July 30 2014 Latest news:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about the history and mystery that surrounds Tutankhamun and the discovery of his tomb in 1922.
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.
Get an insight into Home Front efforts of the First World War through a collection of lithographs.
Find the beauty in everyday objects designed by eminent artists.
Discover the night skies and the depths of space through spectacular imagery.
The highlight of the North’s gardening calendar returns to the magnificent surroundings of Cheshire’s thousand acre deer park.
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.
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.
Discover the story of the Sèvres factory and the delicate objects it produced.
Learn what childhood would have been like in the reign of Queen Victoria.
Discover the county of Yorkshire through the art it has inspired and the artists it has produced.
Discover how sculpture has been re-invented between the First World War and the present day.
Celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wilson, perhaps Wales’ greatest artist, with this major loan exhibition.
The Big Cheese returns to Caerphilly with the usual mix of music and entertainment galore!
A thrilling journey 67 million years back in time to the lost world of dinosaurs awaits adventure seekers at the Eden Project this summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
Located in Gloucestershire, the Badminton Estate is home to the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort as well as two sporting legacies.
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.
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.