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Bournemouth's Hottest Summer Celebration

Seventa Events Beach Feast Bournemouth 2016

Beach Feast, a spectacular summer event, is coming to Bournemouth's seafront on Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 3rd July 2016.

Seventa Events, the renowned company behind some of Bournemouth's best pop-up events including the Rekorderlig beach bar & restaurant, the extremely popular Christmas Bar at Print Room & co-producers of Koh Lounge 2015 is set to host Bournemouth's hottest summer celebration. Featuring delicious street food, incredible cocktails and excellent entertainment, interest in Beach Feast 2016 has already exceeded all expectations on social media, with over 20,000 people interested in the event on Facebook so far, setting the stage for their most popular event to date.

Chelsea Flower Show: The Winning Formula For A Successful Garden

Chelsea Flower Show 2016

 

It’s that time of the year again - the wonders of the Chelsea Flower Show are upon us. Thousands of horticultural enthusiasts are about to pitch up at the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea for 5 days of green-fingered heaven - whether it’s expert workshops and shows, beautiful flowers from around the world or even the latest garden equipment, it’s a one-stop-shop for everything green and natural.

The Chelsea Flower Show is known for its fantastic presentation gardens - from the wild to the wacky to the just plain beautiful, each year’s show attracts amazing, inspiring designs from the world’s leading garden architects.

Springing into battle at Crathes Castle

Springing into battle at Crathes Castle, Scotland, May 2016

The usually tranquil grounds of the National Trust for Scotland’s Crathes Castle near Banchory are being taken over by rival troops on the weekend of 21 and 22 May. Redcoats and Jacobites are setting up camp on the historic site with its links to Robert the Bruce and there will be risky raids, fearsome attacks and daring duels, showcasing the weaponry and tactics of 18th century warfare.

Re-enactors from Alan Breck’s Regiment will be setting up camp at the castle, and visitors will be able to wander amongst the actors, gaining an insight into life as a soldier during the Jacobite rebellion.


Competition now closed - Win A Family Ticket To Visit Amberley Museum During The 2017 Season

Amberley Museum

Win A Family Ticket To Visit Amberley Museum During The 2017 Season

Amberley Museum is an amazing place tucked away in the South Downs between Storrington and Arundel, with a focus on industrial and transport history, with over 40 buildings. Most days the bus service is running as well as the narrow gauge railway which takes visitors from near the entrance right to the far end where the electricity, communications and railway exhibition halls can be found.


Competition now closed - Win a complimentary day ticket for 2 Adults & 2 Children to GreenWood Forest Park,

Greenwood Forest Green Dragon Roller Coaster

Visit GreenWood Forest Park, North Wales’ leading family adventure park, Set in 17 magical acres, discover for yourself why it’s an award winning full day out.

Jump aboard the world’s only people powered roller coaster, zoom down the longest sledge run in Wales, enjoy the Jungle Boat Adventure and discover the super bouncy Giant Jumper. Plus, explore the turrets of TreeTop Towers, take off your socks and shoes for the BareFoot Trail or take a ride on the zippy Moon Karts. Smaller tots will also find adventure in the Little Forest PlayBarn, Toddler’s Village, Tunnel Warren and the Little Green Run.

‘The doctor will see you now’ Pump Room museum reveals medical measures from the 1920s

Doctors bag circa 1920

How sickness and injuries were treated nearly 100 years ago will be revealed at the Royal Pump Rooms Museum in Harrogate on Friday 13th May.

From 6pm – 8pm, young visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to find out what medicine and treatments were like back in the 1920s.

Aimed at families and pre-teens, when visitors arrive at the museum they will be given a ‘character card’ containing a description of an illness which is ‘theirs’ for the evening.

Capability Brown Festival 2016 Special exhibitions celebrate 300 years of landscaping genius

Grounds of Berrington Hall Herefordshire National Trust Images John Millar

 

This summer, the Capability Brown Festival 2016 celebrates the life, work and legacy of Royal Gardener and landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown with a range of special art exhibitions across the country.

Like an artist, Brown framed views and used perspective to create beautiful naturalistic landscapes which are still much admired today, three hundred years after his birth.  Inspired by Brown’s stunning landscapes, these exhibitions will encourage people to take a fresh, new look at his work.


Eat Dirt on Exmoor; Exciting Bank Holiday Thrills

Mountain Bike ride “Eat Dirt on Exmoor”, organised by Calvert Trust Exmoor

A group of Mountain Bike enthusiasts from across the South West and beyond took to the Exmoor hills for a new May Day bank holiday ride,  “Eat Dirt on Exmoor”, organised by Calvert Trust Exmoor.

195 cyclists took part in the ride, raising over £3,000 between them, with more sponsorship still coming in. Much of the 25 mile main route took riders through areas of Exmoor not normally open to the general public, thanks to the Hollam, New Invention and Broford Estates allowing special access for this event.

The circular route started in Dulverton following the route of the River Barle up to Tarr Steps, then up onto the moor, south east to the river Exe and then back into Dulverton for the finish line.

Chipping Steam Fair

Man eating ice cream at Chillage Village Hall

In 1997 the old Chipping Village Hall was in desperate need of replacement and the village had started fundraising for a new build. A family fun day was organised with lots of different events taking place all around the village including street stalls and a car boot sale. Mary Harrison came up with the idea of gathering together a few classic vehicles owned by some of the locals and congregating on the Talbot Public House car park.

All aboard Steam on the Dock - the UK’s only inner-city steam rally at Albert Dock Liverpool

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Steam Train

 

Toot those whistles one and all as Steam on the Dock chugs into Albert Dock Liverpool from May 6-8. Step aboard an authentic steam train and steamboat from a bygone age, and be amazed by a symphonic spectacular of live music, steam and sparks - it’s full steam ahead to the UK’s only inner-city steam rally, which takes over the North West’s most-visited free tourist attraction for a free weekend of wonder for families and steam enthusiasts alike.

Alice in Wonderland, the Great Outdoors and More in Eastbourne this Half Term!

Rock Pooling at Holywell beach Eastbourne

 

Eastbourne is providing some great family days out this May half term, with literary themed activities weaved into the Redoubt Fortress’s offering, many visits from some much-loved characters at Drusillas Park and free tennis to watch at the Aegon Eastbourne Trophy.

The Redoubt Fortress which houses Lewis Carroll’s bed desk from when he regularly holidayed in Eastbourne is borrowing inspiration from the Alice in Wonderland writer in its ‘Secret World of Words’ activity week.


Outchester and Ross Cottages on the Northumberland Coast

Ross Beach

 

If you enjoy Robson Brown’s TV series “More Tales from Northumberland” then you’ll love these warm, comfortable 4 and 5 star holiday cottages on the Northumberland coast. Perfect for family or romantic breaks all year round!

Outchester and Ross Cottages are situated in two lovely locations between the historic island of Lindisfarne and majestic Bamburgh Castle.

To make use of the superb night sky and star gazing opportunities in Northumberland, telescopes are available for guests to use at no extra charge. In addition, a star gazing observatory complete with high spec telescope at Outchester is available for guests over 18.


Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy celebrated with vibrant mix of pageantry and performance

Shakespears 400 year legacy celebrated with a vibrant mixx of pageantry and performance, photo of parade

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on 23 April 2016, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has planned an extra special programme of celebrations in honour of William Shakespeare - Stratford’s most famous son and the world’s greatest playwright with a vibrant mix of music, performance and family fun. From Shakespeare-inspired opera and sonnets performed hip-hop style, to an exclusive BBC Radio 3 workshop and creative doodling on a giant Art Cube, there’s plenty to celebrate this special anniversary year.

Blists Hill Victorian Town travels forward to the 1940s

Blitz Hill 1940's evening at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Summer evening on the Home Front, Saturday 18th June

Enjoy a summer evening on the home front as Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge, travels forwards to the 1940s with vintage entertainment, activities and characters from the World War II era at ‘Blitz Hill’ on Saturday, 18th June.

The blackout has been lifted for this one night only. Dress up in your finest 1940s civilian costume, pencil-on your stocking seams, grab your ration book and get ready to ‘make do and mend’ at this fantastic fun event.

Put a spring in your step with Arboretum visit

From late March and throughout April, the Arboretum will be celebrating the arrival of Spring, and it is running Easter holiday activities for children, hosting a plant fair and vintage handmade gift market, and serving up delicious homemade meals.

A variety of activities will be available for younger visitors throughout the Easter holidays. They include a free Easter trail, available from the 25 - 28 March, which will encourage children to explore the Arboretum’s extensive grounds to hunt for hidden clues. All participating children will receive a chocolate treat.

Continuing on the spring theme, little green fingers can get busy at the ‘Children’s Potting Shed’, where they can decorate their own pots and plant seeds to take home, from 25 March – 8 April.