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Contemporary Glass Fair will take centre stage for Heritage Open Days at Victoria Baths, Manchester

Victoria Baths in Manchester celebrates Heritage Open Days this September with Contemporary Glass Fair

Manchester’s Victoria Baths is celebrating Heritage Open Days with a glass fair taking place Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September. As well as spectacular displays and stalls from leading glass artists, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the building, with highlights including the Edwardian stained glass for which the water palace is famed.

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Pentillie Castle was built in 1698, remodelled in 1809 and now, under the careful watch of current owners, the Corytons. It offers a dream escape for deluxe weekend breaks, weddings and more

Join the party as Pentillie Castle in Cornwall celebrates its fifth birthday in August

Historic Pentillie Castle will celebrate its fifth birthday (yes, fifth in the loving hands of its current owners) in style with a series of events, including a weekend of nature activities and a birthday party open day, suitable for all the family.

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Outermost coffin

Discovering Tutankhamun, 24 July – 2 November, Oxford

Learn more about the history and mystery that surrounds Tutankhamun and the discovery of his tomb in 1922.

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Model bus presented to The Queen by the High Commission drivers during a State Visit to Pakistan in 1997.

The Commonwealth: Gifts to the Queen, until 2 November, Edinburgh

As the Commonwealth Games get underway in Glasgow, this exhibition reflects the diversity of items gifted to HM the Queen by Commonwealth countries throughout her 62-year reign.

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Efforts and Ideals

Efforts and ideals: Prints of the First World War, 2 August – January 2015, Cardiff

Get an insight into Home Front efforts of the First World War through a collection of lithographs.

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014, 18 September – February 2015, Greenwich

Discover the night skies and the depths of space through spectacular imagery.

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RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park

RHS Flower Show: The Great Garden Carnival, 23-27 July, Cheshire

The highlight of the North’s gardening calendar returns to the magnificent surroundings of Cheshire’s thousand acre deer park.

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Fame and Friendship. The National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

Fame and Friendship: Pope, Roubiliac, and the Portrait Bust, Until 26 October, Buckinghamshire

No contemporary figure in 18th-century Britain was more widely depicted than the poet Alexander Pope. Bringing together paintings, sculptures, and materials which convey Pope’s celebrity status, this exhibition will explore questions of authorship, replication and dissemination. Complementing the sculptures of Pope will be busts of other sitters with whom Pope’s image was associated, reflecting the poet’s place in a developing literary canon as well as a selection of portraits of the poet.

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Fleathered cloche hat

The Wonder of Birds, Until 14 September, Norfolk

Birds have intrigued humanity since the earliest of times, so travel across the centuries and find out how our feathered friends have had an impact on humankind.

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In Pursuit of the Exquisite. Harewood House

In Pursuit of the Exquisite: Royal Sèvres: From Versailles to Harewood, Until 2 November, Leeds

Discover the story of the Sèvres factory and the delicate objects it produced.

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A victorian toy cart. The Bowes Museum

Victorian Childhood, Until 7 September, County Durham

Learn what childhood would have been like in the reign of Queen Victoria.

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Mark Senior 'Runswick Bay' 1920 oil on canvas. © photo: University of Leeds Art Collection/Norman Taylor

Art and Yorkshire: From Turner to Hockney, Until 12 October, Yorkshire

Discover the county of Yorkshire through the art it has inspired and the artists it has produced.

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Sculptural Forms

Sculptural forms: A Century of Experiment, Until 7 September, Manchester

Discover how sculpture has been re-invented between the First World War and the present day.

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Richard Wilson, Rome and the Ponte Molle, 1754, oil on canvas. © National Museum Wales

Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting, Until 26 October, Cardiff

Celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wilson, perhaps Wales’ greatest artist, with this major loan exhibition.

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The Big Cheese

The Big Cheese, 25-27 July, Caerphilly

The Big Cheese returns to Caerphilly with the usual mix of music and entertainment galore!

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Dinosaurs Unleashed at Eden Project. Picture by James Ram

Dinosaurs Unleashed

A thrilling journey 67 million years back in time to the lost world of dinosaurs awaits adventure seekers at the Eden Project this summer.

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Amulet ring - to be showcased at the Banners of the North exhibition, opening 19 July at Bede's World

All that glitters is gold – At Bede’s World, Tyne and Wear, as new exhibition is unveiled on 19 July

A treasure trove of gold jewellery and precious artefacts with links to the North East is to go on display in the region. The items, which include rings, badges and pendants dating back to the Middle Ages, were all either found in the North East or belonged to someone who lived in, or visited, the area.

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Juan Gris 'Overlooking the Bay' 1921 oil paint on canvas

International Exchanges: Modern Art and St Ives 1915–1965

Discover how the art of post-war St Ives drew upon two trajectories of modern art and explore the wider national and international contexts which shaped art in St Ives in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. As part of a series of exhibitions exploring the histories and legacies of art in St Ives, this exhibition places artists’ engagement with location within wider global artistic concerns.

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Account books for works at Windsor Castle undertaken during the reign of Charles II, 1676-87. Royal Archives/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

Treasures from the Royal Archives

Since 1914 Windsor Castle has been home to the Royal Archives, an unparalleled collection of documents relating to the history of the British Monarchy. From diaries to account books and speeches, the Archives record and reflect some of the most significant moments in British history. To mark this centenary year, 25 of the greatest treasures from the archives will go on public display, including a love letter exchanged between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

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No. 23 in the series La Grande Guerre. © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

La Grande Guerre: French prints of the First World War

The first seven months of the First World War are dramatically illustrated in the colour lithographs and woodcuts of the series La Grande Guerre. Scenes of action are punctuated by moments of relative repose, including commemorations, award ceremonies and depictions of the Allied forces, such as the English and Scottish taking five o’clock tea. Although not official propaganda material, the prints are nevertheless deeply patriotic.

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Jane Clarke's stainless steel Symbiosis II

Open Air Sculpture at Knebworth

What could possibly make the idyllic gardens of Knebworth House any better? How about the work of 19 contemporary sculptors, including pieces created from bronze, wood, marble, stone, copper and stainless steel. From horses to the human form, and abstract pieces, the range of subjects and styles is by established names and new talent.

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A windy evening on London Bridge. Photograph by Henry Turner 1935-36. © Museum of London


Featuring rarely seen contemporary and historical artworks, photography and film, explore the importance of the capital’s collection of bridges that allow people to experience the city. The exhibition will also be examining Thomas Heatherwick’s ambitious Garden Bridge proposal that seeks to blur the lines between destination and crossing.

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Longitude Punk’d celebrates madcap inventors. ©Jema Hewitt

Longitude Punk’d

This exhibition celebrates the madcap inventors, star-gazing scientists and explorers of the past, delving into a world where sci-fi collides with 18th-century innovation. Royal Museums Greenwich has commissioned nine British Steampunk artists to create works inspired by the technical inventions that were presented to the Board of Longitude between 1714 and 1828. View opulent apparel, outlandish contraptions, and whimsical illustrations.

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Revellers are set to enjoy the French spirit for the Bastille Festival on London's Bankside, 13 July

London goes all ooh la la as the Bastille Festival in Bankside returns on 13 July

For the seventh year running, Bankside and Borough Market are hosting London’s largest free Bastille Day Festival to celebrate France’s national day with an extravaganza of all things French. The party starts a day early on 13 July from 12-10pm, in and around the beautiful surroundings of London’s historic food market, Borough Market.

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Rocking horse that Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret played with, on show
 at The Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace and the special exhibition 'Royal Childhood', 26 July -  28 September 2014.

Sneak a peek into Royal Childhood at the summer opening of Buckingham Palace, 26 July - 28 September 2014

From well-loved toys and treasured family gifts to tiny childhood outfits, a special exhibition at Buckingham Palace will give an unprecedented glimpse into life as a young member of the royal family growing up at Buckingham Palace. Spanning more than 250 years, Royal Childhood brings together objects from the Royal Collection, the Royal Archives and the private collections of members of the royal family, as well as previously unseen photographs and film footage.

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Sit back and enjoy the cultural atmosphere of the Southbank Centre's biennial poetry festival

Poetry International Festival returns to London’s Southbank Centre from 17-21 July

Southbank Centre’s biennial Poetry International festival, founded by Ted Hughes in 1967, returns this summer for five days of readings, music, translation, new commissions, free events and innovative live performances. Building on the success of Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus 2012, the world’s largest ever gathering of international poets, over 100 poets, musicians, artists and performers from more than 20 countries will congregate in the riverside venue’s halls and outdoor spaces. Poetry International is part of Southbank Centre’s three-month long Festival of Love (28 June – 31 August); an exploration of love in all its guises – from love of humanity to friendship, romantic love and family love.

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Don't miss the action at Europe's largest international jousting tournament at Arundel Castle, West Sussex

A summer of action awaits visitors to Arundel Castle in West Sussex

Arundel Castle in West Sussex is inviting all medieval combat enthusiasts to revel in the excitement of its Medieval Tournament, taking place on 21-22 June, plus an exciting International Medieval Jousting Tournament from 22-27 July 2014. Bows and arrows and brave knights on horseback... what’s not to love?

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View from behind two visitors seated in deckchairs as part of the audience at the Illyria Theatre Company's production of Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves at Dudmaston. ©National Trust Images/David Levenson

Theatre, film, music... get ready for a summer of entertainment courtesy of the National Trust

Celebrate summer with outdoor performances at some beautiful places. Join the party when dusk falls on a balmy summer evening, invite friends and family, load up the picnic hamper and enjoy some outdoor theatre, film and music with the National Trust. From Shakespeare classics to soulful jazz, the choice is yours. Just pick your spot in a glorious setting and watch a play come to life on stage or listen to sweet sounds while you enjoy a cool drink and a picnic.

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Wigwam Holidays does their bit for International Glamping Weekend, 7-8 June

Get ready for International Glamping Weekend from 7-8 June

The 7-8 June 2014 sees the arrival of International Glamping Weekend, which celebrates camping in style around the globe. To mark the weekend, Wigwam Holidays have put together their ultimate guide to glamping, with five top tips to make the most of your luxury camping break. So though it might be soggy outside as the British summer gets off to a damp start, there’s no excuse not to get into the spirit of things!

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Penshurst Place in Kent - an historic setting for the Glorious Gardens Week, until 8 June 2014. Copyright Jigsaw Design & Publishing and Peter Smith

Celebrate Glorious Gardens Week in the Garden of England - rain or shine!

In the county of Kent, famed as the Garden of England, it’s a busy week as the gardening team at Penshurst Place in Tonbridge battle the elements to bring Glorious Gardens Week to the public attention. The Week runs until 8 June and offers visitors a range of events to inspire both the amateur and professional gardener - or anyone who’s a fan of colour, scent, and beauty. Records date the property back to 1346, and its 11-acre walled garden has enchanted its owners and visitors for hundreds of years.

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Winston Churchill

70 years ago today: June 6th 1944

On 6 June 1944, Winston Churchill announced the landings in France – news of the biggest invasion and largest military campaign the world had seen thus far

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Ready Steady Gallop! Clydesdale horse sculptures - ready to hit the trail around Lanarkshire

And they’re off...

From 25 June 2014 the streets and open spaces of the town of Hamilton and South Lanarkshire will come alive with a vibrant exhibition of giant Clydesdale horse sculptures. The Ready Steady Gallop! project was inspired by the heritage and proximity of the Clydesdale Valley, along with a wish to celebrate the role of these mighty animals in the livelihoods of those who worked the land in Lanarkshire.

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Artist, John Dolan creates an inky London skyline. © Museum of London

The City We Live In

From Saturday 24 May – Sunday 25 May 2014 a raft of internationally renowned London street artists will take over the Museum of London as part of The City We Live In festival – celebrating the quirks and composition of our capital city.

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Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials/© Kit Houghton

Badminton Horse Trials

Located in Gloucestershire, the Badminton Estate is home to the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort as well as two sporting legacies.

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Laurie Lee's inspiration: the Slad Valley in high summer, Stroud, Gloucestershire, looking towards the Cotswolds AONB.

This summer, celebrate the centenary of the birth of ‘Cider with Rosie’ author Laurie Lee

Celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of renowned Cotswolds poet, novelist, and screenwriter Laurie Lee are picking up pace for the summer and on the actual centenary of his birth, 26 June, a new ‘Laurie Lee Wildlife Way’ will be officially launched by singer/songwriter, author and broadcaster, Cerys Matthews.

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Join Pete Brown's talk on classic beer advertising at the Museum of Brands

Join the party at London’s Museum of Brands on 15 May, for an evening dedicated to a very British love affair with beer

Remember Watney’s Party Seven? ‘Guinness is Good For You’ posters? Even the Alcopops of the 1990s can be rediscovered for a special one-night only talk on 15 May at the Museum of Brands, presented by beer writer and advertising guru Pete Brown.

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Museums at Night 2014 Campaign Image

Pull an all-nighter in May as ‘Museums at Night 2014’ sees the after-hours opening of more than 500 museums and galleries

Museums at Night, the annual night-time festival of arts, heritage and culture, will take place this year over the weekend of Thursday 15 May – Saturday 17 May 2014.

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