Festivals, Carnivals and Events

‘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.

British Museum brings Renaissance treasures into the 21st century with its new permanent digital interactive exhibit

The British Museum has launched a permanent interactive digital exhibit to bring its Renaissance treasures to life for visitors to itsnewly developed Waddesdon Bequest collection and Enlightenment galleries.

AllofUs created the bespoke interactive digital display and designed it to sympathetically fit with the historical features of the galleries. 

The display allows the visitors to learn more about the wide range of exhibits in the collection through carefully crafted animated stories. Each exhibit’s location is clearly identified as part of the digital experience, encouraging visitors to explore the galleries further. 

Peter Pan Treasures To Be Seen for First Time in Public 12th May – 30th October 2016

 

Original items from the Peter Pan Collection in Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity are about to go on public for the first time in a special exhibition at the Florence Nightingale Museum at St Thomas’ Hospital. Take Me To Neverland: Peter Pan From Play to Book and Beyond opens on 12th May 2016 and examines the true story behind the much-loved classic, Peter Pan.

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.

Earth Day highlights need for sustainable future

The Earth Day Network throws spotlight on initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions 22nd April, London/New York – Today marks the 46th Earth Day, a movement which inspires initiatives to reduce the earth’s CO2 emissions and encourage the adoption of renewable resources. To commemorate the day, Earth Day Network begins its Plant the Trees campaign, which aims to encourage people to plant trees in their communities. The campaign's ultimate goal is to reach 7.8 billion trees around the world by 2020.

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.

Launch of a spectacular giant art installation in Snowdonia

High and Low, or ‘uchel ac isel’, is a spectacular outdoor painting installation which is being created by British landscape artist Anthony Garratt in Snowdonia.

The installation will tell a unique and compelling story about the history, geography and industrial heritage of North Wales, encouraging visitors to make a deeper connection with the region’s dramatic landscape and the forces that have shaped it.

High and Low will feature two giant paintings, created in two very different dramatic and inspiring sites: one floating high on the flanks of Snowdon on Llyn Llydaw, and one which will be hung low, deep beneath the mountains in an abandoned slate cavern.


Tewkesbury Medieval festival

An historic battle field will be brought  to vivid life as around 2000 enthusiasts re-enact the last battle of the wars of the Wars of the Roses, which took place just outside the small market town of Tewkesbury in 1471.

The battle is only a small part of a huge and colourful Medieval Festival, which takes place on July 9-10th.

There will also be  a big and bustling market - where you can  watch potters, metal, wood and leather workers, dress makers, and many more all demonstrating their skills, along with a wide range of items of interest to re-enactors and the the modern visitor alike.


New outdoor Music Festival by the Sea Saturday 2nd July

Thorpeness Country Club from beach

 

Plans are in hand to hold, Thorpefest, an exciting new summer outdoor music festival at the Thorpeness Country Club, near Aldeburgh on Suffolk’s Heritage Coast on Saturday, 2nd July.

Featuring a great line-up with nearly a dozen bands performing live from 12noon until 10pm, the open air charity concert would replace the popular Music by the Sea event, which has been held outside the White Lion Hotel on Aldeburgh’s sea front since 2012, with the support of Aldeburgh Town Council and local residents.

Iomevents

iomevents events

Situated at the heart of the British Isles, the Isle of Man is a nation proudly steeped in rich cultural and natural heritage, at only 32 x 14 miles and with a population of around 80,000 people the Isle of Man is a tranquil haven ready to be explored.

The unique and varied heritage is as evident today as it was many thousands of years ago, the story of Mann trail uncovers the islands fascinating past and will guide you around ancient castles and monuments


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.