December 20 2014 Latest news:

Gibsons of Scilly

Gibsons of Scilly, until 18 January, Falmouth

Enjoy a photographic record of life at sea in Cornwall in the 1800s.

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Winter Wonderland. Image by Andrew Jeffery

Cardiff Winter Wonderland, until 5 January 2015, Cardiff

Cardiff will once again be turning its festive cheer up to max with its annual Winter Wonderland event.

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Paul Scott's Fukushima.

Paul Scott: Confected, Borrowed and Blue, until 18 January, Bath

View an alternative take on traditional ceramics at this exhibition of Paul Scott’s work.

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1st Duke of Wellington. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Waterloo at Windsor: 1815-2015, 31 January 2015 – 13 January 2016, Berkshire

With a range of prints, drawings, silverware, furniture and weapons being highlighted throughout, learn more about the Battle of Waterloo and its aftermath during a visit to Windsor Castle.

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Ray Richardson, Our Side of the Water. Image by Sebastien Pons

REALITY: Modern & Contemporary British Painting, until 1 March 2015, Norfolk

The work of Francis Bacon, David Hockney, L.S. Lowry, Stanley Spencer and George Shaw are among those on display at this exhibition which brings together over 50 works celebrating British painting over the past 60 years.

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Warwick Castle

Carols at Warwick Castle, 20 December, Warwickshire

Dust off your vocal chords and join in with the choir of St Mary’s and Royal Spa Brass as they perform a range of Christmas carols to get visitors into the festive spirit.

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The Magic of Christmas Past, Hever Castle

The Magic of Christmas Past, until 14 December, Kent

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Hever Castle where the rooms are adorned with greenery and glistening decorations.

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Christmas at Kew, the illuminated trail. Andrew McRobb

Christmas at Kew, until 3 January, London

View Kew in a new light as a glittering mile-long trail leads visitors through the gardens after dark where large-scale light installations dwarf the surrounding plant life.

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Zetland pub, Warwick. Kevin Parrish

Kevin Parrish at the Court House, until 24 December, Warwick

Enjoy this free exhibtiion of works by Kevin Parrish, a local artist from Leamington Spa.

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Exhibits from the Hanbury Collection. Image by Vianney Le Caer

London’s Museum of Curiosity open to the public until 29 November

A gold-plated hippo skull, the jaw of a 70 foot long prehistoric shark, and the world’s most intelligent computer are among the exhibits in London’s ‘Curiosities from The Hanbury Collection’ curated by The Connor Brothers.

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The cast of War Horse at the New London Theatre, photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg

The Horse at War: 1914-1918, 25 November – 1 March 2015, Woking

Learn about the role of the horse during the First World War and how the animals were depicted.

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Classic Paddington Bear statue, sponsored by First Great Western, with his creator Michael Bond at Paddington Rail Station, London. Photo  by Jon Furniss.

Paddington Bear trail

There’s a very unusual new trail to follow across London right now, and the waymarkers are hard to miss! Thanks to, the NSPCC and STUDIOCANAL, 50 Paddington Bear statues can be seen across the capital for The Paddington Trail, until 30 December 2014.

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The Christmas Market stalls will be bursting with tempting items... Photo: Thinkstock

Christmas market season begins...

What’s not to love about a traditional Christmas market? Those Swiss-style stalls bedecked in the finery of the season, the scent of cinnamon and spiced orange hanging in the air, warming mugs of hot chocolate and mulled wine in hand...

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Emily Sutton. Image courtesy of the artist and YSP

Emily Sutton: Town and Country, 15 November – 20 February 2015, Wakefield

Discover the work of artist Emily Sutton at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, The Nativity with angels, mid-1650s. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Castiglione: Lost Genius, 14 November – 8 February 2015, Edinburgh

The discover the work of an artist whose personal life often overshadowed his brilliance.

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Wales Ralley GB

Wales Rally GB, 13-16 November, North Wales

The final round of the FIA World Rally Championship will see world class action hit North Wales.

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Tiger's head from the throne of Tipu Sultan. Royal Collection Trust / Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Gold, 7 November – 22 February 2015, London

When it comes to this exhibition, all that glitters is most certainly gold as treasures from the Royal Collection go on show.

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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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