August 20 2014 Latest news:

Manor Farmhouse. Image courtesy of Elysian Estates

Ultimate British holiday priced at £500,000

Luxury property rental specialist, Elysian Estates, has added ‘the ultimate best of Britain’ tour to its portfolio, offering customers a five-star, once-in-a-life-time journey travelling the length and breadth of Britain during the summer holidays.

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Agatha Christie's diamond brooch and  three-stone diamond ring

Agatha Christie’s lost diamonds go up for auction

Hidden treasure from the home of the nation’s much-loved author, Agatha Christie, comes to light at the Bonhams, Knightsbridge Jewellery auction on 8th October.

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Glazed faience beadwork 900BC. Image by Simon Critchley

Collection of Egyptian artefacts to go on permanent display in Southport

A stunning collection of Egyptian artefacts dating back 5,000 years is about to be revealed to the public after being hidden away in storage for 40 years.

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Poolside acrobatics

UK’s oldest public open-air swimming pools to reopen

Olympic medallist Sharron Davies backs ambitious plans to restore 200-year-old Georgian lido.

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St Ives Bay has ranked No1 of Cornwall's top 10 favourite views, in a recent poll conducted by DigitalOutdoors.co.uk. Photo: Angharad Moran

Cornwall voted county with best views in the UK

A survey conducted by www.DigitalOutdoors.co.uk has seen Britons name Cornwall as home to the most popular views in the UK. Following the Daily Mail’s suggestion that holidaymakers considering an August staycation might wish to avoid Cornwall due to the cost, a recent survey from Digital Outdoors shows that more of the nation’s favourite views are in Cornwall than any other county.

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Hair tress

Schoolboys unearth one of the earliest metal objects to be found in the UK

A group of Alston schoolboys have struck gold, unearthing one of the most significant recent archaeological finds in the UK.

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A slick new service has arrived on the streets of Edinburgh

Tram travel takes off in the city of Edinburgh

Edinburgh is now the proud owner of a new fleet of trams, which are expected to bring real economic benefits to the city. The trams will link up with further transport hubs along the route connecting passengers with road, rail, bus and air links.

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The beautiful Lion's Mane jellyfish prefers the seas around the northern coastline (North Wales round to Sunderland) and are prevalent between May and October

New report takes stock of the jellyfish in UK seas

If you’ve enjoyed a splash in the seas around Britain this summer, you may have found the water a bit overcrowded... with jellyfish. Last year proved a record year, and numbers look high this year too.

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Historic Houses Association launch a new Art Trail in celebration of the great works of art across its properties

The Historic Houses Association launches the Great British Art Trail

The Historic Houses Association (HHA) has just launched a new online heritage trail to celebrate the great works of art on display to the public at historic houses, castles and gardens.

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Swiss Garden

Bedfordshire 200-year-old Swiss Garden re-opens to the public

A little-known Swiss Garden created in the heart of Bedfordshire in the early 1800s re-opens to the public tomorrow (31 July) after a vital £3.6m restoration project has saved its crumbling fairytale-style landscape and buildings.

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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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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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