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Augustus John: Drawn from Life exhibition unveiled at Poole Museum

Augustus John: Drawn from Life exhibition unveiled at Poole Museum

A major new exhibition of works by one of the most important British artists of the 20th Century has been unveiled by Poole Museum, Dorset.

Augustus John (1878-1961) was a Welsh-born painter, draughtsman, and etcher, famous for his bohemianism and contribution to British post-impressionism, who lived and worked in Poole.

The new exhibition, titled ‘Augustus John: Drawn from Life’, features around 60 art works from museums and galleries such as the National Portrait Gallery and Tate, as well as from private collections around the UK. 

The stunning selection of pieces highlights Augustus John’s close association with south-west England, its landscape and those closely connected with the region, such as T.E.Lawrence and Thomas Hardy.

Can you Break the Code and beat the World’s first escape maize maze?

Can you Break the Code and beat the World’s first escape maize maze?

Top secret plans for the World’s first escape maize maze have been unveiled at the National Forest Adventure Farm, in Tatenhill.

The Agent Academy: Escape Maze design has been kept under lock and key until now. The intricate paths of the maze have been used to create a James Bond style secret agent. Other spy inspired design features include Morse code and a safe lock.

Visitors can take on the challenge of the escape maize maze by solving 10 interactive puzzles hidden within three miles of pathways to find the code and unlock the exit door.

Ivor Robinson, one of the two brothers who own the farm and the inspiration behind the design, travelled to America to explore the idea of merging an outdoor style escape room puzzle with the traditional maize maze.

Crowds Flocked To Manchester Eats Festival For One Of UK's Hottest Weekends

Crowds Flocked To Manchester Eats Festival For One Of UK's Hottest Weekends

Thousands of visitors flocked to Heaton Park in the glorious sunshine this weekend (7 – 8 July) to enjoy Manchester Eats Festival.

As part of a successful first year of the event, the new food forward festival saw celebrity chef demonstrations from the likes of Marco Pierre-White, Matt Tebbutt, Ed Baines, Adam Reid and Manchester’s very own Mary-Ellen McTague.

During the weekend, visitors had an opportunity to check out some of Manchester’s top local and independent businesses at the festival’s artisan markets. There were also free cookery workshops and masterclasses from The Vegetarian Society Cookery School and chocolatiers In Truffle We Trust.

Brand New Acts Announced For Carfest 2018 Lineup

Brand New Acts Announced For Carfest 2018 Lineup

The latest headline acts to be announced are Paloma Faith, Razorlight, Clean Bandit, The X Factor 2018 Winners Rak Su, Burt Bacharach, The Coral and Richard Ashcroft. They will appear alongside 80s icons Bananarama, Billy Ocean, The Feeling, Status Quo, Alfie Boe & Michael Ball, The Proclaimers and Madness. What’s more, this year will feature an EXCLUSIVE performance from CarFest’s Supergroup, curated by Kaiser Chief’s Ricky Wilson, including Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, with more members still to be announced.

Warm welcome for the summer shuttle bus service in Harlech

Warm welcome for the summer shuttle bus service in Harlech

The Hoppa Harlech summer shuttle bus service which will run every 30 minutes to take people from the beach, holiday parks and train station up into Harlech town centre has been welcomed as “great news for the town”.

The pilot service, which will run from July 21 to September 2, may be accompanied by a voucher scheme offering bus passengers discounts in local shops. Harlech Castle is offering to refund the cost of the bus journey if passengers visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Hoppa Harlech service will be closely monitored by Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig to gauge how many people use the shuttle bus.

Splash-tastic summer forecast as brand new Aqua Park launches at Alton Water

Aqua Park Suffolk

Summer fun in Suffolk just got bigger and wetter, with the launch of a brand-new inflatable Aqua Park at Alton Water near Ipswich.

Launching on Saturday 7 July 2018, Aqua Park Suffolk measures more than 8000 square meters and features a staggering 72 obstacles, set to make it the largest Aqua Park to splash down in the UK this summer.

Open for just nine weeks over the summer, this awesome adventure course provides an action-packed experience for all, from active kids and their families to super fitness fans. Plus, with a wide range of climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars, rockers, rollers and the UK’s biggest jumps and slides, there’s sure to be plenty of potential for epic fails and total wipeouts.

Meet a V.I.P SEA-lebrity at the National Marine Aquarium

Watch out for the paparaz-sea! Meet a V.I.P SEA-lebrity at the National Marine Aquarium

**Extended opening hours confirmed during summer period**

To celebrate the school summer holidays, the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth is hosting an unmissable programme of events and celebrating in style with a SEA-lebrities summer theme.

Taking place from 28th July - 2nd September, the National Marine Aquarium will be celebrating some amazing sea animals, showcasing what makes them special and how they are vital to the underwater eco-system. 

Book Now For Tall Ships Races Parking & Save Up To 50%

Book Now For Tall Ships Races Parking & Save Up To 50%

Visitors to The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 can slash the cost of parking by pre-booking their space. 

The Races – set to be the UK’s largest free family event in 2018– will begin on Tuesday 10 July, when a magnificent fleet of more than 50 vessels will arrive at the port of Sunderland, at the North East coast.

This will mark the start of a five-day festival of entertainment before the ships depart for Esbjerg, Denmark. The entertainment – which will include street theatre, food and refreshments, displays and live music – will be spread across four event zones.

And coaches, drivers and Blue Badge holders can make sure they enjoy everything the event has to offer – and save money - by pre-booking their parking spaces.

Vegtoberfest is the UK's first vegan Oktoberfest celebration taking place in Camden Town

Vegtoberfest is the UK's first vegan Oktoberfest celebration taking place in Camden Town

Launching on Saturday 6th October at Camden’s exciting new venue Fest, Vegtoberfest is the UK's first vegan Oktoberfest celebration. The Bavarian themed beer festival will couple the merry traditions of Oktoberfest with vegan friendly beers, wines and street food.

Oktoberfest is a beer festival first and foremost and Vegtoberfest is just that. Vegan-friendly Bavarian beers will sit alongside a handful of local vegan craft ales, while vegan wines, mulled wine and hot and cold cocktails will also be available.