August 21 2014 Latest news:

Duxford Air Show

The Duxford Air Show, 13-14 September, Cambridgeshire

Look to the skies as some of the most spectacular flying machines of past and present take to the air above Duxford.

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Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, 27-28 September, Alderburgh

Indulge your senses at this annual food festival where a host of producers, celebrity chefs and suppliers come together to provide a taste extravaganza.

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Guitar Players by Laurie Lee

Laurie Lee: Poetry, Art and Landscape, 6 September – 5 October, Stroud

As part of the Laurie Lee centenary celebrations, this exhibition will host a previously unseen collection of the Gloucestershire author’s drawings and paintings.

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Pablo Bronstein, 4 alternative lighthouse designs

Folkestone Triennial, 30 August – 2 November, Kent

Yoko Ono, Andy Goldsworthy and Emma Hart are just a few of the artists who will be using the seaside town of Folkestone as their canvas this year.

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Tate Britain will be commandeered by a gang of robots for five nights in August. Photo: Tate Photography

The robots will be awaiting your command ‘After Dark’ at Tate Britain, 13-17 August 2014

Beginning on the night of 13 August from 10pm until 3am, Tate Britain will be claimed by robots. Yes, that’s right. In Tate Britain’s special latenight show, the machines await your command and will explore areas of the museum and its exhibits that you want to see on a unique publicly-controlled tour. To operate a robot, all you need to do is log on the museum’s After Dark website.

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Horst: Photographer of Style

Horst: Photographer of Style, 6 September – 4 January, London

View the work of one of the 20th-century’s master photographers.

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Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony

Edinburgh International Festival, until 31 August, Edinburgh

Over three exhilarating weeks, this annual classical music event will bring stars from across the globe to the theatres and concert halls of the Scottish capital.

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Sculpture at Doddington Hall

Sculpture Exhibition, until 7 September, Doddington Hall

This striking collection of sculpture adds a new dimension to the historic Lincolnshire property, both inside and out.

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Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirate King

Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, until 26 August, Harrogate

Enjoy the wit and magic of the Gilbert & Sullivan operas with more than 60 outstanding full-scale performances.

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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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Wallace and Gromit

Wallace & Gromit from the drawing board, until 7 September, Bristol

Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the first ever Wallace & Gromit film, this cracking exhibition allows visitors to immerse themselves in the world of Aardman Animations’ beloved characters and learn more about how their award-winning films are made.

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Square Lidded Pot with Bird Pattern, Burnished Earthenware, John Bedding, 2013

John Bedding, until 6 September, St Ives

In an area that’s not short on creative talent, discover the work of ceramicist John Bedding, who has made a significant contribution to the local pottery scene in St Ives.

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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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