this year take place in the city over the weekend of 26-27 September.

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Barbara Hepworth at work. 
Photo: Val Wilmer; courtesy Bowness, Hepworth Estate

Barbara Hepworth: Within the Landscape, until 28 September, Cumbria

Iconic Barbara Hepworth pieces will be on display at Abbot Hall Art Gallery.

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Hanging scroll, ink and colours on silk

Ming: The Golden Empire, until 19 October, Edinburgh

View finely crafted artefacts produced for the Ming imperial court

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Ancient Lives

Ancient Lives: New Discoveries, until 30 November, The British Museum

This exhibition introduces eight people from ancient Egypt and Sudan whose bodies have been preserved, either naturally or by deliberate embalming.

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David Farrell: Gloucester Fairground, 1957 - Image © David Farrell, courtesy of Osborne Samuel

David Farrell photography exhibition, London from 1-20 September

From 1 - 20 September, the Osborne Samuel gallery in Mayfair, London will stage a major exhibition of photographs by celebrated British photographer David Farrell (1919-2013), internationally renowned for his iconic images of many of the greatest musicians, actors, authors, dancers and artists of the 20th century. The exhibition will be the first survey of Farrell’s photography since his death earlier last year. It will showcase images of many of his most famous sitters, from Louis Armstrong and Laurence Olivier, to Anthony Caro, Margot Fonteyn and the Rolling Stones, alongside documentary works depicting domestic life in Britain and anonymous street subjects.

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On the the London Transport Museum Open Weekend at its Museum Depot in Acton on 13-14 September. Image © Transport for London / Martin Breschinsk

Get behind the scenes at London Transport Museum Depot as it marks the Year of the Bus

On 13 and 14 September 2014, London Transport Museum will open the doors of its Depot in Acton, West London for a weekend of activities focusing on the role of London’s Transport in the First World War. Visitors will have access to the Depot’s vast collections store – which only opens to the public occasionally, and will be able to take part in an exciting line up of activities.

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Dr Alice Roberts, anatomist, author and broadcaster, has officially launched the festival. Image: Adrian Burrows

British Science Festival rolls into Birmingham, 6-11 September

The British Science Festival in Birmingham explodes with daring tales of warfare; roaring dinosaurs and ancient locals. Explore the dominance of the world’s largest predators, walk with your ancestors and discover the hidden secrets of fossils. History is brought to life at the British Science Festival!

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Market Hall, Abergavenny

Abergavenny Food Festival, 20-21 September, Monmouthshire

Taking over the town for this annual event, this popular food festival sees the cream of the culinary world converging on the attractive market town to celebrate all things edible.

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