April 24 2014 Latest news:
Shropshire and the Marches has the top pick of Easter activities, with fun packed memorable experiences promised for all the family.
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.
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.
Come on down to Arundel Castle in West Sussex this Easter for a spectacular ‘Normans and Crusaders’ event over Easter weekend.
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.
Due to a phenomenal response to its Hall of Fame campaign, VisitEngland is creating a one-off exhibition in London this April.
Here we are celebrating the 16th Anniversary of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival!!
The Carnival Trail: 100 miles in 5 days. Thursday 1 May to Monday 5 May inclusive.
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.
‘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.’
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.
Take part in some challenging and adventurous walks around the Isle of Wight.
Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink
Capturing the Castle: Watercolours of Windsor by Paul and Thomas Sandby
A Life in Fashion - Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany
I Cheer a Dead Man’s Sweetheart: 21 painters
The Getty Images Archive: Hollywood Photographs
The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714-1760
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.