Festivals, Carnivals and Events

The Ghosts of War Touch Commonwealth War Graves Historians and Theatre Cast

The Ghosts of War Touch Commonwealth War Graves Historians and Theatre Cast

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) historians opened their doors this week to the MESH Theatre Co. The cast of Journey's End, were invited to identify with the characters they play in the Centenary revival of RC Sherriff’s WW1 play; to be performed at Kruitmagazijn (Ammunition Store) in Ypres, Oct 10 – Nov 12.

 

The Journey’s End writer was wounded at Passchendaele in August 1917. His famous trench play written a decade later is both a time-piece and a documentation of timeless themes - comradeship, sacrifice, hero-worship, trauma and the recklessness of powers-that-be. All this is told through the simple story of soldiers in a dugout just before a massive attack in 1918 (Operation Michael).

 

Traditional Victorian Halloween

Blists Hill Victorian Town where life over 100 years ago is recreated

Experience a traditional Victorian Halloween at Blists Hill Victorian Town, during half-term 21st – 29th October 

 

Join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge as they celebrate Halloween in traditional style during the autumn half-term, 21st - 29th October. The Victorians marked All Hallows Eve with some curious customs and unusual ritualssuch as carving turnips (rather than the modern day pumpkins) into Jack-o-lanternsto frighten away evil spirits.

 

Dorset County Show!

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The Dorset County Show 2017 will be held on the 2nd & 3rd September, with attendances expected to top 60,000 people.

Celebrating the best of agriculture and rural life, The Dorset County Show is run by Dorchester Agricultural Society and was established in 1840. The two-day show attracts 60,000 people and is held each year at the Dorchester Showground. Designed to promote agribusiness through traditional competitions, events, and demonstrations, the show offers the farming community the chance to exhibit the best of their wares to the public.

Ghostly Gaslight Halloween fright night

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Ghostly Gaslight Halloween fright night at Blists Hill Victorian Town Saturday, 28th October

Dress up in your most scary costume and go along to the Ghostly Gaslight Halloween fright night at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge on Saturday evening, 28th October when the streets, shops and houses will be transformed into eerie places filled with ghosts, ghouls and monsters. The buildings will be illuminated in spectacular style and fireworks and pyrotechnic effects will light up the night sky. 

 

SPAM® CAN Tour Returns To Blackpool Air Show!

SPAM® Can Tour Returns To Blackpool Air Show!

Following the success and fun of last year’s tour we have decided to do it all over again and show the British public what SPAM® products CAN really do! This year’s tour sees a return visit to Blackpool. We will be showing Blackpool Air Show crowds the versatility and great taste of SPAM® Products and giving away free samples of cubed SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham paired with classic cheese or pineapple.

Blists Hill Victorian Town Holds its first Steampunk Weekend Festival

Steampunk Weekend Festival

‘The Town that Never Was’ 1st – 2nd July

Steampunks and their friends are invited to Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge over the weekend of 1st and 2nd July for its first ever Steampunk Festival. The fantastical ‘Town that Never Was’ day and evening event is part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

A neo-Victorian scientific fantasy, steampunk is all about mixing the old and new. It re-imagines today’s technology powered by 19th century steam, combined with lots of good humour, fun, games and elaborate fashions inspired by Victorian and Edwardian costumes, reinvented for the 21st century and beyond. 

A wild medicine walk with a medical herbalist

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Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine in the world. It was just two generations ago that we were using these herbs in our homes for common complaints like colds, hayfever, coughs and headaches in the UK. 

 

Natasha Richardson is a medical herbalist who has run wild medicine walks since 2010. She wants to help people reconnect with their natural environment by educating them about the incredible value of the plants which surround us.

 

Her medicine walks last a couple of hours and happen along the forgotten in-between places across London; the canals, railway edges and the occasional farm. It’s easy to feel like there is nothing natural about London, but the plants are everywhere once you know what to look for. 

Rip Curl & Surf Snowdonia to host unique kids surf camp in half term holiday

Rip Curl & Surf Snowdonia to host unique kids surf camp in half term holiday

Fast-track course invites beginners to train with the pros

 

·         Fast-track learning for all abilities
·         Unique opportunity for kids to learn and hang out with their heroes
·         Top UK coaches and a friendly, inclusive environment
·         Two-day programme includes film night, BBQ and yoga
·         Course price includes wetsuit and board hire
·         First-class accommodation and facilities in beautiful rural North Wales

Sir Rannulph Fiennes and Ed Stafford join Campfire 2017 line-up at Home Farm Glamping

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Explorers Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Ed Stafford have joined up again to host the Transglobe Expedition Trust’s ‘Campfire’ event for the third time on June 30th at Home Farm Glamping near Elstree, Hertfordshire. 

 

Among their line-up of speakers around the fire will be ocean adventurers Olly Hicks and the Coxless Crew; explorer ‘Spike’ Reid, just back from conquering the River Ganges on a paddleboard; Ness Night, who crossed the Namib Desert solo on a fatbike; Laura Bingham, who crossed South America by bicycle and without money; and Red Bull’s Adventure Editor, Pip Stewart.

 

Let your hair down: free evening swing dance classes & performance  at Deptford market yard this May & June

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Listed as one of the Dragon’s Den’s biggest success stories, Swing Patrol is arriving in Deptford Market Yard to provide free swing dance classes and evening performances.

Arrive at 6pm sharp to kick start the evening with Swing Patrol’s fitness work out – Swing Train (a joyful cardio workout inspired by vintage vibes and street dances) followed by a spectacle of great swing tunes and swing dance performances, with dancers on hand to provide taster classes throughout the evening.

There'll be a DJ spinning vintage tunes from 5:30PM and an eclectic mix of street food, drinks and cocktails available from the Deptford Market Yard vendors throughout the evening.

Brand new eat & drink festival heads to EventCity to revel in Manchester's thriving food scene

Eat and drink Festival

Brand new for 2017; Eat & Drink Festival will open in the heart of the Northern food revolution at Manchester's EventCity from 8-11 June. Experience a pioneering live spectacle, showcasing the best the country and region has to offer in the world of food & drink alongside the award-winning Ideal Home Show.

When: 8th – 11th June 2017

Where: EventCity, Manchester (co-locating with the Ideal Home Show)

Following the success of its first launch in London, the flavour some festival is sure to wet Northern appetites - celebrating the newest and most exciting trends in modern cuisine, local gastronomy and street food.

Families set to have a splashing time at UK’s Biggest Water Sports Challenge, Aqua Park Rutland

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Back for a second year following its highly successful launch in 2016, Aqua Park Rutland is gearing up to welcome families to the waterpark with its dedicated daily family slots. From Saturday 15th July, every 10am slot will be reserved for families with children age 6 – 13, to allow kids to take over the park and run wet and wild.

The UK’s biggest water sports Aqua Park at Rutland Water this summer will more than double in size for 2017.  With huge potential for Dads to epically fail and Mums to totally wipe-out, Aqua Park Rutland will offer one of the most entertaining ways to spend time as a family, whatever the weather.

Say it with Gin!

Say it with Gin! RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington

What: Gin lovers are invited to enjoy this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a botanical-inspired afternoon tea and cocktail pairing at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington for £49per person.

When: Available from 15th – 28th May

What: The Royal Garden Hotel is offering a special afternoon tea which takes inspiration from this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show at its Park Terrace restaurant. Available from 15th – 28th May for £49 per person, the seasonal tea will include a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches and floral inspired deserts including orange blossom palmiers, elderflower posset and honey cake served with bee pollen created by Executive Head Chef Steve Munkleyand his talented team.