April 21 2014 Latest news:

Blists Hill Easter fun

Inspiring ideas for the Easter holidays in Shropshire

Shropshire and the Marches has the top pick of Easter activities, with fun packed memorable experiences promised for all the family.

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Sea lion meet and greet at Blackpool Zoo this Easter

Talk to the animals this Easter at Blackpool Zoo

From the tallest to the smallest and the funniest to the most ferocious, Blackpool Zoo is giving visitors the chance to get up close and personal with its residents this Easter.

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The Mud Maiden at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, Cornwall

Spend Easter in Cornwall

If you are wondering what to do over the Easter holidays, why not head down to Cornwall? With the train line now re-open Cornwall is once again fully accessible and Cornish attractions are pulling out all the stops to put on some fantastic Easter activities.

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Meet the Normans this Easter at Arundel Castle

Easter fun at Arundel Castle

Come on down to Arundel Castle in West Sussex this Easter for a spectacular ‘Normans and Crusaders’ event over Easter weekend.

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Triple gold medal winning Paralympic cyclist Anthony Kappes (second from left) teams up with a new co-pilot, Olympic mountain biker Annie Last, on a tandem to launch the Peak District & Derbyshire Summer of Cycling during English Tourism Week

Top athletes launch Peak District’s summer-long cycle fest

The Peak District & Derbyshire Summer of Cycling has got off to a trailblazing start. Triple gold medal-winning Paralympic cyclist Anthony Kappes has returned to the saddle with a brand new co-pilot teamed up with Olympic mountain biker Annie Last to launch a wide-ranging programme of more than 100 events throughout the Peak District from April to October.

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Luttrell's Tower, Eaglehurst, Southampton

England’s Hall Of Fame to go on public display

Due to a phenomenal response to its Hall of Fame campaign, VisitEngland is creating a one-off exhibition in London this April.

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The Isle of Wight Festival 2014

ISLE OF WIGHT WALKING FESTIVAL 3 – 18 MAY 2014 Sponsored by Garmin

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Here we are celebrating the 16th Anniversary of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival!!

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Isle of Wight Walking Festival

WALKING FESTIVAL LAUNCH WEEKEND

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The Carnival Trail: 100 miles in 5 days. Thursday 1 May to Monday 5 May inclusive.

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Isle of Wight Speed Date Walking

SPEED DATING WALK

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It was in 2006 the Isle of Wight Walking Festival was approached to organise a singles walk, albeit that a lot of people turning up on our guided walks do walk alone, but the guides and walkers are so friendly that this works well and is very acceptable and enjoyable.

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Isle of Wight Cycling Festival

Isle of Wight Cycling Festival 13-28 September 2014

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‘The Isle of Wight is a cycling paradise that is home to some of the UK’s most varied terrain: lush velvet hills rolling into the sea, narrow lanes through tidy hedgerows, deep and mysterious green gullies, and the Island’s most striking feature, the ridge of white chalk cliffs stretching across its breadth.’

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The Shard, London

What’s on at The View from The Shard

This spring, a series of special events and promotions will be on offer at The View from The Shard, the visitor attraction at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building, including free guided tours, Mother’s Day chocolate tastings, our first Saturday late silent disco, an exclusive offer for London Marathon runners, and Kids Go Free during May half-term.

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CHALLENGING AND ADVENTUROUS WALKS

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Take part in some challenging and adventurous walks around the Isle of Wight.

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Exeter Food Festival

Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink

Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink

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Windsor Castle: Henry VIII Gateway, c.1780. Copyright Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Capturing the Castle: Watercolours of Windsor by Paul and Thomas Sandby

Capturing the Castle: Watercolours of Windsor by Paul and Thomas Sandby

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The Queen's Beasts, Tom Hiscocks

The Queen’s Beasts by Tom Hiscocks

The Queen’s Beasts by Tom Hiscocks

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A Life in Fashion at the Fashion Museum in Bath. Photographer Freia Turland

A Life in Fashion - Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany

A Life in Fashion - Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany

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Straw mat covered with fruit and flowers, by Mary Elizabeth Duffield. © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

From root to tip: Botanical art in Britain

From root to tip: Botanical art in Britain

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Adrian Wiszniewski first-anachronism-of-the-day

I Cheer a Dead Man’s Sweetheart: 21 painters

I Cheer a Dead Man’s Sweetheart: 21 painters

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Boris Karloff as Frankenstein resting between takes of Bride of Frankenstein. Universal 1935. Copyright Getty Images

The Getty Images Archive: Hollywood Photographs

The Getty Images Archive: Hollywood Photographs

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IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire

D-Day Anniversary Air Show

D-Day Anniversary Air Show

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Woolly Mammoths Mural, illustration by Velizar Simeonovski © The Field Museum

Mammoths: Ice Age Giants

Mammoths: Ice Age Giants

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R Cattermole, The Cupola Room, Kensington Palace, c. 1817
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The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714-1760

The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714-1760

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Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration

Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration

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Double page from William Shakespeares first folio. ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright

Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright

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Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK

Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK

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Shakespeare Week children's groups

Shakespeare Week spells family fun in Warwickshire

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is leading the UK-wide celebration of the first ever Shakespeare Week (17-23 March) with a line-up of fun weekend activities in Stratford-upon-Avon, the place where it all began. The charity has teamed up with the UK’s top stationers, Paperchase to run a special season at the five Shakespeare family homes for young children to encounter mythical beasts, enchanted gardens and gruesome diseases of days gone by.

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Ragley Hall

Stunning stately Warwickshire home provides exclusive venue for meetings & events

Ragley Hall, Warwickshire’s stunning stately home, can now be hired exclusively as a spectacular venue for conferences, product launches, gala dinners and outdoor events.

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Lincoln Castle East Gate, Lincolnshire

Discover Lincolnshire Weekend

Lincolnshire will be offering visitors the chance of a bargain break this spring by throwing open the doors to many of its top tourist attractions for free. Attractions across the county will be offering free admission or special discounts as part of the Discover Lincolnshire Weekend, 22-23 March.

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Visit Guernsey. St Peter Port. PICTURE: CHRIS GEORGE

Guernsey Heritage Month

Guernsey and its sister islands Alderney and Sark will expose their incredible history in a dedicated ‘Heritage Month’ from 12 April to 18 May 2014. The dedicated month will see exclusive events, initiatives and tours, all pivoting around the 9 May Liberation Day, which celebrates Guernsey’s liberation from the occupying German forces in 1945. Events range from joining WWII archaeology digs, heritage tours on land and by boat, talks from history experts such as Dr Lucy Worsley and a family ‘HistoryFest’. Visitors will also have the chance to win a competition to fire the noonday gun at Castle Cornet.

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Marilyn Monroe, 1956 by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), courtesy of the Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby's

Marilyn Monroe: A British Love Affair

Born Norma Jean Mortenson in 1926, Marilyn Monroe began her career as a model, rising to superstar status before her untimely death in 1962. This exhibition displays photographs and magazine covers from 1947 to 1962, celebrating the transformation of the world’s most popular pin-up into an acclaimed actress, highlighting the British photographers and personalities who worked with her.

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Caught in a Web of Iron, North Queensferry, Fife, Scotland

Landscape Photographer of the Year: Lines in the Landscape

A range of stunning images will be on display which emphasize the romance conjured up by the sight of a steam train making its way through the rolling British countryside. Pulling together the winners of the Landscape Photographer of the Year competitions over the past four years, view the way in which our railways have inspired photography.

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The work of Leeds clockmaker William Potts is being showcased as part of the 'Clocks of Character' exhibition. (Image of William Potts, courtesy of the Potts family. All rights reserved).

Potts of Leeds: Clocks with Character

From the Town hall to the Corn Exchange, so many of the clocks in Leeds and beyond were made by Potts of Leeds. To celebrate the work of this great company, the Potts family’s private collection of clocks will be on display to the public for the very first time. This exhibition brings together examples spanning the history of the company and features a varied collection of turret clocks, wall clocks, drum clocks and unusual clock-based items. There are prominent royal clocks and an example of the company’s famous railway clock from Argentina.

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Neon Match, Gavin Turk

Seven Billion Two Hundred and One Million Nine Hundred and Sixty-Four Thousand and Two Hundred and Thirty-Eight

This exhibition’s intriguing title represents the exact number of people who will be alive at the moment Gavin Turk’s solo show opens. Turk’s large-scale neon light work will broadcast this number on the Museum’s iconic chateau-style façade, while inside the main gallery, the entirety of Turk’s neon works will be brought together for the first time. These signature pieces, made between 1995 and 2013, show the evolution of Turk’s practice, quite literally, up in lights.

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100 years of fashion accessories: 1720-1820

100 years of fashion accessories: 1720-1820

No Georgian outfit would have been complete without a decent pair of shoes, a dainty bonnet and a decorative fan to flutter. You can find all of these items on display at this exhibition, along with buttons, gloves and corsets, celebrating the visual splendour of Georgian Britain and revealing the beautiful accessories that accompanied, ornamented, adorned and sometimes underpinned the attire of fashionable 18th-century and Regency society.

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Still Life with Carafe © The Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection

Cézanne and the modern: Masterpieces of European art from the Pearlman collection

The collection formed by Henry and Rose Pearlman after the Second World War is one of the most important in North America. It will now be exhibited for the first time in Europe at the Ashmolean Museum. The collection comprises a matchless group of paintings and watercolours by Cézanne, and paintings and sculptures by leading Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters. Among them are Van Gogh’s depiction of The Tarascon Stagecoach, and Modigliani’s celebrated portrait of Jean Cocteau.

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Winner of Animal Portraits category Mark Thomas - Tommy Tompot Blenny North Wales

British Wildlife Photographer Award 2013

Since 2009, The British Wildlife Photography Awards have showcased some of the finest images captured by photographers practising in Britain. The 14 categories, including Botanical Britain, Young People’s Awards, Coast and marine and Wildlife in HD Video, are inspiring, thought provoking and highlight the natural wonders right on our doorsteps. Subjects range from familiar favourites to rare and elusive floral and faunal gems.

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New World, Old Maps - Theodor de Bry, America sive novus orbis

New World, Old Maps

Forget Sat Nav and the constant demands to turn around where possible; take time to enjoy this display of exquisitely detailed Renaissance maps where sea monsters are depicted as fact rather than fiction. The maps on display chart the changing shape of the ‘New World’ between the 15th and 17th centuries as European cartographers learnt more about the Americas from those who had ventured across the Atlantic. Often used as elaborate expressions of patriotic sentiment, some maps were never intended to be used as sea charts. Made for buyers who preferred to venture across the oceans only in their imaginations, these printed masterpieces by artists such as Dürer and Holbein were made specifically to adorn the walls of merchants and princes. They were celebrated as expressions of intellectual endeavour, whereby the vastness of the known world was presented on paper for all to see. Now you can’t say that about Sat Nav!

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Vesuvius in Eruption, with a View over the Islands in the Bay of Naples

Joseph Wright of Derby: Bath and Beyond

Joseph Wright lived and worked in Bath from 1775-77. This brief and little-known episode in Wright’s life marked a crossroads in his career, yet it has never been explored in detail. This exhibition will place Wright in the context of the many artists, musicians, writers, business people and scientists living and working in Georgian Bath and present for the first time a comprehensive view of his life and work during those eighteen months. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue will also examine the effect of his time in Bath and his travels in Italy on Wright’s later work.

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'Smuggling' National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth

Smuggling

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the heyday of smuggling in the mid 18th to early 19th centuries. This multi-sensory exhibition places rare and exquisite smuggling artefacts on centre-stage, from an opium concealment loaned from the Border Force National Museum, to a tea chest from the mythical Cornish smuggling haunt, Jamaica Inn.

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