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Christened ‘The Mystery Object’ it is decorated with very fine cloisonné garnet work, small gold panels with pairs of biting beasts and, at the top, a glass ‘gem’ which is the largest piece of glass in the hoard.

New Staffordshire Hoard gallery set to open in Birmingham this October

This October, a new gallery uncovering the fascinating story of the Staffordshire Hoard opens at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and will feature the UK’s largest permanent display of the incredible Anglo-Saxon treasure.

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The new £20 coin

Royal Mint commemorates First World War with collectable silver coin

The Royal Mint commemorates outbreak of the First World War with specially-designed collectable £20 silver coin.

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Glasgow Tower

Glasgow’s record-breaking tower reopens to the public

The tower at the Glasgow Science Centre has reopened to the public.

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Dame Maud McCarthy, the most senior nurse on the Western Front during the First World War, has been honoured with an English Heritage Blue Plaque at her former home in Chelsea, London.

Nominations reopen for English Heritage’s Blue Plaques scheme

eminent figures within fields such as music, art, and politics will once again be able to join the likes of Florence Nightingale, Alfred Hitchcock and Charles Dickens by having their former London homes commemorated with a Blue Plaque.

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Atrium at IWM London

New IWM London First World War Galleries officially opened

IWM London’s brand new First World War Galleries have been officially opened by the Duke of Cambridge and Prime Minister, David Cameron

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St Ives, Cornwall

Research reveals one in ten children in the UK has never set foot on a British beach

Research reveals British children are missing out on some of the nation’s hidden gems, with one in ten children in the UK never setting foot on a British beach.

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Neil Edbrooke's image of Royal Portbury Dock won the 2013 competition

Sea views: Shipwrecked Mariners’ photography competition now open

A sea view photography competition, which is run by one of the UK’s oldest maritime charities and includes Discover Britain editor Matt Havercroft on the judging panel, is still on the hunt for the UK’s ultimate sea view.

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Royal William Yard, Plymouth. The former naval yard has been sympathetically transformed over the past decade to become a premier destination, and has been called a 'cultural hub'.

Loved but ignored: New research reveals how the UK is failing to get the most out of its heritage

The UK’s heritage assets remain largely untapped by local authorities and could play a much greater role in helping their area thrive and succeed as a place, according to the new report launched today by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

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Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton

Mercure hotels are offering up to 40% off this summer

For those looking to make the most of their summer, Mercure hotels are offering the ultimate package this season with up to 40% off. The Mercure Summer Offer includes Bed and Breakfast and is available at any of its 74 stylish hotels across the UK – all for just £59.

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Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean. www.puzzlewood.net

In a forest not so far, far away? Filming for the next Star Wars movie rumoured to be taking place in the Forest of Dean

With the arrival of what appears to be a large film crew at Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean, rumours have started to spread that the atmospheric site might be one of the settings for the next Star Wars film due to be released at the end of 2015.

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The new Richard III Visitor Centre

New Richard III Visitor Centre examines the king’s life and death

A detailed facial reconstruction of Richard III along with a replica of the king’s skeleton showing his battle injuries are among the highlights at a new visitor centre dedicated to the king opening in Leicester on 26 July 2014.

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Commonwealth Games: Team Scotland’s parade uniform unveiled

As the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are set to commence on 23 July, Team Scotland’s parade uniform for the Opening Ceremony has now been unveiled

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At the Falkirk Wheel

Calling all canoeists: paddle your way between Glasgow and Edinburgh on a brand new canal trail

A new canoe trail between Scotland’s two largest cities is set to encourage more people into taking healthy exercise while appreciating two beautiful stretches of historic canals.

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Bantham Estate. National Trust Images/James Dobson

National Trust loses bid to save south Devon beach for public access

Used by hundreds of thousands of locals, holidaymakers and surfers each year, Bantham beach in south Devon is currently up for sale after being owned by the same family for generations.

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Vote for Discover Britain in this year's British Travel Awards

Cast your vote for Discover Britain in this year’s British Travel Awards

Discover Britain is in the running for the prestigious title of Best Consumer Holiday Magazine at this year’s British Travel Awards and it’s your votes that will help us secure the top spot!

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York Tap at York train station. Enjoy a pint while you wait for your next train, but don't be surprised if you end up missing it while enjoying the interiors and craft beer...

CAMRA launch competition to find Britain’s best-looking pubs

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has today launched its Pub Design Awards 2014 in a quest to find the most stunningly designed pubs in the UK. The awards, held in association with English Heritage and the Victorian Society, recognise high standards of architecture in the refurbishment and conservation of existing pubs, and the construction of new ones.

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A range of packaging on display at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

Top 5 eccentric collections

Discover the weird and wonderful collections dotted across the country as we take a look at some of the nation’s quirkiest hoards.

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Kidwelly castle, Carmarthenshire. © Cadw

Castles from the clouds: See Wales’s most iconic sites like never before

View the castles of Wales like never before with the help of Cadw’s new aerial footage.

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Picnic blanket with glasses and a bottle of wine, beside an apple tree. ©NTPL/John Millar

Five of the best picnic spots

With National Picnic Week taking place 16-22 June this year, we take a look at some of the UK’s most picturesque picnic spots.

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London Eye capsules with Westminster in the background. © London on View/VisitBritain/Pawel Libera 2011

London’s top 10 attractions revealed in new Visit London film

With so much to see and do in London it’s hard to know where to start, but help is at hand in the form of VisitLondon.com, the official city guide, which has launched its own innovative London Top 10 Attractions film that uses footage showcasing the city’s top ten most popular attractions.

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Housing the Rembrandt in Buckland Abbey. Image: Steven Haywood www.sghaywood.com

The National Trust’s Buckland Abbey in Devon is thrilled to own a genuine Rembrandt painting

A self-portrait, previously doubted as being a genuine Rembrandt, has now been scientifically verified as being from the Dutch Old Master’s own hand.

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Camel Valley

Top 5 English vineyards

Whether you’re a fan of white, red or rosé, find out more about the wine produced by some of England’s best vineyards

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The Beeline Britain team in Ayrshire

Beeline Britain: Team of four tackle Land’s End to John O’Groats – in a straight line

If you think cycling, walking or even driving from Land’s End to John O’Groats sounds like tough going, you haven’t seen anything yet…

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The John Jones Art Building, Finsbury Park

Exciting new arts building opens 5 June in London’s Finsbury Park

Fine arts consultancy John Jones is pleased to launch its new building in Finsbury Park, London. The Arts Building, opening to the public on 5 June 2014, incorporates a new public art space, an artist studio and an all-important café.

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Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal’s The Perfectionists’ Café now open at Heathrow’s Terminal 2

Heston Blumenthal’s new restaurant, The Perfectionists’ Café, opens its doors today (4 June) with the unveiling of the brand new Terminal 2, The Queen’s Terminal, at Heathrow.

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Work by Tracey Emin

Somerset’s Hestercombe House opens new art gallery

For the first time in almost 230 years Hestercombe House in Somerset has opened its doors to the public to reveal a remarkable contemporary art gallery with the works of Tracey Emin and Mark Hosking among those on show.

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Dylan Thomas's writing shed

New literary tours launch this July

Discover sites associated with Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas and Roald Dahl with a series of new literary tours this July.

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Afternoon tea at The Balmoral Hotel. © Marcin Mazurkiewicz

Afternoon delight: Discover some of the best places to take afternoon tea across the UK

For those that enjoy the treat of an afternoon tea, silver cake stands piled high with pastries, freshly-baked cakes and dainty finger sandwiches, there is one woman to thank...

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